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Since: 06-27-06

Since last post: 5314 days
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Posted on 06-27-06 09:18 PM Link
Ah yes. Another forum to occupy my time with.

I'm Mute, like my name says. I'm known as Cork on most other boards, but I figured it was time for a change. So here I am.

Slaya pointed me towards this forum, when I expressed my interest in joining Ragnarok Online, and my reluctance to pay for it. So, I'll be checking out that forum and trying to figure out how all the computer techno babble works.

So yeah. I know the rules, I'll post, I'll listen, and I'll see you all around.

#1 Enhancement Shaman US Ravenholdt

Since: 09-05-04
From: His Laughin' Place

Since last post: 3151 days
Last activity: 3144 days
Posted on 06-27-06 09:22 PM Link
"If your house were on fire, what single object would you take with you?"

This is a question that becomes difficult to answer largely through lack of context.

Let's assume I'm trying to pick an object to take OUT of the house. Let's assume all people and pets are already out. Let's assume I'm clothed, and I have my wallet/ID and that someone has already called the fire department. Let's assume that the fire itself does not count as an object that can be removed, safely, by me (otherwise, that's what I'd take out of the house). Oh, wait, let's assume it's a house, not an apartment. And that my car is over yonder, not in the house's garage.

This leaves the original intent of the question intact: what irreplaceable thing do I possess that I would most want to save. Probably my hard drive. In fact, most people seem to pick binary data, rather than objects. But I also have old-fashioned photos and even (gasp) written letters. And books. Does "book collection" count as one thing? I couldn't carry it out very fast, that's for sure. I bet my housefire would hold steady at 451 degrees for a long, long time.

The Silver Tongue of the Native Speaker?

My mother once did some work for a private language school that teaches English as a Second Language. The school is called ESL Instruction and Consulting (online here). While employed for ESL I&C, my mother was instructed to answer incoming calls by saying, "ESL Instruction and Consulting, how can I help you?" Now, maybe you've worked some kind of job that involves answering incoming calls, and maybe you haven't. It's not uncommon to have to answer the phone with something other than "Hello," and it's probably not uncommon for such phrases to be a mouthful at first. However, there's getting it wrong, and then there's really getting it wrong. Only in the latter case do you get to tell a story. So, my mom answers the phone one day and says, "ESL Construction and Insulting . . . wait, that's not right!"

She and the customer had a good laugh. Subsequently, however, my mother had a difficult time keeping a straight face when answering the phone, and was always incredibly scrupulous about the words leaving her mouth. So much for the silver-tongue of the native speaker!

Just Following Instructions...

It must have been when I was in 11th grade, when I was taking AP Spanish, that I went to a state-wide high school competition at Gordon College. Smart and talented students were nominated in a number of academic and artistic disciplines, and sent off in a van to compete. I and two of my friends, Samantha and Justin, were representing Woodward Academy in the Spanish language competition.

Our instructions had been that a judge would listen to the three of us talk to each other in Spanish and give us some kind of rating. We would engage in a natural, spontaneous dialog, perhaps on a topic given by the judge.

We expected that we'd wait our turn and then be called in to some separate room to speak. So much for expectations. All the competing Spanish language teams were shepherded into one room. The judge sat at the front of the room and each team spoke not only in front of the judge, but in front of all the competitors from other schools! Furthermore, we snotty private school kids were in our dorky school uniforms, and felt we stuck out.

To make matters worse, all the other school groups had prepared (read: memorized) elaborate dialogues - skits, really - complete with props and costumes! We had only ourselves and our navy blue and gray uniforms. We began to panic. We had, obviously and tragically, misunderstood the instructions. We tried to plan a little dialog during transitions between skits. Our desperate plan hinged on saying things like, What have you been doing lately? Oh, I've had a lot of homework, how about you?. It was to be an entertaining dialog for sure.

Our turn came. We were supposed to have a skit, and, of course, we didn't have one. We knew it, and soon everyone else would, too. But we couldn't escape the room, the audience, the judging. So we stood at the front of the room and everyone watched us mumble things in Spanish about how much homework we had. Justin threw in a long sentence with a self-conscious conditional clause in it. Just for the sheer grammatical perversity of it. We stuttered to a stop and sat down. Maybe they clapped, puzzled - I don't remember.

Later that day everyone gathered in the auditorium to see the awards given out. Who had won in the math competition? Which chorus was judged the best? Whose artwork? I seem to remember Woodward doing pretty well. And then, the Spanish awards. Which of the elaborate skits would they pick? Justin and Samantha and I groaned and laughed and hid our faces, knowing we'd take home nothing for our team.

