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  1. Puffy

    Making narrative sense of "levels" in RPGs

    @Glaerhaidh Again happy you're enthusiastic - wanting to be god or president sounds like a bit of a middle-class problem though. :P If someone was in a position of supreme hardship I can sympathise if they'd rather live in a different reality or start their life over in a simulation. Maybe it’s...
  2. Puffy

    Is Transexuality a Neurosis?

    I don’t presume anyone is mentally ill just because I don’t understand. If someone is happy and functional the way they are by definition they’re not mentally ill. The problem is that mental illness in the people you highlight could more be down to a lack of acceptance within their tribe/community.
  3. Puffy

    Is Transexuality a Neurosis?

    Sure, no worries, compute away! TBH I personally think it's a mix of nature and nurture in the overall population as well, but I wouldn't be able to discern the influence of either factor. I generally presume LGBT is nature as a default, based solely on experience of people I've known, with...
  4. Puffy

    Is Transexuality a Neurosis?

    Hey Cog, I'm at work so just writing quick responses. I think you're too accustomed to placing me in the antagonist's seat in respect to you, which I can appreciate as I've probably been that way before and you've also received some hostile responses here. So I get why you'd group me that way...
  5. Puffy

    Making narrative sense of "levels" in RPGs

    I wouldn't presume that people want the type of thing you're describing just because they're poor, unless there's something else you had in mind. Also, I think it's important to not forget that people are animals, it feeds into our discussion in the obesity thread but I'm unsure we can just...
  6. Puffy

    Is Transexuality a Neurosis?

    Not at all, I ask as you come across like you perceive wokism to solely be an irrational mob that have no interest in objectivity or truth. So I'm curious how coming across material suggesting that what's being advocated is supported by what we know currently effects your perception.
  7. Puffy

    Making narrative sense of "levels" in RPGs

    I don't personally share your enthusiasm for this but I'm supportive of your enthusiasm. We obviously come from different frames of reference with programming being close to your heart and life passion, where for me gaming is something I associate with a life consuming addiction I had due to...
  8. Puffy

    Is Transexuality a Neurosis?

    It looks like Hado provided you what you were asking for. Regardless of whether transsexualism is defined as a neurosis or not, how has that effected your view on transitioning and being supportive of it as a potential path of treatment? Pulling a ‘woke people are being unscientific, show me the...
  9. Puffy

    Is Transexuality a Neurosis?

    Can I just take a moment from the cancer spread to say that Darth Maul avatar fits your posts so perfectly, washti. You're the only person I've ever met who can take the film The Phantom Menace and somehow make it work. 10/10 avatar choice. :starwars:
  10. Puffy

    Is Transexuality a Neurosis?

    I think the issue is that transsexual people are very accustomed to being neuroticised or talked about as if something's wrong with them. And also that it's the experience of being neurotised that seems to be a major cause of the distress transgender people experience -- i.e. that other people...
  11. Puffy

    Making narrative sense of "levels" in RPGs

    I think there reaches a certain level of detail with video-games where you may as well stop levelling up your cooking attribute in the RPG and just level up your cooking attributes IRL. Think how long it would take to reach 99 cooking in something like Runescape, you could easily go from nothing...
  12. Puffy

    Which tv series are you watching?

    Yeah it is and it isn’t. Bojack, for example, is an asshole who I haven’t really seen take responsibility for his problems. That paints a narrative of change is an uphill struggle against ourselves and our environment. I haven’t really seen with any of the characters so far ‘no matter what you...
  13. Puffy

    Obesity: My toxic best friend

    @Glaerhaidh If the only changing variable is environment, then wouldn't it be safe to conclude from what you're saying that the environment we live in is not as healthy as it once was, or isn't conducive to good health? In which case, what makes the environment and the sedentary types of jobs we...
  14. Puffy

    Which tv series are you watching?

