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  1. Meadow
    1 Week Ago 8:31 PM
    Meadow
    HI SOPHIE!! :D I knew your birthday was sometime in late November so I went back to check our message history, but it seems I'm a few days late yet again this year, nooooo... ;__;

    Still, I'm going to wish you a happy birthday all the same!! I hope you had a great time! <3
  2. baire
    2 Weeks Ago 3:33 PM
    baire
    oh, I didn't realize you responded so I never got around to reading this until a couple days ago, and now that it's the weekend and I have a bit more time I can finally lounge around and type this---also wow, a month and two weeks for your breaks?? it is about 3 months here, but people have argued that it's damaging to have a long break 'cause you end up forgetting a lot of your highschool coursework over such a lengthy absence! and you're in uni now right?? how's the transition been?

    my mum did make me take swimming/skating lessons which I hated but if I think about it I feel that I enjoyed a lot of physical activities when I was younger even if I wasn't too good at them. lots of tag during recess, camping during breaks, dodgeball, and I loved skiing - also it's funny that you bring up badminton, yes that was probably my most played and enjoyed sport, in a more traditional sense of the word (ie excluding dodgeball and whatnot); I shyed away from and generally didn't like football/baseball/basketball. I'd be curious hearing about your experiences here, was it much of the same? when I was young all my friends were boys and I never really paid any attention to what the girls in the class were doing, I think of a lot of the trends that swept through my social circle, videogames, skateboarding, guitar playing, and I don't suppose those were popular among your friends? ofc you must've played lots of pokémon since you're here and you did mention water guns at one point?? outside of pokémon, the big games then for kids I knew were halo and call of duty

    ehh I totally derailed my train of thought there, we were talking about Debussy, yeah? Clair de lune is great, it reminds me of his arabesque - his work along with Ravel's get called 'impressionistic' a lot which I think is kinda fitting even if he didn't like the label. october 17 was pretty nuts for me this year, I had a 75 minute presentation worth 70% of that course's mark the evening of my birthday - ah it was a math class; the sheer thrill and challenge of the whole experience of presenting was riveting, it's been such a long time since I've given a presentation! I'm glad you liked Good Will Hunting btw, It's always been a favourite for me I did talk quite a bit about it before, have you been watching anything else?

    but as far as history goes, lately I've actually been really curious about very recent history, probably not even considered history at this point with how recent it's been, we're talking 80s, 90s up till now. though I've been fascinated with it all for a long time, about a week ago I read a very curious book called The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution, Simons was a very accomplished mathematician who hired a bunch of other math/computer science people to try and build models predicting market prices, the end result was Renaissance Technologies, arguably the most successful hedge fund on the planet, though they have competitors like TGS Management and spinoffs like Edgestream. outside of having a fascinating history they're also had enormous influence on American politics, I dunno if people in Australia pay attention to Trump, but the former co-ceo of Ren Tech Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, practically set up Trump's victory! Robert Mercer funded Breitbart and Cambridge Analytica, and early into the race when Trump wasn't doing too well, the Mercers had a lot of their friends (Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, David Bossie) take over key positions in Trump's campaign staff. I guess managing a hedge fund gives you a good skillset to judge these kinds of things, as well as the money needed to orchestrate it all. most fascinating for me has been how many people I've talked to irl who have never heard of the Mercers, or even Renaissance Tech. These quantitative hedge funds have got such an enormous influence on the world, what with how many billions of dollars their firms pulls of of thin-air, and many of them are so secretive. anyways what have you been reading? I'm curious if your reading habits have changed now that you're in uni??
  3. Castform
    September 30th, 2019 1:29 PM
    Castform
    I did play it! It’s ok fun but I don’t have enough time to really enjoy it
  4. Castform
    September 29th, 2019 4:51 PM
    Castform
    I can do pretty much any night this week after monday! Just let me know on discord if you are around and we can hop on

    and yes twitter is amazing. best app
  5. Castform
    September 28th, 2019 9:02 PM
    Castform
    Congrats on graduating! That really is exciting

