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How's everything doing today? Part 2!
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How's everything doing today? Part 2!

56 Name: Anonymous : 2020-11-30 19:53
>>55
To be honest I was so shocked after I thought more about this situation that I've decided to never visit this forum again. But thanks.
57 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-01 07:47
Just default to they/them pronouns on the Internet, since you don't know what the gender of the person your talking about/to is
58 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-02 11:10
>>57
Nah, he/him is the default on the Internet.
If you're talking to a woman, don't worry, she will let you know.
59 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-02 18:08
>>58
I've always thought of male pronouns being the de facto gender neutral of English, though I guess this type of usage is dying out. It already is in the case of stuff like "guys" or "dude" and referring to humanity as a whole as "man" or "mankind." Male and man being present within female and woman also has to do with this methinks.
60 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-03 01:26
I feel like I've lost the ability to adapt. Even the internet has moved on without me. I don't fit in anywhere anymore, even in refugia like this. I'm not sure if I truly care though. It's hard enough just posting this. If even anonymous communication is going to be this painful, maybe it's best to just not talk at all.
61 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-03 02:30
>>60
Online communities can't and never could fulfill that need, at best maybe they can sometimes diminish it. It's a frustrating and painful lesson to learn and relearn. Only other individual people can do that for you.
62 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-03 18:40
>>60
Not being able to adapt to modern internet behavior and completely degraded communication methods is not something to be upset about.
63 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-03 21:22
I played pokemon HeartGold on Desmume until I broke my save trying to hack with PKHex, it was fun, I will probably figure out how to load a backup but I would be satisfied if I couldn't. Defeating Team Rocket at Goldenrod felt like a decent conclusion. I did fix everything in the end, how bizarre was it that simply trying to evolve trade pokemon using an editor broke so much. Also, Cyndaquil's movepool fuckin' sucks!!

I wouldn't worry too much about getting a strange forum warning, forums these days tend to be either overmoderated or under, a good example of this would be wrestling communities. Outside of social media, there are a handful but two follow these philosophies to a T: WrestlingForum and Freakin' Awesome Network, the former is undermoderated and often has pages and pages of off-topic arguing (which is rarely the political white noise you often see, more users that dislike each-other personally, some members even find this entertaining) and FAN has extremely heavy moderation that some may find bizarre: https://officialfan.proboards.com/thread/470878/rules-house-updated-june-2020 and people have often been permabanned for very little.
Even though I dislike one of these, I am glad both exist, you just gotta find your niche on forums.
64 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-03 21:36
>>61
I know it's different nowadays because of the whole pandemic, but I'm curious if there's anything written about people who solely get their human interaction from the internet, because a lot of people who seem to be getting fed up with it/crazy.
65 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-03 22:10
>>61
You're right, that is and always has been true. But it seems like it's become much more difficult to find other individual people who aren't terrible. Not to say that it's ever been easy, but even if the ratio of decent to terrible is roughly the same as it ever was, the garbage one has to wade through to find the diamonds has become so much more revolting. I can't tolerate it anymore. I'm too weak.

>>62
I kind of agree to be honest, but even if the modern internet really isn't worth adapting to, the consequences of being left behind are still somewhat unfortunate. On the rare occasion when I do meet someone tolerable, they usually still live in a world I'm not privy to. On the other hand, people who are stuck in the past like me tend to be so disaffected and jaded that being around them just brings me even further down. Plus, to tell the truth, in my experience they tend to be every bit as obsessed with manufactured trends and currentisms as those they look down on. Negative engagement is still engagement.

