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Bob's post are so robotic.  I mean, you read them and there is no indication that it is an actual person behind the computer typing them.  Every one of his posts is written like a 11th grade physics text book. 

Does Bob have emotions?

Does he have hobbies?

Does he have a girlfriend?

Kids?

Bob, have you ever cried over the loss of a loved one?

Just give me some indication that you are actually a human being.


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You're a complete goose, FS.

 

If you'd read the man's posts over a period of time you'd get a solid feel for the thoughtful person behind them. We can't all be as governed by high emotion as you are. I've only been posting here a few months but in that time I've gleaned the answers to most all the questions you've asked here, including those I consider offensive in this context. Why not try paying attention to some one other than yourself for a change? 

 

 

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Fortunate_S wrote:Bob's post

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Bob's post are so robotic.  I mean, you read them and there is no indication that it is an actual person behind the computer typing them.  Every one of his posts is written like a 11th grade physics text book. 

Does Bob have emotions?

Does he have hobbies?

Does he have a girlfriend?

Kids?

Bob, have you ever cried over the loss of a loved one?

Just give me some indication that you are actually a human being.

What is your problem?

Are you that pissed-off that I don't take the nonsense that is your whole world-view any more seriously than a child's belief in Santa Claus, that I treat it as the sad joke that it is?

Friends? What provoked those comments?

I hope you have some real friends beside the imaginary one that lives in the dark recesses of your mind, that you suck up to.

You have just lived down to the worst stereotype of the ignorant, arrogant Theist.

 

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I will confess with getting

I will confess to getting deeply depressed and emotional at times, when contemplating just how many apparently intelligent people fall for the evil meme that is Christianity, and the related ones, like Islam, especially when I hear another report of some persecution or atrocity committed in the name of 'God'.

It can take a real effort at times for me to refrain from spelling out in some explicit language the emotional reaction I have when contemplating the blindness and delusion people like yourself want to promulgate, the deep offence to the ideal of truth you commit with every expression of your belief.

 

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I think I should feel

I think I should feel gratified - it seems my approach has 'hit a nerve'.

FS has failed to find an emotional handle to counter-act my rational demolition of his 'arguments'.

 

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BobSpence1 wrote:I think I

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I think I should feel gratified - it seems my approach has 'hit a nerve'.

FS has failed to find an emotional handle to counter-act my rational demolition of his 'arguments'.

 

 

You haven't hit a nerve.  I really want to know if you are a real human being, or just some robot.

Do you have a wife and kids?

 


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OK F/S, you are asking if

OK F/S, you are asking if BobSpence is a robot. Past that, you are asking a few specific details.

 

However, you have only been here for a few days, so how would you even know all that much about him? In all seriousness, how can you tell if any poster on any forum is a robot or not?

 

I have been here for about a year and a half. In theory, robotBobSpence is half a world away from me so real time chat is unlikely to happen. Even so, I am willing to grant him provisional status as being able to pass the Turing Test. Given that, does it even matter if he happens to be a robot?

 

Now, let me play with your more specific questions:

 

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Does Bob have emotions?

 

Does that matter all that much? Really, one of my bosses is a guy who does not seem to have any emotions. I could say that I know from over 20 years of experience that he is flesh and blood. However, that only matters if you can prove that I am not a robot.

 

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Does he have hobbies?

 

Well, what is the definition of a hobby? Bob has never mentioned anything like, I don't know, basket weaving. He does often mention having traveled to distant parts of the planet, so unless his employer is bankrolling his adventures, world travel might count as a hobby.

 

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Does he have a girlfriend?

 

Or a boyfriend. He is silent on the matter, which, as a human, would be his right. However, if he is a robot, then that would get into how robots would define sex. When real verifiable robots are all over the place, I am disposed to let them figure that much out for themselves. If they choose to tell the rest of us, then I suppose that that is fine. How whatever they come up with will be relevant to humans, well, I just don't see the point.

 

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Kids?

 

I have never seen him mention this. Again, it goes to his private life. If he is a robot, again, that is something that is probably going to be far more meaningful to robots that it is going to be to humans. If robots come up with such a concept then so be it. It is hardly for me to worry about. Unless, of course, I happen to be a robot.

 

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Bob, have you ever cried over the loss of a loved one?

