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by Day Tripper
Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 312557

Re: What is your favourite book?

Stephen King- It. It rocks. Yes! I thought no one else had ever heard of it! The character development was on par with that of many literary novels, and I think it's a greatly underrated book. It's like an epic horror novel, and so long (well of course, it is by King, so that's to be expected).
by Day Tripper
Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Trying to get my life under control
Replies: 6
Views: 845

Re: Trying to get my life under control

Low-weight/high-reps is supposed to burn more calories than high-weight/low-reps, which will cause greater muscle failure (and thus increased muscle mass in the future). I've actually heard a theory that the rebuilding of muscles over the subsequent days will raise your metabolism enough that it wo...
by Day Tripper
Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Trying to get my life under control
Replies: 6
Views: 845

Trying to get my life under control

Hi there. Since last September I've gained around 40 pounds and can NOT put up with this any longer. I'm 16 years of age, 5'6" and 153 lbs. My goal is to get down to 130 and hopefully 120, but I'd be satisfied achieving the first goal if the latter is unattainable (I've been down around 110 lbs...
by Day Tripper
Thu Jun 19, 2008 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 97759

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Classical music in general bores the living shit out of me, but I never tell anyone for fear of being thought "uncultured". Wagner = exception to this rule. Mozart may have been genius for his time, but right now, it puts me to sleep, and I highly doubt his music boosts neuron growth in b...
by Day Tripper
Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 255491

Re: High and low point of your day

Low: I just know I am on the borderline of failing mathemathics. Yeah, I know, not very xkcd of me; I study and study and study and still have no clue what to do at exam time. The questions they give us are NEVER the same as the review, so I end up studying irrelevant things. But, this is a topic fo...
by Day Tripper
Wed Jun 18, 2008 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: xkcd theme songs
Replies: 34
Views: 12120

Re: xkcd theme songs

History of Everything - Barenaked Ladies. This song is like an epic rock science anthem (rock AND science!). Plus, they can rhyme, "Australopithecus would really have been sick of us".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aym8_S3BXKw
by Day Tripper
Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0438: "Internet Argument"
Replies: 118
Views: 42272

Re: "Internet Arguement" Discussion

The xckd comics with messages are my favourite ones. However I suspect that most people would not argue in person the way they do over the internet because in real life, the other person can hit you. :wink: Too often in this comic, the women act as non-characters who only serve to contribute to the ...
by Day Tripper
Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best Concert You've Been To
Replies: 334
Views: 36642

Re: Best Concert You've Been To

I got to see R.E.M. in concert a few weeks ago. It couldn't exactly compare with a Flaming Lips show, but it takes the spot for "Best Concert Ever" only because I lovelove love them. They're my only favourite band that is still touring (or has all of its members alive, for that matter). Mi...
by Day Tripper
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Psychology: Why humans have such a strong urge not to act?
Replies: 25
Views: 3387

Re: Psychology: Why humans have such a strong urge not to act?

But doesn't using your brain not actually expend more energy? I mean, sure you might have to concentrate, but I don't think you lose an appreciable amount of energy from doing more thinking than you do normally. So for intellectual matters, I don't think the energy hypothesis is valid. To the best ...
by Day Tripper
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9395446

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

RT: I may be completely insane, but to me, fiction and nonfiction books smell different. Not that I spend my time smelling books or anything... *shifty gaze* They do, don't they? Well, sometimes. Sometimes fiction books are printed on cheaper, coarser, beige paper while nonfiction books are printed...
by Day Tripper
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9395446

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

The "Fuddle Duddle" Incident has got to be the silliest name for a scandal, ever. There is an entire Wikipedia entry and a page in the CBC Archives devoted to it. Maybe it's just my bizarre sense of humour, but I laughed out loud ... In February 1971, a minor scandal arose when Canadian Pr...
by Day Tripper
Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 70147

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

I went to a Catholic high school, so all my worst teachers have been religion teachers. One of the worst would have class days alternating between having the students reading out loud from the "textbook" (having us put checkmarks next to the stuff we'd be tested on later), and coloring. T...
by Day Tripper
Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: New Emoticons
Replies: 37
Views: 10205

Re: New Emoticons

You really need http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/6098/emotjizzad0.gif it conveys so much. At first glance, I thought that was some sort of white lizard/Predator teleporting and punching the air :oops: . That's funny, because now that you mention it, I see it too. It took a deliberate effort, thou...
by Day Tripper
Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most surreal thing you've ever seen...
Replies: 131
Views: 12417

Re: Most surreal thing you've ever seen...

