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by Elvish Pillager
Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Past and Present: which is preferable to people?
Replies: 53
Views: 5634

Re: Past and Present: which is preferable to people?

Huh, that's just what I read in a newspaper. Stupid newspapers. :D As to 60-70 year old people 1) they're quite different people now than they were a while ago. 2) I can just as well find some who say the country's going to the dogs. 3) most importantly, they spent their formative years in one era a...
by Elvish Pillager
Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Past and Present: which is preferable to people?
Replies: 53
Views: 5634

Re: Past and Present: which is preferable to people?

Quality of life is good and all, but what about happiness? Suicide rates are going up across the board. Explain that , present-lovers! I'm not particularly convinced that it's possible to judge one time period against another, at all - it's not as if anyone can experience both and decide between the...
by Elvish Pillager
Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 155340

Re: Explain your avatar!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

Need I say more?

(The original picture includes her face, but I liked the subtlety of showing just a few stray tentacles. The scenery around the portal has a nice ambiance.)
by Elvish Pillager
Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Indiscriminate?
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

Re: Indiscriminate?

Sorry, but Ghandi was way better than FDR. :wink: The "indiscriminate vs. discriminate" distinction leaves out the criteria on which the latter killer discriminates. If we accept that there can be a difference in the wrong done based on a difference between the people killed, then which is...
by Elvish Pillager
Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transportation
Replies: 44
Views: 4517

Re: Transportation

BattleMoose wrote:
Elvish Pillager wrote:For the general grid, solar and wind power are much more efficient, than nuclear.
[Citation Needed]

[1]

As to dirigibles, I'm sure modern technology can supply effective safety measures...
by Elvish Pillager
Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0242: "The Difference"
Replies: 70
Views: 24542

Re: "The Difference" discussion

There's sort of a weird Evolutionary problem here...I guess you have to be scienctific AND have a healthy sense of self preservation inorder for future generations to be scientific too. The problem is, most scientists don't have that... That's why evolution looks at the group as much as the individ...
by Elvish Pillager
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0185: "Wikifriends"
Replies: 121
Views: 29558

Re: "wiki friends" disucssion

What I've heard is that they made New Coke deliberately, so that they could call real coke "Classic Coke", which sounds cooler.
by Elvish Pillager
Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: World View do you has?
Replies: 30
Views: 3376

Re: World View do you has?

The fact that some people are aware of the gods, doesn't destroy them. The only thing awareness can do is, for the people who are aware , let them choose to stop supporting the gods, and let them try to educate others about the presence of the gods. I say "try" for the second application f...
by Elvish Pillager
Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transportation
Replies: 44
Views: 4517

Re: Transportation

Nuclear power isn't the panacea some people make it out to be. For the general grid, solar and wind power are much more efficient. Personally, it takes me about 15 minutes to bicycle to my work/school. It takes 10-15 minutes to get there by car. On a good day, I can pull into my destination while th...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 75361

Re: Asexuality

Hmph. I use "she" and "he" as gender-neutral pronouns. :)
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: World View do you has?
Replies: 30
Views: 3376

Re: World View do you has?

Alasaurus wrote:can we call it a community who share information and a purpose

Sure.
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transportation
Replies: 44
Views: 4517

Re: Transportation

Yay, we all mostly agree :)

The only thing I'm particularly skeptical of is the idea that we can 'need' to go long distances in a short time. It's certainly highly useful in some situations, but I wouldn't elevate it to a need.
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transportation
Replies: 44
Views: 4517

Re: Transportation

Actually I'm a vegetarian. :) And we're going to eat either way... I'm not sure how those problems can be solved, except at the source. In any case, my estimation is that bicycles are cheap enough that even with electricity from coal, and metal from nasty mines, being used to make them, the efficien...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: World View do you has?
Replies: 30
Views: 3376

Re: World View do you has?

Boman: YEAH! Exactly the kind of reaction I'm looking for! :wink: Alasaurus, two people are smarter than one... but 300 000 000 people are stupider :) (Just look at the US!) For some reason, we humans haven't come up with an effective way to use our collective brainpower. There's a lot of reasons fo...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Life
Replies: 38
Views: 3680

Re: Life

by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transportation
Replies: 44
Views: 4517

Re: Transportation

But where does the energy to make that bike come from? From the sun, which we turn into electricity for the welding and food for the workers. Bikes don't cost much energy to make and they last a long time. And where do you get the energy to pedal the bike? Same place you get it for walking - which ...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Personal values on smoking
Replies: 87
Views: 7311

Re: Personal values on smoking

I've gotta say - storms, sex, and roller coasters aren't very likely to cause health problems, while smoking almost guarantees it. Personally, I've never tried a cigarette and likely never will. I don't like the smell, the image, the health risks, or the idea of sticking paper in my mouth. (I don't ...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Life
Replies: 38
Views: 3680

Re: Life

Yup. The operations of our bodies are based on the massacre of creatures of the size and intelligence of a zygote on a daily basis. To take a utilitarian[1] standpoint: A society of all babies could not survive, but a society of all adults could. That is, only adults can be expected to give back to ...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: World View do you has?
Replies: 30
Views: 3376

Re: World View do you has?

