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    • Assassin's Creed: Twincest

      9 months ago

      NaraVara Politics Forum Mod and P

      So the whole deal with the Assassin's Creed series is that you are able to relive the memories of your ancestors based on markers you inherited from them in your DNA. This means that every historical character you control in the series is a great(*x) grandparent.

      The latest Assassin's Creed game, Syndicate, has you able to control either of a pair of twins.

      So. . . um. . . wat?

    • Pixels

      1 year ago

      NaraVara Politics Forum Mod and P

      Here's a review of Pixels.

      I haven't seen it, I won't see it, and I am not at all surprised at how bad it is. I'm also a little annoyed at how blatant and soulless the geek pandering has gotten. I feel like some time in the early aughts pop-culture saw the success of "SpiderMan," "X-Men," and "Lord of the Rings" and decided geek culture was cool. That was great and the Nolan movies and "Wreck it Ralph" and other great movies with lots of heart came out of it, which was also great.

      What's not great is how tacky people have been engaging in an extended victory lap about it for the better part of a decade. Every year this shit gets more derivative and lame.

      When I was a kid I got annoyed at Baby Boomers constantly shoving their stale, nostalgia soaked bullshit down our throats as if we were supposed to give a damn about the rancid leavings of their misspent youth.

      Now I feel like I need to apologize to today's kids for my generation doing the same thing to them. They'd better hope when we get older, future Fox News won't turn us into grumpy, racist assholes too when they rightly decide that we need to be dragged out into the streets and shot for polluting their childhoods this way.

    • Destiny

      1 year ago

      NaraVara Politics Forum Mod and P

      It's on a Prime Day sale (and aside from the BluRay of LOTR for $27, might be the only Amazon Prime Day sale worth giving a damn about.)

      Is it any good? Do any of you have it on PS4?

    • Shrimps

      1 year ago

      NaraVara Politics Forum Mod and P

      If there is a God who created the universe and has a plan for us, I refuse to believe that he is just and loving. No such entity could have done this to me.

      It would have been one thing if I was born this way. If it was simply known from the start that some things were off limits, that some pleasures would forever be outside the realm of my understanding I could, perhaps, have learned to live with that.

      But no. Instead I was given the George R. R. Martin treatment. I was allowed to live a happy life experiencing the joys of cajun food and sushi and crab cakes. I was given time to appreciate them and to love them. . .

      . . .only to have them torn away from me. An adult onset allergy to shellfish? Now that I'm finally established enough in my career to splurge on the good stuff and go on foodie travel excursions? WHAT KIND OF MONSTER WOULD DO THIS TO ME!?

      "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all" Tennyson said. Well fuck you Tennyson, and my body's overactive antigen response too!

    • Just got a 5k iMac

      1 year ago

      NaraVara Politics Forum Mod and P

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      The biggest problem is that there is so little worth looking at with it. . .

    • How in the hell. . .

      1 year ago

      NaraVara Politics Forum Mod and P

      . . .are people still plus-modding this comment from 4 years ago?

      I was probably drunk when I posted it I barely even remember. Hell, I don't even think it's all that funny.

    • Coming Back

      1 year ago

      NaraVara Politics Forum Mod and P

      I haven't journaled here in a looong time. Looking back, Goddamn was I a whiny punk back when I did. But I guess that's to be expected given that I started posting them TEN FUCKING YEARS AGO! Where did all that time go?

      It says something about the people here that so many of us have been around for so long. I remember when the internet was still new and cool and PHPBB forums were a dime-a-dozen. This was THE way to communicate and have political arguments and be exposed to new, interesting, and underground things. Most of them have guttered out by now, either having the vibrancy snuffed out of them by insular cliques or just having their communities atrophied out from having everyone spinning off into side-gigs, onto social networks, or into impersonal time-sinks like Reddit.

      I can't think of many places around the internet left that have the same kinds of persistent communities of people where folks know each other and just shoot the shit anymore. I don't think anyone I interact with on this site even watches the actual RT content anymore. While I didn't really do anything to keep RT thriving, I'm still somewhat proud that I've been a part of something that lasted.

      To be honest, this whole post was basically just an excuse for me to try out typing on my new Das Keyboard (which is amazing BTW, even if I end up fat-fingers the ! and @ keys sometimes). Upon review, though, I'm glad I had the time to put those feelings up there into writing. Maybe I'll do it more often. . .

    • Upgrades

      2 years ago

      NaraVara Politics Forum Mod and P

      So are any of you fine folks planning on upgrading your consoles this year?

      Personally I'm riding it out to see whether the PS4 evolves into something worth the money or if I'd rather just build a living-room PC. But I'd be open to hearing a case for the XBone too. . .

    • Should Scientists Comment on Philosophy?

