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Never do I feel more alive, never do I feel more awake, never do I feel more powerful than when I beat a challenge that I once thought was insurmountable.
Whether it’d be beating a personal best time in running, doing more exercise than I thought I could endure or completing a task that I had ran up against a wall while working on it, the defeat of the challenge makes me feel alive, awake and powerful.
I can shape my creativity to climb up the wall.
I can push my strength to bust through the wall.
I can use my mind way to move around the wall.
Never mind if my challenge is someone’s routine and disregard the end quality of the results. If I can beat it, if I can survive it in a sense and push on through it then I am powerful.
If only for a moment.
People like to advertise.
They like to advertise everything from drinks to disposable toilet seats and everything else for that matter including how they’re feeling, what they’re doing, who they’re with and why they’re doing whatever it is they’re doing. People just like to advertise as if by telling everyone on their facebook that they’re ‘OUT WIT THA GIRRRRRRRRLLSS’ that people would care or think better of them.
It’s the people that like to do this sort of thing:
7PM: ‘“Gonna go out tonight with my people! Gonna get messy! =)” with so and so and that person and the other friend’
9PM: ‘“Getting jazzed up with my people”” with so and so, that person and the other friend.
10PM: Idiot 1 was tagged in a photo. *Insert standard photo of people posing idiotically and pretending to like each other in front of a mirror* (The caption reads “PRE-DRINKS BITCHES”
12PM: Idiot 1 was tagged in a photo at a place. *Insert a photo of people in a line to a club/doing shots or something*
9AM: ‘I had such a good time with all my beautiful friends last night! MUST do it again soon,’ with so and so, that person and the other friend
And they do it like once a fortnight, to break up their almost constant updates of what the hell they are doing. Apparently people like to tell me these things and other people actually like reading them. It’s like the thought that if you don’t like those statuses which tell us exactly what the hell a person is doing that you’re not a good friend.
This constant updating of everything that’s going on is incredibly annoying. People really don’t need to know what you’re doing at all times and we definitely don’t need a picture to accompany the lame update that’s been given. There is only three things worse than that constant reminding that they actually do things and they are:
1. People who constantly talk to their partner in statuses while remind each other how much they love each other. 2. People that use public statuses to say that they are sad/depressed/angry. 3. People that write an entire Oscar Acceptance speech for something as simple as passing an assignment in uni/tafe/school.
I just don’t understand the motivation to do these things.
I don’t know if anyone has realised just how versatile shit has become. I mean, look at the ways you can use the word.
Shit can describe things, smells, tastes and people.
‘Look at all this shit!’
‘YOU SMELL LIKE SHIT!’
‘Man, this beer tastes like shit,’
‘You, sir, are a shit!’
It comes in different varieties. You’ll get horse-shit, bull-shit, sheep-shit, pig-shit and bird-shit. But it’s not just limited to varieties of animals; it also comes with different with different IQ levels, if you were to believe the expressions, ‘dumb-shit’ and ‘smart-shit’.
Yet with this menagerie of shit, you’ll rarely find someone who gives a shit, let alone two shits. But the paradox part of that is that people love to give you loads of shit and you can constantly feel shat upon.
It doesn’t stop there though.
Shit can talk, fly and fuck if you believe those sayings about people who talk shit, don’t give a flying shit and yell ‘fucking shit’.
All in all, shit does more than you think and you do more shit than you think.
You can talk shit, make shit, do shit, eat shit, drink shit and take a shit. There can be a storm of shit and a house of shit.
You can be shit, feel like shit, feel the shit, feel the top shit. It can be hot, cold and warm. it can even be royalty if you like to say, ‘King Shit of Turd Hill’. Shit can be too big for the bowl or it just be a small shit.
There are lots of ways you can use the word shit and lots of things you can describe with it.
Just don’t let it hit the fan. That shit gets messy.
As much as we like to believe that we get along with our friends in a perfect simple harmony most of the time, the truth is that one look at a Facebook drama will show us how messed up these interconnected social worlds can really get.
It makes the house of representatives or the UN look like a fucking picnic hosted by happy-go-lucky teddy bears.
When we’re interacting with our own group of people that we know on any form of decent level, we’re essentially acting like little nations.
There’s just so much gossip, sniping, passive-aggressive verbal artillery and a lot of wheeling, dealing and trade agreements.
You’ll hang out with those guys just to keep on their good side for the next party.
You’ll like a friend’s comment on arguing/shitstorm status because they’re your friend… and their status was both funny and cuttingly critical of that douche bag you don’t like.
You’ll decline and accept requests of friends and events, always trading status, position or wealth in one sphere or another.
