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15 years ago
The propensity towards nuclear family groups, which for this argument might as well include 30plus people in western society living on their own, is largely resultant of the industrial revolution and was greatly increased by the (arguable) economic success of capitalism in the mid-late twentieth century. It makes since that globalization would spread economic wealth over a wider base, thus making some(or most) of us poor westerners poorer, and, god forbid, have cause to revert to the far more common case of extended families living in the same house.
15 years ago
1. question what you're told
2. problem solving
3. how to safe my ass from a lawsuit
4. success really is happiness
5. see spot run
15 years ago
I've further reflected on my misgivings of my choices; I've come to realize a mojor reason for my melancholy attitude towards my decision to pursue school first is largely because I'm from a very small town. All of my friends, which was basically my whole grade as is the nature of very small classes, are doing something different. I realized that lots of my doubt comes from this seeming complete seperation between life before university and life after.
This realization makes me wonder, at least of myself, if it isn't more of a regret of losing those connections almost completely, than it is of regretting what path I have decided to walk down. Being young, I have it fresh in my mind all the horrible summer and part time jobs I have done to support myself and get myself through school. In all of those experiences, generally the most memorable came from working with people who made it interesting, instead of what the job was. Even when I've had jobs that I wanted, if they were with people who just generally sucked, the job was not much fun.
This sounds wrong coming from someone who is in engineering, but it seems to me that the relationships and experiences between the people in your life are much more important to your happiness with your life, than the physical and visceral experiences, not to mention psychedelic ones.
15 years ago
I'm pretty young, still in university; however, I still feel often enough that I made the wrong decision when I gave up pursuing snowboarding out of high school. Not that I was terribly good, I just wanted to go live in the mountains and just do it for a couple of years. I often accuse myself of selling out, because the reason I stayed was the entrance bursary I got. I know the laments of a person with the majority of their life still ahead of them(I hope) don't seem as well founded, I just have so many friends who often wish they would have chased their dream, given it a chance for just one or two more years. To really be able to pour themselves into that thing they loved and see what could happen, then go try something else. I just it's just scary to people to be trailblazer's, school, or work is so much more structured than the pursuit of dreams. The ease of this structure I now feel is only misleading, especially if you begin to question your choice as quickly as I did. It is much harder to do this than to work at something you truly love to do.
As for the drugs, meh, they're not really all they're cracked up to be.
15 years ago
I'm an undergrad engineer. Recently(last week actually) a group has been formed in our college for furthering engineering of space equipment through competition. This a direct result of the space elevator design competition started by Elevator 2010. I believe this competition idea was largely inspired by the X Prize and the success of previous international, inter-collegiate design competitions like Formula SAE (mini F-1 racecar), super mileage vehicle(the record is somewhere around 7000mpg now as far as I know).
I guess I just started this topic to see what people think of the idea, the competition, even the feasibility of an actual space elevator.
For more information the website is: Elevator 2010 : Robotic Climber Competition

Thanks for your ideas in advance.
15 years ago
Bill Gates is most definetly an Evil Dictator. He may not be killing to many people, but anyone who controls a monopoly of the magnitude of microsoft has to bear '666'.
16 years ago
I was going to say that cow must be young. I don't know where you are Paul, but the background in those pictures looks pretty similar to the type of area I grew up in. My little brother shot a moose a few years ago (in moose season don't worry), and I'd venture a guess it was a half a foot taller than that one and it was about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 year old bull. I was surprised to see it eating bushes like that though. Usually moose like to stick pretty close to somewhere with swamp grasses, moss and lichens, even algae once in a while. That's definetly the first one I have ever seen eating lilac bushes. Those are some really nice pictures you got.
16 years ago
I grew up in a French town, though not in France, it still has quite a strong French heritage. Church service is done in French, the school is French Immersion. I'd have to say from my own experiences that French people seem to live longer, I think it's because they don't stress themselfs about little things, or big things for that matter, near as much as your average North American citizen (excluding Mexico, because I've never been there). Most of the French people I know smoke, drink, screw, eat heart-clogging food and do pretty much everything else that modern society has forbidden. Yet they live longer, because they just don't care.
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Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand.
- Homer J. Simpson
16 years ago
Yeah, well I guess that about wraps that up. I didn't just come up with that quote on my first post though, that was taken from something circa 1970ish.
16 years ago
this bit of code is giving me a 'must be caught or declared to be thrown error":

it highlights the last line for the error. i'm sure i'm just missing something, but what?
16 years ago
Forgive me for not reading the entire page, if I'm just repeating someone else ignore this.
'Gayness' as far as I know, can be either just a natural disposition, or something that develops, say a traumatic response. So homosexuality is perfectly natural in the animal kingdom, although the animals may not be as inventive as their human counterparts on the intercourse front, but that is WAY off topic.
I don't think you can deny any two people the right to join in a loving union. I'm not to sure marriage really applies. Marriage was a religious thing before it was really a legal thing, however common-law couples are granted the same rights as married couples then I think, at least for a start, they should quickly allow homosexual couples to be classified as common-law. I don't know about marriage, because as far as I'm concerned with that one, it's part of religion and therefore out of my scope.
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-Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand.
-Homer Simpson
16 years ago
I added this only to bring my topic back up so someone might check it out. I really am looking for input on this, I have some collaborators at the U now and we are really interested in ANYONE else's take on it.
16 years ago
i need to know where to begin with sort methods. i know i need to write four of them, but they are all pretty similar, just order objects in an array based on numerical value. i want to find the lowest value, put it first, then the second lowest, put it second..... until the end of the array, i thought i could do it with just a for loop, but those haven't worked for me at all, any suggestions for what to do would be greatly appreciated
16 years ago