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Spectatrix
Posted on: Mar 16 2010, 05:41 PM





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QUOTE (jonathan83 @ Mar 16 2010, 05:59 PM) *
i can't believe you paid for that. they're like $700 a language.

i've got it installed on my computer with about 5-6 different languages and all courtesy of the pirate bay.

Err, some of us believe in paying good money for good products?

Now paying for Adobe Pro when all I need to do is crop some damn files, on the other hand...
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Mar 15 2010, 12:39 PM





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QUOTE (Hartmann @ Mar 10 2010, 12:19 PM) *
How hard is Japanese with Rosetta Stone? I've thought about getting it.

It's not particularly difficult. I can't speak very well to its effectiveness yet, as I'm only a quarter through Japanese level 1 (I bought levels 1-3). You might want to supplement it with some written material, like a book on grammar. I'm not convinced that they do a good job teaching the kana, but my listening/reading comprehension and speaking does seem to be improving.

They do have something like a 60-day money-back guarantee, so there's not much risk in trying it out. Also, we successfully installed it on two different computers and you can have up to four users total without purchasing additional licenses.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Mar 9 2010, 10:11 AM





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Still married, still living in Austin. I am:

1) Working on my PhD (currently busting ass on a conference paper)
2) Tutoring
3) Kicking butt in Crossfit (LOVE it!)
4) Learning Japanese w/ Rosetta Stone
5) Learning more ASL by tutoring a deaf guy in calculus
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Mar 9 2010, 10:09 AM





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Yep, men. Women are generally more emotional. I definitely fall on the more logical side of the spectrum -- probably part of the reason I don't have many female friends.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Oct 25 2009, 10:24 PM





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Pshaw, my cake was better. tongue.gif
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Oct 13 2009, 08:57 AM





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Classy.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Oct 9 2009, 01:27 PM





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QUOTE (Seeker @ Oct 9 2009, 01:53 PM) *
... nerd

Pot, meet kettle.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Oct 9 2009, 12:38 PM





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Given out for research that "makes people laugh and then think". My favorite this year is probably the Ig Nobel Peace Prize:

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Peace
Stephan Bolliger, a pathologist from the University of Bern in Switzerland accepted the Ig Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of his team for finally solving the long-pondered question of whether being bashed on the head with a full bottle of beer is preferable to being bashed on the head with an empty one.

If you happen to be in a bar brawl, the full bottle is the one to choose because empty ones are sturdier, but both are strong enough to break the human skull, Bolliger said. Full beer bottles are likely to quickly explode because of the pressure built up in the bottle. The study's findings are relevant to court cases in which bottles have been used as weapons.


The rest are here: http://www.physorg.com/news173943429.html
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Oct 9 2009, 12:35 PM





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So Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize. Thoughts? I like Obama, but I think this prize was awarded prematurely. It would be more meaningful if Obama had actually gotten some peace-inspiring accomplishments under his belt, rather than just the hope of such.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Oct 9 2009, 09:01 AM





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... is pretty interesting, but stressful too! laugh.gif

I'm in ME, but I'm learning a lot about circuits this semester. I'm taking a graduate mechatronics course and TA'ing the undergrad mechatronics lab, so I'm finally learning circuit design (hip hip hooray!). Also learning about bond graphs (something I NEVER heard about at Tech) and energy methods for modeling physical systems across energy domains.

Research-wise, I'm working on design & control of off-shore wind turbines. Neat stuff. smile.gif

What is everyone else up to, whether school or work or personal projects?
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Oct 8 2009, 05:42 PM





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Aye.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Oct 2 2009, 08:36 AM





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Spammer deleted.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Sep 4 2009, 09:30 AM





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QUOTE (chook @ Sep 3 2009, 10:18 PM) *
Jim was waiting for you

Hah!
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Sep 4 2009, 09:29 AM





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I read an interesting article the other day on San Francisco's public health care program that went into effect last year. I've been meaning to do some more research into it, but haven't gotten a chance to yet. Here's the article if anyone cares to take a read: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/22/opinion/22dow.html
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Aug 28 2009, 09:53 PM





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She's all preggers and going to doctor's appointments and such.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Aug 21 2009, 10:21 AM





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God, you guys are so critical. tongue.gif (Besides, wouldn't half & half be in the fridge?)

Good collection!
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Aug 17 2009, 01:59 PM





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QUOTE
Stranger: Looking for a girl to show me herself on Webcam on MSN
You: omg wtf bbq! lol!
Stranger: ur girl?
You: mebbe
Stranger: fuck
Stranger: m/ f
You: F, but I'm betting there are better places to troll for camgirls.
Stranger: u have pic ?
You: nope, married anyway. too bad so sad!
You have disconnected.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Aug 16 2009, 01:15 PM





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QUOTE
Stranger: HI
You: Konnichiwa!
Stranger: japanese?
You: Hai. Kasumi desu. Oname wa desu ka?
Stranger: u dont know english?
You: Ah, sumimasen. I speak tiny English. You no know Japanese?
Stranger: no, i dont know japanese, but i dont know english too.
You: What you know?
Stranger: chinese\
You: Ahhh!!! Mainlander!
Stranger: why is Mainlander?
Stranger: u from taiwan?
You: Nippon = island. China is not island.
Stranger: oh,
Stranger: i know
Stranger: u from japan
You: Hai. Though in US now for most excellent schooling!!!
You have disconnected.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Aug 16 2009, 01:08 PM





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QUOTE
Stranger: hey
You: konnichiwa
Stranger: how r u ?
You: Eh, genki desu. Oname wa desu ka?
Stranger: ka li manikilion pi rati murre atyionichupachups. supercalifragilisticexpialidoucious?
You: Ah, sumimasen. You no speak Japanese?
Your conversational partner has disconnected.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Aug 12 2009, 08:52 AM





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Fnord is Discordian, not Masonic. And it's not the name of a symbol.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Aug 6 2009, 06:55 PM





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Adopted a new bird. 4-year-old rescue bird, a blue crown conure named Coco. Got him/her off to the vet and all checked out today. Labwork won't be back for a few days (probably early next week), but he looks to be in good condition. Gender DNA results likely won't be back for a couple of weeks.

Pics here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2599...mp;l=0ff0c5e3ea
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Aug 4 2009, 03:26 PM





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QUOTE (cmac @ Aug 4 2009, 04:02 PM) *
perhaps.
what are the concealed carry laws in texas vs other states? aren't they very lapse in texas vs others?

Texas will issue concealed carry permits to both residents and non-residents. Texas is one of only seven states (+DC) where open carry is explicitly prohibited except under limited circumstances (on own property, hunting, self-defense). Most states, including Texas, are "shall issue" CCL states, whereas some are "may issue". Vermont and Alaska allow non-felons of a certain age to carry concealed without a permit. Wisconsin and Illinois prohibit concealed carry entirely.

So no, I wouldn't say that Texas' gun laws are lax compared to other states. Their prohibition of open carry actually makes them more restrictive than most.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Aug 4 2009, 12:52 PM





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What a stupid cunt.
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Spectatrix
Posted on: Aug 4 2009, 11:59 AM





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I don't usually like okra, but we've been getting it in our CSA box and they included that Indian okra recipe. Simple and very tasty, though I over-salted it a bit.

Have you had raw asparagus?
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Posted on: Aug 4 2009, 11:35 AM





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Sauteed okra & onion w/ Indian spices, cucumber/zucchini salad, and a gigantic peach.

Tasty, filling, low cal. smile.gif
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