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4/2/2013 8:31:19 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/2/2013 8:22:59 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
Share your most significant moment of sudden realization, inspiration or insight.

Later, putting this in my favs... got cousins around, don't need someone to "tell" on me
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4/2/2013 8:39:50 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Good question. Good thread.

I've had many in my life, as I'm sure most have.

The biggest, most life-changing one, that I can remember happened when I was 18 and the tired lecture of the connection between responsibility and freedom really set in my mind. I had heard it so many times and really thought I understood the interconnectedness of the two concepts, but I really didn't at all. Then one day a bit of experience, apparently, caused me to have the, a-ha!, when I was walking around in a new city. After that, future plans were made, old friends were left behind, etc. It was daunting but also liberating and I haven't looked back.

When it happened, I felt intensely elated for a great deal of time. I remember that day vividly, fondly.
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4/2/2013 9:00:41 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I've had a few, but the one I would consider the "biggest" was when I was about 15 or 16. Not going to go into the details, but I realized that there is absolutely no need to voluntarily keep people in my life unless they make me happy. If they make me miserable, it's best to separate from them, even if they're "family". I've been a thousand times happier since realizing this.
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4/2/2013 9:02:40 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/2/2013 8:22:59 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
Share your most significant moment of sudden realization or insight.
Understanding transcription and translation was thrilling beyond belief, and was probably the biggest 'snap' of insight that I had. Others include oxidative phosphorylation, the biochemistry of membranes, and various reactions involving proteins. A close second was probably understanding how a plant develops, from zygote to spermophyte, spore, gametophyte, gametes, and back again. Third was understanding how action potentials travel down a neuron.

inspiration

This I see in a different sphere, one related to arts.

I'll separate it out

Paintings:
Burial at Sea by J.M.W. Turner
Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich (I believe you're familiar ;) )
Any Monet, pretty much (Clifftop Walk at Pourville & Madame Monet and Son Fil are two of my favorites)
Church's paintings of the Andes

Music:
Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2
The Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem
The Adagio from Spartacus, by Khachaturian
Con Onor Muore from Madame Butterfly, by Puccini
Dvorak's tone poem Summer Evening
The first movement of Vivaldi's Winter Concerto
Il Dolce Suono, from Lucia di Lammermoor, by Donizetti
Debussy's Claire de Lune
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1
Probably much more that I've forgotten.

Sculpture:
Michelangelo's David

Literature:
Bronte's Wuthering Heights
Tolstoy's Anna Karenin
Nabokov's Pale Fire
Camus's The Stranger
Rand's The Fountainhead

Poetry:
T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland
Dorothy Parker's Rainy Night
Wilfred Owen's Dulce et Decorum Est
William Ernest Hemley's Invictus
John Clare's I Am
John Keat's When I Have Fears
Edgar Allan Poe's Dream Within a Dream
William Blake's Auguries of Innocence

Quite the exhaustive list, but I could never settle for one.
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4/2/2013 11:58:17 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Perhaps I'm not as intellectually refined as the other posters on this thread, but one of my biggest realizations was just how introverted I am... and so I've tried to change my personality ever since.
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4/3/2013 12:18:36 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
When I was about 18 or 19 when I realized I was a close-minded a$$hole. Now I'm an open-minded a$$hole.
I didn't order assholes with my whiskey.
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4/3/2013 5:47:14 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/2/2013 8:22:59 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
Share your most significant moment of sudden realization, inspiration or insight.

The understanding of politics and how different ideologies use the govt to to enslave the masses and push agendas using their own respective deceptions.
It's not your views that divide us, it's what you think my views should be that divides us.

If you think I will give up my rights and forsake social etiquette to make you "FEEL" better you are sadly mistaken

If liberal democrats would just stop shooting people gun violence would drop by 90%
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4/3/2013 7:02:05 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
My biggest 'aha' moment...

