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by Paradigm_Arsonist
Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 87188

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

When in doubt as to how to pronounce a word, I will sometimes increase the risk of mispronouncing if that decreases the risk of mispronouncing it in a way that would risk portraying myself as belonging to a category of person that I do not want to be associated with. I can get very conscious of the ...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14933
Views: 2348369

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Yeah, sadly I know. We really need electoral reform - having a majority government that received less than 40% of the vote is a major flaw (not that this is in any way unique to the conservative party). In the UK, the first-past-the-poll system does benefit the Conservative Party and perhaps the La...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What do you order at Subway?
Replies: 54
Views: 33980

Re: What do you order at Subway?

I used to order everything they had that complied with my dietary requirements, asking for as much as possible -- then decided it was expensive, not very big and not very difficult to make.
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430124

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I get annoyed by American business cliches spoken rapidly, verbosely and without structure to convey very little.
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Recommend me a distro?
Replies: 11
Views: 9537

Re: Recommend me a distro?

If you're looking for an Ubuntu replacement, I find OpenSUSE nice. Otherwise the other big one is Mageia. Don't mess around with anything more obscure. If you're looking for an intermediate distro like Debian -- something fairly automated where you don't have to compile your kernel, but free of n00b...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs
Replies: 38
Views: 6579

Re: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs

HungryHobo, I'm not arguing that making people on benefits do unpaid voluntary work was a good decision (I'm not saying either way). But it's not a gun to the head. Enslaving someone entails coercing them to work for you i.e. doing or threatening actions that cause them harm if they do not. Withdraw...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs
Replies: 38
Views: 6579

Re: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs

For reference for non europeans, the torys: the Conservative party in the UK just pushed through a gay marriage bill a little while ago. UK conservatives != US conservatives Weren't they also the last major UK party to oppose it? I'm pretty sure that, like the US Republican Party, they have both th...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs
Replies: 38
Views: 6579

Re: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs

They'd put me off less if not for the slavery thing. The courts considered it carefully and ruled against them and said "this is illegal. you actually have to pay these people the minimum wage for this involuntary 'work experience' which they didn't get a choice about doing". So they retr...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs
Replies: 38
Views: 6579

Re: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs

I think a major factor on how likely people's opinions are to change is how researched they are on the subject. Many people do not care much for politics and do not have well reasoned arguments or an understanding of the opposition's positions and rationales. If someone has taken a side, they will ...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs
Replies: 38
Views: 6579

Re: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs

People base their views on who they identify with. If they can be persuaded into thinking they are on a particular side -- as one non-original-poster-poster said (not sure if they're right, haven't looked into it) -- then they will identify with that side and argue its views. This happened with me d...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Boys but not Gay Leaders
Replies: 125
Views: 24140

Re: Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Boys but not Gay Leaders

Wow, I didn't know that homosexuals couldn't be boy scouts in the US. I'm surprised that that kind of discrimination was allowed up until now. Glad to see that such policies do not exist in the UK (I cannot see how they could exist, anyway): Homosexual people are not restricted from membership or le...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 288028

Re: What is your favourite book?

The Metamorphosis by Kafka had me staying up all night with my browser in fullscreen mode, desperately trying to get this nightmare over with. I loved it and hated it simultaneously. I don't know whether to make this point in this thread or the 'Worst/Overrated' thread.
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 256775

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

The Art of War springs to mind. Some businessmen like to go round saying how amazing it is, probably to look well-travelled and as if they have the confucian and daoist virtues that most people associate with the martial arts. Good reviews are probably mostly motivated by pretentiousness. You don't...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nerds In MMA
Replies: 38
Views: 28016

Re: Nerds In MMA

True. Avoidance, reasoning, submission and running away usually provide a better option, especially if you learn to sprint faster than the average thug -- probably not hard. One exception would be if you're a self-defeating primitive who wants to get his frontal lobes damaged in a barfight. I'm not ...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 146573

Re: What OS do you use?

I'm currently using Ubuntu with multiple desktop environments. I plan to move to FreeBSD and Windows 7. This is because I find that desktop distributions don't really solve all problems for newbies and I'd rather have Windows 7 for productivity and FreeBSD for learning to use UNIX semi-competently. ...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nerds In MMA
Replies: 38
Views: 28016

Re: Nerds In MMA

I'm thinking of going down to my local MMA club and seeing how I get on, but as has been pointed out not all martial arts students are sensible and I don't want to repeat my old mistake of associating with dangerous morons. I've been learning Krav Maga on my own and I've done some Judo, so that migh...
by Paradigm_Arsonist
Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 24030

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

I tend to associate complaints of talking about people behind their backs with histrionics. It's a great way of seeking conflict while pretending moral superiority. Also a good way of making people associate their contemplation of criticising you with guilt. Probably some primitive tribal instinct.

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