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  1. So thirty years ago today I turned four years old. Somehow or other my dumbass self has avoided bodily destruction and hence death itself.
    Yay hooray!

    1. MrGlide

      MrGlide

      Happy birthday.

  2. Time for me to move up the ladder of aging one more rung. This time I'm 33. Seems surreal for me to say that, but hey, I was born in '82 and this IS 2015, so there you go. Not that I think 33 is old - it's not - but God, seems like yesterday I had just turned 20 :(

    1. dg93

      dg93

      baronofheck82 said:

      Time for me to move up the ladder of aging one more rung. This time I'm 33. Seems surreal for me to say that, but hey, I was born in '82 and this IS 2015, so there you go. Not that I think 33 is old - it's not - but God, seems like yesterday I had just turned 20 :(


      Well... 33 is still young so don't sweat it. Happy birthday!

    2. purist

      purist

      I turn 34 next month and I really began to feel my age around 32, 33. Hangovers lasting longer, hair thinning becoming unavoidably more noticeable, aches and pains for no reason. YMMV of course. Oh and happy birthday ;-)

    3. Cupboard
  3. Just wanted to write about something that I've been mulling over for the past several days. And that is death.
    Now death is something not many people want to talk or even think about. It's understandable - it is the end of a person's life (I realize all things die in some way, shape or form but I will keep this centered on us humans). I often think of my own impending death, and it is not the thought of my biological form dying that scares me, it's quite honestly I don't know HOW I will die. I could be hit by a semi going 100 mph down the freeway. I could die silently in my sleep. There are quite a few ways to die naturally, and many more where you die unnaturally. The point is, I don't know. And unless you've been suffering through, say, cancer and are approaching your final hurrah, or you have a death wish of some kind and are contemplating suicide, you won't know until it's that final moment.
    It should also be said that even if you did live to say four or five hundred years, eventually your life would come to an end.
    Your mortal being will, at some point, die. It is something you should be getting ready for because ever since the day you were born, no, since you were conceived up til this point in what we call time, you've been heading towards death.
    And then for the hard question.
    And after that...? What?
    What happens when we die?
    Lots of people think that when you die, that's it, game over, you're done, finished and gone. You'll pass on into an eternity of dreamless sleep and your corpse will rot into the ground to become one with the Earth once more. Lots of others tell of how they died in some way, left their body and passed over into the Great Beyond. The fact of the matter is that only after you die will you know for sure what will happen when you die. For the time being, here in this mortal body on planet Earth, all I can do is wonder about it.
    I think of death as an experience, much like being born and being alive are experiences.
    Now, personally I would be delighted and in a state of euphoria if when I died and headed towards that fabled light that was a place like Paradise waiting on me. I'd be moved beyond words. But the thing is - I don't KNOW. I don't know for a fact that anything happens when you die.
    And that, more than the fact of my approaching death itself, and exactly how I'm going to die, is what scares me. Then too, death has to be looked at like this: suppose that when you die, that's all there is afterwards - nothingness, not that that can imagined by the human mind. Then there would be nothing to be afraid of - you'd dead and that's it. Now, then, if there WAS something after death, some kind of afterlife, who is to say what that afterlife would be like for YOU, you yourself? Would be it good, as in Paradise? Would be it awful, terrible, as in some version of Hell? Once again, all the people who have died and (for the sake of argument) have indeed passed over the Great Divide haven't come back to fill us in.
    Your thoughts?

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    2. Sokoro

      Sokoro

      I certainly do not want to die! What am I supposed to do?

    3. Maes

      Maes

      Sokoro said:

      I certainly do not want to die! What am I supposed to do?


      Can you spare $28.30?

    4. Cupboard

      Cupboard


      True Detective will comfort you

  4. ...or 32 years. Which, coincidentally, is how old/young I am today. Hooray! :D

    1. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      You appear to have mislaid five hours, fifty nine and a half minutes somewhere? Happy birthday regardless.

    2. Maes

      Maes

      Maybe he was travelling really fast and so gained some time due to relativity effects?

    3. 40oz

      40oz

      Funny, I've recently started this ongoing joke at work where I measure how much time left until I get to go home in seconds a few days before this thread.

      Happy birthday btw :)

  5. I, speaking for myself, really enjoy sitting and thinking about these subjects, if you couldn't tell, which is why I wrote about them.

