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Re: (F)leeting (A)nd (R)andom (T)houghts

Postby addams » Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:46 am UTC

I've been forming some opinions about The Subject.

...Inner Peace...
Have you ever heard of Tao?

In Tao they Pray, but they say those most profound moments happen beyond words.

A hot candle lit bath is good.
I have prayed for one.

Miracle!
I got it too!

I had to get up and go to The Bath.
It did not come to me.

Prayer does not work like L.L. Bean.
Prayer may inspire us to place The Order

Humans are so social, we have religious experiences swimming around taking hot baths together.
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Postby poxic » Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:31 am UTC

I'm pretty sure that finding you in my bathtub would count as a religious experience.
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Postby Neil_Boekend » Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:18 am UTC

poxic wrote:Maybe I should rechristen "taking a hot bath and listening to music" as prayer.

Hmm, your religion is tempting. Can you tell me more?
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Postby addams » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:48 pm UTC

poxic wrote:I'm pretty sure that finding you in my bathtub would count as a religious experience.

Oh, Yeah.
As you dial 911 with the rational, still functioning part of your self.
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poxic wrote:Maybe I should rechristen "taking a hot bath and listening to music" as prayer.

Hmm, your religion is tempting. Can you tell me more?

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Postby Sombrero Cat » Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:03 am UTC

An Irish folk band you say? Well, this should be interesting. please excuse my skepticism.

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Postby Giant Speck » Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:44 am UTC

Put up my first-ever post-nest-departure Christmas tree this afternoon:

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Postby poxic » Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:56 am UTC

Daww. Now you just need a pet to tear it down for you.
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Postby addams » Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:57 am UTC

Has your Mom seen it?
It cute as a bug's ear.
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Postby Giant Speck » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:52 am UTC

addams wrote:Has your Mom seen it?
It cute as a bug's ear.


Yeah. She's probably disappointed that it's not a real tree, but there's no way in hell I'm going to try to strap a real tree to my Honda Fit and then try to lug it up to the tenth floor only to have to lug that all the way back down after the holidays are over.

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It looks even better at night (duh). I moved it over by the window because it looks less cramped there.
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Postby Quercus » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:52 am UTC

Giant Speck wrote:my Honda Fit


Hey, snap*. Unsexiest car ever but by God it's practical (reminds me of myself in fact).

Nice tree by the way.



*i.e. I have the same car, does that expression work in US English?

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Postby Giant Speck » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:01 am UTC

Quercus wrote:
Giant Speck wrote:my Honda Fit

Hey, snap*. Unsexiest car ever but by God it's practical (reminds me of myself in fact).

Yeah, it's a pudgy little red marshmallow. I actually like the look of the newer Fits and I'm totally jealous of the center console on them (I have a 2010 model with the ancient Honda stereo).

*i.e. I have the same car, does that expression work in US English?

I'm not quite sure what you meant by "hey snap". Is it supposed to mean something similar to "Oh snap" which is used to express surprise?
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Postby Giant Speck » Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:02 am UTC

Sombrero Cat wrote:Sorry.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG-TUyMW9Q.

interesting.

That video does not exist.
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Postby roband » Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:05 am UTC

"Hey, snap" as in "oh, we have the same thing". Like the game, Snap!

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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:02 pm UTC

I have never heard of that game. Card matching game, right?

I ask because the other game I saw is a verbal game.
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Postby Quercus » Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:07 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Card matching game, right?


Indeed. It's the game you play when you're too young or drunk or lazy to play a proper card game.

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Postby Sombrero Cat » Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:46 pm UTC

Trucos interesting. I play all games...

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Postby addams » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:09 pm UTC

I hear Time really started making progress when I quit reading it.
I'm going to have to think about that.

Thinking about that is like a worm thinking about a Jumbo Jet.
I may not be qualified to think about that.
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Postby UniqueScreenname » Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:30 am UTC

Quercus wrote:
SecondTalon wrote:Card matching game, right?


Indeed. It's the game you play when you're too young or drunk or lazy to play a proper card game.

Don't know if that exists for me. I once went undefeated at a party playing bidwhist when I was 7.
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Postby Sombrero Cat » Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:04 am UTC

If you study the manner in which it's hung, you will understand the love. This brought a tear to my eye... My neighbors use the horse as daily transport. I enjoyed listening to them waking up in the morning. The snort and nay brings a smile to my face. What do you see? Don't know if I could've done it. Reminds me of mountains passed. God damn it, right between the eyes..hung in the mortar. Fine horses roam the property. Fine characters too.

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Postby mathmannix » Wed Dec 10, 2014 3:29 pm UTC

I moved this here because it really didn't warrant its own thread.

