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Jonman
QUOTE (Forever Unknown @ Nov 22 2004, 09:30 PM)
Dear McJonman,

Firstly - 'ello, how're you?

Secondly - I have an exam on Friday. I've found myself becoming Procrasto-Woman (babadaaaa!) and really struggled with getting any revision done. I've been trying to get some done for the past week but only done 20 pages of 77 (and there's another booklet I've got to learn yet, too).

I tend to learn best by reading and writing my notes as I go (having people talk at me doesn't seem to help). This is slow and tedious. Any tips and tricks for making this any easier, quicker, or more effective?

Many thanks,

Kim the McKim
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Firstly - allright. Bit bored at work, but aren't we all?

Second - what, other than actually learning the stuff? Absolutely. Dissolve all your textbooks overnight in a bathtub of jelly. Heat gently to bring the information out of the books and into solution. Climb into the knowledge broth, and slowly sip until it's all gone.

Alternativey, give Mind Maps a go (follow the linkedy-link). I've used these to good effect in the past. They're essentially hypertext for your head.
LoLo
Dear Jonman,

In class today we learned that some people believe that All are one, in the sense that there is one individual who is thinking up all individuals and if you think you are seperate you are mistaken.

Any thoughts on this?

-Lo
Jonman
Just 'cos some dude with an impressive beard said it don't make it true, Lo.

Watch, I'll demonstrate (it's worth noting that I have a beard - you'll have to pretend to be impressed by it for the full effect).

"Mice are stronger than Bill Clinton, and have had more number 1 hits than Diana Ross and Elvis put together"

See?

However, if we are to assume (for the sake of argument) that your hypothesis is correct, then that highly imaginative individual is one sick, sick f*****r. But really, while it's theoretically plausible, it's about as realistic as our existence being fabricated by a race of super-evolved machines who use humans in pods as an energy source.

*watches black cat walk through doorway twice*

Errr, I have to go.
the lil' pie fairy
Dear Jonman,

I brought my lovely other half a Robosapien for Crimbo, as I understand men and gizmos, and like them a lot myself. (I think I've asked you before if I am actually a man. But never mind.)
How do I resist the temptation to unpackage it, play with it, figure out all how it works and then somehow try and repackage it again?
It's just begging to be tinkered with blink.gif

Yours, gadget-loving girl x
Aria
Dear Jonman,
Since you are so experienced in the ways of the world, I am going to ask you for dating advice. My problem is that while I seem to be attracted to very nice boys, they're either already taken, or they're supershy. Now, since I'm not about to go breaking up someone else's relationship, how do I figure out whether or not a guy is taken, if he's not married, and doesn't have his girlfriend around? Or alternately, how do I make shy guys less shy? There's this one guy I absolutely loved spending time with, but... He never *did* anything. He didn't try to kiss me, hold my hand or anything! Is something wrong with me? tongue.gif
Pab
Some guys'll do that (sorry for butting in, Jonman) ... I swear, and as a guy, I've had cases where girls have been basically screaming "I want to shag you !!!" and I've completely failed to get the message. Completely. There is a whole breed of man out there that simply DOES NOT hear the message, and needs it to be PLAINLY spelled out. No doubts. The alternative is to wait for the chap to finally actually start contemplating the possibility that this girl is "actually interested" and to face up to the fact that they then have to come up with some kind of "move" ... Surprise him ... he's gagging for it ...
Aria
QUOTE (Pab @ Nov 24 2004, 10:14 PM)
Some guys'll do that (sorry for butting in, Jonman) ... I swear, and as a guy, I've had cases where girls have been basically screaming "I want to shag you !!!" and I've completely failed to get the message. Completely. There is a whole breed of man out there that simply DOES NOT hear the message, and needs it to be PLAINLY spelled out. No doubts. The alternative is to wait for the chap to finally actually start contemplating the possibility that this girl is "actually interested" and to face up to the fact that they then have to come up with some kind of "move" ... Surprise him ... he's gagging for it ...
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Right, but if I asked him out, isn't that generally a good indicator that I'm interested in him? huh.gif
Jonman
QUOTE (the lil' pie fairy @ Nov 23 2004, 04:29 PM)
Dear Jonman,

I brought my lovely other half a Robosapien for Crimbo, as I understand men and gizmos, and like them a lot myself. (I think I've asked you before if I am actually a man. But never mind.)
How do I resist the temptation to unpackage it, play with it, figure out all how it works and then somehow try and repackage it again?
It's just begging to be tinkered with blink.gif

Yours, gadget-loving girl x
*


I'm going to resist the temptation to make cheap 'Inspect Her Gadget' jokes....oh bugger - seems I've failed in that attempt.