    You are sitting here by yourself. You are typing words and they are appearing on a computer monitor in front of you. You feel keyboard keys moving under your fingers. How often do you sit and think about that action? You are quite literally moving matter - your body - with your mind. So then, comes the question: What are we, exactly?
    Are we matter, or mind?
    Also, when you're sitting there typing on your keyboard whatever it is you're typing, you're doing something. You are thinking. You are coming up with words - thoughts - in a human-made language. But what is human? We are evolved apes. Apes are animals. We, then, are animals. We, everything alive on Earth, are living matter.
    Living matter. Think about that for a while. Think hard. It's quite mind-boggling when you come to that realisation.
    Speaking of matter, it is not actually physical. What we think of as solid things, with weight and substance, are actually progressively tinier bits of matter. Scientists have discovered sub atomic particles so small their mass basically doesn't exist. But it does exist. Which is even more mind-blowing.


    Now let's talk about Earth.
    Let's talk specifically about the roundness of the planet. While it is not perfectly round, it's certainly round enough. And it's huge, at least relative to us. One thing in particular that always kind of blew my mind, and still does, was that no matter where you were on Earth, from your point of view, everything would look flat and straight ahead. Say you were in Australia. You literally would be nearly upside-down. You really would be upside-down at the South Pole.
    Earth, in a very broad sense of the word, is our home. For now it is our only home. We really should try to protect it and take care of it. Neil Armstrong said the Earth was so small as seen from the moon that he could literally put up his thumb and hide our planet behind it. Needless to say that would make me feel very, very small indeed.
    I do believe at some point, maybe not too distant in the future, that we will build settlements on the moon. I can easily see moon bases a century from now. Everyone alive on Earth has, at least once, seen a moonrise. Now imagine being on the moon and seeing an Earthrise. Imagine the oppurtunities for astronomers living on the moon, for instance.Now imagine us, humanity, colonizing other worlds, Mars, the moons of the gas and ice giants, Pluto. Now take it a step further and imagine us creating the technology needed to colonize other worlds around stars that far, far away. I personally think it will be quite awhile before we see that kind of technology.

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    2. AndrewB

      AndrewB

      baronofheck82 said:

      You really would be upside-down at the South Pole.

      No. North and south are arbitrary, and one is no more upside-down than the other. You could just as correctly say that you're right-side-up on the south pole and upside-down on the north pole. Maps of the planet could just as well be shown with the southern hemisphere on top. In fact, some maps used to be written this way. The fact that the northern hemisphere is economically dominant is really the only reason that it's depicted as being on top.

      Everyone alive on Earth has, at least once, seen a moonrise.

      I shouldn't have to explain why that's wrong.

      Now imagine being on the moon and seeing an Earthrise

      Except the moon doesn't have earthrises.

    3. Krispy

      Krispy

      AndrewB said:

      Except the moon doesn't have earthrises.

      It does, they're just really slow.

    4. geekmarine

      geekmarine

      "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."

      I think there is some truth to what Yoda said. I don't necessarily believe in a soul, in the spiritual sense, but I do believe we are more than the sum of our parts. We can break a person down to the component parts, but that tells us nothing about the person. No matter how detailed our examinations of the brain get, we never get a picture of the mind that brain creates. And despite the fact that there are billions of us, the same person never exists twice. Even if we try to replicate the underlying mechanics of a person perfectly, with cloning and whatnot, we can never recreate a person, not fully.

      Just some food for thought. It's common for people to dismiss the human intellect as being nothing more than a dimly-understanding ape... and while yeah, our understanding of this universe and the things in it is limited, I think the very existence of sentience is fascinating.

  6. I went and saw these guys live last night with my older brother at The Orange Peel over in Asheville, NC. I have to say, these dudes bring it. If, for whatever reason, you didn't know who Led Zeppelin was and had never heard any of their music, recorded or live, you might be tricked into thinking these guys were the Real Deal. Excellent show. I would say the only downer was the fact that Stairway to Heaven wasn't played, but to make up for it, they DID play No Quarter, which is one of favorite Led Zep tunes.
    Also when the drummer walked up to the front of the stage at the end of the show I caught one of his drumsticks :)

    1. bytor

      bytor

      Wouldn't mind seein' this group and No Quarter is one of my favorites, too. It's kinda creepy.

      Have a banner.

      edit: removed "ZOSO" banner to avoid copyright mess.

