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by sparks
Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tattoos?
Replies: 1117
Views: 457025

Re: Tattoos? (Recently merged: "Nerdy Tattoo Idea")

Oh me yarm I'm so glad I found this thread. I'm a sort of tattoo dork and obsess over them, even though I haven't gotten one yet. I plan on getting several, eventually, mostly to mark several stages of my life. The ones I've planned so far include a Delacroix backpiece, a Man Ray reference, a "...
by sparks
Sun Jun 21, 2009 1:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 109484

Re: Childhood misconceptions

I thought that blankets somehow generated heat. I would try putting something under a blanket on the floor and I couldn't understand why it didn't get warm. Aha, I actually incredibly only put two and two together and realized the mechanics of blankets when I was well into adolescence. Until then, ...
by sparks
Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 57370

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

...I'll be honest, I don't get this. Time for some google research! edit: oh, now I get it! And it's a lot funnier now. ...things tend to work out that way. I didn't get it at first, either! I only got it after I saw the wikipedia link on this thread :lol: Then again, I have an excuse, I'm a Humani...
by sparks
Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Catcher in the Rye stinks or is it just me?
Replies: 70
Views: 13662

Re: Catcher in the Rye stinks or is it just me?

I read it when I was fourteen, when I was at my whiniest angstiest stage, and even I absolutely hated Holden. Couldn't stand him for his total spinelessness combined with his fake bravado and grating sense of fake superiority. But even then it wasn't the narrator that formed my main complaint about...
by sparks
Sun May 31, 2009 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: My Summer Reading List (Help!)
Replies: 44
Views: 6600

Re: My Summer Reading List (Help!)

^ I think Shakespeare's pretty timeless! I'd go with Dracula mostly because it's interesting . Very readable, well-written (except perhaps for the very end), and a cultural staple. I personally preferred it to Frankenstein a lot, but that may just be me. Then, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is really g...
by sparks
Sun May 31, 2009 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I know a spammer
Replies: 19
Views: 1625

Re: I know a spammer

Hide several annoy-a-trons about his house (computer area, bedroom, kitchen), work area, and in his car (hint: the bottom bit of the rear seat usually comes up / goes back in rather easily). Ah... to take revenge on a spammer. You do realize that breaking and entering is quite illegal, probably mor...
by sparks
Sun May 31, 2009 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Old Friends
Replies: 5
Views: 1035

Re: Old Friends

I think maybe you should try. It's always a chance for a fun time with friends who get xkcd references! I understand you might not be married with children, but these guys seem to be trying to socialize with you so maybe (even if because of politeness) you should see them once or twice. If you like ...
by sparks
Sun May 31, 2009 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lady News!
Replies: 300
Views: 35702

Re: Lady News!

Amazon is selling a game where the objective is to coerce your female captive into "loving you," through various abuses, including sexual. Here's a more detailed description: http://www.feministing.com/archives/015717.html Write to them and tell them what jackasses they are and that you'd...
by sparks
Sat May 30, 2009 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Unanswered Harry Potter Questions (Spoilers Ahoy!)
Replies: 74
Views: 10744

Re: Unanswered Harry Potter Questions (Spoilers Ahoy!)

I think the Cup was the portkey for several reasons. 1. It was in the centre of a maze. If Harry "disappeared" for a few moments, nobody would have noticed it significantly -- they'd put it down to him simply being battling a giant spider somewhere. Any detail like the match taking a long,...
by sparks
Sat May 30, 2009 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Science teachers
Replies: 60
Views: 6523

Re: Science teachers

I have to Biology/Geology teachers at home, my mother and my stepfather. I'm in an unrelated area (I'm an English major) but heck, I get to learn about genetics and Lamarck because of conversations over dinner. Seriously now, though -- I had two Math teachers in a row who completely put me off it. I...
by sparks
Sat May 30, 2009 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Area of study/work (in future)
Replies: 5
Views: 834

Re: Area of study/work (in future)

Do you have any ideas where you want to go to university yet? Sometimes knowing which courses are best or even exist in places you'd like to attend can be a small poke in the direction of an area among those you enjoy. If you like computer science and math, these two often are coupled together in co...
by sparks
Sat May 30, 2009 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Portmanteaux
Replies: 124
Views: 18234

Re: Portmanteaux

"Guesstimate" I despise the complete redundancy of this word. So much, in fact, I plan to post the same word in the "words you hate" thread. Although I will hold back for the time being, and post at an undisclosed time, when all the furore has died down. Similarly with "inf...
by sparks
Sat May 30, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Would the phrase "ribbon of highway" be a metaphor?
Replies: 24
Views: 6254

Re: Would the phrase "ribbon of highway" be a metaphor?

