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May 21, 2014I cringe about most of the stuff I've posted, especially some of the personal stuff I've shared. I was about 15, 16 at the time I really got involved with Dfans. I didn't know how to conduct myself well on the internet. To an extent, I still don't know, but I'm getting better at it.Posted in: Off-Topic
Nov 16, 2012Azriel posted a message on Uber Bosses Speed Kill Video, Blue Posts, Bonus Blizzard Comic Contest Entry, Black Ops 2 Outsells Harry Potter and Star WarsI don't know how people buying a large volume of a notably repetitive and unoriginal game is supposed to help the industry. Setting a shitty industry standard doesn't help anybody.Posted in: News & Announcements
Jun 8, 2012If you don't like this song, we can't be friends.Posted in: Off-Topic
May 21, 2012I died so many times in Act III cause of those goddamn Heralds of Pestilence. They are probably the most overpowered monster in the game if you're a melee character, especially if a champion mob imbued with waller / jailer is around and manages to trap you.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I probably died at least 10 times cause of those fuckers.
May 11, 20121.) Music. I know that's a pretty cliche response, but music, for me, is a constant reminder of the great that mankind can do; something as pure as musical thought and the ability to convey emotion through sound and language is one of the reasons I'm glad to be a part of this world. I wake up to music and I'm usually plugged in almost all day. I just can't be without it.Posted in: Off-Topic
2.) Love. That's also another cliche response, but I'm always comforted by the fact that, at this present moment, there are many people that I can call "family;" brothers, sisters, friends, mothers, fathers. This kind of familial warmth is something I anticipate in the morning and it always keeps me going no matter how sad I may get on a given day.
3.) The future. I am an optimist at heart and I always try to have a positive outlook on my life and who I may grow up to be, who's lives I can affect positively, and the family I hope the raise and be a part of when I'm older. I have hopes and ambitions and I know, in my heart, that I would give anything to accomplish them and looking forward to that, most of the time, makes me glad to be alive.
Also, I always find that I can't begin the day unless I can get out of bed. Every day is precious and laying around in bed (unless you're sick, of course) is a waste of a potentially great day.
May 7, 2012Posted in: Off-TopicQuote from Ducha
I've just started learning guitar, does anyone have any tips or maybe a heads up for some beginner songs to start off on?
I had originally written you a pretty lengthy response but my fucking browser backed out of my post.
I'll boil it down to a few points:
1) "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day is the perfect beginner's song because it introduces you to many musical concepts and guitar techniques at the same time.
2) Don't attempt the Tristram theme until you think you're ready. If you find yourself becoming frustrated with a song, put the guitar down and take a few breaths. One of the biggest mistakes a beginner makes is assuming that they can't play something and, therefore, can't play guitar. Taking into perspective the amount of time that it takes for a guitarist to actually become good, it's absolutely okay to make mistakes. Nobody's grading you, don't take it too hard on yourself if you can't get something right the first time. Guitar requires a lot of patience but, in my experience, the reward is incredibly gratifying.
3) Don't be afraid of experimenting with chords and especially don't be afraid of chords themselves; chords will hurt. They'll hurt like hell. Suck it up, crybaby.
4) Don't pay for lessons unless you feel you absolutely need them. I've done fine without them (I've been playing for about four years).
5) Try writing songs every once in a while. That's another gift of music; aside from obtaining a skill, you're able to put that skill to use and making something special to you. Take advantage of your skill.
May 5, 2012Posted in: Off-TopicQuote from Tralari
It's pretty easy to skip over posts and just reply to what you want. If someone replies to my post and then 3 pages go by, I'll still quote them and reply back despite the amount of discussion that has lapsed.
I think the reason why I don't necessarily like doing that is because I feel that, if they don't want to return to the discussion (because five pages have flown by), then replying is kind of pointless because they've probably already forgotten about it / don't care anymore. After enough time has elapsed, continuing the discussion is really arbitrary.
And there's certainly nothing wrong with wanting to have a laugh in the most popular thread on the forums. That's the reason why the URT was made, as Succubus said.
Edit: This is a really nice video.
