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  1. I'm guessing you are currently studying the origin of the universe (i.e. Big Bang)? (I jest, I jest!)
  2. Rant: I absolutely hate that children are taught this in school. No, Christopher Columbus did not prove the Earth was round. I can go into great lengths about this, but I'll keep it short: early biographies of Christopher Columbus brought this myth into play because they wanted it to seem like Christians of the Middle Ages were just so stupid living in mud. We've known the Earth was round way before The Bible tells us Jesus came to this Earth. Eratosthenes, a Greek philosopher, was even able to measure the circumference of the Earth within a 5% margin of error in 280 B.C.E.! Please, I beg you
  3. I'm sorry, are you talking to me? I'm certainly not claiming *shels to be a groundbreaking band on the bleeding edge of progressive music. They exist in a genre pioneered in the late 90s to early 2000s. I can provide you with some very progressive music, but typically it has not been meant with a warm reception here on the forums (for obvious reasons). For instance, take this Kayo Dot song, one of my favorites: Edit: lyrics are important to the song: http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858892214/
  4. Excellent song selection, Pyro. I've been stuck on this post metal gem recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKiXGXpxZYI
  5. This happens every once in a while (rather infrequently, actually). I'm clearly getting an out of memory error, but in this case and cases like it I have around 45-60% of my total system memory available (12gb, 2x4 in one channel, 2x2 in another). Every time it occurs, I run a memtest and find no issues. For what it's worth, I have disabled the Windows Pagefile (running on limited space with two 64gb SSDs in a raid0 array). This issue occurred on Windows 7 and now Windows 8, both were clean installs (as in, Windows 8 did not upgrade Windows 7) For this particular crash, Paint.NET was using
  6. Designing and developing for WordPress is basically how I makeup for the monetary gap between scholarships/grants and the actual cost of tuition/housing/food Sure thing. For what it's worth, I personally use http://www.gandi.net and http://www.ixwebhosting.com
  7. To counter Rick's argument, managing your own WordPress install really isn't that bad at all, and it can be really cheap! If you want to commit specifically to WordPress, there are a lot of great hosts that provide WordPress only services with more freedoms than, say, WordPress.com. Kahuna and WP Engine are some respectable hosts that immediately come to mind. As for 'hack of month' type situations, they are pretty rare for WordPress. While they do exist, it's also incredibly easy to push updates to your site in about a minute over your phone. I manage around 15 different sites all powered on
  8. As a Colorado native, I can confirm this. Looking forward to visiting for a few weeks this Christmas. Rant time: Long term clients should be banned from creating 'emergency projects' if they directly conflict with school work.
  9. It was excellent. They mostly played material from their new album, and while it is a good album I think I'd have liked to hear some more of their older material. They are way heavier live, which was a pleasant surprise to me. Also, they played this previously unreleased track which is absolutely excellent:
  10. The genre you are looking for is Post Rock. If you like this, you should check into other bands. Some of the greats in the genre include the Red Sparowes (intentional spelling), A Silver Mt. Zion, Sigur Ros, and the kings of the genre: Godspeed You! Black Emperor (of whom I recently got to see live). There's also post metal, but I don't know how heavy you like your music.
  11. That sounds extremely unpleasant. I am sorry you were the one to break the news to them. Death certainly puts life into perspective. That being said, it wasn't right of you to try and trivialize AGJM's bullying incident. Just because you had to go through something very difficult doesn't mean AGJM isn't allowed to vent about his own personal frustrations.
  12. As long as the computer is running full Windows 8 (as in, not Windows RT) you won't experience any issues running paint.net.
  13. Currently, Paint.NET handles the forward and back buttons on a mouse as just that: forward and back buttons. This means they currently have some level of functionality in Paint.NET (such as filling the canvas with the secondary color when using the Paint Bucket), but they mostly go unused. What I would like is for them to be mapped to something a bit more useful, to potentially benefit those who have mice with these buttons on them. For instance, Notepad++ and other applications let you switch between open tabs in the application. If this were the model, the buttons on the mouse would let you
  14. I just launched a Magic: the Gathering webapp! I know there aren't very many MTG players on these forums, but I'm pretty proud of it: http://www.spoilerseason.com Designed in Paint.NET, the web app is pretty simple: new Magic: the Gathering cards come out in 'sets'. Typically, there are four sets every year (one core, three as part of a thematic block). Since there is a lot of interest surrounding Magic: the Gathering and the tournament environment, players love looking at the new cards before they are released. The problem was, before Spoiler Season, the spoilers would be EVERYWHERE with no
  15. I've figured it out. If I open a Metro-style app on one screen (this is a multi-monitor setup) and use Paint.NET on the other, then Windows Explorer starts crashing.
  16. It might be external of Paint.NET, but no other open application is affected by it and it always happens while I am using Paint.NET. Do you have any idea as to what I might be able to do to try and find out what's causing this next time it occurs?
  17. Every once in a while there comes a point in which I can't use any of the menus without Windows Explorer crashing, which in turn causes the menus to disappear. No file, edit, view, image, layers, adjustments, effects, utilities, window, or help until I restart my computer. This only occurs in Paint.NET. It has happened to me numerous times, but I cannot seem to find a cause for this or any way to reproduce it. I planned on posting about it on Tuesday if I couldn't resolve the issue, but I've let the cat out of the bag a little early. On the brighter side, it's a lot of fun! How quickly can I
  18. Another thing they seemed to fix up in Windows 8 is pasting a transparent PNG into Paint.NET works as expected. This alone was worth the upgrade. Of course, there is a serious Paint.NET bug that I want to report that I can't seem to figure out how to reproduce yet, but that is beside the point.
  19. This is just my observation, but it seems like a lot of the young adults on here who are especially talented typically started learning in their teens/preteens. It takes a lot of time and patience for most people to develop the skill set required to produce high quality creations.
  20. Thanks! It's from a series of digital abstracts I did for AP Art back in high school. You can grab a larger version here: https://dl.dropbox.com/s/um3ozteqlkq8hnv/background.png?dl=1 And of course, it's 100% Paint.NET
  21. Assuming you aren't pulling my leg, what set are they from and how do you plan on selling them?
  22. I know Boltbait has a decent collection of Magic cards. Perhaps he needs someone to dust off, catalogue, and organize all of them?
  23. Hey, if we're claiming jobs then I (humbly) ask for an undergraduate level software engineering internship / co-op
  24. I'm not sure what you mean when calling health care a mess even though it is modeled after proven-to-be-effective health care reform in Massachusetts (source). However, I agree that taxes aren't good during a bad economy. That is probably why Preisdent Obama's administration and Republican congressmen alike worked on and passed the economic stimulus bill which lowed taxes for 98% of Americans, bringing it to an all time low in over 60 years (source). Sadly, you are correct. On that note, I read from some guy (whose name I cannot recall) that the best thing government officials could do righ
  25. I don't want to get in a debate about this but I would like to share my two cents with you about it. First of all, I'm not 100% satisfied. I would have much rather gotten a single payer health care system like every other modern western country. I feel like PPACA (Obamacare/Romenycare) was pushed way too hard as a bipartisan solution and has some weaknesses as a result. Moving forward, health care reform was desperately needed in the United States. There were just so many problems with Insurance companies; not covering preexisting conditions, dropping individuals after spending too much on h
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