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Wheat why do you have to hate the upper class, you commie ableist pinko hipster oppressor!!!!!!
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I got to hear about some chick's life story on the bus today! I didn't really have a choice because she was so damn loud, much to the adoration of most of the bus's other patrons. I learnt her star sign and employment pre- and post-earthquake, the bach her family own near Akaroa, what type of seafood she likes, the friggin' works.

The best part of it was the one moment where the dude sitting across from me glanced back at her and her incessant yammering at the same time and he caught me rolling my eyes (I don't just roll my eyes, I really throw my whole face into the action when I want to). I love little moments of wordless solidarity like that.
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Superfreq.

1. That video was basically everything i love.

And

2. I gave up long ago on making authentic onigiri. I replaced the rice with hamburger meat, gave it a cheese filling and used bacon instead of seaweed.

IT WAS AMAZING.
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btp Wrote:2. I gave up long ago on making authentic onigiri. I replaced the rice with hamburger meat, gave it a cheese filling and used bacon instead of seaweed.

Anime dubs
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We shall loud out laugh at mangas however, if we are to respect verisimilitude at all.
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Superfrequency Wrote:Ok I'll be over here expanding my tastes while you guys "lol anime".
Refusing to watch anime is expanding your tastes?
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Godbot Wrote:
Superfrequency Wrote:Ok I'll be over here expanding my tastes while you guys "lol anime".
Refusing to watch anime is expanding your tastes?

"A study revealed that watching anime-styled animation desensitizes your savory senses, 80% of the volunteers reported experiencing after being exposed to heavy doses of generic, trope filled animes what experts denominate as "The un-sugoi food syndrome" which they describe as everything tasting like unsavory white dough."

Moving forward on the food chat, i now have an intergalactic space stomach-ache caused by this buffy douchebag's cereal.

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What are you even doing in space you asshole, bring back fucking Jose the choco-chimp.
I'm so calling my space lawyer for this.

The good thing is that i got this cute little racing car, look at it go over my dusty keyboard

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wheeeeee
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Ed Wrote:What are you even doing in space you asshole, bring back fucking Jose the choco-chimp.
I'm so calling my space lawyer for this.
He is in space because hell yeah space is where the best milk is at.

either that or nasa's gotten downgraded to trash disposal and they found a way to get rid of two tons of useless
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Man, Japanese food is like the exact opposite of my tastes. I hate vegetables and can't stand fish. But that seems to be most of what they eat over there. :x
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Superfrequency Wrote:Ok I'll be over here expanding my tastes while you guys "lol anime".
i am pretty sure the joke was "bad anime dubs/video game translations remove all the references to japanese food and culture in a half-assed effort to americanize it"

not "you are a bad person for trying onigiri" Doip
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Riceballs are an immoral life choice the east is trying to force on good cracker-fearing americans!
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I'm writing this from the container mall that's been set up amongst the buildings on Cashel Mall which are still standing. (Only two of the remaining ones have people trading from them.) I just finished watching a local busker juggle a spanner, flaming torch, and knife atop a ten-foot unicycle, and a pack of Occupy: Christchurch hippie-types just marched past on a demonstration. Their aims seem disorganised at best considering our government's fuckery is quite a different breed from the bigwigs responsible for unrest in the States, but they're just down the precinct singing along with some busker on his guitar.

I look one way and can see the Bridge of Remembrance. A tinsel wreath decoration is strung in front of its arch, but that's only because of perspective. The Bridge itself is currently inaccessible, pending structural strengthening or demolition. I haven't heard which yet. In the other direction is a huge crane sitting in the middle of a fenced-off road, that's been hauling pieces off the Hotel Grand Chancellor. The Hotel's the next well-publicised demolition project for the city, and is a skeleton being dismantled from the top down. Looking toward where the Cathedral used to stand, I can see the BNZ building. It must be at least eight stories tall, yet I've never really noticed it until now. (If I had been sitting in this spot ten months prior, I probably wouldn't have. There would've been... shit, I don't remember. A three-storey building whose lower floor was a bookshop chain?) Its demolition has been delayed until at least next weekend, so the walkway into Cathedral Square will also be open until then.

The walkway starts at the end of this container mall, leading into the Square up Colombo Street. They've made it quite clear that anyone who walks it is entering a dangerous area and risks losing their life if another earthquake struck. They advise carrying ID on your person, rather than in a bag, and they clear the walkway each hour.

I guess the first thing I noticed is how much brighter Colombo Street is. It used to be flanked by several-storey buildings on both sides, and it had two-way traffic and was generally pretty grim, but a lot of those have come down. I spend a bit of time at each gap, trying to remember what franchise restaurant used to be in the building. Looking at the unfamiliar-enough-to-set-me-on-edge skyline, I just think really hard trying to figure which gaps were always there and which ones used to have something standing in them that I never thought about before now. The temporary fences had laminated notes on them, detailing which buildings were standing and which were facing demolition.

