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Cliff_Forster Icrontian


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  • Goodbye Carrie Fisher (with a special "bite me" to the year 2016)

    We can all agree, 2016 has been brutal. Both Great Britain and America have lost their collective minds. So many tragic events in the news. Shootings, wars, racial tensions, riots, so many good talented people lost too soon (not to mention a personally awful year for me)... (don't ask, the less you know the better off you are)... and now... Carrie Fisher.

    Icrontic is a beautiful place where we share certain passions with one another. Let's all say it together, if you don't love Star Wars, you are just freaking weird. I don't get you. Star Wars is so much more than laser beams and the force, it's a chunk of your childhood, it's a story that resonates with you, gives you hope, makes even the most jaded person cheer for the hero. In short, Star Wars is everything that is good.

    Carrie Fisher gave us a performance that was so much more than a pretty princess. She was a trailblazer, part of the Women's liberation movement in the 70's. George Lucas was a visionary. A genius that dared to have women in his world be tough enough to pick up a blaster and contribute. Carrie Fisher was perfect for the role because in real life she was snarky and didn't put up with any shit. That came through in the performance that Lucas intentionally wrote as a strong female lead. Not afraid to get her hands dirty. Not afraid to mouth off to her knight in shining armor when he was acting a fool. Carrie Fishers Princess Leia represented a new kind of female role model, and I dare to say, it brought progress, making the world a better place for women. It's that important and it was no accident. George Lucas is radically progressive, he wanted that conveyed in his world. Women were not just for saving and making sandwiches anymore. Leia would shoot you in the face or would choke your fat ass with a chain when you had it coming. In 2016 that may not seem like a big deal, but that's because they dared to go there together. Leia saves Han in Jedi... Frankly, Han's stupid ass never gets out of the trash compactor without Leia, this is not accident, Lucas want's you to see this progression, and Carrie Fisher delivered it brilliantly.

    Carrie Fisher also had an incredible amount of courage. She exposed her personal struggles far before it was fashionable to do so. She struggled with substance abuse. You didn't hear it second hand, she wrote about it herself. She struggled with mental illness and depression, you did not hear about it from some scandal rag journalist, she told us all about it. In a world that is so fast to judge, she had amazing courage to say, here is this thing a lot of us deal with, it's real, it's there, it's okay if you don't love yourself some days, it's okay to feel weak or imperfect, nobody is, and in a way that gives us all a little courage as we deal with the shit that life hands us. It's a little easier for me to say, yeah, I've never really loved myself, I've struggled with depression ever since I can remember. I joke, it's how I cope, it's how she did too, God Carrie Fisher was funny, just look at some of her interviews. That self deprecating sense of humor, perhaps hiding some pain. She was a complicated and beautiful person and I'm so sad that she had to leave us today.

    2016, bite me.

  • Re: Merry Christmas Icrontic

    Merry Christmas from the little town of Baltimore Hon.

  • Re: Need help locating a reliable Smoothwall guide

    I actually have extra SATA and External USB burners laying about and some disks, tell me if an internal or external is better and send me your address, I'll mail to you.

    Converting the files to bootable iso isn't impossible, but it may as well be. Burner will make it easier.

  • Re: SSD recommendation

    Upgrading your AM3+ Mobo is like putting a rear spoiler on a Honda Civic. Dead end platform, wait a few months and see if AMD can deliver something competitive with Zen.

  • Re: Do you believe in a God & why?

    I grew up Catholic. I did the sacraments, CCD, studied the bible enough to know what my favorite allegory is (Book of Job). I'm not devout but I would consider myself as having faith in a power greater than us. Despite people thinking I'm a curmudgeon, I actually maintain a sense of wonder and appreciation for things that we will likely never completely understand. I'm a pretty deep thinker, and theology is of interest to me.

    Two personal stories, things to consider about faith for folks that have trouble finding value in it.

    I have a grown stepson, not sure if everyone knows that about me. He and I were having a discussion, he said he didn't believe, and I'm fine with that, I've never been the kind of parent to shove a hand me down belief down anyone's throat, but the conversation turned to how people who devote their life to it are in his words "wasting their time". About nine years ago I nearly bleed to death. I struck a massive bleed in a stomach ulcer and nearly had a massive stroke. When I got to the hospital I was white as a sheet. In my mind, I was going to die, in fact I knew I was about to die.... When I was asked if I wanted to see the Father, I didn't pause, yes please I said. His praying with me, for me gave me a sense of comfort. See thing is, I'm not even sure what I believe in that regard, I'm not sure that there is a heaven or anything like it, but in that moment, gripped with a fear that you can only know if you are in that moment.... I needed that. I needed someone to comfort me, I needed someone there that believed that if I were to go, maybe there was something awaiting me, or maybe he would comfort my family in my absence. I explained to my Son, lets assume nothing is on the other side, still... How can that be wrong? It's not. It gives people a sense of hope in their darkest moments. Only the most hardened least connected person can be cold and logical enough emotionally to not want that comfort in their darkest hour.

    The second comes from a more recent conversation. I fix computers at a retirement home. There is a lot of loss there. One of our residents had just lost his wife a month or so prior and I was fixing his computer. He asked me if I would mind working as he talked to the Father in the next room. It was a grief counseling session. I overhead the entire conversation, it was quite emotional and honestly I was slightly uncomfortable. I didn't feel like it was right for me to be in the next room trying to figure out how to remove a trojan horse. The typical question comes up, if there is a kind all powerful God, why did he let my wife suffer, she was so sick, and such a good person, she believed so strongly, surely he could have spared her the agony. The Father in typical fashion just gave the answer that most will, God's plan is complex, not for us to understand. When the Father left and the Resident asked me how the PC was coming along, I asked him if I could share a thought with him in regards to what he was going through. He said please... I told him, (and this comes from a great deal of personal thought and reflection). Sir, what if God's greatest gift to humanity is to not interfere? What if his absence from interference and guiding the events of our lives is what gives it all true meaning? In other words, God's plan is to leave us alone. Let things happen, allow us to figure it out as we go, otherwise, all we are is puppets in the almighty's game. What value would that have, what would that leave us with when we reach the end assuming there is some sort of judgement? That is how I cope with when bad things happen. Weather it be acts of evil or bad fortune, when those things happen I don't blame God, I know in order for my life to have it's ultimate meaning God has to stay out of it. It's like a parent letting a child have enough rope so they can live and learn from some of their own mistakes. See this blows most believers minds because they assume you can't have an all powerful being that wouldn't control absolutely everything. My faith works differently. When I shared this with him, he said that it appealed to him and he went on to share with me how he is a doctor, a man of science, he retired as a vascular surgeon and wasn't very religious but his Wife was and he wanted so badly to honor her. So once again, when you are faced with that, even a very rational, logical scientific thinker needs that faith, needs that little something to believe in, and to me, that isn't wrong no matter what is or isn't awaiting us in the end. The faith provides a sense of comfort in the here and now. I'd urge people not to be dismissive of that.