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by Vellyr
Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148247

Re: eating meat

Personally, I'd argue against shipping food to anywhere without another confirmed means of population control in place. Otherwise we're just making the problem far worse in the long term. It's a little like taking a car that's out of gas, and pumping gas into it without paying attention to the fact...
by Vellyr
Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14520

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

I guess I'm looking for reassurance that taxing the rich an exorbitant amount of their income actually works, and isn't just some misguided policy being enacted because it's "fair". How is his tax on oil companies going to affect gas prices?
by Vellyr
Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14520

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

Ok, I have a question. I'm a fiscal conservative atheist geek. Obama's stances on science and social issues appeal to me far more than McCain's. Enough in fact that I think I might be willing to put up with absurd ideas like socialized health care. Can someone link me to somewhere that explains wher...
by Vellyr
Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best Video Game
Replies: 122
Views: 11597

Re: Best Video Game

No one said Xenogears because it's not that great a game. The combat is entirely generic JRPG, it completely lacks any gameplay for half the "game" and regardless of what you think of the story, it's painful to get through when the text is given to you at one word per minute. I'd rather r...
by Vellyr
Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Marathon
Replies: 24
Views: 2181

Re: Marathon

5) Also, it is in fact the only sporting event modeled after an action that killed it's first 'competitor'. I actually didn't know this. This makes me wonder, even more than watching the Olympics and reading stuff on the Crossfit site: Why did this become such a popular sport and measure of "f...
by Vellyr
Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal USA Tax Policy
Replies: 70
Views: 4783

Re: Ideal USA Tax Policy

Would you tax food? I think you would have to tax food and other necessities, otherwise you would have to place an even larger tax on luxury markets, which would discourage spending and hurt the economy. The economy is way beyond my ability to fathom though, so I could be completely wrong. I have h...
by Vellyr
Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Societally Enforced Population Control
Replies: 158
Views: 10441

Re: Societally Enforced Population Control

The solution comes in several stages. Firstly, we need to develop countries to the point where there is less need for so many children to be born. As long as extras are needed in case of disease, for manual labor, and other reasons, enforcing a birth limit would accomplish nothing, and would have a...
by Vellyr
Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal USA Tax Policy
Replies: 70
Views: 4783

Re: Ideal USA Tax Policy

I'm in favor of having a very low flat income tax (low enough that you don't run into problems with people near the poverty level), then raise sales tax to compensate. Rich people spend more money, so they would naturally put more into the system. With this system though, they would at least have th...
by Vellyr
Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama, McCain fight over income and elitism again
Replies: 69
Views: 6184

Re: Obama, McCain fight over income and elitism again

While that graph make a very convincing case that Obama is the second coming of Robin Hood, it doesn't give the whole picture. What McCain is doing is moving towards a flat tax, since the brackets he's giving tax breaks to already get taxed a disproportionate amount. What the Obama plan is does is b...
by Vellyr
Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best Video Game
Replies: 122
Views: 11597

Re: Best Video Game

Nobody has said Xenogears...I must correct this

Xenogears. Rarely do you see such a beautiful plot in any form of media. Incredible score, characters, and combat. I'll probably still be waiting for them to remake this game when I am 75.
by Vellyr
Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama, McCain fight over income and elitism again
Replies: 69
Views: 6184

Re: Obama, McCain fight over income and elitism again

I do love how there's so much criticism... "Obama's just as much of a phony, he's just as much of a placater, he's just as much of a lying political douchebag! ... Yeah, I'm voting for him." All I can realistically hope for is that he's a lying political douchebag who tries to raise taxes...
by Vellyr
Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Beer makes you stupid?
Replies: 46
Views: 5839

Re: Beer makes you stupid?

and if there were causation it would be in the opposite direction.


This is the truth. Actually, I remember a thread not too long ago which posited that since a lot of famous scientists drank beer, it actually makes you smarter.
by Vellyr
Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada Bus Beheading
Replies: 63
Views: 5530

Re: Canada Bus Beheading

My first reaction to this article was to laugh at the sheer absurdity. In retrospect, that kind of bothers me.
by Vellyr
Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 831418

Re: Anime!

