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Roll Call! (AKA Who are you? Part 6)

By tiamat in Meta
Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 06:31:48 AM EST
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From time to time it's nice to get to know the details behind the UIDs and aliases.

This will be the sixth (somewhat) Annual "Who Are You?" article. Rusty first asked back in March of 2000, and since then we've had:

If you're looking for someone in particular you can try Carnage4Life's K5 Who Are You? user search engine (but it hasn't been updated in a while).


Who, what, where, when? All that stuff and more can be answered here!

What do you do for a living? Where do you work? Are you a student, what are you studying? Where were you born, where do you live now? Want to let us know where you land on the political compass? Go for it!

It's up to you to share as much or as little as you want.

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I came to K5
o less than a year ago 14%
o 1-2 years ago 22%
o 2-3 years ago 25%
o 3-4 years ago 21%
o 4-5 years ago 8%
o 5-6 years 4%
o on December 21, 1999. 2%

Votes: 147
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Roll Call! (AKA Who are you? Part 6) | 185 comments (170 topical, 15 editorial, 0 hidden)
Still the same as before. (none / 2) (#1)
by tiamat on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 03:40:36 PM EST

I'm a PoliSci student still, although I've got less than a month to go. I'm picking up my grad ring tomorrow. Real Life, here I come!

And if anyone wants to have a K5 drinking night in Halifax, NS. Just let me know.

K5 drinking night? (none / 0) (#12)
by MichaelCrawford on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 05:18:34 PM EST

I'm in Truro, and come to Halifax quite frequently.


--

Live your fucking life. Sue someone on the Internet. Write a fucking music player. Like the great man Michael David Crawford has shown us all: Hard work, a strong will to stalk, and a few fries short of a happy meal goes a long way. -- bride of spidy


[ Parent ]

K5 drinking nights have gone poorly in the past (none / 0) (#50)
by j1mmy on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 11:25:39 PM EST

hmm
evidence


[ Parent ]
Definitely (none / 0) (#61)
by jargonCCNA on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 03:47:20 AM EST

I'd be up for that... Pogue Fado, sometime before the end of April?
--
Website Developer. Network Technician. Software Designer. Freelance Geek.

"Is it dead?" "I can't believe that just fuckin' happened! Oh my God!" - Rocco and Murph, The Boondock Saints
[ Parent ]
Me (none / 0) (#6)
by melia on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 04:46:18 PM EST

In the UK, born in Chester, graduated in Economics from Sheffield University, currently studying Software Systems at the same, looking for a job in South Yorkshire, if anyone has one on offer.
Disclaimer: All of the above is probably wrong
More Sheffielders (none / 0) (#21)
by gazbo on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 07:02:37 PM EST

Seems strange that so many people online either seem to be Sheffield raised, or went to uni here (the latter for me).  So are you still living here then?  Seems that an unusual number of people - me included - went on to live in Sheffield after graduating, whereas most other universities see people leaving the city ASAP.

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[ Parent ]

Yep (none / 0) (#42)
by melia on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:53:15 PM EST

Yeah I still live here, my girlfriend and I are going to move away from the students, stay here for a bit, since she's already got a secure job, then maybe move on in a year or two.

I reckon the reason people stay is just because Sheffield is a great city - friendly people, fantastic nightlife, low crime and wonderful countryside - particularly around the west, the studenty bits that are right next to the peaks. Not too big, not too small. There's quite a bit of investment going on at the moment as well so it'll only get nicer. Also, I was shocked by the number of IT/programming jobs in the South Yorkshire area. I couldn't make a comparison to anywhere else, but it was a hell of a lot more than I was expecting.

Generally, if we were to leave it would be because we want to experience living somewhere else, not because we're unhappy here.
Disclaimer: All of the above is probably wrong
[ Parent ]

Same as before... (2.75 / 8) (#8)
by Steve Ballmer on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 05:03:50 PM EST

I'm the CEO of Microsoft, a provider of high-quality commercial software. In my spare time, I relax in an authentic Native American sweat lodge.

A fair way south, fortunately (none / 1) (#9)
by hugo on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 05:05:39 PM EST

Well, I've been a long time reader who has...

I was going to say why I have enjoyed reading K5 for as long as I have, but I've just realised I don't really know. How strange.

I've not been much of a poster - my undergraduate lifestyle seemed to take up so much of my time, dodging approaching deadlines and what not. Now, as a graduate student, doing my MSc thesis in Computer Science, I seem to have more time on my hands. I am pretty positive that this is not a good thing.

Ahh - I think I just realised, at least in part, why I enjoy reading K5. It sounds incredibly cliched, but from where I sit in the world, it is reassuring to hear that not all Americans are as.. disturbing.. as those that are shown via the news media.
-- What's wrong with a one trick pony?

I was born with the name (2.87 / 8) (#10)
by MichaelCrawford on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 05:16:27 PM EST

That other fellow changed his for the stage.

I just turned forty. I work as a software consultant, and have been in business for myself since April '98. I used to do mostly GUI work, but now mostly do embedded. I seem to be getting lots of firewire work.

I'm married to a woman named Bonita who is from Newfoundland. We met on the Internet, after she sent me an email to say she liked one of my web pages. At the time she was a college student in Truro, Nova Scotia and I was working as a programmer in Santa Cruz, California.

She came to live with me in California, then we both moved to Newfoundland to get married. We bought our first house in Maine, and lived there until last fall, when we moved to Truro, in Nova Scotia, where she lived when we met. She is sponsoring my application for a landed immigrant visa. If it works out OK our plan is to stay in Canada the rest of our lives.

I play piano and recently took up guitar after Bonita gave me one for Christmas. I also enjoy drawing, painting and photography. I have some examples on my personal website.

I have a serious mental illness called schizoaffective disorder. It made my life Hell in my early twenties, but I do OK now. In writing articles such as Living with Schizoaffective Disorder, I try to help other mentally ill people understand their condition and to promote acceptance of the mentally ill by society.

I like to write, and sometimes entertain the idea that I might quit programming and write for a living. Besides my k5 articles, You'll find other things I've written here, here, here and here.

I have a B.A. degree in physics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and spent my first two years of college education at Caltech. (Caltech alumni will want to know I lived in Ricketts House.)

Before I got sick I wanted to be a scientist, and have had the wonderful experience of doing research work both at Palomar Observatory, doing astronomy on the 60 and 200 inch telescopes, and particle physics at CERN, in Geneva Switzerland. (CERN is the birthplace of the World Wide Web, which was originally created to help particle physicists collaborate on their research.)


--

Live your fucking life. Sue someone on the Internet. Write a fucking music player. Like the great man Michael David Crawford has shown us all: Hard work, a strong will to stalk, and a few fries short of a happy meal goes a long way. -- bride of spidy


Me (none / 0) (#11)
by conthefol on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 05:17:54 PM EST

I'm the same person I was the first time around, just with a different account.

--
kuro5hin is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E!!!

Mr Edderskrekk (none / 0) (#13)
by MyDyingDuck on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 05:30:35 PM EST

Certified væskeduplikator with qualified machinery. I deal mostly in preventing it from drying out.

Also, eternal student at HiA, Grimstad. Music lover (of the LPD/Residents/Snog variety), bsd-hippie, and fan of Skinny T and The Horny Rubber Duck.

I look like a dwarf, but feel like an elf. I'm gonna talk to my doctor about a race-change.


--
They're seeding the clouds today.
Watch nothing's gonna go your way.

My name is Horst Franken. (2.60 / 10) (#14)
by Hide The Hamster on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 05:57:35 PM EST

Horst keeps the pen name (or in this case, key name, LOL!) Hide the Hamster, or most recently by popular convention, "HTH". Internet agent provocateur, generally inciteful, and extremely charming, HTH enjoys long quiet walks on the beach and smearing suntan lotion all over his cock n' balls. He resides here on the political compass, which means that he is always right, and you are an idiot.

Three important facts about Horst!!!
  • He drives drunk!
  • He laughs at handicapped people!
  • He watched the film Ed Gein while enjoying a nice platter of Spaghetti Bolognaise last night.



  • Free spirits are a liability.

    August 8, 2004: "it certainly is" and I had engaged in a homosexual tryst.

    search engine didn't work, vote -1 (none / 2) (#15)
    by lukme on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 05:57:43 PM EST

    It is a neat concept, though the search engine didn't seem to work at all with the names that I typed in.


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    It's awfully hard to fly with eagles when you're a turkey.
    who i am (none / 3) (#16)
    by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 06:07:26 PM EST

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=circletimessq uare

    it's always fun to do this every once in awhile, just to see what pops up, enter your user name into google... and for some reason, today, some weird greek page shows up?!

    wtf does this shit mean?!

    http://portal.kithara.gr/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=123

    it's unnerving!!! fucking greeks are saying shit about me and i have no fucking clue what it is!!! AAAAAAAHHHH is there a greek babelfish?! help! lol ;-P


    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    Haha I did this and... (none / 1) (#23)
    by sophacles on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 07:10:31 PM EST

    found out that both my account here and my account at the other site (from long ago) are both on the first google link page!  I guess I am more important that most sites that misspell Sophocles (the Greek author).  That is somehow both disturbing and cool.

    [ Parent ]
    According to http://www.translatum.gr/dics/mt.htm (none / 1) (#84)
    by Xoder on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 12:27:58 PM EST

    Leave their to continue...
    From: (Administrator), 17/02/03, 23:32
    Unit: Factors

    In a discussion in slashdot.org I read the following message, that to me moved the interest. Him I translated in the Greek and to you him I present in this page. In order to I anticipate, I agree 100% with all that says circletimessquare below, neither with 100% with the way that him says. Par' all them, I find the opinions extremely interesting...

    Leave their to continue with their villain eayto'.

    From circletimessquare (circletimessquare@yahoo.COM), Friday of 8 November 2002,.02:51 m.m.

    Address of article (in the English): http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=44555&threshold=-1&commentsort=0& ;tid=141&mode=thread&cid=4627758

    The big companies of disks, their guilds and the corresponding laws, protect a world that existed before internet. They try they turn the history to behind. Leave their to continue with their villain eayto', does not exist probability overcoming. The box of Pandora is already open.

    We are not anymore in the season of Goytemve'rgjoy, my dear friends of companies. We live in a world where information as music, books and cinematographic work circulates and is changed so much freely as water. At some way, the information "wants" they are free. The entropy, basic significance of nature and physics, leads to the disposal and to the spread of information. Each effort of restriction of information is as if you try to fight adversely in the gravity: it is a lost game.

    The music is something autonomous, that him we enjoy for what is, and such something will be supposed he is free. Can steal molecules, but you cannot steal information. Can steal a car, but you cannot steal a song, a book or a work of cinema. He appears so much absurd? The Kazaa and all the relative services ARE NOT TO STOP. Believe that the law of intellectual property is too much important and would be supposed she is one of basic kolw'na modern society? Welcomed in internet, dysprosa'rmostoj' my friends. The distribution of information freely and easily, without possibility of restrictions and censorship THEY IS WHAT FOR IT WAS DRAWN. Closed server their, mploka'rete their addresses, you make what you want: Somebody, somewhere him will pass. Protect your CD from the copy: The world will take black markado'roys and him xeprostatey'sej. Add appliances of locking and that other you want. Sometimes it will be supposed you change the information of CD in music. And in this point, the acoustic signal can ihograficej', be changed and propagate itself. Does not exist no absolutely way him to prevent this! If it can be heard, it can be copied. FULLSTOP AND HYPHEN.

    Send armed guards with each market CD, that they will go to the house of each purchaser and will be careful him it does not copy. This is alone that you can make.

    Lately I've been hearing that god's on our side But rumor has it, there's one on their side too So what I'd like to know is, when it comes down to it, can my god kick their god's ass or what?
    [ Parent ]

    thanks man ;-) (none / 1) (#86)
    by circletimessquare on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 12:36:25 PM EST

    i thought most of it was a translation of my ancient slashdot post, but there was an "executive summary" with bullet points at the bottom that i could divine... but now i can ;-)


    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    [ Parent ]
    np [nt] (none / 1) (#91)
    by Xoder on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:40:28 PM EST



    Lately I've been hearing that god's on our side But rumor has it, there's one on their side too So what I'd like to know is, when it comes down to it, can my god kick their god's ass or what?
    [ Parent ]
    this is what i got (none / 1) (#93)
    by circletimessquare on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 02:01:32 PM EST

    the guy was free-vibing off my ancient post...

