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Posts by pcgTheDestroyer

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  • NH sex offender claims religious rights denied

    06/19/2010 1:38:16 PM PDT · 6 of 13
    pcgTheDestroyer to Blood of Tyrants

    Seriously. He’s even talking about having a chaparone—is there really ANY chance any child is going to be in danger? I mean it’s not like he’s petitioning to lead a group of schoolchildren.

    Also, if you’re doing church by yourself at home, you’re doing it wrong. There’s no such thing as a Christian that isn’t plugged in and active with a church community.

  • VAnity: Does anyone know the title of this song

    06/06/2010 11:11:14 PM PDT · 18 of 42
    pcgTheDestroyer to notaliberal

    I’m not the one who originally found it, but I was able to find it using Shazam on my iPhone, which analyzes a song it “hears” on the microphone and spits out the song title and artist. I’m a little surprised it picked up “Last Night” by the Mar-Keys despite the dialogue, but it did. :-)

  • Obama Says 'Official' Explanation Coming 'Shortly' on Alleged Sestak Job Offer

    05/27/2010 4:23:41 PM PDT · 29 of 39
    pcgTheDestroyer to Ancient Drive

    Off-topic: -exec does a fork/exec for every item found. If you’re expecting find to encounter a large list, it’s far more effective to do:

    find . -type f -name “Seztac.mp3” | xargs rm -f


  • America’s choice: Arizona or San Francisco?

    05/11/2010 10:47:03 PM PDT · 54 of 78
    pcgTheDestroyer to Bullish
    I hope for your sake you never find out first hand what I’m trying to warn you about. Right on, I can certainly agree with you on that one. :-)
  • America’s choice: Arizona or San Francisco?

    05/11/2010 10:18:15 PM PDT · 52 of 78
    pcgTheDestroyer to IYAS9YAS
    You aren't driving far enough east. No, I believe it. Even less far east than that, Tecate is far more renowned for its violence than Tijuana, at least amongst the locals that I've spoken to.
  • America’s choice: Arizona or San Francisco?

    05/11/2010 9:39:55 PM PDT · 46 of 78
    pcgTheDestroyer to Bullish

    Sorry, I feel like we must be talking past each other. Lemme try one more time: I said, “to say it’s a common thing to be stopped for no reason, beaten, and thrown into a Mexican prison is ignorant fear-mongering”. That doesn’t mean you’re a liar if it happened to you—it means that to say it’s happening on a “common” basis is ignorant of what’s actually happening in the vast majority of places in Mexico, even the majority of places right on the border.

    The mess is that the problems on the border are horrendous, yet pretty tightly focused; what is actually happening in a few hotspots are extrapolated to be happening EVERYWHERE in Mexico. All I am doing is offering my own experience (unless you’re calling ME a liar—should I too be offended?) in which I didn’t get shaken down, arrested, beaten, thrown into Mexican prison, etc. That’s not just once or twice, but a number of times over the past year or so.

  • America’s choice: Arizona or San Francisco?

    05/11/2010 9:25:15 PM PDT · 39 of 78
    pcgTheDestroyer to Bullish

    I think the idea is that the chances of an American being willing to pay the bribe is higher than a Mexican being willing to do so.

    And BTW, I didn’t call you a liar or even insinuate it. I simply said that you cannot just “ask anyone who lives in SoCal”—I live in SoCal and I just cannot agree with what “everyone” here “knows”. To repeat myself, I’m not saying it doesn’t happen (and whether it happened to you or friends is immaterial as evidence that it happens to everyone). It certainly sucks when it does happen, the whole arresting and beating and throwing into Mexican prison... I’m just suspicious that it’s not quite as widespread as all that. No offense intended, brah. :-)

  • America’s choice: Arizona or San Francisco?

    05/11/2010 9:22:05 PM PDT · 38 of 78
    pcgTheDestroyer to cpdiii

    I think the economic, rather than racial, angle is far more likely. I’m also a white boy and my wife is Mexican (and we’re both bilingual)... but again, we simply haven’t had any occasion to even test the theory that that makes any difference. I believe the “mordita” part (which is the way things work in nearly every other part of the world outside of the US, not just in Mexico!), but I *don’t* believe everything I read in the papers. Having driven the drive a number of times over the last year and having had my wife and numerous friends work in the slums and garbage dumps of Tijuana, I just haven’t seen the ubiquitous violence most US media is claiming.

