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#81
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I slept only ONE hour.

 

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Also, sorry for cutting the previous conversation.


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I think I'm going to die. I need help. I can't find any, won't get any as an adult now. Fuck everything.

 

 

Help with what mate what’s happening?

 

 

I slept only ONE hour.

 

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Oh my gosh lol.  That completely caught me off guard.  I was so ready for a serious conversation, and i get Basil up here complaining about his sleep habits.  That forced a laugh out of me.

 

Anyway, tell us what's going on.  Adults can get help too.



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Just had a shitty start to the day. Not the greatest time in my life rn.

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You have no idea what you're talking about.

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I admit I'm afraid of most people on this website because of my experience so far. I'm afraid of looking like a selfish asshole too. I say the vaguest shit on here because I'm afraid giving too much information will make me look even more selfish and childish. I shouldn't have posted on here because I know I'm too sensitive and bad with words, especially here because the vibe of this forum scares me. It's overly political and it seems everyone just wants to insult each other for their opinions, views (of the future or in general) or wants.

 

I can't believe this site in particular makes my anxiety go through the roof. I shouldn't take everything online so seriously, it's stupid, I know it is.



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^ Yeah, that's why I've been trying to both cut down my participation in the forum and promote the purely sci-tech or mildly political threads. 


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I find it helps to make completely unfounded assumptions about people. 

 

So I assume you are all nice people, who occasionally come across as  argumentative/abrupt etc. due to language barriers, misunderstandings and because you feel strongly about certain issues.

 

I also assume everyone likes eachother, and that everyone is having fun enjoying interesting discussions. Obviously some of the Jakob/Sciencerocks exchanges make this a difficult belief to cling to but when I find myself worrying about it I just remember that Jakob is a talking dog, and Sciencerocks is some sort of sentient hurricane, so its only natural that they don't get on. 

 

As a result I think everyone is great most of the time. Although sometimes I post when I haven't had lunch yet, and get a bit sarcastic.



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So I assume you are all nice people, who occasionally come across as  argumentative/abrupt etc. due to language barriers, misunderstandings and because you feel strongly about certain issues.

 

And this is true, with very few exceptions.

 

Obviously some of the Jakob/Sciencerocks exchanges make this a difficult belief to cling to but when I find myself worrying about it I just remember that Jakob is a talking dog, and Sciencerocks is some sort of sentient hurricane, so its only natural that they don't get on.

 

Jakob is the decent and smart person despite the fact i'm disagree with him in almost ewerything. Matthew... yes, closer to sentient hurricane and link-posting machine.



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As for random thoughts suitable for this thread, here is another one: i've recently read the book about history of early Islam and Arabic civilization. There was one interesting fact that caught my attention: prophet Muhammed was not alone in his job, he had a social twin and adversary!

 

Musaylimah

 

History is written by winners, but if you look closely, they both had very similar teachings and even surprisingly similar biographies: both were monotheistic prophets and "messengers of God" invited by local tribes as political leaders. Eventually, they clashed and only one survived. What would change if Musaylimah triumphed over Muhammed? IMHO the main course of history would still be roughly the same, although with different details.

 

And angry Outlook would be blaming me for this post: "How dare you to even compare Messenger Maslamah (peace be upon him) with Muhammed, this pathetic false prophet!"



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A Simon Magus of islam.
'Force always attracts men of low morality' - Einstein
'Great spirits always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds' - Einstein

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Islamic version of Barabbas?

 

(somewhat)


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Reminds me of that one of Life of Brian scene with all the crazy preachers soliciting on the side of road.

Although, Musaylimah was never equal to Muhammed who formulated his own beliefs. He became a 'false prophet' because he copied his teachings and then attempted for power after Muhammed's death. The funny thing is, he was not the only one. There was also Tulayha and Sajjah who claimed prophethood and revelation, each as a representation of power for various tribes.

Of course, they didn't stand much in the way of Khalid ibn Walid.

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Wow, amazing. I actually had a good sleep last night. I think I managed a whole 8 hours, uninterrupted. That almost never happens! :)



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^^^For many of us, the personal is political, and the political is highly personal.

Kind of a variation on the "all politics are local."


So what am I doing that is not political....


Playing with the cat is about the most I can come up. That and the honey do this list that my wife assigns to me. The cat is funny, the list is boring.

