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Left: "Looking to meet someone", right: "Just resting"

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Watchmen
the movie
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Немного фотографий Львова от хорошего фотографа petrosphotos:
http://petrosphotos.livejournal.com/194252.html
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Bill Maher talking to Keith Obermann about reforming our health care: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/31378220#31378220

The more I see of Bill, the more I like the guy... especially after his "Religulous"
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<Cthon98> hey, if you type in your pw, it will show as stars
<Cthon98> ********* see!
<AzureDiamond> hunter2
<AzureDiamond> doesn't look like stars to me
<Cthon98> <AzureDiamond> *******
<Cthon98> thats what I see
<AzureDiamond> oh, really?
<Cthon98> Absolutely
<AzureDiamond> you can go hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2
<AzureDiamond> haha, does that look funny to you?
<Cthon98> lol, yes. See, when YOU type hunter2, it shows to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> thats neat, I didn't know IRC did that
<Cthon98> yep, no matter how many times you type hunter2, it will show to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> awesome!
<AzureDiamond> wait, how do you know my pw?
<Cthon98> er, I just copy pasted YOUR ******'s and it appears to YOU as hunter2 cause its your pw
<AzureDiamond> oh, ok.

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A Belgian teenager has told police how she emerged from a tattoo parlor with 56 stars over one side of her face, rather than the three she had asked for, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

"I said this part, the top, is ok, but not the rest," Kimberley Vlaeminck from the city of Kortrijk, 90 km (56 miles) northwest of Brussels, told Belgian broadcaster VRT.

The 18-year-old said she fell asleep during the procedure, and woke up in pain when her nose was being tattooed.

A spokesman for Kortrijk prosecutors' office said police were investigating after a complaint from the teenager.

The tattoo artist said Vlaeminck had agreed to 56 stars.

"She agreed, but when her father saw it, the trouble started," Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws quoted the man as saying.

Vlaeminck said she wanted to keep the tattoos on her forehead but would have the rest removed.


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Депутат Государственной думы Росии, Сергей Абельцев, о заместителе госсекретаря США Филиппе Гордоне:


Viva la Mother Russia!
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Would you think this might be a real bomb? Would you call it in? They did.

I don't think it's a very good joke. After all, it could be a real IED. But it does show how afraid we've become of terrorism, for better or for worse.
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Browsing "Yahoo Answers". Stupid question of the day: How do I create a space in computer programming?

I just started using Yahoo Answers today. I was hoping google had something better, but it doesn't, so yahoo it is. Anyway, the format of the website isn't very good. The worst thing is that you cannot comment on the question and ask the poster to clarify their question, in case it makes no sense, like the question above. The only thing you can do is "answer" the question, and, as I understand, the OP doesn't have an easy way of responding to you.
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This is where I live and the walk-path I take everyday (or almost everyday) just to stroll around here and get some fresh air. So that's what I was doing today, and while I was walking between P1 and P2 a minivan pulled out from the driveway of the house at P1, drove past me and stopped at P2, where a school bus has just pulled up. When I got to P2, a minute later, a woman of some 30-35 y.o. picked up her ~6 y.o. daughter, got back into her minivan and proceeded to drive around the block and back to her house. That's instead of walking ~200 meters up the road. And I mean, she wasn't fat or disabled or anything, and the kid was able to walk normally. I just... can't for the life of me figure out why someone would drive such a short distance on a beautiful day. They weren't in a rush anywhere either, the kids were playing in the yard when I saw them 2 minutes later.
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My wify is flying to Moscow in a few days and bringing her laptop with her. So she asked me to find out what the procedure is for flying with a laptop. Obviously i googled "flying with laptop". Fourth result down: "Flying Laptop Kills Woman".
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Amna, this is for youl:
I wish that all philosophers who do not believe in the existence of walls would get into a car and drive straight into a wall (any would do) at a speed proportional to their skepticism concerning the existence of the wall itself. We would at least get rid of a lot of bad philosophers, or literary critics.

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As you may know, Microsoft is offering Windows 7 RC1 free for download until ... june or july. It's sort of a trick they're pulling, because if you do decide to install and use the OS, 1 year from now the OS will begin shutting down the PC after 2 hours of use, and then after a month or so it will stop working altogether. So if at that point you will not want to install some other OS, you'll need to shell out for a Windows 7 license. Which is an OK 1 year trial period, I guess.

