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May 21, 2014I cringe about most of the stuff I've posted, especially some of the personal stuff I've shared. I was about 15, 16 at the time I really got involved with Dfans. I didn't know how to conduct myself well on the internet. To an extent, I still don't know, but I'm getting better at it.Posted in: Off-Topic
Nov 16, 2012Azriel posted a message on Uber Bosses Speed Kill Video, Blue Posts, Bonus Blizzard Comic Contest Entry, Black Ops 2 Outsells Harry Potter and Star WarsI don't know how people buying a large volume of a notably repetitive and unoriginal game is supposed to help the industry. Setting a shitty industry standard doesn't help anybody.Posted in: News & Announcements
Jun 8, 2012If you don't like this song, we can't be friends.Posted in: Off-Topic
May 21, 2012I died so many times in Act III cause of those goddamn Heralds of Pestilence. They are probably the most overpowered monster in the game if you're a melee character, especially if a champion mob imbued with waller / jailer is around and manages to trap you.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I probably died at least 10 times cause of those fuckers.
May 11, 20121.) Music. I know that's a pretty cliche response, but music, for me, is a constant reminder of the great that mankind can do; something as pure as musical thought and the ability to convey emotion through sound and language is one of the reasons I'm glad to be a part of this world. I wake up to music and I'm usually plugged in almost all day. I just can't be without it.Posted in: Off-Topic
2.) Love. That's also another cliche response, but I'm always comforted by the fact that, at this present moment, there are many people that I can call "family;" brothers, sisters, friends, mothers, fathers. This kind of familial warmth is something I anticipate in the morning and it always keeps me going no matter how sad I may get on a given day.
3.) The future. I am an optimist at heart and I always try to have a positive outlook on my life and who I may grow up to be, who's lives I can affect positively, and the family I hope the raise and be a part of when I'm older. I have hopes and ambitions and I know, in my heart, that I would give anything to accomplish them and looking forward to that, most of the time, makes me glad to be alive.
Also, I always find that I can't begin the day unless I can get out of bed. Every day is precious and laying around in bed (unless you're sick, of course) is a waste of a potentially great day.
May 7, 2012Posted in: Off-TopicQuote from Ducha
I've just started learning guitar, does anyone have any tips or maybe a heads up for some beginner songs to start off on?
I had originally written you a pretty lengthy response but my fucking browser backed out of my post.
I'll boil it down to a few points:
1) "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day is the perfect beginner's song because it introduces you to many musical concepts and guitar techniques at the same time.
2) Don't attempt the Tristram theme until you think you're ready. If you find yourself becoming frustrated with a song, put the guitar down and take a few breaths. One of the biggest mistakes a beginner makes is assuming that they can't play something and, therefore, can't play guitar. Taking into perspective the amount of time that it takes for a guitarist to actually become good, it's absolutely okay to make mistakes. Nobody's grading you, don't take it too hard on yourself if you can't get something right the first time. Guitar requires a lot of patience but, in my experience, the reward is incredibly gratifying.
3) Don't be afraid of experimenting with chords and especially don't be afraid of chords themselves; chords will hurt. They'll hurt like hell. Suck it up, crybaby.
4) Don't pay for lessons unless you feel you absolutely need them. I've done fine without them (I've been playing for about four years).
5) Try writing songs every once in a while. That's another gift of music; aside from obtaining a skill, you're able to put that skill to use and making something special to you. Take advantage of your skill.
May 5, 2012Posted in: Off-TopicQuote from Tralari
It's pretty easy to skip over posts and just reply to what you want. If someone replies to my post and then 3 pages go by, I'll still quote them and reply back despite the amount of discussion that has lapsed.
I think the reason why I don't necessarily like doing that is because I feel that, if they don't want to return to the discussion (because five pages have flown by), then replying is kind of pointless because they've probably already forgotten about it / don't care anymore. After enough time has elapsed, continuing the discussion is really arbitrary.
And there's certainly nothing wrong with wanting to have a laugh in the most popular thread on the forums. That's the reason why the URT was made, as Succubus said.
Edit: This is a really nice video.
And sorry for the music; It's a crappy cover of Coldplay's "Fix You."
Only certain artists should cover certain songs.
May 5, 2012There are people who can be mature on the internet and accept ideas presented through them. Shitstorms are not the fault of the discussions; they're the fault of the people participating in those discussions. If people are going to bicker, then that's their prerogative; bad apples spoil the bunch.Posted in: Off-Topic
I've never tried to force an idea. I've always tried to present one. There's an difference between giving the option to have spinach and commanding people to have spinach.
