Recent posts by NeilSenna on Kongregate

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Insightful Quotes

Position in life is largely nothing to do with the choices we’ve made.

Next whiny, anti-establishment quote, please.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Remove all social safety nets!

Originally posted by groolgirl:
When it gets shown how nearly impossible, and totally impossible it is for some people to stand on their own two feet because of the system that exists, then maybe more people will actually care about making a country where people CAN stand on their own two feet.

Maybe. Or maybe you’ll just be left with a totally screwed-beyond-recovery shell of a society destined to develop the sort of real disparity and shit living conditions which exist in places which already have the sort of system you advocate.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ironically, Russia is going to save the world from the USA.

Develop distrust in ones own government… switch to unquestioningly swallowing propaganda from someone else’s.

Do people really need someone to trust and believe in that badly?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Insightful Quotes

I can see the message and largely agree. But I think half an hour on Google would be a better recommendation than a nice expensive jolly to the other side of the world.

There are indeed lessons you can’t get out of a book (or internet). But most would-be deprivation tourists lack the mindset to go looking for them and instead come back with a photo album full of awesome rides on tuk-tuks and great (tourist) bars and the cutest little street kids (!!!!!!1).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Originally posted by stanwise:
Originally posted by NeilSenna:
Originally posted by stanwise:
Originally posted by NeilSenna:

It’s a map. It has no moving parts and shows streets and places, that’s all it does. You don’t learn how to use a map, you just pick it up and look at it.

To find Holly St on Google Maps, you search for “Holly St.”

To find Holly St on a paper map, you have to flip to the back, look up Holly St on the alphabetical list, see which grid tile it is in, then flip the map back over and find the corresponding grid tile, then the street within the tile.

Hard? No. Immediately obvious if no one has ever taught you? Also no.

Perhaps not 100% obvious if the person lacks the knowledge that the rear of a map/book contains an index, but it’s extremely basic problem solving. Anyone with the partially adult mind I mentioned should be fully capable of doing it.

Though admittedly, I didn’t allow for various learning difficulties in my little rant, which perhaps I should have.

It seems obvious to you and me, but I’m (and guessing you are as well) the sort of person who, when presented with an unknown tool or device, picks it up and starts playing with it to learn how it works. I’ve met plenty of adults who lack this instinct. They’re the same sort of people who couldn’t build a 286 from a complete box of parts – it doesn’t occur to them that everything can only fit together one way.

Now I think about yes, you’re right… I’ve encountered them myself. A lady on Amazon using the questions section to complain that a torch she’d bought had nowhere to put the battery, stuff like that. Expect she’d struggle with a map too…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Originally posted by stanwise:
Originally posted by NeilSenna:

It’s a map. It has no moving parts and shows streets and places, that’s all it does. You don’t learn how to use a map, you just pick it up and look at it.

To find Holly St on Google Maps, you search for “Holly St.”

To find Holly St on a paper map, you have to flip to the back, look up Holly St on the alphabetical list, see which grid tile it is in, then flip the map back over and find the corresponding grid tile, then the street within the tile.

Hard? No. Immediately obvious if no one has ever taught you? Also no.

Perhaps not 100% obvious if the person lacks the knowledge that the rear of a map/book contains an index, but it’s extremely basic problem solving. Anyone with the partially adult mind I mentioned should be fully capable of doing it.

Though admittedly, I didn’t allow for various learning difficulties in my little rant, which perhaps I should have.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Slightly away from the primary topic, but… how can anyone who has developed even a partially adult mind not know how to use a map?

It’s a map. It has no moving parts and shows streets and places, that’s all it does. You don’t learn how to use a map, you just pick it up and look at it. There’s a street, there’s another street, there’s me, there’s where I need to go. I can understand someone being wary about using one to navigate their way through an extensive and uninhabited swamp or mountain range, but not streets.

Anyway, on the topic… yes, current kids can be utter dipshits. But older generations spawned their own dregs, so it’s hardly a new thing. You just notice it more the older you get.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chat Rooms that will be Closing on Nov. 3

Had lurked in Scribbles for years. Today I got auto-assigned to a new room. Seemed OK until I realised it was named after something in My Little Pony, so randomly picked a new one… and the first thing I saw was someone pretending to be a cat.

Third time lucky, perhaps.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Individuality - What makes you so special?

