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  1. Thanks guys, I'll try to visit more often! I'm mainly on reddit and facebook these days, but I'm always up for more distractions.
  2. Hey guys! Long time no visit. What's up? Some updates: I'm studying travelling and event services now. I'm doing really well — I like my school, I've made tons of new friends, I'm going out with a guy next week (and I have the week off, autumn break). And I'm moving out with a friend who's also vegan and has 2 cats! We found a 2-room apartment in Helsinki with decent rent and it's very close to the city centre.
  3. I remember trying to push our teacher to switch to Paint.NET when I was on a photomanipulation and photo-editing course in 8th grade. We were using Jasc Paint Shop Pro 6 or something, really ancient software that was really nowhere near Paint.NET at the time
  4. I'm in the midst of reading a couple of books I borrowed from a friend, so I've been postponing reading Discworld. Sad to hear about it.
  5. Still keeping the combo rolling, alone on Valentine's for 21 years! I'm not bitter though; que sera, sera and so on.
  6. ahhh I see! Well, I'm happy I can access the site again. Hope the spam has subdued a bit.
  7. Thanks for the nominations and congratulations to the winners!
  8. Is it just me, or did anyone else have weird trouble getting to the forum? I haven't been able to log on for ages.
  9. *giggles* grease nipples. rant: waking up early on holidays isn't a good idea... with nothing to do (except watching TV and eating), the days seem to go on forever.
  10. Thanks for the sentiments, folks. _____ There is a civilian alternative. I think it's a brilliant system, but I don't see why it is mandatory for men only. If it is so great, why not have everyone do it? I disagree with the fact that Åland residents and Jehovah's witnesses are exempted from military and civilian service, as well. I don't want to partake in a system that discriminates, even if the end results were positive in the grand scheme of things. To make a difference, one must protest. In a way, I admire the Finns' adherence to rules and regulations, even if the rules were flawed.
  11. Happy Birthday, here: I got you some flowers!
  12. I'm in a very practical school, studying sewing and clothing; I can't study it at home really. I've been rethinking my decision, and I think I'll go on with my studies for another month. If the changes I make work out I might not need to quit at all. The risk I mentioned was that the radius of the monitoring device at home is too wide, and when I'm leaving for school, it registers my anklet even though I'm outside the apartment building (when I exit the cellar), and sends an alarm saying I'm leaving too late. At first there were some issues with me coming home to soon, which I'm also not allowed to do. And I didn't really do that, either, I was staying outside the apartment. As much as it pains me to quit cycling to school, I guess there's no other way to avoid further alarms. sigh. I can't really afford to spend money on train tickets. Then again, I can afford even less to spend time in jail and possibly prolong my sentence... I've also supposedly had issues with responding to phone calls (I missed a call twice. Twice!) and not informing the surveillants of changes in schedule; dentist's appointments and the like (I forgot to call them the day before and I apparently let the wrong people know on the day of the appointment). I have one warning and there isn't a second, and there already is a chance that I will have to go to jail. EDIT: I forgot to say, thanks Sozo. I'm halfway through already, almost 100 days done out of 172.
  13. Rant: I have to quit school in order to avoid going to jail. To elaborate, I'm under house arrest due to objecting to conscription. Faulty devices, unclear instructions –to me at least, I'm not very good at understanding what parts of an instruction are relevant– and unnecessarily aggressive, purposely misunderstanding authorities have put me in a situation where school causes too much of a risk.
  14. Adobe Kuler is browser-based and free. https://kuler.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/
  15. Unfortunately, I don't get to decide my curriculum. And the class is important as we learn the differences of fabrics and learn to recognise materials by feel, sound and look. There's nothing that's wrong about the class itself, except maybe the idiotic keychain. And also about the plants. I've heard this ridiculous argument so many times (seriously, it's such a common question that it's basically a vegan meme, right there next to "what if you're stranded on an island" and "if you had to choose between a cow dying or your mom") I'm shocked that a plant rights movement isn't happening. I'm assuming that was just a joke/troll but I'm going to respond to it at any rate. YES, they are different. I would think that is relatively obvious, since plants don't have a nervous system, ergo they don't feel. There's no point in talking about their pain. They might react to certain stimuli such as light and heat, but they can't feel. And even if they did, the only rational way to minimise plant suffering would actually be to go vegan, becuase for each pound of meat an animal has to consume at least twice as much feed. To say that vegans don't care about plants would be a misinterpretation of what a vegan is. To be vegan includes minimising harm not only towards animals, but also the environment and other people. And to address EER: well, there's a situation where there isn't really a consensus among vegans. I don't think that using products of animals, such as eggs or wool, is categorically wrong, but there are those who do. I also don't think it's inherently a bad thing to consider ourselves superior to other species. What I do think is wrong is unnecessary harm and abuse. The issue with all industrialised animal products is that despite their claims, they are still profit-driven, and animal welfare is a secondary or tertiary matter. Free-range chicken, if I recall correctly, only need to be "free" for a couple of hours per day. Large henhouses, which are most common, also face the same issues as any other form of poultry farming: there isn't enough space for the animals to be as they were. I admit, I don't have a lot of knowledge about the welfare of sheep and other wool producing animals, but I have heard and read of crutching and mulesing. I don't know if those practices are still in use, but I assume they are and thus avoid buying wool. It's really hard to get unbiased information anywhere, though. I still wouldn't use wool unless I raised the animal and shore its fleece myself, or if I knew they were treated well. You obviously value the animals you raise. I don't feel like I have a right to comment on your situation either way. If raising your own animals for meat, eggs and wool means you are minimising your use of unethically produced products, that's great. But I still disagree with killing animals for meat, no matter how well they were treated during their life. Eggs from happy chicken are good though. Milk's still a dilemma; on one hand, it doesn't necessarily cause harm towards the cow, but a cow needs to be lactating, and that usually means that there has to be a baby, and what happens to the dogies? __ In any case, the fact is that a lot of suffering happens in factory-farming. It's up to each individual to decide if they want to stop supporting it, but it's vital to acknowledge that it is not a choice that concerns only the individual.