  7. Lately I've been reading a lot about the nature of reality. As I understand it, reality comes down to this: All five of your senses: hearing, taste, touch, sight, and smell, are electrical impulses inside your brain. Therefore, how do you know that the reality you perceive with said five senses is really real, that this is the ultimate reality? You can't; it's impossible. All of you Doomworlders could be just a figment of my overheated imagination. But by the same token, I could be a figment of your overheated imagination. What is one to believe?

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    2. Clonehunter

      Clonehunter

      I died last weekend. I'm just a ghost. Explain that.

    3. baronofheck82

      baronofheck82

      Clonehunter said:

      I died last weekend. I'm just a ghost. Explain that.

      You're not a ghost, you're a being calling in from another dimension - obviously ;)

    4. Cupboard

      Cupboard

      Perhaps when we cease to exist, we really come alive? [/buddhism]

  8. So tonight I walked outside and looked up at the night sky, and since there was no moon the stars seemed really bright, brighter than usual. I live out in the country, just outside town, and there's very little light pollution, if any, so maybe that's why. Anyway, I got to thinking: I'm actually looking deep, deep into the past. Those stars are just like our Sun (in that they are nuclear furnaces anyway), but they are so unbelievably far away so as to appear like tiny glowing dots. I thought: how far are these objects from Earth, and how far away are they from each other? It was quite mind-blowing to think about. Then I went back inside and looked up pictures of stars and galaxies on Google Images and had my mind blown further still. I kept trying to imagine the distances to these places and objects, their sheer size, their ancient ages. The feeling I got from it, and always have, is a very deep sense of humility and awe. It makes me feel unimaginably tiny, but I'm also grateful, grateful to be alive in a period of human history where we can actually detect planets around stars, see galaxies that are over ten billion light years out, where humans can, in a limited sense of course, live in space. And all this is just the beginning. Who knows where we as a species may be in another century, provided of course we don't nuke ourselves into nuclear winter or some other catastrophe, over some nonsensical religious or governmental ideology.
    Your thoughts?

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    2. CorSair

      CorSair

      It's possible that the star you see is a galaxy in reality. Relevant, I guess: http://www.wimp.com/arealone/

    3. j4rio

      j4rio

      You can see only very few galaxies with naked eye, around 10 if I recall correctly.

    4. Maes

      Maes

      baronofheck82 said:

      So tonight I walked outside and looked up at the night sky, and
      watched the spaceships and said to dad “I want to be on the ships daddy.”
      Dad said “No! You will BE KILL BY DEMONS”


      FTFY

  9. As some of you may or may not know this coming Monday morning North America (which is where I'm located, not to put too fine a point on it) will be treated to a lunar eclipse. I've never seen one with my own two eyes before; I would love to. I have seen two lunar halos and they were awesome and, to me, awe-inspiring. Have any of you fine folks here witnessed any celestial happenings such as this? Another thing I've yet to witness is a meteor shower - that would also be badass.

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    2. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      No lunar eclipse for me this year, though there should be a decent solar eclipse on the 29th.

    3. Coopersville

      Coopersville

      I'll try to check it out.

    4. Grazza

      Grazza

      I was thinking of staying up to watch/photograph it, but with about an hour to go, the sky was looking rather cloudy, so I didn't bother. Lunar eclipses are not uncommon, after all.

      GreyGhost said:

      there should be a decent solar eclipse on the 29th.

      Only an annular one. Interesting, but not so visually spectacular. Edit: and that's only for a brief period over Antarctica. In Australia, the dimming of the sky may not even be obvious to the naked eye.

      baronofheck82 said:

      Have any of you fine folks here witnessed any celestial happenings such as this?

      Total solar eclipse in 2008. In the path of totality (in arctic Canada), but, alas, there were clouds for the relevant few minutes. They parted soon afterwards, for the second partial phase.

