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Isn't Frankenstein a pop culture? Who takes seriously this stuff?

 

Appreciate the laugh

 

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When we give females the same opportunities as men, lo and behold we start seeing more female artists. Still we begrudge this. We say it's all mediocre, all the inevitable outcome of accessibility.

 

Careful, that was decidedly an over-generalization.  I certainly don't begrudge it.

 

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Lol. So greatness is genetically determined by sex? I have male genitalia; bask in my greatness. And this is not opinion! Surely with 7.5 billion people you can find one great woman? Perhaps greatness is limited by chromosome because this opinion is greatly and stupendously ignorant. Bravo.

 

Although strictly speaking, gender is not decided by chromosomes nor genitals.

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...I've seen people view gender in such plain black and white terms is frankly unnerving. It's like people are so afraid of anything that can remotely be viewed as emasculating.

And believe it or not, sexuality does nothing to diminish a person's capacity to be a man or a woman. How do you define masculinity anyway? Do you need to sport a rockin stache like Charles Bronson, and be a gun toting Republican? What does it mean to be a woman? That you've got to be Gucci'd up and look like you've walked out of the pages of Glamour? People are too complex to be pigeonholed into such convenient gender constructs

Well said

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Careful, that was decidedly an over-generalization.  I certainly don't begrudge it.

 

 

It's more a rhetorical device. In this case "we" refers not to any specific group, but rather certain hypothetical facets of society, and in that sense it's supposed to be generalized. Sort of akin to that saying "this is why we can't have nice things" or "lest we forget."

 

As an aside, It's interesting to me to see what details people choose to focus and comment on in my writing. 

 


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Although strictly speaking, gender is not decided by chromosomes nor genitals.

 

 

The discussion of gender and its relationship to biology is quite the labyrinthine affair. While many contemporary models accept gender and sex as distinct categories, it's less clear as to gender's etiology. It's that old chestnut, the question of nature versus nurture. How much is gender the result of social conditioning, and how much is it the result of biological factors? I don't think there's anything approximating a consensus at this point. Not uncommon in psychology.

 

What is particularly interesting to me in light of the previous tracts is a question regarding the supposed inferiority of women: is it a matter of sex or gender for misogyny? In this case I think it's a matter of biology, which is what Shane was referring to I believe. That is to say, certain misogynist views tend to presuppose that specific performative discrepancies are linked to gender difference, and those gender differences are in turn integrally linked to biological sexual difference. Sure, it's the hopelessly tired classic nature versus nurture debate again. It leads us to a rather curious place however, one where women are biologically predisposed to being worse artists.

 

Going back to von Balthasar, his view of gender difference is one in which those differences between sexes are inscribed into biology down to the atomic level. The roles of men and women are integral to defining "man" and "woman" and are infused into their very essence. Or rather, they arise from that essence. Matter itself is either male or female, and all of creation is a dichotomy as such.

 

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Anyway, I didn't want to get too deep into this and rekindle any debates. Just wanted to merely note a few things that sprang to mind.


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I'm going to get my hair cut during my lunch break today. I can't stand not having short hair.

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Did myself no favors oversleeping, wound up some 15 minutes behind and couldn't scrounge up the time necessary to make myself a cup of coffee. Now I'm sippin on a cup from the local diner. I never realized how bad this stuff tasted. It's basically water, sugar, caffeine and black additive in a styrofoam cup. Not sure if anything approximating a bean was ever part of the equation. I blame Ronocco, the world famous handcrafted coffee company. Midwestern consortium of sludge more like.

I've recently had this burgeoning interest in coffee and it lead to me researching some cheap and clever ways to get the most bang for my buck. Man, what a rabbit hole that spiraled into. YouTube videos of guys weighing grinds with digital scales, whippin out thermometers, setting timers and crankin hand grinders. Look at these nutcases I said. Fast forward to a week later and I was one of them. But hey, I still get my coffee from Sam's Club and extract with an Aeropress so I haven't lost my mind just yet. It's just made it so I'm incapable of drinking anything I didn't make myself

Currently checkin out Buke and Gase's General Dome. These guys stole some pages out of the Deerhoof songwriting manual, it's sprightly and super catchy. And Yo La Tengo has a new album out too, 2013 is so much better than 20-doz so far
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I've been cutting my own hair for the past couple of months out of laziness, but it's starting to look terrible.  I should go to the barber I like soon. 

 

It's so ******* cold out though... I don't even feel like leaving the house to pay rent later, but I kind of have to.

 

TNG Spoilers (if anyone cares) (Click to show)

The way Wes just walks off with The Traveler without anyone noticing his absense or saying a thing about it is really odd.  Apparently some people think this Wes might be the antagonist of Star Trek Into Darkness? I kind of doubt that, but it's a neat idea.

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TNG Spoilers (if anyone cares) (Click to show)

The way Wes just walks off with The Traveler without anyone noticing his absense or saying a thing about it is really odd.  Apparently some people think this Wes might be the antagonist of Star Trek Into Darkness? I kind of doubt that, but it's a neat idea.

 

LOL. Yeah, I had thought that myself.

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Yeah, I didn't even realize how off it was at first.  The way the episode progresses you completely forget about it.  A few minutes afterward though I was like... wait, what!?

 

I had never seen some of these later episodes when I was younger.

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So, today I got a package at the post office. biggrin.gif

 

 

 

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I'm going to get my hair cut during my lunch break today. I can't stand not having short hair.

