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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #240 on: October 12, 2010, 06:50:25 PM »
A 38

I'll look it up in detail once I get home, but take a look around for something called the "10-minute background". It's basically what you're looking for, and was first posted on the WotC forums, but has been used at least once around here. Check the current OOC thread for the game "The Maker's Crown" in the PbP section, perhaps.
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #241 on: October 12, 2010, 08:50:14 PM »
Q 39

What ways are there to quickly insert mathematical operators, especially 'letter-like' symbols like "element of" on the fly while taking notes on a netbook (in a physics lecture, for the record)? Alt codes seem to either not work, or I'm too stupid to use them on this thing (they work fine on my desktop). EDIT: It may have to do with the fact that I use Linux and OpenOffice on this comp.
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Keep a pool of characters in a Notepad* window open while you work, and copy-and-paste?

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It's a possibility, I guess. Anything even more convenient? I guess I could fiddle with Writer and set some character combinations to be autocorrected to the symbols I want.
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #242 on: October 28, 2010, 06:46:45 AM »
Q41: What should I buy my wife for our 5th wedding anniversary?   :D

It's coming up in about 2 weeks, and I am drawing a blank. She's your typical "girly girl", likes shopping, clothes, shoes, etc. She suggested not to get her jewelry, which makes things more difficult... She's also kind of picky about clothes, and I suck at shopping... so if I get her clothes, she'll probably wind up sending them back, lol.

We are going to Hawaii for New Years, which is kind of like a 5 year honeymoon, but I'd still like to get her a gift. I know she wants a smart phone with internet access, so I was thinking of that... but it seems like they give those damned things away, so it's kind of too cheap to be a gift.  :lol (Of course... the monthly plan isn't free... so it could be an ongoing gift, I guess...)

Other ideas? I'm thinking in the 500 bucks ballpark should be good since we're taking that vacation and have bills to worry about, but good gift suggestions that cost more or less are welcome.
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« Reply #243 on: October 28, 2010, 11:25:46 AM »
She's your typical "girly girl", likes shopping, clothes, shoes, etc.
How about a giant Hello Kitty plushie? :p

Alternatively, if you don't mind being somewhat unoriginal, I'm sure a big coupon for some prestigious shoe shop would make her happy.
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« Reply #244 on: October 28, 2010, 02:34:34 PM »
She's your typical "girly girl", likes shopping, clothes, shoes, etc.
How about a giant Hello Kitty plushie? :p

Alternatively, if you don't mind being somewhat unoriginal, I'm sure a big coupon for some prestigious shoe shop would make her happy.
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #245 on: October 28, 2010, 04:55:31 PM »
She's your typical "girly girl", likes shopping, clothes, shoes, etc.
How about a giant Hello Kitty plushie? :p

Alternatively, if you don't mind being somewhat unoriginal, I'm sure a big coupon for some prestigious shoe shop would make her happy.
Appeal to childhood.
Giant Pooh.

I second this idea. Giant plushie for girly girls = win.
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #246 on: October 28, 2010, 05:06:41 PM »
I can't help with cloths but if she wants a smart phone and you decide to go that route I can help. Which one depends on the needs, comfort level, and carrier.

If she likes them (any you are on AT&T) then the iPhone is probably a good choice as it is a nice toy. They aren't what I want but many people like them for a reason. This however does force you onto iTunes, which I have had many complaints about recently, if you aren't already using it with an iPod.

I would strongly recommend a touch screen Droid phone if she is even the least bit technical. Droid phones offer a fair bit of customization that she may like but if she isn't into tweaking her toy then you should probably favor iPhone over droid when it is an option. Avoid the Blackberry stuff over all. Their apps suck compared to the exact same ones on iPhone and Droid phones.
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« Reply #247 on: November 04, 2010, 09:32:09 PM »
I wound up getting her a Droid X and a few other things (a watch, which she said she's probably going to send back, and a jacket and hat that she had in her amazon account but hadn't ordered :P ). At first, she was skeptical about the phone, saying she didn't really need it, and was even talking about sending it back. Then I finally got her to try it out, and now she's going crazy over all the stuff it can do.  :lol She especially likes the Voice to Text feature, and how you can use it to search the web, write emails, etc. So far it seems extremely good at transcribing what she says right "out of the box", which is really damned impressive I think.

