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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

sitcoms are a genre, but by the logic you’re using here, all TV shows share similar characteristics (sequential, episodic, based on recordings of real-life actors). So all TV shows form a genre.

Thus if you find a group of TV shows are filled with dick jokes, then by your definition, all TV shows are filled with dick jokes, since that is the definition of the genre of TV shows.

Everything including for example Horatio Hornblower, Dr Who, Gimme Gimme Gimme a Man, CSI Miami, Once, 3rd Rock from the sun … are all shows filled to the brim with dick jokes, because that is what the genre demands.

Do you see how ridiculous it is to assign such disparate subjects and types of show to all the one genre actually is? Yet by your own reasoning here, that’s exactly what you’re doing. Same as Titanic, TMNT, ET, and Pirates of the Caribbean are all the same genre, as they all utilise the same visual medium.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

You’re aware it’s practically impossible to die from marijuana use, right Crow?

The only times it would be possible would be if you were crushed to death under the weight of several sacks, asphixiated from pushing so many whole plants down your throat that the soil filled your airway, or if you pumped 100% of the oxygen out of the air, to replace it with THC.

Smoking or eating marijuana can give you a lot of symptoms, but death isn’t going to be one of them.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

If it’s self-defined as only that, then how come there are legions of anime that don’t use either?

It’s not a genre, any more than films are a genre, newspapers another genre, and books are a third genre. It’s a medium, which does not even remotely mean the same thing.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Yet if you change the words ‘comic book’ for the words ‘visual novel’, you open up the term to include many works that are not comics by any stretch of the imagination, and yet still use a similar medium to put their message across.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

I have never heard that pot at ANY dosage is linked to feelings of depression or suicide. In fact the effect is generally known to cause the exact opposite.

McAlty may be thinking of alcohol. That’s known to trigger depression or exacerbate an existing depressive condition, and can lead to suicidal behavior.


Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

Does anyone know if ingestion of booze is considered medicinal?

Only in extremely tiny amounts.

Ethanol is a common binding agent for the chemicals in swallowed tablets, and there are several creams which are ethanol-based, but that’s the extent of the medically recommended alcohol intake.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

What about the wildly popular productions by Miyazaki? Or the influential Barefoot Gen by Nakazawa? Or the incredible and perplexing manga and movie Akira by Otomo?

Ghost in the Shell
Armitage
Big Wars
Bio Hunter
Black Lion
Cybernetics Guardian
Final Fantasy: Spirits Within
Devilman
Vexelle
Golgo 13 Queen Bee
8 Man After

… I could go on for a while. There are multitudes of high production value, insightful anime on a wide range of topics. Everything from high drama to slapstick, sci-fi and fantasy through to day-to-day right on through to an in-depth examination of depression or acute mental illness.

Equating anime with cartoons is where some in this thread are going wrong. Western cartoons are aimed at children whilst Eastern anime is aimed at wildly varying markets ranging from young children to mature adults, and everything in between. It depends on the individual show what audience it’s aimed at.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

From the comments of that same article:

This is heartbreaking. Maybe 1 cannabis death this year, maybe 2 last year, however, alcohol continues to kill over 80,000 EVERY year in the U.S., and cigarettes over 400,000. It seems that giving the harm of those drugs more attention would serve the public best.

Stel2112 in comments

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

Originally posted by ImplosionOfDoom:
Originally posted by Helltank:

How do they know he wasn’t suicidal beforehand, took the weed(maybe to relieve his depression by getting high) and then commited suicide because he was depressed?

Also did they run a full toxin screen on him yet, or have they not gotten to that part of the autopsy?

Summit County Coroner Regan Wood says the preliminary cause of death is a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As for the impact of the marijuana edibles, she said, “That’s what we’ve heard consistently.”

She said the impact the edibles had on Goodman will be more clear when toxicology results come back in a few weeks.

“It’s still under investigation,” said Wood.


OP’s Source

So it’ll be quite a while before they get the toxicology results back. It sounds like it could well be an adverse reaction between the cannabis and another drug he was on. Ethanol maybe, or antidepressants.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Originally posted by Holy2334:

Wow, the difference between what SD thinks of this post, and what OT thinks of this post

The forums have different purposes, so even when it’s the same person posting in both forums, you’re likely to get two completely different answers.


Anime isn’t aimed towards young children on the whole. Each show can be for a different age group. The one you linked is probably aimed at high schoolers.

Yup, they really run the gamut. I can think of a fair few anime that shouldn’t be viewed by anyone below the age of 21, and a fair few that shouldn’t be viewed by anyone over the age of five. Anime is just a mainstream film media, and is used by shows fitting every different genre niche there is.

