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Warren DeMontague

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Name: Not Merv Griffin
Gender: Male
Member since: Thu May 20, 2004, 05:02 AM
Number of posts: 61,217

About Me

The Large Print Giveth, and The Small Print Taketh Away.

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There's only one place to go, when you're feelin' that low

Meta Thread Cage Brawl!

If you're sick in bed, need a call-out thread

Meta Thread Cage Brawl!

It's sunday morn, and people still like porn

do a Meta Thread Cage Brawl!

Ask the return trolls, they know to go

when they've just been banned an hour ago

(big show tune finish)

time for a

Meta Thread Cage Brawl!

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sun Aug 5, 2012, 06:38 AM (1 replies)

Seven Minutes of Terror

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sun Jul 29, 2012, 06:15 PM (2 replies)

Yeah, pretty fucked up.

In addition to having this horrible thing happen to him, he's got half the world thinking it's good for a snicker.

Imagine; someone came into your house at 4am and chopped off your foot... then all over the intertubes people were going "BWAHAHAHAHAAAHAAAAA!!!!!!" about it.


That said, I am a disciple of many credos; one is the Dalai Lama's wisdom of compassion for all beings.

Another is the maxim that if it's in the strike zone, one faces a certain, shall we say, duty to take a swing.

So I'm gonna go over to that thread and post two posts.

Or, as Walt Whitman once said,

"do I contradict myself? Well, then, I smell home cooking!
It's only the river! It's only the river."
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Jul 27, 2012, 06:44 AM (0 replies)

The fact of the matter is, SpaceX has been able to accomplish in the span of a few years what NASA

hasn't gotten off their butts to do, for the past few decades, namely develop a reliable rocket which can most likely be man-rated, along with an economical, multi-purpose capsule that for now can be used for cargo and most likely soon will be able to ferry crew to and from, again, LEO.

This is not a slam on NASA; there are lots of good reasons for them not to re-invent the wheel. Low Earth Orbit is increasingly becoming a place where we live and work and do business, so that's not where NASA should be focusing their energy. And the Ares-1/Orion Capsule arrangement wasn't due to come online and take people into orbit until 2017, or so.. and even under the best-case scenario, the design had serious potential problems that several engineers had pointed out. Elon Musk is basically ready to do it, right now.

To my mind (barring further budget cuts) NASA is at least spending the meager resources they're still given where they can best do some long-range good; most importantly developing a heavy lift rocket which can be used in the boundary-pushing manned exploration (asteroids, the moon, eventually Mars) that is, really, NASA's mandate. For putting people on top of that, they can use the substantial work already done on the Orion capsule.

But I actually think the current plan is a good one, given the political realities. Of course, I strongly believe NASA -and science and exploration in general- needs more funding. You will not find a stronger proponent of both unmanned and manned, publicly funded space exploration than myself. I just don't think that is mutually exclusive with private development of space and space-related resources.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Jul 21, 2012, 05:05 AM (1 replies)

You have acknowledged having, quote, "multiple accounts". How are we supposed to know who IS "you"

and who isn't, then?

Here's my proposal and request: Make a list of all of the "multiple accounts" you've got, including this one- all the names, and put them in the PROFILE of EACH of your "multiple accounts". That way, the process is transparent and everyone who interacts with "you" knows who "you" are, and no one has to be bothered with, for instance, telling "you" the same thing twice.

Good idea?
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Wed Jul 11, 2012, 06:06 PM (0 replies)

At the end of the day, it's a message board.

Even though it sometimes gets mistaken for other stuff, like the all-important springboard upon which stage history will write that the giant overthrow of The Dread Space Phallus Patriarchy™, here, once began.

"First, we take Manhattan!"
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:55 PM (2 replies)

"Don't know why people are conflating the issues...."

Hmmm. Good question, I've got some ideas as to what the answer may be. Let me put it this way:

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Wed Jun 20, 2012, 02:00 PM (0 replies)

I am DEFINITELY on some of those lists.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Jun 18, 2012, 06:22 PM (2 replies)

This type of exchange is my favorite, known in the parlance as "Showing one's ass"

Often the people who farm out a whole bunch of socks at the same time get tripped up when they get flustered, and forget which "one" they're supposed to be. I think some of em eventually wise up and try to keep it down to one or two at a given time, so this doesn't happen.

Flingy Dingy: You're a giant flimfarmhitteratz!

Concerned Citizen: Well, aint that just a kick in the head.

Flingy Dingy: And, you've got a zit on your nose.

Concerned Citizen: Okay, well, I heard that every weekend, you rock out in a snuggy listening to Hall and Oates.

Damaged Moongoddess: That is a LIE! I only did that once.

I also like this exchange. I know I posted this before, but it's worth putting up again:

Supre_Man: I'm sick of all these sockpuppet accusations here on DU

Lex_Luthor: Surpe_Man, I think you are a sockpuppet!

Clark_Kent: Lex, stop calling me a sockpuppet!

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Jun 16, 2012, 05:02 AM (1 replies)

Seen On DU!

A thread for, you know, anything. Like, seen on DU.

Okay, I'll start. I saw this on DU:

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Jun 15, 2012, 05:18 AM (3 replies)
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