Originally posted by onlineidiot1994:

Alright, so I’m curious. I am a person who only sees the value of people based on their usefulness to their society. I believe that respect should be awarded to those who perform duties that are a benefit to those around them, and that acts of self advancement are ultimately not something that one should be proud of. This being said, I want to hear why people feel that individualism and personal worth are valuable attributes. Why do you think that someone being a special snowflake is a good thing?

All moves to benefit society involve self-advancement of a sort. Even the most ‘selfless’ act is driven by self interest.

We’re all special snowflakes, and our own brand of individual selfishness should be celebrated, along with our other attributes. Many of which we acquire for our own benefit.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Has KONG becoming WORSE under the years?

Yes, but there isn’t much they can do about it. The Flash game industry as a whole has gone to shit.

Ah, but they also got rid of Recently Played Games off the homepage, which was a bad move. They could do something about that.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / is feminism becoming an excuse for women to be sexist

As in any movement which advocates the advancement of one group at the inevitable expense of another, there’ll be ‘members’ who take it a step further and hide behind it while giving voice to their dislike, hatred or whatever of the other group.

But I don’t think feminism is ‘becoming’ that, nor do I feel that has ever been its primary purpose. Only that some of the people involved, and some onlookers, are confusing feminism with misandry.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I'm curious, how meny of you will become boiled frogs?

Originally posted by Kasic:

It’s not even a myth, it’s simply untrue. A frog won’t stay in a pot of water as it boils. I just didn’t reference it because it isn’t relevant to what he’s trying to say.

True, just needed something extra to shove on the end of my post so I wasn’t just writing ‘I agree’. One-sentence responses upset me.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I'm curious, how meny of you will become boiled frogs?

Originally posted by Kasic:

Were you raised by conservatives in home school, or did you attend a private school? The reason I ask is because everything you’ve said here is common knowledge (taught in public schools) and is by no means “hidden” or otherwise surprising in any way.

I was going to say that. But I was going to add that the boiled frog thing was a myth.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Memohuntress game & badge removed

Didn’t realise which game that was… now I know, I’m quite sad.

Still available elsewhere if you Google it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Black Backgrounds?

Not a fan. I assume this is the right place to give my negative feedback…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Christians and Atheists have one thing in common.

As a lifelong believer in unicorns who is sick of all the narrow-minded Acornists telling me they’re not real, I wholeheartedly agree.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Would there be slaves if it weren't for general laziness?

Originally posted by 90guy:

Personally, I am okay with some sorts slavery. It shouldn’t just be people dragged from Africa. I believe that criminals could work their sentence as slaves. Even now the imprisoned can do community service, but it is rather small things. The way the jail system works now kind of bothers me. If you are out on the street starving you can just break the law and get caught. In jail you are supplied with three meals a day and shelter. I am slightly concerned that this may promote criminal action.

It does, to a degree.

But putting convicts to work as slaves would create a labour force which couldn’t be competed with, which might in turn create greater unemployment and lead to even more crime…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Direct Democracy

I wouldn’t trust the general public to run me a bath, much less a country.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I have a religious obligation to wear a colander on my head!

Pretty much agree with what Vika wrote, that it should represent what he looks like when he’s driving.

But I’m mostly posting to say I think the guy is a bit of an attention-seeking tit.

One of the few things more irritating than someone who won’t shut up about their religion is someone who won’t shut up about their lack of one.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Sometimes Kongregate does scare me...

Beiber is 20… so there’s really nothing wrong with what the chap said. Unless your complaint is about the content of what he said, and not who said it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / how do i only buy 100 kreds?

Could be a split test to see if they can cajole people into spending more money by removing the $10 option?

Then in a month or so they’ll have received ‘great feedback’ and will roll it out to everyone.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Ideas For Badges and Quests

A Chicken Quest. There are 12 hens in the Bluebell Farm henhouse. One of them lays three eggs a day. If Kongregate can encourage them all to lay two eggs per day, they’d have enough to take with them on a quest to hurl 24 eggs a day at people whose threads make baby Jesus cry.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate pet-peeves

Lack of Recently Played Games on the homepage.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Homepage stuff/Recently Played Games

Fairly obvious it’s just another spot to plug MMOs/premium games.

Think we’’re talking to a brick wall, though…

 
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Topic: Kongregate / You've been given 1 million dollars to donate to any Kongregate game developer.

Virgil/Whiteboardwar, creator of the Creeper World games. Makes top quality full indie games, but also throws out great free versions of them.