TOTD 01-17-2018: How Finding People Just Like Me Online is Killing Our Discourse Through a new Tribalism.

I don’t like chocolate. I have not since I was a child. As today is my birthday, this is topical. See, people cannot believe I don’t like it. I get to say things like:

  • “Am I allergic? No, I don’t like the taste”.
  • “Yes, I know you cannot believe it”.
  • “Yah, I get how much you love it”.
  • “Yes, it is pretty weird”.

I am very much forced onto the defensive. And for what? Because the tiny part of my brain that controls tastes does not like it. Now that is a food item, and I get weird looks. Imagine when someone does not agree with your tastes in art, movies, or even political figures.... [Read More]


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Knowledge Base: Quoting Posts and Comments

[Bumped to the top because you can now quote posts as well as comments.]

A new feature is now available on Ratburger.org.  While reading a post or comment on a post (but not within a group), if you’d like to respond, there’s a new [Quote] item within the post or comment header.  Just click it (it isn’t obviously a link, due to the style of headers, but it changes to the fat fingered fist and link colour when you mouse-over it) and by default the entire post or comment will be copied as quoted text into the reply box.  If you only wish to copy a brief passage (as you usually should), highlight it first before clicking [Quote]: only it will be quoted.... [Read More]


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I need to buy a washing machine.

You are probably thinking I need to buy a Maytag, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Speed Queen, or Frigidaire.  You would be wrong. My choices are between Aqua, Sharp, Toshiba, Hitachi, or Panasonic. Don’t those names just say laundry day.

When I first came to Japan I used this type of washing machine. ... [Read More]


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TOTD 2018-01-16: Higher education as an older adult

I started my bachelor’s right out of high school, but dropped out in my second year (I’ve written about why over at R and won’t go into the details now).

For decades, the fact that I didn’t finish always lingered in the back of my mind.  It bothered me a lot, and try as I could, I just couldn’t let it go. So in 2010, I began working on it again, and worked on it off and on until finishing it in 2016. I have a BSBA from Edison State University (with a concentration in accounting).... [Read More]


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A View on the Never Right

I thought I would add a viewpoint on the Never-Right to those expressed here lately.

They are many things, but at the core of their being was their own acceptance of America in decline to globalism. They as a group all positioned themselves as part of the elites and accepted the charade of “free trade’, the ‘inevitable decline of American manufacturing’, the descent of the working class Americans to a global lowest common denominator, and the rule by elites from the ‘right’ backgrounds, not necessarily by the quality of their achievements.... [Read More]


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Today’s Kipling – Zion

Zion

Rudyard Kipling

The Doorkeepers of Zion,
They do not always stand
In helmet and whole armour,
With halberds in their hand;
But, being sure of Zion,
And all her mysteries,
They rest awhile in Zion,
Sit down and smile in Zion;
Ay, even jest in Zion;
In Zion, at their ease.

The Gatekeepers of Baal,
They dare not sit or lean,
But fume and fret and posture
And foam and curse between;
For being bound to Baal,
Whose sacrifice is vain,
Their rest is scant with Baal,
They glare and pant for Baal,
They mouth and rant for Baal,
For Baal in their pain!... [Read More]


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TOTD 1.15.18 Good Art/Bad Art

One of my favorite scenes from the tv show The Office was when Pam’s old boyfriend Roy struggles to compliment her paintings in a group art exhibit. He stammers sincerely, “Your art – is the best art – of all the art.”

I was tempted to do a solid rant about some bad art I’d encountered recently, until I remembered I’d seen some undeniably good art this past week as well. So we’ll end this post on a high note.... [Read More]


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