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Erowind

Here's to wishing the people of Baghdad a safe day.
Oct 08 2019 12:11 PM
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    Erowind
    Because of the the riots happening after police opened fire with live rounds into a crowd of previously peaceful protestors that were protesting because of the high unemployment rate. 200 were injured and 10 were killed to my knowledge.


    Oct 08 2019 09:02 PM
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    eacao
    Yeesh. Yes, let’s wish them a safe day.
    Oct 09 2019 06:00 AM
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    Outlook
    It's horrible but nothing new for the Iraqi people unfortunately.
    Oct 09 2019 07:04 AM
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Erowind

Looking at the history of philosophy link Outlook posted I'm wondering if it might be worth it to endeavor to read at least 1 or 2 primary texts of all 131 of them? Perhaps then the secrets of the universe will reveal themselves. Reading and understanding that many books isn't an impossible feat, just a monumental challenge.
Oct 08 2019 07:41 AM
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    Erowind
    Well, I suppose I should start from the beginning if I'm inclined to do this which the more I think about I'm almost positive I am.

    Everything is water in one form or another.
    Oct 08 2019 07:42 AM
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Erowind

One of the first things I'd love to learn how to do in FIVR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBtuSPBGpgY
Oct 05 2019 08:37 AM
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    Erowind
    Surf came about because of a gravity bug in the source engine where gravity and momentum get calculated wrong when falling on a slanted surface. The community took it from there and made hundreds of maps purpose built for the movement the bug enabled. Best 3d movement based platformer I've ever played and it's free and runs on any PC with a discrete graphics card from 2009 onward.
    Oct 05 2019 08:18 PM
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    Erowind
    Oh and the first surf maps around 10 years ago loomed like this.

    https://youtu.be/IJ3UZOMW07I

    I used to have a few I built like that as a kid. They are lost to the ages now though
    Oct 05 2019 08:26 PM
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    Alislaws
    "Surf came about because of a gravity bug in the source engine where gravity and momentum get calculated wrong when falling on a slanted surface"

    I thought this was an r/outside sort of thing and you were just talking about real world surfing
    Oct 08 2019 01:12 PM
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Erowind

The stink bugs are coming the stink bugs are coming! Bar the doors, tape down the windows, seal the siding and hold back the pestilence!
Oct 03 2019 09:31 PM
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    Erowind
    Have never dealt with them before and hope I never have too.

    I had a stinkbug infestation once, one of the worst experiences of my life. I used to come home from school and there would be thousands of them on the outside of the house with hundreds clamoring at the door. For hours every night me and my mum would clear our bedrooms of them before sleep.
    Oct 04 2019 02:41 AM
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    Erowind
    Then, without fail after the lights went out you'd hear buzzing in the room. The worst was when you would wake up with a good dozen of them crawling on you.

    During the first year they arrived none of the exterminators could figure out how to kill them. Stinkbugs are extremely resilient insects and conventional home pesticides at the time didn't work well on them.
    Oct 04 2019 02:41 AM
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    eacao
    Sprey 'em with deodorant. See how they like it for a change
    Oct 04 2019 07:40 PM
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Erowind

Good morning everyone! I'm up early for once EST timezone. I've been thinking about bushwhacking an abandoned park I found near the interstate. Tomorrow might be the day!
Sep 27 2019 01:04 PM
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    Erowind
    https://goo.gl/maps/xk9gsDpoa9uBfGCT9

    Bullock Pens Park is the name I guess. There wasn't a name on the old bulletin board when I stumbled across the place. There's a trail that leads off into the woods north of the highway there. I got as far as an old wooden bridge over a small creek last time but had to stop because the trail on the other side of the bridge was so overgrown. The creek runs into a ravine to the left of the trail.
    Sep 27 2019 04:18 PM
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    funkervogt
    You need to visit the Monroeville Mall, where "Day of the Dead" was filmed.
    Sep 27 2019 08:40 PM
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    Erowind
    Aww man, the Monroeville Mall is my home town mall :D

    They used to have a zombie museum but they only set it up around Halloween now. All the props from the old movies are mothballed. When I was a 15 year old mallrat me and my friends hung out with the mall security guards because my friends smoked and they smoked so we all got along. One day after closing hours they took us back to the store room and let us poke around and look at everything.
    Sep 27 2019 11:12 PM
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Erowind

Wishing inactive members birthdays has been a fun tradition the past year or so. Happy 30th Saradus, your avatar is nice.
Sep 21 2019 10:14 AM
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    eacao
    Saridus was a good lad. Wish 'em the best in their endeavours
    Sep 21 2019 07:35 PM
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Erowind

Live from area 51. The Kyles are out in full force tonight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP3uFOnpv5Q
Sep 20 2019 05:09 AM
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    Outlook
    This is it. History.
    Sep 20 2019 05:16 AM
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    Outlook
    That was hilarious. It was the first meme protest I'd ever seen. The North Korean flag, the naruto runs, "CLAP THEM CHEEKS", it honestly played out almost perfectly. Nobody died, everyone had fun, even the guards by the looks of it were just hanging out.
    Sep 20 2019 01:36 PM
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    Erowind
    The North Korean flag guy got me pretty hard
    Sep 20 2019 10:31 PM
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Erowind

I really wish that instead of forcing me to calorie count to stop gaining weight my culture would just not make such unhealthy food -_-
Sep 19 2019 06:46 AM
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    rennerpetey
    Mood
    Sep 19 2019 06:13 PM
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Erowind

