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The Show / I guess I'm done with Free Talk Live...
« on: March 15, 2014, 01:49:50 PM »
Every show lately has either turned into "the bitcoin hour" or "Puke-talking through half-baked thoughts with Darryl" - I can't even recommend the show to new liberty-minded friends anymore because it's embarrassing - I keep making excuses as to why the shows are usually better, but they're never better anymore. When I started listening to Free Talk Live, it was obviously Liberty 101, but the show was professionally done and entertaining to listen to, now it has all the accoutrements of a high school or college radio show - its amateur hour. As I've said in the past - I own and trade with bitcoin, but I don't listen to radio shows or watch television programs about it because it's fucking boring! Get Darryl off the air and Ian, stop pretending like you've got a deep radio voice - own your squeaky voice, there is no reason to boost the bass and whisper into the microphone - it's a lame trick that talentless radio hosts resort to, and it sounds like crap. I just took two weeks off from listening to the netcast and downloaded one of the more recent shows today - heard Darryl puking into the microphone and shut it down. Only the Sunday show plays in my area now, so that's your introduction to this market, a brain-dead feminist twat lacking in original thought. How in the fuck do you put Darryl and Stephanie on a microphone when you've got The wise janitor, Ali and Julia...even Johnson is a good host if he would just clear his throat once in a while. Cripes, I feel like someone ran over my dog - it sucks so bad that you guys have lost sight of the show and just dial it in now. Mark and Ian are great together and you've all but abandoned that formula for what?

General / Ian wants to introduce me to...
« on: December 26, 2013, 10:28:30 AM »
Ian keeps telling me that he want's to introduce me to this guy that he knows and...apparently he has some amazing balls that are less dangerous than balloons? I keep waiting for the introduction, but it never happens - Ian just keeps talking about his fantastic balls.

On a serious note: the little magnetic balls aren't "safer than balloons" - but very few people seem to understand the nature of the danger associated with these things; if you swallow a balloon, you'll likely poop it out.  If you swallow one of these little balls; you'll likely poop it out too, but if you swallow one, wait an unknown period of time and swallow another, you may require invasive emergency surgery to survive; these strong little magnets, if at different points in the digestive tract, will attract if they are close enough, kinking the intestines, causing an obstruction and can rip right through intestines causing internal damage and allow digestive materials to enter the body cavity causing infection, pain and death is possible in a matter of hours if not properly diagnosed and surgically corrected - which, think about it - the fact that a child ate a magnet can be difficult to ascertain when the child is writhing in pain - the docs are probably going to attempt to treat it like a food poisoning or they might have the child drink an x-ray reactive dye so that they can see what's happening in there - these things take time...enough time for death to occur. Once again - if you eat a balloon, you're probably going to just poop it out...if you eat these magnets, you may poop them out, or you may die a painful death in a matter of hours.

On the effectiveness of the commercial; The guy's name is Shahan Q and his site is littlemagneticballs.com? I have no idea how I would go about buying something from this guy even if I wanted to....and hero worship is generally pathetic anyway, so I just take out the ear buds and wait for the commercial to be over.

The Polling Pit / Re: Who would win in a fight?
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:49:34 AM »
NAP. She threatened him and he had no recourse to go to the police due to the drug war. Also, she was putting his friend and business associate in danger. Her death very likely saved Jesse's life.

I see your point - it's totally valid, but I feel like she was so motivated by money and the prospect of getting away that Walter could have found an option other than killing her.

Walter proves throughout the show that he's pretty darn clever when it comes to manipulating people - dude has got the skills to make stuff happen. Killing Jesse's girl was an easy way out of a situation that I'm pretty sure his character was clever enough to deal with without destroying a sad and tortured life.

Sure, she threatened him - threatening is not doing...killing is something you can't take back. He could have moved her passed-out-smack-filled-body back to her place and called her father or dropped an anonymous call to the cops - someone clever could come up with a better plan that this - but these are some options.

The Show / zello - guerrilla marketing?
« on: December 05, 2013, 10:36:36 AM »
Why do you guys continue to pretend like you've never heard of zello before when these people call in to complain about people making fun of them on zello? I've heard this 3 or 4 times from callers on the show - I can't tell if it's different callers or the same person every time, but I think this is guerrilla marketing campaign for zello because the same things are said every time; that it's an internet walkie-talkie, that someone is making fun of someone else and I'm not sure if there's anything else.