Anyway, you have (as ever) a few options.

( 1 ): Unpackage it, have a play, then lie through your teeth come Christmas. "The box was knackered, and I didn't want to give you a shoddy looking present", "That's how it came - I know, crazy, isn't it?"

( 2 ): Unpackage it, have a play, then take it back to the shop and try to get a refund for an unwanted birthday gift. Then go to another shop, and get another, prisine one.

( 3 ): Resist the temptation. Yeah, right.
Jonman
QUOTE (Aria @ Nov 24 2004, 08:48 PM)
Dear Jonman,
Since you are so experienced in the ways of the world, I am going to ask you for dating advice. My problem is that while I seem to be attracted to very nice boys, they're either already taken, or they're supershy. Now, since I'm not about to go breaking up someone else's relationship, how do I figure out whether or not a guy is taken, if he's not married, and doesn't have his girlfriend around? Or alternately, how do I make shy guys less shy? There's this one guy I absolutely loved spending time with, but... He never *did* anything. He didn't try to kiss me, hold my hand or anything! Is something wrong with me? tongue.gif
*


Well, call me crazy, but probably the best way to find out if he's taken is to ask him. This serves the dual purpose of not only finding out, but also of making him aware that you're interested. It's revolutionary, I know, but I'm like that. Of course, this does leave you open to the possibility of him (a) saying he is taken, in which case, he'll more than likely be flattered, (cool.gif saying that he's taken, then making a pass at you anyway, which will then prove that he's not the kind of guy you want to hand the keys to your knickers to anyway, or © saying that he's not taken. And Robert's your parent's sibling's monkey.

As for making guys less shy, wel that's a tricky one. Pab's hit the nail on the nose when he says that a lot of guys are basically immune to flirting and need a big painted sign saying "Please ravish me this instant" to be thrust into their face at speed. Sometimes repeatedly. In fact, I'm one of them. When I first met the wife, it pretty much took her giving me an ultimatum along the lines of "Right, you have two choices, bedroom, or more videogames" before I managed to sort myself out.

So it may well be that the onus is on you to make the first move. It is a new millenium and all that - it's perfectly socially acceptable for a lass to jump a guy's bones these days. Give it a go. Maybe you'll see how difficult and nervewracking it can be, and will gain an appreciation for why some guys suck so bad at it.
LoLo
Dear Jonman,

You seem to be the only one online when I get home from school at night. Why are you up this early/late?

-Lo
Jonman
QUOTE (LoLo @ Nov 25 2004, 07:25 AM)
Dear Jonman,

You seem to be the only one online when I get home from school at night.  Why are you up this early/late?

-Lo
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It's a little thing called work, honey. I mean, obviously, it's not, because I'm replying to this post, but I am at least at work. I tend to post in quiet times, and especially when I'm running simulations and tests, which are automated, and only require me to glance over at them every now and again to make sure they don't fall over. Anyway, more to the point, what the hell are you doing getting home from school so late? Naughty girl been kept back in detention?
LoLo
QUOTE (Jonman @ Nov 24 2004, 11:31 PM)
QUOTE (LoLo @ Nov 25 2004, 07:25 AM)
Dear Jonman,

You seem to be the only one online when I get home from school at night. Why are you up this early/late?

