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by Bufo_periglenes
Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What Happened to all the Good Books?
Replies: 27
Views: 4759

Re: What Happened to all the Good Books?

90% of everything... but there are really interesting books around. Have you looked at the Recommend a Book and What is Your Favorite Book threads? Lots of potential recommendations, including from many people who read sci-fi and fantasy and, if they recommend classics, actually like them for specif...
by Bufo_periglenes
Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a poem or poet
Replies: 11
Views: 5101

Re: Recommend a poem or poet

I hate to recommend such a one hit wonder, but the Antigonish creeps me out very effectively for how simple it is: Yesterday upon the stair I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today I wish that man would go away. Almost makes me want to make a song for it. I've only ever hea...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

(Regarding pronouns) I was thinking of soi/son, but I wasn't aware of or considering the hiccups people mentioned. Some trivia for you: Polynesian languages (at least the ones with which I'm familiar) don't have gendered pronouns at all, though they do have different pronouns or one, two, or three p...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1817
Views: 432618

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

Just finished R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek. Now I have seen where the word "robot" first entered English! Reading The Making of a Sonnet , an anthology of sonnets organized by century. Also, more slowly, Principles of Mathematical Analysis by Walter Rudin. Listening to...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Interesting Problems?
Replies: 33
Views: 4273

Re: Interesting Problems?

Back in the day, I enjoyed working on the Ross Program application problems: http://www.math.osu.edu/ross/forms.html; click on "Application Problems".
They're intended for very interested high school students.
by Bufo_periglenes
Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7682794

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

After only cursory experimentation, I have discovered that yes, my slinky can actually climb all the way down the stairs. Whee!
(Back up the stairs remains a bit of a puzzle, however.)
by Bufo_periglenes
Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

This has some interesting history in it: http://www.theawl.com/2011/01/our-desperate-250-year-long-search-for-a-gender-neutral-pronoun After reading it, I wonder: what about just stealing the French pronouns? We've already done that with a bunch of other words... Au revoir. P.S. *additional hugs* fo...
by Bufo_periglenes
Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 813903

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Nice henna!

>>>>>>>>>>
Vacuums are awesome. I love vacuums because they rapidly rid my house of dust. I think they are generally underappreciated.
by Bufo_periglenes
Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a poem or poet
Replies: 11
Views: 5101

Recommend a poem or poet

I like poetry! Perhaps you do too? A medievalist has been writing poems, in a variety of styles, based on different gargoyles on the National Cathedral, and posting them here: gargoyle poetry by Jeff Sypeck This is a nice, sinister sonnet: An Interrogator's Opening Remarks , by Alan Gould Wisława Sz...
by Bufo_periglenes
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

The past couple days, while kind of overwhelming in other regards, have been quite nice as far as my pansexuality (which I now think I like better than "bisexuality" if I'm picking a word) is concerned. I found out yesterday that an old friend of mine is also pansexual, so we had a nice ch...
by Bufo_periglenes
Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Congratulations, Zeroignite! And good luck.
by Bufo_periglenes
Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

*more hugs*
by Bufo_periglenes
Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 813903

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Hooray for flowers. Spring is nice. I'd forgotten how nice it is.
Roses and jasmine smell wonderful.
by Bufo_periglenes
Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7682794

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

It just occurred to me that I have been mentally substituting every avatar picture I see here for the (unseen) posting person's face. That gets odder and odder the more I think about it.

Black-colored animals: I like crows. (Or black frogs.)

Bye now.
by Bufo_periglenes
Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Poxic — that should be a poster. It's great.

Regarding pride season, what are pride parades and festivals usually like?
by Bufo_periglenes
Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Now why have I suddenly been hearing about the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon all over the place? (Sorry; couldn't resist. That did happen to me several years ago, when I first learned the term, which was entertaining.) I too think that might be an overinterpretation, but on the other hand, maybe using w...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whine about your smarts
Replies: 161
Views: 17712

Re: Whine about your smarts

even if you do describe your reasons for hating math and try to make a conversation out of it, it's never nice to hear about how someone hates something you like, especially when you probably already suspect that most people hold math in contempt (though part of that could be the influence of my hi...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: What is the difference—
Replies: 2
Views: 1564

Re: What is the difference—

Thanks, SecondTalon!
by Bufo_periglenes
Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whine about your smarts
Replies: 161
Views: 17712

Re: Whine about your smarts

even if you do describe your reasons for hating math and try to make a conversation out of it, it's never nice to hear about how someone hates something you like, especially when you probably already suspect that most people hold math in contempt (though part of that could be the influence of my hi...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: What is the difference—
Replies: 2
Views: 1564

What is the difference—

—between forums.xkcd.com and fora.xkcd.com? They seem to be identical, yet distinct. I am confused.
Thank you!
by Bufo_periglenes
Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28398
Views: 2981014

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Writing a research paper at 2am: not fun. And I'm only like 1/3 done. Additionally, it turns out I have one less day left than I thought and a couple more assignments that I thought. Fuuuuck. Edit: 4am now and fairly close to done. Gonna try to get an hour or two of sleep and then take a fresh look...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

