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Hello, I'm theymos (Michael). I specialize in computer questions. I will usually not answer other types of questions.Over 2000 questions answered, for great justice. I am very experienced with Windows XP and Vista, I know enough about Linux to use it well, and I've never used a Mac in my life.

While I am not nearly as active on Advicenators as I once was, feel free to send me private questions or links to interesting public questions.

I currently dual-boot XP and Vista. I use Vista primarily, with XP for games. If your problem is particularly interesting, I am able to boot into XP or even install an operating system on a spare computer.

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Question:
I was just wondering and wanted to ask....What do you think about first cousins dating each other??
theymos's answer:
I don't have any problem with it. It is taboo because children of cousins have a slightly higher risk of genetic defects, and the abhorrence of incest was therefore selected for evolutionarily.

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Question:
Okay so I have an Nextel i560 and I was wondering what site I could go to, to download nextel ringtones. I hate them complimentary sites because I always read that small little writing an come to find it doesn't support nextel. Also I am not looking to downloading any from the nextel site itself they are way to expensive. So if their was any way I could get a free site or something that offers them at a cheap price I need sites!!! Thank you for any help, I Appreciate it!

-MYXER tones I already tried it def works but wont let me save it onto my ringtones I called nextel an they said they dont support that site so yeah if any with that site dont bother because I have tried an it doesn't work-
theymos's answer:
only search advicenators.com


http://www.nextpimp.com/ seems legitimately free, though I don't have any experience with them.

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Question:
i want to talk to someone my age from a different country like a penpal over email
anyone have any ideas where i can find one?
theymos's answer:
only search advicenators.com

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Question:
Okay so this may sound strange but i need to ask.

Im white and NOT racist whatsoever. But whenever im describing a person to someone its easy to say he/she is black or white.

But when i say someones black, a part of me inside feels like im sounding racist. Im not sure what to call African Americans in a non-racist nice way.

I will take any anwsers but anwsers from any thats african american would be nice.
theymos's answer:
Call them black. I never call someone African American. What if they are black but not from Africa, or not American?

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Question:
but like in a physical kind of love not a best friend love (well both), she likes to lead me on but she's straight. what should i do?
theymos's answer:
**edit: I know what you wanted, the search is tailored to get what you want. Including (lesbian OR straight OR gay) ensures the question you find talks somehow about their sexual orientation(as you do), and (like OR love) is included because some people say "like" instead of "love". The search was to get results, not to make a point, I just included results of... to show you that advicenators gets a lot of similar questions(297), and you should have searched using the built in search feature or google(google works better)**

http://tinyurl.com/2cyszv
Results 1 - 10 of about 297 from advicenators.com for "best friend" (like OR love) (lesbian OR straight OR gay)

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Question:
One of my friends called me today to ask me if I could help her with an assignment on weakness and strength and she brought up this question "Do the strong opress the weak today?" and I started thinking about it.. at first I said "not really, the rich give to the poor, the physically strong help work out with the physically weak, the mentally strong give advice to those weaker etc" cause i mean we are good and considerate as humasn we try to help, we dont think "i cant help this person cause then he'd be stronger than me" we're not like that, but she seemed convinces that the world was evil- agreed, it is, bad things happen, but it has nothing to do with the strong opressing the weak, does it? What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree with her or me?
theymos's answer:
**Edit: There's not much you can do. Be careful not to spend your money frivolously, donate it when you can. Join an anti-capitalism group, or spread the word about the harm capitalism causes(like I've done with this answer). Don't be stressed about it, though; the weight of the world isn't on you alone.**

The electricity you're using to read this right now comes from a power plant. That power plant is staffed by hundreds of people that are paid minimum wage. Hundreds of thousands of components in that factory comes from China, where workers are paid almost nothing. A large amount of the coal in that power plant comes from Africa, where 22 people have died in the time it took you to read up to this point from malnutrition, wars, and general poverty*. These people must work to survive, and they can't leave their situation. They are slaves, working for nothing or almost nothing so that you can ask advice on the internet.