  • America’s choice: Arizona or San Francisco?

    05/11/2010 8:49:46 PM PDT · 25 of 78
    pcgTheDestroyer to Bullish

    “Anyone you talk to in SOCAL that has been to Mexico will attest to the truth of this.”

    Bollocks. I live in Socal and travel to volunteer at an orphanage in La Mision, halfway between Rosarito and Ensenada. I’ve never even been stopped, much less stopped and shaken down for cash. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen, but to say it’s a common thing to be stopped for no reason, beaten, and thrown into a Mexican prison is ignorant fear-mongering. And it’s no better than the American media shoveling sh!t about how there are decapitated bodies lying all over Mexico and bullets flying faster than the wild west. Go visit Door of Faith orphanage ( and you’ll see the REAL Mexico.

    (And just to keep it on-topic: politicians like this make me want to move to AZ. Those folks have restored my faith in humanity among legislators.)

  • Green Washington Wants Less-efficient Fuel - You can’t make this stuff up. (EPA out of control)

    04/05/2010 7:39:37 AM PDT · 6 of 32
    pcgTheDestroyer to opentalk

    “Ethanol: the cause of, and solution to, all of our problems.”
    -—Homer Simpson (paraphrased)

  • My name is John and I live in Central Texas.(MUST READ)

    09/10/2005 12:42:32 PM PDT · 4 of 31
    pcgTheDestroyer to pageonetoo
    Perverse, but chuckle-worthy bit:

    Another reporter asked us if we had seen any dead bodies. Yeah, I told him, there are three in the back of our truck. He ran away salivating to find his camera crew. When he came back I told him that it turns out they weren't quite as dead as they appeared. They didn't want to be filmed and had gone for a swim. He threw a hissy-fit, however I was close to three times his size and armed. I could only laugh at the miserable bastard.

    Good to see a man's wry distrust of the media isn't adversely affected by tragedy. :-)

  • The Saddest 3 and 1/2 Minutes, I Have Ever Heard! - Terri

    03/21/2005 11:49:07 AM PST · 2 of 20
    pcgTheDestroyer to FR_addict

    The link on Drudge wasn't working because of the overwhelming response, I think! Keep trying, but encourage mirrors... ;-)

  • Volleyball coach,( coach, not a teacher) 22, faces felony charge of having sex with student, 16

    01/06/2005 2:09:04 PM PST · 41 of 103
    pcgTheDestroyer to NJ_gent
    California's age of consent is 16.

    No it is not. It is 18 here. Never mind that this apparently happened in Wisconsin (where the age of consent is *also* 18)...

  • Stone Surprised by Poor Response to Epic

    01/06/2005 10:23:47 AM PST · 12 of 37
    pcgTheDestroyer to metalmanx2j

    For my personal experience, I am a Christian and fairly conservative. I saw _Alexander_ with a Christian who is slightly less conservative than me.

    We both hated the movie, yet discussed the whole homo/bisexual aspect for all of about 20 seconds. The fact is that the movie is just a complete, unmitigated disaster. Three hours of my life I can't have back.

  • Here's a superhighway super enough for Texas

    01/06/2005 8:34:17 AM PST · 27 of 29
    pcgTheDestroyer to Paleo Conservative
    until you're trying to drive from San Antonio to Denton during the week build an elevated highway from San Antonio to Denton."

    Whoa, now THAT'S freaky.

  • Here's a superhighway super enough for Texas

    01/05/2005 11:18:57 PM PST · 9 of 29
    pcgTheDestroyer to Paleo Conservative

    The toll seems *awfully* steep... until you're trying to drive from San Antonio to Denton during the week, hitting traffic all along the way. Between that insanity and the bliss of driving the tollways across Ohio, I'll bite the bullet and take the tollway. $40 is cheap for the sanity.

  • Do Drug Companies Kill Poor People?

    01/05/2005 11:14:42 PM PST · 4 of 24
    pcgTheDestroyer to neverdem
    "Less than 10 percent of the U.S.$73 billion spent globally every year on health research is allocated to study 90 percent of the world's health problems,"

    Boo hoo. Then quit spending so much money on "health problems" that are largely really lifestyle problems.

