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1  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: June 27, 2015, 01:10:56 pm
Has ginger boy been banned yet?
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: NH-Suffolk: Trump in second on: June 23, 2015, 12:54:48 pm
So, what happens if Trump actually wins NH?
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 19, 2015, 04:12:35 pm
Transracial makes more sense than transgender, honestly.

But it's less real.

Only feels are real.

Like the feels that make trans people kill themselves? The ones caused by people like you?

The fact that mentally unstable people act unstably is unfortunate, but I don't see how it makes their cause somehow a noblesse oblige. Depressed people kill themselves. Grad students kill themselves. Religious extremists kill themselves. People do terrible, selfish things for all manner of reasons.

Some are willing to die to tear down the immutability of morality and objective reality to establish a world where identity and truth exists from moment-to-moment on your own selfish feelings, whims, and wishes. They are not martyrs. They are extremists, and people are too afraid to offend anyone that they decide to placate them instead.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 19, 2015, 03:51:22 pm
Transracial makes more sense than transgender, honestly.

But it's less real.

Only feels are real.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would you do if your boyfriend/girlfriend came out as transgendered? on: June 19, 2015, 03:50:56 pm
If my wife transitioned, it would be grounds for an annulment, but that would never happen, so meh. If she decided she were secretly a man but didn't do anything, my opinion of her might go down, but that's about it.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President of Spokane NAACP outed as white imposter on: June 19, 2015, 03:39:02 pm
Transracial makes more sense than transgender, honestly.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of adults who watch Pixar movies on: June 19, 2015, 12:17:35 pm
Pixar movies are aimed at all ages. They aren't remotely comparable to MLP.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Pixar on: June 19, 2015, 11:47:15 am
everything good about The Incredibles was done better by Watchmen,

Anyone who considers Watchmen a good film loses all credibility.

Did I say it was? I consider Watchmen a deeply flawed film (one that I have no desire to see again) with some very interesting ideas in it. Both Watchmen and The Incredibles critique the superhero genre in very similar ways, but Watchmen does it better and did it first (the comic, at least). There simply isn't anything in The Incredibles that isn't hopelessly derivative of better films.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Pixar on: June 19, 2015, 10:02:13 am
I find Pixar incredibly overrated, though I haven't seen Inside Out yet.

There isn't a single one of their films I'd want to watch with any frequency. I don't like the Toy Story movies from the aggravating premise--the plot's created by miscommunication and stupidity. Finding Nemo was ruined for me by my sister watching it non-stop for months, A Bug's Life is like a sanitized version of Antz mixed with Seven Samurai, everything good about The Incredibles was done better by Watchmen, Up is a solid short film dragging an extremely mediocre feature behind it, Wall-E is incredibly preachy, Brave is okay but unremarkable, Monster's Inc. is a movie predicated on idiots doing idiotic things to create a plot, and don't even get me started on the Cars movies. I have zero interest in even watching Ratatouille for a first time.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 15, 2015, 12:48:31 am
Wait, so has the TV show caught up with the book?9

Other than a couple of scenes, yes.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 and 2015 on: June 15, 2015, 12:48:03 am
Jurassic World was a lot of fun and had a couple great moments, but between the god-awful writing (at least in the first half), the almost complete disposal of animatronics in favor of CGI and unnecessarily blue color grading, and the overall fan fiction-y tone, it feels like a massive hollowing of the franchise (though you could argue the other sequels already did that) that left me cringing more often than not.

I did appreciate the film's fairly self-aware tone and Chris Pratt's performance, though. The acting was solid enough and the cinematography did a fair facsimile of Spielberg's mise en scene but added little to it. Similarly, the score was essentially slightly new arrangements of Williams' 1993 score plus a bunch of generic tracks. There were times when the music really jarred with what was on screen, but that may have been intentional (maybe?).

