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Everything posted by Shienvien

  1. One day, we'll all die anyway. 'When?' is the main question of this debate. Shall we make our habitat unsuitable for ourselves (which, in my opinion, is far from equaling destroying it - someone else might yet thrive in it), shall the sun 'die' before we make it properly out of the solar system, or shall the entire universe undergo heat-death or collapse upon itself...
  2. Never cared what is fashionable - I simply have relatively long fingernails because I find them convenient. I've strong nails, so these won't break, either. I think these currently are at some 5-6 millimeters, a bit shorter on the pinky, but they've been longer. What is interesting, I can't tell of a case where my nails would have gotten in the way - I type all the time, tens of pages per day on occasions, and I simply can't relate. For my nails to even touch the keyboard's surface, I'd either have to hold my fingers at a rather uncomfortable angle - uncomfortable to the point they star
  3. I got a 0. I'll mention, though, that the screen you use has a lot of impact on the result. Good screen might improve your result, whereas a bad one will add to the score.
  4. The part of the nervous system which detects pain doesn't start functioning before around the 32thweek of pregnancy, a long way from the legal limit for choice-abortions. Thus, no physical suffering. What is not self-aware (due to the lack of advanced brain functions) and can't feel pain, can't suffer. Plain factual, provable science. One doesn't need parents, true, but for a human being to develop into a functional part of the community, the one needs proper social interaction - parents are one way to provide it. As are foster parents and social workers - but unfortunately, if no on
  5. I have 'decorative' or semi-pet chicken. (Who lay eggs as a bonus.) It actually started from the adoption of two veteran chicken from a place where they were mainly kept for food and eggs... Addition to them came later. Each has its own color: black, black/light gray striped, dust-gray, white with black-dotted neck, dark brown, yellowish beige. They all also have their own personalities and habits.
  6. If you have got a sufficiently large cage which is cleaned regularly, they shouldn't. At one point I used to have four in... I think 60x80x70Cm cage, which I cleaned once a week. No notable smell at all.
  7. The computers I was speaking of were not my own; I was simply asked to remove whatever had intruded. I only use MS Windows for computer-gaming - MS Windows XP Proffessional is the tertiary OS on my second PC. (This one currently has ZA and Avira - a single thing has yet to get through.) Otherwise I use other OSs.
  8. I would strongly recommend neither of them. Norton will slow down the computer, but do very little in the sense of actually protecting the computer, and MS Security is fairly low-function. (I've discovered plenty of viruses from computers with either.) Generally, a good firewall is more essential than an antivirus. If the first functions properly and you don't make any inadvisable downloads / permit everything to enter your computer yourself, you practically don't need the latter.
  9. Replace the 'males' and 'man' with 'females' and 'woman' and you've essentially got me. Already being physically close to a woman is uncomfortable at times, even if no feelings are involved. A quick hug is the most I will accept from another woman, and even like that, I've never felt the want to hug another female myself. I also can't find a woman attractive, and don't have any preferences over a woman's appearance whatsoever - I simply can't my brain to care about it. The same does not apply for men... And here I have to admit that even when I don't show it, it does bother some subconsci
  10. Seems the other half of the society - the one promoting smoking - was stronger. Furthermore, you do not actually know how many people have stayed away from smoking because of the warnings, since they simply do not smoke. It mostly depends on whether the said person is prone to heeding warnings or not. Also, I know triggers can either be induced by personal experience, be introduced by society, or be seemingly reasonless. Those do not have only a single possible cause. (Lastly, I finished my previous post.)
