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  1. Why so silent?

  2. That's a really cute pic, Ravane! Ranil:Weren't you Concerto of Atlantis before? Good to have you back! As everyone else is posting family pics here's mine.
  3. I thought Jack Black did pretty well for his first serious role. I agree with styles that it was too long. At one point I had to get up and move. I can't sit still for that long. But the action sequences, the effects and even the story was well done. I thought they didn't lean too much on the animal rights stuff. It seemed like an odd love story between gorilla and woman more than anything. Especially with that last line "it was beauty that killed the beast".
  4. Haven't seen it yet but am also looking forward to see it. I only recently became a fan of Johnny Cash. They are saying this movie has Oscar-worthy performances. Unfortunately, I'm stuck at home sick with a cold! =(
  5. Early this year, in Speech class, I had to argue on a controversial subject. I chose to speak about the expansion of LAX. As this affects people in this area I thought it would make an interesting topic to debate/comment about. Pros: 1) Enlarging the airport will make the runways bigger and avert all those close calls they've been having. It seems that the two major runways, where one plane is going westward and the other eastward have had close calls where the tips of the wings came very close to colliding with each other and causing damage. 2) It will also update the technology (e.g. tower/pilot communications) that is years and years behind other major city airports. 3) Enlarging the airport's runways would allow the new Airbus airplanes to make LAX one of its stops. It currently isn't. http://events.airbus.com/events/a380_reveal/event/index.asp Cons: 1) People of the surrounding communities (El Segundo, Inglewood, Marina Del Rey) complain that there is already too much airport noise/pollution. The last thing they need is a larger airport that would accomodate more airplanes. 2) People are also worried about how much tax-payer's money will be going into this project. They don't think it will be administrated properly. Finally, talk of LAX expansion has been going on for over ten years with nothing having been done yet. Back in January former mayor Hahn had made a commitment to expand LAX. However, then candidate Villaraigosa won voters from the LAX area over by his promise NOT to expand LAX. For more pros, cons and articles, check these out. "Residents have their say on LAX expansion plans" http://www.laane.org/pressroom/stories/lax/lax041215wsj.html "Close Calls on LAX Runways" http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-me-lax24n...-home-headlines What are your thoughts on the subject?
  6. Something similar to this happened to me in high school. A girl I was good friends with asked out the guy I had been flirting with the day before I did. I was not aware that they had just initiated a relationship the day before. I let him know how I felt about him the next day. I was completely crushed when he told me he was already taken. It was weeks before I could look at them together without tearing up a bit. It was also hard because the three of us had the same circle of friends. I did have to distance myself for a while (a couple of weeks). However, after a few months I had found someone else I liked even better. So I suppose that helped me get over him. I was still attracted to him and had he been single I would've gone out with him in an instant. I was glad that I had at least told him how I felt because it's worse when you never even let them know how you felt (IMO). The interesting thing is that months later that same guy wrote in my yearbook that he thought I was one of the most attractive girls in the school and that he considered it an honor that I even thought of him that way. He was really sweet. Since then we went to the same college and have gone through similar life experiences and become closer friends. I'm glad I was able to get over him and instead found a lifelong friend. I don't know if this helps you any. All I wanted to say is that you can get over it eventually and you can become friends with that girl. I hope everything works out for you.
  7. Go to the following website. http://www.thesurrealist.co.uk/slogan.cgi Type in your name. Let us know what slogan you got. There are a lot of funny slogans that come out. I had fun with this yesterday inserting every name I could think of. Have Fun! P.S. These were the slogans I got for my name! "You Can Do It When You Isabel It." "Don't you just love being in Isabel?"
  8. My favorite new band is Death Cab for Cutie. I love their song "Soul Meets Body".
  9. Hi Sophia! Welcome to the forum! What particular area of LA do you live in? I'm in the South Bay, Torrance area. It would be awesome to get in touch and stuff. My screen name is dagnytaggart19 if you ever just need to chat. Isabel
  10. Congrats on your engagement and welcome to the forum!
  11. Just found this thread...here are my votes: Proposition 73: No, because I don't think but yourself should be able to decide what happens to your body. There are plenty of parents who for religious (or otherwise) reasons would never allow an abortion. Proposition 74: Yes, because I'm tired of all those REALLY bad public school teachers. I went to public school and can attest to the fact that there are plenty. Proposition 75: Yes. It required consent of employees before unions use dues or fees for political purposes. According to the website Milton Friedman is for this as well! Proposition 76: Yes. Will finally get state spending under control. Proposition 77: Yes. Even my political science professor, last year, agreed that California need redistricting and she was Democrat! Proposition 80: No. Restricts customer's ability to switch from one private utitilies company to another provider. Proposition 78 & 79:No. I haven't had time to read about or research these as well as the others. Most likely I'll vote no as it sounds like they're having a state department regulate prices between pharmaceutical companies and customers.
