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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Elta, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Smellincoffee

    Smellincoffee Trekkie At Large

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    1. I'm becoming increasingly cynical about politics, but don't want to be. Barack Obama sometimes makes me believe, which is unnerving.

    2. One of my favorite ways to spend time is listening to podcasts while driving in GTA: Vice City, Motorcross Madness 2, or Mafia. Consequently I associate Christian apologetics with being chased by 1930s gangsters, science news with flying on the highway in Vice City, and Jewish anti-missionary lectures with shooting criminals from a tank.

    3. I was raised in a working-class Pentecostal home, denounced religion, went to college to study history and sociology, and then found a favorite teacher in an formerly Pentecostal, working class factory man-turned-Marxist scholar who went to college on a ministerial scholarship.

    4. I'm interested in philosophical and psychological senses of "spirituality".

    5. I adore National Public Radio.

    6. I typically describe my musical taste as being able to enjoy anything but heavy metal, rap, and Chinese opera.

    7. Studying the language of a culture makes me very sympathetic to that culture.

    8. Although I was raised in the deep south, I despised the Confederacy from childhood, lack a southern accent, and am disinterested in cultural elements like NASCAR racing and football. My family refers to me as a Yankee. (I do get in the mood for country music from time to time, though -- as I am tonight.)

    9. My favorite singer is Frank Sinatra, and I came to his music through Star Trek's Deep Space Nine.

    10. Although I prefer Pepsi to Coke, I prefer Cherry Coke, Barq's root beer, and Sprite to Pepsi's counterparts.
     
  2. cardgame

    cardgame Obsessively Opposed to the Typical

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    Aha, so that explains it all! :p



    :joke:
     
  3. Harvin87

    Harvin87 The Youth

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    I always try to cheat...
     
  4. Hygro

    Hygro soundcloud.com/hygro/

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    The following should be random enough and too central to who I am :p

    • I played the clarinet in grade school band, but dabbled in Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, and Trombone juuust before I had to stop doing band in 8th grade. I would have switched to trombone in 6th gade, however because I had then a crush on a girl who played trombone, I didn't switch because I didn't want her thinking I was switching for her. Oops.
    • The first word I could spell was "police". I was 2 years old and while did not yet understand why it was those letters, I did understand the concept of letters.
    • when I was three I really wanted to know what number was just before 1 million. I couldn't conceptually understand 999,999.
    • In third grade I was smarter than my third grade teacher. She was cruel, and got fired after the school year thanks to other kids' parents.
    • Even when John McCain was polling at 3% in the Republican primary, I knew he was going to win the nomination. I never doubted that fact. Following the same reasoning that convinced me, Jeb Bush will be the nominee in 2012, unless a very charismatic anti-Obama emerges.
    • My second birthday is my oldest memory. I got a toy car that beeped like "bee beeeeeep" when you pressed down. 20 years later, it still beeps and flashes its lights.
    • Something I've been fantasizing for about 4 or 5 years: when I get a car and save up some money, I'm going on Roadtrip CFC. I want to meet tons of CFC members, past and current
     
  5. Catharsis

    Catharsis catch u on the flip scythe

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    Man, elephants really hate you, huh.

    Spoiler :
    BOO!


    So you just eat the beans straight out of the jar? That is disgusting.

    Anyway, facts!

    a) I have never met, or even seen in person, anyone that could be classified as a 'celebrity'. (My sister claims to have seen the S Club Juniors get out of a limo, once. I am extremely jealous.)

    b) I am a non-denominational Christian, and have toyed with the idea of becoming a Quaker, but have never got around to it. Plus, one side of my family is awash with Irish Catholics and they might be a little miffed at me (although my parents' religious views are ambiguous: as far as I know, they're both agnostic, or my dad might be an atheist, like my sister is).

    c) I have only ever had one real friend in my life, for a period of about two years (not counting preschool/early lower school, where you are basically friends with someone if your mother is friends with their mother). Currently, I have no friends.

    d) When I was younger I was a total twozack. I had some racist views (in particular, Japanophobia, some aspects of which I am ashamed to say I still haven't shaken off) and was very publicly indifferent to the 9/11 attacks. I also used to be a young-Earth creationist, and a hereditary monarchist.

    e) I have never been punched. Which is surprising, considering d).

    f) I have only watched one movie by choice in the past, oh, seven years maybe? It was one of my sister's Shrek DVDs, which I watched because I had flu and nothing better to do. (Do you get the feeling that you're finding out more about my sister than me, here?) I have watched some movies in school lessons (12 Angry Men, which I enjoyed, and Schindler's List, which I didn't).

    g) I'm a centrist, asexual teetotaller. It's what the C-A-T in Catharsis stands for. I don't know what the other letters stand for.

    h) In my heart of hearts, I want to teach (preferably maths or statistics) but that will never happen, 'cause I'm a total charisma-sink, and even maths teachers have to have some nous in that area. I'll probably end up selling my soul to the financial sector, which scares me more than death itself.

    i) I saw a pigeon in a McDonalds, once. In Venice (there is a McDonalds in Venice, what is the point of life). No-one bothered to get rid of it: it was having a grand old time.

    j) I only own two collections of music: a Mozart CD, and a cassette with all the best pop music 1998 had to offer. Although I think I lost that one.

    k) This collection of facts gives the impression that I hate my pointless and banal life, but I really, really don't. I am, by and large, a happy fella. :D
     
  6. echosfolly

    echosfolly Chieftain

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    every now and then,when no ones watching I play Age of Empires 3
     
  7. Virote_Considon

    Virote_Considon The Great Dictator

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    1) I'm a skinhead!

