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  1. The Boneless Girl

    Not if you have no bones.
  2. Congratulations! What an exciting day!
  3. Thank you very much for posting that. It was a welcome read after a friend (who has been sucking up all the Ayn Rand he can get since I gave him The Fountainhead as a college graduation gift) told me to day that he went into a bookstore here in San Francisco this very afternoon to see what Ayn Rand books they have. They responded that management intentionally and consciously refuses to carry her books because, apparently, Ayn Rand is a fascist... Ignorance never ceases to amaze. Anyway, reading this review helped to restore my knowledge that this city does have good, rational people in it; people who aren't afraid to "get it."
  4. For Parmenides, what is there really to know?

    That's about all I remember Aristotle saying as well. It's been a good three or four years since I've opened up Metaphysics though.
  5. Stephen's Health

    I do not know how to express the depth of my feelings about Stephen's death. It is a truly remarkable soul that is able to reach as far and touch as many lives as he did, even where no personal contact was possible. I am sick with grief that I will never get to meet him, and even more that I will never get to tell him how much his words have meant to me over the past few years. More than that, though, I'm thankful that I got to see a true Hero of the spirit, even if only from afar, and that I'm able to know that such a man existed in my time. Betsy, I am crying for your loss, and Matt's. I'm also crying in the joy that the two of you were able to really live as it is meant to be done. And once all the grieving is done, that's what counts.
  6. Daylight Savings

    Does anybody know why daylight savings time got switched to March 11? Internet searches haven't been very fruitful. I've never been a big fan of daylight savings time, but this change in date is especially inconvenient. My alarm clock is self-setting and doesn't even have buttons on it for me to change the time. Super annoying.
  7. Stephen's Health

    I feel the same way, Janet. I haven't said much, but hearing about Stephen's troubles has made me realize how much all the advice and encouragement he's given to me over the last couple of years has meant. I wish it wasn't the case that it often takes a distressing event such as this to make one aware of such things. I know he's in good hands, though--both the doctors' and Betsy's.
  8. For Parmenides, what is there really to know?

    You can read everything Parmenides had to say (that we have record of today) right here. The poem "On Nature" is his only known work and only a very small portion of it survives today. You can become a Parmenides expert in under an hour, lol.
  9. I Quit College!

    Kudos, Elle. I'm a firm believer that most people shouldn't tackle college right out of high school; it's a shame that kids get so much pressure to rush into college when it might not be the best choice for them or involves decisions that are better delayed until later.
  10. Stephen's Health

    This put a big smile on my face as well and certainly lifted my spirits this evening. It's the best news I've had all day; I can only imagine what a relief it is for you to know that he'll now be getting the best care available.
  11. UCLA Objectivist club

    Maybe you should hire yourself out.
  12. Stephen's Health

    Oh no! The two of you are in my thoughts. Thank god he's ok.
  13. The Great Global Warming Swindle

    I wonder if Wunsch might be receiving heat from his colleagues regarding his role in the film, and if that might be (at least part of) the reason for his attempt at disassociating himself from it.
  14. I knew there must be a reason Sawyer is my favorite character.
  15. PI Day - March 14 (3.14)

    Incidentally, the tutoring center opens up @ 4 p.m., which is 16:00 in 24-hour time, so all the math tutors except me will be gathering together with even further precision at 3.1416.
  16. PI Day - March 14 (3.14)

    I recently took a job as a math tutor @ my school, and Pi Day was the topic of conversation at work today. All the math tutors decided that, since it's our day of celebration, the writing tutors should bring in some Pi Pies in homage. Unfortunately, I'm not there on Wednesdays, so I won't be able to enjoy the fun with my fellow nerds, but somehow I doubt anybody will see any pies (one of the writing tutors didn't even know what pi was! ).
  17. Daylight Savings

    *sigh* I don't know who I thought the "they" was that made decisions regarding daylight savings time; well, I guess the truth is that I was so annoyed with the what, I didn't think about who at all. The who being who it is, trying to find an honest, straightforward answer to the why is probably an exercise in futility. I did find more information searching for "daylight savings 2005 bill," though. Energy use is the supposed reason for it, but there was apparently some controversy over it.
  18. 300 (2007)

