Forum posts made by daniellex

Topic Trump speaks at a 4th grade level
Posted 15 Jan 2018 22:02

It’s based on syllables in the words you use as far as I understand. So more syllables equals “harder to read”. Something I think isn’t something to brag about as a writer. When it comes to storytelling that is.

I can't disagree with your analysis based on my two samples. I get a mean count of 1.85 and 1.43 syllables respectively. It would be fun to test the upper limit of the scale by using words like scrumdidiliumptious and contrafibulations.

D x

Topic Trump speaks at a 4th grade level
Posted 15 Jan 2018 10:25

Personally, I think there's nothing wrong with having a large vocabulary.

The important thing is to chose the context and your audience.

D x

Topic Girls, what color panties are you wearing today?
Posted 14 Jan 2018 11:39

Plain white with pink trim

Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 14 Jan 2018 08:14

I didn't mention morphology. All I'm saying is that there are gradual changes between generations. None of these changes are big enough to have have one species give birth to another species in just one generation. In that sense it is very similar to ring species.

Okay, I think I misunderstood.

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Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 14 Jan 2018 05:12

You could theoretically even do that with species and not know where to draw the line. Put all your ancestors in line and you'll end up with some microbe at the beginning. Along the way you will have passed thousands of species, but you will not be able to draw a line between any individuals, not for races, not for species and not even for classes or kingdoms. Does that make these groupings non-existent?

Sometimes within a living species it's not even clear whether it's actually one or more species, as some populations can interbreed, but others can not, like with a ring species .

This not a good analogy. Species can be defined in other ways and morphology is often irrelevant when identifying species. Mate selection, pre-gametic isolation and DNA are more important in defining species. Ring species are an exceptional case. I'll give you that one.


Topic Your profile views
Posted 14 Jan 2018 04:52

Yes, is there such a list? It might do my damaged ego a bit of good to know where I was on it.

I was asking you, but now it looks like you're asking me. Where is the link to this list?

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Topic Flirting in the gym
Posted 14 Jan 2018 02:50

I'm blonde with DD boobs and a big bum. Flirting is more of an hazard than a choice.

Topic Your workout playlist
Posted 14 Jan 2018 02:47

I love listening to Evanescence when I'm running.

Topic Trump speaks at a 4th grade level
Posted 14 Jan 2018 01:53

Can you post the actual passage you copied and pasted to get that 15.6? You know, so anyone can do it themselves and be like, well look at that.

This is interesting. Taking two random passages from my latest story, I got two different scores.

I got a FK of 16.6 for this:

Meanwhile, in the world of politics, a journey of a different kind was taking an unexpected turn as the reservations of the Democratic Unionists over border control agreements between London and Brussels was threatening the Conservative’s flimsy majority. Following the recent by-election defeat in Essex, the arithmetic in parliament was becoming decidedly dodgy. Reassurances from the Prime Minister earlier in the year, that there would be no hard border weren’t being upheld by the recent negotiations. Risking the ire of the province with implications that could threaten the fragile power sharing agreement, elicited a statement from Arlene Foster, at a late afternoon press conference.

Though I got only 10.6 for this:

Emily made a series of short gasping breaths as the sensitivity of Abby’s touch made her shiver. Abby began to nibble Emily’s neck, her tongue circling under her ear and then leaving tiny pink marks, which faded slowly.

The fading light took any heat with it and there was a chill in the air, carried on the breeze that moved the leaves around the campus. The girls hugged for warmth, but their bodies touched with a wanton shamelessness, grinding against each other in their skimpy outfits. Emily became woozy, not from the alcohol but intoxicated by Abby’s kisses and the lustful way that she was caressing her body. Now they wanted to be somewhere warm and totally private and it was Emily who led Abby by the hand to her halls of residence.

I don't what this means, but at least I don't need to go back to school, on this small unscientific sample


Topic Interest in a diary series
Posted 14 Jan 2018 01:34

Write a diary series but use your imagination, draw on your intuition and knowledge of the world. That's what writers do.

Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 24 Dec 2017 05:26

I agree with everything you say, except for your point that breed is not the same as race. All organisms within a species share the same genotype. Differences between races are phenotypical. That is why organisms from different races can have fertile offspring when they interbreed, while organisms from different species can't. Races are basically just phenotypes that didn't have the opportunity to interbreed with other phenotypes. Whether that is because of geographical boundaries, behavioural differences or human intervention is, in my opinion, irrelevant.

