People Are Strange (TDP #376)

Majority, art, weed, bad people, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

“Actually I came up with a really good quote for the show this week. I was driving so I couldn’t write it down. Basically I’m saying I forgot it. Sorry.” – The Distracted Philosopher

Why is there always equipment in front of my seat?

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It really bothers me that laws get passed based on the majority vote when the majority is barely over half. All this means is another vote could just as easily go the other way. The decision will be very controversial as almost half completely disagree. Brexit was 51.9%, Trump was 46.4, Clinton 48.5 — barely half or not even half — everyone is still completely divided.

But this isn’t my point. My point is that passing a law doesn’t change the behavior of people. Thousands of cars are speeding on the interstate every day — sure you can pull over a few here and there, but it’s not going to stop it. But for some reason, many people believe if there is a law, people will follow it.

People are strange.

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This is episode s10e99(376) for Monday, March 20, 2017 and clocked in at 28 minutes, 20 seconds

Yes, I Have Friends (TDP #375)

I lose a bet to a friend, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

“I found this note recently of the 10 habits of highly effective people. They are excessive masturbation, self mutilation, taxidermy … Wait … Sorry, it’s not a list of habits of highly effective people, it’s just my CV.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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Sup? Regis here. How you doing? Because I lost a bet, today’s show is going to be a bit different as it includes a guest — something I’ve never done before (as far as I remember, which is about 2 hours ago max) so bear with me (or bare with me, your choice).

I’m live in the studio, and my friend — yes I have friends, well a friend — is not live and not here. He’s alive, just not live in studio. He prerecorded his bit on less than stellar equipment, so I’ve had to modified his audio to make him sound less like a squirrel with his nuts caught in a bicycle tire and to try to remove the background hiss which is so bad I thought he was talking with snakes.

But since it’s prerecorded I get to do anything I want to it. I have preserved his entirely too long recording and interjected my feelings along the way.

Let’s see how this goes. Enjoy.

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This is episode s10e10(375) for Monday, March 13, 2017 and clocked in at 21 minutes, 55 seconds

It’s Supposed To Look Like That (TDP #374)

The loss of patience, jumping into a vat of oil, labiaplasty, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”Please copy and paste this to your status if you know someone, or have been affected by someone, who needs a punch in the face. People who need a punch in the face affect the lives of many. There is still no known cure for someone who deserves a punch in the face, except a punch in the face, but we can raise awareness. Thanks” – The Distracted Philosopher

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Patience was lost with the introduction of automobiles. They gave an individual the power to go from one place to another quickly whenever they wanted, but the first time someone got behind some idiot going too slow — that was the moment patience was lost forever (it even affected people who didn’t own a car).

Of course, the internet, smart phones, social media, life — none of these things are helping us get patience back.

Technology changes us, even if we don’t notice. My iPhone is a normal tool I use in multiple facets of my life, and for me, I feel as if it has always existed. I don’t remember when things changed, they just did and I with it. I don’t recall how it used to be — it’s just history written in some book.

Records, to 8-tracks, to cassettes, to compact discs, to digital, to streaming. TV to VCR’s, to DVR’s, to digital, to streaming. Books to ebooks. Physical maps have been replaced with GPS — in the palm of our hands. Libraries still exists, but now the whole of knowledge is accessible through this thing called The Google.

Unfortunately the accessible base of all knowledge contains lies as well as truth (and of course fiction — on purpose). Stupidity can be spread easier. People start to believe everything they read without question.

Crimes are still committed, but now we have digital crimes.

Our language is changing based on social media / smart phone culture — lol, brb, ttyl, cash me outside how bowdah.

Human nature has not changed with technology, the same stuff exists only now in abundance and easily accessible. People still don’t take the time to validate “facts” or perform critical thinking themselves. We have not evolved or ascended to a higher plane of existence. We are still children yelling, “Mom, he won’t stop not touching me!” But now we do it on Twitter, Facebook, Periscope, blogs, web pages, heads of lettuce, and puddles of brown goo.

Just like from history, not everything being said is coherent. Some of it is just ranting, complaining, gibberish. But now so many more people can have a voice, even if they don’t have anything to say. Anyone (with internet access) can share / publish music, books, art, or whatever it is they create. We may not become legendary, like Bowie, Prince, or Kanye, but we can build a reasonable fan base (FYI, for me a reasonable fan base is 3 people I don’t know).

