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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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I'm reading "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander, about how mass incarceration is the modern caste system of white supremacy.

Interestingly, it was given to me by my septuagenarian mother, who is trying to become Woke in the wake of this election. I mean, she was always a "liberal democrat", but she was also born a WASP in Pasadena CA during the 40s, so...

It's really fun to watch.

That's pretty awesome! A hell of a book, too. Good for your mom!

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: Today at 09:07:40 pm »
How's Ingress these days? I haven't touched it since a year post beta. Are they still releasing those awful-acting-and-writing plot videos? those are something else

It is essentially unchanged.

I have never watched the videos, and I play with the sound off. I don't even care about their storyline.

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Maybe... "Truth" as a heading (or removed) and the first "Just like" removed. Credit vexati0n

Liquid perfection.

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Hey new Spag! Welcome.



Well, thank you. I'd love to stay and play but as you can see I'm hard at work.

So we've  got Salty and Tart here. We just need sweet, bitter, and glutamate.

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Trumpcare vote withdrawn  :lulz:

There has been much gloating over this in the snake brains lab today.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: Today at 01:38:37 pm »
That game looks really cool.

I still pretty much just play Ingress.

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It really is a testament to how successful society IS, that so many people seem to feel they can opt out without immediate dire risk to their survival.

Truth. Just like only a person lucky enough to be born into the most fabulously wealthy civilization in human history could somehow end up believing that poverty itself arises only from bad choices or moral weakness, or only a person born under the fairest laws in history could somehow think injustice is a only a delusion in the minds of its victims. In past ages, when the whole world was hostile and the state really was out for your blood, no one would deny that some people got the short end of the stick by chance of birth and deserved something better than they had the power to earn for themselves. It's a serious indictment of humanity that once presented with the tools to eradicate disease, poverty, and starvation, we choose instead to just stop seeing those things as problems.

BIG WORDS THIS MOTHERFUCKER.

Seconded! Please.

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Next on my plate: Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, by John McWhorter. (Thanks to QGP for the recommendation). It's an audiobook because a) I only read audiobooks & idgaf, and b) in an etymology book it's helpful to actually hear the language. So far it's entertaining, even though the author likes to go on tirades against The Etymology Establishment and the grammar police. It's sort of adorable to hear someone have such strong feelings over a subject so thoroughly nerdy.

That sounds like a lovely one. I read a Bill Bryson book ages ago, Mother Tongue, that really made me appreciate the vagaries of English.

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It really is a testament to how successful society IS, that so many people seem to feel they can opt out without immediate dire risk to their survival.

Truth. Just like only a person lucky enough to be born into the most fabulously wealthy civilization in human history could somehow end up believing that poverty itself arises only from bad choices or moral weakness, or only a person born under the fairest laws in history could somehow think injustice is a only a delusion in the minds of its victims. In past ages, when the whole world was hostile and the state really was out for your blood, no one would deny that some people got the short end of the stick by chance of birth and deserved something better than they had the power to earn for themselves. It's a serious indictment of humanity that once presented with the tools to eradicate disease, poverty, and starvation, we choose instead to just stop seeing those things as problems.

Hot damn. I am impressed by your wordsing lately, and this is no exception. Nail, head.

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Question for all you spags:

If you have an online friend and you are concerned that they might be bipolar, do you risk offending them and say something? Or let it be?

Online friend? Doubt if it'd make a difference one way or another. Unless they're asking you. Upswing or downswing?

Upswing. They didn't ask, or I would have just told them. It would be completely unsolicited and therefore potentially offensive.

Lot of variables I'm not aware of but in my experience, manic phase - it'll be in one ear and out the other. If it goes in at all. Usually the time to mention it to me would have been after the party but by then the damage is done. Tough call. You're Nigel. Go with your instincts.

I think you're right about that... I don't think this is the time. I'll wait and see; if I'm right, the time will come on the downswing. Thank you!

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That sucks, Nigel.  :sad:

Thanks, Freeky!

I think I may have worked it out; there is a cadaver pair we won't be using this term, because we don't have enough sections and they're pretty beat up from the last two terms. I've asked the professor if I can dissect ahead on them, so that I already know the anatomy well before I leave.

And also I'm definitely going, which also means not speaking at the Women in Neuroscience event, but, ah, fuck it.

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Or Kill Me / Re: You're not conscious
« on: Today at 03:48:06 am »
Cram, I feel like you might really enjoy the writing of a researcher named Cristoph Koch. He can get a little navelgazy for my tastes (and Salty just helpfully pointed out that I am unnecessarily curmudgeonly about navelgazy stuff), but I think that something about what you're trying to get at and something about what he's trying to get at... might just resonate.

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Oh, and it's conflicting with my preadsorption that I was going to finish Monday, and also I might not be able to go to Manitoba.

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Dammit

This A&P assignment is already interfering with my research. Not only that, but while teaching Principles required a weekly 2-hour meeting, plus 2 3-hour sections, plus one office hour, plus two to three hours of grading, it was possible to get it done in 12 hours a week, max. A&P requires one three-hour weekly meeting, two hours of dissection, two 3-hour sections, 2 hours of open lab, and, for the first year, sitting in on another TA's 3-hour section. How many hours am I getting paid for? NOT SIXTEEN.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: Yesterday at 08:05:45 pm »
I haven't read much Campbell, but I loved the Power of Myth series. Your review makes me want to add him to my reading list!

I don't think you would go wrong to put him in your list. As a bonus, beyond the interesting subject matter, the writing itself is eloquent and even poetic, without being needlessly flowery or pretentious like some spoofs of "letters home from the Civil War". It's almost depressing because it presents a higher version of the English language that has been almost completely lost, even in the formal academic writing of today.

Hahaha, formal academic writing... don't get me started. It was never meant to be beautiful, and the recent shift toward making it READABLE is a vast improvement over the shitty vocabulary vomit of most late-20th-century science writing.

A truly beautiful writer has always been a rarity, and it's encouraging to hear that Campbell was one.

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