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this_one wrote

Without going into too much detail, the major right-wing party at home would rather flagrantly disregard the law and their jobs than be a bit nice to trans people, and so it looks like the forecast for the next few months is "public debates about whether trans people are cool"

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alex wrote

shit it's Friday again? my schedule's all fucked up lately. been thinking about smartwatches and wearable technology the last couple days. i don't have one, and i don't care if people buy one, but i don't think they're for me. i'm sure there's privacy concerns but that aside, personally it just feels like... a leash or something. i already try to just put the ringer on and keep my phone away from me most of the time. i'm not anti-technology i just hate this careless mindless drive towards more of it

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alex wrote

i feel this. navigation is what got me to get a smartphone. now there are a few other things i'd like to keep too.

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oldusername wrote

I just never got a smartphone. I'm glad, even though it does have some very unforeseen consequences. I do have a phone number:

https://fossbytes.com/sopranica-open-source-free-cellular-network/

and can interact with smartphone users, so it's not like I'm some antisocial hermit who lives in a car in the forest or anything....

Well, actually I AM an antisocial hermit who lives in a car in the forest, but that's got nothing to do with not owning a smartphone.

< cringe >

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zzuum wrote

It kinda is a leash. My GF has one and she uses it to track her heartbeat alllll the time. She doesn't need that info at all, and doesn't use it. But she still thinks it's useful I guess, so she can do what she wants.

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bloodrose wrote

The people around me and at work who have smart watches are the people who are signaling their wealth as if it is denotative of their worth. It has really turned me off to the idea of them. Though I sometimes want a good pedometer and I think about getting a smartwatch for that and then I remind myself that a straight pedometer would be cheaper.

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mofongo wrote

The most precise pedometer you can get was made by Nintendo for a Pokemon game. You can find in eBay for $10.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

One of my group's trying The Dark Eye because the DM got really burnt out after a huge misunderstanding about what we wanted to do in 5e. She seems really excited for it and I'm glad, she's always got a lot on her shoulders.

A good friend and I want to meet up because we don't live too far for a road trip. They promised to cook steak and fish and when I said I was a vegetarian, they asked if that meant pussy was off the menu too. My girlfriend chimed in that dick sure ain't. I've been called out.

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RosaReborn wrote

I haven't heard much about Dark Eye? What makes it different than what you were all doing in 5e? My group has very distracted so we've been on the same campaign my DM drew up for about 6 months with little actual progress on the main quest

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

It's really big in Germany apparently, but only got a full localization to english a couple years back. It uses a full point buy system with packages rather than discrete classes, kind of like how Warhammer Roleplay does it but less random/punishing for no reason.

The big problem was the DM and the party didn't communicate enough so instead of running the game we all (her included) wanted, she ran a knockoff of it essentially and wrote herself into a corner because she was under the impression another player hated it, and didn't plan far ahead enough to keep things rolling. Everyone but The Girl I'm always gushing about on fridays decided to remake their 5e characters in the new system (she didn't like hers and wants a blank slate) and preserve our last party's dynamic, but try a new setting and system to give the DM something more engaging to do so she doesn't burn out again.

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PerfectSociety wrote

I finished my last medical school exam today.

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oldusername wrote

Hey, good luck! Congratulations! Next is internship, right?

You be you.

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PerfectSociety wrote

Hey, good luck! Congratulations! Next is internship, right?

Yup! I chose Pediatrics. I've been on the Interview Trail for Residency since early October.

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oldusername wrote (edited )

I can't imagine any specialty that needs you more. I'm hoping that this will be the right combination of challenging and rewarding to keep you practicing for a long, long time without the risk of burning out unnecessarily overstressing your resources..

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PerfectSociety wrote

Thanks! I'm actually interested in ultimately specializing in Pediatric Critical Care or Neonatalogy.

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oldusername wrote

I met my "Raddle crush" offline yesterday. Seriously. It was amazing.

I'm old enough to be their mother and I didn't boink them but the facts that both of those facts were cool is kind of why they are my "Raddle crush" in the first place.

Still kind of giddy and reeling from it and silly about how good it feels to have a flesh and blood not-facebook but the old fashioned kind of friend.

