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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post a recent picture of your neighbourhood/city on: Today at 11:20:50 am

This is Newkirk Plaza, just a little bit north of me.  Newkirk Plaza is a unique and wonderful place- an open-air pedestrian mall that was built on top of a train station all the way back in 1907, back when the train, which runs in an open cut, was the Brighton Beach line to Coney Island (now it's the B and Q to Coney Island).  They spruced it up about five years ago (it used to be kind of run down for awhile), and now it's quite nice but it's worth noting that the stores there are really not fancy and upscale at all.  If you want anything fancy you go one stop north to Cortelyou Ave., which has a couple blocks of that sort of stuff.  I don't think there's another station in the entire city with this sort of plaza setup, which is a shame.

Coney Island Avenue is a major arterial just to my west.  It's the center of Little Pakistan, a large immigrant community of-you guessed it- Pakistanis.

We also have leafy tree-lined streets with Victorian houses on 'em.  Some of which have gotten historic neighborhood designations (a development I'm honestly kind of ambivalent about)  Yes, in the middle of Brooklyn, side-by-side with apartments and subways.  This is what suburbs should be like. Tongue

No, I do not live in one of these houses.  Though some of them have been subdivided and are rented out by the floor.

Go over to the east of me and you'll hit Brooklyn College, as well as the well-named "Hot Spot Tot Lot", a pocket playground decorated with parrots in tribute to the flock of green parrots that live there (escaped pets, presumably, but they've been around for years).  They hide in the athletic field lights when things get cold.

This real estate office in the middle of the woods, circa 1906...

is now my subway station.  (This is an old picture; they've added some rocking chairs that don't rock as an art installation since then.  But this picture gets the surroundings better.)


To be honest, I don't venture south all that much.  There's a little-used freight line that people sometimes talk about converting to an outer-borough light rail option... and then it's mostly various flavors of Orthodox Jews as far as the eye can see.  Midwood is not as monolithic as Borough Park, though.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: South Park vs. Girls on: April 18, 2014, 08:29:53 pm
They're filming Girls a block away from me as I type.  I didn't realize they were willing to venture this far south into Brooklyn.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: April 18, 2014, 06:53:11 pm
The Liberals.  Quebec separatism strikes me as really bad for both the Anglophone minority in Quebec... and the Francophone minority in the rest of Canada.  (Also way to isolate the Atlantic provinces even further.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_mayoral_elections#1969  (sorry if this one was done before)
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Pizza Chain on: April 18, 2014, 04:06:19 pm
None (pizza elitist).

Being a Jerseyan gives you a different perspective on the food.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Cold turkey on: April 18, 2014, 12:06:10 pm
Good luck, Tik.  Both of my parents quit smoking when I was a young kid, so it can be done.  (Though it's not exactly easy, many of their friends tried and failed to quit.)

One thing my dad apparently did when quitting was start chewing lots of gum (just regular old Doublemint), which seemed to help.  Perhaps you could have some on hand.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Talking Heads on: April 16, 2014, 11:26:09 pm
Epic freedom band.  "Once In A Lifetime" is on the shortlist for greatest pop song in human history.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you bicurious? on: April 16, 2014, 07:39:59 pm
Bi-curious = a gay person who has not yet come to the conclusion that they are gay.

Yeah. I don't think I've ever heard of someone being "bi curious" and then come to the conclusion that they're straight.

You must not be friends with many women.

Well it's different for women, obviously, but we're talking about Atlas Forum here.

e: The old adage of "bi curious men and women all end up with men" has proven to be true with near 100% accuracy in my own circle of friends.

I actually know a couple bi curious women who ended up with women, FWLIW.  I do agree that among men the tendency does seem to be that they end up just plain old gay.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you bicurious? on: April 16, 2014, 04:10:25 pm
Bi-curious = a gay person who has not yet come to the conclusion that they are gay.

Yeah. I don't think I've ever heard of someone being "bi curious" and then come to the conclusion that they're straight.

