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by alitheiapsis
Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0685: "G-Spot"
Replies: 98
Views: 42216

Re: "G-Spot" Discussion

The G-spot is a myth? Does this mean we'll see this handled in a future episode of Mythbusters? From Adam's Twitter : please stop asking me to test the g-spot myth. That's a creepy adult show I'll host when I'm 80. Not until then. A good analysis of why this study may be crap: Questionnaires are al...
by alitheiapsis
Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 289365

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I am also reminded of my geography teacher, who told me a student, when asked, said her mother's name was Shanice (or something), spelled "Shoney's". I wasn't inclined to believe him, but he was being totally serious, so I guess it's legit. Plus, he's taught at some pretty crazy schools, ...
by alitheiapsis
Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0655: "Climbing"
Replies: 63
Views: 12353

Re: "Climbing" discussion

Ridcully wrote:Funny, though the alt text could be so much better.


It could have cinched the comic, but instead it fell pretty flat. :(
by alitheiapsis
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 44567

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

When my academic team was going to Chicago last May for nationals, we were worried about airport security: we brought along a set of buzzers, which (we feared) might cause some raised eyebrows. Our fears were confirmed, we thought, when we were departing from O'Hare. The lane through which our buzze...
by alitheiapsis
Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 71122

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

For some reason, this comic made me happy. In a sad way, perhaps. But I've got a smile on my face. And that's all that counts.
by alitheiapsis
Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0636: "Brontosaurus"
Replies: 85
Views: 18395

Re: "Brontosaurus" Discussion

HEY NOW DON'T TALK SHIT ABOUT BRONTOSAURUSES I loves them. So much. verily, you have touched me deeply, a dinosaur I have anthropomorphized cannot cease to be a dinosaur screw popular consensus, belief perseverence ftw! But how about those Pluto-is-still-a-planet fanatics? They need to get in touch...
by alitheiapsis
Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0636: "Brontosaurus"
Replies: 85
Views: 18395

Re: "Brontosaurus" Discussion

HEY NOW DON'T TALK SHIT ABOUT BRONTOSAURUSES

I loves them.

So much.
by alitheiapsis
Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 41179

Re: "Psychic" Discussion

HOLD ON JUST A MINUTE! is this... is this really how you get girls? please someone, let me know if randall speaks the truth. only a couple weeks till school starts - finally a senior... can not wait If you came up to me and told me you were psychic I would call you a douchebag and walk off. It's fu...
by alitheiapsis
Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 49193

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

Okay, I get the calculus / derivative pun, and from reading the comments the sunglasses are related to a CSI Miami (never watched it) meme, but I don't get the title text .... The first word of the theme song of CSI: Miami is "yeah". The main character always does a silly one-liner, puts ...
by alitheiapsis
Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)
Replies: 130
Views: 26601

Re: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)

Oh and I have some questions/discussion ideas.... What exactly is O'Brien? Was he just a member of the Thought Police/ Inner Party that pretended to be in Goldstein's group to catch people, or was he a part of Goldstein's group that got like caught and maybe brainwashed into doing this ...
by alitheiapsis
Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: This Thread Is EPIC!
Replies: 30
Views: 2583

Re: This Thread Is EPIC!

I usually use words like "epic" and "legit" in an ironic sense (or so I tell myself) That's another word used way too many times: Ironic. As in sentences like "isn't it ironic?". Most of the time it isn't, in fact, ironic. That is very true. Perhaps I should change tha...
by alitheiapsis
Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How to read literature like an English Professor
Replies: 13
Views: 3696

Re: How to read literature like an English Professor

I downloaded this (illegally :D) for my friend, who needed it for her English class. I was wondering about reading it. I like the premise, but I'm not sure if it's worth the time, since I had an excellent teacher for AP English Language last year. I'll probably read it since my AP English Literature...
by alitheiapsis
Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:39 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How hard is IB
Replies: 16
Views: 2008

Re: How hard is IB

For the last year in IB (my sophomore year), I perfected my slacking skills. Currently ranked third (tied with a bunch of people, and only beaten by people who took silly online classes), I usually didn't start my homework until midnight. Or later. There is a tradeoff. For one, you can't message any...
by alitheiapsis
Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: This Thread Is EPIC!
Replies: 30
Views: 2583

Re: This Thread Is EPIC!