Not...at all...there are 26 episodes in series 1, and 25 in Kai. What's going on is really only explained in the last arc of season 1, and is elaborated on / resolved in season 2 The "climactic finish" could have come straight out of a scooby doo episode though "it would have worked ...
by Vellyr
Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Dark Knight
Replies: 602
Views: 54093

Re: The Dark Knight

It just seems like the essentially the same story could have been told more compactly. For instance, there were multiple mobsters who played essentially the same part. Commissioner Loeb and the mayor were also sort of redundant. There were one or two unnecessary cops. I'm pretty sure the China subp...
by Vellyr
Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Sound artist" records wobbling jelly
Replies: 10
Views: 1542

Re: "Sound artist" records wobbling jelly

I have to say, that was profound

Edit: Wait...what's the European word for jelly then? Fruit preserves and jam are quite definitely distinct things.
by Vellyr
Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal Environmental Policy
Replies: 50
Views: 4898

Re: Ideal Environmental Policy

Well, on the global warming front, I think the easiest way is to impose a stiff tax on carbon as it enters the economy. Tax fuel as it's imported or pulled from the ground, and then people will have an incentive to use it less. Um, no, this would just make gas prohibitively expensive. Imposing high...
by Vellyr
Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Age of Conan
Replies: 59
Views: 6072

Re: Age of Conan

I think that you've misunderstood me because what we consider "immersive" is different. I think that WoW and EQ were the most immersive games that I've ever played. Their gameplay on the other hand really isn't that impressive, but they're still massively addicting. You can tell with AoC's...
by Vellyr
Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Timed Exploding Base Ending
Replies: 21
Views: 2635

Re: Timed Exploding Base Ending

Xenosaga episode I

Spoiler:
Except they did a somewhat humorous twist on it, in that you get out of the space station just in time, but your angle of reentry is way to steep and you start to burn up in the atmosphere
by Vellyr
Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Age of Conan
Replies: 59
Views: 6072

Re: Age of Conan

I can't really say I enjoy this game and I'm definitely not paying for a subscription. The world is not immersive at all due to various things like unecessary instancing and invisible walls, and the gameplay is boring after the first 20 levels (I played up to 33 as a guardian). I feel like more and ...
by Vellyr
Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3408
Views: 794946

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I had a dream that I was driving down a road and I saw one of those "Watch for falling rocks" signs, and then there were several more signs after it detailing the geological composition of the surrounding rocks and why they are unstable in this area. I think it may have been inspired by re...
by Vellyr
Sun May 18, 2008 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Alignment
Replies: 215
Views: 26121

Re: Alignment

Is there such a thing as True Good and True Evil? If so, I'd imaging those would be reserved for certain deities... angels and demons falling into those alignments as well perhaps. So what's the scoop on that? I've always just assumed that this was the purpose of the "neutral" tag. "...
by Vellyr
Thu May 15, 2008 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 6-pack
Replies: 96
Views: 21636

Re: 6-pack

The popular term is "skinny fat". It seems to me quite a few girls suffer from it. They appear slim, but if you really consider that they don't get much exercise, you'll realise they can't have much muscle then. So their is really quite a bit of fat (as a percentage) that they are carryin...
by Vellyr
Wed May 14, 2008 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you going to replace WoW with?
Replies: 121
Views: 14594

Re: What are you going to replace WoW with?

I'm probably going to try AoC when it comes out, but I've also got my eye on Aion, which looks awesome.
by Vellyr
Wed May 14, 2008 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 6-pack
Replies: 96
Views: 21636

Re: 6-pack

Find yourself some girls who aren't shallow. Then you won't need the sixpack, and you won't have wasted your time/money trying to get one. Here, have a beer. There are a lot of girls who don't mind if you don't have a 6-pack, but most of them would be more attracted to you if you did. Plus it does ...
by Vellyr
Sun May 11, 2008 1:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Weird things that happened today
Replies: 280
Views: 51211

Re: Weird things that happened today

I was walking to class today in a light drizzle, and suddenly, the drizzle became little balls of soap suds, just falling from the sky. There was nothing above me but open sky, and I couldn't see anything nearby that would produce them.
by Vellyr
Sat May 10, 2008 3:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA to Announce Success of Long Galactic Hunt
Replies: 74
Views: 9983

Re: NASA to Announce Success of Long Galactic Hunt

Looking back on their previous media alerts, it doesn't seem like they hold a press conference every time they discover some crazy new thing for astronomers to geek out over. My guess is that it's something that people would care about, not some sort of obscure phenomenon.
by Vellyr
Tue May 06, 2008 5:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sex for the internet
Replies: 31
Views: 4478

