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I'm trying to recall what I was reading back when I was 15. Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye, A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Catch 22... I'm pretty sure atleast half of these books are on the banned books list. The Dutch schoolsystem believes students of this age are ready to read these books and I agree. Discussion in class and reading these books on my own helped me learn to appreciate English literature. I find it hard to imagine there are YA books out there that are somehow worse than what we read and discussed in class. Maybe 'discussed' is the keyword here?

Yeah...except the claim before that of people being supported by reading others in hardship is also completely based in anecdotal evidence. Unless you can point me out an actual study done for either case they're both equally possible.

There is actually some research that supports an 'automutilation epidemic' but not only on a very small scale, like a group of friends in high school or a ward of a psychiatric hospital. Peer pressure was always at the root or the epidemic and most of the people involved already had other problems.

The major reason why selfmutilations seems to be on the rise is that more people are aware that it excists. YA book probably played a part in that. If there are books out there that romanticise automutilation, yeah, that could potentially be harmful, but only if the reader lacks the knowlegde to put it into perspective. So, hooray for parents and other responsible adults. If there aren't any of those around, I'm pretty sure the teen has problems to begin with...

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: June 11, 2011, 02:35:17 AM »
Yes. It has quieted down somewhat, but he's still talking very loudly. More like ranting, really. I only hear the occassional 'kankerlijer' and 'teringgozer'. It's the kind of swearing that's reserved for crazy people and white trash from Den Haag.

Playing CD's very loudly it something he likes to do, but only for very shot periods of time. Few nights ago I was woken up by the macarena. It only lasted a minute.

Oh, he's put on another CD. It sounds like that song from the Titanic.

Edit: I think he figured out Celine Dion doesn't suit the mood. He switched to some trashy house music.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: June 11, 2011, 02:25:51 AM »

On another note, why can't I want to explore the mind at my age?

Because you don't have an IQ of 184 and can't read 20,000 words per minute.

Anyway, crazy dude put on a sounds of the ocean CD on for a few minutes. Played it very loudly. Now he's yelling again. Apparantly, everyone's got cancer and shit.

Well, the last bit isn't that crazy in Dutch, it's like calling everyone a gigantic asshole, but still...

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: June 11, 2011, 02:05:23 AM »
This guy thinks the local government has this whole conspirary against him. It somehow involves the quad one of the gardeners rides on. That's why he's going to set fire to townhall.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: June 11, 2011, 01:56:44 AM »
My new downstairs neighbour is crazy. It's barely eight in the morning and he's already yelling that he's going to fuck everyone up and light shit on fire.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story
« on: June 10, 2011, 01:31:07 PM »
It hasn't been too bad so far. You just have to find ways to work around the regionlocks. When I was your age, I was playing import RPG's like Xenogears and Chrono Cross on my *ahum* slightly modified PlayStation. It feels like you're playing something really special when the game comes from another continent. I've got two PlayStation 2's, one is American, the other one European. Gameboy, DS, PS3 and PSP? No region locks, so yay!

Things get tricky when there are only two or three imports you want but there's no decent bootdisc available for the system they're on. That means you either have to do some (illiegal) soft or hardmodding, or buy a second system.

Anyway, you're lucky Xenoblade and The Last Story are Wii games. The price of the Wii is diving towards €100, so a used system shouldn't be too expensive to import.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story
« on: June 10, 2011, 04:56:42 AM »
Atlus is a great publisher with some amazing titles but, and this is a big but, there is no Atlus Europe. Some of games translated by Atlus USA (read: the Persona games that did wel in the US) may be picked up by Square Enix, Ghostlight, Koei or Rising Star, but that's it.

Aksys? Xseed? Same story.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story
« on: June 10, 2011, 04:41:46 AM »
Don't worry, our troubles will return once Atlus starts pumping out awesome 3DS RPGs. Stupid regionlock.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade + The Last Story
« on: June 10, 2011, 04:24:21 AM »
As an European gamer and fan of RPGs, I think this is absolutely hilarious. Yay for karma!

