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  1. 1) Learn this piano version of "This Game": (it's the opening of the anime "No Game No Life"). It's super difficult ;_; 2) Become ACLS certified (ACLS = advanced cardiac life support; it'll basically allow me, as a nurse, to participate more actively during a cardiopulmonary arrest. To put it really basically, it's a much more advanced CPR course) 3) Organize and clean out my apartment. I've accumulated so much junk over the almost-5 years I've been in this tiny place and I need to get rid of a bunch of it and organize the rest (I need to buy more shelving...)
  2. My original post is probably buried somewhere in the old thread, so here we go! I go by Aeternus on this site. I joined way back in 2006 when I was procrastinating in university and after having found (and loved) the first Aveyond game. I was guilded after about 6 months, I think, and joined the Dragon Lords Guild. I stuck around for a few years, helped hold what I believe was the first ever guild-organized contest (with a copy of Aveyond 2 as the prize), but eventually grew out of Amaranthia and got pretty busy with real life, too. Ah, the joys of adulthood! I'm female, from Canada, and am 26 years old. I work as a registered nurse. I own a really fat, lazy cat but she's lovable and has the most beautiful green eyes. I enjoy games from time to time, and I have to say, it was Aveyond that got me into RPGs. I have since become a fan of games like Chrono Trigger, the Assassin's Creed games, and the Tales Of... series. Outside of games, I enjoy traveling (in fact, I'm heading to Chile in February!), playing the piano, and wasting a lot of time on the Internet.
  3. Randomly came back to this site just to see how much it's changed...and wow, it's changed a lot! I do kind of feel sad about losing the guilds since I remember having some great times with my fellow Dragon Lords, but I can understand the reasoning behind it. Even by the time I was guilded, many previous guild members (of all guilds, not just the DLs) were already inactive. It's great to see a few familiar names around here, though
  4. The mentioned article is grossly misleading and oversimplified. Some issues I have with the article itself: 1) The definition of intelligence in the article, which has already been touched on in this thread. We now know that there are multiple types of intelligences, as well as learning styles. The article seems to define intelligence solely as spatial abilities. I would think that most people would disagree that the definition of intelligence is so narrow. 2) Touching on the narrowness of the article's definition of intelligence, the writers seem to fail to grasp that idea that the skills humans had in prehistoric times haven't entirely disappeared but have just manifested in different ways in today's world. For example, our ancestors used primitive tools to accomplish tasks that were more difficult without. Do we not do this in today's world? But, instead of just limiting ourselves to rocks and sticks, we now have everything from drills, to cars, to cell phones, and computers. If anything, the rate at which we are adapting and changing along with our tools is probably in contrast to this theory of decreasing intelligence. For example, I've been a Windows user my entire life, but when I try to use my friend's Mac, I'm intuitively able to use what I know of Windows, apply it to the Mac, and still navigate my way through the different OS until I've learned and overcome the differences. The same can be said for every change and upgrade in technology we see every day. 3) The article quotes, "A hunter-gatherer who did not correctly conceive a solution to providing food or shelter probably died, along with his/her progeny, whereas a modern Wall Street executive that made a similar conceptual mistake would receive a substantial bonus and be a more attractive mate. Clearly, extreme selection is a thing of the past." Related to the above, this is flawed. Sure, the Wall St. executive can't go out and hunt prey to feed himself (or maybe he can?), but it doesn't mean he isn't intelligent. In fact, he would probably be one of the more educated people who has to quickly analyze numbers and patterns and make decisions based on that, which could either result in a big payoff or a massive loss of money. If he continually makes bad choices, he'd go bankrupt. In today's world, we are moving away from manual labour type of jobs (as these are being replaced more and more with technology) and moving towards an information and service-based society, where education and continual learning is required. If you cannot adapt to this, you will be stuck earning pennies. It's a similar situation to the hunter-gatherer society; it's just that the rules and requirements for obtaining success are different. 4) The researchers also commented on mutations of the so-called "intelligence genes" (assuming these genes even exist, especially since the article fails to properly define intelligence in the first place). Guess what? Genetic mutations happen all the time. And guess what? Your body knows this already and has mechanisms in place to "defend" against mutations). Obviously, this mechanisms fail sometimes, such as in the case of cancer, but still, mutations happen. This is not news.
