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Rubrica last won the day on July 16 2013

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  1. Oh, wow - I'd completely forgotten about that, but those four words are enough to bring back traumatic, repressed memories of that event. In retrospect, it was all sort of amusing, though I imagine it was much less fun to have to deal with it.
  2. Today's happy sentiment: I recalled posting the above over a year ago with regard to my school's musical, so I thought I'd find the exact quote. I remember being pretty concerned about the whole thing. This year's production begins showing next Wednesday, and my feelings are almost completely opposite from before; amusing what a difference a year can make.
  3. I have a little bell that rings every time somebody says my name. I do still read the forums every day - it's just that I find that I have a lot less to contribute now. I guess I'm just hesitant to give up on such a lovely community.
  4. Ersten: die Regeln sagen, dass du hier in Englisch sprechen musst. Um ihre Frage zu beantworten, schreiben Sie der Text in eine neue Schicht, und dann drücken Sie Strg + Umschalt + Z und wählen Sie ein Winkel. P.S., ich entschuldige mich für meine Deutsch. --- First: the rules say you have to speak in English here. To answer your question, write the text in a new layer, and then press Ctrl+SHift+Z and choose an angle. Sorry for my German.
  5. Heh, it's funny you should say that - I actually read the forums everyday, I'm just not exactly an active participant any more. Nice to know I'm remembered, though!
  6. If you open the Windows Store, there should be a giant tile on the very left saying you can upgrade - if that's there, then you should be able to. It's what I'm doing right now.
  7. Well done to your children, but we mustn't forget to congratulate you yourself; good parenting goes a long way in helping at school. I also just got my results, though there wasn't too much stress - I was only collecting two grades, due to having taken the exams early. An A in Additional Mathematics (apparently, there is no A*) and an A in Sociology (I was expecting no more than a low , so I'm certainly pleased.
  8. At the risk of drawing myself into this debate, I would state that I disagree with the idea that Christians cannot claim to be doing harm in the name of their religion - because essentially, it is not the religion giving the justification in any case, it is the person finding the justification through the religion themselves. I hate to use such as extreme example, but one can hardly forget that the KKK were a group of Christian extremists, and if you would like more references, Wikipedia has an entire article dedicated to Christian extremism. The actions of these groups and individuals do not mean that the Christian scriptures encourage or reward their behaviour, or that all Christians have these views (I know this is not related to the point you are making, but I think it is important to state), simply that that is how they interpreted it. It is all about personal interpretation and personal ethics - the problem, indeed, is not even limited to religion. How many examples have there been throughout history of scientists performing deeply unethical experiments and research to 'further the cause of science'? Simply put, the issue is universal, and to say that Christians are exempt is, I am afraid, absurd; given a way, any extremist with an unethical agenda will be able to justify their actions; this does not diminish the value of others of their kind, be they good Muslims or good Christians or whatever. When religions can be interpreted so many different way, the voice of one member cannot be said to speak for the people.
  9. Goodness, I'm not that far off of six years myself - this August, in fact. It's a shame that, in that time, I appear to have lost my taste for graphic design, but I suppose people move on - that is to say, I do. The rest of you have not changed at all; still some of the friendliest and most interesting people I've met. I dare say the community is one of the only reasons I have never stopped reading this forum. @welshblue; I must agree with you with regard to the dedication of teachers. I myself am also currently preparing for GCSEs - thankfully, not that many; just a few early ones. I am constantly astounded by the seemingly endless time and resources my teachers appear to have at their disposal; my English teacher, for example, has been running sessions after school and on weekends to help people doing retakes of their exams, and she has still somehow found the time to rehearse for another play with us (this time, not a musical, I am glad to say). I should like to go into teaching myself, and I am glad to have so many admirable examples to look up to. ...Well, reading through my post again, that was really needlessly long-winded. I suppose I am simply Ina sentimental mood today.
  10. Hey, remember when I posted this here a little while ago? Well, we had our fifth and final performance last night, and it actually ended up going really well - I actually had a member of the audience come up to me after the performance and compliment me, so that was lovely. I know this isn't a rant, but I just felt like updating my previous one.
