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Real Life / Re: 2012!
« on: January 04, 2013, 09:40:49 AM »
2012 was a pretty weird year overall. I had a lot of disappointments, and more than a few depressing moments, but overall I am in a place with my career where I am super satisfied, my relationship with my wife has never been better, I finished nanowrimo this year, I've lost fifty goddamn pounds in the last three and a half months and I'm going into 2013 with good future prospects and some actual set in stone goals.

I don't really go in for resolutions, but since I'm already in a concerted effort to lose weight I'll just package that as a resolution since I'm doing it anyway. I want to be 180 by the end of the year - considering I'm half way there after only three and a half months, I think my chances are pretty good!

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: GOP Will Eat Itself
« on: December 23, 2012, 05:47:28 PM »
GOP: Obama wants to go over the cliff

You know what?

Military spending slashed, revenues back up to pre-bush levels, a field ripe for entitlement increases in 2 years when the republicans getting the blame for the cliff all get voted out of office?

Sure. If I believed for a second that the Democratic party was this smart, or didn't know that Obama was basically offering them social security and capital gains slashes on a silver platter and having it thrown back in his face. But if this is the way we're going, sure.

Media / Re: Funnybooks
« on: December 22, 2012, 12:16:03 PM »
Captain Carrot is back in the New 52

Giffen confirmed to the Robot 6 blog that "Captain K'Rot" is, indeed, Captain Carrot, the 1982 creation of Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw who most recently appeared in the grand finale of the 2008 crossover event Final Crisis, showing up to save the day at the last moment (No, really). "Every book needs a borderline psychotic, booze swilling, whore-mon-

Ahh screw this, I'm out.


Every time I open this thread thinking I should get back into comic books, I find myself leaving content with my decision to stop reading comic books after the shitty, unbelievably bad ending to Civil War. Thanks guys.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 20, 2012, 09:20:12 PM »
Well, the idiots crafting legislation seem to think that gun control is BAN MURDER GUNS and not 'spent a couple of billion dollars a year doing deep background checks and requiring a psych eval before selling a handgun or machinegun to somebody'.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 20, 2012, 06:12:23 PM »
Uh, TA.

It actually did ban the M16 the last time the ban was in effect. (And the AK, and the G43, and the FAL, and the FAMAS, and...) and It banned almost every major production assault rifle. The reason you could still obtain them is that the ban doesn't apply to existing stock, it only applies to guns made after the ban. That, and you could buy kits to convert existing guns to the AK/M16, which is the same case as full auto and supressors and every other thing that's technically illegal.

For the record: it wouldn't ban either of the guns that the shooter used to perform the last massacre. The only gun it would ban is the one he left in his car. And he'd still be able to get a gun that does the same thing, it would just be marginally less comfortable to hold.

Additionally, if you pay a little extra you'll still be able to get old stock guns, extended mags, conversion kits, etc. They just get progressively more expensive over time. Near the sunset of the brady ban, an M16 was probably 3-5k. And you could get financing. That was after more than ten years of it being illegal to own. Adjusted for inflation, the price didn't even double.

The problem with assault weapons bans is mostly that it targets a bunch of things that are innocuous and don't prevent mass shootings because they're not the reason that mass shootings happen in the first place. Licensing, registration, and much more thorough background checks would do more to prevent shootings than keeping these weapons of the market entirely. The ban is just posturing because the real solution would actually cost money.

edit: the most hilarious part of the Brady ban was where the PSG-1 was specifically named in the bill as a dangerous assault weapon and was banned. By name.

The PSG-1 is one of the most expensive weapons ever made, and the only people in the US who own one are wealthy collectors. Because it costs as much as a brand new kia.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 19, 2012, 08:23:04 PM »
Ok, I'm going to speak from personal experience here too. My mom tried a million things to connect, get me interested, whatever. However, none of them were at the shooting range. I wholly agree with the idea of trying nearly everything to connect with your mentally ill child, but I don't think that that is a good or responsible way of going about it. I mean, I've been free of serious symptoms for ten years, and I still refuse to have a gun in my house, because it makes any violence I might become prone to (toward myself or others) 100% too easy.

This is what I was getting at, thank you Bal.

