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by Amarantha
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0351: "Trolling"
Replies: 179
Views: 37471

Re: "Trolling Discussion"

rfts wrote:You know, I'd like to see someone insert a rickroll into one of those "show spoiler" buttons. That would be a great rickroll.


See, now you've ruined it. You should have just done it :P
by Amarantha
Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:37 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Applications 2008
Replies: 141
Views: 12898

Re: Applications 2008

...I then lay awake thinking, "Are you insane? You can't do a Master of Finance course!"... My mother at 50 is taking her masters degree along with my father at 55 in economics, while working. If they can do it i'm sure you can :D hehe Thanks for the vote of confidence - that actually doe...
by Amarantha
Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:48 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Applications 2008
Replies: 141
Views: 12898

Re: Applications 2008

I think I'm as nervous of getting accepted as not. At 33, I've just applied to do a Master of Finance course. I think I can do it, I'm interested in it and I could certainly use the money. But when I wake in the middle of the night to go to the loo, I then lay awake thinking, "Are you insane? Y...
by Amarantha
Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Little joys in life (Mrg: Little Things That Make You Happy)
Replies: 218
Views: 16637

Re: Little joys in life

Meeting a childhood hero and looking for a meteor shower, in one evening.
by Amarantha
Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: RSI advice: will changing my mouse help?
Replies: 27
Views: 5009

Re: RSI advice: will changing my mouse help?

Where did you get your wrist suppport? I just said "I want gel-filled wristpads", and my department's Admin Officer ordered them through Corporate Express. Dunno where you'd go to buy one retail, sorry. Would your workplace buy it for you? You can often get that sort of thing on OH&S ...
by Amarantha
Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Marinade for beef.
Replies: 22
Views: 2404

Re: Marinade for beef.

My bad - my edit buggered the quotes even more :P

Sorry about that; I shall go back and edit again...
by Amarantha
Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pizza Toppings
Replies: 142
Views: 52898

Re: Pizza Toppings

My usual pizza if I'm buying one will have some sort of meat protein (prawns, salami, ham etc), mushrooms and pineapple (tomato sauce and cheese being obligatory). Olives only if they've got good ones, capsicum optional, onions no. If I'm making it at home, it's usually whatever I've got on hand, bu...
by Amarantha
Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: I really like food, especially breakfast
Replies: 19
Views: 3072

Re: I really like food, especially breakfast

I can't eat first thing in the morning. I keep rolls, cheese, sardines etc at work so I can have something around 9am or so. But breakfast foods are some of my favourite things to eat at any time of day. I can totally eat bacon and eggs and a bowl of cereal for tea, or make porridge for lunch onna w...
by Amarantha
Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What is your favourite animal to eat?
Replies: 95
Views: 11724

Re: What is your favourite animal to eat?

Eel has the most magical combination of flavour and texture of any animal I've tried. Pork belly sometimes comes close, but eel is just made of win.

Also, crocodile is pretty cool. It's kind of a cross between chicken, fish and squid in both flavour and texture.
by Amarantha
Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: RSI advice: will changing my mouse help?
Replies: 27
Views: 5009

Re: RSI advice: will changing my mouse help?

Gel-filled wristpad ftw. Before you rush out and buy a gel wrist support, they are not a catch-all solution. I have never suffered so much wrist pain as when I was using one of these. They are all too tall and I can't really move my hands left and right, so I end up cortorting my wrist in all sorts...
by Amarantha
Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall Munroe Facts
Replies: 222
Views: 34790

Re: Randall Munroe Facts

taptap wrote:
Amarantha wrote:Randall Munroe is the Stig.



Wait... from the show Top Gear?!



Some say his ears have a paisley lining, and that he roams around the woods at night, foraging for wolves. All we know is... he's really Randall Munroe.
by Amarantha
Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: RSI advice: will changing my mouse help?
Replies: 27
Views: 5009

Re: RSI advice: will changing my mouse help?

Gel-filled wristpad ftw. Learn as many keyboard shortcuts as possible. As well as trackballs, you can also get a mouse shaped like a joystick, which gives you an alternative wrist position. I wonder if they make laptop-style nipple-mice or touchpads for use with PCs... Practice using your mouse with...
by Amarantha
Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Have you got a foodstuff in your username?
Replies: 40
Views: 5663

Re: Have you got a foodstuff in your username?

