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    I was born and then began to age.
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  1. I've been watching a lot of shows about 18th Century American (mainly New England) cooking. And yeah - there aren't as many spices as we use today, but there is a nice simplicity to them and a lot of flavors we've just forgotten. For instance, flavoring your scrambled eggs with an anchovie that's been dissolved in broth. Is it a spice? Well - the anchovies would have been packed in salt and pepper and possibly wine. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have flavor.
  2. You show people you're smart - you don't tell them. People ask other people their education levels all the time. And it's pretty standard on dating sites for people to put down why they are there. Interested in kids - are you actually interested in kids? You've been dropping women because they have kids. I have written a profile for you: "If you like kale & cabbage and lifting weights in the gym. If you're into philosophy, if you aren't too dim. If you want to get married, by the dunes of the cape. I'm the love that you've looked for, write to me and escape."
  3. Or, here's my even crazier advice - join some non-internet stuff, and not necessarily with an eye toward dating. ...... added to this post 2 minutes later: Wait, if you want kids - then why in the world are you ruling out women with kids???
  4. Global maternal death rate is 216 deaths per 100,000 live births. We could get into more detail on the tragedy of maternal death rates, but I just want to point out that you're just talking out of ass here. You don't know whether abortion or live birth is riskier. In an ideal world, no woman would die in either case. Actually, in an ideal world we would lay eggs. Source: http://data.unicef.org/topic/maternal-health/maternal-mortality/ Oh, and deaths of women caused by complications from abortion in the US is incredibly low. In 2012 it was 4 out of 699,202 legally induced abortions. (or 1 out of 200,000 abortions). This makes live birth 37Xs more riskier in the US than an abortion. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/ss/ss6512a1.htm And, this might further shock you, but abortion is sometimes necessary for the mother's health.
  5. I don't like argument for analogy for anything, but especially for abortion. I also think there is a world of difference between arguments for why abortion should be legal and arguments about whether it is ethical or moral. Something that many people have a hard time seeing. People also have a hard time seeing a woman has anything more than a mere vessel who carries a fetus as one would carry a passenger in a car. It's why so many abortion debates seem to focus purely upon whether the fetus is a "person" or not, acting as if that it is the only decision. Debates also tend to presume that all pregnancies are either 1) Totally healthy and normal or 2) It's totally obvious that continuing the pregnancy will result in certain death of the mother. No one likes to talk about the in between. Pregnancy is complicated.
  6. The entire concept of having an "identity" is unnecessary.
  7. I don't know what you're trying to say. It sounds like you just hate people disagreeing with you, especially if they are women. I find your example un-relatable and bizarre. I've seen people who get angry if you disagree with them. But it's certainly not limited to so-called PC views or to young women. The hate for tolerance is also.....bizarre. Better to hate everyone I guess? I don't get it.
  8. This is what I consider a square circle. Anyway, aside from semantics, there are unsolvable problems. You, the personal you, can't change the past. You can't see the future. You can't force someone to love you. You can't force other people to change. There are many problems we can't solve. The biggest problem we can't solve? Entropy. But everything else? Sure. Well, maybe. Humanity's greatest strength (and weakness) is its ability to pass on information to the younger generation incredible detail. So much of what we know is the result of generations slowly building up databases of information for other generations to study. Of happy little accidents where some individual noticed just the right thing. Because the Romans jotted down where the stars were in the sky, human over a thousand years later were able to notice the stars moved. Because someone let some fungus grow on a petri dish by accident, we discovered antibiotics. Because someone bothered to make a huge database of the stars, we learned the light from stars is packed with huge amounts of information. But sometimes I worry that the amount of information needed to discovery new things will exceed the amount of time a human has to learn it. That we will no longer be able to produce experts. Perhaps we are already seeing that.
  9. Perhaps you have a different definition of "great" than I do. To quote Camus, one must imagine Sisyphus happy.
  10. Personally, I have never desired to end my life. Living is superior to nothingness and there are many great experiences to be had. Right now I'm sitting at work enjoying a coffee and sun on my skin. If you are feeling suicidal, there are resources available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Helping_suicidal_individuals#List_of_crisis_hotlines
  11. Tommy by The Who Moving Pictures by Rush Moon Safari by Air When It Falls by Zero 7 and just a personal favorite of mine: Life in Cartoon Motion by Mika
  12. The Myst storyline was and is great. If Myst had never been created and someone created a Myst today with a modern interface and better puzzles but the same storyline, it would still be a hit. Actually, for a similar-feeling game with modern design considerations, Escape the Cube by Rusty Lake is fantastic. It's being released slowly as a series of free mini-games and a couple of longer-length priced games, but the feel reminds me of Myst. But yes, like many adventure games of its time, it had a lot of annoying puzzles. I can't fault the player interface, though, because it was pretty good given tech advancement at that time.
  13. Yes. This. Being valedictorian is a great achievement, but it's also a very common achievement in the grand scheme of things. Just like winning a marathon is a great achievement, but it doesn't mean you are going to be President. And life is not that predictable. The valedictorian of my high school class found her passion running an animal shelter. I doubt she's rolling in the money, but she found her passion and is having a great life. People I know who were at the top of class also weren't necessarily "rule followers" - they were just able to get good grades. Some people enjoy learning. Some people are good at tests. My school also gave a 10 point bump in grades for people who took advanced classes - so the people at the top of the class weren't necessarily making all A's. Some people were risk-adverse rule followers, but so were some of the people who at the bottom.
  14. To do something when you don't have to do anything. To tend to a single flower patch. To strive. To be at peace. The problem with a "goal" is that it is one thing when life is not a goal nor is it a story, it is a happening. Happen in it.