“Unfortunately, such sentiments aren't all that hard to find. A lot of people won't say them in mixed company, but I've heard them and similar more than a few times.”
dramaflickchick on Dec 9, 2013 at 22:49:50
“Wow that's really really scary and very disappointing. I suppose no one would say that to my face. However, if people won't say it in mixed company it follows that Mittens wouldn't say it in an interview.”
“Those steep slopes are going to result in countless millions in extra fuel spent crossing the bridge, with corresponding greater pollution. Neither are what the world, or China, needs. They can hardly be a safety boon either.
The idea reminds me of those decidedly un-user-friendly "arty" chairs with backs made of spines, spikes, and bumps it couldn't possibly be comfortable to lean against; heels so high they're rarely walked on smoothly and are nearly impossible to walk on safely; and the odd bras and tops that seem to push women's breasts into more unnatural and painful-looking positions every few years. So many things that seem like great ideas work much better as idea than reality.”
pim3 on Jan 26, 2014 at 20:13:21
“Since this is a walking bridge very little fuel (except health) is required to cross over the bridge.”
“I was bitten by a spider once who had to cross a large living room to do it. I was sitting in its center, watching TV, and hadn't moved in about 20 minutes. It just came up and bit me on the web of my thumb. No reason. Spiders can be like that, too.”
jgw845 on Nov 25, 2013 at 05:25:06
“Is it possible that you felt something crawling on you and "swatted" at it? That is when spiders can/will inflict defensive wounds. Not saying that's what happened, but that is a common scenario of a rare event.”
“Some of these tenders are just touchy-feely new-age nuts. Apparently this woman was not. So I applaud her courage in doing what she felt was worthwhile out of a sense of measured professionalism rather than goofy idealism.
I still feel that many of the chances such animal tenders take are a sort of leap of faith that is sometimes unrequited. I don't blame the cat. A cat is just a cat, after all.
This is just a very hard job, if you include keeping your guard always up (as if that would help).”
Nov 11, 2013 at 01:34:11
“I hate impractical recommendations. Try washing your hair only two or three times a week in a hot climate, a humid climate, a hot and humid climate, if you work in a place like a restaurant that makes your hair smell, or outdoors where you sweat a lot, or if you have oily hair, or any combination of the above ... can I stop now? Your hair will be smelly and/or greasy. If you have the kind of hair that "sets" easily into a weird shape when the wind blows or you wear a hat, or if wake up with bed head? Now you're stuck with a very funny-looking head. You going to walk around with a flat-sided or other weird type of bed head for two or three days? Smelling like the Mexican restaurant you work in? The locker room you just came from? Not practical. You wash when you have to wash.
Isn't that the most sensible thing in the first place?”
allmywickedsins on Nov 11, 2013 at 08:28:27
“I think the most sensible recommendation would be to use a gentle soap, because as you say, some of us live in climates or work jobs where bathing daily is a necessity.”
“Very strongly agree. There are innumerable cruelties and shortsighted ideas we'll never get past if we reduce our ideas of each other to stereotypical qualities -- all the more so when the qualities are unintentionally or deliberately belittling or even insulting.
Re positive qualities that are routinely assigned to women as well as routinely thought and spoken of as absent from men,how about: caring, nurturing, thoughtful, peaceful, considerate, loving, unselfish, "super," communicative, intuitive, understanding, forgiving ...”
Who was or wasn't macho, and what it meant to be masculine, were pretty much the overt or covert subject from grade school through high school. And if the question didn't arise from within (though puberty likely made it do so regardless), it was imposed by bullies,coaches, parents, romantic and other rivals,and/or any number of other people from without,male and female alike.
It's simply a primal question,and young kids don't know anything and are always having others trying to impose their will,their ideas, even their insults upon them. Heck, when I was growing up,insulting someone's masculinity or questioning their sexuality was the "go-to" insult,and something kids had to deal with constantly.”
“"What state-sponsored school will ever pay for a staff that says government should be limited in its scope of power?"
All of them. That's why we have checks and balances.
In a private setting, unfortunately, lack of socialization with those unlike ourselves can be readily promulgated and enforced, as can lack of all broad-based learning, lack of a science curriculum, and easy endorsement of any and every kind of fanaticism. Most people aren't qualified to teach themselves, much less their kids, who when home-schooled are made the unwitting materials for their parents' experiments in fanaticism and social isolation.”
“It would have to be a pretty cheesy movie, if the material used were anything like this one. Having a lot of pores for water to be absorbed into still requires a volume of material adequate to hold those pores. Drying up a river would take an immense amount of material. And getting all that material so that it is positioned to take water into it would be quite a feat too. Anything too soft could be burst through by water pressure and anything too hard would block the rest of the material from absorbing the remaining water.
It's still a fun concept, though!”
Kneeanderthal on Aug 7, 2013 at 07:37:02
“It would still be more believable than Shatner's toupee in The Wrath of Khan , I'm just saying.”
Jul 30, 2013 at 01:36:21
“I agree on the filmability part -- the book is too full of incident and tangent to coalesce easily into the accelerated narrative films favor -- but disagree with Tolkien himself about his supposed regret over The Hobbit. (I've read that it was real, but still wonder if the fellow was looking at things at the wrong angle.) I also disagree that it was as childish as it is sometimes regarded. Few if any kids I grew up with half a century ago would have been comfortable with the language or the pacing or the narrative emphasis or length of The Hobbit, so regarding The Hobbit as juvenalia is either a sore indictment indeed of the intellectual level of children since Tolkien's day or the result of hindsight corrupted by some odd combination of pride and doubt.
Jul 11, 2013 at 16:39:35
“Growing up in the tropics, everyone either went barefoot or wore flip flops whenever they could. Whole countries do the same, billions of people do it, without medical problems of any significance from it.
We always used to shake our heads at and feel sorry for the people who came from the continental US and had worn shoes all their lives. Their feet would feel like they were boiling in the heat, so we took them out to get flip flops. When they took off their shoes, we saw that their toes were almost always cramped together and were sometimes even overlapping toward the outer "pinky" edge. Sometimes the outside edge of their feet would even seem to rise a little bit in sync with their outer toes, like the side of a boat. When we took off our own shoes, our feet took on the shape of ... a foot. When "mainlanders" took off their shoes, their feet had the shape of a shoe. And their pinky toes sometimes didn't touch the ground.
Now THAT is what is not healthy! And in the tropics, shoes feel like walking around with skin-tight saunas strapped to your feet.”
“Well that's the cool thing, isn't it? They were vampires, but the tropes were all the ones that eventually became the standard zombie tropes.
I don't think you'll find many horror authors who find it a stretch moving from I Am Legend to zombies. More like an essential precursor.
The monster is inconsequential. The thing is, in horror, the monster is almost always inconsequential. It's the psychological tropes that define horror, not the monster specifically. Is being a werewolf really specifically about being a wolf? Or about being hairy? Or about the full moon?
Which is what makes horror not a genre, but something that can take place in any genre, because horror always has an entry into our world through its place in psychology. The mechanics are just that -- mechanics. ”
“Agreed. To disparage is easy sport for many. To contribute anything of value is much more rare despite not necessarily being very difficult or requiring more than a modest amount of courage and goodwill. People are generally simply too lazy and afraid to create, though that might not prevent them from seeking to destroy out of spite.”