When you have a child who is prone to instability, teaching them how to use guns or keeping guns around them is dangerously irresponsible, sorry.

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Humble Indie Bundle
« on: December 19, 2012, 12:26:41 PM »
Bundle 7 is out, worth it for Grimrock alone.


i can actually do something with my duplicates now

High-Context Discourse / Re: DIRTY SANTA '12: PARTYING ON
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:48:05 PM »
I already opened my box because I'm impatient.


I'll post pictures on christmas though

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:44:08 PM »
Mom turned Adam Lanza on to guns, took him to the gun range, let him use her guns, let him make guns a hobby, etc

Can we please start blaming the fucking parents? :rage:

how to get a son with asperger's to fit in: TAKE HIM TO THE GUN RANGE!

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:14:44 AM »
That and you can't go giving the entire population a psych eval.  For starters, there aren't enough qualified psychologists and the potential harm for a misdiagnosis from an UNqualified psychologist is massive.

I heard a story on NPR awhile back about the PCL-R, a checklist of traits associated with psychopathy.  It's a good test; it's scientific and it's reliable.  But prisons have started employing it to determine whether inmates should be allowed parole.  That's not what the test is intended for, and its own author, Robert Hare, is opposed to its use in that context.

While Hare remains a strong believer that his test works well for the kind of basic scientific research that it was originally designed for, he and others have begun to wonder if it does as good a job outside the lab.

"Once you get into the real world, there does seem to be some lessening of reliability," says Daniel Murrie, a professor at the University of Virginia who has studied what happens when psychological tests are taken from a rarefied research environment and transferred to the rough-and-tumble world of criminal justice.

About four years ago, Murrie decided to study the PCL-R to look at what happened when a psychologist hired by the prosecution gave Hare's test to the same prisoner as a psychologist hired by the defense.

Did those two psychologists give the same score to the same person?

The answer, says Murrie, was no. "Ten, 15, even 20-point score differences we found," he says, " And overall there was about an 8-point difference in scores."

The question is why. One possibility, Murrie argues, is that the psychologists using the test in prisons and courts might not be well-trained.

"We don't know if the people giving the test in the field have gotten formal, rigorous training, or if they've just sort of bought the manual and maybe read a couple of papers and just decided to start using it," Murrie says.

But Murrie thinks it's also something else. He says that in his study, psychologists hired by the prosecution consistently gave higher scores than psychologists employed by the defense.

Probably, Murrie says, because they're being paid for those opinions, and that money influences them.

Basically: the test, properly employed, is a very good test -- there are studies correlating its results with a convict's likelihood to re-offend.  On those terms, it seems like a damn good tool for protecting public safety by gauging the danger of releasing a felon back onto the streets.

But in real life, the test isn't always conducted competently or impartially.  It's reliable in the lab, but not in the criminal justice system.  And of course once you brand somebody a psychopath, there's no parole board in the world that's going to be willing to let him out, let alone any elected official who'll be willing to sign off on it.

That's an extreme example, and not directly relevant to the subject at hand.  (I am, of course, totally cool with convicted violent criminals being denied the right to own guns, whether they're sociopaths or not.)  But it's a good example of the potential problems with putting mental health diagnoses in the hands of people who may not be qualified or who may have ulterior motives.

Tangental, but that NPR report actually got me to read the book they were talking about, the Psychopath Test. It's a great read, but a bit on the short side.

Real Life / Re: What's Cookin'?
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:56:10 PM »
Chinese Broccoli and Pork /w Chiles

i am mostly listing this for the sake of record, I don't have a recipe book and we came up with this on the fly and it came out fucking amazing

Cut 1-1.5 lbs of Pork into thin strips, Sashimi style, then half those into 1 inch squares
Heat the everloving fuck out of a wok
Mix pork with
 * 1 tbsp Pearl River Light Soy Sauce (best soy sauce in the universe, cheaper than kikkoman at your asian import market)
 * 1-2 tbsp Sriracha
 * 1 tbsp Chile oil
 * Pinch salt
Drop pork in now smoking wok. Stir-fry until you get carbon and deep browning on most of the pork
Pull pork and set aside, fill wok half-way with water and set to boil
Trim wilted leaves (only! leave the non-wilted) off 1lb Chinese Broccoli. Cut stems in half lengthwise, max of about 4inch long each stem (If you prefer smaller pieces, cut stem into 1 inch lengths)
Drop chopped chinese broccoli into boiling wok water. While broccoli is boiling:

