What Inspires You? : Open Forum Friday, November 30, 2018

Submitted by: normalfreak2 1 month ago in Entertainment Lifestyle Weird


 

 



What TRULY inspires you? Courage and conviction of another human? Is it the melodic sound of your favorite song or the smell of fresh ink in a new book? Is it the great Leadership of President Trump?   

What inspires you? If you can’t answer that question honestly, it is time for you to find the answer. Too many times, we put our blinders on to the outside world and stay in our own little bubbles selfishly only concentrating on our own day to day. I personally challenge you to pop that bubble, remove the blinders and check back into the world. Yes, there is a ton of crap and things we would like to not see but I guarantee you if you take the time to look again, there is 100% beauty and inspiration everywhere you go. Start living and be Inspired.



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Male 1,961
Oh wow, it's fixed.
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Male 287
here is a trailer for the new movie once a upon a deadpool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCf03KXyzIg
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Male 5,891
tinfoilhatsociety I'm going to see it purely for the fact that proceeds are going to the Fuck Cancer Foundation.
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tinfoilhatsociety I just watched the princess bride yesterday. Anybody want a peanut? 
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tinfoilhatsociety    How can I up vote this twice ?
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Male 46,097
tinfoilhatsociety   LOL   I have this pic and I was saving it for a busier forum. 

It's evil GENIUS !
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Male 287
Gerry1of1 I laughed pretty good when i saw that one
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Male 7,520
For those that care, Captain Marvel Trailer tomorrow during MNF and the Avengers 4 trailer will be on Wednesday morning.
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Male 9,692
You know what inspires me to throw a hockey puck out my window?  The Blackhawks.  god they are so bad this year.  At least Toronto is doing well this year!  
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Male 2,345
I just heard an interview on 'Fresh Air' with Rami Malek. I don't expect to see the movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. I heard enough 'Queen' when my kids were young to last me.
The interview is worth finding and listening to as a standalone. It's a good explication of just what it takes to excel at anything.
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Male 10,075
semichisam01 If you can find a link (podcast, video, what-have-you) to that interview, it might make a nice post on here. Just a thought.
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Male 2,254
Daegog? Your frog gif is locking up this page for me :/ 
Maybe make it a link? Thanks... not that it matters at this late time though, lolz!
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Male 295
The canoe; it's been with us since the dawn of man, helped build a nation, and there's nothing like a canoe on a rough lake or lost in a marsh to help one doubt one's own ability to make good decisions.
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Male 13,432
I'm inspired by the fact that the world is a giant place and full of so many interesting people, places, and things. I'm working my ass off till I'm 50 so I can spend the rest of life experiencing as much of it as possible. Unless I die before then, in which case i'm just working my ass off.
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Male 965
I recommend reading (Robert A. Heinlein) Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, all the Books of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, Discworld, 1984, Brave New World. Then add some Roman and Greek mythology. Add religious literature if you like.
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Male 46,097
7eggert   I agree with all Heinlein books.
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Male 2,345
Gerry1of1 'For Us The Living', Heinleins first novel, was written in 1943. It wasn't published until after his death. It contains in some form every theme Heinlein used in later works.
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Male 46,097
semichisam01  I got hooked as a kid reading his boys novels like "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" etc.  His adult work, well he was a bit of a perv with a red head fetish and incestuous leanings. Great mind
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Male 2,345
Gerry1of1 "his boys novels like "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" etc."
I was buying his books as they came out in paperback. The local bookstore owner called me when a new one came in (also Azimov and Clarke).

"His adult work, well he was a bit of a perv"
If we can believe his neighbors in Santa Cruz, he walked the talk. And, yet, he couldn't write a decent (indecent?) love scene. The only contemporary author better at making sex unerotic was Ayn Rand. 

I forgive him that one fault.
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Male 46,097
semichisam01   He left sex scenes to our imagination.  Mostly I like that it's all one body of work. You can read his books in order and it's one massive novel.  Except Glory Road, his only sward swashbuckling space princess book.  Entertaining but it doesn't fit in his timeline.  Google 'Heinlein's Timeline' and you'll get a chart of which books in which order. 
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Male 13,505
Neil Degrasse tyson is trying to say 'false memories were implanted' into someone who said he sexually assaulted them

Been a tough year for atheists and sexual assaults.
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Male 1,540
monkwarrior You concern for atheists is appreciated. Atheists are one of the least liked religious groups, on par with Muslims, according to 2014 Pew research survey.