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      NaraVara Politics Forum Mod and P

      I'm inclined to think not after reading this article in the New Yorker.

      It seems like a pattern among scientists who want to comment on matters of religion where they don't actually feel the need to bother studying any religious philosophy or theology. It's bad enough with the atheist champions do it, but having the religious ones join in just degrades the entire debate.

      For example, maybe I'm just too dense to understand Schmidhuber's "computational theology," but it sounds to me like the "Divine Watchmaker" story gussied up with programming jargon. I'm a bit more sympathetic to Eagleman's logic, but even Eagleman's "possibilian" system seems just sounds like he's harping on the limits of epistemology. Both of these things were covered by David Hume in the 1700s. More importantly, both of these arguments would have been learned, analyzed, and dissected by any 200 level philosophy or theology student. Yet we have these two fellows commenting on them like they've just arrived at some epiphany.

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    • Running advice

      3 years ago

      NaraVara Politics Forum Mod and P

      Anyone here a runner? I ran a bit today and noticed that my ankles started to hurt like hell after a few miles, so I figure it's time to replace my shoes since they have about 2 years and a Tough Mudder's worth of wear on them.

      So I decided to give the barefoot/zero-drop running a try. I'm debating between the New Balance minimus and the Skora Base (which is listed at $109 but I can get discounted at $70. Any recommendations?

      Edit: It's mostly going to be for indoor cross-training (weights, kettle-bells, jump-rope) and short 3-5 mile runs on asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks if that helps.

  • Comments (529)

    • Gunz77LT

      3 years ago

      Happy FU day!

    • duckocalypse FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Oregon Donor

      3 years ago

      Happy FU!

    • Deltasword Tom Sawyer

      3 years ago

      Hmmmm...... Forum mod becomes featured user..... IT MUST BE A CONSPIRACY!!!!

    • samuel_tepes

      3 years ago

      Happy FY Day!! smiley11.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

    • KWierso FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

      3 years ago

      They let forum mods be featured users? Nepotism at its finest...

    • JakeHCoker

      3 years ago

      Happy FU Day!

    • hitokeke FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Colossal

      3 years ago

      Oh my god, NaraVara! I can't believe it, you did it! IM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! Congrats on your featuredness!!! :)

    • Dusty_Dink FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Pizza 4 Life

      3 years ago

      HAPPY FU DAY!

    • Bellzebob

      3 years ago

      Congrats on being the Featured User!

    • BrettV

      3 years ago

      Congratulations on being the featured user for today.

    • Dopp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ROLL TIDE

      3 years ago

      Oh shit dude. I started watching a movie the other night and completely forgot about playing D3.

      Sorry about that. smiley7.gif

      • NaraVara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Politics Forum Mod and P

        3 years ago

        No worries. I went out and got drunk instead so it all works out. Haha.

    • Jengaship FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Host of Glib Shark

      4 years ago

      Hey, are you still in DC? I'm gonna be in town Sunday, wanted to get a few area folks together in the afternoon. You game?

    • 1984

      4 years ago

      This guy has officially become a troll. I tried to defend his right to disagree, but he's just become inflammatory and insulting now.

      • NaraVara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Politics Forum Mod and P

        4 years ago

        I'm watching him on and off. Yeah, he is a troll but for now I think you guys could have just as much fun mocking him like a little retard mascot.

    • ChurchsWife

      4 years ago

      Oh. I'm a spelling derp. Disregard.

      But hiiiiii.

      • NaraVara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Politics Forum Mod and P

        4 years ago

        Haha. If it makes you feel better, if I was a foursquare kind of person, Thai Cafe sounds like exactly the type of place I'd have been mayor of, so I can't blame you for being confused.

    • ChurchsWife

      4 years ago

      "I just ousted Navara M. as the mayor of Thai Cafe on @foursquare! 4sq.com/byCeC1"

      This isn't you on foursquare, right? Because if so, that would be internet worlds colliding for me.

    • Chewey_Delt

      4 years ago

      That would be rockin'. Alas, I don't know any French. I mean, I could be persuaded to learn French, but that doesn't really help at the moment. By the way, know anybody looking to sublet a decent place in DC for cheap? I'm actually first looking for a place to crash for a bit until I can make enough money to rent a place, but eventually I'll need to rent a place.

      • NaraVara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Politics Forum Mod and P

        4 years ago

        You missed it by a month. We were just looking for someone to fill part of our lease for half of September.
        Turns out my buddy is galivanting around Nigeria right now. Whenever he gets back I'll see what he's up to.

    • 1984

      4 years ago

      So I had an idea for a thread and I thought I'd run it by you before I go posting it to the PCE without getting any feedback on it.

