I've been on the Internet since 1992. You'd think I'd know better by now.
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Money is one of several factors. When you are broke, you can probably afford time to save money. However when you have an urgent situation, you may just have to say goodbye to $100. Social status and maintaining a relationship are also vectors. Learn to weigh your factors more quickly -- your marriage or friendship may depend on it.
Hell is only for those that truly believe in it. You build your reality in your assumptions, but reality is bigger than you. If you think you're going to hell, then you are. If you would rather see a better world, start building the skills that would create it.
Working with your hands also helps develop your intellect. I studied philosophy in college, but I also spent my college time doing desktop publishing, learning Unix, doing audio production on 2-track and 4-track reels, and schlepping stuff I found. I remember a lot about Tiresias and hylomorphism, but I can also mix down live. Neither is more valuable, especially in a world with transgender DJs.
When I first got into a mosh pit, I fell and people stepped on my feet. It hurt. The show was still going, so I got back up. I hit the ground again. I got up slightly faster. Eventually I bought steel-toed boots and got used to getting hit. I liked being membrane, the edge of the pit: I could watch people lose their minds while keeping unsuspecting folks from getting sucked in. Eventually I became a sysadmin.
Don't be afraid of machines, neighborhoods, weird food, or other people. Anything you assume you know but don't try is your failure.
Learn to drive stick. Take one lesson, then buy a stick car. It's like learning to drive all over again. Then comes winter and you can simply stay in second gear all over the slush. You will know more about your car because you will shape the results of control. You will not fear the road or feel like a victim.
You may get to hang out with a lot of people, but not all of them are your friends. Some won't even break bread with you -- you can literally offer them to pull bread from a fresh loaf and they won't touch it. If they won't eat with you, don't try to date them.
Your parents may love you, but they won't always understand you. This is more than okay -- this is how you become independent.
You never know how often you could get laid if you don't make a trial close. I learned this when I worked in sales: don't be afraid of 'no'. If the other person doesn't leave, then you can address objections and try again. If the other person leaves, LET 'EM LEAVE. Go do something different.
However, getting laid won't always lead to a real relationship. It sounds obvious, but man can that take forever to sink in.
Never eat a hot dog on a boat. I learned that on a whale cruise.
I had assumed he wasn't traveling in time but rattling things from his head. After all, we establish a present but he also tells us about his murder. There is no physical conceit for time travel -- simply that he's not in control of when he is.
The first sentence is "Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time." Whether anyone else perceives this is immaterial. That's how Vonnegut worked: "and so it goes."
Vonnegut had been trying to figure out how to tell the story of the Dresden firebombing. He was there, but its impact got eclipsed by the atomic bombs in Japan. He was only able to unravel the tale by wrapping it in other tales.
Being unstuck in time, whatever way it happens, lets us look at a bigger event in a digestible way.
But it is ALREADY upon us! What more do we need? We have megadrought in California, floods everywhere else, constant need for FEMA intervention...
I'll bet if it were actually raining men, Congress would call a special session.
It's not about the three years you've already invested. It's about the fear of another year repeating itself until you die.
Your doubts are a vital part of making your decision. Take them apart by figuring out what fuels them. Perhaps what you're seeing are larger trends in the existing cycles, but you can't describe them.
A friend of mine once put it really well: it's not what you see in each other, but whether you are both looking in the same direction. from this perspective, it doesn't sound like you are.
Think about a five-year plan with her. What milestones would you expect (buying a house, starting a family, feasting on the flesh of your rivals while drinking mead)? What would she expect? If you do not see enough overlap, you have an answer.
Marriage is not always the next step. Don't let social expectations push you into a legal contract. That's like signing up for a cell phone plan because they let you call Denver.
Heck, he's the only one standing in front of casks of aging beer.
Texas still executes a lot of people -- more than several other nations combined.
California and New York have similar populations -- big-ass cities, plenty of rural too. Yet New York has had zero executions since it reintroduced the death penalty in 1995. If you want to talk about twisted, New York Effin' City invents new ways to commit crimes.
Are you saying that the death penalty is fine because of the nature of the crimes? Are you saying you're exclusive to some kind of horror that warrants taking a life? Are you even certain that's a punishment for every murderer, some of whom want to die?
I need to understand this thinking. I'm moving to Oklahoma soon (Tulsa). It's different enough from Texas. I still want to know why "he needs murderin'" is a decent civic stance.
They knight you for the income to the Crown. John left the UK, and the other two never made as much money after the Beatles as Paul. As goofy as a lot of Wings albums are, he made a lot of them and they had hits.
Mull this one: Sir Bob Geldof. He's Irish! (Republic, not Northern.) They knighted him for the revenue of Live Aid.
It turns out my wife has this. She watches massage videos to fall asleep.
I tried watching these and I got twitches. Every tappy, light sound made me shake my arms. I also have tinnitus so I wonder whether there is a relationship.
I can't even get through a few seconds of these videos without feeling overloaded by the sounds of lip smacks, jangling bracelets, and high treble at the same volume as human voices. My discernment falls apart and I feel angry. I keep thinking: POP FILTERS! I spent years recording things and trying to get rid of these noises. It turns out I could've been banking them.
I'll stick to post-rock, grind core, dub step, and other low-intimacy presentations.
However I must thank you for posting this. I never would have known that some people like that tingly sensation. I've had people walk their fingers over my shoulders and it make me freak out like a hit to the funny bone.
Let's face it. This is the flag they wish they had when they wave St Andrew's Cross with stars and a red background.
I like how it becomes a partial Hardee battle flag.
"You can't take my precious stars and bars away! You'll make me realize I'm just a ball of hate and I sound like a barking, toothless dog."
Find me a non-racist country.
It's not a good enough excuse. We need to keep the noise going so we can have real discussions about race and class. We have gone through several evolutions on our racism, but we clearly have more to do.