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2013-01-12 10:31:48 PM  
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2013-01-12 10:32:13 PM  
chud.smbks.net
 
2013-01-12 10:33:00 PM  
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2013-01-12 10:33:14 PM  
I wonder if we're following standard protocol tonight or if the greening warped the time continuum algorithm.
 
2013-01-12 10:33:58 PM  
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2013-01-12 10:34:28 PM  
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2013-01-12 10:36:10 PM  
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2013-01-12 10:36:23 PM  
i232.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-12 10:37:10 PM  
Though in most discourse I'm better at what I call "rebounds" -- responding to other people's comments -- that's not in any way any kind of motivation for me to not make the Boobies or early comments. There are plenty of times I've dropped in to post just one comment, without even reading the thread, if I feel I've got a little something to add, but don't have enough interest to sit through it. If I got a responce, I'd come back, but otherwise usually not. I often didn't even know where in the thread my comment landed, and didn't care.

There have also been times I was the Weenerser, or a very early one, and even times I did that and stayed around for the whole thread -- just much less commonly, perhaps for the reasons I suggested before. All of the above cases were only a matter of luck, not planning. It's never once occurred to me to wait and see what happens in a thread before deciding to participate. I don't give a wet fart what people I don't know think of me or anything I have to say, unless I'm legitimately wrong, so that's never been a motivating factor. If I feel I've got something to say, I do, and otherwise not. It is, true, though, that a thread is sometimes not interesting until someone says some particular thing, and then I'd jump in. What I don't do is post just for the sake of it. I don't "This" people, unless I'm genuinely very impressed; I don't do it just to show mere agreement, though, and I always try to add something, not just "Ditto!" people. I have a longstanding policy of trying not to add any more to the already burgeoning noise than is really called for, and that's why you may have seen me smacking down zeroes who do that. I also dislike those who cite and repost with no comment: It's just a fancier version of the same thing. I especially hate it when people come in to just shiat on something, without offering anything beyond their personal reaction. I don't care if someone just doesn't like something, and I wouldn't expect them to care if I do or not. It's like little kids saying, "I don't like that!" It's cute when they're two years old -- not after.

I'm not a fan of TF, for a few reasons. Mainly, that the way Fark does it right now, it's just a non-free version of the same, and far too many lunkheads toss out the fiver to feel and (I presume) imagine they look special somehow. Which means that in my (admittedly limited) experience, TF is more of a circle jerk than a group of insiders who are in any noticeable way better to hang out with than liters. To put that in mathematical terms that might be clearer: A large proportion of enjoyable participants are TFers, while a considerably larger proportion of losers and zeroes are liters. But there are enough losers and zeroes who pay for TF that it's pretty much the same thing, only with an added sense of specialness and entitlement. (A lot of low-batting TFers seem to think it's some kind of shield against ridicule or criticism, as if the price of a Starbucks grande latte makes them smarter.)

What Fark should do to improve this is what Something Awful does: charge a lot more for it, and maybe require it. SA enjoys very good forums, because they all require a fee that costs more than a pizza. TF could be like that, and Fark would do as well with it, or even better. People like me are willing to pay those rates to have a forum free of useless jerks. Again in mathematical terms: I'd happily pay Fark $20 for that, but I won't pay them $5 to hang out with losers who also paid $5 just to feel special.

Regardless, this is all moot now. I quit Fark a short while ago, after a one-sided dispute with the modmins. I say "one-sided" because they couldn't find it in their cajones to even pretend to respect me, and that's ultimately much more offensive to me than what actually happened. What actually happened was that I got a short ban for "namecalling/personal attack," that they never explained. I'm not a very nice person, so the offence as charged is entirely possible, though I've refrained from uglier epithets such as calling people "retards" (which I find offensive anyway). I tracked down two recent comments that had been deleted. Because they'd been deleted, I wasn't able to verify what I actually said, though I vaguely remembered. In the first, I defended a user who'd been attacked by someone else; because the attacker felt in the right, I did this by offering up that there wasn't a lot of available information about the subject, and so the original commenter also likely felt in the right. I'm quite sure that comment included no namecalling or personal attack: I recognised that both sincerely felt they were in the right, and suggested that none of us could really know. The second I remember word for word, partly because it was very short. The person I'd defended responded (clearly before reading my responce to their attacker), very angrily. They'd misunderstood my reply to them as a personal attack, apparently. (The attacker may have also, in that they cited my reply as most of theirs, tacking on an ugly personal attack.) The OC was clearly hurt, and I felt bad about it, but not too much, as they were also very much mistaken about my intent and I felt that was sufficiently clear. I've never had much sympathy for intellectually lazy people.