  • Ten Objections to Christianity and How to Respond

    01/02/2005 10:06:04 PM PST · 31 of 302
    pcgTheDestroyer to freebilly
    1. Anyone who's had an experience of Christ will tell you they've discovered sunken treasure on the wet sand in front of them already.

    Carrying the analogy further, all of humankind is watching the water recede. Christians have simply been shown WHERE to watch on the beach AND they followed the seemingly "stupid" instructions. Lo and behold! There's the treasure sitting there for the taking.

    2. Pointless, dangerous, futile, stupid and sad for whom? For me? I appreciate your concern, but I'm not all that dangerous. Stupid? Certainly! Sad? Actually, I'm amazingly happy...

    You forgot to address "pointless". :-) The ultimate fact is that we will see the final "point" in Christianity when each of us dies. However, God gives us bread crumbs (manna, if you will) of hope along the way, and I think the rest of your post demonstrates that. :-)

  • Yankees and Diamondbacks agree on new Randy Johnson trade ( reports)

    12/30/2004 10:14:53 PM PST · 47 of 49
    pcgTheDestroyer to F16Fighter; Mr. Mojo

    Beltran is likely to break out; he's not so young as to be a *tremendous* risk, yet not so old as to be beyond the point where he might really explode. And The Boss, of all people, can risk a little on Beltran with the possible reward of having him go supernova.

    Do you have any counterpoints with the Yanks not striking gold and overpaying prospects that never panned out? Just curious.

  • Price of a case of beer

    12/30/2004 10:07:17 PM PST · 18 of 29
    pcgTheDestroyer to Mr. Mojo

    I love ESBs, and finding a good one in the States is a goldmine. It's like finding a good porter, IMO, though porters are probably even a little easier to find. I'll have to pick up some Redhook (ESB is the only one I remember seeing here locally) next time I'm out. :-) Thanks!

  • Price of a case of beer

    12/30/2004 9:08:23 PM PST · 12 of 29
    pcgTheDestroyer to Mr. Mojo

    Never had a Redhook, though I see it all of the time. Recommended?

    Having a couple of pints of Arrogant Bastard Ale (Stone Brewing Co., San Marcos outside San Diego), and it's BIG hops all the way. Not a hops guy personally, but this is good shi...uh, stuff. :-)

  • Yankees and Diamondbacks agree on new Randy Johnson trade ( reports)

    12/30/2004 8:46:29 PM PST · 44 of 49
    pcgTheDestroyer to F16Fighter
    Lol, I know, I know -- you're a member of Red Sox Nation, right?

    I think you meant "member of the 2004 World Champion Red Sox Nation", but I don't fault you for forgetting. ;-)

  • Yankees and Diamondbacks agree on new Randy Johnson trade ( reports)

    12/30/2004 6:01:39 PM PST · 41 of 49
    pcgTheDestroyer to F16Fighter
    "They [Yankee minor-leaguers] play for the AA Pittsburgh Pirates, AAA Cincy Reds, single-A KC Royals, etc. As soon as they make something of themselves they get called up to the 'big show' to play with the Yanks. :-P"

    I couldn't have said it better my self.;-)

    Yeah, but I didn't mean it as a compliment! ;-)

  • Yankees and Diamondbacks agree on new Randy Johnson trade ( reports)

    12/30/2004 6:00:49 PM PST · 40 of 49
    pcgTheDestroyer to F16Fighter

    I agree it probably was a trial balloon. However, I will say that for some reason I don't think Beltran will succeed in NY, if he does end up going there. I don't have any real reason to say that, but it's just a gut feeling. That doesn't make him a bad person, or not courageous, or even a bad ballplayer in my book.

    And, of course, I could be totally wrong. We shall see. :-)

  • Yankees and Diamondbacks agree on new Randy Johnson trade ( reports)

    12/30/2004 3:28:06 PM PST · 36 of 49
    pcgTheDestroyer to misterrob
    The Yanks are in a league of their own with a $220 million payroll...

    Put another way, the combined 2004 salaries of their starting rotation alone eclipses the entire 2004 payroll of 13 MLB teams. Their 2005 starting rotation salaries should eclipse the payroll of the majority of teams, after Unit gets paid.

  • Yankees and Diamondbacks agree on new Randy Johnson trade ( reports)

    12/30/2004 3:26:05 PM PST · 35 of 49
    pcgTheDestroyer to Mr. Mojo; F16Fighter
    I hoid the Mets are going after Beltran as well, but I can't imagine the Boss will be outbid. Carlos' pricetag could be driven up significantly, though.

