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Title: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on August 25, 2007, 08:15:06 PM
So is this a good idea for a thread? I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread for general discussion, thoughts and notions. If you have a gripe, or just want to shoot the bull about whatever.
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Post by: Tom62 on August 26, 2007, 12:28:29 AM
What's on my mind? Well, it is almost 2 o'clock in the morning and my bottle of 10 year's old Laphroaig is nearly finished, so all what's on my mind now is to go to sleep. Tomorrow (I mean today) is a busy day. Have work in my garden (that looks more like a jungle now) and pack our  suitcases for our three week's vacation in Portugal.
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Post by: Squid on August 26, 2007, 02:14:15 AM
On my mind?  Lots of things.  My stomach which is aching from eating too much shrimp gumbo, hoping I got a job I interviewed for this past week, thinking I should read two journal articles for my health psychology class, wondering what I should do my thesis on, and passing ideas for songs I might work on.
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Post by: shoruke on August 26, 2007, 04:08:35 AM
What's on my mind? Well I'm actually talking to my girlfriend right now, so... yeah. She is.
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Post by: McQ on August 26, 2007, 04:24:17 AM
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What's on my mind? Well, it is almost 2 o'clock in the morning and my bottle of 10 year's old Laphroaig is nearly finished, so all what's on my mind now is to go to sleep. Tomorrow (I mean today) is a busy day. Have work in my garden (that looks more like a jungle now) and pack our  suitcases for our three week's vacation in Portugal.


Did you say Laphroaig?  :shock:

You are my new favorite person in the whole world! LOL!

I am a "FOL". There is always a bottle or two on hand in my house. The best single malt in the universe!

I need a new bottle of the cask strength. I'm almost empty.
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Post by: Tom62 on August 26, 2007, 12:16:17 PM
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Did you say Laphroaig?  :shock:

You are my new favorite person in the whole world! LOL!

I am a "FOL". There is always a bottle or two on hand in my house. The best single malt in the universe!

I need a new bottle of the cask strength. I'm almost empty.


I fully agree with you. I would almost say it is like heaven, sitting in a cosy chair near the fireplace in wintertime after dinner, enjoying a good glass of Laphroaig (or even an Arbeg, Lagavulin or Bowmore), chatting with friends and afterwards enjoy a good cuban sigar.

Luckily for me that my wife has diplomatic status, which means that she can buy those "necessities" of life taxfree.
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Post by: McQ on August 26, 2007, 02:59:32 PM
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Did you say Laphroaig?  :shock:

You are my new favorite person in the whole world! LOL!

I am a "FOL". There is always a bottle or two on hand in my house. The best single malt in the universe!

I need a new bottle of the cask strength. I'm almost empty.

I fully agree with you. I would almost say it is like heaven, sitting in a cosy chair near the fireplace in wintertime after dinner, enjoying a good glass of Laphroaig (or even an Arbeg, Lagavulin or Bowmore), chatting with friends and afterwards enjoy a good cuban sigar.

Luckily for me that my wife has diplomatic status, which means that she can buy those "necessities" of life taxfree.


I'll be right over!
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Post by: SteveS on August 26, 2007, 05:10:55 PM
I'm currently rescheduling my family vacation, which is going to have to get bumped due to a work commitment.  Thus far this year, I have taken 1 day of vacation.  I have used 0 sick/personal days over the past 13 years I've been employed.  I'm taking a whole half-day on Monday because it is my eldest daughter's first day of kindergarten.  The vacation I'm rescheduling is only 4 days, so I'll have burned a grand total of 5.5 days this year out of my theoretical 20 that I can take.

So I'm feeling a tad frustrated - but it'll all work out.

I'm letting my grass dry out before I try to mow it today --- its been storming mercilessly here in the American midwest and my grass has grown a tremendous amount in the last few days, but it has always been raining so there has not been an opportunity to cut it - today is sunny so I'm "seizing the day".

Hopefully tonight or tomorrow night I'll brew my recipe of "brown ale", the ingredients for which are sitting in my fridge (hops are in the freezer) as I type.  I was going do this friday, but I worked until 10:00 PM so I just went to bed.  Then, I was going to do it yesterday, but I worked in the afternoon and had dinner with my family, so decided to just veg instead.

I'm coming to the conclusion that I work too much  :wink:  !
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Post by: Tom62 on August 26, 2007, 05:23:18 PM
I've just finished working in my garden and I must say it was an ordeal in the hot sticky weather. I'm now going to take a shower, open up a bottle of ice cold beer and watch a good video.
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Post by: SteveS on August 27, 2007, 02:07:41 AM
Good deal Tom62 - I, too, finished my outside chore and got my lawn mowed.  I already drank a bottle of beer (New Belgium's Skinny Dip Ale - its really good, a lot like their Fat Tire just lighter and a little spicier - New Belgium brews out of Fort Collins Colorado and is probably unavailable outside the US).

I'm also happy to announce that my fermentation gear is sanitizing - I'm brewing my brown ale tonight!  And the vacation reschedule mostly worked - just missed a few things.

Its all coming together.
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Post by: Steve Reason on August 27, 2007, 04:23:09 AM
I'm hooked on Heineken as far as beer goes. Man that's a smooth tasting beer. :D
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Post by: SteveS on August 27, 2007, 05:48:59 AM
I like Heine's as well, Steve Reason.  If you can't get it on tap, it tastes far better out of the "keg cans" than the bottles (just poor it into a glass first instead of drinking it straight out of the can).  The green bottles seem to skunk at an alarming rate....

I'm pleased to announce that my brown ale has been brewed, and is presently awaiting the onset of fermentation in by basement.  I escaped with only two brew-day injuries - I kicked a misplaced circular saw blade in my garage and cut my leg (superficial), and I burned my left index finger but only slightly - as I'm consuming the last batch of homebrew I find the pain decreasing already  :wink:
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Post by: Squid on August 27, 2007, 05:54:31 AM
Beer?  Beer good.  Fat tire is excellent.

I also dig on Shiner's Hefeweizen but Paulaner makes an even better one.  Another I really enjoyed, which I can't seem to find anymore around here is Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale.
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Post by: Tom62 on August 27, 2007, 07:38:31 AM
I've never really liked Heineken. It taste a bit too sweet and too artificial for my taste buds. As a matter of fact, it was voted to be the worst tasting dutch beer in a blind taste test under dutch students. Much better dutch brands are Grolsch, Dommelsch and Hertog Jan. Like Squid I also love to drink a good Hefeweizen, like Paulaner. The best beer however, according to my german wife (and I have to agree with her) comes from Belgium and is called Duvel (http://www.duvelusa.com/ (http://www.duvelusa.com/)). Other great Belgium beers are Chimay, Kwak, Westmalle, Palm, Hoegaarden and Leffe.
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on August 27, 2007, 02:54:41 PM
Squid-good luck on your thesis!  Let us know when you do decide on your topic.

SteveS--oh, i hear you about the lawn taking over!  It is trying to take over my life --every time it doesn't rain--gotta cut itj again!  bites.  and it still looks too tall between sunny days..

I'm a run&diet coke gal myself.  No hangover.  ...can turn it's strength up and down like a dimmer switch.

Right now I'm thinking about the 500 jello-shots i make for the lake's Labor Day bash coming up.    Our lake has an area called "the Shallows" where everyone anchors their boats, and walks around and parties with eveyone else.  All our friends are there, and the lakers all know each other, forever, like a great big family.   Hundreds of fun people out in the sun.  

We grill out there, and share our food and drinks and dance in the water to the band, which is on some pontoons strapped together.  it's a blast.


If anyone needs jello-shot recipes---'pm' me.
 They call me jello-shot on the lake i hang on....not exactly what ya want people to be calling you when you are in your bathing suit....ha ha!!!but i'm kinda well-known for these shots.  I bring 'em to every big lake party.

i myself don't really like jello-shots, but, they do add some fun to parties!!!!  They are fun to pass around.  


time to go cut the grass again...i'm getting a goat!!!
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Post by: SteveS on August 27, 2007, 04:25:29 PM
Squid - I enjoy most of the spectrum of Paulaner's output.  Their Marzen/Octoberfest is really good.  I've never come across Tilburg's Dutch Brown, but I really like brown ales - I'm happy to say that I can now buy Sam Adam's brown in my area.

Tom62 - man, I really like Grolsch.  It is definitely one of my favorite "pilsner" style beers available commercially.

tigerlily - when I was in college I remember getting really drunk and jello shots and vomiting green all over the place - I now tread carefully!  I'm more of a beer guy than a liquor guy - honestly, I almost never drink anything with vodka, rum, whiskey, or whatever in it.  Sometimes, just infrequently.  Beer, on the other hand, is a daily ritual!
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on August 27, 2007, 05:11:46 PM
SteveS, you actually brew your own????  wow. how long does that take?  

See, i don't like beer.  I get full after only one, and barely have a buzz....so it is kinda a waste of my stomach space, ha ha!!!

While i was raising my kids, i quit drinking completely, never drank at all.  OH, i partied around, but just zero alcohol.

Then i hooked up with C., and he is a partier, i thought, what the heck, i am kinda done with the bulk of the  motherhood gig....and i started having a second youth all over again...so i had to re-discover how to drink, all over again!!!  I was as bad at it as any rookie... Got sick on the drinks that tasted good...ha ha!  Finally figured out less sugar=less sick.  duh.


Oh yeah, you are right, those jello-shots can really take ya down!!    I have a lil purse style cooler, holds aobut 70 shots, keep re-filling it up from the big cooler of shots i have on the boat, and we wander through the crowds in the shallows passing 'em around....so it's not quite as bad as one person having a whole buncha shots...

MY green ones rock!!!-----'Margaritavilles'....lime jello, Jose Cuervo and triple sec...can almost taste the salt on the rim.   mmmm-mmmmmm
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Post by: Steve Reason on August 27, 2007, 06:53:59 PM
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I've never really liked Heineken. It taste a bit too sweet and too artificial for my taste buds. As a matter of fact, it was voted to be the worst tasting dutch beer in a blind taste test under dutch students. Much better dutch brands are Grolsch, Dommelsch and Hertog Jan. Like Squid I also love to drink a good Hefeweizen, like Paulaner. The best beer however, according to my german wife (and I have to agree with her) comes from Belgium and is called Duvel (http://www.duvelusa.com/ (http://www.duvelusa.com/)). Other great Belgium beers are Chimay, Kwak, Westmalle, Palm, Hoegaarden and Leffe.

Well, I don't doubt that it doesn't measure up to other Dutch beers. But compared with most mass produced American beers, it's a little slice of heaven.  :wink:
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Post by: SteveS on August 27, 2007, 07:10:52 PM
tigerlily - Brewing the beer takes a few hours, then I let it ferment for usually 2 to 3 weeks.  From there, I siphon it into used Cornelius soda kegs and put them under CO2 pressure for about another 7-10 days to carbonate.  Then, I serve the beer "on tap" straight out of the soda kegs (no bottles to wash this way).  The fermentation equipment is just a plastic bucket - inexpensive.  You need a bad-ass heat source, though, to boil several gallons of water at once - I use a camp-chef propane cooker (85,000 or 125,000 btu's, depending on who you believe).  This didn't cost all that much.  By far the largest expense in my setup is the draft equipment - the used soda kegs are about $35 each, and I had to buy a chest freezer to hold the kegs, a controller to turn it into a refrigerator, and a CO2 tank with pressure regulator to carbonate and push the beer.  You can get the CO2 tanks filled at a "fire & safety" place or some such (the kind of place that recharges fire extinguishers can usually do it - a full tank lasts a long time and only costs like $15/$20 to fill).

It really isn't difficult at all and you get very fresh tasting beer that you can "tweak" to suit your own individual taste.  One thing, though, I ferment the beer at basement temperatures, so the only kind I make is "ale".  To make lager beers (German style) you would need to ferment at a much lower temperature (45 to 50 degrees F) and then "lager" the beer for 2 or 3 months at near freezing.  The most common style of beer consumed in America is lager (bud, miller), and the kinds like Heinekens and Grolsch are also lager styles, so I can't make these with my setup.  But all styles of ale are available to me:  brown ale, English bitters, pale ale, hefeweizen, stout, porter, etc.  My personal favorite is English bitter (extra special) loaded with Kent Goldings hops - yum!

In this fabulous modern world of ours, I can order fresh ingredients on the internet and they ship directly to my house.  Convenient - don't have to drive all the way to the brew shop (there aren't that many of them around me).
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Post by: Tom62 on August 27, 2007, 07:30:34 PM
SteveS - that's really a great hobby. I'd love to come over and taste your English Bitter. How much beer do you produce? Are they for your own consumption only or do you also sell them?
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Post by: Steve Reason on August 27, 2007, 07:34:09 PM
Quote from: "tigerlily46514"
Squid-good luck on your thesis!  Let us know when you do decide on your topic.

SteveS--oh, i hear you about the lawn taking over!  It is trying to take over my life --every time it doesn't rain--gotta cut itj again!  bites.  and it still looks too tall between sunny days..

I'm a run&diet coke gal myself.  No hangover.  ...can turn it's strength up and down like a dimmer switch.

Right now I'm thinking about the 500 jello-shots i make for the lake's Labor Day bash coming up.    Our lake has an area called "the Shallows" where everyone anchors their boats, and walks around and parties with eveyone else.  All our friends are there, and the lakers all know each other, forever, like a great big family.   Hundreds of fun people out in the sun.  

We grill out there, and share our food and drinks and dance in the water to the band, which is on some pontoons strapped together.  it's a blast.


If anyone needs jello-shot recipes---'pm' me.
 They call me jello-shot on the lake i hang on....not exactly what ya want people to be calling you when you are in your bathing suit....ha ha!!!but i'm kinda well-known for these shots.  I bring 'em to every big lake party.

i myself don't really like jello-shots, but, they do add some fun to parties!!!!  They are fun to pass around.  


time to go cut the grass again...i'm getting a goat!!!


LOL! Yeah, I would imagine that the last thing you want to call a lady in a bathing suit is "jello shot".

I'm a big rum and coke (pepsi in my case) fan as well. Bacardi gold is my preferred rum. That's pretty much the only thing I drink aside from beer. I like wine, but I'm a bit intimidated by it-- plus the price of wine is a bit off-putting.
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Post by: Will on August 27, 2007, 08:38:45 PM
I accidentally converted my step brother. Who was a monk. Now I'm trying to help him to realize that while religion can be destructive, it's not necessarily destructive by default, as he's experiencing the same separation anxiety that I'm sure many here have faced. He's just coming out of the bargaining stage, where he tried to say that god is everything, and that when the bible was talking about god, it meant that everything was the father... yada. I explained to him that if god is everything, then the term atheist means nothing because I, someone who doesn't believe in the supernatural, believe in reality and thus would believe in his definition of god. I explained how changing the common semantic meaning of 'god' is a cop out, like stealing one last hit as you're trying to kick the addiction.

Now we're moving into anger.

I'm starting to think that people like many on this board, should make themselves available to help guide people who are leaving the faith. Like a 12 step program, essentially. It could help people to focus and make their way through the process more effectively.
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Post by: SteveS on August 27, 2007, 10:33:40 PM
Hi Tom62 - I produce 5 gallons at a time, and I don't really brew more than about 30 or 40 gallons a year.  Homebrewing beer (or wine, or most anything that isn't distilled) has been legal in the United States since Jimmy Carter re-legalized it in 1978.  It had been made illegal during the Prohibition era (stickin' puritans) and then when prohibition was lifted homebrewing was forgotten for some reason - until Pres. Carter re-instated it (ref. the discussion about past US presidents, on this basis Carter couldn't have been all bad, right?  :wink:  )

Under the laws of my nation, I can share the homemade beer with other adults (aged 21 years or higher) but I cannot sell it.  In fact, I think you have to be careful about even giving it away, because the laws vary by State.  But, if you have guests in your home they can drink as much of it as they like.  I think you would just have to be careful about distributing growlers to the neighborhood, for example - consuming it in your home (or yard, garage, you know) is always okay.  To sell the beer legally would require special licensing from the state and federal governments (so the politicians can collect the taxes they place on the sale of alcohol - under the pretense of protecting the public, of course  :wink:  ).  So, selling my homebrew would unfortunately be very illegal for me!  I would be no different than a moonshiner in the eyes of the ATF (Federal agency responsible for the enforcement of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms laws - the eye of the ATF is sort of like the eye of Sauron - you don't want it looking at you  :evil:  ).

The law permits me to brew up to 100 gallons per year, although if two or more drinking age adults live in my house (my wife lives with me, so I qualify) I can then brew up to 200 gallons per year (which is a lot of beer!).  Honestly, though, if you brewed more than the limit I don't know how anybody would ever find out about it - but that's what the law says.

And sure - If you ever happen to be in the Chicago area, send me a PM - I'd love to have you over for a homebrew!
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on August 28, 2007, 12:51:05 AM
Yeah, Steve Reason, i gotta work on getting myself a better nickname!!! bah ha ha!      :lol:      I KNOW--i'll start calling my jello shots "hotties" or something, ha ha!!

Wow, SteveS, that is amazing you make your own beer!!!  WOW!   Wow, it does sound nice!!!  I have known many people who make their own wines or various liquors, but their own beer?  That is a first for me!!!
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on August 28, 2007, 01:16:50 AM
Willravel, that is amazing, about you accidentally converted your step-bro who is a monk?  Did this happen suddenly or all-at-once?  wow.
I imagine, having invested all that time and brain power into becoming a monk, that he would be angry.  wow.  he really had given his whole life to a   lie......

I am considering your idea, about the detox 12 step program idea.....know what?  Maybe if we had a specific page or site-area for new atheists to refer to?.....so it wouldn't have to be re-typed up each time, and could be very well thought out...

it could even have a FAQ list....sure, it'd have to be personalized with specific  feedback for each new atheist, and this forum could be a great resource for the newly deconverted, as there are so many really wise people here (like McQ, Momma Squid, Laes, SteveS, Squid, you,  REasoner, rlRose, everyone here is so cool), and also everyone here is so welcoming, so ready to listen and help out.  Very patient group, too.

 but like you mentioned, many of us have gone through similar stages of deconversion....there could be a nut-shell outline of common reactions.....?  maybe not a good idea...?

Anyway, Willravel, i am glad your s-bro has YOU around right now,  I can't even imagine what all it'd be like to be a monk and then realize it is all pretend.  wow.  He must be in shock....what a emotional blowout....Wow, Will, good luck with assisting him through this time.  Let us know what we can do ...
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Post by: Steve Reason on August 28, 2007, 01:36:24 AM
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Willravel, that is amazing, about you accidentally converted your step-bro who is a monk?  Did this happen suddenly or all-at-once?  wow.
I imagine, having invested all that time and brain power into becoming a monk, that he would be angry.  wow.  he really had given his whole life to a   lie......

I am considering your idea, about the detox 12 step program idea.....know what?  Maybe if we had a specific page or site-area for new atheists to refer to?.....so it wouldn't have to be re-typed up each time, and could be very well thought out...

it could even have a FAQ list....sure, it'd have to be personalized with specific  feedback for each new atheist, and this forum could be a great resource for the newly deconverted, as there are so many really wise people here (like McQ, Momma Squid, Laes, SteveS, Squid, you,  REasoner, rlRose, everyone here is so cool), and also everyone here is so welcoming, so ready to listen and help out.  Very patient group, too.

 but like you mentioned, many of us have gone through similar stages of deconversion....there could be a nut-shell outline of common reactions.....?  maybe not a good idea...?

Anyway, Willravel, i am glad your s-bro has YOU around right now,  I can't even imagine what all it'd be like to be a monk and then realize it is all pretend.  wow.  He must be in shock....what a emotional blowout....Wow, Will, good luck with assisting him through this time.  Let us know what we can do ...


Sounds like a good idea. It sure sticks with a person. I may never fully undo what religion has done to me. It's definitely like craving a drug. I don't know that it needs 12 steps (I think one those is trusting god or some such thing), but it would be nice to have a resource for newbies and those that are just looking for the truth.
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Post by: Will on August 28, 2007, 03:39:09 AM
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Willravel, that is amazing, about you accidentally converted your step-bro who is a monk?  Did this happen suddenly or all-at-once?  wow.
It took approximately 4 conversations. He found out I was an atheist and started grilling me. I answered him as honestly as I could, never intending to convert anyone (I don't like the idea of being an evangelical atheist).
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I imagine, having invested all that time and brain power into becoming a monk, that he would be angry.  wow.  he really had given his whole life to a   lie......
Actually his anger stems from intellectual vanity. He's started with the whole "how stupid are they.." type of thing. I feel badly when I have to point out that was him not too long ago. I suspect that it's a part of his coming to terms with what being an atheist really means.
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I am considering your idea, about the detox 12 step program idea.....know what?  Maybe if we had a specific page or site-area for new atheists to refer to?.....so it wouldn't have to be re-typed up each time, and could be very well thought out...
I'd be happy to help out. I'm not a licensed psychotherapist, but neither are people in AA.
1) Admit you're powerless against theism.
2) Come to understand there is no intergalactic superpower.
3) Make a decision to turn over your life to reason.
4) Make a moral inventory. Not sure what that means.
5) Admit to your friends and yourself the nature of why theism is wrong.
6) Remove these illogical beliefs from your character.
7) Make a list of the people you've hurt as a theist and make amends
8)

As I'm making this list based on the 12 steps, I'm realizing just how theistic the 12 steps are.
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We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Holy crap. Totally brainwashing people who need real help. Shame on them. Shame!
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it could even have a FAQ list....sure, it'd have to be personalized with specific  feedback for each new atheist, and this forum could be a great resource for the newly deconverted, as there are so many really wise people here (like McQ, Momma Squid, Laes, SteveS, Squid, you,  REasoner, rlRose, everyone here is so cool), and also everyone here is so welcoming, so ready to listen and help out.  Very patient group, too.

 but like you mentioned, many of us have gone through similar stages of deconversion....there could be a nut-shell outline of common reactions.....?  maybe not a good idea...?

Anyway, Willravel, i am glad your s-bro has YOU around right now,  I can't even imagine what all it'd be like to be a monk and then realize it is all pretend.  wow.  He must be in shock....what a emotional blowout....Wow, Will, good luck with assisting him through this time.  Let us know what we can do ...

I'm sure he'll be okay eventually. I'v just been playing interference between him and all of his theist friends and family. He's starting massive debates and discussions in which is is the smart one, and he's pissing people off.
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on August 28, 2007, 03:58:24 AM
Willravel--i LOVE your quicker, seven-step detox  program!!!  ha ha!  Faster results in only seven easy steps!  Excellent!

Sign up in the next ten minutes and we can deliver an additional seven extra steps right to your computer. And we'll throw in a set of steak knives for those having trouble with step #5 up there....


Hey,  put on some music,  i am doing a two-step myself.... :lol:
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Post by: SteveS on August 28, 2007, 03:53:10 PM
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I'm starting to think that people like many on this board, should make themselves available to help guide people who are leaving the faith. Like a 12 step program, essentially. It could help people to focus and make their way through the process more effectively.

This seems like a sound and humanitarian idea, Willravel.  From my personal experience I was never religious - so I guess I truly don't understand what it would be like to have your worldview come crashing down around you like it must when a person loses their faith (esp. a faith in which they have invested a tremendous amount of their emotion and personality).

Unfortunately, that means I wouldn't know how to go about helping them either  :(  I just can't think of any useful suggestion - they would tell me "you have no idea what this is like" - and - they'd be right.  (shrugs)
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Post by: Will on August 28, 2007, 05:47:34 PM
Many people have struggled with an addiction, not just atheists.  If you've had issues with obesity, alcoholism, smoking, gambling, or coffee (so like every American), I'd say you're okay to give advice. Just because you were lucky enough to be born into a free thinking environment doesn't mean you can't help.

I'll have to organize this into a thread.
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Post by: Squid on August 28, 2007, 05:53:25 PM
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Squid-good luck on your thesis! Let us know when you do decide on your topic.


Gracias.  Whatever I decide it'll be more likely in the biopsych/neuroscience area of health psych, possibly neuroendocrinology.

Steve - I haven't tried much of Paulaner's other brews, I need to give 'em a swig.
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on August 28, 2007, 06:13:23 PM
wow, Will ravel, i have never thought of theism as an addiction.  i guess there are a lot of similarities, aren't there?!

i've heard some comdedian, (probably George Carllin?  or Bill Mahar?) who thought of theism as a psychosis, there ARE  a lot of similarities there, too.

I think this idea for a thread for the newly de-converted is a great idea.     GO FOR IT!          :D
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on August 28, 2007, 06:36:31 PM
Hey, Squid, you ever heard of neuro-evolution?  I'm not really sure it is a 'field' actually, yet, anyway, but this anthropologist, Helen Fisher, she does some awesome documentaries on the field of how relationships, 'pair-bonding' has evolved through the history of humanity.  Fascinating stuff.

She takes love on down to the chemical level, and various areas of the brain that come into play.  She is brilliant.   She puts current day attitudes/customs into the context the history and evolution  of humanity, starting from our days in the trees....

Probably wouldn't work for your thesis, but when i saw you have an interest in biopsych, you might find her stuff as fascinating as i do.  i can send you this film of hers i have if you are interested.  You and your sweetie could watch it together, it is really cool.  

Even people who think they would have little interest in this topic may very well become fascinated.

Squid, what is your major?
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Post by: Squid on August 29, 2007, 07:59:00 AM
Oh yeah, I've read lots of Helen Fisher's stuff.  I did a paper as a final undergrad project on theories of love and read over much of her work.  Oddly enough I had already had that line of thinking going when I ran across her stuff.

What film is it?  I might have already seen it!

I got my undergrad degree in psychology, I'm doing my masters in health psychology and epidemiology and hope to do my Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience.
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on August 30, 2007, 01:49:54 AM
i have it in my 'favorites.' It is some speech she gave on this topic.  i'll send it when i am  sober, ha ha!!  Heck, maybe i'll start a thread with it!...

DONCHA JUST LOVE HER STUFF!!??  Yeah, with me too, she was saying stuff i already knew/sensed, only in a much more intelligent way, with studies/research to back it up.
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Post by: tacoma_kyle on September 01, 2007, 05:21:35 AM
Had a shitty fuckin day.
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Post by: Eclecticsaturn on September 02, 2007, 05:22:42 PM
Whats on my mind? Well today i will be with my wife for 8 years and and married for 4 years (same date. Tommarrow actually but celebrating it today.) Well, its be 8 years, im working 2 jobs, we have 10 month old and she still wants me to be the old romantic self and come up with a nice romantic night and my brains fried . I need to figure something out.

(good idea for a post though, btw)
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 03, 2007, 05:10:01 AM
Here's what's on my mind... I just got back from a cruise to Alaska and a stop in Victoria, BC, Canada, so I'm a tad bummed though happy to be home after a week.  The cat is neurotic and won't shut up... you'd think she's never alone in this house!

The kid is driving me BATSHIT... he's 7 going on 17, with an attitude to match.  He may not go on another cruise until he can afford it himself.   :(   Thank goodness school starts on Wednesday.  (Which is weird in and of itself since we have Fridays off, so it's a two day school week.)

I have a filthy house to catch up on... never got to it before we left.  Luckily, I have a great hubby who has almost done all of the laundry from the cruise.

Anyway... that's me... and why I've been quiet in case you missed me.  :-)
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on September 07, 2007, 11:42:38 PM
Oh eletric saturn![  i wish i'd seen this in time! I've got lotsa ideas to help you out.  But you know, most women are touched inside by the EFFORT,  the thought, even if it kinda wasn't really elaborate ....knowing you cared counts a LOT.

 Congratulations on your anniversary anyway!
And good luck scraping together energy with a 10 month old in the home!  someday you will look back and wonder how you did it!

One piece of unasked for advice, from one parent to another, make sure, absolutely sure, you two DO always set aside "couple time"....Like maybe every Friday, or every wednesday, is date-nite.  I know with 2 jobs, that'll be tough, plus, whenever you get ready to go out, the baby will spike a fever, but just the same, as best as you can, keep on dating, keep on being a couple throughout these hectic years of your life.  


 :wink:        It WAS a good idea for a post!!!
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on September 07, 2007, 11:45:22 PM
rlrose, put the kid in the tub! ha ha!  

How was the cruise??
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 08, 2007, 06:40:58 AM
tigerlily, the cruise was FANTASTIC!  It's our second in so many years, and while the hubby wants to do Hawaii next year, it may have to wait awhile because the kid needs braces in the next few years.  UGH!  At least his checkup today revealed nothing more than a little plaque in one place, so I guess he IS brushing when I tell him to.  LOL!

If anyone ever thinks of doing a cruise, I can highly recommend Alaska AND Norwegian Cruise Lines (esp. the Pearl).  Great dining choices, excellent staff, fabulous excursions.  VERY nice, especially going through the Glacier Bay... so beautiful!
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Post by: Whitney on September 08, 2007, 06:29:06 PM
Tonight I'm going to an atheist meetup to hang out with a few people I have already met and meet quite a few more new faces.  Other than that, not much on my mind today other than all the housework that should be done.
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 08, 2007, 07:30:04 PM
I'm hanging with my son and a friend of his at a playdate at the local Safari Sam's (a big play place, like Chuck E Cheese but fewer electronic games).

I sure do wish I lived closer to you so I could attend a meetup... <sigh>
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Post by: SteveS on September 09, 2007, 02:37:37 AM
Hawaii is very cool - if you get a chance to go there I'm sure you'll enjoy it.  I've stayed in Honolulu on Oaho and on the Kona Coast on the big island.  Every time I've been there I've never wanted to go home again!
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Post by: McQ on September 09, 2007, 03:26:24 AM
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Hawaii is very cool - if you get a chance to go there I'm sure you'll enjoy it.  I've stayed in Honolulu on Oaho and on the Kona Coast on the big island.  Every time I've been there I've never wanted to go home again!


I hate all you people who have been to Hawaii and have said they loved it. Not that I'm bitter or anything.

Agh!

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Post by: Steve Reason on September 19, 2007, 02:08:14 PM
Man, I've read through some posts over at the WWGHA forum today. I'm not a member, but I thought I'd take a look to see what it's like. God almighty, are there ever some seriously scary people on that board. Not that all the atheists and such are always well behaved, but so many of the religious members are simply nuts.

There's some serious hate on that board and not a lot of reason. Mind you, I only read a few hundred posts, but with few exceptions, every time someone tried to reason with a religious person,  it was "god this" and "god that"; or hellfire and condemnation of the most vitriolic type. It's like they can't reason.

Seriously scary, sad stuff. Man, this world might be screwed.  :(
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 19, 2007, 03:56:25 PM
MIGHT be screwed?  Today, I'm feeling like there's no hope and ending it would be the best alternative.  :(   Hormones.

Seriously though... I've never been over on the forums there, just read the articles and watched the videos.  I was going to go over there this morning and check it out, but based on your "review" Steve, I think I'll pass for today.  

As for me, in addition to raging hormones, I'm at my wits end with my son and my husband.  Homework last night was a screaming match and I'm so sick of it.  And the school year just started!  Ugh.

On the bright side, I'm going on a scrapbooking retreat this weekend.  Three nights and days of nothing but mindless scrapbooking.  Unfortunately (there's always one of those, isn't there?), this is a new retreat company I'm going with and they have a no-booze policy.  THAT can't be good.  Means it's probably Mormon.  The other retreat company I book with has a "if you like it, bring it" policy... last time, I took a bottle of wine, but on the booze table was everything from Schnapps to Jack!  :-)  Ah well, I'll be going to that retreat again in the spring.   Drinking in this mood wouldn't be a good idea anyway.  LOL!
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Post by: Steve Reason on September 20, 2007, 02:00:38 AM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
MIGHT be screwed?  Today, I'm feeling like there's no hope and ending it would be the best alternative.  :D
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Post by: Whitney on September 20, 2007, 02:40:23 AM
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Please don't talk that way, Kerri. Get some help if you need to, and explain to your family how you feel. Nothing, and nobody is worth killing yourself over. It sounds like they're the ones that are wrong, so why should you feel bad for their ignorance? You can only do so much to help someone, after that it's on them.

I hope you feel better and have fun at your retreat. And there's always a way to sneak some booze in.  :D


^good advice

If you mix vodka with orange juice no one will know you have alcohol unless you get too drunk....a high school friend of mine use to bring that mixture to class on occasion and I only knew because he told me (dumb thing to do but good idea for non-school related drinking).  Just don't offer to share.
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 20, 2007, 05:43:30 AM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Please don't talk that way, Kerri. Get some help if you need to, and explain to your family how you feel. Nothing, and nobody is worth killing yourself over. It sounds like they're the ones that are wrong, so why should you feel bad for their ignorance? You can only do so much to help someone, after that it's on them.

I hope you feel better and have fun at your retreat. And there's always a way to sneak some booze in.  :D    I won't say that again...

On the alcohol front, I really can't do hard alcohol anymore.  Ugh.  Jack and I were friends long ago, but I'm just a wine girl now.  A friend recommended I get a bottle of that Mountain Dew Extreme, the red one, and just dump it out and replace it with my White Zin.  Unfortunately, wine has a very distinctive odor.  I may just have to scrap sober.  LOL!  I'm fairly sure from the way the gal worded the "alcohol-free zone" thing that this is run by Mormons.  I'll know for sure tomorrow.  Scrapbooking attracts the religious element, especially Mormons... heck, most of the industry is out of Provo and run by Mormons.  

I don't care really... except when they're all sharing their "Faith Albums" at the retreats.  I've started my own "belief" album which has cartoons, essays, movie reviews (Harry Potter namely) with either a religious or political bent.  The last retreat I went to had layout contests on Friday and Saturday nights.  On Friday, I won the vote with a layout of my son sleeping and got a nice album.  On Saturday, I entered my first Belief layout, "I Am An Atheist," with an essay about "Christianism" from TIME Magazine, and some stuff I'm called as an atheist that it out of line.  Three ladies who had been dining with me the previous two nights... laughing and having a good time, were sitting elsewhere come dinner that night.  LOL!  :lol:   And they stopped talking to me altogether.  Gee, I didn't hold their religiosity against THEM... yet... Oh well.

Okay, now I've gone and written too much.   :roll:

I'll be gone until Sunday or Monday, so this will cover any posts I'd usually do during that time.   :)
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Post by: Steve Reason on September 20, 2007, 06:10:08 AM
I'm glad to hear it. I'm sorry I jumped the gun. I have some history with this sort of thing so I can be a little jumpy about it.

I feel sorry for you being surrounded by religionists. Those damn Mormons are everywhere. I sometimes wonder who will take over the world first; the Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims, Scientoligists, or Christians. My money is on the Muslims-- currently they seem the most willing to kill to spread their religion. And Christianity and Islam aren't major religions because meek old grandmas were spreading the word. :D
 
I like wine as well, but I'm intimidated by it. So that and the cost keep me from enjoying it much. But if someone took away my Bacardi Gold and Pepsi, and beer, I think I might have to take up smoking.  :wink:    

Have fun, and try not to piss off the Mormons too much.  :lol:
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Post by: SteveS on September 20, 2007, 04:30:26 PM
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On Saturday, I entered my first Belief layout, "I Am An Atheist,"

Yes!  Good for you!  I don't have the faintest clue about scrap booking, but this made me happy.  I admire your "pluck"!

Yeah - the kid thing - sometimes that can just really wear you down.  I've got one that's 3, one that's 5.  Sometimes - the house is just like a war zone.  When it gets too negative, I try to just accentuate every little positive thing they do, and try to ignore (when possible) the negatives.  It works, but it takes time and patience.  Now - after a bad day at work, when I'm physically and mentally exhausted, it can be pretty hard to find the required patience level.  :?  

Eh - common gripes, right?

(Side note: if you smuggle the booze, I would recommend trying very hard not to get caught - unless you want to go down in fame as the drunken atheist who got kicked out of the scrap book convention - which does have a certain ring to it.  You could enter your layouts with a little qualifier "Note: This layout was banned by the LDS church".  Or, try renouncing your atheism for a shot at staying?  "I believe in god - and his name is Bacchus!"  :wink:  Good luck with everything!).
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 20, 2007, 06:08:11 PM
Hey, nobody ever said this parenting thing would be easy, eh?   :)   And the little rascals don't come with instruction manuals!  AND we don't have GOD to rely on for help.  :roll:

Here is my Atheist layout:
(http://www.croppincorner.com/layouts/latest/13proudatheist.jpg)

Down the left it says: "they say I'm hateful, gay lover, enemy of virtue [quote from Tom DeLay in the article], baby-killer, anti-god... why?"

Most days, I don't feel I'm "anti-god," just anti-god followers.  God doesn't hurt me or affect me at all, it's his babbling idiot followers who make me crazy.

The last time I went to a scrapbooking retreat with a few moms from my son's school, we got very happy on wine and other spirits.  Little scrapbooking got done.   :lol:   But I need the girl time as much as the creating time, so it didn't bother me at all.
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Post by: Whitney on September 20, 2007, 11:49:08 PM
Any good ideas for wedding scrap book pages?  I have an empty scrapbook that I was going to start filling.  I'm kinda thinking of using photoshop to make the pages instead of all that cutting and pasting....yet, there is a certain bit of catchiness which gets added through the depth layerig creates.
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Post by: SteveS on September 20, 2007, 11:55:49 PM
Hey - whatever works for you.  Personally, I like beer, hockey, sailing, and good books.  Not necessarily in that order.  And I never grew up, because I still love Legos.  Now I build them with my 5 y/o daughter - its great fun for me and for her.  

Oh - and I like your layout.  Speaking artistically I'm hopelessly clueless  - but this looks very well done to me.  Kudos - and thanks for sharing!
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Post by: Steve Reason on September 22, 2007, 04:59:30 AM
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Hey - whatever works for you.  Personally, I like beer, hockey, sailing, and good books.  Not necessarily in that order.  And I never grew up, because I still love Legos.  Now I build them with my 5 y/o daughter - its great fun for me and for her.  

Oh - and I like your layout.  Speaking artistically I'm hopelessly clueless  - but this looks very well done to me.  Kudos - and thanks for sharing!


Well, I've never been sailing but I'd like to. It looks like fun. And I indefinitely like hockey, beer, and good books.

Are we related?   :wink:
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 24, 2007, 04:50:06 AM
Quote from: "laetusatheos"
Any good ideas for wedding scrap book pages?  I have an empty scrapbook that I was going to start filling.  I'm kinda thinking of using photoshop to make the pages instead of all that cutting and pasting....yet, there is a certain bit of catchiness which gets added through the depth layerig creates.

Digital scrapbooking is all the rage these days and I know a few gals who use photoshop.  There are SEVERAL digital scrapbooking programs out there as well, complete with graphics for any occasion.

I do scrapbooking for others as a business... but business is VERY slow.  LOL!  No projects at all this year.  <sigh>

Check out those digital programs or I can post a few websites that have digital elements to use... plenty of wedding ideas out there if you know where to look.

Quote from: "SteveS"
Oh - and I like your layout. Speaking artistically I'm hopelessly clueless - but this looks very well done to me. Kudos - and thanks for sharing!


Thanks, Steve!  I'm particular proud of that layout, especially since it pissed off some believers when they saw it.  Their problem, not mine.

I had an interesting weekend.  I got there Thursday night and stayed up talking to one of the other gals until 4:00 in the morning.  We had a great conversation about kids (her two are both gifted as well), scrapping, how we ended up in Oregon, and religion (of course).  She's a believer and for the most part, appeared extremely tolerant... the kind that "lives" her faith rather than preaching.  Then, after I talked about my mom's Catholocism, she said, "It's unfortunate she converted from Lutheran to that cult."  Um, 'scuse me?  "Yes, Catholicism is a cult... there is NOTHING in the bible to support all of their rituals and other cultish stuff."  

So much for tolerance, eh?   :roll:  :lol:

Oh, and "atheism is a religion, you realize that" she said to me.  I excused myself soon after to go to bed... and decided to make the best of the rest of the weekend.  The woman who owns the business was quietly religious and the other gal (cult-woman's friend) never mentioned her faith but refused to share a very funny quote from one of her favorite movies because it had a bad word that she refuses to say.  <sigh>

We had LOTS of other things to talk about and I did end up having a good time.  And I got 13 pages done for my cruise album, a good amount considering I was there for 3 days.  LOL!

Good to be home!
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Post by: SteveS on September 24, 2007, 06:26:27 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
I'm particular proud of that layout, especially since it pissed off some believers when they saw it. Their problem, not mine.
Good art always pisses somebody off, right?  :wink:  

Quote from: "rlrose328"
Oh, and "atheism is a religion, you realize that" she said to me.

Yeah - I've heard this charge as well.  Doesn't make any sense at all to me?  :?
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Post by: SteveS on September 24, 2007, 06:39:00 PM
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Are we related?

Ultimately, I guess the answer is always "yes", right?  Haha.  But not closely would be my guess - I don't think I have any relations in Indy.

Another hockey fan - cool.  There's a nice ice rink in Indy if I remember, close to downtown, right across the street from a parking garage.  I played Ball St. there when I was playing club hockey in college.  I like downtown Indy a lot - spent a lot of time working there a few years ago.  There was a chili place that was awesome (5-way red was the way to go), but I can't remember the name of the place.  The local 'Rock Bottom' franchise was good, too --- had outdoor seating on the sidewalk, and the Bottom brews decent beer.  Their 'Rocktoberfest' is particularly satisfying (or was - haven't been back to one of these for a few years).
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Post by: Steve Reason on September 25, 2007, 07:49:23 AM
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Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Are we related?
Ultimately, I guess the answer is always "yes", right?  Haha.  But not closely would be my guess - I don't think I have any relations in Indy.

Another hockey fan - cool.  There's a nice ice rink in Indy if I remember, close to downtown, right across the street from a parking garage.  I played Ball St. there when I was playing club hockey in college.  I like downtown Indy a lot - spent a lot of time working there a few years ago.  There was a chili place that was awesome (5-way red was the way to go), but I can't remember the name of the place.  The local 'Rock Bottom' franchise was good, too --- had outdoor seating on the sidewalk, and the Bottom brews decent beer.  Their 'Rocktoberfest' is particularly satisfying (or was - haven't been back to one of these for a few years).

LOL I know, I'm just kidding. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. :D

I think you're talking about Market Square Arena. MSA was razed a couple of years ago. Unless you're talking about Pan Am Plaza (which I've never been in).

Rock Bottom is still here. There are all sorts of bars and taverns downtown. I'm not sure how many places brew their own beer. Probably not a lot. And there's almost always something going on here that involve beer and the like. I'm not sure where you got that chili. There are lots of eateries in downtown and the surrounding area.

I'm with you about atheism as a religion. All that says is that someone doesn't believe that there is a god. That's it. How is that a religion? Yeah, I admire certain people that are atheist, but I sure as hell don't worship them.
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Post by: SteveS on September 25, 2007, 05:06:57 PM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
LOL I know, I'm just kidding.

Yup - I know, I was just trying to score some evolution-minded points.  :wink:  

I really wish I could remember the name of that chili place.  I think it had a racing theme (500 and all), like "Pit Stop", or some such.  I could easily be way off base.

The arena might be Pan Am --- I seem to remember a lot of flags from different places --- seems to fit the name.
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Post by: McQ on September 25, 2007, 07:11:45 PM
Here's what's on my mind today. My photo gallery gets too few "hits". I'm feeling sorry for myself.  :cry:

OK, not really all that bad, but I wish that the damn thing was getting more traffic. So, here's my totally shameless plug for my photo site!

http://mcq.smugmug.com (http://mcq.smugmug.com)

Take a few moments and look at some original photos by me. Make sure that you visit my galleries and then my guestbook. That way you can tell me what a wonderful and talented photographer I am and make me feel good! LOL!

And I'll preempt the comments about the religious statue photo. It just looked cool to me. Anything that looks cool to me gets photographed.

I'm an amateur, so don't expect Ansel Adams. My biggest enjoyment is sports and action photography, but I'll take pictures of anything that lets me. Photography is like golf. You can do it your whole life and never master it.

That's what is on my mind.
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Post by: Shalo'zier on September 25, 2007, 08:55:42 PM
I've got a calculus test tommorow, and I've got to study for that.

:D

Think I'll go now.
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Post by: Steve Reason on September 26, 2007, 06:59:09 AM
Quote from: "SteveS"

The arena might be Pan Am --- I seem to remember a lot of flags from different places --- seems to fit the name.


Yeah that's it.
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on September 26, 2007, 07:03:37 AM
McQ!  My Hero!  I'm going right now to your photo site!!  I'll sign in and out twice even, so it'll look like more traffic.  I'll make a lotta noise too.  I'll be right back.  If i never come back with some comment about McQ's photo site--NOBODY ELSE GO IN THERE, ok?
But cereal, i love ART!!!!  How long you been a shutter bug?
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on September 26, 2007, 07:36:34 AM
Okay, i made it back!  It's safe, you all can go now!  WOW, McQ!  What an eye!  I loved too many of these....i'm so gonna own "SnowWhite" and give it to Craig for his birthday....that lighting..i loved the hay bales one, too.  The construction one, the brick one, how do you even SEE that stuff that way.  Yeah, thanks for the warning on the religious statue, otherwise, i woulda spit my drink out onto my keyboard....

HEY-YOU ARE NOT 80!! You are hot, McQ!!  Who knew?  I thought you were our Geezer King.  Dang, now i AM the oldest one here.....
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Post by: Tom62 on September 26, 2007, 08:24:38 AM
I also liked the hay bales. My favourite photo's are the ones with the ducks. BTW how do you manage to look so young?
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Post by: Steve Reason on September 26, 2007, 09:16:02 AM
Quote from: "McQ"
Here's what's on my mind today. My photo gallery gets too few "hits". I'm feeling sorry for myself.  :cry:

OK, not really all that bad, but I wish that the damn thing was getting more traffic. So, here's my totally shameless plug for my photo site!

http://mcq.smugmug.com (http://mcq.smugmug.com)

Take a few moments and look at some original photos by me. Make sure that you visit my galleries and then my guestbook. That way you can tell me what a wonderful and talented photographer I am and make me feel good! LOL!

And I'll preempt the comments about the religious statue photo. It just looked cool to me. Anything that looks cool to me gets photographed.

I'm an amateur, so don't expect Ansel Adams. My biggest enjoyment is sports and action photography, but I'll take pictures of anything that lets me. Photography is like golf. You can do it your whole life and never master it.

That's what is on my mind.


Okay, I signed your book. What else can I do for you?  :D

You actually have some nice photos there. I like photography as well. I don't have a good camera, so I can only do so much-- but it's just fun to do. I'm not very good though, I imagine that's something you're born with.
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Post by: MommaSquid on September 26, 2007, 06:11:35 PM
I signed your book, too.  Nice pics!
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Post by: SteveS on September 26, 2007, 06:16:11 PM
Nice work McQ!  My favorites where the B-17 at the air show.  I am not a photographer, although my wife takes some nice pictures.  When we were in Door County Wisconsin she took a neat pic looking up a spiral staircase in a lighthouse that came out well.  You photo-people have this eye for recognizing what makes an artistic picture that honestly amazes me.  I just don't have it!

I also liked the dog and the tree leaves.  Maybe you could get a stalk of barley in the sunset?  Or a sprig of hops?  :wink:
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Post by: McQ on September 26, 2007, 07:40:15 PM
Wow! Hey guys (that's slang for men and women for me) thanks for going into the site and commenting in the guest book!

I told you it was a shameless plug, but there was a twinge of shame involved.  :wink:

Jean, you crack me up! Thanks. You're too kind. And BTW, my friends here do not have to pay for photos. I'm not a professional photographer anyway, I just love doing it. Anything you guys like, you may have. Just make sure I get the credit...none of this, "Oh I took that pic with my little disposable when I was on vacation." stuff. LOL!

And thank you also to MommaSquid, the Steves, and Tom. I appreciate you all taking the time to go in there and leave comments.

My cameras have changed over the past three years, from a simple Olympus Digital SLR, to newer and bigger Nikons. I am convinced that anyone can take good pictures, and even the equipment doesn't matter a whole lot if you develop a good eye. I'm working on it. It's funny, that every pro photographer will tell you the best way to get good at it is to take lots of pictures. They are right. It is the best way, although it seems to take a long time.

I tend to take thousands of sports photos each year, as our high school asked me to do their soccer teams and track and field. Our town's swim team also has me do their stuff. I take no pay for it, because it really is all about the kids and giving them some fun memories. Digital photography allows me to do thousands of pictures pretty cheaply (except for the initial outlay for the cameras and lenses). It keeps me out of trouble I guess!

Anyway, thanks again for doing that for me. You guys are awesome!

Oh, and I didn't even realize that my age was listed as it is! LOL! I'll have to take some time to find that and correct it!

Lastly, SteveS...that B-17 is beautiful. I walked all through it and talked with the pilots and crew. What an airplane! They were giving rides at $300 a pop, which seems high at first, but then you realize it's the only way they have to raise money to keep that beast in the air, and it's a bargain!
My wife still didn't let me!
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Post by: Whitney on September 27, 2007, 12:58:28 AM
McQ...very nice photos.  Is that one looking through the glass at a tower taken in Philadelphia.  If not, where and what tower?
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Post by: SteveS on September 27, 2007, 02:20:37 AM
Hey McQ - the sports photos sound great!  When I was kid playing hockey growing up, I really liked when people gave me pictures from the games - they give you a little fantasy of being a "big league player" or something.  When I played club hockey in college the photographer put a picture of me in the student paper - I was thrilled!  I think you're doing a great thing for the kids - I'm sure they love it!

About the B-17, yeah, one of my many underdeveloped interests is "aviation enthusiast".  I love planes - that's cool that you got to actually walk through it.  The Air Force museum (somewhere in Ohio, I think?) had a fuselage from a B-17 that I walked through, but I've never been inside a real flight-capable one.  Too bad you didn't get to ride - even for 3 bills, I'd have been sorely tempted!
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Post by: McQ on September 27, 2007, 04:04:40 AM
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McQ...very nice photos.  Is that one looking through the glass at a tower taken in Philadelphia.  If not, where and what tower?


Close...that tower is a church steeple in Baltimore, MD. I took it through the glass (huge four story glass building) of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). One of my sons just started there, majoring in graphic art. One or two other photos are from inside that building as well. Thanks!
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Post by: McQ on September 27, 2007, 04:07:02 AM
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Hey McQ - the sports photos sound great!  When I was kid playing hockey growing up, I really liked when people gave me pictures from the games - they give you a little fantasy of being a "big league player" or something.  When I played club hockey in college the photographer put a picture of me in the student paper - I was thrilled!  I think you're doing a great thing for the kids - I'm sure they love it!

About the B-17, yeah, one of my many underdeveloped interests is "aviation enthusiast".  I love planes - that's cool that you got to actually walk through it.  The Air Force museum (somewhere in Ohio, I think?) had a fuselage from a B-17 that I walked through, but I've never been inside a real flight-capable one.  Too bad you didn't get to ride - even for 3 bills, I'd have been sorely tempted!


That plane will be back again next summer, and I think this time I'll be on board as a paying passenger. As a former military aviator, I can't get enough of all things that fly. The cost will be worth it to ride that puppy and take some photos.
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Post by: SteveS on September 28, 2007, 04:43:16 PM
Hi all - here's what's on my mind today:  I'm outta here for about 3 weeks.  I'm leaving today to a customer site to support a major software cutover, then I'm heading to Disney World with the family for vacation the day after I return, and right after vacation I'm heading out to another customer site to support a system move.

I'll probably only stop by the forum sporadically if at all - but I'll be back in mid-October.  I love this place - so as the Governator says, "I'll be back"!

Take care all,
Steve
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 28, 2007, 04:43:52 PM
Have a great time, Steve!
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on September 28, 2007, 06:41:55 PM
Have a blast Steve!!!!  Will your distillery be okay all that time?  Need me to drive over there and watch over it??  bah ha ha!!

Hey, if it is raining on Disney World day, go on anyway!  That place is better in the rain!  No lines!!  Plus being all wet keeps ya cool, and makes you feel freer!  

We''ll flag all NRA messages for you for when you get back!!   ha ha!  (or is that the other Steve???)            :lol:    
Love,
~jean
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Post by: Whitney on September 29, 2007, 02:24:29 AM
have fun steve.

What's on my mind today?  I'm glad it is friday.

Btw, does anyone play halo?  Brian plays and is wanting to add anyone who gets on live.  Even if you don't play halo, share your xbox live gamer tag.  Maybe we can join a clan or whatever dorky name you gamers call it :)
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Post by: Steve Reason on September 29, 2007, 07:39:45 AM
I hope all goes well for you Steve. We'll keep a light on for you.  :wink:

Hey laetusatheos, I play the PC version of Halo online from time to time. I don't have an xbox.
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Post by: Churchworker on September 29, 2007, 11:44:14 PM
My gripe is there are too many false prophets lead by Satan.
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Post by: McQ on September 30, 2007, 02:51:12 AM
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have fun steve.

What's on my mind today?  I'm glad it is friday.

Btw, does anyone play halo?  Brian plays and is wanting to add anyone who gets on live.  Even if you don't play halo, share your xbox live gamer tag.  Maybe we can join a clan or whatever dorky name you gamers call it :)


My son plays Halo 3. He's addicted to it, naturally. I'll try to get his online info.
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 30, 2007, 04:15:38 AM
The kid had two taekwondo seminars today, one for sparring and one for kicking technique.  The great thing is that the hubby took him so I could have some time alone.... all wasted playing solitaire and posting on Yahoo!Answers.  But it was a good waste of time... I feel very rested and content tonight.

Sorry, we don't play Halo... I don't know why... we play everything else.  LOL!
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Post by: Churchworker on September 30, 2007, 07:12:50 AM
All of the false prophets every where being lead by the devil.
Every where I go I see false prophets. The world is full of them and they are lead by the devil.
But it keeps the devil busy so he is less likely to tempt us good Christians who love Jesus.
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 30, 2007, 07:21:22 AM
I guess it's better to see false prophets than dead people, eh?  :-)
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Post by: Tom62 on September 30, 2007, 07:28:52 PM
What's on my mind today? Friday, my landlady called me to tell me that she's going to sell our house. She found a buyer who would like us to move before the end of this year. This is hardly possible, because my wife lives in Lisbon and I will have difficulties to find something else on such a short term. Half of our stuff have to go to Lisbon and the other half remains (for the moment) in Germany. Which means that we have to move twice. Interesting enough my wife has a chance to get a job in New York. That would mean that we likely have to move 4 times within the next 3-6 months, because I'd love to be reunited with my wife again. Last night we spend many hours looking for houses on offer for rent on the Internet, but haven't found anything reasonable that I could afford. We hope to move out on our own terms, but I'm afraid that my landlady would try to get us out the nasty way.
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Post by: Whitney on September 30, 2007, 09:20:43 PM
Tom, do they not have rules in your area that require the lease be upheld by the new owner?

In either case, that really sucks.
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Post by: Tom62 on September 30, 2007, 11:27:07 PM
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Tom, do they not have rules in your area that require the lease be upheld by the new owner?

In either case, that really sucks.


According to german law the new owner takes over our lease. When he purchases the house he can only get us out in six month time, but only if he can prove that he needs the house for himself. The landlady already found a buyer, who desperately needs a house to live in and only buys the house is we move out earlier. Our landlady therefore puts a lot of presure on us to move out asap. I can only hope that this doesn't turn out nasty.

My wife and I agreed to do the move at our own pace. My gut feeling tells me that we won't be able to move this year, but at the end January or beginning of February.  Things could then get more complicated, in case my wife finds a new job. She applied to several management positions all over Europe and in the States, so I have to be sure that my new lease contains a clause that I can move out when my wife passes her probation.
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Post by: rlrose328 on September 30, 2007, 11:58:20 PM
Aw, Tom... that truly sucks.  Do you WANT to move to New York?  Personally, that would be a drag for me... I'm not partial to the northeast.

Let us know how it goes.
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Post by: McQ on October 01, 2007, 04:18:42 AM
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Aw, Tom... that truly sucks.  Do you WANT to move to New York?  Personally, that would be a drag for me... I'm not partial to the northeast.

Let us know how it goes.


Hey, now!

The Northeast is my home!  :lol:

Watch out, or Santa will skip right over your place this year.  :D
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Post by: rlrose328 on October 01, 2007, 05:23:06 AM
He's skipped me for several years no, McQ!  Perhaps that's why?  Hmmm... :-)

I lived in Massachusetts until I was 10, so I really have no memory of it except playing in the snow.  My dad said the happiest day of his life was when he sold his snowblower.  LOL!

I'm in the Pacific Northwest and the overcast and rain we're getting right now warms my heart.  :D
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Post by: McQ on October 01, 2007, 05:27:19 AM
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He's skipped me for several years no, McQ!  Perhaps that's why?  Hmmm... :-)

I lived in Massachusetts until I was 10, so I really have no memory of it except playing in the snow.  My dad said the happiest day of his life was when he sold his snowblower.  LOL!

I'm in the Pacific Northwest and the overcast and rain we're getting right now warms my heart.  :D


In truth, although I was born and reared here, I've always wanted to visit the great Pacific Northwest. It's odd that a place that gets so much rain and so much overcast is always rated among the best places to live in the country. There must be something to it after all!

Maybe someday...
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Post by: rlrose328 on October 01, 2007, 05:28:33 AM
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In truth, although I was born and reared here, I've always wanted to visit the great Pacific Northwest. It's odd that a place that gets so much rain and so much overcast is always rated among the best places to live in the country. There must be something to it after all!

Maybe someday...


Probably because most of the people I'm met here are transplants that WANT to be here.  :D   We did... it was here or Seattle and sometimes, we wish we'd chosen Seattle!
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Post by: take2gemini on October 01, 2007, 05:29:57 AM
If this frappr thing doesn't hurry up, I'll kill it O_O
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Post by: Tom62 on October 01, 2007, 07:07:17 AM
I'd love to live in America, the greatest theocracy... oops, I mean democracy in the world :lol:. Don't know how high the chances are of my wife getting a job in New York. She applied for a management position at the World Bank and has a job interview (by conference call) in two weeks time from now.
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on October 01, 2007, 08:42:14 AM
wow, Tom62, what a buncha stress.  Been in those shoes, it bites.
Check this out....one time the house i was renting was on the market--had strict orders i wanted to know when it was being shown(worked night shift then, slept in the daytime, see?).

So i am sleeping away at 10am, and realize....there are people walking around in my bedroom!!!  I was initially terrified, thinking it was criminals.....then honked off as i realize it is home-buyers.....then mortified as i realize i am naked....
....how embarrassing!!

HEY TOM62,,,,,can u do things to put the home in it's most unfavorable light, i dunno, throw a stink bomb or something right before they arrive?   and like, get your kids to look all sick, put light dusting of baby powder on their faces, fret over them and say they haven't been right since you been living there, etc....

Hey i think i just converted from those churchworker's words...wow, thanks, churchworker....i'll miss all you guys here.....

Hey, Cape Cod rules!!!!  Expensive, but beautiful....kinda back in time...pristine beaches of all different kinds....
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Post by: Tom62 on October 01, 2007, 09:12:06 AM
Double wow, Jean. Having people walking around in your bedroom is really an awful experience. Luckily this is something that cannot happen here, because the real estate agency doesn't get the housekey when there are still people living in the house. BTW Thanks for the tips! I'm now off to rent me a couple of pale looking kids :lol:.
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on October 01, 2007, 10:19:03 AM
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Double wow, Jean. Having people walking around in your bedroom is really an awful experience



Well, Brad pitt= maybe not so awful....ha ha!  Actually, they were as mortified as i was, went running out of the room tripping over each other !  Guess i don't look so good when i first wake up, huh!  Except the realtor, stood there staring, said, "I didn't think you'd be home!"  i started screaming at him to get outa my bedroom!  Very Jerry Springer kinda day...A real prozac moment.
Yeah, go to the local theater, get some kids who can ACT sick too....won't do to have 'em looking all lively...OH!  and sponge some water up around where the ceiling meets the walls.....

Smudge mysterious dark matter above each heating vent....

Pencil in some cracks onto the walls here and there..

.While they walk through, swat at an imaginary roach and mention how hard you are trying to get rid of 'em before they move in.....

YOU CAN DO IT TOM62!!!!!!!
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 01, 2007, 12:58:43 PM
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Double wow, Jean. Having people walking around in your bedroom is really an awful experience


Well, Brad pitt= maybe not so awful....ha ha!  Actually, they were as mortified as i was, went running out of the room tripping over each other !  Guess i don't look so good when i first wake up, huh!  Except the realtor, stood there staring, said, "I didn't think you'd be home!"  i started screaming at him to get outa my bedroom!  Very Jerry Springer kinda day...A real prozac moment.
Yeah, go to the local theater, get some kids who can ACT sick too....won't do to have 'em looking all lively...OH!  and sponge some water up around where the ceiling meets the walls.....

Smudge mysterious dark matter above each heating vent....

Pencil in some cracks onto the walls here and there..

.While they walk through, swat at an imaginary roach and mention how hard you are trying to get rid of 'em before they move in.....

YOU CAN DO IT TOM62!!!!!!!


Ha ha! You crack me up, lily.  :lol:
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 01, 2007, 01:05:39 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
I'd love to live in America, the greatest theocracy... oops, I mean democracy in the world :lol:. Don't know how high the chances are of my wife getting a job in New York. She applied for a management position at the World Bank and has a job interview (by conference call) in two weeks time from now.


Well, this is a great country, and most of the time I'm proud to call myself an American. I think I'd even die defending it. And it's certainly a happening place. But I wouldn't mind living in Scandinavia or maybe some small tropical country. Religion will ruin this country some day, and I'm tired of fighting it.
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Post by: take2gemini on October 02, 2007, 03:16:26 AM
I really hate people who think there perfect.

None of us are; get the fuck over it and accept yourself as an imperfect being.

But don't go to the other end and get all depressed about it: just deal, okay?

my random ass thought...
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Post by: Dai on October 02, 2007, 09:34:21 AM
Honestly, I watch the news, and become sickened. The Christians hold too much power. People change their policies based on winning evangelical votes.

I packed it up, but I have a book that has tons of quotes from our founding fathers, showing that America was NOT founded on Christianity ( I swear, I want to get a copy of the treaty of Tripoli that I can carry around in my wallet).


I watch organizations within the christian coalition, and how much power and sway they hold in politics, and it makes me so sad. If the Republican party pushes Rudy G (Not Pro-Restricting A Womans Rights), then the christian coalition will push for a third party candidate, and the worst part is, that would actually have a significant enough impact on the election that the GOP is having to consider it.

This should be a fucking common sense thing. Once again, referencing the book that I don't have on hand (Fighting Words is the title. I really recommend it), it is stated that one of the questions that you are suppose to ask when making a law, is whether it is Secular in nature. If it regards a dogma, then it shouldn't be made. These are the words of our founding fathers!

Ignorance will be the death of us.
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 02, 2007, 09:39:43 AM
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Ignorance will be the death of us.


Indeed it will. It's so hard to reason with a religionist. Reason and faith are two concepts that shall never meet.
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 02, 2007, 10:52:57 AM
Hey, I was thinking of becoming a member of the Planetary Society. Is anyone here a member? I'd like to get an idea about what kind of outfit they are. They won't try to hypnotize me will they??  :wink:

Seriously, I was thinking politically and such. Have they had any shading dealings or any such thing? Or do they advocate worshiping "mother earth", or have any Christian Science ties and the like?

Any info would be helpful. I'd rather not get involved with any loonies.  :D
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Post by: rlrose328 on October 02, 2007, 04:29:27 PM
Quote from: "Dai"
I packed it up, but I have a book that has tons of quotes from our founding fathers, showing that America was NOT founded on Christianity ( I swear, I want to get a copy of the treaty of Tripoli that I can carry around in my wallet).

The Treaty of Tripoli is a document of which I'm fond as well... but religionists love to point out that the Arabic version that was delivered to Tripoli (2 years after being certified) does not include Article 11.  This is a curious discussion point, with non-believers insisting that it MUST have been what our founding fathers wanted because it was voted on and ratified by Congress AND printed on the front page of all newspapers at the time, with nary a comment on Article 11.  Further, when it was renegotiated 8 years later, Article was absent even from the English versions.

I still stand by the fact that the wording was there and ratified originally with not a comment or complaint to be found.  But the Christians cherry-pick facts in history just as they do with the bible.

Quote from: "Dai"
Ignorance will be the death of us.


You are correct, sir.  So very sadly correct.
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Post by: McQ on October 02, 2007, 07:54:37 PM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Hey, I was thinking of becoming a member of the Planetary Society. Is anyone here a member? I'd like to get an idea about what kind of outfit they are. They won't try to hypnotize me will they??  :wink:

Seriously, I was thinking politically and such. Have they had any shading dealings or any such thing? Or do they advocate worshiping "mother earth", or have any Christian Science ties and the like?

Any info would be helpful. I'd rather not get involved with any loonies.  :D


I used to be a member. I let my membership lapse long ago though. It's fine. No cult, just science and the political side of exploration in space. Carl Sagan was a founding member. It's OK, but I felt like I didn't get much out of it.
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 03, 2007, 09:08:17 AM
Thanks, McQ!
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Post by: MommaSquid on October 03, 2007, 09:52:26 PM
On my mind today:  I don't feel well.  I'm dizzy, achey, hot and sweaty...but I don't have a fever.  Damn it, if I feel this lousy, I'm supposed to have a fever!   :(
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Post by: Whitney on October 04, 2007, 02:17:58 AM
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On my mind today:  I don't feel well.  I'm dizzy, achey, hot and sweaty...but I don't have a fever.  Damn it, if I feel this lousy, I'm supposed to have a fever!   :) )

I hope you feel better.
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Post by: MommaSquid on October 04, 2007, 07:38:08 PM
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I hope you feel better.


Thanks for the well wishes.  I feel a bit better today...less dizzy.  

I've heard of that undertemp thing, too...the stress of being sick can lower body temp, as can thyroid problems.  

Hopefully I just picked up a weird cold.
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Post by: MikeyV on October 04, 2007, 10:36:22 PM
It must be an Arizona thing, Momma. I've felt under the weather for the last few days, but I'm not running a fever.

What's on my mind today? Sports...and um...sports.

Game 2 of the National League Division series is on tonight, Diamondback's have a 1 game lead over the Cubs. Go D'backs!

Opening night for the Phoenix Coyotes!!! WooHoo...Hocky rocks!

Other than that, waiting for Friday.
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 05, 2007, 06:53:51 AM
Quote from: "MikeyV"
It must be an Arizona thing, Momma. I've felt under the weather for the last few days, but I'm not running a fever.

What's on my mind today? Sports...and um...sports.

Game 2 of the National League Division series is on tonight, Diamondback's have a 1 game lead over the Cubs. Go D'backs!

Opening night for the Phoenix Coyotes!!! WooHoo...Hocky rocks!

Other than that, waiting for Friday.


Ah give the Cubbies a break. They haven't won it all in a hundred years. :cry:
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 05, 2007, 07:01:50 AM
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I hope you feel better.

Thanks for the well wishes.  I feel a bit better today...less dizzy.  

I've heard of that undertemp thing, too...the stress of being sick can lower body temp, as can thyroid problems.  

Hopefully I just picked up a weird cold.


I know why you're sick... you live in ARIZONA! How many days were under 100 degrees this summer?  :wink:

Wait a minute, you haven't been swimming in that crazy Lake Havasu with the brain eating amoeba have you??
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Post by: MikeyV on October 05, 2007, 07:59:27 AM
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Ah give the Cubbies a break. They haven't won it all in a hundred years. :cry:

99 to be exact. The Cubs last won the series in 1908. I'm hoping Arizona will make it an even 100.

8 to 4 beat down tonight, and we have our two best hitting pitchers coming up on Saturday and Sunday (if needed :)
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Post by: MommaSquid on October 05, 2007, 08:10:30 PM
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Wait a minute, you haven't been swimming in that crazy Lake Havasu with the brain eating amoeba have you??


Nope, no visits to Lake Havasu where the brain eating amoeba dwell.  

Besides, they might starve in my skull.   :shock:

BTW, baseball is boring!  Go, D-Backs?
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Post by: MikeyV on October 05, 2007, 10:06:01 PM
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BTW, baseball is boring!


Blasphemy!!!
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Post by: MommaSquid on October 12, 2007, 12:13:33 AM
I just got home from jury duty.  What a massive waste of time!  I sat in the jury processing room (which is like the waiting room at a doctor's office with even older magazines) from 8:30 to 2:30 without being called as a prospective juror.  Then I was dismissed.  

And I didn't even get to say "jury nullification".   Geez.   :roll:

Kind of anti-climactic.  I got up at 5:30 and fought rush hour traffic for that?!
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Post by: SabineMaia on October 12, 2007, 03:17:47 AM
Cheese.
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Post by: a_jaynepayne on October 12, 2007, 03:24:13 AM
of all the the things on god's green earth (...hehehe........OH COME ON IT WAS FUNNY) you've got cheese on your mind?  did I miss something from an earlier post?
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Post by: SabineMaia on October 12, 2007, 03:35:12 AM
Holy mary mother of god, that was funny!

