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Internet Scientist AMA: Alison!

Last posted Sep 12, 2012 at 11:35AM EDT. Added Aug 24, 2012 at 09:51AM EDT
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Alison wrote:

Holy crap. You are so right. I had absolutely no idea. My mouth feels so much more important now.


A breakdown of attributes and subsequent Fibonacci sequence analysis demonstrates the fact that, while I have no idea how to compare mouths, I do have time to waste in Gimp.

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Aug 24, 2012 at 05:50PM EDT
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Sweet Jesus I am framing that. You are a god.

Aug 24, 2012 at 05:56PM EDT
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>Doctor Who
>A:TLA
>Sherlock
>Toradora
>MLP

CONFOUND IT KNOW YOUR MEME WHY DO YOU HIRE THESE WOMEN THAT STIR MY HEART WITH THEIR FANDOMS

So, for srsns, what’s your favorite aspect of the Internet as a tool/medium for communication, and what’s your favorite site for your own recreation?

EDIT: No but seriously Toradora is my favorite anime ever.

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Aug 24, 2012 at 06:58PM EDT
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Teh Brawler wrote:

>Doctor Who
>A:TLA
>Sherlock
>Toradora
>MLP

CONFOUND IT KNOW YOUR MEME WHY DO YOU HIRE THESE WOMEN THAT STIR MY HEART WITH THEIR FANDOMS

So, for srsns, what’s your favorite aspect of the Internet as a tool/medium for communication, and what’s your favorite site for your own recreation?

EDIT: No but seriously Toradora is my favorite anime ever.

TORADORA WAS SPECTACULAR AND DESERVES ALL OF YOUR LOVE. Omg Taiga. Omg.

Honestly, the internet is the reason for most of the good things that have happened in my life. I would never have known improv really existed, I wouldn’t have met awesome people from ALL OVER THE WORLD, I wouldn’t have my job right now…. not to get all sentimental, but the Internet is an incredible tool. And our generation is the first one to grow up with it, the first one to really embrace and use it as much as possible as a way to share and bond and culturally grow. I’ve had several conversations with Ben Huh (not to namedrop, but to totally namedrop) about how in 10-15 years we’ll have Internet Cultural Studies in Academia -- people taking what we’re doing RIGHT NOW seriously enough to spend their life dedicated to understanding it. And I think that’s pretty damn cool.

As for favorite site for recreation…. thats tough. I try not to internet too much when I get home from work since I just spent 8 hours online anyways. Reddit/Tumblr/4chan are staples of what I need on the job, so I exhaust those during the workday…. but as for what I do in my spare times, its almost exclusively filled up by casually browsing fanfic and then covering up the fact that I look at fanfic all evening. #noshame

Aug 24, 2012 at 07:13PM EDT
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Alison wrote:

TORADORA WAS SPECTACULAR AND DESERVES ALL OF YOUR LOVE. Omg Taiga. Omg.

Honestly, the internet is the reason for most of the good things that have happened in my life. I would never have known improv really existed, I wouldn’t have met awesome people from ALL OVER THE WORLD, I wouldn’t have my job right now…. not to get all sentimental, but the Internet is an incredible tool. And our generation is the first one to grow up with it, the first one to really embrace and use it as much as possible as a way to share and bond and culturally grow. I’ve had several conversations with Ben Huh (not to namedrop, but to totally namedrop) about how in 10-15 years we’ll have Internet Cultural Studies in Academia -- people taking what we’re doing RIGHT NOW seriously enough to spend their life dedicated to understanding it. And I think that’s pretty damn cool.

As for favorite site for recreation…. thats tough. I try not to internet too much when I get home from work since I just spent 8 hours online anyways. Reddit/Tumblr/4chan are staples of what I need on the job, so I exhaust those during the workday…. but as for what I do in my spare times, its almost exclusively filled up by casually browsing fanfic and then covering up the fact that I look at fanfic all evening. #noshame

Ryuuuuuuuuji~ ;_;

I’M SORRY SARAH BUT ALISON IS NOW MY FAVORITE BECAUSE I ACTUALLY HAVE SOMEONE ELSE WHO LOVES TORADORA NOW

That kind of progress academically is what I WISH would happen with comics. Still, I’m amazed that, at some level, I get to be a part of the growth of the internet into an academic field, so that’s exciting.

Aug 24, 2012 at 07:16PM EDT
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Right?! I nearly peed myself when he agreed with me that in a couple of years it’ll be a legitimate field.

