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« Reply #7425 on: January 29, 2010, 07:30:03 PM »
I've passed my algebra exam!!!!!!!!oneoneoneoneone!!!!!!!!! Now only calculus on Tuesday and my examine session will be over :D

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« Reply #7426 on: January 29, 2010, 07:33:22 PM »
I've passed my algebra exam!!!!!!!!oneoneoneoneone!!!!!!!!! Now only calculus on Tuesday and my examine session will be over :D

Congrats and good luck!  I cannot wait for this term to end come spring, then I am completely done calculus... forever!
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« Reply #7427 on: January 29, 2010, 08:03:21 PM »
I've passed my algebra exam!!!!!!!!oneoneoneoneone!!!!!!!!! Now only calculus on Tuesday and my examine session will be over :D

You mean Linear Algebra with matrices, orthogonality and basis or:

Algebra with x + 1 = 2 -> solve for x

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« Reply #7428 on: January 29, 2010, 08:18:36 PM »
Algebra with x + 1 = 2 -> solve for x

You sure that's algebra? Isn't that more like elementary school math? ???

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« Reply #7429 on: January 29, 2010, 08:25:30 PM »
You mean Linear Algebra with matrices, orthogonality and basis or:

Algebra with x + 1 = 2 -> solve for x

Well, on my major we have only one term of algebra so it is more like 'as many as you can mention on 15 classes'.

 On the exam I had five tasks:
- factor a complex polynomial (z+1/64=0)
- find when do simultaneous linear equations have one solution/no solutions/ infinitely many solutions according to the parameter with Kronecker-Capelli theorem  
- find a circle described by the given sphere (ax^2+by^2+cz^2+d=0) and the plane (ax+by+cz+d=0)
- check how are the line (given with parametric equations) and the plane related and project the line to the plane
- find the torsion, osculating plane and osculating vector of the curve r(t)=[f(t),g(t),h(t)] in the point (a,b,c)

The curve in the 5th task was described with defined functions and we had numbers for a, b, c and d but I don't remember them.
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« Reply #7430 on: January 29, 2010, 09:02:14 PM »
You mean Linear Algebra with matrices, orthogonality and basis or:

Algebra with x + 1 = 2 -> solve for x

Well, on my major we have only one term of algebra so it is more like 'as many as you can mention on 15 classes'.

 On the exam I had five tasks:
- factor a complex polynomial (z+1/64=0)
- find when do simultaneous linear equations have one solution/no solutions/ infinitely many solutions according to the parameter with Kronecker-Capelli theorem 
- find a circle described by the given sphere (ax^2+by^2+cz^2+d=0) and the plane (ax+by+cz+d=0)
- check how are the line (given with parametric equations) and the plane related and project the line to the plane
- find the torsion, osculating plane and osculating vector of the curve r(t)=[f(t),g(t),h(t)] in the point (a,b,c)

The curve in the 5th task was described with defined functions and we had numbers for a, b, c and d but I don't remember them.

That's not algebra! Where are the groups? rings? fields? You know, all the stuff that makes algebra algebra. ;)
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« Reply #7431 on: January 30, 2010, 03:04:00 AM »
Algebra with x + 1 = 2 -> solve for x

You sure that's algebra? Isn't that more like elementary school math? ???


Let's see, when I took Algebra I as a 8 year old, we were first introduced to positive and negative numbers and the number line before proceeding to equations like the one illustrated above.  If they teach the above to kindergartners today, so be it.   ;)

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« Reply #7432 on: January 31, 2010, 01:59:29 PM »
Algebra with x + 1 = 2 -> solve for x

You sure that's algebra? Isn't that more like elementary school math? ???


