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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 14 Apr 2012, 13:40

lunchstealer wrote:DAR's avatar.
In further proof, by the way, that Hollywood has had about four new ideas in the past decade or so and is content to recycle anything it can get its grubby little hands on, there's a feature length film being made about Peabody and Sherman. Given how well the Rocky & Bullwinkle film went, what could go wrong?

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Post by Warren » 14 Apr 2012, 13:47

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
lunchstealer wrote:DAR's avatar.
In further proof, by the way, that Hollywood has had about four new ideas in the past decade or so and is content to recycle anything it can get its grubby little hands on, there's a feature length film being made about Peabody and Sherman. Given how well the Rocky & Bullwinkle film went, what could go wrong?
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Kolohe » 14 Apr 2012, 15:07

lunchstealer wrote:DAR's avatar.
Ah, thanks. I didn't think Mr. Peabody was Canadian.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by thoreau » 15 Apr 2012, 02:09

A few friends and relatives consider "stupid" to be almost as bad as a curse word and don't want their young kids (first grade, plus or minus a few years) saying or hearing it. This is fucking stupid, IMHO. If you can't say the word stupid, you will be unable to give an honest, succinct description of most of the things that you encounter in life.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by the innominate one » 15 Apr 2012, 02:13

Ja, that's retarded.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Jadagul » 15 Apr 2012, 04:30

That was my mother's theory growing up, actually.

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Ellie » 15 Apr 2012, 09:17

I was not allowed to say "stupid" in my house growing up, either. Of course, as with most things (wheat germ on pasta and rosaries every night during Lent, anyone) by the time the fifth or sixth kid came along, my mother had abandoned the rule.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by lunchstealer » 15 Apr 2012, 14:23

I'd say that the gratuitous use of 'stupid' is reasonably to be discouraged. Because there's a big difference between something being actually stupid and something being 'that of which you disapprove'. It misattributes disagreement with mental incapacity. Encouraging kids to explain what they don't like about something, rather than just calling it 'stupid', will make everyone's life better.

But then again, taking that too far and attempting to micromanage your kid's vocabulary is just stupid.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by JasonL » 15 Apr 2012, 14:42

My wife was raised with a strict no stupid or dumb policy as well. It was normal speak in my house and didn't actually carry any OMG heavy weight. This occasionally causes pouty lips and such.

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by thoreau » 15 Apr 2012, 14:43

There's two ways that one can get through the day while working in higher education:
1) Use the word "stupid" on a regular basis.
2) Lie.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Ayn_Randian » 15 Apr 2012, 15:07

thoreau wrote:There's two ways that one can get through the day while working in higher education:
1) Use the word "stupid" on a regular basis.
2) Lie.
I'm not trying to pick a fight here, but that doesn't sound any different than any other workplace or institution.There's nothing inherently stupider about higher ed than there is, say, working at Microsoft, would be my guess.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Shem » 15 Apr 2012, 15:13

Ayn_Randian wrote:
thoreau wrote:There's two ways that one can get through the day while working in higher education:
1) Use the word "stupid" on a regular basis.
2) Lie.
I'm not trying to pick a fight here, but that doesn't sound any different than any other workplace or institution.There's nothing inherently stupider about higher ed than there is, say, working at Microsoft, would be my guess.
Pretty sure he was speaking of higher ed because that's where he works, not because he was claiming some sort of privilege for his own particular pain..
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by thoreau » 15 Apr 2012, 15:16

Shem wrote:
Ayn_Randian wrote:
thoreau wrote:There's two ways that one can get through the day while working in higher education:
1) Use the word "stupid" on a regular basis.
2) Lie.
I'm not trying to pick a fight here, but that doesn't sound any different than any other workplace or institution.There's nothing inherently stupider about higher ed than there is, say, working at Microsoft, would be my guess.
Pretty sure he was speaking of higher ed because that's where he works, not because he was claiming some sort of privilege for his own particular pain..
Pretty much.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Ellie » 12 May 2012, 22:13

Kids are so unnaturally obedient on TV. Whenever parents say, "Go up to bed" or "Stop watching TV and go to your room," the kids comply without hesitation or whining or argument. I can't even get my friends' kids to go to bed when it's 2 am and they're falling asleep on their feet or stop watching TV when it means they can go into the kitchen and eat ice cream.