Apart from that, most dictionaries define breed as a synonym of race.
This is fro. Merriam-Webster, apologies for the formatting:

Definition of race

1 : a breeding stock of animals
2 a : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock
b : a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics
3 a : an actually or potentially interbreeding group within a species; also : a taxonomic category (such as a subspecies) representing such a group
b : breed
c : a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits
4 obsolete : inherited temperament or disposition
5 : distinctive flavor, taste, or strength

Okay, you've triggered a mandatory spanking.

Read it

Report to my office on 27th December.

Merry Christmas/Vrolijk Kerstfeest

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Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 23 Dec 2017 23:44

I agree, but the same would be true if you put all the dogs of the world in a line, yet no-one disputes the existence of dog races (or breeds).

Race is a social construct, but it's based on the very real fact that large groups of people share some very distinct and visible characteristics, that enable us to distinguish them from other groups. Though genetically closely related and, no knowledgable person would classify a San as a Watusi or vice versa, or confuse a European with a North African. That's why society sees those as races.

What went wrong was, that those races were arbitrarily assigned traits based on their physical appearance. It was, and sadly still is, used as an excuse for violence, abuse, segregation and exploitation, to justify, among other things, discrimination, slavery and genocide.

I largely agree with your second and third paragraphs.

However, re: dogs. Breeds and races are entirely different. The definition of race is 'a subdivision of a species that has consistent and diagnosable morphological traits that separate it from other such subdivisions.' In addition there is normally a small degree of genetic separation behind the morphology (3-4%). Races don't normally interbreed although they can do.

A breed is a group of animals that have been selectively bred to enhance certain traits. The differences are entirely at the phenotypical level.

Certain mammals and birds and presumably all other animal classes do have races, brought about by geographical or behavioural factors.

Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 23 Dec 2017 10:17

If you place a Masai, an Aboriginal, a Yanomami and a Cherokee in a row, most people with some general knowledge will have no problem determining their origins.

This may be true in a superficial way. But place every human in a line and draw three lines to determine where the division of 'the races' lie and you'll soon realise that you can't.

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Topic OMG, did we invent "fake news"?
Posted 22 Dec 2017 14:02

Shouldn't that be fake nieuws?

Vrolijk Kerstfeest

D x

Topic What is your definition of racism?
Posted 22 Dec 2017 13:51

Firstly, race is a myth.

Everyone on Earth is one race. A simple scientific fact that many chose to ignore either out of ignorance or political expedience. We simply haven't been separated for long enough to have developed into distinct races. Unfortunately the notion of race appears to be hard wired as a result of lack of education on the subject.

The fact that we are all one race is very counter-intuitive because most people don't know the first thing about inheritance, evolution and anthropology. Race is bandied about in the media so freely that it becomes real. It's seductive. It's the original fake news.

So, my definition of racism is: behaviour that directs prejudice towards someone, judges someone or treats someone differently based on the mistaken belief that they are 'racially' different.

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Topic Your profile views
Posted 09 Dec 2017 13:16

130,353 - #26 on the list... but closing in on BUZ (I do have over 725,000 story views though, and on only 65 stories)

#26 on what list?

Topic Lesbians
Posted 08 Dec 2017 07:19

If she approached me - I would ensure she is well aware I am bisexual and not lesbian. I would be sure she was of legal age if she appeared not to be.
If she was happy then I would ask her what she wanted me to do with her - if she knew - then we would proceed. If not then I would explain what I would like to do with her and make sure she was happy with that.

Should she show any signs of being uncomfortable during the process - I would stop and hopefully explain what was happening and where it was leading. Then proceed if she was happy.

I think you would need to get it in writing

D x

Topic Lesbians
Posted 06 Dec 2017 14:04

I would cop a feel of her tit's and run for it.

Topic Conjugating Verbs
Posted 06 Dec 2017 13:59

Definitely a useful resource for beginners, for most verbs. Although there are a few I could argue about


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Topic What do you do to stay fit?
Posted 04 Dec 2017 14:15

Three times a day on my sybian.

Topic This will be available for a limited period only!
Posted 03 Dec 2017 12:43

Topic 'Best Before' dates
Posted 28 Nov 2017 12:33

If the bb date has expired I will assess the product. More often than not I will use it and have had no repercussions. If there is a doubt I discard it.
Normally our canned goods don't carry a BB date. If I were to find a jar or a slightly rusty tin out of date I would check to see if it has 'popped' or not. If not I use it.

This sounds sensible, Meggsy. I often go by the one sniff test. If it smells okay normally it is okay.

I love smokey bacon and you always know when it's not right cos the smokiness goes when it's gone past its best.

D x

Topic 'Best Before' dates
Posted 28 Nov 2017 09:34

Does anyone take any notice of these? I regularly eat stuff that's days or sometimes weeks past it 'Best Before' date. The only exception is fresh meat, I'm a bit more picky there. I bought some deli coleslaw last Tuesday. It was meant to be used by Friday. We had it last night with some smoked salmon and it was perfectly okay.