To those who liked my turtles, thank you! (After typing it so many times, I'm not sure any more that turtle is a real word. Turtle turtle turtle. :? ) In other news, I recently discovered that my local LGBTIQQAACRONYMATTACK Community Center has an instance of a regular bisexual social/support night ...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whine about your smarts
Replies: 161
Views: 17712

Re: Whine about your smarts

This exchange happens to me far too often: Person: So, what are you studying? Me: Mathematics. Person: Really? I hate math. I'm so bad at it! Me: (Scrambles to come up with a reply while thinking: Um, I'm not? And I'm human person with other characteristics? And I'm bad at some things too? And you ...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Heehee! I'd forgotten about that one.

Another photo (this took a while). The turtles of Yertle, the ruler of all he can see:
Spoiler:
yertles_small.jpg
yertles!


Yertle, post-burp:
Spoiler:
noyertles_small.jpg
How are the mighty fallen.


Good night! (maybe)
by Bufo_periglenes
Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

[sarcasm]Hooray for insomnia.[/sarcasm] I was under the weather recently, and to relax I made a whole bunch of origami turtles. This morning, in my sleep-deprived state, it occurred to me that I could do this with them: (Spoilers for size of photographs.) The turtles of lesbian, gay, and queer pride...
by Bufo_periglenes
Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28398
Views: 2981014

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

A miniature rant: Why does all public transit stink of urine? Really, how does that happen? Please don't answer this question. Because some drunks don't drive? Ha. This is a reasonable explanation, and a reminder that I do not live in the worst of all possible worlds. I still fervently dislike ...
by Bufo_periglenes
Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28398
Views: 2981014

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

A miniature rant:
Why does all public transit stink of urine? Really, how does that happen?

Please don't answer this question.
by Bufo_periglenes
Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28398
Views: 2981014

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

To people who hear about the semi-obscure disease I've had for a decade: I do not particulary want to hear about your second cousin who has it, and how horrible it is, and how he's tried three doctors and still isn't well. I know about all of these sorts of problems, intimately. (Though I am getting...
by Bufo_periglenes
Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 91267

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

There's a line from The Philadelphia Story— You were extremely attractive, and as for distant and forbidding, on the contrary. But you also were a little the worse—or the better—for wine, and there are rules about that. An awful lot of people don't learn those rules, and some of them take advantage ...
by Bufo_periglenes
Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 221235

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

I like frogs and toads. Golden toads in particular are beautiful, adorable, and probably extinct. So it's partly in memoriam. (It also wasn't taken, so I could get it spelled properly without added numbers.) http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/spotlight/02062002/images/GoldenToads-CostaRica.jpg
by Bufo_periglenes
Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

*hugs*
by Bufo_periglenes
Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 27353

Re: Why we shouldn't ban guns...

Is that verbatim copypasta of an earlier post? You should at least vary it a bit in case someone who didn't quite get it the first time can comprehend the new version better. Hmm. Not verbatim (I think), but maybe it was too similar to the earlier posts. Learned discussion should react and elaborat...
by Bufo_periglenes
Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 27353

Re: Why we shouldn't ban guns...

I would like to reiterate an earlier argument with which I strongly agree.
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by Bufo_periglenes
Mon May 30, 2011 2:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 27353

Re: Why we shouldn't ban guns...

I really think we shouldn't be getting cross here Indeed; there really isn't anything to be getting upset over. O rly? http://images.icanhascheezburger.com/completestore/2008/2/22/flamekittytoo128481970506406250.jpg ? HUH? ( :wink: ) They really do take anyone these days: http://anddomestic.com/ima...
by Bufo_periglenes
Mon May 30, 2011 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 653
Views: 234732

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Okay, there's no category specifically for essays or satirical pieces, but I figured this would be the appropriate place to post it. I read this work of satire last year that I cannot remember for the life of me. It was some sort of rant on the horrible drivers of the Miami area, and was originally...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sun May 29, 2011 10:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whine about your smarts
Replies: 161
Views: 17712

Re: Whine about your smarts

This exchange happens to me far too often: Person: So, what are you studying? Me: Mathematics. Person: Really? I hate math. I'm so bad at it! Me: (Scrambles to come up with a reply while thinking: Um, I'm not? And I'm human person with other characteristics? And I'm bad at some things too? And you d...
by Bufo_periglenes
Sun May 29, 2011 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?
Replies: 51
Views: 7542

Re: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?

Age: 20
Education: protracted homeschooling while sick; would be in sophomore year of college
Currently: reading my parents' college math textbooks (real analysis currently)
The Dream: research mathematician 8)
by Bufo_periglenes
Sun May 29, 2011 8:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 27353

Re: Why we shouldn't ban guns...

I would like to complain about the use of fuzzy logic in this thread.

To wit:
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by Bufo_periglenes
Sun May 29, 2011 6:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1254981

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

hanecter, you poor thing. *Offers more hugs.*

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