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TheWerg
Posted on: May 22 2011, 06:50 PM


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The whole giving each other's stuff back thing is really, really awkward. Glad you got through it with relatively little turmoil, it seems like.
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Posted on: May 10 2011, 05:54 PM


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Yeah, honestly, that's a tad ridiculous.
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Posted on: May 8 2011, 02:59 AM


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QUOTE (Chloe @ May 7 2011, 07:48 PM) *
Sooo I've been seeing this fellow for about three weeks, and we're about to enter what will be my first long-distance relationship for the summer...

I've seen him pretty much every day and spend every other night there...it's going to be a severe change for me, especially with school ending


Could anyone please offer some fantastic words of wisdom? Because I'm feeling pretty anxious unsure.gif

You should try to understand going into this that it won't be the same afterward. You'll be different people. It doesn't have to be bad different, but it will be different. Communication is big, but over-communication can make things wear thin. Just do your best and things will work themselves out.
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Posted on: May 6 2011, 02:05 AM


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Rollllllll away, the dew
Roll away, roll away the dew
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Posted on: May 5 2011, 05:16 AM


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UC: Put off studying too long. Gonna be a late night, with two finals tomorrow. Sigh.
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Posted on: May 3 2011, 10:35 PM


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I'm with Jonesy on this one. Free weights and sports are the way to go. And I think I'm a decent authority on this, at least within the confines of this board...
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Posted on: May 3 2011, 09:56 PM


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I'm right around my target weight. It's sorta hard though to maintain while getting stronger.
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Posted on: May 3 2011, 07:34 PM


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You should check out Talking Funny, a new show on HBO. Just Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis CK, and Ricky Gervais sitting around, shooting the smurf about standup. Super interesting and informative. I'm actually thinking about trying my hand at it a bit over the summer too. Hit up a few open mic nights and see how I do. But yeah man, I feel like your sense of humor could go over really well in a stand-up routine.

Also, TTTA: It was directed at Jonesy, but hey, if you wanna give it a shot, don't let me stand in the way.
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Posted on: May 3 2011, 06:34 PM


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Dude, excellent observation. Have you considered doing standup? I feel like your personality is really well-suited to it.
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Posted on: May 3 2011, 06:33 PM


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PS: I smurfing rule.
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Posted on: May 3 2011, 05:59 AM


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Awesome. Have you read his autobiography? I read it in my class on Martin Luther King and it was awesome.
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Posted on: May 3 2011, 04:40 AM


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I meant to refer to the phrase "An eye for an eye makes the world go blind".
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Posted on: May 3 2011, 01:48 AM


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That's a pretty basic interpretation of what I said.

I'm not talking about terrorism, I'm talking about violence and hatred directed toward our fellow human beings. While we have better justification than they do, you know, an eye for an eye... I'm talking broader concepts here.
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Posted on: May 3 2011, 01:21 AM


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Look, I wasn't saying that he shouldn't be killed. I understand very well the pain and shock of what happened. I remember that moment probably the most vividly of anything in my childhood. I feel like Will put it really well. I'm more saddened that 9/11 happened than angry and vengeful. He was an insane person to carry out those acts, and he should be held accountable. He deserves to be dead. But I'm not going to celebrate it, except feel a bit more happy and comfortable knowing that there's one less madman out there. But the fact is that someone equally insane will take his place, so that comfort is marginal at best. We're not treating the root problem by killing this guy; he's the product of a system and an atmosphere in the world that, if anything, we're contributing to by perpetuating the violence.

So no, I'm not going to go wild in the streets over someone being killed.

Also, 9/11 is NOTHING compared to the Holocaust. Nothing.
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Posted on: May 3 2011, 01:12 AM


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Haha, TTTA, that may just be a function of the varsities at my school... usually light on math/science stuff (our teachers in those subjects, dating back to elementary school, are almost universally terrible... which may contribute to their being varsities in the first place). But they're personable and articulate, usually. But of course the same thing applies for you and math. You could truly excel in something academically.
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Posted on: May 2 2011, 10:37 PM


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I keep having dreams that fall into two categories: 1, very similar to the last dream I posted about, or 2, being on the run with malevolent forces out there. Like earlier today I had a dream, don't remember the exact context, but every place I went I would be walking around, and suddenly one random person would start to attack me, trying to choke me to death. I could never tell who it would be, why they were doing it (my thought in the dream was that they were somehow infected, like zombies, because they didn't seem to have much choice, although they ONLY went after me), or where they'd pop up. But eventually one of them got me and choked me to death. Kinda really sucks.
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Posted on: May 2 2011, 10:30 PM


