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    I like both of them! We're in a new internet age! Contrary opinion!

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    I could not agree more Allegro.

    Facepalming excuses passive agressive behaviour and leads to a lot of built up resentment, as clearly exempliflified by cashpiles ridiculous implosion. He's an outlier, but is still very symptomatic of a larger problem on this board.

    Either decide the topic or statement is not worth the time to engage, or do so eloquently, but doing neither and facepalming instead is an annoying mix of laziness and cowardice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valiantsteed View Post
    I could not agree more Allegro.

    Facepalming excuses passive agressive behaviour and leads to a lot of built up resentment, as clearly exempliflified by cashpiles ridiculous implosion. He's an outlier, but is still very symptomatic of a larger problem on this board.

    Either decide the topic or statement is not worth the time to engage, or do so eloquently, but doing neither and facepalming instead is an annoying mix of laziness and cowardice.
    Yup, I wholeheartedly concur. Thank you, I think you summed it up very well.

    I could have clicked “like” but that’s lazy, too, requiring minimal effort and the intellect of a toddler; this direct response required time, effort, and expansion of the concurrence, deliberately highlighting (in bold) what I feel is of particular importance. Hence, using actual communication. Communication is a deliberate thing, not passive. Its intent is shared; if not, it risks miscommunication.

    Don’t give me this Modern Day bullshit; emoticons have existed since the fucking 80s, except mostly on AOL (aka the Short Bus on the Information Superhighway).

    I turned off the Like/Facepalm notifications, I don’t even wanna know about that shit. Somebody posted some stats, here, about the number of likes per user vs. number of facepalms. I ain’t here since January of 2004 for popularity and ego stroking.
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    Well, when you like my posts it cheers me up, bb <3 (bb means baby but I like that here it is also a pun for bulletin board)

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    B.B. has meant bulletin board since 1979.

    I can say it also means butt bite. But will all of you interpret it that way?

    Here's an interesting article:

    Recently, as I was talking with a colleague about the phenomena of online passive aggression, he casually remarked, “Truthfully, passive aggressive behavior is just plain fun. Getting back at other people in socially acceptable ways is so easy to do these days now that so much of what we say and do happens through a keyboard instead of person to person.”

    “What an honest comment,” I thought, “about such a dishonest way of communicating.” Indeed, taking jabs at others while eluding direct confrontation is the immediate gratification afforded by today’s technology and the modus operandi of the passive aggressive.

    Meanwhile, this is all passive aggressive drift in this CHEERS ME UP thread.

    Cheers me up: the fantasy of taking a blow torch to most of online, until everyone is required to use VI as an editor, again.



    No, seriously, what really cheers me up: Following cat and kitten rescuers on Instagram (@bethostern, @kittenxlady, @bocaratona, etc.) Gives me a purpose in life, rescuing kitties, donating to rescue organizations, etc.
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    Got some facepalms, always feels bad, deserved probably though I think sometimes it's because we're from very different cultures... but I'm trying to behave better. :-)

    Anyway, as for what cheers me up, I was thinking about the top posts here on ETS this year.
    1. The most funny - Twin Peaks, there's a surprising moment and Lynch's character doesn't look surprised at all. Someone responds "Well he wrote that." :-D
    2. The most interesting - long detailed analysis of NTAE, with parts like "What you doing?" "Imagining all my family dead in great detail."
    3. The most amazing - graphic description of NIN gig ending with full The Background World and total darkness, wow.
    Sorry I would spend day searching for the exact posts and sorry for not remembering the authors, but thank you, people. :-)

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    @allegro , I also like it when you "like" my posts.
    I even like it when you tell me I'm wrong about something, because you actually present an intelligent argument.

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    I see the benefits of the Like button (positive reinforcement), but I don’t think the opposite is the Facepalm button; that’s way too loaded to be simple negative reinforcement.

