Discipline is Sexy

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-03-03 00:07

The title of this post probably sounds like a discussion of S & M but it's something a little more universal than that.

A few years ago I read a review of a film in a gender-feminist magazine. The film was about a woman who had a condition where she had an abnormal amount of hair growth(which she was quite comfortable with). The point of the story was that she was drawn into a romance where the man was attracted to her but the hair turned him off. The film appearantly regressed into a meditation on the evil patriarchal standards of beauty and the harsh regimines that the evil patriarchy requires.

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Yes, Landon, there's truth — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-03-12 07:42

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Unit Testing

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 19:18

I may as well kick the ball off with a nice controversial topic Smiling I'm busy writing an application that integrates with an in-house application management framework, that uses a combination of multicast IP and .NET Remoting to communicate.

The application in question is a Windows Forms app that monitors and controls the Windows Services that underpin the management framework.

Catch is, there is no testing harness for this architecture. None whatsoever. This will make it difficult to test the objects I'm creating (e.g. to represent individual applications, to discover & manage the connections to the underlying Windows Services, etc.) - effectively I'd have to do manual functional tests against a live system, or make my unit tests assume that such a live system existed, neither of which would work well.

Recent Comments:
I asume you have used NUnit — by wngreen on Fri, 2006-03-03 03:52
You've pretty much got it ... — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-03-03 03:06
False alarm... — by Jody Gomez on Fri, 2006-03-03 03:02

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Meeting event suggestions

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2006-03-02 14:06

Not one to give up easily, I have decided that I need some suggestions. In fact, maybe we all need suggestions. I noticed that there is not one local club here that has had activity in the past month or more. That's upsetting.

So, I'm going to throw out some things here and see if I can't get some cooperation.

1. Museum - There are literally 100's of museums in the DC Metro area. There is probably one for just about everything that you can think of.

2. Actual activity - rock climbing, hiking, bowling (if you haven't done it in a ahwile or never, then you might be surprised --- or not), dancing.... whatever.

Recent Comments:
Any of these ideas are fine — by Charles Anderson on Tue, 2006-03-14 05:06
I know a few people who have — by wngreen on Fri, 2006-03-03 03:47
Joe! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-03-02 23:41

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Technique (not work safe)

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Submitted by Adam Buker on Thu, 2006-03-02 14:05

I'm just wondering if there are any particular sexual techniques (beyond the basics) that really get her going. Since sex is one of the most important parts of life, it might as well be done right! Right now my situation is that my girlfriend has a lot more sexual experience than I do, and she's told me a little about what she likes. However, I'm usually trying to figure things out by trial and error. I love her dearly, and I would love to show her that I know my stuff.

Recent Comments:
Yup, I guess someone had to — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-03-23 00:33
The other hole — by Pete L on Wed, 2006-03-22 06:41
Ask ... — by eg on Wed, 2006-03-22 02:22

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SOLO Website To-Do List

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 06:09

This page is a Staff-only resource where we (the SOLO webmasters) will keep track of things that need doing to the website. We'll trial it for a while, and if it proves adequate, leave it. Otherwise, we'll be moving to a more sophisticated issue tracking system.

Once a Webmaster completes an item, he'll strike it out. Periodically, we'll go through and prune out old completed items.

The List

Split up FAQ into separate pages, and use the existing FAQ node as an index.

Printable version of articles (asked by Jody).

We still have unused space down right hand side. Maybe put links there?

Recent Comments:
More coming soon.... — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-03-14 19:40
Thanks for the offer — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 06:58
Issue tracker — by sjw on Thu, 2006-03-02 06:52

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Favorites-(rated R)

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Submitted by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2006-03-02 03:32

Hmmm...Free Radical Issue Number? God help us if this ever gets published in the "Free Radical."

Given a woman's body, what is your favorite part? Among the more urbane, I would say the small of her back. Among the more prurient, I would say her inner thighs when trembling...

Recent Comments:
Thank you. :) — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-03-16 17:41
Jennifer — by Charles Anderson on Thu, 2006-03-16 06:45
Jennifer — by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2006-03-16 01:52

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Quantum Physics

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-03-02 01:17

I have been discussing quantum physics and the nature of reality with some subjectivist friends... I am very interested in physics, but it has been a while since university. I was wondering where I could find out more about quantum phenomena.

Then I came across this:

The Realistic Quantum, by Atilla Gurel

It looks interesting. Has anybody read it?

