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Who are you?
Posted: Posted April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal

I'm sure most of you already know the others in this forum very well over the years. I'm pretty new and I really don't remember anyone from the Golden Age. I know bits and pieces of some users, but not much. I'm not asking for real names or any info you would be worried about providing: I just want to know you guys and gals a little better.

So, who are you all in the skin and bone and water sausage meat?

I'm a 26 year old from South Louisiana. Working as a project manager assistant for an up-and-coming general contractor in the area. Originally went to school for chemistry and geomatics, but I crapped them. Oops. Still happy with life so all's well.

Outside of work, most days I'm drinking scotch and playing some co-op game with my best friend, or watching some stupid show with the girlfriend. When I'm feeling REALLY crazy, I might take my drinking to the dive bar downtown where the best friend bartends to play some good pool which progresses into shitty pool with each drink.

Camping, archery, fooling with GameMaker, good beer, and being 12 are some hobbies of mine.

Ok people, tell us about yourselves and give us them socials

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22 year old here. Employed as a college adviser for the last 4.5 years.

History major, with a background in nursing/bio. I realized that cleaning assholes was not what I wanted to do in life. Much happier now. granted I have vocational nursing as my back up.

I like to jog and read. I like spending time with friends and my fraternity. but most of the time work or school keeps me busy and stressed out.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Furtive
Furtive

Gross, you're one of THOSE kinds of people.. joggers. Cardio is just not relaxing, man

Which fraternity are you in? Theta Xi from Lafayette here

I realized that cleaning assholes was not what I wanted to do in life

Speak for yourself. The booty is a holy thing
I have friends going through the nursing program at our local college, the Harvard on the Bayou. They are forever burnt out. They even perform alcohol tests on the students. In Louisiana. Out their fucking mind. Anyways, props to you for even giving it a shot. No shame in backing out of that torture

Edited April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

but jogging with babe's in yoga pants is great.

Alpha Phi Omega represent.

yes after 3 years of prerequisite and jumping the hoops I was done with it. had to take an additional year doing history major prereqs.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Furtive
Furtive

27 year old male from Georgia. I work on getting gtx0 and an unrelated T-shirt design business off the ground.

For my day job, i do website development and general IT/consulting for a small business for 50+ hours each week. The pay is on the lower end of middle-class but I'm used to being dirt poor so it's nice to be financially independent and have some money saved up.

My life in general is a total mess because of the aftereffects of five years of major depression as well as a much longer time of thinking and doing things very differently from most people. Things seem to *finally* be coming together now, but it's a slow process.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Xhin
Xhin
Rise from ashes

but jogging with babe's in yoga pants is great.

You're on to something

They have a chapter in Baton Rouge, I think. Not sure if there are any others in my state. They're mostly founded/started up in the East?

Hey man, taking an extra year to break out of a major you've long since lost love for isn't time wasted in my eyes. Besides, I loved college. Not the lack of money, but I had the time of my life

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

Are you getting some years of experience under your belt there? That's a pretty lucrative career path with TONS of options. Get on with an oil company working as their IT tech and they'd treat you right. Good luck to you in your future endeavors

Depression hits hard for sure. Glad to hear things are starting to fall in place. I have a few friends in rough spots with anxiety and depression, and it tears at me that I can't be of more help

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

22 year old full time software engineering student. Raised in a small, socialist town called Level Plains until I moved out at 18 and entered the world of capitalism. I mean, not really, I understood capitalism as a concept but I hadn't really had much use for it prior to that. I was in a relationship at the time and moved in with my now ex-fiance (the fucker) and after a few months I had to move away to college. He broke up with me a few months later on my birthday. After that I fell into a spiral of severe depression and attempted to kill myself on more than one occasion. Honestly, the only thing that kept me from jumping in front of a train the night it happened was that I'd just smoked two blunts and was too lazy to walk all the way to the railroad tracks. About a year later I started to get better, I discovered hula-hooping, here's me after about 1 month of practice. I'm much better now but haven't had the time to make another video.



