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by ameretrifle
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarah Palin supporter wants to kill Obama
Replies: 107
Views: 6379

Re: Sarah Palin supporter wants to kill Obama

The notion that legitimate criticism of Sen. Obama's record and positions could be compared to Gov. George Wallace, his segregationist policies and the violence he provoked is unacceptable and has no place in this campaign. I am saddened that John Lewis, a man I've always admired, would make such a...
by ameretrifle
Sat Oct 11, 2008 6:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarah Palin supporter wants to kill Obama
Replies: 107
Views: 6379

Re: Sarah Palin supporter wants to kill Obama

Oh, holy hell. Way to willfully miss the point entirely, McCain camp. Not only are you not condemning people who yell terrible things at your rallies, you're attacking anyone who does? Brilliant. Talk about "poor choice of associates". At least Obama later claims to disagree with their vie...
by ameretrifle
Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:40 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Group Work
Replies: 15
Views: 1514

Re: Group Work

(absolute truth) Yeah, in my first semester at college I had a group project with a presentation that was unfortunately scheduled for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. One other person from my group showed up, and he did pretty much nothing helpful. Luckily, I'd anticipated this, and also I was th...
by ameretrifle
Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trolling in meatspace: onlookers goad teenager to suicide
Replies: 205
Views: 11418

Re: Trolling in meatspace: onlookers goad teenager to suicide

No one here (well, at least I'm not) is defending them, or saying that it's much less reprehensible either way. Mainly because I'm not claiming that they DIDN'T intend his death but ALSO because both are ass hole things to do. I realise you're probably not talking to me when you said that, but I wa...
by ameretrifle
Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarah Palin supporter wants to kill Obama
Replies: 107
Views: 6379

Re: Sarah Palin supporter wants to kill Obama

And, thinking about it, I'm actually pleasantly surprised that no racist/hyper-conservative/psychopath has tried to shoot Obama yet. Isn't that great? Where have you been ? "Man held for alleged Obama assassination threat" http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/08/07/breaking-man-held-...
by ameretrifle
Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trolling in meatspace: onlookers goad teenager to suicide
Replies: 205
Views: 11418

Re: Trolling in meatspace: onlookers goad teenager to suicide

Seriously. Even if these people didn't intend for the kid to jump. Let's just say they were being vicious (and yelling something along the lines of "just jump already" is vicious, in itself, regardless of perceived consequences or the lack thereof), and then trying to ameliorate their psyc...
by ameretrifle
Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Fan Fiction
Replies: 60
Views: 62022

Re: Fan Fiction

If it makes anyone happy, I cannot write at all. Long posts are too hard, and writing a lot is what I hate. Scribbling-dribbling, I hate it so much. So no fan fiction from me. :shock: I have exactly the opposite problem. I have trouble making short posts because I feel I'm not contributing. For ins...
by ameretrifle
Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarah Palin supporter wants to kill Obama
Replies: 107
Views: 6379

Re: Sarah Palin supporter wants to kill Obama

All things said, I'm sometimes surprised that McCain and Bush haven't been shot yet, considering they've done considerably worse. My pet theory is that the only thing that's saved Bush these eight years is his perversely brilliant choice of VP. I don't think there's anyone who wants Cheney as Presi...
by ameretrifle
Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vice-Presidential Debate
Replies: 105
Views: 6188

Re: Vice-Presidential Debate

I think everyone ought to read this article in the October Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi. It's pretty awesome. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/23318320/mad_dog_palin I don't like palin, but even I think that's a pretty bad article, whether or not a lot of it is true. It's possible to demo...
by ameretrifle
Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Fan Fiction
Replies: 60
Views: 62022

Re: Fan Fiction

Oh, yeah, for sure, the vast majority of it's some degree of terrible, but me, I can get at the least a bit of campy fun out of it if the spelling's done right and there's half a plot. I haven't been reading as much of it lately, but I'm a staunch defender of escapism, so I can't even really denounc...
by ameretrifle
Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Fan Fiction
Replies: 60
Views: 62022

Re: Fan Fiction

I haven't really been reading much fic recently, but here's what I can remember off the top of my head: This author does some brilliant Doctor Who stuff, sad and sweet and hilarious, and often all at once. "Downtime" especially is incredible; even after I grew to loathe the Tenth Doctor to...
by ameretrifle
Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 559999

Re: Doctor Who

@ameretrifle. The doctor did not want to erase Donna's memory. You say it like it is a treat that he lost his friend. He had to make her forget him otherwise she would die. I don't get how that is childish. Yes, I know he didn't want to. I don't think I implied it was like a treat, and if I did, I ...
by ameretrifle
Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 559999

Re: Doctor Who

Then they made Doctor-Donna, and suddenly all that cheek had brains, knowledge and skills to go with it! Out went annoying bitching, in came actually doing things! Now if they'd only do something like that with the kid Tennant plays, I might actually seriously watch this show for the first time sin...
by ameretrifle
Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mentalist
Replies: 6
Views: 1504

