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      The whole premise of The Matrix - that computers were using humans as a power source. The amount of energy required to keep the humans alive will always be greater than the amount of energy they produce, because of entropy and imperfect energy transfers. Even in an ideal world the energy out can’t be greater than the energy in. It’s a pretty painfully huge and obvious mistake in an otherwise pretty well thought out movie.

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      In The Fast and the Furious, in Brian’s first race against Dom, when he’s about to hit his nitrous oxide button, his laptop flashes something like, “Warning! Danger to Manifold!” There are many things that could be going wrong with his engine in this particular situation, but his manifold is certainly not one of them. Then part of the floor of the car falls out, which is also not something that would happen. Then after the race, Dom chides Brian for “Not double clutching like you should…” Double clutching is a technique for DOWN shifting and would never be used in a drag race. In a movie specifically targeted at car enthusiasts, it seems like the writers could have done at least a quick consult with someone who knows a lot about cars.

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      In the late 80s my mom taught high school at a very rural school in South Carolina. One of the students from her school was out driving very fast late one night when a local cop clocked and began chasing him. The kid turned off his headlights, I guess hoping the cop wouldn’t see when he turned onto a new road… but before he could get to one, he crashed - at an estimated 100mph - into a cow which had escaped from a nearby pasture and was wandering down the road. Neither the student nor the cow survived.

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      My wife’s best friend ever since freshman year of high school, let’s call her Amy, was very close to both of us, we did things together almost every week, for years. Then one day Amy calls me up and says she thinks my wife is having an affair, and gave me all of these specific reasons, but made me promise not to say anything because it would lead back to her and she didn’t want any trouble. She was also telling my wife that she had seen me driving around with and having romantic lunches with another girl, but also swore her to silence. After several months of more claims like this, leading to increasing paranoia and distrust, my wife and I decided to go to therapy, where the whole thing finally came out. When we confronted Amy, she couldn’t even explain why she did it, she just started crying and said she never wanted to speak to us again. That was it. The whole thing was so horrible and weird. It’ been 11 years since the breakup and my wife still gets upset about it.

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      I’m entirely self-taught, and it wasn’t pretty at first. I think a turning point was finding a cookbook that both gave basic beginner cooking tips and had recipes that were simple enough but still made good food- it was The Frugal Gourmet by Jeff Smith. Once there was a few good dishes that I could make well every time and people started to compliment my cooking, I was hooked, and with practice was able to move up to more complicated and impressive dishes. I would also recommend buying the best pots/pans and knives you can. Cooking with cheap tools can be pretty miserable, even if you know what you’re doing.

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      When I realize I’m badly depressed, the first thing I try to do is drink at least 2 liters of water within the first three or four hours, because a while back I discovered that I can get dehydrated without realizing and it makes my depression much worse. It also usually helps if I can find somewhere to go play a pickup game of my favorite sport, Ultimate Frisbee. When I’m on the field actively playing a team sport there’s no time to stew in whatever’s bothering me, and sometimes that little break from my own thoughts is enough to de-escalate the situation enough to make it more manageable.

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      The year is 1992, I’m 16, and I get a new girlfriend I’m super excited about. My parents suggest that she come over and we all watch a rented movie together. So I go by Blockbuster and pick up The Doors, which I figured would work because hey, my parents are from the 60s and I like their music okay too.  Turns out this movie has a lot of freaky sex in it. Rather then tell us to turn it off like normal parents would do, mine begin joking about it and making comments like “oh hey, we’ve never tried that!” “Ooh, are they using blood for lube?” etc etc. I was mortified.

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      In our early 20s, my wife and I went whitewater rafting and camping in West Virginia with some of our friends. Back in college my buddies and I had done this as a ‘guys weekend’ twice and this time the girls wanted to be included. First, early on during the whitewater part of the trip, the raft flipped at the top of a class V rapid, spilling us all into a recirculating hydraulic which had us trapped underwater, violently banging up against rocks and each other for a good 20 seconds at least. We all emerged bruised, bleeding, and terrified. I had lost a shoe and had a big gash in one leg

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      Chef, with Jon Favreau. I recommend this to friends all the time and nobody seems to have even heard of it, but once they watch it they love it too. It’s got a ridiculous all-star cast (John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johnansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, and Robert Downey Jr), lots of great laughs, a heartwarming plot, and a million great scenes of food that will make you want to cook some amazing food.