 

Please see my above comment on emotions. If he is a robot, then I would grant him the possibility that another robot who had a database that meshed with his might have some existence on a hard drive that had a grave mechanical failure. Would robots care about such things? Just for shit and giggles, let's assume that robots do care about that type of thing. Then yah, they will feel bad in whatever way that makes sense.

 

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Just give me some indication that you are actually a human being.

 

I submit that you are a racist. Given the possibility that a robot might be a valid mind, then your question comes down to “Is BobSpence a nigger/slope/bohunk/beaner/mic/robot?

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Fortunate_S wrote:Bob's post

Fortunate_S wrote:

Bob's post are so robotic.  I mean, you read them and there is no indication that it is an actual person behind the computer typing them.  Every one of his posts is written like a 11th grade physics text book. 

Does Bob have emotions?

Does he have hobbies?

Does he have a girlfriend?

Kids?

Bob, have you ever cried over the loss of a loved one?

Just give me some indication that you are actually a human being.

There are such a people in the world, deal with it. I think Bob isn't the worst case of it, there are the... pro..programmers! They are really alien minds. I know about an extreme case or two of robotism. I don't know if they're like Bob, but in mature age they can mask it really well.
I'll have to make extra effort to not end up like them, because my score in your list is not very good. (and programming was my hobby for 5 years) I'm here for 2 years and I like it here, precisely for the reason that there are intellectuals around. IRL, I don't know any. There are forums with a plenty of emotions, warm fuzzy huggy smileys and cute pictures...eww. The kind of people that responds to chain letters and sends oversweeted PowerPoint presentations.  Really, I have emotions, but they're not the kind that normal people can handle. It's sometimes better without emotions, trust me.



What I don't like about people like Bob is their deadly seriousness. Just because I have no lack of I and Q vitamines, there's no reason to be grumpy. Thanks to psychosomatic feedback of stress hormons, grumpy people will die earlier and more painfully. If you feel fine, use normal humour. If you feel bad, use normal or morbid humour. Just don't be grumpy.

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To the OP, how rude.  What

To the OP, how rude.  What I've noticed is that he stays on topic, which is not an undesirable trait.

Can the mods make him a troll badge?

That is all.


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Funny.... I read Bob's posts

Funny.... I read Bob's posts and I think..."I would like to have a beer with that smart motherfucker"


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I am genuinely curious as to

I am genuinely curious as to what provoked this tangent, which is totally irrelevant to his argument.

I still can't help thinking he is expressing his frustration at having zero success in coming up with an argument which I can't easily dismiss.

Why 'robotic'?

It's funny, throwing walls of symbolic logic expressions at us seems far less 'human' to me than arguing in words, which is my preference when discussing such subtle and tricky to define concepts.

He is the one insisting that God can be 'proved' by the process of assigning such inherently 'transcendental' concepts as God and eternity to symbols and mechanically, robotically, manipulating them according to rigid rules to derive the implications of the initial propositions, when all you can ever do by such a process is show whether or not your initial assumptions are mutually consistent or not, and show what those assumptions imply.

He has excessive 'faith' in logic and what it can do, and also in the unquestionable truth of his base assumptions. I guess he can't wrap his mind around a world-view not sharing those same ideas. When you see those concepts as the only possible origin of our mind and 'soul', anyone not perceiving the 'obvious' truth they embody, must not have a 'soul', I guess. Hence the 'robotic' accusation.

 

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Fortunate_S wrote:Bob's post

Fortunate_S wrote:

Bob's post are so robotic. 

What do you have against robots FS?

Do you fear they will replace you on your job, making you obsolete?

Do you fear they will be given larger, vibrating penises than you and thus able to please women better than you could hope to do, making you totally obsolete?

Aren't you looking forward to the day when science can make a Victoria's secret supermodel equivalent robotic nymphomaniac that does not care about your 'little' problem?

 

 NSFW: True Companion Debuts Sex Robot Roxxxy

 

Where does this disdain come from?