-Lo
*


It's a little thing called work, honey. I mean, obviously, it's not, because I'm replying to this post, but I am at least at work. I tend to post in quiet times, and especially when I'm running simulations and tests, which are automated, and only require me to glance over at them every now and again to make sure they don't fall over. Anyway, more to the point, what the hell are you doing getting home from school so late? Naughty girl been kept back in detention?
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My school is an hour away, my class doesn't get out until 9:45 p.m. and I had one assignment to turn in before midnight for my online English course so I'm temporarily still up. Sometimes when I stop at Taco Bell I'm not home until 11 or 11:20. *gasp* (currently it's 11:35 p.m. where I'm at)
Jonman
QUOTE (LoLo @ Nov 25 2004, 07:34 AM)
QUOTE (Jonman @ Nov 24 2004, 11:31 PM)
QUOTE (LoLo @ Nov 25 2004, 07:25 AM)
Dear Jonman,

You seem to be the only one online when I get home from school at night. Why are you up this early/late?

-Lo
*


It's a little thing called work, honey. I mean, obviously, it's not, because I'm replying to this post, but I am at least at work. I tend to post in quiet times, and especially when I'm running simulations and tests, which are automated, and only require me to glance over at them every now and again to make sure they don't fall over. Anyway, more to the point, what the hell are you doing getting home from school so late? Naughty girl been kept back in detention?
*


My school is an hour away, my class doesn't get out until 9:45 p.m. and I had one assignment to turn in before midnight for my online English course so I'm temporarily still up. Sometimes when I stop at Taco Bell I'm not home until 11 or 11:20. *gasp* (currently it's 11:35 p.m. where I'm at)
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Mmm, taco bell. How I miss thee.
LoLo
QUOTE (Jonman @ Nov 25 2004, 12:22 AM)
Mmm, taco bell. How I miss thee.
*

Dear Jonman,

If you ever make it back to the States, the best time to get Taco Bell is right before 11 pm because they actually take the time to make good food, since not a lot of people are there.

Sincerely,
Lo
Mutilation
Yes it's me, the guy who asks questions about STDs his friends have.

Dear Jesusman,

What is the worst Britpop ever? Could this be answered? If it can, you're the man for the job.

That guy
CommieBastard
Jon O'Man,

Today, of course, is Thanksgiving. The question I'm sure we all want answered* is: whom are the Americans thanking, and for what?

Sincerely,
Commie O'Bastard.

*with the exception, presumably, of those celebrating the holiday.
Jonman
QUOTE (Mutilation @ Nov 25 2004, 05:19 PM)
Yes it's me, the guy who asks questions about STDs his friends have.

Dear Jesusman,

            What is the worst Britpop ever? Could this be answered? If it can, you're the man for the job.

                                  That guy
*


Despite the beard, the awesome wisdom, and the supernatural charm, I'm not Jesus.

Anyway, the worst Britpop. Take your bloody pick really, there's a buttload of it. Menswear and Suede are two that spring immediately to mind. *shudder*
Jonman
QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Nov 25 2004, 09:38 PM)
Jon O'Man,

Today, of course, is Thanksgiving. The question I'm sure we all want answered* is: whom are the Americans thanking, and for what?

Sincerely,
Commie O'Bastard.

*with the exception, presumably, of those celebrating the holiday.
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Errm. I think it's thanking the native americans who fed the pilgrims during their first winter after landfall. Just checked that with my resident US trivia expert, and she reckons so too.

"Thanks very much. Now give us all your land, and we'll kill a shedload of you. In return, our anscestors will make some token gestures by way of apology, and you can have all the casinos you want."
Jaq
QUOTE (Pab @ Nov 25 2004, 07:14 AM)
Some guys'll do that (sorry for butting in, Jonman) ... I swear, and as a guy, I've had cases where girls have been basically screaming "I want to shag you !!!" and I've completely failed to get the message. Completely. There is a whole breed of man out there that simply DOES NOT hear the message, and needs it to be PLAINLY spelled out. No doubts.
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That kind of guy is by far preferable to the ones that are convinced you want them more than life itself because you haven't kicked them in the gonads yet.
him - So, you coming up, baby?
her - What?
him - Are you going to come up?
her - Why would I do that?
him - You were checking me out all night. You totally want to come up to my place. Don't deny it, are you a cock tease?
her - *insert less than polite response here*
him - *insert less than flattering description of her here*

Clueless guys are alot better.. I won't even mention the men who actually understand signals that girls give.

