Rant Thread

Onhell

Infinite Dreamer
Talking with an internet acquaintance about a game (Europa Universalis IV) and had this infuriating exchange:

Me: You talk a good game and all, but invading Russia rarely ever works out for the invading party. Look at Napoleon (within the bounds of the game, which goes from 1422-1821).
Him: Yeah but he was inferior to the Prussians, the Prussians could have done it.
Me: Well the Germans did invade Russia and I don't think it went well.
Him: Yeah but look at the Seven Years War, they beat Russia then!
Me: The Tsarina died after the Russians took the Prussian Baltic ports and the new Tsar loved Prussia so he bailed. Otherwise Prussia was done.
Him: Well, she knew she'd lose so she just died.

I know he's being a troll, but like, fuck right off with the Prussian worship.
First I thought, only you would get upset about this. Then I thought, I've gotten upset over WAY less, and my friend wasn't even trolling.

I'm a huge fan of the Planet of the Apes movies, both classic and remakes (sans the Tim Burton version), and I was discussing the second in the modern trilogy with a friend at Denny's:
Me: "I'm terribly disappointed in Caesar's response to Koba, man."
Him: "Why?"
Me: When they're in the collapsing building? And Caesar is holding on to Koba weighing his options and Koba says, "Ape no kill ape." And Caesar gets all pissed and says, "Koba no ape," and just lets go.
Him: What's wrong with that?
Me: What's wrong with that!? WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT!? I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S FUCKING WRONG WITH THAT, IT'S THE SAME FUCKING REASON PEOPLE HAVE USED TO KILL AND ENSLAVE OTHER PEOPLE, CHOOSING NOT TO SEE THEM AS HUMAN BEINGS OR EQUALS, HERE IS A MOVIE THAT CAN MAKE A STATEMENT AND THEY HAVE THEIR HERO DO EXACTLY WHAT THE VILLIANS ARE DOING!? FUCK THAT! WAS IT SO HARD TO HAVE HIM SAY, "KOBA IS A BAD APE!?"
Him: I think you're ready too much into it.
Me: AM NOT! *take a bite of my turkey with tomato and melted cheese sandwich*
 

Lamia020281

Educated Fool
I feel anger, humiliation and sadness. I'm taking part on a University online course, and we got feedback from our first exam today. I thought the exam was difficult, but it turns out almost everyone else of dozens of students did very well. I was the only one that got a bad grade, really the only one. The lecturer said you need to use logical deduction to answer the questions, and I'm not a logical person. I'm very disappointed and humiliated, not sure I can complete the course because my IQ is not high enough. Back in the offline exam world, it was enough to know the answers, you know? :mad:
 

Lamia020281

Educated Fool
My goodness, you've seemed logical enough here. What sort of course is this?
Thank you, very kind of you! :) It's cognitive neuroscience. I'd need that one course to finish my Psychology Subject Studies. I guess I have some sort of analytical mind, and I've been trying to learn more logics. But IQ test kind of deduction just is difficult for me.
 

Onhell

Infinite Dreamer
BAH, all that is BS. The IQ test thing that is. Personally I don't think it has anything to do with actual IQ and just knowing how to take tests, which can be learned. Like my friend told my about Planet of the Apes, don't read too much into it.
 

Lamia020281

Educated Fool
The problem is I can't learn the teacher's style of making questions. Or I can, some of it, but not necessarily enough to do well on the exams. I had a vibe I had picked the wrong answer although I knew the actual subject matter, and turns out that was exactly the case. Well, I need not get a good grade, as long as I pass the course, but that may be hard too.
 

Onhell

Infinite Dreamer
The problem is I can't learn the teacher's style of making questions. Or I can, some of it, but not necessarily enough to do well on the exams. I had a vibe I had picked the wrong answer although I knew the actual subject matter, and turns out that was exactly the case. Well, I need not get a good grade, as long as I pass the course, but that may be hard too.
That will be the challenge of these online classes. I'm already getting e-mails from students about how they're struggling and it's barely week 2.
 

Lamia020281

Educated Fool
I'm on week 3 approximately. I've liked the actual online learning, because it's so flexible. I have no problem understanding the lectures or textbook, or with homework. Just the exam questions. But all is not lost, if I can scrape together just enough points to pass the exams.
 

Night Prowler

Customer Deathcycle Manager
Staff member
Why do anti-mask people exist? Honestly it makes my blood boil when I see people boasting about, for example, going to the supermarket without a mask on purpose, then fighting the staff over MUH RIGHTS. Fucking morons, all of them. I also get irrationally angry every time I see someone improperly wearing a mask (beneath the nose, or super loose so that it loses its purpose).

Actually, I'm most pissed off at people with kids boasting on Twitter how they are teaching their kids not to wear masks. I think it'd be best if those kids were taken away from those pathetic pea brain idiots.
 

Lamia020281

Educated Fool
The rant thread perhaps isn't the right place for this, but I've been wondering if it's still all right to disagree about Corona measures if one has grounds for her opinions, maybe partly from the results of scientific studies? Masks is probably not the best example, because countries have different Corona situations and amount of crowds etc. For a long time now, I've decided to stay silent because arguments make me upset. Would like to voice my opinion sometimes, but I'm afraid to get heated feedback.
 

Zare

Automaton Sovietico
to disagree about Corona measures if one has grounds for her opinions
My ex is from an island and lives there, once tourists go away they'll be probably stopping with the masks collectively even if the government says otherwise. There are a couple of hundred of people in the town who support eachother throughout winter and such, it is not an urban life, you don't self isolate unless you're really fucked up, because you depend on people and people depend on you. Psychological health and the perspective of the town (that has centuries of history) is at stake if the already tough "traditional" life gets even tougher.

On the other hand, I feel no obligation anymore towards anyone. Our government shutdown the economy and then they reopened churches, weddings, and night clubs. The politicians themselves are running around infected, as they never followed the measures they imposed to the rest of the population.

I wear a mask to the shop because I respect the staff and live in a densely populated environment, but I really, really don't give a fuck about COVID-19 any more.

Masks are a huge psychological factor for the children in school. In Croatia we don't do private schools and everyone's in the public, meaning president's niece is in the same class with a child whose parents are on social care. They also need to standardize and give same masks for everyone because it is widening the social gap. I also don't want to give any money to mask industry.

"Hello can I get a mask?"
"Yeah, here you go, 100 pcs for 50e."
"umm..how about one?"
"we don't sell single masks".

Every single brand store or brand corner shop around me. Single masks only available in small "private" shops that come 1 to 10 against these.
 
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