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gerbilfromhell
Posted on: Nov 14 2010, 02:32 AM


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While this is hard to argue, I really think that, if you're in company which you know to not hold the stereotypes you're joking about, that making the jokes doesn't further the stereotype. There's a million and a half problems with this, I know, but I've always found that when listening to someone else tell an offensive joke, it's not too hard to tell if they at least partially believe the stereotype they're referring to. I have a strange group of friends in that some of us are relatively un-prejudiced as far as we can tell and others are legitimately racist or sexist. We also tell a lot of offensive jokes very often, but then often end up as a result in more serious discussions about some prejudice (which I honestly think has made some of them less prejudiced, but then again I'd like to think that even if it wasn't true...).

That being said, people need to be tactful. Not just in terms of not telling an offensive joke around someone whom the joke might apply to, but also when you're with people you don't know well enough to know if they'll be offended or not. So, if you tell a joke and someone gets offended, I think you still bear responsibility for not keeping in mind other people's sensibilities.
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Posted on: Nov 14 2010, 02:23 AM


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It's really tempting to want to use amphetamines regularly when they improve your social life and give you self-confidence, even if that's not what you were going for. A friend of mine had that happen to him with amphetamines, although his situation was different in that he had been trying to take ecstasy and ended up with something amphetamine-based, probably meth. But anyways, afterwords he was considering trying to get an adderall prescription because of how confident he was socializing. But, as has been said, if you want to be more social, it should be significantly easier now that you've *already been more social*. In the case of my friend, we convinced him not to get himself an adderall prescription, and he ended up just generally being less socially awkward since it was more a matter of trying to repeat/adapt how he'd been on uppers rather than just trying to be confident.

I'd definitely agree that, if something seems to affect you positively that it's worth exploring, but it's always necessary to keep in mind how best to get what you're looking for. MDMA, the other example you gave, can certainly help people; it was originally used for relationship counseling, is being looked into to treat PTSD and (as less-extreme extensions of the two) is great for helping any relationship or getting over a phobia or trauma. But, it was never used *regularly*, let alone daily, when being used for those purposes. Not that there aren't benefits to long-term usage as well of certain things (another friend of mine has taken mushrooms once every six months or so for the past six or so years for what he calls a 'mental recharge,' and it does seem to do him good), but the issue is frequency rather than simply duration. If you're looking for the behavior or personality changes you've already seen when you've been taking adderall, try taking a month or two without any.

Also, as has been said, dopamine transmitters are good things to have. If you think you have ADD, go to a doctor (and, since I know how absurdly readily many doctors will prescribe ADD medication, if it is determined that you do in fact have ADD/ADHD, look into drugs not based on amphetamine like adderall or di-amphetamine like Ritalin). That and, after enough usage of adderall, if you don't actually have ADD, you may likely find you're *less* able to concentrate on any long-term work, or that it takes you significantly longer to do it. The paper at my school ran an article on student adderall use a year ago, which was pretty poorly written but did have a good comment from a guy who said that after awhile it became very hit-or-miss; he could take some and write an amazing paper or he could take some and accidentally spend all night doing some part of the research but not actually doing any writing.
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Posted on: May 18 2010, 11:34 PM


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"I've almost certainly written more words on here than I have in my novel (my record post on here was five thousand words long!), and possibly my novel and thesis combined."

blink.gif huh. What about? I rarely write anything longer than that *ever*, let alone on the internet.

"Hurm. All this focus on post counts can only lead to baaaad things. Remember how gerbil got when he became post-addicted? Grim."

If I ever need to knock my ego down a peg or five, I read through some of the far too many things I had to say at 14. So, uh...whoops!

"Also, get a few good-sized bottles to put around your desk to cut down on bathroom breaks and maximize your posting time."

A friend of mine has an idea to put a food/vitamin (if eating takes too long) delivery service into WoW. He'd make a killing, and with some good old fashioned chamber pots we'd never see 10% of the human race away from the internet again biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Apr 23 2010, 02:27 AM


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What about age differences within minors, or narrower differences in age between technically minors and adults? There's a lot of issues around age-of-consent law other than whether there should be one in the first place.

