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17-01-2017, 12:08 AM
RE: Random thoughts
(16-01-2017 06:29 PM)Fireball Wrote:  
(16-01-2017 01:50 PM)WillHopp Wrote:  You know that smell in your nose when you're about to have a cold? I got that.

Get a neti-pot and the salt packets and flush that bug out! If you get it quickly enough, you can ease the symptoms and shorten the stay. For me, it feels like a burning sensation when I start a cold.

https://www.google.com/search?q=neti-pot...8&oe=utf-8

Burning sensation? That's funny, coming from Fireball. But yes, I know that feeling in my nose, too.

I feel better today.

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17-01-2017, 12:59 AM
RE: Random thoughts
(16-01-2017 08:08 PM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  Someone over on PM is on to page 5 of ranting about how he's being discriminated against because the admin slapped a warning on his post early in the thread and removed two nude art images saying they could be considered pornographic. It seems he's incapable of grasping why anyone would think a board with children on it, shouldn't be exposed to nudity if it's "art". It boggles my mind how he can't grasp why that, or his naked women 'classical' art shower curtain wouldn't be inappropriate for a place with kids. If I post something with full frontal nudity on TTA, I'd fully expect the wrath of Moms or one of the mods.

Is "PM" the Catholic message board you moderate?

If so, the irony of someone complaining that it is not 'catholic' (small c) enough is amusing.

As a random thought and not having a go at you, I bristle at the word "wrath". According to Dante, wrath is a perverted love directed toward other's harm.

There's an implication in that word, of puritanism... there's something of the Taliban about it.
The "no nudity/porn" rule is for me, an indicator of religion's influence on the zeitgeist... and it bugs me. And given that I've effectively spent the last six months in a reluctant loin cloth, nudity is, in my view, the norm.

Clothing as practical protection from heat and cold and as artistic self-expression, that's all cool but clothing rules and regulations and a fashion industry born of body-image angst and status-signaling (other than uniforms within the context of a social contract) is to me, absurd.

To me it's not a wrath-thing, it's a human dignity / exploitation-thing. All about the nude subject being a willing participant i.e. consenting; nothing to do with "think of the children"
... while in France, I noticed how cool everyone was with nudity and alcohol and stuff and found out it was because of a cultural inoculation from an early age. I compared that with the more conservative attitudes back home in England which lead to e.g. licencing laws > binge drinking > more violence. Fortunately this has changed a lot over the last 30 years.

/random thought.

As a less random thought, I'm now pondering how the 7 deadly sins and 7 deadlier virtues can be incorporated into a model of morality that I'm working on.

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17-01-2017, 01:27 AM (This post was last modified: 17-01-2017 01:34 AM by GenesisNemesis.)
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I'd like to go camping by myself every few months, but my current job does not allow for that considering I have to earn time off. Sad

Although I could do it on my days off, but it's only three days.

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17-01-2017, 06:04 AM
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Why do they call it "camping out"?????

Unless you really need to differentiate it from "camping in" --- wouldn't "camping" do????

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17-01-2017, 07:33 AM
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It just occurred to me that for anyone with a negative rating, we could replace the negative one with i^2, as i=sqrt(-1) and i^2= (sqrt(-1))^2= -1. Hence, mathematically speaking, a negative rating can be cool.

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17-01-2017, 07:42 AM
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(17-01-2017 12:59 AM)DLJ Wrote:  
(16-01-2017 08:08 PM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  Someone over on PM is on to page 5 of ranting about how he's being discriminated against because the admin slapped a warning on his post early in the thread and removed two nude art images saying they could be considered pornographic. It seems he's incapable of grasping why anyone would think a board with children on it, shouldn't be exposed to nudity if it's "art". It boggles my mind how he can't grasp why that, or his naked women 'classical' art shower curtain wouldn't be inappropriate for a place with kids. If I post something with full frontal nudity on TTA, I'd fully expect the wrath of Moms or one of the mods.

Is "PM" the Catholic message board you moderate?

If so, the irony of someone complaining that it is not 'catholic' (small c) enough is amusing.

As a random thought and not having a go at you, I bristle at the word "wrath". According to Dante, wrath is a perverted love directed toward other's harm.

There's an implication in that word, of puritanism... there's something of the Taliban about it.
The "no nudity/porn" rule is for me, an indicator of religion's influence on the zeitgeist... and it bugs me. And given that I've effectively spent the last six months in a reluctant loin cloth, nudity is, in my view, the norm.