Also.
MY FEELS.
That is all.

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Aug 24, 2012 at 07:23PM EDT
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Alison wrote:

Right?! I nearly peed myself when he agreed with me that in a couple of years it’ll be a legitimate field.

Also.
MY FEELS.
That is all.

I KNOWWWWWWW AND THEN SHE LEFT AND I WAS LIKE UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Aug 24, 2012 at 07:24PM EDT
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DON’T TOY WITH MY FEELS LIKE THAT TORADORA

Aug 24, 2012 at 07:26PM EDT
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Alejandro wrote:

ALISON, CAN I GET A STATEMENT ON THE ISSUE?

Of shipping?

GO FOR IT. Expect nothing out of it, but SAIL ON, MY SHIPPERS

Aug 24, 2012 at 08:32PM EDT
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Alison, what’s your favourite meme?

Aug 24, 2012 at 10:50PM EDT

Alison wrote:

That response was better than anything I could’ve thought of. Honestly, I was just expecting you to respond with the next line from the show, but my Glob did you go above and beyond.

Welcome to Know Your Meme, Grand Master Lotus.

QUICK TOP FIVE ALBUMS EVER GO!!!!

Aug 24, 2012 at 11:23PM EDT
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Kipp wrote:

Alison, what’s your favourite meme?

Not trying to be rude, but since she already answered that question, I figured I’d just repost her answer.

-For some reason I’m obsessed with Nigel Thornberry. I have no idea how or why. I think we were soul mates in a past life. It’s smashing.
Aug 24, 2012 at 11:34PM EDT
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Teh Brawler wrote:

Not trying to be rude, but since she already answered that question, I figured I’d just repost her answer.

-For some reason I’m obsessed with Nigel Thornberry. I have no idea how or why. I think we were soul mates in a past life. It’s smashing.

Umm… Well… What memes do you find offensive?

Aug 24, 2012 at 11:50PM EDT

Kipp wrote:

Umm… Well… What memes do you find offensive?

I can count to potato. For sure.

Aug 25, 2012 at 12:57PM EDT
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量子 Meme wrote:

Alison, do you have any more Castle .gifs?

Aw man, not off the top of my head. I’m on my home computer now, which is derpy and lacking in gifs. :C

Aug 25, 2012 at 12:58PM EDT
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Now that we’ve revealed the fact of your billions and billions of facial expressions, I must move on to the next issue:

You always seem a tad out of breath when explaining things like memes, but not when you’re doing a comedy bit. Why is this?

Aug 25, 2012 at 01:54PM EDT
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a/s/l…
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.

just joking…

but seriously..

Are you dating?
here’s my pic:

Aug 25, 2012 at 03:55PM EDT
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Alex wrote:

a/s/l…
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just joking…

but seriously..

Are you dating?
here’s my pic:

Then why does it say Max?

Aug 25, 2012 at 04:04PM EDT
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量子 Meme wrote:

Then why does it say Max?

because of my maximum sex appeal.

get with it

Aug 25, 2012 at 04:08PM EDT
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Piano wrote:

Now that we’ve revealed the fact of your billions and billions of facial expressions, I must move on to the next issue:

You always seem a tad out of breath when explaining things like memes, but not when you’re doing a comedy bit. Why is this?

We’re reading off of a clever little teleprompter when delivering facts straight to camera. All the sketches are done off of memory. It’s easier to deliver when memorized than reading. #funfacts

And Alex, I am taken, unfortunately. Sorry bout that. Your pictures is a delight.

Aug 25, 2012 at 04:15PM EDT
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WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE GROTAN I see that you are a fan of Avatar the Last Airbender. What is your favorite character?

Aug 25, 2012 at 05:29PM EDT
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Alex wrote:

a/s/l…
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just joking…

but seriously..

Are you dating?
here’s my pic:

She has stated in here that she has a boyfriend.

Hope you don’t mind me answering for her, just trying to get rid of redundancies.

Aug 25, 2012 at 07:36PM EDT
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Well, once again, I arrive late at the AMA thread, but this time I think it was meant to be, because there was much to learn before finding the right question, and this thread has been educational.

For instance:

But I think 8-year-old-Alison would have been happy that I ended up being a professional internet anyways.

…says a lot about your age to me. At age eight, I would have been wondering if we’d ever get one of those fancy Atari 2600 things, barely consoling myself with Fleetwood Mac on 8-track. It was at age 22 that a math professor told us that instead of printing the syllabus out, he would make it available on “the class’ web page” which was met with looks of great confusion from all students in the class.