    2) I've suffered from Psychosis since the age of 16, Paranoia since roughly 13, and anxiety since I was about 6-ish. There doesn't seem to be anything which triggered it all off, as my life was always pretty good.

    3) I'm writing my own TV show. I've sent an episode off to the Beeb, and am waiting on a reply. However, my writing ability seems to have slipped in the last couple of months, which is annoying.

    4) My favourite TV show is The Young Ones. My favourite comedian is Alexei Sayle, although Charlie Chaplin will always be my hero. My favourite band is a Yugoslavian Punk/Post-Punk band called Paraf.

    5) In general, my music tastes can be summed up as liking Punk, Ska and Ananda Shankar. Although of course I also listen to a lot outside of this.

    6) Economically I say I'm on the moderate right, although to be honest, I'm probably a Corporatist. It's unfortunate that it's associated solely with Fascism, because I think its a nice compromise between Socialism and Capitalism.

    7) I believe that the philosophy behind sentencing criminals should primarily be to punish and to protect the public. I think that rehabilitation is also a nice ideal, but it's too dependent on the criminal wanting to change. I don't think deterrence works, because most criminals don't expect to be caught for their crimes anyway.

    8) I think that it's possible to lose your human status by your own actions, and specifically your actions only.

    9) I tend to start things and not finish them, although I still intend to go back to them at some point or another.

    10) I've only had one job, and that was for two half-days.

    11) When I was about 13, I went for dinner at a restaurant with one of my friends' families. After the meal, me and my friend decided to walk home, along the beach road. We had some plastic swords. They were obviously toys. We walked past a pub, minding our own business, and some bloke, in his 30s or so, came out and started hurling abuse at at us, from what I remember some of it was racially motivated. So we carried on walking. About half way across the beach road, a police van raced up towards us, and the police got out, ran up to us, and took the plastic swords from us. Apparently, the guy who hurled abuse at us had called them saying we had samurai swords. We now refer to that man as Crazy Old Man Junior (crazy old man senior was a substitute teacher at our school).

    12) I like going into old abandoned warehouses/military installations/etc. and investigating.

    13) I dance like a white guy

    14) I'm studying international politics at Aberystwyth university in Wales. 'sallright.

    I'll probably think of more later. I'm surprised I thought of so much!
     
  8. Zack

    Zack 99% hot gas

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    D.C.'s not a state. ;)
     
  9. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    :rotfl:

    Likewise, I associate every Beethoven song I hear with waging war against the Greeks, thanks to years of Civ2 with Beethoven cassette tapes blaring in the background.


    That's odd. But a good conclusion to draw! Sinatra is awesomesauce.
     
  10. Loppan Torkel

    Loppan Torkel Deity

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    Spoiler :
    How does your paranoia affect you writing personal stuff on internet?

    Ok, one personal fact about me - I'm pretty paranoid about internet. Nothing diagnosed and nothing extreme, I just don't trust it.
     
  11. Virote_Considon

    Virote_Considon The Great Dictator

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    About as much as telling people personal stuff in real life.
     
  12. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    As much as I love many rock bands, if all music except for classical, jazz, and folk music suddenly disappeared tomorrow I would not feel that we had lost anything.
     
  13. Smellincoffee

    Smellincoffee Trekkie At Large

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    One of the characters in DS9's sixth and seventh seasons was a 1960s lounge singer who sang Sinatra standards -- for that reason I bought a Frank Sinatra CD in 2004 and was hooked. ("The Very Good Years" -- Frank Sinatra Reprise collection.)
     
  14. cardgame

    cardgame Obsessively Opposed to the Typical

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    We would have lost everything :cry:

    Random fact about me: Every video game I play I tend to cheat in some way some how.
     
  15. Shekwan

    Shekwan Kim Chi Quaffing Celt

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    I can't speak my native language.
     
  16. Flying Pig

    Flying Pig Utrinque Paratus Retired Moderator

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    Gaelic (I presume that's what you mean)?
     
  17. Shekwan

    Shekwan Kim Chi Quaffing Celt

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    Yeah thats the one.

    I have enough words to have a bit of a secret conversation when abroad. Thats about all the utility I need out of it so I'm content.

    Another fact about me: I have little to no comprehension of cheques.
     
  18. Flying Pig

    Flying Pig Utrinque Paratus Retired Moderator

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    I've changed my name (and don't use either one around here ;))
     
  19. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    I started college in a Corps of Cadets program and had an Electrical Engineering major. Now that I'm about to graduate I want nothing to do with the military and I'm getting a History degree.
     
  20. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    :huh: I don't understand.


    A few more random facts:

    I have seen the evidence for myself that theatre superstitions deserve to be respected. The play MacBeth does indeed have a curse on it. And never, ever whistle (or sing) in a dressing room. Terrible things happen as a result.

    I once nearly burned down the theatre during a performance of The Sound of Music. Lesson: Always pay careful attention to what you're doing with lit candles.

    One of my jobs when I worked backstage on a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar was to tie up Jesus.

    I have not gone to a movie this century (nope, not even the latest Star Trek).

    I was allergic to cows' milk as a baby, so my grandparents kept a couple of goats for my milk (I have a picture of my grandfather holding them).
     

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