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Besides the # entries/comments received/posted meme which I did a few entries back, here are some others that I thought of:

- How prolific are you at commenting? (# comments posted/received) If this number is greater than one, then you give more than you get. If not, then the reverse is true. :P

In my case (as of today), I've posted 1,978 comments and received 1,722, so that works out to a ratio of 1.149 comments posted for each comment received. I guess this means I give a lot? ^^;;;

How many tags do you have and how often do you use them? )

And cats has only been used as a tag 17 times. That needs to change and I hope it will. ^^;;

Sorry for all the spam today~
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These are links which I felt didn't need their own post or much explanation:

Rozen neko~ (if this link is dead by the time you view it, ask me for the image) (replaced link to 2chan with this link because the original image is 404'd now...)
This image should make complete sense if you have ever watched Rozen Maiden (which I finally did yesterday). It also reminded me a lot of Shinku and the person who uses that nick (sometimes) on IRC. :P

This is the description included with the image:

A (rough) translation using Excite is
"Exterminating started because the number of cats had increased too much in the vicinity. It escapes safely a lot by even one. "

Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later
This article talks about some of the post-Katrina devastation still present and how some peoples' lives are still affected now, more than a year after it occurred. I think these quotes from the article sum it up nicely:

You should understand that any story you hear about something this vast will bear the mark of the person telling it. A visitor, no matter how well-intentioned, will not see it the same way as one who calls the area home. Someone who lost their house will not see it the same as one whose losses were minimal. One who rode out the storm in New Orleans will not see it the same as an evacuee, nor will one who endured the belated and ham-handed evacuation of the Superdome and Convention Center see it the same as one who waited patiently in the suburbs for the electricity and relatives to return.

One who lost relatives or had to swim for his life in the flood will see it a lot differently from those of us who watched it on TV.

Thousands of rural communities were cut off from civilization by downed power and phone lines and rural roads choked with fallen trees. Many of those people had to rescue themselves with chainsaws and repurposed construction equipment because all of the available resources were being directed toward New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Trees which fell on houses rested there for months, even in areas not generally considered part of the "disaster area." Today, most of that damage has been repaired, and the millions of trees felled by Katrina have been harvested in a tidy little windfall for the logging industry. You can still see the scars, trees not felled but left leaning and trunks snapped off forty feet up, all along every road. But the most enduring legacy is a certain bitterness that it took so long for help to arrive.

This is a link to the transcript of this talk which was delivered on April 8, 2006. A link to download the talk is also provided at the beginning of the transcript. I still haven't listened to the talk yet, but I think it would be considerably more interesting than reading only the transcript. :P

US population nears 300 million
I didn't know the US was now the third-most populous country in the world. It's also interesting that it's the only major country that seems to be bucking the trend of declining birth rates, even if a large proportion of that is through immigration...

Birds of Prey: The Feathered Killing Machines
When I was young (and before I grew up), I dreamed of owning falcons and raising them, and delighting in seeing them swoop across the sky. While I don't really feel that way any more, it's still an interesting subject for me, and that's why I liked reading this article. It also offers advice on how to raise your birds of prey.
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As reported from WWWJDIC:

哀愁 【あいしゅう】 (n) pathos; sorrow; grief; (P)
愛執 【あいしゅう】 (n) attachment; covetous affection

I wonder which one is more appropriate.
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Rating changed from M (15+) to AO18+

While I think it was not a particularly good idea on Rockstar Games' part not to disclose to the ESRB that GTA contained such hidden content when submitting it for rating, I feel part of the blame should also lie with the person(s) who created the patch and encouraged its widespread distribution.

"Getting the most out of your purchase" )
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Bumped into an article on K5 on why Orson Scott Card is apparently fascist in nature.

While I've never read any of his SF books nor much else about him, I find the article and its comments interesting as you can see both sides of the argument emerge.
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Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having lots of ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills (not so sure whether I should strike this one out). Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Abiding. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.

You can find a list of all the months here
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I think the lawyers in the house might be interested:

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Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] frank and all the other LJ people! ^_^

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The first week was rather surprising. I've been used to a school environment, where most of the stuff is already pre-determined for you, and you only have a few choices to make. Uni is.. gah, there are so many choices to make, like which modules you want to take, and at which lecture and tutorial timeslots... it's enough to drive anyone batty. o.o

Since I've gone so often this week, I timed it, and it takes me almost 10 minutes to walk from my faculty to the bus-stop where I catch the bus directly home, instead of having to take an extra one. That was without me carrying anything, though. I can imagine that with a laptop and files, notes etc. it'd take maybe about 15 minutes or so, especially since I have to walk uphill at some points.

I finally got some Energizer triple-A batteries for my Palm, replacing those nameless ones which barely last half a day. I'm not using them though, only keeping them as a backup when my rechargeables run dry, which is about once every 3 days or so. ^^;; The Palm is useful for lots of stuff, like taking down important notes -- and writing the next chapter of WW during free periods. Wait, you didn't hear that from me. =P

I finally managed to find out who it is that kept turning my computer off abruptly, and it wasn't my mother or sister like I'd suspected.. it's our help, she's not exactly very intelligent and every time she wants to turn off the fan (or anything else!) she tries to pull out the plug, resulting in a temporary trip and knocking off power to everything else on the strip. I found out yesterday when I came home and it was off, and sM wasn't at home, so it couldn't have been her. I solved the problem by moving the fan to a different wall socket, one which doesn't have anything else on it, so even if she pulls out the plug nothing bad'll happen to the computer.

Overall, I guess you could say this has been an interesting week. Got to experience university life, and I also had a good time taking my cousin and her friend -- they flew in from England for a week's holiday -- around Singapore, we went bowling on Thursday night and I got the highest score twice and was told to stand in the corner. ^_^;;; I have so many plans of visiting people once I get my passport, should be in another 3 months or so. For now though, I'm still stuck here.


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