Oh I thought I told you. One of the shitty guys quit, the other stopped showing up and dropped all contact (he was being threatened with being fired). So it’s kinda nice their gone, but it’s like “MORE WORK!”… ugh.
I’m prolly stressin over nothing, but… I think I have a very valid reason to be stressed lol.
I think the antireligious stuff is good for criticizing it. It makes it a little more clear; do you believe in a god that can be belittled by the random criticisms of ignorant people, or do you believe in the creator of the universe, the source and being of all truth, etc? Not that the critical things help get to the truth, but anything that falls due to human criticism was only of human importance in the first place.
If you read the book of John, that can all come clear. It’s all ab out how people can or can’t believe all this.
The whole story of Jesus is told so carefully in the Gospel, it’s a very even balance — you can almost believe or disbelieve at every turn, each story is told so it could be completely natural or supernatural, so then if you find a way to believe in the supernatural, you see what seemed to be natural at a higher level.
Another way that is interesting like that is to read skeptical stuff online, but that’s just intellectually interesting, it’s not the spiritually powerful stuff that connects with all the levels of your life (which you can get by deeply studying parts of “the gospel” — matthew, mark, luke, john.)
Thanks for your reply.
I still don’t know what to do about the mobile phone, but I know that’s not your job to think about….
In regard to this, “Revelations is not meant to be taken at face value in any way.. [etc]” and the other thing I briefly glanced at on your blog, the “dear Jesus” thing, I feel like I should mention that you really can read the bible and get something (like, specifically, answers to prayers. Pray to Jesus — and then you can go actually read the words of Jesus.) Personally, I not only grew up Catholic, my mother just retired after teaching for years at a Catholic school — and she does not recognize when I make reference to things in the bible. Basic things like major details from the gospels. The Church totally overshadows all that. But biblical fundamentalism is pretty valuable in itself, if you’re the sort of person who is not offended by things like that. My whole point is that reading the bible can be fulfilling. I wouldn’t randomly tell anyone here that, I just say that at glancing at your blog.
But speaking of dragons, do you think they’re bad? In that revelation passage it says, “Satan, the great dragon who deceived the world was thrown to the earth”… and then the next day I found a cellphone in seperate pieces in the road, and I put it together and the screen doesn’t turn on, but it otherwise turns on — I didn’t really know what to do with it, it’s very reminiscent of having just had my iPhone stolen — I feel like, maybe I’m supposed to find the owners and give this to them? But I looked it up online and the CPU is a apparently a “dragonsomething”. So that means it’s an evil phone, right? I don’t know what I’m saying, but it’s just sitting there, do you have an opinion?
Interactive sites need more maintenance, that’s all. Like your blog doesn’t need much maintenance, it just needs a viewer… so I can see funny things like this “Since I am the only traffic I will ever get… here is a sexy cowboy for my viewing pleasure.”
I haven’t been in that southlands area except if maybe I’ve gone to the airport that way. I’ve spent a little time in Centennial and Highlands Ranch — some of the houses in Highlands Ranch are incredibly expensive. Not so much huge mansions but, still, really expensive. That would be a good place to live. I’ve lived in nice areas before, it makes all the difference. Life is so much different. That’s one reason why I think your plan of living in a luxury apartment is a good one. Living in junky places is just not as good, in general. But my sister lives in an apartment in downtown Denver, and she and I looked at a bunch of different places, and I feel like she picked the junkiest place, only because it’s the perfect location for her. But it’s weird, she’s an architect and thinks about buildings all the time, and picked the smallest and brokennest place to rent.
Interactive websites seem to die off without a lot of ongoing maintenance and support. Most sites you see that you can do anything on have a lot of continual effort put into them — in the case of standard forums, the effort is that the people who make the forum software are always upgrading it, responding to bug reports, things like that. Nobody ever improves this site, although once a year they might fix an urgent problem.
