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« on: March 09, 2007, 05:27:29 AM »
Like I said, I love reading everyone's bio's so when Mike put up a bit more detail on himself I was interested to read that.

You get a sense of knowing a person from what they like and dislike, what movies they watch and what they think is important.  Of course thinking you know someone and actually knowing someone are two different things, but whatever the case, you have something to discuss instead of talking about the weather, or the, "sex/location/age?" kinda crap that is all too common on the internet.

First of all, I totally agree about the Mac/Firefox thing.  Screw them.  If I had a dime for everyone who claimed that a smaller less accepted product was better than it's mainstream counterpart, I'd be as rich as Bill Gates myself.  

Down here Burger King goes by the name, "Hungry Jacks", (something to do with the name already being owned by the time Burger King came to Australia apparently).  Every anti-corporate jerk will tell you that the "burgers are better at Hungry Jacks", (which also happens to be their advertising slogan), because most of them have no idea that Hungry Jacks is Burger King, a large, (and therefore no doubt evil), corporation itself.  So it looks like the distant underdog here, (not so much anymore), thus the reasoning goes - it must be better. :roll:  So Burg ... I mean Hungry Jacks plays up the flame grilling thing to the hilt to, in some kind of bizarre manner, give their burgers a "more natural" and "less plastic" image as opposed to McDonald's.

It's a freakin' burger people!  Whether the onions are finely chopped and the  burger is neatly put together, or whether the onions are hanging out of it in big chunks is a matter of taste.  It's no better or worse for you, just like a burger you make at home with the same ingredients isn't automatically nutritionally different to "fast food".

I like Burger King as much as the next guy, (and hell I need some variety in my diet ;)), and like I say it's a matter of taste, but I suspect anti-McDonald's sentiment, just like anti-Microsoft sentiment is largely a bunch of "it's better because it's not the biggest" pseudo-anti-corporate bullshit.

Personally, I prefer not to be dicking around with multiple versions of the same software everytime some guy comes out with, "something better".


It was also interesting to learn about Mike's heart condition, but more to the point his attitude about it, and I suspect that I share his perspective.  We've all got a fair idea of our checkout time if we're honest about the statistics, and get a bunch of different numbers.  We don't have to like it, but that's the way it is, and it's I don't see it as a cause for pity, veiled speech, or general weirdness, as if the person so-affected is the conjoined foetus lady on South Park.

I hate the way this kind of thing is perceived in society as if we're not just all monkeys with the exact same destiny.  Dance monkey, dance.

I'm far more comfortable - in fact completely comfortable with - my own mortality since becoming an atheist.  I have to disagree with Bob, and suspect the cure for death isn't going to come in my lifetime, and so I'll settle for doing my level best to help push the human race into the future as much as possible before I'm gone.  Human beings are one of my all-time favourite species, and it's enough for me that they continue to pursue their most noble endeavours and perhaps one day subdue this Universe like a 14 point buck under the heel of Ted-fuckin'-Nugent.

If they cure death, I'll be pleasantly surprised, but I sure ain't counting on it.

I am kind of curious about what's gonna kill me from the plethora of possibilities.  I'm sure it's gonna suck an' all, but will still be a curious experience, (not that I'll remember).  I'm also looking forward to all the statistically standard problems a Australian male is in for, and I just can't seem to take the whole thing anymore seriously than the life-cycle of a frog I learned about in preschool.  If I get hit by a bus tomorrow, the Universe itself wont give a crap.  And if you can't at least smirk at the cosmic humour of something like that happening to number one, there's no goddamn hope for you.

On the other hand, having accepted all that, it's all the more fun when you do manage to circumvent the course of *spit* nature.  If science can deal with Mike's condition one day, (and/or the one(s) I'm destined to have), I'll be laughing with joy, giving the bird to thin air and yelling, "Take that Universe you arbitrary little mother fucker!"