Nope, you didn't miss anything. I just like cheese. I'm trying to figure out which cheese to bring to dinner tomorrow to go with the seaweed rice crackers I'm also bringing.
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Post by: McQ on October 12, 2007, 01:20:58 PM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
I just got home from jury duty.  What a massive waste of time!  I sat in the jury processing room (which is like the waiting room at a doctor's office with even older magazines) from 8:30 to 2:30 without being called as a prospective juror.  Then I was dismissed.  

And I didn't even get to say "jury nullification".   Geez.   :roll:

Kind of anti-climactic.  I got up at 5:30 and fought rush hour traffic for that?!


Now that's just not fair. When my turn comes (and it will, I'm sure), I want to be able to say "jury nullification" dammit!
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Post by: Whitney on October 13, 2007, 01:58:20 AM
Did I manage to get all the nasty spam pics off the forum?
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Post by: rlrose328 on October 13, 2007, 02:40:40 AM
As far as i can see, yeah... but it looks like you got here awhile ago.  What a waste of good forum space.  Nasty little spammers.  What hideous crap they put up here.  My son walked in just as I was closing the first one... with a "what was THAT MOM!?!?"  Ugh.
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Post by: McQ on October 13, 2007, 05:35:16 AM
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Did I manage to get all the nasty spam pics off the forum?


I guess I came in late for the spam party. You did miss one (or it was posted after you cleaned up the others), and I took care of it. What kind of cowardly crud has to hide behind a keyboard and spam, anyway?
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 13, 2007, 05:49:39 AM
What a minute, are you saying I missed seeing some boobies??  :D
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Post by: rlrose328 on October 13, 2007, 05:52:42 AM
Not boobies, Steve... it was horrible stuff.  I've seen some pretty awful stuff in my time, but this was... awful.  Hideous... and note, there's no smilie here.  BAD stuff.
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 13, 2007, 06:15:48 AM
Okay, it sent me a message with the offending pictures. That's one sick little dude. I guess he was a religious zealot trying to offend us -- or it's just a mental case. No harm to me (I pretty much can't be shocked), but I'd hate for a little kid to see that shit.  :evil:
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Post by: rlrose328 on October 13, 2007, 06:18:44 AM
Yeah, I had to do some fancy footwork because he's a pretty curious kid... he saw the kitty on fire at the bottom.  I told him it was a cartoon... he said, "It's not a very funny one, mom..." and walked out of the room.  Smart kid.
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 13, 2007, 06:29:25 AM
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Yeah, I had to do some fancy footwork because he's a pretty curious kid... he saw the kitty on fire at the bottom.  I told him it was a cartoon... he said, "It's not a very funny one, mom..." and walked out of the room.  Smart kid.


I'd like to catch the fucktard that posted that garbage and teach him some manners. I'm glad your boy didn't see all of it. Of course he'll probably see things like that as an adult someday, but kids can become disturbed by such things. I'm all in favor of people being able to post such vile things in the appropriate forums -- I'm vehemently opposed to any censorship (aside from child porn and such) -- but jesus, no one wants to see that when they're not expecting to.  :x
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Post by: tigerlily46514 on October 16, 2007, 08:51:10 AM
Hey, i threw my dad a 90th birthday party this weekend...was a big deal, over 100 people showed up!!  wowie.   I got to chop 70  freakin pounds of vegetables for this gig....MY dad is the most awesome human though....totally deserves all the love he can be given.

 Anyway, my neice-in-law was watching one of my many priest-relatives (i have the absolutely most religious family) giving a blessing over my dad and murmered to me, "Do you believe any of this stuff?"
AND TO MY SHOCK- i answered, "Oh no, i'm an atheist."  and she almost spit her drink out, and i was surprised too cuz ususally i am so in-the-closet for decades now..i just said it, didn't plan to.  It just popped out.

 Maybe this forum is helping me feel braver about it..... all over again, after the traumas of being an atheist back in the 60's and 70's before anyone had heard much of it, or ever met a real atheist in real life......they all thought i had something to do with the devil, see...it was weirder then i think.  

She then admitted she and my nephew are both agnostic anyways, and bordering on atheism.....Her reaction was not hostile at all!!!!!!   She seemed pleased, even.  But then again, her question was kinda indicative she might be open to my atheism.....

But wow--i haven't done that in years!  felt so good!! I don't know if other than my own sweetie-man, i have ever said that and rec'd a non-hostile reaction!!!!

... some reactions start out nonhostile, just shock, but then deteriorate into hostility soon enuff...so  THIS IS KINDA A FIRST FOR ME!  WOO-HOO!  Had a breakthrough!  Whole new experience for me.  wow.

Now i'll probably  get overly confident and start mentioning it/admitting it regularly and get lynched or something...

OH--BTW--I GOT some PM from that horrible spammer too, think the note added onto  it about jesus did cause me to convert..gonna miss you guys!!!      ..eeeeough, was gross.
I"m with you Steve Reason.....Yeah, Rose, that is one smart kid you got there......
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 16, 2007, 10:02:36 AM
Quote from: "tigerlily46514"
Hey, i threw my dad a 90th birthday party this weekend...was a big deal, over 100 people showed up!!  wowie.   I got to chop 70  freakin pounds of vegetables for this gig....MY dad is the most awesome human though....totally deserves all the love he can be given.

 Anyway, my neice-in-law was watching one of my many priest-relatives (i have the absolutely most religious family) giving a blessing over my dad and murmered to me, "Do you believe any of this stuff?"
AND TO MY SHOCK- i answered, "Oh no, i'm an atheist."  and she almost spit her drink out, and i was surprised too cuz ususally i am so in-the-closet for decades now..i just said it, didn't plan to.  It just popped out.

 Maybe this forum is helping me feel braver about it..... all over again, after the traumas of being an atheist back in the 60's and 70's before anyone had heard much of it, or ever met a real atheist in real life......they all thought i had something to do with the devil, see...it was weirder then i think.  

She then admitted she and my nephew are both agnostic anyways, and bordering on atheism.....Her reaction was not hostile at all!!!!!!   She seemed pleased, even.  But then again, her question was kinda indicative she might be open to my atheism.....

But wow--i haven't done that in years!  felt so good!! I don't know if other than my own sweetie-man, i have ever said that and rec'd a non-hostile reaction!!!!

... some reactions start out nonhostile, just shock, but then deteriorate into hostility soon enuff...so  THIS IS KINDA A FIRST FOR ME!  WOO-HOO!  Had a breakthrough!  Whole new experience for me.  wow.

Now i'll probably  get overly confident and start mentioning it/admitting it regularly and get lynched or something...

OH--BTW--I GOT some PM from that horrible spammer too, think the note added onto  it about jesus did cause me to convert..gonna miss you guys!!!      ..eeeeough, was gross.
I"m with you Steve Reason.....Yeah, Rose, that is one smart kid you got there......


Cool. It's good to have your parents live to an old age and to have a big family like that. I envy you on both counts. Both of my parents were dead by age 60. I can't even imagine making it to 90! :lol:

I can't believe no one helped you out with the cooking. Jesus, you must be exhausted. :D
 
You shouldn't hesitate to say you're atheist if it comes up. To hell with what others think about it. Fuck 'em. If people want to get nasty about it, I can be brutal as hell if they asked for it. I'll be damned if I'm going to be sorry or defensive about what I believe. We have nothing to be ashamed of; we're not the ones that are in danger of burning this world to the ground.
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Post by: Tom62 on October 16, 2007, 12:41:59 PM
I've signed my new rental contract this morning, after days and days of hard negotiations with my (now former) landlord. Who is in for a big party? I have approx. 600 bottles of very good Burgundy and Bordeaux wine waiting for you for which there is no space in my new appartment.
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 16, 2007, 02:03:00 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
I've signed my new rental contract this morning, after days and days of hard negotiations with my (now former) landlord. Who is in for a big party? I have approx. 600 bottles of very good Burgundy and Bordeaux wine waiting for you for which there is no space in my new appartment.


Me!
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Post by: McQ on October 16, 2007, 02:40:39 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
I've signed my new rental contract this morning, after days and days of hard negotiations with my (now former) landlord. Who is in for a big party? I have approx. 600 bottles of very good Burgundy and Bordeaux wine waiting for you for which there is no space in my new appartment.


Well, if you insist....

I'll be right there!
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Post by: rlrose328 on October 16, 2007, 04:31:21 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
I've signed my new rental contract this morning, after days and days of hard negotiations with my (now former) landlord. Who is in for a big party? I have approx. 600 bottles of very good Burgundy and Bordeaux wine waiting for you for which there is no space in my new appartment.

I'll be there... but can i bring a good white zin instead?  Not much of a red wine drinker.  :D

Quote from: "tigerlily46514"
Hey, i threw my dad a 90th birthday party this weekend...was a big deal, over 100 people showed up!!  wowie.   I got to chop 70  freakin pounds of vegetables for this gig....MY dad is the most awesome human though....totally deserves all the love he can be given.


Wow... I can't imagine living to 90.  I had a grandpa live to 92 but my grandmas both died in their 70s and my dad died at 67.  Sounds like a good time, except for that veggie chopping.  Cool about your niece-in-law!  Do you see her often?
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 18, 2007, 10:37:28 AM
So I'm thinking about taking a nice long bubble bath this weekend. Who among you can lead me down the path to bubble bath enlightenment? :D
 
I was thinking that some candles would be nice. Can you recommend a good bubble bath product, or the best way to enhance the bubble bath experience?
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Post by: pjkeeley on October 18, 2007, 01:46:05 PM
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So I'm thinking about taking a nice long bubble bath this weekend. Who among you can lead me down the path to bubble bath enlightenment? Very Happy

I was thinking that some candles would be nice. Can you recommend a good bubble bath product, or the best way to enhance the bubble bath experience?

Sharing the experience with someone is the best way. :wink:

Also, smoke some pot. :pirate:
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 18, 2007, 02:20:11 PM
Quote from: "pjkeeley"
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So I'm thinking about taking a nice long bubble bath this weekend. Who among you can lead me down the path to bubble bath enlightenment? Very Happy

I was thinking that some candles would be nice. Can you recommend a good bubble bath product, or the best way to enhance the bubble bath experience?

Sharing the experience with someone is the best way. :wink:

Also, smoke some pot. :pirate:


Pot makes me ill, and I'm not exactly a ladies man. But that's a good idea.
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Post by: rlrose328 on October 18, 2007, 06:31:11 PM
Hey Steve... my best advice on the bath issue (one of my favorites... hehe) is to hit Bed Bath and Beyond.  They have candles, bath salts, bath bubbles, and lots more... and they have many fragrances that are appealing to the less-flowery among us, especially during the holiday season.  I got a cranberry scented one last year and it was wonderful!

Let us know how that bath works out for ya.  ;)
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Post by: SteveS on October 19, 2007, 05:29:19 AM
Hello All - I'm back from my many adventures - tomorrow will be my first day back at my desk since Sept. 27th.  Here's the score so far:

Michigan - 1 week - business concluded successfully
Florida - 1 week - Disney World family vacation concluded successfully - a good time was had by all  :wink:  
Hawaii - 1 week - business concluded successfully

It's great to be back home - I landed at O'Hare this morning at 5am local time (red eye flight - what fun).  I'm feeling a little jet lagged, but getting back to normal.  The Hawaii time zone is 5 hours behind Chicago, but I spent the first two weeks in Eastern time - 6 hours time change.  Blah - these time changes are for the birds.

Anyway - a happy atheist has returned to the forum.  I probably won't catch up with all the messages I missed (889 according to the forum software) but I'm glad to be "in the mix" again!
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Post by: Tom62 on October 19, 2007, 09:21:03 AM
Welcome back SteveS! I just wish that my company would send me on a business trip to Hawaii. I'd love to go there one day. Which attractions did you and your family liked most in Disney World?
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 19, 2007, 11:05:49 AM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
Hey Steve... my best advice on the bath issue (one of my favorites... hehe) is to hit Bed Bath and Beyond.  They have candles, bath salts, bath bubbles, and lots more... and they have many fragrances that are appealing to the less-flowery among us, especially during the holiday season.  I got a cranberry scented one last year and it was wonderful!

Let us know how that bath works out for ya.  :D
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 19, 2007, 11:09:36 AM
Quote from: "SteveS"
Hello All - I'm back from my many adventures - tomorrow will be my first day back at my desk since Sept. 27th.  Here's the score so far:

Michigan - 1 week - business concluded successfully
Florida - 1 week - Disney World family vacation concluded successfully - a good time was had by all  :wink:  
Hawaii - 1 week - business concluded successfully

It's great to be back home - I landed at O'Hare this morning at 5am local time (red eye flight - what fun).  I'm feeling a little jet lagged, but getting back to normal.  The Hawaii time zone is 5 hours behind Chicago, but I spent the first two weeks in Eastern time - 6 hours time change.  Blah - these time changes are for the birds.

Anyway - a happy atheist has returned to the forum.  I probably won't catch up with all the messages I missed (889 according to the forum software) but I'm glad to be "in the mix" again!


Cool. Welcome back Dudelinger! Where can we go to see the pictures?? You are going to share the love, aren't you? You just went to Disney World and Hawaii--two places I've always wanted to see. :)
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Post by: rlrose328 on October 19, 2007, 05:45:24 PM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Oh yeah, I forgot about them. I'll check it out. Thanks Rosie! Btw, are you supposed to rinse off after a bubble bath?

And don't worry, I'll take some pictures.  :)
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Post by: SteveS on October 19, 2007, 11:00:10 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Which attractions did you and your family liked most in Disney World?
The kids liked the Magic Kingdom - Flying Dumbos, Winnie the Pooh ride, Haunted Mansion (I like that one too), Pirates of the Carribean, Buzz Light Year, and TTA (Tomorrowland Transit Authority?), Carousel of Progress, and a few others.

I really like Epcot - the kids liked Future World, but I love the World Showcase.  I wander around, eat food at the different countries, and drinks lots of beer.  Plus the scenery is nice!

Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Where can we go to see the pictures?? You are going to share the love, aren't you?

Haha!  I'm not much into photo sharing, and I think I've only got pictures from Disney.  I didn't really take any in Hawaii.  Sorry  :(  Although, I've got a few from the last time I was there about a year and half ago - I'll see if I can post them somewhere.  I was working in downtown Honolulu and my hotel was in Waikiki.
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 21, 2007, 08:01:37 AM
Quote from: "SteveS"
Quote from: "Tom62"
Which attractions did you and your family liked most in Disney World?
The kids liked the Magic Kingdom - Flying Dumbos, Winnie the Pooh ride, Haunted Mansion (I like that one too), Pirates of the Carribean, Buzz Light Year, and TTA (Tomorrowland Transit Authority?), Carousel of Progress, and a few others.

I really like Epcot - the kids liked Future World, but I love the World Showcase.  I wander around, eat food at the different countries, and drinks lots of beer.  Plus the scenery is nice!

Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Where can we go to see the pictures?? You are going to share the love, aren't you?
Haha!  I'm not much into photo sharing, and I think I've only got pictures from Disney.  I didn't really take any in Hawaii.  Sorry  :(  Although, I've got a few from the last time I was there about a year and half ago - I'll see if I can post them somewhere.  I was working in downtown Honolulu and my hotel was in Waikiki.


I got ya', secret agent stuff and all of that.

Whoops, now I did it. I'm a dead man. :lol:
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 21, 2007, 10:52:24 AM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Oh yeah, I forgot about them. I'll check it out. Thanks Rosie! Btw, are you supposed to rinse off after a bubble bath?

And don't worry, I'll take some pictures.  :)


Ha ha, I actually decided to take a picture (nothing risque). I was gonna put suds on my face. And guess what I did? Yep, you guessed it--I dropped the camera in the water.  :lol: I dried my hands, but they still had soap on them. So when I picked up the camera that was a little wet, down it went. :oops: I'll keep it a couple of days to see what happens when it dries out. But I think I'm screwed. I wish I could blame it on booze. But I only had a couple of drinks beforehand (although I'm feeling fine now).

I had a bubble bath yesterday after work and it went pretty well. My uncle and cousin were gone, so I had some soothing music playing and also lit some candles. And I didn't have anything to drink since I only drink on Saturday or Sunday. I think it's better without booze. We just need a bigger tub is all.  I got my bubble bath soap from Bath & Body Works. Bed Bath & Beyond had bupkis.

Anyway, apart from the camera (shit happens), it went well.  :)
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Post by: Dai on October 21, 2007, 05:25:38 PM
I leave tommoorrrow
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Post by: ryanvc76 on October 21, 2007, 08:13:44 PM
I managed to stay in my PJs all day today and it's almost time for bed again! Wow - what a relaxing day!  Too bad tomorrow is Monday!
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 22, 2007, 07:00:44 AM
Hey hey! My camera still works! I haven't put it through the paces yet, but it looks like I might be in business. Score one for the luckless!  :lol:
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Post by: Tom62 on October 22, 2007, 09:14:27 AM
I got out of bed too early this morning to pick up my wife at the airport. Getting up too early makes me rather grumpy :evil: . Haven't had a decent sleep for more than two weeks now, because I worry too much about our forthcoming move. My wife just came back from a job-interview in Washington. Should she'll get the job then our moving-plans will change dramatically. We will know for sure by the end of this month.  I'll now get another cup of real expresso that is strong enough to wake up the dead; and then it is back to work again.
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Post by: ryanvc76 on October 22, 2007, 09:32:46 AM
So, I'm at the regional post office this morning, doing our daily mail pick-up. I'm talking with my co-worker about all of the incest that would have taken place if the Bible's take on things were accurate.  You know, starting from Adam and Eve, or after the whole Noah's Ark crap.  

It just happens that another Atheist overheard us and joined in.  This guy was a member of the Utah National Guard and starts to bring one of his fellow Soldiers in on the conversation, but stops himself real quick and asks her if she's Mormon.  She says yes and he looks at me and rolls his eyes.  Anyways, she wants to know what we were talking about, so he tells her.

Her response, "Well, that's a topic that our church leaders don't discuss very often.  They say it is too complex for us too understand it clearly."

I had to bite my tongue!  After all, I need to keep my job.  Wow!  They really are sheep!
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Post by: Steve Reason on October 22, 2007, 11:56:04 AM
Quote from: "ryanvc76"
So, I'm at the regional post office this morning, doing our daily mail pick-up. I'm talking with my co-worker about all of the incest that would have taken place if the Bible's take on things were accurate.  You know, starting from Adam and Eve, or after the whole Noah's Ark crap.  

It just happens that another Atheist overheard us and joined in.  This guy was a member of the Utah National Guard and starts to bring one of his fellow Soldiers in on the conversation, but stops himself real quick and asks her if she's Mormon.  She says yes and he looks at me and rolls his eyes.  Anyways, she wants to know what we were talking about, so he tells her.

Her response, "Well, that's a topic that our church leaders don't discuss very often.  They say it is too complex for us too understand it clearly."

I had to bite my tongue!  After all, I need to keep my job.  Wow!  They really are sheep!


The credulous don't want to know the truth, nor do they wish to discuss it. And there's always someone that will be more than happy to tell such people how to think.
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Post by: SteveS on October 22, 2007, 06:02:10 PM
Quote from: "ryanvc76"
the whole Noah's Ark crap

Well put about Noah's Ark ... total crap.  On my flight back from Hawaii they showed "Evan Almighty" as one of the movies --- gag!  What a modern Xtian barf-fest.  I particularly liked "god" (Morgan Freeman) describing how to him the story is not about god's wrath but about love --- the animals came two-by-two so they stuck together (xlation: I killed all the animals but two of each kind so they could experience love --- are you kidding me?).

Anyway, the more I kept thinking about this Ark business, the more I kept thinking this has to be the most transparently ridiculous, obviously false story ever created.  And the reasoning behind it makes no sense either.  Why would god need two of each animal, male and female, to preserve the species?  I mean - he made them all to began with - why not wipe out the earth and make new animals?  I mean "god" had to be intervening anyway, right, or the animals would have eaten each other.  They could only have been cooperating by divine hanky-panky messing with their behavior.  Why not just magically preserve a few animals through the flood - who needs a boat?  Plus - good luck getting this boat to survive a storm on a planetary ocean.  Talk about a lot of open fetch for the waves to build!  I'm thinking this thing would have sunk faster than Titanic - more god magic to keep the boat floating.  And where did all the extra water come from?  And then, after the flood, where did it all go?  Let me guess - even more magical spells from god - and he did it because he loves us (god starts to sound like OJ Simpson after a while doesn't he?  "I killed you because I love you" - uh, psychopathic much?).

This story is pure pap, and would be even if it weren't a cheap copy of the epic of Gilgamesh - which it obviously is.  I can't believe someone chose this junk to make a movie out of.  If you ever happen to be anywhere when "Evan Almighty" is playing I highly suggest you high-tail it outta there post haste.  I felt myself getting dumber so I unplugged my earphones and ignored the screen.  Luckily I think I only lost a few IQ points.....

I'm not usually this vitriolic - but honestly, this Noah's Ark business is just so completely absurd it starts to piss me off.  I'll be good once I jug another coffee.
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Post by: jcm on October 22, 2007, 06:55:24 PM
I think the best part of the Noah's Ark story is the end. After the great flood god puts a rainbow in the sky as a sign that there will never be another flood again. Yeah, as if there were no rainbows before the great flood!
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Post by: a_jaynepayne on October 22, 2007, 07:17:15 PM
I just want to know--ballpark figure--how many times I'm going to have to clean my f-n house!!!!!!  I mean I pick up all day throughout the day but I actually have to CLEAN at least twice a day.  It's gotta be the three year old boy and one year old coonhound doing all this damage...there's gotta be somewhere I can send them off to...maybe Guam?  OH DAMMIT I HEAR HIM GETTIN' INTO CRAP RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK...uh type
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Post by: SteveS on October 22, 2007, 09:12:36 PM
jcm - happy rainbow = more barf!

a_jaynepayne - ah, such is the nature of entropy......

  :wink:
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Post by: donkeyhoty on October 22, 2007, 10:49:53 PM
Quote from: "SteveS"
If you ever happen to be anywhere when "Evan Almighty" is playing I highly suggest you high-tail it outta there post haste
If it wasn't a plane you should've gone to the bathroom, clogged the sinks, and left the water running.
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Post by: SteveS on October 23, 2007, 02:15:16 AM
Quote from: "donkeyhoty"
If it wasn't a plane you should've gone to the bathroom, clogged the sinks, and left the water running.

Good idea - but since it was a plane I was afraid of being detained as a possible terrorist.

I turned on the overhead light and read a book - even though it was like 2 in the morning; this probably annoyed the guy next to me who was trying to sleep (I guess he didn't like the movie either).  Although he kept bumping into me shifting around in his seat.  Which brings up the question --- is it possible to spend 8 hours packed elbow-to-elbow, sardine-style, on a plane without annoying, and in turn being annoyed by, everyone around you?  Somehow I think not.  Even the flight attendants seemed bitchier than normal (this is not a sexist comment; the male flight attendant was the bitchiest of all).
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Post by: a_jaynepayne on October 29, 2007, 12:58:45 AM
does it mean that I'm some sort of a desperate housewife because I've caught one hell of a buzz before six pm?....I'm thinkin' I either need some real support or some good old fashioned scolding....but I do think some credit is due to the creators of this site...I mean seriously I catch a buzz and the first thing I wanna do is come post something on this website of all the things I could be doing....alright alright that's enough intoxicated nonsense for now, THAT'S WHAT'S ON MY MIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: rlrose328 on October 29, 2007, 02:27:10 AM
I'm right there with you... if there had been some wine in the fridge, I'd be having a few glasses. We've had a horribly busy weekend here and I'm just kid-tired tonight.  I tried to take a nice, warm bath to ward away the monthlies, but the kid just wouldn't leave me alone!  My little choreographer is making up dance moves and had to show me every one of them.  The hubby is downstairs napping!  Ugh.

So... Jayne... what's up with the buzzin'?  Bad day?  Or GOOD day... ;)
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Post by: SteveS on October 29, 2007, 05:51:32 PM
Quote from: "a_jaynepayne"
does it mean that I'm some sort of a desperate housewife because I've caught one hell of a buzz before six pm?

Hell no!  Nothing wrong with catching an early buzz from time to time.  I've been known to do this with some frequency.

Now I'm drinking medicinally - I just played in my first hockey game, after a 2-year hiatus, last night.  I'm in pain today - kept stretching so I didn't get too stiff, but my legs are shot.  I figure beer is not only a muscle relaxant but it also eases the discomfort - so I'm planning to have a few early.  I just have to wait until after work, unfortunately.....
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Post by: donkeyhoty on October 29, 2007, 11:46:09 PM
Quote from: "SteveS"
Now I'm drinking medicinally - I just played in my first hockey game, after a 2-year hiatus, last night. I'm in pain today - kept stretching so I didn't get too stiff, but my legs are shot. I figure beer is not only a muscle relaxant but it also eases the discomfort - so I'm planning to have a few early. I just have to wait until after work, unfortunately
Pot's better.  That's another plus for legalization.  Also, stretching(before or after) doesn't really help with soreness, only lessens the chance of a pull.
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Post by: SteveS on October 30, 2007, 03:30:35 PM
Quote from: "donkeyhoty"
Also, stretching(before or after) doesn't really help with soreness, only lessens the chance of a pull.

Tell me about it!  I didn't pull or injury anything, so I'll say the stretching might have helped - but still hurts.  At least the stretches seem to maintain my mobility - rather than getting locked up and sore, I'm just sore.  This normally gets better with me after a few games.  Every year that goes by, though, seems to add to my reconditioning time.  Bah - don't get old - there's no future in it.  :wink:
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Post by: a_jaynepayne on November 05, 2007, 12:49:17 AM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
I'm right there with you... if there had been some wine in the fridge, I'd be having a few glasses. We've had a horribly busy weekend here and I'm just kid-tired tonight.  I tried to take a nice, warm bath to ward away the monthlies, but the kid just wouldn't leave me alone!  My little choreographer is making up dance moves and had to show me every one of them.  The hubby is downstairs napping!  Ugh.

So... Jayne... what's up with the buzzin'?  Bad day?  Or GOOD day... ;)

It was a good day...I try to avoid drinkin' on bad days...it only ends in tears.  :-)
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Post by: Amor Fati on November 05, 2007, 04:06:17 AM
I always enjoy a good rum and coke somewhere around mid-afternoon (Captin Silver).  Seems perfectly normal to me.
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Post by: MysticalChicken on November 05, 2007, 04:41:47 AM
Yesterday while at Music Millennium in Portland I was near the books section and next to the shelves were racks with novelty breath sprays and other parody items--one of the sprays was called "Believe in God Instantly".  It made me laugh.

EDIT:  Holy crap, I Googled it and this was exactly what I saw:

http://richarddawkins.net/article,950,n,n (http://richarddawkins.net/article,950,n,n)

Here's the company that makes it:

http://www.blueq.com/shop/114-catId.117 ... tId.0.html (http://www.blueq.com/shop/114-catId.117440520_114-productId.0.html)
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Post by: SteveS on November 05, 2007, 04:24:08 PM
Faith-enhancing breath-spray - I like that!
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Post by: MysticalChicken on November 06, 2007, 01:08:05 AM
I want to see Juno.  If the trailer (look for it on YouTube) is anything to go by, it's going to be the funniest movie of this year.  I watched the trailer last night On Demand and laughed my ass off for three straight minutes.  And then I watched it again and laughed just as hard the second time.

"Your parents are probably wondering where you are."
"Mmm, no.  I mean, I'm already pregnant, what other kinds of shenanigans can I get into?"
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Post by: Tom62 on November 06, 2007, 06:58:13 AM
My wife got the job in Washington. Now our move gets very complicated, because we'll be moving our stuff from Darmstadt to Lisbon, from Darmstadt to Oberursel, from Lisbon to Washington and later next year from Oberusel to Washington.
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Post by: MommaSquid on November 06, 2007, 05:19:33 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
My wife got the job in Washington.


Congratulations to you both!   :D

Washington D.C. real estate is very expensive, so be prepared for sticker shock.  

Happy packing!
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Post by: Tom62 on November 06, 2007, 05:39:05 PM
[quote="MommaSquid]
Congratulations to you both!   :D

Washington D.C. real estate is very expensive, so be prepared for sticker shock.  

Happy packing![/quote]

Thanks! My wife already looked around in the Washinton DC area for houses and appartments. Real estate is really expensive, but if we combine our both salaries (providing that I find a job there as well and that I can get a green card) we could afford something very decent. My only concern is that we'll keep living apart for quite some time.
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Post by: MommaSquid on November 06, 2007, 05:45:25 PM
Tom62, you should start looking into a greed card right away.  Skilled workers stand a better chance of getting one, but you will still have to jump through hoops.  I hope it works out for you.
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Post by: SteveS on November 06, 2007, 08:12:28 PM
Congrats -and best of luck, Tom62!  I don't know how you guys do it - moving towns would be unsettling enough for me, let alone moving countries.  Anyway - here's a warm welcome to the United States!
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Post by: McQ on November 06, 2007, 10:03:03 PM
Good news, Tom. We'll practically be neighbors. Well, not really, since D.C. is three hours away from me, but it's closer than Germany. Good luck with all the preparations.
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Post by: Tom62 on November 07, 2007, 09:48:23 AM
Thank you all! The whole situation reminds me of the old chinese curse "May you live in interesting times". There are a lot of plans to be made to prepare for the move and to get the timing right for me to find me a job and to get a work permit. I was thinking of taking a sabbatical year in the USA to become a certified software engineer and then look for a job.
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Post by: SteveS on November 07, 2007, 03:47:48 PM
Yes - software engineering is good - come to the light!  Haha.

Washington D.C. - I worked there for about a year - seem to recall they've got some restaurants there called "Capital City Brewing Co.".  They make very potable brews - and I recommend the turkey burger with blue cheese - yummy.  If you find the place (they've got franchises, I think) and they've got the "St. Adrian's Alt Beer" on tap - go for one, I don't think you'll be disappointed!
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Post by: weirdframer on November 12, 2007, 03:24:23 PM
Like some of the micro brews  But I'll never turn down a GUINESS
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Post by: SteveS on November 12, 2007, 04:26:10 PM
Indeed, much like Sam Adams, Guinness is always a good choice.  :wink:
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Post by: rlrose328 on November 12, 2007, 05:26:16 PM
I like Corona with Lemon.  :D
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Post by: Mister Joy on November 12, 2007, 06:03:29 PM
The last time I went to Dublin I went to the Guinness brewery and they were giving away samples of their newest creation, Guinness North Star. It's pretty darn tasty. On par with the original, I reckon. I haven't found it in any stores around where I live though, so I don't know how readily available it is here or in the States. But I'll say this: if you see it, get it. :D

My mind: I've nabbed myself a house, innit. It was cheap because the previous owners died in some horrible accident involving old age and it's been abandoned for years. Can't move into it yet though because it needs 13 grands worth (around 30,000 dollars) of damp work done (really can't afford it) the power box - which was probably installed some time in the 30s - is illegal & the whole place looks like the a set from Eraserhead. Woke up with a horrible hangover this morning and spent the entire day ripping up carpets and painting the garage (breeze block - not easy to paint). Now I'm rewarding myself with more Jack Daniels and I've pinched some of my mother's supposed 'absinthe'. So if I'm not drunk now (which I probably am) I bloody well will be.

Aaaand I've got a friend from Alaska coming over to visit the U of K soon, possibly, so it could do with being ready for then. I wouldn't want to expose her to my criminally insane relatives... not too much at least. Have to entertain myself a little, don't I?

And Tom64, yeh jammy bastard! Good on you! Get out of Europe while you can, I say. If I didn't have responsibilities here, and if I didn't love Walker's crisps, rain & slang so much, I'd probably migrate to Canada :lol: . I've never been to Washington DC; almost did but never got around to it in the end. Hope it works out for ya.

Incidentally, off-topic question here, my mother got herself an American citizenship about ten years before I was born (long story) so does that mean I should have one? Because she's as clueless and monosyllabic as ever.
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Post by: Tom62 on November 12, 2007, 11:35:20 PM
I like Corona once in a while, especially when it is very warm outside. Normally I'm not such a fan of very light beers. The  "St. Adrian's Alt Beer" sounds just like what I need. Thanks for the tip! The turkey burger with blue cheese got my name on it as well.
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Post by: SteveS on November 13, 2007, 02:49:37 AM
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I've pinched some of my mother's supposed 'absinthe'.
Wow - the holy grail of alcohol.  I think absinthe is still illegal in the states, although I can't think of why.  There was a lot of hype about this stuff that the science says is bunk.  I've heard you can find it on cruise ships, though.  While I'm not much of a 'hard' liquor drinker, if I'm ever in place where they have absinthe I've promised myself to try --- you sort of have to, don't you?  The legendary drink that has brought both untold joy and unmitigated tragedy to it's imbibers.....it'd be like having a taste of distilled history!
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Post by: Mister Joy on November 13, 2007, 09:15:19 AM
I think it's illegal here too. You can still buy "absinthe" in the occasional off-licence (pretty much the strongest drink you could possibly hope to find here without distilling your own moonshine) but I'm pretty sure it's all fake. I reckon the hype is because of the wormwood being a mild hallucinogen & because it makes it far more toxic than your average drink of the same alcohol content. Plus it's supposed to make people very violent. You know the artist Vincent van Gogh who cut off his own ear? He was apparently legless on the stuff at the time. But then he was a psycho anyway, so who knows what to believe...
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Post by: SteveS on November 13, 2007, 04:26:43 PM
That was it - there was a chemical in the wormwood that had everyone worked up.  Although I've read modern medical claims that the amounts in absinthe are so small that they would not have a significant effect on anyone.  I think absinthe is also distilled stronger than most liquors; a fact that everyone seems to forget when assessing it's effects  :wink:  .

Interestingly, absinthe would not be the strongest thing you can buy here in the States - because you can legally purchase distilled ethanol (one popular brand is Everclear) which is something like 198 proof - almost pure ethanol.  I use this when I brew beer - its safe to consume (unlike, say, chlorine bleach or iodine).  I use it to sterilize the yeast vial lip before pitching (apply ethanol then flame with lighter) and to fill my airlocks (in case some fluid gets sucked back into the beer - its just ethanol, which won't harm me or contaminate the brew like an unsanitary liquid like pure water, or a sanitary but harmful solution like bleach water).

So ... I would think consuming pure ethanol would be far more hazardous than consuming absinthe ... which leaves me convinced the law is bunk on this one.

And yes, I know of van Gogh.  I'm not a big art aficionado, but I do like his work.  My favorite is Wheatfield with Crows (http://www.penwith.co.uk/artofeurope/van_gogh_wheatfield_with_crows.jpg), although there are countless others I enjoy.  Here's a little sample:

Allee des Alyscamps (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/3d/Van_gogh_lallee_des_alyscamps.jpg/300px-Van_gogh_lallee_des_alyscamps.jpg)

Wheatfield with Lark (http://www.chrysler.org/images/Wheatfield_with_Lark.jpg)

Landscape with Green Corn (http://www.fineartprintsondemand.com/images/prints/400/37647.jpg)
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Post by: ryanvc76 on November 13, 2007, 04:27:12 PM
I have a bottle of Absinthe sitting right here on the liquor shelf. It's pretty easy to get in Germany. Come on over folks!
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Post by: Tom62 on November 13, 2007, 08:32:23 PM
I think  that one of the strongest drinks that I've got  at home is Strohrum.  It is made in Austria and it is 160 proof.  It is great to mix it with coke or to put it in a "Feuerzangenbowle" (for more info see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feuerzangenbowle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feuerzangenbowle)).
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Post by: Mister Joy on November 13, 2007, 10:34:56 PM
Quote from: "SteveS"
Interestingly, absinthe would not be the strongest thing you can buy here in the States - because you can legally purchase distilled ethanol (one popular brand is Everclear) which is something like 198 proof - almost pure ethanol.

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I think that one of the strongest drinks that I've got at home is Strohrum. It is made in Austria and it is 160 proof. It is great to mix it with coke or to put it in a "Feuerzangenbowle" (for more info see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feuerzangenbowle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feuerzangenbowle)).

I don't know 'proof' very well, cuz we just use ABV here, but I get the gist and jeezus you're lucky :lol: . Unfortunately, I can't use the same argument to support absinthe since I live in an over-the-top socialist nanny state. Looking at the amount of limits there are around booze, fags, food, the way people raise their children and the political agendas we're allowed to support, the way the law treats absinthe seems comparatively relaxed.

Pisses me off actually, and because of this I'm now going to go off on a heated rambling tangent. They've started searching children's lunch boxes in a lot of state primary schools to make sure the balance of nutrients is perfect, taking them away if they're even slightly off & then having a go at the parents for things like giving their kids the same type of sandwich twice in one week. That isn't healthy! It's child abuse! Channel 4 says so! etc. Then a bunch of MPs - inbred sex offenders - get in a huff because a lot of teenagers have actual plans for their lives & don't want or feel they need to go to university. The solution? Target them young. Fill their heads with a crippling fear of academic failure complete with a sense of inescapable doom and dependency - in UCAS we trust - before they even get a chance to learn their fucking ABCs. Makes me sick.

And this whole "target them young" thing goes for everything (academia, political attitudes, life aspirations, health - the whole shebang). It's come about now, I think, because they've twigged that teenagers are very slippery when it comes to brainwashing. They're very good at recognising what people want of them - slimy manipulative rhetoric or no - and making every effort to contradict it, so little children are the way to go. At the college I finished before the summer, the intellectual nannying was constant. We had "Headmaster's lectures" - completely pointless hour long talks from different people every Monday - and sifting through all of the bullshit in those was utterly exhausting. Now that they're wanting to move these methods into primary schools, people don't stand a chance of having a mind of their own.

To paraphrase an actual example: "Don't call me sir! Call me SEB ['Seb', according to market research, is the most trusted name in Britain. Coincidence?] I'm not a teacher, we don't need to be all formal! We're friends. That's it, open up those succulent brains so I can fill them with garbage..." the man then went on to explain why it's perfectly justifiable to let serial killers and child rapists out of prison early if they complete a course in social studies (though he didn't express it like that of course; he used lots of R&L spin like 'methods of rehabilitation' and so on). It's far worse than just preaching: it's disturbingly sly and so totally bonkers that it makes the Bible read like a welcome dose of common sense.

Well that was some steam let off. I have more to relieve but in order to do the job properly I'd have to carve one and a half thousand pages worth of ranting all around the surface of a cannon ball and fire it into the houses of parliament.

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the man then went on to explain why it's perfectly justifiable to let serial killers and child rapists out of prison early if they complete a course in social studies

our prisons are too full, so they're thinking of all sorts of ways to empty them, including getting people to think letting criminals off is a good thing.
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Post by: MikeyV on November 14, 2007, 12:00:33 AM
Proof is Alcohol by volume X 2.

So, 40% ABV = 80 proof
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Post by: SteveS on November 15, 2007, 07:44:16 PM
Hey Mister Joy - sweet rant, dude!  Suffice it to say that I understand and agree with your objections to your described political situation.

Searching the lunch boxes seems ridiculous to me --- this appears to be so far over the top I'm honestly left speechless.

In fact, I'd say this is one of those things I find disturbing about elements of the political left --- they claim to be 'liberal', but they would enact just as many restrictions, regulations, and obligations as would the right --- just on different topics.  So, it seems to me that their objection to the right is not really that the right is too restrictive, merely that the right is restrictive on the wrong issues.  They have no objection, in principle, to a restrictive government.

Oh - and MikeyV explained the proof thingy.  Looks like I overestimated Everclear - its more like 190 proof, ~95% ABV.

On the prison issue - we've got crowding problems here in the States as well.  I think that by reviewing what acts we think are crimes and what the purpose of a prison is ... well, we might find that maybe a significant number of people currently imprisoned shouldn't be locked up after all.  But - if we're going to start letting people out, I highly doubt we should include the murders and rapists.  Unless a person imprisoned for one of these crimes can mount a legitimate argument that they should not have been found guilty, I can't imagine what reasonable grounds they could have for being let out.
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Post by: Mister Joy on November 16, 2007, 04:45:20 PM
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Searching the lunch boxes seems ridiculous to me --- this appears to be so far over the top I'm honestly left speechless.

Yep. This whole country's gone utterly insane. It transcends the outragious and goes into the absurdly stupid. Especially the idea that not giving your children a perfectly balanced diet is feckin' child abuse. The way they bang on implies that there's some sort of malicious intent at the centre of it all. Like unhealthy food in general is a conscious force of malevolent evil.

"Damn, I didn't get that promotion I wanted. I shall take it out on my innocent children. Come here Jimmy!"
"Y-y-yes?"
"YOU. Wipe that pathetic look off your face before I buy you some fish and chips. How would you like some ice cream, HMMM? WELL!? CHOCOLATE ice cream full of ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURING!!?"
Are you suffering the torment of unhealthy eating at the hands of someone close to you? Call the child helpline on...


I can also picture the CEO of McDonalds sitting in a leather arm chair with a monocle/eye-patch and an obscenely over-done, badly acted British accent, perhaps stroking a small furry animal:

"Wot's your la'est diabolical scheme, sir?"
"Well, I'm glad you asked, generic cockney henchman *sips his tea/virgins blood*. I'm going to... raise the salt content of our burgers by 5%! Think of it. People will be dying of cardiac arrests left right and centre. Pretty soon they'll be BEGGING me to reduce the salt content back to what it was before! Like a pack of filthy grovelling obedient dogs!"
manic laughter ensues, coupled with atmospheric thunder and lightning. The vision of the world that New Labour would have us adopt.

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In fact, I'd say this is one of those things I find disturbing about elements of the political left --- they claim to be 'liberal', but they would enact just as many restrictions, regulations, and obligations as would the right --- just on different topics. So, it seems to me that their objection to the right is not really that the right is too restrictive, merely that the right is restrictive on the wrong issues. They have no objection, in principle, to a restrictive government.

Agreed. Actually, I tend to associate the left with restrictiveness far more than the right in general, not just in certain areas. I call myself 'right wing' based on the notion of economic libertarianism; free market and all that; and as far as I'm concerned, though many would disagree, abstract philosophies of social authoritarianism or liberalism are on an entirely separate scale to the material economic policies, the balance of private/public sectors, that truly define left from right. Having said that though, when it comes to the economics of socialism (that joyous ever growing thing in my country) and more extremely communism, you speak muchos truth in that it becomes very hard for a nation state not to adopt a very restrictive & authoritarian way of seeing things. A friend of mine tried to tell me once that "fascism is the opposite of communism," going by the misconceived idea that fascism is the right wing extreme. Is it possible to make a more ridiculous statement, given the historical examples? In fact I don't believe it's possible to have a communist state without fascism to uphold it. It would either collapse completely or fall back into a mixed economy. On the other hand, if you you were to somehow create a full market economy, the true opposite of communism and my idea of a right wing extreme, it could only be anarchistic because there would be no state.

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Oh - and MikeyV explained the proof thingy. Looks like I overestimated Everclear - its more like 190 proof, ~95% ABV.

That's still worthy of awe. Is it legal to distil alcohol over there? It's very much illegal here. However, I've heard that it's still OK to use freeze distillation... not that it matters because nobody's ever going to get caught.

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On the prison issue - we've got crowding problems here in the States as well. I think that by reviewing what acts we think are crimes and what the purpose of a prison is ... well, we might find that maybe a significant number of people currently imprisoned shouldn't be locked up after all. But - if we're going to start letting people out, I highly doubt we should include the murders and rapists. Unless a person imprisoned for one of these crimes can mount a legitimate argument that they should not have been found guilty, I can't imagine what reasonable grounds they could have for being let out.


Agreed, again. Trouble is, and I'm assuming that it's the same there too, they tend to let people out after serving a generously short sentence for their offences rather than simply sending less teenagers down for petty crimes like shoplifting and vandalism (because that's the main thing that's causing such a build up). A prison - though they call it some other more PC word like 'centre' or something, I think - specifically to house paedophiles, conveniently down the road from a school, released a load of their inmates at once on one occasion; which naturally incited the wrath of rioting parents. They're meeting the problem with very stupid means.
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Post by: pjkeeley on November 16, 2007, 05:08:04 PM
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On the other hand, if you you were to somehow create a full market economy, the true opposite of communism and my idea of a right wing extreme, it could only be anarchistic because there would be no state.

Well, strictly speaking, the goal of communism is also to have no state. That's if we're going by Karl Marx's version. And strictly speaking there's never been a *real* communist revolution because it's so utopian it could never actually happen in real life. China, the Soviet Union, Cuba etc. are all examples of planned economies or so-called "state capitalist" societies, which is basically left wing fascism. (means of production privately owned = capitalism, means of production owned by workers = communism, means of production owned by state = state capitalism) Actual communism is closer to anarchism.

(not a communist/marxist/anarchist btw)
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Post by: SteveS on November 16, 2007, 07:28:10 PM
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Is it legal to distil alcohol over there?
You need a special license to distill.  Making distilled booze (moonshine) at home is very illegal - in fact, if you're caught you get to feel the full wrath of the lovely ATF (federal law enforcement agency, named for Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms).  The ATF is somewhat infamous for their ill advised raid on the Branch Davidian cult in Waco Texas that left a lot of members and officers dead.

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A prison - though they call it some other more PC word like 'centre' or something
Here in the US we like to call these 'correctional facilities/institutions'  :lol:  

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Actually, I tend to associate the left with restrictiveness far more than the right in general, not just in certain areas. I call myself 'right wing' based on the notion of economic libertarianism; free market and all that; and as far as I'm concerned, though many would disagree, abstract philosophies of social authoritarianism or liberalism are on an entirely separate scale to the material economic policies, the balance of private/public sectors, that truly define left from right.

Interesting commentary --- there are two sides to this political coin (at least the way I see it).  

*** Warning: Amateur Socio-Political Content Ahead ***

Generally, I would term these 'social' and 'economic'.  What is interesting is that a modern American political 'liberal' is truly liberal on social issues, but conservative on economic issues.  A modern American 'conservative' is the opposite: conservative on social issues, liberal on economic issues.

Yet, for some reason we term them 'liberals' and 'conservatives' - placing the emphasis on social outlook instead of economic outlook.

So - if you primarily consider economic positions (as you state) then I can certainly understand your view.  Here in the States, people seem to be primarily interested in social outlook - and thus they see the right as more restrictive (from this perspective rightly so).

What I found curious about the case you mentioned is that this seemed to be the left dabbling in social restrictions - and I would think this would be dangerous ground for them to be standing on.  Its like just replacing the 'Church of God' with the 'Church of Nutrition'.

*** End of Amateur Socio-Political Commentary ***

In a similar theme to your lunch box story, my wife and I had to split up last weekend and take the kids to different places at the same time.  As a result, I was at my 3yo's tumbling class and among the other kid's mothers for the first time - I didn't know these people.  But - their conversation was really disturbing.  They were discussing healthy diet - one mentioned that her sister never lets her children eat cookies or potato chips - and her oldest child was apparently 8 years old.  When the child's grandmother made cookies at Christmas, the mom threw them all in the garbage.

So now I ask you --- is a life of miserable healthiness even desirable?  Isn't there something good in the simple joy of a child eating a cookie that was hand-baked by his/her grandma?  If I was overly judgmental I might be tempted to condemn the acts of this mother as child abuse!
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Post by: McQ on November 17, 2007, 03:19:01 AM
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On the other hand, if you you were to somehow create a full market economy, the true opposite of communism and my idea of a right wing extreme, it could only be anarchistic because there would be no state.
Well, strictly speaking, the goal of communism is also to have no state. That's if we're going by Karl Marx's version. And strictly speaking there's never been a *real* communist revolution because it's so utopian it could never actually happen in real life. China, the Soviet Union, Cuba etc. are all examples of planned economies or so-called "state capitalist" societies, which is basically left wing fascism. (means of production privately owned = capitalism, means of production owned by workers = communism, means of production owned by state = state capitalism) Actual communism is closer to anarchism.

(not a communist/marxist/anarchist btw)


Good post pj, and nice disclaimer, BTW! LOL!
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Post by: donkeyhoty on November 17, 2007, 03:26:45 AM
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I can't imagine what reasonable grounds they could have for being let out.
 We need more room to keep Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, etc. locked up.


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is a life of miserable healthiness even desirable?
 I think it was Bill Maher that said, "I'd rather have 65 Sammy Davis, Jr. years, than 130 Ken Starr years."


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Generally, I would term these 'social' and 'economic'. What is interesting is that a modern American political 'liberal' is truly liberal on social issues, but conservative on economic issues. A modern American 'conservative' is the opposite: conservative on social issues, liberal on economic issues.
Well, that's what happens when we try to explain politics on a single axis.  I prefer the x-y axis approach, but even that is somewhat flawed, depending on what x or y is.  Oh well, most people don't want to have to think that much, give 'em a quick, one word label and they're on their way.
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Post by: Mister Joy on November 17, 2007, 11:48:29 AM
Quote from: "pjkeeley"
Well, strictly speaking, the goal of communism is also to have no state. That's if we're going by Karl Marx's version. And strictly speaking there's never been a *real* communist revolution because it's so utopian it could never actually happen in real life.

I thought that was the main difference between communism & Marxism? I'm a bit rough on the far far left, though (haven't examined it in yonks) so I'm probably confused.

And yeah, a true market economy is equally impossible and not terribly sensible even if it was. :lol: Though there are right wing anarchists about, I believe; certainly here, don't know about New Zealand. They don't tend to band together to promote political agendas, though, so much as band together to murder immigrants (usually based on race, though they're still generally xenophobic) and throw bricks through shop windows.

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Here in the US we like to call these 'correctional facilities/institutions'

Haha. :lol:  Let's reduce crime levels by patting criminals on the head in a condescending manner, then we can redefine the boundaries of things like 'violent crimes' et cetera so that the statistics show a decline. Zip-a-dee-doo-daa.

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Generally, I would term these 'social' and 'economic'. What is interesting is that a modern American political 'liberal' is truly liberal on social issues, but conservative on economic issues. A modern American 'conservative' is the opposite: conservative on social issues, liberal on economic issues.

Yet, for some reason we term them 'liberals' and 'conservatives' - placing the emphasis on social outlook instead of economic outlook.

So - if you primarily consider economic positions (as you state) then I can certainly understand your view. Here in the States, people seem to be primarily interested in social outlook - and thus they see the right as more restrictive (from this perspective rightly so).

It's seen in the same way more often than not here as well. Most commonly the 'economic' and 'social' spectrums are mangled together into one left and right scale, which is very confusing in my opinion and doesn't really work, prioritising the social scale, I think, because a surprising number of people simply don't understand economics. However, I think it's more true to prioritise the economic scale simply because that's how the terms left and right started out and were originally meant to be used. Still, because I am (or was) studying economics at A-Level, I may have it firmly on the brain. :lol:

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What I found curious about the case you mentioned is that this seemed to be the left dabbling in social restrictions - and I would think this would be dangerous ground for them to be standing on. Its like just replacing the 'Church of God' with the 'Church of Nutrition'.

I think it is. They're growing less and less popular with each election. At the last one the Tory's (conservatives) very nearly caught up with them & when it was advised that the new Prime Minister Gordon Brown call a general election early to mark his take over from Tony Blair and win faith with the people, he refused. It's pretty clear he was just afraid of losing it, though he's given several other unsatisfactory excuses. I wouldn't put it past them to rig the coming one though. New Labour are extremely seedy. They have more spin than a used car salesman. People say Thatcher was bad, and she was towards the end, but New Labour has in fact done much more damage that she did - they just rely on people's stupidity in that regard - and at least the 'iron lady' said exactly what she meant and didn't go to great lengths to bullshit the entire country.

As I say, though, their bizarre spin is usually very clever and difficult to see through. It does manage to convince quite a lot of people. They have a lot of people believing that human beings are helpless chaotic and dangerous without a government to shepherd them around in every aspect of their lives. They forget that the government is also comprised of mere human beings, not divine spiritual entities who know exactly what's best for man kind; MPs are no more or less flawed than anyone else.

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In a similar theme to your lunch box story, my wife and I had to split up last weekend and take the kids to different places at the same time. As a result, I was at my 3yo's tumbling class and among the other kid's mothers for the first time - I didn't know these people. But - their conversation was really disturbing. They were discussing healthy diet - one mentioned that her sister never lets her children eat cookies or potato chips - and her oldest child was apparently 8 years old. When the child's grandmother made cookies at Christmas, the mom threw them all in the garbage.

Some people really do take things too far. I understand that there has to be a balance there, and I think it should be in the hands of parents what their kids eat, but when it gets that excessive it seems to me that these mothers are forcing their own personal obsessions onto their children, as if they're mere bodily extensions of themselves. It's similar, actually, to a lot of the stories I've heard on here from the younger members; this idea that you have to be a Christian until your parents say otherwise. Also, my parents are vegetarian, but I'm verging on carnivorous. Rather than getting their knickers in a twist about it, they bought me all the meat I wanted and used it as a way to encourage me to cook my own food, which I've now done since I was ten, and thanks to that I'm now very skilled in the kitchen, while most people my age can barely manage a Pot Noodle.

That kid's going to be guzzling buckets of chocolate the moment it develops a mind of it's own. (I say 'it', by the way, only because I don't know the gender)

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So now I ask you --- is a life of miserable healthiness even desirable? Isn't there something good in the simple joy of a child eating a cookie that was hand-baked by his/her grandma? If I was overly judgmental I might be tempted to condemn the acts of this mother as child abuse!

A few psychologists may well agree with you there. Isn't there that whole notion that highly represses ambitions and urges during childhood can manifest themselves later as neurosis and sexual disorders? Not that I'm a big believer in psychology as a subject though. Tends to get a bit silly.

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Well, that's what happens when we try to explain politics on a single axis. I prefer the x-y axis approach, but even that is somewhat flawed, depending on what x or y is. Oh well, most people don't want to have to think that much, give 'em a quick, one word label and they're on their way.

Likewise. Stumbled upon this website yesterday, in fact:

http://www.politicalcompass.org which expresses it quite nicely. Quite cool: there's a quiz you can take to pin-point your position on the x-y axis in relation to all sorts of other politicians/famous people. Don't know how reliable it is though.
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Post by: ryanvc76 on November 17, 2007, 07:38:00 PM
Yay! I'm going snowboarding in the Austrian Alps tomorrow!

Boo! The bus leaves at 3:30AM!
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Post by: MommaSquid on December 06, 2007, 05:55:59 PM
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@MommaSquid: Talking about cigars, I feel sorry for you guys in the USA that you can't smoke real Havanna's. When will this silly trade embargo with Cuba stop?


Good question.  After Castro and his brother die, maybe Cuba will become a state or US territory.  Apparently many Cuban's are for this scenario.

When I lived in South Florida I saw news reports (almost daily) of Cubans washing up on the shore in Miami and the Keys.  As long as they hit solid ground they can stay.   :?
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Post by: Will on December 06, 2007, 07:48:05 PM
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@MommaSquid: Talking about cigars, I feel sorry for you guys in the USA that you can't smoke real Havanna's. When will this silly trade embargo with Cuba stop?

Good question.  After Castro and his brother die, maybe Cuba will become a state or US territory.  Apparently many Cuban's are for this scenario.

When I lived in South Florida I saw news reports (almost daily) of Cubans washing up on the shore in Miami and the Keys.  As long as they hit solid ground they can stay.   :?

I vote for state. I don't like what we're doing to Puerto Rico and other territories: taxation without representation. Maybe they should have a tea party?
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Post by: Bella on December 07, 2007, 12:48:18 PM
M*therf*cker... I have "jinglebells" stuck in my head. :(
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Post by: Gibson on December 12, 2007, 04:45:28 PM
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M*therf*cker... I have "jinglebells" stuck in my head.


Hah!  I can relate.  After hearing Jewel and her mom singing "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer," yesterday, I found myself singing it in the car on the way to work.  I like that rendition a lot, but I hate anything repeating in my head.
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Post by: rlrose328 on December 12, 2007, 06:33:32 PM
I've got "Beginning to Look Alot like Christmas" going over and over again... Ugh!  Just that phrase of the song... nothing else.
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Post by: Steve Reason on December 15, 2007, 11:30:37 AM
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I've got "Beginning to Look Alot like Christmas" going over and over again... Ugh!  Just that phrase of the song... nothing else.


Yeah I love Christmas music, even ones like "Oh Holy Night", but damn, hearing the same damn song about 20 times in the first week of December is more than I can take. And they do get stuck in your head...
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Post by: MysticalChicken on December 16, 2007, 12:00:06 AM
Personally my favorite Christmas song is The Kinks' "Father Christmas."

I had "Silver Bells" running through my head earlier.


Also, go see Juno.  It's fantastic.  I saw it yesterday afternoon.  It's my new favorite movie.
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Post by: Mister Joy on December 16, 2007, 02:23:16 AM
I hate Christmas songs. Can't go anywhere without hearing them. I went into the high street cafe this morning at 8 for a cappuccino and Jingle Bell Rock was blasting out of the wall-speakers. Not what you want to hear at that time.
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Post by: MysticalChicken on December 16, 2007, 04:26:01 AM
Ooh, I get to quote Lore Sjöberg!

"I don't know where they get off calling this 'rock.'  It's not even Jingle Bell Easy Listening.  Not a great song in the first place, this one is made worse by its overinflated sense of hipness.  I can just hear some sixty-five year old-crooner saying 'And here's one the young people will enjoy.'  You want to hear a Christmas rock song?  The Kinks, 'Father Christmas,' end of story." - The Book of Ratings
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Post by: tacoma_kyle on December 16, 2007, 06:32:59 AM
Today I actually had a pretty decent work Christmas Party lol. Turned out I spent about 2300% what everyone else did though hehe. But I got a kick ass gift---massive firwork dealio! New years...oh yeah! Probably be some pharmacists, techs and others lightin off illegal fireworks haha. Kinda funny...
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Post by: ryanvc76 on December 16, 2007, 07:26:13 AM
We get some crazy fireworks here in Germany for New Years - stuff that would never be legal back in Oregon...  This year we're heading to Amsterdam for New Years Eve.
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Post by: Steve Reason on December 16, 2007, 04:18:26 PM
Man that Willie Nelson needs a new guitar. I can't believe that thing doesn't disintegrate in his hands!  :lol:
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Post by: MommaSquid on December 16, 2007, 05:34:12 PM
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You want to hear a Christmas rock song? The Kinks, 'Father Christmas,' end of story.


The Waitresses--Christmas Wrapping.  My favorite rock Christmas song since 1981 (and counting).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP_WH4he ... re=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP_WH4heId4&feature=related)

And here's the Kinks, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjaPXihb ... re=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjaPXihbORk&feature=related)
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Post by: Steve Reason on December 16, 2007, 07:15:13 PM
...but driving in a nasty Winter storm. At least it's pretty.

(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb5/steve44_bucket/snownight2.jpg)


(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb5/steve44_bucket/snownight3.jpg)


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(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb5/steve44_bucket/snowday.jpg)


(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb5/steve44_bucket/snowday2.jpg)
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Post by: tacoma_kyle on December 29, 2007, 06:01:25 AM
Still snowing!!! Hooray. Like 6-8" on the ground still, snow packed roads = fun cornering.

I have the weekend off. Wanted to get some friends to tow my old hood around in a empty parking lot (behind my truck as a sled) but they are all outta town. What a surprise.

Maybe I will ride my bike around tomorrow solely to freeze my ass off.

Oh and I got my UZ block bellhousing. It adapts my tacoma A340E tranny to my 1uz-fe V8. Gigidy-giggidy...heh
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Post by: Gibson on December 30, 2007, 03:17:41 AM
I miss snow.  Yeah, I know - it sucks when you're an adult.  I lived in Iowa until I was 12, so I have happy memories of snow.
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Post by: SteveS on January 04, 2008, 04:04:36 PM
Speaking of snow, did anyone watch the outdoor hockey game in Buffalo (Sabres vs. Penguins) on New Year's?  I thought it was silly - why play hockey outside, especially when its snowing?  But, it was still amazing to watch the skill of the players adjust to the situation - by the third period they were making all their long passes in the air - the puck was just bleeding off speed on the snow-covered ice.
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Post by: Steve Reason on February 24, 2008, 02:40:51 PM
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Speaking of snow, did anyone watch the outdoor hockey game in Buffalo (Sabres vs. Penguins) on New Year's?  I thought it was silly - why play hockey outside, especially when its snowing?  But, it was still amazing to watch the skill of the players adjust to the situation - by the third period they were making all their long passes in the air - the puck was just bleeding off speed on the snow-covered ice.


That brings back memories fpr me/ I miss my jaoclkey playuing days. Playing on the local pond and then warmiong up ny the fire ain the pavilion. Noe Im sad I think. But still... Oh shit., I m drunk sorrry guys@!!...
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Post by: MommaSquid on February 25, 2008, 04:51:43 PM
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Oh shit., I m drunk sorrry guys@!!...


I spent the weekend at the AZ Renaissance Festival.  Lot's of drunken pirates out there.  I had a blast, but my back is killing me today.   I guess it's a fair price to pay.
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Post by: jaymayo on February 25, 2008, 05:37:20 PM
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I spent the weekend at the AZ Renaissance Festival.  Lot's of drunken pirates out there.  I had a blast, but my back is killing me today.   I guess it's a fair price to pay.


Drunken pirates!? Awesome! And why, pray tell, was your back hurting? Were you doing Joust against the Black Knight?

(http://www.flyingdutchmanmorrobay.com/pirate-encyclopedia.jpg)

So... what's on my mind today...

...going home. I'm at work right now and there's not much to do since I'm ultra-efficient on my duties.
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Post by: McQ on February 25, 2008, 06:59:25 PM
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Oh shit., I m drunk sorrry guys@!!...

I spent the weekend at the AZ Renaissance Festival.  Lot's of drunken pirates out there.  I had a blast, but my back is killing me today.   I guess it's a fair price to pay.


That is a great Renaissance Festival. One of the best in the country. Did you manage to catch Don Juan and Miguel's show? Always a good one.

(I was a pirate my last year in the cast of the PA RenFaire). Great fun.
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Post by: MommaSquid on February 26, 2008, 02:40:36 AM
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Drunken pirates!? Awesome! And why, pray tell, was your back hurting?

Sadly, jaymayo, I wasn't hurting from the joust...just from walking around in a bodice all weekend.  And thanks so much for the pirate encyclopedia graphic....  :lol:  :lol:


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Did you manage to catch Don Juan and Miguel's show?


No, McQ, I haven't seen them yet this year, but I have seen them.  That little guy sure is funny!  There are five weekends left this season, so I should be going back for more some time soon.  Yup, I'm a crazy Rennie!   :D
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Post by: tacoma_kyle on February 26, 2008, 07:47:48 AM
I am stoked. This is a adapter plate I drew up and a machine shop with a water jet cutter cut it for me.

Bad-ass...

Adapts any Lexus/Toyota UZ series V8 engine and bellhousing to a Toyota W-series transmission. This is for a 1UZ and a W58 going in my Celica!

(http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o22/tacoma_kyle/plate1.jpg)
(http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o22/tacoma_kyle/plate2.jpg)
(http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o22/tacoma_kyle/plateandbellhousings.jpg)
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Post by: MommaSquid on February 27, 2008, 05:39:58 PM
Does anyone else think this looks like a really uncomfortable toilet seat?

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/plate1.jpg)

 :lol:
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Post by: tacoma_kyle on February 28, 2008, 07:44:08 AM
Find new uses for things every day! lol
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Post by: SteveS on February 28, 2008, 04:45:01 PM
Sweet pics tacoma_kyle - I'm not much of a mechanic/machinist at all, but the engineering aspect of it appeals to me strongly.  Looks like fun!
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Post by: McQ on February 28, 2008, 05:58:57 PM
Good job, Kyle. You're a man with skills! I continue to be impressed. Are you going to post pics on the installation?
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Post by: MikeyV on March 11, 2008, 09:45:37 PM
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No, McQ, I haven't seen them yet this year, but I have seen them.  That little guy sure is funny!  There are five weekends left this season, so I should be going back for more some time soon.  Yup, I'm a crazy Rennie!   :(

We're going to take our girls to their first Renaissance the weekend after next. Next weekend is the zoo :)
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Post by: McQ on March 11, 2008, 11:34:59 PM
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No, McQ, I haven't seen them yet this year, but I have seen them.  That little guy sure is funny!  There are five weekends left this season, so I should be going back for more some time soon.  Yup, I'm a crazy Rennie!   :(

We're going to take our girls to their first Renaissance the weekend after next. Next weekend is the zoo :)


Yep. That's him. Typical pose.

I've yet to see Terry Foy. There are a lot of very good acts that play these gigs. I'm always amazed at how enduring vaudeville-humor is. I love it.
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Post by: MommaSquid on March 12, 2008, 07:58:28 PM
I saw part of Don Juan and Miguel's "Weird Show" the other weekend.  It lived up to it's name.   :D

I love Zilch the Tory Steller!  You know why he doesn't do the story of "Robin Hood"?   Because of Friar Tuck.  Triar F....hey, this is a family show!

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/Faire/arm_up.jpg)

I'll be going back to faire again in a week or two...yippeee!
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Post by: Seosamh on March 12, 2008, 10:54:12 PM
Rennie atheists! Yay!
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Post by: rlrose328 on April 18, 2008, 05:02:27 AM
The countdown is on... 7 weeks until I spend a MONTH with my mom and my son, two people on this earth who test my patience with humanity.  My son is 8 and doesn't do it on purpose.  My mom is a religious conservative and doesn't do it on purpose.  But I won't be able to sit there at night, blaring "I'm Not Ready to Make Nice" or "Dear God" while I play solitaire, as I'm doing right now.  <sigh>

I love my family and I love my mom... I miss her, I really do.  And she's very lonely without my dad around (will it really be 3 years this July that he died?)... she needs us around for awhile and I didn't go last summer.

Then the kid has a week's sleep away camp in early August, which will be a nice respite for the hubby and I to do whatever we want, whenever we want  :P   so we're really looking forward to that.  (now playing:  On with the Song, by Mary Chapin Carpenter)

Finally, the first week of September, we're heading off on a cruise for Alaska, again... our third.  We LOVE that route... affordable, relaxing, fun, kid play club for the kid, cold for the hubby, no cooking or cleaning for me.   :D

So... anyone else made plans for the summer?
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Post by: jrosebud on April 18, 2008, 05:08:39 AM
Kerri, I'm going to visit my parents with my kiddo (she's 6 and a firecracker) at about the same time.  Luckily, I don't have to undure country gawd music, but I will be staring at crucifixes when I go to sleep.  Ugg.

I'm looking forward to the trip, though.  I somehow managed to convince my hubby and my employer that I should take the summer off to be with my girlie and I can't wait!
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Post by: rlrose328 on April 18, 2008, 05:13:31 AM
Great that you convinced them of that, even if it is to gaze upon crucifixes.  LOL!

My mom isn't into country gawd music, thank Pikachu.   :D    But she is a music director at a Catholic church, so there's lots of church music playing, lots of classical music.  Luckily, she stays in a back bedroom with her computer, tv and craft stuff while I stay in the front room most of the time.  I'm also taking my med trans class stuff with me so I can keep up with my course, so I'll do that for 4 hours a day while the kid plays.  We've also got a weekend side-trip to see Weird Al in concert (hubby got us VIP tickets... a meet and greet and second row seats!!), a trip to SF to visit the Exploratorium and the Academy of Sciences, another trip just to ride BART under the bay... so we'll do lots of non-Grandma stuff exploring the state of my son's birth.

(now playing:  Free Will by RUSH... LOVE that song!)

Anyway, do you have stuff planned while you're there or is it a sit around and visit type thing?
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Post by: jrosebud on April 18, 2008, 08:33:12 AM
Dude, I love Wierd Al!  Hope you guys have a blast!

We don't really have plans, but we'll end up being crazy busy once we're there, I'm sure.  We always have to eat at our favorite restaurants and go to various shops we had to leave behind when we moved.  And we'll visit friends/relatives (which means that we'll travel to at least seven different cities while in Kansas).