Nouvelles frontières 10 . So innocent, no one would ever guess it was a window to the REAL WORLD behind the curtain. :wink: And no, I've never been able to reproduce the effect, but then again I've never tried. This ? Yes. But, wow, I didn't expect anyone to actually look it up. A more likely expla...
by Day Tripper
Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most surreal thing you've ever seen...
Replies: 131
Views: 12417

Re: Most surreal thing you've ever seen...

@screech: That reminds me... I didn't see this, so I don't know if it counts but yesterday night I had something very surreal happen to me. After getting home from my friend's graduation party, I talked to someone about how the party went. The surreal part is, I was the only one home at the time. :...
by Day Tripper
Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: New Emoticons
Replies: 37
Views: 10205

Re: New Emoticons

Personally, I prefer the anatomically correct "I Image you".
by Day Tripper
Sat Jun 14, 2008 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most surreal thing you've ever seen...
Replies: 131
Views: 12417

Re: Most surreal thing you've ever seen...

Two things: 1)What was the book and where can I get one 2)have you been able to reproduce the effect on other objects or on the book since then? Nouvelles frontières 10 . So innocent, no one would ever guess it was a window to the REAL WORLD behind the curtain. :wink: And no, I've never been able t...
by Day Tripper
Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most surreal thing you've ever seen...
Replies: 131
Views: 12417

Re: Most surreal thing you've ever seen...

Okay, so one day I was bored in class, and had my head resting on my textbook, staring at the book maybe a centimetre away. After looking at the book's blue cover for a while, I began to see lines of numbers. Like, the book was made up of these tiny lines of numbers that kept changing. I could see v...
by Day Tripper
Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 36943

Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)

I usually dog-ear books, or use a tissue as a bookmark. The major problem I have with bookmarks is that all the ones in stores are too pretty. Moonlit oceans, inspirational quotes, serene gardens, tassels, etc. are not my style.
by Day Tripper
Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Subdomains and paths within xkcd.com
Replies: 25
Views: 2542

Re: Subdomains and paths within xkcd.com

I wish I'd never found that Verizon link. Listening to his phone call was oh, so agonizing. So agonizing. And Blue Eyes is going to drive me mad.
by Day Tripper
Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9395446

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

I met a "new friend" with a black hat similar to Black Hat Man, and I wonder if he is aware of xkcd. He seems like the type, too.

I'll have to print out a comic to show to him ... probably Journal 2 since I attempted a similar hat-stealing maneuver.
by Day Tripper
Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Characters?
Replies: 145
Views: 24917

Re: Favorite Characters?

- Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities . Although I don't know if I can say why, without spoiling the plot. - Alex Burgess/DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange . He may have been sadistic, psychotic, whatever, but I found him to be oddly endearing. His way of speaking, violent playfulness, etc. Still,...
by Day Tripper
Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 212430

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

In general though...reading this topic, I get the sense that it's not so much the books that we hate but the classes themselves. How many kids have been totally turned off to reading after having Great Expectations forced upon them as freshman, or other similar experiences? That probably happens qu...
by Day Tripper
Sat May 31, 2008 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 212430

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. A book full of how crappy her life was, blah blah, poor disadvantaged black girl with a martyr complex. In general I can't stand books that are meant to convey a "message" or particular viewpoint, rather than entertain and tell a good story...
by Day Tripper
Sat May 31, 2008 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Rice Boy has ended
Replies: 13
Views: 5107

Re: Rice Boy has ended

I just read the whole thing after seeing these posts; not mind-blowingly good, but satisfying good IMHO. T-O-E is awesome and probably the only reason I finished reading.
by Day Tripper
Thu May 29, 2008 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: BMI and you
Replies: 49
Views: 5373

Re: BMI and you

I'm in the high end of "normal". A little bulky around the hips, but at least I've only got a bit to lose. In general it seems like a pretty accurate scale, but obviously not perfect. I used to be thin enough that my periods would stop due to lack of body fat, and BMI still classed me as &...
by Day Tripper
Thu May 29, 2008 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Breakfast From Hell!
Replies: 58
Views: 7841

Re: Breakfast From Hell!

