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Four weeks ago I began learning CS seriously and started using vim. Immediately I hated it, and wondered why someone would try to create something like this. I even wondered if I installed the right thing, I was genuinely confused as to what the hell I was looking at. But through the tutorials, I've managed to get okay with it. I'm still far far far from good, but I could manage.

 

After two weeks I began procrastinating, and I've forgot about my CS learning. I've started reverting to the old text editors on my chromebook, and as I began using them, I kept remembering what I could do with vim and finally understood why people love it so much. It's absolutely perfect. The greatest text editor ever created.


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CCTV footage of my accident:

 

http://www.willfox.c...4thjuly2019.mp4

 

At least it's taught me a lesson, never to rush like that again! Even if that means a 30+ minute wait for the next train.

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Even if that means a 30+ minute wait for the next train.

 

Wait for the next train just mean the free time (and self-excuse) to read the good book.


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I had an accident once that left me in bad shape for a couple days -- luckily it was during a break, so I could recover. But it didn't involve the head. What happened was that I was reading something on my smartphone, and then started walking down the stairs at work (I was working over break) to my car; and I must have gotten so involved in the smartphone, that I lost awareness of where I should place my foot. I fell down at least 5 hard steps (no carpeting), and twisted my foot, and my smartphone shattered on the surface below (that I also fell on). I was in incredible pain, and it took me 5 minutes even just to come out of the shock of it and pull myself up; and it took a long time to get to my car. There was nobody around to help -- it was late in the day, and everyone was gone. Luckily, the left foot and ankle were the ones hurt; so I was still able to drive. I didn't move much for several days -- stayed mostly in bed, except to use the bathroom, shower, and heat up food in the microwave. Oh, and I bought a new smartphone basically that first day.

I knew that the accident didn't break any bones -- just sprained or pulled tendon or muscle -- because the bones were too big for there to be a break, given the way that I fell; so I didn't go to the doctor. If my arm had gotten hurt, then probably there would have been a fracture.

If I had fallen the wrong way, I could very easily have hit my head on the stairs going down, or on the surface below. That could have left lasting brain damage.

The moral of this story: DON'T READ YOUR SMARTPHONE WHILE GOING DOWN STAIRS!
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I just entered a rabbit hole that's completely stupefied me. It's like this cult, weird spiritual thing. There aren't a lack of those online but this stuff is completely way off, you cant even get like a spiritual or logical grip or something.

And why do these crazy cult-like things always have a Buddhist or Indian tint to it. What the fuck are the gurus doing?

Either way, I'd love to explain what its about but so far I'm made dumb. I think these people believe they're Reptilian Shapeshifters, but there are some other alien races or something. I'm only using knowledge from a UFO conspiracy phase I went through in middle school to make sense of it, if there is any sense at all.
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When I was in my 20s, I used to be able to play video games until very late at night – sometimes 3 or 4am – and not feel particularly bad the next day. I could do this on a regular basis throughout the year and it rarely affected me.

 

Unreal Tournament 2004 was my favourite game and I used to play it every weekend against other players online.

 

Now, at 40, if I spend even a single night later than 12am (such as last night), I feel absolutely zonked the next day.

 

 

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I'm cooking Ratatouille. I have been cooking Ratatouille for the past week, perfecting the traditional recipe. I will continue to cook Ratatouille until I achieve perfection. Eggplants, zucchinis, tomatoes, peppers, I see them in my dreams. They speak to me. Soon all I eat will be Ratatouille, and will have achieved Nirvana. Then I will move on to different forms of Ratatouille, instead of the traditional Ratatouille.

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Just discovered the "GoodTwitter" addon and, after weeks of confusion and irritation, restored the classical design of old good twitter! This is amazing! If you, too, don't like the uglinness of the current design - then you must try it.



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I just entered a rabbit hole that's completely stupefied me. It's like this cult, weird spiritual thing. There aren't a lack of those online but this stuff is completely way off, you cant even get like a spiritual or logical grip or something.

And why do these crazy cult-like things always have a Buddhist or Indian tint to it. What the fuck are the gurus doing?

Either way, I'd love to explain what its about but so far I'm made dumb. I think these people believe they're Reptilian Shapeshifters, but there are some other alien races or something. I'm only using knowledge from a UFO conspiracy phase I went through in middle school to make sense of it, if there is any sense at all.

