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    Dinner

    Breakfast



    Scrambled eggs with Tamales and Biscuits.


    I like my wifes version better though. With the cheese melted in and the biscuits made with 7up pop, (soda water).
    Posted 09-27-2014 at 12:34 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is online now
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    Posted 09-24-2014 at 06:49 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is online now
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    I'm still trying to escape my family of origin via my canister vacuum.
    Posted 09-22-2014 at 01:57 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by vmccord View Comment
    I once met a vacuum salesman who could predict which style of vacuums people would buy, upright or canister, based on what they had growing up and if they described the relationship with their mothers as good or not so good.
    Funny how that works. Quite a bit of our decision making as adults is based on:

    1) Do what parents did.
    2) Do opposite of what parents did.

    Unfortunately, people in *both* of these camps are being controlled by their past. Very few make it to:

    3) Do what you want.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 07:09 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Randicus Draco Albus View Comment
    Of course, they ignore the discrepancy between the Bible's assertion that everything was created as is and the fact that almost all of the plants and animals during the Earth's lifetime have gone extinct.
    That was a weak attempt at "reverse-apologetics". "Playing the devil's advocate", if you will. Thank you for calling me out on it.

    As for Darwin and Einstein, a quick study of medieval philosophy will confirm that the practice of going "uhh, perhaps I shouldn't say this" has been going on for *quite a while*.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 07:04 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 09-19-2014 at 07:07 PM by rocket357
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    It's not just religion that people adopt early. It's all sorts of goofy things. Which is right? "Gesundheit" or "Bless you"?

    I once met a vacuum salesman who could predict which style of vacuums people would buy, upright or canister, based on what they had growing up and if they described the relationship with their mothers as good or not so good. If it was not so good, they would buy the opposite of what their mothers had. Else they bought the same style they had as a kid. All the talk about features and ease of use and suction power was rationalization for what "felt" right.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 05:49 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade succeeds on 3-yr-old computer

    Just as I did on my old machine (pogo2003), I installed "Gnome Flashback Services" from the Software Center on my newer machine (Pogo2011). Even though I like using Unity, I experienced some annoying anomalies: holding down the super key failed to display the keyboard shortcuts; doodling with super+w completely, if temporarily, hosed the display -- I had to log off to get control of the machine; the alt+tab function only seemed to cycle through two of the windows regardless of how many were open (maybe there's some trick here I never learned).

    So I have, at least tentatively, switched to using the familiar Gnome desktop (Metacity version). It's limited to 36 workspaces (with Unity I had workspaces set to 8X8), but with the bottom applications bar in Gnome, it's particularly convenient to have lots of applications open in each workspace.

    On the negative side, this Gnome doesn't offer many configuring options. That's probably why it is fast and stable, and it is certainly entirely usable as configured.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 05:22 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    Creative thinking being limited by pre-conceived ideas or religious belief is still common. As only two examples; Einstein and Darwin (Wallace has been forgotten) were both prevented in taking their theories to their conclusions, because doing so would have lead to the conclusion that a deity was not the cause. Both men refused to go that far and left their theories unfinished. Religious and philosophical views easily form unshakable foundations.

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    Event so, even if you believe in God, who are you to say that God didn't specifically utilize evolution as a means to bring about "creation"?
    That is the pragmatic view adopted by the Catholic Church. "It is God's design." Of course, they ignore the discrepancy between the Bible's assertion that everything was created as is and the fact that almost all of the plants and animals during the Earth's lifetime have gone extinct. Not to mention that continents are continuously moving around.

    On a technical note; humans have been around for more than 100,000 years and the first state-level civilisation came into being about 7 1/2 thousand years ago.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 04:31 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is online now
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    I love that quote, and I have used it a few times before, myself.

    And I believe you fully captured the irony I was implying. Here's this guy who says everything is a figment of our imagination, nothing is physically real, etc... And yet, the concept that none of this facade is organized is just too much for him to bear.

    I had to put the book down and think on that for a bit. It literally pained me to grasp the irony.
    Posted 09-18-2014 at 03:25 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    Repugnant really is a strong word. A Tupperware container with mold in it in the fridge is repugnant. I would not consider eating whatever is under the mold. That George, who developed the theory that the keyboard here that I am typing on is a figment of my imagination, finds the same theory applied to God "repugnant", meaning he would not even consider it, is interesting. I also find it funny because I'm CoE too.

    If nature, and by extrapolation, the world and then the universe were not designed, then our presence in the universe may also not be by design. If the alternative is that we are just expressions of chemical and electrical reactions until they stop then I can see why one might not want to explore that concept too deeply. If one makes the issue purely bilateral then the alternative could be MacBeth's lament.

    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    As someone who spent his life primarily thinking perhaps that was too unpleasant to consider.
    Posted 09-18-2014 at 02:48 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    WTF

    Nothing special there. This ignorant old biker has been running doom in dosbox in linux for ages.
    So he hacked a printer. The specs on the printer could handle it vs a dosbox computer. No?

    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...2/#post5070645

    Besides. When it comes to gitter done. My Mom still runs circles around me.

    So we aint old. Just weathered. And Creaky. And Slower. Sheesh. Just shoot me.
    Posted 09-17-2014 at 02:32 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is online now
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    WTF

    And it starts going faster as you age, it seems.

    "I can't wait to be 18!"

    "Only three more years 'til 21!!"

    "Wow, 25...a quarter of a century?"

    "Dude, where did the last 10 years go?!?"

    "50?!? But I just..."

    "..."
    Posted 09-17-2014 at 09:33 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    WTF

    Yep. Getting 12 months older every goddam year. Taint fair.
    Posted 09-17-2014 at 04:29 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    WTF

    Yep.
    Posted 09-16-2014 at 05:05 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    WTF

    We old.
    Posted 09-16-2014 at 12:24 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Apprendre le franšais

    It's like asking whether you like a top-down approach or a bottom-up approach. Each has its advantages. Latin would be the "big picture" approach, I suppose.
    Posted 09-15-2014 at 10:42 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Apprendre le franšais

    Thanks for the information on DuoLingo. I will look it up.

    I disagree with Mr. Franklin's assessment of Latin. I would argue that an understanding of Latin leads to a better understanding of the Romance languages as well as English. Of course I wouldn't try to to forget any languages I've already learned just so I could learn Latin first and test the theory.
    Posted 09-15-2014 at 09:05 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Bloated

    Looks like he'd go POP! if you pricked him with a pin. Grotesque.
    Posted 09-15-2014 at 06:23 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Apprendre le franšais

    I've read Descartes in English, so I'm hoping it won't be too much trauma to attempt reading his work in French =)

    And DuoLingo has an interesting feature once you hit ~300 words or so that they have an "immersion" program where you can translate news articles, wikipedia articles, etc... from the app as practice. I haven't used that much yet, but I'll probably start doing that soon.

    Thanks for your advice!
    Posted 09-14-2014 at 09:17 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Apprendre le franšais

    Yeah, it's hard at the beginning, and starting with Descartes must be even harder. I don't know about DuoLingo since I've never used it, but something that has worked for me -- apart from my first readings of academic texts in English I mentioned before -- is reading texts I am interested in that are not necessarily too complex (for instance, news, short stories, internet fora, lyrics, etc).
    Posted 09-14-2014 at 03:34 PM by odiseo77 odiseo77 is offline

  



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