  5. I have never experienced romantic love, but I have to disagree with you, theone. Perhaps you just have not seen real love or refuse to see it. As others have said already, love is a double-edged sword. It has the power to make you incredibly happy but also incredibly sad. But, society has lied to people, making them think that "true love" is something almost magical, something that requires no effort at all. In reality, if you want a relationship to work, there has to be a mutual give-and-take, there are sacrifices, there is compromise, just as with any other type of relationship out there. We cannot always get what we want, so why should we expect it from our significant other? Still, I believe I have seen true love, particularly in the face of difficult times. I have seen a woman grieve next to her husband's deceased body and lovingly take a lock of his hair with her to keep. I have seen a man cry at his dying wife's bedside, telling me how they met, how he can't imagine how he'll get by without her, how she's everything to him. I have seen a husband drive every day for over a year for 45 minutes to and from the hospital to visit his wife, take her for walks in her wheelchair, help feed her and give her her medications. Even in the confused and elderly, I have seen love. When I used to work part-time in a nursing home, we had an elderly couple as residents. Because we had to separate the males and females, they were in separate rooms - the wife had her own private room while the husband had a shared room. Since years before coming to us, the wife had been blind, relying on her husband to be her eyes. We tried to tell the husband that, in the nursing home, he didn't have to be there 24/7 like before, but due to dementia, he never remembered what we told him. Every night, we'd find him wandering the halls, looking for her. Finally, management gave in, we got an extra bed, and put it next to his wife's. It was cramped but after that, the husband finally stopped wandering the halls at night. And during the day, they could always be seen walking hand-in-hand or dancing together in the lounge.
  6. I like the idea of plot boxes, because it seems more positive, more brainstorming and generating ideas. I don't know if I like plot criticisms much. If I put out an idea and it got nit-picked to death, I wouldn't want to DM or RP in that kind of story anymore xD
  7. People in the past were exposed to violence, too. There is violence in the home (which is still an on-going problem), people attended public executions, war was right on their doorsteps...And playing violent video games does not necessarily make you a cruel person. I vividly remember getting my brother to show me how to do fatalities in Mortal Kombat, and I grew up to become a nurse and I'd like to think I care a lot for others. How does one measure the amount of hatred? And how does one measure if it's growing? Hatred has always been in the world, as has anger stemming from stress, revenge, etc. I think the world is more educated in general than in the past. Public education (as well as mandatory education) is now available in many places. In developed countries, millions of people go on to tertiary education institutions (i.e. college or university). Also, being educated has nothing to do with cruelty. Some of the cruelest people are well educated. So, why do we have social services? Charities? Volunteers for nearly every cause out there?
  8. I pretty much left the RPing here on Amaranth because I found, for the most part, the quality of the RPs were not to my standards. I'm not trying to be snobby or elitist or anything. I'm just used to RPs where people's posts are at least 300 words (but usually more like 500+). I couldn't deal with the poor spelling, the one-liner posts, the god-moding, etc. So, I've decided to take a peek back at the RPs here on Amaranthia. It's a bit sad that it's a dying activity here...but, would people be interested in reviving it? Some things I've learned DMing a few RPs myself here on Am: - Have a plot with an ending in mind (i.e. find a treasure) - Make sure characters know what's going on, where everyone is (having a map helps), and what everyone's role is. - Only allow a certain amount of characters. Having too many is difficult to keep track of and control. - As DM, have ideas in mind to keep characters interested and busy in case things get stagnant. - Have rules in place and make it very clear what the consequences are if they are broken. Also, if you wish, have certain standards mentioned up front too (i.e. at least 100 words per post) along with the consequences should they not be followed.