    Sometimes a community needs to let other members of the community know that what they say is hurtful to other members of the community, or some just need to make it public to the community that they disagree. A thumbs-down emoji would do this just fine, without passing judgment or shaming or inviting anger or hurt feelings. The Facepalm is universally grok’d as “you’re a moron.” That’s not a “dislike.”

    This is what ETS members used to think was loads of fun: http://web.archive.org/web/200702170...f44b38257f4b9b

    I think we need a “sad” and an “angry” and a “laugh” emoji (and if we removed the Facepalm, I think that’d be awesome).

    But this is the wrong thread for that discussion.
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    oh god ... i remember that. everyone was just so fucking mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kel View Post
    oh god ... i remember that. everyone was just so fucking mean.
    yeah, you awful fuckers scared me off back then ;p

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegro View Post
    No, seriously, what really cheers me up: Following cat and kitten rescuers on Instagram (@bethostern, @kittenxlady, @bocaratona, etc.) Gives me a purpose in life, rescuing kitties, donating to rescue organizations, etc.
    Ugh. I wish I could rescue kitties - career doesn't allow it though (being gone for weeks/months at a time). I've promised myself though that once I settle down, I'll be the one who goes to the local humane society and adopts the oldest cats they have. Although I'm honestly not sure how long that will last - I don't know if I can handle the emotional drain of my feline friends dying in closer succession than if I were adopting kittens or even just younger adult cats. But it breaks my heart to see those 10-12 year old cats just loafing around in the shelters. I want to take them all home!

    I guess what I'm getting at is that old felines, with their lazy and (usually) loving ways, cheer me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    yeah, you awful fuckers scared me off back then ;p
    oh, i couldn't post anything without being made to feel stupid. even some of the mods were wretched (cough*saturnine*cough).

    to me, anyway.

    on topic: i'm happy that i'm on the west coast right now. brrrrr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kel View Post
    oh, i couldn't post anything without being made to feel stupid. even some of the mods were wretched (cough*saturnine*cough).

    to me, anyway.
    Saturnine wasn’t a mod; she wrote for the Hotline. edit: although if I'm wrong, the power that is will surely come in and smack me down, publicly and gleefully, as has been the case in the 14 years I've been here. I'm a masochist.

    But, yeah, the Mods and Admins were 90% of the Clique in 2004. It was the roughest, I think, from 2003-2006. Then a BUNCH of people left the board when the ARG started and ETS was infiltrated by newbs in 2007.

    Cheers me up: we’ve watched Anderson Cooper on CNN on NY Eve for years; Andy Cohen is replacing Kathy Griffin and he and Anderson are close pals, this could be a lot of fun.

    We have bubbly, snacks, cracker things that blow out confetti (I fucking LOVE those); we are huddling indoors during the frigid cold. All my bird feeders are filled, my birdies and squirrels and deer got special treats for tonight, here we go!

    Happy New Year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by allegro View Post
    Saturnine wasn’t a mod; she wrote for the Hotline.

    But, yeah, the Mods and Admins were 90% of the Clique in 2004. It was the roughest, I think, from 2003-2006. Then a BUNCH of people left the board when the ARG started and ETS was infiltrated by newbs in 2007.

    Cheers me up: we’ve watched Anderson Cooper on CNN on NY Eve for years; Andy Cohen is replacing Kathy Griffin and he and Anderson are close pals, this could be a lot of fun.

    We have bubbly, snacks, cracker things that blow out confetti (I fucking LOVE those); we are huddling indoors during the frigid cold. All my bird feeders are filled, my birdies and squirrels and deer got special treats for tonight, here we go!

    Happy New Year!
    happy New year YEEEAh!

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    it's after midnight so it's my birthday! i'm 31 and still going, which is a big accomplishment for someone who has had as many issues as me. not comparing my struggle to anyone else's, though, just saying that with what i've been through, it's amazing i'm still here.

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    whoopee! pot store opening up down the street. i can almost ditch my car.
    -Louie

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    Today is nine years since I've smoked meth, and 25 years since my father quit drinking.

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    when the official Tumblr for a show you like reposts your content...

