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by If Chickens Were Purple...
Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 42 - Eoin Colfer Is a Complete Kneebiter
Replies: 119
Views: 19530

Re: 42 - Eoin Colfer Is a Complete Kneebiter

Also, I'm pretty sure no one but Colfer and his publisher is actually going to consider this the sixth Hitchhiker's book. If the new book is canon, so is every other piece of fanfiction ever written.
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 41555

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

To the people who are saying "This campaign isn't aimed at hateful bigots, it's aimed at good, rational people who just don't realise what they're doing wrong": if that's the case, what harm can Tycho's post actually do? I can see how someone who's already an asshole could use the article ...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does Determinism necessitate moral nihilism?[Philosophy]
Replies: 80
Views: 12514

Re: Does Determinism necessitate moral nihilism?[Philosophy]

I'm sure that basically every question of how determinism affects humanity can be resolved by pointing out one fairly obvious fallacy in the question. In fact, while determinists usually like to believe they're taking the most scientific and logical approach, I don't think this question even works u...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reading into Twilight
Replies: 137
Views: 11399

Re: Reading into Twilight

And so, when a badly written piece* that romanticizes an abusive relationship comes down the pike, and the critics proclaim it to be the "Must Read" book of the decade, since apparently they found the cash value of integrity (lightly driven with low mileage) those of us who haven't given ...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Catcher in the Rye stinks or is it just me?
Replies: 70
Views: 13339

Re: Catcher in the Rye stinks or is it just me?

Some random thoughts/responses to all this: ⋅ I don't think there's a moral or message to Catcher in the Rye . People aren't supposed to realise that they're like Holden and try to change, or, God forbid, realise that they're like Holden and feel validated. The book is an exploration of a ...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christians on TV are nutjobs
Replies: 96
Views: 6659

Re: Christians on TV are nutjobs

I should point out that Jesus sensibly reminds the reader that God shouldn't be put to a test in Matthew 4:7 (I say reminds because it was written in Deuteronomy 6:16), but one of the major problems posed to apologists boils down to "if God is powerful, why did (or didn't) X occur?" to wh...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christians on TV are nutjobs
Replies: 96
Views: 6659

Re: Christians on TV are nutjobs

Yeah, hate the sin love the sinner, in a way. And that is the problem I face, you know, for thinking that most religious beliefs are irrational or dangerous. If you started saying things like "Hey, did you know that Mr. Rogers was a child molestor, that's why they wouldn't let kids on the show...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sat Apr 18, 2009 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oprah thinks atheists are not good dating prospects
Replies: 76
Views: 5953

Re: Oprah thinks atheists are not good dating prospects

I agree with Jahoclave. There are a lot of different types of Christianity, remember, and not all of them buy into the homosexuality is an abomination nonsense. However, it does say precisely this in the Bible. And people do justify homophobia by religious beliefs. Right, not everybody who hates ga...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oprah thinks atheists are not good dating prospects
Replies: 76
Views: 5953

Re: Oprah thinks atheists are not good dating prospects

Is it really "just common sense" that homosexuality is 'wrong'? Is there no argument to it other than 'ew'? Religion here provides a convenient way to justify hating homosexuality; I'm wondering if you what you describe isn't a similar justification, but just a similar unfounded ick. I mi...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oprah thinks atheists are not good dating prospects
Replies: 76
Views: 5953

Re: Oprah thinks atheists are not good dating prospects

When people hold the belief that something is wrong, hold it so fervently that they would seek 'justice' against those who perform that act, and the crux of their argument for that wrongness is nothing more than "God says so," there is a pretty big problem. The exact argument they use has...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 23398

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

Ok, so how would you get their IPs, and how would you connect that IP to a person? On one hand we argue that ISPs giving away personal information connected to IPs are evil, on the other hand that persons hidden behind IPs are the ones who should be prosecuted. But this is basically arguing "w...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police Medic does Inappropriate Thing
Replies: 40
Views: 5158

