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by cj-maranup
Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Perth, Australia. Is anyone interested?
Replies: 8
Views: 11535

Re: Perth, Australia. Is anyone interested?

Great to see another perthian on here, but unfortunately I don't live there anymore :( Otherwise I would definitely be there...

Good luck :)
by cj-maranup
Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women
Replies: 96
Views: 8635

Re: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women

Dear Le1bn1z, I think maybe you got a bit carried away... I'm a fairly ardent feminist myself, but seriously? What will happen to a woman who breaks this law in france is the same as what happens to a woman (or a man) in france (or in a lot of countries) who breaks any law. You get fined, if you don...
by cj-maranup
Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 17722

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

Are you disappointed in the way the major parties are protecting you from chemtrails, Big Pharma, the Rockerfellers, Rothschilds and the New World Order? These guys will look out for you. Um, wow. No tax? That should be interesting... & What's this about the bill of rights & the magna carta...
by cj-maranup
Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women
Replies: 96
Views: 8635

Re: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women

Sharlos said: Except veils and head scarves aren't religious symbols. They're simply pieces of clothing associated with a particular culture. Sorry, but that's wrong. A sari is a piece of clothing associated with a particular culture (albeit a culture that is predominantly hindu), but it's not a sy...
by cj-maranup
Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women
Replies: 96
Views: 8635

Re: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women

Dream wrote: More specifically than that, the French government has for its entire existence been against religion having a strong bearing on the makeup of society. The rights and wrongs are debatable, but the action is in line with long established policies and as such is less likely to be the res...
by cj-maranup
Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 17722

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

Oh, and also - Awesome Post webby :) That's an excellent & thorough description of the whole system. The other thing is that I understand in the Senate, the major parties vote together about 80% of the time anyway. They're not THAT different - it's just the big disagreements we hear about in the...
by cj-maranup
Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 17722

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

I would normally vote Greens 1, Labor 2 and probably will this time. Since I'm registered in Wilson Tuckey's electorate, he's going last, but will probably win anyway :( It's a good point about the senate vote tho - if you guys in Vic could get rid of Conroy, that'd be great :) I'm not that impresse...
by cj-maranup
Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women
Replies: 96
Views: 8635

Re: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women

2 things... Firstly, French policy towards immigrants explicitly reflects the widespread view that immigrants to this country should not carry on exactly as they did in their homeland, speaking only their native language & associating only with people of similar backgrounds. If you come to Franc...
by cj-maranup
Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 67268

Re: "One Two" Discussion

Jeez, I can't believe so many people took this so seriously! Am I the only one who read ZING! as something like this ;P Frankly, I had an affectionate laugh at the memory of my best mate discovering that my overloaded anthrop course had 11 contact hours, while her double-chem major had 21 hours, jus...
by cj-maranup
Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Male vs female range of emotions and feelings
Replies: 42
Views: 7149

Re: Male vs female range of emotions and feelings

A few random thoughts in response to the OP... I think people do vary in terms of how intensely they experience emotions, and it's not necessarily down to gender - for example my dad is a very emotional person (a bit anxious & depressive - I don't know that I've ever seen him elated, but maybe h...
by cj-maranup
Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The future of human evolution
Replies: 93
Views: 9231

Re: The future of human evolution

For a fictional examination of human evolution from the extinction of the dinosaurs through to the death of the sun, check out Stephen Baxter's novel Evolution . It's pretty heavy going and quite speculative (for obvious reasons, but a biologist may find it irritating), but was really interesting :)...
by cj-maranup
Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Swimming: its not just good for escaping Raptors anymore!
Replies: 30
Views: 7000

Re: Swimming: its not just good for escaping Raptors anymore!

Ah, you're in edinburgh! I lived there for a while & loved it :) One thing that killed me tho - I couldn't believe how often the commonwealth pool was set up for 'cross pool' swimming! Made the pool unusable for anything longer! Surely people who couldn't manage a longer lap that 20m could have ...
by cj-maranup
Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Swimming: its not just good for escaping Raptors anymore!
Replies: 30
Views: 7000

Re: Swimming: its not just good for escaping Raptors anymore!

Just gotta say - Yay! Summer is nearly here! I can swim again! So, anyway, I'm in Oz, & I just thoughI'd say I share the frustration about people who go slow & have no manners - slow maybe you can't help (but if you're doing granny breaststroke in the fast lane expect a filthy look), but pay...
by cj-maranup
Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 43834

Re: "Psychic" Discussion

OK, can I just request that if anyone uses this successfully, they conclude the date by murdering the silly bitch? Accepting a ridiculous assertion like that on the basis of one piece of (mediocre) evidence indicates a lack of suitability for the continued consumption of oxygen... /hyperbole. Randal...
by cj-maranup
Fri May 29, 2009 1:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The sweetest thing ever...or a MENACE TO SOCIETY?!
Replies: 92
Views: 7363

Re: The sweetest thing ever...or a MENACE TO SOCIETY?!

