Jeffery Mewtamer

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  1. Personal Update: My dad died Thursday, May 18, 2017 and the funeral is Wednesday, May 24. I'm holding up emotionally better than the other survivers, but there's still a lot of things to work out regarding debts and living arrangements since his income was the lion's share of the household's combined income and he paid the rent and utilities.
  2. Again, I'd like to point out that intersex exists as a catch-all for anatomical abnormalities related to genitalia, and that such is rare enough that most people go their entire lives without knowingly meeting an intersex individual. I've also read that individuals with XO, XXX, or XXY chromosomal abnormalities sometimes go most, if not all, of their lives without knowing their condition because of having mild symptoms. Though given the earlier comments about Downs and inheriting conditions, I find myself wondering: For conditions caused by chromosomal abnormalities(Downs is caused by having three copies of chromosome 21) that don't lead to sterility, are individuals with these conditions any more likely than the general population to produce gametes with the wrong number of chromosomes?
  3. ^And even then, from what I've read, most of the studies have only detected elevated aggression shortly after playing violent games rather than any long term increase in aggression. Speaking more generally, I've read that studies that show stimuli x causes behavior y during or shortly after stimulation are a dime a dozen, but even when such results are easily replicated, there isn't much to suggest that such translates to long-term.
  4. Sex is pretty cut and dry. In the case of Humans, there are two typical genotypes and two corresponding typical phenotypes, namely XY and XX and male and female respectively, with intersex serving as a catch all for most atypical phenotypes(many atypical genotypes still result in what appears to be a typical phenotype). The problem here isn't with sex, but with gender, and ultimately, the problem is a disagreement of what the word means. By what we might call more conservative definitions, the word gender is either synonymous with sex or refers to the culturally accepted behavior and psychological patterns associated with sex, or a combination of the two. At the opposite extreme, you have people who talk as if every little change in personality constitutes a different gender, though it's hard to tell which people actually think this way, which are just bandwagioning, and which are exaggerating to make fun of those who take this view more seriously. Personally, I favor avoiding the ambiguity of the word gender as much as possible. I.e. if we're talking about chromosomes or genitalia, we should always use the term sex, and if we're talking the culturally accepted behavoirs for people of a given sex, we should use the phrase gender role, though recognizing that gender roles and what qualifies as masculine or feminine varies greatly from culture to culture would be better. And yes, people should stop conflating personality with gender and stopping acting as if trivial details about one's behavior are defining elements of their identity.
  5. I'm an avid reader despite no longer being able to read the printed word. By sheer Volume, Harry Potter fanfiction has comprised the bulk of my recent reading, with Albus Potter and The Year of the Badger(a future fic with Albus Potter, Rose Weasley, and Scorpius Malfoy as the golden trio of Hufflepuff) being my current read. I'm following Twig by Wildbo and greatly enjoyed the author's earlier works Worm and Pact and greatly anticipate the upcoming Worm 2. I'm also following a comicbook superhero web serial called Jolt, and was following the recently finished Floating Point by Stefan Gagne and Unsong by Scott Alexander. Not currently listening to any audiobooks, through I have several queued on my portable media player and I've accumulated a rather sizeable library(including the entire Chronicles of Narnia, several Roald Dahl novels, the novelizations of all seven main Star Wars movies, among other things). Been reading the Bible via the NIV Listener's Bible, so far I'm up to First Samuel. My low opinion of the Ancient Israelites and their god has not been improved by actually reading scripture instead of just the bits people cherry pick.
  6. Story is optional, Gameplay is not. If you have a great story, but the gameplay sucks and has no impact on the story, why not just make it a novel instead of wasting our time with worthless game play? Also, thank you, Down Jacket, for giving me an itch to play Tetris I can't scratch. Also, I'd disagree with Mortal Kombat having a weak story. Granted, the games don't always do a good job of presenting the story, especially before the series made the jump to 3D and introduced Konquest mode, but MK has some of my favorite gaming lore outside the RPG genre.