Not that I've thought about it that much. ;)

We seem to share a lot of tastes Mike, but I guess I do with most people since I'm into pop culture, and don't mind saying so.

  • I like cities, I've seen enough trees and rocks and shit to last me the rest of my life.  I don't even have landscape pictures on the wall.  I have cityscapes - especially night time shots.
  • Hovind is of course the embodiment of the word "dumbass", so the description in your profile is pure poetry.
  • I'm not crazy about LOTR - hairy toes my achin' arse. ;)
  • We also have different tastes in music, I like 80's pop.
  • You didn't need to mention that you like hockey - it already says that at the top of your profile:  "Location: Ottawa, Canada".
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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2007, 06:36:53 AM »
See this is exactly why I want people to send me their bios.  So we can put our skepticism aside for a minute or two (if that's even possible) and get to know each other.

I never got the whole "use Firefox or else you're just another techno-weenie".  I've tried Firefox, and yes, it's a good browser, but I prefer IE.  I don't know why, I can't tell you why or even IF it's superior.  It's what I'm used to, it's what most of the world is used to, it comes with Windows, and I've never had a problem with it (recent versions). In fact, I'm very impressed with Microsoft for IE7 and for Windows Vista. :)

Which brings me to Windows.  Yes, I use Windows.  And I'll admit it "I LOVE WINDOWS".  Take that. Serisously though, I've never used a Mac.  Well maybe once or twice in college and in the local computer store.  I have, however, used Linux extensively.  And I still prefer Windows.  I really hate it when people say "you're Microsoft's bitch".  Like that's a bad thing.  I have many IT contracts with small companies around here.  I use Windows because my clients use Windows.  And my future clients are VERY likely to be using Windows.  I use Windows because it's user-friendly.  Because I can post on here, I can maintain SGUFans.net, I can keep in contact with everyone.  I can play pretty much every game out there.  And I can surf the interweb. Yes, a Mac can do most of those things, but a PC can do ALL of those things and it cost maybe 1/2 or 1/3 the price.  A Mac eliteist telling a Windows user that they're stupid for using Windows is like a Muslim telling a Christian that they believe in the wrong god (or vice versa).

Yeah, I was born with a form of transposition of the great vessels.  I can still do normal stuff, just no sports, and maintain a proper diet.  Other then that, bring it on. :)

But yeah, for a while it was hard to deal with (teenage years).  I found a little support through religion.  After a while (a few months) I realized it wasn't for me.  So I just sort of came to accept it and deal with it.  But there was always something there, I always though, oh well, my next life will be better, I can play all the hockey I want then.  But it still didn't help and that made me even more depressed.  Until one day, I came across an episode of BS and for my critical thinking skills started to develop.  I started living for the moment rather than waiting around hoping something better will come along.  My wife saw an immediate change in me.   And so, I can say that science, skepticism, critical thinking, denying religion, and Penn's kick-ass humour made me appreciate life more than I ever had.

I like visiting cities, I went to the DR once and had to sort of stay at my hotel and the adjacent beach.  It seemed like a great idea, but we got bored, fast.  In big cities you can see almost everything a culture has to offer.  You can sample their local food, art, architecture, traditions, and bad driving skills. :)

LOTR, I read it once when I was younger and thought it was so-so, but the movies really brought me back to reading it again and I enjoyed it much more the second time.

As far as music, I like 80's pop too.  In fact, I don't think there's an entire style of music that I don't like.  Yes, even country.

I know, but you'd be surprised how many Canadians don't care for hockey.  Especially recently.  My dad was REALLY into hockey.  But he said with the rule changes and the new style of play, the game's been ruined and he barely even follows it anymore.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2007, 08:13:09 AM »
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See this is exactly why I want people to send me their bios.  So we can put our skepticism aside for a minute or two (if that's even possible) and get to know each other.


Yes, I have a whole thread on this subject half written.  