Clothing as practical protection from heat and cold and as artistic self-expression, that's all cool but clothing rules and regulations and a fashion industry born of body-image angst and status-signaling (other than uniforms within the context of a social contract) is to me, absurd.

To me it's not a wrath-thing, it's a human dignity / exploitation-thing. All about the nude subject being a willing participant i.e. consenting; nothing to do with "think of the children"
... while in France, I noticed how cool everyone was with nudity and alcohol and stuff and found out it was because of a cultural inoculation from an early age. I compared that with the more conservative attitudes back home in England which lead to e.g. licencing laws > binge drinking > more violence. Fortunately this has changed a lot over the last 30 years.

/random thought.

As a less random thought, I'm now pondering how the 7 deadly sins and 7 deadlier virtues can be incorporated into a model of morality that I'm working on.

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Well, used to moderate. Tongue Sometime during the election cycle, the admin removed me without so much as a notice of "hey you no longer mod here". Assuming I somehow offended him, as others who haven't posted in two years, even, are still listed as mods. I had just thought the number of entitled Report notifications about people not being Catholic enough for a "church militant" tag was just in a lull.

And my bad on the word "wrath" there. (I was so tempted to go the "mea culpa" route, given it's association with the prayer in the Mass, "through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault". Wink ) And that's a fair point on the cultural norms or lack thereof. Given that forum is Catholic, predominantly North American, most of the posters on it, and the one who was so offended (and the admin who was offended by him) are working with those cultural and religious expectations that show nudity as a bad thing.

For what it's worth, I'd concur with the idea that prohibition often leads to unexpected side effects, like your example of the licensing laws leading to heavier drinking and violence. As well as your point on human dignity.

Similarly, I'd still rather not try posting full frontal nudity here, because of underage people. And because of basic etiquette.


Drinking and violence leads me to the random thought that Chicago probably misses the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. A weekend where only seven people were shot in the city?

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18-01-2017, 09:39 AM
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Forget golf. These were made for jousting.




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22-01-2017, 07:17 AM
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I thought this was a cool story to share.

Racking The Shotgun: Quickly Sorting Those Who Know from Those Who Act Like They Know

One of the great challenges we all face in life is distinguishing between two classes of people: people who know and people who sound like they know. It’s called the Batesian Mimicry problem and once you see it, you’ll start to notice it everywhere from colleagues and boardrooms, to talking pundits on TV.

From Elon Musk’s advice on how to tell if people are lying to how to win an argument, the problem is so pervasive and so fundamental to succeeding in life that I keep a running file whenever people have a clever way to help quickly determine who knows. An unlikely book offered another technique called Racking the Shotgun and it comes from a professional gambler.

80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall tells the story of John Paul Mendocha, a friend of Marshall’s. At age 17, Mendocha dropped out of high school, hitchhiked to Vegas, and became a professional gambler.

A teenager, however, needs some street smarts so he found himself someone who would take him under his wing for a split of the profits. Mendocha found Rob, a seasoned gambler.

“Son, the first lesson about gambling is, you have to play games you can win. You need to play people who are not as good at poker as you are. Those people are called marks.”

One time, Rob wanted to show John something so they got into the car and headed to the Cabaret. They walked in and sat down amongst the blaring music, dancing women, and copious amounts of alcohol. Rob had a sawed off shotgun in his coat.

He pulled the shotgun out, slipped it under the table. He pressed the lever, popping the chamber open as if to load it. But instead of inserting a shell, he loudly snapped it back shut, with that sharp, signature ratcheting sound shotguns are famous for— what enthusiasts call “racking the shotgun.”

A few heads in the crowd twisted around, trying to see where the racking sound had come from. Everyone else was oblivious, absorbed in their haze of nightclub revelry. Then Rob slipped the gun back into his jacket.

The owner of the club came over to their table and asked if everything was ok.

“Everything’s fine, Bill. Just teaching the lad a lesson,” Rob replied. Then he leaned over and said to John, “John, the people who turned around— those guys are NOT marks. Do not play poker with them. “John, your job is to play cards with everybody else.”

https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2017/01...l-shotgun/

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22-01-2017, 08:55 AM
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Also, if you sit down at a table to play poker and can't identify the mark, it's you.
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22-01-2017, 09:04 AM
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You should already have a shell in the chamber. Why would you willingly give your opponent the following tactical information? ----

1. Where you are.
2. What kind of weapon you're using.
3. You're a amateur, who shouldn't be a problem to negate.

Better bet -- shoot from cover, concealment if cover isn't available - and don't warn anyone.

If they need to be shot - you're not required to inform them of the fact.

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