  7. I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure drinking nothing but unprocessed urine is only going to stave off dehydration for a short period without serious side effects. Urea and some other wastes found in pee might pass through the digestive tract unabsorbed, but I'm pretty sure the gut absorbs salt indiscriminately and without a means of filtering salts from the urine or eating a salt free diet, I'd think you'd eventually reach the point of having more excess salt in your system than the kidneys can remove with the available volume of water. If you found yourself stranded or trapped without a water source, drinking pee might extend your survival by a day or two, but I don't think it would be a viable long-term solution to staying hydrated. Now, if you had the means to boil the urine and collect the vapor, thereby separating the water in pee from the bulk of the wastes dissolved in it, you would then have a means of recycling the water that might be viable long term. About the lowest tech way I can imagine someone doing this would involve tilting a fire resistent jug of pee over a campfire while holding a canteen mouth-to-mouth with the jug to catch the vapor. A somewhat more sophisticated method would involve two pots and a Bundt pan: Fill one pot with pee, nestle the Bundt pan in the top of the pee pot, and invert the second pot on top of the Bundt pan. Ideally, the three containers would have air/water tight seals between them, but the idea is that as the pee boils, the steam raises through the tube of the Bundt pan, the inverted pot prevents the steam from escaping and is hopefully cool enough to cause condensation, and as condensation builds up, the liquid drips down to be caught by the Bundt pan with most of the salt and other solutes being left in the bottom pot as the liquid boils off. I'm pretty sure similar methods could be utilized to improve the drinkability of sweat and seawater, and I know boiling to kill microbes is recommended even with fresh water sources in a survival situation. Sadly, while feeding dirty water through a sieve will remove gravel and other large debris, and filter paper can remove most sand and grit, filtering salt and other dissolved substances from water requires high tech filters, so attempting campfire distilling would probably be more viable.
  8. Just a heads up to my readers. My dad is currently in the hospital and likely on his deathbed. I have no plans to abandon any of my writing, but I hope you understand if I put writing on hold while I deal with the fallout of this situation, especially since, as my dad is a widower and I'm his only living child, next of kin duties fall upon my shoulders.
  9. ^Again, most, if not all, multiple occupancy public restrooms have locking stalls. Segragated bathrooms offer no additional privacy the locking stalls don't.
  10. Okay, procrastination got the better of me and it took far longer than it should to proofread and split this first story into chapters. I decided on "Hazuki's Sexual Awakening" as a story title and ended up splitting it into seven chapters, though the later chapters are generally longer. The first chapter has been posted to A3O and I should have the remaining six posted winthin the hour. Here's the link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10898748/chapters/24227847 Please let me know if the link doesn't work. I'll probably give another day or two for choosing the protag of the next story in hopes the decision is based on more than a single vote.
  11. Speaking of Misty, I've actually got quite the opposite head canon: That she cares so much about the wellbeing of water pokemon that she'd rather risk self harm than pee in any body of water that water Pokemon might interact with and forbid anyone else from peeing in the water under threat of a grudge to make her hounding Ash for Pikachu frying her bike look tame. I've also got a head canon that Liza and Tate, the twin Gym Leaders of Mossdeep city have such a strong psychic connection that they can feel, among other things, how full each others bladder is, and that the same is true of Sabrina's two halves, and really any pair of psychics with a close enough bond. I also find myself wondering if Pokeballs include a waste removal system. Also, now that I think of it, I can imagine various Pokemon types having pee with very different properties from humans, such as: -Water Pokemon having very high volume and very dilute pee with some risking dehydration if they stay on land too long. -Ice-types being able to freeze their pee once it leaves their bodies. -Fire types having pee hot enough to scald if it doesn't just flash to steam upon release. -Poison types having highly corrosive pee. etc. Granted, much of that assumes human or mammalian baselines. I'm pretty sure pee works quite differently even in real life for most things that aren't mammalian. Speaking of Avatar, if waterbenders can bend pee, can earth benders bend poop? Or Air benders bend farts? I'm not into farts, and I'm not as big on messing as I am for pee, but the thought of Toph literally making a battalion of Fire Nation soldiers shit themselves sounds like the ultimate move of demoralization, and an air bender giving someone the worst case of gas ever sounds like a torture technique right out of a scroll of forbidden moves.
