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Been a while since I've been around. Some soulsearching took place, some professional growth, a lot of personal development. Full-time student and full-time employee, with a handful of friends and hobbies, but boundless interest and curiosity. Drop by and say hi. :)

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shibbotech  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 10, 2016

Hail, Hubski. Been a while, hasn't it? Looks like the last time I was really active here was July or so. A lot's changed on my end, but on reflection, I didn't really have a venue where I could process everything and sound ideas off people until I remembered this place. I hope you've all been well over the past half-year or so.

Far too much has changed to discuss in a single post, but to give a highlight of events as it were: promotion, further schooling progress, handled a network expansion and wireless network deployment for the second-largest office of an S&P 500 company (!!!), been bogged with work and projects and who knows what else; celebrated a birthday, flew to Phoenix for a music festival, used a psychedelic as an entheogen, began taking steps to get active in the Masons again; preparing to earn three more professional certifications in the coming months and attempting to complete the bachelor's in a year - 92 credits down in 8 months. Just a whirlwind of activity overall. Now I'm finally slowing down a little and giving myself time to socialize and unwind between my bursts of productivity.

Hopefully I'll be here to stay this time, now that I'm contracted and everything in my personal life is significantly more stable. Glad to be back and hope you're all doing well, too. <3

I don't have much formal debate experience or anything, but I'd be more than willing to discuss some issues on a podcast-style thing. This sounds like a pretty great idea. Best of luck!

shibbotech  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 1, 2015

Good morning, Hubski! Week's been alright. Started my next set of classes - Introduction to Physics, Principles of Business Management, and Network and Security Applications. 12 credits. I'm looking to have them done by...July 28th. I also helped broker a $130k service contract for my employer over the weekend. I've been riding an accomplishment high for the weekend, haha!

As for pleasure, I've got some trips coming up - it's off to Michigan to meet up with a friend, then in October, I'm heading out to the Monster Mash event in Arizona. Tool, Coheed & Cambria, and Primus all in the same night. It'll be spectacular. I also bumped into a basset hound puppy that slipped through its fence while walking today. It was adorable. The owner came back a few minutes later for her, but damn if that wriggling woofer didn't make my morning.

All the best, y'all.

Bought a ticket to Monster Mash for Halloween night. Tool, Primus, and Coheed & Cambria. Should be a good time.

Coheed & Cambria - Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher

shibbotech  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: IRC Roll Call Tonight

Count me in. Look forward to seeing everyone. ccc asdf Corvus

shibbotech  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 24, 2015
shibbotech  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 24, 2015

G'morning hubski! I've just rolled out of bed for a day of frantic studying and lab simulations - I started a 4-credit course last night and have the final tomorrow, eesh. Gotta love when institutional and personal schedules collide. On the upside, passing the exam means I've done 12 credits in 24 days. Not a bad pace, methinks.

Had some fun in IRC last night with a few folks, too! A fun time all around with galen, ccc, Quatrarius, and asdf. Some IT talk was had, some music was shared, I introduced them to the wonders of Mongolian throat rap...

Not a particularly exciting week, but a good one. Hope all is well with you lot. All the best, hubski.

shibbotech  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Is Pornography Adultery?

I don't find any sort of pornographic image/video/material to constitute adultery, quite frankly. Without attempting to give too much information, I have a particular fetish that's very much impossible to recreate in the real world. It is very much the primary source of arousal for me, to the point that any sexual conduct results in the gradual tapering of arousal well before any sort of mutual satisfaction is reached. In my previous relationship, I sat down and talked with my partner about it, and we established that it's a-ok for me to browse around and resort to solo play. Naturally I also did my best to accommodate them as well, but that was out of care for their needs, not my own.

I don't see it as a "tool of the patriarchy" or "inherently exploiting women"; on the other hand, I don't consume mainstream pornography and don't care for videos. I'm not innately connected to the standard practices of production for standard hardcore pornography. Insofar as I'm concerned, porn is a tool for self-exploration: it allows fantasies and wants and kinks that one may not be able to explore with a partner (or even possibly perform at all). It sates the urges and can be used to hone in on what makes one's sex drive tick. But hey, that's just me!

Thanks for sharing. The article was interesting, and I'm honestly curious as to what the 'ski thinks on the matter. Not many places you can get a rational discussion on something like this. :)

shibbotech  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Do You See Your Life as a Story?

To a degree, though primarily I've focused on the Fool and Magician. I've also been poking around with a few interpretations of divinatory tarot as well. At the end of the day, though, the symbols are what they are. It's the personal interpretation and ascription that open doors and provoke one's journey.

I'm down, sounds like a fun time. Look forward to chatting with a few more of the old guard and getting to know people around the 'ski. :)

shibbotech  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Do You See Your Life as a Story?

Less a story, more of a koan: it incites within me a great doubt. :P

Really though, it's a somewhat problematic question for me to answer. On one hand, I'm the author of my own mind and decisions, like how I'm writing this out instead of sleeping. On the other, the recounting of past events tends to be done via narrative - you can't convey every single sensory detail of any single past event, so you make a story out of it. In that case, if I am the storyteller, what is my life? Perhaps less a narrative and more an anthology of parable, fable, and vignette. It is a patchwork of events with characters that come and go, and you can construct a "story" using any which set of them.

Or perhaps I'm naught but a fool. Then again, what is the Fool but the start of the journey? Thanks for sharing, lil.

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