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theVictorianPost a picture of your place and we might be able to give some simple tips.

My place is a thoroughly bachelor, but I don't really care so much and the fact that I live alone in Sydney automatically negates any shame for the oversized hi-fi, 1/6 scale military diorama etc.

Main things to buy to instantly improve a place you don't own are subdued lamps (with warm or colour-changing bulbs) and a good rug. If you get posters, get a few of the same size and put them in frames (cheap is fine) and have a row of them rather than randomly around the room. Colourful pillows on sofas, along with maybe some blankets. Colourful single-colour curtains can be cheap depending on your windows. If you create a big panel of colour somehow, mirror that colour with accessories elsewhere with one or two other items to break it up. Like if you have red curtains, get red pillows for your sofa too, with maybe one or two green, if that makes sense. if you go bold, don't match curtains and rug. One big panel of colour, that looks like it's spreading around the room in patches, not multiple panels or it looks like a shop.

You're a weeb, so these bits are important. Fix the box situation by tidying up and getting rid of junk. If you are a DVD collector, keep only the collector boxes for display and either put the discs and artwork in individual poly-sleeves or get some large disc wallets. Music on display is acceptable. Do not display all your toys, rotate a few items now and then and stash the rest. Cable-tidying is important too. Even behind your PC. Investigate means of hiding or streamlining cables. Make assigned places to put things like game controllers when you are not using them. Things like charging stations must be out of sight. Electronics are ugly unless you have B&O money.

This is the cheapest way to drastically improve how your apartment looks. Please give Vic five grand.

Good lighting and some simple color choices go a long way. Also, vertical blinds are awful and no human should own them. If you have vertical blinds, please remove them and give Vic another five grand.

Also, that blondewood vinyl wrap that you find on IKEA and office furniture. That shit is depressing.
Apr 25, 2017 3:45 AM
Post a picture of your place and we might be able to give some simple tips.

My place is a thoroughly bachelor, but I don't really care so much and the fact that I live alone in Sydney automatically negates any shame for the oversized hi-fi, 1/6 scale military diorama etc.

Main things to buy to instantly improve a place you don't own are subdued lamps (with warm or colour-changing bulbs) and a good rug. If you get posters, get a few of the same size and put them in frames (cheap is fine) and have a row of them rather than randomly around the room. Colourful pillows on sofas, along with maybe some blankets. Colourful single-colour curtains can be cheap depending on your windows. If you create a big panel of colour somehow, mirror that colour with accessories elsewhere with one or two other items to break it up. Like if you have red curtains, get red pillows for your sofa too, with maybe one or two green, if that makes sense. if you go bold, don't match curtains and rug. One big panel of colour, that looks like it's spreading around the room in patches, not multiple panels or it looks like a shop.

You're a weeb, so these bits are important. Fix the box situation by tidying up and getting rid of junk. If you are a DVD collector, keep only the collector boxes for display and either put the discs and artwork in individual poly-sleeves or get some large disc wallets. Music on display is acceptable. Do not display all your toys, rotate a few items now and then and stash the rest. Cable-tidying is important too. Even behind your PC. Investigate means of hiding or streamlining cables. Make assigned places to put things like game controllers when you are not using them. Things like charging stations must be out of sight. Electronics are ugly unless you have B&O money.
Apr 25, 2017 2:09 AM
Zuben
theVictorianI think Le Pen's going to take it. Macron is pro-EU, so I'm guessing a lot of voters will sway Le Pen in the next round out of desperation to leave the EU. I understand that something like 62% of the French want out.

Haha, no. Filon didn't want out and he got almost as many votes as Pen, and those who voted for Melechon certainly won't be voting Le Pen either.

I'm not so sure. Macron is an ex-Rothschild banker who wants to deregulate French business down to things like ending the 35 hour work week. Melenchon's supporters may see him as a bigger threat to their agenda than Le Pen.
Apr 25, 2017 12:42 AM
BigwigYeah, good luck with Mars. We're a long way from just being able to send people safely to Mars for a field trip.

