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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:16:13 pm »
Fuck yeah! Congrats, Dok!



So, it turns out my compulsive need to understand and resolve every complex technical issue that rolled across my desk, regardless of scope, technical requirements, and whether it took days-weeks of troubleshooting and learning of new programming/scripting languages on the fly, has finally paid off.

I redid my resume, applied to a bunch of places, and then got picked up by a recruiter for an (newer) international company as a Technical Consultant. They're rolling out a new Cloud-based product, and they needed to build a new support team that sits in between Development and the Customer (Not the usual Support Team Tiers 1-3 structure). I'll be doing tons of lab work, and I'll have a million opportunities to learn new skills. Apparently my Technical Enterprise experience over-ruled my complete lack of "Required" formal education.

For once, I feel like I'm finally getting recognition for my effort and skills, instead of the raw numbers that Corporate requires.

This is why you learn all the things.  It's worked out very nicely for me.

Yeah, I figured I was working at a failing company that discouraged learning when they told me that the reason why they couldn't justify paying me more was because "You are supporting the customer at a level that is beyond our team's ability to guarantee if you were to leave in the future. You are raising the expectations of the customer to a point that we can't maintain."

And it seems they predicted the outcome quite accurately, as the team is falling apart (Due to Customer, Supported-Company, and internal company complaints) and I'm not even out the door yet (Put in my two weeks a week and a half ago). The correct response to the situation they foresaw was "Sure, we'll pay you more. Please don't leave. And also, please teach these newhires."

Thinking about it now, I can't believe I was excited to work there 3 years ago.

 :lulz:

I ignored most of their rules, of course, and continued learning and improving and taking on responsibilities that were completely out of my scope, creating relationships with Developers, Ops, and the Product Owner, and whoever I needed to to get shit done on the back-end for the Customers.

Jeez, if you were in my field, I'd hire you.

My sole qualification for a prospective employee is "are they willing to take it to THE WALL?"

Thanks! My intended field includes all fields, since my goal is to build a career as a Systems/Business Analyst. A friend of mine's Uncle (Or was it, cousin?) is the CEO of TEP (Tucson Electric Power), and I intended to use that connection some time down the road. That may bring me to Tucson and within your range, eventually. I'll let you know if that scenario becomes a reality.

From what I've seen here, working for you would make my stomach hurt from constant laughter.  :lulz:

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:07:09 am »
Fuck yeah! Congrats, Dok!



So, it turns out my compulsive need to understand and resolve every complex technical issue that rolled across my desk, regardless of scope, technical requirements, and whether it took days-weeks of troubleshooting and learning of new programming/scripting languages on the fly, has finally paid off.

I redid my resume, applied to a bunch of places, and then got picked up by a recruiter for an (newer) international company as a Technical Consultant. They're rolling out a new Cloud-based product, and they needed to build a new support team that sits in between Development and the Customer (Not the usual Support Team Tiers 1-3 structure). I'll be doing tons of lab work, and I'll have a million opportunities to learn new skills. Apparently my Technical Enterprise experience over-ruled my complete lack of "Required" formal education.

For once, I feel like I'm finally getting recognition for my effort and skills, instead of the raw numbers that Corporate requires.

This is why you learn all the things.  It's worked out very nicely for me.

Yeah, I figured I was working at a failing company that discouraged learning when they told me that the reason why they couldn't justify paying me more was because "You are supporting the customer at a level that is beyond our team's ability to guarantee if you were to leave in the future. You are raising the expectations of the customer to a point that we can't maintain."

And it seems they predicted the outcome quite accurately, as the team is falling apart (Due to Customer, Supported-Company, and internal company complaints) and I'm not even out the door yet (Put in my two weeks a week and a half ago). The correct response to the situation they foresaw was "Sure, we'll pay you more. Please don't leave. And also, please teach these newhires."

Thinking about it now, I can't believe I was excited to work there 3 years ago.