    Warning: There are spoilers about this movie in this post. There were so, so many moments in this movie that really got to me, whether because they were touching, inspiring, or revolting (in the right way). A few others: When Leonidas refuses to let Ephialtes fight as a soldier. When Gorgo tells Leonidas to come back "with [his] shield or on it." When Xerxes talks about his "kindness" as opposed to Leonidas' "cruelty." When Gorgo kills Theon. (The whole theater cheered when that happened.) When Artemis tells of his "only regret" and rejoins the 300 with a renewed and a "heart filled with hate." And Leondias' response to him.
  19. 300 (2007)

    I hadn't really thought of what a film adaptation of Anthem should be like, but now that I have, I think that, stylistically speaking, 300 comes very, very close to it.
  20. 300 (2007)

    My only real complaint about the movie come from the same scene (and is a very, very minor complaint), but is something completely different. I thought the attempt at humor in this scene (Leondias' claiming to have a cramp in his legs) was a little cheesy and out-of-place. It just didn't really fit in at all with the grandeur of the entire rest of the movie, and for a few moments I wasn't "in the movie" anymore. It didn't take too long to get caught back up in the story, though, so it's not a huge deal. It is, however, the only reason I gave the movie a 9 for artistic merit instead of a 10.
  21. Bacteria on Cell Phones

    What I have always heard regarding germs on toilet seats is that they tend to be pretty sterile, but not because of what they are cleaned with. The environment on a toilet seat just isn't conducive to life. Most bacteria require warm, moist environments to thrive. Toilet seats are cold, and because they are exposed to the air, what little moisture they get dries up pretty quickly. Penn & Teller did a show once about bacteria on toilet seats. They aren't scientists, and I wouldn't by any means classify what they did as a study, but I definitely think their "findings" are believable. They hired a lab to analyze germ samples from different parts of the body (including the butt--way down in between the cheeks), and the samples from the hands were the dirtiest by far, the mouth coming up second place. It's no secret how dirty most people's hands are, so it would make sense that cell phones are dirtier than toilet seats. P.S. I had a doctor tell me a few years ago that anybody who's really concerned about contracting a disease in a public restroom, they'd do better to wear surgical gloves while wiping than use one of those paper toilet seat covers. In addition to toilet seats just not being that dirty, the covers are made of cheap, highly porous paper, and don't do much to stop anything.
  22. 300 (2007)

    You missed out. It was ossum!!! Warning: There are spoilers about this movie in this post. This is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. When Leonidas sent the soldier back to tell their story, with instructions to tell of their victory, I was struck by just how much of a victory it was. 299 of the Spartans may have died, but their victory of the spirit is a story that's lasted for over 2000 years, and I'm sure will last for at least 2000 more. Before the movie began, someone who worked at the theater announced that 300 is IMAX's top grossing movie of all time, even bigger than Harry Potter, and after only one day of being open. It makes me happy to know that a movie such as this has achieved that kind of success. No matter all the bad things going on in the world, when something truly heroic is put up for people to revel in or reject, we see exactly what the real spirit of our culture is.
  23. Hype for the movie "300"

    I got bored and stopped reading halfway through the second paragraph, but the image accompanying the article is gorgeous. I am so excited to see this movie.
  24. Tufts University Perseus Digital Library

    Perseus actually has the fonts they use available for download. I've tried 'em all. It's not a huge deal. I think I prefer to use books anyway--it's easier to translate when you can write notes in between the lines.
  25. Tufts University Perseus Digital Library

    The Perseus Project is very, very well-known among Classics students and scholars. It is far from 100% accurate, but is still the best all-in-one resource I am aware of for texts in their original language. Unfortunately, I don't get to take advantage of it often--the Greek-alphabet view on the website doesn't display properly on my computer, and transliterations into the Roman alphabet are so difficult to work with it's not even worth it.