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Old 2010-06-05, 03:25   Link #3801
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I guess I should have explained a bit better. By being too nice they mean that I almost always give people the benefit of the doubt even in serious situations, that I'm willing to be more accommodating than the usual person, that I always try to treat people with civility even in the more hostile of situations and that I tend to have neutral stance on arguments to try and get both sides to calm down.

Not to the extent of course of letting people walk all over me as I learned that the hard way a long time ago. I'm guessing their point is that I lack a bit of... assertion and aggression, so to speak.
Ah, I see. No, that's a perfectly fine behavior... its just zen and a desire for harmony. I wish more people were like that. I've spent a lot of years working on that level of centered grounded mind ... but every so often I ignite from exasperation.
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Old 2010-06-05, 03:30   Link #3802
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Excessive kindness usually means that someone wants something from you. You are all too naive.
If I were to take this personally, I'd be pretty upset now. I guess it's meant as a half-joke, isn't it? Some people use this to make tools of people, but some != everyone. And it's not about excessive kindness, rather a stable one...one that is offered no matter who you talk to (unless that certain person is a real prick), as pointed out below.

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I guess I should have explained a bit better. By being too nice they mean that I almost always give people the benefit of the doubt even in serious situations, that I'm willing to be more accommodating than the usual person, that I always try to treat people with civility even in the more hostile of situations and that I tend to have neutral stance on arguments to try and get both sides to calm down.

Not to the extent of course of letting people walk all over me as I learned that the hard way a long time ago. I'm guessing their point is that I lack a bit of... assertion and aggression, so to speak.
Our similarity is almost scary...including the whole second paragraph, sadly enough. But it's nice to know someone else aspires to similar "ways of life" or however I could call it, so that it doesn't sound corny.

Anyway, the big question is; do you like being yourself that you are now, or would you rather change your personality (or imitate this change) to look better in front of your friends? I know I couldn't and I made my friends realize that, even though it took quite a few years.

Simply don't think of it as a problem, since it isn't one. It's just a different human nature that's harder to understand nowadays.
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Old 2010-06-05, 04:02   Link #3803
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I've checked every image hosting sites I know but I still can't find them original image of this avatar:



I just saw the avatar in google

it's Sync from Tales of the abyss and I wanna make a sig out of it if there's an original pic

I just wanna know if you guys have the original image
if not, a good site to search for?

i've tried photobucket, danbooru, safebooru, sankaku-chan, the TotA image thread and deviantart
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sorry, just desperate to make a new sig
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Old 2010-06-05, 08:06   Link #3804
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I'm pretty sure I know of that one but its not what you're referring to.
Best try the identification thread in General Anime.
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Old 2010-06-05, 08:23   Link #3805
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I'm positively sure that it's him from Tales of the abyss

I just wanted the original picture of the avatar

or a better image searching site

but I'll still ask there too

thanks felix btw
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Old 2010-06-05, 08:53   Link #3806
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By being too nice they mean that I almost always give people the benefit of the doubt even in serious situations, that I'm willing to be more accommodating than the usual person, that I always try to treat people with civility even in the more hostile of situations and that I tend to have neutral stance on arguments to try and get both sides to calm down.

Not to the extent of course of letting people walk all over me as I learned that the hard way a long time ago. I'm guessing their point is that I lack a bit of... assertion and aggression, so to speak.
A colleague — now an enemy, and I mean that in the most histrionic, soap-operatic sense — once mockingly called me a "boy scout" who behaves as "piously" as her pastor.

This came after I finally lost my temper on her, after having spent some six months trying to "be nice" and accommodate her antics as far as possible. Note that this is someone who literally conforms to the worst-possible Valley Girl stereotype you can think of: a spoilt, rich daddy's girl who actually cultivated a clique within the office so as to bully and backstab another colleague whose looks and personal habits she couldn't stand (because she's oh-so-posh and beautiful, you see).

Justice prevailed in the end. Her talent was nowhere near the level of her bitchiness, and so she got transferred to another department. She seems to be doing better there. Who knows? One's working environment can trigger some strange and unexpected behaviours. Maybe she'll turn over a new leaf (yeah, right).

Within the same office, I've also had two very vocal arguments with my boss over editorial matters. In the end, he turned out to be right and I was wrong, but he never held the altercations against me. After all, it's business, not personal. In fact, I believe there was greater mutual respect between us after the incidents. And, more importantly, I've learnt from the near mistakes I would have made had it not been for my boss's intervention.

So, the lesson? Be nice, but don't play possum when your beliefs or sense of professionalism are on the line.
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Old 2010-06-05, 09:09   Link #3807
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@Arbitres

well, if no one here knows the origin

I'll do that as my last resort since I'm not a member of that forum

but if you mean the image thread in this forum, I checked already

turned out what I was looking for wasn't there as well

thanks for the reply btw
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Old 2010-06-05, 10:32   Link #3808
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I guess I should have explained a bit better. By being too nice they mean that I almost always give people the benefit of the doubt even in serious situations, that I'm willing to be more accommodating than the usual person, that I always try to treat people with civility even in the more hostile of situations and that I tend to have neutral stance on arguments to try and get both sides to calm down.

Not to the extent of course of letting people walk all over me as I learned that the hard way a long time ago. I'm guessing their point is that I lack a bit of... assertion and aggression, so to speak.
Doesn't matter actually how you behave in front of others : people will still be able to find some way to take advantage of you.

I am pretty much stuck in the same situation as you recently after falling out with a couple of my friends over a few small personal issues. I was mocked for having no friends after that, so I simply told them :

You know what makes me different from other people you have met? I can live without friendship.