My desire to start another thread isn't because I think good discussions can't happen in the URT; they have in the past. A while ago, people were more engaging and more open to actually talking about stuff because, at the end of the day, exchanging ideas and having conversations about our passions was a good experience as opposed to a chore. We were able to grow stronger as a community because of the knowledge we shared. I can recall times when conversations on the same topic spanned, maybe, five pages or so.
I guess I just want that back. I want a lot of things back; some of the members I used to talk to on here had some brilliant ideas and had interesting things to say. Not to say that there isn't any of that now, but I feel that it's more of a rarity now.
There's simply not enough people who actively participate in this thread to balance the amount of "random" and the amount of discussion. That's a conclusion I've come to simply from looking at pages and the things that are talked about: a lot of stuff and a lot of media. This has led me to believe that it is foolish to go to the URT in search of a good discussion.
Edit: People who feel the need to project the measure of their intellect over the internet are incredibly vain. Again, bad apples spoil the bunch. At least I try to project an earnest demeanor when I want to talk about something that's touchy like abortion or religion. I used to be that way, but then I grew up and stopped being so protective of my ideals. If I'm in public, I don't throw a fit when someone disagrees with me; in fact, most discussions I have in public about politics and the such, depending on the person, are completely cordial and pleasant and, more than anything, I want to project that into things I say on the internet.
People who see the internet as a forum for their vanity probably don't speak that well in public. Being humble in a discussion, more than often, will result in something worth remembering and will probably lead to a higher sense of respect for the people you talk to.
That's what a discussion is to me.
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Aug 26, 2012Grades are inflated and I wish I could tell you it were not systemic, but it most certainly is the case for most every secondary school and especially those with rather open acceptance policies. I refused to take part in the generous curving process in my career and it slowed the process of my becoming tenured in a very dramatic fashion. Administrators the country over (possibly the world over, but I've only worked in the US with a brief stint in the UK) have gone from academics to financially driven managers. School at some point in the 80s underwent a very obvious metamorphosis from process of enrichment to method of rubber-stamping socio-economic status. Wealthy kids get the inside-road to ivy league institutes and attain the highest stamp. Relatively poor first-generation college students in community schools attain the lowest stamp.Posted in: Off-Topic
So the education becomes more widely desired. Everyone wants that rubber stamp to riches. Public education accelerates the mythos that if everyone simply got more education then nobody would be poor. We would simply automate all the jobs we didn't want and the world would be populated by a bunch of highly intellectual engineers, doctors, and the like. Obviously utopia failed to emerge. What did emerge; however, by the 90s was a post-secondary system in high-gear flooding the job market with over-trained and under-evaluated individuals. There were not enough specialist jobs to give out and even if there were, nobody was going to hang the new bridge-building project over to an architect from DeVry who got his degree in a year over chatroom lecture.
It's hard to say exactly how this process will reverse itself or simply evolve the education and job training systems we now take for granted into something more efficient (or less, parish the thought), but I will re-iterate that it is of the utmost importance to like what you do for a living. Chances are it will not pay dividends. Chances are you will not become rich. Chances are you will be quite poverty stricken at some point in your life. These are not simply hand-waiving claims, they are statistical and economical realities. The more one is willing to either hang onto their beloved niche and make it into a steady living, the better off they are.
Never for a moment listen to the fatuous and self-serving employers who tell everyone going into college to become "flexible," and to attain all the wondrous serf-like traits that they so desire in a peasant employee. There is something to be said for a career change and there is certainly a comfortable safety in having a back-up plan or new experience, but simply chasing the almighty dollar from one hack job to the next is a means of gaining life-long depression, not wealth.
Oh, and to hit on the specific point of writing. If indeed that is your passion, I would recommend you subscribe and submit regularly to some form of periodical. Print media may be a dying breed, but it is certainly a more effective way of being discovered for a paying job than is plastering your work across the internet by way of blog (although this has been the success of some). As the late, great Christopher Hitches would say; however, a writer is not one who simply likes or loves to write. A writer is one who simply cannot imagine life without writing. I wish you the best of luck in that career path, for it is fraught with much more uncertainty than most. I won't be the first or last to admit that it was my dream too to become a writer and I ended up with a teaching job to keep a roof over my head.
Aug 23, 2012Or maybe donate to www.water.org and save whole villages.Posted in: General Discussion (non-Diablo)
Or just spend your money and don't feel too guilty because although it's nice to help you can't save everyone. Spending money on things you want doesn't make you a bad person.
I do feel for these people that need charity though.
