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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 29 March 2021, 05:22

I’ve noticed that there are a lot of commercials for ‘free’ online gambling on TV the last few months. Is this because more people are home and bored due to lockdown? It seems kind of insidious to me.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby erti » 29 March 2021, 17:41

rogonandi wrote:I’ve noticed that there are a lot of commercials for ‘free’ online gambling on TV the last few months. Is this because more people are home and bored due to lockdown? It seems kind of insidious to me.

My roommates aunt and uncle do a thing everyday where they pull tabs in facebook stream and (mostly) old people go for it. There's a lot of money into it. Just go to church groups on facebook... buy a thing of cards and profit.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby OutsideIn » 30 March 2021, 23:48

I was turned down for the position. I am actually not that upset because I wasn't sure it was a good fit. I am more upset that it will take even longer to get out of the very unpleasant situation I am currently in.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby René » 31 March 2021, 00:03

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McTaggartfan wrote:Ah. I've never seen the original series, but I've seen all of the others. And I'd watch TNG over and over again just for the pleasure of ogling Patrick Stewart :drool:

I set myself a task many moons ago of watching all of Star Trek. Because as a self-proclaimed massive nerd it was a weird blind spot because I'd never really seen any of it. I stopped-and-started my way through The Next Generation over the course of years (because I get burnt out just watching one show regularly quite easily) because I was advised specifically to start with that one as it's the best one of them.

I would say it has many good episodes, some really amazingly excellent, but on the whole, DS9 is better, with its long story arcs, and Voyager is very funny by comparison. I watched all of TOS but, with a few notable exceptions, didn't find it very enjoyable.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 1 April 2021, 14:43

René wrote:
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McTaggartfan wrote:Ah. I've never seen the original series, but I've seen all of the others. And I'd watch TNG over and over again just for the pleasure of ogling Patrick Stewart :drool:

I set myself a task many moons ago of watching all of Star Trek. Because as a self-proclaimed massive nerd it was a weird blind spot because I'd never really seen any of it. I stopped-and-started my way through The Next Generation over the course of years (because I get burnt out just watching one show regularly quite easily) because I was advised specifically to start with that one as it's the best one of them.

I would say it has many good episodes, some really amazingly excellent, but on the whole, DS9 is better, with its long story arcs, and Voyager is very funny by comparison. I watched all of TOS but, with a few notable exceptions, didn't find it very enjoyable.

I am someone who can watch, and has watched, and continues to watch, and is in fact currently watching, the old black & white 1960s Doctor Who stories and still find them legitimately enjoyable. Objective quality is not a barrier for entry in terms of the weird shit I am willing to watch for nerd cred. :lol:

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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 1 April 2021, 17:43

There is snow on the ground! Snow! In April! April snow is my second most hated of all snow. :sadblue:
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 2 April 2021, 04:18

Allow me to describe this somewhat long tale as briefly as I can while still maintaining some semblance of a detailed portrayal of the events. There's a professor of philosophy at Georgetown University with whom I've been corresponding for over two years. At first we only talked about philosophy, but then we gradually started talking, occasionally, about life in general (for instance he came to tell me of his struggles with alcoholism and the death of his first child). It's worth noting that, importantly, our emails to each other were quite long and, in truth, I'd estimate that our typical emails to each other would be around 3-4 pages (and we often sent such emails back and forth multiple times a week!). However, in the months before I tried to commit suicide, my emails to him ever more frequently discussed my despair, as well as my inability to work on philosophy research at the same level as I'd been able to before my depressive episode. Eventually, a week or so before my attempt, I sent him an email expressing, to some degree, the fact that I was experiencing not only suicidal ideation, but also an active urge to die. He replied communicating his concern for me and his wish that I seek help, as well as that reading Tolstoy might be interesting and relevant to my feelings. After getting out of the hospital I sent him an email explaining my situation and how I'd attempted to take my own life and was, at the time, homeless. I've not yet received any reply from him whatsoever, nor did I receive any response when, earlier this week, I sent him a further email asking if I'd somehow made him terribly uncomfortable. I don't know what, if anything, there is for me to do aside from wait and hope he shall someday write to me again. To be honest, I'm quite saddened by the (seemingly permanent) loss of his correspondence. I don't understand why he would write to me for two years, and with such frequency and to such length, only to suddenly disappear and no longer write to me. Why, I ask, would he do this? I really haven't much of a clue, but can only guess he was uncomfortable discussing my suicide attempt. Yet why not simply bypass it and try discussing something else, rather than abandoning the correspondence altogether? It is, in my mind, a terrible loss to have our correspondence come to an end, and I fear I shall never again find the likes of that great man. And, moreover, I just can't help but wonder whether that end is my fault, or whether it in some fashion indicates I'm unworthy, undeserving, and most of all, inadequate.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby erti » 2 April 2021, 04:36

