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Subject: Re: Appropriate age for a cell phone?

Forum: Appropriate age for a cell phone?
Lol, well for me...I didn't get my first phone till I'd graduated high school. And I only got one because I was driving across the country for 6 days and my parents wanted me to be able to call for help or something if I needed it. Times have sure changed since then, as I'm currently charging a tiny computer that's more powerful than the Apollo space capsule by a devastating margin and manages my finances. Err...

I at times miss the innocence of being a kid, not knowing the time (or at times the month) and just loving the neighborhood and people and living my life. A kid could totally have a phone, and all that entails, but at times I think it costs a little more than just the money. Grow up a little faster, sigh.

Subject: Re: It's past my bedtime!

Forum: It's past my bedtime!
Sleep? I drink a lot of coffee at work, so when I get home, I'm still pretty....awake. Then I'm trying to be productive with hobbies and personal time, so maybe more coffee...I don't think I've actually been unconscious for like 7 years. But hey! An extra 8hrs of awake time means that I've experienced an additional like...2.4 years of life in that time period!

It's weird to think that taken as a total sum, we spend YEARS asleep. Like, if I live to 100, I'll have presumably spent some 35 years of my life unconscious. That's more time than I've been alive right now.....what?!

Subject: Re: Where in the world are you?!

Forum: Where in the world are you?!
I have no idea! I tried asking a person in the street but after a minute or two of thinking I was being mocked I realized I was shouting at my reflection in a window. Glad nobody saw that one.

Last time I checked I was up on a mountain somewhere! Now I'm behind a bakery.

Subject: Re: Prepare for Disaster! Oops, sorry False Alarm!

Forum: Prepare for Disaster! Oops, sorry False Alarm!
Oh man I was here for that, I actually got one of the texts on my phone while waiting in line for coffee at the farmers market. It was literally the start of the weekend so I was like...ya know what, North Korea has shitty missiles, I've been following the news and I know they can't mount a warhead yet...I bet this is a false alarm. Can't outrun a nuke but I can watch a light show with coffee. So I summoned all the nonchalance I could for my potential doom and got my damn coffee. Turned out to be the right choice, ha!

My own plans are usually just "Stay calm, react as best you can, and don't let panic kill me". I'm a brand new graduate so I do NOT have the money for cans of food, an amazing mountain bunker, or a boat loaded with supplies to escape to an uninhabited island. I have pressing concerns like feeding myself now and paying loans off. However! My friends and I do have plans to simply meet up and begin building a fort or something (I have contractor pals) and essentially making a really cool survival gang. If it's an invasion, zombies, or a bomb, as long as the first moments don't wipe me out I'll survive! I'm like a cockroach! But a handsome one with a great butt!

Confidence is important to survival too? Hehe.

Subject: Re: Board Games

Forum: Board Games
Oh man we played so many of those in the Mars dome, we had an actual game night (Wednesdays) and while Settlers of Catan made the list, I think like 4 months was spent playing Pandemic Legacy. I can't get into everything (spoilers) but that is a lengthy, well planned and crazy game that will definitely satisfy anyone who likes Risk or other strategy board games. Oh but it's way better than Risk. King of Tokyo was fun too, easy game with some dice, you get to be assorted big monsters and totally try to own Tokyo and be awesome.

Maybe family activities too? The only thing stopping anyone from having a killer family band is just practicing and getting everyone together for the sessions. Make a box fort, couch cushion fort, any fort really. Whimsy is a wonderful way to build connections between people as well.

Whatever you do, don't play Monopoly, that game single handedly destroys families, and I've heard rumors it's what brought the Roman empire down. Dangerous!

Subject: Re: Hiccups

Forum: Hiccups
I have these right now! I've heard a spoon full of sugar but I think someone stole that from Mary Poppins, and I tried the upside down water thing but I just poured it on myself last time.

Holding breath I try...never works. And I can't be scared because none of my friends are a tiny girl with dark hair standing in an abandoned hallway. Or a clown. So that option is out.

I find that I only really get the hiccups when I've had soda for some reason. Carbonation? If I could I'd shake myself and belch it out but I now avoid soda for the sugar and hiccups....

Hope you get better man! I haven't actually been able to cure this particular travesty even once in my many moons of life.

Subject: Re: Old CNET or new CNET?

Forum: Old CNET or new CNET?
I started this site in like....oh geez, 2009? I think I won 3 of the original annual scholarships before they switched over to this system, which is WAY BETTER.

Math proves my case; under the old system the MOST you could win in a year, on a lucky week, would have been 5k. That's a lot, don't get me wrong, and the initial money I won helped out a great deal. Took me months to win my first scholarships.

But the new system, with once a week....well let's presume you work super hard and you win 40 weeks in a year. That's 12k. You could win only half the time and still make way more for school than you ever could with the original system. Just stick with it, for years if need be. And you can take my word for it because that's exactly what I did, haha!

Wish I could still compete! I have since graduated but loans are mean!

Subject: Re: What’s up with driverless cars?!!

Forum: What’s up with driverless cars?!!
I actually really think they're cool, and unlike people, are always paying attention. They may not be quite as intuitive yet, but they'll get there, and soon I can do what I've always wanted to do more than anything.

Recline the chair, turn the music up real loud, and sing like an idiot for the entire drive while eating snacks. If there is a sunroof I will be putting my head out of that as well.

At their current stage, as much as I'm a fan, I'd still likely be sitting in the exact center of the car wrapped in pillows praying to all gods real and imagined to let me park in one piece. Gotta earn my trust you robots...

Subject: Re: Breakfast battle!

Forum: Breakfast battle!
It's totally waffles.

See, they have a textural advantage to begin with, soft is just soft, and too often pancakes can be undercooked or feel weirdly springy. They also can dissolve in the syrup and then...just...you may as well be eating pie as the texture is all goopy and pie is just the worst!

Waffles are an amazing crispy crunchy, syrup may lessen it but cannot defeat the initial crunch of a waffle, and for some reason...they just feel lighter man. I can eat a bunch of waffles and go running, but do the same with pancakes and I'll get a cramp and die.

Subject: Re: TenkenNoKaiten, I HEARD YOU ON NPR!

Forum: TenkenNoKaiten, I HEARD YOU ON NPR!
Lol, it's super weird being a nerd celebrity, everyone on island of course heard it because we're especially in local news, but tonight at the restaurant a family stopped to ask us about the mission and the waiter was all thrilled to ask what it was like. Even the owner of the place came and gave us a free round of drinks and were so happy we were all hanging out in their restaurant, hilarious! I have never had people just come up and chat to me because of anything before. Waiting for the nerdy ginger girls to recognize me, come on people!

Still have a lot of media and science stuff we've gotta do before I can go home, but I'll try to randomly check in on here from time to time, in the last stretch of finishing my doctorate work, so I'll be super busy. Hope the place stayed weird in the year I was gone! I shall haunt occasionally as time permits once I'm back.

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