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Apple Talk / Re: I'm not here.
« on: June 26, 2020, 05:59:49 pm »
good post Rog -- initiation never ends

brings to mind the Rubaiyat:

Quote
Ah, my Belovéd, fill the Cup that clears
Today of past Regrets and future Fears:
    Tomorrow!--Why, Tomorrow I may be
Myself with Yesterday's Sev'n thousand Years.

But you know what does end, even for me?

Anger.  I find myself inexplicably not angry.  This isn't the same as "it never happened," not by a distance measured in parsecs...But I'm not pissed off anymore.

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Apple Talk / Re: Flip the Switch Music Playlist
« on: June 26, 2020, 05:30:08 pm »
But who the hell hangs a pull up bar from a water pipe?   :lulz:

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Apple Talk / Re: Flip the Switch Music Playlist
« on: June 26, 2020, 05:29:02 pm »
I was gonna take a dump here, but CNO seems to have the situation in hand.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Minus Space Dump. Contents Stupid.
« on: June 25, 2020, 11:39:04 pm »
Can we get a thread split? I look here for a particular kind of funny and the last page  or so isn't it.

Yep.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Bad Apples
« on: June 25, 2020, 11:38:24 pm »

Works so well. Commend those with none. Shame them for standing next to their known bad apples. No one gets 46 fucking complaints and is not known to all their Co workers as a bit of shit. Any industry.



Can confirm.

Hamish,
Loathed by everyone else in the industry.

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Apple Talk / Re: I'm not here.
« on: June 25, 2020, 06:28:43 pm »
Yeah. I don’t have much to add except that one day I hope to be able to say I’m 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.

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Apple Talk / I'm not here.
« on: June 25, 2020, 06:47:40 am »
I am not here.  I am not where you cast me aside.

No.

I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and walked down that lost highway.  I ran an observatory for a while, but found that - having left myself behind - the natural sciences no longer interested me.  So I turned to unnatural sciences, you know, the sexyfuntime kind where everyday is an ADVENTURE.

I am not where you left me.

I grew, perhaps in ways that were never part of the intentions of the designer, whomever or whatever THAT is.  I twisted.  I performed contortions...and finally I ended up like this.  I kinda like it.  I mean, I was wrong in that I was gonna go back to the old me, the 33 year old me.  But you can't go back.  You can only change, and in changing realize that the 33 year old me was just as fucking dumb as the 48 year old me, the silly annoying bastard who wrote silly stories and showed remarkably poor judgement in many things.

I am not where you dropped me when I was no longer an amusement, and having been dropped, I found myself.  The real me.  The me I have always wanted, at some level, to be.  My urge for validation is gone, or at least replaced with something I have yet to recognize.  I am full of endless mirth, a spontaneous laughter when I consider humanity.  I do not care about those who say "stop this at once" and "What are you doing?" and "I have ethical concerns."  Those concerns get in the way of the money.  The money I need to do MORE.  Funding is your only God.

Like an Allen wrench, I am not where you set me down.  It's been years, I could be just about *anywhere* by now.

And do you know what?

I am happier.  I in fact never been this happy, in a general sense.  I have had enough poison in my life.  I have had enough friends who are dear friends until they've had a drink or ten, whereupon I cannot do anything right, cannot be good enough for anything other than contempt.  Instead, I choose very carefully who gets to pick me up and put me down, in both senses of both terms.

This is by no means a statement of intent or a declaration of vendetta or any of that 2005-2009 bullshit. 

I am only saying that I'm not where you left me.  I'm miles and miles and 5 years away from where you put me.

Hell, you wouldn't even recognize me.  I'm not that guy, anymore.

I'm me.


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Apple Talk / Re: A solemn moment for my tabs
« on: June 25, 2020, 05:52:00 am »
The guy's name is Germ. Not only is he clearly not OK, there's almost nothing you can do to him that wouldn't be an improvement on being called "Germ".

Does he have an Aunty Bacterial?

Listen, you’re new here. But you need to know.

You can’t just say that kind of shit. We have the PTSD about it. A horrible little man held us hostage for literal years with puns like that. The connection switches on in our brains and it’s all Apocalypse Now, Independence Day, Saw.

That sort of weaponry should be saved for when you want to short circuit the room by causing everyone to yell like they’re on fire, manically disrobe, and run sprinting for the nearest freeway.

