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Chatoyance


I'm the creator of Otakuworld.com, Jenniverse.com, the computer game Boppin', numerous online comics, novels, and tons of other wonderful things. I really love MLP:FiM.

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I am a human-shaped unicorn, and I write stories and draw pictures. My only religion is Friendship, and my only politics is Kindness. I write stories to try to comprehend the native simians that live on the planet I'm kind of stuck on. I know I'll never figure them out, but it's fun to try.

TOTAL WORDS WRITTEN: 1,410,383

"If you know your characters, and you know your world, then you need not fear even a thousand pages of text."

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“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.

Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.

Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?

Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”

- Epicurus, 341–270 BCE

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[not exactly reply, but more like testing request...]

Chatoyance, I remember you had PS4 game console somewhere in your home, along with usual computer. According to info this machine should be able to play so-called AVCHD (h264 videos burned on standard DVD disk). I'm trying to prepare/test encoding parameters for video editor called CinelerraGG. I can make small ISO test file, but I only can test it with software players. IF you have some time, some bandwidth, few blank DVD, dvd burner, and PS4 - can you test if your console actually accepts anything I can 'cook' here?

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Never seen Blade Runner personally, but the main plot point reminds me a lot of Final Fantasy 9.

Blade Runner is a movie for smart people. Angry, smart, people. It's just fancy scenes and some shooting for basic folks. But if you are smart, and therefore automatically existentially angry, Blade Runner is absolutely the movie for you. It is a catharsis and a moment of beauty too.

I'd argue that being mad at existence and god isn't smart, its imprudence. It indicates a lack of wisdom. I'd argue that the reason for our existence is beyond our understanding and that claiming its some kind of cruel joke is shortsighted, and highly presumptuous (If god does exist why would beings so below him like us be able to comprehend his actions or goals). Rather then being angry or scared of mortality I prefer to focus on the time I do have and make a positive impact in the here and now. I try to be content and thankful for being given life. And perhaps yes the knowledge of my favorite color will be forgotten, but in small perhaps imperceptible ways the ripples of my existence will live on, this I have faith in.

In short I don't think smart people are necessarily existentially angry, only the ones who lack wisdom are.

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I've heard a lot of versions of that Mark Twain quote, and they never comforted me in the least. I think most people try to imagine not existing and find the thought unpleasant.

I did hear a variant on Kurzgesagt a while back that is a lot nicer. "Blink your eyes, and the flash of darkness is how long forever will feel like when you die." I think that's really good idea for those of us who try to...imagine the endless black, as it were. It doesn't fix anything about the existential angst aspect of it, but it's a useful way to imagine eternity as an irrelevant period of time rather than an infinite one. For me anyway.

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What was your great-grandmother's favorite color? Favorite word? Flavor she hated the most? Nobody will ever know, it never mattered, it never was, it is not even dust in the ground - her thoughts, her self are as if they never existed.

while this is largely true for me - I don't think my views of family history and history in general actually most advanced. I think your argument a bit of overstatement - yes, because 150 years ago no-one had personal recording devices or tons of time/paper to write down a lot of things ...if your grand-grandmother _really_ loved specific color - this idea was passed to your grandmother, even if she probably may find this obsession with specific color not really amusing. So, at next iteration this memory might be lost..or not. What our pre-pre-pre parents and other humans did still echoing around in our lives ...

Universe at large may not care (but should it, really?) - but real live beings still care ..about what is done..with them, for them, or against them.

After all, _you_ were writing about your grandmother and family a bit - so I now have some peek into how it looked like ... so, not everything is lost in sands of time.

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