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Postby bookishbunny » Wed May 30, 2007 12:26 pm UTC

rachel wrote:Oh man. Listen, I am pretty excited that you are here, Matt, because the two of us are the only two representing the never-represented-enough state of SC. Well, except zenbearclaw, who doesn't really post here ever. Although I do talk to him on AIM on occasion, if I happen to be up around nine in the morning.


Ahem!!! I am in SC. Greenville to be exact. I thought I had specified that before.
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Postby davef » Wed May 30, 2007 1:22 pm UTC

WE MEED MOAR IRISH PEOPLE HERE!!

Also - Hello to all the new guys and girls. Welcome!
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Postby UltramaticOrange » Wed May 30, 2007 1:35 pm UTC

So, posting here as per-instructed.

I'm a Senior Programmer with high job dissatisfaction. A reflection on the client I do work for, not the consulting company that put me here. But then again, they did "train" me in Java and then stick me with a ASP/VB6 role. Go figure.

Shameless Self Promotion: I have a website. It's very new. It's devouring my life and only scooting along like somone in an office chair trying to use inertia and the movment of their torso to climb a (albiet small) hill. I'd post a direct link in the thread, but seeing as I'm fresh meat, I think I'll defer and instead refer you to the 'www' button below my post. Once I (finally) break even, I'm hopping it'll help pay for my wedding this September.

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Postby Radio Free Eurasia » Wed May 30, 2007 3:16 pm UTC

sepherus wrote:
my real name happens to be Jason. i was named such because my mother and father were both a fan of the geek legend


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Postby Tractor » Wed May 30, 2007 3:34 pm UTC

sepherus wrote:my real name happens to be Jason. i was named such because my mother and father were both a fan of the geek legend, and not the serial killer.

I concur with RFE.

sepherus wrote: i despise english classes.

We can tell :?
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Postby rufus » Wed May 30, 2007 3:40 pm UTC

Guten tag. I'm Sam, aka Rufus, aka Blue. I'm a 4th year student at RIT, aged 22 years. I'm a technical writing intern and sit in front of a computer all day. I seem to always be bored. I didn't notice this thread until I had already posted elsewhere so mods, please have mercy. I've been reading the comic for a long time but only recently checked out the forum. I must say I am impressed that so many intelligent people can have a discussion online without turning into arrogant, self-righteous assholes.

aside from the obvious my interests include punk rock, anime, laughing at myself, rule 34, and oh, how could i forget your mom.

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Postby Ren » Wed May 30, 2007 3:54 pm UTC

rufus wrote:I must say I am impressed that so many intelligent people can have a discussion online without turning into arrogant, self-righteous assholes.


I have a theory that this is because *most* of us also have an excellent sense of humour.

(Excellent senses of humour? Does this need to be plural? It looks awkward.)
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Postby Radio Free Eurasia » Wed May 30, 2007 3:58 pm UTC

I have a pretty sweet jar of black and yellow bile, so I've got those two humors covered.
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Postby _codeMonkey » Wed May 30, 2007 4:27 pm UTC

Bump!

I am a 27yo, attractive, in shape, professional, well dressed male... oh wait, wrong forum ... software developer working in Cambridge Center, across the street from MIT (I get lunch at Anna's all the time for all you cute M.I.T. girls). I went to UMASS Amherst and have a BS in computer science.

Been reading the xkcd comics for awhile, but never felt the urge to be social about it on these forums here. I made a post to one of the comic threads before reading the rules and figured I would post here quick before anyone noticed (and because I'm waiting for a build to get done)

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Postby solarchem » Wed May 30, 2007 4:41 pm UTC

Just introducing myself as required.

My name is Luke and, as I'm sure you're clever enough to figure out, I'm a chemist working in the solar (photovoltaic) industry.

I live in western Massachusetts where most of my free time is spent playing with my daughters and drinking beer. My latest obsession is the smoker I just bought, so now I spend entire afternoons engrossed in beef short ribs and pork shoulders. Mmmmmm.

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Postby Tractor » Wed May 30, 2007 4:59 pm UTC

Ren wrote:(Excellent senses of humour? Does this need to be plural? It looks awkward.)


No, "Most of us have an excellent sense of humor" is correct. The awkward part is that extra 'u' you have in there. :)
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Postby Gilly » Wed May 30, 2007 5:13 pm UTC

Tractor wrote:
Ren wrote:(Excellent senses of humour? Does this need to be plural? It looks awkward.)


No, "Most of us have an excellent sense of humor" is correct. The awkward part is that extra 'u' you have in there. :)

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Postby Tractor » Wed May 30, 2007 6:02 pm UTC

Gilly wrote:
Tractor wrote:
Ren wrote:(Excellent senses of humour? Does this need to be plural? It looks awkward.)