 

I fucking figured it out, they're part of David Icke's gang. 

 

https://en.wikipedia...wiki/David_Icke

 

It all connected to his forum. I was so happy when I could finally see the light of a major information source like Wikipedia after trudging through weird blogs, youtube channels and forums. But they're really strange people, like they sometimes write "hit pieces" on blogs where they just go through someone's internet history and try to dox and expose them.

 

But yes, I'm happy it makes sense. Of course there are very many more weird questions, but now I could gauge the kind of delusional belief.

 

It's made me think about cults, and why intelligent people can fall for them. I always ask myself when looking at these beliefs if it could've ever been possible for me to fall into such a hole, I feel ripe for it. Then I wonder what happens if AI falls for it, or is it just a human bias?  Either way, I'm going back into the sewers of the internet, farewell my fellows.

 

EDIT: Nevermind, I lost interest.


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I started reading The Decameron (1353AD), and I've been taken away by Boccaccio's description of the Black Death. Just read some of the quotes:

 

"It was the common practice of most of the neighbours, moved no less by fear of contamination by the putrefying bodies than by charity towards the deceased, to drag the corpses out of the houses with their own hands, aided, perhaps, by a porter, if a porter was to be had, and to lay them in front of the doors, where any one who made the round might have seen, especially in the morning, more of them than he could count; afterwards they would have biers brought up, or, in default, planks, whereon they laid them. Nor was it once or twice only that one and the same bier carried two or three corpses at once; but quite a considerable number of such cases occurred, one bier sufficing for husband and wife, two or three brothers, father and son, and so forth. "

 

"...deluded by hope or constrained by poverty, they stayed in their quarters, in their houses, where they sickened by thousands a day, and, being without service or help of any kind, were, so to speak, irredeemably devoted to the death which overtook them. Many died daily or nightly in the public streets; of many others, who died at home, the departure was hardly observed by their neighbours, until the stench of their putrefying bodies carried the tidings; and what with their corpses and the corpses of others who died on every hand the whole place was a sepulchre."

 

"As consecrated ground there was not in extent sufficient to provide tombs for the vast multitude of corpses which day and night, and almost every hour, were brought in eager haste to the churches for interment, least of all, if ancient custom were to be observed and a separate resting-place assigned to each, they dug, for each graveyard, as soon as it was full, a huge trench, in which they laid the corpses as they arrived by hundreds at a time, piling them up as merchandise is stowed in the hold of a ship, tier upon tier, each covered with a little earth, until the trench would hold no more. "

 

And finally, a reflection after it occurred:

 

"How many grand palaces, how many stately homes, how many splendid residences, once full of retainers, of lords, of ladies, were now left desolate of all, even to the meanest servant! How many families of historic fame, of vast ancestral domains, and wealth proverbial, found now no scion to continue the succession! How many brave men, how many fair ladies, how many gallant youths, whom any physician, were he Galen, Hippocrates, or Aesculapius himself, would have pronounced in the soundest of health, broke fast with their kinsfolk, comrades and friends in the morning, and when evening came, supped with their forefathers in the other world."

 

I did not expect to be hit that hard with such a horrorscape. Thank god for modern medicine, right?

 

Right?


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This has been a terrible year for my health, but I've had some good news in the last few days.

 

I took some antibiotics for a blepharitis infection. My eyes are now back to normal, after months and months of periodic irritation, mucus discharge, blurriness, etc. I don't know why I didn't get this looked at sooner. I guess I assumed it was part of my post-eye surgery symptoms (from last year), and would naturally disappear over time. Plus I sort of had this feeling that I didn't want to burden the NHS with my problems.

 

But it dragged on and on, and began to get worse last month. So I saw a doctor, who prescribed a little tube of chloramphenicol, and now everything's okay. Just like that. Modern medicine is so amazing.

 

Oh, and the injuries from my accident have continued to improve. The plastic splint on my left hand came off this week, and my right arm is gaining more and more movement with less and less pain. I'm told the hand will be fully healed in a week or so, and my arm will be 100% okay by mid-October.


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It's a terrible fate to suffer, when you read primary texts by yourself out of your own interest, and then be forced to read them again in an introduction to philosophy textbook. I've had to read Glaucon explain the Ring of Gyges numerous amounts of time, and now I got to have this author speak to me condescendingly about what I already know. I can't help but feel violated.

 

Deep breaths, Outlook. Deep breaths. Think of your GPA.


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I've recently read the article about Czech anti-Soviet riots of 1968 and followed Soviet intervention. There was one moment in this story that really made my blood boil:

 

Imagine the Soviet troops stationed in some Czech town. Local population is hostile, people spitting, throwing shit and stones, some Soviet soldiers are injured by those stones. Despite all this, Soviet soldiers have the strict order to "not respond to provocations". Czechs are well aware and that makes them proud and brave. Situation is deteriorating. Communications are periodically destroyed, the nearest well is littered with animal corpses...

 

Fortunately, the Soviet garrison was reinforced by "German comrades" from DDR. At responce to the very first provocation, three young Czech "activists" were shot dead and another one was caught and brought to his knees to wait for his fate. He didn't wait long: arrived German officer, without saying a word, shot him in the head. During the next day:

 

1) Communications were quickly repaired.

2) Crowd of humble and polite Czechs brought the water cans.

 

Such was the happy-end. Those Czechs, recently so loud and brave, could not even imagine to spit or throw stones in German soldiers, nor argue, nor complain. This obedience was mercilesslly hammered into their culture by centuries of German rule. Germans behaved as masters, in Czech eyes they WERE masters while Soviets weren't. Knowing this, Soviet soldiers tried to take at least one German for joint patrols while Germans were flattered by their ability to "protect" their own former winners.

 

Needless to say, modern Czechs "can not forget" only the Soviet "atrocities", but can not even recall something to blame those Germans. Conclusions? Let each of us do it on it's own.



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Has anybody figured out how to identify syllable stresses? I encountered this issue before when trying to write poetry, and now I'm facing it again with linguistics. Do stresses even exist? When they show obvious example it clicks and I understand, but then when I go to read iambic pentameter poetry, I want to die. Like:

 

From fairest creatures we desire increase,

 

It's iambic pentameter, it goes da-DUM, da-DUM, da-DUM, but I hear da-DUM-DUM DUM-DUM da-da DUM da-DUM. I'm going to cry, this is the single most frustrating thing I've ever encountered in my life. Usually I hold faith in my intelligence and my ability to understand, but this has completely ruined it. It's the only thing I just can't even get a single grip on.

 

I'm going to go on a walk tomorrow and just start reciting modern american iambic pentameter poetry outloud to try and figure it out. I swear to god, if fucking poets can figure this out, I will figure this out.


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Just got done with a book haul from my thrift store, about to die from excitement. I found 5 hardcover gilded copies of:

 

+ Saint Augustine - Confessions

+ Poems of John Keats

+ THE DECAMERON - Bocaccio

+ A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

+ Three Plays of Henrik Ibsen (An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler) [Fucking fresh as shit, with a card in the between the cover page that has "belongs to the personal library of: (blank)"]

 

Each was $2.99. I'm ecstatic, especially with the Decameron. I don't think I should ever be able to leave my room or access internet until I've finished these books. Book hoarding is the true meaning of life.


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My online gaming friends are all growing up and I can feel us growing apart. Makes me sad. My entire online friend group from Virginia who I used to visit irl have all been splitting apart for years now. Some of them went to the military, others have fallen down a rabbit hole of doing and dealing drugs, others have turned into horrible racists, and others just don't get on. There were like 14 kids in that group :(

 

My British friends are getting jobs and can't be on even once a week more often than not which makes me sad. The spark we all had when we were younger feels like its fading. We still try to get together every Monday night but with one of them moving to Austria now he won't be on for a month and can't do Monday nights anymore because of his new job. 

The same shit happened irl. I only see my girlfriend and my mom regularly now and while they're both wonderful it doesn't feel healthy. All my irl friends are trapped working obscene hours for some reason or another and we only get together like once a month. 

 

It's just like all the friends I had in school over the years. Once you move schools that's practically it, and I moved schools 10 times. Once school is out everyone gets slammed with life responsibilities and there's no community center for young people to gather at that could fill the void left by school. Being an adult in America in the suburbs amounts to nothing more than running like a chicken with its head cut off between a job you hate, overtaxed loved ones at their wits end, and soulless chain stores copy-pasted millions of times across the planet.  

 

We spend the first parts of our lives engulfed by this collective experience with a vast community of people the same age. Regardless of how much of that education is nothing more than indoctrination to turn people into productive workers it's absurd that young people are then thrown to the wind in this hyper-individualistic alienating consumerist society. 