  9. I don't think so. As others have pointed out, if anything, things are rather better than in the past. In the past, if you were poor, you starved, had no access to health care, etc., and nobody really cared. In the past, if you couldn't take care of an animal, there was no such things as animal shelters or animal's rights, so the animal was pretty well sentenced to death. Discrimination and outright racism was seen as perfectly normal. Slavery was also considered the norm in the not too distant past. Women around the world were considered inferior to men. You could be thrown in jail and/or tortured and/or sentenced in death in some of the cruelest, most painful ways possible. Of course, some of these things still occur in some parts of the world. However, at least there is awareness and some effort to make these issues better. We have recognized humans have basic rights. We generally acknowledge animal cruelty. We are aware of environmental concerns. Just because there are some idiots who think nuking other countries is justified doesn't mean people have gotten crueler. Look at any sort of conflict. I'm sure, back then, you'd find people who wanted whole countries destroyed - they just didn't have nuclear weapons back then. For example, Hitler wanted to get rid of all the Jews. Propaganda here in North American made people fearful of the Japanese, which probably played a part in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Then also think of the war crimes committed by the Japanese army in WW2. Also remember the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where hundreds of thousands of Tutsi and moderate Hutu people were massacred. Read up on your history. You will see plenty of human cruelty towards others. It's not limited to just the last few years.
  10. Ahahah, unfortunately, I haven't seen a moose yet! I think I'd be scared if I came across one, though. They're massive and I think they're known to charge sometimes, too. And if you hit one with your car, you're a goner (as well as the moose).
  11. I honestly think it's important to do a job you have an interest in. Otherwise, you will be completely miserable and want to do something else. I am in nursing and am fortunate that it is something I like and is something that pays the bills, too. However, you have to be realistic, too. Some fields are harder to get into than others. For example, I can be a nurse with just my Bachelor's degree. My friend who went into microbiology will probably need to get her PhD to get into academic research. If you want to be a writer, know that you will probably face a heap of rejection letters before you get a break, and even then must do many revisions before your work gets printed (and even then, you'll probably only make a tiny profit and will end up working another job to supplement the income). Basically, what I'm getting at is know what you're getting into. Interested in a job or a field? Great! Now what are you going to do about it? Are you willing to get the educational requirements? Are you willing to put forth the effort to get a job in a field that's difficult to get into (i.e. screenwriting)? Will you be able to keep up with the demands of the job? Will it pay the bills or will you need to take on additional work? I find a lot of people don't take these things into consideration before they take the plunge. For example, I had a friend who went into psychology in university, only to find out that she needed to take math courses. Thing is, she wasn't good at math, and so ended up switching to English. Or my friend who is a microbiology major? She's nearly done her Master's degree. She'd do her PhD but doesn't quite have the money for it at the moment. She said that, realistically, she only has hope of getting some kind of lab assistant type of job, which she could have easily gotten with a college diploma in a fraction of the time it took her to get her Master's for much, much less money/debt. And I really can't count the amount of people who go into some vague area of study, hoping for a job at the end, without ever actually having a specific job in mind. They are often the ones who end up working jobs totally unrelated to their field of study. If you are interested in a job or field, I'd suggest looking into what it takes to do it and talk to people who are actually doing these things so you can see what it's like and if it's right for you.