Imma send my friend a postcard tomorrow. The kind with a stamp on it. :)

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oldusername wrote

And yea, I really did SQUEEEEEEE at the top of my lungs just like a girl:

"Are you ***? ****!!!!!! You're really HERE?!?!?!?!?! It's me, John or Mary or Ann or Jim or whatever line of crap bullshit I said my name was! I can't believe you're really here and you're really *****!!!!!!!"

But it was okay, though, because we were at The Park and shit like that happens all the time there and everyone knew we were internet crushes or something and it was okay even though it was weird.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

That's amazing, ma'am!

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oldusername wrote (edited )

Yea, probably not a good idea to randomly go around in public saying sh*t like, "My boyfriend is so awesome that he actually bought a truck just so he could drive all the way here from ****** to meet me!"

People who don't understand the internet wouldn't understand that sentence at all.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

That's kind of the norm for my generation. My girlfriend drove 400 miles to pick me up when we decided we wanted to start going out.

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oldusername wrote (edited )

And yea, of course the reason why it was a truck instead of the fastest little sports car he could afford to pay the speeding tickets for driving is because he was worried about me and wanted me to be able to bring as much of my stuff as I wanted (and that we could afford to schlep and store, lol).

He never said, "Get in the truck, woman. Now." but if I had wanted to go back to ****** with him, there would have been no questions asked as far as why or if I had explored every other option as far as "playing the system" and his kid would have known me as an honourary gramma that he didn't have to share with any other kids. I don't know how his partner would have explained my existence other than, "We're anarchists." but she's obviously awesome and really does deserve him.

So no, there will be no vaseline rubbed on the lenses of the camera while random, vague scenes of white weddings play across the screen and the words "The End" appear right before the credits start rolling but who the fuck wanted that bullshit in the first place.

I'd much rather burn down the Walmart just like everybody else; the onl;y thing "weird" about us is that we're not afraid to tell the truth about it.

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oldusername wrote

My crush is probably closer to your age than mine. I'm not really a "boomer", since most people were born in '57 and depending on who you believe or consider qualified to define "the baby boom", I was born in either the very last year of it or the very first year after it ended.

It's an odd perspective that makes me forever a tag-along baby sister and never a grownup but definitely someone whose norm would consider yours and my crushes norm to be so completely unbelievable as to make a really sweet, funny romantic comedy or "how i met your mother" story on some Twilight Zone episode or something.

Just ftr, I'm obviously poly when it comes to internet crushes and all of my internet crushes and their partners and/or other internet crushes are well aware of that fact. No partners have been cheated on and no crushes will ever require scarlet As to be permanently tattooed to their chest in the making of this cute, fun, lighthearted romantic comedy post on the weekly Friday Free Talk thread.

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mouse wrote

does anyone here think an AnCap could make the argument that private charity is mutual aid?

its been on my mind for a couple days

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ziq wrote

Moral superiority is a hierarchy we don't really think enough about. So much of capitalist society is shame-based. Ego-based.

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RedA wrote

who do you mean by we? i'm sure some of us think about it plenty or too much.

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bloodrose wrote

I'm overwhelmed at work again. I tried to work normal hours for a few weeks and I'm so behind I feel like I'll just die. I did 14 hours yesterday, 12 the day before, and I'm trying to figure out how to work on the weekend in a way that doesn't hurt my time with my kid. I do actually feel like she enjoys me more when I work the long hours because I only see her for half an hour then, and I pay attention to her completely and do whatever she asks for the half hour.

My grandma called me a grinch because I said how bad the salvation army is. She was really mean about it and asked if I had helped anybody, and then told me not to spread lies. I, of course, defended myself with the mutual aid I have performed and the facts...but, it really felt bad.

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Blackbeard wrote

You're right about the Salvation Army, of course, but I know it still sucks to have somebody close to you say that kind of shit. Keeping spreading the truth though :)

I went through the same thing with my work-family time. I was a mail carrier and I was gone every single day for at least ten hours. If i was lucky, I'd get home just in time to play and read with my kid, maybe give them a bath, and put them to bed. It tore me apart inside, but my child loved it so much when I was home for that little bit because all my attention was on them.

Our culture doesn't make it easy- the vast majority of us don't make a living wage, and barely scrape by no matter how hard and long we work. When it was just me by myself, it wasn't a big deal- I didn't care if I couldn't pay rent, or couldn't afford to eat much for a few days. But, once you have a kid, you'll do anything for them, even if it means working all day every day, missing out on most of their waking hours. I hope you are able to get a break soon, before you get too burnt out!

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