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November 28, 2023

Anyone Else Miss Web 1.0?

(Web 1.0 being the era of AOL, MSN, Yahoo, no two-day shipping, no Facebook, no Amazon, no Twitter, no YouTube)

I’m so nostalgic, despite beginning at the tail-end of Web 1.0. Those were magical times.

My first graphics card had 16MB of RAM. I first started experimenting on my computer at 11, messing around with Visual Basic programming and game mods. I loved visiting odd Geocities sites, chat rooms, gaming communities, etc.

The message boards were amazing! Were people nice? About as nice as they are now. However. Moderators usually clamped down on toxicity when it occurred. Message boards were watched for bad behavior; the same that seems to flourish on Facebook now.

I feel like DU is leftover from when webpages weren’t absolute shit: flooded with advertising, misinformation, and low-effort content (if you ignore the pop-ups we used to deal with). I miss the days of viral videos that were actually interesting. I miss when morons didn’t try to record everything for fake internet points (like likes or upvotes). I miss communities like DU.

The current internet is toxic. Morons can live in their own information bubble and never leave it. As a result, you get cult-like followings of people like Trump. Insane message board types like those found on Free Republic (which I used to laugh) are now mainstream.

Everything is a scam now. It’s fine-tuned rob you blind at every moment. There can’t just be a Facebook that exists on advertising. No - it has to cater to everyone to get the most money possible, including tailoring the experience towards mountebanks and bullshit artists who use an entire Corporate Social Media team and Psychologists to fine-tune the art of grifting.

I’m tired. I will gladly celebrate the day, should it come, that Facebook closes it’s doors forever. I can’t wait until Instagram is gone, followed by TikTok, Twitter (or, X, or, whatever fever-induced pseudonym Elon Musk dreams up in the moment), and, finally, Reddit. I wish we could come full circle.

It’s a pipe-dream, sadly. The genie is out of the bottle, and, we will never go back to the way it was. However, I have to admit that I miss it. I want just one more uninvited AOL CD in the mail, please?

October 29, 2023

Autism / Aspergers

Does anyone else have autism and have hyper-fixations? Mine are cemeteries and computer programming.

April 10, 2023

Can Someone Explain Why the Texas FDA Ruling Affects All States?

I don’t quite understand. Isn’t the judge in the Texas state court, or, are they a Federal judge? If they are a state judge, why do other states need to follow the ruling as well?

January 16, 2023

Does Anyone Cultivate Their Own?

If so, any thoughts or suggestions for someone who is looking to plant her first plant?

I usually buy legal weed from Massachusetts, but, it’s pricey.

January 7, 2023

Hello - I like old cemeteries

I like old brownstone or slate headstones with interesting carvings. I also like to learn about headstone carvers and their unique styles they put into their craft.

Does anyone else also like old cemeteries?

October 5, 2022

Parents, students complain East Baton Rouge schools field trip was more like church service.


Brittney Byrant, a biology teacher at Woodlawn High and the mother of a senior at the school, was one of those who took to Facebook to register her concerns. She’d learned the day before that she was serving as a chaperone for the event, accompanying her child. Bryant particularly objected to the organizer’s decision to separate the audience by gender and have the girls listen to a series of emotional talks from three female speakers.

“They talked about rape (and) forgiving the offender, suicide, prayer leadership, and many more dark controversial topics. We had females in the bathrooms crying due to the topics of discussion,” Bryant wrote.

Her transgender child, who identifies as “he,” tried to walk out as the “girl talk” started and was initially barred from leaving, the mother said. Bryant said she also heard that other transgender students were bullied Tuesday.


Summary -

- Baton Rouge High School students were brought on “field trip” to a “career fair,” which turned out to be church retreat
- Boys and girls were separated.
- The boys’ events including doing push-ups competitively to earn money in a ‘hyper-macho’ atmosphere.
- The girls were proselytized about church dogma, including ‘forgiving their rapist’ and purity culture.
- A transgender boy was forced to attend the girls’ lecture and couldn’t leave. At the end, there was some ceremony where he was “cleansed” by having water poured over his head to convert him.
- The entire event was highly misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, and left students traumatized.

What the fuck!?
September 8, 2022

I don't care about the royal family. Monarchies shouldn't exist.

Yes, I know, the Queen “Did so much for the world.” Know who else could’ve? Someone in a Democratically elected position.

Monarchies shouldn’t exist in 2022, and it’s annoying American popular culture embraces the royal family so much. Their biggest claim to fame was being born. None of them seem exceptionally talented at anything or deserving of praise. They gather attention and money by merely existing.

The UK should’ve just dropped the title today once and for all. We fought a war to rid ourselves of this shit, and, I’m fully comfortable in saying Democracy is vastly superior to Monarchy as a government structure. I know the royal family are just figure heads at this point, but, they need to be wiped out of American culture, much like all other forms of Authoritarian worship.

May 25, 2022

"We have a mental health crisis in this country, of which I plan to do absolutely nothing about."

Dear GQP - if you’re so concerned about this country’s mental health, why don’t you work to improve access to mental health services, and subsidize them through the government? Why don’t you create free mental health services accessible by anyone whenever they want them?

Until then, shut the fuck up. You won’t do anything about the country’s terrible mental health, so, we have to solve the gun crisis a different way - taking the guns away. Your thoughts and prayers have done jack shit.

May 25, 2022

Racist, Transphobic nutcase Paul Gosar spreads lies about the TX shooter.


Extremist Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) deleted a disturbing and offensive tweet Tuesday that falsely claimed the gunman who killed more than 20 people at a Texas school was a “transsexual leftist illegal alien.”

Gosar, an anti-immigration hardliner who routinely cozies up to white nationalists, was apparently promoting a false claim circulating on right-wing networks. Users shared images of a trans person unrelated to the attack claiming they were the shooter.


This is your typical Fascist nutcase. They’re obsessed with creating a boogeyman, and, anything bad that happens is because of them. It doesn’t matter if the tweet was deleted - it served its purpose in terrorizing two communities that are already consistently terrorized by the GQP.
November 14, 2021

Is anyone else autistic?

I’m an Aspie and I love computer programming. Anyone else here autistic and what are your interests?

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