Let's see, when I took Algebra I as a 8 year old, we were first introduced to positive and negative numbers and the number line before proceeding to equations like the one illustrated above.  If they teach the above to kindergartners today, so be it.   ;)

Ok, 8 year olds are generally in 3rd grade, no? So... you're saying that I was correct to call it elementary school math? :)

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« Reply #7433 on: January 31, 2010, 02:18:15 PM »
Let's see, when I took Algebra I as a 8 year old, we were first introduced to positive and negative numbers and the number line before proceeding to equations like the one illustrated above.  If they teach the above to kindergartners today, so be it.   ;)

Ok, 8 year olds are generally in 3rd grade, no? So... you're saying that I was correct to call it elementary school math? :) 

Yes.  In the US, one generally turns 8 in their 2nd grade year (and 18 in their 12th grade year), so at 8 you're either 2nd or 3rd grade (generally speaking).  I'm sure GiC will chime in and claim he learned algebra when he was 2... which would be Pre-pre-preschool.
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« Reply #7434 on: January 31, 2010, 03:45:54 PM »
Let's see, when I took Algebra I as a 8 year old, we were first introduced to positive and negative numbers and the number line before proceeding to equations like the one illustrated above.  If they teach the above to kindergartners today, so be it.   ;)

Ok, 8 year olds are generally in 3rd grade, no? So... you're saying that I was correct to call it elementary school math? :) 

Yes.  In the US, one generally turns 8 in their 2nd grade year (and 18 in their 12th grade year), so at 8 you're either 2nd or 3rd grade (generally speaking).  I'm sure GiC will chime in and claim he learned algebra when he was 2... which would be Pre-pre-preschool.

I never took algebra until I was a junior in college...but I'm starting to think we have different definitions. :)
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« Reply #7435 on: January 31, 2010, 04:00:56 PM »

I never took algebra until I was a junior in college...but I'm starting to think we have different definitions. :)

A junior in college? Well now you're just playing with us!  >:(
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« Reply #7436 on: January 31, 2010, 06:22:54 PM »
Yes.  In the US, one generally turns 8 in their 2nd grade year (and 18 in their 12th grade year), so at 8 you're either 2nd or 3rd grade (generally speaking).  I'm sure GiC will chime in and claim he learned algebra when he was 2... which would be Pre-pre-preschool.

I never took algebra until I was a junior in college...but I'm starting to think we have different definitions. :)

Likely, considering your POV.  I took what was called "Algebra" in 8th grade (public), while most of my contemporaries in Catholic HS took it in 9th grade; we then all took Algebra 2 & Trig in 10th grade (I took Geometry in 9th, they took it in 11th).
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7437 on: January 31, 2010, 06:25:05 PM »
I never took algebra until I was a junior in college...but I'm starting to think we have different definitions. :)
A junior in college? Well now you're just playing with us!  >:(

Not likely.  For us non-Mathematics-types, our exposure to "Algebra" is only "elementary Algebra," a small portion of the overall subject.  Algebra is a pretty vast field of study, and must be studied in-depth as part of a Mathematics degree, since it is a major & fundamental branch of pure mathematics.  We don't cover much abstract, linear, or universal algebra, and certainly not the areas where algebra creeps into other mathematical fields, like algebraic geometry.
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« Reply #7438 on: January 31, 2010, 06:38:17 PM »
Where does physics fit in? Or theoretical physics
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« Reply #7439 on: January 31, 2010, 07:01:19 PM »
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« Reply #7440 on: January 31, 2010, 07:05:25 PM »

I never took algebra until I was a junior in college...but I'm starting to think we have different definitions. :)

A junior in college? Well now you're just playing with us!  >:(

Mathematics can be said to consist of four fields, the study of Quantity (Number Theory), the study of Structure (Algebra), the study of Space (Geometry and Topology), and the study of Change (Calculus or Analysis). You generally get introductions to these fields in your upper division undergrad classes, though don't get the opportunity to really delve into them and study them until grad school.

That which is known as 'elementary algebra', isn't really algebra, it's more a crash course in applied math with concepts from all four fields thrown together based on what someone somewhere thought should be included in a math survival toolbox, if you will.
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« Reply #7441 on: January 31, 2010, 07:11:21 PM »
Where does physics fit in? Or theoretical physics

Fundamentally different fields, the only field of physics that has good parallels to mathematics would be mathematical physics, which is basically the establishment of axioms for physics then using techniques from mathematical logic to prove or disprove the theories of physics. But the field's kind of a bastardized child of Math and Physics, one mathematical physicist I knew once described his colleagues as 'physicists who can't cut it in physics and mathematicians who can't cut it in math.'
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« Reply #7442 on: January 31, 2010, 08:03:10 PM »
Algebra with x + 1 = 2 -> solve for x

You sure that's algebra? Isn't that more like elementary school math? ???


