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by sparks
Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Stupid question about online privacy
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Stupid question about online privacy

I was wondering a few things about my online presence over the years. I seldom give away any contact info online, but I've been thinking that it would be possible for someone to start with my facebook, follow to my last.fm account, and from there find a bunch of other vestiges of my online presence....
by sparks
Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Should English be the international language?
Replies: 202
Views: 27571

Re: Should English be the international language?

I think languages are essential parts of any culture. The words themselves reflect an entirely unique cultural experience -- some places have unique words (for example, in the case of the Portuguese word 'saudade') or may have interesting literal translations of words (in the case of languages like ...
by sparks
Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Tattoo?
Replies: 2
Views: 1809

Re: Tattoo?

(I know this is long, but it's not a rant per se and I'd advise you to read). Usually, most people won't do tattoo designs for free, much less over the Internet. If they do, it's likely they aren't either pros (not that there aren't many tattoo artists who are younger -- a friend of mine draws excel...
by sparks
Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: How do apple stay in business?
Replies: 112
Views: 21979

Re: How do apple stay in business?

lulzfish wrote:They stay in business by selling iPods and Macbooks which are slightly less overpriced than the Mac Pros.



This. And I'm nearly positive the people who DO dish out so much for Mac Pros it's probably because of the brand, be it because they trust Apple a lot or being it's "cool".
by sparks
Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: a mechanism for automated translation..
Replies: 8
Views: 1423

Re: a mechanism for automated translation..

The thing is that even a very powerful AI machine would not even translate everything. I've seen books where the references to american (or any other country, this is an example) pop culture aren't quite handled. An AI system would have to be able to not literally translate those but rather keep the...
by sparks
Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7476
Views: 606293

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

I'm afraid I never owned a N64 in spite me asking my parents for one repeatedly. I did have a PlayStation of those first, chunky ones but it's not in my room.

Some sort of electrical wire? (The ones in the walls, etc don't count)
by sparks
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1514
Views: 332642

Re: I need a Game Recommendation (Recently renamed)

I want to buy a Wii game, but don't actually know what to get. I think Zelda would be fun, but I currently can't afford to buy any more controllers, so I only have the nunchucks that come with the console. Also, I'm in Europe, so something that has been released over here, preferrably. I'm not into ...
by sparks
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?
Replies: 287
Views: 30063

Re: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?

I voted "I have but have stopped taking them completely", because there wasn't a "I tried them but didn't really like it". I took pot once or twice, but found it to be completely awful. I just don't like being out of control, and if I wanted something that made me act like a moro...
by sparks
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Lo-fi/Mobile version
Replies: 8
Views: 1512

Re: Lo-fi/Mobile version

I can't find it for xkcd.com, but usually in Phpbb I've found there is an actual URL for it if the board has it configured. Most boards I've found have it (and I can easily find it through a quick Google search) but not xkcd so maybe it's just not configured? Or, your phone may have an option to aut...
by sparks
Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7476
Views: 606293

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Yep.

Some sort of (living) animal?
by sparks
Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Convincing mom to let me stay with friends in Australia?
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Convincing mom to let me stay with friends in Australia?

"Mom, don't be a cockblock, seriously." No matter what her objection, respond with this phrase. Increase the emphasis on the word "seriously" with each iteration. If the internet has taught us anything it's that you can browbeat anyone into submission with enough copy pasta. If ...
by sparks
Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Early Science Fiction
Replies: 7
Views: 1450

Re: Early Science Fiction

There actually are earlier sci-fi works, like by Cyrano de Bergerac and such, though they're more "proto" sci-fi. A book which is XIX century sci-fi IMO and doesn't include awkward visions of women or natives is Frankenstein. I personally like it better than most of the later science ficti...
by sparks
Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Galactic civs limited by inability to grow exponentially
Replies: 82
Views: 6653

Re: Galactic civs limited by inability to grow exponentially

What I don't get is how the inability to expand exponentially would mean that a civilisation did not exist at some point. Just because it's not on every planet or expanding through the universe, it doesn't mean it's not there -- Earth, for instance. We are not in every other planet, but that doesn't...
by sparks
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Collective Works of Neil Gaiman
Replies: 183
Views: 67117

Re: I want to write like Neil Gaimen (The Neil Gaimen Thread)

If you want to write like Neil Gaiman, you could start by spelling his name correctly.