  10. So today I read a book I hadn't read in a great while, Cosmos, by a certain Carl Sagan. Personally I think it's one of the coolest books ever written, partly because I'm in love with astronomy and even if I wasn't such a fan of it, then I would still like Cosmos. It's just a really good read. Pick it up and read it today or tomorrow or some time, I guarantee you'll like it. Reading all this and that about galaxies and planets and shit got me to thinking, which can be dangerous. Here my thoughts as follows:

    I love space, I think I've proved that by reading most of Cosmos today. It is so fascinating. Why is it fascinating you say? You really have to ask? Go outside on a clear night and look up, that's all you have to do. A starry night sky, with a full moon, is one of the most beautiful things you can ever see. And here's something to think about: you know how people have been talking for years and years about inventing a time machine? Space is the ultimate time machine. Why? Because we're here, and all those galaxies, stars and planets are OUT THERE - really out there. Light, as fast as it is, takes time, real time, to get here to our eyes so we can see these things. How much time? It depends. The nearest star to our sun is Proxima Centauri. It's a mere four light years. But here's the thing. A light year is at or around six TRILLION miles. Let me repeat that: six TRILLION miles. Promixa Centauri is four light years away. That comes out to about twenty four trillion miles. If New Horizons wasn't going to Pluto but was going to Promixa Centauri instead, it would take literally tens and tens of thousands of years to cross that distance. Imagine: all that blackness, all that silence, all those stars in all directions, every one of them light years and light years away. It simply breaks the human imagination to conceive of such distances and such time scales. It's scary but it's true.
    Space does not fuck around when it comes to making things huge and far, far away. Take the moon as another example. It's the nearest celestial body to our Earth, but even so, it's over 240,000 miles away. If you could somehow walk up to the moon, taking a step every second (or something like that) it would take you over a decade to get to the moon. And again, it breaks the human imagination to imagine such things. When you look at an image of the Andromeda galaxy, you're not seeing that galaxy as it is right now. You're seeing as it was in the distant, distant past, over two million years ago. There are loads of galaxies, where, when their light left to begin its voyage to Earth, our Sun hadn't been born, let alone our solar system. How's that for a mind fuck? There are galaxies so far away that, even if you were to live for the next, say, five hundred years, their light would still be well, well upon its way, and so you still wouldn't see them - even after five hundred years. But five hundred years is a flash in the pan, cosmically speaking. Let's try five hundred thousand years. After all that time had elapsed, those galaxies' light would STILL be on its way here. Alright then, how about five MILLION years? That light would STILL be on its fucking way here. What I'm trying to get across is that space is absolutely positively can't deny it at all one hundred percent and then some tee totally motherfucking MASSIVE.
    Oh and it's really pretty too ;)

  11. Yeah so now I'm 31 or whatever. Go me :P

    1. Springy

      Springy

      Happy birthday lad! Remember to get pissed... I mean erm, have a few drinks to celebrate. I sure hope your OS is improving and not doing a Microsoft.

    2. baronofheck82

      baronofheck82

      I'll be sure to get good and fucked up. It IS my birthday, after all :P Oh and the OS is fine :)

    3. Armaetus

      Armaetus

      Welcome to the 30s, dude.

  12. This is something born out of my dark imagination. I thought I'd put it here to see what you folks think of it. You may like it, or you may not.


    The things you did were terrible, awful beyond words. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of innocent lives were extinguished. No, more - billions. Because of your
    foolishness and lust for power a war was started. A worldwide war. Within three years the war escalated and a nuclear exchange occured. A decision was made - one of the worst
    you ever made, certainly. You were a horrible person in general: murderer, liar, adulterer, thief, cold-hearted and ruthless. Without conscience. Evil, despicable person.
    You, the powerful world leader, decided to push the button.
    Unfortunately, you, along with nearly every one else, was killed.
    Such foolishness.

    In order to atone for all the innocent lives you have taken, in addition of course to your other sins, your penalty, your punishment will be simply to float within this void.
    This dark, cold, freezing void. Notice you can't see or hear anything. Notice you are totally alone. Well... not totally.
    This is where it gets interesting.
    You are unable to move. Coming from two directions - backwards, and forward, there are two steel cubes. These cubes are now thousands, upon thousands of light
    years off. But they're not moving at the speed of light. Much, much slower. Only about 250,000 miles an hour. But rest assured, someday, in the distant eons to come, they will
    come together, and with frightening force. These steel cubes are 200 feet high and across, and they weigh several tons each. Yes, when they come together, you will certainly
    feel something. When you're smashed, it might be a year or five hundred years before they come back apart, to leave at maddeningly slow speeds, back to where they came from.
    Centuries, millenia, epochs will pass. Then the cycle will repeat itself, for every innocent life you took, for all the sins you committed. You will want to die, of course.
    But you ARE dead. You cannot die again. Spiritually you are dead - even God Himself has forgotten you. Physically, you will be smashed to pieces over and over. But you cannot
    die again.
    This is not your idea of Hell - but it still is.
    Welcome. There is plenty of time to repent, and grieve. Or, of course, curse God for what He's done. Not that it will do any good, of course. And never mind that this is of
    your doing.
    It's going to be a while.