Ugh. Aside from the monstrous nutrition facts, that shit just looks gross. I don't care if it was 400 calories, it looks re-heated and grey and processed. For the same amount of calories I'd rather have a huge stack of fresh pancakes with real butter. It's like ... they'd have to try pretty hard to ...
by Day Tripper
Thu May 29, 2008 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484529

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Right now I'm reading a really amazing cyberpunk novel, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. Part of the reason I love it is just the author, and how he embodies the "information-society" ethos of the book - it's available to download free on the internet. Plus the story is amazing, and I'd ha...
by Day Tripper
Thu May 29, 2008 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: [Poll] Who is your favourite of the 'Big Three'?
Replies: 60
Views: 8394

Re: [Poll] Who is your favourite of the 'Big Three'?

Asimov; more "readable" IMO, and just better plots. I, Robot is my favourite novel by him, and "The Last Question" is my favourite short story. Actually, I like the short stories of Clarke and Asimov, but it seems that they both write worse novels.
by Day Tripper
Thu May 29, 2008 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 170408

Re: Books you never finished

The only time I stop reading books is if I dislike them. Well, usually; the exception to that rule was It , by Stephen King. Say what you like about "genre fiction", but that book was brilliant and on par with my favourite "literature". But other duties made me put it down, and I...
by Day Tripper
Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body
Replies: 1607
Views: 194769

Re: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body

I have an overbite that causes my lips to part. Like, if I close my jaw, my lips don't fall closed but stay open in a heart shape. The only way they stay shut is if I force it, but I can't do that for more than a few seconds. The verdict is still out whether I find this cute or annoying. :|
by Day Tripper
Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Jewelry designed by MIT grads using algorithms
Replies: 6
Views: 1588

Re: Jewelry designed by MIT grads using algorithms

I officially want my wedding ring to look like the Radiolaria bracelet, regardless of the fact that it would be insanely fragile. They can make it out of ... titanium, or something. :]
by Day Tripper
Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucid Dreaming - What's the deal?
Replies: 120
Views: 12101

Re: Lucid Dreaming - What's the deal?

It'll be the worst nightmare of your life. Maybe if you hate dinosaurs, but I've always wanted to be on the Jurassic Park island being chased by a T-Rex and having to escape in the jeep, shooting crazily over my shoulder. Or the whole "raptors-in-the-restaurant" scenario. Meh, the fear ki...
by Day Tripper
Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucid Dreaming - What's the deal?
Replies: 120
Views: 12101

Re: Lucid Dreaming - What's the deal?

Lucid dreams are bizarre ... (say, wasn't there a dream thread somewhere?!). I had a very vivid ... something the other day, not exactly a dream because I was semi-awake and could see. I felt like I was running, felt it in my legs. All the sensations were identical to that of actually running. But m...
by Day Tripper
Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Caramelldansen is just unnaturally addictive.
Replies: 59
Views: 5548

Re: Caramelldansen is just unnaturally addictive.

Oh, my god, I usually do not fall prey to memes like this, but this thing is so addictive. The schoolgirls are so cute and fun! And they dance! Ooh, aww! Or should I say, "O-a-a-a"? EDIT: Referring to the SOS Brigade version. Never would have guessed it was sung in Swedish (well, "mel...
by Day Tripper
Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379769

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Whenever I get a cold, one family member always says, "Maybe it's the same one that (Betsy/Doug/Random Person) had!". It means they caught it from the same source, or one caught it from the other, via a relatively short chain. and you knew that . Misconception: language has to be precise ...
by Day Tripper
Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379769

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Whenever I get a cold, one family member always says, "Maybe it's the same one that (Betsy/Doug/Random Person) had!". Uhhh, what? The same cold? How does one differentiate between cold viruses? They are all the same (in that they are a rhinovirus) but also different, since there's many dif...
by Day Tripper
Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human evolution: Still occurring?
Replies: 15
Views: 2062

Re: Human evolution: Still occurring?

"Evolution" just means change over time. Although selection doesn't play as big a part anymore, humans are still subject to genetic drift, and therefore we are evolving (changing over time). If a population is increasing, there will be more individuals for mutation to work on. I guess you...
by Day Tripper
Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human evolution: Still occurring?
Replies: 15
Views: 2062

Human evolution: Still occurring?

This is a split-off from the "Common Questions" thread - I had a question about this post by iop: 2) Aside from natural selection, there are three other drivers of evolution: Mutation, genetic drift and recombination. Natural selection is only important in large populations and/or when the...
by Day Tripper
Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9564
Views: 1195314

Re: What are you listening to?

"Losing My Religion" by REM. It's really the only song that I like by them, but damn, is it ever a good fluke. Now, knowing me I'll probably play it on repeat until just the first few notes are enough to make me nauseous. :roll:

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