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With the invention of the compass, we forgot how to follow the sun and the stars. That's right - once upon a time, you wanted to go somewhere, you just looked up. Sure, there's no longer problems on cloudy days nor cloudy nights, but we've forgotten how to do something so simple. A piece of our natural intelligence is gone.

People don't communicate like they used to, and I think there are ways in which it's made it worse. You can't even meet people by way of small talk anymore - everyone's too busy texting. But once upon a time, maybe they would've been too busy reading the paper, or rushing off to send a telegram. "People these days," their contemporaries muttered.

And it has made the world better, in some ways. Cultural, social and religious boundaries can be taken away completely. Nobody immediately knows what I look like, what I believe, what my bank account statement looks like, or anything else. Okay, admittedly that isn't true for a lot of people, since the internet's become less anonymous, but even so, it happens, and I think that makes the world a little better.

Do i worry we've become too reliant on technology? For now, yes. But hopefully society will be able to adapt to the new change, and I have little doubt it will, and we'll grow with it. People had to learn how to drive safely once; we can learn how to balance between only communicating via twitter and having actual conversations.
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Sorry, I had to.

Link to music video to which I'm referring here. (Note: NWS. Or Grandma safe.)
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What's with all the bullying questions lately? Is it back to school?

That's actually really hard to decide! Especially as I've never found bullies in movies that realistic, so I've never really bought into them. Same with TV - the only girl I knew who slushied someone was the "weird kid." Especially after she slushied someone.
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Even the bullies were bullied, quite honestly.

I only felt physically threatened once, and I still have no idea what that was about but sort of want to know. I was in the girl's bathroom, and out of nowhere realized another girl was practically in my face glaring at me. Completely out of the blue. I threw out the paper towels and bolted out of there. All I can think is that either she'd asked me to leave and I hadn't heard, she just felt like threatening a sixth grader, or she had some other issues.

As for what I did about verbal and emotional bullying... I followed the advice of my guidance counselors, only either they gave the worst advice ever, I did it wrong, or sometimes teens are just cruel and will bully no matter what. I think it's mostly two and three, although I do think my guidance counselors sometimes gave pretty generic advice that showed they really weren't... in touch with their students. I mean, my friend's Mom had to come into the school and fight for them - and believe me, she didn't want to be a helicopter Mom, but the counselor disregarded every single thing they said.

However, I think a lot of the advice they gave me actually did work occasionally - it was just that often I either did it wrong or kids knew right away what I was doing and didn't want to let it work. And some of them really were helpful... or at least wanted to be. But at the end of the day, the high school guidance counselors were there for SAT, ACT, PSAT and college stuff, so they weren't really all that helpful in other areas. Middle school... I think a lot of stuff just got chalked up to hormones and being a teenybopper. Which is valid, but still. That is just my experience though - and even then, like I said that wasn't even all of the ones I had or encountered.
author_by_night: (kaylee train job by hobbitseeker)
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That there is no such thing as just one answer. :)
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This.


Because I'm a Nostalgia Nerd. And a history nerd.
author_by_night: (CSI Greendale by inthe_sunshine)
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Define weird! :) Everyone's tastes and eating habits are different.
author_by_night: (kaylee train job by hobbitseeker)
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I think we'll start seeing more Wii-based games, and I think that they'll be more interactive. But I think it'll be a fairly gradual progression - fifteen years ago I think it was PlayStation everyone wanted, although I could be wrong. Fifteen years that, I'm not sure what the gaming companies were but I know Super Mario Brothers was pretty popular, amongst others. And even then there were a lot of computer games, and I think that we'll see more and more computer-based games and fewer and fewer regular hand controller games, again with the exception of the Wii. And maybe even the Wii will stop being as popular.

I also think that along with being more interactive, we'll see more "real world" games where people do everyday tasks with various dramatic twists, rather than pure fantasy/action.
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Galaxy Quest. :P
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That depends. If it was the sort of insult with a threat between the lines or even just a downright threat, I might consider calling the police or at least walking very quickly towards a secure area. If it was "you're ugly", I let it go. Either way it's usually best not to react - that can make things worse. I'm not saying you should let people walk all over you, but if you don't know someone, you have no clue what they're capable of.
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It's always okay. There's nothing wrong with a little privacy invasion - it proves you care. I'm all for reading text messages and emails, following your SO down the street, listening in on phone calls with whatever gender your SO prefers in case (s)he really isn't "just a friend", anything that ensures the security of your relationship.


None of the above is true. Unless you think your SO is in immediate danger, it is never okay. It doesn't show you care. If (s)he does it to you, it's not showing (s)he cares. It's a violation of trust.
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No idea. Probably all the ones that are actually good and not just the same story with a hotter different cast over and over. /Cynical  Although I'm sure Inception's been nominated, and that was pretty damn good.
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Oh, I'm a firm believer in re-reads and re-watches.

Here's how I see it. The first time you visit a certain location, you look for the big picture stuff, the main attractions. You don't know enough about that area to get far beyond the very basics, and anyhow, that's not what you're looking for. It's only when you go back that you discover the beautiful park, the museum that actually teaches you things you never knew, the store where you buy something that makes you feel different, the elderly couple you meet with a most interesting story.

That's how movies and books are. When you see or watch the first time, the little  things aren't going to seem as important. It's only later that you might go back and realize you missed some interesting details.

There's often a limit, though. When the first Pirates of the Carribean movie came out, that's all anyone wanted to see; I loved it the first ten times, but then I got sick of it. Of course, now I really want to re-watch, but I have no idea where the DVD is. :(
author_by_night: (Sarcasm by justbolognese)
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New Jersey, British, snarky, witty, love Blackadder.
author_by_night: (? by rainnluv)
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Grecian Holiday

It's a chick flick, book style. Girls go on holiday. One girl's a "wild" type who just wants drinks and sex, one girl's the "quiet" type who just wants art, spirituality, and hot tea with extra sugar, and the third girl's got a bad boyfriend who shows all the signs of it in the first two pages.

I'm making it sound like a potentially bad book, but I think it's one of those books with a more generic plotline that still works, especially as it's not meant to be particularly deep. It's a great book to lay out in the sun with. Plus, there's deeper elements if you want to find them, so it's not 100% beach read. Just 87% beach read. ;) I would definitely not read this book for intellectual growth, though.
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I know I already answered this, but I wanted to change my response.

I honestly don't think movies should be remade unless there's an actual reason to do so.  I can see updating a film to make a point, or making an updated film a sequel of sorts. So using a similar premise, but rather than having a complete remake, make it an intentional parallel. But when it's just to say "hey, people can't appreciate older films so let's renew them", it's annoying and even a little patronizing to the audience.
author_by_night: (Jack Chick by author_by_night)
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Let's take a look at some consequences of man stepping upon distant lands:

- Slavery

- Smallpox

- The Trail of Tears


- Imperialism

- The White Man's Burden

- Apartheid

- Stolen Generation

I'd say citizens of distant galaxies have more reason to fear us.

Of course, I'm not insinuating that people would want to do something like that. However, I don't think anyone intended for the above to happen either when they set about their journeys. People aren't born evil; they become evil through power-driven ideas, propaganda they tell themselves, and the propaganda they spread to others.
author_by_night: (coexist by unknown)
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I'd ask every President before Lincoln who knew slavery was wrong why they didn't abolish it.

I'd ask John Adams why he didn't listen to Abigail.

I'd then go back further, to England, to Ancient Rome, to the Ice Age, asking violators of social justice why.

Yes, times were different. They always have been. But there were those who knew, even then, what they were doing was wrong - and proceeded forth anyway.

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