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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Last post by Cain on April 18, 2014, 08:46:28 pm »
Daemon is interesting, but essentially posits the way to solve humanity's woes is to SPOILER ALERT:






















turn reality into one giant MMO, with the AI as our benign, neutral overlord.  That's in the sequel, Freedom.  It's a problem with Suarez. He comes up with interesting ideas about hi-tech advancements, warfare and society, but fails on delivering an even slightly believable answer to the problems posed.
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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Last post by Net (+ 1 Hidden) on April 18, 2014, 08:40:53 pm »
Just finished Daemon by Daniel Suarez where a computer daemon takes over when it scans and finds the original coder's obituary...then it takes over the world.  It was really good, imo.  Some parts are a bit of a stretch...like someone coding this thing was bug free.  there's no such thing as bug free....but I was able to suspend my disbelief because the rest of it was pretty good

Something from the Nightside was also decent...just finished that as well.  It had a bit of a pulp feel but was WAAAAAY better than the first book of The Dresden Files....that bland piece of shit ...I can't believe I finished it.

Now I'm reading Damed by Chuck Palahniuk.  Still not sure about this....it reads a bit like lousy teenage fanfic.  plowing ahead though.

Think I'm gonna have to check out this Daemon book. Sounds great.
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Literate Chaotic / Re: Can we get another Cain reading dump?
« Last post by Net (+ 1 Hidden) on April 18, 2014, 08:39:31 pm »
Got it downloaded and am now seeding for stragglers, thanks guys.
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I audibly sucked air through my teeth and winced.
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I have stuff to say about this, but I'm posting via phone.

Short form: Dad decided not to continue cancer treatment, though he knew it would end his life sooner. So he both suffered AND killed himself.

 :sad:
I am truly sorry.
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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: So here's a question
« Last post by Nigel on April 18, 2014, 07:18:15 pm »
Yes, I have, and yes, I am.

Consider that for most kids who are well-bonded to a parent, that parent is the love of their life. The idea of a parent dying, for most young children, is as unthinkable as the idea of losing a child is to post parents.

Your friend who was brain damaged was, well, brain damaged. That can cause no significant personality changes at all, or it can be huge. Who knows?

I understand that people who are depressed are literally incapable of seeing outside their depression, and to a large degree are also incapable of doing most of the things that are clinically known to help lift depression, but I still think that suicide is a complete dick move.

I do support physician-assisted suicide for terminal patients, though.

It's interesting to see so many different sides of this.
Nigel, did you have people close to you self terminate? You seem very bitter and angry about it.
I never considered the ones I know to have been selfish assholes. I sort of sympathized. In a weird kind of way.
I understood a couple of them, like my friend with the child (which is where all of this stemmed from. I was thinking about her the other day).

She was in an accident and in a coma for a couple of months. A small portion of her brain had to be removed due to swelling, and one day she woke up and said "Where's my bike. Shit. Where the hell am I?", like nothing had happened. However, she suffered a downward spiral of depression a short while after. It went on for a couple of years. No smiles, no happiness, not even moments of "ok". She truly just suffered under a dark cloud until one day she ended it.
I feel horrible for her family and her child, but at the same time I never saw her as a selfish asshole, but as someone who just couldn't live inside her own head anymore. I felt sympathy for her. I felt like she was finally free. I'm sure her family thinks much differently, but it was hard for everyone to watch her suffer, and honestly, I think there was a little relief from a few. Her grandmother said "She doesn't have to suffer anymore" at her memorial service.

As far as comparing it to my own child, I can't even fathom the thought. Meaning I can't even think about that. The idea of him even being heartbroken over a girl makes me want to Hulk out on this town. I love that boy more than words can even say (obviously), so really, I can't use that to contrast, cause the mere thought makes me die inside.
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I have stuff to say about this, but I'm posting via phone.

Short form: Dad decided not to continue cancer treatment, though he knew it would end his life sooner. So he both suffered AND killed himself.
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Awwww, someone took down the "cock and repost" emote!
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So, had a workplace injury last night.  UAnd as the result of a completely preventable workplace accident, I have ended up losing a thumb.

Well, part of a thumb.

Well, half the nail of the thumb.  On my non-dominant hand.

But it really fucking hurts.

Ouch.... I cringed a little bit

Prepare to cringe more.  The sliced bit of nail didn't come off clean, it was about 3/4 of the way through, but it was left hanging there.  So, naturally, I had to rip it off the rest of the way.

Fun times.
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