I know that quantum physics has probably been discussed to death by Objectivists - but not on the new SOLO site! Smiling So could somebody with more knowledge than me, please point me in the direction of the truth?

Recent Comments:
Your commitment to "truth — by Fred Weiss on Sun, 2006-06-04 01:31
I love the Turth mor than I love Rand. — by bobkolker on Sat, 2006-06-03 19:40
We meet again Mr. Kolker. — by wngreen on Sat, 2006-06-03 02:19

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Auckland local authorities plan on using taxpayers money to 'fight' Telecom ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 00:06

I'm not sure which is the worst part of this story - my pick is the utter insanity of the idea of 'intangible social and economic benefits'.

Recent Comments:
Not helped by the Local Government Act — by Scott Wilson on Mon, 2006-03-06 16:26
Sounds entirely feasible. — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-03-03 05:20
Watch Vector — by Frizzy on Fri, 2006-03-03 04:58

'The Tall Building Artistically Considered' - Louis Sullivan

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-03-01 22:32

Wainwright Building, St. Louis, Missouri, 1890-1891, Louis Sullivan (right)

Guaranty Building, Buffalo, New York, 1894-1985, Louis Sullivan (left)

Recent Comments:
Me too, Peter. Very — by Lanza Morio on Sat, 2006-03-04 10:54
Great stuff! — by Casey on Fri, 2006-03-03 08:04

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Smartest guys in the room? Are you kidding?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-03-01 22:30

I saw a new film the other night at The Academy. A very simple film in which there are good guys and there are bad guys, and the film makes very sure we know which is which. But it seems to me that the film makes the same mistake as the people it criticises -- rather than showing all the facts, it invites us to take somebody else's judgement for our own, which was in part the reason for the catastrophic failure the film portrays.

The film was The Smartest Guys in the Room, portraying the collapse of what was then America's seventh-largest company. The bad guys were not 'baddies' in the usual Saturday matinee fashion of wishing harm on everyone. They were baddies because they had failed to perform a simple human task: they had failed to think about what theywere doing.

Recent Comments:
Group consolidation rules — by Merlin Jetton on Sat, 2006-03-04 14:26
Group consolidation rules — by Tim S on Sat, 2006-03-04 13:15
Your trader friend — by Tom Matassa on Fri, 2006-03-03 18:47

Victor Borge - Music for your Funny Bone (Reprise).

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-01 07:03

"The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer" - Victor Borge.

The evening I spent captivated by Victor Borge, as he performed in front of a packed house in Hamilton's Founders Theatre, is one of the highlights of my life. At one point Victor attempted to play his finely polished Steinway but kept falling from his piano bench (Victor was 80-odd when I saw him). Exasperated, he opened the lid of the bench, pulled out a seat belt, and buckled himself in. Thus secured, he completed the excerpt by Brahms and then stood to accept the rapturous applause with a bow. As he bowed the little concert hall filled with laughter, for the piano bench was still attached to his backside.

Recent Comments:
Thanks Robert. I'll be on — by Lanza Morio on Fri, 2006-03-03 07:32

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A Little Ripper of an Invention!

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-03-01 06:46

For those who don't know, I've been banished to Lawrence, Kansas, USA for my sins as a scientist (i.e. being dumb enough to become one).That poses a slight problem in that my loved ones are well out of shouting distance on the other side of the world.  This is what the telephone, telegraph, and radio were invented for, I hear you say.  'Tis true - and very fine inventions they all are - but there is now something much better: the Internet!  Now, before you tell me that you know about that one already, do you know of a piece of software called Skype?  Skype (www.skype.com) is a wonderful piece of software that allows me to place videophone calls to my parents in New Zealand for free!

Yes! I said, “for free!!!” 

There are some catches though.  For the videophone calls, both parties will need a computer with a broad-band/hi-speed connection, a sound-card, a microphone, and a web-cam.  This isn't a huge problem because most modern computers have this anyway.  You download and install Skype (for Mac OSX or Windows XP - though the webcam feature only works on the PC at the moment), create your Skype identity and you may place "calls" to any other customer with a similar computer set-up, anywhere in the world, free of charge.

For a small fee, you can upgrade Skype to call mobile and land-line phones and you can even set up "local" telephone numbers anywhere in the world.  The beauty of this is that you can have a telephone number in the USA, without residing in that country...  [Pause for business opportunities to sink in!]

