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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 21, 2014, 11:43:04 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on January 21, 2014, 09:07:09 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 17, 2014, 03:13:41 AM

Quote from: kratz on January 17, 2014, 01:58:18 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 16, 2014, 02:31:28 AM

Future Me here. It was an entertaining and clever story but one glaring plot hole that opened up 10 minutes into the film was never explained, unless I missed something. Somebody tell me how

Spoiler for Hiden:
Looper Central (or the Rainmaker?) knows when a loop isn't closed. Suppose Bruce Willis just runs off through the cornfield and Gordon-Levitt never lets on that he didn't finish the job. How is anyone the wiser? I never saw any indication that there was any kind of verification procedure for any of the executions. Are we supposed to infer that the Rainmaker just knows?


This was also my question... they never explain that.

It bothered me so much that I paused the movie 10 or 15 minutes in and told my wife "if they don't explain that, I'm going to have a big problem with this movie." Then they didn't.

I also agree with the earlier comments about the TK aspect being extraneous and overdone. It served to
Spoiler for Hiden:
give the child Rainmaker a defense mechanism while demonstrating why the adult Rainmaker was such a terror.

But that's not the direction I would have taken if I'd written the story.

I love a good time travel story and this was a very good one overall, but not quite great.  

Spoiler for Hiden:
I forgot much about the movie but our discussion here made me recall my theory about why Rainmaker want to close the circle and that can explain why he can know without any verification.

In the timeline that Rainmaker is in charge, a looper killed his mother so in the future when he is in control, he closes the loop on all loopers. He doesn't need any verification because the only looper that he is interested in stopping is the one that killed his mother and he know if the looper killed his mother or not.

So the looper movie is about two characters trying to alter the past to save someone. The Rainmaker is trying to save his mother. The Bruce Willis character is trying to save his wife. The paradox is that in his reality, the Rainmaker caused his mother's death because his agents killed Bruce Willis's wife. Same with Bruce Willis character, he caused his wife to die because he tried to kill the Rainmaker.

OK, I missed that entirely. It still doesn't make sense to me, though.
Spoiler for Hiden:
If he doesn't get verification that a loop was closed, how would he know that the unclosed looper isn't the one who murdered his mother? How does anybody know that they need to send enforcers out to hunt down the escapee?

Maybe I'm missing something here. Paradoxes make my brain hurt.  'tarded!
82  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 21, 2014, 03:13:20 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 20, 2014, 11:32:15 PM


Scientific laws are actually looser than theories.

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A scientific law is a statement based on repeated experimental observations that describes some aspect of the world. A scientific law always applies under the same conditions, and implies that there is a causal relationship involving its elements.
...
A law differs from a scientific theory in that it does not posit a mechanism or explanation of phenomena: it is merely a distillation of the results of repeated observation. As such, a law is limited in applicability to circumstances resembling those already observed, and is often found false when extrapolated. ... Newton's law of universal gravitation only applies in weak gravitational fields

Interesting. Colloquially, a law trumps a theory; scientifically, the opposite is true. Religion is about revealed truth; science is about revealing truth. A creationist starts with a conclusion and selects evidence to support it; a scientist does the opposite. A creationist believes that evolution is false because it is under constant revision; a scientist dismisses creationism because it dismisses all contradictory evidence.

No wonder the two sides can never see eye to eye. They can't even agree on a vocabulary.
83  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 20, 2014, 11:06:50 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 20, 2014, 08:11:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 20, 2014, 07:53:49 PM

Quote from: Arclight on January 17, 2014, 03:35:14 PM

The "theory" of evolution is not, in anyway shape or form scientific fact. Go to a debate in any of the top universities that are hosting the Creation Research Scientists...They will shake you to your core with facts. Theory is that, theory. If it was a proven "fact" it wouldn't be called a theory.

Again proving Isgrimnur's point from earlier in the thread.

I wish it was possible to just toss the word "theory" out the window. The fact that it has two definitions that are wildly different yet deceivingly similar is causing so many problems, and those who mistake the two words very often (speaking from my own, anecdotal experience, I really should say "almost always" instead of "very often") refuse to accept that there's a difference. Scientific theories should have been called something else to avoid the confusion. They have nothing to do with the casual use of the word, which for example Arclight is using in his argument.