WHAT YOU CANNOT TELL IS THAT UNDERNEATH THAT G--DAMN GIANT ASS LAB COAT I HAVE A SPECTACULAR PAIR OF LEGS AND AN ADORABLE BUTT.

…says a lot about your physical appearance that I’m sure I’d find easier to not know, but apparently RandomMan has been reading through my e-mails and personal messages to relay my fetishes to the higher-ups, and now I’m going to have to figure out how to be creepy about your legs when you’re never seen below the waist. It’s a tough job, but with Vazquez always on IRC reading furry porn, the mantle of dirty old man of the forums falls on me by default, I think. (Or was it one of those things where I was supposed to decapitate him before midnight?…whatever.)

I did improv in college, comedy is my big passion in life.

I adore Doctor Who. Watched Classic Who with my dad as a kid, fell in love with it again in the reboot. here I am heading to Emerald City Comicon as Girl 11.

My taste in music is kind of all over the place. I’ve been on a classical kick lately (Mendelssohn what WHAT) while simultaneously having a modern Americana band on repeat (if you haven’t experienced Delta Rae stop what you’re doing right now and watch this).

…says you have very similar interests and experiences in some areas to me. (Oop, and legs? Check!) I wrote this post while looping “Allison” by the Pixies on my laptop. It’s working fine.

I spell things incorrectly for a living. Typing in lolspeak for 8 hours a day for a year can do many things to a person’s mind. I am not are as well as i once was.

…says that while you may be an Internet scientist, you may not be on board with the philosophy that lolspeak is a valid English pidgin with its own rules of spelling and grammar. I was lucky enough to be able to translate a few chapters for the lolcat Bible, and enjoyed it thoroughly. But…

…says that you do try to take your Internet science seriously, and with a precision that few match. (And you’ve apparently read some Le Guin, but how much, I wonder?) This is when I knew the right question to ask; or more like a request, I suppose. It is well-known that a big part of the job of an Internet scientist is to analyze the funny right out of something until it is left bone-dry and twisted beyond repair. Please, if you would, science up this bitch for me:

Aug 26, 2012 at 06:59AM EDT
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Damn that’s a hefty reply. On to answering questions and such!

First off, my lolspeak is spectacular. I run Lolcats and ICHC on Cheezburger, and had to go through rigorous lolspeak training before taking over the sites in full (I highly recommend this thesis if you haven’t read it already. The above (I am not are as well as i once was) is merely a side effect of too much lolspeak on the brain, not a demonstration. :)

Aiiight, on to the comic. We’ve got the original KYM team featured (a challenge? A throwback? A MYSTERY), can’t tell which episode from the couple of panels. At a surface read my guess is that it’s mocking internet scientists for having no concept of physical science, since humans obviously can’t survive temperatures of 5000 degrees C and have, according to the comic, poor skills when it comes to converting Celsius to Fahrenheit (AMERICANS, AMIRITE?). The punchline hits in the third panel, with the fourth being a superfluous Derp. The derp might be a reaction to us internet scientists recognizing our faults as scientists in the physical fields, or maybe whoever made it just wanted to throw in some googly eyes. I’m a sucker for googly eyes. Is it funny? Its alright… an attempt at a joke exists, but I feel it could be tightened up with slightly more relevant screenshots or maybe a really over-the-top derp at the end.

Pardon this response if it doesn’t make sense, I just got home from a six hour car ride.

Aug 27, 2012 at 03:43AM EDT
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Thanks for the thesis; I’ve read a few shorter papers on the subject, but don’t believe I’ve seen that one on particular. I’m looking forward to reading it in full later.

Aiiight, indeed… I have to say that this test was actually designed to be a test for myself as well as you. (Well, “designed” is an odd way to put it, since the comic was simply meant to be funny when it was first made.) Your approach was good, and you put in an excellent effort. In particular, your identification of the third panel as being the punchline and subsequent analysis of the meaning of the fourth panel were spot-on. Any additional failure to glean full meaning I take full responsibility for, as sometimes my striving to be funny can take my mind places where apparently few others follow. It’s probably selfish of me to use your AMA to examine this, so short version of this post ends here: You passed.