It was instilled into me as a little girl never to throw away food, because so many people are dying for want of a meal.

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Topic Lest we forget
Posted 15 Nov 2017 08:39

You're welcome.
WOW! I can hardly believe it. I finally get to meet a very nice lady that agrees with everything I say. And such a sweet girl she is too.

Nawww shucks! Embarassed

Topic Lest we forget
Posted 14 Nov 2017 14:55

My great-great grandfather was not conscripted, he was in the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 that held back the Germans against insurmountable odds to prevent them taking France in WW1.

My great-uncles both volunteered and served with distinction in WW2 in the Middle East and Burma.

My grandfathers and their five brothers volunteered and fought on land, sea and air in Europe, the Middle East and the Atlantic.

My great-great grandfather never came home, in fact nearly 90% of the BEF gave their lives in the first year.

Neither did one of my great-uncles.

My grandfathers lost three of their brothers.

At home, my family endured one of the most horrific domestic bombing raids of WW2, my father remembers the terror he felt as a four year old.

We cannot forget and will never forget.

They fought for the liberty that gives you the right to say that, they paid a blood price so you have the right to say what you think.

A very felicitous contribution, if I may say so.

D x

Topic Lest we forget
Posted 14 Nov 2017 13:46

THANK YOU Danielle for writing and posting such a moving and heart felt poem. You have managed to speak volumes in those few simple words. This is a truly beautiful piece of writing. Thanks also for creating this thread. Those of us here today will never know the horrors our ancestors went through so we could have the easy life we now enjoy. The only way we can even begin to pay them back for all they did, is to keep the torch of liberty and freedoms burning bright, because if we let it dim or flicker even the slightest, then all they fought and died for will have been in vain. This is why it is so very important that we remember our past and keep reminding others also.

Thank you for your kind words. I couldn't agree more with what you say

Danny x

Topic Lest we forget
Posted 13 Nov 2017 08:44

So all this adds up to the fact that war is a bad idea. So don't do it rather than eulogize the poor bastards who you conscripted to carry out the insanity.

Excuse me. My Great Grandfather wasn't conscripted, he came here from Brno of his own free will with several of his comrades. He wasn't a 'poor bastard.'


Topic Lest we forget
Posted 12 Nov 2017 12:49

That must be very frustrating for you. At least you know what he did.

I know there were some boundary changes. It happened with Czechoslovakia, too.

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Topic Lest we forget
Posted 12 Nov 2017 02:47

You came here, all those years ago, when the old country was in turmoil,

You made such a sacrifice, leaving your wife, to land on our soil.

It must have been hard, but you stood fast in the face of the enemy,

You arrived in a strange country, to give what you could without ceremony.

In those dark days, you lost some of your pals as they paid with their lives,

So that we could be free, you flew missions again and again.

I wish I had known you for longer and I could have listened to your story,

I have my Nana - your daughter to tell me about the triumph and glory.

I will hold your distant memory in my heart, always close inside,

I will never forget what you did for us and I'm wearing my poppy with pride.

Topic Tragedy in Texas ~ Mass Shooting at Southerland Springs Church
Posted 07 Nov 2017 13:45

My boss once threw a fit and informed me that he had no shortage of people who could point out problems. What he lacked were people who came to him with workable solutions.

In this case lets qualify that to solutions that would actually work to reduce gun violence in the USA, not in Australia, not the UK, not Japan, not Canada. Solutions that would work in the USA.

Take a ban on "semi automatic military style assault weapons" for instance. Several of the bluest of the blue states, those states with huge Liberal majorities, with sometimes rabidly anti-gun legislatures, tried to ban them. They had a bitch of a time even defining what one is. Eventually they defaulted to the old Federal 1994 AWB definition. But to get the law passed they had to grandfather in those already in public possession. The non compliance rates in California, New York, and Connecticut are estimated to be in the 70% - 90% range. And these are the most anti-gun states there are in the union. What do you think the non compliance rate would be in Texas?

To top it off, there are now several AR-15 variants that comply with the law in all 3 states.

No. NO! This isn't about pragmatism. It's about a culture of owning guns. Donald Trump's comments supporting the fact that a gun owner shot the shooter is the mentality of the Wild West. Yes, some people will want to have them for 'sport' and I mean like international competitions. Some people will want to shoot innocent wildlife. Then you need to make people jump through more hoops, pass more tests and fill out so many forms that they have to REALLY prove they need a gun. For average civilians to own guns is just weird.