2009-02-27 13:29:19 on What is your opinion of the mac book pro..
I shudder to imagine what Miles Davis would have done with a MacBook Pro.
2009-02-27 13:03:52 on why is latin still a subject?
Latin is valuable for linguistics and even English grammar. I learned more about grammatical constructions in English and the other 9 languages I studied while studying Latin than I did in classes specific to the grammars of those languages individually.
If you study Romance languages, understanding Latin gives you a head start.
That’s in addition to any scientific field, for which a command of the basics of Latin and even Ancient Greek are a huge advantage.
2009-02-27 12:36:24 on What is your opinion of the mac book pro..
You’re pretty funny. You’re a pro because you’re a computer mechanic? Awesome.
If I was insulting you, I’d have said “Cecilia is an idiot.” I didn’t. Get the knot out of your panties and differ, if you want, but there are plenty of composers out there, internationally famous ones at that, who depend on their MacBooks Pro to get the job done.
I don’t need to be careful with my opinions. What are you gonna do? Fly out to San Francisco and spank me? Pft, right. Next time you want to get your panties in a bunch over a difference of opinion, why don’t you turn around and spank yourself for being so incredibly sensitive?
*smooch* Now gimme some sugar, baby. That’s better.
(P.S.: Please fly out to San Francisco and spank me. I’m really naughty and, to be honest, could use a good spanking.)
2009-02-24 10:14:36 on Two reasons why a gender division of labour continues to exist among many couples
Because dudes are lazy and dirty.
And chicks have a much lower tolerance for clutter.
If we don’t pick this stuff up, you will.
2009-02-24 10:08:05 on What is your opinion of the mac book pro..
I use a MacBook Pro. With Logic Pro 8, Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason, Traktor, and a bunch of other music software, in addition to building web applications. The MacBook Pro is just fine. It’s a **** good machine for music. If you get one, max out the RAM, but not in the Apple store (Apple’s OEM RAM is outrageously expensive).
I’m about to upgrade my MacBook Pro soon. I’m looking forward to it, but right now, this machine is great. It’s compact, fast, and does the job.
I know a good number of independent music producers who do this stuff full-time and all of them use laptops. Musicians that need both portability and power invariably pick the MacBook Pro, because it’s a workhorse that will let you write new tracks on the airplane, mix them down in your headphones, bounce to MP3, and add to your live set for the gig tonight.
There’s nothing wrong with a Mac Pro, but the idea that you can’t do music on a MacBook Pro is ludicrous. Don’t take advice from amateurs. Ask professional musicians what their rig is like — not students, but people whose mortgage gets paid because they output music on a regular basis for money.
2009-01-26 22:35:12 on Is Skippy Peanut butter vegetarian?
[quote Anonymous]not sure if that answers my question…but thanks![/quote]
You’re not sure that the knowledge that Skippy is made of peanuts, vegetable oil, sugar, and salt answers your question about whether or not it’s vegetarian?
How is that, in any way, vague?
2009-01-21 00:14:56 on How can I find a real girlfriend online?
Don’t hate your life. Fix it.
Everything can be fixed.
If you can’t figure out how to do it yourself, find a professional that does.
One of my grandfather’s friends fought in World War II. He was hit by a mortar shell and it took both of his legs and extensive surgeries could not save his private parts. They fixed him up just enough to be able to get rid of waste products. He eventually married, adopted kids, and had twelve grandkids.
He had to take hormone pills his entire life to keep himself from speaking in a high voice. He had a host of other issues with his colon and bowels. But, held a job for 35 years, raised a family, and traveled the world in a wheelchair. He probably sobbed his eyes out in the field hospital when they were trying as hard as they could to save his life. I imagine there were many days when he wished that he’d lost his life in Europe, so he’d have missed 40 years of his life that were sometimes quite painful. But, he didn’t.
He picked up his gear, got off the sidewalk as best he could, and went on with his life. If he can do it, why can’t you? Go talk to a professional and find out the answers.
The difference between a winner and a loser isn’t that one succeeds and one fails. The winner fails far more than the loser, because the loser isn’t brave enough to take any risks at all. The difference between a winner and a loser is that the winner knows that when he fails, it doesn’t mean he’s bad or not enough. He knows that we all get our butts kicked from time to time. It doesn’t mean he sucks.
A loser doesn’t fail that often, because he doesn’t act that often, and every little mishap is a referendum on how he’ll never be enough, never be sufficient, always be broken, might as well not even bother.
It never occurs to a winner that he might as well not bother. He keeps on like a baby learns to walk. The baby falls on her butt until she learns to walk. They’re just not smart enough to realize how hopeless it is to heave all that weight onto those weak little legs and maintain balance at such a young age. That never occurs to them. Mommy’s over there. And there’s another step.
If you have a block in your mind you can’t get over, go find a professional to lend you some perspective. It’s your life. Nobody will stop you if you spend the rest of it exactly like you’re spending it now. A professional might give you the option to choose something else.
Good luck, brother.
2009-01-20 23:30:13 on How can I find a real girlfriend online?
1. Stop watching so much porn. Seriously, dude.
2. Go seek professional help about your obvious depression. Your profile makes Ted from Scrubs seem like Mr. Saturday Night.
3. Have that psychologist help you find your self-esteem. When you don’t feel like a bag of horse crap all the time, then you’re ready for step 4.
4. Develop hobbies, interests, and passions that don’t involve sitting in front of your computer or spending all of your time with people exactly like you. Take ballroom dance classes or join a reading club. You know where women hang out and there are plenty of women in your preferred age range than aren’t drunken bar *****.