Re: Sex for the internet

I'd think that even as a virgin, you'd have to be pretty desperate to want to have your first sexual experience with a random woman from the internet.
by Vellyr
Tue May 06, 2008 4:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teen arrested dressed up as ninja
Replies: 38
Views: 3352

Re: Clearly pirate garb would have worked better

Am I the only one who doesn't really find anything odd about this? If I left my door unlocked and some kid in a ninja costume came into my house and asked to use the computer...I mean sure I'd look at him funny, but I wouldn't call the cops.
by Vellyr
Tue May 06, 2008 4:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: McCain accidentally tells the truth about Iraq
Replies: 61
Views: 5613

Re: McCain accidentally tells the truth about Iraq

I think it's been fairly obvious from the start that the war is about oil. That doesn't necessarily mean that it's not about anything else. Creating stability in the region benefits the people who live there as well as ensuring our continued access to their natural resources. I believe that is what ...
by Vellyr
Tue May 06, 2008 3:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 154821

Re: Explain your avatar!

It's a Totoro, from Hayao Miyazaki's "My Neighbor Totoro". I haven't actually seen the movie yet, so I'm not sure exactly what that entails, but I know it's awesome.
by Vellyr
Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next decade's soldiers of PEACE and DEMOCRACY [Robot Dog]
Replies: 69
Views: 8181

Re: Next decade's soldiers of PEACE and DEMOCRACY

It seems like it would be an enormous waste of money to strap a bomb to one of these
by Vellyr
Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 493936

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Something that's really been bothering me lately is whenever I hear the word "shorty" in a rap or hip/hop song. It sounds like something you would call a kid. Aside from the obviously sexist and derogatory implications, it makes me feel like there's pedophilia going on, due to the context ...
by Vellyr
Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tantrik? More like Tantrick!
Replies: 17
Views: 2365

Re: Tantrik? More like Tantrick!

Just to play devil's advocate, I thought that most tantrik spiritualists followed a philosophy of peace, why is it any surprise that they can't use their power to kill someone?
by Vellyr
Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next decade's soldiers of PEACE and DEMOCRACY [Robot Dog]
Replies: 69
Views: 8181

Re: Next decade's soldiers of PEACE and DEMOCRACY

It's already fast enough to catch a person. It might not be able to match the top speed of a human (then again it might, I'm not sure), but it also doesn't get tired. The video showed it going at a running speed. I didn't see it running fast enough to catch a human at a brisk trot anywhere in the v...
by Vellyr
Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama's Speech: A More Perfect Union.
Replies: 50
Views: 5893

Re: Obama's Speech: A More Perfect Union.

As well-spoken and intelligent as Obama is, it sorely disappoints me that his politics are so naive and socialist. If the election were a popularity contest, I would much rather vote for Obama, but unfortunately I'll have to settle for a slightly sleazy balding white man who might actually run the c...
by Vellyr
Fri Mar 21, 2008 1:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next decade's soldiers of PEACE and DEMOCRACY [Robot Dog]
Replies: 69
Views: 8181

Re: Next decade's soldiers of PEACE and DEMOCRACY

If they develop these so they can move at faster speeds, it's going to be fucking creepy. Imagine being chased down by one of those things in a dark forest :shock:
by Vellyr
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Favourite Game Plot? (there might just be spoilers)
Replies: 47
Views: 5153

Re: Favourite Game Plot?

Xenogears had an awesome plot, it has so many threads that it ties up neatly at the end, and the each of the characters all have their own personal struggles as well (the main character's being one of the most interesting that I've seen in any form of fiction) Also, if you can throw in killing The G...
by Vellyr
Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 1 in 4 teenage girls has an STD
Replies: 90
Views: 8560

Re: 1 in 4 teenage girls has an STD

Durandal wrote:That's what abstinence-only education gets you.

Do they seriously believe teens are going to ignore their natural impulses?


I'm not particularly in favor of abstinence-only education, but whether or not you get the virus they're talking about (HPV) is largely unaffected by birth control.
by Vellyr
Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mad scientist building giant robot
Replies: 14
Views: 8757

Re: Mad scientist building giant robot

I really want to know who this guy is, and why he lives out in the middle of the woods building crazy shit. He's got to have a huge amount of disposable income from somewhere.

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