May 31st, 2006

"other" religions

How many of you identify with a non-Christian religion?

Poll #739238 religion

If so, which one?

Humanism or Unitarian Universalist
Judaism (including Kabbalah)
Islam (including Sufism)
Paganism (neo or reconstructivist)
Buddhist (all schools)
Native Religion or Shamanism
Folk Magic (ex: Hoodoo or witchcraft)
Vodun (Voodoo) or Santeria
Asataru (Norse Heathenism)
Hinduism (all schools)


Satanism (modern)
Satanism (Luciferian)
Satanism (theistic or other)
Gnostic (including Sethian and Valentinian)
Philosophical Alchemy
Other (please comment)

My apologies to anyone I've left out.
Working, Studying

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Last night, while working on my a major art project. having not slept for three days, I collapsed. I now have green acrylic paint in my hair, and an uncompleted art project that's due in a few hours.
The only thing I can think of doing is staying home off school for the day, finishing it, then going in and handing it later today, since I'm sick anyways.
Is that a good idea?

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ok, so here's the thing...kinda silly, but who cares, right?
i got sucked into watching american idol this season...i watched last year and could care a less who won...but somehow, this year, well - i just found myself drawn to the tv and watching and voting...
my question to you is:
have you ever been sucked into doing something that you had doubts about?
(i don't mean drinking or drugs - like watching a tv show, listening to a certain band/song, seeing a movie and turns out you like it after all...)
if so, what was it? and do you still watch that show/movie, listen to that band/song?
ever got someone else to watch a show/movie w/you? or have them hear a song/band and they wound up liking it, too?
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Graduation Question

My cousin is graduating from high school this year, and I want to get her a great gift. I would just take her shopping, but I live in the Marshall Islands and she lives in Ohio. I am thinking of just a gift certificate to somewhere that sells fun stuff to decorate her dorm. Since I am 37 and live on an island, I am no longer sure where that would be.

What are some awesome gift ideas or great places to get a gift certificate? She's kind of a hot topic/marching band/really smart/artist girl.

Thanks so much in advance. She's an amazing girl and I'm so proud of her!

EDIT: Thank you so much for your help. I ended up getting her these two items...

I went to Target to get the gift card, saw a bracelet with an inscription and that inspired me to look around for a similar item. THANKS!

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Have you ever woken up to have one or both your eyes crusted shut? What does it mean when that happens? How do you get rid of it?

I couldn't find anything on WebMD, and I really don't think it's conjuntivitis.

-My eyes have been watering excessively during the day
-They are not red and don't itch
-I wear contacts but have stopped since this started happening (yesterday morning)
-I have had nasal congestion and a cough since Friday

ETA: The doctor said I have pink eye, in both eyes :( He gave me a prescription for drops and "z-pack" for my congestion. Thanks for your help, everyone.
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Back Taxes

wow, i finally have a question for you guys.

ok, i'm currently paying back taxes. does anyone one know if the back taxes i'm paying this year for previous years becomes tax deductable? you know, i'm using 2006 income to pay 2004 taxes, so do i get a deduction on that 2006 income?


I hate my layout despite the fact it took me awhile, so I'm going to start over, probably using generator. Now on some layouts like generator where there is a lot of empty space in the background, I've seen a tiled background...kind of hard to explain (and I can't find any examples right now either) but it's usually a very small ornamental pattern. Kind of like lace or something. I've seen a few different ones, does anyone have any idea where I could find backgrounds like that?

And as an aside, I don't really want to do the premade layout thing but if I find a good one I might. If you know of any good communities for that sort of thing, let me know! (I've already gone through premade_ljs)
Good and Evil

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I can't remember if I asked this before, but I'll ask again.

Has anyone here had to take a college math placement test? I have to take one soon and I really, really need to place into at least MTH160:College Algebra. What points should I study and pay particular attention to?

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what makes you break out?

i break out whenever i eat californian rolls and peanuts but that doesn't stop me from eating them. but i think i should really cut back on it cuz its getting worst! =/

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I was watching this show on tv about these women who "discovered" they were lesbians around age forty and left their husbands and children, etc. I don't get it. How do you "discover" you're a lesbian? I can understand being in denial about it for so long. But, I don't understand how you can just NOT KNOW and then suddenly discover one day that you are. That sounds like a crock of shit to me..... Now given, I've never been in their situation so I can't really judge. But, SERIOUSLY, how could that possibly happen?

