December 2nd, 2005

  • sdragon

Who clears the clogged toilet?

If you are at an acquaintance's house (not friend) and need to use their restroom, but you find a huge honking wad of toilet paper (and nothing else, thankfully) in the toilet, what do you do? Do you take care of it yourself (which could mean fishing it out) or do you alert your host, risking embarrassment?

If you were said host, what would your response be?

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1. Every time I drink hot coffee, I sometimes get these hunger pangs right after. I don't know if they're "real" hunger pangs, though, because often I've only just recently eaten... it's difficult to describe what they're like. Does any one have any idea what I"m talking about? If so, do you think I'm actually hungry or it's just some weird effect that coffee has on my stomach?


1) As time passes, do you find it harder to change your ways? What would you like to change about yourself & what is preventing it?

2) Have you ever really loved & been attracted to someone who felt the same about you, but resisted getting involved in a relationship? How did you keep yourself from entering into a romantic relationship? Why were you/other person resisting? Did you succeed?
panda dance

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Do you invest in bonds, in stock, and/or in mutual funds?

If so - how did you learn and decide which you would invest in? And how did you decide how much you would invest? Are you happy with your investment? Do you have any suggestions for communities or links or books that will teach a novice on how to invest and good tips on investing?

If not - would you inves tin the future? What would you invest in if any? How much do you think you know about investing? Where/how are you learning about it if any?

On a side question - does anyone know any good communities geared towards MBA/business grad students or young aspiring entrepreneurs?

Annoying FedEx Customer

Hi. I've got a new computer on its way to my house, so I've naturally been tracking it obsessively through the FedEx website. When I got up this morning, I found that it had arrived at the local FedEx facility about 30 minutes ago -- thus missing the day's truck, it would seem. As I'm eager to get my paws on this thing and it's sitting less than 10 minutes from my house, can I go pick it up? Do I need to call ahead or make arrangements somehow?

Thanks in advance.
cat tea

Morals and drinking and Religion

1. Some people in a recent post said that getting drunk was against their morals or that they would never do it. What exactly is it about getting drunk that you are morally opposed to? The loss of control? I know it's against certain religions, but not sure which? Also, why do the religions oppose it? Is it gluttony? Or something else?

2. Are there any people here that still practice the religion they were brought up as? If so, what religion?

3. Has anyone changed from one religion to another (And I don't mean from Christian to atheist or agnostic, I mean from Catholicism to Judaism or Judaism to Hinduism, etc)? Why?
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On The Subject of D*ckhead Members

I'm sorry if this post comes off as anything less than enraged, but I am absolutely sick and tired of this kind of thing happening in this community.

Where do people get off posting replies to questions such as this? :

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Am I the only one that just wants to delete this community from my friends list because of people like that? What makes people want to do that? If you are one of the people who do that, what possible function does that serve for you? Do you really feel you're going to accomplish something by making asinine comments like that?
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  • bbsy

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Has anyone else noticed how flimsy the tops on the new Garnier Fructis shampoo bottles are? I bought a new bottle a week ago, and my cat knocked it over the other day. Lost 3/4ths of the bottle. :/ Can't imagine what trying to travel with them would be like.
  • carllyy

Resume help?

Is there anyone here who'd be willing to quickly look over my resume? I just found out yesterday that the mall that my school is currently in is terminating our lease and as a result I'm unemployed as of the 15th of December. I obviously need to start applying for jobs as soon as possible but I think it would be beneficial to have my resume looked over at least before I start sending it out.


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My question is this.  Since we never signed a lease, what rights do we have in terms of refusing to pay an increase in rent?  What rights do they have as property owners to kick us out if we continue paying only the amount we've been paying?  The notice that we received said "Except as herein provided, all other terms of your tenancy shall remain in full force and effect".  We never signed a lease, do we even HAVE any terms of tenancy?
reading and doing, Kindle the mind, grad school
  • thais

SECAM conversion question

Okay, so here's my issue.

A professor of mine was waxing eloquent about a movie he'd seen when he was knee high to a grasshopper, and how it'd really influenced him. He mentioned that he'd been searching for a copy for the longest time but couldn't find one.

I, being filled with pixie mischief, decided that I needed to find a copy for him for Christmas. It proved INCREDIBLY difficult to find (Lumet's "The Appointment" c. 1969), but I eventually was able to find one off of, for a not insignificant amount of cash.

Of course, I live in the US, and SECAM is distinctly not what the VHS players around here play; aside from that, if at all possible when I get it I'd like to put it into a digital format. So, here's the real issue. I'm reasonably technologically capable, and given a list of general instructions, can usually hack my way through a task. I don't (yet) know much about video conversion, however, so that's where you come in, God willing.

What, approximately, do I need to do to convert something from SECAM format to something which a) could be digitally viewed, or b) could be viewed on most DVD players. (B is far and away preferable, so I can just hand it over to him.) How do-able is it? Should I really just give up and pay lots extra to have it professionally converted, or is it possible for a reasonably intelligent and capable layperson?