You must not be friends with many women.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: US States Ranked By Musical Importance on: April 16, 2014, 02:43:27 pm
Glad to see the Jerz getting its due here in the top 10.
10  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Let's talk (really) about RosettaStoned on: April 16, 2014, 12:56:29 pm
RosettaStoned: "Imma Nazi blah blah blah fascism"
Forum: *yawn*

RosettaStoned "Game of Thrones spoilerz!"

The level of reaction on the forum to his various flavors of trolling has been... revealing, shall we say.

But, yeah, horrible poster, horrible person, unlike AD or Obamanation or any of the other popular recent targets he actually does deserve a ban... just wish people cared more about his Naziism than about their HBO shows.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your alignment? on: April 15, 2014, 11:50:24 pm
Also, what is it with you guys and being "lawful"?  I mean wow, do some of you actually PAY for music or not smoke pot occasionally?  How lameo.

I don't think that's necessarily what lawful means in this context. It has more to do with a preference for order and routine.

OH well there you go.  An even more stronger lameface.

Actually I think your first instinct was more accurate than Nix's correction.  Though "you guys" aren't actually lawful much at all, it has fewer votes in the poll than "chaotic" and far fewer votes than "neutral".

Anyway... as a lonely lawful voice around here, yes, in fact, I do actually pay for music. Why?  I studied music enough in my youth to know that sh*t takes work to make and starving artists gotta get paid.  It's not something I like to bring up much, because I know it's widely considered to be "lame-o" as you put it, but it's actually something I feel surprisingly strongly about.


Also, Inks, how the you are you not Lawful Evil?  Tongue
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: favorite nyc mayor since 1970 on: April 15, 2014, 04:24:07 pm
Dinkins obviously. Bloomberg is in second.

I'd rate Bloomberg first and Dinkins second, but yes these are the only two choices that don't suck.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Keep on digging, Louisiana. Keep on digging. on: April 15, 2014, 04:18:51 pm
Well, probably the most famous book actually written in Louisiana is Confederacy of Dunces.  That would make for a fun debate.

I see that my efforts to nominate the real state book of Louisiana have been beaten to the punch.

Y'all should read this.  I should reread it, it's that good.
14  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Nobody is ‘born that way,’ gay historians say on: April 15, 2014, 11:51:25 am
Ultimately, if this is just about semantics, who cares?

If that were true, then why push for marriage when you can have civil unions?  Tongue

Obviously people care about semantics.  And with good reason.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the previous poster's ideology on: April 15, 2014, 11:43:09 am
Solid in almost every way, the big exception being that I'm pretty deeply skeptical of his regionalist leanings.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your alignment? on: April 15, 2014, 11:39:21 am
Lawful Good (liberal weenie normal)
17  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: In which region do Kansas, Nebraska, & the Dakotas fit? on: April 15, 2014, 11:37:38 am
To train's comment, MO is becoming less southern as areas like Little Dixie are losing their southern character in favor of a typical rural Midwest. The St Louis and KC metros make up over half the population and they aren't Southern cities. The only really Southern areas are in the Ozarks and Bootheel. The political shifts are more like KS than like the South.

Thanks for the correction.  I was thinking about things like the religion map (where Missouri is strongly Baptist, like the South), the recent addition of Mizzou to the SEC (and commentators saying that that signified Missouri's increasing allegiance to the South rather than the Midwest), as well as a vague sense that the Ozarks were growing while the KC and STL metros weren't.  But obviously that is all from a distance and I'm glad to be corrected.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: is everybody bi curious? on: April 14, 2014, 07:45:10 pm
When people say they're curious, it's generally just trying to come to grips with being gay.

Either that, or they're a (mostly)-straight woman either a) acting to titillate male audiences' lesbian fantasies or b) at a women's college or something. Tongue  Or maybe they really are just curious.  But it definitely means different things coming from different genders, as a stereotypical rule- the old saw that "all women are bi, no men are" is obviously not true but there is something to the idea that, whether because of biology or just social pressure, women tend to have more fluid sexualities.

