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Comment: Re:Don't worry actors (Score 2) 277

by jedidiah (#49387377) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

In general Ewan seemed much more appropriate for the role of teenage Anakin than Hayden. Hayden was just cardboard. And no I have not been impressed by him in any other roles either. Whereas some of Ewan's earlier work are spot on for the kind of character Anakin needed to be in the prequels.

Bad acting due to bad direction and horrible writing aggravated by casting that was also bad.

The prequel had too much George in it.

Comment: Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 1) 123

by jedidiah (#49368045) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

Walmart and McDonalds are most certainly hated for the products they provide. They're just big enough that they don't need to care. They can be viewed as crap by a large chunk of the population and still make money on what's left.

There are plenty of mindless bargain hunters and people with no taste.

Comment: Re:Boo, you fad killer! (Score 1) 111

by jedidiah (#49346565) Attached to: The One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without

The funny thing is that humans are "so good at it" that they don't really need the new fangled approaches with the higher risks. We have been doing "conventional" genetic manipulation for thousands of years. Compared to that, our relatively short experience with direct genetic manipulation really doesn't hold up.

The "conventional" approach just takes longer and confers no monopoly benefits to any herbicide mongers.

Comment: Re:Absence of evidence... (Score 2) 111

by jedidiah (#49346353) Attached to: The One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without

DNA is a complex language that we are barely beginning to understand. Unlike CRISPr, this kind of thing actually is "hacking the genome" in a clueless fashion. I think this is an area where clearly some corrolary of the Hypocratic Oath should be in effect.

If it's not broken, then don't try to fix it. Leave it alone. The best thing to do (barring any indications to the contrary) is nothing.

I suspect that we are still at the "don't know how much we don't know" stage of genetics at this point.

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 886

by jedidiah (#49339861) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

1870 is calling. It wants it's specious quasi-constitutional argument back.

What you are pining for hasn't been the case for a long time, likely since BEFORE YOU WERE BORN. We simply aren't that backwards as a nation anymore.

Your vision of Sharia law isn't any more tolerable than Jim Crow.

You and the state of Indiana need to stop watching Fox News.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 886

by jedidiah (#49339803) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

That's easy. Follow the law. You know the law. That's the set of rules that's supposed to govern your conduct.

It's easy to avoid becoming involved with obviously illegal conduct. Death threats and pedophilia are easy and obvious exceptions to the straw man you're trying to build here.

You could even call your local city government or police to get their take on the situation.

Comment: Re:Here's MY test (Score 3, Insightful) 515

by jedidiah (#49330119) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

> But in practice we have half the population who are capable of programming but who are severely underrepresented

That's a totally unsupported assumption.

It also ignores the question of DESIRE. It completely degrades half of the population by stripping them of any sort of free will at all.

That's the whole problem with these do-gooder crusades that fixate this kind of "imbalance" while ignoring the the imbalances in the skilled trades or nursing.

Comment: Re:Amazing post (Score 1) 494

by jedidiah (#49327969) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

"Working out" really burns very little in terms of energy unless you are overdoing it like Arnold Schwarzenneger. You aren't going to get a sufficient calorie deficit just from exercise.

The main value of exercise is sabotaging your body's starvation response.

Otherwise, your body will just adapt to the famine. That's what it is designed to do.

Comment: Re:It's simple. Eat less and eat less crap (Score 1) 494

by jedidiah (#49327813) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

ANY effective weight loss is going to be counter to your instincts. You will have to fight your inner animal. It won't be easy. It WILL be unpleasant.

STARVING is never fun.

Your inner animal is basically holding it's breath for the duration.

If it were easy, anyone could do it and it wouldn't be such a problem.

Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. -- Edmund Burke

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