How are we?

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Re: How are we?

Postby Pyroriffic » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:48 am

Squiggle wrote:So, how are we?

I got so bored of the mundane that I've taken a career break and moved to the countryside... which is proving to be absolutely amazing... i cannot tell you how freeing not living in a city of 8 million people is proving to me.

Hoping to devote some time to writing again for the first time in about 3 years!


Try living endlessly in the arse-end of nowhere. I grew up in the Southern countryside, moved to the Midlands countryside and am now stuck in the Northern countryside, with no financial hope of ever getting home.

A billion years* of that and you'll soon be craving Actual People. Ho, yes.

In other words, good for you, mate. It's a luxury indeed to be able to follow your dreams in a manner like that!

* This may be a slight exaggeration. Slight.
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Re: How are we?

Postby Rob P » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:05 pm

I joined the Labour party after the last GE then quit around Jan 2016 and re-joined around Brexit time.

I won't go into all the ins and outs because that's debaters' lounge territory.

However, I've started going to local Labour Party meetings and it's somewhere between fun, interesting and dull.

I went to one last night with a guest speaker and it was really eye-opening. it's reignited my desire to get involved in local politis, but let's see how long that lasts!
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Re: How are we?

Postby Xisor » Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:01 pm

Rob P wrote:I joined the Labour party after the last GE then quit around Jan 2016 and re-joined around Brexit time.

I won't go into all the ins and outs because that's debaters' lounge territory.

However, I've started going to local Labour Party meetings and it's somewhere between fun, interesting and dull.

I went to one last night with a guest speaker and it was really eye-opening. it's reignited my desire to get involved in local politis, but let's see how long that lasts!


I've been unable to get along to LD meetings since before the summer due to work, but I echo that sentiment. The 'dull' part is to be expected, but it's heartening to see people keen to minimise it.

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Yesterday we I was chatting about how depressing a weak it could have been, on an external level, and how trying to avoid despair is a huge part of it. But there were two things that overwhelmingly brought a degree of uplift to me.

One, the debates people had about this sort of thing (have your sound on, worth it).

The other, this news story, including the somewhat hyperbole tweet I saw about it:
Nick Breckon‏ @nickbreckon: "When you're playing Civ and you develop spaceflight on the turn before a spearman razes your capital"

Since reading Rob Sanders' words on the matter, they've been almost constantly on or near the forefront of my mind. It's as close to a motto as I've got, at the moment:

"Responsibility found expression in resolution."
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Re: How are we?

Postby Squiggle » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:33 pm

Pyroriffic wrote:
Squiggle wrote:So, how are we?

I got so bored of the mundane that I've taken a career break and moved to the countryside... which is proving to be absolutely amazing... i cannot tell you how freeing not living in a city of 8 million people is proving to me.

Hoping to devote some time to writing again for the first time in about 3 years!


Try living endlessly in the arse-end of nowhere. I grew up in the Southern countryside, moved to the Midlands countryside and am now stuck in the Northern countryside, with no financial hope of ever getting home.

A billion years* of that and you'll soon be craving Actual People. Ho, yes.

In other words, good for you, mate. It's a luxury indeed to be able to follow your dreams in a manner like that!

* This may be a slight exaggeration. Slight.


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Re: How are we?

Postby Xisor » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:57 pm

I do like the sound of getting away from it all.

I mean sure, I've sort of gotten away from it all by spending an unholy amount of time in Bournemouth, but still.

The weather has been frightful, and the very restful period over Christmas was quite excellent, but I've been quite aware of how exhausting I'm finding things without proper periods for sensible breaks/relaxing/recuperation. I'm probably in far better fettle than I've been for a long while, of course, but now that I've a hint of a degree of self awareness, it's proving difficult not to fixate on it.

Difficult, but not impossible.

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What I really need to do is get back to swimming. I very much miss it. And this belly could do with going away.
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Re: How are we?

Postby Major Rawne » Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:06 pm

Xisor wrote:And this belly could do with going away.

You're not wrong there :lol: Though i'm not one to talk my own podge is steadily growing, and something I should quickly nip in the bud sooner rather than later.
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Re: How are we?

Postby Athelassan » Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:12 pm

I've been making a point of trying to lose some weight so far this year. It's been going reasonably well and the visible belly is reducing, though I reckon I still need to get rid of about a stone. According to the BMI I am still overweight, although since it puts the lower end of the healthy range at about nine and a half stone for my height (to reach which I think I would need to eliminate not only all my fat but nearly all my muscle and possibly a couple of the less important bones) I am a little sceptical about its accuracy.

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Re: How are we?

Postby Xisor » Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:50 pm

Athelassan wrote:I've been making a point of trying to lose some weight so far this year. It's been going reasonably well and the visible belly is reducing, though I reckon I still need to get rid of about a stone. According to the BMI I am still overweight, although since it puts the lower end of the healthy range at about nine and a half stone for my height (to reach which I think I would need to eliminate not only all my fat but nearly all my muscle and possibly a couple of the less important bones) I am a little sceptical about its accuracy.

