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Gerald Fnord
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Looking for a Seattle, Portland, or SF tech firm looking for an half-arsed polymath and… more »

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  • What's your biggest grammatical pet peeve?: That the subjunctive were in decline.
  • If you could bring one dead person back to life, who would it be?: Payl Wellstone.
  • I hate living in Seattle or I wish I lived in Seattle
  • What song do you want played at your funeral?: "Imagine Me on the Maginot Line"
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Dec 3 Gerald Fnord commented on Hey, Straight Men! Stop Having Gay Sex with Your Wives and Girlfriends!.
@42: I think it's because sex can often actually deliver what religion but promises...much as those owned by pushers of consumer goods hate drugs.
Dec 3 Gerald Fnord commented on Hey, Straight Men! Stop Having Gay Sex with Your Wives and Girlfriends!.
Having read a lot of this sort of thing from people trying to get same-sex marriage banned first, I suggested that all 'no gay marriage' amendments be amended to add '...and no oral sex for anybody'.
Nov 29 Gerald Fnord commented on The Morning News: Black Friday Edition.
> The question: Can a Walton feel shame?

Whether one can or not isn't that relevant, because they're not supposed to fell shame: they're powerful, and shame has never effectively been there for the powerful, as it would interfere with the exercise of their power.

Shame is for the rest of us.
Nov 29 Gerald Fnord commented on SL Letter of the Day: An End-of-Semester Public Service Announcement for Hot Professors and Horny Students.
@22:

Yup; I wouldn't be here if not for the Holocaust.
Nov 24 Gerald Fnord commented on SL Letter of the Day: Profile & Courage.
I'm wired-into the nerd communities of Boston and the Bay Area, and I can say without reservation that at least half of the straight polyamorous couples I know consist of a woman who wants to be 'poly', and knows that she will have no trouble getting partners because women are scarce in that community, and a man who basically dislikes it but puts up with it because that's the price of being with his partner to any extent.

(My father reported the opposite as obtaining in Paris post-W.W.II: most women he knew of whose husbands had mistresses or lovers didn't like it so much as have to put up with it due to the sex-ratio...which wasn't as tilted as among the nerds I know, and so more of the women were able to have at least one lover than pseudo-'poly' men get some extra benefit from the arrangement.)

I am trying not to criticise the women who allow this unfair an arrangement, as I know a few of them to be very nice people who guilessly and un-{self-critically} act to their own advantage and aren't given much of a chance to know how hurt some of their partners feel, since their partners hide it lest they lose what they've got, or out of some {science fiction}-derived or Randroid belief that they 'ought' to be cool with it.... and, frankly, because I doubt the men involved would behave any better did they but have the opportunity, if the behaviours of those among them who get very rich are any guide, though on the whole I think they are more continent, perhaps out of sheer habit, than the general run of multi-millionaire.

(I wasn't cool with it, let my partner know it, and as it turned-out she cared enough for me and how I feel, cared little enough for stringing-along extra beaux, and frankly admitted that she was relieved at being able to turn would-be suitors away with a simple excuse that spared their feelings. I did have a dog in this fight,but much more recently, by decades, my opinion is informed by my shoulder's evidently being very attractive to the weepy of all genders....)
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Nov 24 Gerald Fnord commented on Never Heard of 'Em.

I've got a bike. You can ride it if you like.
It's got a basket, a bell that rings and
Things to make it look good.
I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.
You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.


No sweeter love-poem this side if `If I had two dead rats I'd give you one.'
Nov 24 Gerald Fnord commented on This Will Cheer Up Depressed Democrats: "No Republican Candidate Has a Credible Shot at the White House in 2016".
Folks:

Since it's only 204, that means that Elagabalus has been Imperator for but a single year, and though some have been foolishly (VERY foolishly, I would say) sceptical of a Syrian priest's succession to the Throne of Augustus, I'd say it were...uh...foolish in the extreme to talk, let alone write, of this surely-immortal ruler's ever needing replacement.

Vey foolish....

(Stumm!)
Nov 19 Gerald Fnord commented on Marriage Equality Comes to Kansas, South Carolina, Montana.
@12: Yup; I'm glad that reason and reasonableness are winning in this wise, but it's been allowed to happen because it doesn't threaten the power of those who have power...it even helps to rile-up people who ought to be riled-up at them instead.
Nov 18 Gerald Fnord commented on Death to Self-Checkout Machines.
Uh, I view the road to Pseudotopia to be made nearly entirely of freeing humans from doing rote work for hours every day or nearly. Much better to have five hundred humans check themselves out than to make one human do that for eight hours at a time---what does that do to a brain, I'm sure there's an 'Idiotismus of retail life'.

Supporting the people put out of work is an orthogonal issue...let's have as much unemployment as we can manage and put everyone so on Relief.
Nov 18 Gerald Fnord commented on Why Am I So Intolerant of the Duggars?.
@1:
Yeah, with luck the duck-dynasticism will all be a cultural sop to a group that's losing actual power...but on the other hand, Joe Biden was (as usually so) exactly right to credit "Will and Grace" for some progress in gay rights.....
 

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