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  1. SpaceX--Spacecraft, rockets, and Mars

    I haven't contributed much to this thread but it's my favourite one to read because, like you say, it always cheers me up. Can't take the sky from me.
  2. Where the fuck is his chin? On a totally separate note, here's a little levity amongst tragedy:
  3. Whisk(e)y

    I do like me some Bushmills.
  4. Daylight savings time sucks spring 2017!!!

    Man, I don't get how people's routines can be so rigid that an hour's difference twice a year is worth getting upset about. My normal sleep patterns can vary by four hours on any given night anyway.
  5. Whisk(e)y

    Picked up a bottle of Laphroaig 10 for £25 the other day which I'm pretty happy about. Laphroaig is definitely my go-to for good quality, affordable whisky at the moment. Haven't had much exposure to bourbon, though I've enjoyed most of what I've tried. Makers Mark is probably my favourite out of what I've actually had a chance to drink. I think I've had Rye a few times as well? Can't really remember to be honest. I think it was Crown Royal.
  6. Again, being charitable, I think what he's trying to say is that whilst consent is always required by both parties, a man's consent is generally assumed to already exist. If you subscribe to the view that men must take the proactive role in the vast majority of cases, then if a man doesn't consent then he simply doesn't approach in the first place, and therefore the interaction for which consent would be required doesn't take place at all. Under this paradigm men give consent by asking for sex, and women then choose to give or withold their own consent by answering. Not a view I personally subscribe to, by the way.
  7. Eh, if I'm being extremely charitable I see it more as him saying that whilst men and women don't have any real difference in sexual appetite, society as a whole still expects men to be more proactive about it in general. I'd say that this is kinda true? But it's as much a product of demonisation of female sexuality as it about expectations placed on men.
  8. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    Carpenter Brut - Paradise Warfare
  9. Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    Damn, that sucks. Injury sucks. I had foot issues for years as well. This probably won't sound very motivating, but what worked for me was backing off from the particular activities that were exacerbating the pain, but I accept that isn't really a solution if that activity is something you're particularly passionate about. Hang in there.
  10. Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    Nice one, it really is a good feeling isn't it. I haven't posted here in a while. I'm finding that I have no problem working out regularly at the moment, but I'm not sticking to any particular routine. For example, I was supposed to do a free weight strength session today at lunch. Got changed and found I just couldn't be arsed with waiting for a free squat rack, loading up the bar, warm-up sets etc. So I just picked up a kettlebell and did a conditioning session instead. Or last week when I had a run planned out but bailed at the last mintued and did a skipping circuit instead. On the one hand, at least I'm doing some work rather than dropping sessions completely. But without the consistency I'm not really making any regular improvements. I think that part of the problem is that I don't really know what my goals are at the moment, and it's difficult to work towards something that you have yet to define.
  11. Yeah, I think we're on the same page. It's not cool to be an emotional vampire. And there's definitely a huge difference between someone who is genuinely comfortable just dealing with their own emotions in their own way in their own time, and someone who relies utterly on the support of one person whilst also claiming not to need it and mocking others who do.
  12. John Wick 2 is awesome, but not quite as good as the first one. The choreography, visual design, cinematography and music were all top-notch but it was less restrained than the original. That's not a criticism per se but I personally preferred chapter one's more downbeat nature.
  13. I absolutely agree that we need to de-stigmatise the idea of men having close, open, emotionally intimate friendships with each other. We need to de-stigmatise the idea of men being vulnerable and willing to ask for help and support. We also need to be careful not to overcompensate and end up criticising men who are actually fine with being somewhat more stoic and reticent. And for that matter, it should also be perfectly fine for women to also prefer to keep their emotions to themselves without being called a bitch, haughty, ice-queen etc. I don't think that we're approaching that point yet, but when I have this discussion with people it's often framed as if emotional openness is good and emotional reticence is bad. Some people are naturally more comfortable with keeping their emotions and their vulnerabilities largely to themselves, without it being a case of repression. I want to see men more willing to open up, and society more accepting of men opening up, but not to the extent that men who choose not to are criticised instead. I'd rather the conversation be about recognising that different people have different emotional needs regardless of gender.
  14. US Politics: Redefining National Security

    It's less about qualifications and more about how he has publically stated his goal is to destroy the federal government.