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Modulous
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Message 1 of 43 (910560)
04-26-2023 7:38 PM


I posted over at Ringo Is Noticeably Missing, a very short message. It was meant to be mildly humourous in its surprise factor. I've been meaning to check in for a while but then I put it off for one reason or another.
I'm not sure whats worse, hijacking that thread or making a whole thread dedicated to me me me. I guess I'll do a little from column A and a whole bunch from column B. Hi.
quote:
Not my place. But I extend the opportunity if you would like to talk.

Did you complete a process and have now taken on a more self-agreeable world-view?

Well 'complete' is perhaps an optimistic view, my bank account would love if that were true. However yes there has been a process of transition from one particular state of affairs, to another. Hope you are all well, I'm Mod. She/Her Its been...a journey.
My endocronological shift has meant metal has been replaced by pop and debate replaced with community building and charity fund-raising.
I have been popping in from time to time to see what's going on. I am most amused that the humour thread is still Humour VIII, its like 10 and a half years old now. Did nobody think to make a v9 or did I just do it so well its crazy to consider the idea?
I know we've lost some old friends over time, and I raised a glass for them. For those that remain, its amazing to see you here! Hope you are keeping well. Erm, yeah, AMA I guess

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AZPaul3
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Message 2 of 43 (910562)
04-26-2023 8:09 PM
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04-26-2023 7:38 PM


So now it's Ms. Modulous? Well, I guess in a way it always was but now you've done made it physically official. Congrats, M'lady.
So how was it? All the gory details, please. Especially the psycho ones. Are we to be part of your therapy? Most wonderful.
I see you didn't forget the magic spells and incantations of operating in this forum. So part of the process is not a complete memory wipe. That's probably a good thing. What other good things are you finding?

Stop Tzar Vladimir the Condemned!

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Dr Adequate
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Message 3 of 43 (910567)
04-27-2023 2:35 AM
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04-26-2023 7:38 PM


Yay, good for you!
(Ya know by coincidence I just checked in for the first time in how long? ... and saw the "Ringo is missing thread" and I thought "maybe I should start a thread just to reassure people that I'm still alive" and then I saw this and kinda don't want to ... hijack your thread. I mean I literally still have a pulse, that's not interesting.)

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Message 4 of 43 (910569)
04-27-2023 2:51 AM


Yikes, telepathy?

Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed. Je suis Juif. Je suis Parisien. I am Mancunian. I am Brum. I am London. Olen Suomi Soy Barcelona. I am Ukraine.

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Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
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Message 5 of 43 (910571)
04-27-2023 5:18 AM
Reply to: Message 2 by AZPaul3
04-26-2023 8:09 PM


So now it's Ms. Modulous?
That's me!
So how was it?
Every week I am getting physically tortured by someone at a clinic or somesuch, but the worst is the beauracracy. Selling a house? Nightmare. Trying to get a prescription every month? Unnecessarily chaotic. Want a blood test, as requested by an NHS endocrinologist? You have to drive 100 miles because the local GPs refuse for no given reason (all have staff on site that are trained in doing it, they do them basically every day).
My favourite story though is when I followed through with the psychiatrist the government made me go to. Because the waiting time was about 5 years to speak to a beaurocrat who will decide if I want a follow up appointment with the same beaurocrat 6 months later who will only then decide to put me on a year long waiting list for a psychiatrist...I just found one of those psychiatrists and paid hundreds of cash to see him privately to skip the gatekeepers. What a system. Anyway, I followed up as I had concerns about a profound change in my mental state.
"Can you describe the symptoms?"
"Well my brain is very, I don't know, quiet? And it kind of feels like laughter but its a rounder softer version of that? I'm oversleeping too."
"Oversleeping?"
"Yeah, I went to sleep at about 1am and instead of waking up at 6 I slept through to 10"
"OK and does this cause you anxiety?"
"Well, I suppose not - its just very sudden and as I said, 'quiet'"
"If your mood was a temperature how would describe it?'
'Warm?'
"It sounds like you might be experiencing happiness."
"Haha, wait....what?"
AZPaul writes:
I see you didn't forget the magic spells and incantations of operating in this forum.
Do not cite the Deep Magic to me! I was there when it was written!
What other good things are you finding?
Boobs.

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Modulous
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Message 6 of 43 (910572)
04-27-2023 5:19 AM
Reply to: Message 3 by Dr Adequate
04-27-2023 2:35 AM


woo! Maybe the magnetic draw of the call to Ringo will bring all the OG here for check in

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Phat
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Message 7 of 43 (910575)
04-27-2023 5:52 AM
Reply to: Message 6 by Modulous
04-27-2023 5:19 AM


Eulogies For The Missing
Yes, we have seen quite a number of members pass through here. As for you, I remember your brief yet active role as an administrator. You took the job seriously and efficiently. As for your gender identity, I never really gave it any thought. I do remember when you had a photo of yourself in a dress with pigtails, and I wondered aloud if wearing dresses was perhaps a future fashion trend! As for your current photo, I can say with sincerity "nice hair!". Its enough to know that you are ok.
The first member whom I remember talking with who later died was Robin Rohan. The members who passed later all impacted me in that it seemed so final.(This death thing)
and I recall conversing with Asgara, Buzsaw and especially RAZD. He was so encouraging!
Anglagard was another one who impacted me in a positive way.
I dont know how your gender identity affects you and I wont pry. Many Christians (especially Conservatives) have an issue with that sort of stuff, but I am more concerned with a persons mental/physical health than I am with identity issues.
And this sums up the AI argument in a nutshell. The fact that "it" isn't human makes "it" more of a competitor than in any way a sentient being.

