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351  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: No stupid stranger behavior - ever. on: 2005 August 21, 21:49:32
And of any other kind, indiscriminately and with as little regard as possible to the consequences. With the help of some ill-gotten money we can make certain the developing nations stay down and cheap and they can provide all the labour we need to live our materialistic "just add water lives". The ecosystem can just go hang too, because what do a few bugs, plants and animals matterwhen sacrificed to the great god Greed...  Tongue

Oops, ranting there a little bit. Sorry. Well, no I'm not.
352  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: who's playing this game? on: 2005 August 21, 21:30:41
Hooo, that one is a really sticky mess. I know several people with this diagnosis, one of whom is very ill indeed as she already has an existing heart condition. Does exist, but as you say, it's a blanket term.
353  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: who's playing this game? on: 2005 August 21, 13:13:37
And there we have proof positive that fish oil does not work, ladies and germs...
354  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: No stupid stranger behavior - ever. on: 2005 August 21, 13:10:35
Heh  Grin You said it, and I think it's a valid if somewhat harsh point.
355  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Apologizing interaction working backwards on: 2005 August 21, 10:11:15
I use the gossip interaction as a way of building relationships really quickly if the sim is a friend of the other, as it saves time. All that chatting...dull.

The apologise stuff has always irritated me as it seems to be the wrong way round and it's the sim that hasn't done a damn thing who has to do the apologising.  Huh In real life the only apology a cheating scumbag would get from me is a swift kick to the danglies. Now that would be a great hack!  Grin
356  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: No stupid stranger behavior - ever. on: 2005 August 21, 10:05:19
Would be better, though, if they just used a poison that would kill the mosquitoes outright, then the bats would look elsewhere for food.

Even better to encourage more bats to the area so they'd eat all the mosquitoes!   Sounds to me like the natural balance in the area has gone wrong.

Yup. On both counts.

Poor bats. They are fast becoming endangered due to us. That's the problem with being an evolutionary specialist as you fit too neatly into your ecological niche. I mean, look at Homo Sapiens, the best generalist around who can manipulate any environment to suit themselves.
357  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: HUZZAH! Banned from! on: 2005 August 21, 09:58:11
I read on a British-American dictionary website that the British do not put a period after titles such as Mr. and Mrs. as Americans do.  I was reading a book that was British once, and I thought it was a misprint because there were no periods after those titles.  Perhaps there are other things as well.

We do place a full stop after titles as they are a contraction, so still not clear what's going on there. Enlightenment is really needed, please.

Thanks, Renatus, for lesson in Anthropology (which I will be pleased to listen to at any time, by the by), as it does kinda make why I was taught "gender" as opposed to "sex" clear/er... Thank all that's good I don't need to write an essay on it again.  Roll Eyes
358  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: who's playing this game? on: 2005 August 21, 09:52:08
A psych-doc friend of mine is counseling an anorexia victim, and so far with little success. The girl is practically dying in front of his eyes, but the social support for the girl is practically non-existing. Her mother actually told him that she feels the disorder is just a way of 'begging for attention' and that her daughter should 'just get over it'. The mind boggles.

Boggles! The ignorance of some is truly astounding. Does this woman not realise that her daughter is responding to her parents less than excellent parenting skills and that they have had no mean part to play in her illness? Yes, she's crying out for help, but their self-obsession is killing her.

Like you, I counsell people too, and have worked in the Mental Health field for a little while though I've ended up in kids and learning disabilities. My experience has lead me to see that the general populace has little or no understanding of the issues of what are minority groups and no empathy or sympathy. I become depressed about the service I offer as it is underfunded and understaffed and the burn-out is awful. It is unsolvable unless huge amounts of money are to thrown at it, so that there is better education and information available, and staff. Some of the kids I work with are so challenging that they need 4 people with them to access any facilities at all, and how can you sustain that level of staffing when it all grinds back to cash? I worry what will happen to these young people once the magic number 18 comes about as in Britain there is very little care available for adults. I could weep with it all...

