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Hey, it's Earth Hour today! Like the old joke about children's day it could be argued that every hour should be earth hour. I'm pretty sympathetic to the concept on many levels, but I think I'm with John Carmack on this one: "I’m going to turn on every damn light in protest of Earth Hour. Lighting the darkness is fundamental to humanity's climb." Maybe Earth Hour would be a good time to celebrate World Backup Day (thanks HARDOCP)?

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21. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 1, 2012, 22:22 Prez
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 1, 2012, 14:19:
If thinking Earth Hour is a crock makes you a dickhead, then I guess I'm a dickhead.

Same here. And proud of it.
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 1, 2012, 16:54 banddirector
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 1, 2012, 14:40:
April fool? No update for us?

The ultimate April Fools joke - - no update at all?

 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 1, 2012, 14:40 xXBatmanXx
 
April fool? No update for us?  
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 1, 2012, 14:19 Mr. Tact
 
If thinking Earth Hour is a crock makes you a dickhead, then I guess I'm a dickhead.  
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 1, 2012, 14:03 Umbragen
 
So Carmack's a complete dickhead, tell me something I didn't know.  
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 1, 2012, 02:14 Prez
 
"I’m going to turn on every damn light in protest of Earth Hour. Lighting the darkness is fundamental to humanity's climb."

It's been a long time since Carmack said something I agreed with, but I definitely am with him on this. What Luddite/Paganistic tripe.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 22:23 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 17:07:
Seriously, after the first few million, what would you spend it on?
One plan has always been to waste some of it building disc golf courses.
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 21:59 xXBatmanXx
 
zirik wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 20:29:
Rhino wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 18:16:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 17:07:
zirik wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:37:
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:28:
Damn, I didn't win the Mega-millions. Oh well, would have made life too easy anyway.

yeah, i dont want to be set for life. i want to suffer. hehe. but seriously. i thought only one ticket won last night. that would make me really mad with envy.

Seriously, after the first few million, what would you spend it on?

Save it for my future generations, donate it, buy an extraordinary amount of land and have something built on it, fund whatever suits my interests and/or needs, invest (of course).

In other words, whatever the hell popped into my head. It could be worthwhile, it could be entirely self serving or fun; but it certainly wouldn't just sit there.

they were talking about lottery winners on the radio this morning. dunno if what they were saying is true but its a sad statistic. most winners dont know how to handle so much money. on average lottery winners spend all the money in 5 years regardless of the amount.

Tthe lottery is called a regressive tax for a reason. The people that need the money play it (poor in general) and the people that don't need it realise they aren't going to win and don't play.

Watching and reading about the stories, majority of people were already not very good with money, so what do you think is going to happen when you inject millions of dollars? Nothing good that is for sure. Go to the local casino - same thing.

I would have nothing but investments and trusts setup. AFter blowing a few million on just ridiculous fun, would be super easy to live off of a meager investement salary and have the money compound. After buying a few new cars and some houses for family - don't really need anything else. Can easily travel the world with 100k a year. Not even a fraction of your return each year on solid investments.

There are some success stories and I am happy for those people. It is sad to hear what hell some people bring upon themselves and their families when they get that money. My biggest thing would be making sure all future generations of my family tree could be as educated as they wanted to be.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 20:29 zirik
 
Rhino wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 18:16:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 17:07:
zirik wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:37:
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:28:
Damn, I didn't win the Mega-millions. Oh well, would have made life too easy anyway.

yeah, i dont want to be set for life. i want to suffer. hehe. but seriously. i thought only one ticket won last night. that would make me really mad with envy.

Seriously, after the first few million, what would you spend it on?

Save it for my future generations, donate it, buy an extraordinary amount of land and have something built on it, fund whatever suits my interests and/or needs, invest (of course).

In other words, whatever the hell popped into my head. It could be worthwhile, it could be entirely self serving or fun; but it certainly wouldn't just sit there.

they were talking about lottery winners on the radio this morning. dunno if what they were saying is true but its a sad statistic. most winners dont know how to handle so much money. on average lottery winners spend all the money in 5 years regardless of the amount.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 18:21 ForgedReality
 
RE: Snake bite

Stupid fucking piece of shit. Snake should have fucking killed him. Asshole. Why would you just fucking kill something? You deserve to die, because you're not contributing to society. Fucking dick. >:O
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 18:16 Rhino
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 17:07:
zirik wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:37:
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:28:
Damn, I didn't win the Mega-millions. Oh well, would have made life too easy anyway.

yeah, i dont want to be set for life. i want to suffer. hehe. but seriously. i thought only one ticket won last night. that would make me really mad with envy.

Seriously, after the first few million, what would you spend it on?

Save it for my future generations, donate it, buy an extraordinary amount of land and have something built on it, fund whatever suits my interests and/or needs, invest (of course).

In other words, whatever the hell popped into my head. It could be worthwhile, it could be entirely self serving or fun; but it certainly wouldn't just sit there.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 17:07 jdreyer
 
zirik wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:37:
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:28:
Damn, I didn't win the Mega-millions. Oh well, would have made life too easy anyway.

yeah, i dont want to be set for life. i want to suffer. hehe. but seriously. i thought only one ticket won last night. that would make me really mad with envy.

Seriously, after the first few million, what would you spend it on?
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 16:03 Cutter
 
Ratty wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:50:
I'll occasionally play the lottery but I stayed out of this one. Could you imagine what your life would be like? I don't need that.

Yeah travelling the world and having the best of everything at your fingertips sure would suck. I'd hate flying around the world in my private jet, staying in presidential suites, having all my clothes tailor made, eating the finest foods and drinking the finest wines and spirits available to humanity. And banging the hottest women on the planet would just make life unbearable!
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 15:49 zirik
 
Ratty wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:50:
I'll occasionally play the lottery but I stayed out of this one. Could you imagine what your life would be like? I don't need that.

it would be life without the need to wash towels on a weekend.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 14:50 Ratty
 
I'll occasionally play the lottery but I stayed out of this one. Could you imagine what your life would be like? I don't need that.  
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6. Re: Earth Hour Mar 31, 2012, 14:49 Kastagir
 
Seems like a good time to dry all those towels that just came out of the laundry machine.  
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 14:37 zirik
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 14:28:
Damn, I didn't win the Mega-millions. Oh well, would have made life too easy anyway.

yeah, i dont want to be set for life. i want to suffer. hehe. but seriously. i thought only one ticket won last night. that would make me really mad with envy.
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 14:28 Mr. Tact
 
Damn, I didn't win the Mega-millions. Oh well, would have made life too easy anyway.  
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 14:20 crypto
 
Finding a better way of lighting the darkness is fundamental to humanity's survival.  
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 14:03 WarpCrow
 
Progress is not the problem, the problem is humanity's impatient, irrational, and greedy nature. Nuclear power, properly managed, could be our best bet for now, but the private sector and clueless politicians have proven over and over again that they can't be trusted to implement it safely and efficiently. Genetic modification could solve so many problems, but companies like Monsanto can't be trusted to regulate themselves and the irrational public can't wrap their tiny minds around the concept enough to stop fearing it.

If there is any evidence to be had of some higher consciousness watching over things, it's in the fact that humanity somehow always manages to trudge forward despite being as inept and clumsy as we are. We -are- improving as a species, the question is whether our growing wisdom will catch up with our growing power before we destroy ourselves.
 
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