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by spacermase
Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 222142

Re: "Friends" Discussion

For what it's worth, I long ago abandoned the method described in the comic for exactly those reasons (well, and it never really worked, anyway), and have been very upfront and blunt to people that I'm interested in. That hasn't worked *either*, but at least you find out quicker and can move on with...
by spacermase
Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0325: "A-Minus-Minus"
Replies: 130
Views: 67006

Re: "A-Minus-Minus" Discussion

My God, this is the best by far the best use of bobcats in a comic strip I've seen, ever. However, I do feel sort of sorry for the bobcat, but then again, one of our cats is part bobcat, so maybe that's why (for the record, they're actually surprisingly skittish animals). With that said, this strip ...
by spacermase
Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ancient Mythology
Replies: 9
Views: 1157

Celtic mythology here. Twice as much randomness as your typical mythology, and there are uber-elves!
by spacermase
Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fall Schedules
Replies: 58
Views: 6068

First off, is it just me, or did the Courses section of Facebook just inexplicably vanish? Anyhow, my semester goes like this: Astro 211 General Astronomy ENWR 210 Advanced Academic Writing Seminar (the required writing course) BIOL 301 Genetics and Molecular Biology SPAN 202 Advanced Intermediate S...
by spacermase
Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who Is More Attractive?
Replies: 67
Views: 6611

Yeah, gotta say that women are definitely the more attractive, if for other reason than they're a lot more interesting to look at. Their body shape is on average much more dynamic (with the curves and everything). It's much more appealing to the eye than the mostly straight lines that make up your a...
by spacermase
Fri Jul 27, 2007 1:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cognitive Dissonance
Replies: 44
Views: 5597

This happens to me sometimes, as well...I'll get my memories of previous days and dreams confused with memories of the present can get to be pretty convoluted and confusing.
by spacermase
Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Any XKCDites going to Otakon?
Replies: 20
Views: 2621

This year was my first year at Otakon, and I had a blast (I was the one cosplaying as Rorschach on Saturday, and also the one who got recruited out of the audience for the Last Exile panel). Anyone else have con going experiences to share?
by spacermase
Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Transformers!
Replies: 237
Views: 25514

I was actually somewhat impressed with this movie. I came in expecting a typical crash-and-burn Bay film, and was pleasantly surprised. Sure, it was cartoonish, and comic book-y, and a little too campy and cheesy at times, but it was done so in such a deliberate, tongue-in-cheek manner that it just ...
by spacermase
Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your Geek Code
Replies: 42
Views: 6813

Version: 3.1
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by spacermase
Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Secret Admirers
Replies: 96
Views: 12348

I make a point of being as open about it as possible.

So far, it hasn't gotten me any success, but neither did keeping it a secret, and at least now I know quicker.
by spacermase
Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: sci-fi technology
Replies: 46
Views: 6052

Off the top of my head: -Some of the genetic refinements from the Culture series- probably not the drug gland, since I can't really see myself using that all that much, but definitely the other tricks of being able to manipulate and adjust one's bodily functioning, to the point of being able to chan...
by spacermase
Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pastwatching:
Replies: 69
Views: 8464

I'd probably try to view a lot of the Biblical events. Adam and Eve being cast out of the Garden of Eden would be a fun one. Don't know about the rest of those, but a guy my brother knows is currently publishing a book about the latest theory on the historical meaning of the expulsion from the Gard...
by spacermase
Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Great things that happened to you today*
Replies: 1346
Views: 175315

Well, this actually happened on Friday, but.

I just found out I was accepted for transfer by the University of Virginia!!!

Two years of hard work finally paid off!
by spacermase
Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 149848

Mine is a reference to the most excellent anime series, Last Exile.

(Bonus points to anyone who knew that ahead of time).
by spacermase
Thu Jun 28, 2007 3:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fond memories and nostalgia
Replies: 63
Views: 7892

A couple off the top of my head: -The song Desperately Wanting by Better Than Ezra reminds me of summer right after my first year of college (it was popular then, if memory serves). Ditto OAR's Love and Memories. -There's this sort of sweet smell that I can't really describe that reminds of SEP (a s...
by spacermase
Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 367616

Misconception: Just because I partake in a few activities that are stereotypically female (riding horseback, playing flute, etc) I must be either 1) gay, or 2) (more frequently) beating the girls off of me with a stick.

<bitterness>Oh, if only that were the case....</bitterness>
by spacermase
Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Onslaught, embiggen your [s]tally[/s] e-w4ng
Replies: 72
Views: 10282

Highest level I've gotten so far has been 130. Haven't checked my score, though.
by spacermase
Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 746302

My mom actually worked in advertising for period of time, before quitting it totally (for obvious reasons). She then made a point to educate my brother and I on all the different tactics used by advertisers to attempt to sway you towards there product. It worked out pretty well- I remember family fr...
by spacermase
Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Bring back the first-person singular
Replies: 80
Views: 17151

Actually, I rarely see the second person plural, at least in literature- everything is either first or third, and the second is only largely used by the post-modernist and other members of the avant garde crowd. (though my favorite use of odd grammatical construction shall forever be Neal Stephenson...
by spacermase
Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 240483

I came up with mine in 7th grade, and it's actually serve me pretty well. Mase is shortened form of my actual name (Mason), and Spacer is an old-school scifi term for an astronaut, as I wanted to be an astronaut at the time (I still do, but that's another story). Later on, it developed a double mean...
by spacermase
Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stuff You Can Say At Work, But Shouldn't Get Away With
Replies: 73
Views: 9966