Nevertheless, young Americans turn to atheism. The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion:

Meanwhile... "More than ever, people raised Catholic are leaving; most drop out of organized religion altogether." - Saint Peter's Leaky Boat: Falling Intergenerational Persistence among U.S.-Born Catholics since 1974

U.S. Catholics need your help more than ever! 
I hope your country is not in danger of atheism, so you can help out the country that you lost your faith in. 
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Male 1,540
monkwarrior I'm worried that Catholics are in decline.
  Do you spread the word of Christ in countries around the world other than the US? Maybe you should put your efforts into China or the Middle East.  
  Thank you for your link, which projects the rise of Islam
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Male 13,505
boredhuman Don't worry.  I can go anywhere im needed.
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Male 1,540
monkwarrior I don't worry about you. I know you'll be fine! 
  Maybe we should both worry about the rise of Islam? Can I count on you to fight the spread of Muslim faith? 
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Male 13,505
boredhuman I'm not worried, there is only one God.
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Male 1,540
monkwarrior "there is only one God" Muslims would agree with that statement!
"There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God." 
But there's no need to worry. The truth will be revealed to all after death. 
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Male 13,505
boredhuman I've told you i'm not worried.  But i see you still have a mocking mindset, so i understand why you would be worried.
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Male 1,540
monkwarrior "i understand why you would be worried"
It's very unlikely that you understand why I'm worried.

"i'm not worried" The number of Christian followers on Earth doesn't matter to you? Please explain.

"you still have a mocking mindset" What are you talking about? Did something I said offend you? 

You reject Allah as God. Muslims reject Christ as God. I reject both Gods. 
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Male 13,505
boredhuman There is no need for me to explain things any further to you.
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Male 1,540
monkwarrior You've made it clear that the decline of Catholics in the US is a topic you don't want to discuss. What you've said is enough: you're aware of the statistics. I won't pursue it any more for now. 
I'm sorry; if you though I was mocking, you misunderstood me. I meant no offense. 
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Male 13,505
boredhuman it's not just mocking, it's the assuming bs too you know.  Rise above it! you can be less boring, and more interaction worthy!
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Male 1,540
monkwarrior "it's the assuming bs too you know"
If my assumptions are wrong, correct me! For example:
You assumed I was mocking you, and I corrected your wrong assumption.
See? No big deal!

"Rise above it!"
No idea what you mean. Your vague phrases are difficult to understand, and when I ask what you mean, you refuse to clarify. It's like you want to be misunderstood.

"you can be less boring, and more interaction worthy"
Why do you find me worthy of interaction? You are strange, but you sure are not boring!
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Male 13,505
boredhuman you've been corrected many times but seem to struggle with learning the lesson, like you don't want to learn it.  You can rise above this, and learn.
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Male 1,540
monkwarrior "You can rise above this..."
Your vague phrase still eludes me. What do you mean?
"...and learn."
I've learned to be careful when talking to you - that's why you see a lot more questions, as per your 'teaching': "If you don't understand, ask for clarification gently"

"you've been corrected many times but seem to struggle with learning the lesson"
How do you expect me to learn, if I do not understand what you say? 
I need specifics: look over the interaction in this thread, quote what I wrote, and correct me. It's very likely that you misunderstood me, similarly to how you wrongly assumed I was mocking you. 
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Male 13,505
boredhuman in short don't troll like you are.
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Male 1,540
monkwarrior OK. It's regretful that you still appear offended despite my repeated assurances that it was not my intent - I even apologized for the unintended outcome.
My attempts to find out what caused your emotional reaction has lead to violating IAB rules (2.2) by personal attack. 
Maybe one day you'll be able to explain what I can do to avoid offending you.
I do not wish for you to be offended or violate the rules, and the only solution I see is to stop this interaction. 
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Male 13,505
boredhuman good for you
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Male 46,097
monkwarrior   You just had to make it an atheist thing.  The list of religious
people accused and convicted to sexual wrongdoing is too long to list here.

As for this fashionable trend of accusing men about actions years ago... I don't
believe most of them.  They never offer any proof, just slander.
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 Neil is atheist by his own admission (according to the definition that atheists use "without belief")
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Male 46,097
monkwarrior An atheist by his own admission and therefore deserves it?
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 Not my call, but it's well known atheist morality is subjective.
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Male 46,097
monkwarrior   LOL  I'll bite.    
It's well known christian morality is hypocritical.  
I'd rather go with subjective, it's more friendly.
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 It may be 'well known' among people who reject it, but those who live it and understand it realize the morality is quite good.
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Male 46,097
monkwarrior If you like hypocrisy, sure. 
But to each their own.
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 and a small percentage of the world think like you so you're not alone.
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Male 46,097
monkwarrior   No, we're not alone. It's a small percentage think
 like you.  Most are hindu, buddhist or muslim now. Even most 
christian sects wouldn't necessarily think like you.