I mean, if they feel attracted to women, don't they notice all the urges they get and the feelings, etc. I can understand if they noticed and then pretended they weren't there. But, these women said they honestly had no idea they were lesbians and that they just discovered it. How could they go through their whole lives that way? They must've felt some love and attraction to their husbands at some point to think they were straight.

It just seemed to me like a stupid mid life crisis or an easy way to escape from the pressures of family life or an idenitity crisis or something else... if they truly were lesbians... it just seems hard to believe that they had to discover it and they didn't already know inside....I want to believe them though... ANyone have any thoughts on this? HAs this happened to anyone well past the age of puberty and adolescence?
mug and books

book poll

I just finished two novels that I really enjoyed, and now I'm trying to figure out what to read next. I plan on reading all of the following books, but have no clue what to start with. Polls seem pretty popular today, so I'll go with it. ;)

Poll #739464 Book Poll

What Book Should I Read Next?

Sister, by A. Manette Ansay
The Pleasure of My Company, by Steve Martin
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
Foxfire, by Joyce Carol Oates
Girl With a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier
The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

edit: What was the last book you read? Mine was The Dogs of Babel, by Carolyn Parkhurst.

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Hey, all my music is on my mothers computer on iTunes. I want to get a Zen MP3 player, how easy is it to transfer music from iTunes to the Zen music program? Thanks.

Edit: Can I even use a Zen MP3 player with a Mac?
I'm a Quitter

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Some random questions.

1) Is there any way to lighten jeans? I have a pair of jeans that are so dark blue they look almost black and I don't like it.

2) How often do you and your SO get into arguments? Not just serious big ones, little ones too.

3) When you and your SO argue is it more because of you and your actions/feelings/opinions or because of their's?

4) What was your first job? How much did you get paid? If you don't mind me asking.
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    Pearl Jam- Nothingman
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  • namey

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Hm... is there any method within XP or third-party to show desktop contents with other view? ie, in List/Detail/Thumbnail format (from Explorer) instead of the "Large Icon".

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Can you still be termed 'paranoid' if you're aware that you're being paranoid?
Can you believe something and not believe something at the same time?
Is it a hallucination if you know something is there but can't see it?
Loveless - Ritsuka and Soubi (Kiss me)


What are your thoughts on adoption? Have you ever felt inclined towards adopting? If so, would you adopt domestical (in your own country) or international (self-explanatory)?
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For The Birds

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Whenever the file selector thing opens up (you know, when you click browse and it'll show a file selector window thingy?), my files are categorized alphabetically BUT backwards. So it'll have files starting from Z and then it'll gradually go to A.
How do I put it back so it's normal alphabetical order?
I know I can just always right click and select it again but it's annoying to do all the time.

Any help is appreciated :)

How to ask my brother if he is gay?

I think my brother is gay and I don't know if I should ask him about it. I love my brother and it whether or not he is gay isn't going to change that. However, if I am right and he is gay, I would like him to be happy and don't think being in the closet is making him happy. How does one ask a close relative if they are gay without offending?
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hey gang,
so turns out i can no longer eat red meat...makes me barf real bad...needless to say, i am not pleased...

so, my question is:
is there something you were able to eat before, that you can no longer tolerate/eat now?
what is it?
what're the side effects when/if you eat/drink it?
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    good good

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Does anyone know how to change the location of where files are stored when using the sharing folder option in the new Windows Live Messenger BETA?

Currently it's on my C:\ drive and I'd prefer it to be on my D:\ drive.
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I need lots of cheap necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, and I need it as quickly as possible. Any suggestions as to where I can find some? They don't need to be good quality. I'm in the process of hunting on eBay as we speak.
Gaga: Elegant

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I don't exercise often. Actually, it's pretty safe to say that I don't exericise at all. However, due to a recent prom-dress-emergency (I've bloated so much that it's very tight and difficult to zip up), I've started running around the block once a day, walking home from school on occasion (it's about 1.5 mile walk), and have drastically decreased the amount of sodium in my diet.

I've noticed that when I run, my lower back aches and I get a weezy breath. If I walk and inhale really deep, the weezy breath will go away. A few years ago I had an asthmatic reaction due to my allergies, even thought I was taking medication, so I'm wondering if the weezy breath could be another asthmatic reaction?

Anyway, does any one know of a stretch I can do to ease the back pain a little bit? It's located around my ribs and feels very tense and tight.

Thank you very much for your help!
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    Drowned World/Substitute for Love-Madonna

Random Questions

EDIT: Is anyone here asexual? Know anyone that is asexual?

Do you like going to the drive in?

Other then watch movies, what do you do while you're there? [yes, I do suspect to get so R rated answers- but people do R rated stuff sometimes]

Favorite snack bar food?