I would perceive that as a metaphor. This is because the author is stating that the highway is something that it is not, as opposed to a simile, in which something is verbally stated as being "like" something it is not. "the ribbon of highway..."- Metaphor "the highway seem...
by sparks
Sat May 30, 2009 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484508

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

I am reading a biography of Virginia Woolf and on and off, Maurice by E.M. Forster, as well as a few other books I pick up here and there.
by sparks
Sat May 30, 2009 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Gourmet Picnic Foods
Replies: 38
Views: 3932

Re: Gourmet Picnic Foods

You could make macaroons if you're skilled at baking! Anything really cute could work, from cupcakes to chocolate-frosted fruits for dessert. Also, there are small pastry/flaky dough bases you can unfreeze and fill in with whichever ingredients you please! My mother often uses olives and homemade tu...
by sparks
Sat May 30, 2009 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Incredible zero-Google phrase: "Sued xkcd"
Replies: 27
Views: 4337

Re: Incredible zero-Google phrase: "Sued xkcd"

It differs from most NotWords(tm), however, by having a very large internet presence. DAAAAAAAAAAAAMN isn't a word either, but it returns google hits. :lol: To be honest, the point isn't whether "xkcd" is an actual, dictionary-recognizable word. The point is that there are web pages refer...
by sparks
Tue May 26, 2009 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Military Draft
Replies: 124
Views: 10196

Re: Military Draft

I'd probably be excused from the draft on health grounds, but if not I'd make it clear that I was a lesbian if there was some "don't ask, don't tell" clause. Or, I'd simply be a conscientious objector and pull a witty comment when interrogated (I'm not as witty as Lytton Strachey, but some...
by sparks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 203664

Re: Song Identification!

anyone good at musicals? lyrics: "lucky in love, lucky in love, oh so lucky to be lucky in love" Could it be something from Good News ? I have two! One was in a Nestlé commercial ages ago (one where a girl is looking at a chocolate on a counter and attracts it to her), and the song is mor...
by sparks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb
Replies: 1035
Views: 204117

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

I don't know if this should count, but I've been playing a lot over at http://www.iminlikewithyou.com . They have a few nifty games, from a variant of Bomberman using monkeys and water balloons, to a sort of Pictionary and even "Hamster Battle". Lots of fun. The graphics are really pretty,...
by sparks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: raptors: actually pretty small animals
Replies: 17
Views: 2644

Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

*rocks back and forth in corner* So you mean Jurassic Park ain't true? Nooooooo. :lol:
Aha, but, yes, raptors were tiny.
by sparks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 132887

Re: Omegle!

Maybe it's just me, but I'm getting someone who doesn't -- Ok, maybe not. This is my first conversation: You: hullo Stranger: Heyyyy You: wassup? Stranger: How are you? You: alright. you? Stranger: Nothing much Stranger: Where are you from? You: Portugal, you? Your conversational partner has disconn...
by sparks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: So I made my first website, help me make it better
Replies: 11
Views: 2390

Re: So I made my first website, help me make it better

I would offer to help with the banner, but maybe look through Flickr, under the "content to be used comercially" (advanced search options) and look for something that looks more appropriate to that page. It doesn't seem to me like the type who buys motors are fond of banners with trees in ...
by sparks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Options for electronic diary/journal [SOLVED]
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: Options for electronic diary/journal

b1ackcat wrote:Why all the worries about encryption? Is this a family/public computer?
Depending on the literacy level of your family, you'd probably be fine just burying it in some large folder tree


This.
by sparks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Easter Terrorism? or more gestapo tactics?
Replies: 18
Views: 1813

Re: Easter Terrorism? or more gestapo tactics?

The link works fine for me and not really, I assume it had something to do with his course, though apparently the university did not back him up, but then should they really need to? He and we should be free to read whatever we want and have whatever opinions we want so long as they do cause harm t...
by sparks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confused?
Replies: 29
Views: 2983

Re: Confused?

I'm confused that people are still using the site I'm working on, even though it's Good Friday. Don't these people have anything better to do than sit at work on an intranet site? (Let's ignore the glaring hole in my logic, that I'm working on a bank holiday. Yes, let's do that.) I'm not at work an...
by sparks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Was the world a better place back then?
Replies: 32
Views: 5236

Re: Was the world a better place back then?