None. They're kind of like disease - they spread around and hurt people. We learn ways, over time, to recognize them and get rid of them, but it's a very slow process. (hmm; they probably used to be useful for hunter-gatherer tribes, maybe more. We don't need them anymore.) Democracy is a mostly sep...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transportation
Replies: 44
Views: 4517

Re: Transportation

...

Bicycle.

Of course, it depends on you need to transport, and what terrain you're crossing.
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Am I morally bankrupt?
Replies: 36
Views: 5816

Re: Am I morally bankrupt?

It makes you a human following the path of least resistance. That's most people nowadays, probably most people ever. They're not morally bankrupt - they're not even moral agents. They're machines. A giant network of machines that produce a seemingly endless supply of the status quo. There are other ...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: World View do you has?
Replies: 30
Views: 3376

to whom you do not realize that you are surrendering

Our cultures are filled with angry gods. Always demanding sacrifices - never satisfied. The secret is that they rely on humans, on the support of those ignorant of the harm they do. these gods, they will do anything to keep us in their thrall. Riding us. Playing on our naivety and fear. Only a few c...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Life
Replies: 38
Views: 3680

Re: Life

Heh. It may be possible to put everything in an order of how human it is, but I don't think it's possible to make it obey all the rules of numbers and percentages.

What would it even mean to say that one thing was twice as human as another?
by Elvish Pillager
Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Softer World xkcd parody
Replies: 101
Views: 12789

Re: A softer World, xkcd parody comic.

I don't see how it's possible to say that ASW is "bad". It's definitely the kind of art that works for some people and not others. (Personally, I like it most of the time, but not for its humor value.) Randall's "parody" could have been put in with the other ASW comics and wouldn...
by Elvish Pillager
Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Life
Replies: 38
Views: 3680

Re: Life

Along with half the population of the world. :wink:
by Elvish Pillager
Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Life
Replies: 38
Views: 3680

Re: Life

Squeak's definition is good for telling whether a bunch of matter is 'human' or not, but not good for telling how many beings it is. My fingernail clippings, for example, having homo sapiens DNA, are very human. And then we can start sliding down a slippery slope by comparing my fingernail clippings...
by Elvish Pillager
Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Life
Replies: 38
Views: 3680

Re: Life

Haha! I once wrote a six-page essay on why we shouldn't define 'human being'. The core argument was that there's a scale between being a dust mote (or whatever) and being a fully functioning, intelligent adult human, and that to make a definition is to draw a line on that scale and say that the thin...
by Elvish Pillager
Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Softer World xkcd parody
Replies: 101
Views: 12789

Re: A softer World, xkcd parody comic.

I liked Randall's one, and it seemed a lot like the normal a softer world kind of humor. This one just doesn't do it for me and doesn't seem much like XKCD.
by Elvish Pillager
Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: AP Advice
Replies: 27
Views: 2691

Re: AP Advice

Physics B probably won't be a trivial class, but the exam is, uhh... if you understand less than half the material, you should easily get a good score. (the only catch is that you have to genuinely understand the basics.) re Music Theory, Art History - definitely take them if you're interested in th...
by Elvish Pillager
Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14594

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

By the same reasoning, is the current Congress the worst Congress in American history? Congress's ratings vs. Bush's ratings Well, it goes along with Bush, so I'd have to say, yeah. :| Although the other effects that make people more likely to be down on the government in general can't be discounted.
by Elvish Pillager
Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Voting Age (UK)
Replies: 41
Views: 3836

Re: Legal Voting Age (UK)

Instead of having an absolute cutoff, why not scale it? Say, make 14-year-olds get 0.1 vote, 15-year olds 0.2, and so on up to 24-year-olds who would get a whole vote.
by Elvish Pillager
Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14594

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

Varsil, that argument sounds a lot like the dumb old "Nader takes votes away from the Democrats" one, albeit with more complicated reasons. Anyway, Nader is taking votes from McCain , so something different must be going on here. I also wonder how the Democratic Party got its reputation fo...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14594

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

To all those people who say voting (or any subset thereof) is a waste of time, well... posting about it is so much more useful? :D I say, don't vote for McCain (he'll keep us in Iraq) and don't vote for Obama (he'll keep us in Iraq.) It's against the fundamental purpose of voting to vote for an evil...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0458: "Regrets"
Replies: 130
Views: 31123

Re: "Regrets" Discussion

Well, yes; there's several different interpretations in the google results (Mine, that, and "I might have kissed him if (events had gone some other way)") mainly.) I chose this one rather than the others because it was easier to word without implying anything about the gender of the kisser...
by Elvish Pillager
Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0458: "Regrets"
Replies: 130
Views: 31123

Re: "Regrets" Discussion

What amuses me, is that while both should and shouldn't have more results with "her" as the object, might has more results for "him".

Men must be less memorable to kiss. :wink:

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