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@  wonko the sane? : (26 April 2017 - 08:07 AM)

And humans are perfectly capable of hating things in unison while being divided on liking.

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 07:34 AM)

On the other hand, there's a world of difference between "I hate RID" and "I hate Nazis."

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 07:27 AM)

On one hand, "hating what I hate" IS "liking what I like." One of those cultures can't be worse than the other because they're literally the same culture.

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 07:26 AM)

I think that comparison is both an oversimplification AND a meaningless distinction.

@  wonko the sane? : (26 April 2017 - 07:16 AM)

That's the internet effect. Distance and anonimity make for easy and consequence-less extremism.

@  Bass X0 : (26 April 2017 - 06:58 AM)

I think the aggressive "How dare you not hate exactly what I hate" culture online is worse than the aggressive "How dare you not like exactly what I like" culture.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 06:19 AM)

And now that song/scene and its many many parodies are running through my head.

@  unluckiness : (26 April 2017 - 06:18 AM)

Patrick Swayze didnt!

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:58 AM)

lol. As long as they knock first.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:57 AM)

Or as ghosts. I guess ghosts would be acceptable.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:57 AM)

For now, I'd just find some small comfort in knowing those who have passed actually are in some sort of better place.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:56 AM)

I'd find comfort in knowing that one way or another, that suffering would eventually end and a new, potentially happier beginning awaits.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:54 AM)

@LBD At the same time, I can't imagine wanting to stay in even a happy afterlife when fleshies are still suffering.

@  2017 : (26 April 2017 - 05:49 AM)

Celebrating and welcoming death just gives them more ideological hoops to justify killing others. So yeah, no thanks.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:48 AM)

The idea of death doesn't bother me so much as no longer existing.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:48 AM)

at the very least, my body will feed the grass which feeds the antelope which feeds the lio- ....wait

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:47 AM)

Yeah, that's kind of the thing.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:47 AM)

Some cultures celebrate/welcome death (of course, those also have some form of afterlife)

@  wonko the sane? : (26 April 2017 - 05:45 AM)

You shouldn't be. What with having absolutely no knowledge or control over it.

@  2017 : (26 April 2017 - 05:45 AM)

Death is scary, which is why we either spend our lives avoiding the subject or staying up late overthinking it.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:44 AM)

"Never did want to live forever." I'm more bothered about what -- if anything -- is next.

@  2017 : (26 April 2017 - 05:44 AM)

Though I think the brain is a finite storage space so you'd probably start forgetting so much after some point it'd be like a new person transitioning in every few centuries. That'd be a good reason to keep a diary.

@  2017 : (26 April 2017 - 05:43 AM)

I think immortality is possible biologically in the future, or at least living for vastly longer spans of time. I'd personally be happy to live at least a few thousand years, but I'd aim for forever.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:34 AM)

@MEDdMI Oh man, that bugs me all the time.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:33 AM)

Well, yesterday was a depressing bout of thinking I was going to get TR Hot Rod and then not getting TR Hot Rod after all (among other things).

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:31 AM)

Which is also something that bugs me about the "your dead loved ones are always watching you" concept. Do you mind? I'd like a little privacy, please!

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:30 AM)

Even if it was possible, I can't help but think people would skip to the "good" parts, like sex.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:26 AM)

exactly.

@  unluckiness : (26 April 2017 - 05:21 AM)

Besides the fact that it's all silly sci-fi scenarios, you can't just experience a memory and feel what that person felt since you have your own set of perceptual biases by which to judge the event

@  unluckiness : (26 April 2017 - 05:19 AM)

We already have something like that. It's called history class.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:18 AM)

"But in my ancestor's memory, they stole our orange first!"

@  Nevermore : (26 April 2017 - 05:14 AM)

"Your great-great-great-great-grandfather stole my great-great-great-great-grandfather's apple! I will kill you for that!"

@  Nevermore : (26 April 2017 - 05:14 AM)

If we had all our ancestors' knowledge, too many people would just use that as a excuse to continue old grudges for generations.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:13 AM)

I remember the same event a bit differently than my parents do, some things I'm sure happened but they don't remember or vice versa, etc.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:12 AM)

the problem with knowledge and memories is that our brains interpret/fill in gaps so it may not be completely accurate. It wouldn't be much different from autobiographical books/movies.