Now continuing the long response… Which episode were these pictures from? That is actually an important question, because some of the intended humor comes from the answer to that question. Patrick’s panels are from the “Leeroy Jenkins” episode, perhaps symbolic of the way some of us over-analyze memetic trends when those who simply dive in with gusto can truly say that they may be idiots, but at least they have chicken. But that’s minor in comparison to Mike’s panels.

Panel #3 is the punchline, yes, but it’s more than that. The intention of that panel was a delicate layering of multiple humorous and memetic aspects in much the way baklava is layered with phyllo dough and honey. What episode is that from?! Look at panel three and ask that again! Go ahead! The “punch” of the humor here is that there are many intertwined questions that are not answered (and a few that are not asked, but are implied).

Does Mike look like a scientist? Isn’t that really a rhetorical question? But it’s a rhetorical question that implies answer “no” with respect to the dialogue and “yes” with respect to actual appearance and the whole “Know Your Meme” video series.

How would Mike know the answer to Patrick’s question? Well, seeing as even a non-scientist like myself knows the conversion formula for temperature by heart, (9/5 °C + 32 = °F) one would certainly expect a scientist to know. So is Mike a scientist or not? AND…isn’t there implication that he knows the answer?

What’s [5000°C] in Fahrenheit? The answer is the same as the answer to What episode is that from? and should be clear from Mike’s headgear: IT’S OVER 9000!!! (9,032°F to be precise) Not only is Mike not a “real” scientist, but even when the answer being looked for is a memetic one, he still doesn’t know! Derp indeed, Patrick; derp indeed.

(My brain working like this is a big part of the reason that composing British crosswords is one of my hobbies.)

Aug 27, 2012 at 06:13AM EDT
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What is your Zoidberg costume made out of?

Aug 27, 2012 at 07:28PM EDT
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Piano wrote:

What is your Zoidberg costume made out of?

I can answer that, if I may.
The mouth piece is made of sewn and stuffed polar fleece, and the claws are made of boxing gloves and glitter. I make all of our costumes. :)

Aug 27, 2012 at 07:33PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

I can answer that, if I may.
The mouth piece is made of sewn and stuffed polar fleece, and the claws are made of boxing gloves and glitter. I make all of our costumes. :)

Bangup job, Sarah! Can I have one?

Aug 27, 2012 at 08:23PM EDT
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>Mandatory

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Aug 27, 2012 at 08:32PM EDT

Piano wrote:

Bangup job, Sarah! Can I have one?

While I think it a bit pushy and uncouth of him to even suggest such a thing, giving it a moment of thought to it, there are at least two good reasons to consider it.

1. I believe RF may have been the first KYM user to go by a variant of Zoidberg – http://knowyourmeme.com/users/DrZoidberg

2. In order to receive anything from you, he would have to either give you a mailing address or show up somewhere in person, in which case someone on KYM would finally have personal info on him. The thought is enticing…

Aug 28, 2012 at 12:23AM EDT
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How do you feel knowing that Sarah’s AMA is getting at least twice the replies from yours and attracts creeps interested in her?

Aug 28, 2012 at 08:53PM EDT
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RandomMan wrote:

How do you feel knowing that Sarah’s AMA is getting at least twice the replies from yours and attracts creeps interested in her?

I’ll take the geeks over the creeps any day. Sometimes not having a fantastic rack is pretty nice. Everyone I’ve dealt with so far has been both polite and fantastic.

Besides, you folks will see more of me in the future. No big deal. : )

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Aug 29, 2012 at 01:40AM EDT
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Jack Candle wrote:

What’s your favorite fruit, Alison?

Passion Fruit. Hands down. But that’s hard to get a hold of around here, so I’ll have to go with Pink Lady Apples. Perfect amount of tartness and sweetness.

Aug 29, 2012 at 01:41AM EDT
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ConnerABacon wrote:

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE GROTAN I see that you are a fan of Avatar the Last Airbender. What is your favorite character?

OMFG HOW DID I MISS THIS

My answer will always be Zuko, I think. He got to experience the greatest arc, and his development over the seasons (AND THE GRAPHIC NOVELS) has been a delight to watch. I will always adore Aang, Katara can suck my nuts is a nice lady, and Toph/Sokka will always duke it out for biggest badass.
I did cosplay as Azula a while back (for the infamous Avatar Party) as she is one of my favorite villains.

As for LoK…. Mako can go play in traffic for all I care. Korra is amazing, but Bolin is my fave. Can’t wait for that kid to grow out of awkward teenagerness and summon his supreme badassery. And maybe like grow a foot or two. Cuz DAMN that boy is stacked. That one scene when they’re at Asami’s pool party, and…

…what was I talking about again? Oh yeah. Awesome stuff.

