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Victor Ganata
RT @permdocjobs: Internal Medicine #Physician #Job: $325K base, hospital-employed, no income tax state, Texas, outpatient-Only #TaxDay
Obamacare in action? - Victor Ganata
Sorry, I don't mean to diss, but I still wouldn't move to Texas. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
OH: The price of bacon is too damn high!
True, especially given the quality of most bacon. - Jennifer Dittrich
Damn. $9/package is pretty expensive. That's like 1-1/2 ribeye steaks at Trader Joe's. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Is molybdenum the secret of life? - JPL/CalTech
So is that what Deep Thought was talking about? Element 42? :D - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
"Joe Romm draws our attention to the third slice of the latest IPCC report on climate change, on the costs of mitigation; the panel finds that these costs aren't that big -- a few percent of GDP even by the end of the century, which means only a trivial hit to the growth rate. At one level this shouldn't be considered news. It has been apparent for quite a while that given the right incentives we could maintain economic growth even while greatly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But there is, in fact, some news that greatly strengthens the case that saving the planet would be quite cheap." - Andrew C (✔)
"As a practical matter, the fallacies of the right are much more important -- indeed, they may destroy civilization. What's notable about right-wing commentary on the economics of emission reduction is how people on that side suddenly seem to change their views about the effectiveness of markets. Normally they extol the magic of the marketplace, which can brush aside all limits; but... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"In fact, it's possible that solar will displace coal even without special incentives. But we can't count on that. What we do know is that it's no longer remotely true that we need to keep burning coal to satisfy electricity demand. The way is open to a drastic reduction in emissions, at not very high cost. And that should make us optimistic about the future, right? I mean, all that stands in our way is prejudice, ignorance, and vested interests. Oh, wait." - Andrew C (✔)
Even though reports play up the fact that the PRC is burning massive amounts of coal (and causing severe air pollution), the PRC's investment in green energy is a lot of why the price of solar panels has plummeted. - Victor Ganata
Jeff Atwood
RT @RumsfeldOffice: That I & most Americans have no idea whether our taxes are accurate tells us something. My annual letter to the #IRS:
It looks like Donald Rumsfeld is really riding this radical skeptical train down to the end-of-the-line, doesn't it? "I have no idea whether our taxes are accurate because true knowledge is impossible." - Victor Ganata
Maybe he'll talk himself out of existence? - Andrew C (✔)
But 911 - Iraq connection was CRYSTAL CLEAR. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Well, except for the unknown unknowns. No one could have foreseen the unknown unknowns. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States - The Onion
Why bother doing anything when nativist anti-government militants and white supremacists will do it for them? - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
I think because of my preoccupation with fantasy worlds, when I first learned about the history of the Jesuits at my Jesuit-run high school, I imagined that St. Ignatius had founded an actual order of paladins.
I think it's mainly because of Ignatius's military training that I developed a sense that the Jesuits were kind of a quasimilitary arm of the Roman Catholic Church. - Victor Ganata
The head of the Jesuit order is called the Superior General. - Victor Ganata
I realize that I probably misinterpreted what "Church Militant" actually means. (More so than "crusader", it seems to be the Christian equivalent of "mujahid" which also seems to be similarly frequently misinterpreted.) - Victor Ganata
The founding document does make the quasimilitary nature of the Society of Jesus evident, though: "Whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God beneath the banner of the Cross in our Society, which we desire to be designated by the Name of Jesus, and to serve the Lord alone and the Church, his spouse, under the Roman Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ on earth, should, after a solemn vow of... more... - Victor Ganata
My impression of Spanish history was very hazy when I was 11-13. It's like they probably explained it in class at some point but I missed it? and then I got mixed up about the expulsion of the Jews in 1492 and the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767 and I wasn't sure who was which and which was who and was there more than one expulsion and what are jesuits anyway and are they related to... more... - Betsy
(And that's what goes through my mind any time anyone mentions Jesuits.) - Betsy
Yeah, I'm not really sure what faction exactly shot Ignatius with a cannonball, or even what army Ignatius was serving with at the time. #TooManyWars - Victor Ganata
You are RUINING Assassin's Creed for me! (or you would be if I'd ever played those games... stupid backlog.) - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
A site that keeps track of Game of Thrones characters and their allegiances and whether or not they're dead. :D
LOL, I like how the episode guide reads like a combat log from WoW. "[redacted] has been poisoned. [redacted] has died!" - Victor Ganata
"Arya Stark backstabs Polliver. Polliver is killed!" - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
Bravo, @Reuters. Not many new orgs would even think to invert the Y axis for maximum deception.
