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Ken H
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Re: Explain your avatar

#341 Post by Ken H » December 30th, 2009, 1:59 am

Latest post of the previous page:

getreal wrote
ken: can you explain your new avatar- in the appropriate thread, of course!
My present one? "Support real science", as opposed to creationism or "creation science", that faith-based anti-evolutionary poppycock that religious people are trying to push into the public schools over here.
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Re: Explain your avatar

#342 Post by Hundovir » December 30th, 2009, 7:36 am

I don't supppose the slogan would work quite as well on this would it?

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Re: Explain your avatar

#343 Post by Ikiru » December 30th, 2009, 1:08 pm

My avatar (and screen name) come from my favourite film, Ikiru, directed by Akira Kurosawa (the title means "To Live" in Japanese).

The main idea behind the story comes from Tolstoy's short story, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," though with quite a few differences (Tolstoy's story is far more bleak). The main character of Ikiru is a petty bureaucrat, but when learns he has only a couple months left to live, he begins questioning his life and reasons for living. Many of Kurosawa's films have strong humanist leanings, but this film is my favourite of all of them-- this was a life-changing film for me.

Here's a good article on the film: http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/307
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Re: Explain your avatar

#344 Post by Marian » December 30th, 2009, 4:57 pm

Ikiru wrote:My avatar (and screen name) come from my favourite film, Ikiru, directed by Akira Kurosawa (the title means "To Live" in Japanese).

Here's a good article on the film: http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/307
I would very much like to see this film. I didn't see whether it has subtitles.

"What it says in starkly lucid terms is that ‘life’ is meaningless when everything is said and done; at the same time one man’s life can acquire meaning when he undertakes to perform some task that to him is meaningful. What everyone else thinks about that man’s life is utterly beside the point, even ludicrous. The meaning of his life is what he commits the meaning of his life to be. There is nothing else.”
I really, really like this quote and I intend to 'steal' it (with accreditation, of course). I am now on the search for the nearest specialized movie rental place in town...

PS. You aren't giving us some hint here about your current health, are you?

PPS. Wanna start a thread about the last line in the quote?
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#345 Post by Ikiru » December 30th, 2009, 9:20 pm

Oh, no, Marian! My health is good (aside from the occasional back ache and occasional jaw pain-- all from stress at work!)

The Criterion edition is best (being remastered) and its subtitled. Should be easy enough to find in a big city like Toronto. :) I hope you enjoy it...
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#346 Post by Gottard » January 16th, 2010, 11:21 am

I changed my avatar to a chalet to be in tune with the area where I live. :smile:
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#347 Post by getreal » January 16th, 2010, 1:13 pm

I had noticed that in your post on another thread! It is really appropriate, and quite pretty. Our snow has all but gone now, and I think I must be the only one in the country who feels sad.
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#348 Post by Nick » January 16th, 2010, 3:11 pm

......'cos the ground is a bit rough on a polar bear's chin.






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#349 Post by Alan C. » January 16th, 2010, 4:58 pm

Nick wrote:......'cos the ground is a bit rough on a polar bear's chin.






And Penguin may be sad too.
Shit Nick! Don't waken fish breath :smile:
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#350 Post by Gottard » January 17th, 2010, 9:13 am

getreal wrote:I had noticed that in your post on another thread! It is really appropriate, and quite pretty. Our snow has all but gone now, and I think I must be the only one in the country who feels sad.
The nice aspect of living here is that, within a distance of 60Km, from 1,600 mt. you come down to 300 mt. on lake Como where you can sail, swim, etc. :wave:
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#351 Post by Marian » January 17th, 2010, 12:16 pm

^^Yeah, rub it in... :D ^^
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#352 Post by Compassionist » January 17th, 2010, 12:52 pm

:)

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#353 Post by ContaminatedWisdom » February 14th, 2010, 1:08 am

a) It's universal b) valentine's day is just about here c) Iloveyouall!? :wink:

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#354 Post by Gottard » February 15th, 2010, 11:48 am

:pointlaugh:
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#355 Post by amywineglass » February 18th, 2010, 2:17 pm

My avatar happened to be uploaded on facebook already so i thought just to make it easy i would use it.
Its a mini Tim Minchin, we had a matchbox project for uni where we had to turn a matchbox into something that could relate to us, so i made it a mini piano that has a mini Tim inside:) (im a tad obsessed)
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#356 Post by Marian » February 18th, 2010, 2:49 pm

amywineglass wrote:My avatar happened to be uploaded on facebook already so i thought just to make it easy i would use it.
Its a mini Tim Minchin, we had a matchbox project for uni where we had to turn a matchbox into something that could relate to us, so i made it a mini piano that has a mini Tim inside:) (im a tad obsessed)
Oh Amywineglass, you are in excellent company here! We have our very own fan club run single-handedly by getreal!!! :D
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#357 Post by Alan H » February 18th, 2010, 3:54 pm

OMG! Two Tim Minchin-obsessed posters now! :supershock:
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#358 Post by amywineglass » February 18th, 2010, 6:59 pm

:D He is fantastic and when he came to Belfast we met him and thought "aw that was fantastic!! what a great night"
what we didnt know was later that night we would meet him in a pub and hang out!! he's so lovely :)
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#359 Post by Birdcrazy » March 11th, 2010, 4:28 pm

Basically because I'm an ornithologist in training. The bird in the avatar is the Acadian Flycatcher, an American bird that I have studied in the past.
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#360 Post by Alan H » March 12th, 2010, 1:06 am

Birdcrazy wrote:The bird in the avatar is the Acadian Flycatcher, an American bird that I have studied in the past.
Yep. I thought that's what it was. :wink:
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#361 Post by Lorikeet » April 6th, 2010, 2:21 am

Is it just me, Maria, or have you just changed your avatar in the last couple of hours? (Yeah, I'm up doing stuff I should have done ages ago :laughter: )
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