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      New upgrade with simpler interface   05/13/2016

      Once again, the fine folks at IPB made a new upgrade and things might not be where you started to learn they were. However, this is one time where I think they actually improved things for navigation. There are only a few big buttons: When you click on one of those buttons, some other stuff opens up, depending on which button you click. (Later Note: These only appear when zoomed in or in the mode for smartphones/tablets.) I'm learning this as you are, so I suggest you do what I am doing: click on these big buttons, see what they open and fiddle with the software some. Ironically, you will find there is a lot that is intuitive. That's what I'm discovering. (Later note: I just discovered that I was viewing the site zoomed in too far to see the normal view. The menus are still there with the old buttons, but when I zoom in too much, they disappear and the new buttons appear. I believe this zoomed in way is what the site looks like on mobile devices. I'm going to mess with it some more, then maybe make some explanations.) Sorry for the inconvenience. Still, over time, I hope you end up liking these changes. Michael

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  1. Why is there religion???

    Hahahahaha!!! You're ridiculous. Sorry, Apey, but, no, Atlas Shrugged was not in favor of government imposing licensing on trades so that only those who spent the required time and money jumping through government hoops would be allowed the "privilege" to work in their chosen profession performing their chosen tasks. Atlas Shrugged was not about pretending that submitting and complying with government licensing was how one could "taste real freedom." Real freedom doesn't include thanking government for allowing you the "privilege" of "buying it." See, that's not what "freedom" means. Being government's obedient little licensed puppy is the opposite of freedom. What you're inadvertently advocating is the leftist feminized idea that the government owns your "freedom," has the right to sell it to you, and that you're being virtuous in paying the government for it. Heh. Your "moral values" include expressing gratitude that government has allowed you the special "privilege" of producing and living. Silly, apish moron. Yeah, the direction that I took was that of logic, intelligence, creativity and originality, where the direction that you took was that of being an unintelligent, government-trained and licensed, obedient ape who is incapable of logic. I'm having a great life, and haven't blamed anyone or unjustly accused them of anything. I've only stated the truth. But you don't like the truth, do you? And where did you get the idea that I'm angry?!!! Apey, when people laugh at you and your stupidity, it doesn't mean that they are angry just because YOU feel angry about their laughter. See, laughter is fun and happy. I'm having fun. It's an enjoyable experience for me. I find it to be amusing, where you find it to be upsetting. See, what's happening is that you're confusing your feelings with mine. J
  2. Why is there religion???

    No, I'm not trying to communicate with Apey. I know that logic won't reach him. I'm just defeating his leftist, pro-government position. J
  3. Why is there religion???

    Apey upset. Apey repeat Apey philosophy to make Apey feel better. Repeating philosophy soothing.
  4. Why is there religion???

    Apey not like Jonathan! Jonathan make Apey mad. J
  5. Why is there religion???

    You're totally ruled! You're fricking owned by government! You're dominated and controlled! You're government's obedient little puppy who eager volunteers to do whatever trick they command just to get a treat from them, a treat which they stole from you in the first place! That's what I said!!! You're submissive to government intervention into your trade! You're such a feminized leftist wimp that you call it a "privilege" when government gives you permission to do something that the government has no business granting permissions. You're so apishly stupid that you think you're being rewarded and praised and credited when government makes you jump through its hoops. You're so government-trained that you show them appreciation when they give you something that they took away from you -- you're not bright enough to recognize that it was never theirs to take or give. "Jeepers, you can make a LOT of money when you allow yourself to be dominated and cotrolled by government! All industries should have licensing, and even more of it, because then I would make a LOT more money! See, a LOT more money comes from government intervention, not from being a good electrician in a free market! If I submit to government and join and support them in putting obstacles in front of my competitors, I can make a LOT more money bacause I've helped to prevent others from freely competing with me!!! Isn't leftist government wonderful! It certainly is for me!!! I've made a LOT more money thanks to leftist government! It's good business to use leftist government to discourage competitors!" J
  6. Newbsie

    I like the nuanced color usages. Newberry has always been a big fan of atmospheric depth, or what he calls "transparency," and lately he's been taking the technique to a much more refined level, adding selective saturation to the effect: He's developed a better understanding of managing the complexities of realist composition. He's become much more symphonic. Gone, forever, hopefully, are the days of playing each instrument as loudly as possibly at all times in order to try to be bold. The new Newberry appears to now recognize the expressive power of selective volume control, and of rests -- that there is so much more dramatic potential in limiting the palette. There's great enjoyment in being able to hear the woodwinds at a volume that is optimal for their timbre rather than hearing them at a volume at which they can compete with the entire brass section at full volume. It's refreshing to see visual emphasis (which necessarily means the cutting back of some forms or characteristics, as opposed to the mindset of trying to emphasize everything). Newberry has learned, or is leaning, the value of quietness, and of speaking at comfortable volumes which are quite sufficiently loud and bold enough in comparison. J
  7. Why is there religion???

