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    posted a message on The Tavern of Jay
    I cringe about most of the stuff I've posted, especially some of the personal stuff I've shared. I was about 15, 16 at the time I really got involved with Dfans. I didn't know how to conduct myself well on the internet. To an extent, I still don't know, but I'm getting better at it.
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    posted a message on Uber Bosses Speed Kill Video, Blue Posts, Bonus Blizzard Comic Contest Entry, Black Ops 2 Outsells Harry Potter and Star Wars
    I don't know how people buying a large volume of a notably repetitive and unoriginal game is supposed to help the industry. Setting a shitty industry standard doesn't help anybody.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    So Washington has just made me one of the proudest citizens alive.

    Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization initiative, is looking to pass.
    Referendum 74, which legalizes gay marriage, is looking to pass.
    Democrat Jay Inslee might just be our next governor based on his 3+ point lead.

    Pretty good day so far. I just hope my fucking car doesn't get stolen considering my sister's boyfriend's car got stolen yesterday right outside of our house.

    I hate my neighborhood. I really do.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    I would never use the RMAH simply because I have better things to spend my money on. I don't really care about it enough to complain about it, but it's something that I'm going out of my way to avoid. I feel bad for the gullible fuckers who actually want to spend actual money on pixels and stats.

    Things I would rather use my money for:
    - Things for my guitar
    - Dates
    - Movies
    - Materials that I can actually touch (that's the kicker here)
    - Music

    The RMAH is one of the stupidest concepts out there and I really don't like it for one glaring reason; we're using real money to pay for shit that doesn't matter in the least. What does that say about us as a society? How low are we willing to go? I couldn't give a shit about how it impacts the game. I just got back into D3 after about two months of not playing it and I'm having a blast. The new patches have really given me more incentive to play and see how far I can develop my character. That's what the game is about (and the gear grind which, frankly, I am now getting more interested in).

    Only problem I have with D3 right now is all the friend requests I get from spam bots. It's annoying, yeah, but it's not affecting my enjoyment in the least.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    I don't know if you're terribly clever or just misinterpreted what I said.

    I'm not talking about dreams as in aspirations; I'm talking about dreams. Sleep movies.

    Like, you dream that you find an envelope full of money and you wake up, realize that it's a dream, and proceed to be sad. Not that money's ever made me happy, but it's always a bummer when I don't have money to throw around.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    I have no idea what you just said.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    You know what I hate? Dreams where you acquire a good amount of money.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    I don't care about her dragons. Am I suddenly supposed to care for her because she has dragons?

    I don't like her and I've never liked her. She's pretentious. I don't care for her.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    But I really don't like Daenerys either. I hate characters I feel that I'm supposed to like.

    I love every Stark character and Tyrion.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    So I'm almost done with Season 2 of Game of Thrones.

    Am I supposed to like Cersei Lannister? I don't.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    Evergreen State College is one of the most prominent liberal arts colleges in the NW. It was my original choice and, if I were to go anywhere, it's still the place I want to go. They have so many writing programs, it's just baffling how accommodating that college is.

    I mean, really, it's definitely worth looking up. They're notorious for their protests too.
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    posted a message on Rate Your Favorite TV Shows - The General TV Discussion Thread
    I pity those who haven't followed Sons of Anarchy up to this point. The next season is about to get fucking crazy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LbO1On5PQ8&feature=related

    Probably my favorite series of all time.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    Oh, balls, that's a lot to reply to.

    I've looked at the acceptance rates of most Washington state universities and a 4.0 is a shoe in regardless of the classes taken. I know that the admission essay is weighed along with the classes you took and the background you provide; I'm not saying that colleges are denying anybody. I'm just trying to say that there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the value of the GPA and what college may or may not provide in the long run. I'm sure I could get in to University of Washington or Central Washington University if I really wanted to. I've talked to my career counselor extensively on getting accepted and he said that my GPA may make it a little difficult for me to get in to a 4-year. He also said, however, that the classes I took reflect more than I may realize.

    Professors need to be paid, that is an indisputable fact. I could care less about how much professors are paid because I know they've well earned to be in the spot they're in today. And, as you said, administrative costs are what's driving up tuition rates.

    I'm just giving my view on what I've heard many of my former classmates say; college makes everything better. That may hold some truth, but it's not a guarantee. I don't mind paying for an education. I do mind, however, the promise made with no guarantee. If I'm going to put my time, money, and effort into something, I want to make sure that I get back what I put in. That's what an investment is.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    I've heard people say that college is a debt sentence. When my parents and I were talking about college, they said that they'd take out loans and the such and I would have to move back in to help pay them off. I was okay with that, but it definitely went against what people expect of a twenty-five year old just coming out of college. The facade is that college is a golden ticket to prosperity and happiness; sometimes it is, but just because you put in money doesn't mean that you aren't going to have an extremely depressing life trying to pay all that off. I wanted to live my life debt-free which, in the beginning, turned me away from college.

    I think the most efficient propaganda used is the idea that if you don't go to college, then you're sentenced to a life in a trailer park, working a shitty job, and never finding happiness. They hype up college to be the remedy to all those possible consequences. Then they talk about the "college experience" and they hype up the "value of knowledge" to make the idea of modern day colleges something more than the degree mills that they actually are. They make it out to be like a piece of paper symbolizes prosperity in life.

    I just think that people need to rethink what an "education" really is. Once you assign a monetary value to something as ethereal as "education," its value diminishes. Education is a time investment and should have never been about money in the first place. Taking away the money aspect of it all, students put in time and effort to gain knowledge (in a perfect world). Students have to pay money in order to obtain the mere privilege of putting in time and effort. There's something wrong with that.

    And, in my opinion, a GPA hardly means anything nowadays, not with what No Child Left Behind did to school curriculums. A GPA means something if you took AP classes or something marginally more difficult than basic algebra, history, and science. My senior year classes consisted of AP US government, AP literature, AP calculus, and advanced chemistry. If I had gotten a good GPA (which I didn't), I would've been viewed as a viable candidate for many scholarships. However, I didn't put in much effort to do all my homework and it reflected. I think I graduated with about a 2.5 or something.

    I learned from those classes. Oh yeah. The idea that GPA reflects knowledge learned is a complete farce. There are people out there who don't care to do their homework because they think it's a waste of time. I was one of those people. I retained the knowledge I gained, but I couldn't give a shit about the work unless it was a big assignment or project. I did all my packets, essays, and all those huge projects that were grade-makers. I wrote beautiful essays, did very well on tests, and ended up getting 3s on my AP government and AP literature tests (I feel I did way better than that, but whatever). I learned something. A bad GPA doesn't reflect a person's capacity to learn. Anyone can take shit classes, do all the cute homework assignments, and walk out of the PBS equivalent of high school with a 4.0, get scholarships because of that GPA, and get into a very good school based on that alone.

    The K-12 school systems are heavily flawed. Unless kids are offered better classes that have the freedom to form their own curriculum, our collective intelligence isn't going anywhere. And we need better teachers. I've had terrible teachers over the years and that's not just my opinion; when I look at how that teacher performed compared to a teacher who actually knew what they were doing, the difference is night and day. Some people were born to be teachers. Some people were born to give out assignments.

    /rant
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