It’s Just Your Opinion

Arguments

One of the most annoying things ever has got to be a person who can not disagree with other people in a sophisticated manner.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with disagreeing.

Once you realize that fundamental notion, it makes sense not to lose your shit just because someone has a different view of the world than you.

Or maybe just a different view on one topic. You may have a lot of things that you agree on if you give it a shot.

We all see things differently, and whether you can see the sense in another person’s argument or not; their and your humanity demands that you let them have their say and vice versa.

Remind yourself not of the logic behind your arguments, but how the sentiments within them evoke strong emotions within you. And realize that the person you’re disagreeing with has the same process going on inside of them.

It’s not about right or wrong, it’s about being human, and not being afraid to show it.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Noam Chomsky that changed my perception of things a lot:

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all”

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Do you ever feel compelled to act a certain way around certain groups of people? At first I thought it was something you outgrow in your teenage years. But I’m doubting that hypothesis more and more.

There’s just certain nuances that shift seemingly whimsically as we go about our day interacting with different people from different areas of our lives. In actual fact our brains are working extremely fast, processing loads of data and adjusting to each unique situation.

For example, you’re not going to have the the same conversation with your boss that you’d have with your best friend.

I think these differences are stifling, and only a select few people have what it takes to actually be the same person everywhere. I’m not one of them. I’m not embarrassed or afraid of that, and no I’m not a pretender; just kind of shy 🙂

Building a life

Been busy lately, and a phrase my mind’s eye pulled from some comment on a business article somewhere while doing my light morning reading has been haunting me:

“We’re trying to squeeze in a life somewhere between work and sleep”.

It’s sad. I never ever agreed that human beings were set up for the society we currently live in. It’s all so unintuitive. I’m getting flashes from that Black Mirror episode where the people cycle all day to get a golden ticket for a shot to get out.

I’m going too far down the rabbit hole. I need to sleep. I need to be up early for work tomorrow.

Irony.

Carrie Movie: Telekinetic Woman Pranks Coffee Shop Customers

Now this is some epic marketing!

They rigged a random coffee shop to simulate an environment reacting to the telekinetic powers of one angry woman who just had her coffee spilled over her laptop by some guy (who’s in on the prank too).

The result: a bunch of customers scared shitless!

This campaign forms part of the build-up to the release of the 2013 re-imagining of Carrie, which is basically the evil version of Matilda. Enjoy!

I think people will remember this well after the movie has come and gone.

Anonymity II: I share therefore I am

So in my previous post entitled “Anonymity” I mentioned I’d be posting a video that I’d like everyone here to think about.

Here it is, The Innovation of Loneliness:

How does this tie in with the concept of anonymity? Well if you have a mask you don’t really have to worry too much about how anyone sees you. Technically, it shouldn’t affect your psychological process in the same manner. Unless of course, you want the mask to look a certain way… which is a notion I’m still grappling with.

So this is the basis of my social experiment: The anonymous me, verses the fully exposed version. Aside from the fact that self-experimentation can often skewer results, I’m thrilled to see what the outcomes will be.

Being an asshole

Today this hypothesis got tossed into my news feed on Facebook:

“If you want to land a woman, be an ass, say no when asked for favours, be mildly rude. they will crave your attention and neither you nor they will know why”.

Just interested to see what the various guys and girls in the blogosphere have to say about it.

Thoughts anyone? Before I give my own thoughts on the matter in a future post.

Darn these damn Millennials! Dang it!

Fuck off, you loser! I’m pretty much sick of these posts about Millennials being written by these million-year-old “tech” people all over the net.

Dissecting us, proverbial limb for limb until there’s nothing left but trillions in tertiary education debt, joblessness… and lets not forget the laziness, narcissism, entitlement, and staying with le parents. 

I’m the animal in a fucking zoo, and you’re that old guy with a crooked step, smelling of whiskey, with an overgrown beard and a tweed jacket waving a bunch of tickets to the world for them to see this exclusive show. Newsflash:  It’s not that exclusive.

