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by Ulc
Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Door-to-door sales
Replies: 30
Views: 6225

Re: Door-to-door sales

I don't really mind the yearly charities knocking and being polite.

Pestering me about selling me stuff on the other hand? Seriously? Getting money by you employers for professionally annoying people? Why not torture kittens while you're at it?
by Ulc
Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 6637

Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

http://www.beckleyfoundation.org/2012/07/18/portugal-decriminalized-all-drugs-eleven-years-ago-and-the-results-are-staggering/ Maybe it's about time that the western world stops labeling drug users criminals, throwing them in prison instead of helping them. Now we have a demonstration that helping ...
by Ulc
Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6337935

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

elminster wrote: granite chopping boards


It's rare that the internet makes me exclaim out loud in pain. But this did it, I've never heard of that, and the notion repulses me.
by Ulc
Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6337935

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

There's something quite satisfying about a sharp knife. Although the last time I sharpened the kitchen knives properly my house mates complained they were too sharp. Shortly followed by a hospital trip when one of them chopped the tip of their finger off. I guess being sharp enough to glide through...
by Ulc
Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 282980

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

5am Saint was quite good. On the other hand I still hold a grudge against them for the rip off that is Paradox Isle of Arran. :-/ Or the new (second half) part of the IPA is dead series. Holy crap that is boring. Their low-end simple supermarket beers are awesome, 77Lager, 5am saint, punk IPA, hard...
by Ulc
Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread
Replies: 70
Views: 36295

Re: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread

Yes and no. It's by using the hydrometer that you can calculate the precise alcohol content, the difference between the initial and post-fermentation weight/volume gives you an easy way to calculate that. But if you don't care about that, go ahead and ignore the first reading. I generally don't care...
by Ulc
Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement
Replies: 145
Views: 12770

Re: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement

It's important to note, it doesn't protect the environment, but neither does it harm it more. The two a practically the same in regards to the environment, at least according to that article. But one of the points where eating locally might save the environment yet, is that it will hopefully reintro...
by Ulc
Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8197
Views: 1078124

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I just thought I'd post it here, I don't think it's on english news sites yet

But as for 1½ hour ago, homosexual marriage are allowed in Denmark, and the state-church has been told to shut the fuck up and start marrying gays.
by Ulc
Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3261
Views: 234886

Re: The radical idea that women are people

This is to say that I feel it can be easier to sell someone on "you didn't fabricate your initial negative feelings towards feminism, the negative sentiment exists today largely as a relic of a societal reaction to second wave feminism, which embodied something closer to the stereotype that is...
by Ulc
Tue May 29, 2012 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3261
Views: 234886

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Chen: Depends. I'm not okay with judging people for their natural body odor. That kind of judging is inextricable from classism and ableism*, and also there are bad health consequences to long-term use of certain products/habits that people use to suppress their natural smell. On the other hand, if...
by Ulc
Mon May 28, 2012 7:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3261
Views: 234886

Re: The radical idea that women are people

That's the thing. I don't know anyone who would respond any differently. Like, anyone. I don't consider my friends/family/acquaintances to be any more socially accepting than the next group of guys/girls but I guess I'm far off by assuming that. And I'm fairly sure that you don't know all these peo...
by Ulc
Sun May 27, 2012 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3261
Views: 234886

Re: The radical idea that women are people

The solution would be if everyone was honest, and polite about it. Don't stare, don't keep coming at the subject again and again, don't judge and phrase your preference without using judgmental phrases (like "that's weird") If leg hair is something that turns you off, fine. But don't make ...
by Ulc
Tue May 22, 2012 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2522716

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Oh man I want to argue about being a vegetarian SO MUCH RIGHT NOW I'd say you're welcome - for all that I don't adhere to it any longer, it's still worth discussing. And to be entirely honest, the average vegetarian I meet is a way better cook than the average "MEAT FOR THE BACON GOD!" ty...
by Ulc
Sun May 20, 2012 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2024
Views: 572999

Re: Something on Youtube

This is simply too awesome for words.

