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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad I hope you can figure out what's wrong Nu, that does not sound fun.

Today, this happened.

At the latest update, protesters at the wall halted demolition and there was much rejoicing. What I want to know is why I only heard about it yesterday. My friend lives in Berlin and is at the East Side gallery today and he only heard about it yesterday. How do you justify keeping that under wraps?

EDIT: Here's a petition. Maybe give it a sign?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Tinu: Having an auto-immune thing isn't all bad. I've had one for about as long as I can remember, but mine's only visibly distressing (for others). My skin doesn't recognize its own protective layers, so if I get a little cut my body reacts to it like I've just been injected with the plague. I have... a lot of scars on my arms, legs, torso... >_> Maybe that's less inspiring than I thought.

An allergist is a good place to start, but don't take "I don't know" for an answer. Ask for specialists. Ask for different doctors, ones who work in different fields or went to different schools. Find oddballs who'll look for the zebra among the horses (a House reference, noting how all their cases are rare disorders). After all, no 26 year old has spinal problems severe enough to merit surgery. At least that's what I was told, until one doctor wearing sandals, shorts, and a Hawaiian shirt under his lab coat decided that, hey, we'll do an MRI because four years of conventional thinking hadn't worked. And viola, there was the problem..

Hang in there!

Allicat wrote:
EDIT: Here's a petition. Maybe give it a sign?


I hope I fumbled through that right. I'm taking French, not German, so my understanding of anything .de related is specious at best. ^^; That said, any historic site like that should be preserved. The Berlin Wall may be an ugly reminder, but it's a reminder of the past we've overcome, learned from, and been bettered by. There's an old saying I often find to be true: "Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it."

Have been silent for a long time, I know. I could show you guys my Google Calendar, but suffice to say it's pretty darn full. Between a full course load and a full time job, it's pretty... hectic. Also, I've moved (no longer homeless, WOOO!) into a somewhat crummy apartment near work and campus (Less woo!). I like my roommates pretty well, though, so there's that! Plus work is going well, and being paid is allowing me to start catching up on the past year of not being able to work. I just have to balance it with not tearing up my back again by doing more work. A balance, I shall strike it.

For the most part I've just been popping in and out on Facebook, have kept abreast of stuff here once or twice.. just haven't had time to do more than browse and post cute pictures, to be honest. I'm now beyond the point at which raw talent will carry me through my courses, and I'm having to actually apply myself fully (which sounds terrible of me, but I'm guilty of coasting quite often). That said, my lowest grade this semester is an 87.5%. I will do better, though. I aim for all A's this term.

A few cool things I've learned this semester:
- I have a somewhat functioning understanding of French. I can make less of a complete idiot of myself at this point, which is good.
- I have (accidentally) closed in on three minors: French, Anthropology, and Classics.
- To that end, I now understand ancient Greek and Roman Poetry. Notably, I understand the meter that the Illiad and the Odyssey are written in. (Britland, you'd mentioned it to me once, so I recognized it and had a moment of squee.)
- I complete my undergraduate studies in one year.

...Actually, I think that last point renews my terror. Or invigorates me with anticipation. No, mostly anxiety. XD

Off to work. Sorry I've been such a stranger lately. I hope you're all well!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today, I found a page on the internet I haven't been to in literally years. *hint* It's this one! O=!

So um... It's been a while, ladies and gents. I'm not sure why I stopped coming back to the forum, though I suspect it had something to do with my RAID 1 array going kablooie and losing all of my data.

In the time since I last logged on here (almost 2 years to the day! If I logged on tomorrow instead of today it would be exactly two years), I have gone through four temp jobs, volunteered at PAX East 2011/2012, ACEN 2012, and C2E2 2011/2012, briefly had a girlfriend, and have in the past month moved from Chicagoland to Tennessee (and am still in the process of getting settled in and finding a new job).

I am currently living with 3 other gentlemen whom I intend to achieve some success in the professional League of Legends gaming circuit with (in addition to one other whom is not living with us currently). At the moment, we are not in a position to advance to the professional circuit, mostly due to funding and hardware limitations, but I am cautiously optimistic at our chances.

I also do most of the cooking in the apartment. And the cleaning. And I'm the eldest. ...Oh god, I'm the mother hen. Why do I have to be the responsible one?

Also, I turn 24 in 3 days. Doesn't feel like it. Though I will be playing the Beatles' "Birthday" on loop through my computer speakers throughout the entire day to irritate my roomies.

