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Of course, we’d always meet all kinds of weird people in our life. There could be a lady who lives down the road who keeps dozens of snakes as pets (which is regarded as strange by most people), or there could be that guy who lives next door who throws insults at you every time he sees you.
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Though, while we may meet inconsiderate (and rude!) people in real life, you’d see even more of those on the internet!
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For example, take Gunz: the Duel, a online third-person-shooter game that I often play. Most people in that game are… to put it bluntly, idiots. Many come into the game room and yell these statements in a very much coarser English (i.e. broken English).
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  • Just entering the game room (before dueling others): “I’M A PRO! ALL OF YOU ARE INSECTS THAT DON’T DESERVE TO BE MENTIONED! I WILL DEFEAT YOU WITH MY UTTER PRO-NESS!!”
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  • During dueling: “ZOMG *******!!”
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  • After dueling (win): “AHAHAHAHA TAKE THAT YOU ******!! LOOK WHO’S PRO NOW!!!!!”
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  • After dueling (lose): “ZOMG YOU ****! LAGGING ******* AND ******* AND *******!! EVERYONE ******* KICK HIM!!!”
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  • For the remaining duration of the game: “YOU ******* *******!!” x817238178321 times.
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Yep, you get those people in a game, and it’s not exactly an uncommon event. T_T
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Thankfully, most of these people are manageable. It’s possible to remain unscathed from a barrage of abuses (with practice) and enjoy the game like you’re supposed to. After all, games are supposed to be there for you to enjoy and pass the time, right? =D
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Some ways to deal with uncouth online people:
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  • Ignore.
    Yep, one of the most basic steps. I’m sure some games allow you to “hide” chats so you don’t have to read what other people say (Gunz has it too). Though sometimes chatting with other people online (with friends or friendly strangers) is what makes online games better than offline ones, so this may not work so well. However, we can also just dismiss what other people say and only response to the friendly ones, right?
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  • Act indifferent.
    Some people bash you with insults for the fun of it, some do it to feel like they have power and in control. One way to react towards flames/insults is to act like you’re not affected negatively by the statement. You’d be surprised how the flames stop after a while, though it’ll infuriate the flamer because you’re not affected (no stress-relief for them!) Though, of course, sometimes you’d get those stubborn ones… O_o
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  • Don’t worry, be happy!
    Of course, this doesn’t include self-bashing!
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  • And more!
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  • Combinations of above!
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While these steps can be effective, they’re not exactly foolproof. These are just ways to cope with flames, to make your gaming time more enjoyable!
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And since we’re here, let me put in a few examples of what I do when insulted:
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(After a duel where the other guy lost)

Other guy: ZOMG YOU LAGGER NOOB!!!!!
Me: Lag is mutual. <—- indifference
Other guy: NO WAY YOU NOOB!! YOU LAG!!!!
Me: *ignores* <—- ignorance
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As you can see above, I just say one statement and let it go. Usually (and I mean usually), after you ignore a few insults from him/her, s/he’d give up.
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Of course, you sometimes get those times when a group of them start insulting you, and you can apply what I did above and hope for the best. When they successfully kick you out of the room, however, you can always go to another room to find friendlier people!
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Lastly, what I suggested may not be the best way to do it, but it’s a good way to start. And the most important thing is, enjoy yourself when you play games! =D

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~Estrelita Farr, signing out!

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All right, we all know that most (not all) guys really don’t like shopping; some even loathe it. Most of the time, they have to join the women in shopping for many reasons (“Go or else!”, etc) while they’d rather stay at home and watch TV or something.
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Why do they hate shopping with women so much?
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It’s normally because of yet another difference in the way a guy and a girl shops:

  • Guys: They often already know exactly what they want to buy. They go into a store, see what they want, pick it, then buy it. Short and simple.
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  • Girls: They often only have a vague idea of what they want to buy. They go into a store, check out the selections there, check out the prices, exit the store, and repeat for a while before they finally make up their mind.
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See the problem here? That’s often why guys are usually impatient when we girls go shopping for an extended period of time. O_o
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Anyways, the point of all this is shown in an image I got from a forwarded mail below:

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Shopping

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So, ladies, don’t drag your guys to go shopping with you when they really don’t want to! xD

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~Estrelita Farr, signing out!