I never used to socialise well, ever since I was a child - not because there's anything wrong with me, but because I can't stand the politics that come into play in a group of people greater than two.  I mean, I really can't stomach it.  As soon as you have more than two people, you have popular opinion, in which case people like Joe Rogan wind up running the show, and it's an environment where genuine intellectual discourse is impossible and honesty is punished.  Since I've been talking to you guys, I've suddenly come to this realisation, when I only felt it before.  

If for example I was talking to my mother about a subject and one of her friends came over to visit, I would leave the room, (not to be rude, or in an ill-mannered way), but most people get their nose out of joint if you leave the room as soon as they get there, and label you "anti-social".  It's not that I didn't like them, it was that three's a crowd.  

It's not like I don't have friends, but I can't stand them all together - two at a time maximum - and these are people I really like to hang around with,, and agree with on most things).  But get four of them in a room together and they turn into a bunch of drooling idiots.  I hate parties, nightclubs, I can't think of anything I'd rather do less.  I've got this theory about human IQ and how each individual's intelligence is divided by the number of people in close proximity.  I would even wind up despising the people I went there with, for their vacuous behaviour.

But then, as I say, I started talking to you guys, and I realised:  Shit.  It isn't me that's the problem - it's the average person that's broken.  I really felt like, not only could I stand to be in a room with you guys, but that I would actually enjoy it.  I suddenly wanted to hang out with a bunch of people.  I suddenly wanted to just socialise.  Which is why I'm keen on TAM6.

I always assumed that it was the actual activities at social events I found boring.  I didn't realise it was the people.  Not that I don't expect normal human irrationality to be present in some form in even this social group, (ego, jealousy, popularity scale and prejudice), but to be dealing with a room full of people with at least some semblance of rationality is fast turning into a dream I may realise.

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Yeah, I was born with a form of transposition of the great vessels.  I can still do normal stuff, just no sports, and maintain a proper diet.  Other then that, bring it on. :)


Cool.  I look at these kinds of limitations all the same way.  Like the fact I was born average height and will never play in the NBA, or was born not looking like a supermodel, and wont get fawned over dawn 'til dusk by the opposite sex.  These limitations, don't half piss me off as much as my in-born oxygen addiction.  I can't go without it for two minutes without suffering from major withdrawal symptoms.  I think I got it from my mother, (I suspect she was doing oxygen during her pregnancy and saddled me with a chemical imbalance that makes my body need it).  I was reading somewhere that oxygen gets passed from the mother's blood to the foetus during the gestation period, so I was screwed right from the start.

It's put some severe restrictions on my activities.  I can't explore the depths of the oceans, or go into space without life support equipment.  I don't want to use the bulky life support equipment because I'm afraid everyone else will start calling me the "Bubble Boy".  So I just avoid those activities and wonder about how much fun they would be.  Man I wish I was normal, like everyone else.

What I'm trying to say is that, one thing on which I do agree with Bob is that mortality sucks donkey's gonads, and more than that, so do all human limitations.  On some level I hate them.  I hate the fact that I have a brain that can comprhend infinity and a body that can never touch it.  I hate the fact that I'm so limited.  I've always felt like I have a disability because I need to breathe, drink and eat.  I'm prone to pain, animal instincts, and death.  I want to be a god.  A god not the God, (which of course the xians would love to hear an atheist say).

Which doesn't mean I'm depressed or about to kill myself, but I'm sure as shit not upset about not being able to do a one figure percentage of the piffling little terrestrial crap within the sphere of human existence.  I'm dissatisfied with that in the first place.

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But yeah, for a while it was hard to deal with (teenage years).  I found a little support through religion.  After a while (a few months) I realised it wasn't for me.  So I just sort of came to accept it and deal with it.  But there was always something there, I always though, oh well, my next life will be better, I can play all the hockey I want then.  But it still didn't help and that made me even more depressed.  Until one day, I came across an episode of BS and for my critical thinking skills started to develop.  I started living for the moment rather than waiting around hoping something better will come along.  My wife saw an immediate change in me.
 

