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  1. Law and Order - Original series only. All the spin-offs, including the show-a-likes (CSI), seem to just focus on the crime or the individual characters' personal lives. Inuyasha (Imported, also on Cartoon Network) - Animated. Has a very cute love story that spans almost the entire series and deals with important moral issues. The main character begins as a very close-minded individual who doesn't seem to totally understand his own values. As he adventures, he meets new friends and gains new values. Although, like most anime, don't expect riviting philosophy in every episode. Mon
  2. Alon, are there any beginning self-study texts for Latin that you would recommend? I've wanted to pick up some knowledge of roots but I've been a bit overwhelmed by the choices. One book I found that looks interesting is "English Words from Latin and Greek Elements". I'm primarily interested in bolstering my understanding of roots to aid in the teaching of vocabulary. (Far be it for a modern education program to actually include something helpful to would-be English teachers.) I'm hesitant to just pick up a dictionary, as it wouldn't necessarily be ordered in a manner conducive to systema
  3. What a wonderful poem to read aloud. The following are best known as songs but pose a challenge to the reader who attempts a performance. I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General by: W.S. Gilbert I am the very model of a modern Major-General, I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral, I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical, From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical; I'm very well acquainted too with matters mathematical, I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical, About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news--- Wit
  4. Personally, I like the Fantasia series. Even if it's an "exercise in art" moreso than art as a whole, it still has very pleasurable moments. I didn't care for the chaotic butterflies with the Beethoven piece, even though there was more story than the rain/cloud/shape piece in the original Fantasia. As for the Firebird Suite, I absolutely love it. Your evaluation of the intrinsic joy involved with following values is a great observation. Some critics have claimed that this scene is ripped off from the anime Mononoke Hime, which involves a forest god who, during the day, is shaped like a
  5. I remember reading the following poem in high school, and the teacher essentially making fun of it. Which of course meant that the already disinterested students thought even worse of it. The teacher gave it more an air of some horny guy who wanted to get it on. As I read it today, I see a better meaning; that of a man who realizes that his life is both important and temporary, with death as an undesirable state. To his Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime. We would sit down and think which way To walk, and pass our lo
  6. There is a difference in your body's reaction between eating a carb and fat laden meal on occasion, and doing it all the time. In a relatively short span of time (perhaps a week or two), the excessive "bad" carbs (from preprocessed flours and pure sugars) actually alter your body's ability to process glucose. The effect is a system that processes these sugars extremely fast thereby causing a brand new craving, usually well before the body has had the chance to use up the fats from the previous meal. I.e., you get hungry. But to clarify, eating junk food is not an addiction. Eat salads for
  7. "3000 Miles to Graceland" was just flat out bad. No one acts well, and no one seems to have any real purpose except to die cool. The only reason to watch this movie is for a scene played by Ice-T. (Spoiler Warning) Two hours of misery lead up to a final shoot-down in a warehouse. A couple dozen SWAT guys manage to position themselves all around the interior perimeter, and in what is portrayed as "a cool way to kill them all", really is about the most idiotic maneuver I have *ever* seen, (and I've seen "The Core")! Ice-T's character, a gunman of sorts, chains himself upside-down, by the an
  8. Quick opinion: There will probably be spoilers below. I saw Constantine today and went with the intentions of seeing a mediocre sci-fi/religious special effects extravaganza. I have to say that I was pretty surprised by how much they *don't* dumb down the movie. Several events take place in which the viewer just watches. The movie does not then take some lame opportunity to turn to the audience and say, "So you mean....". But it also doesn't leave information garishly hanging out for plot holes. Also, I think Keanu has the "look serious, say as little as possible" thing down pa
  9. While I appreciate the attempt to take on well deserved subjects for their plots, I really don't care for South Park due to the language. I simply don't like that it's used for a large percentage of the dialogue. There's only so much "anger replacement" I can stand before it just turns into an exercise in crudeness. I remember one episode in particular that had the goal of saying "fuck" as many times as possible. I think it was supposed to be a big deal because prior to that the tv censors would bleep it out. Though I will admit I thought the rainforest episode was funny, as well as the
  10. A proper philosophy (from which one would use to create laws) cannot include "you must lie" or "you must never lie", but shouldn't there be some repercussion available for victims of deceit? The justice system, which enforces laws, must be able to make lying to the enforcers a crime in itself. I'm not suggesting that everyone would have a reasonable right to sue for every lie, but there must be some acceptable line. If a doctor lies to you about the effects of a drug, he should be liable. If a business lies to you about their product ("it's brand new" and it turns out to be 5 years old), t
  11. I'm not sure that's an idea that could be conclusively proven. Philosophically, you might be able to suggest that Objectivists hold the highest potential to become the happiest a human can be, but that might be outside the realm of psychology. Additionally, I would say that while an Objectivist may be extremely sure of himself and his actions, his happiness would still vary depending on his ability to successfully achieve his particular goals in life. If one goal (say, a marriage to a wonderful person) is blocked (because they can't/haven't yet found a suitable partner), their happiness
  12. I only know of two projects that use distributed computing so far. SETI and [email protected] For the past 5 years, my computer's idleness has been crunching away for SETI. I only recently found out about the Stanford project (after rummaging around Google labs) and immediately switched. The first "package" took over 4 days to crunch and send back. Does anyone know of other distributed computing projects? If so, which do you like to participate in? If you don't participate for philosophical reasons, why? (Note to mods, this topic is not in anyway intended to be some sort of adverti
  13. This is the part that riles me up the most, and I think should irritate any legitimate marketer. How can a truly rational marketer stand by in agreement with the idea that even if the consumer has explicitly said "no", they should still be allowed the right to bombard them with the message? It's not the government's place to interfere with business, but if a citizen says "no, I don't want this, you are bothering me, please go away", and the sender ignores this request, isn't that then a violation of your personal rights? Isn't it harassment? As I read it, the Do Not Call list didn't sa
  14. I think it's been working for a long time. I ended up having a rather lengthy debate with the person who sent this article to me. I tried to offer up all sorts of examples as to why there is no reason to take this sort of silliness seriously (hypothetically leaving out the fact that none of the actual processes were described). My science and mathematics are not as sure as they could be, so feel free to laugh at any misunderstood attempts (Maybe we both sound like idiots, but I certainly hope not. The conversation was light-hearted enough that towards the end I conjectured that somewhere
  15. I thought exactly the same thing when I had to read it It reads like a teenager who's screaming because he's been sent to his room for not picking up his dirty socks! I think the advice given has been great. I especially like the idea of having him read the actual works, as well as fictional works by non-Objectivists with clear, positive messages. One book I might recommend is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. While the story was built upon the idea of "man should not interfere with the works of God", it also discusses the idea of personal responsibility for one's actions in a very dramat
  16. http://www.rednova.com/news/display/?id=126649#121 The details on the actual process of these experiments are completely vague, and while they claim to keep using scientific methods, they only discuss the results. Has anyone else heard of this notion of backwards time? The whole idea is incredibly disturbing and fatalistic, but that is of course, not pointed out. Frankly, this entire article reads of quackery to me.
