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Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by SeverinR, May 14, 2013.

  1. Incanus

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    Farewell Stephen Hawking----

    I didn't just buy A Brief History of Time and put in on my shelf. I actually read it. Twice. Great book.
     
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  2. I'm that person who just has it on my shelf. There are a terribly large amount that way...as yet unread.
     
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  3. CupofJoe

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    Alas for Stephen Hawking, I bought aBHoT, read aBHoT, and then bought three more books to try an understand aBHoT.
    Or maybe that was his point... To get people thinking about Physics. It did that.
     
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  4. Incanus

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    Oh my, I certainly have a good deal of unread books on my shelves too! Just not that one.

    The reason I ended up reading it twice was because I think I understood about 10-15% of it the first time. As a slow reader, I had to stop with the science books when my writing began to take off. Now its history and reference books and biographies and whatnot. So much to learn----
     
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  5. Ack. This happened a few days ago but it's been hurting me more and more. My friend told me the other day not to hug her in front of her sister or mom because they think I'm a lesbian...??? Imagine being so homophobic that you don't want best friends to hug each other in front of you. The best/worst part is, I'm not even gay?? Maybe it's the pixie cut??? Martial arts???? The fact that I'm not prioritizing getting into a guy's pants over everything else in my life?????? I don't know. Anyway, it's really hurtful. i wonder if she's indirectly signaling that i'm making her uncomfortable too? How can I tell? Should I back off? idkkkkk. Have i broken some kind of boundary somehow? I'm so bad about seeing those.

    To clarify, I live in an uber-conservative southern state where a lot of people seem to think gays can "turn" people. Zombie-fashion, i guess?

    I want out of this stupid town so bad.

    anyone down for writing a satirical piece about the gay apocalypse? it might make me feel better
     
  6. CupofJoe

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    If someone says they don't want to be hugged, don't hug them. I have a very tactile group of friends where hugging cheek kissing and even hold handing is common and I hate hugging, cheek kissing and hand holding. So they know not to include me most of the time. I don't mean like like or love them any less. I relent when I feel comfortable but that isn't often. [relent - even my choice of words is defensive...]
    As for people thinking that you are gay, there is nothing you can do about that. They will think how they will. For a long time, I thought a Russian student I knew was coming on to me because they always held my hand when we talked, but apparently its a thing in parts of Russia.
    Personally, I'd ask your friend if you've missed something because I'm terrible at working that stuff out as well.
     
  7. She's told me it's okay, but people don't always say what they mean.
     
  8. A new name for The Big Bang: the Horrendous Space Kablooie!
     
  9. CupofJoe

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    Someone at work has just given me a copy of "An Introduction to Elvish And to Other Tongues and Proper Names and Writing Systems of the Third Age of the Western Lands of Middle-earth as Set Forth in the Published Writings of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien".
    For no reason - just because...
    I am truly touched by the niceness of people!
     
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  10. Tom

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    My laptop and Photoshop CS3 met today. They do not like each other. I don't understand why--my laptop meets the system requirements (and then some), but Photoshop won't get past the damn boot-up screen. All I want to do is process my camera raw files outside of school...
     
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    Update: Two hours of frantic research has taught me that CS3 is only compatible with Windows OS older than Vista. I have 7. So much for saving money on a lighter weight program than newer editions...

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  12. Dark Squiggle

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    This is why I dislike the big companies. If my graphics tablet had a Linux driver, I'd've kissed windows goodbye long ago.
     
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  13. Tom

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    Adobe is the worst...they know they're industry standard, so they basically get to set all the rules. And no one can object to them because as of right now there's no real professional-quality alternative to Photoshop. I could say a lot more but I'm going to stop myself there, lol.
     
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  14. CupofJoe

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    At home, I'm running CS3 on Win10 with no problems... It was installed on Win7 and then I upgraded.
    I agree that Adobe suck. At work we used CS3, 5 and then 6 with no problems until Adobe pulled a plug somewhere. Then they died. Now we have to lease the software under Creative Cloud and have a real bugger of a job to get some of it to load and run on the network PC. At least it means I never have to hot desk... So there is a silver lining to that cloud
     
  15. Dark Squiggle

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    Gimp and Krita are both really good. IMO Krita is a better painting program by far than photoshop, if a bit clumsier to learn (I am a beginner with this, so take what I say with a grain of salt.) both are free and opensource, part of the GNU project, and will run on windows, mac, and most linuxes I think you can even use Gimp through your browser. If you have a chromebook, though, you would probably need to switch to linux.
     
  16. Tom

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    Really?? How'd you get CS3 to run on a 64-bit OS? It just refuses to open on mine. I'm thinking about getting CS6 instead, since it's the version I learned on in high school and my laptop isn't compatible with Adobe's CC software.

    Speaking of CC, I still can't believe Adobe has stuck with the subscription-based model after all the criticism they've gotten for it. What a ripoff.

    I used GIMP for a while. Didn't like it. It's cluttered and the workflow wasn't intuitive. It also lacked some key features I needed for photo editing--the right color spaces, for one, and a couple of filters/layer options/etc.

    I haven't tried Krita, as I have a couple of painting/drawing programs I got through tablet software bundles. I've heard good things about it, though.
     
  17. CupofJoe

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    A Rip off it certainly is. But as they say... "It ain't my dime that payin'"
    Adobe's CC is the industry standard for a lot of things and sometimes there is a reason you need to have one file that can be shared and opened in a dozen countries and languages.
    I think my own CS3 software runs in the Win7 32bit emulation, but I don't see a difference. It just works for me...
    I'd beware of anyone selling CS6 as I think it's been killed by Adobe. It was for us at work [hence us being ransomed into using CC].
    If you have an urge, take a look at Serif Software. Admittedly I haven't used their new software but their older software was very good and very [very] cheap. Admittedly they gave me a full set of everything [for evaluation] that has let me upgrade to the newest version for the at least 15 years... So I do have a slightly warm Hygge* feeling for them, but I know of entire PhDs layed-out, graphed and image edited by Serif.
    * Hygge is the Danish word for cosy, warm and comforting [and all things nice].
     
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  18. Tom

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    I get why CC is a good idea, but the subscription-based model rankles me. To keep using Photoshop (and to keep your files from being locked) you have to pay a monthly fee that adds up to well over the full cost of CS6...PER YEAR. That's patently ridiculous.

    Adobe don't sell CS6 or offer it for download anymore, but if you have a valid serial number and an installation disk they'll still allow you to activate and register it. With CS3, I found out that they took their activation servers for it and CS2 offline (because they were getting super old), and that's why my copy refused to work. They offer a service where you can trade in your original serial number for one that doesn't require the activation server. Unfortunately, the copy I bought had already been used so my serial number was rejected. Bah.

    I'll have to look into Serif, though. I'm always up for alternatives to needlessly expensive stuff.
     
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