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by George Orr
Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 308708

Re: What is your favourite book?

Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami. Honestly, a lot of this guy's books would end up on my favorites list, but this was the first novel of his that I read, and... I'm not sure what it is that I love so much. Everything just goes together so nicely. I'm sort of in the middle of rereading it for a th...
by George Orr
Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Argh apostrophes!
Replies: 66
Views: 8482

Re: Argh apostrophes!

I have a question about apostrophes and contractions. Nothing major, it's just been bothering me for the past few days and I thought some of you may actually know the the answer. My problem is with words like "aren't," "can't," "shouldn't," and so forth...words where &q...
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone here make chai?
Replies: 25
Views: 2305

Re: Does anyone here make chai?

By "chai" I meant what most silly Americans (myself included) consider to be chai, namely a tea drink from India or thereabouts spiced with cardamom/ginger/cloves/etc.. I personally am very much a tea person, to the extent that I have several bags of loose-leaf tea in the desk drawer next ...
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone here make chai?
Replies: 25
Views: 2305

Re: Does anyone here make chai?

I like tea tea. Speaking of Chai, I have a funny accent when I say the word because I prefer persian chai over masala chai. No milk there, .. but they do have a trick (that I am unable to do successfully) where you place the sugar cube in your mouth and drink the hot tea through it. It sweetens it ...
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1821
Views: 477204

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami. So far it's an excellent book, in my opinion.
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9214409

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

I'm pretty sure I could come up with something that could go up OR down a flight of stairs smoothly, but not both; I don't think that's possible. yeah, I know. But I think that if you come up with a design that works, you should be able to reverse the orientation of the spokes and have it be able t...
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Favorite drink
Replies: 80
Views: 7323

Re: Favorite drink

Tea FTW!

Real tea, that is...pure loose-leaf tea without milk or sugar or any other additive. My personal favorite is a Golden Yunnan that my local coffee shop sells. I also like Rooibos quite a bit, although it's not a tea under the strictest of definitions.
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9214409

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

As, for me, I was just thinking about how to make a bike that could ride up and down stairs smoothly (in ways other than having ginormous wheels). legs instead of wheels? Close, it's arms! (Pinwheel arms, to be exact. The problem is the curvature of the arms on the pinwheel, and modifying it so tha...
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 95340

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

I've formally studied two, having taken four years of high school German and two years of Ancient Greek in college. I also can read Spanish pretty damn well, and understand most spoken romance languages, although I can't speak them worth shit. I really want to take Russian and Anglo-Saxon, though, a...
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Ancestor-of-the-Heart
Replies: 37
Views: 2959

Re: Your Ancestor-of-the-Heart

The only historical people I know about in any detail are famous, and while it may not be a bad thing to feel connections to larger-than-life figures, I find it hard to do so, as I immediately view them in light of their accomplishments rather than their personality or interests, which would be a mo...
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm not convinced all humans feel emotion.
Replies: 59
Views: 4735

Re: I'm not convinced all humans feel emotion.

I watched a documentary about a man who got in a car accident, and part of his frontal lobe was shredded. Basically, he ended up without any emotion. He didn't love his wife or child, he didn't care about his job and got fired from one after another, he didn't really care about anything. Is it bad ...
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9214409

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

xooll wrote:Why is my download only going at 20 kB/S?

Oh right. Hundreds of thousands of people trying to get the same thing. never mind.

What, Radiohead?

As, for me, I was just thinking about how to make a bike that could ride up and down stairs smoothly (in ways other than having ginormous wheels).
by George Orr
Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerd test!
Replies: 231
Views: 19909

Re: Nerd test!

