September 28th, 2006

heavy metal

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1. What would your reaction be if you discovered that unidentifiable bugs were crawling out of your messy roommates room? (later she would tell you that they were centipedes and not be so scared because "they were cold and won't leave babies or anything.")

2. What about if you were home alone, watching a movie and an unidentifiable flying object swooped under the doorway and started flying around the room? (Later told it was a bat by the super on duty when he caught it)

3. What would your reaction be if your roommates pointed out that a creature (assumed to be a mouse from the beginning) had eaten part of two loaves of bread?

4. Would your reactions vary depending on time of day? Would you be able to sleep well at night knowing that creature had been (and might possible still be) in your apartment?

5. Why do all these things like coming into my apartment?!?

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at seven

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Hello! I'm on study abroad in Madrid! My program assigns us to live with host families (or host moms at least, a lot of them are old divorced or widowed ladies) where we get two meals a day, and the expectation is kind of that you'll hang out with them a lot and get the whole cultural experience and a kind of home away from home. I hate my host mom. I'm thinking of moving. What do you think?

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So what do you think....Where would you choose? Judging from how I talked about them, which one do you think I'm leaning toward?

Oy vey but I hate decisions.

Non-grounded vs. Grounded foreign outlet adaptors.

I will be leaving to spend a year in England shortly, and I am planning on bringing my laptop (purchased within the past year, so I am certain it will be able to convert the proper voltage) and possibly other small appliances (such as a cd/clockk/radio and a small lamp).

There are only two prongs on the plug for the AC adaptor for my laptop, making me believe that it is not grounded (I'm not sure). However, on the British outlet adaptors that I have acquired, they are said to be grounded, and have openings for three prongs.

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Does anyone know if my laptop will get damaged by using a grounded adaptor if it is indeed a non-grounded appliance?

Also, does anyone have any overseas travel/electricity conversion stories?

Thanks in advance!

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out of morbid curiousity:

what type of music do you want your friends/loved ones/family to hear at your funeral?
if you could make your funeral festive for others, would you have a theme?
if given the choice - which would rather perish from - heat or cold?
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    watching the detectives - elvis costello
Give a dog a home

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Is Clay Aiken gay? Why or why not?

(For the record, I don't really care either way, I just happened to hear a morning show on the radio talking about how he was on Larry King last night and whatnot, and it made me curious.)
flame on

karaoke enthusiasts out there?

So I've recently become a karaoke addict and have noticed the tendencies for karaoke bars to have many different versions of a given song, produced by different companies. I've got a few questions related to this.

1. What are the major companies that produce karaoke discs/programs/music (in English)?

2. What company do you feel gets it right the most (accurate lyrics, spot-on accompaniment)?

3. I noticed that the DJ at the bar I frequent runs the karaoke off a Windows machine. Where can I get karaoke programs and premade song files? What are good programs to make and edit karaoke files?

Also, are there any good karaoke communities on LJ?

Pokemon Blue Version

In Pokemon Blue Version, in what area is the Day Care Center located?

Also, if I give the nanny a pokemon at Level 60 or more, with all possible natural abilities already learned, will the nanny still be able to train it to higher levels?

I just want my pokemon to get some extra levels while I'm training others at Indigo Plateau. The pokemon I will put in the Day Care are ones that already have all their natural abilities. The IGN guide has some information, but I want to make sure.

I'm planning to train them all to at least Level 60, possibly up to 100. Yeah!


What's your favorite streaming radio station? 

I had a link to a kick-ass public radio station somewhere, but lost it somehow, and now for the life of me I can't remember the city or the station.  dammit.
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In your personal experience, if you date your best friend, does it screw things up? Have you ever dated your best friend and then gotten married? Ever started dating and then broke up? Were things awkward after? etc. Stories would be great.

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If you were dying and the Make A Wish Foundation was going to grant you a wish, what would you ask for?

Completely unrelated...

If there were a superlative poll taken in your current group of peers (like in high school yearbooks), what superlative would you be most likely to get?

I'd want to go on tour with the Indigo Girls or Arlo Guthrie for a week or something, and I'd probably get voted for best hair.
all the things about me

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I know there is no right or wrong answer here but I just want some general ideas.