About a year or so, I met someone who is now my closest friend. I realized I wasn't accomplishing anything by just listening to my parents. Things have suddenly seemed really strict because of my view, but I am fine with that. For example, I am no longer religious. My entire family is and always will be, and I am yet to tell them. I learned to trust only myself and my friends. I also swear now, am pro rape abortion, pro gay marriage, pro voluntary euthanasia, etc... because I think now. Instead of looking up in the bible what I should believe I think for myself and make my own decisions. Part of this may just be growing up, but for me it has been drastic.
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4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.
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4/4/2013 10:38:16 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

lol this is surprisingly cynical, f16.
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: : The Fool: It's my English writing. Either way It's okay have a larger vocabulary then you, and a better grasp of language, and you're a woman.
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4/4/2013 10:39:37 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

Ha that's a good one.
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4/4/2013 10:43:15 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Once I was doing my Aeromechanics homework and my brother came into my room and looked at what I was doing and said "Do you even like doing that?" I said, "nope",
"Is that what you're gonna be doing for the rest of your life?", "Yep", He said "That sucks" and walked out. hah I don't give him enough credit sometimes.
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"War is a racket" - Smedley Butler
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4/4/2013 10:53:41 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 10:38:16 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

lol this is surprisingly cynical, f16.

And incredibly correct, depending on your major.
I didn't order assholes with my whiskey.
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4/4/2013 10:57:07 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 10:53:41 PM, johnnyboy54 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:38:16 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

lol this is surprisingly cynical, f16.

And incredibly correct, depending on your major.

Right, If your professor happens to be the author of that 200 dollar textbook and releases a new version every year you should probably read it.
"If you are a racist I will attack you with the north"- Abraham Lincoln

"Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material" - Leviticus 19 19

"War is a racket" - Smedley Butler
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4/4/2013 11:09:02 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 10:57:07 PM, lewis20 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:53:41 PM, johnnyboy54 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:38:16 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

lol this is surprisingly cynical, f16.

And incredibly correct, depending on your major.

Right, If your professor happens to be the author of that 200 dollar textbook and releases a new version every year you should probably read it.

I always wanted to shoot those professors.
I didn't order assholes with my whiskey.
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4/4/2013 11:19:37 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 10:57:07 PM, lewis20 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:53:41 PM, johnnyboy54 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:38:16 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

lol this is surprisingly cynical, f16.

And incredibly correct, depending on your major.

Right, If your professor happens to be the author of that 200 dollar textbook and releases a new version every year you should probably read it.

This was a blessing for me, since he made his textbook free.
Genesis I. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.
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4/4/2013 11:20:04 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 11:19:37 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:57:07 PM, lewis20 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:53:41 PM, johnnyboy54 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:38:16 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

lol this is surprisingly cynical, f16.

And incredibly correct, depending on your major.

Right, If your professor happens to be the author of that 200 dollar textbook and releases a new version every year you should probably read it.

This was a blessing for me, since he made his textbook free.

That is, a downloadable PDF.
Genesis I. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.
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4/4/2013 11:26:13 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 11:20:04 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
At 4/4/2013 11:19:37 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:57:07 PM, lewis20 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:53:41 PM, johnnyboy54 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:38:16 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

lol this is surprisingly cynical, f16.

And incredibly correct, depending on your major.

Right, If your professor happens to be the author of that 200 dollar textbook and releases a new version every year you should probably read it.

This was a blessing for me, since he made his textbook free.

That is, a downloadable PDF.

What school is this, that doesn't go out of its way to screw you any chance they get?
"If you are a racist I will attack you with the north"- Abraham Lincoln

"Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material" - Leviticus 19 19

"War is a racket" - Smedley Butler
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4/4/2013 11:28:13 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 11:20:04 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
At 4/4/2013 11:19:37 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:57:07 PM, lewis20 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:53:41 PM, johnnyboy54 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:38:16 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

lol this is surprisingly cynical, f16.