Getting equipment isn't too much of an issue -- I'm at Princeton and SECAM players can be rented for relatively cheap. I have a Mac (running OSX tiger) for my computer, but I can get ahold of a PC if necessary. So, assuming I can get equipment that's necessary, can anyone give me a reasonable outline of how to do this? (Preferably NOT "Go and pay $80 at a video kitchen).

EDIT: Maybe looking at using some variety of HackTV Carbon here on OSX to grab the video as a start... this is giving me some idears.

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I really need to start making a list of dishes that one should never bring to a potluck. Some of my coworkers' failures include Kitty Litter Cake (the kind with the Tootsie Roll poop and decorative scooper) and Worm Salsa (made with the sort of worms you find in bottles of mezcal).

What are some disasters you've seen at potlucks?

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1. Does anyone know what Ekbar is from?

2. Do you eat the stringy things on bananas? D'you think it's weird when other people do?

3. Do you prefer classic Christmas songs or the weird names (ex, Busta Rhymes, Grinch 2000)

4. What's a good file sharing program?
Limewire is not good. I don't want spyware or adware.
I have soulseek, which is virus-free.. but it's mostly for metal, rock, punk, etc, and is severely lacking in pop, hiphop, and Christmas music.

5. What are the best Super Nintendo games? Worst?

6. What's your favorite video game system of all time?

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What are some tips for getting a lower airfare?

What are the pros and cons of booking plane tickets online? Which site is generally the best?

I am specifically looking to get from Houston to New York, if that makes a difference.
cat tea

hypothetical question

Mostly for guys but girls can answer too as it's just a hypothetical question.

Would you have a problem dating a stripper (or someone in that type of industry)?
What if you were dating her before she became a stripper - would that change your opinion of her?
  • goop

grocery shopping.

How often do you go grocery shopping?

Which store do you most often go to?

How much, on average, do you spend per shopping trip? For how many people?

Have you ever used an online grocery delivery service? Why or why not?

What are some items that you tend to get on every shopping trip?

What are some of your favorite splurge items?

Do you like grocery shopping or does it feel like a chore?

Printer Photo Paper

I have a Canon MultiPass MP730 and I want to print photos. What's the best brand paper and what are the best paper specs? I'm using Staples brand photo paper and printing from Photoshop. I don't really know how to optimize the color match. I'd love to have some guidance on paper and Photoshop options. THANKS
LOLZ Fry & Laurie
  • liz007

A poll.

Remember this from When Harry Met Sally?

Sally: We are just going to be friends, OK?
Harry: Great, friends. It's the best thing...You realize, of course, that we can never be friends.
Sally: Why not?
Harry: What I'm saying is - and this is not a come-on in any way, shape, or form - is that men and women can't be friends, because the sex part always gets in the way.
Sally: That's not true. I have a number of men friends and there is no sex involved.
Harry: No, you don't.
Sally: Yes, I do.
Harry: No, you don't.
Sally: Yes, I do.
Harry: You only think you do.
Sally: You're saying I'm having sex with these men without my knowledge?
Harry: No, what I'm saying is they all want to have sex with you.
Sally: They do not.
Harry: Do too.
Sally: They do not.
Harry: Do too.
Sally: How do you know?
Harry: Because no man can be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her.
Sally: So you're saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive.
Harry: No, you pretty much want to nail them, too.
Sally: What if they don't want to have sex with you?
Harry: Doesn't matter, because the sex thing is already out there, so the friendship is ultimately doomed, and that is the end of the story.

Based on that conversation....

Poll #625326 Friendships.

Who do you agree with the most?

I am male and I agree with Harry.
I am male and I agree with Sally.
I am female and I agree with Harry.
I am female and I agree with Sally.
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I have an old computer that was replaced by a newer model. There's nothing wrong with it. I am wondering if I should sell it or give it to a friend. It's probably easier to get rid of it if I give it away, but I could sure use another $100.

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What is on your Christmas or Hannukah wish list? Don't just say "books, dvds, and comics". Be specific. I'm going to post my list as a comment to the post too.

Edit: I have another question. It's for those who are sick of answering the wish list question. Do you believe that art for the most part is useless? I'm talking about paintings, and drawings only.
Another edit: Please, don't just say "art isn't pointless". State why art isn't pointless.

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I wanted to re-download WinMX, because my fiance deleted it off the computer when he got BitLord. I went to re-download it and it said that the "network WinMX uses is no longer available" or something similar.

But I found a place online where I can download it- a site that hosts patches that makes it able to access WinMX's network, but my question is, does it still work for those who have it?

Ugh... I miss the old school Napster. Things were simple back then, haha.

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Can you recommend any books or movies that support the idea that "honesty is the best policy"? I'm doing a Lincoln-Douglas debate for my debate class and I need to have a lot of things that back up that quote.
Me--State Fair

forced vacation and such.

I had to skip reading all community posts on my friends' list this week because I was hella busy. I read all my friends' posts, but not communities.

