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Re: Random natterings

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:36 am UTC

Dthen wrote:
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she's also really, really pretty. and fluffy. and a wonderful cuddler.
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AWESOME. CONGRATULATIONS.

Nice to see you supporting your fellow country people there (are we still doing this? do you still not mind?)
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Re: Random natterings

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Dthen wrote:
WilliamTheConqueror wrote:my s/o and i got a kitten today! :D her name is peppersteak and she is one of the sweetest kittens i've ever met.

she's also really, really pretty. and fluffy. and a wonderful cuddler.
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AWESOME. CONGRATULATIONS.

ConCATulations?
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Dthen » Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:25 pm UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:
Dthen wrote:
WilliamTheConqueror wrote:my s/o and i got a kitten today! :D her name is peppersteak and she is one of the sweetest kittens i've ever met.

she's also really, really pretty. and fluffy. and a wonderful cuddler.
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AWESOME. CONGRATULATIONS.

Nice to see you supporting your fellow country people there (are we still doing this? do you still not mind?)


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Re: Random natterings

Postby poxic » Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:32 pm UTC

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Re: Random natterings

Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:38 am UTC

The screenshot doesn't capture the spread of the voting though. Sometimes a "Cat" can get -40 points, other times it gets +150 and reddit gold. That subreddit is pretty hilarious.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:01 pm UTC

Which subreddit is it? It doesn't appear to be anything as simple as r/cat or r/cats.
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Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:16 pm UTC

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:Which subreddit is it? It doesn't appear to be anything as simple as r/cat or r/cats.


/r/CatsStandingUp
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Re: Random natterings

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:40 pm UTC

Oh, weird. I'm fairly sure I was aware of that subreddit as a place where pictures of cats standing up got posted, but was somehow unaware of the nothing but "Cat." thing.
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Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:42 pm UTC

To be fair, I don't think it's a subreddit where you'd expect the comments to be particularly interesting, so it makes sense if you never checked them out.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby BartholomewRoberts » Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:13 am UTC

I just have a bone to pick with the XKCD creator. I am a liberal arts major. I find the jokes about math and computers damned funny. I GET them. I programmed computers for 30 years. And I used to take math courses FOR FUN!! And also so I could torment the economists I worked with.
On the other hand the jokes in XKCD about religion are pretty lame. If you learn religion beyond 5th grade Sunday School you will find some damned funny stuff. Sections of Aquinas' Summas are hilarious. Kierkegaard can be funny or depressing. It depends on how you approach him.
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Postby ucim » Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:07 pm UTC

BartholomewRoberts wrote:...On the other hand the jokes in XKCD about religion are pretty lame...

Well, it's advertised as "A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." Religion is not mentioned; it's sort of a bonus, kind of like using a drug off-label. (Well, it's actually not at all like that, but there you go!) You could try your hand at the XKCDSW thread; heresy is always appreciated there. :)

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Felstaff » Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:07 am UTC

I never click on 'recommended links' at the end of web pages (anything with a Taboola or Outbrain link, "If you don't have life insurance, you better know THIS", "10 raccoons boarded the 14:27 to Philly; what happened next will break your heart", etc.) but damn if this one wasn't confusing enough to warrant a hit.

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Postby ucim » Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:24 pm UTC

Felstaff wrote:but damn if this one wasn't confusing enough to warrant a hit.
...and...?

What did you find out? Enquiring minds want to know!

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Felstaff » Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:57 pm UTC

It's a Vice Motherboard puff piece on the Kindle Cover Disasters tumblr, from about 2015.
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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:33 pm UTC

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Postby Quercus » Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:09 pm UTC

My Carcassonne Big Box arrived today. I'm super excited! So many lovely expansions! (I've only played the base game before, and that's my favourite game ever)

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Quercus wrote:My Carcassonne Big Box arrived today. I'm super excited! So many lovely expansions! (I've only played the base game before, and that's my favourite game ever)


That is a good game. You got the Atlanteans?

Btw Do you guys think it's ethical to have a low-cost, zero frills wedding? I mean, it's a lot of money but then again you are supporting jobs in the wedding industry
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Postby Deva » Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:32 pm UTC

Sees nothing ethical or unethical about it. Hardly seems like your obligation. Supports other people with the money saved too, theoretically.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Quercus » Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:51 pm UTC

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Quercus wrote:My Carcassonne Big Box arrived today. I'm super excited! So many lovely expansions! (I've only played the base game before, and that's my favourite game ever)


That is a good game. You got the Atlanteans?


