Wow. That was an astounding amount of emotion over a friendly gaming system joke.
Continuing the topic of jokes: A turtle walks up to a tree, sighs, then begins to climb the trunk and out onto a branch. Spreading her limbs wide, she jumps... and lands in a pile of leaves. She crawls out of the leaves to return to the trunk and repeat the process. On a nearby branch, Momma Bird turns to Daddy Bird and says...
There's the monk who took a vow of silence, only to be permitted to speak once in twenty years. When that time came, he only had one question to ask: "Where's the toilet?"
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Okay then, How about a serious reason why they went right to N64.
Computer memory works on a binary system. All sizes of memory, computing power, that sort of thing, is done on exponential powers of two. The Nintendo system operated on a 4K processor, Super Nintendo 16K, square that and you get 64K. Get it? Nintendo 63 would be incomplete. It's like choosing to use multiples of nine instead of ten.
That explanation isn't totally correct but it's close enough. The real explanation makes most people's head explode.
Snapper, I had to laugh at myself when you made the N64 comment. For a couple of years, in my mid-twenties, I moved back to my hometown and lived in the downstairs apartment of one of parent's houses, and I bought a Nintendo 64. Scary...I know.
In my own defense, I did pay rent, and it was the first gaming system I had owned since my Atari 2600 back when I was a teenager in the 80's. Unless you count my Commodore 64 that I had during college.
dreadlord, I still have my N64 too. Zelda is still a great game, as is Mario 64. I still play them every once in a while with my 6 year-old. And as for the other part, I moved out of my parent's basement about 15 years ago.
As someone with ADHD, it's very much like some pharmaceutical company depicted in a commercial several years ago, where the mind behaves just like TV channels changing constantly, yet you don't have control of the remote.
My problem is that my mind seems to spend too much time flickering between the Procrastination Channel and FOIC-TV (Fixate on Irrelevant Crap).
Oh...by the way, the ADHD distraction jokes aren't even funny because and then my kids are taking me out for Buffalo Wings for my birthday tomorrow.
Oh I thought it was called Nintendo 64 because that's what it would eventually reduce your kids IQ to if you let them play it as much as they want to.
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Have you noticed how natural selection, in the face of modern science and technology, has drifted us away from choices that are actually in the interest of continuing the species? Like how we rescue a person who swallows fifty marbles <i>and</i> let him procreate. Or how women universally find bald men less attractive even though they are more likely to produce offspring (though I might contest this finding). Or how we eat lots of sweets and cake because they taste better than vegetables, even if the end result is diabetes and heart-disease. etc.
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Atheists tend to question, which is how they know they're atheists. Agnostics tend to believe humans cannot understand God, if it exists; therefore, they don't see the point in asking themselves theological questions.
Does honking at a field of cattle as you drive past mean you're desirous of inter-species interaction?
Atheists believe there is no god. Agnostics admit they do not know.
There are degrees of dedication to either ideology. But if you want to see atheists in action you see people like Penn and Teller and Richard Dawkins who announce with certainty that "there is no god," that's what atheism is.
Agnosticism is someone who admits they don't know. Or think it can't be known. Or that it isn't known yet.
And a religious person is someone who, like the atheist, believes that they know the answer--they just reach a different conclusion.
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Greek: prefix - a (against, without, opposite of, un-) -gnostic (knowing, knowledge, one who has unique spiritual knowledge) -theist (one who believes in one or more gods)
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An agnostic is someone who admits they don't know and either thinks it can't be known or that it isn't known yet.
Atheists don't believe there is a god, which is different than believing there is no god. While many atheists believe there is no god, most of atheists I know continue to question. Which means the second group admits there could be a god; they simply don't believe there is.
Therefore, the acceptance of questioning is a line between an agnostic and an atheist.
Not entirely...at least, from my vantage point. Many agnostics would very much like to know the answer to the 'god' question, including me (making the uncertain assumption that I will still be classified as 'agnostic' in the mind of those who read this essay).
I grew up in an environment where people regularly spouted: "There is a God because the Bible says so!", and was later subjected to an environment replete with "There isn't a God because (fill in the blank)" diatribe. Blame it on the scientist in me, but I got fed up with both sides' insistency of proclaiming the rest of the world was wrong, despite the fact that they couldn't prove themselves right.
Allow me to add this: Those who simply believe the way that is most comfortable for them are OK with me; blind faith, as much as I might inherently recoil from it, is still more tolerable---and a heluva lot more workable---than blind assumptive dogma.
I've since come to the conclusion that I'm wise enough to know that I am not nearly intelligent enough (nor is the rest of the human species) to completely understand how the Universe operates (regardless of whether it's God, or Fate, or some other 'entity,' behind the wheel). But that doesn't stop me from wanting to figure it out.
A professional writer carefully blocks out time to write, until everything is ready and the writing mood is upon him and he's rarin' to go, and then he sits down at the word processor, then leans forward, and gets up and makes a pot of coffee.
Writing is what happens when he can't get any more coffee and needs money to buy some.
(I'm crediting Theodore Sturgeon with this one, though I've adapted it for modern times.)
I must be so close to being a professional writer then--all I've got to do is stop brewing licorice tea and start brewing coffee. Who knew it would be so easy?
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