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Fuuma, I don't expect you to understand, nor does it matter. The only people who say what you do are those who can't afford it, frankly. Feel free to take your "socialistic" rhetoric to the political forums; if i had the time, I would be pleased to explain to you why it is that Marxism failed, but frankly, I've neither the time nor the desire. Enough said. El Jack, exactly. And that is my experience, too. And if I've said enough, then I've already said too much.
Quote: Originally Posted by Fuuma huh? I'm not sure what your rant is about but I will and encourage others to judge people on their consumption according to a variety of criteria; environmental impact, conditions of workers producing the stuff, aesthetics, significations associated with what is consummed, how it imbricates with their worldviews and lifestyle, etc. You can act like you're an island but I don't fucking care, I know you were born into it...
Quote: Originally Posted by makewayhomer again, I don't think people really are, or at least I'm not what bothers me is false justification so buy nice stuff, light cigars with $100's, whatever I don't care, just don't tell me you light your cigars with $100's b/c it works better than a lighter Fair enough, and on that I will not argue with you. As per my post above, buy what you want and do what you want - on that we wholeheartedly agree....
Quote: Originally Posted by benjamin831 +1 Why the hell do I need to rationalize with the OP who clearly can't afford nice shoes + watches. +1 Just one more thing, as an an addendum to my note, above (and picking up thus on your comment, so far as anyone questions how others spend their money, thinking they're entitled to a justification of what others do), I agree with you on this, and remind anyone who thinks otherwise (socialists mainly)...
Quote: Originally Posted by Mute Uh......I buy these things because I like them and I can afford them. Do I really need any other reasons. I think, therefore I am; I earn, therefore I can. What one does with their own money requires no excuse or justification. OK, cliches all, but no less true. Take watches for e.g. Design + Mechanical mastery = value, and its also an emotional value, the "pride" of owning a piece of history and/or master...
Yes, with headlines and soundbytes only skimming at the surface and saying nothing, I can understand where substance and background can get in the way Then, not much of a twitterite, I admit ... though some folks are addicted to it, I realize; then, one can say that of films also - where once films developed intricate characters and plots, utilizing brilliant dialogue, cinematography and story lines, we today have special effects. Hard to encapsulate the realities, both...
Clearly, AI advances promise many benefits, but there are also dangers. While scientists dismiss as "fanciful fears about “singularity” — the term used to describe the point where robots have become so intelligent they are able to build ever more capable versions of themselves without further input from mankind , ... (the reality is that) scientists are privately worried they may be creating machines which end up outsmarting — and perhaps even endangering — humans that...
SWMBO -- This may be a silly suggestion, but what about the medical shoe covers that most doctors, dentists, nurses, etc. (including medical, dental and nursing, etc. students) wear? I know they protect footwear from spills and all sorts of other things found in the ER, but also noticed that some of them are fairly substantial, thus are likely to dampen sound, too, or so I'm thinking. Reason for my suggestion is thus: nothing beats the sound of a good leather sole, and...
Quote: Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard Maybe because torpedoes are carried in finite supply and are not usually used unless in life or death battles? I dunno. Sounds reasonable, and makes sense. EDIT: just adding a link to an article about ST type (deflector) shielding and studies re: protecting astronauts from deadly radiation on future missions, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27811652/ which I thought some here might find interesting...
@ GQGeek But, hey, GQ, you forgot about these folks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_astronauts_by_name (reach for the stars, GQ ... or at least get some of those guys in the photos you posted a good tailor; sheesh, where's Garak when you need him ... (not exactly dashing like Capt. Kirk, or astronauts et al., now are they? But that's ok, good tailors remain in the 24th Century! cheers.
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