Yeah, like their friendship is worth anything to me. So it doesn't matter if I blew my top or not at them. Combined with the fact that I am rather socially withdrawn (to the extent of bordering on the "hikkikomori" area), it is rather true to an extent that I am a rather self-sufficient person.

In my opinion, friendship should be viewed as a business protocol with ethics of your choosing : I am utilitarian ethical, so I don't care much about give-and-take issues unless it turns parasitical.

Whatever your style with people is, it doesn't matter because those who view you as a real friend will bestow trust and loyalty to you. Those who don't will hate you : you don't have to adjust to other people's liking because you are yourself and nobody else.

Once again, I quote :

You are born with a brain, a mouth, and two middle fingers. Use them.

EDIT :

Can anyone identify the ingredients of the chicken stew in this picture?



Brown stuff with holes :
Lotus root
Green stuff : Long beans
Black round stuff : ???
White stuff with frills : potatoes or beancurd? I have never heard of people using beancurd that big in chicken stew, or even using beancurd for that matter because of the beancurd being too soft and break aparts easily through convection, a heat transfer that cooks the stew under low heat that allows flavours to circulate.
Rectangular brown things : Lean chicken meat?
Red stuff : Carrots
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Old 2010-06-05, 21:58   Link #3809
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I'm positively sure that it's him from Tales of the abyss
I can't shake the feeling that the pose is from a very similar looking guy from Kingdom of Hearts.
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Old 2010-06-05, 22:11   Link #3810
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The black round stuff is likely mushrooms, Shiitake I think. The frilly white stuff are obviously also mushrooms but I forget what it's called though I've used them in stews before.
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Old 2010-06-05, 23:15   Link #3811
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Black round stuff : Probably shitake or some similar dark mushroom.
White stuff with frills : I'm going to guess some cousin of taro root (sliced).
Rectangular brown things : Lean chicken meat?
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Old 2010-06-06, 00:11   Link #3812
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The black round stuff is likely mushrooms, Shiitake I think. The frilly white stuff are obviously also mushrooms but I forget what it's called though I've used them in stews before.
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Black round stuff : Probably shitake or some similar dark mushroom.
White stuff with frills : I'm going to guess some cousin of taro root (sliced).
Rectangular brown things : Lean chicken meat?
I doubt the white frilly stuff would be mushrooms if the black stuff are shitake...it isn't exactly recommended to add two kinds of fungi in the same dish, unless both having contrasting "heaty" and "cooling" effects. White fungus, or Jew's Ear, is a common secondary fungi added to mushroom dishes.

As for taro root, I find it a little off because lotus root is already added, and with taro root (or yam as it is called in my region) it may be rather difficult to digest. But that could be possible since I don't know much about Japanese cuisine (other than their fascination with Western treats and sweets).

I think it is common agreement that those brown rectangles are lean meat (breast meat with fat removed) of a chicken. After all, you can't cook chicken stew without chicken right?

Thanks for the suggestions guys. Anymore suggestions? Maybe if I can get a camera, I can cook this thing up.
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Old 2010-06-06, 10:05   Link #3813
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I'm pretty sure I know of that one but its not what you're referring to.
Best try the identification thread in General Anime.
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I can't shake the feeling that the pose is from a very similar looking guy from Kingdom of Hearts.
It's Sync.


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Old 2010-06-06, 10:47   Link #3814
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The "White stuff with frills", i think it's bamboo shoot. Make sense through, for chicken stew
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Old 2010-06-06, 15:15   Link #3815
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yeah bamboo shoots, that's it (but drawn a lot bigger than I'm used to seeing).
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Old 2010-06-06, 15:45   Link #3816
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Tada! Yummy double-boiled clear soup, Asian style.



(Missing only the long beans, carrots and mushrooms.)
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Old 2010-06-06, 16:49   Link #3817
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yeah bamboo shoots, that's it (but drawn a lot bigger than I'm used to seeing).
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The "White stuff with frills", i think it's bamboo shoot. Make sense through, for chicken stew
Bomboo shoots.....hmmmm. Never thought of that because the last time I had it, it was fried in chilli oil and pork. That was 5-6 years ago before my grandmother died, and she's the one that cooked it.

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Tada! Yummy double-boiled clear soup, Asian style.

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(Missing only the long beans, carrots and mushrooms.)
*facepalm* That is lotus root soup with meat on chicken bones and spring onion, not chicken stew I was inquiring about .

My mum cooks it every now and then and there are 2 versions : the Mugi version and the peanut version.
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Old 2010-06-06, 21:40   Link #3818
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What makes anime popular in LA? (I'm currently writing a research topic about LA and it so happens that I picked anime as the topic. Plus the teacher wanted the focus on LA... [did 4 pages but it seems there's something missing...])
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Old 2010-06-06, 22:05   Link #3819
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What makes anime popular in LA? (I'm currently writing a research topic about LA and it so happens that I picked anime as the topic. Plus the teacher wanted the focus on LA... [did 4 pages but it seems there's something missing...])
If you mean Los Angeles?? .. there's an intersection of
1) international city
2) large fan base for all things entertainment
3) large asian community == lots of imports and just an extra awareness of 'things that are asian' (thanks to Little Tokyo, asian holiday parades, Chinatown, Korea-town, etc)
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So I can say that L.A. is diverse, lots of fanbase for entertainment (like movies, comics) and a large Asian visibility (is there a difference in L.A. and the others)?
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