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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: what was the earliest/latest easter of your lifetime? on: Today at 08:26:21 am
I can't be bothered figuring that out (normal)
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Phone/tablet OS's on: Today at 08:20:53 am
TNF, I wonder which one is your preference? That is, if you had to use the same thing on your tablet and phone, which would you prefer?

Laptops and desktops aren't what I was aiming for measuring in this poll by the way. I am mostly interested in the OS's of phones and tablets.

So far (only 8 votes in) I have to admit I am surprised by the results somewhat. I'm also not disappointed.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: After Rambling Speech, Even the GOP Admits the ‘Fall of Palin’ on: Today at 01:36:05 am
After listening to that i'm honestly wondering if she's in need of seeing to. She needs to shore up the mental economy.
4  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: What Happened to Phil? on: Today at 01:29:42 am
He got life. Something we all ought to get.

Posting on a forum hardly means somebody doesn't have a life.

Kalwejt has nearly 40,000 posts. If he had instead chosen to interact with one new woman for every one of those posts, with 2% odds that it lead to a sexual encounter eventually, he would have had sex with 800 different women, and would have released about 3 litres of ejaculate! As an added bonus, he would never have had to read a post like this one, for which I am greatly ashamed.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the above posters username? on: Today at 01:09:05 am
sssshoooooaaahhhhh

Shake it like a Polaroid picture!
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the previous poster's password? on: Today at 01:04:29 am
auh2o4prez69696969696969
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter blues on: Today at 12:35:06 am
Seasonal Affective Disorder has to do with not getting enough vitamin D from natural sunlight which can affect your mood.

It doesn't have to do with your climatic impatience.   
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Phone/tablet OS's on: Today at 12:27:10 am
Of these, I only use Android, on a phone, although my partner has an Android tablet available.

Edit: My PC is Windows 8,1.. but I am not interested in desktop and laptop OS's for this poll. Only smartphones and tablets please Smiley
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Where would you rather live? on: March 27, 2015, 10:04:27 am
The UK has better weather than Australia?

Please explain.

Never been to Australia, but I love rain and hate sunshine.

Even damaged people like you are welcome here Smiley There are places where rain is obnoxiously plentiful, and when you get sick of that, go somewhere else. Visit a desert, then a tropical rainforest. There's a bit of everything. In the UK? Not so much.
10  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Raising Minimum Smoking Age on: March 27, 2015, 09:42:32 am
Dude, she did say "10% of deaths due to smoking." Not that that doesn't sound about 75% like a made-up statistic,

source: tobacco use causes over 5mil deaths a year worldwide; secondhand smoke causes 600k deaths a year worldwide

WORLDWIDE being a very, very important element to these! Unfortunately outlawing smoking or raising the minimum smoking age in the US would do nothing to deter the actions of the tobacco industry in, for instance, SE Asia.

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Yes, the typo's my fault - I meant to italicise 10% rather than deaths. I was not under the impression that she was claiming that 10% of all human deaths worldwide were attributable to secondhand smoke. That would go from being merely impressive to jawdropping.

It's clearly a nonsense statistic but in any event it's a risk that's greatly decreased in most of the Western World given changing social expectations. I'm not sure why Butafly thinks that that's an argument for banning smoking entirely rather than simply in workplaces etc, etc.

banning smoking in workplaces won't change the fact that over 50% of children in america are exposed to second-hand smoke

I can't find a link to the study in that article. And that's important, because "are exposed to second-hand smoke" is a pretty broad thing. I quit smoking just under a year ago, and I have been exposed to second-hand smoke since then!! Gasp!! If a child is being exposed to this regularly day in, day out, for their entire childhood, that's not okay. But the link you provided doesn't explain anything, I'm afraid.

11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Where would you rather live? on: March 27, 2015, 09:16:10 am
The UK has better weather than Australia?

Please explain.
12  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Can someone have faith in a personal god and still lead a scientific life? on: March 27, 2015, 09:07:45 am
I don't think your topic's question and your post's alternative question are the opposites. But I know what you meant, I think, so I'll not be toooo picky.

A scientifically-minded person should have beliefs based on what there is evidence for and what observations lead him/her to believe, and this should be subject to change when given new evidence. Outside of this, I don't see how it necessarily opposes science to believe in things it is impossible to provide evidence for/against or things it is impossible to oberserve or infer. It doesn't matter at that point.

