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  1. I would not consider him a nice guy, no. I mean, to paraphrase the sequence... 1. Pays $10000 to meet a woman he's obsessed with. That's $174,660 in 2017 dollars, FYI. 2. Rapes her when she refuses to put out. 3. Is shocked to discover she's just a gold-digger. That's pretty much the definition of a rich entitled asshole. Wasn't your Churchill a vulgar drunk? Churchill quotes! "My dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly." "Tell him I can only deal with one shit at a time." "I wish Stanley Baldwin no ill, but it would have been much better if he had never lived." Lady Astor to Churchill "Winston, if you were my husband I would flavour your coffee with poison" Churchill: "Madam, if I were your husband, I should drink it" "Cultured people are merely the glittering scum which floats upon the deep river of production" Half of British humor is "politely" being a dick to other people. That's Jeremy Clarkson's and Simon Cowell's entire schtick.
  2. He's shaming a prominent male feminist who mocked the Manchester attacks while children were still missing. Said male feminist also considers himself a nice guy, to bring it full circle.
  3. FWIW, I've never heard these terms used IRL. Just on internet forums and dating self-help books.
  4. On the contrary, one of the most famous scenes from that period: The words used back then were different, but American society largely embraced cursing as far back as our revolutionary war. While George Washington, the first US President, discouraged swearing among his own troops...he famously lit-up General Charles Lee after Lee fled from Cornwallis. President Harry Truman on General MacArthur during the Korean War: "I didn't fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that's not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail." Truman was also the man who dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan.
  5. It's a more expensive prototype, but the *obvious* pro here is miniaturization. Here's a conventional 10MW Steam turbine. It takes up a large room, usually in a dedicated power plant. Here's a 10MW CO2 turbine. It takes up a small table. --- I don't think I need to explain to you the benefits of miniaturization.
  6. Rapid path to American citizenship: join ROTC in a non-combat branch such as the Navy or Medical Corps. They'll pay for your education, pay you as an officer while you study, and once you complete your first tour you'll get American citizenship. Plus free lifelong healthcare from the Veteran's Administration. My friend who went this route is now relaxing on Maui, pulling a O-4 salary ($6000/month). He's also both a licensed electrical engineer and jet pilot.
  7. Studies show that people respect and trust those who curse frequently, as this is seen as unfiltered and authentic. The guy dropping f-bombs probably isn't playing mind-games on you. The "nice guy" is the opposite of authentic: completely controlled and polite at all times. You can't discern their true motivation underneath all of the forced kindness, so you remain suspicious and distant. --- FWIW, most of my romantic partners have called me a "huge fucking asshole" at some point or another, yet they keep coming back...often more strongly each time. People are attracted to power, even personal power.
  8. Video games are the synthesis of 6000+ years of art development. A quality video-game will have... an impact soundtrack (music theory). strong visuals and character design (graphic art). a meaningful well-written story (literature). engaging gameplay that brings all the above together. ...so undoubtedly video games can be art. In fact, they're the most modern form of art. But, of course, just like every film isn't art...every cave scribble isn't art...every game isn't art. Art. Not art.
  9. Geriatrics?
  10. There are no basements in Florida for this reason: you can hit groundwater with a small garden hand-shovel. If memory serves, many tropical countries build their traditional houses on stilts to avoid the frequent floods. (this modern Thai house is still built to accommodate a serious flood).
  11. Prior to the invention of electric refrigeration, how do you keep fresh food from spoiling in the tropics? You salt and spice the hell out of it. Food that is spicy is also bacteria-resistant. In cool climates, fresh food was kept fresh via the use of underground cellars. Hence why they had less need for spices and salt. --- Consider sushi: a raw preparation of fish using little or no seasoning. Leaving raw fish in a hot, humid climate like Thailand will quickly spoil it, hence why Thailand never invented a dish like sushi: it's unsafe there. On the other hand, a temperate France, thousands of miles away, developed its own sushi-like dish: Steak Taretar.
  12. Note that it's primarily black teens propogating the white people Twitter memes featured in the OP, so I can see why he's addressing that specifically. And to answer your previous question: pretty much all poor people in humid climates with little access to fresh food heavily spice their Cuisine. Contrast Japanese food (cold and bland) with say Thai food (very spicy). The meme in the OP, however, is frustrated black teens blaming their shitty school food on white people. Because it's always cool to shit on white culture these days.
  13. He's not talking down to anyone. He's simply acknowledging the origins of American soul food. You won't find collard greens, ribs, Mac n cheese, or black eye peas being served in African countries (except perhaps Liberia) because those dishes were developed as a way to enjoy the "leftover" foods American plantation owners didn't want. If you go to legit African-African restaurants, it's nothing like soul food. Loads of fish, veggies, and grains. If you'll note: most of the best cuisines were the results of poor peasants/slaves making the best of limited ingredients. French Onion Soup, one of my favorites, was originally a way to recycle stale bread with a cheap winter vegetable. My favorite family recipes were all originally "let's not starve" desperation by my peasant ancestors. Like my cabbage-mushroom-vinegar soup!
  14. Says it better than I could. If you care about animals and your family's health, stay vegetarian. Not vegan.