11:01 PM 2/15/08 ·
The problem I constantly have with Theide
debating "Predator vs ?" is that he always goes with the technological superiority and the most physically evolved standard. This is a flawed premise as we've seen so many "lesser" species kill Preds yet he very stubbornly sticks to his guns. So, in order to make this a little more fair I decided to root around in my fandom grab bag and find someone that these two particular arguments don't apply to.( Is everybody paying attention now?Collapse )
So, I post to a Smallville community every so often, as I do other fandom type places, to post my observations and whatnot. Do this all the time, occasional argumenments but all in good fun and geekery. One such recent post, regarding the replacing of Clark by a very crafty Bizarro, got a lot of good following and one idiot. The guy didn't comment to anything regarding my post but instead went to my profile and copied the entirety of my interests list to the community...
...maybe within the confines of my post but still, What the fuck?!?
I went to ask why but it seems he (assuming banalust
actually is a "he") deleted the comment sometime after making it. I'm guessing so as to hope it went to my email before anyone else saw what a bastard move it was for him to make. Naturally, me being me, I went to this person's journal to be more direct: 1) do not post my interests list anywhere other than my own journal if you've got an issue with it
2) why did you do that? I don't care that you deleted it...I wanna know why.
Seemed reasonable and it's not like I was presented with much more in the way of options.
Got the following response: What's wrong with you coming on to my private LJ.
You are disgusting. Go away now.
So, it's wrong for me to goto this person's journal to discover why he did such a bizarre, dare I say predatory, thing. It's okay for him to do this but label me disgusting and perverted even though I in no way presented such to him? Sure, my interests list is in my journal for all the world to see that wishes to...but it's not like that has anything to do with the situation regarding that episode of Smallville or anything else for that matter.
Am I wrong to let this get to me? I don't think so.
Feel free to browse my profile and interests list to see what banalust
saw if it helps your perspective any.
The basic flaw with the whole I did not knowingly
argument is this: either the player that claims this is a total moron...or he was drugged without his knowledge. Which is why, except in the obvious idiot cases, I pretty much feel anyone that says this is full of shit.
Parents are constantly seeking new ways to protect children from online predators when they should actually be spending more time trying to figure out ways to prevent children from advertising themselves to online predators.
xposted to Power·to·the·People
Before I get into this I'd like to point out that this is an argument community. The last couple of posts I made people popped in and agreed with what I had to say. You're not supposed to do that...
Now, a little bit ago I was posting in some Heroes community and the premise being discussed was something along the lines of there are some kinds of women that are only girlfriends. Other than they don't seem to have much of anything going for them and may just as soon not exist. I similarily say there are also men like this, they only seem to have a purpose in life when they're someone's boyfriend.
They do exist. I've seen them.
|11:13 PM 9/30/07 ·
I was rather saddened that I couldn't goto the Folsom Street Fair but other pressing matters concerned me. Okay, not really, but still...
...all this hoopla about a certain poster and some advertising for the event has got me more than a little pissy. The specific poster you've probably seen if you've been following the news (Clicky!
) a depiction of the Last Supper followed extremely loosely with fetish gear and costuming a number of sex toys in the mix. I've actually only seen it on the news, with the understandable items being fuzzed over by television censors but even then...what's the harm?( the poster for the event is nowhere near as offensive as this...Collapse )
The painting everyone is familiar with that displays the Last Supper was painted by Leonardo da Vinci quite a chunk of time after the actual meal happened. Can't quote you the actual timeline but I think there were a couple centuries inbetween there. Realistically the painting doesn't seem likely, according to numerous religious debates I've seen, that everyone was sitting at such a table and even if they were...not all on just the one side.
Leo chose to represent it this way in order to best represent all the people present and important to the piece. It's not like they all posed that way so someone could run around and get a quick shot on their digicam.
I don't see the sacrilige, which I'm likely mispelling, as while it is a representation of Jesus & Co. having something to eat before that fateful day...that doesn't make it a holy work. A religious depiction sure but so what? If a bunch of kids re·did the depiction with World of Warcraft characters I doubt much of anyone would so much as raise an eyebrow.
It's not like they re·wrote the Bible in Crayola!
Assuming you know of what I speak: are there any members of The Initiative that aren't human? It is the superhuman registration act, after all. Does it seem fair at all that it seems to apply to all powered individuals that are on the Earth and not simply the human ones? For that matter, what about folks like Hawkeye and a few others that are big with the gimmicks but don't possess any actual powers...why should it apply to them?
The chief problem with being a polytheist, for me anyway, is the swearing. General profanity I get by with okay but the more interesting stuff when religious names are intermingled get to be a bit tricky. Take For the love of the Gods for example. That works fine. However, Gods dammit just doesn't quite roll off the tongue so evenly.
