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Watching Stranger Things 2 - and it is every bit as good as the first season!
Second this! I'm on the end of episode 7 now, and I absolutely love it. My only problem has been, well, episode 7. It's more from a storytelling perspective than anything. It's a good episode plot, but sloppily integrated into the season. Other than that, awesome!

I'm really enjoying it too-- I give it an almost as good!

Yeah, Ep. 7 was the classic throwaway episode placed to prolong the tension of the climax-- it pisses me off when they do that in TV shows where you have to wait a week per episode, but a lot more tolerable on netflix.  ANd as much as I hate it, I've totally been guilty of breaking up my climaxes this way with the other-POV chapter right after the cliffhanger too.

They also sort of crammed El's character arc into 1 episode instead of spacing it over the series, where it would have had time to breathe and been more meaningful, but I think they're planning on using 8 in the next series so they wanted to do an exposition dump there too.

The thing that's really been irking me is that their cut-to-black, fade-in transitions are slightly too long.  You can do them long as a device, bringing sound in early, or emphasizing a pause, but EVERY one of them has got this awkward extra half-second that makes me feel like my monitor cut out again and it drives me crazy.  It makes me wanna smack the editor upside the head.  Other than that, the shows awesome!

Also, (only read this if you've already finished the series)
Spoiler for Hiden:
* Damn it why tf did they kill Bob?????  He's the underdog!!!
* I felt like the Barb stuff was fan service, and the Nancy-changes-bfs scene felt slightly off to me too, that whole sub-plot was meh for me
* I love that they found a new way to make the Byer's house creepy w/ crayons.  I wonder what they'll do to the house next season...
* I think my fav scene in the whole thing was the junkyard one when they realized there was a whole pack
Just finished it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yeah, the Bob thing got me. Here's a character you'll grow to like in a couple episodes. Bye-bye!Although, if no one had died throughout all of that, I would've been even more pissed so... I guess it was easier than killing one of the others?
The change from Steve to Jonathan made sense to me. I like Steve and Jonathan a lot, but her character just wasn't fitting right with him in my mind. Especially after everything her and Jonathan went through in Season 1.

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Introductions / Re: Twitter
« on: November 10, 2017, 02:21:35 AM »
Interestingly enough, Twitter found in it's tests before the official launch that only 1% of tweets hit the 280 character limit, with 9% not passing. So it would appear most Twitter users like the in between?

I'm still against it. I liked short tweets, but it's not like it stopped anyone. You would get tweets like... I've had a rough day today. 1/3. My mom ran over me with a car, and then my dog got bitten by a cat, and then 2/3. My aunt went crazy and tried to murder us. I hope my life clears up soon. 3/3

I just muted those people though, which is exactly what I will do if others start getting rambly. In other words, I doubt this 280 character limit will kill Twitter. It's just those of us who like it resisting change for the first couple of months, a common thing with the Internet.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: November 06, 2017, 07:15:48 PM »
Couldn't you potentially have the same problem if a Democrat wins the seat? Democratic redistricting? It seems to come down to which party you would rather abuse the system more.

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If I become famous, both of you are my bodyguards. Be prepared. I will summon you.

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I got home night before last and told Mrs. JMack that I was stressed and not handling it as well as usual, so if I looked like I had a headache or responded curtly, etc., she could know what was going on with me.

I usually handle it so well that I don't need any stress-relief practices. But work is doling out stress as some sort of job requirement right now.

SBea, I'll think about the body scan.

Any other suggestions from people?
The standard 4-7-8 breathing technique. it's helped me on days where I can feel my anxiety starting to flare up. If I catch it early enough anyway.
Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds.
Hold your breath for 7.
Breathe out through your mouth for 8.
It's also helpful to do throughout the day to make sure your heart rate stays normal.

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What are you guys watching fireworks for? It's the beginning of November, and I haven't heard of a British holiday around now.

