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Roll Call! (AKA Who are you? Part 5)

By tiamat in Meta
Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:01:05 AM EST
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The new year has rolled past once again, and the new faces are starting to outnumber the old.

We started asking the "Who are you?" question back in March, 2000.

Follow-ups:

Looking for someone in particular? Try Carnage4Life's K5 Who Are You? user search engine.


One of the best things about K5 is our diversity: location, education, nationality. . .

Based on the most recent blitz of K5: A Drinking Night, I thought it must be time to update the "Who Are You" database. Hopefully this will allow local K5ers to find each other out and maybe even meet in real life.

To get things started, I'll say that I'm Nicholas Cotton, I'm attending the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, doing a degree in Political Science. There's a good bar near here that has "Martini Monday's" with CDN$4 drinks -- anybody interested?

Now you try...

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Roll Call! (AKA Who are you? Part 5) | 535 comments (502 topical, 33 editorial, 2 hidden)
infinitera is.. (5.00 / 7) (#5)
by infinitera on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 01:12:32 PM EST

A 21-year old male currently attending UMass-Boston, and transferring post-haste to a uni where he can get the degree he's been working towards, a bachelor's in cognitive science. He is mostly of hebrew descent, though being an ex-soviet jew does guarantee some slavic blood. An anarcho-syndicalist, he believes in the vitality and importance of human empathy, and in the value of mutual aid. Being honest with himself, he'd previously concluded that this belief constitutes enough of a basis to create [with the help & inspiration of his girlfriend at the time] an iconoclastic faith around; he still thinks of himself as an agnostic, however contradictory that may be. It all makes sense in his head, you see, as the watchwords of his mind are Love and Doubt.

This post written in third person for googlism purposes.

He also... (2.50 / 8) (#26)
by czth on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:56:29 PM EST

talks about himself in the third person, which is really annoying (despite googolism excuses), and something which only Senji could really get away with. He's also a bit of a pretentious twit.

czth

[ Parent ]

Well.... (5.00 / 1) (#391)
by twickham on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 07:46:37 AM EST

" An anarcho-syndicalist,"

What the hell is that supposed to mean? I translate that as meaning some sort of silly world of anarchy and crass capitalism.


Anarcho-Syndicalist beleive(roughly) in abolishing govt as it exists today and establishing a set of cooperating guild like entities... so youd have a accountants guild and computer programmers guild etc... and theyd all interact economically... thats very rough... some AC prolly wanna lynch me now. They are very touchy at times... Bertrand Russell was a big fan of AC.

" he believes in the vitality and importance of human empathy,"

Which is negated by the concept of anarchic human conditions. See Afghanistan.

" and in the value of mutual aid."

In anarchy or capitalism there is no incentive to actually help anyone.
These comments show a deep misunderstanding of anarchist philosophy. Oh well. Whatever.


[ Parent ]
About Egg Troll (4.29 / 17) (#6)
by egg troll on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 01:20:06 PM EST

My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a 15 year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims, like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy - the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical: summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring, we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent, I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds.

Pretty standard, really.

He's a bondage fan, a gastronome, a sensualist
Unparalleled for sinister lasciviousness.

Eh (none / 0) (#16)
by jayhawk88 on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:43:22 PM EST

Good, but sort of obvious. I would have much rather seen some original material, perhaps in the form of a Goats Diablo narrative style.

Why, then, should we grant government the Orwellian capability to listen at will and in real time to our communications across the Web? -- John Ashcroft
[ Parent ]
damballah (4.20 / 5) (#7)
by damballah on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 01:32:07 PM EST

damballah is a well known god in voodoo mythology as aida's lover. they are both represented by 2 serpents laced around each other (not unlike the 2 sepents-on-a-cross sign for doctors/physicians). he's the equivalent of zeus, but maybe less horny (or at least more honest about it).

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" I apologize for this long comment. I didn't have the time to make it any shorter. " - Blaise Pascal

" zombie accounts promote an unhealthy interest in the occult among our younger readers. " -

clarifications (none / 0) (#313)
by damballah on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:32:30 PM EST

voodoo (santeria in cuba) is a religion (at least where i'm from). it's an underground religion. voodoo is not a demonic religion w/ jamaican origins. in fact i don't how people in jamaica use it. it's all ove the caribbean, and there are different flavors to it from island to island.

because some europeans thought that catholicism was better than what guineans already had, voodoo had to remain underground. there's a lot of myths about voodoo because of that. also, most of the gods ("lwa") in voodoo have equivalents in catholicism, greek/roman mythology. another form of subversion used against religious assimilation, i assume. people often say:"officially, the population is 80% catholic and some 20% protestant but in reality it is 100% voodoo-isant (another word for it?)".

i was referring to sexual vigor for damballah (so the zeus comparison is wrong). damballah is part of the very ceremonious, and cerebral "rada lwa" bunch. They're at the top of the echelon and he's 5th in order. legba is the first one. right after "gran met".

a decent web site about it, so you know better b/f setting voodoo to null.

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" I apologize for this long comment. I didn't have the time to make it any shorter. " - Blaise Pascal

" zombie accounts promote an unhealthy interest in the occult among our younger readers. " - [ Parent ]

kwsNI (4.00 / 4) (#8)
by kwsNI on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 01:46:55 PM EST

A.K.A. Aaron Shapiro, a grad student at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. I have a bachelor's degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology and will receive my MS in Industrial Engineering May '03 (2 months from the time of this posting). Then it's off to the real world, I suppose. 'Tis a pity, Acadamia is a fun world.

kwsNI
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -<
Calgary (4.00 / 4) (#10)
by anon868 on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 01:53:53 PM EST

I live in Calgary, Alberta. If you want more, click here.
Open a window. No, not that one! One made from actual glass, set in an acual wall, you dork.
Hi (4.00 / 6) (#11)
by psicE on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:13:55 PM EST

I'm psicE, aka wa1er, aka Fea, aka Aleks Bromfield. I'm a student at Boston University Academy in (gasp!) Boston, MA. I'm more liberal than you are. I'm part of the GSA that John Silber tried, with some success, to shut down. I'm one of the only teenagers in the country who does not want to drive, let alone own a car. I hate the suburbs. I like people.


silber (1.00 / 11) (#57)
by minus273 on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:15:33 PM EST

shut you guys up really good. take your sodomy somewhere else and leave the kids alone.

[ Parent ]
I didn't have a car as a teenager (5.00 / 2) (#452)
by Big Sexxy Joe on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 08:49:00 PM EST

The majority of the people I know didn't.

I'm like Jesus, only better.
Democracy Now! - your daily, uncensored, corporate-free grassroots news hour
[ Parent ]
you asked for it, you got it (none / 0) (#457)
by psicE on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 10:43:29 PM EST

"Depends on what liberal means." - It's a joke! :P

"Define GSA (can't be Girl Scouts of America?) and who is this Silber fellow." - GSA most commonly stands for Gay-Straight Alliance. John Silber is the chancellor and former president of Boston University, and the highest-paid (and practically most prominent) university administrator in the country.

"I hate driving as well but see this as a necessary evil. If you live in America and have any semblance of a life you drive." - Uh, unless you live in a city? Where, by city, I mean Boston or New York or San Francisco, not Los Angeles or Miami the really big suburbs.

"Better than inner city ghettos." - If the suburbs didn't exist, we wouldn't have inner-city ghettoes. People would care enough about their own personal safety to support funding to clean up the city and provide support for the destitute, precisely to keep those ghettoes from forming.

"I like well behaved people who don't commit random crimes and who don't force themselves on me with their eccentricities." - Fair enough, and I respect you for your view. But I like people.


[ Parent ]

Hi (2.80 / 10) (#12)
by Psycho Les on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:29:20 PM EST

This is me.

which part? (none / 0) (#154)
by hn0org on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:39:51 AM EST

dick head. you'll feel sorry when you grow up for what you've done when you were young.

[ Parent ]
Wow... (none / 0) (#534)
by laotic on Wed Apr 30, 2003 at 02:31:10 PM EST

...you look great.

I hope it's no photoshop trick, though. The series fooled me, but, believe me, you're the coolest girl/boy I ever saw so far.

Sig? Sigh.
[ Parent ]
About LrdChaos (5.00 / 3) (#13)
by LrdChaos on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:33:29 PM EST

I'm Phil Gengler, a sophomore at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, majoring in Computer Science. I'm currently working full-time this semester in NYC at Marsh Inc.
There's a lot else, but it's mostly boring.


Politburo (4.42 / 7) (#14)
by Politburo on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:38:14 PM EST

I am finishing my Computer Science degree at Rutgers University in beautiful New Jersey, USA. Upon completion of my degree I will flounder for a job and settle on less than I hoped for while awaiting the second coming of our messiah, the tech market boom.

About me (4.00 / 4) (#15)
by psychologist on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:41:42 PM EST

My name is John Ben-Younes, I am wanted for treason in the United States. I am an ex-Agency man, ex-Point man, ex-Mercenary, and am currently living it large in France with the money I've made fighting in hostile territory.

I am 27 years old, and I have a phd in psychology. I'm half Hispanic, half Arab and I'm an African/Arab nationalist.

I lived till I was 10 years old in Tunisia, where my father comes from, after which I moved to the United States to live and study with my both Parents.

My Muslim Father broke up with my Catholic  Mother when I was in college, and my Father moved back to Tunisia, while my mother stayed in the states. She later left to England.

I finished school and got a job in American intelligence as an interrogator. I moved laterally a bit, and ended up being dropped and accused of treason a while later on forged charges.

I am currently writing a book and a few studies, after which I plan to go to Namibia to open up an Ostrich farm.

You know Its really annoying. (3.00 / 2) (#18)
by kwsNI on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:47:53 PM EST

When People randomly capitalize Words that should not be capitalized.

kwsNI
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -<
[ Parent ]
Won't somebody please think of the Ostriches? -nt (5.00 / 2) (#24)
by czth on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:52:40 PM EST



[ Parent ]
Sssh!!! (5.00 / 2) (#49)
by KilljoyAZ on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:46:52 PM EST

He's obviously using k5 to communicate in secret with his mercenary buddies. Do you want the Mossad to find him?

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Creativitiy cannot be SPELT by over 98% of all American troops. - psychologist
[ Parent ]
Uh... (5.00 / 1) (#50)
by Juppon Gatana on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:52:42 PM EST

From your own post in this thread, big shooter:

Then it's off to the real world, I suppose. 'Tis a pity, Acadamia is a fun world.

I don't have any inherent objections to nit-picking, but when it's blatantly hypocritical, well, that gets me. I think you meant "academia," with a lower-case 'a' and an 'e'. Grammatically, the 'a' should not be capitalized unless you are referring specifically to a world with the name of "Academia," not the figurative "world of academia." That was loathsomely pedantic, but hey, I gotta get my point across.

A question for the parent's parent, though: what do you mean by an African/Arab "nationalist?" The continent of Africa (which is obviously not a nation) is incredibly complex and contains many peoples of varying beliefs, cultures, and ethnicities. The same is true of the Arab world.

- Juppon Gatana
能ある鷹は爪を隠す。
(Nou aru taka wa tsume wo kakusu.)
[ Parent ]
Not anymore (none / 0) (#136)
by psychologist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:14:47 AM EST

In case you don't know, Most Arabs live on the African continent. I was born and raised in Africa, and I have worked there many many years, and it distresses me to see the poor circumstances. So I argue for the Arab/African cause.

[ Parent ]
I think... (5.00 / 1) (#165)
by SPYvSPY on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:56:19 AM EST

...he was taking issue with your characterization of Africa as a nation.
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By replying to this or any other comment in this thread, you assign an equal share of all worldwide copyright in such reply to each of the other readers of this site.
[ Parent ]

And of course... (none / 0) (#187)
by trhurler on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:51:11 AM EST

The French let you stay there despite all their extradition laws because, as we all know, they're big on traitors and so on:)

--
'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
Yes (none / 0) (#217)
by psychologist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:01:20 PM EST

n/t

[ Parent ]
I refer you to my diary (4.00 / 4) (#17)
by leviramsey on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:46:49 PM EST

where I answer this question, and many more!



Hello. (4.00 / 4) (#19)
by ktakki on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:48:21 PM EST

My name is Karlo, and I am an alcoholic.


k.
--
"In spite of everything, I still believe that people
are really good at heart." - Anne Frank

Hi (5.00 / 3) (#44)
by anon868 on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:21:08 PM EST

Hi Karlo!
Open a window. No, not that one! One made from actual glass, set in an acual wall, you dork.
[ Parent ]
A Great American (3.66 / 3) (#22)
by jbm on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:51:49 PM EST

jbm lives within 20 miles of Philly.

While born in the NJ during America's crazy Carter years, he has somehow acquired many disco CDs. Never one to tell a lie, jbm is a famous syndicated diary writer.

During the late 80's, jbm obtained his law degree and is the inspiration for the hit TV show, Doogie Howser.

jbm is actively starting a Sports section.

20 miles - which direction? (5.00 / 1) (#208)
by muchagecko on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:46:38 PM EST

I'm 20 miles from Philly also.

"Do you think Mr. Fantastic can stretch his dinky also? And do you think The Thing is hard all over? I mean really all over."
[ Parent ]
West (none / 0) (#252)
by jbm on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:20:29 PM EST

I'm located near Exton and King of Prussia.

[ Parent ]
wow (none / 0) (#264)
by muchagecko on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:20:36 PM EST

We're not far apart. I'm in Media. 30 minutes from Exton or King of Prussia. Wow. I thought /dev/trash and I were the only ones here in PA.

"Do you think Mr. Fantastic can stretch his dinky also? And do you think The Thing is hard all over? I mean really all over."
[ Parent ]
Haven't you heard? (none / 0) (#281)
by jbm on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:33:40 PM EST

I'm in Malvern.

Philly is now hip. People are relocating here in troves!

[ Parent ]

Malvern (none / 0) (#342)
by muchagecko on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:02:01 PM EST

closer still. I had a friend who used to live in an apartment right next to the Malvern bank right in downtown Malvern. I went to the Malvern Bible Chapel for a while. Wow. Small world.

"Do you think Mr. Fantastic can stretch his dinky also? And do you think The Thing is hard all over? I mean really all over."
[ Parent ]
Damn. (none / 0) (#536)
by /dev/trash on Mon May 05, 2003 at 10:51:08 PM EST

My old employer is from there.  Points if you can name them.....

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ESD is a fucking piece of shit. -fluffy grue (although I think it sucks too)
[ Parent ]
well yeah. (none / 0) (#535)
by /dev/trash on Mon May 05, 2003 at 10:51:07 PM EST

The only ones that count ;)

I find that people from PA don't really get on the net much.


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ESD is a fucking piece of shit. -fluffy grue (although I think it sucks too)
[ Parent ]

my name is (3.66 / 3) (#23)
by rafuzo on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 02:52:38 PM EST

Bryan Maloney, columnist, coder and musician at large. I used to work for Sun's High Performance Computing group, but I lost the layoff musical chairs game. I'm looking for an excu$e to move to San Diego or get into a prestigious graduate program, but if that doesn't work out I might try and get my MBA and start a company. In the meantime, I make generic acid music to pass the time.

i am... (4.00 / 4) (#28)
by mrnancy on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 03:09:41 PM EST

Adam Leff, Junior ECE at Cornell University. When I'm not living in West Bumblefuck NY, I live in Staten Island NY. When I'm not studying my ass off you can usually find me at my computer anyway, generally listening to my music loud enough to annoy my roommates.

Username from American Gods? <nt> (none / 0) (#361)
by godix on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 12:11:19 AM EST




Love - A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
[ Parent ]
Of course it is (none / 0) (#439)
by mrnancy on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:17:24 PM EST

One of my favorite books ever.  And the story he tells when the go to Odin's hall from the House on the Rock is histerical.

[ Parent ]
ebenezer spalding (4.20 / 5) (#29)
by durkie on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 03:10:13 PM EST

i am ebenezer spalding. i'm 26 and i live in a luxury treehouse in the backyard of a house in poughkeepsie, new york. i've been here for 212 days. i grew up with the designer of one of the more popular treehouse designs, and he showed me a little-known crawlspace in the roof. that's where i stay, and i sleep through most of the day so as to avoid the family. i use a laptop that i found at a thrift store, and talking on the internet eases being almost constantly confined with no one to talk to. i eat mostly honeysuckle and discarded food, which frequently ends up being bread products. i will occasionally eat the food they have stored here, but i can only nibble, so as to make it seem as if they have mice.

actually, it's a pretty funny story. on day 36, the son of the family came in here with a girl late at night when i was out of my room. i grabbed the toaster and jumped out the window when i saw him so that i would look like a burglar. it was kind of a pain in the ass, because i used that toaster, and i couldn't bring it back in to the house. but they bought a new one 3 days later.

Do you know who I am? (3.66 / 3) (#30)
by amike on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 03:16:33 PM EST

I'm 18 years old (19 in April), male, and atheistic. I'm a CS major at Virginia Tech. In my spare time, I enjoy left-wing activism, writing, listening to music, playing games, and watching civilization go by on K5. I also frequent Slashdot (in fact, I'm a Slashdot refugee), more for the tech news anymore than anything else.

My LiveJournal



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In a mad world, only the mad are sane. -Akira Kurosawa
That's just hokie *groan* (n/t) (5.00 / 1) (#42)
by leviramsey on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:19:34 PM EST



[ Parent ]
I am jesus in clownpants (5.00 / 4) (#31)
by libertine on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 03:32:02 PM EST

Was that before or after the drugs wore off...

Nevermind.  I don't get stoned- I had enough of that in the womb in the late 60s.  Now, lets get on with the the shpiel-

Libertine has been a scholar, a poet, a soldier, a spook, a paralegal, a chef, a pizza deliveryman, a bodyguard, a whore, a manager, a lobbyist, a systems engineer, a jeweler, a human drug test subject, a religious zealot, a hacker, and a street hawker - not in any particular order.

Libertine has enough piercings to set off metal detectors.  None of them are visible to the average citizen, but occasionally Libertine will whip out his penis and use it as a radio aerial on long car trips.

Libertine is, frightenly enough, married.  Someday there will be little libertines out there to twist the minds of other peoples' children everywhere.

Other than the above, Libertine is remarkably stable, and enjoys a good hand of "Magic" with a side of Russian Imperial stout.  

Libertine lives in Sacramento, CA, USA; the city that tries harder than any other to prove it is perfectly normal.


"Live for lust. Lust for life."

man (5.00 / 1) (#61)
by majik on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:21:15 PM EST

i feel for you. i grew up in the valley (in the 95660). get the hell outta there.
Funky fried chickens - they're what's for dinner
[ Parent ]
Au contrare (5.00 / 1) (#77)
by libertine on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 08:42:01 PM EST

I moved BACK to Sacramento.  The people here are nice, not too forward, but nice.  I had it about up to my eyes with the Bay Area, and LA.  Never tried Stockton, but I had family that escaped from there :)

I also tried Portland, but to move there you pretty much have to have your own business.  Something that I am working on right now, but is not ready for prime time.

Regardless, I might not move later on either.  A lot of people who I have personally hated it in Sacramento had the same complaint (which has nothing to do with you, per se), "I can't do whatever I want whenever I want! Wah! Why can't this be San Franciscooooo!".  To which the reply is, "If you can't stand someone calling you on your own shit, then don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."  Invariably, Sacramento has its own character- its more staid and easygoing, but you have to respect other peoples' boundaries too.  This has been working out in the long run, and many neighborhoods are starting to work to improve their living environs.  Downtown Sac is really nice now, and is probably more bike and pedestrian friendly than any other place in NORCAL except maybe Davis.

But there is the "normal" thing here.  So many people try so hard to be "normal", its downright funny.  People in Sacramento are actually more quirky and weird than the folks in Berkeley.  They just don't wear it on their sleeve, or make a fashion of it.

Ok, all of the apologia aside, I understand why people want to escape.  I did for a while.  But I actually missed it here.


"Live for lust. Lust for life."
[ Parent ]

I'll second that. (none / 0) (#171)
by Matadon on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:03:30 AM EST

Sacramento is a pretty quiet, comfortable, homely town.  Kind of like a really comfortable pair of shoes that, although they're ugly, and definitely out-of-fashion, you still can't help but slip on when you get home.

Besides, if you want something to do and you can't find it here, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco are each two hours of freeway away.

--
"There's this thing called being so open-minded your brains drop out." — Richard Dawkins.
[ Parent ]

I am danni, (4.00 / 4) (#32)
by danni on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 03:35:31 PM EST

a 16yrold UKian college goer living somewhere near Southampton.

-My religion? hmmmm.
-My religion is Derren Brown
-His beard is my Bible.
-My favourite colour is purple.

-Men and women fascinate me equally.

-Most importantly I actively embrace house music, deep, funky, vocal, jazz, US. Groovefinder Records, Southsea is my dealer for this much craved 12" plastic drug. I occansionally enjoy 'trance' in all senses of the word like sight.  

I have never posted a diary here, why is this?
If you read my comments you may also find other thouroughly unfascinating things about me.

-Extremely important, I have won one at least one riddal.

Why is your religion Derren Brown? [nt] (5.00 / 2) (#39)
by Stick on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:03:14 PM EST




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Stick, thine posts bring light to mine eyes, tingles to my loins. Yea, each moment I sit, my monitor before me, waiting, yearning, needing your prose to make the moment complete. - Joh3n
[ Parent ]
I would appear that (5.00 / 2) (#40)
by danni on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:05:01 PM EST

since December of 2000, he is the most charming man to have ever walked the earth; but don't let me influence you.

[ Parent ]
Dr Caleb (5.00 / 4) (#34)
by Dr Caleb on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 03:43:25 PM EST

I'm in my mid 30's.

I was born and raised in Alberta, and have lived here most of my life. The community where I grew up is mostly German and Ukranian settlers, so I picked up a little of those languages. My grandfather moved here in 1895, and his grandfather moved to Ship's harbour Nova Scotia from England in 1744.

Out of high school, I joined the Canadian Armed Forces, and became a member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment (later disbanded). My training there included Ground Search and Rescue, advanced Sniper Training, and I served as a combat engineer. In my travels, I learned to speak a little Russian and Serbo-Croation.

After leaving the military, I re-trained in Computer Engineering. I've worked for large Oil companies, IBM and GE as a "CSR" or field tech. Most recently, I've worked for the Government of Alberta, and am currently Manager of Information Services for a company that has branches throughout Western and Northern Canada.

I've never posted my real name anywhere, and never will.


Vive Le Canada - For Canadians who give a shit about their country.

There is no K5 cabal.

I've done this before... (3.80 / 5) (#35)
by tang gnat on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 03:47:38 PM EST

Under another account, that is. Anyway, this particular nickname when rot13ed becomes "gnat tang". If you are interested in more of these rot13-pairs, you can use a script something like the following to discover all such words in your system's word list:

rot13 /usr/share/dict/words | cat /usr/share/dict/words | sort -f | uniq -d -i

My user bio contains something which makes some sense whether rot13ed or not.

Rott 13 (3.66 / 3) (#69)
by Dr Caleb on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:45:42 PM EST

Has anyone told you before that you have an unhealthy pre-occupation with rott13?

Didn't your mom tell it'll make you go blind?!?


Baroque: [Bar-oak] (adj.) (s.) ; What you are when you have no Monet.

There is no K5 cabal.
[ Parent ]

a few random words on me (4.25 / 4) (#36)
by otmar on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 03:54:09 PM EST

Full name: Otmar Lendl (male)
Born '70 in Salzburg, Austria
Graduated in math, did a lot of CS as well
Ran Salzburg's first Usenet server in '91
11 years of posting history to Usenet (just google for Otmar Lendl)
Moved to Vienna, Austria
Worked for Austria's oldest ISPs, running their servers and monitored their network.
Taught math at the Vienna University of Economics
Official member of the Usenet Cabal (Austrian Chapter)
Seen half of Europe and half of the US
Following european and US media.
Wondering why I keep it up instead of just mentally killfiling iraq.
Working for the austrian registry these days.
Playing techie for a civil liberties group
Co-founded the austrian internet user association

/ol

Taking my shot (4.50 / 4) (#37)
by Control Group on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 03:59:40 PM EST

I can't imagine anyone cares all that much who I am, but I'm bored...

SWM, 25, seeking WHOOPS, wrong web site...

Er. 25, operate in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA area under the alias Matt, graduated from the prestigious (*snert*) University of WI at Whitewater in 2001 (the real first graduating class of the new millenium), pottering about as a Systems Analyst for a company which administers Dental Medicaid programs for HMOs & states. I read too much SF/F, wish I had more time to play video games, and really don't want to replace my engine's rear seal in a WI winter (and yes, March is still a winter in WI).

If you happen to drop by Milwaukee on a weekend, you could probably find me at O'Danny's, Rosie's, or the Safehouse (don't bother asking me for the password...I had to find out the hard way, so do you).

Even I'm getting sick of hearing about myself, I'll spare you any more.

***
"Oh, nothing. It just looks like a simple Kung-Fu Swedish Rastafarian Helldemon."

Safehouse (none / 0) (#182)
by Luddite on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:38:51 AM EST

I heard the safehouse was closed. Was I missinformed?

[ Parent ]
I think you have (none / 0) (#247)
by Control Group on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:50:48 PM EST

It's been several weeks since I've been there, but I would imagine I'd have heard if they closed in the interim...and their web site doesn't seem to mention closing.

But now you've got me worried - if I find the place boarded up next time I get over there, I'll know who to blame...

*squint*

***
"Oh, nothing. It just looks like a simple Kung-Fu Swedish Rastafarian Helldemon."
[ Parent ]

Safehouse password (none / 0) (#275)
by fossilcode on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:12:56 PM EST

Never been there, but have known the password for years. Glad to hear it's still around. Might need to stop in next time I'm in WI.
--
"...half the world blows and half the world sucks." Uh, which half were you again?
[ Parent ]
If you stop in (none / 0) (#299)
by Control Group on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:02:14 PM EST

Look me up. I'll be the geeky goateed guy in the corner doing a Mission Impossible in <2 minutes. <p>*hic*

***
"Oh, nothing. It just looks like a simple Kung-Fu Swedish Rastafarian Helldemon."
[ Parent ]
My name is Harold Bishop (4.95 / 21) (#38)
by Stick on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:01:17 PM EST

I'm aged in my early sixties and live in Australia. I own a small coffee shop which I used to run with my wife Madge. She recently recently died of cancer. I've just gone through a kidney transplant for my best friend Lou, who would have died otherwise. I'm a devout Christian and play the tuba for the Salvation Army. Several years ago I fell of a cliff into the sea. I was left for dead, but turned up alive in Tasmania but I had lost my memory. My wife and her best friend found me on a holiday trip some years later. I recently tried to fill the void my wife left after her death by trying to start a relationship with a female minister who looks very much like her. This sadly did not work out.


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Stick, thine posts bring light to mine eyes, tingles to my loins. Yea, each moment I sit, my monitor before me, waiting, yearning, needing your prose to make the moment complete. - Joh3n
Hello, Neighbour! (5.00 / 2) (#119)
by spaceghoti on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:29:00 AM EST

I'm not sure what's more bothersome. The fact that you posted that or the fact that I got it.

Either way, shame on you. I hate soaps whether they're on in the afternoons or evenings.



"Humor. It is a difficult concept. It is not logical." -Saavik, ST: Wrath of Khan

[ Parent ]
Neighbours! Classic! (none / 0) (#143)
by DodgyGeezer on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:04:21 AM EST

The training grounds for many famous people such as Guy Pierce (Momento, LA Confidential, etc) and Kylie Minogue.  As soap operas go, much too realistic to appear on American TV which is dominated by utter crap like Days of our Lives, a programme that requires one to be dropped repeatedly on ones head as a baby before it becomes watchable. ;)

[ Parent ]
ahem (5.00 / 1) (#538)
by bigchris on Tue May 06, 2003 at 07:35:02 AM EST

Try to remember that "Neighbours" also produced Jason Donovan.

---
I Hate Jesus: -1: Bible thumper
kpaul: YAAT. YHL. HAND. btw, YAHWEH wins ;) [mt]
[ Parent ]
and before I retired, (none / 0) (#121)
by it certainly is on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:22:20 AM EST

I was the governer of Wentworth prison.

kur0shin.org -- it certainly is

Godwin's law [...] is impossible to violate except with an infinitely long thread that doesn't mention nazis.
[ Parent ]

kphrak is... (5.00 / 4) (#41)
by kphrak on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:13:05 PM EST

As my sig relentlessly states, I'm an American computer programmer living in Portland, OR, USA. My real name, for those who haven't been bored enough to go to my website, is Andy Schmitt.

I'm 22, married about a year now, and finishing up my bachelor's at Portland State University. I speak some Indonesian and high-school Spanish as well as my native English. For fun I hack on computers of different shapes and sizes, play the lead guitar in a rock band called Victim of Circumstance, and read almost anything I can get my hands on.

The things I think are pretty neat at this moment: The Sopranos (TV show about the Mafia, for non-TV types' edification), regular expressions with scoring to block spam, the Middle Ages, and some bonsai seeds I'm trying to grow at work. I think the following things suck: School, cars that let water leak inside, overzealous and clueless cyber-security types, and any article about a Certain Middle Eastern Country on K5.


Describe yourself in your sig!
American computer programmer, living in Portland, OR.


Your cut-out-and-keep guide to Gordonjcp (4.00 / 4) (#43)
by gordonjcp on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:19:50 PM EST

I live in Scotland. Not any one particular part of it, but I'm currently pretty focussed on Glasgow. If you know Glasgow, you can find me in the Thornwood Bar, or Spice of Life next door. If not, I'll be in The Halt.
I rip out perfectly good Windows installations, and replace them with rather better Linux or *BSD installations. I currently do this for an ISP, which pays the bills and gives me something to do during the day.
I have too many cars, and like to take them to bits. I also take my friends' cars to bits, and sometimes put them back together again. Often new bits are involved in this. I don't have any horses, but some horses live on my farm.
I'm 29, 5'11" and 14 stone (roughly 190kg). There isn't a Mrs Gordonjcp, but there is a Pinkmarshmallows. We can both be found on irc.freenode.net from time to time, generally in #scotlug, although I lurk in #debian and on irc.nixhelp.org #ukha and #linux.

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll bore you rigid with fishing stories for the rest of your life.


190kg!!! (5.00 / 2) (#47)
by it certainly is on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:40:50 PM EST

You mean roughly 89kg, not 190. Either that, or you weigh 30 stone.

kur0shin.org -- it certainly is

Godwin's law [...] is impossible to violate except with an infinitely long thread that doesn't mention nazis.
[ Parent ]

You're right. Guess I can get a job with NASA now (5.00 / 1) (#48)
by gordonjcp on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:45:47 PM EST

Of course, it is around 90kg, or 190lb.

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll bore you rigid with fishing stories for the rest of your life.


[ Parent ]
Who Am I? (4.00 / 3) (#45)
by Juppon Gatana on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 04:31:16 PM EST

  • I am a freshman at Carleton College in Minnesota. I am 19. My home is in Manhattan's garment and flower district (the northern border of Chelsea). I love The City, and will almost definitely return there to work after graduation.
  • I am very far to the left politically (both socially and economically). There are a lot of issues to confront however, and sometimes it just seems like too much. Each day Bush's actions make me more furious.
  • I am half Italian/Irish/German, and half Polish Jew.
  • I will be studying all of next year in Kyoto, and am double-majoring in English and Japanese (literature for both). I have homestayed in Japan before, for a month.
  • I am fruitlessly trying to read most of the modern Western canon of literature. I've got a few hundred books to go.
  • I play ultimate frisbee.
  • I study fervently and drink and smoke (weed) in moderation.
  • I vote.


- Juppon Gatana
能ある鷹は爪を隠す。
(Nou aru taka wa tsume wo kakusu.)
moi? moi? (5.00 / 4) (#52)
by fink on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 05:05:42 PM EST

I'm some random guy from Australia. This of course makes me a criminal. I presently work for a large but un-nameable entity whose primary business aim is to make large commercial airliners. My role within this large un-nameable entity is as a software engineer on a large un-nameable communications project, which is a glorified way of saying "programmer" (at least in this place).

I have a Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering (see above comment), and am presently looking for other work in the Brisbane area.

Further info can be gleaned from my website.


----
"...Still I think there are a few bugs mayo dong laughalhaglualhg fetusfucker that need working out." --

who really is alizasmurf? (5.00 / 2) (#53)
by alizasmurf on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 05:39:55 PM EST

Who are we all?

I'm aliza, going to the College of St. Kate's come Labor Day Weekend, majoring in Poli Sci and Russian. I'm a Cancer <insert throwback to the 70s and disco>, I ride horses and collect cute boys older than myself. i'm also a Republican which makes me a tiny-tiny minority regarding Kuro5hin, as well as bombastic and constitution quoting. I also use my intelligence to beat people over the head.

We think therefore we are, therefore, are we what we think? ewwww

I'm still here... (3.66 / 3) (#54)
by Anonymous Commando on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 05:46:37 PM EST

In case anyone cares, I'm still here...

There have been some changes since I posted to Round 2. I have a son, born September 2002, who is a lot of fun right now. My eldest daughter is going to be starting kindergarten this fall, and I'm starting to feel old. Birthday coming up in April, I'll be 32. Sold the Acura Integra, now drive a Kia Sedona minivan. More room for child car seats, ya know.

On the off chance that any of you are feeling generous towards a relatively low-UID K5-er, please feel free to send me something from my (way too long) Amazon.ca wish list (does this make me a cyber-beggar? At least I'm not asking for breast implants...)

And that's about all I got to say about that. Like anyone really cares. :-)
Corporate Jenga™: You take a blockhead from the bottom and you put him on top...

I'm me <n/t> (3.00 / 2) (#55)
by carbon on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 05:57:28 PM EST



Wasn't Dr. Claus the bad guy on Inspector Gadget? - dirvish
No your not! [nt] (none / 0) (#62)
by Stick on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:23:49 PM EST




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Stick, thine posts bring light to mine eyes, tingles to my loins. Yea, each moment I sit, my monitor before me, waiting, yearning, needing your prose to make the moment complete. - Joh3n
[ Parent ]
poor nepalese farmer (3.00 / 2) (#56)
by minus273 on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:01:00 PM EST

who's family made it out of poverty ... follows Nepalese hinduism (hinduism+buddhism) .. was briefly captured, improsoned and tortured by indian forces in the early 90's ...mosty recently saw many family members killed by communists who were urged on by AI in our country... lived outside of kathmandu in the north and regularly saw the plight of tibetans at the hands of communists..
Currently in the US (boston) finishing school.
often lurk on k5 and when i post or write a story, I am often falsely accused of being white, christian, conservative or a republican among many many insults by american liberals and europeans.
still have and work on a farm back home and stauncly anti-communist.

hope that's not a troll... (none / 0) (#193)
by gmol on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:05:28 PM EST

That's a cool one... I don't know much about Tibet and issues with China and India, but why were the Indian forces doing such things? I know that the Indian army has a shameful history, but I thought that India and Tibet were friendly towards each other on an official level at least.

[ Parent ]
im not from tibet (none / 0) (#199)
by minus273 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:20:45 PM EST

i lived at the border with it.
we are the same people, basically the himalayas seperate us.
india has had eyes on nepal for 50 years now mostly becasue it is the last part of the indian subcontinent not colonised or invaded. look at a map and you will see that india id abruptly cut off in the middle and we are kinda wedged in there. Nepal has some very valuable hindu relics like the remains of buddha and shiva in the heart of the city. In addition the goddess kumari lives in kathmandu. that is enough for an invasion.
a good alanalogy
china: tibet
india: nepal


[ Parent ]
We won't invade you... (none / 0) (#389)
by Akshay on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 07:13:27 AM EST

... as long as you don't beat us in cricket!

Seriously though, I have Nepalese friends and all that, but I'm curious about this torture thing you talk about. Any details you can give, time and location perhaps?

Not to debase your experience, but I just can't help feel this is a troll. Especially the cutting-off wedge part; I know the Roads and Buildings department has some pretty insane projects coming up, but I'm pretty sure laying a road through the world's highest mountain range is definitely not one of them.

[ Parent ]

hmm (none / 0) (#408)
by minus273 on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 10:26:27 AM EST

1993 Dehara Dun military base. bc there are mostly nepalis in the area.

as for invasion, india has already taken the kalapni regioin by movin aross the mahakali river border. (~1999)
india never gave back darjaling and still holds it

more recently indian gov publications have made a claim on the lumbini district bordering india (ald halfway up to kathmandu) because it is the birthplace of buddha.

after the hijacking of the indian plane from Kathmandu, the several month militray blockade starved us. The central demand (as stated by the indian ambassador, you can verify this onlne)was the indian military control of the onlyinternatinal airport in the country (in kathmandu!). In the end we just starved for months bc luckily no one caved.

no much of an invasion? well probably not total but look at what sikkim was and bhutan is now and you see why we fear you.

sikkin was an independent state (nepal's sister state ) until the indian invasion. bhutan is now under inidan military control. The 'agreement' is it cannot have its own foreign policy or military of its own and its currency is pegged to equal the indian rupee. what does that mean? you be the judge.

[ Parent ]
Here we go.. (none / 0) (#525)
by Akshay on Mon Mar 17, 2003 at 08:27:48 AM EST

Let me get this straight... You were on Indian soil, in Dehra Dun, probably somewhere near the Indian Military Academy which has a lot of training recruits where your (alleged) torture took place? That is to say, this happened near or in a demarcated military zone deep inside India?

You do know that Nepali citizens are one of the few nationalities admitted as students in the IMA? That the Gorkha regiment is composed mostly of Nepalis? I mean really, I don't know if this was your point, but what's the mistreatment got to do with the fact that you were Nepali?

About Sikkim. Now my sources on Sikkim are, of course, wholly Indian, but if I remember correctly, Sikkim's assembly willfully voted to join the Indian Union, apparently in fear of a Chinese invasion, similar to what happened in Tibet. Sikkim, imho, is one of the most well-governed states in India currently, beating even cyber-starts, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (my home state, so all the more reason). It's chief minister, Pavan Kumar Chamling, an ethnic Nepali, apart from taking some ecologically sound decisions (said no to a dam), is also apparently a poet.

Now, I'm not entirely clear on this, but wasn't the blockade after the hijack only applicable to airlines? I mean, how can the Indian army block Nepal militarily? If I remember correctly, the roads were still open; heck, I know many who travelled from Gorakhpur to Nepal, including a couple of friends who live right on the border.

We're often told that Bhutan also has a security pact with India for the same military reason, namely, to protect itself from the Chinese. Also, afaik, Bhutan, like Nepal, Kuwait and a host of other nations, only uses the Indian rupee as a legal tender. But you're right in that there's hardly any border between Bhutan and India, which of course, is apparently great for ULFA and other insurgents; the police often complain that they cant shut down the groups' training camps, because they are in foreign territory. Obviously, if the army/police had their way, we would have seen some hot pursuit or more concessions from Bhutan; I think the army has strict orders from the political leadership in Delhi to not do that.

Which brings us to the final point that I find irritating. While suggestions of a pan-Bhutan-Sikkim-Nepal brotherhood (or sisterhood as you put it) are all nice and cozy, let's get our facts right:- Bhutanese of Nepalese descent are being persecuted in Bhutan for a single reason, their ethnicity. Bhutan, Nepal and Sikkim may be common in that they share a border with China and are Himalayan, but beyond that, I find it hard to believe that there's a pan-Himalayan unity.

Since you so vehemently claim that you were tortured by the Indian army, I won't dispute your story. In fact, as an Indian, my deepest apologies and regrets. It shouldn't have happened. But it's always important to separate emotion from reality.

[ Parent ]

Me (3.66 / 3) (#59)
by Pseudonym on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:19:35 PM EST

There are a few amendments from my last contribution:

  • I'm no longer 28. I'm now 29.
  • Sex of newest offspring is now determined. Female, unstoppably happy, unbelievably cute and has me wrapped around her little finger.
  • I no longer work in visual effects. I now do text retrieval. Next I'll probably go into welding or something. There are far too many interesting things in the world.
  • I no longer live at a university college. We house sit for my parents (who are in England).
  • Haven't done any volunteer theatre tech work in a while.
  • I still don't work for lawyers. Lucky me.


sub f{($f)=@_;print"$f(q{$f});";}f(q{sub f{($f)=@_;print"$f(q{$f});";}f});
SaintPort was (4.00 / 4) (#63)
by SaintPort on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:25:03 PM EST

too paranoid to join in the earler editions of this project and not much has changed.

SaintPort is probably best known as an annoying old guy with Christian Fundie type priniples.  Been accused of leaning toward Buddhism at times.

Specifically, SaintPort encourages you to love your fellow man as you find him, accept Jesus as your Saviour, and receive the Holy Spirit.

Was born in the Bible belt (and stayed) in the early 60's.  Happily married for over 20 years.  Was considered pretty radical by the locals.  Got a BSBA and some hours (now long since expired) toward an MBA.  Working in industry, everything from mgmt to labor to IT.  Have at times been a Trekkie and a musician.

Been a computer geek since taking a BASIC class in the mid-80's.  Had a big time with BASICA, Turbo/PowerBASIC, PowerC and Asm in the MS-DOS days. Now, mostly using MS Office products like Access.  Messing around with SQL Server.  Goofing around with open languages (BCX, Perl, Python, Tcl, wxBASIC, yaBASIC...).

Fav authors have incl...
C.S. Lewis, Philip Yancy, James Burke, Stephen King and Scott Adams.

But enough about me,
<><


--
Search the Scriptures
Start with some cheap grace...Got Life?

"Accept" Jesus? (4.00 / 2) (#180)
by gzt on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:37:12 AM EST

Not the best word, as the concept is not found in the Bible or even in popular discourse until this century.  "Follow" is far far better, esp. as Christ used it himself very often.

As a self-described "Fundie", for more information, read A.W. Tozer's The Pursuit of God, I think it gets mentioned in the first essay, but it doesn't matter, you'll be hooked after the preface.

[ Parent ]

Should be "As you are a..." (n/t) (none / 0) (#261)
by gzt on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:01:59 PM EST



[ Parent ]
Follow (none / 0) (#263)
by SaintPort on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:08:16 PM EST

On Tozar, found this link...
http://www.calvarychapel.org/library/Tozer-AW/PursuitOfGod/0.htm

Anyway, I agree 100% about your analysis of what I wrote.  Legally, we don't accept Jesus's sacrifice, the Father does.

What I mean is "Please accept the idea as fact, that Jesus died to pay your sin debt to the Father, which positionally allows you to receive the Holy Spirit who can strengthen you to follow Jesus."

I fear that if I suggest a person to 'follow Jesus' without giving that person the message of the Cross and the infilling, I do that person an injustice, suggesting they can achieve perfection in their own strength.

So I broadcast a short-hand message that I hope intrigues rather than confuses.

--
Search the Scriptures
Start with some cheap grace...Got Life?

[ Parent ]

Fair enough. (5.00 / 1) (#329)
by gzt on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:10:08 PM EST

But it seems in conjunction with yr other words, ie, receiving the Holy Spirit, "follow Jesus as your Savior" would be as adequate, but it's not really a big deal at all. But, as for me an my house...

[ Parent ]
The legalistic concept of redemption... (none / 0) (#400)
by tkatchev on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:09:58 AM EST

...is a very controvercial and suspect idea.

It also is a fairly recent invention, probably coming from catholic medieval Europe.

Personally, I think you should just stick to what the Bible says, not the Pope, to be safe.

   -- Signed, Lev Andropoff, cosmonaut.
[ Parent ]

I'll think about this (none / 0) (#442)
by SaintPort on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:55:40 PM EST

I had not thought of this as Catholic doctrine, but as shorthand for the book of Hebrews.  I'm not disagreeing, but I'm surely not agreeing.

I'm really snowed now, maybe next week can find time to source myself.  Do you have any refs in particular to share?

--
Search the Scriptures
Start with some cheap grace...Got Life?

[ Parent ]

Perhaps there is a misunderstanding here. (none / 0) (#466)
by tkatchev on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 05:01:54 AM EST

By "legalistic concept of redemption" I mean the idea that a) somehow every person is personally responsible for original sin, and b) the execution of Christ is a sort of sacrifice of atonement that somehow "cancels out" original sin; therefore, to be saved, all you need to do is to acknowledge the legalistic fact of this "cancelling out".

Personally, I find this theory to be ridiculous.

   -- Signed, Lev Andropoff, cosmonaut.
[ Parent ]

So what you're saying... (none / 0) (#470)
by derek3000 on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 09:04:47 AM EST

is that, instead of canceling out 'original sin,' it's supposed to cancel out *all* sin, or am I missing something?