As long as the word "theory" continues to be (willfully?) misused by those on the side of creationism, these discussions are going nowhere.

The leaders of the movement presumably understand what a scientific theory is -- they must, if they intend to position themselves as scientists. Their followers do not, so "just a theory" is an easy shorthand for people who aren't going to follow the evidence anyway.

At what point does a "theory" become a "law"? I think the latter term, as in "law of gravity," is informal. So how about we all agree to call it the "law of evolution?"  icon_wink
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: January 19, 2014, 01:43:29 AM
It comes back for one episode and then it's gone for another 3 weeks? I can see where that might work against building/keeping an audience.

The "origin of Skye" subplot was wearing out its welcome; I just didn't care. Now that we have her backstory I hope that the payoff is not equally long and drawn-out.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 17, 2014, 03:13:41 AM

Quote from: kratz on January 17, 2014, 01:58:18 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 16, 2014, 02:31:28 AM

Future Me here. It was an entertaining and clever story but one glaring plot hole that opened up 10 minutes into the film was never explained, unless I missed something. Somebody tell me how

Spoiler for Hiden:
Looper Central (or the Rainmaker?) knows when a loop isn't closed. Suppose Bruce Willis just runs off through the cornfield and Gordon-Levitt never lets on that he didn't finish the job. How is anyone the wiser? I never saw any indication that there was any kind of verification procedure for any of the executions. Are we supposed to infer that the Rainmaker just knows?


This was also my question... they never explain that.

It bothered me so much that I paused the movie 10 or 15 minutes in and told my wife "if they don't explain that, I'm going to have a big problem with this movie." Then they didn't.

I also agree with the earlier comments about the TK aspect being extraneous and overdone. It served to
Spoiler for Hiden:
give the child Rainmaker a defense mechanism while demonstrating why the adult Rainmaker was such a terror.

But that's not the direction I would have taken if I'd written the story.

I love a good time travel story and this was a very good one overall, but not quite great. 
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 16, 2014, 03:11:15 AM
#2 makes sense. #1 you're just guessing, so it's still a big plot hole in my mind.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nuclear Map on: January 16, 2014, 02:35:56 AM
Some of it was Cold War saber-rattling to demonstrate how rich and powerful and downright badass we were.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 16, 2014, 02:31:28 AM
Future Me here. It was an entertaining and clever story but one glaring plot hole that opened up 10 minutes into the film was never explained, unless I missed something. Somebody tell me how

Spoiler for Hiden:
Looper Central (or the Rainmaker?) knows when a loop isn't closed. Suppose Bruce Willis just runs off through the cornfield and Gordon-Levitt never lets on that he didn't finish the job. How is anyone the wiser? I never saw any indication that there was any kind of verification procedure for any of the executions. Are we supposed to infer that the Rainmaker just knows?

Then there was a scene that just plain confused me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
When unhooded Bruce Willis appears, Gordon-Levitt fails to kill him and the events of the movie are set in play. Then we see the same scene where hooded Bruce Willis appears, gets shot, and the loop is closed. I get that they were alternate timelines, but I don't get how they were related.

89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nuclear Map on: January 15, 2014, 09:03:00 PM
Your tax dollars at work!
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Binge TV watching on: January 14, 2014, 10:42:06 PM
I tend to binge-watch shows I've recorded when we get a lull in our netflix shipments (as often happens on 3-day weekends) or when the hard drive is getting full. I like to have some movies and tv shows "in the can." Never watch anything in real time because I hate commercials -- I would rather wait til it finishes recording and then watch an hour-long show in 40 minutes.

