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This is the first "blog" of any kind I've ever had, so it's probably not the greatest...

Just a little snippet about me:

I'd like to consider myself relatively tech-savvy; obviously I use Linux (Arch to be precise; K.I.S.S. FTW), and I enjoy learning new things about computers in general (both software and hardware-related).

This blog is mostly just for whenever I feel like telling the world about my experiences with computers/Linux (or just life in general), or just posting for the hell of it.
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    The five-letter F word

    they probably aren't looking for advice =)
    Honestly, I don't know what it is I'm "looking for".

    To answer Anisha's question of "why do [I] post these blog entries" (before she deleted her post), I suppose it's for two reasons: 1) to "vent", as it were, and 2) because I feel somewhat "safe" here on LQ and the internet. I'm currently living with two step-brothers (both younger than me), and we get along, but it's not like I've told them about any of the stuff I've posted here. I wouldn't dare get into the existential issues with them, because a) they probably wouldn't even understand it, and b) even if they did, they probably wouldn't really care. I have no idea if they even know about the whole geek subculture this blog post is supposed to be about, and to be honest I don't really care to find out.

    I say I feel "safe" here on LQ because most of the regulars here seem like nice, mature people (many of which are older than I am anyways). I have a Facebook account, but I hardly touch it. I just can't really "get into" FB. Well, there's that, and then there's the privacy concerns (though I'm sure I've already "put myself out there" in so many other ways that that's nearly moot ).

    Basically, long story short: I'm 20, currently jobless, a furry neophyte (if I can even be called that), a Linux nerd, and probably a whole host of other "eccentric" qualities. In other words, I'd probably be seen as a loser IRL. You could say I'm going through somewhat of an "identity crisis".
    Posted 12-12-2011 at 03:19 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 03:23 PM by MrCode
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    The five-letter F word

    If you get to the point when giving someone advice that you feel like you're talking to a brick wall, take a hint...they probably aren't looking for advice =)
    Posted 12-12-2011 at 12:31 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Posted 12-12-2011 at 05:10 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 11:28 AM by TheIndependentAquarius (Talking to walls isn't too exciting.)
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    The five-letter F word

    Tolerance? You think liking a particular kind of cartoons is the
    biggest horrific problem one could face in life?
    …thing is, I think it's a bit…more than that. I'd really rather not get into it here, but knowing how you keep telling me I need to "be less shy" or whatever, you'll probably want me to divulge it anyway. Let me put it this way: it all ties in with my existential issues and my ex-spiritual beliefs…kinda. Even I'm not entirely sure how it all fits together.

    I have noticed that you don't take criticism too well.
    I think part of my shyness about this whole thing is because I'm afraid of becoming the proverbial designated internet punching bag, even though I'm sure most LQ members (and people in general, most likely ) are probably more mature than that. Apparently I take sh*t too seriously…xkcd included.

    by true friend I meant someone who can speak up the "truth"
    to you. Someone to whom you can speak the "truth".
    There is one other person who I've "opened up" about this with. He's known here on LQ as "lupusarcanus" (he doesn't seem to post here that often anymore, though, last time I checked :-\ ).

    Well, for the nth time "Get a job". Do "something".
    Take tutions. That'll keep you busy at least.

    Empty mind is a devil's workshop, and I can see the devil toiling
    hard in your mind right now.
    Part of the reason I moved out here from Maryland (notice the location change in my profile) was so that it would (hopefully) be easier for me to do just that…I'm just not sure exactly how to approach it all now that everything's different.

    I'm not asking for advice here, I'm just stating how it is for me.

    Don't know what to do? Start a thread in General about the kind
    of jobs suitable for your skill set.
    …might sound like a nice idea, but I doubt there's much anyone could really say/do to help me out from who knows how far away…

    BTW, I am going to call you "Mr. Furry Code" from now on.
    I sincerely hope you're joking…
    Posted 12-12-2011 at 01:08 AM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 01:11 AM by MrCode (spelling…derp)
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    Posted 12-11-2011 at 11:03 PM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 11:29 AM by TheIndependentAquarius (Talking to walls isn't too exciting.)
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    The five-letter F word

    First: I very much doubt if there's such a thing as a "normal" person, if there is I've never met one yet. Everybody is an individual, with their own quirks and foibles. Who has the right to define what is "normal"? Where is "MrAverage"?
    Second: Don't worry too much about what others think about you. Be yourself, don't try to force yourself into being what you think others want you to be.
    End of sermon.
    Posted 12-08-2011 at 03:18 PM by brianL brianL is offline
    Updated 12-09-2011 at 03:55 AM by brianL
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    The five-letter F word

    Do you have any friends which are actually "true" to you?
    I have absolutely no idea.