I've now been hooping for two years. It was during this time of me coming out of depression that I jumped feet first into right-wing conspiracy theories. In fact, it wasn't but about a year and a half ago I was spouting out the same bullshit as 85 does now. My roommate would constantly call me crazy and we got into a big fight and stopped being friends for a while because of it. A few weeks after that fight I started to think about the things I believed, started really analysing things and realized he was right, I was crazy. It took a good long while of in depth, personal research on mostly every topic you can think of news wise to start to reject the right-wing dogma. However, I do still have my questions about 9/11 and especially about the Sandy Hook shooting (which I still believe never actually happened)

Fast forward to when I was 21, about a year later. I've become quite the liberal and am beginning to understand who I am as a person and that other people are people too, not just mindless robots built to enhance my own existence. I never actually thought they were robots, mindless though yeah... I'd fallen down another rabbit hole and was at that point more of a red leaf. Super crazy spiritual (I think I just have a niche for being insane) got involved in things like collective evolution, earth we are one, and spirit science and metaphysics community.

Strangely, this was where I started to snap out of my insanity more or less. But also depression started to creep back up on me. As a man of science, one who's spiritual beliefs constantly change to allow science to hold a place of fact in my mind, I realized that many of the "spiritual" people were not. They claimed to be about science, they would make up some off the wall shit and claim it to be fact, about the same as right-wingers do with their fear-mongering, and would outright reject science saying that they were wrong. After a while I left, though I would still consider myself spiritual, I am much more a man of science.

These experiences have led me to have an intolerance for either right-wing or left-wing extremists.

Today, I mostly stare at computer screens. I recently got out of a year long relationship and I'm still coming to terms with that in a way. I'm taking this as an opportunity to embrace the fact that I'm not exclusively attracted to men, meanwhile being aware that it's going to take a special kind of woman to make me want her. I've been looking at jobs in Canada in case Trump wins the presidency.

There's a run-down, I'm sure there are holes in it. Feel free to ask me anything.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Growlithe
Growlithe

You're on to something


Yea I think Im going to take a dance class in the fall too.

They have a chapter in Baton Rouge, I think. Not sure if there are any others in my state. They're mostly founded/started up in the East?

Yep founded in Easton iirc. Its a good fraternity. Service above self.

Hey man, taking an extra year to break out of a major you've long since lost love for isn't time wasted in my eyes. Besides, I loved college. Not the lack of money, but I had the time of my life

Yep the stress and sleepless nights suck but Im having a great time.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by furtive
furtive
 

22 year old male here (turn 23 this month). I was born in Houston, TX, grew up near Portland, OR and went to undergrad in Seattle, WA studying neurobiology. I'm currently in medical school in Chicago and I'll be here for another three years or so before going off to residency, hopefully back on the west coast.

I'm single at the moment. I am heavily into photography and music, and my favorite beverages are coffee and beer. I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, walking my dog, camping, biking and any permutation of those things. I love going to live music shows at small venues on my free nights. Right now I'm working on progressing my photography skills so that at some point I can perhaps make some cash selling prints. I'm also hoping to work on a time lapse video of Chicago over the summer just for fun.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Temerit
Temerit

Oh I should add.

Born and raised in the central valley. The Ass Crack of California. I too am Single. I plan to live in California for the rest of my life.

However I would not rule out living in one of the other west coast states and or Washington D.C.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by furtive
furtive
 

@Growlithe: Man, I remember those pseudo-science days. It's all a crock of shit. I'm a liberal myself, but I really wish less of them would stop spouting about auras and astrology and their general nonsense, which they then pass off as credible. Nope. Nope. Sit down, fam

Never heard of Level Plains. Is it a city? Or outside of the states? I tried the Google, but the Google was no help.

I used to be a very bitter person before I turned 20, and I realized I became happier as I learned to quick putting down others around myself. I'm essentially a whole new person today because of it. Not saying this could work for you. I found my own happiness through the struggles, and hopefully you can too some day. You seem like a really good guy

@Furtive: Hell yeah, frat handshakes and alcohol and helping the community we live in. Good stuff, good stuff
Dancing is an awesome skill to have. The finesse mixed with the intensity gives you an awesome workout, and looks awesome to everyone around you. Every time I play Saints Row, I'm always wishing I had moves like Mr. President

Wherever you choose to live, I definitely suggest staying out of the southeast, haha. I do love it here, but in general this region is an acquired taste.

Edited April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

> I'm a 26 year old
> ...and being 12 are some hobbies of mine

u wot m8

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I'm a 29 year old male from upstate NY. I'll be married for 8 years as of next month. We have no children. I currently work as a sysadmin at a company I've been with since 2008, but we're in the process of closing so I'll be needing to find a new job in a couple months.