    It might just be a trial balloon, but SportsCenter was just saying how there are rumblings that Beltran's pricetag is already too high. This "news" came just after talk of the Johnson trade.

    As for where Beltran wants to play, the word is that he really does prefer smaller markets over NY. Again, could be a trial balloon that means nothing, but there it is.

  • Yankees and Diamondbacks agree on new Randy Johnson trade ( reports)

    12/30/2004 3:22:57 PM PST · 34 of 49
    pcgTheDestroyer to j_k_l
    Do the Yankees have any minor league players left?

    Sure, they play for the AA Pittsburgh Pirates, AAA Cincy Reds, single-A KC Royals, etc. As soon as they make something of themselves they get called up to the "big show" to play with the Yanks. :-P

  • Top 10 Best Westerns of All Time:

    12/29/2004 3:43:43 PM PST · 71 of 192
    pcgTheDestroyer to William Terrell
    "The Bad, the Bad and the Bad" has no business in first place.

    C'mon, nearly 27,000 voters can't be wrong when they ranked it the #19 movie of all time in any genre. (See the rankings.) But honestly, I love The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I think it has suffered from years and years of holiday repeats on television, or distaste for Clint Eastwood's politics, or something. But it is by far the best western on that list, one of my favorites, and one of the better movies ever made.

  • Local Muslim school taken aback by letter

    12/24/2004 12:18:49 AM PST · 35 of 96
    pcgTheDestroyer to rommy
    I was responding to the statement, "Islam must be wiped out." Which sounds a bit like genocide to me. (Replace the word Islam with the word Judiasm and you see my point.)

    Does Judaism advocate annihilating all non-Jews, subjugating them into slavery if possible, beheading them outright if not? If it did, you can bet that people here would be advocating the destruction of Judaism.

    Besides, "Islam must be wiped out" says nothing of Muslims. Islam is a farce of a religion, a cancer that has plagued once-proud places like Iran, and destroyed millions upon millions of human lives. Wouldn't you like to do something about a religion that requires death to everyone that doesn't buy into it?

    As for "the essential decency of most people", I'd agree with your assessment that it's a bit naive. ;-) As a Christian (and not nominally ;-) I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. I know what the Bible says about people, and I believe it's dead on. People are simply no good. Left to their own devices, people are beyond imperfect - they are utterly unable to please God (e.g., "be good"). Thankfully, God (not Allah, not Buddha) has reached down and provided a way for us to please Him, through Jesus. Other that that... we're screwed, if you'll pardon the expression.

    Really, I think you would find it enlightening, as a seeker, to look at some of the expose material on Islam. It's not a religion of peace. It's not "just another religion" (like, say, Buddhism, in the sense that we don't have Buddhists flying planes into buildings and beheading people). It is a cult, bent on death and subverting the entire world to its rule. Check it out sometime.

  • Local Muslim school taken aback by letter

    12/23/2004 11:55:33 PM PST · 22 of 96
    pcgTheDestroyer to rommy

    You're welcome.

    If you're truly interested in intelligent discussion and not trolling, you might not throw bombs like accusing the US of genocide and expect anyone to think anything of you other than a "commie homo traitor". (BTW, those guys are over at - if you want to see night and day, compare and contrast the two sites and the language/attitude therein.)

    You might also come with a little consistency. You can say "I believe (and my Muslim friends agree)" on one thread, but it's best if you haven't said "I won't speak for [my progressive friends about the conduct of the Democratic party], I can only speak for myself." As a "nominal Catholic", I seriously doubt you can speak from a Muslim perspective. Neither can I.

    So we must accept their documents and official decrees (not the words of the rank-and-file; as mentioned earlier, lying is not only acceptable, it is honored in Islam) as the official stance of Islam. Surely this does not necessarily reflect every Muslim's belief, just as a decree from the Catholic Church doesn't always sit well with every Catholic. (Which is probably the reason you are only nominally Catholic.) Yet, if the Church says it, it's official.

    So what is the official stance of Islam? Kill Christians and Jews specifically, and everyone who won't bow their knee to Allah generally. I would urge you to check it out yourself; rather than listening to the soothing words that your Muslim friends might be feeding you, look to their own sources. Sorry I don't have any useful links; perhaps someone else on here can help. Or maybe Google knows... Google Knows All(TM).