Let alone the amount of solar radiation that reaches the surface.
Apr 24, 2017 2:48 AM
wirthlingWas pleased to hear "Prisencolinensinainciusol" in the Fargo season three premiere. Hawley is great at picking music for his shows.

Aw-rah!
Apr 24, 2017 2:45 AM
I think Le Pen's going to take it. Macron is pro-EU, so I'm guessing a lot of voters will sway Le Pen in the next round out of desperation to leave the EU. I understand that something like 62% of the French want out.
Apr 24, 2017 1:31 AM
I'm beginning to think that China's going to engineer a soft regime change through aggressive negotiations that will bring the country under effective Chinese rule rather than allow reunification and have US bases on their border. I'm pretty sure China's sick of the NK regime's nonsense.
Apr 23, 2017 9:22 AM
Green Room is one of the very few movies that's had me literally squirming with tension in recent years. Holy shit.
Apr 22, 2017 11:42 AM
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Apr 22, 2017 7:31 AM
MeowYou can get some pretty good cold press from a grocery store that doesn't come with DRM. Fucking juice has DRM.

The dumbest thing about shit like this is that it actually makes any competitor who openly advertises a product without the limits you're paying to enforce a vastly more attractive option.

Apparently there are already companies in China selling DRM-spoofing boards for things like John Deere tractors.
Apr 20, 2017 5:40 AM
Man, Bill O'Reilly has always been a moralising blowhard, so this is fucking sweet.

I wonder if he has any defenders in right wing media.
Apr 20, 2017 4:59 AM
BigwigYeah, I'll still take the trend dating back centuries for a long-term prediction. But arghh hand-wringing.

I'm sure at the height of the centuries of the Roman Empire's existence they thought: "this'll never end!"
Apr 19, 2017 4:53 AM
Bigwig
theVictorian
BigwigI'll still take the long win for liberalism, because it's been doing the long win for centuries. It was never going to be a straight ascension without setbacks, and hasn't been.

Islamism is a big fucking problem,?

Sure.

It's a bit of a wrinkle in your assertion. We had the dark ages after the classical era, and we may be heading towards a new dark ages for a lot of the planet.
Apr 19, 2017 1:53 AM
Janson Jinnistan
theVictorianOf course we have no history of a lapdog press cheerleading regime change over the last two decades.

Again, not the point. ?There is no current verification of which rebel group, if any, was responsible for the attack, so it's a little premature to act like the media is covering-up out of some half-hearted help to a group that we cannot identify.

The media is lazy, yes. ?The media follows Trump like a puppy, yes. ?The media will focus on what trump talks about, absolutely. ?But the real story seems to be why Trump is silent on the attack at this point.

He probably hasn't read about it.
Apr 19, 2017 1:47 AM
BigwigI'll still take the long win for liberalism, because it's been doing the long win for centuries. It was never going to be a straight ascension without setbacks, and hasn't been.

Islamism is a big fucking problem, though. Religious people often throw their rights away for their belief's ascendancy, and with capital punishment for apostasy and so on, we've seen multiple liberalised Muslim countries slide into theocratic hellholes. Yes, Western foreign policy is to blame, but once they're in you can't seem to get them out.

There was Ba'athism, but we killed that movement ourselves with the last few wars when the Ba'ath strongmen got out of our control.

I was listening to an ex-Muslim religious refugee discuss the wave of craziness that's going to hit Islam as vast numbers of young people are exposed to the net and all the anti-religious material on there and the fundamentalists desperately crack down on heresy. I mean, this may be the beginning of reform, but reactionaries could win at a local level for a long time if recent history is anything to go by.
Apr 19, 2017 12:34 AM
Janson Jinnistan
theVictorianName me a rebel faction in Syria, barring Kurdish separatists who are mostly interested in self rule, that is someone the West should back.