Re: Mentalist

*raises hand* I'm not overwhelmed yet, but it seems pretty solid so far to me. The skeptic angle's really refreshing, too; I hope they don't feel the need to undermine it later with some "Oh me yarm this guy here iz actually real" or "I had the power in me all along" or "Oh ...
by ameretrifle
Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Fan Fiction
Replies: 60
Views: 62022

Re: Fan Fiction

If you do a quick, lazy piece, nobody with good taste will care, because it probably won't be very good. Um... I think I have to disagree here. There's a lot of utter crap out there and it gets tons of reviews. Fixed. Which, given the ratio of people with good taste to people with questionable tast...
by ameretrifle
Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wanna Go To Stanford... For Free?
Replies: 8
Views: 1171

Re: Wanna Go To Stanford... For Free?

Might be a bit late but THANK YOU SO MUCH. They have intro programming courses in there. I don't think I EVER would've gotten to an Intro Programming course on my own now I've finished undergraduate school. I totally just wrote a program. It is freaking awesome. It is a tiny and useless program but ...
by ameretrifle
Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 8601

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

They think that any bailout bill is unsatisfactory as long as it does not abolish more regulations and gets rid of the capital gains tax entirely. No, seriously. I guess gridlock is a victory if you think nothing should be done. Although I'd probably be against the greater executive power in the fi...
by ameretrifle
Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:41 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The value of an education.
Replies: 5
Views: 920

Re: The value of an education.

Haha, did you have that daydream during a lecture? :P More like after counseling sessions. Or after dealing with the administration. Or after dealing with boring classes that were going twice as slow as they should've been. Or, you know, perpetually. ;) I think by the end I was really getting a bit...
by ameretrifle
Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:08 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The value of an education.
Replies: 5
Views: 920

Re: The value of an education.

Well, I would say so, but I think it depends on what your goal is. Is it to learn as much as you can/live up to your potential/what have you, or to get out of college as easily as possible with the highest grades you can get? In my experience, counselors these days usually assume option B. Undergrad...
by ameretrifle
Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HUGE NEWS: New Hitchikers Book Being writen by: (Spoilers!)
Replies: 59
Views: 5190

Re: HUGE NEWS: New Hitchikers Book Being writen by: (Spoilers!)

... I like Mostly Harmless. I'll grant you it's not even remotely the same, but I rather like it for what it is. Depressing as it might be. Maybe that ought to make me more amenable to the idea of this other guy writing one, but honestly I don't hold out much hope. But, I don't feel any particular d...
by ameretrifle
Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:34 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Anti-virus software.
Replies: 8
Views: 2048

Re: Anti-virus software.

headprogrammingczar: That is a daunting list, but I've been irredeemably lazy in my computer usage thus far, so at the very least I'm going to follow your advice and make a backup. As to installing XP, well, I'll hunt around to see if I got an install disc or not. I'm not especially enthusiastic abo...
by ameretrifle
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:46 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Anti-virus software.
Replies: 8
Views: 2048

Re: Anti-virus software.

Seriously, it doesn't really matter as long as it isn't Norton. Every computer I have ever gotten came with a trial version of Norton. Every computer I have ever gotten has been formatted in the first half-hour of its life. Due to reading threads like these, I'd really like to follow your example, ...
by ameretrifle
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Fan Fiction
Replies: 60
Views: 62022

Re: Fan Fiction

Is there more fanfiction of classical literature out there? I haven't seen any besides fics around Leroux's 'Phantom', but I haven't really searched. Fanfiction.net has a "Bible" section. This frankly terrifies me. I've also seen other sections there, like Count of Monte Cristo and mythol...
by ameretrifle
Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 191073

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

I had a grad student professor who made us read "Drift and Mastery". It's by Walter Lippman. Who was an economist. In the 1920's. This was American History II. In a community college. This did not make him popular with us. In seventh grade, I had to read "The Light in the Forest"...
by ameretrifle
Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Fan Fiction
Replies: 60
Views: 62022

Re: Fan Fiction

Read? Well, yeah. When it's bad, it's very, very bad. Though, I admit, I enjoy a little of the bad stuff just for the camp of it. Most of it's fair-to-middling. But there's some seriously great stuff out there, if you can find it. To my chagrin, most of it is slash of various ratings ( but not all )...
by ameretrifle
Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:45 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "Ouch" moments in school
Replies: 514
Views: 44949

Re: "Ouch" moments in school

Well, I didn't fail many tests. ;) A quiz, once, but I wasn't too broken up about it. And somehow, I've always seemed to be immune from (or, quite possibly, oblivious to) flak from having the teacher-confirmed highest grade in the class. Oddly enough, the "ouch" moments I can really rememb...
by ameretrifle
Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10850
Views: 1903169

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, posting here on the off chance I'll eventually be able to get off my lazy lurker bum and post something. If I do, I don't want to be accused of being a spambot. Isn't that how that whole Hatfield/McCoy thing got started? My name's Meredith; I'm 20 and have graduated college with my bachelor's, w...

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