I think the core of the problem isn't modernity, it's me. It's not the world that I need to adapt to, it's myself. I have at least a smidge of self-awareness, I know that if I can muster the effort to be interested in something again, I won't need anything else.
66 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-03 23:23
>>65
After realizing that there's nothing to talk about on more or less populated anonymous sites and constantly being annoyed and disappointed by the ironic attitude, vulgarity, hipocrisy and vileness I stopped visiting such noisy places. Years have passed and It helped a lot. Never once I wanted to go back posting or seeing what they offer.
I will not pretend that I am immune to desire to share my feelings about certain enjoyable things with someone but it's better to keep such feelings to yourself. Definitely not on such sites. Learned that the hard way. I am sure not feeling left out when I realize who will browse alongside me there.
I'm not in position of giving advices. But it's not a bad option to adapt to the silent enjoyement if you are able to sincerely care about certain things. Because if you will really care then the noise others produce will not be of any use.
If you already realize that this search is mostly revolting then submitting youself to it is pointless. There are better things to do. Even staring at the ceiling is better than refreshing pages full of utter idiocy or endlessly joining group chats that can cause a cancer tumor.
It could be even that I misunderstood your predicament completely and fought my mediocre English for nothing. In any case, good luck. I feel that there is something in common. I am #62.
67 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-05 01:17
>>66
You're correct in what you said in >>62 as well, since adapting to the modern internet behaviour means constantly engaging in discourse for clout, infinitely scrolling the same 3 websites to look for things to be outraged at. It also incurs the inability to keep up anything for a longer period of time, makes relationships worse by making people meet physically each other less often.
Someone who's stuck in the past sees all that and suffers, because they can't change the world alone. Most people don't see the issue anyway.
68 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-05 03:39
I had fun today, got some xbox games from a thrift shop and also liked flushing toilet paper down the toilet while some was still on my ass, that felt really odd but funny.
69 Name: Paperplane : 2020-12-05 08:04
Was reading up on HG/SS since I already stopped caring about pokémon when those came out. Sometimes I get overwashed by nostalgia and check out the older pokemon games, mabye play on an online emulator for a bit and then forget about the franchise again for a year or two.
The original heart gold and soul silver games came with the "pokewalker" a small gadget that you could transfer pokemon to via infrared and it looked like a tamagochi. It also was a pedometer and you could gain XP for the pokemon stored there.
Now since the original games are unreasoanbly expensive I checked up on emulation and was interested wether that pokewalker device was already cracked and maybe turned into a phone app. Unfortunately that isn't the case. I can't help but feel sad about time exclusive stuff like this. Just like these irl pokemon events where you could get certain legendary pokemons and had to be physically there with your gameboy to get them. In my country a pokemon truck toured through the big cities for that kinda stuff and some McDonald's restaurants had partnered with Nintendo for these events. Sure, you can still get the content via emulation/cheating but it's not quite the same.
For the pokewalker, there's still hope though:
https://github.com/mamba2410/reverse-pokewalker
Some dedicated fans are trying to reverse engineer it and that repository still gets commits. I'm always fascinated by this cracker scene, especially if it's something so niche as this pokewalker gadget. It communicates via IR with the game cartridge so you probaly need some IR capable hardware to read what it sends out and a way to decode it. Very interesting stuff.
70 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-05 19:26
I went on a run this evening while it was snowing, after having spent the whole day in bed with our cat. It's dark at five PM already in this time of the year along this latitude. It was an overall pleasant run, even though it was so cold.
After I had showered, I practised II-V-I progressions and started to work on an easy baroque polonaise on the piano.
Now I'm listening to a really good Thelonius Monk compilation.
71 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-07 01:21
I have diarrhoea. I hope it's not covid.
72 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-07 03:35
>>71
Nope, just a bad diet. Stop being fat!
73 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-07 08:43
>>72
Whatever; I'm fat and I don't have diarrhea.
74 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-07 19:29
>>72
Interesting, I didn't know I'm fat, and I also didn't know fat people have diarrhoea. Thanks for enlightening me with your obesity facts!
75 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-08 09:03
>>65
>>66
Posts like these confirm my theory that textboards are the last stop of internet users before they stop using the internet for social interaction.

