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Posted Saru on 14 December 2012 - 02:07 PM
Karlis joined the forums back in July 2007 and was a moderator for more than two-and-a-half years. It is difficult to find the words to sufficiently express my gratitude for his contributions and support over the years and how sorry I am to hear of his passing. He was a highly valued and respected member of the UM community and will be greatly missed.
On behalf of all of us here at UM we wish his family our warmest thoughts and sympathies at this very sad and difficult time.
Posted BiffSplitkins on 24 September 2012 - 03:54 PM
Like an Eel near your thighs,
That's A Moray
Posted Saru on 22 September 2012 - 04:41 PM
A lot of people are here to relax, browse the forums, connect with friends, comment on a few threads that take their interest or post something that they feel others would find interesting. Nobody should be expected to conduct an investigation or make phone calls to research a topic before being eligible to participate - that's ridiculous.
Posted Lilly on 21 April 2013 - 08:58 PM
Given: Barney is a cute purple dinosaur
Prove: Barney is Satan
Step 1: The Romans had no letter "U" so they used "V'' instead for printing.
Therefore, the Roman representation for Barney would be CVTE PVRPLE DINOSAVR
Step 2: Taking CVTE PVRPLE DINOSAVR, and extracting the Roman neumerals, we have:
C V V L D I V
Step 3: The decimal equivalent of these Roman neumerals would be:
100 5 5 50 500 1 5
Step 4: Adding these numbers together would produce:
Step 5: 666 is the number of the beast
Therefore: Barney is Satan Q.E.D.
Posted Waspie_Dwarf on 15 January 2013 - 02:38 AM
Through this site, even though we were separated by the Atlantic Ocean, I became friends with him. I will miss him.
I am sure I speak for the whole UM community when I say that our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Posted Rlyeh on 17 November 2012 - 06:14 AM
Posted OverSword on 15 April 2013 - 04:56 PM
The reality is that apart from their own kind—other self-proclaimed non-'idiots'—most people find such arrogant and obnoxious debunkers and hardcore skeptics to be strangely angry and boorish, and often confrontational to the point of hysterical. So many of them seem to lack basic social and behavioural skills when 'debating' with their 'kook' of choice. Their absolutism can be staggering at times. Yet, despite all this, they have somehow come to consider themselves 'cool' and even 'sexy' within the last decade. This is simply a lack of critical thinking on their behalf; a distorted worldview where only they are right and everyone else is an idiot.
However, when you strip down their whole mandate into its constituent parts, one soon finds that most of these 'scientifically' minded crusaders have no actual accredited scientific background, and the entire thrust of their endeavours remains nothing less than unconditional servitude and unquestioned devotion to authority figures and the status quo. They seek entrenched orthodoxy, not exploration and wonder. They see an open-minded individual as being akin to a brain being infected with a disease, or the mark of a witch. They act as if Creationists are a real danger to human survival, as if the US Bible Belt has extended beyond its absurd boundaries. Creationists are about as much danger to the advances made by scientists in the last two hundred years as Graneda was to Ronald Reagan back in the early 1980s.
Posted BiffSplitkins on 04 May 2010 - 02:19 PM
Posted MID on 04 February 2013 - 08:37 PM
This is Mid's wife, Lori.
I've been reading your condolences and posts and I want to extend a warm thank you and let you know how much I truly appreciate them. I am extremely touched by every single post... the moments of silence, and the time you spent thnking of him on the Saturday of his memorial serivce. Bringing tears to my eyes were the pictures posted of the astronaut on the moon and the soldier saluting.
I know that Donteatus has mentioned putting together a biography of sorts but I'm not sure I want to divulge too much of Mid's personal details. He was always a Very private man in regard to his personl life. However, I will talk a bit here about the man I know, that is if you'll indulge me for a few minutes. It is my way of honoring this man, my husband, without telling too many of his secrets.
Mid's love for all things space related was extraordinary. He did in fact learn to fly, earning his pilot's license at the tender age of 17. He knew how to fly before he actually knew how to drive a car.. and probably like most married couples we would argue about who was the better driver. Of course we all know that was me ! But in the cockpit he had nerves of steel, the gentle touch of gold and wings of an eagle. He commented so many times how he felt much more at home up there flying among the clouds and blue sky than walking around down here on earth.
