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Many thanks to anonymous_greg for the CD! It's very shiny and professional-looking - just like you! ;) Also I just love getting airmal packages.

Good vibes to caitirin, dude, and congratulations to strange_complex on your new job! And to another person on my list who has a secret...

And hello to pickwick76, who has probably the second-coolest username on LJ. Obviously. *waves*

Todays ShinyLinks:

Serenity in Lego!

Dummies Guide to the Patriot Act

Creationism controversy comes to Britain (though in a slightly different way - we seem to be unconvinced it should be in Science classes at all, even as a theory)

The Wikipedia entry on "teh" for pooka_joe - proper linguistic analysis of how the way I use it has equivalents in other languages, and stuff. So :-p

Question Of The Day:

What was your favourite subject at school, and are you still interested in it? Are there any subjects you hated at school but now you're really interested in? If you had to pick what classes you took again, would you do it differently? Note to Americans: I'm wondering about high school here, not university. (Though feel free to tell me all about your uni too :))

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caitirin
Mar. 10th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
caitirin
Mar. 10th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
Question Of The Day:

What was your favourite subject at school, and are you still interested in it? Are there any subjects you hated at school but now you're really interested in? If you had to pick what classes you took again, would you do it differently? Note to Americans: I'm wondering about high school here, not university. (Though feel free to tell me all about your uni too :))

I always rather hated math and PE. I suppose I kind of wish I'd been more fit and such. Hindsight being 20/20.

I still don't like math at all, but now I'm getting more into fitness but I STILL feel very self conscious when working out so that hasn't really changed.

I loved history, still do. Probably always will :) I wish I'd taken more arts classes and language while in high school. But there really wasn't the opportunity because I took band for about 2.5 years and choir for the rest, and I loved that.
pickwick
Mar. 10th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, yeah, I wish I'd been more fit too, though I did play basketball for a few years. And I wish I'd done more sciency stuff, because I've got NO biology or chemistry and it means there's a bunch of embarrassingly basic stuff that I don't know. But there's nothing I'd necessarily want to *not* have done, so...more time at school, that's what we need. School till we know everything.
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miss_next
Mar. 10th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
I found it hard to choose a favourite subject, because I liked most of them, but someone once asked me this question while I was at school. I wasn't aware that my English teacher was walking down the corridor behind us, and after some thought I said "English." That made her day. :-)

I expect you've possibly noticed I'm still rather keen on it!
pickwick
Mar. 10th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Mine was English too, except in third and fourth year when my teacher hated me, for reasons I never found out. I was busy liking Physics then, for some reason! We got to wire plugs.
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dave_t_lurker
Mar. 10th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
QOTD:
Favourite subject at school?

That's easy. Science.

Am I still interested in it?

Two and about 98% of a third degrees in it says yes!
I've always been interested in just about everything, my interest in things waxes and wains over time, I find myself asking odd questions on various subjects I know little about from time to time.

One question I'm trying to research now is the state of eyesight in areas that were once under Mongol rule. Something I've never even thought about until an idea came to me in the bath the other week...
pickwick
Mar. 10th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yay, science geek :) I do admire people with some sort of consistency to their life plan - I've studied English, Psychology and IT at degree level, and worked in accounts, tax, customer service and media. Ah, well...

Your research project sounds suitably random! Excellent. There's something about bathrooms that encourages random ideas, I find - I have all my best ideas in the shower.
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anonymous_greg
Mar. 10th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm professional looking? :-)
You are very welcome ... and thank you. I hope you enjoy the CD.

Also, I'm beginning a certain person has a fairly w-i-d-e definition of the word secret. ;^)
dakegra
Mar. 10th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
well, my team doesn't know yet. But my boss does...
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luckykaa
Mar. 10th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
QOTD
What was your favourite subject at school,
Maths. I was a bit of a geek.

and are you still interested in it?
Yes. I still am a geek.

Are there any subjects you hated at school but now you're really interested in?
History. Possibly English Literature, but I've always been reasonably keen on reading. I just find the typical recommended books more interesting when I don't have to read them. The thing about History is that the Common Entrance Syllabus covers 1066 and all that in great depth. It means I have a pretty substantial wodge of general knowledge to link with anything else I learn.

If you had to pick what classes you took again, would you do it differently?
Nope.
pickwick
Mar. 10th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: QOTD
Heh, yeah, I'm going back and reading a bunch of the books I was *meant* to read for uni and never quite got round to. I have no intention of going back to Walter Scott, though...

I did history till I was 17, but I can't remember much that we did apart from Appeasement and the Run-up to War, and a bit about Bannockburn, which was when I was about 12. Hmm. I seem to have got one of my teachers firmly aligned in my head with Professor Binns from Harry Potter cos he was very grey and uninteresting, so now when I'm trying to remember what we learnt I'm thinking "goblin revolutions!" which may not be right.
sloopjonb
Mar. 10th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
English and History. Oh, yes. Biology (up to a point - I can read Richsrd Dawkins with pleasure and profit, but a lot of it goes woosh!). I'd like to have learnt a language.
pickwick
Mar. 11th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)
Meh, I learned two languages, but you'd never know it from the amount I remember now.
pooka_joe
Mar. 10th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
argh!

wikipedia is cool, but "teh" sucks. it appears to be a spelling error that has somehow gained credibility and popularity. perhaps if i make spelling errors and then try to cover it by being "kewl", no one will notuice my shitty attempts and typing any more.

bag o' shite!

(so speaks the curmudgeon ;P)
pickwick
Mar. 11th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
I think you mean teh sux0r...
pooka_joe
Mar. 10th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
i don't think i hated anything. now i would say that i wish i didn't have to do religious education. i am not anti religious. i am interested in them, really, but my school really catholicised my view of the world. it has taken me years to find out the truth about other religions and al this has served to do is make me angry with catholicism. and i don't want to be!!! argh!

i loved engliah at school, but mainly from the creative writing point of view. i wish i had had some encouragement at the time. i still really enjoy writing stuff (hence the new canterbury stories)

if i had to do it again i would probably ignore my teachers advice. i loved english but i was really good at science. unfortunately my school wouldn't let me do bilogy and physics. i had to do chemistry and either physics or biology
pickwick
Mar. 11th, 2006 10:17 am (UTC)
Oooh, I see. Your school sounds mad and strange...not helpful, really! This is the trouble with faith-based schools I guess.

Your writing is wicked! Can't believe they didn't encourage you at school.
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dermfitz
Mar. 11th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
From the Wikipedia entry:
Furthermore, "teh" is sometimes used in front of a verb in a novel form of gerund.

Gerund? Hmm?
pickwick76
Mar. 11th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
Thank you for the recognition my friend. I look forward to our future correspondences via LiveJournal posts. It is always great to have a fellow friend across the pond in the mother country! I love British issues, history, and culture, so hopefully you will serve to further enlighten me!
pickwick
Mar. 11th, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
I'll do my best!
bunnyk
Mar. 11th, 2006 11:45 am (UTC)
I loved English and Latin, and hated Maths. Possibly something to do with having a scary maths teacher who, if you weren't quick enough, used to throw the chalk/blackboard eraser at you.

On the other hand, I have *great* ducking reflexes...
pickwick
Mar. 11th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
Meep! We had a very loud shouty maths teacher who everyone was terrified of, but I eventually figured out that he worked by shouting at everyone indiscriminately for the first five minutes of every class, by which time everyone was so quiet and mouselike that he never actually had to shout at anyone in particular.
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