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by sparks
Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 212081

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

I hated "Memorial do Convento" by José Saramago. Yes, he's a Nobel Prize Winner, but that doesn't mean I love his writing. In fact, I hated how the book was written and how it seemed to mimick the baroque style sometimes -- I hate the baroque (sp?). And I disliked the whole plot. Right now...
by sparks
Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)
Replies: 162
Views: 47674

Re: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)

I'm not a Palahniuk fan, but "Guts" is pretty damn disturbing. Very few books have scarred me as much. Also "120 Days of Sodom" was a little disturbing in some parts (though my unsensitive self didn't get very disturbed by it).
by sparks
Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 154189

Re: Twilight?

I can't stand Twilight. I tried to read it to see what the hype was all about (fortunately, I decided to borrow it before I could buy it), and it was pretty much awful. She seems to mess up what prefaces and prologues are, and the way she describes what Bella is wearing right in the beginning is ver...
by sparks
Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: لنتكلم العربية (Arabic practice)
Replies: 34
Views: 20957

Question about Arabic

NOTE: I might be a little off in the Classic/Modern dichotomy (as in, getting the name wrong). I'm not 100% if they're called this in English, or if you have other specific words to designate the older kind and the newer kind. I really want to learn Arabic. However, my university only offers Classic...
by sparks
Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)
Replies: 149
Views: 462756

Re: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)

is there a chance we could do pinyin? I really want to learn chinese, but pinyin and pronouncing I think should come prior to characters. Also... any tips for the tones, because I don't know how to say them quickly in a sentence. In my classes, we're doing both at the same time. We learn the pinyin...
by sparks
Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 95923

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

I have studied Portuguese, French, Spanish and German. I'm studying Chinese at the moment, and soon hopefully I'll also start Arabic and Italian. I have the chance of taking Hindi but the professor does not get along with me (and I've only been there once, to see what the classes were like!) and I d...
by sparks
Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school
Replies: 94
Views: 8606

Re: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school

I don't think these are "softer" subjects per se. Decades ago, when the work market was less dynamic and less competitive, it would probably make more sense sticking to a set of subjects; in fact at the time no education was considered complete without certain skills in Latin, Maths, etc.....
by sparks
Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of Consent in US
Replies: 297
Views: 27135

Re: Age of Consent in US

The line is drawn not because all cases on one side are clearly wrong and all on the other side are clearly right, but because the line has to be drawn . Exactly. Each case is a case -- there are many minors who are more level-headed than many adults -- but it is not easy to assess this. In a court...
by sparks
Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kentucky rules it can sieze any domain worldwide.
Replies: 25
Views: 3569

Re: Kentucky rules it can sieze any domain worldwide.

Or it could be both. There's going to come a time when the US government tries to take over the internet, and the rest of the world* says "No". *Excluding Britain, and possibly Australia, who will say "yes please!" This. I bet someone, somewhere in Kentucky will use this to hog ...
by sparks
Mon May 19, 2008 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: NationStates
Replies: 126
Views: 14452

Re: Nationstates - F2P Text-Based MMO, join the xkcd region!

NS2 will be free-to-play. However you can also upgrade your account, which will grant access to premium features damn! that is one of the things I loved there was no extra money features, everything was in the mind and organization. Damn, I hate "pay for extra features" things. Does nobod...
by sparks
Mon May 19, 2008 11:01 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School bathroom graffiti: intellectualized
Replies: 246
Views: 96911

Re: High School bathroom graffiti: intellectualized

From quotes by Oscar Wilde on desks to ones about Art in the stalls, I just am a compulsive scribbler so when I do not have paper handy... it happens. Hearts and mad props to Oscar Wilde :D "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" -Oscar Wilde Thank you!! I actu...
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Stupid School Policies
Replies: 177
Views: 17245

Re: Stupid School Policies

My school doesn't have many unsual regulations, but off the top of my head I can think of a couple. One of them is that students are not allowed to be in most of the buildings during break. My school has several buildings, with sort of porches so that people can walk between them when it rains. This...
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526826

Re: Woman thread - Is it as good for you as it is for me?

My reluctance is somewhat religion based. I know God made us to be sexual...it just seems so awkward.. Thank you for your view. I don't really know of anyone female who does masterbate. Well, that's a lie seeing as I've talked to my sister a bit about it. Maybe part of it is the unknown that confus...
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526826

Re: Woman thread - Is it as good for you as it is for me?

I can relate on the bra subject, definitely. It's always awkward, not because I'm a practically-invisible size, but also because my mother often starts making such a show in the middle of the store. Honestly, it might be something mothers learn in some strange, underground society, since it seems to...
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: NationStates
Replies: 126
Views: 14452

Re: Nationstates - F2P Text-Based MMO, join the xkcd region!




Awesome!!

I was so addicted to nationstates back in the day, then went AWOL for a while. I'm back now, though, and I am "The Free Land Of Derham".
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.
Replies: 189
Views: 34996

Re: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.

