Sorry Aurincha, but I'm having trouble with my thesis so I'll be unpokrable for a while, maybe till next week. But hey, you can always poke me to your heart's content and I'll eventually Wall-o-Text you back for each and every one.
I often talk a lot and I also talk pretty fast and in the wrong situations. I almost never get complaints on how I don't talk enough... Also, since I'm pretty psyched about going to Japan next month, all my jargon is currently somehow related to Japan. It's fairly annoying to explain about, say, okonomiyaki, for ten minutes and then get a "what the heck is okonomiyaki?" Eh, ahem. Moving on.
I, too, really love XKCD. As said, I don't get all of the programmer jokes, but I do get most of the math, science, sci-fi and internet jokes. I also like it that the author uses stick figures, because it is also often shown that he actually can draw pretty well, so it's not about his skills or anything. One of my all-time favourites is the one where Black Hat Guy presents some nifty puzzle to a physics teacher (or math, I don't remember), making the teacher stop in the middle of the road and getting hit by a truck.
On another note, there was a XKCD strip in our school's teacher's room's door. (Can you use that many 's's in a row?)
On me liking integrals: you have to remember that I'm still in high school and know very little about all the math this world has to offer. However, I want to note that I had completely lost my enthusiasm towards math - again - until we were taught to integrate. You see, I pretty much hate the mechanical using of formulas that is high school math, but when you integrate, the formulas simply aren't enough. That said, I also completely lose my enthusiasm at least once a year, because I'm not very patient. Not at all, to be honest. I can concentrate on a math problem for about twenty minutes until I flip and decide that I have no mathematical talent whatsoever and that I should focus on writing. Yet I still somehow manage to restore the enthusiasm somehow...
Ah, let's see. I like vectors a lot. I also really like solving equations. Then I also like complex numbers, mathematical logic and number theory... Too bad I only get to do one of the mentioned in school nowadays :< I got really interested about math a couple of years ago and studied some of this and some of that. It was really captivating, but I would never ever ever ever have enough patience to actually have a job that requires using real math. Nope, no way. It's a pity, but I can't help it.
Oh yeah, it would totally rock to bring a huge mosquito back to life :/ I think Soft would mostly give awesome chances to plant biologists - you know, the ability to cross-breed Hay #1 with Ancient Hay #5 to achieve goal x - but I don't think it would do that much good to other folks... Well, you could always play with the DNA, because genes are awesome, but then again their DNA might be too different to have any kind of real use anymore. I don't know. It would be awesome to breed dinosaurs and other critters, though. Maybe just not Jurassic Park style.
Okay, so you got dragged into a conference, and now you're almost the official internet privacy intsructor? =D Sounds kind of... awesome. Also, I couldn't help but to think how funny it would have been if you'd have told me about the internet privacy thing and then proceeded to tell your street address and everything This privacy question is a tricky one, though. I think people should be able to do whatever they want anonymously over the internet, but then again, you can't just let people do whatever they want, because not everyone is nice. You also can't restrics other people's freedom because some people just can't abide by laws... Ahem, but I figure you kind of already know this. Moving on.
Ha, we have all four seasons! In your face! We have a cold winter, a chilly spring, a cool summer and a chilly autumn! I mean, of course our summer is warm to me, but with temperatures that never even reach 28 degrees celsius, I figure it's not very warm on a global scale. Still, we do have all four seasons. I also live by the sea, and generally our cities are clean and have more trees than people, so we have no pollution problems or anything. We also have no mountains. Uh, all we have are pretty much trees and lakes... It makes for a beautiful landscape, though.
It's always good or your genes to be a "mix-breed". In my country, immigrants have only started to flock in around the eighties, so the people of Finland, especially in the eastern part, are terribly in-bred. We have the highest concentration of odd, rare, recessively hereditary diseases in the world. Of course they're still rare, about 1 in every 100 000 people, but many of those diseases are only found in Finland. And that's, you know, not an awesome thing at all. There are none of those diseases in my family, because my lineage is from the coast, but still... Also, the lack of immigrants has made our people either racists or xenophobes. Don't take me wrong, I love my country, but sometimes I wish the people here weren't so damn narrow-minded.