So suffice to say, I'd have taken that train a couple of stops longer than I strictly needed.
by Ulc
Fri May 18, 2012 10:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13947
Views: 1883828

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

So? Every name probably means something offensive in at least one language. Our former prime minster's last name is Kok pronounced cock. It's a pretty common last name over here, it means cook. He's visited plenty of international summits or English-speaking countries, and I don't think it ever rai...
by Ulc
Thu May 17, 2012 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: general nooby questions
Replies: 125
Views: 14087

Re: general nooby questions

I never bother to ckeck spelling or puntuation in my forum posts. I find it silly when people get angry for improper grammer. :wink: And I find it silly when people tell me that they can't be bothered to communicate clearly with me, and yet expect me to take them seriously. It's like chewing gum wh...
by Ulc
Thu May 17, 2012 9:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law
Replies: 114
Views: 9686

Re: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law

I just also think the "abuse" is really freaking unrealistic... In my experience, there is no legal loophole people wont exploit. No fraud so vile that no-one will do it. No situation so delicate that they wont stampede in wearing combat boots and piss all over everything. If it's possibl...
by Ulc
Wed May 16, 2012 6:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law
Replies: 114
Views: 9686

Re: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law

As far as people exploiting the relaxed qualifications to gain entry to schools, and shelters, does this not seem a tad outlandish to anyone? The obstacles of being legally the wrong gender far exceed the benefits. My dad lived for 30 years with an F instead of an M on his driver's license due to a...
by Ulc
Mon May 14, 2012 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2522716

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

It seems to me that if you're vegetarian and speaking about it, that's perceived as aggressive... :roll: I was a vegetarian for quite a while, and never caught any flak about it. And I was quite open about it. Quite a few of my friends are, and never catch any flak for it. Why are you catching flak...
by Ulc
Mon May 14, 2012 10:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law
Replies: 114
Views: 9686

Re: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law

If these concerns aren't fictional as you claim, then you should have no problem finding even one example of an individual exploiting trans* inclusive policy to defraud the government, peep on (or assault) women in the bathroom, or any of the other things typically brought up in discussions like th...
by Ulc
Mon May 14, 2012 6:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law
Replies: 114
Views: 9686

Re: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law

There's nothing unusual about people exploiting something for perceived gain. Or jerking the system around if it's easy enough. In general, people probably have far, far more exposure to dickish people than they do trans folk, so no surprise if concerns are biased towards mitigating possible dickis...
by Ulc
Sun May 13, 2012 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military teaching 'total war' on Islam
Replies: 65
Views: 6856

Re: US military teaching 'total war' on Islam

You were making the point that being nice was pointless, since there will be resistance no matter if you're nice or not. But resistance is not a "yes/no" question, it's a question of degree. The resistance movement of any country IS impacted by the behavior of the occupiers, and their beha...
by Ulc
Sun May 13, 2012 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military teaching 'total war' on Islam
Replies: 65
Views: 6856

Re: US military teaching 'total war' on Islam

I don't mean to godwin, but I hope thats illustrative. It doesn't matter how well intentionned the occupiers are, resistance to a force that stations soldiers from a hostile, alien culture throughout your country and bombs civilian areas is legitimate, and to be expected. Well, except.. How do I ph...
by Ulc
Wed May 09, 2012 11:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13947
Views: 1883828

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

Our driving habits and transportation systems haven't yet caught up with the progress we've made elsewhere, but my personal opinion is that we've seen the last generation where car ownership is a rite of passage into adulthood. So much of Gen Y already has no desire to buy a car, and why would they...
by Ulc
Fri May 04, 2012 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun
Replies: 400
Views: 39668

Re: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun

Ugly situation overall. The school doesn't really have a choice here, weapon policies among students really are one of those things where you have to have a "zero tolerance" on, and as much as the use seems reasonable in this case, it doesn't really change the fact that schools absolutely ...
by Ulc
Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Someone is Creepy on the Internet
Replies: 32
Views: 4986

Re: Someone is Creepy on the Internet

This is either one of the finest examples of trolling I've ever seen, or one of the wost examples of humanity. I'd like to assume the former, for my own peace of mind; and even if someone were oblivious enough to think... any of that bullshit was acceptable behavior, surely they couldn't be as obli...
by Ulc
Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Potential Consequences of AGI
Replies: 17
Views: 4455

Re: Potential Consequences of AGI

I think this topic lacks something very basic, but the absence makes the topic nonsensical. Namely, please define what an AI is. Because from the description you give, it seems to be "a set of algorithms" for each possible circumstances - if it doesn't possess free will (the capability of ...
by Ulc
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Someone is Creepy on the Internet
Replies: 32
Views: 4986

Re: Someone is Creepy on the Internet

Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote:Nobody is really that creepy...right?