Now I'm sure that Skype has competitors, and this little review has nothing to say about them because I haven't tried them yet.  However, I have used Skype extensively and I can vouch for the fact that, in terms of long-distance and international calls placed from a fixed address, it exceeds the quality of any conventional telephone service available in Kansas - that includes SBC/AT&T, T-mobile, and MCI.

In summary, it's just the thing for certain New Zealand-based objectivists in the process of setting up a sanctuary for "homeless" Objectivists Smiling

Monthly Update—March 1

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-03-01 04:17

I’m really excited about the first announcement I have to make in this monthly update.

*Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Executive Director. It’s … (drum roll, please) … Jason Quintana. I proposed, and he accepted. By way of explaining why I picked him, I can do no better than quote from my note to him:

"Thing is, Jason, I need an Executive Director. I'm offering you the job. My job is not to *run* SOLO. It's to provide the over-arching vision, the broad brush-strokes. The whole point of having staff is to let *them* run the thing, *implement* the vision. I've been waiting for a successor to Joe to become apparent. I gave Joe carte blanche to run SOLO as he saw fit, subject only to ultimate veto power on my part if I saw fit to exercise it. I never did. We conferred a lot, & that worked well ... until the end, obviously. I'd expect you to confer, too, if you felt the need, but I wouldn't back-seat drive. You'd be one below me in the pecking order, but to all intents & purposes, you'd be in charge. What I'm looking for is someone with precisely your attributes, at least as I see them. Young, vibrant, good grasp of Objectivism, a deep, passionate commitment to its future & SOLO's, good 'people skills,' a sound practical bent ... I silently followed your chat with Lance yesterday & thought, 'Here's my man.' You stepped up well to your current job. How about an upgrade?"

Recent Comments:
Congratulations... — by atlascott on Fri, 2006-03-03 16:23
Jason: As one who's always — by Derek McGovern on Thu, 2006-03-02 19:09
You're the man now, dog! — by Andrew Bissell on Thu, 2006-03-02 09:19

"What can Superman say to the starving?"

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Submitted by JoeM on Wed, 2006-03-01 00:16

Comic book artist Alex Ross, who created the KINGDOM COME and MARVELS graphic novels, is currently doing a miniseries called JUSTICE, based on the old Superfriends cartoon.

Recent Comments:
Michael Fasher — by michael fasher on Tue, 2007-06-26 07:02
I'll be happy — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2007-06-25 22:25
Tightrope — by JoeM on Mon, 2007-06-25 22:14

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Why is SOLOHQ material not archived on RoR?

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Submitted by Tim S on Wed, 2006-03-01 00:09

When Joe Rowlands decided to break away from SOLOHQ, he wrote:

"Lindsay will retain the SOLO name brand, and will have a new website where he will present his own goals and direction for the organization. I will step down as Executive Director of SOLO and form my own organization and websites, with a stronger focus on activism. On Dec 1, this site will link to both of the new sites, where you can learn more about where we intend to take them."

Well, I'm still waiting for Joe's "new" site. All I can see is the old site with a new name at the top and different colours. If Joe wanted to use the SOLOHQ software for a "new" site, then fine, I would have no objections. He developed it and he can do what he likes with it.

Recent Comments:
The ethical wrong — by sjw on Thu, 2006-03-09 01:54
Unanswered question — by Andrew Bates on Thu, 2006-03-09 00:36

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Graphical smilies (a.k.a. emoticons)?

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-28 20:57
They're horrible, ditch them.
39% (17 votes)
They're great, keep them.
32% (14 votes)
I want more! I want boxing smilies, dancing smilies, head-shaking smilies ...
30% (13 votes)
Total votes: 44
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It's also nice to provide an — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-04-23 20:32
image tags — by Rick Pasotto on Sat, 2006-04-22 14:52
HTML-101 - Links and images — by wsscherk on Sat, 2006-04-22 04:57

Quote: William Pitt and Bill Clinton

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-28 08:41

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
-- William Pitt
(1759-1806) British Prime Minister (1783-1801, 1804-06) during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
Source: Speech, House of Commons, 18 November 1783

"When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly.... [However, now] there's a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there's too much freedom. When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it."
-- Bill Clinton
[William Jefferson Blythe III] (1946- ), 42nd US President
Source: MTV's "Enough is Enough" 3-22-94

Recent Comments:
1st Time I Read That One — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-03-01 02:02
freedom not given — by Rick Pasotto on Tue, 2006-02-28 15:19

Letter to Statistics New Zealand re. 2006 Census

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-28 07:49

[Please find attached this letter in MS Word format, with italics and footnotes intact]

75 Mays Road

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

To whom it may concern,

I have a number of moral and legal objections to completing the census.

