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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 21 June 2013 16:44 EDT (US)     251 / 2504  
Used to never do any form of exercise in school, got out of PE all the time, etc. Ironically, I was (and still am) massively into cycling, I just didn't like doing what I like with the pure bellendry that my school was, and my ineptitude at football and rugby meant I was written off. I'm slightly pudgy, but I'm not unfit at all, I spend a lot of my spare time doing fitness, just got back into running and I'm on the market for a new cricket team

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

[This message has been edited by Earl Scruffles (edited 06-21-2013 @ 04:46 PM).]

posted 21 June 2013 17:48 EDT (US)     252 / 2504  
Yeah I only played football at lunch cos we had enough friends who wanted to play. In inter-form football and rugby I was never really passed to, which kind of suited me because we only did that until Year 9 when I was shy as shit and didn't really want to go near the ball.

The shame is, if you put me in that situation now I'd absolutely love it. It's basically impossible now to find a group of people of genuine mixed ability to play large scale sport with - it's either going to be with mates as a laugh (which probably means 11 a side is out, and certainly means some kind of tournament isn't happening) or in an organised league which is properly sized but less fun if you're not great because the average ability will be pretty high.

house won this
posted 21 June 2013 22:43 EDT (US)     253 / 2504  
Damn we don't get that 45-minute breaks here, only 15 minutes to eat lunch inside the classrooms. So only time we can play is the games period once a week. Too bad for us.

On another note, I just pre-ordered Rome 2!

"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor" - Alexis Carrel
Dawn of Fantasy Heaven Census II
posted 21 June 2013 23:11 EDT (US)     254 / 2504  
CG 61 USS Monterey
I can't say from personal experience what east coast commands are like (unless you count Pensacola or Meridian both of which sucked) but I've not heard anything good about any of them. There's a reason the major ones are called "Norf***ed", "Rotten Groton", and "King's Gay". Norfolk itself has the rep of being the strictest Navy region with the current exception of the 7th Fleet AOR. One of my old 1st Classes probably put it best when he said, "All the east coast khakis are complete dicks."

But, in anycase, good luck and enjoy your upcoming leave. And don't bother getting or bringing corframs (or however the hell you spell the name of the plastic dress shoes) they're not allowed to be worn on ship. That's forty bucks wasted IMO.
Nah, it's 6th form.
You'd think that with the overwhelming number of Brits that have been here over the years I would know what that means. Sadly, I need you to clarify.

Sir, I have not yet begun to defile myself.
Swallow my pride? No thank you, Im too full of myself.
I bring you nothing but love and a shopping bag full of sexual depravity.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
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posted 21 June 2013 23:45 EDT (US)     255 / 2504  
I picked East Coast cuz I wanted deployments on that side of the world. Personally, I'm not a fan of Asian language or food, while I am basically Eurocentric. Plus, I get the varied seasons and weather that San Diego doesn't afford. Small things, but I greatly appreciate them. As long as I don't need a lib buddy I think I'll be fine It honestly cannot be worse than Great Lakes.

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 22 June 2013 04:24 EDT (US)     256 / 2504  
You'd think that with the overwhelming number of Brits that have been here over the years I would know what that means. Sadly, I need you to clarify.
It's the (optional) classes you take 16-18. Almost all 6th forms I know of are attached to actual schools with kids from 11 upwards (it's called a 6th form because when you hit 16 you're in the 6th year of high school). If you don't go to 6th form you can go to college which is basically the same thing except colleges provide education to anyone of any age whereas you'll only ever get teens in a 6th form proper.

Basically everyone in a 6th form will be working towards getting A-Levels to get into University (or maybe you need them for the army too? Scruff would know). It's free education so some people do them knowing they won't go to university but don't know what to do with themselves yet, although in that case the actual qualifications themselves will probably be a waste of time.

house won this
posted 22 June 2013 13:06 EDT (US)     257 / 2504  
A lot of people I know are aiming for apprenticeships and stuff, although I ask why you'd do the academic option before moving to that. Most people, myself included, are working towards university, although less so than before the fees rise. I'm ambivalent about that.