    And in order to I add also i with my line:

    Various that turn in the streets with the rucksacks and sell copied
    disks it is simple and healthy reaction of market in the ype'rogkes
    prices of "official" disks. Curious would be if they did not exist...

    Throw a glance in the following prices:

    • Cost of empty CD with box, cover, etc (copied or even official): 1,5 €
    • Cost of copied CD in the street: 6 €
    • Cost of official CD in djskopwlej'o: 16 €
    • Intellectual rights that take the authors, etc. per official CD that is sold: 1,5 € (maximum)
    • Cost CD that is given free of charge with magazine: 1 with 1,5 €
    • Intellectual rights that take the authors in this case: Negligible sum. ¢rage why they aren't bothered then?
    ... and make certain action in your brain!

    For my part, I could buy copied disks from the hawkers, and I send 1,5 € of intellectual rights in the AEPJ. He would be then all all right? Yes, according to said the companies, that go to a great deal of trouble for the intellectual rights of
    their authors (and no for their own profits). Actually no, because then the companies would be outside from the game.

    If you ask any artist, known or unknown, that has removed disks and makes appearances, to you it will say that with one-one-two good appearances it gains
    more that from the disks that sell all the time. This is also in effect for very famous, but also for no so much known artists: One famous will sell more a lot of disks, but also his concerts will be more many and bigger, a least acquaintance will not sell so much a lot of disks, but also his concerts will be less and smaller. The proportion is on the himself.

    The truth is, that the disks are for the artists only publicity, but no essential profit. The bigger part of "heat of" money that they take, it emanates from the appearances. Those that gain the portion le'ontos from the sales of disks, they are the djskografjke's companies.

    We read in the press that:

    - "... the illegal copy and distribution of music have taken scary
    dimensions..."(Scary? for who? I in any case I did not frighten from nothing!)

    • "... the phenomenon is extremely worrying..."(For who? For the simple consumer? Rather no, after it finds cheaper disks)
    • "... the artists are in danger..."(Nor this him I believe, after the appearances of good artists gather always and they will
    gather world, and as we know, the artists from the appearances have their bigger profits).

    Each one can draw his conclusions!




    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    [ Parent ]
    I (2.80 / 5) (#18)
    by Smerdy on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 06:42:39 PM EST

    I am a hacker who does not like science fiction. (I prefer more psychologically interesting stuff.)

    I believe in widespread education in creativity and critical thinking as critical to the survival of the human race, to complement the structure of a rational anarchist-ish society. I think the Internet has much untapped potential in this area.

    I'm always up for a good argument. Never let me realize that you are using a term without having a solid idea of what you really mean by it, lest you taste the Logician's Blade.

    I'm a graduate student in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Despite the fact that I am a bearded, politically far-left, vegetarian pacifist, my research is funded by the United States military.

    On different days, I feel more like an engineer or a mathematician.

    I am a huge fan of functional programming languages and advocacy thereof. I devote a sizeable amount of my time to laughing at anyone who thinks any mainstream language is suited for application development.

    The logician's blade? (none / 2) (#79)
    by waxmop on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 11:10:18 AM EST

    Is that part of your renaissance fair costume, or is that your name for little Smerdy down below?
    --
    Long-term consequences of Bush deficits

    [ Parent ]
    you should read PKD (none / 0) (#190)
    by retromango on Tue May 25, 2004 at 01:42:15 AM EST

    Philip K. Dick writes some amazing psychological science fiction. Be sure to read a few of his books. "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said" and "A Scanner Darkly" are a couple of good ones to start. Enjoy . . .

    [ Parent ]
    kurogirl (2.33 / 9) (#20)
    by kurogirl on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 06:52:38 PM EST

    Hello, my name is Kurogirl!

    I like long walks on the beach, sunsets, F1, K1, champagne, and doggy-style! I first came to Kuro5hin looking for robot wars, but stayed to date all you cute kurons and kurobots!

    do you beleive in love at first sigh or would you like me to walk past again?

    Hey Eric! (none / 2) (#25)
    by gazbo on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 07:15:24 PM EST

    How's it going?  I appreciate what you're doing on Slashdot, but still you're not causing too much groupthink-disruption.  Could you go on a bit of a campaign, please?  Thanks!

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    Hardcore ZORA SULEMAN pics!

    [ Parent ]

    Hi sexy (none / 1) (#66)
    by kurogirl on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 05:52:14 AM EST

    hello Gazbo! May I call you Gaz?

    I don't understand much of what you said, and I am not sure you were talking to little me! But, anyways, you seem kinda cute and so I was wondering if you'd like to date me sometime?

    ~Kurogirl xxx

    do you beleive in love at first sigh or would you like me to walk past again?
    [ Parent ]

    You like F1? (none / 1) (#80)
    by flo on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 11:13:14 AM EST

    Hope you're prepared for another red year...
    ---------
    "Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
    [ Parent ]
    I guess I'm a leftist libertarian. (none / 3) (#22)
    by gooberguy on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 07:04:58 PM EST

    Economic Left/Right: -2.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.38

    Although the quiz didn't ask any questions about firearm ownership, and I'm a fan of letting people defend themselves with firearms.

    I'm a CS student going to school at Iona College just north of New York City. I was born in England, moved to Montgomery, Alabama, then Guam, then Spokane, Washington, and now finally New York.

    Spokane! (none / 0) (#31)
    by MichaelCrawford on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:03:50 PM EST

    I was born in Spokane, and have many happy memories of visiting my grandparents there.

    I haven't been back in years though.


    --

    Live your fucking life. Sue someone on the Internet. Write a fucking music player. Like the great man Michael David Crawford has shown us all: Hard work, a strong will to stalk, and a few fries short of a happy meal goes a long way. -- bride of spidy


    [ Parent ]

    mine (none / 2) (#24)
    by CanSpice on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 07:14:38 PM EST

    Here's mine from November 2000. In the 3+ years since then I've moved to Hilo, Hawaii, to take up a software engineer position for one of the observatories that runs two telescopes on Mauna Kea. And my website has moved. And add OS X to my list of operating systems -- I use OS X, RH9, and Windows 2000 these days.

    I am (none / 1) (#26)
    by Xcyther on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 07:17:57 PM EST

    the same person i was on the last 5 of these. These "articles" are redundant. Thats why we have user pages.

    _________________________________________
    "Insydious" -- It's not as bad as you think

    some changes since last time. (none / 1) (#27)
    by ajdecon on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 07:24:54 PM EST

    I'm a first-year physics major at Michigan Technological University, and loving every minute of it. In fact, I'm going to be a project on carbon nanotubes with one of the professors here this summer, getting some real experience in scientific research.

    I'm still playing jazz trumpet enthusiastically, in addition to getting into my school's wild-and-crazy pep band. I'm also learning how to fence foil now, and having a lot of fun with that too.

    Political compass values:

    • Economic left/right: -2.88
    • Social libertarian/authoritarian: -4.05


    --
    "Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself."
    -Richard Feynman
    You're going to be a project w/ one of the profs? (none / 0) (#33)
    by Smerdy on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:05:09 PM EST

    Is that legal?

    [ Parent ]
    excuse me (none / 0) (#52)
    by ajdecon on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 11:42:53 PM EST

    going to be working on a project on carbon nanotubes...
    --
    "Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself."
    -Richard Feynman
    [ Parent ]
    Ah, first year.... (none / 0) (#56)
    by stephensells on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:15:41 AM EST

    Not far in enough to get disillusioned yet. Don't worry, it will come. Right around mid-junior year when you have forgotten how to do math with real numbers it will hit you.

    [ Parent ]
    Sorry about that (none / 0) (#60)
    by stephensells on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:58:05 AM EST

    My previous post had a bit ambiguity because of poor choice of terminology. When I said real numbers I was not referring to all the numbers that aren't imaginary. I was referring to the numbers you add and subtract in grade school.

    On that thought, I have never really liked imaginary numbers. I know they make things easier sometimes, but it just slightly irritates me to use imaginary numbers to model some physical system that is so.... so.... REAL.

    Anyway, I'm finishing up my four years and I have one piece of advice for you: make friends in your major! They will come in handy on tricky homework sets and they are generally pretty nice people. Good luck!

    [ Parent ]

    I am godix (2.75 / 4) (#28)
    by godix on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 07:25:13 PM EST

    That's all you really need to know.

    Thank god I'm worth more than SilentChris

    Finally (none / 1) (#29)
    by razzmataz on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:00:10 PM EST

    I have caught one of these articles early!

    I am a linux/unix perl/C programmer. I was unemployed for a short period, but now I have a Job. It's nice to have a job that has some sort of impact in the world in making life better for others (in some sort of indirect way)... I am a self described misguided electrical engineer.

    I have a slashdot account, but I barely use it. I have the same nick on hulver. Sometimes I go by rattmatz.

    My first computer was an Amiga. I still own it.

    I have used the same sig for over 7 years.

    I wish I had more interesting things to say, but I don't right now.


    -- I love the smell of fdisk in the morning...

    Dude! Fucking RAZZMATAZES ARE THE SHIT! (none / 1) (#59)
    by Nigga on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:22:35 AM EST

    Seriously, i used to by them by the case at cost-co when they still had them.. The sour candy's. I couldn't get enough of em. I probably have diabetes from that shit. Is that where you got your name? Just curious. If so, you are the shit.

    --------
    The fuck happened to Nigga?
    [ Parent ]

    It is now. (none / 0) (#139)
    by razzmataz on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 03:47:37 PM EST

    Is that where you got your name? Just curious. If so, you are the shit.

    Well, then, that is how I got the name.

    Seriously, I just picked it out of thin air when I decided I might as well create an account on slashdot...


    -- I love the smell of fdisk in the morning...
    [ Parent ]

    My bio (none / 2) (#30)
    by yayaya on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:01:27 PM EST

    I am

    • Perched ever-so-perfectly upon the spoke.
    • Not off in the weeds.
    • Jimmy O'Leary's spiritual guru.

    Thank you.

    omfg (none / 2) (#34)
    by Rupert Pupkin on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:06:49 PM EST

    ror

    [ Parent ]
    Michael Jackson. (none / 0) (#51)
    by ninja rmg on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 11:31:24 PM EST

    You are Michael Jackson.



    [ Parent ]
    Nobody knows Rupert Pupkin (2.88 / 9) (#32)
    by Rupert Pupkin on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:05:08 PM EST

    But after 11:30 tonight no one will ever forget him.

    2,410 hits at Google (none / 0) (#38)
    by MichaelCrawford on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:25:06 PM EST

    Search for Rupert Pupkin yourself.

    But I'm too lazy to click any of the links. Who are you?


    --

    Live your fucking life. Sue someone on the Internet. Write a fucking music player. Like the great man Michael David Crawford has shown us all: Hard work, a strong will to stalk, and a few fries short of a happy meal goes a long way. -- bride of spidy


    [ Parent ]

    Dude? (none / 0) (#54)
    by valar on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 12:38:31 AM EST

    Was that you?

    [ Parent ]
    +5 great movie (none / 0) (#67)
    by kurogirl on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 05:56:00 AM EST


    do you beleive in love at first sigh or would you like me to walk past again?
    [ Parent ]

    Update (none / 1) (#35)
    by isobars on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:09:53 PM EST

    As I know you've all been on the edge of your seat since my last inspired post on myself, I'll give everyone an update.

    I'm on K5 less and less now, not sure why - I quite enjoy the series of bizarre articles on "A quick lesson in cross stitch" and "part 3 of quantum theory and hamsters." I'm fascinated to see how the new system of membership will work - I know for sure that I would never have joined if this had been implemented from day one, however, by the amount I post (and my awful grammar) perhaps this is a good thing?

    Anyway, back to the subject: me. I love saying those words. I'm now 18, did get into Imperial College London to do Computing (huzzah!) I'm still messing around with VB, Java and other little projects, and hoping to expand on my somewhat limited net presence. Oh and i'm reputed to have every site on the web in my bookmarks. Not bad.

    Anyway, I'm not too bothered if this article makes it to the front page - perhaps it's a bad sign if it doesnt, maybe it shows stagnation in the k5 posters? Are all the contributers the same as they were before? No new blood?

    Oh and... pirates are ace, ninjas a bit too cliche', and I'm definitely a dwarf desperately wanting to be an elf...




