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Dammit, noscript!

  • I just filled up this box, then turned off NoScript which promptly reloaded the page. It may have also been preventing the page from saving drafts.
  • As far as the State of Washington is concerned, I'm fully qualified to ride a motorcycle! On a whim, Frances and I took the (state-subsidized) Basic Rider Safety Course, the one that assumes no experience on anything heavier than a bicycle. Despite the rain, and despite my dropping the bike just before the actual test (oooooooops) we both passed! Now I keep looking at Craigslist to drool over bikes that I'd be too terrified to ride. No way in hell will my first bike be something I'll feel guilty about putting a few dings in.
  • After having it pointed out that my lunches were a bit skimpy, I've added "eat enough food at all costs" to the self-care list. So far the only difference I've noticed is not getting hungry at 4:30 every day, which is probably actually a pretty big step. It does lead to unfortunate things like last night's Cheese Bomb Lasagna, but at this point (especially coming into the winter) that beats the alternative.
  • I kinda want a script that picks one of my blog tags and throws it at me as a prompt. It could lead to some interesting things.
  • I started knitting a hooded scarf, and eight rows in decided it was too boring. So I'm learning cables on the fly. And buttonholes. I keep doing projects like this, and the only thing I've actually learned is not to do them on a deadline. Those damn curtains...
  • How is trolling not considered a sociopathic act? (And how does the Firefox spell check not recognize "sociopathic"?) It is literally hurting someone -- as many people as possible -- for your own amusement, because they're funny when they're hurt. Yes, offense and anger are pain responses. When did this become okay? Is it just never framed in that context?


This entry was originally posted at http://memnus.dreamwidth.org/408072.html.


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Oct. 18th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
I like the idea of a script that throws you one of your tags as a prompt. Neat idea. Thanks for sharing.
Oct. 18th, 2012 05:44 am (UTC)
I've partly decided that trolling isn't actually real. On the internet, you are your words. It doesn't matter what you"really" think, if the only you is what you say. Similarly "you reacted to what I said. Ha!" misses the point that that's what words are for. They're for communicating and connecting with others. Of course they get a response. It'd be nuts if they didn't.

Relatedly, I'd like to see any admitted trolling lead to an immediate ban on most sites online. It's complicated, because there *is* the temptation to label all disliked/contrary opinions on a given site "trolling", but trolling for the sake of trolling poisons discourse so much I'd like to see way stronger pushback.
Oct. 18th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Mm, there's two kinds of trolling. One is "I'm going to post intentionally provocative statements to goad you into reacting", and I agree that's not cool. The other is "I'm going to see how far I can get you to extend your stance" (e.g. getting Conservapedia to say various implausible things about science). The latter isn't intending to directly hurt the person being trolled, just trying to get them to make themselves look foolish; would you still consider it a ban-worthy offense?
Oct. 18th, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Yay! More serendipitous motorcyclists! ::looking for one himself::


P.S. Helps to log in. :P
Oct. 18th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
I saw an interesting piece of advice on lost comments recently, which was "attach gdb to your browser, force a coredump with generate-core-file, then find the lost comment in the coredump".
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