@  LordGigaIce : (26 April 2017 - 03:37 AM)

yeah...this could just end up as a way for them to sell our grandkids Crystal Pepsi Max

@  TM2-Megatron : (26 April 2017 - 03:35 AM)

Well, maybe this facebook mind reading thing I've been hearing about is the first step to that.... though I have to admit I'd prefer if it weren't such an advertising and data-collection obsessed company working on it

@  LordGigaIce : (26 April 2017 - 03:25 AM)

i'm legitimately hoping for the day when that happens, my snark aside, TM2-Megatron. Imagine what could be accomplished if future generations had first hand knowledge of the thoughts and contexts of the events that shaped their ancestors', and their own, world?

@  TM2-Megatron : (26 April 2017 - 03:24 AM)

Even if it's just a way to download knowledge and memories without consciousness from a brain, I think that would go a long way towards easing people's minds.

@  TM2-Megatron : (26 April 2017 - 03:22 AM)

I dunno; like life itself I think the things that define it are open to change. It's not like I have grand expectations of immortality, constantly downloading my consciousness into freshly-grown genetically-enhanced clones of myself. But I think it's a waste for so much accumulated experience and memories to just wink out.

@  LordGigaIce : (26 April 2017 - 03:21 AM)

or something

@  LordGigaIce : (26 April 2017 - 03:21 AM)

all semblence of order our purpose are symtoms of the sickness in man's ego mad mind. sense is not possible until the end.

@  LordGigaIce : (26 April 2017 - 03:19 AM)

existence is a vulgar absurdity

@  unluckiness : (26 April 2017 - 03:18 AM)

Eh, death is part of what defines life. Sooner we accept that it's just a thing that happens, the better.

@  Pennpenn : (26 April 2017 - 03:13 AM)

Probably be easier to develop that kind of thing if a significant portion of the population didn't think it was going to happen anyway for no adequately explainable reason.

@  TM2-Megatron : (26 April 2017 - 02:42 AM)

Death doesn't terrify me, but I have to admit I find the notion of its inevitably more than a little disappointing. I'd hope there's eventually some way to preserve our minds in some form prior to death

@  TheMightyMol... : (26 April 2017 - 01:55 AM)

Or maybe some broken kid in a giant cyborg will turn us all into tang. Who knows what the future brings?

@  Waspinator : (26 April 2017 - 01:52 AM)

As someone terrified of death, I for one welcome our transhumanist singularity overlords.

@  TheMightyMol... : (26 April 2017 - 01:52 AM)

Our grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren will be less than dust before heat death matters anyway.

@  2017 : (26 April 2017 - 01:51 AM)

Signularity is a meaningless buzzword, like a lot of this transhumanist late-game stuff.


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#1 Galenraff

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:54 AM

Below: Housekeeping and details // Other Ways to Give // Sig. Generator

Announcement: Allspark.com 2012 Charity Drive!

In what has quickly become my favorite and proudest time of year around here at the Allspark, I'm excited to announce the beginning of our 2012 Charity Drive to benefit the Hasbro Children's Hospital! Our first drive in 2010 was a surprise - a grassroots effort that sprang forth after we pooled money to buy a rare vintage toy catalog and then went on to donate nearly $2500. Last year we raised nearly $6400 and were then stunned when it was personally matched by Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner.

This year's goal: $8000. The deadline is 11:59pm on Sunday, February 26. $5 minimum suggested, but any amount is appreciated! Donate using the donation sig below, or continue to the post below for alternate payment methods.



We'll once again set out to buy a sponsorship of the Hasbro Children's Hospital annual fundraising gala being held on March 3 in Providence, RI. It's entitled the "Battleship Ball," based upon Hasbro's board game and upcoming movie property. Our sponsorship will earn us recognition at the event and in print materials, as well as 8 tickets to the gala. Read here to see Powered Convoy's report and photos from last year's awesome event.

It's a big number, and an ambitious goal. Higher even than last year's already surprising total. But this community - the strongest I've ever seen on fan forums - has done nothing short of the amazing in so generously giving support to sick kids and their families. I have a lot of confidence in this community, and I think we can do it!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:49 AM

A few minor pieces of housekeeping:

Method of Donation
This year we've integrated our automated system with Amazon Payments instead of Paypal (due to Paypal's recent bad track record with grassroots charity drives like this). It's actually really slick - it's no more difficult to donate than it is to buy a DVD or book or something! A small fee applies if you use the automated widget, but we feel it's worth it for the convenience. If you would like to pay a different way, scroll down for other options.