    And I’ve been good! Been kinda busy so I haven’t had much time to be here but all in all things are great. Maybe we can catch up soon and battle or something
  6. Castform
    September 26th, 2019 8:23 PM
    Castform
    hello!!! how is life?

    have you taken your trip yet? i forgot when you said it was :o
  7. Honest
    July 20th, 2019 8:35 AM
    Honest
    Damn, you've got quite the trip ahead of you in the states it seems, hope it's a great one!
  8. Castform
    July 14th, 2019 1:52 PM
    Castform
    Yes in August I believe!
  9. Zeffy
    July 14th, 2019 6:56 AM
    Zeffy
    drugs are bad for you don't do it be like me i'm a good person
  10. Castform
    July 13th, 2019 7:41 AM
    Castform
    Wtf that’s not that far away!!! This year is flying by
  11. Castform
    July 12th, 2019 8:07 PM
    Castform
    FRIENDLY VM HELLO
  12. Meadow
    July 1st, 2019 7:45 PM
    Meadow
    SOPHIEEEEEEE!! ❤ I know I'm ridiculously late here, but THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH, OMG!!! :D :D :D

    Awww, you're right about that! I'm getting sentimental now, ehehe! ^__^ All of that KFC dictatorship stuff still feels like yesterday, which makes it hard to believe that four years have seriously passed since those days...!! :o
  13. Cid
    July 1st, 2019 4:42 PM
    Cid
    That's great! Good luck with your upcoming exam block! I'm sure you'll do splendidly. Ooh, a double decker train? It's the first time I've heard of it! I can't believe that's the norm for you guys :o

    Public transportation here is not good. It takes so long to go from one place to another, not to mention how sweaty everyone ends up getting, the lack of ample seats in most bus and train rides, and how heavy the traffic is all the time. One time I was at the train station, and the train just completely missed its designated stop, only halting after having missed like one-third the length of that station. :'( I hope it improves one day, because productivity brought by good public transportation is key to our country's progress, and it seems like our government doesn't see that.

    Yeah I hope so! Definitely a pipe dream, but I'll try to make it happen haha. And yeah, space is wonderful. It's like the vast black ocean that our pale blue space rock is floating on, and every horizon is filled with beautiful, faraway galaxies. I honestly hope I still have enough left in the tank to get through my MS and PhD, but I feel like I do, and I suppose having that feeling is enough. I'd like to visit my dad's and my thesis adviser's alma maters someday, as well as my cousin's uni! Other than that, if a particular uni is close to one of my friends and family, that's somewhere I'd like to go. And yeah, considering it's been seven years since we all graduated from my boarding school, with some of my batchmates having graduated into medical doctors already, it's nice to reminisce.

    Tolkien and Martin are masterful world builders. I love what they did with their respective series; it really goes to show how much they can do when it comes to imagining an entire world from their minds. I haven't read any recreational books at all recently, but I've been meaning to change that. I have that experience in common with you, the magic of those fantasy books when we were younger. Speaking of which, have you heard of the recent Niantic smartphone game that's basically Pokémon GO but for Harry Potter?

    Yeah. Like that guest speaker in that one old song said, "Know that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Fight hard to bridge the gap between geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you'll need the people you knew when you were young."

    Thank you, Sophie. You know, I managed to find a kind therapist in my old uni, and I have a second appointment with her in a few days. So it's been better! The first session was free in my case, too, which is nice.

    And it was, an unforgettable experience. A sandbar is like this little nub of sand that stretches out to the sea from a small part of an island. It usually gets completely covered in water during high tides. It's fun to walk on it when it's there. And yes, I hope you do make the most of that high school and uni in-between! I'd love to hear about wherever you guys will go in the future, even just the most memorable experiences.
  14. Cid
    June 16th, 2019 7:08 PM
    Cid
    That's okay! It's pretty daunting to reply properly when VMs get this long; I know the feeling. Also I only get to reply fast because waiting for my chance to study again can get pretty dull, haha. No pressure! But I am glad you got some downtime sitting on the train. That is a well-needed break. I'm sure trains are wonderful where you live, too. Here they're more like sardine cans during rush hours. :( Re: the Stardew photos, ditto! Will try to get screens when I open it up again.