There weren't a lot set to remain, but the one notice that got to me worst was a photo of the pub I worked at last summer being demolished. It was a registered heritage building, tucked round the back of the cathedral. I used to polish the mirrors in the back room, where Captain Robert Falcon Scott had his final dinner before he set off for his ill-fated trip to Antarctica. That's gone, and through the gap I can see where the Press Building (my dad's old office, when he worked for the newspaper some years back) isn't. Through that gap I can get glimpses of where Gloucester Arcade is/was, which had a few Japanese/Korean restaurants, a bakery, and a second-hand clothing store I would always hit up. Mum keeps me posted on where in town our favourite eateries have relocated to, but a lot of businesses just won't come back.

The Christ Church Cathedral was obviously the centrepiece; you can probably find photos of it both before and after. The recent deconsecration of it was pretty well-publicised; since then the Anglican Church is arguing what to do with the site/how to continue in the city in general. Churches the city over got wrecked in February. The top of the steeple's been lowered and placed in the overgrown grass beside the Cathedral; unlike the rest of the building it was made of copper (replaced after the top fell off in another earthquake decades ago). That's a pretty common sight through the suburbs as well.

There was a dent in the stone tiles beside the plinth which used to have a statue of John Robert Godley on top of it. I have a vague recollection of seeing a photo of the fallen statue, with the head knocked off. They've removed the statue since, and there's kids climbing on the plinth.

I'm running out of battery, so I might toss down some more thoughts later.
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Addendum: Turns out I did not.

Also, my work is so friggin' great. Today one of the guys (another scholarship student) who I work with was sick, so was tossing up asking to go home early. Another dude who wasn't here Thursday recalled telling our "boss" earlier in the week that he wanted to take the day off. Bossman was just so pleasantly surprised that someone would mention they were taking a day off before the day in question that Another Dude picked up on it.

We also hired a car today to go plant buckwheat (pictures later; nag me.) We figured that in a similar vein, the university would be pleasantly surprised if the car came back without dents or a small animal's remains plastered to the front.

This whole campus is just the chillest, and everyone is so helpful. It's great!
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Congrats!

I mean, depending on how removed you are from the situation, aunt/uncle-dom is a great place to be. You can have all the fun of BABY without any of the responsibility! I've been an uncle for almost two years now and my personal verdict is that: it is awesome.

Of course, there was a good chunk of time before being a baby-momma brother that I was really worried for my sister, not to mention DAMN I AM OLD. But once things on that end start to sort themselves out and suddenly there is a TINY PERSON there who you can play with and loves you basically always and also ADORABLE and this is not a sentence but I think the point is there.


Anyway I hope everything works out (I bet it will) and try to get them to name him/her something awesome. (I almost got them to name him "bower" which they heard as "cooper" and settled on "Connor")
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Superfrequency Wrote:I'm gonna be an aunt.

I dunno how I feel about that.

Possibly congrats! :D (?)

I'm not exactly in a position to offer experience with being an aunt/uncle, so I can't really match what btp's said. But still!
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First (and so far only, apart from the box of chocolates that came with it, and I guess my phone but i got that months ago) birthday present today:

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I have the best classmates <3
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Happy Plaid Day!
quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur.
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Superfrequency Wrote:
btp Wrote:You can have all the fun of BABY without any of the responsibility!

I hate children though Melonspa

I didn't like children eight years ago. Then a bunch of cousins decided that it was time to procreate, and now we have nine more family members and I love children.
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Happy Plaid day indeed!

((when first loading the page I missed the comment about your birthday times and thought the box was your classmate :B ))
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Superfrequency Wrote:
btp Wrote:You can have all the fun of BABY without any of the responsibility!

I hate children though Melonspa

Maybe try thinking of them as a sociological experiment. The things you do now will create whatever sort of adult you want.
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My mouth is full of blood and my blood is full of happy pills

Wooooooo
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SleepingOrange Wrote:My mouth is full of blood and my blood is full of happy pills

Wooooooo

I take it the dentistry either went well and you're currently on a pain pill high

Or it went terribly and you're wearing a hospital gown and bleeding all over the floor of some abandoned garage while typing with a stolen laptop
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Oneathem probably
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ayn rand's anthem, probably

order the manga now itll give you reading to pass the time
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ProfessorLizzard Wrote:Happy Plaid day indeed!

((when first loading the page I missed the comment about your birthday times and thought the box was your classmate :B ))

Yes. I go to classes with a selection of dried fruits. :P
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