Edit: Oh yes, and I also post a lot of non-political stuff on Facebook. Mostly photos I have taken.


The personal, as everyone's so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference - the only difference in their eyes - between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.

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Dammit man, I've just been out of it for the past week. I don't think this is pneumonia or bronchitis anymore; I think it's just pleurisy. Which still sucks because I feel like crap, but it's better than gagging to death on my own phlegm. 

I'm also glad that I at least got to win NaNoWriMo before I got sick. Hopefully during this next week I can return to form, but holy lord when I say I've been unproductive this past week. Just under 2k words. 1k on Monday or Tuesday, and 800 last night.

 

At least it's giving me some time to realize what I need to do to fix the story when that time comes, and I'm also considering doing a second, more to-market one just in case.


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Look, no one is understanding.

 

I'm comparing your typical pop sci-fi "galactic empire" which tends to utterly ignore everything but roughly Earthlike planets, with a bona-fide Type II civilization.

 

The pop sci-fi civilization, which has not shaken off its author's planetary thinking would be far weaker than the Kardashev II civilization that harnesses the energy of its home star. In a conflict, the first civilization would at best be on even terms with the second, and at worst be completely pwned. A Nicoll-Dyson Beam is just as powerful as a Death Star and far more versatile. A typical pop sci-fi fleet might have thousands of warships; a Type II civilization with starlifting capabilities could probably manufacture thousands of warships per day without even noticing the economic burden. (There's a scene in Fog and Mirrors where space battleships are literally being made on an assembly line.) Even if the pop sci-fi fleet's weapons were utterly superior in every way imaginable, the Type II civ could just hurl ships at them faster than they could be destroyed. Or they could just use Nicoll-Dyson beams and laser sails to bombard the enemy with an endless hail of asteroids and even dwarf planets and small moons.

 

This could be an interesting premise for a story. So there's one alien race that had a hard time getting off the ground and colonizing their star system. Initial attempts at interstellar colonization either ended in Roanoke-like failures where all contact was lost, or in Dark Forest type situations where the colonies turn on their homeworld and have to be destroyed. Disheartened, they turn inward for a few centuries, building vast fleets of space habitats to house their growing population. A few centuries later, they've got antimatter and Hawking drives, but the culture isn't very friendly to interstellar expeditions and colonizing frontiers, so there is only exploration and limited colonization in star systems within a few parsecs of the homeworld. But still, they grow more powerful. The swarm of a thousand space habitats becomes a million, and a million becomes a billion.

 

Despite being spread out across a few light years, they have the resources of millions and millions of planets. They mine their star, they develop Bishop Rings and McKendree Cylinders and Supramundane Planets, their numbers are so vast that a group of a billion or even a trillion sophonts is an insignificant minority.

 

And there are humans. Gifted by mysterious aliens with FTL drives that can make it to Alpha Centauri in just two weeks, they roar across the Orion Spur, settling on thousands of garden worlds, oblivious to the vast resources around them. Sooner or later, they stumble across the domain of our aliens and attempt to introduce liberal democracy. Conflict swiftly erupts, leading to violence, and the mighty Tenth Terran Fleet of a thousand ships is sent to overthrow this "oppressive" regime. They expect a swift victory in weeks or even days, but the aliens immediately turn the tables and the Tenth Fleet finds itself on the defensive.

 

The aliens, with their sheer brute force, immediately and utterly annihilate any human military forces that drop out of FTL. In fact, they destroyed more than four hundred ships with stellar lasers and relativistic missiles before the fleet realized what had hit them. Actually fighting the aliens, let alone trying to put boots on the ground, was out of the question. The only saving grace was that with their FTL, it was impossible for the aliens to land a hit on them. That was just a silver lining though. Even if humans won every battle, the fact was that the enemy could afford thousand-to-one losses--especially as all their warships were unmanned--and they could not. Further, warp drives don't last forever, and fuel is running out.

 

Things come to a head when a warship, FTL drive and all, is captured by the aliens, perhaps with the aid of human deserters/traitors, and the fleet is forced to confront the fact that they will lose the only advantage they have, and have awoken a titan that shares none of their cultural values.

 

If you want this to be a Humanity Fuck Yeah story, just switch the humans and the aliens.



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I want to go to Korea, and then to other countries like Egypt and Italy.


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