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by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...
Replies: 542
Views: 110934

Re: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...

Really?

So what is this messed-up-Hall-of-Fame thing anyway?
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...
Replies: 542
Views: 110934

Re: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...

Before I can go back to finishing Pokemon Yellow (I made it up to the Elite Four, but never polished off Gary), there is one question I must know: There is a widely-publicized trick for catching any Pokemon (including Mew) without using a Game Genie or similar device. I'd have to start over from scr...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dance or Martial Arts?
Replies: 85
Views: 6238

Re: Dance or Martial Arts?

Yes, Krav Maga is rather intriguing. But I've always thought that even the best martial art isn't going to stop someone two meters away with a gun. Now, I do understand that there are some rather versitile fighting techniques performed with a cane, and I wouldn't mind learning more about those. Boji...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 195710

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

Nicely done, Mr. Kendo_Bunny. Are you perhaps familiar with Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) ? It covers some similar ground.
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cold Cut Turkey
Replies: 18
Views: 1282

Re: Cold Cut Turkey

"Pastrami" in my mind suggests that it is combined with something else ridiculously fatty. But I guess it's just a spice thing, isn't it? Now you've made me curious.
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What sort of container does your milk come in?
Replies: 41
Views: 3552

Re: What sort of container does your milk come in?

Milk in the UK used to be hand-delivered in glass bottles, which you would then leave out on the doorstep for the milkman to collect and re-use. Zero percent waste. A very sensible way of doing things that was fairly widespread once, I understand. But back then Coca-Cola was reusing glass bottles t...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Tetris Thread.
Replies: 212
Views: 24081

Re: The Tetris Thread.

Don't have much in the way of fancier Tetri, but I did enjoy a isometric/3d version when I was a kid where you dropped blocks into this square pit. I'm sure it was a knockoff of some actual game, but it was cool when I was younger. Probably Block Out, though Spectrum Holobyte's official version (in...
by Jorpho
Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 644
Views: 220692

Re: Things you remember reading, but can't remeber the name of

Kwub's book sounds awesome! Anyway, I could look this up in my "Philosophy through Science Fiction" course packet, but I keep forgetting to, possibly because I'm not completely sure where said course packet is anymore. This was a novel (or possibly a short story) about a man and a woman wh...
by Jorpho
Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cold Cut Turkey
Replies: 18
Views: 1282

Re: Cold Cut Turkey

Have you tried turkey pastrami? It's very flavorful and tends to have a good texture, in my opinion. Sounds potentially unhealthy. I have taken once again to adding raw baby spinach to my turkey sandwiches. It's healthy and adds cripsiness. (I was first clued in on it by a moving news post at 8-Bit...
by Jorpho
Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What sort of container does your milk come in?
Replies: 41
Views: 3552

Re: What sort of container does your milk come in?

I was astonished by the staggering wastefulness of milk-in-plastic-jugs while I was living in the US. I now have a much greater appreciation of the efficiency of the Canadian milk-in-a-bag. (I recoil at the thought that there may be some places where milk is only available in non-reusable glass bott...
by Jorpho
Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: More Culinary Adventures in Bacon: Cookies
Replies: 58
Views: 3882

Re: More Culinary Adventures in Bacon: Cookies

mathmagic wrote:It's actually more like 10,700 when you search for the exact phrase "bacon ice cream". :)

Nonetheless, it does exist. 8)


And don't forget, there are zero hits for "died in a bacon ice cream accident". That's got to count for something, right?
by Jorpho
Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Non-Fiction
Replies: 90
Views: 8180

Re: Favourite non-fiction books

No Jared Diamond fans here? I rather liked Collapse . I found it rather rigorous and well-argued most of the time, as far as piecing together the clues that led some civilizations to fail. Marvin Harris's Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches was also rather clever. I suspect I might not have liked it so mu...
by Jorpho
Sat Jan 26, 2008 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Tetris Thread.
Replies: 212
Views: 24081

Re: The Tetris Thread.

I quite liked what are apparently called Square Platforming as featured in The New Tetris and Tetris Worlds; it added a nifty new dimension to the game - that is, a new way to tempt one into making risky moves while waiting for specific pieces. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have made its way int...
by Jorpho
Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Job Hunting
Replies: 29
Views: 3247

Re: Job Hunting

Now, that's not to say that you can't cast your achievements in a better light. It's all about the English, baby, and slanting the language toward your audience. Emphasize the positive effects of your achievements, especially where they pertain to cost savings, revenue increases, overhead reduction...
by Jorpho
Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Job Hunting
Replies: 29
Views: 3247

Job Hunting

What a sad business it is to come home after a day of work at a low-paying job and attempting to muster the enthusiasm and energy necessary to begin to send out job applications with a decent chance of success. I suppose it might be said that I've never taken great pleasure in marketing of any sort:...
by Jorpho
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 195710

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

We read A Separate Peace two years ago for 7th Grade Lit Circles. Half the time, we were complaining about how dull the book was, and the other half we talked about how Gene had the hots for Phineas. For some reason that never really came up in discussion. Or maybe it did, and I just strove to igno...
by Jorpho
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)
Replies: 162
Views: 43651