I wish my wife could have seen it in me.  Alas she is a Jehovah's Witness and saw it only as a threat, if she noticed it at all.  It's something I would have liked to share with her. :(  

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And so, I can say that science, skepticism, critical thinking, denying religion, and Penn's kick-ass humour made me appreciate life more than I ever had.


I did not know that.  That P&T was the thing that got you started.  Which episode?

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I like visiting cities, I went to the DR once and had to sort of stay at my hotel and the adjacent beach.  It seemed like a great idea, but we got bored, fast.  In big cities you can see almost everything a culture has to offer.  You can sample their local food, art, architecture, traditions, and bad driving skills. :)


Yeah, best holiday I ever had was staying in the Sydney Airport Parkroyal Hotel for a week.  Nothing to worry about, just go see the city every day, and drive around checking everything out.

The fact I like cities might seem to conflict with my dislike of large groups as I said earlier, but cities are more anonymous than small towns.  You are just another person among many, less special, and therefore nobody gets involved in your business.

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LOTR, I read it once when I was younger and thought it was so-so, but the movies really brought me back to reading it again and I enjoyed it much more the second time.


I read that book at the behest of a friend, and I was waiting for something good to happen that explained why he liked it so much, but it never did.  It was just pages and pages of meandering shit to me that never had any kind of point.

When the movie came out I thought I might see something I'd missed, but it was the same even more so.

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As far as music, I like 80's pop too.  In fact, I don't think there's an entire style of music that I don't like.  Yes, even country.


You sick bastard.

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I know, but you'd be surprised how many Canadians don't care for hockey.  Especially recently.  My dad was REALLY into hockey.  But he said with the rule changes and the new style of play, the game's been ruined and he barely even follows it anymore.


Hockey has rules?!  It cetainly is better when nobody plays by them. :wink:

Funny I've never been that fond of cricket either - but I watch a one day match occasionally.  Some of them can be quite entertaining.

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Heart defects are the most common birth defect occurring in approximately 1% of live births

Approximately one million people worldwide are currently living with a CHD


One million worldwide seems pretty low, unless it is an imbalance between developed and delveloping nations ... no that's still pretty low.  What's the effect on life expectancy with this kind of thing?  You alluded to an average reduction earlier.

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Having a child with a CHD increases an individual’s chances of having another child with a CHD from 1% to 3%. Subsequent children born with a CHD increase that individual’s chances further.


What in the hell?!  I've never heard of such a thing before.  So it's some kind of intrauterine cause and not straight out genetics?  Is that what I'm seeing here?
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2007, 02:55:50 PM »
I just saw that Sir-Mix-Alot parody video: http://funnyjunk.com/movies/117/Baby+Got+Bible/

ROFL!

"So ladies, (yeah), ladies, (yeah), Do you wanna save people from Hades? (yeah) ..."

Best line ever.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2007, 04:55:07 PM »
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Which is why I'm keen on TAM6.


Yeah, I damn well better see you there. :)  For some reason I see you driving some awesome conversations between groups of people.  That's what TAM's all about.  I'm definitely gonna be there at the next TAM.   But a year and 3 months is a long time from now. ugh.

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These limitations, don't half piss me off as much as my in-born oxygen addiction.  I can't go without it for two minutes without suffering from major withdrawal symptoms.  


Wow, the things you learn on here.  I have the same affliction.  I'm thinking of starting a support group in my area.   I think it affects more people than one would think.

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I wish my wife could have seen it in me.  Alas she is a Jehovah's Witness and saw it only as a threat, if she noticed it at all.  It's something I would have liked to share with her. :(  


Yeah, the way I see it is if someone can't accept you for who you are, why bother spending the rest of your life with them?

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I did not know that.  That P&T was the thing that got you started.  Which episode?


