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When I die, I want my body to be ...

stainless-steel-vash Re:Send Me Out Like a Viking! (793 comments)

Personally I have asked to be dropped into a live volcano.

Return me to my other mother, and as a side benefit, those mourning me will get an interesting vacation- probably to a tropical locale where a live volcano may be found.

Saves on many costs, adds a few others, but a vacation and story of a lifetime (take that any way you want) are worth it.

more than 4 years ago

The Science Credibility Bubble

stainless-steel-vash Re:What (1747 comments)

Doubt is fine, the problem is most people can't be bothered to educate themselves and think for themselves.

They would rather let a talking head (scientist, religious leader, etc) do their thinking and tell them which view point/idea has merit rather than being able to figure out what is correct, or more likely to be correct. Worse is that there is much closed mindedness in that people can't see any viewpoint but their own.

We, as a collective species, need to use our own brains and learn at least enough to intelligently follow a given discourse whether it be weather, law, or anything else.

Likelihood of that happening? 0%- although this forecast has been done without much scientific rigour.

more than 4 years ago

Sci-Fi Shows and Movies Should Stop...

stainless-steel-vash Re:Will Smith (708 comments)

Not that this is likely to be seen...but, if you want a good version (the real version, approved by Asimov) then get the Illustrated screenplay by Harlan Ellison.

When I heard the movie was coming out I was assuming it to be this, when I looked up the writer and it was not Ellison I refused to see it, and still have not...I'll just read the original or this.

more than 4 years ago

"2012" a Miscalculation; Actual Calendar Ends 2220

stainless-steel-vash Re:2220? (600 comments)

But of course...they're already remaking everything imaginable.
It will be the remake of 2012.

"2012 II, this time it's for real!"

more than 4 years ago

Legal War For WA State Sunshine Law

stainless-steel-vash Re:My vote, my business (1364 comments)

Sorry, I posted this. Needed to save my place while getting work done at the same time.

I am me, and I endorsed this message.

more than 4 years ago

How many countries have you visited?

stainless-steel-vash Re:Hometown? (958 comments)

That's ok.
I'm just happy when people in the US can correctly identify that my home state, Delaware, is in fact a state...

Identified as being somewhere near Maine? No.
O, near Boston? What? Boston is a city, we are a state, try further south.

Invariably I have to explain that we are in Maryland- they know where that is for some reason.

more than 4 years ago

HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap

stainless-steel-vash Re:Why is slashdot always behind like 2 weeks (205 comments)

Look, unless many Bothans die to bring me this "vital" information, I am just not interested.

I measure the value of interest in Bothans/pg. I expect a high amount of Bothan deaths/pg of info. If we aren't talking at least 10 BD/p then I ain't interested.

However, this video was cool, if we can fix the shaky-cam somehow, even cooler.

more than 4 years ago

Pain-Free Animals Could Take Suffering Out of Farming

stainless-steel-vash Re:Um, how about no? (429 comments)

I for one welcome our bovine overlor....wait, they're already here.

Moooove along, nothing new here.

about 5 years ago

We're In the Midst of a Literacy Revolution

stainless-steel-vash Please cite specific examples. (431 comments)

I am going to have to call BS on this one. Two things: 1. Just because all your friends speak the same level of garbage doesn't make you more "Literate." It just means everyone you know speaks like an idiot. It's great that you speak to your audiences level, now let's raise the caliber of that general level. 2. While studying editing for my Degree in Writing (Business and Technical) I had to edit a paper from an Honors level student. I couldn't even understand what point he was trying to make. So, what papers, and from what colleges/universities was she reviewing? I've seen some doozies even up to last month. It's hard to edit for grammar and not touch the content when the content is a turd.

about 5 years ago

Parents Baffled By Science Questions

stainless-steel-vash Re:People definitely neglect science... (656 comments)

The reasons we teach this, and the reasons it is still important for EVERYONE to have a good general knowledge of things are: 1. Who knows what a child will take interest in, and will then cause them to follow something for life? Can you predict if a child will like physics or literature? No. You expose them to as much as possible and hope they find something in there that they are passionate about...if your choices are chocolate or vanilla, how would you ever know that strawberry is awesome? 2. Why is history important? It's just stuff that already is important because you can learn from past mistakes (in theory at least). It is important to have a general understanding of the world so you don't just stare at the sky grunting and wondering where this falling water comes from...if you don't know how things work, in general, you can be led like a sheep to follow some idiot without knowing they are wrong. It is important because if all you know is how to turn a screw then why don't we just replace you with a costs less and doesn't need benefits. However, it can't think of solutions like an intelligent, generally educated person could.

more than 5 years ago

Student Suing Amazon For Book Deletions

stainless-steel-vash Re:1984 (646 comments)

I would not agree- How much of the ideas and capabilities from the novel have either come to be, or close enough as makes no differece? This alone *should* make this a classic for the ages. I would love to argue that 1984 is more relevant today than say, The Great Gatsby, but with the economy where it is, I would have to admit Gatsby is again relevant (at least to me).

more than 5 years ago

Student Suing Amazon For Book Deletions

stainless-steel-vash Re:1984 (646 comments)

Not all schools have it as required reading. I read it on my own while in High School, and currently re-reading it. We were assigned Brave New World, but not 1984. Kind of odd. I wonder, when this goes to court, will it be tried in Room 101? And if he loses, will he be deleted, or re-educated.

more than 5 years ago

Man Catches Fire After Being Tasered

stainless-steel-vash Poor Summary. (13 comments)

"It is alleged the man was threatening police with a container of petrol and a cigarette lighter, and ignored repeated requests to stop, when he was shot." He had a lighter- now do the maths (? it's plural?) it is 50/50 whether the lighter caused it or the taser. Personally though, I think they should have arrested him for illegal use of a fire arm.

more than 5 years ago

Checked out from the library right now, I've got ...

stainless-steel-vash Print is dead. (369 comments)

A truly great quote by Egon. However, I own a library. I buy books, that way I don't have to remember to return them. Although, moving is a pain, I have more boxes of books than I do of other stuff.

more than 5 years ago

Can Video Game Accessibility Go Too Far?

stainless-steel-vash Re:This is new? (164 comments)

You must have played solo. Personally I always use the unabridged, family size version: Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A B A Select Start. Nothing beats sucking for a level and starting to steal the other players lives.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Taps a 5th Lawyer From the RIAA

stainless-steel-vash How is this not a good thing? (587 comments)

By removing whatever competent lawyers remain for them it makes it even harder for them to win a case. It's win-win. RIAA loses the lawyers that enabled them to "win" these silly cases by stupid means, and the government gains a pitbull they can use to win cases. The only downside is if the pitbull/government go after cases that are not pro-human rights, common sense, etc. I leave that to be seen.

more than 5 years ago

Legends of Zork Goes Live

stainless-steel-vash Eaten by a Burma Grue (76 comments)

Out of torches in the dark you are likely to be eaten by a grue there is no chance of save betcha wish yuo had Burma Shave!

more than 5 years ago

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Shrinking

stainless-steel-vash Re:In Jupiter's Defense (270 comments)

"Uranus as usual will just try to avoid attention since it always ends up with it being made fun of." You mean, since Uranus ends up as the butt of all jokes?

more than 5 years ago


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