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Messages - Ray Brinzer

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Off-Topic / Re: Suicide
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:26:02 PM »
The reaction to the topic here is not unusual.  Suicide terrifies most people and is seen as a character or moral flaw — or even a sinful act. It is viewed as something shameful that must be hidden.

For me, it's the same as getting a phone call that starts, "Hey Ray.  (Pause.)  You remember so-and-so?"  I generally expect that the next thing I'm going to hear is how so-and-so died.  After awhile, you learn the pattern.

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Off-Topic / Re: Suicide
« on: June 09, 2018, 06:43:42 PM »
It is alright to me to remove this thread Ray.  What do you say buck and RYou?

There's nothing wrong with the discussion; it's a valid topic.  It's generally good to give threads titles which make it clear what they're about; it's not only helpful now, but if you later want to search for something you read.

A one-word title tends to be ambiguous. The present title was intended to mean, "Suicide (Rates are Going Up)".  I initially read it as, "(I Have Decided to Commit) Suicide", which was alarming.

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Off-Topic / Re: Suicide
« on: June 09, 2018, 04:19:30 PM »
I think this takes our all-time "Worst Title for a Topic" award.  I do not enjoy finding messages entitled, "Suicide".

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College / Re: Russ is smiling in heaven today
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:11:22 AM »
Okay, while we're very much the "Open" Mat, you might consider that this is a person you're talking about.

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Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: March 29, 2018, 04:14:22 AM »
I fight entropy, entropy always wins.

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Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: February 23, 2018, 12:30:31 PM »
If asked, "What makes the State Championship different than every other high school wrestling tournament?" a casual observer might be excused for guessing, "It starts on time."

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Off-Topic / Re: Big name classic rock groups everyone likes but you
« on: November 29, 2017, 05:32:02 PM »
Yeah, I'm probably not smart enough to figure it out anyway.

In seriousness, I'm not trying to be condescending or insulting.  I do get frustrated when I can't make myself understood.  It doesn't seem that you got my point, but I'll count that as a failure of communication on my part.

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Off-Topic / Re: Big name classic rock groups everyone likes but you
« on: November 29, 2017, 02:39:57 PM »
why would I care if you get a smartphone? 

I'm wondering the same thing. 

Yeah, I'm not surprised.  For the sake of having at least a little clarity:  I never said you should own one.  You probably shouldn't.

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Off-Topic / Re: Big name classic rock groups everyone likes but you
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:26:15 AM »
He said that eventually, yes.  That's my point in quoting it.

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Off-Topic / Re: Big name classic rock groups everyone likes but you
« on: November 28, 2017, 09:17:46 PM »
We're talking about handheld computers.  You're making a decision about whether to use one based on what the cool or uncool kids look like with them?  That's junior high school reasoning.

Junior HS reasoning or a choice not to be distracted by the smart phone?  You are correct, it is a computer.  It is very rarely used as a phone.  I choose not to have one.  You apparently find that horrifying.  I'm really flattered by your concern but there is no need.  Believe it or not, you can be perfectly rational and not own a smart phone.  I feel there are more downsides to having a smart phone than not. 

Others have done it too.

http://it-takes-time.com/2016/02/09/why-i-got-rid-of-my-smartphone/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/why-ive-ditched-my-smartphone-for-a-dumb-old-nokia/

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/11/smartphone-technology-addiction-facebook-twitter

http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/get-rid-smartphone-reasons/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/lukebailey/smartphones-are-the-devil?utm_term=.epO0DXz1d#.ljzDZQKzw

http://www.allmomdoes.com/2016/08/12/why-i-got-rid-of-my-smartphone/

So again, thanks for the concern but I'm not getting one very soon.

We now have a discussion of this form:

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A:  I don't own a cat, because the government uses them to spy on people.

B:  No they don't.  That's nuts.

A:  Cats scratch up the furniture!  Why do you want me to own a cat?  Look, here's a list of other people who don't own cats!

While I hate to withdraw the supposed flattery, why would I care if you get a smartphone?  Or if you like Santana?  You presented bad reasoning on both counts, and I criticized it.  If you have other, better reasons, that's great, but they need to leave your head and make it into print if you want them to be part of the conversation.  Had you said, "I don't have a smartphone because I don't want to be distracted, and I feel there are more downsides to having one than not", we wouldn't be having this discussion.

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Off-Topic / Re: Big name classic rock groups everyone likes but you
« on: November 28, 2017, 06:00:27 PM »
Not really.  I'd rather not look like this:

Most of those people have flip phones. The rest seem to be reading The Story of the Stone and A Short History of England, and watching videos on microeconomics and abstract algebra.

I guess they'd look more intellectual if they were lugging around blocks of paper, but that's pretty silly just for show.

We're talking about handheld computers.  You're making a decision about whether to use one based on what the cool or uncool kids look like with them?  That's junior high school reasoning.

For the library aspect, I go home and look on my computer with a screen size that is more conducive to reading.   Don't need to carry it with me.  I'm in a high tech job in engineering but am a luddite with regard to smartphones.  Too busy for the nonsense that comes with them (facebook, email, Snapchat, etc).

I'm happy to report that absolutely nothing about a smartphone obliges you to use any of those things.  And you can still listen to the radio if you own a smartphone, though God only knows why you would.

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Off-Topic / Re: Big name classic rock groups everyone likes but you
« on: November 28, 2017, 02:23:23 PM »
I will admit I am a dinosaur.  No smartphone, no apps, no way to listen to music other than the local radio.  Or at least I am not versed enough not want to take the time to do Pandora or any other music app service.

When I can I watch youtube concert videos and wrestling matches.

I'm pretty sure you know how to find new music if you're interested.

I have a cell phone, but it is a flip phone.  Never had a smart phone.  Don't want to be tied to it and look mindless.  I already have that look!!!

"If I could carry a device in my pocket which gave me access to the greatest library in human history, I wouldn't, because I wouldn't want to look mindless."

Yeah.

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Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: November 23, 2017, 11:43:13 AM »
Quote from: George Clinton
Why must I feel like that? Why must I chase the cat?
Nothin' but the dog in me.

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Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: November 21, 2017, 05:16:48 AM »
Hickety, pickety, my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen;
Gentlemen come every day
To see what my black hen doth lay,
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten,
Hickety, pickety, my black hen.

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Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: November 13, 2017, 10:38:06 AM »
I've always thought the word was bird ?  bird = word

I hadn't heard that.  In fact, I thought it was mum.

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