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Blimey, I need to lose 4.7 stone!

Well, the game is afoot. 2017 shall see me tend towards the healthier bodyweight!

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Xisor wrote:And this belly could do with going away.

You're not wrong there :lol:

Cheeky scamp! :o
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Re: How are we?

Postby Therion » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:58 pm

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Re: How are we?

Postby Xisor » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:13 am

Picking at old scabs rarely helps, Therion.

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Going swimming again. It's... surprisingly nice.
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Re: How are we?

Postby Therion » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:21 pm

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Re: How are we?

Postby Therion » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:56 am

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Re: How are we?

Postby Xisor » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:47 pm

Though I'd cheerfully quibble at length about what is *deserved*, and as time goes on I'm revealed to be innately more of a moral relativist than my judgemental black and white attitudes would have me believe, I'm starting to understand just how deep the psychosocial rifts actually are, worldwide.

It's a fascinating area to think on, and all too easy to wind people up with. Indeed, my major navel-gazing concern of late has been about language ,not necessarily the policing of language that comes up (an old pal of mine that's a journalist and something of an academic re:feminism), has inadvertently touched upon a critical and pervasive idea:

Most of the quibbling and derailing (from "the left devouring itself", all the way through to trying to advance any grappling of topics pertaining to any form of -ism), comes from being upset by the words being used.

Whilst I'm sure many reading might see that "upset" and think of thin-skinned "that offends me!" peddlers,I think even that notion is a distraction. Or worse - a thought erminating cliche. The offense given isn't always inherently a problem, but I think we might all agree that it's an... inefficiency. Friction, in an almost mechanical way, that shows loss inherent to the system.

We ought to be able to communicate ideas plainly, to be able to tailor or speech or writing to be able to quickly and cleanly communicate information. But the unwitting personality differences, the time of day, the economic factors (it's difficult for anyone acutely suffering to empathise with more vague difficulties, for example), who's had lunch - the sheer scope of it all is utterly towering in a terrifying way.

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I digress. In essence, it's *extremely* easy to see why the aphorism "actions speak louder than words" is as bandied about as it is. Whilst the words are overwhelmingly powerful, It's exceedingly easy to misjudged them or fall off the cliff, or onto a knife-edge, and rile up (or worse: bore) whoever you're chatting to.

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I say all that as, as Therion's own interests speak plainly: we have absolutely terrible ways for even beginning to accurately and adequately describe psychological difficulties in anything better than fairly mild or sweeping generalisations. It's not to say they're inherently unreliable, but they're certainly very far from perfect.

Indeed, I have a vague notion about studying the prevalence of Jungian types but applied to modern theory.

(If memory servers well-known Myers-Briggs only goes on four dimensions, segregating people in a binary way into one or the other end of each spectrum. It's not a terrible job, but because of the effects of, say, hunger, or (non-clinical) anxiety, or stress, one might easily flip about across quite a wide range, the dynamics of which being told you fit one of Sixteen Types of Person doesn't actually provide a huge amount of explanatory power. Indeed, getting caught in that trap seems to be extremely easy. Cross reference: earlier in this thread, where I mentioned the Zimmerman thing years ago.)

That is: what the actual *clustering* of humanity is on the more reliable (but hardly unassailable) Big 5 Factor model of personality. How common do certain combinations occur, with work (e.g. CBT, self-help, rigid stereotypical beatings to "build character") how much can anyone deviate or ammend their own tendencies?

Of course, it would be easy if I could just sit down and study that with no interference or distraction, but it turns out I'm easily distracted. :lol:

Even from things that I want and/or enjoy! :evil:
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Re: How are we?

Postby Therion » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:15 am

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Re: How are we?

Postby ScruffyLIRR » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:18 am

Well... 13-15 years ago I was a hot-headed member on the old forum and had alot of opinions and was not always diplomatic about it. Now, LordInquisitorRelmarRycard, aka LIRR, nowadays ScruffyLIRR, has two kids and work as a security-guard of all things. So here we are, back at it again and having returned to the scene of the crime.
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Re: How are we?

Postby ScruffyLIRR » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:01 pm

Oh, btw... Im not sure why I couldnt log in on my old account. Any Admin willing to help?
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Re: How are we?

Postby Xisor » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:02 pm

Should be able to take a look at *somepoint* (am out of the country on an emergency, definitely not an intensely orchestrated plot to get some free time to read The Magos...), but always happy to see folks back in any event!
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Re: How are we?

Postby Therion » Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:52 pm

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Re: How are we?

Postby Therion » Sat May 26, 2018 11:22 pm

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Re: How are we?

Postby Therion » Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:24 am

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