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The Ranting Thread

Started by SueC, April 09, 2020, 06:12:28

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SueC

We live in trying times, and that was before COVID-19.  And now there's this.  So, here's a space for all your rants about life, the universe and everything.  A good rant can be very cathartic, and can often be entertaining for onlookers, especially if done skilfully.

There is absolutely no requirement for you to be reasonable or rational here - just hang it all out.



Everything welcome, from little trickles of lava, to massive volcanic eruptions spewing magma, hot gases and bedrock.


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SueC

Sample mild lava flow scale rant:

Nasal hair.  What are you supposed to do with it?  One fine day you get married, and another fine day you wake up with the morning sunbeams on your beloved's face, and you get all gooey looking at it until you notice there's a hair hanging out of his nose.  You wonder if he inhaled a dog hair by accident, and move closer to his sleeping form to scrutinise it.  The thing is black and pointy and appears to be attached.  :1f631:

I ask you.  It said nothing about that in the paperwork.  You can't pull these things out; if you don't believe me, try one of your own, of which you have plenty even if they're still behaving themselves and staying out of general view.  Would secateurs work?  Hmmm, no, they don't fit into the aperture.  Maybe those hairdressing scissors, they're nice and pointy.  Hold still!  I am relieving you of an aberration. Snip.  Oi!  I liked that hair the way it was.

That's the problem with being essentially photocopied over and over since you grew up.  Have you ever seen what happens to a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy ad infinitum?  Where's that nice clear print of yore?  What are all these foreign objects?  Grrrr.

Michael Leunig wrote about it, actually:

Each year my mirror seems much older
Somewhat duller and a fraction colder
The glass which always gleamed and twinkled
Now appears all scratched and wrinkled
Appears more blotchy, tired and droopy
Confused and haggard, dazed and loopy
Sadder, slower, grimmer, glummer
I think that I've been sold a bummer.


Yeah well.  I hear they have attachments for electric shavers especially designed for the removal of aberrant nasal hairs.  Krrrrrk.  That's the beauty of capitalism, there's always a hundred gadgets for everything, some of which may actually work, and few of which won't break within a year or two.  But that's another rant.  A much bigger one...

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word_on_a_wing

Haha, great idea 👍

No doubt you'll hear some of my ranting in here, but this time I won't feel the need to apologise because this thread is intended for it :)

...perhaps I should start with a rant about my inclination to apologise excessively 🙄

"Where the flesh meets the spirit world,
Where the traffic is thin..."

SueC

Quote from: word_on_a_wing on April 09, 2020, 14:28:18Haha, great idea 👍

Thank you.  We need all the laughter and therapeutic activities we can get...  :-D


Quote from: undefinedNo doubt you'll hear some of my ranting in here, but this time I won't feel the need to apologise because this thread is intended for it :)

Excellent.  Go for it.  :smth023  The more you ham it up, the funnier it gets too - not that it's always necessary to make it funny.  Unfunny rants are also welcome and sympathetic / empathetic ears will be on offer.

You work in mental health, but who takes care of you?  I've a dear friend who's a trauma therapist.  She gets so depleted.  We all need to help you guys share the emotional load of what you do. ♥


Quote...perhaps I should start with a rant about my inclination to apologise excessively 🙄

Is self-flagellation a subcategory of rant?  :winking_tongue   :angel   Anyway, women are socialised to apologise excessively, and conditioning like that isn't easy to break, and not your fault.  So you're not allowed to feel bad about that, OK?  'Cos from my own experience, if you feel bad about yourself or an annoying habit you're trying to shake, it gets harder to shake that habit, Murphy being embedded in the fabric of the universe and all that.  ;)  So they say, Laugh at the devil, and he will flee from thee, and I think that's pretty accurate.  Get yourself your own pitchfork and jab at that horned thing while going, bwahahahahaha!

Hey, Brett says we have many rant-worthy parliamentarians in our country, want to start on any of them?  Or just pick something utterly banal and get really het up about it?  :beaming-face  No shortage of subjects, that's for sure.



