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  1. 3,181 here; first few of my dragons sadly did not make it, but I've been around with the same pair of accounts since early 2008...
  2. That is not entirely correct - it's not "meant for mobiles" as much as there are simply multiple types of jacks (it's more "older" and "newer" kind of thing). I have one like that (the first one with three "rings" on it) plugged into my laptop right now, and it works just fine, Linux PC, Windows PC or Samsung cell phone. The adapter, however, this particular laptop doesn't even have the plugs for; it *only* takes the dual line. My towers and other laptop have both types of plugs. My old, *OLD* notebook only has the separate line plugs. What kind of computer / what kind of plugs does it actually have? (Any little icons next to it - the dual one might have a headset with mic attached, the separate ones will have mic and earphones separately, and are usually color-coded with green for audio out and pink for mic input) Some, especially older computers might indeed not have the dual line type plug, whereas many newer more lightweight ones do not have the separate mic/out variant.
  3. A lot of what you're supposed to do as female/male/whatever is heavily enforced by society (especially parents). I wish less people were made uncomfortable with what they wanted or might have otherwise tried or looked into to do just because it's "what girls/boys" do... Heck, I was used physical force on by my kindergarten "teacher" because I played with the "wrong" toys. Liking tanks, computers and heavy sciences *DOES NOT* make one "masculine". Liking cooking, clothes and romantic comedies *DOES NOT* make one "feminine". Remember that.
  4. Various swastikas as symbols have been used in numerous religious and cultural contexts for millenia (standing for luck, sun, continuation, etc) before Nazis appropriated it. It does not hold the same negative connotations in east as some western countries still maintain (and, mind, I know a few Buddhists who have it in their symbolics even over here). Generally, it is safe to assume that unless it's the clockwise 45-degree tilted one, it definitely isn't the Nazi hakenkraus. The word "swastika", btw, is from the Sanskrit "svastika".
  5. 35.something... Not sure whether it's higher or lower than expected. On one hand, I'm a professional programmer/sysadmin (of course I have programmed my own games), do text-based RP, and can name a fair number of tanks, on the other hand, minimal contact with non-web comics and TV shows.
  6. I think it might be running at different speeds on different devices; this looks like severe hyperventilation to me. In case you're left in dark, don't try to actually step - carefully slide your foot across the surface, and then carry your weight over, repeat. This way, there is little chance of you harming yourself, and you'll eventually reach a wall.
  7. Oh, I used to play a lot of card games when younger, both with my father and with classmates and friends in hotels, field trips and so forth - durak, (or potiknoid/turakas as we call it - I'm likewise Estonian), gentleman, brigde, liar, and so on and so forth. I look back to those days with fondness. Well, and a number of games with the non-traditional decks, like "beans". Those including more recently.
  8. Order, occasion, repeat (such as in "Korda, palun?" == "Repeat, please?") ... procedure, too, but in a rather narrow sense. In general, the relation between words tends to be not quite 1:1 - such as you can use "kord(a)" in speaking about how many times something has happened (on how many occasions it has happened, or how many repetitions it has), but not when you speak about in what case (on what occasion) something is or isn't true/applicable/etc (on that occasion - *ahem* -, you'd use "juhul" or similar). The finer nuances of words. The various languages will never agree on what is tall and what is high, what is long and what is far (and sometimes, long is tall, for a good measure).
  9. Not quite - your signature is actually saying something along the lines of, "I have created more beautiful things at the darkest into order". ("korda" is either the ordering form of the verb "repeat" or accusative form of the noun "order" in official Estonian, "ilusam" means "more beautiful" whereas "ilusaim" means "most beautiful", and "darkest" should be pluralized in this context, thus "kõige pimedamatel" or "pimedaimail") I myself have spent my life (excluding brief stints in other countries, especially Finland and Germany) in Harjumaa, Rakvere and near/in Tartu and Jõgeva (also living thereabouts now). So my typical casual Estonian is some combination of the "official" northern Estonian and middle-Estonian. Heh, and Estonian isn't known for being one of the most difficult languages to master without a reason. If you feel like having more native Estonians around to talk to / practice with, then I suppose I'm usually around. :-)
  10. The standard way of teaching languages is teaching Estonian as first (because it's the native/official language), English as the secondary/B language, and then one tertiary/C language, which is either one from a selection or a strictly determined one depending on school (in my school, you could choose between Russian/French/German, some schools will only have Russian, or only French, etc, with some allowing to pick a 4th language). So you will end up learning at least three languages in any case. Estonian-English-Russian is common. (In this order - I recall the number of proficient English-speakers in people 30-50 was higher than those of Russian-speakers, and drastically higher among those between 20-30 or up to 20, according to some survey a couple of years back.) For the sake of comparison, my university (TÜ) had a mandatory English class, and some classes which were entirely taught in English (especially later on), but no mandatory Russian, and non-language classes in Russian were not even an option. You tell me... I don't think there is any family here without horror stories of that time. My entire father's side of family was sentenced to death at one point, and was only saved by the neighbours getting executed on the spot in their stead, either due to laziness or administrative errors (my family was away at the time), just to mention one thing. It is very important to make the distinction between the people and the government. USSR is by no means equal to Russian people (especially since they weren't always too much nicer towards their own people than ours - protest what your country's doing, and you'll take the bullet for treason and sympathizing with the enemy yourself). Wars, occupations and cruel dictators are terrible things in general... The Russians were victims almost as often as we were. OT: I think the Estonian in your signature should read, "Olen loonud ilusaimaid asju kõige pimedamatel aegadel" to match the English?