While this specific might be a troll, there totally is people out there being that creepy. Stalkers are a real thing, and it's awful to experience.
by Ulc
Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20862
Views: 2217736

Re: Postify your facerity

I should probably be wearing a bowler rather than a fedora

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by Ulc
Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Could age restrictions for buying alchohol be lowered?.
Replies: 35
Views: 9784

Re: Could age restrictions for buying alchohol be lowered?.

a) Could we, like, not totally assume that everyone is from the US. At least mention that it's a US specific topic instead of just sort of saying "the rest of the world doesn't exist" b) Most of Europa have that, and generally it doesn't seem to course any problems that isn't also present ...
by Ulc
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The nature of sex and sexual orientation.
Replies: 46
Views: 6485

Re: The nature of sex and sexual orientation.

Bunch of dudes freaked out when their attractive girlfriends told them they were post-op. Surely you see this as a product of homophobia though, right? The idea being 'if I'm attracted to someone who was once a male, as a male, then surely I'm gay, and being gay is the bad'. I don't think it's a ve...
by Ulc
Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No more porn
Replies: 239
Views: 45538

Re: No more porn

I realize that correlation does not imply causation, but you can not pretend that when it comes to common sense, that some correlations (porn lowers rape) don't make more sense than others (porn increases unicorn attacks). The thing is, if there actually was a correlation, you'd be justified in say...
by Ulc
Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43050

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school in Quantico, Va. to wom

so I'm hoping that means I'm making myself clearer. Nope - or at least, what you're saying is still when you distill it down to the core, pure misogyny. Whether that counts as making yourself clear or not, I leave to you, but that's what you're writing. but I'm not sure that justifies condoning rap...
by Ulc
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43050

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school in Quantico, Va. to wom

My marine friends seem to be of the mind that the qualities that make a marine good at his job are also qualities that you wouldn't want to be in the people in your society. Having no combat experience myself, I can't attest to it either way. Interesting. One of my good and close friends in the dan...
by Ulc
Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No more porn
Replies: 239
Views: 45538

Re: No more porn

Would anyone argue that it should be shut down because it causes psychological harm to those who don't show up because the rest of the student body calls them losers after the fact? If it was common that people not attending were called losers and made fun of for not attending? Yeah, that would tot...
by Ulc
Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No more porn
Replies: 239
Views: 45538

Re: No more porn

puritanical crusaders. And for the love of everything holy, don't ever, ever call them that. Name calling wont help you, and just because one is against this even does not make one a puritanical crusader. I plan to make the following arguments, I would like people to try and dispute them. (perhaps ...
by Ulc
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43050

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school in Quantico, Va. to wom

[Probably obvious, but trigger warning for pretty much everything to do with rape culture, rape, rape description and general unpleasantness] Even with both of those, shouldn't that just mean that we'd be obligated to inform women these figures before signing up, then letting them make their own cho...
by Ulc
Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13192
Views: 1214976

Re: Today I Learned

Noc wrote:TIL: You can make honey mustard by taking mustard and putting honey in it. I thought it was more complicated than that, but it's not.


You'll probably be delighted to learn this then:

Making mustard from scratch is really, really easy!
by Ulc
Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wholesale biochemical re-engineering - Not too far off now
Replies: 113
Views: 10753

Re: Wholesale biochemical re-engineering - Not too far off n

Okay, well if a bacteria is the simplest theoretically possible means of synthesizing proteins then so be it. To be fair, we don't actually know if it is First of all, "simplest" is not rigidly defined - A 10 step process that work under most conditions is probably simpler than a 8 step p...
by Ulc
Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wholesale biochemical re-engineering - Not too far off now
Replies: 113
Views: 10753

Re: Wholesale biochemical re-engineering - Not too far off n

I didn't say that it was unreliable, just that there were more points of failure. Anyways, the bacteria actually has to stay alive to produce proteins, and that involves millions of chemical reactions that have nothing to do with the protein synthesis, right? But synthesizing a protein involves onl...

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