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Old 15th November 2012, 07:08 PM   #1401
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Hi. I'm Baffled. I joined pretty much just so I could search for certain posters' posts.

I wanted to call myself Gord, but you already have a Gord. I was also about 90% certain I'd joined a while ago, but I never believe my 90% certainties, so I tried to find a post by Gord to see if it was me, but I couldn't, so I tried to log in so I could search for one, and then I remembered I didn't know something something something.

...so I'm Baffled.

Also, one of my favourite movie lines of all times comes from the movie Wolfen, when a bit character is reading a newspaper article while with an annoyed police officer about the case he's working on: "What does 'BA-fulled' mean?" That's worth being Baffled all by itself.
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Old 17th November 2012, 08:04 PM   #1402
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Hello. I'm Dugan. Glad to be here.
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Old 18th November 2012, 05:16 AM   #1403
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Hi Baffled and BitterChimp. Welcome to possibly the coolest site on teh intertubes.
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Old 18th November 2012, 11:38 AM   #1404
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Originally Posted by Baffled View Post
Hi. I'm Baffled. I joined pretty much just so I could search for certain posters' posts.

I wanted to call myself Gord, but you already have a Gord. I was also about 90% certain I'd joined a while ago, but I never believe my 90% certainties, so I tried to find a post by Gord to see if it was me, but I couldn't, so I tried to log in so I could search for one, and then I remembered I didn't know something something something.

...so I'm Baffled.

Also, one of my favourite movie lines of all times comes from the movie Wolfen, when a bit character is reading a newspaper article while with an annoyed police officer about the case he's working on: "What does 'BA-fulled' mean?" That's worth being Baffled all by itself.

Welcome Baffled, citing the movie ‘Wolfen’, excellent . A pleasure to meet a fellow poster with such an eclectic taste in cinema. I remember the scene but had forgotten what movie it was from.
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Old 18th November 2012, 03:03 PM   #1405
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Hello!
I'm an undergraduate student in physics, a former Mormon, and a new skeptic. Glad to see that there are others out there who share my skeptical viewpoints. There aren't many skeptical people around me, so I'm hoping to get some good knowledge from this forum to help me spread some skeptical thinking.
Also, hoping to go to TAM next year!
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Old 18th November 2012, 05:19 PM   #1406
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Welcome Baffled, citing the movie ‘Wolfen’, excellent . A pleasure to meet a fellow poster with such an eclectic taste in cinema.
I remember seeing it in the theater. One scene scared me so much, I fell out of my seat. Rolling around on the floor, black jujubes on my back, guy in the seat behind me laughing at me, the works.

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I remember the scene but had forgotten what movie it was from.
Excellent! I...may be wrong about which movie it's from, too. But I think it's Wolfen! Still, no matter what the movie:

"Whut does 'in-COM-peh-tent' mean? What does 'BAH-fulled' mean?"

Classic.



...oh wait, look at that: It's actually from Highlander.

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Tony the Hotdog Vendor: [as Tony reads a newspaper headlined: Headhunter-3, Cops-Zero] Hey Moran! Have you read what it says in here?
Lieutenant Frank Moran: You kiddin' Tony? You know cops can't read.
Tony the Hotdog Vendor: [Teasingly to Moran] What does 'INCOMPETENT' mean?
Lieutenant Frank Moran: [Speaking to Detective Bedsoe] That mayor, he calls me at 2 o'clock in the morning! I mean I don't even answer the phone anymore!
Tony the Hotdog Vendor: Hey! What does 'BAFFLED' mean? Hee hee hee hee! Ha ha ha ha!
[Moran and Bledsoe give Tony an irritated look]
Well, you what they say about memory: something something something faulty something!

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Old 19th November 2012, 08:30 PM   #1407
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Is there a point system in place here where members are awarded points for calling out logical fallacies by name in an argument?

Seems like there might be.

