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What's on your mindgrapes?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Discussion' started by Dylia, 6 September 2013.

  1. Snowyshy

    Snowyshy A UKoE US Poster

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    *saves the "You can't spell hear without ear" pun to annoy @Cloudane with* :p
     
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  2. nerdowl

    nerdowl Dr Who & MLP Fangirl

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    The two Discord and Flutterhsy sets (the one with the lights they sold at SDCC) I bought on offer from A1Toys have arrived. One of them is for a Friend's birthday but as to the other - I'm now torn about whether I should open it or not.
     
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  3. Wonderbolt

    Wonderbolt Honorary Pony

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    Open it! xD
     
  4. Cendaquenta

    Cendaquenta Honorary Pony

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    I'd say don't open it, the packaging is so lovely it's an art object all on its own. It'd be a shame to risk damage trying to get into it.
     
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  5. nerdowl

    nerdowl Dr Who & MLP Fangirl

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    Gee, thanks for the help :p ;)
     
  6. DerpyWhooves

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    Another vote for don't! Because what Cenda said.
     
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  7. Cloudane

    Cloudane Element of Mostly Excessive Verbosity

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    Everyone has different opinions on that :)
    I like to open things and display them - they're for enjoying IMO not keeping in a box inside of another box so sunlight and damp don't get to them etc and never seeing them again
    That said, I'll probably regret some of those decisions in like 10-20 years when these things are worth billions of credits on cBay a few more bottlecaps in our post apocalyptic wasteland when people need every little bit of cheer they can get their hands on
     
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  8. nerdowl

    nerdowl Dr Who & MLP Fangirl

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    If I don't take it out of the box I'll be displaying it in the box (as long as I can find the room to do so!) but I do kinda want to open them, plus I'm worried about the demo batteries leaking (i dunno whether demo batteries even have enough juice to do that though?)
     
  9. Cendaquenta

    Cendaquenta Honorary Pony

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    Feeling quite reading-slump-y. Realized I don't have a lot of books on my TBR that are just something I personally want to read and have fun with. Not that it's books I'm uninterested in, but they're all mostly Important Reads that are either classics or very Serious and Political and about Real World Problems, or otherwise things that are just too fluffy, lighthearted, simplistic, or short. Could really go a chunky high fantasy book - a bit of escapism - but have been too busy buying aforementioned Important Reads, and any I could re-read are boxed up and inaccessible (because we're really bad at moving house and still haven't unpacked fully, a year later).
     
  10. nerdowl

    nerdowl Dr Who & MLP Fangirl

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    You ever read Dancers at the End of Time? That's what I'd call a chunky high fantasy book at over 600 pages :)
     
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  11. Snowyshy

    Snowyshy A UKoE US Poster

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    Is it me or a lot of characters I like are princesses? Let's see, I like...
    • Anna from Frozen
    • Rapunzel from Tangled
    • Poppy from Trolls
    • I like playing as Peach in Mario Kart
    • Cadance
    Just was on my mind after playing Mario Kart, and thinking about the movie Trolls.
     
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    That's just something you're going to have to consult other you about...

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    Politics can really bring out people's ugly sides. Well, not so much politics as disagreement, and deciding that because someone doesn't share your opinion, you get to behave horribly toward them. I've seen a lot of this online, particularly over the last couple of years - people just spewing out all sorts of nastiness, regardless of which side they're on. Facts and discussion seem to matter less than clever or scathing insults, and it's frustrating because many (nay, most) issues are far more nuanced and complex than simply 'blue good, red bad' (colours interchangeable).

    What's sad is that I'm getting used to seeing all this ghastly stuff online, so seeing comment sections filled with insults and foamy rhetoric no longer shocks me. It's so tempting to pick a side and join in with the mudslinging, but I think 10+ years on the Internet has taught me that that isn't usually a good idea. But people who are older than I was when I started out online are behaving in a way that seems more immature than I did back then. These are adults behaving like spoilt children, and I wish we could be better.

    Just some stuff on my mind. Apologies for the textwall :p
     
  14. Snowyshy

    Snowyshy A UKoE US Poster

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    This is most likely why I am tired of politics personally, and do my best to really avoid talking about the subject in general. Yes, I will pay attention to what's going on, and do my own research on said subject (here in the US, it's hard to trust certain outlets. Example, Fox News favors right, CNN favors left).

    Most likely I just avoid talking about it with others for the same reasons you said. I don't want to get on anyone's "bad side" just because of a disagreement. Can't help but agree @Parthidens.
     