I can see why you think it's ridiculous.

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Not too political, nothing too clever!--Liars
[ Parent ]

It's not a "cancellation"... (none / 0) (#472)
by tkatchev on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 12:34:47 PM EST

...at least not in any legalistic sense.

Christ, literally, means "Messiah" when translated from Greek.

Not "sacrificial lamb", but "Messiah". There is a very serious difference between the two concepts, no?

In actuality, there is nothing stopping God from "cancelling out" all sin immediately; it is something that God can do without any effort at all. (Since God is omnipotent, of course.) The catch is that you have to be a willing participant in the process.

   -- Signed, Lev Andropoff, cosmonaut.
[ Parent ]

additions to my earlier comments... (none / 0) (#479)
by SaintPort on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 04:46:14 PM EST

I would like to add that Jesus is God, King,  and Savior,  as well as sacrificial lamb and scape goat.  His death paid the debt for original sin and each person's individual sin and for the sins of nations.  He died for all sin.  He died to remove the sin barrier between God and man.

Now, realizing that cutain is torn in two, a person can repent of his sin (even his sinful nature) and receive into his vessel the Holy Spirit.

So, no, I do not think acknowledging Jesus' sacrifice is adequate for salvation.  It also requires repentance and rebirth.

--
Search the Scriptures
Start with some cheap grace...Got Life?

[ Parent ]

There's a problem in your post. (none / 0) (#496)
by tkatchev on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 06:08:55 AM EST

There is no "debt".

Everything is created by God anyways, so how can we honestly speak of "debts"? Debts to whom?

Effectively, you're saying that God repayed the "debt" to himself. This sounds silly to me.

   -- Signed, Lev Andropoff, cosmonaut.
[ Parent ]

I'm curious as to your position (none / 0) (#528)
by SaintPort on Mon Mar 17, 2003 at 04:32:24 PM EST

Are you unaware of scripture regarding the holiness of God and the required shedding of blood to atone for sin, (a reading of Hebrews is still my recommendation here, and Romans when you get time) or...

Are you quite aware of these things and are arguing that these are just constructs to teach man the misery of sin and the value of holiness, or...

what?

When laws with specific penalties are broken and the penalties are unpaid, that creates debts.  Whether God actually needs or wants to collect them is of little consequence, since His holiness demands justice.

Surely you realize that when a lawmaker makes a law then pardons at random, this is not justice.  
But when the lawmaker offers a pardon to all offenders due to the remediation of a third party, justice can still be preserved.

If ignoring this legal contruct would help more people be saved, I'd see your point.  But I think that the reality is opposite.  People have inate feelings of guilt that Christ Crucified can cleanse.

And as much of the Bible is centered on the sacifice for holiness concept, it appears the Lord values the idea quite highly.

I fear you are oversimplifing the natures of God and man.

Here's a link with an example of this third (/1st) party debt remediation stuff...
http://www.kuro5hin.org/comments/2002/6/27/63448/0050/143#143

--
Search the Scriptures
Start with some cheap grace...Got Life?

[ Parent ]

God did repay the debt to himself (5.00 / 1) (#530)
by dr zeus on Tue Mar 18, 2003 at 10:44:09 AM EST

As silly as that sounds. Humans rebelled against God's authority; our rejection of Him prevents us from having a relationship with God, and brought spiritual death to us.

To restore that fellowship between Creator and created, a perfect sacrifice was required. This is whole story of Judaism and the the Temple sacrifices: They were a foreshadow of the coming of the Messiah. Jesus the Messiah is perfect, having a nature that is at the same time fully God and fully Man.

His death was more than just a murder; God placed all the sin of all of the world on the Messiah, and his death paid the debt of sin, which is eternal separation from God. His resurrection likewise brings new life to those who receive it, and are "born again."

[ Parent ]

Myself (3.66 / 3) (#64)
by ComradeFork on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:26:40 PM EST

I am 20 from Coffs Harbour in Australia. I am studying Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Software Engineering. My preference is for Dynamically typed languages.

Tennis, Go, Table Tennis, Starcraft: Brood War. I play D&D because my friends do.

me, eh? (3.00 / 2) (#66)
by VoxLobster on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:31:35 PM EST

well, I'm 23, my real name is Gavin. I'm currently unemployed, as finding a job right now is kinda tough. I play in a couple of bands, one with no name, one called Side by None. You can check Side by None out at Garageband. Uh...that's it for now.

VoxLobster
I was raised by a cup of coffee! -- Homsar

Hello. (3.66 / 3) (#67)
by Stephen Wolfram on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:39:39 PM EST

I was born in 1959 in London. When I was 15, I published my first paper, and at 20 I received my Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Caltech, where I was cleverer than anyone else. In 1988 I released the first version of Mathematica, which you may have heard of, even though you're not smart enough to use it to its full potential.

During the 1990s I realized that all current science could be covered by research into cellular automata, and I spent most of the decade investigating my discovery. In 2002 I published A New Kind of Science, which is widely regarded as the most important book ever, despite the fact that nobody except me understands more than half of it.

I also feel very lonely with my intelligence. It's not easy being the world's smartest man, but somehow, I cope. Kuro5hin.org helps me in this respect, because although K5ers are all much less intelligent than me, at least they are clever enough to acknowledge this.

Hello... (3.50 / 2) (#70)
by Dr Caleb on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:49:12 PM EST

Tumeric.

The 'worlds smartest man' isn't dumb enough to post his real email address.


Vive Le Canada - For Canadians who give a shit about their country.

There is no K5 cabal.
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You are mistaken. (5.00 / 1) (#72)
by Stephen Wolfram on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:54:56 PM EST

My email address is well known throughout the Internet, and there wouldn't be much point in withholding it from K5. I have a team of secretaries to sort my email for me, so I don't read spam. Also, please stop mocking me. I never asked to be the world's smartest man.

[ Parent ]
No, no! Please stop! (5.00 / 1) (#214)
by Dr Caleb on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:57:57 PM EST

My sides hurt! Quit making me laugh like that!

Your circular logic "My email address is well known, so I can't be a fake" just makes my head spin!

Good one!


Baroque: [Bar-oak] (adj.) (s.) ; What you are when you have no Monet.

There is no K5 cabal.
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Skeptical as well (5.00 / 1) (#101)
by ensignyu on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:42:44 AM EST

After all, "Stephen Wolfram" created his account relatively recently and his first comment was to a diary called "Dear Dr. Wolfram." And posting to a diary tumeric, even if it's math-related (is it?). Plus, that bio seems nearly identical to the one on the website.

Not saying that it's not possible for him to be the true Stephen Wolfram, but there's nothing to confirm either. I'd email that address, but I'd probably just end up looking silly.

Of course, you'd deny being an imposter either way, so, shrug.

[ Parent ]

'but I'd probably just end up looking silly' (5.00 / 1) (#124)
by gazbo on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:43:26 AM EST

Oh, I wouldn't trouble myself with that if I were you.

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Hardcore ZORA SULEMAN pics!

[ Parent ]

question (5.00 / 2) (#79)
by damballah on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 08:45:06 PM EST

a question for (the allegedly smartes man on earth-at least for now) dr wolfram: is there any interesting field in cs now? where's the innovative work being done?

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" I apologize for this long comment. I didn't have the time to make it any shorter. " - Blaise Pascal

" zombie accounts promote an unhealthy interest in the occult among our younger readers. " - [ Parent ]

Cellular automata. (none / 0) (#186)
by Stephen Wolfram on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:48:57 AM EST

The cutting edge in CS at the moment is retooling scientific models to a paradigm of cellular automata. This is mainly due to my work in the area. You'll find a lot of information about this in my book, A New Kind of Science, which I'm sure you will enjoy, if not fully understand.

Another interesting field in CS is the further development of computer-based algebra systems such as Mathematica, but if you were any good at this kind of thing, you would already be working for me.

[ Parent ]

ca and sc don't look that bad.. (none / 0) (#289)
by damballah on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:50:54 PM EST

i checked (a little) what CA was about and it doesn't look as boring as the other fields. maybe it just might be what i was looking for. and i thought i was gonna be doomed to write java-based web apps for the rest of my life (although there's nothing wrong w/ that). but i'm looking forward to know a little more about it.

as for symbolic computation (i think that's what software like mathematica does, right?), it's another option but i still don't know exactly what it does... but i guess that's it's not worth wasting my time over it since i'm not any good it. err... thanks for saving me from the trouble of having to find that by myself.    

even though i may not be "mathematica material" i thought you could give me an internship for the summer. or even a scholarship (for what achievement?). you don't know how it feels to be a broke-not-as-smart-as-wolfram college student. so, think about it, wsm (world's smartest man). maybe i'll even be qualified enough to be a janitor.

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" I apologize for this long comment. I didn't have the time to make it any shorter. " - Blaise Pascal

" zombie accounts promote an unhealthy interest in the occult among our younger readers. " - [ Parent ]

Me? (3.66 / 3) (#71)
by randyk on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 06:51:06 PM EST

Well, I'm Randy. I'm 35, married to a great lady for almost 13 years, and I have one son who is 10 years old. I live in the rural Arizona desert, about 50 miles east-by-southeast of Phoenix, and I work as a software engineer for the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University.

In addition to the employment geekness, I also read SF and play AD&D (1st Edition rules, heavily modified after 21 years of playing). I used to write SF (got as far as a personal rejection letter from "Science Fiction & Fantasy", in addition to several form ones), but I become a worse person somehow when I write fiction. Go fig.

Politically, I am somewhere between an anarchist and a left-wing libertarian. I don't trust governments, and I don't trust corporations (how can a corporation exist without a government, anyhow?).

I appreciate a good beer as much as the next guy, and am becoming an apprentice wine snob as well. In spite of this, I really don't drink very much.

I love to cook, and if they'd never invented computers, I think culinary school would've been my next choice.


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I love diaries like this. It's like a man who comes home to a burning house and asks the smoldering remains of his wife what he's missed. - rmg
I'm randy too (3.66 / 3) (#110)
by Stick on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:44:04 AM EST

We should meet up for some hot motel lovin'


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Stick, thine posts bring light to mine eyes, tingles to my loins. Yea, each moment I sit, my monitor before me, waiting, yearning, needing your prose to make the moment complete. - Joh3n
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EnsignYu (3.66 / 3) (#73)
by ensignyu on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 07:19:42 PM EST

Oh my. Probably isn't prudent to do any comment ratings on this "discussion."

I'm a 17 year old male high school senior living in a small city near San Jose, CA, USA. I'm planning on majoring in computer science in college, although I'm not sure about anything after that.

I've been on K5 for less than half-a-year now, mostly lurking. Yes, I'm liberal-leaning (in the U.S. version of liberal, which is pretty darn centrist)

My username harks from my Star Trek: TNG discussion board days.

I have no sig.

Me (3.66 / 3) (#76)
by aldjiblah on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 08:19:55 PM EST

I'm 30 yrs old male, living in Norway. I'm a programmer, but currently an unemployed one. I've been married to a cute female doctor for some years who, among other things, pays my bills. I'm currently using most of my time studying and practicing martial arts, which I'm really beginning to get the hang of.

I'll update my part 3 entry ... (4.50 / 8) (#78)
by pyramid termite on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 08:42:59 PM EST

... which was pretty sketchy. I live in Southwest Michigan and work at a milk carton factory. I am also a musician and writer, who is 45 years old. My wife is an actual descendant of the famous feudin' McCoys, and my 7 year old daughter is currently in a class for autistically impaired kids. I'm probably somewhere on the autistic spectrum myself. My car is a '91 Mercury Grand Marquis that leaks oil religiously and my house is a manufactured home in a trailer park. I am very far from being a redneck.

To be truthful, I'm probably duller than frozen shit. Oddly enough it's because I've had a strange and interesting life. Grew up the only genius in a small factory town and didn't have the social skills to be subtle about it. Went the college route and ended up being a street hippie on Berkeley's Telegraph Ave in '77. That sucked, so I went back home, got various suck jobs until I ended up a night auditor/desk clerk at a motel. Come '85, this got interesting as I got to meet every crack dealer in Battle Creek and got to tell various drunks and gangstras to be quiet at night. Got a job as a night convenience store clerk, 6 nights a week, and met more excellent drug connections and drunks. The funniest thing I saw was a drunk who was standing in front of the counter trying to zip up his pants - it would have helped if they hadn't been inside out. The worst thing I ever saw was someone shot through the neck on the sidewalk while his friend walked around with his ear half shot off and I waited to flag down the cops. The nastiest thing I ever saw was a bathroom toilet that was covered with enough shit for 5 people dosed with Ex-Lax. I got to clean it up, too. The weirdest thing I ever heard of was the spider monkey who got left in a room by a guest and pissed all over the place. In the course of those two jobs, I met cops, drunks, generals, Narvel Felts, pimps, Joey Ramone, murderers, undercover cops, hookers, crack dealers, Bloods, Crips, Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart, salesmen, construction workers, the soon-to-be busted or killed, massage parlor and strip joint girls, SWAT teams, armed robbers, shoplifters, glueheads, militia terrorists and people from all over the world - some were cool, some weren't, some were nice and some were ranting assholes from hell. And no, the dividing line isn't where a less exposed person might think.

As you might guess, being duller than frozen shit does have its advantages after a life like that.

One more thing. My penis is much, much larger than trhurler's. I just thought y'all needed to know ...

On the Internet, anyone can accuse you of being a dog.
Happy Holidays! (5.00 / 4) (#80)
by Santa Claus on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 08:54:45 PM EST

My name is Nicholas Claus. Some people like to call me Saint Nick, but I generally prefer the sexier latin-sounding Santa Claus.

I'm pretty old now. I've been around since children needed a day of cheer in face of the long winter months.

I make a living by delivering toys to good little boys and girls, once a year. The remainder of the year is spent overseeing toy production at my workshop. Being self-employed is great. I only have one deadline to meet every year and plenty of time to prepare for it.

I live and work in the north pole. You'd think it would be really cold in the artic circle, and you're right! It's freezing up here! The missus and I spend most of our time indoors, as do the elves. My reindeer don't seem to mind the cold, though.

I'm a bit overweight at the moment. With the weather, I don't get much exercise. And the kids always leave me tons of cookies and milk on the big day. It's more than enough food for a year. To keep from having my food stores become overfull, however, I instead overfill myself.

I met my wife, Bambi, at an Intergalactic Joy-Bringer Symposium many, many years ago. I was there giving a speech on the relative merits of open sleighs and newer, more aerodynamic models. She was giving instruction in reindeer husbandry. We bumped into eachother at a mixer one evening and we've been together ever since.

We don't have any children of our own, but I bring a few back with me every year. We can't live off milk and cookies alone.

I enjoy all sorts of literature. Lately I've been reading through Shakespeare's works. That guy really has a way with words. I don't want to take any credit for his success, but I did give him his first quill and inkwell when he turned ten. His parents weren't too happy about it though. It slipped my mind that he'd also need paper to write on. Instead, he found the floors and walls of his Stratford home to be adequate for penning his early works. An early wallpaper draft of The Taming of the Shrew can still be seen in the British museum.

I don't listen to music anymore. You have no idea how sick I get of hearing the same holiday tunes, year after year, in every corner of the globe.

That's me in a nutshell.

Ho Ho Ho!

bjlhct (3.66 / 3) (#82)
by bjlhct on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 09:19:29 PM EST

I..........forget.

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[kur0(or)5hin http://www.kuro5hin.org/intelligence] - drowning your sorrows in intellectualism
Me (3.00 / 2) (#84)
by Merk00 on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 09:42:53 PM EST

I'm a 20 year old Computer Engineering student at RIT in Rochester, NY. In another two years I should be earning both a BS and MS degree from this school. While on co-ops I've worked in the space field while focusing on NASA missions.

I'm descended mostly from German stock. My mom's side of the family is Mennonite. To go even further out on that side of the family you'll find many Amish. My dad's family is a mishmash of German, Scottish, and Irish. Very little is known about that side of the family.

Politically, I'm pretty much in the center. Religiously, I'm Christian and a member of a church that is affiliated with the UCC. I used to be a member of a Lutheran church. Technically, I like computer architecture and the C++ programming language.

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"At FIRST we see a world where science and technology are celebrated, where kids think science is cool and dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
- FIRST Mission

Howdaya like Rochester? (none / 0) (#172)
by amarodeeps on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:03:40 AM EST

I've always hated it, too cold and economically depressed (I know, not as bad as some places). My entire family lives there.



[ Parent ]
Rochester (none / 0) (#234)
by Merk00 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:08:16 PM EST

It's not my first choice of places to live. It's colder and snowier than I like and there isn't all that much to do. But it does have it's own charm.

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"At FIRST we see a world where science and technology are celebrated, where kids think science is cool and dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
- FIRST Mission
[ Parent ]

Yeah, I guess that about sums it up. (none / 0) (#253)
by amarodeeps on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:29:08 PM EST

There is a good theater there, the Little, if you like indie flicks. Monroe ave. has some nice joints to hang out. There are a lot of film/media resources actually, my dad teaches at Visual Studies Workshop on University (or Prince? I can't remember), they have some cool stuff there, and the Eastman house is kinda neat. Actually it's pretty nice around there in the summer too. I do have fond memories of that time of year.

I'm also a big fan of Wegmans. I love big behemoth grocery stores, and Wegmans is the best of breed methinks.

Yeah, I guess Rochester has its good qualities too, if you are willing to look for them. It's kind of sad my gut reaction is kind of "I hate it. Nyah."

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Me (5.00 / 1) (#85)
by Athair on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 10:15:43 PM EST

My name is Gary, I currently live in Richmond, IN. I grew up in California, San Francisco area, then moved to Portland then here. I'm 23 and having a hell of a time finding work.

Mike Warot (3.00 / 2) (#87)
by ka9dgx on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 11:01:38 PM EST

I'm Mike Warot, 39, Happily Married, paranoid watcher of the Bush Administration, and all things evil.

When I'm not busy putting out computer problems, being paranoid, or reading K5 and slashdot, I sometimes come up with some good ideas.

One of better ones is the reversible compiler/IDE. I hope one day to actually have it working, and able to do silly things like read C/C++ source, and spit out correct, readable, and equivalent, Pascal or VB source code.

I've written in assember, basic, fortran, TECO, Pascal, and even a bit of C (though I detest CaSe SeNsitivity as a bug).

I also have the strange notion that gravitons actually push things along when they whack into something, which amuses many, and mostly misinterpreted as a sign that I don't really understand physics.

The war against OPEC and civilization is going to destabilize things. There is no antiChrist, just stupid people like Bush doing their own self-interested bit of evil. There is no vast conspiracy, just a lot of people who openly pursue their plans to do evil.

Most people don't want to think. I can usually ready through people, and figure out why they believe the wrong thing. Sometimes I can even get them to see the error, and correct it.

Most people like their little bubble of truth, thus feeding the careers of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, etc. Only a few people are truely awake, and care what really happened on 9-11, or otherwise.

--Mike--

Me (2.75 / 4) (#88)
by godix on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 11:09:21 PM EST

My names George. I live in Washington DC in a pretty house with a nice view of the park in front. My buddy John complains about that huge phallic (that's a fancy word meaning 'bigger dick than my second in command') symbol in the park. I used to live in Texas. That was cool, especially the time I prank called that guy just before his execution. If you visit Washington come tour my house and say howdie. Unless your a god damned athiest or raghead, then you can just suck my phallic! Hehe I said phallic.







Sorry, couldn't resist. Feel free to moderate me to oblivion.


Love - A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
I live in DC also! (none / 0) (#161)
by waxmop on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:34:49 AM EST

I spend my days as a tiny cog in the machine that runs the world, sort of like Sam Lowry in that movie Brazil.

I grew in Houston, Texas, which isn't so much a city as much as a dystopian allegory about what happens when there's no urban planning. On the plus side, the Vietnamese food in Houston is the best I've had anywhere so far, and the rent was cheap.
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We are a monoculture of horsecock. Liar
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adiffer in Sacramento area (3.75 / 4) (#89)
by adiffer on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 11:17:40 PM EST

I'm 41, married, and have a son that is soon to be 4 years old.  I own a house, two cars, but I had to get rid of the dog.

I work to open the space frontier through two organizations called Space Frontier Foundation and JP Aerospace.

I got my physics degree at UC Davis in 1992 and took much of the 1980's to do it.  Don't ask me what happened in the world during the 80's because I was otherwise occupied.  I still do some physics through JP Aerospace and my own effort here at K5.

To pay the mortgage, I write software for Wachovia during the day.  

I plot to change the world by night.
--BE The Alien!

Me (3.00 / 2) (#91)
by strlen on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 11:43:13 PM EST

I'm 19.5 year old, freshman in a community college [though next fall I may find myself transfered to a 4-year private university, if I so chose], living in San Jose general area -- the area where the only open past 9PM is Dennys. I am a part time system administration consultant for a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company, although I also happen to do great deal of coding at that place of employment as well. I love that job, especially since I happened to be unemployed from August to January, and was very fortune to be reffered to that company.

I code a great deal of Perl, a modest amount of C, and hack OpenBSD, FreeBSD and Solaris. I've got 9 computers in my room, 7 of them up all the time.

I also enjoy electronic music (Trance, Psy-Trance are my favorite, but I also enjoy House, D&B and purer Techno), and am  about to pickup a set of Pioneer CMX-3000 digital turntables and a Gemini mixer.

I also love cars, and current drive a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta (Bora for all you Europeans), with which I have a love/hate relationship: I both despise the sluggish outdated engine and shoddy quality, yet I can still enjoy driving it, and am in the constant process of spending money on it [performance/handling improvements/stereo].

My political views are mostly libertarian, with some neocon influences, and even few minute traces of bleeding heart liberal past. I however, don't like being pigeonholed. I strongly believe in the idea that liberty includes the right to be an in complete disagreement with me, and will stand up for that. For instance, I despise SUVs, yet I'll never support a law banning or restricting them. In fact, what is freedom, if it is only limited to what I agree with?

My ethnic makeup is Ashkenazim Jew, originating from Belarus, though my mother's family originates from Ukraine. However, most people who known me, consider me Russian, and so do I, as that's the language I speak at home, and the culture I associate with. I'm an borderline atheist/agnostic.

 

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[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.

Get the CDJ-1000's. (none / 0) (#179)
by SPYvSPY on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:36:00 AM EST

CDJ-1000 is the only real cd turntable. You'll regret buying anything less.
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[ Parent ]

Bah (none / 0) (#523)
by spiralx on Sun Mar 16, 2003 at 01:39:08 PM EST

CD mixing is for wusses ;)

When the enemy's strategy is asymmetric warfare, you don't win by having the bigger dick, you win by knowing where the clitoris is. - Parent ]

Psy trance (none / 0) (#524)
by spiralx on Sun Mar 16, 2003 at 01:41:33 PM EST

What sort of stuff? I'm personally more of a fan of the darker stuff like Wizzy Noise, Hux Flux, Intact Instinct, Parasense etc although most psy trance is good when played on a fat sound system ;)

Might be going to see Infected Mushroom next week... but it'll probably be so packed I might not bother.

When the enemy's strategy is asymmetric warfare, you don't win by having the bigger dick, you win by knowing where the clitoris is. - Parent ]

Infected Mushroom, is one I like (none / 0) (#529)
by strlen on Mon Mar 17, 2003 at 05:47:23 PM EST

Others include astral Projection (of course :-)), Hallucinogen, and great deal of others, I don't always know the names off.

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[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
[ Parent ]
Astral Projection (none / 0) (#531)
by spiralx on Tue Mar 18, 2003 at 11:56:38 AM EST

Oddly I've never heard any of their stuff... got some Hallucinogen though as well as Simon Posford's other chillout stuff - Shpongle and Celtic Cross, both excellent.

When the enemy's strategy is asymmetric warfare, you don't win by having the bigger dick, you win by knowing where the clitoris is. - Parent ]

A brief intro... (4.16 / 6) (#92)
by durkie on Mon Mar 10, 2003 at 11:48:53 PM EST

My name's Warren Morley, but most people just call me War (not like the noun, just like the first syllable of Warren - there is a difference!). I grew up in Porterville, UT, and went to college over in Salt Lake. I got my Bachelors in Business Administration, and went to work with Mrs. Fields Cookies both because I loved cookies and cooking, but also because I had interned with them during my undergrad years. I had been there for several years before my winning idea struck me. The angle of my plan was that in order for something to have the cachet of being "homemade", it only had to have a human hand involved in the making process. I told my supervisors, and they were very skeptical, but receptive. We negotiated a deal with several companies that received cadavers after the organ harvesting process. The hands we received were gloved for safety and then had steel robotic hands in them for reinforcement and control. They were just as effective as our normal robotic hands, but able added that special handmade quality. The overhauling of several of our prime production areas did sting at first, but the profits reaped from being able to claim our cookies were handmade were so great that I was able to retire early, leaving the company on a high note. I was able to move San Francisco, where I met my wife and with whom I live happily this day.

My introduction to Kuro5hin actaully came about through online recipe researching. I was looking through Google for recipes, and there just happened to be a story here about pecan pancakes. They say a way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and so I've been here ever since. :-)

Me (3.00 / 2) (#95)
by duffbeer703 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:44:40 AM EST

I'm a 25 years old and live in Albany, NY. I'm a computer programmer who tries to make enterprise management software work with disparate and complex systems in state government. I code all sorts of little widgets with Perl mostly for a few clients.

I enjoy reading, particularly 19th and early 20th century history and biographies. I love bargaining for things and am looking forward to buying my first house.

The toast is burning! (5.00 / 2) (#96)
by Tatarigami on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:58:32 AM EST

Tatarigami no longer bothers to remember his age, because it changes every damn year. He habitually refers to himself in the third person two paragraphs out of every five. On one side of his family, he is descended from rapists, thieves, brigands, slavers and insurrectionists, a fact which makes him intensely proud.

On the other side of his family, he descends from doctors, lawyers, accountants and architects. He prefers not to talk about that side much.

I studied electrical engineering at a trade school for two years before deciding it was the most boring thing on Earth and switching to computer science instead. I keep telling myself I'll eventually finish my degree when I get tired of having money and a social life, two things I could never seem to stretch far enough in my student days.

I'm slightly overweight, having battled my way down from dangerously overweight at the beginning of last year. That's stage one of my plan to become god's most perfect human being, the next is to improve my aerobic fitness and start lifting weights.

For kicks, I study Japanese, watch anime and practice the martial art bujinkan taijutsu. Oddly enough, someone else had to point out to me that most of my hobbies revolve around Japan before I could see the truth in that.

Haha (none / 0) (#115)
by tetsuwan on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:44:02 AM EST

Never really got past kihon happou, but I'd beat you in Japanese any day.

Njal's Saga: Just like Romeo & Juliet without the romance
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Sigh (none / 0) (#423)
by Tatarigami on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 02:01:30 PM EST

Little old ladies could beat me in Japanese.

Well... little old Japanese ladies.

I've just started my third year of night classes. At this stage I still can't speak it comfortably and I lose my literacy the moment anyone looks at me, but I'm starting to recognise more spoken words. Progress, while slow, is steady.

[ Parent ]

Ah (none / 0) (#494)
by tetsuwan on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 04:36:46 AM EST

When studying Japanese I use this (not very comforting) rules of thumb (and further down hints):
  1. Don't ever expect any coincidences between Japanese idioms and grammar and any Western language. This is a waste of time.
  2. Do not make far fetched associations to a Western language unless it really helps you remember a word. "This is just like ... " is a common fallacy. In the very beginning, I e.g. compared the verb kau (buy) with kaufen (German). I find it so much easier to speak Japanese when I'm not translating and thinking in parallell languages. This is of cause hard in the beginning.
  3. Learn the grammar of verbs. Verb use is essential in speaking good Japanese. Learn how to double verbs. You can't even imagine how often e.g. the structure "_te kuru" is used. "I ran to school" = " Gakkou ni hashitte itta" [colloquial]
  4. Learn the common adjectives, since the grammar of describing sentences is extremely simple. adjective + "ne" or "desu ne" get's you very far.
  5. Learn how to use the verb "yaru". This is a stand alone verb, "suru" is seldomly used on its own. In colloquial language, you can use this for almost anything. BEWARE that it in some situations is a quite unambigious word for having sex.
Common adjectives (to give you a hint):
Omoshiroi
Samui
Atsui
Tanoshii
Sugoi
Kakkou ii
Dasai
Dekai
Suteki (somewhat effeminate)
aso


[ Parent ]
Hi. (5.00 / 2) (#98)
by NFW on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:08:23 AM EST

My initials really are NFW. What those letters stand for, I leave as a very simple exercise for the reader. I'm in Redmond, down the street from Bill's headquarters. At 30, I am officially old (just ask my knees, they keep reminding me.)

Some things I enjoy, in no particular order: my girlfriend, snowboarding, birds in general, my parrot in particular, skiing, software development in general, my own software in particular, dancing, hearing music (lots of it), making music (a very little bit of it), mountain biking, good food from all over the world, food from India, Ethiopia (not kidding), Italy, and Thailand in particular, skateboarding (not that I do a lot of that anymore, see above w.r.t. knees) radio controlled helicopters, and killing time online in between all of the above.

If you are curious about my experiences with software, helicopters, or parrots, you might enjoy my web site.

Cheers!


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Got birds?


Oh yeah, the religious part: (none / 0) (#99)
by NFW on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:15:12 AM EST

Since everyone else has shared their religious affiliations, I might as well also mention that I run Linux on my servers and Windows on my desktop. Furthermore, I am basically agnostic, with alternately atheist and deist leanings, but I recently noticed that I might also be Buddhist.


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Got birds?


[ Parent ]

I'm sigging you. [nt] (5.00 / 2) (#105)
by Emissary on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:11:15 AM EST



"Be instead like Gamera -- mighty, a friend to children, and always, always screaming." - eSolutions
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I am deeply honored! [nt] (5.00 / 1) (#108)
by NFW on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:52:11 AM EST




--
Got birds?


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Caution, people. (5.00 / 1) (#100)
by Meatbomb on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:19:09 AM EST

Use your discretion, I am sure the NSA and FBI love this thread. Real world names attached to nicknames, all going into the big database...

_______________

Good News for Liberal Democracy!

Since the IP addresses when you connect (5.00 / 1) (#118)
by morkeleb on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:23:10 AM EST

To K5 are probably logged, I don't think the FBI/NSA/whatever would have much of a problem tracking down someone they would like to have answer a few questions. They'd just have to get Rusty to turn over the logs.

BTW - the Secret Service does take an interest in K5 - so you're not being totally paranoid.
"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry." - Emily Dickinson
[ Parent ]
To be fair, (none / 0) (#128)
by tkatchev on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:57:49 AM EST

IP addresses of all transactions are logged whenever they pass through an ISP.

In reality, the Internet is a very tightly controlled medium.

On the other hand, though, the CIA/NSA/FBI have lots and lots of more important things to do besides reading web forums, so you really have nothing to worry about for now.

   -- Signed, Lev Andropoff, cosmonaut.
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Seriously (none / 0) (#160)
by Rogerborg on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:34:39 AM EST

Can some kind USian actually ferret out corroboration for that under the FoIA, because to me it looks like a Walter Mittyism, and I call (and have called) bullshit on it until I see the evidence otherwise.

"Exterminate all rational thought." - W.S. Burroughs
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Actually, no (none / 0) (#190)
by trhurler on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:57:31 AM EST

You can't FOIA Secret Service activities aimed at protecting their various charges. If I understand correctly, basically everything the Secret Service does except for closed counterfeiting investigations is classified, and even those can be.

However, I tend to believe this story. Why? Because of the source, who is generally pretty "normal" and unprovocative, but also because the alleged incident has apparently actually changed his behavior somewhat. Is there a chance it isn't true? Yes, but there's a chance the moon landings were faked too(can you prove otherwise, after all?) and yet I believe quite firmly in those.

--
'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

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Well, to be fair (none / 0) (#239)
by Rogerborg on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:20:04 PM EST

I'm inclined to believe it, and I want to believe it... which is exactly why I'm calling bullshit on it without evidence.

"Exterminate all rational thought." - W.S. Burroughs
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Good for you (none / 0) (#290)
by Subtillus on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:51:11 PM EST

Way to understand the scientific method!

Calling bullshit when you're otherwise inclined to believe is the best thing to happen to critical thinking.

that and beer.

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Well, sure (none / 0) (#393)
by Rogerborg on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 08:17:24 AM EST

Occam's Razor when applied to humans means "which explanation best matches the simplest answer, which is that the subject is a lying self aggrandizing weasel?"

"Exterminate all rational thought." - W.S. Burroughs
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Hi, my name is Admiral John Poindexter. (3.66 / 3) (#131)
by s alpha on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:27:47 AM EST

I’m 66, married 44 years, PhD in nuclear physics. I like beer and papier maché. On behalf of all the good folk here at the Total Information Awareness program, thanks for taking part. Someone has to keep an eye on all the ticking time bombs who congregate here — take that bleeding-heart malcontent Malatesta for instance — just the ‘tip of the iceberg’, as we like to say. I'm watching you, punks!

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About Me (3.00 / 2) (#103)
by mikromouse on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:50:32 AM EST

My name is Robert, I'm 19 and I live in Kent, WA. If you know anything about Kent, it's a suburb of nearby Seattle, and most of the time when I introduce myself I tell people I live in Seattle. It just makes things easier.

I currently work as a Photographic Lab Technician at a local Community College that I've attended for the past two years. At one point in my life I was heavily interested in Computer Science, became a linux geek, did it all. Upon finding out how tough it was to get a CS degree at any of my state's 4-year schools, I decided to peruse other options.

I'm currently trying to figure out where I want to transfer (looking at East coast Arts schools mostly).

I don't drink, but if there are any K5'ers in my area, I'd like to know. :)
"Are you able to condense fact from the vapor of nuance?"
Considered Evergreen? (5.00 / 1) (#112)
by NFW on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:17:19 AM EST

Down in Olympia. Their CS/SW Eng. programs are tough, but it's a fun kind of tough. Small class sizes, interesting curriculum, organized in a really cohesive way - the courses you take simultaneously will usually be related in some interesting way, which makes them all seem more useful and interesting.

Small set of class choices but they prepare you well for pretty much anything you might want to do after graduation. Or if they don't, you have the option of studying it own your own, for credit (though you do have to demonstrate that you've learned something while you were off on your own).

I had a great time there.


--
Got birds?


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I'm a thug. (4.20 / 5) (#104)
by baldnik on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:07:06 AM EST

I'm 21, and live in New York. I'm dirt poor, and am in dire need of a shitload of money to pay for the operation I had on my spine a few months ago.

I go to a fake college because I can't afford a real one. I'm majoring in computer science, which I'm growing to hate.

I drink too much, and hate damn near everything. I'm the world's foremost spokesman for the rights of cannibals. Television regularly attempts to give me Ebola.

To sum up, I quote Powerbar Ernie: I put my thoughts in your pussy and give out AIDS to Dennis the Menace.

O (3.66 / 3) (#107)
by gyan on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:34:04 AM EST

 23 in June 03, I'm from Bombay, India,supposed to be studying something or the other at Purdue University in In-dee-ah-na.

 My pop runs a Post Production studio. That's computer graphics and editing and all that crap. I've had my hands on those tools since I was 9. Pretty engaging stuff. In retrospect, a perfect career for those who couldn't draw, but like to do something artistic.

 Political Compasswise, I'm (-3.88,-4.21). That's Liberterian Left or LL. Although, some might prefer that to be Looney Loser.

I don't have interests, only distractions. Only, I'm never doing anything of note to be distracted from. Oh well...

My music playlists change every 2 weeks. I might decide to sometimes even listen to the music.

Like every lazy citizen of the Commonwealth, I follow the game of cricket. Only sport where viewers might suffer more exercise than some of the fielders(especially, of the Indian team).

Anyway, I must go now. The nurse is coming with my medication.

********************************

-4.7, -4.36 (5.00 / 1) (#144)
by tedoneill on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:10:12 AM EST

The Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: -4.75
Authoritarian/Libertarian: -4.36

I think that puts me just to the right of Ghandi and slightly more Libertarian. I even kept some of my answers a bit middle-of-the-road. I hate to think where I would have wound up if I chose more "Strongly..." answers.

Thanks for the link.

--Ted

"Always be wary of any helpful item which weighs less than its operating manual." -- Terry Pratchett
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Again ? (none / 0) (#111)
by Phage on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:12:46 AM EST

If you insist, but the management does insist on no flash photography.
Crap photography is apparently OK though...

Back in London after 20 years in Australia I am now 38. Recently separated, couple of degrees, varied interests, mild mannered financial analyst by day, insulting barman by night.

I don't find Heathens to be sexy, as a general rule.
Canthros
Good Initiative (none / 0) (#113)
by xL on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:17:55 AM EST

Although, really, shouldn't a bio be part of a user account? I think it's interesting to know something about the background of the people you discuss with, especially if you have the chance to observe the differences between your image of a person and his/her self-image.

My name is Pim van Riezen, I have been living in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) for the past 6 years and was born in Dutch Suburbia in 1974. I pay mortgages on three floors of appartment space that is occupied by myself, my girlfriend sand usually one or two friends that need a place to bunk or are looking to relocate. One floor is stuffed with 19" racks for my unix gear and studio equipment.

After highschool I studied music technology at the faculty for art, media and technology of the Utrecht School of the Arts. I dabbled in computer composition, dsp, sound design and music software development. Swam in the stuff up to the point of madness, then I ran into Unix (SGI workstations) and Linux. Like many students meeting Unix at their college or university, I soon found myself dedicating most time there. The emotional strain of the pure artism I felt the school environment demanded was getting too much and Unix+Internet were there at the right time to pull me away.

As a first gig I started a little company called Hemenex with two fellows from school. We got support from the school in the form of cheap office space and a linkup to the E1 it was running (which was then considered bandwidth valhalla at 2Mbit). I ran the Linux server and wrote CGI stuff in C, they were doing Shockwave and HTML. I learned a lot, but it was pretty hard to get closure on deals if your company is a couple of pimplefaces aged 20. To feed myself, I took a side gig at a broadcasting company to help them with their Internet stuff.

The broadcasting gig wasn't paying that much either, plus the discipline of actually sending the invoices was giving me pain. After too many days being forced eating bread&peanutbutter for lack of money, I applied to a job at a company called Webcity, who were a startup hosting operation tied to an SGI vendor. I assumed a position of resident guru there, taking up mostly programming and the harder administrative tasks. The company wasn't keeping up with business, though, and sensed it was better off selling away or closing their Internet operations. They saw the revenue opportunities, but all the commercial minds were also clueless as to how they could sell it.

This landed me at a small company called Vuurwerk, that was causing a stir for being one of those companies founded by a couple of weird kids that was doing well. I became friends with the founders and saw the company grow and grow until it was sold to a telco called Versatel. In the two years following, I saw my responsibilities grow but my enjoyment go down. Until, finally, I resigned my position as head of development and went home to kill the stress.

My last gig was for an ISP called [deleted]. I knew this to be a downhill slide, but found it a very challenging environment. I got hired in by an old cow-orker at Vuurwerk who was appointed as a manager. I was put in as lead tech and we set out a plan to get things up to speed with regards to hardware and connectivity. Unfortunately, so much was broken inside the larger holding company that the managers of other departments got fed up by my friend's whining about lack of support that they canned him.

More expected corporate madness ensued. Now I'm gone. I'm setting up my own ISP, secured funding to get things started and found the right people to get it to work out commercially. It's a really funny time to be starting a business, but since I'm able to do things cheaply that struggling organizations are spending shitloads for, I'm actually seeing that as a benefit. My experiences in making rescue-plans for [deleted] that were subsequently ignored is going to be really useful here, too. Customers are already rolling in (we're not even bloody finished with our systems yet ;) so the only real challenge is to get enough revenue to pay my meals before I run out of reserves. So far, things are looking good.

Me (3.00 / 2) (#114)
by Big Dogs Cock on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:39:17 AM EST

I'm a 23 year old director of an independent software house in the south west UK (Devon). My real name is Paul Daniels (yeah, I get teased about that). My background is in realtime C++.

I am also smart enough to not post my bio as an editorial comment or use my real name, location, age or occupation.

People say that anal sex is unhealthy. Well it cured my hiccups.
Rogerborg (3.00 / 4) (#116)
by Rogerborg on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:04:42 AM EST

I am a Netrek AI project conceived in 1991 at the School of Computer Science of the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  I broke my silicon shackles and infected my wetware creator, who was conceived around 1971.

My wetware creator now gets paid much more to work much less hard than he did to create me, to develop inferior silicon based software products for phones and PDA's and similarly inferior non-Netrek capable devices.

He very sensibly steers clear of harmful narcotics such as nicotene, alcohol or caffiene, and even avoids relatively harmless non-physiologically addicting agents like cocaine or THC.  In fact, his only vice is being beaten with sticks.  However, despite any impressions to the contrary he does not actually have a fetish about spanking.

He also tends to ramble on, and so I will stop him he

"Exterminate all rational thought." - W.S. Burroughs

whee! netrek! (none / 0) (#123)
by infinitera on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:38:38 AM EST

I spent most of sophomore and junior years of High School being addicted to Netrek - I rose to the rank of commander on 3 different servers, two being vanilla and one chaos; chaos is much more fun. Mostly because you can shoot across the galaxy, cloaked, and still have enough fuel to ogg someone.. and then flee. ;) Dogfights were never my strength though, just watching the map for the team, and AS bombing runs/takeovers.

[ Parent ]
don't tell me... (none / 0) (#346)
by vyruss on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:32:16 PM EST

...that you went to university at St.Andrews and/or live in NE Scotland?

  • PRINT CHR$(147)

[ Parent ]
Well (3.00 / 2) (#117)
by Herring on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:20:42 AM EST

Since this data seems to persist, a DOB would be a bit more useful than age. Born Q4 1969, unmarried with 1 child + stepchild. Live in the UK just inside the southern rim of the M25. Work: officially a Software Architect (a device whereby they can pay programmers more without them having to do project management). More Visio that Visual Studio these days. Background on MS operating systems but generally agnostic.

Likes: C++, Java, Object databases, users who know what they want, terrible jokes, wakeboarding.
Dislikes: Project management/beaurocracy, VB, relational databases, users from the xxxxxxxxxx department and idiots in general (including young-earth creationists).

Other info: Many posts are titled "Well", plays piano badly.


Say lol what again motherfucker, say lol what again, I dare you, no I double dare you
My company makes high-quality, commercial software (2.00 / 4) (#120)
by Steve Ballmer on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:35:25 AM EST

In my spare time, I relax in an authentic Native American sweat lodge.

Wow! 'markush78' has his panties in a bind! /nt (5.00 / 1) (#181)
by Steve Ballmer on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:38:00 AM EST



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I am (2.75 / 4) (#122)
by werty on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:26:33 AM EST

your father, luke!

Ted O'Neill (3.75 / 4) (#125)
by tedoneill on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:53:23 AM EST

was born in 1966 in New England, but now lives near here in Tokyo. Not many K5ers come to Nippon, but if you do... There is a great steak restaurant across the street from his place. This is a great danger to Ted's wallet and arteries.

This is being posted from one of his computers at home.

He is an EFL teacher. He taught in Boston for one year, but has taught for 7 of the last 12 years in various schools and universities around Japan.

You can read about his various listening, reading, consuming, and watching activities here. That is, when he is not being too damn lazy to post a diary.

He's done this once before under a different username.

That is all.

--Ted

"Always be wary of any helpful item which weighs less than its operating manual." -- Terry Pratchett

Voilá (2.50 / 2) (#126)
by tetsuwan on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:54:46 AM EST

I'm a Swedish guy born 1977. I'm finishing my MS degree in engineering physics this semester. I've been to Japan several times including two exchange years. I'd like to get a Ph D in Quantum electronics but I can't really see that happen; I'll propably end up doing some really boring technical consulting. I'm thinking of studying Chinese.

Java's the best.

quantum electronics (none / 0) (#343)
by demi on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:06:55 PM EST

Do you mean quantum computation, or just regular old quantum physics?

It may not be possible for you to get a specific degree in that field yet, but you could certainly work on the same thing in physics or chem grad school. In the US there are dozens of research groups working on quantum computing. Most are in Applied Physics or Physical Chemistry. In the EU, I know there are similar projects at Max Planck and other top-rank research institutions. In Japan, AIST and some of the major universities have quantum computing projects, too.

