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Jun. 28th, 2017 09:28 pm
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"What you need to do is set BOUNDARIES with these people."

"Yeah, yeah, I am --"

"- and then actually KEEP THEM."

Hard advice about moderating, pfffffff. Also, my life in general rn.

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Jun. 28th, 2017 07:32 pm
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And, okay, now that I've poked at the concept of internet-dating, let me complain about something else:

people who's life revolves solely around the goddamn internet, oh my god.

If it's stressful, turn off your computer and take a walk, jesus fucking christ. It is not healthy to be this emotionally invested in random-ass strangers, when you have a perfectly acceptable peer group around you. Like: okay, maybe I'm officially too old to be a moderator, because instead of being sympathetic to my player's plight that some of the people may not like her, I'm eyeing up the rest of the chat that does, and wondering why she gives a fuck.

Or why she feels the need to do incessant life updates to the point that I know exactly when she's taking her medication, how much she's taking, where she's been for the day, what she's eaten, ect ect. Like, girl, pls.

I'm just not sure why people can't treat the internet like irl, haha. A roleplay is a club and a hobby in one. Much like you should not be defined by bicycling and existing in a constant Skype call with the people you bicycle, you shouldn't be doing that with internet games, jfc.

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Wednesday : Basic Instructions

Jun. 28th, 2017 07:52 am
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Yet again, sadly, this comic is based on an actual conversation. A coworker of mine told our supervisor he was smarter than her, and was surprised when she didn’t take “the news” well. - Scott Meyer who, by the way, wrote a book! Run Program is about a misbehaving artificial intelligence program "with the mind of a six-year-old and a penchant for tantrums". Give it a try!

So. Yeah. Let's focus... hah!
Last night when I got home, the carpet was so clean and still had that brushed look, I thought [personal profile] trickykitty had vacuumed. Of course, I'm throwing an Archer marathon Saturday so thus will destroy the carpet toot sweet.

The cats are still a bit ticked about the moving of the food bowls. The Cheat is refusing to eat if we don't put his food bowl back next to the fireplace and return the water fountain there next to all the electronics and computers. I say that this is fine as he is 16 pounds.
They're still unsure about the new SoPhresh cat litter crystals. I'll admit, I was surprised at the loud amount of crunching that occurred when the cats climbed into the test box. We filled 2 of the most coveted boxes (cats, don't ask) with the stuff for a week. Then we mixed the remaining litter into the other boxes 5 days later with the original cat litter still as recommended by the instructions. I may have to buy a bag of the micro-crystals (which is what I thought I ordered) and start mixing that in.

What's reeking up the house now is Oscar's farts but he's really rebounded from the hip issue and the skin rash. He was bouncing around the house last night. Just gotta give that dog food a week or two to work through his system.


Last night, we discovered something Kevin can eat:
Suji's Korean Cuisine Savory Beef BBQ available at Super Targets, which means I might go shopping with Nicole some time.



Next week promises to be hell on toast. I do not have Monday off. I do have Tuesday off which is one of mine and Kevin's anniversaries, but Kevin does not and his job is smack next to Addison which draws a huge crowd on the 4th so I'll be fighting traffic to get him. Wednesday I have to cover for Indian counterpart on the most hellish meeting there is with my voice - no one is available to speak for me - and then Friday I cover for Roberta.
I told Roberta I'm packing rum in my lunch bag for Wednesday.

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Jun. 28th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Fig and Ibid on their current home

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:31 pm
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Fig thinks everything is the best thing ever, especially the completely adorable orange cat. Who would like the stranger to stop gazing affectionately at him.

Ibid, on the other hand, won't come out from behind the toilet.

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Bundle of Holding: Mutant Chronicles

Jun. 27th, 2017 04:55 pm
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Freelancer! From the distant future the Factions bring you our Mutant Chronicles Bundle featuring the 2015 Third Edition of Mutant Chronicles, the dieselpunk techno-fantasy RPG of future darkness from Modiphius Entertainment. With its fast-playing, cinematic "2d20" system designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire), Mutant Chronicles 3E is a thrill ride across a Solar System beset by megacorporate intrigue and the invasion of a terrible alien force.

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Jun. 27th, 2017 07:28 am
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I am perking up for the first time in days, thank god. Even though the fires are still raging. I feel awful that people are always so emotional about fucking everything, because there's really nothing you can do except be supportive!

But on a more selfish level, being supportive takes time and energy that I am not always sure I want to devote. And it's tiring to be supportive and listen to their problems and end up in two hour long phone calls where nothing gets resolved, but they feel better and a large chunk of my evening is gone. Like, Y, I'm going to be supportive, because it's something I don't actually mind and everyone needs support.

