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Messages - Dylar

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Interzone / Re: Fourth-generation warfare
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:56:06 PM »
He could have (and, it's Portland, so it's a near certainty) pissed undiluted AIDS into the water system and no one's health would actually be threatened.

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Interzone / Re: Fourth-generation warfare
« on: April 17, 2014, 06:10:52 PM »
Urine isn't toxic.

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Interzone / Re: A good day
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:59:23 PM »
I don't think most pay attention to the details of the performances of others, but when you decline to perform at all, they notice.  It confuses and therefore angers them. 

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Interzone / Re: A good day
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:31:05 PM »
Fly fishing is definitely what you make of it.  It's much like mountain climbing in the sense that there's a whole industry (gear and apparel, private "trophy water," "destination" fly fishing in exotic locales etc.) that's been built up around the twin principles of, A.) making hard things eas(y/ier) and B.) catering to the egos and feeding the insecurities of anglers.  It's a sport full of dilettantes and gear hipsters, most of whom really ought to be old enough to know better.  It's also a sport that will take you places you can get lost in, if you're of the right mindset.  Trout don't give a shit about whether you perform the self for them. 

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Interzone / Re: A good day
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:44:30 AM »
Pollen has been tolerable, so far.  It's only recently gotten warm, and we've had enough rain to beat it down so far.  I'm fairly tolerant of the stuff, anyway.  I'm among the roughly 20% of people who don't react when exposed to poison ivy, too.  The weather still hasn't settled down into a predictable pattern yet, and it has my trout acting a little wonky. 

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Interzone / Re: A good day
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:28:08 AM »





















Nothing beats getting out.









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Interzone / Re: Critical thinking
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:02:38 PM »
As you say, a crow is a crow, and a human a human.  A crow has no need for abstractions, nor the brain to conceive them, but part of being human is being not-crow, and what is meet for a crow is not necessarily so for a human.

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Interzone / Re: Critical thinking
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:45:54 PM »
...and a crow can't teach you particle physics, or, for that matter, how to cook.  A place for everything, and everything in its place.

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Interzone / Re: Critical thinking
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:56:18 PM »
Tell that to a Moroccan goat herder. Not all humans are paranoid, neurotic, jangle-brained Westerners.

The life of a Moroccan goatherd isn't less filled with abstractions than a jangle-brained Westerner; fewer abstractions and different abstractions, but abstractions nonetheless.  The human brain was built to fly.

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Interzone / Re: Critical thinking
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:16:10 PM »
Evaluation is an active mental process built on top of the snap judgement simian heritage.


How simian are you, to understand a simian mental process, or the lack of one?
I have learned, from spending vast amounts of time around wild creatures, that they possess a very workable substitute for the abstract constructions humans use to perform the simple act of evaluation.
They keep it very simple. Which is something humans seem incapable of.
I often admire creatures of the wild. I find it rather rare to do the same with humans.

It's a matter of design.  Humans are not built to "keep it simple" any more than crows are built to use walking as their primary mode of travel.

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Interzone / Re: Deep Ecology is bullshit
« on: April 02, 2014, 07:40:38 PM »
Can you breathe virtual air?  Eat virtual food?  Drink virtual water?

Why would we design AI to depend on such things? Even humans could be bioengineered to eliminate such dependancies. Or at the very least, to significantly minimize them. The desire to continually rely upon them is pre-emptive atavism.

A tofurky in every pot and a unicorn in every garage.

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Interzone / Re: "The poor": kill them
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:56:49 AM »
It's possible to think otherwise?

It's not only possible to think, but to know otherwise.

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Interzone / Re: Deep Ecology is bullshit
« on: March 31, 2014, 05:31:50 PM »
Can you breathe virtual air?  Eat virtual food?  Drink virtual water?

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Interzone / Re: Deep Ecology is bullshit
« on: March 29, 2014, 02:49:44 PM »
It's nice to make a statement as if it were axiomatic.  It's nicer to grow balls and provide evidence.

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Metal / Re: Origins of speed metal
« on: March 24, 2014, 08:19:19 AM »
I thought this was fairly telling...

Quote
DO YOU WRITE THE MUSIC FIRST OR THE LYRICS FIRST?

J: Both first.  We come up with song titles and riffs first.

K: We come up with a basic concept first.

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