Posts by Recusant

    I know the feeling. I decided to go for a hike by myself in the Peak District the day after getting some snow. Despite finding my boots were no longer waterproof and half-freezing my feet I had a wonderful time. Convincing my friends that they really missed out that day was something else though! They didn´t think it was normal to go off into the hills in the freezing cold by myself just for fun. But then they didn´t see the views that day so I can´t blame them. I get similar looks if I tell my friends I spent the weekend mountain biking for miles rather than going out and getting drunk. Don´t worry, if you know you had fun, they don´t need to be convinced. Edited by - Recusant on 12/5/2004 7:19:23 AM

    With graffiti, it can nearly always be argued that what is drawn is art that happens to be drawn on walls by "disaffected youths" rather than on canvas. There does come a point at which it ceases to be art in any form since it´s purpose is no longer to be viewed and thought about but instead serves as a marker that the graffiti-ist was there; like some form of territorial pissing. Basically, there is no way that "habix" crudely sprayed on the walls all over a neighbourhood can be considered art.

    Codename , having a half-bald Dad, I can tell you if you pat him on the head it makes a definite &quot;slapping&quot; sound <img src=smilies/icon_smile_big.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle>

    I don´t know how it works in the US but in the UK at least, a degree in astronomy or physics doesn´t necessarily mean you can work as an engineer. It´s likely there´ll be various things that a science degree will not cover. IIRC, topher is a biomechanical engineer and lives in the US. He´ll know better than me about that. Finally, you do realise you´re asking a bunch of randoms from the internet what to do with your life, right? <img src=smilies/icon_smile_tongue.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle>

    I think Bret Bretonian is referring to the fact that for all guys, their Y chromosome comes directly from their father who got his from his own father, and that goes on for millions of years. Especially seeing as our mothers aren´t gonna be giving us the Y-chromosome anytime soon. Over the generations detrimental mutations can take place and there´s no way that further breeding will remove this, it will affect the victims sons and his sons´ sons etc forever. On top of that, since we don´t have two X-chromosomes, if one is faulty, we´re once again royally screwed. Haemophilia is an example. (Just googled it, other lovely disorders we´re susceptible to are Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Tay-Sachs disease, Becker muscular dystrophy and X-linked ichthyosis and nearly all exclusively male)

    indeed, I also thought that people might be a little more civil at uni than at high school. No such luck; some a******e wrote f***er on my back during a lecture in permanent ink. <img src=smilies/icon_smile_sad.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> Edit-Sorry Rec can´t have that language here this is a family site after all<img src=smilies/icon_smile_wink.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> Edited by - Gowserpaul on 11/25/2004 3:30:54 AM EDIT: sorry about that, perhaps the auto censor should be set to remove the English version of the word as well as the American spelling? Edited by - Recusant on 11/25/2004 6:59:37 AM

    Blagged my way into the standing area at a System of a Down concert despite having the wrong tickets <img src=smilies/icon_smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle>

    Cheers for the heads up, I´m at Nottingham Uni. If I need to go into the city centre though, I´m not going to get worried by another terrorist warning, they go on in London all the time and it´s only on a very very rare occasion that they actually take place. No point in living in fear all the time. My guess if it amounts to anything it might be a shooting in the city centre but I doubt it would happen by day.

    I´m not so sure that humanity is getting more intelligent. I´m going to be brutally honest here and I don´t wish to offend people but the following is based on a lot of generalisation. If you look at the type of people who have a large number of children, they tend to be low income earners, quite often because they weren´t able to get through high school since it was too hard for them and now they hold down menial jobs. Whereas the high-flying professionals who were intelligent enough to make it through university tend to have smaller families and fewer children. Since intelligence is largely determined by genetics, we should be finding that each generation has a progressively lower average IQ.

    Being cool is appearing to be (in the eyes of others) the type of person they themselves wish to be. Hence why individuals have a different perspective on what makes someone &quot;cool&quot;.

    heh, DSQrn, you have no idea the amount of crap tall guys often get from short guys with napoleon complexes. There used to be a guy at my school who thought it was great to constantly take the piss out of me for no apparent reason. The only reason I can think of is possibly because at 6´4&quot; I was about a foot taller than him and he felt he had to prove how much of a man he was. The other bummer about being tall is that when you´re a kid the older ones feel its perfectly fine to pick a fight with you when they would never do it to any of your peers because of the age difference. And finally there´s the occasional low door frame, sign post or wing mirror on a bus that smacks you on the head. I´m just glad I´m &quot;tall&quot; as opposed to &quot;holy crap lets all stare at that guy&quot; kinda tall. There´s a guy who lives somewhere around my hometown called Chris Greener, I´ve occasionally seen him in the supermarket, he´s the tallest man in britain last I heard at 7´6&quot;!

    Donnie Darko´s death was excellent, the way he goes back in time to confront his own demise, knowing that in doing so he rescues the ones he loves. The guy that &quot;bites the curb&quot; in American History X, despite lacking any actual graphic material I find myself shuddering everytime I see it. Maximillian Cohen in Pi, quite possibly the nastiest way to commit suicide ever. Elle Driver in Kill Bill 2, while not strictly a death, the entire cinema groaned at what the Bride does to her. Then there´s all the deaths in Se7en, Battle Royale, Brain Dead and the Final Destination movies. Those all get major brownie points for imagination <img src=smilies/icon_smile_big.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle>

    I prefer the engineering side of things than the aesthetics. <A href=´´ Target=_Blank>This</a> in particular recently caught my eye. It´s a bridge that´s been designed to roll up to let a boat pass rather than lift up. I´m also a sucker for the London Eye, I know some people think its ugly but I watched it as it slowly went up, as they edged it out over the river and raised it to a vertical standing and it was stunning. To me its quite comforting seeing it every time I go into central London.

    Bret, my home is in Orpington, that´s not too far from the Surrey border. Where abouts in Surrey are you? Alas you´d be better off meeting ff or grom though, I´m at Nottingham Uni during term time.

    @Cardy I´m at Nottingham Uni right now, but thankfully I´m all cosy and sheltered here on the main campus for this year. Stuff like that scares the bejesus out of me. Does much of the violence from St. Anns spread out to the southern suburbs of Notting

    Staphylococcus Aureus is naturally found on the skin surface around the nose and mouth and areas down below. It doesn´t cause any problems until it manages to reach an open wound, something that there are plenty of in a hospital with operations regularly taking place. It´s difficult to make everything completely sterile; what´s to stop someone from putting his hands to his mouth at some point and then later touching the wound. No cleaner can stop that sort of thing occuring. Unfortunately the immediate response of doctors was to use antibiotics, but unless they´re used properly at the right intervals by the patient, all it manages to do is allow more of the resistant bacteria to continue to breed. Hence we get Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or MRSA.