And incredibly correct, depending on your major.

Right, If your professor happens to be the author of that 200 dollar textbook and releases a new version every year you should probably read it.

This was a blessing for me, since he made his textbook free.

That is, a downloadable PDF.

Ditto.

Though I've had some professors who had you buy it.....

I definitely read every single word then. O.O
: : :Tulle: The fool, I purposely don't engage with you because you don't have proper command of the English language.
: :
: : The Fool: It's my English writing. Either way It's okay have a larger vocabulary then you, and a better grasp of language, and you're a woman.
:
: I'm just going to leave this precious struggle nugget right here.
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4/4/2013 11:56:38 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
The realization that if I could have voted in 2000, I would have voted for Al Gore over W. It doesnt sound like anything, but it helped me overcome my staunch republican-ness, and consequently opened my mind.
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4/5/2013 12:02:45 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 11:56:38 PM, thett3 wrote:
The realization that if I could have voted in 2000, I would have voted for Al Gore over W. It doesnt sound like anything, but it helped me overcome my staunch republican-ness, and consequently opened my mind.

In hindsight? Or at the time? I don't see how you could have an uncorrupted view of what the voters were facing in 2000 after experiencing 8 years of bush.
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"War is a racket" - Smedley Butler
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4/5/2013 12:10:40 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/5/2013 12:02:45 AM, lewis20 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 11:56:38 PM, thett3 wrote:
The realization that if I could have voted in 2000, I would have voted for Al Gore over W. It doesnt sound like anything, but it helped me overcome my staunch republican-ness, and consequently opened my mind.

In hindsight? Or at the time? I don't see how you could have an uncorrupted view of what the voters were facing in 2000 after experiencing 8 years of bush.

In hindsight, and you're right my view is obviously corrupt. But it was a big psychological milestone for me
DDO Vice President

#StandwithBossy

#UnbanTheMadman

#BetOnThett

"Don't quote me, ever." -Max

"My name is max. I'm not a big fan of slacks"- Max rapping

"Walmart should have the opportunity to bribe a politician to it's agenda" -Max

"Thett, you're really good at convincing people you're a decent person"-tulle

"You fit the character of Regina George quite nicely"- Sam

: At 11/12/2016 11:49:40 PM, Raisor wrote:
: thett was right
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4/5/2013 12:56:54 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

This. They'll teach you things not in the textbook and ignore what is in it. They just want you to listen to them.
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4/5/2013 2:55:04 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/4/2013 11:26:13 PM, lewis20 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 11:20:04 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
At 4/4/2013 11:19:37 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:57:07 PM, lewis20 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:53:41 PM, johnnyboy54 wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:38:16 PM, Oryus wrote:
At 4/4/2013 10:36:23 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
Don't read the textbook. It is irrelevant. Professors are narcissistic, egotists who will only test you on what THEY said in lecture. Read your notes.

lol this is surprisingly cynical, f16.

And incredibly correct, depending on your major.

Right, If your professor happens to be the author of that 200 dollar textbook and releases a new version every year you should probably read it.

This was a blessing for me, since he made his textbook free.

That is, a downloadable PDF.

What school is this, that doesn't go out of its way to screw you any chance they get?

I go to the rather humble Louisiana Tech University. That was for my CSC100 class. The rest of my CSC professors just don't use textbooks.
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4/5/2013 3:17:53 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/5/2013 12:09:33 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I discovered what it meant to feel unconditional love.

I learned I was a complete as$hole and wanted to change.

Those are my two biggest.

Get on the coppin block.
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4/5/2013 3:19:05 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 4/5/2013 12:09:33 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I discovered what it meant to feel unconditional love.

I learned I was a complete as$hole and wanted to change.

Those are my two biggest.

Get on the coppin block
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4/5/2013 3:19:34 AM
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Damnit freedo
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"Was he the sun?"

"No honey, he was the darkness"

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