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76  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 23, 2013, 10:55:06 AM
77  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 23, 2013, 10:35:11 AM
Ever think that maybe Trayvon Martin was trying to defend himself ANY FUCKING WAY possible from the guy with a gun who was stalking him for no reason?

Given that Zimmerman was following him from a distance in low visibility and had his gun concealed under his shirt and jacket the idea that Martin knew about the gun is simply grasping at straws.


And since people are addressing this as a case involving Stand Your Ground law:  No, no, no, no, just. FUCKING. NO.  The Stand Your Ground law had NO application in this case.  The chief of police said it was irrelevant in deciding whether or not to make an arrest.  Zimmerman did not attend an SYG hearing.  The defense did not cite or attempt use it.  The prosecutor did not cite it except when trying to assassinate Zimmerman's character by citing an interview with Fox News discussing SYG law.  It had no bearing whatsoever on the case.  Stand Your Ground (or laws requiring you to flee when attacked) have no legal relevance in a situation where you cannot run, such as when you're pinned to the ground.  This was a straight up self defense case and would have been argued the same way in court in a state that doesn't have a stand your ground law.

By the way, I'd like to point out that laws that say 'you must flee' are at least as vague--often moreso--than any SYG law (most if not all of which require a defined standard of having good reasons for believing your life is in danger), because there is no defined standard of how hard you must try to flee or how far you must flee before you're allowed to defend yourself.  The case of CeCe McDonald is an excellent illustration of what happens in places where there is no SYG law.  Did she flee?  Yes.  But according to the state, she didn't flee enough so defending herself against an attacker was illegal.

Also, I'm terrified by the idea that we live in some Orwellian world where defending your life against someone who has ambushed you and is trying to kill you is murder.  While we're at it let's just admit that war is peace and and love is hate.

In the meantime, between Kate's baby and demonizing the (half) white dude, the world seems to have failed to notice the fucking prison break in Abu Ghraib, which resulted in hundreds of inmates escaping.
78  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 21, 2013, 01:53:15 PM

Hopefully in another generation or two we'll be passed seeing this as any sort of "deal" at all.


Certain places in the west?  I wouldn't be surprised.  The world as a whole?  Doubtful.  But yeah, every time someone tries to say "Russia isn't that bad" they do something like that.
79  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 17, 2013, 09:24:58 PM
In more light-hearted news:

http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/internet-rigs-contest-so-creepy-dude-can-smell-taylor-swifts-hair-0
Yeah, so a 39 year old is in a contest with a bunch of teenie-bopping girls to meet Taylor Swift backstage....to sniff her hair.  And thanks to the internet, he's in the lead!

Bahahaha.  The internet is awesome.

Also: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jul/17/elon-musk-mission-mars-spacex
80  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 08, 2013, 12:52:32 PM
Plenty of people in the US carry pocket knives around habitually because they're excellent utility tools.  Maybe it's the same in Brazil?  Also, do we know what the reason for stabbing that player was?

...maybe he argued with a call the ref made?
81  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 02, 2013, 10:11:08 AM
82  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 01, 2013, 10:14:50 AM
Saw this on Facebook captioned "I don't know what kind of dog this is, but I would ride it into battle"



83  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 30, 2013, 01:05:04 PM
I don't think I can find a picture that will top the unicorn, so happy birthday!

Actually, this one ain't too bad:

84  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 27, 2013, 03:01:13 PM
85  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: XBOX: A New Generation Revealed, May 21st on: June 27, 2013, 01:34:49 PM
http://www.cracked.com/blog/a-breakup-letter-to-xbox/?wa_user1=2&wa_user2=Video+Games&wa_user3=blog&wa_user4=feature_module
86  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 26, 2013, 11:22:06 PM
In other news people in Mexico are getting so sick of how shitty the politicians are that they're now running campaigns for various animals as mayor of their provinces.  The most popular one is named El Burro Chon.  He has a Facebook page, which I have of course liked.
87  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 25, 2013, 11:35:51 AM
88  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 25, 2013, 11:27:57 AM
Starting tomorrow, I'm going to go through my Twentieth Century Music History Class syllabus and brush up on remember the name of important people, names, and add to the syllabus with what I felt was missing from the course. The books we used for the class was:

Alex Ross's The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
Strunk's Source Readings in Music History: The Twentieth Century (Revised Edition) (Vol. 7) (Source Readings Vol. 7)


The 20th century is far from my 'specialty' (area of taste) when it comes to classical music--though I do love Sibelius--but it sounds like that course is handled pretty well from what (little) I know.  I visit a classical board and The Rest Is Noise has been mentioned a few times and is consistently met with rave reviews from members there.


On a semi-related note I finally got all the equipment in the mail and got my first hi-fi system rigged up a couple of nights ago.  It's a chamber music beast and also seems to work well with jazz given the treatment it gave the Sinatra album that came in the CD player (the CD player and receiver were both ordered used off of Amazon, I am a ballsy bastard), at least when that disc was working.  It got scratched to hell in shipment; I'm guessing the original owner forgot about it when he sold it to Amazon and left it in there.  I'm not going to complain too much, though, I'm always appreciate of free Sinatra.  On the other hand the speakers don't handle choral and orchestral music the way I'd hoped.  Oh well, I'm now off on a quest to hunt down and save up money for a set of speakers that will handle that stuff, and then I should be set.

It's a book I think anyone would be able to jump into with ease, so I can only imagine it being in conversations about the subject.

Are you ordering the equipment for personal use, or is it for professional listening/work?

What impressed me is that we have some 20th century specialists there (including an active composer) who really liked the book.

The equipment is for personal use.  I'm not a reviewer or anything, just a dedicated fan. :)

pretty sure she would call the wedding off if we did that.

ugh, also immigration paperwork looks terrible.

That seems like a good guess.

Where are you moving to?
89  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 24, 2013, 07:03:14 PM
Starting tomorrow, I'm going to go through my Twentieth Century Music History Class syllabus and brush up on remember the name of important people, names, and add to the syllabus with what I felt was missing from the course. The books we used for the class was:

Alex Ross's The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
Strunk's Source Readings in Music History: The Twentieth Century (Revised Edition) (Vol. 7) (Source Readings Vol. 7)


The 20th century is far from my 'specialty' (area of taste) when it comes to classical music--though I do love Sibelius--but it sounds like that course is handled pretty well from what (little) I know.  I visit a classical board and The Rest Is Noise has been mentioned a few times and is consistently met with rave reviews from members there.


On a semi-related note I finally got all the equipment in the mail and got my first hi-fi system rigged up a couple of nights ago.  It's a chamber music beast and also seems to work well with jazz given the treatment it gave the Sinatra album that came in the CD player (the CD player and receiver were both ordered used off of Amazon, I am a ballsy bastard), at least when that disc was working.  It got scratched to hell in shipment; I'm guessing the original owner forgot about it when he sold it to Amazon and left it in there.  I'm not going to complain too much, though, I'm always appreciate of free Sinatra.  On the other hand the speakers don't handle choral and orchestral music the way I'd hoped.  Oh well, I'm now off on a quest to hunt down and save up money for a set of speakers that will handle that stuff, and then I should be set.
90  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: June 24, 2013, 06:55:42 PM
I don't know if this is news, per se, but I don't know where else to put it, and it's interesting.

A discussion with an author of a book on sex in the Arab world.  I don't know if I'd call it safe for work, per se, but it's an interesting discussion on the intersection of religion, sexual mores, culture and human rights.
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