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[Error: unknown template qotd]How could anyone sleep through a plane crash? I don't think that's possible. If the plane going down and all the screaming didn't wake them, I don't think I could either.

Therefore the answer is mu.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]NO! God, that would be horrible! You couldn't switch it off? Like having the TV on 24-7 and that TV is following you around everywhere, preventing you from concentrating on anything, ever?
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[Error: unknown template qotd]OK.

1. Nobody's sign changed, it's just that the date range for each sign has shifted for people born after the new one was added.

2. Doesn't this type of question demonstrate that everyone knows astrology is bullcrap anyway? If they think their sign says something important and profound about who they are but they also think it can change?


Despite the Barnum statements, Libra never fit me. Extroverted? Romantic? Indecisive? Gullible? Sociable? Hell no.

I think I'd rather be Scorpio. They have pinchers and a stinger. Plus I like Adam Sandler's version: "You are shrewd in business and cannot be trusted. You shall achieve the pinnacle of success because of your total lack of ethics. You are the perfect son-of-a-bitch. Most Scorpios are murdered."
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I think a big problem is going to be that everyone's biased based on how they themselves performed on the tests. I did pretty well on the SAT (1440) and really quite well on the GRE (710 math, 800 verbal, 5.5 analytical writing). I think standardized tests should be one of many criteria college admissions offices use. But would I have a different opinion if I hadn't done well on the tests? Some of the traits that helped my performance on the test - being self-motivated and hard-working, reading a lot, having a commitment to lifelong learning - also help me produce better work in school and a career.

I know studies have shown that standardized test scores are a poor predictor of performance. I can see how people who do well in real life have test-taking anxiety and their test score is an underestimate their true abilities. And I know lazy, ignorant people can pay thousands of dollars to take a test-prep course and improve their score from "abysmal" to "acceptable." There are many factors that determine someone's score on a test and a lot of those factors have nothing to do with how well they'll do in real life. But that doesn't mean the test is completely useless; there are some factors that test-taking and real-world-productivity have in common, as I said above. I think it's good to have standardized test scores available because it's the only measure that's consistent across the board - someone could have a really high GPA and glowing recommendations but not actually be very bright if they went to a high school that had low standards. We need a valid, fair way to compare students who went to different schools.


On the other hand, I think the tests required by No Child Left Behind are stupid. A nationwide high school exit exam is a good idea in principle but they're doing it wrong. One big problem with nationally imposed standards for curriculum (which is sort of on a tangent, I know, but the standards are in place because of the test) is that it takes a long time for something like that to be updated, there's a lot of bureaucracy to get through and a lot of different interests all competing with each other. The result is we're forced to cover a watered down, out-of-date version of everything; this is especially a problem in science education.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Star Trek! Wait...

I haven't seen Inception yet. My mum got me the DVD for Christmas. I haven't watched it yet. I will eventually and that will probably be the best movie of 2010.

She also got me Despicable Me. I'd heard it was bad but it was OK. It was pretty saccharine but there were some funny moments and the Minions were cute. I like the Minions! I want one!

In other news: I AM WORKING IN THE LAB TOMORROW AT 9:00, WHY AM I STILL AWAKE?
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[Error: unknown template qotd]"Witness the decline and fall of the American Empire; thanks, capitalism!"
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I think I used to a little. The secret is to not make it such a big deal in the first place. I don't like how adults encourage kids to get worked up into a frenzy because of course it can't live up to that.

My mum used to put so much pressure on herself to give us a perfect Christmas. I ended up really hating Christmas for several years because it did that to my mum. Now we're both just laid back about it and it's great. We get together with me, my parents and my brother, exchange some presents and have a nice Christmas lunch. And we make cookies because it's fun. Well, we usually make the cookies the day before. My mum does her iced sugar cookies and I do a few different types. This year it was the cherry nut slices, jam creme cookies (I'll put up the recipes for those two later, they're nice), and gingerbread men.

AND my mum got a cakewrecks-worthy Christmas log! There's a plastic axe on the top. And plastic deer and flowers and whatnot. It's glorious.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]This one, but only with the video.