Now Playing: The Chemical Brothers - Chico's Groove

This be Claen'tor, signing off.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey dude welcome back! It's my birthday in 9 days. Joint party?

Today the snow is back ^_^ it melted after we had a week of heavy rain, just in time for my boy to come visit, so I'm glad he'll get to see some real snow when he arrives on Tuesday YOU GUYS HE'S ARRIVING ON TUESDAY.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exciting, guys! I'm so happy to hear that our old friends are doing well. I get nervous (understatement) when people stop posting and then I don't know what's happened to them...

I'm sick. I never got a flu shot this year, so I'm hoping it's not the flu. So far it just seems like a cold.

Attended the Fifth Annual Cake Awareness Conference (www.cakeconference.org) last night, it was totally awesome. Yummy cake, informative lectures.

Academic work is not progressing. Really frustrating.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today, I reach the age of 24! And generally spend the day lazing about.

Last night I was taken out to sushi as a birthday dinner kind of thing, since one of my roomies will be working all evening. It wasn't the best sushi I've ever had, but it was decent, and made in front of me. The place was some kind of Asian smorgasboard, offering a dedicated Japanese menu, sushi menu, Thai menu, Chinese, and they had a Mongolian barbecue table. So yeah, that was pretty cool. I don't think I'll be going back there for a little while, but I would like to.

Probably going to a $5 lunch buffet around 1400, and then stuffing myself silly.

I'm also working on organising a weekly/biweekly event on League of Legends for teaching novices and veterans alike, though first I have to put my organisational team together. Making good progress on that so far, but not quite ready.

Now Playing: Birthday - The Beatles
(I did say I would play this on loop, and I am)

This be Claen'tor, signing off.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy belated birthday, Claen'tor!

Saturday I caught a cold, and the past two days have been awful. I was achy and sore yesterday, and literally only left my bed for food. Today I felt good enough to come to school, but having been here for three hours, I've run out of stamina. My eyes aren't focusing properly, I'm getting a headache, and my attention span has shrunk to about five-word chunks (written AND spoken). At least I have no fever, and my sinuses haven't acted up all day. I meant to do some shopping before going home, but I think I'll go right back to bed. I have another tutoring session tomorrow morning, and class tomorrow afternoon...

Bleck. -_-
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today it's sunny and I feel unaccountably happy. Had a headache yesterday and couldn't sleep at all which was kinda awful - lying in bed all night going ;_; oh god, please just let me get to sleep. but yeah, today's not bad. Applied for four jobs, actually had lunch for a change, heard back from some people whose fund-raising initiatives I'm helping plan.

Still haven't got a job but that doesn't particularly press on my thoughts today and I've done more that's productive towards getting one than I have over the last couple of days where it was all @_@

It's weird, when you're happy your brain starts tacking on tasks you can do right now. Whereas when you're down it's not that you can't be bothered to do them - doing them just doesn't occur to you in the first place ^^;

I wonder whether there's some chemical component to things. Feel really tuned in today. Like Nem+ If you could bottle this sort of thing and market it, just think how much better you could make the world. A world full of happy effective people, all the time ^_^

It'd probably be illegal though =p

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Hugs for Asa. (Maybe you could do your shopping via the internet?)

Happy birthday to Claen'tor!

And we're off!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone, for your concern. I'm operating on a process of elimination for allergies, for now.

Claen: WELCOME BACK!! *hugs* And a happy belated birthday to you, sir.

Asa: Take care of yourself! Get some rest and make some tea. I hope you recover quickly. =(

Nem wrote:

I wonder whether there's some chemical component to things. Feel really tuned in today. Like Nem+ If you could bottle this sort of thing and market it, just think how much better you could make the world. A world full of happy effective people, all the time ^_^


There is, actually. The chemicals are Dopamine (rewards+problem solving) and Serotonin (happiness+memory). Serotonin, at least, can be found an/or boosted by several foods, and by exercise. Dopamine is most commonly attributed to social interaction. So grab someone, go for a walk, and voila: Nem+
^____^

Today I'm going on a mini vacation to my grandmother's old house. It's not much for a Spring Break vacation, but it will be nice to get out of town, just for a day. And away from my family . . .
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hurrah for psych students.

I watched both Winnie the Pooh movies yesterday while I was in bed, and realized that I relate most to Eeyore right now. The only difference is that I can disguise my voice better.

