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Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 2110“producing much fruit, or foliage, or many offspring”Which of Stephen King's works are taken as science fiction?"The Jaunt" comes to mind.
Iridic6:21 PM on August 28, 2015You have to learn to love the bomb.This article is so moving. I've always felt he was a cut above, was more tuned into the truth part of "truth in comedy"; this piece reinforced that, with an exclamation point:
I asked him if he could help me understand that better, and he described a letter from Tolkien in response to a priest who had questioned whether Tolkien's mythos was sufficiently doctrinaire, since it treated death not as a punishment for the sin of the... [more]
wemayfreeze4:02 PM on August 28, 2015
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 2107Google has a secret candidate-finding techniqueThis seems like something they use to find people coming out of school. For mid/senior people, they send you a million message on LinkedIn about wanting to "sync up with you for a quick chat to hear about the projects you’ve been working on lately" blah blah blah. I actually need the reverse of this where the recruiters can't contact me unless their job opportunities pass some of my own hidden test cases.sideshow2:48 PM on August 26, 2015Meet the new carbon-fiber-based economy?Of course this would require a huge increase in demand for carbon nanofibers.
Win-win, baby. Then we start mining asteroids and building solar power satellites to beam down lots of energy to the Sahara to keep it going.
George_Spiggott5:28 PM on August 26, 2015
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 2105When Microsoft's "Family Safety" is unsafeOn the one hand, queer and trans kids should totally be able to access queer and trans resources online. On the other hand, even the crunchiest of progressive granola parents would agree that they have some kind of right to monitor and control their kids internet access.
These two rights are fundamentally at odds, and there is no way of supporting one without impinging the other. As sympathetic as I am to the plight of these kids, we're a long... [more]
Avenger6:45 AM on August 25, 2015
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 2104Donald Trump, possibly upsetting Fox News' role in Republican politicsI'm not saying populism is bad. I think we don't make progress without it, but I definitely think there are dark sides to it that need to be watched and checked.Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. --MiB, QFT.The Bellman4:00 PM on August 24, 2015y'all so fucked. i'll say it again: he's your next president. And I will say it again as well, if you're willing to put your money where your mouth is. I'd bet you $500 USD Trump is not the next President.And that, children, is how a little site called MeFi became the new InTrade way back in 2015.Xavier Xavier2:35 PM on August 24, 2015I recently got an unsolicited Facebook message from a long time acquaintance that has worked for the GOP for 5 or so years (college republican, now an East Coast GOP state operative). He's a really good guy. A nice young person who is kind to people, but also one of those guys who gets away with the bullshit "fiscally conservative, socially liberal" tag that is utterly meaningless. More or less, he's pro gay marriage and doesn't want to kill poor people for sport. So he's a moderate, I... [lattiboy1:42 PM on August 24, 2015Further, Trump is upstaging all the white resentment, nativist, race baiting, dog whistle fear-mongering that has been the Republican playbook since Nixon. Previously those have been the tools of the party elite to whip the base into supporting Republican politicians, who go on to enact the policies of the 1% that their plutocratic overlords paid for. Trump is cutting out all the dog whistles and saying it right in the open, combined with some actual populist stances like *gasp* NOT slashing... [more]T.D. Strange1:40 PM on August 24, 2015At this point I will be a little surprised if the next Republican candidate debate doesn't devolve into a running gunfight.CynicalKnight1:25 PM on August 24, 2015
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 2099You Can't, You Won't And You Don't StopIn all the writings about Star Trek and philosophy, I've gotten to the point where I'm never surprised that the writers neglect to consider the elephant in the room -- Gene Roddenberry's military service and the impact it likely had on his thinking about Star Trek's ethical ideals. Roddenberry was a philosophy major. He was a bomber pilot and a police officer. Roddenberry flew B-17s in the Pacific, and while he wasn't the most distinguished aviator, he flew combat... [Cool Papa Bell3:38 PM on August 23, 2015