My answer for this
Posted by SpearmintFur 1 year ago

I've put some thought into this and because posting a longish response works better in a regular blog format than a Facebook post, I'll share my response.

Narnia - either deal with the White Witch, who's pretty much Satan, or live in a theocracy under Aslan who's pretty much Jesus. There's probably some other stuff from the other books but it's all one big Christian allegory.

Hogwarts - probably the way to go. If they mean Hogwarts circa Harry Potter, you're deal with England circa early to mid-90s, which isn't awful, plus you've got magic. As long as you keep your head down, you probably won't deal with the crazy stuff Harry and his friends had to deal with. If it's modern day, then great - you can do magic in peace, though there's all sorts of messed up things about the wizarding world but I guess you could live amongst muggles and do magic on the sly.

Wonderland - you have to deal with the White Queen who's absolutely insane, and deal with all sorts of other crazy characters who seldom adhere to logic or reason.

Camelot - don't know enough of the Arthurian legends, but sounds like it's just Medieval England which means life would be pretty crummy.

Neverland - might not be too bad - Captain Hook might bother me or something? I have no idea what I'd do if I was an adult in Neverland.

Middle Earth - get to go on adventures and get gold and glory, but if it's LotR era Middle Earth, then I have to worry about the forces of Sauron pillaging my village or whatever. Living in the Shire, smoking pipeweed outside a hobbit hole sounds tranquil though.


Westeros - why would anyone want to go there? It's all the bad stuff of Medieval England with all the bad stuff of standard fantasy settings. If you're noble born, you have to worry about some rival noble murdering you to advance their own power. If you're just a lowly peasant, then you have to worry about some rival lords deciding to brutally kill you in pretty warfare against your lord in their attempt for increasing their own power. You don't get magic or cool races like elves and stuff like in LotR but you get dragons who are treated like nuclear weapons and can totally destroy everything in their path.
The past 4 years for me (slightly longer)
Posted by SpearmintFur 1 year ago

I don't want to dredge up old drama or anything like that, but I just kinda wanna share how I am. Believe it or not, my life is pretty decent right now. Not amazing, not exactly where I imagined myself, but I'm getting by.

I have a girlfriend who's really awesome and really hot, plus we actually have common interests and it's not a purely physical relationship. Work is decent, I'm now paid enough such that I can at least support myself. This past year I got my own apartment and this past month, I finally got my driver's license. I actually have friends off the Internet who I do stuff like play board games and roleplaying games with. I current DM a game of D&D on a weekly basis and I find that fulfilling. I'm kinda in the process of figuring out the optimal thing for me, I'd like to start my own business as I do have some ideas and I'm figuring out other things I can do with my degree aside from academia or public policy work.

I sometimes find pleasure in small things in life. It used to be that something small would happen to me and it would ruin my entire day. Sometimes that still happens but more often, usually someone will do something like give me a good laugh and it makes my day. I also find pleasures in small things in life like sitting on the couch and reading a book in peace or watching Netflix in bed.

It's weird but a lot of it is just luck on my part. It's not quite I had a moment of clarity or something but it's that I was able to be in the right place at the right time.

I realize that when I was active here, I wasn't a pleasant person to be around. I'm not really apologizing for how I felt but I can now understand why it turned a lot of people off and how it killed the vibe around here. Some of you might think I'm still the same person as I was 4 years ago but I'm afraid that's not quite the case.

Again, I'm not trying to revive any old drama or conflicts I might have had here, I just want to share how it can get better and trust me, I never really thought it could get better.

tl;dr of the past 4 years for me
Posted by SpearmintFur 1 year ago
I got better.
Well, thought I'd never see the day
Posted by SpearmintFur 6 years ago
Today was the first time I've seen Linkfilter without a poll.
What's your Batman name?
Posted by SpearmintFur 6 years ago
Following up on job applications
Posted by SpearmintFur 7 years ago
Hey, there's smart people here, how the hell do you follow up on a job application by phone? Like, what do you say?  
 
I get the general idea that it's wise to follow up on a job application by phone as a way of conveying your interest, but I'm not sure what to say. Would I be like "Hello, I'm calling to inquire on the status of my application"?  
 
Seriously, I'm sorta clueless here folks.
Stoopid otter
Posted by SpearmintFur 7 years ago
This image made my day yesterday
Posted by SpearmintFur 7 years ago
 
 
Seriously, I started to crack up when I saw it and it got me through the day.
Personal update
Posted by SpearmintFur 7 years ago
I feel like I'm not relevant here anymore, and I still manage to piss people off here (unintentionally, mind you) but for those interested, I feel like sharing how I'm doing right now.  
 
I was going to write a longer post but the tl;dr version is that I think things might turn out alright for me. I also found out recently that I have at least one friend who loves me very much and it's something I wouldn't trade anything in the world for.  
 
 
Today is
Posted by SpearmintFur 7 years ago
The 3rd anniversary of my 21st birthday.
Levitating cat
Posted by SpearmintFur 7 years ago
You know
Posted by SpearmintFur 7 years ago
how in "The Graduate", at the end of the movie Dustin Hoffman like drives across the state or whatever in order to go to Elaine's wedding to stop it?  
 
I think I'm ready to do something like that, only less dramatic and less disruptive than interrupting a wedding.
A Facebook related public service announcement
Posted by SpearmintFur 7 years ago
If any of your female friends post a color in their Facebook status, it's the color of their bra.  
 