I agree on that lineage isn't very important on who the person turns out to be, but I still think it's very interesting to find out where people come from. For example, two of my ancestors were hanged for piracy on the 17th century! How awesome is that? =D Okay, they were criminals and so on, but still, it's very interesting. At least that's what I think. I like history, although sometimes I find it hard to believe that those things have actually happened and those people have actually lived...
Mates do consume time, yeah. My relationship has reached the stage where it doesn't need constant doting to stay alive anymore (read: we're practically like a married couple already), so it's not that time-consuming anymore... But a few years ago it took practically all the free time I had. Not that I didn't enjoy it ^-^ But you know what? I also think that the easiest way to find someone is to not look for them. I met mine in IRC though a coincidence and got to know him a bit... Lucky for me that we were both honest and not the kind of people who hang out in the internet and pretend to be something they aren't. Anyway, the point was, don't worry ^-^ The just looked so sad!
...I pretty much think people already go "WTF?" when they see this I reckon VM's are supposed to be short and PM's the actual way to communicate... But you know what, this might actually increase the privacy of our VM's. I mean, who in their right mind reads something this long if it doesn't even have anything to do with them? :D
There! Another Block-o-text(™)! How'd you like that one?
He, you want a Block-o-text(™)? Who do you think I am??? :D Hey, I've been a bit forgetful these days but let's see if I can contribute anything. That's because Block-o-texts are quite a fun thing to write, I let go the lash on my mind and let my weirdness to its job to keep me as a social almost-outcast! As, some people complain that I talk too much (while my family complains the opposite) and then they wonder what the hiccipus I mean with things such as Gunblade, EV Training, monk rush, or rm -rf /. :D
So, yeah, poke taken.
Last thing I remember we wall-o-texted each other was about XKCD, Soft rulzzz'ing for scientific research in the Real World, the (quoting you) lousy story about how Finland became independant, and how I ended up being "summoned" to work. It was quite fun, although it was also getting shorter by the time.
I really love XKCD. not only because of the use of maths, sci-fi references and velociraptors, but also because the art style renders everything simplistic and gives me an idea of "Oh, come on, things should really be this simple!. There are only a couple of jokes I did not understand at the first time, but I eventually got them and laughed, too. The ones regarding Black Hat Guy are, for the lack of a better combination of words, Awesome Canned.
I'm amused to see that you like integrals. I hate 'em with a death pulsion, to be truthful. I canderive any function given some time and a can of soda, but for the life of me I can't integrate anything that is even barely more complicated than a polynomial. And don't get me started on trigonometric conversions: I can't get how did people account for these with all the sudden radixes inside semirational denominators! Thank god I at least learnt how to use the udv -> v du trick.
I'd rather take four yes FOUR Algebra courses in one semester than one Calculus course. As a matter of fact, I kinda got the trick of Non-Associative Quasi-Ring Algebras after only one week, but because of their lack of real-world use (at the time, circa 2002), I didn't study them further. What kind of interesting and kinda obscure ramification of maths (besides Calculus :D) do you like?
You know, after the Soft thing I thought that yeah, you're right, chopped fossils are of not much use, but the item themselves would still rock to do research on small remnants such as leaves, seeds, and, given the chance, insects. I guess that should add a +15 to the interest and weirdness factor of applied, on-field science!
So, yeah, I was away in a conference, and, you know, somehow my presentation was scheduled right after one of our Senators explayed himself on the topic of how my country has failed to bring modern and adequate legislation regarding Internet privacy and Digital Rights (note, not! DRM, but "User Rights"). Then I explayed myself on how to use some Free Software tools to improve privacy and anonymity, and the day next to that I receive a mai in my inbox, from the Senator's CoS, that they wanted to contact me and ask for advice on the ways to bring media attention to the matter of internet privacy. What's made even more incredible because two days before our conference, a TV special showed how some pedophiles in my country absolutely FAIL to protect their privacy and end up easily caught. Fortunately I was asked no questions on the subject...