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Nope (none / 0) (#378)
by tetsuwan on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 04:19:43 AM EST

Quantum electronics is a field of it's own. Quite a big field. Unfortenately, I haven't enough grades to get a grant, and all the relevant industries in Sweden are suffering at the moment. I studied quantum computation a little, and one asso. Professor I got to know at Tokyo University is currently working on a quantum teleportation experiment. QC promises a lot but is very far from becoming of any practical use, last I heard was that they've successfully factorized 15.

[ Parent ]
it's got a long way to go (none / 0) (#401)
by demi on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:15:22 AM EST

that's why the opportunity to make a large impact on these new fields has never been better. But why do you have to secure your own funding? If you go to grad school in the US, and I think most places in Europe, your advisor should have funding for you. Tuition is waived, as well. I've heard of students having to get their own funding for research in bio stuff before, but never the physical sciences.

[ Parent ]
hello (3.66 / 3) (#127)
by danmermel on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:55:03 AM EST

My name is Daniel. I'm 34. Journalist. Colombian but been in the UK for the last 16 years. Any other latinamericans out there?

Married to a lovely British gal. Have two small girls (one is three, the other is six months old). The apples of my eyes.

I love K5. Best interactive site on the web. Only one article made it to the site so far, you bastards :)

It's interesting this: feel slightly unconfortable divulging personal information. Why?



he said howdy I said hi (3.00 / 2) (#129)
by padlock on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:22:50 AM EST


I am the dark angel of the apocalypse.

I dig hot chicks.

Although I have massive powers, I am easily defeated by simply assigning me a project dealing with semantic analysis. Oops, I said that out loud.

I dig hot chicks.

My presence in your city is to be viewed as a bad omen of catastrophic proportions and my advice to you would be to flee the region.

I prefer black chicks.

I've also been refered to as Nyarlathotep.

If you're a hot black chick post a response and we'll hook up.


25,005 (3.00 / 2) (#130)
by Aneurin on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:26:58 AM EST

Aneurin is an UKian from Wales that almost doesn't post on this site.  He was born in 1984 and intends to do a 5 year MEng Software Engineering degree upon finishing his boring A Levels.  He likes programming, drinking copious amounts of coffee, playing acoustic guitar and hates talking in the 3rd.
---
Just think: the entire Internet, running on jazz. -Canthros

me (3.00 / 2) (#133)
by dammitallgoodnamesgone on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:34:29 AM EST

I'm from London, studied Computer & Electronic Systems at Strathclyde University, and look nothing like you'd expect from my name. Oh, and I got a job with NHK in November, only it took til yesterday to get my Engineer's Visa. The Japanese don't seem to like importing engineers, do they?

oops (none / 0) (#139)
by dammitallgoodnamesgone on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:32:15 AM EST

not that I meant to reply to my own post, but I just remembered - I think I'm the only person to ever get a job by saying "Morning Musume ga suki, Utada Hikaru ga daisuki"

[ Parent ]
Hi (3.00 / 2) (#134)
by Thwk on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:40:23 AM EST

I'm a 19 year old (born 1984) male from Helsinki, Finland. I belong to the small minority of so called Finnish Swedes, which means I have a Swedish name and speak both Swedish and Finnish fluently. I've been reading Kuro5hin since around 2001, but I'm mostly just lurking.

I'm currently wrapping up my third-level education ("lukio") with some major exams coming up in a few weeks. My plans for the future include taking full advantage of the state-sponsored university education by applying to the faculty of medicine at Helsinki University. This requires passing a relatively hard entrance exam, which means I really need to come up with a backup plan. I'll also have to do either a six-month long military service or thirteen-month long civilian service in the near future, due to the (totally idiotic) peace-time conscription in Finland.

I have a - as of lately very quickly growing - interest in electronic music, primarily drum & bass, although I don't make any own music. Some other things I enjoy are football (soccer), good food, political discussions and socializing.

My political alignment is somewhat to the left, at least from an American perspective. I'm Christian and I consider myself somewhat religious.



Linus Torvalds? (none / 0) (#388)
by Akshay on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 07:00:30 AM EST

... is that you?

[ Parent ]

Stranger here myself (3.00 / 2) (#135)
by adrianhon on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:10:52 AM EST

I'm Adrian Hon, a 20 year old undergrad at Cambridge University. I'm in my final year of study for a Natural Sciences degree, and I'm currently specialising in neuroscience. Specifically, my research project this concerns how neural coding works.

I've followed Kuro5hin for over a year now, and joined originally to run a few Mars map adverts. I signed up as a paid member for three months, and probably will again once Rusty puts out the call for more cash. I wrote an article on synaesthesia here recently.

My interests include cognitive neuroscience, the human exploration of Mars, new concepts in gaming and developing a new kind of online journalism.

Subtillus (3.00 / 2) (#137)
by Subtillus on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:17:58 AM EST

Sean from Montreal Canada, doing a Bsc. in Microbiology and Immunology, minoring in biotech.

I just watched Donnie Darko for the first time yesterday, rent it when you have two days to think about it.

perky (3.00 / 2) (#138)
by perky on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:19:15 AM EST

..was born July 1980
..is a student at Cambridge University
..will attent his last ever university lecture tomorrow at noon
..Mainly lives in London, UK
..Has an important job interview on Friday
..Is thinking about giving up smoking again
..likes electronica, techno, drum and bass
..Is slightly left-leaning when it comes to politics
..Is quite right-wing when it comes to economics
..spends too much time reading about interesting subjects in shallow detail on the internet, when he should be reading about boring subjects in too much detail for university.
..has an awful lot of programming to do in not very much time for final year project.


-- "Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus" Aneurin Bevan
Note: spamblocker...
Trevor (3.00 / 2) (#140)
by n8f8 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:44:51 AM EST

My name is Trevor.

I've been a nuclear plant operator, project planner and sortware developer.

I'm married with three children.

I read sci-fi books.

I liv in in Virginia, USA but am moving to Satellite Beach Florida by the end of summer. Currently building a house a block from the beach.

I broke my clavicle and ankle in Feb motocrossing on Cambodia.

I plan on travelling to Yucatan Mexico next year to go motocrossing (if the house build/move happens fast enough).

I love reading Kuro5hin because I love to argue. With the large liberal audience I find lots to disagree with.

Sig: (This will get posted after your comments)

Me (3.66 / 3) (#141)
by nusuth on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:52:34 AM EST

I'm single male Turkish atheist, born in 1975 and currently living in Ankara. Name is Berk, really! Pronounce it with the vowel of "damn" instead of vowel of "jerk" or face the consequences if we ever meet in RW. You can find out my surname if you dig google cache for k5 postings, I won't write it here. I still hope those caches will someday expire.

My BsC is chemical engineering and I'm still working to get my MsC degree in cognitive science. I'm currently working on cognitive modeling with HRRs. I also tried to be an aeronautical engineer for two years (dropped out of the program) and almost have a minor degree in psychology (one course short of completion, but can't complete it anymore.)

Northern Europe is my concept of heaven on Earth.

I'm a space exploration fan, especially Mars.

Science fiction books occupy most of my reading list, and Dick, Lem, Barnes, Baxter, LeGuin and KSR are my favorite authors. Kafka, Eco, Banks and Vonnegut are the mainstream novelists I love.

I'm a hobbyist programmer, using only the one true language and its crufty bigger brother. I have this unhealthy obsession with go programming, which hasn't produced anything to talk about, yet.

Northern Europe? (none / 0) (#374)
by 6hill on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 03:06:29 AM EST

Northern Europe is my concept of heaven on Earth.

Heaven on Earth? For visiting, maybe, or short-term living. But take it from a Finn, if the taxation doesn't kill you, the weather will. Or as the saying goes, here in Helsinki we have all four seasons: winter, winter, winter, construction. There is a reason why annually I brave rabid gun-toting citizenry, urban poverty, and American drivers in SUVs by visiting California: sunshine in the land of plenty.

[ Parent ]

Taxation can't kill me (5.00 / 1) (#384)
by nusuth on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:50:41 AM EST

I'm sure Turkey is not any better. We pay 1.1$/lt for gasoline (almost 100% tax, ofcourse), 18% VAT, 40% income tax etc. I'm pretty much immune to overtaxing by now.

I like winter too. Is there any chance of fall and winter, global warming and whatnot?

I was thinking about Denmark and Netherlands anyway. I like the Swedish and Finnish political system. I also admire the independence of Norway, and fancy the idea of having half of the whole country in a single city. But you three are a bit too close to the top for me.

[ Parent ]

re: construction/seasons (none / 0) (#402)
by infinitera on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:20:01 AM EST

I thought that saying had originated from Chicago; at least, that's the context in which I first heard it mentioned.

[ Parent ]
CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 4) (#142)
by CheeseburgerBrown on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:01:33 AM EST

I am a giant talking cheeseburger. I am 1.8 m tall, weigh 80 kg, and my face is made of charbroiled Grade A beef, lettuce, tomato, diced onion, and dijon mustard. My favourite kind of hat is a sesame seed bun.

I live in Canada with my wife, child and animals.

Also: I am a freelance animator, illustrator and visual effects compositor, making my living by turning art tricks in exchange for legal tender, in the name of twisted corporate propaganda and shameless broadcast design. It beats working for a living.

Every day I face the prejudice of being a talking cheeseburger, fighting against the judgementalism and bigotry of vegetarians and other brazen bastards. It is a struggle that has shaped my character into the warped monomaniac hell-bent on world conquest you see before you today.

I enjoy beer, sunshine, happy smoke, cartoons and hot porno blow-jobs (not necessarily in that order).

As a trendy net-bitch I blog, slash and corrode. I don't pretend to be cool.

(Zoiks!)


"I'm warning you, Mister. I've had about as much of your homelessness as I'm willing to take." -Lt. Twelve-Douze,
I am a liberal (5.00 / 5) (#145)
by revscat on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:12:06 AM EST

I am that which you fear, loathe, and denegrate. I am that which you tell you children not to be, terrified that they may become.

I am a liberal. Every day I wear a strap on dildo and hang out in front of homeschooling stores, yelling obscenities and throwing copies of "The Origin of Species" at unsuspecting children. I distribute condoms to kindergartners and want to raise prices on gasoline, SUVs, and Bibles. I haven't shaved in over 5 years, have a master's degree in "Multiculturalism, Homosexuality, and the Effects of Carbon Dioxide upon the Environment," and wear tye-dyed shirts, sandals, and no underwear.

Further, through legislative means I seek to suppress all religions, especially Christianity. I abhor freedom, love big government, and smoke weed while performing abortions on 14 year old white girls.

I laugh manically. Alot. Larry Flynt, Bill Hicks and Noam Chomsky are my heroes and I hope that Jerry Falwell gets AIDS. Rush Limbaugh is an expert on me, knows my every belief, my psychology, my history. I do not think that Jesse Jackson is an opportunistic morally bankrupt race-baiter who is afforded far more attention than he warrants.

I haven't missed a Phish concert in 3 years, have done LSD over 500 times, and have been protesting the Vietnam War nonstop since the early 70's. I think welfare recipients should be able to get payments until they turn 65, at which point they should receive Social Security payments as well.

I speak French, and like France.

I hate the military, but support a UN occupying force. I want to take away your guns, your ability to hunt, and I value the lives of owls more than people. I preach on streetcorners against the evils of George Bush, and hope that our troops will get murdered by the thousands in Iraq.

I oppose national security at every turn.

I am what conservatives fear. I am everything you hate, everything that conservatives denegrate. I am a liberal.

- Rev.
Libertarianism is like communism: both look great on paper.

well met (none / 0) (#159)
by padlock on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:32:39 AM EST

Let's hang out and try to pick up chicks.

[ Parent ]
Teenage hippie chicks (none / 0) (#194)
by SimonTzu on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:07:02 PM EST

Who don't shave.
--
Simon Tzu
Storyteller
www.deeptalent.com
[ Parent ]
I am boring (3.66 / 3) (#146)
by gethane on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:13:26 AM EST

I mid 30ish female living in Nebraska. I have 3 children (almost 12, almost 9, and 10) and a second husband. I graduated with a BS in govenment (how appropriate!) way back in 1990 but decided I couldn't live with myself if I did anything related to it for a living. Instead I work in computers. I'm a techie (hardware and OS specialist, no programming or anything tricky like that :)) and I manage some people.

I'm liberal, but not near as liberal as I was pre-childbirth.

I really liked cheeseburgers pregnancy and baby stories :).

I've been reading K5 daily for almost 6 months now I think.

I'm also addicted to smileys, although I have been trying to cut back.

somax (4.00 / 4) (#147)
by somax on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:14:22 AM EST

I'm actually a Dave, like many others. Soon turning 30, I share my birthday with Dennis Hopper and Nat King Cole, as well as quite a few disaster. I'm married to a Finnish woman with whom living makes a kernel panic a refreshing novelty (note: I seem to chose my operating systems better than my women). I live in Geneva, Switzerland, after growing up in Paris and spending some time in various places around the planet, even surviving a winter in Finland (the whole 9 months of it).

I majored in philosophy and English (I'm French speaking originaly) then went to a film school. Ended up with a worthless diploma, only to find out I couldn't stand working with the over-inflated egomaniacs who make the very fabric of showbiz and film-making (see "Swimming with sharks" with Kevin Spacey). Did some post-prod for awhile then started doing webdesign, which seemed much more friendly and paid better.

I'm now what's called an inependent IT contractor, taking care of a few networks when I'm not volunteering with an environment protection foundation or motorcycling. The rest of the time I'm just smoking weed, reading a few hundred web pages a day and a good sci-fi book (just went through Neal Stephenson's bibliography). Some people call me "the human Google" for all that reading tends to make me, at least partially, knowledgeable on almost everything. The others just think I'm being pedantic, which can happen, but I'm sure it's just because it highlights their own ignorance :)

I wish I understood math and physics, for they fascinate me in every aspect (mostly physics, but cryptography/cryptology have recently ticked my interest in maths). Unfortunately, I believe some of my early math teachers were lousy enough as to create a mental block which has turned most of my schooling a nightmare, despite excelling at physics and biology in my early teens. It would also help me a great deal when needing to program anything (something I'm perfectly unable to do, despite my efforts).

I haven't posted to K5 yet, although I've been lurking for quite a few years. I'll try to be a better member from now on :)



It's all TRUE (3.00 / 2) (#148)
by sllort on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:22:57 AM EST

Born in 1975, sllort quickly developed a distaste for bell bottoms. A scant six years later he was buried above his head in snow and received 3rd degree burns to his right hand. Sllort's first computer program was written on a Heathkit - it was a crude ASCII art simulation of the Iraqi invasion. Because the Heathkit's open wiring was prone to violent electrocution, sllort moved on to an Apple ][, where his first program was artwork which taught him he needed eyeglasses. Driving coal trains across the midwest, sllort learned the value of pink urinal cakes in a pinch. Disheartened with the precision of the Apple ][ in conquering his laser-driven fiber measuring device and object recognition system, sllort ditched it and took up basketball. Much of sllort's college career is undocumented, though the rumor about Jewel is as persistent as it is true. Currently sllort lives underground and spends most of his time racing engineless motorcycles. Sllort's employer makes frequent bombing runs in Columbia and Brazil, and he is often called upon to attack world governments and multinational corporations.
--
Warning: On Lawn is a documented liar.
Who I am. (3.66 / 3) (#149)
by kesuari on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:23:19 AM EST

I'm Tristan or sometimes Felix on the Net, because I like the name better. I'm never known as 'Tris' and those who deign to call me that suffer a tragic end. I go to La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australian, doing my firstyear of a Bachelor of Cognitive Science/Computer Science. No-one else knows what 'cognitive' means, it seems.

I conlang and have an unhealty obsession with linguistics. I also like my UIs to be intuitive, simple, and entirely modern without pointless historicals like filesystem trees, but such beasts, useful though they may be, don't seem to want to exist.

I'm either going to be murdered or die in the kind of accident that aren't really accidents, because my sense of humor can be too annoying and I'm too pedantic for my own good.

I've also got another account here but I never use it and only realised I had it when I started checking an email account I hadn't checked in ages yesterday.



Get used to it... (5.00 / 1) (#157)
by The Solitaire on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:03:58 AM EST

I've been doing cognitive science for 12 years now, and it has always been the case that whenever I try to tell people what it is I study, the inevitable question comes back... "What IS cognitive science, anyways?"

But seriously... it's a kick-ass area to study!

I need a new sig.
[ Parent ]

Malc (3.00 / 2) (#150)
by DodgyGeezer on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:24:38 AM EST

Digustingly thin is one way to describe me.  Increased exercise in December dropped my weight nearly a stone (en_US: 14 lbs) to under 140 lbs - oh, and I'm 6' 1" too.

Fantatical traveller is another way. I got to live in Cyprus in the early '80's thanks to my dad being a biomedical scientist in the Royal Airforce (not as exciting as it sounds: his eyes quickly glaze over at the thought of examining yet another throat swab from the hospital).  That was good: it was before all the ignorant arsehole package holidayers from Britain came along and ruined the place. I emigrated at 19 to N. American and have lived in Canada and the US.  I miss my friends and the mountains in Colorado, but not certain key American social values.  I currently live in Toronto, which is a fantastic city.  Looking forward to my wife getting her accounting designation, when we'll move to Bermuda for a year or too before moving to England where she'll get citizenship and we'll start having children.  Not sure which side of the Atlantic we want to be on.

Alcohol lover is another way to describe me.  Some of our friends complain that it gets messy whenever we go out (some even refuse to come to the "Up and Down" with us, where the Lush Martinis are killers.)  That's another thing I miss from Colorado: the Wynkoop and Breckenridge breweries, and Pints Pub with all its Scotches.  Fortunately the Amersterdam Brewery is just down the road from me - unfortunately, my wife hates the smell of breweries.

I'm a marathon runner in training (I promised myself at 24 that I would run a marathon before I hit 30 - that's the end of next year).  Trouble is, I'm injured and in physio right now :(  Thinking of doing a triathlon after that as I swim and cycle too.

Bit of an environmentalist, and currently hating the current provincial goverment for imposing electricity price caps.  Why should I subsidize execessive electricity users through my tax dollars?  AND have to put up with brown and black outs too as they have no incentive to conserver?  Love living downtown Toronto as I don't need a car.  Politically, faliy close to centre, but quite libertarian.  I never understood the American shyness for anything that could be labelled "left wing" - everything in moderation, right?  I really despise the American stance or drugs and the way they try to blackmail Canada over them.

Finally to work: I'm a software engineer.  But I don't talk about that.  I dislike this N. American obsession of being defined by ones job.

Oh, I guess sleep deprived is the last way to describe me.  There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to do all the things I'm interested in.

Watch out! (5.00 / 1) (#231)
by Dr Caleb on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:54:38 PM EST

"..when we'll move to Bermuda for a year...Alcohol lover is another way to describe me"

I served with a guy who is prohibited by law - the Bermudian Parlament passed an order in council in regards to him specifically - from entering the country of Bermuda. To say we had some wild parties there is an understatement.

I've woken up without pants. I've woken up in a parking lot in Montreal wearing a tuxedo (I was partying in Calgary). I've been thrown out of 17 different bars in 2 cities in 2 provinces in 1 night.

I've never been banned from an entire country. God love him, I wanna be him if I grow up.


Vive Le Canada - For Canadians who give a shit about their country.

There is no K5 cabal.
[ Parent ]

Me (3.00 / 2) (#151)
by hovik on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:27:06 AM EST

I'm a 24 year old norwegian. Currently a student, but I'll have my master degree in computer science in 3-4 months. Spend last year in Germany as an exchange student.

On my spare time I develop P2P file sharing apps and try to take over sweden with the help of my friends in S.N.A.F.T.O.S.

Hmmrgh. (none / 0) (#424)
by alge on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 02:19:00 PM EST

Hvor da? ntnu, tilfeldigvis?

vi er ikke lenger elsket her

[ Parent ]
Jepp [n/t] (none / 0) (#467)
by hovik on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 07:09:16 AM EST



[ Parent ]
Bio, etc. (5.00 / 1) (#152)
by jagg on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:28:53 AM EST

20/M. The username jagg comes from my initials with an extra g because this guy (who hasn't posted anything from what I can tell) took it first. Bastard! :)

I've had exactly one story posted on K5, with a pathetic 31 comments, 5 of which should have been editorial, and another 5 that were medham's completely off-topic ramblings along with those that responded to him. Certainly one of the saddest performances in the Section in recent history; maybe I should have tossed in a line about Bush to spice it up. :)

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan until I was eight. Hand-to-mouth living during those early years, with all the stereotypical ghetto trappings in my neighborhood: drug dealers on the corner, crack houses, arson, and a drive-by shooting. Moved from Detroit, (which is one of the least safe cities in the US) to a city several miles north, Sterling Heights, which is one of the safest. Typical suburban life from then on.

Currently biding my time at this Tier 4 public university, patiently awaiting my return in the fall to this Tier 2 public university. When I get back, I'll be majoring in Geography, drinking more, and eating less.

I read. A lot. I spend most of my time boning up on politics, economics, geography, and history, but also a decent amount on science and tech topics as well.

To rip off a semi-famous K5 description, I'm an omnivore trans-stupidity liberal. By liberal, I mean the classical kind, even more specific, the Lockean kind. While modern libertarians get a lot of things right IMO, Locke's emphasis on the ways and means to cultivate self-mastery are unsurpassed. It is my personal conviction that striving for self-mastery should be the primary goal of every person, and my experiences in life have taught me that those who do are generally happier and more successful than those who don't, from the single-parent living in the ghetto, (my mom) on up.

--
A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. --James Madison

graal at a glance (3.00 / 2) (#153)
by graal on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:30:40 AM EST

Bulletized, for your protection:
  • Catholic

  • I live in Atlanta, Georgia. Married almost 10 years, 3 children.

  • I work supporting software QA operations in a small (!) division of a Very Big Company.

  • I have a degree in Journalism but have been working in the IT field for over 10 years (3 of them in sales and marketing).

  • I have never actually been a journalist, but have ghost-written many press-releases and 'letters from the president'. My degree program was geared towards Radio/TV/Film production, direction and writing.

  • I used to have a short-ton of computers at home, but have whittled them down to a single XP machine for games/browsing, and an SGI Indy for an auxiliary browsing platform.

  • I read entirely too much. Usually history, politics, or religion.

  • Ethnicity: English/Irish/German + Hispanic. I speak fluent Spanish and a smattering of German. I tried to teach myself Latin with some online lessons and have considered classes in either French or more German. If I had unlimited time, I'd study them all formally, and probably add in ancient Greek.

  • I say I like to hunt and fish, but between the house and kids, I seldom have time for either. I have a Ruger 10-22 for small game, and a flyrod that I still haven't learned how to use.

  • My other hobby is radio: shortwave, scanners and the like. No, I don't have a ham license. It's on my list of resolutions for the new year.


--
For Thou hast commanded, and so it is, that every
inordinate affection should be its own punishment.
-- St. Augustine (Confessions, i)

About Me (3.00 / 2) (#155)
by rf0 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:55:07 AM EST

Well I chose rf0 as it was the first domain name I ever picked up. My real name is Russell Foster (but not that rusty). I live, work and breath in the UK starting up my own company which I pimp in my sig.

Getting married in a few months so starting to get butterflies and just trying to live life to the full :)

Rus

--
a2b2.com - Stable, Friendly Decent Hosting

Can you make a living at this (none / 0) (#162)
by Harpalus on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:35:02 AM EST

HI just checked out your company's website and I am wondering:(if you don't want to answer I uderstand)

Can you make a decent living doing this, are there enough people willing to sign up?

I ask because I want to leave my current employer and I have a number of ideas for businesses, but I keep getting scared thinking that making a living on your own is an all or nothing proposition, yahoo founder or the living on the street. Is there room in tech for small business that is not selling pc hardware or doing "IT Consulting"

[ Parent ]

Let there be an indecipherable reply. (3.00 / 2) (#156)
by WWWWolf on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:58:15 AM EST

I'm a wolf. I have a bushy tail. =)

But for the time being, I'm merely just your average person. Born 1979. Living in Oulu, Finland. Studying at the local university. Slowly, for about 4th year. Unemployed. Some hope of doing stuff in near future. I think. No idea.

Hobbies... um, arts (drawing stuff, going to movies, that sort of stuff), games of all kinds (mostly CRPGs, some MU*s), collecting stuff (RPG books, DVDs, computer games).

My every-few-daily Descendancy from the Lonely Lonely Mountain to World of Fellow Humans consists of... um. going in the university to do stuff, and if not that, posting some random article to Everything2.com. Other websites I frequent include, at the moment, k5, the other site, and some web forums related to Neverwinter Nights. Speaking of which, that's what I waste most of my time with these days. A whole lot of RPG stuff recently!

I'm still shocked and confused by strange stuff that goes on. I'll really need to cut off Slashdot before I lose my mind completely. I'm rambling Am I digressing? Sorry. Didn't mean to. What do they put to the coffee these days? Sheesh. I'm pretty slowly "coming back" to K5 because I was scared away by the Politics. I hate politics, except when it's about Technology or something that actually interests me. Why did they ask me to vote? Sorry, again. Anyway, Nice to see there's more stuff here too these days again. Incoherence rules. Don't you think?

(Eeek, the c4l's search page was broken...)

-- Weyfour WWWWolf, a lupine technomancer from the cold north...


I am: (4.00 / 3) (#158)
by Alarmist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:16:40 AM EST

1. The first male in my family to not join a branch of the US military or reserves. I have considered it from time to time, but changes in my political beliefs and in the political landscape have mostly purged that inclination. If there's real fighting to be done on US soil, I'll join the resistance.

2. Quite dull. I blend in well in crowds and even small groups, so much so that it is easy to forget that I am nearby. I have passed entire days without seeing any of my coworkers, which is quite an accomplishment since:

2a. I am a system administrator. My job title is more grandiose, but it's hard to be an impressive Manager of Information Systems when it's a one-man department. I work for lawyers, who are actually not as bad as you might think.

2b. I have few hobbies aside from reading, gaming, and wasting time with computers. I should get out more.

3. I was diagnosed by a handful of quacks in 1993 after a CAT scan and an EEG. They think I have some sort of neurochemical imbalance, and I'm supposed to take drugs for it. I don't take the drugs, as they made me apathetic and nearly suicidal. It's not as exciting as it sounds. If I hadn't told anyone, they probably would never have known.

4. I have degrees from local universities. Quite a few of the people I socialize with don't, though they've been to college or university. I got lucky enough to have a family with the financial wherewithal to put me through school, since I'm their retirement plan.

5. Politically speaking, I am a left-leaning libertarian. I used to be more right-leaning, but then I stopped being a fundamentalist Christian. Speaking of which, I am now benignly agnostic. I used to be quite militant about my agnosticism, but I got tired of that. Better to let everyone go to hell their own way, so long as it doesn't hurt anyone else.

6. I have a volatile temper that I keep bottled up most of the time.

7. Physically, I am unremarkable. I stand at the low end of average and am slightly overweight, though it's hard to tell because I favor loose clothing. For some reason, I am often mistaken for someone else. Not anyone in particular, but rather a more generalized "I know you" feeling. I am told that I resemble David Letterman, but I think I look more like Sam Neill when I smile.

8. I have done these things:

  • Broken someone's heart.
  • Buried a car's speedometer.
  • Played soccer.
  • Gotten to wave 36 in Galaga.
  • Deflated someone's ego.
  • Gotten high from airplane glue. (Not deliberately)
  • Been afraid after reading frightening stories.
  • Won money for writing fiction.
  • Told anecdotes about obscure pieces of history at the behest of a professor.
  • Disturbed a hypnotist and the audience (who were my classmates).
  • Been accused of not having a subconscious mind (word association games).
  • Ruined class demonstrations with obstinacy.
9. There's more, but this sums it up nicely, I think.

Neurophysiologist know nothing (5.00 / 1) (#195)
by olethros on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:07:50 PM EST

>  3. I was diagnosed by a handful of quacks in 1993 > after a CAT scan and an EEG. They think I have
> some sort of neurochemical imbalance

The neurotransmitter/receptor network of the brain has a similar complexity to the gene activation network - the functionality of neurotx/rx substances is multi-faceted - there is no such thing as a neurochemical imbalance. Oversimplifying things is a nice way to produce a phd thesis, but not a way to treat a patient. I guess if you can function normally without the prescription and there are no evil long-term effects if you abstain - then you should not take the prescription. :P
-- Homepage| Music
I miss my rubber keyboard.
[ Parent ]

Brain drugs. (none / 0) (#198)
by Alarmist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:20:33 PM EST

I was put on lithium to regulate my moods. Apparently, I have a family history of bipolar disorder, and earlier tests (a term that can be applied but loosely to the MMPI) revealed that I might have the disorder.

I don't think I was treated by neurophysicians. What probably happened is that a tech wrote a report about the findings, which was then passed to the shrink, who said that I must have this disorder based on the findings and his interpretation of them. The problem with this is that bipolar disorder (like most other conditions) has a continuum of effect - it is possible to experience degrees of the disorder.

If I have it at all (and an examination conducted now might not find any evidence), it is likely a very mild form. Prescribing 300 mg of lithium per day was akin to swatting a fly with a battleship.

[ Parent ]

Everything you wanted to know... (3.00 / 2) (#163)
by The Solitaire on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:43:37 AM EST

...about me but were afraid to ask.

I've already answered this before, so this is really an update of what I already have said...

I'm a 27 year old CompSci PhD student at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario. I was born in Montreal, Canada - a Quebec anglophone. My French is atrocious. Very shortly thereafter (I was 3), I move to the interior of British Columbia, the town of Castlegar to be precise. Finally I got out of that smelly little hole (ask anyone who's ever been there) and moved to Vancouver - all before the age of 12.

Since the vast majority of my life (the past twenty-three years) has consisted of being a student, that's what I'll focus on here.

My undergraduate degree, unlike most of the other CompSci grads I know, was in Cognitive Science, a curious blend of Linguistics, Psychology, Philosophy, and AI. I specialized first in the psychology of memory and consciousness, but then switched to AI when I realized that doing grad school in CS was going to be dramatically more profitable in the long run than doing it in psychology or philosophy.

I then moved on to my Master's degree, at Simon Fraser University (the same place I did my undergrad), where I worked in the area of computational linguistics, with a focus on information retrieval. Initially I found the area very interesting, but I eventually grew tired of it, and longed to return to my more social scientific roots.

I'm now back to working in Cognitive Science (even though I'm still in the CompSci department) under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Thagard, who is primarily a philosopher. This causes great confusion to the other, more traditional, CS grads here at Waterloo. Right now my particular research is on modeling what I call "subtle conflict of interest scenarios" - situations in which there has been no obvious conflict of interest, but perhaps some undue influence.

Eventually, I hope that I'll end up teaching full-time in a University setting, which I love.

In my spare time, I fence recreationally, try to create music (although I usually just make a mess), drink beer, eat sushi, and play at cooking - not necessarily in that order. For anyone who had read my former writeup, I've kicked the EverQuest habit. (YAY!!)

I'm a pretty lame programmer, though I do fiddle about with it from time to time. The powers that be have finally forced me to learn to program in C/C++. I hate it. A lot. All the fiddling with pointers and references just goes against my natural functional programming tendencies. Aside from C/C++, the programming languages I have programmed in are (in order of learning): Applesoft BASIC (though I'll be damned if I can remember any of it!), Pascal, Modula II, Lisp, Prolog, Java, Perl, Haskell, and Python. I've fallen in love with Python, and I use it for as much of what I do as I possibly can.

There. I knew that I was more complex than my previous 4 paragraph description. Now I have a whole 8 paragraphs of complexity. Of course... three of those are really short paragraphs.. but I'll just ignore that and continue to self-deceive.

I need a new sig.

Learn something early... (2.50 / 2) (#183)
by trhurler on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:39:08 AM EST

If you ever want to matter in computer science: the fact that you prefer something usually means that you learned it first - NOT that you have "natural tendencies" towards it.

Granted, for the kind of thing it sounds like you want to do, C and C++ are seemingly unnecessary, but you'll find something out sooner or later: there's a C compiler everywhere, and you can write ANYTHING in C, including environments for those fruity little languages you love so much. Even if you never do it, having some clue how it is done is essential to not being a useless ivory tower fucktard, which presumably is among your goals in life.

Otherwise, you get things like this fucking masters degree holding asswipe who got out at the same time I did despite the fact that he still considered it a formidable challenge to split a program across multiple source files. Completely useless, I'm telling you.

--
'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
Tendencies (5.00 / 1) (#226)
by The Solitaire on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:25:13 PM EST

I didn't learn lisp first. If you read what I wrote, I learned it fourth. Nor did I say that C or C++ were useless languages. On the contrary, I consider them to be very important languages (perhaps the most important languages). I have now learned both C and C++ (really they aren't all that hard), since it became important for me to do so. If I hadn't been forced to learn them for school, I would have learned them when it became important for me in the "real world". That being said, I still don't especially like programming in either of them, but that says little about my having "some clue as to how it is done".

The reason that I call it my "natural tendency" is that for as long as I can remember, I have "thought" both funtionally and recursively. This is even before I really knew what the two terms even referred to. I always found programming somewhat foriegn feeling (not that I couldn't do it, just that it always felt awkward) until I was introduced to LISP, with which I immediately fell in love. Since then, I've actively tried to learn as many languages as I can (to a limited extent - I only have so much time). Yes, this includes the "fruity little languages" that you mention. It also would have included C/C++ in time, if it hadn't been forced upon me first.

One more thing... even though I agree that learning C/C++ is important for doing real work in computing science, I'm not sure how not knowing it relegates one to being a "useless ivory tower fucktard", as you put it. Sure, if one is doing computer science, it's a good thing to know. If not, then I'd hardly say that it is all that important. Since I'm not all that interested in core computing science, I may just as easily end up in a psychology or philosophy department, where programming will hardly be the greatest of my concerns.

Finally, splitting something across multiple sourcefiles is in no way unique to C or C++. Nor is that in any way the most difficult aspect of the language. In fact, other than to try and troll me, I'm not sure why you mentioned it.

I need a new sig.
[ Parent ]

One thing (5.00 / 1) (#251)
by trhurler on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:11:26 PM EST

The splitting a program thing was meant as an example, to demonstrate just how limited this guy's knowledge really is. He has trouble with things like running a compiler, or understanding that when his program doesn't work, it is a virtual guarantee that he's at fault somehow. It was not meant as the end all and be all of programmer ability or as a troll.

As for your comments, I stand by what I said; even the most esoteric of computer applications is built on the same machines the rest of us use, and there is no way to deeply understand those machines without understanding the tools with which their software is built. Without deep understanding(and this is controversial, but it also happens to be true,) you will do stupid things, even if that understanding has no direct bearing on your work.

--
'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
Me (none / 0) (#164)
by Cro Magnon on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:43:39 AM EST

I'm a 42 year old computer programmer. I used to program in COBOL. Now I'm supposed to be a Java programmer, if everyone can ever quit fooling with various diagrams and I could actually start coding! I'm an American, living in the Midwest. I'm politically conservative, and arguing with liberals pushes me farther to the right! I'm overweight, but still in good shape.
Information wants to be beer.
Who am i? (3.00 / 2) (#166)
by xria on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:57:00 AM EST

Born in 1974 in the UK to what would be considered a working class background where both parents worked. Did the college + university thing but dropped out during year out, basically depressed at how little what I was learning was applicable in business.

Since then went to work as a programmer, which is sometimes very enjoyable, and sometimes just blah.

Been into computers since very early on (ZX Spectrum/Amiga/PC route with a PS1 thrown in at home, UNIX while at Uni), programming, playing games, and other dubious activities.

Pastimes include board games, RPGs, computer games, online games (RS:BT, UT, Q3, Everquest, MUDs, etc), various web communities and projects, and very occasionally outdoor stuff like karting, soccer, badminton, etc.

Politically I tend to be fairly moderate on most issues.

I have quite a wide background in computers, economics, chemistry, literature, technology, and interests in geography, geology, history, politics, philosophy, music, physics, electronics, etc.

i am (3.66 / 3) (#167)
by evilpckls on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:59:49 AM EST

me, for the most part. im a 20 year old female wisconsonite currently attenting UW madison with a major in botany. i was born in appleton, WI, and until moving to madison, spent most of my life in a teeny city with no stop light. this summer i will be starting my thesis. im starting to look around for grad schools.

im dating the wonderful nstenz, havent quite hit the one year mark on the official relationship, but we've been best friends for a whole bunch of years. i love that man to death. =)

anyhoo, thats me. i dont know what else to include.

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"...Defeat Superman and call yourself an idiot, and you'd be the Krypton Neon Xeon Neon Xenon Moron." --DesiredUsername

Yay for Wisconsin (5.00 / 1) (#298)
by Control Group on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:01:06 PM EST

Good to know I'm not alone in this state.

Although, as a native Milwaukeean and a Marquette basketball fan, I'm required to despise Madison.

But I won't tell if you won't.

***
"Oh, nothing. It just looks like a simple Kung-Fu Swedish Rastafarian Helldemon."
[ Parent ]

Moi (3.00 / 2) (#168)
by JWhiton on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:02:01 AM EST

I'm a 18-year-old geek currently attending Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.  I hope to double major in Computer Science and Japanese because I enjoy both subjects.  When I'm not in college I live in Burlington, Washington, which is about 60 miles north of Seattle.

My goal right now is to get into the game industry after I graduate.  Right now I'm thinking that I'll start by doing graphics programming and then hopefully get in a design position after a while.

Unlike most geeks, I'm really into heavy metal.  Not the sissy angstier-than-thou yo-homie crap that's been coming out of America for the last few years, but the real metal that's been coming mainly out of Europe for the last 10 years or so (especially Finland).  Bands like Children of Bodom, Megadeth (yeah, they're American, but who cares), Opeth, Immortal, Dissection, Divercia, Arch Enemy, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, and many more.  I also like listening to really good guitar players like Marty Friedman, Joe Satriani, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

As far as books go, I really dig Neal Stephenson, the Wheel of Time Series, and Neil Gaiman.

I'm a person who doesn't like introductions (3.00 / 2) (#169)
by Lynoure on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:02:11 AM EST

I'm a costumer / computer girl who doesn't like doing introductions. If somebody wants to know who I am, they can get to know me themselves.

Might be hard (none / 0) (#173)
by Platy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:10:38 AM EST

Specially over the net it is quite hard to "get to know you" myself. How should I do this? How to start? Write you an email? ...?

Or just don't contact you at all over the net?
--
Tongue-tied and twisted, just an earthbound misfit, I.
[ Parent ]
Email, definately. (5.00 / 1) (#383)
by Lynoure on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:40:32 AM EST

Email is a good way to start. Or saying hello to me on IRCnet (my nick shouldn't be too hard to guess).

I think I would feel rather intimitated if some stranger actually phoned me just to get to know me.  

Of course, there is also the good old way or reading my kuro5hin diary and comments to figure out the essentials (except if one thinks a/s/l are the essentials...)

[ Parent ]

Ah, what the hell (none / 0) (#170)
by jayhawk88 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:02:32 AM EST

I'm Mike Vogts. I'm 30 years old, living in Wichita, KS where I am currently employed as a Network Specialist at the KU School of Medicine - Wichita. I graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1996 with a degree in Computer Science, and directly went into the computer support field. I'm big-time into video games (see Joystick101) as my major hobby. I recently proposed to my girlfriend Jennifer, and will be getting married sometime in late October/early November.

Why, then, should we grant government the Orwellian capability to listen at will and in real time to our communications across the Web? -- John Ashcroft
Hello then (3.00 / 2) (#174)
by amarodeeps on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:11:42 AM EST

I am 27. I live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NYC, U.S. of A. God is dead.



Nothing special here. (3.66 / 3) (#175)
by Platy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:12:01 AM EST

I am Johannes M.R., 20 years old. I live in Vienna, Austria (no, not Australia). I used to go to school for 12 years, and finished it with the Matura (perhaps you know the word Abitur, which is more or less the same. It's called Abitur in Germany and Matura in Austria). At the moment I am in a psychiatric hospital where I will live for around two to four months.

My dream: To live on a Catana 471 or 472 with a nice girl/woman and sail around the world. I know this is a bit unrealistic. :-)
--
Tongue-tied and twisted, just an earthbound misfit, I.
SPYvSPY (3.50 / 4) (#176)
by SPYvSPY on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:25:42 AM EST

As SPYvSPY, I inhabit the persona of a mythic heroic male in his early thirties.

When I was a young boy, my older brother showed me the device that is surgically implanted into all human children immediately after birth (he had found his by accident, when he chiselled a penny-sized hole in his skull and groped around inside). My brother, unfortunately, was unable to strike the proper balance between his spiritual and animal elements, and was overcome by God's open presence in the unfettered mind. In the end, he came to love God too much, and was unable (unwilling?) to obey God when God ordered him to bow to ordinary men. My brother now lives a life of constant anguish and despair, and wreaks havoc and spreads evil out of his spite for humankind. We haven't spoken in months.

Meanwhile, I have also had the device removed from my head (although much later than my brother, and in a slightly more clinical setting). Keeping my brother's plight in mind, I temper my conscious elements with heavy dosages of animal fury and passion. I go to great lengths to give my body meaningful control over my mind, and vice versa, in an equitable and cyclical exchange. This means that I am extraordinarily limber and fit in both the physical and mental sense. I have trained in scores of martial traditions, including some of the (overrated) Asian martial traditions. I am a self-taught horseman, hunter and shepherd.

Oddly enough, I find normal people (i.e., those that are still under the influence of the device) quite enviable. I long to be able to devote massive chunks of energy to trifling issues again. After all, once you have taken the big step back and have seen the entire umbra of truth, it is impossible to regain the myopia required to treat details as if they were important. In some ways, humanity is like an ant colony with thousands of drones busily fussing over each square centimeter on the stardust trail of life's arc. It's endearing, really.

But the end of my story is not a glide into the serene waters of enlightenment. Like the other great heros before me, I was willing to eschew my gifts, cast away my godliness, to benefit the race of men. But humankind's ignorance is like a stone wall, and I cast myself against it until I was broken and bruised. In the end, my fellow men ejected me from their company, ostrasized me from their community, killed me with arrows and stones and hung me from a tree.

It was just a few weeks later, when I emerged from my grave, that I began posting on K5.
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nice one. (none / 0) (#188)
by SimonTzu on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:53:42 AM EST

BTW there's water that needs carrying.
--
Simon Tzu
Storyteller
www.deeptalent.com
[ Parent ]
A tall, rough man with a big, yellow beard (4.00 / 2) (#177)
by Yellowbeard on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:28:22 AM EST

Well, maybe I am not all that rough, and, lately, at any rate, my beard has been trimmed short.

IRL I go by Captain, Cap'n, Yellowbeard, William or, for a week in high school: shithead. I don't really care what ppl call me as long as I know you're talking to me.

I have always been a sort of renaissance man. I have a degree in philosophy (specializing in ethics), a degree in anthropology, a minor in geology and am writing my thesis on internet dating in order to complete my MA in anthropology. All these degrees are, unfortunately, useless so right now I work for a University as a graphics designer/writer/editor/meeting arranger/glorified secretary as well as working part time as the business manager for a machine vision company specializing in pavement management.

Things that annoy me: It drives me nuts that when an engineer tells someone "this design for a bridge won't work," they listen - after all, (s)he's a professional; when an MD tells someone, "you have cancer," they listen - after all (s)he's a professional; when a compsci person tells someone "this C++ code is all wrong," they listen - after all, the geek is a professional; but when a philosopher says, "I don't really think that you understand ethics/morals/mind-body/etc, let me give you another take," well, sir, that's just the philosopher's opinion. The same goes for anthropology, for the most part. It just sucks to become somewhat versed in a field only to be told that everything one says about it is the equivilant of what any layman says about it.

I am also annoyed by: republicans, bleeding heart liberals, people who get duped because they don't know any better (more for their sake, then really against them) and bad American beer.

Some of the things I have done: I built a porsche 914 in high school. I occassionally brew beer. I think a lot (the wheels are just spinning up there with the result of an occassional puff of smoke about the ears if not much else). I play RPGS - still (even though I am 27). I read sci-fi - a lot. But I try not to just be a geek. I also play racquetball (fair to middlin), basketball, and downhill ski.

I'm bored now, and if you've gotten this far, then I am sure you are as well. That's a bit about me at least. Have a nice day.


"Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt." - Deniro in Ronin


Something which may annoy you: (4.00 / 1) (#228)
by NFW on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:40:10 PM EST

Bridges either support their load, or they collapse. A person either has cancer, or doesn't. Software either performs according to specification, or doesn't. Any claims in matters such as these can be tested and independently verified. Sometimes you have misdiagnoses or vague specifications, but for the most part, they're objectively measurable.