The Dictionary (It doesn't really matter which, as long as it's a big one. The OED is excelsior, naturally) Just flicking through, picking up words. It makes an ape a man. I actually do this, especially when bored with a dictionary nearby. This accounts for the fact that I have several dictionaries...
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Linguistic challenges
Replies: 23
Views: 2137

Re: Linguistic challenges

These seem fun. I don't think I ever tried any except not using contractions on certain texts, or using specfic types of vocabulary (e.g. talking like an old lady). The others seem quite fun, especially the outlook one... the acronym challenge is smart and I would probably benefit from it, but damn,...
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100715

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Stiffs, Inc. are wonderful. It's hard to describe them, just check them out. I also like Baumer (very cute electronica, their song "Baumer vs The Red Baron" is very videogame-like in some ways), Kiss Kiss (lots of violins and strange effects) and Moss Garden (relaxing and Brian Eno soundi...
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 11:55 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 69906

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Oh, I have had SO many. Off the top of my head, I can say two Maths teacher and two Philosophy ones. One of the Maths teachers seldom showed up for class (only to be seen walking around town happily by several students), but when she did, she always said thing like "I'm mad at you people!"...
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Linguistic survey
Replies: 56
Views: 6967

Re: Linguistic survey

I'm not from the US so I s'ppose this doesn't apply to me, but I'll also fill this out for fun. (a) 50. What word(s) do you use to address a group of two or more people? "you". If with friends then "You guys", "everybody" or (jokingly) "y'all". or "lads&q...
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0023: "T-Shirts"
Replies: 16
Views: 7781

Re: "T-Shirts" Discussion

Here in France, the hip-youth uniform is brand name parody (VODKA for Nokia may be the more popular). Same over here! Or anything in any way sex/party related as a parody of bran names or logos. Most people here sadly don't wear many witty tees. Most are just things with skulls or, when they have w...
by sparks
Sun May 18, 2008 12:01 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School bathroom graffiti: intellectualized
Replies: 246
Views: 96911

Re: High School bathroom graffiti: intellectualized

Now I'm guessing you all can guess what I want to do as I'm on this thread, but I want to take a sharpie down there and just copy out a long poem. I was thinking "The Garden of Proserpine" by Algernon Charles Swineburn (I like him), I don't want to do something really well-known (liek &qu...
by sparks
Sat May 17, 2008 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119783

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

2. Failing that - horror stories about babies found in the dumpster; Do you think babies are no longer placed in dumpsters after abortion was legalized? They certainly are but probably much less that before abortion's legalized. Not just that, but oftentimes when ressentful parents end up keeping t...
by sparks
Sat May 17, 2008 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What's good reading for a budding evil genius?
Replies: 25
Views: 4441

Re: What's good reading for a budding evil genius?

seladore wrote:The Prince. Contains the essence of obtaining power, regardless of means.


This.
And I also once got a book called something along the lines of, "How To Rule The World". :lol:
by sparks
Sat May 17, 2008 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.
Replies: 189
Views: 34996

Re: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.

I might list writers rather than books themselves, so I won't stay typing this up all night. Also, there's some poetry in the list :) Anything by Shakespeare, anything by Oscar Wilde, anything by Marlowe. Also anything by Byron, Shelley and Keats. On The Road, Naked Lunch, Dharma Bums, Poe-everythin...
by sparks
Sat May 17, 2008 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What **should** you be doing right now?
Replies: 1272
Views: 110448

Re: What **should** you be doing right now?

Working on a website for a project, or History homework. I should be reading or writing something. Have to read Paradise Lost and A Clockwork Orange and write 10 pages on each of them, and write a short story, by Thursday. As I can't figure out which of those things needs the most attention, I'm not...
by sparks
Sat May 17, 2008 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Proud To Be Miss Cellanean!
Replies: 300
Views: 39381

Re: Proud To Be Miss Cellanean!

We have these.
And it was through us that tea became such an institution in England.
Oh, and Byron loved Sintra (which is like one hour away from me).

(I'm from Portugal by the way)
by sparks
Sat May 17, 2008 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: odd things about yourself
Replies: 357
Views: 62855

Re: odd things about yourself

I never wear a wristwatch, only a pocket one, because the tic-tac-ing so close to my face deeply irritates me. I was quite obsessed with bubble-wrap when I was a child. I take ludicruous amounts of sugar with my tea (and not the other way around). When I yawn my right hand's index finger always make...
by sparks
Sat May 17, 2008 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 245768

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

Mine stems from my love for electricity and the band called The Sparks.
by sparks
Sat May 17, 2008 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2411847

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

'Ello. I'm E. (just E. It makes me feel like I'm from a James Bond movie and also avoids my everybody-mispronounces-it-and-what-were-my-parents-thinking first name) and I live in Portugal. Currently a senior in HS, which means something very unexciting and boring envolving uncontrolled irresponsabil...

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