I once tried to describe the events of one of Shakespeare's sonnets as occurring "on an epic timescale" (it was Sonnet 55 , for reference) during English class. The class burst out in giggles. hmph. My teacher had to assure me (and the class) that I was using it correctly before it died do...
by alitheiapsis
Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 289365

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Mr and Mrs Christ, /angell The Florida governor is Charlie Christ (pronounced with a short i), and I have always wondered why he missed the opportunity to become awesome by naming his child Jésus. After all, this if Florida. We have enough Hispanics that it should not really matter that much. Of co...
by alitheiapsis
Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0611: "Disaster Voyeurism"
Replies: 105
Views: 20809

Re: "Disaster Voyeurism" Discussion

I live on the Florida Gulf Coast, and we got a lot of attention when Ivan hit in 2004. I cannot say I wasn't a little disappointed when Katrina veered a little west of us. I appreciated the month off of school and the whole story-of-a-lifetime deal. I mean, our house was barely damaged, but there is...
by alitheiapsis
Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 81848

Re: Mnemonics you love

Stop codons for protein translation. Not especially useful, but I will remember these forever because of these mnemonics. UAG - You're A Goat. UAA - You're An Ass UGA - You're a Goat's Ass I used this on my AP Bio exam. Just one of those tidbits I figure will impress the reader enough to overlook s...
by alitheiapsis
Wed May 27, 2009 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 136990

Re: Twilight?

I find interesting the sheer amount of merchandising involved. There's a Twilight game, you know. A Harry Potter game? Understandable. There is a plot. But a Twilight board game? I don't get it....what do you actually do? Player 1 is tasked with being spiteful and in lacking depth of character. Pla...
by alitheiapsis
Wed May 27, 2009 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Say something in an Indian language?
Replies: 62
Views: 11382

Re: Say something in an Indian language?

The derogatory slang would probably be "kalu". I'm actually only barely fluent in Hindi, but in Gujarati the racist term is "काल्या". My aunt's recommendation was "काभय" (oh I hope that's right; I'm using Gmail for these and I'm worried I'm making really stupid errors)...
by alitheiapsis
Mon May 25, 2009 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0588: "Pep Rally"
Replies: 184
Views: 26983

Re: "Pep Rally" Discussion

I get so sick and tired of pep rallies that I've invented a variety of ways to get me out of them, or at least have some fun with them (without having my mom pick me up beforehand, because math club usually meets on Fridays, which is also when pep rallies are). One pep rally per year is always after...
by alitheiapsis
Fri May 22, 2009 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: My Summer Reading List (Help!)
Replies: 44
Views: 5343

Re: My Summer Reading List (Help!)

With regards to Orwell (possibly my favourite author) I have to say, his two most famous works were not, in my opinion, his best. Books like Burmese days, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Peer are all excellent. However, if you only want one by Orwell I would strongly suggest ...
by alitheiapsis
Mon May 18, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Suffering: Holocaust vs. Slavery
Replies: 6
Views: 2117

Re: Suffering: Holocaust vs. Slavery

He specifically referred to the Holocaust. That was the oddest part. I would have much more trouble dismissing his claim if it compared the travails of the Jews over all of history to the enslavement and oppression of Africans over all of history. But even after being asked, he said he was talking a...
by alitheiapsis
Mon May 18, 2009 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 136990

Re: Twilight?

I've been following this discussion with great interest (also following Kendo_Bunny's blag via RSS). My friends convinced me to buy Twilight and I really liked it. I tried to explain why to my mom, and had to keep assuring her it wasn't as stupid as it sounded. Bad sign. Anyway, by the time Breaking...
by alitheiapsis
Mon May 18, 2009 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Suffering: Holocaust vs. Slavery
Replies: 6
Views: 2117

Suffering: Holocaust vs. Slavery

My geography teacher mentioned, quite a while ago, that he believed that the Jews under the Nazis (in power for ~15 years) underwent more suffering than all of the Africans enslaved (lasting for several centuries). At first, I laughed because I thought he was joking. He was completely serious. His r...
by alitheiapsis
Sun May 17, 2009 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Say something in an Indian language?
Replies: 62
Views: 11382

Re: Say something in an Indian language?

The Hindi slang for black people is "kale log" (or something), and so many people have used the term in New York that many black people understand it. When I visited my aunt there, she warned us that you had to use a portmanteau if you ever wanted to talk about them. [Disclaimer: Neither I...
by alitheiapsis
Sun May 17, 2009 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: My Summer Reading List (Help!)
Replies: 44
Views: 5343

Re: My Summer Reading List (Help!)

*Catch-22: My friend read it and liked it, and we get a bunch of questions on it for academic bowl. *Point Counterpoint: I liked Brave New World and Time Magazine (I think) had it on their 100 best novels of the century or something. Catch-22 is on my all-time favorite list. It's on my 'happy books...
by alitheiapsis
Thu May 14, 2009 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 419
Views: 31038

Re: Childhood crackpot theories

One of my theories was that women got pregnant when they kissed a guy (This is the one and only reason for my parents avoiding the birds and the bees discussion until we learned in grade 5). I don't even want to know what the teenage pregnancy rate would be were that true. You are not alone. I had ...
by alitheiapsis
Thu May 14, 2009 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Time left after AP exams
Replies: 31
Views: 2263