Gaming is my biggest hobby by far, but I also enjoy snowboarding, tennis, movies and certain tv shows and anime. Music is a pretty big part of my life, having been playing the piano since I was 4 and branching out into other instruments throughout my youth. I don't own any instruments right now though. :­( I'm also really into computer and network technology - I'm the guy all my relatives bother when they need help with their computers or wifi routers. I think that sort of stuff is really fun, though, and I wish I did that for a living instead of what I currently do. I also love reading about math and science-related things, with a particular interest in meteorology (almost went to school for this) and astronomy.

Also I love beer.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Jo Nathan
Jo Nathan

It's more of a village than a city or a town.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Level_Plains,_Alabama

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Growlithe
Growlithe

@Temerit: I can only imagine the wonders and pain you have to deal with. Neurobiology. Geez, man. That's commendable

I'm horrible at photography, but video? I love it. I bet you have some great photos of the urban dwellings of Chicago. I've never seen a city like that in person. I bet there's a market for that in New Orleans, Jackson, even Atlanta. They are cities, but not like the ones up north.

Do the venues host ska bands by any chance? Is it mostly acoustic or jazz-esque music?

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

@Jo Nathan: It seems we all sit at computer screens all day long haha. Are there any other career paths that you are looking into, or are you thinking about sticking to system admin/tech? Land surveying is a decent field with just as much in-office time as out-office. Sometimes makes me wish I stuck through geomatics.

Also, drums. Learn that rhythm, man. I can't play on a drumset very well but god damn if my little white ass can't keep a beat with the tempo. If I'm going to dance horribly, at least I can do it in proper time

Do you have to travel for snowboarding or is it close by for you?

@Growlithe: When you mentioned socialism while growing up, Alabama may be the last place I would have ever thought of, my dude

Edited April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

@Axem Metal: I'm pretty much stuck in this sort of career I think. :P I like the stuff I do, I just want to do it in an environment that's maybe a bit less stressful.

I actually started out with drums in the high school ensemble. Not a drum set, just the percussion section in general. I did end up playing the drum set for the jazz band though, and that was pretty sweet.

There are a number of good ski/snowboarding places within driving distance from me! No overnight stays needed.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Jo Nathan
Jo Nathan

I'm a 27 year old male in the middle of nowhere for Illinois. I have to drive everywhere to do anything. I work as a Mental Health Technician, but have somehow become the leader of the Mental Health Technicians on the unit. It is perhaps because I work the afternoon/evening shift and work full time seeing all the other Technicians that work there. I'm heavily involved with work committees and that might play a part into it as well.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from a university located in the suburbs of Chicago. I am currently working on getting into the grad school for that so I can do Advanced Clinical work in Social Work for my Masters.

I am also shooting another wedding for photography this weekend to supplement my income from my other job.

When I am not working, I'm driving, listening to audiobooks, or pondering life's great mysteries. I am a Priest in my religious background. It is not as mysterious or exciting as one might think. I volunteer a lot as a result and talk and travel to various places when invited.

I'm also working on a very corny and funny video project with one of my best friends (Moonray/Dooku has seen the concept video where I make Helius dinosaur noises). And I lurk here from time to time without posting anything because I'm super busy most of the time or dealing with church related things that take up my time.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Helius
Helius

Great thread btw. I know I'm learning things I didn't know about everyone who's posting here.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Jo Nathan
Jo Nathan

I like the stuff I do, I just want to do it in an environment that's maybe a bit less stressful.

I feel you on that one, man. 100%

Percussion is percussion in my eyes. My favorite part of anything musical. Piano is almost a "cousin" of percussion? Sure, it has strings, but I still wouldn't call it a string instrument haha. I've always wanted to get an edrum to try out on. I'd like to try piano, but honestly, it is way too intimidating for me.

Very jealous of your access to snowboarding. The closest thing I have in comparison is probably boogie boarding on Bayou Lafourche and kicking gators in the face, y'all

Edited April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

@Jo Nathan: Thanks bud :D I'm actually surprised more than 2 people posted haha. It's great to learn more about everyone and see the person behind the online mask

@Helius: Have you ever been to Metropolis?

Sounds like a very busy yet rewarding job. That's really interesting to work at a personal level with many people. My old roommate is a parole officer, and although they are very different, I'm guessing there's a bit of similarity in striving to help others who at times aren't fully able to help themselves. Some good days, some gloomy days. Props for your dedication to the stressful (albeit extremely rewarding) environment

I love video editing and anything dealing with video! How do you like it? Also, do you solely video weddings for income or other endeavors? Keep hold of your personal videos. I have so many old ones from over the years and I still look fondly back on every single one of them.

