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That C-word article is fascinating by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 03:15:45 AM EST
I've written "C-word" a lot as a cheeky reference to the fact that certain groups oppose the idea of discussion of consciousness beyond being a measure of wakefulness. i didn't coin it, but I couldn't tell you where I got it from.

It's meant to signal a certain, nearly literal, profanity in my writing on the subject—I'm not trained in any of the relevant fields. But deeper than that, there is very little of consciousness (beyond wakefulness) that can be discussed scientifically at all. My hope is that little by little that can change as we develop new tools, in terms of theories, techniques and instrumentation.


Incidentally, there is another word, just as long, referring to approximately the same thing, which some people find more offensive. Its etymology is plainly obvious and it's quite an ignorant word. In all the media I've ever consumed, I've heard it only in Son's of Anarchy—and then only once or twice.

See you, space cowboy.

Your country and hideous men by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 03:23:18 PM EST
Seems like the fame of that poster is that it inspired this, which was widely used: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Sam#/media/File:Unclesamwantyou.jpg

I'm not sure what I find more off-putting, people continually recommending books without taking the reader's taste into account or people insisting on making the reading of a book a social signifier without reading it themselves.   For fuck's sake, just read what you like and understand that others have different tastes.

My wife and I are both big readers, and we recommend things to each other from time to time, but probably only read about 5% of things in common.  We only recommend things we suspect the other will like.  My wife liked "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" but has never read "Infinite Jest" and in fact I've suggested to her that it's probably not to her taste.
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Soviet programmer link was cool. by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Apr 22, 2017 at 03:30:33 AM EST


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That NYT bit on moms and step-moms by lm (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Apr 22, 2017 at 10:08:07 AM EST
That was really interesting.

Oddly both me and my wife came into step-mothers late in the game. My widowed father-in-law just remarried last year and my twice divorced mother remarried this past April Fool's day.

In both cases, they seem to be good women.

I guess you could call my mom's ex partner my first step-mother. She did fit the bill of the evil step-mother. But that was a legally nebulous time for same sex marriage in the US. I'm not sure their marriage was legally recognized anywhere prior to their divorce. In fact their divorce may not be binding. At the time, same sex marriages weren't recognized in their state of residence so they couldn't get a legal divorce.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Step-mothers by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat Apr 22, 2017 at 06:45:36 PM EST
My step-mother was a wonderful, witty, great person to be around.

The person she married to become my step-mother was a complete asshole.  Fortunately, she divorced him.  I saw her all the time after the divorce...him not so much.
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Ob Harry Hill quote by Herring (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Apr 25, 2017 at 05:10:39 PM EST
Spent all day in the garden yesterday with my stepladder. Not my real ladder - never got on with my real ladder.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods