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Discordian Recipes / Re: Steel cut oats...
« on: February 04, 2011, 07:36:19 pm »
I use rolled oats and they're infinitely variable.  It takes probably 10-15 minutes to cook them, and I'm usually doing a bunch of other stuff at the same time.  They can go bad, though, so freeze or refrigerate them.

Steel cut is good as well; they seem to be less creamy and a bit more stiff.

I usually cook them with butter and honey (my dad's stuff, which you have, which you now must use in oatmeal).  Toss in whatever fruit is laying around - cranberry season was good because a handful of them would burst as they cook just like cranberry sauce, mmm.  Nuts - fuck yeah.

I buy like a pound of them for $2.19 at the glorious ocean state job lot.

Or Kill Me / Re: Willful Mysteries
« on: February 04, 2011, 05:02:55 pm »
I think a lot of that basic problem is fueled by the fact that people can't usually examine their own lives with any amount of critical thinking. This makes it harder to change, since they don't know what they're looking for.

This is the primary problem, yes, to which the OP is a symptom.

As much as I love my wife, if I hear her say "I need to lose weight and go on a diet" one more time as she's opening another beer, I'm gonna punch myself in the nuts.

Ahaha.  I opened my stupid mouth the last time this came up.  She was saying she felt awful because she was expecting to have gained weight this week.  I told her, well, yeah, that's what happens when you eat all the junk food that's put in front of you.  She looked at me like I kicked her puppy.

I'm not implying any kind of weight problem or eating disorder - I'm talking about controlling a compulsion.  If someone doesn't want to lose weight or if they don't give a fuck about their program, that's fine by me, but spare everyone else your dramatic self loathing when you actively work against your goal.  Everyone has moments of weakness - mine are generally along the lines of "yeah, another drink couldn't hurt."  Own up to them, and try not to do it again, don't deny that it ever happened or it'll never change.

Trip, thanks for bringing up time management.  That's a big one.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Film Flam
« on: February 04, 2011, 03:10:33 pm »
We interrupt this high-brown motion picture discussion to bring you:

Electra Luxx

Carla Gugino plays an adult film actress who, sorry, excuse me...

:fap:  :fap:  :fap:

Who decides to get out of the business.

Sorry folks, the best music ever made was played two nights ago in a run down bar in the ass end of nowhere.  The regulars were so shitfaced and sullen they couldn't distinguish that it was a live band creating the sound and not their ancient, finicky jukebox, not that any of them had ever gotten up from their Jack Daniels long enough to go change the tune.  The band doesn't have a name, they're just a few locals that get together and play every few weeks or so to a spattering of people trying to forget.  They don't even know how good they are.

Their only fan is the bartender.  She took the gig, an hour drive or so from home, because she stumbled across the place in a desperate attempt to get lost down some neglected road and couldn't get her mind off the sound.  She keeps telling her friends about it and none of them believe her or are willing to make the trip.  The girl's not a music person, so her music person friends don't buy it for a second that her tastes may have found something really incredible.

The acoustics and the equipment in the joint are terrible but they may as well be playing the Sydney Opera House for how well they work with it.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: GPS-gate
« on: February 04, 2011, 02:06:19 pm »

An anonymous reader writes
"Every year, more and more Americans are dying in deserts and wildernesses because they rely on their GPS units (and, to some degree, their cellphones) to always be accurate. The Sacramento Bee quotes Death Valley wilderness coordinator Charlie Callagan: 'It's what I'm beginning to call death by GPS ... People are renting vehicles with GPS and they have no idea how it works and they are willing to trust the GPS to lead them into the middle of nowhere.'"

Huh.  Maybe we've been giving the robots too little credit by expecting an armed uprising.

I'm sorry I lost my shit over it.  I really should have a little more control over my temper by this age.

Nah, I think you were totally justified in letting me have it. I ain't mad atcha.

And in today's weather, hugs were everywhere between Tucson and Maine, culminating in smiles that swept a good portion of the U.S.  

ETA:  :3

That's like someone remade "Equus" as "Porcus".
Could have started the Vid at the 2.10 point, and saved all that nasty "Love that dare not squeal it's name nonsense". My eyes weep tears of tarry, black blood. 

That's your brains seeping out again from spending so much time on Yahoo Answers you degenerate.

Or Kill Me / Re: Willful Mysteries
« on: February 04, 2011, 01:24:56 am »
Oh, yeah:

Or Kill Me

HAH!  First one's a friend, and yeah I like the guy but this is a pretty dumb thing to complain about.  His own brother actually said something along the lines of:  I hate it when people complain about not having money and I see them spending it.  It's like, I have no money, but that's because I spend it on booze, so I'm not going to complain about it because that's the decision I made.  On the plus side, I get to borrow the $200 worth of comics that he buys.

The second one is just a pain in the ass co-worker.  He's an alright guy, but he complains about everything, and his case is far worse:  he spends far more money, and the amount of overtime he worked for a while was visibly destroying him as a human being.

Third one's a family member.   :sad:

Letting you know that I am not offended if someone I know's actions piss you off, though.  They piss me off, that's the purpose of this whole thing.

Lovecraft Walk, I believe.

All the way back in October!?   

May as well have never happened.   8)

Yep, we've met.  At Richter's for Moosemas, too.

Okay then I definitely know who you are.  I just didn't want to throw any names around because some people are particular about that online, and I wasn't sure if you knew my moniker to match my name.  Hi!

I later realized the inappropriate nature of asking your identity in a thread with a bunch of your personal life being talked about.  I was actually meaning to match the forum and IRL people earlier but this is the first thread I saw you frequenting.

Or Kill Me / Re: Willful Mysteries
« on: February 03, 2011, 11:22:06 pm »
Pretty much the human condition, willful mystery.

I'd be happy to tally every bit of stupidity I see as part of the human condition.  The obvious shortcoming is that there isn't enough chalk or blackboard space in the world to carry those hash marks.

I should have expanded my idea, lol. Yes, it's overcomeable, but people are fucking lazy, and don't want to change, so they ignore their shortcomings and everything becomes a "mystery", hah.

I gotcha - otherwise "the human condition" could really be the response to all of OKM.

Overcoming shortcomings is a very difficult thing to do.  It begins by admitting that you aren't perfect and that you have an actual ability to change your life, which violates models of learned helplessess and ego and blah blah psychology.  But when there's a receipt in your hand for the entire series of Sandman, awesome as it may be, it takes a specal kind of deliberate distancing from that event to later claim to have no knowledge of where your money went.

Or Kill Me / Re: Willful Mysteries
« on: February 03, 2011, 11:16:49 pm »
Pretty much the human condition, willful mystery.
This. But I completely agree with your sentiments, EoC.
Pretty much the human condition, willful mystery.

I'd be happy to tally every bit of stupidity I see as part of the human condition.  The obvious shortcoming is that there isn't enough chalk or blackboard space in the world to carry those hash marks.


I don't speak binary, but I'm pretty sure if you spelled out all the lines it would say "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..."

Or Kill Me / Re: Willful Mysteries
« on: February 03, 2011, 11:13:27 pm »
Pretty much the human condition, willful mystery.

I'd be happy to tally every bit of stupidity I see as part of the human condition.  The obvious shortcoming is that there isn't enough chalk or blackboard space in the world to carry those hash marks.

Or Kill Me / Willful Mysteries
« on: February 03, 2011, 11:07:23 pm »
Mickey is nearing thirty and his roommate is moving out on him, in with his long time girlfriend.  He's working three jobs and can barely make their meager rent, so there's no way he'll be able to afford living solo or find a cheaper place.  So he's moving back home.  We're not exactly living in Manhattan - so why can't this dude pay for rent?

Alex has a lovely wife, two kids, and a spotless little home on a nice street.  And he's fucking miserable.  He comes into work 30 hours of overtime, at least, every week.  He pulls in good money, and yet he claims he's always broke, so this overtime is necessary.

Jeanine attends weight watchers meetings.  Like her strictly catholic upbringing dictates, she's guilty as hell when that weekly weigh-in doesn't go down, and she hates herself for it.

All three of these people have something in common.  I actually know all three of these people, and I do think quite highly of them.  I'm incredulous as to how they can convince themselves that they can't afford to pay rent or work reasonable hours.

Mickey and Alex are similar.  Both of them, several times in the same conversation, have stated their precise problems and not even realized it.  Mickey bought $200 worth of comic books last week.  Alex just bought a $400 watch on eBay, and sold it for profit - which he will then put into another watch, and another, and he doesn't always break even on them.

I think Jeanine has it toughest.  She's a sensitive one, and not a very strong one either.  She did great in the weight loss program overall, she really did.  Yet now that she's maintaining instead of losing, every week it's the same song and dance:  there was candy or cookies someone brought into work and she couldn't stop eating them.  So she's down as hell on herself for it, and she feels bad for the rest of the week instead, well, just not eating them.  But it's the wording here that's frustrating:  she couldn't stop, or it's her co-workers' fault for tempting her with the garbage she shouldn't eat.

It opens up infinite avenues of debate, of course, on the addictive nature of eating or buying things, as well as the entire process of losing weight.  That isn't the issue here.  The issue is that we have people who convince themselves that their money somehow just disappears, or that the scale goes up of its own accord, and their quality of life suffers from it.

Losing the freedom of your own space, sacrificing the entirety of your life to your job, feeling bad about eating crap you shouldn't - they're the prices paid for a comic book, a watch, a cookie.  I actually have nothing personal against this, so long as you are actively willing to pay that price.  If you think "well if I buy this booze, I'm going to get fat from the calories and broke from the cost," you need to be okay with the consequences of that before you go through with it.  Props to you.

The alternative is creating a willful mystery.  You refuse to face the sad facts that a short term poor decision has long term consequences.

Lovecraft Walk, I believe.

All the way back in October!?   

May as well have never happened.   8)

Yikes folks, I sincerely hope it all works out for you.  I've been through a few phases of questioning my relationships and it's awful even with the comparatively brief ones I've had.

Jenne, it says something to your character that while this is happening you still manage to be one of the sunniest people on the board.   :)  (Or it says something to how shitty the rest of us are  :lol:)

Have I met Luna, or is this one of the innumerable other SCA spags?

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