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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 5 on: October 21, 2014, 07:40:41 am
homely vs Mr X
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: October 20, 2014, 09:54:13 pm
Here's our current list of candidates:


Lumine/sjoycefla (Fed./TPP)
Marokai Blue/Antonio V (Labor)
Poirot/shua (ind./DR)
Al/Hashemite (AAPRJD/VGAV)

Northeast Senate

bore (Labor)
Matt from VT (TPP)
Lief (VNP)

Mideast Senate

Cassius (Fed.)
windjammer (Labor)
bmotley (DR)

Midwest Senate

TNF (Labor)
Cris (Fed.)

IDS Senate

NCYankee (Fed.)

Pacific Senate

TheCranberry (TPP)

The deadline for declarations of candidacy for President and Vice President has passed. About 48 hours remain until the deadline for Senate candidacies is reached.

3  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / DAVE: 2000 arcanum on: October 13, 2014, 09:12:36 pm
Hi Dave,

I discovered the full name of Pat Buchanan's 2000 running mate in Massachusetts, who is listed only as "Higgins" in your results page.

He is William J. Higgins Sr., of Northborough, MA, a placeholder candidate who remained on the ballot after the Buchanan and Hagelin factions split at the acrimonious 2000 Reform Party convention. I stumbled upon that obscure fact in this 2010 article from the Worcester News-Telegram.

4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of "All About That Bass" on: October 13, 2014, 09:50:22 am

At one of his Christmas concerts she was wearing a broach with that symbol on it and I mentioned at that time that the bass clef gets no respect.  She giggled, but I was serious.  It is clearly an underrepresented register, and I think it's nice to see somebody toss a little nod in its direction from time to time. 

Well, it certainly isn't as bad as the obscurity reserved for violists and their alto clef.

I play an instrument that is typically written for in the bass clef and I don't even like it. Unless the sheet music is very clearly written or engraved, it becomes difficult to read notes that are written on four and five ledger lines above the staff. If I'm going to be playing any extended passage above C4, I'd much rather see it in tenor or treble clef.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: CT-PPP: Good news for Gov. Malloy? on: October 06, 2014, 02:34:15 pm
I do wonder if the last name "Foley" might be partially to blame. It really is extraordinary how many times that last name has come up in stories of scandal or depravity, especially right now in Connecticut. Consider:

Tom Foley, Speaker of the House sued to overturn term limit legislation, defeated for reelection,
Mark Foley, pedophile, resigned from Congress in disgrace,
Brian and Lisa Wilson-Foley, illegally hired, and lied about hiring, John Rowland as a campaign advisor,
Mark Foley, ran a porno/exploitation/slasher film business while employed as principal of a middle school in Granby, CT. He was found out last week in a front page article in the Hartford Courant.

None of these people are related to Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, but voters may be making subliminal associations.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nederlandse kaart-gasme on: October 03, 2014, 09:01:28 pm
Well, that's the best map of the Bible Belt I could put together.

7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Caption Competition thread on: October 02, 2014, 07:14:26 pm
Sotomayor to Kagan: "You slipped them benzo-what?"

8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tip Cups on: October 02, 2014, 09:53:13 am
Nah, I don't tip. I don't believe in it.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nederlandse kaart-gasme on: September 30, 2014, 10:02:16 pm
How about a map of SGP performances? Smiley

Where? The fundies got, like, 0.1% in Amsterdam.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Nederlandse kaart-gasme on: September 30, 2014, 09:42:48 pm
Strong performances by D66 and PVV are completely obscured by the PvdA's and VVD's pluralities. Separate maps for the smaller parties could be made if anyone would like to see them.

Other cities might be interesting to view at this level as well, especially Maastricht.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Homely's new maps thread on: September 30, 2014, 01:50:24 pm
Here's another map of Connecticut. Several of the Quinebaug Valley towns in the east have a population out of which less than one quarter have a college degree.