It just gets a little exasperating when it's not one, it's not two, it's like five people self-destructing and all I can do is offer advice, instead of forcibly escorting them to therapy.

... but yeah. I'm perking up, and I guess that's all I can ask for. Not sure if this flare-up is actually over, considering I was up at 11:40PM to 12:40AM due to my stomach sounding like it was having a rager, but it's.. what, 7:33AM and I'm not in any noteworthy pain? That is a new and sunny experience!

I wish I had any floaters left that weren't isolated for healthcare. I'd go the fuck back to bed.

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(Attention: This is highly speculative content and shouldn't be taken with scientific correctness!
Further down, it also shouldn't be taken as hatespeech or as a base to reason artificial interferences to execute population policy.
At first, it's just thoughts considering and philosophizing about a subject and it's meant as nothing more than that.)




World population grows every year, mainly in Africa and Asia.
Although in those areas, at least Africa the most, the common health care accessible to the normal people is far away from being satisfying. Still a lot of people die in their child years.
But even though, of those who are born, still a higher number manages to survive to make the population grow.
Is that so?
Population growth in Europe and other areas in the world counted as "developed" these days, it happened the most as technological and scientific progress appeared. As the influence of the Christian churches slowly declined, compared to the Middle Ages.
The increase in what health care could provide from the scientific viewpoint, and even the more as the distribution to the normal populace with low and average income for the time episode started to take place (for the sake of taking the soil away from social democrats and early communists), this is what is considered as the main reason for the explosive population growth that appeared between the 19th and the 20th century.
In Asia, this is partly the case, if you take a look at China which keeps increasing its capacities for provision constantly. But compare it to India. India is rich in population, but still the caste system is intact and richness and the deepest poverty both exist in this country without ever seeing light at the end of the tunnel to ever change. The normal population can't have that access to proper health care, otherwise it couldn't be one of the main research countries for medication tests on humans.
So, how would this rule apply there? Health care increasing the chances of survival of the individual, while people still tend to have families with many children born because of social reasons?
Is the population in the "developing" countries really the problem, if distribution of health care to everyone, as a base for survival of the masses of people born, is no topic in those despite economy experiencing growth all the time?

Taking a look at Europe and the already "developed" areas.
Population numbers in those areas have never been higher than today. Today is the max for these ever in history.
If those wouldn't live from getting people from other areas of the world moving into their territory, population numbers would already be in a noticeable decline. (Except for US because reproductive rights are under constant threat of clerical conservatives of being abandoned or killed by lack of funding, and people from the lower classes, who bear the most children there, depend on social programs to provide this to them, as proper distribution of health care to people from all states of wealth doesn't exist there.)
In the developed nations, about 95% of the population born survives into old age. Predators in the 5%-quota are diseases, malformations, accidents, pollution, man-made violence and psychic diseases caused by circumstances habored in this way of civilization.
So, population numbers in those areas remain constant with a slight decline in the long term. They get actively tried to be kept on the max. Be it home-bred population or through immigration.
And this through all the times.
So... basically, where does the point of attention lie really when it comes down to population policy?
In the developing countries, where still the least of the humans born survives until they're adults, and they die in a young age because of diseases damaging their health, or in those areas where nearly every person born survives until approximately 60 at least? And the number of people achieving this is being kept relatively constant at all times?
It may be worth picking up this hard constrast "95% survival" vs. "high mortality" for a closer look.
While the times of boom economic growth are over in the developed world, everything's build up that needed to be build up, now it only suffers from wrong proportion of the distribution, population decline in harsher numbers would be the logical consequence - as, in the phase of building something up, it needs more resources than when only maintaining and keeping up the state of things as they are currently. Also, there is not a need for "more" resources to be used as ante in the process.
Not even to speak of when the next stage of the technoligical age becomes reality and some more machines replace the human labor in the productive sectors, which makes the part of the population being employed in that sector become out of work and for sure also a part of them "obsolete" in the terms of the employment market.
So to say, the high population numbers of the developed world, in the long term, progress into a state of all of its population that it habors isn't "needed" anymore. It's like only in a position of consuming and sucking up resources, in a position of being a "consumer". Unable to give back or be of relevance to the integrity of the system. Others would call it drastically "trash", that's what they are then. - "Trash" that would need to be administered until its death and not be renewed / replaced by another person, to be exact.
So... when an area tries to keep its population number up in a state like before the big industrial boom at the beginning of the 20th century that it actually doesn't need anymore, it raises the question towards "How healthy for the planet is this strategy?"? How good in population policy worldwide is this actually?
And how much does it distort the numbers?
How much is it a factor that's part of the overall problem?
How much does that overclocked number cause in damage because a part of the population already exists in needlessness, but still they consume resources like all other people who are needed by the system to function?
To state something very clearly: The people who this applies to, they aren't to blame for what they are. If they have worked through a respective way of education and even performing an occupation for an amount of time throughout their lives, then there's no talking about "self-caused circumstances". Those people aren't obsolete because they haven't had ambitions and therefore were lazy and spoiled since a very young age. They've become obsolete because the system they live in doesn't need them anymore. In a certain span of time they were needed indeed, but now no more. - In difference to people who didn't even try for a decent school education and stayed away from it to hang out with friends, drink beer and destroy window glasses.
Therefore, because they're not to blame, they should at no point of the story be treated like if they were.
The solution for these should just be, plain and simple, to not to replace them in the next generation. Their life remains untouched, but as there is no need to have another person regrow into that position, there better shouldn't exist one to respawn.