The only exceptions are the shows that my wife refuses to wait for: Downton Abbey, TWD, and Mad Men. That hour from 9-10 pm on Sunday nights is the only time I ever see advertisements at all.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 14, 2014, 12:01:52 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 13, 2014, 11:02:23 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 13, 2014, 10:31:17 PM

As it happens, the postman just brought the Looper disk today. Will probably watch it tomorrow night.
now, you'll need to remember to time travel back after watching it to hand it to the postman so he can hand it to you.  after you invent the time travel machine/get it back from Rufus. 
Whoa man, you blew my mind. There's a future me that's already seen it! I wonder if he will post here.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 13, 2014, 10:31:17 PM
As it happens, the postman just brought the Looper disk today. Will probably watch it tomorrow night.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Binge TV watching on: January 12, 2014, 11:18:24 PM
That's how I prefer to watch TV. Following a show in "real time" seems so...slooowwwwwww...especially when they do those half-season breaks that seem to be common now. The only downside is that we often blow through a show's 3- or 4-season run in just a few months.

We're watching Buffy this way right now and are already near the end of S3. Will probably start Angel and alternate those disks with Buffy to stretch them both out (the two series aired contemporaneously starting in 1999 or 2000, right?). Other shows that we blew through were ST:DS9, Eureka, Babylon 5, BSG, Firefly, and Farscape. We've pretty much run out of great sf shows.

What's worst is catching up with a show by binging on its first few seasons on disk and then having to follow the rest of it in real time, as we did with Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Lost.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: January 10, 2014, 09:18:17 PM
I watched the episode last night and enjoyed it, even though it took the series farther into serious badass Marvel territory rather than the playful clever Whedon promise that enticed me in the first place. Action comic superhero stuff just isn't for me. That said, I think AoS keeps it accessible for somebody who isn't a fan of the genre...although they did lose my wife six episodes ago.

The cast is starting to gel and the story arc is emerging from the early monster-of-the-week episodes. The show's improving, even if it's not going in the direction that I had hoped it would.   
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 09, 2014, 11:24:06 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 09, 2014, 03:52:56 PM

Quote from: Punisher on January 09, 2014, 04:01:26 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on January 09, 2014, 02:34:32 AM

See, there was a time when Gone Gold wasn't just a forum. Console Gold/Gaming Trend never was just a forum.
I originally went to GG, for the site's title feature.. I liked the lists of when things went Gold and the release list. It took a little while for me to get to the forums...

and I came here on October 11, 2004. I was on Console Gold somewhat before that.
and I've been a staff member of both GG and GT to some extent which was fun.

same here.  front pager on GG, took a long while before I ventured to the forums.

My first visit to GG was to announce that Pharaoh had gone gold (I was the producer). I quickly learned that I'd broken protocol by posting the news in the forum rather than giving it to Ron to announce. After that, monitoring the online chatter at GG and elsewhere was one of my responsibilities. Yes: I got paid to hang out at GG.  icon_biggrin
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ABC Television Network's War on Convenience on: January 07, 2014, 10:54:05 PM
My cable company is Braintree Electric Light Department. I don't know what kind of credentials that's going to give me with ABC.

This strikes me as one of those self-defeating moves that's going to quietly disappear after it reduces their audience. At least, I hope so. I very rarely watch TV on my computer, but when I do go looking for something (like the season finale of S.H.I.E.L.D that I missed a few weeks ago) I expect it to be available from its owner without cost or bullshit.

I am an American. I deserve free entertainment!  icon_lol
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 07, 2014, 10:47:33 PM
Date registered: October 11, 2004. Wow.

IIRC I came here in the diaspora after Gone Gold folded.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old man winter sucks. on: January 07, 2014, 10:41:59 PM
Weird winter in the Boston area so far. Snow, then a dramatic melt, then frigid air, then more snow, more frigid air, another melt (57 degrees yesterday) and another freeze (8 degrees right now). Long-term they're predicting a January thaw with temps in the 50s for next week.

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 07, 2014, 10:50:16 AM

The whole nation is dealing with extreme cold weather..  Here in Baltimore we're at 10-12 degrees with wind chills we're dipping down into single digits.  I blame global warming, but that's just me

Nobody is specifically tying climate change to this cold snap, but there is a possible mechanism. The arctic is warming 3x faster than the equatorial regions. The temperature differential between the pole and the equator drives the Jet Stream. The Jet Stream weakens as the differential lessens. And as the Jet Stream weakens, these masses of polar air can penetrate farther south more frequently. If this hypothesis pans out, the US will see more of these extreme cold snaps as the arctic gets warmer.