    1. Hellbent

      Hellbent

      the second part is basically how I feel when I get really stoned, hence, I no longer get stoned.

      I think you meant several thousand tons, not several tons.

    2. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      Hellbent said:

      I think you meant several thousand tons, not several tons.

      Maybe they're hollow?

  13. Yep yep. 30 years of existence on this planet. Feel free to voice your congratulations and/or condolences.

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    2. Philnemba

      Philnemba

      Happy belated birthday Baron!

    3. Hellbent

      Hellbent

      Phml said:

      Thirty Barons. Tested in GlBoom+, should work in most Boom compatible ports.

      cool wad! the name is misleading so I will try to come up with a better name. It actually has the epicness of a boss map.

    4. baronofheck82

      baronofheck82

      Krispy said:

      Appendix of Hell. Got some tech stuff mixed with Gothic marble clusterpoop for ya. Hard as nails and twice as gray.
      Works with ZDoom and requires cc4-tex.wad. Enjoy.

      Good map, it kicked my arse a couple times before I beat it, thank you. :)

  14. ...but tomorrow night I'll be going to Knoxville, Tennesee with my brother to go see Ghost, Mastodon and Opeth. Should be pretty damn good - I've read a few reviews of this particular tour (the Heritage-Hunter Tour) and they've all been pretty positive.

    1. Mr. T

      Mr. T

      Sweet how was it?

  15. Fucking yes! My brother and myself are going to go see Tool at the Bojangles Coliseum on February 4th down in Charlotte, NC. I cannot wait because a. Tool is one of my favorite bands of all time and b. I've been waiting a looooong time to see Tool live. My brother is more stoked than I am; it's all he can talk about :D

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    2. Use

      Use

      @Fraggle

      Okay, you got me..this time.

    3. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      I don't think that was actually Natalie Merchant.

    4. printz

      printz

      fraggle said:

      Hey guys what's going on in this thread?

      What is up with that suspiciously bald and lean face?

  16. Yeah, so as of today I'm 29 years old. I'll have to break out the walker and start going to bed at 8:30 before too long ;)

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    2. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      Happy birthday. The 8:30 curfew is a myth perpetuated by the young, in reality - the older you are, the harder you party. As for walkers - make sure it's fitted with axle spikes, they're great for fighting your way through the crowd at Rolling Stones' concerts.

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Happy birthday! Don't forget to pick up some Geritol.

    4. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Technician said:

      29? Your life is almost over, but happy birthday!

      It's true. In a year you'll have to join Carousel and renew.

  17. Me and my brother were trading stories yesterday about getting tipsy, tore up, drunk, whatever you'd call it. He recounted a time when he was new to drinking and had went to a party. He was 21 at the time. He told me he got pretty smashed. He said he woke up the next morning with no memory of what he did, but that his pants "felt heavy" upon awakening (he passed out drunk at the site of the party). Apparently he'd pissed all over himself. I couldn't help but laugh myself.
    As for myself, there was the time when I was 24 and had a little too much alky hol in my system. According to my buddies who were there when it happened (we were at a friend's house getting stoned and/or drunk), I walked into my friend's bedroom where his computer was, took my dick out, and preceded to piss all over his computer's tower. Needless to say I did not remember this incident and had to be told about it the next day. Suprisingly, my friend wasn't too angry; he said most of the piss went into the floor and that it barely touched his computer tower. I was relieved, but I was also disgusted with myself for having got that shitfaced. I recall also breaking down and laughing my ass off when I was told about said incident the next day ;)
    Any similar stories to tell?

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    2. DuckReconMajor

      DuckReconMajor

      Danarchy said:

      though I'm still unsure how I lost my parents.

      You killed them while drunk.

    3. Snakes

      Snakes

      Never reached the point of total forgetfulness, but there are chunks of dialog that have eluded my mind... some too ridiculous to even mention. I have woken up in a bathtub and wondered how I got there, though...

    4. wildweasel

      wildweasel

      I once had five espresso martinis in one day. That didn't end well - spent the evening and most of the next day vomiting, and it all capped off with me puking on the Portland International Raceway. I still feel pretty bad about doing that to them.