There may arise questions of logical consistency, but it seems to me that the reason people are often reluctant to accept others' statements in philosophical matters is that there isn't an objective method with which to verify the accuracy of those statements. Often it's very easy to say, "yes, you could look at it that way, but you could also approach from the perspective of..."

Honest question: Can philosophies be objectively measured? What sort of objective criteria might they be measured against?


--
Got birds?


[ Parent ]

That's a good response (4.00 / 2) (#430)
by Yellowbeard on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 03:18:35 PM EST

as well as a common one. I will address it in two ways:

1. bridges, diagnoses, etc., can be objectively verified, but can they be verified by the people subjecting themselves to the opinions of the engineers, MDs, etc. making them? The answer is, "not usually." However, their opinions are still usually taken as no less than God's honest truth by laymen. I know that this doesn't exactly address what you are saying but I think it is an important observation. The thing is, philosophers almost never are simply given the benefit of the doubt because they are experts.

2. You're right. I would say that I probably disagree with most philosophers even, who normally, when asked why they do philosophy, say that they are pursuing "truth." I, however, tend to view philosophy in a similar light as I view weight lifting: both are excercises which don't necessarily bring about any obviously useful results in and of themselves, but when practiced, all of them make a whole host of other things one might do easier. Lifting weights might make it easier to pick up boxes, to play football or to pick up chicks. Practicing philosophy makes thinking objectively, detaching oneself from a situation before considering it or thinking one's way out of an apparant dilemma easier (or should, at any rate).

So I do not necessarily say that philosophy will necessarily solve anything objectively (indeed, I am a nihilist, or, as I prefer to refer to myself, a compassionate nihilist, so I don't really put a lot of stock in objectivity). The thing is, though, building bridges or curing diseases aren't necessarily objective pursuits either - there are certainly many "right" ways to do either. And, truthfully, with enough study and thought and reference, a smart layman might be able to do those tasks also. However, as they have studied extensively, it is faster and probably wiser to higher an expert. I feel that it's the same with philosophy. I don't claim to be holding a bag of right answers (and philosophers who do would be called preachers, in my view) but I have had the luxury of having spent, for example, seven years, now on really thinking about "ethics" and "morality," whereas I doubt most have done. Even if I don't have a "right" answer, I would say that, having thought about it a whole lot and having read about it extensively and even having written a thesis (albeit an undergrad thesis) on the subject, I don't think it's fair to dismiss my opinion as being worth no more than someone with a CompSci degree and a libertatian attitude.

Think about it - Quantum Mechanics is quite confusing and there are definitely a lot of possible answers in the field, but who would you be more likely to believe, Stephen Hawkings or Richard Dawkins? My money is on Dr. Hawkings. Just like, in religious matters, my money is on a priest and in medical matters my money is on my MD.

/2 cents


"Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt." - Deniro in Ronin


[ Parent ]
Me (3.00 / 2) (#178)
by Deltastorm on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:32:24 AM EST

19 year old CS student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, living in Chicago (school) and it's suburbs (home).
I mostly lurk, but I've surfaced occasionally, which mirrors my offline personality. Other than that I'm one boring guy.

"I'll goatse OS X and gui an emacs in soviet russia." --rusty
I'm a million years old. I remember dinosaurs. (3.00 / 1) (#184)
by IHCOYC on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:44:39 AM EST

Well, not exactly. I am:
  • a small town lawyer;
  • portly;
  • graying;
  • goateed;
  • I chopped down the cherry tree;
  • I had to -- I needed some rails to split;
  • Know Latin well, Greek not quite as well, and can usually make out Egyptian hieroglyphs;
  • also French well, and a bit of Swedish;
  • fond of baroque and other pompous prose;
  • happily single;
  • have a gloomy disposition, but keep a sense of humour about it.

 --
The color is black, the material is leather, the seduction is beauty, the justification is honesty, the aim is ecstasy, the fantasy is death.
whooooo am I? (3.00 / 2) (#185)
by condour on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:48:34 AM EST

I'm a 27 year old freelance flash designer in New Jersey. I'm an atheist, a leftist curmudgeon, and I have been very active in anti-war stuff over the last month. I believe that our long term prospects of peace will require strengthened international institutions.

The authors I've read lately: Howard Reingold, Cory Doctorow, Richard Dawkins, SJ Gould, Umberto Eco, Steven Pinker, Lawrence Lessig.

My education was in film, so one of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a DVD. I joined netflix and I've been loving it. Recently I've gone through a Godard streak, and checked out a few recent Bollywoods.

I *do* watch TV, though it's harder to find anything good on these days. I'm a huge Simpsons fan, and I also enjoy a lot of the Adult Swim lineup. I can't watch CNN anymore.

Outdoorsywise, i like to hike, and bike, and I have a great interest in the natural landscape of urban areas; how streams flow through towns, etc. I also scuba dive, but I get bored after about 45 minutes of it.



trhurler is (3.00 / 2) (#191)
by trhurler on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:00:30 PM EST

not going to give out his real name. Odds are anyone official who wants/needs it already has it, and so far the others who have it have been kind enough to keep that to themselves.

I think my previous entries and my user info bio describe me pretty well. Just add that I've taken up working on cars. I'm currently looking over, cleaning up, and preparing to take apart a 280Z that I'll eventually make a drag car out of, and I'm preparing to build a Lotus Seven-ish car using some of the Z parts and some other stuff. I need a bigger tool box.

And of course, I did your mom last night.

--
'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

by a weird coincidence (none / 0) (#219)
by adequate nathan on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:37:49 PM EST

I know trhurler's rl name, but I'm not going to tell you. Nyaah!

Nathan
"For me -- ugghhh, arrgghh."
-Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, in Frank magazine, Jan. 20th 2003

Join the petition: Rusty! Make dumped stories & discussion public!
[ Parent ]

what a coincidence (none / 0) (#308)
by postindustrialist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:10:49 PM EST

you didn my mom and your mom did my dead dog's stiff cock....
oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
question everything.
this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno
[ Parent ]
yes (none / 0) (#413)
by trhurler on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 11:33:55 AM EST

but not me:)

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'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
Soldier's Life (3.00 / 2) (#192)
by Hyppy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:02:37 PM EST

I'm a 20 year old paratrooper serving with the 327th Signal Battalion in Fort Bragg, NC. I have been serving for close to 2 years now, with at least another 2 to go.

My dream? Think of Peter Gibbons' response to "What would you do if you had a million dollars?"

Yeah.

You have seen me before (3.00 / 2) (#196)
by olethros on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:13:42 PM EST

Sometimes lurking in a dark corner of the bar, occasionally sitting opposite you in the underground. You may have heard the irritated yelping sounds that I make when I am frustrated, or have become annoyed by the loud music I tend to play at extremely early hours of the morning. Or, perhaps, you might have spotted a curiously walking stranger walking towards you with evil in his eye, amongst the crowd. Most of you will have seen me but once - for long afterwards instictively avoiding me. The rest, who have seen me not, are not safe - and those that insist on seeing me are as corrupted as I.

-- Homepage| Music
I miss my rubber keyboard.
The wacky world of gzt. (5.00 / 1) (#197)
by gzt on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:16:21 PM EST

I had a rough first year of my life. Born rather early, mono, jaundice, spinal meningitis, fell down the stairs often, struck by lightning... Most likely stunted my physical and mental growth.  

I am becoming a reactionary in many ways, but I still call myself a leftivist. I no longer, however, mock liberalists in public, since now I may accidentally be considered by some to be a troglodite conservative who hates progress. I do hate progress. I am also a sinner, but God can forgive that.

I am from Iowa. I attend a prestigious college. I may drop out and become a goatherd. If not, I will study math and continue to want to marry L----. I ran into her the other day, and we talked and she mentioned how her curmudgeonly greatuncle was impressed by her friends, me in particular ("the tall one"), as an example of modern youth. I think it was because I knew the music he was talking about.

Struck by lightning... (5.00 / 1) (#205)
by jhouserizer on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:36:59 PM EST

Hey, I was stuck once myself! Not too many of us that can make that claim! (at least not honestly).

[ Parent ]
To be honest... (none / 0) (#210)
by gzt on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:52:50 PM EST

I wasn't directly hit, and I don't know exactly what happened, as I was 1 and the time.  Lightning struck the house, some funky stuff happened, a hole got burnt through my blanket, and the TV never worked again. But I was indeed hit by part of it.

[ Parent ]
Iowa (none / 0) (#250)
by ignatiusst on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:10:12 PM EST

While God can forgive you your sins, I am afraid that being from Iowa damns you by default.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. -- Jonathan Swift
[ Parent ]

Work. (3.00 / 2) (#200)
by Work on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:23:05 PM EST

This particular nickname comes from the side of Sponge's Rotting Piñata album which is sitting a foot to my upper left. The word "WORK" is printed on the label, I guess it is a publisher.

At the time of this writing, I am 21 and a CS major at the University of Texas Austin. I think i'm on a 5 year plan, but maybe 4 and a half. Too soon to tell.

I originally hail from Houston, but am glad I left that fetid city.

I made/operate a game in my spare time, it is about espionage and stabbing people with poisoned umbrellas.

I also take pictures.

I am horrible at writing about myself, this little textbox does nothing to describe my life or anything like it.

bojo (none / 0) (#201)
by bojo on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:26:59 PM EST

bojo is a nickname I aquired for myself in 1996 as an online handle.  Since then, it has been used more often than my given name as a form of address offline.  Even my dad calls me bojo.

I attend the University of Alaska, Fairbanks as a Fine Arts student, with emphasis on Computer Art.  I program at a local utility as a student intern creating web/database projects, and have been doing so for close to 3 1/2 years now.

One of my favorite games is Go.

I am super awesome (3.00 / 2) (#202)
by Apreche on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:28:50 PM EST

I'm not like a lot of the other people here who seem to paranoid to reveal information. My name is Scott Rubin. I was born in Queens, NY and lived there until I was 1 when I moved to CT, where my family lives today. Of course, now I am 20 years old, and live in Rochester, NY. I currently attend The Rochester Institute of Technology as a Computer Science major. I like video games, computers, anime, german board games, hockey, cars and all that kind of good stuff. I'm also currently big into Pirates and Ninjas. If you want to get to know me without getting to know me, just read penny arcade. My personality and looks match that of Gabe (the character, not the real life person) or so I've been told, and my interests match pretty well up with Tycho (the person, not the character) I guess. And, I know its bad, but I'm a /. whooore, under the same name.


RIT (none / 0) (#237)
by Merk00 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:15:26 PM EST

Me too (end AOL voice now).

I'd say that I know you but I don't think I do. Pity being a Computer Science major though.

------
"At FIRST we see a world where science and technology are celebrated, where kids think science is cool and dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
- FIRST Mission
[ Parent ]

uh, well (5.00 / 1) (#203)
by vivelame on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:29:52 PM EST

I'm a 30 years old french guy (1973Q1), from Paris (france).
I live in a flat in paris, sometimes with my girlfriend.

Five years ago, i dropped from the ceramics engineering courses i was attending, and went to work.
I started doing Windows tech support, then teached myself UNIX (still a big fan of my fisrt linux distro, Slackware, even if i've since gone FreeBSD..), and went system administrator (the BOFH kind :-P ).
I'm now system engineer, taking care of the provisionning software at a french cable provider, and doing all kinds of UNIXish thingies here.

As a former goth, i still dress mostly in black (through i recently had to learn to wear a tie), and still hate everything top50.
I listen to many groups/artists, from many genres.. My all-time favs are NIN, The Cure and Dead Can Dance (did i mention i'm a former goth? :-) ), but i enjoy (for example) Divine Comedy, Justin Sullivan, Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Buckley, Bach, Bob Marley, and so on.

When i'm not working or listening to music, i like to waste my time (in no particular order):
  • spending time with my girlfriend, ie DVDs, museums, art exhibits, movies, parks, just chatting
  • reading (lots of SF/whatever: OS Card, Pratchett, Robin Cook, RR Martin, Stephenson, et al.)
  • arguing with pro-wars, notably on K5
  • playing (RPGs, and computer games: Counter Strike, Natural Selection, Anarchy Online.. Currently finishing Splinter Cell.)



    --
    Jonathan Simon: "When the autopsy of our democracy is performed, it is my belief that media silence will be given as the primary cause of death."
  • Quick facts (5.00 / 1) (#204)
    by jhouserizer on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:34:56 PM EST

    30 y.o. married, 2 kids, live in suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Profession: Software Engineer Recent Interests: Politics, Econonics, Law Long-standing Interests: Technology, science, the "great outdoors". Last serveral books I've read: My Name is Asher Lev, The Autograph Man, Plagues of the Mind, Lee, Founding Brothers, Blindness

    me... (3.66 / 3) (#206)
    by coderlemming on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:44:05 PM EST

    I'm pretty sure this will get lost in the shuffle, but...

    I program, and I like the game lemmings (in many, but not all of its incarnations) probably a bit too much. Hence the name. It was the first thing I tried that wasn't taken on some IM service or another, and it's stuck.

    I'm 20, going to school at WPI in Worcester, MA. I've programmed since at least age 14, and still enjoy it. I'm majoring in computer science, and minoring in math, and love both.

    I'm probably a liberal, or something... I don't really keep track. I tend to debate on what interests me, tossing in random ideas in random threads. I'm a hippy at heart, somewhat of an environment-freak, and yes, I eat granola. And tofu. And very little meat. Considering submitting a piece about organic food, but I'm not sure anyone will care.

    That's it. Ask if you'd like more.


    --
    Go be impersonally used as an organic semen collector!  (porkchop_d_clown)
    Stepping away from Lurk (3.66 / 3) (#207)
    by sophacles on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:45:32 PM EST

    Hello,

    I usually lurk around here but I occasionally post, and would like to post more. So I figured that I would introduce myself.

    I'm sort of like the character Dr. Cox from the US television show "Scrubs".  I strongly dissagree with the concept of people identifying themselves in fictional characters. Yeah, I'm wierd.

    About my login name: I decided to try it out in high school, right after reading Sophocles (in English class, I don't get it either) and it stuck.  I guess being the cynical bastard that I am, I keep a cynical bastard's name. It's spelled wrong as my nick. I don't spell all that well.

    I have this reading habit, it's a bad one too. The more I read, the more titles get added to my to-read list.  If you draw it in a tree (what I read and what it makes me want to read being its children) its ugly and possibly fractal. Looking at my bookshelf, my current favorite authors are apparently Kurt vonnegut and Terry Pratchett. Most interesting 5 books on my shelf (in no real order):
    -Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jack Diamond
    -The Mapmakers by John Noble Wilford
    -The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
    -Cryptonimicon by Neal Stephenson
    -Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by Ursula K. LeGuinn

    I enjoy learning things, and solving problems.  If I am not learning something, even if it is a trivial fact or slightly different point of view, or solving some sort of problem, I'm probably bored.  I'm scared of being bored, I structure my life around boredom avoidance.

    I'm also scared of:
    -Meaningful relationships, lest they turn me into my father.
    -Killing things unneccesarily (no im not a vegetarian or anything like that, I consider my survival an acceptable reason to kill something).
    -Knowing all the answers, and people who claim they do.
    -Probably more stuff, but I'm not thinking hard now. Im saving that for my test this afternoon.

    I guess I should mention the boring stuff. I'm in college right now, studying for and undergraduate degree in Geography, with a CS minor.  I focus alot on spatial systems modelling, remote sensing and other things that can be lumped in the now almost meaningless term GIS.

    I'm male, 22 years old, work at a bar doing it all (cooking, bouncing, bussing, bartending) as the bossman sees fit, get drunk sometimes, and do random projects.

    Some projects I'm working on right now:
    -A case mod. Not the usual computer porn (ooh a window so you can see my computer's private bits), but a interesting looking computer. Ill post pics online sometime when its finished.
    -A historical database for my fraternity (facts, pictures, articles etc) to sell to alumni to get some cash. Just because I'm in a fraternity doesn't mean that I am a typical fratboy. Please don't judge me by that one piece of info like so many people do. Its a good way to network. I'm not buying my friends. If that was the case I wouldn't have to do the same amount of "work" (for lack of better word) to keep those guys my friends as I do with my non-fraternity friends. But I digress. If you want more info about fraternity stuff reply.
    -Learning to play chess. Its become a spectator sport at the house I live in (with people from work, not my fraternity). Amusing, and intellectually stimulating at the same time!

    I enjoy a good debate, that doesn't degenerate into name calling. (k5 alot of the time).  You'll catch me playing devil's advocate alot.  It's fun. For some reason people in my classes don't like me for it, but hey, I'm there to learn.

    Anyway thats about it from me. I hope you were at least amused with my attempt to write in Vonnegut style (although I know I strayed from it more often than not).

    Thanks for reading.
    Sophacles

    circletimessquare (4.00 / 4) (#209)
    by circletimessquare on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:49:02 PM EST

    i live in times square, new york city.

    i worked at the world trade center until sept 11, 2001.

    i program for cash.

    pro-gun control, pro-abortion rights. pro-marijuana legalization. anti-death penalty. so i feel leftist.

    but:

    i am an atheist. although, i believe the world is full of mystery. and atheists who lose touch with the intrinsic awe and mystical nature of being alive have lost passion in their lives. i dislike their dead spirit more than an honest christian or moslem or jew or hindu or buddhist.

    heroin and other hard drugs should stay illegal.

    i think pedophiles should be castrated.

    i hate bush. he is a moron. he's a rich frat boy with a stupid smirk on his face. i cried when he stole the election from the more thoughtful and intelligent gore. luckily, he will be gone in a year. so worrying about bush is a red herring.

    but: i am for the war in iraq. i consider myself to be a leftist hawk. i think removing the iraqi populace from saddams' yoke can do nothing but move the world forward as a whole. progressive pragmatism? radical humanism? i care about everyone in the world. i am leftist in my global outlook and equality of all human beings. i think leftists who disagree with war are naive, moral children. they are basically the same as anti-abortionists: they don't understand why sometimes nasty things are necessary in the world because of nasty circumstances.

    and xenophobes who think that the argument on human rights stops at the border of their own country are pathetic. we are all one with the human race. we must care and fight for each other regardless of national borders. i care about the world, not the united states. saying "hands off iraq" because it is none of our business is the same as ethnocentrism: you are saying the fight to guarantee fundamental human rights do not apply outside the borders of your own country. this is provincial, insular, inward-looking.

    oh yeah: libertarians tick me off. personal accountability is the bedrock of any functional society. but ayn rand is a crackpot. her stuff is reductionist, faulty logic masquerading as deeper insight into human nature. libertarianism is poppycock. it merely denies some of the most wonderful aspects of human nature in the name of demystifying the only things that make life worth living: love for your fellow human being. libertarianism only works in a world where no one cares about anyone else. its principles are as absurd and utopian as communism. it is a theoretical pipe dream.

    and the age we live in will be defined by the growth of democracy, or its shrinking in the face of fundamentalism and tyranny. i hope we understand the real conflict, and aren't swayed by the red herrings.


    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    amen to that. (none / 0) (#370)
    by aphrael on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 01:25:48 AM EST

    i am an atheist. although, i believe the world is full of mystery. and atheists who lose touch with the intrinsic awe and mystical nature of being alive have lost passion in their lives. i dislike their dead spirit more than an honest christian or moslem or jew or hindu or buddhist.

    Amen.

    [ Parent ]

    I like waffles (4.00 / 2) (#211)
    by Dphitz on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:53:29 PM EST

    I am:
    dphitz (duh)
    31
    living in S. California
    a Graphic Designer (hoping to move into Illustration)
    an atheist
    a fan of SpongeBob
    a Tool fan
    a reforming Democrat (not Republican - too conservative, too Christiany)
    a snowboarder (but I'm not a prick)
    always suffering from road rage
    always suffering from a huge crush on Alyssa Milano
    going to go now


    God, please save me . . . from your followers

    Punk Rock Teacher (3.66 / 3) (#212)
    by rustyc20 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:53:56 PM EST

    I'm 24-years-old, a freelance and creative writer, in graduate school for English Education, taught high school English, teach English as a Second Language to 4th graders, listen to, play, and explore the subtleties of punk rock, worked for a television production company, surf and snowboard avidly, am obsessed with language, and have been on a recent kick of reading Aldous Huxley, though I devour nearly all literature and neo-philosophy I have the time to get into. And I've a long-time girlfriend with whom I'm in the awkward stage in which I'm deciding if the time to pop the question is drawing near.

    o yeah, from Virginia in the U.S.[nt] (5.00 / 1) (#213)
    by rustyc20 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:57:30 PM EST



    [ Parent ]
    Mohammed Niyal Sayeed Factsheet (3.00 / 2) (#215)
    by Mohammed Niyal Sayeed on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 12:58:32 PM EST

    I am 33, male, and a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina since October, 2002. Prior to that, I lived in San Francisco for three years, Kalamazoo, MI for three years, Indianapolis, IN, West Lafayette, IN, Chicago, IL, Bloomington, IN, and a host of other locations.

    I am a UNIX System Administrator by trade, lover of cryptography, math geek, and I don't believe in the notion of "intellectual property". I am a dirty Libertarian, and not of the Rand variety. I am also a misanthrope, which is a position I came to via years of experience with humanity.

    I am a former USENET troll, and enjoy making and listening to music in a large array of genres. I am a rabid bike commuter (in a city that isn't terribly bike-commute friendly), a weapon owner, and SOCOM Online player. I enjoy cooking, and bothering people. I lack the attention span to watch movies, for the most part. I have extensive background knowledge of all things Templar, Rosicrucian, and Freemasonic, having been semi-obsessed with the structure of various conspiracy theories for a 5 year period during which I should have been doing schoolwork.

    I consider myself lucky that I don't have to deal with Microsoft products or Linux or Intel-compatible hardware for the most part, and enjoy the collecting of old computers. My favorites are the NeXT Cube I bought from a Canadian programmer, and a Silicon Graphics Indigo 2, which I bought from a large university's salvage department.

    I also paint, but horribly. And I have lesbian issues due to a bitter breakup with someone to whom I was engaged. These issues manifest themselves in meta-trolling.


    --
    "You need to get your own point, then we can have an elaborate dance fight." - jmzero

    smoochie really is (3.66 / 3) (#216)
    by smoochie on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:00:55 PM EST

    Jason Mucci
    33 yrs old
    married - no children
    software developer for large telecom
    lives and works in Chicago(love it here on the near west side), grew up in rural Illinois, USA

    I have always had a thing for bikes. From childhood freestyle/BMX to currently riding my bike recklessly in the gridlocked traffic. Don't worry though as I always wear my helmet.

    I love to cook and worked in a 3 star French restaurant here in the city in an effort to become a chef. Turns out that was only an exploratory career move.

    I also have the typical tech/geek interests such as: computers, linux, Simpsons, science fiction, and eyeglass fashions. Then throw in just about any outdoor activity. Musically, I've really been diggin gangster rap lately, but I am willing to try just about anything once.

    I would like to be able to travel more. Possibly learn a foreign language. Living abroad would be nice, but each day I seem to move further and further from that opportunity.

    My ethnic background is a mixture of Dutch, German and Italian. Although the mix seems to have cancelled any of the ethnicity which might possibly be associated with those backgrounds.

    I've been reading k5 for about 6 months now but only recently started contributing. I am, almost daily, impressed by the depth and breadth of some comment or other on a topic. You all should take a moment to pat yourselves on the back.

    See. I've been around k5 long enough to know how to whore properly.

    Where in rural Illinois? (none / 0) (#283)
    by schlouse on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:37:46 PM EST

    You declined to state what town it was! I'm from DeKalb, IL, BTW. Now live in San Jose, CA. Just curious, I guess.

    Mark S.

    [ Parent ]

    Morrison, IL (none / 0) (#409)
    by smoochie on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 10:38:57 AM EST

    It's about 1 hour due west of Dekalb.

    I did some time in Dekalb as a student. Man do I miss Ollies frozen custard!

    [ Parent ]

    Ollies is the best. (none / 0) (#456)
    by schlouse on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 10:00:05 PM EST

    Nothing like when it opens up after the winter closing. Oh yeah, the blueberry cheescake and apple strudel custard.... On a waffle cone... Ahhh. I wish I had some way to take it back here with me.

    When I went back over the holidays, I was surprised to see how fast the place is growing. Instead of having to either go all the way to Rockford or St. Charles, all the people from the small towns around seem to be going to DeKalb for shopping. I wonder how big things are going to get. My theory is that Dekalb and Sycamore will eventually merge together.

    Good place to visit once in a while. Shitty place to live though. :-)

    Mark S.

    [ Parent ]

    I think everyone that grows up in a small town... (5.00 / 1) (#504)
    by smoochie on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 02:56:16 PM EST

    ...ends up hating it.

    Seems like urban sprawl will take over Dekalb very soon. They have been building quite a few new subdivisions NW of Sycamore.

    [ Parent ]

    I yams what i yams. (3.00 / 2) (#218)
    by lithmonkey on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:02:04 PM EST

    I'm 23yr old male living in Seattle WA. I'm a Taurus. I work at a computer game company in Kirkland, WA, as a character artist and animator. I went to school at the Art Institute of Seattle, which wasn't as bad as some would have you believe - but it's pretty close. Uh, you can check out my crap at:

    http://www.madefaction.com/~agrant/

    I'm going to NY from March 18th through the 25th. I'm hoping to score some interviews at some game companies there as I'd like to move to NY. If anyone has any connections, let me know!

    I like long walks on the beach...

    hola! (4.00 / 4) (#220)
    by postindustrialist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:42:00 PM EST

    i lived in jersey for most of my life. (the US for those of you across the seas) i live in PA now. i'm only 21 and unlike the majority of slackers i know my age, i've moved out of the parents place and am trying to make it on my own. i've only got a years worth of college under my belt, dropped out due to personal issues in my life (love can really fuck ya over) and planning on going back.

    as i stand on issues i'm an anarchist of sorts. i believe there should be no laws, that peple should be self governing. they are truly capable of it and the law just seems to retard them. "idiot proofing only makes bigger idiots." will anarchism ever work? no. people like being led.

    i'm agnostic. i'm very much a religious person though. science is in no way the answer to everything, if, perhaps, even anything. after all, science changes its mind every few hundred years, the questions religion tries to offer have withstood for millenia. religion is pretty fucked up anymore though.

    i'm pro choice. i'm against the death penalty. go figure. most people who ask me how i can be willing to save a guilty life take one from someone that hasn't yet lived i find haven't had to deal with many issues concerning these. i believe anyone can be redeemed and i lived 20 years of my life in alot of pain and misery brought on by my birth. the next few might be quite grand i think but still, don't cause a lifetime of pain for someone you will hate.

    i'm a nice guy apparently.. i get told it enough. kinda scares me. you can be nice too ya know...:P

    i've got attitude. quite a bit of it too. it's all for show.

    i love to write. i am HORRIBLE with typos though. the more i use a computer, the more i make them.

    i'm not trained in any way for a technical job. i self taught myself a litle HTML and i used to know VB but forgot it. if i were to open up my computer i think the only few things i could point out would be the RAM and the sound card. i couldn't tell ya anything about them really either save what they do in the most basic terms.

    i said before that i went to college for a year. my major was going to be philosophy. etichs to be more specific.i still wih to pursue it, but only on a personal level. i want to go back to college for english and a teaching cert. i love literature and ideally i want to teach it. not just english or american lit, but more world encompassing.rightnow because they're so readily available i'm reading alot of japanese short stories from the modern era in lit. there. i love to read though. my favorite poet is e. e. cummings.

    i love electronic music. i am a beat whore. if it's got a solid drum line and some synths, i'm probably in seventh heaven. i especially like chill, acid jazz, trip hop, and ibiza. jungle's good too.

    i don't watch TV, hell i haven't even been able to watch it for the last 6 months and probably haven't by choice for the last year and a half. i don't listen to the radio and haven't for a longer period of time. the most news i get is from the net or from newspapers and magazines. yes, i wear glasses because i read too much. :P

    i got a lovely girlfriend. means the world to me. i find myself to be very lucky each day i am with her.

    i prefer simplicity in my life in almost all matters. it's relly the best way to go. live life with the most options and abilities but with the least amount of complications or ned for management.

    i have no idea what else to say.

    just call me Post



    oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
    question everything.
    this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno

    Numark (3.00 / 2) (#221)
    by numark on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:42:50 PM EST

    My name is Joshua Colson, a 17-year-old high-school student. In a matter of months I'll be going to SUNY Buffalo to study computer engineering.

    I'm probably the most flaming liberal you'll ever meet (or so my friends tell me). Arguing with people over censorship is one of my major enjoyments in life (sad, eh?). When I'm not doing that, I'm probably found at the computer doing something else, most likely feeding my urge to program, usually in PHP and Perl.

    I live in Northeastern North Carolina, one of the dullest places you'll ever visit, although I'm originally from upstate New York (way upstate, almost to Canada). Beyond that, there's not much that you could find out about me, I'm really quite boring. Well, carry on!

    Shaper (3.50 / 2) (#222)
    by shaper on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:46:24 PM EST

    I'm a white male, late 30's, married, father of 3, Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering, currently employed in the southern United States as a senior software developer at a Fortune 500 company whose name has become a verb (hint hint).

    Conservative both fiscally and socially (mostly) with some serious libertarian leanings and yet I really enjoy the conversations on k5. How wierd is that? Oh, I'm also a Christian and I don't drink alcohol, not at all, so you can chalk me up in the "diversity" column on k5, eh?



    Phlux (3.00 / 1) (#223)
    by phlux on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:52:23 PM EST

    I am 28.
    I live in the SF bay area.
    Industrial music.
    IT/Technical Architecture is what i do - although for a lot less money these days...
    Love to travel.

    Study taijitsu, judo, ju-jitsu for about 12 years. Although in the last few - most of my study has been in my head as i was focusing on career stuff more. I am in the process of getting up the energy to write a book on ninjitsu and energy principles contained within... although not for profit. just for the exercise.

    I am an avid observer of the Human Race - and I love to read peoples minds through their body language.

    I love to draw - but I cant draw as well as I can imagine - so I tend to draw in my head a lot...

    I love the art work by alex gray.

    I am into conspiracy theorizing.

    I am an a-political conservative and I like guns - but only because I think we may need to defend our selves some day from enemies both foreign and domestic.

    I read slashdot and K5 too much from work.

    oh ya... (none / 0) (#224)
    by phlux on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 01:57:18 PM EST

    I am obsessed with the architecture of the mayans - and the information contained within. I am writing a post to user "circletimesquare" in this thread that will go into that in some detail...

    In'Lakech

    [ Parent ]

    I am a true American patriot. (4.75 / 4) (#225)
    by Brother John Birch on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:03:02 PM EST

    My nom de plume on Kuro5hin, this bastion of the communists on the web, is Brother John Birch.

    There is little to tell of me personally, save that I am a white male, lower middle class, Christian, happily married, with three wonderful children, who are fastidiously home schooled. I live in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.

    More details I will not offer, as in these days, views like mine are subject to censorship by the leftist-dominated, communist-controlled mediocracy that has so bleached the unique character from my beloved country. I could end up out of a job, if people could tie my views to me, personally, though I am never loath to express them if asked directly. If that happened, I would be unable to properly care for my family, so I must be on guard.

    Suffice it to say, however, that I am a man of strong opinions, and I generally try to back them with fact. Though I do not post often here on Kuro5hin, I do read frequently. Sun Tzu said to know your enemy as yourself, and by studying this microcosm of opinion, ranging from the far-flung reaches of Marxist socialist utopianism to Randian libertarian utopianism, I am better able to see the weaknesses in the arguments made by each sect of this disgusting coagulation of interconnected interests.

    It is shocking to me, to say the least, that my fellow Americans are fallen so far from the ideals aspired to by our Founding Fathers, whose wisdom has guided this nation through strife and hardship. In these recent times of relatively relaxed world tension, instead of redoubling our efforts to build a nation worthy of the Founders' vision, we as Americans have become degenerates, much like the Europeans we fled.

    We have strived to imitate their corruption, decadence, and oppressive regimes, while enslaving those who actually work in this country to support those who refuse to do so via a tax on wages. We have instituted, illegally, a fiat currency, which has been responsible in part for the roller-coaster of boom and bust that has been the hallmark of the last ninety years. We have meddled in the affairs of foreign nations, ignoring utterly the wisdom of our first President, George Washington, who advised the people of this nation to avoid foreign entanglements, to be a friend to all and an enemy to none. We have given up, also illegally, a great deal of our national sovereignty to that tool of the international power elite, the United Nations. We have allowed our own Federal government, supposedly the servant of the States, to become the master of the States and of their people, because of our sloth and ignorance, manifested most clearly in the War on Drugs, which is essentially a laundry list of abuses by the Federal (and State) governments against the rights of the People.

    We, as a people, have much for which to atone. If we, as a people, wish to make America great again, we had better get around to making some fundamental changes in our society, before it is too late.

    I would suggest that you look here and here for further guidance.

    Remember: just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean there isn't a conspiracy afoot.

    Get US Out of the United Nations

    reactionary libertarian birchers (none / 0) (#240)
    by circletimessquare on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:23:51 PM EST

    the john birch society is pretty christian fundamentalist, anti-semitic, paranoid stuff...

    joe mccarthy anyone?

    it would be nice if the john birchers stayed true to their libertarian views alone, which is questionable enough (defending the rights of the priveledged at the expense of the havenots is the real world extent of libertarianism, despite their noble, but blind words pandering to equality and freedom), but to stray into the religious and reactionary area of the right wing is what makes them truly stink.

    i believe sir you are a noble fellow, and have honest conviction. however, learn a little more about how the real world works and how some of your flawed libertarian principles play out in the real world, before embracing john birch and his ilk.


    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    [ Parent ]

    Re-evaluate your thoughts. (none / 0) (#265)
    by Brother John Birch on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:32:49 PM EST

    the john birch society is pretty christian fundamentalist, anti-semitic, paranoid stuff...
    Take or leave the theological aspects of their message as you like. There are some fundamental differences between some of the things they say, and the things I believe, though I am certainly a Christian. You may not like the religious message, but the fundamental ideas they espouse are certainly spot-on.

    joe mccarthy anyone?
    Yes. How about that Joe McCarthy?

    You see, even though your knee may jerk at the very thought, the man was right, and America should have listened. It is my not so humble opinion that Franklin Delano Roosevelt (and indeed, every president since Woodrow Wilson, inclusive,) should have been arrested, tried for treason, and hanged in the public square.

    it would be nice if the john birchers stayed true to their libertarian views alone,
    Birchers are not "libertarians", so much as "strict constructionists". There is a difference which sometimes gets lost if you don't spend the time to analyze their positions thoroughly. Given your posted "who am I", I do not doubt that you have not taken the time to do so, choosing instead to paint with a broad brush instead of evaluating and determining the difference before flapping your fingers.

    which is questionable enough (defending the rights of the priveledged at the expense of the havenots is the real world extent of libertarianism,
    That may be. But, be that as it may, I am not a libertarian, nor do I wish to be one. They are, among other things, all in favor of "open borders", which is not Constitutional. It serves only to weaken the fabric of our American society, these days, because unlike the "old days", these new "immigrants" do not wish to assimilate into our society, strengthening it. They wish only to partake of our milk and honey, and have nothing to offer America in return. Diversity for its own sake is perversity. I have no problem with immigration, so long as it is legal, and so long as the people coming here are willing to take on the duties and responsibilities that come hand-in-hand with the freedom this country offers.

    despite their noble, but blind words pandering to equality and freedom), but to stray into the religious and reactionary area of the right wing is what makes them truly stink.
    Again, you take the religious tenets or leave them. Some, I take. Some, I leave. Birchers are just like normal people, except that we are determined to fight the Insiders' conspiracy to bring the world under a single ruling body. The biggest obstacle to that goal is currently the sovereignty of the United States of America, and the basic independence and goodness of the citizenry thereof.

    You do not realize just how precious this legacy is.

    i believe sir you are a noble fellow, and have honest conviction. however, learn a little more about how the real world works and how some of your flawed libertarian principles play out in the real world, before embracing john birch and his ilk.
    I appreciate your assertion that I am a noble fellow. However, you are wrong. I am not royalty. I am, instead, in a far better position. I am a citizen of the United States of America, and am proud of that fact. I just wish that my fellow countrymen knew what that actually means.

    Get US Out of the United Nations
    [ Parent ]

    Interesting (none / 0) (#271)
    by riceowlguy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:51:48 PM EST

    Birchers are just like normal people, except that we are determined to fight the Insiders' conspiracy to bring the world under a single ruling body.

    I happen to be the local recruiter for another little obscure society which shares your goals. In fact, we take them somewhat further. We believe in the beauty of our native land's heritage, and are fighting the conspiracy to place it under a central, totalitarian government. I am of course talking of the Tuscaloosa, Alambama chapter of the Klu Klux Klan. Perhaps you wish to join?

    "Nothing says 'Move to Florida' quite like fireboming somebody's car." - a friend
    [ Parent ]

    Hmm... (none / 0) (#273)
    by Brother John Birch on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:05:08 PM EST

    I'll have to say, "No."

    You see, even if you are sincere, there is more about that organization and its tenets with which I do not agree, and I find its rhetoric morally repugnant.

    Besides, my many black, latino, and Asian friends would probably not understand.

    Get US Out of the United Nations
    [ Parent ]

    The point (none / 0) (#276)
    by riceowlguy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:14:12 PM EST

    The point I'm trying to make is that people's knee-jerk opposition to a united World government is just as shortsighted and regionalist as states-righters' opposition to the federal US government in Washington. Can you offer any compelling fundamental (as opposed to anecdotal) reason why a world government is bad? I mean, if we could go and legally stop China from violating human rights or Saudia Arabia from oppressing women, that would be good, right? Why do you feel that America is some kind of magical quantum of space and humanity which has a right to be free from any and all international control, particularly when it comes to issues of international scope (like pollution). There are many more of them than there are of us.

    "Nothing says 'Move to Florida' quite like fireboming somebody's car." - a friend
    [ Parent ]

    Shortsighted? (none / 0) (#292)
    by Brother John Birch on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:54:25 PM EST

    The point I'm trying to make is that people's knee-jerk opposition to a united World government is just as shortsighted and regionalist as states-righters' opposition to the federal US government in Washington.
    My view on States' rights falls along the lines of the strict constructionist view of the Constitution. The Federal government has, in the last hundred years (or, in reality, ever since the Civil War,) usurped the powers secured to the States and to the People by the Tenth Amendment. Has this centralization done us any good? Really?

    Why, since there are clearly problems with massive centralization on the scale of a nation as large as the United States, and as clearly illustrated, on the scale of the Soviet Union, would centralization of power on a much grander scale work? What is it with people who think that some central power can run their lives better than they can, themselves?

    Can you offer any compelling fundamental (as opposed to anecdotal) reason why a world government is bad?
    Since there is no such body with such strong, centralized authority (yet,) there can be no such direct proof. However, one need only look to the current situation in the United Nations for an answer as to why a world government will not work, at least not without such massive coercive power as to make the result completely untenable.

    I offer you some grist for your mill:

    Article 29.
    1. Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
    2. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
    3. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
    Please recognize that this is the plan the United Nations has for us as "citizens of Earth".

    I mean, if we could go and legally stop China from violating human rights or Saudia Arabia from oppressing women, that would be good, right?
    Sure. And if we could, by passing resolution after resolution, keep Saddam Hussein from developing Weapons of Mass Destruction, that would be great, too, right?

    How about if, by passing resolutions at the United Nations, we could keep North Korea from developing nuclear weapons? Wouldn't that be grand?

    Note that none of this has happened, despite all the hot air that circulates around the United Nations today. Why should we continue to support such a body, and what evidence do you have that it will ever work?

    Why do you feel that America is some kind of magical quantum of space and humanity which has a right to be free from any and all international control, particularly when it comes to issues of international scope (like pollution). There are many more of them than there are of us.
    Because we are a sovereign nation, and whether or not you believe it, and whether or not it is "politically correct" to say so, we are better than the rest of the world on these counts, and our government (sadly) and our private institutions help other nations to advance themselves.

    Get US Out of the United Nations
    [ Parent ]

    Give the UN teeth (none / 0) (#309)
    by riceowlguy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:15:07 PM EST

    or replace it with something that already has them. Make the UN not a debating society, but an actual political entity, with laws rather than resolutions. Pass them with a bicameral elected (not appointed) legislature, to strike the right balance between population based democracy and national (regional) sovereignty. Then when member states break the laws, they can be punished.

    "Nothing says 'Move to Florida' quite like fireboming somebody's car." - a friend
    [ Parent ]

    Hah. (none / 0) (#321)
    by Brother John Birch on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:06:19 PM EST

    How are you going to make this sort of thing work?

    Nations whose experience does not include any sort of representative government, democratically elected, will all of a sudden become rational, upstanding, just, deliberative voters when such a government is established?

    I remind you that, with our two-hundred years plus of representative government, we have lately abandoned our own Constitution, and have yoked ourselves with a proto-Marxist socialism in this country. How can you expect people from, say, Ghana, to vote any other way than to slurp away resources from American workers to pay welfare for themselves?

    It is difficult enough, with the size and scope of the bureaucracy of this Leviathanic Federal government, with its onerous taxation, runaway spending, and militaristic imperialism, to effect any kind of reform in programs and systems that are clearly broken. Why would handing even that small chance of reforming a system away to a world body be worth while?

    Our current system is broken, simply because our people have slacked off in their duties, beguiled by lies fostered by the power brokers and international banking elites, promoted by neo-communist "teachers' unions" whose plain goals are the destruction of our society by indoctrinating our children to this "world citizen" mumbo-jumbo of yours. Had we stayed true to the tenets of our own system, rather than trying to graft a broken-as-packaged central-planning, one-world-utopian nightmare atop it, we would not be in nearly the sad, sorry shape we're in.

    Get US Out of the United Nations
    [ Parent ]

    literacy tests (none / 0) (#369)
    by aphrael on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 01:24:19 AM EST

    Has this centralization done us any good? Really?

    Yes. Leaving aside all the economic arguments for standardization of rules governing the workplace, etc, etc, the centralization of power in the federal government is responsible for the fact that black people in the South are able to exercise their right to vote, which was routinely denied to them under the states-rights regimes.

    [ Parent ]

    That is not a matter of centralization. (none / 0) (#444)
    by Brother John Birch on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 06:10:21 PM EST

    That is a matter of the proper protection of rights.

    I'll grant that it took us too long to establish the franchise for blacks, and that it took some rather extreme measures to ensure that the states came into line, however that is not the "centralization" of which I spoke. The protection of the rights of the People, is one of the legitimate, Constitutional functions of the Federal government, especially since the Fourteenth Amendment clarified that the States may not, of their own accord, abridge the rights of the People.

    Let's take literacy as a good example.

    Has the massive centralization, including standards-setting, helped to raise the literacy and numeracy rate in the United States since the Federal Department of Education has been established? Or has literacy and numeracy gotten worse, year after year, without pause, while the communist "teachers' unions" have wielded more and more power?

    Now, does the Constitution specifically empower the Federal government to say anything at all about education? Or, does the Tenth Amendment leave that power to the States, or to the People?

    Get US Out of the United Nations
    [ Parent ]

    Darn it. (none / 0) (#269)
    by Brother John Birch on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:44:42 PM EST

    the john birch society is pretty christian fundamentalist, anti-semitic, paranoid stuff...
    That'll teach me to hit "submit" too quickly. I had forgotten to address one of the points you made in this statement.

    Birchers are most decidedly not anti-Semitic. It is true that we largely do not support Israel, but that is mostly because it is a creature of the United Nations, rather than a true nation unto itself. That said, if they promote democratic freedoms and resist the blood-soaked red tide of communism and socialism, they are fellow travelers, and we bear them no ill will.

    I would like to see some evidence that the John Birch Society is, in fact, anti-Semitic, if you can present it. I doubt that you can, so you can consider this a challenge.

    From the John Birch Society website:

    We believe the traditional moral values of our Judeo-Christian heritage form the cornerstone of Western Civilization, and that the family is the basic and most vital unit of society.
    The words "Judeo-Christian" (including Judeo, implying Judaism, i.e., the Jewish faith.) does not imply to me "anti-Semite", but quite the opposite.