    So in any case, an honest welcome if you are interested in real discussion. A pre-zot welcome if you're just lobbing grenades into the camp under the guise of being "progressive" and open.

  • Local Muslim school taken aback by letter

    12/23/2004 11:33:25 PM PST · 14 of 96
    pcgTheDestroyer to rommy

    Since Dec 23, 2004

    Welcome to FR. Enjoy your (probably short) stay.

  • Local Muslim school taken aback by letter

    12/23/2004 11:31:59 PM PST · 13 of 96
    pcgTheDestroyer to velocityguy

    This is a joke, right? It was on The Onion and you just misattributed it, right?! Surely no one can be so idiotic as these people so offended by some questions about their "religion"... right?

    The wealth of UTTER NONSENSE arising in this country is astounding.

  • SECRET SANTA thread! Maybe Santa lurks on FR. If so, what would you REALLY like for Christmas?

    12/23/2004 10:47:50 PM PST · 417 of 515
    pcgTheDestroyer to Diva Betsy Ross

    Eh, it's not the years, it's the mileage. I'm an "old" Gen-Xer. :-)

    P.S. Do you have a single daughter then? ;-)

  • SECRET SANTA thread! Maybe Santa lurks on FR. If so, what would you REALLY like for Christmas?

    12/23/2004 9:33:25 PM PST · 387 of 515
    pcgTheDestroyer to ken5050
    I'd like a wife for me and a mother for my kids. (Preferably all in one woman.) Someone who has a sharp mind and gentle spirit. Someone I can take care of when she's sick, and have take care of me when I'm sick. Someone who loves God, me, and my family (in that order) passionately. Someone who loves to travel and learn about new cultures, or stay home under the covers and watch a movie. Someone who likes The Cure and Puccini, filet mignons and Double-Doubles, Dumb and Dumber and Chariots of Fire.

    Or Donkey Konga. That's probably more realistic. :-P

  • FireFox Burns Internet Explorer’s Market Share

    12/22/2004 10:12:50 AM PST · 87 of 189
    pcgTheDestroyer to gmoore57; nycgal

    3) Double-click on the tab bar to open a new blank tab. :-)

  • FireFox Burns Internet Explorer’s Market Share

    12/22/2004 10:11:04 AM PST · 86 of 189
    pcgTheDestroyer to Floyd R Turbo
    The problem is, Firefox does not even have the 'Send Page' option on the File Pulldown. Both Netscape and Explorer have it. Firefox only has a 'Send link' option. Something got lost in the transition trip.

    Mine has it, and I'm not even using the current version. (I'm on 0.9.3 for unspecified reasons.) Note that it doesn't work for me because I don't have a default mailer defined on my Linux system... because I don't use this system to send email.

    Firefox is something of a paradigm shift (ick) for lots of Windows users because it generally does one thing, and does it VERY well: render web pages. It does not send email (that's its cousin, Thunderbird). It does not do spreadsheets or documents (that's the guy down the street, Open Office). Because of that fact, that it is not an email program, you're likely running into a "limitation". But trust me: it's the *right* way to do things.

  • Saint-making Pope is ready to ditch the miracle clause

    12/20/2004 8:15:09 PM PST · 28 of 242
    pcgTheDestroyer to Husker8877
    So I'll always be "spiritual but not religious" to quote an oft-used cliche.

    That cliche tickles me. Reminds me of a football player on a team, but who never shows up for practices or games because he doesn't like his teammates and some of the coaches. What should management do with that "player"?

    I do feel your pain with regards to bureaucracy in "the church", though my experience has been with Protestant denominations. As such I don't belong to any official denomination where churches are forced to give up their control to a large bureaucratic body "out there".

  • Saint-making Pope is ready to ditch the miracle clause

    12/20/2004 8:10:26 PM PST · 27 of 242
    pcgTheDestroyer to Mike Fieschko
    For example, how could Catholics pray for intercession of someone who is not in heaven?

    Something I don't understand: how can Catholics pray for intercession of someone who is not Jesus Christ, the only intercessor (as per Romans 8)? If you'd rather not get into it here, I understand, but your statement just stirred up that thought in my mind.

