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Techmology and Scientism / CAIN CAIN CAIN CAIN CAIN
« on: June 23, 2014, 10:47:07 pm »
I can't remember if I posted a link to the Coursera class I'm taking because apparently I decided that my academic load wasn't challenging enough. But anyway, I started it, and I immediately thought "OH SHIT, CAIN WOULD LOVE THIS!"

I know you're way the fuck too busy to check it out this summer, but I thought I'd post the link in case you want to look at it in the future.

Techmology and Scientism / Run for your brain
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:30:35 pm »
Hey Pent, you in particular might like this:

I'm trying to get into this guy's lab next summer, because he's awesome.

While trolling the PSU website for pictures of my professors to make sure I haven't accidentally made out with any of them, I ran into this very interesting piece of recent research:

In a pilot study funded by the NITC Small Starts program, researchers explored whether drivers behave differently toward pedestrians waiting to use a crosswalk based on the pedestrian’s race. The study – the first examining the effects of race on pedestrian crossing experiences – found that black pedestrians were passed by twice as many cars and waited nearly a third longer to cross than white pedestrians.

Minorities are disproportionately represented among pedestrian fatalities in the United States. The Center for Disease Control reported in 2013 that in the first decade of this century, the fatality rates for black and Hispanic men were twice as high as they were for white men.

Researchers Kimberly Barsamian Kahn and Tara Goddard of Portland State University, and Arlie Adkins, of the University of Arizona, hypothesized that if minority pedestrians experience more delay at crosswalks, they might take greater risks when crossing – risks that could contribute to the disparate fatality rates.

I don't know how I feel about Mark Manson, as generally speaking I don't think much of people who write for Thought Catalog and I feel like his social theory is still pretty undeveloped, but this was an interesting article:

In 1998, a high school junior named Eric Harris from Colorado wanted to put on a performance, something for the world to remember him by. A little more than a year later, Eric and his best friend Dylan Klebold would place bombs all over their school — bombs large enough to collapse large chunks of the building and to kill the majority of the 2,000 students inside — and then wait outside with semi-automatic weapons to gun down any survivors before ending their own lives.

“It’ll be like the LA riots, the Oklahoma bombing, WWII, Vietnam, Duke and Doom all mixed together,” Eric wrote in his journal. “Maybe we will even start a little rebellion or revolution to fuck things up as much as we can. I want to leave a lasting impression on the world.”

Eric was a psychopath, but he was also smart.

Reminded me of some thoughts I was having about bullying, and how in some cases it can be a warning sign that there is something amiss with the reported victim of the bullying.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Shit TGRR Says
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:03:44 pm »
To be used when appropriate.

Common TGRR aphorisms:

It could have happened to anyone, really.
Nobody go in the kitchen for like 10 years, okay?
I'M OKAY WITH THAT! (about something that is clearly not okay)
Underwear is an indication that you aren't really serious about having a good time.
A hornet in the shorts is worth AAAAAAFUCKFUCKFUCK


Sorry, I didn't catch that, I was staring at your tits.  ---> Usually said to TGRRW to get out of trouble for the kitchen thing.
I already farted for you, what the hell do you WANT from me?

Techmology and Scientism / CAINAD, HELP ME
« on: June 09, 2014, 01:39:30 am »

This seems like too many categories.

This is in a closed group, so I can't post screenshots unless I get un-lazy and assemble this into a single image and blur names.

But it's worth it to join the group to see it, I swear.


This isn't fucking Facebook. If you're going to post a link, especially a newslink, have the courtesy to at least post SOME kind of comment on it, and an excerpt.

Aneristic Illusions / The strange dichotomy of stupidity
« on: May 13, 2014, 07:52:06 pm »
Today on the bus I was seated in front of a simple but charming young woman who was making conversation with her chaperone/coach, and I had the thought that retarded people really can be quite delightful.

Then I thought that it's interesting that we are taught compassion for those who fall below the 80 point line, but those who are just above it we treat with contempt, as though being stupid is a failure of merit, particularly if they break the rules.

Further, we aren't even supposed to acknowledge that such a thing is possible, as if everyone above that 80 point mark has equal inherent intellectual capacity. It's weird. "You are mentally retarded so we must be nice to you, but you, you're just stupid so we can totally make fun of you as cruelly as we wish". It doesn't make any fucking sense.   

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Pussy Shots
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:55:27 am »
So like a year and a half ago I started a Facebook group based on a terrible OK Cupid profile. It's a group for posting pictures of cats. It sat there for a long while, and then a few weeks ago it just out of the blue started gaining members. I am bemused, and amused; it just topped 2000 members and seems to be picking up speed. I don't really have any idea what the fuck to do with this.


I have a whole-weekend hangover.

Happy birthday, merry new hangover!

It's a piquant and lolling hangover. Luckily it doesn't come with any regrets (it almost did, but I pulled  my head out of my ass in the nick of time).
Baww :( I feel rejected now.


Sleeping with my best friend's husband's cousin might sound like a good idea after several whiskeys, but it's really not.

I'll come up with several small, mild regrets instead.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Dear LMNO
« on: April 13, 2014, 01:45:20 am »
I just wanted to remind you that anything is possible.

I don't really have anything else to say.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / ROGER
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:26:20 pm »

Fuck me.

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