I’m pissed off that the leaders before me are either trying to micro-manage me or leave me in the deep end. I’m not complaining; I’m just saying it’s not optimal.

Let ME tell you what a Millennial is (ME ME ME). First off, I’m not going to save anyone.

I work hard, and you can be damn sure I play even harder.

I have friends across generations and respect them equally.

I believe the differences between generations comes as a result of life experience, automatically brought by aging. The generation before you said the same things about you, remember that. Also, remember who raised us.

I’m waiting for the first person to say I’m ranting, raving, throwing my toys out of the cot like a little kid. I will throat punch you.

Just kidding, I’m not a violent guy. All I’m saying is, instead of observing us, why not try listening to us for a change?

The selfless loser

This isn’t relationship advice. In fact, the best advice I can give you about relationships is this: they are, or they aren’t.

Let that sink in.

I had a friend who, after knocking back a number of brandies, blurted out his story of love for an old friend who was not quite reciprocating that emotion or providing the physical interaction most males (myself included) would appreciate. Yes ladies, we like to get physical. Now I swear this isn’t me, I mean my face or name isn’t on this blog, so really I am talking about a friend.

Anyway he cut his love interest off socially earlier on in the year, and since then had been living it up. Then they became friends again, and now he’s stuck being her emotional support… again. It’s draining as fuck.

I asked him at what point he decided to cut her off initially. He said: “Well, before she needed my support and – ” at which point I slapped the shit out of him. Actually I didn’t. I’m not a violent guy, but I did picture it vividly in my mind, and then proceeded to interrupt him and let him know that he’d answered a question directed at him, from her perspective.

Now let that sink in.

This guy was a casualty of selflessness. Not everyone is, and not everyone who takes advantage of a selfless person is bad or evil with a black soul. It’s just how it is. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone– and she didn’t until he cut her off. And no ladies, I’m not a misogynistic fuck-ass. Women and men alike can be the victims and the perpetrators in this crime of the heart.

Also, I’m not encouraging selfishness and narcissism; but I am saying, be mindful of how you leverage what you give people on a social/ emotional level verses what your expectations of them are. For your own good.

It’s weekend. If this post gave you that feel, go have a drink. And have one for me too!

Cheers.

About GTA V

So GTA V went online a few days ago, and everyone’s losing their shit. I’m yet to actually play the game as I’ve been busy IRL (look that up) and stuff.

Anyway, this post isn’t about gaming… not so much. It’s more about the fact that GTA, a game dominated by console players has just gone MMO. Yes. Grand Theft Warcraft it is.

Why am I pointing this out? Because I’m interested as to how it will shift and reshape the definition of the console player. 

Remember the stereotypes. The PC gamer is some dweeby, geeky lamo. But that guy who gets the latest Fifa for console every year, stocks up on snacks and ditches his girlfriend is pretty much normal. 

I think it has a lot to do with playing the game for a set period of time. i.e a match can only last so long. Even with Xbox Live you’d play a game for a set time and eventually get bored. 

I’m not 100% sure of the parameters of GTA V, but it seems to be an interactive map that you just drop into at any time and go. Add the character improvement factor over time, and you’ve got an MMO. 

I’m just interested to see how console players are going to evolve as a result of this game-changing game. 

Anonymity

I’ve been wrestling with the concept of online anonymity for some time. As you may have noticed this blog is virtually anonymous.

There’s many Catch 22’s hidden in this playing field. You want transparency and greater exposure. You want to offer a real face that people can relate to. But at the same time many people are concerned about their privacy. With all the issues surrounding surveillance, and of course the threat of more deviant crimes.. in the minds of some it just makes sense.

But that’s not why this blog is anonymous. Nope. I’m not too concerned about my own security and privacy as I sit here.

This blog is anonymous, as I have decided to be the subject of my own experiment. A social experiment to help me understand myself better. The facade verses the reality. I’ll post an interesting video in a future post that I’d like everyone reading this to think about.

Don’t hold your breath… THOUGHTS come swiftly, and without a name. And there are many more nameless thoughts to come.