Well I saw it on our On-Demand TV service here and I though it was going to be a show about magic.  So I checked it out and, well, it wasn't about magic.   It was the one on the Death Penalty.  I love these types of shows and just kept ordering new episodes and got around to the first season where they had the one about psychics, ghosts (complete with Dr Novella himself), alternative medicine, creationism.  And the one in the second season about the bible.  The one about the end of the world introduced me to Randi and the million dollar challenge and so I checked out his site and really enjoyed reading it.  In the meantime I became a big fan of Penn and subscribed to Penn Radio on iTunes.  That led me to search for other skepticism podcasts and I came across the SGU.  The rest of the story you can pretty much find in my other posts and on the site. hehe

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The fact I like cities might seem to conflict with my dislike of large groups as I said earlier, but cities are more anonymous than small towns.  You are just another person among many, less special, and therefore nobody gets involved in your business.


I agree, I don't like crowds. Going shopping in a crowded mall/store/supermarket is a pet peeve of mine.  But the crowds in NYC walking on the streets I'm ok with.  I don't know why.  I just am.

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I read that book at the behest of a friend, and I was waiting for something good to happen that explained why he liked it so much, but it never did.  It was just pages and pages of meandering shit to me that never had any kind of point.

When the movie came out I thought I might see something I'd missed, but it was the same even more so.


It's not for everyone.  I'm a big fan of RPG video games.  I think I enjoy LOTR in the same way.

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You sick bastard.


Not MUCH county, maybe one or 2 songs. LOL

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Hockey has rules?!  It cetainly is better when nobody plays by them. :wink:


Yeah that's the old style of hockey.  Now there are books upon books of rules. hehe

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Heart defects are the most common birth defect occurring in approximately 1% of live births

Approximately one million people worldwide are currently living with a CHD
One million worldwide seems pretty low, unless it is an imbalance between developed and delveloping nations ... no that's still pretty low.  What's the effect on life expectancy with this kind of thing?  You alluded to an average reduction earlier.


Well in my specific case I'm not sure.  The surgery I got at a young age to correct it was fairly new at the time.  So currently I believe the oldest person who has had what I have is about 35.  It's called a mustard procedure (yep, a Canadian invented the procedure that saved my life. yay) or a senning procedure.  But my cardiologist did tell me to prepare myself for an eventual heart transplant.  Unless science comes up with something new, it looks like that might be happening.  But not right away.  Science has time.  My doctor said probably in 10 years or so but he obviously can't be more precise.

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Having a child with a CHD increases an individual’s chances of having another child with a CHD from 1% to 3%. Subsequent children born with a CHD increase that individual’s chances further.

What in the hell?!  I've never heard of such a thing before.  So it's some kind of intrauterine cause and not straight out genetics?  Is that what I'm seeing here?


It's one of my greatest fears.  I'm not sure how it works, but my chance of my child getting what I have is a little higher than someone else's.  But cardiovascular medicine has taken great leaps since I was born and they have now a complete arterial switch called the Jantene procedure which is much, much better than what I had.  And will increase my child's quiality of life significantly over my own. Isn't that really what any parent wants?  So there's that.  But I'm still hoping to fall in that 97%. hehe  I hope to be a father very soon.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2007, 06:02:34 PM »
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Yeah, I damn well better see you there. :)  For some reason I see you driving some awesome conversations between groups of people.  That's what TAM's all about.  I'm definitely gonna be there at the next TAM.   But a year and 3 months is a long time from now. ugh.


Well my verbal skills aren't as good as my written skills, (from the aforementioned lack of practise), so I'd probably do a lot more listening than talking, (for once).  But I continue to work on my woefully neglected social skills.

Hey, do you know where I can get details about TAM6 - proposed location, etc, so I can start planning ahead.  I couldn't see anything at the JREF.  Are there at least sketchy details, rumours and here say?

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Yeah, the way I see it is if someone can't accept you for who you are, why bother spending the rest of your life with them?