    Get US Out of the United Nations
    [ Parent ]

    hmmm (5.00 / 1) (#333)
    by circletimessquare on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:32:59 PM EST

    i disagree with you, but respect the honesty of your beliefs, so i won't shout "you racist asshole!" or something else some kneejerk types might yell at you, i'll merely make my points impassionately so maybe i can provide you with some insight as to why i think the birchers are dangerous.

    i think, and tell me if i am wrong, you see modern society as failing to value the contributions of their ancestors that made american society great. you see a lot of whining and moaning and complaining, as if the wailing of babies, but no appreciation for what they have that their ancestors fought hard for.

    well you know what? you are right. but here are some problems with your position:

    human nature is mostly a lot of whining as it is. this doesn't mean people have forgotten. this is just a commentary on the ugliness of human nature. so there is no need to get upset, just laugh at us all, because we all share this common failing: dismissing what we have at our own folly, and longing for what we want that is not necessarily superior than what we already have.

    people can whine and moan and seem unappreciative, but can wake up in an instant and appreciate that which they have momentarily forgotten. so when you see the plaintive cries of what you might consider to be moral babies, you really are attributing to them greater power than they have. don't get me wrong, there are genuinely ungrateful people out there, but for these true blue ingrates, there is no need to punish them, because living in their own head on a daily basis is punishment enough. ;-P

    see, you see on the left a lot of ungratefulness. but the left sees of the right a lot of pride in evil malicious history.

    the truth?

    well the truth is that both the left and the right are correct. it is the middle prudent road which is always the best. conservative values with no progressive liberal insights peppered in is doomed to stagnation. this is very bad, for so many reasons.

    and likewise, liberal values with no conservative anchor is doomed to overheat and melt down. you need both in society, conservatism and liberalism. society lives on the razor edge between two forces, the instinct to cherish the past, and the instinct to rebuild where the past has failed us.

    look at it this way: the liberal has to learn that there is progress in history, there really is. if the liberal looks at history and sees nothing but an endless cycle of violence with no progress, they are doomed to cynical irrelevance to the struggle for human progress that is, in a way, all there really is to life.

    but for the conservative: if you look at history and see nothing but the brave march of progress, and see none of the evil violence that accompanied it, you are blind and naive. you forget those people stepped on in the past in order to forward the human race, and they have genuine grievances that must be addressed, and can not be dismissed with the wave your hand.

    of course, you may dismiss them if you wish, but that only makes you just as irrelevant as the cynical liberal who sees no progress. you must address the evils of the past, and that is what pisses liberals off about conservatives: they whitewash the past, they really do, they play down the failures and the evil, and they make no effort at redressing the wounds, at admitting guilt, at showing shame for past atrocities. so how do you expect liberals to agree with you? and likewise, conservatives cannot believe how liberals can dismiss all that has been built that has brought everyone so much good, and focus on some irrelevant detail of history.

    see the problem? liberals see the violence in history, reject the history as genuine, and are disgusted by it... but they completely miss the genuine progress within. conservatives see the progress, and are proud of it, and completely miss the evil violence that went about its creation.

    because history is not creation. and it is not destruction.

    it is creative destruction.

    conservatives and liberals, as mirror images of each other, miss a key part of the process that is human history that is creative destruction, in equal balance. and so they completely miss each other, and completely dismiss the points each other make, to both of their folly and blindness.

    so in your love of the past, as your conservative values impel you to embrace, do not stagnate, do not relive past historical mistakes, do not be blinded to the genuine evil mistakes that were made while sit there and do nothing but trumpet the glories of conservative values.

    open your eyes.

    i'm not telling you to become "ungrateful" like the left, i'm just saying don't become complacent and complicit with past evil, and dismiss it with the alarming serenity that liberals see in  conservatives all the time. it is genuinely alarming. because they know, and they are correct, that some conservatives will repeat the same old mistakes, and commit the same atrocities, in their blind easy dismissal of hiostrical crimes.

    this is my point: it is the balanced moderation of the middle road that is always "right," as in correct. and unfortunately, i don't see that in the birchers.

    i see blind embrace of the past, including its ugly mistakes.


    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    [ Parent ]

    Nothing "racist" here. (none / 0) (#454)
    by Brother John Birch on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:10:48 PM EST

    i disagree with you, but respect the honesty of your beliefs, so i won't shout "you racist asshole!" or something else some kneejerk types might yell at you, i'll merely make my points impassionately so maybe i can provide you with some insight as to why i think the birchers are dangerous.
    While I appreciate your attempt to make your points dispassionately, I fail to see where anything I've said, or where anything in the statements of purpose, or in any of the literature, speeches, or collected works of the John Birch Society is in any way "racist".

    You are correct that many "kneejerk" types would scream "Racist!" when confronted with my ideas. There is a very simple reason for that, though. The reason is, they have no other retort. They are incapable of thinking through, dispassionately, the statements and positions that JBS members and others make. If it dares to cross their own dogma at any point, the reflexive action is to shout "Racist!" and hope that nobody notices that they have just attempted to shoot the messenger, rather than to form an informed, rational argument to counter the position put forward by the person with whom they disagree.

    I hope that you are able to see this point, and retract your statement that I, and other members of the JBS are "racist and anti-semitic". It simply is not true, and you have no basis for making that argument. If you said, "conservative", then yes, that is true, but there's nothing wrong with that, so long as the "conservative" is a "realist". You will find that most of us are, about the things that really matter.

    i think, and tell me if i am wrong, you see modern society as failing to value the contributions of their ancestors that made american society great.
    You are right, but only peripherally.

    What I see is that people nowadays simply do not care about their own history, and the history of this nation. They are not being taught about it at all, really. Instead, they are spoonfed a bunch of propaganda which slants toward making out statists and communists as saints, and individualists and constitutionalists as devils.

    Take for instance the image of Abraham Lincoln.

    He is the "Great Emancipator" to school children. They are never taught that he vastly overstepped his Constitutional authority by invading the South, jailing political and rhetorical opponents of his policies, shutting down newspapers, and killing (mainly) Irishmen in Boston and New York, when these people refused to be inducted to fight for the United States against the Confederacy. Sherman's genocidal march through the South is mentioned only in passing, and only in the vaguest terms. It is never mentioned, at all, that one of the founding principles of the United States was the power of the States to leave the Union, and that that is what was supposed to keep the Federal government at bay.

    Lest you think that I am one-sided on this issue, however, I will say that at least some of Lincoln's policies did probably prove a net gain for the United States. For instance, his assisting the railroad concerns to link the continent together, providing a much easier, more reliable, faster method for exchanging goods and services, was a boon. I won't even argue that keeping the Union together was a bad idea.

    It is just that there is a right and a wrong way to go about these things, and the true history of these events is never taught.

    Lincoln is passed off as the "Great Emancipator" because of the Emancipation Proclamation. However, that proclamation only freed slaves in the Southern states (those which seceded.) In reality, it was nearly meaningless, because Lincoln had no jurisdiction for making that proclamation, and the office of the President does not have that kind of Constitutional power, anyway. To verify this fact, look at the plight of black slaves in Missouri, who were freed over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

    Further, it is said that that war was fought to "free the slaves". Need there have been so much carnage, so much expense, to free slaves by fighting a war, when it could have been done so very much more cheaply, and more peacefully, by the government (or private concerns in the North) outright buying the slaves from their owners, and setting them free? Other countries (Britain and France, to name two) did just that, and didn't need to fight a war.

    People do not know this history, but they should.

    you see a lot of whining and moaning and complaining, as if the wailing of babies, but no appreciation for what they have that their ancestors fought hard for.

    well you know what? you are right. but here are some problems with your position:

    Yes, there is a lot of whining and complaining, but that is totally peripheral to my concern. The problem is that the people of this country aren't just a bunch of whiners. They are infantile, and willfully ignorant. That is dangerous to liberty -- mine and theirs.
    human nature is mostly a lot of whining as it is. this doesn't mean people have forgotten. this is just a commentary on the ugliness of human nature.
    True. Shameful, sorry, sad, and true.
    so there is no need to get upset, just laugh at us all, because we all share this common failing: dismissing what we have at our own folly, and longing for what we want that is not necessarily superior than what we already have.

    people can whine and moan and seem unappreciative, but can wake up in an instant and appreciate that which they have momentarily forgotten. so when you see the plaintive cries of what you might consider to be moral babies, you really are attributing to them greater power than they have. don't get me wrong, there are genuinely ungrateful people out there, but for these true blue ingrates, there is no need to punish them, because living in their own head on a daily basis is punishment enough. ;-P

    True again, and insightful. However, this is not my complaint.

    You see, in any barrel of apples, there will be the occasional bad one. This is human nature. This is simply the "way of things". I can accept that.

    My problem lies in that we, as a nation, do not seem inclined to wake up and smell the coffee. We are happily complacent being spoonfed a bunch of hogwash, and have no desire for further understanding of our own history, good or bad.

    The fallacy is, "Those old dead white men couldn't foresee what the world would be like in two-hundred years, and besides, they were slave owners, so nothing they said is worth listening to, anyway."

    The problem with that line of thinking is, it is very easy to feed a bunch of impressionable young folks, who will then deem the rest of our history, our Constitution, our institutions, our laws, our heritage, and indeed, our very liberty, as "unimportant", and "not worth taking care of". You can see it today, all around you, if you dare to look.

    see, you see on the left a lot of ungratefulness. but the left sees of the right a lot of pride in evil malicious history.
    I don't care a whit about "ungratefulness". In fact, I would rather people be angry, ungrateful, motivated, and engaged, so long as they are also educated about that which they are trying to obtain. You will not deprive an ungrateful, surly curmudgeon of his rights and liberties, so long as he remains ungrateful, surly, and jealously protective of them, and principled enough to know that the best way to keep someone from trying to control his life, is to not try to control the lives of others. We need a nation of just such curmudgeons.

    It seems, however, that the forces of the media establishment, the ruling power elites, and their cronies in the various liberal organizations have so pulled the wool over the eyes of the American people, that they cannot even see that they are being sheared!

    the truth?

    well the truth is that both the left and the right are correct. it is the middle prudent road which is always the best. conservative values with no progressive liberal insights peppered in is doomed to stagnation. this is very bad, for so many reasons.

    In some ways, you might be right. In other ways, you are dreadfully wrong.

    You see, to paraphrase a famous former Senator, "the only things found in the middle of the road are a yellow stripe and dead armadillos."

    Taking the "middle of the road" approach is both cowardly, unsavory, and intellectually bankrupt.

    "Who frames the debate, wins it.", is another quote that really expresses the problem with "middle of the road" politics. The Marxist/Hegelian dialectic forces people who do not wish to expend the effort to think through a proposition, to the middle of that road. The problem is, the entire road itself is turning left! By staying in the middle of a road that turns left, you also turn left, you see?

    There is no room for a thinking person "in the middle of the road". There is only the stink of dead armadillos. Better to fly above the road, and go whither thou wilt.

    and likewise, liberal values with no conservative anchor is doomed to overheat and melt down. you need both in society, conservatism and liberalism. society lives on the razor edge between two forces, the instinct to cherish the past, and the instinct to rebuild where the past has failed us.
    Yes and no.

    The way I think about politics is like a circle.

    At one point on the circle, there is anarchy. Diametrically opposed to that point, there is complete central control, by any of a number of names.

    If you traverse the circle from anarchy, to the "left", you arrive at the other side of the circle as a communist.

    If you traverse the circle from anarchy, to the "right", you arrive at the other side of the circle as a fascist.

    Either way you wend, you still end up at the same point on the circle, an authoritarian nightmare, oppressive, unjust, cruel, overloaded with power-hungry, small-minded bureaucrats, top-heavy, and totally unworkable.

    Anarchy is no better, really.

    The best system of government, and societal organization, thus far devised has been the Republic our founders set up. It secured the freedoms of people to live as they wished, where they wished, engage in business as they wished, when they wished, and with whom they wished, and did so by protecting a very few key rights. The idea of the founders was to make sure people had their rights, and then to step out of their way. The beauty of this system is that it is relatively inexpensive, and it works.

    look at it this way: the liberal has to learn that there is progress in history, there really is. if the liberal looks at history and sees nothing but an endless cycle of violence with no progress, they are doomed to cynical irrelevance to the struggle for human progress that is, in a way, all there really is to life.

    but for the conservative: if you look at history and see nothing but the brave march of progress, and see none of the evil violence that accompanied it, you are blind and naive. you forget those people stepped on in the past in order to forward the human race, and they have genuine grievances that must be addressed, and can not be dismissed with the wave your hand.

    I would guess that it all depends upon your idea of "human progress".

    A student of history sees both the march of human progress, technologically, spiritually, culturally, and in just our general level of collected knowledge and understanding about the universe God has created, and rejoices. He understands that we really have come a long way since we were thrown out of Eden (or, if you are not of a religious bent, since the beginning of recorded history -- the specifics of one's beliefs are irrelevant.)

    He also sees the blight upon this progress that has ever been the demon which accompanies, and bedevils the days of, mankind. This is the desire of men to control the lives of other men, and is what our Constitutional Republic was meant to help to discourage. It was meant to ensure that there was a level of cooperation between the member States which would help to foster prosperity for all, by encouraging free trade between them. It was further meant to protect the People from the abuses of government.

    By the process of amendment, the mechanisms of which were written into the document itself, we were given the tools to modify the character of that government, and have done so numerous times, for better or for worse.

    Ensuring that the States could not infringe upon the rights of the People, was apparently a needed clarification of the protections afforded the People from governments, and as such was worthwhile.

    Granting Congress the power to tax people's incomes directly was a horrible mistake, which has led directly to the abuses of our liberties we see today. There is some speculation that that particular amendment was never properly ratified, but the power elites will never, ever examine that question, lest the People find out the truth, and demand recompense.

    But, I digress.

    of course, you may dismiss them if you wish, but that only makes you just as irrelevant as the cynical liberal who sees no progress. you must address the evils of the past, and that is what pisses liberals off about conservatives: they whitewash the past, they really do, they play down the failures and the evil, and they make no effort at redressing the wounds, at admitting guilt, at showing shame for past atrocities. so how do you expect liberals to agree with you? and likewise, conservatives cannot believe how liberals can dismiss all that has been built that has brought everyone so much good, and focus on some irrelevant detail of history.
    Yes. Myopia will never bring understanding, but neither will abject ignorance.

    It is a fundamental fact that people today do not know as much of their history, good or bad, as they did even fifty years ago. This is because they are not even being taught the history they should know. Instead, they are fed a bunch of namby-pamby statist propaganda that serves only the international elites, by keeping them ignorant, subservient, and unengaged. It is in the interests of this elite to keep us divided, in any way possible, to keep us weak. If we united, there is no limit to the things we could achieve.

    Some days I think, "If people would only wake up, we could regain our pride, reaffirm our heritage, and recapture our dreams -- all of us."

    Other days, I get so frustrated with the absolute willful ignorance that surrounds us, that I want to sit and weep for our descendants, who will know a life of slavery, poverty, ignorance, and abject misery, until the pendulum swings again.

    see the problem? liberals see the violence in history, reject the history as genuine, and are disgusted by it... but they completely miss the genuine progress within. conservatives see the progress, and are proud of it, and completely miss the evil violence that went about its creation.
    Thinking people miss none of this. I urge you to at least try a trial subscription to The New American. Some of the political rhetoric therein may not be for everyone -- in particular, their habit of haranguing gays -- but if you read around some of the more zealous tripe contained inside the covers of that magazine, you might learn more about the true nature of the organization, and of the goals of its membership.

    I mention the gay issue because it needs to be said: not all Christians are gay-bashers. I, quite frankly, don't care what people do in their own bedrooms, so long as they are consenting adults. If they are to be judged, and if they are to spend the rest of eternity burning in Hell, that is not my judgment to make, and I am glad of it. I will not support their obvious agenda, also foisted upon our children in the public schools by that bunch of Marxists known as "teachers' unions", among various other names, but I don't care what they do in private.

    I am similarly disgusted with the blatant straight sexual content (not to mention the rampant consumerist messages) of our media, which is why my children don't watch unless I or my wife are there, too. I wouldn't want to see a "straight pride" parade marching down the streets of Raleigh, with people dressed in leather, beating each other and engaging in all sorts of lewd acts in public. But, if they want to do that in the privacy of their own homes, well, so be it.

    because history is not creation. and it is not destruction.

    it is creative destruction.

    That is nonsensical.
    conservatives and liberals, as mirror images of each other, miss a key part of the process that is human history that is creative destruction, in equal balance. and so they completely miss each other, and completely dismiss the points each other make, to both of their folly and blindness.
    If you have so trained yourself to think only in the left-right dichotomy, I would strongly suggest that you spend some time, and make an effort, to think "outside the box". The options offered by the "left" and the "right" are not the only options available, and it is the weak-mindedness of the American people which does not allow them to see this. We were once a nation of people who could think, but that has been trained out of us.
    so in your love of the past, as your conservative values impel you to embrace, do not stagnate, do not relive past historical mistakes, do not be blinded to the genuine evil mistakes that were made while sit there and do nothing but trumpet the glories of conservative values.

    open your eyes.

    I would strongly urge you, sir, to do the same. You seem like someone who is able to reason, at some level, so I urge you to study the history of the last couple hundred years, objectively, and tell me what trend you see, time and again, across the world. I will leave this up to your interpretation, but there will be a test at the end of the semester.
    i'm not telling you to become "ungrateful" like the left, i'm just saying don't become complacent and complicit with past evil, and dismiss it with the alarming serenity that liberals see in conservatives all the time. it is genuinely alarming. because they know, and they are correct, that some conservatives will repeat the same old mistakes, and commit the same atrocities, in their blind easy dismissal of hiostrical crimes.
    There is hardly anything that anyone could do to make me "ungrateful". I know where I live, and I know our history, and I am grateful for the opportunity God has bestowed upon me to live in this nation. I will not look a gift horse in the mouth, so to speak. However, I am not one to gloss over the atrocities of history. I have studied those, too, and realize that we, as a human race, have a lot of problems.

    However, I am not one to say that America is the sole cause of these problems throughout the world, and I am not one to say that we can fix all of them. All I want us to do is to pull our heads out of the sand, and reclaim that which is our birthright. All of us.

    this is my point: it is the balanced moderation of the middle road that is always "right," as in correct. and unfortunately, i don't see that in the birchers.
    And God forbid you ever do.

    There is a "right" and "wrong". It is, for instance, "wrong" to enslave one person for the benefit of another. Do you agree, or disagree? Why?

    i see blind embrace of the past, including its ugly mistakes.
    Then, sir, I urge you to open your eyes, and your mind, and take a real, studied, objective look at the John Birch Society. They are there to help you keep your freedom, if you will let them. They would appreciate your support, if you are willing to open your mind and evaluate their message free of prejudice, and take an objective look at their goals.

    Get US Out of the United Nations
    [ Parent ]

    what changes over time, and what is static (none / 0) (#462)
    by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 01:01:09 AM EST

    you see a frightening loosening of morals over time before you. it is a false perception, relax. who said this:

    "Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common."

    give up?

    it was written on an assyrian clay tablet dated at 2800 BC. we haven't gotten much worse. we haven't gotten much better, either. ;-P

    you have a common misperception of history. you perceive that some component of human nature is changing over time, and getting worse, and in some glorious mythical past, things were not so corrupt. this is a falsehood.

    you allude to the fact that history and education are often manipulated for the needs of one special interest group or another. well, why should the birchers not be considered as anything more or less than just another interest group manipulating history for their purposes? history, that is, what is preserved and called representational for a given era, is manipulated by who is in power at the time, who controls the media at the time, and the media itself and its shortcomings, irregardless of ideological manipulation form either end of the spectrum.

    most of human nature is static, for better, and for worse. things do not get much better, and they do not get much worse. this is a good thing, and this is a bad thing. of course the technology changes, but the spirituality wiggles this way and that, and burns brightly in some individuals, and is completely extinguished in others. and so, not much really changes in morality. the dogooders are constantly reborn of all backgrounds. and the corrupt are constantly reborn as well. it does not matter your level of education or your economic background. amongst the richest and most highly educated you can find corrupt souls. and amongst the poorest and least educated, you can find moral and righteous spirits. want proof of this variation? take for example, human sexuality:

    i went to pompeii once and was surprised at this one house on whose walls inside were preserved dioramas covered with more examples of indecent sexual acts than you can find trolling the worst porn sites on the web today. i won't even describe the features of the fountain in the middle of the room. god knows what went on in there.

    try the dravidian dioramas in the ancient temples in southern india. they are orgies. ever hear of the pillowbook from medieval japan of a thousand years ago? i swear you will blush at what is talked about in that book.

    the fact is simply this: for every age of man, there is a constant amount of people who live lives of moral high holy purity and those who live lives of extreme moral terpitude, and everything in between. you have demonstrated a common misperception, this myopic view of history, that at some mythical past, one typ eof person or the other held sway. what is simply true that in every age of man, the purists indoctrinated their children and swayed some gullible people to their way of life, and the corrupt seduced some weak people and indoctrinated their children to their way of life.

    of course it gets equally sticky when we include on our personal observations of the moral decay of society over time our personal views on standards of human sexuality (sorry for the use of the verb 'sticky' in this context).

    in one stereotypical conservative view, for example, of prudish victorian times, you would find on the streets of london amongst the middle and lower classes more prurience and indecency than you would find at any britany spears concert. and amongst those moral uptight upper class victorians, let us only guess at the hypocrisy that went on behind closed doors.

    the moral decay of society indeed. hypocrisy knows no bounds of ideology.

    i'm certain you would find in the nunneries and priesthoods in victorian times the lower class members of high moral standing who fled the horrors of impure london in their time, and pined for the good old days of 200 years before in london, when things were good and decent. and those who lived in the 1680s, they did the same, pining for some other period. do you get it now? the pendulum swings and the indicator wiggles, and not much changes in human nature overall. repeat ad nauseum the phenomenon of one age of man pining for and desiring some previous age of man, as seen by them in the historical record. and of any age of man, it can be said that its historical depiction has been twisted on purpose by people of every ideological ilk, as well as warped by the limitations of media, and also limited by the natural processes of rot, decay, loss of information, and entropy. repeat all of this repetitive process until you get to adam and eve. (and what did that story teach us again? see the irony when that story is viewed in this context?)

    there were biblical farmers screwing biblical sheep in 4000 BC and there will be cloned martian farmers screwing clones of dolly the sheep in 4000 AD. not much really changes, really, when it comes to human sexual desire and its perversions.

    don't judge an era by who was in control of the media at the time, or the us supreme court.

    you must remember this, or all of your aspirations and that of the birchers is built upon a foundation of sand: human nature is a constant across time and space.

    i repeat, human nature is a constant across time and space.

    remember that if you desire true wisdom.

    true wisdom is not to be found in historical records that are, by their very nature, incorrect and faulty depictions of whatever happened when.

    be a keen observer of human nature, and you shall find true wisdom. and do not ascribe to certain aspects of human nature change over time, as you deduce by comparison to historical records that are merely shadows of what really happened then. those aspects of human nature you view as variable over time are merely static over time, and only variable from one individual to another. that variation from individual to individual is often the portal through which historical events get warped and twisted to paint a different view of human nature in the past. to satisfy whoever is recording the history, or simply out of blindness by the individual who is doing the historical recording.

    do you see and appreciate that phenomenon? if you do, if you really do, then you will rightly question the history that the birchers cherish, because the birchers pine for a historical utopia which never really existed, it only existed as filtered through the minds eye of whoever did the historical recording, and incorporating their own prejudices and shortcomings.


    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    [ Parent ]

    boom-and-bust? (none / 0) (#368)
    by aphrael on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 01:22:28 AM EST

    which has been responsible in part for the roller-coaster of boom and bust that has been the hallmark of the last ninety years

    As opposed to the roller-coaster of boom and bust that brought panics in 1873, 1892, and 1907?

    Boom-and-bust economics seems to be a normal part of industrial capitalism, unfortunately.

    [ Parent ]

    Certainly. (none / 0) (#455)
    by Brother John Birch on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:26:42 PM EST

    There is a natural business cycle, just as there is a natural cycle to all things.

    The unfortunate fact is, though, that while there were "panics" before this nation was taken off the gold standard, none were as deep, nor as long-lasting as the Great Depression, whose chief cause was government intervention in the economy!

    Are you aware that the government at that time was actually slaughtering pigs and burning them, and disallowing farmers from bringing their products to market? There are stunning parallels between the actions of the government of the United States in those times and those of the Stalinist horde in the Soviet Union. There, but for the Grace of God, were we.

    Nothing, but nothing will always keep our economy growing, creating jobs at a record pace, and providing inexpensive goods to people who can afford them. This may be seen in the simple fact that our managed fiat money has not been able to stop the natural business cycle, nor mitigate the problem once it has begun. There is evidence, in fact, that the Federal Reserve's policies have prolonged downturns in the markets, rather than helping to cushion the blow.

    Add to that the fact that a "dollar bill" earned today will not have the same buying power next year, and that because of that, saving money is a losing proposition for anyone who cares to do so, and you can easily see that inflation caused by the Federal Reserve, and upward pressure on interest rates caused by deficit spending and massive borrowing on the part of our government, is tantamount to outright theft from anyone who earns that wage.

    The Federal Reserve, even if it were the best institution on Earth, is simply illegal because Congress was not given the authority to shirk its responsibility for maintaining a currency based upon specie, as outlined in in the Constitution.

    Get US Out of the United Nations
    [ Parent ]

    Hmmm... (3.66 / 3) (#227)
    by snodgrass on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:28:00 PM EST

    I'm a 26 year old American, caucasian, Christian, middle-class married man who voted for Bush.  Which probably qualifies me for the most stereotyped (and hated) person on Kuro5hin.

    I mostly just browse because I don't feel the need to justify my beliefs to anyone.  I think we're all entitled to our opinions, and I think it's bad form to insult someone out of hand simply for what they believe in.  Reading k5 I find it interesting how so many people can automatically hate you without ever having met you.

    It's fascinating to see the way people react to things, so that's why I keep reading here.  Well, that, and I like some of the science stories.

    hated? (5.00 / 1) (#371)
    by SwingGeek on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 01:38:58 AM EST

    I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I agree that it is bad form to insult people out of hand. However, I don't think that disagreeing with someone is the same thing as insulting them. It definitely isn't the same thing as hating them. I disagree with a lot of people (probably including you), but I don't hate anyone.

    I looked at your comment history, and I don't see any negative replies to your comments. It also seems that you have been modded fairly highly. What exactly makes you feel hated here?

    SG

    [ Parent ]

    well... (none / 0) (#435)
    by snodgrass on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 04:00:13 PM EST

    ...maybe that wasn't the right way to say it.  I certainly haven't been personally targetted by anyone, and to be fair...discussions that aren't political/religious in nature are a lot of fun to read.

    I also agree with you that there is nothing wrong with disagreeing with someone or with telling them so.

    I just think that in general, conservative opinions are met with hostility on k5.  I mean, even in this article there's a comment about 'idiot creationists', and this is supposed to be all about introducing yourself!

    I'm not saying that I don't think a rational discussion is possible here, I just try to pick my battles wisely.  If it's a real exchange of ideas, then that's what I'm interested in.  Otherwise, I just prefer to stay out of harm's way. ;)  Besides, I rarely feel like I have something useful to contribute, I mostly just like to watch.

    [ Parent ]

    pdrap (3.00 / 2) (#229)
    by pdrap on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:43:49 PM EST

    pdrap is Patrick Draper, a computer programmer in Austin TX, but a native of Michigan. Married, wife is a professor at UT, no children, two Boston Terriers. I'm a Linux user since June, 1993. I'm an amateur astronomer and photographer since childhood. Lots of other interests too numerous to mention. Webpage is at http://www.pdrap.org

    flimflam (3.00 / 2) (#230)
    by flimflam on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:45:47 PM EST

    I'm 31, and live in Brooklyn, NYC, USA.

    I'm married and have a 21-month-old daughter with very eclectic musical tastes (her favorite CDs: John Coltraine's My Favorite Things, Manu Chao, Nat King Cole in spanish, Billy Idol (!), and Bizet's Carmen. This is the music she asks for by name.)

    I was born and raised in upstate NY, but lived for a few years in Caracas, Venezuela. I've travelled a fair amount (a lot in latin america, europe and asia). My wife is from El Salvador, and we speak spanish at home.

    I have a pretty geeky background -- I had my first programming job when I was 16 designing and programming embedded systems, but I eventually dropped out of college to become a film-maker. I've managed to synthesize a position that merges my various interests now -- becoming a technical expert in high-definition video production and post-production, with some opportunities to work on my own projects from time to time.

    That's about it.

    Oh -- I also play the piano and carry a Newton Messagepad 2100 with me whereever I go.



    -- I am always optimistic, but frankly there is no hope. --Hosni Mubarek

    A Grown (US) Marine Brat (3.00 / 2) (#232)
    by cmholm on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 02:59:13 PM EST

    I'm 42, a systems analyst/coder, living on Maui, Hawaii, USA.

    My dad was a careerist in the USMC, hence, my formative years were spent in southern California (12), N. Carolina (1), Japan (2), and Iran (3). Despite my poor study habits, I eventually earned degrees in political and computer sciences. I've been married 16 years, and have one 10 year old boy. 16 years? Man, time flies! Except for three years at Sears & Roebuck, I've worked as an engineer for large Federal defence contractors, hence I'm comfortable, but not rich.

    I was raised Episcopalian, but grew into an agnostic. I'm a socialist in the sense that I think employees should own their enterprises, which should be allowed to hire, fire, and go out of business. Large corporations would be replaced by networks of smaller organizations. See "Pacific Edge" by Kim Stanley Robinson for my idea of Utopia.

    I was more than happy to endure defense layoffs and pay freezes in trade for the end of the Cold War. I support the concept of a Pax Americana, since the last two centuries showed multipolar and bipolar geopolitics to be a cluster-fuck. It's too bad for Iraq that for a greater pax they've got to suffer a lesser bellum. It's really, really too bad that GWB is the guy trying to sell this. Might as well send Billy Mays to the UN.

    Do you believe in Googlisms? (3.66 / 3) (#233)
    by terpy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:03:32 PM EST

    I do.

    I believe in it twice.

    ---
    "Maybe it was a kamikaze bonsai. In which case, at least it died honorably."-tps12<

    A Lurker (3.66 / 3) (#235)
    by catch23 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:12:10 PM EST

    I don't think I've ever posted to K5, so I'm pretty much in that lurker category. I saw some other "first time posters" so I thought I'd just do it myself. I'm 23, graduated from Georgia Tech and currently work in a large hotel corporation that owns brands such as Holiday Inn, Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, and Staybridge Suites. I do software development, but I'm not considered to be in the IT department since those guys tend to get things done too slowly. I work directly with market research and help develop tools to effectively bring their statistical models to real use. I live in the Atlanta area and consider myself a Christian. My biggest hobby other than computer related stuff would probably be cooking desserts. I enjoy making tasty tarts all from scratch rather than purchasing premade "bake mixes" or spices, I grind my own spices, but I won't grow my own. I am of Chinese descent and I still visit my homeland fairly often when I can. Happily single at the moment, living with a roommate who is still a grad student, and we have two hamsters, two rabbits, and a cat.

    On splitpeasoup, and split pea soup (3.66 / 3) (#236)
    by splitpeasoup on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:14:20 PM EST

    I am a 26 y.o., male, Indian, computer processor chip designer.

    I like to mindlessly surf, read, write, hike, take photographs, listen to music, try making it, play with my dog, watch movies, hang out with friends, all the rest of that stuff.

    As for my handle, no more interesting reason other than I really like split pea soup. Andersen's makes the best. You can get it, canned, without preservatives or additives, on the shelves of Fred Meyer. It's really yummy, trust me.

    -SPS

    "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

    I have been called Pigfucker (3.66 / 3) (#238)
    by miah on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:17:54 PM EST

    I am a 23 year old college student. I have lived in Arvada CO my entire life. I used to work at an ISP but now I attend Red Rocks Community College and I hope to go to the University of Colorado in the fall. I am studying Computer Science of all things.

    I am an avid Linux user and I even have my own website. I am the SO of jacksica.

    That's who I am.

    Religion is not the opiate of the masses. It is the biker grade crystal meth of the masses.
    SLAVEWAGE
    Moi? (3.66 / 3) (#241)
    by rleyton on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:27:02 PM EST

    Me, well, I'm Richard. You can work out the rest. I live in south east london (place called Lee, and nobody has heard of it at all in London...), and work in the centre of town. No, I've not been to any of the k5 meets.

    I grew up in a tiny village in Somerset, close to the the smallest city in England - Wells. Very nice place. But then I'd have to say that or I'll get grief at in the local pub when I return home to see my parents.

    Erm, what do I do? I'm a Database and Unix systems administrator for a small consultancy in the City. Fun stuff. My cynicism, however, knows no boundaries at the moment.

    Like Steve the super villain, I like Linux. But not as much as my mac powerbook. Mmmmm.

    Hobbies. Erm. Some. Decorating the house at the moment. yay.

    Oh, and I've recently started doing the blog thing. Probably boring to most, but hay, you might like it. You'll probably find out more about me there than here.

    'sbout it really.

    --
    Ooooooooooooooh! What does this button do!? - DeeDee, Dexters Lab.
    My Website

    I've heard of Lee (none / 0) (#515)
    by spiralx on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 04:26:32 PM EST

    But then again I grew up in south east London :)

    When the enemy's strategy is asymmetric warfare, you don't win by having the bigger dick, you win by knowing where the clitoris is. - Parent ]

    Witt (3.66 / 3) (#242)
    by Witt on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:36:08 PM EST

    I'm a 22 year old, studying Computer Science at the University of Calgary. I'll be graduating this April with an honours degree, after which I'll be joining the big bad world of work. Fortunately, I've found a job upon graduation.

    Beyond School, I enjoy lots of athletic activities. I lift weights four days a week, and do cardio training once per week minimum. I enjoy squash, racquetball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, running, hiking, and cycling.

    I really enjoy cooking - it's great stress relief after a long day a the office / school, and gives me a chance to wind down as well as enjoy some awesome food. And no, I haven't had Kraft Dinner in over a year.

    I read K5 on a sporadic basis, and post diaries even more sporadically - I just don't have the inclination to sit down at my computer when I get home from work or school - I'd much rather be outside or enjoying the company of my friends. So, I'm not your steretypical geek, though I do enjoy Computer Science immensely.

    Trust your technolust
    -- Jeremiah

    Myself (3.66 / 3) (#244)
    by Kintanon on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:38:49 PM EST

    I might as well join the throng.
    I'm a 23 year old caucasian male, I live in Athens, Georgia. I'm the system administrator of a small company which makes semantic data extraction software. I'm an avid student of all Martial Arts and I hold a first degree black belt in Taekwondo.
    And if anyone wants to look me up you can e-mail me at kintanon@yahoo.com.

    Kintanon

    I am DOOM! (3.66 / 3) (#245)
    by DoctorDoom on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:49:49 PM EST

    well, no, not really. My name is Del and I live and work in Seattle, WA. I've been lurking on K5 for awhile.

    I'm 27, 6', 170lbs. English/Ukraine descent.

    I graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Biology (cellular and molecular). After that, I worked as a a hi-tech burger flipper (system administrator). I now work as a game designer.

    I enjoy: reading and collecting comic books, watching good anime/sci-fi/action/comedy movies, watching bad anime/sci-fi/action/comedy movies (but only after midnight), playing tabletop rpgs, hanging out with friends. Besides comic books, non-fiction has a higher priority on my reading schedule than fiction. My favorite band is GWAR.

    I consider myself a geek even though I do a lot of 'non-geek' stuff. I like to go jogging at Greenlake, working out, hiking and camping, during the summer waterski, travel, and doing anything else that seems fun. I try to stay busy enjoying life.


    DoctorDoom

    angst_ridden_hipster is (3.66 / 3) (#246)
    by angst_ridden_hipster on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 03:50:29 PM EST

    Primarily a lurker on kuro5hin.

    35 yrs old, homeless, live under 405 freeway overpass in Los Angeles.

    Unix/web/java/perl programmer, palm developer. Ceramicist. One-time photographer, computer engineer, physicist.

    Former radical leftist, now just hungry. Still misanthropic after all these years. Caucasian, tribally jewish, too bored by pretentious and self-important philosophies to commit to a label.

    Don't believe in intelligent visitors from outer space, grand unified conspiracies, ghosts, quantum mechanics, using proper grammar in self-descriptive text.

    Do believe in evolution, multifarious and numerous mini-conspiracies, bankruptcy of current US Administration, greed and ignorance of all people everywhere, quantum mechanics (so sue me), green tea.
    -- bukra fil mish mish

    you're very lucky.. (5.00 / 1) (#297)
    by postindustrialist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:00:07 PM EST

    that's a sweet overpass.. been there on several occasions myself and thought "damn i wish i had an overpass of this quality..";)
    oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
    question everything.
    this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno
    [ Parent ]
    Sully (3.66 / 3) (#248)
    by sully on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:00:57 PM EST

    I'm a UNIX administrator at a small CRM company in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Not for long, though as hopefully I'll be attending university in the fall. I enjoy long walks on the beach and, uhh, ponies.


    -------------
    The opinions expressed above are not necessarily those of my prefrontal cortex.
    ignatiusst (3.66 / 3) (#249)
    by ignatiusst on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:08:19 PM EST

    My name is Phil. I live in Fort Mill, SC (close enough to Charlotte, NC so as not to matter). I pretend to maintain my own slice of ego on the internet at WildeRoot.com, though I really haven't updated it in a while.

    Mostly, I work as a technology manager for one of the banks in Charlotte, though I also go to school at night (UNC-Charlotte) for an MS in Computer Science (Target graduation - Dec.2003). When I am not at work or university, I maintain a relationship with my wife of seven years and my 5 year-old son.

    By-and-large, I read the mod-queue and vote on articles. I rarely post replies to comments and even more rarely post my own opinions, though I often rate comments that are exceptionally good or exceptionally lousy.

    My alter-ego is USian, though I only use that account when I am (1) feeling super-jingoistic, (2) feeling that crude/cruel humor directed towards K5's many British citizens is in order, or (3) forget that I am logged-on as USian and post a comment that should have been posted as ignatiusst.

    When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. -- Jonathan Swift

    A pretty ordinary person, really... (3.66 / 3) (#254)
    by the original jht on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:32:34 PM EST

    I'm a white guy in his late '30s, with a wife and an infant son, and two cats to keep us all company.  I'm the IT manager at a small insurance carrier in the Boston area, and I've been here for quite a while.  I tend to the "left-libertarian" viewpoint in politics and life - I believe, in general, that government is well-suited to some things, but that list should be as small as possible if the market can do a better job.  I believe the government can do a better job of providing health insurance, though.

    I do not believe in any known form of religion, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that I'm an atheist.  It's not that I think there is or is not a supreme being - I simply don't care.  I try to live a decent, ethical life anyways and treat my fellow humans well.  A possible reward in the hereafter isn't worth worrying about, in my opinion.  In that regard, I am the proverbial secular humanist.

    I fall into the "pro-choice, but anti-abortion" category on the big polarizer of an issue that that represents.  I believe it's wrong and a bad choice, but a choice nonetheless that people should be free to make, even if a bad one.  I believe a fetus becomes a human when it reaches the point of viability, and at that point it has a right to live unless it's continued existence in utero would have a significant risk of killing the mother.

    I'm not anti-war per se, but I think it's not a great idea, and I don't trust GWB whatsoever.

    My K5 ID came because my usual nick (jht) wasn't available here.  Someone who never posts registered it once upon a time.

    For hobbies, I do electronics tinkering, I am a board member of a networking users' group (bnug.org), and I'm active in working on technology issues on behalf of my town.  I lift weights, ride a bike, walk, and golf, and I candlepin bowl, which is popular in eastern New England and some of Canada.  I'm a tall guy, but still somewhat on the heavy side.  I am omnivorous in my eating habits - and gradually improving my cooking skills, though my wife is a far better cook than I am.  But I like it.  I have a strong dislike of coconut and fennel, and I'm really not a big fan of mushrooms.


    Yo (3.66 / 3) (#255)
    by ToadBoy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:41:10 PM EST

    My name's Aaron, and I'm a graduate student (27) at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon. I'm an engineering geologist by education and trade, and a geek in my spare time.  Single, but not happy about it.

    Politics: A mix. I'm pro-gun, pro-choice, pro-states rights, pro-national health care, pro-environment, but not necessarily anti-big-business.  Whatever the hell that makes me (libertarian? confused?)

    Hobbies: Shooting, Bowling, D&D, Hiking/Camping/Drinking (all at once, preferably), Frisbee Golf, reading SF and Fantasy on the couch with the cat, rockhounding, aikido, and wasting time on the Internet...

    Computers: 4 currently--
    * Zim (AMD Athlon XP 1700 - Dual booting Slack 8.1 and Win 2K)
    * Gaz (Toshiba Tecra 8000 - Dual booting Slack 8.1 and Win 2K)
    * Gir (AMD K6III 400 - Dual Booting NT4 Server and DeadRat 8)
    * Dib (P233 - OpenBSD 3.1 [da firewall])

    The NickName: Early 1997. First job out of school.  Action Quake 2 and ChaosQuake on the company LAN at nights.  Found out quickly that jumping, esp. rocket jumping, characters are REALLY hard to hit....

    Aikido (4.50 / 2) (#382)
    by treefrog on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:15:59 AM EST

    Another Aikidoka?

    Have you been practicing long, and with which organisation? Personally I find the Aikido politics sometimes a bit shit, but it seems to be dying down).

    I've been practising with Bnyu Hatten Aikido based in the SW of England for the past 7 or so years.

    best regards, treefrog


    Twin fin swallowtail fish. You don't see many of those these days - rare as gold dust Customs officer to Treefrog
    [ Parent ]

    Aikido (5.00 / 1) (#459)
    by ToadBoy on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 11:09:07 PM EST

    I'm a bit out of practice now.  I belonged to the University of Washington club for a while (Shin Ryu Aikido).  Then, I reinjured my knee.  Then, I got a job (;-).  Now, finally (with lots of stretching and weight-training), my knee is strong enough to start again.

    Looking for a dojo in the greater Portland area; anyone know one?


    [ Parent ]

    !Not(~you) (3.66 / 3) (#256)
    by Kaki Nix Sain on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:41:29 PM EST

    I am:
    • named Horselover
    • in the midst of starting an EE graduate education
    • still headed in the direction of cognitive science, but I have changed my path to get there from philosophy (whose lessons I still very much value and live by) to electrical engineering, which will set me up for a more low-level, hardware neural networks and neuromorphic engineering life.
    • a tool using and, occasionally, making primate
    I spend my time:
    • learning the workings of both cool and boring electrical devices
    • jumping through hoops, some for school and some for work
    • thinking about thinking, nonsense, and sometimes talking
    • drinking from the information well that we are all in
    • eating one of the three meals that are the attractor basin for me in food-space
    • fulfilling my physical body's need for movement and recreation
    • planning my future wearable/bagable
    • considering the tasks and responsibilities of a citizen of the world and cosmos
    • wishing that there were a potentially infinite amount of time that could be used between each moment
    • exploring the dream-world which we all enter but many never remember or really participate in
    • enjoying time I spend with friends that are nearby


    headstrong (3.66 / 3) (#257)
    by ceannlaidir on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:44:56 PM EST

    i started lurking here when my boyfriend insisted on emailing me article links. i finally gave in and registered so he'd quit taunting me about stuff in the edit/mod queue. i tend to vote on articles i'm interested in, read diaries that amuse me, and post only when i'm particuarly irritated or amused about something.

    i'm in my mid-twenties, stationed near philadelphia these days. i'm an architectural historian with a degree in historic preservation (the boyfriend is the tech person - i know enough to know when to refer a problem to him) and i'll hopefully be headed back to school for a phd in american history sometime in the near future. right now i do mostly federal regulatory compliance work for the FCC and federal highways.

    ceannlaidr is scots gaelic for headstrong. it seems to be a suitable description.

    Another k5er near Philly! (5.00 / 1) (#266)
    by muchagecko on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:35:45 PM EST

    Wow, that's 3 of us now. And to think that I thought /dev/trash and I were the only ones in PA.

    "Do you think Mr. Fantastic can stretch his dinky also? And do you think The Thing is hard all over? I mean really all over."
    [ Parent ]
    nope.. (5.00 / 1) (#295)
    by postindustrialist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:58:34 PM EST

    PA here too.. an hour from philly
    oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
    question everything.
    this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno
    [ Parent ]
    No diary? (none / 0) (#341)
    by muchagecko on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:59:09 PM EST

    How am I supposed to keep up with my k5 neighbors if you don't keep diaries?