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I sorta feel like Matt. Has America ever so thoroughly and universally rejoiced one person's death? I completely understand the reasons why, but... what does that say to us about the state of our society right now?
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Posted on: May 2 2011, 10:27 PM


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I agree with people who believe that having varsities compete is a huge benefit. I got to know kids that I wouldn't necessarily have otherwise, and they were honestly some of the smartest and most interesting kids on the team. I enjoyed trying to motivate them to work, and they enjoyed achieving success in something school-related. Most of the really good varsities I've met don't hate learning, they hate the school system as it's set up; whether they've had some bad teachers at some point who convinced them it wasn't worth it to give their best, or have been so unchallenged in school that they can't even muster up a bare minimum of caring, they checked out of school at some point. And AD gives them a chance to get back in, with a different style of learning and assessment, and some events that they can be absolutely amazing at (i.e. speech and interview, where their personality can really come through and help them).

Also, while I was an honors, my attitude toward school was basically varsity. When I joined AD, I had literally no idea how to study, or what "studying" even meant. I had never had to, or if I did I just didn't care. That completely turned for me being in a competition setting where I couldn't just coast by on my intelligence. One of the most appealing things to me about AD was that no one had ever gotten 100%, or even particularly close, so while there is a theoretical upper bound, really, it gives you a chance to work your ass off and still not hit the upper limit. In other words, I was able to get 100% on most everything in high school without putting in even 25% the maximum effort, while in AD, I could put in 100% effort and still not come close to 100%. Which was really appealing to me.
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Posted on: May 2 2011, 07:32 AM


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Everyone above me has good stuff to say, so much so that I almost feel like my two cents aren't worth the copper they're made out of (oh, wait). But I'll throw them in anyway.

One big thing that I've taken away from AcaDec is just a great deal of confidence going into any future academic endeavors. Regardless of the legitimacy of the questions on the test, they DO force you to engage with the material on a pretty deep level. I haven't encountered academic work in college that even touches AD in terms of sheer difficulty and amount of work. Also, I can really just go into any reading and come away with literally everything that's in it. So there's that, plus the skills in interview and speech that I've developed.

Also, I met of my best friends through AD, and I never would have built those friendships otherwise. I got experience teaching and as a leader. I had incredible experiences.

And then there's the learning thing. To be honest, I don't fully recall all the stuff I studied in AD, at least not in nearly the detail. But I got exposed to a bunch of stuff that I never would have looked at in school, especially in subjects like art and music that you just don't cover in school at all.

The best part is, I don't think these observations are at all unique to me. In fact, I have a hard time imagining someone engaging with the program with enthusiasm and NOT coming away with gains at least similar to those I did.
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Posted on: May 1 2011, 08:03 PM


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It's an awesome book, like 1000 pages long. Parallel narrative set in WWII about codebreakers/codemakers in that war, plus a sergeant who is just pure badass. Then it also follows their grandchildren (and a couple characters from the first one) in the modern day, who are involved in like cybersecurity or something. He also includes an unbreakable cipher that's used in the text as an appendix. And Alan Turing is a decently major figure in it.

Neal Stephenson is awesome.
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Posted on: May 1 2011, 07:34 PM


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QUOTE (tryingtothinkagain @ May 1 2011, 02:51 PM) *
QUOTE (TheWerg @ May 1 2011, 11:59 AM) *
Screw you, man. I have a bunch of work to do but there's no way I'm not gonna crack that code first.

Pretty much this. It's apparent that it's not a simple shift cypher, just working on the assumption that Q is really I, so that's probably going to take waaaaay too long to decipher.

I did the same thing. Ran it through a couple computer programs I wrote and it just spit out garbage. Also, I've done a similar encoding process before, but didn't post it here.

Have you read Cryptonomicron by Neal Stephenson? I imagine you would smurfing love it.
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Posted on: May 1 2011, 05:39 PM


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Yeah honestly I didn't understand even a little bit how you didn't get it.
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Posted on: May 1 2011, 05:03 PM


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Non-profit status just means you don't pocket your profits but rather turn them back toward the organization. That's how colleges stay non-profit with multi-billion dollar endowments. If you make sure that your expenditures are high enough, you can rake in revenue. Of course, part of those expenditures can be paying administrators exorbitant salaries, which is what colleges (and likely USAD too) do.

Also, I agree with everything that's been said in this thread so far.
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Posted on: May 1 2011, 04:59 PM


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Screw you, man. I have a bunch of work to do but there's no way I'm not gonna crack that code first.
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Posted on: May 1 2011, 04:03 PM


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I have another post that's even more obvious but somewhat more direct, if you still don't get the picture.
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