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#660002
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Video Games - a general discussion thread
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No! That gaping hole there in the middle is pretty hawt.

 

 

JEDIT: I still remember back when programs started coming on 3 1/2 instead of the old 5 1/4s. It was awesome having so many less disks, and they seemed so much studier with that sliding protective gate. You could just pop the silly things in your pocket and carry a massive 1.44mb of data conveniently with you everywhere you went. The future was here, man!

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#659981
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Last movie seen
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xhonzi said:

greenpenguino said:

xhonzi said:

 Star Trek Into Darkness.

 I've heard a lot of 'love 2009, really liked STID" and a lot of "hate both of them" "they're the 2 best 'Trek movies ever" kind of commentary... but I haven't heard/seen my response- detest 2009, quite enjoyed STID.

4/5 proton coffins

Hmmm... I'm in the "fairly enjoyed '09 (even with all the stupid stuff in it) and utterly loathe Into Darkness camp"... so...

I guess I need to read more articulated "utterly loathe" reviews.  I don't know where they are coming from.

 

I thought Into Darkness was a lot better than '09, like going from painfully terrible to watchable and even a bit fun, but I still didn't think it was very good. 

I have friends who really aren't into Star Trek who thought '09 was okayish, and absolutely loved STID.

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#659968
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Last movie seen
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Johnny Ringo said:

Finally saw The World's End.

Overall I enjoyed it but the tone kind of shifts around a bit. It's not their best film but it was pretty funny.

3 balls.

I saw it the other day too.

I really enjoyed it, thought it was way better than the abysmal Paul, but a far cry from Hot Fuzz or Shawn of the Dead.

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#659792
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Random Thoughts
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Ziggy Stardust said:

I visit here every so often, see some of the idiotic things I said when I was younger, and more foolish, and I cringe. *shudders* 

On another note, I've been leaving my school campus for lunch everyday for the past three weeks. I've pretty much been eating fast food for every meal. I'm also broke, because I'm spending a lot of money on gas. I feel sick from having this diet, it's hell. 

Learn ways to eat healthy(ish) on the cheap and on the go. It is not all that hard, you just have to form a habit. I used to eat fast food all the time because of how easy and simple it was, and it always made me feel tired, lazy, lethargic, and bloated. 

I found making big bags of trail mix including various nuts and dried fruits was a good cheap way to get a bit of energy and sustenance during busy days. If you have a grocery store within convenient distance from your campus, supplementing the trail mix with fresh fruit, yogurt, and/or some cheese makes for a pretty satisfying meal. If you know anyone with a Sam's or Cosco card that can take you shopping, as well as happen to have one of those stores around, then buying things like nuts and dried fruit in bulk is a great way to save a lot of money on them.

You are what you eat, and fast food daily is going to make you feel like a walking bucket of fast food, and in the long run, it really isn't all that cheap unless you're content with just an item or two off the dollar menu. If you find yourself craving that fat heavy fast food diet experience, grab a few avocados and keep them around, half of one along with your meal should satisfy your body's fat cravings.

 

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#658845
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What are you reading?
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darth_ender said:

As you say, educate yourself my good fellow, and read the book ;)

Reading some piece of tripe sci-fi novel is hardly any worthwhile bit educating. I have better things to spend my time on.

 

darth_ender said:

Interestingly, later in the series another sentient alien species is discovered.  They are given the proper name of Pequeninos, Portuguese for little children.  But they are nicknamed "piggies" (with a lowercase p) because of their pig-like snouts.  I doubt Card was making any statement about overweight people, or people with upturned noses, or perhaps little Portuguese fat kids.

That would be understandable though, little fat kids with pig-like noses are the worst.

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#658566
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What are you reading?
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Ryan McAvoy said:

In British culture "Bugger" has almost no negative connotations anymore. It's a term of endearment if anything. The phrase...

Dude, anywhere I've been in Brittan you could use/hear the word "cunt" just about anywhere.

Are there any words that really offend there any more?

Saying "cunt" in the States seems to make even the most vulgar mouthed of company turn a shade of red or give you a dirty look. I've been in bars at 2am surrounded by foul mouthed drunk people and have had someone approach my table and ask me and my friends to watch our language because we were calling each other "cunts".

