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Hm. I was browsing Youtube videos and came across a comment someone left about the anime character Shinji Ikari:

Shinji: Puts stick inside bicycle wheel and falls
Shinji: Everyone hates me.

It's an offhanded joke about a character most famous for being miserable, but I feel there's a certain truth in it about people. We have a talent for creating our own unhappiness.

Eli you've inspired me to try the same. Last time I tried this I wanted to kill everyone so we'll see v how long i last

Warning: They do seem to make me awfully gassy.

Although I probably overindulged.

Huh. I bought a new cat toy on a whim; a little plastic stick with some stuff on the end of it, to wave at them and make them chase around. One of them is EXTREMELY interested in it, and is currently making very dog-like growling noises as he plays with the stick by himself.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:18:14 PM »

I saw this circulating elsewhere. It's incredibly scathing, but too irresistible not to post, so I put it in spoiler tags.

Spoiler for Hiden:

Someone asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?"

Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England, wrote this magnificent response:

"A few things spring to mind.

Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever.

I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.

Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.

And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.

Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.

He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.

That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
* Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
* You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.

After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.

God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.

In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:

'My God… what… have… I… created?

If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set."

A little while back John Cleese summed it up more simply: "These are the stupidest people you will ever meet."

It is absolutely astonishing that so many people can look at this profoundly weak man and see strength. But they see themselves in him, don't they? I've seen street interviews with these freaks, and they live in a bubble of deliberate ignorance, fear and resulting lack of empathy. From what I can tell they simply don't WANT to be a part of a larger world, or to use their reason. They want to operate on emotion, their angry, petty gut feelings and pretend that it's reason by concocting scenarios. Seeing all this unfold I've wondered what American society can even do about these folks, since there seems to be no reaching out to them, and they're fed a steady diet of opinion reinforcements by their chosen mediums.

@Eli_Freysson  You should check out Paul Shapera. He's got a bunch of rock Opera and other concept albums.  Steampunk,  Weird West and other crazy stuff.

I will. Thanks.

Unrelated to that... I'm in the middle of a deliberate ten-day break from sweets and pastries, and I can feel it affecting my mood...


EDIT: On the bright side I've discovered that dried mango slices make great candy.

If anyone is feeling down today, here are some baby goats being silly.


Congratulations, Bea.

Unrelated to that, I've come across portions of a rock opera based on one of HP Lovecraft's stories. Can anyone recommend something similar? Because I really like this style:


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Light(er) Funny books needed
« on: February 16, 2019, 05:43:51 PM »
Well, I'm planning to write one. It'll be the second or third standalone after the standalone I'm planning to start next month. Give me a year or so.

My original post almost included "it's not that I feel depressed..." But I think I'm reconsidering.

I need to grab this by the horns and pull myself together.

I was reading a bit of the lore in the Warhammer Fantasy setting, and I came across this little gem:

"Despite rumours to the contrary, Couronnians are not born in the saddle. A few women have tried, but it is apparently physically impossible."

I'm not sure what to make of my emotional state lately. I'm not miserable, I'm just sort of... lethargic. Numb.

I've been avoiding social gatherings for quite a while, and I guess I put the blame on weariness with my input problems. I CAN enjoy myself at gatherings, but if I stay long enough I inevitably get irritated. And if I'm not there with people I know I inevitably just sort of hang around and don't say much. I feel lately I've been concluding that it's just not worth it and that I'm better off just staying in my comfortable little bubble, mostly by myself. I don't really do anything to risk that sensory irritation because I'm just so tired of it.

I also feel I'm getting fairly indifferent to university. I still show up and do the assignments, but at low energy.

This is even extending to my writing. I'm nearing the end of third in my latest series, and it could be due to losing passion with a project I have worked on for so long.

But I don't really know what to identify as the overall problem.

Not all heroes walk on two legs!

Writers' Corner / Re: Do you want to contribute to the Main Site?
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:05:21 AM »

Well, I'm fairly eccentric, and not socially engaged enough to have much to say about the broader SFF community, but I certainly could write something...

Ohmygawd I want to be there!

Are you sure about that?  :)

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