Asking for anime to be banned as a blanket ban because you dislike how one type presents things is directly equivalent ot asking for all US-produced dramas, comedies and action shows to be banned from broadcast because you dislike how an episode of one crime drama portrayed things.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is the gender wage gap truly a result of discrimination?

Originally posted by Kasic:

There are definitely some men in our government at the moment who hold distinctly sexist views. The problem is, they get elected because not only men but women vote for them too. It’s not just the fault of men, but of humanity’s collective tendency to believe what they’re told as they are raised and be completely unable to think critically.

Worth pointing out that some women hold equally sexist views. Some individual women even get a kick out of seeing other women fail in the workplace because they enjoy seeing women fail but emply cognitive dissonance in their own success.

Being a woman doesn’t dictate your personality or your political agenda, or your economic agenda or your fetishes, any more than being a man dictates what those same things will be.


Originally posted by petesahooligan:

On-site daycare services are big. Companies that provide these services attract young professional women and the company benefits as a result.

One potential issue you’ve clipped the edge of here, is the assumption that a professional woman is going to be a mother at some point. It’s back to the old subconscious assumption that we’re baby-making machines, and the company needs incorporate that into its HR functions. As such even when you are not going to have a child, ever, ever, ever, you still have to deal with that innate assumption that the company is going to definitely lose you for a year at some unspecified future point, because of what reproductive system you have.

It’s an implied subconscious cultural element, and it’s a bloody pain.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is feminism obsolete???

It’s probably a good idea to restart it at least once a week anyway. Clears out any memory allocation problems. They add up after awhile.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is the gender wage gap truly a result of discrimination?

The old adage you stuck by as a woman in a professional role during the 90s and 2000s (in the 60s, 70s, and 80s too but I didn’t experience working in them) was that in order for a woman to be the equal of a man, she needed to be at least twice as qualified, and work twice as hard as he did. Only then could stand on equal shoulders with him.

It was incredibly stupid, and started to tail out during the 2,000s, at least to a noticable degree. The breaking of the glass ceiling really helped. The glass cliffs…not so much. These days the problems we encounter are nothing like as bad as they were, but there are still problems.

For example, if I’ve created a new product or sizable product enhancement the company wishes to promote to a group of investors, in order to secure additional capital for its development and eventual deployment, we keep a close check on who those investors are. They’re typically fairly wealthy older gentlemen (as you would expect). This has led to a problem with several of them, where if we wish to secure funding, we have to send a man in to demonstrate the product.

I have wondered if it was a problem with me, as I tend to say what I think, but it’s a problem with several influential investors, and although we have several women in active rolls in the company (including one who helped design the frigging Argus array for crying out loud), putting such individuals in front of the board tends to cut our chances of securing funding drastically.

It’s an ‘old boy network’ kind of thing. The old boys expect a gentleman to present the findings, and don’t take a woman in charge particularly seriously. As such our chances of selling the merits of the design are hurt by the gender of the person who is demonstrating it.

It’ll fade in time, as these old boys pop their clogs and are replaced by younger, more worldly-wise individuals of both genders, and the problem will become a non-issue. However, for now, we’re still dealing with the legacy of the old boy network running everything, and the culture that sees females as ‘lesser creatures, that should be silent in the presence of a man’.

Funding is more important than my ego, so I put up with it, for now, but the tide has definitely turned on that world-view, and it’s just a matter of time now, before they’re in the shunned minority.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is feminism obsolete???

Seeing as Godwin’s Law has already been called, and Rush Limbaugh has already been invoked, I might as well wade in with an oldie but a goodie exploring Rush Limbaugh’s Nazi connection. It’s from a site that was dedicated to the idiocies of the Bush Administration, and that site has long since been taken down by its creator, but someone saved a copy of at least one of the flash animations on YouTube.

Rush Limbaugh Singing “I’m a Nazi!”. YouTube video, 3:41 secs in length. Might be worth a chuckle.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

But I’d argue (largely for the sake of conversation) that the scale of risk doesn’t substantiate the scale of the threat. For example, just because a life hangs in the balance doesn’t mean that bullying is a factor in a person’s decision to end their life.

It doesn’t matter whether it is bullying, or they wish to end it all because they are depressed, because their lover has forsaken them, or because their spouse wants rid of them.

If we’re talking about assisting another in the ending of their life, it is our duty as medics to make absolutely sure it is for the right reasons. Need to be sure that it is what the person really wishes, that they are of sound mind when they make the request (and that if the request is made by a third party on their behalf, there is solid medical evidence for why this person is permanently unable to make or refute such a request), and that there is not a treatment option other than death available.

Plus, I believe there IS negative impact in adopting a review process that may be onerous given the person’s situation. When an individual has 6 months to live — and 6 months is not really an arbitrary number but rather a duration that some courts have determined to be a reasonable threshold when allowing end-of-life care — that time is of the essence.

