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Well, looks like my Psychology class (while possibly not as reminiscent of the Forbidden Comment Threads as I was worried it'd be) is A) still going to be pretty tough and B) not yet guaranteed to never turn into a heated debate, even though one hasn't happened yet. Software Engineering and Game Graphics look like they're gonna be pretty tough too.

Things usually don't turn out this way until after I make a post saying that things are going well so far, so why isn't that the case this time? :(

Also, a meme I got from cactus_rs:

"five of my icons, explained. If you want to expound on five of your icons, comment and I'll pick five for you."

I hope I end up doing this right... Anyway, cactus_rs chose:



This is from the X-Files episode "Pusher" (season 3, episode 17), which is about a man who can bend people to his will. The above userpic comes from a scene where he gets past FBI security just by writing "PASS" on a piece of paper and attaching it to his shirt in lieu of an ID.

I tend to use this userpic whenever I just finished something - or passed it, if you will. Usually the "something" is a difficult assignment, but sometimes I use this userpic just because I beat a video game.

Speaking of video games...



This comes from the intro of Super Mario Galaxy 2. I don't know exactly what "ΔΧΧΔΔΧ?!" means, but it is the first thing this Luma says to Mario in the game (even though Lumas speak English throughout the entire first Super Mario Galaxy and even most of SMG2). The stray "?!" in the top left is from the same quote - I intended to crop it out of the screenshot and retype it for the userpic, but it ended up partially still there.

My uses for this vary. Sometimes I use it because I can't understand something. I think I've also used it sometimes while talking about Super Mario Galaxy 1 or 2 in general or while talking about the Greek alphabet (since those symbols resemble the letters delta and chi), and I think I even used it once while talking about the Cyrillic alphabet (even though it doesn't resemble Cyrillic as closely).



A hypercube (or tesseract, or four-dimensional cube, or whatever you prefer to call it) that I drew myself.

I don't have much else interesting to say about the userpic itself, so I guess I'll say something that's only somewhat interesting about it (which you may skip if you like): It's hard to tell after I mixed the colors together, but all 8 of its cells (cells are to 4D shapes as faces are to 3D shapes) have individual colors, and most sides' colors are roughly the opposites of those on the opposite sides. Red and cyan are on opposite sides, blue and yellow are on opposite sides, and green is on the top while pink is on the bottom, though the left and right cubes are purple and orange, which aren't quite opposites.

My uses for this userpic are somewhat random. Obviously, I almost always use this userpic whenever I talk about the fourth dimension (or other higher dimensions), but those posts are actually less frequent than the existence of this userpic would imply. Sometimes I use this userpic for other math-related posts, or for color-related posts, if I don't have any other userpic that's more closely associated with the post. Also, at some point early on, I started a trend of using it on posts about finishing difficult assignments; I don't know how it became associated with finishing homework (since the most difficult assignments for me usually weren't math-related), but it stuck until I finally made my "PASS" userpic. I've probably used it (or any of my userpics, really) for reasons besides those as well.



Another X-Files userpic, this one from "Bad Blood" (Season 6, Episode 12). The events of the episode are told from Scully's point of view and then from Mulder's point of view (with hilarious differences between the two retellings), and this userpic comes from a scene in Scully's retelling in which Mulder's "breakthrough" is when he notices this (except the full quote is "Have you noticed this man's SHOES ARE UNTIED?!") about one of the killer's victims.

I don't get to use this userpic very often, but I did get to use it a few times in a conversation in asperger back when that community hadn't been ruined by the Forbidden Comment Threads yet about tying shoes. :)



At some point, on some website I don't remember, I found a slideshow of pictures of funny road signs; I don't remember any of the others now, but one was a different upside-down speed limit sign that said only 20 (02?) miles per hour. I was inspired to make a userpic out of it, but since I couldn't find that exact same picture again, I went with the closest picture I could find - this one.

I use this userpic the most whenever I talk about driving, but it would also make a good userpic for talking about upside-down stuff :)

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pathvain_aelien
Jan. 25th, 2014 06:11 am (UTC)
There may very well be debates in that class but that doesn't mean they will be heated or that you will even have to participate. Remember, people like airing different viewpoints (sometimes even if they don't support those viewpoints) just to make conversation. It doesn't mean that they care all that much so quit worrying! And I still want to see the Forbidden Comment Threads.

Also: "Have you noticed this man's SHOES ARE UNTIED?!" is one of my favorite parts in that whole episode. I love how Mulder is so dramatic and silly from Scully's point of view.
matt1993
Jan. 26th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
There may very well be debates in that class but that doesn't mean they will be heated or that you will even have to participate. Remember, people like airing different viewpoints (sometimes even if they don't support those viewpoints) just to make conversation. It doesn't mean that they care all that much so quit worrying! And I still want to see the Forbidden Comment Threads.

There actually was a debate in the last class. It wasn't that long and wasn't for a grade, and not everyone had to participate in the conversation (we just had to move to the "agree" or "disagree" side of the room for each topic), and it even didn't get out of hand, but still... who's to say that if we have another debate like that, it won't be worse?

Also: "Have you noticed this man's SHOES ARE UNTIED?!" is one of my favorite parts in that whole episode. I love how Mulder is so dramatic and silly from Scully's point of view.

:)
pathvain_aelien
Jan. 26th, 2014 06:40 am (UTC)
Like I said, no academic debate will actually get heated, you might just THINK it is heated. That's what we've talked about before that you are so worried about things you can't really see some things the way they actually are, just the way you fear they are. But why worry about something that hasn't even happened yet?
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