 

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RE: translating the OP

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Rich Woods wrote:Funny.... I

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Funny.... I read Bob's posts and I think..."I would like to have a beer with that smart motherfucker"

Exactly.  And just because you can't get an emotional reaction from him doesn't mean he has no emotions.  He simply won't resort to that childish level of discussion, and I've seen it multiple times, bob will either stay completely 100% rational/reasonable/respectful or bow out of the conversation if the other people in the discussion are getting to wishy washy and loopy.   In long threads I find my eye catching bobs avatar subconciously because I know something with real substance has been said.  Just because he wont come way way wwway down to your (and others) emotional mentality doesn't mean he is a robbot.  I would go as far as to say bob is one of the smartest mofo's on the site, and in my opigion would be an A class choice to represent "our" cause.  I resently opened a thread trying to get to know Eloise another brilliant/somewhat robotic member of the site.  I however approached the matter  with much more respect, and you should have aswell.  These types are not easily drawn into informal conversations.

 

"Does bob have friends?"

 

Are you serious???  Buddy pppplease, he's got atleast 20 here.  I'm sure bob's rational "robotic" way of discussion doesn't translate into his personal life, just like nayone else.      


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Fortunate_S wrote:

Bob's post are so robotic. 

“A meritocratic society is one in which inequalities of wealth and social position solely reflect the unequal distribution of merit or skills amongst human beings, or are based upon factors beyond human control, for example luck or chance. Such a society is socially just because individuals are judged not by their gender, the colour of their skin or their religion, but according to their talents and willingness to work, or on what Martin Luther King called 'the content of their character'. By extension, social equality is unjust because it treats unequal individuals equally.” "Political Ideologies" by Andrew Heywood (2003)


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Fortunate_S wrote:Does he

Fortunate_S wrote:



Does he have a girlfriend?

 

Do you?


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I have occasionally dropped

I have occasionally dropped an 'f-bomb', with or without '**', typically as a parting shot, to make clear my total frustration with some poster. 

By refraining from it most of the time, I think it makes it more effective as a form of emphasis and expression when I do...

The intermediate stage is typically some variation of 'aarrgghhh!'.

Part of the reason I do refrain is that I actually have tended to have a 'short fuse', way back from childhood. I have learned to consciously hold back, keep my cool, because I know if I 'lose it', I can too easily do or say something I will be sorry for later.

Once or twice I have quickly gone back and deleted or edited a post which had would have destroyed my 'reputation' instantly...

 

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BobSpence1 wrote:I have

BobSpence1 wrote:

I have occasionally dropped an 'f-bomb', with or without '**', typically as a parting shot, to make clear my total frustration with some poster. 

By refraining from it most of the time, I think it makes it more effective as a form of emphasis and expression when I do...

The intermediate stage is typically some variation of 'aarrgghhh!'.

Part of the reason I do refrain is that I actually have tended to have a 'short fuse', way back from childhood. I have learned to consciously hold back, keep my cool, because I know if I 'lose it', I can too easily do or say something I will be sorry for later.

Once or twice I have quickly gone back and deleted or edited a post which had would have destroyed my 'reputation' instantly...

 

Hmmm!  See there you go, something I didn't know about him.  It's obvious Bob is just another dude, that get's happy and mad just like enyone else.  Enough that he would say things in jest, just like anyone else.  He seems to be though, just very good at controlling himself.  These great discussions need people like bob to be the "emotionless rational responders."      


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This same guy's over in

This same guy's over in another thread, complaining about how the atheists here act like a bunch of 12 year olds.

There's just no pleasing this fellow.


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Another question about Bo... I mean Austrailia.

What time is it there?


Ah, so -9 hours from my time zone. (CDT)

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Kapkao wrote:What time is it

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What time is it there?


Ah, so -9 hours from my time zone. (CDT)

1:15pm here  - Brisbane (AEST = UTC +10).

October - March, our Southern States - not here in Queensland - observe Daylight Saving Time (UTC + 11 for the Eastern states )

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Hey Bob, I'd like to hijack

Hey Bob, I'd like to hijack this thread a bit, since it seems to have begun largely as pointless flamebaiting, and since you're already here:

What happened with Rational_Theist? One day I was arguing with him, the next day every thread he'd posted in was gone.  I'm guessing he got banned so hard that everything within ten meters of him got burned, but what happened?

 

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Kavis wrote:Hey Bob, I'd

Kavis wrote:

Hey Bob, I'd like to hijack this thread a bit, since it seems to have begun largely as pointless flamebaiting, and since you're already here:

What happened with Rational_Theist? One day I was arguing with him, the next day every thread he'd posted in was gone.  I'm guessing he got banned so hard that everything within ten meters of him got burned, but what happened?

