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by Eoin
Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What kind of books do you read?
Replies: 30
Views: 4769

Re: What kind of books do you read?

The bulk of my bookshelves consist of sci-fi and fantasy. There are also some "classics", and a scattering of historical fiction.
by Eoin
Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]
Replies: 182
Views: 43599

Re: 42 [The Hitchhiker's Thread]

My favourite "character" is probably the Guide itself. (I'm a great believer in artisitic license in discussions.) Favourite quotes: The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is zero , preced...
by Eoin
Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1821
Views: 467235

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I'm currently reading "Assassin's Quest", the final installment in the Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb. My opinion of the trilogy so far: I started the first book on Saturday, so you can probably guess from there. Next in line is "The World According To Garp", by John Irving. The ...
by Eoin
Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Taboo
Replies: 112
Views: 10852

Re: Taboo

I used to work in a hotel, so I've seen (and cleaned) both.
by Eoin
Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 235268

Re: Fire and Ice?

Midnight wrote:i think I want sandor to kill gregor, next time around. except sandor is dead too.


Spoiler:
I think you should re-read the chapter in AFFC where Brienne visits the monks/priests. Pay attention to the gravedigger and the horse
by Eoin
Tue Dec 25, 2007 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 235268

Re: Fire and Ice?

scowdich wrote:Also,
Spoiler:
Jon Snow as the son of Rhaegar? Hell yes. Too damn neat not to be true.


I agree with your spoiler. Too many coincidences otherwise.
by Eoin
Tue Dec 25, 2007 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: sets, trilogies, series of books that dont get worse
Replies: 100
Views: 11385

Re: sets, trilogies, series of books that dont get worse

The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy 2 . The first two books read like the adaptations they are, but after that they get better. Funny from start to end, and I think some of my favourite scenes are in the last books. Colin the robot? The almighty Bob and perfectly-normal-beast sandwiches? Absoultel...
by Eoin
Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confussional Thread
Replies: 60
Views: 4540

Re: Confussional Thread

The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought '42 will do.' I typed it out. End of stor...
by Eoin
Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Dear Decision Makers:
Replies: 25
Views: 1930

Re: Dear Decision Makers:

Phi wrote:Clever with the signature change. But... why? Was it that large, honestly?
I do think that seeing an ad dealing with my post is humourous, but I do so enjoy Calvin and Hobbes better. So, how was it decided, when, and from which post?


I like your new signature. Variable and yet distinctive.
by Eoin
Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2733338

Re: Confessional Thread

Confession: I've been watching Strictly Come Dancing (Americans have a version called Dancing with Stars or something like that) with my fianceé for the last few weeks. I tell her I do this because she wants to watch it and we don't get to spend much time together during the week, but the truth is I...
by Eoin
Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confussional Thread
Replies: 60
Views: 4540

Re: Confussional Thread

Why is it that people whose job it is to drive (e.g. taxi drivers) seem so much worse at it than anyone else?

Why is it impossible to find instant coffee that tastes even vaguely similar to real coffee?

Why is the answer 42?
by Eoin
Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Just a little news snippet on the innumerate.
Replies: 116
Views: 18405

Re: Just a little news snippet on the innumerate.

The fact that these people have such poor numeracy skills that they can't even work out negative numbers does explain why they're playing the lottery, though... I agree entirely. The lottery is just an extra tax on people who can't understand mathematics. When I have this arguement with people who ...
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text
Replies: 21
Views: 3922

Re: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text

gmalivuk wrote:Why does Irish not count?


I'm from Ireland, which is technically a bilingual country, and so Irish is still my 'mother tongue'. Like the majority of the country, I don't really know that much Irish, but since its not foreign I'm not sure it counts in this context.
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text
Replies: 21
Views: 3922

Re: Learning Language by Reading a Translation of a Known Text

This is something I've been planning to do for the last year or so. Whenever I've been in a non-English speaking country since I've picked up second -hand copies of The Lord of the Rings . So far I have the French and Italian versions sitting on my bookshelf. There may come a time in the distance fu...
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: today's Cyanide and Happiness strip
Replies: 39
Views: 8683

Re: today's Cyanide and Happiness strip

BlueNowhere wrote:I've found that "Long Titles" does the trick. Search for it, I'm sure you can find it. That means I'm to lazy to find you the link.


Found it, and it works. Thanks.
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Favourite Futurama Episode
Replies: 45
Views: 6120

Re: Favourite Futurama Episode

I'll just add my name to the Jurassic Bark list
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Favorite animated character
Replies: 96
Views: 18803

Re: Favorite animated character

Stewie, although there are some strong contenders from Futurama.
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 107079

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

I never mark anything in a (fiction) book. If the quote is good enough, it should stick in your mind at least well enough that you recall where it fits into the story. A few of my favourites (no doubt mis-quoted) from memory I seldom fling children from towers to improve their health. I love deadlin...
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you loved as a child, do they stand the test of time?
Replies: 82
Views: 8527

Re: Books you loved as a child, do they stand the test of time?

Most of the books I read as a child would now seem complete rubbish (Hardy Boys, Famous Five, Secret Seven etc), but there are a number of exceptions, some of which have already been mentioned. Some of Roald Dahl's stuff, Secret Garden, Chronicles of Narnia. My personal favourite is A Christmas Caro...
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Did you feel sorry for Curly's Wife?
Replies: 16
Views: 3306

Re: Did you feel sorry for Curly's Wife?