Pretty ironic since I was tolerating her beliefs - despite being in total disagreement with them.  But this is not a double-standard amongst believers that anyone here is unfamiliar with.

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Well I saw it on our On-Demand TV service here and I though it was going to be a show about magic.  So I checked it out and, well, it wasn't about magic.   It was the one on the Death Penalty.  I love these types of shows ...


Types of shows?  What types of shows like Bullshit?  Is HBO running a show called "Horse shit" or "Crock of shit"?!  What other shit shows are there out there?  P&T rule shit! ;)

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Well in my specific case I'm not sure.  The surgery I got at a young age to correct it was fairly new at the time.  So currently I believe the oldest person who has had what I have is about 35.  It's called a mustard procedure (yep, a Canadian invented the procedure that saved my life ...


Yay medical science.  And this is an interesting point.  Most people don't realise it, but some medical procedure has already saved their life at some point, (usually as an infant), even if it was just an immunisation shot.  We are all in the same boat in that regard as well.

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But my cardiologist did tell me to prepare myself for an eventual heart transplant.  Unless science comes up with something new, it looks like that might be happening.  But not right away.  Science has time.


Shit.  That's pretty serious, but then again is a significantly successful procedure these days as I understand it.  I can't help thinking of the TV ad on the movie Robocop: "The new new Jansen series 7 sports heart by Yamaha!"  I bet Bob would be getting one of those in a ...  well ... heartbeat.

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My doctor said probably in 10 years or so but he obviously can't be more precise.


Well that's because doctors don't know what they are doing, and science doesn't know everything.  But I know a good psychic surgeon who does - and he can also balance your chi while he's at it.

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It's one of my greatest fears.  I'm not sure how it works, but my chance of my child getting what I have is a little higher than someone else's.  But cardiovascular medicine has taken great leaps since I was born and they have now a complete arterial switch called the Jantene procedure which is much, much better than what I had.  And will increase my child's quality of life significantly over my own. Isn't that really what any parent wants?  So there's that.  But I'm still hoping to fall in that 97%. hehe  I hope to be a father very soon.


I rather like that fact that we can once again stick it to that bitch mother nature and correct a bunch of stuff without even batting an eyelid half the time.  Sounds like this kind of thing is going to one day fall into the same category as some of the easily correctable conditions we have currently, reducing it to nothing more than a quirk hereditary quirk that needs the standard treatment during pregnancy.

And once again, your descendants and mine are in the same boat where they will rely on advanced science for their very survival.  If science disappeared tomorrow we'd have enough trouble trying to eat, let alone reproduce viable offspring.  We're already over-leveraged due to the advantages of modern technology - a situation I don't at all object to and further encourage.  The genies out of the bottle and I am not gonna go back to the dark ages no matter how nervous the situation makes all the hippies.  

Sure we could hit a brick wall and lose a significant portion of the population, but how is that better that and them never having existed in the first place?  I'm sure as shit not gonna sit around on my arse smoking dope and singing Koom-ba-ya when we could just as easily get wiped out by an asteroid or some other *spit* 'natural' occurrence - the kind of thing we do have some chance of fixing the more developed we are, and the more human resources we have to come up with ways of dealing with shit like that.  The fucking dolphins aren't' gonna be be much help when it comes to a situation like that - I don't care how smart they are.
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2007, 07:09:57 AM »
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Yeah, I damn well better see you there. :)  For some reason I see you driving some awesome conversations between groups of people.  That's what TAM's all about.  I'm definitely gonna be there at the next TAM.   But a year and 3 months is a long time from now. ugh.


Well my verbal skills aren't as good as my written skills, (from the aforementioned lack of practise), so I'd probably do a lot more listening than talking, (for once).  But I continue to work on my woefully neglected social skills.

Hey, do you know where I can get details about TAM6 - proposed location, etc, so I can start planning ahead.  I couldn't see anything at the JREF.  Are there at least sketchy details, rumours and here say?