When these obsolete numbers are being kept and maintained constantly, how much does it distort the real needs and the real functionality of the system that humans build for themselves to live in?
How much is it also responsible for overpopulation - for population that is there, but without a need of human civilization for them to exist?
What happens - how do the numbers look if that population doesn't exist anymore? In the developed world, as well as when Africa, Asia, South America only has the population number that it needs (considered, the economy of the "developing" areas also makes it to a state of things comparable to the so-called "industrialized nations" measured by what their environment allows)?
What if there are not that many people around anymore whose only purpose is to be there as a consumer because there is no task for them in this world?
And, what would happen to the yearly growth numbers if socially the issues of "children as security that supplies you in bad times / old age" would be adequately solved, in combination with that?
What would happen if mankind only grows or stays the same in such masses that it also has tasks for in its differing societies?

At least upon further thought it doesn't seem like the developed world is totally not to blame for the problem of the overpopulation. They try to keep up a number within their territories that's unrealistically high compared to the possible employment rate that it's able to supply when everything is run under fair circumstances (opposed to the current strategy of part-time work and letting the developing countries produce their food and their consumer goods).
When 95% of all humans survive until old age, you don't need people to have 2 and 3 children or more anymore. Better you should be happy if some people can't or don't want to have children because of certain reasons. Because that's getting closer to a realistic number, not even to speak of the children who would suffer for their whole lives as adults if there is no purpose in society for them.
And not even getting started to speak of the impact on the environment if there's one big resources-consumer less in the world...

It would be a drastic restructuring of society as it was to adapt to these circumstances with less people exsting again. But that process would be inevitable, as human civilization always finds a way of making work and production more effective than before, and by the time, this comes at the cost of human labor. No matter which economical system or system of world views it has in a century.
It is like one and only constant thread that keeps unfolding in history.

If not for those processes in mankind, which one can regard from one or another thousand positions, just think about the extinction of animal species: Animals vanished, as humans claimed the living space and bred like rabbits. Where humans live, animals have to go as humans want to live alone or even need the space for themselves.
One doesn't need to wonder about that process, as the earth has only a limited amount of living space.

Environment topics - overpopulation - vanishing of animal species - economy - social problems - all these topics are interconnected with each other. Each brick - another little factor in the other issue.
And when humans want to live up to the high goals they set for themselves in their enthusiasm, then they need to show a willingness to do something for this and to also adapt their societies to the links of the circumstances that are right in front of them.
There is no washing without getting wet. And no-one said it would be comfortable. Who thinks it would be, he lives in the world of a little child... Fairytales and unicorns.

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Jun. 26th, 2017 10:34 pm
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Mosque approved despite pleas to think of the little turtles and an odd assertion that the mosque would produce more sewage than "normal " spiritual use.

The exgf's cats meet Fig

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Ibid has a ... troubled history with Nigel so we're holding off on that.

No histrionics but somehow Rufus established himself as a cat Fig needs not to annoy, whereas Nigel is someone Fig will happily follow around.

Also, Fig made himself sick eating daisies, then tried to eat one again.

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I finally found out where I misshelved this.

(no idea what review series I can fit it into)


Dumb Calibre/Kobo question

Jun. 26th, 2017 03:20 pm
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I can see my Kobo has about 300 more titles on it than my laptop Calibre does (because I got the Kobo well before the laptop). How do I move the titles that are on the Kobo to Calibre?

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