O.K I think I have all the bases covered with this image. Women and football are combined, there's alcohol and a thanks for the add and also a special day celebration. I wanted to add bacon as well but there wasn't enough room so if you lick your screen you will see I have flavoured the image with bacon grease.:lol:
Congratulations on the promotion Gooner
Yeah definitely paying attention to the critics. It's a new in tune and emotionaly sensative me and has nothing to do with it being quarter to three in the morning and having to get up for work in four and a half hours.:lol:
God I love black and white images like this. There is so much more magic and drama in this image than there would be if it was in colour. Thanks so much for sharing this with me potions, it’s really beautiful.:loveliness:
No. Here is why.
What will happen is that you will be staging a popularity contest. Those who are very active here and who do a lot of socialising and visiting of walls will get voted for by all of their friends.
It will also turn into a type of English grammar competition where those who are most able to use language will automatically be judged to be better blog writers. A great many who write blogs though are doing so in a language that is not their own. Will we really decide that their blogs are not as good because they write in faltering English? It’s never going to be a fair competition when some of the people writing blogs are disadvantaged by trying to use a language that is not their own, and some are quiet people who do not have a lot of friends.
Yes the wallpaper competition has someone doing very well who is not very active here but an image can be judged on how good it is in an instant, a page of text requires the commitment of people to read it and the judging of that texts worth is so much more subjective. Words are so much more emotive than a single image as well, and they usually leave us far more open emotionally. (Obviously some images have a power that is hard to match but they are rare) We open ourselves up far more when writing something than we do by simply posting an image.
Even if this was a level playing field what criteria could we use to measure who is best? I have read some funny blogs that have made me practically fall of my chair, and I have read blogs so moving and so personal that I have been left sitting in my chair feeling numb. Some people think the greatest blogs ever written were the ones about their favourite sport. Some love blogs that are informative and some love blogs that are full of pictures. I want to encourage people to write and to learn and grow as writers and they can do that in the blogs. Having a few popular or prodigious bloggers always getting the votes in a poll is just going to make those who do not get many votes feel as though they are not good enough, and that does not seem to be what we should be doing on this site.
Those who write well need no encouragement, those whose words are faltering or unsure are the people who deserve to be praised because they had the courage to do what was for them, something difficult.
Yeah you may well be right AtomicTheory If I bang away any faster or any harder on this keyboard I'm going to smash my fingers right through it. (See I can't even write a sentence about typing without my sexual frustration making it sound dirty):lol:
It's very rare for you to blog Darius1954 but when you do, I can't wait to click to read what you have written. (I logged in here just for a minute so I could leave a comment)
Every single thing you have said here about what sports has become perfectly reflects my own feelings. Of course I'm here in Britain so the NFL is something I know very little about. I do know though that quite a few players have over the years been guilty of assault and battery and generally thuggish behaviour. I had a feeling as well that I had heard of at least one player (an ex-player) being accused of rape. I googled "NFL player rape" and was horrified to discover that someone called "Darren Sharper" is facing charges of raping nine women in five states!
It is as you say in all sports and I hate football (What you would call "Soccer") because of the way the players behave and the way this game is treated as though it's something sacred. It's a damn game! Sure it unites people and that's great but it's a game! Sports stars and movie stars and really anyone at all in the entertainment industry should not be treated as though they are so much better than ordinary people that they can do no wrong. They largely behave the way they do because we have told them they have that great value. In football the players behave like spoilt brats who shout and cry when they can't get their own way and the world indulges them. What I would like to see are police walking out onto the pitch during a game and arresting some of these petulant little shits when they assault another player. They're doing this stuff in front of millions of people (Many of whom are children looking for role models) and in front of multiple cameras. If I go out into the street and elbow a man in the face I'll get arrested. Why is it that when a famous sportsman does it in front of the world it's not an assault? Sure in boxing it's legal to punch someone but you need a licence to do it and nowhere in the rules of the sport of football does it say that, elbowing a man in the face and breaking his nose or stamping on a man's leg so hard you break bone is within the rules.
We should make a stand against this stuff and we should treat thugs and women beaters and rapists and murderers and animal killers who are sportsman the same way we would treat a normal member of the public. The idea that their sporting excellence is so great that it excuses anything else they do is utterly repellent to me. Arrest a few of the little fuckers right there on camera in front of the world and drag them off the field in cuffs and watch the game change very quickly indeed.