I have bronchitis! Woo-hoo! I feel like it might be getting better, but in the mornings I feel like I want to die. It takes about 6 hours for the rest of me to come back online. And I have a lot of homework to do... It could be worse.

Oh, and I'm a little late but... Congratulations TGC!

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Before when I pirated books, it was because I didn't have the money to buy them, and even if I did, getting them in a readable format for me was hard.
Now when I pirate books, I do it when the publisher has made the drm hard enough to crack that I can't change it into a format accessible to blind people. Since they don't value us blind people as a customer, I don't value them as a seller.
No sales lost.

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However, like all children her age, she sometimes says the CREEPIEST stuff. Yesterday, while sitting on the potty, she started staring at the back wall of our shower (we have a tub shower to the side of the potty), waving, and laughing. While doing so, she kept saying "Hi children!"

I asked who she was talking to, and she very happily replied "The children in the wall, Daddy!" And later asked me "Can the children come out and play?" At which point I was like :0

After we finish potty, she says "Bye, children!" waves at the wall, and walks out to go to bed. And then proceeds to giggle to herself, for 20 minutes, in the dark, after we've turned the lights off, like someone or SOMETHING is amusing her.

Their imaginations are amazing at this age but man, that is the creepiest thing my three-year-old has said yet.
I'm open to the possibility that she could have seen a spirit. After all, we are all walking on ground where someone or something has been buried at some point. But I've had my own paranormal experiences which opened me up, and completely understand how others don't believe. You can't until it happens to you.


Tried pasting a photo here. Not sure if it worked, but it's my Halloween costume from last night.
Edit: In case it didn't work.... https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8fpRiQ_TqNgNmJ1SmdVbGlycEU/view?usp=sharing

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Watching Stranger Things 2 - and it is every bit as good as the first season!
Second this! I'm on the end of episode 7 now, and I absolutely love it. My only problem has been, well, episode 7. It's more from a storytelling perspective than anything. It's a good episode plot, but sloppily integrated into the season. Other than that, awesome!

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 27, 2017, 11:26:48 PM »
@ultamentkiller I stand by my statement and would ask that you consider whether a chapter of reading from an approved textbook on an approved course is going to be all encompassing. I feel you are unlikely to be reading anything controversial on a course where funding can be pulled....

It is nigh on impossible for an American  politician to criticize Israel for pretty much anything and have any expectation of remaining in politics. I would say AIPAC is extremely effective in financially controlling American politics despite 95% of Americans having no interest in Israel. Should anyone transgress they will fund opposition groups and apply pressure to companies to stop funding that pol. This is why America will automatically veto any UN resolution concerning Israel even when atrocity and war crimes have been committed.
http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/k-street-insiders/k-street-insiders/92047-lobbyists-dont-have-power-their-interests-do
https://transition.fec.gov/pages/brochures/citizens.shtml
https://journalistsresource.org/studies/politics/finance-lobbying/influence-interest-groups-public-policy-outcomes
So as you can see, we can't definitively link the amount of money spent on lobbying to policy outcomes. And considering so few corporations actually lobby, several researchers, like the one in my textbook, have argued that if we could prove money buys policy, more corporations would participate. As of now, there's no proof that it's more or less effective than grassroots or other types of lobbying. Here you can also see the strict limits on what lobbyists can actually do.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 27, 2017, 02:19:31 AM »
The definition of an honest senator is one who stays bought. If you want to fix your political system control the lobbying. IE buying political power. As an aside as pretty much every pol in the states claims to be religious call them out when their behavior does not follow their religious tenets. The worship of money is after all not what it's supposed to be about.
This is a common misconception. I'm taking a Politics class, and we had to read a whole chapter about how money really doesn't matter that much, and how there are already strict limits on how much money a politician can take from each interest group. As of now, it's $50 per year. And that includes the food they eat if they get invited to a party. Also, interest groups who spend more money on lobbying don't have any better results than those who spend less. The trick is whether or not two groups are lobbying for different sides of an issue. That's when politicians don't settle on one. If you ever get bored, check out American Politics Today chapter 9.