    Hahaha (none / 0) (#89)
    by whanau on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:25:54 PM EST

    Us cambridge bitches laugh at people in imperial. Cause u ain't good enuff to cut it in Oxbridge

    [ Parent ]
    ah well (none / 0) (#121)
    by isobars on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 05:38:05 AM EST

    Undoubtedly true, but clearly the spelling and grammar here is better...!

    No, you've got a point - we have a lot of Cambridge rejects at our College, however in my case - feel free to believe this or not - i *chose* not to come Cambridge because of the course. The emphasis at IC is on engineering, we either learn to code in our first year or get chucked out. At Cambridge it's very much a science degree with first year maths. Nice if you want to do that, but i know which i prefer.

    Rant over, both are lovely fluffy institutions.




    [ Parent ]
    Hey about bookmarks... (none / 0) (#100)
    by Vesperto on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 04:03:37 PM EST

    ...i have a subfolder which i called "unfiltered" for obvious reasons, it's the biggest of 'em - any hints to sort things out neatly and fast?

    If you disagree post, don't moderate.
    [ Parent ]
    Ok. (2.50 / 6) (#37)
    by anticlimax on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:13:45 PM EST

    Well, I just moved to ___ ______ after turning __. It was time for a change, both in location and in career. I lived previously in __________ near the _______ (which pretty much speaks for itself). I worked as a __________ __________ for __ years. I can't exactly say the experience was bad since they payed for college. And believe me, since I started there as a ______________, I never thought I'd accelerate to the point where they'd pay for all of my college, especially one as expensive as _______.

    Anyway, I found a startup company operating in and around _________. The place isn't that bad, considering all the _______ who try to ____ ____ ____. Though, I guess that's sort of mixed blessing, because I pretty much had to buy a _________ (which I love).

    Other than that, I'm your typical ____ __ ___ ____ ___. My _______ is __ years old, and we have __ ____ children. One is currently in ____ grade, and the others are all in ______.

    I usually hang out with the ____ on the weekends, and perhaps do a little _____ every now and then :P.

    did you just say (none / 1) (#68)
    by livus on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 05:58:36 AM EST

    you have children with your sister?

    ---
    HIREZ substitute.
    be concrete asshole, or shut up. - CTS
    I guess I skipped school or something to drink on the internet? - lonelyhobo
    I'd like to hope that any impression you got about us from internet forums was incorrect. - debillitatus
    I consider myself trolled more or less just by visiting the site. HollyHopDrive

    [ Parent ]
    did you just say (none / 1) (#81)
    by anticlimax on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 11:33:31 AM EST

    that you have "one children?"

    [ Parent ]
    hmm (none / 1) (#111)
    by livus on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 06:58:03 PM EST

    I'll let it pass.

    ---
    HIREZ substitute.
    be concrete asshole, or shut up. - CTS
    I guess I skipped school or something to drink on the internet? - lonelyhobo
    I'd like to hope that any impression you got about us from internet forums was incorrect. - debillitatus
    I consider myself trolled more or less just by visiting the site. HollyHopDrive

    [ Parent ]
    Hi, I'm a big fat idiot (2.28 / 7) (#40)
    by big fat idiot on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:41:11 PM EST

    Once somebody agrees to sponsor me, I'll tell y'all who I am.

    Right. (none / 3) (#41)
    by GenerationY on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:47:32 PM EST

    I am a jack-of-all-trades cognitive psychologist post-docing at an undisclosable location somewhere in the middle of England. Hard to discribe exactly what I'm doing, I'm perhaps best described as a sort of Don Norman wannabe.

    I also enjoy falling off mountains, retro-style power pop, the works of Martin Amis, repeated periods of totally misunderstanding what people are saying when they post here (sorry), and staying up far too late.

    I can't remember my exact scores on the political compass, but I was pretty darn close to Ghandi somehow.

    As a pseudo-Scouser I am available at any time to "mind your car for a fiver, mate", rant against the Thatcher government of the late 1980s or launch into a manic Yozzer Hughes impression.

    TubeShoot (none / 0) (#43)
    by TubeShoot on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 08:53:54 PM EST

    Schlitterbahn water park, San Antonio, TX.

    "You wanna ride the Tube Chute?"

    "WTF did you just say?"

    "Tube Chute.....do you wanna ride it?"

    I still giggle when I read it.


    "Quote thyself..........I do."--TubeShoot '03

    About 9 (none / 2) (#44)
    by nine4mortal on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 09:18:31 PM EST

    What do you do for a living?
    I write software.
    Where do you do you live now?
    San Francisco Bay Area.
    Where were you born?
    East coast of the USA.
    ...political compass?
    • Economic Left/Right: 0.00
    • Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.62
    (-2.62 makes me libertarian.) I'm somewhat surprised on the left/right economic score. I generally consider myself slightly right of center, and that's in American politics, which I consider to be centered somewhat right of the world. (The compass agrees.) I have a very hard time believing I am left of John Kerrey, as this chart seems to suggest. The social libertarian/authoritarian score, however, seem accurate to me though.

    My Myers-Briggs test comes out Extroverted Intuitive Thinking Judging (ENTJ), although the strengths are E=1%, I=11%, T=1%, J=11%, and I frequently come out INTJ (I is Introvert) when I take these tests as well.

    My favorite author is Ursula K. Le Guin. Of her stuff I've read the first three Earth-Sea books, Worlds of Exile and Illusion, The Left Hand of Darkness, Lathe of Heaven, and A Fisherman of the Inland Sea. (I realize this doesn't make me quite the fan some people are, but I have a couple more of her books on my shelf. ;) Of this list my favorite is Lathe of Heaven followed by Worlds of Exile and Illusion.

    Let's see, what else?

    I have a hard time classifying myself as aligned with any particular party, religion, or philosopy. If I had to classify myself, I would call myself an objectivist, but I am not actually schooled enough in objectivism to really know for sure. I have never read any Ayn Rand, but The Fountainhead is on my current "to read" list.

    I love ballroom dancing, and sometimes attend The Gaskell Ball. I love food and am a huge fan of Chef Tako. Some day I hope to retire to a (my! :) Missile Silo.


    "Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die..."

    Political compass (none / 0) (#45)
    by acceleriter on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 10:27:43 PM EST

    Economic Left/Right: -5.88 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.21

    Today I am apparently a... (none / 1) (#46)
    by porkchop_d_clown on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 10:52:07 PM EST

    slightly authoritarian economic centrist.

    Economic Left/Right: 0.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.90

    Which is interesting, because the last time I took the test I was so centrist you could balance Joe Lieberman on my head.

    Apparently the trolls are starting to annoy me more.

    Will we line up for Grand Theft Auto 5 if it's the exact same thing, only with prettier texture-mapped bruises on the whores? -- David Wong

    don't forget to vote Bush! (nt) (none / 0) (#99)
    by vivelame on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 03:49:52 PM EST



    --
    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."
    [ Parent ]
    My nick still applies (none / 1) (#47)
    by Perpetual Newbie on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 10:58:22 PM EST

    I'm still in school and without a paying job. What's changed since then: I wrote and abandoned cshoot, I changed my desktop OS from Win98 to BeOS to FreeBSD to Suse to Xandros, I stopped playing new video games, I stopped listening to new music, and I write off-and-on for Live from the Nuke Free Zone. I have a new website with a huge links page that I'm trying to get up and running again after ReiserFS ate my database file.

    I haven't seen or heard from my old BBS buddies in years (If anyone recognizes Dark Forces, Fallen Chaos, Bob's Duck Pond, and/or Physics BBS, please respond). I've also dropped out of the Hell Fighter fan community since my computer doesn't run it anymore. I am probably the last active member in the Doberman Empire of the Jihad against Barney.

    I think k5 is being taken over by trolls and idiots, and have a hard time telling the two apart on political threads. Today, I get a -5.88/-3.03 on the political compass.



    I'm only posting this under duress. (none / 2) (#48)
    by elenchos on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 11:15:42 PM EST

    Will all of you stop emailing me about this? Get a life, will you?

    What do you do for a living?

    No need for me to earn a living. Members of my class are primarily motivated by noblesse oblige.
    Where do you work?
    Public Intellectuals must be everywhere at once.
    Where were you born, where do you live now?
    U.S Embassay, Geneva, Switzerland. Currently dividing my time between New York City, London, and Pago Pago.
    Want to let us know where you land on the political compass?
    Economic Left/Right: -8.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.82

    Adequacy.org

    You were born *in* the Embassy? (none / 1) (#77)
    by ti dave on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 11:03:17 AM EST

    How'd that work out?
    "If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."

    [ Parent ]
    It worked out fine. (none / 0) (#97)
    by elenchos on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 03:14:30 PM EST

    Thanks for asking.

    Adequacy.org
    [ Parent ]

    Restated: (none / 1) (#109)
    by ti dave on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 05:41:20 PM EST

    How did that come to pass? Surprise labor for Mom?
    "If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."

    [ Parent ]
    It's so embarrasing. (none / 0) (#184)
    by elenchos on Wed Mar 31, 2004 at 05:31:15 PM EST

    I really don't know the answers to these questions. Isn't that terrible? It's just that we no longer discuss those times any more.

    Perhaps I should share tragic tale with K5, but I hesitate to burden others with my pain.

    Adequacy.org
    [ Parent ]

    A polymath (none / 0) (#49)
    by xmedar on Thu Mar 25, 2004 at 11:17:29 PM EST

    One of those really irriating people that can never be pigeon-holed, some amusing comments I recall from people trying in desparation to put me in my place-

    "Java J..." by a techie (first name removed to protect the innocent)

    "World Wide W..." by a techie (last name removed to protect the innocent)

    "Lapsus linguae" by an ex (you figure it out)

    "Shaman, brahman, prophet, messiah" by a "Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy"

    "Hannibal Lector on a good day" by a good freind

    "Chaos made flesh" another freind

    "The universes 2x4, come to wake us up" by a Zen master

    "International author, yatchman and inventor" by my mum (she should have been in PR)

    "Lawerence of a labia" another ex

    I don't think i've done this before (none / 1) (#53)
    by calimehtar on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 12:07:58 AM EST

    I'm a web designer who almost became a violinist, a historian, and an engineer, alternately. I think I weathered the worst of the dotcom crash as I'm currently designing/developing a news website in Toronto, as well as doing a bit of freelance work on the side.

    Politically, I couldn't be bothered by 6-page political compass tests. I like to think I'm a pragmatist - that while most politics is a zero-sum game, a bit of searching can always turn up a solution that's better for everyone involved. Or maybe that's an idealist, I don't know.

    But if I voted in the USA I'd vote Democrat, and in Canada I vote Green while secretly hoping the Liberals will win, so I guess that makes me moderate left with a penchant for strategic voting.

    +++

    The whole point of the Doomsday Machine is lost if you keep it a secret.


    Hi, my name is (2.25 / 4) (#55)
    by STFUYHBT on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 12:44:05 AM EST

    STFUYHBT. I'm the id of another somewhat-known K5 account. At first I primarily existed to tell people to shut the fuck up already. Now I say the things that few dare to say, but must be said. I peruse Kuro5hin with my arms akimbo, only posting when I feel it is necessary. I seek a firm young lad to open himself up and take my massive sponsorship.

    -
    "Of all the myriad forms of life here, the 'troll-diagnostic' is surely the lowest, yes?" -medham
    i am wholly uninteresting (none / 1) (#58)
    by realhappy on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:18:42 AM EST

    i live and was born on staten island, in new york city.

    i'm a freelance computer tech. been doing it for about a decade now, and i'm bored to tears.
    i am currently going through EMT training.

    on the political compass, i register:
    Economic Left/Right: -6.62
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.72

    i'm a ninja elf, but a centrist, not an extremist.

    i read a lot, from almost every genre.
    i listen to a lot of music, also from almost every genre.

    finally, i shoot smack for breakfast and enjoy stealing social security checks from little old ladies.
    mmmmmmm, smack.

    --
    and when there is no hope
    i'll smoke some crack!
    i'll shoot some dope!
    choking victim - '500 channels'
    me (none / 2) (#62)
    by strlen on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 04:06:34 AM EST

    20-something, 2nd-year college student (transfered to a 4-year university after 1.5 years of community college, going for a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Math). I live in San Jose general area. I'm employed part-time as a UNIX Systems Administrator, and I do occasionaly coding as well.

