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*