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WheelsOfConfusion



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We'd have to define atheism as a religion first, and to do that we'd have to define theism as a religion, and then suddenly there is no color distinction between Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Baha'i, or for that matter Christianity.
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Ennis



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colorised Australian mugshots.
So cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the way people dressed back then. Even the likely homeless guy who broke into a house to steal clothes is better dressed than I usually am.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clearly i need to look this guy up - if only to keep him from selling out to the cats.
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WheelsOfConfusion



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So if you're lonely
You know I'm here waiting for you
I'm just a crosshair
I'm just a shot away from you
And if you leave here
You leave me broken, shattered, I lie
I'm just a crosshair
I'm just a shot, then we can die


And then World War I happened.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand was taken out 100 years ago today.

For an effective glimpse into the incompetent war machine that took in idealistic youths and spit out corpses at a rate totally unprecedented and previously unimaginable in all of human experience, check out the ongoing Hardcore History podcast's focus episodes on the lead-up, planning, execution, and unfolding horror of the war. So far, 3 episodes have been dedicated to this under the title Blueprint for Armageddon.
It doesn't focus on tactics and movements of this or that company over every battlefield of the war, like a History Channel gun porno for armchair field marshals (though it does cover a few of the bigger strategic pushes and occasionally bring the focus in on individual units for examination). Instead it opts for an overview of the psychology, major events, and the military experience at every level, trying to express the context in terms of cultural feedstock/impacts in ways that we today can try to understand. It doesn't glorify military accomplishments and gold-plate the tragedies, in fact if anything the overwhelming signal is that wars like this are a complete failure of human interaction.
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ShadowCell



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh hey, World War I, the little-known prequel to the History Channel blockbuster World War II
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New words for everyday things.

http://imgur.com/gallery/zCKs0

I love cereal water.
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WheelsOfConfusion



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now English can be like German!
We just need to give every word a gender.
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Ennis



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
Now English can be like German!
We just need to give every word a gender.

Let's not.
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WheelsOfConfusion



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ennis wrote:
WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
Now English can be like German!
We just need to give every word a gender.

Let's not.

But think of how much better English would be with all the baggage of gendered languages, like our tongue's many progenitors had! Latin, German, French, Greek, all of them had/have gendered nouns and noun-verb gender agreement! As a former Latin student, I can tell you that this is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME AND IN NO WAY A HORRIBLE IDEA THAT RUINS A LANGUAGE FOREVER

As an example of how totes awesome this would be, I present a direct English translation of a Germany story in which gender is preserved:

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It is a bleak Day. Hear the Rain, how he pours, and the Hail, how he rattles; and see the Snow, how he drifts along, and of the Mud, how deep he is! Ah the poor Fishwife, it is stuck fast in the Mire; it has dropped its Basket of Fishes; and its Hands have been cut by the Scales as it seized some of the falling Creatures; and one Scale has even got into its Eye, and it cannot get her out. It opens its Mouth to cry for Help; but if any Sound comes out of him, alas he is drowned by the raging of the Storm. And now a Tomcat has got one of the Fishes and she will surely escape with him. No, she bites off a Fin, she holds her in her Mouth -- will she swallow her? No, the Fishwife's brave Mother-dog deserts his Puppies and rescues the Fin -- which he eats, himself, as his Reward. O, horror, the Lightning has struck the Fish-basket; he sets him on Fire; see the Flame, how she licks the doomed Utensil with her red and angry Tongue; now she attacks the helpless Fishwife's Foot -- she burns him up, all but the big Toe, and even she is partly consumed; and still she spreads, still she waves her fiery Tongues; she attacks the Fishwife's Leg and destroys it; she attacks its Hand and destroys her also; she attacks the Fishwife's Leg and destroys her also; she attacks its Body and consumes him; she wreathes herself about its Heart and it is consumed; next about its Breast, and in a Moment she is a Cinder; now she reaches its Neck -- he goes; now its Chin -- it goes; now its Nose -- she goes. In another Moment, except Help come, the Fishwife will be no more. Time presses -- is there none to succor and save? Yes! Joy, joy, with flying Feet the she-Englishwoman comes! But alas, the generous she-Female is too late: where now is the fated Fishwife? It has ceased from its Sufferings, it has gone to a better Land; all that is left of it for its loved Ones to lament over, is this poor smoldering Ash-heap. Ah, woeful, woeful Ash-heap! Let us take him up tenderly, reverently, upon the lowly Shovel, and bear him to his long Rest, with the Prayer that when he rises again it will be a Realm where he will have one good square responsible Sex, and have it all to himself, instead of having a mangy lot of assorted Sexes scattered all over him in Spots.

Translated by Mark Twain.
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stripeypants



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not only do web rings still exist, but you can make your very own!

http://dir.webring.org/

Or a site ring.

http://www.bravenet.com/webtools/sitering/


There are not enough animated gifs on the ones I found while searching.
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stripeypants



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found some! Early 90s gifs. Behold the glory of the ancient interwebzone!

http://ilove90sgifs.tumblr.com/
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WheelsOfConfusion



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Needs more Dancing Baby.
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Heretical Rants



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

needs less '90s and more midi
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An artist improves thrift store paintings:

http://diply.com/trendyjoe/these-thrift-store-paintings-were-old-forgotten-but-after/44820
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