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by Pixel
Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Why isn't marriage working out?

It's not a debate technique. I'm not arguing what is the "worldwide standard". I'm just voicing my opinion. I think two parents natural. I think two parents is ideal. I think more is not ideal. Except that you have come into a discussion of marriage and why it is declining, and are trying...
by Pixel
Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Why isn't marriage working out?

regardless, it's just a matter of opinion anyway Whether a type of child rearing is the worldwide standard or not is not a matter of opinion, it is a matter of observable fact. You continue in this discussion to state things as fact, and once you are proved wrong either dismiss them as irrelevant o...
by Pixel
Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Why isn't marriage working out?

'Western' culture is entirely prevalent in my world (and most if not all of our worlds) which has the concepts of a mother and father and not some (pardon the word) more primitive culture which has a different parental system. Raising kids in a western culture is thus ideally a two-person affair (p...
by Pixel
Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Why isn't marriage working out?

Sure it works, but i don't like it. And that right there is the fatal flaw in your arguments. I understand that you don't like it, but that doesn't mean it's a bad thing and more than it means it's a good thing. You can't base an argument solely on an opinion. So you don't like it. Too bad. I'm not...
by Pixel
Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Japan and their Robots
Replies: 12
Views: 1914

Re: Japan and their Robots

It's all fine and dandy till they starts making the robots smarter and eventually they realise that they don't have to serve humans when they can just slaughter us all with whirling blades of death. Robots are cool. I for once welcome our robot overlords *glances nervously at the toaster that's spr...
by Pixel
Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Why isn't marriage working out?

I guess I'm just against 3 or more person marriages in principle. I personally believe that the concept of a mother and father is in our biology. I don't care who puts on either hats or if they get, hmm, shared but I think there is inherently balance in 2. That's all I was trying to say. Why is sha...
by Pixel
Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Why isn't marriage working out?

can you imagin the world if divorce was outlawed. do you think people would think more about getting married fires? For a long period of time divorce *was* outlawed by the Christian church. From the 10th century through today in fact. It is a hell of a time getting re-married in several flavors of ...
by Pixel
Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Why isn't marriage working out?

@Pixel: religious marriage definitely predates marriage for money reasons. Read the bible. (I am not claiming everything the bible says is true, but it is undoubtedly very old, older than tax cuts at least) And money and property are older than tax cuts too. Think about it this way. If you are a da...
by Pixel
Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Arisia meetup and parties (Cambridge MA) 1/18-1/20/2008
Replies: 8
Views: 2992

Re: Arisia meetup and parties (Cambridge MA) 1/18-1/20/2008

I will try to make it to some/all of those. Will you be posting the XKCD meetup on the party announce board?
by Pixel
Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Why isn't marriage working out?

Marriages (at their core) weren't about religion, raising children, etc. They are about preserving money, property and power. Your parents decided who you were marrying based on what other family they thought they would be the best FISCAL fit with theirs. You were told who you were going to marry, a...
by Pixel
Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Marriage

You misunderstand me. I see no problem in gay people getting married. I didn't think you had a problem. I was just commenting on the world in general. Marriage has worked out rather well throughout history, but it isn't working so well now, so why do we still do it? Is there no better way? I don't ...
by Pixel
Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Marriage

This part fascinates me the most. You have one group in america that wants to get married, and it is the group (some)people are fighting the hardest to keep from marrying. When you say that you have "one group. . .that wants to get married," you seem to be indicating that the other group ...
by Pixel
Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Talking cows, and debates on that.
Replies: 52
Views: 3325

Re: Talking cows, and debates on that.

If cows & sheep were to suddenly be human intelligent (not bloody likely, those are two of the *dumbest* animals on the planet, after domesticated turkeys), I would *prefer* to gt my meat elsewhere. But one way or another I'd want to eat meat. Governmentally enforced vegetarianism would never wo...
by Pixel
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Travel tips
Replies: 58
Views: 99383

Re: Travel tips

5. Allot at least 20% your total travel time EXTRA. You will not make it on time. Or, bring a lot of coffee, avoid carbs, keep your windows open, grab a rabbit at all opportunities , and get from Mobile AL to LA in 36 hours. I just had this great visual of a rabbit sitting on the side of the road e...
by Pixel
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8505

Re: Marriage

yelly wrote:Add that to all this trouble with same sex marriages etc. marriage probably causes more problems than it solves.