No, "Most of us have an excellent sense of humor" is correct. The awkward part is that extra 'u' you have in there. :)

Bah, the colour of sulphur is my favourite!


Crazy raptors and their need for u's...
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Postby Sprocket » Wed May 30, 2007 8:35 pm UTC

Sandry wrote:Yeah, um hi.

I guess I'm not posting anything embarrassing on this board ever. :D


SO not my fault you always have the same name. More over, you can tell me embarassing things! I won't be like "Sandry totally did this HA! LOOSER!"
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Postby Darth Eru » Wed May 30, 2007 9:20 pm UTC

Tractor wrote:
Gilly wrote:
Tractor wrote:
Ren wrote:(Excellent senses of humour? Does this need to be plural? It looks awkward.)


No, "Most of us have an excellent sense of humor" is correct. The awkward part is that extra 'u' you have in there. :)

Bah, the colour of sulphur is my favourite!


Crazy raptors and their need for u's...


But I like u's! My neighbour does too!

(Wait, if raptors use u's, does that mean Canada is populated by raptors? If so, watch out US! We're hanging right over you, and have the second largest national land area in the world!)
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Postby Spaz Funbag » Wed May 30, 2007 9:24 pm UTC

Darth Eru wrote:If so, watch out, U's! We're hanging right over you[...]


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Postby arcticfox.sq » Thu May 31, 2007 3:58 am UTC

Hello~ I kinda missed the whole "introduce yourself" thing for the first dozen posts or so.... I was more of a lurker anyways, but umm... here I am. Better late than never I suppose.
I'm Chinese, living in Canada, and I'm going to Queen's next year!! Yay! (for life sciences btw) Are there any other Queen's students here?

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Postby SpitValve » Thu May 31, 2007 4:11 am UTC

arcticfox.sq wrote:Hello~ I kinda missed the whole "introduce yourself" thing for the first dozen posts or so.... I was more of a lurker anyways, but umm... here I am. Better late than never I suppose.
I'm Chinese, living in Canada, and I'm going to Queen's next year!! Yay! (for life sciences btw) Are there any other Queen's students here?


My supervisor will just have left Queen's when I get to Halifax. If he hadn't left I'd be studying at Queen's instead :)

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Postby rachel » Thu May 31, 2007 4:11 am UTC

bookishbunny wrote:
rachel wrote:Oh man. Listen, I am pretty excited that you are here, Matt, because the two of us are the only two representing the never-represented-enough state of SC. Well, except zenbearclaw, who doesn't really post here ever. Although I do talk to him on AIM on occasion, if I happen to be up around nine in the morning.


Ahem!!! I am in SC. Greenville to be exact. I thought I had specified that before.


Oh man, I didn't even know that. Holy crap, there are at least three (sort of four) of us. Man, I'm excited. I feel like a huge dork, but I am pretty excited.
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Postby Gordon » Thu May 31, 2007 4:58 am UTC

SpitValve wrote:
arcticfox.sq wrote:Hello~ I kinda missed the whole "introduce yourself" thing for the first dozen posts or so.... I was more of a lurker anyways, but umm... here I am. Better late than never I suppose.
I'm Chinese, living in Canada, and I'm going to Queen's next year!! Yay! (for life sciences btw) Are there any other Queen's students here?


My supervisor will just have left Queen's when I get to Halifax. If he hadn't left I'd be studying at Queen's instead :)


That would have been so much closer for me
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Postby jamessw » Thu May 31, 2007 11:25 am UTC

Just popping my head in here to say hi, as per requested ( seeing as i've just opened up an account here ). My name is James, i'm English and, coincidentally, through some miraculous stroke of misfortune, in England.

You'll soon learn, that I, that being me, has developed, through reading countless historical texts which appear to have no end to their sentences, a love of commas which can be used to expand any sentence, however short it may originally have been, to the very lengths of what is capable in a single breath. I've a strange obsession to try and include at least one comma in every sentence, including this one.

Seriously - how do academic texts expect to get read so easily with that much punctuation?

I'm currently a History Undergraduate ( which means I read a hell of a lot about stuff that happened before I was born, desperately try to remember it and then scrawl theoretically incorrect interpretations down in the panic of exams ). The end goal of this endeavor is hopefully to become a History Teacher, and spend the rest of my life in the eternal gloom that teacherdom brings - the challenge of keeping yourself, at all times, one step away from mental instability.

Nah, I like sharing knowledge - and History in general; so teaching the subject combines the two perfectly for me.

I'm not a physicist, or computer scientist; my highest mathematical achievement is my GCSE, and my highest computer related achievement is completing Sonic the Hedgehog in one sitting ( along with my AVCE ICT grade ); but I enjoy the type of humour shown in xkcd ( I have an inner geek in here somewhere, that I let out every now and again ).