    Are you saying that you haven't been an adult when you've allowed yourself to be ruled by the State and when you've spinelessly complied with its licensing requirements for your profession?!!! You're not an adult yet!!! Hahahaha!!!! I could actually believe that, since you act like such an insecure child!!!! Anyway, it is only from your wimpy, State-compliant perspective that you imagine that I've failed at something. You allow yourself to be ruled by State licensing impositions. Your being a subordinate, subservient bitch to the State has turned you into a self-loathing dunce who can't even think without the State's ordering him what to think. You're wholly dependent on the State. Without the State telling you how to do your work, you would have electrocuted yourself to death long ago due to trying to "think" on your own like you try to do here. Hahahahaha!!!! J
  8. Why is there religion???

    So you were ruled by others! You "had to"? Hahaha! What a leftist feminized pussy! Who made you go to public school, Apey, and why weren't you man enough to stand up to them and rule yourself? Because you're a girlie weakling who gets what she deserves!!!! You deserve to be ruled and told what to do!!!! Ah hahahahahaha!!!! It taught you how to be obedient to the State!!! Despite not being a "public employee," you were a wussy coward weakiing who did what others ordered him to do rather than stand up for himself. You're ruled by others! You comply with the leftist State's incursions into your profession! You went out and got permission and licensing from the State. You complied with what they ordered you to do. You allowed yourself to be ruled by leftist pervert bureaucrats!!! J
  9. Why is there religion???

    Apey shits by just squatting in his yard, or while dangling from a tree limb. Then he plays with his feces, flings some of it at enemies, thumps his chest in self-congratulations, then rewards himself with a good nose-picking, booger-admiring snack. J
  10. Art as Microcosm (2004)

    Give me a break!!! I can't believe it!!! You can't be serious!!!! "Gesture" and "exuberance," ha!!!! What pretentious nonsense! Snooty artspeak! Emperor's New Clothes!!!!!! I just told my wife, who, like me, is a refined and sensitive appreciator/authority of the arts, about your statement about the smoke painting, and she said, "No way!!! Get the fuck out of here!!! Stop pulling my leg!!! Cease attempting to fool or upset or bother me!!! William cannot truly believe that a painting of smoke can convey such things!!! He must be lying or insane!!!" It is indeed funny. And all too common in O-land. Rand's followers like to keep the rubber from meeting the road. J
  11. Art as Microcosm (2004)

    Let's put on our Rand Romanticizer Hats! The painting is a joyous representation of smoke qua smoke. It's the ideal type of smoke that the ideal man would have swirling from his ideal cigarette which ideally signals that he is deep in thought -- the burning ember is like his mind or something, and the strands of smoke are like the complex and beautifully intertwined and perfectly integrated ideas that are flowing from the ember (which, if you'll recall, is like his mind). We can't see the ember, but we know it's there because everyone knows that old saying that "where there's smoke, it's probably coming from an ember." The artist has not just copied smoke in reality, but has essentialized and idealized it, making it more beautiful and more real than smoke is in reality. No real smoke could ever look this perfect. The smoke takes us into a stylized, imaginary world, and allows us to experience what existence would be like if our wildest Objectivist wishes came true in reality! This is how smoke might and ought to be! It is smoke that is proper to man! J
  12. Why is there religion???

    Raised by apes. He was ape-schooled. J
  13. Art as Microcosm (2004)

    April Fool's? J
  14. Art as Microcosm (2004)

    It just looks like a lump of poop that came out of a vagina. Ho-hum. Inspirational, huh. Poop and vaginas. The artist has a fixation with poop and vaginas. Whatever. His Royal Published Highness, Dodger Pissell
  15. Art as Microcosm (2004)

    Then quit practicing Skepticism by demanding that others distrust their identifications and consciousnesses! Quit telling other people that they don't observe and experience what they do, based on the illogical reasoning that if you don't experience it then they don't either! Yes, I agree that it's about elitism! You need to believe that you are elite, rather than the reality that you are dull, unaware, and unobservant! You need to believe that your cognitive limits are the elite, upper limits of all mankind, and therefore that anyone who claims to observe and experience more than you do must be lying! No one can possibly be more cognitively advanced or elite than you! J