Toeofdoom wrote:Toes arent too tasty.


I dunno, I had some delicious chicken feet the other day; their toes were marvellously tasty :)
by Amarantha
Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Marinade for beef.
Replies: 22
Views: 2404

Re: Marinade for beef.

I wholeheartedly disagree. I would never use a wine for cooking that I wouldn't drink simultaneously. Even for marinades. I've never fully understood this sentiment. I don't drink vinegar, but I cook with it. I think whether or not to use a drinking wine depends on what type of cooking it's used fo...
by Amarantha
Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Rendezvous with Rama
Replies: 22
Views: 5426

Re: Rendezvous with Rama

Because that's what I like reading: technical descriptions and little more. ... ...I just want a nice, big, complicated machine and some people either trying to find out how it works, or explaining it to each other. That's the SF I like. Do you know any such books? Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement...
by Amarantha
Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall Munroe Facts
Replies: 222
Views: 34790

Re: Randall Munroe Facts

Randall Munroe is the Stig.
by Amarantha
Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd is hard to type
Replies: 70
Views: 16982

Re: xkcd is hard to type

I think I'd get confused if I set my OS to Dvorak and stayed using my qwerty keyboard (Tesco Value!). I'd need something to look at, at least to start with. I printed the picture of the dvorak layout from the site I learnt on (linked in my post above), and referred to that. When I couldn't find the...
by Amarantha
Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 170216

Re: Books you never finished

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. I got nearly all the way through, but then ran out of steam. Must pick that up again...
by Amarantha
Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite poem(s)?
Replies: 115
Views: 19860

Re: Favourite poem(s)?

Many of my favourites have been mentioned already. I shall add: In My Craft Or Sullen Art by Dylan Thomas To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence by James Elroy Flecker Remembrance by Emily Brontë The Goat Paths by James Stephens The Stone Troll by J.R.R. Tolkien Cargoes by John Masefield I'm sure I've for...
by Amarantha
Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: [Movie] The Golden Compass
Replies: 55
Views: 7185

Re: [Movie] The Golden Compass

yellie wrote:(it also helps that they totally nailed my favourite character EVER -- Lee Scoresby. Seriously, how perfect was he? VERY.)


Hehe ya, I was just saying to my fiance that despite the disappointed reviews in this thread, I feel inclined to watch the film solely for Sam Elliott :P
by Amarantha
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Swimming and nerves
Replies: 57
Views: 4614

Re: Swimming and nerves

I swim like a fish in one way and like an unco-ordinated berk in another. I'm good at the underwater, breath-holding, mermaid-style swimming, and people have been amazed at the speed and agility with which I can pick up several objects dropped all over the bottom of a pool. At the sports-style, prop...
by Amarantha
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Little joys in life (Mrg: Little Things That Make You Happy)
Replies: 218
Views: 16637

Re: Little joys in life

The first few mouthfuls of a beer when you hadn't realised how much you needed a beer.
by Amarantha
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd is hard to type
Replies: 70
Views: 16982

Re: xkcd is hard to type

I learnt dvorak here . I don't have a special keyboard - I type on a qwerty keyboard and just re-map windows to use the dvorak layout. I did it for my wrists and it helped a fair bit. I do think it's a little quicker, but maybe it just feels that way because it's smoother. Most (read: every single o...
by Amarantha
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Greatest Happiness Principle implies Categorical Imperative?
Replies: 14
Views: 2730

Re: Greatest Happiness Principle implies Categorical Imperative?