Jul 11, 2012Nacho_ijp posted a message on Global Warming Disproven? New Study Shows 2000 Yrs of Cooling!ok, lets say climate change is false and humans don't do anything strong enough to change climate... that doesn't mean we can go throwing all our trash into the ocean, or polluting the rivers with chemicals, or burning oil until our cities have more smoke than air, or digging holes into the ground and spilling all the oil around like it is clean water and so on...Posted in: Off-Topic
If climate change is true, then more reason to change our ways, if not, it doesn't mean we can keep going as we are unless we want a wasteland for a planet :/
May 3, 2012Posted in: Off-TopicQuote from Nekrodrac
Quote from succubus_queen
I have poor analytical skills? That seems somewhat presumptuos doesn't it? "Panties in a mix" suggests a level of agitation. No one seemed agitated... until perhaps now. People were defending her, and questioning the meme, but in a very casual way, that didn't rise to any definiton of getting your panties in a mix.
Actually, coming into a situation where no one is upset, and telling everyone their panties in a mix, feels a bit like you are trying to agitate people. Feels a bit trollish actually.
As for rating the girl, I really can't. I think there are infinite kinds of beauty. If someone takes care of themselves, looks happy, keeps a healthy weight and exercies enough to stay a bit toned, that's beauty to me. I'm insecure in ways and pretty hard on myself, but I've got very easy standards for the rest of the world. LOL!
Lack of intellectual integrity and honesty to top it all.
I never knew you managed to get an oxford definition of panties in a mix. You seem to be an expert at grasping at straws.
Bleh. You are boring beyond measure.
You always say the most ironic things. Grapsing at straws. Please. You know as well as I that lightly defending someone doesn't constitute having your "panties in a mix." That's completely absurd.
Also, you question my honestly, but you fail to bother with pointing out where you consider me to be lying. I am going to assume that it is the section about not being able to rate her, and seeing beauty in generaly health and hapiness. If so, I think it's very funny that you would go on and on about how hurtful beauty ideals are, and then accuse someone of lying if they don't hold anyone to a particular standard, as though it's not possible to do. It seems somewhwat duplicious. Some people are more striking than others, often for reasons you can't see in a flat image. But most of it is fairly complex, and it's definitely not something I'd bother to quantify on a 10 point scale. Sorry if that concept is hard for you to grasp.
Let's cut to the chase my dear, based on your modus operandi in the last two debates you have had in this thread. You are going to become more and more inflamatory. I'm finally going to rise to your level of obnoxiousness (that's the part we are skipping to), and you won't be able to take it. At that point, you will start sounding more and more desperate, and hit a whole new level of rude. The mods will come. You'll declare yourself the winner. (Maybe by saying you schooled me or some such. Which for the record, if you have to say it yourself it's probably not true, and people generally find it funny.) I am going out for dinner, and I have good friends, pleasant conversation, a burrito, and a jumbo margarita in my future. Frankly my little friend, I don't have time for this, and won't be bothering to read further.
You may feel free to have the last word. I know how important it is to people of your maturity level.
May 1, 2012You know...I'm a true Diablo fan. Been waiting 10+ years for D3. However...staying off this forum (I'm new) does not make me a fan or not. I just don't need a pat on the back to remind me I am a fan. Why? Because I AM and no one can convince me I am or convince me I'm not.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
A true Diablo fan will never be put off all the crap most of the people on here bitch about.
Sure, I didn't have one... so... I GOT ONE
Was a bit tight..made a plan and got the CE
Made sure I have some, or A LOT
Pfft, didn't need it before and won't need it now
The only thing that will make me HATE D3 is the storyline - if it sucks I will toss it in the fire and watch it burn and I will WRITE my own Diablo 3 - story wise.
The only thing they can screw up in my opinion is the story.
I don't care about the RMAH, I don't care about anything except the storyline.
Apr 24, 2012LOL! What's more funny than trying so hard not to be mainstream that you become a caricature of mock individuality? Rebel against one clique by blindly associating yourself with another one? Yeh, it makes total sense.Posted in: Off-Topic
Edit: Guess what I'm saying is taht if you happen to like scarves and big glasses, don't be afraid of people calling you a hipster.
And if you happen to like some minstream music, media, and sedate clothes, don't be afraid to admit it.
If you listen to yourself, you'll probably fidn some popular culture stuff worth your time, and some lesser known, less popular stuff that you like too. If you pick your interests to make sure you are in with your clique, whether it's yuppies, emo, hipster, redneck or whatever, you are a poser.
Do your own thing!
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