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Messages - Ray Brinzer

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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:

Quote
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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Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:00:16 am »
Quote from: The Beatles
Say the word and you'll be free
Say the word and be like me
Say the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?

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Off-Topic / Re: Big name classic rock groups everyone likes but you
« on: November 11, 2017, 11:16:37 pm »
Santana.  I tire of hearing Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va 50 times a day.

Why would you... oh, wait.  You listen to "radio", don't you?

Listening to the same two songs until you're sick of them isn't much of a way to judge a group.

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Off-Topic / Re: Big name classic rock groups everyone likes but you
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:54:40 pm »
Toto.

"Big name".  "Everyone likes".

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Fantasy 2015 / MOVED: 2017-2018 Rosters
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:39:39 am »
All 2017-2018 topics have been moved.

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Off-Topic / Re: Last Word
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:30:55 pm »
Funny thing:  when I was a kid, I hung out with people older than me.  Now I prefer younger people.

I've never been big on "my generation" (the idea; the song's pretty good).  It's not part of my identity.  I don't mind people my age, but they're becoming more tedious as time goes on, because I'm not interested in '80s nostalgia.  But at the point where people my age have nothing better to talk about than how much their drugs cost, I'm done with them.

Word.

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College / Re: Alumni Dual
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:46:07 am »
Your reputation and career have been irreparably harmed. I think you should sue.

Because people briefly thought he might win a match?  I don't think it works that way.  ;)

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