Re: sex. I don't think it was the case that it didn't happen -- if we read something, say, "Fanny Hill", we notice that people in the EIGHTEENTH century could be just as sexual (and weird, oftentimes) as nowadays. They only just didn't have tentacle porn, at least as far as we know of, but...
by sparks
Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA. Again.
Replies: 14
Views: 1588

Re: PETA. Again.

:|

is all I have to say. That, and "WTF".
by sparks
Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's your major?
Replies: 77
Views: 7658

Re: What's your major?

English/French here, with some Italian thrown in. 8)
by sparks
Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Allusions one should know because of school
Replies: 127
Views: 8956

Re: Allusions one should know because of school

I totally understand what you mean -- that happens to me a lot too, mostly when talking to people who are not Lit. students or who simply do not like reading. However, we should be aware of the following: a) Just because they didn't get the reference to A Clockwork Orange or situational irony, it do...
by sparks
Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bored at work. What do you do?
Replies: 81
Views: 7960

Re: Bored at work. What do you do?

http://www.bored.com

Or you could pick your nose, it's less tech-stuff.
by sparks
Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BBC refuses to show aid appeal for Gazans
Replies: 28
Views: 3289

Re: BBC refuses to show aid appeal for Gazans

The BBC are being morons. I don't understand how completely overlooking the fact that there are people suffering and pretending everything's fine will show 'impartiality', because that just pretty much shows siding up with Israel. If they were indeed impartial, they'd show the appeal regardless of i...
by sparks
Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: SparkNotes ethics
Replies: 27
Views: 3070

Re: SparkNotes ethics

I wouldn't call it 'wrong' per se either, just more like 'uneffective'. I personally think it depends on the work. I usually don't use Spark Notes or anything similar, I just read the text and review my class notes. This is mostly because -- especially in things like English -- often what is on Spar...
by sparks
Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Does SAE need a second person plural?
Replies: 64
Views: 7728

Re:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thou#Declension the reason we don't have an official one yet is because you IS the plural This exactly. Personally, even though in my first language we have different second person plural/singular, I don't find it weird in the least to use "you" for singular A...
by sparks
Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music to fall asleep to
Replies: 88
Views: 8016

Re: Music to fall asleep to

Something calm by Beck.
by sparks
Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Brand New, anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 1428

Re: Brand New, anyone?

I think they're pretty different from The Smiths, but maybe that's just me. I like Brand New. There was a time when I was hooked on "Your Favourite Weapon", because some of the songs (namely "Socco Amaretto Lime") are actually interesting, but I'm not a huge fan. Jesse doesn't si...
by sparks
Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Romantic Composers (and others to a lesser extent)
Replies: 32
Views: 2688

Re: Romantic Composers (and others to a lesser extent)

Romanticism basically wins in every field, be it Music, Literature, Visual Arts. There, I've said it.

That said, I am Liszt fan girl, as well as Tchaikovsky. Chopin is also basically brilliant. I can't actually choose just one; I'm a sucker for them all. You name them. 8)
by sparks
Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 203664

Re: Song Identification!

anyone good at musicals? lyrics: "lucky in love, lucky in love, oh so lucky to be lucky in love" Could it be something from Good News ? I have two! One was in a Nestlé commercial ages ago (one where a girl is looking at a chocolate on a counter and attracts it to her), and the song is mor...
by sparks
Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 96165

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

I like that the numbers are written the same in Chinese and Japanese, but pronounced completely differently. Based on my small experience with both, I think that chinese and japanese grammar are nothing alike. Neither is the pronunciation similar. So there is no way of mixing them up, right? Becaus...
by sparks
Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "You can learn all that from a public library..."
Replies: 14
Views: 2060

Re: "You can learn all that from a public library..."

Depends on the university. Some may have any relation with university libraries/other libraries where you might find them. I think that -- while it is true that many things I know and are useful now/have been useful, I've learnt through reading on my own -- many things, especially in the field of sc...
by sparks
Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College: How its different from high school.
Replies: 104
Views: 9613

Re: College: How its different from high school.

No number, but figured this is awesome. Gotta take a piss? Get up and go. No need to raise your hand for five minutes waiting for permission. That goes with a lot of other things, too. Just get up, go, come back. I'm in high school, and I've been doing that since sophomore year. Some teachers just ...

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