And sorry for the music; It's a crappy cover of Coldplay's "Fix You."
Only certain artists should cover certain songs.
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Aug 26, 2012Grades are inflated and I wish I could tell you it were not systemic, but it most certainly is the case for most every secondary school and especially those with rather open acceptance policies. I refused to take part in the generous curving process in my career and it slowed the process of my becoming tenured in a very dramatic fashion. Administrators the country over (possibly the world over, but I've only worked in the US with a brief stint in the UK) have gone from academics to financially driven managers. School at some point in the 80s underwent a very obvious metamorphosis from process of enrichment to method of rubber-stamping socio-economic status. Wealthy kids get the inside-road to ivy league institutes and attain the highest stamp. Relatively poor first-generation college students in community schools attain the lowest stamp.Posted in: Off-Topic
So the education becomes more widely desired. Everyone wants that rubber stamp to riches. Public education accelerates the mythos that if everyone simply got more education then nobody would be poor. We would simply automate all the jobs we didn't want and the world would be populated by a bunch of highly intellectual engineers, doctors, and the like. Obviously utopia failed to emerge. What did emerge; however, by the 90s was a post-secondary system in high-gear flooding the job market with over-trained and under-evaluated individuals. There were not enough specialist jobs to give out and even if there were, nobody was going to hang the new bridge-building project over to an architect from DeVry who got his degree in a year over chatroom lecture.
It's hard to say exactly how this process will reverse itself or simply evolve the education and job training systems we now take for granted into something more efficient (or less, parish the thought), but I will re-iterate that it is of the utmost importance to like what you do for a living. Chances are it will not pay dividends. Chances are you will not become rich. Chances are you will be quite poverty stricken at some point in your life. These are not simply hand-waiving claims, they are statistical and economical realities. The more one is willing to either hang onto their beloved niche and make it into a steady living, the better off they are.
Never for a moment listen to the fatuous and self-serving employers who tell everyone going into college to become "flexible," and to attain all the wondrous serf-like traits that they so desire in a peasant employee. There is something to be said for a career change and there is certainly a comfortable safety in having a back-up plan or new experience, but simply chasing the almighty dollar from one hack job to the next is a means of gaining life-long depression, not wealth.
Oh, and to hit on the specific point of writing. If indeed that is your passion, I would recommend you subscribe and submit regularly to some form of periodical. Print media may be a dying breed, but it is certainly a more effective way of being discovered for a paying job than is plastering your work across the internet by way of blog (although this has been the success of some). As the late, great Christopher Hitches would say; however, a writer is not one who simply likes or loves to write. A writer is one who simply cannot imagine life without writing. I wish you the best of luck in that career path, for it is fraught with much more uncertainty than most. I won't be the first or last to admit that it was my dream too to become a writer and I ended up with a teaching job to keep a roof over my head.
Aug 23, 2012Or maybe donate to www.water.org and save whole villages.Posted in: General Discussion
Or just spend your money and don't feel too guilty because although it's nice to help you can't save everyone. Spending money on things you want doesn't make you a bad person.
I do feel for these people that need charity though.
Jul 11, 2012Nacho_ijp posted a message on Global Warming Disproven? New Study Shows 2000 Yrs of Cooling!ok, lets say climate change is false and humans don't do anything strong enough to change climate... that doesn't mean we can go throwing all our trash into the ocean, or polluting the rivers with chemicals, or burning oil until our cities have more smoke than air, or digging holes into the ground and spilling all the oil around like it is clean water and so on...Posted in: Off-Topic
If climate change is true, then more reason to change our ways, if not, it doesn't mean we can keep going as we are unless we want a wasteland for a planet :/
May 21, 2012sebitti posted a message on A tribute to the Diablo series - Guitar and Piano Tristram duetI'm personally a huge fan of the Diablo series, mainly Diablo II. Anyway, I've been collaborating with my good friend and we've been uploading various renditions of game music from our childhood. One of them is the Diablo Theme - Tristram.Posted in: General Discussion
I hope you enjoy this.