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I'm not that surprised, although I did expect to have a higher science/math percentage.
Then again, that test was somewhat silly, in a fun-ish way. There was a distinct lack of actual math/science questions.
by George Orr
Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: New Radiohead album [In Rainbows]
Replies: 62
Views: 5162

Re: New Radiohead album [In Rainbows]

Also listening to it right now. I like it, it's growing on me...but I have never liked Radiohead's newer, electric/ambient/whatever stuff as much as I liked The Bends , and that will always make it hard for me to fully appreciate it, comparing it to that older album... That said, it's still pretty d...
by George Orr
Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Mix CD Enthusiast Coalition
Replies: 99
Views: 13357

Re: Mix CD Enthusiast Coalition

Partly. If it was just yours, I probably wouldn't have said anything, I don't mind rearranging tracklists once. But I dl'ed George Orr's as well, and had the same problem, and lost patience. I assume if I had a Mac and iTunes it'd work slightly better, apart from the DRM. iTunes users, do you just ...
by George Orr
Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: E-books
Replies: 28
Views: 4719

Re: E-books

http://www.anonib.com/bookchan/ Wow, that site's actually really good. Especially so once I figured out how to actually download the books. And yes, I knew about Project Gutenberg before, but its comparative lack of modern authors makes it a less useful source for science fiction novels and 20th ce...
by George Orr
Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What game has caused you to utter the most profanity?
Replies: 421
Views: 41635

Re: What game has caused you to utter the most profanity?

Super Mario All-Stars.

Also Minesweeper, at times, although if I get on a bad loosing streak it makes me fatalistic and I stop swearing as much. I admit to being a Minesweeper junkie.
by George Orr
Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier - King Of The World
Replies: 36
Views: 4984

Re: Sid Meier - King Of The World

Alpha Cetauri FTW!

My favorite faction was probably the hive, although the University has obvious appeal and is the easiest to play.

I don't think I'll ever stop playing the game so long as I have a computer.
by George Orr
Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: E-books
Replies: 28
Views: 4719

E-books

I was wondering what people's views on reading ebooks are. Do you like them well enough, or view them as an abomination that should be banned so as to uphold the spirit of true paper-based literature? Also, if you are an ebook reader, do you have any decent sites to recommend? The only one I know of...
by George Orr
Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Obscure/Difficult but worthwhile SFF
Replies: 38
Views: 6749

Re: Re:

Hm, what about Earth Abides by George Stewart? It's received a fair amount of critical recognition, but not many people have read it. Also, Cordwainer Smith's "The Rediscovery of Man" is quite good, and almost nobody has heard of it. Actually, I thought that Earth Abides was terrible, and...
by George Orr
Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Mix CD Enthusiast Coalition
Replies: 99
Views: 13357

Re: Mix CD Enthusiast Coalition

I was wondering if there's a way around the protection itunes puts on music. I couldn't play a few of the songs on Ren's mix because of it, and had to find other copies online to get the full effect of the mix. Any ideas? It would be much appreciated.
by George Orr
Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1018
Views: 281601

Re: Recommend one artist

Josh Ritter is an artist I would wholeheartedly recommend. His music is in the vein of folk-rock; a mix of guys like Dylan and Springsteen, but also very unique and with a lot of energy. This is a Youtube video of one of his songs played live. Check out other stuff of his, too, because it's very var...
by George Orr
Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 36305

Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

I either dog-ear it or remember which page I am on. I'm not terribly concerned about the health of a page corner or two. They recover easily, anyways, and the words are more important... The one thing that gets me is when people leave books face-down, spread-eagled, however you want to put it...it's...
by George Orr
Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Mix CD Enthusiast Coalition
Replies: 99
Views: 13357

Re: Mix CD Enthusiast Coalition

I think I'd like to get in on this. I have a pretty diverse collection of music, so I'll see what I can do in the next day or two in terms of making a rar/zip file of some tracks. I'm listening to no-genius's mix now; so far so good :D Edit: I just noticed Ren's mix has Plea From A Cat Named Virtue ...
by George Orr
Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?
Replies: 46
Views: 5321

Re: Who's your favorite acoustic guitar + voice artist?

