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  1. Dunno why you're asking Kori, dear, since I'm the one with the quotes. Anyway, he's a stand up comedian, not as famous as he used to be. His brand of humor was...strange. He would deliver his jokes with minimal expression and just run straight through his ludicrous lines without pausing for laughter or anything. Quite something. ;)
  2. Hi Kori, Haha, I never thought of it that way. It's public, but I had to test to get in. It's pretty cool. Every year we do different dissections. We watch live surgeries via distance learning. Last year we did hospital rotations and next year we get to intern in a medical profession of our choice. Our curriculum is also more science-oriented, although we get the regular humanities classes. This is not an endorsement of public schools though. :angel: It's definitely an improvement (I don't think I could have survived at a regular high school), but it is still frustrating at times. That's so cool! I want to be a medical illustrator, and I'm waiting [im]patiently to learn all the proper anatomical stuff in college. Anyway, welcome to anyone who's joined up since I was here last, enjoy your stay =) I'll try showing up a wee bit more often. Oh, and I'm rereading Atlas Shrugged, for the record. Sayonara!
  3. Thanks everyone! Sorry I couldn't reply earlier, but I appreciate all the well-wishing and advice. Yep, I gotta be a grown-up now, how 'bout that. B)
  4. Well, it would be hard to pick any one thing that was most interesting to me. I was mostly just taking in the sights and the people. I have to say, going to another country really opens your eyes to what you take for granted at home...such as which is the "correct" side of the street to drive on. There are a thousand more examples, that's just the most obvious one Oh yes, we also went to see their production of Chicago (the musical). Aside from the bad accents (I hope we don't really sound like that), it was both alarming and amusing to see them portray the characters in the American stereotype. A very enjoyable show, of course. I love the songs and the style, no matter who's playing in it. But the difference between their version and our Hollywood one is definitely interesting.
  5. Inky


    Congratulations and good luck!
  6. Thanks everyone! And Chris, I do believe I also share a birthday with Anton Lavey, though I'm not sure how I feel about this. Don't worry everyone, I've seen enough Chinese operas and Bollywood films to be able to handle any kind of singing.
  7. Gonna have to agree with Brant on that one, Mike. Though they both apply at times. It's a question of personality, I think, whether you're more of a go-getter or afraid of failure. I need coffee. I'm being Master of the Obvious again.
  8. I really don't have a problem with it at all. The only times my friends ever get my philosophy full blast is when they're asking me for advice and things. And whenever our English teacher happens to ask for our opinion in an essay, she gets a dose of it as well. Other than that, I'm just myself, and no one really notices. Certainly people disagree with me, but I'm the sort that can set aside my differences and enjoy a person for their company. A great example: My best friend is a Communist. (I'm not ashamed to say so because I know him, and he's more than just a Communist to me. Nor am I worried about what people will think, because as far as I'm concerned, no one else really has the right to complain about my choices in friends unless they know both of us personally.) But really, if you make wise decisions, being a teenage Objectivist is a piece of cake. I don't have friends who give me crap about my beliefs and can't accept them because the second I meet someone like that, I know I wouldn't really want to know them anyway. Simple
  9. Well. I'm sitting here in the computer lab for English class, having finished early. I just have to say that I'm getting very annoyed at the selections our teacher makes for us to read. Right now the assignment is to read "Tell Me A Riddle," a short story by Tillie Olsen. For those who do not know, Tillie Olsen has been a Communist since the very beginning, and her short story reflects very much off of that. The introduction to the story seems to recognize how this whole thing is Communist propaganda. I'll put up the introduction when I get home, because the period is almost over. But this has to be the third story she's had us read by a Communist. And all the other ones are about miserable women in bad marriages, or how bad men are and such. Really...I'm quite tired of this.
  10. Inky


