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posted 17 May 2013 00:12 EDT (US)   
The Man with the Laughs





Gooooooooood-byyyyyyye Vietnaaaaam! That's right, I'm history... I'm outta here. I got the lucky ticket home, baby. Rollin, rollin, rollin'... keep them wagons rollin', rawhide! Yeah, that's right... the final Adrian Cronauer broadcast... and this one is brought to you by our friends at the Pentagon. Remember the people who brought you Korea? That's right, the U.S. Army. If it's being done correctly, here or abroad, it's probably not being done by the Army.







In honor of Robin Williams, I've decided to forsake the rules and simple post a lot of what made him special to us: his humor and ability to make us laugh!!


Genie: [turns into a cheerleader] Rick 'em, rack 'em, rock 'em, rake! Stick that sword into that snake!
Jafar: You stay out of this!
Genie: [Weakly] Jafar, Jafar, he's our man; if he can't do it, great!

When Christopher Reeve was in the hospital after his accident, Robin came to visit him. Reeve said this about that surprise visit:
Then, at an especially bleak moment, the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. He announced that he was my proctologist, and that he had to examine me immediately...it was Robin Williams...for the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.
When Stephan Spielberg was filming "Schindler's List", Robin would call him to cheer him up. I think I only called him once, maybe twice. I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimers Association. A society devoted to helping raise money to help older Germans who had forgotten everything before 1945. I remember him laughing and going 'thank you.'"










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[This message has been edited by Terikel Grayhair (edited 12-13-2014 @ 02:35 PM).]

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posted 05 June 2013 00:07 EDT (US)     151 / 2504  
Forgot we had credits too. I think it was 63? Every class gave 1 per trimester, except gym which gave half I think. It was pretty easy to meet though.

I am the Carthaginian who became an angel, and surrendered his wings for a life on the sea of battle.

My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel the Deflowerer
posted 05 June 2013 05:45 EDT (US)     152 / 2504  
I have an objection to private schooling and the sense of entitlement that comes with it. I don't believe in outright equality, but I believe in equality of opportunity.

My school was bad for GCSE options. Most people get to pick 4 subjects, I got to pick 2. My school made me do a language and a design & technology subject. Which was alright in the end, to be fair, I still have a lot of German and I was able to visit Germany, and I ended up enjoying electronics.

Secondary school was 5 years of not learning a great deal and trying not to get any sort of attention. How the bloody hell I got good GCSEs I will never know.

But I won't go to England due to the prescence of scruffy in shottingham. - Scenter102
This is Scruff we are talking about. I can't think of anything I don't see Scruff doing just for the hell of it. - Agrippa 271
The cake was made by Scruffy and it was... a rude shape. - Liam
monkey in a suit on a cycle - Scenter102 describing Scruffy
posted 05 June 2013 07:06 EDT (US)     153 / 2504  
I think there's a case for more selection in schooling, there's generally a lot of 'anti-elitist' drive in the UK which is intended, I think, to limit the ability of the rich and powerful to pinch all the good spots and so on.

The problem is that if you have a generally accessible school with any sort of practical admissions policy (e.g. if you live close you have more chance of getting in than someone who lives a decent distance away next to other schools) then you end up with more segregation as far as I can see, since if you live in a 'poor area' then your school is less likely to be good and good schools have property prices etc driven up in the vicinity.

Arguments against selection presumably work on the basis that tutoring becomes 'needed' to pass the entrance tests - but I'd hope there was another way around than to just not have them, such as ongoing performance/effort requirements to allow joining/leaving (having a decent gap to not have people switching all the time) or even 'free' tutoring provided to all. That way so long as you can avoid being knifed by your druggie neighbours, culture/environment/wealth might not stop you going to a good school.

Also some sort of policy could be put in place to allow extra funding for staff at 'failing' schools. Discussions around funding differences seem to focus on the assumption that good schools will pay more to the better teachers, but I'd guess you need an incentive for a good teacher to go into a role where the pupils are disinterested, don't speak the same language, probably violent etc rather than into a 'nice' school.