/hijacking of Jonman's thread
snooodlysnoosnoosnoodle
Dear Jonman,

Is it bad that my physics coursework, that is due in by 1pm and I've been up all night doing, is only just starting to make sense to me?

yours,
definately not a physicist
LoLo
Dear Jonman,

This psychic keeps e-mailing me telling me that I'm going to come into some money and then puts a cut off date. Once the cut off date passes I get a new e-mail telling me I'm coming into some money and has a new cut off date. Should I pay the psychic the 50 dollars she asked for to tell me how I'm coming into my money for this new cut off date? laugh.gif

Sincerely,
Psychically Challenged
Jonman
QUOTE (Jaq @ Nov 26 2004, 03:07 AM)
Clueless guys are alot better..  I won't even mention the men who actually understand signals that girls give. 

/hijacking of Jonman's thread
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It's my theory that such men are either:

( a ) : transexuals
( b ) : transvestives
( c ) : psychics
or
( d ) : spies

No ordinary man would have such powers.
Jonman
QUOTE (snoo @ Nov 26 2004, 06:03 AM)
Dear Jonman,

Is it bad that my physics coursework, that is due in by 1pm and I've been up all night doing, is only just starting to make sense to me?

yours,
definately not a physicist
*

Well, count your blessings. At least it's making sense now.

Anyway, physics is easy.

First, there was Newton. He invented physics while having a kip under a tree. Then Einsten came along, got bored with clocks, and invented bombs, which was lucky, because one of his relatives was a General. A chap called Schrodinger had a cat in a box that might be dead, but we're not sure because some bloke called Heisenberg wasn't certain. There's another bloke called Planck, and he's the shortest that it's possible to be. Particles are really friendly, which is why they're always waving. And quarks are like yogurt: they have stupid flavours. Then Hawking rolled up (literally), and messed everything up by telling us that black holes are neither black, nor holes.
Jonman
QUOTE (LoLo @ Nov 26 2004, 07:00 AM)
Dear Jonman,

This psychic keeps e-mailing me telling me that I'm going to come into some money and then puts a cut off date.  Once the cut off date passes I get a new e-mail telling me I'm coming into some money and has a new cut off date.  Should I pay the psychic the 50 dollars she asked for to tell me how I'm coming into my money for this new cut off date?  laugh.gif

Sincerely,
Psychically Challenged
*


That's odd. I keep getting emails from Nigerian psychics who can enlarge my spam harpoon because my ebay account has been compromised by farmyard sluts.

I suggest you set up a bogus junk email account, and send comedy replies to the so-called psychics. Ask them what currency the money will be coming in. Tell them that Bolivian Escudo's are no good to you since your local pinball palace doesn't take Escudo's. Ask them if they want bank account details, or credit card details, and whether they want you to send them your passport and/or birth certificate. Then ask them if they want their own meat'n'two'veg enlarged by 412%. For a very reasonable price, of course.
the lil' pie fairy
Dear Jonman,

What are the flavours of quarks??

Yours, Pie x
Ashbless
QUOTE (Pab @ Nov 24 2004, 03:14 PM)
Some guys'll do that (sorry for butting in, Jonman) ... I swear, and as a guy, I've had cases where girls have been basically screaming "I want to shag you !!!" and I've completely failed to get the message. Completely. There is a whole breed of man out there that simply DOES NOT hear the message, and needs it to be PLAINLY spelled out. No doubts. The alternative is to wait for the chap to finally actually start contemplating the possibility that this girl is "actually interested" and to face up to the fact that they then have to come up with some kind of "move" ... Surprise him ... he's gagging for it ...
*


And then there are the fellows who get said message clearly, aren't really interested and are now very difficult to reach even as a friend.

J-man,

If you've made such a relationship blunder. How do you tell the guy that you won't mention a yearning for him ever again if he'd ignore it ever happened and go back to being friends? Is it just too uncomfortable?

Yours,
Missing the talk, sushi and videogames.
Ashbless
Dear Jonman,

I think I'm losing my memory. I have a mental note that I'm meeting someone to do something tonight. I can't remember who or what. Any idea how to prevent this memory loss from getting worse?