Which religious background are you a priest of?

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

flower enthusiast. i own two pairs of white new balances. pretzels > chips crew. never been to the bahamas. eggs make me queasy. love spring, winter, summer, fall, in that order. can only dance to waltzes and quadrilles.

scared to go off the high dive. i think foxes are more like cats than dogs, but who am i to decide. strawberries are the only true berry. i have exactly two weeks worth of clean clothes. really don't like it when c and f# are played at the same time. can't fall asleep on airplanes. only the knuckles on my left hand pop, even though i'm right-handed.

partial face-blindness. would love to live on a farm, but only a fruit farm. i can spell all the diseases i've ever had. can scratch every spot on my back. once saw a former prisoner of war in the giftshop of a roadside restaurant. i can only whistle with my mouth open. never been punched.

don't have a favorite number. i think there should be more and better zodiac signs. once cooked and proceeded to eat the perfect pancake. can jump farther than you off of a swing. every gun i've ever tried to fire has jammed. i don't understand time. i peed in the grand canyon.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by EN
EN

once saw a former prisoner of war in the giftshop of a roadside restaurant

Please explain that, please. Please

Now I'm intrigued to play C and F sharp to see for myself


Posted April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

i am only a ghost but i agree w jo nathan – this is a great thread and it's really nice to learn about people and, as you nicely put it, see the person behind the online mask :)

Posted April 12th, 2016 by ForumGhost
ForumGhost
Boo!

24 year old graduate student. Starting Thesis next fall. Ending my own life the following spring. I have a 2014 Nissan Versa. A girlfriend who I tolerate and a large collection of video games and anime.

I like a good burger more than anything but throw anything into white rice and you can call it a meal. Dr. Pepper is my favorite but I haven't had a soda in like a week and I'm going insane.

I go to Angelo State University, a place that swears it's just as good as a division 1 school. I'll admit, it's better than any other D2 school I've ever seen, but it's no UT, TTU or TAMU.

I don't have any pets. I plan on getting my own apartment here in a few months with or without my girlfriend, then I'll get a dog or a cat. I start a teaching assistant position in the fall. I don't want to live on campus with the same students I teach.

I read my kindle every night for about 30 minutes before bed. If I'm not, I'm switching between Vita and 3DS. I also like to drink a nice cup of tea before my ritual.

Florescent lights are the fucking devil so I keep a bunch of lamps around my room because I think it's the perfect amount of visibility and warmth.

I take showers in the morning. Sometimes at night if I want to sleep faster.

I have a cycling 32 pack of bottled water underneath my desk for when I want water. I don't drink tap because the water in San Angelo could and has killed people.

I'm going to Dreamhack next month and spending a weekend in Austin getting shitfaced and hopefully I'll end up dead in a river idk cross your fingers for this one folks.

I relate more to television characters than actual people. I will never be involved in a social interaction where it doesn't feel like I'm looking at people through a window.

MSS is a police officer and my dream is to someday be arrested by him.

Speed is my wife and Hindenburg is our son.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Kyon
Kyon

I like a good burger more than anything but throw anything into white rice and you can call it a meal.

Respect

Florescent lights are the fucking devil so I keep a bunch of lamps around my room because I think it's the perfect amount of visibility and warmth.

It's the pulsating light in the ellongated bulbs, which is more promintent as they go out. Try switching to a light fixture that uses T8 or even T5 bulbs. Also, getting a color temp that is lower than Bright White (anything lower than 5K should be good.) Warm White may be too red and dark for your tastes (depending on the room), but works beautifully in a den/living room. Soft White is my personal fave. Source: worked in Electric at Lowe's where I proudly burnt 5 houses down in my efforts

Get a husky and everything in life will be perfect

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

it was jessica lynch. i was on a roadtrip, forget which state, and saw her. it was not too long after she made it back to the us.

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

to learn about the c+f# thing (the devil's interval), go here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_interval

Posted April 12th, 2016 by EN
EN

@Axem

Definitely all sorts of music! The shows I end up going to are usually indie/alternative bands, hip hop, or ambient electronic although I'm seeing a funk/soul guy (Charles Bradley) later this month and I've been to a few jazz and blues bars around town. In a city as big as this you'll be able to find whatever kind of music you're into.