The only thing I've heard is that it's likely to be in June 2008.  As for location, I've heard Vegas, Florida and England.  All rumours though.  The best place to get that info would be on the JREF site and forums when they decide to make it official.  But that might be a while from now.

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Well I saw it on our On-Demand TV service here and I though it was going to be a show about magic.  So I checked it out and, well, it wasn't about magic.   It was the one on the Death Penalty.  I love these types of shows ...

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Types of shows?  What types of shows like Bullshit?  Is HBO running a show called "Horse shit" or "Crock of shit"?!  What other shit shows are there out there?  P&T rule shit! ;)


LOL good question. :)  I guess I should have said types of media?  Anything that questions popular belief.  I don't think anyone does it quite like P&T.  But Mythbusters, Inquiring Minds.  And books on the subject like Flim-Flam, DHW, etc.

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But my cardiologist did tell me to prepare myself for an eventual heart transplant.  Unless science comes up with something new, it looks like that might be happening.  But not right away.  Science has time.

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Shit.  That's pretty serious, but then again is a significantly successful procedure these days as I understand it.  I can't help thinking of the TV ad on the movie Robocop: "The new new Jansen series 7 sports heart by Yamaha!"  I bet Bob would be getting one of those in a ...  well ... heartbeat.


Yep, the last time I looked into it.  If I pass the first "critical" year following a heart transplant, the life expectancy is around 12 years!  Which is amazing considering they rip out your heart and just give you someone else's.  But I'm positive that by the time I need one, (if I ever do), that number will have increased by a lot.  I remember reading a guiness book of records from the mid seventies, the person who had survived the longest after a heart transplant was 73 days.  So they've made leaps and bounds and they're not stopping.  I put my faith in science.

Also, the first batch of people who had the procedure that I had are about 8 yrs older than me.  Although every case is different, my cardiologist follows them and gives me general updates on their conditions.  They can be the guinea pigs for procedures that will be well established by the time I need them.  My cardiologist told me about a type of procedure where they would put a band around my heart to strengthen my right heart.  This would prepare my heart for a full-on arterial switch.  He said it's experimental and they've done it twice.  So far it's 50/50 on success rates.  I'll wait a bit.  I feel healthy right now.   But if they keep doing this and the success rate goes up.  I'll consider it and perhaps not need a heart transplant after all. Besides, I'm pretty attached to my own heart.  We've been through a lot together. hehe

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The fucking dolphins aren't' gonna be be much help when it comes to a situation like that - I don't care how smart they are.


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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2007, 11:36:32 AM »
Hey Mike, how long do you spend working on the SGUFans site?

Do you have any major plans for the site you want to tell us about, things in the works, etc?

And thanks for all the work you are putting in by the way, the episode guides are awesome - especially the audio clips.  They will be an excellent resource.
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2007, 01:04:52 PM »
Just wanted to thank you, Mike, for being such a SGU freak and getting people to share their personal information with you. You should try the Nigerian scam, you'd probably end up rich!

Oh, and I still love you even though you like LOTR.
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2007, 01:50:55 PM »
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Hey Mike, how long do you spend working on the SGUFans site?


Right now I try to get in 2-3 episodes a day, so at the VERY least 2 and a half hours/day.  When there's sound clips (like the most recent ones I've done) it can take an extra 15 mins or so.  But right now the site is pretty well designed, so it's really just about filling in the blanks.

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Do you have any major plans for the site you want to tell us about, things in the works, etc?


Well I'm hoping to change the chatroom interface, I love the fact that users have to register to chat so no one can pretend to be someone else or an admin (something that's already happened, thanks TC).  But I hate the fact that it's a webpage that refreshes every 7-10 seconds.  It's annoying.

I'm also working on some blogging software so that SGU fans can post a blog post every so often when they need a soap box to stand on to rant or discuss current events, or give us some good old-fashioned anecdotes.