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Old 20th November 2012, 02:02 PM   #1408
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Originally Posted by shmameron View Post
Hello!
I'm an undergraduate student in physics, a former Mormon, and a new skeptic. Glad to see that there are others out there who share my skeptical viewpoints. There aren't many skeptical people around me, so I'm hoping to get some good knowledge from this forum to help me spread some skeptical thinking.
Also, hoping to go to TAM next year!
Well I'm pretty well still a newbie myself, shmameron, but as I happen to have stumbled in here and spotted yr post, I thought I'd better say hello, and welcome!

You are not alone in being an escapee from Mormonism's sugary bitter pill... I've not mentioned this before on JREF, but I was dragged into it by my parents after we got missionaried when I was 14. I only joined because I was an only child and felt I wanted to keep together with my family, just the three of us as it was. But I was never comfortable, and it got weirder the more I learned, and I just had to get out.... but it caused me problems (in mind and in life) for at least a couple of decades, on and off. It's thanks to people such as those who keep up the good atheist and scientific worldview explanations on JREF and Skepticblog and Science-based Medicine etc that have helped me to slowly remove all magical thinking from my habits of thinking.... and I feel so much freer as a result! Peace of mind in an indifferent universe. Bliss!

I've also spotted that Randfan is another exmormon, too, though I haven't spoken to him about it, and know nothing of his story.

Anyway, welcome! And good on you for finding the strength to leave the mormon community. It's not easy.
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Old 20th November 2012, 04:20 PM   #1409
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Originally Posted by Baffled View Post
I remember seeing it in the theater. One scene scared me so much, I fell out of my seat. Rolling around on the floor, black jujubes on my back, guy in the seat behind me laughing at me, the works.



Excellent! I...may be wrong about which movie it's from, too. But I think it's Wolfen! Still, no matter what the movie:

"Whut does 'in-COM-peh-tent' mean? What does 'BAH-fulled' mean?"

Classic.



...oh wait, look at that: It's actually from Highlander.


Well, you what they say about memory: something something something faulty something!

youtube video: watch?v=K-1Q8iS4RK0
Ah, there ya go, thanks.
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Old 20th November 2012, 11:02 PM   #1410
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Hi! I'm an ex-nurse who became a software engineer. I have lived most of my life in Helsinki, Finland, EU after a childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Family consists of hubby and two daughters (now 11 and 13). I'm functionally trilingual (English, Swedish, Finnish) and work as a translator, proofreader/editor and technical writer ATM.

I have read stuff here every now and then pretty much ever since I joined the now defunct Richard Dawkins Foundation's Forums in 2007, but did not get up the umph to join before now. You can maybe thank/blame Rolfe & Co. the most, for making the thread about Savita Halappanavar's untimely and cruel death both compassionate and very informative. That thread finally convinced me to register.

I'm a member of some other Internet fora, such as Rationalia, RationalSkepticism and ADDforums.

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Old 21st November 2012, 06:38 AM   #1411
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Originally Posted by Ronja View Post
Hi! I'm an ex-nurse who became a software engineer. I have lived most of my life in Helsinki, Finland, EU after a childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Family consists of hubby and two daughters (now 11 and 13). I'm functionally trilingual (English, Swedish, Finnish) and work as a translator, proofreader/editor and technical writer ATM.

I have read stuff here every now and then pretty much ever since I joined the now defunct Richard Dawkins Foundation's Forums in 2007, but did not get up the umph to join before now. You can maybe thank/blame Rolfe & Co. the most, for making the thread about Savita Halappanavar's untimely and cruel death both compassionate and very informative. That thread finally convinced me to register.

I'm a member of some other Internet fora, such as Rationalia, RationalSkepticism and ADDforums.

Anything else I should tell?

Welcome Ronja, "an ex-nurse who became a software engineer" so hardware to software? Ah, the teen kids, been there, though not my own. Still, programs run the same, dependent on the hardware and its time sharing system.

Many have come here from the now defunct Richard Dawkins Foundation's Forums (though I never had imbibed of that forum myself). So I think you'll find yourself in good company and heated debates. While language is one of my hobbies, I can only practice just the one and still have problems with just that.