I am guessing some mod decided he was worth kicking out completely - I wasn't involved, I was  also surprised when suddenly I couldn't find any of the threads he had been in.

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I'd like to hijack this thing EVEN MOAR

Kavis wrote:

Hey Bob, I'd like to hijack this thread a bit, since it seems to have begun largely as pointless flamebaiting, and since you're already here:

What happened with Rational_Theist? One day I was arguing with him, the next day every thread he'd posted in was gone.  I'm guessing he got banned so hard that everything within ten meters of him got burned, but what happened?

You suppose that only "supercomputer overlords" is the only outcome of a potential Technological Singularity event?

edit; I meant "only" not "one", grrrr

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TUBTHUMPING!

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1:15pm here  - Brisbane (AEST = UTC +10).

October - March, our Southern States - not here in Queensland - observe Daylight Saving Time (UTC + 11 for the Eastern states )

He drinks a whisky drink
He drinks a vodka drink
He drinks a lager drink
He drinks a cider drink
He sings the songs that remind him
Of the good times
He sings the songs that remind him
Of the better times:

'Oh Danny Boy
Danny Boy
Danny Boy...'


I get knocked down
But I get up again
So You're never going to keep me down

I get knocked down
But I get up again
 And You're never going to keep me down
 


(Suffice it to say, I'm feeling rather like a jubilant fool atm)

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No.  There are several

No.  There are several variants on the Singularity theme.  There's the Helios Ending possibility: A self-aware machine enters into a gestalt with an augmented human.  There's the Necron possibility: transferal of some or all of human consciousness into machine bodies.  The Deep Thought possibility: we design a machine to design a better machine that designs a better machine, etc.  Some form of inorganic evolution could be fun; a scenario in which there are multiple Singularities competing for dominance. 


You know, Chumbawamba has done some interesting things since the 90s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUZimSEpZ0U

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Kavis wrote:What happened

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What happened with Rational_Theist?

*Ahem*

The OP of this thread IS Rational_Theist. Before that, he was Fortunate Son. Now, he's Fortunate_S.

Either he keeps forgetting his password or he likes to freshen up after every time he gets spanked. 

Edit: Oh, did he actually get banned? I didn't see anything that warranted a ban.

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butterbattle wrote:Kavis

butterbattle wrote:

Kavis wrote:
What happened with Rational_Theist?

*Ahem*

The OP of this thread IS Rational_Theist. Before that, he was Fortunate Son. Now, he's Fortunate_S.

Either he keeps forgetting his password or he likes to freshen up after every time he gets spanked. 

What, really? Fortunate_S doesn't read anything like R_T.

 

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Kavis wrote:What, really?

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What, really? Fortunate_S doesn't read anything like R_T.

Rational_Theist actually stated in a thread (which is now gone) that he was Fortunate Son.

It seems like the same person to me; even if his username wasn't Fortunate_S, I could probably figure it out. He is still playing semantic games with his modal ontological argument.   

 

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So umm, BB

What's this about "enjoy your time with Kapkao" you said in response to that whacky Krullish??? Hmmm??

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11111011 wrote:To the OP,

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To the OP, how rude.  What I've noticed is that he stays on topic, which is not an undesirable trait.

Can the mods make him a troll badge?

That is all.

Done and agreed.

 

And yes, this is the same person.  Fortunate Son = rational theist = fortunate s.  Yes we have a rule against multiple accounts, but we need a good solid lunatic around here so I've let him stay.  If you folks are bothered by him, we'll yank him.

 

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Kavis wrote:Hey Bob, I'd

Kavis wrote:

Hey Bob, I'd like to hijack this thread a bit, since it seems to have begun largely as pointless flamebaiting, and since you're already here:

What happened with Rational_Theist? One day I was arguing with him, the next day every thread he'd posted in was gone.  I'm guessing he got banned so hard that everything within ten meters of him got burned, but what happened?

 

That's not typical.  I don't remember and I don't care enough to spend the 30 minutes on the research.  Like I said though, if anyone is overly frustrated by him... he's gone.  Just let me know. 