Either way, I downloaded Win 7 and installed it inside a vmware (server 2) virtual machine. I've already got GRUB as my boot loader and I didn't want Win7 rewriting it with its own and creating other types of havoc.

The experience, I must say, has been pretty pleasant. I only gave it 1 gig of ram and 40 gigs on the hard drive. It's running smoothly, doesn't seem to suffer from a lack of ram. The interface is very similar to that of Vista, but seems to be better polished and somehow not as annoying. It did freeze twice on me in 2 days (and I don't use it all the time, just a little), but that could be because it's running as a Windows Server 2008 virtual machine, since running it as a Windows 7 VM wasn't an option. Or maybe because it's an RC... Or.... well, who knows. But if you install it normally, not as a VM, let me know whether or not it freezes up on you.

It seems that everything that is able to run on Vista will run on Win7. I even got PeerGuardian 2 running on it.

Anyway, here's a screenshot

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.

More than half of people who attend services at least once a week -- 54 percent -- said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is "often" or "sometimes" justified. Only 42 percent of people who "seldom or never" go to services agreed, according to the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified -- more than six in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did.

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Source: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/30/religion.torture/

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Прочитал очередной роман Сергея Лукьяненко, "Конкуренты". Идея у книженки, конечно, интересная. Но пишет С.Л. все хуже и хуже. То есть стиль написания у него все тот же... Но герои везде одинаковые, куча нестыковок, концовка совершенно ужасная, пустая. ИМХО, последней хорошей книгой у него был Спектр. Остальное (плюс дозоры, они были до Спектра но тоже) абсолютная туфта.

Очень жаль.. о у меня любимым писателем был.. кумиром, можно сказать.

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After archiving / Before archiving.

Знатоки русского компьютерного сленга, а почему именно архивации? Ведь сама архивация размер не уменьшает, а просто упаковывает все в один файл? Они тут тупят, или compression переводиться, как архивация?

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Wrote a small app in c# called vMsgBox (creative, I know). It takes two command line arguments, a string of text and a program path, like this:
"C:\path_to_application\vMsgBox.exe" "Don't forget to buy more laundry detergent!" "C:\path_to_another_app\Do_laundry.exe"

The idea is such: I often run my BitTorrent client without remembering to run PeerGuardian along with it. I don't always need to run PG with it, but sometimes... Either way. This app first pops up a message box with the text string you give it. Like, "Did you remember to turn on PeerGuardian?". Once you click "OK" in the message box, it runs the application you supplied to it as its second argument. This way I'm able to create a shortcut which, when clicked, pops up a message that's set in the shortcut path and then runs whatever program that's set there as well. I can also assign any icon to the shortcut (e.g.: utorrent icon).

Any thoughts? Would you have use for something like this?

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Just in case you're wondering, that was a joke :)
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I'm sorry I didn't tell anyone for so long, but, you know, I didn't want to say anything too soon and, well, jinx it.. not that I'm superstitious or anything. BUT! Lera is due next month! It's a girl (so that doctors say.) We're still thinking of names.. I think 'April' is kinda cute, considering that she'll be born in April. Anyway, I'm so excited!!! I'll keep you updated :)
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5'nizza (pronounced "PYAT-ni-tsa" — Russian for "Friday") were an acoustic music duo from Kharkiv, Ukraine, consisting of Sergey Babkin (Сергей Бабкин) (guitar) and Andrey Zaporozhets (vocals). Their music is a combination of soul, hip-hop and reggae performed using mostly acoustic guitar, sung or rapped vocals and human beatbox. 5'nizza formed in 2000, released two official albums and disbanded in 2007, both members embarking on solo careers.

это из last.fm, которым я недавно начал пользоваться.
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As a biologist, a physicist, and a mathematician were riding on a train
moving through the countryside, all see a brown cow. The biologist innocently
remarks: “I see cows are brown.” The physicist corrects him: “That’s too broad
a generalization, you mean some cows are brown.” Finally, the mathematician
provides the definitive analysis: “There exists at least one cow, one side of
which is brown.”
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N@sty@: У тя фильмы есть какии-нибуть?
fredd: Да, а у тя флеха есть?
N@sty@: Неа ((
fredd: Ну, сиди болванка...
N@sty@: Сам болваН!!!!
fredd: БОЛВАНКА СИДИ!
N@sty@: Уебок!
13:21:58 - N@sty@ has logged off

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Lera finds all kinds of coupons and promotions online. So today she discovered that Cirque du Soleil is selling tickets for their NY Kooza show for 40% less than their original price. I've never been to Cirque du Soleil, but have always heard good things about them, so I decided that 4 tickets are to be purchased, for moi, Lera, and my parents.

