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August 5th, 2009 11:34 AMsolovinoUr baaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!! :D
*preparing a Wall'o'Text*...
July 31st, 2009 04:55 AMAn-chanI'm alive! I'm alive! I'm a bit sicky on the moment, though, and seeing as I just returned from Japan, one might suspect it's The H1N1 I'm having. Although, if that was the case, I should have even a teensy bit of fever, which I don't really have. Also, my English might be a bit funny now since I haven't had to use it for a month or so. Well, I'll do my best to be understandable.
First of all, Japan was made of awesome and the trip was a serious win. I loved it there, and I'd go back any time. We spent most of our time in Osaka, which was a really cool city with areas ranging from "run-down suburb with mostly homeless people" to "ultra-modern scyscrapers and businesspeople" and from there to "an area specialised in selling electronics, toys, manga, and anime". We also went to Tokyo, which was a tad boring and overly confusing place; Kyoto, which was an even more confusing but ten times as beautiful as Tokyo; Hiroshima, which was actually a really charming city... I just loved the whole damn place. We bought two Final Fantasy figures, Vincent and Squall =D I also found small toys of Rinoa, and *gasp* Rydia and Edge. I've never wasted so much money on stuff in such a short time...
Actually, I don't have very much time to write now, so I'll handle the rest of your last Wall-O-Text later. Okay? Before I go for now, though, I have a question for you, concerning the infamous fic called Secret People. You see, I'm having a bit of a problem with the fic, one that won't really show up before the last chapters or so. Do you think I should work it up before I write the fic or just wait and see if it might work itself up and worry about it later? It has to do with, you know, the bad guys of the fic and so on. I don't really know what to do with the stupid problem. It's being all mean to me
Sorry for the short response, I promise to throw you with a Wall-O-Text sometime soon. But hey, at least I'm back now, right..?
July 21st, 2009 10:01 PMsolovino*pokes 4 vital signs?*
June 27th, 2009 09:57 PMsolovinoHey, Aurincha, don't worry 'bout Ivysaur. He's mine♥! :lol: -- I actually goto some lengths to stick to my claims, at least in the Poké and Series threads.
You know I definitively shouldn't be doing this. Wall-o-text-es I mean, because my thesis is getting quite complicated, more with me spending time in "less socially acceptable" acts such as writing fanfiction... I even managed to release a story that I was working on for a while instead of spending those ~8000 words in something more important like, you know, describing the State of the Art.
Oh and now that you mentiones physics and I mentioned SotA, thanks a lot for the quote on the Planck constant. The quote is great, I'd take it but a) I don't know the original source and b) your Vincent!Love quote is still too. damn. cool. to replace. Waveparticles and spatial measurement derivation is one of these things that I understand about physics despite the fact that don't understand several SIMPLER things such as three-dimensional completely-unelastic collision dynamics. Or exponential factor for liquid cooling. Or angular momentum. I mean COME ON! Momentum! I'm a weird case. Yes? Of course I am. I mean, who else can enjoy writing a Pokémon fanfiction about a lump with tentacles who sees humans as tubes with a head while complaining that the guy who came up with one-strike correction patterns for GTIN-12 encoded sequences projected on neck skin made the producers of Dark Angel look like a bunch of six-graders?
Oh, yeah, maybe you... :D
Hey what's the next field we can wreck talk about? Military-grade water course weaponry?
And yeah, XKCD is too big a thing. Maths, computers, social criticism and the like. It's my most favourite web comic (seconded closely by VGCats). I recall the author making some number of Pokémon references down the way, one of them a small sketch with a lamb thrusting some sort of beam against a cactus... and several people mistook it for a Mareep!
Besides it is one of my private envys. I mean, I can draw humans as stick figures too (the only way I can draw them), but still... Black-hat man? The truck comic you mentioned is a WIN (mostly because when I tried with my partners at Electromagnetism 2 we couldn't solve the problem ).
Ther'es another comic where he drives a nuclear submarine up through the ice casket in the Arctic to recover his hat from a girl I think. And then his version of a popular kind of joke...
