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Steve Lolyouwish
It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself
It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself

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So I've been thinking a lot about this, recently.

The last handful of months leading up to and now past the election, I've spent my little remaining personal time (after and between kids, work, wife, friends, etc) on social media and the Internet just way too much. I've fallen way behind on reading the books I've really wanted to read and even playing some of my favorite video and board games, as well as progress on a board game I've been developing on my own since early this year. A lot done, but I've stopped giving it attention for a few months now.

Plus, I'm feeling very vindicated over quite a bit, so far, and the election is finally fucking over. No need to continue online with it as much, and the much needed mental stimulation I get online discussing and debating such issues often ends up with me passing the event horizon of a black hole, anyways. Needless to say, it's losing its luster.

As such, I think it's a particularly good time to take a serious break and refocus a bit on other pursuits. Realign. Not permanently, of course.

That's going to start with taking a bare minimum 1 month swearing off social media (Twitter and G+, forums, any other online communities, etc, and I'm already not on facebook anymore, deactivated that account years ago) completely, including my smartphone, starting tomorrow morning. I'm adding even browsing/reading online websites, news, etc to minimize temptations as well so as to avoid black holes of Internet surfing.

I am not even going to allow myself any lurking, anywhere, as well.

I'm not swearing off 'the internet' completely, of course. I'm a cable cutter, so I'll still be watching Netflix, Amazon prime, YouTube, torrents, etc, since that has all replaced my cable television. Also, any online gaming on PS4/PC (and online chat regarding planning and or playing them for online multiplayer).

Work-related Internet use can't be sworn off, so that won't count. Email for work and personal communication as well. Downtime during work, which I often get, will be spent reading. I may allow some, much less than usual, Internet news during work to just keep up generally with the goings on re: subjects of interest.

This is going to just have to be a test of will and fortitude. Self imposed honor system, basically. I want to accomplish a minimum of one month (30 days, to be accurate) -- no hiccups.

I'm sure many of you, of course, don't GAF -- which is expected. If I didn't flesh it out like this and state it openly and publicly, it'll be easier to rationalize my way around it. Need to self impose a form of self-shame if I fail, with the added pressure of maybe getting called out by others for it, too, maybe.

Some of it is just unavoidably hard to be held accountable to, and I'll just have to rely on discovering my real sense of integrity (or lack thereof! -- hopefully it's at least as good as I like to believe it is) in holding to it.

Any and all profiles of mine will be going dark at 12 AM. Winding down, today! Wish me luck!

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So I finally just beat Witcher 3, and... holy shit.

That had to have been, from beginning to end, one of the best, richest, deepest, most satisfying gaming experiences I've ever had. Easily at least amongst my top 3. It has raised the bar for videogaming to a much, much higher level, as far as I'm concerned.

If you haven't picked this one up... do it. You will not be disappointed.

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Amazing development! I would have never thought a major treatment for 'Type 1' diabetes would involve anything like this, not requiring any kind of surgery, hormone therapy, gene replacement therapy, etc. I wonder the implications of this on other kinds of diseases as well, but this is huge news for Type 1 Diabetics the world over -- here's hoping human trials show as promising results as those in mice!

Restoring the function of the organ - which helps control blood sugar levels - reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments.

The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body.

Experts said the findings were "potentially very exciting" as they could become a new treatment for the disease.

People are advised not to try this without medical advice.

In the experiments, mice were put on a modified form of the "fasting-mimicking diet".

It is like the human form of the diet when people spend five days on a low calorie, low protein, low carbohydrate but high unsaturated-fat diet.

It resembles a vegan diet with nuts and soups, but with around 800 to 1,100 calories a day.

Then they have 25 days eating what they want - so overall it mimics periods of feast and famine.

Previous research has suggested it can slow the pace of ageing.

But animal experiments showed the diet regenerated a special type of cell in the pancreas called a beta cell.

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Nailed it.
History has repeatedly shown that when new taxes are adopted in exchange for reducing the scope of government, we always get the tax increases and rarely see the promised returns. When they do arrive, they are short-lived. (from article)

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Well said, from top to bottom re: +Milo Yiannopoulos (whom I support, for the most part, btw, though I disagree on a handful of issues with him). I'd love to see these two chat.

I agree with +Sam Harris on some things, disagree on others -- but he's very clearly one of the last, true, intellectually honest, prominent liberals you'll find out there who provides real arguments on virtually all of his positions.

He has a great podcast I highly recommend whether you're a liberal who wants to re-align their approach to argument and politics, or somewhere else on the political spectrum where you're grasping, reaching for for an intellectually honest counter-argument(s) to your own positions. 

Watching the cognitive dissonance amongst so-called 'Progressives' truly is something to behold. They've had had to flip-flop so many times, and so quickly, that I'm surprised they haven't all broken their necks.

"Security leaks are great because they exposed the Iraq war"

"Security leaks are terrible because they hurt Hillary"

"Security leaks are great because they proved Hillary had nothing to hide"

"WTF Comey is a traitor security leaks are bad again"

"Security leaks are great again because MUH RUSSIA NARRATIVE"
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