      I feel as though some of us, myself included, spend far too much of our time nitpicking stupid and inane things that politicians do or say. A large part of the 2012 elections thread and BAR have been devoted to this, essentially derailing potentially substantive discussion. The problem though is that these missteps and wacky notions could be considered important, while in others their just stupid mistakes and ramblings.

      Thinking this through, it would seem like an easy thing to do is stop posting them all together, but then you get into the subjectivity of it all and members start to bitch and complain. Causing more problems for you than you already have.

      My though was to create a thread solely for the purpose to posting those kind of stories. Put them all in one place and let people circle jerk about it and maybe get some more substantive discussions in the other threads as a result. Instead of devoting a page of discussion to Michele Bachmann's flub over Elvis's birthday/death, as an example.

      Just a thought, interested in what you think and if so any good titles.

      • NaraVara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Politics Forum Mod and P

        4 years ago

        Sorry about the delay. Anyway, that was basically the theory behind the PCE Blog/Bar threads. Trying to enforce the rule ends up being a bit of a headache and people just start saying "This belongs in that other thread over there," killing discussion before it can ever start.

    • Costacoffee

      4 years ago

      nice profile pic

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      5 years ago

      I was wondering if that would get your attention. Also the "winners don't do drugs" thing is on a t-shirt now.

    • swooper74

      5 years ago

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    • VeteranRogue

      5 years ago

      Please show your support for Japan by switching your Halo: Reach emblem to the Japanese Flag. Here's how: roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=2688236

    • NaraVara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Politics Forum Mod and P

      5 years ago

      The one I just edited in there. :-p

      Thanks.

    • KWierso FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

      5 years ago

      but that blog post does a decent enough job of summarizing the big picture

      What blog post?

    • swooper74

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the insight, I'll pass it along to the class on Monday.

    • swooper74

      5 years ago

      Thought I might pick your brain on a couple of terms we've been working with in Amartya Sen's "Ideas of Justice" in class, Niti and Nyaya. We've been using them to represent "organizational priority (rules)" and "what emerges and how (results)" respectively, but can't help feeling we're missing some nuance of the terms Sen uses in place of "rules" and "results". There's also "matsyanyaya", but he explains this as "justice in the world of fish", sort of analogous to "dog eat dog", as near as we can tell.

      Any light you might be able to shed on the subject?

    • bobomonkey

      5 years ago

      for the sake of not ruining the current train of thought...

      In reply to NaraVara, #4024:

      Are you too much of an idiot to understand to whom the pronoun "they" refers to in that sentence?


      As you must have failed basic English Grammar, I will point out where you might rephrase your "idiot"(ic) statement.

      "Because the union does so much to make sure their members are actually doing what they are supposed to be doing..."

      They, being the MEMBERS, aren't (or weren't) doing their jobs. Much like using "that" or "it" the pronoun refers back to the most recent noun. In this case, an appropriate pronoun for "members" (a plural noun) would be "they" (a plural pronoun). Comparably, the Union would be "it" (singular) Amazing thing the English language.

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      5 years ago

      This kid really needs to read the sub-forum FAQs.

    • Scapino1974

      5 years ago

      Rather than clutter up the BAR with apparently off-topic Spoiler stuff, here's how I did it:

      I didn't upgrade the shields, the armor, or the weapons. Like I said in the thread, I wound up doing Garrus's loyalty mission because it wouldn't let me do the disabled Reaper vessel until I did.

      I lost Jack, Kasumi, and Thane to the ship in the run to the Collector Base. I lost Legion after he went through the air vents. I had Samara hold off the seeker swarms, only she failed me miserably and Garrus was taken by the swarms. I lost Grunt immediately thereafter.

      I sent Tali with the Normandy survivors and while they made it, she didn't. I left Jacob, Miranda, and Mordin to defend our position and took Samara and the mercenary guy (whose name escapes me at present) for the final battle. They survived up until the very end until the Reaper baby knocked over the platform. When Shepard recovered, he found them dead under the rubble. He contacted the Normandy only to find out that no one else survived.

      He then ran toward the ship as usual, only when he made the leap for the airlock, he missed and clung to the edge, telling Joker to go back and tell everyone what was coming. He then fell to his death (I assume). Joker reported to the Illusive Man, who was okay with how things turned out since I left the Reaper base intact for Cerberus.

      The ending scene was really sad: Joker standing over all the coffins, then sitting by himself in an empty cargo bay, looking at the data screen with all the Reapers on them. You could practically hear him thinking, "We are so screwed."

