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Comment: Re: superficial (Score 1) 515

by micahraleigh (#49334757) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
I thought about your comment for a while.

I concede the character you describe is common and a burden on the audience. Romantic comedies have the same defect (male characters swooning for the female lead).

But this is just a symptom of plot-driven content. Plot-driven content is a symptom of pursuing ratings breadth instead of depth. The main solution is to jettison all this emphasis on vanity and superficiality.

Comment: Re:discussion (Score 1) 515

by micahraleigh (#49328633) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
Misogyny lives in the thoughts of people.

The only concrete evidence is when people confess to misogyny (and even then we could ask if they aren't trying to get attention or some other motive).

As far as metrics go, people apply for developer work at my job with things like, "Hey! I'm 27 years old! So I'm a good programmer!". Metrics are superficial and a way to distract from what is really going on. Example: the trains in the USSR always arrived on time (pay no attention to the 4-6 million people who starved to death in the Ukraine because they didn't have the most "correct" political views).

Comment: Re:fathers (Score 1) 299

Oh, I see!

We can ask scientists about science and morality.

But we cannot ask preachers about science OR morality.

Good thing we have these pointed, one way rules in place.

Just like the way ethics should be lopsided, pointed, one way, et cetera.

Excuse me, I think some rich people owe me a million dollars.

Comment: Re:How about just a day off? (Score 1) 1089

by micahraleigh (#49320599) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
Greatness in the affairs of state or individuals results from not making a big detail about trivial details.

The broader term for couping effort or resources to priority is economics.

In the USSR, for example, the trains arrived on time, but 6 million Afghans died of starvation in a single summer.

The centralized leadership in the USSR had no sense of economics.

Comment: Re:Can you please give us a fucking break?? (Score 1) 416

by micahraleigh (#49277143) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science
It's the government's job to find the truth?

Are you going to trust an organization to fairly handle an issue when they charge based on political affiliation?

If people in the US don't believe in something (and, in this case, they don't), it isn't the job of the government to convince them otherwise. I'm not even talking about the (more important) group of people who vote.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"