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by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

Re: an old rant on the use of case

Since it seems to need to be said, the point of the post was threefold and put here very deliberately to demonstrate it to the friend who invited me here (and swore up and down none of the following would happen): (1) That, given the choice, most will nitpick just because they can. (2) That inevitab...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14266

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

Fenix, I note that you chose to respond to the impolite counter to your argument instead of the polite one, and your only response was questioning its politeness. Perhaps you would like to address the real objections others have? May I also suggest that, when presenting axioms, you drop the preface...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

Re: an old rant on the use of case

You may imply what you think I am thinking all you like. It is not true until and unless I say it is so. Have you never considered that an author is the final arbiter of what they meant? Maybe you should. That's actually fairly debatable - many of the best works have many different interpretations,...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

Re: an old rant on the use of case

Or, you could explain why you feel that others' characterization of your work is inaccurate. If you feel your ideas were actually more complicated than spitvalve gives credit for, explain them. If you feel that there was a nuance that is missed by more simple wording, describe it. But don't just co...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14266

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

Regarding your first question: it is not a matter of assumption, but of presentation. If you make a blanket statement that disparages the intelligence and capabilities of those holding an opposing position, you are--for lack of a better term--displaying disdain. Perhaps, to be more precise, you are...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

Re: an old rant on the use of case

Perception, regardless how often parroted, still is not reality. I'll not bother to introduce anything else that may require thought to process, as it seems only to result in everyone feeling it necessary to explain all the reasons why one should never require thought of others or going of into vapo...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14266

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

Fenix, I would call you a total asshole* ... However I can't, because I'd get in trouble, because this is serious business. So I won't call you that. What I will say is that you're crying wolf , and if you keep doing it then NO ONE will take you seriously when ever you say anything in any xkcd SB t...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14266

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

So, you are asking me to hold blind faith in the fact that you are argueing for the sake of cognitive dissonance? You effectively just devalued everything you wrote as being without conviction. It occurs to me at this point that the notion of taking up a point as if your own to debate it is alien t...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

Re: an old rant on the use of case

Nothing screams amateur like a writer noting their copyright. We know it's copyrighted. You published it on the forum. It may not hold up in court as well as something that's been formally submitted for copyright, but that's for lawyers to argue. If you were sending out a finished manuscript to an ...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Toki Pona
Replies: 61
Views: 17465

Re: Toki Pona

mi olin e jan pini tenpo mute sini sona nasin ... mi pona suli monsi... meh I give up Heh. I think it very likely that part of the effort is to demonstrate in a fairly concrete manner that much of what we find "important" is very rarely positive. It was an interesting thing to encounter h...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14266

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

Or, more succinctly, violence and force are for those who lack the intelligence and ability to manage the patience and ethics required to deal peacefully with others. It is interesting that people who don't fight always assume those that do really want to. What was the quote from The Big Libowski.....
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

Re: an old rant on the use of case

Why would you say that? Why not just talk down to my level? What is your motivation for communicating in the style that you used in that first post? Are you trying to communicate or not? If I don't understand you, you have failed to communicate. Do you really think you could not have phrased it any...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

Re: an old rant on the use of case

*shrug* Yawn at me all you want, but, seriously. Writing, for the most part, is a matter of taste. I think you're intentionally making your writing more difficult that it needs to be, but that's just my opinion, and I couldn't say *why* you chose to write that way anyway. But claiming that a post i...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14266

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

By just violence, i mean violence that is morally justifiable or that would be a moral good. Now, what "just violence" is would seem to vary from person to person as their moralities differ, but some good examples that i hold to be just violence are: self-defense, the defense of one's all...
by Fenix
Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

Re: an old rant on the use of case

I got the impression that he just got in a mood and wrote it. The way to read it is to let the flow of words wash over you and not really worry about efficiency of message. she. and bingo. there are several layers to it and the inevitable contradiction was definitely one. well done. :) @CorranH: **...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Toki Pona
Replies: 61
Views: 17465

Re: Toki Pona

ZLVT wrote:allow me, then, to rephrase, can I effectively live learn and love in Toki pona? can I study Quantuum Mechanics in it? discus abstract concepts and educate children?


yes, yes, and yes. you may have to work harder at it than you're used to, though. (grin)
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

Re: an old rant on the use of case

very good, not quite absolutely perfect yet, but almost there. What's the copyright for? being an imperfect being, i'm fine with imperfection. (grin) the copyright is, i think, self-explanatory. @SpitValve: show me the words that are not in english and i will be happy to oblige. Now you're just bei...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

Re: an old rant on the use of case

4=5 wrote:very good, not quite absolutely perfect yet, but almost there. What's the copyright for?


being an imperfect being, i'm fine with imperfection. (grin)

the copyright is, i think, self-explanatory.