I know that in the US (and I assume a whole lot of other countries), sex between two minors of extreme age differences (16 and 8, for an example I'd really rather not think about) is usually regarded as inherently nonconsensual, though this isn't always spelled out in the law how it's dealt with depends on case to case. If you've already grouped everyone under 16, 17 or 18 as unable to give consent to adults, how do you go about making a sort of consent gradient to deal with cases involving two minors. An 11 year old certainly seems less able to understand/give consent than a 15 or 16 year old. Or, as an odd part of New York law pulled from Wikipedia: "On the other hand, someone who is 16 years old commits a crime by voluntarily having sex with anyone who cannot themselves legally consent to sex, including another 16-year-old, even if this "victim" is actually older. (People v. Bowman, 88 Misc. 2d 50; 387 N.Y.S.2d 982 [City Crim. Ct. 1976]; Matter of Jessie C., 164 A.D.2d 731; 565 N.Y.S.2d 941 [4 Dept., 1991].) In effect, mutual crimes are committed when two unmarried 16-year-old individuals voluntarily have sex with each other in New York State, each being the "victim" of the other."

Cases of narrow age difference prosecution really bother me though. While this is definitely far from common, there have been cases where even a couple that has been together for some time (relatively speaking) has legal issues when one partner passes the age of consent and the state or province they're in has laws which either don't make an exception for cases of people only, say, two years apart in age. Those prison terms (for good reason) can be *long*, and sometimes the prosecutor/state feels obligated to uphold the letter of the law even if it's clearly not the spirit.

It's also scary to realize that many people still don't think of Syuu's example of the woman who was "finally giving in because she was drunk and tired" is rape. There are plenty of hazier borderline examples, but that definitely isn't one of them.
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Posted on: Nov 22 2009, 10:09 PM


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I'll admit it; the Pixies ARE better. smile.gif

Definitely not forgotten
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Posted on: Sep 20 2009, 08:58 PM


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!

I think I actually can go to this (well, assuming bureaucracy doesn't fail utterly...)! I've got a one-week break that ends that following Monday biggrin.gif I know I'm not around on the internets ever, but it would be really nifty to see everyone again. Anyone have a couch or floor?

Also apparently I can get a London-Berlin roundtrip for 30 Euro, which is spiffy and makes going much more possible, and I figure I can just walk from Moscow to Berlin, how far can it possibly be? Yay!
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Posted on: Jun 6 2009, 03:11 PM


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You've gotta go totally over the top; don't just wear a stethoscope, wear a laminated copy of your PhD around your neck at all times and correct people by clearing your throat loudly, holding it up and pointing to it. You could even have it printed onto a shirt, possibly with the caption "That's DR. Haggis to you." Saves you from having to actually correct anyone while still allowing you to make it funny. Seems foolproof to me biggrin.gif

(also agree that it seems kind of pretentious to leave it as an email signature, though I also am totally unused to people addressing anyone as Dr, even a medical doctor, outside of their professional capacity. Then again, I don't know any doctors personally)
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Posted on: May 22 2009, 03:54 PM


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I definitely wouldn't use Wikipedia articles for any academic things, but using their citations can be pretty useful. That is pretty strange that you get *encouraged* to use their articles, though; I mean, I would say it is accurate on the overwhelming majority of information, but I would put science journal-y such things a reliable and Wiki as either an initial starting point or a last ditch 4 AM resort.

Also I'm not legitimately worried that silly denizens of the internet are going to use Wikipedia to destroy all factual information tongue.gif The concept amuses me though.

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the faulty information was only up there for two minutes!


Hey, journalists gotta meet their deadlines, and sometimes people just don't have the courtesy to die many hours away from the next day's print biggrin.gif

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The mainstream media publishing incorrect information! Well I never!


Nyah, I say tongue.gif It's that this is (possibly?) a recurring event, and also more difficult to track down than...well, never mind; it *did* take an absurdly long time to find out that NYT reporter was just making up quotes and stories from places he wasn't actually in (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayson_Blair).
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Posted on: May 21 2009, 11:54 PM


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A friend of mine was telling me (at a far too late hour for such a conversation) about a kid who kept trying to put up a fake quote on someone's Wikipedia page (forget who or what quote). His third attempt was just after the person in question died; he put up his false quote immediately afterwards, and it stayed up long enough to get cited in a large number of obituaries the next day. Apparently there's a growing phenomenon of people posting false information on Wikipedia (with fake cites or no cites), this information getting used by lazy reporters and then used as a citation on Wikipedia! What? Is this old news?

Ah, found the thing my friend was talking about: http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2009...on-medias-face/

Obviously, the idea that not everything one reads on Wikipedia and whatnot should be taken as absolute truth, despite a rather active staff to try and prevent false information. It's the mainstream media picking up on this that's amusing/frightening. Soon facts will be destroyed! Panic and flee! (for a bad-culture reference, I thought of the 'time machine' ride in Idiocracy)

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Posted on: May 21 2009, 11:37 PM


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Case's got the getting strung out, always on edge sort of crazy going on; Statham's a much more put together, calm (er, in his own way) but psychotic on the inside type. Him as Armitage would be interesting.

