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Achronos said:
Is Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" really a rape song?
I honestly don't think so. I think it's just an over the top party song. Reminds me a lot of Prince.
 

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biro said:
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Is Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" really a rape song?
I honestly don't think so. I think it's just an over the top party song. Reminds me a lot of Prince.
All the lyrics in the song, supposedly, are exactly word for word what rapists say to their victims.

I never got that vibe either.

But it definitely ripped off that Marvin Gaye song.
 

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I just spent half an hour calculating the profits on a good when its marginal cost is equal to its average cost, thinking it would be a value other than zero.  :(
 

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I can't remember the last time I took a real vacation.

To me vacations are silly. I'd rather spend the money on something material that will last much longer than a few days on a beach
 

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Achronos said:
I can't remember the last time I took a real vacation.

To me vacations are silly. I'd rather spend the money on something material that will last much longer than a few days on a beach
For many, a vacation is an essential "break" from working life that can provide manifold benefits for physical and psychological health.  Beach or no beach, there is a sense that carving out time to be away from work and the usual day-to-day can be very useful.  I think we go overboard, though, in how we budget for vacation - thinking that we need to spend lots of $$ to have a quality experience when the choice of company is far more important, IMO. 
 

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Achronos said:
I can't remember the last time I took a real vacation.

To me vacations are silly. I'd rather spend the money on something material that will last much longer than a few days on a beach
Time is more valuable than any material object.  And memories last until you forget.
 

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Fr. George said:
Achronos said:
I can't remember the last time I took a real vacation.

To me vacations are silly. I'd rather spend the money on something material that will last much longer than a few days on a beach
For many, a vacation is an essential "break" from working life that can provide manifold benefits for physical and psychological health.  Beach or no beach, there is a sense that carving out time to be away from work and the usual day-to-day can be very useful.  I think we go overboard, though, in how we budget for vacation - thinking that we need to spend lots of $$ to have a quality experience when the choice of company is far more important, IMO. 
Something which has long become the prerogative of the very few.

If you are able to take a vacation, then you are among the very privileged and likely should spend that vacation time and use it earn some money to give to someone else who could actually use a vacation.
 

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hecma925 said:
Achronos said:
I can't remember the last time I took a real vacation.

To me vacations are silly. I'd rather spend the money on something material that will last much longer than a few days on a beach
Time is more valuable than any material object.  And memories last until you forget.
Hopefully, not too long. If anything good came of my last severe concussion, it was the ability to forget more easily. I just wish it would have done more damage to my long term memory.
 

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So I've been thinking of making a flow chart of the choices that are presented upon graduating from high school, if you are in my generation.

You got 3 options, not including drugs, the first is going to college and graduating. The second is trying your hand at a lowly retail or supermarket job. The third is military.

Those who fall into the second option don't last long until they wind up in the military. Since those jobs feel like a dead end, the military seems like the better option (I don't think it is for many reasons).

Those that drop out of the first option, end up in the second and will try to work their way up the "corporate ladder" wherever they are or get "lucky" enough to work in an office.

Those that graduate from the first option may end up in the second one, but more likely end up in an office job that feels like a dead end.

Those from the third option finish their service and enter into civilian work, more likely either manual labor or office "work".

I point this out because the guys that graduated out of highschool followed one of these "paths". Those that do not have the cognitive capacity for higher education, who end up working for mininum wage seem to usually end up in the military. Those without any real aspirations, goals, or talents find themselves there as well.

That is not to knock the fine people in the military nor is it to insult anyone that has been in the military. You have my thanks for serving this country.

I just wish there was a 4th option that doesn't involve being burnt out on drugs or alcohol or both.

Its hard to break the mold, near all of us won't.
 

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Wait, am I going crazy or did Achronos change his name?
 

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Shiny said:
So I've been thinking of making a flow chart of the choices that are presented upon graduating from high school, if you are in my generation.

You got 3 options, not including drugs, the first is going to college and graduating. The second is trying your hand at a lowly retail or supermarket job. The third is military.

I just wish there was a 4th option that doesn't involve being burnt out on drugs or alcohol or both.

Its hard to break the mold, near all of us won't.
It really depends on where you live though, don't it? Up here in the halibut fishing capital of the world, most folk I know go straight out of high school into the fisheries. Ostensibly, most do all right.
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
hecma925 said:
It sounds like a "stage" name.
Oh, I promise you it was not. 
There's something seriously wrong with parents who give names like that to their children.
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
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There's something seriously wrong with parents who give names like that to their children.
You've never been to an Indian church, have you? 
Or the hood.

