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besthubris  ·  1702 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dear hubski, why are you proud of yourself?

And some days it's difficult to be a human being.

That's rad. I might go just in case they play "Picture of a Tree." Love that song.

What was their setlist like? I've only recently discovered these guys, but I'm really into everything I've heard.

besthubris  ·  1728 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What do you think is the closest thing to a modern-day witch hunt?

Politicians ask the best type of questions.

You'd think they'd be able to make just as much in taxes as they would from expensive fines and tickets. I think the more important thing is for fireworks themselves to be closely regulated. While you can't prevent people from being idiots, maybe some people could be saved from harm if inexpensive and potentially more defective fireworks were removed from the equation.

Also, props to you on the relevant username.

besthubris  ·  1728 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What do you think is the closest thing to a modern-day witch hunt?

I hadn't even considered internet trolling as an option. That's totally true. I've seen it happen as well where a certain person, politicians and celebrities included, will become targeted. On websites where people can be largely anonymous, death threats and calls for violence can be quick to surface, and bandwagoning is common. Online spamming is definitely equivalent to a mob mentality. I hadn't considered that before. With modern resources, it takes about 3 clicks for you to ruin someone's life, and I think a lot of people forget that the internet is still very much real life.

besthubris  ·  1728 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What book has impacted you the most?

The creation of a religion based on "harmless untruths" really spoke to me. Whenever I have seemingly arbitrary encounters with people repeatedly, I can't help but think in terms of the karass.

besthubris  ·  1728 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ex-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV research

As an incoming freshman at Iowa State, this is great news. Nothing like research fraud to help a reputation.

I think states banning fireworks are missing an important source of revenue. I live in Iowa, where fireworks are still illegal. At major holidays, (and pretty much in general) this doesn't stop fireworks from being used. My brothers just drive south into Missouri to buy them, and Iowa misses out on the tax revenue. Now, there's currently a bill in the Iowa house to legalize them. Making fireworks illegal hasn't solved any safety issues. But then again, explosives have never been heralded for their safety.

besthubris  ·  1728 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Alright, Hubski, what are you drinking?

I can't actually put my finger on it. It tastes a lot richer with a lower fat content. Why, I couldn't say. But if you ever have the chance to go to Denmark, I highly recommend it.

besthubris  ·  1728 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Do you keep a journal or a notebook?

I'm a big fan of the multiple journal approach. I keep one with me at all times to write down thoughts that occur to me over time, and then I also keep a journal to keep track of thoughts related to books I'm reading. I've found that the biggest benefit to keeping a daily journal is that it helps me be more observant. I'm more aware of events and places surrounding me. I've noticed more in the past year than ever before.

besthubris  ·  1729 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What was the latest book you read?

That book is the only reason I play as much bad tennis as I do. The way he mathematically describes the game using limits was one of the coolest inter-disciplinary discussions I have had the pleasure of reading.

besthubris  ·  1729 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What book has impacted you the most?

Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov made me a 17-year-old nihilist.

besthubris  ·  1729 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: High school graduate here, I'm stuck on figuring out what to do with my life!

I'm in the exact same situation as you are. I'm an aspiring writer, but I don't really have any concept of how to turn that into a tangible job. However I would recommend taking a trip or a vacation or something. It doesn't have to be a backpacking-across-Europe extravaganza (though it could be), it could be as simple as a series of day trips. I just went on a road trip across the US, and getting out of my hometown helped me think about where I want to go in the future, and it gave me a different perspective on where I already was.

besthubris  ·  1729 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: High school graduate here, I'm stuck on figuring out what to do with my life!

I did the Udacity programming course, and I found it really helpful. I was in high school at the time, but I could pick it up at night and it felt really low pressure.

The coffee shop atmosphere can be surprisingly conducive to productivity, and you can meet some interesting people. I've gotten into a lot of good discussions about writing style by reading my book at a coffee shop instead of at home.

besthubris  ·  1729 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 130th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

I'm seeing Cloud Nothings in my hometown this weekend, and I'm looking forward to it. I liked the entire "Here and Nowhere Else" EP. They remind me a lot of this band I was really into a couple of years ago, No Age.

No Age - Teen Creeps

besthubris  ·  1729 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do you feel about underlining in your books?

For some reason, a lot of my underlining seems to be character focused. Like I'll underline passages that I think show defining attributes or descriptions of characters. However, I also underline striking passages. Ones that are written really well, pose an interesting thought, or seem to be linked to some sort of theme. In the end, this is probably why I underline too much of my books. I feel like the whole mess is probably driven by the notion that, at some point, I might need a quick reminder of certain aspects of the book, whether it's for an essay or simply just to remind myself.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What upcoming video games are you looking forward to?

Every time I hear mention of the game Spore, I think part of me dies. Such a missed opportunity. Civilization V does really well as a substitute for the the civilization stage (duh) of it though.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What upcoming video games are you looking forward to?

I think when I upgrade I'm moving to an android phone. I'm reaching this newfound level of maturity where I don't need to follow the Apple hype train, and I'm excited about it.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do you feel about underlining in your books?

Highlighting in kindle I feel much better about. It allows for me to quickly come back to things without leaving a permanent mark. However, I really love finding old inscriptions in books. Like there's something about an old message shared in a book between two people I'll never meet that I find haunting in a interesting way.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do you feel about underlining in your books?

Whenever I have a pen in my hand, I can never decide what is actually important enough to underline. Thus, I underline probably too much. This is especially apparent in my school books. I'm scared to try and reread my copy of "The Brothers Karamazov" because I think it's riddled with unnecessary underlines and jotted notes.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What was the latest book you read?

I was wondering if he'd reference it. I read Broom of the System, and I liked noting the stylistic similarities between the two. Noticeably with the manmade creation of desolate wastelands in both of them.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What upcoming video games are you looking forward to?

My brother swears by PCPartPicker, I'll be there soon once I get the money.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What upcoming video games are you looking forward to?

I wish I could play it! My phone is too old.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do you feel about underlining in your books?

I'm really excited about the "I was an idiot/did I actually think that?" phase.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do you feel about underlining in your books?

That's my issue. I feel like if I'm reading for pleasure, I should just leave the pen alone and enjoy the book. But I'm the same way, if I feel like I'm going to reread the book, I shouldn't ruin the perfect condition. I don't go to college for a month yet, so until next week I'm blissfully unaware of textbook costs.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What upcoming video games are you looking forward to?

It's mainstream, but Fallout 4. That game alone makes me want to craft a PC Gaming desktop.

besthubris  ·  1730 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What was the latest book you read?

My plan is to start The Pale King during the fall semester. How does it compare?