Sincerely,
Er, what was my question again?
arachnidoc17
Dear Jonman,

Are there any movies with McDowell as the villian you recommend seeing? I really haven't seen that much of him and I've heard he's a great actor.

-The 'Doc
Jaq
Jonman: heya. I feel like crap. Should I go to work tomorrow? If I don't my co-workers have to fill in for me and I was sick not four weeks ago. I don't want to take another sick day. If I do, I can't talk and that's kind of important.
ow ow ow, Jaq
Feyliya
Dear Jonman the Omnipotent,

I have a hypothesis that I posted on this thread. Does this theory make any sense to you? And if it does, how do you think it would work? I have quoted myself below for your convenience.

QUOTE (Feyliya @ Nov 28 2004, 07:48 AM)
I personally believe that homosexuality is a trait that is naturally hardwired into all animals' genes as a safeguard against overpopulation.  When all other safeguards fail and we begin to endanger ourselves and the environment, the gene begins to kick in.  I'm not sure how it would work that way, but I am sure that there is a way it could be possible.  Hmm...  Maybe I should ask Jonman...
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Deeply Interested,
Your Favorite Feyliya
a_line_in_your_book
QUOTE (arachnidoc17 @ Nov 28 2004, 03:31 AM)
Dear Jonman,

Are there any movies with McDowell as the villian you recommend seeing? I really haven't seen that much of him and I've heard he's a great actor.

-The 'Doc
*

McDowell??? As in the one and only great GOD of the same surname, Malcolm? *faints* If so...i LOVE him.
If you haven't already done so, watch 'A Clockwork Orange' and 'If...' immediately and get back to me because no one else is a fully-fledged fan!
XxXxX
a_line_in_your_book
Dear Jonman,
I'm gathering the vibe that you're somewhat of a legend on this here forum so i decided to challenge you with my latest worry.
There are 2 guys i like. Guy A: Is interested. Is conventionally good-looking. Nice, but sometimes unwilling to make effort. I don't see him often. Guy B: Is probably not interested. I see him often. We have a fair bit in common.
Lol well that isn't telling you a lot but i'm being shouted at to get off the internet so that will have to do for you to place your divine choice upon.
XxX
Snugglebum the Destroyer
Dear Jonman,

I have three cats. The oldest of the bunch (Sacha) at all of 6 years, has been spending a lot of her time two doors down. It started about two years ago that she'd sit outside their front window and wait for the kids to come home. I had no problem with this as she always came home for food and I just assumed that she was there A) for the kids and cool.gif because she didn't like our new cat.

About two months ago, I heard from a neighbour that they had started letting her in and feeding her. Again, I wasn't worried as she still came home for food.

Just now, she waltzed in the window for food. Lo and behold, the motherf****s have put a collar on her.

So, knee jerk reaction is to take the collar off and post it through their door. Possibly after I've wiped my arse on it.

So, I'm not too bothered about losing my cat. She's been getting more and more anti - social since I had a child and she likes it over there. I do take exception to the fact that they did not ask my permission to collar her. I don't put animals in collars, I hate collars in fact. Admittadly, I don't speak to them often - but you'd think that they would at least have the courtousy to ask me.

I'll be writing a letter tomorrow asking if they want her full time. Cats are fickle creatures and tend to choose their owners.

Perhaps I should've written this in my live journal? wink.gif

Anyway, aren't my neighboursd rude?

Yours

Dazed and seriously confused
Jonman
QUOTE (the lil' pie fairy @ Nov 26 2004, 03:45 PM)
Dear Jonman,

What are the flavours of quarks??

Yours, Pie x
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Up, down, top, bottom, strange and charm.

Told you.
Jonman
QUOTE (Ashbless @ Nov 26 2004, 05:50 PM)
QUOTE (Pab @ Nov 24 2004, 03:14 PM)
Some guys'll do that (sorry for butting in, Jonman) ... I swear, and as a guy, I've had cases where girls have been basically screaming "I want to shag you !!!" and I've completely failed to get the message. Completely. There is a whole breed of man out there that simply DOES NOT hear the message, and needs it to be PLAINLY spelled out. No doubts. The alternative is to wait for the chap to finally actually start contemplating the possibility that this girl is "actually interested" and to face up to the fact that they then have to come up with some kind of "move" ... Surprise him ... he's gagging for it ...
*


And then there are the fellows who get said message clearly, aren't really interested and are now very difficult to reach even as a friend.