Hey, bi-polar has some distinguished people in its midst and many of the greatest artists had this illness. At the peak of the psychotic periods their creativity knew no bounds... Winston Churchill, anyone? Spike Milligan, one of the greatest comics in British history was completely crippled at times but still managed to produce work like Q8 and The Goons.
359  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: HUZZAH! Banned from! on: 2005 August 21, 09:29:06

Ouch!  Ouch!  Ouch!  You just hit my biggest peeve with illiteracy in The Sims 2.  I can almost forgive Maxis for abuse of words like "mooch" and "parquet" and even "lobster thermidor," chalking it up to leading sheltered lives surrounded by bits and bytes; but their abuse of the word "gender" is beyond the pale.

People have sex; words have gender.

Your "gender preference" would refer to whether you like to use, or be addressed by, the masculine or feminine forms of pronouns.  

You "sexual preference" would indicate whether you like romantic interactions with males or females.

So you would say "...also my way of saying ta to either sex."  That is, of course, unless you talk to words; in which case we have more serious problems to deal with than Maxian illiteracy.

Hmmm, interesting, but I was taught that "gender" is preferred when speaking to people as their sex is merely a biological issue. Perhaps my head is too full of political correctness and I need a slap to get rid of the shite?

Anyway, a friend has just had her book rejected by an American publisher, and one of the reasons they gave (feedback very unusual has to be said) was that she needs to use American punctuation. What? Could someone enlighten me as to what the difference is between American and British punctuation as obviously we are divided by more than a stretch of water.  Huh
360  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: HUZZAH! Banned from! on: 2005 August 19, 18:07:44
Heh... sorry, but is also my way of saying ta to either gender.  Tongue

How about when "right" is interjected at every opportunity within a sentence and has the effect of making the listener feel patronised? "If you take this turn, right, you'll come to some lights, right, then take a left, right..." and on and on ad nauseum.
361  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: No stupid stranger behavior - ever. on: 2005 August 19, 17:56:49
I have bats in my loft space over the bathroom and I love to stand outside on a summer evening and watch them. They are just such amazing little critters.

Said great tabby idiot is currently trying to tell me that I should be fussing her and is rolling on the keyboard...bloody cats!  Wink
362  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: No stupid stranger behavior - ever. on: 2005 August 19, 15:46:20

Get a male Maine Coon - mine loves chasing anything that wriggles!

One of my cats, a great tabby idiot, is actually scared of creepy crawlies (particularly spiders), and runs and hides behind the sofa whilst the arachnaphobes in the household have to beat it to death with a book or shoe. Unless I'm there when I rescue it and place it outside! My littlest pussa is a mighty hunter and is soooo proud of her kills that she talks to us for ages about them.

Wussy sims eh? I prefer 'em grouchy too as they are far more fun and likely to pick a fight.
363  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Sexual Preference Not Changed By Woo-Hooing? on: 2005 August 19, 15:31:07
I'm afraid among some upper-class males "droit de seigneur" still hasn't really died out, they still think it's okay if the girl isn't of their own class!

Heh. Nice to see some old customs never bite the dust. Wasn't that quaint custom started by the Normans (oh to apostophise or not???) after the invasion of 1066 so they could a)outbreed the Saxons b)make certain they got all the land and was practised regularly to make certain the Lord of the Land had as many bastards as possible to keep any legitimate sons in check? An interesting political strategy, would you not agree?
364  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: HUZZAH! Banned from! on: 2005 August 19, 15:13:52
Well, Brummie may be considered unattractive, but at least most people can understand it!  And I've found that Brummies themselves are among the friendliest people in the UK, as goes for the Midlands generally.  Stand in a bus queue for an hour in London, and you're lucky if anyone talks to you, stand in one for five minutes in the Midlands and you can be chatting to a perfect stranger as if you've known them all your life!