 :lulz:

I ignored most of their rules, of course, and continued learning and improving and taking on responsibilities that were completely out of my scope, creating relationships with Developers, Ops, and the Product Owner, and whoever I needed to to get shit done on the back-end for the Customers.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:42:27 pm »
Fuck yeah! Congrats, Dok!



So, it turns out my compulsive need to understand and resolve every complex technical issue that rolled across my desk, regardless of scope, technical requirements, and whether it took days-weeks of troubleshooting and learning of new programming/scripting languages on the fly, has finally paid off.

I redid my resume, applied to a bunch of places, and then got picked up by a recruiter for an (newer) international company as a Technical Consultant. They're rolling out a new Cloud-based product, and they needed to build a new support team that sits in between Development and the Customer (Not the usual Support Team Tiers 1-3 structure). I'll be doing tons of lab work, and I'll have a million opportunities to learn new skills. Apparently my Technical Enterprise experience over-ruled my complete lack of "Required" formal education.

For once, I feel like I'm finally getting recognition for my effort and skills, instead of the raw numbers that Corporate requires.

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*starts a thread to snipe on leftists*

Why does the left hate itself so much?

I dunno man, maybe you could spend more time helping to organize and inspire people on your side rather than attacking leftists for attacking leftists who fail YOUR purity test.

Since when is describing, in detail, and advocating against a self-defeating movement within one's closest political equivalency the same thing as attacking one's own political equivalency?

Kinda takes me back to that leaked CIA (Or was it KGB?) document describing ways counter-intelligence operatives throw stones in an organization's efficiency by filling their meetings with useless nonsense and complaints to waste time and resources. In this analogy, you're the guy defending these useless complaints by attacking the people trained to spot this counter-intelligence technique.

"WAHHHHHHH, Aren't YOU just slowing down this organization by pointing out this pattern of disarray? WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

You may think you're advocating for progress with this childish crybaby fest, but you're really just holding it back. Exposing this pattern of disarray is important, and making sure the rest of the movement is aware by putting it into digestible writing is even more important.

Im advocating actually doing things instead of just whining about it.

Its critically important to point out these problems, but thats really quite useless without organizing to overcome them.

Ive observed Roger for quite some time and he seems more interested in widening rifts on the left than actually accomplishing common goals.

Also, it is not necessary for a saboteur to split the left when there are plenty of leftists like Roger who do an excellent job of it on their own.

Right, pointing out the problem to other people who may have time and resources to dedicate to organizing and fixing the problem is totally widening rifts  :roll:

I'm not speaking for anyone else here, but I know I certainly don't have time to organize to fix this kind of problem. Personally, I'm gonna complain 'till I'm blue in the face or I run out of SSRIs and nicotine patches. And I expect others who lack the time to do the same.

Not to mention, if you agree that these are problems, then this whole game of yours is just "shoot the messenger." That's like getting pissed at the Media for presenting a problem because they didn't decide to just try to fix the problem themselves. Do you think people should just not talk about problems at all, and just independently try to fix them with only a baseline, undiscussed understanding of them? At what point is ranting and discussing the problem too much discussion and not enough action?

For someone who's so against whining, you seem to be doing a lot of it.

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*starts a thread to snipe on leftists*

Why does the left hate itself so much?

I dunno man, maybe you could spend more time helping to organize and inspire people on your side rather than attacking leftists for attacking leftists who fail YOUR purity test.

Since when is describing, in detail, and advocating against a self-defeating movement within one's closest political equivalency the same thing as attacking one's own political equivalency?

Kinda takes me back to that leaked CIA (Or was it KGB?) document describing ways counter-intelligence operatives throw stones in an organization's efficiency by filling their meetings with useless nonsense and complaints to waste time and resources. In this analogy, you're the guy defending these useless complaints by attacking the people trained to spot this counter-intelligence technique.

"WAHHHHHHH, Aren't YOU just slowing down this organization by pointing out this pattern of disarray? WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

You may think you're advocating for progress with this childish crybaby fest, but you're really just holding it back. Exposing this pattern of disarray is important, and making sure the rest of the movement is aware by putting it into digestible writing is even more important.