I hate to be contrary, but your professor is either very naive or he's grossly misleading you. The interest groups might not donate directly to the politician, but as of Citizen's United, their ability to donate to re-election PACs is entirely unrestricted.  This is a big deal.  There are a million ways to bribe indirectly as well.

The end result is that lobbying determines public policy, and popular support for an issues is pretty much irrelevant. This famous Princeton study pretty much sums it up: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/perspectives-on-politics/article/testing-theories-of-american-politics-elites-interest-groups-and-average-citizens/62327F513959D0A304D4893B382B992B
Unfortunately, I cannot explain it as well as my textbook. I could send you the whole chapter if you want to read it, although I'm not sure my screenreader would accurately copy the tables and figures shown. My politics professor hates talking about interest groups, but we still had to read the chapter.
if that's something you're really interested in, let me know.

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Eli, that was awesome. I'm in a Portrayal Of Disability class, something I was very weary about because of my blindness. Your experiences seem to reflect what the class has taught me about people with autism, which is awesome! I'm glad you gave us the chance to read it.

Yora, moving away from medications when possible is always good. Good job.

As for me... I realized Monday that my anxiety may be a bigger deal than I thought. I basically had a full mental snap for a couple of hours, and it took a lot to bring me out of it. This is the second day of classes I've missed because of my anxiety, and it's terrible. It's terrible for the people around me, and it's terrible for me to experience. I'm usually screaming/crying off and on, and then my brain just... Shuts down. It's like I go in and out of dreams that aren't actually dreams, watching things that have no connection and usually freak me out more. My mind has always done this when I get overwhelmed, but Monday it was terrible.

Counselors have suggested breathing techniques. Those work great before the anxiety hits, but during I can't think clearly enough to slow down. It's the same for activities that distract me. I'm too far gone to get distracted. I don't want to resort to medication, so I have a meeting with a psychologist next week to see if a support animal could help solve my problem. If not, I may have to take meds, which will be hell on wheels until they figure out which experimental combination works.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 26, 2017, 03:01:26 AM »
The definition of an honest senator is one who stays bought. If you want to fix your political system control the lobbying. IE buying political power. As an aside as pretty much every pol in the states claims to be religious call them out when their behavior does not follow their religious tenets. The worship of money is after all not what it's supposed to be about.
This is a common misconception. I'm taking a Politics class, and we had to read a whole chapter about how money really doesn't matter that much, and how there are already strict limits on how much money a politician can take from each interest group. As of now, it's $50 per year. And that includes the food they eat if they get invited to a party. Also, interest groups who spend more money on lobbying don't have any better results than those who spend less. The trick is whether or not two groups are lobbying for different sides of an issue. That's when politicians don't settle on one. If you ever get bored, check out American Politics Today chapter 9.

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Politics are broken in the US, and McConnell (and to a less extent, Ryan) have broken it with gerrymandering and hyper-partisanship. This all came about when we elected an educated and highly effective black man as president, and a bunch of racist conservatives lost their collective ****.

Hence, Trump.
I'm sorry, but this statement is just plain wrong.
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/08/us/1990-elections-future-redistricting-elections-strengthen-hand-democrats-91.html
In short, Democrats did plenty of redistricting in the 1990s. the redistricting happened just like that, unless my politics professor and other articles are lying to me. It's been a thing long before McConnell had anything to do with it. As well as hyper-partisanship. For the longest time, political parties and ideology didn't match up. That began in the 1980s, when the political parties realigned. Before that, you had a mixture of conservative democrats and liberal republicans. and now we have our current terrible party organizations, where no one wants to compromise.