I think Destiny is related to the word Destination, and that usually people pick a Destination when they travel. So I guess you’re saying that you don’t want to travel to the destination of website maintenance worker. I don’t know why not, you’re getting the education, you have familiarity with the online world, you’re a cat, cat’s are good at maintenance, it all fits. So I guess it’s your destiny.
I think the only reason it still functions is because some really smart programmers set it up in the first place. Software doesn’t generally last like this.
That would be cool if they would actually work on it. For some reason, I look around sometimes and don’t really see many interestingly interactive sites, at least not like before. This is good because of the great domain name and some interesting people, and still a little bit the format, which is a nice setup except it sucked trying to use it on that iPhone I had.
Before CBS bought CNET, there were administrators that actively took care of this site and worked on improving it. Then, in about May 2008, whenever CBS bought CNET, there was just Yourabi for a few months and then Helpy (helpmod?) for a few months who tried to keep with improvements — but they didn’t spend much time here like previous administrators, and didn’t try to be active members, and were insulted by all the people here, and vanished. When that last chatroom was made (before you guys used the tinychat), the admin who made that chatroom told us over and over that he could try to help a little but that his employers told him to spend as little time as humanly possible here. Since all that, there has been nobody who as done anything visibly, although a few things have occasionally been fixed or broken. This is a huge contrast to like 2007 when the main people who made this site as is were still employed by CNET and working on it. And, if you’ve read this far, Erik, who was so in charge at the beginning, was also way high up both at CNET and CBS.
You were the one who created the help.com facebook group? I never knew that.
Yeah, but it was right when we tried to make a bunch of different groups because it didn’t seem like this place would hold together. Like there were the nings and fourthing’s site, and they all revolved around the personalities of people who made the sites, so I tried to be completely uninvolved in the things I set up. (And we didn’t use them anyway, especially facebook because everyone has real names, the opposite of here. For me it was the same because I used to have my real name and picture here.)
But would the ones who got banned just be the trolls?
Not really. Although maybe. I don’t know. It’s kind of interesting so I’ll tell you. First, there was never any activity on that group since I made it, maybe partly because I refused to get involved and people were a little confused about that.
Then a few months ago, one of those two, Dolly or Sayittso started posting things about their breakup drama. Xeno shows up, Jay shows up, people are arguing and controling the situation like it’s a help.com deal (although most have been banned a while, all were very serious members here). More recently I notice notices about Jebus posted pictures — again, people with deep ties here that don’t use this site. It’s kind of interesting. But I don’t use facebook anymore, I deleted everyone like a year or two ago and still don’t know why. It seems sad.
Ohhh, I noticed a lot of activity on the facebook. I got a new facebook recently because my old one was dumb and crowded and had a lot of posts I’d rather employers not see… lolz. So yeah. Maybe I will check it out. But would the ones who got banned just be the trolls? Maybe I don’t want to check it out lolz.
Yes I often experience remembering like that. Like, I am living in the neighborhood that I was a little kid in, although I lived other places since then. If I walk outside, it’s so easy to suddenly go, “whoa, what is this? My elementary school, my best friend’s house?” And on this site, although I didn’t go for a year, from the very start I would use it nonstop until one day I just didn’t check it for a month, and then do that every few months.
And then those people who have been banned from here that are members of that help.com facebook group pretty much act like they’re still here if someone starts a discussion, even though some of them haven’t been here for years or have been banned for years. It’s kind of neat.
Thanks for your last shout… I remember when you had a trouble with Zirbel, which was a little odd to me until I also later discovered a way that he likes to argue and pretend to be right… but yeah that’s not a really big deal. A bigger thing was when those girls would pick on you — I hated that, I didn’t think it was right (sayitsso, dolly). I felt like it made you think of yourself as a person who should be picked on and criticized so you could be as cool and tough as them — who are not cool at all when they do that. Anyway, that’s my rant, I hope you like it.
Thanks… what’s even spookier is that nobody has mentioned this avatar thing, and I tried two different computers, and logged out on one of them. A few years ago there would have been hundreds of people crying that it’s a sign of the end of the world. So I guess the world already ended and we survived it and now just have to avoid zombies. That’s good to know.
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