We can be lonely together
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 i'm not lonely, i know i can easily find a new person to discuss the truth with.
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Male 965
Gerry1of1 Strange how people easily recognize libel if it's against themselves.
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monkwarrior

Archbishop quizzed in sexual abuse lawsuit claims he didn't know it was illegal for priests to have sex with children in the 1980s
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2654529/Archbishop-quizzed-sexual-abuse-lawsuit-claims-didnt-know-illegal-priests-sex-children-1980s.html

Meanwhile your church just keeps on raping children and you do not care in the slightest.
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monkwarrior Your citations show that atheists punish people who misbehave sexually, and citations by others show that religious institutions choose not to punish them. What should we understand from that?
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semichisam01 We should take it that you're in damage control mode.
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monkwarrior https://www.vox.com/2018/8/15/17689994/catholic-sex-abuse-priest-crisis-pennsylvania-report

300 priest were accused of sexually abusing 1000 children.

Stopping assuming atheist are evil when your religion has over 2000 years of being assholes towards people.  With  murder,rape pure evil in the name of a deity that has no proof that ever existed. You have no physical tangible evidence that your deity exist.  Get off your soap box and realize that forcing your deity onto some one is a good thing when it isn't . I don't care if you believe in your god. I don't need it thrown into my face. The reason why atheist go against religious people is due to educate people with knowledge. IF you where to keep your god to your self and lived a life where you accept people for who they are then you wouldn't have this victim complex it seems like you have.
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tinfoilhatsociety Atheist kills people in church
https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/06/us/devin-kelley-texas-church-shooting-suspect/index.html

Stop assuming your fallacies are facts.
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Male 287
monkwarrior lol  You found 1 person who may or may not be a atheist. But unlike your religion he did not do in the name of atheism. He did it cause some kinda domestic issue. How  many people died in the holy war,the fall of Jericho,inquisition. One person killed less then 10 and your religion killed millions. I think i know what i want to be
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Male 13,505
tinfoilhatsociety are you that daft?  guess so

Time to face up to the fact that atheism is responsible for more deaths than Judaism and Christianity.  I can almost hear you squirming to come up with a fallacy to protect your fragile world view.  lol
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Male 2,345
monkwarrior Your citations here show that Christian institutions officially claim that they are more innocent of wrongdoing than atheists are. That attitude, itself, is one of the many complaints against organized religion.
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Male 13,505
semichisam01 I'm surprised you think you have an argument.  History has let us become very aware of how dangerous atheism is, and what it leads to.  Ignoring that does nothing for you.  Go study the encyclopedia of wars, where you'll find 93% of them were secular in nature.
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Male 287
monkwarrior find me a unbiased non religious  view; that atheism is wrong. Since any article  written by a a religious  authour that tries to minimize atheism  is consider poisoning the well. The fact that article states that hitler wasn't a religous person is false. Hitler was against atheism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Adolf_Hitler

https://www.thoughtco.com/hitler-was-an-atheist-250215

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-secular-life/201606/killing-atheists
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tinfoilhatsociety “Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.” 
 ―  Emmett F. Fields 
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Male 13,505
tinfoilhatsociety I see you chose to use the appeal to ignorance fallacy with a strong binding of ad-hominem. it was funny to call that, and funny to watch you squirm.  But you're just being desperate now.
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Male 2,345
monkwarrior Do all Christians find it funny to watch human beings squirm?
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Male 13,505
semichisam01  i've seen it many times, i'm quick to identify it.  It's amusing because i know where it goes as you can read..
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Male 287
monkwarrior not squirming.  I'm kinda like cat playing with his food. I just shit posting cause it is fun riling  up a person who is stuck in there ways. You have right to believe in what you want but you do not have the right to force your view onto some one. It was fun playing with you but this is getting old. There is no point in this conversation any more since i know that we will be going around in circles.  We cant argue with crazy. Have fun in life that is all that matters. You wish too believe in a god than that is your choice and it's my choice not to. You did not win since this was not a argument but more of me playing a person and seeing what they are made of. 
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Male 13,505
tinfoilhatsociety So you're riled up and all upset now.  It was obvious it was going that way several posts ago..
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Male 287
monkwarrior me riled up, i'm sitting here laughing at a person who is making a poor attempt to continue what you think is a argument when i really don't care what you have to say.  You have nothing to say that will make me convinced of what fallacy you want to spew are in any way believable.  Silly Silly human. Peace. 
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Male 13,505
tinfoilhatsociety Your nature was identified precisely on your first reply.  Feel better soon.
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Male 10,075
monkwarrior tinfoilhatsociety Guys? You've left the realm of productive debate and entered the zone of pointless, insulting back-and-forths. Time to agree to disagree. Thanks.
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Male 287
@squrlz4ever i'm done, have been for a while my apologize  for making a pointless conversation. 
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Male 10,075
tinfoilhatsociety No worries. Thanks for understanding.
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Gerry1of1 LOL! Truly, one of the funnier images I've seen in a long time. Thanks, Gerry.  :)
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Male 965
Gerry1of1 Because people have internet
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Male 46,097
scheckydamon  I know a joke

