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viTRiOLL  ·  2103 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Syncretic posts about deleting his reddit account, attracts SRD and circlejerk

You're right of course. I just wanted to use "fempire' in a sentence.

viTRiOLL  ·  2103 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Syncretic posts about deleting his reddit account, attracts SRD and circlejerk

As long as nobody says shit this is doomed to failure. Best of luck with the fempire.

Anomander  ·  2103 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Do you really feel that no one is going to say anything insensitive on hubski?

'Cause that's kind of assuming the site won't grow past the microcosm of easily enforced casual standards - same as what happened to reddit nigh five years ago.

viTRiOLL  ·  2103 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You're right of course. I just wanted to use "fempire' in a sentence.

viTRiOLL  ·  2103 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: So I deleted my reddit account...

I dumped my Reddit account a few weeks ago. I'm sure I wasn't as prolific as many of you, but I had been on there a few years, made the front page with a self post, had several thousand comment karma and had almost 1000 link Karma. I just got sick of it, especially because -as another user here pointed out in his comment- one quick downvote a few seconds after a post could derail any conversation I started. What's more, it seemed like it was happening with increased regularity since Reddit hit the main stream.

Sure, some of my posts were just stupid fun, but there were other posts that I really thought about and hoped to discuss. Frankly it made me angry that a 14 year old somewhere could slam the door on an adult discussion they couldn't take the time to understand.

I still have a Reddit account, but since I quit I have never posted a single comment and I never will again. I also ensure that any upvote I give is balanced by a downvote. I especially downvote obvious troll reposts and stupid TILs about things any idiot should already know TIL water is wet!"

mayonesa  ·  2102 days ago  ·  link  ·  

"one quick downvote a few seconds after a post could derail any conversation"

Most of them prefer it that way, however. Gives them a sense of power.

viTRiOLL  ·  2103 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Warner Bros. Wins Superman Copyright Case

"Joe Shuster. Shuster and Siegel famously sold their creation to DC Comics for a mere $130 in 1938, long before the character went on to become a multi-billion dollar franchise "

I'm sorry, these guys created something then sold it. The company to which they sold it promoted it, worked on it, created new products that drew in new audiences and generally built the equity of the brand. Then, the heirs come in and demand a cut with the argument the original sellers were cheated because the product is now worth billions.

If Superman had been worth billions at the time they sold it, would Shuster and Siegel not have receive more than $130? It must suck to think of something, sell your idea for almost nothing and then see other people take it, invest in it, repackage it and then make a fortune.

Lobstah  ·  2103 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This decision concerned a letter-agreement made in 2001 between WB and the Seigels, rather than the 1938 sale. The Siegels are still entitled to some income from the Superman brand I believe, probably according to the terms of the original sale.

viTRiOLL  ·  2110 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Practice your English: Adjectives with -ed or -ing

The only problem I have with this is that thetre are a number of suitable choices for some of the answers. Disappointed/Depressed can both fill in some of the blanks.

We're I in charge of this, I would limit the number of answers.

viTRiOLL  ·  2110 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 7 Billion People. On one page.

75 percent of them are trolls on Reddit.

viTRiOLL  ·  2110 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is the popular page no longer a "top" page?

I'd like to see a page that shows recently created tags or new posts that use seldom used tags. I think it would encourage the site's expansion.

viTRiOLL  ·  2114 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Photo Essay: When a Kid's Bedroom Isn't a Room

As an American, I think the photos of the American kids' rooms and the stories about their lives are just as horrible. On the one hand you have the rich, overacheiving kids - the one with all the trophies on display reminds me of Violet Blue from Willy Wonka - and the kid who spends his free time studying his finances on the bank website contrasted by the red-kneck kid with the shot gun and the little girl who is living in poverty. Not one of these kids are what I would think of as having a "normal" childhood.

viTRiOLL  ·  2114 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ask Hubski: Where do you see yourself in 25 years?

In 25 years I will 71 years old. I'm not sure I'll make it that far but if I do I hope I am happily and healthily retired.

Hopefully I'll be a mischevious old crumudgeon who bothers people with a twinkle in my eye, not a bitter old bastard who orders people off my lawn. At this point, I feel like I could go wither way.

It took a lot of balls either way.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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One is reckless the other is not. People will make excuses about being caught up in the moment etc, but if they really understood what was on the line, most of them wouldn't do it at all.

The thing about risk is hat you need to approach it systematically. I didn't jump on the back of an 1100 CC sport bike my first time out. I worked up to it, got good and when I got the bike I went in with both eyes open. That's what really takes guts, by the way, it's knowing what can happen and doing it anyhow.

That's my point about the guy, too. He could have looked out for himself and still got those guys to safety - just like the oxygen mask on the airplane, yous first and then someone else's. If you go down, the other person is going down anyhow. You can help more people by taking care of yourself and then helping.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think we're getting into a different discussion here. I believe I'd sacrifice my own life in order to save another. But I have no idea, I've never been in that circumstance.