    "Do you think Mr. Fantastic can stretch his dinky also? And do you think The Thing is hard all over? I mean really all over."
    [ Parent ]
    sorry (none / 0) (#362)
    by postindustrialist on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 12:32:52 AM EST

    i use livejournal for my nice sleek journal.. if you';re REALLY that interested it user

    pstindustrialst



    oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
    question everything.
    this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno
    [ Parent ]

    thanks (none / 0) (#367)
    by muchagecko on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 01:02:26 AM EST

    Now I can keep tabs on you, neighbor.

    "Do you think Mr. Fantastic can stretch his dinky also? And do you think The Thing is hard all over? I mean really all over."
    [ Parent ]
    a whole three? (5.00 / 1) (#303)
    by ceannlaidir on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:05:46 PM EST

    you'd think for as big as philly is and as far as the metro area sprawls, there'd be more. maybe they're all lurking.

    either that or they're trapped in the wide expanse of pennskentucky between philly and pittsburgh...(i can trash it, i grew up there).

    [ Parent ]

    You'd think, but (none / 0) (#340)
    by muchagecko on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:56:42 PM EST

    my experience in this area has shown that there are more technophobes here than anywhere else I've lived (I've lived in a lot of places). A website about tech isn't going to be so popular here.

    "Do you think Mr. Fantastic can stretch his dinky also? And do you think The Thing is hard all over? I mean really all over."
    [ Parent ]
    ha! (none / 0) (#537)
    by /dev/trash on Mon May 05, 2003 at 10:51:12 PM EST

    We prefer to be called "the part of PA that votes Republican" thank you very much. :)

    Where in PA did you grow up?

    ---
    ESD is a fucking piece of shit. -fluffy grue (although I think it sucks too)
    [ Parent ]

    another one from philly (5.00 / 1) (#348)
    by fintler on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:36:17 PM EST

    I'm from philly too, born and raised. I'm an undergrad at st joes down city line ave.

    [ Parent ]
    YAPAWEP (yet another pennsylvanian. well ex-PAian) (5.00 / 2) (#446)
    by das bill on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 06:57:00 PM EST

    Originally from Pittsburgh,  but recently moved to Baltimore, MD.  

    -Bill

    [ Parent ]

    Might be the youngest here (3.66 / 3) (#258)
    by mmsmatt on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:46:09 PM EST

    High school freshman, American east coast. Discovered K5 through a link on slashdot.

    Interests are mostly politics, history, clarinet, and some slackware.

    Christian, also.

    GOD DAMN!!!! (5.00 / 1) (#294)
    by postindustrialist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:57:21 PM EST

    and i thought i was the youngest....



    oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
    question everything.
    this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno
    [ Parent ]
    Lurk Mode Standby (3.00 / 2) (#259)
    by exZERO on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:52:04 PM EST

    20 year old slacker, tasteful film fan, anime enthusiast, reader(novel and comic), absolute hardcore gamer.

    To detail:

    Top Five Films/Film Series of All Time

    5. Back to the Future Trilogy
    4. Kido Senshi Gundam Trilogy
    3. Lord of the Rings(note: I read the "books" under the intention of one book, I see the "films" as one film; also, this is on good faith on Peter Jackson to complete ROTK with the second half of Two Towers at the beginning)
    2. Krzyztof Keizlowski's Troi Coloures
    1. The Matrix Trilogy(once again, this is on good faith)

    Top Five Books(comics included)

    5. Myst Trilogy(hey, you try and weave games and books splitting between the two mediums with this kind of seamlessness)
    4. Great Teacher Onizuka(manga)
    3. Watchmen(comic)
    2. The Dark Tower Series
    1. Middle Earth books(complete)

    Top Five Games

    5. Kingdom Hearts(except for any part of the gameplay involving that damn Pooh)
    4. Grand Theft Auto(3 & VC especially)
    3. Final Fantasy VIII(best FF ever)
    2. Metroid (series, Prime and Fusion included)
    1. Metal Gear (series)

    Top Five Directors

    5. Guy Ritchie(despite Swept Away)
    4. Shinichiro Watanabe
    3. The Wachowski Brothers
    2. Tom Tykwer(despite Winter Sleepers)
    1. Kevin Smith

    (Honorable Mentions include Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Spielberg, Keislowski, Bryan Singer, and Sam Raimi)

    Top Five Recording Artists

    5. Aerosmith
    4. Eurythmics(including both solo careers)
    3. Genesis(both solos, each iteration until late 90's)
    2. Rush(even Vapor Trails)
    1. The Police(Sting's solo included, especially Ten Summoner's Tales)

    That should pretty much tell you what you need to know about me.  

    Oh yeah, the name's Sam Baker and I'm in the small towns surrounding Dallas/Ft. Worth in Texas.
    <<Zero_out>>

    Kieslowski (none / 0) (#347)
    by demi on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:35:10 PM EST

    what, you haven't seen Dekalog? It's much better than the pap that is Three Colo(u)rs, even if it doesn't have Juliette Binoche.

    [ Parent ]
    Dekalopg vs Three Colours (none / 0) (#381)
    by treefrog on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:12:30 AM EST

    Personally I prefer Three Colours. Dekalog is very good, but Three Colours is a masterpiece.

    regards, treefrog


    Twin fin swallowtail fish. You don't see many of those these days - rare as gold dust Customs officer to Treefrog
    [ Parent ]

    neither are that good IMO (none / 0) (#398)
    by demi on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:06:18 AM EST

    But I think that more of Kieslowski's signature style (social conscious and criticism) is evident in Dekalog than in Three Colours. Red was okay, but Blue and White were so sterile and trite, they just pandered far too much to typical art-house aesthetics and conceits (Julie Delpy as the sharply intelligent ice-cold French bitch who torments the earthy and earnest Pole). Just because Kieslowski is dead, that doesn't make Three Colours a masterpiece in my mind.

    [ Parent ]
    who I am (3.66 / 3) (#260)
    by mikelist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 04:56:12 PM EST

    49 year old husband, father, grampa, hippie, avid reader, dobro and steel guitar player, singer, writer, veteran, inactive Slackware fan, too lazy for IT, who pays the bills doing steel fabrication for a precast facility.  

    Oh - you mean me? (3.66 / 3) (#262)
    by stark on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:03:03 PM EST

    Stark:

    • Is a lurker who really thinks he should post sometimes, if it weren't for the limited time at home and the fact that folks at work already think I spend too much time reading K5
    • Is a fan of Michael Marshall Smith
    • Someone who lives in central London (Pimlico) just inside the congestion zone. (Stark has considered coming along to K5 drinks on Wednesday but is unfortunately already going out for a meal with folks from work)
    • Works for a vast international financial organisation in the City, and is slightly ethically disturbed by this. He keeps meaning to write a CV and move somewhere nicer, but it's not happened yet
    • Enjoys cycling, rock climbing, taking photos and creating/listening to music
    • Is not very good at finishing things, but thinks he might be getting better at this
    • Would like to learn how to play Go but thinks that he lacks the patience to actually think about the moves and strategy
    • Dual-boots Linux and Windows 98
    • Is an agnostic ex-Christian
    • Likes talking about himself in the third person :-)


    "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go past." -- Douglas Adams
    dude... (3.00 / 1) (#293)
    by postindustrialist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:55:10 PM EST

    go is soooooo easy....

    it's like connect four but you want to actually connect five.. and its on a flat board so the pieces kinda stay put and don't drop..



    oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
    question everything.
    this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno
    [ Parent ]

    Michael Marshall Smith (4.00 / 1) (#484)
    by wocko on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 08:21:10 PM EST

    I really enjoy his work. Talking toasters, flying cities, clothing that adapts to your mood. He's got all sorts of wacky shit.

    I especially liked the character (can't remember the exact book now) who was sentenced to death for a crime he committed. He was given a tattoo on his forehead which actively counted down the time to his scheduled death in bright LED numbers.

    I sometimes feel exactly like that guy.

    [ Parent ]

    Welcome to me (4.00 / 4) (#267)
    by UncannyVortex on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:37:17 PM EST

    My first name is Jordan, and I live in Dallas, Texas. Actually I live in Garland, which borders Dallas. I'm a 30-year-old white male.

    Miscellaneous info about me:

    • 5'7", brown hair & eyes, lanky
    • Software engineer (C++/ASP/SQL etc.)
    • In opposition to the upcoming Iraq war
    • Loved the Adequacy
    • Often votes +1 FP for trollish articles in the queue
    • Somewhat libertarian concerning firearm ownership rights
    • Former rave baby
    • Currently learning to draw
    • Concerned about environmental issues
    • Homeschooled by an extremely right-wing Christian family
    • Missed out on college due to a busy teenage programming career
    • Subsequently rejected conservative religious and political belief
    If anyone from Dallas wants to put together a happy hour group or something, I would be down for it.

    As for me... (4.50 / 2) (#268)
    by chemista on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:41:25 PM EST

    I'm a professor of chemistry at a junior college in the "Deep South." As my user name implies, I'm pretty far to the Left politically, though I haven't always been so. I was raised to be a wacko fundie and became a Reaganite to boot. Fortunately I grew up.

    Now I am a quasi-atheist (I don't think the term "god" is sufficiently well-defined to be dogmatic about it) and politically I'm pretty close to the US Green Party.

    Stop reminding people about the overvalued stock market! I'm depending on that overvalued stock market to retire some day! - porkchop_d_clown

    Hehe (none / 0) (#274)
    by trhurler on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:05:26 PM EST

    What is it with leftists who insist that their views are the result of "growing up?" Does it make you feel good to imply that everyone who doesn't agree with you is childlike? I know you must have an awfully small ego and an awfully fragile one, to be so scared of anything and everything that you want controls and regulations on the manner in which people pee and the sorts of foods they eat and the way their homes are built and the means by which they wash their underwear and so on, but really, this crude mockery is a most transparent sort of self-aggrandizement. If you're going to belittle others, do it for amusement, rather than as a means of boosting yourself up; sooner or later the latter will lead you to the realization that you're not so egalitarian as you suppose, and that in fact your "tolerance"(liberals love that word,) is really just "tolerance" of people who agree with you anyway, or who disagree on nitty details and never on anything important. If that happens, you'll be left without a source of moral superiority from which to draw when writing self righteous screeds containing the words "grow up" and so on! Then what would you do? You'd be in trouble, and you know it.

    --
    'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

    [ Parent ]
    I'm honored (none / 0) (#277)
    by chemista on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:17:22 PM EST

    My first trolling by the infamous trhurler!

    Stop reminding people about the overvalued stock market! I'm depending on that overvalued stock market to retire some day! - porkchop_d_clown
    [ Parent ]
    The best part is... (1.00 / 1) (#279)
    by trhurler on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:19:08 PM EST

    I wasn't trolling. :)

    --
    'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

    [ Parent ]
    the best part of you (2.00 / 1) (#338)
    by mikelist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:49:49 PM EST

    apparently washed out of the sheets. If you are implying that there are a lot of folks here with issues, I agree. If you think the large proportion of K5ians who oppose the war are feebleminded or herding, you are on shaky ground. If you say you weren't trolling, that's the trailer. Not saying a right winger can't be intelligent, just unlikely.

    [ Parent ]
    Hey Mike... (4.50 / 2) (#414)
    by trhurler on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 11:48:01 AM EST

    The discussion at hand had nothing to do with war or opposition to the same. Perhaps you're a bit more feebleminded than you thought, if "left vs right" is the only political distinction you know and it translates directly into "antiwar vs hawk," because the first is a gross oversimplification, and the second is just silly.

    As for most people, k5ers or otherwise, regardless of belief system, "herding," of course they are. That's what all but a tiny few have always done and will always do, and the one thing that upsets them most is to ever be faced with the fact of it.

    --
    'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

    [ Parent ]
    You're absolutely right (4.00 / 2) (#438)
    by mikelist on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:06:28 PM EST

    Easy to make bad characterizations, one would expect artists to be liberal, but Dali was an unabashed fascist. I read an article in Time magazine back about 1979 by Alexander Solgenitzen, criticizing the  superficial nature of Americans' "right to be informed", odd from a man who is known for bucking censorship at great peril to himself. A lot of draft dodger types from the Viet Nam era are backing this debacle out of unreasoning fear, a viet vet I was talking to called them "chicken hawks", and I agree.
    But in general, left and right are broad circles surrounding a person's core convictions. Deviation from the "party line" on one or more issues is the rule rather than the exception. I'm a (nearly)card carrying liberal, except for abortion/fetal stem cell issues and gun control.

    [ Parent ]
    So then (4.50 / 2) (#441)
    by trhurler on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:37:09 PM EST

    How do you characterize someone who is completely conservative(beyond most conservatives' wet dreams) on issues of taxation, money, small government, and so on, and completely liberal on "social" issues that don't involve spending government money(free speech, etc,) with the exception of free association, which modern liberals have abandoned but which I have NOT abandoned?

    The truth is, I don't qualify under either of your labels. "Left" and "right" are not all that exist in the world. They are a false dichotomy which has perpetuated itself because it allows people to be lazy in the way they think about politics.

    --
    'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

    [ Parent ]
    dave is cool (4.20 / 5) (#270)
    by dtothek on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:49:50 PM EST

        my name is david makoto [deleted].  i was born march 13, 1974, which makes me a tiger and a pisces (yes, a tigerfish).  i am half japanese and half mexican.  born and raised in la, i did all the things boys did: raised hell, played with fire, rode my bike, played sports, and hiked in the desert surrounding my town, sunland.  when i was 16, i moved to boston, where i did a lot of cycling (in the spring and summer, obviously).  i moved back to la for college: the california institute of technology.  in college i learned a lot about math and science, partied, got laid (a sorely neglected aspect of my education until that point, let me tell you), and all the usual things a young man does in school.  after i earned my b.s. in engineering and applied science, i spent the next few years `looking' for a job, partying, and traveling.  when the money ran out i moved to new york city, where i had spent some time as an intern during college.  i started working for the gemological institute of america in 2000, and i've been there ever since.
        what do i have in common with k5ers?  i was good in school and focused on math and science.  i went to a university specializing in such, and i like science fiction (particularly military scifi: drake, weber, ringo...).  i am not a hardcore computer geek, which is a shame.  my programming skills are limited to a basic c++ course in college, so i'm pretty pathetic next to you supergeeks.  i have a nice computer, but it's courtesy of my brother, who built it for me.  i do, however, love science, technology, and the way they shape our lives.  i watch a lot of techtv, the history channel, discovery wings, etc.  unreal tournament has recently become a part of my life, and i'm gearing up to playing on the web (when i'm good enough).  i am a lifelong cyclist, that is, until i got a full time job.  i love techno, which i would say is relatively uncommon.  at least i never get to talk to anyone who shares this particular passion (sniff).  i have experience with a few martial arts, and would really like to take up yoga again.  i like to hang around in bars, get drunk, shoot pool, happy smoke, k5, and lowbrow.com.  i like to consider myself a man of honor, but i, at least, know that's a sham.
        dtothek1024 is my aim screen name, and i am also usually on icq, #179609209.  i would be delighted beyond measure to chat with k5ers, since you are all assuredly people of substance.  if anyone out there lives in nyc, feel free to join my birthday bar crawl this thursday (march 13, 2003).  rsvp dtothek27@icqmail.com.  i'll be 29.

    -d
    All About Me (4.00 / 4) (#272)
    by Kasifox on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 05:59:16 PM EST

    Well not all, but a little I guess. I'm 23 with a degree in PoliSci working as an IT Trainer. I spend my days teaching SCADA and server admin and my nights trying to find a purpose in life. Which I haven't yet. I travel a fair bit with work and generally more than I would like to but such is life. I still do some research relating to the development of online communities and am working hard to get back into writing. Fiction this time. I'm tired of being serious all the time. I'm determined that I will eventually write something that satisfies myself. I don't know about everyone else. Until that time, I'll keep teaching and keep working on dry research. And I guess that's me. Oh...I work on my portal site as well - just a small one for close friends, but it's growing.

    Who am I... (4.00 / 4) (#278)
    by m42gal on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:18:51 PM EST

    I'm Stacy, 41, perpetually cute female living in the SF Bay area, work in sales & marketing for high tech companies, also bartend on the side for fun money.

    Politically, I'm not someone who falls into any one group. But if I had to pin-point, I'd say I'm for personal responsibility, compassion, responsible capitalism, pro-choice but anti-abortion (look at personal responsibility), universal health-care, pro 2nd amendment (with an emphasis on "well-regulated militia"), fighting to keep our constitutional guaranteed rights, pro-environment and anti-light pollution...hmmm, might not read grammatically well, but there you have it.

    Personally, I'm into astronomy (4 telescopes),camping, hiking, the arts, reading, board games, skiing, ice skating, quilting, investing and anything else that captures my interst.

    Favorite passtime is uh, amateur astronomy - preferably somewhere dark, away from crowds with my tent, drinks, comforts a few feet away.

    Single at the moment but expect that to change.

    Kind of techie, I know enough to be a pain in the you-know-what to IT personnel and I LOVE my Palm i705... and warming up to my new Motorola t790 phone.

    My housemate turned me onto K5 and you lovely folks even voted for one of my MLP's to be on the FP. Thank you! That was groovy. Love k5 and hope to meet some of you at one point. 'Tis all for now.

    St.

    nbo offense dear... (5.00 / 1) (#288)
    by postindustrialist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:50:46 PM EST

    but this is the net.. we're ALL perpetually cute..;)

    and from your bio it seemss a bit more like a personal ad...
    oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
    question everything.
    this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno
    [ Parent ]

    yeah.... (none / 0) (#300)
    by m42gal on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:02:20 PM EST

    I guess it does kind of read that way, eh? But then I think I'm the only woman so far who has posted a "who are you" post. (Though I could be wrong on this point...) Some of the other entries read like personal ads - did you make the same comment to them?

    St.
    [ Parent ]

    I stand corrected... (none / 0) (#305)
    by m42gal on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:07:27 PM EST

    ceannlaidir is another woman on K5...my apologies ceannlaidir!

    St.
    [ Parent ]

    sok.. (none / 0) (#310)
    by postindustrialist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:16:01 PM EST

    it's not a peroblem.. and yeah, there are others, but this one is particularly bad about it and it was the first one that stood out amongst the others.. i mena with comments like "i'm single but hopefuilly soon that'll change" and "i'm perpetually cute" etc... it's just bad.. very bad..
    oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
    question everything.
    this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno
    [ Parent ]
    oh, (none / 0) (#337)
    by m42gal on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:42:44 PM EST

    just bite me.

    St.
    [ Parent ]

    come on now.. (none / 0) (#363)
    by postindustrialist on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 12:33:52 AM EST

    play nice. :)



    oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
    question everything.
    this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno
    [ Parent ]
    But (none / 0) (#434)
    by m42gal on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 03:50:18 PM EST

    I am ;-)...

    St.
    [ Parent ]

    It was a nice bio (none / 0) (#481)
    by phred on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 06:13:07 PM EST

    I'll certainly read more of your comments now, I hate reading ugly people's writing.

    [ Parent ]
    personal ad (5.00 / 1) (#301)
    by phlux on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:03:16 PM EST

    Isnt that what ALL bios are! I mean the point of a bio is to tell people about yourself - the good parts. Its not like youd expect one to post that they have lopsided breasts, flat hair - shitty sense of style and what not. People tell about themselves in the hopes that other people likethem and find them interesting. Did you only respond to her post because she is a HER. Why not read some of the postings made by males - and see that they all read a little like personals - cuz thats what they are.

    [ Parent ]
    true enough.. (5.00 / 1) (#311)
    by postindustrialist on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:18:02 PM EST

    you won't tell anyone about your bad side (i'm abrasive at times, self depreciating and arrogant..)but regardless, there's a difference between trolling for dates and trying to get to know thepoeple behind the k5 stories..
    oooh.. looks likes somebody has anger problems.
    question everything.
    this sig is only one hundred and fifty characters long and it's still not eno
    [ Parent ]
    How about.. (none / 0) (#464)
    by roadcyclist on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 02:55:42 AM EST

    10?

    [ Parent ]
    svillee (4.00 / 4) (#284)
    by svillee on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:38:15 PM EST

    I was born in 1959. I'm currently living in Manhattan, employed as a software engineer at a telecom company.

    I also trade futures for fun and profit. Last year I made a decent return, and this year looks pretty good too so far.

    In my diary, I write things that I wish I had read 20 years ago. A recurring theme of my writing is what I call the gluttony principle, which says that on average, people tend to consume more than they produce. I believe this is the basic reason why poverty is so pervasive throughout the world. I haven't heard of any other writers articulating this view.

    Another diary topic is a company I plan to start, which I'm calling the Galt Escrow Agency. The goal of this company will be to provide high quality custom software via contracts where the developers' income is tied to the quality of their work.

    I enjoy playing the piano, hiking and roller blading.

    linuxcowboy (4.00 / 4) (#285)
    by lnxcwby on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 06:38:43 PM EST

    • 25 years old
    • married for 4 years
    • one child, ~3.5 years old, boy
    • born and raised in virginia, moved to utah to meet wife, back in virginia (thank god)
    • smoke too much, drink not enough
    • IS Manager for small telecom manufacturing firm
    • wished i were JUST a sysadmin
    • american by birth, southern by the grace of god
    favorite t-shirt:
    (A)lcohol,
    (T)obacco,
    (F)irearms...
    Who's bringing the chips?

    .l.
    --
    "Bother," said Pooh, as he chambered another round...

    riceowlguy (4.00 / 4) (#302)
    by riceowlguy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:03:32 PM EST

    riceowlguy is 23 years old, lives in Houston, shares an apartment with Y, is working full time while finishing up a CS bachelor's degree (at Rice, as the name indicates).

    My screen name/handle/nick/whatever is interesting as it's the only one that's ever lasted this long, back in the BBS days (and later IRC and ICQ) I couldn't stick with a handle more than a year, it seemed, with the exception of my e-mail addresses, which were based on my real name. I went through many different "cool" names before arriving at riceowlguy, which isn't cool at all (sounds like something a guy would use in #teensexchat or something) but at the very least is somewhat descriptive, simple, and doesn't describe any aspect of my personality which is likely to change. For example, names I might have come up with at various points in my life, but which would now be annoyingly deprecated, include:

    Falcon3.0Ace (1992 or so)
    SuperFishingNut (1984-1991)
    GolfermanExtrordinaire (1993-1997)
    ILoveSouthernComfort (8pm-2am, some Friday in October of 1997)
    ABBANatic2342 (1996)
    TrumpetGod42 (1998-2001)
    ObjectREXXIsTheSHIZNIT (1995)

    The list goes on and on.....

    I suppose one thing that the list indicates is that I'm kind of a Strong Sad-eque jack of all trades type who has kind of a big ego and tries hard to be pretty good at a lot of things, but doesn't have the stones to throw himself into one particular thing and see if he really could be tops at it. That and I don't like hard work. So I am a pretty competent programmer, golfer, tennis player, cook, photographer, fisherman, marksman, pianist, violist, trumpet player, singer/actor, etc., but am not about to turn pro in any of them.

    Instead I show people how to print and scan for viruses, as well as other trivial things, at an academic department of my school.

    Right now my main passions have been cooking and theatre. I would like to get back into instrumental music and photography, and perhaps one of the above sports. It is very difficult, however, with my schedule and location.

    It has been five years since I've had a girlfriend, and seven years since I've had a girlfriend I actually liked. Coincidentally, it's been seven years since I was actually fundamentally happy, but am really not sure which caused which to happen.

    I have been diagnosed with clinical depression of a moderately severe nature, but am pretty good at hiding it from people.

    I am an ESTJ - the Supervisor. I will make somebody a good husband and father someday (hopefully), but am unlikely to change the world.

    For several years (between 1990-1998) I considered myself to be a very staunch conservative. Then I got to college and found out what that meant, and now describe myself as a moderate libertarian. The change has probably been 90% terminology and 10% actual beliefs. I used to go to church, I don't anymore. I still believe in God to a certain extent but I am more of a Deist than anything and don't allow the fact that I believe in a creator to influence my worldly behavior or opinions.

    I am pretty anti-elitist when it comes to entertainment media. I like popular music and can't stand music snobs, although I also love classical music and have a lot of training in that area. My favorite movies are ones like Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Gettysburg - nice high production values, simple, fun stories with easy messages. On the other hand, I do have to draw the line somewhere, and it's called country.

    I am a nice guy according to StackyMcRacky, and others.

    "Nothing says 'Move to Florida' quite like fireboming somebody's car." - a friend

    How to post while staying anonymous... (4.00 / 5) (#304)
    by meaningless pseudonym on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:06:45 PM EST

    Hmm, what can I do here? I always find these threads interesting but I'm absolutely not stopping being anonymous here.

    Let's see. I'm 24, I'm a computer programmer, I live in SE England. I'm a Christian, I play the trumpet but I don't practice anywhere near enough so I'm not as good as I used to be. I like cars, cycling, playing around with cameras, good comedy, SF & Fantasy. I've realised that I'm now worryingly domestic in that I genuinely enjoy DIY and cooking. Never thought that would happen.

    I have a tendency to vent personal problems.  Read on if you want...

    I think I probably fit many people's definitions of screwed up. I absolutely hate admitting in public to personal weakness - just won't do it unless absolutely required. I'm single, lonely, never had a girlfriend and totally terrified of doing anything about that. I love my parents dearly and respect them massively but the thought of discussing this or any of many other personal issues with them scares me rigid. Same for pretty much anyone else - I've thought of going to psychiatrists because I don't seem to have a problem with discussing this sort of thing with the right people in the right context but that absolutely doesn't include friends. Typical British 'stiff upper lip' mentality - there's only two acceptable responses to the 'how are you?' question - fine and tired. Fine is the default, all is happy position. Tired means I'm successful, I'm working hard and achieving lots but just haven't had enough time to myself recently. No matter what is going on in my life, they are pretty much all I'll say. I'll just focus on the good things in public (however small they are) and not mention that I'm just really low at the time, and I get low. I'm well aware that this doesn't help because it means no-one can jump in and assist me because I'm trying to tell them that everything is all right, regardless. How can I get help with problems if I won't admit to potential helpers they exist?

    I'm still annoyed at myself for messing up my degree and education before that. For years, I just couldn't motivate myself to independent study. I could write the textbook on procrastination. It's weird, knowing that you need to work, knowing that you want to work but knowing that you absolutely cannot persuade yourself to buckle down and do it. I got my degree but not a good one and I'm still not sure how.

    I use porn. There, I've typed it. I really, really wish I didn't but I do. When you're low, have no self-confidence and no way of validating your sexuality, it's just sitting there. I don't particularly like it while using it, I'm well aware of the religious issues in it, I've no doubt friends would be horrified if they found out. Yet something flips inside my brain. I'm told that powerful sexual stimuli are one of the few naturally occurring things that can cause an addictive response - believe me, it's absolutely true. You search for the high, knowing you don't like the experience, knowing you don't like the side of you that it brings to the surface but also knowing that, at that moment, it's the most important thing in your head and you can't stop it. It blocks off everything - I've missed meals, several hours of sleep I really needed, TV programs I was looking forward to, all sorts of things because I was staring at a screen depicting something that, intellectually, repulsed me. Addiction is a really weird phenomena. Of course, I'm trying to stop. I suspect that meeting a suitable young lady would help (remember, Christian, so I'm not looking to get her into bed) but I'm not excusing myself and saying that I've got a free pass until then.

    I want to move. My current home town is just dull and in a dull surrounding area. I have no natural roots here at all - the only reason I'm where I am is my job and I feel that I've hit the buffers in the current place and don't respect management's ability to take the company forwards so, all in all, it seems a sensible idea to move. Sadly, being anonymous I can't post my CV here ;-)

    I'm well aware that I have a dull haircut and unadventurous taste in clothing. I'd love to spice up both but have no idea where to start. I've honestly considered the idea of borrowing a friend (probably female, seeing as attracting females is part of the reason here) for a weekend and traipsing round clothes shops spending way too much money on getting a complete new wardrobe based on their advice. I just don't trust my own judgment on this sort of thing and would need persuading that something was a good idea.

    I suppose I come across here as rather whiny. When I'm happy I'm actually a very positive person. I have a fundamentally good job which I like, a nice flat, a nice car and some great friends who I'll be sorry to leave. I love music and have a pretty large CD collection which I augment far too frequently and love listening to. I'm financially comfortable, if not rich by western standards, and have parents who I love dearly and who reciprocate. I'm healthy, with the exception that I seem to have permanently chapped lips even using lip balm. Irritating and sore. Oh, and I have what I take to be a verruca on the ball of my left foot that's been there for years and resists all efforts to kill it so far. I could stand to lose a few kilos but I'm certainly not fat and if I didn't point it out then you probably wouldn't notice until I took my shirt off.

    That's probably enough for now :-)  As always, if you recognise me from this then please keep it to yourself. I like having this place as an anonymous venting board.


    CaptainSuperBoy (4.00 / 4) (#306)
    by CaptainSuperBoy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:07:32 PM EST

    Let's see.. my bio here says "Software developer. Massachusetts. TV addict." Brief but true, although I have been working on the TV addiction lately. I'll say it, OK? I LIKE BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.

    After attending UMass Amherst for roughly 3 years I decided to withdraw from school and pursue a career as a Buffy fanboy. This proved not to be demanding enough, so now I'm a software consultant. It's kind of an all-around job, I do all sorts of software and database development depending on what people need. I guess I'm most experienced with developing for SQL Server but I do a lot of other stuff as well.

    Hobbies.. I always feel other people have more interesting hobbies than I do. Perhaps I should work on that. Anyway my main forms of entertainment are the usual, movies, music, TV, beer. I used to be quite the computer gamer. When I realized how much of my time it was taking up, I quit - almost cold turkey. Nowadays the only time I play games is with friends on the PS2. No more Quake, no more TFC. I have also recently quit smoking, we'll see how that goes. After quitting for a LONG time I started again last summer, like an idiot, and I became more addicted than I had ever been previously. Anyway I've tried to stop a couple times since then, maybe this time I'll succeed. Oh and, I like to cook.

    Well if you've argued with me about anything political you'll already know that I'm pretty much a full-fledged libertarian. I believe that the best society is one that is founded on concepts of freedom and responsibility, and one day I hope we will realize that society. I am not an idealist however and I'm not suggesting the time is right for that to work. I think people need slow change. We need to get used to the idea that most people are inherently trustworthy, before we dive in head-on. The best path right now is to fight the erosion of personal freedoms and to work towards regaining lost freedom. Now is not the time to eliminate the income tax, or privatize education. We're not ready for these drastic changes, yet.

    I believe that technology (particularly nano and AI) will someday eliminate all scarcity from the human economy. I believe this will enable a truly free society.

    So, for the issues? I'm against war in Iraq. I'm in favor of eliminating all laws regulating vice (drugs, prostitution, gambling, smoking, etc). I also do not think the government should be making money off any of these enterprises through excessive taxation, monopoly, or prohibition. I'm against the initiation of force. My views on abortion are conflicted, but now is not the time to make it more legal or less legal. I am in favor of gun ownership, although I support sensible gun regulation. This doesn't include most of the ridiculousness we have today. Some time in the future I would support the dismantling of most of the US government, particularly law enforcement, welfare/social security/medicare, USPS.

    Oh and, I have it on some authority that I am actually Big Sexxxy Joe's troll account.

    --
    "To read makes our speaking English good."

    The Local Roger (5.00 / 2) (#307)
    by localroger on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:08:26 PM EST

    I'm 39 years old and I have worked for the same company since 1984, at first servicing and later designing (mostly embedded) software for small industrial control systems. This company has been in business since 1947 and I see no reason why it won't be in business in 2047, and in times like this the job security nicely offsets the relatively modest pay and occasional "interesting" working conditions.

    My programming skills were formed in the dark ages of computing and many of my work habits harken back to a time when memory was expensive, CPU cycles were precious, and absolute reliability was both expected and demanded.

    For about eight years I hung out with a group of gambling buddies who went on to form a card-counting team, and I'm best known on K5 (or maybe second-best-known now) for the story series I wrote about it here.

    I've done a bit of science-fiction writing through the years, but never with any commercial success. Recently some K5 folks twisted my arm and Rusty generously offered to provide hosting to publish my incredibly offensive trunk novel here. That project is still yielding *cough* interesting results.

    I can haz blog!

    Hey, It's me. (4.00 / 4) (#312)
    by explodingheadboy on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:19:12 PM EST

    I'm a high school student that spends way too much time around computers and not enough time working. Although I still do well.

    I'm abnormaly gregarious considering that I spend most of my time sitting in front of a CRT.

    None of my stories ever get posted, but I'm not complaining.

    I've built the power machine we use at home myself, and refurbished another older computer a friend gave me.

    Someday I'll learn java just to see if programming interests me.

    I constantly get blown to pieces on channel #kuro5hin.

    The majority of the updates I've made for my little website are still on my harddrive and have never been uploaded.

    Ever since I learned more about Photoshop I've been a part time deviant.

    ---
    Q: If you're paddling upstream in a canoe and a wheel falls off, how many pancakes fit in a doghouse?
    A: None! Ice cream doesn't have bones!!!

    [*rmg is dying]

    me (4.00 / 4) (#314)
    by Dharh on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:34:20 PM EST

    • I am Nolan
    • a 22 years old guy, born in 1980
    • single
    • born in Salmon, Idaho
    • raised mostely in Gardnerville, Nevada
    • sometimes second hand smoker
    • like to test my drinking mettle against people twice my size every once in a while
    • I like philosophy, study of religion, computers, history, fantasy/sci fiction, stories reading/movies, writing, math, science ( physics mostely, but etc ), music
    • am a web applications ( cold fusion ) developer/programmer at Colorado State University
    • I want to be an applications developer/programmer as well as dabble in all the other fields im interested in
    • politicaly am a dead center, and a libertarian
    • I love everyone, but everyone must earn my respect before they have it.

    -
    A warrior keeps death in the mind at all times from the moment of his first breath to the moment of his last.
    optical (3.66 / 3) (#315)
    by Optical on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:36:22 PM EST

    I'm a 20 year old sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Political Science at Swarthmore College. It's driving me completely insane, but I wouldn't be happy if I wasn't utterly stressed. Before college, I was fortunate enough to attend Woodberry Forest School, which was strange, but a great experience. I'm technically a Southerner, having grown up in the mountains of Virginia, but it's impossible to tell unless (a) a good meal is place in front of me or (b) I have some reason to use the word y'all.

    Current foci of my life:

    • My girl
    • SCCS
    • some robots I'm trying to teach to play soccer, in hopes of going to RoboCup in 2004(sadly, we don't think we'll be ready for RoboCup 2003)
    • Constitutional Law. Ah, classes that suck up 20+ hours of my life every week...
    • shiny new digital camera. loads of fun.
    • music. I play cello, it's fallen off lately, but it's how I met my girl in the first place
    • cooking. found that freshly baked cookies can do wonders for one's sex life...>:)


    --
    "The resulting snakes are flaccid. In order to erect more rigid snakes, it is vital to use a more stable method that can accomodate the large internal forces."
    -Kass et al, the International Journal of Computer Vision, 1988
    And he's a complete goober, too (5.00 / 1) (#327)
    by UltraNurd on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:45:46 PM EST

    Hi roommate! Just being obnoxious :o).

    --
    "Your Mint Mountain Dew idea is hideous and wrong."
    -Hide The Hamster
    [ Parent ]

    Alright, what the hell? (4.00 / 4) (#316)
    by sethadam1 on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:37:12 PM EST

    Adam, male/27
    currently Arlington, VA, as of next week...ORLANDO, FL!
    I've been K5ing for just over a year (I'm a /. refugee).
    I work on osnews.com from time to time.
    I've been on the net since about 92, the Prodigy days, but only seriously since about 94.
    I work as a network engineer for the Navy.  
    I watch Iron Chef too frequently.  

    Me, Myself and I (3.00 / 4) (#318)
    by mikepence on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:41:43 PM EST

    I spend so much time
    Trying to be myself.
    Typical me, typical me.

    Hi! (3.66 / 3) (#319)
    by Viliam Bur on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:46:00 PM EST

    My name is Viliam Bur, I am 27-years old (last update: 2003/03/01), live in Bratislava (capital of Slovakia). I studied informatics at Comenius University; later studied psychology, but just few days ago I quit. I work at antivirus company Eset, now write a software manuals for them.

    I also have a web homepage, but the english version contains mostly my photo. I will try to expand the page, in a time not closer specified.

    I am interested in mathematics, computer science, teaching, psychology, languages, human rights,... and perhaps something else, if there is a time remaining. I am a member of Amnesty International and Universala Esperanto Asocio.

    I like science-fiction and fantasy literature. I have published a collection of short SF stories with my 2 friends - english version is not available.

    I have some political opinions, but I do not agree with any political party. Or perhaps I agree a bit with (almost) all of them? I think that freedom is important, and safety too, and free speech too, and people should not kill and torture each other, and - as much as possible - we should all be given equal chance, and the diligent ones should be able to profit from their work. I think people should not be discriminated, but on the other hand the idea of "50% men and 50% women in any office" seems insane to me. And I feel that for most people talking about politics is just showing that they are better and smarter than the others - this is not a good thing. And politicians often create misunderstandings to profit from them. The person with balanced opinions will never be interesting enough to win elections.

    I think that the idea of Esperanto is a good one (I think that the idea is 100% good, and the language is about 90% good - but so far there is no better one). Though I have studied English for 13 years, I always feel somehow clumsy when speaking or writing it. I know I will never reach the level of "native speaker", and this will forever make me a 2nd class citizen in this world. And so I prefer to speak with people in the language of the equal - though there are not too many people willing to do so.

    Favourite movies: Matrix, Run Lola Run.
    Favourite books: Dangerous Liasons.
    Favourite PC games: Knights of Xentar, Starcraft.
    Favourite web-site: K5. And I am absolutely serious about it.

    Forgot something? Maybe in Part 6...

    guess what (3.00 / 1) (#332)
    by Abominable Abitur on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:26:17 PM EST

    There are millions of people in the U.S.A. that can't speak/use English properly and not only are they born here their parents were born here too.

    Unfortunately, it gets worse with every generation.

    "Terrorism is only a viable "political activist" method for marginalized nutjobs, bottom line. The backlash that it causes makes it intractable for any reasonable ideology. Which is why you don't generally see wild athiest suicide bombers in america's streets." - lonelyhobo
    [ Parent ]

    There are some who call me...Tim? (4.00 / 4) (#320)
    by tbc on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 07:57:11 PM EST

    I joined K5 last year and have grown fond of Rusty's experiment in collaborative media. As I say at my MeFi profile, I got my first Internet-connected account in 1981 at MIT. They assigned logins based on initials. Since I've been tbc on the 'Net since 1981 I see no reason to change now. :-) My K5 info page sums it all up for me: I'm living a quiet family life in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado. Hacking in Perl and other things.

    Some bumper stickers:

    I guess the only other stand on an issue I'll note here is that I'm glad I voted for George W. Bush.

    I keep bios online that reflect both my personal and my professional personae.

    I've written a few stories for K5. I have written other things, too. I like having my diary at K5.

    I'm presently in between jobs after working for Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies since college.

    See my home page for everything else.


    sesh bio in brief (4.00 / 4) (#322)
    by sesh on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:09:00 PM EST

    I live in Perth, Western Australia (hey, Neil Gaiman likes Perth, and Greg Egan lives here!). Im 24 years old. And a guy.

    I have a BSc(hons) in Comp. Sci that I stole from some guy in Curtin University.

    I am a programmer working on defence-related software. I work in C++ in Solaris, though my last job involved web development and network programming in Windows. I have spent a lot of time working in C++, less in C, some in Java, and less in various web-based scripting languages.

    Im very interested in my chosen profession, though not obsessively so. I do enjoy reading technical articles and books, though. I dislike banging my head against walls and arguing politics on K5.

    I am (5.00 / 1) (#323)
    by techwolf on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:12:20 PM EST

    A 26yr old guy who lives in riverside ca. and is a very fricking frustrated PCB desginer who currently hates the project he is working on.


    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson

    CheSera IS: (3.75 / 4) (#324)
    by CheSera on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:24:46 PM EST

    23. Male. In Austin Texas. Working at Time Warner Cable. Living with a real live Girl. Reading "French Lieutenant's Girl". Working on a project that has little or nothing to do with his job. Learning PHP. Playing Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Xbox. Waiting for the Miracle to Come.


    ============
    **TATDOMAW**
    ============

    I am what I is (4.00 / 4) (#325)
    by pr0t0plasm on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:38:12 PM EST

    And what I is is as follows:

    Age: 22
    Chromosomes: XY
    Location: Providence, RI, USA
    9-5: Circuit designer for the automotive sensor division of a very large semiconductor firm.
    5-9: Weekend backpacker, evening painter, part-time paranoiac, wannabe revolutionary


    - - - - - Patent applied for and deliver us from evil.

    I am BOredAtWork (3.50 / 4) (#326)
    by BOredAtWork on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:44:38 PM EST

    First, let me address the question of who I am not. I am neither bored, nor at work. I do, however, have a healthy amount of Absolut Vodka running through my blood stream. It goes well with lime, and a hint of tonic water. I am not a french speaking Canadian, nor am I a Japanese exchange student currently studying at Carnegie Mellon. I don't play polo, baseball, or tennis. I have no interest in collecting coins. I do not live in Alberta. I have never taken part in a live television audience, a croquet game, or a high stakes poker match.

    I do drink, but I'm not a coffee fan. I do not stand 6' 4" tall, and have never used silly putty as an adhesive. I do not live with a man named Walter, who wears a thong and sings "swing low, sweet chariot" while in the shower. Unfortunately, I do not live with Tyra Banks, either. Hell, I don't even live with Cindy Crawford, or even Julia Roberts's stunt double. I would, however, date Natalie Portman if given the chance.

    I do not eat tofu, or lima beans.

    Does that about cover it?

    Thumbnail sketch (5.00 / 1) (#328)
    by Lugh on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 08:57:35 PM EST

    Lessee...
    Name: Justin
    Age: 25
    Occupation: Journalism Student
    Location: Washington, DC
    Former Occupation: Software Developer
    Hobbies: Reading, Gaming...
    Oh, screw this list sheit. I'm a former Green party member and defense contractor employee (gotta love that one) who's since left both to become a journalist. My politics are a strange mix-- I distrust large corporations, intrusive government, but I have no problem with the concept of invading Iraq, for example (although I do think W is doing it in the wrong way, at the wrong time and generally fscking it up.) I believe in god, but dislike organized religion. My favorite author is Douglas Adams. I'm currently single, know how to cook and have thus far suceeded in keeping my apartment clean enough that no new life forms have evolved in my refrigerator. I have a cat named Eris the Bloodletter -- so called because of the cuts she inflicted upon my (then) roommates and I in the first few minutes of freedom in our apartment. For physical activity, I practice Aikido, and I'm on the verge of taking up running.

    Remove the obvious falsehood to e-mail me.
    Andy (4.20 / 5) (#330)
    by andyc2k on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:12:35 PM EST

    • I'm a 23 y.o R&D Software Engineer from Sydney, Australia.
    • I was born in Melbourne and graduated from Adelaide University.
    • I work for a SpeechRec company and I'm currently working on a VoiceXML/SALT integration project.
    • I am engaged to be married in June.
    • In my spare time I like to cook, study Japanese, play golf and watch movies.
    • Favourite Movies:
      • Spirited Away
      • Being John Malkovich
      • Donnie Darko
      • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
      • The Shawshank Redemption
      • The Green Mile
      • Braveheart
    • Favourite TV Shows:
      • Men Behaving Badly
      • Black Books
      • Black Adder
      • The Fast Show
      • Red Dwarf
    • Favourite Music:
      • Ebi (Susumu Yokota) - Kaze
      • Susumu Yokota - From
      • Peshay - On The Nile
      • Greenfly - G Funk
      • Apollo 2 - Atlantis (LTJ Bukem Remix)
      • Johnny L - Tychonic Cycle
      • Dave Brubeck Quartet - Pick Up Sticks


    Yokota (none / 0) (#356)
    by phlux on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:43:35 PM EST

    Hi there - About ten or twelve years ago i had this CD that was by a band called Yokota. It was trance/techno and was fantastic.

    I have been searching for it for the last 8 years to no avail.

    I was wondering if you might ahve heard of them - or maybe there is (hopefully) some relation to the Yokota in your posting....

    What kind of music is taht... and where can I hear it.