 

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Kavis wrote:

Hey Bob, I'd like to hijack this thread a bit, since it seems to have begun largely as pointless flamebaiting, and since you're already here:

What happened with Rational_Theist? One day I was arguing with him, the next day every thread he'd posted in was gone.  I'm guessing he got banned so hard that everything within ten meters of him got burned, but what happened?

 

That's not typical.  I don't remember and I don't care enough to spend the 30 minutes on the research.  Like I said though, if anyone is overly frustrated by him... he's gone.  Just let me know. 

 

He's gone back to the "Fortunate_Son" name.

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At Least he named himself

At Least he named himself after a good song...


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I've seen Bob get pissed

I've seen Bob get pissed before on this forum.

 

Christ, FS/RT/FS2 you are one weird cookie.  That whole thing where you had an entire thread devoted to being a total lunatic blows my mind.  I think I'd like to meet you and see what the heck you're really like.

 

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Yes we have a rule against multiple accounts, but we need a good solid lunatic around here so I've let him stay.

Apparently you don't seem to think I qualify...

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http://www.meetup.com/BrisbaneAtheists/members/3951825/

http://fox.uq.net.au/~zzbspenc/index.html

 

And wow, giving out your personal phone number????

Ok, Matt, you made this same point in one of your earlier 'attacks'....

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Wow....I think the troll

Wow....

I think the troll wants to be put in time out.

Edit: Omg, I've always wanted to go to Italy. What was your general impression of Italy, Bob?

 

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Stop the presses!

Wait, Bob isn't a robot?

Having enjoyed his posts in the past, I now feel somewhat cheated...

Does this mean the Easter Bunny isn't real?

I find it extremely instructive that F_S had so little of note to say that he/she found it necessary to begin a new thread.

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Wait, Bob isn't a robot?

Having enjoyed his posts in the past, I now feel somewhat cheated...

Does this mean the Easter Bunny isn't real?

I find it extremely instructive that F_S had so little of note to say that he/she found it necessary to begin a new thread.

Bob- you should feel special!

I do, to an extent. I at least feel I have really 'got to him', scored some real points against his 'arguments'.

That last bit about me having my phone and email address on line fits into exactly the same 'scenario' I encountered from someone a few years ago, who the other mods were pretty sure was Matt Shizzle, who had recently been kicked off the forum. A whole swathe of Theist threads, followed by this sort of 'attack' and  insult against one or more prominent members of the forum.

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butterbattle wrote:Wow....I

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Wow....

I think the troll wants to be put in time out.

Edit: Omg, I've always wanted to go to Italy. What was your general impression of Italy, Bob? 

It was great, pretty much as 'advertised'. 

Venice was truly magical. I would love to go back there with my digital SLR. Everywhere I looked I could see 'pictures' - old walls and ironwork, canals, reflections, gondalas, etc, etc.

 

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BobSpence1 wrote:It was

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It was great, pretty much as 'advertised'. 

Venice was truly magical. I would love to go back there with my digital SLR. Everywhere I looked I could see 'pictures' - old walls and ironwork, canals, reflections, gondalas, etc, etc.

 

 

I was really surprised by how many crabs there were in the canals- I had never imagined it as part of the ocean before (although I don't know why not).  Kind of a shock there- though that's not to say it wasn't beautiful.

 

One place I really want to go- and it probably sounds silly from your perspective- Australia.  Great scuba diving there.

 

Ever been diving Bob?  Amazing- though I've only had the joy of doing it in Mexico.


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There are such a people in the world, deal with it. I think Bob isn't the worst case of it, there are the... pro..programmers! They are really alien minds. I know about an extreme case or two of robotism. I don't know if they're like Bob, but in mature age they can mask it really well.

 

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It was great, pretty much as 'advertised'. 

Venice was truly magical. I would love to go back there with my digital SLR. Everywhere I looked I could see 'pictures' - old walls and ironwork, canals, reflections, gondalas, etc, etc.

 

 

I was really surprised by how many crabs there were in the canals- I had never imagined it as part of the ocean before (although I don't know why not).  Kind of a shock there- though that's not to say it wasn't beautiful.

 

One place I really want to go- and it probably sounds silly from your perspective- Australia.  Great scuba diving there.

 

Ever been diving Bob?  Amazing- though I've only had the joy of doing it in Mexico.

