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"Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
That's it!"

I'll take a S500 4matic, thank you.
 

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Carpatho Russian said:
I'll take a S500 4matic, thank you.
Last year, while working with staff at a hospital where I was looking at problems with the workplace culture, as a test, I submitted one of their "Request Forms" asking for an Audi TT. The request appeared on the computer ordering program, and was actually approved at three levels of committees, until I got a reply back from the fourth level committee which stated that I had not completed the form properly, because I had not put anything in the "Intended Purpose of Requested Item/s" Section. So I filled in the section with the words "For swanning around the Mountain Villages". It's been 7 months and I haven't heard anything, but my request is still being processed by the ordering program, and people still tell me it comes up in different committee meetings!
 

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George,
Put in a request for me for the Mercedes.  If they are still processing your request for the Audi, they may never realize I don't work for the hospital and give it to me!  I'll let you drive it (occasionally)!
Thanks,
CR
 

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Yeah, I just copied and pasted, lol. I practiced saying it a couple of times.

I am excellent.

Second semester university is better than the first.  Ditched the math courses.  English, German, Religious Studies (Intro to Judaism) and History (Early Modern World). I thought it would be a lighter schedule but it just has less homework, more readings and writing assignments.

Work is OK.  They offered to train me at the Customer Service desk and I said yes. That is a mistake I will truly regret in about a month haha.

Leeds United (my favourite soccer team for those living under a rock and who haven't been reading the 'Sports Thread') are doing horrible in real life....second-from-bottom of the Championship.  I have wiped away my tears and subjected myself to massive doses of the demo for Football Manager 2007. Leeds United are currently 1st in the Championship under my guidance, on an eight game unbeaten run.

Me thinks we need a thread on personal updates such as this.  Or at least a thread where I can regale everyone of why I should be the Leeds manager in real life.

Thanks for the answer!! 

How's German going?  I took it myself for 4 years in High School and did a study abroad in Austria (Vienna) so I am definately a big fan of the language.  If you even want to "converse" maybe we can start a thread in the "foreign language" section. 
 

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Well, I did three years of German in high school....before that I had no prior experience.

I took German 30 and 31 my last year (31 is considered to be university level German). I averaged around 92% through all four courses in high school.

To be honest, German at university leaves much to be desired. I took my first course last semester and another course this semester (same prof). German is my minor.

In fact, I would have taken the University's course on Eastern Orthodoxy except I wanted the same German prof and the two courses  were the same time slot. Alas, next year....

German right now is very much a case of review and listening practice.  There is little reading component to the course and its two textbooks right now, its mainly oral and listening practice. And mindless grammar exercises...

That said I love the language, and I won't ever stop speaking it. :) I also keep remembering the recording I listened to in high school of the monks chanting "Vater Unser" Shivers down my spine.
 

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+ Irini nem ehmot,

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ROFL to the caption in ozgeorge's current avatar: "Honk 40 times if you are Orthodox."
Shouldn't it be 41 times?
 

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Postolowka said:
Well, I did three years of German in high school....before that I had no prior experience.

German is my minor.

That said I love the language, and I won't ever stop speaking it. :)
I've spent my life learning languages of all sorts.  My specialty is dead langauges, Latin, ancient Greek, Hebrew, etc.  German, I simply don't get!  It makes no sense to me.  After reading your post, I'm wondering what am I doing wrong?!  I'm happy you enjoy it and that you obviously love it, but why can't I?  Aargh! :mad:

Scamandrius
 

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Herr Everitt was the best teacher in the world....that is pretty why I am not a fan of University German.

He made high school fun....he made sure you learned the language.  In class we watched German movies, German contemporary music, classical music....the whole gamut.

I tend to specialize in conlangs, dabbling in Esperanto, Quenya, Klingon etc.

"Vater Unser, der Du in Himmel bist,
Dein Reich komme..."

 

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My High School german teacher was excellent also.  That's why I ever even became profficient in it.  If I hadn't had him I would have never been able to go abroad and study in Austria. 

The program there was amazing as well.  Pretty grammar intensive all around, but hey, its German!  ;)  (Verb am ende!!  ;) ;D )

I've heard many people say that their College German programs suck.  I wonder why the quality diminishes after High School? 

University of Wisconsin, Madison has the best German program in the country.  If you're anywhere near it I suggest taking at least 1 class there.  I was going to go there before I went to seminary. 
 

