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by Enuja
Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SA fury over athete gender test
Replies: 145
Views: 10679

Re: SA fury over athete gender test

The IOC has too many sports as it is, to make the Olympics manageable. I'm not advocating for anything (if I was advocating, it would be for the abolition of competitive sport as a whole), but I do consider creating separate spaces for sexes as sexist (not necessarily wrong, but certainly sexist). I...
by Enuja
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SA fury over athete gender test
Replies: 145
Views: 10679

Re: SA fury over athete gender test

Because having separate competitions for women is a way to include women in the elite levels competition in the first place, there should either be separate divisions for sex or a competition not limited by sex. It doesn't make sense to have a men's only competition without having a women's competit...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Looking for evidence - Male/female differences
Replies: 266
Views: 34014

Re: Looking for evidence - Male/female differences

I think that elite sports and weight lifting are two very special cases that are inappropriately seen as representative of gender difference. In elite sports, only the very best men and women participate. In sports that depend on physical strength, the best men will be stronger than the best women, ...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd elitism at in-n-out burger?
Replies: 118
Views: 11373

Re: xkcd elitism at in-n-out burger?

I'm deliberately flunking out of graduate school and looking forward to a life of "shit jobs". My priorities are such that I never want another office job (love to goof off reading and on the computer, hate for it to be work), or another job that follows me home or requires long hours. So,...
by Enuja
Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SA fury over athete gender test
Replies: 145
Views: 10679

Re: SA fury over athete gender test

Oh, I think that valuing elite competition in sport is encouraging the use of exogenous steriods, period, and that with more than one class of competition, very few people would use steriods. But it was a strange suggestion, and I probably shouldn't have posted it here.
by Enuja
Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SA fury over athete gender test
Replies: 145
Views: 10679

Re: SA fury over athete gender test

This 2008 New York Times article covers all the important issues in a very readable way (and it isn't behind a registration barrier), and this straight dope covers it from the transgendered angle. (Yes, the Wikipedia article Okita linked earlier covers most of it, but the article really needs some ...
by Enuja
Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 46508

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

On nutrition, trophic efficiency, and morals: what about eating insects? Their intelligence is low, they very efficiently turn what they eat into flesh (much more efficiently than birds and mammals, anyway), and they are a great source of protein. Are their any otherwise vegetarians who would consid...
by Enuja
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 24271

Re: District 9

I can actually ignore plot holes to the point that it pisses my friends off. I enjoyed all of the matrix/star wars/LOTR movies. ALL of them. Usually I just get absorbed into the story and my head just fills in whatever is weak. In my opinion, the plot holes/inconsistencies in the Matrix trilogy are...
by Enuja
Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who else loves Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust?
Replies: 28
Views: 3351

Re: Who else loves Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust?

I've used both string cheese and cut chunks of non-string mozzarella, the non-string mozzarella is far cheaper, and the effects seem to be the same. However, my stuffed crusted would open up at least one point of the crust, and I don't see any solutions to that problem here, short of buying a specif...
by Enuja
Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 24271

Re: District 9

Phrozt is completely correct that there are all kinds of plot holes/inconsistences/annoyances/nitpicky problems throughout the film. If you can ignore those things and revel in the themes and ideas, go for it, but if your films have to make sense upon deep inspection, just avoid this film. It is not...
by Enuja
Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 46508

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

I just finished a batch of seitan I made from vital wheat gluten. The first time I made it, I wasn't a huge fan, but I loved it this time. (I think my dough was too tough last time.) Because it's the concentrated gluten from wheat, I seriously doubt that it's a good food as far as using a small amou...
by Enuja
Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: let's talk about soup.
Replies: 15
Views: 2811

Re: let's talk about soup.