General Discussions / Re: Stupid childhood misconceptions.
« on: June 10, 2011, 02:32:19 AM »
We had computers with internet at school too. Okay, one computer with internet. It was in the principal's office. Only the boys were allowed to use it sometimes, because girls didn't know much about computers.

I have been coming to this site for 11 years. Oh god so old.

As if that makes you unique :P

General Discussions / Re: Stupid childhood misconceptions.
« on: June 09, 2011, 01:39:58 PM »
I still feel plenty immature.

Yeah, I was serious enough as a kid, now I just kind of want to be immature for a while. Of course, I still end up being the responsible adult in most situations, but hey, atleast I'm having more fun being one.

Oh, speaking of ages. Who else thought you could learn the age of a ladybird by counting the spots on its back?

General Discussions / Re: Stupid childhood misconceptions.
« on: June 09, 2011, 03:39:21 AM »
C) And just to show you how much of a bitch she was, I'll tell you a story. One day after PE I sat in my chair and felt something weird on my back. I got up and saw that there were several wads of gum connecting the back of my shirt to the chair. I told her. She then punished me and sentme to the principal's office for interrupting class. The principal sent me back because she realized how stupid that was. You know what the kid who did it got as a punishment? He had to apologize to the class.

I've had an experience like that. The girl next to me kept tickling me and I couldn't stop laughing. I told her to stop, but she wouldn't. After a while the teacher interfered and sent me to the principal's office. She wanted me to finish my math work there. Problem: I was already finished. So I just kind of stared at the table for ten minutes before he sent me back to class.

Similar story: I went to the bathroom, but noticed that the toilet wouldn't flush. I went back to class, but since the teacher hadn't heard me flushing, he sent me back. I protested (it was the toilet's fault, not mine!), but he said I couldn't leave the toilet until I flushed. So stood there for fifteen minutes trying to flush it. Luckily, it was near the end of the day and I sneaked out when the bell rang.

Ah well, what's done is done. Whatever happened, you'll get over it eventually. Of course, you'll have to refind your self-esteem first, that's the hardest part. After that it's a smooth ride.

General Discussions / Re: Stupid childhood misconceptions.
« on: June 09, 2011, 03:14:45 AM »
I got bullied being a nerd and all. Didn't last long because; didn't expect me to hit back. Bullies are serious wuss.
Fun thing too is teachers turned a blind eye to me beating on the guy.

So yeah, that would be my advice... and you don't even need to be buff, I've never been though or strong.

Or do kids all have guns and knives now? If so... nevermind.

Friends are more dangerous. Watch out for bullies with friends.

I defended myself once. Kicked a guy to the ground. Pretty hard too, I heard he had trouble breathing afterwards though that soon passed. I felt a little bad about that. Anyway, six other boys beat me down as well and made me eat sand. Teacher said I deserved it.

Lesson learned: don't stand up for yourself, make yourself invisible.

General Discussions / Re: Stupid childhood misconceptions.
« on: June 08, 2011, 02:53:17 AM »
-You shouldn't scratch a piece of carton at night (or make a similar annoying noise for that matter) or the witch would come and get you

-Naughty children are send away to be raised by the Institution

-Eating marshmellows on hot summer days makes you vomit

Oh, and the whole stuffed animal thing, of course, but I did play favourites. In my opinion, my Waffie (a dog) was the president and king of stuffed animal land. It took it's toll on poor Waffie though. He's missing both his ears, his tongue and most of his fur. We've replaced his stuffing atleast three times and he has the scars to prove it. Oh, and this one time my cousin sat on him! I tried to get him back and poor Waffie was ripped in two! Mom and I sewed him back together, but he was never quite the same again. Poor Waffie :(

General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: June 07, 2011, 03:22:46 PM »
Almost done with Ar Tonelico 3. I think I'm going to get Finnel's ending. I don't really like her, but I HATE Saki, so, yeah. Perhaps I should have gone with another Reyvateil instead.. Ah well, I'm not going to replay this game, so Finnel it is.

Also, PEGI, why is this game rated 12+? Even in Japan its 15+...

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