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jb2ja

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  1. I've actually known a situation in which a mixed group was doing long days of field work and the person who was least comfortable urinating outside happened to be one of the guys. Toward the end of one day he decided to hold it in rather than pee outside because he figured he'd be able to go to a real bathroom soon. They ended up getting delayed on the drive back, and (although he didn't admit it to anyone at the time) he was pretty desperate by the time they got to their destination. I don't think I've had any such experiences on a truly group scale, though - where multiple people of one
  2. I hesitate a little with forward-looking statements like this. Time for writing is not as abundant as I'd like it to be, and you might be surprised at how many hours go into one of these stories. But, since you asked: Another of Lauren's adventures is currently under development, and (while I wish I could be more precise) with any luck you'll have it some time this year. It's nice to know you're not tired of her yet!
  3. She sounds like a keeper. Has she ever gotten to go when you didn't?
  4. Thank you all for your kind words. I'm glad the story did not disappoint.
  5. The following is the third in the Lauren's Game series. Here are links to the first and second. Lauren's Game 3: Dialogue ====================== Everyone knew what it felt like to have the need. A sort of fullness in the lower abdomen. A tingling of the genitalia. The sort of feeling that usually sent one looking for a little room with a little receptacle into which one could release the fluid that was causing all those sensations. And, for most people, most of the time, it was a mundane enough occurrence. A nuisance, perhaps. An interruption to whatever they were doing.
  6. I liked the way these signs incorporated the beverages that made people need to use those rooms
  7. Imouto: Yes, that's the symbol we're talking about. To TVGuy's point, the following 1917 paper observes that it was (at the time) the predominant interpretation that an entire product to the left or right of a division sign would be regarded as the numerator or denominator. And that paper points out that it was inconsistent with the stated rules of order of operations, but that it was (at the time) what such expressions were widely understood to mean. Lennes, N. J. “Discussions: Relating to the Order of Operations in Algebra.” The American Mathematical Monthly 24.2 (1917): 93-95. We
  8. To clarify, are you contending that the obelus specifically is to be interpreted differently from the solidus? Is 6÷2(2+1) different from 6/2(2+1)? Or do you believe both are 1? I am also curious as to where you would land on the interpretation of log(10). In my experience, most Americans would evaluate that as 1. If an American intends to use base e instead of base 10, they'll typically write it as ln(10) = 2.302... But in many other countries, the prevailing interpretation is that "log"refers to the natural log. Is one side wrong here? Does whether they're wrong depend on whether
  9. This feels to me like any number of ambiguous sentences you might find on the internet. If I said "I saw a man on a hill with a telescope," did I have the telescope or did the man? Neither answer is wrong, and if you're trying to communicate effectively you'll probably try to avoid expressions like this. Mathematics is, in a way, a language. And how you write it down is just a matter of convention. Under your interpretation, where everything to the left of the obelus is the numerator and everything to the right is the denominator, it is perhaps appealing that the distributive prope
  10. I think the Mictaran world is fair game. In addition to your proposal of inventing your own characters and citing this original work, I would ask that you not use the phrase "the human's room" in your title to avoid confusion with any sequels I might write in future.
  11. You're right that I don't find time to write very often, but I too would like to think we'll see more of Toby and Kyrana eventually.
  12. The following story contains both male and female desperation and peeing. It is set on an extraterrestrial world inhabited by both humans and another humanoid species. The Human's Room ================ Toby and Kyrana had been talking for almost an hour. It was their first time spending any real time together, outside of some idle chatter before or after class, but the two were becoming fast friends—perhaps even more than friends. There was a time when that sort of thing would've been frowned upon, even scandalous. She with her blue skin and antennae, and he with his pink sk
  13. I believe I once read somewhere about airlines thinking about a concept for electronically queueing for the lavatory on an airplane so passengers wouldn't have to actually stand in line. Someone commented that hopefully there would be a mechanism for a child having an emergency to cut the line. Perhaps there's a bit of an attitude that any adult in that predicament got there through their own fault. I seem to also recall reading about standing in line for airport security, and expediting people whose flights are about to leave. The observation was that Americans tended to have the of
  14. The following is a sequel to my previous story, Lauren’s Game. It contains male and female desperation and peeing. Lauren’s Game 2: Beach Trip ===================== Lauren had been itching to get out of town all week. Fall was starting to give way to winter, and pretty soon there wouldn’t be much opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. It wasn’t the ideal time of year for a beach trip, she had to admit. It certainly wasn’t swimming weather. But the shore was less than hour’s drive away, and bundled up in jeans and sweatshirts and maybe some blankets, their destination at least
  15. I had not noticed that. It was not intentional.
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