Mark - why don't you ask these zello marketers to buy an advertising package - and if they already have, this is the most un-compelling form of marketing I've ever heard.

The Show / Re: BITCOINS! BITCOINS!!! BITCOINS!!!!!!!!!
« on: December 02, 2013, 03:49:17 PM »
Whatever it is - it still makes for boring sleepy-time on the radio.

The Polling Pit / Re: Who would win in a fight?
« on: December 02, 2013, 03:46:54 PM »

I don't actually think Walt is evil.

Sure - since Dexter knows he's evil, he gets some good-guy points.

I've thought a lot about whether or not Walt is actually evil - I decided that he must be evil because created a condition which resulted in a person's death while he stood there and watched it happen, knowing that he could prevent that death.  It doesn't matter how conflicted he felt about it - it was evil.

Plus - he killed that other guy (trying not to spoil anything) in cold blood for the sake of convenience - evil.

The Polling Pit / Re: Who would win in a fight?
« on: November 27, 2013, 01:59:01 PM »
Depends on the setup - if Walt and Dexter both know the other is coming for them - Walter wins for sure.
Reasoning: Walt is devious, deliberate and perhaps a master manipulator - he has convinced himself that he's the good guy despite all the evil he has done and he may be a genius when it comes to being an evil bastard, while Dexter is locked in a struggle with his dark passenger and frequently doubts himself - Dexter would probably over-analyze the situation and find himself blown up or drowned in acid while he comes to terms with what he must do.

If neither of them know the other is coming - Walter wins because of his speed of action.

I'd rather hang out with Dexter - Walter scares me.

Since the reddit integration, I don't really use the website anymore.  The quality of the submitted show prep has declined significantly and the stupid captcha's only show up now and then - it's just not ready for prime time and is barely worth using anymore.

The Polling Pit / Re: Preferences
« on: November 27, 2013, 01:47:37 PM »
If I didn't already have the ability to create the world-changing technologies, then why would I be deserving of any recognition for acting as a conduit for some mysterious character to make the world a better place through technological innovation? I would definitely take the front row seat for the creation of a better world - that would be a blast!

The Polling Pit / Re: Best type of commercial
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:28:30 AM »
For the longest time I thought the commercial was saying "Quantum 5" - I searched Google for that once, found nothing and never looked again. I thought the jingle was a bit irritating - fairly well produced, but annoying. I don't generally read comics anyway - I looked at one of the Big Head Press comics that was advertised with FTL a while back, but it just ran on and on and didn't go anywhere so I stopped reading it. I do frequent the Goblins comic, but that's getting a bit long in the tooth as well - it's barely includes the Goblins anymore.

The Show / Ian's Pronunciation
« on: November 14, 2013, 02:54:26 PM »
In netcast FTL2013-11-12 Johnny Ray does a fun semi-stereotypical Spanish accent as he reads quotes from Nicolás Maduro. Johnny Ray stops a moment and asks Mark how he feels about his pronunciation of the name “Maduro” – Mark admits he finds it a little contrived and Ian chimes in (18 minutes, 4 seconds) with; “I support…uh…accurate pronunciations if at all possible.”

At this point a significant portion of my brain erupted out of my left ear, soiling my headphones and cubicle wall, causing me to go into convulsions for a short while.

Ian, with utmost love and respect; your attempts at “accurate pronunciation” to date have not been successful. My wife and I find your attempts at pronouncing Spanish words and names to be painful to listen to – I frequently skip ahead a few moments because I don’t want to hear it.

Here’s a tip: It is not necessary to roll every “r” you encounter in a Spanish word or name. Typically, you only roll the double r (rr) in words such as; “perro,” “tierra” and “abarrotar” or when the word begins with “R” such as; “rabioso” or “rápido.” A single “r” within a word is pronounced with more of a “d” sound.

But this is just a quick and dirty explanation of how to pronounce the letter “r” – I don’t hear you making any attempt to correctly pronounce the letters; “h,” “j,” “v,” “b,” “ñ,” “ll,” or “ch” – so why focus so much on “r” – what has it done to you for you to torture it so? Beyond letter pronunciation – I don’t hear you appropriately stressing syllables according to the written accents. The rolling of the “r” is a very small part of proper pronunciation in Spanish.