Let's see, when I took Algebra I as a 8 year old, we were first introduced to positive and negative numbers and the number line before proceeding to equations like the one illustrated above.  If they teach the above to kindergartners today, so be it.   ;)

Ok, 8 year olds are generally in 3rd grade, no? So... you're saying that I was correct to call it elementary school math? :)

I took the class at the nearby middle school before the local school board combined elementary and middle schools into K-8 one stop educational centers.

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« Reply #7443 on: February 01, 2010, 01:15:16 PM »
So... I'm posting this from a public computer... because my computer died yesterday :-[ It went from fine, to bad, to worse, to completely worthless, in the period of about a half hour. I don't know what, if anything, can be salvaged from the hard drive (there was a virus, I tried to do a restoration, yada yada, who knows what is still on there and retrievable). I was stupid and had very little backed up. I figured I'd always have some kind of warning signs when the computer was about to go kaput. Alas, that didn't happen. By the time I realised something was wrong, it was too late. I hope to get another computer and get back online soon--possibly tonight, possibly sometime later this week.
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« Reply #7444 on: February 01, 2010, 01:24:55 PM »


Jokes aside, you should be able to retrieve the majority of, if not all of, your data from the infected machine.  The majority of computer maladies are hardly the boogeyman people make them out to be, and are typically not interested in corrupting any of your personal files.
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« Reply #7445 on: February 01, 2010, 02:15:47 PM »


Jokes aside, you should be able to retrieve the majority of, if not all of, your data from the infected machine.  The majority of computer maladies are hardly the boogeyman people make them out to be, and are typically not interested in corrupting any of your personal files.

I have another hour before my next class, so I came back to the computer lab. I hope you're right about getting most of the data. Part of what I was worried about was what I may have lost in my attempts to do a system restore or whatever.  And speaking of blasts from the past, that was funny trying to remember how to navigate around in DOS. I haven't done that in probably 15 years  8) I should hopefully have enough money to get a new computer tonight... well, a budget new computer, we're not talking about a state of the art gaming computer here. My previous computer was 5-6 years old, so I knew it was just a matter of time before it would go, and it was way outdated anyway.

On a positive note, I finally beat Dragon Age: Origins last night. I think having Wynne there made all the difference in the world. And now I've started a new game with a Rogue who is a Dwarf Noble. Ha, when I think of dexterous fingers, dwarves aren't exactly high on my list.  :D I'm trying to experience as much a variety of stuff as I can, and am still thinking over whether I want to use an XP cheat I know to build my character up. The most experienced player I've had so far was only level 19, which is sort of a bummer. But I rarely use cheats or tricks. *shrugs*

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« Reply #7446 on: February 01, 2010, 02:35:16 PM »
Part of what I was worried about was what I may have lost in my attempts to do a system restore or whatever.
System restore only affects system files, drivers, recently installed programmes, etc.  Personal files shouldn't have been touched by it.

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And speaking of blasts from the past, that was funny trying to remember how to navigate around in DOS. I haven't done that in probably 15 years  8)
The biggest pain for me in DOS is that I continually put the slashes going the wrong way since I am so used to the UNIX standard.  :P

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On a positive note, I finally beat Dragon Age: Origins last night. I think having Wynne there made all the difference in the world. And now I've started a new game with a Rogue who is a Dwarf Noble. Ha, when I think of dexterous fingers, dwarves aren't exactly high on my list.  :D I'm trying to experience as much a variety of stuff as I can, and am still thinking over whether I want to use an XP cheat I know to build my character up. The most experienced player I've had so far was only level 19, which is sort of a bummer. But I rarely use cheats or tricks. *shrugs*
Ever since Mass Effect 2 came out, my Dragon Age playing time has gone down the tube.  I'm sure the expansion pack will fix that once it is released.  :laugh:
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« Reply #7447 on: February 01, 2010, 03:22:19 PM »


Jokes aside, you should be able to retrieve the majority of, if not all of, your data from the infected machine.  The majority of computer maladies are hardly the boogeyman people make them out to be, and are typically not interested in corrupting any of your personal files.