What length of time do you reckon is an appropriate length of time to take from work when  a close relative dies?

See, my Aunt was very ill and I went to see her on the Thrsuday night. I couldn't face work for the fri and sat. I said I'd be back on Tuesday (I only work part time so the days I have mentioned are the days that I was meant to work) but Tuesday morning she died. I have wed and thursday (today) off. The funeral being tomorrow when I'm meant to work (its in the afternoon so i could go in in the morning). I really don't feel like I can go to work tomorrow and am prepared to make myself go in on Saturday.

What do I do? I feel so bad for taking this time off and while I know technically there is nothing the company can do I still am a bit worried incase they flip out. My mother in law has been ringing work to explain the situation and she said that my manager sounded not very happy in the slightest.

Help! I feel so bad for not feeling like I can face work tomorrow before the funeral.

And if this makes no sense I apologise cos my head is all over the place!

Monkey Bath


Does anyone out there know of a good, comprehensive guide on how to start podcasting? I'm finding lots of guides, but none that seem both good and comprehensive.

(no subject)

Can you guess who's who?

Poll #832354 Lord of the Rings

Congratulations! You're part of the Fellowship of the Ring. Which role do you see yourself performing?

Leadership, motivation, some but not a lot of fighting, some spellwork, more a behind the scenes, supportive member
You're courageous, and get into the thick of battle, where it's most dangerous. You're also a silent leader who presents a quiet strength, which people believe in.
You're courageous, and get into the thick of battle, where it's most dangerous, but you're the type of person who backs up your friends and doesn't take the glory. You're a loyal companion and will not let a friend down, and won't take crap from anybody
You're courageous, and a warrior on the field, though you're more of the long distance shooter type, where it's not as dangerous. You're a bit of a loner, you're fairly quiet, and you show your affection through action more than words. You're loyal
You do what is right, no matter what the price. You would sacrifice almost everything for your friends. You'd walk into hell itself to save those close to you
You're a loyal friend, who will support that friend, no matter what peril they're in. You'd follow them into hell itself to help them. You're a companion whose worth is beyond gold
You have simple needs and are prone to distractions. You love to drink, dance and party. Not truly reliable, but you step up now and then to do the right thing. You're spontaneous and adapt well
You're clever and can see the larger picture in most cases. You'll take risks to see a project done right. You're brave and fairly analytical
You're misunderstood. You take risks on behalf of others, will sacrifice your personal honor to do what you feel is right. You seek redemption, and wish to live up to the expectations placed on you
I'm not on this quest. I probably help out with a spell here or there, or I help guide or arm them. I play a small role in the final outcome
I am also not on the quest, but I will join in the fight, taking large risks against dangerous foes. My contribution plays a large role in the final outcome

What's your motivation for joining the Fellowship?

I'm highly knowledgable, moreso than anyone else, and know exactly what's at stake here, and what would happen if nobody did the right thing
You just want to save your hometown and your friends
To unite mankind, to break down barriers and bad blood and bring together all people
To help out your city by giving them a tool to vanquish evil. You'll sabotage the Fellowship to bring hope to your people
You don't want to outshone by someone you don't like
You realize that you have a unique trait that sets you apart from others, and that the Fellowship would fail if you didn't step up
To bring about the downfall of evil. You're kind of a paladin

The ring is destroyed! Good has vanquished evil! Now what do you do?

Rule over all the human cities, bringing in an era of peace and prosperity. Marry my true love
Go off on more adventures with my comrade/s
Retire to the most beautiful land imaginable. There's nothing left for me, and I will not be back this way again
Go back to my hometown/neighborhood, marry the one I love, and pick up where I left off
Go back to merry galivanting, drinking and carousing. You try and return to your life before the Fellowship
panda dance

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Out of the places you've traveled, where (cities, or countries/states/etc in general) do you think has the nicest/most helpful/friendlist/etc locals? And in what way are they helpful/friendly?

And where do you think has the rudest/meanest/unhelpful locals? And how are they rude/mean/etc?

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Help clothing wise real quick!

