I don't even know what to say.
All I can think of is that these parents, they have to go home from work, from the police station, from a counselor, from friends and family, but eventually they'll all have to go home to a Christmas tree with wrapped presents that will never be opened and it breaks my heart.
EDITED: 2012-12-14 21:32:06 Posted: December 14th, 2012 @ 9:31PM
I don't know why you'd play Mass Effect if you didn't care about the story. The gameplay itself isn't exactly unique or stellar.
The options that you can choose (besides action) can be tweaked in the options menu itself, so you aren't missing out on anything. It affects the dialogue wheel, cutscenes, and the difficulty level. Posted: December 14th, 2012 @ 6:26AM
@Smokin Joe, I phrased my post badly. I don't agree with the lynch mob mentality but it seems to have grown along with the online community. It almost seems like since more eyes on are these issues, and the information is so freely available, that the media feels a need to condemn certain actions even more than usual. Posted: December 12th, 2012 @ 5:31AM
I wouldn't say I feel sorry for the Aussie DJs, but I certainly don't think they expected or intended any of this to happen. These things, they just happen, but especially with the proliferation of the online...well, a global society I guess, there's this enhanced need for mob justice more than ever. Posted: December 10th, 2012 @ 6:10PM
I was furiously working on a final project for a writing class, over 40 hours of work put into it, when my HDD pooped out (UNS journal corrupted). I had no backups, as I was using all of the files at the time and I stopped putting them on google drive because it was taking too long.
The entire drive showed as empty and I tried spinrite loaded into a boot drive w/98 DOS and it still froze up at fifty percent. I'm running GetDataBack but I'm not expecting much.
I've never had luck with spinrite.
Update: Got almost everything back using GetDataBack. It was some of the boot/system stuff that was messed up. Of course I have to reinstall all my programs but I got all of my pictures and work back. I didn't have to boot anything, I didn't have to make any images. It just brought up a menu for me to copy stuff to a different drive. That's all I wanted.
EDITED: 2012-11-29 12:54:42 Posted: November 29th, 2012 @ 9:19AM
Like Hammer said.
If push comes to shove, take the HDD out, wrap it in plastic wrap (except for the cords), and then get a cooler with the cords going out of the hole where the water leaks out. Fill the cooler with ice and then plug it in. I've had to do that before. Posted: November 6th, 2012 @ 7:26AM
1. Yes, it is about following rules. I've talked with pastors who have been stunningly condescending and insulting, telling me that my life has no meaning without God, until I realize that the meaning of their life is that they'll be rewarded for following all of these ridiculous, arbitrary rules.
2. "The only reason we follow laws is consequence" isn't true in a very large variety of ways way beyond the scope of a comment on this site. From an evolutionary standpoint, emotions like fear and guilt are survival mechanisms, to say just one single point.
If you know for a fact that you could kill someone and get away with it, would you do it? I wouldn't, and I don't fear some all-seeing god. I don't know you very well, but I highly doubt you would, either, even if this act could be (in this rhetorical situation) hidden from the eyes of man and god alike. There's something deeper at work in all of us that has nothing to do with laws, whether they're drafted by a divine hand, or the hand of some rich white male.
3. There's many types of religions, and many types of christianity. I would brush up on that (and your american history) before jumping to that kind of conclusion.
There are logical inconsistencies within much of the teaching and scripture present in the united states today that, while not being specifically called "predestination", certainly indicate a complete lack of free will on the part of the people in many religious systems.
My problem with religious people stems from two areas: complete blind hatred and ignorance, and their inability to see what faith in god actually is.
A case in point is Christian apologetics or these..."creation scientists" that try to explain the bible in scientific terms. These people have no idea what religion is about and it disturbs me. It's pathetic and sad.
I'm not sure where I'm going with having to admit sins publicly either, since I didn't say that. Posted: November 5th, 2012 @ 2:14PM
1. What's the point with God? To follow rules written before christ was even born? Over 2,000 years old? I don't live much different from someone who claims they're "faithful". I think it's hilarious that religious people bother to ask this in the first place as if there's a difference between the morality of an atheist and of a christian. Hint: there isn't, outside of an atheist not having some prescribed bigotry built into them, if we're going to be brutally honest. God hates fags, amirite?
2. Why follow society's rules? Like you said, they're laws. Do you want to be raped in jail? Moreover, do you actually want to murder someone? I don't. I can't imagine you would, either. Every society throughout time has had some form of culture norm, whether they're solidly-enforced laws, or something more abstract like taboos.
3. "Right or wrong defined by God" flies completely in the face of free will, so I'd turn that question back on you. If you already know if you're going to heaven or hell (if you believe in pre-destination) or if there's no alternative anyway, the hell does it matter what you do?
Look back at the last two years of your posts, and according to the bible, tell me how many sins you've publicly admitted and posted about. How have you atoned for that. There's no such thing as free will in a faith-based structure.
There are atheists in foxholes. I've been one.
I find it hilarious that you connect them with liberalism, though. You're just wired a very specific, hard-lined way.
But the online stuff does get out of hand. I've seen it in two different extremes, and you're really bordering the religious extreme. I expect any day now you'll say that atheists are worse than murderers and rapists and that we shouldn't be buried. It's such a hateful environment irl for an atheist who publicly admits it. You only have to deal with this BS at a lunch table at work.
The atheists online take it too far, too. Everyone on youtube comments is generally just a braindead scumbag, which is where you find much of this. But there's scumbag atheists irl like Dawkins who have no idea what faith is or how it functions which makes him incredibly ignorant.
We all have faith in something. It's a part of human life. Posted: November 4th, 2012 @ 3:36PM
I had an ear infection for nine months before. It went in one ear, would float to the other, and back again. I have bad allergies and frequently have issues but nothing like that, because it just lingered and sounds exactly like what's happening to you.
They treated me for other stuff (sinus infections) but it turned out to be basic swimmer's ear. Acetic acid ear drops work very well but you have to ask for them from a doctor. There's also a specific antibiotic for it. The ear drops feel really good, too. Posted: October 23rd, 2012 @ 2:22PM
I'm addicted to Arizona Green Tea with ginseng. I must drink a case of that stuff a day. It's like liquid crack.
I didn't even like it very much at first but I'm always thirsty, so I'd drink that, because I didn't drink it very fast. Now it's the only thing I want to drink (besides the morning coffee). Posted: October 16th, 2012 @ 9:47AM
I tend to not go around kicking in people's teeth because I'm not psychotic.
I don't think there can be a peaceful religion due to how they're set up, so I'm not really going to judge. All of the muslims I know in real life seem to be pretty good people which is all I really know. Posted: September 15th, 2012 @ 9:04PM