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The Flood / Moana was phenomenal, I can't recommend it enough:
« on: November 25, 2016, 08:31:58 PM »
Without spoiling anything I have to say that this was absolutely my favorite film of 2016. Better than The Force Awakens, better than Zootopia, better than Civil War, better than anything I've seen this year (In my opinion, of course). The animation absolutely blew me away, I can't imagine what goes on behind the scenes to allow for water to look that realistic. The songs were great, too. Hopefully "How Far I'll Go" will replace "Let it Go" as the main song that kids won't shut up about, I'd take that over any of the songs from Frozen any day.

Ended up seeing it by myself because none of my friends wanted to see it, but I'm definitely glad I went. I can't say that it was the most innovating thing I've ever seen in terms of story or character development, but it's certainly up there with my favorite Disney films right now.

The Flood / Your favorite albums?
« on: October 28, 2016, 09:56:52 PM »

This website is really easy to use, you just have to look up the album or artist and it will find the art in a database. I think it's a pretty cool, convenient way to share your top fifty albums (If you have that many). I have a ton of guilty pleasures when it comes to music, but I tried to be pretty honest with myself about which album I've listened to the most, and which ones had the biggest impact on me. As it turns out, I don't have a very varied music taste.

Here's my list:

The Flood / The Conjuring 2 was insanely good.
« on: July 04, 2016, 07:00:48 PM »
Has anybody else seen it? I'm not the biggest fan of horror movies, but this one was honestly amazing in every way. It was terrifying, but it had a good story, great characters, and I actually felt invested in what was going on. I never saw the first one, but now that I know how good this was and considering people speak even higher about the original, I definitely want to see it.

The Flood / One day, you will die.
« on: June 07, 2016, 01:11:26 AM »
What do you want to leave behind?

The Flood / What is your favorite thing about yourself?
« on: May 21, 2016, 08:28:49 PM »
Share it with us, please.

The Flood / Team Iron Man or Team Cap?
« on: February 07, 2016, 10:20:21 PM »

Join me on the "Fuck Captain America" team.

Iron Man is better.

Everyone on Iron Man's team is better.

The Flood / Dog makes unbelievable recovery after injury (Graphic)
« on: January 25, 2016, 10:31:43 PM »

The beginning is absolutely horrible, but holy shit, I can't believe how far he came because of treatment.

Medical science is fucking amazing.

The Flood / Why don't presidents fight the war?
« on: January 25, 2016, 12:36:44 AM »
Why do they always send the poor?

Serious / There's new evidence of a Neptune-sized planet beyond Pluto
« on: January 20, 2016, 04:01:49 PM »

The solar system appears to have a new ninth planet. Today, two scientists announced evidence that a body nearly the size of Neptune—but as yet unseen—orbits the sun every 15,000 years. During the solar system’s infancy 4.5 billion years ago, they say, the giant planet was knocked out of the planet-forming region near the sun. Slowed down by gas, the planet settled into a distant elliptical orbit, where it still lurks today.

The claim is the strongest yet in the centuries-long search for a “Planet X” beyond Neptune. The quest has been plagued by far-fetched claims and even outright quackery. But the new evidence comes from a pair of respected planetary scientists, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, who prepared for the inevitable skepticism with detailed analyses of the orbits of other distant objects and months of computer simulations. “If you say, ‘We have evidence for Planet X,’ almost any astronomer will say, ‘This again? These guys are clearly crazy.’ I would, too,” Brown says. “Why is this different? This is different because this time we’re right.”

Outside scientists say their calculations stack up and express a mixture of caution and excitement about the result. “I could not imagine a bigger deal if—and of course that’s a boldface ‘if’—if it turns out to be right,” says Gregory Laughlin, a planetary scientist at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz. “What’s thrilling about it is [the planet] is detectable.”