Well, at least it looks like it's going to dethrone The Avengers for top grossing opening weekend both domestically and internationally. It's a better movie than either of those films, though that's not saying much. I'd give it a 3/5 or so.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Windows 10 Comes Out July 29 This Year on: June 12, 2015, 12:37:58 pm
Why would I change from Windows 7? I have zero interest in anything touch-related.

the difference between the Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 experiences is vastly overstated.  it took me about 3 minutes to get acquainted, and I'm more or less a highly functioning computer illiterate.

I am well acquainted with Windows 8 as my wife's computer has it, and I end up troubleshooting it plenty. I have no desire to have it on mine.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Kirk: Lndsey Graham is a "bro with no ho" on: June 12, 2015, 11:51:47 am
I'm not one to call something sexist, but that kinda is.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 11, 2015, 07:51:26 pm
Some pics from E10 have started to leak, including one showing the death of a character alive in the books and a post-FTW shot.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP congressman: My kids won't be a drain to society like disabled people on: June 11, 2015, 10:38:59 am
Compassionate conservatism.

Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV) said recently at a Libertarian Party event that he hoped his children would never be a “drain on society” like people who were disabled.

That's your problem.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Windows 10 Comes Out July 29 This Year on: June 10, 2015, 11:55:14 pm
Why would I change from Windows 7? I have zero interest in anything touch-related.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush: "Unwed mothers should be publicly shamed." on: June 09, 2015, 04:06:39 pm
Once again, a title with a quote that's not actually a quote.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Super Tuesday Republican Primary -- Atlas Edition on: June 09, 2015, 10:15:51 am
I really don't think you should have eliminated three last round.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Bad news for lovers of cartographic historical border whimsy on: June 08, 2015, 09:53:15 pm
I, for one, am sad to lose the world's most fractal, archipelagic borders.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: American Sniper,the end on: June 08, 2015, 12:21:07 pm
American Sniper

Chris Kyle was killed by another American.What does the movie try to tell us?

It's based on a true story, so I'm not sure if there's an inherent "point" to the ending other than to tell us what happened. If we want to infer one, maybe something about the dangers of PTSD? It's hard to tell as the movie is incredibly disjointed and meandering (I didn't mind the content that much, but the form and structure were really poorly done, IMO).
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 08, 2015, 01:11:41 am
I'm not completely on the Stannis hate train. I loved Shireen, but consider the larger picture. R'hllor is as good as confirmed, and because of Ramsay's (ridiculous) raid, not only might Stannis fail to capture Winterfell, but if he is Azor Ahai as Mel says, then his failure also means the end of the world. If he loses, who mines the dragonglass? What other ruler in Westeros gives a rip about the coming White Walker invasion?

The rub is he's probably not Azor Ahai, though he probably leads Mel to the real Azor Ahai.

The show's choices for the throne are now a Lannister puppet, a man who just murdered his daughter for a small advantage or Dany.

Except, of course, the one person who may have a better claim than any of them and who probably is Azor Ahai.
22  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Do you mostly hold the same religious beliefs as your parents? on: June 07, 2015, 07:22:35 pm
My mom is generically Protestant but never goes to church; she's very anti-Catholic, though. She doesn't talk about religion much, but then again I haven't seen her much the past decade or so. I think my step-dad is agnostic but it's hard to tell; most of the time he's too drunk to form a cogent thought.

My dad was almost raised Catholic; he made it to first communion but was never confirmed. He fell away and became generically Protestant, floated between Methodist churches and other similar churches. Now, he generally doesn't go to church much except attending Christmas/Easter mass with my wife and I if we're home. He still very much considers himself a Christian, though.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 07, 2015, 03:25:37 pm
The internet's on fire over Episode 9. Hard to blame them, honestly.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Checkers vs. Chess on: June 07, 2015, 12:28:10 am
Chess is probably the single most overrated game of all time.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Strategic Atlas Vision Poll (June) - General election on: June 06, 2015, 07:59:54 pm
Depends. I'd vote for Santorum, Huckabee, or maybe Bush, but I'd vote Clinton if Walker, Rubio, Paul, etc. are the nominee.
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