This is of course the variant of God dammit, which technbically should be damn it but no one tends to really spell it that way.
I know, I know; there's probably at least one of you going "You can't say that. That's taking the Lord's name in vain!" It's a common faux pas but the truth of the matter is I'm not. While the Big Guy does have many names handy for general use God isn't one of them. God is a title, a status position, that little thing you see on the nametag of the Heaveny Cubicle just before the actual name. You can't be taking the Lord's name in vain if you're not actually using any of the names It has assigned to it.
Funny thing about names. Jesus isn't actually Jesus, he's Yeshua. I know I've been down this road before,m will probably be down it again as soon as another alternate strikes me, but I've never gotten why we call him Jesus. This is really all King James' fault seeing as he had the guy's name changed to Jesus for reasons even the scholars still debate to this day. I mean, several months back when they supposedly found his tomb I was all big with the smiles and joy...up until they translated the labelling above and it read, something to the effect of Here lies Jesus... after which I lost interest because I knew it wasn't him then.
They might change his name for the official documentation but when his mortal form up and died you know his loved ones would put him to rest under his actual birth name.
You know most of the disciples names probably got changed too. With the possible exception of Judas, a name you very rarely hear in passing, the host of the disciples seem to have names you'd hear on just about any New England street. Peter, Paul, Ringo (kidding)...but they just all have perfectly normal names. Granted, you don't hear a lot of folks running around named Jesus either, even if pronounced using Spanish phrasing, but you hear someone go Yeshua and suddenly it kinda works. It would seem to me that most of the discliples names are not as we know them to be...or at the very least not pronounced the way we're pronouncing them. Seeing as we're all using, relative regional accents not withstanding, American Enlgish pronounciations for these people.
...or am I totally off my rocker??
The men shall dominate the Earth!
the women will covertly continue to run things behind the scenes.
xposted to Matrix·Theory
& The·Argument·Clinic9:22 AM 6/24/07 ·
This past weekend The Matrix Reloaded
was on TNT and I had a sudden epiphany. There have been points in my life where I was very hopeful about the convept of monogamy but something always bashed it down. I'm generally non·monogamous and I now have something from one of my favorite geekdoms to support it.
It came to me amidst the pointless removal of scenes and really horrific dubs, although not all of it's as bad as when this film first came to the little screen, and I just wanted to share. That and it seems like I'm the only one that posts to some of my comms anyway...
The scene where Persephone asks for a kiss and Neo at first hesitates and then gives her a little fake one? So much time wasted. Even in a non·monogamous relationship it is not unusual to have a primary but still...that little bit of wasted time cost them. If Neo had kissed her as he eventually did from the beginning they very likely would've gotten to the Keymaker and away before ze Merovingian got there with his vamp & werewolf henchmen.
That one werewolf would've left to warn his boss in the same amount of time but still. If you take the amount of hesitation from the kiss scene and apply it to how long it took the bad guys to show up then you can see they might've gotten away in time.
All for the cost of a kiss.
Monogamy is a myth. The only reason we live with it and accept it, shunning anything to the contrary, is because religion has shoved it down our throats.
8:27 PM 3/19/07 · I have what you might call a healthy appreciation of insane people. Not being entirely sane myself, I make a distinction between being crazy and stark raving bonkers, I find most of those I've come across to be relatively harmless and periodically amusing. There's been exceptions but as I never really across them anywhere other than very public places, which may prevent them from being comfortable enough to do anything really bad, I've never been put off enough to not study the heck outta them.
Back when I was working at Barnes & Noble it was not uncommon for there to be a few minor incidents in any given week. Inparticular with this giant of a man, tended to favor a heavy winter purple coat regardless of what the weather was, who got in shouting matches with the displays. Never the same one but he often was near the new releases shelf. Security was quite familiar with him and his numerous visits required the nearby mall to assign an officer to our store permanently.
The first time I ever saw a hands free cellphone was at B&N. Nothing that impressive really...just a normal cell with an ear attachment on a cord. At the time the person wasn't facing my way at all and to me it seemed she was having a very animated conversation with the shelf in the computer section. Normally when this happened with one of repeat nutjobs we'd approach first to see if we could calm them down or distract them. While doing this she turned and I saw the phone attachment and apologized; she got a bit of a laugh when I informed her why I'd been approaching.
With the advancements in the technology, cellphones have been progressively coming out smaller and smaller. At first it was that whole cord attachment thing and now we've got these little things that literally fit around the ear. Unless you're on the side of the person with the device and they're chatting it up you haven't got a clue what's going on. Sure, a lot of people make the assumption that they've got one of these tiny phones but I see a small problem with this.