    Ah, mother, I <3 you so...throwing in RHPS, Bauhaus, Siouxsie...everything....for me. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone indeed. :ahappy:
  11. If I'm not much mistaken, he had an exhibit all to himself at Beatlefest a few years ago. He has a very distinctive style, I recognized it immediately.
  12. Hm, I know what you mean. I know an "Objectivist" or two, but it seems that they're mostly using it as an excuse to be total douchebags. I've tried flinging Atlas Shrugged in a few people's faces, but I suppose the 1,000+ pages can be a bit intimidating...I'll find a good convert and drag them here soon enough.
  13. Heh, no comment here, my mother's wandering around :whistle: And if any of you guys happen to have friends who are interested in Objectivism or are Objectivists themselves, please do invite them. Sometimes it seems like this joint needs more of a teenage perspective on things.
  14. I'm still alive! Okay, role call, how many teenagers are on this forum? Just to get an idea. Perhaps we could start discussing ideas from a teenage point of view, or how school life affects us while trying to live rationally and the like. I'm Tina, or Inky, whichever you prefer, and I'm sixteen. Now it's your turn.
  15. Perhaps it is because I've been staring at a computer moniter for too long, but I'm not getting a lot of "determination" out of her face. More like she smells something rather unpleasant. And her cheeks seem to be sagging a bit. And the train behind her makes me a little anxious, if only because I'm a little afraid of trains. Speaking of the trains, I agree with Dragonfly about the train not looking quite right. Is it just me, or is it tilting? And btw Mike...Morticia usually has higher eyebrows, and the pose is a little out of character. For some reason, I'm thinking more along the lines of Daughter of Dracula.
  16. Thank you, that's the way I feel about life too. I feel that since it's my life, I shouldn't just take another person's philosophy word for word. I'm glad that someone agrees with me . That's another reason I'm glad there is a message board such as this one, where people are a lot more open about other ideas. Many places where Objectivists come together, people get a lot of grief for not sticking to the rules, or even disagreeing with something Ayn Rand said or did. Objectivism is for living. That means living your own life, for yourself, and not for Ayn Rand. She had a great idea, but when I see people worshipping her, it just seems a lot like hypocrisy to me. Having said that, I wouldn't go up and tell them that they can't think that way. It's their life, I won't meddle, it's not even my business anyway. In return, I would hope that people wouldn't tell me that I'm wrong and I shouldn't think that way or whatever. Haha, it probably seems like I'm saying all this completely randomly, but I was actually thinking about this earlier. What does everyone else think about this?
  17. Inky

    Funky Food Facts

    Haha, you guys didn't know that? That was my favorite thing about Snapple.
  18. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Dracula ('31 with Bela Lugosi) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest The Nightmare Before Christmas Ferris Bueller's Day Off There are probably loads more that I haven't thought of yet. I've heard that A Clockwork Orange is really good, and I've been wanting to see it, I just haven't had a chance to. Actually, there are quite a few things on my list of things to see, mainly old horror movies, like Frankenstein and The Creature from the Black Lagoon and all that.
  19. Goodness, I just can't get away from them. My English teacher, on Friday, encouraged us all to write offensive limericks. But not many of us could think of anything. Perhaps if I watch this thread for long enough, it will rub off.
  20. I think my favorite thing about this painting (as well as the other linked examples) is the lighting. I can't quite put my finger on what it is exactly, but some things, such as the goblet and the lemon, seem to have their own light coming from inside of them, without lmaking the painting look strange or unnatural. The main parts of the paintings have their own sort of of life to them, giving the painting itself life. I'm probably not making too much sense, but that's what first caught my attention. And the detail is beautiful.
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    Inky's Art

    Thanks! Eep, I drew that a year ago. Much better in person, I have to say.
  22. I've been busy lately with my new website. Which website you ask? Night Vision Design. That's right, folks, I've started my own little design business. And since I've always gotta do things differently, I focus on an alternative group--I'm not making a living off of this, so I don't have a problem with working with a smaller group of people. Besides, there are loads of "normal" design sites out there, and I would get lost in the crowd (not something I like to do). I've just put up a new layout, but I don't know how it looks on other computers, so if people could give me feedback or send me screenshots of what it looks like on their moniters, I would really appreciate it. Any constructive critism, tips, complaints, and all that are welcome as well. It's not 100% finished, more like 99.8%, so I still have a few things to fix and stuff, so if you come to a page that doesn't really have anything on it or seems to be incomplete, check back later. I realize it's not something most of you would be interested in, but hey, that's what I've been spending most of my free time doing. :D/
  23. This brings my mind back to something my Chemistry teacher said while explaining different ways that people learn and think. According to one theory, there are four types of thinkers who, when you get right down to the bottom of it, ask a certain question. I don't recall the other three, but the one that I (and quite possibly most of you) fall under is the "Why?" category. Tell them to do something, and they'll ask "why?" Not in a rebellious way, but just to understand it better. They react to life in this same way. People of this type are usually deeply religious, or philosophers.
  24. Most enlightening. And alarmingly familiar. I see it all the time, being in high school. This "crowd mentality" is one of the things that I hate the most, but unfortunately it happens to me as well. I felt a bit of sympathy for the man in the experiment, and feel that I might have done the same thing. I think there is a certain amount of fear in many cases, when the crowd is unfamiliar. Such behavior could stem some sort of self-preservation. At least, that is what I have witnessed the most at school. There have been countless times when someone said something in class that made sense to me, but went against popular opinion, and the speaker was immediately jumped upon by the rest. The sight of someone literally shrinking in their chair with wide, frightened eyes is familiar to me. However, I am intrigued by that particular experiment. Is there a place where I could find more information on it? Such as how many times they performed it, and on how many different people? There could have been different reactions depending on the particular personality of the "guinea pig". And as to the lines? I could understand if the correct and "crowd" lines were somewhat close in length, however I would never agree if it was something like . compared to |.