Frankly, I don't have to. ?It's not my point to vouch for any rebel group. ?My point is that you are in error to say "no-one is writing teary-eyed 'think of the kids' pieces about the verifiable actions of the thugs we're half-heartedly supporting". ?First of all, there is currently less verification for the responsibility of the attack than in Assad's sarin attack. ?Checking the most recent coverage, it seems that al-Nusra is the leading candidate, but no one has claimed responsibility. ?There's no indication, as yet, that al-Nusra was one of the rebel groups who had negotiated the citizen evacuation with Assad. ?It's a strange sense of verification for an act that no one is willing to verify their involvement in.

The "mainstream media is silent" is erroneous to a degree. ?Now maybe on cable news or Brian Williams' show or wherever, this weekend's bombing has not been getting anywhere near the coverage that it deserves, and certainly Trump is already being called out for his administration's silence on it. ?If you want to criticize the lack of coverage generally, either here or with the frequent lack of interest in the many car bomb explosions in the Middle East, that's completely valid. ?To say that this is directly due to some conspiracy to protect rebel groups from bad Western press is a little kooky.

Of course we have no history of a lapdog press cheerleading regime change over the last two decades.
Apr 18, 2017 11:30 PM
Moses
theVictorianGran Torino is a minor flick, but it's a role Eastwood was born to play and it's kind of a pleasure watching him just be a grizzled old curmudgeon.

So, how do you view it? It's a comedy, right?

A laughable drama propelled by reasonable, slight comedy.
Apr 18, 2017 6:01 PM
MeowI got some gay drama brewing and I hate it. This is going to get weird, sorry. So a few months ago I was on an app and started talking to this guy. He has a husband, but their relationship is open. In fact, I started talking to the husband too. After some chats and a meet up between all three of us, we started a friends with benefits situation-- them and me, basically. It's actually worked out pretty well for what it is. They are very comfortable in their relationship and it's been smooth sailing. Actually, it's been a ton of fun. None of this is, of course, leading anywhere serious (like it even could) and we've all acknowledged that. That's not the drama part.

So I told a friend of mine I had been hooking up with a couple. I've known this guy for a year or two-- he's nice, a little kooky, but a good friend nonetheless. I've never had any feelings for him and I sensed the same on his part. Yeah, I was wrong about that. At first when I told him he was kinda intrigued-- sorta like, you know, well how does that work on a mechanical level? He told me that a situation like this one was on his bucket list but he's always worried he'd find a couple that were weird or jealousy would creep in. He told me to be careful, which-- good advice. But then his advice got more specific, which I thought was... odd. Like, don't fall for David over John. David sounds like more your type. I think you're falling for David. All of this was weird because I hadn't really gotten into personal details about these two guys. It was bizarre he could differentiate between them, let alone claim one was more my type. I was also kinda dumbfounded he'd claim I was falling for one of them-- I know myself and when I fall for someone it happens fast and hard. My friend also started to volley texts at me when he knew I was hanging out with them. All in all, I was getting a strange vibe.

Then, today, I got a text from one of the married guys. He was like, "Do you know a guy named XX?" I was like, yeah, he's my friend. Well, my friend apparently found them on facebook, matched that with their profile on that app, and was chatting up one of the married guys and had been for a while. Married guy thought it was kinda strange. He was asking overly personal questions and sending dick pics (that last part isn't unusual for this app, though). He never mentioned he knew me or our situation, but the married guy thought he looked familiar and saw we were friends on facebook. It kinda seems like my friend has been creeping on both of them for a while now. That's how he knew so much about them.

This is getting weird. I asked my friend if he had been chatting with this couple and he claimed oh no that's a total coincidence! We all live close to each other and it's a location-based app, so it's not that unusual. I... don't buy this. I don't know what to do about my friend. My instinct is that this is going to get weirder, because his behavior is weird, and I should just ease away from him. I'm worried that could trigger stranger behavior. All in all, I'm never telling anyone who I'm hooking up with ever again. Except you guys. Ya'll don't creep.