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Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: June 05, 2018, 05:07:15 pm »
These are fucking brilliant. They look real.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:21:16 pm »
Friend of a friend was in some PTSD study that involved MDMA.

I had never considered that one, but it does also appear to have Sigma Receptor activity. Specifically, it appears to over-activate Sigma-1 Receptors at recreational doses (In that reversing this action seems to decrease the drug's side effects), meaning it would likely activate them at realistic levels at the therapeutic (lower) dose. I'm definitely thinking some sort of interplay between Sigma-1 receptor agonism and increases in monoamine transmission (Dopamine, Serotonin, etc.) are the main causes for the therapeutic effects of these drugs at this point. I suspect a combination of Dextromethorphan and small amounts of Hyperforin (Found in St. John's Wart) might be adequate OTC treatments for both PTSD and Depression. Only small amounts of the Hyperforin would be recommended, as too much Serotonin transmission causes Serotonin Syndrome.

Hopefully the MDMA and Ketamine trials work out as well, as they would likely be stronger treatments when combined with the usual therapy.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: April 17, 2018, 03:15:32 pm »
As far as I know, they are actually making some headway with Ketamine on both Depressive/Mood disorders and PTSD. Granted, they are still in the Trial stage at the moment (So I guess you could say it's still "try shit and see if it works.") but it looks quite promising. The known effects of Ketamine don't seem to fit with the effects it's having on these disorders (In that drugs with identical or similar known mechanisms - NMDA Receptor Antagonism - aren't as successful), but once they figure out what mechanism is treating them, it might open up a whole new target for treatment, and may give new insight into the low-level pathology of the disorders.

Personally, I suspect it has a lot to do with the neural activity-stabilization and neuro-protective effects of the Sigma receptors. It's never been tried before (Likely because of its abuse patterns), but I suspect that Dextromethorphan (Polistirex-binded, not HBr), which has similar known effects to Ketamine (NMDA Receptor Antagonism and Sigma Receptor Agonism), could be helpful in treating PTSD as well. It would also have the added benefit of acting on Serotonin (Although, not selectively like most anti-depressants) to treat comorbid depressive symptoms.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:12:30 pm »
Also also, I wasn't implying that you were dissatisfied with your psychologist. I was just emphasizing the importance of the dosage in its effects, as the effects become completely opposing to what is expected depending on the dose (Seemed to be what you were experiencing, but if you insist this was false, then it probably was, and I apologize for that, too.).

For instance, I seem to be radically resistant to almost all medications despite my normal weight. So in most cases, a normal dose for one person may quite literally have the opposite effects on me, whereas an increase in my dosage to sometimes double would have the intended effects. This isn't really something psychiatrists always take into account, at least not until they become aware of it for the individual they're prescribing for.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:08:19 pm »
Also, it's  very likely that a) I have PTSD, 2) it had it before I joined the army, and c) the army made it worse. And this might explain why half of my BP isn't  fully responding to my meds and why I had an extremely atypical reaction to another.

This is possible, but speaking from experience, I wouldn't rule out a physiological problem.

That is likely. Seroquel should not have made me react in almost the opposite of its function. But I think the PTSD is likely why Lamictal isn't doing much for my manic irritability while helping with the depression.

Lamictal is actually known for mainly treating the depressive phase of BP, not so much the manic phase. Specifically, it should decrease the amplitude of the low, and delay the high, but it usually won't prevent it or dampen it.

The Seroquel activity depends on genetic predisposition to favoring certain neurotransmitter activity over another, and also depends on dosage. You may wanna discuss dosage of that one with your doctor, as you may need more or less. If they're not aware of that distinction, or think it irrelevant, you may wanna shop around for another doctor if possible.

I appreciate the concern and I know that it's where your info dump and advice come from, which is why I'm not going in a tear about the implied insult that I am so dumb i would not have done research into my health or the medications I am on and my treatment. I am well aware what lamotrigine primarily treats in bp. I am week aware of what quetiapine is and does. BPII and PTSD are treated in different ways with different kinds of drugs and therapy. My treatmenttement needs to be adjusted in light of the new revelation. And before you point out that one of the unapproved uses for lamotrigine is top treat PTSD, it its clearly not currently working fully.

