Vort

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  1. I grew up with this sort of crap. It's par for the Pacific Northwest course. These people are lying hypocrites. Don't expect better of them, or else get used to living with disappointment.
  2. In this case, I think "saved" means "preserved".
  3. At least Mirkwood is happy.
  4. A worthwhile distinction. The world (and many in the Kingdom) seem to believe that mercy is the opposite, or at least the antithesis, of justice. Not so. The scriptures certainly contrast the two, but the underlying theme is that mercy cannot rob justice. There is no true mercy without justice, and I believe that justice includes true mercy as one of its constituent elements.
  5. BZZZZZT! Photograph is by Def Leppard (or Nickelback).
  6. Does your mother know?
  7. Here's looking at you, (Loudmouth)Kid.
  8. Your avatar looks like LoudmouthBaby.
  9. Pooh porn is inevitable.
  10. We could feed the children with the potatoes...
  11. 600,000 people?! That's nearly SIX TIMES as many people as attend any given Penn State football game! Amazing!
  12. And Sister Vort is the chorister! But she's gone this weekend. Bummer.
  13. Coincidentally, I have been asked to offer the invocation tomorrow. But in LDS circles, this is much less formal and more routine. I don't think I'll write anything out.
  14. The shower does not have a shower curtain. But it does have a chandelier. So on the whole, everything balances out.
  15. Vort

    The queen

    I was positively impressed by Charles' brief television address. I was touched by his seemingly sincere expressions of sorrow and love for his mother and other family members. My naive desire is that Charles himself wrote the speech, but in any case, kudos to whoever did. I thought his mention of his estranged son and especially his daughter-in-law was a kind gesture. Perhaps Charles really is ready to follow his mother's example.
  16. In my experience, the Church membership is less inclined to berate men than it has been during my lifetime. I grew up with the men-are-spiritually-inferior-to-women idea promoted front and center from most of my leaders. This was most often the presumed background to what was going, though certainly not uncommon for leaders to simply say it out loud. Phrases like "women are more sensitive to the Spirit" and "women are more righteous than men/more likely than men to inherit eternal life" were tossed around like a beanbag in a game of hot-potato. It wasn't just the brothers saying this sort of crap; the sisters were more than happy to chime in when asserting their superiority. It was a rare woman indeed who publicly denounced such nonsense. This teaching was an effort to emotionally manipulate the rising generation, not just in the Church but in larger society. It may or may not have been intentional; I'm sure it went both ways, depending on the individual speaking. I do think it had an unintended effect of alienating and driving away a not-insignificant number of men who simply got tired of hearing how unworthy they are of female respect or even attention. It is stunning for me to hear young women (e.g. my own nieces) say things like, "I deserve a man who [insert qualification list here, usually including such vital elements as height, weight, and salary minimums]." I want to respond, "Why? What makes you deserve such a man? What does he deserve in a woman?" Maybe I will when the situation next presents itself.
  17. Last year, we spent the Thanksgiving week in a house in south Orem, Utah, where we all gathered with our BYU student children to celebrate. The AirBnB we rented was very large, with lots of sleeping space. It was perfect for our needs. As an added bonus, the main floor bathroom was a wonder. I thought I had taken this picture; it only took me ten months to find it. Behold this bathtub, complete with working shower! Fancy, huh?
  18. Vort

    The queen

    As I wrote in another thread: I'm not an avid follower or lover of the English monarchy, but FWIW, I thought Elizabeth brought intelligence, common sense, elegance, and extremely good manners to a position which, while having little or no real executive or legislative power, certainly holds important sway in international and domestic (UK) affairs. (No pun intended on the "affairs" part.) She will be missed. We can only hope that her son, King Charles, will rise above the conduct he has displayed for most of his adult life and instead follow his mother's example.
  19. The story of my life. I have come up with a dozen "novel" ideas, only to find out that they had already been thought up and patented decades earlier. I'm reminded of an old economics joke: Two economists notice a $20 bill on the sidewalk. One stops to pick it up. The other says, "Don't bother. If it were a real $20 bill, someone else would have picked it up already." This is funny not only because the attitude is uselessly cynical, but because it's also true. How many people have brilliantly stumbled onto the idea of real-time computer-driven stock or commodities trading based on historical analysis of trade patterns, only to discover that it has been developed and used since the 1960s? There is nothing new under the sun—a lesson that our exceedingly shortsighted and presentist generation would do well to learn before crowing in self-congratulations about, well, anything and everything. Search & Replace is your friend.
  20. First semester calculus is generally devoted to differentiation. Integration is typically introduced in the second semester. I'm guessing this is why you were taught it in your second calculus class.
  21. Vort

    The queen

    I believe Elizabeth was a mechanic of some sort during WWII. She was only about 13 when hostilities broke out, so she would have been quite young. @Jamie123 or someone else who knows what they're talking about, please correct me if I'm wrong about the mechanic thing.
  22. I'm sure you are right. Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on the untimely death of George VI, her father, in 1952. Elizabeth reigned for 70 years, so only those over the age of 70 (closer to 71, actually) were alive when her father was the king of England and the UK. I believe the world's 70+ age bracket comprises about 8% of the world's population, maybe a bit less. That means that until today, about 92% of the world's current population had never known another English monarch besides Elizabeth II. I assume the statistics would be very close to the same if you counted only the population of the UK or only the population of Commonwealth countries (most of whom accept the UK monarch as their own, at least in a figurehead position). I'm not an avid follower or lover of the English monarchy, but FWIW, I thought Elizabeth brought intelligence, common sense, elegance, and extremely good manners to a position which, while having little or no real executive or legislative power, certainly holds important sway in international and domestic (UK) affairs. (No pun intended on the "affairs" part.) She will be missed. We can only hope that her son, King Charles, will rise above the conduct he has displayed for most of his adult life and instead follow his mother's example.
  23. Somewhat off topic, but what do you see as the difference between the two? What does it mean to be a "son of perdition" or "perdition itself"?
  24. And it got past peer review...