Sleep well and Happy Easter to you, @word_on_a_wing:cool
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Ulrich

What annoys me are people who come to a forum and start with a first post which gives them the position of a smartass... like this one here:
http://curefans.com/index.php?topic=9308.msg772229#msg772229

And when you question them, they're nowhere to be seen.  :pouting-face

(That's not to say it's all wrong, but why oh why does this person think Curefans are such stupid a-holes who can't think for themselves? We already figured out that many concerts/festivals of 2020 might be cancelled after all...)  :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:
If only I'd thought of the right words...

dsanchez

Quote from: Ulrich on April 13, 2020, 18:21:33What annoys me are people who come to a forum and start with a first post which gives them the position of a smartass... like this one here:
http://curefans.com/index.php?topic=9308.msg772229#msg772229

And when you question them, they're nowhere to be seen.  :pouting-face

(That's not to say it's all wrong, but why oh why does this person think Curefans are such stupid a-holes who can't think for themselves? We already figured out that many concerts/festivals of 2020 might be cancelled after all...)  :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

this people are called 'trolls' for a reason :) remember, do not feed the troll!

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word_on_a_wing

...help me understand why such a person is a 'troll' ...I don't see it
"Where the flesh meets the spirit world,
Where the traffic is thin..."

Ulrich

Quote from: word_on_a_wing on April 14, 2020, 00:07:20...help me understand why such a person is a 'troll' ...

Well I didn't see that person as a 'troll' - I saw him/her as just being a 'smartass'.  :P

However, when you ask someone a question and this is ignored (or the person sets off a controversial post and then disappears without a trace), it is pretty close to trolling I'd say.
If only I'd thought of the right words...

word_on_a_wing

Ok thanks for clarifying 👍
"Where the flesh meets the spirit world,
Where the traffic is thin..."

SueC

I have a rant brewing.  Just haven't had time to write it out yet.  Grrrr though.  I'm not sure whether to post it here or on the COVID-19 thread.  :pouting-face



Quote from: Ulrich on April 13, 2020, 18:21:33What annoys me are people who come to a forum and start with a first post which gives them the position of a smartass... like this one here:
http://curefans.com/index.php?topic=9308.msg772229#msg772229

And when you question them, they're nowhere to be seen.  :pouting-face

(That's not to say it's all wrong, but why oh why does this person think Curefans are such stupid a-holes who can't think for themselves? We already figured out that many concerts/festivals of 2020 might be cancelled after all...)  :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

What I don't get is why people don't do their first posts in the "Introduce Yourself" section.  Or at the very least say hello in their first post when they're posting elsewhere.

And yeah, that was an unnecessary post - like a stranger coming into a room, farting, and then taking off again.  :1f635:

Thanks a million!  :evil:

A good friend of mine in Sydney laments the near-death of two qualities in our lifetimes - commonsense and manners...

@dsanchez, that's a magnificently disgusting, and very apt, little clip! :cool
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word_on_a_wing

One thing I've wondered ...at the bottom of the curefans homepage it gives stats on how many guests have viewed the forum in the last 24hrs ... about 2000 (is this true? Seems a lot)

Anyway this recent discussion has me imagining a couple of scenarios...
1/ The person who has recently been roasted reading (likely with surprise) but not saying anything. What would they be thinking?  From my reading the post I don't think they had bad intentions, perhaps just missed some of the social niceties they could have shown. But we don't know why. I agree though I would have liked to hear more about the person, the 'introduce yourself' thread has been pretty quiet recently. 
2/ I'm also imagining other people (2000 of them?!) viewing from the sidelines... on the edge of getting involved  ...alas they are become terrified they will be called trolls or that they have smelly farts? 😅
"Where the flesh meets the spirit world,
Where the traffic is thin..."