  • Drug Makers Putting Complete AIDS Treatment in One Daily Pill

    12/20/2004 3:32:33 PM PST · 2 of 13
    pcgTheDestroyer to foolscap
    Two drug companies announced Monday they will collaborate on developing the first all-in-one, one-a-day pill to treat HIV infection - a long-sought goal that would make it much easier for patients to stick with their medication.

    And for those that prefer it, there will also be a phallic suppository version of the medication that is SURE to help some remember their dosages! (Heck, the all-in-one pill has got to be fairly large... :-P)

  • Thinking about College (Vanity)

    12/20/2004 10:39:17 AM PST · 114 of 140
    pcgTheDestroyer to AVNevis
    I ever said I was I believed that I would be president,

    Nor did I.

    just other people do.

    Which I affirmed and warned about. See, it's not about being gifted. It's about bringing maturity to a discussion to allow you to argue dispassionately and interpret clearly. You can get some of that from the school, internships, meeting people, etc. There is a part of it, however, that you will ONLY get through literal years of maturing. It's a process and, at 14 and regardless of your giftedness, you just aren't there yet.

    I'm not a killjoy. I think you should certainly pursue your goals with fervor and vigor. I think you should draw up plans for the future and see how they work out. I think you should strive for excellence. Just don't get ahead of yourself.

    I have the same problem with exercise. I get excited about heading to the gym, eating well, etc. Meanwhile, I won't even get on the treadmill for 15 minutes a day. Plans are great, but take care of the basics first.

    I'd say the same to you: take care of reading comprehension, critical thinking, and spelling/grammar. Then start worrying about winning public office by 26.

  • Thinking about College (Vanity)

    12/20/2004 10:02:05 AM PST · 107 of 140
    pcgTheDestroyer to AVNevis
    I've posted more than a few posts on this forum, see my profile page. Just an hour ago I was arguing with FReepers about illegal immigration after the Bush press conference.

    And the BCS, I note. ;-)

    I can't prove to you that I am advanced,

    Nor do you need to do so.

    ...just tell you that practically everyone I know thinks so. All my friends and even some teachers think it's my destiny to become President of the United States.

    I see. Well, let us know how that goes. I would warn about those kinds of "friends and even some teachers" - I'm not sure any great President ever considered the Presidency his "destiny". But hey, I'm not the PoliSci buff, so I could certainly be wrong. :-P

  • Thinking about College (Vanity)

    12/20/2004 1:43:46 AM PST · 80 of 140
    pcgTheDestroyer to LibWhacker

    [Apologies in advance - it's late and this is far too long and ranting.]

    I noticed that you really didn't address anything I brought up beyond "Jeez". I'm always happy to understand points of view that differ from my own, but there's not much I can do with "Jeez". FWIW, I hope you'll notice that I never said to "hang with the lowest common denominator", and your interjection of such (along with the rest of your post) suggests you might not have understood what I was saying.

    I don't think anyone should be held back from things for which they are intellectually, emotionally, and/or physically ready. I think we agree on that point. I guess I just disagree what "emotionally...ready" would mean in that case; there are simply few, if any, 16-year-olds who would be ready for college full-time.

    I also think you treat it as something of a binary argument: EITHER high school OR college. Would you not agree that there are plenty of other stimuli outside of school in which one might engage if one isn't being overly challenged in high school?

    Finally, as I mentioned in a previous post, AP courses are truly hit-and-miss. If you're concerned about the quality of teaching in high schools, as it certainly sounds, I would think you would also be concerned for the quality of teaching in high school AP classes. I took a couple before I graduated about 12 years ago, and can say that they did basically nothing to *really* prepare me for college. The big example of that was AP calculus, which basically existed to teach little tricks of integration. Before college calc and college physics, the /qua/ and purpose of calculus remained a mystery, but darned if I couldn't integrate with the best of 'em! To say that figuring out integration tricks (or, indeed, gaining the incremental bits of knowledge that exist only in AP classes) means "you're ready for college!" is to ignore a whole class of issues that go along with growing up and going to college.

    But I could be wrong. Admittedly, my sample size is rather small: one. I'd love to hear how AP classes helped prepare people for college beyond just allowing them to test out of college courses and save them 3 hours one semester. Heck, I *know* the counter-example - someone who successfully entered college at 16 - exists out there, though I suspect there are twenty stories of failure and burnout for every one story of success. But ultimately, who knows - maybe AV is that "one".