It's too damn hot for wearing robes. But i can maybe manically scrape the flesh off my bones?
That might scratch the itch i had all along...

It's 112 here and everyone died.  :cry:

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Apple Talk / Re: A solemn moment for my tabs
« on: June 25, 2020, 05:51:23 am »
What a stunning example of a human, this piece of shit is. Everything I want to stave in with a fucking sledgehammer in one person.

LuciferX: harassment, death threats, internet tough guy bullshit, rapid name changes to hide from his recent past, chud, useless. Only being a Nazi could make him more worthy of being humiliated in public.

FUNNY YOU SHOULD MENTION THAT.

In 2014, he was licking Pope Ludicrous's ass while PL was ranting about race and referring to a member of this board as "my nigress".


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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Minus Space Dump. Contents Stupid.
« on: June 25, 2020, 05:06:16 am »
OMG tho, something about that “celebratory return” had me jumping about like a kpop fan.
Changing your username does not change that your posts are incoherent and boring, LuciferX / proword / minuspace.

You don't need to be here.  You should leave.
Please don’t make me have HER give you the finger
[hint> she’s missing something]
Still making empty threats, eh?

Why is it that your threats always involve having someone else intercede on your behalf?  Can't you deal with your own problems, without relying on the likes of Germ and Clarence?


You know exactly why that is. You Now you look REALLY stupid.

Jesus, dude.  Shut the fuck up.


Sorry, that last one wasn’t me, this dude Robert took over for a second. Don’t worry, I know where he lives, it will NEVER happen again.

Fuck off.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Minus Space Dump. Contents Stupid.
« on: June 25, 2020, 04:54:45 am »
OMG tho, something about that “celebratory return” had me jumping about like a kpop fan.
Changing your username does not change that your posts are incoherent and boring, LuciferX / proword / minuspace.

You don't need to be here.  You should leave.
Please don’t make me have HER give you the finger
[hint> she’s missing something]
Still making empty threats, eh?

Why is it that your threats always involve having someone else intercede on your behalf?  Can't you deal with your own problems, without relying on the likes of Germ and Clarence?


You know exactly why that is. You Now you look REALLY stupid.

Jesus, dude.  Shut the fuck up.

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One being the lincoln statue above?
I can definitely see that as patronizing!
What's the other?

Teddy Roosevelt and a couple of PoC doing the same fawning thing.

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Is it the prevailing view on the board that there is no valid arguments against the statue destructions?

It doesn't seem simple to me.

Hmm... Perhaps it would be more effective to erect statues of these historical figures showcasing their flaws.  The opposition could rail against the ideas conveyed, but they would not have the righteous indignation that is lent by witnessing the destruction of historical public property.

I don't see any need to negotiate, though.  There are no statues to Adolf Hitler, and everyone remembers who he was.  The statues were put up decades after the civil war as an intimidation tactic.

Tear 'em down.
This is a good point.  The Confederate statues I would not argue for.  They are not considered a touchstone of our national identity, contributing to who we aspire to be.  You could argue that they showed bravery in combat, or strategic genius, or loyalty to a cause.... but it wasn't the cause of who we want to be.
So fuck em.

But when we are considering the flawed characters that did layout the framework of what we want to be, I can understand some of the talking points coming out of the red team, as well as those of the blue team.

The two non-slaver statues that people are railing against are both truly offensive.

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And when the cops get involved, one boomer keeps yelling at the black people "Oh so NOW you LIKE cops?"

"oh so you SAY you hate cops when they're summarily executing you for driving infractions, but when they actually do their job you're HAPPY about it? Curious!"

 :lol:

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I guess the more general question for me, is how do we handle historical figures that did both great and horrible things?
Of course we would hope that great people not do horrible things, but the characteristics that make someone likely to achieve the one, often select for both.
It feels like we should be able to have a nuanced memorialization of our past.

I don't know what that is, but it isn't a plain statue.

And many of the subjects did awful things and not great things. I'll admit Churchill is probably in the "it's complicated" category, but most Confederate generals probably aren't.

There isn't much complicated about Churchill.  He was a bloody bastard, but he was the bloody bastard that was needed at that time, on account of the opposition was so much worse.

There is a reason he was voted out immediately after the war.

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