My mom drives me a bit crazy, but I do love spending time with her.  :)

One thing I'm really looking forward to is going to the Cosmosphere.  It's a space museum in my hometown.  My mom works there, so we get free tickets to the Omnimax and Planetarium shows.  My daughter has really been getting into constellations lately, so she's stoked about going to see the a show on the summer sky.
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Post by: SteveS on April 18, 2008, 03:27:06 PM
Hey jrosebud - that Cosmosphere sounds really cool.  I love astronomy-type stuff.  I'm teaching my 6yo daughter the phases of the moon, and she's starting to get them down pat.  A couple of days a go she said "That looks like a 1st quarter moon", which I found pleasantly surprising.  I said "how do you know its first quarter and not last quarter?".  She said "Because its round on the right side".  Sweet!  Its gratifying when they actually listen to you!  Now that the weather is warming, we might be able to get out in the yard to see some constellations again - she loves those as well.  Anyway - enjoy the Cosmosphere!
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Post by: rlrose328 on April 18, 2008, 04:02:37 PM
That Cosmophere sounds EXCELLENT!!!  We have OMSI here in Portland (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) with a hands on Chemistry Lab and Biology labs, lots of hands on exhibits, and a planetarium (my favorite thing there).  Right now, there's a Dinosaur exhibit there.  That's where I saw Body Worlds last year.  Awesome!  We have a membership there so we can get in free to the Exploratorium and Academy of Sciences in SF thank goodness because it's not cheap to get in there.  The Exploratorium is a HUGE open warehouse type of place with nothing but hands on science stuff.  I haven't been there since my honeymoon 16 years ago so I'm psyched to go there again with the kid.

We saw Weird Al last year during the summer, same place we're going this year and same place Joe and I saw him in 1999 when I was pregnant but didn't know it.  Al is the kid's favorite singer of all time.  We have the entire anthology on his MP3 and he's either playing Al or Styx.  LOL!  I've loved Al since Another One Rides the Bus, so this will be very special this year.  I can't wait!

Steve, cool about teaching your daughter about the moon.  While my son loves space and such, he doesn't see to be interested in actually LEARNING about it.  He only wants to learn how to program video games.  <sigh>  Oh well.
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Post by: myleviathan on April 18, 2008, 08:03:26 PM
"But I won't be able to sit there at night, blaring "I'm Not Ready to Make Nice" or "Dear God" while I play solitaire, as I'm doing right now. "

When I visit my mom she makes absololutely sure to have the sweet, sweet sounds of contemporary praise arranged for soprano sax. Like a bad Kenny G knockoff only praise music. I just shut up and drink my wine. Thank god(s) my mom likes wine.

On another topic - I went to Portland back in 2006 and visited the Louis and Clark museum, which I found to be really cool. I have such mixed feelings over our nation's history concerning manifest destiny. It was such an accomplishment, but so sad for the native people. Louis and Clark and their crew learned how to use common symbolism and empty promises to gain alliances with certain tribes. What an awesome journey, though...

As an aside - I was just reading the sex advice post - I think it would be fun to try and make a little love to the instrumental version of God is an Awesome God. It's kind of an intense song. The whole thing is like a climax... anyway...
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Post by: jrosebud on April 18, 2008, 10:07:55 PM
Steve, it's the most amazing feeling, isn't it?  To watch your kiddo discover something and be awestruck about it.

I think phases of the moon sound like a good topic for us, too.  :)

Miss Jessie's thing right now is Orion and that beautiful belt of his.  And his shoulder, Betelgeuse (which translates to "the armpit of the mighty one" - great comic fodder for a six-year-old).
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Post by: rlrose328 on April 19, 2008, 03:34:22 AM
Steve, I asked my son at breakfast this morning (after reading your post) about the phases of the moon.  What do you know, he does know them and he drew them for me, identifying each one and why they appear like they do.  What do you know... he DOES know everything. lol

myleviathan, funny about the KennyG comparison.  Luckily, my mom is very much the organ/piano type, unless it's fully orchestrated classical, the stuff she grew.  She's now 69 and I never knew until two years ago that she wanted to be a classical concert pianist.  I sure do wish she'd been able to live that dream.  Her life might have turned out quite differently.
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Post by: rlrose328 on April 20, 2008, 04:50:59 AM
Hi, me again... just want some conversation today.

We spent the morning at IKEA.  I resisted that place for years, going for the first time in November to find a cheap bookcase for my Med Trans books (all 14 of them, plus 4 binders and software) and I needed one that is tall and skinny for the space I have.  I checked Target, Walmart, Kmart, a few local bookstores and furniture stores and found nothing useful.  A friend suggested IKEA and grudgingly, we headed over to the one in Portland.

WOW.

We were amazed at the prices and quality of their products!  Granted, some of the furniture looked cheaply made (the less expensive stuff) but there was a LOT of stuff that was economically priced and good quality.  We got hangers for the kid, storage stuff for the kitchen, a NICE sturdy step stool for the kid, and we found the perfect bookcase... a metal 4-shelf narrow red bookshelf, perfect for all of my class books, for only $15.

Today, we needed a new torchiere lamp for the den and again, can't find anything we like except those that cost over $100 and we just don't care about lighting that much.  Lo and behold, the perfect lamp at IKEA, along with a nifty napkin holder (with a weight suspended on a cable from the corner to keep napkins on the base) for only 4.95, a BIG plastic storage box to take my books to my mom's house this summer for $5.00, a bag of 20 clips to use on chip and other food bags for $2.99, 2 timers for the lights when we go on vacation (2 pack for $4.95), a wheeled stool for my son's bedroom for $12, and 2 white twin fitted sheets (to make a toga for my son's Roman culture presentation at school) for $1.99 each.  AND... we got there in time for breakfast so I got a nice breakfast of eggs, bacon, french toast sticks and potatoes for $1.99!  And it was TASTY!

Now I kick myself for avoiding IKEA for so long... I could have gotten a desk and bedding and dishes and wow, everything.

Anyone else an IKEA addict?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SteveS on April 20, 2008, 08:28:33 PM
Hey rlrose - that's cool about your son and the moon phases.  Its like a link to our past, when we were more observational about our surroundings.  And hey,

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He only wants to learn how to program video games.
Could end up making a decent living doing that, so don't despair!

jrosebud --- Orion is truly the most wonderful constellation!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on April 21, 2008, 05:51:27 PM
Steve, depending on when you ask him, the kid will say he wants to be an astronaut, a video game programmer (and work with Dad) or a martial arts master with his own dojang.  LOL!  But the space thing is a constant... it's usually an astronaut AND video game programmer or an astronaut AND a martial arts master ("the first astronaut to do Taekwondo on the moon").

We'd just be happy if he picked SOMETHING to be excited about.  He does something for 2 minutes and is an "expert" in it, though when he has to do it for real (draw for a school project, for example), he'll procrastinate like crazy... I think he KNOWS he's not an expert and doesn't want to fail, so he just won't try.

Being a parent is the hardest thing I've ever done.  I trained and motivated hundreds of people as a manager in my former career, but motivating my son is a hopeless cause.   :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SteveS on April 21, 2008, 06:30:02 PM
Sounds like you're just really normal to me, rlrose328.  I frequently desire a quiet place to be alone!  Pity that "married with children" lifestyle offers so little of this.  Its why I've become something of a night owl.  Sure, I'm tired the next day, but I do so enjoy a few hours of peace and quiet to do whatever I'd like....

Your son doesn't sound that different from me.  In my childhood, I was a good student, clarinet player, and hockey player.  I also read avidly, tried track & field (I was only really any good at 400m), tried baseball, did a very short drama stint, sucked at art but tried until it was clear I was hopeless, and finally couldn't figure out what I wanted to major in so I went into university as a physic major until I finally transfered to double-E my junior year and ended up as a software engineer/business owner.

My current fads and fascinations are many, and I frequently become obsessive with something only to abandon it a short time later.  I guess its just the way I'm wired.  For what its worth, I think you're doing the right thing - letting your child find his own way.  Sometimes this takes a long time!  I know its frustrating, and I know I frustrated my parents, but in the end the gift your are giving is freedom.  It is a very worthwhile gift, and of immense value!  I say  -- keep going with it.  But do try to find some alone time!   ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on April 21, 2008, 07:28:51 PM
Hi rltrose328,

I like IKEA as well, especially their food department. Don't know if you get that in the States as well, but they have a wonderful shrimp paste that you can put on your bread. My wife and I are addicted to it. Furthermore my whole appartment is full of IKEA's Billy  bookshelves. They are so damn practical and very good value for the money.

Cheers, Tom
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Mister Joy on April 21, 2008, 08:59:54 PM
Tom62 and rlrose... you're both mad... mad I say! The Bristol IKEA's 'restaurant', at least, has the bleak atmosphere of a prison dining hall. Most likely due to the cheap yellow plastic furniture, lino flooring and rows of hunched figures with trays shuffling about and looking forlorn. The delightfully oppressive, red and yellow "WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED, PLACE YOUR TRAY ON THE RACK AND RETURN TO YOUR SHOPPING" sign adds a nice thick layer of icing to the cake.
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Post by: SteveS on April 21, 2008, 10:43:18 PM
Hey Mister Joy --- I don't know if you guys have K-Mart across the pond, but the ol' K-Mart Cafeteria has to be just as scary.  I can report, with some amount of pride, that I've never had the displeasure of eating in one.  Too gross.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on April 22, 2008, 06:31:46 AM
SteveS, we do let him go his own way, even if it means having an obsession or hobby for 3 days.  And he's finally discovering reading can actually be fun, as long as it involves manga or dragons or something funny.  He's a joy, really... his smile can charm the wits right out of you.  We just don't see it very often.  lol

And I agree, the food area at K-Mart is depressingly disgusting.  However, I can honestly say I've eaten there a few times.  The one where my mom lives is really the only department store shopping in the area, so when Brendan was younger, that's where I'd go with him to just get out of the house for awhile.  Popcorn, bottled water or chips and the occasional corndog.  Cheap and the kid loves it.

Tom62, we LOVE the food at IKEA.  The first time we went there, we were like, "meatballs... yummy."  We're big fans of compressed and spherical meat products.  Wow... Hubby had to get two plates and made himself sick, but he LOVED 'em.  I got the shrimp salad sandwich and it was basic and yummy.  The breakfasts are $.99 and $1.99 and are so worth it.  Lots of good diner food, perfect for filling up and getting to the shopping.

We got the Lerberg shelf (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90114752) for my work/study space.  And we got the Traktor chair (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40074150) for the kid's study/craft space in his room.  

Mister Joy, it's a shame that the restaurant in Bristol is so bad.  The one in our IKEA is bright, brimming with color and excitement, many different types of tables and chairs in groups around the large area, plants, a family counter with to-go containers, a microwave, plates and utensils for kids.  The signage is almost invisible.  The sign just says, "help us help you by bussing your own tray," and that's in grey type on a dark blue wall that surrounds several of the tray carts, very inobtrusive.  The food is always fresh (looking, at least), it's always hot like it should be, the service has been friendly and attentive, like they actually want to be there.  Joe and I were discussing that just the other day when the gal at the registered seemed genuinely happy, a rarity in the trades these days.

If you don't like the restaurant, do you at least like the products and merchandise they sell?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SteveS on April 22, 2008, 02:24:00 PM
Hey rlrose - the K-Marts by you might be a significant step up from those by me.  In the vast Chicago suburbs, K-Marts have gone down hill.  I travel a decent amount, and sometimes in smaller towns across the country I'm pleasantly surprised by the quality of K-Marts or Walmarts.  By me these are mostly trashy --- but I think that's because there's so much competition here.  The only way they survive outside the large metropolis is to occupy the low-price rung.  This can attract "interesting" patrons who don't treat the store very well.  The end effect is the entire store suffers.  Around me, Targets are usually pretty nice, and I've had a snack a few times in the Target "cafeteria".  I'm certainly not a snob - but if you visited a local (to me) Target and a local K-Mart or Walmart, the difference is readily apparent!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on April 22, 2008, 02:43:02 PM
SteveS, I'd say we share the same experience with KMart.  "Interesting" clientele is a nice way to put it.   lol    In my experience, people just don't treat the store like they should.  It becomes a trash bin... dirty and unkempt.  And the employees rarely smile... the place is "just a job," unlike the experiences I have at Walmart (which I try desperately NOT to frequent) and Target.  KMart is definitely the bottom rung of retail, IMHO.

We have a Target here and it's very very nice.  It's about 4 years old now and it's still has clean and sparkly as the day it was built.  I usually have to use the restroom everytime we go (either me or the kid) and it's always very clean and that can be rare these days, too.  However, the Target in the town over from where my mom lives (central California, almost dead center of the state) is as disgusting as any KMart you'll find.  The KMart there went out of business years ago and I'm afraid that Target took its place.

My problem with Target is that we only find what we're looking for about 3 out of 10 visits.  They stopped carrying Pert, the shampoo we use.  I can't recall the last few things we were looking for, but we've left empty-handed many times.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on April 22, 2008, 08:39:01 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
Tom62, we LOVE the food at IKEA.  The first time we went there, we were like, "meatballs... yummy."  We're big fans of compressed and spherical meat products.  Wow... Hubby had to get two plates and made himself sick, but he LOVED 'em.  I got the shrimp salad sandwich and it was basic and yummy.  The breakfasts are $.99 and $1.99 and are so worth it.  Lots of good diner food, perfect for filling up and getting to the shopping.

Guess what I always eat when I'm at IKEA, yes those fantastic meatballs (köttbullar), shrimp dishes and swedish applecake. From their food market I always buy cripbread (knackerbröt), the shrimp spread (don't know if they sell it in the USA) and sweets (I'm addicted to licorice).
Some IKEA restaurants are just like what Mister Joy described. Some of them are bad, while others are pretty dull. The one in my neighborhood is fine, but the one I've seen in France and Switzerland were very, very good. Many people only go the IKEA there for lunch (including business people).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SteveS on April 22, 2008, 10:31:16 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
I can't recall the last few things we were looking for, but we've left empty-handed many times.
Shame that never seems to happen to my wife  :D

(okay, sorry, that was a cheap shot --- honestly, she's very frugal!)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on April 23, 2008, 04:41:24 AM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Guess what I always eat when I'm at IKEA, yes those fantastic meatballs (köttbullar), shrimp dishes and swedish applecake. From their food market I always buy cripbread (knackerbröt), the shrimp spread (don't know if they sell it in the USA) and sweets (I'm addicted to licorice).
Some IKEA restaurants are just like what Mister Joy described. Some of them are bad, while others are pretty dull. The one in my neighborhood is fine, but the one I've seen in France and Switzerland were very, very good. Many people only go the IKEA there for lunch (including business people).

We love the meatballs, too.  We got there for breakfast and Joe had meatballs.  We shopped for a few hours and, well, we hit the caf for more meatballs before we left.  It's a ways away from us, so we also got a third order to go and had those for dinner last night with a salad.  YUM!  WE got the cookbook too so we can make some here.  Joe makes killer meatballs but that gravy they use... wow.

I haven't seen any shrimp spread here... is that refrigerated or just on a shelf?  I got some of the lingenberry jam (like they serve with the meatballs here) and I've had it on biscuits a few times.  SO TASTY!!!  I also got some cookies with chocolate hazelnut cream in the middle.  TWO are so rich, that's all I can do at a time!   :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on April 23, 2008, 04:42:46 AM
Quote from: "SteveS"
Quote from: "rlrose328"
I can't recall the last few things we were looking for, but we've left empty-handed many times.
Shame that never seems to happen to my wife  :confused:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on April 23, 2008, 08:40:02 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
I haven't seen any shrimp spread here... is that refrigerated or just on a shelf?  I got some of the lingenberry jam (like they serve with the meatballs here) and I've had it on biscuits a few times.  SO TASTY!!!  I also got some cookies with chocolate hazelnut cream in the middle.  TWO are so rich, that's all I can do at a time!   :D

The shrimp spread comes in a tube. It is delicious on crackers.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on April 23, 2008, 10:15:53 PM
Nope, definitely haven't seen any of the shrimp paste in our IKEA.  Joe said he'd make deep fried sandwiches with it.  He tried to do that once with regular shrimp using a recipe, but it didn't turn out.  Ah well...  lol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Mister Joy on April 24, 2008, 11:23:13 PM
SteveS: Nope, no anythingmarts over here. I would say I'm grateful for that but then again we have Tescos :eek: Their slogan is every little helps but in order to make that more suitable you have to imagine it being whispered in your ear by Hannibal Lecter. They're pretty much the Umbrella Corporation from Resident Evil, existing purely for the sake of being evil.

I do know what KMart's food is like though. The Black Death. I've been a couple of times: once as a kid when I lived in Seattle and again several years later while I was on holiday, that time just for the sake of it. I tend to do that whenever I'm in the States: mozy around random shops that we don't have back home just to see if I'm missing out on anything. I'm a bit envious of you for QFC (I think that's the right acronym - a supermarket for food and such) because they sell live lobsters, a stupidly large array of tobaccos and they do surprisingly good coffee - at least in the Seattle one. Actually that may well be the only one for all I know... but I'm assuming it's nation wide because if it isn't, it bloody well should be.

rlrose: Well the desk I'm typing at is from IKEA, I believe, so I'm fine with their actual merchandise yes. Durable and functional. There are better places to go for furniture though... charity shops are brilliant things, pour example. Also, they work for me because there are several within five minutes walk of my house and I'm generally too lazy to drive into the city unless I need to or I'm having a 'night on the town'. Bristol isn't exactly famed for its brilliant traffic either.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SteveS on April 25, 2008, 04:49:45 PM
Hey Mister Joy,

Quote from: "Mister Joy"
I do know what KMart's food is like though. The Black Death.
:D

Quote from: "Mister Joy"
I'm a bit envious of you for QFC
I'm unfamiliar with QFC --- I guess we don't have those in the Chicago area.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: karadan on May 19, 2008, 12:24:35 PM
I'm wondering if, at first glance this morning when i came into work, whether a girl i like was;
a: pissed off
b: pissed off with me
c: not pissed off but somehow had a stormy face for some other reason
d: not pissed off at all and i'm just being paranoid...

Maybe she knows something i don't. Maybe she thinks i know something i shouldn't or is wondering if i know something i'm not supposed to know but can't decide whether i actually know anything or not. Maybe she knows i know something but doesn't want to show it and through the effort of not showing it, has actually shown that she knows i know something. Problem is, i don't know anything!

Damnit, i need coffee.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SteveS on May 19, 2008, 03:32:28 PM
Dude - relax.  This kind of socio-analysis is best done by those of the female persuasion!  For one, I just can't make my head work that way....
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on May 19, 2008, 06:00:10 PM
I don't like seeing people who ride in golf carts that have a gut so large that it rests on their lap like a bag of yard debris. Too many burgers there buddy? Ok, back to work...I'm a horrible person.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Will on May 19, 2008, 06:10:56 PM
Quote from: "karadan"
I'm wondering if, at first glance this morning when i came into work, whether a girl i like was;
a: pissed off
b: pissed off with me
c: not pissed off but somehow had a stormy face for some other reason
d: not pissed off at all and i'm just being paranoid...

Maybe she knows something i don't. Maybe she thinks i know something i shouldn't or is wondering if i know something i'm not supposed to know but can't decide whether i actually know anything or not. Maybe she knows i know something but doesn't want to show it and through the effort of not showing it, has actually shown that she knows i know something. Problem is, i don't know anything!

Damnit, i need coffee.
Dude, go ask for her digits, take her out on a date, and then make her face look decidedly happier.

JCM, there's nothing wrong with pointing out that some people have weight issues that they refuse to directly address. The other day I was in line at the local Whole Foods with a cart full of fruits, veggies, and lean meats. Behind me was a dinosaur of a woman with 4—yes 4—gallons of ice cream. Rocky Road, fudge browny, strawberry, I think, and one of those odd Ben and Jerry's flavors. Nothing else. Just the ice cream. Like that may be her only source of nourishment. She was staring blankly into nothingness, like she was dreaming of the moment she got home and could get out her favorite spoon carved from a tree that was hit by lighting and get to eating the ice cream. I'm not looking down on her, but I am disappointed that someone could allow that to happen to themselves.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on May 19, 2008, 06:54:16 PM
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I'm not looking down on her, but I am disappointed that someone could allow that to happen to themselves.

Hahaha…what no balloons, no party favors, just the ice cream you say. From the sound of it, I don’t think you could look down on her. Holy Shit it’s Cloverfield!!!!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on May 20, 2008, 05:58:10 AM
THe mystery of the tantrum kid has been somewhat solved.  We've got a differential diagnosis of bi-polar disorder.  Hopefully, on 5/28, well have a final diagnosis after the doctor has my husband in and complete the diagnostic tool with him (re: our son).  THen he'll talk to the kid himself again and let us know what he thinks.  It really puts so many things in perspective and answers a whole buttload of questions.  Makes sense, too, since I was diagnosed with BPD (then manic depression) 30 years ago.  Wonder why it took ME so long to see it?  I was saying "maybe he's bi-polar" for several months now and people would just kinda chuckle, but this last few weeks of over a dozen tantrums in so many days (and I'm talking MASSIVE meltdowns of epic proportions, most times from a bright smile to Damian-tantrum in mere seconds) got me on the phone and got him into a neuroscientist (PhD).  LOVE the doctor.  

I'm nothing if not relieved.  Grandma is horrified but she'll get over it (and pray about it, I'm sure).  Hubby is relieved as well.  At least this is something we can fix!  And it explains why no disciplinary method we tried came close to working.   lol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on May 20, 2008, 07:19:21 PM
^  Damn, Kerri, that's a lot for a little guy to handle.  At least he has a caring set of parents to help him through the process of medical tests, finding the right meds, etc.  Keep us posted.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Will on May 20, 2008, 09:09:26 PM
Your son is lucky to have such caring parents.

This may sound odd, but make sure that he enjoys a healthy lifestyle, eating his fruits, veggies and lean meats, getting all of his daily recommended vitamins and minerals (especially b12), getting plenty of exercise and has a regular sleep schedule. A friend of mine was manic for quite some time and she found that these things helped her even more than medication or therapy.

I also suggest avoiding electroconvulsive therapy. While this is a good last resort option for adults, it tends to be far too traumatic for children.

If his psychiatrist recommends medication, there's no harm in doing some research into the success rates and side effects before saying yes. Some antidepressants bring with them side effects that you may not want to risk.

Most of all, be sure that your friends here on HAF are ready to help out or provide a shoulder should you need it. If you have questions or just need to vent, please do so.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SteveS on May 21, 2008, 04:34:54 PM
Hey rlrose, I'm glad you got a diagnosis and can make sense of everything.  Best of luck to you and your family!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on May 21, 2008, 06:56:16 PM
I went to a free mental health counseling session today.  I'm working through lots of ptsd issues.  It turned out it was a religious organization.  I held my tongue and managed not to laugh bitterly when the sweet little woman told me to pray when I have flashbacks of a knife in my crotch.  I was polite and played along because I didn't want to hurt her feelings.  

Damn, this country needs socialized medicine!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on May 21, 2008, 10:58:00 PM
Not much on my mind today really... Except the fact that, as of today, I'm officially on my way through mid-twenties and it kind of sucks... I like to consider myself young, but many of my friends of the same age have kids and families and... Oh well, I'd better stop before I depress myself further.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on May 22, 2008, 11:42:02 AM
Im thinking that it's about time I post in the introductions forum...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Evolved on May 23, 2008, 03:14:06 AM
Quote from: "Asmodean"
Not much on my mind today really... Except the fact that, as of today, I'm officially on my way through mid-twenties and it kind of sucks... I like to consider myself young, but many of my friends of the same age have kids and families and... Oh well, I'd better stop before I depress myself further.

I think that you'd better stop before you depress some of the rest of us...you are not allowed to feel old until you are out of your twenties. :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Evolved on May 23, 2008, 03:19:16 AM
Besides feeling older than Asmodean today, I am thinking about how it sucks that we are sometimes forced to work with whackadoodles.  I had a confrontation today with a really whacked whackadoodle.  We should have fired her before the end of her probationary period. :upset:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Will on May 23, 2008, 05:52:37 AM
Firing people is one of those tough things that happens when you become a manager. I remember the first time I had to fire someone. I was 17 at the time. I was devastated. Even though the individual deserved to be fired (possibly deserved to be in jail), I felt amazing pressure and maddening sympathy. I grew an important callus that day. It was one of the most difficult things I ever had to do, but it made me into a better leader.

I've been managing for 6 years now. Firing people still isn't easy.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on May 23, 2008, 06:22:34 AM
Thanks for the positive thoughts on my kiddle and our issues here.  I'm thinking he must have been on an arc of some sort with those tantrums for two solid weeks because the day after we saw the doctor, they all but stopped!  He's been his usual happy-go-lucky self as of late.

Willravel, the doctor has a five-pronged attack for BPD:  

--Therapy, to help rewire the brain past the BPD tendencies and learning techniques for handling the ups and downs.

--Medication, which can hopefully be reduced or eliminated in time pending the result of the therapeutic techniques.  I've already done some research on possible meds but until we see the doctor again, I'm just spinning wheels.  Ugh.  Seems most of them result in weight gain and little results, but we'll see what they come up with.

--Sleep, ensuring he gets a full 10-12 hours a night.  Luckily, this has never been a problem with our kid.  We did a nighttime routine starting when he was 2 months old and we never let up.  He's 8 now and he's in bed by 7:45 every night, even weekends.  He's up around 6:30 in the morning, even weekends.  LOL!  He did tell me that sometimes, he has to lie there for an hour before his brain shuts down but I'VE got techniques for helping with that as that is one of MY problems, too.

--Diet, especially getting good carbs (whole grains), fruits and veggies.  We're working on that... CONSTANTLY.  He loves his carrots but that's the only veggie he'll eat voluntarily.  And while we always have fruits on hand, he shuns them unless forced.  Lately, I've stopped buying candy (my personal demon) so he has less of that to beg for.  This diagnosis will be good for ALL of us in the diet arena.

--Finally, exercise, at least one hour of aerobic activity a day (PE not included).  The kid was doing Taekwondo but we stopped a few months ago due to school schedules and time.  But the doctor wasn't too tickled with TKD because of the stop-and-go nature of that sport.  He was much happier to hear that the kid loves swimming, a fully aerobic activity, as even when the teacher isn't directly helping the kids, they're still bouncing around and moving.  We also got the WII Fit program and plan to start that tomorrow.  We also have an elyptical machine that he LOVES, as well as a DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) mat for the Gamecube.  Somehow, I'll need to find ONE of these that I can take to Grandma's house for the month of June because that's where we'll be.  She does have a pool.

So this sounds like a very comprehensive, life-changing plan that will help ALL of us.  I'm just anxious for the 28th to get here so Joe can meet with the doctor and we can get on with it.  I HATE waiting when something is in progress.  Ugh.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Will on May 23, 2008, 06:18:45 PM
It sounds like your boy is in good hands. I hope for the best.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on May 25, 2008, 04:52:16 AM
Thanks, Willravel...

BTW, we got the WII Fit balance board and program this week and we have to pry the kid off of it.  It is really helping with balance and concentration.  Excellent purchase.  He especially loves the ski slolam and Yoga.  LOL!   :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Will on May 25, 2008, 05:42:12 AM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
Thanks, Willravel...

BTW, we got the WII Fit balance board and program this week and we have to pry the kid off of it.  It is really helping with balance and concentration.  Excellent purchase.  He especially loves the ski slolam and Yoga.  LOL!   :D
Yes, I think American owes Japan a big thanks for the Wii. Who else would have thought of combining video-games with exercise?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on June 09, 2008, 08:36:12 PM
My husband can be such a jerk!    :mad:

Now I have to sit here all afternoon and wait for a tech to come and fix (or replace) the water heater.    :brick:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on June 09, 2008, 09:05:41 PM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
My husband can be such a jerk!    :mad:

Now I have to sit here all afternoon and wait for a tech to come and fix (or replace) the water heater.    :brick:

Before he gets home go to the fridge and shake up all the sodas and beer!

on an unrelated note...how the hell does Subway run out of tomatoes? The Bastards! I was yelled at for wanting them on my sub. "Nayweout a, tamayo" ok sorry my bad.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: tornado on June 09, 2008, 09:13:31 PM
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on an unrelated note...how the hell does Subway run out of tomatoes? The Bastards! I was yelled at for wanting them on my sub. "Nayweout a, tamayo" ok sorry my bad.

Well there's a salmonella warning for tomatoes in some states. That could have something to do with it. Something like 145 people are sick in 16 states.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on June 09, 2008, 09:14:44 PM
The Netherlands are playing Italy this evening in the Euopean Championship. It is now halftime and they are leading with 2-0. So it's time to switsch off my PC and watch the second half.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on June 09, 2008, 09:25:26 PM
Quote from: "tornado"
Quote
on an unrelated note...how the hell does Subway run out of tomatoes? The Bastards! I was yelled at for wanting them on my sub. "Nayweout a, tamayo" ok sorry my bad.

Well there's a salmonella warning for tomatoes in some states. That could have something to do with it. Something like 145 people are sick in 16 states.

no shit.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: myleviathan on June 09, 2008, 11:10:27 PM
I went to Subway yesterday. No tomatoes in Naples, FL.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Evolved on June 10, 2008, 01:18:41 AM
Today I am wondering how I can get my money and my time back for seeing that stupid new Indiana Jones movie over the weekend.  It was retarded.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: myleviathan on June 10, 2008, 01:45:46 AM
Quote from: "Evolved"
Today I am wondering how I can get my money and my time back for seeing that stupid new Indiana Jones movie over the weekend. It was retarded.

I have to say - I liked the movie. It was the quintessential mindless blockbuster. Completely unrealistic action sequences, bad Russian accents, hazy filtered camera effects, cheesy punch sounds, man-eating Amazonian ants... and Aliens. C'mon, how can you top that?? Now Indy's fighting the Commies instead of the Nazis. But you're right, mostly a waste of time. You know what's worse than the movie, though? All those crappy 'documentaries' about the crystal skulls on the Science Fiction channel. I was beating my head into a wall watching one of those a couple of weeks ago. It literally drove me to drinking. But for that I'm always looking for an excuse...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: crocofish on June 10, 2008, 05:10:37 AM
Quote from: "tornado"
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Well there's a salmonella warning for tomatoes in some states.
Yep, here in Texas last week, none of the sandwich places I went to for lunch had tomatoes.  They had news clips about the salmonella up on the wall, or they told me directly.  Today at the grocery store, they had only organic greenhouse tomatoes with a sign explaining the salmonella situation.  But, when I got a sandwich today at a Jimmy John's, it had tomatoes on it.  I ate it, and so far I feel fine.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on June 10, 2008, 08:00:55 AM
Ug.  I ventured into the land of chemical warnings today - parabens, sulfates, BPD, mercury in fillings - all that stuff that makes you wonder what the real scientific evidence is saying, how much the government and big business are protecting their own interests at the expense of our health, and how much is just hysteria by misinformed mamas who are only trying to protect their kiddos from potentially dangerous products.

Today I read that my ever-so-lovely and terribly useful Tupperware Rock 'n' Serve microwavable storage containers are the devil.  There are supposedly studies that link the BPD in them to early onset of puberty and reproductive problems and cancers.

My girlie has a silver crown in her mouth, which *may* be leaching lead/mercury into her system.  The guilt for not being able to prevent the decay of that tooth has now increased ten-fold.

I've already switched to paraben/sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, but I'm sure we're using at least another dozen products with those ingredients in them.  Plus, it's more expensive to find "better" alternatives and some just don't work as well or smell as nice as my tried-and-trues.  It's probably best to err on the cautious side, but who is to say that the things that are considered safer at this time won't be found to be dangerous later on?

Part of me wants to say, "hey, we're all dying and surely there are a million things helping us along our slow demise," but the maternal part of me is stressing big time.  Sometimes I just want to be niave, enjoy my life, die a somewhat early death, and forego worrying about it all.

Anyone in the same boat?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on June 11, 2008, 02:54:35 AM
Quote from: "jrosebud"
Part of me wants to say, "hey, we're all dying and surely there are a million things helping us along our slow demise," but the maternal part of me is stressing big time.  Sometimes I just want to be niave, enjoy my life, die a somewhat early death, and forego worrying about it all.

Anyone in the same boat?

As I always say...Something's gotta kill me.  Worrying is futile.   :banna:   Take your mind off your troubles for a little while.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on June 11, 2008, 07:34:24 PM
I think this video makes more sense with the sound effects, prepare to laugh:

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81/ (http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81/)

 :banna: enjoy
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on June 11, 2008, 09:48:09 PM
Thanks for the video, I just could not stop laughing.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Mister Joy on June 12, 2008, 12:50:16 AM
I'm now the proud owner of a four-legged ball of fluff called Marley, who is currently chewing on my chair leg. He's going through the teething stages of puppyhood at the moment. Basically, a friend of mine acquired him to impress a girl before realising that he wasn't fit to look after him & he lives with his parents who hate dogs. So I said I'd have him because, as you all already know, I'm both dog-crazy and too rich for my own good. He's got a fantastic temperament, astonishing intelligence and excellent behaviour. The one thing that worries me is the size of him. He's two and a half months old and he's already catching up with my labs, so I think he's going to be pretty huge as far as Alsatians go. Mind you, I can't complain... pedigree German Shepherds are generally quite expensive and I got this one for free (ignoring the price of food, vaccinations etc.) I've got some photographs of him but I've lost my digital camera somewhere. I'll upload one when I find it.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on June 12, 2008, 02:53:01 AM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Thanks for the video, I just could not stop laughing.

awesome. l've watched it about 10 times. what is wrong with this guy?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: crocofish on June 12, 2008, 04:33:45 AM
Quote from: "jcm"
I think this video makes more sense with the sound effects, prepare to laugh:
The preacher is Howard Tilton, and there are several versions of that video out there.  The first one I saw back around 1990 (pre-DVD, pre web video).  The first time I saw it, I laughed so hard I was hurting.

Tilton lived a couple miles away from me, and I heard that he lost that house in a divorce.  I have not heard much about him recently.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Evolved on June 12, 2008, 07:27:45 PM
Quote from: "myleviathan"
I have to say - I liked the movie. It was the quintessential mindless blockbuster. Completely unrealistic action sequences, bad Russian accents, hazy filtered camera effects, cheesy punch sounds, man-eating Amazonian ants... and Aliens. C'mon, how can you top that?? Now Indy's fighting the Commies instead of the Nazis. But you're right, mostly a waste of time. You know what's worse than the movie, though? All those crappy 'documentaries' about the crystal skulls on the Science Fiction channel. I was beating my head into a wall watching one of those a couple of weeks ago. It literally drove me to drinking. But for that I'm always looking for an excuse...

I haven't seen the "documentaries" that you're talking about...they would drive me nuts, too.

I'm not the biggest movie buff, but Indiana Jones and aliens just don't mix.  And c'mon - a flying saucer?  The hotshots Spielberg and Lucas couldn't do better than that?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on June 13, 2008, 12:52:14 AM
Quote from: "Mister Joy"
I'm now the proud owner of a four-legged ball of fluff called Marley, who is currently chewing on my chair leg.... I've got some photographs of him but I've lost my digital camera somewhere. I'll upload one when I find it.

Congrats on the new bundle of joy!  Can't wait to see some cute pics.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on June 19, 2008, 08:40:47 PM
I lost my uncle last night to a heart attack. I'm pretty messed up right now. I loved him a lot despite what I though of his Christianity. Losing him and dealing with the religious buffoonery surrounding it is tough. I walked out of the waiting room when his preacher started a group prayer, but I didn't say anything. I know his religion had a part in this. He dedicated himself to his church and spent many a long night there which I'm sure weakened and stressed him.

And I have no doubt he thought he was doing the lord's work and that his own health wasn't important. Now a man is dead before his time, and his daughter and I are left to grieve over his death.

I fucking hate religion.  :upset:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on June 19, 2008, 10:34:06 PM
Today I'm sorting through failed aspirations and dreams I put on hold in order to find out what I want to do with my life... That and composing emo-ish poetry.  :hide:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on June 19, 2008, 11:15:37 PM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
I lost my uncle last night to a heart attack. I'm pretty messed up right now. I loved him a lot despite what I though of his Christianity. Losing him and dealing with the religious buffoonery surrounding it is tough. I walked out of the waiting room when his preacher started a group prayer, but I didn't say anything. I know his religion had a part in this. He dedicated himself to his church and spent many a long night there which I'm sure weakened and stressed him.

And I have no doubt he thought he was doing the lord's work and that his own health wasn't important. Now a man is dead before his time, and his daughter and I are left to grieve over his death.

I fucking hate religion.  :upset:

I am really really sorry. I know all about the religious jargon...the suffering is over, he is in a better place. Sorry it doesn't make it better. I don't think life is all that bad that you need to go to a better place. I have yet to lose someone I was really close to, so I can't and don't want to know that kind of pain.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on June 20, 2008, 01:05:38 AM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
I lost my uncle last night to a heart attack. I'm pretty messed up right now. I loved him a lot despite what I though of his Christianity. Losing him and dealing with the religious buffoonery surrounding it is tough...

SteveReason, I'm sorry for your loss.  The catch phrases (in a better place, etc.) make the believers feel better and the rational people feel worse, and I'm sorry that's adding to your pain.  You are strong enough to handle this event without resorting to fairy tale comfort and lies, so just remember the man you loved and let the circus around you continue unnoticed.  Take care.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on June 20, 2008, 01:12:52 AM
Steve Reason, I'm sorry you are in pain.  I'm sorry religious nonsense is adding to your suffering and grief.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: afreethinker30 on June 20, 2008, 05:07:54 AM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
I lost my uncle last night to a heart attack. I'm pretty messed up right now. I loved him a lot despite what I though of his Christianity. Losing him and dealing with the religious buffoonery surrounding it is tough. I walked out of the waiting room when his preacher started a group prayer, but I didn't say anything. I know his religion had a part in this. He dedicated himself to his church and spent many a long night there which I'm sure weakened and stressed him.

And I have no doubt he thought he was doing the lord's work and that his own health wasn't important. Now a man is dead before his time, and his daughter and I are left to grieve over his death.

I fucking hate religion.  :upset:

I am sorry for your loss.I know it's hard dealing with death,I believe it is harder for Non-Religious people.It does get easier with time.I think the thing that helped me the most after my mom passed was talking to family about all the fun things that we shared with her.You think when someone you love dies that the world will just stop moving.That somehow all of the people in the world will see that a good person is gone.Even though it doesn't, atleast you were lucky enough to have been apart of his life.You will feel better but just give yourself time to greive.If you ever need to talk just let me know.I would be more then happy to listen and be a shoulder.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: afreethinker30 on June 20, 2008, 05:14:06 AM
Quote from: "jcm"
I think this video makes more sense with the sound effects, prepare to laugh:

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81/ (http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81/)

 :hail:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on June 24, 2008, 06:35:25 PM
Thanks for the well wishes everyone. I'm doing pretty good. I still have to figure out what my next step is, but I'll make it. The funeral was a real cluster fuck what with all the singing and preaching bullshit. Man was it hard not to say something. I only kept my mouth shut and endured it out of respect for my uncle. And there was a good Baptist pitch-in afterwards.   :beer:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: afreethinker30 on June 24, 2008, 10:39:14 PM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Thanks for the well wishes everyone. I'm doing pretty good. I still have to figure out what my next step is, but I'll make it. The funeral was a real cluster fuck what with all the singing and preaching bullshit. Man was it hard not to say something. I only kept my mouth shut and endured it out of respect for my uncle. And there was a good Baptist pitch-in afterwards.   :beer:

Glad to see your back.I know that we haven't talked but I can understand what your going thru.As for the strippers   :pop:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on August 19, 2008, 02:34:05 AM
What the hell is going on around here anyway? I've been out of the loop for a while. Any fundie attacks or anything?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on August 19, 2008, 03:47:08 AM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
What the hell is going on around here anyway? I've been out of the loop for a while. Any fundie attacks or anything?

Hey, man! Welcome back around!

It's been pretty cool around here. Some great new members, and some interesting threads, but nothing too out of control or weird. At least not by the normal standards of weird. You going to be hanging out some more now?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on August 19, 2008, 03:56:58 AM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
What the hell is going on around here anyway? I've been out of the loop for a while. Any fundie attacks or anything?

Hey Steve!  Where the hell ya been???  Welcome back!  :banna:  :beer:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on August 22, 2008, 09:45:10 PM
Quote from: "McQ"
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
What the hell is going on around here anyway? I've been out of the loop for a while. Any fundie attacks or anything?

Hey, man! Welcome back around!

It's been pretty cool around here. Some great new members, and some interesting threads, but nothing too out of control or weird. At least not by the normal standards of weird. You going to be hanging out some more now?

Gonna try to, anyway.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on August 22, 2008, 09:47:16 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
What the hell is going on around here anyway? I've been out of the loop for a while. Any fundie attacks or anything?

Hey Steve!  Where the hell ya been???  Welcome back!  :banna:  :beer:

Well you know, life and such. Things are kind of screwy right now.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on August 24, 2008, 07:36:18 AM
I get "screwy"... join us when you can.   :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on August 27, 2008, 02:59:04 AM
Hey Steve Reason...here's a belated welcome back banana dance:

 :banna:  :banna:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on September 05, 2008, 12:49:45 AM
Quote from: "laetusatheos"
Hey Steve Reason...here's a belated welcome back banana dance:

 :banna:  :banna:

Tanks berry much, madam boss lady.  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on September 05, 2008, 10:08:22 PM
ok, i am really out of the loop. i must have been on every thread except for this one. what is going on here. how did this get to 20 something pages without me seeing it? :hmm:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on September 09, 2008, 11:02:40 PM
I'm thinking about how damned sick I am of being sick.  

My lupus meds have been keeping my fevers below 100 for over a month and I started to feel like a viable human again.  However, I caught a cold and these last few days have been rotten.  My fevers have gone into the danger zone and I've had  seizures every day since Friday.  I guess I just needed to whine.  Thanks for listening.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on September 09, 2008, 11:12:01 PM
Quote from: "Kylyssa"
I'm thinking about how damned sick I am of being sick.  

My lupus meds have been keeping my fevers below 100 for over a month and I started to feel like a viable human again.  However, I caught a cold and these last few days have been rotten.  My fevers have gone into the danger zone and I've had  seizures every day since Friday.  I guess I just needed to whine.  Thanks for listening.
i'm sorry, hope u feel better
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 10, 2008, 04:25:44 AM
Quote from: "Kylyssa"
I'm thinking about how damned sick I am of being sick.  

My lupus meds have been keeping my fevers below 100 for over a month and I started to feel like a viable human again.  However, I caught a cold and these last few days have been rotten.  My fevers have gone into the danger zone and I've had  seizures every day since Friday.  I guess I just needed to whine.  Thanks for listening.

I hope you're feeling better, Kylyssa... I have a friend with Lupus and she's often feeling quite horrible.  Go ahead and whine... that's what we're here for.   :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on September 10, 2008, 07:19:35 AM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
Quote from: "Kylyssa"
I'm thinking about how damned sick I am of being sick.  

My lupus meds have been keeping my fevers below 100 for over a month and I started to feel like a viable human again.  However, I caught a cold and these last few days have been rotten.  My fevers have gone into the danger zone and I've had  seizures every day since Friday.  I guess I just needed to whine.  Thanks for listening.

I hope you're feeling better, Kylyssa... I have a friend with Lupus and she's often feeling quite horrible.  Go ahead and whine... that's what we're here for.   :)

Kind of feel like whining about health myself, now that health is mentioned. I have a waterfall coming out of my nose, pain in my both ears and a throbbing sensation which promises to become a beautiful migrain.  :unsure: Sure feels like The Fluâ„¢ to me.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 10, 2008, 07:58:56 AM
Quote from: "Asmodean"

I'll second that.  :( That sound like The Fluâ„¢ to you?  :(   Sure hurt my wallet!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on September 11, 2008, 01:51:15 AM
Sorry to hear everyone's feeling so shitty. I've been under the weather myself recently. I hope you all fully recover. I'll say a prayer for you all.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on September 12, 2008, 05:19:21 AM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Sorry to hear everyone's feeling so shitty. I've been under the weather myself recently. I hope you all fully recover. I'll say a prayer for you all.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on September 12, 2008, 06:31:30 AM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Sorry to hear everyone's feeling so shitty. I've been under the weather myself recently. I hope you all fully recover. I'll say a prayer for you all.  :D  :beer:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: afreethinker30 on September 12, 2008, 08:16:33 AM
It's 3 am and I can't sleep.  :(  I'm suppose to be up at 6 so guess it means I'm not sleeping tonight.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on September 12, 2008, 07:17:01 PM
it is too f***king HOT outside!!!!!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on September 12, 2008, 07:46:43 PM
A son of a bishop from the southernmost part of the country have accumulated internet gambling debt of about 12 million dollars. The bishop and his wife gave payback guarantees for at least 6 mill. Now they are so bankrupt that they will still have to pay off the debt after they go to their so-called heaven.

So much for having a happy afterlife, eh?  :raised:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on September 12, 2008, 10:02:11 PM
Quote from: "jcm"
it is too f***king HOT outside!!!!!
it was 100 and HUMID in georgia today (http://www.clipartof.com/images/emoticons/xsmall2/1222_hot_and_sweating_smiley.gif) (http://www.clipartof.com)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on September 12, 2008, 10:24:39 PM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Quote from: "jcm"
it is too f***king HOT outside!!!!!
it was 100 and HUMID in georgia today (http://www.clipartof.com/images/emoticons/xsmall2/1222_hot_and_sweating_smiley.gif) (http://www.clipartof.com)
It's 10 degrees Celsius here (http://emoticonhq.com/images/ICQ/annoyed.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: afreethinker30 on September 13, 2008, 05:04:31 AM
Hubby found out a friend of his has lung cancer today.This makes the second person we've known with it not caused from smoking.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 13, 2008, 05:35:33 AM
Oh my... that's horrible!!!  Is it from second-hand smoke or genetically based?  That's just... wow.   :(
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on September 13, 2008, 05:57:39 AM
Quote from: "afreethinker30"
Hubby found out a friend of his has lung cancer today.This makes the second person we've known with it not caused from smoking.

My maternal grandmother had emphysema and the early signs of lung cancer before she died of other causes. She never smoked a day in her life, but lived with a man who smoked three packs of Kool non-filters a day for over 75 years. He, incidentally, died at the ripe old age of 90 of prostate cancer and his lungs were clean. Life is unfair. Another reason we believe what we believe.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: afreethinker30 on September 14, 2008, 03:53:46 AM
My mom was one of them,no one else in the family had any breathing problems before her so I'm not sure.The other one is a good friend of hubbys.He doesn't smoke and doesn't live with a smoker.So not sure what caused it.He's lived a really clean life he doesn't even drink,no coffee either.Worse thing is that he had gone in five months ago for problems with a lump on his finger.That turned out to be cancer,but they cut off the growth.He said they took chest x-rays but they never checked them.So they could have found the cancer earlier.Stuff like that seems to be pretty common around here,with things not being looked at.And hubby found out tonight his Uncle has a growth on his back,the doctor thinks it's skin cancer.Seems like everyone I know is having major health problems.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on September 14, 2008, 05:35:08 AM
Quote from: "afreethinker30"
My mom was one of them,no one else in the family had any breathing problems before her so I'm not sure.The other one is a good friend of hubbys.He doesn't smoke and doesn't live with a smoker.So not sure what caused it.He's lived a really clean life he doesn't even drink,no coffee either.Worse thing is that he had gone in five months ago for problems with a lump on his finger.That turned out to be cancer,but they cut off the growth.He said they took chest x-rays but they never checked them.So they could have found the cancer earlier.Stuff like that seems to be pretty common around here,with things not being looked at.And hubby found out tonight his Uncle has a growth on his back,the doctor thinks it's skin cancer.Seems like everyone I know is having major health problems.
bummer,  :(
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: afreethinker30 on September 14, 2008, 09:05:51 AM
Yeah getting depressed because we have so many in our family and friends having issues with cancer now.I'm 30 and two months before my b-day I went thru a bad cancer scare.I had a large tumor and had surgery to remove it,was 6 weeks before I found out it was wasn't cancer.Now I have to worry about tumors and a cyst on my spleen.Had surgery in March to remove the rumor and now it's back.Was 4cm in March now I have one that 9 cm and 5 others.If they don't go away within a year I have to have my spleen removed.It's gentic on my dad's side we just found out.Mostly for women ovarian cancer and skin.And he smokes 4 packs a day has since he was 13 now he's 62..And he keeps saying he wont make it thru the year.He has COPD with asthma and heart problems.I'm not sure if he's having mental issues because he called earlier and told me to come to town.Had me sign paperwork for insurance and his plot.Alittle razzled went thru major depression with mom's passing.If I didn't believe in God before I never would  have now.I I don't mean to rattle on just having issues now.We've had 5 family and friends die in the past year.Oh yes I've mentioned my surgery before have 70 stitches but was lucky has it mostly internal I'm adding pictures.With surgery and my knee and hip problems caused by surgery.There are major problems in Indiana with the medical system I am one of a few with unread files.I went a month without blood test being read and found out my potassium was below normal I could have had a heart attack instead I have muscle weakness and other issues because I went so long without treatment.Now we have a friend who could die because his test results weren't read earlier.I'm going to start a petition online for better medical in indiana.If anyone knows about petitions I could use the help.If you want further info on my surgery and problems I had afterwards please email me.I will send picutres or detais.

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Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PaintmePlum on September 17, 2008, 05:57:42 AM
Quote from: "afreethinker30"
My mom was one of them,no one else in the family had any breathing problems before her so I'm not sure.The other one is a good friend of hubbys.He doesn't smoke and doesn't live with a smoker.So not sure what caused it.He's lived a really clean life he doesn't even drink,no coffee either.Worse thing is that he had gone in five months ago for problems with a lump on his finger.That turned out to be cancer,but they cut off the growth.He said they took chest x-rays but they never checked them.So they could have found the cancer earlier.Stuff like that seems to be pretty common around here,with things not being looked at.And hubby found out tonight his Uncle has a growth on his back,the doctor thinks it's skin cancer.Seems like everyone I know is having major health problems.

My mom's lung cancer was not caused by smoking too. I'm from an area where an unusual amount of people get cancer...so I kinda wonder what's going on sometimes. Something in the air? Water? soil? food? Hrm....

Sorry to hear about your husband's friend, do send my condolences. All that stuff really sucks - but I wish him the best. And I hope his Uncle's cancer is benign.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on September 18, 2008, 02:16:46 AM
Shit, does everyone know someone with cancer?   My dad was just diagnosed with colon cancer.    He's scheduled for surgery next month and a bunch of tests between now and then.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on September 18, 2008, 02:44:59 AM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Shit, does everyone know someone with cancer?   My dad was just diagnosed with colon cancer.    He's scheduled for surgery next month and a bunch of tests between now and then.
uh, i don't know anyone with canc...oh wait, yes i do.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on September 18, 2008, 03:51:16 AM
wow. Sorry to hear about all of this. Too much sickness and disease in one thread!  :(

I don't know anything about starting online petitions. Keep looking for people who have done it before, I'm sure you'll find someone, afreethinker.
Lung cancer (there are many types) is one of those insidious cancers that can go undetected for a long time. Same with ovarian. They're bad news. With all of them, early detection and treatment is key.

I have the "opportunity" to see all types of people with all types of cancer every day. It is a humbling experience. And in the past four years, both my wife and one of my sons have been diagnosed with cancer. Both my parents died of cancer. I'm pretty much tired of freaking cancer. But you deal with what you can and keep going on I guess.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on September 18, 2008, 08:23:22 AM
On my mind today is that I've got to finish my coffee, shutdown my PC, quickly pack my luggage and go to the airport for another one week vacation.
CU all back on the 29th!

Cheers, Tom
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 18, 2008, 02:57:59 PM
Have fun, Tom!  Where are you off to?

We're off on another cruise this weekend, the hubby and I alone.  It's just overnight, a repositing cruise from Seattle to Vancouver BC, but it's for our 15th anniversary, so we're psyched.  The best part... the NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines) called Tuesday morning and offered us an upgrade from our Mini Suite to... get this... one of the 4 Owner's Suites!!!  And for only $150!!   We'll NEVER afford to do the Owner's Suite for one of our Alaska cruises, but for the overnight, it will be fun to live like the rich.   :banna:  :banna:  :banna:

We're tickled.   This suite is bigger than my first apartment.  One of the TWO balconies is as big as the room we had 2 weeks ago to Alaska!  :banna:

Of course, this will spoil me forever on anything smaller than a balcony room but whatcha gonna do.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on September 18, 2008, 05:06:20 PM
Hey, Tom and Rose, have fun on your trips! And Rose, the owner's suite.......NICE!  :banna:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on September 18, 2008, 05:21:58 PM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Shit, does everyone know someone with cancer?   My dad was just diagnosed with colon cancer.    He's scheduled for surgery next month and a bunch of tests between now and then.

it scares the crap out of me. I've been on a health kick for a while trying to eat right, exercise, reduce stress, drink water. But from what I've seen of cancer, it doesn't matter what you do. I really think the cause is in stuff we use everyday, it has got to be. Tons more money needs to be thrown into the research or cancer.

I am really sorry to hear about your dad. My mom's friend/neighbor has been dealing with some nasty cancer for a while now. I feel so bad for everyone dealing with it. I hope soon we can look back on cancer like we look back on polio.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on September 18, 2008, 05:24:48 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
Have fun, Tom!  Where are you off to?

We're off on another cruise this weekend, the hubby and I alone.  It's just overnight, a repositing cruise from Seattle to Vancouver BC, but it's for our 15th anniversary, so we're psyched.  The best part... the NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines) called Tuesday morning and offered us an upgrade from our Mini Suite to... get this... one of the 4 Owner's Suites!!!  And for only $150!!   We'll NEVER afford to do the Owner's Suite for one of our Alaska cruises, but for the overnight, it will be fun to live like the rich.   :banna:  :banna:  :banna:

We're tickled.   This suite is bigger than my first apartment.  One of the TWO balconies is as big as the room we had 2 weeks ago to Alaska!  :rant:

Have you traveled NCL before? I hear they are nicer than royal carribean and carnival.

after seeing the movie wall-e though...don't want to cruise again.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 18, 2008, 07:32:58 PM
Quote from: "jcm"
yeah rub it in!!! :D

This will be our 4th cruise with NCL.  We've done week-long Alaskan cruises 3 years in a row now (the third one was 2 weeks ago).  We did inside cabins (no window or outside light at all!) the first two and this year, they called the week before the cruise and offered us an  upgrade to a balcony room for a small combined fee that was $600 less than if we'd booked the balcony room to begin with!  It's a crap shoot on the calls like that and the one that got us this upgrade this time, too.  

We LOVE NCL!  We haven't gone on any others, though, so I have no point of comparison.  NCL has been good to us (upgrades!!  woohoo!!!).  It's freestyle cruising... many restaurants to choose from, three of which are included, the rest have an extra fee (the steakhouse is SOOOOO worth the extra $20!!!).  Chocoholics Buffet 2 nights before the end.  No enforced dining companions or mandatory dressing up.  Great excursion opportunities.

The Norwegian Pearl has a 20 foot video screen in the main atrium that they use for WII gaming in the afternoon.  There's also a climbing wall and bowling alley on the Pearl.  This year, we're on the Star for both cruises.  It's 7 yo and showing it's age in a few small places, but they've gone mostly smoke-free, which is a bonus for us.

And the Kid's Crew is all included (except during port hours, which is a small fee) so the kids get their own activities, all over the ship, so you can enjoy kid-free time when you need it.  They do pirate makeup and "invade" the ship, have a talent show in the big theater, meet the performers and get a private show (this last time was a magician, so the Kid was tickled), do a scavenger hung and pizza making party for the entire family, meet a ranger (while we were cruising through the glaciers) and talk about the nature we're seeing, t-shirt decorating (free), and much much more!   :eek:  :eek:  :lol:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SteveS on September 19, 2008, 04:18:08 PM
I've never taken a cruise, but I've always wanted to take a boat truly off-shore.  I just think it would be cool as hell to look all around and see nothing but water.  Seems like it would give a tremendous sensation of freedom.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on September 20, 2008, 01:34:25 AM
Having a terrible time finding a job.  I never finished college after we moved for my husband's job; I stayed home with the kiddo.  Now she's in school and I want to do something full time so I can go back to school in a year or so.  I'm a social dumbf*** when it comes to interviewing, though.  It should be simple for me to find a job at a book store, but I blew my interview.  Nerves.  Arrrg.  *faceplants*

Any ideas on other places to look (that preferably aren't retail)?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on September 20, 2008, 04:52:03 AM
Quote from: "jrosebud"
Having a terrible time finding a job.  I never finished college after we moved for my husband's job; I stayed home with the kiddo.  Now she's in school and I want to do something full time so I can go back to school in a year or so.  I'm a social dumbf*** when it comes to interviewing, though.  It should be simple for me to find a job at a book store, but I blew my interview.  Nerves.  Arrrg.  *faceplants*

Any ideas on other places to look (that preferably aren't retail)?

Local university libraries. :devil: ).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on September 21, 2008, 08:28:53 PM
Quote from: "afreethinker30"
I went a month without blood test being read and found out my potassium was below normal I could have had a heart attack instead I have muscle weakness and other issues because I went so long without treatment.Now we have a friend who could die because his test results weren't read earlier.

This is a nationwide issue.  My Mother's death was the result of unread blood test results.  I found out I have a 3cm brain tumor by accident - I got a copy of my medical records to apply for Disability and read through them.  The tumor was on an MRI I'd had almost a year earlier.  

Frank Frazetta, famous fantasy artist, couldn't get diagnosed and was put in a mental institution because he kept claiming to be ill.  It wasn't until he was nearly dead that a physician finally ran some blood tests and diagnosed his (highly treatable) thyroid condition.  The delay in treatment permanently damaged his health and I can't imagine the mental trauma from being locked up for being physically ill.

Our health care system sucks not only because of soaring costs and privatization - it sucks because of many doctors' attitudes.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 22, 2008, 04:26:12 AM
Quote from: "SteveS"
I've never taken a cruise, but I've always wanted to take a boat truly off-shore.  I just think it would be cool as hell to look all around and see nothing but water.  Seems like it would give a tremendous sensation of freedom.

It is that, Steve... when we go to Alaska, there are a few points up by Canada where they go far enough off shore that you can see nothing but ocean in all directions.  IT's awesome!

This weekend, we were always in view of the shore, and it was so damned short!!  We're probably not going to do an overnight cruise again.  The suite was AWESOME but too much room for us... and the butler, well, we had a hard time with that.  He kept insisting on serving us and Joe kept insisting he didn't need the service.  LOL!  It was quite humorous!  :beer:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 22, 2008, 04:29:10 AM
Quote from: "jrosebud"
Having a terrible time finding a job.  I never finished college after we moved for my husband's job; I stayed home with the kiddo.  Now she's in school and I want to do something full time so I can go back to school in a year or so.  I'm a social dumbf*** when it comes to interviewing, though.  It should be simple for me to find a job at a book store, but I blew my interview.  Nerves.  Arrrg.  *faceplants*

Any ideas on other places to look (that preferably aren't retail)?

Sorry... I can't help you there.  I'm doing an at-home med transcription course and it's really fun, but I dread the job hunt that will follow.  I feel so out of touch since quitting when the kid was born and now he's in school and I can only clean the house so much... but I was in management when I worked and I just don't want to make that kind of time/soul commitment right now.  Ugh.  I feel for you!!  :unsure:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on September 24, 2008, 10:27:33 AM
Good news.  The book store called today to hire me.  I was shocked, as the steaming pile of humiliation that was my interview would have left me unable to reccommend myself for employment.  *shrug*  Praises be to low standards.

I'm simultaneously celebrating being hired and mourning my lost freedom.

Thanks for the suggestions and the shoulders, Curio and rlrose.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on September 24, 2008, 02:33:09 PM
Today I'm watching the news and wondering...

It seems like the Finnish kids have learnt a lesson or three from those in the US and started shooting each other at schools. Two school shootings a year in a country of less than ten million innhabitants. How long before my country takes part in this unfortunate statistic as well?
 :unsure:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 24, 2008, 05:25:54 PM
Quote from: "jrosebud"
Good news.  The book store called today to hire me.  

WOOHOO!!!  

:banna:  :banna:   :banna:  :banna:  :beer:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on September 29, 2008, 05:53:04 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
Have fun, Tom!  Where are you off to?
We spent 5 wonderful days in Williamsburg, Virginia. We just could not get enough of the historic site. It was so much fun and very educational. We also visited Busch Garden and had to try all rollercoasters there. The new Griffon ride almost scared the sh#t out of me. Griffon carries riders up 205 feet, then hurtles them 90 degrees straight down at 70 mph. And that’s just the beginning. The remaining 5 days we spent in Washington on culinary tours (we had a wonderful farewell dinner at Citronelle) and on a Photo Safari.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on October 03, 2008, 05:18:59 AM
Hey everyone, how goes it? Don't get on here as much as I should. So I got a bonus check, and here's the toy I bought myself with it. I should have bought new glasses, but what can I say?  :eek:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on October 03, 2008, 05:24:43 AM
Wow, Steve... that's one SWEET monitor!  Congrats!!!  Glasses are overrated anyway.  :banna:  :beer:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Brian on October 03, 2008, 02:00:40 PM
I am seriously pissed off, right now.

A guy posts something about Carl Sagan on Youtube, I see it, and now I'm just so mad.
Quote
This guy was a moron.
He didn't love science (how can you preach a Theory as Truth and be scientific?) and he surely didn't give a damn about how the world would turn out.
Think about it: what do atheists have to lose if the world crashes and burns?
God (according to the Bible) put us in charge of taking care of the Earth.
If you don't believe this, you don't have a responsibility to care for it (i.e. you won't be held accountable for its demise after you die).

I had to call him out on it, so I replied:

Quote
Disgracing a man after his death is a low only those of religious background would EVER consider a good thing. You are despicable, the mere existence of someone so ignorant and so cruel makes me cringe.

"How can you preach a Theory as Truth and be scientific?"
Theories, in the Scientific Community are EXPLANATIONS of FACTS. The THEORY OF GRAVITY is an EXPLANATION of GRAVITY, just as the THEORY OF EVOLUTION is an EXPLANATION for the complexity of life. CELL THEORY explains Cellular Structures and the Theory of Quantum Mechanics explains the gravitational attraction at the atomic level.

If this SIMPLE Scientific principle (taught in virtually all 4th grade classrooms) is too much for you, then don't you ever call someone a moron without looking at the mirror, first.



EDIT:

Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Hey everyone, how goes it? Don't get on here as much as I should. So I got a bonus check, and here's the toy I bought myself with it. I should have bought new glasses, but what can I say?  :eek:
Only 22-inch? I have a 30-inch in front of me. 2560x1600 res. :P Over $6000 in hardware, including water cooling. :nerd:


Wow I went from talking about my monitor straight to the nerdy gamer lingo. Basically, I have 4.2GHz * 4 cores (16.8GHz) running at 40C under load (104F) and a really high end video card at 30C under load (86F). Hoping to get new 120mm fans to get better airflow compared to the stock fans. :D


(end of my nerd rant)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on October 03, 2008, 02:11:46 PM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
It's a 22 inch LCD monitor. It's freaking huge; I can't believe I almost bought a 24 incher.  :eek:

(http://www.rommenet.dk/wp-content/images/Acer_AL2016W_jr.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on October 03, 2008, 02:14:37 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
It's a 22 inch LCD monitor. It's freaking huge; I can't believe I almost bought a 24 incher.  :eek:

I just hope that this doesn't end up in a mine is bigger than yours discussion ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on October 03, 2008, 05:06:48 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
It's a 22 inch LCD monitor. It's freaking huge; I can't believe I almost bought a 24 incher.  :eek:

I just hope that this doesn't end up in a mine is bigger than yours discussion ;)

Haha, no chance of that from my end. (http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/3444/crazy1no.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on October 03, 2008, 05:10:04 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
It's a 22 inch LCD monitor. It's freaking huge; I can't believe I almost bought a 24 incher.  :eek:

(http://www.rommenet.dk/wp-content/images/Acer_AL2016W_jr.jpg)

Yeah, mine's a 17" LCD at work. it still looked better than my 19" CRT here at home. Now it will be hard to look at it after comparing it to this one. I don't think I'll be lugging this thing around with my laptop!  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on October 03, 2008, 05:19:26 PM
Quote from: "Brian"
I am seriously pissed off, right now.

A guy posts something about Carl Sagan on Youtube, I see it, and now I'm just so mad.
Quote
This guy was a moron.
He didn't love science (how can you preach a Theory as Truth and be scientific?) and he surely didn't give a damn about how the world would turn out.
Think about it: what do atheists have to lose if the world crashes and burns?
God (according to the Bible) put us in charge of taking care of the Earth.
If you don't believe this, you don't have a responsibility to care for it (i.e. you won't be held accountable for its demise after you die).

I had to call him out on it, so I replied:

Quote
Disgracing a man after his death is a low only those of religious background would EVER consider a good thing. You are despicable, the mere existence of someone so ignorant and so cruel makes me cringe.

"How can you preach a Theory as Truth and be scientific?"
Theories, in the Scientific Community are EXPLANATIONS of FACTS. The THEORY OF GRAVITY is an EXPLANATION of GRAVITY, just as the THEORY OF EVOLUTION is an EXPLANATION for the complexity of life. CELL THEORY explains Cellular Structures and the Theory of Quantum Mechanics explains the gravitational attraction at the atomic level.

If this SIMPLE Scientific principle (taught in virtually all 4th grade classrooms) is too much for you, then don't you ever call someone a moron without looking at the mirror, first.



EDIT:

Quote from: "Steve Reason"
Hey everyone, how goes it? Don't get on here as much as I should. So I got a bonus check, and here's the toy I bought myself with it. I should have bought new glasses, but what can I say?  :eek:
Only 22-inch? I have a 30-inch in front of me. 2560x1600 res. :P Over $6000 in hardware, including water cooling. :nerd:


Wow I went from talking about my monitor straight to the nerdy gamer lingo. Basically, I have 4.2GHz * 4 cores (16.8GHz) running at 40C under load (104F) and a really high end video card at 30C under load (86F). Hoping to get new 120mm fans to get better airflow compared to the stock fans. :D


(end of my nerd rant)


Here here! Well said! I also get pissed at Internet ignoramuses that don't know jack about shit. I treat them with extreme bluntness.

A 30 incher! Holy crap! I saw one of those on display at Circuit City and was blown away. I can't imagine having one that big. Well, I couldn't afford one anyway, buy still--this one is nearly too big for my taste. But then I'm only a moderate gamer. I would like to have a liquid cooled computer though, because my video card and cpu tend to run hot.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on October 03, 2008, 05:52:01 PM
That's why, if I'm not doing any "work" at home, I usually hook my laptop up to the ...

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/210/449632992_1108817d9b.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-KD-34XS955-34-Inch-Trinitron-Integrated/dp/B0002S9EB6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1223052855&sr=8-1)

 :D

That's not mine, but my setup is pretty much the same. Sony receiver underneath, PS3, cable box, external hdd, modem, router, etc., all on a stand next to it. Best part is using the USB converter on my old PS2 controllers, hooking them up to the computer, and playing roms of Zelda and Final Fantasy games. So awesome. Haha.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on October 03, 2008, 06:50:23 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
That's why, if I'm not doing any "work" at home, I usually hook my laptop up to the ...

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/210/449632992_1108817d9b.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-KD-34XS955-34-Inch-Trinitron-Integrated/dp/B0002S9EB6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1223052855&sr=8-1)

 :D

That's not mine, but my setup is pretty much the same. Sony receiver underneath, PS3, cable box, external hdd, modem, router, etc., all on a stand next to it. Best part is using the USB converter on my old PS2 controllers, hooking them up to the computer, and playing roms of Zelda and Final Fantasy games. So awesome. Haha.

Sweet! I've though about using my hdtv as my monitor, but I like to have the tv on in the background sometimes. Plus, it wouldn't feel right to me to sit in my recliner with a wireless keyboard and mouse in my lap.

 I still don't have a console system. I'd like to have a PS3 and Xbox. Maybe someday. Do you play any FPS games? I'm a Halo kind of guy.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on October 03, 2008, 06:55:11 PM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
I still don't have a console system. I'd like to have a PS3 and Xbox. Maybe someday. Do you play any FPS games? I'm a Halo kind of guy.

I'm more of a role playing guy, really. Right now I'm finishing up Final Fantasy XII (still haven't beaten it... it's absolutely massive), replaying (and replaying.. and replaying...) all of the Silent Hill games in preparation for the new one that I'll get after the quarter is over. I throw in the occasional We Love Katamari, or Shadow of the Colossus, but as far as FPS goes, I tend to stick to COD4 or R:FOM. I'm hoping to get on the beta test for R2.

Although, I do occasionally go back and play Doom, but I still think Clive Barker's Undying is one of the best FPS games made.  :devil: It's too bad Jericho was so terrible. If you get a chance, check out Condemned 2: Bloodshot. Pretty good stuff.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on October 03, 2008, 09:22:27 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/210/449632992_1108817d9b.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-KD-34XS955-34-Inch-Trinitron-Integrated/dp/B0002S9EB6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1223052855&sr=8-1)


media whore
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on October 04, 2008, 06:22:29 PM
Last night the apartment building directly behind our house caught fire.  The flames were only 50 feet from our house with a path of dry trees in between.  My hubby and our neighbors sprayed them and our roof with garden hoses for thirty minutes before the fire department came.  I was terrified.  Today I am reminded how lucky I am to have a home and a family that is safe.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on October 04, 2008, 07:23:00 PM
Quote from: "jcm"
media whore

I prefer the term 21st Century Digital Boy. ;)


Quote from: "jrosebud"
Last night the apartment building directly behind our house caught fire.  The flames were only 50 feet from our house with a path of dry trees in between.  My hubby and our neighbors sprayed them and our roof with garden hoses for thirty minutes before the fire department came.  I was terrified.  Today I am reminded how lucky I am to have a home and a family that is safe.