  11. It's mostly only the settlements on the Russian border, though - everywhere else, you're more likely to run into people who speak English, especially if they are under thirty (English is also the "safer" option by far, due to some cultural conflicts ). My grandparents speak Russian, my parents and I never properly learned it, and most people who went to school or university with me, excluding those with actual Russian heritage, can't speak it either. If anything, English (which most younger people speak freely) is a bigger threat to the Estonian language, since the amount of Russian speakers has been at a very sharp decline ever since the occupation ended, and very little influx of Russian words happens anymore (there is more lending from Finnish, to be fair, which makes sense, since the languages are so close to begin with). In return, there are plenty of occasions where people will incorporate English into their speech - especially bad are the instances of English words with mildly altered spelling/pronunciation, which just sound like bad broken English with an atrocious stiff accent. *shudders* English sounds much better when spoken like English, I tell you...
  12. In the end, this kind of typography is an extreme oversimplification, so it might be better off being regarded as curiosity than a determining factor of any sort. (Especially if we're talking tests - most of the questions are either somewhat ambiguous or not really applicable for everyone.) I think I've literally seen all possible letters, but presume I would fall somewhere between ESTP and ISTP, if we want to assign any letters to me.
  13. Shouldn't this go under video games? I generally do better with battling against my simple plaintext TODO-list; I think "gamefying" my life is more likely to be a hindrance, than a speedup. I'm also wondering why the sample habits seems to count "chew gum" as being equally bad to smoking. One helps concentration and keeps your teeth healthy, the other causes lung cancer, headaches, and makes you smell like cigarettes.
  14.     I don't think drugging yourself for the sake of being able to get through what is essentially supposed to be entertainment is an acceptable solution in *any* instance...
  15. If he's insulting your religion in the process, then he's being uncivil and you're in full right to do that.
  16. I'd personally not put any significance on who coined a term, as long as it's apt. Sadly, not all good things come from good people, and some of the best inventions and greatest lifesavers come from people who acted like absolute rear ends in their normal life. MOGII is one term I'd hope to become (mostly) obsolete during my lifetime. The "marginalized"-part, that is, as it sounds less neutral than "minority". It kind of rubs me the wrong way in the same sense as calling females the "weaker" sex does. I don't like defining things by qualities I seek to abolish.
  17. I prefer GSRM (gender, sex/sexual and romantic minorities), which is I think a bit more common and includes the romantic orientations.
  18. That's sad. But focus on the three you could save, at least you could do that much! There are always people to reach out to, if not face to face, then online. The world-wide-web has made reaching people a lot easier, and over half of my friends I knew online first, some over a decade. Stay strong, and feel free to PM if you'd like. I tend to be extremely busy these days, but I'll always reply eventually. *also offers a hug to Sora*
  19. I've seen it in a couple of places, so I suppose it has at least some traction. I personally use GSRM (gender, sex/sexual, romantic minorities). I can never remember what order the letters in LGBTQAI-what's-there-now+ go, never mind it can be a piece to say out...
  20. There definitely is a stigma against guys having feelings, the same there is a stigma towards dominant and powerful women (yet men are supposed to be "caring husbands", and women are supposed to be able to deal with children and housework at once ... go figure). In the end, we're all equally human. We all have varying levels of sensitivity, and it doesn't really depend on what sex we are. We are who we are, we are our own persons. And in the end, even soldiers at heart, the people who neither need nor want someone to fight for them, and are to first ones to stand up for others, will eventually need to take a rest and lean their head on someone's shoulder. So it is.
  21. Generally only when you need to push your car (out of) somewhere, or have it towed...
  22. I think I figured out why I find makeup slightly offputting on a subconscious level (other than the smell/feel of it) - it's not just distractingly visible, it also obscures the finer nuances of a person's facial mimics and makes them harder to relate to. It's a literal mask, albeit a very thin one.
  23. The father is currently watching over the eaglets (he has a much brighter yellow beak and a white streak down his chest). They grow so fast...
  24. Giving any estimates before the test is a very fidgety thing at best. It's just an "educated guess" - in the matter of fact, it's still just as probable it was sheer bad luck. In any case it's better to know and prepare, than to forever wonder and live in the fear of "I might" (there is, after all, a much greater chance that you can breathe a sigh of relief and forever stop worrying over that particular gene after the test, as you'd know for certain that you don't have it). Stay strong!