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    • Nature - Animals (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • TRUE FACTS ABOUT the FROG 4 mins the MANTIS SHRIMP (who makes kung fu look like tai chi!) 4 mins
    • Higher Education (Last post by LuCrae Jiddu)
    • Morning Locksley, I attended one of the top public universities in the US, often calling itself a public ivy. I transferred in after attending two junior/community colleges and found the studying to be of a much higher quality, yet still not living up to the navel gazing standards claimed. Some of my classes did not seem worth the thousands of dollars I was spending for each credit. However, many of my classes expanded my horizons giving me new perspectives on life or new life skills I now apply at work. Ultimately, I think most of us would agree that college seems too expensive for the material gained, but with that said, would also agree that college has opened many doors previously closed off. Be mindful of your purpose for attending; some attend for careers, others for personal growth. The cost/benefit may come down to your choice of subject area, depending on your reason for attending. It sounds like you are in the same situation I was with little outside money to help, and the majority of payment coming from grants, scholarships, and financial aid (debt). That is ok, repayment is based on income and often gives 20-30 to repay. Don't squander your time, enjoy your studies, broaden your horizon, and for the love of God try to study abroad or get a good internship and you'll do great things. EDIT: As far as grad school, is the school you are thinking of attending accredited? This plus your GRE, GMAT, LSAT etc (depending on area of study and school applying to) are the most important factors in the grad school accepting your undergraduate studies. I wouldn't worry too much about the grad school 'respecting' your undergraduate school of choice. Here is some anecdotal evidence. My cousin, a beautiful mind to say the least, knew he wanted to get into theoretical physics in high school. So, his dad being a teacher connected him with one of the better schools in the area's physics department for a guidance discussion. While talking with the professor, my cousin was told, "don't worry about where you get your BS, just worry about how well you do." He took this to heart, stayed close to his family so he could focus on studying, got through Calc 5 (a foreign language I'm pretty sure) and graduate with top honors; this all from a smaller school in Bellingham WA that hardly anyone outside of the PNW has heard of. Upon graduation my cousin was offered a few job opportunities, but decided to forego them for the all expenses paid graduate program at OSU where he know studies and researches high level nano physics. He didn't go to MIT or Standford, but still ended up doing what he loves because he focused on the important aspects of his education, the quality, his grades.
    • Ratcliffe, Adder, Apprenticeship, 2015 (Last post by Aqua)
    • May the joy of learning strengthen your bond, I hope that the lessons you two will discover will strengthen the temple. So may the force be with us. Congratulations Ratcliffe and Adder. ~ Aqua
    • To the Fatty on the Track (Last post by ren)
    • "baking soda" is sodium bicarbonate, and as the name suggests, it's high in sodium. Only people on a very tightly controlled diet can possibly benefit from it, and then again it could only possibly be in small quantities, and the people in question would be athletes under the supervision of a doctor. Most people (including the fat ones who need a machine to breathe at night) do not need such a strong acidity regulator. You're better off using it as a fire extinguisher or to clean the toilet. Swimming is an excellent way of building lean muscle. Eat fruit/veg/meats. Need to bulk up? Farmers use steroids on their livestock. You could add weights to that. Thing is though, fat people already are quite strong, and already burn more calories than their slimmer counterparts in everyday activities. A 70 kg guy lifting 20kg weights on barbell squats is doing a significantly weaker workout than a 120kg fatty doing plain squats.