  11. The world, sorrily, is already filled with way too many warnings of things which technically aren't harmful - and warnings themselves, as I mentioned before, can cause fears. Now, threatening the child with something might be emotional abuse - I don't deny that -, but why is it different from what you compared it to... The person I mentioned (she's not my personal co-worker, though, rather simply a close acquaintance) already had an existing fear before your proposed scenario, derived either from some unknown faulty mental pattern or some nasty experience with square-shaped items. The child, h
  12. Here I admit I've no idea how triggers feel personally, because I don't have any. However, I do know how it looks like, and for the most part, I know how to deal with those people, too. If I know the person will end up paralyzed and hiding in a corner is s/he sees a square or a snake, I naturally wouldn't wear a shirt with square-patterns on it near the one, or send the one a picture of a friend's new pet-snake (or worse, go to the one with a live snake). That is common courtesy of a personal level, and an entirely different thing from commercial warnings. As I said, I've already got a p
  13. 1./2. I do not have any triggers, nor have I ever had ones. 3./4./5. Now, I can agree with extreme violence (and similar) being warned of in the beginning of a visual/audio programme containing realistic footage of such, but I do not think TWs as such are generally necessary for everything which might be a trigger for someone. For one, for everyone without the triggers the warnings do not serve a purpose, and being repetitive, they will likely be a bother, or, worse, they might become milder triggers themselves. I know several people who do not tolerate certain commercials, I know at lea
  14. I am a woman and have always been, despite perhaps being not the stereotypical one. - I recall most of my posts in this topic before it was cleared being of how one's interests, preferences and behavior are no indicators of one's gender.
  15. The boring old strictly heterosexual woman over here. (Curious how the only replies in this thread this far have been made by those not heterosexual only.)
  16. Keyboard. (I would never manage the 160-180 words per minute I do while typing and my hand tends to tire faster when I can't support my arm/wrist on the table, not to mention the unavoidable messed-up words. Besides, unless I am deliberately writing to be readable and remember to keep that up while writing, my handwriting is terrible and can't be read by anyone but myself.) But generally I do not prefer a pencil over pen or vice versa when I don't have a keyboarded device at hand. Of pencils I use only the refillable 0.5 and 0.7 mm ones, though, mostly because the standard pencils require
  17. 175 cm equals about 5'9''. (176.5 cm or 5'9.5'' myself, but still hopelessly out-towered by nearly all of my male, and some of my female friends.)
  18. Now, to admit, I've done some artwork for various friends/acquaintances/projects for free every now and then - but then it has been strictly voluntary and out of my free will. I wouldn't do the same for any person walking up to me and asking, even less react to a random 'advertisement' on some page. (And though I on some very rare occasions have written on requests, I've never written to-be-released works for free. Various little entries written for one's own non-profit entertainment (e.g. roleplay posts) are naturally excluded.) In other words, if the artist happens to feel like doing so
  19. I have played violent computer-games since the age of 13-14... Would probably have played before that, too, but before then playable computer-games simply *didn't* exist yet. I can't say that those affected me in any way- the only time you'd see the real-life me violent would be if you went and physically attacked either me or someone I know. Video-games making people violent is a myth, nothing more- an already violent person might have a preference for more brutal games, but a non-violent one won't turn more violent because of them. If the child wants to play the game and doesn't
  20. Is it? I've only learned the "British" English, though I've now inevitably taken in some US English influences, and I was taught the way NixAyum put it. (And I've honestly never seen your version, be it in books or otherwise.)
  21. Queer- doesn't happen for me, and I have long nails, too. What is the connection of playing piano and having short nails, though? I've played piano for a bit in the past and can testify my long nails don't get in the way- in fact, if I wanted to press the keys in a way that actually leaves the nails touching the keys even slightly I'd have to hold my hands in a rather uncomfortable position. (Which means I can't keep up with it this way for long anyway, simply because my hands become tired of the position.)
  22. Say, I have natural nails and mine never break- which is a thing that largely depends on one's genetics, general health and whether or not one polishes/etc. the nails. (Nail polish, especially if worn constantly, makes them significantly more fragile.) I've burnt/melt off my nails a few times, though, unintentionally- if I didn't have them then my fingers would either be shorter or lacking fingerprints by now. I am actually curious on how the long fingernails can get in the way, unless they are truly past half an inch in length? I've had nails this long in the past (currently more aro
  23. Well, I use my mainly nails on the rare occasions I am doing something on the cell phone, but it isn't by far the only thing I use my nails for. Pick something small up/out, turn the pages on the book, open one of those tin cans... It all is very hard to accomplish with short nails, at least to me. My fingers simply start to feel blunt, short and clumsy without. Mine've been practically constantly fairly (but not too) long for over the past decade, hence...
  24. Not quite that simple. It's structural/behavior differences. Nobody went and looked at old houses and figured that since those are nonuniform in thickness, glass must be liquid.
  25. Why'd it be wrong? No-one is damaged.