Whoops, seems I forgot about this...

Hey up, I'm a final year student studying Japanese in the UK. I'm 23, and I've been reading MeiLin for a while since it was recommended to me for research for my NaNoWriMo back in October. I've really enjoyed reading the story thus far, but I only just joined the forums last month and never got round to posting my Intro.

Other than the Intimate Histories, I'm a fan of fantasy, sci-fi, Metanoia, Questionable Content, Torchwood, SCC, Neil Gaiman, all kinds of music, and a lot of other things that I'm forgetting and can't quite remember right now! If I've forgotten something very pertinent, please do ask!

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TheBoy's picture

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Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Mother's Maiden Name...? }:)

Zandu Ink's picture

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And PIN. Oh, and those pesky 3 numbers on the back of your card. Can't do an online purchase without them.

TheBoy's picture

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therein the difference. I just make new cards. }:)

Zandu Ink's picture

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Sneaky devil. I suppose that would work, if you have a ready supply of excess plastic and magnetic strips.

TheBoy's picture

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By make I mean "apply for."

kawaiikune's picture

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I really thought your handle was integral. Putting the sexy back in dyslexia? I don't know. Welcome aboard!

magalicious's picture

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dyslexics untie!
Wink

Zandu Ink's picture

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Procrastinators Unite!
Tomorrow!

NorthwoodsMan's picture

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I've got something planned for tomorrow. How about a Thursday?

Zandu Ink's picture

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Grocery day. I'll have to get back to you.

Eleonora's picture

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I also read integral, then I read your post and went, What, it's not integral? scroll scroll scroll...
But it kind of makes sense, did you know that you can read a text quite easily if the letters of each word are scrambled, as long as the first and last letter are kept at the same place?

TheBoy's picture

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Eleonora wrote:

But it kind of makes sense, did you know that you can read a text quite easily if the letters of each word are scrambled, as long as the first and last letter are kept at the same place?

But it knid of mkeas ssnee, did you konw taht you can raed a txet qitue elaisy if the ltertes of ecah wrod are selbmarcd, as lnog as the fsrit and lsat ltteer are kpet at the smae pcale?

I think that that story is overblown, especially for longer, more technical passages where polysyllabic words are the norm. Works great with lots of 2,3,4 letter words where the meaning quickly becomes obvious. }:) (consider "qitue elaisy" vs. "are kpet at the smae pcale")

Eleonora's picture

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Hey, I said quite easily! Meaning that you don't have to puzzle about each word, and that you can actually keep reading at a surprisingly reasonable rate. It might also work better in Dutch, but I don't know why that would be the case. (Other than the fact that English has the most horrible awful spelling)

girlthing's picture

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only word I had trouble with there was scrambled.

TheBoy's picture

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heeowvr, hglhiy coelpmx or tcncheial vrgbeiae d'eonst ttsnlraae wtih scuh fltcaiiy

girlthing's picture

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you have a point! wunoerdfl dratoensotmin.

kawaiikune's picture

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try keeping letters that stick out in the same place. I lvoe wetarmolen ecpaieclly for bsaekfrat.

TheBoy's picture

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But the initial proposition was more general:
"did you know that you can read a text quite easily if the letters of each word are scrambled, as long as the first and last letter are kept at the same place?"

Certainly, you can rearrange letters and retain a coherent word. I said as much earlier. I merely argued that the rule wasn't as universal as it was presented.

Davik's picture

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Just to be totally off the wall with this one:
Bokcilng the ltae sdiuom cruernt rdecues icnlelatauarlr siudom almcucutoaion drniug sudiom pmup ioiinbhitn.

If anyone can sort that one out I will be truly impressed. (just for my own note, so I can remember where to check if anyone seems to have gotten it right: 8 )

kawaiikune's picture

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Blocking the late sodium current reduces intracellular sodium accumulation during sodium pump inhibition. I don't know what it means, but that's what I think it says. The only one that was really that hard was accumulation.

Davik's picture

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I'm just going to have to go through the conference proceedings again tomorrow and find something with even more technical terms in it. Guess this is what I get for starting with an easy one... Yes, by the way, that means you got it right.

The Which's picture

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Oosclucin of the lfet crrnoaoy aetrry lades to imhseica, ifrctionan, nsirecos of the afteefcd myradoiacl tsiuse flowloed by sacr fmotiroan and lsos of ftnociun.

Hah.

TheBoy's picture

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occlusion of the left coronary artery leads to ischemia, infarction, necrosis of the affected myocardial tissue followed by scar formation and loss of function.

ETA:
I think I'm gonna open a new thread on this...