2tbsp pearl river light soy
2tbsp shao xing wine
2tbsp beef broth
1tsp-2tsp dried thai chile flakes
1tbsp sugar/corn syrup/whatever (or 3 drops of liquid splenda, since I'm on a low carb diet)
1/2 tbsp Chinese Five Spice
1 tsp Lemongrass
1 tsp Monosodium Glutamate
1 tbsp cornstarch or 1 tsp Xantham Gum

Mix ingredients in a cup (or whatever) if corn starch or xantham gum clumps a little that's fine. Pull the broccoli after it's boiled for about 2-3m and plunge into ice cold water, drain water, replace with more ice cold water
Dry off wok, pour in about 3-4 tbsp of oil
Heat oil to smoking
Toss broccoli into pan, stir fry until leaves have fully wilted and stems are somewhat tender (but not mushy, you want them to be like asparagus)
Add meat back to wok and liquid after broccoli is done
Stir fry together until liquid is reduced and coats the meat and broccoli
Serve on it's own or over rice

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 17, 2012, 05:21:03 PM »
It's also the closest thing to logic that can be attributed to murdering a classroom full of preschoolers.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 17, 2012, 02:51:47 PM »
Mom is a survivalist crazy who has convinced her aspergers afflicted son that the end is coming soon. Couple that with the media hype around december 21st....

Maybe he thought he was doing everyone a favor.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 17, 2012, 06:59:13 AM »
Shooter's mother had a "Heart of Gold".

Nice hard-hitting journalism, CNN. Have we figured out why this mother with a heart of gold had an assault rifle and a bunch of handguns yet?

Nancy Lanza owned guns for self-defense, her former sister-in-law Marsha Lanza said.

I can see why, look at that crime rate!

Maybe I'm a dick for shitting on the dead, but I'd like to see a whole lot more of blaming the enablers when this shit happens. The fact that Jared Loughner's negligent guardians aren't sitting in a jail cell beside him right now is still steaming me up.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:28:44 PM »
I was really just engaging hyperbole with hyperbole. No, I don't think you should have to carry a license around saying you're sane/insane. But I do legitimately think that maybe it's about time people be legally obligated to take medication that makes them not crazy.

A problem that seems pretty universal in mental illness is people not wanting to take their meds. I do it myself. There's this idea that you can handle it yourself, or it's manageable without medication, except it's really not and you're a victim of your own assumption of normality. You don't feel crazy when you're manic, so you don't need the pills to make you not manic. The problem is that you're driving 80 in a 45 and you haven't slept for more than 3 hours at a time in the last ten days. Or every time you pass over a bridge you think about driving off. Or you think about merging into oncoming traffic.

Every time I fall off my meds I end up getting increasingly more volatile until my wife threatens to leave me if I don't get back on my meds, or I have to have a pow-wow with my boss at work about why I just screamed expletives and started throwing shit across the room or why I haven't shown up to work in 3 days with 'NOT ABLE TO SLEEP' as the reason. Shit has to get that bad for me to even start it back up. Basically, I have a support system that bullies me into staying medicated when I don't want to. Without that support system, I'd be an unemployable, anti-social wreck constantly floating between suicidal depression and dangerous mania. And my case is, quote, "mild". Unchecked bipolar is why I didn't have a job that didn't involve Pizza until I was 22.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 16, 2012, 01:43:14 PM »
You know, Shinra, I'm getting a pretty strong "brand the insane" vibe off your train of thought here. I have bi-polar 1, and a history of severe mood swings, and the only medication I take is for anxiety. Should I be carrying around a sanity license?

If you're Bipolar I and not medicated for it, I would argue that you should be carrying around a sanity license and your family and support system should be held legally accountable for your actions if you go off the deep end on a manic swing. So, yes?

I'm not trying to be a dick here, but I'm sure I could find a few schizophrenic people on the internet who will make the same argument. The point isn't that all people with an illness should be shunned, but we need to recognize that volatility is a factor in things like this. In the case of bipolar, it's usually self harm rather than harming others, but even then, isn't that cause for alarm? We keep talking about gun control, when gun control wouldn't have stopped this crime from happening, even on the magnitude it happened with anything short of a comprehensive gun ban. While we don't know enough about this guy to say definitively it's a result of unchecked mental illness, I think it's a pretty safe bet.