Without the video, it's the worst song.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Haha, when I read the first sentence I thought "video games!" I heard a good definition of addiction: when you don't want to do it but you do it anyway. Except that could also apply to homework... You know what I mean. The line is where you do the thing that's bad for you not because you enjoy it and are willing to make the tradeoff between "bad for you" and "fun," but rather because you feel a compulsion to do it.

I can't spend more than a few hours gaming without taking a break for eating/peeing/resting. But I have spent an entire weekend mostly playing a video game: Mario RPG, FFVII, the Paper Marios, Civilization, The Sims, Minecraft. Good times.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I used to like going to Sizzler. We didn't go to restaurants very often and Sizzler, or Bob's Big Boy, was a few-times-a-year treat. I'd get the fried shrimp and there was also a big salad bar, or possibly a small buffet? I don't remember how that worked, I got fried shrimp a la carte but I also got stuff from the buffet. Anyway. That was my favorite meal.

I don't eat shrimp any more. There are some things I do sometimes make an exception for, like a turkey sandwich, but I actually dislike seafood now. I think that's the result of spending too much time around stinky harbors and sea critters. Now a fishy smell just reminds me of being seasick.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]VEGETARIAN "TURKEY."

Apart from that, it's very traditional: stuffing (a.k.a. bread dressing), yams (but with pecan streusel topping instead of the standard marshmallows), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole. Also boiled veggies, because we are English after all, bread sticks, and pecan pie for dessert.

I guess it's also untraditional in that it's just the four of us: me, my parents and my brother. We don't do a big family thing. And nobody watches football or the parade. I'm helping my mum with the cooking but she prepped everything yesterday so there's a lot of down time. Kind of wishing I'd brought my laptop so I could play Star Trek.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Well, I'm contemplating paying Amtrak about $800 to not have internet for 3 days.

...that wasn't what you meant?

As long as I had books, I'd be fine. It would be weird, I admit I'd keep thinking "better check my e-mail! ...oh." But I've done it before, it's not a big deal to me.

So who's offering to pay me for this? I will quite happily accept a million zillion dollars if they're offering.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]An orca. Those things are vicious. They're like giant, swimming wolves with sonar.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I think "have a nice day" is fine. Some people take offense, like "why are you ordering me to have a particular type of day? I'll have a bad day if I want to!" but that's silly, it obviously means "I hope you have a nice day."

I would replace the insincere "how are you"s with "hello." It's always off-putting when someone says "how are you?" and then walks off before I have a chance to answer. And it's a waste of time - fast food drive-thru clerks often have to say "how are you?" and I feel like it's rude to ignore it so I have to say "fine thanks, how are you?" and then they have to answer and I could have finished placing my order by then if they'd just said "welcome to ___ may I take your order?" People can still ask how you're doing when they genuinely care and want to hear the answer. But I could do without all this fake, perfunctory courtesy from strangers.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I would be like Sylar and make the roach my little buddy.

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[Error: unknown template qotd]I listen to my Music to Promote Sleep CD. Does it really work? Who knows? But it sounds soothing while I'm lying there too tired to do something interesting but unable to fall asleep. I usually do fall asleep before the CD ends.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]It often amounts to the same thing - the candidate I want to vote for is also the Democratic candidate. Well, sometimes I vote for the Green if there's no danger of splitting the left-wing vote and letting the Republican win.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]No there shouldn't be restrictions! WTF? I mean, if someone abuses children then those children have the right to go somewhere else to live where they'll be safe. But there can't be restrictions on actually reproducing. And fuck you to all the snarky assholes who say people should have to take an IQ test before they're allowed to have kids. We tried that, it was called eugenics. Not only was it an egregious violation of human rights, it also DOESN'T WORK.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]WEIRD AL and YES.

My parents are awesome for letting me listen to Weird Al. They also let me read MAD magazine.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]No.

But I have no idea how much is too much. Whatever amount required to invade other countries unprovoked and then occupy them indefinitely? That's too much.

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