Jus' saying.
by sparks
Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tattoos?
Replies: 1117
Views: 437045

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

This is one of the most awesome tattoos ever, I would get it if I had the guts and longer hair for job purposes. Maybe one day. Eh, it's been done . I didn't say it hadn't been done, in fact in the picture it does seem like I tattoo and I assumed it was since I didn't see a statement anywhere sayin...
by sparks
Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 93518

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Stiffs, Inc. are pretty much awesome. They were a band based in NYC, and their songs are the perfect mix of science/history/film/Victorianna/Lit/weirdness. They have songs like "Mary Pickford, Marry Me" and a parody of Paris In The Springtime called "Panic in the Springtime". The...
by sparks
Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 175894

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last: It was some random band of a cousin of a classmate way back in the beginning of the year

and

Next: The Prodigy + Placebo at a festival. 8)
by sparks
Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 582
Views: 433051

Re: Favorite home experiments

Has anyone posted the one where you separate the DNA from fruit/whatever? It works with Kiwi, bananas, and apparently liver and so on, I think, but usually a strawberry is used. Here 's a video. The step-by-step procedure is as follows: Put a strawberry in a blender, and mash it up. I Googled and I'...
by sparks
Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Figuring out # of possible paths?
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Re: Figuring out # of possible paths?

It's not going to be longer on one side, or another. So it's large. But for sake of ease lets say its 3x3. If it's longer on one side, I don't think it actually counts as a cube? And even if it were longer on one side, that doesn't invalidate it being large. Your wording is making this a bit confus...
by sparks
Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Playing GTA a little differently
Replies: 30
Views: 5564

Re: Playing GTA a little differently

On GTA Vice City, it took me ages to actually unlock the second island because I kept getting distracted by stuff like this. One of my favourite things to do in that game was to get Tomy to the mall, then use the level 3 all-weapon cheat, and have him stand on those ledges/on the roof of the ground ...
by sparks
Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Malcolm in the Middle
Replies: 17
Views: 3026

Re: Malcolm in the Middle

Oh geez. A slightly off-topic question, am I the only one who thinks that, as the series progresses, the subject matter becomes a bit more violent/sexual considering it is suitable for all ages or something? I'm not being highly-puritanical, I mean, I have played GTA, but most parents don't think tw...
by sparks
Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Named" vs "Called"
Replies: 20
Views: 17949

Re: "Named" vs "Called"

I also think that name is to give someone a certain name, e.g. I named my friend Catherine Tibbles. To call it, it may include nicknames or other forms of address, e.g. I call my friend Catherine "fuzzy wuzzy baby" (I am kidding). Naming is mostly about someone's name, while calling is abo...
by sparks
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 118171

Re: Omegle!

Also (yes a new post because my previous one apparently reached the character limit):

Person not amused by my asl response:
Spoiler:
You: hello
Stranger: Hello
Stranger: asl?
You: 68/m/Oklahoma


Then this young nerd looking for cyber disbanded into the sunset.
by sparks
Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 118171

Re: Omegle!

And now, why people who cannot truly type and who do not understand sarcasm should not be offering nude pictures to strangers: Connecting to server... You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi! Stranger: hey You: greetings Stranger: wanna see hot picture of me? : ) Stranger: im fema...
by sparks
Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I want to talk about Michael Jackson
Replies: 98
Views: 6867

Re: I want to talk about Michael Jackson

Wow this is sad and odd. I wasn't totally expecting this, I actually thought it wasn't true at first.
by sparks
Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Velvet Underground
Replies: 43
Views: 3645

Re: Velvet Underground

^ This. You have to be the most idiotic person in the world to think that Whitelight/Whiteheat is even half the pure awesomeness of VU and Nico. C'mon dude. Heroin? Sunday Morning? I'm Waiting fo tthe man? The mothereffin' Black Angel's Death Song ?!?! I love WL/WH, but it's not as good. The gift is...
by sparks
Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 84382

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Too few people know what emo actually is. Actually, no. Those are the roots of emo, what emo originally was (and it was horrible anyway). All musical styles evolve, and Fall out boy are just as emo as the bands listed there, simply a new rammification of the genre. It would be as saying that the Sp...
by sparks
Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Quem fala português aqui? [Portuguese Practice]
Replies: 24
Views: 14343

Re: Quem fala português aqui? [Portuguese Practice]

Hey, estava agora a pesquisar quantas pessoas de Portugal é que há no fórum e encontrei este tópico. :) +1! I'm Portuguese too! :D I don't know why but I had the idea there was a much bigger thread around here. Eu não vi outro lugar para conversa em português e eu devo praticar! Just a heads up, wh...
by sparks
Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Somebody is BORED on the INTERNET!
Replies: 42
Views: 3873

Re: Somebody is BORED on the INTERNET!