Who's the pick for Dixie?

Even if Christensen is Case, the fact that this is even a possibility makes me really happy. Even though this undoubtedly won't live up to the book, I'm sure it'll still be lots of fun (like Choke this past year)
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Posted on: May 16 2009, 05:49 PM


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I think the issue is that America *relative* to other nations has a wealth of negative stereotype-promoting media and public figures. It's definitely not limited to the US by any stretch, but I would say that the American stereotype does arise from this. I have absolutely no idea how much exposure lower-than-president level US politicians receive abroad (I would assume little if any), but this really isn't just from Bush. Think of how many scandals there have been over every possible issue for *so many* politicians even in the last couple years. The fact that we spent as much time talking about John Edwards' mistress or whatever as we did about the Illinois governor who was *literally* selling political offices to the highest bidder is more than a little absurd. Or, taking the issue back to the president level, I can't see the fact that the Monica Lewinsky scandal dragged on for *years* and was as important an issue to people as, well, actual issues making us seem like a people with reasonable priorities. Of course, this could have nothing to do with the American stereotype. Also I mean, I know that political/public figure scanadals are the furthest thing from limited to America, and I'm not even saying we have more of them, but we as a people do make an extraordinarily big deal out of unimportant issues. But maybe that's just people (in any case, that's why I love NYC; we just had a one-time cross-dressing mayor, and when that fact came out people cared for at most a few days, because it's really not important. Then again, maybe I'm wrong: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2...ng_hitler.html).

I also think, though, that if the stereotype is caused by American media and politicians, it is actively reinforced by American tourists. I don't usually notice them cause we get so many in NYC that growing up here makes you stop noticing them most of the time as anything but background noise. But, the last time I went over the pond, I went to Paris with a friend for a week, and quickly noticed getting a *lot* more shit for being American than I ever did in England or Ireland. When I brought this up, she just looked at me and pointed at a group of some of the most obnoxious, loud tourists ever. For the rest of the week I started paying attention sometimes to how different tourists acted; even Russian tourists out for a night of what looked like pretty serious drinking couldn't match our tourists. Not even close.
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Posted on: May 16 2009, 04:42 PM


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QUOTE (Yannick @ May 15 2009, 08:20 PM) *
I think if you're actually doing things like theft, battery, etc., regardless if you were on drugs, you should go to jail. I just don't think getting stoned/selling drugs should be reason enough to get in.

But if you have a drug problem and you are, say, robbing people for money to buy more, then it's not just the immediate crime that needs to be addressed, but also the likelihood of future crimes if you don't get help for/otherwise solve your problem. Which is why a lot of people arrested in those situations can sometimes make deals for less jail time in exchange for treatment, but I think treatment should be mandatory for anyone arrested for a crime which can be reasonably proved to arise from a drug problem.

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I think it would be hard to separate whether the progress is from availability of treatment -or- legalization. I agree with the rest of your post. Once people have prison time, it can make it harder to treat them. The criminal lifestyle can be a hard thing to recover from on it's -own- even without drugs.

Sorry, that's what I meant. As in, I don't think the U.S. has a high enough quality (not just availability of; we certainly have a very available rehab system) rehab system at the moment for legalization to have the same degree of positive effect that it did for Portugal.

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Can't punish people for a crime they haven't committed yet.

I think that's a fair bit of the logic behind making the substances illegal--that if you haven't committed a crime yet, you're likely to, so why wait (of course I wouldn't agree with this or anything)?
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Posted on: May 14 2009, 09:54 PM


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Unicorn Kid and Sabrepulse. I'm in a silly bouncy mood. smile.gif

(on that note, I've encountered two artists of the same genre in the last week from England named after unicorns: Unicorn Kid and Unicorn Dream Attack. The question clearly arises, WHERE ARE YOU KEEPING THE UNICORNS BRITS?!)
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Posted on: May 14 2009, 09:52 PM