The cause of this tragedy is capitalism. Everything that supports capitalism further irritates the situation. Oppression is defined as the use of power to a group of people's detriment. By spending any money, you are making the capitalist hierarchy bigger and more clearly defined; you are using your power(money) to hurt a group of people(the poor). So yes, you are oppressing millions of people, and I agree with your friend.


(*based on the difference between US death rate and African death rate)

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Question:
Has anyone tried inserted a sleeping friend’s hand in a bowl of warm water at a sleepover? Tell me if it works! It’s a good prank for next April fools day.i don’t get why they don’t wake up and doesn’t the water get cold quick?
theymos's answer:
It's the cold water that does it. You use room temperature(that cools slowly) water so they don't notice.

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Question:
hello sir/mam i needed some advice regarding a friend ...this person a girl in the library looked at me for 15 -20 days in the library where i studied i could make out that she will come and talk and she came asked my name and i started wishing her than i had some family problem in the meantime i could see that she was moving out with a guy one of her batchmates so even though i wanted to talk i stayed away as i did not want to interfere..than one day she came and sat just in front of me looking at me that day i put a letter on her car saying that it will be nice to know you and i gave my tel no.. and i heard her telling her friends about this than i sent her 4 e-mails and wished her best of luck fot her exam by sending an sms and told her that i was the one who sent her an sms and she thanked me for wishing her than i called her and asked her on how did the exam go she talked nicely but told me that she was slightly busy i apologized and thought that she will call me up whenever she is free she did not call but after 2days she came to the library all decked up looking nice and looked at me as if to talk and i thought that she would talk as this the first time i sent e-mails to someone like this and i was hesitant and confused whether she wants that i talk to her now and one of her batchmates told me that she had a boyfriend for last 5months a third person i was confused that why than should she look at me and why than did she come and talk ...after that i asked her one of her batchmates she told me that yes she has a boyfriend and she was also went around with another guy in between and she did tell her that i sent her e-mails after that i avoid her but just the other day we have a small cafe and i was standing there she came closee to me in the cafe but did not wish me neither did i and in one of the e-mails i sent her i wrote to her that she looks nice in suits and a white one and she came that day close to me wearing that dress but did not wish me neither did i so iam very confused whether she wants that i talk or not it would be very kind if you could advice whether this person is interested or not or is she someone who just wants to try at each and every one ,we all get many chances like this but we know how to behave how mouch distance to keep and i am a slightly simple guy who values his culture so feeling a bit akward in all this ...thank you she would follow in her acr get up to come to cafe when get up it has been 6 months now in the meantime on a festive occassion i wished her she wished me back now i came back after 4 months and wished on her birthday but did not get any reply now should oi forget or proceed how please advice she never e mailed me because she i think was stuck up with a boy but would do these indirect things but wont show interst like i send her mails now even i have not sent her since last 8 months

theymos's answer:
You just wrote a 618 word sentence. You read that correctly, six hundred and eighteen words in a single sentence. What. The. Fuck.

It sounds to me like the person isn't interested, and is either teasing you or you are misinterpreting their actions.

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Question:
Hey, this is kind of a menial question, so yeah. But uh tonight I got invited to two birthday parties that start around the same time. One, is my best friend "Margaret's" birthday. We're going to Maccaroni Grill and that's it. The other is my friend from tennis, "Lucy". Lucy is pretty popular on the team and I really was happy she invited me and I want to get to know her well and stuff. But, Margaret is my best friend. At first I was like, Ok i'm defidently going to Margaret's. But.. idk. Lucy's party is we're going shopping and then spending the night at a hotel. Both are sweet 16 birthdays. My parents suggested going out to eat with Margaret and then going to spend the night with Lucy. But since me and LUcy aren't like besssttt friends, i dont' want to seem like a lot of trouble since I'm not even one of her good friends. Does that make sense? well, please reply asap! thankks!
theymos's answer:
This definitely isn't my kind of question. I recommend you spend at least some time at margaret's, since she's your best friend. Give that first priority, but if you can manage to go to Lucy's then do that too.

