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by Janus%TheDoorman
Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:14 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Embracing Mediocrity
Replies: 7
Views: 1109

Re: Embracing Mediocrity

Even the best and brightest of us can't live on our own. We depend on on each other for day to day and life-defining moments. Stand out too much, seem too superior, and you risk jealousy and resentment. Even in hunter-gatherer societies, when someone brings in a big kill, even if they routinely are ...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 64805

Re: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread

Sure, if it turns out that Zumba is actually "good cardio" in that it's as useful to the goal of burning excess energy as more conventionally "manly" exercise routines, and comes with the added perk of fun and hanging out with friends, then it's fine and shouldn't be stigmatized. CezeN's logic that ...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 64805

Re: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread

As an example analogous to the "dress designed for a man", messenger bags were briefly stigmatized as being too similar to purses, but since many men have to carry laptops frequently enough to want their hands free even with them, they've become a widely accepted alternative to a briefcase.
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 64805

Re: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread

I'm sorry, I think you are wrong. It isn't just a discussion about the meaning of the word "should" although that may play into it. It's a discussion about equality between men and women and the prejudices that are faced and reinforced Every. Single. Day. in our society. In our workplaces. In our s...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Replies: 576
Views: 65392

Re: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A

Forza 4's great. Like Forza 3 except everything's better. Moving on. Played some Skyward Sword. I don't own a Wii, but played through dungeons at various stages of the game with other people. I couldn't shake the feeling that I was playing Zelda Lite. It felt... kinda like a Megaman game, actually. ...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 64805

Re: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread

You guys seem to be arguing over what the word "should" means. CezeN seems to be arguing that it means that there is a particular, objective valuation of prospects based on... well, honestly I'm not sure what exactly it's based on, but whatever it is, it seems to have specific things to say about me...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Replies: 576
Views: 65392

Re: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A

SR3rd has similar problems to Skyrim, but sort of in the opposite direction, and much, much worse. I can't count how many times I said "... That's it?" For a game that prided itself on ridiculously over the top action, too often it just feels like they dreamed up huge, expansive missions and storyli...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:57 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Replies: 576
Views: 65392

Re: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A

Played mostly three games the last few months. Skyrim, Forza 4, and Saints Row the Third. Skyrim is obviously great, and nothing I'm about to say should make you think I'd give it less than 9/10 if I were reviewing it objectively, but frankly, I don't really love it. Not the way I love Oblivion. Hav...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 64805

Re: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread

Eh, I can kinda see it, actually. 3rd grade was a while ago for all of us, but I feel like my social studies curriculum mainly gave the impression that mostly what slaves did was compose negro spirituals and figure out interesting new ways to cook parts of pigs. At the same time, math problems, even...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:10 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Ten Years of Terror
Replies: 18
Views: 1845

I feel a little conflicted about saying this since I understand where you guys who disagree with me are coming from, but all the same, but the idea that the US has lost the War on Terror or that the terrorists have won in any meaningful way is shenanigans. 9/11 had almost no effect on the US Governm...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:44 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Doctor Who (yarr, there be spoilers here!)
Replies: 482
Views: 78207

I was mostly just annoyed with myself for not realizing who Mels was when she was introduced. I was expecting our next encounter with her to be when she was still rather young, temporally skipping over all of Melody's childhood caught me off guard. So... doesn't the fact that River got her nickname ...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 64805

It's not that they're replacing Peter with a minority character that bothers me. It's that they did it deliberately to show off how culturally aware they are without making the culture the point. They started with the determination that the character should be a minority and then went from there. Th...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Replies: 576
Views: 65392

I think the scary thing about metroids is how relentless they are. Most enemies and obstacles stay in one particular territory or part of the area until they're disturbed. Even Space Pirates or Bounty Hunters are understood to exist for some reason other than to feed on your life force, and will tak...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:22 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Currently Reading / Just Read (Books/stories/whatever)
Replies: 1265
Views: 163808

Just finished A Dance with Dragons, and, well... that was kinda disappointing. There are a lot of reasons for that, and there's not a single one that can be pointed at, but the biggest one is probably that this book series has thrived on setting up expectations and then twisting them in delightfully...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: TV in General - Rants, Reviews, Etc.
Replies: 491
Views: 54491

New Torchwood is, well, better than the first two seasons and better than a lot of drama shows out there, but not quite as good as Children of Earth so far. The manage to fill up lots of time with very little plot or information. The acting's good though, and I was a little off put by Mekhi Phifer b...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:57 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: TV in General - Rants, Reviews, Etc.
Replies: 491
Views: 54491

Some brief thoughts on USA's skilled-character-in-unusual-circumstances dramas. Burn Notice is, I believe the original, and still the best. I can't say how accurate any of the spycraft and knowledge in the show is, but it does a good job of selling it as authentic and keeps things fresh. Having Jeff...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Replies: 576
Views: 65392

Hahaha, I notice X-2 is still on the list of ones you like. I own it, but only played a few hours before realizing I was JRPG'd out for a while. No, I meant to say that after 10, those on the list are those I don't like. The thing about X-2 is that I'd put down even money that it stared development...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Replies: 576
Views: 65392