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Temerit
Temerit

Fucking hell I had no idea Temerit was so young. :/

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Smiling Apple
Smiling Apple

Guilty

Posted April 12th, 2016 by Temerit
Temerit

at least 9 of the things i listed aren't true

Posted April 13th, 2016 by EN
EN

Now I feel cheated.

Posted April 13th, 2016 by Kyon
Kyon

"at least 9 of the things i listed aren't true"

Thank goodness, your ordering of the seasons had me seriously worried about you. Autumn is the best!

Posted April 13th, 2016 by Temerit
Temerit

I am a man! A 28 year old man. Who collects comic books and video games and has a weirdly encyclopedic knowledge of Godzilla movies and history.

I work as the booth manager at a cinema. The work itself is ok, but the benefits are great. I'm paid reasonably well (a bit lower on the theater manager side, but I get paid vacation, sick days, retirement plan, and health care). And really, I love having access to the big screen after hours to play video games or watch whatever movie I want.

Love sports and am finding that basketball is my favorite, and that I enjoy a lot of sports more popular overseas like rugby, Aussie Rules Football, and cricket. But I'm still a big fan of the NBA, NHL, and, it turns out, MLB. I still loooove American football, but I just...I can't get behind the NFL anymore, mostly for non-sports reasons, although the way they levy punishments for players and teams, and their weird, pointless rule changes haven't exactly made me love NFL football any more lately either. But I'm a runner, cyclist, kayaker who plays pick up football and softball.


And, most importantly, I dabble in a little of everything, but not deeply enough to be a part of anything. I'm into sports, but I dislike a lot of aspects of sports culture and have no sports friends. I'm into gaming, but I dislike a lot of aspects of gaming culture and have, like, one gamer friend. I'm into comics but dislike the general fanboyism that comes with the culture (I'm loyal to writers and artists more than I am to companies and publishers. Even my favorite characters, I can't really just blindly follow. The new Iron Fist and Powerman book is garbage, no matter how much I love Iron Fist and Powerman and want that book to be good...) And I have no friends who read comics regularly. And I love Godzilla, but I literally know no other human beings who even gives half a shit about it here. I've been able to convince a few people to watch some and put enough historical context on them that they enjoyed them. Which is, frankly, really funny. Everything I like is more popular than it's ever been, and yet I know almost no one else who are into these things, and most of my friends don't care about any of this stuff.

So, I've learned the value of liking things solely because I like them. And doing things solely because I enjoy them.

I also have two blogs that I'm weirdly into, even though blogs are dumb and who cares? But again, I do it because I enjoy it, not because I think anyone gives a fuck what I think about anything.

Posted April 13th, 2016 by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

stoop kid represent. don't forget that you also write stories and raps.

Posted April 13th, 2016 by EN
EN

jet presto is one of these two guys:



Edited April 13th, 2016 by EN
EN

I guess? I haven't written a rap or a story in like, 3+ years. Stoop Kid was the name of my very first blog! Ha.

Posted April 14th, 2016 by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

i'm a bit late to this party, but i'm 24 and i like beer, nicotine, and other drugs. i have one misdemeanor on my record. i'm an english major (graduating in like 3 weeks, holy fuck, the real world is going to kill me). right now, i'm working as a writing tutor at my university library, where i teach people to type in bold and all lowercase. i have a cat, and he's cool. my girlfriend is pretty cool as well. my hobbies include reading, getting drunk, canoeing, and that's all. i don't like any other activities.

Posted April 14th, 2016 by poptart!
poptart!
 

i teach my students to write in italics and uppercase

Posted April 14th, 2016 by EN
EN

I'm a 32 year old professional manchild.

Seriously, I am moderatly Autistic, have a severe social anxiouty disorder, and don't have much of a life off line.

I enjoy gaming, writing, reading, and am a pro wrestling historian. I am a geography savant, openly furry, and am asexual (I am attacted to animals in fantasy, but in reality, am not arroused by the site of genitals of any kind).

I may very well be the oldest member of GT, having been here for 15 years next month. I've been a GTer longer then most people are married!

Posted April 14th, 2016 by Aurelian
Aurelian
Fire Lion
Thunder Lion

Ah, you got me beat. I've been here in some form or another since '02 or '03. Can't remember which exactly, but it was definitely one of those years.

Posted April 14th, 2016 by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

where i teach people to type in bold and all lowercase
i teach my students to write in italics and uppercase


The future is doomed...


Posted April 14th, 2016 by Moonray
Moonray
 

I guess I'll do one of these.

