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Mine; feel free to share.
Balloon debate Show more
My dad was sent on a team-building weekend by his work.
Them: Which of these characters will you throw out of your balloon?
Dad: None of them. I'm not playing God.
Them: You have to pick one of them.
Dad: All right. Me.
Them: ...you can't do that.
Dad: Why not?
fire Show more
at a clinic
N: I'll just let you out the back *unlocks*
Me: bloody hell, you've locked the fire exit
N: yeah we have to, otherwise people just walk in
Me: yeah but it's a fire exit
N: but we have to lock it
Me: okay, so take the sign down
N: but it's not my job
Me: please tell your h&s
Nihilism, now... nihilism makes sense to me. Answering the question by saying it has no answer is a neat solution, and oblivion is a beautiful and attractive idea. But someone saying there's a purpose to their life which they themselves have made up... it seems like lying to oneself out of fear of the dark.
What confuses me is this: if "you create your own meaning" means "you decide what's important in your life", is there any reason I can't say "I define meaning to be exactly where I am"?
I asked this once on a forum, and people got a bit upset with me. One person said "you can say that, but it's like comparing a pile of paint with the Mona Lisa". That puzzled me, because he didn't give a reason.
For a long time I didn't understand what people meant by "meaning", outside of semantics.
I think I have more of an idea of what people mean by it now: I think it means that they've found (or made up) a story about their life where they're the protagonist. Apparently this helps people get through the day, or something?
I have refused a direct order from a manager exactly once. A coworker had checked in code with an obvious injection exploit.
Manager: we have to ship tonight.
Marn: tomorrow. we can't ship with this security hole.
Manager: no, we have to do this.
Marn: then you will have to fire me. Professional ethics.
He backed down, as I'd expected. I couldn't afford to lose that job, but someone has to say no to that sort of attitude.
Have you ever?
@matt true story: when I was 9, I patched the binary of the original BBC Micro version so that "Podd can fart" got the same response as "Podd can explode". It was hilarious.
by Charles Mackay, 1814-1889
You have no enemies, you say?
Alas! my friend, the boast is poor;
He who has mingled in the fray
Of duty, that the brave endure,
Must have made foes! If you have none,
Small is the work that you have done.
You’ve hit no traitor on the hip,
You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip,
You’ve never turned the wrong to right,
You’ve been a coward in the fight.
There's new funding available in England to make the toilets in service stations fully accessible.
I've just contacted Welcome Break on birdsite asking if they're going to apply for the money and install more Changing Places toilets. I suggest others do the same with whichever service stations they use most/live near.
sex mention Show more
a Welsh friend posted something this week about bizarre cultic sexual practices in ancient Greece, and her autocorrect made that into "Celtic".
ukpol Show more
"People of Earth, your attention please. People of Earth, your attention please. This is Prostetnic Vogon BoJo of the Galactic Eurosceptic Planning Board. As you may be aware, regrettably your economy is due for destruction."
"Consent is a Yes"
Poem and narration: Sabrina Mahfouz.
Animation: Rachel Brian.
The dreams I plant in someone's mind may bloom as hope for humankind
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