Actually I have. Was a real passion for a long while. Last dive trip was in 2000 to Vanuatu.

Wouldn't mind doing some more.

I have dived in the Red Sea, Micronesia (Truk Lagoon, Palau), Papua-New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, Fiji, Maldives, not to mention our own Great Barrier Reef, out into the Coral Sea, and various other places around the east and southern coast of Australia. Haven't seen whales, but heard them. Seen more than enough sharks, sea snakes, closer than I was comfortable with.

 

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BobSpence1 wrote:Haven't

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Haven't seen whales, but heard them. Seen more than enough sharks, sea snakes, closer than I was comfortable with.

 

I had an up close and personal with a six or so foot long bright green Moray eel once; I know the feeling.  While I'm glad it didn't bite my hand off, that would have been interesting.

 

Curious:  If I were to take a trip down under, how much would I be looking at, thereabouts, for a week of diving, preferably somewhere not terribly crowded (I'm O.K. with less plentiful reefs if it's more private)?

I can get by on hostels, but equipment rental I don't know about- I don't own any these days.  What's it like off the beaten path?

 

 


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That last bit about me having my phone and email address on line fits into exactly the same 'scenario' I encountered from someone a few years ago, who the other mods were pretty sure was Matt Shizzle, who had recently been kicked off the forum. A whole swathe of Theist threads, followed by this sort of 'attack' and  insult against one or more prominent members of the forum.

Oh, jeez, I really hope it's not Matt. I kinda liked Matt, even though he eventually spiraled into a kind of psychotic singularity. While his cat picture rather got old (I would've liked to have seen different cats, with more interesting phrases), he at least had several different notes. Maybe not a full song, but certainly a melody, of sorts. And while I understood the decisions that went into his ban, I hated to see him go.

FS/RA/FS has just a single note, sung at the top of his voice. Not only is it based on a poor understanding of modal logic, but it's boringly repetitious, like a kid banging on a single pot with a wooden spoon. It's a far cry from the kettle drums in Kansas's Magnum Opus. (Not that I listen to Kansas anymore. No, Sir.) In my world, the third-worst character flaw you can have is being boring. (The first is the willingness to fuck over others for your own gain. The second is being willfully ignorant.)

All I can say is, Matt rarely bored me. FS/RA/FS bores the fuck out of me, and is willfully ignorant. If he turns out to be Matt, I'll be very disappointed.

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Would it really shock anyone

Would it really shock anyone if this was Matt? I mean at this point Fortunate son is nothing more than a blithering idiot, all of his posts just more or less come out saying the same thing, basically, you don't understand you don't know and your stupid, after that it just goes more into personal attacks on the person, but never address really the problems with his posts the other people point out really, i mean he tries but then just breaks down to personal attacks, even this attack on Bob it's just his lack of ability to argue his points across intelligently enough to make logical sense.


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Would it really shock anyone if this was Matt? I mean at this point Fortunate son is nothing more than a blithering idiot, all of his posts just more or less come out saying the same thing, basically, you don't understand you don't know and your stupid, after that it just goes more into personal attacks on the person, but never address really the problems with his posts the other people point out really, i mean he tries but then just breaks down to personal attacks, even this attack on Bob it's just his lack of ability to argue his points across intelligently enough to make logical sense.

You got it backwards, holmes! See... I'm Matt Shitzle. That other guy was just a lame imitation!

 

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I think I have been irritating to Bob a few times. I would consider the fact that he doesn't seem to childishly attempt to demean people for not sharing his views, or at least without good cause a redeeming feature, not robotic. I myself childishly demean people, but usually only after they have made an ass of themselves, at least to me =).

Bob said he gets depressed when intelligent people fall for religion, or something similair. I get depressed that there are just so many stupid people who are too lazy and caught up in their own little box to think for themselves. God is the easy out, and with this fiction it frees them up to pursue that new big screen tv or x-box or whatever status symbol they can come up with. They don't realize it is not "god" giving them these things, but the labor of a thinking mind somewhere. I see so many of them every single day, yea it's depressing when I think about it.

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Wait. Wait. Wait.

 

Luminon, you're saying that you personally know two people who are human bodies that have been hijacked by alien intelligences?

Jesus fucking Christ. How do you still have any money to pay for an internet connection with?

 

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