emPtysp4ce

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from South Carroll County, MD

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    • New Year's Resolutions

      4 years ago

      emPtysp4ce

      I really want to get this done this year, so I'm dually writing it down here and informing others about it, so hold me accountable:
      I want to finish Part 8 of the book I'm writing(PUPPETEER) by December 31, 2014.
      Don't let me forget, guys.

    • Need a little advice

      4 years ago

      emPtysp4ce

      So about a month ago, I accidentally spilled Dr Pepper all over my keyboard. I debated on getting a new one, but figured meh, it still works. However, by now the spacebar has become far too sticky to be easy to type with and frankly is uncomfortable. Should I get a new one?

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    • All right

      4 years ago

      emPtysp4ce

      I wanted to keep that song up as my most recent post, but recent events are too fucked up to keep it that way. That said, it'll be linked at the bottom of every post.
      Now, down to business.
      While I don't know where everyone else reading this is living, I will tell you that the state of Maryland is having a rather unusual weather event, specifically the region immediately west and southwest of Baltimore.
      It snowed last yesterday, enough to cover the grass.
      Even those in west Maryland are probably laughing at that with no context, so I'll spell it out. Usually, the first snowfall to do this happens mid-January. So this is odd.

      EDIT 10/10/13- I am seriously concerned now. Two days later, and we get another 3-inch accumulation. Something is wrong here.

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    • Crackpot Theories (RWBY)

      in Forums > Crackpot Theories (RWBY) | Follow this topic

      emPtysp4ce

      After a quick search, it seems there isn't a thread where people can dump whatever insane theories they have about RWBY. So, let's get started.
      Rules go as follows:
      -DO NOT rage on someone for a theory that you don't like. Not only is that just asinine, but it defeats the purpose of the thread.
      -Your theory must have some shred of evidence. It doesn't matter how small, if it's there, it's good.
      -Please try to poke holes in other's theories to test the theory and the theorizer. Again, don't be an ass about it, but see if you can challenge them some.
      And that's about it. And of course the:
      Guidelines for Newbies Stolen from Freelancer05
      This one is just a tip: FIRST IMPRESSIONS MEAN A LOT!-If you don't make a good first impression, people may never take you seriously.
      1. Grammar is your friend-Try to USE PROPER GRAMMAR. I cannot stress this enough. If you post without using proper grammar and spelling, people will consider you an idiot and you will never be taken seriously. Don't make a post like this: "omg roflzors i lov [insert character here]" and expect to get a lot of respect.
      2. Play nice-Don't come in here and try to start a fight.
      3. Try to stay on topic-If there is a discussion related to RWBY going on, don't jump in and tell us about your favorite lolcat.
      4. LURK MOAR-Explains itself. Lurk around the thread for several pages before posting to understand what is expected of you.

      Go play.

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    • Soooo...

      5 years ago

      emPtysp4ce

      I'm supposed to be lifeguarding today for 12 1/2 hours?
      Challenge accepted.

    • Hey!

      5 years ago

      emPtysp4ce

      I got back! And I've lost all my typing skill. At least now I can throw my used toilet paper in the toilet again without clogging the toilet now.

    • 5 years ago

      emPtysp4ce

      I will be gone for the next two weeks. A school trip is going to Costa Rica until the 9th. And I'm pretty psyched.
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    • Brazillian problems

      5 years ago

      emPtysp4ce

      So Mesk wrote in his journal about a series of protests in Brazil that have caused a stir and my attention was drawn to it. I'll be sharing what he wrote here.
      From Mesk's journal:

      It may be that you have heard of what has been happening here in Brazil for the past couple of weeks. If so, maybe this journal will give you further information. If not, I hope to give you a fairly detailed and impartial eyes-on account of what has been going on.

      Despite Brazil becoming a stronger economic power every day, it has been suffering a series of problems; corrupt politicians, a huge gap between the extremely rich and the extremely poor, a severely lacking infrastructure, unacceptable traffic jams and - the spark that lit this gunpowder keg - increasing fares for public transportation.

      For the last two years, the bus / train / subway fare was R$3.00 (US$1.50). However, due to unnecessary inflation, the price went up R$0.20 (US$0.10) in late May and early June. Granted, this is not a HUGE increase in the cost of using public transport (especially because the fare rose LESS than it should have with the inflation we had), but it was enough to cause a stir. On June 6th, the "Movimento Passe Livre" (hereby referred to as the MPL for brevity) organized a protest on the Paulista Avenue here in Sao Paulo to get the bus fare reduced once more.