    All I know is that I'm afraid that if I told anyone I already know (as in personally) about this whole "thing", I would be looked at as some kind of creep/weirdo for the rest of my life.

    The other thing (i.e. the reason why I mention I'm "afraid of discovering something about myself I don't like") is that sometimes I worry that I do lean towards being a ² at times (though not to the extreme that's described in that Urbandictionary definition)…

    Seriously, so far I'm both amazed and amazingly thankful for the level of tolerance shown so far in this…umm…thread? …dunno what to call it, since it's not in the forums.
    Posted 12-08-2011 at 01:46 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-08-2011 at 01:50 PM by MrCode
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    Posted 12-08-2011 at 04:24 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 11:29 AM by TheIndependentAquarius (Talking to walls isn't too exciting.)
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    The five-letter F word

    I read the Wikipedia article about it.
    You, sir, are braver than I. I wouldn't even go near that article, for more reasons than one: firstly, I'm afraid of discovering something about myself I don't like (that has to do with that particular thing), and secondly, they probably just tear it down to mechanistic behavioral psychology, and you all should know why I don't like it when people do that… I think my (already pathetic) sense of self-worth would implode upon reading that kind of sh*t.
    Posted 12-08-2011 at 04:14 AM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-08-2011 at 04:16 AM by MrCode
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    The five-letter F word

    I read the Wikipedia article about it. Don't worry, we'll all regard you as a:
    harmless fan fascinated by anthropomorphic characters and animals¹
    Posted 12-08-2011 at 04:07 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    The five-letter F word


    Yes. Sí. Да. 可以。

    If 'net lingo literacy is poor here, allow me to quote Urbandictionary on the term (as a noun):

    Possibly the strangest sub-culture in all of geekdom. Furries range from being harmless fans fascinated by anthropomorphic characters and animals¹, to immensely withdrawn or self-abosrbed persons who actually believe, or want to believe, they're eagle-winged fox-like versions of themselves with giant gentalia who wouldn't dare be anything else that could be considered mundane². Furries defy any coventional or unifying definition.
    ¹ is me, ² is the retarded stereotype.

    The impression I've gotten, though, is that even associating yourself with that term is akin to admitting that you're homosexual or anything similarly stigmatized. You say "furry" (in the slang/noun context) and your name in the same goddamn sentence, and you get pinned as a ², automatically, without question.

    Well, I guess this means anyone who regularly visits this blog or the /General forum is never gonna see me the same way again… It sure as hell explains my avatar, doesn't it? I would use something a little more "appropriate" to the subculture (Hammy up there is anthropomorphized, not anthropomorphic), but there are two reasons why I avoid that like the fscking plague: 1) As I mentioned in the post, I wouldn't touch any of those sites with a proverbial 39.5' pole (39 hop traceroute? LOL?), and that includes even a goddamn general image search, due to their associations with definition ², and 2) the moment people see an avatar like that, and are even remotely familiar with what it's supposed to be: ², no questions asked.

    Oh, and by the way, now that the cat is out of the bag:

    b124c64cddf0138dc25314769902d3529a42074e == "Furries."
    My SHA1 hash from The $RANDOM Thread. I used that because the term can also refer to the characters themselves, not just fans of them.
    Posted 12-07-2011 at 02:26 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-07-2011 at 02:36 PM by MrCode (Added Mandarin "Yes." for sh*ts and giggles)
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    Posted 12-07-2011 at 04:16 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    The five-letter F word

    @Anisha Kaul

    You're getting warmer towards the middle of your list…
    Posted 12-07-2011 at 01:41 AM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 12-07-2011 at 01:44 AM by MrCode
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    Posted 12-06-2011 at 10:10 PM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
    Updated 12-12-2011 at 11:29 AM by TheIndependentAquarius (Talking to walls isn't too exciting.)
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    The five-letter F word

    Posted 12-06-2011 at 04:40 PM by brianL brianL is offline
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    "Scientific imperialism" and the proverbial "death" of art in culture

    Creativity is far too complex to be explained away by brain chemistry. What fluctuations in the level of which neurotransmitter caused the difference between Marlowe and Shakespeare, Turner and Constable, Dickens and Austen, Eliot and Pound, Tolkien and Orwell (to name but a few)? You are allowing your low self-esteem to cloud your judgement, MrCode. You're obviously an intelligent young man, but you're wasting that intelligence with this fixation on determinism/reductionism.
    Posted 09-30-2011 at 05:23 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    "Scientific imperialism" and the proverbial "death" of art in culture

    I don't see that happening, at least not in the next 25-30 years. My reasoning is pretty simple: we have a **looooong** ways to go to "perfect" complete understanding (give or take a degree of precision) of the workings of the human brain. Sure, this chemical does this, that electrical pulse does that...but what does it all *mean*?