^_^; Yeah, not the best place to be, I think.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Asa wrote:
I watched both Winnie the Pooh movies yesterday while I was in bed, and realized that I relate most to Eeyore right now.

Got a feelin' somethin' bad's about to happen..

Ah, Eeyore. Always was my second favorite. My first favorite, of course, was the rumbly tumbly himself, Pooh Bear. Not, I think, that anyone should find him a surprising favorite for me. I ramble, I fail to get to the point, I love food, and I'm overly jolly. ... I am Pooh.

Happy Birthday, Claen!

@Nem/Tinu (and perhaps Asa): The tricky thing about dopamine and seratonin are that they both do the same thing, and feeling off can be a consequence of either of them being out of balance. This is why one of the side effects of anti-depressants is "suicidal thoughts", because, you know, that's an improvement over depression, right? Razz Seriously though, pharmacological means of treatment focus on one or the other, and not both. If you overemphasise either dopamine or seratonin, keep a keen eye on your mood. If it worsens, you've picked the wrong one.

To be completely fair, proper nutrition and exercise do far more to balance neurochemistry than pharmaceuticals do. A multivitamin and jogging or running for an hour a day will have much greater effect on mood than most pharmaceuticals will, and at a fraction of the cost. We humans, no matter how you view it (evolution or creation), were not originally made to live sedentary lives. We have to play the game we were made for, and that's moving around a bit and eating a variety of things.

Today, not much going on. Have a few hours before work, decided to pop on to say hello. I ended up dropping my political science class.. not because I didn't like it, but because I can't keep up with it, my other classes, AND work. It was the most intensive (and least likely to succeed even if I'd dropped something else), so it seemed the logical choice. That sets me back a bit, however, and adds a semester to my remaining time (just how it all balances out). C'est la vie, mais je suis pas desole.

On that note, my French professor paid me a high compliment the other day. He said that I was the perfect fit for the French program, and he would be more than happy to see me earn a minor (a lesser specialisation) there. I may just take him up on it!

Today, I study before work. I have a paper to write on Muses and Deities, and their relation to Ancient Greek patronage. Then I have a quiz on two pages of terms due Tuesday, a French exam that same week, and one more, far more interesting assignment. I have to choose a Roman poet (I've chosen Horace, as Ovid was taken), and I have to write in their style. This should be a fascinating exercise in writing, something I've not done much of for quite some time now, not even for leisure.

Anyone care to see the end result?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Belated Birthday Claen!

Tenshi I'd be interested in it. I haven't Horace in detail but I'd like to see what you make of it. It's a shame Ovid was taken, he's one of my favourite poets.

Yesterday a late birthday present from my sister arrived. She sent me Chu's Day! (I don't care if it's a book for little kids, Neil Gaiman is my favourite author.)

I've decided to start volunteering at the museum again, this time working in the Ancient Worlds Gallery and this weekend I'm going to some sort of cake convention with my friends. I don't really know what it is but I'm hoping for free samples.

And next week I have a job interview.
At the British Museum
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I make yet another appearance on this thread... it's been so long, but my fingers knew just what to type to get me here.

Today I found out that I got a whopping 100% on my constitutional law mid-term. WOOOO!

Today I got into the rock climbing class I was trying to get into. YAY!

And the big finale, I'm looking at plane tickets to Espana! I'm going to Spain for the Summer on a Study Abroad program and I have not a clue where to begin in making arrangements. Thinking about getting me a Spanish pen pal... hmmmm..

Today I post on my long forgotten home, ES forum. YAyYAYA!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back, Mimi, we've missed you!

Usa - put it in the Writing Forum. It's gathering cobwebs.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Britland wrote:
Tenshi I'd be interested in it. I haven't Horace in detail but I'd like to see what you make of it. It's a shame Ovid was taken, he's one of my favourite poets.

Have you ever seen the Sassy Gay Friend videos on Youtube? Link. (Foul Language warning)
Ovid reminds me of this series of videos. Have you read Amores I.14? Link. Just read that in the Sassy Gay Friend voice. "What, what, what are you doing? I told you to stop dyeing your hair, but did you listen?"

>_> Ovid entertains me a great deal.

Miho wrote:
Today I post on my long forgotten home, ES forum. YAyYAYA!

Welcome back! It's like we're having a mini reuinion. Hiiii!

Asa wrote:
Usa - put it in the Writing Forum. It's gathering cobwebs.

Gathering cobwebs, ey? Well, I'll post it up there once I'm done, let you folks have a gander at it.

Off to work I go.
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