Can I wear black shoes with chocolate coloured pants that are pinstriped? Yes? No? Maybe? I want to break in my black shoes that I just got and all my black pants are dirty.

Edit: Y'all have definitively answered that one! THanks!
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    Lacuna Coil - Humane
Inu profile

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Me being the Inuyasha and Sims2 addict that I am, I've been trying to make a completely Inuyasha-themed community for my Sims. So far I've got all the characters I want except two -- Bankotsu and Jakotsu. This is mostly because I'm a perfectionist and really want my sims to look as much like the actual characters as possible, and none of the standard game content or my extensive collection of custom content seem suitable for these two. So I was wondering... do any of you know where I can find ready-made Bakotsu or Jakotsu sims to download, or at least where I can find proper or nearly-proper hair, make-up, and/or clothes for them? I've checked on Mod the Sims2 and Sims Recourse without any luck.
The Dude Abides

Sex tape ?'s

Apparently Dustin Diamond aka Screech from Saved by the Bell has a sex tape out on the internet.

Anyways, what celeb do you think is LEAST likely to have a sex tape come out? MOST likely?

Would you or have you ever made a sex tape?

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Have you ever had a dream in which you were someone other than yourself? Who were you?
Last night I dreamt I was Sonic the Hedghehog. haha This is the first time I can remember ever dreaming I was someone else.
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Do you have stretchmarks?
Edit: I suppose I should add, I have them lightly over my hips and while I used to be very entranced, such a pretty, random, lightly dappled pattern, I'm pretty indifferent these days.

Have you ever kept inventory of your own belongings?
[I used to be pretty psycho about it, making sure I never had more than 200-250 things. I find that as I get older I need more stuff unfortunately, but I can't let the habit die :[ I still keep track of what I have and make sure I never have anything too unneccesary.]

Conflicting info

So..I've been looking into getting some fish. I have a 10 gallon tank and a 55 gallon tank. I had an oscar a few years ago..but its a long and depressing story that I don't really want to get into.

Anyways...I'm not sure what kind of fish I want. I was going to research different types of fish and how they get along with others as well as general care tips, but....

How do I decide what info to use? As with any info, there tends to be conflicting ideas. How do I determine what info to believe? There are tons of websites and I really have no clue which one to go by.

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We have a brain teaser every week at work.  I can't for the life of me find the answer to this one.

Week#6 Brain Teaser is a riddle in honor of old batman reruns with Adam West as Batman.
 What has 4 or sometime 5 hands but is still normal?

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Firefox users, what's your favorite extension and why?

I've been a Mozilla user for years and I finally committed to Firefox this morning after I realized I could load tabs with my homepage (thanks to the TabMixPlus Extension) and that it supported the WYWIWYG editor I use often.
Zwinky Kat

Child's play

A friend of mine is a nanny and she was trying to come up with fun games and art projects for the kids she watches. We both researched online and got a few ideas, but I decided to turn to you, trusty TQC, to reach back back back into your memories and tell me...

Are there any games and/or art projects that you really enjoyed as a child?

Thanks everyone!

ETA- The kids range from 5-11 years old, so anything appropriate for any of those ages will work. And, of course, educational games and projects are a plus but any ideas are welcome.
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Do you find it hard to be friends with people who are at the mental state you were five years ago, making the mistakes you made five years ago?

Would you cut off the friendsip if one had already been established before you realized they were at that place in their life?

Would you try to give advice based on your experiences?

Or would you just let them go on about their experiences and smile and nod and support them in their decisions that you might not agree with?

Do you hate vague "what would you do" type questions?
  • sdragon

Stolen phone


Your cell phone was stolen and you couldn't deactivate it for a few days (and tried to contact the thief to give them a chance to return it). You then bought a replacement phone and transferred the number from the stolen phone.

You now have your phone bill, with over an hour of calls made by the thief (all charged at the over-the-plan rate), complete with phone numbers and locations of the people they called/received calls from.

1) What is the most wicked (or fitting) thing you could think of doing with those numbers?

