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balderdash has to maintain a solid record of terrible, useless comments. Consistency is professionalism!
Jul 10, 2013 balderdash commented on What's Your Sexual Orientation?.
@5, that might be true if the datasets were linked, but the surveys appear to be independent.

Ansel, am I correct about that? Are you taking these SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE AND LEGALLY BINDING polls without any means to correlate the data? Or are you tracking IPs because Slog polls are SRS BSNS?
Jul 10, 2013 balderdash commented on Making Money for Evil.
Given what we know about Google's usual politics, I like to think this means they ran some analyses and concluded they didn't yet have the resources to just take Inhofe down and need to keep him placated until they do.


I know, I know.
Jul 10, 2013 balderdash commented on What's Your Sexual Orientation?.
Queer can indicate genderqueer, which makes choosing an inherently gendered orientation term problematic.
Jul 10, 2013 balderdash commented on One of the Tech-Savvy, Ask-Risk Youth Has a Question for Slog.
Presumably it means you're near a Planned Parenthood or other location where one might find loose unopened condoms dropped on the ground.

That being the case, that bird is clearly a witch's familiar. PP is run by witches, you know.
Jul 10, 2013 balderdash commented on Three Responses to Hateful Homophobe Orson Scott Card's Plea for "Tolerance".
Card is an asshole and even his best book was just fancied-up juvenile revenge fantasy.

Given that, though - given, that is, what Ender's Game reveals about the bullied little boy still lurking inside its author - I do believe he actually feels like a victim, though. I'll give him that slight benefit of the doubt.

Honestly, he and Mike Krahulik of Penny Arcade have a lot in common. Both are very talented grown men who have an extremely regrettable tendency to revert to angry, troubled, bullied boys when they're challenged or criticized.

@1, thanks for that insightful commentary. Really adds a lot to the conversation!
Jun 26, 2013 balderdash commented on "What Should I Know Before Deciding to Move to Seattle?".
Vitamin D supplements. Not optional.

Seriously, this is coming from a hard-nosed skeptic about vitamin supplements in general. Most of them are a waste, but you WILL be D-deficient here and it'll harm you in ways you won't immediately recognize.

Socially, just ignore the shit about the "Seattle freeze." It's something that most people think is real their first year or two here, and unlikeable people continue to blame for their own lack of social success, but the fact is a little more nuanced than that. This is an intellectual town, and an introverted one, and often a depressed one, and people aren't unfriendly but they do tend to run in relatively closed social circles, so be prepared to work hard to meet people and to get the people you do meet to come out and do things with you. It's entirely possible to build a good social support network here; you just have to put some effort into it.

And don't let people tell you what Seattlites "don't do." Just handle the climate and the challenges of transportation in whatever way works best for you. If someone gives you shit about your umbrella, hit them with it.
Jun 26, 2013 balderdash commented on The Art of Walkonomics and the Right to Jaywalk.
Yep. Cities are for people, not cars. Whatever robs driving of its prestige and convenience and bestows them on foot, bike, or transit is okay by me.
Jun 20, 2013 balderdash commented on Can I Just Talk for a Minute About How Much I Dislike the Supreme Court?.
If they're going to be long-term appointees with no mechanism for accountability except in really extreme cases of misbehavior, I think the selection process, confirmation process, and continuing oversight for conflict of interest should be much, much more rigorous.
Jun 18, 2013 balderdash commented on SL Letter of the Day: Let Me Think....
Ah, sex-positive growing pains.

Yeah, like @1 said, GSIH, use this to your advantage! Watch gay porn together, do some fantasizing or role-play, or if you're adventurous enough, see if you can find some gay or bi guys who'd like to do some same-room action. This isn't a problem, it's a fun turn-on!
Jun 17, 2013 balderdash has to maintain a solid record of terrible, useless comments. Consistency is professionalism!

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