Why, thank you kind sir...  Smiley

With regard to spoken English, the thing that bugs the hell out of me most is the over use of the word "what" as in "like what she did the other day..." Grrr. The combination of those two small words "like what" make my teeth grind together.
365  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: who's playing this game? on: 2005 August 19, 14:57:26
Asperger's certainly exists and I can attest to the issues it has for anyone living with the syndrome, but it is certainly not a "disease". I work with a number of young people with this diagnosis and they all present very similarly in that they have a lack of empathy, a need to control their environment, some ritualistic behaviour and intense sustained interest in odd subjects. Some may even have a second diagnosis bolted on to their condition and have a learning disability as well, maybe even mental heath issues. However, it is not an effort to label people (a mighty task that all social workers avoid to the point of sometimes being too phlegmatic), particularly children, but a short hand method of understanding WHY someone has the behaviours. Understanding means that better behavioural plans can be developed, and changed as the young person begins to work towards better social skills.
366  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Sexual Preference Not Changed By Woo-Hooing? on: 2005 August 18, 10:07:03
The inbreeding in the royal families of Europe is something to behold, and something to make certain you try to avoid unless you're attracted to horses, flippers and wing-nuts (the ears, oh lord, the ears!). Anyone taken a long hard look at Camilla, the latest wife in the Windsor stable, and I do use that word advisedly? Still, Charlie loves her and they seem suited, if somewhat odd.

Am glad they're past the breeding stage however, as  they're prob cousins somewhere down the line...
367  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: HUZZAH! Banned from! on: 2005 August 18, 09:58:04

Ah, the old misplaced apostrophe. It is the bane of my existence. The thing that gets me is that it isn't even one of the crazy rules of English. Plural? Yes? No apostrophe! Easy, right? It's bad enough when it's used on a sign that was handwritten for someone's garage sale. At the Palace Theater near my house, the sign on the custodian's door says "Janitor's Only". Doesn't someone check these things?

Mostly those that have no idea about possession or contraction, I think.

Interesting about the accents. I'm from the Midlands (UK) and have very little accent, according to the people I work/live with, but as someone pointed out, the minute you remove yourself from the local area someone will immediately point a finger and go "oooh, you're from Brum, aren't ya". Brummie accents are considered to be the most unattractive in the UK, even more so than Black Country (Dudley/Walsall, so called because of the industrialisation of the area, mining etc). I can, however do a very good West Country and Manc accent which confuses people.  Smiley
368  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: who's playing this game? on: 2005 August 18, 09:43:52

I adore Terry Pratchett. He is one of very few authors who make me laugh out loud while reading. Generally when I have a new Pratchett book, my family thinks I've lost my mind as I am chuckling, giggling and guffawing as I read. "Interesting Times" is probably my favorite. "Death to our oppressors when convenient!" I need to reread that. I also love his collaboration with Neil Gaiman, "Good Omens". It's like Monty Python doing the Apocalypse.

This isn't SF, but anyone who enjoys a good laugh should read "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole. You should definitely read it if you've ever been to New Orleans, ever want to come to New Orleans, or are interested in our more colorful resident-types. I think I've read that book at least 6 or 7 times over the years and it still cracks me up every time.

Sos, taken so long, but yeah, Pratchett is cool. As for Good Omens, it is one of my favourites, making me laugh out loud. Must look at it again... *runs off to rifle through boxes of books (decorating)*
369  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: who's playing this game? on: 2005 August 18, 09:39:59
Of course... LOTR is THE finest fantasy book/s ever written and is the standard upon which all others hang their colours. Aragorn is the character I fell in love with (thus setting an impossible standard for boyfriends and partners), and as I've never met anyone like him and won't, I shan't be bothering (again) with the whole relationship thing. It blew me away the first time I read it at 13, and on subsequent rereads have been similarly affected.

A note of interest...I live within a mile of where Tolkein grew up, and walk around the area he frequented as a child. It's very industrialised now, but there are remnants of what he based The Shire on, namely, Moseley Bog. Sarehole Mill has regular events, and readings, plus there's the chance of a decent beer.
370  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: HUZZAH! Banned from! on: 2005 August 16, 11:10:34
I, for one, am extremely happy that this site isn't crowded with people that are demanding and can't spell. Example:



You know, this is sooo one of my pet hates. I even spell things properly on my mobile as I can't stand the goddamn 'speak' that passes for language these days. I'm such a pedant that misspelt words on signs make me want to bite chunks out of a wall, and apostrophes... well, if I see any more in the wrong place I won't be held responsible for my actions.
371  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Sexual Preference Not Changed By Woo-Hooing? on: 2005 August 16, 11:00:47
OK, have to say something here.  While I agree that there are a lot of charlatans around professing to be able to predict the future and the rest of it, this is not true of all psychics or whatever you want to call them.  I have been reading the tarot for over 30 years and I do NOT use cold-reading.  I know what it is and I know how it works, but I don't use it because I don't need to.  I am also a trained medium and between the two I don't need any extra help, thanks all the same.  