Get sex somewhere less complicated.
Apr 18, 2017 5:46 PM
MeowI got some gay drama brewing and I hate it. This is going to get weird, sorry. So a few months ago I was on an app and started talking to this guy. He has a husband, but their relationship is open. In fact, I started talking to the husband too. After some chats and a meet up between all three of us, we started a friends with benefits situation-- them and me, basically. It's actually worked out pretty well for what it is. They are very comfortable in their relationship and it's been smooth sailing. Actually, it's been a ton of fun. None of this is, of course, leading anywhere serious (like it even could) and we've all acknowledged that. That's not the drama part.

So I told a friend of mine I had been hooking up with a couple. I've known this guy for a year or two-- he's nice, a little kooky, but a good friend nonetheless. I've never had any feelings for him and I sensed the same on his part. Yeah, I was wrong about that. At first when I told him he was kinda intrigued-- sorta like, you know, well how does that work on a mechanical level? He told me that a situation like this one was on his bucket list but he's always worried he'd find a couple that were weird or jealousy would creep in. He told me to be careful, which-- good advice. But then his advice got more specific, which I thought was... odd. Like, don't fall for David over John. David sounds like more your type. I think you're falling for David. All of this was weird because I hadn't really gotten into personal details about these two guys. It was bizarre he could differentiate between them, let alone claim one was more my type. I was also kinda dumbfounded he'd claim I was falling for one of them-- I know myself and when I fall for someone it happens fast and hard. My friend also started to volley texts at me when he knew I was hanging out with them. All in all, I was getting a strange vibe.

Then, today, I got a text from one of the married guys. He was like, "Do you know a guy named XX?" I was like, yeah, he's my friend. Well, my friend apparently found them on facebook, matched that with their profile on that app, and was chatting up one of the married guys and had been for a while. Married guy thought it was kinda strange. He was asking overly personal questions and sending dick pics (that last part isn't unusual for this app, though). He never mentioned he knew me or our situation, but the married guy thought he looked familiar and saw we were friends on facebook. It kinda seems like my friend has been creeping on both of them for a while now. That's how he knew so much about them.

This is getting weird. I asked my friend if he had been chatting with this couple and he claimed oh no that's a total coincidence! We all live close to each other and it's a location-based app, so it's not that unusual. I... don't buy this. I don't know what to do about my friend. My instinct is that this is going to get weirder, because his behavior is weird, and I should just ease away from him. I'm worried that could trigger stranger behavior. All in all, I'm never telling anyone who I'm hooking up with ever again. Except you guys. Ya'll don't creep.

(?)/10

Just nuke all this from orbit. You're a good-looking young gay dude, you can get all kinds of less complicated fucking.
Apr 18, 2017 4:59 PM
Janson Jinnistan
theVictorianso whoever was responsible was certainly a "rebel" in that they were anti government.

theVic, you are well aware that this is not some binary rebel/government fight, and that there are multiple rebel groups with divergent agendas. ?Al Qaeda and IS are also, technically, "rebel" groups.

And also, I've read this story in my own "mainstream media" of choice, which has not hesitated to criticize Trump's recent military exertions.

Name me a rebel faction in Syria, barring Kurdish separatists who are mostly interested in self rule, that is someone the West should back.

Assad is a butcher and a thug, but Syria was a secular, multi-religious state under him and not one of the groups opposing him at this point would benefit the country by existing for another second. There is something of a binary conflict here, and it's Iranian-backed regime vs Sunni/Saudi-backed everyone else. The allegiances and divisions amongst his opposition are so convoluted and convenience-based that it's barely worth discussing them. I'd prefer if Assad didn't exist, but backing any other force in that country is lunacy.

The neoconservatives have long had a plan to install US-friendly anybody instead of all the old Middle Eastern regimes, and it's been fairly apparent that the press have been obedient to this agenda by emphasising the regimes' crimes over the fanatics'. I mean, when I read articles questioning the wisdom of backing rebels, they're written in an almost pathetically apologetic simper given who the rebels actually are: ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra and various allies of those groups.
Apr 18, 2017 4:25 PM