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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Freshman in college on: July 19, 2016, 12:11:34 am
Cathcon is right, take as many classes as you want and do what you want. I found college classes much easier in terms of workload than high school classes and so I on multiple occasions took courseloads that were so high that I needed special permission from the school; it was fine, I managed to maintain a 3.5 GPA and a reasonably active social life while getting enough sleep, and that was how I graduated with three degrees.

The one piece of advice that I give to everyone entering college (and I know there are plenty of you people on this site) is to plan ahead of time, particularly if you want to study multiple things. Find out all the requirements for your major(s) and all the prereqs for those classes, and then put everything on a spreadsheet so that you know what to take every semester and don't waste your time taking things you don't need. That way you'll have space for the classes you want; I was able to take Russian for my last four semesters of college despite the fact that it didn't count for any of my degree programs because I had planned things out so that I had space for it.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian Federal Election- July 2, 2016 on: July 09, 2016, 11:24:22 am
Booth results in SEQ (primary vote plurality)

Obviously, these are still preliminary, since recounts continue.

As always, bigger version in gallery.

The Voronoi diagram is a really interesting way of presenting this data! I don't know if I've ever seen that before.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If 'Seriously?' lived in Britain... on: July 07, 2016, 10:11:22 am
I feel like most of the topics on this board are polls about people I haven't heard of.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If BRTD lived in Northern Ireland... on: July 07, 2016, 10:08:43 am
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party (UK) Leadership Election, 2016 on: July 06, 2016, 10:36:44 am
Maybe I am projecting the Canadian political system too much onto Britain

This is something that Canadians constantly do with all countries and I find it baffling.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Kevin Durant signs with warriors on: July 06, 2016, 09:45:38 am
     He signed for 1 year with an option for another. He's pulling a Deion Sanders here: join a top team for a ring and move on. I figured this might happen as soon as he published his shortlist.

This is, uh, not what's happening.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of these online comments about Pennsylvania on: July 05, 2016, 12:30:02 am
I don't want to pile on but I'm going to pile on because lmao at someone using Massachusetts as an example of racial tolerance

8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NBA Offseason Thread on: July 04, 2016, 11:42:51 pm
Warriors are light years ahead. If you don't love this move you are a jealous hater and you should get some perspective in your life.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: CA-GOV 2018-Kevin Faulconer declines to run on: July 02, 2016, 01:22:50 am
Newsom is generally despised but he'll win anyway.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: british frantically googling what e.u. is, hours after voting to leave on: June 30, 2016, 11:02:58 pm
5. Brexit is a complicated process. Claiming that leaving a free trade zone will just be unmitigatedly AWFUL is pretty simplistic. Also, for all the lefties here claiming this: shame on you, bro. Protectionism is a good thing for working people.

lmao learn economics
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is 2016 the greatest sports years of the century so far? on: June 30, 2016, 04:25:36 pm
no tbh

lacrosse, hockey, basketball, all trash
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Figures You Disagree With But You Know Are Good, Well-Meaning People on: June 28, 2016, 11:42:39 pm
None; everyone I disagree with is a bad person.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership on: June 28, 2016, 02:22:58 pm
Ex govenor of the Bank of England Mervyn King interviewed yesterday:

This is the most dispiriting campaign I can recall in my lifetime. Both sides were exaggerating. I think the government has to take responsibilty for setting the tone for that. I do think they said things that were not easy to sustain or support.

It's true there was a great deal of uncertainty about the outcome in economic terms. That would have been enough perhaps to have made their case but they went way beyond that about using precise numbers about how much our living standards might fall. We had all kinds of scare stories and I was travelling around the UK a lot at that time and I was struck by how many people said to me that they didn't like the scaremongering tactics.

They didn't like to be told that if they were to vote to Leave they would be idiots. If you say to someone you're an idiot if you don't agree with me you're not likely to bring them in your direction.


Couldn't agree more with his sentiments Smiley

Please stop propagandizing for Leave; the election is over and regardless I come to this site to discuss election results, not to hear people express their political opinions.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: June 28, 2016, 11:41:00 am
Given that some sort of border controls with Britain will presumably now be set up, is there any chance of Ireland joining the Schengen area?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Santander on: June 26, 2016, 02:35:40 am
Smiley good guy FF Smiley

Just kidding, obviously trash.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Name your future children on: June 25, 2016, 01:50:36 am

Yeah, she has a pretty cool name, huh? Do you know her? Basically every name on the girl list is someone I know.

Only from that time I read for a Skype tournament that she played (and you did, too).
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Name your future children on: June 24, 2016, 06:14:16 pm

ha, you played quizbowl at UW
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Worst area of the world? on: June 24, 2016, 06:08:43 pm
I don't want to make any personal attacks, which was my inclination when I opened this thread, so I'll just say that this is deeply repulsive.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the "whites are always won over by racism" theorizing posters on: June 24, 2016, 02:13:52 pm
This line of argument recognizes that racism is a problem exclusive to the white community, which is important.
20  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of the Nation of Islam on: June 16, 2016, 03:41:18 pm
Played a valuable role in bringing many Americans to Islam, particularly under W. D. Muhammad.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the monitoring of mosques be part of U.S. security activities? on: June 16, 2016, 03:25:44 pm
Without doubt, of course they should be. All of them. It's an authority-driven system, and that's the center their authority. And it's only time until they figure out that they can get guns almost anywhere. Ugh.

ALL of them?  Holy potatoes.  Who are you, and what have you done with the DemPGH I knew?

DemPGH was always a bootlicker, I guess he's just a little more open about it now?
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: June 16, 2016, 03:18:49 pm
This thread is boring and is besmirching the good name of Update. If you can't post more interesting things, at least make posts where you inadvertently reveal your real name like this one:

Y'all are looking at the captain of the Upstate New York quiz bowl championship team here. We made quiz bowl great again by repeatedly crushing Ithaca High School with our mighty brains and redeemed our loss from last year. That time it was me solo vs. Ithaca's full team with me coming in second; this year it was our full team (sort of) vs. Ithaca's best player with him coming in second.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Post maps of where you've been on: June 14, 2016, 11:39:47 pm
As of next weekend:

Lived in: California, Maryland
Visited many times: District of Columbia, Virginia
Visited more than twice: Illinois, Nevada, Pennsylvania
Visited twice: Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming
Visited once: Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia
Drove through more than once: Delaware, Idaho
Drove through once: Ohio
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: To the employed members of Atlas, what is your hourly wage? on: May 11, 2016, 11:07:56 pm
I'm not employed currently, but I made $26/hour at my summer job.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Rfayette (read quote before answering) on: May 11, 2016, 05:57:15 pm
Here's the thing, though... if you're a person of Mexican descent who lives in the United States, that's obviously because you believe that the United States is a better country the Mexico*;

No, there are many Americans who happen to live in other countries but don't consider the United States inferior to those countries. I find it bizarre that you would assume this.

so, why wouldn't you do everything in your power to assimilate to the country that you yourself (implicitly if not explicitly) recognize as superior?

This doesn't even follow, and it's particularly bizarre in the context of the United States, seeing as that its history of immigration is well known and recognized.

Incidentally, this line of thinking can be employed as a theological argument: If the God that Muhammad preached about really were the author of human history, wouldn't people from Christian countries be begging to immigrate to Muslim countries, not the other way around?

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