I guess that's enough for now. I'll mostly lurk, but i'll pop my head in when I can.
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Postby thefiddler » Thu May 31, 2007 3:20 pm UTC

jamessw wrote:Seriously - how do academic texts expect to get read so easily with that much punctuation?

Very, very carefully.

I, too, like punctuation. I believe this may stem from my English teacher this last year commanding us to use various punctuation to extend our sentences while staying concise; his favourite type of sentence was a freighted parallel sentence which allowed us to expand on a single thought and, ultimately, bring the reader to the climax of the sentence: the most interesting or in-depth point we could make. I find it hard not to write like that, now; it seems he may have corrupted me, which is not an entirely awful thing - in fact, it may be a wonderful thing - but it can get annoying to read. My typical sentence length in a paper varied from 60 to 80 words, though I wrote sentences with as few as 20 and much longer than 80 (if I had an outstanding point to make). I try to avoid parenthetical statements, as they are unnecessary, and much prefer to use colons and dashes, though sometimes only parenthesis will do.

I'm sorry for rambling like this. :(

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Postby Ren » Thu May 31, 2007 3:41 pm UTC

Cait, you rock my socks. Rock them right off.

I like punctuation too, although I've noticed a trend with my writing recently where I overuse! Exclamation! Points!

Maybe I should learn to be less enthusiastic. Actually, where's RG? He could give me lessons, or something.

I also love to use punctuation in my poetry. Parentheses give a great dialogue feeling, hyphens suspend, ellipses...

Well, I think I overuse ellipses too.
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Postby thefiddler » Thu May 31, 2007 3:47 pm UTC

I dislike people who misuse ellipses.

But, I mean, what can I say? I can't force people to use proper punctuation; that might be a bit disastrous, to say the least.

Anyway, I loathe exclamation points. I believe each person should only be allowed five a week; any more than that is overuse. Nobody is so excited that they need to have more than five exclamation points in a week.

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Postby Belial » Thu May 31, 2007 4:07 pm UTC

I dislike people who misuse ellipses


I write much the way I speak. I generally use ellipses in places where, if I were speaking, I would pause for a good bit longer than a simple comma would imply, but where a full sentence break is inappropriate.

This isn't formal writing, so I feel comfortable making certain... concessions.
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Postby Darth Eru » Thu May 31, 2007 4:14 pm UTC

I dislike people who misuse ellipses


What I hate is when people add one to many to make a proper one.
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Postby jwgrendel » Thu May 31, 2007 5:01 pm UTC

Typically I do not enter the world of the forum, because I feel outnumbered by the number of authors in the world. Despite my best efforts I do not seem to be able to read their works as fast as they write them. In reading the alt-text of comic #263, certainty however, I feel I was issued a challenge and the forum was the best way to respond.

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Postby rachel » Thu May 31, 2007 5:03 pm UTC

thefiddler wrote:
jamessw wrote:Seriously - how do academic texts expect to get read so easily with that much punctuation?

Very, very carefully.

I, too, like punctuation. I believe this may stem from my English teacher this last year commanding us to use various punctuation to extend our sentences while staying concise; his favourite type of sentence was a freighted parallel sentence which allowed us to expand on a single thought and, ultimately, bring the reader to the climax of the sentence: the most interesting or in-depth point we could make. I find it hard not to write like that, now; it seems he may have corrupted me, which is not an entirely awful thing - in fact, it may be a wonderful thing - but it can get annoying to read. My typical sentence length in a paper varied from 60 to 80 words, though I wrote sentences with as few as 20 and much longer than 80 (if I had an outstanding point to make). I try to avoid parenthetical statements, as they are unnecessary, and much prefer to use colons and dashes, though sometimes only parenthesis will do.

I'm sorry for rambling like this. :(



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Postby Ren » Thu May 31, 2007 5:56 pm UTC

Belial wrote:
I dislike people who misuse ellipses


I write much the way I speak. I generally use ellipses in places where, if I were speaking, I would pause for a good bit longer than a simple comma would imply, but where a full sentence break is inappropriate.

This isn't formal writing, so I feel comfortable making certain... concessions.


Precisely! When forum-ing and IMing, I use punctuation to get mood and inflection and pauses across. If I were writing an essay, say, there would be considerably fewer exclamation points, and no ellipses.

I noticed arcticfox.sq--you are going to Queen's next year? My parents live in Kingston, so that is pretty awesome. I'm sure you are aware of its reputation as the *snobby school* of Canadia, though, so I won't elaborate on that.
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Postby Gordon » Thu May 31, 2007 6:15 pm UTC

Isn't Queens supposed to be one of the big party Universities? Or something, maybe not. I had a couple friends go there and they were not party people. Though I knew one girl who did and she was.
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Postby Ren » Thu May 31, 2007 7:02 pm UTC

I think it's more of a "traditions" thing. From my experience, people at Queen's are *obsessed* with their customs--purple bomber jackets, cheers, rallies, things like that. Also, their tuition is slightly higher than everywhere else, and for any entrance scholarships you have to have a +95% average...and it was one of the first universities a lot of old, wealthy families send their offspring there, so you end up with a lot of rich kids.