    I want to go to the Moon, and I'm not even kidding, haha. The idea of working for the planned Moonbase is just so enticing to me. But given the trend, I'll probably just teach, do research, and attend conferences after all my graduate studies are done. I'd love to visit universities around the world for postdoc, though! Re: my boarding school, siblings either didn't take the entrance exam for it or opted to attend the secondary school closest to us. That same school was my original plan before I got convinced to take the aforementioned exams, and in hindsight, I'm glad I did.

    I hope it retains its magic, for sure. It's a world that really draws you in, and reminds me of the effect that J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had with their anthologies. I wouldn't be surprised to see media adaptations of it in the future, akin to how LotR and Narnia keep getting adaptations even decades later. And I did make friends in my boarding school! It's hard to catch up with them now because everyone's busy with their own lives and live far away but, yeah. I love that place because of them.

    For sure, I hope I do get the time and manage to invite my friends to come volunteer with me. :) And yeah, sometimes I wish I had a therapist as well. :( But the Philippines is such a backwater country when it comes to mental health that I have very little faith in the bang-for-your-buck ratio of therapy here, which sucks. Oh, my vacation-- I flew to Bohol and took a ferry to Cebu before flying back to Manila. It was fun, and I'm glad to have recovered from my slump upon returning. We went to a lot of tourist spots in Bohol, and took a four hour bus ride in Cebu to see a famous sandbar and a waterfall. Pretty exhausting, but with the sights my friends and I saw and the people we met, it was definitely worth it. I hope you get to experience a similar thing Sophie, when you get a freer schedule. Sometimes these vacations can teach a person a lot, too.
  15. Honest
    June 12th, 2019 6:16 PM
    Honest
    Definitely gonna binge on the Singaporean food. Considering work will be paying for food, it's a buffet for me basically! Aside from that, surfing, diving, exploring, getting a henna tattoo. My friends are also coming by to visit me while I'm there so that should be exciting.

    You're coming to the US? Where exactly? And when's school end?

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    Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.
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    Sophie
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    Aerodactyl
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    Dunsparce
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    Gulpin (-3-)
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    Houndoom
    Jolteon
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Posted March 5th, 2016 at 9:55 PM by Remus Comments 1
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I don't know why but today I'm in the mood to talk about my favourite dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are incredibly cool creatures that I've always been interested in studying so what better than to dedicate a blog entry to them? Today, I'll be talking about the Velociraptor but I will be probably blogging about some of my other favourite dinosaurs from the three time periods in which they existed - the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in later entries. For now, feel free to enjoy this slightly...

Posted July 5th, 2015 at 12:53 AM by Remus Comments 4
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I have another week of holidays to go so I thought I'd ask - what are some good shows or movies to watch? I like most genres outside of horror so recommend whatever. :]

Posted May 12th, 2015 at 3:24 AM by Remus Comments 9
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Five years ago, I bought a small orange and white furball from the pet store and called it Toast. Today, I lost the guinea pig I'd loved to old age and I'm throwing exam revision aside to come to terms with her loss.

She was sick over the past few days though she'd gotten better. We wrapped her in one of my old jumpers and my sister thought she's recover just fine.

Only after dinner was I told that she died. They buried her in the backyard and held a small funeral...

Posted December 7th, 2014 at 11:31 PM by Remus Comments 8
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Hiya! I'm going to Europe for three weeks starting from the 11th till the 3rd next year so if I disappear off the face of the Earth, that's why. Anyhow, I'd like to ask if people would know some good places to visit where we're going?

We're going to the following cities, each for 3-5 days:

- London
- Paris
- Venice
- Rome
- Milan
- Zürich

We're already going to most of the iconic places (e.g. Eiffel Tower and Big Ben)...

Posted January 16th, 2014 at 2:09 AM by Remus Comments 1
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Quick warning, some of these videos contain mild to moderate language. The last one might be a bit scary but I found it hilarious more than anything. If you feel like you wouldn't enjoy it though then feel free to skip it. x]







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