Oh, and if you're not like your sun-sign, that's fine.  Most people are far more like their rising-signs anyway.  I am Virgo rising and I am typical of it, or rather the more negative aspects of it (how about nit-picking, critical and pedantic for starters?).  Those 'in the know' will sympathise if I also add that I have an unaspected Sun and all my planets crammed into houses 2-6.  Those not 'in the know' will be thinking "OMG, she's several planets short of a full horoscope".  Well, the latter are probably right, but do I care?  No, 'cos I'm a SCORP!

Couldn't have said it better myself. There's no way I would cold read as it serves no purpose other than to piss people off. Plus, you rarely get to the gist of what is going on in the life of your punter, and that is what they want to know about.

A Scorp with Virgo traits and all your planets squashed into two houses...! My, that's a bit of a bugger aint it?  Lips sealed
372  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: who's playing this game? on: 2005 August 16, 10:49:17
There's a trick to writing really good SF, which Stanley Schmidt beat into my head during six rewrites of my story, "The Last Plague" before he would print it in Analog.  (Some of my writer buddies started calling it "The Last Rewrite"!)  You have to work through all the technical details and then leave 95% of it out of the story. 

Instead, show how the characters react to the stuff you've invented.  Now matter how much effort you've invested in getting the technical details right, the story is about the people, not the rivets.

Couldn't agree more. Too many times authors forget that what a reader wants is to be able to identify with the protagonists. I have some aspirations as an author myself (unrealised mostly, I'm afraid), but have had a couple of shorts published in magazines. Lots of ideas for stories but no time to develop 'em. Damn this job...!
373  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Sexual Preference Not Changed By Woo-Hooing? on: 2005 August 12, 13:35:56

That's how the palm-readers and fortune-tellers and the like make their money by the way. Everyone gives away tiny clues about themselves even without saying a single word. That, coupled with things that most people want to hear, and things that could fit just about everyone is the con-artists bread and butter.


I actually do Tarot readings for people, and while I am a pretty good psychologist I would never use that skill as a way of cold reading a person. I'm not interested in anything about the person before I meet them and only use my ability as an interpretor to answer questions they might ask the cards. If there's nothing there for 'em, then that's what I tell them whether they like it or not.
374  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Sexual Preference Not Changed By Woo-Hooing? on: 2005 August 12, 13:21:17
I am Scorpio and I wouldn't touch a (typical) Leo male with a bargepole.  Far too extrovert, far too full of themselves (I'm the King of the Jungle and all that) and forever titivating their manes.  Anyway, everyone knows fire & water don't mix.  And as for Scorpios being nasty, they've fallen into the usual trap there.  We're the most loyal sign of the lot and also one of the most faithful.  We're also very generous (the only thing we have in common with Leos), at least to those we care about, and ... well, we're not sex-maniacs or alcoholics, either.  And we only sting idiots, because we don't suffer fools at all, never mind gladly.  This does mean that we never run out of people to sting.  Grin

I'm a Scorp - a double as my Ascendent is Scorpio too. And you're right about not being nasty. Generally. Unless someone really needs it. But Scorps are also, under the lashing tail, ferocious claws and thick armour plating, complete pushovers for those they love. Generally...
Leo males are some of the most self-obsessed idiots I've ever come across, and if you can't give 'em the attention they need...well, you can't so you might as well stop trying. Narcissistic don't even come close. The females have similar needy attention issues too.
375  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: who's playing this game? on: 2005 August 12, 12:52:28
 Cheesy That's him. Miserable sod with loads of attitude and hard-donebyedness (? heh) Will deff look out for Robert Holdstock, and give him a whirl.
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