Re: Police Medic does Inappropriate Thing

Edit: I'd assume it's something along the lines of a combat medic . That is, they're armed, they're trained, but they also have the duty of healing others. In this case, no healing was required so he was free to be on the front lines. Aha, thank you, I thought it must be something like that. So I w...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police Medic does Inappropriate Thing
Replies: 40
Views: 5158

Police Medic does Inappropriate Thing

http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/files/images/G20-police-medic.jpg (I searched for this and didn't find it, if I missed something oh well) The above is a photograph of police officers beating people at the G20 protests, all those weeks ago. It's been circulating amongst internet news people b...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Snog Lyrics
Replies: 518
Views: 103615

Re: Song Lyrics

I don't usually post in lyric threads because I'm certain almost no one reads them, and because I know so few songs that don't immediately lose all poetry when you write them down (you might as well try dancing to sheet music). But: I have one song I can't get over. The concept is, it's the logical ...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What comes next?
Replies: 16
Views: 1466

Re: What comes next?

Actually I kind of do: I've never heard anything by The Fall and sometimes I get it in my head that I should, but their threateningly massive discography always puts me off. Somebody tell me about The Fall.
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Looking to start in on the Beatles
Replies: 24
Views: 2338

Re: Looking to start in on the Beatles

What this thread demonstrates quite well is that it doesn't really matter where you start with the Beatles, it's all fine. Some people don't like Let It Be and like half of all Beatles fans don't like Sgt Pepper , but even hearing those ones you'll get the idea. The chances are you've already picked...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Control of free speech for popular music...
Replies: 36
Views: 4442

Re: Control of free speech for popular music...

Rock/pop consists of a verse of one simple melody line repeated over and over until the chorus which is typically another simple melody line repeated over and over until the verse starts again. To say that the level of complexity of rock music compared to jazz or classical is as 'Spot the Dog' is t...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sun Nov 23, 2008 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Cute/Romantic Lyrics (no genre discrimination!)
Replies: 24
Views: 3777

Re: Cute/Romantic Lyrics (no genre discrimination!)

The 'romance' in Beatles songs amuse me to no end. "She's in love with me and I feel fine". I mean, not absolutely in the clouds, smiling from ear to ear and wandering like an idiot through the streets because you just found the love of your life. Just oh, yeah, she loves me. Cool. So, th...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Michael Crichton Passes Away
Replies: 82
Views: 6723

Re: Michael Crichton Passes Away

Daeren Ryft wrote:...was I the only one who liked Prey?

I liked Prey! Possibly only because it made me first aware of Artificial Life as a field though. I only read it once and years ago, so I don't know what I'd think now. I also remember I really liked the last line, but I've forgotten what it is.
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Reasons to Believe
Replies: 89
Views: 5386

Re: Reasons to Believe

It seems far more likely (to me at least) that somewhere in the vast, entire universe, a single celled organism happened to come to be when the right materials were combined in just the right way, than an all powerful, all knowing god popped into existence and said, "Hey, let's make a universe...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Reasons to Believe
Replies: 89
Views: 5386

Re: Reasons to Believe

If you had bothered to check the site, it's not a place to discuss it. It's a FAQ, in a sense, that explains 50 common reasons why atheists don't believe in god. If one actually wants to know why most atheists believe the way they do, a comprehensive guide, rather than a discussion forum, would be ...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Reasons to Believe
Replies: 89
Views: 5386

Re: Reasons to Believe

If a system can't be explained in a simple way, then it implies that it has to be explained in a more complex way. But it doesn't imply we have to make some ludicrously complicated explanation, with angels and a god and Adam and Eve and two trees with fruit etc. Plus, you are mistaken to think that...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Reasons to Believe
Replies: 89
Views: 5386

Re: Reasons to Believe

You do realise that posting in a forum full of scientists, nerds, and very, very intelligent people, and saying that you are certain that evolution is wrong, is likely to end very badly for you and completely derail the thread, right? This sentence is patronising and elitist and threatening and ann...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 50562

