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  1. Usually people are banned for alt accounts only because the accounts are to circumvent a ban. You can see from the ban/suspension history that if there are no other offences the alt accounts are suspended but the main is allowed to continue posting. This is a unique situation (understatement!) so they are taking to time to reach a decision. I'm confident the final outcome won't be influenced because he's donated to the site. (They've banned gold accounts etc, before)
  2. Neither men nor women in ancient China cut their hair (for the reason that to do so was seen as disrespectful towards your family/ancestors). The men in the trailer also have long hair, but it's tied up. In the original Ballad of Mulan she isn't discovered to be a woman until after the war is over, but while rare it was not unheard of for women to fight in ancient China. There wasn't any outright prohibition against it, contrary to what was suggested in the animated film. So it appears that that the live-action Mulan is correcting that portrayal.
  3. This was equally true for both women and men in ancient China. The sentiment is captured in the Confucian Classic of Filial Piety in a passage that is translated into English as "We are given our body, skin and hair from our parents; which we ought not to damage. This idea is the quintessence of filial duty." Also, it wouldn't make sense for her to cut her hair to pass as a man, in a society where men also didn't cut their hair - you can see that the men in the trailer have their hair long but tied up. I think the big difference isn't live action vs animation, but the animated film was intended for a Western audience and the live-action film is clearly being made with the Chinese audience in mind.
  4. I teach at a private school for international students, many of them from China - asked my students this morning what they thought. They seemed pretty excited. One of the girls was very enthusiastic about Liu Yifei - the others didn't say much but seemed to agree with what she was saying. I also found out that the Ballad of Mulan is one of the poems that students are required to memorize for their high school entrance exams.
  5. I think that's a pretty typical weight for a 17" laptop - maybe a little on the heavier end, although it's been a while since I've taken a good look at what's on the market. But yeah at 15" and below laptops are typically lighter than that.
  6. Not sure if you're commenting on her hair being down or being long. But if it's regarding the length - both Chinese men and women wore their hair long for most of Chinese history, until the Qing dynasty (c. 1644). The story of Mulan has typically been set in the 7th century or earlier, and Disney's casting call mentioned the 7th century. So the hair length itself is appropriate.
  7. I'm not caught up on the past several pages yet. But I'm here to report that Mulan hype is real among my circle of Chinese-Canadian friends. (myself included!)
  8. Collins is a British dictionary: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/onward. Pay special attention to the note at the top - in typical British usage, "onward" is the adjectival form, as an adverb "onwards" is used instead. In other words, as a Brit this really ought to be even more obvious to you than it would be to an American. Oxford is also a British dictionary, which I hope you already knew: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/onward I should warn you that you will have a very hard time convincing me that you have a better grasp of English than the lexicographers of the Collins and Oxford dictionaries.
  9. I linked to it in the Onward thread because Tree said something stupid ("onward isn't an adjective") and the thread got temporarily derailed by people correcting him.
  10. Seems appropriate to dig this up right now. (sorry Tree, but this is ridiculous)
  11. In that case the other person's tweet was talking about Joyce's Ulysses, and it was specifically Joyce that she criticized.
  12. I can't find this tweet (do you have a link?). If it's worded the way you describe, I think she's wrong about why it's revered by others. There's an enormous number of other "old stories by white people" that have been lost to history entirely, or have far less cultural awareness and impact. If I had to guess why, it'd be because they haven't been as well-regarded.
  13. Very solid write up. I especially like that he converted the angular resolution of the telescope to something that people can easily visualize. Some of the other articles haven't done so, or did so using an old estimate of the angular resolution of the telescope (which has since been improved).
  14. @DeeCee So I was reading a story about the teenager who egged the Australian senator, and reportedly said "Don't egg politicians. You get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time". I had to google "bogan" since that term isn't used here, and this video was one of the top results: I might've laughed harder than I should have at this (especially since some of the locality humour is going over my head), but I'm pretty sure I know what a bogan is now.
  15. Only about 300 times more likely than dying from a lightning strike.
  16. Sorry, I meant to reply earlier. Regarding specifically what lorddemaxus mentioned though, I feel like people who get really upset about things like "why are they casting X as a minority etc." is fairly limited in general, but more widespread among certain online communities. Most people (as far as I can tell) just don't care that much about that sort of stuff. But yes, people who are skeptical of the wage gap etc. are more widespread. Although I'm not sure that it's necessarily reactionary, for example I don't think there's ever been a time when most people accepted and especially understood the wage gap. (And certainly, some of the statistics quoted for the wage gap are easily dismissed by anyone inclined to be skeptical.) That being said, I do think social media makes it much easier for skeptical/reactionary viewpoints to spread more widely. (p.s. congrats on getting engaged!)