J-man,

If you've made such a relationship blunder. How do you tell the guy that you won't mention a yearning for him ever again if he'd ignore it ever happened and go back to being friends? Is it just too uncomfortable?

Yours,
Missing the talk, sushi and videogames.
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This is the kind of situation where it's a nigh-on-impossible task to give a definitive generalised answer to a particular problem. However, I like a challenge, I do, so I'll give it a go.

I suggest using a combination of the written word presented through the media of interpretive dance. Using children's crayons, scrawl your message on some cardboard you've stolen off a homeless person. Wait until your target is in the most public place possible (lunch hall at school would be ideal if you're still at school). Then, having donned your costume (home-made, natch, from light gauzy fabrics, glitter and spit), approach him while beginning the dance, tailoring your movements to convey nervousness, apprehension and fear. Try and emulate a one-winged sparrow being pursused by a rabid badger. Upon reaching him, activate your chakras, and thrust your message into his face, then embark on a series of pirouette's, intended to show elation, release, and the lifting of the clouds from your aura. Make your exit by crawling along the floor on your back, showing that your emotional buildup has been spent, and you need time ro recover, like a butterfly that has escaped from it's chrysalis, only to find that it's raining, and his beautiful new wings will not dry.

As for uncomfortable, yeah, I imagine it might be.
Jonman
QUOTE (Ashbless @ Nov 28 2004, 12:37 AM)
Dear Jonman,

I think I'm losing my memory.  I have a mental note that I'm meeting someone to do something tonight.  I can't remember who or what.  Any idea how to prevent this memory loss from getting worse?

Sincerely,
Er, what was my question again?
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Blimey. You mean you can normally remember things for more than 6 hours? I'm jealous.

*stares off into distance*

What now?
Jonman
QUOTE (arachnidoc17 @ Nov 28 2004, 03:31 AM)
Dear Jonman,

Are there any movies with McDowell as the villian you recommend seeing? I really haven't seen that much of him and I've heard he's a great actor.

-The 'Doc
*

Andie McDowell? Not really a villanous actor really. I mean, while she's a bit of a bitch in Groundhog Day, she's hardly a villain. And Four Weddings? Again, hardly a villain. Annoying, sure, but a villain? Nah.

Try Internet Movie Database. Blinking handy, that is.
Jonman
QUOTE (Jaq @ Nov 28 2004, 10:41 AM)
Jonman: heya.  I feel like crap.  Should I go to work tomorrow?  If I don't my co-workers have to fill in for me and I was sick not four weeks ago.  I don't want to take another sick day.  If I do, I can't talk and that's kind of important.
ow ow ow, Jaq
*

Might be a bit late. Still, it's nearly yesterday where you are as I write this blink.gif

I vote strongly for not going to work. I nearly didn't this morning, having had a mad few stressful weeks recently. Mind you, it always looks bad calling in sick on a Monday, doesn't it.

Actually, I suggest turning up to work, coughing and generally looking miserable and sorry for yourself, then going home sick at lunchtime. That way, you look willing and enthusiastic, while obviously ill.
Jonman
QUOTE (Feyliya @ Nov 28 2004, 04:03 PM)
Dear Jonman the Omnipotent,

I have a hypothesis that I posted on this thread.  Does this theory make any sense to you?  And if it does, how do you think it would work?  I have quoted myself below for your convenience.

QUOTE (Feyliya @ Nov 28 2004, 07:48 AM)
I personally believe that homosexuality is a trait that is naturally hardwired into all animals' genes as a safeguard against overpopulation. When all other safeguards fail and we begin to endanger ourselves and the environment, the gene begins to kick in. I'm not sure how it would work that way, but I am sure that there is a way it could be possible. Hmm... Maybe I should ask Jonman...
*


Deeply Interested,
Your Favorite Feyliya

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Actually, I disagree with your hypothesis. There's a number of what I consider flaws in it. Firstly, let's look a the first sentance, and the main thrust.
QUOTE
I personally believe that homosexuality is a trait that is naturally hardwired into all animals' genes as a safeguard against overpopulation.