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Postolowka said:
Herr Everitt was the best teacher in the world....that is pretty why I am not a fan of University German.

He made high school fun....he made sure you learned the language.  In class we watched German movies, German contemporary music, classical music....the whole gamut.

I tend to specialize in conlangs, dabbling in Esperanto, Quenya, Klingon etc.

"Vater Unser, der Du in Himmel bist,
Dein Reich komme..."
Ever check out Ladino? Its Yiddish for the Mediterranean.

Panagiotis
 

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I have heard of it....my prof in the Judaism class mentioned. I know it was referenced in an episode of Law & Order:Criminal Intent....I am such a nerd....that episode last night was sick and twisted.

I will have to check it out, see if I can find a course online.
 

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I notice no one has ignored me yet...so what's up; is the feature not working? has everyone just not figured out how to use it yet? or am I slipping? I really thought I was being extra offensive lately, but apparently to no avail.
 

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greekischristian said:
I notice no one has ignored me yet...so what's up; is the feature not working? has everyone just not figured out how to use it yet? or am I slipping? I really thought I was being extra offensive lately, but apparently to no avail.
Perhaps people have just built up an immunity to you. Try being sickly-sweet for a while and confuse their immune system the way a retro-virus does.
 

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hmmm, only problem is that I'm not sure I know how to be sweet...sickly or otherwise. My expertise is in being a pain in the posterior. ;D
 

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greekischristian said:
I notice no one has ignored me yet...so what's up; is the feature not working? has everyone just not figured out how to use it yet? or am I slipping? I really thought I was being extra offensive lately, but apparently to no avail.
I do training if you are interested.  ;D
 

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TomS said:
I do training if you are interested.  ;D
Hmmm, I might be tempted to take you up on the offer; however, I observe that you have yet to be ignored as well. Only people you've managed to piss off thus far are the mods...and I dont suspect that we can increase our iggy points from them. ;D

So far matthew is the only person who has an ignore...and I'm not quite willing to go to that extreme. ;)
 

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Not entirely certain how the ignore function works, can't say I've tried it yet...I'm not about to use it and give someone else a head start over me ;D
 

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Get ready to be ignored! 

Either its too early in the morning for you, or its too early for me.  Because I did not understand your sentence...? 

What did you mean to say?  It was definately a little confusing...?  why would it be a bad thing for someone to get ahead of you, if you don't want to use the function? 

You're making no sense man!!!  haha. 
 

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serb1389 said:
Get ready to be ignored! 

Either its too early in the morning for you, or its too early for me.  Because I did not understand your sentence...? 

What did you mean to say?  It was definately a little confusing...?  why would it be a bad thing for someone to get ahead of you, if you don't want to use the function? 

You're making no sense man!!!  haha. 
LOL...what I mean is that if I ignore someone else, they they will be ignored by more people than I am. I dont want to personally ignore others, but I dont mind being ignored by other people. Being ignored by large numbers of people would just tell me that I'm doing my job and being extra offensive. Plus, if someone ignores me, it places me in a tactically superior position, I can respond to their posts but they will not retaliate.

So when you ignored me, did my posts still show up under the 'recent posts' section of the front page?
 

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greekischristian said:
So when you ignored me, did my posts still show up under the 'recent posts' section of the front page?
Oh, you were quite well ignored for the 2 seconds that I did it - no indication of recent posts, no username on the online section....

The annoying thing was that, after I hit the ignore (and after I hit the un-ignore) the page refreshed to the 1st page of the thread.... 126 pages ago.
 

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Yah I had the same thing happen to me, on both points. 

It said that you posted, just not WHAT you posted...which I find very interesting. 

But yah, bringing you back to the first page...VERY annoying.  Much more than you running your mouth.  ;) :p  (comments directed at GiC...although Cleveland.... ;D)
 

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Seen on a button at an SF convention:

"I'm awfully busy. Do you mind if I ignore you later?"

 
;D

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I got myself an ignore! ;D

One more, and I believe I'll take the lead for most ignores on the forum. Hmmm, what's a good topic that I can bring up to piss off the weak minded??? :D :D :D
 

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greekischristian said:
I got myself an ignore! ;D

One more, and I believe I'll take the lead for most ignores on the forum. Hmmm, what's a good topic that I can bring up to piss off the weak minded??? :D :D :D
Take the Fr Chris path to controversy that we've discussed so much here at school!....
 