Helen Keller walks into a bar . . .

and a table

and some chairs

and a door
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Male 13,432
Gerry1of1 Reminds me of 

How did Helen Keller's parents punish her?

By rearranging the furniture.
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Male 46,097
holygod      Why can't Helen Keller drive?








because she's a woman
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Male 13,432
Gerry1of1 Why did Hellen Keller have a black eye?

Because she just won't listen.
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Male 13,432
Gerry1of1 Did you know Hellen Keller had an amazing playhouse in the backyard?

Neither did she.
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holygod    You know we're bored when we resort to Helen Keller jokes
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Gerry1of1 I’m just proud of everyone that would go low with Hellen Keller jokes.
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scheckydamon 
Why does Helen Keller wear skin tight pants?
So you can read her lips.
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Gerry1of1 What does Trump call 6 Mexicans in a pickup truck driving off a cliff?

A damn shame. You can fit at least 18 Mexicans in a pickup truck.
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holygod You can fit 127 in a '76 Vega.
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Well today is my 63rd birthday. I'm inspired that I'm still vertical and respiring. I'm gonna make me a pot of Ox Tail Stew from my Mom's old Bermuda recipe, West Indian style, and have me a feast. Then I'm gonna be inspired to take a nap! 

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Male 2,345
scheckydamon "Then I'm gonna be inspired to take a nap!"

That is an excellent idea. It's a long life, and you'll need to pace yourself. I take short naps, but I've learned that the universe wants to kill me, and I try to present a moving target, as much as possible.
My motto is "get out and stay out". When I saw that on a sign in an outdoor clothing and equipment store, I remembered that a bartender had once given me the same wise advice.
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Male 13,432
scheckydamon So you know how we are basically polar opposites? 

You're 63 and I'm 36. 

Happy Birthday!
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Male 3,052
holygod I think there’s more than numbers involved but thanks for the thoughts. May you live long enough to be a pain in the ass to your kids.
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Male 2,254
scheckydamon Happy B-day, mine is a week or so away too. Also nap time for 6 kitties (me + Moo)
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scheckydamon   Just think about it. 63 years and one day ago you were
looking at the world from the other side of your mom's vagina.  Next day
you're out and on the tit.  It's amazing how quickly a life can completely change.
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scheckydamon Happy anniversary of your birth
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Male 905
I'm not inspired by anything. I am not sure why am I still alive.
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Male 2,345
fuad119 "I'm not inspired by anything. I am not sure why am I still alive."
Well, now I'm not sure that you're still alive!
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Male 13,432
fuad119 If nothing brings you joy try drugs and hookers.

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Male 9,692
fuad119 well that's pretty depressing
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Male 46,097
When I wake up I'm going to make my specialty.... Sour Cream Pound Cake 

I did a bunch of cookies and pound cakes for a charity bake sale last weekend
but it's the holidays so I think I'll do one to keep

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Male 287
Gerry1of1 looks delicious.  Do you bake regularly  or just for the holidays?
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tinfoilhatsociety    I love baking. I'm a good baker, but I have 3 specialties.
Sour cream poundcake
Apple pie
Key lime pie

I love making bread but I'm just average at that. I can't eat it, I'm fat so I can't practice.
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Gerry1of1 why not try spelt flour for making bread, it has very little gluten in it. At least you can make your family/friends happy by making fresh baked goods instead of that stuff from the store. And with the season coming up it makes it more special when it is baked with kindness.
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tinfoilhatsociety   No fakes. Real bread or nothing.

I make lovely soups. Warm and comforting in winter. Lots of veg so it's healthy.   But I do love bread
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I have a question mods, if you have access to this information.