When I was younger I didn't like soup. I've figured out that it was because my parents either heated soup up from cans or made really bad soup. I now love soup. I've become addicted to making my own stock, and freezing it. I had a co-worker gushing about the wonderful smell of my soup when I was eat...
by Enuja
Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Head Hair
Replies: 202
Views: 80351

Re: Head Hair

Jessica, I think that the 1st one (the pixie cut, right?) would look really nice on you, but I'm guessing from pictures that you have thick hair, so it would take some skill and a lot of thinning to cut it, and, more importantly, quite regular visits to your stylist to maintain it. So, I'd say go fo...
by Enuja
Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 24271

Re: District 9

Yuri2356, your explanation for my question is the same as Spacemilk's, and I think that you are probably both correct. It doesn't make that much sense to spend much time with anger at a position of mine that I called crazy. My whole point was that I was praising the film. You agree that Winkus start...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 715
Views: 261880

Re: The worst film you've seen

The worst film I've ever seen was, hands down Echoes of Innocence . The theme of the film is to celebrate naive, young marriage (promising yourself at the age of 12, then getting married at 18, and the film ends with an awful 18 year old just-married sex scene), and the film was extremely poorly don...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 24271

Re: District 9

On the intelligence of the aliens: I think it was the person talking about the control module/small ship who said that most of the aliens weren't too smart, and they were right about that part. Also, as Christopher, his son, and the doomed alien are picking through the trash, the doomed alien ca...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: I have an eating disorder (& am talking about it on Reddit)
Replies: 8
Views: 1838

Re: I have an eating disorder (& am talking about it on Reddit)

My spouse does best when he has essentially no variety in his diet. He has a much larger pallet of foods to choose from than you do, but I think that targeting specific foods to add your circle of safe foods is probably a really good idea. You say you're trying to target rice: I suggest having brown...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 24271

Re: District 9

The next paragraph is a response to EdgarJPublius that I'm not putting behind a spoiler tag because it's about the themes of the film and about our individual morals, not about plot issues. I vehemently disagree that humans should have some species-specific "genetic imperative" to value hu...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 24271

Re: District 9

I really liked that everyone essentially had the same goals (get the aliens back to there home/elsewhere), but were constantly fighting each other anyway. That's a theme that I don't know that I've ever seen in film before, and it's a problem we constantly see in our univers...
by Enuja
Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Moon
Replies: 47
Views: 7827

Re: Moon

I absolutely loved the film. And I hate Sam Rockwell's face. It wasn't quite like eternal sunshine of the spotless mind (I used to hate Jim Carey, but I loved that film, and Jim Carey absolutely disappeared into the role) but it was a good enough film that seeing a hated face for the entire movie st...
by Enuja
Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Head Hair
Replies: 202
Views: 80351

Re: Head Hair

Hyphe, I certainly don't know of any hairdressers in your entire country (and naturallycurly.com only lists one curly Salon in Greater London ), and I don't know much about stylists in general, but I'm going to guess that if you're spending a fair amount of money on a stylist, he or she will have pi...
by Enuja
Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: District 9
Replies: 185
Views: 24271

Re: District 9

I saw it today and don't know what to think about it, yet. I need to talk about it and process it more. Which is a pretty good sign about the quality of the film. I agree with almost everything in Malice's review. I do agree that the end was probably too much of an action film, but I think it's poss...
by Enuja
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who else loves Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust?
Replies: 28
Views: 3351

Re: Who else loves Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust?

I have tried to make my own stuffed crust pizza from home: those of you who have worked at places that make stuffed crust pizza, how did you do it? I found that thick sticks of cheese worked best for the stuffing inside, but I couldn't make the crust really mate well when I folded it over. (I put th...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "As long as it doesn't harm anyone": bad argument?
Replies: 25
Views: 8753

Re: "As long as it doesn't harm anyone": bad argument?

I see that cliche very differently than both you and the essay-writer do. To me, the cliche is not an argument that something is morally acceptable if and only if it harms no-one, but instead a statement of self-ownership of morals. I think that phrase is not applicable to cheating (because you are ...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Just be yourself" = load of crap?
Replies: 24
Views: 3641

Re: "Just be yourself" = load of crap?

I, too, think that the OP misinterpreted what the phrase means: it doesn't mean don't have ambitions and don't try to change yourself, but instead try to do things that you can do well and enjoy instead of trying to do things that other people do well and enjoy. However, I do have problems with the ...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How did people wake up before alarm clocks?
Replies: 49
Views: 6414

Re: How did people wake up before alarm clocks?