My day was okay, I didn't really do much. I attempted to play lester the unlikely.
76 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-08 10:13
>>75
So what do you think people like >>65 and >>66 usually do? Do they go outside and try to chat random people up, or do they manage to become hermits hyperfocused on their hobbies and interests? The latter sounds more likely.
77 Name: Paperplane : 2020-12-08 15:32
>>75
For me they're just another facet worth exploring and maintaining. I like being active on all possible "layers" of the internet:
Social media, youtube, twitch, imageboards, forums, discord, IRC, textboards, even reddit sometimes. For me it's like traveling digitally. Seeing different places and cultures, different memes and languages. When one place bores you, you can go to another until that bores you and hop around and around because after some time, a place that started boring you might have changed enough to come back to see how it developed (or not).
Textboards are like small vilages in between huge metroplitian cities. You can go there to have a moment of respite.
78 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-09 03:50
>>15
MAJOR NEWS BULLETIN:
As of today, almost seven weeks after I first posted this, I've finished reading Bluebeard!

I didn't really like it. The plot was kind of interesting, I guess, but I found every main character EXTREMELY unlikeable and can't say I relate terribly well to the plight of the Armenian people prior to World War II, which is a major element of the book. I also found the "secret" that the plot builds up to terribly uninteresting and rather clumsily handled, and, to sound as insufferably cynical as I can, I guessed what it was almost immediately after the mystery was first introduced.

The narrative also jumps around quite a bit, and many of the seemingly-important characters introduced at the beginning of the book (such as the main character's wife and children) seem to be forgotten about entirely during the meat of the novel, then hastily re-introduced right at the end as if the author suddenly remembered them. I quite enjoyed the scenes where the protagonist interacts with his strict and imposing master, but they're over far too quickly and replaced only with more melodrama for the remainder of the story.

Also, this is going to sound really prudish, but I found all the sex and cursing to be really gratuitous and oftentimes just plain sophomoric. The main character is supposed to be this world-weary old man, but he talks (or, I guess, "writes") like a 13-year-old boy. I've got no problem with sex in fiction, but the way Vonnegut portrays it in this book is just pretty gross - no pomp and circumstance about it at all.

I guess that I shouldn't judge the rest of the author's work based on this book, because (from what I understand) it seems to be very much an outlier of his writing career, but I kind of regret picking it up in the first place. Oh well! If nothing else, it helped me pinpoint what I don't like in literary characters, which will hopefully inform my own fiction writing going forward.

For the record, I actually *did* take the advice of >>17 and >>22 and picked up another book before finishing this one: Journey to the West, which I read a few chapters into before continuing with Bluebeard. Good read, so far!
79 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-09 09:00
>>76
Do they go outside and try to chat random people up,
In my experience, most people who rely totally on the internet for social interaction eventually get the structure that employment or education, and with that comes real-life friends. Some also make more of an effort to get closer to their families if possible and attempt to join the social circles they belong to.
or do they manage to become hermits hyperfocused on their hobbies and interests?
Despite this being heavily desired by some people, this is an unrealistic lifestyle, most people require social interaction unless they have issues. Hyper-focusing on interests also is a good recipe for fatigue/burnout.
>>78
I'm glad to hear that! In my opinion, it's very possible to get things out of media you don't fully enjoy and even more important if you are writing yourself.
80 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-09 13:02
I'm glad this meme series is over.
https://exhentai.org/g/1794784/45ff29c36c/
I will admit the first two chapters were erotic because of the shock of its themes returning to prominence in the NTR scene, but it went on for too long (to milk fanbox subscriptions and due to the author's having health issues) and didn't even give me a semi after the third chapter. Even though it was a meme that was spammed on 4chan, it never got absurd enough to be really funny like that one where black gangbangs were used as punishment in schools and had one of the funniest doujins with the third one with the guy with the gorilla face. I was really hoping that the grandma would get fucked or even the family dog. I also thought MC got snuffed, which i'm surprised wasn't the case looking at the tags and given its a conclusion.
Im just glad the meme series is over and people will go back to seeing Terasu as one of the best NTR artists, especially one who releases stuff that looks good beyond the cover and releases stuff often. I still admire him for being one of the few artists to do SPH, but hope he goes easy on the 黒人 now that is over. I dont even necessarily dislike it, but the schtick is getting tired from him.
81 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-09 21:54
>>66
I don't think you've misunderstood, we seem to be pretty much on the same page. I can still deal with a little noise and vulgarity, but nine times out of ten it isn't worth the trouble. There was a time when the vileness of the internet could be amusing, but now it's been hijacked by engagement algorithms and convenient fools who may as well be algorithms themselves. The only issue is that even though I'd genuinely enjoy staring at the ceiling more than anything else, I've done that enough to know that eventually it starts to negatively effect my already diminished capacity to function, and unfortunately I still have a small number of obligations that require me to at least pretend to tolerate human interaction.