OK, so I've been listening to Christmas music nonstop for a month now (Sirius XM switched two channels on Nov. 11!) And this is one line that bothers me, from the 1955 song "Nuttin' for Christmas".

While I realize that things were much cheaper 60 years ago, was it really worth it to make a fake penny? Pennies have been the cheapest currency since 1857, so surely they were already mostly worthless by 1955. Or weren't they? These days, you can see pennies everywhere on the sidewalk, or in parking lots. Because most people don't think it's worth it to bend down for one - I only do it for the "lucky" aspect, usually just to flip a tail over to heads. But were they not to be found freely everywhere by kids in the 50's? Were they worth enough to pick them up?

I mean, I could understand if you had a coin on a string that would work and you could pull it out (I'm still not sure how this would work, but it seems to work in old cartoons at least!) But a fake penny that you spent some time on cutting out of cardboard or plastic or whatever, and then lost? Seems easier to find a real penny to me...
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Postby SecondTalon » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:23 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:OK, so I've been listening to Christmas music nonstop for a month now (Sirius XM switched two channels on Nov. 11!) And this is one line that bothers me, from the 1955 song "Nuttin' for Christmas".

While I realize that things were much cheaper 60 years ago, was it really worth it to make a fake penny? Pennies have been the cheapest currency since 1857, so surely they were already mostly worthless by 1955. Or weren't they? These days, you can see pennies everywhere on the sidewalk, or in parking lots. Because most people don't think it's worth it to bend down for one - I only do it for the "lucky" aspect, usually just to flip a tail over to heads. But were they not to be found freely everywhere by kids in the 50's? Were they worth enough to pick them up?

I mean, I could understand if you had a coin on a string that would work and you could pull it out (I'm still not sure how this would work, but it seems to work in old cartoons at least!) But a fake penny that you spent some time on cutting out of cardboard or plastic or whatever, and then lost? Seems easier to find a real penny to me...

A coin slug could be anything. For a penny, it's likely you wouldn't have made one, but stolen/scrounged one. While you might not have access to currency to steal, you may have access to washers or other coin-shaped objects that aren't coins that a machine would interpret as a penny.

But more to your point, I agree that a large manufacture of them wouldn't be something anyone would bother with, but it would be something a child would do on a one-off occasion.
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Postby Neil_Boekend » Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:52 am UTC

Sombrero Cat wrote:If you study the manner in which it's hung, you will understand the love. This brought a tear to my eye... My neighbors use the horse as daily transport.

Most people who like horses don't do so because they are well hung. Some do though, as can be evident in some film clips.

Sorry. I still can't parse that in any other way.
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Postby Yakk » Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:48 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:While I realize that things were much cheaper 60 years ago, was it really worth it to make a fake penny? Pennies have been the cheapest currency since 1857, so surely they were already mostly worthless by 1955. Or weren't they?

Let us find out!

Inflation since 1955 is only about 8 fold. But US GDP per capita in 1960 in 1960 dollars is 2,881, compared to over 50k today -- a ~20x fold increase.

So in terms of wealth, a penny is "worth" about a quarter today. It wouldn't have the same buying power (more like the buying power of a dime), but it would be as hard to get as a quarter.

Probably not worth mass forgery.
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Speaking of "film clips"
What is youz guys opinion on porn?
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Somebody's bitter about having to write that article.
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Postby Quercus » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:53 pm UTC

FierceContinent wrote:Speaking of "film clips"
What is youz guys opinion on porn?
Source of all that is evil or rainbows and sunshine?


As with most of these things, it depends on the porn. There's a load of problematic issues with some porn. e.g. almost literal sexual objectification of the performers, unrealistic portrayals of sex (e.g. penetration with no foreplay at all, which is almost always a terrible, terrible idea in real life) and, most seriously, consent issues; especially with "voyeur" porn. Also, most of it is just awful in a quality sense, production values, acting, camera work etc. I haven't watched this sort of "mainstream" porn since I was a teenager because it's so bad.

On the other hand there's some porn that avoids these issues, and that I do watch. For example anything by Feck seems pretty damn ethical to me (and also pretty damn sexy most of the time). I've copied their blurb below, because I'm not sure that linking to a page with pictures of nekkid women on is allowed.

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Postby bachaddict » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:39 pm UTC

FierceContinent wrote:Speaking of "film clips"
What is youz guys opinion on porn?
Source of all that is evil or rainbows and sunshine?

I think if you're in a relationship, it takes away attention you should be giving to your partner.
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bachaddict wrote:
FierceContinent wrote:Speaking of "film clips"
What is youz guys opinion on porn?
Source of all that is evil or rainbows and sunshine?