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Rose: I watched this (http://vimeo.com/4281939) for like the billionth time today; it still makes the lighting designer in me happy
Rose: Back to NYC tomorrow, where everything will be wonderful forever
Thorn: Another exam tomorrow morning, too dead from 20 pages of papers and 2 other exams to study. Really need to study. Should have read Anna Karenina. It's long. Mrgh.
Thorn: Everyone in my area of college is complaining about some shuttle bus service being cut. The walk is 10 minutes to the main part of campus. At most. People are too busy/lazy/awful here.
Rose: Confirmed some electrician work for this summer! Hooray for definite things to do! Including working a festival or two, also might get to do some nifty lighting installations at some underground-y raves this summer (will investigate on Saturday).
Thorn: The definite work's in Boston and irregular; still dunno what I'm doing the rest of the time.
Rose: Plans I vaguely talked about last year are starting to come together and I think I'll be going to Western western Europe next summer! Funds are still being discussed, but plan is to hit up a week-long happy hardcore festival then wander England/Ireland/France for a month, beatboxing/spinning glowsticks/etc. for cash like all silly American traveling people. Maybe I can find UK meetup next summer?
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Posted on: May 14 2009, 09:44 PM


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The genetics thing isn't a determining factor, but it does make addiction more likely. I don't know if addictive personalities are nature or nurture, but they do seem to be more easily passed from generations. Of course, tracing family histories doesn't answer the nature/nurture thing, but there are some pretty definite genetic traits that can make addiction easier, even simpler factors than things like 'addictive personality'--like tolerance. People with higher tolerance have an easier time gauging how much of whatever substance they consume to *appear* functional and allow them to justify any behavioral/social problems that develop as a result. I've had a few friends who've made this argument and gotten people to believe them for a long time before they dealt with their problems.

That being said, obviously genetics doesn't determine squat, even if it can increase likelihood. Leo, I think in any circumstance different people have different reactions. My dad(/a good bit of his family)'s alcoholism was explained to me before he actually got help, though admittedly not by more than a couple years, and I'd begun to figure it out myself before that. It was actually growing up with the idea that he could drink an absurdly large bottle of wine a day that made me realize how scarily easy it can be to hide this sort of problem from people if you have a high tolerance (though I only figured that out in hindsight after I saw the huge change in his behavior when he went to AA), and in turn made me more careful of myself cause of my family history and own high tolerance and cross-tolerance. But I definitely know people in the same situation who've turned out the opposite.


Cand: hahahaha, that's hilarious. Also that's happened to a couple kids I know (that or caffeine pills or something equally unnoticeable). Was pretty funny. Although a tic-tac sounds kind of noticeable as compared to, like, anything else? Good going on their part.

As for things ecstasy is cut with, while obviously data is at best patchy and hard to come by, there are a couple resources for gauging general purity in a given region. This site (http://www.pillreports.com/) is of people who send in pills they come by to get analyzed and the data is put up. Ecstasy definitely *is* (obviously not always or most of the time) cut with other and harder drugs (harder drugs would make sense since they're cheaper than safer counterparts; who would pay MORE money to cut something?), but as for dangerous factor or related deaths, I think they're pretty low (http://www.thegooddrugsguide.com/ecstasy/dangers.htm, http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qi...6130742AAaRA28). After all, dead customers don't come back and their friends get angry.

For the legalization question, I can't decide...cause while most stuff has very little chance of harming anyone around the user (except if you're driving or somesuch thing), some things DEFINITELY make violent behavior in general more likely (methamphetamine for example). Then again, so does alcohol. Portugal has the laxest laws ever of Europe, inspired cause they had the worst drug problem, now the problem is a lot better. But that's cause they have some amazing rehab programs apparently. Dunno if that would work in the US though; Americans seem to have the habit of doing lots of anything new until they get bored of it quickly, then move onto something else, while the 'lots of anything new' period probably isn't good for anyone. I would probably say not legalize, but decriminalize (ie. there can still be restrictions on sale, distribution, use, possession, but they can't be serious charges. More like rehab/counseling/fine). People going to prison for petty possession charges and being beaten into being real criminals is a stupid problem.

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Posted on: Apr 13 2008, 08:53 PM


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Kicking the gerbil is *not* fun. You'll see..
/me glares and sharpens teeth

Also Missy, hahaha, well STYLR certainly is always a pressing issue. Or at least people who refuse to.
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QUOTE (elphaba2 @ Apr 10 2008, 10:46 PM) *
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Thorn: I have to run the lighting board for a show tonight while it's ridiculously nice outside...
Rose: The new lighting console I'm using has a 'magic' button! Now I know where all the Keebler elves make those cookies.
Thorn: I found out today that the US dollar is apparently worth less than the Canadian dollar.
Rose: I just bought two bus tickets New York-->Boston for $3 total! omgwtf.

That is ridiculous. Is that Fung Wah? Your bus may shoot flames out the back. Or the driver might get mad and lock you all in the bus on the side of the road.

I'm just saying, not to rain on your parade, but you've been warned.