I can't find any reference to that in Carcassonne - it's an expansion for Imperial Settlers though (which I've never played)??

The Big Box came with the River (I), Inns and Cathedrals, Builders and Traders, Wheel of Fortune and Hills and Sheep. I've also ordered The Phantom (got very well reviewed, and wasn't too expensive, so I thought I might as well), but it hasn't arrived yet.

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Postby Angua » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:18 pm UTC

Awesome! Have you ever tried out the caveman version? Can't remember exact name but it's pretty good.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby ameretrifle » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:23 pm UTC

Btw Do you guys think it's ethical to have a low-cost, zero frills wedding? I mean, it's a lot of money but then again you are supporting jobs in the wedding industry

Well, yeah, but by not buying pickled pigs' feet right now you are totally failing in your duty to support the pickled pigs' feet industry. I suppose I could've picked the wrong example, but somehow I expect you're not rushing to the store right now in a paroxysm of guilt. But your local pig farmers! You bastard.

Honestly, I have serious doubts about the existence of a moral imperative to financially support any industry, particularly out of wartime. I can see the backing small/local-business movement, what with all the conglomerates these days, but I think even that tends to be a matter of choosing where to source your needs, not artificially manufacturing new ones for the sake of the economy. Because fuck that.

This goes triple for the wedding industry, as well, given that it's been so ludicrously built up by so many cultural sources, most of them glomping on like leeches to people who are under familial and social pressure to throw a lavish shindig, or else you'll bring shame on your family and cousin Joe will hate your forever and what will you say to your kids when they ask for the 3D video?? If you look at any sort of wedding discussion these days, anything under like 50 people is "eloping" now and you might as well just personally flip your family the bird before flying off to Vegas to get hitched by Elvis and then change your names and live off the grid so that they can never find you again, no matter how many PIs they hire. It may come as a surprise given my framing of the issue, but I find this to be arrant bullshit.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to throw a sweet party with your wedding. I don't think it's wise to ruin your financial future for it, but that's not a given, and it's none of my business. But I don't think people who don't want all the bells and whistles should be pressured to go through with it anyway. I can see capitulating to shut your family up if they're annoying bastards that way, but "think of the economy!"? Jesus. Come on. No. Do what you god damn want.

Source: had super tiny wedding and only slightly less tiny reception, 10/10 would ruin a wedding planner's livelihood again

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Re: Random natterings

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:27 am UTC

A+ rant, would read again
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Re: Random natterings

Postby ObsessoMom » Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:27 am UTC

Re: weddings: Who's paying for it?

If the parents are paying for it, it's THEIR party. They get to use it as an excuse to throw a big, obnoxious blow-out to impress THEIR friends, most of whom the couple don't know.

My husband and I are both shy, awkward people, and didn't want to start our new life together in a huge crowd of strangers. So the small, no-frills party we paid for ourselves 23 years ago was perfect for us. It seems to have worked--we're still happily hitched.

We really kept the costs down. We invited 32 guests, including the priest who officiated, for a nice lunch at a hotel near the church. We had no DJ, no alcohol, and no professional photographer or videographer--the only pictures were taken by guests, and the results look very amateurish, but we don't care. (If you are the sort of person who WILL care someday, pay for a professional photographer or you will regret it.) I did pay to have my hair and makeup done professionally, because I'm hopeless at that crap, and the peace of mind from knowing it was done correctly was well worth the money. I wore my sister's wedding dress, so that was free. I had a maid of honor but no bridesmaids, so I told my best friend she could wear any dress she wanted. She looked awesome.

I did have one aunt who, until the day she died, remained pissed off about not making it onto our limited guest list. Beforehand, she was concerned that she hadn't received an invitation to my wedding shower (because there was no wedding shower--I felt bad about hitting people up for gifts when I knew they weren't going to be invited to the ceremony and reception, so I told my maid of honor not to bother organizing a shower). Then my aunt repeatedly asked to be invited to the wedding itself. I repeatedly answered that it was going to be a small ceremony and reception, with just immediate family and a few close friends. She kept asking and hinting. But I didn't like her anyway, and the more she tried to bully us into including her, the better I felt about standing firm. If she'd been there, she probably would have been finding fault with everything and radiating negativity. So even though it meant listening to bitter lectures about the importance of family whenever we saw her for the rest of her life, leaving her out was totally worth it.

