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  1. DaveT added a post in a topic Movies i've seen...   

    I saw BvS too, and while it's not a masterpiece, it's not as bad as some of the reviews make it out to be. I've seen worse Superhero films that have higher ratings, and some of the criticism is, IMO, a bit silly. Granted there is legitimate criticism out there -the dream sequence with the parademons will be lost on most of the audience. Yes, Marvel teased Thanos, but it was a post-credits scene and the audience who didn't know him from the comics have at least been made aware that he's some otherworldly evil who's more powerful than Loki and commanded the Chitauri- but you can't fault a movie, because its interpretation of a character isn't the one you're expecting due to other films you've seen. If Batman kills people, and Superman is more stern than happy most of the time, so what? It doesn't matter if it's not Bale and Reeve. Personally, I liked Batman's brutality, and how close he was coming to the dark side. Suggests an interesting past, which will hopefully be looked into in Suicide Squad.

    Jesse Eisenberg - on the one hand, I liked his interpretation of Lex Luthor, in that he's clearly evil, but his genius and resourcefulness means nobody can touch him until the inevitable jail time at the end. OTOH, it was basically Jesse Eisenberg playing himself. I hink he would have done better playing him more serious, confident, and menacing (as he is in some comics and cartoons) at times, particularly when he didn't need the quirky, crazy kid act any more.

    The notion that no reason was given for why they're fighting indicates some critics weren't paying attention. 

    Introduction of the other JL characters was poorly done. It's obvious DC want to do what Marvel are doing with The Avengers, but they should have given each character their own movie, rather than try to rush ahead to establishing the team to catch up with the studio who've already done 2 team-up movies. 

    The Flash warning to Bruce Wayne made sense to me as I'm aware of the source material, and can guess where the series is going, but it will have been lost on most movie goers. TBH, it felt unnecessary and disorientating. 

    Batman didn't change his mind, because Superman just happened to know somebody called Martha, and that was kind of cool. He spared Superman, because the latter uttering that name reminded Batman of his own humanity, and made him aware of Superman's humanity. 

    The acting and the characters were mainly good, but so much was stuffed into the movie that there weren't enough opportunities for them. By the end, I didn't really feel like I'd got to know the new Batman, or Alfred, or some others, even though I was happy with the glimpses I got.



     
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  2. DaveT added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    The fact that the poverty line is preferable to what the refugees have gone through in their own countries might say a little as to why they decided to move. 

    If staying and fighting would put a man's family in danger, and running away is the best apparent way to ensure their survival, who is anybody to tell that man that it's right that he fight, and wrong that he run?
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  3. DaveT added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    Trump doesn't want to overthrow the existing democratic system. He doesn't want to scrap the Constitution. He doesn't romanticize violence itself as a vital cleansing agent of society. He's simply a racist who wants to keep the current system but deny its benefits to groups he's interested in oppressing.

    That's the difference between Trump and fascists. 
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  4. DaveT added a post in a topic Explaining Donald Trump   

    So, Americans really f*cking hate Mexicans. Gotcha.
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  5. DaveT added a post in a topic Generation Wuss   

    Is it not normal from somebody from a particular generation to lament the flaws in the next generation, while not considering the generation before the lamenter often made the same laments? There are cases of people ranting about "kids today," and then repeating what their own parents said about their generation.

    Anyway, here's a counter-point to Ellis by Theo Merz.

    The novelist and screenwriter is just the latest in a long line of men who've reached middle age and decided the generation born after them lacks sufficient grit, from Norman “my father got on his bike and looked for work” Tebbit to Socrates’ complaint that “our youth now love luxury” (and probably stretching back to early man mocking the droopy spears of his young in cave paintings).

    Crudely labelling an entire generation one thing or another is a futile exercise and it’s strange that Easton Ellis thinks it’s something worth getting involved in. The one major difference between Easton Ellis’s generation and my own is that we grew up alongside the internet and social networking – but rather than make us wussier, as the author suggests, I would say it helps us handle criticism.

