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by Psudo
Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Code of Ethics for Government Service
Replies: 21
Views: 1741

Re: Code of Ethics for Government Service

2. Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion. So, no knowingly circumventing immigration laws or the military "don't ask don't tell" policy, or aiding others to do the same. Yeah, that'll ...
by Psudo
Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Questions You Dread
Replies: 32
Views: 2243

the stuipd district wouldnt accept me because i was born in December. and i was 4(only a few more months til my 5th birthday) when my mother registered me, but they told me to wait another damn year I had the reverse problem. I was barely old enough, to the point where the school district was like ...
by Psudo
Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Philadelphia Freedom
Replies: 20
Views: 2026

"everything and nothing"

That's less than 160 characters.
by Psudo
Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:26 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Which character most annoys you?
Replies: 42
Views: 13371

neo-dragon wrote:Oh yes, she was certainly a victim, and pitiable, but still frustrating in her blindness.
Aren't we all.
by Psudo
Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 54
Views: 3919

AI mental enhancements would be more akin to transplant organs in the early stages There is a black market for organ transplants, which is unscrupulous and dangerous but cheaper. Why wouldn't there be one for human enhancements? Say a new Nazi-style totalitarian regime rises a thousand years in the...
by Psudo
Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 54
Views: 3919

I'm confused. The kind of sensitive access you'd need to someone to meddle with any technological enhancements is at least as, if not more considerable than the access you'd need to cause severe harm now. Where do you perceive the risk increasing? The kind of sensitive access you'd need to meddle w...
by Psudo
Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 54
Views: 3919

From what i read, brain's plastic enough even for birth blind people to learn to interpret what they see when they recover sight. Surely true, but recognizing what you see takes practice. Gaining one's sight after a lifetime of blindness gives one a childlike understanding of sight. See the movie A...
by Psudo
Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Which character most annoys you?
Replies: 42
Views: 13371

I was fascinated with Qing-Jao. It's a little cruel for you to condemn her as "horrible" for the brainwashing she endured from a genetic alteration imposed upon her by a tyrannous government. You might as well call victims of Stockholm Syndrome "traitors," as if they had some cho...
by Psudo
Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:33 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 54
Views: 3919

Please, explain. What are those concerns that would be harmed by the improvement of the human body and could supercede it? Independent will, for example. It is conceivable that artificial enhancements to the body would be subject to hacking and, thus, lend the body (or parts of it) to control by so...
by Psudo
Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 54
Views: 3919

Transhumanism seems like an obsession. Overcoming obstacles, removing one's own weakness to become a better version of oneself, that stuff makes sense. But transhumanism seems to take it to an extremity that is not necessarily reasonable, in which that principle of self-improvement vetoes all other ...
by Psudo
Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:52 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Bean and Ender
Replies: 3
Views: 1245

It seems clear to me. Ender's physical body died, but his exercise of his will lives on through Young Val and Young Peter. Bean's physical body lives on, but his exercise of his will is limited to the minutia of raising his doomed children. Being so radically separated from society and alienated fro...
by Psudo
Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:46 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: What Do You Think About The "Romances" In EnderVer
Replies: 25
Views: 5786

I assume "Alai and Virlomi" was meant.
by Psudo
Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:45 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Which Character Are You More Like?
Replies: 20
Views: 4335

I don't actually dislike Novinha (as others do), I just don't fully understand her behavior.
by Psudo
Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Which Character Are You More Like?
Replies: 20
Views: 4335

If I'm allowed to pick characters from Ender's Shadow, I'd say I'm most like Nikolai. I'm good at things, but it seems like I'm never quite good enough to get by on pure skill. Sometimes I have to make do with social pull, which isn't honorable. If it's strictly Ender's Game only, I'd say Petra. We ...
by Psudo
Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The PWEB Club for 54- Posters
Replies: 8
Views: 1160

Amusing that Satya was censored on his 666th post.
by Psudo
Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:16 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Extra-Elitist, Super-Snobby Pweb Lounge for 1000+Posters
Replies: 226
Views: 17731

At my current rate, I won't be allowed in here for more than 2.5 years. So I'll just sneak in, take this little trinket to memorialize my invasion, and dash away never to return.
by Psudo
Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:06 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Questions You Dread
Replies: 32
Views: 2243

zeroguy wrote:"How are you?"
I've always liked to give this answer: "Dead."
by Psudo
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:59 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Goals
Replies: 19
Views: 2416

I'm getting a $50k mortgage here soon. My goal is to pay it off in 5 years. I'll probably be getting a second job that will go, in it's entirety, into mortgage payments above and beyond the minimum due. It's a cheap little mortgage, so it should be doable. grammatically unfortunate sentences. Excell...
by Psudo
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Ender's Game
Replies: 6
Views: 1405