Lab-grown meat still has some issues in regards to veganism due to using some animal product in the growth stock and obviously the harvesting of starter cells. Don't get me wrong, any lab-grown meat is leagues better than mass slaughter. But let's say we wanted to be completely ethical without tech we won't have for a long time.
Sep 17 2019 07:27 AM
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    Erowind
    What if we used consenting well payed humans as the starter stock? Would you eat the meat? Is it technically cannibalism even though it's ethical?
    Sep 17 2019 07:28 AM
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    Alislaws
    Nice question! I'd eat the meat, but ideally I would use my own cells to start it out then I'm eating myself! This way it is even more ethically sound than eating plants!
    Sep 17 2019 04:18 PM
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    Alislaws
    Can you imagine people marketing food to you based on samples taken from celebrities (with their permission!) This would be an excellent topic for some sort of sci-fi short story
    Sep 17 2019 04:19 PM
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Erowind

My primitivist comrades would chastise me for saying this. But can we please genocide invasive species that don't integrate with their new environments at all. I just spent 4 hours sealing my homes windows and fighting off dozens of stinkbugs that got in. The coldsnap a few nights back must of set them off.
Sep 16 2019 04:41 AM
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    tomasth
    What is your apeak to primitivists , aren't they the opposite of anyone here ?
    Sep 16 2019 05:53 AM
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    Erowind
    They are but I know quite a few in real life as an activist since both transhumanists and primitivists I work with are anticapitalists.
    Sep 16 2019 06:54 PM
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Erowind

I know I've not always articulated why I despise copyright well before. Instead of explaining theory badly. Consider that the reason no affordable easy access generic insulin currently exists is because megacorps enforce monopoly through copyright. Copyright kills in practice as a law. This is one of many examples.
Sep 15 2019 03:23 AM
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    Erowind
    patents/paywalls. My main gripes are when copyright makes corporations not artists/creators rich, blocks scientific liberty, enforces monopoly and kills people as with the example above.
    Sep 15 2019 05:27 AM
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    Jessica
    It kills everything! Even limiting copyright to 10 years for digital and 75 for solid would do wonders for advancement of ideas. Public movie, gaming and educational sites would pop up overnight that would dwarf netflix, etc.
    Sep 15 2019 05:50 AM
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    Erowind
    +1 Jessica +1 Outlook
    Sep 15 2019 05:54 AM
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Erowind

The ECB just dropped interest rates to -0.5% and is implementing quantitative easing.
Sep 12 2019 08:01 PM
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    Erowind
    Nevermind the ECB's statement that "recession risk to the eurozone remains low." The fact that they've taken these measures means that the European economy is in shoddy shape.
    Sep 12 2019 08:09 PM
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    Raklian
    The Euro is more likely to strengthen against the US dollar from this point on. Any further easing or rate cuts by ECB won't be effective. The relay has been passed on to the Euro governments to do something about fiscal policy. What they will do with it will determine how the Euro will perform next.
    Sep 13 2019 12:18 AM
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    Erowind
    Agreed mostly :)
    Sep 13 2019 03:38 AM
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Erowind

Supersized meals are an example of capitalist overproduction and supply/demand mismatch. No one actually needs them and no one wanted them before companies advertised them. I wonder if anyone has written about capitalist overproduction like they have with the soviets?
Sep 05 2019 09:13 AM
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    Alislaws
    Eacao is right in that if a specific product is unneeded it dies in a capitalist society, but historic planned economies, tend not to be self correcting in the same way so things can persist longer.
    Sep 06 2019 04:07 PM
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    Alislaws
    But the idea that capitalism is inherently more efficient than a planned economy is mostly crap in my opinion. Its just easier to set up!
    Sep 06 2019 04:08 PM
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    Alislaws
    (and a planned economy is only as good as your plan, which means every planned economy will behave differently, as will capitalist systems depending n the rules and regulations you build around them)
    Sep 06 2019 04:09 PM
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Erowind

The more I read about climate crisis the more I think we need to change the narrative. There's this idea that economies can't handle the 7-10% yearly contractions we need to halt emissions in time. My issue is these scientists seem to assume a status qou economic model, which means growth economics. I suspect that if we gave this our all, banned consumerism and started rationing resources today we could fix this. In that sense I think the crisis is a social problem for now, not an eng...
Sep 04 2019 10:39 AM
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    Jakob
    LOL I don't really care.
    Sep 05 2019 01:45 AM
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    Erowind
    /\ Again, why post then? You posting shows you care.
    Sep 05 2019 05:14 AM
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    Jakob
    Just because it's amusing to provoke evil figures (or perhaps trolls!) from a safe distance.
    Sep 05 2019 09:47 PM
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Erowind

With advanced bioengineering I'd like to see humans who photosynthesize. Trees only collect a few 100 calories a day from the sun, so we'd have to improve on nature's design to power a human. But the idea of spending a good part of the day dreaming in the sun while my body powers up is very appealing. Perhaps we could merge photosynthesis with sleep?
Sep 02 2019 08:28 AM
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    Erowind
    One of many possible direction for people to pursue Alislaws. Racism as we know it today should slowly dissolve as we diverge more. It's harder to have a concept of artificial superiority when you're no longer the most intelligent being around and or there are massively neurodivergent people in society.
    Sep 03 2019 02:09 AM
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    Erowind
    I'm excited for plant people as much as I am for cyborgs.
    Sep 03 2019 02:10 AM
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    Alislaws
    I quite like the idea of racists running around trying to get people to sign up to genetic testing so they can try and figure out who to hate.
    Sep 03 2019 11:39 AM