The Which's picture

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User TheBoy earned 1 points Total now is 892 points.
User The Which lost 1 points Total now is 205 points.

Not that you needed my one point, but you beat V by a good 3 minutes AND got all the words right.

V's picture

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Off the top of my head?

Occlusion of the left coronary artery leads to **, **, necrosis of the ** ** tissue followed by ** formation and loss of function

ETA: darn ninjas. Yes, make a thread

TheBoy's picture

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blocking the late sodium current reduces (word) sodium accumulation during sodium pump inhibition.

not bad, this promptly

eta: intracellular or somesuch...nicely done kawaiikune.

Taslin's picture

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It's always nice to meet someone else studying Japanese! Biggrin Have a good time around the forums.

Ely's picture

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Good, good, one more reader on my side of the Atlantic ! Smile

...Hey, there's quite a lot of us now, we could see about setting up a British sniffing party (that's what MeiLin fan meetings are called, right ? right ?) !

(I just got my JLPT4 results and I failed by a dozen points, but that's not your fault, and besides you like Torchwood, so it's alright Wink

TheBoy's picture

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that's right. MLM readers get together and sniff the British.

kawaiikune's picture

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mmmmmm, British!

TheBoy's picture

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sort of a stuffy, musty smell. Redolent of tea. Notes of old empire and decadence.

Shade's picture

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Okay, I just spit tea all over my laptop.
Friggin' hilarious, bwahahahaha.

Davik's picture

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Now, just because the jokes basically write themselves: what do you detect when sniffing the French?

Zandu Ink's picture

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Smelly cheese, rich whine and German boot leather.

TheBoy's picture

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overwhelming notes of poultry, subtler notes of whine and wine, a whiff of cultural resentment. The dust of ancient glories nigh-forgotten. Also, sweat trapped in a hairy armpit.

teehee's picture

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I actually laughed out loud when I read this TheBoy! You remind me of a coworker, another fellow wordsmith. She makes definitions of everyday terms we use at work that are very witty. Good show, my jolly good fellow!

TheBoy's picture

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I'm happy to amuse.

Davik's picture

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See, after a day spent frying my brain listening to biophysics talks I knew I was far too fried to put together a good one myself, but I knew I could at least set someone up for the spike Smile I've got to admit both the German boot leather and the dust of ancient glories nigh-forgotten were priceless.

Zandu Ink's picture

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I am a little surprised that so few of us have the Gaul to make fun of the French.

-rimshot-

Also: Hello Petitioner's badge.

NorthwoodsMan's picture

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It's just that sometimes, it's too easy.

And we enjoy a challenge...

Davik's picture

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Gaul, really? You had to go there with it? :sick:

TheBoy's picture

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yeah, he had the gaul to do it...

and NOW, all the Gaul on the thread is divided in three parts... :sick:

Laureril's picture

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GALLIA est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appellantur. GALLIA est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appellantur. GALLIA est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appellantur. GALLIA est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appellantur.

*sits in the corner rocking...*

Davik's picture

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I don't even know what you just said, but it makes me want to sit in a corner rocking too

Capriox's picture

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I have no formal Latin training, so this is purely for my entertainment:

Gaul is divided into three parts, the first includes Belgium, the (wing?) one below is Aquitane, the third that (something) the Celtic language, our Gaelic namesake (or something like appellation/label).

So, was I close at all?

TheBoy's picture

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GALLIA est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appellantur.

All Gaul is divided into three parts, of which the Belgae inhabit one, the Aquitani another, those of the language of the Celts the third, called Gaul by us.

or so.

Eleonora's picture

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All of Gallia? No one village...

NorthwoodsMan's picture

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I resemble that remark...

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Zandu Ink's picture

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Tremontines? Or Temonters? Intimate Historians?

On that note, since threads often get pirated here anyway:

Someone from Tremont is Tremontine. (Adjective.)
Someone from Tremont is a ... what? (Noun.)

Also, Sairland.

MeiLin's picture

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A person from Tremont is a Tremontine. A person from Sairland is a Sair, though most people just say "he's Sairish," rather than "he's a Sair."

sherinik's picture

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might continue a bit more slowly if it wasn't for the forum questions on assorted grammar/heraldry/obscure but fascinating little titbits.

MeiLin's picture

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the credit goes to manoki. That woman and her questions! She was one of the earliest readers, and pestered me so much with questions this whole THING took shape.

TheBoy's picture

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I haven't seen enough of the pregolantern lately--is she alright, to your knowledge?

MeiLin's picture

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I talk to her via an email list regularly; she's just buried up to her neck right now in shtuff. More than that, I cannot say, except that she'll be back.

