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by Raccoon
Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: School reform thread
Replies: 24
Views: 7938

School reform thread

[Split off from the ethical dilemma thread - Rac] My experience (warning: small sample size) leads me to think that just throwing money at underperforming schools isn't going to make them much better. I've seen money wasted in all kinds of creative ways in Texas public schools. I'm torn on the vouc...
by Raccoon
Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

This isn't really an individual ethical dilemma, but it is sort of a societal one. How should public K-12 schools be funded? In some states, local property taxes fund local schools, with the result that public schools in affluent neighborhoods get more money per student than those in poor neighborho...
by Raccoon
Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:43 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28736

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index

My son picked Chevy's for his birthday dinner. I noticed that it had redesigned its menu . . . to include the calorie counts for all of the meals(!). That was pretty horrifying (and I can only imagine what things would've looked like if the sodium content had been listed as well). I went with what I...
by Raccoon
Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28736

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index

Another day of 22.8 -- at least I'm consolidating the progress. Also, today was pretty satisfying, as I managed to run 4 miles at a 9:13 pace, which is double the distance that I'd previously gone at that speed. I followed up with another mile of interval training. This is one reason I am in the "in...
by Raccoon
Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:17 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28736

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index

Back to 22.8, after a slight rise to 23.2 earlier in the week.

I'm up to burning 700+ calories for the cardio workouts, which is pretty cool except it takes 50+ minutes!
by Raccoon
Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

From what I've read, PKD doesn't really have a high esteem for women, at least that's what the pages of his work suggest. Much of the criticism of his work with regard to his female characters is that they are all the same, almost villainized woman. It really shouldn't come as a huge surprise that ...
by Raccoon
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

I was flipping through one of the volumes of PKD's collected stories, and I came across one called "The Pre-Persons" . . . I had completely forgotten about it, or didn't bother to read it back when I bought the book, but it's a pretty incendiary anti-abortion story about a near-future society where ...
by Raccoon
Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28736

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index

22.8! Of course, there's normal day-to-day fluctuation, so I may well go back to 23.0 tomorrow, but still . . . I haven't seen this side of 160 lbs (i.e., below it) in about 13 years or more! Also re calorie counting/food portion size/food journal: I don't disagree that calorie watching can be an ef...
by Raccoon
Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28736

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index

Also, there's a little known clause of the hated PPACA that requires all restaurants with x (20? 30?) or more franchises to post calories on their menus. The intention is to change behavior slightly in the way you described. It will also ideally cause restaurants to be more cognizant of calorie cou...
by Raccoon
Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:26 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28736

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index

I'm in the same camp as Stu that it's much easier for me to increase my exercise level than it is to restrict my calories. That said, this new California law that requires fast food places to list the calories for their menu options is super-effective! I was down in L.A. to help my dad out last week...
by Raccoon
Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28736

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index

Thanks! Just to be candid, I'm not a particularly disciplined eater. Fortunately, my eating habits have improved significantly since I got married, but I'm not going out of way to diet. (I have, however, mostly stopped eating cheeseburgers, yummy as they are; lunch is usually a turkey sandwich or so...
by Raccoon
Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28736

Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)

Yes, I know that the body mass index isn't perfect and works poorly on people with a lot of muscle, etc. I don't have that excuse, so I think BMI tends to work about right for me. My BMI has gone from 17.2 (underweight) when I was 17 to 21.5 (squarely in the normal range) when I was in law school to...
by Raccoon
Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

Wait, I read Total Recall a long time ago, but it was by Piers Anthony. Are you telling me I read a novelization of a cinematization of a novel?? I wish I'd known; I would have gone straight to the source. edit: Start the reactor, Quaaaaaaaaaaaid! Yes, that was a novelization -- the original source...
by Raccoon
Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

I haven't read any PKD (or much sci-fi period) prior to this, but now I feel like the whole schtick of alternate reality of Dark City and Matrix-minus-the-parts-that-sucked ending with the protagonist beginning his endeavor of righting some wrong was totally ripped off :) Heh, well, if you didn't a...
by Raccoon
Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:33 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

At the opposite extreme are writers like Michael Chabon and David Foster Wallace, where there's not necessarily much story but much of the writing is just so clever that you have to marvel at their wordsmithing skill. Oh, god. I just can't suffer him. It's really for a similar reason. He's a very g...
by Raccoon
Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

2) Authors in an auto-erotic relationship with their own writing. Long flowery sentences and monolithic paragraphs of setting description. -- Salman Rushdie (totally unlike his essays), most British 19th century writing. At the opposite extreme are writers like Michael Chabon and David Foster Walla...
by Raccoon
Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

I just finished reading Ubik. As I said, I had no idea what was going on in the first couple of chapters, but then I found it really engrossing. After admitting that I've never read/seen any of the Lord of the Rings, I'm not sure if I should further erode my nerd cred by admitting that I've never r...
by Raccoon
Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