Ninny is used in the States. At least in the North eastern portions, but usually by people in their fifties.

 

WHOA!!! And why have I never heard of that Sharpe TV series!!!! It looks really cool, and I love Sean Bean. I know what I am doing during my weekend this week!

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#658564
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What are you reading?
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darth_ender said:

Okay, bear in mind that the book came out in the early 80s, and was based on his own short story of the same name that came out in the 70s.  I have never heard of that expression meaning anything like that before today, nor do I know the etymology of that particular definition, but I already have my doubts that such a meaning had developed by the time that story was written. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugger

Educate yourself my good fellow.

It is a very, very old word that has meant that for a very long time. Long before Card used it and long before he was ever born.

This denial you all have about it being a slur is really shocking to me.

 

If Card didn't mean to use it in that way, then he was very ignorant and made a very, very, very poor choice of words.

 

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#658559
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What are you reading?
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Mrebo said:

If someone used it in a sentence to refer to a particular sex act, I'd really just think it was a crude way of referring to sex in general.

Well, I guess there are still people out there who don't realize "fuck" refers to sex, I ran into one sometime last year. Somehow they thought it was a really crude was of saying "to kiss".

I'm not even making this up. Ignorant people do exist.

What are we even discussing now? That since a bunch of you didn't know what the word meant, obviously Card didn't mean it in that way? Or that Card, a dude who jots down words for a living had no idea what the word meant?

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#658558
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What are you reading?
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Ryan McAvoy said:

Mrebo said:

I thought you were kidding about the buggers, CP3S. Maybe you are.

Jesus wept! I also thought it was a satirical joke from mr CP3S. But no, I just looked it up and the Alien's in Card's 'Ender's Game' are really called "Buggers".

I think you and Mrebo thought I was joking on two entirely different levels.

I just learned early today from Bingo's post that Card's aliens were called buggers and was pretty shocked. You seem to see the joke as it being too unbelievable that Card would name his much hated aliens that, which is how I felt.

I think Mrebo thought the joke was me providing the definition of it, and thought I was making it up the meaning.

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#658555
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What are you reading?
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What??? How have you guys never known what the word "bugger" meant? Its even made its way into American pop culture:

"Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy."

Most people here probably recognize this quote. If not, it is Dr. Evil's speech from the first Austin Powers. I hear Americans quote that all the time. It means his dad really liked engaging in anal sex.


Less antagonistic version of jerk or douchebag??? It is a really crass word. Even Webster's American dictionaries list it as vulgar slang.

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#658464
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What are you reading?
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darth_ender said:

It would be good to actually read the books.  Humanity is afraid of these aliens because of their frightening insect-like appearance and their seeming relentlessness in their assaults on humanity, and thus they earned the nickname "buggers". 

It is just hard to take it as coincidence that the nickname for his alien species also just so happens to be a dirty word meaning "ass fucker".

That is great he was a huge opponent of racism.

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#658463
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What are you reading?
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xhonzi said:

I'm just saying that if I said:

Sadly I paid money for work before finding out he was a gay.

That that would come across as bigotry, would it not?

 

Yes.

But that is the difference between saying, "Sadly I paid money for (someone's) work before finding out they were racist" and "Sadly I paid money for (someone's) work before finding out they were black".

See it from whatever angle you'd like. But I see a huge difference in taking issue with someone because they are something different, and taking issue with someone who has a disdain for someone because they are different.

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#658446
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What are you reading?
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darth_ender said:

Oh, excuse me.  I thought this was the What are you reading? thread.  I didn't realized I'd walked into the politics thread.

*exits*

You're so very anal about topics.

I promise, slight literary related tangents in the what are you reading thread aren't going to hurt you. They rarely ever bite and they've had loads of vaccinations.

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#658445
Topic
What are you reading?
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Bingowings said:

Unless he becomes immortal and churns out more tales of young men fighting off the 'buggers' (the aliens in the Ender's series are called that... no really).

Wow! I had no idea they were called that. That is incredibly blatant! Everyone is always telling me even though Card is a dick, it isn't a big deal to read him because his views don't make their way into his books. Like hell!

That would be akin to naming your alien species the "darkies".

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#658401
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What are you reading?
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Wow. 