Tax Deductions
Please remember that if you give to the Allspark effort, your contributions are NOT tax-deductible. In effect, this constitutes many small gifts to a single individual (either Daytonus or myself). Only that person's single donation to the Hasbro Children's Hospital is deductible. However, as in previous years, any tax benefit as a result of claiming those deductions on our returns will be donated right back into the donation effort of the following year. (Last year I believe that was a couple hundred dollars. When I do my taxes, I'll let you all know what benefit last year's drive brings.) However, if your donation not being tax deductible makes this a dealbreaker for you, we understand, and would still encourage you to donate directly to the Hasbro Children's Hospital! While the collective credit to the community is nice, what really matters is support for the kids.

Money Only, But Be Creative
We are only able to collect money for this effort, not toys or other goods (whether new or used). But we'd still collect only money even if we could do other things. It turns out that money is by far the most efficient way for charitable organizations like the Hasbro Children's Hospital to support their work, because they can use it for research, diagnosis, patient care, and amenities (which includes toys and games). However, if you'd like to help and don't have money to spare, that's okay and we certainly don't want you living off ramen all month. Instead, consider selling used toys on Ebay and then contributing the proceeds. Do some commission art work in exchange for donations. Do some legwork for us - get the word out to your social networks, to your friends, and to your families! The more people who hear about this great community and the difference it's making, the more they'll be interested in helping!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:50 AM

Other Ways to Contribute

Paypal: Send to grafferty@comcast.net. (For the type of transaction select "Personal", and mark it as "Gift".)

Personal check, money order, or other payment type: We continue to discourage these methods of payment mostly as a matter of convenience, but if you want to contribute and this is the only way, we'll try to accommodate you. Send a PM to Galenraff to request your payment type, and he'll work out the details with you. Please make these arrangements prior to February 15 if possible, so all transactions have time to clear before the deadline.

Edited by Daytonus, 01 February 2012 - 12:28 PM.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:07 AM

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Last year, the donation widget had a little Easter Egg -- character customization for our My Little Pony fans! This year, we're doing even more, pitting all manner of aquatic Transformers against the Ponies in a thrilling game of Battleship! Make your sig below!



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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:39 PM

Let's get this party started!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:46 PM

wow this already? time flew by

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:52 PM

I get paid again a week from tomorrow and I will definitely donate!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:54 PM

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:55 PM

QUOTE(^0^CORVUS^o^ @ Jan 26 2012, 10:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I get paid again a week from tomorrow and I will definitely donate!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:15 PM

Next time I get some expendable cash, I'll make sure to donate!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:26 AM

Perfect timing! I get paid tomorrow. icon-hotrod.gif

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:42 AM

As soon as my income check clears I will donate

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 04:23 AM

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:03 AM

2% in just 12 hours. Aw yeah, it's on! icon-ironhide.gif

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:38 AM

Come on guys, get those sigs going!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:10 PM

I screwed up my first donation, so I donated twice.

$5 and $50

Hopefully we get close to our goal. I'm going to try and do an Ebay auction or two in February, so I can donate more - get rid of a few things and maybe sell a custom or two.

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#17 ▲ndrusi

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:29 PM

Apparently my transaction failed. icon-depth.gif

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Childrens toys? whaa the boxes seriously say ages 5+ I consider myself the plus.
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You're talking to ▲ndrusi. Assume everything that he posts is snark.

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QUOTE(▲ndrusi @ Jan 27 2012, 12:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Apparently my transaction failed. icon-depth.gif

Well, I received it. What did it say?

Edit: well, it looks like I received the failed transmission. Have any info?

Edited by Daytonus, 27 January 2012 - 12:36 PM.


#19 Galenraff

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:33 PM

QUOTE(▲ndrusi @ Jan 27 2012, 11:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Apparently my transaction failed. icon-depth.gif

Did you use Amazon? What kind of error did it give you?

EDIT: Daytonus'd! icon-fire.gif

Edited by Galenraff, 27 January 2012 - 12:33 PM.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:43 PM

QUOTE(Daytonus @ Jan 27 2012, 12:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(▲ndrusi @ Jan 27 2012, 12:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Apparently my transaction failed. icon-depth.gif

Well, I received it. What did it say?

Edit: well, it looks like I received the failed transmission. Have any info?

It just said my transaction failed. No potentially useful information of any kind.

Edit: Tried again and it worked. Must have been a transient glitch.

Edited by ▲ndrusi, 27 January 2012 - 12:46 PM.


QUOTE(orionpax44 @ Jun 24 2012, 01:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Childrens toys? whaa the boxes seriously say ages 5+ I consider myself the plus.
QUOTE(mx-01 archon @ Sep 9 2012, 01:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You're talking to ▲ndrusi. Assume everything that he posts is snark.