Yipes. Glad to hear you all are safe. I think about fire at my place all the time... but then I remember that it was the fire chief in the 1960s who built the house I live in, so I think it's just my paranoia. Hah.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on October 04, 2008, 11:11:38 PM
jrosebud, I'm so happy you are safe!  What a close call and reminder that all can be lost in the blink of an eye.  Was there damage to your property at all?  Are you close with your neighbors and can find the source of the fire??
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on October 05, 2008, 01:02:19 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "jcm"
media whore

I prefer the term 21st Century Digital Boy. :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on October 05, 2008, 05:29:51 AM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
jrosebud, I'm so happy you are safe!  What a close call and reminder that all can be lost in the blink of an eye.  Was there damage to your property at all?  Are you close with your neighbors and can find the source of the fire??

We had some damage to the things in our back yard from the high-powered spray of the firehoses.  And some of the boards of our fence were ripped off so that people could get through to spray the trees and debris that fell from the building.  We were very lucky.  Had the firefighters not come when they did, the trees would have been more than just a bit singed and it would have spread quickly to our roof.

The source of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials.  We found out this evening that the poor guy died of smoke inhalation.  He was only 20 years old.  :(
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: silentone13 on October 08, 2008, 09:36:54 PM
I have to say, a good drink every now and again is a great thing, best relaxer I know. :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MysticalChicken on October 11, 2008, 12:42:21 AM
Jeez, I haven't been on here in a million years.  I would have made a new post but I don't like making new posts just to say "I'm back", especially if I don't think anyone remembers me in the first place.  The main computer died (and is still dead!) back in April, but I bought a second-hand laptop in June or July so I can get back online without having to pay financial vampires Verizon 99 cents a day to use my crappy little cell phone browser that crashes every five minutes anyway.  And then I couldn't remember the URL for the forums until it suddenly came back to me today.  (Well, Google helped a little.)  Anyway.  I've been working on writing a book (fantasy fiction) and learning German on http://livemocha.com (http://livemocha.com) (very very awesome site, what I've learned has mostly stuck with me, and it's completely free).  I'm 99% done with German 101, all I have to do is one more speaking exercise, and then I have three more courses to go (German 102, 201, and 202) and hopefully I'll know enough to carry on a conversation.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on October 12, 2008, 05:27:16 AM
Quote from: "MysticalChicken"
Jeez, I haven't been on here in a million years.  I would have made a new post but I don't like making new posts just to say "I'm back", especially if I don't think anyone remembers me in the first place.  The main computer died (and is still dead!) back in April, but I bought a second-hand laptop in June or July so I can get back online without having to pay financial vampires Verizon 99 cents a day to use my crappy little cell phone browser that crashes every five minutes anyway.  And then I couldn't remember the URL for the forums until it suddenly came back to me today.  (Well, Google helped a little.)  Anyway.  I've been working on writing a book (fantasy fiction) and learning German on http://livemocha.com (http://livemocha.com) (very very awesome site, what I've learned has mostly stuck with me, and it's completely free).  I'm 99% done with German 101, all I have to do is one more speaking exercise, and then I have three more courses to go (German 102, 201, and 202) and hopefully I'll know enough to carry on a conversation.

Who could forget a mystical chicken?  Willkommen zurück!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on October 15, 2008, 08:16:11 PM
Got to debate and discuss with the last of my Christian friends, at least the last one firmly in the faith.  The first question was the ever-classic "Why do you not believe in God," which is about the most useless thing one could ask.  It's the broadest question but it begs for a short, sweet, primary answer to be immediately debunked.  Anyway, I won't bore you guys and gals with all the details.  Suffice it to say I brought up all the scientific problems with a fundamentalist world view and he never adequately explained any of them away, and a few he avoided outright such as the travel time of light through the universe and the oldest stuff we see being about 11.7 billion years old.  He was shocked that the fossil evidence and sedimentary layers were evidence supporting evolution and a very old earth, and it's a shame I got side tracked because he appeared to legitimately believe that evidence was on his side.   Anyway, I got a few religious shots taken at me, and I got called a "child of darkness," and that's what's really on my mind.  I've made a few jokes, even on these boards, I think, about being evil, but it's different when a friend says it to you with perfect conviction, an absolute certainty that they are right and you're an agent of the devil.   I realized then not a word I was saying to him mattered to him.  He won't give it any thought, not beyond for making apologist replies to.  Because everything I said to him, no matter how grounded in fact was poisonous to him and I'm an enemy of God.  It makes me want to discard all theistic arguments in the future out of spite, like they do arguments of reason.  When you debate a Christian, they hear you, but I'm betting they don't often listen.  Being treated as though you exist for the sole purpose of deceiving them is demeaning, and used all too often to discard our arguments out of hand.  It sickens me.

I never anticipated I'd react like this, but I guess joking about it would have made him feel vindicated.  Heck, he probably feels vindicated about it anyway.  I guess on the bright side he's praying for my soul, so it isn't like it is complete malice and I daresay we're still friends if not more distant ones, but I'm not sure it's worth debating or trying to explain my views to any theist anymore.  They have to want to know, they have to be willing to listen, they have to be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt.  In that light, it seems futile.   :devil:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on October 17, 2008, 09:23:49 PM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
Got to debate and discuss with the last of my Christian friends, at least the last one firmly in the faith.  The first question was the ever-classic "Why do you not believe in God," which is about the most useless thing one could ask.  It's the broadest question but it begs for a short, sweet, primary answer to be immediately debunked.  Anyway, I won't bore you guys and gals with all the details.  Suffice it to say I brought up all the scientific problems with a fundamentalist world view and he never adequately explained any of them away, and a few he avoided outright such as the travel time of light through the universe and the oldest stuff we see being about 11.7 billion years old.  He was shocked that the fossil evidence and sedimentary layers were evidence supporting evolution and a very old earth, and it's a shame I got side tracked because he appeared to legitimately believe that evidence was on his side.   Anyway, I got a few religious shots taken at me, and I got called a "child of darkness," and that's what's really on my mind.  I've made a few jokes, even on these boards, I think, about being evil, but it's different when a friend says it to you with perfect conviction, an absolute certainty that they are right and you're an agent of the devil.   I realized then not a word I was saying to him mattered to him.  He won't give it any thought, not beyond for making apologist replies to.  Because everything I said to him, no matter how grounded in fact was poisonous to him and I'm an enemy of God.  It makes me want to discard all theistic arguments in the future out of spite, like they do arguments of reason.  When you debate a Christian, they hear you, but I'm betting they don't often listen.  Being treated as though you exist for the sole purpose of deceiving them is demeaning, and used all too often to discard our arguments out of hand.  It sickens me.

I never anticipated I'd react like this, but I guess joking about it would have made him feel vindicated.  Heck, he probably feels vindicated about it anyway.  I guess on the bright side he's praying for my soul, so it isn't like it is complete malice and I daresay we're still friends if not more distant ones, but I'm not sure it's worth debating or trying to explain my views to any theist anymore.  They have to want to know, they have to be willing to listen, they have to be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt.  In that light, it seems futile.   :devil:

Yeah I know the feeling. My realization that everything I had believed in was a lie or not true, pretty much ended my friendship with my best friend of 30 odd years. Instead of a friend, I'm now a non-believer that is lost that apparently he can't associate with. We live in different cities now, and he is married with children, so we would never be as close as we once were, but even if we were still in the same town, it wouldn't matter. When I told him, I just was just basically giving him a heads up so that he would know I was not quite the same person if I happened to see him (this was by email and were thinking about meeting up), but he immediately went into preaching mode. He was as nice as he could be, but things had clearly changed. I had no intention of making anything change between us. He's always been very conservative, but also pretty open minded, and I really just thought he'd say he was sorry to here it, but that it was cool. But no, he immediately went into preaching with Christian gobbledygook and such. I thought our friendship was stronger than that. I knew it was over.

It was sad to find out that apparently our friendship was centered around our mutual Christianity--and nothing else. And it's weird, a year or two before that we got together for a concert and he spilled his guts to me about the infighting at his church (my former church) and how it was tearing him up inside. I did my best to make sense of it for him and why god would let it happen and all that nonsense-- even though by then I was really not feeling it. Looking back at that, I see how much he needs to believe, and it may have been at that point that he shut down his mind completely and decided to believe no matter what, and I might have been a part of that. It makes me shudder.

So yeah, pipe, I wish I could say something to console you, but your friendship is probably over. All I can say is don't be an enabler and be who you are.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on October 22, 2008, 02:31:10 PM
Im thinking about last nights dream. I was good ffriends with DIO and he signed my guitar which looked like a small black buzuki!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Wraitchel on October 26, 2008, 01:58:06 AM
Pipebox,
Most likely, it is futile to debate evidence for or against the existence of god with a christian. We reject their bible, the source of most of their so-called evidence, and they, in turn, reject science. Have you noticed? Fundamentalists are very skeptical of science. Some of them actually believe that satan has placed misleading evidence in the rocks, and even the stars! Most of them believe that scientists are foolish to place more faith in their own powers of reason than in the word of god. You cannot win.

Perhaps it would be more effective, not to mention more to the point, to talk with them about how exactly your faith unraveled. They are bound to have doubts, themselves. How can anyone with a brain not doubt christian doctrine with its doublespeak and complete absence of logic. If it sounds like I am advocating anti-testifying, I am. I think religion is a cancer that should be eradicated from this world. I am an evangelical atheist.

I have a very dear friend. We’ve been close for 23 years. She is a fundamentalist christian and wife of a preacher. She and I do not talk about religion. I think she knows, though I have not said, that my faith died about 21 years ago. I also think she is afraid that if we talk about how my faith unraveled, hers might too. She cannot go there. Her life would blow up in her face. If we were to have that talk, though, I would tell her that the first thread to unravel was guilt. I never felt that I had done, or could do anything to merit eternal hell. I believe in my own fundamental goodness, and I work hard every day to manifest it, as do many non-theists I know. Any god who would burn us for being unable to wrap our brains around christian doctrine sucks. Next I would point out how fundamentally barbaric the notion of blood sacrifice is. If some world leader was demanding blood sacrifice at tax time, we’d nuke the jerk, but the god who accepted the blood sacrifice of the world’s only perfect man gets constant praise. Not from me, thank you very much. I’d rather burn. Finally, I would point out that of the people I know personally, the most christ-like ones, the ones who are putting themselves out there for the things they know are right, are not christians. The christians I know, my friend included, are too busy worrying about the state of their own sorry souls to care about the environment or the atrocities our government is committing around the world, or the many people who are starving and suffering the results of our greed. I could go on and on. Christianity makes me really, really mad. Christians, though...well, I just keep reminding myself I used to be one.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on October 28, 2008, 02:27:10 PM
So I listened to this idiot preacher named Chip Ingram while was out driving the other day. Man is that guy nuts. He was talking about "sexual immorality" or some such thing. Man you should have heard this guy. It''s no wonder why Christians think sex is dirty and why so many of them are sexual misfits. According to him you shouldn't even be thinking about sex unless you're married and you're thinking about your spouse. Everything this nut said went against human nature and the natural order of things. I know what such thinking can do to a person because of my years as a Christian. I was messed up for a long time, and still have to fight feelings of guilt and shame when I'm with someone, or even thinking about it.

it's not nearly as strong as it once was, but when you get that stupid shit drilled into your head for a good part of your life, it can mess with your mind. It still shocks me when I hear garbage like that.  :eek:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on October 29, 2008, 12:03:24 AM
It's his ilk that are causing Kevin Smith so much trouble right now with his new movie, "Zack and Miri make a Porno."  The MPA wouldn't approve the poster because of the word "Porno." (http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2008/09/kevin-smith-por.html) (Okay, maybe the tiny pieces of heads at the bottom of the poster might have something to do with that... but honestly, the "Showgirls" poster I've got in my bedroom is more risque than that!!) Theaters in some states won't show the movie because of that word.  Philadelphia won't put the ad for the movie on its bus stops.

Kevin used the whole Porno thing to explore the love story... and now he's facing the repressive American public with a WORD they don't like.

We don't have a lot of money for extras right now but we'll do the theater for Kevin on this one.  :blink:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on October 30, 2008, 05:17:16 PM
how is it spreading the wealth if it means only seeing $500 per year in my pocket? damn, I thought I was going to be rich! :D

didn't bush do something like that a while ago? I guess if you call it a stimulus package, it sounds better.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on October 31, 2008, 02:06:35 AM
Quote from: "jcm"
how is it spreading the wealth if it means only seeing $500 per year in my pocket? damn, I thought I was going to be rich! :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on October 31, 2008, 02:14:57 AM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
$500 is rich at the dollar tree ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on October 31, 2008, 02:34:39 PM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
$500 is rich at the dollar tree :D

no, no I have enough chip clips and cleaning supplies. besides if i shopped at the dollar tree i would have $500 already. stupid walgreens and their expensive crap!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LARA on November 05, 2008, 07:15:57 PM
I'm conflicted.  I'm elated that Barak won, sickened that Proposition 8 passed, frustrated over the, um, 'discussion' over morality, and behind all this, a rather disturbing video I watched of Dr. William Rees' speech to educators on global warming is constantly playing in the back of my head.  (oh shit! The methane hydrates are bubbling, we're all gonna die.  hah.  hah.) Plus I need to hand string a classical guitar, clean the house and field any work that might pop in today.

I think the scariest one is the global warming thing.  I have tried to do my best to do my part, but if it turns out that warming is causing the methane hydrates to be released, I'm scared.   Now this is just a recently observed phenomenon, and it may be something that is occurring naturally all the time and we never noticed before.  This is what I gathered from the talk.  But really, there is a part of me that has trusted in science for a very long time and for good reason as science has never lead me astray, always provided evidence for it's suppositions and allowed me to see and answer the questions I had about it with my own eyes through experimentation.  Now I don't know that much about climate science and I have had a hard time finding any good data and papers on the net about global warming on my limited budget. But I do know that if the oceans are warming and methane is started to bubble out of them where it hasn't before, this is a big thing.  Methane is very flammable at fairly low concentrations and about twenty times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.  Without any scientific background in this area, though, it's really hard for me to judge just how freaked out we should all be.  I think I remember Carl Sagan writing about this potential phenomenon in Cosmos  and hoping then his projection was inaccurate, but now...

oh fucking well.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on November 05, 2008, 11:32:13 PM
Oh Lara... I'm with you all the way.  The only relief is that McCain didn't win.  Period.  The Prop 8 (and the others in other states) passing just erases any joy I felt at Obama winning.  

On top of all of THAT frustration (coupled with the hubby being so far gone in anger and frustration and the kid being sent home on Monday for hitting a kid and throwing a chair), the doctor said I have an ulcer... just beginning, but yeah, an ulcer.  Got me the little purple pill (or the generic white one anyway) so hopefully, I can sleep tonight.

It's times like this that I wish I could believe in god, ask for his help, give it all over to him and let HIM get an ulcer.

Oh... I think I forgot to tell you guys... one of the religious moms I mentioned in my Conversation post (the one who said Jesus was sitting right next to me with his hand on mine... she could SEE him) said she'd pray for me to get 100 on my latest MT test since I need my GPA up.  I told her if he could get into my instructor's PC and fix any errors I'd made, he's welcomed to do it.  She said, "He CAN, Kerri!  My God is all powerful and can do miracles!  If You get 100%, will you convert?"  I told her yes, yes I would.  If I get a 100% on THIS test (not future tests, THIS one that I already submitted), I'd convert.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LARA on November 06, 2008, 02:55:37 AM
rlrose328  Congrats on the MT exam!  That's for medical technologist right?  How cool.  I did a semester after I graduated towards an MLT program and did really well, then I found out all my student loans had collapsed.  At any rate I loved all the machines, hated the blood and pee and having to stick people with needles part.  I still have fond memories of troubleshooting and dismantling an ancient CellDyn to clean the little tiny hole where the cells slip through and changing electrodes in a Nova16 electrolyte analzyer in the total chaos medical lab I managed to get a job in after that first semester.  The machines were the really cool part for me.

I'm sorry to hear about your kid.  It's so hard when they do stuff like that, you've gotta wonder what the situation was like for them to get so frustrated.   I remember last year, my little one got too into a game of playing T-rex and bit someone else.  We had a big discussion about why being a dinosaur is only okay at home.  There was another time when she was playing in the backyard while I was visiting a friend.  She had to be only about three or so.  Anyway the other kid, maybe seven came in bawling with a great big bloody lip and a chipped tooth.  I guess they had some kind of argument over a 'magical' driveway rock they were pretending was a crystal and the rock got turned into a handy weapon.  Luckily, my friend had a good Indian healthcare plan.  It was a really embarrassing and infuriating situation for me, but looking back on it I don't really think my daughter had much of a concept of what she was doing.

This story might make you feel a little better, too.  I took my little girl out to play at the water park.  It has a post with an activation button on it the kids have to rub to get the water to start.  Anyway, another little girl ran up with my daughter and they kind of started arguing about who was going to push the button.  My little girl got kind of shrill, and the other little girl hauled off and smacked her right across the face.  Pretty hard, too.  I heard that smack from where I was sitting.  Anyway, while I was consoling mine I happened to hear the mom of the little girl who smacked mine start talking about taking her to church later that day, etc.  It made me feel better in a sense to hear that, even though I felt sorry for my daughter.  It made me realize that no matter what kind of religious viewpoints parents take, kids will be kids.  They are going to do dumb stuff at some point as they get older; bite, hit, throw temper tantrums and generally drive their parents freaking insane.  I had a lot of trouble dealing with this reality as she was younger, but I realized if I didn't mellow out and just let her make her mistakes and learn the consequences, it wasn't going to get either of us anywhere and someone was going to be fitting me for a nice straightjacket really soon.

I hope the situation works out soon with yours.  This stuff happens, right?
Title: !
Post by: rlrose328 on November 06, 2008, 06:51:17 AM
Thanks, Lara... it's nice to chuckle at someone else's kid stories.

I'm taking an 18-month at home medical transcription course.  It's a diploma course, similar to a 2-year degree.  18 sessions (each covering a medical specialty with book reading in 5 books, online reading, and hours and hours of practice dictation per session) in 18 months and I'm approximately 4 months behind due to illness and procrastination.  Now, I'm pushing to get done on time since I found out that extending, while an option, is expensive.  So far, I've finished pediatrics, basic physcial exam, cytology, hematology, gastrointestinal, gastrourinary & male reproductive... and now I'm on orthopedics, which is really two sessions combined with musculature and skeleton together.  LOTS of Latin terminology.  

I showed a nurse friend of mine the course materials because she was interested in changing professions so she can work from home and she said there's much more detail than she thought there'd be, very similar to her nursing courses.  We learn the why and how, not just the language and formatting.  My books cover terminlogy, history and physical exams, labortory and diagnostic tests, pharmacology, human diseases, 6 books of medical specialty terminlogy and a medical dictionary.

I would definitely make more if I went back to the job I had before (office management), but this way, I can make some money for savings and work from home.  Just have to finish this first!

My son is gifted and extremely competitive and sensitive.  A kid laughs and he thinks it's at him.  If he's reprimanded, he falls apart.  A doctor in the spring diagnosed bipolar disorder but a new psych said she's not comfortable with that diagnosis and is workng with him on impulse control and anger management.  Tonight, he got upset because he didn't want to try to explain something to us.  I'm frightened and don't know what to do... luckily, he sees his therapist on Friday.  All the moms at his school are praying for him... and his behavior worsens.   :confused:

I just keep hanging on, seeing which way the ride will go next... But I now know one thing for sure:  frustrated 8yo boy and angry 40 yo hubby don't mix well together.   :(
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on November 06, 2008, 01:03:29 PM
I'm happy to say that her God let her down... I got a 94% (those two misspelled medical words dropped me 2%!).  I'm sure she'll have a good reason why he didn't fix my errors and give me a 100%... or maybe that my grade WAS worse and he fixed SOME of my errors, who knows (though the test I got back was identical to print-out I made before I sent it).   :)[/quote]

oh yes please do tell us what she said
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on November 06, 2008, 09:09:05 PM
kerri, do you ever just want to ask them to censor themselves?  whenever it has to do with you and your problems, they should just bite their tongues rather than waggle god-advice at you.  if it were me, i would have asked them (every so kindly, of course) to put a cork in it.  maybe that would help your ulcer a bit.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on November 06, 2008, 11:08:04 PM
Hubby asks me the same thing... No, I don't ask them to censor themselves... and I'll tell you why...

I don't have many friends... TRUE friends on whom I can depend for anything from a stop at the coffee shop to watching my son for a 1/2 while I see a doctor.  I have a few atheist acquaintances but they homeschool and work from home and have very little time to socialize, so we haven't gotten to know each other very well at all.  (Sad that...)

So while these gals are so incredibly pious and somewhat self-righteous, they are there for me.  After I dropped off my son on Tuesday morning, I broke down in tears,  :lol:   It's like dealing with family who just occasionally mention god... I can deal as long as they don't preach at me and constantly try to save me.  And when the subject DOES come up, I just stand my ground and later, blow it all out at the hubby so he can have a laugh as well.  I'm sure they do the same.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on November 07, 2008, 01:54:16 AM
I'm glad that they're there for you.  Life is so much better when one has good friends.

I suppose you vent about them more often then you realize, so it just appears that they are a part of what causes you stress.  I think they already do censor themselves a bit during your coffee meetings.  I have several Christian friends who do the same for me (and I for them - it's a team effort).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LARA on November 07, 2008, 03:23:08 AM
rlrose  Gifted kids are often conflicted and very emotionally intense.  I think if you have a therapist who is willing to work with your son behaviorally rather than through medication it's a huge advantage.  I'm not particularly fond of psychiatry myself, and psychiatric medications especially, but if it can help, I hope so much that it does.  Just please really, really pay attention to side effects if you have to use medications because some can be serious.  With kids, who have smaller body sizes than adults, appropriate medication concentrations are going to be harder to hit.

There's a really good book out there on the different psychology of gifted kids and misdiagnosis or dual diagnosis.  If you haven't heard of it already, of course.

Here's a good article link on it:

http://www.sengifted.org/articles_couns ... dren.shtml (http://www.sengifted.org/articles_counseling/Webb_MisdiagnosisAndDualDiagnosisOfGiftedChildren.shtml)

The book is titled Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, depression, and other disorders. (2004) Scottsdale: Great Potential Press.  by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, F. Richard Olenchak

If you haven't read it already it's really, really a good read for any parent with a gifted child who is having problems with their kids emotional intensity.  It's also pretty helpful for parents too to kind of understand some of the issues they might have themselves since  a lot of parents of gifted kids are gifted as well.  I'm guessing you and your hubby might be suffering from "gifted disorder" too   :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on November 07, 2008, 04:53:49 AM
Quote from: "jrosebud"
I'm glad that they're there for you.  Life is so much better when one has good friends.

I suppose you vent about them more often then you realize, so it just appears that they are a part of what causes you stress.  I think they already do censor themselves a bit during your coffee meetings.  I have several Christian friends who do the same for me (and I for them - it's a team effort).

I know I vent about them quite a bit here... it's a safe place for me to do so and I know you guys understand and have probably been through it yourselves.  I'm sure they share with their church friends the things I say as well.

And yes, we censor ourselves quite a bit.  I actually spent the entire day at the house of the "Jesus is sitting next to you" gal.  She's so incredibly sweet, would never hurt anyone intentionally.  She was just having a mom's day out at her house while her hubby was out hunting.  The house filled up with believers, me being the only nonbeliever out of about 20 women.  They discussed religion quite a bit... many times stumbling while glancing at me.  I'd just say, "It's okay."  If it got too heavy (and it did twice), I'd just go into the kitchen and get a snack or coffee.  I had so much fun that day!  I got my holiday cards made, laughed until I thought I'd pass out.  

The only thing I'd change is that there would have been a few other non-believers there... just SOMEONE with whom I agree philosophically, even if we didn't discuss it.  Luckily, I'm strong enough now to be in that situation for an entire day (10 am to past midnight) and not want to blow my brains out or say something and be ostracized, so that's progress for me personally.  LOL!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on November 07, 2008, 05:01:06 AM
Quote from: "LARA"
rlrose  There's a really good book out there on the different psychology of gifted kids and misdiagnosis or dual diagnosis.  If you haven't heard of it already, of course.

Here's a good article link on it:

http://www.sengifted.org/articles_couns ... dren.shtml (http://www.sengifted.org/articles_counseling/Webb_MisdiagnosisAndDualDiagnosisOfGiftedChildren.shtml)

The book is titled Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, depression, and other disorders. (2004) Scottsdale: Great Potential Press.  by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, F. Richard Olenchak

If you haven't read it already it's really, really a good read for any parent with a gifted child who is having problems with their kids emotional intensity.  It's also pretty helpful for parents too to kind of understand some of the issues they might have themselves since  a lot of parents of gifted kids are gifted as well.  I'm guessing you and your hubby might be suffering from "gifted disorder" too   roflol    Joe managed to hold it in until the kid went to bed before he rolled off the couch laughing.  :banna:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 07, 2008, 05:39:00 AM
Today I'm considering finishing that job I have in physics and looking forward to Monday as then Slipknot are coming to my neighbourhood.
:beer:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Titan on November 08, 2008, 07:10:17 PM
Dr. Horrible's sing-a-long blog. I love it and I don't know why. I hate musicals for the most part. This was apparently written during the writer's strike and it was basically made by the Whedon brothers.
http://www.drhorrible.com
http://www.drhorrible.com/mushortio.html
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on November 08, 2008, 07:18:33 PM
*love* dr. horrible!  didn't know it was still up and running.  will have to point some friendies in it's direction.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Titan on November 08, 2008, 07:22:20 PM
Absolutely, I'm trying to find anything on a possible "Act IV" but I think that would be holding out hope against hope. They ended it so well...I don't know where they could go from there.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on November 09, 2008, 04:07:49 AM
heard  much about Dr. Horrible, what is it all about, is it a webshow, real show, movie?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Titan on November 09, 2008, 06:39:12 AM
It is a three act show about a down to earth villain as he tries to join "the evil league of evil." It's a musical, one episode TV show that was written during the writers strike. It's worth a look, I don't even like musicals that much but if someone can make a catchy love song out of "freeze ray" then they deserve a lot of credit in my book.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on November 09, 2008, 10:52:25 AM
today Im just wondering whats the news with taht collider experiment
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 09, 2008, 02:35:57 PM
Today, I'm still looking forward to the concert tomorrow, at the same time I'm bored no end and feeling rather abandoned.  :( Story of my life. The abandonment part, that is, I don't get bored easily.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on November 10, 2008, 02:04:27 AM
Currently, my mind is wondering if the instructor will allow me to fail at a project that I was supposed to.. or just give me an incomplete for the class.  

*crosses fingers*

I hope is just a failing grade.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Titan on November 10, 2008, 06:18:02 AM
(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/priorities.png)

I love XKCD...I had to try to plug it somehow and that comment came close enough.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on November 10, 2008, 11:27:58 AM
That's tough Jolly, I had to endure the same thing.  I hope you get that i.  I got had because I had a terrible English teacher.  She claimed on our first day that if we missed more than 4 classes she would kick us out of her course and that we'd get a withdrawn mark (not that bad, you just don't want a lot of 'em).  Well, I told her I was dropping her class.  I dropped it over the computer network.  I missed half the semester.  But I didn't sign the "Master Consent Form."  She failed me.  She went back on her word, my intent, and I got put on my knees and had it put in my ass because I didn't understand the system and I didn't turn in a single piece of paper work.  I'd be sorely tempted to clock her in the face if I ever met her again.  But that's life, and I can't control the choices of others, only myself.  And I blew it that time.

I guess that doesn't help, does it?   Well, in any case, life goes on.  Sometimes it just takes a while to get back up to speed.

Sorry, I know I suck at this.   :unsure:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on November 10, 2008, 04:01:04 PM
Quote from: "Titan"
(Priorities)

I have that on my wall in my office. :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on November 10, 2008, 04:05:05 PM
@ Titan:  Awsome!!

@ PipeBox: My current situation is that if I withdraw from a class this late in the semester, the university won't give the tuition that I've already paid back.  So when the Veteran Administration gets wind that I dropped the class, they will begin to demand that I pay then back.

So much for the GIBILL being "MY" money...  :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on November 11, 2008, 05:25:41 AM
haven't done anything all semester. high school :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on November 16, 2008, 07:58:27 PM
Because of this forum, this has been my morning:

Read Zarathustra's posts.
Start thinking about philosophy again, consider looking up Jung, adjusting my definition of axiom.
Start scouring the forum for useful information for a blog I want to make.
Remember the biblical flood, attempt to look up a verse referencing God flooding the world then realizing he made a mistake.
No luck, but I get sucked into a creationist "science" website.
A lot of esoteric concepts are run by, and I have trouble separating the fact from the misunderstanding.
Research the information around mitochondrial eve.
Debunk through reason all the creationist "genetics."  Some of it took a bit of analysis because not every creationist argument is yet debunked on the net.
Come upon the next argument dealing with a variable speed of light so that stars that are billions of light years away can be seen today.  This is my domain, and I'll save anyone the suspense by just saying no.

However, I've been entertaining the notion of variable constants (wut?) just to see where that takes me.  What if c is variable?  Then stars explode because less mass releases more energy.  e = mc2.  And the speed of light would need to be many orders of magnitude greater.  Stars would blow themselves apart the moment fusion started.   But what if we raise gravity as well?  Then it's a lot easier to create black holes, unless the schwarzschild radius (the size you have to compress a given mass down to for it to fold in on itself) gets smaller as a result of light getting faster or gravity getting stronger.  I haven't checked that, but I don't think I need to.  All of this already comes up against the problem of violating the law of the conservation of energy.  Bump up the speed of light and the universe contains more energy.  Still, just for fun I'm going to ignore that pesky law for now and see how many other constants I have to modify to return something resembling a stable universe.   :lol:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on November 16, 2008, 08:56:56 PM
My Sunday so far.

This morning I went to the Rhein-Main Thermen near Frankfurt. Spend most of the time in the sauna's and the Turkish bath. That area of the Thermen is a textile free zone (children below the age of 16, can only enter when they are accompanied by an adult). Then I lied on down for awhile and started to read my latest purchase (Stephen King's "Duma Key"). After two chapters I decided then to go for a swim. 10 rounds later, I had enough of it so I went down the water shute (which is great fun for a big kid like me). Went home after three hours, had a late lunch and woke up my wife. Talked with her on the phone for approx. one hour (its great to have an international flat rate!), watched some TV (Mythbusters,  Eureka, the news and weather forecast (wet and cold)).The it was time for my evening dinner (2 toasted breads with smoked salmon followed by some sliced pineapple as dessert). Switched on my PC to work on my private Java open source project. Finished coding and testing approx. 15 minutes ago, so I thought it was a good idea then to surf the web. So here I am, but I'll stay here for just a few more minutes and then go to bed.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 17, 2008, 08:10:50 PM
Today I seriously need someone to know Java. So if someone does, please tell me!  :brick:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on November 17, 2008, 08:40:21 PM
Quote from: "Asmodean"
Today I seriously need someone to know Java. So if someone does, please tell me!  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 17, 2008, 08:52:36 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
(http://images46.fotki.com/v1393/photos/8/892548/6145789/map_of_java-vi.jpg)
Thanks, Cat, but that's not the Java expertise I require. I need Java the programming language, not Java the island  :brick:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on November 17, 2008, 10:03:08 PM
Quote from: "Asmodean"
Thanks, Cat, but that's not the Java expertise I require. I need Java the programming language, not Java the island  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on November 18, 2008, 05:45:24 AM
Quote from: "Asmodean"
Thanks, Cat, but that's not the Java expertise I require. I need Java the programming language, not Java the island  :brick:
I'm a Java developer, so if you need any help just ask.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 18, 2008, 06:21:31 AM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Quote from: "Asmodean"
Thanks, Cat, but that's not the Java expertise I require. I need Java the programming language, not Java the island  :eek: Really? Like really-really?! Oh, you can so save this Asmodean from drowning - well, at least from a major head ache. I'll send you a PM a bit later today. Lecture calls right now so I has to run  :hail:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Arthur Dent on November 19, 2008, 06:51:58 PM
I just had an epiphany...

Hannibal is on right now, and this dude has crazy goat horn tatoos on his back, and you're supposed to simply take it as a symbol of evil, after all, the devil is typically depicted with goat horns. So somewhere along the line, goats got associated with evil and symbolized as such because of their horns...

So what behavioral traits were being observed here to draw such an analogy?

Generally, goats are independent and self-reliant (which is why their evolutionary path has gifted them horns!), where as sheep are obedient and very dependent upon a leader. Well, Jesus made reference to his people as sheep (oh, the irony already!) and those who were not of his flock, goats. Consequently, goats, and their horns that are used for aggression and independence have become a symbol of evil...

Let's see that again: Independence and self reliance has become a symbol of evil because you have no need to follow a leader.

Wow, Jesus, that's pretty #$@*& up...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 19, 2008, 06:57:26 PM
Goats...  :eek:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kyuuketsuki on November 19, 2008, 07:48:50 PM
The law!

Kyu
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on November 21, 2008, 06:53:48 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Asmodean"
Today I seriously need someone to know Java. So if someone does, please tell me!  :D

(http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/dirtbox/pics/muttley.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kyuuketsuki on November 26, 2008, 01:51:07 PM
Quote from: "Kyuuketsuki"
The law!

But no more ... back now :)

EDIT: Jeezus ... there's way too many posts for me to answer in a single day!

Kyu
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Akwo on November 26, 2008, 04:55:09 PM
What's been in my mind is the fact that there are anti-smoking ads, but not pro-smoking ads. Pardon my language, but I think this is asinine. There is supposed to be a freedom of press in this country, but I see nothing free about it when stuff like this happens.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on November 28, 2008, 12:34:28 PM
Quote
What's been in my mind is the fact that there are anti-smoking ads, but not pro-smoking ads. Pardon my language, but I think this is asinine. There is supposed to be a freedom of press in this country, but I see nothing free about it when stuff like this happens.
Wheres the language you were talking about? You promise foul langage then you let me down. For shame for shame.  (asinine dispite the way it sounds really isn't even vaguely vulgar.)

FYI pro smoking ads for the most part have been illegalised in the US which is why you don't see them. If I remember right I think they are only allowed in magizines whos target demographic are already adults. ie; Playboy, Maxim, Cosmo.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kyuuketsuki on November 28, 2008, 01:37:01 PM
Quote from: "Akwo"
What's been in my mind is the fact that there are anti-smoking ads, but not pro-smoking ads. Pardon my language, but I think this is asinine. There is supposed to be a freedom of press in this country, but I see nothing free about it when stuff like this happens.

There's an advert in the UK that shows a young girl getting killed at 40MPH as op[posed to injured at 30MPH so advocating driving more considerately for other road users (including pedestrians especially young children) in built up areas ... do I take your comments to imply that you'd consider it OK for someone to mount an advertising campaign promoting faster, inconsiderate driving in such conditions?

Kyu
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Akwo on November 28, 2008, 11:41:50 PM
I've seen commercials for something like "above the influence", where it shows bullshit statistics and what not. It says smoking can kill you right on the pack, isn't that good enough?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LARA on November 28, 2008, 11:52:44 PM
Akwo wrote: It says smoking can kill you right on the pack, isn't that good enough?

Nope.  I want the disclaimer clearly printed on the side of every fucking cigarette in the pack.  Plus it has to be done in non-carcinogenic vegetable ink.  Hah hah.  Like it matters.  And while they are at it they could print the effing tax stamp on each one, too so they could start selling them individually again to us poor bastards who don't want to make a 20 smoke commitment to self-destruction.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 29, 2008, 12:40:14 AM
Quote from: "LARA"
Akwo wrote: It says smoking can kill you right on the pack, isn't that good enough?

Nope.  I want the disclaimer clearly printed on the side of every fucking cigarette in the pack.  Plus it has to be done in non-carcinogenic vegetable ink.  Hah hah.  Like it matters.  And while they are at it they could print the effing tax stamp on each one, too so they could start selling them individually again to us poor bastards who don't want to make a 20 smoke commitment to self-destruction.
*applauds*  :hail:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on November 29, 2008, 02:23:31 AM
They should do, in America, what they do in Germany (I don't know about the rest of Europe) They don't print the warning in small letters on the side, but use big ones one the entire back.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 29, 2008, 11:10:52 AM
Quote from: "Tanker"
They should do, in America, what they do in Germany (I don't know about the rest of Europe) They don't print the warning in small letters on the side, but use big ones one the entire back.
(http://vaj.no/grafikk/alternativ_roeyk.jpg)
Here, it says "They won't smoke on their own"

As for the size of the sticker, they do the big ones everywhere in Western Europe as far as I know.  :cool:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Zarathustra on November 29, 2008, 11:44:55 AM
Quote from: "Asmodean"
Quote from: "Tanker"
They should do, in America, what they do in Germany (I don't know about the rest of Europe) They don't print the warning in small letters on the side, but use big ones one the entire back.
(http://vaj.no/grafikk/alternativ_roeyk.jpg)
Here, it says "They won't smoke on their own"

As for the size of the sticker, they do the big ones everywhere in Western Europe as far as I know.  :lol:
We have loads of those messages: "Smoking kills" "Cigarettes cause an early and painful death" etc.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 29, 2008, 11:54:50 AM
Quote from: "Zarathustra"
Are you danish as well Asmodean?
Almost, but not quite. I'm from No-way  :cool:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Zarathustra on November 29, 2008, 02:31:13 PM
Quote from: "Asmodean"
Quote from: "Zarathustra"
Are you danish as well Asmodean?
Almost, but not quite. I'm from No-way  :D Rastelin (ny) er vist ogsÃ¥ Norsk.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 29, 2008, 03:12:30 PM
Quote from: "Zarathustra"
Skønt land! Godt med mange skandinavere her  :banna:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Zarathustra on November 29, 2008, 03:58:01 PM
Quote from: "Asmodean"
Jupp. Vi er en ond og generellt ugudelig gjeng her i Skandinavia.  ;)  har du læst den nye post i trÃ¥den om gudsparadokset.... Han er simpelthen utrættelig! Alt hvad han skriver indtil videre bekræfter i høj grad vore mistanker.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Asmodean on November 29, 2008, 04:30:03 PM
Quote from: "Zarathustra"
Quote from: "Asmodean"
Jupp. Vi er en ond og generellt ugudelig gjeng her i Skandinavia.  ;)  har du læst den nye post i trÃ¥den om gudsparadokset.... Han er simpelthen utrættelig! Alt hvad han skriver indtil videre bekræfter i høj grad vore mistanker.
Det er sannt, det. Men jeg vil ikke begynne Ã¥ grave dypere før pÃ¥ mandags kveld. Har eksamen da sÃ¥ kan ikke bare bruke dagene før det pÃ¥ Ã¥ gjøre research i han der.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on November 30, 2008, 05:55:03 AM
Quote from: "Akwo"
What's been in my mind is the fact that there are anti-smoking ads, but not pro-smoking ads. Pardon my language, but I think this is asinine. There is supposed to be a freedom of press in this country, but I see nothing free about it when stuff like this happens.

Could NOT disagree more.  Right at this minute, I'm hacking up a lung from bronchial asthma (4 day long attack... so far).  I do not want any more smokers in this world.  For what it's worth, I smoked for 14 years before quitting in 1993.  Were it not for the "cool" aspect, under which I labored for those 14 years, I wouldn't have smoked at all.

If people must smoke, fine... I know how wonderful it felt to light up, take a deep drag and savor it.  

But I'd give back every cigarette I smoked to just breathe right now. :rant:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Sophus on December 02, 2008, 04:24:29 AM
Quote from: "Akwo"
What's been in my mind is the fact that there are anti-smoking ads, but not pro-smoking ads. Pardon my language, but I think this is asinine. There is supposed to be a freedom of press in this country, but I see nothing free about it when stuff like this happens.

There is, of course, freedom of speech and freedom of press, but with these rights come certain responsibilities. We must be willing to give up some of these rights in order to protect others sometimes. I don't think it would be right for me to put out a commercial promoting a product to be used in the somewhat popular "choking game" teenagers these days indulge in. Why is it wrong? It is dangerous to their health. Sure it has it's highs, such as lighting up a cigarette does, but it is going to kill conforming minds. It is for the similar reason that you cannot yell "Fire!" in a movie theater. Preserving the right to live should always remain a priority over granting the freedom of speech or press to a selfish soul.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kyuuketsuki on December 02, 2008, 11:33:25 AM
Quote from: "Akwo"
I've seen commercials for something like "above the influence", where it shows bullshit statistics and what not. It says smoking can kill you right on the pack, isn't that good enough?

What makes you think the statistics are bullshit? You didn't answer my earlier question BTW.

Kyu
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on December 02, 2008, 05:13:17 PM
Quote from: "Sophus"
There is, of course, freedom of speech and freedom of press, but with these rights come certain responsibilities. We must be willing to give up some of these rights in order to protect others sometimes. I don't think it would be right for me to put out a commercial promoting a product to be used in the somewhat popular "choking game" teenagers these days indulge in. Why is it wrong? It is dangerous to their health. Sure it has it's highs, such as lighting up a cigarette does, but it is going to kill conforming minds. It is for the similar reason that you cannot yell "Fire!" in a movie theater. Preserving the right to live should always remain a priority over granting the freedom of speech or press to a selfish soul.

 :hail:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on December 02, 2008, 05:34:29 PM
Quick note regarding the smoking thing: I detest the second-hand smoke scare. I smoked for 13 or 14 years and maxed at 2 1/2 packs a day. I'm now a non-smoker. Still, I was completely against the banning of smoking in bars (restaurants, fine; I didn't like to smoke when I ate, anyway). This crap people think about, "Oh, that guy 30 feet away from me is having a cigarette! I'm going to get cancer!" It's... well, crap. It takes much, much more than casual contact to see any damage.

My maternal grandparents were married for roughly 70 years (amazing, I know). My grandfather smoked nearly three packs of Kool non-filters a day, and began before they were married. Let's call it 75 years. That's 27375 days. Being conservative, let's say he smoked two packs of cigarettes a day (as I'm sure he didn't consistently smoke 3 packs the entire time). That's 1095000 cigarettes. 1,095,000. My grandmother was with him, in the same house, for almost the entire time. She never put a cigarette to her lips in her 92 years on the planet.

Grandfather died of prostate cancer with a clean set of lungs. Grandmother had emphysema and died of Parkinsons. Seventy years of second-hand smoke will do terrible things to you. Walking through a cloud of it poses no health risks. There's a billboard by where I live:

(http://images45.fotki.com/v1394/photos/8/892548/6145789/08_galleryb_3-vi.jpg)

It's stupid. I see this kind of mentality at the university all the time: people trying to make it a smoke-free campus. Can you imagine? First, hospitals. Then, workplaces. Then, airports. Then restaurants and bars. Next, OUTDOORS?! My freshman year here I lived in a co-ed, all-freshman smoking dorm. The trade-off: no air conditioning. Small sacrifice.

I'm rambling. My point is this, and it's not aimed at anyone or any statement, I just feel like ranting: smokers are people. Non-smokers are people. If a non-smoker is bothered by a smoker's smoke, the simplest thing for the non-smoker to do is either move (if the smoker has every right to be there; i.e., it's a smoking section or a bar that still allows smoking), or ask the smoker if they wouldn't mind moving, instead. If you notice, most ashtrays are placed right outside the main doors to buildings. Does it make any sense? No. None. Still, most smokers are happy to accommodate. At least, I always did.

Frequently, I find myself stuck on the elevator with someone who just came in from a smoke break. It's breath-taking. I can't believe I used to smell like that. Still, I have no right to berate them or in any other way insult or demean them for the way they smell or their choice of recreation activity (if you can call it such). Do I dislike that fact? Sure. Am I going to try to change it? Of course not. Two words: slippery slope.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on December 02, 2008, 06:19:11 PM
I like that around where I live, most businesses have signs outside asking that people not smoke with 25 or 40 feet of the entrance.  It's not disease that I fear, it's my ability to breathe.  I get one whiff... just one nostrilful of smoke, and my breathing passages close up tighter than an <insert off-color reference here>.  I've bypassed a business if I see people standing outside smoking because I really like breathing... it's a habit I'm not willing to break.

Just about every restaurant around us is smoke-free.  There is one nearby that serves peanuts and you can toss the shells on the floor.  I really want to go there because I went to a restaurant like that as a kid and I will bring good memories... plus, we've heard they have to DIE for burgers and sandwiches.  Unfortunately, the have a bar in the middle of the restaurant and smoking is allowed in the bar area.  And they have the chutzpah to ask if I want smoking or non.  If the bar is not enclosed, there IS no non-smoking area!  Needless to say, we've never eaten there.

So a ban on smoking isn't just for people who have fallen prey to the "second hand smoke will kill you" campaign.  There's also those of us who just can't be around cigarette smoke due to lung conditions.  And there are more of us than you'd think.  We get buried in the non-smoking campaign... it's all health-this and cancer-that.

On the family members smoking for eons topic, my dad smoked for 50 years and my mom never suffered any ill-effects either.  Her lungs are still as clear as any never-smoked non-smoker. BUT... the most common theory on my asthma is that it developed after being exposed to smoking as an infant.  No one in the previous 2 to 3 generations had any lung ailments at all.  But some people have a propensity toward lung ailments, so you just don't know.  My parents surely wouldn't have exposed me to cigarette (my dad smoking, my mom in control of my exposure) if they'd had any inkling that I was prone to lung ailments.

Again, I don't care if someone wants to smoke... it's their life, their body, and their smoke can't directly hurt me.  But I choose to not be around it... at all.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: oldschooldoc on December 02, 2008, 07:22:57 PM
Curio, that wasn't a quick note, haha. Just kidding, I agree with you. An all out ban is ridiculous. I am a smoker, and even though I very rarely go to bars, when I do I don't want to walk outside to smoke, it's B.S.

It should be up to the owner of any given establishment. Is smoking allowed? No, ok no problem I'll go elsewhere/outside right quick. That simple. I've never met a smoker unwilling to move at request. And I know a lot of smokers. The only person around me on a daily basis that doesn't smoke is my girlfriend. Everyone else (my bro, all my friends, all my friends' parents) smokes.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kyuuketsuki on December 02, 2008, 08:18:48 PM
To my mind logic dictates that second-hand smoke has an effect on the health of others, not only did UK musician Roy Castle die of a form of a cancer only known to be caused by smoking (yes, I know it's not statistically significant) but my daughter is asthmatic and suffers considerably in smoky atmospheres, the wife of friend of mine (not asthmatic used to suffer so badly in a smoky atmosphere she was in tears.

Add to that my opinion that it is quite disgusting habit that I am (was) made to feel dirty, I used to go down the pub and I would end up smelling of their smoke, I would end up with complaints from my wife that I smelled gross, I ended up with the cleaning bill from a bloody habit I dropped several years before. When they banned smoking from public covered places I thought it would change everything for the worse and change it, it did but for the better; I am so much happier now ... I can go down the pub with friends and drink, talk and generally socialise in an "atmosphere" that is congenial and whilst I have some sympathy with smokers being made into pariahs when the actual thing is still legal I see selfishness on their parts every day, they congregate outdoors (especially around entrances) and still throw their butts on the floor and force those who want to drink or go somewhere to go through smoke to get there.

Things also seem to go in groups ... smokers seem to act selfishly in more respects than just smoking, an example would be I saw a woman smoking in a car and there was a child and a baby in the back, when she finished she threw the cigarette out of the window and I predicted (correctly) that she would drive off without ensuring her kids were strapped in and that her car would show signs of lack of care. To be fair I didn't predict the fact that she's start talking on her mobile as she drove away though ... who would've guessed?

But back to smoking itself ... like I say I have some sympathy just not enough to get around the fact that it is still a [expletive deleted] gross habit and one that I don't want inflicted on me or others.

Kyu
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Sophus on December 03, 2008, 01:07:34 AM
Oh, I'm so miserably sick today and have nothing better to do than surf the web....

By the way, rlrose, I'm very impressed that you were able to quit smoking. I hear it is a near impossible habit to break. So many smokers I know have tried and tried to quit but can just never do it.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on December 03, 2008, 02:15:52 AM
I'm sorry to hear you're sick, Sophus.  That's a bummer.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on December 03, 2008, 05:19:03 AM
:)
Quote from: "Sophus"
Oh, I'm so miserably sick today and have nothing better to do than surf the web....

By the way, rlrose, I'm very impressed that you were able to quit smoking. I hear it is a near impossible habit to break. So many smokers I know have tried and tried to quit but can just never do it.

Thanks, Sopphus... I had tried to quit a hundred times and just never could.  But I ended up quitting for love... is that cheating?  He didn't smoke but grew up with parents who did.  He never asked me to quit, not once, but being with him gave me the strength to quit.  I no longer had all the downtime during which I smoked... watching TV, sitting and reading, playing on the computer.  We were always doing stuff.  And when we moved from my apartment into one of our own, I saw how yellow the walls were and this gorgeous woven and leather coat I had, I finally had to get rid of it after having it drycleaned 3 times and the smell just wouldn't come out.  It was really gross.

It took the strength of another person to help me quit, but I'm ever so glad I did!  I just had a cold 2 weeks ago... a real COLD.  Sniffles, sneezing... and I took regular cold medicine, went to bed early a few nights, and it was gone!  No fever.  No antibiotics.  No doctor visit.  It still amazes me!  Granted, this asthma attack is intermittent and a pain, but I just keep my inhaler close and I'm good.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Sophus on December 03, 2008, 09:18:57 PM
That's quite the warming story. I've known blokes who can't even quit for their children. I exalt you for it.  :hail:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Wechtlein Uns on December 04, 2008, 11:49:32 PM
Talking bout smoking?

I almost never have to be around smokers, so I don't have an opinion on it.  :|
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MikeyV on December 05, 2008, 08:01:53 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
I like that around where I live, most businesses have signs outside asking that people not smoke with 25 or 40 feet of the entrance.  It's not disease that I fear, it's my ability to breathe.  I get one whiff... just one nostrilful of smoke, and my breathing passages close up tighter than an <insert off-color reference here>.  I've bypassed a business if I see people standing outside smoking because I really like breathing... it's a habit I'm not willing to break.

I can sympathize. However, it's not smoke for me, that would be problematic considering I'm a smoker. What makes my nasal passages close and brings on suffocation for me is after shave, cologne, and perfume.

I got on an elevator with this guy. He gave me dirty looks for smelling like smoke, while I was giving him dirty looks for wearing a gallon of Brut. Good times!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on December 06, 2008, 12:54:34 AM
Quote from: "MikeyV"
I can sympathize. However, it's not smoke for me, that would be problematic considering I'm a smoker. What makes my nasal passages close and brings on suffocation for me is after shave, cologne, and perfume.

I got on an elevator with this guy. He gave me dirty looks for smelling like smoke, while I was giving him dirty looks for wearing a gallon of Brut. Good times!

I'm with you there, too... but my hubby is worse.  I LOVED Obsession when we met... I wore it all the time.  It plugged him up horribly, so I gave it up.  I also wore White Shoulders and Avon's Soft Musk, both fairly innocuous sweet scents.  He even GAVE me a bottle of White Shoulders.  Anyway... I stopped wearing perfume and cologne altogether after we met.  Still have 'em, never wear 'em.

But what I HATE is when you go into a restaurant and the server or hostess has so much scent on that you can't even smell the food.  They should really make rules against wearing perfume as a restaurant employee.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on December 08, 2008, 04:11:02 PM
What’s on my mind to day is a one eyed dog I saw. Freaky, and the fact that I almost crashed on my way from work. Had to wheel like hell to avoid the car sliding in to the intersection.

You see! Even here superstition raises it’s funny head. I told the story to friends and amazingly some of them connected the incident to the one eyed dog believing this was a sign of bad luck. The fact that I blame it on the drivers lousy driving skills and old tires didn’t seem to deter them from pondering upon the idea that the old lady’s dog was somewhat responsible.

So in short one can say that superstition is on my mind today :crazy:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on December 10, 2008, 10:26:20 PM
Had to create a poster for a project at work, and would like some feedback on it, if y'all don't mind.  :)

This is a very rough sample of what the finalized product would be. Think of it as concept art. The final poster is actually 41" wide and 84" tall. Big mama.

(http://images43.fotki.com/v1368/photos/8/892548/6993359/Portraitversionsmalltext-vi.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on December 10, 2008, 10:41:52 PM
Curio...I like the simplicity but the text in "rites of passage" is a little hard on the eyes due to the blurr. Maybe if the blurr was in a different color it would retain the same effect without being hard to read?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Wraitchel on December 15, 2008, 02:46:33 AM
I like the blur. It has a mild mind-altering effect. I suspect that was what you were going for. The poster makes me feel off balance. Is the dude Maori?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Wraitchel on December 15, 2008, 03:12:20 PM
I have to comment on the smoking thread. I gave myself asthma in my mid twenties by smoking. My mother died of second hand smoke exposure. She never smoked. If you really think second hand smoke is easy to avoid or harmless, do some research...just look it up. For every twenty smokers who die of smoking related illness, they take down one non-smoker with them. Smokers delude themselves by believing what they want to instead of looking at the hard facts. Smoking is like playing Russian roulette with two bullets in a six shooter. Would you do that? Once you get lung cancer, asthma, emphysema, or COPD, it is too late. I'm not asking you to stop. That's your biz. But don't delude yourself that it's harmless. I can't walk past a smoker now without getting asthma unless I have just used my inhaler. If you accept that science obtains a more realistic and true world view, you shouldn't dismiss it when science says smoking kills 1/3 of the people who do it.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on December 15, 2008, 03:53:51 PM
Quote from: "Wraitchel"
I like the blur. It has a mild mind-altering effect. I suspect that was what you were going for. The poster makes me feel off balance. Is the dude Maori?

Why, yes he is! At least, he's go the ta moko to make him look like one.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: chuff on December 22, 2008, 04:20:17 AM
I'm going to visit a pretty girl tomorrow for the majority of the day, and I'm afraid to tell her how I feel about the subject of god. I'm thinking I'll let the relationship go for as long as I can before being forced to confront the topic. :unsure:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: bowmore on December 22, 2008, 03:08:53 PM
Quote from: "Wraitchel"
I have to comment on the smoking thread.

I'll chime in as well.

I'm not a smoker.

That's not entirely correct. I do occasionally smoke a cigar (Havanas preferably  :D ), or a pipe. I inhale neither (I'd have a coughing fit if I did).
For me it's all abour ritual and aroma.
Occasionally would mean : about 10 cigars per year.

Most of those are smoked during summer. Even though I don't inhale I do feel some effect, and when I've smoked two days in a row, I really feel the urge to smoke again the day after. I have until now (and this for several years) managed to dodge the addiction though, and have kept my yearly quotum. I'm aware that even at these small amounts there is a risk (health and addiction wise).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on December 26, 2008, 07:14:07 PM
My brother and his family had a birthday cake for Jesus.  

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/happyrotfl.gif)

That was my crissmas laugh yesterday.

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/t7719.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: BadPoison on December 26, 2008, 07:22:35 PM
Quote from: "chuff"
I'm going to visit a pretty girl tomorrow for the majority of the day, and I'm afraid to tell her how I feel about the subject of god. I'm thinking I'll let the relationship go for as long as I can before being forced to confront the topic. :unsure:
I know entirely know what you mean. See my introductory post for reference:
http://www.happyatheistforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=2280

I really think you should be honest with her up front - don't go crazy telling her every single reason you're an unbeliever, but let her know that you find the likelyhood of there being a god far less than 50% and leave it at that. She'll most likely respond with something like "Well how do you explain..." or a personal story of hers - a 'testimony' of sorts. TMy best advice is to just ask her to leave it alone for now, and then see where things go. Later on, when she really learns to like you / love you for who you are, and not what you believe (or don't believe) you'll be in a much better place to talk about these things. But you're right in not getting deep into it right now in the beginning of your relationship. Just don't surprise her later. Let her know, but don't scare her off with too much information. Short and sweet.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: mDarkPoet on December 28, 2008, 06:17:39 PM
Hmm, well what's on my mind is coffee, making it, getting it, uh, consuming it. *tired face*  :|
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on December 30, 2008, 07:09:14 PM
I'm still here. Been busy and out of town. Just FYI, all!  :P A gift, in apology:

(http://images41.fotki.com/v1243/photos/8/892548/6116196/1216157761609-vi.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on December 31, 2008, 12:51:51 AM
Hotter than Hell?
The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. Our authority is Isaiah 30:26,

    "Moreover, the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days."

Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition 7*7 (49) times as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or 50 times in all. The light we receive from the Moon is one 1/10,000 of the light we receive from the Sun, so we can ignore that ... The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where i.e., Heaven loses 50 times as much heat as the Earth by radiation. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E) temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K (525C). The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed ... [However] Revelations 21:8 says

    "But the fearful, and unbelieving ... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone."

A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point, 444.6C. We have, then, that Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on December 31, 2008, 06:42:13 PM
^^ LOL Sweet!

In other news...

Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg are really, really, really, really, really, really, dumb. Really!  :shock:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: bowmore on January 01, 2009, 08:00:53 AM
First off, I know this isn't intended to be serious, you can regard my answer in the same light.

Quote from: "Rastelin"
The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed ... [However] Revelations 21:8 says

    "But the fearful, and unbelieving ... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone."

A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point, 444.6C. We have, then, that Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C.

We must note however that the boiling point changes when atmospheric pressure changes, so the temperature in hell cannot be established.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on January 02, 2009, 07:29:25 AM
Air pressure is the force exerted on you by the weight of tiny particles of air. When it's compressed, air is said to be "under high pressure". Air at sea level is what we're used to, in fact, we're so used to it that we forget we're actually feeling air pressure all the time!

But you see! This is science and don’t apply in hell :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: ewomack on January 05, 2009, 09:00:50 PM
I am a tiny universe of microorganisms. That both comforts and alarms me.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on January 06, 2009, 10:05:19 AM
Quote from: "ewomack"
I am a tiny universe of microorganisms. That both comforts and alarms me.

What worries me is if those micro organisms may have some religious dispute going on in my body :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on January 06, 2009, 02:54:18 PM
I would really like to have an OLED hdtv. The picture is simply stunning.  :blink:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SSY on January 06, 2009, 05:02:28 PM
Quote from: "Rastelin"
Hotter than Hell?
The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. Our authority is Isaiah 30:26,

    "Moreover, the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days."

Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition 7*7 (49) times as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or 50 times in all. The light we receive from the Moon is one 1/10,000 of the light we receive from the Sun, so we can ignore that ... The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where i.e., Heaven loses 50 times as much heat as the Earth by radiation. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E) temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K (525C). The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed ... [However] Revelations 21:8 says

    "But the fearful, and unbelieving ... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone."

A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point, 444.6C. We have, then, that Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C.

I like your calculations son, but you have assumed heaven is a black body, and you have assumed heaven has the same surface area and emisivity as the earth. Heaven would be much larger, due to the large number of souls contained within, and also, I imagine its emisivity would be lower, what with all those clouds and all. Added to this, I reckon god probably pumps out a few yotawatts of heat himself.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on January 06, 2009, 07:02:46 PM
Quote from: "SSY"
I like your calculations son, but you have assumed heaven is a black body, and you have assumed heaven has the same surface area and emisivity as the earth. Heaven would be much larger, due to the large number of souls contained within, and also, I imagine its emisivity would be lower, what with all those clouds and all. Added to this, I reckon god probably pumps out a few yotawatts of heat himself.

Aren't you also assuming that souls have mass and take up space? Even if they do, how do we know that their sizes are comparable to humans?

Also, "yotawatt"... can't resist...

(http://images45.fotki.com/v1428/photos/8/892548/6623378/yoda-vi.jpg)

 :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on January 06, 2009, 10:14:49 PM
I like your calculations son, but you have assumed heaven is a black body, and you have assumed heaven has the same surface area and emisivity as the earth. Heaven would be much larger, due to the large number of souls contained within, and also, I imagine its emisivity would be lower, what with all those clouds and all. Added to this, I reckon god probably pumps out a few yotawatts of heat himself.[/quote]
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One must try to stay within the boundaries of science as we know it dealing with these issues. curiosityandthecat as a point though. If there are a large quantity of angels orbiting this celestial Eden, one need to device a method to determine the mass of those bodies :idea:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on January 08, 2009, 04:07:53 AM
Ran across a poem that I had forgotten about, but I really love. Thought I'd share.

Quote
Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota
     
Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly,
Asleep on the black trunk,
blowing like a leaf in green shadow.
Down the ravine behind the empty house,
The cowbells follow one another
Into the distances of the afternoon.
To my right,
In a field of sunlight between two pines,
The droppings of last year's horses
Blaze up into golden stones.
I lean back, as the evening darkens and comes on.
A chicken hawk floats over, looking for home.
I have wasted my life.

James Wright
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: gwyn428 on January 11, 2009, 05:36:36 AM
Thanks for sharing the poem.  :)

I wonder if I should or should not keep up this new habit of chewing gum that I bought at the cafe. My father used to be a chronic gum chewer (never thought of that one before) and one morning a tooth shattered while he was eating. I'm scurred.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on January 11, 2009, 03:04:47 PM
Quote from: "gwyn428"
Thanks for sharing the poem.  :)

I wonder if I should or should not keep up this new habit of chewing gum that I bought at the cafe. My father used to be a chronic gum chewer (never thought of that one before) and one morning a tooth shattered while he was eating. I'm scurred.
For me, chewing gum is a tooth saver.  I tend to grind my teeth when I'm stressed or in pain but a little gum makes me more aware of what I'm doing and replaces grinding with chewing.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on January 11, 2009, 04:40:34 PM
Quote from: "gwyn428"
Thanks for sharing the poem.  :)

I wonder if I should or should not keep up this new habit of chewing gum that I bought at the cafe. My father used to be a chronic gum chewer (never thought of that one before) and one morning a tooth shattered while he was eating. I'm scurred.

I don't think gum can make  a tooth shatter unless it had a giant cavity from chewing sugar gum.  So, if you want to chew gum make sure it is sugarless.  Btw, I got my first and only caviity from chewing sugar gum for a couple weeks!  It was a pre-cavity and I was lucky enough to have a scheduled dentist visit and caught it early.  Sugar gum is bad.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: gwyn428 on January 11, 2009, 07:04:06 PM
Thank you Kylyssa and laetusatheos for the replies. The gum that I have is sugar free. That's what I will always be sure to get.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 11, 2009, 10:53:08 PM
Today I am think about how cool that time-elapsed photography is.  I watched a show on corn yesterday and saw the little sprout pop up and grow to six feet in a few seconds.  Wow that must take a lot of film, or is it digital, or what?  I know I could look it up, but I rather like pondering things a bit before feeling the urge to put my mind at ease.  I'd like to get one of those for my back yard to figure out how the squirrels are really eating the entire bungee cob so quickly.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on January 11, 2009, 11:09:49 PM
Quote from: "VanReal"
Today I am think about how cool that time-elapsed photography is.  I watched a show on corn yesterday and saw the little sprout pop up and grow to six feet in a few seconds.  Wow that must take a lot of film, or is it digital, or what?  I know I could look it up, but I rather like pondering things a bit before feeling the urge to put my mind at ease.  I'd like to get one of those for my back yard to figure out how the squirrels are really eating the entire bungee cob so quickly.

This may interest you. The Nightmare Before Christmas was done using stop motion (duh, it's claymation) using a digital SLR camera. It's usually done that way as it's easier to use a regular camera and get that sort of quality than using film or digital camcorders. If you have a DSLR, try it sometime! Pick a rose, put it in a vase, place it by a nice, bright lamp, take your camera and stick it on a tripod, then every four to six hours either take a picture or use the timer to do it. Voila, you have the frames for a stop-motion film of a rose dying! A little morbid, sure, but it illustrates the point.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 11, 2009, 11:17:33 PM
That is interesting!  Have to figure out how to use my timer  :banna:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on January 12, 2009, 12:13:59 PM
Now Im thinking taht from next wednesday and for a week, I might be able to see the london's atheist busses too!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on January 13, 2009, 08:11:47 AM
I overheard an argument between my brother and his daughter. I felt there was a call for some thoughts on the matter.

There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you are born. One of them can be to die, which if you consider it, saves a lot of trouble in the long run. But if you make it out of the hospital, I would like to see it not as much as a world full of opportunities, but rater a world full of surprises.

There are many horrors life has to offer the newborn. Growing up is one of them. The reason why teenagers are so rebellious are due to the fact that you spend 13 years trying to adapt to the idea of childhood, only to be thrown without warning in to a new exciting life where your body along with everything else decides to perform unauthorized  changes to your physics along with mental adjustment as well. It’s like plowing up the lawn you have been working so hard for 13 years to maintain and perfect. In a metaphorical sense of course for the lesser educated.

The fact that parents for some reason starts to act silly and in general make an nuisance of them selves in your time of need doesn’t assist matters. “Our little girl/boy is growing up” are exactly the wrong ting to say to a teenager who are the central medium for hormones gone mad.
I know this because I’ve been there. The joke is you don’t understand what hit you before you have turned 25 or older. This is why I think back to my teenage years with a grudge

The issue about turnig 13 is where parents fail to be… well, parents. Why?
This is simple. Parenthood who has stretched over 13 years have suddenly been given over to a new management inspection in form of a new creature who are demanding to go to the club in stead of bugging you for Saturday candy. This is where the age process of the average parent speeds up by 150%. In a metaphorical sense again. Which don’t seem much metaphorical. Ask any parent.
It is however my opinion that any decent father shouldn’t have hair left when he reach 50. I am convinced that any hair left is another proof for the lack of decent fatherhood. Broadly speaking of course.

I feel children is a wonderful thing in the same way as a volcano is. But this things erupt sooner or later. But nevertheless you have people challenging the forces of nature, which teenagers in a sense is. This is where parents where invented. In the lava of reproduction.
Not to sound cynical, but it would be a hell of a lot easier if we just could lay eggs, brush some sand over them and leg it. But that is human hood for you.

The saying goes! Adults easily forget when they where young. This is a defense mechanism. This I truly believe with all my heart.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on January 14, 2009, 06:46:27 AM
Cool post, Rastelin. Growing up is very tough, even for adults. Sh#t, I still remember how old I felt the first time someone called me Sir and when I discovered  the first gray hair on my head. :eek:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 16, 2009, 01:29:42 AM
Believe me, parents do not forget what it's like to be a teenager, we remember vividly and the terror of our teenagers doing the same things we did are constantly running through our minds!  I look at parents with babies, toddlers, and kiddos in elementary school and see the joy and pride in their naiive faces.  I always think to myself "you sucker, just wait until the first time that child looks at you as though they wish you would die".  Really though from about 12 to 15 I wish there was somewhere these little beasts could go, those are the terrible years.  Around 16 or so they seem to bounce back some, not all of the way, but enough to where you can obtain some civility.  Oh the joys of parenthood....
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: gwyn428 on January 19, 2009, 08:41:45 AM
I just had some soymilk and a cookie with eggs as an ingredient. They were delicious together!

Seriously, soymilk is not too bad. It smells like a plant and it's not thick like regular milk. Soy ice cream is better though. We have some that's vanilla flavored and it is absolutely wonderful. Other than being that good, it probably doesn't put weight on anyone.

Just don't consume too much soy; some crazy church claims that soy can turn you gay.  :lol:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on January 19, 2009, 11:47:23 PM
Just applied for a position as an Admissions Counselor for a small college in Appalachia. Wish me luck! (I just really want an 8-5 gig, haha.)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on January 20, 2009, 12:32:13 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Just applied for a position as an Admissions Counselor for a small college in Appalachia. Wish me luck! (I just really want an 8-5 gig, haha.)

Good Luck to you Curio! I myself have been spending the day applying for jobs online, so if you can return the favor of wishing me luck, it would be appreciated!

Side Note: Also, I wish someone had told me it was Martin Luther King day today! I walked about 2 miles to go to the employment office and apply for some jobs there, only to have to turn right around and walk back home. And it's only about 35 degrees outside! UGH!! No Government offices open today. Oh well, it's a good holiday, and I'm glad we still honor the guy for who he was and what he was attempting to do.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on January 20, 2009, 01:03:23 AM
Quote from: "Ihateyoumike"
Good Luck to you Curio! I myself have been spending the day applying for jobs online, so if you can return the favor of wishing me luck, it would be appreciated!