Unexpected stuff like this is what makes global warming such an interesting experiment in atmospheric physics.

Most people start to glaze over as soon as you mention the Jet Stream and the deniers won't even go as far as arctic warming, so you get the people in Bullwinkle's link drawing exactly the wrong conclusion.

Quote from: TiLT on January 07, 2014, 09:46:22 PM

If it's really as cold as is being reported, where's the snow coming from? Snow below a certain temperature is highly unusual. Is the temperature swinging back and forth wildly each day or something? In my personal experience, it stops snowing around -10 to -15 Celsius.

Cold air will produce snow wherever it encounters relatively-warm open water (lake effect, ocean effect) or meets warm air masses. Our biggest storms (Nor'easters) typically come barreling up the coast bearing lots of moisture that collides with arctic air coming from the north and west (or from higher elevations; remember that cold air sinks and warm air rises).
99  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 02, 2014, 04:10:11 AM

Quote from: Purge on January 02, 2014, 03:53:59 AM


Also, seen the trailer for Son of God yet?

Not only was Jesus white...he had movie-star teeth!
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2014 Winter TV Season on: December 31, 2013, 07:31:07 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on December 31, 2013, 02:15:36 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 30, 2013, 10:44:13 PM

My wife will not let me forget for one moment that Downton Abbey returns a week from Sunday, nor does she believe that I'm cold toward this season after the way the last one ended. I will probably end up watching it because that makes her happy, but I won't last long if it veers too far into soap opera.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Well you can't blame the writers/producers on the ending of season 3. The actor playing Mathew wanted out because of other roles being offered. It wasn't originally in their plans to off 2 main characters in one year.

I knew about that. It was a cheesy ending but what could they do? But they have danced on the edge of soap opera more than once. The whole story arc with the servant's bastard child was pointless and annoying.

I'll give it a couple of episodes to draw me in. Maybe it will, maybe it won't.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2014 Winter TV Season on: December 30, 2013, 10:44:13 PM
My wife will not let me forget for one moment that Downton Abbey returns a week from Sunday, nor does she believe that I'm cold toward this season after the way the last one ended. I will probably end up watching it because that makes her happy, but I won't last long if it veers too far into soap opera.
102  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Signing up for Obamacare on: December 30, 2013, 09:18:13 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 30, 2013, 09:03:40 AM


Quote
I wish that we could drop her employer's coverage and buy a plan from the exchange, but that's not an option. We have to pay $600/mo for insurance that we don't like.
Why is that?  I'm just not familiar, so I'm asking seriously.  Why can't you bail the coverage?


What Isg said. The actual cost of our coverage is $1200 and her employer pays 50% of it, leaving us to pay $600/mo for insurance that we can't afford to actually use. We could probably get better coverage through the exchange for roughly the same $1200, but we'd wind up paying full freight.

I'm left with finding a new doctor who plays nice with our insurance company so that we can actually afford to get medical care, which we're effectively frozen out of right now. In fact, I need to do that in the next couple of weeks.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on: December 29, 2013, 01:06:44 AM
I'm a huge fan of old movies, especially from the '40s, so I'm interested in your comparison.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on: December 28, 2013, 05:58:20 AM
Is Walter Mitty a giant robot or a superhero?
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: December 27, 2013, 03:38:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 27, 2013, 04:18:29 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 27, 2013, 04:07:07 AM

Currently looking for a way to watch it. My DVR let me down, I don't see anyplace to watch it online, and the BBC America schedule didn't show any rebroadcast times during the brief time that I checked. Would like to see this before the new season starts up.

according to their website they're showing it again at 9:40pm EST on December 31st.

Thanks. I'll be home by then, so I can give my DVR its marching orders.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas Loot Thread! on: December 27, 2013, 03:35:05 PM

Quote from: Lee on December 27, 2013, 05:35:53 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 27, 2013, 04:15:05 AM

I got 3 new Steam games from the Octopus Overlords, doubling my inventory and giving me my first-ever backlog. Also two flannel shirts from a BIL who apparently didn't get the no-more-gifts memo.

