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macmcseboy

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Icon 1 posted April 26, 2010 16:20      Profile for macmcseboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ping!

I do check in quite regularly. Daily in fact. I have made some posts! I do contribute! However it does not seem to spark everyone's fancy.

Other than that I am reachable on the facecrack and such. Like iChat, FB also has some of my preferred customers on it so I have that on most of the time.

Been busy with work, drama, pointy haired boss.

Other than, the fishing season is started back up. I'll be going more often on the weekends. I also occasionally seek out Crab, specifically Metacarcinus Magister and Cancer Productus.

Still being a geek in general.

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Icon 1 posted April 26, 2010 19:40      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm still here. I just post less.

For the sake of making conversation, I got a fortune cookie with my Chinese food tonight and it was made of fail.

The fortune reads: "Behind an able man, there are always."

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Icon 1 posted April 27, 2010 08:52      Profile for skylar     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm still here! Well, actually I checked in today for the first time in months (years?), and happened to see this thread [Smile]

Really interesting to hear how people are doing and what you're up to. I was expecting it to be all fresh blood by now, so it's a relief to see you [Beard of Peter Gabriel!]

My absence can be easily explained by a complete lack of time... I sorta faded out of things when the political flame wars were just firing up, because I tend to avoid getting involved with these things, but since then my life has also busied up massively - guess that's what happens when you get your own place and a full-time job and all that crap that's attendant to being a grown-up.

Can't say I can blame Facebook or Twitter either - I'm not very active on either since I have to maintain social networking accounts on behalf of the company I work for, so the mere sight of anything which wants me to share it with all my friends is enough to turn me into a jibbering wreck.

Life is good, though - despite the social networking my job is pretty great, I found a cool apartment in a city I love, and I have a sweet live-in boyfriend who indulges me in all the random pointless stuff I like to do at weekends.

I guess it just boils down to the fact that now I'm 24 I have a lot less time on my hands than when I joined GC at the age of 16 ... man, doesn't time fly?

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I never go away. I'm like a turd that won't flush. I can't blame my inactivity on having a life or anything, I'm just too lazy to type sometimes.

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Icon 1 posted April 27, 2010 09:23      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ Skylar, I am pleased that you still lurk about. On world issues you bring a different perspective, one that is needed in debates. I also know that the passage of time has taken you to new to you places and exposed you to more of the world. I hope that as adults her we can debate world issues with out them turning into name calling and flame wars, to me this is how we learn, to me your view point is valuable.

___ So please post often again

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quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
I'm still here! Well, actually I checked in today for the first time in months (years?), and happened to see this thread [Smile]

Really interesting to hear how people are doing and what you're up to. I was expecting it to be all fresh blood by now, so it's a relief to see you [Beard of Peter Gabriel!]

My absence can be easily explained by a complete lack of time... I sorta faded out of things when the political flame wars were just firing up, because I tend to avoid getting involved with these things, but since then my life has also busied up massively - guess that's what happens when you get your own place and a full-time job and all that crap that's attendant to being a grown-up.

Can't say I can blame Facebook or Twitter either - I'm not very active on either since I have to maintain social networking accounts on behalf of the company I work for, so the mere sight of anything which wants me to share it with all my friends is enough to turn me into a jibbering wreck.

Life is good, though - despite the social networking my job is pretty great, I found a cool apartment in a city I love, and I have a sweet live-in boyfriend who indulges me in all the random pointless stuff I like to do at weekends.

I guess it just boils down to the fact that now I'm 24 I have a lot less time on my hands than when I joined GC at the age of 16 ... man, doesn't time fly?

you still up north were tehy speak german funny? fluent yet?

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
I never go away. I'm like a turd that won't flush. I can't blame my inactivity on having a life or anything, I'm just too lazy to type sometimes.

Spungo: Your posts always bring joy and laughter to my heart.
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I'm around most days, but I'm quiet by nature. I guess I don't say much because I don't have the ease with words that spungo apparently does. I guess that makes me an *invisible* unflushable turd.

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Icon 1 posted April 28, 2010 08:52      Profile for skylar     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
____ Skylar, I am pleased that you still lurk about. On world issues you bring a different perspective, one that is needed in debates. I also know that the passage of time has taken you to new to you places and exposed you to more of the world. I hope that as adults her we can debate world issues with out them turning into name calling and flame wars, to me this is how we learn, to me your view point is valuable.

___ So please post often again

Aw shucks, thanks MoMan [Smile] I definitely will attempt to post more often... living in a foreign country means it's difficult to engage in particularly complex conversations with my German and expat friends sometimes - it can be a strain to try to get across the nuances of what you're trying to say. So it would be refreshing to have a place to argue again [Wink]
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quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
you still up north were tehy speak german funny? fluent yet?

noch nicht, aber versuche ich [Wink]

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____ Skylar, I know just enough about your culture to make a fool of myself, and not wanting to write hear say, or come across as a fool, I too am gaurded in what I post. Now I could tell you how terrifing flashbacks can be, but most here do not want that knowledge. To be able to write to a young woman of your back ground does require a degree of interest in other cultures. I find the chance as a true education. The sort of thing one does not learn in schools.

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The feeling is mutual, MoMan... I find it amazing that I'm able to carry on conversations with people like you from backgrounds and cultures that are completely different to mine, and who have experienced things which give them a wisdom and understanding which is quite beyond me. I feel like I can get a real perspective on worlds which I could only imagine - and I love that [Smile]
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____ Some of the questions I have would be much too intrusive, to be asked in an open forum. Your culture is yours and mine is mine, while I am curious I would not want to put you in a uncomfortable position.

