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johnnyFive  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 23, 2017

Life on meds continues. I'm having to re-learn a lot of mental habits, but it's still been a colossal improvement to quality of life. I'm also better at emotional regulation, which makes sense, but was nonetheless surprising. Day-to-day, I feel like I can get so much more done, and I actually look forward to free time as opposed to a mixture of relief (at not having to work) and dread (that I had to let my brain loose to bounce off the walls). I have a med check-up later this week, so will be curious to see what the psychiatrist thinks.

Beyond that, not a whole lot is new. I'm still doing the Greek thing, and have begun to dip by toe in the waters of Coptic. Part of the latter project is to figure out a decent way to learn vocabulary. When I was in middle- and high-school Spanish, I never needed to study. I could just read a vocab list and I'd know 95%+ of the words cold after the first pass. Not so much anymore. Flashcards definitely don't work for me, as I need to learn things as they relate to other things. I've tried doing pictures for the words, and that seems to help, but is time consuming (at least initially). I think the main thing is to practice now, which is something I hope to find good ways to do (considering all I can say now is a few prepositional phrases). One kind of interesting thing is that the

I'll write a little more about this later, but I think the iPad Pro is my new favorite of my devices. I can take notes, write (Pages is free and very good overall), draw (Procreate is spectacular), read, and when I'm not feeling productive I can game (the port of Prison Architect for iOS is great) or even color (Pigment is a wonderful way to veg out). College me would've killed for this thing.

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I think you're supposed to roll your eyes at most of what Bateman says in that book. But I too definitely preferred the movie.

For GoT/ASOAIF, I enjoyed the books for the most part, but I'm done with them. GRRM took 5 years from book 3 to 4, and then almost 6 years for the next one. We're now going on 6 years on the next, which means that I basically have to re-read the entire series every time in order to remember what's happened. This is doubly so now that the TV show and the books have diverged. I frankly don't believe he'll finish the series before he dies, and I don't want to get re-invested.

Hobbies are good, and basically the point is that they're not cost-effective. But as long as you don't mind spending the money, who cares?

Haha yeah. But what I really liked about this is for putting into words what I think a lot of us have been thinking. We've long looked to the president (even one we didn't like) as a unifying figure. We've seen president after president rise to the occasion, even if they later fucked up the practical application (see Bush with basically his entire presidency). But at least they tried.

My thoughts largely mirror your own.

I'll add that one of the things I really love about this show is the way that it's able to keep surprising you. Just when I think they've mined the characters' flaws, neuroses, and issues for everything they're worth, a new episode comes along that does something totally different. It somehow manages to be both predictable and surprising at the same time.

That would also be acceptable.

I wonder about that, though. Couldn't that just be Bannon now trying to save face? Notice that it was "a person close to Mr. Bannon" who said that the latter had quit. This doesn't really jive with the interview he gave on Wednesday, where he talked about future foreign policy plans and the people (by name) in various government agencies that he was planning on removing.

Maybe that was bluster, but it seems more likely to me that it was honest, and that he's now trying to pull the "you can't break up with me if I break up with you first" card.

The plot certainly thickens.

    I also find it a bit interesting that in one segment the author also readily admitted that the live action movie was trying to squeeze two stories in one and then in another segment, complains about how the live action movie had to trim down some scenes.

I don't think this gives the movie a free pass. If you have to make it less good in order to cram more into it, that's still a bad thing and a mistake on the part of the filmmaker.

I dunno, I wouldn't want to be associated with anything Thiel, either.

Honestly? Because you showed up here and started lecturing us about how we didn't understand this issue, but now you're here and you're ready to enlighten us.

If you had started off on a different tack, I would think that you were just naive but passionate about the topic. But if you're going to bring the "I'm your intellectual savior" attitude, you'd better be able to back it up. Normally if someone has nothing to teach me I'd just move on, but when it's combined with the level of arrogance you've displayed, it really gets under my skin.

I think you're off to a good start, but you need to turn up the pretension a few notches :)

That's great, y'all!

    ...the startup is quick to point out it is not associated with Thiel Capital.

I lol'd.

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