Any movies you're looking forward to this summer?

Is the airline academy legit?

Favorite subject in history [EX: colonial america, roman culture, WW2]?

Which is better in YOUR opinion: Community college; Junior College (two year private schools); Four year public schools; four year private schools; or graduate schools? What about a big or small school? In a rural area or an urban area? Religious affiliated or not?

Have you gone to any two the above? Which did you like better?

Does anyone here have IBS? How did you find out? How do you deal?

I'm taking a 3 hour bus trip with half of my class. What are some fun things I can do?

Do YOU like Pat Sajak?
white dress

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I've got some questions burning a hole in my pocket (like change, only not).

1. A. What faith (including denomination if you so wish) do you belong to?
1. B. What is your favorite thing about your religion?
1. C. What is your least favorite thing about your religion?

2. A. For those of you who don't belong to any faith, what religion (and denomination if you so wish) do you find most interesting to study/learn about?
2. B. What is your favorite thing about this religion to you?
2. C. What is your least favorite thing about this religion to you?

Originally posted in 3faithdialogue
kwidine hearts


Today I was driving and saw a cop (motorcycle sitting nearby) slightly behind the curb (JUST out of sight) with a radar gun. He was writing something down.

Can he give out tickets just by looking at the license plate and radar gun? (i.e. through the mail)

Edit: This isn't scientific or anything, but do you think he'll give me a ticket for going about 45 or 50 in a 35? :\

2nd Edit: I'm in Virginia.
kd coppin a royal feel
  • lemone

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Do bumble bees make honey?

Where are they from? I mean, honey bees originate from Europe, but do bumble bees?

What's your favorite word? What word do you think is the most funny, in and of itself?

If you try to fail and succeed, what did you just do?
lead me

fillings, continued.

metal's stopped falling out of my mouth, thank heavens... but.

my teeth are still very, very sensitive. they still hurt. and cold drinks REALLY hurt. oh my gods.

i tried to brush my teeth last night, and the inside of my teeth on those two that were filled, down by the gumline -- it hurts like hell. unbearable.

when am i going to be able to brush/floss normally again, anybody? :/
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Medical Question

What is a medical condition that would drive someone to cocaine usage? Or the use of a less addictive, but similar stimulant for medicinal purposes. Something similar to what House (a character in a TV series with chronic pain issues due to an infarction in his leg) has with his leg and the Vicodin/morphine habit.
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    calm calm

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Anyone a nurse or have a family member who's a nurse? I'm looking into nursing as a major and I'm wondering what working as a nurse will be like. Are there 12 hour shifts? Other things I need to know?

Also, an individual question. Growing up, I was under the impression that people sort of just "fell into" their jobs, and most people really didn't like their jobs. What about you? Did you fall into your job or were you purposeful about it? Do you like your job?

support groups?

My boyfriend will be having surgery on his ankle later this summer. It will probably leave him in a wheelchair and then crutches for several months, or unable to walk at all depending on the outcome. I would like to join any communities (here on lj or elsewhere online) for people that have loved ones dealing with similar situations to ours.

I know that I could try searching myself, but I'd really appreciate recommendations from people here. Thanks.
lulu guinness clutch


Poll #739756 pretzels

Which do you like more, hard pretzels or soft pretzels?

soft pretzels!
hard pretzels!
I like them both equally
I don't like either

Do you eat them plain or with some sort of condiment?

with condiment
depends on the kind of pretzel
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    Southern Belles In London Sing - The Faint

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- Why do coronors (namely in the United States) not have to have medical training, but deputy coronors do?
- When someone passes away (namely in an accident where others are involved, and again namely in the U.S.) is some kind of medical testing/checking (DNA, medical records, etc.) necessary to identify the body, or does just identifying the body by saying, "Yes, that's him/her" suffice?

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Another music question

Are there any musicians/songs that you love today because you grew up with them? I'm mostly thinking of bands that may seem odd to most people, but that you will always love because they played a part in your childhood.

For example, my partner loves ABBA because her family used to play them during car trips, and Anne Murray. I love this one Linda Ronstadt cd that I listened to hundreds of times when I was a kid.
  • duia

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My 21st birthday is next week.

Aside from the obvious ('ZOMG GET DURNKZ!'), what are some interesting ways to spend it? It should be noted that I have notoriously lame birthdays.

I don't drink, and I don't do the club thing. Anything else is pretty fair game, the more unique or random, the better. I live in Houston if that makes a difference.
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    Jesus Christ Superstar