Overpopulation is a non-issue in mainstream western society. We aren't short of resources or food. We aren't short of space to live, at least not to the point of actively competing for terroritory. Yet, homosexuality is still common. In order for your first hypothesis to be true, one would expect to see vastly higher rates of homosexuality in the developing world, where the effects of overpopulation are more acute - in the favalas of Rio de Janiro and the shanty towns of Johannasburg. I suspect that that is not the case, although I have no evidence either way.
Additionally, and on a wider biological lever, homosexualtiy in primates has been shown to be independant of population levels. In bonobos (a species of chimp), homosexuality is rife in their social groups. All individuals will have sex with all other individuals in a group, as part of the group bonding process. Info here...
Secondly...
QUOTE
When all other safeguards fail and we begin to endanger ourselves and the environment, the gene begins to kick in.

Again, I'm sceptical. As you say yourself, there needs to be some mechanism to drive the gene. Symptoms of overpopulation would include starvation, disease, and lack of access to resources. If at the point where a race is threatened by one or more of these factors, kicking in a homosexual gene would essentially be suicide on a species-wide basis. Because these factors are also going to be caused by epidemics, drought, and famine - precisely the time when the race needs to procreate to survive. Again as well, this part of the hypthesis fails to explain homosexuality in affluent societies.

You're also missing out any consideration of cultural aspects. Some societies and cultures are alot more accepting of homosexuality than others, and that's got to have an impact. If you're raised to believe that something is sinful and wrong, you're far less likely to choose to express that part of you, and are far more likely to repress it for fear of being reviled. It's an entirely seperate factor from any possible genetic connection to homosexuality.

Now, I'm not agreeing or disagreeing on whether homosexuality is genetic or not, just that explaining it as a survival mechanism against overpopulation is a flawed theory.
Jonman
QUOTE (a_line_in_your_book @ Nov 28 2004, 09:10 PM)
Dear Jonman,
I'm gathering the vibe that you're somewhat of a legend on this here forum so i decided to challenge you with my latest worry.
There are 2 guys i like. Guy A: Is interested. Is conventionally good-looking. Nice, but sometimes unwilling to make effort. I don't see him often. Guy B: Is probably not interested. I see him often. We have a fair bit in common.
Lol well that isn't telling you a lot but i'm being shouted at to get off the internet so that will have to do for you to place your divine choice upon.
XxX
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I am indeed a legend in my own mind.
So, by the sounds of things, you have one guy who's cute and interested, but lazy. And another guy who you've got loads more in common with, but isn't interested.

Neither sounds that appealing, right? Still, it depends on what you're looking for. If you're hunting for 'The One', then you're outta luck. If you're just looking for a bit of fun, a bit of canoodling and nothing too serious, then either could be good. First things first, you need to suss out whether Guy B is actually interested or not. If he is, go for it. If not, see what happens with Guy A.
Jonman
QUOTE (Snugglebum the Destroyer @ Nov 28 2004, 11:48 PM)
Dear Jonman,

I have three cats.  The oldest of the bunch (Sacha) at all of 6 years, has been spending a lot of her time two doors down.  It started about two years ago that she'd sit outside their front window and wait for the kids to come home.  I had no problem with this as she always came home for food and I just assumed that she was there A) for the kids and cool.gif because she didn't like our new cat.

About two months ago, I heard from a neighbour that they had started letting her in and feeding her.  Again, I wasn't worried as she still came home for food.

Just now, she waltzed in the window for food.  Lo and behold, the motherf****s have put a collar on her.

So, knee jerk reaction is to take the collar off and post it through their door.  Possibly after I've wiped my arse on it. 

So, I'm not too bothered about losing my cat.  She's been getting more and more anti - social since I had a child and she likes it over there.  I do take exception to the fact that they did not ask my permission to collar her.  I don't put animals in collars, I hate collars in fact.  Admittadly, I don't speak to them often - but you'd think that they would at least have the courtousy to ask me.

I'll be writing a letter tomorrow asking if they want her full time.  Cats are fickle creatures and tend to choose their owners.