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"It's life, Jim, but not as we know it."
"Star Trekkin', across the universe
On the Starship Enterprise, under Captain Kirk.
Star Trekking, across the universe,
Boldly going forward, 'cause we can't find reverse. "


http://www.df.lth.se/~ghost/startrek/star_trekkin.shtml
 

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Jakub said:
I thought Ignore was a name of a newbie...

james 
Maybe it should be...

I think, though, after this last week, that "ignore" is the nickname of this thread!  :D

And now, for something completely different:


Trials for 'bionic' eye implants
By Jonathan Fildes
Science and technology reporter, BBC News, San Francisco

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6368089.stm

A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years.

US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients.

The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye.

Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement.

"What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise blind eye and allow patients to see," said Professor Mark Humayun, from the University of Southern California.

Retinal implants are able to partially restore the vision of people with particular forms of blindness caused by diseases such as macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa.

About 1.5 million people worldwide have retinitis pigmentosa, and one in 10 people over the age of 55 have age-related macular degeneration.

Both diseases cause the retinal cells which process light at the back of the eye to gradually die.

The new devices work by implanting an array of tiny electrodes into the back of the retina.

A camera is used to capture pictures, and a processing unit, about the size of a small handheld computer and worn on a belt, converts the visual information into electrical signals.

These are then sent back to the glasses and wirelessly on to a receiver just under the surface of the front of the eye, which in turn feeds them to the electrodes at the rear.

The whole process happens in real time.



Growing dots

First-generation, low-resolution devices have already been fitted to six patients.

"The longest device has been in for five years," said Professor Humayun.

"It's amazing, even with 16 pixels, or electrodes, how much our first six subjects have been able to do."

Terry Byland, 58, from California was fitted with an implant in 2004 after going blind with retinitis pigmentosa in 1993.

"At the beginning, it was like seeing assembled dots - now it's much more than that," he said.

"When I am walking along the street I can avoid low-hanging branches - I can see the edges of the branches."

Mr Byland is also able to make out other shapes.

"I can't recognise faces, but I can see them like a dark shadow," he said.


[quote author="caption"]
1: Camera on glasses views image
2: Signals are sent to hand-held device
3: Processed information is sent back to glasses and wirelessly transmitted to receiver under surface of eye
4: Receiver sends information to electrodes in retinal implant
5: Electrodes stimulate retina to send information to brain [/quote]

Brain change

The new implant has a higher resolution than the earlier devices, with 60 electrodes.

It is also a lot smaller, about one square millimetre, which reduces the amount of surgery that needs to be done to implant the device.

The technology has now been given the go-ahead by the US Food and Drug Administration to be used in an exploratory patient trial.

This will take place at five centres across America over two years, with 50-75 patients aged over 50.

If successful, the device could be commercialised soon after, costing around $30,000 (£15,000). Other devices could then be developed with higher resolution or a wider field of view, said Professor Humayun.

Future work includes studying the effects the implants have on the brain.

"We are actually studying what happens to the visual cortex over time," said Professor Humayun.

The research was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Francisco, US.

 

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The first step in the integration of man and machine; what an exciting future this beckons, where the lame walk, the blind see, and yet unconceived wonders will become commonplace.
 

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greekischristian said:
The first step in the integration of man and machine; what an exciting future this beckons, where the lame walk, the blind see, and yet unconceived wonders will become commonplace.
Resistance is Futile.  You shall be assimilated into the collective.
 

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greekischristian said:
Oh, yeah...that too ;)
So if you were a fully-integrated computer-man, which game would you be playing during Dogmatics???
 

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cleveland said:
So if you were a fully-integrated computer-man, which game would you be playing during Dogmatics???
Oh, I'd probably mix it up a bit...but any game would be preferable to actually listening to those 'lectures.'
 

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greekischristian said:
Oh, I'd probably mix it up a bit...but any game would be preferable to actually listening to those 'lectures.'
Actually, I'm sure if you were a cyborg-type person you could both listen to the lecture and play the game.... Or just play two!
 

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cleveland said:
Actually, I'm sure if you were a cyborg-type person you could both listen to the lecture and play the game.... Or just play two!
I think I'd opt for just playing two games. ;)

Listening to those lectures was pretty low on my priorities list.
 

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greekischristian said:
I think I'd opt for just playing two games. ;)

Listening to those lectures was pretty low on my priorities list.
Well, I'm fortunate - thanks to my completing things a bit ahead of schedule, I don't have many lectures to sit through (6 credits this semester!)
 
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