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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

I'm New Around Here Re: Terrorists Win (542 comments)

Translation issue, maybe?

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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

I'm New Around Here Re:oh delicious irony (464 comments)

Well, "the Inca's" don't exist anymore. They were a group that ruled the area in the past.

As to why Peru hasn't "totally blocked off the area", it would take thousands of troops to surround the area, just to prevent the one group of morons in several decades who thought trampling world historic sites for political messages sounded like a good idea.

5 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

I'm New Around Here Re:The Paradigm (464 comments)

No, I heard they spray painted that on the pyramid at Giza.

5 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

I'm New Around Here Re:This is an overreaction (464 comments)

I'd say it is more like pissing on the Kaaba Stone in Mecca. It is something that defines a group of people, part of their heritage. Not simply some picture that one guy painted.

5 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

I'm New Around Here Re:This is an overreaction (464 comments)

I'm not the AC you are responding to, but sometimes I'm not on my own computer, and just don't feel like logging in to make a comment. Or maybe the person is just a lurker, and never made an account.

And what do timepieces have to do with it? ;^)

5 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

I'm New Around Here Re:Morons (464 comments)

When I first saw the photo yesterday or day before, that's exactly what I thought it was. Because no one would be stupid enough to go trampling through that area and defiling one of the Nazca lines with some crude political message. Right?

5 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

I'm New Around Here Re:oh delicious irony (464 comments)

Go to a sand trap in a golf course. Sprinkle a thin layer of black dust over the sand, but thick enough so that you cannot see the sand beneath. Walk through that area of black dust over whitish sand.

Now use a rake to remove the footprints.

5 days ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

I'm New Around Here Re:Oronyms are part of Tamil grammar. (243 comments)

Jared Diamond mentions some Pacific Island language that has words for "towards the sea" and "away from the sea", as in "there is a speck of dirt on your seawards cheek"

Hawaii has that.

mauka - towards the mountain
makai - towards the sea

The mauka side of a house is whichever one faces the mountain. If you live on the north side of the island, mauka is southward, and on the south side mauka is northward.

Also, if you are in Honolulu, and you are heading "eva", you are going west. If you are somewhere west of the town of Eva Beach, you might use that phrase, but I'm not sure whether it would mean you are going west or east.

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

I'm New Around Here Re:Or... (243 comments)

I still don't know why people wrap up douches.

about a week ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I'm New Around Here Re:Diversity is good, especially in SciFi (367 comments)

I still mention the carnival ride to people: The riders have a 1 in 1,000 chance of dying. And I don't simply mean "statistically" or "potentially".

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I'm New Around Here Re:Diversity is good, especially in SciFi (367 comments)

I agree with your sentiment as well.

Unlike stick-up-his-ass drinkypoo, I like Piers Anthony's books, and always will. But if he was just some random author that got people reading, who then moved on to other authors, fine. No skin off my nose. Same thing if someone first got into reading because of the classics, or westerns, or sparkly vampires.

Good to see another PA fan, though. :^)

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I'm New Around Here Re:Diversity is good, especially in SciFi (367 comments)

Yes, I'm sure you read everything he wrote by time you graduated eighth grade, and can compare it to your new favorite author now. Good for you.

Or did you just read a couple Xanth books and the first Space Tyrant book and decide he wasn't serious enough for you?

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I'm New Around Here Re:Diversity is good, especially in SciFi (367 comments)

Yeah, it does show how people judge him. Thankfully for me, he is one of my two favorite authors, mainly because of his disregard for our common sense of decency. (Isaac Asimov is my other favorite.)

The Space Tyrant series has sex throughout it, graphic to an extent. Xanth always had the "stork calling ritual". I read the book that page mentions, Tatham Mound, with the honey lube/birth control. Firefly is a full length novel that contains a section that, IIRC, is presented as something one of the characters dreams while being affected by a powerful aphrodisiac. In truth, that part was actually written by a pedophile serving time in prison.

Sex is not a taboo subject for him. No aspect of it seems off limits, as far as story line goes. I wonder if that Stross guy considers him to be worthy of praise for that.

--I just looked for mention of Piers Anthony in Stross's essay. There are a couple comments that mention one of his short stories, but I'm not sure if the comments are from Stross, a reader, or both. PA's story "In the Barn", which they attribute to a collection edited by Harlan Ellison, was actually published first in a collection of short stories by PA, called "Anthonology". I read that back in the late 1980s. Certainly doesn't get praise for not following our social mores.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I'm New Around Here Re: Sci-Fi is not about the future (367 comments)

In the original story, the ship doesn't even land on Earth. It is in a completely new solar system.

By "original story" I mean the book by Pierre Boulle.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I'm New Around Here Re:The first rule (367 comments)

I read one of those for school, and never touched the other. They certainly were not for entertainment.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I'm New Around Here Re:Let's talk about sex, baby (367 comments)

That was a very good book. It wasn't what I was expecting, but turned out to be even better than I could have hoped. Very imaginative indeed.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I'm New Around Here Re:Diversity is good, especially in SciFi (367 comments)

People buy Brian Herbert's Dune universe re-hash books like crazy. I've read a few thousand pages of them myself. But how many people read his earlier book, Sudanna, Sudanna? Not the best storytelling ever, but one of the most charming and original.

Was that the one with one-eyed aliens that lived on a peanut? Read it 20 years ago, and strongly recommend it for this thread.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

I'm New Around Here Re:Busy programming it (181 comments)

Considering your first real attempt is only made after a couple decades of preparation, I'd say it is more difficult than you think.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

I'm New Around Here Re:Singularity? (181 comments)

I wouldn't say "woosh" over misunderstanding this. It's a stupid application of a term with an already established meaning. When I first saw the poll, I didn't even bother voting or reading the comments because it is a asinine as i thought it would be. Might as well be the basis for a script from Sony Pictures.

about two weeks ago

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