Honestly... FFX is pretty down there. I'd say, Tactics, 9, 7, 4, 1, 12, 5, 6, Tactics Advance, 10, 8, 11, X-2. There's a huge drop after 10, but it's the worst of them that I still like.
by Janus%TheDoorman
Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Doctor Who (yarr, there be spoilers here!)
Replies: 482
Views: 78207

To me, The Waters of Mars is the climax of the Doctor's character arc in the new series. 9 was very angry, depressed, scared. Trying to come to grips with what the Time Lords had become in their war against the Daleks, what he had to do because of it, and the consequences thereof. Survivor's guilt i...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: TV in General - Rants, Reviews, Etc.
Replies: 491
Views: 54491

Game of Thrones has been phenomenal. The cast are flawless, even the ones I had reservations about going in. The action is well executed and engaging, and the story is structured and meted out so that even having read the books, I'm gripping the edge of my seat throughout. The gratuitous (read: very...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Replies: 576
Views: 65392

I went to check the release date on the Wii because it seemed really unlikely to me that Ninty would be putting out a new console so soon, but apparently it came out in 2006. Somehow it feels newer than that to me. Maybe it's because I don't have one, maybe it's because I have a constant feeling lik...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Doctor Who (yarr, there be spoilers here!)
Replies: 482
Views: 78207

So... can we maybe assume Rory is the one River kills to end up in the Stormcage? For one it seems the church would have had no problem with her offing the Doctor. Two there was the repeated tying of Rory to the phrase, "a good man", and the Doctor pointing out that he needs so many rules because he...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sat May 28, 2011 12:34 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 164
Views: 22349

You're assuming free will from the get go and then bending the hypothesis to fit the facts. Noticing that the outcome of your choice process depends on the apparently most rewarding options based on past experience lends more credence to the hypothesis of a deterministic choice process than it does ...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Wed May 18, 2011 7:51 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 164
Views: 22349

Say you had a computer on the scale of Deep Thought (the Douglas Adams original), with more than enough processing power to accurately simulate a human being and all of it's surroundings down to the quark level, taking into account all external forces and influences above the level of thermal noise....
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue May 17, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 164
Views: 22349

It's true that brain function is an incredibly complex and sensitive process, but I don't see how any of that implies it doesn't operate in a deterministic, wholly predictable way. Simply because we, as a species, do not possess sufficient computing power to do so at present time in no way implies t...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue May 17, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 164
Views: 22349

Are you arguing that it's in principle impossible to map the circuitry of the human brain, or saying that free will is a good way to think about the areas we haven't explicitly mapped yet, a concept to be abandoned once they are?
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue May 17, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 164
Views: 22349

No. Newtonian physics don't "cease to exist", and the universe doesn't behave in weird, unpredictable ways, and it certainly doesn't do so just because you are looking at something really big or really small. Everything from quarks to quasars all act in accordance with the same laws of physics. At t...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue May 10, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Doctor Who (yarr, there be spoilers here!)
Replies: 482
Views: 78207

Also, seriously, does the TARDIS not even have a first aid kit? Travel across time and space, halt invasions, he's got a full body scanner that can deal with Amy's quantum pregnancy, but he's got nothing to improve on CPR?
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sun May 08, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Replies: 576
Views: 65392

Apparently dwarfs sound a lot like Johnny Vegas.
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sat May 07, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Doctor Who (yarr, there be spoilers here!)
Replies: 482
Views: 78207

I have an uneasy feeling of being very underwhelmed by this series so far. The stretching of mysteries over multiple seasons over multiple episode arcs without resolution and without decent hints is making me weary. With the cracks we were seeing mentions of it even in the side-story episodes like V...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue May 03, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The New News Thread
Replies: 159
Views: 17897

So wait, [American, not really familiar with the Canadian system] the Conservative government I've heard only terrible things about is determined to have acted in contempt of Parliament, is dissolved, and as a result of the ensuing elections, the Conservatives are now stronger than before the govern...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sun May 01, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Doctor Who (yarr, there be spoilers here!)
Replies: 482
Views: 78207

Went back and checked the Lodger, the Doctor calls it a "Time Engine, someone's attempt to build a TARDIS". I'll edit my post accordingly. Does anyone else think that maybe the title of "Silence in the Library" wasn't chosen arbitrarily? And the Silence are creepy and all and obviously not the nices...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Sun May 01, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Doctor Who (yarr, there be spoilers here!)
Replies: 482
Views: 78207

Hmm so... Who... ...is the Time Child? ...is River Song? ...did River kill? ...was in the space suit when it killed the Doctor? What... ...is the astronaut suit? ...can the astronaut suit do without a pilot? When... ...does Amy get pregnant/give birth? ...did the Silence enter the TARDIS? Where... ....
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Periodic Movie Review
Replies: 783
Views: 124487

Yeah, I intentionally held off on reading reviews before I got my thoughts down. I guess I went in just wanting to be entertained for a few hours, and this was a very entertaining movie. This isn't an "impressive" movie. This isn't Inception, or Lord of the Rings. It's not a great plot, story, or ch...
by Janus%TheDoorman
Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Periodic Movie Review
Replies: 783
Views: 124487

Sucker Punch: (Light spoilers for general plot structure) If I were given absolute creative license, and actually knew anything about film-making, the movie I'd make would look a lot like this. I'm not completely in love with it, but more often than any other movie I was thinking, "Yes, that is exa...

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