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Network Neutrality
- by Vekseid, April 13, 2017, 01:53:33 AM
On a tangential note, I wrote a post about the recent rollback of privacy protections by Congress, along with what it means, and some advice. Please direct discussion of such to that topic. Thank you. : )

Network Neutrality is likely going to be a major topic soon, and something you are likely to hear about from many parties. This is no longer a subject I can afford to ignore.

While I bring this up because of the situation in the United States, it is helpful to understand this principle no matter where you are, as this debate has been properly settled in only a few countries.

Net Neutrality is a concept that ensures:

As an Internet server operator, I pay the same amount to send you the same amount of data, no matter what ISP you use. I do not have to make thousands of individual deals with individual ISPs, just for you to reach my s...

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Dear Diary: My Body Is Attacking Itself
- by Sofia Grace, April 10, 2017, 11:47:19 PM

I'm Irish and Italian.  Needless to say, I grew up tough.  With an Irish temper and an Italian mouth, there aren't many people who choose to get in your way.  That being said, I think it's important to note that any time I ever got detention for brawling as a teenager, it was typically due to an incident in which I was defending a friend.  I rarely found myself involved in conflict personally; I lacked the time or patience for it.  But when it came to my friends, they were my family and I would walk through fire for them.

I think I'll always be that way.  Maybe that's why I chose the career path that I did.  Social work is difficult.  If I had a quarter for every time someone told me that they couldn't do what I do, or that it takes a special kind of person to work in this field... maybe I'd pay off my student loans by the time I'm 99 instead of 100.  I've always been the defender of the weak and the voic...

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Regarding the recent Internet Privacy bill
- by Vekseid, April 05, 2017, 08:08:31 AM
Note that, while this references an event in the United States, it represents something that is actually far worse in many countries. Privacy is a concern for you no matter where you live, and it is often only a secondary benefit from taking these measures.

So, this passed the House and Senate along firm party lines, and has caused a fair bit of alarm. Monday, it was signed by Trump.

And has led to what could at best be described as dangerously misinformed enthusiasm.

At worst, scams.

You cannot buy any individual American's browsing history from a telecom company. This is already illegal.

Quote from: Telecommunications Act
(1) Privacy requirements for telecommunications ...

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A Brief History (Thete's Blog)
- by Theta Sigma, April 02, 2017, 09:34:00 AM
I miss having a proper blog. I did the daily challenge a few years ago here and failed awfully. >_> This is more of a lax blog with no hefty schedule, and will also be a place to put reviews, thoughts and general life comments.

As we currently stand in 2017, I am a part time History student studying through distance learning, I am currently unemployed through no fault of my own, I am a gamer, I enjoy a lot of media (Doctor Who in particular) and I identify as genderqueer, mostly male. I don't tend to think about that so much, though.
I am 26, I have been in a relationship for nigh on ten years, and we are open & poly. And he's a member here! :>
He is mostly a lurker.

Terrible introduction complete, this now exists for when I want it. Yay.
A Message Unbottled
- by Vekseid, October 04, 2016, 03:57:53 AM
Of course, I want to convince every American citizen to register and vote in this next election.

Voting, of course, is merely the end of a process that our culture has demonized from start to finish. I hope this cycle will lead to a more open attitude towards civic participation. Not just taking an active role, but being understanding and supportive of those who choose to do so.

I can go on a long diatribe about demanding perfection from humans, but I want to call out something else, for now.

That being isolation.

On the forum, isolation is something we normally address if one individual tries to do it to another. Trying to break up genuine friendships is a pretty vile thing for any person to do, and we respond accordingly.

There are many paths to isolation, however. It can be self imposed, or inflicted by fate. 'Predators' often seek out people who are halfway there already.

Without a plurality of viewp...

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You Are The Moon.
- by Blythe, October 03, 2016, 08:46:30 PM
If you have not done so already, please read this message from Veks.

There is a song that I think of when I know someone struggles to love themselves, when they are hurting, when they are struggling with depression, with bipolar, with anxiety, with PTSD, with many types of similar problems, or even if you are going through a tough time with someone else trying to tear down your self-worth.  It is called "You are the moon - The Hush Sound." It is not a joyous song to listen to in tone--it is a somber song, but with a message that I feel is very important.

The song's lyrics are:

Shadows all around you as you surface from the dark
Emerging from the gentle grip of night's unfolding arms
Darkness, darkness everywhere, do you feel all alone?
The subtle grace of gravity, the heavy weight of ...