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Postby Zohar » Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:34 am UTC

Well, I can tell you the city-hall wedding we did so I can get my Green Card only had us two, my parents, his parents, his sister and her boyfriend, so a total of eight people. We had a really fun and emotional weekend, had amazing food at excellent restaurants, and it ended up super cheap compared to a real wedding.

Of course, now we're having a bigger thing in September, mostly because he wants to celebrate with more friends and his family wants to celebrate with all their aunts, uncles, and cousins. We're planning to have around 100-120 guests, and while I'm sure it will be great fun, I would have probably been fine with only the first wedding.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Quercus » Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:00 am UTC

Angua wrote:Awesome! Have you ever tried out the caveman version? Can't remember exact name but it's pretty good.

I never have, I'll try it out if I can find it in any of the London board game bars/cafes

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Postby You, sir, name? » Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:18 pm UTC

Well fuck.

I think I've become one of those extroverted people. Which sucks because I've been quite introverted, and built my life around getting the solitude I needed.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby ucim » Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:01 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:I think I've become one of those extroverted people. Which sucks because I've been quite introverted, and built my life around getting the solitude I needed.


Hmmm... "becoming one of those extroverted people" means (to me anyway) enjoying being around people. This is great - it's a new source of enjoyment. I take it your unmolpishness is from the fact that you've already set yourself up to not have people around. I suppose it would suck if you've actually set things up to not be able to have people around. Is that the case?

In any case, being from both sides, as it were, you can now write about how each side is doing it wrong by the other side. You could have a great publishing career! :)

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Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:30 pm UTC

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You, sir, name? wrote:I think I've become one of those extroverted people. Which sucks because I've been quite introverted, and built my life around getting the solitude I needed.


Hmmm... "becoming one of those extroverted people" means (to me anyway) enjoying being around people. This is great - it's a new source of enjoyment. I take it your unmolpishness is from the fact that you've already set yourself up to not have people around. I suppose it would suck if you've actually set things up to not be able to have people around. Is that the case?


Yeah, exactly. I find people give me energy (it used to drain me), and being alone makes me antsy (it used to make me relaxed). While I haven't moved to a remote island, I've pretty much limited my social circles to the degree it takes quite a lot of work to actually have people around, because they too are introverts. It's almost easier to just chat up strangers at this point :-/

ucim wrote:In any case, being from both sides, as it were, you can now write about how each side is doing it wrong by the other side. You could have a great publishing career! :)


I actually might. I'm on this sabbatical soul searching year. Already had a revelation or two, might be something you could assemble into a book ;)
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Neil_Boekend » Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:34 pm UTC

You seem young so I expect you to be able to find additional friends to be extrovert with.
You seem smart so I expect you to be able to keep your old friends by not overloading them.
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Postby ucim » Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:46 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:It's almost easier to just chat up strangers at this point :-/
That's how you make new friends. Go for it. :)

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Postby Jumble » Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:02 pm UTC

I've been trying to avoid getting into Game of Thrones. It's not that I'm above a bit of Tolkien-esque escapism, I just don't have time. But having followed politics this week I don't think I need to.

Think about the parallels. We have Nicola Sturgeon, resolute queen in the North. Michael 'Ramsey Bolton' Gove, having just treacherously stabbed his father, sorry, colleague now faces elimination in the Tory leadership election first round Battle of the Bastards. If by some miracle he survived that he would be roasted alive by Mother of Dragons Theresa May. All to sit on the most uncomfortable chair in the land, that of the U.K. Prime Minister when, socially, economically and politically, Winter is Coming.

Meanwhile the Labour Party is living its own gothic fantasy horror, having elected Denethor as leader of the party. However, hopefully, the Eagles are coming!

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Postby Deva » Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:07 pm UTC

Happened since the forum migration. Will not add new threads. Updates threads in your first page of results correctly. Places threads in your second page of results at the top of the second page.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby addams » Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:09 pm UTC

Ho-Hum.

400 hundred years of Peace.
Some of it Sublime, ...

Hardly a word written or spoken about it.


War I, War II, The Anticipated Sequel,
The American Civil War,

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That was Five Mays. Right?


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Four hundred years of Peace.
We hardly know a thing about it.

War?
We must Really, Really like it.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby ThemePark » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:10 pm UTC

So today I saw a man with a parrot on his shoulder, dragging a big white giraffe on a rolling board and made of some sort of cloth and with writing on it, followed by a woman.

I'd really like to know what hallucinogen I've inadvertently taken today.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Deva » Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:34 pm UTC

addams wrote:Ho-Hum.

400 hundred years of Peace.
Some of it Sublime, ...