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Old 22nd November 2012, 05:32 PM   #1412
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Hi my father was Mr.Skinny and he always really liked this site did anyone out there talk with him. I'm here because I liked some of the posts he used to show me.
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Old 22nd November 2012, 05:56 PM   #1413
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Originally Posted by skinnys son View Post
Hi my father was Mr.Skinny and he always really liked this site did anyone out there talk with him. I'm here because I liked some of the posts he used to show me.
Welcome, indeed. I suppose you should go get all embarrassed and look up how proud your dad was of you kids.

Mr. Skinny is still dearly missed. He was a great guy and had one of the most amazing outlooks I've encountered. We exchanged some discussion on his condition after I'd gone through my triple bypass and had certain quality management interests in common, so we exchanged PMs quite often.

Welcome aboard and enjoy your stay.
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Old 22nd November 2012, 06:31 PM   #1414
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Originally Posted by skinnys son View Post
Hi my father was Mr.Skinny and he always really liked this site did anyone out there talk with him. I'm here because I liked some of the posts he used to show me.

There were many tributes to your dad's memory at TAM 2012. I didn't know him well here, but I was impressed by how much he was liked, and is missed.

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Old 22nd November 2012, 08:35 PM   #1415
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Originally Posted by skinnys son View Post
Hi my father was Mr.Skinny and he always really liked this site did anyone out there talk with him. I'm here because I liked some of the posts he used to show me.
Your dad was a regular in the chatroom at skepticsrock.com. I invite you to come visit us who still remember Mr Skinny fondly.
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Old 22nd November 2012, 08:40 PM   #1416
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Your dad was a regular in the chatroom at skepticsrock.com. I invite you to come visit us who still remember Mr Skinny fondly.
Seconded.
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Old 23rd November 2012, 04:36 PM   #1417
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Back again!

Not exactly a new member, but have been inactive for a while.

I think 2009 or 2010 or so since I was last really active.

So, um, hey!

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Old 23rd November 2012, 05:35 PM   #1418
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Old 24th November 2012, 01:23 PM   #1419
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Hello everyone.
I've been running around life at the age of 21 not quite sure what to do about it.
Before I heard about Randi back in high school I never realized there was a group for skeptics.
Back then I just called it thinking.
Oddly enough I live about 7 miles from Randi himself.
Not sure what I want to do in life, and I thought maybe id come here and see if I found some good ideas.
Currently working for a Tech support company, but i've decided it isnt something I want to continue

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Old 24th November 2012, 03:38 PM   #1420
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Originally Posted by Passingby100 View Post
Hello everyone.
I've been running around life at the age of 21 not quite sure what to do about it.
Before I heard about Randi back in high school I never realized there was a group for skeptics.
Back then I just called it thinking.
Oddly enough I live about 7 miles from Randi himself.
Not sure what I want to do in life, and I thought maybe id come here and see if I found some good ideas.
Currently working for a Tech support company, but i've decided it isnt something I want to continue
Hi, welcome and I hope you aren't just passing by
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Old 27th November 2012, 08:19 AM   #1421
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Saying Hello

Hello Everyone.

I have been a lurker for several years, and now I decided to join and post some commentaries/inquiries when I can.

My field of expertise is far, far, far, away from cryptozoology, which intrigues me, as well as other things that apparently have discussion threads here.

When I get more time, I will post a little bit more about myself, but it may be in other threads, as mentions in passing for discussions.

I have also been reading the postings on the "Big Foot Forums" on another website, and the pervasive "True Believer/Based on Faith" thematics bother me greatly.

One doesn't find that here on JREF, and that makes me feel comfortable.
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Old 28th November 2012, 09:33 AM   #1422
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Hey, I'm new. My name is Thom. I am an Aries (probably doesn't matter here). I like swimming, horseback riding, chess and black and white movies. I am the founding and sole member of my community's underwater chess team and after school mentoring program. That last one I've kept to myself up to now, lol! Anyway, I have come for intelligent discussion, friends and good times. Thanks for having me!
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Old 28th November 2012, 10:10 AM   #1423
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Hey, I'm new. My name is Thom. I am an Aries (probably doesn't matter here). I like swimming, horseback riding, chess and black and white movies. I am the founding and sole member of my community's underwater chess team and after school mentoring program. That last one I've kept to myself up to now, lol! Anyway, I have come for intelligent discussion, friends and good times. Thanks for having me!
Welcome Thom, sometime, not now, you will really have to explain the attractions of underwater chess.
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Old 28th November 2012, 12:08 PM   #1424
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Thumbs up Great forum!