Could be somebody insane. They're not all homeless and visually obvious, some are regular folks a bit off their medication or having received a head injury somewhere in life. It may be a little thing but my first leap to theory is that the talking person is a few quarts short of oil.
I just really believe that if you're talking on the phone then you should look like you're on the phone. This hands free thing does not sit well with me...it makes me nervous. I'm all for technology, I love me some gadgets, but keep the phones visible. It's not a significant inconvenience to hold the bloody thing to your ear with one of your hands!
Note: was kinda amused that while I was working this post out in my head, on the way home at the bus stop, a woman about 15 yards behind me erupted into a huge argument with a telephone pole.
Personally, I think the doctors should tell everyone involved if they stumble across an obvious discrepancy in paternity in the course of doing tests for something else.
If I'm a woman who has an affair and is stupid enough to have someone else's baby and never be honest with my partner about it, I deserve to get burned when something weird medically shows up. It's just common sense.
xposted to Power·to·the·People
& The·Argument·Clinic5:02 PM 4/18/07 ·
Taking something of a personal day today...not that I'm actually sick but because I just feel bad. Haven't slept much the last few days either. Anyway, co·workers seem to like doing this when they're not actually sick so thought I'd give it a go.
This morning I popped on the VCR to see what I'd taped the night previous and I noticed that Boston Legal
had been cancelled in favor of a news program doing an in depth (though how they could effectively put it together so fast escapes me) report of the massive gun slaying in Virginia recently. AS luck would have it, I had taped it so I've been watching it. That and Voyager
(on TV at the same time) and the DVD extras from Casino Royale
...I multitask like nobody's business.
Being hailed as the largest massacre of its kind, though the keep stressing "university" in with that so I'm kind of curious how it rates against the Columbine one which was a high school, and numerous news services have been contrasting it to others that have happened the last decade or so and how this one is so much worse. The morning after it happened there was rumor of a Bay Area connection, as Seung·Hui Cho (the guy that did it if I'm remembering his name correctly) had completed a flight from China to San Francisco and then to Virginia just a few hours before he started up his gun spree.
That's a mean trip, I've taken it though I ended in Massachusettes (boarding school) and just the jaunt between China and SF is about 22 hours. Not that this is an excuse, I'm fairly certain the flight didn't contribute to this, I'm just saying.
There's been a lot of focus on the problems that Virginia's lax gun laws helped to make this so easy...just as there's been outcry from locals that the University's no weapon policy not only asked for this but prevents the students from arming themselves which might have assisted them when this guy went on a rampage. I'm not a fan of guns, have no intention of ever owning one, but I really can't fault the logic. Having more guns might've made things worse or better...but at least having them would've given the students & teachers there a better chance of defending themselves.
The funny thing is that with all the people that are opposed to guns being so accessible, the best example I've ever heard for a project to be implemented to cut down on gun related crime came up on The West Wing
. It's in the constitution that we have the right to bear arms (have guns) but in an interesting loophole this doesn't give us the right to have bullets. A plan that could be put in place to cut down on problems might be to put stronger restrictions on getting ahold of ammunition. It might not effect people that make their own or ballsy enough crooks that will risk threatening victims with an unloaded weapon but it does have some merit.
On my own, only occured to me this morning, all I've come up with is fairly basic. While there are different levels of severity to the restrictions involved in getting a gun (legally) for the most part everyone has to pass a search on their legal status (along with status for any infractions against the law they may or may not've committed). Indications for mental instability or included in this search. A person needs to pass a test, somewhere or other, to show they can handle the weapon, and then there's a waiting period; keeping in mind Virginia has one of the shortest waiting periods out of just about any other state.
Still, you gotta keep in mind that even with all this and seeming like no threat to the gun shop owner...he got guns and ammo no problem whatsoever.
We may have the right to bear arms but we also have the right to drive a car. It's kinda scary that it's easier to get your hands on a gun than it is a driver's license. Perhaps some means of upgrading the requirements to get a gun along the same lines of getting a drivers license could be implemented. They could set up places similar to the DMV where you'd have to go before ever going enar a gun shop...until you passed whatever courses they put you through you couldn't buy anything from a gun shop.
Just a thought.
Of course, the standards to get a drivers license also vary from state to state. The test in California is like 40 or 50 questions and the percentage of correct answers is quite narrow. Then again, I originally took my drivers test in Massachusettes and their test is only 10 questions.
