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by Darcey
Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0293: "RTFM"
Replies: 86
Views: 26383

Like those gum sticks that shock you, but more evil! It's ingenious! I wonder if anyone has ever sued over shocking gum sticks. "You disrupted my grandmother's pacemaker with your shocking stick of gum. Now face me in court!" Are lawsuits today's version of one-on-one combat? Also comic wa...
by Darcey
Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Most addictive songs
Replies: 69
Views: 9009

I think that's pretty much it. It's less stylistically as much as lyrically. The stuff with meaningless lyrics just doesn't do anything for me, catchy or not.

Of course, I mentioned before that I like 'Paralyzer', so I dunno.
by Darcey
Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Most addictive songs
Replies: 69
Views: 9009

Darcey: Violent Pornography is a lot catchier, in my opinion. That and Vicinity of Obscenity BANANA BANANA BANANA TERRACOTTA PIE. I actually don't like all that much of their stuff. =X I like B.Y.O.B, Chop Suey!, and Aerials. I listen to whole CDs by them on occasion but usually when I hear them it...
by Darcey
Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book you are proudest to have finished...
Replies: 137
Views: 16111

Oh, and another thing I'm proud to have gotten through was The Sound and the Fury. I loved the style but one of the reasons I loved it was for the difficulty. I like challenging reads, and that definitely fulfilled my desire.
by Darcey
Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favourite song(s)?
Replies: 45
Views: 5624

Favourite song(s)?

*can't believe this hasn't been posted yet, unless it has and I'm going crazy* Favourite songs, in order from least favourite to most favourite: - Poem on the Underground Wall (Simon and Garfunkel) - Parabol/Parabola (Tool) - Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) - Echoes and Shine on You Crazy Diamond (b...
by Darcey
Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Most addictive songs
Replies: 69
Views: 9009

There's always a song or two that won't leave me alone until I buy it (I would be very rich if I knew how these writers did it). For a time it was 'Dani California' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers; most recently it has been 'Paralyzer' by Finger Eleven. The lyrics suck but it's so frikking catchy. I ca...
by Darcey
Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book you are proudest to have finished...
Replies: 137
Views: 16111

As far as long books, the unabridged version of The Stand is up there, but I wouldn't say it was hard to read, just took a while. That's the one I was going to say; there were bits of it that I quite understood why they'd been left out in the first version, [SPOILERS] and I didn't especially approv...
by Darcey
Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite Imagery
Replies: 16
Views: 5313

Herman wrote:
There was a terrible ghastly silence.
There was a terrible ghastly noise.
There was a terrible ghastly silence.


:P


I have heard this somewhere, definitely. Forgive me for asking, but H2G2?
by Darcey
Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141458

I didn't think it was pretentious. I don't think any of us here have personalities that could be considered pretentious - except maybe Belial, as the top hat could be seen as snooty. The new one, however, is just cool. and the only thing I've seen funny with the word arbitrary goes back to a manage...
by Darcey
Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141458

Arbitrary is more correct than random but random can be respelled "randumb" for much more amusement, so it wins unless someone thinks of a funny play on the word arbitrary. It's not about being correct, it's about using the word "random". Also, it confuses people. It can also me...
by Darcey
Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141458

Arbitrary is more correct than random but random can be respelled "randumb" for much more amusement, so it wins unless someone thinks of a funny play on the word arbitrary.
by Darcey
Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141458

Like that whole split infinitives thing. Turns out they just made it up in the 19th (18th?) century, along with a bunch of other Latin-derived rules like the predicate nominative ("It was I" rather than "It was me"). ...I still have a tendency to use the predicate nominative, alt...
by Darcey
Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141458

Hmm. I was always under the impression that the phrase "myriad of" was incorrect, but answers.com provides the following: [quote]USAGE NOTE Throughout most of its history in English myriad was used as a noun, as in a myriad of men. In the 19th century it began to be used in poetry as an ad...
by Darcey
Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141458

Comprise and myriad because I like laughing at people who use them wrong.
by Darcey
Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 45054

Today I was programming something and discovered that there was an occasional error due to ints in Java going negative when they get too big. Instead of changing it, however, I said "what the hell, it's not that big of a deal", and went back to reading the fora here. I am starting to feel ...
by Darcey
Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does dough turn solid?
Replies: 20
Views: 3649

Why does dough turn solid?

I was making pie before with my dad and we were talking about this. His guesses are that either the fat undergoes a chemical reaction, the water evaporates out of the crust as it bakes, or both. Anyone know the actual reason?
by Darcey
Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite Imagery
Replies: 16
Views: 5313

I would count that as imagery, although less so than some of Johnny's other stuff in that book. But House of Leaves is made of pure liquid win, so it's all good (by me at least).
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141458

Phenriz wrote:--edit-- or we could be completely wrong:

etymonline.com wrote:From L. acquiescere "remain at rest," thus "be satisfied with," from ad- "to" + quiescere "to become quiet," from quies (gen. quietis) "rest, quiet" (see quiet (n.)).


