Everyone should have rules to live by

June 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

I am taking Linux Mint 18.1 XFCE (32-bit) for a test spin. I’ve tested my hard drive many times over the past month: my laptop’s battery is at 52% lifespan, I’ve run smartctl long and short, run diagnostics three times in the past week, updated the BIOS twice within the month, and still memory leaks are hanging up my PC. I’ve also backed up my files twice this month. If I go ahead with an upgrade it’ll be to 18.1 64-bit Linux Mint MATE.

“Nuke it from orbit!” Maybe I’ll have to. So many things I’d like to nuke from orbit. However, I’m observing Rule #2. It is a good rule. Some people assume that if the other person is quiet about their own sorrows, they must not have any, or that they are lesser in impact and stress than their own.

I have Windows 7 on this machine though: it’s a dual boot. Should I just abandon Windows 7 (really don’t want to) and dedicate the whole laptop to Linux, with Virtualbox VMWare handling other linux distros?

Anyhow, RULES TO LIVE AND LOVE BY! These are “The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth”

  1. Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.
  2. Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.
  3. When in another’s lair, show him respect or else do not go there.
  4. If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.
  5. Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.
  6. Do not take that which does not belong to you unless it is a burden to the other person and he cries out to be relieved.
  7. Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.
  8. Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.
  9. Do not harm little children.
  10. Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food.
  11. When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.

Is it now harder to connect with people online?

June 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

I think it is. I do better with letters and phone calls and emails because they’re direct and personal. I don’t understand people who think their connections will thrive when they’re shunted to mass audience of political and impersonal dittos and viral memes.

I don’t understand why my pattern is: “Oh I have a thought. I will share it because it’s interesting to me and may be to other people!” Share thought. No one reads, or one person unfollows and I wonder if it’s what I shared. Then I think “no, it can’t be, because I’m conscious of high sensitivity levels, and nothing I tweeted is hateful, insulting nor a breach of community guidelines.” But if I ever tested if anyone was out there, maybe foolhardily posting a threat to harm self or others, I’d get attention but the negative type that lead to three-day lockups or police records. And who would take me seriously when I had a real crisis?

I know people are out there, they have lives. How did I go from having friends I could phone and talk to to friends who post 15+ times a day on their social media without reading what goes on in other people’s lives, without changing my posse? Has this happened to you? It’s one thing to not log on very often, because of real life and real people coming first, but having real life + real people, then barraging one-way only tweets, and expecting to maintain friendships?

“Why didn’t you tell me your marriage was ending?”
“Because you hadn’t read any of my earlier posts, including the one where I reported a malignant tumour removed, so I didn’t think you’d care. You were more interested in sending fifteen messages about your dog walks and how only swanky neighbourhoods were targeted for thefts while my friends’ bicycles were stolen from their co-op storage units.”

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