I kind of wish directors would just stop having them in the scene at all and use some other means to signify that this is going to be a Serious Conversation Between Adults. It's like having a 555 phone number. Just find a way around it already.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by thoreau » 24 May 2012, 20:22

The last chapter that we're covering in my class is Chapter 11. When we start the new chapter tomorrow I get to say "This class goes to 11."
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Aresen » 25 May 2012, 01:00

Ellie wrote:Kids are so unnaturally obedient on TV. Whenever parents say, "Go up to bed" or "Stop watching TV and go to your room," the kids comply without hesitation or whining or argument. I can't even get my friends' kids to go to bed when it's 2 am and they're falling asleep on their feet or stop watching TV when it means they can go into the kitchen and eat ice cream.
Thirty eight takes (plus some overdubbing) helps.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Kolohe » 26 May 2012, 17:00

I sort of get why people put their name on a gravestone when their not even dead yet, but it's still a bit weird and slightly creepy.
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Post by Aresen » 26 May 2012, 17:51

Kolohe wrote:I sort of get why people put their name on a gravestone when their not even dead yet, but it's still a bit weird and slightly creepy.
I dunno. The way some of my cow-orkers act, it could be where they go home at night.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Aresen » 26 May 2012, 19:18

Richard Leakey thinks that the evolution debate will soon be history. The skeptics will soon throw in the trowel, he says.

With all due respect to Dr. Leakey, I doubt it very much.
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Post by Shem » 26 May 2012, 19:43

Aresen wrote:Richard Leakey thinks that the evolution debate will soon be history. The skeptics will soon throw in the trowel, he says.

With all due respect to Dr. Leakey, I doubt it very much.
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Post by Aresen » 26 May 2012, 19:57

Shem wrote:
Aresen wrote:Richard Leakey thinks that the evolution debate will soon be history. The skeptics will soon throw in the trowel, he says.

With all due respect to Dr. Leakey, I doubt it very much.
Richard Leakey is an African of British descent who has only lived in the US for a decade, at most, and is therefore not to be expected to grasp the depth of reality denial on the part of American evangelicals, conservatives, and their fellow-travelers.
And the battle has just begun in many Islamic countries.
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Post by Kolohe » 26 May 2012, 20:24

Aresen wrote:Richard Leakey thinks that the evolution debate will soon be history. The skeptics will soon throw in the trowel, he says.

With all due respect to Dr. Leakey, I doubt it very much.
Yeah, I don't think it will be that easy to cement a victory.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 26 May 2012, 23:13

Kolohe wrote:
Aresen wrote:Richard Leakey thinks that the evolution debate will soon be history. The skeptics will soon throw in the trowel, he says.

With all due respect to Dr. Leakey, I doubt it very much.
Yeah, I don't think it will be that easy to cement a victory.
Not even when they examine all the concrete evidence?

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by GinSlinger » 26 May 2012, 23:31

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
Kolohe wrote:
Aresen wrote:Richard Leakey thinks that the evolution debate will soon be history. The skeptics will soon throw in the trowel, he says.

With all due respect to Dr. Leakey, I doubt it very much.
Yeah, I don't think it will be that easy to cement a victory.
Not even when they examine all the concrete evidence?
Not in the aggregate, no.

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by lunchstealer » 27 May 2012, 00:17

Aresen wrote:Richard Leakey thinks that the evolution debate will soon be history. The skeptics will soon throw in the trowel, he says.

With all due respect to Dr. Leakey, I doubt it very much.
Hmm. Yes, I expect opposition to dribble on in drips and drabs, with crazy occasionally gushing from the cracks in American society.
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