There needs to be a better understanding of when somebody is sick like this and there needs to be a system to create accountability and prevent these things from happening. I think better access to mental health care and a better understanding from families and friends of the afflicted would go a long way towards preventing meltdowns before they happen.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:30:24 PM »
There are also the twin assumptions that mental illness can neither spontaneously manifest nor spontaneously resolve itself.

That said, what I'm hearing in this situation is that there were enough obvious warning signs to make someone think "I should probably make these weapons inacceseidkxmjurfcuijknmrfhjbnrfjnufrc

Hi sorry I'm in a theater and they're playing a preview for this King of the Nerds thing.  Brb, accessing weapons.

My point is that if people took the dangers of a mental disorder - like, say, bipolar type I /w severe swings (I will bet cash money {not really} that this turns out to be the case) more seriously, maybe this guy's mother wouldn't have kept a bunch of loaded assault weapons in the house with him.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:27:13 PM »
Yeah, if you read stuff about Breivik he seems pretty well in his right mind. His killing was justified in his mind by his own set of beliefs, not because he had hallucinations or whatever.

The reason that KKK members don't run around shooting every black person they see is because fear and their basic survival instincts motivate them to keep their hatred in check. The ones who do go a'killin tend to be parts of mobs or under the influence.

What if you didn't have survival instinct, or the ability to feel fear, and your outlook on the world was that everything was secondary to yourself? That's sociopathy. It's a mental illness. Andrew Breivik was a sociopath. The body count, the fact that he didn't take his own life when he finished his rampage, that he lobbied deliberately to be declared sane, and has taken every opportunity to smile at the camera and give interviews and generally make a giant ass of himself all adds up to the same equation. He is not sane. He is just 'competent'. That's all you need to be to stand trial.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:25:40 PM »
No, I'm trying to remove the stigma of "mental illness = psychotic." By comparing it to the military - which has a history of killing random children, women, families, etc - I'm trying to separate the impulse to lump random killing in with a rather nebulous term as "mentally ill." And Breivik wasn't declard "mentally fit" because the government wanted it, he was declared thus because psychological evaluations by trained professionals determined it.

No, Breivik was literally declared mentally fit because that's what he wanted and what the government wanted.

First evaluation pegged him as insane.

Furthermore, being fit to stand trial is not the same thing as not having a mental disorder. Pretty much everything Brievik has done and said pegs him as a sociopath, and the sociopaths are fully in control of their own actions. The inability to feel morality has nothing to do with whether or not they're culpable to stand trial, because they are still capable of distinguishing societal right from societal wrong. They simply don't care. To Andrew Brievik, it was more about getting his name in the papers than it was about enjoying the rest of his life as a free man.

As someone who has been diagnosed with mental illness, I can safely say that 'this is something I don't mind being a part of the public discussion'. I'd prefer it, to be honest. Maybe it'll be fucking easier to seriously push for mental health coverage in our insurance plans - I've worked in IT for six years now and this is the first time I haven't had to go to a county clinic to get my meds filled. Every insurance plan I've had previous to HP replaced 'mental health coverage' with 'call these minimum wage workers in india and talk about your problems'. I wish I was fucking kidding, but there it is.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: School shooting in Connecticut
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:36:16 AM »
Wish somebody would go on a shooting rampage at one of their rallies. That's fucking disgusting.

Actually, my point is that in order to declare Adam "mentally ill" you have to assume things about him which you do not know. If our basis for calling him insane is that he killed a bunch of people randomly, then we have an entire military to call insane. Not that that probably isn't the case.

Yes, compare our military to the guy who just gunned down 20 children at close range with handguns. What are you even thinking when you make a comparison like that?

e: not going to get into the mental health thing after all, but I think you are way off base in assuming that this guy wasn't insane because the Norway spree shooter was deemed 'mentally fit'. 'mentally fit' does not mean you are, in fact, mentally fit - it means that the government wanted to throw the fucking book at you and you didn't try hard enough to be declared insane.

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