  18. Yes, being tall has its advantages. Of course for every advantage, there's a disadvantage. See over people's head - people staring at you. Easy to intimidate others - easy to trip over your own legs.
    For those who don't know, I'm quite tall. I come from a very tall family. I'm 6'6" and a half bare footed, for fuck's sake. I have two brothers and they too are both well over six feet tall. Of course, I have to put up with the usual stuff lots of tall folks are subject to - "hey, I can't reach that top shelf, I lack the motivation to reach out my arms and hands just a little farther, can you blah blah blah". I have a hard time finding clothes that will fit me, not because I'm so big so much as I'm just fucking tall. People who don't know me automatically give me the evil eye when they first see me because evidently I'm so intimidating. Not really. Finding shoes my size - size 19 - is a colossal pain in the ass.
    The reason for this particular rant is because a friend of mine and myself were having a discussion on the subject yesterday. He's not exactly tall, being like 5'7" and a half with shoes on. He kept saying he'd "like to be my size or taller." I assured him he was fine where he was. He kept saying it must so cool to be my height. I once again assured him it was more a pain in the ass than anything, and that once he was this tall, he'd probably like to shrink down back to his normal size. Then he started in with the basketball player thing, which is annoying. When you're this tall, people have this thing where they look at you and go "Hey! I bet you're a good basketball player!" Not necessarily. I've never been the most coordinated person, and my interest in basketball has faded over the last few years.
    If I could, I'd shrink back down to 6'2" or so - tall, but not ridiculously so.
    What about the rest of you tall people? What do you think of being your height? Would you change it if you could?

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    2. Shaikoten

      Shaikoten

      I'm 6'2" and it's a pretty fantastic height. I was recently having a height discussion with a friend and commenting on the UCONN basketball players I used to live with. It really sucks being taller than me, because it means almost nothing is designed for people of your height.

    3. Jonathan

      Jonathan

      If you're a tall male, you're statistically likelier to be rich, occupy a powerful position, be successful romantically (at both short term pick-ups and finding a long term partner), not be a victim of violent crime, and generally be happier and more content over the course of your life. Oh, but sometimes you'll have trouble buying clothes and have to help people get things from shelves. Boo-fucking-hoo.

    4. DuckReconMajor

      DuckReconMajor

      But tall people die faster. So it's sort of a live fast die young kind of thing.

  19. Today, for whatever reason, my internet connection has been veeeeerrrrrry slow. Try going to Google.com and you have to sit and wait five fucking minutes for the page to show up. Search for something and you have to repeat the process. Highly irritating of course and it just gets worse.
    Behold: Error 324 (net::ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE): The server closed the connection without sending any data. I got that after I tried going to YouTube.

    If someone could help me out on this, I'd be much obliged.

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    2. Planky

      Planky

      Talked to your ISP? Is anyone downloading excessive amounts (ie torrents)

      darknation said:

      switch off the net, walk away and leave it for a while. write a shitty book.

      about 10 years ought to do it.


      FTFY.

    3. darknation

      darknation

      yes well apparently there are a crowd of morons who read slower than I fucking write.

    4. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      Jimmy91 said:

      I think it's probably a PC on my local network because once everyone else in the house has gone to bed, an approvable connection speed returns.

      Sounds like someone else in your household has either discovered torrents, streaming video (my mother almost talked herself into buying some IPTV software before I explained that it would suck the life out of our broadband connection and monopolize the wireless network) or joined a botnet.

  20. What the fuck, folks? Am I the only one who gets REALLY FUCKING AGGRAVATED when he hears someone eating just as noisily as fucking possible? Surely to GOD you've got to be able to fucking hear yourself eating that noisily. Have some manners for St. Pete's sweet fuckin' sake! Hate to rant, but dammit all, it's just fucking annoying!
    Now, it's not ALWAYS the fat folks that do this, but a lot of the time it is. It's like it's the first meal they've had in minutes, no, HOURS, so therefore they have to chomp and slurp and smack and generally be as disgusting as possible.
    Ahem.
    Anyone else get peeved about this as well?

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    2. Alfonzo

      Alfonzo

      ssssssip. tt. aaahhhhhhh!

      But only in winter.

    3. Hellbent

      Hellbent

      I was thinking about this thread while I was eating in class today. I made an extra effort to make as few audible mastications as possible.

