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ubernerd83

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  1. QUOTE (Bushbr @ Apr 5 2008, 11:47 AM) odly enough, what i have noticed is I get a CRAZY good buzz when its raining! no idea why, mayb sumtin with the humidity, percipitation, i dunno, but the half a dozen times i've smoked while it was raining, ive got kiked in the kiester by my shisha anyone else notice this? Actually, yes. My best hookah experiences have all been while sitting outside under my screened-in porch while a summer rainstorm was going on.
  2. I'm a member of the alumni advisory board for my chapter of Sigma Nu, and I'm also on the Greek Life Advisory Council (an alumni body) for my alma mater. Other than that I just smoke way too much hookah. Or, as I tell others, "More than I should, but not nearly as much as I'd like."
  3. Indianapolis

    QUOTE (SupremeOstrich @ Mar 28 2008, 09:19 PM) Anywhere good to smoke while i'm here? Restaurants etc? Much appreciated =) Yes. Both of them are in Broad Ripple: Khoury's and the Egyptian. I'm a fan of the Egyptian for the small atmosphere and better prices. And there's rumoured to be less anti-Semitism. Both serve Nakhla and Layalina. PM me if you want a smoking buddy while you're here.
  4. Brazing A Brass Hookah...

    I just so happen to work in a repair shop for musical instruments, though I am not a brass repairmen. You definitely need to get some flux to clean off the surfaces you are going to solder. Also, be sure to get solder that is not lead based, since you'll be inhaling smoke that goes through the thing (there's probably a low risk of lead-poisoning even if you don't, but it's better to be safe than sorry).
  5. Favorite Mixed Drink?

    I follow the example of the Dude and drink White Russians. Although Tattoo and Coke is quite good as well. But a good ale is still better than both of them. (Although it's a close contest with the White Russian.)
  6. I work in musical instrument repair, and we have these things called "Ultra Sonic Cleaners" we use on the brass instruments. Basicially, they're filled with heated cleaning solution mixed with water and the machine itself sends high frequency sound waves through the liquid to shake loose all the crap. It works WONDERS on the hookah. The cleaner I use is called Simple Green. It's non-toxic, biodegradable, non-carcinogenic, non-mutagenic, and all that other crap, so if for some reason I don't rinse it out well enough, I'm not going to get cancer from smoking traces of it. Or mutate into some sort of freak. Of course, this resource isn't really available to most people, but I find Simple Green to work fairly well on its own.
  7. Tangiers N00b

    QUOTE (Dunkel! @ Jan 27 2008, 12:53 PM) Stop trying and smoke something that is easy to smoke. Get some AF, Pharaoh's, or Nakhla. I don't know why people continue to buy and then complain about Tangiers. If you don't have the patience of Job don't bother with it or it will always taste like Bar b Que sauce. Just my honest opinion. I tried 3 flavors and no matter the way I packed the bowl or acclimated it, or gave it a tiny bit of heat etc. it all smelled and tasted horrible. Trying to get Tangiers to smoke right was like Actually, since starting this thread almost three months ago, I've actually managed to get Tangiers to smoke the way it's supposed to. I think. Turns out, however, that I'm not much of a fan of nicotine at that level. Ah, well.
  8. Chris From Purdue

    Most people I know that have bought hookahs from H-S have been pretty satisfied with their products. Why two hoses, though? Unless you're going to have more than about 4 people smoking at once, I find one hose is awesome for promoting conversation. And by the way, does "an hour south" mean Indianapolis? 'Cause if it does, I can point your friend in the direction of the hookah bars in town. If it means, Greencastle, however, he's SOL.
  9. Westphalianism And Post-westphalianism

