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  1. I hate this state. Trying to get a place in NH but the property tax would kill me. And I work is MA so I'd still have to pay MA income tax. Houston, huh?
  2. I don't think the government should be selling the organs and "donating" the money to the victim. The victim should get ownership of the body. They can choose to sell the organs if they want.
  3. Here's that one told entirely in the medium of Lego The Brick Testament
  4. Pimsleur has it's place for pronunciation and vocabulary, but I highly discourage using it to really learn the language. It falls far short of teaching grammar, the building blocks of a language. I listened to the first 5 minutes of Pimsleur's Japanese course. It said "Watashi means I but when used in a sentence it's pronounced watashiwa" That statement is completely incorrect and will only confuse a student later on when they hear 'watashi ga', for example. I've seen people who have gone through most of the Pimsleur tapes asking very basic grammatical questions. When I was studying Russian, I was told many times to avoid Pimsleur, and I did. It wasn't until a couple years later, studying Japanese, that I listened to some Pimsleur and realized how right they were. I still say Pimsleur has it's place, but to really study a language, start with the building blocks. Get yourself a good grammar book. If possible, find a forum with other students of the language. What launguage do you have in mind?
  5. The 14 Worst Corporate Evildoers Here's a couple of choice quotes: "For years, the Caterpillar Company has provided Israel with the bulldozers used to destroy Palestinian homes...Peace activist Rachel Corrie was killed by a Caterpillar D-9, military bulldozer in 2003. She was run over while attempting to block the destruction a family's home in Gaza. Her family filed suit against Caterpillar in March 2005 charging that Caterpillar knowingly sold machines used to violate human rights." "Dow Chemical has been destroying lives and poisoning the planet for decades. The company is best known for the ravages and health disaster for millions of Vietnamese and U.S. Veterans caused by its lethal Vietnam War defoliant, Agent Orange. Dow also developed and perfected Napalm, a brutal chemical weapon that burned many innocents to death in Vietnam and other wars." "Among automakers, Ford Motor Company is the worst. Every year since 1999, the US Environmental Protection Agency has ranked Ford cars, trucks and SUVs as having the worst overall fuel economy of any American automaker." And my favorite: "Pfizer is the largest pharmaceutical company in the world; it is also one of the worst abusers of the human right of universal access to HIV/AIDS medicine."
  6. I started with BASIC, then Pascal in high school. Then to C, C++, Java, Scheme, and some made up assembly language. Finally PERL which I use the most as it is quick and easy and very powerful with string manipulation. You've already picked Python, nothing wrong with that. I think what is important is to learn how to think like a programmer, being able to follow the flow of an algorithm with conditionals and function calls and understanding what is happening to the data as it travels a path of the program. Any language can help teach you that, everything else is syntax.
  7. Both lists are pretty ridiculous. If you are going to judge me by the thread count of my sheets, get out of my house. Not interested. If you try to impress me with an Eminem CD, a business card, and beer, not interested. If you have a pile of condoms on your night stand, adios. The male list does have a point about decent clothes (I'd stop well short of $150 jeans and $200 shoes, though) and a clean house but that's just general advice, really.
  8. Well I suffer from the same deal. I won't open the door on Halloween. Or any other time, really. People scare the crap out of me. Best I can do is sympathize with you. Tim.
  9. Are you planning any kind of package managment? I always hated binary packages. Gentoo saved linux for me. Something like portage would be nice. Or, I'd port portage myself. That would mean I'd need Python on your OS. Though, if I had to pick one, I'd prefer PERL. What about server software? Apache, ssh, vnc, samba and network tools like nmap, and firewall configuration utilities (I use Shorewall).
  10. Jon P, what problem are your actually asking for advice about? Just a fear of distributing candy to a large number of children wearing costumes on your doorstep or something more general? Fear of people, social interaction, large groups, being the center of attention, living up to expectations, performing infront of others, and probably some more stuff that your example could cover. Tim.
  11. I think that's great. If there were neighborhoods that banned children, that's where I'd live. I'm sure this guy is going to take a lot of flack for it because we all need to help out families for the good of society, right? Children are the future and all that. Since, who else can we steal from to take care of us when were old?
  12. Here's my view on casual sex, which may not be very objective as there are many things that influence my opinion on this: If you're having sex without being in a loving relationship with the people, what will the person you do love think of the sexual activities they (supposidly) earned from you? If the US mint started printing off $100 bills and handing them out to anyone that came along, what would 100 US Dollars be worth? Nothing. In my opinion, that level of intamacy is something you earn from eachother. If it's given away, it's worthless.
  13. Exactly. If the government has no power to help any specific person or group of people, what would buying a politician gain you? What about a judge, though? What keeps their decisions unbiased and rational? Or does the appeal process provide the necessary check to a crooked judge?
  14. Favorite window manager is Fluxbox (used to be blackbox). It's quite minimalist. No icons, just a right click menu to launch applications and a task bar to show what's running. Customizable enough to make it very minimal or very functional (in my opinion). I even use BB4win (blackbox for Windows) on my windows PCs at home and at work. Typical internet apps like Firefox, Thunderbird (or Sylpheed which I like better but couldn't get unicode to work), and gaim. Gimp for graphics. Screen for use when accessing remotely. It allows multiple terminals in one connection and you can detach from a session and it'll keep doing what it was doing and then you can reattach later. A very nice utility. Check it out if you haven't heard of it.
  15. No, not really. I was responding in more of a "what if" fashion. If government education resulted in a more educated populace, it still wouldn't be a good end nor would it justify the coersive means. I was refering to the scenario presented by valjean of an "excellent public university" and "top-notch education."
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