Batygin and Brown inferred its presence from the peculiar clustering of six previously known objects that orbit beyond Neptune. They say there’s only a 0.007% chance, or about one in 15,000, that the clustering could be a coincidence. Instead, they say, a planet with the mass of 10 Earths has shepherded the six objects into their strange elliptical orbits, tilted out of the plane of the solar system.

The orbit of the inferred planet is similarly tilted, as well as stretched to distances that will explode previous conceptions of the solar system. Its closest approach to the sun is seven times farther than Neptune, or 200 astronomical units (AUs). (An AU is the distance between Earth and the sun, about 150 million kilometers.) And Planet X could roam as far as 600 to 1200 AU, well beyond the Kuiper belt, the region of small icy worlds that begins at Neptune’s edge about 30 AU.

If Planet X is out there, Brown and Batygin say, astronomers ought to find more objects in telltale orbits, shaped by the pull of the hidden giant. But Brown knows that no one will really believe in the discovery until Planet X itself appears within a telescope viewfinder. “Until there’s a direct detection, it’s a hypothesis—even a potentially very good hypothesis,” he says. The team has time on the one large telescope in Hawaii that is suited for the search, and they hope other astronomers will join in the hunt.

The Flood / ITT: Things you find funnier than you think you should
« on: January 07, 2016, 10:12:47 PM »

The Flood / What's your favorite Pixar film?
« on: January 07, 2016, 04:28:48 PM »
Tell me or I'll steal your shoes

For me, I can't decide between Inside Out, The Incredibles, and Toy Story 2.

The Flood / Samurai Jack is getting a new season
« on: December 02, 2015, 01:18:41 PM »

Holy shit.

Holy fucking shit.


The Flood / Is Islam a violent religion?
« on: November 14, 2015, 06:40:56 PM »
Does it have elements in its doctrine that encourage violence?

Is it predisposed to encourage oppression and conflict?

Is it just a matter of the region of the world that extremism is predominant?

What makes Islamic terrorism more prominent than other forms of religious terrorism?

I'm trying to learn more about this question in light of the Paris attacks, and I don't want to be on the wrong side of the debate. I don't know exactly what to believe, but I can't ignore the amount of violence that seems to be done in the name of the Islamic religion. What exactly is going on here?

Serious / Where do you draw the line when it comes to humor?
« on: November 07, 2015, 09:51:02 PM »
It's always something that I like to think about, because I'll admit it, I tend to laugh and make jokes about some pretty terrible things. I never actually feel like those events or tragedies are funny in nature, but the idea of actually making humor out of something so terrible is, from what I've observed, what makes those jokes funny. In other words, "Politically incorrect" jokes aren't funny because (Most) people find them to be true, they're funny because it's such a terrible thing to make humor out of, that some of us can't help but laugh at how ridiculous the context of the joke was.

Do you have a sort of mental system where you gauge if a joke is okay to make? What do you think is acceptable to make jokes about? What isn't? Is it a matter of context, who you're speaking to, or some other mix of things that makes a joke "Okay," or "Not okay?"

The Flood / Go look at the Moon, if you get the chance
« on: September 27, 2015, 08:22:37 PM »
In about forty-five minutes (10:00 PM EST), there will be a Lunar eclipse. Part of Earth's shadow is already covering a good chunk of the Moon. Really rare event, because it's happening the same time as a "Super Moon" (When the Moon is at its perigee, so closest to the Earth), and it looks pretty damn awesome. Go check it out!

Serious / What do you do to try to preserve the environment?
« on: September 14, 2015, 05:02:54 PM »
It's my Freshman year in college, not even two weeks in, and I've already become fascinated with energy conservation and environmental preservation because of a course I'm taking called "21st Century Living Solutions." Only a few classes down, but we've already discussed so much, and the readings/videos we've been assigned to asses are incredibly interesting; they really put into perspective the ease with which people can make lasting contributions to making life and technology more sustainable. It got me thinking about how many things I could do to start helping preserve the environment, and just live a more economically sensible, moral life.

What do you do to try to help out? What are some ways that you've tried to reduce your carbon footprint, or just to help create a better future for humanity?

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