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  1. Just having being introduced to Objectivism as a philosophy in life, I began to wonder; what is it like being a teenager and identifying with Objectivism? The more I read about it and the more information I gather, the more I see how identifying with and, furthermore, living this philosophy could be frustrating for teenagers surrounded by people who don't (for lack of a better term) "get it". So, what's it like? I would answer this question myself if it wasn't for me being completely and utterly new to the subject. Your thoughts?
  2. ...she makes me cry. :cry: seriously, like that. In my opinion, Moonlight Sonata is one of the best classical pieces out there, as well as being one of the most famous. How can she not know who it is? It perplexes and saddens me.
  3. Okay, that definately makes sense now. Thanks for clairifying!
  4. achaya


    In defense of some (not all) of the 14 "Diversity" assembly participants, there was a time crunch. This may seem irrevelant to making a concise statement, but it actually is very important. Case in point: Jeff states that the lesbian girl who spoke "projects the image of a homophobe on every straight human being in our school thinking we are all out to victimize her". Now, this may be because I know the girl personally and thus why I'm defending this testimony in paticular (I recognized her by silhouette, voice, and the fact that she told me she was part of the assembly the class period prior), but I also know that the short speech that she gave was not clear in it's meaning. By saying that she "went through each day afraid of what you could do to me", she gave the image that she did in fact do what Jeff said. What she was attempting to say (and I know because I talked to her about this after the assembly) was that she comes to school every day with a fear that people will turn their back on her, nasty comments will be slid her way, or that she'll even be beaten by another student because of what she expresses freely. She is a lesbian. It is hard to differientate the two sentiments without giving an explaination that requires a nice amount of time, something that she didn't have. In addition, making the explaination sound pretty is even harder. General comments when attempting to cover a broad topic are often misunderstood/misheard as victimizing or straight hypocrisy. Some of the speakers, given their short time and a broad topic which to cover, did not choose their words carefully and thus caused much confusion and prevented the assembly from being as good as it could have been. I do agree with Jeff that several, if not the majority of the topics, were not the strongest in the world. The abstinate jock, the new girl who did not reach out to others, the girl who does not talk to her mother anymore because of a bad choice were a few of them. I can't remember them all. But the speakers behind that screen that had a story, that had something important to say, made the assembly worth going to. A girl who was sexually abused at eleven but managed to overcome it and become the light in many of her peers' lives, even those who don't know her personally. A girl who thanked her father, a father who had a pornography addiction and who was never home, for showing her exactly who she did not want to be, and growing into a commendable young woman. The reason why I did not espicially like the assembly itself was because of the poor wording (which can be chalked up to writing abilities of those involved) and the chain of weaknesses in each. The only absolutely solid one, the one I can find no fault with, was mine and Jeff's friend who spoke about being sexually abused. She is a superwoman in her own right. Overall, I'm glad the assembly happened. Not nessicarily because it was a good assembly (it wasn't), but because it forced me to confront some bad memories of mine that I had tried hard to forget. The assembly was not strong, but it forced me to be. And for that, and that alone, I am grateful.
  5. Stop right there. The 2004 Catwoman (Halle Berry) or 1992's Batman Returns that happens to have Catwoman as a prominent character? I'm really hoping you don't mean Batman Returns. Michelle Pfeiffer did such a great job as Catwoman in that movie. Another movie to add to the list would be The Hills Have Eyes (2006). Don't get me wrong, from a technical standpoint it was wonderful, but from a plotline/content view...not so much. The plotline was thin and most of the movie depended on blood, gore, and assorted other gross-out instances for its entertainment value.
  6. Thank you for welcoming me onto this board with open arms. I was a bit apprehensive when Jeff dragged me onto the board...erm, I mean, *encouraged* me, hehe (just kidding Jeff, you know I love you) because I didn't know anything about Objectivism nor exactly what was discussed on the boards themselves. Now that I've looked through the site more, I'm loving it. The people here are insanely friendly (and staying up insanely late by PST standards, is 4 AM always this popular?!?) and it's really great to be able to find a forum that's more than a poorly put together fanclub for [insert random pop culture thing here].
  7. Do you ever articulate when it's 3:45 in the morning? Normal day, I out-articulate you all the time! I enjoy being a lazy typist between midnight and 5 AM. Rationalized!
  8. Kudos for putting A Clockwork Orange on the list. Great movie, I like how it actually stays rather true to the book. :heart: One you forgot to mention, though. What about V for Vendetta? That movie is must-see for anyone old enough to study politics. Not to mention that the V monologue in the beginning is amazing to watch; I don't think I had any idea that that many cool words staring with V were in the dictionary!
  9. Yep, anonymity is a very good thing online. It looks like something we both specialize in. Very little comes up with my name. Can't put in my full name because there isn't any place online such as message boards and the like that has my full name. If you type in CNA or Angie, all kinds of stuff comes up but nothing that is related to me. Even to get something small on CNA, you have to type in other keywords along with CNA to pull anything up. But even then, it's very scarce. Anonymity is wonderful !! Angie Anonymity is wonderful, huh? I love it, too. Well, I have more of it than I am famous. So there. Wait, back up...more anonymity = more famous? Aren't fame and anonymity normally inversely related. In the sense of more fame = less anonymity and vice versa? Please explain. PS: You're from Toronto? That's pretty snazzy; one of my friends is from there. It's a sweet city.
  10. Well, considering the fact that the literal definition of "articulate" is "uttered clearly in distinct syllables", the fact that I can talk a helluva lot faster than you without stuttering and still being able to be understood? ;) Game point. Word play is fun.
  11. So I'm entering in the middle of this, sorry if I interuppt the flow between the old-school video games and old man imitations ^^; While not in school....hmm. Well, lately I'm putting in overtime at school (try 7:00 to 6:00) due to an insane over-involvement in the drama department, both as a techie and an actor (ie, the rare Techtor). I'm one of the biggest Broadway nuts you'll meet in your life, and my current obsession is tick, tick...BOOM!, created by Jonathan Larson. Better than RENT, believe you me. 'Therapy' is such a great song. I read too much, and over the years I have developed an affinity for murder romances and anthropology books. I play rugby...and that's about it. That's my life: Broadway, books, and rugby.
  12. Achaya (carly), 15, Oregon. Getting a crash course in objectivism from Jeff.
  13. Ahh, emoticon spam! Fleee! And does it now? Well, the entire point of that quote was that James and I were, in fact, NOT doing anything sexual, but attempting to rip the each other's heart out in a loving and friendly manner, but that works too.
  14. Thank you, Chris! I doubt I'm anywhere nearas articulate as Jeff is as far as Objectivism goes, or most anyone on this forum actually (I'm actually fairly new to the whole concept, and I haven't read any books authored by Rand, a fact that Jeff wants to fix) but I'm trying really hard to understand the concept of it and the beliefs that come with it. It's a fascinating subject, espicially for me because I come from a background that taught me to look at the world in an entirely different way that Objectivism advocates. It's pretty snazzy.
  15. What, Moptop not enjoying the forum? He's fun to argue with, too...dang. Sad. And I didn't notice the picture thing, actually. Cool beans (I actually just used the picture because it's the only half-decent portrait that I did myself...go figure).