How many active members are there on IAB?

I'm not sure where the threshold for "active" would be. Maybe, 30+ comments per week on average?
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Male 4,559
holygod Sorry, we don't have that kind of information.

I would love to have that information, but alas...

I can tell you I see about 5 or 6 same people submitting content *hint hint to everyone*
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Male 46,097
holygod I would call it 1 comment a week is active. Anything less you're just looking, which is okay, many do.  Others who comment multiples times like you and me might be categorized as .... obsessed ?
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Gerry1of1 It is starting to feel like it just the same 20 people talking back and forth.
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holygod That's a really interesting observation. I can't help myself: I'm going to list out now the usernames I consider to be regular commenters and see just how many we come up with. If I forget anyone -- as I'm bound to do -- lemme know and I'll add them to the list. Here goes. I'll start with Fancy and the mods, just to get us out of the way.

By the way, my criteria for this list is that I have be able to associate a personality with the username; if I have some sense of who you are as an individual, I'm considering you to be a regular user. (Looking over this list, there are a lot of great people out there, by the way.)

  1. Fancyland
  2. DuckBoy
  3. Kalron
  4. LittleMissQT
  5. MelCervini
  6. NF2
  7. Squrlz
  8. HolyGod
  9. MonkWarrior
  10. Gohikineko
  11. Daegog
  12. LordJim
  13. Layla
  14. Scheckydaemon
  15. Emmettyville
  16. PinkMinx
  17. Madduck
  18. Gerry1of1
  19. Panth753
  20. Markus
  21. BoredHuman
  22. Yelloo
  23. Tinfoilhatsociety
  24. Grendel
  25. Trimble
  26. Zigrat
  27. Fuad119
  28. Oobaka
  29. Punko
  30. Semichisam
  31. Mikesex
  32. Beaverfever
  33. DM2754
  34. Rumham
  35. DoIKnowYou
  36. Faustsshadow
  37. Mentto
  38. Draculya
  39. RUKittenMe
  40. Essen
  41. Wolladude
  42. SkyPirate
  43. Woodyville
  44. Jaysingrimm
  45. Kelly_Hanna
  46. 7eggert
  47. Muert
  48. Casaledana
  49. Thubanstar
  50. Zeegrr
  51. Shelworth
  52. Broizfam
  53. Todd_Dirks
  54. DrWhoWho

No doubt I am missing at least 10 more or so. I'd say excluding the mods, the number of users making a regular appearance on these boards is about 50. Per HG's observation, it is probably true that 80% of the comments are made by about 20 users (excluding the mods).

If I had to generalize, I'd say our regular users tend to be male, tend to be older, and tend to be well-educated. It seems to me a fairly large percentage of the IABers are doing well, or have done well, in their professional lives.

As I've mentioned on here repeatedly, IAB would benefit greatly from more younger users. We do not have anywhere near enough users in their teens or 20s, and we also don't have enough females. Out of 53 users on that list, 8 are females (85% male, 15% female). I think the percentage of users on that list under 30 is probably lower than 15%.

That's one reason we've been occasionally running more youth-oriented content, like the K-Pop stuff.

It may be that the women and younger users are out there lurking; they just aren't commenting. It's possible, but only conjecture.

Oh, one other observation: I found that avatars are a huge factor in whether I have a sense of a user or not. If you haven't uploaded an avatar, and are using the generic "Mr. No Neck" image, I probably missed you on the first draft of this list. Please, guys: Upload an avatar if you haven't already. It's a major way for other users to have some sense of who you are. If you are on IAB to communicate (and if not, why would you be here?), having an avatar that reflects some aspect of who you are is one of the most important ways to connect.
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squrlz4ever  "As I've mentioned on here repeatedly, IAB would benefit greatly from more younger users."
NO. I refuse to resort to Justin Beiber, Kardashian, whoeverthefuckispopularforasecond with young people today posts. I said above I turned 63 today. I find few younger things, people and objects, to be well made and in the case of people, conscious. I'd rather go around with monk on religion and flat earth than that. I keep our 20 regulars thank you very much.
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scheckydamon This did make me laugh. C'mon, we need the next generation of IABers, right? New blood and all that!
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squrlz4ever There’s not many “ kids”  under 35 out there that could keep up with us. Or should I saw would want to? We are a different bunch.
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scheckydamon Absolutely, the younger generation are after instant gratification on ever changing social media platforms, I don't think IAB has much to offer that mindset. 
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Male 13,432
squrlz4ever LOL. How could you forget Monk?