Regarding my country, I live about 500km south of Santiago, at an area where wheather is quite bipolar (dry summer and rainy winter, with almost nothing in between). I don't really give too much info through this medium, but feel free to ask via PM if you're interested. Here where I live we're the terrain is kinda sunk because of the erosio of two close mountains, towards the city river, in such a way that the city landscape acts as a sort of conveyor for air currents. That means that as long as there's windy action up the cordillera, our air is clean and shiny and we get no diseases whatsoever, but as soon as the chills stop, the concentration of particulated material (in particular PM-12 such as tinder) grows exponentially and we all have to use masks... I actually took part of a study in my former collegue about that, and we were about to join forces with a German institute to perform mesoscale (ie.: region-wide) simulations and convection diagnostics using FORTRAN... and then the collegue's Dept. of Finances took out our budget. Shame... well those were the best times of my life, because I was working with all my friends so it was avery interesting work-in-the-family kind of dynamics (one example: we bought pizzas after every successful simulation, and enjoyed between the teachers, programmers and staff, even our secretary).
I can say that both my parent are from both Italian and Spaniard descent (sp?). My mother's Italian side is fro Capri, and my father's Italian side may be from Rome, I'm not sure. I ended up a nice interesting mixture of.. whatever. I don't really care too much about my lineage because I consider blood ties not to be determinant of one's personality or value unless one forges them by themself, like, from my mate and our cubs children downwards. Note that I don't mean I do have a mate , right now I am too busy for that...
Oh, well, I have to go now. Look, about your country's story, what about in the next wall-o-text when I get a chance, I'll talk about how my country obtained independence, and then we can span the VM system with wall-o-texts comparing notes and stuff? I guess it won't be long before everyone else who visits our VM pages go "WTF???!!!" :D
Hola! What's up? You should answer the latest Block-o-text (tm) so that I can answer yours and we can keep the circle going on forever. Not that I remeber what the last one was about anymore, but it's so much fun to write Block-o-text's (tm)! So, concider this a poke. Unless, of course, you're either busy or sick, in which case I don't want to bother you. I am healthy now, for a change, so... *grin*
I guess it is. I mean, somehow I ended up in the memetic end of a Memetic Mutation a couple of years ago at work, because of my FF fan-ness and somehow I would just arrive at the server room one minute after a problem as detected, do some console magic and solve the thing. Since then, yeah, "summoned". :D
The position I have to fill up is quite complicated: web pages protection against hacking, ad detection and anonimous browsing and participation statistics. And it's tomorrow afternoon. I should be more nervous (my actual core competence is only the anonymous browsing and statistics).
But I guess I can do some magic on-site and solve the problem. The main issue is that the conference staff has not contacted me to confirm the available hardware and equipment yet.
I trust our wall-o-texts will be a defining elements in our Visitor Message pages, all the way! Ye who look at thee, behold keyboard mashin masterness!
I see, I see. Um, is it, you know, a good thing to get to the conference? I have to know so that I can react properly :D But yeah, wall-o-texts can wait. They're often so solid, I think they won't disappear anywhere even if you wanted them to.
Ah, XKCD. I love it. The funny thing is, I'm a 18-year-old female and I'm actually nerd enough to understand most of the jokes there. My strangeness amuses me greatly sometimes. I also wanted to be a mathematician at some point of my life, but that dream was impossible from the beginning. I have the attention span of a gold fish, and I can concentrate on math problems effectively only about ten minutes. That doesn't make for great mathematicians, you know. Then I was supposed to be an astronomist, but that would also require enough patience to actually solve a few equasions. I like integrals, though. I like them a lot.
AND I TOTALLY DIDN'T THINK OF SOFT OH CRAP YOU'RE GENIUS THAT WOULD BE TOTALLY AWESOME!!11!!!!! Seriously, it didn't even cross my mind. I assume you mean we could revive fossils with it, then? Although, it might be somewhat difficult for some of them to live with half of their head chopped off or something like that. Still, an awesome idea. You rock.