Re: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)

I've heard some very enthusiastic testimony about something called "Geek Love". Something about circus freaks successively inbreeding to produce successively grotesque horrors. Never went near it myself.
by Jorpho
Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Viewpoints
Replies: 43
Views: 5065

Re: Viewpoints

Why exactly would I attempt to believe that the law of gravity is suddenly not likely to apply?
by Jorpho
Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: totalgaming.net
Replies: 1
Views: 747

Re: totalgaming.net

Offhand, I've heard lots of great things about Lightweight Ninja (if you like that kind of thing) and Mr. Robot (from the Starscape people). Having surrounded myself over the years (via entirely legitimate means) with innumerable amusements that have been Praised to the Skies as impeccable examples ...
by Jorpho
Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 195710

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

I see at least one person has already mentioned A Separate Peace . (If it even gets mentioned on The Simpsons, it's got to be bad, right?) I suppose Steppenwolf probably has some profound meaning lurking somewhere in it, but that doesn't mean that it is easy to slog through it. Chock full of Dull re...
by Jorpho
Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dear people of Earth,
Replies: 121
Views: 7257

Re: Dear people of Earth,

I will check my writing to make certain I am being clear. It is possible that I need to further elaborate, or have muddled up the words. You, me, and everyone else will always muddle up the words. You are trying to pin down grand universal ideas of consciousness (I think) with something as falliabl...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 469
Views: 212899

Re: Recommend a book

Recently read Replay by Ken Grimwood. Very good read, though it leaves you wishing that he had decided to continue it more sometimes. Quite a nifty one, that. Entirely too much sex, though. I seem to recall he was starting a sequel when he died a few years ago. I'm going to mention Dan Simmons' Hyp...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physic's Obsession With The Prefix "Super"
Replies: 26
Views: 2891

Re: Physic's Obsession With The Prefix "Super"

I rather like "supercooled" and "supersaturated". What's not to like about a liquid that is liable to suddenly change phase if you give it a good whack? Plus they can be so readily adapted to describe orindary phenomena. ("Oh no, this forum is supersaturated with spam!"...
by Jorpho
Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dear people of Earth,
Replies: 121
Views: 7257

Re: Dear people of Earth,

The increasing pace of the sum total of human knowledge is quite interesting as a concept. Is it purely an emergent phenomenon, or is it predictable? And has anyone looked for a Moore's Law type rule covering species knowledge? While I can't say that I've studied the subject very deeply, offhand I ...
by Jorpho
Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: "The Machine Stops", by E. M. Forster
Replies: 6
Views: 3059

"The Machine Stops", by E. M. Forster

Is anyone here familiar with this short story? I came across it for the first time in an old sci-fi anthology ("17 X Infinity") that I happened to pick up. Fulltext | Wikipedia article Considering that it dates back to 1909, it's eerie how it reflects the Internet in some ways, what with t...
by Jorpho
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dear people of Earth,
Replies: 121
Views: 7257

Re: Dear people of Earth,

dustygamble wrote:How do you people stay sane?


By remembering just how banal reality really is, and that insanity is not worth the price of reframing my perception of things to meet the demands of some seemingly profound words I came up with.

Seriously.
by Jorpho
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dear people of Earth,
Replies: 121
Views: 7257

Re: Dear people of Earth,

Shall we also reflect on the power of flowerly language to make one think that one has stumbled upon profound truth, despite its fundamental inadequacy as a symbol set for some overly complex concepts? Also, a few years of graduate school may convince you otherwise of the wonderous majesty of science.
by Jorpho
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10879
Views: 1988971

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I am Jorpho of Canada, who knows Chemical Physics and/or Physical Chemistry, but spends his time doing some sort of programming for some reason. I also post far too much on retrogaming message boards. Maybe I should post here instead. Perhaps the weighty conversation shall push me to attack the sear...
by Jorpho
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Viewpoints
Replies: 43
Views: 5065

Re: Viewpoints

I believe my current viewpoint on the world appears to be suitable for dealing with the situations that I currently face. But I entirely suspect that someday I shall encounter something that I did not expect. It has happened so many times before. And when that day comes I hope I have the good sense ...
by Jorpho
Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0368: "Bass"
Replies: 131
Views: 24504

Re: "Bass" discussion

Heh. I thought I was the only person who thought of this.

I always envisioned the "replica signal" as being magnetic somehow, though. I mean, in theory you could tear a speaker apart if you pushed the coil far enough one way or another, right?
by Jorpho
Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10879
Views: 1988971

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

High time I registered, I suppose.

Big fan of the comic here. Done some graduate studies in Chemistry, stayed sane by posting too much on classic gaming message boards. 'Nuff said.
by Jorpho
Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 133324

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

Ah, reminds me a lot of this old Story Minute comic. (I first saw it on a professor's door, with the last panel's caption replaced by "And then he went to graduate school...")

I love those old Story Minute bits; a shame the books are out of print.

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