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Everything posted by Pete_the_Viscous

  1. I'm not really very imaginative, so what I'd probably like it to be my life exactly as it is when I'm alive, only with a higher concentration of nice things happening. Not so high that I can expect anything I want to happen, but high enough that I can think to myself "wow, lots of nice things have happened recently".
  2. I don't think they'll particularly care what your GCSEs are, as long as you do (fairly) well in them. If you're really worried, just stick to as traditional a set as you can.
  3. I avoid killing anything if I can help it. I've killed insects and the like before, but I don't remember doing it deliberately. I've fished before but I don't do that any more. I eat meat. I'd stop if it would make any difference, but it's just too complicated and big an issue for me to make a difference on my own by becoming vegetarian.
  4. For most of the year I walk in and out to lectures, which is just a bit over a mile each way, so not taking into account any other walking I might do that's about two and a bit miles per day on average. I go through phases of swimming a bit once per week. I think that the 2 hours of PE that children might get per week is enough; I'd rather their time be spent learning something more useful*. ...with the way things were at my school at least, it's a bit of a moot point because the extra time spent in a different lesson wouldn't actually be any more useful after all. *I did learn some handy stuff in PE, but the amount of time it took me to learn it wouldn't even stretch to a whole lesson. The rest of them were sometimes fun, but pretty much pointless in the scheme of things.
  5. Fair enough, although by tasks being completed I meant to encompass situations being resolved. Regardless, some people I know do pray for specific things to happen. I'm not, in case people are misunderstanding this, questioning whether or not it's right to pray, or whether it works or not. I'm just telling the OP about some people's habits.
  6. I thought it was clear that they meant it had been psychosomatic. I'm not sure I like the connotation of "argument", either: although what I wrote was in a literal sense an argument, I have no intention of causing an argument (in a different sense of the word). Not really. If one prays and asks for task X to be completed, and instead one simply "feels better" (perhaps because a feeling of responsibility has been removed), yet the task remains incomplete, then the purpose of the prayer wasn't completed -- the person praying has just been mollified.
  7. No, I don't. I'm agnostic, but not in the sense that I'd "give it a shot in case". A few Christian friends seem to be divided into two types: those who pray seemingly out of habit (because "it's something one just does"), and those who actively think to themselves "I know, I'll pray to see if God does something about this...". In a conversation recently, two friends who used to be Christian but no longer are were explaining how they used to feel better after praying because they felt as if something were being done (even if nothing happened).
  8. Whenever I've encountered little kids in relationships, it's been because they thought it was the "right thing to do". I'm not going to deny that young people can have complicated emotions... but I've never encountered a couple under say 16 that I could believe were in love. That's not to say it's impossible -- just that I've never seen it.
  9. Mine is lasers and explosives-hacking. One of my friends is a knife-man, and together we make up a crime fighting duo the likes of which the world has often seen.
  10. Mine's 83. I got tested when I was a bit younger.
  11. I'd thought that the cause of most abortion debates is that it isn't their life, but someone else's that they're affecting. On topic: I don't have anything against it in theory, nor do I find it particularly "disgusting" or anything like that. Unfortunately the vast majority of the individuals interested in this that I've encountered (only a few in real life, lots on TV through stuff like documentaries*) have been .... well, haven't been my sort of person. That's not at all to say that their wanting this was linked to their being a bit (a LOT) weird, or anything like that; just that the few I've had a chance to encounter in real life have been people I just don't like (before and after). To clarify: I don't have any predisposition towards them any more than to anyone else -- I've just met (and heard of) the unfortunate ones. Edit: to further clarify: I'm all for people doing it if they really want to. *yeah "documentaries" :-w
  12. I had noticed that at least one zip I possess has YKK on it, yes. I didn't realise that was what it was about.
  13. Haven't you had the famous Polish Reference-to-Sketch Curry? Then you've never lived.
  14. I like curry --- I do. But... now that we've got the recipe, is there really any need for them to stay?
  15. If you ask me, it should be quite hard. The whole point is for you to learn, and if they're not ramming new material into you almost too fast for you to take, then they're not really doing their job and you're wasting your time. That said, you should be able to do all of the work and understand all of the material. If you've got all the requirements for it, then the course really is aimed at "people like you".
  16. Ahahaha, very good. If I could, I'd hang onto it -- if only because it would be a nice thing to have. I can't at the moment think of anyone I'd want to write into it.
  17. Because the whole field of moving props about is called manipulation, and it's too big to realistically be called a baton when compared to the batons used in baton twirling. It doesn't involve all that much twirling, either, really.
  18. I've got a (tobacco) pipe that I've smoked twice. I quite like the taste and the smell, but other than that it does nothing for me. I could quit any time I wants, I tells you. I don't mind the smell of cigarette smoke when it's in the air; only when it settles into things. I live in Scotland at the moment and to be quite honest, some pubs and clubs smell a whole lot worse when you take away the smoke because it was covering up all the bad smells that were there in the first place. That's not to say that I think the smoking ban is a bad thing, or that any more but a small minority of places will smell worse afterwards. If nothing else I think smoking cigarettes is a waste of money unless the smoker really really enjoys every smoke. Most people I've talked to say they don't, and that they smoke mainly out of habit. I can't say I've ever met someone addicted to weed, though I know plenty of people who have smoked it (irregularly). Drugs are bad, mmmkay. Only do them if it significantly raises your cool factor (say, all the way from "whack" to "phat"). Even then, think if there could be harmful effects before you do anything. Completely off topic, but I lived with a bunch of people who would come home in the early hours "pilled off their faces" as it were, and that's just not a good thing to do at all.
  19. I can juggle a bit. I started about a year and a half ago I think. I can do Rubenstein's Revenge, and multiplex some more balls into Mills Mess* if that means anything to anyone. I haven't really practiced for a few months, however, as work got a bit hectic. I can do some basic diabolo, though I learned this years ago. I'm "good" at what I know of it, but I've never really practiced it, so don't know much. I wouldn't really list it as one of my skills, though I mention it here because of the topic. I've never tried anything like poi or staff manipulation; it just doesn't really appeal to me. I think it can look really nice when it's done well, but in its practice is not my cup of tea. *Just to preempt any grammar attacks, this is not incorrect use of (or lack of) an apostrophe: it's the Mess of the Mills family, viz. the Mills Mess.
  20. That would be incredibly cool. I think you should seek one out as soon as possible.
  21. In one week a few months ago I lost in total ÃÆââ¬Å¡Ãâã70 by forgetting to take the money from cash machines. I don't know what I was thinking.
  22. Things have been taken to nanoKelvin as far as I remember. Zero is (if you subscribe to the quantum way of looking at it) impossible: nothing can be at zero Kelvin.
  23. Something that confuses me is why you're doing all this work, OP. Presumably you can prove you're right. If so, what's the need for all the work? If you can prove it already, you need only hand someone the proof. Surely if you need to do this work to prove it, the proof is still in question.
  24. That works, yeah. On the other hand, if you don't have the confidence in yourself to do this, you don't actually need to think you're fantastic. You can think about how other people are useless -- wastes of life. If you can go around thinking that but still be kind and polite, then you've got it made.
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