LOLOLOL. - Victor Ganata
If inverted-Y is good enough for FPS players, it's good enough for a newspaper? :D - Victor Ganata
Oh that's phenomenal. - Hookuh Tinypants
The designer defended it by analogy to a graph about the Iraq War, but her design differs in a few key aspects that make hers more deceptive. - Andrew C (✔)
"By the seventeenth century, polite society typically shunned thou, which had become the marked form. This was in large part the result of the use of thou and thee by religious groups such as the Quakers, who saw the older pronoun form as that which emphasized the equality of rather than the social distance between all individuals (Leith 108, Crystal 71). The continued use of thou and thee was, interestingly, the subject of much scrutiny and led to the development of a new verb, to thou, and a verbal noun, thou-ing. In a telling example from Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth (1853), the working-class heroine at one point “dropped the more formal ‘you,’ with which she had addressed Miss Benson [her new guardian], and thou’d her quietly and habitually” (137)." - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Huh. You don't see verbed pronouns every day. - Victor Ganata
"Thou'd her quietly and habitually" is badass. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Victor Ganata
The coffee is making me sleepy. What has happened to me?!?
This is as bad as the Purple Wedding! - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Captain America Doesn’t Need To Be A Jerk To Be Interesting - The Young Folks
Not everybody needs to be a rogue. Paladins can be interesting, too. Especially when everyone else they're interacting with is a rogue. - Victor Ganata
my husband vigorously agrees with this statement and now he''s riffing about paladins. - Jenica
And when he's stuck in a crapsack world with all its rampant moral ambiguity constantly gnawing at his conscience. - Victor Ganata
And on top of all of that is survivor's guilt. - Victor Ganata
Paladins rock :) - Victor Ganata
^ Biased. :P - Hookuh Tinypants
The first two toons I ever rolled in WoW were a paladin and a warlock. I guess I'm pretty internally conflicted :D But I like to imagine that they're actually coming from the exact same sense of moral certitude, except the former is constrained by an ethical code while the latter is all about "by any means necessary." - Victor Ganata
I've probably thought about this too much. I'm not even an RPer! I imagine the internal conflict of a paladin is the essential conflict between deontology and utilitarianism. Doing the right thing for the right reasons can still end up with really bad outcomes, but targeting good outcomes might require you do things that will violate your ethical code. So no matter what you do, your conscience is always gnawing at you. So either you turn into a crusading fundamentalist monster or you lose your faith. - Victor Ganata
Outside of the WoW universe, sure. Inside the WoW universe? Paladins were created to combat the evil demonic forces rallied by warlocks during the Second War. The warlocks lacked any sense of moral anything. :) Oh jesus I'm a goddamned lore nerd now. *facepalm* But traditionally I would say yes, warlocks and paladins both come from the same sense of moral certitude but go about their business under different M.O.'s. - Hookuh Tinypants
It's all about staying in that conflicted space. - Victor Ganata
I just realized Hunters are just a bunch of floppers (feign death). - Rodfather
So what's this about Captain America being a rogue? - Stephen Mack
I love Cap for exactly the fact that he isn't a jerk and holds on to his morality despite what is thrown at him. I think the movies have gotten his character pitch-perfect. - Jed
You know, I was never really clear about the origin of Alliance (or former Alliance) 'locks. I've always imagined the human/gnome/belf/helf 'locks to be former Kirin Tor mages who took things *way* too far. (While I've always imagined dwarven locks to be either Dark Iron or Dark Iron-trained.) - Victor Ganata
I'm not that versed in the Marvel Multiverse, but apparently Ultimate Cap is a prick. - Victor Ganata
Vic - that's correct. Short story of it: Alliance locks originated with the humans - they were trained to be mages by the high elfs, but over time the humans corruped the class by delving into dark and darker magics. That's where the Order of Tirisfal and the Guardians of Tirisfal came from - they were created to protect the world against the dark demonic magic. However, many mages... more... - Hookuh Tinypants
Andrew C (✔)
RT @teapartycat: That awkward moment when the GOP denies racism still exists and then Hank Aaron is flooded with hate mail:
Victor Ganata
I realize Avenger's Shield is a straight-up rip of Captain America's signature move, so Captain America is kind of the ur-prot pally, but I also can't help wonder if Thor isn't the prototype ret pally, what with all the hammers and all :D
The way your mind works, man. :) Always connecting dots and whatnot. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
Didja play the Crusader in D3 yet, bro? Thor and Capt. America COMBINED INTO ONE! - Arlan K.
I haven't even gotten past the first act with my Crusader yet. I've been too enamored with the Wizard and my Avatar: The Last Airbender headcanon. :D And trying to get moar legendaries for my WD. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
First armed right-wing militants stymie federal agents in Nevada, now Wisconsin wants to secede from the Union? Are we like on the fast track to a second Civil War or what? I hope the UN sends observers with armed escorts to the 2014 midterm elections or all hell is almost certain to break loose.
Wisconsin Republicans to Vote on Secessions - HuffPo - Victor Ganata
It makes me wonder if anyone who supports secession realizes what would ACTUALLY happen to their lives if it went through. - Chris Topher
I also wonder if people really ever think through what will probably happen to them if they decide to open fire on federal agents. - Victor Ganata
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
The conversation has devolved into MoanTones. Because the pr0n industry wanted to get into the ringtone business... x__________x
o_O :D - Victor Ganata
Sam Hardacre
"I hate every ape I see from chimp-an-a to chimpanzee, oh you'll never make a monkey out of me!"