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The Grass Is Greener When You Have a Penis
- by epitech, September 22, 2016, 03:30:19 AM
Please let me start off with a disclaimer.  This blog post this is not an accusatory finger pointed at females nor a dissection of feminism.  What this is, is the feelings and observations of one man who struggles to understand some of the unspoken rules of the world for if you are a male.  I am aware that being female presents many challenges and I am not going to pretend to understand the gravity or pressure of them; what I will do is address some of the challenges of being a male and hopefully help some people understand that things aren’t as clear cut as they are presented, often the way they are presented by men themselves.

Another disclaimer: This may be regional to my home city/country, although I have heard similar accounts for other males.  I can’t vouch for anyone but myself and I sure can’t vouch that it is the same everywhere.
I will be the first to admit I am not the manliest of men, not even close, nor am I the most delicate.  I’m in my late...

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Working out with a little DIY
- by Jeric, September 01, 2016, 07:25:43 PM
I have been wanting to get into a workout routine for a while now, so I bought a calisthenic workout book. I thought it would have a bunch of exercises that I could do without any equipment. I was half right. It does have a bunch of equipment-less exercises, but all of the workouts required a pull-up bar and a bar at about knee height. So me being a wanna-be DIYer I decided to make my very own pull up bar. Three day's and 9 2"x4"s + a 4' galvanized pipe later, I had my very own.

To why I decided to make my own, instead of just going to a gym: I hate gyms. I've tried going and always feel super self conscious. I never have that much fun.

On to the workouts. For the next four weeks I'm doing the beginners workout which uses the table below.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
A Rest...

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Polyamory and Me
- by Mintprincess, August 30, 2016, 07:32:58 PM
I’ve spend my life as a unknowingly polyamorous person in a monogamous world, wondering why I was happy with my relationship, but still unhappy in general.   As in, I love my partner, being with my partner and spending time with my partner and yet, constantly feel like something is always missing.  For most of my life, I just assumed something was wrong with me, that I was one of those people that just couldn’t be content with what she had.  I spent my life in daydreams and buried myself in roleplay with characters who were always a little part of me.  I walked the line of cheating, had relationships on the internet, and dreamed of other lives than the one I had.

Maybe a lot of that is normal.   It’s hard to know, because most of us don’t talk about those things that aren’t in line with the ‘norm’.  And while the world has become more and more accepting of alternate lifestyles, sexuality, and gender-identity (even though we still have a long way to go), statistically there...

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Yes, once again I'm starting a new Healthy Life / Weight Loss blog. It's a continuation of my previous ones The 90 Day Challenge and the original The Rest of My Life. Why a new one? Because it's a new attempt to stick to weight loss and to find my path down the road towards a truly healthy life. And it's been a few years since the previous blogs, so I just want a fresh start.

Why the blog? Because it counts for accountability. Even if only a few people read it or post here, it still makes me feel like I have a safety net around me and people to support me (which is always the case here on E <3 ). So I'm going to post as often as possible, marking everything that comes across my way to a healthier life. It's not going to be only about weight loss, but also about anxiety and stress. And to be honest I'm quite sure that if I get rid of those, I'd shr...

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What I Shouldn't
- by Moirae, August 19, 2016, 11:49:16 AM
What I Shouldn't

Is it okay for this to be true?
That I can't stop remembering you?
Is it okay to be missing you
and all the things we used to do?
Starting to forget all the little things to share,
So worried that you'll no longer care.
Praying there's a bridge between us --
No, we couldn't.  No, you wouldn't.
Missing you makes me want what I shouldn't.
Moments meant for us 
fading into distant memory,
Too much time is passing 
into forgotten memories.
You're a taker, I'm a giver.
That's how it should've been. 
That's how it could've been. 
Your words still make me shiver.
Maybe our world became too bright.
A too twisted web for us to define,
Acidic lips designed for lies so divine.
Somewhere in the shadows we lost the light.
Missing you makes me want what I shouldn't.
- by Athos, August 05, 2016, 10:44:09 PM

“Hi there!” “Hey.”
“Do you want to be friends?” “Okay.”
“Great, but before we get started
I just have a few things to say.”

“Now I’m just telling you the truth,
So promise you won’t get mad,
But you’re ugly and fat,
And people say you smell bad.”

“Now please don’t get upset,
I’m just repeating what I’ve heard,
You know that girl you like?
Well she thinks you’re a pathetic nerd.”

“I saw you working out,
I don’t really know why you try,
Everybody already hates you,
Honestly, would I lie?”

“I doesn’t matter that you’re funny,
Or that you’re a good cook,
Because nothing will ever matter,
More than how you look.”

“I’m not trying to be rude,
I’m just saying this for your own good,
You’re lucky that I’m your friend,
Because nobody else would.”

“I know that you’re honest,
And kind for kindness’ sake,

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