I have another hour before my next class, so I came back to the computer lab. I hope you're right about getting most of the data. Part of what I was worried about was what I may have lost in my attempts to do a system restore or whatever.  And speaking of blasts from the past, that was funny trying to remember how to navigate around in DOS. I haven't done that in probably 15 years  8) I should hopefully have enough money to get a new computer tonight... well, a budget new computer, we're not talking about a state of the art gaming computer here. My previous computer was 5-6 years old, so I knew it was just a matter of time before it would go, and it was way outdated anyway.

On a positive note, I finally beat Dragon Age: Origins last night. I think having Wynne there made all the difference in the world. And now I've started a new game with a Rogue who is a Dwarf Noble. Ha, when I think of dexterous fingers, dwarves aren't exactly high on my list.  :D I'm trying to experience as much a variety of stuff as I can, and am still thinking over whether I want to use an XP cheat I know to build my character up. The most experienced player I've had so far was only level 19, which is sort of a bummer. But I rarely use cheats or tricks. *shrugs*

Boot from Knoppix, mount the hd, transfer any needed files to a mounted exterhal usb hd/thumbdrive, wipe the hd clean and reinstall the OS; should only take a few hours. By far your best bet at this point...considering you can't even get windows to boot. Viruses used to be easy to wipe out, delete a couple registry entries and remove a couple, rather obvious, internet browser scripts, didn't even need to enter Safe Mode, much less use a Live CD...but those days are long gone, viruses are much more complex, windows makes it more work to edit your files without booting the OS, and the time required to remove them simply makes it not worth while.

Alternatively, boot from dos and spend a week manually repairing your registry. ;)
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« Reply #7448 on: February 01, 2010, 03:25:54 PM »
Part of what I was worried about was what I may have lost in my attempts to do a system restore or whatever.
System restore only affects system files, drivers, recently installed programmes, etc.  Personal files shouldn't have been touched by it.

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And speaking of blasts from the past, that was funny trying to remember how to navigate around in DOS. I haven't done that in probably 15 years  8)
The biggest pain for me in DOS is that I continually put the slashes going the wrong way since I am so used to the UNIX standard.  :P

I can't stand the lack of the 'ls' command, I'll enter it twice before I remember I have to use 'dir'...and that's after I've been using dos for hours. ;)
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« Reply #7449 on: February 01, 2010, 03:28:04 PM »
I like Parted Magic 4.8 - only a 75 MB download.  Used that to restore a Sony VAIO laptop which had a bad sector (I think the bad sector was fixed by the ntfs driver if one can believe it or not).

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« Reply #7450 on: February 01, 2010, 09:21:57 PM »
I bought a new computer tonight, and am happily posting this from home  ;D  Thanks, all, for the suggestions regarding the hard drive. I'll give recovering the data a shot, though if I turn out to be as technically incompetent as I usually am, I'll just ask one of my in-laws who work with computers to help me out.

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« Reply #7451 on: February 01, 2010, 09:41:52 PM »
I bought a new computer tonight, and am happily posting this from home  ;D  Thanks, all, for the suggestions regarding the hard drive. I'll give recovering the data a shot, though if I turn out to be as technically incompetent as I usually am, I'll just ask one of my in-laws who work with computers to help me out.

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« Reply #7452 on: February 01, 2010, 10:20:14 PM »
I bought a new computer tonight, and am happily posting this from home  ;D  Thanks, all, for the suggestions regarding the hard drive. I'll give recovering the data a shot, though if I turn out to be as technically incompetent as I usually am, I'll just ask one of my in-laws who work with computers to help me out.

You should get a mac.  If you didn't, return it and go get a mac. 8)

I prefer computers that you can actually play games on.  :P   Also, I refuse to pay for a MAC due to the prices. That is to say, I refuse, because I don't have the money ;)

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« Reply #7453 on: February 02, 2010, 12:49:41 AM »
I bought a new computer tonight, and am happily posting this from home  ;D  Thanks, all, for the suggestions regarding the hard drive. I'll give recovering the data a shot, though if I turn out to be as technically incompetent as I usually am, I'll just ask one of my in-laws who work with computers to help me out.

You should get a mac.  If you didn't, return it and go get a mac. 8)

I prefer computers that you can actually play games on.  :P   Also, I refuse to pay for a MAC due to the prices. That is to say, I refuse, because I don't have the money ;)

MAC runs a dual processor, with the possibility of running both platforms.  You can put aside 100 gigs for your Windows 7 or whatever you want to run, and still have your MAC OS running too.  You have all of the perks of having a great machine, without losing any of the gaming possibilities. 
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« Reply #7454 on: February 02, 2010, 01:02:12 AM »
MAC runs a dual processor, with the possibility of running both platforms.  You can put aside 100 gigs for your Windows 7 or whatever you want to run, and still have your MAC OS running too.  You have all of the perks of having a great machine, without losing any of the gaming possibilities. 