Hi,
My name is Robert. I initially ended up here following a link for Apollo hoax threads. I am glad I did because I never fully appreciated the Apollo project until I read some of the posts by Jay, STS60, et. al.

I knew it was a brilliant undertaking, but until you see what truly went into it, you cannot fathom just how brilliant!

I look forward to participating (if I can find something I actually know about on here) ... I am a long time computer geek and I have been interested in space and aeronautics for my entire life (I just don't have the kind of knowledge or expertise that others do ... now if you need your computer fixed, THAT is a different story ... ) - I hope to learn much more as I enjoy all of the posts on here!
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Old 29th November 2012, 06:53 PM   #1425
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Hello all.

I am a skeptic's skeptic. I've been familiar with James Randi and skepticism for over 15 years.

I'm a fan of Penn Jillette, and recently heard his show (Penn's Sunday School) recorded at this year's TAM, reminding me of my skeptic past.

I have formal training in Mathematics, Physics, and Law. I hope my viewpoint proves valuable to the Forums here.
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Old 29th November 2012, 09:01 PM   #1426
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Welcome, iawai, bobdude11, thom and Zippy and all other newcomers.

Enjoy your time at the JREF forums. Hope you are able to contribute and make new friends.
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Hello...I'm here too...now.
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Hello Jref!

I've been admiring the fine work that many of the membership here have been up to for a long time now, and I've decided that it was time to join in the hopes that I might have some small contributions to offer at some point.

Cheers!
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Hi panama, iawai, BooNy, Janadele, Robert,



A lot of new faces, great. Please come in, take off your raincoat/sombrero/parka/sunglasses/<insert locally appropriate outdoorsy accessory>, pull up a thread of your liking and settle in.
Welcome to the forum, take your time to get the feel of this place. And when you are ready, just chime in. There is a topic for everybody.
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Old 5th December 2012, 04:03 PM   #1433
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Thank you for the warm welcome Femke.
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Hey y'all

New to the forum, liked reading the posts, decided to join so I can add my two cents.
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Old 7th December 2012, 04:06 PM   #1435
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BTW, shouldn't this be in the Members Only section?
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I'm Halleyscomet. I came here because the SGU Forums mention this place now and then, and it struck me as the right combination of intelligence, research, pedantry, scum and villainy to keep my interest.
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Old 8th December 2012, 12:21 AM   #1437
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Originally Posted by halleyscomet View Post
I'm Halleyscomet. I came here because the SGU Forums mention this place now and then, and it struck me as the right combination of intelligence, research, pedantry, scum and villainy to keep my interest.
The SGU whatnow?

Also, hello JREF forum. I am a new member. I like lurking. And cats. And beer. Everything else is up for debate.
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Old 8th December 2012, 12:51 AM   #1438
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Originally Posted by halleyscomet View Post
I'm Halleyscomet. I came here because the SGU Forums mention this place now and then, and it struck me as the right combination of intelligence, research, pedantry, scum and villainy to keep my interest.
You'll find me in the pedantry, scum and villainy sections.

Welcome new guys.
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Old 8th December 2012, 11:00 AM   #1439
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Hello! I'm new.

I became something of a skeptic after reading "Demon Haunted World" and "Flim Flam" several years ago. I've lurked here for a while, and decided to sign up.
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Old 8th December 2012, 03:20 PM   #1440
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Originally Posted by pandamonium View Post
Also, hello JREF forum. I am a new member. I like [...] cats. And beer [...]
That's all we need to know :-)

Welcome to the forums.

And welcome also to Halleyscomet (I didn't expect you right now) and AnKaren.
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