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#52 Jan 18 2010 at 2:47 PM Rating: Good
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Zotter also has a vegan/lactose free sortiment. I tried one of them once (with goji berries and stuff), it was nearly as nice as the milk containing sorts. :3
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#53 Jan 19 2010 at 5:28 AM Rating: Good
I was at the checkout counter of our local grocery yesterday, and this thread had me looking at the chocolate bars. I just couldn't decide which bar was more exotic. Unfortunately, they all looked common to me.

True story.
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#54 Jan 19 2010 at 6:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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Dadanox, you remind me of the fact that a couple weeks ago when I was at the counter at the organic food market they had a chocolate bar with... wait for it... bacon in it. Would that be exotic enough for you? Smiley: lol

Look, I love bacon as much as the next girl, but there are limits.

#55 Jan 19 2010 at 11:37 AM Rating: Excellent
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The Zotter cinnamon and bacon bars are amazing. I wouldn't trust some random chocolate factory with that, though. And they don't really taste like bacon, anyway.

Also, most of my favourite chocolates and general sweets are either ordered online or from this little sweet import store called Do├žura in Berlin.



Also also, I had my biology class fill out a questionnaire for my ICT coursework today. It was about how they get to college (i.e. by bus, bicycle, car, etc.), and one column was about their preferred method of transport. A certain person chose "Cold Weather Flying". I lol'd.
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#56 Feb 05 2010 at 6:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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I am not pleased with how far down the page this thread has gone. What's everyone reading?

I just got Alice Sebold's new(ish) novel but it looks so depressing I haven't cracked it open. I read The Lovely Bones while pregnant with a girl and I still haven't recovered nearly seven years later. Also got Stephen King's The Dome for Christmas (huge King fan) but that thing is, like, longer than The Stand. It must be read in spurts mixed with other books. Also finishing up the Lightning Thief series (I keep up with kids' books).

Now you.



Edit: And don't tell me you don't read because you're too busy playing WoW. You can take a night off, you know.


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#57 Feb 05 2010 at 8:36 PM Rating: Good
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I just re-read this short story I did for my English coursework. If I didn't know I'd written it before I read Twilight, I would say it looks like a Twilight copy where all the characters are replaced with WoW characters. Yeah. It did give me goosebumps, at least, and my teacher says my writing style is Victorian. It's definitely better than Twilight as far as the English goes. I've not even once used the word chagrin. Smiley: laugh
I haven't finished it, I'm way above the word count of 800 we're supposed to stick to anyway, might continue working on it when I have time, though. It doesn't have vampires, so it might be better than I make it out to be.

As for real reading, I am reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien at the moment (due to necessity, I have to write an essay about it), and re-reading The Host on the side but it isn't as good as the first time. I recently discovered that I own a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird that I should probably read. I've just got too much going on in my head. I write pages and pages of diary at the moment in my free time, I need to get all this stuff out of my head. I hadn't touched my diary in a year until very recently.

Do you guys keep diaries?
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#58 Feb 05 2010 at 8:50 PM Rating: Good
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Do you guys keep diaries?

I tried. Managed to keep it up two days. I just don't think it's for me. Mostly because I find the stuff that happens to me on random days boring and uninteresting, though. My diary from two years back looked something like;

Day 1;
Went to school. Was boring.
First period Maths. Boring.
Break was cool, had sandwiches.
Last period was gymnastics. We performed on the still rings, which I liked since I'm a very agile person. It was cool.
I had cake while playing WoW in the evening. Was cool too.
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#59 Feb 05 2010 at 8:55 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, see, I just use my diary when I'm in emotional turmoil.

I was emotionally stable for the past year but stuff has been getting complicated recently.

I've actually rarely written more than this time but the day I heard that my mum got married I had a completely irrational mental breakdown and wrote 12 pages about how I felt cheated. It's completely ridiculous in retrospect and hard to explain but the writing gets rid of some stress and less stress means I won't have seizures which means I don't have to go back on my medication. I hate my medication, it messes with my body too much. So my diary is medicine, but only when I need it.

Mostly it's an indicator of how stable I am. Right now I'm just incredibly happy and need to vent that somewhere, many times it was the opposite though and when you see half a year where I've written 200 A4 pages, you know that time was quite dramatic for me.


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#60 Feb 05 2010 at 9:10 PM Rating: Decent
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In that case, you're actually not so different from someone I know. I guess the basic rules apply; if it helps you, great, do it =). Then again, "writing a diary" isn't an activity that is considered extraordinary or malicious by a large part of the world population (unlike other activities, like gaming), so even if you were asking for my advice there, you wouldn't need it.
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#61 Feb 06 2010 at 4:15 AM Rating: Good
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So I was doing my random on my priest today. Someone said something about cake.

Specifically that they wanted to use Nutella as frosting on cake but didn't know what type of cake to make for said frosting.

Some one if the group, it was a group of 4 Stormreaver same guild cats + me, said Banana.

So I want to ask, what type of cake for Nutella based frosting?
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#62 Feb 06 2010 at 7:29 AM Rating: Excellent
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I do not keep a diary. Writing fiction is therapy, though.

Nutella Frosting - first off, you will need to thin out the Nutella with something. Cream cheese, maybe, and a little powdered sugar. I personally would go with devil's food cake, hands down. Banana would work too, or maybe actually make a hazelnut cake.
#63 Feb 06 2010 at 7:48 AM Rating: Good
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My mum makes this awesome cake that has chocolate and hazelnuts in it but also cherries. It's my favourite cake. I imagine Nutella would go with that sort of thing, although she normally uses apricot jam instead of any proper icing.
I also thing it's funny how Americans call it frosting and the British call it icing. It just seems like both sides want to do it different than the other for this word.