Aug 29, 2012 at 01:46AM EDT
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Brucker wrote:

While I think it a bit pushy and uncouth of him to even suggest such a thing, giving it a moment of thought to it, there are at least two good reasons to consider it.

1. I believe RF may have been the first KYM user to go by a variant of Zoidberg – http://knowyourmeme.com/users/DrZoidberg

2. In order to receive anything from you, he would have to either give you a mailing address or show up somewhere in person, in which case someone on KYM would finally have personal info on him. The thought is enticing…

Nah, I can just get someone to pick the zoidberg costume up for me, or have it shipped to an acquaintance’s mailing address. You’re not thinking outside of the box!

Aug 29, 2012 at 02:03AM EDT
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WHO WAS PHONE?!

Also, would you mind giving us a brief rundown of your life as an internet scientist?

Aug 29, 2012 at 02:05AM EDT
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I DON’T KNOW PHONE

Brief rundown time! I usually swear my way out of bed every morning and stroll into the Cheez offices around 8:30 or so. For breakfast I have strong tea and a piece of toast with either nutella or lemon curd on it. My workday consists of meetings and sourcing. All that internet has to come from somewhere, y’know. A good part of my day is spent browsing for content for other sites, with a lil bit of research/writing for KYM episode stuffs. For lunch I take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood (weather permitting, of course) and then come back for more internets and music.

Evenings are spent doing rehearsals, filming, or mercilessly dominating Trivia nights.

Aug 29, 2012 at 02:15AM EDT
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Alison wrote:

I’ll take the geeks over the creeps any day. Sometimes not having a fantastic rack is pretty nice. Everyone I’ve dealt with so far has been both polite and fantastic.

Besides, you folks will see more of me in the future. No big deal. : )

Describe “more”.

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Aug 29, 2012 at 08:50PM EDT
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Alison wrote:

Passion Fruit. Hands down. But that’s hard to get a hold of around here, so I’ll have to go with Pink Lady Apples. Perfect amount of tartness and sweetness.

Bad news. Passionfruit are like the spray tanned bimbos of the fruit community. Pink lady apples are surprisingly easy to get along with…for an apple, anyway

Aug 29, 2012 at 08:55PM EDT
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Alison wrote:

OMFG HOW DID I MISS THIS

My answer will always be Zuko, I think. He got to experience the greatest arc, and his development over the seasons (AND THE GRAPHIC NOVELS) has been a delight to watch. I will always adore Aang, Katara can suck my nuts is a nice lady, and Toph/Sokka will always duke it out for biggest badass.
I did cosplay as Azula a while back (for the infamous Avatar Party) as she is one of my favorite villains.

As for LoK…. Mako can go play in traffic for all I care. Korra is amazing, but Bolin is my fave. Can’t wait for that kid to grow out of awkward teenagerness and summon his supreme badassery. And maybe like grow a foot or two. Cuz DAMN that boy is stacked. That one scene when they’re at Asami’s pool party, and…

…what was I talking about again? Oh yeah. Awesome stuff.

OKAY SO

I currently own parts one and two of the promise, and I’ve enjoyed them relatively, even though they’re not better than the show. However, one of my old roommates continuously says that the graphic novels are crap, simply because Zuko and Aang both act like the season two versions of themselves, which is a regression. Now, he’s always been a purist in EVERYTHING he partakes in, so I’m not inclined to agree, but I wanted to know your opinion.

ALSO TAKE THAT BACK ABOUT MAKO I LOVE HIM AS A CHARACTER AND I LOVE HIM AND KORRA AND BOSAMI AND CREYS

Aug 30, 2012 at 12:03AM EDT
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Hmmm, there is a jarring lack of Jamie on this page, but I’ll let it slide. For now.

What does your job at KYM fully entail? Like, I’m taking it’s a full time position. What qualifications, if any, were necessary for you to obtain said position? What separates you from all the other, volunteer researchers at this site besides being able to star in a show that Jamie Dubs was once in, and having an office/cubicle/what have you at the KYM headquarters?

Aug 30, 2012 at 12:26AM EDT
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Jack Candle wrote:

Bad news. Passionfruit are like the spray tanned bimbos of the fruit community. Pink lady apples are surprisingly easy to get along with…for an apple, anyway

You’re a racist!

Aug 30, 2012 at 01:53AM EDT
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