Men, I suggest we counteract by posting the color/pattern of your underpants. You know, for testicular cancer.
Secret Beaver
Posted by SpearmintFur 7 years ago
Are we still doing Secret Beaver this year? I love doing it as it's something I like about the holidays.
Any of you ever hear of Abraham Low and/or Recovery International (formerly Recovery, Inc)?
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
Any thoughts? And are they like, a cult?
This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago

 
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,  
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,  
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.  
He that shall live this day, and see old age,  
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,  
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'  
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,  
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'  
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,  
But he'll remember, with advantages,  
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,  
Familiar in his mouth as household words-  
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,  
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-  
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.  
This story shall the good man teach his son;  
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,  
From this day to the ending of the world,  
But we in it shall be remembered-  
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;  
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me  
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,  
This day shall gentle his condition;  
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed  
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,  
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks  
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

Things I learn at work
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
Apparently, they have class ring for home schoolers.  
 
I kid you not.
My film proposal - "Where's Waldo?: The Movie"
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
I know I'm about 20 years late for Waldomania but I bet it could still be pulled off.  
 
I'm not talking about a featured film based on the "Where's Waldo?" cartoon from the early 90s where Waldo would go around doing stuff and there'd be a few scenes where you have a minute to find him in the crowd.  
 
No, I think there should be a movie where for 90 minutes, it's one movie screen sized "Where's Waldo?" crowd image and you have to find Waldo in that time period.
I don't get this ruckus about "paying dues"
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
Okay, so people here recommended I take whatever job I can get. To be fair, I've read elsewhere people recommending this (The Art of Manliness blog posted something lamenting on this). You need to work some crummy job first, then you can get a good job, so I've been told.  
 
Okay, then why did I spend $120,000 in order to get a job that someone with a high school diploma could do (namely, work part time as a sales associate at Wal Mart)? If I can just work into a better job, then what's the point of a college degree if I could just go into the work place and get four years of work experience?  
 
I do appreciate the value of a college education for its own sake. However, if I wanted to get an education for its own sake, I would have just spent some time reading the classics and saved myself the time and frustration.  
 
Perhaps it's just the signaling but if that's the case, it's dumb that I feel compelled to pay so much just to say that I'm capable of following directions.  
 
It's very frustrating that I spend four years on a college degree and the best I can do is part time, 33 hours at Wal Mart.
PSA
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
You know
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
Sometimes I hate it when people get promoted just because they know someone, especially when they're not qualified and have no experience.  
 
For the record, this has nothing to do with the real world, rather an Internet thing I'm involved in.
To err is human
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
To arr is pirate.
Amen to that
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
You're so vain
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
You probably think this journal is about you.
I wish
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
Women made more sense to me, especially when they get back together with their ex who abused them and even lied about being a schizophrenic for two and a half years because they feared rejection and all this after they came to the mutual conclusion that they wouldn't see each other until said ex did a year of therapy to deal with his (actual) borderline personality disorder.  
 
That is all.
FYI
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
The site where I've been spending most of my time on lately is down indefinitely, so I might be on LF a bit more than usual.
ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
I asked this girl out I've known since 5th grade. I remember she was really nice to me back then and lately she's been complaining on Facebook about how men are scum, how she wishes she could find Mr. Right and her soul mate, etc. I figure "Hey, she's complaining how she can't find the right guy and how she's bored all the time, she's begging to be asked out on a date" and she was really enthusiastic about me asking her out.  
 
Well, based on my short phone call with her tonight, I can tell you that I'm sure not her Mr. Right. She just said some things about economics and politics that made me want to bang my head against the wall.  
 
Maybe I'll still be her friend instead of her boyfriend or anything like that. I  
The worst thing is that I've been friends with hardcore socialists and I've gotten along better.
Self promotion
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
I've started a new blog, one that should update regularly.  
 
It's called Right Forward.  
 
I aim to document some of the more absurd and over the top e-mail forwards I receive from conservatives I know, in an unadulterated form.  
 
Fortunately, I get so many of these I'll never be without content.
Back in my day
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
You didn't need an an entire viral web series to advertise foot powder to combat athlete's foot.  
 
All you needed was a football star (or an athlete pretending to be one) sitting in a locker room extolling the virtues of said foot powder. That's it. No several part series that satirizes a sitcom with athlete foot related plots, just a guy saying "Use this foot powder."  
 
Kids these days.
Push it to the limit
Posted by SpearmintFur 8 years ago
Saturday I take the GRE again. As I didn't do very well the first two times, I hope the adage "Third time's a charm" hold true.  
 
Fortunately, I've managed not to repeat the same errors I did the last time I took the GRE - get three hours of sleep because I stayed up doing not studying (I probably had school work or something like that), not eat breakfast, and did I mention not study? This time, I've been studying like, an hour a day at the library (walk is the only form of exercise I can get while I'm at home, but that's a story for another time) for the past month and a half. I have less than 48 hours to still be able to do data summary questions (where they give you some charts and do stuff like find the number of people based on a percentage - WITHOUT A CALCULATOR) and probability. Likewise, I have 48 hours to boost my vocabulary so I know obscure words that a graduate student should know (so far, I've gotten to "ascetic" and "disingenuous").  
 
I hope I do well. As the job market isn't great, I'd like to try and get into graduate school. If I don't do well, I might aim for law school but I'd rather go get a graduate school.  
 
Anyways, this week I feel like I'm in sports training montage mode, of me spending 4-6 hours at the library this week pushing it to the limit. Speaking of, I need to get started today!