I will however point out that were I dissatisfied with my psychologist or the staff psychiatrist I would be venting about that and not talking about my experiences in the joy that is trying out psychiatric drugs.

I apologize for anything that may have seemed to be implied by what I said. I sometimes come across as mansplainy and arrogant at times, and I am working on it (It likely stems from the fact that my job is based on explaining and diagnosing problems for people of various levels of education, forcing me to find a low compromise in vocabulary and explanation detail most of the time.). I just wanted to explain my perspective on your situation based on the biochemical and pharmacological knowledge I've gained from my extensive studies of those subjects in general. I also didn't want to get into a bunch of chemical/medical jargon, so I simplified it quite a bit. I did not mean for it to imply that you knew less about the medication than I did. If anything, it was aimed more at triggering a detailed discussion that would increase my knowledge.

Also, I certainly didn't mean to say that you should stop either of the medications you were referring to. It's completely understandable that you wanted to change medications or dosage, even though the combination would normally be expected to work. Obviously if you are still having issues, something is wrong with the medication/dosage/interaction with your genetic predispositions.

Also also, I wasn't implying that you were dissatisfied with your psychologist. I was just emphasizing the importance of the dosage in its effects, as the effects become completely opposing to what is expected depending on the dose (Seemed to be what you were experiencing, but if you insist this was false, then it probably was, and I apologize for that, too.).

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:54:10 pm »
Also, it's  very likely that a) I have PTSD, 2) it had it before I joined the army, and c) the army made it worse. And this might explain why half of my BP isn't  fully responding to my meds and why I had an extremely atypical reaction to another.

This is possible, but speaking from experience, I wouldn't rule out a physiological problem.

That is likely. Seroquel should not have made me react in almost the opposite of its function. But I think the PTSD is likely why Lamictal isn't doing much for my manic irritability while helping with the depression.

Lamictal is actually known for mainly treating the depressive phase of BP, not so much the manic phase. Specifically, it should decrease the amplitude of the low, and delay the high, but it usually won't prevent it or dampen it.

The Seroquel activity depends on genetic predisposition to favoring certain neurotransmitter activity over another, and also depends on dosage. You may wanna discuss dosage of that one with your doctor, as you may need more or less. If they're not aware of that distinction, or think it irrelevant, you may wanna shop around for another doctor if possible.

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Or Kill Me / Re: The left and the right
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:54:27 pm »
I honestly can't tell if he's a self-loathing masochist who requires negative attention, or if he's just so attention-starved and socially retarded that he takes whatever attention he can get. He seems to stick around, regardless of how many times we tell him how horrible he is (And he hasn't improved in the slightest over the years.), so I can only assume it's the former. Usually, even attention-starved morons can only take so many beatings.

"Mystery Man: In the East, the Far East, when a person is sentenced to death
 they're sent to a place where they can't escape, never knowing when..."

I just felt like saying that, because I'm a badass motherfucker, so I walk and talk this way.

I don't know why, but I laughed for a good 5 minutes at this.  :lulz:

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Or Kill Me / Re: The left and the right
« on: April 10, 2018, 02:56:35 pm »
I honestly can't tell if he's a self-loathing masochist who requires negative attention, or if he's just so attention-starved and socially retarded that he takes whatever attention he can get. He seems to stick around, regardless of how many times we tell him how horrible he is (And he hasn't improved in the slightest over the years.), so I can only assume it's the former. Usually, even attention-starved morons can only take so many beatings.

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Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: April 06, 2018, 06:20:23 pm »
^^^ Seconded

These are amazing. The longer I look at these, the more details make themselves known.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:38:28 pm »
Didn't know where to put this so http://HonestBobsUsedDildoEmporium.co​m

I was honestly surprised.

Same here. I didn't expect it to actually lead to a gallery of previously unwanted dildos.

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