I've read Do Androids Dream... . I thought A Scanner Darkly was incredible. I think the other one mentioned in chat was Valis. I'll check out the Three Stigmata. I didn't like A Scanner Darkly that much when I first read it, but I've grown more fond of it. Some of his others are "fun" reads, like T...
by Raccoon
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:53 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

I'd like to read Ubik by Philip K. Dick. I've read a lot of his short stories but not many novels. This has been discussed in chat and I believe Ubik was one of the two or three I was told to read. It's not a very out-there pick in this audience, so, should it be pooh poohed or too previously read,...
by Raccoon
Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

Teflon "non-stick" cookware is suspected of releasing carcinogens when sufficiently heated (and within the range of normal "high heat" cooking). When Mrs. Raccoon read about this, she decided to replace all of our teflon cookware with much more expensive stainless steel stuff. But what to do with th...
by Raccoon
Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Eek! At least I admitted to one obvious error on that front before you pointed it out, but I think he still might disown me. I really wanted to go straight Pac-10, but that Husker dude is so awesome, especially when he's bouncing on his head. My mistake! Well, considering how relatively lame the Bi...
by Raccoon
Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:05 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

Not really an ethical issue, but I suppose there's a question about whether it's ethical to raise kids this way : A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's li...
by Raccoon
Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Harbaugh to 49ers. Reactions: -Crap, we're doomed. -Well, the defense sucked before Fangio was there, and whoever replaces Harbaugh would be an idiot to get rid of him, especially if it's an internal hire (which seems likely). Similarly, Roman was in charge of the offense, and he's supposedly the l...
by Raccoon
Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

stupac2 wrote:Luck's returning. SUCK ON THAT CAL BOY.
Boo.
by Raccoon
Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Also, am I the only one who finds it incredibly distasteful that everything is predicated on maximizing your money? It's fucking pathetic. Well, I certainly agree that everything is not about money -- I took a 50 percent pay cut when I quit being a lawyer and became a law professor. But in Luck's s...
by Raccoon
Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:43 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Re Luck . . . this article argues that the rookie salary cap may not be instituted in time for the upcoming year, but will definitely be in place in 2012. It argues that Luck stands to lose as much as $60 million by not going pro right now, and that insuring Luck for his senior year will cost someth...
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Why? The only reason the #1 pick is important is money, and in the new CBA (remember, this one expires before the draft) that could very easily no longer be the case. A rookie salary cap is seen by some as basically inevitable, and it'll probably work out so the top N picks all get paid the same. I...
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

stupac2 wrote:Now we just wait to find out what Luck and Harbaugh do...
Go go go go!!!

If Luck is projecting as the #1 pick if he declares, he would be foolish not to turn pro. And if the 49ers make an offer to Harbaugh, he would be foolish not to take it.
by Raccoon
Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

stupac2 wrote:It is fucking amazing that colleges basically lose money going to Bowls, and yet they still do. Remarkable.
This is covered extensively in Death to the BCS. Once again, I highly recommend it. (Psst, maybe someone should suggest it as the next book in the book club thread. :P )
by Raccoon
Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Well crap. I wonder how many will just skip their senior year in favor of the NFL now. I don't understand the reasoning for why they weren't suspended for the Sugar Bowl. If they didn't receive enough education about the appropriate rules at the time of the offenses, why should they be punished at ...
by Raccoon
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:46 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

thacon wrote:
slaphappy snark wrote:every sports pool needs a token girl to choose winners based on cutest mascot.
We already have Raccoon for that <_<
But I'm neither token nor female!
by Raccoon
Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Responding to a number of posts after mine" Yes, Pac-10 is becoming the Pac-12. We are not innumerate. Pac-12 will have two divisions -- North and South. They are more or less geographically accurate, with the Washington schools, the Oregon schools, and Cal and Stanford in the north. The Pac-10 has ...
by Raccoon
Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Just another piece of evidence for why the Pac-10/12 is superior to the Big-10. . . . So far, I see it as: 1. The Pac-10/12 is not innumerate. I'm trying to explain to my sons how the Big-10 has twelve teams and the Big-12 has ten teams. 2. The pretentiousness of the divisions, as noted above, is to...
by Raccoon
Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:32 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Well, we got Orange. I should be happy, but since it's the least convenient of all the Bowls, and probably the least competitive matchup for us, I'm still going (snark's coming too). So... anyone here from Miami who wants to let us crash on a couch for a couple nights? Congrats, you Cardinal fans. ...
by Raccoon
Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

If Auburn goes to the national championship, TCU plays Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. If Auburn doesn't go to the NC, TCU goes instead and Stanford plays Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. (Which is a game I'd really love to see!) Agreed, except it would be really weird to see a red-and-white team play a red...
by Raccoon
Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