  17. Small amendment: his PhD was on interplanetary dust, not interstellar dust.
  18. "Nerd" isn't what I'd call the defining characteristic of all the young males on YouTube and elsewhere who are extremely salty about minority or female representation. I don't mean to argue about semantics, I agree that there's way too many gamers/comic book fans who are bigoted with regards to minority and female representation etc, It's just that linking it to "nerdiness" completely obscures the problem. All the nerds I know (and I know a lot, I am one myself) don't feel that way at all. The defining characteristic of nearly all these people is they're young (white) males who are unhappy with their lives in some way and want to blame something else for it, so they've constructed this narrative in their heads about how white males are the real victims. This is even true of the great many of them that I certainly would never called nerds (because they're morons).
  19. For what it's worth, I sincerely believe I'm doing nearly as much as I can on a personal basis. I don't eat red meat anymore except when it's being served to me at a social gathering. I still eat eggs and poultry, and drink a bit of milk, but maintaining body weight has always been hard for me, so I'm pretty anxious about giving up on easily digestible protein (also a problem for me, but the details would be TMI). I take public transit everywhere, or walk. Admittedly, I'd rather not have a car right now for financial reasons as well, but when I do get a car it will be the most fuel efficient one I can afford. That probably means a tiny subcompact, because I definitely won't be able to buy electric. I generally try to minimize my electricity usage, probably more for financial reasons if truth be told. Ontario gets most of its electricity from nuclear and hydroelectric already, so this isn't a very impactful thing for me to do most of the time. But none of this enough. Not even close to it, and everyone following my example on a personal basis still wouldn't be, because the decisions on what energy sources to use for electricity, and industry, aren't made by individuals. I don't think I should have to share all this every time I talk about climate change, because I'm not asking for sacrifice. I want innovation. I want a revenue-neutral carbon tax (and a global system of tariffs on countries that refuse to oblige) because I believe that will encourage industry to innovate, and industry and governments alike to seek carbon-free (or nearly so) sources of energy. I want the revenue from that carbon-tax to be used as tax relief for the individuals, so that the impact on working class people is minimal, and even of net benefit for those who can reduce their fuel consumption. I don't think such a revenue-neutral carbon tax, properly implemented and raised gradually, will demand sacrifice, except from the fossil fuel industry. It doesn't have to be a carbon tax, but I don't know of a more efficient way of encouraging industry to find new energy sources other than fossil fuels. Nothing else will suffice. If everyone in the world did everything they could to conserve energy on a personal basis and reduce fuel use while still eating and going to work etc., it still wouldn't avert the catastrophic climate change that awaits humanity if we continue to burn fossil fuels.
  20. If it says "Hakuna Matata" and has images or other quotes from the film on it, or was sold in a way that associated with it the film (e.g. buy Lion King t-shirts here!) - they'd be able to sue for trademark infringement. If it says "Hakuna Matata" and there aren't any other associations with film on the shirt or with how it was being sold, they'd have a real hard time winning a trademark infringement case in court, and they'd know better than to try.
  21. Trademarking the phrase doesn't mean what a lot of you think it means. Trademarks are specifically in association with a product, the trademark will protect use of the phrase in association with this movie or its merchandise. For example, "Christmas" and "Merry Christmas" have been trademarked literally dozens of times each, to protect various products and services associated with Christmas in some way. It doesn't stop anyone else from using those words, or from trademarking their own "Christmas" or "Merry Christmas" product, as long as it's a distinct product. I'm aware there's potential for abuse with trademarks, but merely seeking a trademark really isn't as big a deal as it's being made out to be.
  22. The big advantage of hydrogen fuel is that it's easily made using electricity, unlike carbon-based fuels which (probably, in practice) have to be made by photosynthesis to be carbon-neutral. So as long as you have clean electricity generation, then your hydrogen fuel cell is emissions-free, and doesn't require devoting land (potentially enormous amounts of it) to producing biofuels. The big disadvantage is that while we've figured out safe ways to transport and store hydrogen, none of them are particularly efficient on a volumetric basis - meaning that even if we had the infrastructure in place (which we don't) people would have to get used to refilling their vehicles much more frequently than they do now. I think it's a possibility, especially since technological improvements are probably possible (I'm not an expert though, far from it). In the long-term, I suspect the solution might be something along the lines of specially engineered algae that can be grown in large amounts in places that don't support agriculture (like deserts, which also have a lot of sunlight). But that might just be my bias from having a background in studying photosynthesis/biochemistry/genetics etc. The other possibility is of course a chemical process that produces a carbon-based fuel using carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. I'm not sure what the solution is to internal combustion in vehicles, but again the key point is that a carbon tax that starts low and rises over time will allow the market to find the most efficient solution, whatever that ends up being.
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