His fascination with space exploration started as a kid when he would listen to and follow all the details of our space flights ever so glued in front of the radio and/or TV and it certainly continued until the end. I would wake up at 2 a.m. to find my dedicated husband sitting in his office in front of the computer screen with live footage streaming through, pad, paper, pencil, calculater and ISS docking schedule in hand... making notes, making comments, making faces and loving every blessed minute of it. He was in heaven! Later he would give me all the details until my eyes would glaze over and then he would tell me more ! He, as you can imagine, has tons of DVD's on all the space flights and missions and original footage clips of almost everything. I have rarely in my 16 years with Mid seen him cry, but he did so at the passing of Neil Armstrong as well as watching the Challenger tragedy and other events of equal sadness to him. This held his heart, his passion and his soul.
To see him spend hours on this forum did not surprise me. The forum meant so very much to him. He dedicated alot of time, effort, research, energy and love to posting information that might indeed teach those willing to learn. Granted, there were some subjects he would comment on and on accasion sound a bit arrogant (to me, at least) but then when the story with SAL came to fruition I was so very pleased. His creativity and humor was now shining through. Mid put 110% into everything he did. He would learn about, study, contemplate and know more than most experts about those things that truly interested him.
Mid was a passionate man with creativiy, talent and heart. He was a martial arts expert having practised for 40 years, not simply for the physicality but more importantly the spiritual virtue of it. He was extremely disciplined. He had a leaning toward Eastern philosophy, owning many dog-eared copies of the Tao Te Ching. He was an experienced musician (drummer), an artist, a poet and an athlete.
In letting you all in to learn a little about Mid without compromising his privacy, I hope I've done a bit of service and tribute to him. This UM group meant alot to him and I think he would be pleased to see it continue in the same fashion. If he's inspired at least one person to learn, research and come to succinct, well thought out ideas and conclusions than he would be very happy indeed. It seems to me from reading some of your posts, perhaps that has been accomplished.
My best to everyone and thank you all again for your prayers, condolences and comments.
I will check Mid's private messages from time to time in case anyone has anything they would like to contact me about.
Wishing you all well on your own personal journeys,
Posted Lilly on 15 January 2013 - 02:48 AM
The natural order of life is what's going on.
Live each day as if it were your last. Always forgive your friends and family for life's minor disagreements. Be grateful for everyone you have, we are each others greatest gifts.
I will miss MID more than I can express with mere words.
Posted ealdwita on 26 February 2013 - 06:29 PM
I don't hate or fear homosexuals - I don't disapprove of them as persons - I do however, dislike this constant "Look at me me me - I'm a victim" mentality and the clamour for preferential treatment that is constantly being shoved in our faces via the media etc.
(And if that makes me a 'd-bag' because I have an opinion that differs from those more 'trendy' than I, then so be it).
Posted None of the above on 02 October 2012 - 10:37 AM
Posted TrueBeliever on 03 August 2012 - 09:12 PM
Seriously I dont see why christians feel so threatened by gay marriage. I think more will come around though. Look how many used to support slavery, and own slaves, and now they believe that to be wrong. They dont stone adulterers anymore, and they dont burn witches at the stake......so I hold out hope that they will see the light. They are just a little slow.....
Posted Rlyeh on 17 November 2012 - 08:02 AM
Posted Rlyeh on 24 September 2012 - 04:51 PM
Posted Coffey on 10 April 2013 - 01:34 PM
Religion doesn't cause wars or hatred, people do. It's people who abuse religion and use it as an excuse to do what they want that are the problem. So I don't judge people by their religion, I judge them by their actions.
Posted Sir Wearer of Hats on 10 December 2012 - 02:59 AM
Posted Lilly on 10 October 2012 - 08:12 PM
Just to add...PETA must really be upset with Santa Claus. Using 8 tiny reindeer to pull a rather chubby human and enough toys for the world's children....what horrific abuse there!
Posted Kowalski on 06 May 2013 - 08:20 PM
Posted Junior Chubb on 09 September 2012 - 08:13 PM
If you were a female demon or supernatural being who appears in dreams,taking the form of a human woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual intercourse would this guy be a target for you?