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  1. Train Dodger

    I have never known you to be transphobic. Ever. That’s bizarre that they’d say that.

    I have never known you to be transphobic. Ever. That’s bizarre that they’d say that.
  2. Train Dodger

    I ate all the pigs. Now I just oink all the time.

    I ate all the pigs. Now I just oink all the time.
  3. Train Dodger

    In a way, FiC is becoming exactly what I dreamed DWW would be. A place where people flip out at...

    In a way, FiC is becoming exactly what I dreamed DWW would be. A place where people flip out at each other, and then, instead of mods telling them to go to their separate corners where they sneer at each other from behind prison bars and bear a grudge forever, their own guilt over their actions...
  4. Train Dodger

    Time to bring out the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch! :ROFLMAO:

    Time to bring out the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch! :ROFLMAO:
  5. Train Dodger

    Warthunder!

    Probably the best feeling ever was when I used an M6 Heavy Tank - a big tall piece of shit that never saw the battlefield IRL - to take out a Tiger and multiple Panzers after I got the drop on them and shot them in the ass. I wish I’d done a video capture of the replay, because after the game...
  6. Train Dodger

    The Tangent, Derail, and Argument Thread

    I think a lot of people out there don’t realize that mathematical models are just that. Models. The granularity of those models rarely approaches the level of discrete units of matter. However, the things people are doing with CAD stress analysis/finite element analysis and CFD these days are...
  7. Train Dodger

    The Tangent, Derail, and Argument Thread

    If I’m not mistaken, the most important part isn’t memorizing equations, it’s coming up with the systematic modes of thought that can be used to obtain new knowledge, which may or may not involve equations being used to describe the effects in detail. Think of the simplest aspects of physics...
  8. Train Dodger

    The Tangent, Derail, and Argument Thread

    I do know that state administration is filled with excess bodies. Morons invent red tape to stream across everything, and then they inflate their departments with people—a great managerial glut—to navigate the maze that they, themselves, created. I work in public transportation, and even though...
  9. Train Dodger

    The Tangent, Derail, and Argument Thread

    Most successful people in business are soft-boiled Mafia wannabes who conned their way into most everything they did. That’s why Neoliberalism, the current world order, is such a travesty. People already place their faith in con-men, and then they turn around and deny it. Finance is the religion...
  10. Train Dodger

    The Tangent, Derail, and Argument Thread

    That’s what it takes to have an entrepreneurial spirit, Rufus. Steve Jobs hardly knew a damn thing about computers before he met Wozniak, but he still ran a successful company that made them. Do you know why? Because he was the ultimate snake oil peddler. He knew how to take an idea ordinary...
  11. Train Dodger

    The Tangent, Derail, and Argument Thread

    Well, I am an SBer, am I not? Isn’t a worldview informed by unfortunate readings of Starship Troopers, Foundation, Lensman, and Honor Harrington just par for the course? :ROFLMAO: Seriously, though. A paperclip optimizer is not what we want running society, nor a machine programmed by mad...
  12. Train Dodger

    The Tangent, Derail, and Argument Thread

    Well, actually, it would. For one thing, we might trust an AI to be impartial and less self-interested. Humans are selfish. They have conflicts of interest and regularly do anti-social things in the furtherance of their own personal goals. An ideal AI overlord would be self-sacrificing in the...
  13. Train Dodger

    Youtube to ban videos promoting segregation and discrimination

    That’s the thing, right there. Hit the nail on the head. A lot of people don’t perceive YouTube, Facebook, and other online media services as being private entities. They act like they’re public forums, like face-to-face conversation on the street, when they’re not and never have been. They’re...
  14. Train Dodger

    Game of thrones!

    Y’know, maybe ASOIAF is GRRM’s baby all along, and not a couple of inept show runners? They leaned on his material for everything. They were faithful right up until the point where they didn’t have anything and had to make an ending up. GOT is exactly like an anime that overran an unfinished...
  15. Train Dodger

    My hands are forever soiled. :eek:

    My hands are forever soiled. :eek:
  16. Train Dodger

    You vs a Home Invasion!

    If they're only armed with pillows, this would go very poorly for them. My place is a fucking mess. There is shit everywhere, like an episode of Hoarders. Anyone trying to enter would automatically have to negotiate a maze of cardboard boxes and bullshit, forcing them to move single-file. I...
  17. Train Dodger

    Define a mary sue

    This is my favorite essay on the term: Mary Sue, what are you? or why the concept of Sue is sexist (LINK) It does seem like people jump on female characters a lot just for being competent, wish-fulfillment characters and not getting metaphorically or literally shit upon every other minute by...
  18. Train Dodger

    Do certain recreational Drugs provide an Unseen benefit to society in the form of a general population destresser

    Depends on the substance. Some are unequivocally harmful, but others might have therapeutic benefits when used correctly. MDMA, for instance, has been fingered as having potentially quite potent effectiveness at treating PTSD...
  19. Train Dodger

    FiC is nearing critical mass for a board, the 500 to 1000-user threshold where registration...

    FiC is nearing critical mass for a board, the 500 to 1000-user threshold where registration becomes self-sustaining by word of mouth. This is good news indeed.
  20. Train Dodger

    US Shale Oil Revolution News

    This highlights one of the chief issues I have with the profit motive and capitalism in general. The impetus for greater profit in as short a time as possible sometimes leads to really, really obvious waste and misallocation of resources. If we employed an entirely rational method for extracting...
  21. Train Dodger

    Modern Ducks in the sand. No Libyan War?

    Actually, if I remember that conspiracy theory correctly, it was Sarkozy who felt threatened by Gaddafi attempting to form a gold-backed currency, not because the hypothetical currency was viable, but because it could have started a bandwagon effect where numerous former French colonies in...
  22. Train Dodger

    Found this through TV Tropes Fanfic Rec....

    Trump has been a super-mediocre President. He hasn't done anything really all that noteworthy. If you believe the media and Trump-fever, however, and their hot takes on every single thing that he does, then Trump cannot so much as run a comb through his hairpiece without it being scrutinized and...
  23. Train Dodger

    Trump Believes Second Amendment Should Be Forced On Other Countries

    Hmm... I think what the NRA is taking issue with here is the language of "end use/end user documentation" in Article 8.1, and the mention of "end users" in Article 12.3. They're worried that this counts as de facto gun registration, since it would mean that the Federal Government would have...
  24. Train Dodger

    Trump Believes Second Amendment Should Be Forced On Other Countries

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_Trade_Treaty#Criticism Russia, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, and several other major powers aren't signatories to it, either. All that will happen if the US voluntarily agrees to restrict arms exports is that nutbags who want to blow their...

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