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    Absolutely this. People have strong and passionate opinions and that's mostly fine in and of itself, but it's surely arrogant to assume that only your way of thinking is right and the inevitable millions of people who disagree with you must have no merit.

    What I've learnt over the years is in order to have a useful discussion you need to respectfully listen to the other side and try to learn from it, embrace the opportunity to understand why some people think differently to you. Very often you find that people across the political spectrum basically want similar things in an ideal world but just have different ideas of how to get there. When you realise that, it can be done in a very friendly and co-operative way - if someone's being aggressive it's best to ask questions and establish common ground first... but admittedly it's all too easy to be sucked in and not do that, and everyone is prone to that I think.
     
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    nerdowl Dr Who & MLP Fangirl

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    Political stuff was one of the reasons why I deleted my original twitter account. I've since made a new one but yeah, totally get where you're coming from regarding this.

    As to what is currently on my mindgrapes? Well....

    I've been having trouble with my right knee since early January. My GP thought it might be cartilage damage and refferred me to a specialist. Finally had that appt on Friday - She didn't do all the tests for cartalidge damage because of how hyper-sensitive it was being to her touches, though she suspects it isn't that. From her feeling and how it is swollen she thinks the kneecap is tilted wrongly and may be heading the way my other knee did*.... Got to have an MRI scan before any plan of action is carried out.

    * i.e. you know that thing that caused me severe pain for years and basically made me lose several years and had high pain even with the maximum amount of painkillers.

    I guess I'm just hoping if it is the same thing this time they'll just do the op straight away and not let it get to the state it did last time or something. Guess I'll have to wait and see - but that was basically the worst outcome I feared from that appointment. :(
     
  17. Cloudane

    Cloudane Element of Mostly Excessive Verbosity

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    I've been thinking about this too. And I think a large part of it is just sheer intolerance.
    Politically I'm a filthy wet leftie or "liberal elite" or whatever we're called these days! Have been called an "SJW" from time to time for daring to advocate representation of LGBT in media or whatever. (Which I don't think I am, I associate that with the top-left (left authoritarian) and a "crossing of a line" where one starts with reverse racism and sexism etc e.g. actively shaming white males, it's something seen in universities across the pond it seems and I disagree with that myself) and as of a retest last week still sit halfway to communism and halfway to social anarchy on the political compass.

    But the thing is, and seemingly not a vast number of people share this thought, I think it's important to be civil with those who you disagree with and try to understand where they're coming from. I've actually listened to some of the opposing viewpoints and understood at least why they exist. That's how you have a civil exchange of ideas, address uncomfortable topics without assuming the worst in people and either one of you convinces the other and someone learns something, or you reach this thing:

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    The worst thing right now, as seen from both sides, is assuming the worst in the other. Many on "my side" are absolutely guilty of that with the "all Brexit supporters and Trump supporters are racist" kind of rhetoric. It's hugely simplistic and insulting, and insulting people just shuts down discussion.
    Both of these things have had a side effect of emboldening racists unfortunately and yeah some have subconscious racial prejudices that they could do with noticing and compensating for - but these issues need to be addressed separately and with tact. Using it as a stick to beat people who voted the "wrong" way is helping precisely no one IMO and the more it happens the more divided we all get.

    Same the other way. For example, I think we should be respectful to transpeople for example and address them by preferred gender. That doesn't mean you get to shut me down by claiming I'm a cis hating (therefore self hating!) authoritarian who wants to force society to support some fully sane individual who says they can't work because they identify as a squirrel. There's a big vast area in the middle called "centre ground"! Assuming everyone is either far one side or far the other is a huge problem in political discussion right now, on the internet at least.
     
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    A friend of a friend has the exact same (slightly unusual/distinctive) name as someone I used to go to school with. It isn't the same person.
     
  19. Cloudane

    Cloudane Element of Mostly Excessive Verbosity

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    Not sure if it should go here or "What Annoys You", but this lark with Canada airing 2 episodes per week of MLP. Argh! I really, really want to savour season 7, not binge watch it, so I want to stick to the US schedule. But I also don't like spoilers, which basically means I'd have to avoid the entire internet for the whole run of season 7. I don't know what to do :/

    This is the stupidest thing they've ever done. And that includes replacing the Golden Oak with Toyetic HQ.
     
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    I have to disagree I am enjoying the two episodes a week, I wish they would release the whole season in one block on the likes of Netflix.

    So I guess TV scheduleing of shows annoys me (most guilty cartoon network and its feast or famine release of new adventure time episodes). Block releases on streaming services are the way to go as they alow more flexibility for viewers.
     
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