I don't feel any sorrow over her death, but I do feel sorry she didn't even merit her own name. It been a while since I read the book, but I seem to recall no-one actually liking her, and people warning George she was trouble. While not being likeable is no reason for someone to die, it is good enou...
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: today's Cyanide and Happiness strip
Replies: 39
Views: 8683

Re: today's Cyanide and Happiness strip

Bobwise wrote:I use a Firefox addon to keep Alt Text from getting truncated.


What is this magical add-on? It would be very useful. By which I mean I would have one use for it.
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How would you be killed?
Replies: 280
Views: 30235

Re: How would you be killed?

Mmm, so many good ways to die.

I think I'd like to be blasted by a pyroclastic flow, just for the view pre-death.
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What **should** you be doing right now?
Replies: 1272
Views: 105432

Re: What **should** you be doing right now?

Preparing a presentation I'm giving in a couple of weeks. Or more precisely, doing the research that I'm supposed to present in a couple of weeks.
by Eoin
Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How often do you visit wikipedia?
Replies: 55
Views: 3933

Re: How often do you visit wikipedia?

I would generally use it a couple of times a day, mainly to get some background on something I see on the news.
by Eoin
Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 100 Numbers quoted from 100 Movies
Replies: 27
Views: 3872

Re: 100 Numbers quoted from 100 Movies

That was possibly the best movie collage I've ever seen. Is it wrong that I want to locate those 100 movies and watch them? And is it wrong that there are so many of them I don't even recognise?

Does anyone know what movie the "18 mins per page" comes from? It seems familiar.
by Eoin
Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0338: "Future"
Replies: 140
Views: 21501

Re: "Future" Discussion

This is one of the few occasions that I haven't enjoyed the comic. This probably means I'm missing something ...
by Eoin
Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Which title do you prefer?
Replies: 23
Views: 2571

Re: Which title do you prefer?

I'm going with nerd, although I not sure I like the term. It has just been used to describe me more often than any of the others.
by Eoin
Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0331: "Photoshops"
Replies: 113
Views: 27944

Re: "Photoshops" Discussion

Oh, and "404: Not found" or just "404" are good in real life too for confusion ("What do you think of noumena?" "Noumena? 404: Not found.") or simply being unable to find something. I like this idea a lot. I may end up using this in a meeting I have with my s...
by Eoin
Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 94177

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

I've studied 3.

Irish: Haven't had a conversation in Irish in a while, but could probably manage one.
French: Was able to order beer and food when in France. Real conversation might be deemed possible.
German: Was able to order beer and food when in Germany. Real conversation would be impossible.
by Eoin
Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I miss school
Replies: 37
Views: 6995

Re: I miss school

I had this bizarre thought towards the end of my undergrad course that I didn't want to leave college. After two years of postgrad life, I wish that thought had never occured to me. The good thing about being in college is not being in college. It is being in your late-teen/early 20s. This ends whet...
by Eoin
Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Favorite drink
Replies: 80
Views: 7173

Re: Favorite drink

Non-alcoholic: Coffee. And by coffee I mean coffee. Not coffee + syrup + cream + milk + all the other add 50 cent options.
'Soft' alcoholic: Guinness
'Hard' alcoholic: Johnnie Walker, black label
by Eoin
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 106168

Re: "Exploits of a Mom"

I'm got some very strange looks from my office-mates due to the laughter caused by this comic. I got stranger looks when I showed it to them and told them it was funny.

This one joins a select few on my office wall.
by Eoin
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 35900

Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

I use bookmarks. Best one I have is a folded piece of card with magnets on the end. Slot it over a page and the magnets make sure it doesn't fall out.
by Eoin
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: E-books
Replies: 28
Views: 4659

Re: E-books

cathrl wrote:I want a dead tree in my hands.


I like that phrase. And I agree with the sentiment.
by Eoin
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 33290

Re: His Dark Materials

I really liked Northern Lights and The Subtle Knife, but I didn't think The Amber Spyglass was as good as the first two.
by Eoin
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Getting ideas in awkward places
Replies: 36
Views: 2705

Re: Getting ideas in awkward places

William Rowan Hamilton, an Irish mathematician, found himself in a similiar situation when he discovered quaternions when out for a walk with his wife. He carved the idea on a bridge, and continued with his walk. So the key is to keep a penknife (or some other carving implement) on you at all times.
by Eoin
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Last Thoughts
Replies: 193
Views: 25846

Re:

"I told you I was sick." Stolen Epitaph (sp?), not even his last words. Bonus points: who the hell am I talking about, and what were his last words? Spike Milligan's epitaph actually says Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite But we can just pretend that everything funny has been done in Engl...
by Eoin
Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hardcover or Paperback
Replies: 56
Views: 10112

Re: Hardcover or Paperback

As has been mentioned above, hardbacks for aesthetic reasons, and paperbacks for comfort of reading.

I spend about two hours a day reading on the train, and paperbacks are just much better suited for that.
by Eoin
Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apparently I have exactly the wrong amount of Irish in me
Replies: 46
Views: 4043

Re: Apparently I have exactly the wrong amount of Irish in me

whisky You have exactly the wrong amount of Scottish in you. whisky = Scottish whiskey = Irish You so just made that up. No, I didn't. I suggest you make your way to your nearest pub/tavern/off-license and investigate. The best form of investigation requires comparing and contrasting not just the n...
by Eoin
Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Apparently I have exactly the wrong amount of Irish in me
Replies: 46
Views: 4043

Re: Apparently I have exactly the wrong amount of Irish in me

CorranH wrote:whisky

You have exactly the wrong amount of Scottish in you.

whisky = Scottish
whiskey = Irish

A common mistake, but a real pet peeve of mine.

Am Irish, prefer Scotch (i.e. whisky). I don't tell my friends, for fear of shunning.

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