I haven't said anything myself yet, since I've only been there for two weeks, and am still weary of getting fired. However, I occasionally overhear "interesting" tidbits- I work at a RadioShack, so it's essentially a sales/retail job. Usually said tidbits involve listening to my supervisor...
by spacermase
Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How Messed Up Is YOUR Family? (merged: Horrible Relatives)
Replies: 95
Views: 10333

Mixed bag of sorts here Immediate Family- rocks, absolutely (if a little eccentric) Mom- hard-working woman who's major passion in life is horses (she was on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team back in 1984). We get along pretty well, especially since we both share horseback riding. She can be a bit &q...
by spacermase
Sun Jun 10, 2007 3:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Official Kids Thread
Replies: 115
Views: 13783

I haven't totally made up my mind about it, and since I'm 20, it'll probably be a couple years yet before I do. But if I choose to have kids, my plan goes like this: For the next couple years, I'll go out and do all the crazy stuff I've been planning. Once I've finished with all that (probably aroun...
by spacermase
Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0273: "Electromagnetic Spectrum"
Replies: 220
Views: 72631

Scigatt wrote:I don't know if this is a coincidence or not, but...

99.3 "The Fox"

Actually, I think that's an inside joke to us Virginia residents- 99.3 The Fox is a local radio station out here. And considering Randall's from Virginia, it's pretty plausible.
by spacermase
Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: New Geek-TV Shows coming out...
Replies: 18
Views: 5832

Of the shows mentioned- The Chronicles of Sarah Connor- frankly, I'm kind of amazed they're doing this, since aside from a final movie about the actual defeat of SkyNet, I thought they'd pretty much milked this franchise dry. Still, at least it has a promising cast. Reaper- this actually sounds pret...
by spacermase
Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerds Vs Geeks
Replies: 63
Views: 8641

I've noticed that whether or not it's geek or nerd that's the pejorative term varies where you are in the country. It must be one of those regional things.
by spacermase
Mon May 28, 2007 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Last Thoughts
Replies: 193
Views: 25995

Well, assuming I've taken care of all the regular "I love you/good bye" stuff, I'd like to go out with some class. *ahem* If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber'd here While these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, No more y...
by spacermase
Mon May 28, 2007 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Trying to remember a quote about anarchy...
Replies: 15
Views: 2856

Could it be from Larry Niven's Cloak of Anarchy, maybe?

(Not terribly scholarly, but it was where I first learned about anarchy...though I can't say my opinion has improved significantly since then.).
by spacermase
Mon May 28, 2007 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A request for help (you guys are GOOD) - getting new friends
Replies: 52
Views: 7503

See if there's some sort of regular social activity that you can participate in; say, start taking ballroom dancing lessons, or going to local concerts, or book clubs, or something like that. Meet people, and work your way from there.

Just my advice.
by spacermase
Mon May 28, 2007 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A Hypothetical MetaQuestion
Replies: 47
Views: 7108

"What questions should I be asking?"
by spacermase
Sun May 27, 2007 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Favourite Poetry
Replies: 60
Views: 11609

Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poem’s room and feel the walls for a light switch. I want them to wa...
by spacermase
Fri May 25, 2007 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 917092

Does anyone know what units are being kept, or scrapped? We know Marines, Zerglings, Zealots, and Ghosts are all still there. Dragoons are as well, though they've been twerked into a new unit, the Immortal. I personally want to know if they're keeping the Protoss Carrier- with that new "Mothers...
by spacermase
Thu May 24, 2007 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Golden Compass trailer
Replies: 66
Views: 12264

For their credit (in my universe, anyways), they've done a pretty good job of depicting the stuff in the book more or less as I always imagined it. Except Ms. Coulter was a bit heavier set than Nicole Kidman, and Lord Asriel didn't have a beard, and generally looked more like a lord (though, with th...
by spacermase
Mon May 21, 2007 1:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things to Try
Replies: 59
Views: 7874

Plain yogurt, granola, and orange juice, mixed together. My brother was incredibly grossed out that I ate this concoction, willingly, for breakfast.
by spacermase
Mon May 21, 2007 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What's your favourite Geek-fiction book?
Replies: 40
Views: 9287

If you haven't read Neil Stephenson other famous book, Snow Crash, do so. It's a great book (if just a tad bit on the dated side).
by spacermase
Sat May 19, 2007 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 917092

Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone

"Hell. It's about time!"
by spacermase
Sat May 19, 2007 1:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Towel Day May 25th!
Replies: 138
Views: 22779

I have sworn that I won't forget Towel Day like I did last year. Thank you for aiding me in this noble endeavor :D
by spacermase
Sat May 19, 2007 1:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Myers-Briggs Psychological Testing
Replies: 270
Views: 108785

I can never remember if I'm an INTJ or an INTP. Either way, it's one of those two.
by spacermase
Sun May 13, 2007 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Would you believe the news if it told you aliens were here?
Replies: 35
Views: 6563

Depends on said aliens, said aliens' form of transportation, and essentially if they looked like something that was plausible.

However, I'm something of an optimist, so my first inclination would be to believe.
by spacermase
Sun May 13, 2007 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cartoons - Not For Kids
Replies: 139
Views: 17879

Animaniacs were pretty awesome. As was Batman, Gargoyles, and ReBoot (if nothing else for the geek humor).

I was also a big fan of one of the more obscure American shows- Exo-Squad, which was startlingly mature for something that was marketed as a kid's show.

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