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Haven’t written here in a while… too busy being ill. xP
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And so, here’s the story today: a manga called Blue Dragon: Ral Grado!
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Note: Manga = comic
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Blue Dragon: Ral Grado
(You can read it here: OneManga.com)
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.Ral Grado

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Ooh, doesn’t the artwork look familiar? Yes, it’s done by the artist of Death Note and Hikaru no Go manga, Takeshi Obata!!
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And don’t forget the writer, Tsuneo Takano. =D

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Summary of the story:
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Basically, there are two worlds; the world of light (where we humans reside) and the world of darkness (where the Shadows reside). Shadows are demonic creatures of darkness, born with no solid body, and due to the desire beauty of their queen, Bira (also known as Obscuria/Opscuria), most of the Shadows have emerged from their world of darkness and, upon “eating” the creatures of light (humans, animals, etc), they are able to materialise into physical forms in the world of light.
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Ral is a 15-year-old-boy, locked in a completely dark prison since infancy because he has the Shadow called Grado (in the shape of a Blue Dragon) inside him. Shadows cannot emerge in complete darkness (they need light to get shadows).
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Now, one day, when the kingdom of Sphaelite was caught in a losing defense against Shadows, its leader decided to release Ral to help them protect the city, after Mio, Ral’s tutor, convinced everyone that Ral can control the Blue Dragon, Grado.
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After that, he set out to defeat the Shadow queen Bira, to bring the world of darkness back to its original state, and he meets many people who will be his comrades.

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Read it! It’s great! =D
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It actually reminds me of the Breath of Fire game series, because of the Dragon. xP
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Though the protagonist’s a bit too perverted for my taste. O_o

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~Estrelita Farr, signing out!

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This is a real letter sent from Banta to Bill Gates of Microsoft!

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  • Subject : Problems with my new computer

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Dear Mr. Bill Gates,
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We have bought a computer for our home and we have found some problems, which I want to bring to your notice.
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1. There is a button ‘start’ but there is no “stop” button. We request you to check this.
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2. We find there is ‘Run’ in the menu. One of my friends clicked ‘run’ he ran up to Amritsar ! So, we request you to change that to “sit”, so that we can click that by sitting.
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3. One doubt is whether any ‘re-scooter’ is available in system ? I find only ‘re-cycle’, but I own a scooter at my home.
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4. There is ‘Find’ button but it is not working properly. My wife lost the door key and we tried a lot trace the key with this ‘find’ button, but was unable to trace. Please rectify this problem.
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5. My child learnt ‘Microsoft word’ now he wants to learn ‘Microsoft sentence’, so when you will provide that ?
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6. I bought computer, CPU, mouse and keyboard, but there is only one icon which shows ‘My Computer’ when you will provide the remaining items ?
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7. It is surprising that windows says ‘My Pictures’ but there is not even a single photo of mine. So when will you keep my photo in that.
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8. There is ‘MICROSOFT OFFICE’ what about ‘MICROSOFT HOME’ since I use the PC at home only.
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9. You provided “My Recent Documents”. When you will provide “My Past Documents” ?
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10. You provide “My Network Places”. For God sake please do not provide “My Secret Places”. I do not want to let my wife know where I go after my office hours.
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Regards,

Banta
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Last one from me to Mr. Bill Gates :
Sir, how is it that your name is Gates but u are selling WINDOWS ?