    QUOTE (gaia.plateau @ Jan 20 2008, 05:17 AM) Some questions that need to be answered... - Is the international order currently one of collective security, or selective security? - Is the international system one of co-operation, or is it still the Great Powers System that has existed since 1648? Does this need to change, and why or why not? - Should Informal Violence Organizations like Al Qaeda be considered to have the legitimate use of force, given the growing popularity of this trend in the global South, and the growing scale of governmental corruption? - Are there viable alternatives to the state system, and to states? What else could work? - Which sort of system would be best for the environment? - It is commonly argued that states often become the clients of International Monetary Institutions, and this is a major argument for a shift to another system. Is there a way, alternatively, to free states in both the North and the South, from this transnational serfdom? That's all I can think of for now. If anyone has any "questions" to contribute I'll add them to the list. Ready... set... aaand Discuss. Alright...here goes: First, what do you mean by the terms "collective security" and "selective security"? I may just be slightly dense here (although most of my college training focused on comparative and American politics rather than international politics and foreign policy). Pending an answer, I guess I'll answer this question later. As far as the current state of the international system goes, I would say that it is neither the Great Powers system (or anything like it), nor is it one of true cooperation. Keeping in mind that no model can completely account for all the details (political science is so messy), I would say that the international system is dominated by a single power. And now to bring in a fancy word: hegemony. Who is the hegemon? The US, of course! The best evidence that this is the case is the lack of support in the international community for the most recent invasion of Iraq, which was accompanied by no consequences for the United States from the international community. It remains to be seen how long this hegemonic system will last, or even how long the US will remain the hegemon (hellllOOOOOOOO China). When it is replaced, however, it will likely be replaced by something consisting mainly of of supernational, regional organizations like the EU. It's possible that the seeds or large regional government have been laid by free trade agreements like NAFTA (just think about the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas) and AFTA (ASEAN Free Trade Area). It's possible that this trend will eventually go even further, and we'll end up with one world government in order to facilitate the free flow of trade. Whether or not this would be a good thing is up for debate, although my inclination is that it is a bad thing the more power becomes disconnected and distanced from the people. Those are some preliminary thoughts; your others require more thought and remembering of information from classes I took five years ago.
  10. Nakhla Mint

    QUOTE (mushrat @ Jan 19 2008, 06:08 PM) QUOTE (ubernerd83 @ Jan 19 2008, 03:30 PM) QUOTE (mushrat @ Jan 19 2008, 02:21 PM) hmm...could the mint be opening up your lungs (you know what I mean, bronchial dialator?)) thus allowing more nicotine absorbtion? The first mistake may have been smoking the Nakhla mint in the forst place mind you... Hey now...Nakhla mint was one of my first flavors, and is thus very dear to me. Also, when I'm strapped for cash, the price is hard to argue with. i understand...they do have some good flavours and I even serve it here...didn't mean to disparrage your stuff...that was kinda in jest. Well, I'm not sure I'd call it "my stuff." Since I discovered more premium brands (and graduated from college and found a steady job) I hardly ever smokeit any more. I was actually mostly joking myself. Damn interwebs and the lack of ability to effectively convey sarcasm...
  11. Westphalianism And Post-westphalianism

    QUOTE (gaia.plateau @ Jan 20 2008, 11:31 AM) A state is an internationally recognized territory containing a population and a formal government. The United States is a state, as are Germany, Pakistan, and New Zealand. I wasn't referring to the territories of the United States which are, in an example of misnomenclature, called states. Usually the term States is used to refer to the different "provinces" in the United States to differentiate between the two. (This random factoid brought to you by me still needing time to think about my reply to your original post.)
  12. Nakhla Mint

    QUOTE (mushrat @ Jan 19 2008, 02:21 PM) hmm...could the mint be opening up your lungs (you know what I mean, bronchial dialator?)) thus allowing more nicotine absorbtion? The first mistake may have been smoking the Nakhla mint in the forst place mind you... Hey now...Nakhla mint was one of my first flavors, and is thus very dear to me. Also, when I'm strapped for cash, the price is hard to argue with.
  13. Nakhla Mint

    QUOTE (mathuv @ Jan 19 2008, 11:31 AM) QUOTE (ubernerd83 @ Jan 19 2008, 04:49 PM) QUOTE (mathuv @ Jan 19 2008, 10:20 AM) Hey how come when i smoke nakla mint i feel weird? i get light headed and a bit nauseus (sp) like right now im smoking mint + peach (my peach ran out so i put a bit of mint) and its weird... this is a gd combo tho i found out also this only happens when i smoke mint by myself Maybe because of Nakla's higher niccotine content? (Just pulling things out of my ass at this point.) Although any type of mint used to do that to me. cant be. i switched bowls and just finished smoking nakhla cola Then I'm going to go ahead and blame aliens. Or the government.
  14. Which Languages Do You Speak?

    I'd like to think I speak English quite fluently, and got by quite easily with my a-little-better-than-rudimentary German skills when I was in Berlin.
  15. Nakhla Mint

    QUOTE (mathuv @ Jan 19 2008, 10:20 AM) Hey how come when i smoke nakla mint i feel weird? i get light headed and a bit nauseus (sp) like right now im smoking mint + peach (my peach ran out so i put a bit of mint) and its weird... this is a gd combo tho i found out also this only happens when i smoke mint by myself Maybe because of Nakla's higher niccotine content? (Just pulling things out of my ass at this point.) Although any type of mint used to do that to me.