@SpitValve: show me the words that are not in english and i will be happy to oblige.
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5063

an old rant on the use of case

(the following is a decidedly overblown rant directed toward some long ago someone who, puffing themselves up about "being a writer" thought to chide a new writer in our midst on their choice of exclusive lower case use. as it is a habit i have long enjoyed for reasons that are, in the fol...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The reverence for the American constitution
Replies: 141
Views: 10961

Re: The reverence for the American constitution

Ok, so in the United States your constitution is your highest law, that supersedes all other laws. I totally get that, and such a thing is a good idea (I'm looking at you UK!) What I don't get is the almost religious reverence that you guys seem to give it. You never say things like "Well, thi...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14266

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

My answer would be an emphatic "no" to this, but i'm curious as to the outlook of others here. I've seen quite a bit of idealistic anti-violence opinions associated with some very intelligent people, many even going so far as to extol pacifism. I see any philosophy that rules out just vio...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Toki Pona
Replies: 61
Views: 17465

Re: Toki Pona

Personally, I think that 'vagueness' is a decidedly helpful factor, rather than a hindering one. But I admit that is likely to be quite annoying to traditional linguists.
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 36049

Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)

This may be considered advertising, and, if so, my sincere apologies, but considering the topic, it seemed really timely and utterly relevant. There is this great little company who makes page markers that are slim, easy to re-use, and notable (you can write on them). They're called BookDarts and si...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.
Replies: 254
Views: 162734

Re: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.

I enjoy making digital mandala and geometric pieces. The faster loading images (smaller) may be found at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/exsultarefenix/ And the large versions (along with the ones too big for a non-pro Flikr account as well as the tiles that started it all) may be found at le b...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2346708

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, I'm Fenix and I hail from the RTP area of North Carolina. Writer, artist, musician, and erstwhile philosopher. Currently working as a writer and scraping together YAB (yet another book) after losing three that were ready for publication in the great hardware failure of 2001. Took a bit to get th...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)
Replies: 544
Views: 255525

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by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Test your linguistic prowess (FreeRice)
Replies: 7
Views: 3079

Test your linguistic prowess (FreeRice)

Here is an intriguing thing from the folks over at Poverty.Com -- you enjoy a challenging (and instructive!) game that challenges, ranks, and teaches you increasingly difficult words. For every word you get right, they donate rice to feed the hungry of the world. Not only does it track your progress...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Toki Pona
Replies: 61
Views: 17465

Toki Pona

This is a language I've been following intermittently as it seems to be based upon the notion of a complete aversion of directly negative roots or meanings. Comprised of only 14 sounds and 118 words, meaning is created by contextual couplings. It is intriguingly fluid and I have yet to be able to st...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Untranslatables
Replies: 55
Views: 6624

Re: Untranslatables

The Portuguese have such a word: Saudade (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudade). It is said there is no direct translation into English, though a good many folks have tried. The meaning provided by Wikipedia is, as almost all attempts are, somewhat lacking (which is rather the point).
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is your (current) philosophy?
Replies: 81
Views: 8592

Re: What is your (current) philosophy?

My current slant on things is that all knowledge is belief and that every 'certainty' humanity has ever stated is, in fact, not at all a certainty but merely the point at which most humans are comfortable believing that any degree of consistent verification 'may as well be' certainty. Further, that ...
by Fenix
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Looks vs Personality
Replies: 71
Views: 9176

Re: Looks vs Personality

It may be that I am an alien, but it is practically impossible for me to be attracted to someone unless I am first attracted intellectually. The entire matter of how someone 'looks' was long ago set into the dust simply because I've had entirely too many instances of seeing someone with great physic...

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