    Ethnically I'm Russian-Jewish (a recent immigrant, having moved to the US in 1996 from a former USSR republic). Politically I tend to lean towards vaguely libertarian and sometimes conservative ideas, but I am not a tool and don't enjoy toeing the party-line on any particular issue.

    Nerd wise I use Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris daily for my desktop (Linux on my amd64 desktop machine, FreeBSD on my x86 laptops, Solaris on my work machine) and OpenBSD and FreeBSD for servers. My recent fascination is Plan 9, an OS everyone should try.

    I also tend to preffer C for serious coding, Perl for web-applications and systems glue scripts and assembly (X86/amd64/risc and soon AVR) is my most recent fascination. I'm considering learning scheme or another LISP dialect at one point.

    Holly-war wise I preffer sport sedans (I used to be a big European car fetishist, but now I tend to towards RWD and AWD Japanese sedan), vi/vim, Mozilla firefox and guinness. I'm also oblevious to professional sports, but I do admit to sometimes enjoy watching hockey (go Sharks).

    I tend to enjoy all sorts of music but am partial to various electronica genres (techno (and no techno and electronica aren't intechangeable), breaks, psy-trance and some progressive trance, jungle/d&b), classic rock and classical music.

    I'm also a big-time IRC addict: I don't view it as entirely negative, there's very high chance that without IRC I would have very few friends (in real life as well), and wouldn't have the job that I have now.

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

    Political compass: Econ. 7.50 | Soc -4.26 (none / 0) (#115)
    by strlen on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 11:40:14 PM EST

    Economic Left/Right: 7.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.26

    About the same socially as Ghandhi, about the same economically as Thatcher or Friedman.

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

    short (none / 2) (#63)
    by skoop on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 04:58:09 AM EST

    ok, in short:

    born in 78, in the netherlands. still living in the netherlands. married, my own boss, doing php webdevelopment. addicted to music (making and listening, when making: experimental electronica). volunteering at a home for the elderly, as well as the dutch greens (GroenLinks). more linux-minded than windows-minded.

    guess thats about it.

    cool test site on politics in the story, try it (none / 1) (#64)
    by circletimessquare on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 05:07:38 AM EST

    http://politicalcompass.org/

    i did:

    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -1.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.15

    right near the dalai lama, mozart, and al sharpton ;-)

    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    Hi (2.42 / 7) (#69)
    by Big Dogs Cock on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 06:05:32 AM EST

    My name is Dave and I'm a compulsive liar.
    People say that anal sex is unhealthy. Well it cured my hiccups.
    boring guy (none / 2) (#70)
    by vqp on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 07:28:59 AM EST

    -ASL: 32 M Venezuela
    -Born & raised in Argentina
    -SITCOM (Single Income Two Children Oppresive Mortgage)
    -Automation & IT
    -[0,-1] in PoliticalCompass.org
    - Lied in just 1 of the answers


    happiness = d(Reality - Expectations) / dt

    Unemployed (none / 1) (#71)
    by Psychopath on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 07:46:27 AM EST

    21 years old, living in Vienna/Austria, male. I am still unemployed (3rd year now), mainly doing nothing but listening to music, sitting in front of the computer screen and now and then going to the youth group.
    But some days ago I wrote a letter of application to some company where I hope to get a job because I know the boss and so on...
    At the moment I am single as I was most time of my life but admittedly I hope that'll change soon. :-)

    Regards, j.
    --
    The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain. -- Karl Marx
    I am... (none / 3) (#75)
    by warrax on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 10:25:26 AM EST

    Less rude than tkatchev.
    More rude than it certainly is.
    Less gay than rusty.
    More gay than Tex Bigballs.
    Like you more than trhurler.
    Love you less than duxup.

    Guess that just about sums it up.

    -- "Guns don't kill people. I kill people."
    Ah, (none / 0) (#118)
    by Kasreyn on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 02:03:30 AM EST

    but are you more rude than circletimessquare?

    I bet you feel like I did in H.S. when I discovered zero centigrade wasn't the real zero (it's zero Kelvin).


    -Kasreyn


    "Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
    We never asked to be born in the first place."

    R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
    [ Parent ]
    I'm Ghandhi (none / 0) (#76)
    by enterfornone on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 10:50:34 AM EST

    Seems every time one of these things is posted I move further left.

    --
    efn 26/m/syd
    Will sponsor new accounts for porn.
    In case anybody cares (none / 1) (#78)
    by flo on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 11:09:39 AM EST

    My nick is derived from my real name. I like to think I am a mathematician. Luckily some other people seem to think so, too, and hence pay me. I have lived in Germany, Austria, France, South Africa and Taiwan, though not in that order. As to my opinions and political leanings, these correlate to some extent with my comments.

    The funniest film I ever saw was "Black Cat, White Cat" by Emir Kusturica, probably the best book is "Midnight's Children", by Salman Rushdie. I have recently taken to enjoy Iain (M) Banks. My musical tastes have evolved from Heavy Metal to Blues to Classical. I absolutely hate advertisements.
    ---------
    "Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
    Hi flo (none / 0) (#119)
    by GreyGhost on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 02:19:39 AM EST

    Do you have a website? With a reading list focused on math books preferably (books like Intuitive Topology that you were recommending).

    What are your research interests in math?



    [ Parent ]

    Hi GreyGhost (none / 0) (#124)
    by flo on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 09:14:10 AM EST

    I have a website that is 1.5 years out of date. Basically, I last updated it when I finished my thesis.

    As for books, I could probably recommend some, but I have no idea at what level you would like them. That intuitive topology book is really cool, as is Ian Stewart's "From here to Infinity". Something fascinating is "The Fermat Diary" by Mozzochi, though I doubt you'll be able to find it outside a university library. It contains a detailed account of the months following Wiles' first announcement of his proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. It contains lots of interesting photos (of people). At a much higher level, if you're interested in topology, I can recommend "Three Dimensional Geometry and Topology" by Thurston. But it is quite a tough read.

    As for my own research, I work in number theory. Currently I'm playing with Drinfeld modules and Drinfeld modular varieties, I'm also interested in elliptic and modular curves. I also like playing with elementary number theory from time to time, especially something called Ducci Sequences. I also have an amateur interest in geometry, topology and complex analysis, but at a much lower level.

    What about you?
    ---------
    "Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
    [ Parent ]
    About me.... (none / 0) (#135)
    by GreyGhost on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 03:08:59 PM EST

    I haven't really developed any as of yet I think. I will be finishing my Masters in Applied math soon (this summer), and plan on going to Washington State University this winter to pursue a Ph.d. I received my BA in math from UCSC.

    I've also applied to University of Washington for admission the following fall because they seem to have a really strong applied math program - and I wouldn't mind living in Seattle.

    The things I am interested in now are Riemannian geometry and dynamical systems theory (especially as it relates to the classical 3-body and N-Body problem). I have done some research in Riemannian geometry with one of my professors (in the area of warped product metrics on Riemannian manifolds) and that was a lot of fun (although curvature calculations take a long time!).

    Right now I'm not entirely sure if I want to stay in applied math or maybe do work in pure math. I don't know how it is in Europe - but here there are fairly rigid divisions between the two (a lot of times they even have separate departments) and I find it annoying to be straight-jacketed into one or the other field when I like bouncing back and forth between the both of them.



    [ Parent ]

    Pure vs Applied (none / 0) (#176)
    by flo on Tue Mar 30, 2004 at 06:19:52 PM EST

    I agree that the division between pure and applied math is quite artificial. While it may be true that some pure mathematicians have nothing to speak about with applied mathematicians, the same is true more often than not between two arbitrary pure mathematicians.

    If you're doing Riemannian Geometry, then you seem to be pretty much between the two. That can be frustrating, as the guys you want to talk to are split up between two (sometimes three - think physics) different departments, sometimes (like in my home town) two different faculties.

    If you can keep a dialogue going between "pure" and "applied" people, you can do a lot of good in the world.

    I hope you have lots of fun with your studies!
    ---------
    "Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
    [ Parent ]
    Hi (none / 2) (#82)
    by Xoder on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 12:00:01 PM EST

    ASL: 20 M NYC
    Occupation: Student (on co-op currently doing Tech Support)
    Favorite Color: Dark Blue
    Quest: Self-improvement (didn't someone once say that was masturbation? Eh, that can be my goal too)
    Compass: [-4.25,-3.90]
    Avocation: Editor (at Large) of Gracies Dinnertime Theatre.
    Unexpected Hobby: Tae Kwon Do I have a Second Degree Black Belt and have been training with my teacher since age 11.

    Lately I've been hearing that god's on our side But rumor has it, there's one on their side too So what I'd like to know is, when it comes down to it, can my god kick their god's ass or what?
    *waves!* (none / 1) (#138)
    by Xavier on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 03:27:28 PM EST

    Didn't expect to see anyone I knew here. Cool that I did :-)
    [this space unintentionally left blank]
    [ Parent ]
    Nice to see you, too! [enntee] (none / 0) (#167)
    by Xoder on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 10:01:25 AM EST



    Lately I've been hearing that god's on our side But rumor has it, there's one on their side too So what I'd like to know is, when it comes down to it, can my god kick their god's ass or what?
    [ Parent ]
    A little lost (none / 2) (#83)
    by HyperactiveStar on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 12:05:31 PM EST

    Ok brief details:-

    Postgrad Marine Archaeologist trapped working for major international company

    Age 27 single white male.

    Name comes from old old University nickname and even I can't remember where it came from

    I have been quietly reading the site for a couple of years and only recently started posting on here out of boredom from my job. Good thing is since working now can afford beers and women so bored at work but happy everywhere else

    This site is really, really big. (none / 1) (#87)
    by waxmop on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:07:40 PM EST

    I don't recognize even half the usernames in this story.
    --
    Long-term consequences of Bush deficits

    Really big (none / 1) (#92)
    by driph on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:41:40 PM EST

    K5 averages somewhere around 1000 new accounts a month. A decent amount of them are most likely real honest-to-goodness new users.

    Now what I'd like to know is how many of the ~54000 total accounts are still active.

    --
    Vegas isn't a liberal stronghold. It's the place where the rich and powerful gamble away their company's pension fund and strangle call girls in their hotel rooms. - Psycho Dave
    [ Parent ]

    It does? (none / 2) (#106)
    by godix on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 04:18:42 PM EST

    K5 averages somewhere around 1000 new accounts a month.

    I think recent events will probably change that....

    Thank god I'm worth more than SilentChris

    [ Parent ]
    User info for freestylefiend (none / 3) (#88)
    by freestylefiend on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:14:41 PM EST

    I answered less than a year in the poll. The precise date is about eleven months ago.

    I was a student, one of the ones that had not had even a year out after leaving school. I am not currently a student, but I expect to resume my degree after a year out. I believe that this is not common for full-time, straight-out-of-school students here in the UK.

    My subjects are mathematics and philosophy. I chose maths because it was all that I had really been good at in the past and philosophy because it was the only subject in which I expected to find both unconventional thinking and intellectual rigor. I am interested in epistemology and logic, especially to the extent that they relate to maths, and also in morality. I have also found that I am interested in "intellectual property," voting systems, electronics and politics (though, apart from passable intelligence, I have no great ability in any subject). I sometimes wonder if I might have been better served by different subjects or a single subject.

    I currently work weekends at a supermarket for near minimum wage. I believe that I am far too able for this kind of work. Isn't everybody? (Actually, a higher paid full-time colleague recently asked me if I had a calculator to do long multiplication, not thinking that it could be done quickly with a pen and paper). It's difficult to find skilled part-time work for only a few months as an inexperienced person without own transport. If I did find such work, it probably wouldn't pay any more, as its being more comfortable and interesting would be sufficient for people to choose it over stacking shelves. Besides, I don't have any skills. I could work all week, but why would I? I can live on seventy-five pounds per week and I am not going to toil all week at dull, tiring tasks just because my elders and betters think that I should have clean clothes, hot food and other extravagancies. Anyway, I can hardly walk after a weekend's work and I have to do the academic work that I should have done last year.

    I used to have few plans for when (and if) I graduate, other than to avoid for-profit activity. Seeing the virtue of the free market (and having become a bit disenchanted with the public sector) I have recently decided that for-profit activity is permissable. I am particularly interested in working in the co-operative sector. I realise that I cannot expect to be paid to do what I would do for nothing, other than to do more of it than I would do for nothing, so my plan is to get very good at something that most people find repellent and do just a little of it for money, so that I would have lots of disposable time to be selfish and generous with.