It's hard to compare a quarterback to a running back apples to apples and determine who is better, but if I were a heisman voter, I'd put Luck first. James is definitely good, but I can't remember the last time I saw someone who impressed me as much as Luck. But at least there's still one more week...
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Yeah I know. That's why I'm sad we played Oregon so early, I think we're a stronger team now. I'd really like our odds in a playoff. Oh well, maybe Stanford will have a shot at a Championship at some other point in my life... Responding to the other ETA, I think this is good for TCU but bad for foo...
by Raccoon
Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

#4! #4! We're #4! Automatic bid! Sure, something might get fucked up next week, but our lead over Wisconsin is >0.0200, which would be hard to make up when neither team is playing. Now the only question is which bowl is forced to take us. I'm good with Fiesta since that's an easy flight and thanks ...
by Raccoon
Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:27 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Oh, and Racc, you likely don't need to fret Stanford's greatness much longer, since Harbaugh and Luck are both going to go to the NFL (although I guess Harbaugh might go to Michigan). Maybe I'm being overly pessimistic, but I don't think we're a #4 team without those two. With them we're a title co...
by Raccoon
Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

So, another awful week of college football for me, made palatable by another USC loss. I watched the second half of the Boise State game (love living on the West Coast!) and can't imagine the emotional peaks and valleys for the Broncos . . . going from thinking they were headed to overtime to the in...
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:01 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

On a generally related note, I just finished reading Death to the BCS. It does a great job of documenting just how fundamentally corrupt, stupid, illogical, foolish, and backwards the whole BCS system is. I recommend it to anyone who's interested in college football.
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:23 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

I haven't read anything yet, but I can chime in with a note about the personality typing. Most people misunderstand introvert vs. extrovert. Especially in the Myers-Briggs sense it doesn't have much to do with talkative or not, but more about whether you feel being around people is something you ne...
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Was AZ ever ranked in the top 10? I thought their apogee was 15, the week of the stanford game. Nonetheless, they're definitely insane. It's too bad they couldn't have taken those TCU/Boise games, would have made so many things so much easier. Arizona *was* #9 when Oregon State played and beat them .
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Only 20 games against the SEC all time (9 of which in bowl games)?! That seems crazy low. That's because most of the Big-10 schools play a seriously lame non-conference schedule. Well, to be fair, most teams from the major conferences do. But the Big-10 has had some ridiculous days, like this one ....
by Raccoon
Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

This discussion reminded me of those myers-briggs tests they made us take in high school. I was an INTP, the first letter of which means introvert. I knew I was an introvert, but one or two of the other three scales were a little surprising to me. (N is intuitive, vs. S sensing, T is Thinking, vs. ...
by Raccoon
Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:22 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

So this Saturday was looking pretty sucky, with UCLA having already lost on Thursday, and Cal completely rolling over against Stanford*, but all that disappointment was more than erased by Oregon State's demolition of USC! It's hilarious to think that USC has not won a football game in the state of ...
by Raccoon
Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

That brings up a question (IT DOESN'T BEG IT), is this thread for explaining whether or not an action is ethical, or explaining why people give the answers they give to the previous question? I guess it's ethics vs meta-ethics, or something. All I know is I find the latter significantly more intere...
by Raccoon
Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

I think Stu's observation explains (but does not fully justify) the intuition that this is okay. I say that it does not fully justify it because you are free to avoid the hotel's price-gouging -- much more so than in a movie theater even. Interestingly, the NY Times's ethicist comes down squarely on...
by Raccoon
Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

Broom of the System, on the other hand, was completely rage-inducing. I read that book many years ago and it still makes me angry. Maybe the next book club selection should be Infinite Jest. Really? Wow, I really liked "The Broom of the System." On the other hand, I found "Infinite Jest" largely un...
by Raccoon
Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:17 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

stupac2 wrote:I have a question for you, is it ethical to flop in a football game? Against, say, Oregon...
The NCAA says it is not ethical, but provides no penalties or enforcement mechanisms. . . .
by Raccoon
Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

I put it in the exact same category as taking food into a movie, to a ballgame, or to the airport. The locations in question are all taking advantage of the fact that you are a "captive" audience, and gouge you on prices. Hmm, I'm not sure I see these as the same. If you had had the foresight to br...
by Raccoon
Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

By the time I made it to this thread, the discussion seems pretty well flushed out. Hopefully I make it in time for the next question ;) Okay . . . next question. You arrive in a hotel late at night. You are hungry but the late night room service offerings are expensive and not very tempting. Howev...
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

And for what it's worth, you sort of changed the premises by mentioning after the fact that Helene didn't care about her daughter after she had been kidnapped. Does that change my decision? Probably not, because telling her that her daughter is dead involves a lot of (what I consider to be immoral)...
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