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

[This message has been edited by Earl Scruffles (edited 06-22-2013 @ 01:08 PM).]

posted 22 June 2013 18:59 EDT (US)     258 / 2504  
You don't need A-Levels to do apprenticeships, surely?
I'm ambivalent about that.
I wouldn't worry about it. It's still going to be tied to what you earn and it's still going to be diddly squat. The people who stand to gain the least from Uni financially (I'm looking at arts grads really) also stand to pay back less each month under the new scheme since you have to be earning 20k rather than 15k to meet the minimum threshold.

My brother did an apprenticeship in electrical engineering - he's earning (more or less, adjusted for where he lives) about the same as me except he has no debt and is 2 years younger. Downside is that his close friends still only consist of guys he knew through high school (he has a lot of friends but I'm talking about the ones he goes on holiday with etc) and he didn't get to move out until he was 20. I've had my own place since I was 18 and have groups of really close friends all over the country.

house won this
posted 23 June 2013 01:04 EDT (US)     259 / 2504  
Yeah, I know. Personally I'm fine with the debt I'll run up, because I've looked into the system. A lot of people are put off by the big price tag without knowing how they would pay it back, which is largely a result of NUS propaganda, really

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 24 June 2013 02:19 EDT (US)     260 / 2504  
Well, the Unis here are free so I don't have to worry about a student debt...

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 24 June 2013 10:38 EDT (US)     261 / 2504  
The English education system is confusing.

Punic, if you find yourself in Pensacola with some free time, let me know. I only live about 45 minutes from there.

"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

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posted 24 June 2013 13:25 EDT (US)     262 / 2504  
Yeah, I know. Personally I'm fine with the debt I'll run up, because I've looked into the system. A lot of people are put off by the big price tag without knowing how they would pay it back, which is largely a result of NUS propaganda, really
I think it's largely a result of seeing the raw numbers in print and thinking "oh shit" and/or "bloody Tories"... and then not thinking any further.
Well, the Unis here are free so I don't have to worry about a student debt...
Yes, the Greek government has proven itself very good at judging what it can afford...

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posted 24 June 2013 14:50 EDT (US)     263 / 2504  
Unis in Syria are relatively cheap, 27,000 SYP a year which is about 135-150 dollars. Compared with the quality of education, that's pretty good, not counting in the security crisis.

However, Unis in Kuwait where I'm staying, are usually at 1,000 KD+ or $3,000. The good Universities are at 3,000-5,000 which is way too expensive. However, concessions are made for students who excel in high school, and by excel, I mean getting over 9.5 in the GPA which is pretty darn hard.

Check out this thinking style quiz I've found. Apparently, it determines what kind of a thinker you are, lateral or linear with some sub-divisions in the both.

http://www.cgribben.com/psych/th-stquiz.htm

"I long for Darkness."
- Cormac McCarthy, The Sunset Limited.

"We are a species that ravages, plunders, kills, destroys, rapes and enslaves in the name of progress."
posted 24 June 2013 14:53 EDT (US)     264 / 2504  
My grandparents are moving back north(Cheyboygan, Michigan), my last two weekends have been listening to my grandma complain about the "drug-dealering scumbags" across the street or about how she is never right. I also had to listen to various stories from the good old days told by my grandpa twenty time a-piece.
posted 24 June 2013 15:00 EDT (US)     265 / 2504  
I think it's largely a result of seeing the raw numbers in print and thinking "oh shit" and/or "bloody Tories"... and then not thinking any further.
The worst part is the letter which shows the interest being accrued. Its only a tiny amount of interest but seeing your debt go up by like a couple hundred quid pretty frequently is fairly saddening.

house won this
posted 24 June 2013 16:20 EDT (US)     266 / 2504  
You chaps will have it worse, but it was fairly depressing having the same/higher debt after a year of paying it off.

Hannibal, your test says I'm abstract sequential. They made us do Myers-Briggs type tests at work at one point, I managed a four-way tie between answers (out of sixteen). They're all sort of silly, even if they can be sort of insightful in minor fortune-teller type ways
posted 24 June 2013 16:34 EDT (US)     267 / 2504  
Yes, the Greek government has proven itself very good at judging what it can afford...
Well, it's one of the only things they paid that is actually worth it. They could hire less people in the public sector though, some services could work with nearly 50% of the current employees.

They also could afford stealing less money and not accepting the 2004 Olympics...

