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Well it's New Year's Eve, the chili is cooking, the scotch is decanted, and all that's left is to wonder how 2007 went by so darned fast.

Hey, and of course it's GotY season all over the world, and while I often take a pass on this stuff because I rarely feel I've seen enough of all the contenders to properly choose, I just need another excuse to rave about how wonderful Portal is, as it is my easy choice for game of the year, short or not. Pick a complaint folks express about games: poor writing, reliance on clichés, lack of innovation, etc., and all of them are remedied in Portal. Even its manageable length becomes a strength as you explore its replayability. Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and Portal are three titles standing at the pinnacle of their genre, and Valve should be quite proud of their impressive track record.

Finally, with the New Year's Eve madness set to start this evening, please remember if you are going to drive, please use a car. Oh yeah, and for sure don't drink and drive, and please keep an extra watchful eye out for other drivers who may have ignored this sage advice.

Enjoy!

New Years' Eve Links! Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Stories: Holy smoke in nunnery tops 2007 weird news.
Man keeps year's worth of garbage in apartment.
"Perfect storm" of clichés make bad English list.
Science: When the Germans, and Rockets, Came to Town.
Mechanical mysteries of the yodel.
Auction: On eBay, Some Profit by Selling What's Free.
Image: Evolution of Mario.
Media: Cop Tasers Himself. Thanks Digg. Don't taze you bro!
Waterphone-that instrument from scary movies.
When Robot Programmers Get Bored. Thanks Phisto.
Get Fat, Gain Weight, And Become As Unfit As Possible.

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51. Re: No subject Jan 2, 2008, 21:13 space captain
 
Its not the total experience of living in the now. The potential for it to be "wrong" lies in the capacity for emotional scars and wounds to affect subconscious and unconscious behavior in an unproductive way. Sweeping memories of trauma under the rug does not absolve the trauma. This is a well researched psychological fact in countless cases of abuse, molestation, loss, etc. etc.

Similarly, sweeping memories of less impact under the rug has the same effect of displacement - the impact of the event remains and determines future behaviors, but the mind chooses to ignore its root cause.

And yes, negative values are created - "negative" is a conceptual designation. Concepts are mental constructs of symbolic value. Pain and pleasure are the brain's interpretation of nerve signals, and even that interpretation isnt set in stone.

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50. Re: No subject Jan 1, 2008, 21:29 PHJF
 
anyways, you will continue to perpetuate ignorance by creating a "negative" value in the first place, rather than accepting things as they are - instead of the black/white, left/right, yes/no, male/female binary system imparted by the conditions of the human organic mechanism

Nobody creates negative values, we're not robots. It's human emotion. If you learn to simply accept and displace negative impacts on your life you'll be a much happier if not less defined human being.

It's not about ignorance it's about understanding. I understand that when bad things happen I cannot magically go back in time and change them. There is no point in dwelling on them. The most extreme way to displace bad experiences whatever their impact may be is to simply forget them. There was that big hooah over propranolol's ability to weaken memories when used after traumatic events. Why is that so wrong?
 
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49. No subject Jan 1, 2008, 20:42 space captain
 
living in the now has nothing to do with disregarding events or situations or circumstances which you deem to have "negative" value according to your own personal bias.. it may be your specific version of "living in the now" but basically it boils down to "ignorance in the now"

unconditional living in the present moment has space for everything with "positive" and "negative" emotional connotations for a particular individual or group, as well as everything "positive" and "negative" from every other perspective of the mind/body.. and a limitless amount of infinities to spare

denial is not "seizing the day" although that is of course the obvious bait it uses to arise

anyways, you will continue to perpetuate ignorance by creating a "negative" value in the first place, rather than accepting things as they are - instead of the black/white, left/right, yes/no, male/female binary system imparted by the conditions of the human organic mechanism

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48. Re: No subject Jan 1, 2008, 18:35 PHJF
 
mindless robots like you who remember a year as "the one where that bridge collapsed".

I'll take an even bigger step and go to 9/11. At least nin's negative experiences are mostly personal. Point is I don't share this globalized viewpoint. As for personal experiences, my view is of one so existential that I don't take even so much as two weeks to bother holding information of negative value. I've had family members die, pets die, car trouble, etc. Point is that to live in the now is to explicitly disregard events, things, or people of a value self-deemed unimportant or of no tangible value. And logically those events, things, or people which don't make oneself happy are the ones of no tangible value. I'm sure in your infinite wisdom you've at some point read The Stranger and either found the lead character either intensely inhuman or intensely ideal.

I don't absorb negative influences because I don't want to. Whether or not that makes me a shallow person or not is inconsequential.

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47. No subject Jan 1, 2008, 14:36 space captain
 
Are you people really old enough to measure your experiences in spans of a year? I barely remember what happened two weeks ago, much less care about it.