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fs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!


the better question is where have YOU been!

hit me up, m!!

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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
____ Some of the questions I have would be much too intrusive, to be asked in an open forum. Your culture is yours and mine is mine, while I am curious I would not want to put you in a uncomfortable position.

I would PM you but I don't seem to be able to - but feel free to send me a message, I'm happy to answer anything you're curious about [thumbsup]

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____ Mostly the question was about Mother/Father Issues. Mothers are usually more tolerant than Fathers, and has dad softened?

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I've not done this for a while... it's time I wrote a LOOONG post again! You've been warned.

Upon further reflection, it feels like I've become less impulsive as I've gotten older (or perhaps it has to do with the fact that I don't spend much time with my alter-ego M2K2 anymore). I used to post a lot around here, but now I find I'm more reserved in my posts and where I choose to post.

I think I used to be more ego-centric, perhaps. Now I feel that nobody really wants to read what I have to say about anything because my opinion is just as useless (or useful) as the next person's.

Of course the constant political flame wars that abounded here for a while didn't help much. And there were the constant non-political, apparently-psychosis-induced flame wars and outright personal attacks that happened. Those both had an extremely detrimental effect to our community. I think people (myself included) were leery of posting anything after all of that. I think most people here are tired of political issues just because of all the damage they caused. On that note, thank you fs, for poking your head out of the foxhole and being a brave soul to try to bring some non-politically-charged conversation back here!

It's nice to see my favorite home on the web thriving again. [Smile]

And I promise to be less-discretionary about what and where I post.... [Razz]

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I just don't have much to say that's relevant to anything other than my own daily petty frustrations.

But I still love you all!!!!! [Smile]

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--- [hearts] [Big Grin] [Cool] Jessycat!!!!! [Cool] [Big Grin] [hearts] ---
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____ I like good debate, not name calling, or personal attacks, much like High School and college level debates, it is difficult to hold a civil debate when we do not know each other personally however that does not excuse personal style attacks. I agree that the old high temp. debates caused some to shut down and not post. but lets not let the fire go out here, we still need a pilot light.

____ I have found it very hard to start a thread that goes into two or more pages.

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Uhm, hello. I used to post here at some point in time. Then something in the real world kept me occupied for some time. You know, stuff like work and uhm, work, I guess?

For some inexplicable reason I decided to come back here and see what's been happening.

Like Bibo I got sucked into the vortices known as Facebook and Twitter. I think some of you know that already.

So yeah... *wave* [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
--- [hearts] [Big Grin] [Cool] Jessycat!!!!! [Cool] [Big Grin] [hearts] ---

[thumbsup] [hearts] you madly too Jess!

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quote:
Originally posted by fs:
Actually, I think the lack of political arguments is a plus. I have this theory that 93% of the internet consists of porn and people arguing about politics. And it's all boring.

Incoming Necropost!

fs: Did you actually say that pRon is boring? Political rants, definitely, but really...pRon?!! No wonder the Cap'n doesn't frequent GC anymore. [devil wand]

Browsing through this thread, the reasons given by most seem to apply to my inactivity here as well. I have to admit that Facebook had been a simple form of social pablum where arguments seldom blossomed as they do (did?) in the Politics/Religion forum here at GC.

The arguing here is fine, when we accord each other at least basic human respect while restraining ourselves from straw-man and personal attacks. It seems that most who remain here behave thus, but I've only looked in a couple of times in the past year.

And then it gets easier and easier to be drawn into the networking connections offered by the scriptware on Facebook. Pretty soon one can find themselves surrounded by "like-minded" folks, (maybe "brain-dead" would be more accurate), whom they do not really know and no genuine argument taking place. It "seems" friendly due to the lack of confrontation, but in reality there is just little or no thinking going on over at FB. The same can be said for the political forums, no matter which flavor you try.

So, as of this morning,I just eliminated 2/3 of my Facebook connections and will refrain from doing other than checking up on newsfeeds from people there whose lives I am a least somewhat involved IRL. As for the political forums, I ceased visiting them quite a while back. I can't say that I've missed them. GC is a different story, of course.

FWIW, YMMV

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quote:
Originally posted by garlicguy:
Pretty soon one can find themselves surrounded by "like-minded" folks, (maybe "brain-dead" would be more accurate), whom they do not really know and no genuine argument taking place.

This is the thing that puzzles me about FaceBook, I got a friend invitation from the mother of a druidling's classmate, she has over 1000 FaceBook 'friends'. WTF? No-one 'knows' over 1,000 people, and with over 1,000 'friends' the signal-to-noise ratio must be close to 0.

Size of friends list seems to be some sort of 21st century dick-size competition - quantity over quality.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
This is the thing that puzzles me about FaceBook, I got a friend invitation from the mother of a druidling's classmate, she has over 1000 FaceBook 'friends'. WTF? No-one 'knows' over 1,000 people, and with over 1,000 'friends' the signal-to-noise ratio must be close to 0.

Size of friends list seems to be some sort of 21st century dick-size competition - quantity over quality.

I like it - 'signal-to-noise ratio', good comparison, Druid.

1,000 is ridiculous; I've lost count of the number of times invitations arrive for one to befriend someone who has 3 to 5 thousand connections.

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