You watch the back-biting and hack-n-slash discussions of wall posts and personal messages. Or the sheep like behaviour liking a status because they think it might associate them with the ideas being expressed.
Know that people don’t like bogans/idiots/dumbasses?
Post a status saying that and see just how many people that you would place in those categories like it.
I watch people make an absolutely generalised and rather scathing comment only to pretty much back flip when someone suggests that the statement might encapsulate someone they know.
Person 1 : ‘MAN, FUCKING BLONDES SHIT ME OFF! BEING ALL DUMB, WHOREY AND STD INFECTED!’
Person 2 : ‘Dude, I’m blonde…’
Person 1 : ‘OH MAN, I DIDN’T MEAN YOU’
Person 2 : ‘Then who did you mean?’
Person 1 : ‘ERRRRRRRR’
The point is that, to me, the very facebook newsfeed gives away a whole lot more than just bullshit statuses about ‘gearing up for the weekend’ or ‘hitting the gym’. It gives me this imaginary world of little nations playing politics with the occasional war breaking out or massive alliances forging and failing, cold wars starting due to blood feuds.
It’s pretty entertaining or irritating depending on how you feel.
But if you’re bored then just imagine that you are now the sovereign nation of you and you’re deciding whether or not to go to the next G8 summit rather than just plain old you deciding whether or not to go to the get together. Your decision has political repercussions. You might stop a war. Or start one.
Enjoy the heady feeling of being one of the most powerful nations in the world.
Or you can just go to the damn party and stop that dumbass from breaking up with his ‘on again off again’ girlfriend for the ninth time.
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If you’re anything like me then there are people that you kind of don’t want to talk to at all. It’s not that you don’t like them and it’s not that you don’t have anything to say but the more fact that anything do say can and will be taken as insult, put-down or personal attack.
Or at least it feels that way.
I suffer from this sort of syndrome where what I say makes perfect sense, is not attacking at all and just in general pretty plain. And yet through some error in delivery or when other people hear it, what I’ve said becomes the equivalent of ‘FUCK YOU. YOU ARE FOREVER USELESS AND UNATTRACTIVE,’. Even when I’ve said something as mundane as ’ Hello! You look nice today!’.
Now, that doesn’t really bother me if people I don’t see or talk to often are affected by this problem. I don’t really care if the stranger at the party thinks I’m dick because ultimately their opinion is worthless to me. What really bothers me is when this trait of unintentional implied attacks is applied to my friends or people I actually have to associate with on a regular basis.
At that point, it becomes a major issue.
It can start to break down group dynamics and bring out retaliations that seems totally uncalled for from my perspective. So, my issue is trying to decide where the problem is influenced by me ends and where the problem is influenced by others begins.
I mean, is it just the way I operate or say things? Or is it because people are listening for insults and are making their own version of what I’ve said through misinterpretation.
And what I come back to is a 50/50 split. It can’t solely be attributed to everyone else because it affects multiple people and I’m the only shared factor. But it can’t just be me either because it only affects certain people.
So, the next problem is identifying which people I need to watch my mouth around and then the problem after that is deciding at point I should no longer be held accountable. I say that because trying to consciously pick every fucking word you say is exhausting and terribly difficult because sometimes even carefully thought-out remarks backfire.
That means at some point, it shouldn’t just be my responsibility to watch what I say but also the other person’s responsibility to not assume that everything is a go at them.
That said, like most things in the world, it’s a two-way street and you can never really know what other people are thinking or going to do therefore the only person you can rely on to act a particular way is you.
I hate thinking about the future and my place in it. It freaks me out a little and stresses me out more than a bit. It’s partly the idea that my life is going to be largely unpredictable and partly the idea that perhaps things I am doing now will hinder my quality of life later.
Essentially, though it gets to me because it breaks my little maxim of ‘Prepare for the long term but deal with the short term,’ because sometimes when you’re dealing with the short term, it throws your entire long plan to the wall. I can plan for my career, where I want to live, where I want to go and I can prepare for those things but short term events can affect that long term on a huge scale.
When you think of your future life and even if you set some pretty reasonable goals there are still a myriad of unknown factors which influence that. you can’t possibly know every outcome and things often don’t go according to plan. They generally work out but your plans can be messed up.
The other part is doing things now which affect your future. Say right now, you don’t know what you want to be or you messed up some little thing. It doesn’t seem like a big deal and you move along with life but then a while later it turns out that decision has cost you a lot of time. I’m now looking at one of those scenarios and it freaks me out.