Re: Time left after AP exams

English (Language): continuing with what we were doing before the AP exam, analyzing an excerpt from Walden. No final, though! Biology: A quiz-weight presentation on a biology-related article of your choice. Five minutes long with question-answer session. We took our final (multiple choice section o...
by alitheiapsis
Thu May 14, 2009 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Subtitling vs. dubbing
Replies: 147
Views: 17297

Re: Subtitling vs. dubbing

I voted subtitling because I'm used to it. I hate having the TV volume very loud at all, so I usually have the captions on when I watch TV. Also, I end up watching a lot of Hindi movies with my parents, but I don't speak enough Hindi to make it through without subtitles. I have some really bad subti...
by alitheiapsis
Thu May 14, 2009 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Knowing
Replies: 19
Views: 1758

Re: Knowing

My friend reviewed this movie for my school paper. Here is part of her review: Several scenes in this movie were strikingly similar to those in the 2002 film Signs. Other scenes rendered themselves meaningless or unexplainable by the end of the movie, as if the writers could not fathom an approach t...
by alitheiapsis
Thu May 14, 2009 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Reading while walking
Replies: 27
Views: 4838

Re: Reading while walking

I had this perfected in elementary school. It was kind of ridiculous. I checked out two books from the library every day, read them that night, and checked out two more the next day. I'd basically read everywhere. In the hallways going to and from lunch, at the lunch table (once my friends kind of d...
by alitheiapsis
Thu May 14, 2009 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: My Summer Reading List (Help!)
Replies: 44
Views: 5343

Re: My Summer Reading List (Help!)

Ah, see, Bartleby was decent, but it wasn't great. Melville's style doesn't really show there. I think it all depends on what you enjoy in a book: I happen to like structure and strong prose, and Melville delivers. If you're looking for a "rollicking tale of high adventure" or somesuch, y...
by alitheiapsis
Wed May 13, 2009 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)
Replies: 130
Views: 26601

Re: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)

:D Thanks.

I was very happy to learn that my teacher is having a quiz on 1984 next week so I get to read it again! (Unfortunately, I was going to lend it to my mom so she could read it on the plane this week, but I guess I don't get to spread the magic that is 1984 for a while.)
by alitheiapsis
Wed May 13, 2009 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: My Summer Reading List (Help!)
Replies: 44
Views: 5343

Re: My Summer Reading List (Help!)

Some things I remember reading in high school (all years, not just Freshman year): The Crucible - play by Arthur Miller, who also wrote "Death of a Salesman". A dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials. Romeo and Juliet MacBeth (yes, I said it) Julius Caesar A Man Called Horse Cub Pilot On...
by alitheiapsis
Tue May 12, 2009 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: My Summer Reading List (Help!)
Replies: 44
Views: 5343

Re: My Summer Reading List (Help!)

Since you want to read another book by Hemingway, I'd recommend The Sun Also Rises . It's not everyone's thing, but I really enjoyed it and you've already gotten past the potential dislike of Hemingway's writing style, thus removing a major obstacle to enjoyment. (Sadly, I don't know how this compa...
by alitheiapsis
Tue May 12, 2009 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: My Summer Reading List (Help!)
Replies: 44
Views: 5343

Re: My Summer Reading List (Help!)

If you loved Animal Farm that much, then 1984 isn't going to be a huge stretch away, and personally, I liked 1984 way more. Something about the use of animals just made it a lot less personal for me, dunno how you'll take it though. For Hemingway, I've heard great things about For Whom the Bell Tol...
by alitheiapsis
Tue May 12, 2009 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: My Summer Reading List (Help!)
Replies: 44
Views: 5343

My Summer Reading List (Help!)

I have two weeks to assemble and order my summer reading list, so I had better get started. I am looking to get about ten books, depending on the cost. I'm going to be a junior in high school and am on the academic team, so I want to read stuff that we get lots of questions about. I'm really not sur...
by alitheiapsis
Sat May 09, 2009 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)
Replies: 130
Views: 26601

Re: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)

I have read 1984 a good five, maybe even six times now. I first read it in middle school when I read this other book that used a quotation from 1984 as its epigraph and referenced the book throughout (Inventing Eliot (sp?), it was called. Pretty good, if I remember). The quotation was: The object of...
by alitheiapsis
Fri May 08, 2009 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Anthem
Replies: 31
Views: 5361

Re: Anthem

I've read Anthem maybe three or four times, and my opinion of it has worsened incredibly. The first two times I read it, I really enjoyed it and sought out more of Rand's work. I read We The Living and Atlas Shrugged the summer after I first encountered Anthem, enjoying them thoroughly. However, on ...
by alitheiapsis
Sun May 03, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 289365

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I had a friend in elementary school named Taylor who supposedly had a crush on a guy named Tyler Taylor [why would you do that? It's a freaking tongue-twister for a name!]. The usual marriage jokes were made, and lulz ensued. In a similar situation, people have begun to point out that if I married m...

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