Thanks for the list though. Seems pretty comprehensive. 
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holygod OMG. Monk, my apologies! I was thinking I'd already added you early in the list and obviously, as a rodent is wont to do, got distracted ("Acorn!"). No slight intended.

I've just added Monk in, HG. Right next to you. You two are list-neighbors. (Yush, I am very bad.)
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Male 1,540
squrlz4ever I seem to recall there being a humble user, who graciously shares his truth. Hmm, the name of the esteemed scientist escapes me...
Thanks for the list. 
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Male 10,075
boredhuman LOL... honestly, I don't know how I flubbed that up. It was by no means intentional. Error rectified. Thanks for the heads-up and you're most welcome for the list. It was a fun exercise.
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holygod It could be the same 20 or so people, that's fine, we do get other comments from the lurkers sometimes, and i don't think I mind too much.  I would always love to see more interactions and people commenting but then again that would also mean there'd be a ton more work in moderating.  
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holygod      20 ?
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holygod i rather have 20 people talking about relative subjects, then having 200 people shit posting/trolling 
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holygod Thats a PRETTY high threshold for active.

at 30+ comments a week for a full month, There are probably less than 20 people lol.
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daegog That's pretty much 4 comments a day on average. That doesn't seem like a lot. Maybe it is.
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holygod I definitely comment less than that, and I'm a mod.
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Frog ate a fire fly
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daegog       [singing]
The Circle of Liiiiiiight
Illuminates us aaaaaaall
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Christmas Party Time Of The Year!!!

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if you could learn like people learned in the movie the matrix (hrs later.. "I know kung-fu" *leans in and raises eyebrow* "Show me" *GONG CLASH*..), what would you learn?
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monkwarrior Everything. I would never stop.
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oobaka same
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monkwarrior Well keeping in spirit and not trying to cheat the question (like, download the entire NY public library into my head), I think I would choose a language, not sure if i would prefer a new pc programming language or something like chinese..

Would probably choose mandarin chinese.
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monkwarrior   Good question.  

Golly, I'm so darn great at things I do already I guess I'd have to learn to be humble.

What would you learn?
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Gerry1of1 I would be in there until there was nothing else to upload
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gohikineko Love it, I could conduct a vast amount of tomfoolery with that.
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I think it's a hard question, for me inspiration comes from everywhere. However older people tend inspire me, certainly from a personal development point of view. The maturity and wisdom of many older people I've worked with and known has inspired me , and made me a better person as a result.
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melcervini       Such a great show.  The american version sucked out loud
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melcervini www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-eMdMsMgCU
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So, I-A-B's dying, huh?

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monkwarrior Not dead, just slow. Content this week has been pretty hard to process. There are two really nice space submissions that trimble have pending, but they are just links to articles. We would like a little more than just a link. A picture, video, something. So it takes us time to enhance it.
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monkwarrior   pretty slow weekend
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Gerry1of1 Perhaps the subject of the open forum wasn't enticing ??
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punko I agree, I couldn't be bothered to even watch the video.
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punko "Perhaps the subject of the open forum wasn't enticing??"
Not inspiring?
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punko   But it's "open".  You can have any topic you want.

Maybe all out shopping for my christmas present 
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Gerry1of1 "Maybe all out shopping for my christmas present"
It was supposed to be a surprise.
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Gerry1of1 <shrug> Some topics attract more contributions and discussions.
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punko  The ones with boobies get a lot more reaction.



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Gerry1of1 COMMENT

COMMENT

COMMENT
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punko Big Boobies get you in the door, but big butts get you massive instagram fame!

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daegog   That butt looks ridiculous. Like she's been over-inflated
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daegog Nope.  I'm not a big butt man.  Legs and boobs
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It's December 1st!  Christmas season is officially started!  
{I HATE anything christmas before December. But stores will start in July}

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"Pain makes men think. Thought makes men wise. Wisdom makes life endurable."

Uncle Martin from My Favorite Martian. 

I think he stole it from Patrick Henry or John Patrick or somebody 

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Published on Oct 5, 2018
 Is our universe unique or one of many? What happened before the Big Bang? Why is there something rather than nothing
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daegog I like this very much.
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daegog The older tradition ... back to the roots.
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daegog           Martin Luther - 1st man to YELP
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Something that has annoyed me all my life..