Ah, I see your point. Good analogy with the airplane mask. I agree with you on this part. And while I can see that it was reckless now, it still seems heroic to me. At least to some extent.

viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It took a lot of balls either way.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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You can still do dangerous things, the trick is to not let yourself be stupid about it and realize that you aren't invulnerable.

I used to watch the Armed Forces TV network all the time when. I was overseas and they always showed the commercials that talked abut Congressional Medal of Honor winners. There was one I hated. It was about how this young soldier in WW I took off his task mask and gave it to someone else during a mustard gas attack and ended up dying after the battle, He gave his life up for another guy, right?

Wrong. I used to be that guy. He thought nothing would ever get him. He took his gas mask off because he didn't need it and he thought someone else did. Like I said, I was that guy, I was foolish and took risks with y body I probably shouldn't have. I'm lucky to be paying the price a little at a time sitting here with both ears ringing in different tones. But at least they are in tune...

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think there's a difference in doing something risky for the thrill of it, and doing it for the sake of helping others. If the scenario you posted was done because he thought he was invincible, then yeah, that's stupid. But if it was done with the mentality of saving another, I'd say that's heroic.

Again, and I'm not trying to be stubborn/naive/immature, but isn't that preoccupation with 'not letting yourself be stupid about it' contradictory with the dangerous aspect of an activity?

viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

One is reckless the other is not. People will make excuses about being caught up in the moment etc, but if they really understood what was on the line, most of them wouldn't do it at all.

The thing about risk is hat you need to approach it systematically. I didn't jump on the back of an 1100 CC sport bike my first time out. I worked up to it, got good and when I got the bike I went in with both eyes open. That's what really takes guts, by the way, it's knowing what can happen and doing it anyhow.

That's my point about the guy, too. He could have looked out for himself and still got those guys to safety - just like the oxygen mask on the airplane, yous first and then someone else's. If you go down, the other person is going down anyhow. You can help more people by taking care of yourself and then helping.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think we're getting into a different discussion here. I believe I'd sacrifice my own life in order to save another. But I have no idea, I've never been in that circumstance.

Ah, I see your point. Good analogy with the airplane mask. I agree with you on this part. And while I can see that it was reckless now, it still seems heroic to me. At least to some extent.

viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It took a lot of balls either way.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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Seriously, take care of your body. I was a strapping young guy who was never sick and who could shrug off anything. I spent 25 years riding some of the fastest motorcycles on the planet, shooting assault rifles for fun, blasting heavy metal as loud as it would go and working in the engine rooms of ships for 5 years as a merchant mariner. I had a great time.

The funny thing is I could have still done it all and not felt a single ill effect if I had just been smarter. I could have brushed after meals, I could have used my hearing protection every time, I cold have eaten better and taken a little better care of myself. But seriously, I was indestructible. The worst part is, people really did warn me, I was just too stupid to listen.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

But come to think of it, if you took those precautions, would you have enjoyed those experiences as much as you did? Sure, the brushing issue is a no brainer, but isn't there something to be said for living in the moment without a care in the world?

viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You can still do dangerous things, the trick is to not let yourself be stupid about it and realize that you aren't invulnerable.

I used to watch the Armed Forces TV network all the time when. I was overseas and they always showed the commercials that talked abut Congressional Medal of Honor winners. There was one I hated. It was about how this young soldier in WW I took off his task mask and gave it to someone else during a mustard gas attack and ended up dying after the battle, He gave his life up for another guy, right?

Wrong. I used to be that guy. He thought nothing would ever get him. He took his gas mask off because he didn't need it and he thought someone else did. Like I said, I was that guy, I was foolish and took risks with y body I probably shouldn't have. I'm lucky to be paying the price a little at a time sitting here with both ears ringing in different tones. But at least they are in tune...

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think there's a difference in doing something risky for the thrill of it, and doing it for the sake of helping others. If the scenario you posted was done because he thought he was invincible, then yeah, that's stupid. But if it was done with the mentality of saving another, I'd say that's heroic.

Again, and I'm not trying to be stubborn/naive/immature, but isn't that preoccupation with 'not letting yourself be stupid about it' contradictory with the dangerous aspect of an activity?

viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

One is reckless the other is not. People will make excuses about being caught up in the moment etc, but if they really understood what was on the line, most of them wouldn't do it at all.

The thing about risk is hat you need to approach it systematically. I didn't jump on the back of an 1100 CC sport bike my first time out. I worked up to it, got good and when I got the bike I went in with both eyes open. That's what really takes guts, by the way, it's knowing what can happen and doing it anyhow.

