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Shock Trooper
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XKCD, Order of the Stick, and A Softer World. I graduated to webcomics after our subscription to the paper ran out. I still checkout Foxtrot, Non Sequitur, Zits, and Dilbert on occasion.

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Xbox Live Arcade? PlayStation Network? DS? in General
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I'm wondering why this seems to be the most common type of annoying new topic on general.

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The Handy Abominable Photo Thread in General
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The Western Slope of Colorado is famous for unpredictable weather. A day can see 60˚ F or more, go down to 20˚ F and start snowing, remelt in the afternoon and go back up to 60, then drop below zero and freeze during the night. Meanwhile, ten miles down valley, it will have been sunny and mild all day.

As far as sunny days go, we could use a few less. Just a few more inches of rain a year, and we'd be out of semi-arid and into the perfect temperate climate.

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Nyyyoron~! in General
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quote:
Originally written by The Sisters Cassidy.:

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Buying flowers for everybody is a terrible idea. Giving one to everybody is the same as giving one to nobody - it's not special anymore if even the teachers got one.

Agreed, but it doesn't really do much harm, and it makes me feel better. I like to think it does less harm to the Valentine's Spirit than moping around feeling bad about being single.

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Nyyyoron~! in General
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I suppose it was an exaggeration. We have between twenty and thirty permanent staff, and a few more girls than that. Therefor, the actual number came closer to 60, although I bought more roses to ensure a sufficient supply. From my understanding, a High School with three hundred students is considered to be on the small end, with many urban schools reaching two or three thousand. I also take the fact that the same person teaches AP Calculus and Drama as a sign that we might be under the average.

Admittedly, we're just above the lower boundary to be considered a 3A school, which puts us halfway between the largest (5A) and smallest (1A). A long rant for a relatively unimportant topic? Yes, but at least it was in a topic without a clear set purpose for me to be disrupting.

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Nyyyoron~! in General
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quote:
Originally written by Azuma:

Hrmm..anyone even..to some degree..celebrated the dang event? Valentines Day..I mean..
I gave flowers to every girl in my grade, as well as all the teachers. Luckily, my High School is small enough that that only added up to about eighty people.

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Nyyyoron~! in General
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quote:
Originally written by Jeran Korak:

64K Internet.
Then try this. It pretty much covers everything.

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What's Going On? in General
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quote:
Originally written by Diprosopus:

quote:
Originally written by Actaeon:

Adolescents tend to be both easily offended and well entrenched in media.
Truly? They tend to be very jaded from my experience, but I'll defer to your judgment.

Well, that too (just look at me), but jadedness, sensitivity, and media obsession aren't always mutually exclusive.

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What's Going On? in General
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quote:
Originally written by Diprosopus:

If you're so concerned that you may lose your will to the media, your friends don't seem like a fair standard. Also, something can be agreed upon by a large number of people while still deserving of complaint.
1. I said my peers, not my friends. There's a world of difference.

2. I entirely concur with your statement. However, there are so many things to get upset about that I tend to concentrate on the ones with the most negative impact first. In the case of annoying media tendencies, I find that my peer group is a pretty good judge of things. Adolescents tend to be both easily offended and well entrenched in media. Also, if they don't care, it is unlikely that I will be able to find enough support to change things, anyway. Sometimes, when things are more locally based, this system doesn't work, but it makes a good second method of consideration, after gut reactions.

Edit: Is this topic still about odd news? I feel obligated to post some, even if commentary on it is sort of unnecessary: http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Yemeni_man_creates_world%27s_largest_crossword_puzzle

[ Monday, February 04, 2008 13:00: Message edited by: Actaeon ]

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The Handy Abominable Photo Thread in General
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quote:
Originally written by Diprosopus:

Isn't the internet valuable for its anonymity? I don't think whether or not children are too sheltered has any bearing. I'm not preaching doomsday here either. I simply think people should hide themselves online so they can be known by their minds and not their labels, and "adolescent girl" doesn't seem like a good label to have, given what it connotes.
How about "cute"? Are the connotations better there? Probably, it's worse, and leads to stabbing with mechanical pencils, but at least it represents a more common portrayal of Nico.