For non-UK people, my only real comment is that the US shouldn't refer to state schools as public schools - public schools are posh(er) private schools (aren't they)?
posted 05 June 2013 07:13 EDT (US)     154 / 2504  
I have an objection to private schooling and the sense of entitlement that comes with it.
Yeah, the problem is that 90% of private school kids are scum.

house won this
posted 05 June 2013 11:04 EDT (US)     155 / 2504  
Public Schools and Private Schools are one and the same in British terms, there's no difference, but the more 'elite' schools often get called Public Schools more often.

All the people privately educated I've known have been either scum or actually nice, there's no real middle ground in my (slightly limited) experience

But I won't go to England due to the prescence of scruffy in shottingham. - Scenter102
This is Scruff we are talking about. I can't think of anything I don't see Scruff doing just for the hell of it. - Agrippa 271
The cake was made by Scruffy and it was... a rude shape. - Liam
monkey in a suit on a cycle - Scenter102 describing Scruffy
posted 05 June 2013 11:35 EDT (US)     156 / 2504  
For non-UK people, my only real comment is that the US shouldn't refer to state schools as public schools - public schools are posh(er) private schools (aren't they)?
Not this again. In the U.S., we name our schools based upon their source of funding and control; public schools are run and funded by the government, private not. The opposite terminology applies in the UK.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." - Jeff Cooper
"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
My first book, The King's Own
posted 05 June 2013 11:48 EDT (US)     157 / 2504  
Not quite. Public and Private are pretty much interchangable in the UK, but a government funded school is a state school.

Getting back into RTS in a big way. Got invited to the Company of Heroes 2 beta test and I've reinstalled my favourite cold war RTS, Wargame European Escalation

But I won't go to England due to the prescence of scruffy in shottingham. - Scenter102
This is Scruff we are talking about. I can't think of anything I don't see Scruff doing just for the hell of it. - Agrippa 271
The cake was made by Scruffy and it was... a rude shape. - Liam
monkey in a suit on a cycle - Scenter102 describing Scruffy
posted 05 June 2013 12:00 EDT (US)     158 / 2504  
Private schools in Australia receive government funding and, in Year 12 at least, have to teach the matters covered the state curriculum, because final exams are set by each State's education board.

NSW and Victoria also have selective entry state schools.

"Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French." - P.G. Wodehouse, The Luck of the Bodkins
posted 05 June 2013 12:20 EDT (US)     159 / 2504  
On exam boards, why are there 3 separate exam boards? AQA, OCR and Edexcel don't seem to have any real differences.

I'm starting my final year of college on Monday. Fun times

But I won't go to England due to the prescence of scruffy in shottingham. - Scenter102
This is Scruff we are talking about. I can't think of anything I don't see Scruff doing just for the hell of it. - Agrippa 271
The cake was made by Scruffy and it was... a rude shape. - Liam
monkey in a suit on a cycle - Scenter102 describing Scruffy
posted 05 June 2013 15:10 EDT (US)     160 / 2504  
Well, I still have a week full of exams: Tomorrow Organic Chemistry, Modern Greek on Friday, and Physics, Modern Lit., Geometry and Ancient Greek next week. I'm so tired...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
posted 05 June 2013 17:35 EDT (US)     161 / 2504  
Finished Advanced Highers last Friday and off to Malia in two days
posted 05 June 2013 22:18 EDT (US)     162 / 2504  
I'm starting my final year of college on Monday. Fun times
How does college and such work in the UK? I'll be a senior (last year) next year as well, and I think I'm 4 years older than you.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." - Jeff Cooper
"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
My first book, The King's Own
posted 05 June 2013 22:58 EDT (US)     163 / 2504  
I believe that your College(US) is like University in England and Australia. By College, Scruff is referring to a high school type school, which occurs before University. I myself am in the last 4 months of schooling(high school) before i go on to university(collage in US terms)

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it- George Santayana
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are- David C. McCullough
Wars not make one great- Yoda
posted 06 June 2013 00:52 EDT (US)     164 / 2504  
My goodness, this is getting confusing. Why can't everyone accept that we do it the right way over here in America?