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 24 June 2013 23:40 EDT (US)     268 / 2504  
Unis in Syria are relatively cheap, 27,000 SYP a year which is about 135-150 dollars. Compared with the quality of education, that's pretty good, not counting in the security crisis.

However, Unis in Kuwait where I'm staying, are usually at 1,000 KD+ or $3,000. The good Universities are at 3,000-5,000 which is way too expensive. However, concessions are made for students who excel in high school, and by excel, I mean getting over 9.5 in the GPA which is pretty darn hard.
That's all very cheap as compared to where I'm going right now (can you say $54,000 before financial aid?). And I take it you have a little different GPA scale over there? (Because I'm not sure how you'd get a 9.5 even on a 5.0 scale).

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posted 25 June 2013 02:11 EDT (US)     269 / 2504  
That's all very cheap as compared to where I'm going right now (can you say $54,000 before financial aid?). And I take it you have a little different GPA scale over there? (Because I'm not sure how you'd get a 9.5 even on a 5.0 scale).
The methods for determining the GPA depend on what system does your school adhere to. Indian schools usually adopt the CBSE system which is pretty much the same as the English system. Arabic schools are complete and utter crap, unless you're going in for arts or philosophy at +1 and +2. Although getting 9.5 is hard, some people have managed to get 9.7 and 9.8. I recall reading somewhere that a student in an Indian school got a 100% in Math in +2.


$54,000? Why is it expensive like that?


@SwampRat

I agree, it's a bit silly. I guess it comes down to what you perceive of yourself.

"I long for Darkness."
- Cormac McCarthy, The Sunset Limited.

"We are a species that ravages, plunders, kills, destroys, rapes and enslaves in the name of progress."

[This message has been edited by Hannibal the Conqueror (edited 06-25-2013 @ 02:15 AM).]

posted 25 June 2013 03:42 EDT (US)     270 / 2504  
(can you say $54,000 before financial aid?).
That's in the US, right? I've always assumed the US system works because I rarely see much outrage against it (or rather, no more anger than I see directed toward the British system) but I don't really understand how. I take it the $54k is available in the form of a loan rather than a payment that needs to be made either upfront or by the end of term?

house won this
posted 25 June 2013 10:18 EDT (US)     271 / 2504  
some services could work with nearly 50% of the current employees
That sounds like some departments in my office.

There's a great deal of financial aid and scholarships available for students in the US. The first university I went to was about $30K a year, but my family paid less than $8K because of the academic scholarship I received. I was also offered loans to more than cover the rest of the cost, but my parents had put money aside to pay for my and my brother's college and did not want us to go into debt for our educations.

My brother did the ROTC thing and paid almost nothing for his education.

Regardless, between scholarships, financial aid and loans offered through the schools themselves, government agencies and private companies, individuals and interests, very few people in the US pay the full amount for their university education.

Also, while the best private universities in the US are frighteningly costly, there are a large number of smaller institutions and state-subsidized universities that offer an excellent education at a much lower price.

"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 25 June 2013 11:22 EDT (US)     272 / 2504  
It should also be noted that in the US, part of the reason why some colleges are so much more expensive is that you are also paying for the prestige. If you got a degree from Harvard/Yale, you're more likely to get hired than someone who got a degree from the University of Minnesota. From the teacher's I've talked to though, that only really applies to be big name school. After that it really doesn't matter, a degree is a degree. You're going to have to show you earned it at your job.

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 26 June 2013 08:28 EDT (US)     273 / 2504  
I just finished reading this article on the fallout of the Snowden leaks, and I could not help but laugh at the number of times official statements were made anonymously because the person was not permitted to release that information.

"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 26 June 2013 22:01 EDT (US)     274 / 2504  
I recall reading somewhere that a student in an Indian school got a 100% in Math in +2.
Poor kid may still not get admission in Indian colleges though, because the cutoffs here were as high as 100% till last year for even the medium colleges. So, to enroll, you have to get 100% in all subjects in +2. That said, a friend of mine scored GPA 10 last year.

"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor" - Alexis Carrel
Dawn of Fantasy Heaven Census II

[This message has been edited by Jetkill Fastmurder (edited 06-26-2013 @ 10:02 PM).]

posted 27 June 2013 04:58 EDT (US)     275 / 2504  
So, I managed to get a summer job. Yay.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
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