There are urban legends about this stuff, but I know for examples. Some so crazy that if I were too include them here, too much of RL would enter oc.net and destroy it.
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
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There's something seriously wrong with parents who give names like that to their children.
You've never been to an Indian church, have you? 
Please tell me you're not serious. :-X
 

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Shiny said:
So I've been thinking of making a flow chart of the choices that are presented upon graduating from high school, if you are in my generation.

You got 3 options, not including drugs, the first is going to college and graduating. The second is trying your hand at a lowly retail or supermarket job. The third is military.

Those who fall into the second option don't last long until they wind up in the military. Since those jobs feel like a dead end, the military seems like the better option (I don't think it is for many reasons).

Those that drop out of the first option, end up in the second and will try to work their way up the "corporate ladder" wherever they are or get "lucky" enough to work in an office.

Those that graduate from the first option may end up in the second one, but more likely end up in an office job that feels like a dead end.

Those from the third option finish their service and enter into civilian work, more likely either manual labor or office "work".

I point this out because the guys that graduated out of highschool followed one of these "paths". Those that do not have the cognitive capacity for higher education, who end up working for mininum wage seem to usually end up in the military. Those without any real aspirations, goals, or talents find themselves there as well.

That is not to knock the fine people in the military nor is it to insult anyone that has been in the military. You have my thanks for serving this country.

I just wish there was a 4th option that doesn't involve being burnt out on drugs or alcohol or both.

Its hard to break the mold, near all of us won't.
Option 1.5 - trade school.  Some go right into a union and take classes there.  Others can get a foot in the door through contacts.  My brother went to school, skipped the gen-eds, went through all the diesel classes and then took the internship class.  At the end of the internship he dropped out of college and stayed on as a full time employee.  They are trying to make it harder to do that because they want to milk more money out of you in school rather than kids just using it as a stepping stone into a career...that's not what school is about.   :-X

Hawkeye brings up option 2.5 - local industry.  My other brother and good friend both went into nuclear security.  They have taken various amounts of classes but never graduated.  They make some good money doing this.  Likewise, if you work in an area that still has a factory (I have been to at least two) there is that option.  If you want to make good money you need to have a skill, not just be a floor sweep.  Then again, one of the factory reps I know started out 30 years ago sweeping floors and now is the brand manager for North America.  This is a big company, btw.  He got his son a foot in the door working part time in technical service.  My uncle pounded nails for a construction company and is now a project manager answering to the company president.  

One thing people need to get through their heads is that in this brave new world your "merits" mean absolutely nothing.  As a side note, our colleges really don't prepare you for work.  If you went five years and got substandard grades in some dumbed down "studies" course, you cannot expect to get right into an industry.  You need to start networking as soon as possible.  Not you FB frienemies, but actual people in school and in your crap jobs who seem like they are going to succeed.  Most of the people I know who have good jobs have someone who helped them get in.  


This is not to say that we don't have systemic problems in this country, but problems become systemic for a reason. The body of state does not have the sniffles, it's got the HIV.  This is why we need to look at bettering ourselves first and succeeding.  One thing Gary Johnson said during the 2011 election season when all the digbats the GOPniks put forward were talking about job creation, he said that he had created 200 jobs, starting with himself.  (He was a handyman and that grew into a full company.)  That is something people don't think about when they get a dream of starting their own cupcake factory.  You don't just build a company.  You have to provide a service.  You yourself have to give people something.  Then, if there is more demand than you can provide by yourself you start adding employees and go from there.
 

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Alpo said:
Mor Ephrem said:
Alpo said:
There's something seriously wrong with parents who give names like that to their children.
You've never been to an Indian church, have you? 
Please tell me you're not serious. :-X
I wish I was joking.  

Actually, my working hypothesis with many of these sorts of names is that there is an actual "Indian" name behind them, but someone decided to "translate" that into English, more often than not with inelegant results.  For instance, Santosh is a fairly common male name, but I know of a priest whose parents translated that into English when he was born and now he's "Fr Happy".    

But there are a number of other names which people give their kids which have no meaning at all.  The names are based on rhyme, alliteration, or assonance (especially popular when having more than one child), portmanteaus of the parents' names, etc.  Think of the most dreadful example you can conjure up, and I promise that and worse exists in real life.  