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im 14 ~today was my bday ~valentines day ~all i could think about was my bff since 4th grade~hes a guy ~ive been staring to really like him and he likes me we both no we like eachother ~my family doesnt really care about me tht much and dont say o yes they do ~bc they dont they told me ~i hate them ~they fogot it was my bday till like noon and ive only been talkin about it for days ~his family is just like mine ~were both deppressed when were apart~my bff he was the first person to tell me happy bday and even sing it ~which was left on a message on my cell at 9:00am the time i was born years ago ~i called him back ~it was so sweet ~someone cares about me atleast ~one person in my life ~i really love him and he really loves me but every1 who dates ends up hating eachother i no we wouldnt hate eachother but ~hes the only person in my life tht cares about me ~should we date ~i dont wana lose the only person who cares and loves me ~and yes im gothic depressed but can u blame me!!! ~my parents dont care his parents dont care any of my cousins dont care no1 else cares about me!!!!!!!! exept him i love him i dont ever want to loose him ~and if we ever do date he cant come over as much ~we cant go anywhere alone anymore ~what do i do ~i hate my life ~but i love him with all my heart ~i got only the present from him today ~i dont really care about the present i just wanted to be with him 2day thats all i wanted for my bday ~i cry myself to sleep every night im cryin my eyes out right now and hes the ONLY person to ever see me cry exept my mom since i was like 5 ~what should i do i dont wana loose the only person in my life we both love eachother as bff and as bf gf ~and no im not going to see anyone for all my problems ~hes the only person i can talk to ~i hav tried to kill myself befor~before i met him~hes means the world to me i mean the world to him~we only have eachother ~we might runaway together ~NOBODY WILL CARE EVRY1 NOS NO1 WILL ~im not sein a pyscyatrist ~what do i do ~OMG SUM1 PLZ HELP ME
theymos's answer:
I don't have any useful advice, but I wanted to wish you a happy birthday. It sounds like your friend knows how you feel, and I'm sure everything will work out well with him.

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Question:
My predicament is pretty complicated, I gotta say. I don't really want flimsy answers or something that's just going to reiterate what I've typed down. Solutions people, I need soluttionnnssss.

Ok. So. To start at the beginning I met this guy. I'm practically the only democrat in my school so when I met him and found out he was a democrat I was more attracted to him. So we've talked for a long time and he's been really nice, and I draw in class and he's taken an interest in my art and all that stupid sappy cheesy CRAP.

But anyway. One day he tells me he's making a Bolshevik's club at my school. I had no idea what the Bolshevik's were; I just assumed it wasn't anything bad because he wasn't a bad person and we seemed to share the same views. He showed me what he wanted, and it was a girl and a boy standing side by side and the arms closest to eachother are raised. The girl is holding a sickle and the boy is holding a hammer-thing, and they're crossing them. So I just agreed and said I'd try and get it done over the weekend.

Well I come home, and decide to do some research on these 'bolsheviks'. Sadly, I came to find they were communists. Communism is not something I believe in. It is an extremely left wing theory where all classes are to be equal. I don't think anybody can excell or live up to their full potential that way. I just don't find it fair, or right.. if we lived in a communist world what would the point of trying be?

So I was naturally appalled that I had agreed to endorse this club with my drawing. But what was I going to do? I still kind of like this guy even if he is a little extreme, but I don't want to support communism with my drawing (the drawing would be used on flyers around my school to support the club)

So, I have to have come to a solution by sunday night, at least.. help me, please?
theymos's answer:
The point of (true) communism is that everyone *starts* equal. Ever person born receives the exact same treatment, and the same opportunities. If people work hard they can be better off then other people, but their children will not get an inheritance, and they will have to work as hard as anyone to get the same benefits of their parents. The USSR, Cuba, and China are horrible examples of communism. A good example of modern communism, adapted to the times, and the failures of communism in the past is the ideas presented on http://alllla.com . Since your friend specifically likes the Bolsheviks, you might want to point out to him that USSR communism(which the Bolsheviks started) is very dissimilar to the original Marxist communism, which he probably wants. Furthermore, Marxist communism is very old, and would need to be changed to be used in today's world. You might also want to point out that a revolutionary group like the Bolsheviks are likely to attract negative attention. Maybe you could show him less extreme, but still anti-capitalist ideas, like the ones on http://alllla.com . I'm sure he will listen to your objections, as long as you know the facts, and not just capitalist propaganda.