    4. Ichor
  21. I'm not a football person, or a sports person. I honestly couldn't give a rat's ass who's going to be at the Super Bowl, or who wins, or who loses or whatever the fuck. It's just another football game to me. I watched the Super Bowl a couple years back, and it was just a waste of time. Didn't like the commercials, didn't like the half-time show, sure as shit didn't like the game itself.
    Ahem.

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    2. bytor

      bytor

      Processingcontrol said:

      I don't give a shit about the football, I just watch for the ads.

      Is that you, mom?!

    3. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Lüt said:

      I think we've been at that point for a number of years already.

      It's true. Also, it's like saying you read Playboy for the articles.

    4. baronofheck82

      baronofheck82

      Lüt said:

      I think we've been at that point for a number of years already.

      OMG Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot!!!!111onetwothree It's been a long time, old one :D

  22. Couple things I cannot stand:

    Don't you hate it when people eat real fuckin' noisy? I've always been a really quiet eater myself. I just cannot stand hearing someone slurping and chomping like a damn hog eating out of a trough. For fuck's sake, have some manners.

    When you're in, say, a waiting room with a sign on the wall that states in BIG BOLD LETTERS please don't talk on your cellphone. Ironically enough, the person sitting underneath a sign like this is usually some hamburger roundeye on, surprise, a fucking cell phone, taking care to talk loudly so that all other conversations get really quiet so everyone can hear what the idiot on the cell phone is saying. Not that they want to, of course, but God forbid we step outside to take care of our little chat.

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    2. Mattfrie1

      Mattfrie1

      I hate when I order stuff online and it takes an astronomical amount of time to show up at my house via mail. Not to mention the seller's page you are buying from has hundreds of reviews boasting "quick shipping times". Bullshit, the last time I checked two weeks wasn't quick.

    3. baronofheck82

      baronofheck82

      Craigs said:

      I can't stand a single one of you mother fuckers (Except Pavera. He's my bro).

      Feeling's mutual, you fucking fuck ;D

    4. Maes

      Maes

      People who can't do shit by themselves, in the sense that they laziness, lack of proactivity, stingyness and disorganization often leads them to fucking things up and getting nothing done.

      A prime example of this is a guy owning a furniture tapestry shop next to me: he's an OK guy, a bit downtrodden by life if anything, who is keeping the shop up just to reach pensionable age and close it down. He has done me some favours and I've done him some favours, fairly enough.

      Now, from time to time I've had some WTF moments with this guy (e.g. once he asked me to re-set the V.A.T. setting on his rarely-used cash register. In itself, this is not exactly legal, but given that calling a specialized tech costs $$$....okey dokey, so I did this for him. Twice. Said cash register is so rarely used that it had cockroach egg casings in it -_- but that's another story. Just to get you in the whole stinginess mood.

      Then there was the couch story: this guy repairs...well, furniture tapestry. He was kind enough to lend me a quite comfortable couch for the first months I had moved here, but at some point he said he wanted it back to "repair and sell it". Fair enough, it was his after all so I gave it back and made do with some throwaway furniture (it's very easy to find ghetto furniture in this city).

      Well, he practically stripped it to the naked wooden frame, hacked and modified it, and changed the style completely. So much work and materials were involved, in fact, that he could have just as well assembled a new couch from scratch without ruining a perfectly good one. Needless to say, I lost "my" couch and he can't sell the "renewed" one for shit because he can't keep a competitive price (or advertise properly).

      Another thing he keeps bugging me often is "dropping to his place to set the channels on his TV set". OK, last time anyone asked me to do that was like, 10 years ago. What's the problem with this apparently simple request?

      • Our schedules just don't match, and giving in to his request would mean me wasting a whole evening.
      • Plus he lives like 20 minutes of driving away, so either him or me must drive there and back, assuming I accepted.
      • He has two fully-grown sons both under 25 yo (one is a uni graduate) who could do it just as well if they put some effort into it. That's the one thing I just can't swallow. It's not like he has a technically inept retarded son or a totally airheaded bimbo daughter.
      • For the price of the gas alone, he could just as well give $5 to some neighbor "whiz kid" and get the job done.
      • Hell, since he does the driving each day anyway, and our schedules barely overlap, he could carry the TV to his shop, I show him once and for all how it's done and wish him good luck.
      • He could've asked a neighbor in all this time (he keeps asking since last summer!) which means that he probably isn't in very good relations with pretty much anyone where he lives (not that I want to find out).
      Other "interesting" things about him is that whenever I go shopping to a hard discount market or hardware store, he acts all amazed that such cheap shopiing places exist, and claims that he "doesn't have time/knowledge to do that kind of shopping" and bums me for shopping stuff for him, which I occasionally do. Still, someone like him who's struggling financially should have as a #1 priority to optimize expenses, like I do. I wonder how he made it this far and raised two sons, honestly.