"Rock me, Dr. Zaius!" - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
I guess Sophie Turner was either one of the few GoT actors who actually read the books or the people writing her parts have very successfully distilled the character of Sansa into the screenplay :D re: Sophie Turner in response to Sansa hate (via dreadfulseahag)
"And she’s learned from the best — Cersei, Margaery, Tyrion, Littlefinger, even Joffrey. She’s learned so much from these people, and they don’t even realize it. They’re unwittingly feeding her to become this great kind of manipulator." - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Hey, is the eclipse starting, or am I going blind?
I thought it was supposed to start around 2 am EDT. - John (bird whisperer)
Ah. I guess it doesn't start until 10:58 PM PDT. Maybe if I take a nap now…. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Details: -- stage 1 in 30 mins - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Victor Ganata
"There is only one hell, princess: the one we're living in now."
—Super Mario Bros - Micah
*Mario death music* - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Don't nobody spoil GOT for me I will disembowel you. Twice. From all sides. And make shoes out of your skin. Heels. And dance on your bones.
That's the Westerosi spirit. - Victor Ganata
^ Heh. - SAM
Sticks book under entrails and waits for the spoiling to begin. - Not Me
Everyone Dies. - Not Me
Except those that don't - Friar Will
"What is dead may never die." - Victor Ganata
ALL MEN MUST DIE. Or so I've heard. - Hookuh Tinypants
Look. I'm just saying. Just don't tell me who died, man. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Someone says "Hodor!" - Jonathan Disher
Everyone is only *mostly* dead. - Victor Ganata
Civil discourse is used to solve every problem. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Civil discourse to distract you from the assassins. - Victor Ganata
So we all know who did it right? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Yes ma'am. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
Oh, yeah. - Jennifer Dittrich
Ok, good. :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Victor Ganata
Are Apple 30-pin USB cables not cheap yet despite being obsolete? These things really don't last a long as I'd like them to. I probably should replace them when I can see the metal shielding, huh?
Yikes. I guess I'll have to stock up? - Spidra Webster
30 pin USB? - Big Joe Silence
Apple 30-pin on one end, USB on the other. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
IOW a pointless dongle, eh? "Guess which of the 30 pins actually carries something!" - Big Joe Silence
Well, now that they switched to Lightning it definitely has a lot less utility, but it's been pretty useful for the last decade if you owned an iOS device. (But the wires weren't clearly meant to last that long.) If only FireWire had more marketshare, it might have been different, but the transition to USB changed everything. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Victor Ganata
The thing is, you can't demand respect. You can't have respect without consent.
I mean, everyone is due respect as a person, but beyond that…. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Commanding fear is totally doable, though. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
begging for pity is iffy. - Big Joe Silence
Victor Ganata
The utter misuse of BMI is like a perfect example of how the quantified self can go horribly wrong.
Although the utter misuse of PSA probably causes more readily observable irreversible damage. - Victor Ganata
Prostate specific antigen. A lot of guys end up impotent and/or incontinent for no good reason. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Phil Plait
RT @SpaceX: Today’s launch is scrubbed due to a Helium leak on Falcon 9. Fix will be implemented by next opp on 4/18. Updates @
Dude, are people up there going to starve? - Victor Ganata
I assume they plan the resupply missions before things get critical in case of delays. - John (bird whisperer)
Victor Ganata
I just remembered the mission logo for the U.S. spy satellite that was launched a few months ago. "Nothing is beyond our reach" #HailHYDRA
NSA and NASA differ by only one letter... COINCIDENCE? - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I have discovered in my field research that if you wear this patch on your jacket while using Google glass people don't ask as many questions. - Eric Logan
Hail Hydra? - Arlan K.
I like this one too. - Eric Logan
Victor Ganata
Although NROL-38's mission patch is what I've always imagined what a hydra is supposed to look like.
Non morieris bello. You shall not die in war? Umm, thanks? I guess I'll just be murdered while I sleep instead? - Victor Ganata
I'm not usually a prescriptivist but in the name of all that's holy: there is no "h" in "wack." We must never admit defeat on this.
Wen did we get rid of it? - Glen Campbell
Victor Ganata
Valar morghulis. Valar dohaeris. All men must die. All men must serve. IT'S A COOK BOOK! #ToServeMan #GoT #ASoIaF
Victor Ganata
Since "meteorologist" is already taken and means something entirely different, what is someone who studies meteors called?
Meteoronomist? - Jessie
Astronomer? - Joe - Systems Analyst
But don't astronomers have subspecialties? :D Like heliology, planetology, cosmology…. - Victor Ganata
Ok, maybe Planetary geology or astrogeology. - Joe - Systems Analyst
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