Hmm, people gave me a couple of games in the OO group, but I never go there anymore after my last meltdown. icon_neutral I take it people were giving out games?

Yeah, somebody started a "Wishtmas" thread in which people started fulfilling sub-$5 wishlist items in their Steam friends lists. Many of those recipients who could afford to do so "paid it forward" with more gifts. They were flying fast and furious for a week or so; virtually everybody who participated got multiple free games, whether we could pay it forward or not. Their generosity was humbling to somebody like me who only ever buys 1-2 games a year at most. An interesting side effect was that my Steam friends list went from 0 to 19 in a few days.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas Loot Thread! on: December 27, 2013, 04:15:05 AM
I got 3 new Steam games from the Octopus Overlords, doubling my inventory and giving me my first-ever backlog. Also two flannel shirts from a BIL who apparently didn't get the no-more-gifts memo.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: December 27, 2013, 04:07:07 AM
Currently looking for a way to watch it. My DVR let me down, I don't see anyplace to watch it online, and the BBC America schedule didn't show any rebroadcast times during the brief time that I checked. Would like to see this before the new season starts up.
109  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: December 25, 2013, 06:37:09 PM
Well, as another unbeliever I'll just say that faith isn't something that most people arrive at rationally. Either you believe or you don't, usually because you did or didn't absorb your enculturation. When I was little I pretended to believe in God and Bible stories to please the adults and to fit in with the other kids, and discovering that I didn't actually believe in it was a long hard process.

I know that's not true for everyone; plenty of people gain or lose faith as adults. But that's usually due to some intense personal experience rather than argument.

Point is that I doubt that anybody can post anything that will enlighten you. Most likely nobody will try because your tone seems confrontational. I'm only posting because I've got nothing else to do on this holiday afternoon and I've had too much coffee to take a nap!  icon_lol
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 7th Season - Happy 50th Birthday Doc! on: December 25, 2013, 04:51:29 PM
OK, it's Christmas...so when is this special supposed to air? Or did I miss it already? My DVR seems perpetually confused about what constitutes a "new" Dr Who episode.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: December 24, 2013, 03:58:55 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on December 24, 2013, 03:41:10 AM

You have to look at the wall as appeasement.  The rich are cutting their losses and moving inland, the Jaeger program is too expensive.  They'll just let conventional weapons kill the Kaiju, who cares if it takes 100 miles or so of bombardment to do it, it will still be far away from where they were all moving to.

Not appeasement, isolationism vs. interventionism -- a timely topic. It was a silly story element struggling to be a good metaphor.
112  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Duck Dynasty on: December 24, 2013, 03:53:25 AM

Quote from: Arclight on December 23, 2013, 04:09:35 PM


One thing is for sure. We are all going to cross over the river one day. And all shall be answered.


I wish I could believe that there's a Big Reveal when we die. That's something a lot of people believe in without even realizing it -- even atheists think, on some level, that we'll get an "Aha! I knew it!" moment. It is most likely that we simply wink out without knowing anything. And even if we do cross into another plane, I suspect that we are just as lost and clueless there as we are here. The Big Reveal would be a great thing to be sure of.

Um, so yeah, Duck Dynasty.  icon_redface
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: December 24, 2013, 03:35:07 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 14, 2013, 11:57:10 PM

SHIELD even in the comics, has always been kind of exactly what BJ describes as "designed to appeal to nobody" lol.

I guess I'm that nobody. I don't like superhero movies or secret agent stories, yet I'm enjoying this show. If it were more heavily tied into the Marvel mythos I probably wouldn't stick with it. I was afraid they were starting down this path when they did the Thor name-dropping episode.

I came for the Joss Whedon pedigree and have been disappointed in that regard. I'm not seeing the cast chemistry and the witty repartee that I associate with Whedon, except for the occasional flash (like the pranks FitzSimmons were doing). It's like this show takes itself too seriously. Lighten up and have some fun with it. 