    Now I am interested in actuarial science, but I am not doing very well in my studies. Failing that, I am interested in teaching maths to eleven to eighteen year olds. What attracts me, apart from RMS's (whose thinking I often agree with, even if he isn't flexible enough to extend his pragmatism to seeking mainstream support) suggestion that "starving" programmers become maths teachers, is radical economist Michael Albert's claim that some of the bravest '60s radicals joined the military or law enforcement. I hated nearly every minute that I spent in school, so I think that perhaps I should return to advocate children's rights.

    I am British, which doesn't matter much by itself, but as a lifelong resident of Britain I may have aquired a British way of seeing and doing things. I have travelled, but not far or for long. I have never been away from Britain for more than a fortnight and I have never left western Europe. The world interests me and I enjoy travelling, but I can't be bothered with packing, changing currencies, speaking different languages, meeting new people, earning extra money for travel and accomodation costs on top of my existing bills and leaving my British life behind. I do not have a permanent address of my own, as I plan to leave my current rented accommodation in eighteen months time. As a result, I consider Britain, all of Britain and nowhere but Britain to be my home.

    My gender doesn't matter to K5 users, (at least, not in the capacity of K5 user) and my ethnicity doesn't matter at all. What does matter is my beliefs and my devotion to hiphop culture.

    Eighteen months ago, I favoured what I thought was centrally planned state socialism and I had -10,-8 on The Political Compass. Today, probably due to the creation of an anarchist student society at my university and, to a lesser extent, K5 discussion and conversation with school friends, who mysteriously failed to get through to me when I saw them every day, I am undecided (though at -4,-8 I lean towards anarchism of some flavour or socially libertarian borderless democratic market socialism). I think that I should also mention the Political Survey. Now I have.

    I was raised as an anglican. I believe in a god, but I am also agnostic. I reject the traditions of all churches, partly because some traditions are hierarchical or superstitious, but mostly because they tend to inhibit solidarity between members of different denominations and religions and between believers and atheists. I don't know what to make of the Bible. I feel that different biblical books have different worth and I might want to reject some altogether. Apart from any doubts I might have about people who claim to write the word of a (possibly non-existent) god, I doubt the divine right of those who compiled the Bible. Are all books of the Bible worthy of inclusion? Why are other "holy texts" not included? I can't call myself a conventional Christian as I reject the idea of the holy trininty, but I do think that Jesus was a virtuous leader who set an example that Christians (including Bush, Kerry, Blair, etc.) would do well to follow. I hope that this offends everybody equally.

    I have always enjoyed running around. At secondary school I was quite a keen sprinter. As I competed at higher levels, I drifted from 100m spinting to 400m as I was consistently beaten over shorter distances by shorter people. I dabbled in other disciplines (my best was high jump) and other sports (I was rubbish), but my real passion was relay running. My greatest achievement was competing for my county teams (one for each of the two althetics associations) for the under 15 and under 17 age groups. Despite being county teams, these teams represented two adjacent counties with a combined population of more than one million two hundred thousand people. This is less impressive than it sounds, as these counties, both in the stockbroker-belt, are disproportionately old and members of the county teams are restricted to one event each, so there may have been enough good 400m sprinters to displace me from the team among those who opted for other events. I stopped putting so much effort into running when I found time becoming more scarce and self-esteem becoming more plentiful. Today I still exercise, but I don't do the more extreme training and I only compete so that I can see some old friends. I don't believe that I would have been good enough to compete for my county team in other age groups, because they all have wider age ranges and being at an end of the age range is little advantage.

    See also:
    The Story Of My Name attached to How did you come up with your user-name? (I should add that although I think that written "freestyles" are silly, I do enjoy written rhyming poetry, such as Nigga's excellent submission currently in voting, but its just not rapping, nor is it improvised).
    I found k5 when I read attached to How i found Kuro5hin.

    Power to the people and beats!

    Wow. Anglican, eh? (none / 0) (#117)
    by Kasreyn on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 01:59:44 AM EST

    What was it like to be a member of a religion ripped off another one because a king couldn't get a divorce?


    -Kasreyn

    P.S. you are nondenominational/apostasic. You are not an agnostic.


    "Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
    We never asked to be born in the first place."

    R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
    [ Parent ]
    Yes. Anglican. (none / 0) (#137)
    by freestylefiend on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 03:17:37 PM EST

    What was it like to be a member of a religion ripped off another one because a king couldn't get a divorce?

    Great. It made a healthy level of disrespect easy to explain. The persistent involvement of church with state was more troubling to me.

    you are nondenominational/apostasic.

    I have never heard of 'apostasy' before. Thanks for the new word.

    You are not an agnostic.

    As a skeptic, I deny knowledge of any gods. I believe that this qualifies my as an agnostic.

    [ Parent ]

    How can you reconcile belief in "a god" (none / 0) (#143)
    by Kasreyn on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 06:51:27 PM EST

    with agnosticism?

    I'm not saying this as criticism. As an agnostic, I'm honestly curious, so please don't take this as an attack.


    -Kasreyn


    "Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgement Day:
    We never asked to be born in the first place."

    R.I.P. Kurt. You will be missed.
    [ Parent ]
    Doubt (none / 0) (#149)
    by freestylefiend on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 01:34:12 AM EST

    How can you reconcile belief in "a god" with agnosticism?

    I have doubts, so my belief in a god does not consitute knowledge. I believe that this makes me an agnostic.

    Knowledge of god would be irreconcilable with agnosticism.

    [ Parent ]

    Political Compass results: (none / 1) (#90)
    by LilDebbie on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 01:31:59 PM EST

    Economic Left/Right: 6.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.23

    Yep, still a Libertarian (though I vote Republican - I'm willing to trade more social authority for greater economic liberty). Go to my webpage or check out my diary for information regarding my "personality."

    My name is LilDebbie and I have a garden.
    - hugin -

    mine (none / 1) (#94)
    by waxmop on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 02:33:59 PM EST

    I moved to Cleveland Heights last August, sort of like how Yoda had to move to Dagobah so that the Emperor wouldn't be able to detect his presence. I like spicy food, conspiracy theories, computer programming, good movies, and collecting old junk. Like almost everyone else on this site, I suffer from acute knowitallism. The rest is all described in explicit detail in my diary here.
    --
    Long-term consequences of Bush deficits

    Myself... (none / 3) (#95)
    by Krakhan on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 03:03:08 PM EST

    Well, I myself was forwarded to this site by a well established member of K5, and have been lurking here for the past several months. I guess now would be a good time to make my debut.

    I'm currently a co-op student at the University of Waterloo, majoring in computer science, and I'm also planning on getting a minor in pure mathematics as well.

    I'm 19 years old, and was born in North-Western Ontario. Unsure of where I'll be living in a few years at the moment. Hopefully not in Thunder Bay. :P

    My interests include: martial arts, philosophy, reading, writing, computer technology, science and mathematics.

    That about describes me in a nutshell I suppose.


    ~ Krakhan
    Compass Results (none / 1) (#96)
    by CENGEL3 on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 03:08:43 PM EST


    Economic Left/Right: 2.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.97

    i think i answered the previous one, so.. (none / 1) (#98)
    by vivelame on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 03:38:38 PM EST

    just the political compass this time.

    Economic Left/Right: -4.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.21

    --
    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."

    I bet that score describes most of us. [nt] (none / 1) (#101)
    by waxmop on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 04:03:58 PM EST


    --
    Long-term consequences of Bush deficits

    [ Parent ]
    I prefer to be called Nobody (none / 2) (#102)
    by Baldrson Neutralizer on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 04:11:02 PM EST

    24 yrs old canadian buck
    recovering computer nerd
    completed computer science degree several years ago in calgary
    employed software developer, agile development
    politically....varies depending on the issue

    i use freebsd, emacs, c++/java/ocaml (at work I use mfc, atl, and .net)

    i like to think i am pretty open minded, and try to understand as many points of view as possible. i try not to close up and react with hostility when i am confronted on this

    Modern life, in EVERY ASPECT, is a cult of mediocrity.-trhurler

    Just Some Random Geek (none / 2) (#105)
    by mberteig on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 04:15:28 PM EST

    Economic Left/Right: -4.12

    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.15

    But really, I'm much more flexible than might be indicated by a couple of numbers.

    I've been on K5 for a long time... from before the blackout... but I didn't start contributing until mid 2001.

    My main identity is that I am a Baha'i. I'm also a father, a husband and a technology guy. I like to talk about religion, science and philosophy. I have strong opinions about how software should be created.

    I have an online journal that I don't update very often. I also have a home page that I almost never update.

    Aside from various comments and moderations, my main contribution to K5 has been a single story about how the Software Construction Analogy is Broken. It generated some very good discussion.

    And my biggest problem with K5 is that after one previews their comment, the type defaults to editorial regardless of what was selected before. Sorry about the duplicate!




    Agile Advice - How and Why to Work Agile
    my coordinates (none / 1) (#107)
    by nlscb on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 04:27:48 PM EST

    L/R = 5.25

    SL/A = -3.23

    I am not particularly surprised. Though I thought the questions skipping between positives and negatives was a litte annoying. Might cause some people to answer incorrectly.

    Comment Search has returned - Like a beaten wife, I am pathetically grateful. - mr strange

    No-one reads these, they just post them. (3.00 / 6) (#108)
    by Russell Dovey on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 04:48:36 PM EST

    So I can happily tell all, because no-one's listening.

    I can make my eye squeak by pushing on the corner. I want a Hawaiian suit.
    Give me all your chicken sticks, give them slowly, eat them quick.
    Sleep deprivation makes me tired.
    Speed also makes me tired, but later.
    I can see a bird feeder, right outside my window. I've never noticed it there before.
    I wish I was Malcolm McDowell, so I could say "I'm a British person!" more like Malcolm McDowell.

    I'm not a British person.

    "Blessed are the cracked, for they let in the light." - Spike Milligan

    Don't put pressure on your eyes [n/t] (none / 1) (#181)
    by Fon2d2 on Wed Mar 31, 2004 at 09:22:11 AM EST



    [ Parent ]
    Well this won't surprise anybody (none / 2) (#110)
    by localroger on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 06:39:13 PM EST

    From the compass:

    Economic Left/Right: -8.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.95

    In the example charts this makes me lefter and more libertarian than Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela.

    It's got to be the benevolent talking spaceships and godlike Singularity computers.

    What will people of the future think of us? Will they say, as Roger Williams said of some of the Massachusetts Indians, that we were wolves with the min

    Sitting pretty with the Dalai Lama (none / 1) (#113)
    by ttfkam on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 09:37:08 PM EST

    Economic Left/Right: -5.12
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.44

    I guess that figures for a programmer going back to school to get a teachers credential.

    ¡Viva La Izquierda!  ¡Viva libertad personal!  Una economía global y libre pero los derechos de la gente antes de los deseos de las corporaciones.

    If I'm made in God's image then God needs to lay off the corn chips and onion dip. Get some exercise, God! - Tatarigami

    I work on Wall Street... (3.00 / 10) (#114)
    by Patrick Bateman on Fri Mar 26, 2004 at 09:41:42 PM EST

    ... I'm a VP at Pierce & Pierce. Have you heard of it? I specialize in mergers & acquisitions. I'm a Harvard man (Class of '84). I believe in taking care of myself, in a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an icepack while doing my stomach crunches; I can do a thousand now. After I remove the ice pack, I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower I use a water-activated gel cleanser. Then a honey-almond body scrub. And on the face, an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb mint facial masque, which I leave on for ten minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer. Then an anti-aging eye balm, followed by a final moisturizing protecting lotion.

    ---
    I have to return some videotapes.

    Back again (none / 1) (#116)
    by Erbo on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 01:22:08 AM EST

    After varous bouts of work and unemployment, I'm now hacking cluster-management software for Aspen Systems. I also manage the Electric Minds Community, when it's functioning (which it isn't right now, due to a disk crash).

    I was born in El Cajon, CA (near San Diego). I now live in Denver, CO, with my lovely wife Pamela and our two babies. Actually, the two "babies" are cats. But they act like they're our babies.

