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There are wide varieties to homeless/drifters I see passing through my neighborhoods. One of the things many depictions of these folks get wrong is that they are much more communal than usually portrayed. You rarely have 'a' homeless person unless they are working (begging) or so crazy that others won't put up with them.

Makes a lot of sense, more people means more resources, more connections to draw upon, someone to watch your back & stuff when you sleep. Plus humans beings just like to live in groups, it is our evolutionary preferred environment.

I tend to see two main kinds of these folk. The first tend to be bicycle based and thus more or less local. They have a camp with tents that they tend to move around when cops or whomever chase them off. The other live in some kind of car, usually a van, truck, dilapidated rv or even the iconic school bus.

The second types tend to live smaller groups, rarely more than 4-5. And while they do move around more they are rarely as mobile as I would expect. They seem to have regional circuits. They'll park near a friends house for a few days then float to somewhere else for a while but then before too long be back.

If I was younger and had more resources to support me it would be fascinating to write an ethnographic dissertation on them. Find a band and join up and trace their patterns.

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Understandable.   I only ask because I believe I'm getting to that point in my life where age is trying to make itself a limiting factor on the activities I decide to undertake.  I like the way you worded that: "if the subject were a passion that excited me, I could endure the hardships."  I think the phrase speaks to the heart of risk / reward.  Thank you for sharing.
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If you haven't watched sense8 on netflix go do it. It is damn good. The name is a bit hokey and it starts a bit slow/confusingly but by the 4th episode I was totally hooked and think it is really worth watching.

So the first reason to watch it is it is a wachowski siblings show.

The second reason to watch it is it is a j. michael strazynski show.

The third reason to watch it is it has some of the hottest sex scenes I've seen. Starting with this incredibly hot lesbian stap-on scene and on to the amazing infamous episode 6.

The fourth reason to watch it are the fantastic fight scenes. It IS a wachowski movie and they do fights better than anyone this side of Jackie chan.

The fifth is that it is in no small part a love letter to the art of movies, tv, and visual story telling. They have a frigging Bollywood dance scene! They throw in shout outs to telenovelas, euro noire, martial arts, american action, spy, prison films, and lots of other genres. They do this one scene that just blew me away where they do matrix style wachowski suspended wire fight, but they do it as a movie in the movie and totally deconstruct it leaving in all the wires and raw footage without the cgi sweetening. That scene alone is worth watching the entire series and there is so much more in it.

I want to say a 6th reason is the music but in all honesty it only blows me away here and there. And a part of that is the crux of one of the essential episodes is one of my favorite songs.

A 7th is the pro recreational drug messages. They use with positive results DMT, X, hash, and pot not to mention the usual booze and nicotine.

At first I was a little put off by the entire united colors of Benetton hyper multicultural thing but they really go more than skin deep and after a while it just quits being something you notice. One of the advantages of the long form is that you can take the time to do that.

It's a bit tempting to be dismissive and call this the wachowskis do the tomorrow people for grown ups but it is really, really good and I think you should watch it. Hell if nothing else they have some of the most graphic birth scenes outside a medical educational film and they clearly do it consciously to balance the graphic death scenes and express a yin-yang balance about it.

Definitely a fan.


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We were looking for something new, and this looks like something we can both get into. 
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Why do so many of them look so miserable? The blond girl on the far left in the lime and the black boy with the afro looks like the only ones who are really into it.
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It's called focus. A lot of the greatest musicians look like this when performing lol
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I suspect that part of why stand-up comics have been such particular centers of creative brilliance over the last few decades is because they were one of the few performers who regularly faced a Welles "Audience". However even that ethic of audience is fading, fairly often even a bad comic will be treated politely these days. In fact one of the few place we see real occasional hostile audiences is right here. Youtube is the last flower of critical audiences, not just a handful of people scattered all across the country, but handfuls on handfuls, tiered up together on line to jeer and throw vitual brickbats and rotten fruit.
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This is a great share.  Thank you, +R. Michael Litchfield.  I do agree with +Rino van Dam to a point.  A lot of the YouTube audience really are yelling at each other.  It's more like an out of control Jerry Springer episode where one member stands up to make a point and the rest of the group pounces on them to illustrate how terribly they utilize the word "the" in their synopsis of the situation presented to them.
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A solution that would at least make things a little better would be for school districts to put monitors on busses. A second adult, with a camera, to help keep track of these kids and intervene and hold them accountable.
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I've been sick lately. Started with a sinus infection, but it was odd, all in the back of my throat and not in my nose. I think I picked it up from my earbuds and it crawled in my ears and eustation tubes. After a few days it got better but then it seemed to move down into my chest and the last week I have been having what seems to be bronchitis. Coughing goo and phlegm up when I woke and occasionally during the day. Thought I was all pretty much healed but my endurance is totally shot. Tried to walk to the library the day before yesterday and it kicked the hell out of me.

Then tonight something weird happened. I went to poop but was extremely constipated. Finally got it out but burst a blood vessel even though I was trying hard not to strain too much. Went to sit at the computer but was totally exhausted and kind of shakey, figured it was a vasovagal response. I tend to get those after particularly intense defacation experiences. Lying down I completely lost it, went in to full on fever shivers, shaking so hard I could barely move. I was having the oddest hallucinations/ideations about categorical boxes. I just lay there shivering for what might have been hours in my unairconditioned room, it finally stopped and I was able to get some sleep and rest but when I woke up I felt weak as a kitten, my blood sugar seemed low, I was coughing up a torrent of foamy goo, and had a headache to beat the band.