I finally just got caught up today, and I must say that the season finale was disappointing, particularly the cliche with the supersoldier's kid. I call this type of story a "has a baby" episode. Introducing children is often a mark of desperation for a sinking show, so I groaned when Skye "had a baby." But I trust that they'll reverse that in a hurry next season.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Supersoldier was wearing a magic suit when he was caught in the explosion and we didn't see his body. He'll be back.
114  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Duck Dynasty on: December 23, 2013, 07:07:01 AM
I wasn't interested in this brouhaha until I read The Atlantic's take on it.

Quote
Missing in the controversy over A&Eís handling of its golden gooseóor duck, ratheróis the fact that the real conflict here is not between Robertson and A&E; it is between gay activists and a solid majority of Christians who believe homosexual acts are wrong. As indicated above, Robertsonís views are hardly anomalous. Christians may disagree on the details, but the Bible strongly condemns homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments; the marriage model of one man and one woman is first given by God in Genesis 2 and reiterated by Jesus in Matthew 19; and in Romans 1 the Apostle Paul denounces homosexuality as a hallmark of a degenerate culture. The point here isnít that you have to believe any of this, but many Christians do believe it and feel morally bound to believe it.

Instead of acknowledging this tension, however, A&E, GLAAD, and their supporters have responded with disingenuous expressions of shock and horror.  And it matters that it's disingenuous, because if they actually acknowledged that there is a genuine conflict between orthodox Christianity and homosexual sex (along with several forms of heterosexual sex) they would have to confront head-on the fact that calling for a boycott or pressuring for Robertson's suspension tells orthodox Christians that their religion is no longer acceptable, and thatís not a very politically correct thing to do.

...

Tolerance is not the same thing as acceptance, and acceptance is not the same thing as an endorsement. The message A&Eís decision sends is that there is zero tolerance on television for Christians who are conscientious objectors to homosexuality. More than that, it implicitly suggests that the campaign for tolerance has advanced to a campaign to pressure 45 percent of Americans to recant their beliefs and endorse a lifestyle to which they are opposed, conscience be damned.

We stand at a crossroads. The country must decide. Is the endgame here to be that orthodox Christians will henceforth have no voice within their own culture? If so, does this mean we have become a nation of bullies, forcing conformity while calling it tolerance?

115  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Duck Dynasty on: December 20, 2013, 05:00:56 PM
"Duck Dynasty"? Another one of those things I wish had never crossed my consciousness, like Honey Boo Boo.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OCD. Anyone else here live with this curse? on: December 17, 2013, 03:36:43 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on December 16, 2013, 05:23:58 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 16, 2013, 04:21:49 PM

Out of curiosity, Harp, how much does it get under your skin when the general public uses 'OCD' as a term to describe things that aren't truly OCD?  Something like "I'm OCD about making sure my work desk is clean at the end of the day" or "I'm OCD about peeling labels off my beer bottles."

That doesn't phase me at all. I'm really a chill peep besides when this strikes. The Holidays don't help.

I hate holidays because they disrupt my daily routine. I don't think I have OCD (although my wife sometimes argues otherwise)...I'm just very set in my ways and I get anxious over small things, like when a holiday bumps trash day to Saturday instead of Friday, or when I can't get groceries on Sunday afternoon. Sunday is grocery day. It just is.

I have some compulsions, too, like lining up all of the french fries in parallel on a plate and sorting potato chips by size. I don't have to do these things so they aren't really compulsions...but I do them.

OK, maybe that's a little bit OCD. But I prefer to think I'm just weird. 
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bitstrippin' like there's no tomorrow! on: December 15, 2013, 11:45:25 PM
That must be where my sister gets all those cartoons she posts on the facebook. The ones in which her avatar is 150 pounds lighter, 30 years younger, and at least 200% more attractive than she is. I wondered what that was all about.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: December 14, 2013, 10:41:38 PM
Good teaser. It tells me almost nothing about the movie and leaves me wanting more.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Godzilla to return to American shores on: December 11, 2013, 02:35:25 AM
Too dark, too murky, and not a single Japanese person screaming "Godzirra!" Pass.
120  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: RIP Nelson Mandela on: December 06, 2013, 07:17:22 AM
Not many revolutionaries live to be nearly 100. It's not a profession with good benefits. Well played, Nelson.
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