I've talked about this with my spouse, and we're pretty convinced that the invention of alarm clocks has enabled people to short themselves on sleep. The easiest way to get up "early" when you need to (to milk the cows or whatnot) is to go to sleep at a consistent time that gives you enoug...
by Enuja
Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3531408

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

I was sexually active long before Gardasil came out so, of course, I've never had the vaccine: any protection it would have given me was presumably taken care of by an actual infection, so I wasn't in the population of people recommended to have the vaccine. Interestingly, I was infected with HPV la...
by Enuja
Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: training cats
Replies: 6
Views: 1150

Re: training cats

Have you taken Loki to the vet and told the vet that he is really vulnerable to being over-excited (the hissing and biting when people try to pet him) and you can't seem to train him to stop scratching inappropriate surfaces? My picky, difficult cat who I thought was just getting more picky with age...
by Enuja
Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 46508

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

rigaTony, the supplements issue has already been addressed in this thread. You do not need supplements to eat a healthy vegetarian diet, as long as you eat milk or eggs or their products (exhibit A: Indian sub-continent and lacto-vegetarian diet and exhibit B: any nutrition research you care to look...
by Enuja
Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 46508

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

If it weren't for the meat industry, many animals would never have the chance to live at all. In fact, there are more chickens in the world than people. These chickens may not have full lives, but they get all the food they need and live very safe lives. At the end, sure, they have to die. But a li...
by Enuja
Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14711

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

"Abortion" would still be the same thing, only it would be killing the fetus while the fetus was in the EUFG instead of killing the fetus while it was in a women's womb.
by Enuja
Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food Noob
Replies: 47
Views: 6085

Re: Food Noob

Cheese does not just burn if you put it in the oven. Think of pizza. That's a very hot oven, with cheese on top. Cheese topped bagels and breads? And, of course, cheese topped casseroles. And I'll even put bread in my oven just so I can put cheese on top of the bread to be bubble and rise and brown ...
by Enuja
Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Advice needed on walking off into the desert alone
Replies: 28
Views: 3263

Re: Advice needed on walking off into the desert alone

I'd suggest a 3 week vacation: a one week desert training course, a week in hotels, recovering and seeing some sights in the place you went to, and then a one week trip in the desert alone. Even deserts have water sources, and I suggest that you find a location that you can be camping, alone, with a...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The basis of ethics and morality
Replies: 148
Views: 17587

Re: The basis of ethics and morality

I have met people with morals like that. Of course I can't address their morals outside of my morals. But neither can you. You can claim that you have some absolute moral system that trumps their moral system, but they wouldn't believe you any more than they would believe me. All moral systems are c...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The basis of ethics and morality
Replies: 148
Views: 17587

Re: The basis of ethics and morality

I hold my axioms because I like morality in general and them in particular. They make making important decisions easier, they make my life more pleasant, they would make society as a whole more pleasant if everyone followed them. I literally can't imagine the existence of a God (it's like imagining ...
by Enuja
Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 46508

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

We evolved the ability to drink the milk of other mammals because we started doing it, not because we spontaneously evolved that way (or, remembering that I said "whether you believe in evolution or religion," were created by god that way). I agree that the naturalistic fallacy is a bogus...
by Enuja
Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The basis of ethics and morality
Replies: 148
Views: 17587

Re: The basis of ethics and morality

However, for your axioms to be right, they need to be able to be proven over the axioms of others. Otherwise, how do you know the axioms themselves are correct? My axioms are not "right" or "correct". They are axioms! I don't believe in absolute morality. I don't think that mora...
by Enuja
Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The basis of ethics and morality
Replies: 148
Views: 17587

Re: The basis of ethics and morality

I specifically said that I have a relative morality (= no evidence for the "correctness" of my morals) and I used the word axiom on purpose. It's something that I can't prove, and I honestly believe that it is impossible to prove, because I think that morality is a wonderful thing invented...
by Enuja
Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cookbooks
Replies: 18
Views: 3878

Re: Cookbooks

My current favorite cookbook is Mark Bitman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian . My parents by way of Joy of Cooking and Joy of Cooking itself taught me to cook, but then I kinda accidentally became a mostly-vegetarian. I had an extremely limited set of recipes, and there were a lot of vegetables (...
by Enuja
Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The basis of ethics and morality
Replies: 148
Views: 17587

Re: The basis of ethics and morality

I will leave the discussion of whether absolute morality can exist without the supernatural to others. My own morality is a relative morality, but I don't consider it arbitrary. My morality starts from some very simple axioms. Those axioms are things I came to from intuition, from arguing about othe...

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