Why is it KANSAS  (kan-zus with hard s on the end)

But ARKANSAS (Ar-khan-saw with soft s on the end)
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daegog It depends what language the word originated from. English steals lots of words but often still applies pronunciation and plurality rules from the original source.
Both come from aboriginal words, but different tribes so...
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daegog one book I found very inspiring is
Richard Bach's Illusions 
Tale of a  reluctant massia   
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daegog I actually prefer Gerry's response, but the fact is that both names are (plural) rough transliterations of the names of related native tribes, but Arkansas was named by the French, and a final 's' in a French plural is silent.
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daegog  Just one of those things.  You say "potato" I say "vodka"
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Gerry1of1 Funny, you don't seem Polish.
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When the boss asks you to stay late on a Friday after a long week

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Gerry1of1 could be worse imagine doing a 12 hour shift from 11 to 11 and then your boss asks you to come in at 7 the next morning. This consistently  happened to me a few years back being a dishwasher at logging camp kitchen. 
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I'm positive I posted a blurb on inspiration several hours ago, but its gone now  :(

My post was about how artist/craftsmen who dedicate so many hours to become fantastic at their art inspire me.

Hopefully, the Mods can find it.
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punko I just took a look, and I'm not seeing anything. I went back a whole week.

If you'd like to try to resubmit it, I'll certainly take a look at it!
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DuckBoy87 Thanks for looking.  No one commented on it, so its possible it only showed up on my version due to the cache.
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daegog Is it just me, or is she looking scarier and scarier
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daegog   
     Male teachers in my day     vs       Male Teachers today


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Good question.  I came by this morning when there were no comments and had a chance to think on it through the day.  What inspires me is excellence, kindness, joyfulness, intelligence, wisdom, and love for others (among other similar things, like in Gal. 5:22-23).  I recall seeing these things in other people, and was inspired by them enough to try and be like that too.  It's many lessons of letting things go, things we hold to that prevent that inspiration from growing within us, and learning how to live that way in a world that would tear your inspiration because it says the opposite. 
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monkwarrior   Monk, this just sounds too good to be real. It's the kind of thing we all wish we were inspired by.  But in reality who measures up to that list?  I have to admit today I was only inspired by my 20 pc chicken mcnuggets.... which sauce ?  
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Someone needs to post a thread about the Alaskan earthquake. It was a bad one
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dm2754  Been in worse. I was   in the 63 Alaska quake 
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dm2754 This photo was sent to me this a.m. from road



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I love Hospice nursing. My patients and their families inspire me. Life is too short and you gotta love each other hard in this world. Tomorrow is never promised. I am constantly learning from my patients and their families. I will be a forever student. 
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normalfreak2  Fast food
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normalfreak2   Ha!  Looks like Mowgli walking like an elephant
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daegog what is the string for?
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tinfoilhatsociety That’s the grouting in the tiles.
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daegog that is inspiring. Can't walk but he can still get it up
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daegog   hmmm.... the hand grips on the side mike this kind of inspired !
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What inspires  me is knowing that i survived a horrendous childhood/teenage years. If i can live through that then nothing can be as bad as that, so why fear the unknown; knowing that it can't be all that bad as what i went through.
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1) Discovering new ways to interpret old "truths".  Sometimes changing my way of thinking sometimes not.  People with a fresh (at least fresh to me) perspective on matters either simple or complex ...I find them fascinating.

2) Being a singer, guitarist and pianist I also get inspired but new sounds.  When a musical note is electrified the possibilities to manipulate it become essentially endless.  Finding a new sound to play with can really get the 'ol creative juices flowing and new music results even if it's just a short riff.
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McIntosh Amplifiers.
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Everyone should be inspired by the career of William Shatner. From Ranger Bob on the Howdy Doody Show to the voice of Phil the Plant in 'Aliens Ate My Homework', he could always be counted on to turn in a performance that would be good enough. His recording career would have to be considered more-or-less successful, considering.
His entire working life consists of so-so performances carried off with an unquenchable self-confidence.
After the album that sparked his 'singing' career, even his loyal fans pleaded with him not to do that anymore. He responded by making pieces from the album a part of every appearance on his tours.
Don't misunderstand me; I am not putting him down. Everyone who has ever failed at something they wanted to be good at should take his lesson to heart.
Illegitimi non carborundum!
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semichisam01 Ne illegitimi carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down.

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punko "Ne illegitimi carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down."
Illegitimi non carborundum! was the motto of a weekly newspaper in California. I've forgotten the name of the paper. I haven't read it in over fifty years.
BTW, all Shatner fans will want to have his Christmas album, 'Shatner Claus'.
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semichisam01 There are many different versions.  All of which are not in proper Latin, but pseudo-Latin.  Nil illegitimi carborundum was used by the British Armed Forces (the lower ranks) as a motto to keep their spirits up in the face of their officers.

