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by jamessw
Sun Jul 08, 2007 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book habits
Replies: 73
Views: 11677

I have rows of tubs of pringles down the side of my chairs and beds. When I finish a page, i have a victory pringle. It encourages me to read quicker. Though this method normally works, i'm still struggling to pick up pace through The Wheel Of Time series. Take your time. The last book won't be out...
by jamessw
Sun Jul 08, 2007 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book habits
Replies: 73
Views: 11677

I have rows of tubs of pringles down the side of my chairs and beds. When I finish a page, i have a victory pringle. It encourages me to read quicker.

Though this method normally works, i'm still struggling to pick up pace through The Wheel Of Time series.
by jamessw
Sun Jul 08, 2007 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cheese- Yes, No, Maybe so?
Replies: 101
Views: 18384

darry wrote:cheese is what happens when you mix milk and win.

This phrase has been found to be, after being checked by an independent adjudicator, 100% correct.
by jamessw
Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mainstream / Wider Audience XKCD
Replies: 15
Views: 3116

Jadestone wrote:Which group of highschoolers are you trying to appeal to? Or all of them?


Seconded - who is the paper targeted at? Which group of students?

miles01110 wrote:Which one is the Venn Diagram/Vanilla Ice cartoon? That's one of my favorites, and anyone can understand it (I think...).


http://xkcd.com/c210.html ?
by jamessw
Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bettie/Veronica (previously a hard question)
Replies: 14
Views: 1836

TigerX wrote:They are girlfriends of the eponymous character of the comic Archie.

Knowing that, I still have no basis for comparison having not actually read any Archie comics.

The Internet Is Your Friend
by jamessw
Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0286: "All Your Base"
Replies: 102
Views: 23946

Re: "All Your Base" Discussion

niteice wrote:Who's ready for the return of C h u c k N o r r i s jokes?

(edit: hmm, seems it's filtered...)

Norris is so awesome he'll never fade out of the being cool on the internet cycle. Norris dictates what's cool online.
by jamessw
Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your favorite number?
Replies: 81
Views: 10003

Ren wrote:5. Cranking things to eleven is badass.

Unless you have my stereo, when 11 is nowhere near badass enough.

My favourite number is 4. I just like the look of it.
by jamessw
Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Moving in/out?
Replies: 52
Views: 6479

Move in with people that you like. Nothing worse than living with someone you hate.
by jamessw
Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 147532

Mine is a picture of me, drawn by hand ( with a mouse ) in the gimp; with basic colours and shading, and the expression I wear most of the time i'm out and about ( I either have a massive grin or ridiculously deep frown on my face - I only have those two emotions in my facial repertoire ).
by jamessw
Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)
Replies: 228
Views: 128735

I'm on book 4. The third made me almost want to give up, and thankfully, this installment is picking up a bit of pace. Let's hope it stays this way ( even though everyone seems to say some of the later books drag on even worse Image )
by jamessw
Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What **should** you be doing right now?
Replies: 1272
Views: 105521

I have the pleasant task of unblocking a toilet awaiting me. I've decided to come in here to wait for the water already in it to trickle down... can you blame me for sitting on the internet instead?
by jamessw
Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0281: "Online Package Tracking"
Replies: 69
Views: 28523

When you buy a new MINI Cooper (the cute little car), they give you a tracking number so you can watch the production status... Being built, being painted, waiting at the dock, in transit, at distro center, at your dealership.... The same type of system exists with Dell. Whenever I order new machin...
by jamessw
Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0281: "Online Package Tracking"
Replies: 69
Views: 28523

I do exactly what the character in this comic does when I'm expecting a package and can track it online. I end up checking its status at least 20 or 30 times a day Image
by jamessw
Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0279: "Pickup Lines"
Replies: 148
Views: 46351

Best pickup line ever: "If I asked you to sleep with me, would the answer be the same as the answer to this question?" maybe. just maybe... the line would be delivered so awesomely that the girl falls into a stupor to do your bidding amazed at your intellect; as you swoop her up onto your...
by jamessw
Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0280: "Librarians"
Replies: 97
Views: 22243

I'd work as a librarian as a side job... It would be fun, methinks. Code in the library while listening to soft music, be able to yell when you want and have no one tell you off, do what you want... Just great. You forget the tedious work of re-organising the shelves every day after no-gooders have...
by jamessw
Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: so I started learning HTML today
Replies: 29
Views: 4783

I recommend WAMP5 for a server. It's easy to install (just click through the wizard, and you'll have Apache, PHP and MySQL) then right klick on the icon in your taskbar and select Put Online and you have a fully functional server ready to serve. I would strongly advise against putting any server yo...
by jamessw
Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Compliment the poster below you :)
Replies: 320
Views: 41797

\/ Is a connoisseur of fine aubergines
by jamessw
Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess the Next Poster!
Replies: 837
Views: 90861

Not quite correct.

Maybe it will be FatCat?
by jamessw
Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 323840

coelacanth! wrote:Why you're awesome: I'm a prehistoric fish.