  12. I think it's great that the video has at least made people more aware of the challenges facing Uganda and Africa as a whole. However, yes, the video is incredibly narrow-visioned and is more sap-stories than actual content and information. Also, I had to stop the video when they were asking for people to buy "Help Kits" or whatever - how is wearing a cute bracelet going to get Kony captured? If I'm going to donate money to a cause, I don't need a bracelet in a fancy package in return. Besides, it'll take more than money to end the violence in Africa. The whole situation is a mess. The continent is riddled with war, poverty, disease, and corruption. Taking out Kony is just taking out one man. The governments are corrupt, the armies are corrupt, and there are several other warlords and tyrants out there who will simply take his place. Also, why is it always the U.S. who has to step in and "fix" other countries? The U.S. is struggling, too, though not in the same way Africa is. If there must be change in Africa, it'll have to be from the African people themselves, but they've been unempowered for so long that it's going to take a lot of work to give them the power to change their countries for the better.
  13. I imagine some places are stricter/demand more than others. When I went to university, I'm pretty sure all my profs had their PhD's because their title was "Doctor". It is simply a higher level of education and a kind of "certification". It demands higher amounts of intense research and means you have dedicated that extra time and effort and met certain standards. As a result, if I went to university, I'd expect my profs to have a very high level of understanding in their field(s), therefore I'd expect them to have at least their Master's. But then, I went to a very academic university with a long history and good reputation, so that even teacher's assistants (TAs) were at least working on their Master's. At my sister's university, which was much smaller, allowed TAs to be simply senior undergrads. That being said, your education background does not make you a good teacher, that much is true, but it is more of a personality thing. Some people just make good teachers. I'm sure that even some of the profs who only have their Bachelor's are bad teachers, just as some of them are good teachers. On the same token, some profs with their MAs of PhDs are good teachers and some are bad. When the school is saying they want profs to have a higher degree than their Bachelor's, they are probably not saying those without MAs or PhDs are bad teachers. They're probably just wanting to attain a higher degree of prestige by being able to say, "Hey, look! You get to be taught by people who are established academics in their fields of study!" But to simply lay off people? That sounds rather harsh. I would simply tell the profs that they have X amount of time to reach some higher level of education and give incentives to do so. It's similar to nursing here in Ontario. Nowadays, you need your BScN (Bachelor's of Science in Nursing) degree to become a nurse. However, there are still many nurses who graduated only with a college diploma before this "rule" came into effect. No one is saying that diploma nurses are inferior nurses to degree nurses. In fact, they are the ones with years of experience! But there are incentives for diploma nurses to "upgrade" their education and receive their degree, including special accelerated programs and opportunities to apply for funding.
  14. We have tons of wildlife where I live, but unfortunately, I live in the middle of the city so I don't see much of it myself. But hitting a deer or moose on the road is a real risk here - I have to plan my trips back to my hometown so that I'm not on the highway near or during the dark hours, especially during moose mating season. My co-workers who live on the outskirts of the city also say they've had bears in their backyards. And that's really just the tip of it xD Anyway, here are a few pics I've managed to snap. Not sure what kind of bird this is, but it's the brightest yellow I've seen on a wild bird. I couldn't get a sharp picture of him because he kept fluttering around! A muskrat! He kept coming and going as I sat by the lake, eating my lunch! A chipmunk! We actually have tons of this little critters around but they usually move so fast and are so small that they're usually out of sight in the blink of an eye. And we have lots of ducks, of course xD And, of course, Canada Geese xD These guys held up traffic for a while, too.
  15. People focus a lot on weight, even though we generally shouldn't. I get where they're coming from - if people don't know you're eating well, they will be concerned, mostly because of all the horror stories you hear of people with anorexia or bulimia. We hear models and celebrities on TV say they never diet, yet they are near 6 feet tall and, like, 100 lbs or something, which is near impossible to achieve naturally. So, I think people just become doubtful when they see a thin person say they eat fine. But, if you know you eat enough and you have no medical problems, I see no reason for you to change. Stop paying attention to what people say about your weight and if they ask questions, answer firmly, as if to end the discussion. Still, as KTC said, it probably wouldn't hurt to check with a doctor just in case. I had a friend in high school who was always small and skinny despite eating just as much as the rest of our friends. She saw a doctor eventually, who said she needed to increase her protein intake, which was probably why she was always so small.
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