12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: World wildlife population halved in 40 years on: September 30, 2014, 08:11:42 am
By "domestication" I don't mean that we've taught polar bears and tigers to roll over and play fetch. I mean that they're drinking our water, breathing our air, and living on our land - and usually within increasingly close proximity to our homes and businesses. It seems to me that the solution to the problem you've described is non-interference - to leave them alone, to preserve their "wildness". We've entangled ourselves with them to such an extent that a laissez-faire approach to other living creatures is not possible. Whether we like it or not, and regardless of how capable we currently are, we are now their guardians.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: World wildlife population halved in 40 years on: September 29, 2014, 08:01:23 pm
There's no longer such a thing as "wildlife". This planet has been so thoroughly domesticated at this point that the terms "nature" and "the wild" no longer refer to discrete entities but to conceits that exist only within human minds. Even if the whole of humanity were to perish at once, the planet Earth would everywhere bear the mark of our powerful, intelligent and reckless species for the endless milennia to come.

14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: hearts vs spades on: September 19, 2014, 04:58:04 pm
PLO. Hold'em is so 2004.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasia Public Officials Temperature Survey on: September 16, 2014, 08:07:49 pm
I think that people are giving me a little too much credit.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Campaign Office of TJ/Tmthforu for the Mideast on: September 11, 2014, 03:58:44 pm
Why on Earth did you use Algerian?
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Post your non-English music collection here, please on: September 06, 2014, 08:42:54 pm
I can't recommend Taraf de Hadouks highly enough. Their music is virtuosic, exuberant and moving.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum House District Map on: September 06, 2014, 06:58:25 pm
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum County Map? on: September 05, 2014, 03:45:08 pm
Hartford County, CT
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce "Nevada"? on: September 02, 2014, 08:07:33 pm
This is precisely why people use the IPA.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pronounce "Nevada"? on: September 01, 2014, 08:51:23 pm
I've heard three American English pronounciations: [nə.vɑdə] ("ne-vah-da"), [nə.vdə] ("ne-vaa-da") vs [nə.vɑɪdə] (ne-vay-da, rarely). I believe that the original Spanish language word nevada (lit. "snowy") is pronounced something like [nə.bɑ.dɑ], though I'm sure that my IPA usage there is incorrect.

Edit: OK, per Wikipedia, the correct Spanish pronunciation is [ne.βaa]. Linguistics 1001 only takes one so far.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anyone interested in a poster-size map? on: August 31, 2014, 07:55:45 pm
I have one more copy each of my posters of France 2002 and the Northeast US 2012. They look fantastic and very professional when mounted on the wall (not bad coming from a nerdy Internet chump like me, right?). You can have the homeliest room for miles around!

$20 buys either of these maps along with free shipping. If there's another of my maps that you'd like to see on your wall, I'll have it printed for you. If I haven't yet made the map you're looking for, let me know and I'll get to work on it. Contact me via PM or at ballotatlas@gmail.com.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Homely's UK Maps Thread on: August 30, 2014, 08:08:42 pm
It's back, bitches!

This map indicates the portions of England under which the fires of Hell burn most strongly... Wink

Unsurprisingly, the least irreligious wards are heavily populated by Muslims or Hindus. The five most irreligious wards are all in Brighton and Hove. St Peters and North Laine ward is the most godless in all of England - 55.7% of the adult population professes to have no religion.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: August 25, 2014, 03:58:26 pm


POLNUT is elected At-Large Senator.
LUMINE VON REUENTAL is elected At-Large Senator.
DEUS NATURAE is elected At-Large Senator.
JOHANUS CALVINUS LIBERTAS is elected At-Large Senator.
DR. CYNIC is elected At-Large Senator.

There was a total turnout of 123 votes, with 3 ballot papers being rejected.

I, Homelycooking, Secretary of Federal Elections, declare the above results to be a complete and accurate summary of the votes cast.

25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: August 24, 2014, 09:21:08 pm

Sorry, you can't do that during the election (or immediately afterward).

Citizens shall not be permitted to deregister during an election in which they are eligible to participate, during the 24 hours preceding the election, or during the 24 hours succeeding the election.
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