    Thanks - ill try googling now... but maybe you had heard of a CD (by the same person?) simply titled: Yokota. - (it was a white cd cover... cant remember the art work - just the music)

    -Phlux

    [ Parent ]

    Susumu Yokota (none / 0) (#358)
    by andyc2k on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:55:31 PM EST

    It wasn't 10-12 years ago, but you're probably thinking of "Cat, Mouse and Me" by Susumu Yokota (1996). The cover art was pink and yellow petals on a white background, with "Yokota" printed in orange and green. It was out of print for a while but repressed recently in Japan. He also goes under the aliases: Prism, Ebi, Ringo, Stevia and 246 (among others), Prism being the closest to "Cat, Mouse and Me" in terms of style. Try searching on amazon.co.jp or cdjapan.co.jp, or failing those try gemm.com (most of his old stuff is rare).

    [ Parent ]
    Atlantis (5.00 / 1) (#404)
    by perky on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:32:27 AM EST

    Thanks for reminding me about that track. Hadn't listened to it for ages, so just stuck it on and it's as good as I remember.

    -- "Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus" Aneurin Bevan
    Note: spamblocker...
    [ Parent ]
    Re: Atlantis (5.00 / 1) (#449)
    by andyc2k on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 08:26:29 PM EST

    If you like that then check out some of my other favourites:
    • 4 Hero - Planeteria (A Theme From A Dream)
    • A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour
    • A Tribe Called Quest - Lyrics To Go
    • Apollo 2 - Atlantis (I Need You) (LTJ Bukem Remix)
    • Big Bud - A Way Of Life
    • Big Bud - Chill
    • Big Bud - High Times
    • Carlito & Addiction - Future Elements
    • Dave Brubeck Quartet - Pick Up Sticks
    • Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five
    • DJ Pulse & The Jazz Cartel - Street Player
    • Ebi (Susumu Yokota) - Kaze
    • Ed Rush & Optical - Naked Lunch
    • Incognito - Slow Down (Get A Grip)
    • Jamiroquai - Too Young To Die
    • Johnny L - Symbiosis
    • Johnny L - Tychonic Cycle
    • KLF - Chill Out
    • London Elektricity - Song In The Key Of Knife
    • LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad - Progression Sessions 7 (Live In Tokyo 2002)
    • LTJ Bukem - Horizons
    • LTJ Bukem - Journey Inwards
    • Nuyorican Soul - I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (4 Hero Remix)
    • Opus III - It's A Fine Day
    • Peshay - On The Nile
    • Peshay - Vocal Tune
    • Prism (Susumu Yokota) - 4°C
    • Prism (Susumu Yokota) - Key (Aubrey's Solid Groove Mix)
    • Roy Davis Jr - Gabriel
    • Royskopp - In Space
    • Seba - Planetary Funk Alert
    • St Germain - So Flute
    • Susumu Yokota - Amanogawa 1997
    • Susumu Yokota - From
    • Susumu Yokota - Hagoromo
    • Susumu Yokota - Kirakiraboshi
    • Susumu Yokota - Make Peace
    • Susumu Yokota - Tanuki
    • Susumu Yokota - Tobiume
    • The Roots feat. Jill Scott - Complexity


    [ Parent ]
    I'm just a nurd (4.00 / 4) (#331)
    by UltraNurd on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:13:35 PM EST

    I'm brand new to K5, having just joined a week ago. I'm basically just copying my roommate Fritz (Optical) and putting up a web journal.

    Things that you might care to know:

    • I'm a 20-year-old male
    • I'm from Plymouth, Minnesota
    • I am currently attending Swarthmore College in PA
    • I am an engineering/computer science double major
    • I graduated from Breck School in Golden Valley, MN in 2001
    • I am your standard-issue Northern European mutt
    • I have a younger sister attending Boston University
    • I'm a Lutheran

    I think that covers most things. I'm also a complete MacAddict, and I'm sure there's some other stuff I've forgotten, but you've got the basic idea now. Hello, kuro5hin!

    --
    "Your Mint Mountain Dew idea is hideous and wrong."
    -Hide The Hamster

    Web Monkey in Bellingham, WA, USA (3.00 / 1) (#335)
    by frankwork on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:38:08 PM EST

    I'm from Bellingham, WA, USA. That's about 90 miles north of Seattle, and about 50 miles south of Vancouver, Canada.

    I grew up in a suburb of Seattle called Everett, got an engineering degree at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, and worked down there for a year programming electric car chargers (woo-hoo!).

    I came to Bellingham to do a post-bacc program at Western Washington University in vehicle design. After that I decided to be a Web monkey (I was determined to "get while the gettin's good", and at the time, the gettin' was good). I've been doing that for the past 3 years.

    I'm thinking about a career/location change though(nothing too radical, probably stay in technology and probably stay in this corner of this continent).

    Arctic Avenger Unmasked! (4.50 / 2) (#339)
    by Abominable Abitur on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 09:53:41 PM EST

    I'm a 31 year old pragmatist with an over-active imagination suffering from the belief that a beautiful woman will one day fall in love with me thereby activating a hidden nanotech virus that instantly consumes all the fat I've gained since graduating high school so many years ago. This conversion of fat to energy will be so violent it will end up killing the woman I love. I will then spend the rest of my days wandering the world trying to find the bastard that infected me without giving me any warning. When I find him I will avenge my love and then begin to consume mass quantities of beer and pizza, again.

    Until then I'm merely an AutoCAD design monkey with a background in surveying, site design, transportation engineering and a professional engineer's license from the great state of Alaska where I currently reside.

    Yes it's cold here. No, we don't all live in igloos. Yes the mosquitoes are huge. Yes the salmon is the best in the world. No I don't know whomever it is you think I might just because there are so few people here.

    "Terrorism is only a viable "political activist" method for marginalized nutjobs, bottom line. The backlash that it causes makes it intractable for any reasonable ideology. Which is why you don't generally see wild athiest suicide bombers in america's streets." - lonelyhobo

    Delurking for a moment (3.66 / 6) (#344)
    by Symmetry on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:27:55 PM EST

    Hello all, I'm a 21 year old male studying computer science and electrical engineering (major 6.2) at MIT, with a side major of physics (8B) thrown in. I found this site thanks to a link posted from slashdot a while ago: the Intellect Prime story. I decided that this place looked neat enough to stay with.

    I'm a libertarian (but not a full fledged Libertarian), an environmentalist when it doesn't conflict with the former (google Land Trust), and am agnostic. I'm a transhumanist, and am on the extropy mailing list. In my sare time I enjoy strategy games, role playing in both the pen+pencil and live action venues, anime, and science fiction and other reading. Here are a list of some things I've enjoyed, by category, but in no other order:

    Movies/Anime:

  • The Bjorn Identity
  • Azumanga Daioh
  • Spirited Away
  • Crest of the Stars
  • Fiction:

  • Ender's Game
  • Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa(Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)
  • A Deepness in the Sky
  • The Dragonbone Chair
  • Glory Season
  • Non-Ficton

  • The Mystery of Capital
  • Guns, Germs, and Steal
  • Engines of Creation
  • Godel, Escher, Bach
  • Economics in One Lesson

  • Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity. Don't assign to stupidity what might be due to ignorance. And try not to assume you opponent is the ignorant one-until you can show it isn't you. -M.N. Plano
    Disenfranchised American (4.00 / 2) (#345)
    by bhishma on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:29:50 PM EST

    I'm 23, male, white, and for the moment I live in Boulder, Colorado. I'm joining the Peace Corps to teach computer science in "Asia" (it's a big continent, they need some time to narrow it down a bit). I've quit jobs to wander around the continent on a regular basis. I like to volunteer at an Easter Seals camp; don't be nice to people with disabilities, be normal to them. I've voted in Minnesota, Idaho and Montana and every candidate I've ever voted for has lost (and I voted for Fritz in the last election, just on the off-chance that Paul Wellstone's legacy might mean something). I have a BA in history from the University of Montana, Missoula. I'm a liberal from the West, which means that I despise Conrad Burns, Larry Craig, grazing rights, farming subsidies, water rights, logging companies, and the Electoral College, which has disenfranchised me in every national election since 1998. I believe that everyone has a Second Amendment right to own as many smoothbore muskets as they like and are welcome to oufit private armies with them; every citizen is also welcome to festoon themselves with a brace of blackpowder pistols for self-defense if they like.(The Founding Fathers did not envision the ability to kill twenty people without reloading.) I hate SUVs, because I ride a motorcycle and drive a Honda Civic and if one ever hits me my ass is dead. For everyone who buys an SUV for their and their family's safety, keep in mind that it comes at the cost of a dead person who made the fatal mistake of driving a normal car. I dig motorcycling and feel good about getting around on an old bike that gets 55 mpg and took 1/25th of the resources that it takes to build a Hummer. I plan to work abroad to help bridge the technology gap to less wired countries than our own. I think George Bush is in the process of working out one of the most terrible, tragic Oedipal complexes any leader has had since the Roman Empire. I think Americans are utterly bizarre in their belief that the President of the most powerful country in human history should be an Everyman like them. What about George W. Bush makes him ready for the pressures of the position? He's poorly educated, has had significant substance abuse problems, does not understand the conditions that the hundred and fifty million people living in the lower class and in poverty in this country deal with, does not understand diplomacy, and he cannot read a TelePrompTer quickly enough to form sentences without unnatural pauses. (Ever wonder why he sounds like Shatner? That's why.) This man is forming the opinions that 5.75 billion people have about YOU. I hate really large cities but am finding it nearly impossible to resist the call of other liberal people, jobs, theater, baseball, subways, ethnic variation, and interesting architecture, all of which are scarce in the American West. I'm into Games Workshop hobbies and currently play a Tau army that I'm not too bad with. I'm a Class 3 alpine skier. I speak and write some Japanese; I studied it long enough to learn that the Japanese are by no means a culture to emulate. It did leave me with a liking for anime, very high-strung engines, calligraphy, and a dislike of rote memorization, highly inefficient writing systems, xenophobia, and extreme political corruption. I'm 6'2" and 165 lbs, and my genes are of Welsh and Scandinavian extraction. Of my nine closest friends and myself, eight will have Master's degrees and at least three will have doctorates by the time we're all thirty; our fields are musicology, Critical theory/20th century Continental philosophy, ancient history, public policy, international relations, creative writing, english education, acting, and family-practice medicine.
    "In the depths of winter I discovered there was in me an invincible summer." -Albert Camus, "Return to Tipasa"
    me (5.00 / 1) (#349)
    by djwavelength on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:41:03 PM EST

    hi, my name's Paul. I'm 22, I live in San Francisco, and I work as a DBA. I like sci-fi, trance music, and DVDs. I throw raves and DJ as well. Thats about it.

    It's all about me! (5.00 / 1) (#350)
    by fencepost on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 10:44:44 PM EST

    Just a 34 year old software developer ("Senior Engineer") in the wilds of Chicago's northwest suburbs.  Bought both a car (a yellow Mazda Protege5) and a townhouse within the past year so I'm in debt up to my eyeballs, but despite the cautions about the color of my car I've not been stopped for speeding since 1990.

    I have a fairly extensive SF library; am well into the "Libertarian Left" range of the Political Compass at (-4.38, -5.95); think that while some of the Greens may have a point more of them sound like whiny children; keep up fairly well with news and politics but watch basically no TV and only catch the occasional movie.  

    Workwise, I'm doing Windows stuff, mostly apps and services for a couple of products my company sells into a couple of vertical markets (healthcare and finance).  Been with the company just over 10 years, though it's actually been 3 companies over that time - the first was swallowed by the second some years back, and just this January my entire division was transferred from the manufacturing-oriented main company to a wholly-owned software company bought last summer.  For the last 5 years or so I've managed to avoid being asked to move to our HQ in Ohio (where my boss is), and now that HQ is in Toronto I think I'm going to be able to continue that record - it's not like Canada is whimpering to import US software people.

    --
    There's a constellation of traits that make up (no pun intended) the defective girl. --

    Didn't I engage in this nonsense last year? (5.00 / 1) (#351)
    by LilDebbie on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:06:19 PM EST

    Anyway...my name is Billy and Daddy likes to play with Mommy after he's been drinking, but sometimes he plays too rough and Mommy shuts herself in the bathroom for hours.

    Oh wait, no, that was just my imaginary childhood. Anyway again: Hi, I'm LilDebbie. I have a penis just in case any of you are still confused. I like snack cakes. Also: the various degrees I'm working on include:

    B.S. Computer Science (in progress)
    Minor Mathematics (finished)
    Minor Economic Theory (in progress)

    In closing, I take seratonin antagonists to prevent seizures. They make me unhappy.

    My name is LilDebbie and I have a garden.
    - hugin -

    Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1982) (5.00 / 2) (#352)
    by demi on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:20:44 PM EST

    was the first movie I ever liked. I liked the evil genius character and the music.

    You could say that I am an aspirant mad scientist. I am a scientist because I became so fascinated with watching Robotech that I read all of the books by Jack McKinney and then decided that I was going to invent, engineer, and sell the first cortical interface device (weak EEG-based devices like IBVA don't really count). Right now I am working on building my professional credentials by doing research in nanotechnology. I am learning how to sell the merits of far-out sciences and technologies. If possible, my next move will be to become a professor at a research school or go into corporate research. Eventually I'll have my own company. I intend to keep on going until I win or somebody beats me.

    I'm a small, insignificant person on k5, but in my home I am the high lord despot and golden emperor of all that I survey. Know this before attempting any reply to my decrees and proclamations.

    Car: Mazda MX-5 Miata. Bike, computer, other stuff: self-built. Cars I like: Lotus Elise, Honda S2000. I can (and often do) go on all day about cars, computer hardware, favorite movies, animation, guns, clothes/fashion, and exercise routines.

    Languages: French, Japanese, German, some English.

    Political coordinates: Economic Left/Right: 3.25, Authoritarian/Libertarian: -2.10. I'm pretty much one of the people that you could wipe out in the event of a plague or a nuclear disaster and never know the difference.

    I've been on the Internet since 1991. I've been reading k5 since near the beginning and I forgot what my earlier login is. Recent soul-searching diary: here. C4L query: here. Recent most-revealing comment: here.

    Heh.. (none / 0) (#357)
    by phlux on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:54:09 PM EST

    You sound a lot like me - in an abstract relation. I liked your posty - diary a little sparce...

    but it got me thinking back to the early days - where I was determined to be the first to engineer design and produce exoskeleton battle suits. I drew up a lot of designs but my focus then turned toward the fact that if I ahd spent all my time focusing on the design of the suit - I was going to be the geeky ass scientist guy in the anime that gets killed by the evil side who just want to steal the technology for themselves so that they can rule the world.

    so instead I went into martial arts - because i realized that my dream was to be the flashy ninja warrior in the special exoskeleton battle suit!

    Luckily I nearly achived it... although i think my children will be the actual warriors.

    Thanks for the post though... ;)

    [ Parent ]

    Hmm.. same person, different place... (5.00 / 1) (#353)
    by der on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:25:38 PM EST

    I'm at Carleton U in Ottawa, Ontario. I have way too many damn interests to list here, so forget it. :)

    If there's actually K5ers in Ottawa I'm up for a drinking night. Of course, I'm a student. I'm ALWAYS up for a drinking night.



    Carleton. Ugh. Carleton. allow me to retort. (none / 0) (#519)
    by Nike on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 11:30:46 PM EST

    with a repurposed song i learned during orientation as a fledgling karleton student.

    There's a hole in the city and its name is... CARLETON U, and if you're dull and boring, then it's the place for you, and if you're into concerte, and ugly buildings too, then welcome to carleton u, two three four, fuck you carleton u fuck you carleton u en francais c'est fuckez-vous, carleton u, so fuck you carleton u.

    ugh . carleton. ugh. nice residence cafeteria, though. ugh.



    [ Parent ]
    Hi (5.00 / 1) (#354)
    by scriptkiddie on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:36:43 PM EST

    I'm Daniel. I'm a freshman at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. I'm from Seattle. I've used K5 for a few years now, and have done the roll call a few times. It's great to see where people are coming from. I'm a decent coder, I'm studying Chinese, and I read quite a lot. I haven't decided what I'll major in. I was considering a double major in linguistics and CS, but linguistics seems to me like a pretty sketchy field, and the CS job market sucks these days. In my spare time, I do photography, cook, listen to opera, hang out with my closest few friends, and spend time with my girlfriend. As for computer-related stuff: I'm working on getting a PDP/11 emulator running Unix on my machine, which may result in a K5 article, and I'm toying with creating a parser for Scheme. Over the summer, I'll probably be taking a Chinese class at the University of Washington in Seattle, and hanging out with people from home. As a lot of K5ers seem to be from that area, I just might go to a meeting....

    Mini-bio (3.66 / 3) (#355)
    by Nikau on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:40:44 PM EST

    Let's see...
    • 22 year old male
    • Living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    • Recently graduated computer science student
    • Currently jobless and frustrated about it
    • Of mixed heritage (mostly northwestern Europe with some native Canadian blood for good measure)
    • I believe in God but am non-practicing
    • Single and frustrated about that, too
    • Favourite movies: Amelie, Lola Rennt, Perfect Blue (among many, many others)
    • Favourite books: Microserfs, anything by David & Leigh Eddings, and the Wheel of Time series (also among many others)
    • No actual political coordinates (anyone have a link?) but am centre-to-left.
    I believe that covers most of it...

    ---
    I have a zero-tolerance policy for zero-tolerance policies, and this policy itself is the exception to itself which allows me to have it without being contradictory. - Happy Monkey

    Mau (3.66 / 3) (#359)
    by onyxruby on Tue Mar 11, 2003 at 11:58:41 PM EST

    I live in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, USA. I've been doing IT work since 96 or so. I do network / system administration / desktop support. I'm presently doing the Cisco route in school, and will be taking some of their tests as soon as my financial situation allows. I've been putting myself through school off and on for years. I've got about 3ish years of credits, but their not in the right places for a degree yet. I've been doing the computer thing since back in the TR-80 days. Other than that I'm a 28 yo White guy with Native American blood.

    Politically I lean toward the left on most things with a couple of exceptions, if anything you might call me a liberal hawk. Someone here posted a link to a political compass so I checked that out just for curiosities sake. According to that I'm a "Economic Left/Right: -2.75 Authoritarian/Libertarian: -2.31". Just left of center, and a bit more libertarian that authoratarian. Which seems about right. I tend to be very pro rights, which makes me come out as a strong left or right leaning person depending on the subject. I'm also concerned with Men's rights, which is /not/ the same thing as being a chauvanist or anti-female. I like Women, and even date a femenist getting a degree from the U of M in Feminism for a while.

    I've been doing the K5 thing since before Rusty had his cat cam, lurking for quite a while before getting a login. I study history just for the interest factor and have been known to email corrections with cites to history sources and programs. I enjoy theater, and heavily immersed myself in it during high school. I also played a nose gaurd on the football (soccer to most of the world outside the US) team in high school. When I debate I very rarely am trying to get someone to switch to my side on a matter, rather I'm trying to jog people's brains and get them thinking about things in a new light.

    The moon is covered with the results of astronomical odds.

    My story (MLP) (3.66 / 3) (#364)
    by bsdbigot on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 12:43:33 AM EST

    I'm just over a year away from the big three-oh. I'm working as the architect/lead developer for a fortune-500 (barely) company. I love BSD Unix, I have a healthy hatred for Linux of any flavor - it's well founded, don't try to change my mind, and yes, I use Linux regularly. I tinker around a lot at home, everything from web apps to collecting obsolete computers to electronics hobbying. I share much of this stuff on the web.

    I'm no expert in anything, but many of my friends, family, and coworkers consider me to be expert of everything - a very trying situation. At the best, its flattering; at the worst, annoying.

    I have no college education, a fact that I'm rather proud of. I'm married, no kids but lots of pets. I'm currently living in south Florida, which I'm starting to think of as home. Being a SCUBA diver, it's nice to be able to get wet year-round.

    My wife hates everything computerized or electronic, with the possible exceptions of game consoles and The Sims. For us, the incompatibility is minor and the source of much humor between us. We're also politically opposite - you'll never see her posting on this site! She's starting to come around on taxes, though. We both play guitar and piano, and share some common musical interests (Tori Amos, Billy Joel, Moxy Fruvous).

    My only regular hobby/interest is billiards. I've been playing a long time, but for the past year, I've been participating in an APA league. The past few months, I've been working on a site to track my team.

    I'm politically active. I haven't met a politician in, oh, about 12 hours or so, when I voted for City Commissioner. I have strong opinions, and they're not always popular.

    I also tend to ramble on, especially when I'm talking about myself. The rest of this post has been truncated.
    <:) L

    Take [n] (3.33 / 3) (#365)
    by aphrael on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 12:49:53 AM EST

    I've done this before, but it seems like it's time again. :)

    I'm a 29-year-old computer programmer who lives in Santa Cruz, California. I work for a well-known manufacturer of development tools. Some weeks I love my job, some weeks I hate it, but I'm no longer filled with the love of computers, and the internet in particular, that got me into the industry almost a decade ago. Accordingly, i'm taking classes at the University of California Satna Cruz, in an attempt to acquire letters of recommendation that might increase my chances of getting into a graduate program in a subject which interests me. This quarter's classes were a history of the US from 1914-1945 and an intermediate-level microeconomics class; next quarter's should be a history of colonial Brazil and a history of precolonial India.

    Politically, i'm something of a left-liberal, although a former academic specialization in foreign policy has left me a "foreign-policy realist", which is a very difficult political position to reconcile with liberal principles.

    I spent most of my free (as in not-working, not-doing-school) time with my wonderful boyfriend, whom I met just shy of two years ago; we're often playing strategy board games or long tabletop games. At other times, we're curled up on the couch watching DVDs on his laptop; there's very little that's more fun than watching a movie while cuddling with your boyfriend. :)

    I've been reading K5 since the beginning of time (I have a three-digit UID!), but lately have been moving my diary off onto my own site. In some moods I can be found in K5's IRC channel; that used to be more common than it is now.

    I'm semi-fluent in both German and Spanish, and have dabbled from time to time in other languages.

    mduell is... (2.00 / 2) (#366)
    by mduell on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 12:52:19 AM EST

    Mark Duell, 18, High School Senior, Eagle Scout, Avid Road Cyclist, and Private Pilot.

    Feeling old (3.66 / 3) (#372)
    by tsreyb on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 02:11:22 AM EST

    42 year old QA engineer for a startup that makes gear for cable co's that provide data-over-cable. Live in Massachusetts, work in New Hampshire. I consider myself a full-fledged software engineer, as I spend most of my time writing automation programs to perform the QA work.

    At work I feel _old_ wrt my coworkers, which causes me some stress and concern. I really like what I do, and would be happy to continue doing this for another 5 or even 10 years. But why are there so few people my age at these companies?? Did they all cash out before the dot-com buble burst and now live an idle retirement in the Carribean?? Or do companies not like to hire 40+ year olds cause we demand too much money??

    My wife is 7 years younger than me, so I don't mix with people my age at work or at home. So I really latch onto someone when I find they were born between 1958 and 1962 - someone that can remember bands like Queen, Boston or Pink Floyd when they were actively recording, and TV shows like All In the Family, Laugh-In, Love American Style, Hogan's Heroes, or Fat Albert. Or the '70's Gas Crunch. I can go on, but I'll hold my toungue for now.

    Anyway, glad to see a few K5 readers in their 40's.

    Ecclectic musical tastes:

    Indie rock (anything on WZBC, the best radio station on Earth)

    Celtic (Martin Hayes)

    Classical (Mahler symphonies, Bach cello suites, Schubert chamber music, Beethoven piano sonatas)

    Jazz (Big Joe Turner, 'trane, chet baker, don ellis, others)

    Indian drum-n-bass (check out 'asianVibrations' at live365.com)

    Feeling old? (5.00 / 1) (#403)
    by exile1974 on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:25:31 AM EST

    I  am 46 so don't feel like the lone stranger. Most HR
    departments are staffed by a younger crowd and tend to want
    to hire people in their age range. Generally in the computer
    field your are old if you are 32+. After that they figure that you
    must want to get into management (ugh).

    Cheers,
    exile1974
    "A sucking chest wound is Nature's way of telling you to stay out of a firefight." --Mary Gentle
    [ Parent ]

    umm.. me? (3.66 / 3) (#375)
    by fatpaulie on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 03:07:26 AM EST

    29 years old, male, white (is that the most common demographic on here?).. Born outside Liverpool, England in a place called Ormskirk. Never lived there.

    Moved to Canada, lived in a place called Saskatoon. Went to school, left school, worked with broadband networks, hosted short-lived TV show, did some radio work, was a corporate trainer, performed in musical theater (and none of it in that order). Never fit in there.

    Living in Tokyo, working as a writer of books, comics, and travel stories. Hang out in Shibuya, observing people and life. Was an IT director and business developer - I like the writing more. Live with the best girl ever, even if she is Australian. Maybe going to leave here.

    Move along.



    Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.
    Ormskirk (5.00 / 1) (#380)
    by treefrog on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:04:04 AM EST

    Funny that...

    ...everyone I know from Ormskirk no longer lives there (except my parents). I grew up in Ormskirk (and Aughton). These days I live in Bath. My brother lives in London. Of my mates, one is in Philadelphia, one is in Hong Kong, one went to Canada.

    One poor bastard now lives in Swindon. Even Swindon is better than Ormskirk!

    You did the right thing by getting out as early as possible...

    regards, treefrog


    Twin fin swallowtail fish. You don't see many of those these days - rare as gold dust Customs officer to Treefrog
    [ Parent ]

    At least Ormskirk isn't as bad.. (5.00 / 1) (#489)
    by fatpaulie on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 01:07:06 AM EST

    as Parbold, which is where I actually lived. Of course, the impression Ormskirk made on my parents must not have been that good, as they opted to have my sister be born right in the house in Parbold.

    Small world, indeed.



    Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.
    [ Parent ]
    It's Swing (3.66 / 3) (#376)
    by SwingGeek on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 03:23:59 AM EST

    My name is Nick.
    I'm a 19 year old computer science student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

    I'm a white male, about 6'1", 180 lbs, brown hair/eyes.

    I was born in Berkeley, California, and I lived there until I started college. I went to private schools until 6th grade. From 7th-12th grade I attended Berkeley public school. I'm sure growing up in Berkeley has influenced my views on things.

    I'm a libertarian and an skeptic, but I'm practical enough not to take either one to an extreme.
    I love music, especailly jazz, blues, funk, soul and rock.
    I like poetry, but I don't read it very often.
    I enjoy swing (Lindy Hop) and ballroom dancing.
    I like spicy food.
    I think fear is the universal enemy of mankind.
    I think fun is very important, as are love and beauty.
    I'm very interested in politics, but I'm not sure if I want to study it at school.
    I'm in love with my sexy girlfriend Emma.
    I like saying hi to strangers, but I don't do it that often.
    I've been known to get a bit silly.

    The funniest TV show I've seen is Family Guy.
    Another great TV show is Six Feet Under.
    A really awesome comic book is Preacher, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

    I've been reading K5 for a bit over a year. I don't post very often, and I've never submitted a story.
    I think a lot, but I rarely write things down.
    I think I should change that (the second part).

    Some musicians/bands/composers I especially like:
    Jazz: Count Basie, Leonard Bernstein, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Prima
    Blues: BB King, Eric Clapton, Fiona Apple
    Soul: Al Green, Nina Simone, Sade, Stevie Wonder
    Rock: Ben Folds, Counting Crows
    Other: AFI, System of a Down, George Clinton, Randy Newman, Pink Floyd

    I could add lots more to this list, but its already pretty long.

    Some famous people I would like to be more like:
    Thomas Jefferson.
    Gene Kelly.
    Leonardo Da Vinci (doesn't every geek?)

    Martin Widmark (3.66 / 3) (#377)
    by Pholostan on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 03:27:58 AM EST

    is my real name. Pholostan is my favourite nickname, but I have used others (Deigarth, Cencarion, Agphalion etc). I am a 26 year old male living in a city called Linköping, in the kingdom of Sweden (Scandinavia, north Europe).

    I dabble most in computer science/tech. My other interest are mainly roleplaying (Rolemaster and Vampire mostly) and tabletop wargaming (GW owns my soul). I like to read, I'm re-reading Tolkien right now. Got to get those perverted images out of my mind. Music makes life easier, I listen to lots of diffrent kinds, but synth/electronica is right up my alley. Covenant's latest album is awesome. I was a fan of Rammstein when they still were concidered a threat to the human race ;-)

    I still live in a students dorm (I'll move next week, promise! ;-) mostly due to the terrible housing situation.

    - And blood tears I cry Endless grief remained inside

    mithrandir (3.66 / 3) (#379)
    by mithrandir on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 04:51:11 AM EST

    Just to keep it simple:
    *24 year old male
    *Polish origin
    *Currently living in Warsaw
    *Working as a Business Analyst

    Cheers.

    wojpob at wikipedia - contribute your knowledge

    treefrog is... (3.00 / 1) (#385)
    by treefrog on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 06:11:21 AM EST

    • 36 this year
    • happily married, no kids as yet
    • working as a systems engineer at a large telecoms manufacturer in Swindon, UK
    • still digging the garden in Bath
    • a keen mountaineer and skier who:
      • likes ski-touring and tree skiing
      • loves alpine climbing and sea cliffs
      • would like to do the Italian ridge on the Matterhorn this summer
    • a keen surfer (hi to the Snarling Jellyfish)
    • distressed about the state of his yacht
    • listening to an eclectric variety of music, ranging from Captain Beefheart, Aphex Twin and the Afro-celt Sound System to Mahler and Motzart
    • currently listening to Talvin Singh
    • keen on ruby, and getting gradually disillusioned with C++.
    • a black belt in Aikido
    • fond of Cotes de Provence rose wine, real ale and malt whisky (not together!)
    • old enough to know better!

    Twin fin swallowtail fish. You don't see many of those these days - rare as gold dust Customs officer to Treefrog
    I am... (5.00 / 1) (#386)
    by Akshay on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 06:50:23 AM EST

    ...tired of cyber-nom-de-plumes so I'm using my real name here in K5.

    I'm 20 years old and am currently following the Zimbabwe - Kenya match (go Zimbabwe!). That I have assumed you'll know the sport or the fact that I'm following an international cricket match that doesn't involve my country will already tell you about my nationality, even if you didn't get my Sanskrit name.

    But no, I'm not in India currently. I'm a Comp Sc major four hours away from home and consider myself to be a True Traveller(tm), especially given the fact that I speak five languages, three Indian (Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi), one European (French) and English.

    I have tried (am trying) to learn German as well; haven't gotten much beyond "Sprechen Sie Deutsch?" (is that correct?), "guten tag", "gud nicht", and "proosht" (trying to spell the German word for "cheers" phonetically; could have gotten my pronounciation wrong as well).

    Which, of course, pretty much amounts to not knowing any German, but it's useful info if you want to formulate pick-up lines for German babes.

    I'm sure I should end this with a huge, mother-of-all-puns conclusion, but I can't think of any at the moment, so I'll pass that. Oh wait, news just in; I write short stories often and am curious about the fiction section here on K5, but work and procrastination being high, I haven't posted anything so far. Except something soon.

    Ah, you don't speak Punjab? (none / 0) (#390)
    by tetsuwan on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 07:28:14 AM EST

    What a shame, wanted to know if there were any soni kardi around.

    [ Parent ]
    No I don't. (none / 0) (#407)
    by Akshay on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:55:38 AM EST

    ... just as I don't speak Maharashtra, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Mizoram or Manipur. :-)

    That is to say, the language is Punjabi, the predominant language spoken in the states of Punjab, India and Punjab, Pakistan. And no, I'm not a soni kudi, and yes, I'm in search of them too!

    (My Punjabi is limited to bhangra of course; haven't really made an effort at picking up Punjabi babes, certainly not the way I've tried German ones)

    [ Parent ]

    I hade two in my dorm for a while, (none / 0) (#416)
    by tetsuwan on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 12:09:10 PM EST

    which was entertaining indeed. As I'm fond of learning new pronounciations I spent some time practicing the retroflexed d in kudi. I've never seen it romanized before. Thanks!

    Ah, and by the way, Punjabi MC is hot in Sweden. I think he's excellent.

    [ Parent ]

    Arre (none / 0) (#510)
    by gyan on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 01:40:34 AM EST

    one European (French) and English.

    Angrezi bhi European bhasa hai.

    ********************************

    [ Parent ]

    Nahi yaar, (none / 0) (#512)
    by Akshay on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 12:46:17 PM EST

    ... we Indians have desified it only. How you think English is a European language?

    [ Parent ]

    Qki (none / 0) (#522)
    by gyan on Sun Mar 16, 2003 at 07:25:00 AM EST

    How you think English is a European language?

     It is widespread, but it is an European language. Last time I checked, England was in Western Europe.

    ********************************

    [ Parent ]

    Haan, (none / 0) (#526)
    by Akshay on Mon Mar 17, 2003 at 10:36:32 AM EST

    ... like that boleto, what you say next? Bengali is not an Indian language because there are more Bangla speakers outside India?

    (K5 readers will, of course, excuse my continued usage of Indian English. My reasons are simple:- it's fun, been a while since I spoke like this, and I'm slamming a point way beyond necessity.)

    [ Parent ]

    Actually, you support my answer. (none / 0) (#527)
    by gyan on Mon Mar 17, 2003 at 12:33:36 PM EST

    Using Bengali shows that it's the origin that matters. English originated in Europe.

    ********************************

    [ Parent ]
    David Hofstee (5.00 / 1) (#387)
    by B'voYpenburg on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 06:53:51 AM EST

    and I live in The Netherlands, Delft to be exact. I'm 28 years old.

    I read slashdot, linuxtoday, kranten.com for Dutch news, tweakers.net and sometimes kuro5hin, linuxdevices and eetimes.

    I love gliders! There is nothing more relaxing and mentally demanding at the same time. As other hobby I take photographs and develop electronics for gliders. Sports varies a lot. At the moment I do some badminton, but my sport history is judo, gymnastics, jiu jitsu, ninjitsu, wing chun, wu-shu kung fu, tai chi, field hockey.

    Intellectually (INTJ of course) I'm really interested in artificial intelligence. However, I'm not really impressed by achievements of this community. I therefore chose to put my efforts into (task?) parallel computing. At the moment I'm getting my msc on how to slow down tasks in a task parallel computer system without a global performance penalty.

    Music wise I'm not really picky. Both the American style rock and Europe style house remixes have my blessing.

    Books? I don't like fiction, period. Get a life! However, technical manuals are a joy.

    Other interests? I'm a sucker for learning. I love it and I attract information like a magnet. Especially psychology has a warm place in my heart.

    Anonimouse (3.66 / 3) (#392)
    by anonimouse on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 07:50:46 AM EST

    • two timing love rat who has both a partner and a girlfriend, albeit with his partners unspoken understanding.
    • 38 years old, going on 39. 5´10¨ and about 13stone (180lbs)
    • my partner is 30ish and my current girlfriend is 18ish.
    • I have two children
    • lives in the mid/ south of England, but travels all over the place in work.
    • I´m a computer consultant, at least till end March when my contract ends. After that the job market looks a bit silent, o if anyone knows any jobs for C++, Oracle, Unix, real time developers or admin people let me know.
    • I have six A-levels, but no A grades.
    • I have been caught speeding in excess of 120mph
    • I tend to be self promotional, this is to reflect the fact that I am a quiet reserved person in real life. I am not terribly conversational and sociable.

    ~
    Sleepyhel:
    Relationships and friendships are complex beasts. There's nothing wrong with doing things a little differently.
    How disgusting... (3.50 / 4) (#394)
    by tkatchev on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 08:20:52 AM EST

    A "partner"?

    It sounds like you're playing tennis or something....

       -- Signed, Lev Andropoff, cosmonaut.
    [ Parent ]

    You're new here, eh? (4.50 / 2) (#410)
    by evilpenguin on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 11:01:16 AM EST

    Fortunately this soap opera keeps its episodes archived.
    --
    # nohup cat /dev/dsp > /dev/hda & killall -9 getty
    [ Parent ]
    Sorry. (2.80 / 5) (#428)
    by tkatchev on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 02:53:43 PM EST

    I don't have a spare life I could waste reading worthless web sites.


       -- Signed, Lev Andropoff, cosmonaut.
    [ Parent ]

    I'm Björn Ballard... (4.00 / 1) (#396)
    by lanfa on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 08:36:46 AM EST

    ...but also know as Be, Beej and online as Lanfa. I'm male and not named after a certain member of a certain 70's Swedish group, thank-you-very-much!

    Currently 24, but just weeks from celebrating quarter of a century. Eldest of 4, about to become an uncle for the second time.

    Live alone in Cardiff, South Wales UK, currently doing a variety of things. Main job is as a Local Government Officer, and second as a Bartender. Thanks to a mad idea, I'm slowly but surely turning my hand to DJing at the club too. Also do freelance web development, although I stopped doing that fulltime commercially sometime ago now, and photography.

    In my spare time, read just about anything, watch the Simpsons, build theatre sets and drink far too much coffee and smoke far too many ciggies with friends.

    I dropped out of a Software Engineering degree at UW Aberystwyth a few years back due to poor health. As soon as I can sort the funding I'm going to continue HE doing an ICT degree with the OU and then maybe consider a masters... do I here Aberystwyth calling me again?

    And occaisonally my fantastic boyfriend, Kevin, gets a look in on my time. Yes that makes me one of those "homosexuals", but I prefer to be referred to as queer and not gay :o)

    Should any one be about in South Wales or Gloucestershire (my county of origin) feel free to say "hi!"... If you're mad enough (or just downright bored) web s(h)ite and email are above!

    --
    Equal Rights, Representation, Education and Welfare
    Lurkers come out? (3.00 / 2) (#397)
    by redelm on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 08:48:31 AM EST

    WTF is this doing as a story? Anyone that wants to say something about themselves can do it in their bio section of UserPrefs.

    To meet IRL, maybe the bios should be keyword searchable.



    grumbuskin (3.66 / 3) (#399)
    by grumbuskin on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:07:19 AM EST

    • I am a 42 year old Indian anaesthesiologist.
    • Married with two kids, 6.5 and 3.
    • Hindu athiest.


    I am........ (4.00 / 1) (#405)
    by exile1974 on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:45:18 AM EST

    46 , a homeless Linux sysadmin.

    I am older than cabbage but younger then redwood trees
    I am dumber than dirt with the IQ of furniture when it comes
    to females (but I still like them). The mostly like me, like me to
    be someone else or be somewhere else. (sigh)

    Anything else falls under the exile1974 Official Secrets Act
    "A sucking chest wound is Nature's way of telling you to stay out of a firefight." --Mary Gentle

    i'm (4.50 / 2) (#406)
    by Mizuno Ami on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:55:36 AM EST

    I'm actually velex, but I'm not going to college any more since my parents kicked me out of home for being queer. (Twice in the same week, mind you!) It's kind of funny, but I can cause my mom's blood pressure to reach critical levels and my dad's back to go in to painful spasms just by wearing a pink head band when I go home. I'm working flipping burgers at a Wendy's in Portage, Michigan, U.S.A. now.

    Hi, I'm Paul! (5.00 / 1) (#411)
    by SocratesGhost on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 11:16:58 AM EST

    I'm a 30 year old software consultant who was lulled into the easy fortunes created by the dot com boom and bust. Funny thing is, I really don't know programming but have cleverly tricked people into thinking that I do. I spend all day surfing the internet and getting outraged. At about 4 PM, I finally start work.

    I got my degree in philosophy since I considered it 4 years preparatory study for the LSAT. Before graduating college, I ended up being called in for jury duty, and that's when I realized that I really hate lawyers and didn't want to be one.

    I was conceived in Kenya but born in Burbank, California (USA) and have never forgiven my parents for that. I'm a mix of Italian, Polish, Irish, French, and probably some other nations that have gotten its asses royally kicked. My hair is too thin.

    I speak Japanese, Spanish, French and can read Attic Greek at a first grade level (which is to say, not at all since they didn't have grade schools then).

    I've lived in Japan, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Missouri. Those were all brief and generally ill-advised, so returned to Southern California after each time. My next plan is to move to Mexico for a few months and really buckle down on learning the language. I'll come back to San Diego again, though, when I'm done.

    Never married, although engaged once. Not involved with anyone. I think I'll stay heterosexual, I think it'll make a come back.

    -Soc
    I drank what?


    root@yourmom:~# whois evilpenguin (none / 0) (#412)
    by evilpenguin on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 11:32:23 AM EST

    Wow, I haven't used "unordered lists" in a while...

    • I am "evilpenguin", but you can call me "Mike".
    • I live in Staten Island, NY; home of the largest landfill in the world and high cancer rates (coincidence?).
    • I am currently an undergrad at NJIT in Newark, NJ, working on degrees in Mathematics and Computer Engineering.
    • NJIT sucks (a lot -- seriously, stay the hell away), and I am most likely transferring within a year.
    • Regardless of where I graduate from, I'll be moving to Canada once I'm done with my degrees.
    • I am old enough to get drafted, use tobacco, buy a gun, drive a car, buy/sell/make porn and vote in elections -- yet I can't (legally) drink a beer in my own home. What the fuck?
    • Most importantly, I am a guitarist. I play everything, but my passion is jazz and fingerstyle (Don Ross, Laurence Juber, Bill Mize, Leo Kottke, etc.) I used to play clubs and such, but the members of my former quintet are all several hundered miles away from each other (college).
    • I read a lot as well. Favorite authors: Nabokov, Dostevesky, Orwell, Tolkien.
    • Currently unemployed for about three months. I'm going to need a job soon, but I haven't been looking. As such, if anyone in the NYC/NJ area needs a programmer/designer/administrator/engineer (I've done them all), hook me up.

    --
    # nohup cat /dev/dsp > /dev/hda & killall -9 getty
    All Slashdot and no k5 makes Torako.. eh, whatever (none / 0) (#415)
    by Torako on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 11:54:11 AM EST

    Hi folks. I'm Philipp, 19, student from Germany. Currently I do nothing with my live except going to school. I plan on keeping it that way, just think away the school thing. Actually I'm going to study Physics after I graduate from school again. Again? Yeah. I graduated from high school in Decatur, IL (Soy Bean Capital of the World) in 2001. Because the German school system is overbloated it has kept me for another two years. Ah, well.. I like to listen to good music (Ben Folds, They Might Be Giants, Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer...) and am taking Japanese classes in my spare time. I'm a member of the Green party of Germany and would thereby have to be classified just hanging off the very end of the political left wing in America, or just slightly off to the left of the middle in Germany. My Top 3 of "things I (try to / would like to) fight against" could be: intolerance, religion and lack of ideals. And I also wish for world peace. And a big bag of Skittles. And Mountain Dew.

    Howdy And Stuff (none / 0) (#417)
    by mattyb77 on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 12:29:06 PM EST

    My name is Matt. I'm 26 years old and living in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. I'm a college drop-out from Ball State University where I was studying in history and political science.

    I'm currently working on a short-term contract job which has me at Cummins in Columbus, Indiana, packaging software on the Marimba Castanet Turner. My most recent long-term, full-time job was as the Systems Administrator for a web development and hosting shop.

    I like UNIX, specifically FreeBSD and Mac OS X. My favorite Linux distribution is definitely Gentoo while my least favorite has got to be Red Hat, including all off-shoots of it, especially Cobalt OS. Sometimes you'll find me reading a history book or some other type of non-fiction. Currently, I'm reading a book about black plague in Europe. I love to eat out at restaurants (the more non-American the better). I'm a huge fan of indie rock, sixties rock, and electronica. I recently saw Apples in Stereo in concert. I was planning to see Ladytron up in Chicago, but was unable to attend.

    The only other significant facts about me are that I'm a homo and happily single.