Really a "scientifically-minded" person you reference can believe in a personal god, because a religious belief need not comply with science. What is a "personal god?" If someone says they cannot believe in a "personal god" because they are "scientifically-minded" they are entirely nothing more than up themselves. If you are looking for religion to prove itself, you're missing the point.
13  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How can anyone be sure their religion is correct? on: March 27, 2015, 08:35:05 am
An absurd and unoriginal question. Come back next time with something interesting.

It's a pretty important question to me, considering that being unable to find a satisfactory answer contributed to abandoning a religion I'd devoted a huge amount of my life to following. I'm sure a lot of people have done the same thing.

And I get that a lot of people reconcile this by pointing to faith, and then think the question is wrong. But other people in other religions have the same faith and devotion and feelings of absolute certainty. It often seems to come down to a matter of convenience (staying with what everyone around you believes) or tradition.

I don't know. This question breaks religion for me.

I'm pretty postmodernist, so I accept going to church as a cultural institution and approach it as a personal truth only.  So religion isn't broken in that sense.

My religious beliefs were deeply seated and closely guarded, so it was more than a cultural institution or personal truth to me at the time. Everyone who didn't believe just didn't understand the truth I'd graciously been afforded the opportunity to realize.

Any definition of "religion" to me less than something that extreme is hard for me to accept - maybe the word itself carries too much baggage. Being a Christian was living in "the light." Anything, anything else was darkness. Realizing people felt the same, but opposite, way about my beliefs, and that my beliefs were just as arbitrary, continues to ruin the immersion I felt. My relatives have told me I just never believed hard enough.

I guess I can accept that church is a cultural institution that is a personal truth for certain people - but I know many of them consider it THE truth.. no matter what faith they ascribe to. If you consider them all this way collectively, it is fundamentally broken.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Computer stuff on: March 21, 2015, 11:23:09 pm
That has some impressive capabilities itself, though. Did you pick it based on its price? From what I know about it, most people buy it just to have fun overclocking it. You can actually get a higher clock speed than my 4790k - albeit with some major caveats that would affect real performance. For typical simple computer tasks, there's nothing wrong with it.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Computer stuff on: March 21, 2015, 09:31:01 pm
I recently underwent the task of building my own desktop PC. I've owned several over the years and I love the things.. nevertheless I'd never actually built my own computer, choosing the parts myself, and paying for them with my own money. I'd also forgotten a lot of what I'd learned, so I obsessively studied up and finally built the damn thing. And now that I have somewhat of idea of what I'm talking about again, I'm curious about everyone else and their machines.

Here's what I've got now:

CPU: Intel i7-4790K.. no fancy cooling
MB: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H
RAM: 1 plain 8GB Kingston stick.. no wanky heatsink
OS: Windows 8.1
HDD: 128 GB SSD for the OS/important applications, 1 TB HDD for stuff
Case: Corsair 900T - It's so pretty!

The only thing I haven't bought yet is a graphics card, since I'm not a huge gamer anyway and the stuff I do play is pretty tame. I went a bit overboard with the processor, probably, but I wanted to try Android development and possibly some video work, plus I wanted to not need to upgrade for a good while.

Anyway, that was a massive upgrade from my very old machine that had 2GB of RAM and was still running XP on a dual-core Pentium 4. What about you guys?

And if anyone has any advice for a graphics card, I'm all ears.
16  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How can anyone be sure their religion is correct? on: March 21, 2015, 09:12:07 pm
An absurd and unoriginal question. Come back next time with something interesting.

It's a pretty important question to me, considering that being unable to find a satisfactory answer contributed to abandoning a religion I'd devoted a huge amount of my life to following. I'm sure a lot of people have done the same thing.

And I get that a lot of people reconcile this by pointing to faith, and then think the question is wrong. But other people in other religions have the same faith and devotion and feelings of absolute certainty. It often seems to come down to a matter of convenience (staying with what everyone around you believes) or tradition.