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i.e. I got a new comp!!
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Yep, they always said getting a new comp is fun. In my case, it completely blew me off!!
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Why?
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Well, imagine that, many many years ago when you first got it, your trusty mechanical partner (a.k.a. your old comp( was already outdated to begin with (because it was cheaper!). Fine, I didn’t complain because it was truly my trusty partner for so many years.
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Usually, when one buys a comp, it’d last up to an average of 3- 5 years before it becomes really outdated (a.k.a. lousy), due to the nature of the IT world’s speedy advance in technology. And I was using my old comp for 7 years!
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See how outdated my comp was? xP
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3 years ago, I upgraded my comp, even though it was kinda outdated. From 20 GB (I think) hard disk space, it got upgraded to 70 GB. From 256 MB RAM, it got upgraded to 512 MB. From a CD-ROM reader, I got a DVD burner. From who-knows-how-much processor speed to 933 MHz processor speed. From the Nvidia TNT2 graphics card… it still remained a Nvidia TNT2 graphics card.
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Of course, even with all those upgrades, it’s still a bit… sad. I mean, it can’t even run Doom 3!
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Still… it was my trusty partner for years. It helped with my story writing, picture editing, sheet music arranging, music composing, and the best of all, it let me go online!
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Of course, like all things that we learn to love, we also feel annoyed and frustrated with them. My old comp, for example, can’t run any “current” (and that means 3 years ago!) games at all. It can’t play 3D games at all, and it actually loves to slow down occasionally. One enemy of a gamer is lag. T_T
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So that means, when I watch my friends start playing so-and-so game that I wanted to join, I can’t even install it (Age of Empires 3 and Doom 3 came into mind). Even if I managed to install it and everything, I can’t even play it (SilkRoad Online is an example… even the login screen already shows how laggy it is on my comp!).
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And then, today, I got my new comp!!
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When you compare my old comp to the new one, it’s like comparing a snail and a rabbit (seriously!). It’s much smoother, has better graphics, better sound, better everything!
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Here, let’s compare the specs of both comps:
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New Comp

Old Comp

Machine

Intel Core 2 Duo

Pentium III

Processor Speed

2.2 GHz

933 MHz

Memory

2 GB

512 MB

Hard Drive

250 GB

70 GB

Graphics Card

Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (will upgrade it to GeForce 8600 in future)

Nvidia TNT something (not even GeForce 1!)

Monitor

20-inch LCD

17-inch CRT

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So this means that my new comp is at least FIVE times faster than my old comp!
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Of course, that gave me and my siblings a big shock for a few days. No more lag, and we can finally play 3D games!
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And now, I’m looking for more games that I can play, whenever I’m bored. Any suggestions? xP

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~Estrelita Farr, signing out!

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You know how among friends, forwarded mails circulate almost as well as rumours in a crowd do, right? Well, the first time I saw these was when a friend forwarded it to me!
What’s this all about, you ask?
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Well, I’m the sort of person who can’t really cook, and I’ve baked less than ten times all my life (though with no problems so far). All the stuff that I baked are not so nice looking (what’d you expect from homemade stuff, especially coming from someone who hardly bake? O_o), though at least they taste good, I’d think.
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And then, came along this forwarded email, with cake art so incredible that you can’t believe it’s cake!!
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I searched online for a possible source of this forwarded email, and I found a site where all the pictures are from! It’s a Russian cake art site, and I tell you, they’re really incredible!
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Don’t believe me? Take a look yourself. xD
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Notes:

  • All the pictures are from this site, so I had no hand in making them. xP
  • Click on the thumbnails to view the bigger picture!
  • I won’t post all the pictures here, just some that I think are the best!

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Incredible Cake Art!

  • Wedding Cakes:

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  • Trades and Technologies:

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  • Buildings/Travel:

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  • Animals:

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  • Miscellaneous:



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There are loads more, but I didn’t want to put them all here because otherwise loading would be a pain!
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But it’s amazing, isn’t it? I wonder how long does it take to make just one cake… xD

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~Estrelita Farr, signing off!

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