May 6, 2012You can try some magic spells:Posted in: Off-Topic
Get 5 roses. Go about a block from your house and drop one. On the way back drop three more. Then drop one on your doorstep. While doing this chant the words:
"This is a path of love. My true love will find me." Only works for those who believe.
Tho you don't rly want her to fall in love with you, seems you just want to bang her. Then try this:
Take five stones and place them in the corners of a pentagle, then recite the spell.
"Stones of dark stones of light
May they be as light of day or as dark as night.
You may do my bidding the 5 of you
Doing my wishes but they must be true."
Then burn a small black mark on each one with a candle. Then each night make a wish to one of them.
May 4, 2012This thread needs more serious conversations.Posted in: Off-Topic
What do you guys think of calculative persons in social circles? By calculative I mean people that act partially based on rationale opposed to just going by the gut, i.e. what feels right and natural.
Like, not calculative to the point of being ridiculously insincere, but people that always consider the bigger picture and ramifications of isolated choices. Like, for example person X calls you and asks you out for a couple drinks. You don't really feel like spending time with person X as you'd rather just go home and play some Skyrim, but you know he's part of your larger social circles and that you haven't had a chance of catching up with X lately.
The "going by the gut" option would be to just go home and play Skyrim, since that's what you yourself want to do, and tell X that you'll have the drinks some other time. He probably won't ask unless you do.
The "calculative" option would be to go and have the drinks, spend some OK time, but deep down know that you'd rather preferred playing the game. In the long run your and person X's relationship improved, possibly resulting in other benefits such as an improved relationship with mutual friends and overall good social karma.
I don't know, many people think being calculative in social relationships is somehow being dishonest and manipulative. I think it isn't. Maybe I'm just a sociopath.
May 3, 2012Posted in: Off-TopicQuote from Nekrodrac
Quote from succubus_queen
I have poor analytical skills? That seems somewhat presumptuos doesn't it? "Panties in a mix" suggests a level of agitation. No one seemed agitated... until perhaps now. People were defending her, and questioning the meme, but in a very casual way, that didn't rise to any definiton of getting your panties in a mix.
Actually, coming into a situation where no one is upset, and telling everyone their panties in a mix, feels a bit like you are trying to agitate people. Feels a bit trollish actually.
As for rating the girl, I really can't. I think there are infinite kinds of beauty. If someone takes care of themselves, looks happy, keeps a healthy weight and exercies enough to stay a bit toned, that's beauty to me. I'm insecure in ways and pretty hard on myself, but I've got very easy standards for the rest of the world. LOL!
Lack of intellectual integrity and honesty to top it all.
I never knew you managed to get an oxford definition of panties in a mix. You seem to be an expert at grasping at straws.
Bleh. You are boring beyond measure.
You always say the most ironic things. Grapsing at straws. Please. You know as well as I that lightly defending someone doesn't constitute having your "panties in a mix." That's completely absurd.
Also, you question my honestly, but you fail to bother with pointing out where you consider me to be lying. I am going to assume that it is the section about not being able to rate her, and seeing beauty in generaly health and hapiness. If so, I think it's very funny that you would go on and on about how hurtful beauty ideals are, and then accuse someone of lying if they don't hold anyone to a particular standard, as though it's not possible to do. It seems somewhwat duplicious. Some people are more striking than others, often for reasons you can't see in a flat image. But most of it is fairly complex, and it's definitely not something I'd bother to quantify on a 10 point scale. Sorry if that concept is hard for you to grasp.
Let's cut to the chase my dear, based on your modus operandi in the last two debates you have had in this thread. You are going to become more and more inflamatory. I'm finally going to rise to your level of obnoxiousness (that's the part we are skipping to), and you won't be able to take it. At that point, you will start sounding more and more desperate, and hit a whole new level of rude. The mods will come. You'll declare yourself the winner. (Maybe by saying you schooled me or some such. Which for the record, if you have to say it yourself it's probably not true, and people generally find it funny.) I am going out for dinner, and I have good friends, pleasant conversation, a burrito, and a jumbo margarita in my future. Frankly my little friend, I don't have time for this, and won't be bothering to read further.
You may feel free to have the last word. I know how important it is to people of your maturity level.
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