It is actually a kind of tricky issue. OK, it comes down to personal preference, but teenagers are fairly prone to social insecurity & therefore 'going with the flow' especially on something as apparently innocuous as hugging. And a kid who's marginally on the outer would be much more likely to ...
by cj-maranup
Tue May 19, 2009 6:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Changing attitudes to Discrimination
Replies: 93
Views: 5690

Changing attitudes to Discrimination

http://www.antiprejudicead.net This is from an Australian show called The Gruen Transfer that looks at advertising, and has a regular segment where they ask ad agencies to create a pitch for a difficult topic - in this case to end shape discrimination. This response was sufficiently controversial t...
by cj-maranup
Fri Mar 27, 2009 4:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?
Replies: 366
Views: 42655

Re: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?

BWAHAHA :D The classification board site was hacked pretty much during the show - the text placed reads: Welcome to the Classification Website This site contains information about the boards that have the right to CONTROL YOUR FREEDOMZ. The Classification Board has the right to not just classify con...
by cj-maranup
Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: The Demon European Tour 2008, or "Help us have a fun trip"
Replies: 4
Views: 1785

Re: The Demon European Tour 2008, or "Help us have a fun trip"

To maximise your use of time, and save money look at overnight trains for long trips - I think you will just get a seat with InterRail, or you can pay a bit extra for a sleeper - they're not exactly comfy, but more so than a seat! http://www.bahn.de has timetables for all of europe :) Depending a bi...
by cj-maranup
Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 421
Views: 39195

Re: Childhood crackpot theories *EPIC THREAD*

OK, so I still couldn't handle the physics you all seem to have been messing with age 11... My theory was that extraterrestrials may be out there but haven't bothered to contact us because they are so far away that the light reaching them from earth is showing them dinosaurs... Or maybe they are clo...
by cj-maranup
Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia. Again. But now Poland
Replies: 66
Views: 9649

Re: Russia. Again. But now Poland

Sorry if I diverge - can anyone tell me what happens if a nuclear missile is destroyed in flight? Presumably the impact depends substantially on its altitude at the time, but regardless I imagine the people underneath are pretty much screwed? Or does the fallout get spread around the atmosphere suff...
by cj-maranup
Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Richard Dawkins
Replies: 59
Views: 4752

Re: Richard Dawkins

I haven't read the God Delusion either, but I loved Unweaving the Rainbow for many reasons, not least of which is that it made me laugh out loud! I adore his scathing logic, clear explanations, delightful turns of phrase & unflinching determination to fly the flag of science & rationality. I...
by cj-maranup
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2138128

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi all :) I'm belatedly introducing myself, as I gather after a few weeks of posting that it's the done thing... My name is Carol, I'm 3^3 , I'm Australian & at this point I live in Ireland, but only for another week. I'm originally from the south west of Australia, lived for 5 and a half years ...
by cj-maranup
Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0449: "Things Fall Apart"
Replies: 152
Views: 30723

Re: "Things fall apart" Discussion

I thought it was sad from both characters' perspectives & the alt text really makes it - it's a fucked up sentiment whether you're feeling it (consciously or unconsciously & I'm not sure which applies here) or breaking up with someone and realising that they're more afraid of the hole you wi...
by cj-maranup
Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should America retire the Penny? (Also, let's compare money)
Replies: 174
Views: 16982

Re: Should America retire the Penny? (Also, let's compare money)

Maybe I've just forgotten, but I think quite a few things got cheaper when Australia eliminated 1 & 2 cent coins, because things that were $x.99 became $x.95 so they still appear 'cheaper' (the same reason cars are (e.g.) 19990 instead of 20000). And it's just easier not having to deal with pile...
by cj-maranup
Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup
Replies: 75
Views: 17294

Re: The Northwest AMERICANADA Meetup

I'm moving to Vancouver(ish) in late October/early November so if there's anything happening around then I'd love to come along :)

Vaguely related: Don't spose anyone wants to help me get a job at a ski field in the vicinity?... ;)
by cj-maranup
Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Travel tips
Replies: 58
Views: 90162

Re: Travel tips

It'll take a week to get over jetlag from most places A week?! Damn sissy kiwi... ;) If you're going to be knackered for a whole week, you'd better skip NZ altogether - after all, you've seen all the best bits in Lord of the Rings... Seriously tho, I like to deal with jet lag (depending on the timi...
by cj-maranup
Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Declaring your own country
Replies: 51
Views: 7984

Re: Declaring your own country

Just for a laugh - a guy did the same thing with a farm in Western Australia in the 70s - it's under Principality of Hutt River in Wikipedia. It's kind of a standing joke...
by cj-maranup
Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: To become a leaner, sleeker, faster.......guy in a hat...
Replies: 79
Views: 6512

Re: To become a leaner, sleeker, faster.......guy in a hat...

