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  1. Why do hurricanes always have female names? US sexism!
  2. Haatu;905082 wrote: And how did you arrive at that? Don't jump to conclusions girl Hey, stop flirting. She's taken. (Well, close -- I got the ring and everything. Just waiting for the right moment).
  3. NGONGE;902682 wrote: But if you must limit yourself to admiring non English speaking writers, I recommend the Indians (Gosh, Seth, Roy, etc). After a bit of search, it turns out Roy is the one who wrote The God of Small Things? I approve! :cool: @Apo -- three years is quite sometime. But I'm afraid we're not going to accept your naturally gifted claim as by your own admission you replaced reading novels with textbooks. Novels are baby stuff when you compare it to the stuff one can learn from textbooks. :cool:
  4. Apophis;902093 wrote: Great quotes Garnaqsi. Most of the authors mentioned by the OP & you are unfamiliar to me; probably the result of years of reading nothing but textbooks. Sounds familiar. I remember going to uni thinking I'm going to double my reading but I didn't read a single novel in the first year.
  5. Mustafe;902088 wrote: Garnaqsi, Nurudin is very talented, but I think he over does it. His books can be hard just to get into sometimes. All the other authors coofle mentioned are flawless though, Nabokove included ofcourse. His narrative descriptions are very Victorian in nature. Of course the taste has changed these days and people prefer plain writing to that one, but if you think he overdoes it, then you must also think all those great classical novelists overdid it as well. Personally I would rather read just the following passage from George Eliot's Middlemarch than an entire novel written in newspaper style. An eminent philosopher among my friends, who can dignify even your ugly furniture by lifting it into the serene light of science, has shown me this pregnant little fact. Your pier-glass or extensive surface of polished steel made to be rubbed by a housemaid, will be minutely and multitudinously scratched in all directions; but place now against it a lighted candle as a centre of illumination, and lo! the scratches will seem to arrange themselves in a fine series of concentric circles round that little sun. It is demonstrable that the scratches are going everywhere impartially and it is only your candle which produces the flattering illusion of a concentric arrangement, its light falling with an exclusive optical selection. These things are a parable. The scratches are events, and the candle is the egoism of any person now absent-- of Miss Vincy, for example. Rosamond had a Providence of her own who had kindly made her more charming than other girls, and who seemed to have arranged Fred's illness and Mr. Wrench's mistake in order to bring her and Lydgate within effective proximity. It would have been to contravene these arrangements if Rosamond had consented to go away to Stone Court or elsewhere, as her parents wished her to do, especially since Mr. Lydgate thought the precaution needless. Therefore, while Miss Morgan and the children were sent away to a farmhouse the morning after Fred's illness had declared itself, Rosamond refused to leave papa and mamma.
  6. By the way, I think here's an example of the descriptions you're talking about (from the opening of Nuruddin Farah's Maps): You sit, in contemplative posture, your features agonized and your expressions pained; you sit for hours and hours and hours, sleepless, looking into darkness, hearing a small snore coming from the room next to yours. And you conjure a past: a past in which you see a horse drop its rider; a past in which you discern a bird breaking out of its shell so it will fly into the heavens of freedom. Out of the same past emerges a man wrapped in a mantle with unpatched holes, each hole large as a window - and each window large as the secret to which you cling as though it were the only soul you possessed. And you question, you challenge every thought which crosses your mind. "... a past in which you discern a bird breaking out of its shell so it will fly into the heavens of freedom." That blew me away!
  7. It's because they're good writers. It can be said that they have to be twice as talented as the native writers to even make it. By the way, try Vladimir Nabokov. His English puts everyone to shame, really (even the classical English ones). It's incredibly beautiful.
  8. Apophis;901792 wrote: Sxb, I procrastinated so much that I did my whole thesis (including research and write up) in the month of April. It was worse than hell. Legend! But I learned that I work best under the cosh I'm not sure if I work well under pressure, but that unique feeling it gives you is quite nice and surprisingly addictive!
  9. Haatu;901790 wrote: What was that French guys last theorem called Garnaqsi? The one that was lost and rediscovered around a decade ago? Fermat's last theorem. It wasn't lost, though. Fermat wrote somewhere that he had a proof of it, and it's that proof which was never found. It was then proved about a decade ago using techniques that were developed hundreds of years after Fermat. The proof is really difficult; it runs into hundreds and hundreds of pages. People nowadays don't think Fermat had a proof because if he had one it would have had to have been simple (because no and would have already been found by someone else somewhere. So he just probably had a mistaken proof of sorts. By the way, regarding your C3 exam -- do as much past papers as you can & you'll do fine.
  10. Apophis;901766 wrote: He's pretty cool What have you been upto anyway?? How's that world shattering thesis going? :cool: Oh, it'll be world shattering alright! :cool: Terrible! I'm procrastinating everywhere!
  11. Apophis;901761 wrote: LOOL I have to say that; math become gibberish to me at age 10 and I never got it after (ironically my dad is a math's lecturer) Cool dad you got there! :cool:
  12. Apophis;901706 wrote: Do we even need to learn maths if we have calculators and Google Computer algebra systems can only do symbolic maths. Only humans are capable of real maths. :cool: I should say, though, that type of thinking leads to what happens in the film Idiocracy. Not good!
  13. oba hiloowlow;901694 wrote: xisaab is nice when u understand it. . but i undertstand where you are coming from. To be honest, I understand why people don't like it. People who are interested in completely different fields are forced by universities and the nature of their course to take maths. There no reason they should be expected to like it when they are interested in a completely different field. If I was made to take chemistry, I'm sure I would absolutely loathe it.