  16. As a vegan, yes. You raise a fair point about the life and death of animals, but wouldn't you agree that for many of the species you listed, it would be more accurate to say that currently they are raised in captivity and often killed prematurely. I'm not interested in preaching, condemning or converting anyone to a vegan lifestyle, and what I say next will probably anger many users here, but if any of you were genuinely sorry to hear about the two unfortunate cat events, but are fine with eating meat, dairy or any animal products, then you need to think about why one is sad but an immensely large number of animals being slaughtered and abused for not much else than personal pleasure isn't. I'm not judging anyone who eats meat, I'm just trying to provoke some thoughts. and inb4 you vegans get off yer high horse you're not perfect either: That's right. I'm not. I make mistakes. It's not been very long since I fully embraced a vegan lifestyle, I still have non-vegan items. It's only been 4 years since I turned vegetarian, and I still think cheeses, eggs and yoghurt taste great. But I realised that unless you live in an area of the world where you simply cannot survive without one-sidedly using animals, or you simply do not care at all for either animal or human welfare, there is no reasonable justification for any of it. The choice is your own, but it impacts everyone. Rant: the same class again. This time, silkworms. The samples I could manage, because it is important in my future line of work to know, but I thought the keychain (which had two silkworm pupae with the poor dead worms still inside) that our teacher used to show what they look like was in very poor taste.
  17. I want an apple watch. inb4 "you don't really need one there's no actual need for it traditional clock blah battery 5 years blah price": I cycle 24km a day five times a week, so I spend a good portion of my awake time wishing I didn't have to take my phone out of my pocket to change albums, or to check up on my heart rate / current speed / pause my activity. The ability to check my HR without a strap that has to be set so tight that it makes breathing difficult AND log it on my phone alone makes it worth €300+ in my opinion.
  18. I was mostly referring to the social media attention Groot got, the poor tree-thing's being forced in every post regardless of relevance.
  19. It's because "GROOOOOOOOT! GRoOoTOOOTOOT GROOT I AM GRoOT look at me I know pop-culture I AM GROOT", I think. Haven't seen it though, I've heard it was actually pretty good. Watched a Soviet film from 76, Queen of the Gypsies, (original title Tabor ukhodit v nebo). 3/5, it had beautiful music and some great camp/hippy-flower moments, but I failed to see the slightest hint of a plot and the ending was pretty disappointing.
  20. Not sure if you're for real or not... don't take it personally. Buut, if you are, well, if you love Pink Floyd, try Flaming Lips. I recently bought Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and it. is. awesome. One of my favourite records for sure. The next time I'm spending money on music I'm buying Vampire Weekend's eponymous debut and Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca. Non-music stuff? It's hard for me to recommend buying stuff based on so little info and not knowing any of your needs. Hmm. Cutlery? Kitchen knives? A duvet?
  21. I don't think there's a thing such as lost time. Even this ridiculous house arrest I've been put in isn't a waste of time; I'm learning to be punctual! I sorely miss social events though. Not being able to drink is nice too I suppose, keeps me on a healthy track. Albeit I said I quit drinking, the other day I walked by the beer aisle (the shelf is opposite UHT-products where I get my soy milk from) and I felt a slight craving for a bottle of good kriek. My schoolmates (oh good news by the way, I'm studying clothing production!) were asking me what I like to drink and the conversation made me miss Riesling... At first I thought this sentence was asinine. I could go out and work and essentially go about like normal... But now that it's been going for almost two months, my house is starting to feel like a cage. It hit me that instead of doing what I please, I'm doing what someone else has allowed me to do. And all this because I refused something that shouldn't be mandatory in the first place. I can't go to Helsinki, I can't travel to Europe with my friend in November, I can't even properly celebrate my friend's birthday, because staying too late (I proposed a timeframe of 2pm to 8pm) would increase the risk of alcohol consumption. And another revelation this week was that when we were talking about animal fibres at school, I began thinking about leather and somehow the thought that leather was a dead animal's skin started revolting me... Now whenever I so much as think about my wallet, my shoes, the details of my lovely backpack, I feel a bit sick.
  22. ^ ouch! I bike to school, and insects fly towards my face all the time but they're just tiny flies. My rant: I can't seem to find headphones that block out wind and sound decent. I bought a pair of budget closed-can Sennheisers and they sound way worse than the reviews lead me to believe and they don't block really any sound at all. I'll probably return them.
  23. Gotta love unlimited bandwidth 100 Mbps for just 10–20€/mo. I think that was the price, our housing co-op made a contract with an ISP to provide easy and affordable internet to all residents. ^_^
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