Well, cirquedusoleil.com box-office system isn't without its surprises:

  • %40 savings are for weekday performances. Weekends are a bit more expensive

  • There's a convenience fee of $8 for each ticket. $32 altogether. Because something is apparently convenient.

  • Mailing the ticket to me via standard mail costs $7, because stamps and envelopes are expensive these days. E-tickets, though, are $5, because it costs $2 less to produce them.



When I left the site hanging for a while and came back later, a found a nice pop-up informing me that "Time's up. Try again!" You think they have a terse 15 year old coding their website?

Current Music: Секрет - Беспечный ездок

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A bill to temporarily lift the statute of limitations (and then permanently increase it) on lawsuits for child sexual abuse finally has a good chance to be approved by the New York state legislature — except that it is opposed by Catholic authorities, Orthodox Jewish organizations, and the Republican Party. Read more...Collapse )

Source: Massimo Pigliucci's Rationally Speaking

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Current Music: Lily Allen - Lily Allen - Not Big

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Just watched Strictly Sexual. Amazingly good movie, you should watch it... and then tell me I was right.

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Women who don't get enough vitamin B12 may have a higher risk of giving birth to a baby with a potentially disabling or fatal birth defect.
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Vitamin B12 is found in meat, poultry, milk, eggs, and other fortified foods. Vegans and vegetarians, and women who have intestinal disorders that prevent them from absorbing vitamin B12, are most susceptible to vitamin B12 deficiency. Vegetarian sources of vitamin B12 include fortified breakfast cereals and some fortified vegetarian "meat" products like veggie burgers.


Birth Defects Linked to Low Vitamin B12
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i thought spinach dip would taste better... eh

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You are a

Social Liberal
(80% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(36% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Democrat




Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid.com: Free Online Dating
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

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If you live in US, fill out this form at democrats.com to urge your representatives to support Single-payer health care [wikipedia]

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Задачка от Блондинки: Допустим я у тебя взяла 100 рублей. Пошла в магазин и потеряла их. Встретила подругу. Взяла у неё 50 рублей. Купила 2 шоколадки по 10. У меня осталось 30 рублей. Я их отдала тебе. И осталась должна 70. И подруге 50. Итого 120. Плюс у меня 2 шоколадки. Итого 140! Где 10 рублей?

На это я наткнулся сегодня. А еще есть старенькая, которую я слыхал на английском, про трех друзей снявших комнату в гостинице и заплативших $10 каждый.. ну, суть та же. Кто захочет, могу потом рассказать :)