My laptop charger stopped working... nothing visible wrong... :/ lame
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 2 April 2021, 15:29

erti wrote:My laptop charger stopped working... nothing visible wrong... :/ lame


Maybe it’s just having a bad day and needs a bit of a break? I’d imagine that it’s usually hard at work most days and could simply be feeling overworked and stressed.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 3 April 2021, 05:09

I suppose there wasn't anything in particular that made me frown today. Rather, instead, it was simply that my anxiety flared up with great intensity and for several hours I felt as though something horrible either was going to happen, or was already happening (though I couldn't guess what it could be). And I really couldn't shake this constant feeling that, in some way, there was something quite wrong going on, or that things were somehow a bit off. I came very close to having a panic attack when I walked the dog a few hours ago, and thought I was losing my mind; it was honestly scary and I felt as though the world was falling apart around me.

Now, for the last two hours, I've been pouring over psychiatric case studies, mental health websites, and, of course, the DSM-V. You might wonder, "What led to him doing that for so long, or even at all?" Well, it's because since I got back from my walk, I've been worrying that I somehow might not truly have an anxiety disorder and might, unbeknownst to even myself, be faking my symptoms or lying (both to myself and others) about their intensity. In some odd way, double-checking the diagnostic criteria for my disorders, and examining dozens of studies and first-person accounts, reassures me and quiets my worrying about my deceiving myself and others. It's a worry, and a subsequent reactive behavior, that I've gone through many times in the past. I know it sounds silly, and I'm quite aware of how irrational it is, but when it happens I find it enormously difficult to ignore the urge to binge on research and look, for the millionth time, at the DSM.

In any case, I only now finished doing that and have, presently, switched to worrying both as to whether I'm being a bad person by staying up so late, as well as whether some of you are going to judge me, or if you guys all dislike me and are just too polite to say so. So, in short, I'm having a rough time today!
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 4 April 2021, 17:47

Had a screaming headache for most of the day and taking Neurofen has not remotely helped. I feel like my left temple is about to like explode or something, it's fucking horrible.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 4 April 2021, 18:45

Severelius wrote:Had a screaming headache for most of the day and taking Neurofen has not remotely helped. I feel like my left temple is about to like explode or something, it's fucking horrible.


Is it a migraine?
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 4 April 2021, 18:59

McTaggartfan wrote:
Severelius wrote:Had a screaming headache for most of the day and taking Neurofen has not remotely helped. I feel like my left temple is about to like explode or something, it's fucking horrible.


Is it a migraine?

I don't get migraines, luckily. It's just a really persistent and oddly specific headache.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 4 April 2021, 19:01

Severelius wrote:
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Severelius wrote:Had a screaming headache for most of the day and taking Neurofen has not remotely helped. I feel like my left temple is about to like explode or something, it's fucking horrible.


Is it a migraine?

I don't get migraines, luckily. It's just a really persistent and oddly specific headache.


I suppose it's fortunate that you don't get migraines; they're not particularly pleasant, to say the least. But, in any case, sorry you're not feeling so great :hug:
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Brenden » 5 April 2021, 12:11

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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 7 April 2021, 19:16

When your employer makes the news and you just know what you're going to have to spend at least half your first workday back pretending to give a shit about in conversation with about 12 different twats.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 7 April 2021, 22:31

The province of Ontario has issued another stay-at-home order for the next four weeks. Hotel business is gonna tank because of it, but there’s nothing I can do about it. :(
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 8 April 2021, 20:10

rogonandi wrote:The province of Ontario has issued another stay-at-home order for the next four weeks. Hotel business is gonna tank because of it, but there’s nothing I can do about it. :(


I'm sorry :|
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 10 April 2021, 03:39

I think I caught a cold. :pfft:
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