Or maybe it's just that my school is so *not* any of those things, and I'm bitter?
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Postby MFHodge » Thu May 31, 2007 7:04 pm UTC

thefiddler wrote:I dislike people who misuse ellipses.

Please don't dislike me, Caitlin.

I know ellipses shouldn't have space is them . . . but I like the way it looks when the are there.

As a gesture of good faith, I didn't not put an exclamation at the end of my first sentance, even though I felt it in my heart.

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Postby Awezing » Thu May 31, 2007 7:12 pm UTC

I have been lurking the forums for about a month now (since i got addicted to xkcd) and decided that i should probably register, as this forum is pretty consistently awesome.

so here is my intro bio dealy....

My name is Connor. I am from Hamilton, Ontario. Just finished my 2nd year at Carleton University, majoring in mass communication and probably minoring in philosophy, which would make one of those liberal arts majors that doesn't get all the math jokes (although i'm friends with/live with various aerospace engineers and science majors so i'm somewhat exposed to the maths and the physics).

I enjoy the rock and roll, as well the jazz, and the blues (especially the blues) and play/see as much of it as possible (I play the guitar well enough, and play in a band during the summer). music is generally far too large a part of my life.

I am also a huge nerd who GMs pen and paper rpgs (palladium stuff if anybody cares), is addicted to tetris, and has two pet rats named "Rofl" and "Lmao".

i also seem to use parentheses far, far too often. i also go in and out of using correct capitalization on the interwebs.

also also, i am a complete noob when it comes to forums, since i generally stick lurking, so i don't know what some of the various buttons do and will probably cause a huge ruckus with my incompetence in the next little bit. case in point: i'm *hoping* i'm just adding another post to this thread, but for all i know i could be starting a new one or replying to somebody's else post in this thread or something...

so hopefully this allows me to pass the touring test and prove that i am not a spam bot.

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Postby Ren » Thu May 31, 2007 7:24 pm UTC

Hurray! The Canadians are takin' over the tubes!

Hello Connor! My brother just finished his second year at Carleton. He is a liberal arts major to the extreme, though, since he is getting a Bachelor of Humanities. I hear it is a good school. *Approval*

The jazz and the blues and the music is pretty sweet, too. Are you going to be in O'Tawa for Bluesfest? What is your band called?
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Postby chrispy1 » Thu May 31, 2007 7:29 pm UTC

Yes, welcome to a fellow Canuck!! Wonder how many Canadians we can get in a row.....

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Postby thefiddler » Thu May 31, 2007 7:36 pm UTC

I'm breaking the chain of Canadians to say "It's OK, VTHodge".

I won't bite, I swear. >.>

(At least, not hard.)

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Postby MFHodge » Thu May 31, 2007 8:00 pm UTC

thefiddler wrote:I'm breaking the chain of Canadians to say "It's OK, VTHodge".

I won't bite, I swear. >.>

(At least, not hard.)


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Postby Spaz Funbag » Thu May 31, 2007 8:14 pm UTC

Using the opportunity, can you give me an example of ellipses? I tried reading through Wikipedia, and it doesn't help me. Do you mean "..."? Or real shorted sentences?
Please help me, our German teacher (i.e., the guy who taught us german grammar, literatuer etc.) was really awful, so I have no basic knowledge of grammar in any language. It took me several years to find out what a substantive is. So forget about stylistic devices and the like (=ellipses)

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Postby thefiddler » Thu May 31, 2007 8:22 pm UTC

Spaz Funbag wrote:Using the opportunity, can you give me an example of ellipses? I tried reading through Wikipedia, and it doesn't help me. Do you mean "..."? Or real shorted sentences?
Please help me, our German teacher (i.e., the guy who taught us german grammar, literatuer etc.) was really awful, so I have no basic knowledge of grammar in any language. It took me several years to find out what a substantive is. So forget about stylistic devices and the like (=ellipses)

And don't give me (x/a)²+(y/b)²=r²

Oh dear. I misspelled "ellipsis". :/ I just realized that.

Generally, it's used to indicate that something should be there in place of the ellipsis. Say, if I wanted to talk about part of the alphabet, but don't want to type it out: "n ... r" might clarify that we're speaking of "n o p q r".

It can also be used to omit part of a quote: "Please help me ... I have no basic knowledge of grammar..." Alternatively, it can be used at the beginning of a quote to signify that you're starting in the middle of a quote: "... give me an example".

I hope that helps?

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