 

The worst of it is when you are torn from people not because either of you want to be but because life forces it upon you both. Ending a relationship because you don't like someone is one thing. Being forced to end a relationship you both enjoy is an affront to humanity.

 

I hate capitalism. I don't just hate it because of the constant overbearing threat of poverty or because my value is stolen from me like I'm a slave. Those struggles are material, they can be overcome and worked through. No, I hate capitalism most because it has torn apart every family unit, friend group, cultural tradition and community I have ever known through one mean or another. My family and community has been reduced to such an isolating point that practically speaking I only have me, my mom, my cat and my girlfriend. Then you add the planet dying on top of all that it's just unbearable. 

 

There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels ... upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all! 

 

~ Mario Savio

 

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Edit: Not suicidal or anything don't worry, just venting. 


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Feeling a bit depressed today.

 

Maybe it's because I feel so tired all the time.

 

Everything just feels so mentally and physically exhausting – work, commuting, the constant shitshow of Brexit/Trump/climate change and everything else in this crazy world.

 

I've thought about taking a 6-month break next year... perhaps to go and travel, or just rest, read some books, spend time with family, etc.

 

I'm just so f***ing tired and burned out.


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Feeling a bit depressed today.

 

Maybe it's because I feel so tired all the time.

 

Everything just feels so mentally and physically exhausting – work, commuting, the constant shitshow of Brexit/Trump/climate change and everything else in this crazy world.

 

I've thought about taking a 6-month break next year... perhaps to go and travel, or just rest, read some books, spend time with family, etc.

 

I'm just so f***ing tired and burned out.

 

I can relate - I've been experiencing a lot of anxiety this week and as a result, a lack of sleep. Although, I am probably a lot more apathetic than you with regards to Brexit/Trump/climate change, so none of these things really get me down anymore, at least not at a conscious level.

 

Perhaps a longer break is a good idea. Commuting, working, the lights and noise of the city, a constant feed of negative news, looking at screens and social media all day - it's not "normal" for humans to experience this kind of stimulation everyday. It does me good to experience nature, silence and even boredom. That's why every month or so I go and camp in this woods for a night/weekend and I don't bring a phone or any other devices with me - just books. I might do some bushcraft, identify plants and fungi, track animals and forage etc. Even though I'm very interested in technology and the future, I have a very strong urge to do primitive things, especially when normal life seems so complicated.


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This is going to be a bit of a ramble, but I was questioning my own criticism of Musk. Usually it's because I dislike his fanbase. In fact it's almost always because I dislike a fanbase that I criticize a public figure probably without having even done much research regarding them.

Anyways, I should cut it short and say my thesis: All men must have critics.

It's supposed to be a response to the argument or the ridicule brought on my criticizing someone who succeeds or is succeeding. To point it all out; It's true that Musk takes credit for the work of thousands of individuals who probably pour hundreds of thousands of hours, all indirectly and directly influenced and maintained by the society we're all a part of, whether Congolese precious metal miners, or Chinese computer manufacturers, or Bell Labs engineers whose software decades later is probably integral to SpaceX's function.

But that is a criticism of Musk's cult of personality, not him. And Musk himself does exert influence like all those cogs in society, in this case the organizational and institutional influence of SpaceX. He founded (I dont know the whole story, he may have found it with others, dont quote on me this) it by organising a company of skilled workers, attaining funds, and using it towards the formation of a rocket company whose model was reusable rockets and an overhaul of the rocket manufacturing system.

So we must give Musk credit. Now that I've given him credit, it will be enough for a Musk supporter to ask me what have I done, or ridicule me on every success he makes. What defence do I have against this? And so I don't sound tone-deaf, this is all regarding whether it is right or wrong, I don't actually argue online this way, nor will I ever in my life respond with "all men must have critics" instead of an expletive.

Morally speaking, should the value of someone's future criticisms or other criticisms fall based on the success of the person they criticize. And by success here, I mean widely regarded success as with the Falcon heavy launch.

All men must have critics. But what is the nature of the critics? And lets test as much instances in which the "All men" part can be broken. What if unanimous support of a leader is the only way to leave a horrible predicament, as would be the case of many disasters in the ages of exploration with regards to a crew to their leader. All this will never be explored in the next installment of Outlook should stop typing and get some sleep.

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