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I recently started streaming music for my friends with a Shoutcast server that Mysterious Kevin helped me install and configure at WWdN.
I've been playing an early-90s ambient mix, but I uploaded a new playlist that’s almost entirely early wave American punk from 1977 to about 1985. There’s also some rockabilly, new wave, and post-punk in there, too.
I tried my best...
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I’m having a bad mental health day.

Well, I’ve been having a string of bad mental health days.

Ten weeks or so, it seems, and every day is a battle just to get up and face it.

I’m paralyzed by a fear of failure, and that fear is stopping me from creating anything that matters.

Hell, it’s preventing me from creating...
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chroi:
*hugs*
ratkermit:
Nice exercise. I think I'll do this tomorrow for the piece that's been terrifying me for a couple months now.

  1. I'm copypasting this from Tumblr, because it's helpful to me, and I hope it will be helpful to some of you:
"Be wary of those who claim if you don’t trust them, you’re hurting them.

"Be wary of those who insist you are obliged to give them more than they offer in return, and if you fail to do so, you...
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ratkermit:
Thanks for that. We don't get a lot of this these days.
nebula:
@wilwheaton thanks, I've been well! Just been limiting my social media time a lot recently for my sanity. Needed a bit of a break 😅

I meet a lot of young women at conventions who have the scars of self-harm on their arms.

I want to be sure that if I'm saying or doing anything when I meet these people, it is helpful, kind, and loving.

So do I say nothing at all? Like, when I've met people who have dozens of scars on their arms, it feels...
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sanitariumlxix:
I say don't acknowledge it if they're strangers. You have no way of knowing where they are in handling it, and it will likely make them feel self conscious. If they're friends or acquaintances, still tread carefully.
wizard0:
Personally, I would ignore the scars unless they made it obvious they wanted to talk about them.

I’m having a bad day. It happens. So I take my own advice for people who are having a bad day, and I get out of my house. I go for a walk. I work hard to push negative and hurtful thoughts out of my head, and I replace them with positive things. It’s little observations at first, like the trees are starting...
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littlejohn22:
that is so awesome, I mean, it is not awesome you were having a bad day but I am so happy is turned positive
bookcouple:
That is wonderful!

The world doesn't just happen around us. The world is what we make it.

We only get one life, and how we spend that life is entirely up to us.

What do you choose to do to make your world -- which you share with the rest of humanity -- the place you want it to be?

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shotokanjo27:
Educating people to lead Healthier lives!
veddhartha:
Always trying to be kind. Apologizing when I fail. Meaning it when I do either.

I keep reading speculation about why "moderate" Republicans have all fallen into line behind Trump.

Yeah. About that.

They didn't have to fall into line. They were already in line. Just look at the inexplicably-described "moderate" Republicans who voted to take healthcare away from their voters, who voted to reduce the tax burden on the ultra-rich at the expense of the middle class, and...
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78walk:
Yep.  I think conservatism has always tended to favor authority. In the past, the impact of that tendency was muted by a significant policy overlap between the two parties. When the GOP initiated their Southern Strategy, they became an implicit white people's party, and as the percentage of white folks in the population dropped over time, it eventually led us to Drumph, and explicit white nationalism. There are plenty of hardcore racists in the GOP, but there are also a lot of folks who get their "news" from Fox and follow what they perceive to be authority. It is frightening to see how it can come together to create a mad king. That's what happened in Germany, pre-WW II, and we are balanced on a knife edge holding it at bay, at this moment in time. Our institutions are barely hanging on, under a concentrated GOP assault on elections, the judiciary and the very existence of verifiable, non-partisan facts. If a serious global economic meltdown were to happen before we can get this under control, it could shift the whole world into a very dark, dystopian future. We have survived dangerous times before, and there's good reason to believe we can survive this, but being in the midst of such a struggle, not knowing whether the Free World will survive this epic organized crime onslaught, is definitely not a comfortable position in which to find ourselves. We just have to hope there are enough people left who haven't been inoculated from reality by the GOP propaganda machine.
lyxzen:
I just keep hoping something happens to get this guy out of the office, but then I worry about Pence taking over. Like you said, hopefully we send a loud and clear message via our votes!

I followed along with the LAKESIDE PATH chapter in an upcoming book that I have as a prerelease.
Okay, so the colors got muddy in the trees, but I'm super happy with the composition of yesterday's #BobRoss #painting.
There are a couple of huge mistakes in here that I turned into happy accidents, and used as an opportunity to practice, as well as
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chroi:
😀👍💚
jersey113:
Wow, that's amazing! Bob Ross would be proud!

I went to the LA show last night, and it was really great. There are some new numbers on this tour that will blow your mind, and HOLY SHIT @liryc is just *captivating* when she is on stage. She has a stage presence that is just phenomenal, and she stands out in an already fantastic cast.

They didn't do a curtain call, so I...
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littlejohn22:
I wish it was closer to where I live, we saw it a few years back while in San Diego
sentientbiomass:
I've seen them several times here in Indianapolis, always an amazing show.

Almost two years ago, I was inspired by all the kids riding bikes in Stranger Things to write a post about a thing that happened when I was the same age as those kids (12 in 1983), and I was riding my bike with my friends.

While I worked on that blog post, other memories from the same time began to percolate up through the...
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dariianity:
I liked the read:)
floydian:
Great blog. Best of luck finishing the book!