TheBoy's picture

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good news.

manoki's picture

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I'm fine. Just stupid busy, as Meilin said. Lots of big life decisions and I'm coming up for tenure in 6 months so I'm starting to get really bent out of shape about it. I swore this wouldn't happen to me, but it has.

Besides, I'll never catch up to you and the other embodiments. But I really do admire your badge...

TheBoy's picture

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good luck with your tenure review. I know it's a big bloody hassle.

also
* User manoki earned 25 points Total now is 239 points.
* User TheBoy lost 25 points Total now is 862 points.

Nothing else I can do, but hey--we appreciate you.

manoki's picture

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thanks! you really are sweet! Smile

TheBoy's picture

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Shush! don't tell everyone. Wink

The Which's picture

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You only gave up 3% of your points... C'mon show a little more generosity Wink

TheBoy's picture

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I gave up about 33% of my discretionary points. Blum 3

Zandu Ink's picture

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I get it now.

V's picture

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If you snag tenure you can come out of the closet as a MLM fan, right? }:)

manoki's picture

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something to think about! Wink

manoki's picture

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You are the creator, the dreamer, the one who worked it all out. I just have insatiable curiosity about social worlds. And yours is amazing. Not sure I'd want to live in it, 'specially as a woman, but I love reading about it!

Davik's picture

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Welcome, since I haven't said it yet, and being the geek that I am I also read your name as integral the first time. I think we may have another case of someone needing a sig line to keep us from screwing up their name.

TheBoy's picture

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"inter gal, no calculus functions here, funcwads"

8)

Davik's picture

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I think that just about says it all.

MeiLin's picture
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or a point. Wink

Daddy has a cameo to buy.

Davik's picture

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Unfortunately being something like 800 points away from that, and something like 400 behind you (no I'm not giving you a point to check Blum 3 ), I don't think I'm going to beat you to that one. At least not without some epic level recipe spamming, and I think even I would run out of recipes before I got there.

MeiLin's picture

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he just doesn't want to spend 400 points to do it and lose his shiny purple badge. Smile

TheBoy's picture

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daggum right.

Plus, I sort of like the thought of teaming up with Kawaiikune and V--possibly all 3 chipping in simultaneously--assuming you'd Angel they'd be down and (b) you'd be down with the idea of a group cameo.

kawaiikune's picture

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be down for that. Mei, is there a limit on the number of cameos we can buy? Like, if I buy a cameo every two weeks, would you continue to write my character into the story?

MeiLin's picture

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I think if someone were to push that too hard, they'd end up being the guy who shovels the shit in the stables for Master Cappel. Or possibly Imbert's much-abused and wretched servant.

Davik's picture

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Beautiful, 400 bucks worth of donations (or 400 posts) to be the guy shoveling shit on a regular basis Smile Sounds like a good solution to stopping abuse of the system...

TheBoy's picture

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haha...yeah, being a shitshoveler or punching bag just seems like a disincentive.

Zandu Ink's picture

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She calls the character Poopsmith, then it's ok. I'd drop 400 bucks for that.

MeiLin's picture

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I'm talking about someone who repeatedly cashes in points to request cameos...say, $400 a cameo, you say? Let me rethink this...

TheBoy's picture

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at a dollar a point...

MeiLin's picture

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It takes a bit to get to 400, paid or no...

TheBoy's picture

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sure. To get the first cameo you'd have to pay $800 (less your # of points).
After that, they're $400 apiece (less # of intervening points)

Davik's picture

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I just figured he wouldn't want me getting to Embodiment before he could get back there Smile Also the reason I'm citing it as 800 points for me to claim the privilege. Once I get the badge I want to keep it (though honestly the Supplicant badge is just so cool...)

TheBoy's picture

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Honestly, it's not the color so much as the shape that gets me going about the supplicant badge...but the big bold E for embodiment is pretty shmexy in its own right--and in royal purple. Biggrin

Davik's picture

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See, for me it's both the shape and the color (well, maybe the shape a little more than the color). I just don't really associate myself with purple, but green, or the blue of a couple ranks back...

Gudy's picture

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... is just all around lovely, and the nice, dark green goes much better with the red book binding than the purple. In fact, I find the Embodiment badge a bit... garish compared to the more understated elegance of the Supplicant badge.

TheBoy's picture

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I concur--but you gotta have something that tells everyone once you're big pimpin'

Katie's picture

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the diamond-like symbol.

NorthwoodsMan's picture

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But it's a the color of amethyst, a rather low value gem. The sapphire blue or emerald green would be a higher value. The pale diamond blue would be a tad difficult to read.

girlthing's picture

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welcome. are you from the UK yourself, or just studying there? I spent a semester studying near London, and I miss it so so much...!

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