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

Well, there are of course the classic textbook definitions; the way I see it, however, is that these pedophiles commit these acts* with little to no empathy** for the targets of their desires, while simultaneously inflicting psychological harm onto the child. *including creating and distributing ch...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 50562

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

But there is, because you're being psychologically motivated to do things that are harmful to others. Saying "There's nothing wrong with being a pedophile as long as you don't practice" is like saying "There's nothing wrong with being an alcoholic as long as you don't drink;" it...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Robert Christgau Reviewed in His Own Style
Replies: 8
Views: 2533

Re: Robert Christgau Reviewed in His Own Style

I've just discovered Mark Prindle's site based on the joint reccomendations of you two, and now I want to kiss your bodies.
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Low voter turn-out...ok?
Replies: 153
Views: 9122

Re: Low voter turn-out...ok?

I don't really know how the voting system works in huge detail (I'm not of voting age here, and I don't live near any of your crazy countries), I have a question. In this situation: If someone doesn't vote because they live in California and thus are guaranteed that Obama is winning their state... a...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90155
Views: 8809473

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

When I do a Google search for the exact phrase "despite (or perhaps because of)", it returns over 150,000 results. I think people should stop saying it.
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 50562

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

I think if I were attracted to children, I'd be less likely to act on it without medical/psychiatric intervention. Obviously I don't know that. But I'm guessing, if I kept it to myself I'd have the whole 'society has deemed this the most shameful thing you can ever possibly do' thing to keep me in c...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Radiothread
Replies: 265
Views: 75674

Re: Radiothread

What I found so delightful about Radiohead's peak was the fact that Street Spirit (Fade Out) , the last track on The Bends , talks about how "this machine cannot communicate" and shows a general distrust for the inhumanity and fallibility of machinery. This sentiment is echoed throughout ...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Robert Christgau Reviewed in His Own Style
Replies: 8
Views: 2533

Re: Robert Christgau Reviewed in His Own Style

Doesn't Christgau give A-'s to only mainstream rap and compilations of legends, and Bs or lower to everything else? No, he does not do that. That is not what he does. Oh man you guys, it's like this topic was made for me to reply to. Here's a brief history of my relationship with Christgau: I disco...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Consumer guidance re: stereos
Replies: 1
Views: 599

Consumer guidance re: stereos

I have this shitty little portable stereo for playing my CDs, and I've been thinking maybe a good one would be better. Unfortunately I don't know what "good" means in this context at all. So while looking for a new stereo I've been forced to pay attention to sentences like "On top of ...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 105849

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

I've just bought Stranded , which is a compilation of twenty or so rock critics' essays on what album they'd take to a desert island. This is from the editor's preface: He asked me if I would be interested in editing the rock & roll volume in the publisher's planned set of desert island books. &...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 664
Views: 257792

Re: Things you remember reading -Merged: Searching for a...

Yo folks, I'm looking for a book too. I posted a thread about it because I'm an idiot, then I immediately saw this topic and deleted it. But I'm not awake enough right now to edit my original post to remove any traces of the "topic starter" format, so I'm going to just copy and paste the o...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deriving Good from the Tragic--Should We?
Replies: 35
Views: 2699

Re: Deriving Good from the Tragic--Should We?

Like I said, it's a great movie up until the end when we suddenly get this faux happy ending where everyone went to Palestine and it's implied that everything's happy now for everyone forever and ever. No? Everything's happy now for just those folks he saved . And that's wonderful. What's wrong wit...
by If Chickens Were Purple...
Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Radiothread
Replies: 265
Views: 75674

Re: Radiothread

'Kay, the reason I signed up is that Amnesiac needs some serious defending, and it happens to be my favourite. Nothing anybody says about this album makes sense to me. I've heard people dismiss it as being made of Kid A outtakes; it sounds nothing like Kid A . It's too warm and colourful to resemble...

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