Good luck to you , too.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on January 20, 2009, 04:31:13 AM
Layoffs hit my work today.  I survived this round but some of my friends did not.  I had anticipated lay offs, but who they let go was unexpected.  I'm assuming that I'll be in the next round (if there is one, and there easily could be) and trying to get all my ducks in a row so I'll be able to find a new job asap if necessary.  I like where I work, the work atmosphere is much nicer than what I hear from friends at other places, so I really hope it doesn't get so bad that they essentially have to let everyone go other than the owners.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on January 21, 2009, 12:17:02 AM
Sorry to hear about the layoffs at your employer, Laetusatheos.  There's a lot of it going around, though.

Hubby's layoff date is May 29.  He's been looking high and low for a job for months with no luck.  He has skills and experience but no one is hiring.  Just about everyone I talk to is in the same position or knows someone who is...  What the hell happened? (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/shrug.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 21, 2009, 02:56:48 AM
It is so unsettling just waiting around to see if today is your day.  I hope all goes well!  They aren't even hiring at the supermarkets and fast food places anymore, when that happens you know things are not going well in the job arena.  Hopefully things will pick up at the end of this quater.  The good news is the institution of the effective tax rate this year, refunds will be higher and that leads to more spending (hopefully it's spending on not having to go to pay normal household bills).  Makes me seriously think about creating a garden in my backyard for fruits and veggies, just in case.  Too bad I have a black thumb!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on January 22, 2009, 05:24:53 PM
I'm also getting worried about the financial crisis. I work in the tourism industry and so far the company that I work for has 40% less bookings for the summer season than last year.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 23, 2009, 01:03:46 AM
That's because people are scared about the future.  Like Microsoft laying off people even though they are still turning a profit, they are scared and are preparing for the worst.  Fear is our worst enemy during times like these, we all panic and start saving and stop consuming, and our economy thrives when we are doing what we are supposed to, CONSUME!!  I am trying to do my part, I have my emergency "uh oh just lost my job fund" and other than that I am still spending.  And my mom, sister and I are planning our Summer adventure so hopefully we aren't the only ones!!  Hang in there everyone!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on January 23, 2009, 06:39:11 AM
How true. It is like a self-fulfilling prophecy. People are scared about the future, so they start saving and stop consuming, which results an an economical crisis that cause them to loose their own jobs. I don't know how the situation is the the States, but here in Germany is now a great time to strike a good bargain. Need a new car?  The government pays you EUR 2500 back for your old one and the car dealer gives you great discounts on top of that. Book a vacation? In my company they have great early booking discounts, which they prolonged, and should you loose your job then you'll get your money back.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 24, 2009, 02:39:24 AM
You got it!  In economics it's called the "paradox of thrift".....you worry, you stop spending, you start saving, job are lost, companies go out of business, prices rise, you are forced to spend your savings.  It's not really believed to fulfill itself but an interesting theory.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Miss Anthrope on January 25, 2009, 10:23:57 AM
So, in a sense, being decadent to ensure future ability to be decadent. (I'm referring to things said a few posts up)

That is awesome!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 25, 2009, 03:56:46 PM
That's a good term.  Decadent.  We are a nation of consumers, if we don't consume we don't thrive.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on January 25, 2009, 05:54:16 PM
Quote from: "Miss Anthrope"
So, in a sense, being decadent to ensure future ability to be decadent. (I'm referring to things said a few posts up)

That is awesome!

Ah, decadence. I love it.

As Eddie Izzard said...

Quote from: "Eddie Izzard"
But you’re the Roman Empire, yeah! So you’ve got vomitoriums and orgies to look forward to… Let the President lead the way! ‘Cause no one cares in America and… I don’t know. In Europe, we’re just watching you, and going, “What are you doing?” ‘Cause in France they wouldn’t care, and in Britain, they’d get shot. If the Prime Minister had done something, everyone would go, ( mumbling sheepishly ).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 25, 2009, 06:01:54 PM
Today I am wondering what in the world is going on with my beloved tv!?  I have been flipping around this morning and there is nothing but crap there.  I guess if I was into the "reality" tv I'd be okay, but just can't stomach it.  I think I flipped through 20 church or gospel channels, 10 foreign language channels, and then spotted that ridiculous Human Wrecking Balls show that just confuses me completely.  At night it's not too bad, and actually interesting that two of the shows I have gotten in to (as much as you can with re-runs) House and Bones both have atheists as the main charachter, that's nice but during the day I am starting to get depressed.  The movies aren't much better, just watched Apaloosa, Babylon AD, and Righteous Kill and wasn't thrilled about any of them.  (Although see Vin in a towel is never a disappointment.)  So, I guess I will just listen to crime tv and do some laundry, argghh.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: gwyn428 on January 25, 2009, 09:28:18 PM
I think I should get into House and Bones before the religious people have a fit and raise hell to get them canceled.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on January 25, 2009, 09:50:04 PM
Quote from: "gwyn428"
I think I should get into House and Bones before the religious people have a fit and raise hell to get them canceled.

House will never get canceled. He'll just trick them into keeping the show on.

(http://images30.fotki.com/v481/photos/8/892548/6116196/1232321271162-vi.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Miss Anthrope on January 25, 2009, 11:59:27 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "gwyn428"
I think I should get into House and Bones before the religious people have a fit and raise hell to get them canceled.

House will never get canceled. He'll just trick them into keeping the show on.

(http://images30.fotki.com/v481/photos/8/892548/6116196/1232321271162-vi.gif)

If House got cancelled I'd probably throw my TV out the window.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 26, 2009, 01:05:03 AM
I know, I am having a little House withdrawal right now, it's usually on for five hours on Sundays on into my bedtime and it appears USA has changed the Sunday night line-up!!  What???  I may need to write a letter......

I like to watch it with my laptop up on google so I can google every weird disease they bring up to see if I have any of the symptoms, hehe, my psychiatrist hates this I am sure! :crazy:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Miss Anthrope on January 26, 2009, 02:56:40 AM
Quote from: "VanReal"
I know, I am having a little House withdrawal right now, it's usually on for five hours on Sundays on into my bedtime and it appears USA has changed the Sunday night line-up!!  What???  I may need to write a letter......

I like to watch it with my laptop up on google so I can google every weird disease they bring up to see if I have any of the symptoms, hehe, my psychiatrist hates this I am sure! :crazy:

"House withdrawal", perfect way to express it. I hate the holidays becasue House goes into a two-month hiatus (as far as new episodes).

If you like House, I'd highly recommend reading the Shelrock holmes stories if you haven't. House is based on Holmes (House lives on 221 whatever st, Sherlcok on 221 baker; House=Homes=Holmes, Wilson=Watson, Holmes was addicted to cocaine,etc. I loved the episode when House was in that eclectic shop looking for a new cane and he puts the Shelrock-style pipe in his mouth. Blatant fanservice.)

What's also interesting is that the general perception of Holmes is a bit false, kind of like the way the general internal "model" of Nixon is closer to the caricatures than what he actually looks like. I had read a few Holmes stories in the past before House and enjoyed them a lot, but House made me want to revisit the inspirational source in greater depth. What I found is that we tend to think of Holmes as kind of stuffy and "proper", and in fact he's very Bohemian and walks the fence between upholder of the law and criminal. You know how House will sometimes ignore his legal obligations to help out a patient when he feels its justified, Holmes does that quite a bit, too, and even helped a murderer escape the country once because he agreed with the person's motivations.

Yeah, I'd highly recomend Sherlock Holmes (also, I'm not assuming you haven't read Holmes, just plugging it in case you haven't becasue they shouldn't be missed, especially not by a House fan)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on January 26, 2009, 03:00:58 AM
Quote from: "Miss Anthrope"
Yeah, I'd highly recomend Sherlock Holmes (also, I'm not assuming you haven't read Holmes, just plugging it in case you haven't becasue they shouldn't be missed, especially not by a House fan)

Hah, I'm actually reading The List of 7 (http://www.amazon.com/List-Seven-Mark-Frost/dp/0380720191) right now. You read that?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 26, 2009, 03:03:17 AM
I had no idea!  The only thing I know of Sherlock Holmes is the bit I've seen on Star Trek NG when Data would play him in the holo-deck!  I will definitely check them out, I'm in need of some new reading material, thanks!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Miss Anthrope on January 26, 2009, 04:23:51 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Miss Anthrope"
Yeah, I'd highly recomend Sherlock Holmes (also, I'm not assuming you haven't read Holmes, just plugging it in case you haven't becasue they shouldn't be missed, especially not by a House fan)

Hah, I'm actually reading The List of 7 (http://www.amazon.com/List-Seven-Mark-Frost/dp/0380720191) right now. You read that?

No, but it looks interesting. So far I've only read one non-canonical Sherlock holmes book, "the 7 percent solution" (in which dr. freud helps sherlock overcome his addiction).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: gwyn428 on January 26, 2009, 05:47:38 AM
I just watched an episode of House M.D. tonight. Very awesome show!!!!!!!

There is now a reason for me to turn my tele on more often.

And I was also thinking about Sherlock Holmes and now I see all this! Wow.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Miss Anthrope on January 26, 2009, 06:16:02 AM
Quote from: "gwyn428"
I just watched an episode of House M.D. tonight. Very awesome show!!!!!!!

There is now a reason for me to turn my tele on more often.

And I was also thinking about Sherlock Holmes and now I see all this! Wow.

Isn't it? I originally avoided it for a while becasue of my previous experiences of medical dramas being overly serious and "sterile"; I was pleasantly surprised, I love shows that can't be placed into a certain genre.

I am a little disappointed with some of the drop in writing quality during the past two seasons (though it seems to be improving a bit), but even a bad episode of House is entertaining enough. Can't really afford to be picky in the era of "reality" televison.

Strangely, anyone else notice kind of a "split-personality" trait about Fox? I bash Fox all the time (its own shows do :lol: ), but when it comes down to it they have such an awesome line-up. House, Bones, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Fringe, 24, Lie to Me, but then they just infuriate me with their biased news coverage and Bill O'Reilly,but damn, even he's entertaining. The network tagline shoudl be: "Fox - You Feel Guilty, But You'll Be Back, You Whore".
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 27, 2009, 04:11:25 AM
You are too funny Miss Anthrope!  I honestly didn't know that these were Fox shows since I am a habitual re-run watcher due to not being able to pay attention to what night shows come on. (Must be years of going to school at night).  I need to set my U-verse up to record House and Family Guy on Fox, and I am really starting to like Bones, not just because David is so yummy but because I think she is wearing him down.  Looks like there is some good one-stop-shopping there.

I HATE reality tv except for Cops (especially the 80s version) since it just cracks me up and I sometimes watch The Real Housewives of Orange County because it's so ridiculous it's entertaining.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 27, 2009, 06:41:36 AM
Right now I am thinking working for Monk would be about the most entertaining job ever!  I wish I was that little blonde chippy and that it was real of course.

Oh, and House marathan on USA tomorrow night, man I hope it's not all of the ones I've seen 100 times!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Miss Anthrope on January 27, 2009, 08:40:29 AM
Quote from: "VanReal"
Right now I am thinking working for Monk would be about the most entertaining job ever!  I wish I was that little blonde chippy and that it was real of course.

Oh, and House marathan on USA tomorrow night, man I hope it's not all of the ones I've seen 100 times!

Ah, Monk, another one of the few shows I usually make an effort to watch. Yeah, I could totally put-up with working for him for the entertainment value alone.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on January 27, 2009, 07:03:33 PM
Quote from: "VanReal"
You are too funny Miss Anthrope!  I honestly didn't know that these were Fox shows since I am a habitual re-run watcher due to not being able to pay attention to what night shows come on. (Must be years of going to school at night).  I need to set my U-verse up to record House and Family Guy on Fox, and I am really starting to like Bones, not just because David is so yummy but because I think she is wearing him down.  Looks like there is some good one-stop-shopping there.



I too watch House like crazy! Love the show. Did anyone see Hugh Laurie on Saturday Night Live a few weeks back? That was hilarious! They had a skit where there are two women with thick New York accents interview him and make him say a bunch of words in his accent and go crazy over it. It makes me laugh so hard every time I see it.
Family Guy is also a great show, although I think it's really hit-or-miss lately on whether it will be really funny or not.

Has anybody here seen "Arrested Development" which was on Fox for about 3 years and ended a couple years back? One of the funniest shows ever! It was a shame that it was pulled. I have all the episodes on my computer and watch them "religiously".

Also, I would just like to jump in and recommend "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" which is on FX. It is hands down the funniest show I've ever seen! I would recommend not watching it with kids, religious people, or anyone who may be easily offended by jokes ranging from racism to abortion to underaged drinking, and that's just the first few episodes. I think a free thinker forum can handle these topics though.  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 27, 2009, 07:57:26 PM
I tried watching Arrested Development a couple times but since I didn't know the characters well enough I didn't get into it.  I saw the little fella from Juno and Superbad there though, I may have to try again!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on January 28, 2009, 01:11:36 AM
Today I am cracking up from the Chester Cheetah commericals and wish I had that guy around.  The current one with the mom bragging on her kid at the soccer field is good, Chester says "blah, blah, blah".  I like the one in the laundry mat too when he tells that girls to put some cheetos in the mean girl's dryer:)  Oh, wish those puppies were on youtube:)[attachment=0:1zkuypwb]chester.gif[/attachment:1zkuypwb]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Miss Anthrope on January 28, 2009, 12:39:29 PM
Quote from: "Ihateyoumike"
Did anyone see Hugh Laurie on Saturday Night Live a few weeks back? That was hilarious! They had a skit where there are two women with thick New York accents interview him and make him say a bunch of words in his accent and go crazy over it. It makes me laugh so hard every time I see it.
Family Guy is also a great show, although I think it's really hit-or-miss lately on whether it will be really funny or not.

Has anybody here seen "Arrested Development" which was on Fox for about 3 years and ended a couple years back? One of the funniest shows ever! It was a shame that it was pulled.

No, haven't watched SNL in a while, but I'll bet Laurie was funny. I haven't really seen him in many things other than some clips of British comdey shows and Sense & Sensibility, though I did recently notice that he was in Stuart Little and thought it was so surreal to see him playing this super-nice Dad character.

Yeah, Family Guy is always good for a laugh, but it has become more hit-or-miss lately. Also, I recenlty came to the conclusion that I just don't care about any of the characters (it's just that type of show, all of the characters are jerks most of the time, which is funny but there isn't much "human connection") like I do, say, the Simpsons. Kind of funny how in the Simpons' early days it was considered the "anti-family" show, now they're like the Cleavers in comparison to a lot of newer shows.

"Arrested Development" was hilarious! I only got to see a couple of episodes when it was on, it's on my list of DVD's to get.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on January 30, 2009, 12:33:10 AM
So, remember that poster I was doing? Finished it, printed out an 84" tall print, and hung it in the stairwell. I took a picture with my phone:

(http://images47.fotki.com/v1401/photos/8/892548/6993359/PIC0023_1-vi.jpg)

My work computer hates me for this, haha.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on January 30, 2009, 01:54:38 AM
^very cool.  :cool:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on February 03, 2009, 08:01:32 PM
Today I am thinking of the ugliest dog I saw yesterday. It has to be the ugliest dog in human history. Haven't been around all the time when history happend to us, but if I had, this would be the ugliest one. For a sense of balance I should say it had a nice collar.
Science has yet I am sure left to determent the race and even more interesting the origin of this creature.

It is impossible to use mere words to describe it. It was brown if it helps.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on February 03, 2009, 08:15:43 PM
Quote from: "Rastelin"
It is impossible to use mere words to describe it. It was brown if it helps.

Is it this one?
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg42/jtowns777/worlds-ugliest-dog.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on February 03, 2009, 09:29:10 PM
Quote from: "Rastelin"
Today I am thinking of the ugliest dog I saw yesterday. It has to be the ugliest dog in human history. Haven't been around all the time when history happend to us, but if I had, this would be the ugliest one. For a sense of balance I should say it had a nice collar.
Science has yet I am sure left to determent the race and even more interesting the origin of this creature.

It is impossible to use mere words to describe it. It was brown if it helps.
I sure hope that you are not talking about my wife  ;). Just kiddin', she is adorable.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on February 06, 2009, 12:06:05 PM
Quote from: "Ihateyoumike"
Quote from: "Rastelin"
It is impossible to use mere words to describe it. It was brown if it helps.

Is it this one?
(http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg42/jtowns777/worlds-ugliest-dog.jpg)
I stand corrected. There is an uglier dog out there. I saw this one in real life if it count for something :eek:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on February 06, 2009, 12:08:16 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Quote from: "Rastelin"
Today I am thinking of the ugliest dog I saw yesterday. It has to be the ugliest dog in human history. Haven't been around all the time when history happend to us, but if I had, this would be the ugliest one. For a sense of balance I should say it had a nice collar.
Science has yet I am sure left to determent the race and even more interesting the origin of this creature.

It is impossible to use mere words to describe it. It was brown if it helps.
I sure hope that you are not talking about my wife  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on February 07, 2009, 04:05:25 PM
Today I am thinking about the Dog Whisperer and how the show is a bit boring but boy he is something!  That is definitely my dream job, to just run around and teach people how they are screwing up their companion animals:)  Sure makes me wish the lotto would payoff.  

Now I am thinking about how much of my thoughts are derived from the tv....better get back into my book for a bit.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: gwyn428 on February 08, 2009, 07:42:58 PM
This morning I had some Earl Grey tea for the first time.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Miss Anthrope on February 08, 2009, 07:53:33 PM
Quote from: "gwyn428"
This morning I had some Earl Grey tea for the first time.  :lol:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on February 08, 2009, 08:45:12 PM
I just got back from the Netherlands. My brother's girlfriend had her 50st birthday yesterday and the party lasted till 4 AM. Can't remember the last time that I managed to drink 3 liters of beer and a 3/4 bottle of Bowmore on one evening without being completely smashed.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on February 08, 2009, 09:45:44 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
I just got back from the Netherlands. My brother's girlfriend had her 50st birthday yesterday and the party lasted till 4 AM. Can't remember the last time that I managed to drink 3 liters of beer and a 3/4 bottle of Bowmore on one evening without being completely smashed.

4 AM??  I haven't done that since I was 22!  Way to bring in the 5-0!!  And good for you, that's called pacing yourself,  :D .
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on February 11, 2009, 02:51:13 AM
I'm excited because I made my first animated gif. It's now my avatar. Was not as hard as I thought it would be using photoshop. Anyway, if anyone can't tell, it says Patrick. It is called an ambigram, and I learned about them after I read Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. A couple of years ago, I was bored and decided to try to make an ambigram of my first name. That picture is what I came up with. I have been wanting to make an avatar of it for a long time, and decided I was just bored enough today to do it.  :banna:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on February 11, 2009, 03:30:04 AM
Quote from: "Ihateyoumike"
I'm excited because I made my first animated gif. It's now my avatar. Was not as hard as I thought it would be using photoshop. Anyway, if anyone can't tell, it says Patrick. It is called an ambigram, and I learned about them after I read Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. A couple of years ago, I was bored and decided to try to make an ambigram of my first name. That picture is what I came up with. I have been wanting to make an avatar of it for a long time, and decided I was just bored enough today to do it.  :crazy:

LOL! Good job on it. Somewhere in one of my PS books it talks about how to do that, but I've never given it a shot. Looks like you had fun with it. Pretty neat stuff.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on February 11, 2009, 05:01:03 AM
No offense to my fellow Texans...but Texas are stupid and get scared too easily.  The tornado siren here has been turned on twice tonight (that I heard, they could have been on when the storm was actually going over but it would have been too loud to hear them).  Both times it was going off when there was absolutely no threat of a tornado in my area.  I know there  was unseasonably violent weather in Oklahoma but that doesn't mean we all have to freak out.  

When I lived in Oklahoma if a siren went off it meant a tornado was very likely to touch ground within a few miles of you or a storm already known to produce tornados was passing over.  So, the sirens had me frantically checking the weather for no reason.

Of course, it did let me find out that the siren stations for my area are far enough away that I am unlikely to wake up to them at night due to the faint sound.  (That's not good)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on February 11, 2009, 07:25:56 AM
I don't think it's a true ambigram because the |( at the right side doesn't correspond to a letter at the beginning (p). Still, if it's any consolation, Dan Brown is a complete hack.

 :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: verybigv on February 11, 2009, 08:14:46 PM
Tomorrow is Lincoln's 200th birthday(and,amazingly Darwin's).In Lincoln's honor I'm shaving off my moustache,but keeping my beard.My 11 year old daughter has never seen my upper lip.I don't think I've seen it in 15 years.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on February 12, 2009, 09:29:06 PM
Tomorrow I'll be on my way to Washington DC again to visit my wife. We'll celebrate Valentine's Day in one of the best restaurants of the DC area (http://www.theinnatlittlewashington.com/restaurant.asp (http://www.theinnatlittlewashington.com/restaurant.asp)) and have several other nice events on our programme. I'll be back in one week from now.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on February 13, 2009, 09:59:12 PM
^ Have a terrific visit, Tom.  

BTW, weren't you supposed to move to the US?   (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/shrug.gif)  Or did that plan fall through?  


Here's to a great weekend, everyone!  :beer:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on February 13, 2009, 10:41:28 PM
Ug.  Today was Valentine Day at school.  Jessie Rose got a "Jesus Loves You" card from a little girl who previously told her that if she didn't believe in him, she'd go to hell.  Nice.  Needless to say, Jessie was a bit upset.  Why do parents encourage such things, in a public school, no less?  It's horrible.   :(
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on February 15, 2009, 10:14:06 PM
Today I am thinking and laughing at a joke I found....

Once all the scientists died and went to heaven. They decide to play hide-n-seek.Unfortunately Einstein is has to seek and is supposed to count up to 100 and then start searching.
Everyone starts hiding except Newton - he just draws a square of 1 meter and stands in it right in front of Einstein.
Einstein keeps counting......97,98,99.....100........
He opens his eyes and finds Newton standing there.
Einstein says "Newton's out.. Newton's....out....." Newton denies and says I am not out. He claims that he is not Newton!!

All the scientists come out and he proves that he is not newton

How?

Newton says:
I am standing in a square of area 1m square.
That means i am Newton per meter square.
Hence i am Pascal....since newton per meter square = Pascal,
Pascal is OUT.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: gwyn428 on February 17, 2009, 07:29:27 PM
Quote from: "jrosebud"
Ug.  Today was Valentine Day at school.  Jessie Rose got a "Jesus Loves You" card from a little girl who previously told her that if she didn't believe in him, she'd go to hell.  Nice.  Needless to say, Jessie was a bit upset.  Why do parents encourage such things, in a public school, no less?  It's horrible.   :(

That is horrible.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on February 18, 2009, 03:34:55 AM
Don't mind me, just passing through.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on February 18, 2009, 02:30:28 PM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
^ Have a terrific visit, Tom.  

BTW, weren't you supposed to move to the US?   (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/shrug.gif)  Or did that plan fall through?  
That plan is still there, but we decided to postpone it for another year. My wife is still not sure whether she would like to stay in the US, because the "American" way of doing things sometimes drives her crazy. We also like to wait until the financial crisis has blown over.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: gwyn428 on February 18, 2009, 09:31:15 PM
Quote from: "Whitney"
No offense to my fellow Texans...but Texas are stupid and get scared too easily.  The tornado siren here has been turned on twice tonight (that I heard, they could have been on when the storm was actually going over but it would have been too loud to hear them).  Both times it was going off when there was absolutely no threat of a tornado in my area.  I know there  was unseasonably violent weather in Oklahoma but that doesn't mean we all have to freak out.  

When I lived in Oklahoma if a siren went off it meant a tornado was very likely to touch ground within a few miles of you or a storm already known to produce tornados was passing over.  So, the sirens had me frantically checking the weather for no reason.

Of course, it did let me find out that the siren stations for my area are far enough away that I am unlikely to wake up to them at night due to the faint sound.  (That's not good)

I hear the tornado siren alot and it doesn't scare me. The reason why is because the fire station nearby has this weird necessity to turn it on whenever a thunderstorm begins.  :lol:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on February 19, 2009, 01:07:38 AM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
^ Have a terrific visit, Tom.  

BTW, weren't you supposed to move to the US?   (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/shrug.gif)  Or did that plan fall through?  
That plan is still there, but we decided to postpone it for another year. My wife is still not sure whether she would like to stay in the US, because the "American" way of doing things sometimes drives her crazy. We also like to wait until the financial crisis has blown over.

Thanks for the update, Tom.  I wouldn't move here right now, either.     :blink:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Moigle on February 20, 2009, 05:32:52 AM
Ruby Ann is a Portuguese woman who knows how to sing Rock'n'Roll
Check this out (Gonna Rock My Baby Tonight)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdNEuqSx ... annel_page (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdNEuqSx8_U&feature=channel_page)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: gwyn428 on February 21, 2009, 05:02:04 AM
I have so far memorised most of Vesti la Giubba.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: verybigv on February 22, 2009, 04:20:43 PM
It snows too much here in lake effect country. 2 feet on the ground and it's still coming. Key West in April. I can't wait.
I shaved off my moustache for Abe's birthday. My daughter thinks I look like a cross between a demented Amish guy and Captain Ahab. It will grow back.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on February 24, 2009, 01:58:51 AM
Tonight I am thinking about how excited I am that my Kindle 2 has shipped and that I am going to hop on over to Amazon and start picking out some goodies!!  Yippee!!  :banna:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on February 24, 2009, 02:14:11 AM
Quote from: "VanReal"
Tonight I am thinking about how excited I am that my Kindle 2 has shipped and that I am going to hop on over to Amazon and start picking out some goodies!!  Yippee!!  :banna:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on February 24, 2009, 02:38:51 AM
I was on "order" for the original Kindle and then got an email a few weeks ago that I'd been upgraded to the Kindle 2, it's the same price and a little sleeker....I hear the 3 is going to be out in 2010.  I'm already loading up. (Now I'll really never leave the house. Successfully working my way to hermit status.)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on February 25, 2009, 03:14:01 AM
Today I've been selfishly thinking about how much work this American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is causing me and how I am going to be working 16 hour days through the end of next week to get into compliance and actually get payroll done without being in violation of any one part of the new regulations that are effective immediately even though some of the implementation tools and guidelines will not be posted until mid-March.  :rant:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on March 03, 2009, 06:53:33 PM
today Im thinking about this crazy story my friends said they heard
After some google I found it
http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=105205 (http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=105205)
sad part is, they believe its true
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on March 03, 2009, 07:57:50 PM
Quote from: "MariaEvri"
today Im thinking about this crazy story my friends said they heard
After some google I found it
http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=105205 (http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=105205)
sad part is, they believe its true

How can you not believe this is true? It's on the internet, isn't it?  :crazy:  :crazy:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on March 03, 2009, 08:22:24 PM
Quote from: "Ihateyoumike"
Quote from: "MariaEvri"
today Im thinking about this crazy story my friends said they heard
After some google I found it
http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=105205 (http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=105205)
sad part is, they believe its true

How can you not believe this is true? It's on the internet, isn't it?  :crazy:  :crazy:

silly me I forgot. The internet is the 100 % source of truthfulness :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on March 04, 2009, 05:00:38 AM
That story proves that lying for God is not a sin  ;) .
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: NaturaLCalamity on March 04, 2009, 10:15:36 PM
Right now, I am in the library at my school, studying for my biology midterm on Friday. Today's biology lecture was on stem cell research and human cloning, which I find very interesting. It got me thinking, can clone cats and dogs to replace the grieving pet owner's lost, or even clone humans to replace dead children? Or what about cloning organs so humans with a possible need of of a transplant when they get older, would be able to live some years longer?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on March 05, 2009, 02:27:53 AM
I took my cat to the vet today for her annual exam and found out she has spondylosis. (http://www.web-dvm.net/spondylosis.html)
Poor Kitty!  (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/rub.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on March 05, 2009, 03:07:52 AM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
I took my cat to the vet today for her annual exam and found out she has spondylosis. (http://www.web-dvm.net/spondylosis.html)
Poor Kitty!  (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/rub.gif)

I'm sorry to hear that.  Poor little beast.  What is her prognosis?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on March 05, 2009, 06:04:30 PM
Quote from: "Kylyssa"
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
I took my cat to the vet today for her annual exam and found out she has spondylosis. (http://www.web-dvm.net/spondylosis.html)
Poor Kitty!  (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/rub.gif)

I'm sorry to hear that.  Poor little beast.  What is her prognosis?

Right now we're focusing on reducing her inflammation and stiffness.  We're also waiting for some bloodtest results to show whether her kidney function has gotten worse since last year.  She's been with us for 9 years and she was at least 2 or 3 when we took her in, so that makes her a geriatric feline.

She snubs all the special formulary cat foods we've tried to give her in the past, so I put her new meds in the food she usually likes only to have her snub that, too.  I don't want to shove pills down her throat or subject her to daily injections...hopefully she will start cooperating.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on March 05, 2009, 11:07:59 PM
Take care of that kitty, Momma! Make her feel all better.   :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on March 06, 2009, 02:19:56 AM
Poor kitty.

Have you tried crushing her meds and putting them in milk (they have special cat forumla milk if you don't want to give her real milk)?  

You could also crush them with a tiny bit of water into a paste and put small amounts on her nose till it is all gone (like putting peanut butter on a dog's nose).  It would annoy her but not nearly as much as it would if you had to force feed her the pills.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on March 06, 2009, 03:47:30 AM
If you do have to pill your cat, I recommend coating the pills or capsules in cooking oil so they don't stick on the back of the cat's tongue.  It is fairly easy to pill a cat, just push the pill to the back of her mouth and hold her mouth closed.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: maestroanth on March 06, 2009, 05:34:04 AM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
So is this a good idea for a thread? I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread for general discussion, thoughts and notions. If you have a gripe, or just want to shoot the bull about whatever.

I do that anyway, lol.

Sex, sex, sex, sex, is on my mind constantly.  Deepthroat, slap the biatch, (no blood of course) etc....sexually dominated male stuff.

I have testerone overload I think.  Nothing feels better than sexual domination.

But sigh....damn love; my wife is my soulmate.  But I'm smart and spiritual, so I have to analyze things differently which sometimes make my desires hard to resist.  (In my mind runs the Pastoral right now in perfect detail which subtles those urges as well).

All best
Title: Re:
Post by: maestroanth on March 06, 2009, 05:35:50 AM
Quote from: "Squid"
Beer?  Beer good.  Fat tire is excellent.

I also dig on Shiner's Hefeweizen but Paulaner makes an even better one.  Another I really enjoyed, which I can't seem to find anymore around here is Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale.

Bwahahaha I mock at your Phat tire.


The New Belgium Company is from CO which is my native State.  The best beer they brew is only over Winter which is called 2 Below.  My taste tests to people never proved them wrong.

All best

-maestroanth
Title: Uni-Partisanship
Post by: maestroanth on March 06, 2009, 07:48:58 AM
FUCKING REPULICANS SUCK, RUSH LIMBAUGH CAN GO TO SPIRITUAL HELL.  HE IS EVIL!!!!!

I vote for democratic/(OMG socilaism) is in charge of America.  Canada is certaintly happy.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on March 06, 2009, 07:51:18 AM
Today I'm traveling again to the States for a one week vacation. There are a couple of things that need to be done in my wife's house (like building up some furniture) but we also intent to have some fun together.
Title: Haha...feeling goood
Post by: maestroanth on March 06, 2009, 10:40:57 AM
Just chilling....end of the musical week, and just feeling good....with brewskeys that finally got over my mental radio thing.
Title: Re: Haha...feeling goood
Post by: maestroanth on March 06, 2009, 10:41:54 AM
Quote from: "maestroanth"
Just chilling....end of the musical week, and just feeling good....with brewskeys that finally got over my mental radio thing.

All musicians have this feeling b/c of the needless study over music btw.
Title: Re: Uni-Partisanship
Post by: Ihateyoumike on March 06, 2009, 05:30:57 PM
Quote from: "maestroanth"
FUCKING REPULICANS SUCK, RUSH LIMBAUGH CAN GO TO SPIRITUAL HELL.  HE IS EVIL!!!!!

I vote for democratic/(OMG socilaism) is in charge of America.  Canada is certaintly happy.

Wow. What a waste of a post. You're getting good at that. If you don't have something intelligent to add, please do us all a favor and don't post garbage like this.  :hmm:
Title: Re: Haha...feeling goood
Post by: Ihateyoumike on March 06, 2009, 05:39:16 PM
Would the alcohol be the reason you have been flooding threads with posts that add nothing to the conversation? If so, perhaps you shouldn't drink and post. Just a thought.  :idea:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on March 06, 2009, 06:18:16 PM
Quote from: "Kylyssa"
If you do have to pill your cat, I recommend coating the pills or capsules in cooking oil so they don't stick on the back of the cat's tongue. It is fairly easy to pill a cat, just push the pill to the back of her mouth and hold her mouth closed.

I tried this technique this morning with hilarious results.  Kitty was able to spit the pill out every time and she made such a funny face trying to figure out what the oil was!    I'm not fast enough to put the pill in her mouth, get my finger out and clamp her mouth shut before she can roll the pill out of her mouth.  

Quote from: "Whitney"
You could also crush them with a tiny bit of water into a paste and put small amounts on her nose till it is all gone (like putting peanut butter on a dog's nose).  It would annoy her but not nearly as much as it would if you had to force feed her the pills.

Excellent suggestion.  I will try that one next.  Luckily, Kitty is easy to catch.  (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/rub.gif)

Edit:  It worked!   :hide2:
Title: Re: Uni-Partisanship
Post by: Twiddler on March 06, 2009, 06:34:25 PM
I'll never get back these thirty seconds of my life.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Uni-Partisanship
Post by: Recusant on March 06, 2009, 07:19:35 PM
Quote from: "maestreanth"
... RUSH LIMBAUGH CAN GO TO SPIRITUAL HELL. HE IS EVIL!!!!!

A pompous, bloviating blimp, yes.  Evil?  Only in that he gives people who listen to and believe his maunderings the illusion that they have an understanding of what's going on in the country, and don't have to think for themselves.  But then again, anyone who would proudly call themselves "dittohead" is pretty much beyond hope anyway.  I think it speaks volumes that the Republicans believe giving this wingnut buffoon a prominent airing will have a positive effect on the morale of their party.  I guess they miss their erstwhile Commander in Chief, and a drug-gobbling dingbat is as close as they could come at the moment.
Title: Re: Uni-Partisanship
Post by: curiosityandthecat on March 06, 2009, 07:40:06 PM
Newsflash: this is not news.

 :|
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on March 06, 2009, 09:15:29 PM
I guess the little buggers are all different.  Now that I think of it, my old man cat is pretty laid back so that might be why it's always been easy to get pills into him when necessary.  

Another approach is to crush the pills and mix them with water, then using a syringe without the needle on it, squirt the liquid into the back of kitty's mouth.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on March 07, 2009, 12:42:51 AM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
I took my cat to the vet today for her annual exam and found out she has spondylosis. (http://www.web-dvm.net/spondylosis.html)
Poor Kitty!  (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/rub.gif)


(http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/5539/lolcatsdotcomecya2dzssk.jpg) (http://www.lolcats.com)

Hope your cat gets better. Does it look anything like this?  ;)
(picture links to page with all sorts of funny cat pics for you cat lovers, Kylyssa, I'm lookin' at you.)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on March 07, 2009, 05:01:04 AM
(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/KittyMistyWindow9.jpg)

Kitty and Misty...in a rare moment of harmony.  

Kitty is the older of the two.  Misty has the pink collar (on the right).

Thanks again for all the great suggestions on how to get Kitty to take her meds.   :lol:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on March 07, 2009, 05:55:21 PM
Quote from: "Ihateyoumike"


(http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/5539/lolcatsdotcomecya2dzssk.jpg) (http://www.lolcats.com)

Hope your cat gets better. Does it look anything like this?  ;)
(picture links to page with all sorts of funny cat pics for you cat lovers, Kylyssa, I'm lookin' at you.)

Damn you, Ihateyoumike for linking to LOLcats!  I just lost an hour of my life engaged in insipid cooing over small furry mammals.  

You know, it's a shame that "damn you" doesn't mean anything, it sounds so impressive.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on March 07, 2009, 07:19:30 PM
Quote from: "Kylyssa"
Damn you, Ihateyoumike for linking to LOLcats!  I just lost an hour of my life engaged in insipid cooing over small furry mammals.

I did the same thing yesterday. I've seen those cat pictures all over the web, but hadn't seen them all in one place until yesterday. Some of them had me laughing hard. Why do cats make the funniest picture subjects?  :)

BTW, this is my favorite one from that site:
(http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/512/lolcatsdotcom29amvfrzg3.jpg) (http://www.lolcats.com)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on March 07, 2009, 08:31:19 PM
It's a shame it's shooped. ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on March 10, 2009, 09:17:35 PM
I'm thinking I can't wait until the 26th of this month. My older brother bought a couple tickets for he and I to go see Blue October perform in Portland, OR. I've actually never been to a real concert before, and this is probably my favorite band, so I'm extremely excited.
Blue October at McMenamin's (http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?loc=2&id=98&eventid=68656)

[youtube:2lv39va6]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk3LtrTo8s4[/youtube:2lv39va6]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on March 10, 2009, 10:13:26 PM
Cool on the McMenamins concert!  I haven't heard of them before... are they local?

We've got tickets for 4/19 for the Unwigged and Unplugged (http://www.unwigged.com/) tour with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest doing songs from "A Mighty Wind" and "Spinal Tap"!  Course, the babysitter will cost us more than the tickets but it's so worth it!  We could watch "A Mighty Wind" every day and be very very happy.   :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on March 10, 2009, 10:20:44 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
Cool on the McMenamins concert!  I haven't heard of them before... are they local?

No, they're from Texas, I believe.

Quote from: "rlrose328"
We've got tickets for 4/19 for the Unwigged and Unplugged tour with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest doing songs from "A Mighty Wind" and "Spinal Tap"! Course, the babysitter will cost us more than the tickets but it's so worth it! We could watch "A Mighty Wind" every day and be very very happy. :D

That sounds like fun. I love Christopher Guest's movies. I think my favorite was Waiting For Guffmann though, that one was hilarious.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on March 10, 2009, 10:23:14 PM
Quote from: "Ihateyoumike"
That sounds like fun. I love Christopher Guest's movies. I think my favorite was Waiting For Guffmann though, that one was hilarious.

Strange... out of all of them, Guffman was my least favorite.  I absolutely love Best in Show as well.  And I was shocked when we put on Spinal Tap a few weeks ago... it wasn't nearly as amusing as I remembered it being.  Or maybe it was the lack of alcohol this time around... Hmmm...  :beer:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on March 11, 2009, 12:18:10 AM
Today I'm wishing that more Dallas neighborhoods required rock yards rather than grass so I wouldn't have to put out fertilizer (weed & feed) in the wind and then sit silently hoping for rain.  I'm also thinking about how the housing market better pick up so I can unload my house in Summer 2010 when my baby leaves for college. "Hook 'em Horns"!!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hitsumei on March 11, 2009, 12:11:52 PM
I'm thinking about the art exhibit I will be going to this friday. Can't wait!!! http://www.AlfaArt.org (http://www.AlfaArt.org)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: NaturaLCalamity on March 11, 2009, 03:18:46 PM
Today, I am thinking about how I got an A on a paper that I had to write in my Religous Studies class. I spent all night, about six hours, on the day before it was due, and I completely rushed it. We had to write about our own family reglious background and what/why you believe in what you believe in. I wrote a 13 page paper on Buddhism and Atheism and pulled off an A! Woo Hoo!!!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on March 12, 2009, 08:10:57 PM
I'm thinking about how I'm going to manage an orgy, a birthday party, and a polyamory meet and greet all in one day.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on March 15, 2009, 10:56:31 PM
Did I kill this thread?

Anyway, the answer to my quandary was to reschedule the poly meeting and shift the times of the orgy and the birthday party.

I'll be making a beer can cake for the birthday party so that should be fun.  Hopefully I can find some gold luster dust to create a metallic sheen.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on March 16, 2009, 12:17:28 PM
you can put the orgy IN the party :P
anyway now Im thinking of christians who say the accept what evolution tells the,. IM wondering.. when did the soul enter the humans ? when we first appeared as homo sapiens? when we were still in our "ape-like" state?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on March 16, 2009, 02:04:23 PM
Quote from: "Kylyssa"
Did I kill this thread?

Anyway, the answer to my quandary was to reschedule the poly meeting and shift the times of the orgy and the birthday party.

I'll be making a beer can cake for the birthday party so that should be fun.  Hopefully I can find some gold luster dust to create a metallic sheen.

Abortion is a comedy killer, not orgies. ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on March 16, 2009, 07:29:14 PM
A really bad headache.  :upset:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: NaturaLCalamity on March 17, 2009, 06:48:28 AM
Quote from: "Ihateyoumike"
A really bad headache.  :banna:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on March 17, 2009, 01:18:28 PM
Birthday is today.  It's Saint Patty's day.   :D

For a change of topic, I love the google ads around here.  One asks "Afraid of Death?" and I was curious to see if they had anything to offer, despite my being very comfortable with it.  Just one of those links you get drawn into wondering if someone has something worth saying that hasn't been said before.  No cigar, though, it's peddling Christianity.  For the morbidly curious (no pun intended?), here's the link:  http://www.hutchcraft.com/Life-Issues/Death/The-Last-Monster-in-the-Dark?gclid=CIrar-SEqpkCFQZlswodWhxKqQ
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on March 17, 2009, 03:28:16 PM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
Birthday is today.  It's Saint Patty's day.   :D

For a change of topic, I love the google ads around here.  One asks "Afraid of Death?" and I was curious to see if they had anything to offer, despite my being very comfortable with it.  Just one of those links you get drawn into wondering if someone has something worth saying that hasn't been said before.  No cigar, though, it's peddling Christianity.  For the morbidly curious (no pun intended?), here's the link:  http://www.hutchcraft.com/Life-Issues/Death/The-Last-Monster-in-the-Dark?gclid=CIrar-SEqpkCFQZlswodWhxKqQ

Happy birthday!

I do that all of the time!  I literally spent over four hours the other night (into the wee hours) viewing blueprints from greencottage.com because I saw a banner on something.  I already own a house, don't need and don't have the means to buy a new one, arggh.  Of course I'm ADHD and bipolar, maybe you should get checked:)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on March 17, 2009, 03:38:27 PM
It's a birthday present 21 years too late. Happy birthday. :)

[youtube:3kjsineu]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrAwK9juhhY[/youtube:3kjsineu]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on March 17, 2009, 06:37:12 PM
Thanks for that.  Everyone is Irish for the next 10 hours and 20 minutes, by my watch.  Oh, and before you say it's 21 years late, I'm 21 years old.   :lol:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on March 17, 2009, 07:50:32 PM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
Thanks for that.  Everyone is Irish for the next 10 hours and 20 minutes, by my watch.  Oh, and before you say it's 21 years late, I'm 21 years old.   :lol:
Well, it was recorded live on St Patrick's day in 1988, hence my math. ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on March 17, 2009, 08:45:06 PM
Yeah, hell of a gift.  Not often you get things for your birthday made on your original birthday.  Haven't even seen that until now (shock).
Title: Re: Uni-Partisanship
Post by: maestroanth on March 19, 2009, 07:34:42 AM
Quote from: "Ihateyoumike"
Quote from: "maestroanth"
FUCKING REPULICANS SUCK, RUSH LIMBAUGH CAN GO TO SPIRITUAL HELL.  HE IS EVIL!!!!!

I vote for democratic/(OMG socilaism) is in charge of America.  Canada is certaintly happy.

Wow. What a waste of a post. You're getting good at that. If you don't have something intelligent to add, please do us all a favor and don't post garbage like this.  :hmm:

But I thought this was laid-back lounge?

Lol, that post (mine) is funny cuz it is so retarded.

I do think it's funny how people whine about OMG socialism.  Canada is cool imo.  Rush Limbaugh can do us a favor and maybe get hit by a batch of rabie-induced wolverines.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: seasonsofmadness on March 19, 2009, 08:47:44 AM
I just watched Tarantino's Death Proof, and I have to say it was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I saw it at walmart and figured I couldn't go wrong with a $9 Tarantino movie...boy was I dissapointed.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on March 19, 2009, 02:13:26 PM
Quote from: "seasonsofmadness"
I just watched Tarantino's Death Proof, and I have to say it was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I saw it at walmart and figured I couldn't go wrong with a $9 Tarantino movie...boy was I dissapointed.
Along those lines, I recently picked up two DVDs of Flash Gordon for 50 cents apiece at the Dollar Tree.  They're worth the price though.   :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Wendy on March 19, 2009, 02:23:48 PM
I am on spring break this week from school, and my kids are at preschool, so I'm going to work on my research paper. I wanted to watch Religulous while I am home alone (they make it difficult to watch any television and be able to comprehend what I have just seen), but my paper is not going well, so I better work on it.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on March 22, 2009, 05:37:42 PM
It's my birthday.  :banna:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hitsumei on March 22, 2009, 05:47:20 PM
Quote from: "Chimera"
It's my birthday.  :banna:

Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday Dear Chimera
Happy Birthday To You

And you smell like one too! Hehehe.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on March 22, 2009, 07:10:29 PM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
Quote from: "seasonsofmadness"
I just watched Tarantino's Death Proof, and I have to say it was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I saw it at walmart and figured I couldn't go wrong with a $9 Tarantino movie...boy was I dissapointed.
Along those lines, I recently picked up two DVDs of Flash Gordon for 50 cents apiece at the Dollar Tree.  They're worth the price though.   :D

Flash..Aha...He saved every one of us!


(http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p114/jennyneneh/gordon.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on March 23, 2009, 09:11:11 PM
SH*T, MY GUITAR BROKE
can anyone lend me 2000 dollars for a new les paul? :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on March 24, 2009, 12:46:06 AM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
SH*T, MY GUITAR BROKE
can anyone lend me 2000 dollars for a new les paul? :P

Oh, I am so sorry to hear that.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on March 24, 2009, 07:07:13 AM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
SH*T, MY GUITAR BROKE
can anyone lend me 2000 dollars for a new les paul? ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: 4DeepThought2 on March 24, 2009, 10:18:00 PM
Watchmen, should I see it?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on March 25, 2009, 03:44:47 AM
I realized the concept of "friend" is a rather shallow way of perceiving the variety of significant relationships I have with the other people in my life.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on March 27, 2009, 03:01:07 AM
Quote from: "AlP"
I realized the concept of "friend" is a rather shallow way of perceiving the variety of significant relationships I have with the other people in my life.
just now?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on April 05, 2009, 09:58:07 PM
I sometimes like going through the 1-star reviews on amazing things on Amazon, just to see what people say. I ran across this one on the Pink Floyd "Animals" reviews. I just had to share. Hilarious (the comments, especially).

[attachment=0:sza5f5on]Animalsreview.png[/attachment:sza5f5on]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: G.ENIGMA on April 05, 2009, 10:28:20 PM
lol ... Generations Eh :unsure: lol

What do you think?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on April 05, 2009, 10:38:36 PM
Best part is, I just ran across this on Kotaku: What has 64 feet and no pubic hair? (http://kotaku.com/5197534/week-in-games-what-has-64-feet-and-no-pubic-hair)  roflol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: G.ENIGMA on April 05, 2009, 10:53:54 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Best part is, I just ran across this on Kotaku: What has 64 feet and no pubic hair? (http://kotaku.com/5197534/week-in-games-what-has-64-feet-and-no-pubic-hair)  :eek2: [/b]

time lost gotta getit back ... time lost gotta getit back ... time lost gotta getit back :crazy:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on April 06, 2009, 06:33:52 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
I sometimes like going through the 1-star reviews on amazing things on Amazon, just to see what people say. I ran across this one on the Pink Floyd "Animals" reviews. I just had to share. Hilarious (the comments, especially).
That reminds me of a conversation that my wife had with her boss about our different tastes in music. She told him that she is more into classical music and that I'm more into Pink Floyd. His reply, "But Pink Floyd is classical music". No wonder why I now feel so old  :( .
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on April 07, 2009, 02:23:56 AM
Hehe, I sang "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas and Papas at work today and our HR director said I was too young to know that, love it!!

I've got a lot on my mind today:

(1) My son was accepted to his first choice college....how am I going to handle him heading to San Francisco almost this time next year.

(2) My boss was diagnosed with cancer, he doesn't want to talk about it, I get the duty of telling people, and I'm tired of hearing "tell him he's in our prayers" or "I'll add him to my prayer chain".

(3) My focalin is no longer working and I think I am too old for ritalin:)

(4) Why do bananas go from green to brown so darned fast?

(5) Should I adopt Parsley and Sage (a senior pair of bonded bunnies)?

(6) Why doesn't warm milk help me sleep?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: karadan on April 07, 2009, 10:00:57 AM
Quote from: "4DeepThought2"
Watchmen, should I see it?

Yes! Yes you really should definitely see Watchmen. I thought it was fantastic (i never read the graphic novel btw).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on April 07, 2009, 03:46:26 PM
Quote from: "karadan"
Quote from: "4DeepThought2"
Watchmen, should I see it?

Yes! Yes you really should definitely see Watchmen. I thought it was fantastic (i never read the graphic novel btw).
Just don't see it in Oregon (http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/694556/Oregon-Man-Commits-Suicide-During-Watchmen.html); you might not make it out of the theater alive.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on April 07, 2009, 06:26:08 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "karadan"
Quote from: "4DeepThought2"
Watchmen, should I see it?

Yes! Yes you really should definitely see Watchmen. I thought it was fantastic (i never read the graphic novel btw).
Just don't see it in Oregon (http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/694556/Oregon-Man-Commits-Suicide-During-Watchmen.html); you might not make it out of the theater alive.

Wow, that's screwed up. I didn't hear about that happening.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: ACSlater on April 07, 2009, 08:55:09 PM
Just waiting patiently for the Aerosmith tour to get started. If those gents keep their limbs healthy, it won't be much longer.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on April 08, 2009, 07:11:53 AM
Tomorrow I'll fly to New York and spend the Eastern weekend there with my wife and her niece.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on April 08, 2009, 08:42:39 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Tomorrow I'll fly to New York and spend the Eastern weekend there with my wife and her niece.

Have a safe trip, and a good Eastern weekend. ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on April 09, 2009, 04:17:11 AM
Quote from: "Ihateyoumike"
Quote from: "Tom62"
Tomorrow I'll fly to New York and spend the Eastern weekend there with my wife and her niece.

Have a safe trip, and a good Eastern weekend. ;)
Thanks! I'll be on my way to the airport in half an hour. CU all next week.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: templeboy on April 10, 2009, 10:31:14 AM
On my mind is that my twin brother has just arrived home for the week today from Dunedin where he is studying...and I am vaguely thinking of following him back to Dunedin next week since I'll still have another week left of my ridiculously long 3-week mid-semester holiday...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on April 10, 2009, 06:28:07 PM
I'm giggling like crazy over this:

Peep Surgery (http://www.peepresearch.org/surgery.html)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Cemetery on April 10, 2009, 07:19:41 PM
Here's what I'm thinking today:

"How does a catholic not know where the vatican is??" (some catholic at work asked where it was!!)   :pop:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: ACSlater on April 17, 2009, 08:28:44 PM
It's raining here, but I do adore how trees look when they've been soaked. It's like blanching vegetables and their hues flourish to an intense degree.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on April 18, 2009, 07:40:12 PM
I'm thinking it's under six weeks until our wedding and I want to look fantastic, hence the grilled chicken and green beans for lunch.   :cool:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hitsumei on April 18, 2009, 07:54:45 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
I'm thinking it's under six weeks until our wedding and I want to look fantastic, hence the grilled chicken and green beans for lunch.   :cool:


You don't look so hot in your picture. You need to get some iodine on those cuts... and whatever you're looking at, you should probably look away.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on April 18, 2009, 08:02:53 PM
Quote from: "Hitsumei"
You don't look so hot in your picture. You need to get some iodine on those cuts... and whatever you're looking at, you should probably look away.
If I could really look like Christian Bale, I'd pour lemon juice in those cuts daily.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hitsumei on April 18, 2009, 08:29:01 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
If I could really look like Christian Bale, I'd pour lemon juice in those cuts daily.  :D

My mother used to tell me that I was beautiful on the inside -- but I've seen people's insides, and if mine look anything like that, I can't help but feel that my mother has a wrapped conception of beauty.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on April 19, 2009, 07:49:53 PM
i heard another stupid thing today
My dad's wife said that if someone dies on easter day (or holidays) then he instandly goes to heaven wetahre he is bad or good I said "so it doesnt matter if he raped women or killed babies"
and of course I got the usual "we are too small to understand hi will"
Im getting so tired of those arguments
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on April 19, 2009, 10:04:21 PM
Today I am thinking my cats may murder me in my sleep because I am breaking them of the "play in the sink and constantly scream for water" habit and they are giving me the evil eye.  One was staring at me when I woke up this morning, and not in a nice way.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on April 22, 2009, 11:56:21 PM
I'm wondering just how the Hell I'm going to summarize Artificial Intelligence, Graphic Rendering, Game Engine Anatomy, Middleware, Systems and Animation Systems for Games Engines class on Friday, when each one of those topics has at least 6 to 10 sub-topics also to be discussed. We were given this task yesterday, mind.

I'm also wondering what the Hell goes on in my 2D Animation Teacher's mind when she gives us work. We start it and naturally, we want to know if what we're doing is right, so we ask her "Miss, is this ok?" and instead of giving us a Yes or No answer she goes, "Well, I don't know. You tell me." I mean, I know she was off a lot due to having yet another kid, but c'mon. Her attitude is making me want her to get pregnant again, just so she won't be here.

Akndshfl2jfqiraw;2kto2p8u College, stop being annoying. I just got back from Easter Holidays, you're not supposed to be annoying after only three days god damn.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on April 23, 2009, 04:03:09 AM
I'm pondering whether I should help my son (he's 16, but 17 next month) get his tattoo fixed...the tat he got without my knowledge and hid behind a sweatband for three weeks....he rushed the guy through the last half of it because I started calling him wondering why he was late.....now the D & O have weird dots in the middle, looks like two boobs....gotta love the teenagers.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hitsumei on April 23, 2009, 05:39:07 AM
Quote from: "VanReal"
I'm pondering whether I should help my son (he's 16, but 17 next month) get his tattoo fixed...the tat he got without my knowledge and hid behind a sweatband for three weeks....he rushed the guy through the last half of it because I started calling him wondering why he was late.....now the D & O have weird dots in the middle, looks like two boobs....gotta love the teenagers.

I secretly got a tattoo when I was fourteen, but I was able to hide it for quite awhile. Eventually my younger sister found out and told on me.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on April 23, 2009, 07:16:12 AM
Quote from: "VanReal"
I'm pondering whether I should help my son (he's 16, but 17 next month) get his tattoo fixed...the tat he got without my knowledge and hid behind a sweatband for three weeks....he rushed the guy through the last half of it because I started calling him wondering why he was late.....now the D & O have weird dots in the middle, looks like two boobs....gotta love the teenagers.

If he got a home made prison style tat. I would first talk to  him about the dangers (they are very real, its a needle and probably gets changed out as much as a junkies) then I would make him keep it messed up as a reminder of his stupidity.  If he went to a licensed artist report his stupid ass for illegally tatooing a minor then make your son keep his messed up tat as a reminder not to go behind  your back. In other words let him keep it as a reminder not to do dumb things. We learn best from our mistakes, a messed up tat is a permanent reminder (at least till hes 18).

I have a few tatoos I took a good long time deciding on them, checked out the artist and his book (they all keep books of photos of thier work). Tatoos are for fucking ever It's not something anyone should rush into. I hope that the letters are not from the name of a girl. Tatoos are permenent, relationships not so much. If he got his own name I'm sorry but I think that's cheesy.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on April 23, 2009, 02:55:28 PM
Quote from: "Tanker"
I have a few tatoos I took a good long time deciding on them, checked out the artist and his book (they all keep books of photos of thier work). Tatoos are for fucking ever It's not something anyone should rush into. I hope that the letters are not from the name of a girl. Tatoos are permenent, relationships not so much. If he got his own name I'm sorry but I think that's cheesy.
Agreed. I would only ever have one woman's name tattooed on me: MOM
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on April 23, 2009, 06:25:11 PM
I just returned home after 2-1/2 weeks of living in my childhood home.  Dad passed away and mom needed me.  Am I a good daughter or what?  Now it's time to put my house back in order...the place needs a good cleaning and my cats look skinny.  I think they missed me.  (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/rub.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: joeactor on April 23, 2009, 06:53:50 PM
Hat: That's a tall order.  I could probably summarize any one of them, but sheesh.

As for your 2-d teacher, maybe she needs more depth of character!
(i keed)
I had a physics teacher like that.  I dropped the class and read the rest of the book on my own...  (not always an option).

My fave "extra credit question" was:

"Describe the universe in 10 or fewer words.  Give 3 examples."

JoeActor
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: joeactor on April 23, 2009, 06:55:53 PM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
I just returned home after 2-1/2 weeks of living in my childhood home.  Dad passed away and mom needed me.  Am I a good daughter or what?  Now it's time to put my house back in order...the place needs a good cleaning and my cats look skinny.  I think they missed me.  (http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/rub.gif)

You are a very good daughter indeed.
I was fortunate that my older brother handled much of the parental home when my folks passed.

Hug them cats for me!
JoeActor
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on April 24, 2009, 03:12:21 AM
Quote from: "Tanker"
Quote from: "VanReal"
I'm pondering whether I should help my son (he's 16, but 17 next month) get his tattoo fixed...the tat he got without my knowledge and hid behind a sweatband for three weeks....he rushed the guy through the last half of it because I started calling him wondering why he was late.....now the D & O have weird dots in the middle, looks like two boobs....gotta love the teenagers.

If he got a home made prison style tat. I would first talk to  him about the dangers (they are very real, its a needle and probably gets changed out as much as a junkies) then I would make him keep it messed up as a reminder of his stupidity.  If he went to a licensed artist report his stupid ass for illegally tatooing a minor then make your son keep his messed up tat as a reminder not to go behind  your back. In other words let him keep it as a reminder not to do dumb things. We learn best from our mistakes, a messed up tat is a permanent reminder (at least till hes 18).

I have a few tatoos I took a good long time deciding on them, checked out the artist and his book (they all keep books of photos of thier work). Tatoos are for fucking ever It's not something anyone should rush into. I hope that the letters are not from the name of a girl. Tatoos are permenent, relationships not so much. If he got his own name I'm sorry but I think that's cheesy.

Yes, that is what first came out of my mouth was the "danger" talk.  And he did go to a licensed shop and I thought about going Ape Shit over there but am really not that upset.  Not to mention my son's 6'4" and has a beard, although they are supposed to make a copy of the license, I think.  I am going to let him keep it and get it fixed when he gets to San Fran after his senior year on his own.  The initial shock has worn off,  but other than him crashing his first car this is the first major thing he's done, and I guess I count myself lucky (and my mom reminds me constantly about how lucky I am) so I guess the old curse didn't work.  "You are going to have a kid just like you day, hehe"  Ah, parenthood...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on April 24, 2009, 11:10:00 AM
Quote from: "joeactor"
Hat: That's a tall order.  I could probably summarize any one of them, but sheesh.

As for your 2-d teacher, maybe she needs more depth of character!
(i keed)
I had a physics teacher like that.  I dropped the class and read the rest of the book on my own...  (not always an option).

My fave "extra credit question" was:

"Describe the universe in 10 or fewer words.  Give 3 examples."

JoeActor
Heh, yeah. It's not the whole doing it that annoys me,it's the fact that every topic has at least 20-30 pages of stuff and shortening that in 2 days is a bit No. I'm well into the second topic and almost starting a third one, so I should have it for him for next Tuesday, this time next week at the latest o3o-b

As for 2D Woman, I laughed at that x) While I do hate her and her weird methods, I'll admit that I like her because out of the 3 teachers we had for her class (2 subs and her) she's the only one who actually enforces working towards deadlines and actually makes us work. I've heard from others who've had her in the past that she has a bad habit of getting pregnant at awkward times of the year.

One can only wonder how many friggin kids she has now .___.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on April 27, 2009, 03:58:46 AM
I'm thinking about why it's impossible to find a good tailor?  I've asked and no one give me a reference, I look online and there are few reviews.  I need a tailor, do people not use them anymore?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on May 03, 2009, 01:21:23 PM
Thinking about what to buy once we go shopping. Since I now use my own money and not the parents, I tend to think more about the prices of stuff I buy. I know I'll be buying a few books to read and possibly a CD & DVD or two, but I'll try and not go overboard and buy on impulse |D;;;
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on May 03, 2009, 06:06:41 PM
Quote from: "Hat"
Thinking about what to buy once we go shopping. Since I now use my own money and not the parents, I tend to think more about the prices of stuff I buy. I know I'll be buying a few books to read and possibly a CD & DVD or two, but I'll try and not go overboard and buy on impulse |D;;;
just puttin this out there. Steven kings IT.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 03, 2009, 06:16:03 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3312/3495681872_c732fe4c5f_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on May 04, 2009, 04:21:10 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3312/3495681872_c732fe4c5f_o.jpg)

Hahaha!  I never much liked Winnie, something strange about a bear playing with a boy and not wearing pants.  I mean why not pants?  Strange.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on May 04, 2009, 07:30:28 PM
I'm suddenly angry right now. I don't know why but whenever I think of tomorrow, going back to College and what the day could hold, I get angry.

This could be because my best friend likes to poke, prod and tickle me a lot for no reason on the bus trips up and down. Now, I'll no doubt be tired tomorrow so I'll be planning to sleep on the bus trips. I did this one day a few days before I joined here, and we had 3 free hours that day so I decided we'll go to the library to work on some Assignments. We got there at 10:25am and from then to about 11:05am all he did was poke me,turn my mouse and keyboard upside down, move the computer monitor, steal my glasses (which is a dickmove, I can't see a PC screen properly without them on) and tug at my arm when I went to type. I calmly told him to settle down and to do some work and he went "Nooo~ I'm bored!" and after another few minutes when I asked him why he was being like this, he said "Because you ignored me on the bus this morning" What? What? WHAT? I asked him if it was OK to sleep on the trip up and he said that it was OK, so where the hell is he pulling this You Ignored Me bullshit from? Ugh, this could also just be me just PMSing, but I highly suspect that the back of my mind is already getting angry over possible events that could happen in our three free hours tomorrow. This is the downside to being in a class full of teenage guys, they rarely listen when you want them to >:/

jahser78w3 sorry for the rant guys :x
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: DIY 1138 on May 04, 2009, 09:01:33 PM
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Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on May 05, 2009, 05:12:10 AM
Quote from: "DIY 1138"
Hat,
  When he's bored, get him to check out FML.com
http://www.fmylife.com/
Trust me it'll keep him entertained for hours.
It's a blogging site that laughs with people having a bad day.
You'll just have to figure out a way of keeping him from reading them all to you........
                                                             :beer:
best one in the bunch
(Today, my good friend who just had a baby girl sent her newborn's pictures to me via picture message. To reply, instead of writing "Awwwwww" I wrote "Ewwwwww" by mistake. FML)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on May 05, 2009, 05:10:48 PM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
 best one in the bunch
(Today, my good friend who just had a baby girl sent her newborn's pictures to me via picture message. To reply, instead of writing "Awwwwww" I wrote "Ewwwwww" by mistake. FML)

Sure that wasn't a Freudian slip?  It kills me when people say that all newborns are cute.  Most are hideous (strange coloring, misshapen heads, wrinkly, weird chin) so I never get that.  I have seen a lot of ugly babies too!  I always tell my son he looked like Yoda when he was born, and it's the truth!!  :eek2:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on May 05, 2009, 08:15:24 PM
I've been on an Eddie Izzard kick the past few days....

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/124611006321453.jpg)

[youtube:20hm3hyk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ope-1Zb5t-k[/youtube:20hm3hyk]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on May 10, 2009, 03:50:36 AM
i love sushi, but it's so damn expensive down south.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 10, 2009, 02:08:58 PM
Spanish Inquisition never would've worked with Church of England.

"Cake or death?"
"Death. Er, CAKE!"
"Aaaaaaah, you said death first!"
"Yes but I meant cake!"
"Well, all right."

"Cake or death?"
"Cake for me too, please."
"Well we're outta cake!"
"So my choice is 'or death'?"
"Yes, well, we only had three bits and we didn't expect such a rush."
"Well, I'll have the chicken then."
"Right, chicken it is, thank you for flying Church of England..."

God I love him. He's on Twitter, btw, if you want to follow his daily musings, though he does tend to talk about the weather a lot. http://twitter.com/EddieIzzard
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on May 10, 2009, 07:00:13 PM
[youtube:r4z07ifa]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNjcuZ-LiSY[/youtube:r4z07ifa]

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/laughroll.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on May 10, 2009, 09:42:51 PM
I love Eddie Izzard, he makes me smile.

I didn't think I'd handle the 'Do you want to be my gf' question so well.

I also didn't know that not being interested in having a relationship right now and thinking my grades are more important meant that I was Egotistic.

12th May Edit
'Cause I didn't wanna Double Post.

Everyone else in class can take a day or two off and no one asks why, but whenever I do it seems that everyone is all like 'you ever going to come in?'
I don't think I have to bloody explain myself. I can have a day or two to myself if I want, thanks >:(
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 12, 2009, 03:04:59 PM
Holy crap. You know how, in the movies, a guy who's going to be killed will leave a video or a letter that reads something like, "If you're reading this, it means I'm already dead."

Does life imitate art, or does art imitate life?

Full story, including translation. (http://www.boingboing.net/2009/05/11/guatemala-in-youtube.html)

[youtube:1tm2wjq7]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlM_Kga8HhI[/youtube:1tm2wjq7]

[youtube:1tm2wjq7]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yBsg_J25L4[/youtube:1tm2wjq7]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on May 13, 2009, 12:05:36 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Holy crap. You know how, in the movies, a guy who's going to be killed will leave a video or a letter that reads something like, "If you're reading this, it means I'm already dead."

Does life imitate art, or does art imitate life?

Well, it did both in Tupac's case.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on May 13, 2009, 12:32:31 AM
Seriously, I am wondering how this guy stayed on CSI Miami so long.......

(http://www.all-about-forensic-science.com/images/horatio_caine.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on May 13, 2009, 07:09:01 PM
So I was just checking HAF for activity when all of a sudden, without solicitation, into my head popped "Well, maybe they ate less back then," while an image of the ark materialized in my head.   Ow ow ow ow.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 13, 2009, 08:39:47 PM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
So I was just checking HAF for activity when all of a sudden, without solicitation, into my head popped "Well, maybe they ate less back then," while an image of the ark materialized in my head.   Ow ow ow ow.
roflol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on May 13, 2009, 11:47:32 PM
I apparently had nothing to better to do last night when I tried some of the new Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper.  It is not that good and tastes more like Red Food coloring Diet Dr. Pepper.  So, I wrote them an email to basically tell them that it sucks.  They already replied:

Quote
Thank you for contacting us about Dr Pepper Diet Cherry.

We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how you feel about our products and are sorry to hear that they did not meet your expectations.  We will certainly pass your comments along to our Research and Development department.

Please accept our sincere thanks for your concern.  We hope you will continue to purchase and enjoy our other products.

Sincerely,

Consumer Relations

I was kinda hoping they'd send me some free coupons.  :(
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on May 14, 2009, 12:56:53 AM
Quote from: "Whitney"
I apparently had nothing to better to do last night when I tried some of the new Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper.  It is not that good and tastes more like Red Food coloring Diet Dr. Pepper.  So, I wrote them an email to basically tell them that it sucks.  They already replied:

Quote
Thank you for contacting us about Dr Pepper Diet Cherry.

We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how you feel about our products and are sorry to hear that they did not meet your expectations.  We will certainly pass your comments along to our Research and Development department.

Please accept our sincere thanks for your concern.  We hope you will continue to purchase and enjoy our other products.

Sincerely,

Consumer Relations

I was kinda hoping they'd send me some free coupons.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlphaBitch on May 16, 2009, 01:55:41 AM
Momma and Curio-  I love Eddie Izzard. I have most of his stuff on DVD.

I've been on a real Tommy Tiernan kick lately.
[youtube:3vhyvatz]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06-s9uz0qK0[/youtube:3vhyvatz]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on May 16, 2009, 06:55:03 AM
After watching some of the comedy clips here in this thread, I went looking for some Dutch stand-up comedian clips on YouTube. Problem, however is that most of these clips are in.... guess what...  yes, friggin' Dutch.  But  found one with English subtitles that is very "appropriate" for this forum because it is all about religion.

[youtube:1mhbzp01]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh1PFsxXMV8[/youtube:1mhbzp01]

Here is one that is funny as well, but in English.

[youtube:1mhbzp01]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMtDL7NYuLI[/youtube:1mhbzp01]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on May 17, 2009, 01:43:23 AM
I'm thinking that it's nice to be able to connect to the interwebz again, and thus be able to read and post on my favorite forum.

What a crappy month or so it's been for me, but it's starting to look up again and I'm glad to be back. I have a lot of posts to go through and read now. I guess I also need to see what changes have been made because I'm seeing some things I didn't see on here before.