  12. Perhaps they're referrering to Ragnar. He was a pirate but would probably be called terrorist now. It's just a guess. I am just thrilled to see this get made! Wooohooo!!!!!! I never lost hope.
  13. I must be an oddball to my gender then because I am a VERY visual person! When I fantasize I visualize the person, the situation, the setting, everything! It helps that I have a great imagination. I'm going to stop here because this thread gives me the giggles!!
  14. I was surprised to see Keynes there! Not that I like him, but its good to see so many other people dislike him as well. My econ professor was always going on about how all his theories were adopted by our government and how he is the reason the govt. is in the state it is financially. Also if the Nazis loved Nietzche so much how come they had the Catholic Church on their side?
  15. What attracts me to the opposite sex? Their mind, personality and some attractive physical features. A guy doesn't have to look like a movie star or anything to be good looking. He can have nice eyes or a cute smile and that would be enough. As long as they take decent care of their hygiene or health. As in- they are not 500 pounds or do drugs. Physical attraction is key but I also put as much emphasis on their mind and personality. I like intellectual guys who can hold a conversation. I like funny, interesting guys who can discuss anything.
  16. Here in Los Angeles the Longshoremen's unions sit on their ass all day taking 2 hour coffee breaks and working as inefficiently as they wish. According to my father, hundreds of truck drivers have to wait countless hours waiting for them to do their job while thousands of cargo just sits on the docks. The way he describes them: most are bottom of the barrel people who wouldn't get hired at a normal company but who got in the union through family members or friends. Los Angeles would be more efficient and be able to grow more without them.
  17. I have to agree with Jacob here. I took a film class and a montage was one of the ways to convey a lot of information across in a short movie-length time. To me it's not that a lot of people are stupid but most aren't even interested in philosophy to begin with.
  18. By "what are you up to?" I meant- are you going to college? or working? or something else entirely? To answer your questions: I got an email from Fastweb about the Ayn Rand Institute scholarship. I didn't really want to enter it but was looking for an interesting book to read. The Fountainhead sparked my interest so I read that, loved it and followed up with Atlas Shrugged. This was last year February. Since then my knowledge about Objectivism has grown due to my reading the non-fiction books (Capitalism: the unknown Ideal and the Virtue of Selfishness) and, of course, this forum. I'll say I'm level 2 since this is my second year since having learned of Objectivism.
  19. Dagny


    I love Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 "Romeo & Juliet". As a young teenager I loved the whole teenage angst and unforbidden young love themes. I also like Merchant of Venice and Othello. I've read/seen Hamlet but I'm not crazy about the character. He seemed to over-react to a lot of things, especially in regards to Ophelia.
  20. I like Gwyneth Paltrow as well, however, Dagny actually had brown hair. Gwyneth could dye her hair and she'd still look good. Its on page 20, second paragraph: "A sweep of brown hair fell back, almost touching the line of her shoulders." Dominique Francon is the blonde one. I always pictured Grace Kelly for her but Gwyneth is called the modern day Grace Kelly so she could do Dominique as well.
  21. Can't believe I forgot about British comedies...I love Monty's Life of Brian and Keeping Up Appearances. Movies...Wayne's World, Blazing Saddles, and Hot Shots. I want to add another tv show...VH1's I love the 80's has all these comedians/personalities that poke fun of what was stylish and "in" back then.
  22. Welcome to the forum! Glad to see more LA people in here! How long have you been an Ayn Rand fan? What are you up to at the moment?
  23. I like the Simpsons, King of the Hill and King of Queens. The other day I was watching In Living Color on BET. I hadn't seen it for ages! They played the episode where Jim Carey impersonates Vanilla Ice and does a whole singining/dance number of Ice Ice Baby. It had my husband rolling with laughter! He'd never seen the show before and was loving it. I guess we'll be watching it a lot more often now.
  24. cool....we can start the los angeles chapter....a club of two! Did you grow up in the area as well? or did you recently move?
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