I contacted the modmins-- no, wait, it's more accurate to say I submitted a query; I can't prove it was ever seen or read, since I got no reply. I requested clarification, though I did not ask for an apology or for the ban to be removed. I just felt they were either confused or trigger-happy. (Probably drunk.) This happened once before, when I submitted a headline that was deemed racist. When I asked for a clarification that time, they wrote back saying it was a misunderstanding, and lifted the ban. In this case, I heard nothing back. To be entirely fair, I gave them only 24 hours to reply, on the logic that they'd acted much faster than that in their original action; surely, I felt, they can be speedy on both ends, and if not, then they're losers and who cares. One big part of my irritation over it all is that I've seen an enormous amount of real, intentional racial prejudice and hateful content on Fark, and it seems to go unpunished. (These 'cryptoracists' as I call them are all cowards, of course, and couch their shiatty remarks in ways that they probably hope offer them some plausible deniability. And for some reason, Fark puts up with this.) Personal attacks and namecalling are also de rigeur on Fark, so it seems very strange to me to be singled out for it, given that I'm pretty sure a disinterested observer would say that I indulge in much less of it than many others do, harsh and unfriendly as I've sometimes been.

In my second communication with them, I asked them to give my UF to someone else I specified. They have not none this. So my UF is burning away without me, they have my money, and no one is using it. Losers. I only did it in order to participate in the early rounds of HOTY. And I only want them to transfer it because I know they won't return my money, even though they banned me the same day I bought it.

I'm not a very nice person to begin with, most people disappoint me, and I don't give a crap what the vast majority of humanity might think of me. I care about worthwhile pursuits and activities that enrich my life in some way. Fark stopped being that a long time ago, and I've been pondering quitting all year. I'd originally planned to make that decision come New Year's, but Fark's modmins brought it on sooner. As far as I'm concerned at this point, Fark can go fark itself. It's proven, over and over, that it does not deserve my participation, and definitely not my money. If they hate me, fine. If they don't care, fine. If they've already forgotten me, fine. Any of those just proves that I was right in leaving. Fark and I are not meant to be.

I haven't joined anything similar, either, such as Reddit. (From what I hear, Fark's nerdier nemesis. Though the few times I've checked it out, I've found it rather childish, even by Fark standards. Just childish in a goofy way, rather than Fark's shiattier way.) I've instead been reading the news, and I'm in a much better mood for it. I'm actually enjoying my life much more now than when I was on Fark every farking day.

In the days right after I told the modmins to go screw, I went through the usual stages of breakup, in rapid succession. I'd read a news story and feel that old itch to submit it. (Ironic, in that TF gives me a leg up on liters who submit.) Initially, I was stymied for what to actually do with my online time. Within a few days, though, I'd settled on just reading some news and then finding more productive things to do. I go for walks with my father. I visit with friends. I participate in charitable activities. I visited farmers who sell hard-to-find products like quince. I made cookies. Not that I wasn't doing these things before. But Fark, besides being a nearly constant source of disappointment and irritation, was also a massive time sink, and soaked up a lot of my time and energy, because I allowed it to -- and often left me in a sour mood. Now I devote that time and energy to things I find much more rewarding. Even my personal relationships are better. I really should have quit when I first thought of it a year ago.
 
2013-01-12 10:37:24 PM  
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2013-01-12 10:37:33 PM  
i232.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-12 10:37:41 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-12 10:38:26 PM  

jaylectricity: I wonder if we're following standard protocol tonight or if the greening warped the time continuum algorithm.


Probably some overtime play, but no extra innings.
 
2013-01-12 10:38:46 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-12 10:38:49 PM  

Krymson Tyde: [i232.photobucket.com image 500x412]


I'm pleased to see someone else is a fan of my pictures besides the regular derps.
 
2013-01-12 10:39:15 PM  
i232.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-12 10:39:23 PM  
i59.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-12 10:39:48 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-12 10:39:53 PM  

Vortex Dweller: Though in most discourse I'm better at what I call "rebounds" -- responding to other people's comments -- that's not in any way any kind of motivation for me to not make the Boobies or early comments. There are plenty of times I've dropped in to post just one comment, without even reading the thread, if I feel I've got a little something to add, but don't have enough interest to sit through it. If I got a responce, I'd come back, but otherwise usually not. I often didn't even know where in the thread my comment landed, and didn't care.

There have also been times I was the Weenerser, or a very early one, and even times I did that and stayed around for the whole thread -- just much less commonly, perhaps for the reasons I suggested before. All of the above cases were only a matter of luck, not planning. It's never once occurred to me to wait and see what happens in a thread before deciding to participate. I don't give a wet fart what people I don't know think of me or anything I have to say, unless I'm legitimately wrong, so that's never been a motivating factor. If I feel I've got something to say, I do, and otherwise not. It is, true, though, that a thread is sometimes not interesting until someone says some particular thing, and then I'd jump in. What I don't do is post just for the sake of it. I don't "This" people, unless I'm genuinely very impressed; I don't do it just to show mere agreement, though, and I always try to add something, not just "Ditto!" people. I have a longstanding policy of trying not to add any more to the already burgeoning noise than is really called for, and that's why you may have seen me smacking down zeroes who do that. I also dislike those who cite and repost with no comment: It's just a fancier version of the same thing. I especially hate it when people come in to just shiat on something, without offering anything beyond their personal reaction. I don't care if someone just doesn't like something, and I wouldn't expect them to care if ...