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    Flagging pro-conservative comments (particularly ones that almost have nothing to do with the rest of the content) on YouTube videos as being sexually explicit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onthewall2983 View Post
    Flagging pro-conservative comments (particularly ones that almost have nothing to do with the rest of the content) on YouTube videos as being sexually explicit.
    Can I help you do more of that?

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    My friend's band the Old 97's has started their own music festival in dallas and it's in its third year. It's going to have a Ferris wheel and a midway this year; it's starting to hit its stride I think. It's called the Old 97s County Fair.
    And yesterday I got a message telling me that I'm on the VIP guest list
    It really made my day.

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    I’m shopping for my own ski boots. Really sick of rentals, so this will be awesome. Maybe my own skis, too. <3 <3

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    drag race all stars 3 FINALLY starts this week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegro View Post
    I’m shopping for my own ski boots. Really sick of rentals, so this will be awesome. Maybe my own skis, too. <3 <3
    that's rad. i love skiing and haven't owned my own boots since i was 14. i know you're in chicago, so where do you usually go? i live about an hour south of sun valley (idaho) and really need to invest in a new pair.

    edit: sorry for the double post.

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    Every time somebody pisses me off, say at the grocery store, while I am driving, or whatever it is that I am doing. Instead of getting mad, I just say to myself "probably a Trump supporter" it makes me laugh to myself and reduces road rage incidents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kel View Post
    that's rad. i love skiing and haven't owned my own boots since i was 14. i know you're in chicago, so where do you usually go? i live about an hour south of sun valley (idaho) and really need to invest in a new pair.
    Oh wow that must be totally awesome, living an hour from Sun Valley!! We live 40 minutes from Wilmot, which is now Vail-owned, and it's really convenient and local but the highest peak is, like, 250 feet, LOL. But, it's fun to just jump into the car and go. We usually go out west to Tahoe for at least a week, but Tahoe and pretty much everything out west has had really shitty snow; Wilmot actually had the same base as Heavenly for a while. But, today it's FIFTY DEGREES again, here, so if Wilmot isn't closed down again, it will be by this afternoon. The temps are expected to drop again so they can make more snow, so our biggest problem is waiting for snow and hoping it doesn't melt again. Have you been skiing out your way this season?

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    I had a skating accident. I was on concussion watch for 48 hours. The doctor said I should be ok now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boots View Post
    I had a skating accident. I was on concussion watch for 48 hours. The doctor said I should be ok now.
    Ugh, that sucks, that happened to me, once, too. And I still have a scar on my chin :-) Hope you are okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegro View Post
    Oh wow that must be totally awesome, living an hour from Sun Valley!! We live 40 minutes from Wilmot, which is now Vail-owned, and it's really convenient and local but the highest peak is, like, 250 feet, LOL. But, it's fun to just jump into the car and go. We usually go out west to Tahoe for at least a week, but Tahoe and pretty much everything out west has had really shitty snow; Wilmot actually had the same base as Heavenly for a while. But, today it's FIFTY DEGREES again, here, so if Wilmot isn't closed down again, it will be by this afternoon. The temps are expected to drop again so they can make more snow, so our biggest problem is waiting for snow and hoping it doesn't melt again. Have you been skiing out your way this season?
    i went to bogus basin (about 15 miles from boise) and the snow was meh. haven't been to baldy yet. the conditions are better there, but it's been a pretty mediocre season so far.

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    Chromecast Audio. The solution I was looking for - to send my music collection (bought digitals or my own EAC/LAME --extreme CD rips) on NAS server (Twonky on old Zyxel NSA310) to good old Yamaha receiver via optical cable, controlled by Android phone without turning anything else on. With Hi-Fi Cast app, even gapless playback is possible (the app has to do some transcoding or something though in this case), receiver reports as high as 96 kHz samplerate (e.g. Radiohead OKNOTOK FLACs), just works. Also LocalCast app is nice to send anything anywhere (even files from phone or samba server). Nice.
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