    Hey Jenny :) Currently watching Bojack Horseman, a netflix animated series. The strengths of the show lie in its strong character writing. Even a lot of the minor characters are really well done. The only main character I really can’t get into is Todd. I appreciate the show needs some comic...
  15. Puffy

    Which tv series are you watching?

    re-written post below
  16. Puffy

    Obesity: My toxic best friend

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I’d think it’s self-evident that moderate (not excessive) exercise and good nutrition are healthy for everyone. You may as well both do that, fatty and skinny. The thing is even if two people do that body-types are such that one person will be leaner than another...
  17. Puffy

    Your Adult Developmental History

    I'm 14 adult years old. I'd say overall that things have been getting better. I know myself and what I want more, I'm more confident and stable, I look after myself more. I've worked to a place of stability that I can make all the money I need on a 3 day per week job and can focus the rest of...
  18. Puffy

    what makes you feel important?

    Probably if people ask for my opinion or advice on something, like Hado said as it makes me feel valued.
  19. Puffy

    Experimental genre-progressive music

    Yeah I had a similar experience in lockdown after discovering Dan Barrett's music (main projects listed below). Pretty much all I listened to and he's now among my favourite artists. I'd consider his music experimental in that he fuses a lot of genres into his own style. It's a combination of...
  20. Puffy

    Experimental genre-progressive music

    @Glaerhaidh I like this piano piece a lot. Not wanky at all, it's very cool.
  21. Puffy

    Insight on Psychology

    That sounds more productive. My issue with the examples you’re giving is that they’re all circumstances where anger or even love will provoke action which leads me to the assumption: it isn’t necessary to be filled with hatred about your cause in order to be a great change-maker or activist. If...
  22. Puffy

    Insight on Psychology

    I would be interested to hear some productive examples of hate as well. To critique your example, you don’t need hatred to protect your boundaries or to stand up for others as anger already does that. With the distinguishing factor that hatred intrinsically involves wishing suffering upon...
  23. Puffy

    No worries Glaerhaidh, feel similarly. I prefer when conversations here are non-committal anyway...

    No worries Glaerhaidh, feel similarly. I prefer when conversations here are non-committal anyway for similar reasons of time management so don't worry if the time doesn't present itself.
  24. Puffy

    INTPf Brains Trust - Our Collective Expertise

    Hmm for me: Art stuff * BA in History, MA in Literature * Main accomplishments with that were two publications, in film criticism (on Alfred Hitchcock) and graphic narrative [i.e. comics] criticism (thesis on Alan Moore). * I also used to do creative writing a lot and wrote a short play that I...
  25. Puffy

    What songs are you listening to? /III/

    Probably my favourite album of 2022 so far:
  26. Puffy

    Insight on Psychology

    You could just as easily say that food is a utility to undermine our potential freedom as we have to eat. Someone can go ahead and exercise their free will to not eat, but they'll likely run into problems if they do. As we live in a life constrained by a number of variables that are basically...
  27. Puffy

    Experimental genre-progressive music

    Don’t mean anything by it - as in we both posted 3 times in a row. :p
  28. Puffy

    Experimental genre-progressive music

    The fabled double triple post - a first in forum history
  29. Puffy

    Thanks! I'll give these a listen some time later. Apologies it seems I've delivered the fabled...

    Thanks! I'll give these a listen some time later. Apologies it seems I've delivered the fabled triple post on your thread, feel free to respond as little or as much as you like.
  30. Puffy

    Experimental genre-progressive music

    Maybe more on topic, what is experimental music? Were the first nu-metal bands fusing metal and hip-hop experimental? Are jazz fusion bands not experimental if they're just following the formulae set by pioneers like Miles Davis? If someone takes a pop formulae like these and starts singing...
  31. Puffy

    Experimental genre-progressive music

    Yeah, she's a beast.
  32. Puffy

    Experimental genre-progressive music

    You're probably right that the Sevish piece I highlighted isn't the most sophisticated. I think it's probably in part because electronic music doesn't appeal to me as much as acoustic (I'm appreciating it more over time) so I've probably gravitated to it as an entry point. Ironic given what...
  33. Puffy

    Rate What the Person Above You is Listening To

    It’s not a genre I listen to too much but it was enjoyable enough on my train ride home From a different side of the 90s rave scene :p
  34. Puffy

    Trance, Hardstyle, electro, EDM music?

    Yeahhh, sorry if I've hijacked your thread. I don't mind if we created another one. Free-form improvisation is the ideal that I strive towards in all the art-forms that I'm personally involved with. As I think this is synonymous with being in a flow state and that it's art as it's directly...
  35. Puffy

    Trance, Hardstyle, electro, EDM music?