Some of the apps (which we haven't had time to add or play around with yet) sound amazing, too, like the one where you can take a picture of something and the phone will look it up and tell you what it is, down to comparing prices at local stores, etc, I think. It's fkn crazy. (Insert Agita giving me a hard time about being old and behind the times here. :P )
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #248 on: November 04, 2010, 09:41:37 PM »
Which cell did you get for your lady?
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #249 on: November 04, 2010, 09:43:43 PM »
Some of the apps (which we haven't had time to add or play around with yet) sound amazing, too, like the one where you can take a picture of something and the phone will look it up and tell you what it is, down to comparing prices at local stores, etc, I think. It's fkn crazy. (Insert Agita giving me a hard time about being old and behind the times here. :P )
You youngsters and your phones! Mine has a calender and even a low resolution colour-screen, that should be enough for generations to come  :pout
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« Reply #250 on: November 04, 2010, 09:45:18 PM »
A screen? I thought you just tapped the lever and the other person would write the message down like a regular person.
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #251 on: November 04, 2010, 09:48:00 PM »
A screen? I thought you just tapped the lever and the other person would write the message down like a regular person.
That was my previous one, after the tv-crew showed up to interview "The man without a cell-phone" for the 90th time I felt it wasn't worth it any more  :D
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #252 on: November 04, 2010, 09:51:30 PM »
Get Skyfire browser it is faster and handles web pages better than the native one. I also recomend Google skymap as an awesome toy, star charts that tells you what you are looking at. Google translate is another fun app. While I think googles (the picture search app you were talking about) has it the barcode scanner is awesome as well, especially for shopping. Flashlight app is good but can be a battery killer.
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #253 on: November 04, 2010, 10:22:29 PM »
chicks are tricky, married chicks are worse..

maybe tricked out spa day, a 10 pack of massage gift certs


designer shoes or purse?

not wanting jewelery is always a, um 'fib'.

on that subject, i have about 6 months till mine, i need to start planning.. ugg
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #255 on: November 15, 2010, 04:42:48 PM »
Q.42: Anyone know of a place were I can find some kind of info on the strength of different venoms? More precisely I am trying to get some kind of number on how venomous sea snakes are compared to their land living relatives.

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Q.43: I'm heading to Malaysia in February and the flight company wants me to select a greeting for some reason. Since I can't speak a single word of Bahasa Malaysian I wonder which of the following is preferable (if possible, I'd like to confuse someone with this): Tun, Toh Poan, Datuk Seri, Datin Seri, Tan Sri, Puan Sri, Datuk, Dato, Datin.
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« Reply #256 on: November 15, 2010, 05:17:46 PM »
Q43
Tun is basically Mr.
The rest are titled variants. Except for the second one which I'm pretty sure you mistyped or something.
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #257 on: November 15, 2010, 05:52:24 PM »
Q43
Tun is basically Mr.
The rest are titled variants. Except for the second one which I'm pretty sure you mistyped or something.
Thanks
Yeah, seems it was supposed to be "Toh Puan". Anyone of them mean something like "Your Holiness" by any chance? I'd have a great time with that
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« Reply #258 on: November 15, 2010, 07:41:18 PM »
Nope, those are just the common titles for influential people/minor nobility.
Puan and Datin are just the female variants.

I could be a bit mixed up though. My malay was horrible to begin with and it's been going downhill.
The mind transcends the body.
It's also a little cold because of that.
Please get it a blanket.

I wish I could read your mind,
I can barely read mine.

"Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. At 2:15, it begins rolling up characters."

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"Just what do you think the moon up in the sky is? Everyone sees that big, round shiny thing and thinks there must be something round up there, right? That's just silly. The truth is much more awesome than that. You can almost never see the real Moon, and its appearance is death to humans. You can only see the Moon when it's reflected in things. And the things it reflects in, like water or glass, can all be broken, right? Since the moon you see in the sky is just being reflected in the heavens, if you tear open the heavens it's easy to break it~"
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Re: Ask a simple question, get a simple answer: The real world edition
« Reply #259 on: November 27, 2010, 07:43:29 AM »
Q44

What happens if I have a set of 3 email accounts, 1 of which forwards to the 2nd which forwards to the 3rd which forwards to the 1st again? Possibly may need to assume different email services, but I expect there is a system to deal with infinite loops like this (I cannot be the first person to think of it).
So you end up stuck in an endless loop, unable to act, forever.

In retrospect, much like Keanu Reeves.