It's good to see that you'll soon live one of your dreams with the Journey to Japan thing. I wanted to ask where in Japan are you leaving to, since well Japan is a big country. Oh and if that means I won't be seeing you for a while that's a shame, as I wanted to ask you if we could be Wall-o-Text cousins or couple or something like that, with all the PC family thing. Actually I wanted to ask you to explain me all that PC family stuff, but then I found a FAQ... -- By the time you come back I'll try and have a review of Mama's Boy's newest chapter. Yes, I noticed. Of course I did. Don't you think this is a poke for you to advance on Secret People, that would be just your wild imagination.
About the conference thing, no, I'm more like an "open counselor". I was asked to certify that the public opinions on matters of internet privacy are correctly reflected (or not) in a set of specific web sites and forums. Basically I translate from C++-speak → technobbable → telemarketing → forumspeak → technobabble (again) → ethic. Then the other guy (the Senator) tries to translate to Legalese. Stiill it is a very fun thing to do, and it will only last till September. I am not being payed but still am credited and recommended by my work so it's not much of an issue. Part of the reason why I use a penname to publish my stories is internet privacy (the other part is, fundamentally, that most of the fandoms I move around have a very bad fame where I live, and then there's the legal issue). I've taken time to construct at least five personalities in the Internet, one of which is the actual projection of my real persona (with real data and such) which I use for official matters, and the four others vary according the parts of the web where I surf. This particular personality is weak because I use it too much (I spend several hours at a time at the Lounge, mind you...) but is still not a major concern.
What is a major concern, and maybe I didn't tell you this before, was that in the conference previous to mine, about six months before, the main expositor, working for our national (C) and (R) agency, made his presentation with pirated copies of Windows and Office and the video of the "You have a pirated copy of Windows" activation dialog was leaked out to national TV (and of course the intertubes). That was FUN.
Now, I should really be leaving. You know, if I don't I won't, and that's quite a problem. It may happen to me like what happens to you, that is that the whole text ends up becoming a Wall-o-Text™, a thing we should Trademark™ or something...
...And, of course. it did. I mean look at what I wrote!
Oh and thanks for throwing the four seasons thing right in my face. Now I am looking at the torrential rain outside. And thinking why can't I live in Canada (which is my "live anywhere" dream).
Best wishes, and expecting to see you soon.
June 24th, 2009 03:04 PMAn-chanThanks for the info. I'm kind of wondering what third Pokémon to claim... I haven't played with Ivysaur in so long that I don't want to claim it, nor do I want to reclaim Azelf. Well, well, I guess I'll come up with something.
That aside, I bumped upon the greatest explanation of physics I've ever seen in my entire life. The person was explaining the Planck's constant pretty accurately, and then summarized it with this: "What this means in English is that when you look at spatial matter of the universe in small enough scale, some really funky **** happens." I lol'd... that should be in school books all over the world. I don't really know if you're a physics nerd as well (as I recall, we've only covered math, Final Fantasy, biology and computers this far), but seeing as you adore XKCD I thought you might be and decided to share this win with you.
And, as this is kind of expanding to be a Wall-o-Text(™), I better stop now while it's still easy and I won't need a rehab. See you later, when you have time again! Although, I think I should mention that in eight short days I'll be leaving for Japan and stay there for three weeks... So, if I seem a bit unresponsive after the 3rd of July, you'll know that I'll be in Japan fulfiling a dream I've nurtured for the past nine years. The dream being, quite simply, visiting Japan. Wish me luck, if you can fit it your agenda ^-^ I have a faint memory of telling about this trip before, but I don't remember whether it was you I was talking to or someone else, and it must've been ages ago. Anywho, at least now you know for sure.
Also, now I'm really, really annoyed by the fact that I can't remember which character in which game overused the word "pal". It's super annoying to remember that someone somewhere did it, but to have no idea who it was and where... Argh! I think the game even hade voice acting... Why don't they have any search engines where you could input something like "the character in a game with voice acting who said 'pal' a lot" and get an answer? ;_; *headdesk* Or an enchanced memory chip to put in your brain?
Aaaaaand it became a minor Wall-o-Text(™). Damn!
June 20th, 2009 05:29 PMsolovinoSorry 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.
June 18th, 2009 02:57 PMAn-chan*poke*?
June 12th, 2009 07:26 AMAn-chanHm. I take it I'm good at poking, then.
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?
June 11th, 2009 03:03 PMsolovinoHe, 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
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