And I like writing fiction. It gets weird though if your own work makes you all swooney and marginally aroused. I bet that's how Stephenie Meyer felt.
My problem with creative writing is that there are too many things that work in only one language that I know, and not the one I'm actually writing in. I wish I had as much control over my words as Beckett, or Umberto Eco. It is getting better, though.

Actually, I think very few authors are as involved in the translation of their own works as Beckett was. I do get the thing with him not writing in his native language so much, as well. I can write much better in English than I could in German. I mean, I've written good stuff in German but I can see all kinds of nuances better in English.
German is just such an unaesthetic language to begin with. I've hardly ever seen works that actually make it beautiful, and I think English has some inherent beauty.

I also like multilingual puns far too much.
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#64 Feb 06 2010 at 8:31 AM Rating: Excellent
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Kalivha wrote:
My problem with creative writing is that there are too many things that work in only one language that I know, and not the one I'm actually writing in.


I can only imagine how difficult this is. I have a hard enough time finding the right word in the one language I'm fluent in.
#65 Feb 06 2010 at 9:09 AM Rating: Good
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teacake wrote:
Kalivha wrote:
My problem with creative writing is that there are too many things that work in only one language that I know, and not the one I'm actually writing in.


I can only imagine how difficult this is. I have a hard enough time finding the right word in the one language I'm fluent in.


It's not that it gets more difficult necessarily, it's more the fact that it can be frustrating to have the right word without being able to actually use it. There are actually some people who are reasonable successful with "Denglisch" (that is a mix of German and English) material, for example Gayle Tufts, but the audience for that is still sort of limited and I'd have to be absolutely brilliant to get anywhere with it. Not that I actually want to make something like that my primary profession. The closest thing to creative writing I actually consider as a career is specialised translating of quantum chemistry publications.
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#66 Feb 06 2010 at 1:34 PM Rating: Decent
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I know that point from my own experience. I often use English and German words myself while talking in Dutch. Dutch really is a severely limited language (and I know why, one of the few things I actually *learned* at school =P).

Edit: Massive grammarfail.

Edited, Feb 6th 2010 8:35pm by Mozared
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#67 Feb 06 2010 at 1:57 PM Rating: Good
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So why is Dutch severely limited, then? I haven't seen any particular limitations yet apart from the fact that no one speaks it.
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#68 Feb 06 2010 at 2:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Apperantly, it's because expressionism and impressionism never manifested in our country. The whole idea of those two art periods is to describe the subject as good as possible: expressionism through extremely detailed words and impressionism through less detailed words but by using more of them until the entire feeling is captured. The periods were kind of 'the big deal' in England, France, Germany, Italy and to a lesser extend Scandinavia and Spain in the 1900's - this is when a lot of extra (more detailed) words were invented in those languages to actually manage to express the feeling of the subject better. But because Dutch the art forms never got much hold of Holland we never 'expanded' our language.
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#69 Feb 06 2010 at 2:17 PM Rating: Good
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Two words: Netherlandish Proverbs. Once I'm past the basics, I will use that painting for my learnings. I actually made a thread about it last week.

On a more serious note., I get your point. The problem is, your point makes it even more interesting for me to learn it.

And in all honesty, I think every language is in some ways limited in comparison to others. There is no word for serendipity that I know of in German! I actually just looked up its name in the German localisation of the game and it just doesn't even come close to covering it.

Ultimately (and this was taught to me by my Dutch teacher in school who completely failed to teach us about the language but provided me with quite a bit of knowledge about tobacco and alcohol from Dutch colonies), translation is one of the most ridiculous concepts out there. Languages are so closely tied to the corresponding culture(s) that many things cannot be translated directly. This doesn't even stop at semantics. The other subject my Dutch teacher taught me was Hebrew, and grammar in Hebrew is so vastly different and the Old Testament is full of brilliant puns that are based solely on the grammar that you just cannot translate that we never actually ended up with proper German sentences. There is actually a very good German version of the Torah available that you cannot understand if you don't know how Hebrew grammar works and that is in very "bad" German.
Furthermore, I've read erotica in Ancient Greek and there the same things apply. Them Greeks had words for things we can't even imagine nowadays because modern languages lack the concepts. *** must have been brilliant back then.
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POST!

Also, Kali promises she won't try to force people to join skype anymore.
Even though it's fun, and random.
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#71 Feb 12 2010 at 4:21 PM Rating: Good
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I never promised anything. But I'm not forcing anyone anyway.
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#72 Feb 13 2010 at 3:45 AM Rating: Good
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This is a double post , move along. Nothing to see here.

Edited, Feb 13th 2010 4:46am by Horsemouth
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#73 Feb 13 2010 at 3:45 AM Rating: Good
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teacake, the EU has invaded. We must defend it with baked goods and various regional recipes.

I present, mochi.

Which works for the new year, being year of the Tiger.
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#74 Feb 13 2010 at 4:35 AM Rating: Good
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Your mochi does not look very tasty.

I counterattack with stroopwafels.
Taste and surrender!
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#75 Feb 13 2010 at 11:01 AM Rating: Good
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A wild bossche bol appears!
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#76 Feb 13 2010 at 11:39 AM Rating: Good
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Smiley: laugh
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