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Erik of Hazelfield

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  1. Erik of Hazelfield

    UK Politics: Deal, or No Deal. To May and Beyond.

    Heh. Inaction hero is now my new favourite word. Survives everything, fails to accomplish anything.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    My take: Stuff like that can happen to anyone. In reality though, it happens far more often to some people than to others. The odds that you stumbled on an orderly and respectful-to-other-people's-time person on his one bad day of the year are probably not so good compared to the other possible explanation.
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    I agree with Heartofice - the risks must be enormous. I can't imagine CRISPR is anywhere near as safe and well tested as human trials - on babies nonetheless - would require from an ethical viewpoint (but please correct me if I'm wrong). If a baby is born with some severe disability due to this... That's about as bad as it gets consequence-wise. I do agree with the idea of eradicating certain genetic disorders though, given that the method has been tested well enough. Take Duchenne muscular dystrophy, for example, where your muscles slowly fade away until you die of breathing failure in your early 30s or so. That kind of disease is absolutely horrible and we shouldn't let fear of genetical engineering stop us from trying to eradicating it. Science doesn't have to be a slippery slope even though it certainly can be.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    I grew a beard a month ago and since then I’ve hooked up with a girl who in no uncertain terms said I looked hot in it. That’s the first time since summer since I hooked up with anyone, so I say it’s the beard.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    I met a friend at a party yesterday. To everyone‘s surprise, he declined the offer of wine and instead asked for a glass of water. He also looked much fitter than I’d ever seen him. He usually drinks lots of beer (and I do mean a lot), smokes and does some other drugs too, and has a quite fragile mental health. But his new drug is exercise, he explained, and he was to get up early for a training session the next day, hence the water. I think this is super cool, that at the age of 36 you can have such an experience. He said he felt great being in good shape, being able to do things he never could do before. Just got a little inspired and wanted to share that.
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    Dutch man sues to change his legal age

    Ok I just now read the article. I guess the part that actually makes sense is that he wants to postpone his retirement benefits in exchange for a fair chance at getting a job. At that point I could sympathise with the public stunt that I thought it was - to highlight age discrimination. Then he said the part about not wanting to lie in dating apps and compared it to transgender rights and immediately he showed what an idiot and asshole he really is.
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    Dutch man sues to change his legal age

    I will watch this with interest. Maybe he’s right and it goes down well with the ladies?
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    This is sort of what makes me stand using dating apps. What’s a dealbreaker to you might be a dealmaker for someone else. I’m trying to think like that so I won’t feel so horrible swiping people away. I’m sure there are plenty of guys who are into girls taking selfies at the gym while making the same duckface in every picture. I just don’t happen to be one of them.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    I know, Fifty Shades probably wasn’t the best example of a literary dealbreaker. Hmm. Terry Goodkind maybe?
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    I think I would take kinder to a date having Mein Kampf in the bookshelf than, say, all the Fifty Shades volumes or a huge number of Harlequin Romance novels (let alone Ayn Rand). That said - having books at all these days should probably be regarded as a plus.
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    SpaceX's Big Falcon Topic 2

    That’s cool! The Viasat press release contains some more motivation behind the decision to go with the Falcon Heavy: http://investors.viasat.com/news-releases/news-release-details/viasat-spacex-enter-contract-future-viasat-3-satellite-launch
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    Now for a question of dating app manners: what’s the deal with people who just stop responding? Some conversations I’ve had lately: Her: You like horse riding I see? Me: Yeah, I started a couple of years ago, really like it, blah blah... Do you like horses too? Her: (Silence) or this one: Her (after saying nothing for over two weeks): Hi there, new week! Up to anything fun? Me: going to a party on Saturday, my friend’s wife turns 30, otherwise no plans. How about you? Her: (silence) Up to now I’ve just assumed that they got bored with me and decided to go chat with someone else, but this has happened so many times now that I’m at a loss how to explain it. Is there any way of politely saying “hey did you get my last message?”
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    I like the idea that you cannot know why things happened like they did, because you only have your side of the story (or even less: what you remember of your side of the story). Instead of trying to figure out what went wrong, try to accept that you don’t know. Or at least settle with a rational, nice and preferably simple explanation that sounds good and try to accept that. That’s what I’ve been doing with my failed marriage and I have to say it works pretty fine.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    I just want to balance the thread with some advice of the shorter kind. To Liffguard: YES!! To Datepalm: DON’T!! That’s pretty much it.
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    UK Politics: Austerity has ended - More cuts to come.

    “Europe protects us from our politicians” ”Best deal Brexit = Repeal Brexit” ”Where are the magical unicorns you promised us?” ”I never liked Scotland anyway”