Been an hour so since then and I am feeling much better, just the headache left. It all seems so odd. I think it was just an intense vasovagal experience (approaching syncope) but I worry my blood sugar might have been being slow to respond appropriately.
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There's a show on netflix I've been watching that constantly makes me think of Valerie Rogers. Dicté is for the most part a pretty typical tv show, a middle aged newspaper reporter, idealist & dogged but who lets herself get overwhelmed by her emotions, divorces her cheating husband and moves to town she grew up in with her 17 year old daughter to start a new life. The interesting part is it's a Danish show set in Aarhus so we get a modern slice of European life outside the anglosphere. It's really pretty cool to watch, especially because you can see so much of American media culture reflected in both the stories and how they tell them.

One of the things that reminds me of val is the scarves, they're very big on long scarves wrapped in complicated fashions in this show.
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We gave it a try this evening. Just the first episode, but it's okay so far. I like the bits of humor.

Reviews say that it really grows on you as you get farther in. I'll stick with it for awhile :-)
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Eugene sleeps is a homeless group that generally advocates for public camping rights. Here they have set up on a hill at the side of the 105 spur in the Marie Jacobs park.

While I generally support them, two things bug me. First, they can be awfully aggressive and confrontational with people near their camp. Second, the way they hang "curtains" to block people from seeing in. I understand some of both, they are very vulnerable and easily preyed on unless they are vigilant and of course everyone wants some privacy and objects to being constantly on display.

But, to me that's part of the price of camping in a public space. If you want privacy or the then you have to secure yourself rights to private property (or at the very least accept the inconvenience of remote public property). Something similar is true about the privilege of aggressive security. If you are in my public space you don't have the right to cut off a piece of it for yourself (except for very limited duration, ie a pick nick)
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They chose a bad spot this time, it's a hazard and they are endangering themselves and others needlessly.
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I was getting up from a nap this afternoon to go take dogs for a walk when suddenly it felt like a very angry woman had reached up and grabbed my testicles and was trying to pull then to the floor.

I immediately stopped what I was doing, groaned in pain, and tried to figure out what was going on. Ascertaining that neither I nor parties unknown had placed a ball stretcher on me nor were there any obvious impediments I gently tried to straighten up. This was much more difficult than it should have been.

My first thought was that I had developed a hernia, but a quick google suggested that while testicular pain was not uncommon it more often presented as a lower belly pain. My entire crotch was sore like I had pulled a muscle in it but this was decidedly a pain in my balls.

Straightening up and moving around it got better but it was still that sore you get after being punched in the balls and you've had a chance to catch your breath and can crawl out of a fetal position. Felt around and there was not obvious bulges but I'm so fat it's hard to tell.

I got up enough I could get dressed and take the walk the dogs demands had pulled me out of bed for in the first place. I'm dog sitting a dog that is a serious puller and even with a gentle leader on and using a retractable leash I was constantly fighting her. I don;t think I ever appreciated how much you use your groin muscles trying to control a dog who likes to pull. A mile or so and I was way the hell done with that shit.

Came back home and did a bit more research, another possible option is testicular torsion or some sort of epididymal maladjustment. I had been engaging in some more vigorous that usual masturbation immediately before my nap so I suspect that might have precipitated it. I lay down and once the crotch muscles relaxed I began a more careful examination of things between my legs. No obvious bumps or bulges, both testicals seemed reasonably free and of equal distance & size. The pain seems a little bit worse on my right side but it's annoyingly diffuse.

Research says that as long as it doesn't get strangulated if it is a hernia it will probably pop back on it's own. Watch for a fever or nausea but other than than not much a doctor can do without operating. So finding advice to keep my hips above my shoulders  I at dinner and then after laying down flat for a while to digest, put my pillows under my butt and tried to read.
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I've never understood the claim that retractable leads encourage pulling, maybe I use the differently than other people. For me they are very dynamic control devices that let me communicate control a lot more precisely than I can with a static line, at least when I only have one hand to spare.

When the dog wants to go forward faster than I am walking i can slowly let out line with my thumb braking the line as long as they are doing it in a well mannered way. If they try to jerk or pull too hard I can lock the reel and make them stop. I never let them spin out to the stop or even run at all, they only get slack when they behave themselves and the situation is appropriate (open area w/o people or distractions). For me it is a way to have a 9' lead when were on a deserted open space and also a 3' lead when at a cross walk with other and not have to juggle the spare line.
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Laying here

3 in the morning.

Desperately tired, eyes burning, wishing I could sleep.

But in the dark and the quiet my heart hammers so loud it could make my soul shudder.

This vast useless hole that my life has become, my empire of dust, encompasses me. I can't get out, I can't stop myself sliding further down. Every dream a stillborn failure, every hope a crushed, shriveled thing.

Truth is bitter, but depression spreads it from the compact pill into a cloying aromatic paste (the worst wasabi there every was) and packs your mouth with it like a dental mould.

If I could just get to sleep, I could stumble through the morning, hide in distraction and dissembly. Walk until my feet failed (not early far enough anymore). But I close my eyes, and pattern my breathing and my chest slams and slams forever.
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Possibly getting his poetry published?
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So, want to hear my conspiracy theory?

The alleged North Korean attack on the Seth Rogan movie "The Interview" is not actually a North Korean or Chinese attack. It is culture jamming on the part of the same loose amalgam of script kiddies and "hackers" who did the celebrity picture dump. I also think they are the same folks (or there is large overlap) who were behind the Sarkeesian threats and the entire Gamergate BS.

I think they are doing it all for the lulz and using the North Koreans as an easy fall guy to take the blame and add distraction and confusion.
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