Awkward oversharing time (against my better judgment): an ex of mine was lesbian before she got to college, and then decided to experiment with guys for a couple of years, including yours truly.  She's back to identifying as lesbian, and is married now in fact.  We're still on friendly terms- though we're not particularly close anymore, as time and distance does its thing.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something that would annoy the preceding poster. on: April 13, 2014, 03:13:33 pm
Lena Dunham, wearing nothing but a hoodie.
20  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: In which region do Kansas, Nebraska, & the Dakotas fit? on: April 12, 2014, 03:42:53 pm
Yes, I am aware of that.  That's the Census Bureau's opinion.  This is about what Atlas thinks.  There's a Texas thread on the off-topic board.  The Census places Texas in the South, but many say Texas is not completely Southern.  It's not as if once you cross the border from Texas into New Mexico that the regional landscape or culture instantly changes (though I suppose it's possible sometimes).

I don't completely agree with the Census.  I disagree with classifying Maryland & Delaware, but not Missouri, as Southern.

Anyway, I agree that the 4 states in the poll are mostly Midwestern overall.  However, there is obvious Western influence.  Where I live, both sides of the SD/MN border appear the same, but the western part of my state is more Wyomingish.

I agree that MD, DE, and MO don't really belong where they are anymore- but they did when the Census first came up with this grouping, and you kind of have to keep it from census to census for statistical continuity.  But, yes, Maryland and Delaware have been getting steadily more Northeastern, and Missouri more Southern.

All the other states are clearly in the right region.  Yes, along the Great Plains you have a nice long edge case where the western bits are more Western and the Eastern bits more Midwest/Southern... but seeing as the eastern bits are more populous, if those states can only go in one basket the Census has put them in the right one.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a strict grammarian? on: April 12, 2014, 10:10:12 am
Yes, yes I am- to the point of frequently editing my posts after the fact to fix grammar and spelling.  Philosophically I'd like to agree with the descriptivists... but there are some things that I just cannot see without involuntarily shuddering.  The worst, of course, is when people add apostrophe's to word's to pluralize them.



That being said, I have a dark confession to make: I use two spaces after a period.  I know it's wrong, but I just can't help myself.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of these two is more deserving of a ban? on: April 12, 2014, 10:01:21 am
Mr. Demand is a far more interesting read than krazen, if I had to choose. Ideally neither, of course (likes a diverse, inflammatory Atlas experience).

23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Most expensive restaurant meal you've had on: April 11, 2014, 04:55:49 pm
Simfan, I feel like New York should have a better selection of very good cheap food than anywhere else in the country.

You must realise all the decent carts were replaced by "food trucks" run by white people years ago. I recall the carts from my youth with a myriad of food, today we have the halal carts still but that's drunk or tired food, certainly not "very good". They're now all selling $20 lobster rolls or $7 Belgian Waffles. No, no, it's all atrociously expensive.

While expensive food trucks are, indeed, a thing nowadays (though they're not actually all run by white people), there is still plenty of good cheap food to be had.  I mean, Chinatown still exists, just for starters.

And the halal carts are great.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Dropbox facing boycotts after naming Condolezza Rice to Board of Directors on: April 11, 2014, 12:08:17 pm
Really? C. Rice? That's an odd choice to put on the board of Directors

Board of Director gigs are basically just cushy sinecures for corporate high-flyers where you get paid a bunch for going to, like, two meetings a year.  There's zero expectation that the board members are in the same line of work, or even know all that much about the company.

Obviously they are supposed to be there for oversight and such, but... yeah not so much.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: From which animals have you consumed dairy products? on: April 11, 2014, 11:38:04 am
Cow, goat, and sheep (normal).  Can't remember whether I've had real bufala mozzarella or just the cow stuff, if so then add it to the pile.

Pretty sure most of y'all have had sheep dairy products whether you know it or not:

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