Ne illegitimi carborundum was the form kicked around my university days.

I had never seen the "non" version - particularly strange placement of the 'non'.
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punko "particularly strange placement of the 'non'."
That's funny. Any version of this isn't any kind of Latin - I can imagine what my high school latin teacher would have said about it. I still smart at what he wrote on my translation of chapter 1 of De Bello Gallico. But word placement in a highly inflected language can be a matter of personal style. If this were Latin I would have used this word order if I expected it to be read aloud.
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semichisam01 The word placement seems so strange to me, I guess, as for all my life I had heard and seen the negative placed before the illegitimi.  Sort of the Yoda effect, if you will.  I can't say with any confidence which location would be "correct" or not, given the whole phrase isn't grammatically correct in Latin (not that I have any facility with the language in any event).

Sort of seeing a green stop sign, you know?  Its like when someone is writing adjectives for a noun in the "wrong" order.  It just seems strange.
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punko Conditioned, you are!
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I'd say one of my earliest inspirations in life was Optimus Prime.  His tag line alone is something I have tried to live by my entire life.  He embodies a lot of good traits I admire; honor, friendship, sacrifice and the willingness to always do good, "no matter the cost".

"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings"

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kalron Are you vegetarian?
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doiknowyou Pescetarian actually.
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doiknowyou "Are you vegetarian?"
I'm a second-level vegetarian. That is, I eat vegetarians.
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doiknowyou Non Sequitur? or where the heck are you going with this ?
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kalron While Transformers was not an inspiration for me, I absolutely agree with the "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings"
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punko Yeah, it kind of stuck with me.  It's also a nice balance to Megatron's: "Peace through tyranny".  A perfect 2 sided coin.

Unfortunately a lot of the new generation have been introduced to Optimus via the Michael Bay movies, where he says things like..."Give me your face" and "DIE!!!" while needlessly slaughtering his enemies with huge explosions.  A waste of a great pacifistic character who reluctantly uses his strength to fight for other's freedom.
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kalron  Peace through mutually assured distruction
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thezigrat "Peace through mutually assured distruction"
I misread your typo, and it seemed to be a description of politics in my country today: 'mutually assured distraction'!
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semichisam01  Only through total extermination can perfect peace be attained.
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thezigrat "Only through total extermination can perfect peace be attained."

We're on it!
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thezigrat Hey, whatever works.
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If we are using inspire to mean giving someone the urge or motivation to act in some way, than I don't know if anything does anymore.  I am rather crushed by the weight of responsibility (and student loans) and just look for small islands of respite to get me through each day.  This morning I introduced my children to Weird Al, though, so there is that.
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faustsshadow  When they are ready 
Have them listen to Dr Demento
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faustsshadow If that's the case, I'd say that your children are your inspiration, your motivation; that is, to provide for them and to make sure they have the things you didn't. It might be cliche, but it's probably true.
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DuckBoy87 No - I get it.  I mean, if it weren't for them I would spend a lot less time at work and a lot more time playing video games.  Also, holy shit does soccer practice eat up a lot of time with multiple kids.  (I am so glad the season is finally over.)
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mentott510  AbZorba The Greek Towelette
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daegog That's just evil
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“And well you should not. For my ally in the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. It’s energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we…not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you…me…the tree…the rock…everywhere. Yes, even between this land and that ship.”

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Secret Service Names for Sitting presidents, I think they use MOGUL for Trump.
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daegog Grey Wolf down. R.I.P.
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daegog  for Trump  "Angry Orange is moving. repeat: Angry Orange is moving"

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daegog I think "pustule" would be more fitting.
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daegog They might call him "mogul" when he's around. I'm sure when he is not they have all kinds of names for him.
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holygod Pity it's not polite to use "Mongoloid" anymore.
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What inspires you ? 

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Gerry1of1 You've inspired me to start drinking at lunch today :)
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kalron   I'm starting early. Came home for lunch to find my neighbor,
he's my husbands drinking buddy, had eaten my lunch.  

I was like 

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I like Pinker; his book "The Better Angels Of Our Nature" is a remarkable achievement and I commend it to you. Not without flaws but very well researched and written. And optimistic about our species.
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Nature. 
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trimble All aspects? Or just the pretty ones?
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LordJim All, "pretty" is subjective don't you think?
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trimble Subjective is how I experience the world.
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