>>76
To tell the truth, I don't really do either. I'm not strongly invested in any hobbies or interests anymore, and I haven't been outside in almost a year. I spend a lot of time daydreaming, that's where I've always been happiest. I would have completely disconnected from the material world like I have in the past if not for how noisy said material world can often be. I need total peace and quiet to fully detach, which can be difficult when you live in a large conurbation with a group of people who are all very loud and highly social. That's the main reason why I'm trying to find something else to occupy myself with. I need a distraction to drown out the noise.
82 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-25 13:18
I hope all webshits who make Javashit-only websites will die the most painful death imaginable
83 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-25 13:24
>>82
It pains me so much to realize that there's really nothing I can do about this shit, and I'm just an old man yelling at clouds.

Also, I probably shouldn't have posted this here, but whatever.
84 Name: Paperplane : 2020-12-27 11:24
>>83
You could just try not to get so emotionally invested into petty things like this. Genuine genocidal death wishes over web development sound like an unhealthy soul to me.
85 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-27 16:32
>>84 lmao
This post is amasing, I don't even want to get "emotionally invested" in replying.
86 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-27 17:01
>>85
Thanks for not replying.
87 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-27 18:32
>>84
Just because I wrote something on the internet doesn't mean I actually want it. Still, I want something bad to happen to those people... maybe have their internet speed permanently reduced to 56kbps.
88 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-27 19:08
>>86
I thought that post was legitimately funny and wasn't completely serious but not everyone likes the same cloud texture.
>>87
Both accelerationism and genocide won't solve the problem, it's natural acclamation of the programmer mindset and by extension inventor behavior. Doing anything bad or good to them won't stop the self harm. If alternatives ever take off not only will 99% be apathetic and not serious, the abusers which banked off this behavior will be at minimum malicious to these alternatives. Getting rid of the abusers only solves part of the problem, telling programmers to get discipline is like telling a bird to not shit on your hat.
89 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-27 22:27
It's not malice or lack of "discipline" on part of the programmer. They are not doing it because they hate you and themselves. These sites get built this way because they have requirements and deadlines to meet. If you want sites without JS, convince their bosses and customers that they are better off without it. For better or worse, the market has spoken and it wants the JavaScript tar pit.
90 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-27 23:01
The abusers have vary real malice keeping something harmful going that would fall apart without societal support, since they can have a market from it. Instead of the natural cycle of pushing a lazy solution that doesn't work in down the line until it fails, then making a new one that works for the next cycle.
They are not doing it because they hate you and themselve
Don't know where you got the idea self harm from a vary powerful double edged sword means they hate their self or others. It isn't intentional, it definitely isn't absolute for all of them.
These sites get built this way because they have requirements and deadlines to meet.
Good thing json isn't xml.
If you want sites without JS
Cross out sites also.
the market has spoken and it wants the JavaScript tar pit.
It's only this. You can not convince the bosses or customers. You are forced to watch history repeat it's self. Discipline steams from a lazy solution that works now but may not down the line or in totally. Unless you were inventing a solution taking side effects into account, it wouldn't be took into account with a lazy mindset, even if it would affect you later.
91 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-27 23:14
>>90
Adding, same as the programmers, the market is natural, the malice isn't sadistic and it's in their mindset to (ab)use this behavior.
92 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-03 18:57
>>70
this sounds like a good day
93 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-03 22:46
Quietly losing my shit thinking about how much information is going to completely disappear once Google, Facebook, Twitter, and every other large company with questionable business models become unprofitable.
94 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-03 23:08
>>93
The Google+ Shutdown led to the loss of some good content. For some reason a lot of influential CS people took to Google+ (Linus was on it, Russ Cox, Norvig, etc.).
95 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-04 03:16
>>94
The Yahoo Groups shutdown is especially bad because Yahoo prevented people from archiving it.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90441669/verizon-says-archiving-yahoo-groups-would-strain-its-resources-the-reality-is-much-sadder