As to why we allow them to behave like this, I think the desire in the primitive part of our brains to compete is so strong, that for many many people when they are watching the game, (Whatever game it is they have a passion for) they are so involved and caught up in it that they almost develop tunnel vision. They see on the edge of the game something a bit nasty but the whirlwind of emotions that drives them keeps their focus on the centre of the game and all of the action. We also have it drummed into us all the time that world class sportsmen are as good as they are because they are naturally more aggressive and it makes them go after what they want harder than anyone else would. There is some truth to that but skill should not be taking a backseat. If you want the ball then get it by using speed and skill and perfect balance. If the only way you can get it is by eye gouging the player who currently has it then you are not a sportsman, you're just a savage with a number on your back.
Always happy to rate up a good comment.
I agree with you that if the net went down it would now have some quite devastating consequences. So much of what we rely on, on a daily basis requires the internet. Cash machines and automated water pumping and thousands of other things that daily effect our lives that we never even think about. Things could be pretty bad for quite a while if we suddenly lost the internet. Even worse of course would be to lose electricity and all the modern tech that uses it. Now that really would have catastrophic effects.
Yes you are right mystikrebel that if roads were blocked most people would be in serious trouble. I can ride though so a motorbike would be my choice of transportation.
I think what saves lives more than anything else is people actually working together. Pooling of knowledge and recourses has always been the way human beings have survived and thrived throughout history. (Genetic lack of diversity in the human race proves that at one point in our distant past the global population did very very nearly go extinct)
Sorry to hear you were attacked. I have in the past been attacked as well and it did shake me up. (Not ptsd though) I hope that one day you the trauma of that day leaves you.
No Mads it's not the same everywhere. Your country really is in a bad place at the moment and I am so sorry you have to live with that day in and day out.
There are some places though where things are even worse at the moment. It seems right now as though half the planet has gone crazy. I look on at the ordinary people captured on film by news crews standing blinking in the streets confused and afraid seconds after their street has been decimated and everyone they know is dead, and I despair.:sad:
I also think Obama is a pretty decent guy and maybe it takes people really seeing what bad is (Like what you have to deal with) to be able to appreciate when they have it good. (Not going to get into a political discussion with anyone in this blog though. Have neither the time nor the inclination)
If the end comes I will be ready. I'll put on some badass black clothing, strap my katana to my back and crank up my natural levels of awesomeness all the way to eleven.:lol:
Being prepared for everyday possible dangerous events is always good and in truth this is something we can all do on a daily basis with little or almost no effort. Whenever I enter a building for the first time I am looking around for the quickest ways to get out. I look for exit signs and large windows because knowing which way to run when you have only seconds could make all the difference. I will probably never ever need to get out of a burning building but it takes no extra effort on my part to simply be using my eyes when I go somewhere new, so why not do it.
When out walking at night if I am going down a road that has side turning and it's quiet I turn down my headphones very low so that I can hear an approach from behind. Again I will probably never need to defend myself against attack, but a few people in my town have been struck from behind and mugged so it makes sense to give myself the best chance I can to detect a threat.
That is the kind of preparedness that I think can be useful. I honestly don't think though that the kind of prepping you are advocating would in most instances make much difference. If you have to survive a natural disaster like a fire or a flood and you need to survive for seventy two hours until help arrives then two situations are going to arise. Either you cannot escape the fire or the flood in which case you are killed, or you manage to get away in which case you simply go and stay with family or friends for a while. (And they are going to have a lot more of the stuff you have in their house than you are going to have in your bug out box) Natural disasters tend to be localised so if you escape the thing that is killing people you really have no use of bottled water and the such like. (Unless your government totally fails you like they did New Orleans and you are too poor to go anywhere else)
Now if it's something global or even nationwide then the thing that is going to kill you is people and a lack of survival knowledge. I can fish and shoot and set traps and find food that is available in the wild. I know how to build a shelter and as long as there are buildings still standing that I can get too, then I can drain tanks and pipes of clean water. (Standing water does go bad but not straight away) People are going to be the biggest threat and the only real way to stay safe is to stay hidden. (Having a gun is no real advantage if everyone else also has a gun, it's a level playing field)
We only have to look back to the reds under the bed fear of America in the fifties to see where the "Preparedness" mindset can lead. I do know that most preppers are not the dig out a shelter gun crazy idiots we see on televisions who are quite clearly gleeful at the prospect of the end of civilisation. I know most preppers don't ever take things that far and some stored cash and documents is not a bad idea for an emergency. Paranoia can be a dangerous thing though and the way things went in the US in the fifties is proof of that. Is your government going to one day try to kill you? Highly unlikely but if they ever do, a hand gun is not going to be much use against tanks, fighter jets and missile strikes. Is another nation going to invade? Again probably not, but if they do, well same as above. An interesting blog though and very well written. If one day the end does come and you meet a stranger with a katana and a faraway look in his eyes who's being followed by a ragtag group of survivors (All female and between eighteen and thirty) then don't shoot, it's only me, out there in the badlands doing what I do best; being awesome.:lol:
I can't believe you're so anti-nipple. Hell I didn't even know that was an actual thing!:titter:
Curious that human beings have survived at all really when the stuff is so dangerous and cancer inducing. We've been drinking milk for thousands of years, not just cow's milk either. Horse and goat and sheep and pretty much anything you can get milk from. (Not pigs though, their milk is too salty....Mmmm bacon):lol:
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Chloroform has always been my secret to a successful date. Definitely going to try this whole listening to her small talk thing you are suggesting though. Sounds pretty damn strange to actually be listening, but always willing to try something new.:lol:
No piracy is not collapsing the music and movie and software economy but that is my point. The reason piracy is not doing that is because we are few in number and the only reason that is true, is because there are consequences and most people are too afraid of those consequences. Piracy only works, as long as everyone does not become a pirate.