LIVE IN THE NOW

if you really lived in the now you would be able to remember what happened two weeks ago, easily

theres a big difference between living in the now and living in the dark - constant remembering or constant forgetting

active consciousness creates the presence of mind to enable lasting impressions, while its lack prohibits such impressions

its ok tho, the majority of people are mindless robots anyways - you'll fit right in

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46. Re: Happy New Year Jan 1, 2008, 13:59 nin
 
what was wrong with last year

bunch a fucking cry babies


Let's see (off the top of my head):

A coworker/friend died of cancer, after a 2 year battle.

A friend of mine killed a guy. He was driving a train at the time, so there wasn't much he could do besides sound the horn and lock up the brakes.

My cat died.

A friends cat died about 2 weeks ago.

Another friend was in an auto accident, totaling his vehicle, after some goon ran a red light and slammed into him.

Oh, and I no fucking power for 9 fucking days.


Things could have certainly been better for my friends and I...


edit: Am I wrong in hoping this year has a bit less drama? I don't think so.




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45. Re: Happy New Year Jan 1, 2008, 13:41 PHJF
 
Are you people really old enough to measure your experiences in spans of a year? I barely remember what happened two weeks ago, much less care about it.

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44. Re: Happy New Year Jan 1, 2008, 13:08 complicity
 
what was wrong with last year
Nothing at all, I had a very good 2007! Onward and upward!

Ahhhh, outdoor NHL hockey game on today, very cool.
 
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43. Re: Happy New Year Jan 1, 2008, 13:01 Enahs
 
what was wrong with last year

bunch a fucking cry babies

That is what I am saying.

I guess Bats is whining because his bridge collapsed...heh



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42. Re: Happy New Year Jan 1, 2008, 12:53 PHJF
 
what was wrong with last year

bunch a fucking cry babies
 
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41. Re: Happy New Year Jan 1, 2008, 12:17 xXBatmanXx
 
Here's to an even better 2008 for everyone.

Seconded.

God willing - it can only get better. *ugh*

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40. cliche list Jan 1, 2008, 11:11 Jim
 
Only one of my most hated cliches was on the list

"x is the new y"

Other ones I'd like to see die in 2008 are:

"2.0" being appended to everything.
"Its like x on steroids" to describe larger or more heavy-duty items.

 
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39. Re: Happy New Year Jan 1, 2008, 06:22 Cutter
 
Fuckers, fuckers, fuckers...how ya' doin', boys? Happy goddamed New Years to you all! I hope everyone survived and thrived!

Anyway, long-ass night. Busy as hell and good times to boot. Had all the theatre peeps show up and rip it up. Didn't get to hook up with a couple of the girls that I'd like to stuff like turkeys, but I did get picked up by this one sweetie. She's apparently an up and coming pop star by the name of Suzie McNeil. She was on INXS rockstar or something. Anyway, she was digging my action, and it works for me. Here's her video on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Aa2y47uaEI). We'll see what happens. The good Lord willin' and the crick don't rise, I'll hit that shit like Ike hit Tina! Hell, I'll hit for you guys one time.

Two-thousand-and-fuckin'-eight! Far fuckin' out! Another year older and deeper in debt. As the Grateful Dead were wont to sing..."what a long, strange trip it's been".

Peace out, love you guys!

Cuts


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38. Re: Happy New Year Jan 1, 2008, 02:44 nin
 
Here's to an even better 2008 for everyone.

Seconded.

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37. Re: Happy New Year Jan 1, 2008, 02:30 Dan =0)
 
Happy new year to everyone!

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36. Happy New Year Jan 1, 2008, 01:27 complicity
 
Here's to an even better 2008 for everyone.  
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35. Re: 2007 Dec 31, 2007, 23:47 MrPr3f3ct
 
"A bullet"? Let's just empty the whole f*cking clip, shall we?  
Some people are like Slinkys. Not really good for anything, but you just can't help but giggle when you see one tumble down the stairs.
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34. 2007 Dec 31, 2007, 23:04 Kxmode
 
We need to take it out back and put a bullet in its brain

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33. Re: No subject Dec 31, 2007, 19:10 Warhawk
 
My 8800GTS 512M should be here soon, maybe this week yet. Once it and my RAM show up, I will have a brand-new, fully armed and operational battle station with a Core 2 Duo 6850 at its heart. A bit of an upgrade over my current Athlon 2500 w/Radeon 9700.

Yeah, until I just built my new machine a few months ago, I was using a 2500XP and 5700U. I've got a 6600 and the GTS512 and love them.

Wow, what a difference!


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32. No subject Dec 31, 2007, 18:52 Pigeon
 
I received Portal et al., just in time for my laptop to die on me. Thankfully it's still under warranty, but it means no playing till it's fixed, a process the holiday season is extending. So for now my orange box sits at the end of my coffee table taunting me.

 
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