SueC

Quote from: word_on_a_wing on April 14, 2020, 14:13:40One thing I've wondered ...at the bottom of the curefans homepage it gives stats on how many guests have viewed the forum in the last 24hrs ... about 2000 (is this true? Seems a lot)

The ratio of readers-only to participating members is about the same as for the other forum I'm on.  Also, people just taking a 3-second look and disappearing again counts as a visit! :)

It may also be that a repeat visit by the same person counts as an extra visit - depending on how the system is doing the counts - @dsanchez?  Do you know how this software does its counting?

Anyway, there's more than 2,000 people going to Cure concerts and buying records etc, and why shouldn't they want to hang out here as well?  :angel


QuoteAnyway this recent discussion has me imagining a couple of scenarios...
1/ The person who has recently been roasted reading (likely with surprise) but not saying anything. What would they be thinking?  From my reading the post I don't think they had bad intentions, perhaps just missed some of the social niceties they could have shown. But we don't know why. I agree though I would have liked to hear more about the person, the 'introduce yourself' thread has been pretty quiet recently. 
2/ I'm also imagining other people (2000 of them?!) viewing from the sidelines... on the edge of getting involved  ...alas they are become terrified they will be called trolls or that they have smelly farts? 😅

Sometimes, a roasting is very much appropriate, and in my view it was for that little comment and its aftermath, and any other time people's manners are really out of line, and they're not treating others with respect (and as @Ulrich said, this person just waltzed in and treated those present like we were a bunch of imbeciles, and then failed to respond to the friendly-but-assertive counterpost - which gave them an opportunity to correct their approach).  If we excuse that kind of stuff, we lower our expectations, and people often happily sink to those low expectations.  On the other hand, if we have high expectations of what people's behaviour is going to be, people often rise to those (or disappear entirely, to find murkier waters to wallow in).  This then allows for a nice, warm, interactive environment where people can talk openly and feel supported and respected - rare as hen's teeth on the Internet, which is yet another reason it's worth doing.

The way I see it is that if someone chances on a nice, warm, interactive environment with mutual support and respect, they will more likely be encouraged to interact.  If they see people objecting to disrespect and poor manners, that should be a plus for any civilised person - and not scare them away.  There's plenty of sewers in cyberspace - but this forum isn't one of them.

And everyone's farts smell.  :angel
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Ulrich

Quote from: word_on_a_wing on April 14, 2020, 14:13:40One thing I've wondered ...at the bottom of the curefans homepage it gives stats on how many guests have viewed the forum in the last 24hrs ... about 2000 (is this true? Seems a lot)

Yeah, what Sue said: this is pretty "normal" for a forum. (Especially these days, with not a lot of Curenews.)
Also, there might be a certain number of "spambots" (there always are), i.e. I don't think there are 2000 Curefans looking at this now.

Quote from: word_on_a_wing on April 14, 2020, 14:13:40The person who has recently been roasted reading (likely with surprise) but not saying anything.

Judging from the profile, this person was last active:
March 08, 2020, 16:04:17
(i.e. shortly after setting off the post - I know why I ranted now, after a few weeks time!).

I don't think that person ever saw our replies or had any intention of discussing with us. Hence my rant!

This is the f***ing RANTING thread for letting off steam, so any people reading about farts now should've been aware before reading, don't you think??

Edit: this topic has ca. 200 views now, which seems realistic to me (this of course includes me & others clicking on it various times when new posts were made).
If only I'd thought of the right words...

SueC

Quote from: Ulrich on April 14, 2020, 15:42:17This is the f***ing RANTING thread for letting off steam...

(hiding under chair)

Mummy, the moderator said ffff...libbertigibbet!  :1f631:  :1f62d: :angel :winking_tongue

(exeunt dramatis personae)
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Ulrich

Quote from: SueC on April 15, 2020, 04:41:13(hiding under chair)


This is for EVERYONE who reads this:
Keep your stinkbombs and your farts to yourself!!!  :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

(Rant over.)  ;)
If only I'd thought of the right words...