  • Thinking about College (Vanity)

    12/20/2004 12:00:30 AM PST · 77 of 140
    pcgTheDestroyer to LibWhacker
    Well then, maybe he should take some remedial courses with the retarded kids while he waits for maturity to set in . . . reread Dick and Jane, and Run, Spot, Run!

    I would suggest that someone who cannot find something to pique his interests (beyond Dick and Jane, of course) in most high schools is, himself, retarded.

    It's a waste of time, imo, that's all, okay? A complete waste of time. Particularly for someone who has already demonstrated quite a bit of intellectual maturity, curiosity and drive.

    Huh? You got all of that from a couple of sentences in the original post? I'll leave open the possibility that you know the kid personally, in which case you have a distinct advantage over the rest of us in speaking about him. Maybe I'm too harsh, but a couple of posts on a forum do not "intellectual maturity, curiosity and drive" make. And while I certainly don't think he's remedial or retarded or whatever, I don't think rushing through high school is the answer to a student that *might* be gifted. I don't think it's hardly ever the answer to anything other than, "How can I get into something too soon and raise my chances of failure?" Answer: "Rush through high school."

  • Thinking about College (Vanity)

    12/19/2004 11:26:11 PM PST · 70 of 140
    pcgTheDestroyer to LibWhacker
    However, I think can recommend in good faith that you try to finish up high school as quickly as possible.

    Ugh, I would definitely disagree with this. School is not about cramming as much into your head as quickly as possible. It's largely about maturing as well, and I have never in my life known a 16-year-old that was ready for full-time college.

    What's the big hurry? If one has such a burning desire to get involved in college-level courses, and high-school level courses are just so much tripe, one shouldn't have any trouble enrolling in a college class while in high school and keeping up. But ultimately, I guess I just don't get what the big hurry is. College will still be there, trudging through an uninteresting year or so of high school will be good training for trudging through boring work, etc.

  • Baby talk key to evolution

    12/19/2004 11:17:35 PM PST · 53 of 79
    pcgTheDestroyer to ImaGraftedBranch
    Funny! I say a tv special the other day, where they were trying to explain why there was such a burst of new species all of a sudden during the "cambrian explosion".

    The narrator said, "and eventually the first species developed eyes, thereby triggering the most competitive race the world has ever seen. Soon after, most species had eyeballs..."

    The thought that hit me was...even if I were to drink the kool-aid and allow that natural selection occured and one species actually developed "eyeballs", how on earth would ANOTHER species even KNOW it was being LOOKED AT?

    It wouldn't. The species without the advantage of eyeballs would have died off, thereby yielding more eyeball-enhanced species (where "more" is measured against the total number of species). Perhaps the phrase "competitive race" is a poorly-chosen one, since it insinuates that one competitor is cognizant of what other competitors are doing, and acts accordingly. This is, I suspect, not the image the author of the TV special wished to portray.

    Note: I did not see the special and so cannot speak as intelligently about it as you can, obviously. Were it completely junk science, they might have intended the meaning you understood. If they were doing real science, they almost certainly did not mean what you interpreted. But it's just a guess.

  • Thinking about College (Vanity)

    12/19/2004 10:37:36 PM PST · 55 of 140
    pcgTheDestroyer to AVNevis
    I [blast liberal weenie teachers] already to my high school teachers, and yes, it is fun.

    Be careful with that. It is easy to cultivate an arrogant attitude and lose out on learning just because the teacher is a putz. Question motives and premises, but don't throw out the teaching just because the poor misguided schlep offering it is a confused lib.

    Be careful also with the well-intentioned advice to take a year off to work. It's certainly possible to go back to school after working for a while, and it definitely helps some with priorities, but it can be VERY difficult to pull yourself away from what might seem like scads of money to do something as lame as college might seem. $20,000/year goes a long way toward convincing you that college might not be necessary.

    If possible, I would say to take a year to travel or study abroad. In terms of keeping you out of college, it's fairly self-defeating unless you have a TON of mom and dad's money to burn through. If you don't, you'll have to "do something" with your life eventually; having experienced other cultures, learned languages, etc. you'll be all the more prepared for college.

    Don't test out of classes if you can help it. AP classes in high school are a mixed bag, some of which only really teach you tricks, rather than the truths behind the material. College-level courses are almost always going to be better at conveying the essence of the material than your high school classes would be; testing out of the college courses, while tempting, may not be the best way to go.