    • Robotrek

      5 years ago

      Hey, did you hear already about tonights Monday night lunar eclipse, it is supposed to be a full eclipse of the moon, I am not totally sure when it is supposed to be visible for all of us here in the central time zone, but I think it is supposed to begin around 11pm "approx" first the moon will turn sort of orange and then go black, and it will be a long time before it comes back out again, it will look awsome.

      info about the eclipse can be read here...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_2010_lunar_eclipse

    • 1984

      5 years ago

      So I'm definitely curious as to what you think before I go about posting anything rashly. But, when in your mind would be the correct time to start a 2012 election thread?

      I know we're not even done with 2010 yet, but the shadow primary is already starting, or has been under way for months now. Articles like this are only going to get more and more frequent.

      On a side note, it might pull in more people to debate. On the other hand, it might still be too early and speculative for any really discussion. Hence why I bring the question to you.

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      5 years ago

      Hey, you wanted new blood, right?

      This should be amusing.

    • swooper74

      5 years ago

      Never came across either name, but the one that started with a g sounded like it might be right. Polysylabic foreign last names are not my strong suit, so I couldn't tell you even the organizer's (Ashok, I do remember that) last name without going to the file and looking up the application. No Patels or Singhs that I met though, I would have remembered either of those between Life of Pi and that golfer dude.

    • swooper74

      5 years ago

      yeah, the banana/fruit/yogurt cold soup dessert was a life-saver for sure. Who would have thought people could make potatoes so spicy?

      I guess in just the last couple of years, the local Indian community reached a big enough size that they could put something like this on. From what I understand, the group that rented from us was all from the same province in the west, but a combination of accent and my ignorance of India's political districts has me at a loss to say which province.

    • PissedKitty

      5 years ago

      Hey Nara. Been gone a while but I'm kind of back.

      . . . Were you always a mod?

    • swooper74

      5 years ago

      Happy Diwali to you, had a local group rent our gym for their banquet tonight, the whole place smells like Indian food now. I'm likely going to catch hell from the old stiffies over it, but I was happy to find that the Saturday night crowd were moderately to fully cool with it. Even got to sample some of the food, what I could tolerate. I think my mouth should be nearly cooled off some time mid-week.

    • aradin24 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      #6699CC kicks #AD85BA's butt any day.

    • john FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Quarlton Tanks

      5 years ago

      Hey Pavan,

      Did you need a place to crash for RT:Philly? A spot opened up in my room if you do.

    • KWierso FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

      5 years ago

      Can you censor post 18 in this thread?

      It prompts for some login on every page load.

    • BobLablaw

      5 years ago

      It was funny and mostly harmless.

    • BobLablaw

      5 years ago

      Unlock that thread.

      Seriously.

    • Chaplain118

      6 years ago

      Silly articles can go in the BAR from now on. Other articles can have their own threads.


      I hope you thought this through, because people will not use the search function...

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      6 years ago

      "Expires in a day" was it?

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      6 years ago

      Snark =/= Troll

      Snarks are much shorter and less green and bumpy.

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      6 years ago

      Whatever, buddy.

      Post edited 7/07/10 10:15PM

    • Chewey_Delt

      6 years ago

      I suppose it possibly would be. Folks here consider it vodka, but I feel that you might be right, in that it would come perhaps closer to schnapps. I think the issue at stake here is the strength, as these "vodkas" distilled from fruits have a very, very high alcohol percentage. But I still think you might be right.

    • Chewey_Delt

      6 years ago

      Indeed they are. It's truly a pity that people have little taste or understanding of gin in general.

      I do have to say, however, that you're not entirely correct that vodka is tasteless shit. Generally speaking, absolutely true, but I'd argue that most people never get to taste good vodka. Even stuff like Grey Goose isn't all that good. I did, however, have a homemade vodka here that was distilled from peaches, and one distilled from apricots, and my gods they were both stunning pieces of work. Incredibly smooth, incredibly tasteful, just totally well crafted. Too bad very, very little vodka matches that level of quality.

    • Chewey_Delt

      6 years ago

      I don't want to derail the Media thread any further, so I will just tell you here that I love you for making me not the only one who understands what a martini really is, as well as its full glory. Also:

      A vodka martini is vodka based variant that is either for people who can't handle the botanicals of gin (from hereon referred to as "pantywaists") or for people who just want to get shitcanned and don't give a damn about taste.


      This.

    • Chewey_Delt

      6 years ago

      Brilliant. That's somewhat related to why I wish I could stay with T-Mobile; back when I worked for UPS I was able to get a corporate discount with them. Of course T-Mobile has no clue that I no longer work for UPS, so I still get the discount. Alas, since it's looking like there's no getting around going through AT&T I'm going to have to give that up.

    • Scapino1974

      6 years ago

      Fair enough.

    • Scapino1974

      6 years ago

      I wonder if the I Think, Therefore I Am thread has outlived its usefulness, given the fact that it's turned into a one-man-show. And not a good one, I might add.

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