  12. Can't say I agree both major candidates sucked dick as that implies they have at least some redeeming qualities. Still, the majority opinion among Americans seems to be that both candidates are unfit to lead and that the majority of people who voted for them voted not because they liked a candidate, but because they hated the other candidate more. And don't forget that the plurality of those eligible to vote didn't vote. Fact is, our voting system is so fucked that the major parties can field a pair of nearly universally reviled candidates and still win and that and a large portion of the population has become so numb to the shitstorm that politics has devolved to to even bother nominal protest of the status quo. Also, I'm not sure if I should be surprised the percentage of jobs at risk of being automated is so high or that it isn't higher, though I think that would be a problem in almost any high population/high tech society.
  13. Okay, 19 explicitly homosexual characters out of 4.6K Characters with speaking parts does sound like homosexuality might be under represented at first glance. However, lets try to add some prospective: 1. How many of those characters are explicitly heterosexual? 2. How many of those characters only have one or a few lines and thus have no real characterization and thus inflate the total character count? 3. Of the characters with actual characterization, how many have nothing to indicate their sexual orientation? 4. How many aren't even human/humanoid? Now, I haven't studied sexuality in movies, and have no idea how they came up with those figures, but my expectations would be that the number of explicitly heterosexual characters, while larger than the number of explicitly homosexual characters, still account for a minority of characters with actual characterization and that extras account for the vast majority of the 4.6k figure. Outside of the romance genre, romantic relationships often take a backseat to the story if they are mentioned at all, and many fictional characters might as well be asexual for how they are portrayed in story and have their sexuality created whole cloth by the fandom. Even within the romance genre, outside of the main couple/love triangle/love dodecahedron, it isn't uncommon for characters to have nothing about their sexuality defined within the story itself. And is it even that unrealistic for works of fiction to leave a character's sexuality undefined? Consider people you interact with on a regular basis, friends, family, coworkers, classmates, etc. Among the singles in those groups, how many can you say you know their orientation? Even among the ones in relationships, how confident are you at saying which are only attracted to the sex of their current partner and which are bisexual? I have a niece whose bedroom shares a wall with mine. She has a live in girlfriend, and I never once suspected my niece was anything other than straight until said live-in girlfriend had been around for a few months, and outside of those two, I've only ever known one other uncloseted homosexual, and only knew he was gay because he made it known to the whole school. I assume most people I meet are heterosexual, but I have nothing to back up that assuption beyond the traditional knowledge that most people are straight, and if asked the sexual orientation of a random person I know by name, the most truthful answer would be I don't know. So, is the problem that homosexuals are underrepresented in stories where a character's sexuality is important enough to be defined, or is the problem that people are assuming every character whose sexuality is undefined because it isn't important to the story is heterosexual? Also, if those figures are based on only the top 100 highest grossing films, there's the added question of, assuming homosexuality is really underrepresented among these movies, is it because films with homosexual characters aren't being made, or is it because films with such characters appeal to a more niche audience? And most of the above arguments can be repeated for trans. As for addressing/referring to people: assuming I remember it(I'm not great with names), I'll call you by whatever name you're introduced with and will most likely default to whichever set of pronouns goes with the gender I associate with that namee, and I'll likely forget entirely if you mention any of the non-standard pronouns. That said, I agree that there are many people who muddy the waters by conflating things unrelated to gender with gender, and it can be hard to tell people dealing with genuine gender dysphoria from those who assume any behavior that deviates from societal norms means they must be homo/trans, or worse, those who mock the issue by acting as if every little variation in personality is a distinct gender. For the record, I'm anatomically male, have no reason to think my chromosomes are anything other than 22 pairs of autosomes plus XY, am predominantly heterosexual and only incidentally homosexual, wouldn't mind experiencing what it's like to have famale anatomy, including pregnancy and childbirth but have no interest in giving up my penis and most of what I dislike about my body has to do with poor physical fitness rather than what parts I have, I'm fairly feminine by American standards, and I have fetishes that, while harmless, would have some calling for my crucifixion even among some into more vanilla porn/sex, but if you want to ignore nuance, I'm still more or less a hetcis white male.
