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Or Kill Me / Re: I'm not racist
« Last post by Tiddleywomp Cockletit on Today at 07:17:31 am »
You are so ingrained with the idea that it's normal to identify with a political party, that you need a special category, "independent", for people who don't.

Uhhh...even "independent" is taken.


But if I saw Trump, I'd still throw a rock or a dogshit or something.
Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by Brother Mythos on Today at 06:02:11 am »
I picked a fight with the head of security at Boston City Hall today.

I need to know how that went.

Honestly it was over really quick. The Boston Public School kids walked out and did a die-in at the Mayor's office and I went with some other folks to support them. The office is right by the elevators, so we were blocking the path, and I said something to the effect of "protests are supposed to be inconvenient" at him. He got all blustery and appealed to his own authority and said he could have me removed from the building, but declined to actually order any such thing when I said I was fine with that.

"protests are supposed to be inconvenient"

If you have not already done so, you may want to consider doing “your thing” with this statement.
« Last post by LuciferX on Today at 05:58:29 am »

Just today I wondered how great it would be to have a "Higher-Shelf" in the fridge.

And then, it was right there. 8)
Apple Talk / Re: Not Crazy
« Last post by chaotic neutral observer on Today at 04:13:48 am »
Here is my first delusion:

Part of me is never crazy.  Part of my mind is perfectly objective and entirely rational.  This is That which Watches.  It calmly and stoically observes my limitations, my irrationality, my stupidity, and comments on them.  It is limited only by the accuracy of the information it possesses, and the processing capacity of its platform.  It can provide advice, which is always correct, and almost always useless.  "If you don't want to do that, then stop doing it."

The Me that Watches is not in control.  I can, with significant focus and a huge expenditure of energy, put it in control for brief periods of time, but this is not helpful.  Perfect objectivity simply doesn't apply to the human experience.  It can tell you how to reach a certain goal, but it can't tell you what goals you should have.  And it doesn't want anything.

The Me that Is has good days and bad days.  The pills help.  But bad day or good, crazy or not, it's all me.  The me who has to fight to make eye contact and the me who likes to try new restaurants may seem very different, but we have the same memories, wear the same skin, and we both have the same Watcher lurking backstage.

My second delusion is that, if I am confronted with my delusions, I will correct them, no matter how painful and traumatic.  I've already gone through this at least once.

My third delusion is that I don't have many delusions left to confront.

The Me that Watches, having read this post, suggests that considering it to be a separate entity is a fundamentally flawed viewpoint.  But I'm too sleep-deprived to work through that.
Apple Talk / Re: Who You Are
« Last post by chaotic neutral observer on Today at 01:06:07 am »
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
    --Kurt Vonnegut


IBM knows what's up. Humans are going out of style. We were always just a fad, anyway.

Well, yes.

Just noting that they will choose no money over some money under certain circumstances. 

Automation will get to everything, but they are killing things now and some of those things will be lost before they have the know-how to automate them.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by Trivial on Yesterday at 07:17:08 pm »
I'll see what I can find, she's overly creeped out by it-- but now wonders if she can make money reading random tech support things on youtube.

If it's gonna bother her more obviously don't, but it's be fun to have a giggle at the authors' expense

Yeah, I'm curious because a good % of people that call in to us are TV people. 
« Last post by Emo Howard on Yesterday at 07:05:52 pm »
Apple Talk / Re: Who You Are
« Last post by LMNO on Yesterday at 07:05:42 pm »

I am someone who picks fights with the head of security at city hall, who loudly expresses disgust at the inappropriate jokes of the chief engineer of the DoD while sitting in the Pentagon Sheraton. I am somebody who wears shorts under skirts, because you never know when you're going to need to climb a tree or break into a sprint. I'm somebody who knows too much about snails and slugs and slimy things, who watches videos of deep sea critters to relax. I am somebody who blows their voice out at the protest, somebody who knows how to throw their elbows at the punk show, somebody who knows how to talk to the cops and how to put flyers in hands. I am someone who knows how to plant their feet shoulder-width, who knows where the exits are, who is brave enough to scream at the nazis and ask out the pretty girl. I am somebody who gets letters from congresspeople. I am somebody with problems and with a very full and effective toolbox for dealing with them. I am an evangelist for public transit, public schools, public libraries and art. I am somebody who knows how to project, how to tell a story, somebody who has an eye for detail and an ear full of noise.

The me of six years ago would not recognize this person, but I think she'd like her.

I'm not sure if you can fit this into the Big Words magic that you do, but it's hella compelling.
Sears has been swirling the drain since at least the 90's. I worked at one of their call centers for about a month when they first tried to get rid of the catalog... `92 or `93, I think. I remember a girl in a cubicle across from me talking to some creep about panties for like 45 minutes.

Anyways, they're closing the sears in my town, along with a couple hundred others.

The stupid thing about Sears is that if worked with the catalog model and invested in a purchasing website, they could've provided some competition with Amazon.  Or kept Amazon from being a thing.

Er one stupid thing about Sears, there's many stupid things they did that killed them.

Amazon seemed to kind of come out of nowhere as the mega-giant internet retailer they are today. Back in the day, their main competitor was Then they were trying to compete with eBay or something, which was cute. Then suddenly they were the place you go to to buy things on the internet.

IBM keeps turning away money from things if you need people to make the things work.  Doesn't matter if it'd be profitable, the margin has to be incredibly high if it involves a human.

IBM knows what's up. Humans are going out of style. We were always just a fad, anyway.
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