That's my point about the guy, too. He could have looked out for himself and still got those guys to safety - just like the oxygen mask on the airplane, yous first and then someone else's. If you go down, the other person is going down anyhow. You can help more people by taking care of yourself and then helping.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think we're getting into a different discussion here. I believe I'd sacrifice my own life in order to save another. But I have no idea, I've never been in that circumstance.

Ah, I see your point. Good analogy with the airplane mask. I agree with you on this part. And while I can see that it was reckless now, it still seems heroic to me. At least to some extent.

viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It took a lot of balls either way.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Experiment: What's YOUR most controversial opinion, Hubski?

I am fine with it in principle, but there have been enough problems with ensuring they have the right guy, and over application of the penalty to minorities and the lower socio economic classes that I am concerned about how it is being used in our society today.

If the authorities could address those problems and ensure it is being practiced fairly and accurately then I would be very much behind it.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Very good point. I think I agree with that. In principle, it makes a lot of sense. But like many things in life, many things good in principle are executed poorly.

When I was 20 people gave me all kinds of great advice. I wish I had understood how important it was to actually listen to it and act upon it.

In did all right in life, but I think I could be in an even better place if I had worked harder and been more focused when I was younger. I certainly should have listened when people told me to take care of my body. Of course, I was indestructible at the time, but here I am at just 46 a type 2 diabetic, with bad teeth and a constant ringing in my ears. Just an ounce of prevention really is a pound of cure.

Also, tell the people in your life that you love them and either forgive or track down and confront your bullies - especially if you are like me and tend to stew about things like that...

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Currently 20. It's difficult to focus at this age. There are so many stimuli to catch our attention, it's hard to focus and work hard toward anything. It does take a lot of determination at this age.

Taking care of my body is definitely something I neglect. I'll totally keep this into consideration. You may have just convinced me to stop smoking.

I try to do this as much as I can. I tell my mother I love her all the time. Thanks for your post.

viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Seriously, take care of your body. I was a strapping young guy who was never sick and who could shrug off anything. I spent 25 years riding some of the fastest motorcycles on the planet, shooting assault rifles for fun, blasting heavy metal as loud as it would go and working in the engine rooms of ships for 5 years as a merchant mariner. I had a great time.

The funny thing is I could have still done it all and not felt a single ill effect if I had just been smarter. I could have brushed after meals, I could have used my hearing protection every time, I cold have eaten better and taken a little better care of myself. But seriously, I was indestructible. The worst part is, people really did warn me, I was just too stupid to listen.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

But come to think of it, if you took those precautions, would you have enjoyed those experiences as much as you did? Sure, the brushing issue is a no brainer, but isn't there something to be said for living in the moment without a care in the world?

viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You can still do dangerous things, the trick is to not let yourself be stupid about it and realize that you aren't invulnerable.

I used to watch the Armed Forces TV network all the time when. I was overseas and they always showed the commercials that talked abut Congressional Medal of Honor winners. There was one I hated. It was about how this young soldier in WW I took off his task mask and gave it to someone else during a mustard gas attack and ended up dying after the battle, He gave his life up for another guy, right?

Wrong. I used to be that guy. He thought nothing would ever get him. He took his gas mask off because he didn't need it and he thought someone else did. Like I said, I was that guy, I was foolish and took risks with y body I probably shouldn't have. I'm lucky to be paying the price a little at a time sitting here with both ears ringing in different tones. But at least they are in tune...

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think there's a difference in doing something risky for the thrill of it, and doing it for the sake of helping others. If the scenario you posted was done because he thought he was invincible, then yeah, that's stupid. But if it was done with the mentality of saving another, I'd say that's heroic.

Again, and I'm not trying to be stubborn/naive/immature, but isn't that preoccupation with 'not letting yourself be stupid about it' contradictory with the dangerous aspect of an activity?

viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

One is reckless the other is not. People will make excuses about being caught up in the moment etc, but if they really understood what was on the line, most of them wouldn't do it at all.

The thing about risk is hat you need to approach it systematically. I didn't jump on the back of an 1100 CC sport bike my first time out. I worked up to it, got good and when I got the bike I went in with both eyes open. That's what really takes guts, by the way, it's knowing what can happen and doing it anyhow.

That's my point about the guy, too. He could have looked out for himself and still got those guys to safety - just like the oxygen mask on the airplane, yous first and then someone else's. If you go down, the other person is going down anyhow. You can help more people by taking care of yourself and then helping.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think we're getting into a different discussion here. I believe I'd sacrifice my own life in order to save another. But I have no idea, I've never been in that circumstance.

Ah, I see your point. Good analogy with the airplane mask. I agree with you on this part. And while I can see that it was reckless now, it still seems heroic to me. At least to some extent.

viTRiOLL  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It took a lot of balls either way.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  2116 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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thefoundation  ·  2115 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm 20 as well. I like hearing about all of this. I feel like I'm on a good track. What I do is always look on the bright side, laugh a lot, think a lot, take time to appreciate the smallest things. My mental health is the most important thing to me