    I did listen to Sevish a bit more. This is probably my favourite track so far :^^: Being honest there aren't any Sevish pieces I've heard that sound like noise or are inaccessible to me. It sounds like quirky dance music. By your logic I'm guessing I must've already heard a lot of microtonal...
  36. Puffy

    Does anyone else prefer songs in foreign languages?

    It doesn't make a difference to me either way. I rarely listen to or can discern lyrics when listening to music, I just hear the voice as another instrument in the mix. So what language they're speaking doesn't make too much difference, it's just another type of sound to listen to.
  37. Puffy

    Rate What the Person Above You is Listening To

    Wasn’t there a certain previously banned member who was into investing and called serac? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence :p Nice atmosphere though 6/10
  38. Puffy

    Trance, Hardstyle, electro, EDM music?

    I'm finding Sevish more interesting so far and could see myself giving it more of a listen (I've got Rhythm and Xen playing in the background at the moment.) :) That's fair enough. I'm not a musician and I'm not musically trained. So I'm sure when you say something is complex that's more in...
  39. Puffy

    Trance, Hardstyle, electro, EDM music?

    Hahaha, listening to these makes me feel like a grumpy old man. Bits of Tin Soldier was okay. Thanks for putting these together though. I was mostly curious. I wouldn't consider these complex in the same way that listening to a jazz fusion group like Mahavishnu Orchestra or Frank Zappa is as...
  40. Puffy

    Deconstruct your own humour

    It's a real Rorschach test :p Yeah I like how they all stand around like they don't know what to do when another actor is speaking. This is really early Hasselhoff, like more than a decade before Baywatch stardom. Starcrash isn't even mentioned on his wikipedia page so I guess he's tried to...
  41. Puffy

    Deconstruct your own humour

    Hah, I read it as the ones eager to provide the emotional support are often the ones with the problems. They’re offering the support as they want someone to offer it to them.
  42. Puffy

    Trance, Hardstyle, electro, EDM music?

    What kind of electronic music would you point to with a similar complexity as progressive or jazz fusion? I was introduced to IDM years back and something like Autechre is the main thing that springs to mind.
  43. Puffy

    your essential book?

    ^ Faust is a really good shout. Definitely among my favourite pieces of literature. If there's a complete collection of Goethe that'd be worthy of consideration.
  44. Puffy

    Deconstruct your own humour

    This made me laugh scrolling through Facebook feed. I think it’s a self-evident joke, can just relate to that ‘oh fuck’ moment.
  45. Puffy

    your essential book?

    Oh cool! Postmodern lit is kind of an acquired taste in my opinion as it can get a bit experimental. Thomas Pynchon, William S. Burroughs and Philip K Dick (if he counts) are some of my favourites. @Rook Yeah I dig King Lear as well. There’s a really good Japanese film adaptation of it called Ran
  46. Puffy

    your essential book?

    That's really hard. I'm unsure I can think of one non-fiction book. Fiction-wise I'd probably go with the complete works of Shakespeare (I'm counting this as I have it all in one book on my bookshelf.) He's just an unparalleled master with the english language and the range of topics in his...
  47. Puffy

    Rate What the Person Above You is Listening To

    Yeah, again, Bach is obviously a master and this is a pretty iconic piece from him. 9/10 Been listening to Kendrick Lamar as he released a new album recently. This is from his most iconic album:
  48. Puffy

    Is pet ownership ethically defensible?

    The reality is I think it depends. Animals have a range of needs like people. If I was going to adopt one I'd acknowledge that I've placed them in a position where they can't meet all of their own needs. So I'd have to provide for them an environment and lifestyle where their needs can be met...
  49. Puffy

    How can I help an ex who seems content to be abused in her current relationship.

    I don't know under what circumstances you've remained in contact since breaking up with her but personally it feels like she's putting you in an unfair situation. If she broke things off with you originally then doubly more so. This isn't your problem. It's only your problem if you've remained...
  50. Puffy

    Top five favorite movies

    I studied modules on film and screenwriting at university and was really into it then. I've only watched a couple of films over the last 4-5 years though. I think I burned out my enthusiasm in that area as I don't have any motivation to watch films anymore. Some of the ones that stood out from...
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