Current Music: Лесоповал - Резиновые дни

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Пол: M Возраст:261-10

A: 3
B: 10
C: 4
E: 6
F: 4
G: 6
H: 4
I: 4
L: 8
M: 7
N: 3
Q: 6
Q1:10
Q2:7
Q3:5
Q4:3
ОСНОВНАЯ ИНТЕPПPЕТАЦИЯ:
ПЕРВИЧНЫЕ ФАКТОРЫ (постоянно проявляющиеся):
Шизотимия: кpитичный, эмоционально сух,скpытен,обособлен, холоден.
Высокий IQ: сообразительный, обучаем, интеллектуальный.
Подозрительный: ревнивый, высокомерен, догматичный, соpевновательный.
Наивность: простой, естественный, пpямой, непосредственный, непpоницательный.
Pадикализм: экспериментатор, аналитик, свободномыслящий.
Низкая эрго-напряженность:флегматичный, pасслабленный, удовлетворенный.
ЛАТЕНТНЫЕ ФАКТОРЫ (имеющие тенденцию к проявлению):
Эго-слабость: эмоционально неустойчив, легко расстраивается, pаздpажителен.
Англоман: склонен к самоанализу, серьезный, остоpожный, сдерживает эмоции.
Социальная pобость: застенчивый, настороженный, робкий, опасливый.
Мужественность: суровый, спартанец, несентиментальный, выносливый.
Аутичный: богатое воображение, богемный, поглащен своими идеями, рассеян.
Независимость: находчивый, независим от гpуппы, самостоятельный, pешительный.
ВТОРИЧНЫЕ ФАКТОРЫ (интегративные свойства):
Интроверт. Направленность на свой внутренний мир. Сдержан.
Независимый. Самоопределяемый, критичный, оказывает влияние на других.
ДОПОЛНИТЕЛЬНАЯ ИНТЕРПРЕТАЦИЯ:
ИНТЕЛЛЕКТ: ВЫСОКИЙ ИНТЕЛЛЕКТУАЛЬНЫЙ ПОТЕНЦИАЛ. СПОСОБЕН К ТВОРЧЕСКОЙ РАБОТЕ
ЭМОЦИИ: СРЕДНИЙ УРОВЕНЬ СТРЕССОУСТОЙЧИВОСТИ. ВОЗМОЖНЫ ЭМОЦИОНАЛЬНЫЕ СРЫВЫ
ВОЛЯ: ХОРОШО РАЗВИТАЯ СИЛА ВОЛИ. ЦЕЛЕУСТРЕМЛЕН, НАСТОЙЧИВ
МОРАЛЬ: МОРАЛЬНЫЕ НОРМЫ УСВОЕНЫ ДОСТАТОЧНО ХОРОШО
ЛИДЕРСТВО: МОЖЕТ БЫТЬ ЛИДЕРОМ, НО В ОСНОВНОМ ФОРМАЛЬНЫМ ИЛИ НЕЭФФЕКТИВНЫМ
ОБЩЕНИЕ: СЛАБО КОММУНИКАТИВЕН. ОБЩЕНИЕ СУГУБО ИЗБИРАТЕЛЬНОЕ
СТИЛЬ РАБОТЫ И ПРОФЕССИОНАЛЬНЫЕ ПРЕДРАСПОЛОЖЕННОСТИ: СКЛОНЕН К НАУЧНО-ИССЛЕДОВАТЕЛЬСКОЙ РАБОТЕ.
МОТИВАЦИЯ: ХОРОШО РАЗВИТАЯ МОТИВАЦИЯ. СТРЕМИТСЯ УЛУЧШИТЬ СОЦИАЛЬНЫЙ СТАТУС
КЛИНИЧЕСКАЯ ИНТЕРПРЕТАЦИЯ:
КЛИНИЧЕСКИЕ ШКАЛЫ В ПРЕДЕЛАХ НОРМЫ
Гендерные профили опросника Кеттелла 16-PF+
Протестируй себя
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С фотошопом работаю давно, а никогда не знал, что дабл-клик на пустое место/фон вызывает окошко для открытия файла.

Been working in photoshop for ages now, but never knew that double clicking on an empty spot/background brings up the Open File dialog.

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Vote on MSNBC on where you stand with "In God We Trust": http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10103521/
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Посмотрел 'Стиляги'. Неплохой фильм. drugoi недавно писал, что вроде бы снят красиво, а субстанции мало... в опщем, я с ним не согласен :)

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Why isn't there there a "Mr. World" / "Mr. Universe"?
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There were riots and protests in Norway today/yesterday, especially in front of the Israeli embassy, in regards to Israel's actions in Gaza. I wondered a bit about where these people were when Hamas rockets were falling on Israeli civilians.. but then I was told that most folks at these riots were Arabs. So I guess the answer to my question is - they were celebrating.

I also happened to go to the #Norway channel on dalnet:
[22:02] * Now talking in #norway
[22:02] * ChanServ sets mode: +nt
[22:02] * ChanServ changes topic to 'бЗ Ебе ЕбЗ Зббе гНгП СУжб Зббе 28. How can you disbelieve in Allah when you were lifeless and He brought you to life; then He will cause you to die, then He will bring you [back] to life, and then to Him you will be returned.'

In other news, I watched Religulous today. Great movie, you should check it out.
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So today I got my new ASUS WL-520gU IEEE 802.3/3u/3x, IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless Router. Paid $20 for it, and of course-for that price-it was sold out only a few hours after I ordered mine.

Default firmware was pretty, but apparently no one at ASUS speaks English. Aside from constant typos in the text within the firmware & the manual (e.g. Concel instead of cancel), the instructions were just impossible to understand. Tried DD-WRT and Tomato on it, sticking with Tomato...
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