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Apple Talk / Re: I'm not here.
« on: October 03, 2021, 05:54:27 am »
Yeah. I donít have much to add except that one day I hope to be able to say Iím not here either.

I can already see you moving.

If it's any encouragement, my life and my career didn't actually start for real until I was in my late 30s.  Things change.  You change.

Hey, remember this?

I made it. Iím not here.

Thanks for writing this. Itís given me, during some especially dark and awful times, a goal to aspire to. When everything else seems unrealistic or foolish, I have a fallback, a reason to keep moving. Not to go some place in particular, but to go anywhere but where I have been sitting all this time.

And I did it.

And you were right about the anger, too. I do in fact still have it, but itís ... remembering things that used to wreck my week, and giggling to myself about how mad those fuckers would be to see me now. If they could. Itís not spite or hate or a grudge anymore. Itís not seething or brooding. Itís knowing I won. I donít need to show them what anymore, I already showed myself.

Itís a good place to be, not here.

I'm glad you got here.  It is in fact a good place to be.

Apple Talk / Re: Last one to post in thread wins
« on: September 29, 2021, 10:43:11 pm »
Well, now I kind of want to go there.

The Commander

Everyone should come here.

Apple Talk / Re: Last one to post in thread wins
« on: September 29, 2021, 10:42:54 pm »
Me, too. 

Sometimes, I find myself wondering if Roger has spent any time in Detroit

I have.  It's not particularly weird, just old and busted.

Apple Talk / Re: The "Dead Internet" theory
« on: September 29, 2021, 03:58:16 am »
How are these Bots substantively different from the patrons of the country and western bar across the street from my home?

The bots don't wear silly-ass boots.

Apple Talk / Re: What If?
« on: September 28, 2021, 04:51:34 pm »
What if God actually does want us all to get along, and to gain wisdom, and mature into a functioning global society...and keeps inspiring teachers to help us on that path....but we look at these folks each time and say either "FUCK YOU!" OR "You make some nice points but when you die, we're going to murder all the folks that don't believe just like we do"?

Who's the asshole now?

The engineer that decided primates would be good as intelligent beings.

Apple Talk / Re: Last one to post in thread wins
« on: September 28, 2021, 04:50:18 pm »
Is Tuscon close to Sidona? Aren't there supposed to be ley lines out there or something weirdly spiritual?

The Commander

No.  Tucson is the Fracture.  It's the area between universe where all the impossible trash winds up.

Where there's brass there's muck, and where there's weird shit you don't even want to look at, there's Tucson.

Apple Talk / What If?
« on: September 27, 2021, 07:01:32 pm »
What if all the things They told you are true?  What if there IS a God, and he's just as described?  We're just his ant farm.  The kind of thing a kid gets and is absolutely FASCINATED by for a few days...and then forgets about it.  The ants get hungrier and meaner, and before long, ant-pocalypse.  The whole while, they're praying to the kid to come back and set things right, but he DOESN'T, so they decided that Those Bastards Over There have been SINNING, and that's why God doesn't come back.  Poof.  Instant pogroms, wars, and the kind of ants than bang on your door when you're hung over, just in case you haven't heard the GOOD NEWS.  The Good News being how you get to go to ant heaven if you are suitably shitty to those Other Bastards.  In God's name.

Meanwhile, the kid is on his X-box, playing WWF.  No living ant has any proof that he actually exists, but boy howdy, will they tell you all about it. 

What if the devil is, as described in the book of Job, a civil servant of God?  Take a minute, look it up.  The first chapter ought to do you just fine.  So God is allowing this guy to screw people up, sometimes on a BET, and God just goes along with it.  Maybe there are space constraints in heaven and God didn't really think we'd be quite this fruitful.  7.9 billion of us, all wanting our heavenly condo...When he had probably planned on maybe 150 million tops.  So he has the devil running around trying to make sure as many people find themselves somewhere else when they die.  What if hell is just a storage locker?

And then there's those OTHER guys that tell us WHAT.  Take for example the Wheeler interpretation.  What if you actually exist in an infinite number of universes, with every decision point made by an intelligent being splitting off another one?  The good news is that in at least a couple of those universes, you did just fine...Financially fine, a great love life, and you're all-around happy.  The BAD news is that those universes aren't real to this one, so you're stuck in the life you got.  And the OTHER bad news is, in most of those universes, you're even more fucked up than you are here.

Example:  In universe 2, Trump got reelected and went hog wild.  In universe 3, he didn't get reelected, but the 1/6 insurrection succeeded, and now you are getting on a train to go hang out with all the other liberals and leftists and paleoconservatives.  Somewhere in Northern Alaska, maybe.  Concertina wire and dogs may be involved, and you will now learn the joys of hard labor on 1100 calories a day.

Or wait.  What if those ivory tower dumbasses are right, and this is all a hologram?  You can't even use the barstool test to dismiss this one, because the barstool would be part of the hologram.  What kind of person would run a hologram like that, and how would that be different than a negligently hostile God?  You couldn't distinguish between them.

Lastly, what if I got some sleep?  Would things be better or not?  Is this universe hopelessly fucked, or is it just my BAD ATTITUDE?

Or Kill Me.

Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: September 27, 2021, 04:45:29 pm »
Wait, please don't tell me you won't be updating this? It's the single goddamn reason I come here.

Oh, I will be.  I have about 5 pages to write about this place, once things settle a bit.

Then it will be the next place.

Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: September 26, 2021, 07:33:56 am »
The Science is over.  Well, this type, anyway.

It looks like I have a job literally across the street, only now I have to try to make things better.  :crankey:

Apple Talk / Re: Last one to post in thread wins
« on: September 26, 2021, 07:32:10 am »
Hey maybe turn up the heat on Tuscon, for a laugh.

That is a self-managing feature.

Apple Talk / Re: Last one to post in thread wins
« on: September 25, 2021, 06:52:01 am »
I can't believe the commander is a real guy and not some kinda wacky online character

Who says I'm not both?

Now that you mention it, Hugh rings a bell, but I don't remember any scandal, so it must have been during one of my long breaks.

The Commander

He more or less hulked out into the worst moderator anywhere, ever.

Apple Talk / Re: Last one to post in thread wins
« on: September 21, 2021, 11:30:52 pm »
I think the reading PMs thing came out a bit after The Commander's time.

Possibly.  That was 2004/2005, IIRC.

Apple Talk / Re: Last one to post in thread wins
« on: September 21, 2021, 10:51:16 pm »
So...what do I win?

I hope it's pie.

The Commander

Its not pie

Why not?

Yeah, what do the prize givers have against pie?

The Commander

The same thing we have against tequila and stabbity stabbity whatever.

It reeks of Hugh.

Who is Hugh, and why is he hoarding all the pie?

The Commander

You don't remember Hugh?  One of the first admins here?  The one that was browsing people's PMs and then forwarding them to anyone that might get angry at the contents?

Apple Talk / Re: parenting advice
« on: September 21, 2021, 10:03:54 pm »
I've been a father for about a month now, and this is what I've learnedzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Relax.  It eases up in 9 or 10 years.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Curbside Pickup Only
« on: September 21, 2021, 08:10:30 pm »
The average weight of an American is 181 pounds.

There have been 675,000 covid deaths. 

That means we have generated 122,175,000 pounds of dead people, or 61,087 tons.

That is the weight of all 4 US battleships combined, circa 1990.  Made out of corpses.

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