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Messages - Kurt Christ

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I'm in Birmingham, AL.
Living in malarial swampland may not be a habit of civilized humans, but I don't have any intention to quit it any time soon. I am greatly confused and enraged by that thing you people call "snow."
Suu, you said your grandfather's house was in Dothan, right?

I lived in Trussville for quite a while.
Have you checked with any friends/acquaintances still in the area? I'm not sure how far in that direction the tornado went, but north Birmingham is where it touched ground.

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I'm in Birmingham, AL.
Living in malarial swampland may not be a habit of civilized humans, but I don't have any intention to quit it any time soon. I am greatly confused and enraged by that thing you people call "snow."
Suu, you said your grandfather's house was in Dothan, right?
EDIT: Aside from it probably being the most boring "major" city in the state, why was Montgomery in particular worthy of your wrath? I would have thought that if anything in this state was worth saving to you, it would have been Hank's grave.

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Roger, are you responsible for the wind that accompanies rain, or is that another department? Right now, my school's campus is littered with insulation and ceiling tiles from god knows where, and 40 or 50 people have died in the state, 3 in the area of my hometown (I'm not sure if it was anyone I know, but I know was not family), and we had a tornado touch down a couple miles north of here. So yeah, I'd like to file a request to whatever deity is responsible to chill the fuck out.

PS: My school canceled classes today- which was a make up day for classes previously canceled due to weather.

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I don't actually remember being instructed as to what homosexuality was in school. The topic may have come up in health, but, come on? Kids will probably learn about the existence of homosexuality pretty early on just by being in the world. It's not like Thomas Jefferson- you can't just leave homosexuality out of education with nobody being any the wiser.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Hey PD.
« on: April 24, 2011, 06:12:11 pm »
I am curious as to what you will find to say about me.

Vartox, I love you.  We don't see much of each other, its true, but your insights have bite to them, and I can respect that.  Also, you have superb grammar, and are funny (very dry wit, I love it :) )

I love you, Vartox. -hug-
D'awww, thanks. I went to sleep after posting last night, and so woke up to this.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Hey PD.
« on: April 24, 2011, 06:32:56 am »
I am curious as to what you will find to say about me.

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I have no sympathy for someone with a last name like Minerva that wastes on being a priest. The name "Nick Minerva" practically begs to be an author, or a shitty singer-songwriter.

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Great job!
Out of curiosity.what, specifically, was your thesis on? I remember you work with caddisflies, but not at all what you to with them.

Larval taxonomy of a particular genus in North America.
Larval taxonomy? Larva would belong to the same taxonomical groups as their imago stages, right? Were you looking for identifying characteristics in larva of groups that are more easily distinguished as adults or something?
Just to clarify in the case that my tone isn't clear, I am legitimately curious- I know very little of entomology, but it is interesting.

Yes. And yes.

Larval taxonomy is pretty important with aquatic insects, as most insects that happen to be aquatic are so in their larval stage, and the larvae tend to be of far more ecological importance than the adults.
Cool!
What are you plans from here?
I'm still kind of trying to solidify what I want to do once I finish my bachelor's degree.

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Great job!
Out of curiosity.what, specifically, was your thesis on? I remember you work with caddisflies, but not at all what you to with them.

Larval taxonomy of a particular genus in North America.
Larval taxonomy? Larva would belong to the same taxonomical groups as their imago stages, right? Were you looking for identifying characteristics in larva of groups that are more easily distinguished as adults or something?
Just to clarify in the case that my tone isn't clear, I am legitimately curious- I know very little of entomology, but it is interesting.

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Great job!
Out of curiosity.what, specifically, was your thesis on? I remember you work with caddisflies, but not at all what you to with them.

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"Potion", btw, may be a  mistranslation of "ritual".

Ritual makes more sense, at least in the context that the clip puts it. You get it in other languages too. Irish has a word that can translate as curse, superstition, or some sort of amulet. It could be that rituals there (in Congo) usually use some sort of potion involved, so the word for one can also mean the other.
I had a Kenyan biology teacher in high school, and the topic of African beliefs about magic came up (I do not at all recall how this came up in bio), and in conversations he used the word "witchcraft" for basically all variations of stuff you do with magic (I specifically remember him saying to cast a witchcraft on something rather than a spell or ritual or whatever), which I think was due to the same sort of translation issue with a word that is more broad in meaning than its closest English equivalent.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Iran to Ban Dogs
« on: April 20, 2011, 08:35:42 pm »
I dunno.  A ban on fauxhawks might be worthwhile...
A ban on fauxhawks only hides the symptoms, and would let the unclean (those who would willingly wear a fauxhawk) walk undetected among the pure.

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Do I have to be logged in for the view count to go up?

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I never had a curfew.  My mom's approach to parenting was the "off leash" method.  No idea how I turned out so in touch and responsible.

ETA:  Well no, I know how.  If you've ever heard about kids who were abandoned and raised by wolves, I was raised by books.  It was funny as hell when I saw Megamind, because I used to mispronounce big words I'd never heard out loud all the time.  I used to think it was "bed raggled" instead of bedraggled.
I still have words that I know only by sight for exactly this reason.
I never had a real hard curfew growing up, as long as I told my parents where I was. From 10-11 onwards I lived in a small enough town that it didn't really matter- we didn't even have a bar or liquor store until after I had left for school. I also never really had set times devoted to studying or accomplishing most tasks, so I basically had to learn time management myself.  My parents were, in general, pretty hands off. I went to a boarding school at 16, so I got used to life in dorms away from the folks and dealing with roommates before going off to college, and I think the combination of these has helped me adjust better than many peers to life outside my parents' house.

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