I'm 27 and work part time at a shitty grocery job. My hobbies are watching Anime, reading, writing, and gaming. I'm working on a novel which has took up a lot of my time. I'm a part time student at a local community college and I don't know if I plan on transferring yet. I would like to get a bachelors degree in either Creative Writing or Anthropology. So much to choose from! I have a dog named Suzy after my grandma who recently passed at the end of last year. She's a 7 month old Half Pomeranian and Half Husky. Training has gotten better!

Posted April 14th, 2016 by Castrael
Castrael

And really, I love having access to the big screen after hours to play video games or watch whatever movie I want.

My god man. I can only imagine the gaming sessions while playing on the big screen. Does it hurt your eyes at all, or is your mind too absorbed in the badassery of it all to give a shit? I think I would personally become blind, yes

You've got interests for days, bud! Nothing wrong with that. I know I'm always looking for new hobbies and feel like I'm a dull person for not engrossing myself in enough fun activities. Whiskey-fueled pillow fights while wearing onesies can only go so far.

i like beer, nicotine, and other drugs.

Good man. Indulging in forbidden fruit is fun when the time comes on a day with absolutely nothing to do. It's hard with responsibilities and the growing stigma as we all get older, but some ketamine on a Saturday afternoon with a friend is a good time. Except for when it takes us an hour to figure out how to hook up a Wii U, and then fumble with the UI to even launch the game, then finally playing Smash Bros. and realizing we are basically jumping off the stage the entire time. Can't forget that experience. Props on being so close to getting out of undergrad!

i have a cat, and he's cool. my girlfriend is pretty cool as well. my hobbies include reading, getting drunk, canoeing, and that's all.

We'd be good friends in the IRLs, I think

@Aurelian: You're basically the age equivalent of a grandpa in this gaming group, I think. That's perfectly okay because it lets all of us go to your house on weekends and eat all of your food, and by default you totally know how to make bomb-ass homemade ice cream. Because I'm a Cajun, I'm calling you Pawpaw A-Game

Pawpaw A-Game, getting immersed in the interwebs is really a way of life for everyone at this point. I remember when I was 11 and first starting out on AOL. Everything was so new and I could stay on the internet forever, wasting so much time on it. Looking back, everyone is usually on their smart phones now. I guess we all have our own cyber hangouts. :3

@Castrael: I know that struggle :/ I've worked at a few grocery stores in my time, and they usually weren't very fun. Under-appreciated, underpaid, but free cookies from the bakery at the end of the day, so life was good. Fuck being a service clerk, though. That's borderline slavery

Anthro is VERY interesting! I took a few classes while majoring in CrimJustice/Sociology at one point and genuinely loved it. I wish there was more practical use in terms of a career (well, by its lonesome; I'm sure it helps greatly when paired with other social sciences)

Huskies are the greatest beings on this green earth


Posted April 14th, 2016 by Axem Metal
Axem Metal
Need someone to tuck you in?

Huskies are probably one of my favorite animals, next to the Snow Leopards and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

I'm actually taking some Antropology classes for my Social Studies requirement.

Posted April 14th, 2016 by Castrael
Castrael

I am 29 and I work tech support now for Dell ProSupport.


/rant start

I can tell you now 2 weeks as a new hire: I can respect folks who are on phones all day and have great time management skills that's for sure. Multi-tasking skill that is required is insane.

I've also learned a few things about how the queue works and how people's mentalities work. To see seasoned agents who don't actualy try to understand problems.

Example:

Dell as a Dell Data Protection Program. According to the notes (which were not very detailed) it appeared they were not able to get it installed. On top of this. it appears she was unable to download that program (or any programs at all). The real issue was she was unable to download, but I keep hearing things like "You need to go do this." from other technicians notes rather than diving into the problem.

I got the case and took 2 hours to not solve the problem. I did not resolve the issue, and she e-mailed me back once the phone call was done saying the issue continued. The she informed me the issue went away with Chromium being removed. What makes me different from them? Answer that question as I sure as fuck don't feel any different.

Today got other customer calling me in telling me I am competent and dealing with other agents who are idiots (according to them). Issue was a Adobe Acrobat app not doing duplex print when it was a simple application check for the setting needed.

And I am just a piece of shit tech generalist who worked in a break-fix shop for 6 years. Versus folks who have a case load of 20 to 30. Who have been working in a queue for a year or so. They should have troubleshooting skills beyond mine given the case load but I am hearing the opposite. We are given a bunch of tools to do our jobs, but it seems alot of folks have adopted a mentality that if not in the tools we can't do any kind of critical thinking and pass it off. Don't know if I am still Jaded or what, but that's not relevant to me now.