=( And it made so much sense, too.
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0291: "Dignified"
Replies: 120
Views: 32544

Re: The Scottish Play

fibonacci wrote:Macbeth


Awesome reference; yes.
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0291: "Dignified"
Replies: 120
Views: 32544

I went through two years of existential dilemma (not just from repeating my name over and over again) and DAMN am I glad to be out of that. I almost turned solipsist for awhile but hell, even if it's true and this is all a pretend world, I like it better than a void of nothingness (which is probably...
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0291: "Dignified"
Replies: 120
Views: 32544

Just whatever you do, DON'T DO IT WITH YOUR NAME.
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0291: "Dignified"
Replies: 120
Views: 32544

You know what's really weird? /Fingernails/. I agree. How (in evolutionary terms) do you get from what must have been claws to these useless things that we have stuck to the ends of our fingers? It boggles my mind. Fingernails? Useless? Hmm, not to my ways of thinking. Seems like I use my nails a l...
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141458

Phenriz wrote:Acquiesce


Etymology of this word - is it from 'aqua' and the tendency of water to flow to fit whatever container it's in?
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite Imagery
Replies: 16
Views: 5313

Childhood's End FTW. <3 I don't know if these are my favourite quotes, but they come to mind immediately because they're part of the last essay I finished for school last year. Both by Bradbury, from Fahrenheit 451. SPOILERS MAY FOLLOW. The room was indeed empty. Every night the waves came in and bo...
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 484995

My brother once filled his mouth with diet coke, then dropped a mentos in. I have to say, the site of my brother with a three-foot spout of liquid coming out of his mouth was highly entertaining.

EDIT: 'Sight', not 'site'. Gah, too much time on the internetZ for meZ.
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology question (Wild berry genetics)
Replies: 23
Views: 3878

does a single plant produce berries of equal sweetness and size? there is at least a difference in ripening speeds between different berries on the same plant usually Each berry is the product of a different pollination, so it is unlikely that two berries would have the same genes for development e...
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Story Songs!
Replies: 58
Views: 8140

haveblue wrote:The Highwayman.


I've always wanted to hear the song version of this; it's my favourite poem. Do you know of any sites where I could listen to it?
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 484995

My dad's a high school physics teacher with a fondness for home experiments, so we get plenty at my house. My personal favourites of everything we've done, in reverse awesome order, are: 3. Shave off the side of a penny with a file so that the zinc shows. Put it in a cup of acid. Eventually the acid...
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Well, I got my own radio show...
Replies: 29
Views: 5859

For power metal I really, really like Sonata Arctica, but I've heard they're more "mainstream" power metal, so... I dunno. I don't really pay attention to labels like that so I'm not much use here. Just mentioning the band. They're awesome.
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0291: "Dignified"
Replies: 120
Views: 32544

Agreed about the alt text, definitely.
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0291: "Dignified"
Replies: 120
Views: 32544

I liked this post. I totally agree about the white hat; that was the first thing I noticed. Also what's with the guy in the beret? Have we seen him before? Guy? Beret Person strikes me as more of a female, actually. The first thing I thought of when I read your post was "I wonder if she's ever...
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 141458

My personal favourites: - inimical (in the sense that means dark and evil, not harmful to) - antinomy (no, not the element) - fettered (good in poetry) - lashed (like the sound) - ethereal (like the sound also and it goes nicely with the meaning) - atavism (just really damn good; saw it in The Sea W...
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0291: "Dignified"
Replies: 120
Views: 32544

It's true, life is too strange to be uppity about it. At least that's my interpretation. :P Agreed muchly. If one takes a minute to think about all the strange things in biology... Like rubbing body parts together to make babies, that one always seemed really frikking weird to me and I'm not being ...
by Darcey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0291: "Dignified"
Replies: 120
Views: 32544

The only problem with this comic is that people are often born Caesarian, or however that's spelled. Then again being cut out of your mother because you can't get through her vaginal opening is even more of something to be embarrassed about.
by Darcey
Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Story Songs!
Replies: 58
Views: 8140

I guess I'm just selfish like that. XD I also don't like it when hot rock stars are married because I get WAY jealous. Takes away from my right to fantasize about them! Maybe I need to get better perspectives on things. I still enjoy Bohemian Rhapsody, Animal I Have Become, and The Sharpest Lives. T...
by Darcey
Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Story Songs!
Replies: 58
Views: 8140

I agree. I find that once I fully understand the lyrics of a song, it's not as good anymore. Curse my thirst for knowledge... Agreed. This is probably why I'm such a big fan of Tool's music - it's quite cryptic, and although many different people agree on the meanings, there are even more who disag...
by Darcey
Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology question (Wild berry genetics)
Replies: 23
Views: 3878

Ok, that's what I was thinking also. I just wanted to hear someone else say it. XD Thank you. *feels slightly less guilty about the gallon of wild berries in her fridge*
by Darcey
Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology question (Wild berry genetics)
Replies: 23
Views: 3878

Biology question (Wild berry genetics)

Ok, so I was out picking berries yesterday when the following thought occurred to me: berry plants' genes are propagated when birds eat the berries, then poop out the undigested seeds in a hopefully distant area. Humans also eat berries, but do not poop out undigested seeds in evolutionarily advanta...
by Darcey
Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Story Songs!
Replies: 58
Views: 8140

Oh, I just realized this, and I can't believe nobody's mentioned it yet... Queen -- Bohemian Rhapsody Now there's a good classic. I never fully understood the lyrics either... In my opinion that's one of the main things that makes that song so awesome. (2001: A Space Odyssey is my favourite movie.)
by Darcey
Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Obscure/Difficult but worthwhile SFF
Replies: 38
Views: 6822

I am a huge fan of John Norman's Gor series (although I'm only on the sixth or seventh book). It's erotica but that's less of what I read it for, and more just because it's very interesting science fiction. (It's.. very extreme, but it helps to look at it as a reaction to things the author disliked ...

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