Perhaps I should've written this in my live journal?  wink.gif

Anyway, aren't my neighboursd rude?

Yours

Dazed and seriously confused
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Bah. Cats are selfish b******s. If the cat doesn't love you anymore, get rid of the thing. What's the point in keeping a cat that doesn't want to be kept?

And no, I'm not a dog person, before you ask.

And before you get too shirty with your neighbours for putting a collar on the cat, think about what they're feeling about the cat - it sounds like they've been caring for it a while anyway.
snooodlysnoosnoosnoodle
dear Jonman,

I need to prove that carrots used to be blue, please help me with your superior google skills.

yours desperately,
funny coloured carrot girl
Ashbless
QUOTE (Jonman @ Nov 29 2004, 03:09 AM)
I suggest using a combination of the written word presented through the media of interpretive dance.
As for uncomfortable, yeah, I imagine it might be.
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laugh.gif I love the idea. Probably won't use it but I love the idea.
As for uncomfortable, well, I don't see him anymore do I? wink.gif smile.gif

My latest question,

In the midst of moving I have come across a bit of memorabilia. It's a signed, framed book cover from a fellow I used to date 7+ years ago. I'm tired of packing it around. Is it okay to ask the fellow if he'd like it back? He signed and gave it and I framed it. It could be in his stuff. What do you think?

Ashbless on the move.
Jonman
QUOTE (snoo @ Nov 29 2004, 01:19 PM)
dear Jonman,

I need to prove that carrots used to be blue, please help me with your superior google skills.

yours desperately,
funny coloured carrot girl
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Superior google skills indeed. Googling for 'blue carrots' yielded this site

which states...

"In Holland, the original red, purple, black, yellow, and white varietals were hybridized to today's bright orange, with its potent dose of beta carotene"

So, nowt about blue carrots, but many other colours. All other references to blue carrots were either due to their inclusion in Apple Jacks (a US breakfast cereal which has fruit shapes in them), or BlueCarrots, a UK ISP.
Jonman
QUOTE (Ashbless @ Nov 29 2004, 01:31 PM)
My latest question,

In the midst of moving I have come across a bit of memorabilia.  It's a signed, framed book cover from a fellow I used to date 7+ years ago.  I'm tired of packing it around.  Is it okay to ask the fellow if he'd like it back?  He signed and gave it and I framed it.  It could be in his stuff.  What do you think?

Ashbless on the move.
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Probably. If you parted on good terms, then 7 years is an acceptable time over which to return a present. If you parted on bad terms (like you slept with his brother, killed his dog, ate his sister and set fire to his house), then it's probably best if you steered clear of the guy.
Sir Psycho Sexy
Dear Jonman,

Where's Emmy and why isn't she answering any attempt I make at communication?

Sincerely,
p@
Mutilation
Dear G-Man (DAM YOU!),

How about that weather we're having? Damn cold ain't it? Onto the question. You, with your Leicester accent and all, have to try and say:

"I ran up the grass as fast as I could."

I tried it, it's hard to not get the accent in.
Greeneyes
Dear Man of Jon,

In all your planey (and hopefully other flying-thingy) type glory, can you shed some light onto why, on a fixed-pitch micro remote-control helicopter that worked perfectly (with the exception of extreme glitching due a break in the receiver aerial) before the receiver was changed to a functional one, should now experience issues such as no yaw, the gyro not gyrating, and the extremes in the cyclic channels causing the servos to glitch manically and also the throttle to increase or decrease?

Yours, conf00zed n00b
Aria
Dear Jonman, continuing from my last question, once you have determined that the guy you like does in fact have a girlfriend, and you still *like* him, what should you do? Would developing an obsession with Johnny Depp be of any help, do you think? Or should one hover like a vulture just in case him and his girlfriend will break up?

Now, I feel the last one is in rather bad taste, but I'm not sure how I could continue to develop my obsession with Johnny Depp, as it's fairly entrenched already.
Aria
Oh, and what the HELL do you do when you're meeting his girlfriend? Since I'm apparently going to do this on saturday.... What's the ettiquette involved? I plan on keeping my mouth shut about liking him, and all that, but urgh. I think it might be kind of awkward.
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