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      In 9th grade I had a crush on this athletic, tomboyish girl at my school, so I recruited a mutual friend to find out if she would be interested in me. She sent back a question: “Are you straight?” I was puzzled but replied that I was. Afterwards she avoided me like crazy. I had no idea what happened until years later, after she publically came out as a lesbian, and explained that she thought I was a gay guy looking for a ‘beard’ (fake girlfriend) and could tell she was a lesbian.

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      I do some coaching of high school students and I find number one a bit off… there are some kids who legitimately do make a conscious effort to make smart, well informed decisions, and many kids of the same age who are just as reckless and naïve as you’d expect of their age. I think the kids who make an effort to live maturely deserve some recognition. I’d also disagree with number six, a lot of misery can come from that kind of thinking. Sure, a few people will score a lucky break, but pretty much all of the people I graduated with who did what they were really passionate about (things like theater or art or philosophy) are mostly working two jobs waiting tables or the like now, not doing what they love. They don’t even have enough time, energy, or money left over to do what they love as a hobby. So I advise kids to always sanity check those dream plans against what fields are actually hiring, and with what you can expect to actually earn a living off of. That sucks, I know, but will save you many decades of unhappy living.

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      He’s kind of rude about it, in that normal conservative way, but I’d say it’s not illogical to make getting public assistance contingent on trying to improve your position in life, or at least not make it worse.  If your brother-in-law came around and asked you to give him $500 so he wouldn’t get evicted, and you later found out he upgraded to a cable package that you can’t even afford yourself, wouldn’t you be ticked? Wouldn’t that affect whether or not you gave him anything the next time he came around asking for “help”?

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      re 13, in rape discussions, feminists often object to people saying things like, “you should take commonsense precautions to personal safety in much the same way you wouldn’t leave your car door unlocked or your wallet unattended”. They say you can’t compare property crime with a deeply personal crime like rape, and that you should focus on educating men to not rape rather than educating women to avoid being raped. For what it’s worth, I agree that getting raped is far more devestating than getting your wallet or car stolen, but the real crux of the comparison is that - you’re never going to “educate” criminally minded people into doing the right thing. No matter how hard you try, no matter how tough you get on crime, some people are always going to take what they want without regards to who they hurt, regardless of their risk of going to prison. Some men hate women so deeply that they pretty much just live to hurt them. There’s no educating those guys. (And I’m not just talking about back-alley rapists.) And so, while it’s absolutely necessary to teach people of all genders about how consent works and the importance of positively obtaining it, it’s also important to teach people about how to watch out for those who won’t be educated, and how to avoid the traps they set.

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      My parents to me when I was probably about 14 or 15 and not performing as well in school as I should have been: “As soon as you’re no longer in school or you get married, you’re on your own; you can’t live here anymore and we won’t support you. Better start arranging things now to build the kind of life you want.”  This really helped me appreciate the gravity of my choices, and drove me to plan more carefully and work harder than I probably would have otherwise.

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      I don’t think anyone is really fighting over what the movement should call itself, it’s more that we’re fighting over whether we want to be included in a group which seems to have absorbed quite a lot of extremist elements and don’t seem very interested in expelling them or denouncing their teachings. Let’s reframe: If I were in a contra dancing group, and suddenly a bunch of white supremacists joined, I might choose to leave the group and form a new group with a different name, so as to avoid association with white supremacists… or I might loudly and strongly denounce the supremacists and fight hard to get them out of my group. But the one thing you can’t do is say, “well, I don’t agree with those guys, but there’s plenty of room under this tent for everyone, so…” As long as feminism is tolerant of people who “keep a bottle of male tears chilled at all times” it’s going to have perception problems that will limit how wide and quickly the message can spread.

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