2) What would YOU do with them, and why?
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Angry Dome

AIM Question

Every single time I open AIM, this window pops up:

[AIM Window]

I can close it, but it comes back the next time I sign on. I can not find ANY settings that even have to do with disabling this window.
How do I get rid of this %$#&ing thing??
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    If Only - Fiction Plane

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Question: Is it more foolish to assume that everyone will lie to you, and not believe anything that you're told OR to blindly accept everything people say?

Randomly popped into my head. Curious what others have to say on the subject.

Seven questions with utterly nothing to do with one another

1. What happened to curves being sexy? When did the straight-as-a-line thing become so popular and why? No, I haven't been under a rock.

2. Is it childish to hold onto my vegetarianism just because my father is always insisting that I'll "turn back" at some point? I don't want to eat meat regularly, I just don't want to constantly check ingredient lists on everything to make sure there's no animal products in it.

3. What is an easy, safe way to gain weight quickly? I'm looking for things that have worked for you or someone you know.

4. Have you ever been in a long-distance relationship? Did it work?

5. What is your favourite vegetable?

6. Who/what do you find attractive that few others do?

7. Think of someone whom you have a great respect for (be they a real or fictional person). What is the first word that comes to mind upon thinking of them?

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I faintly remember there being a place online where you can sign up for a trial account for stock trading. Is there anything to my memory?

What I remember was there was a trial account where they start you out with some "money" (fake) and you can see how you do, get aquainted with the system, etc. Anything at all?

Halloween Help

I'm looking for a dress like this for my halloween costume this year. I plan on scanning the thrift stores in my area, but has anyone seen anything similar online just in case?

edit Ok, which do you think is more important to the authenticity, the length of the dress (which should be floor length) or the kind of high front, low back neckline of the dress?

edit part two do you think that this dress (although the front isn't quite high enough) has the general feel?
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  • deepend

The Simpsons

What was the name of the Simpsons episode where Smithers turns on his computer and his screensaver is of a naked Mr. Burns saying something to the effect of "Hello, Smithers. You're quite good at turning me on."

Thanks in advance.

livejournal userscript not working

I have the 'Show latest post on LiveJournal userinfo page' userscript through the Greasemonkey Firefox add-on.'s not working for me. Does anyone else have this who can tell me how to fix it? There aren't any comments regarding what to do if it doens't work. I've already tried uninstallling and reinstalling it.
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What exactly does a person with no skills, abilities, or talents do with their life?

I'm 19 and am in my second year from graduating highschool. I haven't even thought about college because I have no idea what to take in courses since I have no clue what I want to do with my life. I can't sing, play an instrument or act. I dislike sports of almost every variety. I'm really bad at math, chemistry, and english. I have no interest in the medical field and I dislike old people and children.

I can interact somewhat with people thanks to the minimum wage job I am working right now but I'm naive and shy and don't "get" things so I prefer not to interact with people. I like to cook but I don't do it often and what I usually cook is simple and I usually mess it up anyway. In senior year I thought about being in Criminology but that idea left quickly because you need chemistry to do anything with it. I type fast but don't know my way around a computer. I was really good at history in highschool but it was watered down history from old textbooks. I need a better job so I can start saving money for marriage but I have pretty much zero abilities it seems. In conclusion, I suck at life. Has anyone else been in this situation and if so, what did you do?
Bubble Burst

What do you think of Sheriff Joe?

Poll #832676 What do you think of Sheriff Joe?

What do you think of Sheriff Joe?

Love him! There should be more like him!
Hate him - no way! That's awful!

This e-rumor is true (I just confirmed on a google search):
Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona) is doing it RIGHT!! He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them. He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights. Cut off all but "G" movies. He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects. Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination.
He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails. So he hooked up the cable TV again but only let in the Disney channel and the weather channel. When asked why the weather channel he replied, so they will know how hot it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.

He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value. When the inmates complained, he told them.....this is a good one......"This isn't the Ritz/Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back."

He bought Newt Gingrich's lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place. You have to love this guy!!

More on the AZ Sheriff:
With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record), the Associated Press reports:
About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampment at the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to
their government-issued pink boxer shorts. On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before. Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their pink socks. "It feels like we are in a furnace," said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the tents for 1 1/2 years. "It's inhumane."

Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: "It's 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn't commit any crimes... so shut your damned mouths."