5. Learn how to relate to women and how to maintain your appearance in such a way that other people might find you attractive back. It’s really easy: a. wear clothes that fit and are clean. b. listen to them, let them do all the talking when you’re chatting with them. c. when you ask them out, decide what the two of you to do. even if you have to fake being decisive, it’s better than being a pansy.
6. Realistically assess the flaws in your approaches. Get rejected a lot. Don’t take it personally. Lather, rinse, and repeat.
or, you could take what seems the easy way out.
1. Go to okcupid or plentyoffish.com
2. Email some chicks.
3. Look at lots of profiles you don’t have the stones to email.
4. Between emailing, look at more porn, play more video games, and sigh heavily.
5. Post this very same topic in 9 years, on your 55th birthday, alone, in your house.
It’s an opportunity to improve your life in a real way. You broke your leg last year? Are you walking again? Get your *** out of your house and go find you a job or a hobby that puts you in contact with other humans.
You don’t get to use Minnesota as an excuse, brother, seriously. I know plenty of people in Minnesota that have friends, relationships, and, yes, even booty calls.
All you have to do to change is decide to. Not dream about it like you would winning the lottery. You just have to say, “this is pathetic. i’m a better man than this.” and you take little baby steps. Make smaller circles, build successes on each other and stop whining. Would you be interested in the kind of woman who could read the things you write here and say, “oh, yeah, his self-esteem is low enough for me?” No, you wouldn’t. You want a girl who’s fun, gregarious, cute, and likes to have a good time.
What is she looking for? She’s not looking for Droopy the Dog. She’s looking for Captain Kirk. You’re a geek. In any given situation, you could guess what Captain Kirk would say and do. So say and do that. Not in his accent, but the difference between Captain Kirk and everyone else on the crew is that Captain Kirk knows he’s the man. Nobody told him he was, nobody gave him a man badge one day, nobody just looked around and said “duck duck goose.” He just made a decision and acted as if he was already that guy.
Be that guy. Pick up your gear, get off the sidewalk, and let’s move out, soldier.
2009-01-20 23:08:35 on How can I find a real girlfriend online?
How come you’re 46, unemployed with 2 cats, and have lofty standards?
What about going out and meeting someone in real life?
The internet isn’t magic. If I contacted someone on OKCupid and I didn’t know how to relate to women or make myself attractive to someone, I’d strike out on OKCupid as quickly as I would in a bar full of super models.
So, how come you can’t relate to other people? Are you a shut in?
2009-01-15 17:26:21 on ya i just went to the dentist today and found out that
Yes. There is something you can do.
If you need $20,000 of dental work done, go get a passport and book a flight to either Costa Rica, Hungary, Mexico, or Thailand.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
From ABC7 (San Francisco):
Also, google “dental tourism”.
US Dental care is a total ripoff. A friend of mine went to Costa Rica and had 17 of his teeth repaired after a horrible bike crash. It cost him about 10% as much as it would have in the US and EVERYONE who worked at his clinic went to US Universities and all of them were board-certified with US Dental Associations.
Medical/dental tourism, given the outrageous costs in the US, is increasing in popularity. For emergency stuff, go to your local dentist. For a large amount of care, go take yourself a vacation someplace warm and come back with a new grill.
(I had $25,000 in dental care done in 2006. Wish I’d have listened to my friend that went to Costa Rica. That’d have cost me $3000 there.)
2009-01-05 19:29:58 on Master Cleanse, has anyone done it?
[quote Laina1312][quote Kuvri (yodaluv12)]Athletes NEED carbs and calories. I don’t recommend it…[/quote]
Not to mention protein, or you start losing muscles.[/quote]
Exactly. Athletes need calories in large amounts to maintain a high level of performance. If you’re serious about athletic performance, you should only be doing things that enhance your strength, speed, power, and flexibility.
Ask your coach. Ask your doctor.
2009-01-05 19:24:54 on Master Cleanse, has anyone done it?
[quote Florie][quote apollo]The Master Cleanse is pseudoscience nonsense. It’s the same basic principle as the liver flush. The idea that you have to supplement the processes your body evolved over millions of years with some bull poo that a naturopathic quack came up with in the 60s is total nonsense.
No athlete of any significant caliber does this kind of nonsense. Stick to the fundamentals. A good, varied diet and plenty of exercise.[/quote]
Rather a conservative and uptight attitude isn’t it? So the people from all countries who’ve been fasting for centuries are ******* idiots are they, including sages and yogis and naturopaths (”quacks” to you). Jeez Louise. Lighten up and get educated![/quote]
That’s pretty funny. Science. It works for a reason. Get educated? Really? Should I just latch on to every half-baked idea that passes me by like you do, or should I realize that the scientific process is as rigorous as it is for a reason.
You know what else they had for centuries? Slavery. In India, they still have a caste system that systematically discriminates, as it has for millenia, against people based on which family they were born in.
But, yeah, I’m sure they’re totally right on that one, too.
2009-01-05 14:37:19 on Master Cleanse, has anyone done it?
The Master Cleanse is pseudoscience nonsense. It’s the same basic principle as the liver flush. The idea that you have to supplement the processes your body evolved over millions of years with some bull poo that a naturopathic quack came up with in the 60s is total nonsense.
No athlete of any significant caliber does this kind of nonsense. Stick to the fundamentals. A good, varied diet and plenty of exercise.
2009-01-05 08:33:27 on 13 years old- 5′8″- and 140 lbs.
There are a few fundamental exercise you can do to increase your muscle tone. Weights are good. So are squats:
Pushups, situps, running, pullups (if you can do them), and L sits (parallel bars) are great.