Your common sense answer makes Bill Gates cry. Is that what you wanted?



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« Reply #7455 on: February 02, 2010, 01:46:46 AM »
So I see that we (ie. OC.net) did set a new record for posts in January, with 13,122 (the previously high was 11,441).

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« Reply #7456 on: February 02, 2010, 02:26:49 AM »
You should get a mac.  If you didn't, return it and go get a mac. 8)

Why use kiddie UNIX, when you could use Linux or BSD? ;)
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7457 on: February 02, 2010, 12:45:40 PM »
You should get a mac.  If you didn't, return it and go get a mac. 8)

Why use kiddie UNIX, when you could use Linux or BSD? ;)

I'm planning to partition this crappy netbook that I bought, partly to install a Mac OS while the other trying out a Linux for the first time.

And why do I have a netbook?  Because I'm in a third world country and I don't want my Mac soiled with ants.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7458 on: February 02, 2010, 12:51:44 PM »
You should get a mac.  If you didn't, return it and go get a mac. 8)

Why use kiddie UNIX, when you could use Linux or BSD? ;)

You can get better hardware for less money and a better operating system for free. Why anyone would choose a Mac over a PC with Linux is beyond me.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7459 on: February 02, 2010, 07:00:27 PM »
18.00 - festal vigil
20. 00 - supper
21.00 - 6.00 - @#%#%$#& Calculus
7.00 - festal DL
10.00 - exam on @#%#%$#& Calculus

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7460 on: February 02, 2010, 09:27:29 PM »
http://www.futilitycloset.com/2008/06/21/straight-flush-2/

Playing whist at a Suffolk club in January 1998, Hazel Ruffles shuffled the deck and dealt a full suit to each player.

The odds of this happening are 2,235,197,406,895,366,368,301,599,999 to 1.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7461 on: February 03, 2010, 08:45:49 AM »
For years now I've thought that my family (great grandparents on father's side) came from a little town that is today in the Czech Republic. I just found out that they came from a little town in what is today the Slovak Republic. Oops. I feel like those two guys in the TV commercial, who take a vacation to "the land of their ancestors" in Finland, only to find out that they're Swedish. :-[  :D
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7462 on: February 03, 2010, 09:12:30 AM »
^Well at least you found out before you bought a plane ticket.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7463 on: February 03, 2010, 09:17:35 AM »
I've discovered yet another Tradition of the Random Postings thread:
Every thread tag is unique to this thread.
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7464 on: February 03, 2010, 09:30:37 AM »
^Well at least you found out before you bought a plane ticket.

Lol, true that. It's sort of strange how I found out. I saw info about a 10 week continuing education class starting in march titled Slovak I - Language and Culture. That made me start thinking about my own family history, so I did what anyone in my position would have done, I consulted the great oracle... aka Google. And sure enough the very first hit that came up was, of all things, a post from 2002 on a genealogy board, made by my Father, talking briefly about our family history. How dare anyone claim that Google isn't the fount of all knowledge!  ;)

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7465 on: February 03, 2010, 09:32:55 AM »
^LOL! What are the odds of finding your Dad's post in a Google search?
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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7466 on: February 03, 2010, 09:33:31 AM »
I've discovered yet another Tradition of the Random Postings thread:
Every thread tag is unique to this thread.

Huh. I could have sworn that we had a slew of threads on wankel rotary engines last year.  :P

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7467 on: February 03, 2010, 09:36:44 AM »
^LOL! What are the odds of finding your Dad's post in a Google search?

Yeah, I know. It makes you realise that, when you say something on the net, it really is out there for good!

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7468 on: February 03, 2010, 04:18:36 PM »
I've discovered yet another Tradition of the Random Postings thread:
Every thread tag is unique to this thread.
Yeah, I just noticed that. :)

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Re: Random Postings
« Reply #7469 on: February 04, 2010, 02:21:41 PM »
Slow posting day.
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