    On the political compass:

    Economic Left/Right: -1.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.31

    I used to be more left-wing. Guess that's what living in "Red America" will do to you after a few years.

    I drive an Oldsmobile Alero with a Linux fish and an oval "FOO" sticker on the back. Its stereo can usually be found tuned to either classic rock or news/talk radio.

    My PC at home is an Athlon 800 which usually runs Debian GNU/Linux. My office workstation is a dual-Xeon box running Red Hat. Aspen also issued me a HP Pentium-4M notebook that runs Red Hat, but I may upgrade that to Fedora soon.

    When around and about, I'm usually armed with a Nokia 3100 GSM phone, a Palm VII, a Leatherman Wave multi-tool, and a Mini-Mag flashlight. In cool weather, I wear my black leather jacket. In really cold weather, I switch to my black down parka instead.

    If this post sounds a little tired, that's because I'm a little tired right now.
    --
    Electric Minds - virtual community since 1996. http://www.electricminds.org

    Red America (none / 0) (#140)
    by freestylefiend on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 03:54:56 PM EST

    I used to be more left-wing. Guess that's what living in "Red America" will do to you after a few years.

    I always meant to ask whether "Red America" is the American counterpart of "Red China." I gather that the Republicans are the reds, but this is somewhat at odds with the political colour-coding that I am familiar with.

    [ Parent ]

    Re: Red America (none / 1) (#162)
    by Erbo on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 11:49:08 PM EST

    "Red America" refers to the states that commonly vote Republican. It comes from the common practice, in election reporting, of color-coding the states that candidates have won. For some reason, everyone seems to use red to represent the Republicans and blue to represent the Democrats.

    Colorado went for Bush in the 2000 election. It has a Republican governor (Bill Owens), two Republican Senators (Wayne Allard, Ben Nighthorse Campbell), and a 5-2 majority of Republicans in its Congressional delegation. That makes it part of "Red America." (Though there are pockets of left-wing thought, the most prominent of which is the "People's Republic of Boulder.")

    Some of Colorado's laws reflect Republican thinking on a variety of issues, such as taxes (the TABOR law, or "Taxpayer's Bill of Rights," that limits growth in state spending and mandates the return of excess tax revenue to the taxpayers) and guns (a statewide streamlined concealed-carry permit process).
    --
    Electric Minds - virtual community since 1996. http://www.electricminds.org
    [ Parent ]

    That political compass test is brain dead... (none / 3) (#122)
    by skyknight on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 07:30:25 AM EST

    The questions are ridiculous...

    If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations.

    Many of the questions are deliberately framed in such a way that hardly anyone would disagree with them. Oh, yeah, I disagree that humans are less important than faceless corporations! Come on... That's not even a real fucking question. The people who created this site, and anybody who thinks that it is of any value, have clearly not heard of the phrase "to shoot down the straw man".

    I call bullshit.



    It's not much fun at the top. I envy the common people, their hearty meals and Bruce Springsteen and voting. --SIGNOR SPAGHETTI
    I would easily answer 'no' that that question, (none / 0) (#127)
    by tiamat on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 11:11:16 AM EST

    as would many free-market economics who would think that regulation to ensure markets are somehow 'moral' is just a good way to ensure more people starve when the markets fail.


    [ Parent ]
    I think the correct answer is "mu" (none / 0) (#128)
    by skyknight on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 11:52:00 AM EST

    because one might argue that eschewing regulation of "fairness" is in fact in the best interests of humanity. I think that trying to choose "agree" or "disagree" for this question is silly, because the question is malformed for such a response.

    It's not much fun at the top. I envy the common people, their hearty meals and Bruce Springsteen and voting. --SIGNOR SPAGHETTI
    [ Parent ]
    Doru... (none / 1) (#123)
    by doru on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 08:45:32 AM EST

    ...is my first name (Romanian short version for Theodore). I was born in Bucharest; spent five years in Lyon, France (last three of which getting a PhD in soft matter physics) and I am now a postdoctoral fellow in Germany, looking for a permanent research position in France.

    For what it's worth, my position on the political compass is : Economic -0.5, Social -6, but I don't really believe in this classification. For instance, communism is necessarily authoritarian.


    I see Rusty's creation of Scoop as being as world changing an event as the fall of the Berlin wall. - Alan Crowe

    Lurker no more (none / 1) (#125)
    by FlamingoJeff on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 10:25:47 AM EST

    I've been lurking here for about a year and a half, but have only posted a few times. 57 year-old, freelance web developer, proofreader/editor, pink-flamingo-stuff- seller, living in the Peoples Republic of Madison, Wisconsin. I haven't done the compass in some time, but I'm a Progressive for Bush
    Progressives for Bush
    I am the most evil singer in the entire world. (none / 3) (#126)
    by Danzig on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 11:03:26 AM EST

    Actually, I am a student in Lexington, KY. I work for a large corporation on the weekends. The hours are long (12 hours every Saturday, 6-6) but the job is pretty good and it pays well. I like computers, reading books, hiking/camping, and other stuff. I am an Eagle Scout. I attend a non-denominational Protestant church. My political views can be generalised as libertarian but I am not taking that test again so I don't know where I fall on the compass. If I think of anything else, I will reply to my own comment.

    You are not a fucking Fight Club quotation.
    rmg for editor!
    If you disagree, moderate, don't post.
    Kill whitey.
    Non-denominational Protestant church? (none / 2) (#129)
    by skyknight on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 11:53:29 AM EST

    Isn't that an oxymoron? Protestantism is a denomination of Christianity. Is this to imply that there are denominations within Protestantism.

    It's not much fun at the top. I envy the common people, their hearty meals and Bruce Springsteen and voting. --SIGNOR SPAGHETTI
    [ Parent ]
    It means unaffiliated with a denomination. [nt] (none / 1) (#142)
    by waxmop on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 06:37:49 PM EST


    --
    Long-term consequences of Bush deficits

    [ Parent ]
    It is to imply such. (none / 0) (#150)
    by Danzig on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 01:12:34 PM EST

    Branches like Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, arguably Anglicanism/Episcopalian, Methodist, etc. are all Protestant. But my church does not fall into any denomination of Protestantism.

    You are not a fucking Fight Club quotation.
    rmg for editor!
    If you disagree, moderate, don't post.
    Kill whitey.
    [ Parent ]
    Well, that's embarrassing... (none / 0) (#152)
    by skyknight on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 01:17:23 PM EST

    I was dragged to an Episcopalian church for the majority of my childhood and didn't even realize it was a branch of Protestantism. From that you can probably infer how into religion I was.

    It's not much fun at the top. I envy the common people, their hearty meals and Bruce Springsteen and voting. --SIGNOR SPAGHETTI
    [ Parent ]
    Arguably (none / 0) (#153)
    by MorePower on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 02:41:24 PM EST

    Well, you did use the weasel word "arguably" but I don't really think Anglicanism/Episcopalian is technically Protestant, since they split from the Catholic Church when the King of England wanted to change wives, and "Protestant" refers to the protest of Martin Luther when he nailed his list of greivances on the church door. Most of the other (non-Catholic) Chritian churches trace back (at least ideologically) to Martin Luther's split with the Catholic church.

    [ Parent ]
    I said arguably for a reason. (none / 0) (#156)
    by Danzig on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 04:54:07 PM EST

    I knew they were not Catholic, and at least in America Episcopalians are basically Protestant in the sense that a non-member is unlikely to be able to distinguish between the two. However, I was too lazy to look it up and provide any more detail. As to the origins of Anglicanism and Lutheranism, I am well aware of both, as should all persons possessing an American or European high school education be.

    You are not a fucking Fight Club quotation.
    rmg for editor!
    If you disagree, moderate, don't post.
    Kill whitey.
    [ Parent ]
    Sorry (none / 0) (#161)
    by MorePower on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 10:31:53 PM EST

    I didn't mean to come off as insulting your intellegence there, sorry. I mainly was eloborating for skynight, since he seemed to not know much about how the protestant churches were related.

    [ Parent ]
    Sorry for being so harsh. (none / 0) (#169)
    by Danzig on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 11:11:02 AM EST

    One too many yesterday.

    You are not a fucking Fight Club quotation.
    rmg for editor!
    If you disagree, moderate, don't post.
    Kill whitey.
    [ Parent ]
    Oh yes... (none / 1) (#151)
    by Danzig on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 01:13:55 PM EST

    I am not a fucking Fight Club quotation.

    You are not a fucking Fight Club quotation.
    rmg for editor!
    If you disagree, moderate, don't post.
    Kill whitey.
    [ Parent ]
    I am a playwright (none / 1) (#130)
    by tthomas48 on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 12:10:42 PM EST

    and computer programmer working in a research and development capacity in Austin, TX.

    On the moral compass:

    Economic: -5.75
    Social: -7.49

    So for all those who though I was a communist? Well you're wrong, I'm more of a socialist. In any case I'd strongly urge you to support your local arts (http://www.loadedguntheory.com), and your local public radio. Also you should listen to talk radio so you can keep up with what today's brain wash is.

    And you should vote. Even if you vote for Bush. Vote.

    Hehe Scary (none / 0) (#131)
    by dmalloc on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 12:20:27 PM EST

    Scary how close I am ;) Economic Left/Right: -5.12 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.13

    [ Parent ]
    Hello. (none / 0) (#132)
    by me0w on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 01:51:59 PM EST

    I am me0w and I'm a catnipoholic.


    Desire nothing for yourself, which you do not desire for others. - Spinoza

    What a pussy /nt (3.00 / 4) (#154)
    by mcgrew on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 03:20:41 PM EST



    [ Parent ]
    The political compass is stupid (3.00 / 4) (#133)
    by Big Sexxy Joe on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 01:59:07 PM EST

    Question:  What does whether or not you believe in astrology have to do with your political beliefs?  Does believing in Astrology just mean you're conservative because you are easy to trick?

    Anyway, the whole political compass thing is stupid.  It's only use is for liberatarians to explain their beliefs.  While I would have to agree with the concept that a one dimensional number does not really explain your political beliefs, I don't think a two dimensional system is really the ultimate solution to this problem.  Don't get me wrong, I think two dimensional numbers are great for taking the square root of negative one, but political stances are best explained in terms of sociology and what-not.

    The political compass subtlely prejudices your way of thinking to make you more prone to being a liberatarian.  It also brings traffic to their site because those sorts of self tests allow people to learn about everyone's favortie subject: themselves.

    Perhaps liberitarians like the scale because of their love of theoretical models which have nothing to do with reality.  The fact that the two numbers are strongly correlated to each other shows that the model is weak;  the second number adds little information.

    In summary, the political compass is not good tool for describing people's political beliefs.  Most people are either negative, negative or positive, positive.  The main exception is liberatarians who are negative, positive.  Almost no one is positive, negative.

    I'm like Jesus, only better.
    Democracy Now! - your daily, uncensored, corporate-free grassroots news hour

    Compass (none / 1) (#144)
    by FlamingoJeff on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 08:24:36 PM EST

    That compass is a pretty good recruiting tool for the Libertarians, and meaningless.
    Progressives for Bush
    [ Parent ]
    "Xavier X Velcrar" ... (none / 1) (#136)
    by Xavier on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 03:17:03 PM EST

    ...is my full handle. Permutations of it create identities around the 'web.

    I'm a student at RIT learning about the ancient field of Computer Science. In my free time, I'm primarily learning about life, technology, and how they can be intermixed in nifty ways.

    I enjoy researching language, especially in the ways that it applies to human/computer interaction. Things like lojban and the semantic web particularly interest me.

    In meatspace, I am frequently seen wearing a penguin beret, hiding behind a small computer that is rarely offline.

    I read K5 infrequently, but appreciate the quality articles on it highly when I do.
    [this space unintentionally left blank]

    Itsa me (none / 0) (#141)
    by yogger on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 05:22:52 PM EST

    What do you do for a living?

    Short answer is I fix computer (like most people here). Longer: I work in a customer care center on escalation and implementation where I get yelled at by angry people who didn't back up their computers and expect me to fix it even though the HD is smoking and sparking (yes, it happened)

    Where do you work?

    I work at the Corp HQ of a company that was recently in the news with Sega for firing some Filipinos.

    Are you a student, what are you studying?

    No school for me at the moment but I am putting my wife through law school in Canada (long complex story).

    Where were you born, where do you live now?

    Iuka, Mississippi and Pompano, Florida respectivly.  I just got back from a nice day at the beach.