I could never cut out carbs all together because I MUST have toast or cereal for breakfast (having to eat just yoghurt after wisdom teeth pulling would have killed me if not for the happy happy codeine ;)) I did try cutting them out of lunch & especially dinner, on the basis that your metabolism...
by cj-maranup
Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Intelligent Design in the classroom
Replies: 111
Views: 7054

Re: Intelligent Design in the classroom

Personally I don't think there's a place for intelligent design in a science class, but it strikes me you can mention it without wasting too much time: "Some people believe the formation of the universe/earth & the appearance of life on earth was 'kick-started' by 'God' (Allah/Yahweh/Jehova...
by cj-maranup
Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Diversity for the sake of diversity
Replies: 38
Views: 4230

Re: Diversity for the sake of diversity

I think the idea some people are looking for is that of 'Intrinsic Value' - basically something has a right to exist because it exists. Conversely, we don't have the right to destroy something just because we can't be bothered making the effort to save it. That, and the logical extension of a purely...
by cj-maranup
Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Furthest Travelled
Replies: 104
Views: 7718

Re: Furthest Travelled

Well, I've been right round (from Perth, West Oz)... Skipped half of year 6 - it was brilliant :)

Since then,
North - NordKapp (North Cape), Norway
South - Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
West - Sagres, Portugal
East - Auckland, but only in transit, otherwise Christchurch, New Zealand
by cj-maranup
Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Films You Hate
Replies: 80
Views: 8473

Re: Bad Films You Hate

Agree on Napoleon Dynamite - my brother's girlfriend forced me to sit through it... In a word - PAINFUL! Worse, however, is that I was persuaded by a friend to part with 8 euro to see Drillbit Taylor, which was actually more unbearble than I thought it would be & is without a doubt THE worst mov...
by cj-maranup
Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Replies: 51
Views: 8549

Re: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

(Sorry if Monty Python quotes are passe here - I still like them...) So do I - LTB Who has been messing with my font size? :( Explain yourself before I call for the comfy chair :evil: I was thinking by making the telmarenes hispanic (were they sort of arabic in the books?) they could do the horse &...
by cj-maranup
Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 9508

Re: Bisexuality

A friend of mine used to say loudly and frequently that labels are for jars - she didn't feel a need to identify as straight, bi or gay. I feel the same way - like random_kitty said, a whole bunch of features cause you to be attracted to a person & gender is just one of them. Thankfully, I think...
by cj-maranup
Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carrying Guns
Replies: 273
Views: 24488

Re: Carrying Guns

I've spent some time thinking about personal safety (I travel alone) and done some martial arts (enough to realise I am fairly helpless against anyone bigger/stronger than me, i.e. most men). Also, I'll admit straight up that I've never even seen a handgun, & never came up with a scenario where ...
by cj-maranup
Sat Jun 28, 2008 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: postmodernism: yea or nay
Replies: 51
Views: 7751

Re: postmodernism: yea or nay

2 cents... or maybe more like 10! I encountered post-modernism in first year (university) anthropology, which involved learning a LOT of jargon & a whole lot of different theoretical perspectives (marxist, structural functionalist, symbolic interactionist etc.) As I understood it, the central te...
by cj-maranup
Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evolutionary Psychology
Replies: 190
Views: 17598

Re: Evolutionary Psychology

Oh god, that article is a disaster... As soon as better/worse comes into play science goes out the window! I agree that a lot of what is labelled as evolutionary psychology comes off as what my prof called evolutionary 'just so stories'. Present phenomenon X may be explained by historical phenomenon...
by cj-maranup
Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 200964

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

At risk of sounding repetitive - Death of a salesman pained me enormously, although hearing it out loud probably would have helped, it certainly makes Shakespeare much more fun! (See it at the restored Globe Theatre in London if you ever get a chance) Loved Pride & Prejudice, read it between the...
by cj-maranup
Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Replies: 51
Views: 8549

Re: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The first thing that struck me about this was that unlike the older British film, I didn't feel an immediate & overpowering urge to choke the life out of Lucy... So thank the gods for the casting, or maybe I'm just more tolerant of whiny 8(?) year old girls than I was 10-15 years ago? After that...
by cj-maranup
Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Good films with girls
Replies: 49
Views: 5149

Re: Good films with girls

Well, it's a TV show not a movie, but Bones has some great female characters who kick ass regularly (and discuss a wide range of topics apart from men)! Yay Moo for mentioning 10 things I hate about you & also Jodie Foster - I loved Contact altho I don't know if it would pass the Bechdel test - ...

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