Hardly a word written or spoken about it.


War I, War II, The Anticipated Sequel,
The American Civil War,

(Five Mays?
That was Five Mays. Right?


AHH! Even I do it!

Four hundred years of Peace.
We hardly know a thing about it.

War?
We must Really, Really like it.

(I sure picked the Wrong Horse to root for.)

Always found wars the most interesting during History class. Likens it to a story's major conflict. Drives friendship. Creates new technology. Reshapes borders. Spawns hatred. Leads to the next story's conflict.

Presumes economic depression to be peacetime's usual conflict. Arguably works like a mystery novel. Who/what will everyone blame? Reveals it too early, unfortunately. Ruins it with a zombie apocalypse story after that. Attempts to escape the horde of poverty. Spends lots of time on simply surviving. Chases an unrealistic hope. Deals with a friend slowly turning poor. Usually ends up poor too. Stumbles upon safety occasionally, though. Would not buy it again.

Never particularly liked History or The Grapes of Wrath, however.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby addams » Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:25 pm UTC

Deva wrote:Addams' post:
Spoiler:
addams wrote:Ho-Hum.

400 hundred years of Peace.
Some of it Sublime, ...

Hardly a word written or spoken about it.


War I, War II, The Anticipated Sequel,
The American Civil War,

(Five Mays?
That was Five Mays. Right?


AHH! Even I do it!

Four hundred years of Peace.
We hardly know a thing about it.

War?
We must Really, Really like it.

(I sure picked the Wrong Horse to root for.)

Always found wars the most interesting during History class.

Likens it to a story's major conflict. Drives friendship. Creates new technology. Reshapes borders. Spawns hatred. Leads to the next story's conflict.
Yes. I've been led to understand, wars do to the human soul what the Blacksmith does to ore.

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Spoiler:
Presumes economic depression to be peacetime's usual conflict. Arguably works like a mystery novel. Who/what will everyone blame? Reveals it too early, unfortunately. Ruins it with a zombie apocalypse story after that. Attempts to escape the horde of poverty. Spends lots of time on simply surviving. Chases an unrealistic hope. Deals with a friend slowly turning poor. Usually ends up poor too. Stumbles upon safety occasionally, though. Would not buy it again.

Never particularly liked History or The Grapes of Wrath, however.
I agree with you about History, in general and The Grapes of Wrath, in particular.

But; No, Deva;
I have to argue with you on your second point.

"Presumes economic depression to be peacetime's usual conflict. "

No, Deva; Peace and Prosperity go hand in hand like peas and carrots.

Peace and Prosperity are symbiotic.
Each one needs the other.

To be fair to your point,
(if I understood your point)
Spoiler:
It is possible for Hawks to buy Peace and Quiet for themselves
while being gleefully entertained by the suffering of others.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Deva » Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:23 am UTC

addams wrote:But; No, Deva;
I have to argue with you on your second point.

"Presumes economic depression to be peacetime's usual conflict. "

No, Deva; Peace and Prosperity go hand in hand like peas and carrots.

Peace and Prosperity are symbiotic.
Each one needs the other.

Did not mean to imply peace leads to poverty. Experiences prosperity and poverty during peacetime. (Example: Roaring Twenties and Great Depression.) Concerns people throughout good and bad times, however1. Takes center stage without war hogging it. Faces hardship from financial circumstances and/or receiving the blame. Influences many stories’ directions.

(Speaks in relative short-term, also. Builds a better future through peace, economic or otherwise.)

Welcomes other ideas for peacetime's main conflict too. Imagines multiple good options. May not be unique to "peace" either. (Potentially counts as war's exposition, in some cases.)
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Re: Random natterings

Postby addams » Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:46 am UTC

Deva:
Welcomes other ideas for peacetime's main conflict too.

Let's replace the word conflict with the word problem.

We must work on the problems of taking better and better care of one another.
Medicine, Psychology Ethics.

We must work on the problems of better understanding one another.
Language, Ritual and Fashion.

To move from contemplation of exploration for wealth and power
To contemplation of the noble and final frontier; Our Minds.

(ech, excuse me)
My side is a silly conversation.
Peace is far away and is redshifted.

We don't even write fiction about Peace, anymore.
We are not sufficiently entertained by Peace.

Even in the presence of great wealth,
conflict and causing both physical and emotional harm sells well.

I'm still clinging to the idea:
"Poverty is a tool of War not an accident that causes War."

(sigh-yawn)
Good-Night, Deva.
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Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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