It's not a perfect system...but then what is?
i've been looking around at the double standard that is placed on white people today. i mean that when we use racial words, such as beaner, spic or the dreaded n- word, which i won't use because i actually do find it offensive, the chances of use getting beat up go into the stratosphere,while we sit back and smile politely and allow people of other ethnicities call us names like cracker and honky(which i haven't heard in a while). it's as though i am supposed to apologize for being white. fuck that!
look, here's my story. i'm irish catholic, 100%, grew up in a jewish neighborhood with a sicillian step father. then i when i was 19, i went to a school where i was the minority, meaning everyone was black, spanish or asian, except me. i got my ass kicked, called all kinds of names and was taunted most of my life for being not only white, but irish.
why? i didn't oppress anyone. my people were pursecuted just like everyone else. look at your irish history. everyone was trying to take shit from us. we didn't invent whiskey. some english guy showed us how to do it to keep us from taking over the world.
here's another little statistic for you, there are more people of irish decent in the united states than there is of any other ethnicity. you like that? yeah, the majority of americans have some amount of irish blood in their veins. no matter how little it is they still have it.
beware the up rising!!!
i hope that doesn't offend you.
xposted to Aliens·&·Predator
, & Webheads9:25 AM 4/1/07 ·
Part of the fun in geeks coming together is that we can have arguments like nobody else would even dream of having. Among the first accounts I had on LJ were my journal and 3 sockpuppets: die_spinne
, & logan_x
; two of which were a Predator & a clone of Spidey. From those two accounts I eventually recruited a number of people for the communities I had for each. One of them was Theide
...who has to be the most intense Predator fan I've ever come across!
I am a sucker for crossovers, as anyone that's read my fandom related posts is probably well aware of. The fact that the Predator has been pitted against any number of superheroes has sparked a fanciful range of discussion among me and Theide
...although outcomes haven't come out well. I've maintained the Pred would get its ass whupped, not just cuz it's the random comic character's book which kinda makes it an automatic win for them. Some cases, sure, the Pred would hold its own well enough but there's this one particular case where I think old mandible mouth would get seriously spanked:
Predator vs. Spidey!
The main reason this has been such a point of contention is that my opponent in the discussions has such an elevated opinion of the Pred as to push the boundaries of the imagination, in my opinion. I won't even drag you into a conversation regarding the supposed possibility of telepathic preds, this time anyway, but let's just stick with one of the first basics.
Marvel Comics has a continually updating series that catalogs in detail the characters it runs stories on; aka The Marvel Universe
. Because of this we know the full range of Spidey's powers and abilities, his strengths and limits. Unfortunately, so far as I know, Dark Horse Comics doesn't have a similar series so the specifics on what a Predator can and cannot do has to be determined by what we can see.
For starters, Spidey can lift/press approximately 10 tons...possibly a little more due to an unwanted mutation he experienced a couple years back. Theide
maintains that the Preds are easily as strong but the evidence doesn't support this; my guesstimate would be closer to Captain America's strength level (lift/press 1,000 lbs) or maybe a ton at the extreme most. I mean really? What have we seen the creatures do? Tear down doors, bust through concrete walls, smash through a subway train (on purpose or otherwise)? Wolverine can do that and he doesn't even have superhuman strength.
Anyone that's followed Spidey through the comics has seen him pick up a dump truck that may well have been full of garbage. We've never seen a Pred pick anything up, except some person it was about to skin or Arnold Scwarzenegger.
I don't think he weighs that much.
Now, I think to speed and agility they might be about equal. Granted, Spidey can fight on all surfaces and the Pred is not reknown for its ceiling fighting skills but it can manage walls okay. They're both freaky fast though. The Pred has a definite advantage in weapons, especially since Spidey went all organic all he's got are the webs now and those underarm stingers he barely ever uses.
Even if they did even out a bit more on everything else, I still think Spidey would come out ahead (not just cuz its his title either) because of his spider sense. The Preds got no counter to this and the thing warns the Webhead of danger regardless of whether or not its cloaked or even that close by; it's an omni·directional sense that's good for a few city blocks distance. While a number of Spidey villains, and that asshat Iron Man recently, have found ways around it...the Predator usually hunts on the go and while they're big with the offensive weapon development I've rarely seen them come up with something new in the field or develop something that wasn't a directly attacking weapon.
Then again, the Pred does have the advantage that Spidey is not big with the killing. Which leaves the possibility that the fight might goto some extent where the Pred is killed accidentally or takes its own life (similar to the first Batman vs Predator
) as that's the only way it can accept defeat.
Anyway, that's my 25¢ on the topic.
I'm posting this to both fandom comms I've got for both, and one other place, for a weekend discussion between Spidey & Predator fans (feel free to jump communities to support your arguments). My opinion is plainly displayed up there...and come Monday I'll pop in and get into whatever awaits me then.