What the courts have decided is irrelevant. We are not discussing death as a punishment regardless of the patient’s will, but as a medical solution when all else has failed, in order to ensure that their ending has some dignity.

A person facing a terminal illness wants to make the end of their life meaningful and significant. They should be empowered to make self-determinations… and should they choose to have “bullying” be a factor in their decision, that should be their right.

To an extent they do. However, they are nto taking their own lives, but insisting that another takes their life for them. In order to permit that, the other must make sure that this course of treatment is in the best interests of the patient. If it is not in their best interests, then it is not the appropriate course of treatment to undertake.


Originally posted by petesahooligan:

Is that to say that the underlying cause of all desire to cease living is “clinical depression?”

Obviously not.

However, patients suffering clinical depression must be assessed carefully. Depression alters the brain processes, making things seem worse than they are. Plus depression is usually treatable. It is transatory, and the moment passes. Death is not transitory.

Euthenasia is thus an option when the underlying condition is not treatable, and is only going to deteriorate with time. That is when the person can make a decision as to the point they are willing to put up with the collapse of their self, and present it to the medical community, for their assessment and ultimate agreement that this is the proper course to take.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

But I mean, is being bullied into suicide a significant enough risk to warrant this screening process?

Absolutely. After all you’re talking about deliberately ending a sentient life. Plus having a third party complicit in the deed. Just as in every other situation where a sentient life is deliberately taken, every effort should be made to determine if this is the right course of action before actually going ahead with it, as there are no take-backsies.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

The process of psychological screening would be required for all cases? Wouldn’t that add a lot of cost and time to an intervention that often needs to be fluid and responsive?

It doesn’t need to be that fluid; the people involved aren’t going anywhere. Assisted suicide is solely for those individuals who cannot physically complete the act themselves without outside help, due to the nature of their condition. Anyone who is physically capable of committing suicide, will try to do so if driven to it, regardless of whether outside forces disagree.

As such there is a considerable timeframe to operate on, to determine if the individual wishing assistance with ending their life, is in the right frame of mind to do so, and is not being bullied into it by outside forces.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

How does one separate a “desire to live” from the guilt of being a burden?

Psychological screening. Ideally at least two different sets of psychological screening by two different qualified consultants. Only if both concur that it truly is the patient’s own wish and not that of an outside force, should the euthenasia be permitted to go ahead.

Generally those who do truly wish to end it all, are losing their cognitive facilities, and are aware they are losing the very essence of who they are. They tend to wish to go whilst they are still themselves as opposed to a hollow shell with nobody inside, hanging out to the last gasp. Their family then remember them as who they were and not as that shell. They become empowered to choose their own ending rather than let the disease do it for them.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ancient Rome and the United States

Originally posted by wargamer1000:

I doubt I’d give. Perhaps you think morality at all isn’t a factor for societies and states? I’d like to hear not matters of fact, but your opinion.

Morality is fluid. Regardless of the morality the state holds, it is only ever going to reflect the morality of a portion of the populace. There is no one true morality or one ‘right’ morality, so any claim that a society fell because it held the ‘wrong’ morality sounds a little … odd.

Is that always the case? that a few must never hold most of the power? and that disasters are its consequence? Was this even the case for Rome?

It tends to be true, yeah. Put any group of random humans in confinement together. Sooner or later a hierarchy will emerge, with a few at the very top and a large number at the bottom. That’s just raw human nature; we’re hardwired to form into organised societies.

So you’re always going to encounter in a society of any real size and complexity, a few individuals at the top, and descending layers going down. It’s not intrinsically a bad thing, as the ones at the top tend to be charged with providing direction to those below them; a unifying vision of what the group’s doing. It only goes wrong when the individuals currently at the top get a little rotten and there is not an easy way to remove them.

But that’s a criticism of specific circumstances, not that type of system as a whole; as a whole it works.

   

Sanii, if you wish to remove a post of yours, you can delete it completely, by editing it and then looking to the far top right of the grey box surrounding the textbox. Where it says ‘Formatting Help’ on the right, if you go to the right of that there’s a link marked ‘delete post’ which does exactly what it says on the tin :)

Most people have trouble noticing the option is even there before they’ve used it for the first time. Because of the way it’s positioned away from anything else it makes it easy to miss. So don’t worry about overlooking it – most do :)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Tutorial: How to Troll

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

Maybe it’s like a troll onion… layers and layers deep… each one making us cry a little harder.

True that. As with old usenet, the ultimate point of trolling is to cause real and lasting harm to the person being trolled. A successful troll would see the target losing their job, lasting or permanant harm to any current relationship, heavy loss of reputation, or even losing their life.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

There is however a danger present with euthenasia, that must be carefully managed.