Years from now, the same thing might happen to the content we create on Reddit, WordPress, Instagram, or any other platform that may shrink in prominence before it’s effectively scrapped by an acquirer. This is a cautionary tale about our corporate-owned internet. At any moment, the corporation can pull the plug. This is what happens to our stuff when its monetary potential is squeezed for all it’s worth until there’s nothing left.
96 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-09 16:06
Went herping today. Found some marsh snakes and a small greensnake. No amphibians or lizards besides house geckos. No rattlers or any other beautiful hots unfortunately.
97 Name: Paperplane : 2021-01-10 00:31
>>96
Sounds cool! It's in the depths of winter here, you wouldn't find anything and my area is way too urbanized to find much. The only reptile or amphibians I saw in my 3 years of living here was newt while gardening (wondered where he came from, no pond, creek or stream far and wide).
Although I used to look for lizards as a kid on the shut down train tracks during summer.
98 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-11 13:52
I've got the week off cause I'm starting a new job next week. Nothing much to do at the moment other than wander around town and maybe do a bit of research to be ready, but I'm pretty happy to be rid of that old place.
99 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-13 02:23
>>97
There's probably more than you think! Reptiles are often hidden in plain sight. Unfortunately herps are devastated by habitat loss more than other animals, you may have found a displaced newt.
100 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-31 07:12
I'm doin' great. I went to a used bookstore and picked up some books and an iced coffee. This winter weather is my favourite time of the year
101 Name: Anonymous : 2021-02-01 10:53
I'm starting to crush on a new coworker and I'm not sure how I should deal with it.
102 Name: Anonymous : 2021-02-17 18:26
I woke up with a weird mood of emptiness this week. Almost like I've forgotten what it means to value things. Every decision I face in day-to-day life seems to have indistinguishably bland outcomes.

But my mum delivered homemade chocolate chip cookies to me today, so I guess that makes up for it.
103 Name: Paperplane : 2021-04-05 21:34
Planted tomato seeds a few days ago but the just wouldn't bud (or so I thought because I am impatient) so I stopped checking every day and kinda gave up hope. Today while randomly walking past the pot and taking a look, I saw 5 litte sprouts. This was the first time I grew them with seeds, usually I got a small sapling from the market. Even though it's far from a new concept, it somehow filled me with existential happiness seeing those sprouts. Having planted a few dead, tiny seeds and now only a few days later seeing the 5 green little buddies in there is a marvel. Nature is cool. Soon I will be eating MY tomatoes.
104 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-06 03:02
>>103
Made me smile. Growing things is fun. Thanks, tomato fren
105 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-06 04:48
It occurred to me that a dickish choice I made in the past and I blamed myself for was actually a good choice and entirely justified. I shouldn't blame myself for things just because it's the safe thing to do.
>>103
Seeing the little sprouts is always great. There's something magical about it.

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