This part fascinates me the most. You have one group in america that wants to get married, and it is the group (some)people are fighting the hardest to keep from marrying.
by Pixel
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fighting EULA's (User Agreements)
Replies: 18
Views: 3350

Re: Fighting EULA's (User Agreements)

So - is a corporation allowed to send you a letter with a credit card and an "agreement"? If you don't send a letter of denial with the credit card (i.e. the "item of value") attached then you might be under an obligation to, for example, open an account with a particular intere...
by Pixel
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Japan and their Robots
Replies: 12
Views: 1914

Re: Japan and their Robots

I remember hearing an article on this on NPR a while back. They even had robots to be friends with the elderly. I believe it was a seal-looking bot that made happy noises when interacted with, and could learn individual patients' nicknames for it and respond to them. It was kinda creepy how much the...
by Pixel
Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Arisia, Boston Jan 18-21.
Replies: 4
Views: 2000

Re: Arisia, Boston Jan 18-21.

I have a party suite at Arisia, and will be throwing parties on both Friday and Saturday nights. How does a 1pm Sunday xkcd meetup sound? That sounds good, are you going to post it on the party board? Because that might get more people to show up. "why the hell is every major street in this ar...
by Pixel
Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Connecticut meetup?
Replies: 88
Views: 74169

Re: Connecticut meetup?

Car Chase Movie Night tonight in West Hartford, We're watching the last two episodes of this season's Top Gear (season 10, not the season 8 being shown on BBC America). Show up around 6pm, we'll likely order delivery food, and disc goes in around 6:30pm. PM or comment if you're coming and/or if you ...
by Pixel
Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1443997

Re: Man Thread: urgghhh Graaag!

d33p wrote:Hell no. Given enough Jack Daniels, couches become sexy. Maybe I need a new prescription of beer goggles. I take "love seat" to a new and disturbing level.


This questionable content strip immediately popped into my head when I read that.
by Pixel
Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Arisia, Boston Jan 18-21.
Replies: 4
Views: 2000

Arisia, Boston Jan 18-21.

Arisia is the biggest SF Con in the northeast, the maximum capacity of 2,000 people sold out last year, and in previous years in another hotel it got around 2,400 people. I'll be there at least from Fri-Sun, possibly Mon (the holiday makes it a 4-day con this year). Is anyone else going to be there...
by Pixel
Wed Dec 26, 2007 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Terrifying Tales of Retail: BUY SELL BUY SELL BEEP BOOP
Replies: 344
Views: 47316

Re: Terrifying Tales of Retail: The Customer is Always An Ass

I was at a Register with no-one else, as the other register on taht station had a broken scanner. Every four or so seconds, it would let off a quick, light series of 4 beeps. Every four seconds. For four and a half hours. I worked one Xmas for a toy store back when I was in high school. We had one ...
by Pixel
Wed Dec 26, 2007 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Buying a Minivan - Nerdhelp Required
Replies: 70
Views: 6251

Re: Buying a Minivan - Nerdhelp Required

Don't know if this is in your price range, but the Ford Taurus X (a rebadge of the Freestyle) might be worth a look. Three rows of seats and a fair amount of space in something with a bit of style that isn't a minivan.
by Pixel
Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Breaking things!
Replies: 34
Views: 2965

Re: Breaking things!

I was recently fascinated to discover my cell phone can't spell some common people's names (the exact one escape me), but does have "Genocide" in its dictionary.
by Pixel
Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ideas on a car?
Replies: 25
Views: 2511

Re: Ideas on a car?

I'm going to assume that you're not particularly car-savvy from your post, and that you are looking for something you are unlikely to be working on yourself. My suggestions would mirror those above of buying used (even just a year or two) so someone else pays the depreciation. I's also mirror the Ci...
by Pixel
Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ideas on a car?
Replies: 25
Views: 2511

Re: Ideas on a car?

AHman! i was reading in popular science about the car with the best drag coefficient (.11... in comparison, a prius has like .28, and a fish has like .2) that has a single piston engine and... something else... it's a hybrid.. BUT BUT BUT for 30k (that you don't have) and another year or two (that ...
by Pixel
Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do some people have multiple cellphones?
Replies: 45
Views: 3768

Re: Why do some people have multiple cellphones?