      According to the police, 2000 people went to the streets. According to the MPL, 6000 people went. Either way, this protest was marked because of the amount of vandalism that occurred. Bank windows were shattered, busses were sprayed with paint and some people got hurt. The official number is that 2 policemen and 8 protesters got injured. 15 protesters were arrested for public vandalism (of which 9 were released within a few hours).

      June 7th marked the second protest day. This time, 5000 people went to the streets to protest. However, this second protest came to blows a lot faster: the repairs for all the public damage is estimated at over US$50,000, where subway stations were vandalized, two busses were torched with molotov cocktails and barricades of flaming tires were set up on Paulista Avenue. This protest was met with a moderate amount of police brutality where riot shield policemen were dispatched to stop the vandalism. It was here, and on the third protest, where the fight was no longer about the price of the public transport fares.

      The third protest was on June 11th, the week after the first two protests. 5000 people attended according to the MPL and 2000 according to the police. During this protest, the people tried a peaceful approach and greeted the police with chants of "sem violencia" ("no violence"). The difference was that, this time, the police arrived with riot shields, shooting rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd without much reason. The third protest caused a large ripple on the internet, when photos and videos spread all over youtube and facebook; videos showing police spraying pepper spray at people who presented no threat (tv cameraman, specifically), a policeman shattering the window of his own police car to justify his acts of police brutality and a newspaper reporter having been shot in the eye by a rubber bullet.
      There were even reports of police shooting a tear fas canister into the 7th floor of an apartment building on Paulista Avenue and police dragging a protester out of a hospital to beat him on the street; this protester was taking care of a wounded friend.

      Two days later, the fourth protest happened. 5000 people attended according to the police. 20000 according to the MPL. People were no longer upset solely about the prices of public transport. They were furious about police brutality, higher bus fare, politicians who let all this happen, the World Cup of next year getting an insane investment with many projects still incomplete, amongst other things. The fourth protest was also marked with violence: 105 injured protesters, 18 injured policemen and 15 injured protesters. By this point, police were confiscating vinegar and the simple possession of it was enough to be seen as suspicious, due to the belief that vinagre helps fight off the effects of tear gas. The continuing police brutality and lack of resolution let to the planning of the largest protest yet: the fifth protest that happened yesterday.

      After these events, Brazilians all over were outraged. Promises of protests in other cities were made and support for the protest was shown abroad in New York, Dublin and Berlin, for example. On facebook, a whopping 270,000 people confirmed their participation at the fifth protest. Naturally, nowhere near that many people would actually go, but it still happened.

      Protests happened in 12 capital cities all over Brazil, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte and Salvador. All over Brazil, more than 200,000 people went; over 65,000 in Sao Paulo alone. SP's protest was peaceful enough, no tear gas or police brutality. Rio and Belo Horizonte suffered that, though. In Brasilia, protesters climbed to the roof of the national congress. The official numbers for the largest protests, according to the press, are as follows: 10,000 in Salvador, 15,000 in Belo Horizonte, 100,000 in Rio de Janeiro, 65,000 in Sao Paulo, 5000 in BrasiĀ­lia and 10,000 in Curitiba.
      More details are still coming out and I'll update this journal as more information comes out, but it is already hard to believe: people are getting up to show their anger. There have not been protests of this magnitude in Brazil since people demanded Ex-president Collor's impeachment in 1992.

      There could be no better time for such protests. President Dilma heard people booing her as she opened the confederates cup, the pre-world cup tournament. Maybe as all eyes turn on Brazil for the World Cup and Olympics, the struggle of the people will be heard and our government will be under enormous pressure to change for the better.
    • Question

      5 years ago

      emPtysp4ce

      So I'm writing a book set in the Halo universe (link to progress so far is in my links tab, storynumerounobyjohn.blogspot.com), and I do intend to publish it when I finish it. But I'm pretty sure Microsoft owns the Halo universe, and I'm not sure they'll let it go since it may or may not contradict the Halo bible seeing as it depicts in pretty good detail the assault on the Maginot Line.
      So my question is:
      Is the universe actually copyrighted by Microsoft, and if it is, so I have to get approval from them to avoid copyright infringement?

    • Not well

      5 years ago

      emPtysp4ce

      I'm kind of sick. First, an extremely runny nose and now a nasty cough that's leaving me completely drained. And I've got a lifeguarding job coming up.
      But at least you could say I'm...
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      Down with the Sickness.

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