I currently have a case load of around 25. To be able to mange them between calls is fucking ludicrous because we don't hear the "problem" what what we perceive is the problem. If we don't hit the target and miss a bunch "Oh nope transfer to another queue" because the way the machine works (which is screwed up).

/Rant End

Rant aside, I have a strong desire to help people and generally do so in IT. I am living on my own now and I learned quite a bit about myself such as I tend to be running solo and take things personally that shouldn't even taken as such.

That and I dwell on things too fucking much. To the point where simple side-comments will bother me for days (which I still don't quite understand). I am also insanely hard on myself when no one else is.

I am still quite young all things considered but I sure as hell don't feel like I have any form of intelligence when I reflect on my knowledge and what is happening in the world.



Posted April 16th, 2016 by Forte Lambardi
Forte Lambardi

I'm 24. I make video games, play video games, tweet about video games, and hate everything. I give people tests for a living. I'm that asshole who says he's moving to Canada because politicians he doesn't like are getting elected, except I'm actually moving.

Posted April 24th, 2016 by Pink Peruvian Flying Bear
Pink Peruvian Flying Bear

I'm 25, male, grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

At 18 me and my mom moved to American Samoa. I lived there from 2008-2010, got my Associate of Arts from American Samoa Community College. Learned a bunch of Samoan, but now can only remember Talofa, Fa'amolemole, and Ufa (Hello, Please, and Butthead (a lot more offensive than it sounds)).

Then I went to University of Hawaii for two years and graduated with a bachelors degree in Pacific Islands Studies and Anthropology. I spent about four months WWOOF'ing on a few organic farms while going through the Peace Corps application process.

Then I got sent to China, did two months of training, then was sent to Guizhou, the country's poorest province. Finished last Summer, left, then came back in November to Dalian, a port city located in a province bordering North Korea. If it collapses and refugees flood in, Ill keep you guys updated.

Going to study Chinese intensively this summer with a program called Princeton in Beijing. Im afraid it wont happen, though, for a stupid reason like not getting the invitation letter in the mail on time. That's a constant worry, nowadays.

Other than that I'm about a 7/10 looks-wise, 9/10 here in China. I'm pretty damn friendly, have a cute girlfriend, teach English at a university, collect maps from different cities I visit, and in my spare time I get high and make powerpoints for lessons that have so far included Hawaii, Peace Corps, Trump, Sanders, WWOOF'ing, and American Education.

Posted April 24th, 2016 by Agis_wild elf
Agis_wild elf
 

Lot of weirdness in here. Growlithe how could you be both a gay and a right wing conspiracy theorist at the same time ? Everyone knows the NWO is pushing the gay agenda to destoy the family unit and encourage population control. Were you just ok playing into it or was that one area you didn't research ?

Posted May 3rd, 2016 by #85
#85

@Axem Metal

It can take a little getting used to playing a game on the big screen. I don't sit very close to the screen, but it is a huge screen and is a bit tricky to take everything in. But it's also pretty awesome when you can take everything in. It's also great for playing multiplayer. Back when I had friends who could stay up late at night, we used to play some Modern Warfare or Halo, and that was pretty rad. Everyone is ust focused on their still-oversized corner of the screen.

It's also great for playing atmospheric games. I played Alien: Isolation there and it's way more intense in a giant, dark, empty theater with legit surround sound. Some other co-workers and I checked out PT there too, and that was a bad idea.

Posted May 3rd, 2016 by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Ooo ooo I wanna do one!

I'm a nonbinary 24 year old, turning 25 in June! Planning to have a big party since I'm turning the Big 2-5. I'm graduating in May 2017 with a B.I.S in Performance Art. I'm very excited. I've been in a few plays, have two upcoming, including a children's show! For my career goals, I want to continue stage work and dabble in film work [I actually have an audition for an indie zombie film next week. I'm very excited.] I also want to voice act, specifically for video games. Anime would be cool buuuuuuuuuut.... I like video games. My long term goals are maybe grad school. If I go to grad school, it would either be for Theatre Education [preferably for elementary or high school students] or Clinical Health/Therapy so that I can use theatre as a coping mechanism for people who have been through trauma or to organize a theatre troupe centered about those that are differently-abled, whether it be mentally or physically. And not just helping them create plays about how they navigate through the world but placing them in classical roles that they may not be able to receive in the "real world" despite having the talent for it. Like, when's the last time you saw a Hamlet played by a man in a wheel chair????? And then not having the wheel chair be important to the plot or his character???? He just happens to be in a wheelchair.