      Draw your own conclusions. Misery, pettiness, passivity, cheapness, or something else? Pretty much anything he does or attempts to is hampered by his inability/misery/etc. which is really a pity, as at times I really feel sorry for the guy, but OTOH it's not like he is alone or helpless, family-wise. WTF, really.

  23. As I type this I've had a few beers (as well as a few other chemicals). My question to you is this: what was the most fucked up you've ever been?
    For me it was definitely year 22, back in '04. I went to this party and there was beer seemingly without end and weed seemingly without end as well. Me being me, I partook of both very liberally and was so fucked up I couldn't keep my eyes open (or my bladder closed, cause I had to take a piss every four fucking minutes) or make the mile and a half drive back to my house (back when I was still living with my mom and dad). From what my friends told me who were there, and there were a few, I couldn't keep my mouth closed. To this day they go on and on about the subjects I talked about that night. Anything and everything, I've been told. I got there around eight that night and by nine o' the clock I couldn't tell the difference between up and down ;P
    Ah, back in the good old days :D

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    2. Mr. Freeze

      Mr. Freeze

      Mine isn't drug/alcohol related, but it's pretty funny in retrospect:

      Last July, I woke up one morning to discover I had the following symptoms all at once:

      -Sore knees
      -No voice
      -Splitting headache
      -Hazy vision (even with my glasses, I only could see like 20 feet ahead)
      -Upset stomach (vomited three times that day)

      I've been straight-edge all my life, but I still can't explain what the fuck that was.

    3. Philnemba

      Philnemba

      Getting drunk on New Years eve of 2005 at age 17, watching a 12oz mouse marathon on adult swim at my uncles house. The best part was that nobody notice that I was drunk.

    4. ReFracture

      ReFracture

      I've yet to drink past a buzz. Getting completely fucked up sounds like something a moron would do.. I think I'll pass.

  24. It would appear that I'm a year older. This would make me a whopping 28 years old today. Funny, I neither feel nor look that old. Where has the time got to?

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    2. Craigs

      Craigs

      baronofheck82 said:

      It would appear that I'm a year older. This would make me a whopping 28 years old today. Funny, I neither feel nor look that old. Where has the time got to?


      You may be 28 years old but you have the mind of a child.

    3. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      I'm 56 years old and have the heart of a child - it's sitting on my desk in a jar of formaldehyde. :P

      Happy birthday.

    4. Technician

      Technician

      GreyGhost said:

      I'm 56 years old

      That like a trillion in Doom years.

      Happy b-day, baronofheck82!

  25. I don't normally do this, but today I was particularly obsessed with thoughts of the impending fall. Anyway, this is what I wrote:

    Descending

    Gloom arose with the newborn day
    All around was painted in gray
    Another darkening silhouette of
    distant May

    The austere skies set the scene
    Over distant peaks the wind still
    screamed
    For lost to time, like a forgotten
    dream

    So soon to come, so soon to set
    Though a memory one could not forget
    A name whispered with tidings beset

    The day looked like a yellowing photograph
    Washed out and faded, at the last gasp
    We hung our heads and looked to the past

    Solemn and tall in the forest glade
    The air is tragic, I stand at the gate
    Whispers of Winter tell us our fate

    This drapery falls like a funeral shroud
    The trees are tall and grim and proud
    The colors descend to carpet the ground

    Indifference to the patterns of fate
    The web it weaves leaves no trace
    I will not leave but cannot stay

    Words in mist fade to none
    A sigh for each and every one
    The clouds form a wreath around
    the sun

    You told me this and I could not
    accept
    A glimpse of the graven times
    ahead
    Bleak and forlorn like the fields
    we've left

    Where hearts are torn there will
    be tears
    In the coming months, the year
    Is crippled but this is here

    You looked into the sun a
    while
    I saw your sorrow when you
    smiled
    I felt your heart, like a
    crying child

    Feel free to laugh or cry or whatever. Like I said, I don't normally write stuff like this.

    1. bytor

      bytor

      Well...sounds pretty cool to me.

      At first I thought; "'impending fall' of what? Is there something I should know about?!".

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