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tacocat  ·  317 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Adventures in Decoupaging: Part 2

I've made a ton of decoupage collages into art.

I got tired of repeating myself for two years or whatever and quit.

tacocat  ·  352 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 3, 2016

tacocat  ·  535 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Monthy Morale Menagerie 2016 - January Check-Inx 2

I haven't had a drink since January 4th. I spent the first week of the year in the hospital for depression and detox. One month is the longest I've ever gone and I'm about to break my record.

tacocat  ·  720 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What is your favorite interesting, cool, informative video?

Pretty much every CGP Grey video. I like Numberphile, Periodic Videos and I'm starting to watch Sixty Symbols. I stumbled across this School of Life channel. I'm just gonna embed this one because I made a point to watch it today and it'll save me clicks.

tacocat  ·  724 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I did an informal study about Hubski

OKCupid is a palace built on a sadness foundation. I moderated there until seeing penises and arguing about rules lost its charm.

tacocat  ·  726 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why people are terrible

It's just weird that things shook out historically so that the fool and the jester are the ones telling the truth. What the fuck is the rest of the court talking about? Vague, hushed words meant to save their ass I guess. Everyone knows comedians are right but laying that shit out in the wrong situation is rude and offensive.

tacocat  ·  733 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do I give badges?

Give it to me for this

You can do worse than Steve Winwood

tacocat  ·  762 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My drinking years: ‘Everyone has blackouts, don’t they?’

I'm a full blown alcoholic. Some days I just wake up and it's like "Fuck it, I feel like shit immediately upon opening my eyes, drinking is all that's going to happen today." And I don't even get hangovers so it's not like I wake up and need some hair of the dog, I just don't care so much that being drunk all day is preferable to being depressed all day. Note that first sentence next time you hear "Admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery."

Finding out why you drink is a big part of recovery. You don't understand it and neither do a lot of people who do it. For me, it was a lot of just growing up around a father who drank every night, insomnia, boredom, genetics, lack of a close social circle and alcohol just being an easily accessible high. Even knowing all that, I don't know why I keep doing it. I actually just fell off the wagon after being pretty certain I'd never drink again.

They say alcoholism is a disease but it's not. Using the model of disease for treatment is effective in helping people so it's a disease instead of a moral failing which is what it was seen as until about a hundred years ago. It's really more of a symptom that you're not alright and I've heard that too from psychiatrists I've seen. It's a disease in that it requires medical help and when people want to play the semantic game without understanding the nuances of why pouring Johnny Walker down your throat is on par with schizophrenia it pisses me off even if I'm willing to concede that it's a disease from some kind of medical philosophy perspective.

I kinda lost focus at the end but that doesn't mean what I said isn't true

tacocat  ·  800 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Split Image:" Ivy League Star Athlete; Parking Garage Suicide

Maybe your dad should have pulled out sooner