That aside, what are you down with this time? I'm actually eating antibiotics right now, because my prolonged flu managed to turn into a bacteria-based infection. Gotta love those antibiotics, though, they always seem to work INSTANTLY. I feel so much better now than I felt yesterday, before I had eaten any of those divine pills. Yesterday I felt like I had been dead for a while. Now my ear hurts only faintly and I feel mostly fine.
Ah. You want to hear the glorious tale of how Finland became intependent? That, actually, would make a really lousy movie. You see, the autonomous Finnish government noticed that Russia had began to fall in pieces. So, they did some thinking, and they thought it'd be cool to be intependent. So, they wrote a letter, pleading for intependence, and two of their officials - rather nervous ones, because no-one had any idea of how the temporary Russian government would react - embarked on a journey to St. Petersburg. Once they got there, the bolshevics had just done their coup d'etat, so it was actually the communists who met with the officials. First they were all "we can't really decide this until we have a constitution", but it didn't take too long for them to agree. "Okay, be intependent! We're too busy to mind you now, so go do what you wish." And the officials went home and said "Hai guys, we're intependent now!" and the intependence was declared on 6th of November 1917. It didn't take even a month before the Soviet Union accepted the declaration, and after that, all the other countries went "All right!" as well.
I took some freedom with the quotes, but that really is the actual story of how Finland became intependent. Not a single shot was shot, neither was anyone killed or captivated or anything. We were just sneaky and went to ask for it when our dad was too busy to really think things through before saying "okay".
Once we were already intependent, though, then we started fighting. We had a civil war about whther Finland should be a monarchy or a socialistic nation. As you can probably guess, the Nazis were pressing us to become a monarchy and the Soviets were pressing with their socialism. This resulted in the country being torn into two factions: the whites, who were essentially the army and the rich people; and the reds, who were the rest of the people, mostly poorish or poor. This, then, led to a civil war with lots and lots and lots of war crimes and other things people prefer not to talk about (for example, about 18 000 reds were killed in other situations than actual fights. They were mostly executed or died at camps), and ultimately the whites won. Obviously, as they were the ones with real guns, real military, and money. Also, the nazis weren't preoccupied with revolution like the communists were in Russia. So anyway, we had picked ourselves a king and everything, but then it so happened that the Germans, who were tired of war, did their revolution and Germany was no longer a monarchy. Then, of course, neither did the whites want no monarcs to Finland. So, in the end, we became a republic! Our civil was was kind of the miniature version of Germany and the Soviet Union fighting. Actually, that's really what it was...
As for me, I'm both red and white lineage. We don't care about those things anymore, even though it hasn't even been full hundred years yet. I think I'm more red, but I don't really care much. They were both pretty evil, and even though the whites killed way more people, I'm pretty sure the reds would've done the same if they only had the money to do so.
We do have some nifty commanders and stuff, but all in all, they're not very known. There was, of course, Mannerheim, whom the people of Finland thought of as a hero so big, they forced him to be the president for a while. Yeah, he didn't care much for presidency, he was a soldier by heart, but they kind of made him do it... He also contributed to our intependence, but, yeah. I'm not that much into Finnish history, anyway, because it's mostly famines and petty wars.
I didn't really expect you to live in Santiago... It's just good to know the capital, right? I myself live in the capital of Finland, but this isn't a very polluted city. And I find it funny that your North and South are pretty much the opposite of my conceptions of north and south... Because here, when you go south, you get closer to the Equator. When you go north, it becomes cold. But there are penguins in Patagonia... How far in South do you live? Besides, Chile is not small. It might be narrow, but not small. You know, you might be in Argentina if you drive your car to a ditch, but you can still drive on and not reach Peru for weeks. Besides, I've understood that you have a nifty slice of the Earth inside your borders, as it crosses quite a few different landscapes. You have Atacama, we have nothing!
Besides, you can't be relatively small if you are the third biggest fishing nation.