Anyway, good to be back. :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 19, 2009, 03:30:04 PM
Just wanted to share. I think I saw a UFO.

(http://images49.fotki.com/v1510/photos/8/892548/7555792/DSC_1616FoggyNight002-vi.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on May 20, 2009, 09:25:44 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Just wanted to share. I think I saw a UFO.

(http://images49.fotki.com/v1510/photos/8/892548/7555792/DSC_1616FoggyNight002-vi.jpg)
What the...

What is that? Is that real?
It's like a miniature sun in the middle of the road ._.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 20, 2009, 04:28:18 PM
Quote from: "Hat"
What the...

What is that? Is that real?
It's like a miniature sun in the middle of the road ._.
Completely real. Just joking about it, though. Took a long exposure in the street, changed the white balance to make the orange street lamp glow white, which also turned the sky blue like it was daytime. Neat though, right?  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on May 21, 2009, 01:23:06 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Hat"
What the...

What is that? Is that real?
It's like a miniature sun in the middle of the road ._.
Completely real. Just joking about it, though. Took a long exposure in the street, changed the white balance to make the orange street lamp glow white, which also turned the sky blue like it was daytime. Neat though, right?  :D
T'is indeed o:

ON MY MIND TODAY I am excited and a little bit Rage.
Excited 'cause I'm reinstalling TF2 and Garry's Mod.
Rage because my leg is still fucked up, go me.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: karadan on May 21, 2009, 04:23:07 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Just wanted to share. I think I saw a UFO.

(http://images49.fotki.com/v1510/photos/8/892548/7555792/DSC_1616FoggyNight002-vi.jpg)

That was badass. You shouldn't have told us so soon what it actually was though. My first reaction definitely was not 'photoshop'. I even showed my work colleagues before scrolling down  :D

You rotter :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: karadan on May 21, 2009, 04:29:33 PM
And the worst trailer in the world award goes to....

http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/gooby/ (http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/gooby/)


This has got to be a joke. I can't think of any other trailer i've ever seen as badly made as this. Don't even get me started on the concept. :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on May 21, 2009, 11:38:55 PM
My GIBill will run out before I graduate, my wife has been desperately trying to find a full time job since she graduated 17 months ago with no luck, and we just lost the beginnings of the farm we had spent the last five years working on.

I'm freaking out just a teeny bit.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 22, 2009, 12:07:58 AM
Quote from: "Jolly Sapper"
My GIBill will run out before I graduate, my wife has been desperately trying to find a full time job since she graduated 17 months ago with no luck, and we just lost the beginnings of the farm we had spent the last five years working on.

I'm freaking out just a teeny bit.
:eek: Best of luck, man. Yipes. What field are you both in (going to be in)?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on May 22, 2009, 12:11:21 AM
[youtube:19pi5ju5]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxM4EbN9lMY[/youtube:19pi5ju5]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on May 22, 2009, 12:12:34 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Jolly Sapper"
My GIBill will run out before I graduate, my wife has been desperately trying to find a full time job since she graduated 17 months ago with no luck, and we just lost the beginnings of the farm we had spent the last five years working on.

I'm freaking out just a teeny bit.
:eek: Best of luck, man. Yipes. What field are you both in (going to be in)?

She's an Anthropology major with a minor in Animal Sciences and I'm majoring in Information Systems.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on May 23, 2009, 02:10:02 PM
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 23, 2009, 02:25:36 PM
Had a two-year-old in our house for three days. Laying in bed with the fiance the first night, roll over, say, "Is our house childproof?" Next thing you know, we hear screaming coming from the guest bedroom. The kid fell out of the bed and busted his lip. Parents were consoling him.

Guess the answer was No.

Incidentally, any errant thoughts of having children have been effectively, for the time being, squashed like ants.  :blush:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on May 23, 2009, 04:54:02 PM
Happy Memorial Day.  Enjoy the long weekend, everyone!

Quote from: "Benjamin Franklin"
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on May 26, 2009, 12:06:42 PM
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 26, 2009, 03:15:19 PM
Quote from: "Hat"
  • Started back in College today, we have 3 weeks and 6 days left. I am in a Panic, since we still have a lot more work to do. Stres from the Panic is making me have weird feelings in face. At least I think it's stress. Internet gave me three options; either the stuff I'm using to wash my face is too strong, stress or something 10 times worse that I don't want to think about adsf
  • Sims 3 comes out next week holy dicks I am excited you won't see me for 5 years when I get it
  • I seem to be wanted by everyone today, which is nice for a change :3
Feels good. :D Er, the feeling wanted part. Not the weird face sensation part. Then again, maybe it does. I have no frame of reference.

...I may have said too much.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on May 26, 2009, 04:30:48 PM
Speaking of college.

Hooray for my wife, almost a year and a half since she graduated college and she got her first job that has benefits.  


She gonna be a janitor at a library.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on May 26, 2009, 09:31:33 PM
Quote from: "Jolly Sapper"
Speaking of college.

Hooray for my wife, almost a year and a half since she graduated college and she got her first job that has benefits.  


She gonna be a janitor at a library.
congrats. :lol:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on May 27, 2009, 03:03:36 AM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Quote from: "Jolly Sapper"
Speaking of college.

Hooray for my wife, almost a year and a half since she graduated college and she got her first job that has benefits.  


She gonna be a janitor at a library.
congrats. :lol:

Double hooray, I have a job interview Friday for a job that the HR guy says most people aren't willing to work.  I hope that means its a sure thing!....

*I try to dance like quizllixx's avatar *
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Fallen Jedii on May 28, 2009, 04:28:30 AM
Today sucked...and this whole week has sucked.

I have three projects due on Monday. I've already done two of the smaller ones, but I still have the big project hanging over my head. Of course it has to be a religion project that's about the letter to the Hebrews (please kill me).

To add to my unbelievable stress, I got a disciplinary referral today for something that wasn't even my fault. It all started yesterday when we were talking about a movie in class. We were all listening and discussing the movie when this moron decides he's going to try to bust the teacher's balls. My teacher then decided to make us all write a 300 word composition about the movie due to this kid's fuck up. Now usually I'd do it, but this time I wasn't even going to think about it. I have too much to do as it is, and why should I be held responsible for someone Else's actions? So I didn't do it and my teacher decides that he's going to write half of the class up including myself. I'm probably going to get demerits now. Or maybe for once the stupid administration will let me, and my other classmates, speak our case. Or maybe they'll just be assholes and act like we're just stupid and wrong. The second sounds more likely.

So now I have off tomorrow. Maybe I can finally get started on my project tomorrow or maybe I can even finish it. I just can't wait till this school year is done. I've been so stressed for the past week I don't even enjoy anything. I'll laugh and smile every now and then, but I'll always have that project lurking in my mind. It just drives me crazy!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 28, 2009, 04:30:48 AM
Wait till college. roflol

No, seriously, it's better.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Fallen Jedii on May 28, 2009, 04:35:34 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Wait till college. roflol

No, seriously, it's better.

Eh, I'm kind of torn right now. I want the school work to end, but I still want to see my friends everyday. I'll still see my friends during the summer, but the odds of us all being together at one time are unlikely. (We are all in the same lunch period together. So much fun...so much fun...)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: BadPoison on May 28, 2009, 04:57:00 PM
Quote from: "Fallen Jedii"
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Wait till college. roflol

No, seriously, it's better.

Eh, I'm kind of torn right now. I want the school work to end, but I still want to see my friends everyday. I'll still see my friends during the summer, but the odds of us all being together at one time are unlikely. (We are all in the same lunch period together. So much fun...so much fun...)
Ooooh, do yall have a big cafeteria that is never quite big enough for everyone at once? Thats what I remember lunch period being like...


Just realized I typed "yall"  lol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: BadPoison on May 28, 2009, 05:01:02 PM
So over the long weekend, my friend and I decided we would take up a new hobby: Radio Controlled Airplanes.

Sounds great right? We got everything we needed, and put the thing together friday and saturday. I was busy Sunday, so we took our beautiful fire engine red Cessna 182 out for her maiden flight on Monday. The wind was roughly 8mph and we both knew we probably shouldn't be learning to fly in such conditions... but well, we didn't want to wait until next weekend. So we launched her and we crashed her, and we launched her, and we crashed her. She crashed a total of three times, and was maybe in the air between all three attempts a total of 20 seconds. Flying those planes is tough!

Currently, she's sitting in several pieces waiting to be glued/taped back together. Better luck next time.

Oh, and my friend didn't even have a chance to attempt to fly her.

 :catjuggle:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on May 28, 2009, 06:28:18 PM
COOL!

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/turtlecar.jpg)

 :yay:  I love turtles!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Fallen Jedii on May 28, 2009, 09:26:11 PM
Quote from: "BadPoison"
Quote from: "Fallen Jedii"
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Wait till college. roflol

No, seriously, it's better.

Eh, I'm kind of torn right now. I want the school work to end, but I still want to see my friends everyday. I'll still see my friends during the summer, but the odds of us all being together at one time are unlikely. (We are all in the same lunch period together. So much fun...so much fun...)

Ooooh, do yall have a big cafeteria that is never quite big enough for everyone at once? Thats what I remember lunch period being like...


Just realized I typed "yall"  :|
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Fallen Jedii on May 28, 2009, 09:31:14 PM
Quote from: "BadPoison"
So over the long weekend, my friend and I decided we would take up a new hobby: Radio Controlled Airplanes.

Sounds great right? We got everything we needed, and put the thing together friday and saturday. I was busy Sunday, so we took our beautiful fire engine red Cessna 182 out for her maiden flight on Monday. The wind was roughly 8mph and we both knew we probably shouldn't be learning to fly in such conditions... but well, we didn't want to wait until next weekend. So we launched her and we crashed her, and we launched her, and we crashed her. She crashed a total of three times, and was maybe in the air between all three attempts a total of 20 seconds. Flying those planes is tough!

Currently, she's sitting in several pieces waiting to be glued/taped back together. Better luck next time.

Oh, and my friend didn't even have a chance to attempt to fly her.

 :catjuggle:

Have you ever had an Air Hog? Those things were sick! All you had to do was pump air into it, spin the propeller, and throw it. The only problem was you couldn't control it, but it didn't do too bad.

I remember one time when I was around 7 years old I was flying my Air Hog at the park. It was my first flight of the night. I pumped it up, spun the propeller, and threw it. It was all going well until the damn thing started to have a seizure. The wings just broke off completely and thing must have fell several feet into a baseball field gathering up lots of dust.

I was devastated at the time, but the more and more I think about it, it was awesome. I guess you had to be there to see how awesome the crash looked. It looked like something out of the movie.

The only problem was the wings were a little sensitive. If you launched them on a win
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on May 29, 2009, 01:43:16 PM
Don't start me on my 'Lunch Period', it changes every day. I'm used to it now but at the start it was really hard to get used to. Mondays it's the standard thing of being out of class at 12:45 and back in at 1:30. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the out at 10:30 and free till 1:30 days for me where I have to spend time in the library till the guys get out of their class at 12:30 then we all go eat, Thursdays we're off and on Friday we get a 15 minute break at 11am and we get out at 1:30, no lunch. We don't eat in our cafeteria because the stuff in there is really overpriced, so we go to the cafe across the street. But enough about my timetable |D;;;

Today, Hat seems to be in high demand. Usually I'm all for feeling wanted since for a good portion of my secondary school life that never really happened but this is just getting ridiculous, even for me. I'm wanted by at least three or four good mates and my parents to do stuff with me this weekend. Unfortunately, I'm one of Those People who feels guilty if she feels like she's let people down if she doesn't hang out with them, but I still think I have good reason to not go anywhere. See we have 2 weeks left of school left from next Monday, and we're not entirely finished everything. All I want to do is spend the remaining two weeks on schoolwork to get things done, since we have at least four more full assignments to even start and it usually takes just over a month to do one. Now, I'm a natural born brickshitter when I panic so I'm practically shitting castles at the mere thought of not being finished before this year ends. At the same time, I'm raging at myself for always feeling guilty for not hanging out with people, even if I have more important things to do. I mean, am I that bad for worrying more about my marks than my social life right now?

Long story short Hat feels bad about not hanging out with people despite having more important things to do and she's sick of it.

Edit
Holy Wall of Text Batman! Also, apparently I have a doctor appointment to go to today.
I forgot I even had one so it'll be the prefect time to find out if this weird face feeling is caused by stress like I think it is.

Final Edit
Update on the Doctor thing. He doesn't know what it could be, hahaha. He recommended me asking my dentist next time I see them about it though, since we made the connection that this weirdness really only started after I started going to numerous dentist appointments that involved my mouth being numbed for fillings and what have you.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: BadPoison on May 29, 2009, 04:53:04 PM
Quote from: "Fallen Jedii"
Have you ever had an Air Hog? Those things were sick!
I've heard they're pretty neat, and I saw them at Toys R Us the other day and some even had little radios. They're were significantly cheaper than the plane my friend and I built... maybe we could learn to fly on one of those, hahaha.
 :pirate:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ayreon on May 30, 2009, 08:02:55 AM
I am been awake for quite a few hours now. I have read a few good stories, and am feeling depressed because of those stories.

I believe it is time for me to carve myself a knife handle.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on May 30, 2009, 06:44:00 PM
Quote from: "Ayreon"
I believe it is time for me to carve myself a knife handle.

Is that code for something?    :hmm:    All of my knives came with handles.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ayreon on May 30, 2009, 10:15:24 PM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Quote from: "Ayreon"
I believe it is time for me to carve myself a knife handle.

Is that code for something?    :hmm:    All of my knives came with handles.

I make knifes, from what ever wood is laying around and scrap metal.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on May 30, 2009, 11:23:44 PM
Quote from: "Ayreon"
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Quote from: "Ayreon"
I believe it is time for me to carve myself a knife handle.

Is that code for something?    :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on May 31, 2009, 01:04:38 AM
I'm thinking of the woman I met last weekend. She is my cousins girlfriend and she is a male chauvinist. You heard right a male chauvinist. She didn't seem to be below average intelligence or overly religious, at least she never quoted scipture, But she thinks most women are liars, dumber then men, sluts, can't do any job as well as a man could, and literaly said that "a womens place is bare foot and pregnant in the kitchen". Considering I'm male I have never been the ardent femminist in a conversation with a women before. I'm just confussed how an otherwise intelligent (at least average) independent woman could be so sexist to her own sex.

It reminded me of religious conversations I've had, mainly because she used a qualifyer that It's a rare women that doesn't fall into that roll and of couse she was one of these women. I'm pretty shocked when I meet guys who are half as sexist as she is but for a women to be totaly  sexist against her own sex was insane to me.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ayreon on May 31, 2009, 02:06:21 AM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Ah, I see.  That totally makes sense now.  Thanks!  

Feel free to post pictures.   :)

I will, right now I am trying to make with with a copper wire handle.

Maybe later tonight I will show it.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 31, 2009, 06:39:38 PM
It's 364 days until my first wedding anniversary.

 :love:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on May 31, 2009, 07:18:38 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
It's 364 days until my first wedding anniversary.

 :love:

So are you saving the honeymoon for taiwan?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on May 31, 2009, 07:49:00 PM
Quote from: "Tanker"
So are you saving the honeymoon for taiwan?
Basically, I guess. We may go to Venice or Paris, though. At least if we go to Paris I could get by with my French.

Then again, we may stick to southeast Asia. I'd kind of like to go somewhere she hasn't been. She has traveled rather extensively. I, on the other hand, have not.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on May 31, 2009, 10:51:29 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
It's 364 days until my first wedding anniversary.

 :love:

Congratulations!  
(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/weddingbears.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: sunshineacre on June 04, 2009, 07:04:08 AM
What's in my mind today?

I want to have a good vacation...yeah. It's summer, so going for a beach or pool would be great. Of course with my good buddies!

Do I need to see my dentist? It's been 8 months since I've visited him for a routine check-up. My teeth still feels good, though.  :D




Dentists Milpitas (http://www.DENTIST-MILPITAS.COM) | Dentists Fremont (http://www.DENTAL-FREMONT.COM)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 04, 2009, 04:10:10 PM
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on June 04, 2009, 04:42:22 PM
nearly got ran over by a semi-truck today!!!!! i was looking left while turning right and "brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!" I don't know why it was in the WRONG LANE! coming down the road. heart rate went from 75 beats to 200!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: karadan on June 04, 2009, 04:48:39 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Tanker"
So are you saving the honeymoon for taiwan?
Basically, I guess. We may go to Venice or Paris, though. At least if we go to Paris I could get by with my French.

Then again, we may stick to southeast Asia. I'd kind of like to go somewhere she hasn't been. She has traveled rather extensively. I, on the other hand, have not.  :)

Congratulations!  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jcm on June 04, 2009, 05:13:41 PM
Quote
Basically, I guess. We may go to Venice or Paris, though. At least if we go to Paris I could get by with my French.

if you are considering europe. go to Switzerland, it is the greatest place on earth! well in my limited travels it is. cruises are always your best value honeymoons too! i want to go on an alaskan cruise one day.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on June 04, 2009, 10:12:12 PM
Quote from: "jcm"
Quote
Basically, I guess. We may go to Venice or Paris, though. At least if we go to Paris I could get by with my French.

if you are considering europe. go to Switzerland, it is the greatest place on earth! well in my limited travels it is. cruises are always your best value honeymoons too! i want to go on an alaskan cruise one day.
Well, won't be for a while, so we've got time to talk to our travel agent and see what we can get good deals on.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: BadPoison on June 09, 2009, 04:20:28 PM
What's on my mind today?
I broke things off with my girlfriend of 6 months this past Saturday. I did it over the phone.
And now I feel like I need closure - Like I need to see her one last time - but then again, maybe that's just because I'm weak. I'm sure it's a regular experience for people to break up with someone for a plethora of reasons, but for all of them to seemingly be forgotten once a few days have past.
Or maybe it's just residual pheromones affecting me. :coffee:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: BadPoison on June 09, 2009, 04:21:49 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
It's 364 days until my first wedding anniversary.

 :love:
Congrats man! Have the two of you picked out a place in Taiwan yet?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on June 09, 2009, 04:35:12 PM
Quote from: "BadPoison"
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
It's 364 days until my first wedding anniversary.

 :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on June 09, 2009, 07:47:07 PM
I had a very odd dream last night.  For some reason I was going to be potentially working for Penn at a very large kinda maze-like office building.  Only, he wasn't a comedian, he was an architect..he was also a huge ass but for some reason liked me.  I don't think Penn would be a jerk if I really met him; I think he was in my dream because someone on Twitter has his "shut the fuck up" avatar....which might explain him being a jerk in the dream too.

 :yay:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on June 10, 2009, 01:04:41 AM
Quote from: "Whitney"
I had a very odd dream last night.  For some reason I was going to be potentially working for Penn at a very large kinda maze-like office building.  Only, he wasn't a comedian, he was an architect..he was also a huge ass but for some reason liked me.  I don't think Penn would be a jerk if I really met him; I think he was in my dream because someone on Twitter has his "shut the fuck up" avatar....which might explain him being a jerk in the dream too.

 :secret:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on June 10, 2009, 01:12:22 AM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Quote from: "Whitney"
I had a very odd dream last night.  For some reason I was going to be potentially working for Penn at a very large kinda maze-like office building.  Only, he wasn't a comedian, he was an architect..he was also a huge ass but for some reason liked me.  I don't think Penn would be a jerk if I really met him; I think he was in my dream because someone on Twitter has his "shut the fuck up" avatar....which might explain him being a jerk in the dream too.

 :secret:
[youtube:122g11tj]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5x14AwElOk[/youtube:122g11tj]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on June 10, 2009, 01:24:23 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Quote from: "Whitney"
I had a very odd dream last night.  For some reason I was going to be potentially working for Penn at a very large kinda maze-like office building.  Only, he wasn't a comedian, he was an architect..he was also a huge ass but for some reason liked me.  I don't think Penn would be a jerk if I really met him; I think he was in my dream because someone on Twitter has his "shut the fuck up" avatar....which might explain him being a jerk in the dream too.

 :secret:
[youtube:tn26mv3y]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5x14AwElOk[/youtube:tn26mv3y]
how interesting. I would love to go to a class taught by him.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on June 10, 2009, 02:53:01 AM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Quote from: "Whitney"
I had a very odd dream last night.  For some reason I was going to be potentially working for Penn at a very large kinda maze-like office building.  Only, he wasn't a comedian, he was an architect..he was also a huge ass but for some reason liked me.  I don't think Penn would be a jerk if I really met him; I think he was in my dream because someone on Twitter has his "shut the fuck up" avatar....which might explain him being a jerk in the dream too.

 :secret:

I don't think he was...not all characters in my dreams have faces...they are more like i just know someone is there but can't see them.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on June 10, 2009, 03:35:25 AM
My Dad is dead.  He died sometime this morning of acute respiratory failure, while he and I were asleep.  I'm pretty sad -- there were so many things left unsaid, I feel like I should know more about him; he had a great, interesting life, and I only know a fraction of what he might have recalled.  I'm going to miss him.  The coroner and police have been through, and I've had a fair number of hours on top to think and feel.  My mom is devastated, but fast improving.  I don't know if I'll regret this post in the morning, but this is definitely on my mind today.

Cleaning to be done, back later.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on June 10, 2009, 04:46:10 AM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
My Dad is dead.  He died sometime this morning of acute respiratory failure, while he and I were asleep.  I'm pretty sad -- there were so many things left unsaid, I feel like I should know more about him; he had a great, interesting life, and I only know a fraction of what he might have recalled.  I'm going to miss him.  The coroner and police have been through, and I've had a fair number of hours on top to think and feel.  My mom is devastated, but fast improving.  I don't know if I'll regret this post in the morning, but this is definitely on my mind today.

Cleaning to be done, back later.
*hug*
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on June 10, 2009, 05:33:14 AM
Sorry Pipe :exphug:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on June 10, 2009, 06:00:50 AM
Sorry to hear that sad news, Pipe.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on June 10, 2009, 07:17:07 AM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
My Dad is dead.  He died sometime this morning of acute respiratory failure, while he and I were asleep.  I'm pretty sad -- there were so many things left unsaid, I feel like I should know more about him; he had a great, interesting life, and I only know a fraction of what he might have recalled.  I'm going to miss him.  The coroner and police have been through, and I've had a fair number of hours on top to think and feel.  My mom is devastated, but fast improving.  I don't know if I'll regret this post in the morning, but this is definitely on my mind today.

Cleaning to be done, back later.

So sorry, Pipe... <hug>
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on June 10, 2009, 08:52:53 AM
Thanks, everyone.  I know this sounds really weird but it's turned out to be an OK day.  Calling everyone and tidying the house has been a bit of a task (and to tell the truth, I'll be relieved after the funeral), but things feel almost like they've gone back to being normal.  Strange to say, but when you first find out a loved one is dead, things seem surreal, and I'm happy to be operating as though it's just a circumstance; a painful part of life instead of something else entirely.  We're going to be OK over here.

Incidentally, my neighbor across the street (who was one of my father's closest friends) has been hugging anyone within arm's reach.  As much for himself as us, I think.  Either ways, hugs really do seem consoling, though I've discovered they can make it very hard not to cry.

Sorry about what is undoubtedly a second weird post, I know it's not easy to respond to.  Probably less easy than it is for me to write.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: karadan on June 10, 2009, 12:04:53 PM
Hi Pipe, i just read your post. I'm really sorry for your loss.  :hug:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on June 10, 2009, 12:22:33 PM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
Thanks, everyone.  I know this sounds really weird but it's turned out to be an OK day.  Calling everyone and tidying the house has been a bit of a task (and to tell the truth, I'll be relieved after the funeral), but things feel almost like they've gone back to being normal.  Strange to say, but when you first find out a loved one is dead, things seem surreal, and I'm happy to be operating as though it's just a circumstance; a painful part of life instead of something else entirely.  We're going to be OK over here.

Incidentally, my neighbor across the street (who was one of my father's closest friends) has been hugging anyone within arm's reach.  As much for himself as us, I think.  Either ways, hugs really do seem consoling, though I've discovered they can make it very hard not to cry.

Sorry about what is undoubtedly a second weird post, I know it's not easy to respond to.  Probably less easy than it is for me to write.  Thanks again.
That's why I replied first with this, and am going to again:

*hug*
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on June 10, 2009, 05:56:44 PM
Pipe, I am so very sorry for your loss.  

*hug*
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on June 10, 2009, 10:51:47 PM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
Thanks, everyone.  I know this sounds really weird but it's turned out to be an OK day.  Calling everyone and tidying the house has been a bit of a task (and to tell the truth, I'll be relieved after the funeral), but things feel almost like they've gone back to being normal.  Strange to say, but when you first find out a loved one is dead, things seem surreal, and I'm happy to be operating as though it's just a circumstance; a painful part of life instead of something else entirely.  We're going to be OK over here.

Incidentally, my neighbor across the street (who was one of my father's closest friends) has been hugging anyone within arm's reach.  As much for himself as us, I think.  Either ways, hugs really do seem consoling, though I've discovered they can make it very hard not to cry.

Sorry about what is undoubtedly a second weird post, I know it's not easy to respond to.  Probably less easy than it is for me to write.  Thanks again.
(http://s3.freepowerboards.com/digitalnaruto/images/logos/digitalnaruto.smilie.hug.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on June 10, 2009, 11:11:09 PM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
Thanks, everyone.  I know this sounds really weird but it's turned out to be an OK day.  Calling everyone and tidying the house has been a bit of a task (and to tell the truth, I'll be relieved after the funeral), but things feel almost like they've gone back to being normal.  Strange to say, but when you first find out a loved one is dead, things seem surreal, and I'm happy to be operating as though it's just a circumstance; a painful part of life instead of something else entirely.  We're going to be OK over here.

Incidentally, my neighbor across the street (who was one of my father's closest friends) has been hugging anyone within arm's reach.  As much for himself as us, I think.  Either ways, hugs really do seem consoling, though I've discovered they can make it very hard not to cry.

Sorry about what is undoubtedly a second weird post, I know it's not easy to respond to.  Probably less easy than it is for me to write.  Thanks again.

Neither post is weird, and I will only say that you get a very real hug from me too, as much as is possible from a distance. I hope you support one another in every way you can and try to remember your dad each day.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on June 11, 2009, 01:12:30 AM
We went through all of that 3 summers ago when my dad unexpectedly passed... I send you every positive thought I have to spare.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on June 11, 2009, 01:22:42 AM
My condolences.

Let firefox give you a hug  :firefox:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on June 11, 2009, 01:55:08 AM
I'm in California visiting my mom with the kid for a week.  It's SO HOT here compared with Oregon, I'm sweating even in the air conditioned house.  (Or it could be hot flashes...  :-)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on June 11, 2009, 07:48:32 AM
Another hug to you, PipeBox.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on June 11, 2009, 03:20:57 PM
Thanks everyone.  Gonna go get another jacket for tomorrow in a couple hours, and my mom's family gets here tonight.  Until then, I see that there's a post of perspective's that needs attention, and I'm feeling very attentive just now.   :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: karadan on June 11, 2009, 03:42:54 PM
So, I was making tea in the office kitchen today. It is quiet here because most of my team are on a refresher course. The phones have been pretty manic though. My colleague came in with a cup expressing her (jocular) dissatisfaction that I hadn't offered her a cup of tea. She flirtatiously punched me in the chest but didn't withdraw her hand. She just let her hand rest on my chest for a few seconds. We made eye contact and for the briefest of moments there was definitely something there. She blushed, then turned around and headed back to the office. It stirred something within me but I quickly locked it down.
She is married....

We get on well. We've always had a great connection on many levels. I've never considered her anything other than a friend but the small moment we shared today seems to have changed that somewhat. I'll just carry on being me. I won't let this effect our friendship and I wouldn't dream of pursuing anything other than friendship from her. The problem is, some of the things she's told me over the last few months leads me to believe her marriage isn't going so well. Whatever happens, I'm not going to be the fall-guy. I just hope things don't become awkward between us in the future.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: BadPoison on June 11, 2009, 04:42:27 PM
Quote from: "PipeBox"
Thanks everyone.  Gonna go get another jacket for tomorrow in a couple hours, and my mom's family gets here tonight.  Until then, I see that there's a post of perspective's that needs attention, and I'm feeling very attentive just now.   :pop:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 11, 2009, 04:48:42 PM
I've been off from college since the start of the week because I wasn't feeling well. I'm going back tomorrow but I'm kinda worried. Friday is always a half day so I'll constantly be told that there was no real point to going in by the guys. But I'm going anyway, because I need to hand in work and get marks for other things.  I still feel a wee bit unwell but I'll live. Just hoping I don't get worse before Saturday when a guy friend is coming over for a bit.

I'm also kind of sort of looking forward to tomorrow. The guys have been planning a little paintballing trip and we've been considering going to the cinema next week for Transformers 2. It'll be fun to hang out with them out of school time. I'm excited :]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 12, 2009, 10:36:35 AM
Double Post but I just gotta get this out.

I am the embodiment of Rage right now. I'm in College and I handed in some work to a teacher.
All well and good, right? Wrong. I was an idiot who lost the original piece of work last week in the classroom.
So now all the work I did is null and void because she doesn't want me to print it all out again just because she doesn't want to read over it again.

I just lost a bunch of marks and wasted a fuckton of time doing this work for her.

I'm utterly Gutted. Honestly, I could cry. That's how annoyed I am about this : /
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on June 12, 2009, 05:16:57 PM
Quote from: "Hat"
Double Post but I just gotta get this out.

I am the embodiment of Rage right now. I'm in College and I handed in some work to a teacher.
All well and good, right? Wrong. I was an idiot who lost the original piece of work last week in the classroom.
So now all the work I did is null and void because she doesn't want me to print it all out again just because she doesn't want to read over it again.

I just lost a bunch of marks and wasted a fuckton of time doing this work for her.

I'm utterly Gutted. Honestly, I could cry. That's how annoyed I am about this : /
I'm confused?

Did you miss a deadline?  Did the teacher lose your work?  If she had your work and read your work, why is she refusing to give you a grade for the work you turned in?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on June 12, 2009, 05:17:50 PM
:rant: fundies!!!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on June 12, 2009, 05:25:58 PM
Quote from: "Whitney"
:rant: fundies!!!

At least perspective is spending less time quote mining and more time typing insults now  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on June 12, 2009, 05:40:27 PM
Quote from: "Jolly Sapper"
Quote from: "Whitney"
:rant: fundies!!!

At least perspective is spending less time quote mining and more time typing insults now  :shake:

But I found a sigh smiley...here he is:   :HB:

and a couple facepalm smilies:  :facepalm2:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 12, 2009, 07:05:21 PM
Quote from: "Jolly Sapper"
Quote from: "Hat"
Double Post but I just gotta get this out.

I am the embodiment of Rage right now. I'm in College and I handed in some work to a teacher.
All well and good, right? Wrong. I was an idiot who lost the original piece of work last week in the classroom.
So now all the work I did is null and void because she doesn't want me to print it all out again just because she doesn't want to read over it again.

I just lost a bunch of marks and wasted a fuckton of time doing this work for her.

I'm utterly Gutted. Honestly, I could cry. That's how annoyed I am about this : /
I'm confused?

Did you miss a deadline?  Did the teacher lose your work?  If she had your work and read your work, why is she refusing to give you a grade for the work you turned in?
Ok I shall explain.

Last Wednesday the teacher handed me back an Assignment from earlier on in the year to fix up to get a higher mark than the one I have now, since I was finished with everything else for her. I forgot the actual thing in the classroom, and I wasn't in most of this week due to being sick but I still managed to get everything she wanted done without the original thing being here with me. I gave her the stuff today and when she asked for the old one I explained that I had left it in the other classroom and that I'd go get it. When I went to get it, it wasn't there. I checked all the rooms on the floor and all the bits of paper and none of it was my old assignment.

I came down and told her the bad news, but I also offered to print out the work again since I still had it saved because I thought that would be ok. She shouted at me saying "How am I supposed to know what to correct and what you changed if you don't have the original here?" which is true, I'll admit, but she went on to say "I'll have a look for myself and in my files here but if I can't find anything, you're just going to have to stick with the original marks because I'm not reading over it all again."

After about 15 minutes she returned to the classroom and told me she couldn't find it and that I had to stick with what I had and asked if that was "alright". I asked her why couldn't I print it out and she repeated the "I don't have time to read it all again" thing and left for her break, leaving Hat sitting in the corner of her classroom feeling pretty crap and angry. While I'll be the first to admit that it was my own fault that this happened because it was me who lost the original piece of work, I'm honestly dumbfounded as to why I just can't print everything out again and hand it to her, when there are other students just doing earlier work now at this time of the year and getting it marked by her D:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on June 12, 2009, 07:25:33 PM
Quote from: "Hat"
I'm honestly dumbfounded as to why I just can't print everything out again and hand it to her, when there are other students just doing earlier work now at this time of the year and getting it marked by her D:

From knowing how it is for my husband and having to grade a lot of stuff as well as how teachers have graded my work in the past.  I think the last part; already having to read all that other work; is why she doesn't have time to re-read what you turned in previously.  She probably had the idea of looking at the markup she had previously made then comparing it to your changes...much quicker than having to read both and compare.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 12, 2009, 08:03:58 PM
Quote from: "Whitney"
Quote from: "Hat"
I'm honestly dumbfounded as to why I just can't print everything out again and hand it to her, when there are other students just doing earlier work now at this time of the year and getting it marked by her D:

From knowing how it is for my husband and having to grade a lot of stuff as well as how teachers have graded my work in the past.  I think the last part; already having to read all that other work; is why she doesn't have time to re-read what you turned in previously.  She probably had the idea of looking at the markup she had previously made then comparing it to your changes...much quicker than having to read both and compare.
I know where she's coming from but man.
I'm just angry that I ended up wasting time writing and drawing a bunch of stuff when I could have spent on other things.
People keep telling me to print it out anyway but knowing her she'd just turn it down so. I'm just going to have to make do.

I guess it'll teach me. I'm sure as hell not going to make mistakes like that next year.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: PipeBox on June 15, 2009, 02:11:24 AM
Wow, Hat, that sucks.

Sorry to be away, everyone, but I was very busy.  Only just got done seeing the extended family off (got to meet a few I'd never seen before, shame about the circumstances) and tying up a few lose ends.  Got about halfway through perspective's post and then just left it.  It's not that there isn't a point, but it was a long post, and I'm not sure he'll get around to reading all the replies from here on out (he's not been on the past 24 hours).  He's given some wanting replies to everyone in the thread, as well.

Eh, back when I have more to say.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on June 15, 2009, 05:58:18 AM
[youtube:3qmt00ap]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZtQh5EIgWQ[/youtube:3qmt00ap]
I watched this and it made me happy, so i thought i'd share it.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Heretical Rants on June 17, 2009, 06:28:22 PM
I always liked that song.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 19, 2009, 10:57:36 AM
People who follow my Twitter probably already know of my spazzing over The Trailer for This Movie (http://www.whowillsurvive2012.com/).
I've been following the ARG on Unforum since it started. Loving the new trailer. I'm excited.
Someone build em a time machine so I can make it November so I can see this plsk.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 22, 2009, 01:32:56 PM
So Hat's getting nerves removed from her two uber sensitive and bitchy front teeth that hinder her eating today. Half excited and half freaking out.

I know the Dentist said that once I'm numb it'll feel like a filling to me, but the idea of ripping nerves out kinda makes me a bit nauseous ( they're nerves, they're not usually supposed to be touched in my mind D: ) but at the end of the day, I'd rather have teeth with no feeling than sensitive ones so it has to be done. Hoping that after this I can finally eat food properly without flinching when I bite it and that I'll no longer require a straw for hot and cold drinks :'D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on June 22, 2009, 02:32:48 PM
Quote from: "Hat"
So Hat's getting nerves removed from her two uber sensitive and bitchy front teeth that hinder her eating today. Half excited and half freaking out.

I know the Dentist said that once I'm numb it'll feel like a filling to me, but the idea of ripping nerves out kinda makes me a bit nauseous ( they're nerves, they're not usually supposed to be touched in my mind D: ) but at the end of the day, I'd rather have teeth with no feeling than sensitive ones so it has to be done. Hoping that after this I can finally eat food properly without flinching when I bite it and that I'll no longer require a straw for hot and cold drinks :'D

So does Hat commonly refer to Hat's self in the 3rd Hat person? Or is Hat just hat hatting with the hat in the hat hat place to hat at the hatty hat-ness? Or Hat?

(that's right I used hat as a noun... I think. Anyway good luck.)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: BadPoison on June 22, 2009, 07:24:41 PM
Quote from: "Tanker"

So does Hat commonly refer to Hat's self in the 3rd Hat person? Or is Hat just hat hatting with the hat in the hat hat place to hat at the hatty hat-ness? Or Hat?

(that's right I used hat as a noun... I think. Anyway good luck.)
As a noun, verb, adjective, preposition and hyphenated ad-verb... I think  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on June 22, 2009, 08:55:36 PM
Quote from: "Tanker"

So does Hat commonly refer to Hat's self in the 3rd Hat person? Or is Hat just hat hatting with the hat in the hat hat place to hat at the hatty hat-ness? Or Hat?

(that's right I used hat as a noun... I think. Anyway good luck.)
uuuuuhhhhhhhh  :drool
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on June 23, 2009, 07:27:52 AM
If I combine two double stuft oreos -- do they then become quadruple stuft?

This will require research.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on June 23, 2009, 04:24:47 PM
Damn it! Just when I start to think I might be the fittest guy in the gym two SUPER fit guys join.

It's NOT FAIR
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on June 26, 2009, 09:25:06 PM
:headbang:  :headbang:  :headbang:  :headbang:  :headbang:

I got's a full time job at the local co-op hippie food store!  22% off any thing I buy there (which is a lot since I get groceries there), a decent health care package after 90 days, and I should be makin' about $16,000 a year to start.

My wife (who'se been working two part time jobs, so from 9 AM to 9 PM most of the week) managed to make nice with a former employee of some state office and got a gubbermint job as a water quality tester for the state.  She can look forward to a government health and retirement plan and something like $20,000 to start.

 :headbang:  :flip:  :tgif:  woohoo  :banna:  :up:  :catjuggle:

* We're missing a "tears of joy" emoticon =<
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on June 26, 2009, 09:33:50 PM
Yay!! Congrats, Jolly!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on June 26, 2009, 09:50:19 PM
Let us take this time to thank his Tastiness the FSM.

Oh FSM, who art unleavened
Delicious be thy name
Thy timer's rung
Thy sauce is done
On stove as it is in oven
Give us this day our garlic bread
And forgive us our glutton as we forgive those more gluttonous than us
Lead us to our great temptation
Or deliver us our meal

Carbo Deum

Ramen
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on June 26, 2009, 11:06:04 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Yay!! Congrats, Jolly!

Ditto.  Congrats, Jolly!   :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 27, 2009, 12:22:42 AM
I'm uh...I'm a bit confused.

I have this guy friend, right, who's really awesome and stuff but he's always asking to hang out with me. We'll call him S. Now I already know that he fancies me and we sorted that out. I don't feel the same, he's cool with it etc etc. Last Friday on the last day of school, me, him and another guy friend who we'll call T went to T's house to play games. We ended up seeing the Transformers 2 movie as well. That was a week ago tomorrow.

Since school has ended, S has gotten a job at his aunts cafe. I'm proud of him for that, but also disappointed since he hasn't actually finished assignments he was supposed to hand in. He says he'll do them over the summer which is basically not going to happen for many reasons but I'm going off topic. He text me over the past 7 days with at least 4 requests to hang out. I declined them all.

I declined because while I do enjoy his company, I just  don't like being around other folk a lotta the time. I explained this to him in a text message after he sent me one saying that he cares about me a lot, but I make him 'so damn mad sometimes' because I'm 'not bothering to make an effort to spend time with him 99% of the time'.

My question is; Am I a bad person for preferring to be on my own rather than going out every day or so with friends? I mean, I don't see how it's a bad thing but it upsets me to think that people think I'm not bothering with them when I just want to have my own space for a week or two to just chill out and work on a few games or something >:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on June 27, 2009, 12:59:34 AM
S sounds like a loser.

Especially now, all one has is their education and if one doesn't recognize that now they're just going to pay for it later.

Don't feel bad; you've already said you don't like him but he doesn't believe you. Here's a little insight into guys (I should know because I am one), if you want to make it clear you're not interested you must show no interest. Guys, especially high school guys, will hang on to the tiniest sliver of hope. If you even make it sort of, maybe, kind of, seem like maybe you sort of, could be, possibly interested; as far as a guy is concerned, that is confirmation of reciprocation of feelings.

He probably A) thinks that you like him or B) thinks that there's a good chance he can get you to like him, which is why he's acting like you're betraying him even though you're not even together. He will keep thinking like this. He thinks 2009 is going to be his summer love and he will continue to do so until the day before school starts again. There is little you can do about it; if he gives up chase it will be because he's decided not to pursue, not because of your rejecting him.

Where was I -- oh yeah, no, don't feel sorry. He can wait out summer. Go enjoy yourself.

edit: Just realized, I don't know your age so some of that won't apply -- still though, don't feel bad. He's being obsessive over something he has no control over. It's not your fault that he doesn't realize it.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 27, 2009, 02:09:44 AM
D'aw, Thios. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer me, I really appreciate it <3

I'm 18 and he's 17 so yeah, the High School Scenario could possibly be what's going on here. I'm just a bit jdfgh9wfk because I'm not really sure what to think. S has had a really rough couple of months in the past so I'll admit that I've kind of been a bit kinder to him that other friends due to his situation. Hell, even his online German friend I'm in contact with told me to hang out with him a few times. I dunno, maybe it's just because I'm not used to being asked out 5 days in a row or something?

It doesn't make matters any better that I'm the kind of person who worries and gets upset easily over things, so thinking that I was being a bad friend made me a bit down. Usually in these situations I talk to my Mum, so I called her (the parents are out at the moment) on her mobile. I explain it to her that while I do enjoy his company, I prefer to be on my own. Expecting reassuring words, I was greeted with her sympathies for S and she agreed with him that it's hard to get me to go places and when I asked her if preferring to be on my own was a bad thing she said 'Yes'.

I just really confused. I mean, I saw the guys all year in class. I don't see how wanting to chill on my own for a while during my summer holidays for a week or two is bad. I still keep in contact with them and I'll eventually go to the cinema wit them again but I just want to be on my own for now D:

*sigh* People  :verysad:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on June 27, 2009, 02:59:01 AM
No, your mom is wrong, it's not your fault; and you shouldn't feel bad.

It's he who has a problem. Regardless of how hard he's had it none of it was your fault (I am assuming blindly here that it wasn't) so his neediness isn't your problem. No matter what he's going through, it's up to you if you want to get involved, short of that he's not your responsibility.

Also, don't bother trying to understand guys. It's only in brief fleeting moments of utter clarity that I have even an inkling of how I work.

Don't be confused, you are right for wanting time to yourself. Who the hell doesn't after getting out for summer?

edit: grammar
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: michael on June 27, 2009, 05:59:08 AM
Quote from: "Hat"
My question is; Am I a bad person for preferring to be on my own rather than going out every day or so with friends?

Hell, no!  S is the one with the problem.  You have the right to be YOU, and to live in the way that makes you happy.  I always think of that old line, "You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself."  Doesn't mean you try to hurt people -- it just means that no matter what you do, SOMEONE is going to bitch about it.  So you might as well do what makes you happy.

S sounds insecure and needy.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on June 27, 2009, 06:10:27 AM
Hat, d-m me if you need immediate results. I'm normally bored and that hits me regardless of location.

mei_guo_ren
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on June 27, 2009, 06:23:04 AM
Quote from: "thiolsulfate"
If I combine two double stuft oreos -- do they then become quadruple stuft?

This will require research.

Quadruple Stuft Oreos confirmed! Resounding Success! Must spread good news.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 28, 2009, 08:08:16 PM
The past two days were amazing because I wasn't bothered with messages...Till today.

S's first message said that he'd calmed down now and that he just wants to spend time with me and that when I say no and don't give a good reason, he gets pissed off. I told him that it's just the way I am and that I've seen him throughout the entire school year and on previous holidays and asked was it possible to have my summer to myself. His second message said that he thought it was stupid the way i go on, but that he couldn't really do anything about it. Said that it was fair that I wanted to be on my own, but he still wanted to see me like friends do and that I make that hard. He finished by saying that he was more than just my class mate.

That was where I just had it. I told him to stop making me feel bad for not going out and that he makes me question my own ways and makes me feel like I'm weird for not going out despite people saying that it's ok. I told him that I wanted to spend my summer on my own and that he could wait it out. I mentioned the saying that michael mentioned and that that was exactly what I was going to do, since I couldn't make anyone happy.

He fucking goes and makes me feel even worse by telling he that he just misses me so much.

I just told him that it was two months and that he wasn't making me feel any better. I also mentioned that I've had to wait longer to get to see more important people (a small reference into my home life. Dad took sick 8 years ago and wasn't out of hospital for almost a year.) and that he can either stop making me feel bad or I'm turning off the phone for the rest of summer. Despite feeling a little bit angry, I feel better for letting him know how this is all making me feel.

Ack I sound wee bit bitchy after reading all of that fffffffffffffffffffffffs ;-;
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on June 28, 2009, 08:51:17 PM
Aaaaand it's all been sorted out now. Took a while but he got it through his head that I want to be on my own.
I spoke to Mum about it too, she said "Man I wish you were 4 years old again, can we do that? There was none of this back then" which made me laugh |D;;;
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on June 29, 2009, 02:56:16 AM
I am so happy to have internet and tv again.  My Uverse has been out for weeks, since our last power outages from the beginning of June and I have been suffering like no human should suffer.  I also realize I am addicted and relatively stupid when I can't google....oh, and Blockbuster has a very limited movie selection.  But, I'm glad to be back in my comfort zone  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on June 29, 2009, 03:25:29 AM
AlP is realizing that when he drinks 20 beers on Saturday and doesn't have a hangover on Sunday that his alcoholism is taking over again. AlP thinks that tolerance for alcohol is bad for livers. Notice how AlP does not identify himself as "I". AlP won't admit that I have a problem. Stupid alcoholism.

Welcome back to the Internets VanReal!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on June 29, 2009, 03:41:19 AM
AIP...I don't think not having a hangover is what makes you an alcoholic.  It's when you have to have a drink every day to feel normal.  Anyway, just make a point to cut back now before it does become a problem if you think it will be one.

-----

I have a very very important LEED AP exam tomorrow...getting back to studying right now.  I'm going to be glad when it is over either way...but I sure hope I pass.  I feel more confidant after taking a few practice exams...still some trouble spots to memorize.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on June 29, 2009, 03:54:47 AM
Thanks Whitney ;). That's a good point. I do have to drink every day to feel normal. I am an alcoholic. I have a diagnosis from a psychiatrist. I've researches it myself. I am convinced that I am an alcoholic.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: michael on June 29, 2009, 06:00:25 AM
I've been there.  Does it affect your work and your friendships?  By that I mean do they suffer because you drink?

Not judging, of course.  I've often thought that life being the way it is, a thinking person has to have some kind of crutch just to get through it.  Mine used to be alcohol, too.  I quit drinking, but one of the keys to quitting was to replace that crutch with another one (a more healthy one).

Not sure if all that makes sense.

Quote from: "AlP"
Thanks Whitney ;). That's a good point. I do have to drink every day to feel normal. I am an alcoholic. I have a diagnosis from a psychiatrist. I've researches it myself. I am convinced that I am an alcoholic.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on June 29, 2009, 06:31:29 AM
Quote from: "michael"
I've been there.  Does it affect your work and your friendships?  By that I mean do they suffer because you drink?

Not judging, of course.  I've often thought that life being the way it is, a thinking person has to have some kind of crutch just to get through it.  Mine used to be alcohol, too.  I quit drinking, but one of the keys to quitting was to replace that crutch with another one (a more healthy one).

Not sure if all that makes sense.

Quote from: "AlP"
Thanks Whitney ;). That's a good point. I do have to drink every day to feel normal. I am an alcoholic. I have a diagnosis from a psychiatrist. I've researches it myself. I am convinced that I am an alcoholic.

I won't talk about whether it affects my work. It does affect my friendships I suppose. I haven't had a friend in a long time. That's mostly by choice though. I like being independent. The kind of casual chat I get places like this is sufficient socialization for me. But anyway, I didn't want to derail "what's on your mind today?" If I have a problem it's my responsibility to resolve it. Thanks for helping.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on June 29, 2009, 02:10:56 PM
Thinking about a car engine. Which is impossible to tune right it seems. I have done everything short of having sex with the bloody tool box :brick:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on June 29, 2009, 07:52:03 PM
Quote from: "Rastelin"
Thinking about a car engine. Which is impossible to tune right it seems. I have done everything short of having sex with the bloody tool box :brick:
Well there's yer problem.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on June 29, 2009, 07:59:17 PM
I'm working on MT practice dictations... hoping to finish by August... knowing it just won't happen.  Desperately want to play WoW... and I need another cup of coffee.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: michael on July 02, 2009, 12:15:43 AM
Damn, I love Netflix.  Cheap DVDs in the mail, and the "instant viewing" rocks.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Jolly Sapper on July 02, 2009, 04:42:37 PM
Quote from: "michael"
Damn, I love Netflix.  Cheap DVDs in the mail, and the "instant viewing" rocks.

Word

 :headbang:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on July 02, 2009, 05:28:05 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Rastelin"
Thinking about a car engine. Which is impossible to tune right it seems. I have done everything short of having sex with the bloody tool box ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on July 02, 2009, 05:41:14 PM
It's test day... Pathology this time.  So many big words!   :eek:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: JillSwift on July 02, 2009, 06:37:01 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
It's test day... Pathology this time.  So many big words!   :eek:
Best of luck. I don't envy you, pathology sickens me.
<rimshot>pa-dum-ching!</rimshot>
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on July 02, 2009, 06:39:06 PM
My back is really stiff today. Damn yoga.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on July 02, 2009, 07:41:24 PM
There are 32 geese visible from my window and they are congregating in the complex main driveway.  I would not have noticed but for the cars beeping to get through them.  I wonder why I so seldom look out my window?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on July 03, 2009, 05:39:11 AM
Quote from: "JillSwift"
Quote from: "rlrose328"
It's test day... Pathology this time.  So many big words!   :eek:
Best of luck. I don't envy you, pathology sickens me.
<rimshot>pa-dum-ching!</rimshot>

I got all worked up over nothing.  It was very VERY short (only 7 sentences) compared to the 10 minute practice dictations this.  I did it in 10 minutes, proofed, researched a grammar issue and had it in the mail after lunch.  I'm very confident... my last test I got 100% so I don't dare get too relaxed.

NExt up... Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery.  Eek.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on July 03, 2009, 11:42:05 PM
I can not wait untill tomarrow. The 4th is my favorite holiday. My cousin and I have a tradition of driving 2 1/2 hours to an indian reservation in Washington and buying.... "the good stuff". The only draw back is I have to stay sober to both make sure I don't do anything stupid and babysit the "fun" to make sure the drunks don't do anything stupid either. Oh well it's gonna be great. YAY FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY WOO HOO!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on July 05, 2009, 04:35:36 AM
I was just watching the 4th of July celebration at Washington DC.

I'll admit, when they celebrated the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street with Big Bird and sang all the old songs -- I went batshit crazy!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on July 05, 2009, 05:18:35 AM
Listening to the barrage of illegal fireworks outside...sounds like a war zone. I love the 4th of July! :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on July 05, 2009, 07:24:00 AM
Listening to the fireworks here too... though NOT happy about it.  I'm not a fan of the 4th of July...  Love the reason for it, but hate the noise.  It brings back bad memories of holding my son, with his oversensitive ears, while he cried when each one went off.  He's old enough now to enjoy them, but every one that goes off in the cul-de-sac makes me crazy.  

Even though none of the neighbors went into WA state to get the airborn 'works, they did have LOTS of ground works.  And the kid LOVED every second, which makes it worth it... a little bit.  Still hate the noise, though.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on July 05, 2009, 07:51:00 AM
I've always loved fireworks. I don't remember ever being afraid of them when I was little.

I was terrified of motorcycles, however.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on July 05, 2009, 08:25:26 AM
He's not afraid of the fireworks... it's the noise he can't help hating.  He has hyperacousis so his ears are very sensitive to noise.  DIdn't know that when he was a baby, though.  Didn't find it out until he was 7.  For the 7 years before that, he'd scream (covering his ears... shoulda known) when I'd use my blowdryer, coffee grinder, vacuum cleaner, and heaven forbid we go into a public restroom that had a handdryer.  Once when he was 3, I took him into the ladies room and the air dryer was right by the door.  He wouldn't leave the room because he had to go past it.

We were afraid he was afraid of anything that made noise, but it was actually HURTING his ears and we had no idea.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on July 05, 2009, 07:35:38 PM
I just realized that "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Oh Canada" are both drinking songs.

The New World, FUCK YEAH
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 06, 2009, 05:21:27 PM
After sitting down and having a thought about it, I still can't comprehend how I managed to slip and fall on our kitchen floor on Friday night when I was in my bare feet and sober.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on July 06, 2009, 11:53:45 PM
Quote from: "Hat"
After sitting down and having a thought about it, I still can't comprehend how I managed to slip and fall on our kitchen floor on Friday night when I was in my bare feet and sober.

Goddidit. :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on July 07, 2009, 12:00:55 AM
Love is on my mind today and how very thankful I am for it.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on July 07, 2009, 02:06:48 AM
I am thinking about how horrible chemo and radiation is to the human body and mind and whether or not I'd go through with it after seeing it first hand.  I am thinking....no. :verysad:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: michael on July 07, 2009, 10:19:34 AM
I'm thinking how great it is to have the wife and son that I have.  When I see my little boy's smile, I feel like the luckiest man on Earth.

I've told my wife several times that if a god were to tell me to choose my own heaven, I'd choose the life I have with them right now.  It's truly sad and amazing that so many people can't live in the present -- that they choose to believe in some imaginary place and time after death where they will be happy.

We make our own heaven or hell.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 07, 2009, 03:20:54 PM
I'm thinking... one more week until the wife comes back from Taiwan!  :yay:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: templeboy on July 07, 2009, 10:35:24 PM
well my exam results come in two days, and if I failed my maths paper, a distinct possibility, then I might have jeopardized half my degree...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: hismikeness on July 07, 2009, 10:53:52 PM
Quote
well my exam results come in two days, and if I failed my maths paper, a distinct possibility, then I might have jeopardized half my degree...

I will pray for you. Oh wait, all that does is attempt alter the natural course of things in your favor. So, with that said, I will just hope for the best. Good luck.

First post for me by the way. I've been reading for some time though. I really like this forum.

Hismikeness
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on July 08, 2009, 06:27:15 AM
Quote from: "hismikeness"
First post for me by the way. I've been reading for some time though. I really like this forum.

Hismikeness

As your brother, and a member of this forum, I would like to be the first to welcome you to posting, although I know that you've been reading for a while.

You should go into the introductions forum and write a formal introduction. I'm sure all the members would like to know a bit about you.

And I look forward to reading what you have to say on here since we both know you are quite a bit smarter than I. :bananacolor:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 08, 2009, 07:07:22 AM
Wow, this post is so gay.
Oooo, this wii broke; it's so gay.
Jess broke up with Jesse: that's so gay!
My mom is gay, she made me wash the dishes dude.


I hate it when people flaunt the word gay like it's a synonym for terrible, stupid, wrong, etc.... My friends do it in most of our conversations. Like the one I had several minutes ago.

I think I'll pray for them, so they can see the light.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on July 08, 2009, 07:13:59 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I think I'll pray for them, so they can see the light.

Dude, both praying and light are gay. ;)

Good point though. It's kind of the same as using retarded or other such words, it just makes the users of those words seem that much less intelligent.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on July 08, 2009, 07:21:15 AM
I use both gay and retarded as synonyms for bad on occasion but I A.) just don't give much of a shit about being PC and B.) as I stated in a thread awhile ago words only have as much power as you give them (and i don't give them much).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 08, 2009, 07:31:21 AM
Oh, I can add another thing that's on my mind: stop telling me not believing in a god is ignorant.

Yes, I have friends that tell me I'm ignorant. >_>
"Gays are fags" "There's a god; have you ever read the damn bible?" "You don't think Jesus walked this earth? Wow. You really are an idiot"

Some quotes from my buddies. Just to name a few.
All were said yesterday when I was hanging out at the mall with them. First it started with gays, then moved onto religion.

Obviously I'm in the wrong here. I'd better go buy a crucifix and start persecuting the heathens if I want to be cool.  :|
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Sophus on July 08, 2009, 09:12:41 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
Oh, I can add another thing that's on my mind: stop telling me not believing in a god is ignorant.

Yes, I have friends that tell me I'm ignorant. >_>
"Gays are fags" "There's a god; have you ever read the damn bible?" "You don't think Jesus walked this earth? Wow. You really are an idiot"

Some quotes from my buddies. Just to name a few.
All were said yesterday when I was hanging out at the mall with them. First it started with gays, then moved onto religion.

Obviously I'm in the wrong here. I'd better go buy a crucifix and start persecuting the heathens if I want to be cool. ;)  lol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: templeboy on July 08, 2009, 09:21:12 AM
Quote from: "hismikeness"
Quote
well my exam results come in two days, and if I failed my maths paper, a distinct possibility, then I might have jeopardized half my degree...

I will pray for you. Oh wait, all that does is attempt alter the natural course of things in your favor. So, with that said, I will just hope for the best. Good luck.

First post for me by the way. I've been reading for some time though. I really like this forum.

Hismikeness

I am deeply honored to the subject of your first post.

Depending on which way you look at it, I have good/bad news.

Quote from: "my email"
Your provisional grade for the course MATH108-09S1 (C) is C+ .

If you have not already done so, we would encourage you to enrol
in MATH109-09S2 (C) for the second semester.

OK, C+ isn't a brilliant grade, but it was a really hard course that made me :shake: and I need it and the follow-on course for my statistics major, so I am :bananacolor:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 08, 2009, 04:58:26 PM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
Oh, I can add another thing that's on my mind: stop telling me not believing in a god is ignorant.

Yes, I have friends that tell me I'm ignorant. >_>
"Gays are fags" "There's a god; have you ever read the damn bible?" "You don't think Jesus walked this earth? Wow. You really are an idiot"

Some quotes from my buddies. Just to name a few.

Oh man, this brings back a painful memory or two  :verysad:

I've had my parents laugh at me and think that my Atheism is just a 'Fad' I picked up on the internet because I found the definition for it online. I've also had former friends laugh at me and say "You are joking" not in that questionable way, but in the more "I don't believe you, thanks for the laugh" way. People around here still use the word Gay as a replacement for stupid and as an insult but me and a bunch of my gay friends also use it so my opinion on that one is a bit odd.

But those guys don't sound like friends to me. I'd politly remind them that there are all kinds of people on this Earth and If they can't be nice and respect that you're different then I wouldn't hang around them much.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 08, 2009, 10:13:34 PM
The wife got mad at me this morning because I was tweeting to another woman (the editor of the video game website I wrote for; she was asking if I'd still be interested in writing for them) and ignoring her (she sent me a Direct Message which normally gets forwarded to my phone, but for some reason that stopped working; wasn't getting my RTM reminders, either) when I didn't see her online at all and didn't know she was trying to get a hold of me.  :typehappy:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Zeru on July 10, 2009, 05:26:18 AM
I'm thinking that it's very easy to think you're open minded - when in fact you're only listening for what supports your already entrenched opinion.  That sadly enough, some people cannot, will not be reached through their own mental barriers.  That religious beliefs are the sort of protecting walls that form most easily and firmly around the most desperate, the ones with nowhere - no one else to turn to.  One of the more tragic facts of religious conversion.  

Strike pre-emptively: love someone.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 10, 2009, 03:30:03 PM
I was watching Torchwood: Children of Earth last night with the family and had the laptop with me so I could chat to some online BFFs who also fangirl over the series while we watched it. During last night's episode I was raging over the fact that the humans were being very uncooperative and that they should just give the 456 the 10% of Earth's children. The parents and online mates instantly went 'WAT? WHY? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?' to which I shrugged and went 'Give up a few hundred thousand to save a few Billion'. When I told this to another friend who isn't into Torchwood he was like 'Lol there you go with your Ozmandayus like ideas again, Hat'.

That's the second time I've been compared to Ozmandayus this year, the first time during the whole Swine Flu outbreak. In short I jokingly told the same mate that it was like the start of a lot of Zombie movies, and said to ship all the ill to Mexico, seal off Mexico, forget about Mexico and treat the not too bad ones here.

I giggled. I dunno why, but I do. I don't even like Ozmandayus.

Mum also told me not to go into Politics because she's afraid of what I would do in situations like those.

Tempted to go into Politics now, just for the lols.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on July 10, 2009, 05:16:58 PM
Oh, I love Watchmen. Alan Moore is a fucking genius.

Also, Ozy was right -- also, Rorschach was right -- also, Manhattan was right. That's what I loved about Watchmen, they were all right even though they ran in completely opposite directions.

On a side note I was playing pokemon with a 12 year old who caught me with my gameboy on the bus. He wiped through 5 of my Pokemon and I had only knocked out two of his. I was down to my Beedrill who TORE THE FUCKING PLACE UP! FUCK YEAH BEEDRILL!

Man I was so happy I didn't lose at pokemon to a 12 year old. I even gave my Beedrill a proper name as its reward: Buzzbot.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on July 11, 2009, 07:57:39 PM
my computer crashed this morning :(

fortunately all my media was on my second HD

still though, it took me three hours to get everything back up and running
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on July 11, 2009, 09:58:48 PM
Just got back from the library. I checked out Freethinkers by Susan Jacoby, Breaking the Spell by Daniel Dennett, and The End of Faith by Sam Harris. I had started reading Freethinkers and The End of Faith last summer, but never got to finish them. I'm hoping I can do that this time around.

I just need to win the lottery so I can buy all these books and not worry about due dates. :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on July 11, 2009, 11:45:13 PM
I'm one of those people who can read a book quickly but only if I am really into it.  Otherwise it may take me over a year or never.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: thiolsulfate on July 12, 2009, 03:36:48 AM
I found out that 1 isn't a prime number. It's blew my mind.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on July 12, 2009, 04:13:45 AM
Quote from: "Whitney"
I'm one of those people who can read a book quickly but only if I am really into it.  Otherwise it may take me over a year or never.

I'm one of those people who falls asleep 3 pages in, no matter how hard I try. I am determined to finish reading these! :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 12, 2009, 05:52:15 AM
I'm  being forced to go to Chuck E. Cheese, which just so happens to be my least favourite place.  :verysad:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on July 12, 2009, 06:15:02 AM
I was just reminded of a little story I saw in the paper today about a little boy who asked his grandma if they could go to Chucky Jesus.  :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 12, 2009, 04:16:08 PM
My sleeping pattern has officially gone into the 'Fuck you, daytime' territory. I'm awake at 6am and I'm only getting up between 2pm and 3.30pm in the day. Now, since it's Summer I usually don't mind but I have a tiny problem that puts a spanner in the works. In a week from Wednesday we're going to Lourdes. I'm shitting brix over it. Not because it's for a Pilgrimage, I'm ttly cool with that, but because this will royally fuck up my current sleeping pattern and I'll most likely be like a bag of raging cats 99% of the time, despite promising Mum I'd be 'good' and not 'tear the arse out of it'.

FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUU-

I hate you, Sleeping Pattern.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 12, 2009, 04:16:38 PM
Neat, this thread finally ticked over the 10,000 view mark.

Yay!  :headbang:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: JillSwift on July 12, 2009, 05:59:18 PM
Today I find myself mulling over the idea that most people appear to believe that "being open minded" means "agreeing with thier wold-view".
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on July 13, 2009, 07:51:48 PM
I am thinking about a really hot woman I saw to day. Which resulted (in compliance to universal humor, and the distraction she was) me running smack in to the malls electric doors.
I knew they opens slow, but my mind where elsewhere. About 3 meters to the left where she stood to be exact.

Now! She saw all this and smiled. My buddy told me later women thinks this kind of thing is cute and I shouldn't feel bad. Almost as good as roses he said.
Oh well.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 13, 2009, 09:01:19 PM
Quote from: "Rastelin"
I am thinking about a really hot woman I saw to day. Which resulted (in compliance to universal humor, and the distraction she was) me running smack in to the malls electric doors.
I knew they opens slow, but my mind where elsewhere. About 3 meters to the left where she stood to be exact.

Now! She saw all this and smiled. My buddy told me later women thinks this kind of thing is cute and I shouldn't feel bad. Almost as good as roses he said.
Oh well.
Go get 'er, tiger!  :yay:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on July 14, 2009, 04:40:35 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Go get 'er, tiger!  :yay:
Tiger?... Hardly. Tigers don't run in to doors. Possibly pounce them. That is what tigers are for. To pounce things that look vaguely eatable. Not to admire the opposite sex while running in to their possible meal.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 14, 2009, 04:51:54 PM
Quote from: "Rastelin"
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Go get 'er, tiger!  :blush:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on July 15, 2009, 03:56:31 AM
I wondered today why we measure distance using non-negative numbers. What's wrong with negative lengths? Is A 1 meter in front of B or is B -1 meters in front of A? Now I'm testing all the geometric rules I can think of with this silly convention. So far I haven't found any that don't work.

e.g. Pythagoras' rule:
What's the length of the hypotenuse (x) of a right angle triangle with sides -3, -4 long?
x * x = -3 * -3 + -4 * -4
x * x = 9 + 16
x * x = 25
x = -5

=)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 15, 2009, 04:21:15 AM
I'm having trouble considering myself Agnostic, Weak Atheist, or a Free-thinker, and I've been loosly calling myself all of these terms. >_>

Can anyone explain to me the slight differences between these schools of thought, if there are any?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on July 15, 2009, 04:38:02 AM
Agnostic means "without knowledge". So if you're an agnostic atheist it means you believe there are no deities but you don't know it. In other words, you have no means of demonstrating that it is true. It doesn't need to be applied to belief in deities but it usually is.

A weak atheist is an agnostic atheist as far as I can figure out.

Free thinking is the position that what one believes should be based on reason and critical thinking. In theory you could be a free thinker and hold religious beliefs if reason and critical thinking brought you to that belief. I use that as an example to contrast it with the previous two. I haven't actually encountered any religious people who identify themselves as free thinkers.

You can be all three. They aren't mutually exclusive.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: JillSwift on July 15, 2009, 04:58:01 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I'm having trouble considering myself Agnostic, Weak Atheist, or a Free-thinker, and I've been loosly calling myself all of these terms. >_>

Can anyone explain to me the slight differences between these schools of thought, if there are any?

Free-Thinker: Someone who does not adhere to any dogma, and is willing and likely to question all ideas. This isn't technically related to atheism, but an atheist is very likely to be a free-thinker, too.

Gnostic/Agnostic: This is a statement of knowledge. To be gnostic is to know, agnostic is to not know.
Theist/Atheist: This is a statement of belief in god.

Weak atheist: better phrased as an agnostic atheist. Someone who does not believe in god, but foes not feel they can say they know there is no god.

Strong atheist:  better phrased as a gnostic atheist. Someone who does not believe in god, because they know there is no god.

There are also gnostic and agnostic theists, though few care to differentiate.

Hope this is a help :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on July 15, 2009, 07:43:28 AM
I'm contemplating how to add "don't be stupid" to the forum conduct guidelines without making it impossible for fundamentalists to participate without automatically breaking the rules.  A few recent trollish people have sparked this thought.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 15, 2009, 08:10:49 AM
Quote from: "AlP"
Agnostic means "without knowledge". So if you're an agnostic atheist it means you believe there are no deities but you don't know it. In other words, you have no means of demonstrating that it is true. It doesn't need to be applied to belief in deities but it usually is.

A weak atheist is an agnostic atheist as far as I can figure out.

Free thinking is the position that what one believes should be based on reason and critical thinking. In theory you could be a free thinker and hold religious beliefs if reason and critical thinking brought you to that belief. I use that as an example to contrast it with the previous two. I haven't actually encountered any religious people who identify themselves as free thinkers.

You can be all three. They aren't mutually exclusive.

Quote from: "JillSwift"
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I'm having trouble considering myself Agnostic, Weak Atheist, or a Free-thinker, and I've been loosly calling myself all of these terms. >_>

Can anyone explain to me the slight differences between these schools of thought, if there are any?

Free-Thinker: Someone who does not adhere to any dogma, and is willing and likely to question all ideas. This isn't technically related to atheism, but an atheist is very likely to be a free-thinker, too.

Gnostic/Agnostic: This is a statement of knowledge. To be gnostic is to know, agnostic is to not know.
Theist/Atheist: This is a statement of belief in god.

Weak atheist: better phrased as an agnostic atheist. Someone who does not believe in god, but foes not feel they can say they know there is no god.

Strong atheist:  better phrased as a gnostic atheist. Someone who does not believe in god, because they know there is no god.