    We can't explain how/why motor proteins do what they could we explain something as complex as a neural pathway? We may be able to someday, but I think that day is a long ways away still.
    Posted 09-29-2011 at 04:31 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Everything outside "the norm" is a disease/disorder now…

    I think that people need to educate them self on what is appropriate for them. The general rule of thumb that I would expect any psychologist to say is "Does how you feel now negatively affect your life in ways that you can not deal with?" and "Would you like to try various methods to improve the situation?"

    Everything is a per person situation. The problem is that you will inevitably get people that don't know anything and will do whatever the Doctor says. And the Doctor may be the type that eats up the propaganda from the pharmaceuticals. Or worse, is paid money by them to recommend the prescription.

    I would also like to believe that a pill is not the doctors first solution. I would hope that they would first try to identify how the person lives and what their diet is. It's amazing how good a person can feel by cutting sugar and caffeine from their diet and doing a little exercise. The problem is getting over the hump to feel motivated enough to do it in the first place.

    Other than media propaganda, I don't honestly know what the industry does about these problems. That's only what I would hope would happen. It ultimately doesn't matter if it's true or not as I'm not going to do anything to change it. This seems to be a growing theme with me. There are so many things to be upset about in the world. Why worry about the ones that don't personally affect you or that you are going to do nothing to change the situation?

    Anyway, as for the symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome and Autism, I don't think there are pills that can help with them. The symptom isn't a matter of wanting to feel a part of the group but not knowing how, it's not feeling a need to be social or understanding the reason for it. From the stuff that I've read is that extreme Autism, the person doesn't realize that the sounds people make are even forms of communication. Literally, everybody are organic meat sacks. But I don't have it so I can't fully understand it.
    Posted 09-22-2011 at 06:03 PM by lumak lumak is offline
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    Everything outside "the norm" is a disease/disorder now…


    I think the point I'm trying to make is that the definition of what constitutes "depression" or "social anxiety" is becoming more and more broad all the time; it's reaching a point where it's (allegedly) taking a toll on social diversity. I'm not saying we should ban drugs altogether, I'm just saying that we shouldn't be so broad with our classification of what constitutes "mental illness". Hell, some people (myself included) actually like being a certain way, even if they're technically classed under what would be called "mentally ill/disabled".

    I will admit that I probably went a little over-the-top with the examples (I don't genuinely think anyone wants to medicate you for being interested in computers ), but I think the point is that at the same time, psychiatrists are (seemingly) going over-the-top with their diagnoses, to the point where just being a geek/nerd is/can be considered a "mental illness". Hell, most people who have a strong hobby with computers/technology are supposedly on the mild end of the autism spectrum: Asperger's Syndrome. Shy around people? Have difficulty telling how others are feeling? Have a profound interest in any one thing? Sorry, you've got a problem, which needs to be treated. Now granted, the first two things I can get, but the last one? Why take that away? It's like it's an either/or situation: either stay the way you are and never be able to interact with "normal" people for the rest of your life, or go with the treatment plan, and be able to interact with "normal" people, but never be able to take profound interest in what you used to like ever again. Choose. (Oh wait, you have no "choice"; it's been determined since the beginning of the universe! Oh well…we'll just see what happens, then. )

    TL;DR: My opinion is pretty much that society is becoming more and more fatalistic (i.e. that people can't take care of themselves; we're being seen more as malfunctioning machines than people in need of human care), and is seeing drugs/medication more and more as being the ideal (if not the only) solution to all of life's "problems" (whether they're really problems or not, to those "afflicted").
    Posted 09-22-2011 at 12:06 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
    Updated 09-22-2011 at 12:32 PM by MrCode
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    Everything outside "the norm" is a disease/disorder now…

    Hi welcome to earth. Here the animals like to eat things that alter their brain chemistry and the way they sense the world. This can bee seen in many species including humans. As with all beings claiming to be intelligent, they try to comprehend the world and make sense of it. As intergalactic beings we know that no answer is correct. Now has anybody seen my stash?

    The truth is that Drugs (including alcohol, caffeine and nicotine) are a part of society because it lets us forget our normal state of being for just a moment. If you don't take any of that then more power to you. You feel normal 24/7. The truth is, many people suffer from debilitating normalcy that makes them unable to cope with that state. Either it be depression, anxiety, or so called shyness which could be a form of social anxiety. This could also be any number of symptoms that you may not believe in but do exist. There are medications that actually can help these things. But in a world without Drugs, nature would take care of it self. Population would be reduced, people would suffer and die, and the strong would survive. Is either of these situations a good outcome? Who cares? Such things are out of my control. Complaining about society doesn't make it better.
    Posted 09-22-2011 at 12:20 AM by lumak lumak is offline


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