By the way, what's your lineage? If you don't mind me asking, that is. I'm interested, because my Chilian friend has quite an interesting one. She is part Italian and part Basque turned Chilian and then, of course, her mother is Finnish. I'm only plain part Finnish, part Finnish and another part Finnish. My mother's family did originally come from Germany, though...
Russia is funny :D Do you realize that it's the only coutry between me and Japan or, say, China, even though those countries are on the other side of the freaking world from my point of view? That's quite something to me!
Joy, it's another block-o-text! Enjoy! Soy feliz, mi amigo! I'd put the upside-down "!" there, too, but I haven't got the slightest idea on how you get it to appear. I also have no idea if I'm using verbs right. Spanish is not really my forte, you know. I'm much better with Japanese.
EDIT: the hugeness of this VM AMUSES ME SO MUCH :D :D :D
"Sorry for the block-o-text?" Come on, Aurincha, u kidding me! You know how much I love those! And for fanfiction, too! :D
You know, I kinda wanted to be a chemist when I was a kid, then I decided I wanted to be a news anchor (then again, I once wanted to be a mathemathician, but I was already too old* for that -- I was 15).
* = check the alt-text :D
About the IRL items, one word two words: Master Ball. Just get close enough to a world leader and they'll unwillingly pledge absolute obedience. Then again, FF-wise, Magicite would be good provided you have a good supply, it's like having adaptable superpowers. But I concur that Hero Drinks would be awesome. I'm actually in dire need of them, otherwise I'm derailing gravely --- -2 STR and -1 CSM every day, because of my sickness. I thought your more biologist side would strive for Soft of all items, you know, the scientific value, but whatever, antidotes would be just too cool if they became universal.
I'm sorry to hear about your President. Here things are no better either and I don't pay too much attention anyway. And your lack of heroes too. Here we have some heroes (just Google "Arturo Prat" for some canned awesomeness), but their spirit is slowly dying under the pressure of urban tribes and corporate disruption.
But I think you're selling your people too short. I though I read once that the world record of hits by a sniper in times of war was held by a Finnish... or was it a Sweddish? And, AFAIK, your country holds one of the highest Human Development Index in Europe. Which in our world is a lot. Oh wait, I know! Linus Torvalds, thanks for reminding me of him. But, come on, don't you have any example of One Man Army in your history books? Or maybe a particulary mischievous strategical commander? How did your coutry got independence from (I think) Russia then? I mean, come on, your people had to hold against the Russian, the early Nazi, and the Swedden.
BTW, about Chile, well done but... I don't live in Santiago. I don't like Santiago. None of my family does. A much polluted city, the lifestyle for the midclass was ruined during the 1990-2000 period because of a general insuficency to uphold construction and transport regulations. We have the third most contaminate capital in the world, I think. Maybe it helps that Chile is a relatively small country - once you find it, there's only two places uou can go: North and South (mine is South), and as soon as you walk a mile you see a post with a sign that says "This way: Santiago; That way: poverty". Whereas with USA, thinks workk geographically on a different scale... and don't get me started on Russia.
Why, thanks for holding this kind of conversations with me! I feel like I am making valuable use of my PC@PC time (PC at the PC, lame pun intended).
Ah, yes. It's truely liberating to think like a biologist sometimes. For example, when I think of unborn babies or having children, I start to think about how the different cells in a tiny lump emit all kinds of hormones and stuff that makes the lump grow into a human. Or, when I think of cancer, I get all excited about how great it would be to treat it with viruses. Also, never ask me about microbiology, because I can just go on and on about it forever. I'm weird. I'm very weird. You better run while you still can, my friend.
That aside, irl-Antidote would rule. Personally, though, I'd much rather have Elixirs, because they seem to have the exact same effect as a good night's sleep. I wouldn't have to sleep anymore, I could just live on Elixirs. Or, a Hero's Drink would rule a lot in some situations. But, yeah, Antidote would rock. Or Eyedrops that cure blindness. Annnnnd the biologist steps in again! I'm currently wondering how much of this could actually be possible... This'll be my life's work.