    Older generations may also declare young people are wusses due to an ignorance of mental health. For example, a 20-odd year old with debilitating depression in the 1950s was much more likely to be told to grow a pair, stop being a cry-baby, just get on with life, etc. than they would be today.

    All the being said, generations, like individuals, are complex, and generalisations about any one will lead to pitfalls and exceptions. I could wonder if older generations are even capable of understanding depression, anxiety, etc. even if they (unknowingly) have suffered from them, but then there are very likely plenty of young people today who have a woeful and dangerous ignorance of mental health. We could say kids today are lazy and undisciplined, but our own teachers probably said the same about us, and as somebody who works with kids I'd say such a statement simply isn't true.

    When the millennials become the older generation, they'll probably tell subsequent ones how they used to run 15 miles uphill in the snow in scorching heat every day just to get to school - a time-honoured tradition passed down from generation to generation.
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  6. DaveT added a post in a topic History   

    A very vague and unhelpful guide. Why start with world history? Surely there should be enough in a person's life for them to know where they'd like to start. For example, I'm English, and my GF is Belgian-Israeli. If I decided to start learning history, I'm more likely to feel an affinity for English, Belgian, or Israeli history than for a place I've got no personal connection to. If I study world history, I have to start with a specific place, so that's my specific location chosen without having to learn little tidbits about places I don't care about.

    I don't need an extensive knowledge of geography to study history. I don't need to know much about Waterloo in a geographical sense except for its rough location, and key features of the battle site, which any half-decent historical narrative (or whatever) of the battle will describe in adequate detail. I don't need to know the layout of Paris, or whence and wither the Seine runs to study the French Revolutions. In fact, beyond the basics (which, again, should be included in the history texts if necessary), I don't need to know any French geography. If I know Paris is the capital of France, and that France is in Western Europe, and that France is just across the English Channel, I have enough geographical knowledge to get started with the history of the French Revolutions.

    When learning history, where to start is open to debate; however, IMO it is a good idea to be able to give one's own honest, educated answer to the following questions:
    What is history?
    Why do I want to learn history?
    Which of the different methods of studying and writing history do I most agree with?

    After answering those questions, the answers to which should vary from person to person, one might want to begin not with history, but with historiography; this will facilitate the learning of history by giving one a greater understanding of it.
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  7. DaveT added a post in a topic A Shameless Worship of Heroes   

    For those who don't know, foibles is what cats in Davidm's neighborhood sometimes cough up.

    "Cough! Cough! I gots foibles!"
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  8. DaveT added a post in a topic Ferguson   


    So, Paul's post asking you to actually back up your assertions was comedic?
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  9. DaveT added a post in a topic Ferguson   

    I'm actually starting to worry about DCD a little.
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  10. DaveT added a post in a topic Bullying of sexual/gender minorities   

    I didn't write that last post just for shits and giggles, and I'm sure Scotty's last post wasn't entirely in jest, either.

    Both of you, before you continue to attack each other, just restrain yourselves from making it too heated.

    I didn't write that last post just for shits and giggles, and I'm sure Scotty's last post wasn't entirely in jest, either.

    Both of you, before you continue to attack each other, just restrain yourselves from making it too heated.
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  11. DaveT added a post in a topic Bullying of sexual/gender minorities   

    Guys, I think we can have this argument without so many insults and personal attacks.

    Derrik, I'd be lying if I said I hadn't seen your Twitter feed, and parts of it did concern me. However, I feel you have long been a respected member here, and I understand you suffer from depression*. Therefore, I feel it is only fair that we allow you to explain your position on LGBTs, ethnic minorities, equality, etc. After you've done so, it might turn out there has been some misunderstanding, or I might decide our views are very incompatible, but there's no reason you should feel you have no right to explain your position.