If you want redistricting to not matter as much, instead of allowing it to be used by both parties, get on the phone, send emails, and make an effort to get rid of the electoral college. Or, if you don't want to get rid of it, advocate for changes based on voter population rather than voter and non-voter population combined. Writing on here isn't going to do much to fix the system. It's time you could be using to attempt changing the things you're so upset about.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 22, 2017, 03:39:59 AM »

The fact that he still holds office means that American democracy is broken.
Stop making excuses!
Seriously, I hate, hate, hate this expression. You know why American democracy is broken? Because no one actually wants to fix it! Talking about it sure is nice. "Man, our system is broken. We should do something about it." And then what happens? "Hey, want to go get dinner tonight?" Democracy is only broken because the people aren't engaging in the democratic process.
If people want to get rid of the electoral college, start calling and sending letters to your representatives every day. If you want changes in how the parties choose their nominee, get involved with the political process. If you want changes in your community, advocate for those changes.

But none of us will do it. Why? Because it's fun to talk about. It gives us social points. But it's not fun to actually do it. I have yet to send a letter to a member of congress, make a phone call, etc. You know why? Because as much as I would like to think I deeply care, I don't. I would rather have someone else pick up the slack. Oh sure, I can make excuses. I'm in college. I don't have time. Yeah, but I had time to watch that Netflix show for an hour. I had time to read that book for an hour. I had time to talk to my friend for an hour. Maybe I should've spent that time participating in American democracy. But I haven't, because I don't care enough to make a difference.

Now, I have spent some time going to offices of senators advocating for the rights of blind citizens. but that's maybe 8 hours of my life. Over these last 5 years. That's not enough. and I have no one to blame but myself. It's so easy to talk about how the system is broken. It's not the system. It's the participants. If we want to make a change, we have to stop waiting around for someone else to do it.

I should add that this is not targeted at you directly. It's targeted at everyone who uses this expression. I'm sick of it. Absolutely sick of it.

1) It *completely* agree that we need to be more active in our political system if we want to assert our rights, it's one of our best strategies at the moment 2) I wouldn't undercut the "broken" sentiment. It's not broken, it was never designed to work in the first place. Our particular system has never been truly democratic (in comparison to say the consensus democracies you see among tribes in the amazon or other random spaces throughout history), it is fundamentally designed to be coopted by the wealthy. It's important to recognize that, because while we need to participate to survive, that alone will never be enough. We need to seeks solutions outside of the box we've been caged in if we're ever going to truly solve some of these problems.
I completely agree with you. The electoral college combined with only property-owning white men being able to vote for the first few decades solidifies that point. But that does not mean our system cannot be corrected. It means we have a longer way to go before we get there.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 21, 2017, 01:22:30 AM »

The fact that he still holds office means that American democracy is broken.
Stop making excuses!
Seriously, I hate, hate, hate this expression. You know why American democracy is broken? Because no one actually wants to fix it! Talking about it sure is nice. "Man, our system is broken. We should do something about it." And then what happens? "Hey, want to go get dinner tonight?" Democracy is only broken because the people aren't engaging in the democratic process.
If people want to get rid of the electoral college, start calling and sending letters to your representatives every day. If you want changes in how the parties choose their nominee, get involved with the political process. If you want changes in your community, advocate for those changes.

But none of us will do it. Why? Because it's fun to talk about. It gives us social points. But it's not fun to actually do it. I have yet to send a letter to a member of congress, make a phone call, etc. You know why? Because as much as I would like to think I deeply care, I don't. I would rather have someone else pick up the slack. Oh sure, I can make excuses. I'm in college. I don't have time. Yeah, but I had time to watch that Netflix show for an hour. I had time to read that book for an hour. I had time to talk to my friend for an hour. Maybe I should've spent that time participating in American democracy. But I haven't, because I don't care enough to make a difference.

Now, I have spent some time going to offices of senators advocating for the rights of blind citizens. but that's maybe 8 hours of my life. Over these last 5 years. That's not enough. and I have no one to blame but myself. It's so easy to talk about how the system is broken. It's not the system. It's the participants. If we want to make a change, we have to stop waiting around for someone else to do it.

I should add that this is not targeted at you directly. It's targeted at everyone who uses this expression. I'm sick of it. Absolutely sick of it.

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