For the record, these are never given at baptism, for which there is always some decent Christian name.  But whether or not the individual retains the baptismal name as a legal name, s/he is most often known by this other name.  
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
Alpo said:
Mor Ephrem said:
Alpo said:
There's something seriously wrong with parents who give names like that to their children.
You've never been to an Indian church, have you?  
Please tell me you're not serious. :-X
I wish I was joking.  

Actually, my working hypothesis with many of these sorts of names is that there is an actual "Indian" name behind them, but someone decided to "translate" that into English, more often than not with inelegant results.  For instance, Santosh is a fairly common male name, but I know of a priest whose parents translated that into English when he was born and now he's "Fr Happy".    

But there are a number of other names which people give their kids which have no meaning at all.  The names are based on rhyme, alliteration, or assonance (especially popular when having more than one child), portmanteaus of the parents' names, etc.  Think of the most dreadful example you can conjure up, and I promise that and worse exists in real life.  

For the record, these are never given at baptism, for which there is always some decent Christian name.  But whether or not the individual retains the baptismal name as a legal name, s/he is most often known by this other name.  
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
But there are a number of other names which people give their kids which have no meaning at all.  The names are based on rhyme, alliteration, or assonance (especially popular when having more than one child), portmanteaus of the parents' names, etc.  Think of the most dreadful example you can conjure up, and I promise that and worse exists in real life. 
Two of my part-srilankan second cousins in the US are called Carissa Shalini and Fenella Eden. I don't think their names mean much in Sinhalese, though... 
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
I wish I was joking.  

Actually, my working hypothesis with many of these sorts of names is that there is an actual "Indian" name behind them, but someone decided to "translate" that into English, more often than not with inelegant results.  For instance, Santosh is a fairly common male name, but I know of a priest whose parents translated that into English when he was born and now he's "Fr Happy".    

But there are a number of other names which people give their kids which have no meaning at all.  The names are based on rhyme, alliteration, or assonance (especially popular when having more than one child), portmanteaus of the parents' names, etc.  Think of the most dreadful example you can conjure up, and I promise that and worse exists in real life.  

For the record, these are never given at baptism, for which there is always some decent Christian name.  But whether or not the individual retains the baptismal name as a legal name, s/he is most often known by this other name.  
Not only can I confirm this, I am also an example of it. :-[
 

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Not to worry! Should you be willing to embrace Chalcedonian Orthodoxy, you still have a chance at getting a decent Greek or Slavic name.  :p
 

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Romaios said:
Not to worry! Should you be willing to embrace Chalcedonian Orthodoxy, you still have a chance at getting a decent Greek or Slavic name.  :p
I'm sure he has a good, Christian name which he received at baptism, even if that's not what most people call him.  I don't know that Chalcedonian Orthodoxy would change that without making him look like one of those hyperdox who suddenly emerge from the font as Amphilochios Patterson
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
who suddenly emerge from the font as Amphilochios Patterson
That sounds like a fantastic idea! ;D
 

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Romaios said:
Not to worry! Should you be willing to embrace Chalcedonian Orthodoxy, you still have a chance at getting a decent name.  :p
Lol, I actually have it way better than most thanks to Ramon Estevez and family. The worst part is probably either people thinking my first name is my last name and vice versa or the Jimmy Neutron references that grow old after the billionth time. :D
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
one of those hyperdox who suddenly emerge from the font as Amphilochios Patterson
Now that's a proper name for a born again Christian!  :laugh:

Hark thou, Shiny!
 

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Romaios said:
Mor Ephrem said:
one of those hyperdox who suddenly emerge from the font as Amphilochios Patterson
Now that's a proper name for a born again Christian!  :laugh:

Hark thou, Shiny!
Oh, you want a good name for a born-again Christian? Try something like Bob Colt, Johnny Duckling, Mark Calf, Dick Fawn, Jack Chick... ;p
 

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Over the past half-century or more I have gone through scores of green toothbrushes. I've tried other colours but they don't do nearly as good a job as the green ones. For some reason, after thirty-eight and a half years of being married, my wife went out and bought herself a green toothbrush. It's a different style from mine, but the inevitable has happened. I don't have the nerve to raise the subject with her. She has never hinted at anything about it either, so I'm guessing we're about even on that score  ;D!
 

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Shiny said:
Cold weather brings out the carb hunger
It's the shorter days made worse by standard time. Your brain wants serotonin or that is people tell me.

Sleep about 10 hours a day and you will eat less
 
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