Josh Ritter is easily one of my favorite artists, and he's almost purely raw guitar and singing with some drums and occasional piano. I'd especially recommend the albums "Hello Starling" and "The Animal Years." His most recent album is great, but it's more rock-ish. Other than th...
by George Orr
Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Conceptually odd theoretical languages
Replies: 39
Views: 6748

I've been quite fascinated by the languages Borges comes up with in his story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius." Although the languages are not developed extensively by the author, they do the opposite of what some of you are talking about. These languages get rid of nouns altogether, using ve...
by George Orr
Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: annoyingness of the English language
Replies: 94
Views: 19387

English is like Othello: "Minutes to learn, a lifetime to master."
by George Orr
Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worldbuilding
Replies: 59
Views: 9286

gmedina wrote:1) Gabriel García Márquez's Macondo.

Yeah, the whole transformation of the town through the ages is really amazing and surreal. It's also a nice break from SF worlds, in my mind it shows us what is possible here on Earth in terms of depth and beauty.
by George Orr
Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worldbuilding
Replies: 59
Views: 9286

The Foundation trilogy is really pretty impressive. I'm also surprised that nobody's mentioned the Ender universe yet.

Also, I found the world in Perdido Street Station by China Mieville to be really innovative and compelling.
by George Orr
Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: spam thread observations
Replies: 474
Views: 70479

Alpha Omicron wrote:I saw that one too. What word does the dictionary definition belong to?
If I'm not mistaken, the word is "Clean." I think it's really quite funny in the context.
by George Orr
Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Unintenionally Educational Games
Replies: 72
Views: 8384

The knowledge of the Centauri system and some basic astrophysics that I gained from Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri helped me pass a few (admittedly easy) high school physics quizzes. Also, the Myst games are way up there on teaching pattern recognition.

I definitely agree with the civ games and AOE2.
by George Orr
Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Basking in your own brilliance
Replies: 65
Views: 5587

I reread the good stuff, and do my best to forget about the rest. I think it's definitely comforting to do so. I don't go over math stuff, though. Calc makes for dull leisure reading. I'd rather be solving the darn problems.
by George Orr
Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: That song that's stuck in your head right now...
Replies: 262
Views: 25431

Currently, it's the plasma pong music. But usually, it's either "The Saga Begins," By Weird Al, or "Mexican Wine," By fountains of wayne.

I like Weird Al, but FOW drives me insane after a little bit.
by George Orr
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You know you have played video games too much when...
Replies: 208
Views: 21906

Wow. Now I know that you play WAY to much video games (or at least play THAT game too much). :shock: Yeah, that was about two years ago, and ever since I've been careful not to play video games for too long (although KOTOR kinda made me break that self-promise. Damn, what an addicting game). Mind t...
by George Orr
Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite book vendors
Replies: 18
Views: 5153

I'm another Amazon user. I just like how you're guaranteed to find almost anything you're searching for (although there have been occasions when they don't have what I want). You also can get free shipping if you buy over $25 worth of stuff. It isn't so great for browsing, though. If you're anywhere...
by George Orr
Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 169384

Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond. I got around 60 pages in, and stopped for good.
by George Orr
Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Lathe of Heaven
Replies: 5
Views: 2096

It's where I took my name from! It is indeed an awesome, mind-tripping book, especially towards the end. I agree that one of the most pertinent things about it is how the doctor tries to use Orr's power to help the world, but invariably is unable to effect what he desires without introducing somethi...
by George Orr
Wed Aug 22, 2007 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You know you have played video games too much when...
Replies: 208
Views: 21906

I have all the original SNES mario games on an emulator for my PC, and like most emulators it allows you to save and load "states," or specific points in the game. I used save/load state so much on some of the crazy difficult levels for a while that one day when I accidentally dropped and ...
by George Orr
Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Author?
Replies: 120
Views: 15773

I'd have to choose Jorge Luis Borges as my all-time favorite. Then, in no particular order: Neil Gaiman, Paul Auster, Gene Wolfe, Vonnegut, Hesse, and Douglas Adams. And purely for their short-story work, I'd also add Ted Chiang and Harlan Ellison. I agree that Stapledon is really good, but his work...
by George Orr
Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 308708

While on vacation, I just read "One Hundred Years of Solitude," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and I think I'd definitely add it to my list of all-time favorite books. Damn, is it good. And I mean good on the level that is encountered very rarely in ones lifetime. Others' opinions may differ, ...

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