And this brings me to my point. What ever happened to those multicolor, plastic, interlocking, popsicle sticks? Remember those? The ones you can build stuff with? They were awesome. Now-a-days popsicles only have wooden sticks — which is awful because I swear I can taste the wood. And to build something with them — you need glue. Where’s the fun in that?

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This is episode s10e09(374) for Monday, March 6, 2017 and clocked in at 16 minutes, 12 seconds

There, They’re, Their, and Thair (TDP #373)

Grammar, art, typos, words, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”The response you get when you ask an unruly child if they want a spanking is vastly different than the response you get when you ask your spouse the same question.” – The Distracted Philosopher

Homemade oatmeal cream pie

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Grammar. Punctuation. Words. Isn’t it interesting that when we write in English that we have 3 words pronounced “there”: there, their, and they’re; but when we are speaking it doesn’t matter which word we use because they all sound the same and the listener can figure out the correct meaning from the context. So why can’t we make writing just as easy as speaking. I propose the use of a new word, “THAIR” to replace for all of the existing 3.

THAIR you go. (I have to have THAIR in all caps or autocorrect will fix it)

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This is episode s10e08(373) for Monday, February 27, 2017 and clocked in at 15 minutes, 47 seconds

Don’t Block Me Brah (TDP #372)

Trolls (not the good kind), solitary confinement (also not the good kind), nudity (the good kind), and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

“If you bought your significant other flowers for Valentine’s day today, you are a dick. Give them flowers BEFORE or AFTER — literally anytime of the year to let them know you love them. Don’t do it on a day where it’s considered an obligation.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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In the past I’ve discussed (with myself) how social networking is considered real life for the younger generations, and posting things of a “questionable” nature (as defined by the older generations) is just normal and does not carry the same stigma, shame, weight, and — well, it’s just how life is now. Social networks are our personal lives, which now is also public accessible. It’s the new normal. Sorry grandpa, that’s how it is. Get used to it.

Actually my grandfathers (I had two) have been dead for a long time, so I’m guessing it really isn’t a concern for them personally.

I’ve read a great many posts and comments on these social networks over the years and have come to the conclusion that many people are mean — really really mean. Posts filled with insults, threats, violence, hate, rape, murder, emojis, and other things directed to make another humans feel bad.

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe if you are bad you should feel bad and I believe that some people should be sterilized (or possibly euthanized) but I don’t share that with the world otherwise I’d get branded as some kind of super villain. Well that and the fact I created a lair on the inside of an active volcano.

Some of these mean people have a belief and are just — inexperienced at expressing themselves in a civilized manner. But no matter how you look at it, these people are trolls.

My belief, my credo if you will, is to not respond to the trolls because that’s what they want. They want to argue. They don’t want to listen to anything you have to say. They listen only to figure out when they can respond. Unless it’s CNN or Fox News, then they just talk over each other so no one can understand any of them. And yes, there are trolls on TV too (and in person!)

I don’t feel the need to comment back because the troll’s posts speak volumes about their character and intelligence or lack thereof (was that a “troll” like comment – oops). And if I responded to everyone troll or every person that thought differently than me or anyone that critiqued me, I’d be the President of the United States of America.

And don’t block the trolls. You know what they say keep your friends close and your enemies as Facebook friends. This way you’ll know where they are and what they are up to.

But there are times when a response is required, but not directly to the person who dealt it. For instance I read an article on Mashable recently where the troll said awful things to this woman online and then deleted his account because he told her, “you do not get a chance to respond.” Since responding to this individual wasn’t possible and it would have fell on a completely deaf brain anyway, she wrote her response online for everyone to see. Maybe he won’t learn, but others may.

Just remember haters gonna hate and nothing is going to change that except themselves — but maybe we can help nudge them in the correct direction. If you’d like learn my philosophy on how you can nudge someone like this, listen to my show from a few weeks back, #370 called, “I Don’t Understand, And I’d Like To”.

Always remember my number one rule, Be polite. Always be polite.

Mashable Article

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This is episode s10e07(372) for Monday, February 20, 2017 and clocked in at 13 minutes, 28 seconds