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    I make things, they are usually wooden, most of the time they float -- can't stop myself.
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  1. I was not really arguing for the right to be arbitrary (although, since it was poorly worded, I can see how that can be inferred), I was arguing against arbitrary examples and pointing out the contradication in his defense of his example but the refusal to accept another's variation of it. If there is a just and rational government to go to, then I can see your point. Principles must work in extreme cases, of course. But they must be REAL cases. If anyone can point to a single real life example where a little girl stole a man's wallet, ran away, was about to board a train and the man was only able to shoot accurately enough to kill her but not accomplish any other deterrance with his rifle, and the only options left to him were to kill her or loose the wallet forever, then I will withdraw my objection. Otherwise it is just arbitrary BS designed specifically to be un-assailable, rather than real. This is very much a "lifeboat" example.
  2. Crizon, So you can arbitrarily pluck extreme examples out of thin air to illustrate your argument, but others shouldn't be allowed to modify those examples to demonstrate the fallacy of your premise? Why do you get to be arbitrary but others don't? You see the problem here, don't you. You are cheating. You are demanding that we follow one set of rules in the argument but you can do anything you want. You shouldn't wonder why people have a problem with your posts.
  3. 185 hp supercharged rotax, jet drive... like I said, WAY outside the box
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    There is a difference between humility and honesty. Honesty: I can make mistakes, even when I try my best not to. Therefore I should do my best to properly assess all available information in order to reduce the likelyhood of error. Humility: Because I can make mistakes, I should have a negative value assesment of myself, my thoughts, and my decisions. I am incapable of certainty and unworthy of credit, even when I do not make a mistake (because, who knows, next time I might be wrong.)
  5. Thanks for the tips. There are several things here that I have not heard before so I will dig them up. I am glad to see there is another Opeth fan here. I like their originality a lot. Jupiter is one of the better planets as done by Holst, I have not listened to him for a while though. I agree that it is significant that Rand chose the piano concerto for these works rather than the symphony -- I love piano concertos (I play a bit myself) but I can't find one that quite fits the descriptions of Haleys yet. Earl is right Beethoven's 5th is probably the closest but I don't think it is quite there as the Haley fifth. Still searching.
  6. I used a modern construction method and materials and applied it to a style call lapstrake construction (that tiered look). Generally boats of this style will look like what you are used to seeing. I have stepped WAY outside the box with my construction method in order to shave off 60% of the weight, decrease cost of construction and try out a new method of construction I partially developed. The boat is a test case for this new method and has performed as expected, so I am pleased. Ten at one dock on a regular basis? You must live near Tahoe?
  7. Thanks guys for all the kind remarks. Georgia you lucky girl, I wish I lived on a lake. I have to drag these at least an hour or two just to get to decent water. I always wanted to just walk out my back door and be there.
  8. When you think of Halley's Fourth and Fifth Concertos, what real life work, classical or otherwise, comes to mind? For me, Rand's description of the Fourth instantly reminds me of Rachmaninov's Symphony #1. Defiant, to say the least. For the Fifth, Jean Sebilus' Symphony #2 -- or -- Igor Stravinsky's 1919 Firebird Suite. Both of thses have finale's which are so exhilarating that they overwhelm me beyond words. I am interested in other's ideas, partly because I am fishing for works I might have missed. Suggestions?
  9. I have built seven boats during the last ten years. An eight foot dingy. A 20 foot full cabin sailboat (traditional gaff rigged yawl). An 18 foot skin-on-sewn-frame kayak. A 9 foot white water skin-on-frame kayak. The Canoe pictured. A 16 foot Tortured plywood (the real meaning of waterboarding) ultralight kayak for my wife (light enough for her to carry one-handed). The 17'6" runabout in the first picture. I have the plans for my next, a 48 foot ocean cruiser (my retirement boat). What you are seeing in the first picture is the reflection on the highly polished crome plating on the cutwater. A cutwater is a protective cover over the bow of the boat. This protects the delicate wood from impact with sticks, ducks, and idiot jetskiers floating in the water. In the second pic that is just the varnish on the wood. If it is applied correctly (twelve coats, hand sanded between each coat, over the course of about a month), it should create this exact deep liquid effect. I'm glad it worked, 'cause it was a pain in the ass to do.
  10. You may have just revealed the real reason why I have not sold any of my boats. I haven't tried because I want to keep them.
  11. Yeah, I was told all sorts of crap like that when I was trapped in a devoutly religious community too. My favorite one is "There are no athiests in a foxhole." I bought that one for a long time... then I went to war, found myself in a foxhole with more than one athiest, and realized what a rediculous lie I had been told. The concept, is called benevolance. It apears that a number of people here think you are worth the investment. I, for one, see the world, that I have to live in, as a better place if you succeed in sorting out your philosophy, rather than fail. Helping you, helps me. I also find that teaching is one of the best ways to really get a handle on the subject matter. It is worth noting that the type and manner of the questions you ask give a substantial insight into your character. Not every stranger gets the same response.
  12. Jump right in and have a great time! The water's not cold at all.
  13. In some ways this depends on how the thief steals from you. 1). He enters your home, points a gun at you or a loved one, and demands loot. 2). He sneaks into your home while you sleep, steals the silver... or in my case stainless and you spot him as he is climbing out the window. The ability to project force requires the ability to escalate and de-escalate force to the appropriate level for the situation of the moment. In the first situation, lethal force is warranted, moral, and in most jurisdictions legal. In the second situation the most that is warranted is an attempt to physically restrain the thief. However, if this attempt causes the thief to become violent toward you, then you must be able to escalate appropriately. Note: hard and fast rules do not apply to these kind of confrontions. There are too many variables, not the least of which is the mental state of the thief. The best you can do is work from principle. This is not easy to do and requires much training. Even with a lot of training there are no guarantees and things can rapidly spiral out of control. So, suffice it to say that "reasonable force" is a very context-specific concept.
  14. If you pull out your trusty calculator you will find a very good reason to be alarmed. Over 100,000,000 people get the common flu each year in the U.S. Of those roughly 36,000 die. Thats .00036. If the rate of fatality continues to be as high for swine flu as it presently appears, we are looking at somewhere between .06 (Mexico) and .01 (U.S.). CDC predictions are that during the eighteen months, broken into three waves, of the swine flu panemic, 30% will become infected. Thats about 100,000,000 people in the U.S. At a conservative .01 mortality rate we end up with one million dead in the U.S. Does this help?
  15. There is nothng immoral with taking the job. However, bear in mind that at Space-X (an example of a private sector alternative) they would not hire anyone who had worked at NASA. Seems they thought they had been corrupted. I don't know if that meant morally, or intellectually -- or both.
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