The real problem I have with looking too far ahead is that I try to work out the possible situations and then assume the worst one. Even if I rationalise a scenario or some event, I know the negative alternatives are still possible and just that doubt absolutely plagues me. I’d rather not think about it. I’d rather be getting stuck into it. The doubt, the anticipation, the nerves and the stress go away when I’m actually in a situation because I don’t need to think; I just need to do.
So, I don’t like thinking too far ahead. It reminds me of mistakes which are going to cost me time and money. Mistakes are fine but I hate making them, I feel all ‘failed’ and the like. I’d rather handle a situation and get it done.
I can’t change the past and I don’t know the future but I am in the present.
And that’s what I would prefer to be enjoying, not stressing out about what came before and what might come after. Just enjoy my everyday moments.
Everyone knows that if you play any online game that there is a separate lists of terms or language for that game. Specialist vocabulary for gaming if you will. Yet, even if you haven’t played any games ever, chances are that you know these terms or words. Whether it’s because gaming people brought them to you or something else, it’s these terms and their origins that I find interesting. We’ll start basic.
Pretty simple term which means, ‘You got thoroughly beaten and possibly humiliated. Haha,’. Now, research suggests that this started in pretty much the first RTS game ever, Chess. The term owned was used in chess for sometime before computers but then ‘pwn’ became present with the computer age. Experts trace the creation of the word ‘pwn’ back to the early days of MIT where Chess players used the term as abbreviation of ‘pawn’ or ‘pawned’ to indicate that a pawn was kicking your knight’s ass.
As gaming, hacking and computers developed the term transitioned to combine with ‘owned’ to pretty much mean the same thing. Some people put this down the QWERTY keyboard style and say that ‘pwned’ was a typo of ‘owned,’. Yet, I like to believe that a bunch of computer chess masters spend days crafting a staple gaming word.
The word comes from the German word for ‘above’ or ‘over’. Now, some say that it was brought into the mainstream by ‘80’s punk bands who used the term as part of a parody of an old German slogan from World War 2. Anyway, it came into gaming around the early to late nineties and stayed true to the original German meaning. The only change was the dropping of the little dots above the ‘u’ because no one either knew how or could be bothered to type the correctly accented letter.
The term was brought back into the mainstream with Team Fortress 2 when it was used as part of the Medic’s medigun’s ability: The Ubercharge. The Ubercharge made both the medic and whoever he was healing at the time temporarily invulnerable. Still, the word makes its rounds as more of adjective rather than a noun or adverb. Common usages are: Uber-powerful, Uber-pimp, Uber-Beast (See Beast/Beastmode for more information). So, the word does go uber and beyond the call of duty.
Epic means what it always has: a thing of great importance, heroics and lasting impact. It’s the kind of word which describes something which needs an orchestra to back it. The Battle for Helm’s Deep. The part of a war movie where the hero jumps out of his foxhole or cover, runs across the clear land with bullets whipping past his head and then he saves his buddy or kills every last fucker in his way. That kind of thing.
Epic came back into favour with the release of World of Warcraft. Epics were items with purple name text which were rather difficult to obtain and therefore the word took on that meaning. As the game spread more people starting using epic to describe certain things. Epic movie, epic car, epic game etc etc. As that usage took off, the word spread to mean different things. It means something incredibly hard, awe-inspiring or just of a marathon length. Yet, the core idea that the word epic should be joined with the sound of dramatic orchestral music was never lost.
The definition is something like an incredibly powerful or great person, a person who can single handedly sweep through a game and save your entire team. Or do small things or a ridiculous nature. Anyway, the term originates from the old CGI Transformer animation: Beastwars. The Transformers in Beastwars had two modes: robot and beast. Anyway, they would say, ‘Beastmode activate’ or something similar to turn into their beast forms. Beastmode became a popular for gamers when they went on long killstreaks, to do so was to go ‘beastmode’ or to be a ‘beast’ or to be ‘beasting’. It stuck and found it’s way to other areas of life, you can now ‘beast’ your way through food or drink, you can be a ‘beast’ of a person if you work out enough and you can be a ‘beast’ for consuming copious amounts of alcohol.
It means ‘very well known or ought to be very well known because of how fucking awesome/epic that/they was/were,’. The term was popularised once again by World of Warcraft as a legendary item was an item was orange name text that was incredibly rare and hard to obtain. Such meanings were kept as the word was brought more mainstream by How I Met Your Mother. Barny Stinson uses the word often and many people picked it up from there. However, legendary was also truncated to ‘legend’ to describe individuals. ‘He/She is/was a fucking legend because he/she absolutely wrecked the other team in one clutch moment,’.
That about wraps it up. Naturally, these aren’t overly accurate but they do provide a base of some of the origins for these words. Like superheroes, these are debatable and subject to personal preference but the origin story is always cool to know.
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