For what it's worth, I think that ethical questions with premises outside of reality are inherently "unfair". (Premises such as, say, assuming the mother will never change and doesn't give a rat's ass about her child.) They don't translate well to reality because reality is full of shades of gray. ...
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

The Author of "Freakanomics" stipulates that while you might be able to save the child from the torment of a neglectful mother, the child herself will not flourish as you might hope for in the displacement. Her eventual social standing will likely not change. Nature, not nurture is too great a dete...
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

My ethical dilemmas usually concern one issue, with only minor variations: "An adult (think 25-35 years old) graduate student with a family (think kids ages 2-12) is caught cheating on a major project or exam. How far do you pursue the case, understanding that you might ruin their already establish...
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

On topic, I'm kind of surprised the first example in an ethics discussion wasn't the trolley problem . That one actually gets down to the fun stuff of ethics (like the role of agency in determining whether something's ethical, which I find a particularly fascinating human foible). The trolley probl...
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

Eigenbasis wrote:People can change for the better, especially because of trying times, and nobody deserves the hell of thinking that their child is dead.
Maybe I should mention that in novel, Helene seemed more concerned with her TV news appearances than actually about Amanda's welfare.
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 42072

Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

This is a thread where I will pose, from time to time, interesting and challenging ethical dilemmas that I run across. There are no "right" answers; rather, the interesting thing is to see what people think about different situations. I will start with the final resolution of the Dennis Lehane crime...
by Raccoon
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

If I look at McInerney's work, BLBC stands out as a masterpiece. It is set firmly in the late 80s Manhattan club scene, but you don't need to have lived through it to understand everything that the protagonist goes through. The second-person narrative is a VERY effective tool in this case, (althoug...
by Raccoon
Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:36 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

JennyUnderpants wrote:Yeah. I read that one and thought, "Well then. A banquet with my husband." I'd probably give a speech on proper laundry technique.
Wouldn't you be alone with the caterers? The question speaks of being there with "former lovers". . . .
by Raccoon
Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!
Replies: 343
Views: 118694

Re: Less Seal Clubbing, More Book Clubbing!

I didn't read the book, but I looked at the questions that JennyUnderpants typed out. . . . Some of my thoughts -- #2 -- I'm not sure of this, but it's entirely possible that Amnesty International would consider 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to be a political prisoner, which if true would m...
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Oregon looks pretty unstoppable. The entire first half of the game against Washington was ugly, and even so, Oregon was up 18-3 at halftime. Then they hit the gas pedal in the second half . . . . Sheesh, a poorly played game still gets you over 500 yards of offense and 53 points! Arizona won't be a ...
by Raccoon
Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introductions...
Replies: 1602
Views: 501533

Re: Introductions...

top1214 wrote: Yay! We've had to many icky physicists and math people lately. We need moar Mol Gen!
We need more lawyers. :roll:
by Raccoon
Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Right - to this point - which is largely meaningless. True. I should have offered it to explain that it reinforced the point that Boise State's weak schedule was due to its being stuck in a weak conference, not because it scheduled cupcakes for non-conference games. To be fair, Ohio State did play ...
by Raccoon
Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Interesting that this report projects Boise State to top the BCS poll (if it were out this week) with Ohio State at #5 -- due to Boise State's stronger strength of schedule to this point.
by Raccoon
Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introductions...
Replies: 1602
Views: 501533

Re: Introductions...

Hello AFHers, My IGN is Sambal and after spamming the KoL forums Phil kmailed me and I got a whitelist for AFHk. I am mostly interested in HCNP speed ascension and currently in the process of perming my basic consumable skills fast enough to get them ready for DitR3, after which I'll get back to th...
by Raccoon
Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

You should definitely punish teams for the conferences they're in. Boise shouldn't be #1 when they basically play 11 games against the Utah State University for the Blind and Deaf. They score 100 points a game! Yeah, against a squad of paraplegics. Even their hard games aren't that hard, VT and Ore...
by Raccoon
Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:15 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion
Replies: 233
Views: 65356

Re: 2010-2011 College Football Discussion

Another great day in college football! Cal throttles UCLA (causing a little bit of tension in the Raccoon household, as Mrs. Raccoon is a double Bruin, but #1 son and I were both rooting for Cal) Oregon State knocks off Arizona (go NW teams!) Oregon beats Washington State (two NW teams, but let's fa...
by Raccoon
Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: Gameplay-Discussion
Topic: Skill Perming Question for Daycount
Replies: 23
Views: 6119

Re: Skill Perming Question for Daycount

For the AT runs, you can buy Mojo Melody in-run quite cheaply. But at some point, you're going to want that, or else it's going to be hard to cast Ode or Inigo's on day 1.