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What's Going On? in General
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quote:
Originally written by Diprosopus:
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Apparently, this is working for the companies, so I don't tend to complain.
You are saying that whatever works for companies is acceptable. If you mean something else, be clearer.

It is my assumption that, if corporations continue to make money off of ads with gender stereotypes, than the populous accepts them as either accurate or at least palatable. If no one else is troubled by it, and are indeed sufficiently empowered by it to continue supporting these companies, then it doesn't seem to have done enough harm to warrant my complaints. Typically, when I am annoyed by an ad, I run it by my peers to see if it is all in my head. It typically is. When it turns out not to be, then I may be inspired to make a stand.

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
What's Going On? in General
Shock Trooper
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quote:
Originally written by Dikiyoba:

Originally by Excalibur:

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Wait, is there a masculine movement?
Of course there is. Why wouldn't there be? Some of them even protest TV ads.

Dikiyoba.

Actually, the media seems pretty equal in its portrayal of gender stereotypes: Men are either lazy, dull, and spend their time watching sports and drinking booze or sensitive, attentive, and look like Patrick Dempsey. Women are either humourless, annoying nags who constantly bully the men around them, or exotically accented super models without a hint of soul about them.

Apparently, this is working for the companies, so I don't tend to complain. It's only when actual human beings end up with expectations of one or the other do things get sticky. I'm not sure whether it is worse to lower your expectations to a sitcom existence or strive to be America's definition of perfection.

Whichever, I like to think that I'm removed from the media's greater influence, but it is likely that this only increases its control over me. I wonder what it will turn us into next...

Oh, and in an attempt to turn back to the purpose of this thread: A1GP vs 777

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Posts: 344 | Registered: Friday, February 25 2005 08:00
Spiderweb Demographics 2008 in General
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quote:
Originally written by Tyranicus:

quote:
Originally written by Drew:

10. Also, here are laws that make it illegal to copulate with someone under age 18. Here are the consequences.
Actually, the age of consent in many states is 16.

Also, in some states there is a "close in age" exception. Here in Colorado, for instance, the statutory rape laws don't take effect unless the participants are four or more years apart, or ten years apart if they're both over fifteen. The age of consent, incidentally, is seventeen.

Edit: Perhaps I should stress that legality does not necessarily equal morality, or good judgment.

[ Saturday, February 02, 2008 10:35: Message edited by: Actaeon ]

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Vacation in General
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Typically, curiosity is fueled by something. Also, while I admittedly noticed the obvious pun, I had rather hoped it would go unremarked upon. Ah, well.

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Vacation in General
Shock Trooper
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quote:
Originally written by Appleseed:

Anyone ever been to Cuba?
Until I get my Canadian passport, I'm not legally able to go to Cuba without being heavily fined. I could always take a route through Mexico, but with more than 200 other countries to visit, I think I can wait.

Out of curiosity, why do you ask?

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Heath Ledger in General
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Are you referring to appearences or voice fidelity? If it comes down to his voice, I'm interested to hear your argument. If your insinuating that he doesn't look good enough for the modern music industry (and I think you are), then I quite agree. I would note, however, that very few classic rock stars would have made it in the modern world, and that the classical composers would probably failed to land so much as a debut for their pieces.

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Jeremy Beadle in General
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The death rate for celebrities really does seem unusual this year... Perhaps its just because more attention is being brought to it, but nevertheless. Anyway, I suppose I might as well continue to theorize on the next one down... Morbid though it is, I suspect Fidel Castro will not make it through this year.

Edit: I'd like to note my loose definition of "celebrity", meaning generally someone who is well known, and liked in enough circles that their passing would be mourned by a substantial population.