Firstly and most significantly, no-one has the moral right to demand information of me by force (either morally or legally; I will address the legal argument later). Despite obfuscatory taxpayer-funded advertising to the contrary, the 2006 Census is a programme for information gathering by threat of force. If I do not complete the required Census forms, I am subject to financial penalties according to the Statistics Act 1975[1], a threat that if issued by a market research company or private investigator would itself be considered extortion and punishable by a jail sentence.

Recent Comments:
Avoidance and minimum conpliance — by apteryx on Sat, 2006-03-04 00:18
Sad, isn't it ... — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 00:06
They pick them up from the door, too ... — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-03-02 00:03

If Hank Rearden Was A Dairy Farmer...?

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Submitted by JulianP on Tue, 2006-02-28 07:48



"By controlling all stages of production, Hettinga, 64, says he can produce milk so efficiently that he and his customers can make a hefty profit at dirt-cheap prices. Such vertical integration, as it is known, is increasingly popular in agriculture as farmers and processors try to find ways to eliminate costs and increase revenues.

"But in the highly politicized world of dairy, efficiency could carry a price. Major dairy cooperatives and milk processors successfully persuaded federal regulators to write new rules that would prohibit the business practices that Hettinga has so successfully put in place.

Recent Comments:
Lance: America is no longer — by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2006-03-02 14:25
Duncan:I am almost — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-03-01 07:02
The end of milk — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-02-28 20:49

Both letters published ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-28 05:24

Both my letter to the Central Leader and (more importantly, I think) my letter to the NZ Guns & Hunting have been published. Here's hoping they'll open a few eyes & minds.


Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-02-28 03:19

I've joined the bourgeois and become a proud property owner. My first house. I know its mostly BB&T's at this point, and thanks to Baltimore property taxes, city zoning laws, state fees and taxes the point of it becoming mostly (or even fully) mine is that much farther off, it can't take away from the fact that its mine, from my own work, supported by my (mostly) free exchange of my own productive efforts.  

Recent Comments:
'OWNership' — by Rowlf on Tue, 2006-04-04 21:43
Congrats — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-03-01 19:06
I've got some painting to do — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-03-01 03:31

Pro-Animal Research March against anti-human life animal right nutters

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Submitted by Marcus on Mon, 2006-02-27 18:56

A campaign by animal rights nutters against an animal research facility in Oxford being built has been going on for the last two years.

After animal-rights groups website listed - all students, and anyone associated with Oxford University - as legitimate targets in their campaign against the animal research facility currently being built, pro-animal research campaigners went on the march.

Unfortunately, I could not join in with the pro-animal test protesters as I was in bed with the flu.

Anyway, bravo to them for their valiant defence of reason against those terrorists!


Recent Comments:
Article Makes Nature! — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-03-01 21:20
Unliberated animals — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-02-27 22:43
Indeed. — by Utility Belt on Mon, 2006-02-27 19:17

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Putting Freedom beyond the Vote

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2006-02-27 09:59

There are some things that are so important they should be put beyond the vote. That's the proposition I want to offer you this morning.

Consider this for example: Western countries around the world express concern at how waves of Islamic immigration could put at risk the freedoms we take for granted -- or at least the freedoms that some of you take for granted, such as the right to free speech, the separation of church and state, and the blessings of secure property rights.

As long as there was widespread understanding of and support for these important bulwarks of liberty, the secure retention of them was relatively assured; but as ignorance overtakes knowledge and the population changes any of these things of importance can be easily taken away by citizens'-initiated referenda, government vote-buying, or the easy, knee-jerk clamour of populism.

Recent Comments:
Right Destination, Wrong Route — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-03-01 01:32
I don't mind at all, Joe. — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-02-28 20:35
A great summary of an urgent — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-02-28 05:13

Stealing property with weasel words

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:06

Let me try a phrase on you: "Local loop unbundling." There. I'll wager most of you have switched off already, haven't you? But you shouldn't. While geek phrases aplenty are being flung about, plans are afoot to dismember New Zealand's largest company and to nationalise the bits left over.