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AZPaul3
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Message 8 of 43 (910585)
04-27-2023 12:20 PM
Reply to: Message 5 by Modulous
04-27-2023 5:18 AM


"If your mood was a temperature how would describe it?'
'Warm?'
Excellent. My buzz may be chemically enhanced but yours is a life condition. So who needs therapy?
Again, congratulations, Ms Mod.

Stop Tzar Vladimir the Condemned!

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Stile
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Message 9 of 43 (910586)
04-27-2023 12:41 PM
Reply to: Message 5 by Modulous
04-27-2023 5:18 AM


Modulous writes:
but the worst is the beauracracy
Fucking bullshit.
Sorry - I just hate it when systems get in the way of good people just doing what should be normal things.
Personally, I'm dealing with Canada's troubled healthcare system with my Wifey.
Mostly filled with good people trying to do what they can.
But "what they can" is blocked by so many issues and problems they're not allowed to change... it produces such animosity without any outlet for it other than: Fucking bullshit.
And, of course, the all powerful and just as useful: "If I was in charge..."
I just found one of those psychiatrists and paid hundreds of cash to see him privately to skip the gatekeepers
Nice one.
We're basically doing the same thing: moving to USA to skip the gatekeepers.
"It sounds like you might be experiencing happiness."
Even the bitter sweet is still sweet.
That is: may have been a while to get there, but if "there" is close now - nothing wrong with enjoying it.
I've long thought that "aligning one's thoughts with reality" brings it's own contentment.
That is - if you're not fighting against reality (consciously or subconsciously), don't have to remember any lies, and can simply focus on "what do I have-to/want-to do today?" ... things are just.... nicer.
Quiet, calm... content.
The way it ought to be for everyone.
Good for you to find your way closer.
Unfortunately, there are so many out there who are unwittingly their own worst enemy on finding contentment/inner-peace. With the worst part being that they think the things they're doing are helping... when actually a lot of those things are directly adding to the problems.
-oh... that was a general musing, not a directed-at-you musing, if it wasn't clear.
Back to addressing you directly: Glad to hear things are moving in the positive direction - Good Luck out there!

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Modulous
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Message 10 of 43 (910610)
04-28-2023 6:59 PM
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04-27-2023 5:52 AM


Re: Eulogies For The Missing
As for you, I remember your brief yet active role as an administrator.
You know you are old when 12 years is considered a 'brief' time as a forum moderator New moderator/admin - AdminModulous
I do remember when you had a photo of yourself in a dress with pigtails, and I wondered aloud if wearing dresses was perhaps a future fashion trend!
Fun fact about the future - there's still more of it to come! Once we've smashed the gender norms it will be as trendy for a man to wear a skirt as it is for him to wear shoes
As for your current photo, I can say with sincerity "nice hair!".
Thanks! All that time I used to spend arguing on the internet with you fine people is now spent with a curling iron
The first member whom I remember talking with who later died was Robin Rohan. The members who passed later all impacted me in that it seemed so final.
Death is one of those things which you can know all about, but you know nothing about it until friends and family start dying. Along with some old forum-mates, I lost a fair number of very close friends and family over the COVID era. The feeling is different for everyone in some way, but there is a common thread of emotion for each.
I dont know how your gender identity affects you and I wont pry.
I've become reasonably good at setting boundaries - you wouldn't believe some of the insane conversations I have been thrust into over the last few years. I'm adept at dancing away - but if you did have anything you wanted to ask, you are more than welcome to.
Many Christians (especially Conservatives) have an issue with that sort of stuff, but I am more concerned with a persons mental/physical health than I am with identity issues.
Appreciated. It has always puzzled me the attitude some folk have with the whole thing, but it seems to be a feature of humanity that some people will always have issues with something outside of the 'norm'.

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Modulous
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Message 11 of 43 (910613)
04-28-2023 7:09 PM
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04-27-2023 12:41 PM


Fucking bullshit.

Sorry - I just hate it when systems get in the way of good people just doing what should be normal things.

Personally, I'm dealing with Canada's troubled healthcare system with my Wifey.
Mostly filled with good people trying to do what they can.
But "what they can" is blocked by so many issues and problems they're not allowed to change... it produces such animosity without any outlet for it other than: Fucking bullshit.
Urgh yeah, there is a rather long video on youtube that goes through what its like for trans things the UK - you can view it here. But these kinds of systems are all over the place. They have become so complicated, that responsibility for changing, fixing them and regulating them falls on everybody and thus nobody - either by design or just because over time they've become...irreducibly complex
Quiet, calm... content.

The way it ought to be for everyone.
Good for you to find your way closer.
Yeah, life will always have ways of shaking up the quiet calm contentedness, so for sure - enjoy it while you have it
Back to addressing you directly: Glad to hear things are moving in the positive direction - Good Luck out there!
Danke!

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Message 12 of 43 (910617)
04-28-2023 8:05 PM
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04-27-2023 2:35 AM


I saw this and kinda don't want to ... hijack your thread. I mean I literally still have a pulse, that's not interesting.)
Well, you could hang around a bit and visit, like what the heck have you been up to? Is When Pigs Fly in print yet? And a pulse is good!

Stop Tzar Vladimir the Condemned!

What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

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Message 13 of 43 (911740)
07-25-2023 7:07 PM
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04-26-2023 7:38 PM


WTF????

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Message 14 of 43 (911742)
07-25-2023 7:18 PM
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04-27-2023 5:52 AM


Re: Eulogies For The Missing
You were right to be worried about what happened to Ringo.
His Sharon-Stone avatar suddenly makes "sense".

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Message 15 of 43 (911746)
07-25-2023 7:51 PM
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Re: Eulogies For The Missing
Take your hate and disrespect elsewhere.

What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. -Christopher Hitchens

Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts

"God did it" is not an argument. It is an excuse for intellectual laziness.

If your viewpoint has merits and facts to back it up why would you have to lie?


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