    Want to let us know where you land on the political compass?

    Economic Left/Right: -6.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.90

    I've noticed that I'm slowly moving left and down as I get older.

    I have two dogs who are both upset with me at the moment.  A female red doberman who I just had some liquid bandage applied to a wound on her paw.  And her son (father was part Rott Wieller, part black lab) who is upset because I kicked him off of one of 4 couches I have.

    I've been married for close to 2 years to a woman from Dominica (not the Dominican Republic) who do to various quirks of fate, money, and a couple of governmental bodies, I haven't seen in over a year.  

    When I get the chance I like to scuba dive and ride my bike around town.

    The is only a test .sig
    If it were a real .sig it would contain useful and/or funny information

    ¡I am Walabio! (none / 0) (#145)
    by Walabio on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 09:11:43 PM EST

    My name is Ŭalabio. Since login does not allow Ŭ, I login as Walabio. Last time we did rolecall, I tried to state that I am Ŭalabio and discovered that the antiquated system cannot even handle UTF-8. ¡Kuro5Hin.Org cannot even handle UTF-8! Kuro5Hin.Org corrupted my name. I use the escapesequence Ŭ for writing my name on Kuro5Hin.Org. I use UnicodeChecker, a frewareunicodechecker.

    I am an Esperantist:

    Mi skribas Esperante esperante, ke vi povu kompreni min. ¿Ĉu vi povas kompreni min?

    I am an Intactivist. Intactivism is the believe that it is wrong to mutilate the genitals of any minor and all unconsenting adults. Our enemies are the circumfetishists with their evil circumfetishism.

    I am an independent wanting the impeachment, removal from office trial, conviction, and execution of Dubya for treason. ¿What sort of a world is it where we impeach one president for a blowjob while another gets away with treason? Politically, the test says this:

    Economic Left/Right:
    -7.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian:
    -5.74

    I work a bit at WikiPedia.Org, both in the English and Esperantic sections.


    --

    ¡Sign For Bodily Integrity, With Nobel Laureate Biologists And The Rest Of Us!

    ¡Impeach Dubya!

    Me (none / 1) (#146)
    by MorePower on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 10:47:53 PM EST

    I'm a 31 year old electrical engineer living in the "Inland Empire" area near L.A.

    My job consists of traveling around the western United States (and sometimes elsewhere in the world) installing or fixing generator excitation equipment for power plants. That's why I use the name MorePower, which is also my Slashdot and HuSi name.

    I don't feel like taking the political compass test again, so descriptively I am highly distrustful of authority, but on economic issues I sometimes favor heavy government regulation as I don't want to be free of government control only to get ensnared by corporate control. At least in this country, the government is much less of an influence on my life than the corporations.

    I consider myself to be a Taoist, in that my philosophy is pretty similar to Lao Tsu's. I found his book, the Tao-Te Ching, helped focus and expand on the philosophy I was already forming on my own. I still don't get the "Taoists" in China who worship little statues to try to get into one of the 36 heavens. That all seems like nonsense to me and pretty much in conflict with Lao Tsu's actual philosophies.

    In my spare time I do a lot of walking. I prefer exploring on foot as it is much more relaxing and convenient. Driving reminds me of work.

    I am slowly working on my grand Manifesto, but I'm pretty lazy so it will be a while before I post anything more on that.

    You sound like a certain friend of mine (none / 0) (#180)
    by Fon2d2 on Wed Mar 31, 2004 at 09:17:20 AM EST

    He's a computer engineer, he lives in Riverside, and he has the same philosophical leanings, although now he's studying Buddhism. He just read some book by the Dalai Lama.

    [ Parent ]
    The name's Quentin (none / 0) (#147)
    by CoolerQ on Sat Mar 27, 2004 at 11:19:07 PM EST

    Says the political compass:

    Economic Left/Right: -6.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.51

    I'm surprised I'm not farther libertarian. I should mention that the compass doesn't display properly in Safari (the lines of images wrap).

    And of course that means I'm a mac user. I started off on macs a decade ago when I was just a little kid. I picked up the Linux craze in 1999, but I returned to my mac roots when OS X came out. Finally I have a powerful Unix with a useful GUI.

    As you can guess if you're good at math, I'm now a teenager in high school. I go to a private high school in Groton, MA. Because it's a private high school, I have a lot of options to pursue my interests. I'm the lead techie for the school's productions (and we've got lots of fun gadgets to play with, like a 400 amp circuit just for stage lighting); I took AP Computer Science as a freshman; I get paid to fix school computers; I'm a member of the local FIRST Robotics team. Thanks to my schools, I speak Spanish as well as English.

    As you can imagine though, I get a lot of flak as a geek. There aren't too many of us around here. And romantic relationships are non-existant. (If you've got any tips, please let me know ;)

    I know Perl, C, C++, Python, and a myriad of other languages that I can easily code with the manpage open in a window.

    My web site is here, and my blog is here.

    Thanks if you're still reading this far!
    --Quentin

    This shit belongs in (1.20 / 5) (#148)
    by flaw on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 01:05:33 AM EST

    the bio on your user pages, you stupid fucks.

    --
    ピニス, ピニス, everyone loves ピニス!
    I'm McGrew (none / 0) (#155)
    by mcgrew on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 03:22:22 PM EST

    I get drunk every weekend and write about it on K5.

    drunkeness (none / 0) (#159)
    by FlamingoJeff on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 07:56:39 PM EST

    Why wait for weekends?
    Progressives for Bush
    [ Parent ]
    Who, me? (none / 0) (#157)
    by QillerPenguin on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 04:55:23 PM EST

    I work as a computer installer and sysadmin for a large medical lab. I also used to do some Cobol and DSM/Vax programming, but they don't let me anymore. I'm also a part-time student at the local community college, for just a few more weeks, studying advanced Unix admin. I love Unix. I was trained as a chemist and also in biophysics, and also trained in the medical lab.

    My hobbies are networking computers, programming in C, Perl, and shell, and I'm learning MySQL, Postgre, Python, Rebol and Ruby. Also Tcl/Tk. There's always more to learn, it's fun. I also enjoy cooking and eating with my GF. She's twelve years older than me, and I'm in my early 40's. Older women are great for geek guys...

    Programming in the past includes Modula-2, Delphi & Kylix, and lots of OS/2 and Windows up to 95/NT3.51. But it's all in FreeBSD and Linux (Slackware, mostly) now. I also play around with porting stuff to Minix 2 and do embedded programming with 8-bit Atmel RISC chips. Fun stuff...

    I was born outside Houston TX, and now live in the Central Fla area. I was back in Houston a few weeks ago, and realized, except for all the good food, how much I always hated the place. And I also hate most (but not all) of Florida. The Midwest is nice, and so is west Washington state. If I ever get the money to be financially independent, I'm going to retire to either Centerville IA or Sequim WA (pronounced Skwim by the natives). Both are plain delightful places to be in our country, really great 'burbs. The people who live in those places should consider themselves very fortunate.

    I am economically -6.62 and socially -6.20. Rather surprising, since I'm an open liberal and card carrying Democrat. I grew up a Catholic, became a Baha'i, and am now an Atheist. A soft atheist, to be sure: worship how you please, just leave me alone, OK? Have your gods, I'm happy without them. I just thought I'd be a higher negative value for both, but I do believe in personal responsibility. Life is good, just in moderation.
    "All your Unix are belong to us" - SCO, 2003.

    A wise man once said... (none / 0) (#158)
    by A synx on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 07:32:41 PM EST

    "It is on account of the grown-ups and their ways. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, "What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?" Instead, they demand: "How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?" Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him." -- Antoine de Saint Exupery

    The same guy that wrote Le Petit Prince? (none / 0) (#179)
    by Fon2d2 on Wed Mar 31, 2004 at 09:13:22 AM EST

    That's an awesome quote. Thanks!

    [ Parent ]
    yay for inflated egos (none / 0) (#160)
    by ryochiji on Sun Mar 28, 2004 at 10:00:00 PM EST

    I'm a student at the University of Chicago (formerly at CSU, Chico, Cerritos College, and Keio University), hopefully doing a custom major combining computer science, military history and cinema/media studies.

    I'm also unknown as the creator of such infamous programs as IlohaMail, IlohaBlog, and BlogMatcher.

    Economic Left/Right: -4.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.44

    ---
    IlohaMail: Webmail that works.

    bjlhct (none / 0) (#163)
    by bjlhct on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 12:06:30 AM EST

    I am libertarian or progressive according to economics. I was born in and live in the USA. I'm too pretentious and paranoid to say more.

    *
    [kur0(or)5hin http://www.kuro5hin.org/intelligence] - drowning your sorrows in intellectualism
    Hello All (none / 0) (#164)
    by FishBait on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 02:47:16 AM EST

    I accidentally posted this as Editorial when it was still on the queue, so this is a repost - sorry about that.

    I am a 29 year-old computer programmer living in Auckland, New Zealand. I have been lurking on Kuro5hin for about 18 months but finally signed up a few weeks ago. I only post once in a while if the topic really interests me, so don't expect to see much of me around here.

    My homepage has more information and links to some projects which may be of interest some of you (or possibly not). The latest is a Java-based tachistoscope (go on, you know you want to try it). I'm working on a Palm-based application at the moment just to see what it takes.

    Politically I lean to the left. I voted Labour last election and will probably do so again, although its hard to tell - the New Zealand political scene is just getting interesting again.

    I am not big on sport, either spectating or playing. However I do jog fairly often and ski/snowboard in the winter when I get the chance. I consider myself fairly fit.

    My secret shame is that, after managing to avoid it for over a decade, I have recently taken up Magic the Gathering.

    here goes (none / 0) (#165)
    by dageek on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 06:22:05 AM EST

    I'm a 26-year-old Dutch AI student and an Open Source advocate. I've been a happy Linux user for a couple of years now and I have a number of toy servers in my closet ;-) I love rollerhocky and in-line skating in general, which I have been doing for about 8 years now. Also, I've been climbing (yes that's a sport) for 2 years and more recently I tried out my skills in real rock (CLIMBING ROCKS!), including lead climbing. politics: Economic Left/Right: -4.62 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.44 [note: I must say that in any sort of aggregation function that distills a limited dimensional representation (the 2-dim Economic/Social scale) from a many dimensional matrix (the survey including the answers) consequently destroys information. However, I'm not surprised to come out closer to the Dalai Lama and Ghandi than to Hitler. I'm also not surprised to find that Bush comes out closer to Hitler than me.]

    hey good definition (none / 0) (#187)
    by vqp on Sun Apr 04, 2004 at 04:15:37 PM EST

    of the tests!
    It would be better to get a "distance" measure from other people based on the different answers.
    And, besides, they should ask and publish the demographics for the answers.

    happiness = d(Reality - Expectations) / dt

    [ Parent ]
    I am Ganglian (none / 0) (#166)
    by ganglian on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 09:46:19 AM EST

    I am a troll, and incensed that the wuss known as Rusty had to be so draconian after being a puss on his own site for so long. Its your own fault.
    You heard me.
    The Unchanged Changed Lupine Fellow (none / 0) (#168)
    by WWWWolf on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 10:53:00 AM EST

    ::hits Fast Forward::

    born 1979 lvng in oulu finland stdng in university of oulu dept of information proc sciences digital media stuff hobbies are collecting stuff music drawing stuff and art and such and...

    ::hits Play::

    ...most definitely Games, which I hope will be part of my job description in one form or another after I graduate. Or that's what I'm certainly hoping. Video games, RPGs or something more conservative. Design, implementation, conservation or journalism (gasp!). Damn if I know yet. Don't know, don't know. Past few years have just proved to me I'm a gamer and I can't get away from it, and I would like to earn my living from some kind of thing that's somehow related to games. =)

    The stuff I do these days: Studies, tons of wasting time on websites (/., K5, Everything2... well, over recent years, this has become literally wasting time, but I'm not complaining =), playing games, writing incoherent garbage (often to the web), sometimes programming something silly... Still don't know what they put to the coffee these days.

    Oh, what? The political compass thing? Jeez, you scared me! Never do that without revealing it letter by letter! (::Looks at the character sheet, where it says "Chaotic Good" in uneraseable ink::) You know, when they brought that thing near me, the needle just floats there, as if the politico-magnetic field had just disappeared. Had I actually touched anything political, it (along with myself) might have been annihilated in a matter-antimatter reaction. In other words, I'm not a political person. The only political thing I can say is that I appreciate personal freedom and cute green thingies, but, ahem, I leave political rambling to those who are Capable.