I kind of want to quote statistics at you, but I'm not even going to bother. You sound pretty stuck in your ways and closed minded. If you would like to learn a thing or two, or think I'm totally wrong and you can teach me a thing or two, stop ranting and raving and let's have a real discussion.

 

However, a few surface things I'm going to address, a boycott isn't an attempt to harm anyone. A boycott means to disassociate oneself with, withdrawing engaging in business or communication with what you are boycotting. Yeah, it is very deliberate. That is kind of the point. A boycott isn't harming anyone, beyond the point that they aren't getting financial gain from you. As an example, if I decide to boycott Chick-Fil-A, I am possibly harming them by not giving them my business, but my business is something they have to earn anyway (usually by providing solid products I deem worthy of spending my money on). I have no obligation to buy food from Chic-Fil-A. Nobody does. If enough people decide to boycott them based on real or perceived policies toward homosexuals, this could potentially hurt their business, but, providing that business to Chic-Fil-A is the consumers' prerogative to start with.

The way you talk about it HARMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMING HUMAN BEINGS, makes it sound like you are making boycotting out to be the equivalent of an organized effort to go out into the streets with baseball bats and beat people's kneecaps off. This leads me to believe you're either being extraordinarily hyperbolic, you have no idea how boycotting works or what it does, or you are just a little out of touch with reality.

Also, I haven't heard a whole lot of stories about homosexuals attacking and violently assaulting people. Though I have no doubt it does happen, you have people of every sexual orientation with tendencies for violence. Curiously enough, a good number of psychopathic males tend to be homosexual or bisexual. Don't misread what I am saying though, many psychopaths being homosexual does not in any way equal many homosexuals being psychopaths. There are a lot of reasons for the tendency of psychopaths to engage in homosexual behavior, and those reason make perfect sense when you go into them, and we can if you'd like, but from what I've seen, you don't seem the sort who is open for discussion.

Not too long ago, in the politics thread I believe, we had a lengthy discussion regarding the idea that homosexuality and child molestation go hand-in-hand. Again, I'd be happy to provide you numerous links to numerous studies done by numerous groups that have proved this myth to be nonsense. I attempted and failed to find any sort of data indicating that homosexual men have a higher rate of molestation of underage boys than heterosexual men. Let me know if you'd like these links, and if you find any data to the contrary, by all means, I'd love to have links to those.

Finally, you claimed that homosexual on heterosexual assault occurs at a far higher rate than heterosexual on homosexual violence. You seem to act like there hasn't been a long history of brutality toward homosexuals. If you ever sit down and talk to an older gay man (in the USA at least), you'll find that he can likely tell you story after story of humiliating or violent things done to him by homophobes. Every older gay man I have known has been subjected to cruelty that makes my stomach turn. The US also has a long history of lesbian rapes, the justification being that if she learns what a dick feel like she might change her ways and go straight. There is a good reason why the term "in the closet" exists. Traditionally for homosexuals being open about your sexual orientation has been an invitation to cruelty, humiliation, violence, and molestation. If you think nothing like this still happens in America, then you are greatly mistaken. There is still plenty of fear and hatred towards gays, and plenty of people who still act on that fear and hatred.

 

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#658371
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What are you reading?
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I don't see why it is a big deal to boycott something you disagree with. Especially if the person creating it whose ideas you are seeing or reading and who is gaining profit from your consuming is someone who expressly dislikes/disliked what you are.

Roman Polanski disgusts me, and I won't see his films. Sean Penn is an asshole, and I avoid his work, but I don't really see fawning over evil dictators to be as bad as drugging and raping minors or publicly expressing prejudice views against people who are different than you.

I don't see a problem with someone liking Polanski films, but I have a hard time separating the man's work from the deeds he did, so I don't. I certainly can't blame Bingo for not wanting to waste money on anything Card related.

In fact, I find the "flak" he is getting and the suggestion that behaving that way is akin to bigoted behavior that is making him boycott it in the first place to be really bizarre.

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#658158
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Random Thoughts
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Took down the blanket that was serving as curtains in my bedroom in order to wash it. Oh man! Those things blocked out a lot of heat! It is stifling in my room right now, ceiling fan is on full speed and I'm still sweating balls. Wish that dryer would hurry up and finish its job...

 

I do my Spring cleaning in the Fall, apparently. That is how bad of a procrastinator I am.