If you mean national heroes on monies, we don't have any. Since Euro is used troughout Europe, we only have buildings on the bills to be, you know, fair and politically correct. Before 2000, when we still had Markka's and I was young and had no real understanding of money ("HEY you can buy a chocolate bar with that it's like the most money I've ever seen!!11!!"), we had tons of boring old presidents on our monies, none of which I recognized back then. Heck, I still wouldn't recognise them. All Finnish presidents ever do are trying to bow to both East (Russia) and West (Europe+USA) without mooning the other way. Seriously.
If you mean national heroes in general, I'm not so sure about that, either. Nowadays, a national hero is anyone who we think that has made Finland more visible to the world. Linus Torvalds? A national hero, if you ask computer people (i.e. my dad). Mika Häkkinen? Totally a national hero, although a bit less so since he left his wife for a show dancer. Kimi Räikkönen? Very much a national hero. Ville Valo as well... And, then, of course, we have the historical ones that most people don't really even think about anymore, like Kekkonen or Mannerheim, but I bet most people would still put them on a list of Finnish national heroes. Now, there's a list of meaningless names. Did that answer your question?
I'm sort of happy you live in Chile of all places, because that's a place I actually know something about. I've even read about Chile's history and manually searched for (and found!) Santiago on Google Maps. I can locate you on my mental world map... Unlike some of my online friends, because I go "Connecticut is where now?" I mean, I know it's in States, and I think it's somewhere around the east part of it, but...
...This is completely unrelated. Uh, yeah. I'm feeling very chatty now. Sorry for the block-o-text.
Oh, yeah, with the H1N1 thing... I so wanted to make a mention to a "Swinub flu hoax" in my fics...! Oh well, for the next one.
It's lovely how some people can enjoy being close to a earthshattering disease. While the rest of us cower in fear hidden in a corner, mumbling about the Illuminati inside the CIA and the lack of a real world, RPG-like, "Antidote" item. So good luck to you and you earthshattering career! :D
Monies here are bronze-golden (coins) and green or red, both with a tint of blue and an image of misinterpreted national heros. Which brings me to the question: what national hero does your country have? Wikipedia hasn't helped me that much (that, and I'm actually not at home, meaning not at liberty to spam the PC forums as I would usually do).
Ah, yes. Thank you for saying H1N1. Thank you. I'm so fed up with the Finnish media going all "OMGoMG SWINE FLU" here and there so that people think it actually does have something to do with pigs. I'm not really even remotely in danger of catching that flu (seeing as Finland had - note the tense - two suspected cases, both that had just returned from either of the Americas), which is a very good thing, because knowing my immune system, it would kill me. From what I've gathered, it's not that much of a killer virus after all, but it's always best to keep on your toes. Just, you know, even a bit. I'm actually really fascinated about all this, because I'm aspiring to be a biologist and we biologists are a bit crazy that way. When normal people go "oh no, killer disease, run!!!11!!", I go "hmm! This is rather interesting. I wonder how exactly the virus functions in our cells? ...Oops, I caught it now! Well, what a splendid opportunity to observe this all from a close proximity!" (please imagine a British accent here). TL;DR, thanks for saying H1N1 and try to keep yourself non-contaminated. Okay? Okay. You're pretty close to where it started from anyway - at least way closer than I am. Let's hope for the best, anyway.
That aside, euro bills aren't really green. Well, the 100 € bills are, but those are, you know, a lot of money, so I've seen a few in my life. I really intend to be somewhat busy, at least in the beginning, but that's a whole different busy than school. School doesn't pay. They just expect you to give your time, your health and your youth and then be happy with some stupid paper that has grades on it.
Don't take me wrong, though, I actually do like going to school. Just not so much right now. I still have at least six wonderful school-filled years before me, and I'm actually, truely looking forward to it. Am I a nerd or what? Although, you still beat me hands down with your computers and having played FF VI and so forth :<
That aside... What colour are your monies? U has pesos in Chile, amirite? *too much lolcats because that's basically all I do when I'm sick*