    • Best martial art? (Last post by Aqua)
    • Quote: Quote: Quote: As a general rule I try to stay out of these discussions, but this one has dragged on and on for quite a while now. There is no best martial art. The problems people have with any art of this nature, lies within their own understanding of the arts. The art is not the problem, the way they use it is. The amount of training they actually put into it is. It doesn't matter if you have a blackbelt in any of these systems of fighting, if you don't actually know how to defend yourself. There is a huge differemce between a mat and a bunch of rules designed to keep people safe, and an actual fight. I'm worthless on a mat in a tournament, but I can hold my own and often protect myself out on the streets better than most people who have any kind of rank in any system. You can always learn from everyone, on any thing, and when it comes to fighting, the whole reason for martial arts, is to not fight. That is the ultimate aim of the study of these arts. ~Calanon If I may be so free, why would someone learn marterial arts, if he/she is learning to never use it? It sounds like a contradiction. I feel confused.. :blush: All the founders of the arts taught them as a method to keep peace. They train to reach the point where they don't have to fight. They are taught for self discipline, self respect, respect of others, health, etc.. I do not take pride in my ability to be violent. I'm really good at it. But The only reason I have ever felt the need to use it is for defense of myself and my family. I abhor violence, and wish for peace, but you can't just have peace by avoiding violence. Sometimes you have to use it. It is a sad day when you have to. But sometimes it is necessary. Read The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba. I have trained for many years in several arts of budo and kobudo, but the more I learned the more emotional I developed.. I do not wish to fight or hit anyone ever again. Fighting gives me not so happy feelings, makes me a feeling like hurting people for selfish reasons. I have respect for you that you are capable to do it, not every person is the same. And I guess the world needs a little bit of everything.. :unsure: Thank you for your explanation.
    • saber build (Last post by RyuJin)
    • as long as they're mhs parts they're interchangeable...and now saberforge is making their hilts and electronics modular...which means more options for customizability...
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Exarchias)
    • 10 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg triceps 20 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg biceps 20 x 3 push ups 20 x 3 air squats 20 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg biceps 10 x 3 x (2 hands) 3 kg triceps
    • Does "love" work? (Last post by Adi Vas)
    • In Jorge Luis Borges' short story The Immortal, a Roman soldier quests for and attains immortality. At first glance, it might seem as though he has received a most precious gift, but he soon finds that because immortality grants one the ability to (eventually) live all possible lives, it eliminates the preciousness of life. Borges argues that our finite nature, that we only have so many years with which to live, is what gives our life such meaning. I tend to think of love, compassion and kindness in a similar way. We live in a world where instinct often urges us to be brutal, cold and unfeeling in the name of survival. Though I see great beauty in it, our world is often capable of being a very ugly one. And in that context, when the whole world is saying "look out for yourself, do what you must just to survive, at any cost," to love and have great compassion is a remarkable thing - something that I find takes great strength. Certainly I would like to live in a world where everyone loved one another and did good by one another, but in such a world, our love would be mundane and normal, and not the extraordinary force it can be. So how do *I* cope with the "crappiness that exists in the world"? By loving my fellow living beings and doing my very best to do right by everyone I meet, and recognizing how powerful it is when I encounter that love myself. Because in our world, it really is a precious thing.
    • The Dark (Last post by InsaneMind)
    • Quote: Bienvenu au Temple ... :cheer: The poem makes sense, but I'm not sure if it makes the sense that you wrote into it ~ The "Darkness" is our own lassitude and folly ; it is the 'Otherness' that lets us envy and want, it is Ignorance, Opinion and Laziness. The "Darkness" does indeed consume, but from the inside>out, and that ... quite slowly and imperceptibly if we do not bring it a serious attention when it is still a pale Shadow. Unfortunately, by the time we realise it is growing - to the point that we write poetry (or philosophical essai) about it - it is no longer a 'pale Shadow'. We cannot get rid of it, for wanting to do so is part of its own desire for conquest -- in such a pursuit, the Darkness would win and thus be all there is ... ... but, we can listen to it, converse and hold discourse with it, and learn from it. After all, the Darkness isn't Evil. It is just there where the light has to bend to clarify. Moreover, it is only from its heart that we can distinguish that which is truly illuminated. Keep writing ... ;) Thank you Alexandre. I greatly appreciate your kind words of wisdom. Tonight is late and my wit has left me for today. I truthfully hope to talk to you, Edan, and the rest of the temple. Till tomorrow, thank you.

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