That is the difference between a person desiring euthenasia because their condition is progressive, incurable, and they no-longer wish to live. Versus a person desiring euthenasia because their condition is progressive, incurable, and they have been pressured into it because of family members or guilted into it as they do not wish to be seen as a burden, despite otherwise having a wish to live.

Thus it requires a filter, a medical filter to assess whether the person desiring to end their life truly and deeply wishes to do so, or if they are being pressured into it by outside forces.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Millennial workplace horror stories

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

We are becoming a nomadic workforce.

I certainly agree with that. After all, the term ‘digital nomad’ which has been about for a few years, refers to people who conduct their lives in a nomadic manner, because the influx of new technologies allows for this. It doesn’t matter where in the world they are, in order to do the job of the moment, or complete the activity.

* Well, it does matter, but only in two ways: 1. The extent their current country of residence has sufficient capacity & stability of network backbone to permit their activities. 2. There is a ‘hard limit’ of approx 1,400 km for anything heavily direct artificial sensation based due to the propagation difference between the human PNS and our electronic network.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Millennial workplace horror stories

Originally posted by Frostbringer:

Also, I noticed a dozen of grammatical errors in my text. Seems like I have to work on my English again. Sorry for this. It must be a pain reading my text.

Don’t worry about it. As you noticed, I got your meaning (I just found the terminology confusion amusing). Besides, considering how many typos I catch in my own writing, and the times I accidentally confuse people by using Queen’s English and American English words interchangably.. well, let’s just say it would be highly hypocritical of me to insist every post I was willing to read was perfect.

So long as I can understand the gist, and it’s clear you tried, that’s good enough for me. Besides, the less said about my German the better :)

This said, self-education is a valid point. And this is really something I can see in the USA. But most of the material that I know are at a fairly low level. And the acceptance isn’t that great either.

Both are going to have to change for the US to keep on functioning. The US relies on graduates, far more than I suspect the average person realises. Specialised knowledge drives a country. Always has. As a country becomes more technologically adept, it relies on those subject specialists more and more. When we see a critical mass unable to afford higher or further education, we’ll see a change.

I rather suspect it won’t be entirely self-driven learning that we’ll see, but rather alternative models of further and higher education that don’t rely on the standard model. That way you still get the important standardised testing, but don’t have the associated costs.

For example, an entitrely-online institution would have the benefits of a complete lack of a physical campus. No building, renting or maintenance costs. Staff subcontracted from existing experts anywhere in the country / world. No tenure. You’re already seeing massive cost savings there. Research is still possible through an online medium (I’ve done it, so I damn well know it is), or through subcontracted time in regional facilities. The institution still gets all the benefits of name-association and post-grads working for peanuts, but doesn’t have to pay for their own facilities.

There are other potential examples, but it would all point towards a fundamental shift away from the traditional higher education system, towards a newer, more dynamic one catering to lower budgets and lower costs.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Millennial workplace horror stories

Frost, are you seriously equating a high school with higher education?

I agree to a point with a university education – it’s reached breaking point in the US ATM, but rather than assuming everyone will now give up on educating themselves further, I suspect it’ll just lead to a wider uptake of (and recognition of) alternate paths to self-education.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Millennial workplace horror stories

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

• A young child can easily accept new ideas because the frequency of new ideas is very high. Most ideas are new. New is normal.
• A very old person has difficulty accepting new ideas because new ideas are uncommon and unfamiliar. New is not normal.

Partially. The other half is that a young child exposed to new ideas does not yet have a fully functional core neural network in their brain; it’s still being built. So the new ideas are incorporated into the very structure of that network. An older person has a fully developed core neural network, and if that idea’s structure is at odds with their own structure, it is going to be much more difficult for them to fully grasp that idea and integrate it into their own structure.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Tutorial: How to Troll

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

At this point in this highly educational thread I’d like to interject a quick quiz:

1. How old is Cromagin really?
E. Late 20s/ early 30s most likely. Possibly a little older. You’re aware he’s Vanguarde right? None of your existing answers are physically possible considering how long he’s been here.

2. What phrase would one be most likely to read from Karmakoolkid?
E. LOL.

It’s kinda his catchpase. The other examples are written too eloquently to be Karma. Seriously, have you looked at his early way of writing here? :)

3. The earliest Serious Discussion forum was known as…
E. Off Topic. It’s where we came from, split off from there as a place to hold more sensible conversations. Look at how well that worked out.

4. Who is the smartest band in the world?
E. After they start taking heroin to be ‘cool’? I doubt any established band has a working braincell between all the members.

5. Why are you anonymous?
B. To protect myself from havoc. Also those I care about, but it’s semi-anonymous at best.

6. The internet’s sole purpose is…
E. To facilitate communication.

:P