On a related note, I found this article today on how pronunciations vary even in the U.S.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." - Jeff Cooper
"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
My first book, The King's Own
posted 06 June 2013 01:30 EDT (US)     165 / 2504  
I was surprised at 'been', I was about to say it should be the same as bean but then it might be to you odd speaking people

There are a few classic distinctions here, bath for example
posted 06 June 2013 03:51 EDT (US)     166 / 2504  
I believe that your College(US) is like University in England and Australia. By College, Scruff is referring to a high school type school, which occurs before University. I myself am in the last 4 months of schooling(high school) before i go on to university(collage in US terms)
There's also the confusion of the older generation, eg my Granddad calls university College because quite a lot of modern universities used to be polytechnic colleges, and areas in the UK that are stuck 100 years in the past, eg the black country has a lot of sayings and accents that seem American but are actually originally from there.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 06 June 2013 04:50 EDT (US)     167 / 2504  
I see High School as being posh(er) than my Academy but I know folk down in the Borders who see an Academy as posh.
posted 06 June 2013 05:23 EDT (US)     168 / 2504  
My secondary school was an academy for the final year. All it's meant is that the head has gone on a colossal power-trip and continues to do so. Academies tended to be used as a way of bringing struggling schools back up until a few years ago

But I won't go to England due to the prescence of scruffy in shottingham. - Scenter102
This is Scruff we are talking about. I can't think of anything I don't see Scruff doing just for the hell of it. - Agrippa 271
The cake was made by Scruffy and it was... a rude shape. - Liam
monkey in a suit on a cycle - Scenter102 describing Scruffy
posted 06 June 2013 05:59 EDT (US)     169 / 2504  
Done.

I like how our exam had an option for F on the papare despite only goign up to E. Good old MCQ.

Calling all new people. USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION before asking a question. Thank you.
Alert the APOCOLYPSE is coming!!!!!!!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM(Itcame)
"TWH Guild Award (Best Duo/Trio) -Ischenous/IJ"- Tryhard. Why he chose that nomination, I don't know...
posted 06 June 2013 06:22 EDT (US)     170 / 2504  
All heads are on a powertrip aren't they? Back in the day my school got a status as specialising in science, and in sport, and in well all sorts of things - to the extent it clearly didn't specialise in any of them but still ticked the boxes to get badges (and presumably funds).


New language question for those properly educated amongst you - why does 'notwithstanding' effectively mean 'despite' when used as:
"notwithstanding the rain, we sat outside"?

It's not the best example I could give as I sort of mean it in cases where something is an exception to some sort of rule. If the phrase is the other way around "the rain notwithstanding, we sat outside" I can see how the derivation works - the first bit doesn't withstand something, giving a result. In the way it's generally used (e.g. in law) it always seems backward as the specific case has clearly withstood the general rule.

Incidentally, it's very odd for you to all be talking about university / late stage (preuniversity school of whatever description) given I always try to assume that you're all about 13. Especially Terikel.
posted 06 June 2013 06:48 EDT (US)     171 / 2504  
I was 14 when I joined. I'm 19 now.

Calling all new people. USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION before asking a question. Thank you.
Alert the APOCOLYPSE is coming!!!!!!!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM(Itcame)
"TWH Guild Award (Best Duo/Trio) -Ischenous/IJ"- Tryhard. Why he chose that nomination, I don't know...
posted 06 June 2013 07:08 EDT (US)     172 / 2504  
I was 13, now 18..

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it- George Santayana
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are- David C. McCullough
Wars not make one great- Yoda
posted 06 June 2013 07:45 EDT (US)     173 / 2504  
15/24. Ugh.

house won this
posted 06 June 2013 09:44 EDT (US)     174 / 2504  
Not quite as old as Terikel.

"It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do.
Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen." -- Jerome K. Jerome

"Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don't read the lines." -- Margaret Millar

ERADICATE CONDESCENSION! (That means don't talk down to people.)
posted 06 June 2013 10:22 EDT (US)     175 / 2504  
I was 13, I'm now 17.

Notwithstanding doesn't beat my linguistic pet-hate. "Irregardless" is a non-word. It means the same as "regardless"

But I won't go to England due to the prescence of scruffy in shottingham. - Scenter102
This is Scruff we are talking about. I can't think of anything I don't see Scruff doing just for the hell of it. - Agrippa 271
The cake was made by Scruffy and it was... a rude shape. - Liam
monkey in a suit on a cycle - Scenter102 describing Scruffy
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