To our utter surprise, the judge picked us as the best Spanish-speaking team, and Justin as the best Spanish-speaking individual. We had followed the instructions correctly after all - and no one else had! And it seemed that Justin's single whimsically grammatical sentence had really struck home. We were, if anything, more embarrassed than before - we had to stand up and receive recognition for beating out all the other teams, who had, obviously, put more work into preparing than we had.

And that's what you get for just following instructions.

That and Following the FAQ's

I do hope you have fun posting here....Enjoy RO...

Zombie Marco

Since: 03-24-06

Since last post: 2424 days
Last activity: 2319 days
Posted on 06-27-06 09:35 PM Link
um... was that?
o and hey mute.

Dark Wizard
\"She said tonight...come on come on collide...see what I fire feels like..I bet its just like heaven.\"

Since: 08-15-04
From: Philadelphia, P.A.

Since last post: 149 days
Last activity: 125 days
Posted on 06-28-06 02:30 AM Link
FX, please more to your posts. We've talked about this over AIM though. :p

And Sajin...these newb posts are getting a bit outta hand...and I thought I was the one who didn't know how to shut up. **huggles** But I wuv ya still!

Anywho...Mute! Welcome welcome! Stay a while. Post. Have fun. No spamming, flamming, said you know the rules already, but it's my job to be annoying. **smiles**


Since: 09-02-04
From: Destroy Tower

Since last post: 2619 days
Last activity: 1984 days
Posted on 06-28-06 02:36 AM Link
For some reason, FX kinda made my smile there with his response to Sajin. But yeah, listen to Kat amd watch it.

Welcome, Mute. You'd know me on Ice Board as Grammar Patrol. So have fun! You know the rules.

(Last edited by .TP on 06-28-06 05:39 AM)

#1 Enhancement Shaman US Ravenholdt

Since: 09-05-04
From: His Laughin' Place

Since last post: 3151 days
Last activity: 3144 days
Posted on 06-28-06 03:29 AM Link
Im just doing what i do best, I enjoy reading the "Wtf was that all about Sajin?" kindof deal...but I guess you guys cant take matters funny....ah well, I tried...

And my other newb posts are bad Kat? How? I dont do this very often!


Just be sure to stick with us while your here playing RO, we always need new members to post around here and there...

(Last edited by Solid Sajin on 06-28-06 06:30 AM)
Fear will kill your mind and steal your love as sure as anything;
Fear will rob you blind and make you numb to others suffering

Since: 10-03-04
From: Azul Lux Orbital, Kirin Beta

Since last post: 1074 days
Last activity: 422 days
Posted on 06-28-06 03:57 AM Link
RO, eh? In that case, I'm your supreme evil overlord, specializing in killing wimps like you ten thousand times in one hi-

*smack* *thud* *burning noises*

Damned evil clones. They seem to have escaped RO. Anyway, I'm one of the two head GMs of the RO server. Welcome, have fun, and if you have any problems don't hesitate to PM me.

Cork, eh? I think I remember someone by that name, but I can't put my finger on it...

Since: 08-17-04

Since last post: 4558 days
Last activity: 4558 days
Posted on 06-28-06 01:48 PM Link
FX needs to never post again. Ever...

But yes. Hello Mute. ^^ Welcome to the board... Stick around and stuff and Yay!!!

Since: 06-27-06

Since last post: 5314 days
Last activity: 5216 days
Posted on 06-28-06 09:36 PM Link
Thanks for all the welcomes. Strange and unstrange...

Thexare: I've used the name Cork for awhile now. You may know me from other forums of different varieties, or from past things. I've been around for awhile.

Anyway, I'll be around. Thanks.

Since: 01-22-05
From: The restaurant at the end of the universe....

Since last post: 4481 days
Last activity: 3746 days
Posted on 06-30-06 02:30 AM Link
Welcome. Stay off Zabuza's lawn.

Thank you.

Did I say welcome? Oh right...Welcome..again by the way..or something

Dry Bones

Since: 07-30-05
From: Macomb

Since last post: 3208 days
Last activity: 2180 days
Posted on 06-30-06 11:27 AM Link
Welcome to the board Mute or Cork. I am Byte on the Ice Board. So have fun and post a lot.
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Posted on 07-01-06 08:58 PM Link
Sup. Play RO, post, have fun, gimme money.

Those are the rules.
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