I'm also working with Jay to come up with some good ideas.  We've been semi-brainstorming ideas that might happen in the near and far future.

And I'm hoping to, once the episode alt-summaries are done, try to setup interviews with each of the panelists.

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And thanks for all the work you are putting in by the way, the episode guides are awesome - especially the audio clips.  They will be an excellent resource.


It's my pleasure.  I'm actually having a whole LOT of fun doing this.

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Just wanted to thank you, Mike, for being such a SGU freak and getting people to share their personal information with you. You should try the Nigerian scam, you'd probably end up rich!


Hmm... perhaps I could revamp it as a Canadian scam:

"Hey buddy, I'm the king of Canada eh?.  I have $30M dollars stashed in my vacation igloo.  However I cannot get to it because my sled dogs are too goddamn lazy.  I need $50,000 from you to purchase a new batch of sled dogs, a hockey stick and a case of beer.  Once I get that I will go to my vacation igloo (stopping at each Tim Hortons along the way) and retrieve the money.  I will then forward $10M to you.  That, unfortunately is in Canadian money and it worth about $13.10 of your money."

No... see it just couldn't work. :)

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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2007, 02:51:11 AM »
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Right now I try to get in 2-3 episodes a day, so at the VERY least 2 and a half hours/day.  When there's sound clips (like the most recent ones I've done) it can take an extra 15 mins or so.  But right now the site is pretty well designed, so it's really just about filling in the blanks.

Wow, man! How are you doing all that every day, along with being active here on the forum, and holding down a full-time job, and managing not to annoy your wife too much... I wouldn't have thought it was possible, but you seem to be doing it! Is there a secret, beyond excellent time management?
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2007, 03:05:39 AM »
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Hmm... perhaps I could revamp it as a Canadian scam:

"Hey buddy, I'm the king of Canada eh?.  I have $30M dollars stashed in my vacation igloo.  However I cannot get to it because my sled dogs are too goddamn lazy.  I need $50,000 from you to purchase a new batch of sled dogs, a hockey stick and a case of beer.  Once I get that I will go to my vacation igloo (stopping at each Tim Hortons along the way) and retrieve the money.  I will then forward $10M to you.  That, unfortunately is in Canadian money and it worth about $13.10 of your money."


:lol: FOOCL!
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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2007, 06:38:55 AM »
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Right now I try to get in 2-3 episodes a day, so at the VERY least 2 and a half hours/day.  When there's sound clips (like the most recent ones I've done) it can take an extra 15 mins or so.  But right now the site is pretty well designed, so it's really just about filling in the blanks.

Wow, man! How are you doing all that every day, along with being active here on the forum, and holding down a full-time job, and managing not to annoy your wife too much... I wouldn't have thought it was possible, but you seem to be doing it! Is there a secret, beyond excellent time management?


Typical day:

Get up at 6:00am.   Get on the forums at about 6:20.  Leave for work at 6:55.  Get to work.  Get on the forums on breaks and sometimes lunch.  Done work at 4:00pm.  Get home at 4:40pm.  Listen to an episode of the SGU.   Eat dinner.  Post on the forums.  Listen to another episode.  Edit my sound files.  Add some new stuff if I can think of anything.  Get another episode in if its not too close to my bedtime.

My wife is a nurse (I know... isn't that awesome?!) and she works evening shift.  She starts work at 3:00pm and is done at 11pm.  She then goes to the gym until about 12:30am-1:00am.  We only see each other on weekends really.
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2007, 07:33:12 PM »
Now that Mike is a moderator you'd better be nice to him or he'll ban your arse, because now that he's collaborating with "the man" he probably thinks he's better than us.  No doubt this post will be ... [Post moderated due to violation of forum rules - Mike] ... and black helicopters over my house.
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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2007, 08:03:39 PM »
Consider yourself moderated. ;)
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