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    posted a message on Cooking a good steak
    Personally, I tend to hear up the broiler to high, put some sea salt and some pepper on it, and let it cook for roughly (depends on the thickness) 6 minutes, flip it over, and then let it cook for another six minutes. This generally results in a medium-well steak, which is where I prefer it to be.

    Just a simple, relatively quick way to cook up a steak.
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    posted a message on How are you? What's up?
    The oppression of the proletariat has me down :(
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    posted a message on What Pokemon version (e.g. Red,SS,GG,Blue) is your favorite?
    Yellow, simply because it was the first one I ever played, the first gameboy game I ever had, and the entire reason I had a gameboy color in the first place, although I was also fond of gold/silver.
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    posted a message on Going Out A Lot... Well, kind of.
    To put it bluntly, cheating on your wife raises too many issues for it to be worthwhile in the long run, even from a non-religious view.

    It creates trust issues between you and your partner.
    If one of the women you're with gets pregnant, that can create issues that I'm sure don't need to be listed here.
    It could break apart the family unit that you've established, which I'm guessing (and correct me if I'm wrong) is fairly new.

    IMHO, your efforts would be better spent convincing your wife that she isn't in danger of losing you. If you're after the thrill of the hunt, you and your wife can do that via role playing.
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    posted a message on What makes you instantly cry when you see it?


    This instantly brings tears to my eyes.
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    posted a message on REDDIT?
    le I goes on le reddit, AMA!
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    posted a message on Weird Things Teachers Told You
    Quote from GamingDonut
    poland didn't exist before WWI


    The Polish state did indeed not exist prior to WWI. The last partition of Poland was done by 1795, and Poland would not regain independence until the end of WWI when it was carved out of what used to be the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian empires.

    Quote from GamingDonut
    and she also said something about Hitler being involved in WWI


    Hitler was a soldier for the German Army during the First World War.

    Not sure how these things are really weird. They're fairly standard bits of what should be common knowledge.
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    posted a message on Weird Things Teachers Told You
    My junior year of high school, my English teacher (while giving us a background for the Great Gatsby) tried to (in all seriousness) convince us that Americans didn't see the stock market as a route to easy riches during the 1920s.

    Me:
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    posted a message on A Collection of interesting photos you won't find in History Textbooks
    This one



    I can say for sure you will find in the vast majority of textbooks that mention the European Theater of WWII. Probably the Pacific Theater as well.
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    posted a message on British or USA English? Or New Zealand, Australian, Indian, Canadian, German, Hong Kong etc.
    American English, slight Chicago accent.

    Although occasionally I throw in a little American Southerner English for fun.
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    posted a message on ALWAYS eat something before you take your pills.
    ...why did you brush your teeth before having breakfast? Shouldn't that come after?
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    posted a message on Are you getting any of the next gen consoles?
    The most recent consoles I have are a Playstation 2 and a Nintendo DS (the traditional blue fat one).

    The games that I still play on those, in addition to the occasional new PC game, is enough for me.
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    posted a message on Should the USA switch to the metric system?
    Quote from Vividkinz

    And we're already doing that by having students learn about the metric system in school.


    I can tell you that learning the metric system in school is not very effective. The amount of information about the metric system that is retained, in my experience, is very small and usually useless. Personally, I remember about as much about the metric system as I do about balancing chemical equations in chemistry, and about calculating the net force on an object that is being acted upon by two different forces at bizarre angles while on a slope in physics; this seems to be fairly standard for everyone I know who is not going into the hard sciences.

    EDIT: Consider the following. In schools, it is fairly common to take at least a few classes in a foreign language-I myself had 4 years of French and one year of German. Being removed from that environment for a year, and I have only a vague recollection of some basic German, and a rapidly fading memory of French. This is because I see no absolute need for it in the future, and it was not reinforced anywhere other than in school.

    It is for this same reason that I see no need to memorize the metric system. Not only is everything I know in Imperial, but there is absolutely no perception in America that we will change any time soon, so unless one is going into the hard sciences, long-term memorization is absolutely unnecessary, or at least perceived as such. One only needs to temporarily memorize what is needed to make science teachers (and later college professors) content, get your passing grade, and move on to learn and memorize things more important to your future.
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    posted a message on Should the USA switch to the metric system?
    Hrm. Looks like I'm in the minority here, considering I actually like the imperial system of measurement.

    Mostly because it is what I have used my entire life. It is what I am accustomed to. It is my reference point. If I'm helping a friend move furniture and they say that the chair needs to be 5 inches to the right, I automatically know roughly what that looks like and can do it. If someone tells me that they are 6 feet tall, I understand that perfectly. If someone says that they weigh 150 lbs, I have an idea of how heavy that is.

    To further compound the issue, if/when I have children, you better bet that I will be teaching them imperial units, just like I will be teaching them that Pluto is indeed a planet.
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    posted a message on What side of the bed do you sleep on?
    My bed isn't really large enough to have a definite "side" so...um...I sleep on my bed.
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