I don't know. This question breaks religion for me.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on: March 21, 2015, 09:17:05 am
One of the recent episodes had him walking in on Charlie and Dee where you could clearly see his makeup running due to crying. The guy knows he's full of sh**t, but cannot break out from it. He even called out everyone else on only getting by deluding themselves.. and so must have realised he was deluding himself as well (not that this is a virtue). The guy tries to be this supreme self-aggrandizing sex god but clings hopelessly to the opinions of others that he is, in fact, attractive in any way. It's quite sad. It's a form of a copy of Mac's "Project Badass" delusions.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ben Carson: Prison makes people go gay on: March 21, 2015, 09:09:08 am
Not that Ben Carson isn't completely wrong, but I do imagine that a decent number of prisoners go in thinking they are completely straight and, without access to women, eventually bend their own rules enough to realize they are bisexual without actually outwardly saying so. I'm sure a lot of heterosexual men and women are actually open sexually/romantically to the same sex, they just don't have any need to realize it. Nevertheless - Bisexuality: It Exists™ and is probably way more common than most care to admit.

I do wonder how much of the sexual and romantic activity within prison has a basis in coercion. It's probably impossible to attain accurate statistics on it, of course.

Anyway, even if it is a choice, or ones orientation can be changed by force - why does that make homosexuality a wrong or bad thing, exactly? If it is a choice, is all sexuality a choice? Can I choose, through coercion, to be sexually stimulated by the Newton's cradle on my desk? Should this be legislated against? What if I were brainwashed to be sexually aroused by the idea of my sexual arousal being illegal? What if conservatives afraid of catching teh gay are actually sexually aroused by the idea of turning gay? Oh, wait, that fetish totally exists already.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Kanye West on: March 21, 2015, 08:31:47 am
It's okay to like what someone does and not who they seem to be as a person, right? The guy even seems to realize he's an egomaniac and regrets it (a positive) but then, just, unapologetically continues to be an asshat (a much bigger negative, especially in light of the first point). So, you know, he's just like almost everyone, just with a microphone.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are your Romantic Inclinations? on: March 21, 2015, 08:27:01 am
I'm past this silliness, thankfully.

How very big of you to reply, then.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: March 21, 2015, 07:49:02 am
I made it to the one liner thread!
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where would you rather live, Berlin or Richmond? on: March 21, 2015, 07:48:35 am
CARN THE TIGES

That is to say, not Richmond, VA. Berlin, of course!
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: March 21, 2015, 07:44:44 am
Does anyone know PredictIt? I might be getting a job there over the summer. I'm heading over to their office later to check it out (I live about 15 minutes away).

It looks to be a site that lets you gamble based on politics. It might be an interesting place to work. Or, more likely, it will be soul-crushing toil. Good luck!

If you run into any Kiwis, ask them if they need a bucket or a hose.

When you shave and bae compliments you in front of the whole class

I don't see why that is that embarrassing. I suppose it does depend, of course, on the region you shaved. You didn't specify, so I'll go ahead and assume the worst.

I'm currently on the fourth week of the New and Improved intermittent fasting diet. I did it for a long time just over a year ago and stopped when I got tired of it. Since then, I quit smoking and have been eating like a glutton, so I put all the weight back on. Since it's been nearly a year since I quit smoking (HURRAY) I figured I could go ahead and try again. Turns out when you have the resolve to fast, hunger is easy to not just ignore, but embrace. I've lost 3 kilos so far, I'm aiming to lose about 20 (why not?)
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Marry/Sexy time/Kill the above poster on: March 21, 2015, 01:48:35 am
I don't think you're wrong, and I don't mind the game you described, but playing with each other as the subject is still a little icky. 
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Marry/Sexy time/Kill the above poster on: March 21, 2015, 12:55:55 am
You people are really humorless.  You cant play a simple game or just ignore it...you've gotta pile on the bandwagon of indignation...

Seriously did you children not get over that in middle school?

I remember this immature groupthink insult behavior meant to reject somebody from the in crowd to be a characteristic that everybody was relieved was over...when we turned 14.

Kid says "hey guys you wanna play a game?"

Atlas says "omg you're such a loser you should cease to exist in this community!"

Some of you I get...being still 15 and all..but retromike...youre what...29...you should've learned that reckless groupthink was wrong back in 1997 with the passage of Heaven's Gate.



Maybe everyone is rejecting it because the idea of marrying or having sex with most of the people here is quite icky? I mean, even if it's just a game. Like, still. Ew-sauce.

Also, killing people is widely seen as a net negative action in most jurisdictions.
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