    *Somebody very close to me and whom I care very deeply about suffers from depression, and I've learned how important patience and understanding are, so if you ever need a sympathetic ear, just PM me.
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  12. DaveT added a post in a topic Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists   

    David, did you ever finish reading this?
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  13. DaveT added a post in a topic Bullying of sexual/gender minorities   

    Are you saying rape jokes are acceptable? Do you feel your right to tell a crass joke trumps the right of a rape victim to not have the trauma they have suffered trivialized? Or, if they do hear the joke, should they put up and shut up?

    BTW, going back to your earlier point, if somebody feels bullied or victimized by something you said, it isn't simply their problem, and they do have the right to complain about it. Furthermore your blatant and malicious attacks on LGBTs are in no way comparable with a philosophical argument that may cause some people to think life is misery, especially when the intention of the former is to demonise an undeserving group of people.

    If you do not think it is right for LGBTs to be victimised, treated differently, or viewed with contempt, I apologise for the misunderstanding, but it does seem as though you have a problem with them. Maybe something you want to talk about?
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  14. DaveT added a post in a topic Bullying of sexual/gender minorities   

    No, I was talking about a Lettuce, Gherkin, Bacon, and Tomato sandwich.
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  15. DaveT added a post in a topic Bullying of sexual/gender minorities   

    Just out of curiosity, Derrik, what is your opinion of LGBTs?
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  16. DaveT added a post in a topic What books are you reading now?   

    I've read a ton of stuff since I last posted here, which I won't bother to list.

    ATM, I'm reading the following:

    Lost Illusions
    12 Years a Slave
    A Tale of Two Cities
    Side By Side (A history book about Israel and Palestinian wherein each chapter is the Israeli version on the left hand page, and the Palestinian version on the right hand page).
    A book for teaching myself Hebrew.
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  17. DaveT added a post in a topic Dave's Judo website   

    No. I'm not sure what domain he hosted it from, and I'm wondering if it might be better to start a new site from scratch.
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  18. DaveT added a post in a topic Dave's Judo website   

    IIRC,I'll need his card details to pay for the domain again.
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  19. DaveT added a post in a topic Dave's Judo website   

    Oh,great. I asked Rob about how to sort that the domain was near expiration, and he said nothing needed to be done!
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  20. DaveT added a post in a topic Dave's Judo website   

    I'd rather not get the site or the club trolled,guys.

    If I give you the link, David,you can email advice.
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  21. DaveT added a post in a topic Teaching English   

    BTW, as a teacher myself (though of a different discipline, though it is related to what you're trying to tutor), I find that what, where, and how questions are good (What do you start this sentence with? How does this word fit into this sentence? Where does this word go?) but why questions (Why does this word go here? Why is the sentence constructed in this way? Why does the sentence start this way?) are better.
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  22. DaveT added a post in a topic Teaching English   

    He's sent me some advice for you.

    Teach principles and rules, rather than specifics. Use specifics to practise. For example, with the packing question, he's trying to teach one word with a system that involves present continous, question forms and first person verbal formation. If his student knew all that, she could properly use pack and other verbs as she learns them.

    Also, he doesn't give any indication as to why you form the question as we do. What are you doing? Why start with what, why invert the subject with the auxiliary? Do other auxiliaries work the same way?
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  23. DaveT added a post in a topic Teaching English   

    Mon frere is an English teacher. I showed him this page. He says it's a little too "teacher centred and rote" for his liking. Have you had a go at student-centred learning to see how that works for you both?

    There are lots of ways to make English interesting. Many of them involve physical activity, so you're playing a fun, physical game while learning. Over the internet, this is more difficult than when you're in a classroom, but use your imagination, and it can be done. The teacher's personality helps massively, too.
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  24. DaveT added a post in a topic Prose vs. Poetry   


    An excellent example of the above is Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood. If you haven't seen it yet, you should; it's a fantastic adaptation of Macbeth.
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  25. DaveT added a post in a topic William Lane Craig's logical blunder   

    OMF! I actually clicked the link, and my mind is reading it in WLC's voice!

    "For if God does not exist" with that effing drawn-out "o" in the "not."
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