Rose: Seventy degrees!
Rose: I peeled off my giant abdominal band-aid and found the weird creepy under-wound-dressing. Through the tape I can see a plastic white thing and little black things, even though they told me it's not sutured. I'm fascinated by this.
Rose: Coffffeeee for the first time in a week tomorrow! Yay happy stomach!
Thorn: I accidentally dressed like a raging lesbian today.
Thorn: It wouldn'tve been so bad if I hadn't worn capris with my fuzzy legs.
Thorn: Wallet gone/stolen?
Rose: Baking cookies! Whatever! It's so nice out!


Ha! Fung Wah (and the other lines) is the best thing to happen to...well...anything. Ever. They're infinitely cheaper and a great deal faster (since traffic and speeding laws don't exist to the Fung Wah). Been using various Chinatown bus lines pretty often for the past year; only had one break down once, and that was at a rest stop for two hours.
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Actually, this $1.50 bus ticket comes out of an attempt by Greyhound to bankrupt the poor, defensless Chinatown bus lines. ohmy.gif They started a new company called BoltBus, with the promotional gimic of tickets starting at $1.50 (to DC and Philly too!), though prices increase as seats are filled so they can minimize their losses. But, while they of course can't bring down Fung Wah, I get to save even more on bus fare while they try!

In fact, last bus to burst into flames going to Boston was a Greyhound. So nyah.

And, since it's a new day on English and forum time and it's almost a new day here:
Rose: I got an interview to work at this awesome theater I worked at two summers ago!
Thorn: I didn't notice until just now, six days later. I hope I still have that interview... >.<
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Thorn: I have to run the lighting board for a show tonight while it's ridiculously nice outside...
Rose: The new lighting console I'm using has a 'magic' button! Now I know where all the Keebler elves make those cookies.
Thorn: I found out today that the US dollar is apparently worth less than the Canadian dollar.
Rose: I just bought two bus tickets New York-->Boston for $3 total! omgwtf.
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Happy birthday Cand! Even across the pond it's still barely your birthday; hope it's (/was) good smile.gif
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It's good to know there's still somewhere that I'm the ickle young'un. >.< Heyla, InKy.
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Just for that, I'm getting a haircut right now! mad.gif Also because it's been over half a year since my last one... but mostly for that

This ought to be renamed the reunion thread. It was certainly interesting reading bits of everyone's lives over the past few years (Missy, how are you out of college? You're only two years older than me and I'm a freshman!)

Also, sad to say, I've been gone so long I can't get into #burrito anymore. >.< Is the server still irc2.theothersideirc.net?

I want to say that thanks to you guys, my Russian friends, and my Australian roommate, my way of speaking is now far outside of the english language.
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This was hilarious, also I loved the monster! I actually watched it with a friend of mine at college who I became friends with when I learned her screenname was con4mconsumeobey biggrin.gif Good job; it was really great to see a new Mittens (and then all the old Mittens..and Mr. SB)
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Aw, thanks for the birthday wishes Katii and Mata! Also yeah, I was 13 when I joined, and I think there were a few even younger than me (Craziness for one).

Also, happy birthday Prince Aries!
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Posted on: Nov 30 2007, 08:19 PM


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There's always a whole bunch of random things going on in NYC that are great for meeting new people. There's a bunch of websites with listings of goings on. Some of them have listings of affiliated or promoted events (rather than ones they themselves are organizing), one of which is in fact called going.com and apparently today there is some sort of party/show (http://newyork.going.com/invite-16279). Others have their own events in NYC (such as New Mind Space, which has pillow fights and bubble fights in the Union Square area every year) and River to River NYC, which will have weekly free or cheap concerts in Battery Park next summer (the ones this past summer were really fun). And there's always ads for various things on walls of buildings and on the subway as things come around (the Tribeca Film Festival in the spring, for example, is always pretty well advertised). What are your general tastes?
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Posted on: Nov 30 2007, 01:58 PM


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Hahahaha, handwritten Russian is the most awful thing ever, especially when you get more into the language. A script в looks like an english script 'f,' which is really annoying in those instances when it's also pronounced like an english 'f' (вчера is pronounced 'fchera') rather than the english 'v' even though in print it looks like a 'b'. blink.gif

It took me about a month to get used to the handwriting or Russian in general. That's probably cause I have more Russian class (9 hours) a week than I do other classes and my class moves at a ridiculous pace. The grammar can get really tricky, though. Have you studied latin ever? It makes learning Russian a hundred times easier (I know that that makes no sense, but it's true. The two languages are very similar).

And don't worry. The beard comes naturally with learning the language. Just give it time biggrin.gif
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