There are also gnostic and agnostic theists, though few care to differentiate.

Hope this is a help ;)
I guess I'm an Agnostic Atheist.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: HeathenBumbleBee on July 15, 2009, 08:31:07 AM
The Air Force is on my mind. And my ex boyfriend.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: JillSwift on July 15, 2009, 08:34:55 AM
Quote from: "Whitney"
I'm contemplating how to add "don't be stupid" to the forum conduct guidelines without making it impossible for fundamentalists to participate without automatically breaking the rules.  A few recent trollish people have sparked this thought.
Oh, I know the conundrum.

Sadly, the dimmer the bulb the more likely they are to be confident in their ideas. So, saying "you must have this much IQ to post in these forums" invites them in.

Fortunately, the first rule of these here forums covers the problem:
Quote
1. CIVILITY: To maintain a happy and productive forum atmosphere, members are to remember the importance of civility by striving to comply with the forums conduct guidelines.
Those with the IQ of a box of mole hair are unable to remain civil when they discover their "brilliant arguments" are so easily turned into three tins of cat food. They lack the intellectual faculties to come up with original counter-arguments, and are forced to fall back on the appeals to emotion... namely: "&@(#$ YOU!"

Some, as in one of the more recent trolls, skips the civility altogether and leaps straight to baiting - and baiting is clearly not the act of a civil person.

It's still up to the "BEHAVE!" stick and the mighty, mighty ban-hammer, though. And for that I'd like to publicly thank you and the wonderful mod team here for judicious use of those tools.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 15, 2009, 03:17:57 PM
Thought One
I'm wondering what a Religious person would be like after playing a Shin Megami Tensei game, more specifically Shin Megami Tensei II. My reasons for wondering about this is because I remember people going batshit over thinking Pokemon was about summoning demons, whereas in the SMT games that's exactly what you do. I chose SMT II there because you can actually choose to kill God. Gotta love Atlus for having the balls to translate a game with that in it <3

Thought Two
After reading the definitions for things above by JillSwift I'm starting to wonder if I'm more of a Free-Thinker than an Agnostic Atheist or just a mesh of both. I'm thinking I'm most likely a mix of both. But gah, just when I thought I had it all sorted out something pops up that makes me wonder again. Ffffuuuuuuuu- D:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: JillSwift on July 15, 2009, 03:57:09 PM
Quote from: "Hat"
Thought Two
After reading the definitions for things above by JillSwift I'm starting to wonder if I'm more of a Free-Thinker than an Agnostic Atheist or just a mesh of both. I'm thinking I'm most likely a mix of both. But gah, just when I thought I had it all sorted out something pops up that makes me wonder again. Ffffuuuuuuuu- D:
If I may:  Chances are you find your are an agnostic atheist because you are a free-thinker.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 18, 2009, 08:16:36 PM
I'm not usually one for the guitar...
But there are no words for how beautiful this is.

[youtube:1ady1y13]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzLwT_TuyqE[/youtube:1ady1y13]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 18, 2009, 10:15:03 PM
Quote from: "JillSwift"
It's still up to the "BEHAVE!" stick and the mighty, mighty ban-hammer, though. And for that I'd like to publicly thank you and the wonderful mod team here for judicious use of those tools.
Best part is that I was accused of flaming someone who had a bad habit of posting while completely trashed.  roflol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: JillSwift on July 19, 2009, 01:33:00 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Best part is that I was accused of flaming someone who had a bad habit of posting while completely trashed.  roflol
That's dangerous - alcohol soaked people are flammable! You could have lost an eyebrow.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Heretical Rants on July 19, 2009, 04:24:46 AM
woooo!

I have my sketchpads, pencils, kneaded eraser, and spray fixative.

Time to get drawing :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on July 19, 2009, 04:39:21 AM
My 7 year old PC finally died damn it. Looks like it's the motherboard. Replacement components ordered... $272. This one will be able to play HD video =).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 19, 2009, 05:55:41 AM
Quote from: "Hat"
I'm not usually one for the guitar...
But there are no words for how beautiful this is.

[youtube:23s1pj4y]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzLwT_TuyqE[/youtube:23s1pj4y]


That sir, is a bass. Not a guitar.

I for one love the bass... mostly because the blood of bass-players has run through my father's side of the family since the 1800's!  :cool:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 19, 2009, 01:22:08 PM
Quote from: "AlP"
My 7 year old PC finally died damn it. Looks like it's the motherboard. Replacement components ordered... $272. This one will be able to play HD video =).
I've been thinking about my 3 year old laptop that I still use as a desktop replacement. It's still a medium-level machine after three years, believe it or not. Starting to think about getting a desktop to use.  :secret:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 19, 2009, 05:22:44 PM
SMT: Devil Survivor makes me jealous.
I want to be able to summon demons from my DS too D:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 19, 2009, 11:03:24 PM
Thesis, first draft, done. 46 pages. Off to celebrate. Now it's just edits here, move there, etc. Phew.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on July 20, 2009, 12:00:21 AM
I found out today that my great uncle died from a yellow jacket sting.  I had been putting off visiting due to cost of flying out to NC thinking I'd be able to go later this year after I found a job and wish I had just gone anyway.  :verysad:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on July 20, 2009, 07:04:15 AM
Today is a memorable day. It is my father's 72nd birthday and my 3rd year at HAF  :bananacolor: .
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on July 20, 2009, 10:18:51 AM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Today is a memorable day. It is my father's 72nd birthday and my 3rd year at HAF  :headbang:  :headbang:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on July 20, 2009, 07:42:42 PM
i just read on a newspaper an article about flowers and pollination by insects. basically the writter asks how can flowers know what insects look like so that some flowers look like them? goddidit
im boiling inside, I wish I knew how to write letters so that I would respond
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on July 20, 2009, 10:54:00 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Today is a memorable day. It is my father's 72nd birthday and my 3rd year at HAF  :bananacolor: .

Happy Anniversary to you, Tom62.  I hope your father is a healthy and happy 72 year old.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 20, 2009, 11:31:51 PM
Quote from: "MariaEvri"
i just read on a newspaper an article about flowers and pollination by insects. basically the writter asks how can flowers know what insects look like so that some flowers look like them? goddidit
im boiling inside, I wish I knew how to write letters so that I would respond
Please post it here... I'm sure one of us could throw something together.  :evil:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on July 21, 2009, 06:34:01 AM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Quote from: "Tom62"
Today is a memorable day. It is my father's 72nd birthday and my 3rd year at HAF  :blush: .
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on July 21, 2009, 01:35:42 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "MariaEvri"
i just read on a newspaper an article about flowers and pollination by insects. basically the writter asks how can flowers know what insects look like so that some flowers look like them? goddidit
im boiling inside, I wish I knew how to write letters so that I would respond
Please post it here... I'm sure one of us could throw something together.  :evil:

well its kinda biggy and in greek but it goes about like this...
title is
how can flowers know what insects need in order to pollinate them since they dont have a brain
yes biggish title
the very first sentence is that he has not studied science, he is just a person who loves to observe nature.
He says that when he was 23 yrs old, he took a walk in the forest and saw an orchid that looked incredibly like a bee. Scientists, he says, told us that flowers will sometimes look like insects in order to attract some. But, he continues, that scientists dont tell us how can a flower know what an insect looks like since it has no eyes or no brain. Mentions the same stuff about flowers that smell like animal corpses.
how can a flower know about intense colors, and he also goes on to trees and their fruit. How does a tree know that animals will eat it and carry its seed somewhere else?
Could darwin's theory be true, he asks? But, he carries on, for the human mind it remains unexplained how can something without eyes or brain know so much about its surroundings, there is no logical explanation, he says.
He concludes:
could all that be a creation of a wise god, that he created all with wisdom and beauty? This is something for all to consider

just a load of cr4p in my opinion
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 21, 2009, 02:18:19 PM
I go off to Lourdes tomorrow, and I am a cocktail of emotions.

I'm excited, scared and very tired already and we don't go anywhere till 11am tomorrow morning. Have a slight feeling of dread too, probably from the thought of getting up before 9am for Mass for a week when I've been used to sleeping in till 4pm, haha. Pilgrimage factor aside, I'm hoping that this year I'll be able to do some exploring and see the beauties of the place properly. It'll be a tad bit difficult with Mum being Paranoid and demanding me at her side at all times, but I'm sure I'll manage :>
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 22, 2009, 03:44:30 AM
My mum is very much against homosexuality and bisexuality, which happens to be very bad for me.  :shake:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 22, 2009, 06:13:34 AM
Journay to France starts in like, less that 3 hours.
I've quite possibly shat enough bricks to build a damn castle.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 22, 2009, 12:59:00 PM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
My mum is very much against homosexuality and bisexuality, which happens to be very bad for me.  :shake:
So, you should probably start sending your sister monthly checks to ensure her "cooperation" in this matter.  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on July 23, 2009, 02:31:33 AM
What is on my mind today?
(http://s119.photobucket.com/albums/o155/hellboy17x2/th_gir.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 23, 2009, 03:19:33 AM
I wrote this for a friend:

I hate the Christians, I hate the Muslims,
I hate the Baptists, I hate the Catholics,
I hate religion, and all it's idiocy,
boomdeyada, boomdeyada, boomdeyada, boomdeyada,

I hate the conservatives, I hate the far right wing,
I hate the bible belt, I hate the pro-life rage,
I hate their morality, I hate their ignorance,
boomdeyada, boomdeyada, boomdeyada, boomdeyada

I hate the bible, I hate the Koran,
I hate intolerance, I hate Leviticus 20:13,
I hate their crusades, and their animosity,
boomdeyada, boomdeyada, boomdeyada, boomdeyada,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at_f98qOGY0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at_f98qOGY0)

Boom de ah da is on my mind  :cool:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on July 23, 2009, 08:19:38 AM
Now it is official, Pineapple hates me  Googled for pineapples on the Internet and found this funny movie trailer on YouTube.
[youtube:167hqbqf]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQqUyBN4g8M[/youtube:167hqbqf]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on July 23, 2009, 08:42:48 AM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Now it is official, Pineapple hates me  Googled for pineapples on the Internet and found this funny movie trailer on YouTube.
[youtube:2mrfsut0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQqUyBN4g8M[/youtube:2mrfsut0]
The movie is a riot, if you haven't seen it.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 23, 2009, 09:10:49 AM
Logically I hate everyone, since I'm one of those ignorant nonbelievers.
Logically.


I also watched Religulous this morning because I wasn't able to sleep. I can honestly say I enjoyed it. =)

The part where he was talking to the "ex-homosexual" I was able to laugh a lot because his homosexuality was bicurious-ness. He said "nobody is born gay", and I think I can beg to differ. >_>

And then he tried to pull the "gay people are gay because they're insecure" ruse. Lol I'm so insecure with women, that I've never had any interests in them, amirite? Totally.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Fallen Jedii on July 23, 2009, 03:42:05 PM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
Logically I hate everyone, since I'm one of those ignorant nonbelievers.
Logically.


I also watched Religulous this morning because I wasn't able to sleep. I can honestly say I enjoyed it. =)

The part where he was talking to the "ex-homosexual" I was able to laugh a lot because his homosexuality was bicurious-ness. He said "nobody is born gay", and I think I can beg to differ. >_>

And then he tried to pull the "gay people are gay because they're insecure" ruse. Lol I'm so insecure with women, that I've never had any interests in them, amirite? Totally.

That's hilarious and extremely frustrating and infuriating at the same time. What a joke.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 23, 2009, 04:29:15 PM
My friend's mother was just diagnosed with kidney cancer. He let everybody know via Facebook, and I was really saddened by the number of "I'll be praying for you!" and "I'll make sure everybody sends out prayer requests!" comments.

How about doing something, oh, I don't know, fucking productive? Purchase time from a housekeeper to clean, or buy restaurant gift certificates, or offer to chauffeur if need be. Something that doesn't involve sitting on your well-meaning asses and pretending it helps.  :shake:

Not saying anything. It's neither the time nor the place. Hence me complaining here.  :upset:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on July 23, 2009, 04:34:56 PM
Fallen Jedii - I just had to steal your avatar for my msn.
You can always hope there is some special level of hell for avatar stealing blasphemers like me :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Fallen Jedii on July 23, 2009, 04:35:12 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
My friend's mother was just diagnosed with kidney cancer. He let everybody know via Facebook, and I was really saddened by the number of "I'll be praying for you!" and "I'll make sure everybody sends out prayer requests!" comments.

How about doing something, oh, I don't know, fucking productive? Purchase time from a housekeeper to clean, or buy restaurant gift certificates, or offer to chauffeur if need be. Something that doesn't involve sitting on your well-meaning asses and pretending it helps.  :shake:

Not saying anything. It's neither the time nor the place. Hence me complaining here.  :shake:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: hismikeness on July 23, 2009, 06:51:36 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
My friend's mother was just diagnosed with kidney cancer. He let everybody know via Facebook, and I was really saddened by the number of "I'll be praying for you!" and "I'll make sure everybody sends out prayer requests!" comments.

How about doing something, oh, I don't know, fucking productive? Purchase time from a housekeeper to clean, or buy restaurant gift certificates, or offer to chauffeur if need be. Something that doesn't involve sitting on your well-meaning asses and pretending it helps.  :shake:

Not saying anything. It's neither the time nor the place. Hence me complaining here.  :shake: My mom spouts off something about "if it's the Lord's will, Mom (grandma) will be taken." This pisses off my mean uncle Tom, and he stands up and says something back to mom, then dad had to get in his face and the circle was bust.

"I'll pray for you" and "If it's God's will" and "The Lord works in mysterious ways" are all along the same vein.

My personal favorite though is when a hard Christian tells me about something bad that happened to them, like my homie that had his car engine fuse up from overheating... my response is always "Man, those acts of God really stick it in and break it off don't they?"

 :)

Hismikeness
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: ewomack on July 23, 2009, 08:50:55 PM
I wonder who's watching me from heaven today?!?!

Gosh golly gee... who can it be?!?!

I'd better get my hand out of my drawers... oopsie!!!

 :bananacolor:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Fallen Jedii on July 23, 2009, 11:11:13 PM
Quote from: "ewomack"
I wonder who's watching me from heaven today?!?!

Gosh golly gee... who can it be?!?!

I'd better get my hand out of my drawers... oopsie!!!

 :bananacolor:

You know, it's hilarious. My friends and I do it, we all talk about it, and my friends still consider themselves catholic.

I remember when a bunch of religious fanatics came into our school teaching us abstinence. "Don't masturbate, don't have sex until your married, don't drink, don't smoke, don't yada yada yada!"

Now, I'm not saying everyone does all these things, but if you could find me one kid that hasn't done at least one of those I'd be stunned.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 24, 2009, 05:07:22 PM
I did a reading today.

I did it in front of 70 odd people I don't even know. Considering I'm scared shitless of speaking in public, I'm pretty proud of myself. The Priest, an old buddy of mine, just Ninjas up behind me and went “I heard you're doing a reading for me today, Hat. You're a star.” and after a few minutes of “No I don't wanna” and “Oh go on” I gave in. I swear that man knows I can't say no to him. Everyone complimented me and things, some even asking what church I do my regular readings in. I have to lol @ them when I tell them that was my First Reading Ever. The Priest joked that he'll get some other Priests to me to get me to go to Mass, and I had hilarious mental images of a bunch of Priests outside my front door all “Come to Mass pls!”

In relation to what curiosityandthecat said, I know the feeling. People who have me on Facebook would have probably seen my small bits of Rage when my Uncle was taken into hospital and operated on at 4am. After spending some time around these people though, I think I might have a small ecuse for some of them. Maybe some of them feel like there's nothing much they can do, so praying is the only thing they believe that will help. Then again they could just be lazy gits like myself, I don't know |D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on July 26, 2009, 02:50:01 AM
<rant>

Today I attended the Gilroy Garlic Festival. It's basicaly an Oktoberfest with a garlic theme, at least an American Oktoberfest with a garlic theme. The hotdogs come with garlic. The icecream comes with garlic. I did it because my roomates really wanted me to go and unfortunately I relented.

It was horrible. It was a herd of humans, thousands of them. They moved from stand to stand, pitifully exchanging money for what they presumably hoped would be garlic related meaning but turned out to be over-priced garlic flavored meat on a stick. They meandered around like cattle, following all the social conventions of such events. They each had to get one of the over-priced souvenirs because that's apparently what you do at these things. My roomates encouraged me to buy a $50 wallet because mine has been held together with tape for 5 years. The argument doesn't follow. It's holding just fine. But apparently I just had to buy something. I didn't.

A police helicopter circled overhead. There were police fucking everywhere. There were 2-3 at each intersection where they had to divert traffic. Why did they need so many? One police officer can handle traffic control at an intersection, no? Why does everyone have to be so fucking safe? Why does an Oktoberfest need a circling helicopter? Like the cattle might actually do something that isn't 100% predictable.

They had music. It was lowest common denominator and banal. I hated it.

To get a beer, I had to queue in one line to have my ID checked, another line to get a beer "ticket" and yet another line to get a beer. This is not how beer works. Drinking beer is a social activity. Reducing drinking beer to a system completely misses the point of drinking beer.

And they had nowhere to smoke a cigarette. Now that really pissed me off =).

</rant>
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Dragon_Of_Heavon on July 26, 2009, 03:11:12 AM
I am just trying to figure out ways to get out of the mess I am in.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on July 27, 2009, 09:07:48 PM
Quote from: "Dragon_Of_Heavon"
I am just trying to figure out ways to get out of the mess I am in.

True dat!    :idea:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 28, 2009, 10:45:26 AM
"Pro-choice treats unborn babies just like the Nazis treated the Jews."

So I'm a Nazi for letting a woman have a choice to get rid of something she possibly does not want?
Ok, sure. I can live with that.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on July 28, 2009, 11:58:18 AM
Quote from: "Hat"
"Pro-choice treats unborn babies just like the Nazis treated the Jews."

So I'm a Nazi for letting a woman have a choice to get rid of something she possibly does not want?
Ok, sure. I can live with that.


Hey Hat this is an issue many feel strongly about, it has in fact been discused here in the past http://happyatheistforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2151 Mabey you'ed like to restart it there. I fear it may swamp this thread. Though I suppose thats one of the pupses of this thread anyway. Of course I may be wrong I often am, but at the least you could see some of the opinions others on this forum hold as well.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on July 28, 2009, 12:51:38 PM
Quote from: "Tanker"
Quote from: "Hat"
"Pro-choice treats unborn babies just like the Nazis treated the Jews."

So I'm a Nazi for letting a woman have a choice to get rid of something she possibly does not want?
Ok, sure. I can live with that.


Hey Hat this is an issue many feel strongly about, it has in fact been discused here in the past http://happyatheistforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2151 Mabey you'ed like to restart it there. I fear it may swamp this thread. Though I suppose thats one of the pupses of this thread anyway. Of course I may be wrong I often am, but at the least you could see some of the opinions others on this forum hold as well.

Oh awesome, go me for not being able to find threads properly |D;;
I wasn't looking to start a full debate on it or anything, which is why I just made that small comment.
Although I just might kick start that topic again whenever I return from France. Maybe.
Prolly not because I'm lazy.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 28, 2009, 01:09:18 PM
Quote from: "Hat"
Oh awesome, go me for not being able to find threads properly |D;;
I wasn't looking to start a full debate on it or anything, which is why I just made that small comment.
Although I just might kick start that topic again whenever I return from France. Maybe.
Prolly not because I'm lazy.
Yeah, it's a pretty heavy topic, after all.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on July 28, 2009, 10:21:32 PM
Wondering if we'll lose power again today due to the heat.  Yup, hits 95 degrees here in our subdivision (or wind or rain...) and we lose power.  It was too hot to sleep last night!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Fallen Jedii on July 28, 2009, 10:25:38 PM
I'm thinking about my friend. He comes from a extremely religious family. He knows I'm an atheist and I've talked to him before about it. He doesn't mind because he isn't a "real" Catholic himself, he just believes that his religion is superior and extremely realistic. I remember a few months ago, while discussing religion, he said that "I think human minds will always be flawed and we'll never know the truth". This disappointed me greatly, but I didn't say anything to him at the time. I just don't understand how you can live like that. You're labeling yourself as stupid and naive. How can you believe such bullshit? It drives me crazy! I could go on, and on, and on...

THINK FOR YOURSELF AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN DAMN MIND!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on July 29, 2009, 06:33:56 AM
We lost power today... not once, but twice.  The first time, we took a few hours to pop over to the local department store (Fred Meyer) and find sunglasses, sun hat, etc., for the hubby and kid who are going on their first rafting trip on Sunday.  We got home after 2 hours to find the power back on... yippee!  One hour later, darkness once more. This is ridiculous!  We did hit 104 today... with a high of 101 projected for tomorrow.  I know many of you live with those temps and are like, Yeah, so?  But this is Oregon... people DIE in heat like this because they're not used to it.

It's strip and sit naked time.  LOL! :eek:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on July 29, 2009, 11:32:15 AM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
It's strip and sit naked time.  LOL! :eek:

I'm from Oregon too and since I live alone thats how I usually am at home in summer. I'm not a nudist I just don't see the point and it keeps me slightly cooler in the summer. I will say that After some of the places I've been in my life Salem really doesn't get that bad but it still sucks I've always done better in, and prefered, the cold. You can always put more cloths on if its cold when it's hot you can get buck naked and you'll still be too hot.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 29, 2009, 12:46:13 PM
Quote from: "rlrose328"
But this is Oregon... people DIE in heat like this because they're not used to it.
(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc320/RestlesDreamz/JeffOregonTrail.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 30, 2009, 07:29:44 AM
[Homo-rage]
My mum told me about how homosexuals and people that support them are ruining the moral fabric of America. She also told me about how secular movements were "stupid and selfish".

I can't argue because I'm going to need help paying for college (lol), and I definitely can never come out of the closet to her,because she doesn't realise what "love thy neighbour as thyself" and "treat others in a way in which you would want to be treated" mean.

[/homo-rage]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on July 30, 2009, 07:38:26 AM
I would really like to know what was on my mind when I made this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbUf7II ... annel_page (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbUf7IIMs4&feature=channel_page)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on July 30, 2009, 07:59:34 AM
Quote from: "Rastelin"
I would really like to know what was on my mind when I made this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbUf7II ... annel_page (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbUf7IIMs4&feature=channel_page)


That was a great "lulwut" moment when i watched that.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on July 30, 2009, 01:16:02 PM
Quote from: "Rastelin"
I would really like to know what was on my mind when I made this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbUf7II ... annel_page (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbUf7IIMs4&feature=channel_page)
Perfect timing. I watch that (muted) when The Doors "The End" is blasting in my livingroom. Wonderfully creepy moment. Bravo, sir. You win three internets.

Quote from: "Pineapple"
[Homo-rage]
My mum told me about how homosexuals and people that support them are ruining the moral fabric of America. She also told me about how secular movements were "stupid and selfish".

I can't argue because I'm going to need help paying for college (lol), and I definitely can never come out of the closet to her,because she doesn't realise what "love thy neighbour as thyself" and "treat others in a way in which you would want to be treated" mean.

[/homo-rage]
Boy, when you finish college, she's gonna be piiiiiiissed.  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on August 01, 2009, 02:57:08 AM
Quote from: "Rastelin"
I would really like to know what was on my mind when I made this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbUf7II ... annel_page (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbUf7IIMs4&feature=channel_page)
(http://imagemacros.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/lol_wut1.jpg)
wut?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Ihateyoumike on August 02, 2009, 02:30:08 AM
Quote from: "Rastelin"
I would really like to know what was on my mind when I made this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbUf7II ... annel_page (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRbUf7IIMs4&feature=channel_page)
(http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/792/1186098946808dn4lq8.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on August 04, 2009, 05:53:19 AM
The laid back lounge, What's on my mind today? this

(http://ui22.gamespot.com/1429/thegame_2.jpg)

i hate this
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Athiest33 on August 05, 2009, 02:36:53 AM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
So is this a good idea for a thread? I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread for general discussion, thoughts and notions. If you have a gripe, or just want to shoot the bull about whatever.

School. I am anxious for the new year to start. Especially since I'm quite bad in Science and French. :(
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Athiest33 on August 05, 2009, 02:38:51 AM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
The laid back lounge, What's on my mind today? this

(http://ui22.gamespot.com/1429/thegame_2.jpg)

i hate this

OMG, everyone at my school was playing that one year, it drove me crazy. One day in the lunchroom everyone shouted it at the same time, I couldn't stand it! XD  :brick:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 05, 2009, 12:04:55 PM
Ugh, why oh why did /b/ have to become mainstream? Cancer, I tell you. Cancer.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on August 05, 2009, 04:53:37 PM
I noticed that in a lot of my photos I look like I'm about to murder someone.

Pdffffft who needs pics of themselves anyway.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on August 05, 2009, 09:54:17 PM
Last Friday I bought the complete DVD collection of the British TV-Series "The Avengers".  I've watched the first 2 DVD's and got 37 more to go.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: hismikeness on August 05, 2009, 11:05:02 PM
I work in a large corporation with multiple facilities across the country. The department which I manage is constantly being compared to another "sister" department in terms of warranty and scrap, and that facility, mind you, is doing a great job, while we are struggling. However, this comparison is not apples to apples. We use materials of a poorer standard, with less people, and a new business start up which took up a majority of our time in that area that the other facility didn't have to deal with. But my bosses don't want to hear that, of course.

Frustrating.

 :brick:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 05, 2009, 11:43:45 PM
Quote from: "hismikeness"
I work in a large corporation with multiple facilities across the country. The department which I manage is constantly being compared to another "sister" department in terms of warranty and scrap, and that facility, mind you, is doing a great job, while we are struggling. However, this comparison is not apples to apples. We use materials of a poorer standard, with less people, and a new business start up which took up a majority of our time in that area that the other facility didn't have to deal with. But my bosses don't want to hear that, of course.

Frustrating.

 :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: hismikeness on August 06, 2009, 12:29:49 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Look around. Change. :)

Oh I've thought about it. Please to for believe that. However, in this area, I really have the best job, save for lawyers/doctors, etc. For my level of schooling (bachelor's degree), the management job, benefits, hours are second to none.

I am going places in the company, so I am learning many lessons from my supervisors about how not to be once I'm in their shoes.

Hismikeness
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on August 06, 2009, 06:02:59 AM
Curio, that's the kind of setup I NEED for my transcription!  I have a large screen flat panel on a monitor arm hooked to a laptop that I could open and have two screens to work on, but I'd need them at the same height like that.  I seriously doubt Joe would spring for THAT, though, after I just dropped a big chunk on my expansion software.  Eeek.  Lucky you!   lol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on August 06, 2009, 06:10:05 AM
I had a new idea at work last week. Now other people are helping me build it. I really like making things that haven't been made before =).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on August 06, 2009, 01:52:18 PM
I'm having company later. Two of my tiny cousins, Jake and Katie. Jake's almost nine now and Katie is seven or eight, I'm not good at keeping track of their ages. We're all going to be playing games today. It should be amusing because none of my games are for their age group, but I let them play anyway.

I'm turning into That Cousin who lets you play games you really shouldn't be playing, and helps you with any games you're currently stuck on. Fuck yeah, I'm suddenly 10x more awesome that I originally thought I was.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: shanster on August 06, 2009, 08:28:30 PM
whats on my mind?? oh a little of this and a little of that.
I'm happy cause I just bought a dress on super cheap clearance that fits me like a glove but i'm pissed to hell because I got turned down for a promotion at work and the girl they chose to give the position too has no clue what she's doing and I have to TRAIN her....yes, I am forced to train the person that HR chose over me....*headdesk*
As of now I am currently looking for a new job, wish me luck :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on August 06, 2009, 09:43:45 PM
Quote from: "shanster"
...i'm pissed to hell because I got turned down for a promotion at work and the girl they chose to give the position too has no clue what she's doing and I have to TRAIN her....yes, I am forced to train the person that HR chose over me....*headdesk*

As of now I am currently looking for a new job, wish me luck :)

Wait a minute...you already know how to do the job, but you didn't get the promotion.  And now you're expected to train the person who was promoted.  I wouldn't do it.   Screw that!  

Good luck finding a new job.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on August 07, 2009, 01:47:42 AM
Back to school time starts tomorrow. I'm going to be a sophomore.  :sigh:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on August 08, 2009, 07:04:57 AM
I have an AP World History quiz on my first day of High School.  :verysad:

Apparently they make this one the hardest as to scare off people that don't belong in the AP class that signed up for it (it was an open course).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on August 09, 2009, 09:44:51 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I have an AP World History quiz on my first day of High School.  :yay:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 09, 2009, 02:18:55 PM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I have an AP World History quiz on my first day of High School.  :yay:
AP testing must've changed since I did it ten years ago. Our was only on a scale of 1-5. AP European History was the hardest history one, if I recall correctly.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on August 09, 2009, 08:35:04 PM
Changed my wallpaper to an image of the Carina nebula taken by the hubble space telescope (http://hubblesite.org/gallery/wallpaper/pr2007016a/1280_wallpaper/). Now off to find out what a nebula is on wikipedia...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on August 09, 2009, 10:56:28 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I have an AP World History quiz on my first day of High School.  :yay:
AP testing must've changed since I did it ten years ago. Our was only on a scale of 1-5. AP European History was the hardest history one, if I recall correctly.
The scale for the testing is 1-9 nowadays. Most colleges are accepting a minimum of 5.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on August 09, 2009, 11:22:13 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I have an AP World History quiz on my first day of High School.  :yay:
AP testing must've changed since I did it ten years ago. Our was only on a scale of 1-5. AP European History was the hardest history one, if I recall correctly.

I don't remember AP classes being on a scale from 1-5.  Maybe it depends on the state.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 10, 2009, 12:21:47 AM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
The scale for the testing is 1-9 nowadays. Most colleges are accepting a minimum of 5.

Quote from: "Whitney"
I don't remember AP classes being on a scale from 1-5.  Maybe it depends on the state.

Hmm. That's interesting. In the 90s in Ohio, at least, it was 1-5, 5 being maximum, most schools taking a 3 at the bottom end. My, how things change.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on August 10, 2009, 01:03:34 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "quizlixx"
The scale for the testing is 1-9 nowadays. Most colleges are accepting a minimum of 5.

Quote from: "Whitney"
I don't remember AP classes being on a scale from 1-5.  Maybe it depends on the state.

Hmm. That's interesting. In the 90s in Ohio, at least, it was 1-5, 5 being maximum, most schools taking a 3 at the bottom end. My, how things change.

Mine was a percent out of 100 then they weighted the GPA.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Big Mac on August 10, 2009, 06:40:14 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I have an AP World History quiz on my first day of High School.  :yay:
AP testing must've changed since I did it ten years ago. Our was only on a scale of 1-5. AP European History was the hardest history one, if I recall correctly.


I got all of my information from this movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kI4JX9JeR4) and this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui6L84zW5-U&NR=1) and this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km5Exefkfso) but I seemed to fail when I wrote mine. I think my professor was full of crap....
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on August 10, 2009, 06:47:51 AM
Working out before you attempt to sleep really does help! :D

EDIT
OH GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FAILED ME EXERCISE?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on August 10, 2009, 08:14:50 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
Working out before you attempt to sleep really does help! :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on August 10, 2009, 08:45:24 AM
I made a robot fridge. This is just a prototype. I'll make the parts out of card and cut them to shape. Excuse the rust. My landlord refuses to upgrade the 1970s fridge.
[attachment=0:1xksx7zl]fridge-robot.jpg[/attachment:1xksx7zl]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on August 10, 2009, 09:50:12 AM
Quote from: "AlP"
I made a robot fridge. This is just a prototype. I'll make the parts out of card and cut them to shape. Excuse the rust. My landlord refuses to upgrade the 1970s fridge.
[attachment=0:2yr2g32t]fridge-robot.jpg[/attachment:2yr2g32t]
Well, that's the best thing i've ever seen. Open it up and take a pic for curio in the I Want to See a Picture Thread.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on August 10, 2009, 10:36:59 AM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Well, that's the best thing i've ever seen. Open it up and take a pic for curio in the I Want to See a Picture Thread.  :D
I can do one better. It seems obvious to me now that I must give my robot fridge a phallus. Stay tuned...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Big Mac on August 11, 2009, 04:10:54 PM
Might go to Town Hall Meeting Lloyd Doggett is holding. Can you bring signs to those things?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on August 11, 2009, 07:29:55 PM
Quote from: "Big Mac"
Might go to Town Hall Meeting Lloyd Doggett is holding. Can you bring signs to those things?

You should definitely go!  Report your experiences if you do, please.  

I'm not sure about the sign issue, so you might want to put something on a t-shirt instead and wear another shirt over over it just in case.
(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/5e6ba4124c672b79.gif)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Big Mac on August 12, 2009, 07:22:20 AM
Lloyd Doggett's meeting time and place was one of the most elusive things ever. He has been basically run out of every single one he has had in Austin. I've looked all over the web (with no luck) because me and a friend wanted to go real bad. He was going to film it and I was going to yell some at my rep. I'm not exactly a big fan of his and can't wait for the next election to vote against him.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: shanster on August 12, 2009, 08:43:34 PM
Just did an interview with chase bank, I'm crossing my fingers with the hope that I get it
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: skurry on August 12, 2009, 09:17:54 PM
Good Luck Shanster
 :bananacolor:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on August 12, 2009, 09:30:33 PM
Pineapple, love your avatar!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on August 14, 2009, 12:42:05 AM
Quote from: "jrosebud"
Pineapple, love your avatar!

Ah, a Psych fan are you?  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: skurry on August 17, 2009, 03:00:42 AM
Psych is awesome, so are pineapples.

anyways, didn't want to create a new thread but thought this quote was interesting;

"Confident nonbelievers such as atheists were more emotionally well-adjusted relative to tentative nonbelievers," says Galen's report.

source; http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2009/08/ ... le-too.php (http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2009/08/atheists-are-happy-people-too.php)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 17, 2009, 03:16:23 AM
Ugh, I'm too tired to keep swatting the flies. Someone take over for me so I can go to bed, mmk?

Hoping to finish book 3 of the Dark Tower series tonight. Can't believe I've never read this thing. What's wrong with me?

Hemingway, next. (After the DT series is done, I mean.)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on August 17, 2009, 04:14:43 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Ugh, I'm too tired to keep swatting the flies. Someone take over for me so I can go to bed, mmk?

Hoping to finish book 3 of the Dark Tower series tonight. Can't believe I've never read this thing. What's wrong with me?

Hemingway, next. (After the DT series is done, I mean.)
Been meaning to read the Dark Tower series, is it as good as everyone says?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: skurry on August 17, 2009, 07:54:16 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... h-doctrine (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/16/atheism-creationism-faith-doctrine)
FTA "People of faith have rejected the benefits of an open mind and, perhaps through choice, are destined to repeat their bloody pasts"

No need for another thread, just thought this may interest some.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 17, 2009, 07:58:22 PM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Been meaning to read the Dark Tower series, is it as good as everyone says?
I'm enjoying it. It reminds me of Vampire Hunter D, which is a very good thing.  :headbang:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: skurry on August 18, 2009, 09:36:03 PM
I'm not feeding any trolls anymore. We should let those threads die off. I'm sure they will go away.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 18, 2009, 09:49:32 PM
Quote from: "skurry"
I'm not feeding any trolls anymore. We should let those threads die off. I'm sure they will go away.
Until they make their rounds on the other sites and once again find their ways back here again. That's why we turn it into a game, mostly about shampoo.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on August 20, 2009, 07:41:30 AM
Hypocrites are on my mind today. I took the time to give a well reasoned response to a Christian video on YT asking how atheists could think that Christianity is as bad as Islam. He gave a whole list of the "evils" of Islam when compared to Christianity. I reasoned different, he removed my comment. Because Islam would never censor free speach or expression if it dissented with them. I am so sick of theistic hypocracy. I should have known better but I was the first commentor so I didn't realise He was making a video aimed at Atheists but only for back pats and agreement.


Ok I'm done, just got really annoyed and had to get that off my chest. Rant is over.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on August 22, 2009, 04:55:05 AM
Quote from: "Tanker"
Hypocrites are on my mind today. I took the time to give a well reasoned response to a Christian video on YT asking how atheists could think that Christianity is as bad as Islam. He gave a whole list of the "evils" of Islam when compared to Christianity. I reasoned different, he removed my comment. Because Islam would never censor free speach or expression if it dissented with them. I am so sick of theistic hypocracy. I should have known better but I was the first commentor so I didn't realise He was making a video aimed at Atheists but only for back pats and agreement.


Ok I'm done, just got really annoyed and had to get that off my chest. Rant is over.

Yeah that's how they roll. And yet they're supposed to be indwelt by a "holy spirit." Yeah, sure they are...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Big Mac on August 22, 2009, 07:08:52 AM
I had Mormons show up at my door a couple of days ago. Funny thing is I don't answer the door without a gun close by in case the visitor(s) are going to be bad news. Had an interesting chat about the new XD I had sitting on the TV and agreed to attend their next Sunday service. I've never been and I prefer to see how they operate. Zero chance of me converting.

Nice fellows but their religion is kooky. Then again, I suppose it's no more stupid than Catholicism or Islam but it's got some funny stuff to it. White people who are evil turn into red Indians....yeah...

The whole time they were talking, I couldn't help but think of that "Dumb-Dumb-Dumb-Dumb" song from South Park.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 22, 2009, 01:40:59 PM
Quote from: "Big Mac"
I had Mormons show up at my door a couple of days ago. Funny thing is I don't answer the door without a gun close by in case the visitor(s) are going to be bad news. Had an interesting chat about the new XD I had sitting on the TV and agreed to attend their next Sunday service. I've never been and I prefer to see how they operate. Zero chance of me converting.

Nice fellows but their religion is kooky. Then again, I suppose it's no more stupid than Catholicism or Islam but it's got some funny stuff to it. White people who are evil turn into red Indians....yeah...

The whole time they were talking, I couldn't help but think of that "Dumb-Dumb-Dumb-Dumb" song from South Park.
Maybe you could sneak in a camera and tape some of it. It'd make for damn good entertainment.  :yay:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 24, 2009, 02:08:21 PM
Went and saw Inglorious Basterds yesterday. Really quite good. Harkens back to older Tarantino, reminiscent of Pulp Fiction moreso than the recent grindhouse stuff (thankfully). It's quite violent (imagine that), but definitely worth the money to go see. Christoph Waltz will get an Oscar for best supporting actor, no question.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on August 24, 2009, 02:58:21 PM
Quote from: "Big Mac"
White people who are evil turn into red Indians....yeah...

 :eek:

I didn't know they believed that....
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on August 25, 2009, 02:40:50 AM
Quote from: "Whitney"
Quote from: "Big Mac"
White people who are evil turn into red Indians....yeah...

 :eek:

I didn't know they believed that....
The Book of Mormon says Native Americans are descended from the ancient Israelites. Apparently they voyaged to the Americas by boat some centuries BC.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: buttercupbaby on August 25, 2009, 02:49:39 AM
Quote
The Book of Mormon says Native Americans are descended from the ancient Israelites. Apparently they voyaged to the Americas by boat some centuries BC.
  I used to think Mormon was  mega-kooky when I was a catholic.   Now, compared to all of them, its just average-kooky.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on August 25, 2009, 04:38:47 AM
Got an email from one of my aunts today after she discovered on Facebook that I'm an atheist:

How sad you had so much faith as child and a teenager.
I pray that God brings you back.
Love Aunt Donna


Made me giggle a little.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Big Mac on August 26, 2009, 05:06:58 AM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Big Mac"
I had Mormons show up at my door a couple of days ago. Funny thing is I don't answer the door without a gun close by in case the visitor(s) are going to be bad news. Had an interesting chat about the new XD I had sitting on the TV and agreed to attend their next Sunday service. I've never been and I prefer to see how they operate. Zero chance of me converting.

Nice fellows but their religion is kooky. Then again, I suppose it's no more stupid than Catholicism or Islam but it's got some funny stuff to it. White people who are evil turn into red Indians....yeah...

The whole time they were talking, I couldn't help but think of that "Dumb-Dumb-Dumb-Dumb" song from South Park.
Maybe you could sneak in a camera and tape some of it. It'd make for damn good entertainment.  :yay:

I actually am looking into surveillance equipment for my place. I'm paranoid as hell and when strangers come knocking, I get really paranoid. The problem with these folks is that they are too damn nice.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on August 26, 2009, 09:31:25 AM
Quote from: "Big Mac"
I actually am looking into surveillance equipment for my place. I'm paranoid as hell and when strangers come knocking, I get really paranoid. The problem with these folks is that they are too damn nice.
I get Mormons and more so Jehovah's Witnesses coming to my door quite a lot. In my experience they are annoying but harmless.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on August 28, 2009, 02:44:30 AM
I think I could essentially consider myself Buddhist, minus the belief in afterlife. I want to find nirvana... I think I'll make that my point in life.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on August 28, 2009, 02:49:38 AM
Quote from: "Big Mac"
I actually am looking into surveillance equipment for my place. I'm paranoid as hell and when strangers come knocking, I get really paranoid. The problem with these folks is that they are too damn nice.

I have a friend who did that...he can see who is at his door without getting up.  I think he just ran a webcam outside and connected it to his home network.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: skurry on August 28, 2009, 04:01:39 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I think I could essentially consider myself Buddhist, minus the belief in afterlife. I want to find nirvana... I think I'll make that my point in life.

Nirvana being that you become a drop of water in the ocean and part of everything in the world? I think that is essentially what happens when you rot in the ground after you die. You decompose and become nutrients for the living organisms around you.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Heretical Rants on August 28, 2009, 07:10:45 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I want to find nirvana... I think I'll make that my point in life.
So, basically... you have a great desire to reach a condition... in which you have no desires?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jbeukema on August 28, 2009, 09:26:49 AM
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What's on your mind today?


Pia Mater...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on August 28, 2009, 10:46:17 PM
Quote from: "skurry"
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I think I could essentially consider myself Buddhist, minus the belief in afterlife. I want to find nirvana... I think I'll make that my point in life.

Nirvana being that you become a drop of water in the ocean and part of everything in the world? I think that is essentially what happens when you rot in the ground after you die. You decompose and become nutrients for the living organisms around you.

That has to do with Brahman in Hinduism.

And I mean spiritual nirvana. Finding inner peace within myself.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on August 28, 2009, 10:47:20 PM
Quote from: "Heretical Rants"
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I want to find nirvana... I think I'll make that my point in life.
So, basically... you have a great desire to reach a condition... in which you have no desires?
Curses.
Foiled before I started!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 29, 2009, 02:17:41 PM
So I'm trying to find forums for teachers in which I can drum up some traffic for my new site, and I find one called "A to Z Teacher Stuff Forums." Looks normal, until you scroll down most of the way, past the test practice sections, and reach the "Prayer Request Forum."  :rant:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: iNow on August 29, 2009, 03:58:16 PM
Not sure if this is or is not what you're after, but you might look here:


National Center for Science Education: Defending the Teaching of Evolution in Public Schools (http://ncseweb.org/)
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The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents and concerned citizens working to keep evolution in public school science education. We educate the press and public about the scientific, educational, and legal aspects of the creation and evolution controversy, and supply needed information and advice to defend good science education at local, state, and national levels. Our 4000 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious affiliations.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on August 29, 2009, 04:11:52 PM
Oh, I know the NCSE. I'm just annoyed that teachers, who are supposed to be the heralds of the next generation, can so blatantly place prayer next to lesson plans. It's just a sore spot for me; legally, as long as they don't do it in the classroom, there's nothing wrong with it. I'm just complaining.  :secret:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on September 02, 2009, 02:30:36 AM
I do very well believe that I've found a guy that likes me!  :yay:

But he has a girlfriend.


And I guess "Nirvana" isn't really what I want to find. I just want to find inner peace within myself by the end of my life. I want to make sense of my life too.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: skurry on September 02, 2009, 03:00:08 AM
Good luck Napplepie!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on September 02, 2009, 06:44:01 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
So I'm trying to find forums for teachers in which I can drum up some traffic for my new site, and I find one called "A to Z Teacher Stuff Forums." Looks normal, until you scroll down most of the way, past the test practice sections, and reach the "Prayer Request Forum."  :rant:

Yeah that's crazy. I think I can match that. I recently moved to an Indy suburb town called Carmel to be closer to my job, and I'm watching this dedication of a new bridge that's part of the Monon trail, on tv on the local access channel. A nice little ceremony where they're all saying how great they all are, and one of the more nerdy looking officials gets his turn at the podium, and after a few words about this and that, he breaks out the "let's bow our heads for a moment of prayer" command. I don't have a clue what he said after "Dear lord", because that's when I rolled my eyes and grabbed my clicker, but I guess I wasn't surprised. This is a very white/Republican/Christian/ burg. It was probably good that I wasn't there. :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on September 07, 2009, 12:17:13 PM
Sup, HAF? Long time no seeeeee~

Those of you who see my Facebook should know of Minor Drama involving Relatives disliking my swearing habits despite me seeing them on a semi-regular basis offline,  while on my Twitter was Drama involving a now former friend who fancied me with stuff which has been going on for months. I'm not fussed about the latter, I think he was being a clingy bitch about things 80% of the time so it's no real loss for me. I'm a tad bit annoyed about the former, because since these people are relatives they should know about this and if they have problems with it to speak about it to my face, not over facebook.

But anyway, all that's on my mind right now is small hope that my timetable will change this week. Just Friday, anyway. Monday we're off, Tuesday is half day, we don't start class till 11am on Wednesday and on Thursday we're only in 1 hour 45 minutes thanks to class starting at 1.30pm but Friday...Friday, class starts at 9.30am and ends at 2.15pm. We get no break or lunch in between. Last time I checked I don't think that's allowed but whatever. We'll be complaining about it to give us a break in between.

Other than minor Dramu and Timetable Worries, a Hat is doing just peachy : )
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Heretical Rants on September 07, 2009, 07:13:12 PM
What if none of us are really human, but instead ethereal beings that sacrificed eternal life in order to live as humans?

That would have been really stupid of us.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on September 07, 2009, 07:33:22 PM
Quote from: "Heretical Rants"
What if none of us are really human, but instead ethereal beings that sacrificed eternal life in order to live as humans?

That would have been really stupid of us.
Yes but not nearly as stupid as the ethereal beings that sacrificed eternal life to live as snails. Perhaps unless they were ethereal snails.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on September 07, 2009, 09:05:47 PM
Dear Roxio shit that keeps popping up; Stop it. I dunno what you are or how you got here but cut it out >: (
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: skurry on September 07, 2009, 09:21:16 PM
"You don't have to go if you don't want to go."
"Okay, cool. I'm going to stay home."
"WTF?! Why don't you come with me?! This is ridiculous!" :rant:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on September 08, 2009, 12:36:28 AM
Got an A+ on my paper comparing Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" to modern American culture and politics for my AP World History class.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on September 08, 2009, 12:50:45 AM
That sounds interesting Pineapple, maybe you could post it? =)

Meanwhile, AlP has written a program to download historical prices for all securities listed on the NASDAQ, AMEX and NYSE since his birthday in 1994. Why? Because AlP has mad scientist tendencies.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on September 08, 2009, 05:43:20 PM
Hey Listen, You. If you don't see the point in coming to a half day class, don't bother coming back in. Our timetable only has one full day, the rest are all short due to late starts and the like. Oh what's that? You have reasons? Listen, Boyo, I don't care, ok? We should have established that fact that I have an Empathy Problem by now. Y'know, it's apparently what causes you to be 'omg i'm so emo i'm in so much pain' because I refuse to fancy you back, remember? Anyway, I don't care if you can't come to class because the 'pain' is 'omg so terrible'. I don't care if you've broken an arm. Hell, I don't care if you're on fucking fire. You said Weekend Drama wouldn't interfere with school. I believe that, I do. But if you're going to tell Dean that you don't see the point, then you can just get the fuck out. I hate people like you who sign up for courses and don't bother coming in most of the time after a year or so, wasting a spot for someone who had potential.

I'll tell you something for nothing, Boy. You wouldn't be missed.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Heretical Rants on September 09, 2009, 06:06:04 AM
I had been laughing uncontrollably just now, but this thread sobered me right up.

It's time to go watch something that will make me cry.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: karadan on September 09, 2009, 09:55:51 AM
Grr. Theives piss me off..
I know i live in the city of cycles but this is ridiculous! My second bike stolen this year  :shake:

Problem is, if i booby-trap a bike, i'll be the one who gets prosecuted!!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 09, 2009, 05:52:45 PM
First day of school for my 9yo son... 5th grade.  <sigh> and 7th grade math... bigger sigh.  I want him to grow up... but I want him to say young.  Being a mom is a hard job, the hardest I've ever had.   :verysad:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on September 09, 2009, 06:05:57 PM
Got back from vacation today. My round trip through the Southwest USA (Nevada, California, Arizona and Utah) was truly awesome. My personal highlights were the National Parks, especially Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon; as well as the city of San Francisco. Las Vegas was too noisy and flashy for my "taste buds".
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on September 09, 2009, 06:18:49 PM
Trying to get the AC fixed in my GF's car today.  We bought a part yesterday and took it to a shop to get it put in.  She calls me to pick her up, I get her, and we get home.  I sit down at the computer and the mechanic calls.  It turns out the part is bad, Pepboys tried to fix the same part off of someone else's car and sell it as new.   :upset:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on September 09, 2009, 07:57:40 PM
Quote from: "Tom62"
Got back from vacation today. My round trip through the Southwest USA (Nevada, California, Arizona and Utah) was truly awesome. My personal highlights were the National Parks, especially Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon; as well as the city of San Francisco. Las Vegas was too noisy and flashy for my "taste buds".

I'm glad you had a good time.  Did you have a tour guide?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on September 10, 2009, 04:26:42 AM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Quote from: "Tom62"
Got back from vacation today. My round trip through the Southwest USA (Nevada, California, Arizona and Utah) was truly awesome. My personal highlights were the National Parks, especially Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon; as well as the city of San Francisco. Las Vegas was too noisy and flashy for my "taste buds".

I'm glad you had a good time.  Did you have a tour guide?
No, the deal that we made with the travel agency was that they provided us with the route description, rental car (with GPS) and the hotels. Next time we will organize everything ourselves, because some of the hotels were not so good or badly located and the travel schedule was very hectic.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on September 10, 2009, 05:10:59 AM
Quote from: "karadan"
Grr. Theives piss me off..
I know i live in the city of cycles but this is ridiculous! My second bike stolen this year  :shake:

Problem is, if i booby-trap a bike, i'll be the one who gets prosecuted!!

Someone has opened up my car twice in the last month or so.  I don't know exactly how they are unlocking it...they either have a thing that sends a code like the keyless entry or get in the old fashion way with that bar that goes into the door.  The first time they took the GPS that I had forgotten to take inside; last time they just made a mess of all the useless papers I had collected in the car.  So, next big purchase is a car alarm to scare people off when they get into the car.  What is troublesome about the last time is it happened within the 30 minutes of my husband leaving for work and then me leaving for work...he said my car door was not wide open when he left but it was when I left.  I don't particularly like the idea of potentially catching someone in the act.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on September 10, 2009, 05:39:42 AM
Quote from: "Whitney"
Quote from: "karadan"
Grr. Theives piss me off..
I know i live in the city of cycles but this is ridiculous! My second bike stolen this year  :shake:

Problem is, if i booby-trap a bike, i'll be the one who gets prosecuted!!

Someone has opened up my car twice in the last month or so.  I don't know exactly how they are unlocking it...they either have a thing that sends a code like the keyless entry or get in the old fashion way with that bar that goes into the door.  The first time they took the GPS that I had forgotten to take inside; last time they just made a mess of all the useless papers I had collected in the car.  So, next big purchase is a car alarm to scare people off when they get into the car.  What is troublesome about the last time is it happened within the 30 minutes of my husband leaving for work and then me leaving for work...he said my car door was not wide open when he left but it was when I left.  I don't particularly like the idea of potentially catching someone in the act.

At least they didn't steal the car.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on September 11, 2009, 12:39:32 AM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
At least they didn't steal the car.

Yes, that would be a lot worse.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Heretical Rants on September 11, 2009, 06:03:31 AM
Quote from: "Heretical Rants"
It's time to go watch something that will make me cry.
Mission accomplished.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on September 11, 2009, 06:24:38 AM
Quote from: "Heretical Rants"
Quote from: "Heretical Rants"
It's time to go watch something that will make me cry.
Mission accomplished.

What movie did you watch?  I haven't cried in years (being a guy no surprise) but last time I remember crying over a movie was when I was ... 14, 15, and it was the ending of The Green Mile.  I wonder if it would still do that today?  Proally not.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on September 11, 2009, 01:21:18 PM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
What movie did you watch?  I haven't cried in years (being a guy no surprise) but last time I remember crying over a movie was when I was ... 14, 15, and it was the ending of The Green Mile.  I wonder if it would still do that today?  Proally not.
What does being male have to do with not crying? Go watch What Dreams May Come. You can reset your timer that way. ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on September 11, 2009, 04:34:47 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
What movie did you watch?  I haven't cried in years (being a guy no surprise) but last time I remember crying over a movie was when I was ... 14, 15, and it was the ending of The Green Mile.  I wonder if it would still do that today?  Proally not.
What does being male have to do with not crying? Go watch What Dreams May Come. You can reset your timer that way. ;)

Added it to my Netflix's list, we'll see if it makes me cry :-p
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on September 11, 2009, 05:18:26 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
What movie did you watch?  I haven't cried in years (being a guy no surprise) but last time I remember crying over a movie was when I was ... 14, 15, and it was the ending of The Green Mile.  I wonder if it would still do that today?  Proally not.
What does being male have to do with not crying? Go watch What Dreams May Come. You can reset your timer that way. ;)
I had tears in my eyes when I watched a 9/11 documentary on TV last night. The images of people jumping out of the windows of the WTC was too much for me.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: iNow on September 11, 2009, 07:04:28 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
What does being male have to do with not crying? Go watch What Dreams May Come. You can reset your timer that way. :cool:


(Note: I hope that didn't cross any lines.  My tongue was lodged fully in my cheek.)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on September 11, 2009, 07:19:38 PM
Quote from: "iNow"
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
What does being male have to do with not crying? Go watch What Dreams May Come. You can reset your timer that way. :cool:


(Note: I hope that didn't cross any lines.  My tongue was lodged fully in my cheek.)

To quote Tucker from Red vs Blue, "Bow chika bow wow"!!!  :bananacolor:  you didn't cross any lines with me
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on September 11, 2009, 07:29:16 PM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
To quote Tucker from Red vs Blue, "Bow chika bow wow"!!!  :headbang:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Heretical Rants on September 11, 2009, 09:24:24 PM
I don't cry, either, if I don't let myself get into it.
However, I enjoy it...

"Seven Pounds" with Will Smith was good.  I watched it a few months ago.

Don't read any reviews or anything before you watch it; it's much, much better if you're ignorant of the plot beforehand.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: skurry on September 12, 2009, 06:55:01 AM
My mind today....

Money is a carrot and I am a horse.

My wife realizes we have to move to survive but insists on fighting me the whole way.

My son is on a crawling path of destruction.

Beer is the answer to, and cause of, many problems.

People don't want to buy your used extension cord for $1.50 on Ebay.

Going through your wife's boxes from High school will only make you hate the guys she dated. (garage sale)

Conservatives are COMPLETELY insane.

Your memories are worth fifty cents when you throw them in a box to sell

I wish I had health care because then I wouldn't have to worry about getting checked out and having it called a "pre-existing condition"

Apple Juice + 10 month old = Bath + New Cloths

The most obedient dog won't listen to you if they smell a bitch in heat (chase down the block bare foot)

and final thought... Civilization 4 is a great escape from the world.

Theses are my thoughts from the day.

Face=palm
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Heretical Rants on September 13, 2009, 12:10:40 AM
Sometimes I want to get caught.

Cheerios can kill.

Fake smoke is the most disgusting thing ever. I accidentally bought some pork that had it in it, and I ended up giving it all to homeless people.

Beans are good, bean curds are not.

Cheese is da bomb, but it's not vegan.

Everything is natural, whether it is man-made or not.

Nuclear fusion is superior to fission.

Ninjas are awesome.

Rice powder was a common ninja attack. It was an excellent test of whether the victim was sleeping. If they were faking sleep, they would usually freak out, thinking that the rice powder was some kind of poison.... then the ninja would kill them.

Sushi is good, whether you are vegetarian or not.

Someday we will inhabit mars, and everyone will eat algae.

Algae is cheaper than meat.

Someday our fuel will come from algae.

Most people are idiots.

I eat lots of salad that I grow in my garden.

^^my two cents.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on September 13, 2009, 12:12:38 AM
That's some interesting stuff going through your mind there, HR. lol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on September 13, 2009, 04:08:43 AM
[i like this new format]
The contents of my mind today

I am taking a break from illegal activities

I am much more acrobatic that i thought

Saturday nights are amazing

Twitter is my new addiction

K-mart has x-tra long twizzlers in 3 pound bags

I lost my wallet, which has my money and drivers license in it

Sushi is indeed awesome

I have nearly given up playing video games.

i love football

 :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on September 13, 2009, 04:42:58 AM
Okay, I'll take a shot now:

Swearing in binary can be a great stress reliever

When someone is having a bad day, a kind smile from a barista can make a big difference

My cat needs a bath

I need a shower

I need to meet more people

Tide smells really good

Sometimes, putting off paying a bill until later is worth it
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 13, 2009, 06:01:48 AM
The crowd on WoW thins out at night.

Reading the news while flying in WoW is a great way to multitask.

I really should have done some transcription today.

When my kid smiles, the whole world seems brighter.

My kid rarely smiles without reason.

Lavender is the new pink.

I need a solo vacation.

If I never drank anything but iced tea again, I'd be happy.

I wish my cat Kolumbia were still alive.  That cat was the absolute best.

I've seen every episode of The Office at least 20 times... today made 21.

I'm so tired... I sometimes feel I'll never be rested.

I need to take a shower.

Sometimes, I hate being a woman.

I wish I knew what I wanted to be when I grow up.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on September 13, 2009, 10:05:11 AM
Don't care who wins the Merkel - Steinmeier TV debate tonight.

But, German elections debates are a good remedy against my insomnia.

Came back from my last vacation with a stomach flue and a jet lag.

I'm already planning my next vacation.

Got to spend less time behind my PC and do some sports.

Wish that my wife was here.

Reading John Scalzi's "Zoe's Tale". Scalzi is an awesome author, I can highly recommend his works.

Looking forward to the Blue October concert later this month.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on September 14, 2009, 06:46:46 PM
I can't remember the last time I had a good night of sleep.  We're talking years, people!

Runny nose and sneezes.  Do I have allergies or a cold?

Got my first pair of bi-focals last week.  

Getting old sucks, but it's better than the alternative.

Talked to my mother yesterday.    

Going through foreclosure sucks.

Hell is other people.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on September 14, 2009, 07:16:24 PM
My mother is far too high-strung for anyone's good.

Empty pizza boxes make me very sad.

The greatest joy I've experienced so far is listening to my nieces' baby babble.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 15, 2009, 12:20:13 AM
Hell is INDEED other people.

Frustrated.

Angry.

Resigned.

Frustrated.

If I can't beat them, should I just lobotomize myself and join them?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 15, 2009, 12:21:59 AM
Quote from: "Chimera"
Empty pizza boxes make me very sad.

If there is not pizza in it nor was there ever any pizza in it, sure... but there are a few mail-order scrapbooking supply companies that use pizza boxes (clean and new) to mail their supply kits... THOSE pizza boxes make me VERY happy.  Then again, I take everything out and then they're empty as well.

...

Empty pizza boxes make me very sad, too.  :shake:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on September 15, 2009, 06:51:09 PM
I was in the kitchen this morning making breakfast and accidentally knocked over some stuff on the floor (as I am prone to do). In jest, I turned my face toward the ceiling and shook my fist, "Curse you, Newton, and your theory of gravitation!" To which my dad said, "It's not a theory, it's a law." I then explained, with good humor and reason, the scientific definitions of "theory" and "law," and how they differ from the common, everyday definitions. My dad's head spun a little. He's one of those who has always expounded the common Creationist misconception that evolution is "merely a theory, not a fact." He didn't comment on that, though. He merely said, "That's stupid."

But maybe, just maybe, he'll look at evolution a little differently now. I can dream, can't I?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on September 17, 2009, 06:18:20 PM
Happy Constitution Day!  Celebrate while you still can.
http://www.constitutionday.com/ (http://www.constitutionday.com/)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on September 17, 2009, 07:54:50 PM
Had a random encounter with a girl last night . No not one of those! Dirty minds...

Anyway, I asked her if she was Christian. She said no but she believed in Jesus Christ. I figured I believe in the possible historical existence of Yehoshua (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus) in much the same way as Socrates (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_problem). I pointed this out and also that Christ means messiah and that if she isn't a Christian she might not want to make that implication.

She asked if I was a Christian. I replied that I was an atheist. She didn't know what atheist meant. I told her. And she actually ran away! As in flee. With actual running.

I wished her good night as she disappeared round the corner.

In my world that's a win.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on September 17, 2009, 08:59:42 PM
Great story! I think I would have died laughing.

Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Happy Constitution Day!  Celebrate while you still can.
http://www.constitutionday.com/ (http://www.constitutionday.com/)

I got a little pocket Constitution from my college yesterday. I thought that was neato.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: rlrose328 on September 17, 2009, 09:36:51 PM
Quote from: "AlP"
She asked if I was a Christian. I replied that I was an atheist. She didn't know what atheist meant. I told her. And she actually ran away! As in flee. With actual running.

I wished her good night as she disappeared round the corner.

In my world that's a win.

Damn straight that's a win!  LOL!  

So at that very second, you spouted horns and a tail and a trident as far as she was concerned?   :headbang:   Yeah, baby!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on September 18, 2009, 03:46:39 AM
Abstinence makes me lol so much.
The people around here are so brainwashed about it; it's like they've never heard of Planned Parenthood, or condoms honestly...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on September 18, 2009, 04:21:23 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
Abstinence makes me lol so much.
The people around here are so brainwashed about it; it's like they've never heard of Planned Parenthood, or condoms honestly...

You probably live in an abstinence only area.  So you should have a high rate of teen pregnancies and be careful not to catch STDs.  Statics are my friend ^_^
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Heretical Rants on September 18, 2009, 04:31:43 AM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
Statics are my friend ^_^
Don't you mean statistics?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on September 18, 2009, 04:38:11 PM
Quote from: "Heretical Rants"
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
Statics are my friend ^_^
Don't you mean statistics?

lol yes auto correct gave me the wrong correction.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: quizlixx on September 19, 2009, 03:19:02 AM
Where i come from, sex ed can be broken down into one sentence for guys. "If you have sex before you're married, it'll fall off and she'll get pregnant then you'll both die from STD's and go to hell."

female version- "If you have sex before you're married, he'll get you pregnant then your baby will have seventeen fingers and you'll die and go to hell"
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on September 21, 2009, 01:23:38 PM
Remember that whingy, needy guy I've posted about a few times? I don't have to worry about him anymore. We're no longer friends. I took him off my followers on Twitter and he threw a Bitch Fit at me via texts to my phone. He told me to 'Add another number to the box', 'Go die', 'Go fuck yourself', and that I'll 'Be alone forever'. I spoke to a friend who told me he had a Big Discussion about me with him that night (happened on Saturday when I was in Bundoran) and Ex Friend went 'Unless Hat makes the first move, I'm not doing anything or speaking to her ever again'. I just laughed. Ex Friend has twisted my words on two occasions, has made me feel terrible for not going out with him on multiple occasions, and now that he's told me to go die and all, I don't think he'll be hearing from me again unless we're shoved into a group for class work.

I originally thought this would come between me and my other guy friends but after I randomly exploded on them about it, they told me that they felt he was 'dull to be around' and that all he ever does when he does speak is brag about how many achievements he has on XBL. I'm relieved to know that it's all cool between me and my other mates, and even happier to know that I don't have to worry or think I'm strange any more :'D

Off Topic; I need to post more often grr grr
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Fallen Jedii on September 22, 2009, 09:28:16 PM
Quote from: "AlP"
Had a random encounter with a girl last night . No not one of those! Dirty minds...

Anyway, I asked her if she was Christian. She said no but she believed in Jesus Christ. I figured I believe in the possible historical existence of Yehoshua (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus) in much the same way as Socrates (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_problem). I pointed this out and also that Christ means messiah and that if she isn't a Christian she might not want to make that implication.

She asked if I was a Christian. I replied that I was an atheist. She didn't know what atheist meant. I told her. And she actually ran away! As in flee. With actual running.

I wished her good night as she disappeared round the corner.

In my world that's a win.

I actually laughed out loud when I read this. I could just see it unfolding.

Classic.

Quote from: "quizlixx"
Where i come from, sex ed can be broken down into one sentence for guys. "If you have sex before you're married, it'll fall off and she'll get pregnant then you'll both die from STD's and go to hell."

female version- "If you have sex before you're married, he'll get you pregnant then your baby will have seventeen fingers and you'll die and go to hell"

Hey, wait a minute, that sounds like my freshmen religion class "Sex Respect"
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on September 23, 2009, 03:47:04 AM
Year 5770 has been wonderful so far!  :hail:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on September 23, 2009, 05:57:31 AM
That's an interesting calendar. I once spent most of a day investigating all the different calendars that have been used and are still in use on wikipedia. I don't regret it =).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on September 23, 2009, 06:26:51 AM
Quote from: "quizlixx"
Where i come from, sex ed can be broken down into one sentence for guys. "If you have sex before you're married, it'll fall off and she'll get pregnant then you'll both die from STD's and go to hell."

female version- "If you have sex before you're married, he'll get you pregnant then your baby will have seventeen fingers and you'll die and go to hell"

That reminds me of the following quote:

Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things:  One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell.  The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.  ~Butch Hancock
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on September 23, 2009, 02:18:02 PM
Still around. Just FYI.

Been uber busy.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on September 25, 2009, 05:40:32 PM
For the first time in my short 18 years of living, I'm being left home alone for the entire weekend till Monday.
I'm excited and a bit scared. I've never had to fend for myself for so many days before so it'll be interesting and educational.
Poor Mum probably won't stay till Monday as she says though, because I know her and she's a hardcore worrier.
Next few days will be...interesting :V
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on September 26, 2009, 08:52:45 AM
In one hour from now I'll be on my way to Bayern. No, not to the Oktoberfest in München (Munich), but to a concert of Blue October in Erlangen.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: VanReal on September 27, 2009, 08:32:20 PM
Today I am thinking about tolerance and the fact that I don't think I have any.  As I get older I am less and less able to just let things "roll off" and I am feeling the need to less and less as well.

People at work are always pointing the finger at everyone else when they screw something up.

Professors at school irritate me to no end with their unclear instructions and changing of due dates, and the miserable group projects that make me have to deal with more lazy people with excuses that aren't even creative.

My son is always saying "he's bored" and I wonder how he can be bored; I am never bored because I don't have time to be.

My boyfriend compains that I don't jump his bones in the morning and then mopes all day for weeks and thinks the constant complaining is going to make me feel frisky towards him?

My cat has a fascination with rubber bands and feels like I should throw them at her request regardless of what I may be doing.

Ugghh, do they still make Calgon?  :hissyfit:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on September 27, 2009, 09:11:55 PM
Im thinking now that I just saw 5 very bright red UFO
I hope the guys at the astronomy forum help me out to solve the mystery
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on September 27, 2009, 11:57:24 PM
Some girl tried hitting on me today, so I kindly let her know that I was a homosexual.
Her reaction: utter disbelief.

It was funny, because she thought i was joking, and she still thinks I'm joking. It's impossible for her to accept that I'm gay. She told me "Well, you don't look gay.", at the end of the conversation, which managed to piss me off.

This same girl didn't know what an atheist was when I first met her, and when I broke down the latin roots, (a, without. theo, god.) she told me "Oh, that's bad!"

/end flaming fag rant
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on September 28, 2009, 01:36:08 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
She told me "Well, you don't look gay."

What the hell is wrong with people?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on September 28, 2009, 04:40:22 AM
I'd have told her, "You don't look oblivious either, whats your point?"  ... then again i'm an ass ^_^
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on September 28, 2009, 04:55:33 AM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
I'd have told her, "You don't look oblivious either, whats your point?"  ... then again i'm an ass ^_^

She's one of the few people that have pushed me into facepalming in public.
She thought gays all look like this:

(http://www.icine.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/bruno_sacha_baron_cohen-300x169.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on September 28, 2009, 05:12:58 AM
You should probably warn her stereotyping is bad, and warn her all lesbians dont look butchy.  Maybe freak her out and plant lies in her head saying that, "so and so is a lesbian and she thinks your hot" to her.  Harmless fun ^_^ dont take it too far lol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: TheOGMamaBear on September 28, 2009, 03:18:20 PM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
Some girl tried hitting on me today, so I kindly let her know that I was a homosexual.
Her reaction: utter disbelief.

