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General Off-Topic Board / Re: College Football
« on: August 06, 2007, 12:14:16 PM »
<=== Went from Big 12 to Big East  :'( :'( :'(

ETA: Nope I was wrong. Independent for Football, Atlantic 10 for Basketball.  :'( :'( :'(

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: July 30, 2007, 02:34:25 PM »
93.8% of statistics are made-up.
 :)

2 out of 3 dentists agree

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: My Thoughts/Rants - Poll: $$$ or a life
« on: July 30, 2007, 01:49:43 PM »
Dear Prudence,
I'm 36, but look and feel younger. There is a young lady in my office, about 10 years younger than me, whom I enjoy chatting with. Her desk is just a few feet from my office, so I walk past her dozens of times a day. Maybe once or twice a day, I'll stop for a minute and make small talk. She always smiles brightly and jokes with me, and she has said some very complimentary things about my personality and the way I dress. About a month ago, I asked her out for lunch. She said yes without hesitation, and we picked a day. But when that day came, she said she had been so busy that she'd forgotten, and asked if we could do it another day. When the new day came, it was a similar story. We've rescheduled lunch four times now, which seems a little excessive to me. But she continues to be very friendly, pay me compliments, and laugh loudly at my jokes. Is she really not interested, in spite of her telling me that I have a "wonderful personality," that I "look great today," and so on? She's really sweet, and I don't want to let the opportunity to get to know her better slip away, but I also know that repeatedly being "too busy" or "forgetting" is usually a sign that a girl's not interested.

—Confused in Cubicleland

Dear Confused,
You've gotten to know her quite well enough. I have the feeling that when you walk away, she rolls her eyes at her cubicle mates about your latest joke. Now she's demonstrating to them her Pavlovian powers: She compliments your clothes, and you keep asking her out—no matter how many times she gives you a lame excuse for breaking the date. Continue to give her a delighted smile and nod when you pass by, but stop pausing for small talk and jokes. Your friendly withdrawal may actually prompt her to reschedule that lunch. But if she does, you have to decide if you want to pursue someone who makes you feel like Charlie Brown after Lucy has yanked the football out from under him yet again.

—Prudie
:D
Where so you find this stuff?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: SFLSD: ION, ETA.
« on: July 27, 2007, 03:49:25 PM »

Well, just from the post it seems like they need $10 mil. to support food programs in Zambia. They take $2.5 mil. from corn production and reduce rations until they meet $10 mil. Then when that's reached they use some for food rations and some to support corn farmers production. So why not cut the $2.5 mil in corn and use the $7.5 mil to provide rations and support improvements?

Nevermind though, I didn't take into account that the corn investment probably goes toward a larger general food provision.

::backs out of thread::

::goes to fight more about religion somehwere::

Oh, I see.

They need the 10 mil to (1) keep them alive, and (2) to keep them nourished enough to be able to farm.

WFP is an emergency (i.e.) not a development) organization.



Ah, that makes more sense then.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: SFLSD: ION, ETA.
« on: July 27, 2007, 03:33:56 PM »
Yeah, I don't see how that program helps at all.

There are costs associated with food distribution.

Hmmm. I guess I can see how it can help. But, why not use the 7.5 mil absent the corn to invest in prod. improvements/dist. methods?

I'm not following

Well, just from the post it seems like they need $10 mil. to support food programs in Zambia. They take $2.5 mil. from corn production and reduce rations until they meet $10 mil. Then when that's reached they use some for food rations and some to support corn farmers production. So why not cut the $2.5 mil in corn and use the $7.5 mil to provide rations and support improvements?

Nevermind though, I didn't take into account that the corn investment probably goes toward a larger general food provision.

::backs out of thread::

::goes to fight more about religion somehwere::

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Pictures of J as a baby
« on: July 27, 2007, 03:26:46 PM »

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: SFLSD: ION, ETA.
« on: July 27, 2007, 03:24:29 PM »
Yeah, I don't see how that program helps at all.

There are costs associated with food distribution.

Hmmm. I guess I can see how it can help. But, why not use the 7.5 mil absent the corn to invest in prod. improvements/dist. methods?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: SFLSD: ION, ETA.
« on: July 27, 2007, 03:20:20 PM »
...or it could be part of a program that requires government seeking aid to also try and provide that aid

...or...

It's because the WFP is the most generally awesome organization this side of Google.  They're faster, cheaper, and more effective than you can imagine.  They can put up entire cities in the middle of bum-@#!*-nowhere within a week, with streets, houses, an electrical grid, hospitals, and whiskey.

I really hope this is a joke.

Yeah, I don't see how that program helps at all.
^^^^^^
not what I was commenting about

Ah. Just saw the bolded.

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I stab you with my flag

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: SFLSD: ION, ETA.
« on: July 27, 2007, 03:17:27 PM »
...or it could be part of a program that requires government seeking aid to also try and provide that aid

...or...

It's because the WFP is the most generally awesome organization this side of Google.  They're faster, cheaper, and more effective than you can imagine.  They can put up entire cities in the middle of bum-@#!*-nowhere within a week, with streets, houses, an electrical grid, hospitals, and whiskey.

I really hope this is a joke.

Yeah, I don't see how that program helps at all.

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