I would imagine that this places some limitations on your ability to use the internet? Image

Welcome to the boards, nether the less.
by jamessw
Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: so I started learning HTML today
Replies: 29
Views: 4783

Re: so I started learning HTML today

- frames Unlearn this. You honestly won't need it, and if you do use it, you will be one of many amateur web designers that makes me want to hurl my screen across the room. I loathe being locked into frames when i'm browsing, and they can be replaced so easily, and so much better, by include functi...
by jamessw
Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0279: "Pickup Lines"
Replies: 148
Views: 46351

Your eyes are deeper than all the lakes in Finland! How deep are the lakes in finland? The average depth of Finland's largest lake is 17m, however at points, it can be as deep as 82m. The second largest lake in places reaches 104m deep. If we look at the district of Finland known as Finnish Lakelan...
by jamessw
Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Students: what are you doing with your summer
Replies: 88
Views: 10063

Unless a job falls into my lap... I will be slobbing out ( to an unprecendented degree ). Watching my bank balance fall until the next wave of student loans arrives in autumn. I might also do the bulk of next years dissertation research, plan my approach to teaching in the autumn and generally try t...
by jamessw
Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Which computing feature would be most useful in real life?
Replies: 146
Views: 19900

Castaway wrote:Ctrl+z hands down


I definitely second the undo function. I feel it would be so much more useful in the long run than a search function.
by jamessw
Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Moral dilemma
Replies: 30
Views: 4150

K the stuff he has, is WAY too cheap to be made morally. Just because it's way too cheap to be made morally here, does not mean it is way too cheap to be made morally there. In an industry I used to work with, far-east factories could create, assemble and ship 10 for the cost of every 1 we could ma...
by jamessw
Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0279: "Pickup Lines"
Replies: 148
Views: 46351

Your eyes are deeper than all the lakes in Finland! How deep are the lakes in finland? The average depth of Finland's largest lake is 17m, however at points, it can be as deep as 82m. The second largest lake in places reaches 104m deep. If we look at the district of Finland known as Finnish Lakelan...
by jamessw
Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When I was 5 years old, I wanted to be a farmer.
Replies: 91
Views: 10085

What I wanted to be: An Archaeologist; digging up lost cities and magnificent temples; uncovering secret hordes of treasure long buried, and breaking the curses on ancient tombs. Mind you, didn't everyone want to be a slightly cooler version of Indiana Jones? Where I am: Halfway through a degree co...
by jamessw
Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Alcohol Powder!
Replies: 62
Views: 10351

Tractor wrote:What about snorting it?

This is the first thing I thought of when I read the story. And i'm not even a druggie Image
by jamessw
Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Porn on XKCD?
Replies: 72
Views: 18460

Yes, that is the case at my Uni too. The lecture theatre computers are wide open (the username and password are known to everyone, even freshers, before O-week is over). They run Win2k, with admin access on the basic password. pretty much the only security measure is that eh desktop background has ...
by jamessw
Sat Jun 16, 2007 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Commuting by bike
Replies: 89
Views: 10409

As I have experienced, bus drivers are the most asshole-ish toward bikers. I have to chip in on this and say that bus drivers are the most asshole-ish drivers entirely ; their assholyness is equalled only by white van drivers when they're utterly cheesed. I have lost count of how many times buses h...
by jamessw
Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Porn on XKCD?
Replies: 72
Views: 18460

Now, of course, I wouldn't dream of messing with my uni network (stories to follow once I'm not dependent on the uni network). You'll often find the University networks are better administered than simple high school ones ( this is notably because at Universities you have people that have extensive...
by jamessw
Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many aliases do you have?
Replies: 120
Views: 16163

I used to have several up until early this year. I've consolidated everything under jamessw now though.
by jamessw
Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy: Lamentations of Lost Potential (Split: KH)
Replies: 48
Views: 7596

CreemyNougat wrote:Also, in FFVIII, sidequests become almost entirely unavailable on the fourth disk.

That really cheesed me off.

8 has very little re-playability too, so I lost the motivation to go back through to do everything and all the little quests, like I did with FFVII.
by jamessw
Thu Jun 07, 2007 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Remember, if something's wrong with your car...don't ignore!
Replies: 21
Views: 2999

Don't get me started on car maintenance. I don't own a car myself, but i'm the biggest user of someone else's, which means in return for having the privilege of being able to drive their car whenever and wherever I need to at no cost to myself other than fuel and insurance ( and I do 90-95% of its m...
by jamessw
Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0273: "Electromagnetic Spectrum"
Replies: 220
Views: 72240

Maseiken wrote:w00t, octarine!

Ditto. Good to see it got a mention :D
by jamessw
Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Golden Compass trailer
Replies: 66
Views: 12235

but I'm glad I got a few good books out of it, and maybe a new author too. If you feel like exploring Pullman further, make a beeline straight for the Sally Lockhart ( trilogy +1 ). The Tiger In The Well, Shadow In The North, Ruby In The Smoke, Tin Princess ( it's been so long since I picked them u...
by jamessw
Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 323840

I'm sorry for rambling like this. :( It cannot be helped, i've found that since I caught the incurable disease of writing, with excessive punctuation, I also expand points beyond that which is necessary for the conversation or answer; and like you, I quite often end up with sentences that are way t...
by jamessw
Thu May 31, 2007 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Good universities for Computer Science
Replies: 51
Views: 15240

The Guardian publishes an excellent per subject University Guide for the UK:

long link

Take a look through ( if you haven't stumbled across this already ) - and go on the University websites ( and their student union websites ) to get a better feel for each aswell.
by jamessw
Thu May 31, 2007 11:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Flying a kite with a stranger
Replies: 81
Views: 15000

but, three days ago, someone offered me one of these in the train, I said no.. (mostly because they looked disgusting, as did the girl holding them) I'd send one of them back even if it was served to me in a fancy restaurant. Social faux-pas or no, they look like they have been crafted from the sto...
by jamessw
Thu May 31, 2007 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Golden Compass trailer
Replies: 66
Views: 12235

edit while I'm here, how the hell are they going to do the third book if they've removed religion? I believe that the religious theme isn't completely removed. It's just toned down, and the terminology of some characters has changed when referring to the authority, in order to accommodate that ther...
by jamessw
Thu May 31, 2007 11:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 323840

Just popping my head in here to say hi, as per requested ( seeing as i've just opened up an account here ). My name is James, i'm English and, coincidentally, through some miraculous stroke of misfortune, in England. You'll soon learn, that I, that being me, has developed, through reading countless ...

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