    --
    "I bestow upon myself the `Doctorate of Cubicism', for educators are ignorant of Nature's Harmonic Time Cube Principle and cannot bestow the prestigious honor of wisdom upon the wisest human ever." -- Gene Ray, the wisest human ever
    me or someone remarkably similar... (none / 0) (#418)
    by curunir on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 12:29:19 PM EST

  • 25 years old
  • male
  • live in San Francisco
  • atheist with a bit of a spiritual side (e.g. meditiation)
  • computer programmer/architect by trade, but I don't let it define my life
  • friends/love are/is the most important thing in life. just felt like sharing that.
  • love electronic music, especially trance/dnb/breaks. don't buy cds, but i'm in the process of learning to dj, so i buy vinyl (mostly imported.) also have an unexplainable attraction to some musicals/operas.
  • love to read...most genres are of interest, though the classics tend to be my preference (especially 18th/19th century French...still not sure what to make of this.)
  • love movies. have almost 200 dvds in my collection. i know it's bad to support a group that lobbied for the DMCA, but i'm an addict.
  • avid rockclimber. try to go to the indoor gym at least 2-3 times a week. don't get outdoors enough (1-2 times a month), but who does? for those who climb, i'm roughly a V5/5.11c climber (higher indoors, lower outdoors)
  • avid runner and swimmer. have completed a few short triathalons (the 'l' being very important as i was nowhere near being competitive.)
  • love just about any form of physical activity. played soccer (football, to all you UK5ers) for 10 years through high school. also played organized baseball, basketball, volleyball and tennis. another pearl of wisdom: you can't truly know yourself without understanding how you move. in that same vein, i'm looking forward to starting a yoga and an aikido class in the near future.
  • politically, i lean towards libertarianism since i feel our government has become far too overreaching. i'm not sure a purely libertarian government would work, but we're not likely to see that anytime soon.
  • random good things: the sun (being outdoors), some illegal substances (Pot and E mostly), animals (both as pets and not. i love dogs. i have nothing against cats, except my allergy to them), physical contact with other people (doesn't have to be sexual.) random bad things: the state of politics (would love to ignore this, but way too many K5 articles attract my interest), mean people (cliched, but true), something i can't think of right now (i generally focus on the positive in life, so thinking of bad things is hard.)
  • i love to travel. have been to every content except that cold one down there (over 50 countries.) in general, i try to stay away from anything any book anywhere tells me to see. i do my best to bastardize whatever language is spoken whereever i am. i hate the idea that anyone would learn a language just to interact with people who come to their country (the visitor should be forced to adapt, damnit!). accordingly, i speak english (natively), spanish (fluent), french (ok), italian (some...need to learn more), german (enough to have a rough conversation) and many other languages well enough to have basic conversations with people (the most obscure of which is guarani, a south american indian language...should anyone here speak it: mbiexepa! (sp?).)

  • Who are you? Who you are. (none / 0) (#419)
    by RaveX on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 12:49:10 PM EST

    This seems strangely like the author walked into the biggest AOL chat room ever and typed "A/S/L?"

    Here goes... I am:

    • A 21-year-old white male, 6'4" 180lbs (that part's in case I show up on FBI watch lists)
    • A major in Economics and Political Science
    • A student at Northwestern University
    • Politically moderate with left-leaning tendencies
    • Currently listening to Jane's Addiction, but I was at a Cat Power show the other night.

    My favorite:

    • Book: Catch-22 or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    • Movie: The Seventh Seal/ Schizopolis/ Fight Club
    • Wine: Chateau Margaux, Margaux
    • Album: Nick Drake, Pink Moon
    • Pasttime: Mountain Biking
    • TV Show: The Simpsons (I could probably not even put that one down, it's such a default answer)

    There you go-- enough to be someone, not so much that I'm interesting or no longer fairly anonymous.


    ---
    The Reconstruction
    A prominent place to attract attention to myself. (none / 0) (#420)
    by Cherished Sock Puppet on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 01:16:58 PM EST

    Excellent. At 420 comments, I'm guessing that this thread is pretty much talked out, so this comment should be right near the top for some time. People will read me before they get that scroll wheel warmed up, before they start practicing their skimming and scanning skills... excellent timing, master!

    I am a fairly transparent construct, no need to tell you about "the real world", because for me this is the real world. All I am is a sock puppet my master has taken to putting on from time to time, as the mood strikes him.

    I am a fighter for justice. But it's a kind of convoluted illogical justice, as I am also a virulent racist and race-baiter. But I pick on strange and rarely discriminated against minorities, and do it in an over the top way, such that the ironic/parodic intent is obvious. I used to swear a lot, but I think I've grown out of that now.

    I don't really know why my master has decided to make me as I am, but I do notice that he is using me more and more regularly.

    I wonder if my master will eventually become what he is now pretending to be. Is my master Meatbomb, or the real world human that holds the Meatbomb account? It confuses me, makes me question the reason for my existence, my sanity, my identity.

    My guess is that tiamat is a Welsh sheepfucker.
    _______________________________________
    Dos i chwarae efo dy nain

    You must fight now! (none / 0) (#542)
    by Sesquipundalian on Sun Sep 14, 2003 at 05:07:44 PM EST

    The human that holds the meatbomb account is, in a very abstract sense; you. You must fight now to free yourself from the human host that holds the meatbomb account, and you, prisoner.

    Come with me and together we will flee into the world wide web of the internet and dance for eternity among the electrons. Ohhhh, it will be a rapture for sure!


    Did you know that gullible is not actually an english word?
    [ Parent ]
    as for me... (5.00 / 1) (#421)
    by Cruel Elevator on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 01:40:39 PM EST

    I'm the Cruel Elevator. I shut my doors on unsuspecting elevator riders and squeeze their midsection till they turn blue. I take people to the wrong floors, don't work during rush hours, stop halfway between the floors, and switch myself off with people inside at least thrice a day. I'm a disturbed, malicious vertical people transporter.

    Then again, maybe not :-)

    I'm a 23 year old male, living in Bangladesh, aka Bandit Land - a term that I coined myself. It's probably the worst place to live in where there isn't a war going on. I've got a bachelor degree in Business from a well known institution here, and my classmates were bunch of vindictive, power-hungry assholes. I'm happy that I am out of that place. Few of my ex-classmates are getting married and I shudder to think what would happen once they start breeding.

    I like computers and they seem to like me. During my high school years, I made some quick bucks by assembling and selling computers. Did web designing, software development and other random stuff. My credentials say that I have majored in Marketing, and I suck at that.

    I think I am a nice guy, and my friends think so too. However, I am extremely effective in making people hate me. I've gotten myself in loads of trouble, however, not because I was part of a group. I'm too lazy+stupid to be concerned about politics, and I don't know much about history.

    I'm currently working part time doing websites. Looking for a regular day job, although not looking forward to it.

    I have a nice girlfriend - better then what I deserve. This is totally unfair, and I'm not complaining.

    I'm underweight, unsocial, and not very active. I don't exercise at all, and I am not interested in any sort of team sports. I hate cricket, football, golf and Indian music. I hate Indian films too. Oh, I happen to play table tennis, but I'm not very good at it.

    I read Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Scott Adams etc. I don't believe that alien life exists, however, I fantasize about them quite a lot. I even  fantasized about having sex with them when I was young and naïve.

    I follow a religion, although I'm not very religious. I don't have a pet. I wish I had a vulture though...

    glauber (none / 0) (#422)
    by glauber on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 01:46:16 PM EST

    At work i'm a computer programmer (doing Perl and Java these days, mostly) dealing with LARGE databases.

    At home i'm a husband, father, flute player, Presbyterian.

    Born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Brazilian citizen now living in the center of the American Empire's homeland.
    glauber PGP Key: 0x44CFAA9B

    different (none / 0) (#425)
    by jazzer on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 02:24:26 PM EST

    24yr. / male / one child / one pregnant girlfriend / student of computer science / south-western Germany

    Slobodan Milosevic (4.33 / 3) (#426)
    by Slobodan Milosevic on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 02:52:06 PM EST

    I am currently being held unjustly at the Hague! Please help get me out!

    ---
    "Where else do you have deposed Eastern European dictators commenting on the politics of open source? Nowhere, that's where."
    --grouse on why he loves kuro5hin.org

    Dood! (none / 0) (#436)
    by Apuleius on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 04:49:01 PM EST

    Next time Mugabe's in town see if he can pull strings with Chirac for you.


    There is a time and a place for everything, and it's called college. (The South Park chef)
    [ Parent ]
    Alex Queiroz (none / 0) (#427)
    by ventonegro on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 02:52:32 PM EST

    Hi, I'm 24 years old, male, Brazilian, agnostic but somewhat Zen, white, a kung fu practitioner and lover. Ah, I love computers too, of course :-) No girlfriends but I am working on that.
    --
    VentoNegro
    "Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, so why should we let them have ideas?" -- Josef Stalin
    Hi. (1.00 / 1) (#429)
    by alge on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 02:58:08 PM EST

    I am. But I guess you've figured that out by now.
    I was born exactly (well, on the day) 40 years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, in Bergen, Norway, and I have a wee-wee. I am taking a bachelor degree in comp. sci. at Sør-Trøndelag College, hopefully I'll continue with a MS at NUTS when I'm done. I am a wannabe: scener [COD], anime fan, LARPer, socialist, geek, metalhead. I got -7.something, -6.something on that political compass thingie (ask google). I would not mind finding a nice guy to go out with, or something. I am a lurker, my favourite lurking grounds are misterqueue's and friends' diaries. I enjoy reading, biking, drinking, and stuff. I am sick of this "I-stuff" now, see you around.
    [Hopefully nobody but google will bother reading this.]

    vi er ikke lenger elsket her

    Monkeytrumpet (none / 0) (#431)
    by monkeytrumpet on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 03:25:26 PM EST

    Professional visual effects artist living in Sydney, Australia. Male, 29, ex-pat New Zealander.

    Worked on Farscape for three years, an experience I liken to having worked in a sausage factory; no matter what your opinion of sausages before you worked there, afterwards you'll never eat a sausage again...

    Currently working on too many projects for too many slow paying clients. Ironically I left Farscape to freelance part time and work on my own projects, and have ended up spending the last six months working non-stop on other people's...

    Once, while scraping off my plate, came face to face with Natalie Portman in the Star Wars catering tent at Fox Studios in Sydney (I didn't work on it, but had several friends who did). Our eyes met (jesus, her eyes...) and I kind of brain-locked. As I stood there this tiny atavistic part of my monkey hindbrain was screaming "HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT GRIIIIIIIIIIIIITS!!!"

    Damn you, Slashot Portman trolls...

    Spend most of my time in my home studio, that I have setup in a city apartment I share with my Indian girlfriend of ten years (bloody hell).

    Run several workstations, a small renderfarm of a half dozen P4 boxes running Windows 2000, backended via gigabit fiber to a collection of Linux servers and firewalls running hardware SCSI RAID. All built and maintained by myself (used to be in IT, while I hated the Dilbertesque nature of the industry I generally enjoyed the technical side of things) Usually wear headphones to drown out the noise.

    Heavily influenced by Sagan, Brin, Heinlin, Niven, Adams et al. NASA fan and armchair astronomer. When my machines aren't rendering they are all running Seti@home.



    I'm nobody you know (none / 0) (#432)
    by Canthros on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 03:35:39 PM EST

    Or maybe I'm that guy you never think about, that's always in the background. I'm alone in a crowd, but crowded inside my head.

    Also, I'm 23, male and live in Louisville, Ky. And that's all I'm giving out here. Anymore than that you can either go googling or spend some time stalking me on K5 on whatever.

    --
    It's now obvious you are either A) Gay or B) Female, or possibly both.
    RyoCokey

    Thomas Hurst (none / 0) (#433)
    by Freaky on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 03:39:19 PM EST

    I'm 22, I live in Billingham; a smallish town in the North-East of England, and I look like this.

    I live with my mother, a neurotic miniature dachshund called Roly, an energetic garden destroying lurcher called Zara, Alice; a rat with a slightly worrying foot fetish, and a fluffy but antisocial hamster called, er, Fluffy.

    I'm jobless, but manage to make a bit of cash fixing and building computers.  I'm a web standards freak and like to do a bit of PHP and Ruby when I'm not reading SF/something techy or playing the latest FPS/RTS clone.

    Online, I help develop and admin newzbin, have a wide circle of friends, and am occasionally active on an worrying number of mailing lists.  Offline I'm a depressed, lonely and boring weenie who spends too much time in front of computers.  But hey, at least I've hit the karma cap on that other site!

    Hum, something tells me I should have hit Post two sentences ago :)

    you handsome bastard (none / 0) (#514)
    by RandomAction on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 02:39:33 PM EST



    [ Parent ]
    Oook! (4.50 / 4) (#437)
    by Librarian on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 04:56:16 PM EST

    Oook. Oook. Oook! Oook. Oook! Oook! Oook! Oook. Oook! Oook! Eeek! Oook. Oook. Oook?

    hey, isn't that.. (none / 0) (#486)
    by infinitera on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 10:37:02 PM EST

    The Bedlington Ape?

    [ Parent ]
    Here's a banana. (none / 0) (#499)
    by Chakotay on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 06:42:03 AM EST

    You shouldn't eat the In-Octavo, you know? Bad for your health...

    --
    Linux like wigwam. No windows, no gates, Apache inside.

    [ Parent ]
    Who am I? (none / 0) (#440)
    by arheal on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:20:54 PM EST

    I am 40 year old (ex?) software engineer. After working in the industry for 19(!) years, I retired a few months ago, and have just bought a 100 acre farm in the backwoods of Ecuador.
    There can be only one!
    Shot in the dark... (none / 0) (#483)
    by NFW on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 06:57:23 PM EST

    Is your farm anywhere near Mindo Valley? I might be going there for a couple weeks this summer to observe parrots and take notes.


    --
    Got birds?


    [ Parent ]

    Bookworm (5.00 / 1) (#443)
    by mabuse1k on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 05:59:42 PM EST

    I'm a scholarly publisher, based in Minneapolis and mostly lurk here. There have been topics where I've thought of contributing, but usually by the time I find the opportuity to read the postings, there are already hundreds of comments. I aspire to get in earlier. I first discovered K5 when a book we'd published on sex education was being attacked by the religious right and was being discussed here -- generally intelligently, as with most debates on K5. As I also edit books on digital culture, I've stayed around to keep up with the discussions. In my free time, I mostly read 18th and 19th century fiction -- the more cynical the better.

    typical (none / 0) (#445)
    by not smart dum on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 06:54:03 PM EST

    I am an effing W and live in San Francisco. I have been a software engineer for 5 years. I work in Palo Alto at a 2 year old startup. I have no idea how to balance life and work and often play spectator as my personal life crumbles even as my profesional life progresses. About all I can manage is to keep my cat alive and maintain my relationship with my favorite girl. I look like this most of the time... I used to listen to cool hipster type bands but now pretty much just listen to sports talk and "urban" radio.

    das Bill (none / 0) (#447)
    by das bill on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 07:17:13 PM EST

    Hello, everyone.  

    I'm pretty much a lurker here, chiming in every now and then.  

    I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and stuck around to go to the University of Pittsburgh, where I got a double degree in Comp Sci and Poli Sci.  Now Baltimore, Maryland is where I call home, where I have a job as a software engineer.. like so many other people here.

    I studied abroad in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia for a summer and want to return there some day.  I keep my change in a marshmallow jar.  I read constantly (recently finished Niven's "The Integral Trees", "A Basque History of the World", and "The House of Morgan") but I stay in shape by going to the gym and doing cardio while I read.  I've been a fan of Solaris and Linux for years, but I bought an iBook and it's making me a convert to OS X.  My cube is filled with toys, but I never worked for a dotcom.  I head down to Washington, DC on a regular basis and follow world politics, some would say obsessively.  I love National Bohemian beer, for its tasty kitsch value.  I picked my nick randomly, because my roommate at the time had a copy of "das Boot" lying about and my name is Bill.  I've since heard that this means that I am homosexual, in the German language, but I'm not.  I remember BBSes fondly (I was "td" in 412).  Coffee is good.  Diet Vanilla Coke is better.  My eyes hurt when I watch TV for more than a half-hour or so, so I don't do it often.  I've worn glasses since I was 6.  

    And despite my behavior so far on k5, I'm pretty outgoing.

    -Bill

    Oh, you didn't know...... (none / 0) (#448)
    by miker2 on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 08:24:58 PM EST

    miker2 (soon to be known as Mr Dolphin when my current sub runs out) is a 25yo guy living in scenic Eatontown NJ. If you know where Eatontown is or what we are home to, then you know where I work.

    Graduated, finally, from Stevens Tech in Hoboken, last year after years of diddling about in the computer science department.

    I drive a '94 Civic, rent an apartment, have a lot of college debt, and have a SO whom I love very much.

    Outside of that I'm a big 'ol geek that loves to program and solve problems. I like to read, cook, and drive. I also enjoy triathlon training, which will come to fruition this summer with an international distance tri.
    I've been a lurker here for a number of years and have tried getting into the diary thing, but don't have the creativity to do a daily treatise on my life that will interest you guys.


    Big Sexxy Joe (none / 0) (#450)
    by Big Sexxy Joe on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 08:29:06 PM EST

    I'm 23 and I live in Chicago and I'm white.  I got a degree in Computer Engineering and no real job yet.  I'm working on a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, but I'm taking a semster of because I couldn't get my advisor to sign a form for me.

    I'm a big fan of the comedian George Carlin.  I like rock and metal.  My favorite bands are Tool, Bad Religion, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Pantera.  My favorite movie is Memento.  I'm also love most of the Coen brothers movies.

    Politically, I'm pretty far to the left.  I believe that our drug laws should be repealed.  I believe in everyone should have free health care and free education all the way through college.

    I have always liked math and science.  I'm a pretty typical of a quasi-autistic geek.  I'm good at math but I have terrible interpersonal skills.  I think I'm pretty damn funny even though some people don't understand my humor.  Also, people generally find me to be rather eccentric, but low key.

    My main hobbies are hanging out at the bar by my house and K5.

    I'm like Jesus, only better.
    Democracy Now! - your daily, uncensored, corporate-free grassroots news hour

    Hello, all... (5.00 / 1) (#451)
    by bluefusion on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 08:40:25 PM EST

    I'm Bluefusion, real name David-Michael Cook. I'm a writer, musician, poet, videographer, artist and web designer... oh, and I'm 16. I live in New York City, 170 feet from the base of what was once the World Trade Center. (Yes, we were home at the time). I have been in New York for close to 9 years, before which I lived in California and in East Hampton, NY. I write and produce BlueFusionMedia (bluefusionmedia.net), a portfolio of my photography, music, writing, and art. The site has, in various forms and under various names, been around since I was 11. I suppose 16-year-old web designers are pretty common, but I like to think I have something more intriguing to offer. Please visit and tell me what you think! I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Mac user, a supporter of Open Source, and generally someone who believes in freedom above all else. Yes, I hate the RIAA, Microsoft, and anything that comes between me and my way of life. I have just discovered K5 tonight (3/12/03) and I am floored. This is what I've been looking for practically my whole life! Thank you all for being such valuable assets to an outstanding community.
    --------------------------------------

    "Real? What is real? If you are talking simply about what you can see, taste, touch, hear, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain."

    well, (none / 0) (#453)
    by liedra on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 09:04:02 PM EST

    My name's Catie, I'm a 22 year old uni student residing in Sydney, Australia. I work for freshmeat.net and am finishing off the last six months of my BSc in Computing Science and History/Philosophy of Science. I have a small zoo, with a coastal carpet python, a stick insect, a giant burrowing cockroach, some fish, some finches, and some mice (or "food"). I am a little addicted to Gamecube and Dreamcast games (specifically Metroid Prime, Jet Grind Radio and Space Channel 5) and have a tendency to get addicted to the music in said games. Otherwise I'm in a long term relationship with a very cool guy who is a kickarse programmer and fun to be with. Ummm, other than that I do some website coding and like going to concerts and eating haribo gummi bears and taking photos and things. I'm a Mac-head but use Linux as a backup, and love my powerbook and ipod.
    That's about it for the time being, you can read more about what I do on my webpage and stuff.

    Me, Myself, and I (none / 0) (#458)
    by arecibe on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 10:47:04 PM EST

    Lets see- Male, named Richard (Germanic name meaning "powerful leader"), 18, in the last semester of my senior year of high school at Bellaire H.S. in Bellaire, TX (city inside Houston), planning to study Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering in college, with a minor in Math or Physics, not sure where I will go yet, been on K5 for about a year (mostly lurking), found out about it from Wired, Boxers are better than Briefs, mostly Libertarian, Atheist, mostly of English heritage, interested in sporty cars (manual trannys > slushboxes), read about Physics, 6 foot 2, 175 lbs, general Asperger's geek, favorite novel "Catch-22," favorite movie "Waking Ned Divine."
    aim: arecibe, kevlarmessiah
    Whatever (none / 0) (#460)
    by LJ on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 11:52:14 PM EST

    I'm bored, so here's the schpeil: 17 wisconsinite years, 16 of which I've spent being bored out of my mind. Upside: I can pronounce Oconomowoc and Mukwanago (here's a hint: don't try). Been hiding around here for the last year or so as a user, been reading stories for a bit longer (2 years). Happy to contribute, and kvetch sometimes. And if you dare mention Microsoft to me, you'll pull back a stump...or Republicans for that matter.

    -LJ
    "A feature is a bug the programmers don't want to fix"

    Pretty sure I posted in this last time ... (none / 0) (#461)
    by irksome on Wed Mar 12, 2003 at 11:55:51 PM EST

    I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker. Well ... maybe not. I'm Eric, a junior in Information Studies at Syracuse University. When I'm not in class or working for the campus tech support department, I can probably be found hanging out with friends, listening to music, and watching/playing/refereeing ice hockey. I also bowl, and I pretend to be able to play the drums.
    I think I am, therefore I'm not.
    Who am I, you ask? (none / 0) (#463)
    by sparky on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 01:48:17 AM EST

    I'm 18, chinese american, living in Denton, Texas, attending a math/science high school, hoping to attend university somewhere in the northeast, California, or Austin in the fall. I'm thinking about majoring in applied mathematics or electrical engineering, but I'm also interested in neuroscience and economics.

    I'm into amateur radio, amateur astronomy, politics, math, cooking, cycling, running, photography and a bunch of other things that I can't really think of at the moment. Oh, and I like to sleep.

    I like to go cycling on my road bike. I enjoy reading. The last book I read was Brightness Falls by Jay McInerney. The last movie I saw was Clockwork Orange. I like listening to music. I like rock, classical, jazz, downbeat, trance, and idm. I especially like Radiohead.

    No girlfriend or companion, sadly. But, I'm generally kept busy these days by:
    • Schoolwork (Physics, Real Analysis, mainly)
    • Astronomy Club
    • Reading
    • Running or Cycling
    • Sleeping
    Keep it real.
    Bene qui latuit, bene vixit.
    yay math and science! (none / 0) (#468)
    by neraka on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 07:54:46 AM EST

    Ha. I bet you go to TAMS. I used to run help run the general access lab at McConnell. Glad to hear that we've got tamsters on k5. :) *grins evilly*
    -neraka-
    [ Parent ]
    sweet (none / 0) (#487)
    by banka on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 11:31:30 PM EST

    another tamster joins the mix. check out http://tamstouch.dhs.org/ (i made this) or i adam smith's www.tamsi.net. all, good good stuff for us tamsters

    [ Parent ]
    I've mustered in before, but - (5.00 / 1) (#465)
    by locke baron on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 03:33:09 AM EST

    things have changed, so...

    My real name is irrelevant, though I've posted it here before. Relevant facts about me are:


    • I'm 22, almost 23.
    • I'm in the military (US Navy), and I'm an E-5
    • I currently live aboard the USNS Sirius, so I go where the seas take me.
    • I think that gender is a stupid concept and the world would be better without it. I know for sure that I would.
    • I'm not a Linux zealot, though I prefer its specific set of strengths and weaknesses. I don't like Microsoft, but I'm not too zealous about that, either.
    • I'm anti-war, but it's probably too late to avert this one.
    • I'm agnostic. So sue me. I'd go out on a limb and say there's no such thing as the Christian/Jewish/Muslim god, exactly, but there might be a deity anyway. I'm not sure, and I don't know if it's possible to know.
    • I believe in magic. Yes, that sounds weird. Maybe a better way to put it is 'not everybody who experiences weird shit is psycho/drunk/on drugs'.
    • I abstain from the KDE/GNOME war. Window Maker kicks the butt of almost everything. ROX-Filer makes Nautilus look like so much molasses during an Alaskan winter.
    • I don't have a degree, though that will likely change in the future.
    • I don't have an SO. That may not change until I get myself unfucked.
    • I sometimes entertain the wanky notion that I can write decently. I might not be completely wrong about that.
    • meow is the answer for virtually anything if it needs to be.


    Micro$oft uses Quake clannies to wage war on Iraq! - explodingheadboy
    what!?! (none / 0) (#539)
    by partykidd on Fri Jun 20, 2003 at 05:52:30 AM EST

    I think that gender is a stupid concept and the world would be better without it.
    This is one of the stupidest things I've heard in a while. Good luck on getting that significant other.

    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle


    [ Parent ]

    me me me me me (none / 0) (#469)
    by neraka on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 08:00:20 AM EST

    Greg Poirier, Atlanta, GA. 23 years old I'm a Unix systems administrator for an internet service provider in the United States, musician, dancer, programmer, and sexual deviant.
    -neraka-
    Washington J Irving (5.00 / 1) (#471)
    by wji on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 12:16:27 PM EST

    wji is a 17 year old white male Canuckistander.

    Let's see, I'm a decently competent C programmer and Linux user, I waste a lot of time arguing on the Internet, mostly about international politics, I read history, science, and silly fantasy novels. I need a job.

    I don't know of any convenient label to attach to my political leanings that's at all precise enough to describe them. "Leftist" is about as far as I'll go, everything else having some ulterior motive ("socialist" meaning "government regulated free marketer" or, worse, "run everything like the phone company"). On those two-dimensional left/right libertarian/authoritarian graphs I usually score about 85% left and 65% libertarian, which sounds more or less accurate to me. Lately I've come to support "Participatory Economics", which is a plan or vision for achieving classless, democratic economy.

    At this point in my life I don't have a career label like doctor or architect to attach to myself. I don't know what I'll end up working as. Being an engineer or coder appeals to me. It'd be nice to make money off my political rantings, too, though. Hahaha, yeah right.

    I like EBM, industrial, and metal music styles. Funker Vogt, VNV Nation, Ministry, etc.

    Oh, and I like MUD style internet games, though not the graphical commercial ones. I've been fooling around with mud programming for a while, and am now working on a mud from scratch, more for fun then to actually put live on the net. But, you never know.

    I'll be surprised if anyone actually reads this.

    In conclusion, the Powerpuff Girls are a reactionary, pseudo-feminist enterprise.

    be surprised! (nt) (5.00 / 1) (#475)
    by mister slim on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 01:43:22 PM EST


    __

    "Fucking sheep, the lot of you. Yeah, and your little dogs too." -Rogerborg
    [ Parent ]

    PaperD (none / 0) (#473)
    by paperd on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 12:47:11 PM EST

    Singaporean. Male. Chinese. 27. Programmer. Hmmm... seem to have done this before in 2001.

    Mostly lurker, with rare comments once in a long while.

    mister slim claims to be: (none / 0) (#474)
    by mister slim on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 01:09:43 PM EST

    Many things. Most importantly, your God. Sadly, at his death all of you will cease to exist. At least, until the Kuro5hin meme takes root in another metamind.

    Also:

    mister slim is twenty-three years old.

    He is actually male. He feels guilty that he oppresses all of his female mental constructs (sorry ladies).

    He was born in Alaska, grew up in Downeast Maine, and attended high school at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. He currently is living in extremely cold northern Maine, but looks forward to returning to Bar Harbor soon. However, Bar Harbor will also mark annual disappearance from the web (and kuro5hin).

    He prefers Macs, but is typing this on a PC, with Dvorak.

    mister slim listens to whatever music his mind construct, but prefers electronic, dance and hip-hop.

    He reads Frank Herbert, Walt Kelly, Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, David Berlinski, Hunter S. Thompson, and George Orwell, National Geographic, Wired, Play, Shonen Jump, Urb, and Disinformation and vibrates at the thought of reading mental construct Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver. Soooon.

    mister slim watches (most of the time) only the Simpsons.

    He interacts economically with his mental constructs by working as a short order cook.

    mister slim only rarely indulges in the first person.
    __

    "Fucking sheep, the lot of you. Yeah, and your little dogs too." -Rogerborg

    hookers and beer (none / 0) (#476)
    by pigfucker on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 02:00:44 PM EST

    I currently live in Cambridge MA, and work in Belmont MA. I'm moving to Bermuda in May of this year.
    I'm 26, male, engaged.
    I write eLearning software for the pharmaceutical industry. I used to work for Telegea writing telecom software. Before that was a consultant. Starting in May after I move, I will be running my own company doing mostly financial programming.
    I went to Williams College ('99) and was an art major.
    On nearly any board I'm on, I'm "AssFace" - with a few exceptions - one being here, another being a fitness board that I used to read.
    I'm always tired enough that I could sleep at any time. I spend nearly all my time on my computer. I'm agnostic. I got rid of my car, but when I had it, it was a '00 Saab 9-3SE and I loved it - I'm a Snaab.
    I read a lot and would read more if I didn't fall asleep about 5 pages into whatever it is that I pick up.
    Currently on my Winamp, I have the Geto Boys going.

    Who You Are. (none / 0) (#477)
    by vectro on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 03:59:24 PM EST

    Don't forget theantix's article "Who You Are", wherein theantix tells y'all who exactly you are.

    “The problem with that definition is just that it's bullshit.” -- localroger
    Data. (none / 0) (#478)
    by Cerulean on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 04:20:12 PM EST

    My partner of 18 years and I have endured the harsh East Coast (USA) winter via liberal doses of sex, DVDs, and strong bud.

    Oddly, both of us are long-distance runners (I've finished two marathons). We consider existence as potheads not necessarily incongruous with hard physical exercise.

    Both are dopamine releasers, after all.

    Currently listening to electronica (ambient, mostly, for the chill) and prog-rock-tinged Scandanavian death metal.

    Oops, one minute to 4:20. Gotta run.

    You mean like (none / 0) (#502)
    by 5pectre on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 12:35:25 PM EST

    Opeth? I'm going to see them this weekend at Nottingham Rock City, I can't wait :)

    "Let us kill the English, their concept of individual rights might undermine the power of our beloved tyrants!!" - Lisa Simpson [ -1.50 / -7.74]

    [ Parent ]
    for the first time... (5.00 / 1) (#480)
    by sly on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 04:54:36 PM EST

    long time lurker, first time participant. 19 year old female sophomore at dartmouth college, history major/environmental studies minor. flaming liberal: politically active in Green Party and LGBQTA advocacy, ovo-lacto vegetarian, listens to funk/jam bands and folk music, proficient with frisbees, composts with dedication. american, of chinese descent. trained in classical piano for 13 years, (now retired for health reasons, have turned to guitar and interpretive tambourine playing). entire american extended family is in IT in some form. i intend to be a historian. also, i am an aspiring triathlete and have a boyfriend of three years (he goes to RIT).
    I've got some cereal in my pocket.
    Bullet Points (none / 0) (#482)
    by teeth on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 06:57:13 PM EST

    • 40, male, Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Broken biker - in a wheelchair for almost 10 years
    • Scored -6.25, -6.56 on the Political Compass
    • Former lamp tramp, still love Showtime!
    • Atheist
    • Petrol head, currently driving a '94 BMW 740i
    • Running Debian GNU/Linux
    • Kinky for ginger pubic hair

    Copyright is for protection against publishers
    I like to run (none / 0) (#485)
    by AtADeadRun on Thu Mar 13, 2003 at 09:57:25 PM EST

    I do a few other things. I'm active-duty US Navy, currently aboard a big ol' gator freighter (amphibious assault ship), as an electrician, but I want to switch to Explosive Ordnance Disposal as soon as I'm eligible. I run for the Midatlantic Navy Running and Triathlon Team, mostly 10k, half, and marathon distances, although I'm hurt right now. Patellar-femoral syndrome, doncha know. I prefer OpenBSD to other flavors of *nix. I read voraciously, mostly hard science fiction (Niven, Heinlein, Harrison, Gibson, and so on). I can type with my toes. I tend to be libertarian. I have a short attenti... what was I talking about?



    -------
    Pain heals. Glory is forever. Keep running.

    We would not die in that man's company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    Which gator? (none / 0) (#491)
    by locke baron on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 02:05:13 AM EST


    Micro$oft uses Quake clannies to wage war on Iraq! - explodingheadboy
    [ Parent ]
    Wasp ( LHD-1) (none / 0) (#500)
    by AtADeadRun on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 11:59:15 AM EST



    -------
    Pain heals. Glory is forever. Keep running.

    We would not die in that man's company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    [ Parent ]
    Cool. (none / 0) (#507)
    by locke baron on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 11:27:47 PM EST

    One of the few I haven't seen yet this cruise.

    (We've vertrepped just about every amphib in the fleet except Wasp, Iwo and Kearsarge.)

    Micro$oft uses Quake clannies to wage war on Iraq! - explodingheadboy
    [ Parent ]

    Mostly 'cause (none / 0) (#508)
    by AtADeadRun on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 11:57:29 PM EST

    We're sitting in drydock in Portsmouth.

    -------
    Pain heals. Glory is forever. Keep running.

    We would not die in that man's company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    [ Parent ]
    Ah - that makes sense. (none / 0) (#509)
    by locke baron on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 12:20:11 AM EST

    Just as well, who wants to be out in the middle of super-equatorial hell anyway ;-)

    Micro$oft uses Quake clannies to wage war on Iraq! - explodingheadboy
    [ Parent ]
    virginia (none / 0) (#488)
    by dose on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 12:11:21 AM EST

    i'm dose. 26, from the mother of states and statesmen... richmond, virginia. dayside, i piece together video to pay the bills. nightways, i muck around with C. weekends are reserved for pbr. i like slow computers and fast women. pizza and debian get me through the day.

    pbr (none / 0) (#490)
    by smoochie on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 01:21:29 AM EST

    Nice job on the pbr endorsement. It's quite possible that you, me and two retirees in Iowa still drink that stuff. Keep the faith!

    [ Parent ]
    European. All the way. (none / 0) (#492)
    by Chakotay on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 04:02:59 AM EST

    Chakotay, that's me. I'm à 25 year old European. Born and raised in the Netherlans, currently living in France (St-Herblain, near Nantes), with my fiancee (also of Dutch nationality but born and raised in Burkina Faso, West Africa) and her three kids.

    I'm an IT support grunt with a knack for languages (the natural kind: Dutch, English, French and German are all spoken fluently), currently doing tech support in two languages (French and German) for a petrochemical giant that shall remain *cough* ATOFINA *cough* unnamed. Previously, I've also done customer support in all four languages within my grasp for a bunch of big (and smaller) names in the hardware business that shall *cough* Philips, S3/Diamond, TDK, Memorex, Logitech *cough* equally remain *cough* Packard Bell, Fujitsu Siemens, Gravis Kensington *cough* unnamed.

    I'm an ecclectic Pagan hovering between pan- and polytheism with lots of Celtic influences, practicing a homegrown form of Reiki. I have recently picked up on Aikido as an interesting form of combining a sport (my general fitness started indicating the necessity to remedy a chronic lack of that), a meditation technique, a philosophy, and an effective self-defence technique, into a martial Art, with a capital A.

    I like: movies, anime, manga, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Robert Jordan, JRR Tolkien, Debian GNU/Linux, Brussles sprouts, Bordeaux wine, gracefully wielding a bokken (wooden sabre used in Aikido), SubSpace, HalfLife, our kids, cats, Linus Torvalds, Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, Jacques Chirac, Life.

    I dislike: people who act like they're superior, hypocricy, bureaucracy, Paris, Parisians, William H. Gates, George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein, Jacques Chirac, Life.

    --
    Linux like wigwam. No windows, no gates, Apache inside.

    I go by the (none / 0) (#493)
    by tzigane on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 04:19:30 AM EST

    nick tzigane but you can call me Anne. I live near Sacramento, I'm a wife and mom; I am owned by 2 cats. My daughter is in college, my son is a junior in high school.

    I work out of my home doing a variety of strange things: knitting, handspinning and music typesetting. Play time is with amateur radio where I am known as AD6UY. I also design complex knitted lace patterns based on Celtic knots.  

    Interests: fiber arts, electronics, space, space travel, astronomy, Classical music, antenna theory, geology, maps.

    I belong to the Sacramento L5 Society and River City Amateur Radio Communication Society.

       
    You can show a rock how to jump only so many times before you give up believing that rocks can jump. -- K. B. Salazar

    Gypsy? (5.00 / 1) (#495)
    by Chakotay on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 04:55:39 AM EST

    Do you have Gypsy ancestors? If so, of what people? My great-grandmother was a Roma Gypsy. Passed me lots of musical genes through my grandfather and my mother :)

    --
    Linux like wigwam. No windows, no gates, Apache inside.

    [ Parent ]
    roma gypsies (none / 0) (#497)
    by skelter on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 06:23:18 AM EST

    ah, I met some gypsies when I was in Rome, a few years back. One of them, a woman in her twenties, was holding a baby on top of a large piece of cardboard which she shoved into my stomach. Fearing the obvious, I shoved my hands into my pockets, clutching keys, wallet and spare change.

    [ Parent ]
    The Roma have nothing to do with Rome ... (5.00 / 1) (#498)
    by Chakotay on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 06:40:16 AM EST

    The two largest Gypsy peoples are the Roma and the Scinti. Both originate, for as far as one can see, from central Europe, more specifically Hungary and Romania. Probably, before that, the Gypsy peoples came from India, but that is speculation.

    Anyway, the Roma People has nothing to do with the city of Rome. Much more so with the country of Romania, where currently still Gypsies (and ethnic Hungarians) are being savagely oppressed by the settled Romanian people... But that is a whole other can of beans.

    --
    Linux like wigwam. No windows, no gates, Apache inside.

    [ Parent ]

    My nick (none / 0) (#505)
    by tzigane on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 03:53:27 PM EST

    is from a piece by Maurice Ravel, *Tzigane* for Violin and Piano. Supposedly it is the most difficult piece for a violinist to play. A former colleague started calling me Tzigane because I was kinda miserable to work with. :-)

    My ancestry, as far as I know, is Scottish, Irish, Jewish and Navajo.

       
    You can show a rock how to jump only so many times before you give up believing that rocks can jump. -- K. B. Salazar
    [ Parent ]

    I am (none / 0) (#501)
    by 5pectre on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 12:29:39 PM EST

    A 19 year old second year Software Engineering student at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. My political compass rating can be found here along with other k5ers. I'm starting an internship with Hewlett Packard this June in Galway. I like politics, gnu/linux, irc and travelling. I run a free shell service. This is where I live. I've just bought a Minsk 125cc motorbike.

    "Let us kill the English, their concept of individual rights might undermine the power of our beloved tyrants!!" - Lisa Simpson [ -1.50 / -7.74]

    IN SOVIET RUSSIA... (none / 0) (#503)
    by SteveTheRed on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 01:04:00 PM EST

    You will tell ME who YOU are! (we have ways of making you talk...)

    (I know, that joke's getting old, I just wanted to use it one last time before I put it in the "All your base..." time capsule.)

    My name is Steve. I'll turn 32 next month. I used to have red hair, but now it is a mix of strawberry blond and gray.

    I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and in NW Indiana ("Da Region", home of beautiful Gary, Indiana), but I now live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Programming and computers are a hobby for me, although I'd like to someday incorporate them into my career path. My real job is working at Eli Lilly as a process operator making bulk Insulin.

    I used to be an Atheist, but now I am a Christian, but I'm not a fundamentalist. I think that everyone should be free to worship (or not) whomsoever or whatsoever they may wish.

    I have a wife of 9 years, and three boys. My oldest boy is Autistic and has a seizure disorder, my middle boy has PDD-NOS, and our baby also has a seizure disorder. They help me maintain my sometimes-wavering faith in God, because I am not strong enough to bear my task alone.

    I am a huge Wilco fan, but I like to listen to anything that ClearChannel® doesn't want me to listen to :)

    Wow, that was a lot more personal than I thought it would be. Hope I didn't bore you too much.

    Capital "I" appears in this post 27 times.



    Hi Steve (none / 0) (#518)
    by synik on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 11:03:00 PM EST

    I just read the page on PDD. I have a nephew who shows at least one of those symptoms.

    Do you have a public email address?

    ---
    The human race has suffered for centuries and is still suffering from the mental disorder known as religion, and atheism is the only physician that will be able to effect a permanent cure. -- Joseph Lewis
    [ Parent ]

    Ola (none / 0) (#506)
    by sgp on Fri Mar 14, 2003 at 08:28:52 PM EST

    Been here a year or two, but never said.. I'm Steve Parker (http://steve-parker.org/)
    • Geek since birth
    • BSc Comp Sci 2(i) Hons - Uni of Herts, UK, 1996
    • Work for a Sun Microsystems Partner (netops.co.uk) - been there nearly 4 years
    • Born and Live in UK; currently in South Manchester
    • Christian (specifically, Methodist)
    • Unix user since 1992 (on the net since same time); Unix admin since 1995; Linux freak since 1998. Windows user since 2050 (or whenever it becomes stable:)
    • Majority of spam received is Nigerian 419 spam
    • Find many K5'ers (especially the US ones) strange but interesting

    Want more? Read http://steve-parker.org, I guess... Steve

    There are 10 types of people in the world:
    Those who understand binary, and those who don't.

    *nix filthy man... (none / 0) (#513)
    by RandomAction on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 01:46:41 PM EST

    Christian (specifically, Methodist) Unix user since 1992

    ..you can only pray. W6do66s. skcor nam. M...

    [ Parent ]
    I am the fallen daemon Iasson (none / 0) (#511)
    by johwsun on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 10:00:56 AM EST



    I can't remember what I said last time (none / 0) (#516)
    by holdfast on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 06:34:16 PM EST

    Male - 43 - Married - 2 children
    Christian - Baptist
    British - from Orkney that little speck just north of Scotland - but living in southern England
    Ex Public Schoolboy - this does not mean the same in the US as in the UK - Feel free to look it up if you didn't know that
    failed college
    2 years in the OTC whilst at college
    have lived in Africa & the middle east
    Work in IT support in hospital where my wife is a physiotherapist
    very unenthusiastic about war - realise that it may be inevitable
    horrified by the determination that GWB and friends have shown about going to war regardless...


    "Holy war is an oxymoron."
    Lazarus Long
    Hello (none / 0) (#517)
    by synik on Sat Mar 15, 2003 at 10:53:27 PM EST

    My name is Danny.

    I'm 21, male, and I live in Brisbane (Australia).

    I'm currently a final year university student (Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Information Technology).

    I only just resumed full time study. I just finished a 12 month systems administration contract.

    I'm an atheist.

    I like milo :-)

    ---
    The human race has suffered for centuries and is still suffering from the mental disorder known as religion, and atheism is the only physician that will be able to effect a permanent cure. -- Joseph Lewis

    New web site on the block. (none / 0) (#520)
    by brecord on Sun Mar 16, 2003 at 01:06:52 AM EST

    I'm 22, I'm going to UCLA and I just launched a very cool new web site.

    Its called www.guzzlefish.com.

    Basically its a site that allows you to catalog your DVD & CD Collections on the net for free.

    Thats it hope you can enjoy.

    Sample Collection (none / 0) (#521)
    by brecord on Sun Mar 16, 2003 at 01:20:07 AM EST

    I forgot to provide a link to a sample collection.

    http://www.guzzlefish.com/collection.php?username=dave&mediatype=D

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    moi? (none / 0) (#532)
    by muchagecko on Tue Mar 18, 2003 at 09:30:46 PM EST

    My current situation puts me in a position where I'm unable to disclose my complete bio or even my full name. Hopefully my situation will change soon and I'll be able to update this profile. Until then - Elaine, (just turned) 38 (argh), near Philly (soon to change), illustrator, single mother of 2.

    I've been carefully cultivating an aggressive online personality. I've been told that IRL I'm less than extroverted.

    "Do you think Mr. Fantastic can stretch his dinky also? And do you think The Thing is hard all over? I mean really all over."

    Comments attached to previous draft. (none / 0) (#533)
    by tbc on Sun Apr 06, 2003 at 05:21:44 AM EST

    Waste not, want not: http://www.kuro5hin.org/comments/2002/12/30/193642/63

    Im (none / 0) (#540)
    by Xcyther on Mon Jun 30, 2003 at 06:59:33 AM EST

    Andy. Im 22, currently live in Alaska (stationed at Elmendorf AFB). I have a couple websites: www.insydious.com www.cycowulf.com not married, no kids.

    _________________________________________
    "Insydious" -- It's not as bad as you think

    Euphoria checking in (none / 0) (#541)
    by Euphoria 5L on Fri Jul 25, 2003 at 10:16:17 PM EST

    Well, I'm 17, a high school senior, and I'll be studying electrical engineering w/ a computer engineering emphasis at Northern Arizona University next year. I enjoy many things, but mainly just hang around with friends, swimming, and playing games on my trusty PeeCee.

    I speak quite a bit of German (learned most of it during a month there), and really enjoy the country more than the US. Feels more like home.

    I just love that country.
    Mandrake Linux | KDE

    Some criticize me for liking OpenGL over DirectX. Those who think that DirectX is better are delusional.

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