It was funny, because she thought i was joking, and she still thinks I'm joking. It's impossible for her to accept that I'm gay. She told me "Well, you don't look gay.", at the end of the conversation, which managed to piss me off.

This same girl didn't know what an atheist was when I first met her, and when I broke down the latin roots, (a, without. theo, god.) she told me "Oh, that's bad!"

/end flaming fag rant
LOL @ "oh that's bad!"


Some people!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: TheOGMamaBear on September 28, 2009, 03:19:58 PM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
I'd have told her, "You don't look oblivious either, whats your point?"  ... then again i'm an ass ^_^

She's one of the few people that have pushed me into facepalming in public.
She thought gays all look like this:

(http://www.icine.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/bruno_sacha_baron_cohen-300x169.jpg)

They don't?! Omg, well this certainly changes things.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on September 30, 2009, 02:49:49 AM
In my English class last week, we watched an episode of The Twilight Zone called "To Serve Man", and I found it to be incredibly interesting to be honest. Afterward we got to write a nifty 2 page analysis of what we saw.
Being the tree-hugging, animal loving hippie that I am, I turned the entire thing into an animal rights thing, mostly about factory farming. My teacher actually liked my argument/rant though, and when I received the paper back she gave me a 99 (a point off for using British-English spelling. fdfasdf) and wrote a note saying "Nice coherent vegan argument!" with a smiley face!

And does anyone here watch The Twilight Zone? If the other episodes have messages in the plot, I might start watching that programme.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on September 30, 2009, 02:58:16 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"

And does anyone here watch The Twilight Zone? If the other episodes have messages in the plot, I might start watching that programme.


A great many do and most are enjoyable regardless. I assume that you mean the original (black and white) rather then the newer one. The older one is far better imho.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on September 30, 2009, 08:51:51 PM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
And does anyone here watch The Twilight Zone? If the other episodes have messages in the plot, I might start watching that programme.

I'm pretty sure they all have messages in the plot.  Here's an episode guide (http://tzone.the-croc.com/original-twilight-zone-episode-guide.html).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: TheOGMamaBear on October 01, 2009, 12:46:39 AM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
In my English class last week, we watched an episode of The Twilight Zone called "To Serve Man", and I found it to be incredibly interesting to be honest. Afterward we got to write a nifty 2 page analysis of what we saw.
Being the tree-hugging, animal loving hippie that I am, I turned the entire thing into an animal rights thing, mostly about factory farming. My teacher actually liked my argument/rant though, and when I received the paper back she gave me a 99 (a point off for using British-English spelling. fdfasdf) and wrote a note saying "Nice coherent vegan argument!" with a smiley face!

And does anyone here watch The Twilight Zone? If the other episodes have messages in the plot, I might start watching that programme.

Sounds interesting! I have a ton of vegan friends. My daughter and I aren't vegetarians but we are careful about where we get our food. We eat locally raised meat , fish caught by hubby and eggs grown at the farm down the street.

Factory farming is awful.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on October 01, 2009, 04:38:57 AM
I've been having way too much fun with Blasphemy Day.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: templeboy on October 01, 2009, 10:42:41 AM
Had an awesome philosophy tutorial this afternoon. Take a bunch of opinionated and well-read intelligent arts students, give them a sheet of vague questions about...well, I can't even remember what it was supposed to be about, but it turned into a passionate discussion of what is wrong with the world, the UN, countries, power systems....me, a humble biochemistry student taking the course as a filler, pretty much sat back to listen, and although my occasional attempts to make any contribution myself were generally ignored, it was the best class of my week.

Come to think of it, the only class I've enjoyed at all this semester is my Thursday afternoon philosophy tutorial. Smart, opinionated people discussing controversial, complex issues makes for much more fun than trying to get my head around the endless theorems that make up first year university mathematics....

Oh, and Chimera, I've had much fun hijacking your blasphemy day!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on October 02, 2009, 05:48:06 AM
I'm sure you did. It was pretty fun, though. :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Renegnicat on October 02, 2009, 05:29:02 PM
Racism is on my mind right now. In another forum I used a derogatory racial epithet without thinking, and thus got banned. I was already on record for being an anti-semite, which hurt me very much, but it was my own fault for trying to explain my views on racism and the like.

It seems nowadays, if you make a comment on another race that is rooted in ignorance, people are quite quick to label that person a Racist. But to me, that's a very hypocritial thing. I know that any comment rooted in ignorance can be quite hurtful. I'm sure I hurt plenty of people with the epithet, but it just seems to me that there's a difference between being ignorant of an ethnicity and willing to learn, and actively hating other ethnicities.

It seems hypocritical to me because those people that call other's racist for ignorant statements can't exactly claim omniscience. Everyone's bound to make an ignorant remark sooner or later, I just wish they'd simply tell me where I was wrong and correct me. They don't have to assume that I am set in my ways, that I will reject all other notions...

Of course, I understand that racial epithets can hurt others. I don't normally go around flinging racial epithets, nor was the epithet I used actually aimed in a pejorative sense towards anyone in particular. I guess it's the fact that racial epithets were historically used in a pejorative fashion, but if it's not used pejoratively, does that still make someone a racist?

There are many people who would say yes. But if that's the case, then saying "black" or "chinese" would make someone a racist because those words aren't used pejoratively. The difference is between the epithet, which people assume is used pejoratively, and other words, which people assume are safe to say. But Racism is more than just words. It's about actively hating other ethnicities. It's about thinking that other ethnicities are evil or somehow unclean and deserve to be exterminated. It's not about ignorance. If it was, then everyone on earth would be a racist.

Damn... I just feel really sad that some other people can't see that.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Reginus on October 05, 2009, 10:05:10 PM
At lunch today another kid (right wing Christian) and I had a debate on if there is any evidence for God. Anyway, I took the atheism side (it's fun arguing against your own opinions), and apparently I played the position pretty well because now he says "atheist! atheist!" every time he sees me lol. It's starting to get really annoying though.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 05, 2009, 11:43:50 PM
Quote from: "Reginus"
At lunch today another kid (right wing Christian) and I had a debate on if there is any evidence for God. Anyway, I took the atheism side (it's fun arguing against your own opinions), and apparently I played the position pretty well because now he says "atheist! atheist!" every time he sees me lol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on October 06, 2009, 04:38:38 PM
I have a biology test today and I feel completely unprepared for it.  :fear:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Renegnicat on October 06, 2009, 11:14:07 PM
Funny you should say that. I just dropped my Physics class because I was failing. BWO HA HA HA!  :headbang:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on October 06, 2009, 11:44:21 PM
I got an email today that blew my mind.

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/Holidays/3937_f520.jpg)

Quote
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin.  

God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you.   He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff-- including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc.    Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.    This was passed on to me from another pumpkin.   Now, it is your turn to pass it to a pumpkin.   I liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch.    Happy Fall!

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/wtf-2.gif)

Worst of all...it was from my mother!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Renegnicat on October 07, 2009, 12:00:39 AM
Quote
Carves you a new smiling face

Wanna know how I got these scars...?
(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:QNxiQjiKbAF3FM:http://jsoetandi.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/darkknight.jpg)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on October 07, 2009, 05:03:12 AM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
I got an email today that blew my mind.

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/Holidays/3937_f520.jpg)

Quote
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin.  

God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you.   He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff-- including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc.    Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.    This was passed on to me from another pumpkin.   Now, it is your turn to pass it to a pumpkin.   I liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch.    Happy Fall!

(http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/MommaSquid/smileys/wtf-2.gif)

Worst of all...it was from my mother!

That's really creepy.

I'll keep my seeds of doubt, thank you very much.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: TheOGMamaBear on October 07, 2009, 02:10:14 PM
Quote from: "Chimera"


I'll keep my seeds of doubt, thank you very much.

I find it so awful that they even mention seeds of doubt. Heaven forbid (lol) we are human!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on October 07, 2009, 02:53:51 PM
Find an image of a really scary jack-o-lantern then send the email back with it in place of the other image :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on October 07, 2009, 03:09:37 PM
Quote from: "Whitney"
Find an image of a really scary jack-o-lantern then send the email back with it in place of the other image :)

here this might help
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 07, 2009, 05:03:18 PM
This morning I got up and turned on my laptop.  It made a grinding noise.  At first I thought I had a head crash in my hard drive.  But it stopped and started up.  So I looked up what would make that noise, and it turns out my hard drive didn't crash its only about to crash.  lucky me.  So i'm backing up and saving all my files and websites >.<  The thing is depending on the amount of money involved I might not be able to get it fixed.  So I might be without a computer for a while >.<
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on October 07, 2009, 05:30:44 PM
Depending on how much power you need...you might be able to get a cheap netbook instead of having your old laptop fixed.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 07, 2009, 07:30:53 PM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
This morning I got up and turned on my laptop.  It made a grinding noise.  At first I thought I had a head crash in my hard drive.  But it stopped and started up.  So I looked up what would make that noise, and it turns out my hard drive didn't crash its only about to crash.  lucky me.  So i'm backing up and saving all my files and websites >.<  The thing is depending on the amount of money involved I might not be able to get it fixed.  So I might be without a computer for a while >.<
It's usually really easy to replace the hard drive, even in a laptop and they're pretty cheap these days. You need a screwdriver. There will be a compartment on the bottom to access the drive. You need to be careful to check whether it needs a SATA or IDE (aka ATA) drive and whether it's 2.5" or 1.8" in size.

My favorite online store for these kind of things:
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=380&name=Laptop-Hard-Drives

Might set you back <$100.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 07, 2009, 07:36:34 PM
Just donated $100 to the American Humanist Association (http://www.americanhumanist.org).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 07, 2009, 11:13:24 PM
Quote from: "AlP"
It's usually really easy to replace the hard drive, even in a laptop and they're pretty cheap these days. You need a screwdriver. There will be a compartment on the bottom to access the drive. You need to be careful to check whether it needs a SATA or IDE (aka ATA) drive and whether it's 2.5" or 1.8" in size.

My favorite online store for these kind of things:
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=380&name=Laptop-Hard-Drives

Might set you back <$100.


Yeah I've replaced my hard drive on my last laptop.  The problem last time was that the manufacturer kept sending me the wrong sized hard drive when the heads crashed.  I'll keep that site in mind when mine crashes.  I've been considering getting a desktop and if I do I can get a free upgrade to Windows 7 (since its less then a month before release).  Don't get me wrong vista has grown on me (especially since I disabled all the security features so its essentially Windows XP on a better computer with a faster processor).  I know Windows 7 will suck from the get go (All the operating systems do thats what Service packs are for).  Hopefully I can find a cheap hard drive.  How do I know if my hard drive is a SATA or an IDE?  Do I need to get into the BIOS and check?  I'm leery about rebooting my computer since it only seemed to make the grinding sound at start up.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 07, 2009, 11:33:57 PM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
Yeah I've replaced my hard drive on my last laptop.  The problem last time was that the manufacturer kept sending me the wrong sized hard drive when the heads crashed.  I'll keep that site in mind when mine crashes.  I've been considering getting a desktop and if I do I can get a free upgrade to Windows 7 (since its less then a month before release).  Don't get me wrong vista has grown on me (especially since I disabled all the security features so its essentially Windows XP on a better computer with a faster processor).  I know Windows 7 will suck from the get go (All the operating systems do thats what Service packs are for).  Hopefully I can find a cheap hard drive.  How do I know if my hard drive is a SATA or an IDE?  Do I need to get into the BIOS and check?  I'm leery about rebooting my computer since it only seemed to make the grinding sound at start up.
You don't need to go to the original manufacturer. There are relatively few hard drive standards and if you get get the right standard it will work fine. To see if your hard drive is SATA or IDE/ATA, first look in the BIOS and then verify by looking at the hard drive's connector when you decide to power it down. Pictures: SATA (http://www.techcurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/wdfscorpioblue_sata.jpg) / IDE (http://www.dansdata.com/images/25boxes/driveplug480.jpg). Note the "L" shape of the SATA connector. You'll see the "L" shape on the cable as well if it's SATA. Also, if you buy online, look at the picture to see if the shape of the connector matches. If you buy at a retail store, take the failing hard drive with you so you can compare the size and connectors.

Another thing to consider is that some older laptops have a limit on the size of the hard drive they can use. To be safe, don't buy a hard drive with a higher capacity than the failing one. But if you want a larger hard drive, you could do some research to see if a larger one will work with your particular laptop.

There's another standard called SCSI that you almost certainly don't have. That's used in servers mostly.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 08, 2009, 12:22:55 AM
kk thanx, yeah I guess I need to hit up the BIOS later.  Lol last time my HD crashed I went through the BIOS and it wouldn't even recognize my HD.  The thing is I don't think my Vista computer came with a copy of Vista.  With Vista the recovery feature is built into your Hard Drive.  If you get a virus you can activate a partitioned part of your HD and return everything to factory settings.  How would I get an OS onto my HD?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 08, 2009, 12:45:57 AM
Yeah that's a problem. You need to get a copy of at least the operating system disks. Didn't your laptop come with them? Maybe you put them in a "safe place"? Otherwise you would need to buy the operating system or get hold of it by other means.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on October 08, 2009, 04:24:18 AM
I'm having difficulties with my bus driver. She keeps blaming things on me that my neighbours do! >:O

It's obviously fueled by hate and prejudice. amirite? amirite?

I think she's going to give me a detention, because I got off at a stop before mine because I was tired of her bitchiness, which didn't go over well with her because she screamed at me when I walked down the steps.

On another note, my older brother, who is an archaeologist(just thought I'd throw that in there), has introduced me to a wonderful concept of "vaporisation", which of course for the sake of this board is not an illegal activity at all.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 08, 2009, 05:06:55 AM
Quote from: "AlP"
Yeah that's a problem. You need to get a copy of at least the operating system disks. Didn't your laptop come with them? Maybe you put them in a "safe place"? Otherwise you would need to buy the operating system or get hold of it by other means.

No seriously mine didn't come with them.  I still have my old XP CDs in the drawer in my desk along with Final Fantasy Games, but no Vista CDs.  However my GF pointed out that her Desktop came with them for some reason.  Out of I know Microsoft is getting anal about pirated software but how would they react to both of us having the same Serial number?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 08, 2009, 05:28:20 AM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
Quote from: "AlP"
Yeah that's a problem. You need to get a copy of at least the operating system disks. Didn't your laptop come with them? Maybe you put them in a "safe place"? Otherwise you would need to buy the operating system or get hold of it by other means.

No seriously mine didn't come with them.  I still have my old XP CDs in the drawer in my desk along with Final Fantasy Games, but no Vista CDs.  However my GF pointed out that her Desktop came with them for some reason.  Out of I know Microsoft is getting anal about pirated software but how would they react to both of us having the same Serial number?
Some companies make you pay extra for the CDs for the operating system. It's worth it if you think you'll ever need to reinstall it. Your girlfriend's CDs might not work. Some companies distribute special versions of Windows that will only install on their brand or model of computer but you can always try. And you're right, you won't be able to "activate" it on both computers. Your old XP CDs should work but again you might not be able to activate it on new hardware.

If you can make an exact copy of the files on the failing hard drive onto a replacement before it fails, it might work without having to reinstall Windows.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 08, 2009, 05:40:40 AM
Do you mean from the files of the partitioned section for recovery?  Also if I take my laptop to Best Buy would they be able to install Vista after they "install" my hard drive?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 08, 2009, 05:52:28 AM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
Do you mean from the files of the partitioned section for recovery?  Also if I take my laptop to Best Buy would they be able to install Vista after they "install" my hard drive?
If you have a recovery partition with a full copy of the OS installation then yeah that would be one way to do it. In fact, if you can install both hard drives simultaneously (might be hard with a laptop), you could probably boot the recovery partition and install directly to the new drive. But otherwise I was thinking you could just copy all the files on the regular partition to the new drive. In theory that should work.

Maybe I'm being cynical but I bet Best Buy would see an opportunity to sell you something.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 08, 2009, 06:39:19 AM
Well either way I figure Best Buy is a good shot.  So you were saying in theory if I were to back up my entire HD on my external HD then it should have a copy of widows on it too?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 08, 2009, 06:56:01 AM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
Well either way I figure Best Buy is a good shot.  So you were saying in theory if I were to back up my entire HD on my external HD then it should have a copy of widows on it too?
If you made an exact copy of all the files, including all the hidden system files, then yeah windows would be part of it. There are programs for doing that kind of thing. See here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_cloning). You could back up everything to the external HD (didn't know you had one), install the replacement HD in the laptop, partition and format it, restore the original files and then add a boot sector and it should work.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on October 08, 2009, 07:02:08 AM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
kk thanx, yeah I guess I need to hit up the BIOS later.  Lol last time my HD crashed I went through the BIOS and it wouldn't even recognize my HD.  The thing is I don't think my Vista computer came with a copy of Vista.  With Vista the recovery feature is built into your Hard Drive.  If you get a virus you can activate a partitioned part of your HD and return everything to factory settings.  How would I get an OS onto my HD?

It should have come with the Vista CD....it's common practice for windows computers to come pre-installed with the operating system but have a copy of the OS install disk in with all the manuals and crap that comes with your computer.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 08, 2009, 04:36:48 PM
Quote from: "AlP"
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
Well either way I figure Best Buy is a good shot.  So you were saying in theory if I were to back up my entire HD on my external HD then it should have a copy of widows on it too?
If you made an exact copy of all the files, including all the hidden system files, then yeah windows would be part of it. There are programs for doing that kind of thing. See here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_cloning). You could back up everything to the external HD (didn't know you had one), install the replacement HD in the laptop, partition and format it, restore the original files and then add a boot sector and it should work.

I understand what you are saying, but i'm not sure how to do it.  Besides if I were to put a blank HD in my computer It would have to install my external before I can use it.  I have no idea how to do that using DOS.

**EDIT** I have no idea if that would even install with DOS, I think its meant to be installed to Windows and MAC only >.<  I may be able to do it if I can install Linux but i'm very unfamiliar with the Linux environment.

Quote from: "Whitney"
It should have come with the Vista CD....it's common practice for windows computers to come pre-installed with the operating system but have a copy of the OS install disk in with all the manuals and crap that comes with your computer.

It didn't.  I thought it was strange too that my laptop didn't come with a Vista CD.  However part of my hard drive was partitioned for a recovery section.  The Vista CD is really just that partitioned section of my hard drive.  Which means it useless to put on another hard drive.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 09, 2009, 04:57:05 PM
Supposedly there is a way for me to create an image of my harddrive and use that image to install Vista on an empty hard drive with all my files intact.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721929(WS.10).aspx  It looks like this feature was specifically added for IT professionals who distribute Vista.  I stumbled across this from reddit, apparently they built that on windows 7 and they said it would save everything you've installed and worked on.  If I can do this and put it on my External Hard Drive  then it looks like I will be fine.  What do you think of this?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: hismikeness on October 09, 2009, 05:11:33 PM
What do I think of it...? I think you should go with OS X.  ;)

Hismikeness
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 09, 2009, 07:42:54 PM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
Supposedly there is a way for me to create an image of my harddrive and use that image to install Vista on an empty hard drive with all my files intact.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721929(WS.10).aspx  It looks like this feature was specifically added for IT professionals who distribute Vista.  I stumbled across this from reddit, apparently they built that on windows 7 and they said it would save everything you've installed and worked on.  If I can do this and put it on my External Hard Drive  then it looks like I will be fine.  What do you think of this?
Yeah if you're comfortable you can do all that and you can get hold of all the software (does it come with Vista?) then that's basically what I had in mind.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 09, 2009, 08:04:12 PM
From what I can tell I can get this through free software from Microsoft.  I don't know if i'm comfortable doing it but thats an option for me.  I have Linux installed on this computer but I don't think it will copy it.  Something to do with Linux being able to pick up Windows but not the other way around.  Lol If I was more comfortable with Linux i'd just put it on a CD and install it with my new Hard drive
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 09, 2009, 08:18:22 PM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
From what I can tell I can get this through free software from Microsoft.  I don't know if i'm comfortable doing it but thats an option for me.  I have Linux installed on this computer but I don't think it will copy it.  Something to do with Linux being able to pick up Windows but not the other way around.  Lol If I was more comfortable with Linux i'd just put it on a CD and install it with my new Hard drive
You can use linux to clone a hard drive:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/learn-the-dd-command-362506/
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 09, 2009, 08:20:49 PM
lol I didn't even think about using linux for this, I forgot it has all those features.  However this process seems very long and complicated.  I take it you are a Linux user AlP?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 09, 2009, 08:31:21 PM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
lol I didn't even think about using linux for this, I forgot it has all those features.  However this process seems very long and complicated.  I take it you are a Linux user AlP?
I use windows, linux, mac os and solaris!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 09, 2009, 10:35:02 PM
Quote from: "AlP"
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
lol I didn't even think about using linux for this, I forgot it has all those features.  However this process seems very long and complicated.  I take it you are a Linux user AlP?
I use windows, linux, mac os and solaris!

Which is your favorite?  I know a lot of programmers prefer Linux but I just can't seem to get into it lol.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 10, 2009, 12:43:13 AM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
Quote from: "AlP"
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
lol I didn't even think about using linux for this, I forgot it has all those features.  However this process seems very long and complicated.  I take it you are a Linux user AlP?
I use windows, linux, mac os and solaris!

Which is your favorite?  I know a lot of programmers prefer Linux but I just can't seem to get into it lol.
Windows is less hassle then Linux, except I end up reinstalling once a year or so when it slows down. Linux is better for servers and its free of course. Solaris is very similar to Linux these days. It has the same desktop as Ubuntu Linux and OpenSolaris is free. The latter two are harder to configure than Windows. Mac OS is fine but I don't use it as much and tend to get lost a lot.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 10, 2009, 01:39:29 AM
So you are very knowledgeable about Linux then.  I have Ubuntu and it works except for one critical feature.  My buddy installed it on my computer and everything worked except my wireless card.  (Yes this is a laptop)  And I can't get it working.  Whenever I use Linux I have to run an Ethernet cord to my router.  Sorry to bother you for more tech support but do you have any ideas why this is like it?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 10, 2009, 02:07:47 AM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
So you are very knowledgeable about Linux then.  I have Ubuntu and it works except for one critical feature.  My buddy installed it on my computer and everything worked except my wireless card.  (Yes this is a laptop)  And I can't get it working.  Whenever I use Linux I have to run an Ethernet cord to my router.  Sorry to bother you for more tech support but do you have any ideas why this is like it?
Haha, on Linux that depends on which kind of wireless card you have. I would give up now if I were you. Getting wireless cards to work on Linux is excruciating. But basically, the process is to get the chipset and model number and search Google for "Linux wireless my chipset name". You won't find official instructions anywhere. But you'll find forums of other people all going through the pain of making wireless work in Linux. There you'll find the sequences of arcane text you have to put in a multitude of text files with incomprehensible names (which are in different places in every version of Linux). You'll do all that and it won't work. So then what you need to do is go back to these forums. You'll go crazy! I had to that when I installed Linux on my Xbox. Oh and if anyone tells you to recompile your kernel, better to kill yourself than attempt it.

I'm not joking, it really is that bad. There's a reason the Linux wireless driver is called "madwifi". It makes its users go mad!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 10, 2009, 03:48:09 AM
lol.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on October 11, 2009, 11:56:42 AM
I did my usual Facebook routine of looking through what other people posted, and I saw a good American friend post about Obama and his plan to end that 'Don't ask, Don't tell' thing in the military. I was happy, but I saw a comment of his telling a previous commenter to be careful. I looked at it, out of curiosity. It said this; "Dammit. They need to see Jesus' eternal light and salvation. I will be praying for them, and Obama as well." and said that they'd pray for my friend and that they were dead serious.

I'm too nice to say anything back to her but I...Ugh. Sigh, people.
What's on my mind, is that I'm starting to think that America will never be happy. Ever D:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 14, 2009, 05:03:45 AM
I can't get this out of my head for some reason.  Its still making me laugh.  

[youtube:2hi76o28]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrrg8QtEeF8[/youtube:2hi76o28]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 14, 2009, 05:20:30 AM
Funny video LoneMateria  lol

A couple of the things people said to me today were stupid. Examples:

"Everything happens for a reason."
"Everyone has a soul mate."

These were all smart people. I'm going to start making a list of stupid things smart people say, myself included if I can =).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 14, 2009, 06:53:27 AM
No matter how smart someone is, they will find a way to surprise you with their stupidity.  No one is exempt from that.

A side note have you ever been to http://www.fmylife.com or http://www.textsfromlastnight.com?  If you want to read about people stupid adventures then those are the sites to check out.  Although sometimes fmylife is depressing.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: TheOGMamaBear on October 14, 2009, 01:23:15 PM
Quote from: "AlP"
Funny video LoneMateria  :crazy:


I weigh 132 pounds. I'm 8 months pregnant and have a toddler. I have mommy brain. That's my excuse for that really stupid statement.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on October 14, 2009, 05:08:37 PM
My dad had another grand mal seizure this morning. Grah!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on October 15, 2009, 06:48:45 PM
Quote from: "Chimera"
My dad had another grand mal seizure this morning. Grah!
Not good.  I have them occasionally myself and they are no fun at all.  Weird thing about that - I've had seizures on and off for over 20 years (ever since my first major head injury) but I didn't see someone else having one until a few years ago.  Man, they are scary!  I finally realized why people get so freaked out when I have seizures.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on October 15, 2009, 10:58:06 PM
Quote from: "Kylyssa"
Quote from: "Chimera"
My dad had another grand mal seizure this morning. Grah!
Not good.  I have them occasionally myself and they are no fun at all.  Weird thing about that - I've had seizures on and off for over 20 years (ever since my first major head injury) but I didn't see someone else having one until a few years ago.  Man, they are scary!  I finally realized why people get so freaked out when I have seizures.

Yeah, it is scary. My dad was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager, but he hadn't had a seizure since the 70s until this year. He had the first on New Year's Day, and then one in the summer, and one yesterday. The doctor seems to think that this latest one was caused by an ear infection. I had to stay home from school yesterday so I could take Dad to the doctor and make sure he got his meds on time, because my mom does not handle his seizures well at all. She gets totally freaked out and obsesses over it for a long time afterward, so it sort of falls to me to make sure stuff gets done.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 17, 2009, 02:03:56 AM
I find that I am quite bad at distinguishing the names of fonts from the names of cheeses. For example, "Greve"? Is that a font or a cheese? If you said font then you would be wrong. It's a cheese! Now there's a way to test yourself online!

http://cheeseorfont.mogrify.org/play
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on October 19, 2009, 01:25:58 AM
I am sad & pleased at the same time. I am very pleased that I can finally watch Dogma when I see fit, so, so pleased. But sad that I do not have an R1 DVD Player because the outtakes are only on the special edition one which is only for Canada and the US. And apparently nowhere on the Internet has them, anywhere. It's confusing and frustrating and makes me sad D:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Big Mac on October 19, 2009, 04:35:12 AM
The best movie in the world....The Room

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfUj4QJGnok (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfUj4QJGnok)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ4KzClb1C4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ4KzClb1C4)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-FSddF8p_U (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-FSddF8p_U)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLrXDtlT68c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLrXDtlT68c)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on October 21, 2009, 04:21:31 AM
:drool

My uncle has come over and it must be "Testimony Time" for him and my dad, because he's talking about all the crap he went through in his divorce from his wife and how it was apparently God's plan to bring him closer to his son. They're trying to relate it to my sister's situation (long story short, my brother-in-law is being charged with child abuse and perjury and is facing up to 21 years in prison; he likely DID NOT commit any crime) and how God's gonna make things all hunky-dory in the end. And I think my uncle's doing this for my sake, because he knows I'm an atheist and he has a big problem with it. He's gotta bring me back into the fold or whatever. So yeah...ugh.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on October 21, 2009, 04:30:16 AM
Quote from: "Big Mac"
The best movie in the world....The Room

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfUj4QJGnok (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfUj4QJGnok)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ4KzClb1C4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ4KzClb1C4)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-FSddF8p_U (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-FSddF8p_U)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLrXDtlT68c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLrXDtlT68c)

Excellent choice, BigMac!
I own both the "normal" and the Rifftrax versions. I have rarely laughed so hard. You gotta get the Rifftrax of it. Damn it's funny!

"I did not hit her! It's bullshit. I did not hit her! I did not! Oh, hi Mark!"
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Big Mac on October 21, 2009, 06:11:07 AM
Quote from: "McQ"
Quote from: "Big Mac"
The best movie in the world....The Room

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfUj4QJGnok (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfUj4QJGnok)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ4KzClb1C4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ4KzClb1C4)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-FSddF8p_U (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-FSddF8p_U)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLrXDtlT68c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLrXDtlT68c)

Excellent choice, BigMac!
I own both the "normal" and the Rifftrax versions. I have rarely laughed so hard. You gotta get the Rifftrax of it. Damn it's funny!

"I did not hit her! It's bullshit. I did not hit her! I did not! Oh, hi Mark!"

I have coworker who graduated film school (hang on to that for a sec) who showed me this amazingly awful movie.

I have this resentment towards him because he has so much more than I do. He has a beautiful girlfriend who I get along with (she is the stronger of the relationship, hang on for a sec), his college was paid out of pocket completely by someone else, and he has never held a job that paid his rent in his entire life. He is a nice guy but he's a total pussy. It makes me angry that he gets almost everything handed to him while i have to struggle constantly in life for what little I have. What's worse is he whines about doing the easiest parts of the job when I'm on duty. I wish I could do to him what the drill sergeants did to me in the Army to show him real pain. He looks and sounds like a young Obama which intensifies my anger. A nice guy but a total pussy who angers me.

He has a car, a girlfriend, and a lower rent/tax status than I do. Yet he does not know what true work is. I feel nothing but hatred and anger for him deep down. Where do I get these easy breaks in life? He is so much a bitch it annoys me. It's like hot women want a douche or a faggy bitch for a boyfriend/husband. I would really dumb myself down further than I am to be remotely attractive to women.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on October 22, 2009, 05:23:19 AM
 So yesterday I asked my gym teacher if I could call up my mother before my gym period started (it's my final period), because I was hoping to go to a study group for a large as fuck test I was having the next day; I needed some good group cramming. So my teacher told me to go ahead, but not for more than 2 minutes. So I called up my mum and I was speaking to her... in good old Cymraeg.

     So I was all like "hwyl, dw i'n dy garu di!", and I let her go, and it'd already been 7 minutes or so (most of the time was spent arguing with my mother about being able to stay after school and then the rest was spent structuring a plan) and I was absolutely late for changing into my gym uniform. Instead of yelling at me for being late, my teacher started yelling at me for speaking in Welsh because she couldn't understand what I was saying and she started accusing me of saying rude things about her in Welsh.  :mad:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on October 22, 2009, 02:27:58 PM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
So yesterday I asked my gym teacher if I could call up my mother before my gym period started (it's my final period), because I was hoping to go to a study group for a large as fuck test I was having the next day; I needed some good group cramming. So my teacher told me to go ahead, but not for more than 2 minutes. So I called up my mum and I was speaking to her... in good old Cymraeg.

     So I was all like "hwyl, dw i'n dy garu di!", and I let her go, and it'd already been 7 minutes or so (most of the time was spent arguing with my mother about being able to stay after school and then the rest was spent structuring a plan) and I was absolutely late for changing into my gym uniform. Instead of yelling at me for being late, my teacher started yelling at me for speaking in Welsh because she couldn't understand what I was saying and she started accusing me of saying rude things about her in Welsh.  :blink:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on October 22, 2009, 03:21:35 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Quote from: "Pineapple"
So yesterday I asked my gym teacher if I could call up my mother before my gym period started (it's my final period), because I was hoping to go to a study group for a large as fuck test I was having the next day; I needed some good group cramming. So my teacher told me to go ahead, but not for more than 2 minutes. So I called up my mum and I was speaking to her... in good old Cymraeg.

     So I was all like "hwyl, dw i'n dy garu di!", and I let her go, and it'd already been 7 minutes or so (most of the time was spent arguing with my mother about being able to stay after school and then the rest was spent structuring a plan) and I was absolutely late for changing into my gym uniform. Instead of yelling at me for being late, my teacher started yelling at me for speaking in Welsh because she couldn't understand what I was saying and she started accusing me of saying rude things about her in Welsh.  :blink:

A) I'm a High School freshman!
B) Yes, my gym teacher is female. Most gym teachers I've had have been female, actually.
C) Welsh-American!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on October 22, 2009, 03:31:40 PM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
A) I'm a High School freshman!
B) Yes, my gym teacher is female. Most gym teachers I've had have been female, actually.
C) Welsh-American!
Hahaha, okay, I get it. I knew you were entering your freshman year, but I thought it was college. That's weird about the gym teacher, though. She come in the locker room?

You first-generation Welsh-American or what?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 27, 2009, 01:04:01 AM
I'm thinking about investing in a company that generates electricity. Solely from an investment standpoint, it looks really good right now. And I learned that a significant proportion of their electricity is generated from nuclear power and they are increasing it. I thought this was a good thing. No carbon emissions etc. But I did some research and it seems that at current rates of mining we'll run out of uranium in about 100 years, less if we ramp up nuclear power. Hmm. Don't want to invest in a company that's plundering limited natural resources. On the other hand, it would be awesome to be a partial owner of some nuclear reactors; then I'd have nuclear powers! lol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on October 27, 2009, 03:46:20 AM
Quote from: "AlP"
I'm thinking about investing in a company that generates electricity. Solely from an investment standpoint, it looks really good right now. And I learned that a significant proportion of their electricity is generated from nuclear power and they are increasing it. I thought this was a good thing. No carbon emissions etc. But I did some research and it seems that at current rates of mining we'll run out of uranium in about 100 years, less if we ramp up nuclear power. Hmm. Don't want to invest in a company that's plundering limited natural resources. On the other hand, it would be awesome to be a partial owner of some nuclear reactors; then I'd have nuclear powers! :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on October 27, 2009, 03:56:08 AM
Quote from: "Whitney"
Wind power is really cool (maybe not as cool and nuclear reactors)...you'd be a partial owner of one of those giant white windmills and we aren't going to run out of wind any time soon  :P
Actually, I've had a change of heart. No uranium = no nuclear weapons. Lets use the uranium for something useful instead of killing people =).
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on October 27, 2009, 04:08:46 AM
Quote from: "AlP"
Actually, I've had a change of heart. No uranium = no nuclear weapons. Lets use the uranium for something useful instead of killing people =).

Good point.  While there are technologies which can recycle nuclear waste to make power to some extent it is better to use it up for power than to have it sitting around to make bombs.  It's not like uranium is a natural resource that other animals need (like trees)....use it up.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 27, 2009, 04:16:38 AM
Quote from: "Whitney"
Quote from: "AlP"
Actually, I've had a change of heart. No uranium = no nuclear weapons. Lets use the uranium for something useful instead of killing people =).

Good point.  While there are technologies which can recycle nuclear waste to make power to some extent it is better to use it up for power than to have it sitting around to make bombs.  It's not like uranium is a natural resource that other animals need (like trees)....use it up.

You cant plant trees (or seeds) but you can't plant uranium.  A little side note I was reading an article linked to reddit where it was saying that coal energy produces more radiation (in terms of waste) then nuclear power.  Anyway I agree use it for power not for bombs.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on October 27, 2009, 12:24:01 PM
A close family member retired from a uranium enrichment plant after working there for 30 years. Now they're living comfortably into old age. Uranium's been good to my family. I don't mind it so much.

It's the assholes who see it as a weapon that I don't like.

Sidenote: the wife gets her green card this week.  :bananacolor:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on October 27, 2009, 04:32:05 PM
Does anyone else think "oh fuck" when they see a new believer on the forum or do I only do that since I end up having to deal with them when they don't behave?

Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
Sidenote: the wife gets her green card this week.  :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 27, 2009, 04:49:58 PM
Quote from: "Whitney"
Does anyone else think "oh fuck" when they see a new believer on the forum or do I only do that since I end up having to deal with them when they don't behave

I do it too.  Most believers come here to show their self-righteous asses like they are holding some paradise over our heads thats right out of our reach and try to laugh at us and pity us because they have it and not us.  They don't seem to understand we don't care they hold some make believe place over our heads and they leave after looking like a douche but don't learn their lessons.  I guess i think, "oh fuck" because anything I post to them might as well be deleted since its just as effective as not typing anything at all.  Most of the time I just want to be a complete dick back to them but its a losing battle since if I act like an ass it makes atheists look worse and if I act nice then they get to be complete dicks to us.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: templeboy on October 27, 2009, 07:56:41 PM
Howdy y'all. Its my first exam in thirty-five minutes, my preparation has been at best inadequate, so I may have to rederive much of modern chemistry in the coming few hours....I'll come back and procrastinate some more afterwards before my maths exam tomorrow....
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on October 28, 2009, 01:06:28 AM
http://atheistcamel.blogspot.com/2009/10/why-do-religious-fanatics-want-to-be.html

A possible explanation for the retarded Christians that come here. ^_^  enjoy
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Reginus on October 29, 2009, 12:15:39 AM
Last cross country meet of the season was today. Not a single one that we had has been in snow/rain or bellow about 40 degrees (F).

If you live in Minnesota, you'll understand that that's some serious evidence for miracles.  ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Steve Reason on October 29, 2009, 07:03:42 AM
I am currently on my 13th ounce of rum (and Coke) and I can still manage to type (with lots of backspaces :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on October 29, 2009, 08:02:20 PM
HALLOWEEN IS COMING. I am ridiculously excited omg you have no idea.
I mean, I'm only dressing up as a Hunter (http://media.moddb.com/images/groups/1/1/941/l4d-boss-art-hunter.jpg). I shouldn't be this excited.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on October 29, 2009, 09:01:14 PM
Quote from: "Steve Reason"
I am currently on my 13th ounce of rum (and Coke) and I can still manage to type (with lots of backspaces :D

hey, at least you think about us when you get your drink on.  that's something, no?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on November 02, 2009, 02:49:34 AM
I haven't spent more than a week in a climate with a temperature less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit in over 4 years. >_>

Autumn is upon us, and my unfortunate death is imminent.  :verysad:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on November 02, 2009, 04:53:08 AM
check it:

[youtube:1k7vh8l4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iZlEJ_ESuo[/youtube:1k7vh8l4]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on November 02, 2009, 05:26:21 AM
Quote from: "Whitney"
check it:

[youtube:1kzh8ruk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iZlEJ_ESuo[/youtube:1kzh8ruk]

Sweet! I love that movie. Did you video this, Whitney?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on November 02, 2009, 04:22:00 PM
Quote from: "McQ"
Did you video this, Whitney?

No, someone else did.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Big Mac on November 04, 2009, 05:17:16 AM
Nothing to see here folks.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on November 04, 2009, 05:22:18 AM
Quote from: "Big Mac"

Welcome to the world of every latino who suffers under the yoke of dumb rednecks who can barely speak English. They are so insecure due to their lack of culture (Anglos have always lacked it so they invade other places that do, just like the other EUropeans.) that they assume if you speak in a much more eloquent and rich language that you have to waste it on insulting their pale ugly toothless asses. Typical imperialistic attitude. Don't feel bad, brother. The yoke of the hated English will soon be broken. Hopefully Wales will be recognized as its own country. Until then, the Irish, Latinos, etc. share your struggle. For great justice and lulz.

Um...generalise much? You could at least add some qualifiyers like many, most, some, ect.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on November 04, 2009, 08:18:34 PM
Kind of annoyed with my psychology class. It's not the instructor or the material, it's the people in my class. I'm 25, and most of the people in the class are about 18 or 19 and still in high school mode. The gum popping and constant chatter is very distracting and frustrating, and then a lot of the class starts packing up their stuff and leaving before the instructor has dismissed us. I know I'm not the only one who is bothered by this. I just don't wanna be the bad one who starts chastising people about their behavior.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: templeboy on November 04, 2009, 09:15:27 PM
Quote from: "Chimera"
Kind of annoyed with my psychology class. It's not the instructor or the material, it's the people in my class. I'm 25, and most of the people in the class are about 18 or 19 and still in high school mode. The gum popping and constant chatter is very distracting and frustrating, and then a lot of the class starts packing up their stuff and leaving before the instructor has dismissed us. I know I'm not the only one who is bothered by this. I just don't wanna be the bad one who starts chastising people about their behavior.

Sucky. You just described my entire 14 years of education so far.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on November 04, 2009, 09:27:04 PM
Quote from: "Chimera"
Kind of annoyed with my psychology class. It's not the instructor or the material, it's the people in my class. I'm 25, and most of the people in the class are about 18 or 19 and still in high school mode. The gum popping and constant chatter is very distracting and frustrating, and then a lot of the class starts packing up their stuff and leaving before the instructor has dismissed us. I know I'm not the only one who is bothered by this. I just don't wanna be the bad one who starts chastising people about their behavior.

Perhaps you can yell, "Fucking kids you know if you don't want to be here you don't have to show up this isn't high school anymore!"  You know embarrass them ... then again my 2nd semester of College we had this instructor for economics who couldn't speak English worth a damn... in college his inability to teach was so bad he gave 40 point grading curves for tests.  But since we couldn't understand him (and since it was Jr. college and we had to take attendance) people would show up and put their names down then get up and leave.  No point in sitting in a class where you aren't going to learn anything.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Wendy on November 06, 2009, 09:56:42 PM
Quote from: "Chimera"
Kind of annoyed with my psychology class. It's not the instructor or the material, it's the people in my class. I'm 25, and most of the people in the class are about 18 or 19 and still in high school mode. The gum popping and constant chatter is very distracting and frustrating, and then a lot of the class starts packing up their stuff and leaving before the instructor has dismissed us. I know I'm not the only one who is bothered by this. I just don't wanna be the bad one who starts chastising people about their behavior.

I'm 31 and in college and I am annoyed by the same thing.  lol
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on November 08, 2009, 04:39:38 PM
Todays my anniversary with my GF of 4 years.  Were broke, jobless, and bored.  I think we will head over to the beach and walk it ... so there is an hour or maybe 2 killed but then we don't know what we will do.  Maybe watch the Miami game lol.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on November 10, 2009, 02:49:47 AM
Gym is bringing my would be 4.1 GPA down. dskjfsdlkfhsdflksdhfsdlkfjhsdkfjsdhfksdjfhsdkjfhsdfkjsfhdskjfhsdkfjhsdfkjsdhfksdfhskjfhdskjfhskfjshfkjshfksjfhskdfjdshfkjsdhfkdsjfhsdfkjhdsfksdjfhsafhdskfjhdsfkjdshfkdsjfhdskfhdsfkjdhfkjsdhfskdjfhsdkfjhdsfakjdsfaf

I have chronic migraines, and the chemicals in the swimming pool that we had to swim in for gym triggered the worst migraines I've experienced in my entire life.
I moved to where I live currently in the last 6 months, and we currently don't have a doctor, and my mother didn't let me know that I could go to a clinic to get a note out. Her answered was "suck it up". After 5 weeks without a note, and 5 weeks spent skipping class, my regular gym teacher (we have a separate one for swimming) let me know I could go to a clinic.

 :shake:

I'm not even bad with gym normally. I run "like a Kenyan", in the words of some of my friends, it's just that I fucked myself over by not going to a clinic.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on November 11, 2009, 05:53:29 AM
Last week, I finished a programming project. QA and the two development teams (responsible for the project specifications), tested my work and gave their OK. We "handed" the project therefore over to our Belgian customer for the final approval. The customer discovered yesterday, that there was a serious flaw in the programming specs that were written by my colleagues. A typical case of miscommunication, wrong assumptions and incomplete analysis, which will cost me at least one week of additional work  :brick: . So, today we'll  have a wonderful blamestorm (oops, I mean brainstorm) meeting to see how (or if) we can maintain our production schedule.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on November 11, 2009, 08:59:21 PM
Huzzah! I got my gym grade omitted! My GPA is now a 4.3 (out of a max possibility of 4.5)!

but unfortunately I have to keep the 3 detentions.  :brick:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on November 15, 2009, 01:48:01 AM
[youtube:iqgunu45]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptwEV0xhTzI[/youtube:iqgunu45]


This is a great video.

***EDIT*** once you finish watching this in the selection afterwards look at Dawkins vs. Tyson.  I never expected the ending to that.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: G-Roll on November 15, 2009, 02:36:33 PM
I have yet to watch the dawkins tyson vid. I will definitely watch it now. The last dawkins video I watched was a short interview with him on some news show (I want to say fox). They had an atheist, a pastor, and a journalist. Afterwards they all discussed the interview. I forget the atheist ladies name (she is a big name in atheism) but she REALLY  disappointed me. It was at the end of the show and the music was kicking on when the pastor asked her where does she get her morals if not from god. I don’t know if it was a cheap shot at the end of the interview, if she was offended by this and choose not to reply, or what. But it is by far one of the easiest responses and one of the most ignorant questions a person of faith could ask. I was disappointed she didn’t reply and seemed stumped.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on November 15, 2009, 11:51:32 PM
Well, I'm disappointed in the Dawkins/Tyson video. I was expecting :hissyfit:  Mike Tyson.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on November 17, 2009, 12:38:17 AM
:verysad:  My great grandfather died yesterday. He was a great healthy man, and he died relatively peacefully (in his sleep). My Great Grandfather was one of the Danish Jews that managed to survive the Holocaust because of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_of_the_Danish_Jews (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_of_the_Danish_Jews)

They held a ceremony to celebrate and mourn his death. He migrated from Wales to Denmark when he was a young child because of his father's job, and then to America later in his life, after both my grandmother and my mother moved here.

I decided to read a book called Number the Stars, a story about Nazi occupation in Denmark during 1943, to get an idea of what he may have experienced.

With the current knowledge I have of contemporary Danish history; it's now become my favourite country. Those people are fucking amazing! I still have some family over there, and I just may relocate there later on. If I get an IB diploma, my education will be legit there.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: jrosebud on November 17, 2009, 07:42:11 PM
I'm so sorry, Pineapple.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Forseti on November 18, 2009, 07:52:11 AM
thesis deadline = 1 month !! :brick:
Title: Church service abnormalities
Post by: kuma98 on November 21, 2009, 04:31:17 PM
This news is an interesting study in the difficulties in religions in the US trying to do what can be considered a combination of altruistic, self-serving, and clumsy applications.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/200 ... hungry.cnn (http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/11/20/hln.church.fights.to.feed.hungry.cnn)

Feeding the homeless can easily be operated out of donations or outlets close to homeless areas.  Neighborhood locations (which many churches choose to reside in) can decide to adopt policies to serve the neighborhood at which they reside.  

We had/have the same problem with downtown Seattle where local businesses objected harshly to homeless-housing proposals in the same area (Pioneer District).  Although, the Pioneer District has little religious indoctrination intentions and the homeless were already there.  I would think that the church in the article move it's food operations closer to the area most in need via 'roach coaches' or food bank collections that get dispersed to homeless organizations.  It would be harder to serve theism to starving folks outside a religious facility which maybe why they prefer to keep it in-house.  But, I don't think even the more 'avid' Abrahamic folks are beyond altruistic solutions.  

Well, not all of them of course <g>.



Steve
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on November 21, 2009, 04:54:52 PM
It's Saturday. Tomorrow is Sunday. For the first time in a month, I have the entire weekend free!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on November 24, 2009, 06:27:51 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Hubby and I are going to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, so I'll be offline for a few days.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SqUiDs_WiFeY on November 28, 2009, 01:32:54 AM
whats on my mind?  My hair.  Why you ask?  Because it was this fugly "meth head blonde" color until i dyed it back to brown....took 2 boxes this time.....(dont be frightened-I do this A LOT)  also,  i have homework on the brain.  A persuasive speech that i have to do in 2 days time, and the glorious and oh so wonderful (catch my sarcasm?) math.....so, yeah, thats whats on my mind.   :crazy:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on November 28, 2009, 04:17:22 AM
Quote from: "SqUiDs_WiFeY"
whats on my mind?  My hair.  Why you ask?  Because it was this fugly "meth head blonde" color until i dyed it back to brown....took 2 boxes this time.....(dont be frightened-I do this A LOT)  also,  i have homework on the brain.  A persuasive speech that i have to do in 2 days time, and the glorious and oh so wonderful (catch my sarcasm?) math.....so, yeah, thats whats on my mind.   :crazy:

Welcome to the forum. Are you the wifey of our very own Squid here? Good luck with the hair color and the homework!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Squid on November 28, 2009, 06:55:31 AM
Quote from: "McQ"
Are you the wifey of our very own Squid here?

Indeed she is. :headbang:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on November 28, 2009, 09:05:38 PM
A big welcome to SqUiDs_WiFeY!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SqUiDs_WiFeY on November 29, 2009, 04:08:57 AM
I hate this semester im in.  Its a full semesters worth of work in 8 weeks.  :yay:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on November 29, 2009, 06:08:56 AM
Quote from: "SqUiDs_WiFeY"
I hate this semester im in.  Its a full semesters worth of work in 8 weeks.  :yay:

Whats your major?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SqUiDs_WiFeY on November 29, 2009, 08:38:17 PM
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.c ... D=21083240 (http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=227340551&albumID=1257016&imageID=21083240)

This is my stepdad and the deer he got hunting yesterday.  My mom put these pictures on her myspace, so I thought i'd leave this as a comment on the picture:



Hello Mr. deer,
 Me and you are gonna have to talk.  You make great food.  ESPECIALLY Deer Chili, Deer Steaks, AND, my personal favorite, DEER JERKY.  Dont worry, Mr. deer.  My dad will gut you and clean you really well, and eat very good because youre not smart enough to not get hurt.  Well, Mr. Deer, im closing for now, but I'd like to thank you for providing us with meat when the economy is rocky and unstable as it is now.  Thank you, Mr. Deer.  Because of you, my mom is going to mail me some of that tasty, meaty flesh of yours so I can chew on it.


Sincerely,
Your Captor's Daughter

P.S.-You just made me hungry.


I thought it was funny, and so did my mom.  Maybe we're just weird......idk.



*bad link for the pic
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SqUiDs_WiFeY on November 29, 2009, 08:41:55 PM
Quote
Whats your major?


Early Childhood Development.  Kindergarten Teacher, to be more specific.   Im excited!!!!  Children are amazing little mini-humans just WAITING to be corrupted :)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on November 29, 2009, 10:03:41 PM
Quote from: "SqUiDs_WiFeY"
Quote
Whats your major?


Early Childhood Development.  Kindergarten Teacher, to be more specific.   Im excited!!!!  Children are amazing little mini-humans just WAITING to be corrupted :)

Nice.  You should corrupt them with stuff like critical thinking and logic ^_^
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SqUiDs_WiFeY on November 30, 2009, 12:56:40 AM
Quote
Nice.  You should corrupt them with stuff like critical thinking and logic ^_^

DEFINITELY.   "Now, kiddos, God is just like Santa Claus.  He isnt real."  hahaha.   :evil:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on November 30, 2009, 01:00:43 AM
lol your ass would get fired on the first day.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: karadan on November 30, 2009, 09:41:19 AM
I don't like wet, grey days.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on November 30, 2009, 07:34:52 PM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
lol your ass would get fired on the first day.

Just her ass?  What, would she have to teach with her bum stuck out a window or something?
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on November 30, 2009, 09:05:36 PM
It would be cut off and then handed back to her on a plate.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: karadan on December 01, 2009, 09:40:53 AM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
It would be cut off and then handed back to her on a plate.

Ew.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: SqUiDs_WiFeY on December 01, 2009, 06:27:23 PM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
It would be cut off and then handed back to her on a plate.
One, OUCH! and two, GROSS!  haha.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on December 01, 2009, 06:45:28 PM
Quote from: "SqUiDs_WiFeY"
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
It would be cut off and then handed back to her on a plate.
One, OUCH! and two, GROSS!  haha.

lol it would almost feel like you are winning a prize for a second right before they present it to you.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on December 03, 2009, 06:59:58 PM
Welcome to the forum, Squid's Wifey.  The cephalopods are taking over!   :bananacolor:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tanker on December 04, 2009, 01:13:31 AM
There is a "store" called the Christian Science Reading Room downtown here. Everytime I see it I want to ask them "what's the difference between 'Christian' Science and just science?".I already Know the answer but I'm curious as to what their response would be.


FYI the difference as I understand it.

Science: take all available information and see what conclusions you can draw from it.

Christian Science: having the conclusions you want and disregarding all information that disagrees with it
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on December 04, 2009, 05:11:45 PM
Quote from: "Tanker"
There is a "store" called the Christian Science Reading Room downtown here. Everytime I see it I want to ask them "what's the difference between 'Christian' Science and just science?".I already Know the answer but I'm curious as to what their response would be.


FYI the difference as I understand it.

Science: take all available information and see what conclusions you can draw from it.

Christian Science: having the conclusions you want and disregarding all information that disagrees with it

lol as far as I know Christian Science is opposite of normal science.  In science you start with an observation and you use experimentation and evidence to derive a conclusion.  In Christian Science you start with a conclusion and you force your observation to fit into it and you ignore experimentation and evidence.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on December 06, 2009, 08:10:11 PM
I got in trouble in my English class for presenting two charts that associated Religion by sects with IQ and the link between Religiosity and IQ. My teacher told me that it could be offensive to some people in the class, as we live in an area that has a high density of Baptists (who were one of the lowest ranked sects). I however, found it amusing and being an arrogant, cheeky, and audacious son of a bitch, I decided to show the charts off in my presentation anyway: shit hit the fan. People went crazy asking for questions and sources! A few people yelled, some cheered, my teacher shook her head in shame.
Sure, I'm getting evil glares of death now, but it was totally worth it.  lol
I got highfives from all the people that weren't Christian or Muslim! A whole four people out of thirty-two!

Hmmm on another note, I've noticed that when I type on a keyboard I move my hands similarly to how pianists move their hands while playing. Perhaps I should take up Piano.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on December 06, 2009, 10:37:09 PM
Quote from: "Pineapple"
I got in trouble in my English class for presenting two charts that associated Religion by sects with IQ and the link between Religiosity and IQ. My teacher told me that it could be offensive to some people in the class, as we live in an area that has a high density of Baptists (who were one of the lowest ranked sects). I however, found it amusing and being an arrogant, cheeky, and audacious son of a bitch, I decided to show the charts off in my presentation anyway: shit hit the fan. People went crazy asking for questions and sources! A few people yelled, some cheered, my teacher shook her head in shame.
Sure, I'm getting evil glares of death now, but it was totally worth it.  lol
I got highfives from all the people that weren't Christian or Muslim! A whole four people out of thirty-two!

Hmmm on another note, I've noticed that when I type on a keyboard I move my hands similarly to how pianists move their hands while playing. Perhaps I should take up Piano.

Awesome.  Just pure awesomeness.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Hat on December 07, 2009, 02:59:28 AM
I found a group on Facebook that's for Atheists in N. Ireland.
I am ridiculously pleased at this discovery, 'cause I felt pretty lonely for a while.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on December 07, 2009, 04:24:38 AM
Quote from: "Hat"
I found a group on Facebook that's for Atheists in N. Ireland.
I am ridiculously pleased at this discovery, 'cause I felt pretty lonely for a while.

I think they are planning a Camp Quest Ireland for 2011
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on December 07, 2009, 05:42:16 PM
It was an okay morning.  I decided on playing a little online poker so I started in a $1 rebuy tourney which I got knocked out of early off facing pocket Jacks then Aces back to back.  So to vent a little frustration I signed up for a 4 player sit n go, heads up shootout.  Thats the one where you play heads up until one of you is left and its winner take all.  My first match was quick 3 hands where I got great cards and stole a little money.  On the 3rd and final hand I had pocket 5's he limped from the button and I took the free flop.  KT9 2 hearts was the flop.  Well I checked and he bet the pot (60 since we just limped) and I decided to see if he had a hand and was going to try and take him off of it.  Turn card came a 5 and plans changed a little.  I checked my set and he bet the pot, I decided at that time he had either 2nd pair or top pair weak kicker either way I figured he'd stick around.  I check raised him for half of his remaining stack.  He called.  River paired 9's so I had a full house and I just open shoved.  He called and I busted him.

I had to wait about 40 minutes for the final round to start.  When it did we just kept shuffling back and forth chips.  I managed to get a slight lead when the most awesome thing happened:

I was on the button with KQos and made a standard raise to 180.  He quickly re-raised me to 360 and I called because heads up thats what you do.  Flop came AKJ all diamonds and I had the Q of diamonds in my hand.  He made a pot sized bet and I decided he had an Ace.  It makes sense to bet the ace which is probably good on that board and to deny me odds to draw out.  Slight problem though.  I had 17 outs assuming he doesn't have 2 pair.  Which makes me a solid favorite.  I shove and he quickly calls.  He flips over A7 with no diamonds so I have all 17 outs.  Turn card is a 3 of clubs no help so i'm down to about a 40% chance of winning.  River was the T of diamonds giving me the Royal Flush... 2nd ever.

And this time I have proof: http://i608.photobucket.com/albums/tt169/LoneMateria/Royal.png  I took a screen shot of the play back.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on December 10, 2009, 08:10:55 PM
ROFL I just have to share this.

[youtube:mgn29v50]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq10bz3PxyY[/youtube:mgn29v50]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Chimera on December 11, 2009, 08:54:53 PM
^ I saw that video on Think Atheist last night. I loved it! Patton Oswalt was spot on--I hate that song.

Anyhoo...on my mind today is a small matter. My mom wants to take the family out to a church Christmas musical tomorrow night. The name of the play is "The Gospel According to Scrooge" and I'm not entirely sure I want to endure another religiously-themed Christmas show. I went to the one last year and it was nice to spend time with my parents and all, but I feel conflicted. Blah.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: NightSerf on December 12, 2009, 07:07:49 AM
Well, now, that's a dangerously open ended question, isn't it?  

I work nights (one of the reasons for my net name), but I'm off tonight.  But I'm up at this ungodly hour, which is pretty appropriate, I suppose... On my mind?  How to get my recalcitrant fingers to stop with the typos already, what to name my band's new album if it comes down to me, and how to cheer up our drummer, who has been chewed out by the principle of the middle school where he teaches band for the umteenth time this year.  

I've renamed one song from "These Two Hands" to "Shooting Star," so I suppose that is a candidate.  Or Clockwork.  Or Spin Games.  Any opinions here?  Which title would make you take a closer look and even listen to a sample track or two?  Breeze of Springtime?  Tennessee Woman?

One of the things I like about the atheists on any forum where they post is that they generally write well, even on the fly,  Most people don't.  It's not just typos, misspellings, or punctuation errors.  They are inconsequential editing problems that wouldn't appear if this weren't a first draft medium.  My own writing has them from time to time.  But so few internet writers structure their sentences and paragraphs well, and that makes even the occasional interesting thought both hard to find and hard to follow.

I try to get to sleep a bit earlier on my nights off, and I feel the first drowsies coming on. ' Night, all.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: 1minion on December 16, 2009, 11:51:23 PM
This winds up being a bit of a work rant, but hopefully an entertaining one. I work for a city library and we're in the process of switching to a new-fangled system to replace our seriously ancient text-based telnet stuff. Eventually the whole province will be connected to us (and we to them) so patrons can request books and music from anywhere and get them shipped over. But I think that's a long time coming. Right now we have to figure out how to get the program functional for our city borrowers.

It's been a nightmare. Training has been haphazard and off the cuff and even today my supervisor was literally applauding the tenacity of workers at all the branches for their grassroots problem solving abilities. I could have fallen off my chair. Not because I never expected him to be impressed over anything, but for him to be thinking local solutions are the best thing ever.

Local solutions are all we've got. Nobody from anywhere actually using this system came around to train us in its use. A few supervisors and librarians got a bit of training to pass along to the rest of us but I had to figure out my whole role in the process pretty much on my own. The training manual is not designed for the first time users of this program, that's for damn sure. It's more for the people who are already familiar with database management and need tips on setting it up and running projects behind the scenes, not the day to day use for cataloging and public patron borrowing. It's all been hands on learning for all us peons.

I would have preferred having someone come in who knew how the thing worked to be with us to troubleshoot, rather than leave us all floundering in the unfamiliar realm that is this new Millennium.

GAH!

That's where my head's been all day. GAH! GAHH!  At least I have a Freethinker's pub night to look forward to this evening. Make all my problems fade for a night...
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on December 17, 2009, 06:10:54 AM
I've seen this before and I don't know if its been posted here but if you don't know it the God of the Gaps has been around throughout our history.

[youtube:1b3790rs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vrpPPV_yPY[/youtube:1b3790rs]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on December 17, 2009, 02:02:01 PM
I feel like I've been neglecting HAF. I started a Ph.D in Instructional Technology and it's keeping me pretty busy. Also, since I'm done with my Master's that focused on religion, I don't "go off" as much as I used to (out of sight, out of mind, I guess).

Sorry.  :verysad:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MommaSquid on December 18, 2009, 05:04:46 PM
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
I feel like I've been neglecting HAF. I started a Ph.D in Instructional Technology and it's keeping me pretty busy. Also, since I'm done with my Master's that focused on religion, I don't "go off" as much as I used to (out of sight, out of mind, I guess).

Sorry.  :(


Mom emailed me this morning to tell me about a snow storm forecasted to hit the East coast tomorrow which may affect her trip from PA to AZ tomorrow.   This is why I don't fly East for the holidays.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on December 18, 2009, 05:17:58 PM
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
I feel like I've been neglecting HAF. I started a Ph.D in Instructional Technology and it's keeping me pretty busy. Also, since I'm done with my Master's that focused on religion, I don't "go off" as much as I used to (out of sight, out of mind, I guess).

Sorry.  :(


Mom emailed me this morning to tell me about a snow storm forecasted to hit the East coast tomorrow which may affect her trip from PA to AZ tomorrow.   This is why I don't fly East for the holidays.

Sunday my GF and I are driving from Florida to Iowa.  It's gonna suck.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: McQ on December 18, 2009, 10:17:51 PM
Quote from: "LoneMateria"
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Quote from: "curiosityandthecat"
I feel like I've been neglecting HAF. I started a Ph.D in Instructional Technology and it's keeping me pretty busy. Also, since I'm done with my Master's that focused on religion, I don't "go off" as much as I used to (out of sight, out of mind, I guess).

Sorry.  :(


Mom emailed me this morning to tell me about a snow storm forecasted to hit the East coast tomorrow which may affect her trip from PA to AZ tomorrow.   This is why I don't fly East for the holidays.

Sunday my GF and I are driving from Florida to Iowa.  It's gonna suck.

Yikes! Florida to Iowa. Rough drive. Good luck. May the wind be at your back....
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on December 18, 2009, 11:33:37 PM
Quote from: "McQ"
Yikes! Florida to Iowa. Rough drive. Good luck. May the wind be at your back....

Thanx, yeah its going to be a 16 hour non stop trip.  I'm going to drive through the night and she will drive when we get up north since she knows how to drive in snow ^_^.  I've got myself a few 5 hour energy drinks just in case lol.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on December 19, 2009, 06:54:56 PM
I'm cold and cold hurts.  Fibromyalgia/lupus don't mix well with cold.  I need to move somewhere warm where there are jobs.  My partner is looking for work in North Carolina.  

Last night I got to make up a big batch of fake blood and make my partner progressively gorier for a music video.  I started with a little blob of blood on his chest and spread it out as the song progressed until it was a messy but roughly heart-shaped (stylized heart, not a real heart, I didn't think people would get the imagery) area of blood that almost entirely covered his chest.  I didn't realize how rotten cold weather has been for me until I went to crouch under the camera to shove him out a door (to do a POV) shot and simply wasn't able.  We adjusted by raising the camera (he's two inches shorter than I am, making the logistics even more difficult) and tweaking the angle a bit.  It looks OK shot that way but I was horrified to discover that I'd suddenly become very un-bendy.  A hot shower brought the bendiness back but, dang, it was weird and unpleasant.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Tom62 on December 19, 2009, 11:04:01 PM
This has been a lousy day. My wife called me from the USA with the message that she is snowed in. The snow storm closed down several airports. Since she'll be leaving on Monday to go on vacation, we can only hope that the situation will improve.

My gas heater broke down this evening. Hopefully I can get it repaired tomorrow. In the meanwhile the temperature has already dropped from 68 to 50 degrees and it will go even lower than that, because outside it is 12 degrees. The heater was leaking water, that caused a short circuit, which blew the fuse and killed my DVD player in the process.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: kenh on December 19, 2009, 11:41:21 PM
I was going to post about beer as the other posters were doing in this thread.  Then I realized that I was on page 1 of a 78 page thread!  Oh well, I will anyway.  Victory Brewing is now shipping to Florida, and also to most states now!  Just got some of their HopDevil ale.  I love hoppy ales...  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on December 20, 2009, 12:19:15 PM
whats on my mind...
I keep finding baby fish in my aquarium!
Stop giving birth fish! I donno where to put all those babies!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: OldGit on December 20, 2009, 03:00:58 PM
Let them grow a bit, then eat them.  :D
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: MariaEvri on December 20, 2009, 03:50:49 PM
Quote from: "OldGit"
Let them grow a bit, then eat them.  :D

it would be a good idea if they were a big species
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: OldGit on December 20, 2009, 04:41:16 PM
Quote from: "MariaEvri"
it would be a good idea if they were a big species
Eat lots.  :bananacolor:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Pineapple on December 20, 2009, 05:43:00 PM
I got yelled at today for saying "Happy Holidays!" instead of "Merry Christmas!". When I told the guy that I didn't celebrate Christmas, he told me "that's no excuse!".  :shake:
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: G-Roll on December 21, 2009, 01:17:14 AM
cookies and milk for dinner num num num num.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Rastelin on December 21, 2009, 01:35:33 AM
I dropped 10 eggs on the floor today. And I just stood there looking at the mess. Like that was going to help. One of those days I thought. But the rest of the evening went suspiciously uneventful.

The bad luck is probably saving up ;)
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: templeboy on December 21, 2009, 08:27:25 AM
I'm loving summertime here :D You Northern Hemisphere folks with your blizzards, eat your hearts out :p

Also, I think I deserve kudos, because this is my 100th post on HAF. So if you don't mind, for the next day you may worship me :p
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on December 26, 2009, 08:23:48 PM
Bored and alone out of state.  My GF and her family are at walmart lol.  So I was watching some NonStampCollector stuff of youtube and he had a recent plug for DarkMatter2525.  I decided to check it out and omfg this guy is hilarious.  So i'm gonna link something from DarkMatter2525 and hope you guys get a big laugh out of it.

[youtube:2d649j5q]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcQTCoY3wYQ[/youtube:2d649j5q]
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on December 27, 2009, 01:54:15 AM
I am annoyed by fundies calling me a liar in regard to religion having a connection to teen and young adult homelessness in America, particularly among homosexual youth.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: AlP on December 27, 2009, 06:47:29 AM
We have thunder and lightning in San Francisco =). My room lights up with the flash and I rush to take off my headphones so I can hear the boom!
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Kylyssa on December 27, 2009, 05:04:57 PM
There's snow outside and I'm cold with the heat on high and enough clothes on to put a mountain climber to shame.  I want thunder and lightning in December and a warm ocean breeze on my face.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: LoneMateria on December 27, 2009, 05:10:42 PM
Quote from: "Kylyssa"
There's snow outside and I'm cold with the heat on high and enough clothes on to put a mountain climber to shame.  I want thunder and lightning in December and a warm ocean breeze on my face.

If you want those things then Michigan is definitely not the place for you.  You can try my state of Florida, the taxes are just as crappy and the unemployment rate just as high but my dad (in north florida) is in the 40's and my Grandparents (in central florida) are in the mid 50's.  Perfect beach weather for you and it's better then hoping for a high of 0 :P
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: G-Roll on December 28, 2009, 02:43:57 PM
My lack of caffeine
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: kelltrill on January 03, 2010, 06:46:24 AM
8:45 am, and I'm about to be dragged to church for the third time in my life. Ever. My dad plays in the church band and he wants me to hear him play. Okay, that's all well and good, but I'm convinced I'm going to walk through those doors and be so obviously "heathen" that I wont last 5mins. Besides which, what does one even wear to church? This all feels so weird.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: Whitney on January 03, 2010, 06:52:43 AM
Quote from: "kelltrill"
8:45 am, and I'm about to be dragged to church for the third time in my life. Ever. My dad plays in the church band and he wants me to hear him play. Okay, that's all well and good, but I'm convinced I'm going to walk through those doors and be so obviously "heathen" that I wont last 5mins. Besides which, what does one even wear to church? This all feels so weird.

If the church you are going to is not fundamentalist you probably won't be bothered by anyone and can just sit there and look nice.  

Typically you would wear something that would be appropriate for a dress-casual office job.

Even if it sucks going your dad will probably appreciate you hearing him play; esp if he knows you don't believe and are going just for his sake.
Title: Re: What's on your mind today?
Post by: curiosityandthecat on January 03, 2010, 03:59:24 PM
Quote from: "Whitney"
Quote from: "kelltrill"
8:45 am, and I'm about to be dragged to church for the third time in my li