  17. she'll correct you, as you are wrong Certainly not. If I want something that is "comic" or "light", I turn on [adult swim] for 15 minutes. What I said prior, I still hold to. A work of fiction is first a piece of entertainment. That is not its only function. Nor does "entertainment" imply need for a simple mind or simple matters. Entertainment has a wide range, all the way up to what could be called the sublime. Fine art is also entertainment in that it puts a tangible face on philosophical ideas. It's first goal is "to think for you" (to phrase it poorly); to present ideas in
  18. I'm a huge advocate for being passionate about one's work, especially for teachers. Having a variety of ways to present material is certainly a good thing. My problem with these courses is that while they may be called "Principles of Composition" or "Survey of Reading", all they offer are subjectively based theories (some of which they say don't work, but which we should use any way) and ideas for lessons. There is almost no focus at all on the actual content (writing and reading skills), regardless of the fact that over half the students of education majors don't know simple facts. In one
  19. Within a year I hope to finish my college education and head into teaching. As I mentioned in my introductory post, I'm taking a roundabout path and attempting to give myself a more classical education, instead of going directly through an education major. It's obvious if you sit in on any class, that you're not going to learn anything helpful to a subject. The aim of these courses is to fill the soon-to-be-teacher's head with useless pedagogy, theories that explicitly don't work, "tips and tricks" to keep lessons interesting, and of course, all sorts of generalized sensitivity in the most
  20. Does anyone remember Mr. Wizard? I loved that. I think Ducktales and Talespin (and possibly Rescue Rangers) were the only true "spin off" shows that were ever good. For those who never saw it, Talespin used Baloo and Louie from the Jungle Book. Baloo worked with a small business owner (a small female bear) as a cargo pilot, and Louie ran a pitstop-style bar/club. My memory of specific episodes is vague, but I remember enjoying it. I never liked any of the Tiny Toons, Animaniacs.. whatnot that came out of the classic characters. Baby Looney Toons is the newest and it's just ... awful
  21. This is a great resource. I hope they finish it someday! As a Humanities student myself, this one is sort of a hit or miss. Last semester I took a course with texts by Voltaire, J.S. Mill, Karl Marx, J.J. Rousseau, Daniel Defoe and S. Freud. Considering the texts, it could have been a hellish leftist experience. Thankfully, I wound up with the most charming British professor who was well schooled in western ideologies and history and explicitly lauded individualism. On the other hand, in a similar course I have this semester, the professor has given us absolutely no historical context
  22. I want to read the book for the sake of enjoying a good story. While it may be a philosophical exercise throughout, fiction holds an additional bonus for being purposefully enjoyable. Your advice on looking at it as an intellectual exercise is helpful to a student of Objectivism. In good conscience, I cannot claim to be a student of Objectivism just yet. This is not because I do not want to be, but because I do not have an appropriate amount of free time with which to pursue this vigorously. I remain very interested in the philosophy and as much in agreement as one could be considering th
  23. Well obviously I can ;> Four times over. This was basically my point. Reading this novel is like a warped view of real life. The beautiful are stunning and the ugly burn my eyes. I particularly loathe Keatings' mother. I don't exist in a utopia, nor do I run gleefully towards people with whom I want no association. I spend a great deal of my days smiling. It's only when I have to deal explicitly with nonsense, such as a professor claiming moral equivalency between peaceful protesting and armed robbery (this really happened) that the sneers or stern stares come out. In respon
  24. The Fountainhead will be the second book I have read by Miss Rand. I read articles on various sites when I have the opportunity and I greatly enjoyed The Voice of Reason. Of what I understand about Objectivism so far, I greatly admire. It fits well with my own sense of life and values and I enjoy the discussions that arise between Objectivists (and students thereof). I also like the idea of Howard Roark as a character... as a hero. I even considered architecture as a career several years ago. But ultimately, I can't seem to "get" into the book. I've found this to be an awkward and pos
  25. Some of the following quotes were culled from various other forums, hence the unknown names/handles :> (I am also an avid collector ) "Abanoning your morals to follow pointless traditions is not an act of love, but an act of sheer cowardice." - MrGrendel (seen on Slashdot forums) "Freedom is not a license for chaos" - Narrator of The Dot and The Line, Warner Bros. Cartoon. "On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of co
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