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[sticky post] 55 Simple Rules for Debate in the Modern World

It’s my own fault really. Because I like to see different sides to an argument before making up my own mind (see Rule 9 below) then I am unfortunately exposed to comments from people whose opinions are badly argued, uninformed, prejudiced, immature and just plain stupid. And this does annoy me at times.

I like to think that the 55 rules below are ones that I at least try to stick to when commenting online. I wish other people would too, even though a few of my ‘rules’ are actually opinions. Some of the rules are not so much rules for debate, more rules you should live by if you want me to value your opinion. Put it this way, the more of my rules that you break, the less highly will I rate your opinion.

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'The Louisiana Gator Boys' being...

B. B. King, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Gary U.S. Bonds, Eric Clapton, Clarence Clemons, Jack DeJohnette, Bo Diddley, Jon Faddis, Isaac Hayes, Dr. John, Tommy "Pipes" McDonnell, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Preston, Lou Rawls, Joshua Redman, Paul Shaffer, Koko Taylor, Travis Tritt, Jimmie Vaughan, Grover Washington Jr., Willie Weeks, Steve Winwood...

and a few more.

Blues Brothers 2000 (sequel to the original film) is a largely terrible film almost saved by a great soundtrack. This is the best song.

And if you'd prefer the clip from the film that includes the song, you can watch this video. I warn you though, it's not a good film. (Of course the original is a classic. The best musical of all time, in my opinion.)

A different kind of PC

I came across a new politically-correct term this morning. Apparently now, if you wish to refer to a lady who is not white, you should refer to her as a "woman of color". (American spelling because obviously this sort of thing usually comes from the US, or at least, certain parts of the US.) You can abbreviate this term to its acronym, "woc".

I am amused to see that referring to someone as a "colored woman" is horrendously racist and evil, but referring to the same person as a "woman of color" is entirely acceptable.

I am similarly amused to see that referring to someone as a "woc" is politically correct, but referring to the same person as a "wog" would be horrendously racist and evil. I genuinely look forward to seeing some earnest social justice type trying to be PC and saying "woc" being misheard as saying "wog" and subsequently being ostracised.

I can never decide if the people who make these rules are stupid or evil. Maybe some are stupid, some are evil. Maybe some are both.

Time for a new PC...

My main gaming PC ('Khamul') died this week. It was pretty old for a gaming PC - I'd been starting to think about upgrading when I was made redundant in 2013. In fact, it dates back to 2011 - five years old is pretty geriatric for a gaming PC, but it was a high end gaming PC when I built it and that accounts for its longevity.

When I opened it up, a chief suspect in its demise was immediately apparent:

(I bet you're wondering what those are, aren't you?)

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Booky booky meme from eledonecirrhosa

1. What fiction book are you reading now?
Memories of Ice, by Steven Erikson. Third in the Malazan Book of the Fallen epic fantasy series.

2. What non-fiction book are you reading now?
I'm not.

3. What were your favourite books as a child?
The Railway Series (aka Thomas the Tank Engine) and the Target Doctor Who novelisations.

4. What’s the earliest book you remember reading?
Something about a lion in the garden. I can picture it, but I've forgotten the title. If anyone can enlighten me, feel free to.

5. Were you given annuals at Christmas as a child?
Yes, although for the most part, they were a bit crap. The Terry Nation Dalek Annuals were the exception.

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Football Manager Update

2024 Champions League Final

Manchester United 1 - 0 Manchester City

The second consecutive all-Manchester final, with the same result. Young Daniel Millar with the United winner.

De Gea
Geiger   Jones   San Martin   Shaw
Pogba   Bell (Thiago)
Januzaj (Koke)   Millar   Memphis
Kaczmarek (Munir)

Paredes (Crisetig)   Nastasic   Zouma   Collier
D'Andrea   Rodriguez
Messi   Guerin (Martial)

44 Questions Meme...

...courtesy of prester_scott and allaboutweather .

Back when LJ was busier, we used to get a lot of this sort of thing. I miss that.

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