Was it self-defense to go after the Buggers at their homeworld? Were they ever going to come back to Earth? I think the point of Ender's Game is to make us question our easy answers like "Violence is wrong." and "It's OK because it's self-defense." These answers are true, mostly,...
by Psudo
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:16 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: my Enders Game website
Replies: 38
Views: 6136

It's standard web etiquette: never play music by default. Always wait until they push a "play" button. You can see it if you go to the website for your favorite musician; they won't play music until you hit play. And they're musicians ! You never know when some poor fool might be surfing w...
by Psudo
Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:37 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: DINK AND PETRA?
Replies: 13
Views: 1862

The possibility of romance in EG didn't occur to me at all. They were all kids with far more pressing concerns. Petra is, what, 11 at the end of the books? I wasn't interested in girls yet when I was 11.
by Psudo
Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:46 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Web Comics
Replies: 161
Views: 37005

No mention of Digger? Shame.
by Psudo
Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Presence of the Monitors
Replies: 4
Views: 1167

Janus%TheDoorman wrote:John Paul was originally scouted to be what Ender would eventually become, but was determined inadequate for reasons I can't remember
I believe the reason was that John Paul refused to do it.
by Psudo
Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Reaction to Ender's Game
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

I found Petra far more interesting than Janus did. I got the impression that Petra was an intensely aggressive girl who, in the end, didn't fit in anywhere. She's outcast from her gender just being in the battle school, and she's outcast from males because she's such an obscure example of something ...
by Psudo
Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The better bits of politics
Replies: 0
Views: 1921

The better bits of politics

I was curious what political beliefs folks around here have, but I don't want left/right loyalty checks or political party affiliations. I want to know what principles you think a society and it's government should follow in pursuit of that lofty goal, good governance. A list of issue positions is O...
by Psudo
Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:27 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Periodic Movie Review
Replies: 783
Views: 123436

I thought that very clever to explain magic in real life terms. It made there be a reason they are special not just some mystical reason you have to take for face value. Makes magic that much more real when its based in real science. But then why bother calling it magic ? Magic is, by definition, n...
by Psudo
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Proposition 8 Overturned
Replies: 26
Views: 2121

Americans were promised that they were "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights" before there was a Constitution or Bill of Rights. It makes sense that they exist already, and that it is the purpose of the Bill of Rights (and laws generally) is to describe rights as they a...
by Psudo
Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:24 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Proposition 8 Overturned
Replies: 26
Views: 2121

On separation of church and state, why isn't it worded "separation of religion and state? Church refers to the institution and religion to the cultural expression; rites, stories, doctrines, etc. It seems to me that there is no attempt here to associate any church institution with the state; no...
by Psudo
Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Questions you've wondered about your fellow pwebbers
Replies: 595
Views: 90981

I would also suggest Anthem and We the Living, if you haven't read them. They are much smaller novels but quite powerful. I'll be sure to. I recently bought about a dozen books in one (extremely enjoyable) shopping spree, so it may be a while. Incidentally, whenever I see Anthem coffee creamer in g...
by Psudo
Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:42 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Questions you've wondered about your fellow pwebbers
Replies: 595
Views: 90981

Question for Young Val: What kind of action hero appeals most to a literary woman like yourself? I've always wondered how wide the gap is between pure, distilled machismo type action stars and the champions in true literature. I'm a little surprised that you're 29 but not surprised I'm surprised...i...
by Psudo
Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:36 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Your Favourite TV That No One's Ever Seen
Replies: 199
Views: 30556

The Gates. I just read an article a few days bemoaning how it went from terrible pilot to actually good television and everything still thinks it looks like crud I couldn't finish watching the pilot, but maybe I'll try again. Rome I'd like to see the US Revolution from James Otis to the ratificatio...
by Psudo
Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Questions you've wondered about your fellow pwebbers
Replies: 595
Views: 90981

Luet wrote:Also, I dig Rand too. I don't think she's that unpopular around these parts.
That makes me a little happier. I read Atlas years ago, and am reading The Fountainhead now.

Luet wrote:the Foundation trilogy
SO good!
by Psudo
Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Questions you've wondered about your fellow pwebbers
Replies: 595
Views: 90981

I figure the only way I'm going to get caught up to the rest of y'all is to put in extra effort.

Plus, frankly, I love research.
by Psudo
Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Questions you've wondered about your fellow pwebbers
Replies: 595
Views: 90981

Warning: I'm responding to an entire 11-page thread in one massive post. I have questions... Everyone: How did you find this site? What novel turned you on to the Bean/Enderverse? What about that novel did you like? How old were you when you read that novel? Did it mean something to you the first ti...
by Psudo
Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Your Favourite TV That No One's Ever Seen
Replies: 199
Views: 30556

When it comes to obscurity, I like to mention Tales from the Neverending Story . Canadian show that tells the same plot as the 80s movie, except a little darker and so slowly and boringly you want to die. Until the last episode; they knew they weren't going to get renewed for another season, so they...

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