 

blink.gif Mind sharing your motivation then?

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So, today I got a package at the post office. biggrin.gif

 

 

Awesome! Assassin's Creed should be used in schools to get kids more "involved" in history

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Awesome! Assassin's Creed should be used in schools to get kids more "involved" in history
Yeah I cant believe how cheap I got the whole box. It was basically only about $5 more expensive than Ac3 alone. Here I got Ac, ac2, ac3, ac revelations and ac brotherhood with all kinds of DLC included as well as some concept art, an ac book and a season pass for AC3.

As for using it in history classes Ive seen the argument made before. I have yet to play it. Gonna do them all chronologically smily_headphones1.gif
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Yeah I cant believe how cheap I got the whole box. It was basically only about $5 more expensive than Ac3 alone. Here I got Ac, ac2, ac3, ac revelations and ac brotherhood with all kinds of DLC included as well as some concept art, an ac book and a season pass for AC3.

As for using it in history classes Ive seen the argument made before. I have yet to play it. Gonna do them all chronologically smily_headphones1.gif

 

I suggest stockpiling food that can be eaten without without concentrating on them. Hot pockets are awesome in this regard, though full of sodium. When I got AC3, I played it for 14 hrs straight - this was during Christmas break when I had nothing to do, and no car to do it with.

 

If you find the PC bundle in that price range, please let me know.

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Lol i see. Well anything is fine by me to expand my music width.

Got 999 *cough* and loooooove it. Really should track it and get it really. That and a 3ds xl just for virtue's last reward.

Lol, if you wanna expand the breadth of your music taste try checking out Merzbow, he's a legit renaissance man in this uncultured age and a true musical pioneer

And XL is sooooo good. I immediately regretted getting the vanilla 3DS after seein it. Those huge screens and improved ergonomics are a god send, especially of you're planning to pick up something like Kid Icarus. And there will be a third Zero Escape game as well, so you have much to look forward to. I just hope we get Bravely Default, I'm in love with the way that game looks, definitely a callback to the old school crystal era FF. Give me charming super deformed little warriors and mages over the melodramatic catwalk rejects of contemporary FF anyday

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Wow I looked up this "Merzbow" character.

I don't listen to noise music or anything even remotely like it, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Googled Merzbow, one of the top hits:

It's strangely mesmerizing. It's really scary to listen to, like I'm playing a horror game (not to mention that picture they used). And yet I can't stop. It's so addictive. Truly strange. I don't really like it. But I don't not like it.

Freakish gallery where the image came from, which I'm equally entranced by:
http://undergroundfortress.web.fc2.com/kaiga/painting.html

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I would really like to share with you guys a Japanese jazz album called "Ani Jazz Combo" (an eponymous album title considering the name of the group, Ani-Jazz Combo).

It's a beautiful 2008 album of jazzified anime covers. They do it in a brilliant and elegant way that you don't see out of Japan often in jazz -- they're not going for the super hard exciting jazz sound by any means and it works perfect with these covers.

Sadly I can't find any videos of them because it's such an unknown group. I found a couple of youtube but the quality is horrid and they picked the absolutely least interesting ones out of the album to upload.

On mobile and kind of lazy to properly reply by quotes so I reply in order of division.

Well considering that my fingers can easily wrap a xbox 360 controller, xl is the only thing viable.
Lo and behold someone did the googling of mezhbow for me. Thanks! Honestly that sounds like the impending result of insanity from the deepest part of the n-th dimension's 24th universe. I kind of like it though, in that it's haunting, primordially horrifying, and sounds like the inevitable crumbling of the final semblance of sanity. Love it, but needs to be taken at very small doses. Literally felt like something was creeping up from/somewhere/ towards me.
Anime song masterrace represent. I still am not sure why anything anime related songs (including all the periphery culture attached to it like touhou doujin music, songs mashup, etc.) appeals to me so much, but if there's an associated anime variant of it, i'll readily accept it more than its parent genre (e.g. i don't really like jazz much, but if an anime used it or if it was death jazz, then it will be up on my altar of super awesome music).
And speaking of assassin's creed, i'm in istanbul right now, stabbingz all da peepulz. jk
But really it's quite fun seeing all the huge landmarks they used in the third installment of the second game. Galata tower, the hagia sophia, the blu mosque, topkapi palace complex, etc. And the food here is UHHHHHHHHHSOGOOD. Mind-blowing baklava is UHHHHHHHSOOOOOGOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. I'll miss that the most.
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An interesting concept....(especially given some things I have heard politicians say over the last year)....

 

 

 

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People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say

 

 

The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies.
 
The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people's ideas. For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments.

 

Source....http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/2191-people-smart-democracy.html

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I got banned for 4 days on league of legends frown.gif

League has a community "Tribunal" system which basically takes reports of players and lets community members decide what happens to them. Sadly, the bot can't differentiate between troll reports and real ones. So once a player inevitably accumulates enough reports (which may happen if you play a lot, even if you're not a bad player), they get sent to Tribunal. Normally an innocent player would get pardoned, but most people don't really care and juts want to punish everyone. Moreover, the system rewards people who vote for the decision that ends up being "right," so there's incentive to push punish because 95% of cases get punished, so statistically you're gonna get rewarded for it.

So sadly I got banned for 4 days. Such is life on these types of games though, I suppose.
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