Last convention I went to, the guy I was drinking next to informed me that he had two phones, one that his wife knows about, and one that his boyfriend knows about. Why he felt the need to confess this to the complete stranger next to him is a mystery for the ages. I have the sudden urge to find th...
by Pixel
Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pet advice
Replies: 43
Views: 3738

Re: Pet advice

I think ferrets are awesome, and still want to get one some day. I have a friend who is a vet though and her comment on ferrets was "They are incredibly skilled at finding new ways to bump themselves off." That is the one big problem with ferrets, they are very inquisitive, and have no sen...
by Pixel
Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Incadescent Light Bulb Being Phased Out
Replies: 60
Views: 6041

Re: Incadescent Light Bulb Being Phased Out

I started swapping over to CFLs in the last couple of years, replacing burned out bulbs with CFLs or putting CFLs in any new light fixtures. I don't see the electric bill (another housemate handles that), but the durability of the CFLs make it worth it to me. The back hallway in my old apartment bui...
by Pixel
Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Connecticut meetup?
Replies: 88
Views: 74169

Re: Connecticut meetup?

19th is Arisia , which I will be attending. 26th is Vericon, which I am undecided on but unlikely to attend. Ah, forgot about Vericon, never heard about Arisia. Add Feb 2nd to the list of possible dates? Arisia is the biggest scifi con in New England. It sold out all 2000 memberships last year. and...
by Pixel
Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Connecticut meetup?
Replies: 88
Views: 74169

Re: Connecticut meetup?

19th is Arisia , which I will be attending. 26th is Vericon, which I am undecided on but unlikely to attend. One thing that just occurred to me, looking at a map of the Aquarium . It appears that much of the aquarium is outside, which given the weather thus far this winter doesn't seem conducive to ...
by Pixel
Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Any good geeky tshirts?
Replies: 55
Views: 4887

Re: Any good geeky tshirts?

Reckless wrote:I'm a fan of the swag over at Diesel Sweeties.

http://www.dieselsweeties.com/shirts/


The Carbon 14 shirt is one of my favorites.
by Pixel
Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SecondTalon's Shirt of Many Deaths
Replies: 136
Views: 9311

Re: SecondTalon's Shirt of Many Deaths

VTHodge wrote:ST: You should make at least a little off of this, even if it's just $0.50 or $1.00 per shirt. You'd get enough to cover a shirt for yourself.


Agreed, I'd gladly pay a bit more so you can make something for you hard work.
by Pixel
Fri Dec 14, 2007 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SecondTalon's Shirt of Many Deaths
Replies: 136
Views: 9311

Re: SecondTalon's Shirt of Many Deaths

Nice!

Make it industrial safety orange or yellow on a black shirt and I'd buy one.
by Pixel
Fri Dec 14, 2007 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SecondTalon's Shirt of Many Deaths
Replies: 136
Views: 9311

Re: SecondTalon's Shirt of Many Deaths

My only suggestion would be to try and move the various causes of dead around to get the line widths as close to the same as possible. It'd look much more impressive a a solid block of text with minimal "jagged" sides. Sadly, I don't know what puzzles is I'm not quite sure how to do t...
by Pixel
Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SecondTalon's Shirt of Many Deaths
Replies: 136
Views: 9311

Re: SecondTalon's Shirt of Many Deaths

My only suggestion would be to try and move the various causes of dead around to get the line widths as close to the same as possible. It'd look much more impressive a a solid block of text with minimal "jagged" sides.
by Pixel
Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Connecticut meetup?
Replies: 88
Views: 74169

Re: Connecticut meetup?

reishka wrote:I'd be totally up for that when I get my car (It's on it's way to being inspected at the moment)


Cool, PM sent with address & such.
by Pixel
Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Psychonauts?
Replies: 28
Views: 3644

Re: Psychonauts?

I will add another voice to the "Psychonauts is awesome" camp. I've been playing the hell out of it. In a similar vein I suggest people take a look at Whiplash . You play a demented weasel trying to escape from an animal testing facility. Along the way the goal is to do as much damage as p...
by Pixel
Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Freelancer Successor?
Replies: 10
Views: 4181

Re: Freelancer Successor?

Have you ever played Privateer 1 or 2? They are the spiritual ancestors to Freelancer. Very much the same style of open ended games, in fact I *think* they were done by the same guy.

Privateer 2 has Clive Owen starring in the cut scenes too.
by Pixel
Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Shoes (And the Posting of Them)
Replies: 96
Views: 11005

Re: Shoes (And the Posting of Them)

http://www.copshoes.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/2090.gif These are what I wear damn near every day, though mine always seem to be overdue for a polishing. About the only time I don't wear them is when I'm wearing my even more stompy boots with the screwed-on soles and handpainted silver flames....

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