TL:DR, CSB
 
2013-01-12 10:40:20 PM  
Bewbs
 
2013-01-12 10:41:19 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-12 10:41:19 PM  
i59.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-12 10:41:20 PM  

Vortex Dweller: Krymson Tyde: [i232.photobucket.com image 500x412]

I'm pleased to see someone else is a fan of my pictures besides the regular derps.


Are you the victim of my thievery?
If so that's an awesome picture.
 
2013-01-12 10:42:03 PM  
Every time I start to email any of you that I have unfinished conversations or new information to discuss I just get so... meh, and quit.

/was gonna reply to LLR
//but not in green thread is green
 
2013-01-12 10:42:23 PM  
Launched in 1951, SS Independence and sister ship SS Constitution were at the cutting edge of seafaring technology and elegance. Built for American Export Lines by Bethleham Steel Corporation, the liners sailed under several flags and hosted numerous celebrities. Both also had the distinction of sinking while under tow to the breakers' yards of South Asia half a century later.
 
2013-01-12 10:42:42 PM  

Krymson Tyde: Vortex Dweller: Krymson Tyde: [i232.photobucket.com image 500x412]

I'm pleased to see someone else is a fan of my pictures besides the regular derps.

Are you the victim of my thievery?
If so that's an awesome picture.


And, also, if it's that important, put a copyright on it, dude.
 
2013-01-12 10:42:48 PM  
www.daveyp.net
 
2013-01-12 10:42:50 PM  

Fark this shiat, imma finish this...

s2.favim.com
 
2013-01-12 10:43:00 PM  

Krymson Tyde: Are you the victim of my thievery?
If so that's an awesome picture.


heh. yeah, I made a bunch of those a year or so ago... thanks.
 
2013-01-12 10:43:20 PM  
imgace.com
 
2013-01-12 10:43:52 PM  
During the Christmas holidays back in 1979 John and Dottie Peckman put a message in a wine bottle and threw it overboard from a cruise carrying them from Acapulco to Hawaii. The note listed their names, address, and the promise of a reward for whoever finds the message. Much to their surprise 3 years later and across 9,000 miles of ocean Nguyen Van Hoa spotted the wine bottle as it floated by his boat 10 miles off the coast of Thailand in the South China Sea. At the time, Hoa, a former lieutenant from the South Vietnamese army, was escaping the reeducation camp where he had been imprisoned with fellow officers following the fall of

Months later, Hoa and his family, including his brother Van, were boarding a plane headed to California to meet the Peckmans. Thanks to Peckman's wine bottle, Hoa and his family escaped Thailand and were on their way to freedom.
 
2013-01-12 10:44:07 PM  
www.thejawdrop.com
 
2013-01-12 10:44:29 PM  

Lucky LaRue: And, also, if it's that important, put a copyright on it, dude.


Ummmm no? I just added the hitler mustache, I guess I should have been more clear.

Credit: internets.
Destination: internets.

We're all good here.
 
2013-01-12 10:45:15 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2013-01-12 10:46:08 PM  
i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-01-12 10:46:54 PM  
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2013-01-12 10:46:59 PM  
i202.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-12 10:49:05 PM  

Vortex Dweller: Lucky LaRue: And, also, if it's that important, put a copyright on it, dude.

Ummmm no? I just added the hitler mustache, I guess I should have been more clear.

Credit: internets.
Destination: internets.

We're all good here.


No.. my bad.  I don't have my filters on right now.  My comment was inappropriate.  Sorry.
 
2013-01-12 10:50:06 PM  
49ers looking good
 
2013-01-12 10:50:29 PM  
mediaserver.pulse2.com
 
2013-01-12 10:51:23 PM  
i.qkme.me
 
2013-01-12 10:51:31 PM  

Vortex Dweller: I really should have quit when I first thought of it a year ago.


I cannot place that. I remember parts of it.
 
2013-01-12 10:51:36 PM  
cool story bro:

(Internet slang) A dismissal of a comment perceived as boring or pointless.
 
2013-01-12 10:53:19 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-12 10:53:32 PM  

jaylectricity: Vortex Dweller: I really should have quit when I first thought of it a year ago.

I cannot place that. I remember parts of it.


You're the one who emailed it to teh group! haha
 
2013-01-12 10:53:33 PM  
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2013-01-12 10:54:01 PM  
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2013-01-12 10:54:33 PM  
t.qkme.me
 
2013-01-12 10:54:51 PM  
I've been catching up on Being Human S02, it's much better than S01.
 
2013-01-12 10:54:57 PM  

Vortex Dweller: jaylectricity: Vortex Dweller: I really should have quit when I first thought of it a year ago.

I cannot place that. I remember parts of it.

You're the one who emailed it to teh group! haha


Was your wall of text a true story?
 
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