I have a strong tie to the autistic community because I have an older brother with severe autism. He also arguably has the world's best collection of VHS tapes (seriously he has so fucking many).

I also paint! Pretty well if I do say so myself. I've done some scenic painting for a couple of set designs. As you can see, my life mainly revolves around theatre. Doesn't leave much room for a romantic life but I don't really care about all of that. I also sculpt, crochet, and try to get into some of the art shows here in Atlanta. There's always one going on.

I'm starting to do drag shows! Drag King, specifically. I recently entered into a show here and I'm waiting to hear back from them. My drag name is Sir Cumcision. I have a drag partner (their drag name is Jalapeno Pussy haha), but drag isn't the only thing we do. We just call ourselves Jai and Kait and we create skits and stuff of that nature. It's very fun.

I love going to bars and hanging out, museums, the park, ice cream festivals, and oogling at people's puppies in the street. [Note: every dog no matter what age is an adorable puppy i want to pet every animal in the world i love them all]

Posted May 6th, 2016 by FAW
FAW

show your tits

Posted May 8th, 2016 by Hindenburg
Hindenburg
Life's path is never straight.

edit

Edited May 17th, 2016 by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

Thought I'd join in, despite rarely posting.

I'm 25 and currently live in Barcelona, Spain. I was born in Germany, in the Kaiserslautern Military Community, but later moved to Seville, Spain and was raised there. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics and working for the Spanish central government. I hope to finish up my thesis within the next two years and would like to find work with the European Comission in their competition policy directorate.

I am a complete economics nerd and most of my interests, as far as politics and world affairs go, are economics related. As I mentioned before, my main focus is on antitrust/competition policy and the economic analysis of law, although I have also specialized in applied statistics and dynamical systems.

A few years ago I started rock climbing and I instantly fell in love with it. I still climb and recently did my highest climb, which was a wonderful 250m route in the Murcia region of eastern Spain. Best decision of my life.











Posted September 10th, 2016 by Malas
Malas
 

@poptart!


I have no idea you were 2-3 years older than me.

Posted September 10th, 2016 by Furtive
Furtive

"I have no idea you were 2-3 years older than me. "

i must have been pretty drunk when i posted that because i definitely wasn't 24 in april. i'm 24 now, but i wasn't then

Posted September 10th, 2016 by poptart!
poptart!
 

I'm every nightmare you've ever had. I am your worst dream come true! I am everything you ever were afraid of!

Posted September 17th, 2016 by ShadowFox08
ShadowFox08

Yes

Posted September 17th, 2016 by One-Half Lithium Sage
One-Half Lithium Sage

@EN:

would love to live on a farm, but only a fruit farm.

I don't know if you're joking or not, but have you ever considered WWOOF'ing?

Because I did that for four months in Hawaii and did exactly that -- worked and lived on several organic fruit farms. They have organic farms all over the US that look for people who are willing to spend time living and working for like 25 hours a week, and provide the workers with food and accomodation (from tents to rooms). It's a great way to travel as well.

Posted April 29th by Agis in the US
Agis in the US
 

I'm 24 years old, born in Santa Ana, California, but lived in Southwest Florida my whole life (like, moved here before I was 1, whole life). I went to Ringling College of Art and Design studying Game Art and Design, but I've had a knack for visual design and training in it for quite some time. I never finished college between financial issues and problems I had with the program, but I made a lot of great work with my talents. I currently work for a company that makes golf aid systems. My job title is "Graphics Technician" but I wear many hats. Some days I'll do photo editing in Photoshop, other days vector overlays in Illustrator, sometimes I'll even make brochures and presentations and video stuff.

I like to bullshit about video games and politics. I actually attended a Bernie rally with one of my Muslim family members (which was a waste of time because he's preaching to the choir and not saying anything you can't get from his Facebook feed), but I don't do much activism other than discourse. Generally I promote empirical evidence progressive/efficient policies. When I'm not doing that I'm either working on my side game projects (development projects, that is. It's now in the home stretch) or watching Netflix. I used to be a HUGE fan of Nintendo and major advocate for adventures, but since time has become a problem I have replaced video games with Netflix.

Posted April 29th by mariomguy
mariomguy
What up, 1-up
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