What "local loop unbundling" really means is this: nationalising Telecom's telephone lines because other telecommunications companies can't be arsed building their own, and the RMA makes it all but impossible to do so if the will were there in any case -- which it isn't. In a word, it is theft.

Why invest in your own lines when the RMA makes it too damn difficult to lay them or string them, and when you can get them anyway by stealth - by theft, and with the vigorous support of all sides of the traditional one-dimensional left-right spectrum it seems, from Green to Tory and all points in between. (Observe that the very terminology of left and right was derived from the post-Revolutionary French parliament when both left and right sides of parliament were arguing over to whom to dole out all the proceeds of loot and pillage.) The honorific seems no less appropriate to today's apologists for theft and interventionist dimememberment of private property, who think their desire for broadband internet trumps Telecom's right to keep what is rightfully their's.

Recent Comments:
RMA = Resource Management — by Frizzy on Sun, 2006-02-26 08:54
TLAs — by Rick Pasotto on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:35

Would Orwell or Marx have blogged?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-02-26 02:04

Would Karl Marx or George Orwell have made good bloggers? Some opinions on that question here from a host of bloggers and commentators in a meditation on blogging from FT.Com's Trevor Butterworth. There is, says Trev, "a spectre haunting the blogosphere - tedium."

If the pornography of opinion doesn’t leave you longing for an eroticism of fact, the vast wasteland of verbiage produced by the relentless nature of blogging is the single greatest impediment to its seriousness as a medium.

"The point is," he says "any writer of talent needs the time and peace to produce work that has a chance of enduring. " The daily blogging treadmill, what some bloggers call "feeding the beast," stultifies output says Trev. And what happens to the blogger's material in the end? It's not even the stuff of tomorrow's fish and chip wrappers, is it?

Recent Comments:
It's Whatever You Make Of It — by Bikemessenger on Mon, 2006-02-27 07:53

More Trouble in the Linux Forum

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-02-25 21:01

Look at the bad behavior that is going on in the Linux and Open Source Software forum. Civility has gone right out the window!


(Yes, I know this joke has already been done)

 - Jason

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Hahahaha! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-02-25 21:06

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Submitted by rinkuhero on Sat, 2006-02-25 12:00

Hello, I just joined, although I'm a long-term reader.

This question might have been asked before, but why does virtually everyone on this forum use their actual photo as their image?

Personally I think that screams naturalism, and doesn't really tell you much about a person. It's more romantic (i.e. essentialist) to post an image of something more representative of you; there's one of you here that I saw using the mad Doctor Brown from the Back to the Future movies, and that one image probably tells me more about him than any other here.

Recent Comments:
Nice to Meet You — by Ashley on Tue, 2006-03-14 14:02
This isn't really me... — by Summer Serravillo on Mon, 2006-03-13 13:07
Yes, Landon. I was — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-03-13 07:25

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Test - Staff Only

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-02-25 09:53

This should be visible to SOLO Staff only. If this works, then any staff member can post with a check in the Only viewable by Staff box, to create a staff-only post.

If you're not a Staff member, but can see this post, please let me know ASAP. Otherwise, we'll continue testing this functionality for a few days, and then we'll pronounce it safe for use. In the meantime, please assume that it does not work, so as to avoid any potentially embarassing incidents Smiling

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Present. — by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2006-03-02 13:51
Reporting in — by Andrew Bissell on Thu, 2006-03-02 09:23
Receiving — by David Bertelsen on Wed, 2006-03-01 06:46

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The Chemistry of Love

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2006-02-25 09:28

"Love and obsessive-compulsive disorder could have a similar chemical profile," says professor of psychiaty Donatella Marazatti, who studies "the biochemistry of lovesickness." Now there's a topic to ignite the passions, one explored in this month's National Geographic magazine.

The key apparently is two chemicals: serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin -- "perhaps our star neuro-transmitter" -- the one that is altered by drugs like Prozac -- is what quite literally gives our passions real feeling. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder apparently have an imbalance of serotonin; so too do people in the grip of love.

Recent Comments:
Capitalist and Joe M, — by Charles Henrikson on Mon, 2006-02-27 20:19
Taken — by JoeM on Mon, 2006-02-27 16:49
A Conumdrum — by Capitalist on Sun, 2006-02-26 05:37

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