  14. I avoid the mega social sites like the plague, and by extension avoid the worst of the vitriol that passes for political discourse these days, but I still find myself questioning the helicopter reference as being 'often used' when this thread is the first I've heard of it. As for the National Socialists not actually being socialists, while that might be true(I honestly don't know much about the Nazi Party beyond them cranking most of the common Euro-American prejudices up so far past 11 even people who held more garden variety versions of those prejudices were a palled by what happened in the camps), but I suspect many, if not most, people with a knee jerk "socialism bad" mentality take the socialist in the party's full name at face value. Besides, one could argue that Stalinist Russia and Maoist China more closely resembled the mega corp phase of corporatism run amok than anything approaching a communist society and were thus Communism in name only. Had Bernie won the Democratic nomination or had the integrity to run independant instead of back Hilary, I probably would've voted for him. Sadly, major party primaries seem even more undemocratic than the general election itself. Best I can tell, whoever the rulers of a major party want gets the nomination and little short of a landslide victory in every state can allow someone else to take the nomination from the party rulers' chosen candidate. If half of what I've heard about the rulers of the democratic party cheating Bernie out of the nomination is true, it's almost poetic Justice that Hilary won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College. To make matters worse, as far as I know, FDR was the last president who lasted a full-term without dragging the US into armed conflict, and even he didn't go his entire presidency without dragging the US to war, and I've heard that the only reason he didn't drag us into WWII sooner was that he didn't want to shoot first. Given what I know of US history post-WWII, I don't see either ruling party ever giving a pacifist a fair shot of winning their nomination, and while the Green Party includes pacifism as part of their platform, I've got no delusions that the ruling parties will ever give a green a fair chance at winning an election. So, the question is, how do we put an end to the government scapegoating entire supernational groups of foreigners for the crimes of a few within those groups and convince the government to actually do it's duty to the homeland when the ruling parties continually feed us the same brand of crappy politicians to vote for and have such an iron clad grip on the electoral system that parties with something resembling principles have a snowball's chance in hell of gaining universal ballot access, never mind actually winning the presidency or seats in Congress. If the federal government hadn't proved time and time again that they're completely incompetent at reigning in technological advance in the private sector and at controlling how normal people make use of those advances, I'd probably have no faith in humanity's future, and yet I can't help wondering where the US might be if the government had invested the Post-WWII military budget in something more worthwhile. Not shafting NASA alone might've been enough for the US to add "put a man on Mars" to it's short list of things to be proud of, if not giving the US a permanent moon colony. Capitalizing on our early lead in nuclear power might have meant a power grid that is mostly nuclear with the rest being a mixture of renewables and enough capacity to make electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells viable instead of a power grid that's still primarily coal burning and struggles with population growth in some areas. Government funding of medical research and an uncorrupted FDA might've resulted in avoiding some of the epidemics currently threatening to lower life expectancy for the first time since such things were first calculated. And these are just a handful of the possibilities if the last 70 years had seen a Federal Government that genuinely cares about the American people instead of blaming foreigners for all our problems and focusing on maximizing the bottom lines of those who pay for the bulk of political campaigns and fund the major lobbies.
  15. As far as I'm concerned, the potential for witch hunts and false accusations far outweighs any potential benefit for capturing criminals, so no, I am completely against such things. Sadly, privacy is an illusion in our modern world, and the only real protection any of us have is that the data is growing faster than the ability to process the data.