I think if you're in a relationship, it takes away attention you should be giving to your partner.

Which could be said about... anything?

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Postby pseudoidiot » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:45 pm UTC

"What's your opinion on hygiene?"

"I think if you're in a relationship, it takes away attention you should be giving to your partner."
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Postby UniqueScreenname » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:09 pm UTC

I'm pretty sure they were talking about a specific type of attention.
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Postby Quercus » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:12 pm UTC

bachaddict wrote:
FierceContinent wrote:Speaking of "film clips"
What is youz guys opinion on porn?
Source of all that is evil or rainbows and sunshine?

I think if you're in a relationship, it takes away attention you should be giving to your partner.


There's such a thing as watching porn with your partner.

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Postby mathmannix » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:17 pm UTC

Books, maybe... I read a lot more before I got married vs. after, and now that I have kids I read very little indeed. I spend time with my family instead.

Hygeine, no. But omitting it may take away attention from your partner toward you!
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Postby Adacore » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:29 pm UTC

I'm pretty much in the same place as Quercus. There's a load of really problematic porn, with unrealistic sex and/or questionable ethics, but there's also good stuff out there too. The 'bad' porn is a problem, though - my girlfriend was telling me recently that a lot of younger Korean guys get their only real sex education from highly unrealistic porn, and end up either hurting women, or not really giving them any pleasure at all, when they actually get to have sex. Most Korean porn isn't anywhere near as problematic as Japanese porn, in my experience, but it's not exactly on the positive side of the scale, either.

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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:45 pm UTC

90% of porn is crud. 90% of everything is crud, though, so there's that.

Of the remaining noncrud porn, 90% of it isn't your thing.

So that leaves you with 1% of watchable porn.

Luckily, the internet is, like 225% porn.

One should do their best to make sure the porn they consume is ethical (aka - it was uploaded with the participant(s) fully aware it was going to be uploaded for general consumption by the world, that the participant(s) were capable of consent and fully consenting to all acts taking place, all participants were at least 18 [and yes, I know that's not the law everywhere, but I don't think the argument of 'it was legal where it was filmed' is ethical], etc.). With certain kinks, this can be more difficult than others to find, but it's likely out there.

And even then, it's not always going to be right. Kink.com is regarded as being exceptionally good in regards to it's actors knowing exactly what they're going to be doing, able to opt out at any time, etc... but even they've had a couple of frighteningly large screw-ups that, apparently at the time, weren't seen as screwups.

But the main thing to remember about porn - pretty much all porn, even a lot of the amateur "Filmed in a bedroom" stuff - is meant to Look Good, not Feel Good. Most of the acts taking place are done to look good for the camera, not because it feels good for the participants. They're called porn actors for a reason.

Using porn as an explanation of what Sex is is like using Die Hard as a blueprint for how Office Christmas Parties should go.

Porn can also be a way to learn what does and does not do anything for you, perhaps acts that would have not occurred to you otherwise or acts you'd considered but discarded because you weren't sure how it would play out. Granted, watching it isn't the same as doing it, but assuming you do keep in mind that the actors are acting in the scene and so most of the stuff they're doing isn't accurate, it's still a decent jumping off point to learn things about yourself like "Oh, so guys can take it from a girl with a strap on. That is something people do. It even has a name so I have something to look up so I can learn more. Huh. That looks like fun"
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Postby doogly » Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:23 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Using porn as an explanation of what Sex is is like using Die Hard as a blueprint for how Office Christmas Parties should go.

"You wish you could live like this but will probably have to settle" ?
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Re: (F)leeting (A)nd (R)andom (T)houghts

Postby Bekah » Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:30 am UTC

If you are in a relationship and you allow porn to take your attention away from your partner to the degree that it's noticeable by them, you have bigger problems than porn. If you think sex in porn is absolutely realistic, you have bigger problems than porn. If your partner objects to porn and you dont (or vice versa) you have bigger problems than porn. If you watch porn knowing its unethical (according to your ethics) you have bigger problems than porn.

Long story short: Porn fun, relationships not so much. :P

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Re: (F)leeting (A)nd (R)andom (T)houghts

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Dec 12, 2014 1:33 am UTC

doogly wrote:
SecondTalon wrote:Using porn as an explanation of what Sex is is like using Die Hard as a blueprint for how Office Christmas Parties should go.

"You wish you could live like this but will probably have to settle" ?

.......

Well, sorta.... I mean.. less broken glass.

unless you're in to that


Bekah wrote:Long story short: Porn fun, relationships not so much. :P

If that's the case, you may be relationshipping wrong.
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heuristically_alone wrote:I have been informed that this is called writing a book.


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