[ Thursday, January 31, 2008 14:41: Message edited by: Actaeon ]

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Heath Ledger in General
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quote:
Originally written by The Almighty Doer of Stuff:

He is so dead! Just look at the cover of Abbey Road!

IMAGE(http://ados.ermarian.net/img/AbbeyRoad.jpg)

And, of course, the usual metaphor of John as the priest, Ringo as the undertaker, and George as the gravedigger still applies.

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2007 Movies in General
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quote:
Originally written by First Call:
...Juno is surprisingly heartwarming and knows when to let its jokes go...

Ah. I forgot Juno. An excellent movie, with moderately intelligent humour. My only beef with the film was the kid's tic-tac habit. Making light of addiction just isn't cool. Some of us tic-tac poppers were offended, particularly since they made such a big deal out of a little habit. A pack a day is nothing. I can go through a six pack (yes, they have those) in a single period.

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2007 Movies in General
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I found Once and Evening quite satisfying, despite the latter's blatant reliance on The Great Gatsby as source material.

Of the summers trilogy finales, The Borne Ultimatum was the only one that I truly enjoyed, although Spiderman 3, Pirates 3, and Ocean's Thirteen could certainly have been worse.

As per usual for film adaptations, The Order of the Phoenix and The Golden Compass both failed to match their written counterparts. Likewise, Across the Universe, although enjoyable, failed to compare with general appreciation of a few good Beatles tunes (although their interpretation of "I Want You, She's So Heavy" was inspired).

Stardust and I am Legend were about as I expected, mediocre, with a flamingly gay Robert De Niro and a hauntingly empty NYC being their saving graces, respectively.

As for 300, well, I may be male, but the nonstop testosterone was enough to put me a bit on edge, although I enjoyed the sheer visual spectacle of the thing.

Therefore, I declare the winners of film in 2007 to be The Assassination of Jesse James by that Coward Robert Ford, for the depth of the characters, and The Borne Ultimatum, for proving that good action is not dead.

The losers are harder to place, since I typically avoid those movies that are clearly not my style. I am willing to bet, though, that if I was forced to watch them all, Shrek 3 and Rise of the Silver Surfer would come out on the bottom.

As for 2007 movies I still want to see, Into the Wild, Michael Clayton, American Gangster, Atonement, No Direction Home, and Sweeney Todd are all high on my list.

Edit: Have you noticed that the first movie in an unplanned series of three always seems the best? The second is usually awful, with the third making up for it but not quite passing the original. Perhaps it's just the way I'm wired.

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Heath Ledger in General
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At least one of the following: John Cleese, Michael Caine, Mikhail Gorbachev, James Earl Jones, Jimmy Carter, Rock 'n Roll. Perhaps casting the net wide will result in a catch, perhaps not. I hope not, actually.

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The Abominable Video Thread in General
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quote:
Originally written by We Didn't Shard of Fire:

This is sooooo epic.

EDIT: Already blammed. Shoulda remembered that they do that.

Perhaps you could try YouTube?

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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
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quote:
Originally written by Arancaytar:

quote:
Originally written by Andraste:

Funny you should be talking about Redwall...

XKCD

I wonder if the intersection between Spiderweb and xkcd contains anyone besides you, Alo and me...

It's one of only three webcomics I follow. I don't spend much time on the forums, though, if that's what you were referring to...

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Bobby Fischer in General
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quote:
Originally written by Student of Trinity:

Yeah, man. These days all kinds of people are dying, that never died before.
I'm not saying that no one died last year, it just seems that we're reaching a time when many of the heroes of earlier generations are reaching the end of their years, without many new role models to take their place. I am neither a chess player or a mountain climber, but Hillary and Fischer were both idols for many people. Personally, Vonnegut's death bothered me more than either of them. I just find myself wondering who's next.

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Bobby Fischer in General
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Wow. Less than three weeks into 2008 and we have already lost Edmund Hillary and Bobby Fischer. This does not bode well for the rest of the year.

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