    Don't be in a hurry. (This relates to testing out of classes.) Be where you are now and enjoy it, even if you do need to plan for the future a bit. You'll have plenty of time to hurry through life once you get out into the "real world"; take your time now to stop and smell the roses.

    Study what you enjoy, not what will get you the best job. While some jobs require intense study in your particular field, lots of jobs don't necessarily. While working at IBM, the three chains of command above me had not a computer degree among them; one was even a PhD chemist! Pursue a well-rounded education, lots of language and history classes (for you physics majors), lots of astronomy and biology classes (for you English majors). If you do what you enjoy, you'll (nearly) always be happier than if you just do what pays the bills.

    Go to school away from home, but not too far. You don't want your mom dropping in unexpectedly, but you want to be able to do laundry at home on the weekends. Your family can be a great support when school and life gets hard. They can also be a great burden if they're living across the street, or even upstairs from you.

    As for particular schools, your education is largely what you make of it. I suspect most of the UC/CSU schools are generally good schools. Pepperdine is a good private school (about 12 alumni and current profs in my family), but IMO pretty dang snobby. The first Lamborghini I ever saw in my life was at Pepperdine... in the student lot. It's always struck me as a rich kids school, not my personal cup of tea. I would consider some of the UC/CSU schools, as well as a couple of smaller, private schools. Having attended schools both large and small, I tend to prefer the small ones, but you might not - visit them and get a feel for what goes on.

    Don't be proud: lots of kids have 3.8 GPAs. Lots of kids ace the SAT/PSAT/ACT/whatever tests. Not a lot of kids have a good work ethic, and profs respect few things as much as someone who is willing to work hard. Set yourself apart in things like that, extracurricular activities, and personal meetings with profs if possible. Survey a class or two locally if you can, make friends with the prof, and get them to write you a recommendation if you choose to go away for school.

    Get a job. If your field of preference has them, get a research position. Work for nothing, or less, and earn the experience. You won't have much opportunity to do so once you're out of college.

    So those are my random thoughts. Hope you can pull some nugget of useful information out of the dreck. ;-)

  • (Pedro) Martinez Criticizes Team's Negotiating Tactics

    12/18/2004 12:49:05 AM PST · 34 of 50
    pcgTheDestroyer to NYCVirago
    Nor do I hear any Boston fans saying that Sox management should have stuck with Cabrera.

    Let me be the first: I really liked Cabrera. I didn't think he was the .320/40/120 type, but the guy had *heart*. He fit in with the other dirty helmets well. I've been a little surprised, since I haven't followed the hot stove *too* closely, why I hadn't heard his name at all. It seemed a foregone conclusion that he was just gone, yet I never really heard why. And I think it's a little unfortunate.

    I, for one, don't want The Best Team Money Can Buy ((TM) Steinbrenner) just for the sake of winning. I understand that's what they're *supposed* to do... but I'm a little more romantic (and a little less business-like) about the whole thing. I'd rather have a competitive team that I could be proud of as a group of guys. I want the O'Malley days of the Dodgers back, not this garbage where they trade away all of their talent, or lose them to free agency, only to restruct a new FrankenTeam of former free agents in hopes at just "making a run".

    Or I want another beer. Either would do.

  • (Pedro) Martinez Criticizes Team's Negotiating Tactics

    12/17/2004 11:51:54 PM PST · 30 of 50
    pcgTheDestroyer to Roberts
    "They will field the best bad team in baseball history," Martinez said at a news conference Friday.

    Ahem, let's see what you have to say, Pedro, come next, ohhhh... June or so. You know, when the Mets are already out of the race and forgotten by all? It'll be interesting to know whether all of the money was really worth it in the end; perhaps you and A-Rod could get together and figure that out.

  • Networks pull three Miller ads after complaint from rival (Hold muh Beer Alert)

    12/17/2004 11:43:38 PM PST · 7 of 10
    pcgTheDestroyer to sully777

    This beer snob (Blue Moon Belgian White tonight) liked both the Miller commercials, as well as the Bud responses. Can't stand the product, though...


    12/17/2004 5:01:48 PM PST · 336 of 357
    pcgTheDestroyer to Fierce Allegiance

    My best on the penguin was 593.5. My best on the cat toss was only 233.925. :-/