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


    Elderly Female Geek here (none / 0) (#170)
    by glory glory on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 11:49:24 AM EST

    but where else but Kuro5hin? Why not be ignored here as well as on /. or ars or wherever? I am learning how to dumb down and be politically correct at the same time I am being paid to work -- like many here, I suspect.

    Where:

    * ex-patriate New Yorker condemned by the job market to New Jersey

    Who:

    * 61-year-old girl geek who can't afford to retire; too addicted to tech to become a lawyer and inhaled too much dope and willingly relationshipped too many priests 40 years ago to become a politician; no current interest in other employment fields

    * over-educated (M.S.) and over-qualified to work in the U.S. (technical trainer)

    What:

    * work as a software documentation grunt for a security company that would have gone out of business if it weren't for 9/11

    * have had prior careers in academic science (Reaganized into oblivion) and manufacturing engineering (NAFTAed to South America)

    When:

    * as little as possible; I've developed a fondness for hiking and camping (and playing with portable toys in the wilds) that this fine tech job pays for



    The elderly female? (none / 0) (#188)
    by Fen on Mon Apr 05, 2004 at 06:36:17 PM EST

    Uh, check sciscoop.com. I think there's some old lady geeks there. Young men ('specially geek young men) and old women are tossed aside in the dating game--maybe they do have something in common.
    --Self.
    [ Parent ]
    I'm wasting time... (none / 0) (#171)
    by seppyk on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 02:31:56 PM EST

    ...so why not post?

    Political compass
    Economic left/right: -5.50
    Social libertarian/authoritarian: -4.26

    I've been reading K5 for years now, but never really became an active contributor, preferring to lurk. Like a lot of other K5 members, I've got a B.S. in Computer Science and now I am considering a return to graduate school for CS. Currently, I am a generic IT worker in New York, getting used by almost every department for whatever tasks they need finished (db, web development, programming, analysis). I just received a large raise so I might defer school for a year to save up some additional flow.

    In my spare time, I do normal activities (friends, movies, bars, reading, parties, video games, running) and not-so-normal activities (graphics programming, linux, and b-boying).

    I have a fondness for well researched, informative articles, clever trolls, the diary ghettos, and K5 rap battles.

    ---
    "If you're going to sig me, at least give me credit." - Run4YourLives
    Then There's Me (none / 0) (#172)
    by NeantHumain on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 11:47:33 PM EST

    I don't define myself by my politics, but politicalcompass.org says I'm Economic Left/Right: -8.12 and Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.62; technically, I'm an independent; but I completely disagree with the direction President Bush is moving the United States in. If you're going for labels, calling me a liberal wouldn't be too off the mark but neither would libertarian socialist or just social democrat. I'm a strong believer in the freedoms of speech, press, association, and religion; I thoroughly believe in the separation of church and state; I am hostile to the idea that a better options than war could not be found; and I believe everyone can experience misfortune once in a while--I know I've had my fair share.

    In regards to religion, I'm nonreligious: I'm an atheist. I don't believe in an afterlife, angels, demons, the simplistic concepts of absolute good and evil with their companions virtue and sin, etc. However, I prefer not to press my own worldview on others because I have no problem with other people finding their own way to happiness, as long as it does not affect my freedom to be nonreligious.

    I'm a wannabee philosopher. I haven't read too much philosophy yet (right now, I'm reading Nietzsche's Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits), but I tend to think about philosophical questions and pose philosophical questions to others.

    I love my humor to be laced with irony, sarcasm, absurdity, and anything else that strikes my fancy. I don't often troll (but I'll admit I've engaged in the activity a couple of times--Danzig knows), but I think good trolling is an intellectual exercise that challenges the trolled to rethink their assumptions and prejudices--and to get people talking.

    I believe being helpful isn't so bad, especially if you have nothing better to do. Yes, I'm just too nice sometimes.

    Anyway, I'd write more, but I don't want to keep a girl waiting too long. ;)

    P.S.: Life isn't a festering pile of shit, after all.


    I hate my sig.


    Heh. (none / 0) (#177)
    by fenix down on Tue Mar 30, 2004 at 11:02:21 PM EST

    First time I've seen anybody more liberal than me on that thing.  -8.12/-8.10, and I don't even bother lying.  I piss on you, Gandhi.  PIIIIIISSSSSSSS!

    Thank you and good night.

    [ Parent ]

    I got you beat... (none / 0) (#178)
    by suburbanrudeboy on Wed Mar 31, 2004 at 12:01:39 AM EST

    well, i seem to have scored -8.25 and -9.25...

    [ Parent ]
    The man behind the ID. (none / 0) (#173)
    by ShiftyStoner on Tue Mar 30, 2004 at 03:37:34 AM EST

     I'm a daily stoner, a midnight toker. I'm a casual drug user. I mean, I get drunk, do opium, vicadin, shrooms, acid, meth, X, all about once month, sometimes more, sometimes less. Ill do just about any drug once.

     I love sex, I make a living fucking hot woman.

     I have an extreme, to most people unrealistinc veiw on just about everything.

     I didn't spend a day in high school. All self educated.

    Political Scale

     My place on the scale is -2.62 Left -2.05 Libertarian. Close to the dahli lama, gandi lol.  
    ( @ )'( @ ) The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force. - Adolf Hitler

    Who I am (none / 0) (#174)
    by John Asscroft on Tue Mar 30, 2004 at 11:42:39 AM EST

    I am the son of a Pentecostal preacher man, and have been known to write a mean gospel tune in my time. I was a politician in Missouri for many years but was kicked out office when a dead man won against me. I think calico cats are the sign of the devil (especially the ones with one eye a different color than the other), and the sight of nude bronze boobies enrages me almost as much as the sight of brown ones. I think states rights are fine, unless it's those heathen Californicators with their medical marijuana or Oregoners with their physician assisted suicide, in which case Big Government run from Washington D.C. is the only way to go. I am the Attorney General.

    I could populate the above with links, but that's more work than I feel like. Browse my blog instead :-). (Everything I mention above has been linked to from there, at one time or another).

    -- The Attorney General of the Untied States of America
    We must destroy freedom to save it from the terrorists who want to destroy freedom. Else the terrorists have won.

    Who I *REALLY* Am (none / 0) (#175)
    by John Asscroft on Tue Mar 30, 2004 at 11:48:11 AM EST

    A middle-aged Libertarian software engineer, born in the American South, currently living in California. Having lived in both worlds, I am a long-time observer of the Culture Wars between the repressive religious Middle America and the more tolerant engines of wealth on the West Coast and Northeast. I can quote a mean Bible verse when I feel like it, which always drives the wingnuts into a frothing fury (nothing they hate more than having Jesus used against them!).

    While not working on innovative new computer hardware and software, I am currently engaged in channeling the spirit of the Attorney General into an alternate universe where the attorney general of the Untied States is a raving lunatic right-wing fundamentalist by the name of John Asscroft, the U.S. Army is treated as toy soldiers by the administration, the President is a genial puppet in the hands of a conniving puppeteer, and the press are willing accomplices in deceiving the public to go along with a regime that is comprised of a bunch of big boys playing with toys rather than of mature adults. Of course, there are some who think this is the REAL universe, but they're all terrorists or French so who cares what they say?

    -- The Attorney General's Inner Frenchman
    We must destroy freedom to save it from the terrorists who want to destroy freedom. Else the terrorists have won.
    [ Parent ]

    Asscroft (none / 0) (#186)
    by FlamingoJeff on Sat Apr 03, 2004 at 11:12:33 AM EST

    A man after my own heart. :D
    Progressives for Bush
    [ Parent ]
    Brisbane k5ers reply here! (none / 0) (#182)
    by OzJuggler on Wed Mar 31, 2004 at 10:42:18 AM EST

    Go on, both of you. :-)

    Sadly not a hellavalot has changed since I first answered this in 2001. Probably one slow change has been that I now have a greater understanding of how our (ostensibly) free market economy and capitalism works in reality.
    HYPOTHESIS: This may have even shifted my political compass eastwards a bit, but I'll have to retake the test to find out.
    RESULTS:
      Economic Left/Right: -6.50
      Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.49

    CONCLUSION: I've actually drifted leftwards, AND UPWARDS! Shoot me now before I'm the one signing the death warrants and banning the music.

    Careerwise I don't see where I can go within my present employer, and the prospect of leaving for somewhere else is so scary that I don't even look for better positions. My youthful dream of writing computer games is looking ever more naive and fanciful as I get older.

    Shit! I'm older. In two weeks I will be closer to 30 than 20. God DAMN that is scary. I think I shall be in denial and claim that I'm 25 for at least another 3 years. Hell, I know for a fact that chicks will believe that I'm 3 years younger than I really am so I could probably get away with it for a while.

    But enough of my fears; howabout some positives? On the plus side I'm a bit wiser. Actually no that's a curse too! OK, try this...

    • I'm getting a better appreciation for people and emotions.
    • I have 5 years experience in IT systems analysis and design.
    • I squashed a nasty addiction of mine and stayed clean for over a year between December 2002 and February 2004 (although had occasional relapses during the last month which is unfortunate.) Anyone who's tried to go cold-turkey on an addiction will know how difficult this is.
    • I'm going on a holiday in Europe soon, hell yeah!

    So as I said, if you also live in Brisbane Australia then why not reply and maybe we can do a Bri5vega5 Gathering or a Bri5neyland Adventure. :-D hehe.
    "And I will not rest until every year families gather to spend December 25th together
    at Osama's homo abortion pot and commie jizzporium." - Jon Stewart's gift to Bill O'Reilly, 7 Dec 2005.

    ¡Addiction! (none / 1) (#185)
    by Walabio on Thu Apr 01, 2004 at 04:29:00 AM EST

    If you would not have tried narcotics, you would not have addictions. Back in Junior High School, I decided never to use narcotics. While others got addicted, I did not. Sure, narcotics feel good, but one has to face the reckoning. I just decided that the gluesniffers were stupid and getting rapidly stupider. The smokers, although not as dumb, are not very smart.

    Do not get me wrong; I am not a prude. Yes indeed, I even frequent prostitutes. I would not have to do so, if I could find a woman willing to settle for me. I am not attractive. I realized long ago that I must settle for whatever I can get. Unfortunately, many ugly women reject ugly men while holding out for attractive men. When a pimply woman rejects me for my acne, I tell her:

    "¡Look In the mirror, oh woman!"

    This brings up my three personal petpeeves:

    1. Other clients at the massageparlor, only accepting attractive women for metting their emotional and physical needs:
      • ¡Before you choose, try looking in the mirror, oh you ugly pizza-faced lard-butt!
    2. Women complaining about being lonely:
      • I know this woman complaining about being lonely, literally holding out for Jakob Dylon of the Wallflowers.
    3. Women rejecting men equal to or more attractive than themselves:
      • ¡Oh Miss, you will never marry the Governator!

    If you never try new narcotics, or go back to whatever you used before, you will never be addicted to narcotics again.


    --

    ¡Sign For Bodily Integrity, With Nobel Laureate Biologists And The Rest Of Us!

    ¡Impeach Dubya!
    [ Parent ]

    INTJ (none / 0) (#183)
    by Wain on Wed Mar 31, 2004 at 04:45:59 PM EST

    I hate political compass.

    soon to be 26 year-old student studying for a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition, looks like I will probably be continuing to a Masters(most likely at Juilliard).

    Goth

    Bisexual - In a relationship with a man currently for about a year and a half.

    Live in Chicago

    Used to be a software engineer, then I decided I hate computers.

    me, myself and I (none / 0) (#189)
    by jdtux on Mon Apr 05, 2004 at 09:49:24 PM EST

    17 year old well on my way to hardcore geekiness.
    Going for Computer BScE(Bachelor of Science in Engineering) next year. Love math.. don't care if there's no point. Hate it when the teacher spends too much time explaining stuff and not enough confusing us with new stuff.

    Will probably be joining the military as an officer(get uni paid for).

    Pretty open minded. I'd call myself a liberal.
    Enjoy pointless physical fitness activities like running and weightlifing. I've competed in biathlon and marksmanship competitions for the past five years, doing pretty well.

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