StumbleUpon has eaten up many a-hours of my technological ennui. So has Cute Overload and random "WTF" sites.
by sparks
Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Male friendships and homophobia
Replies: 42
Views: 4185

Re: Male friendships and homophobia

I would think it's also because of social stereotypes and notions on how each gender should behave. Boys in our society are told to be "tough" and not to show any feelings. As children, if a boy (I'm not talking toddlers here, say about 8) falls down and scrapes his knee, he's more likely ...
by sparks
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Argghougame set match and SHUT UP
Replies: 14
Views: 1243

Re: Argghougooou!

This whole conversation randomly makes me want to watch Powerthirst.
by sparks
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Convincing mom to let me stay with friends in Australia?
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: Convincing mom to let me stay with friends in Australia?

I would be surprised if a lot of 14 y/o guys were allowed to go spend the night at a 14 y/o girl's place down the street for a night, let alone in Australia for a month. The fact the girl's parents are allowing it seems to speak to their judgement skills as well. What exactly are you suggesting her...
by sparks
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 84382

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Obviously my e-peen is more phallic than yours as my opinions are more unpopular and I'm sooo underground. "5. Emo, screamo and hip-hop should be buried. And so should stuff like Beyonce, Pussycat Dolls and similar." ^ Case in point. What? I didn't claim anything about being "undergr...
by sparks
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Believe" to imply doubt
Replies: 22
Views: 2606

Re: "Believe" to imply doubt

^ You are my new favourite user. Seriously, if people are going to be arguing about solpsisim, then it should be placed in another thread. Yes. Which is why I already said this isn't the thread (or the forum, for that matter) for it. Stop now. - gmalivuk That said, ia with ereb. Back on topic, thoug...
by sparks
Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 94057

Re: Childhood misconceptions

7. That Harry Potter was 100% true facts. 8. That clouds were a bit like cotton, and you could actually touch them. I was so sad when, on my 11th birthday, I didn't get my letter from Hogwarts. And I got that clouds thing from Peter Pan. I used to think you could bounce on them. Which reminds me of...
by sparks
Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 84382

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

-Gatsby's American Dream, Fall Out Boy and P!ATD all sound the same, but that doesnt mean they are bad, in fact they are great. P!ATD (or, nowadays, PATD) are very distinguishable from most "emo" bands. Their first album sounds very dance-y with a morbid twist, while the second is conside...
by sparks
Sun Jun 21, 2009 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 512
Views: 290077

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

I am a bit addicted to those adventure "escape rooms" games: Here are the Crimson, Blue, White and Veridian rooms. Also, MOTAS if it hasn't been listed. I have also found a M&M's game which a painting-type image and we have to find the "dark movies" hidden in them, as well as...
by sparks
Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A name for this phenomenon? (ambiguous meanings of "no")
Replies: 69
Views: 11112

Re: A name for this phenomenon? (ambiguous meanings of "no")

This also exists in certain situations in Portuguese, I think, though it's nearly 4 AM and I can't really think of any.
by sparks
Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best secondary language besides spanish
Replies: 43
Views: 4125

Re: Best secondary language besides spanish

I suppose it depends on what you intend to do with them and with your life, your interests, etc.. That said, I would say Italian, French, German, Portuguese (hey, I'm biased here) or something along the lines of Arabic/Chinese, if you intend to get into any Economy-related fields. In terms of genera...
by sparks
Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:24 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What do other countries teach about The united states?
Replies: 78
Views: 8233

Re: What do other countries teach about The united states?

I'm in Portugal, and we mostly only talked about the US when covering Int'l history. That is, grades 7-9 and then 10-12. 10-12 I took History A (the more in-depth one, mandatory for the area of studies I chose). We covered basically from the colonization to the present day, at varying depths. We did...

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