The reason is actually I think, very simple. (This is just my own theory of course)
Right now the impact of piracy on the big film and music and software companies is negligible because we pirates are relatively few. Sure there are a lot of us worldwide but compared to the number of people who do not engage in piracy we are very few in number.
Now let's imagine that you are a large entertainment corporation and try to see things from their perspective. They must find it almost impossible to believe that we pirates are actually so limited in number. It's free and easy to get, and costs us nothing to share. (Beyond the cost of the broadband) They must live in perpetual fear that what at the moment is a trickle, could someday become a tidal wave. It really is very strange that everyone is not doing it but then maybe that is the point of them taking action against people from time to time. They don't care about us. They care about everyone else. They need to make sure that there are consequences to piracy in order to prevent absolutely everyone from doing it.
I think really that is a legitimate concern. If everyone did what we do then the whole system would come crashing down. There would be no incentive to spend money on making expensive films or creating software or music. Somebody somewhere has to pay for this stuff to be created. By hitting a few people hard, they ensure that the majority do not choose to join our ranks. In all honesty, I can't say I blame them and as much as it pains me to say this, if we want to keep being able to get stuff for free, we need most of the world to fear the consequences of pirating and to keep paying for it.
I tried really hard not to laugh when I saw Eppo had muted you Brad. Honestly I held it in for about three seconds which took more willpower than I usually have.:lol:
I didn't even know it was possible to mute a Mod! Sure I know admin can kill Mods and eat them and regularly do, but I had no idea they muted them. Still funny, even now. (I will be supportive at some point, but it's just too early for that yet):titter:
We are even the simplest of us, all very complicated indeed.
I have never met a human being who was not within, a whirling mess of contradictions. Sure some people might on the surface seem pretty one dimensional but underneath there is always a tangle of thoughts and feelings all fighting for supremacy. Sometimes those who are most confident must battle the hardest of all to suppress their doubts and insecurities. Sometimes the quiet mouse roars.
All of us are far more alike than unalike but it's often hard to tell. What gets filtered out to the rest of the world from within us is different for all of us. Some of us have a strong support system like family or a group of very close friends that we can talk too. Some of us deal with the pressures of life by slowly letting things out over time, and some of us try to keep it in and every now and then, it all comes out in an explosion.
I think many of the battling contradictions within us arise from a desire to be better than we are, while struggling to match that against what our instincts tell us we presently are. We certainly can change and be better than we are. Everyone of us knows at least one person who turned something around in their life and became a better person. ("Better" of course is a matter of perspective) Why it is that it is rare for people to really change though I'm not sure. I have seen so many people in my life who I have wished would change the direction of their lives and who wanted too, but they never did. Perhaps the reason so few do manage to change the things about themselves that they don't like, is because they found a way to refocus. Maybe we cannot change the core of our nature, but maybe it's possible to find a way to harness that which we do not like, and put it to a good use.
Like an alcoholic starting the journey to sobriety, the first and only way anyone can ever change is by believing it's necessary. Someone who philanders possibly needs to face up to some insecurities and meet them head on and see those insecurities for the small things they are. Someone who uses their force of will to get what they want, could learn to see that working with other people and giving up a little control, would in fact probably get them more than they could get on their own.
We may not all be athletes or beautiful, or gifted with a great intellect, but we can all with patience and desire, at least be the masters of our own minds. (Nobody ever fully masters their mind, but getting into the driving seat is achievable for most of us I would think)
Glad you shared Vik and eloquently explained. Hope you find a way to slay (Or at least subdue) your demons. Another terrific poem as well. That is one benefit of being the kind of person who always looks within, introspection makes great poets, artists and musicians.