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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Why are uber-religious people driven to over-sentimentality? on: December 01, 2010, 09:56:53 PM
ie: I have experimented with "crystals" for years. There have been no conclusive results as to a positive effect. Therefore, I can't believe that they have any real potency. Now, rare gems on the other hand? I've had some weird experiences there, so I can't discount them.

You Canadians and your ruby-encrusted sex toys!

In all seriousness, though, I'm all for finding what works, and then finding why it works. If using crystals or gems or acupuncture produce results, it would be foolish to discount their efficacy. It would also be foolish to assume that, because they've arisen as tools of a spiritual method, that there can't be any scientific rationale behind them. Not that you're likely saying that, Mark, just putting that out there.
32  The Rest / The Bazaar / Give My Wife and Son a Christmas Album Sale! on: December 01, 2010, 02:38:14 PM
Hey folks,

Got a http://vgmdb.net/db/marketplace.php?do=saleview&userid=7022 huge soundtrack sale going on at VGMDB: rock-bottom prices, everything must go! Gotta make money so I can get some present for Christine and Miles!

And for added effect, here are pictures of my wife and son:

Buy somethin', will ya?
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The new Wikileaks kerfuffle on: November 29, 2010, 10:09:22 PM
Wikileaks is one of the best examples we have to debate the merits of information secrecy vs. information freedom. That being said, if peoples' lives were put in danger due to leaked documents, and some people did actually die due to the information, would it be worth it? Many people in this country place the 1st amendment on a pedestal, and many have said they'd die for it.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Why are uber-religious people driven to over-sentimentality? on: November 29, 2010, 07:04:41 AM
Thanks for sharing that Sensei, hopefully we can recover from this umm... tangent.  If not, it's been a great thread.  I'm pleased. :)

Then I think you missed my point with that post. This whole threat has been about the premise that religion is based on sentimentality and emotion. Atheism can be too.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Why are uber-religious people driven to over-sentimentality? on: November 28, 2010, 09:37:09 PM
I'm an athiest for a lot of reasons, but I wasn't always so. I used to believe, quite devoutly, in Christian teachings, afterlife, etc. In fact, I was probably a lot like Alexander, getting a white-washed, Methodist version of the religion that was basically, "Jesus loves you, be happy". Eventually, however, I really examined religion in general, and the monotheistic ones in particular, and gleaned the exact opposite viewpoint. I realized that if there was a God in the sense that the Bible/Torah/Koran lays Him out (created mankind, wants our praise and subservience) than I wouldn't want to live in a world where that was true. I wouldn't want an afterlife of eternal peace and tranquility, and I certainly wouldn't want to live via the grace of anyone, let alone an omnipotent, omnipresent being. I want to carve out my own life with my own hands, to the best of my ability. I'll be kind because I want to be kind, and because it benefits me and those I care about. I'll make my fortune or sow the seeds of my downfall by my own hands, not by the will of a benevolent or vengeful deity. And if, when I die, there's someone or something waiting to pass judgment on me, then I have one thing to say:

Melius est in inferno quam regulam in coelo servire
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: In case you weren't sure how the world was going to end... on: November 21, 2010, 11:17:19 AM
Then there were those who, when working on the Manhattan Project believed that a possible scenario of creating a nuclear chain reaction would be the complete immolation of the atmosphere.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: To the Moon - Freebird Games [Indie] on: November 11, 2010, 08:13:55 AM
I'm actually pretty interested in this title, as well. I've played a few indie RPGs, and I loved the Mirror Lied. Question, though; do you have a good proofreader for the text? One thing I've noticed with many of the indies I've played is that little if any proofreading/editing happened to the text before release. In text-heavy games, a lack of good spelling/grammar and dialogue flow really hurts the presentation.

Also, shameless plug: if you need/want someone to give the dialogue a once- or twice-over (gratis, no less), I am looking to get a game under my belt. PM me if you're interested.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Shit like this really pisses me the fuck off on: October 29, 2010, 11:24:53 AM
I like to think of myself as an extremely patient person, especially when it comes to kids. Over the years I've worked a lot with young kids/preschoolers/toddlers through various jobs and volunteering, many of whom had severe behavioral problems. Had to deal with ALOT of crying and temper-tantrums. Totally didn't phase me, especially the more I did it. Completely able to tune out crying fits, stay completely calm, and not feel any negative emotion.
It's strange though. Once it was my own kid, for some reason it had a much stronger affect on me. Honestly, at times it would make me feel a little crazy. Of course, I never came close to shaking my baby or harming him in any way, but I was surprised that my blood would boil a bit at some times and I would even have to trade off with my wife occasionally. And my son wasn't even really that fussy compared to some stories I've heard from people I know. Maybe other parents here can relate. I guess what I'm saying is, I'm someone who has tons of experience with kids, has a healthy marriage, lots of support, a stable life with few tragedies, never had any psychological/depression issues,  and yet I could still be affected by a little baby who I love more than pretty much anything in the world. So, while I absolutely don't think this mother should be excused for what she did, I do have a shred of pity for her and have a hard time being completely judgmental of her. There by the grace of God go I...
It's a tragedy all around.

I know exactly what you mean; your own child just amplifies your emotional response. Whether it's biological or behavioral (or a combination of both) it's there to make sure we don't leave the baby in the nearest banana tree when it starts to cry.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So, besides gaming, what you're thing? on: October 28, 2010, 10:41:02 PM
I'm in the same boat as Lord of Sha... er, Grim Reality in being married with a kid. Miles takes up most of my time when I'm not teaching or looking for work.

I teach, it's what I do and what I've been trained to do.

I like economics (Freakonomics FTW!!!)

I'm a beer geek, and it saddens me greatly that I cannot afford beer anymore.

I like reading books on odd topics such as ethnolinguistics, addiction, neurology, and brain-based learning. I'm addicted to learning how the brain works.

NPR - yes, I'm a filthy hippy who actually has been a sustaining member (and would be if I still had a full-time job with discretionary funds)

Oh, and boinking the wife. I like that a lot.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Shit like this really pisses me the fuck off on: October 28, 2010, 10:25:45 PM
Postpartum is also really underreported, and a lot of women don't even realize they have it. The woman probably needs psychiatric treatment and jail time. I don't accept the death penalty as a legitimate form of punishment, unless it's for the Joker or Apocalypse or something.

But despite all that, a child is dead and isn't coming back. And nothing's going to make that better.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Hyperdimension Neptunia on: October 28, 2010, 05:12:55 PM

42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: This is so like what I'd say about making games, its sad on: October 22, 2010, 06:37:33 PM
From the stories I've heard you tell, along with what I've glimpsed from devs at E3, there's not a lot "fun" about making games, unless you're in command. The programmers are treated like shit, as are the artists and level designers.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Vending machine win on: October 22, 2010, 04:07:49 PM
More importantly what is the DRINK they're selling below the crabs?!
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: They say you can always learn something from every other person... on: October 22, 2010, 04:04:49 PM
As a teacher, I've learned a lot from my students, that's for sure. I hope they've learned something from me (some have actually come back and said so, hopefully they're being honest).
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Vending machine win on: October 21, 2010, 12:56:08 PM
In the Macy's here in NJ they have a machine that vends iPods, DSes, PSPs, key drives shaped like C3PO, etc. There's another one that vends Proactive products (y'know, the acne medication). It's odd.
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