One more tip: not every language rolls the “r” – so when you’re attempting to pronounce a Swedish, Icelandic, Russian or any other languages word, rolling the “r” is just a shot in the dark and is more likely to be incorrect than correct.

There are fewer than 250,000 English words – including colloquialisms and words no longer in common use – nearly 100% of those words are either cognates or have been borrowed directly from other languages such as Latin, French, German, Spanish, etc.  We make no attempt to pronounce the words we use daily in the accent of their languages of origin because it would be exceedingly difficult and would sound silly.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with just pronouncing a word in the style of your native language - it's preferable to butchering the pronunciation again and again and again and again...ad nauseam.

The Show / Re: Study: Oral Sex Cures Morning Sickness
« on: September 09, 2013, 01:57:31 PM »
My wife was pregnant and suffering from morning sickness when I forwarded that study to her.

Her response was; "Nice job, did you really think I was going to fall for that?"

It's been many months since then - my wife is still pregnant, baby is due in about 3 weeks, but she has still not seen fit to avail herself to the conduction of an independent validation study.

The Show / Re: Host excessive behaviour
« on: September 09, 2013, 01:45:08 PM »

Mark gets a little heated from time to time, but of the two he's the one I find to be more level headed.

Yeah he does, but I can understand why it happens.

Ian: (Relays a news story about some bureaucrat that did something horrible)
Mark: I don't agree with what the bureaucrat did, but I recognize the incentives that led the bureaucrat down that path.
Ian: So you approve of what that bureaucrat did?
Mark: No, I understand why the bureaucrat did it.
Ian:(Cuts Mark's microphone and claims that Mark advocates whatever horrible thing that bureaucrat did)
Mark: (Has a fecal hemorrhage on the air)

The Show / Hot topic on the show lately: Chris Cantwell
« on: September 06, 2013, 11:12:31 AM »
As I've heard about this situation it keeps reminding me of the legal precedence for the expectation of moderation or censorship once a business has engaged in moderation or censorship - a topic in my Cyberlaw class a few years ago.

It occurs to me that; now that the Free State Project (FSP) Board has removed Chris Cantwell as a participant and declared him "unwelcome to attend FSP-organized events", they may have unwittingly creating a blueprint for the marginalization of the FSP.

By taking action against Chris Cantwell for his written views that the "FSP Board believes [...] exceeds the right of self-defense," they may have opened themselves up to the legal expectation that they have adopted an editorial process for vetting the written brain-droppings of FSP participants.

The risk being that; if the FSP does not now condemn all written rhetoric that the FSP could be reasonably expected to have knowledge of and would deem detrimental to the accomplishment of the Free State Project's goals, failure to take action commensurate to that taken against Cantwell could be legally interpreted as tacit endorsement of said writings.

This method of associating the FSP with written rhetoric of FSP Participants could be an effective attack vector exploitable by anyone wishing to discredit the FSP because anyone can become an FSP Participant and if they want to claim the FSP is an organization of domestic boogeymen (boogeypeople?) - they just have to get one on the inside and then exploit that participant status to then have 'evidence' which supports previous claims such as those made on the bearcat application.

Am I paranoid? Is there something I'm missing that should prevent this from happening?

Quoted stuff from: http://freestateproject.org/blogs/september-2013-board-meeting-minutes

The Show / Re: What the heck Mark?!
« on: September 03, 2013, 10:45:55 AM »

I think Mark's statement was completely accurate.

Accepting that; "3) Both parties have the power to negotiate to get a better deal" - neither party is obligated to accept the terms proposed by the other party.

If I were to send out abusive contract offers in bulk, I don't have the power to compel anyone to accept the offered terms just as nobody has the power to compel me to offer terms which are more in their interest - they can ask, but that's it.

In this case the guy essentially committed fraud by changing the terms of the contract in a relatively covert manner, he accepted an offer that wasn't made - he assumed they wouldn't check and his manipulation would go unnoticed, and he was right.

If the company had done their due-diligence and read every signed and returned contract offer, they should have caught it, but they apparently processed their accepted contract offers in bulk, without equal knowledge or informed assent.

I think it's funny - it serves them right, but it doesn't mean the guy didn't act in bad faith. Acting in bad faith just because the other party does, doesn't make it right...it just makes it epic.

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