  11. I don't wish to ensnare myself in this debate too deeply, and I shan't make my own views on the matter explicit because there is no need to do so, but allow me to play the devil's advocate: 1. What you think of as dinosaur bones are not actually, for the most part, dinosaur bones. Rather, they are the footprint that dinosaur bones left behind. Imagine you take some wet clay, and press a bone into it. Then some more wet clay gets put on top, and more, and more, and then wait millions of years until the bone has rotted. Will the hole in the clay disappear? Of course not; embedded deep beneath the surface is a bone-shaped hole - a mould, if you will. When scientists find this mould, they can then use it to figure out what the bone that made it would have looked like, even if it is long since gone. 2. I'm afraid I know a little less about geology than I do about moulds and casts, but my understanding is that there are certain geological processes, such as continental drift and plates and subsidence and uplift, which easily explain this apparent anomaly. As I said, I don't really know much in this topic, but the Internet is at your command should you wish to find out more for yourself - for example, tectonic uplift. 3. You assume that the Sun's rate of shrinkage has remained constant throughout history. As this page states (though admittedly, that is obviously a heavily biased source, but you will find, with some effort, more reasonable sites stating the same thing), that is akin to seeing the tide go out and assuming that it had been going out for all of time, and always at the same rate. We cannot tell for certain exactly what the Sun has done over its lifetime, but it could very well be the case that it has shrunk and expanded in a manner which permits the existence of the Earth. Again, however, this is not a matter on which I am particularly well-informed. 4. I will happily admit that, of these four topics, Bible quotes is the topic of which I know the least. However, I see this as being a case of the Bible being interpreted by different people in different ways. While you take Isaiah 40:22 to mean that the Earth is round, other people have taken it to mean that the Earth is a disc, on which God looks from above. Others still have used it as evidence that the Bible states that the Earth is flat, as a circle is not the same thing as a sphere. Which view you agree with is immaterial; the fact is that one can never claim one's own interpretation of scripture to be the objectively true one. 5. With regard to that picture, I suggest you do some light reading into genetics. In particular, look into Mendelian inheritance; it states the following: Assume a flower has two alleles, both of which make it white - we will represent this with the genetic code 'ww'. Assume another flower has two alleles, both of which make it brown - we will represent this with the genetic code 'bb'. Now, e offspring of these two flowers will all be a different colour - pink, let's say. This is because they will definitely get a 'w' allele from one parent and a 'b' allele from the other. This gives the new offspring flowers the alleles 'bw'. When we get to the second generation however, this is more confusing. Assume we have two 'bw' flowers. What colour will their offspring be? Let us represent this in a table: X | b | w ------------ b | bb | bw ------------ w | bw | ww It is possible that the offspring will inherit a brown allele and a white allele, making them pink, 'bw' flowers; there is a 50% chance of this happening. However, there is also a 25% chance that the flower will inherit a 'b' allele from each parent flower - so it will be brown, even though its parents were both pink. The same thing applies for the 'w' allele; there is a 25% chance the flower will be white. Now, imagine that we are talking about human genetics and hair colour, as opposed to flower genetics and petal colour. The same logic applies; a child can have a completely different hair colour to both of their parents, given the right conditions. I should just like to finish this post by stating that I am not attacking you personally, or your views - and, as I said, I am merely playing the devil's advocate here. For all you know, I could be a Christian like yourself - or I could be an atheist, or a Jew, or a Muslim, or anything else. Does it really matter? All that matters is the pursuit of knowledge - and in this, it is essential that we listen to and try to understand the viewpoints of others. That last point is crucial; you do not have to agree with the counterpoints I have posted here, but you will be much better off if you can understand why some other people do.
  12. I mean this in the nicest way, AGJM, but sometimes I find that reading your posts is, for me, like looking into a twisted mirror, and peering into a world in which the grass is always duller. I think perhaps you just need to step through that looking-glass, as it were - perform a cognitive shift. Don't lament the presence of the bad things in your life; increase the presence of the good things. If you don't have enought variety, it is your job to create some. The only thing you're ever going to have true control over in your life is your own actions, so start taking advantage of them. I wish I could help with the lack of sleep, though, I honestly do; it is another manner in which I find myself to be similar to you. If you find something that helps, please do let me know.
  13. Lovely work - I wish I could paint, or even sketch (well, I'm fine with sketching still life, I guess). All I can do, sadly, is bookbinding and calligraphy.
  14. And you're also 14 - so honestly, don't worry. I'm 14 myself, and also painfully unfunny, but do I care? Nope, because there's a whole lifetime to learn comedy in. (That doesn't stop me from being a misanthrope and pessimist, but that's another matter.) Anyway, congratulations to everybody who's won an award! I had neither the time nor the presence of mind to vote this year, sadly, but it's lovely to see that you all continue to be a cohesive and friendly community.
  15. Minor rant - well, more of an irritation, really: I'm in a musical, and I've never sung before. As in, never. Through sheer serendipity and dumb luck, I have managed to avoid singing a word in my entire life - don't ask how I got given the role, but I just know this will end quite badly. Time to practise, I guess!
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