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Question:
Okay so i have this friend lets call him jack. well i think that jack cuts himself. because i asked him and he said dont worry about it. and he kept saying that. and yeah. so i think he cuts because if he didnt he would just say no right?
any ideas what i should do about it?
thanks in advance :)
theymos's answer:
It's his business, leave him alone about it. If you really want to help him you can tell someone about it, but then he'll hate you forever.

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Question:
Well since Christmas is coming up soon, and new years too. I want to throw a party. I’ve got everything planned… but I have 1 little problem-

You see, I met these 2 girls last year. Amy and Laura. Well, I did something really stupid.
I like both of these girls as friends, but then this year, we separated into different school classes. Amy and I have classes together, but then Laura doesn’t see us at all in school.

Well, there are some things that Laura has done, that Amy didn’t like. So pretty much, Amy hates Laura, but Laura still likes Amy.
Now here comes my stupid thing- I told Amy that I didn’t like Laura either! I don’t know why I told her that.

But whenever I do see Laura in school, she thinks I like her, and I do! So we talk to each other, but then whenever Amy comes, I have to lie and tell her that I don’t like Laura.

Well, My problem is… I don’t know what to do about the party. Should I invite both girls?? If I invite Laura, Amy will get mad and will hate me because I lied to her. But if I don’t invite Laura, she’ll find out about the party, and will hate me because I didn’t invite her. I’m really stuck in the middle!!!!!!

I don’t know if I should tell Amy that I’m friends with Laura, but then risk my friendship with Amy. Or just keep lying to Amy?

HELP!

Signed, confused!
theymos's answer:
either pick one, or tell amy the truth before the party

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Question:
i have been with mi bf for 6 months and i really hav no idea what 2 get him. i hav $200 to spend so what shuld i get him.plz help me!!!!
theymos's answer:
if you meant to ask everyone and not just me, click "get advice" in the upper left. My advice is to look at this site:
http://presentpicker.com/ppp/quick/quick.html

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Question:
I have this friend.She is a really great person to be around but sometimes she hits me for no reason.She pulls my hair and i yell at her and tell her to stop but she keeps on doing it anyways.What should i do?I already talked to her about it.
theymos's answer:
do the same things to her as hard as you can whenever she does

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Question:
Ugh...I noticed for a while that people seemed to be giggling when they were behind me, but I always thought maybe I was just being paranoid or something and just sort of ignored it. One day I was on the bench waiting for the bus when this group of girls started laughing and saying "oh my gosh" so I turned around and asked them "what's so funny?"
and one of them was like "your butt crack is totally hanging out!"
I thought she was joking but I felt back there and found out she was right. Later I told one of my friends about happened and he sort of turned red and looked away. And then he admitted that "yeah, that happens to you all the time. That's sort of what you're known for." I suddenly felt really bad and burst into tears which, as a guy, is really embarrassing and I know sounds really stupid. He apologized for never telling me, he said he was afraid it would make me feel bad.
Anyways, Im having a really hard time dealing with the fact that everyone I know has seen my butt crack and that Im known as the "plumber butt" guy. I feel like my dignity is gone. Ive bought new pants and fixed the "crack" problem but I cant get rid of this shame.
theymos's answer:
Everyone will forget about it in a few months, don't worry.

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Question:
I have this one friend. He is decent enough offline, but online he is extremely annoying. He IMs me the second I sign on and if I do not answer any of his IMs withing thirty seconds, he spams my IM with "PLZZZZ TLKKKK!!" and such. Seriously, one time he was doing that to my away message for over an hour. He is also pretending to like A Clockwork Orange because I do, which is extremely irritating. He even talks like them now. He is also obsessed with the 60s and that is one of the only things he ever talks about. I can't tell him because it'll really hurt him, but...ugh, he greatly annoys me online. I've tried not answering what he writes or saying I'm busy at the moment, but you can only do that for so long. Blocking him is not an option because we have the same friends pretty much.

Any ideas on what to do?
theymos's answer:
Tell him or deal with it. He'll get over anything you say eventually.

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