As I understand it, the difference between Kant and Mill is the difference between intent and result (or means and end). Mill is in the teleological/consequential camp, the ethics of which are concerned with results. What you do is less important than what happens because of it. Kant's ethics belong...
by Amarantha
Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0351: "Trolling"
Replies: 179
Views: 37471

Re: "Trolling Discussion"

I can't believe it either. that trick is so old. Shame on you! ;) Basic Instructions: How to Counter the Old "There's Something on Your Shirt" Trick. (too hard to resist) hehe Basic Instructions rocks :P Oh, and I was wrong about my fiance and 2girls1cup. I asked him if he'd seen it, and ...
by Amarantha
Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0351: "Trolling"
Replies: 179
Views: 37471

Re: "Trolling Discussion"

2girls1cup him. It's the only revenge that works. Sadly, it wouldn't work on someone who used to go to quake n3rd parties where introducing innocents to EPsample was a form of recreation, who recently spent an instructive afternoon acquainting his parents with goatse, tubgirl, hi2u et al, and who h...
by Amarantha
Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How would you be killed?
Replies: 280
Views: 31347

Re: How would you be killed?

WraithXt1 wrote:Thats great, only drowing isnt peaceful. It's full of terror and vomiting before you die staring at water clouded with bile and your laste meal.


Damn, I heard the opposite. Ah well, maybe I'll go with erotic asphyxiation ;) Or is that like drowning?
by Amarantha
Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assessing skills
Replies: 16
Views: 2157

Re: Assessing skills

Iori_Yagami wrote:I often think that a lot of evaluation systems are broken. They are not complete, they have large error margins. Yet we have to assess somehow, don't we?


Don't get me started on job interviews :|
by Amarantha
Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How would you be killed?
Replies: 280
Views: 31347

Re: How would you be killed?

I totally love sitting underwater, so I'd probably go for a peaceful drowning. Which I realise is totally boring, so maybe drowning inna giant martini or something might make it more interesting :P This whole thread reminds me of a joke I once read somewhere: "When I die, I want to go peacefull...
by Amarantha
Tue Dec 04, 2007 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0295: "DNE"
Replies: 145
Views: 45522

Re: "DNE" Discussion

The trick to getting permanent marker off a whiteboard is to scribble over it with the whiteboard marker, then rub that off. Might take a few passes. At least, it worked for me ;)
by Amarantha
Tue Dec 04, 2007 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0351: "Trolling"
Replies: 179
Views: 37471

Re: "Trolling Discussion"

Thank you all for the inspiration. Yesterday my fiance got me with that *point at chest, person looks down, flick their nose* thing, and was all like "I can't believe you fell for that". I was like, "I've only ever seen it in the movies". But I had this thread in mind and was sch...
by Amarantha
Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Let's Talk About Theobromine - that means Chocolate.
Replies: 186
Views: 61970

Re: Let's Talk About Theobromine

Dark chocolate. Must be at least 70% cocoa. We keep a small stash of half a dozen types and will have a square in the evening with some single-malt whisky. Heaven :)
by Amarantha
Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: British Comedies
Replies: 226
Views: 25844

Re: British Comedies

xenuphobia wrote:Moss from The IT Crowd is my hero.


Same :)

Moss wrote:"Fire, exclamation mark..."
by Amarantha
Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16818

Re: Australian Election

Noone can say with a straight face that we have not received significant tax cuts under the previous government. from http://preview.tinyurl.com/3x8zos : Canberra economist Ian McAuley has crunched the Coalition's tax cuts in real and nominal terms, based on Treasury's inflation rate assumption of ...
by Amarantha
Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Have you got a foodstuff in your username?
Replies: 40
Views: 5663

Re: Have you got a foodstuff in your username?

My first thought was no, but then I remembered that amaranth is both a grain and a food colouring as well as the mythical flower from which I derived my username.
by Amarantha
Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What instrument do you own?
Replies: 172
Views: 30694

Re: What instrument do you own?

Recorder, clarinet, ocarina, harp, electric piano. I can play on average about two of them ;) Had a guitar once that I couldn't really play either. Hopefully when I finish my renovation and set my piano up, I'll actually practise for a change. And I need to get my lazy arse in gear and send my harp ...
by Amarantha
Wed Nov 28, 2007 4:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2414038

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi all. Not too good at introductions, me; I'm more of a lurk-and-occasionally-post-a-bit-but-hope-nobody-notices type :P But here goes... Food nerd, Melbourne, Australia, IT professional but not computer nerd (much). Fond of beer, whisky, cocktails, cooking with great fresh ingredients, trying ever...

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