I feel lost now! Anyone else ever felt like that? I didn't even read TQC very much, if at all.

Is anyone else here taking Adderall? I started on the generic today for my suspected ADD and WHOA, I am UP. I realize that's the point, but whoa.
ETA: I am trying it out for a week...I go back for evaluation in a week, so if it isn't working, I'll find out then. Thanks for the concern, guys!

I had a question for here days ago, and I forgot! Have you ever done that too?

Have you ever had a crazy ex show up at your workplace? My boyfriend had that happen today, she drove over two hours, and they haven't dated for 20 years. Egads. He told her off and threated a restraing order, so here's hoping she gets it.

What web based email do you use?
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How do you feel about the possibility of strangers photographing you without you knowing for artistic purposes/their internet gallery/whatever?

Don't care? Creepy? Kind of cool?

Question inspired by me somehow stumbling upon some guy's internet gallery of random girl's legs on the street that he photographed with his mobile phone from behind them.

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Have you ever hallucinated when you had a fever?

I have twice. Once when I was little I hallucinated that the characters from Looney Tunes were entertaining me. They appeared as shadows on the wall. They were talking, and everything.
The other time was when I was 16. I hallucinated that my friends were chasing each other around my bed, because they were fighting over a journal. I kept on yelling for them to stop.

What movies scared you as a child? As a teenager? As an adult?
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  • katyism

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Bear in mind that this question comes from someone who hasn't ever been athletic, nor have I exercised on purpose in YEARS. Yeah, I know, bad little unhealthy me.

Question: What is the difference between crunches, sit-ups, and other abdomenal muscle exercises where you lie on the floor (what are some other ones)? How should women properly do these kinds of exercises?

* edited to exclude bench pressing from the discussion
random//my dumb face

PSP question.

I have a question about Jasc Animation Shop. I'm trying to make glitter text and everything looks nice and pretty until I save it, then it looks rough and fat. When it gives you the optimization option I pick the high one, what else can I do to stop this? I'm rather frustrated. :(

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  • ashy

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How cute is that banner?

Question: Don't you think we should be able to switch our banner out - and save themes? IE) if we wanted to use this holiday one in July we could do it somewhere in the settings..

I think that would be neat!

inspired by the movie post

I cry a lot, and at really stupid things. So, my question is: what is the most embarrassing thing that you cry at? And for the record, movies generally are not embarrassing, unless its like Monty Python or something equally silly and with no emotional scenes.

Me, I always choke up when I hear a marching band play. I am not in marching band, and I don't miss it from middle school, but when they play our school's fight song, I have NO IDEA why, but I always have to choke back tears. Seriously, my throat gets tight just thinking about it. It completely baffles me.
PeggyStrut - georgiana08

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This is brought on by a recent entry on my friends list.

Is there ever a time where it's okay to take your kid with you when you're scoring/delivering pot? Keep in mind that you have no health problems that may change your circumstances - you're a fairly healthy adult who just happened to take their kid with them on a delivery - to the shitty part of town to drop it off to some guy on a curb.

Am I the most prudish parent in the world for thinking that's wrong?
hotcouturewhite- dreamer

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all right.. i need some opinions....

i have a college audition tomorrow, and ALL the paper says is:

9-9:15 registration
9:30-12 pre-scheduled auditions

I have a pre-scheduled audition at 10:30.
So, do I have to be there before 9:15???
(think about people who have the last few auditions...)

(Don't suggest I call; it's far too late for that :P)
i'm so confused! thanks all.
marilyn thinks

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So I'm applying for a study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I'll live for 5 months and attend classes at local universities. I have some housing options...

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Anyway so I guess my question is, which one would *you* choose, with your personality and all? Do you have any recommendations for *me*, maybe even based on any personal experience studying abroad? Would I really be missing out on something if I don't do the homestay?
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    Shakira - I have no idea

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I feel like I'm the last chick on earth who hasn't been kissed. Haha. :) We've had these questions before, but I need a little support amoung my fellow net people to get me through all the sex happening around me at college.

If you haven't been kissed yet, how old are you?
If you considered yourself a late bloomer when it came to approaching the opposite sex (or same haha), when did you first get kissed?
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  • goop


Do you guys know if Prismacolor Markers wash off in the laundry?

I want to be able to permanently draw on cloth and I forgot to pick up some colored sharpies for tomorrow but I have a 48-pack of Prismacolors which would be more ideal anyway if they won't wash out...

I used to use the indigo one on the edges of my dark jeans to keep them from fading, but with the jeans being dark to begin with I could never really tell if the marker was just coming off in the wash. haha.

Any idea?

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For all those in the UK: Does anyone remember ever watching a children's television show about an oak tree? It was animated, and it had a squirrel in it. My friend thinks it was called something like 'Oakey Doky' but neither of us really remember because of how young we were at the time...any more hints or clues on this would be amazingly useful, it's driving me mental. Thanks =) EDIT: Answered. It was called Oakie Doke. Thanks very much! :)