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bravo1102 at 7:50AM, Aug. 13, 2014
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Ah Bravo, you're such a wanker sometimes, but that's why I love you :D
So you are calling me a fucking idiot who can only get sexual gratitification my masturbating.  Thanks love you too.  ;-)  Anyway…

Wanking is one of the secrets to Tantric consciousness.  Tantic consciousness is a prime component of just being.  Besides the first work I ever threw out into the ether was entitled Masturbation by Pen. :-D  And one of my favorite horror short stories is Hand of the Wanker.

 As if anyone cares I didn't figure out masturbation by myself but was taught it by one of my first girlfriends.  So I never wanked until a girl taught me.  That's kind of a contradiction of the usual use of the term to imply a guy who only gets off by using his own hand and not with girls.  ;-)  I got off with girls first and one showed me what a hand could do.

ozoneocean at 8:54AM, Aug. 13, 2014
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Hahaha! Ewww!
This is an Aussie thing:
“Wanker” here is not meant litterally… it's used in a less than flattering way to describe someone who talks in too much of a knowing fashion. But when an Aussie says that about someone who they consider their friend, it's also a term of affection.
 
We have a saying:
“In Australia you call your friends ‘cunt’ and your enemies ‘mate’.”
This is fact.
 
ANway, listen to Gunwallace's Robofemoid track, it's marvelous! ^_^
 
bravo1102 at 9:07AM, Aug. 13, 2014
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I knew that, I was only acting out the character. ;-)

The Taoist “just being” long-winded explanation was pure satire from a Taoist point of view.  The more that is explained it shows how much less the speaker understands.  

Loved the theme for Robofemoids composed by Gun Wallace!  If the movie ever gets past the pitch stage I'll definitely push for it to be used!

The female Avenger that Banes mentioned was Ms. Marvel.  She wasn't just the token female, she was the token feminist in a very 1970's fashion.  But she had a revealing costume originally which was toned down later to her modern black outfit.
Call Me Tom at 9:21AM, Aug. 13, 2014
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Hi people I have a Nosgoth beta key up for grabs if anyone wants it!
Lonnehart at 4:21PM, Aug. 13, 2014
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Ugh… I'll miss Robin Williams.  I remember as a teen I watched Mork and Mindy.  I had no idea about the level of his depression.  I always have this feeling that most comedians are depressed… but they turn it around and use it to be funnier… 

I'm going to miss the guy… 
kawaiidaigakusei at 11:42PM, Aug. 13, 2014
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Bravo Gentlemen, I usually check the forums first thing when I wake up to jump start my day. Only today, the first thing my bleary eyes could comprehend was on the subject of wankers taken to the literal nth degree. This has turned the typical sausage fest nature of of these forums into a forum discussing sausages.
Gunwallace at 12:07AM, Aug. 14, 2014
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bravo1102 wrote:
Loved the theme for Robofemoids composed by Gun Wallace!  If the movie ever gets past the pitch stage I'll definitely push for it to be used!
Glad you liked it. 
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Lonnehart at 9:44AM, Aug. 14, 2014
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Been playing a new MMO called Firefall lately.  Interesting Role Playing Game/Shooter hybrid.

Story is that sometime before the game, an asteroid approaches Earth, breaks apart, and devastates mankind in the process.  The survivors find a new power source in the physics defying crystal called Crystite which the asteroid was carrying when it smashed into the world.  An attempt was made to go to the source using a crystite powered starship…  only to have it crash into Brazil.  The malfunction and crash brings this giant cloud to the Earth, engulfing it and pushing Mankind to the brink of extinction.  For some reason, the crystite powered engines of the ship are holding back the cloud where it crashed, allowing the remnants of humanity to survive in a ten mile area around them.  The player is one of the survivors, working as a merc for the only surviving military force.  You take jobs, participate in random missions that pop up, and fight an opposing force consisting of humans and other wildlife that have been mutated by the cloud (their stated goal is the extinction of humanity and conquest of what's left of Earth)…

And to think I wouldn't have discovered this game if not for Raptr, a program which came with my Radeon R7 240 video card.   If you want to try it, check your system specs using MSINFO or DXDIAG first (both using the run command in Windows), then look up Firefall on gamedebate.com and plug in your system specs there.

I've been told Defiance is a much better game, but I have a problem with games that tie in alongside a TV series.  Which Star Trek Online isn't…  it's considered noncanon by CBS (the current owners of Star Trek's TV series) and Paramount (the movies apparently)…

Wankers?  Isn't that some sort of derogatory term for an idiot?  Not sure if the word had some other meaning long ago.  Kinda like a certain three letter wrod which used to mean being happy, but now is used to describe one group of people…. 
bravo1102 at 11:46AM, Aug. 14, 2014
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kawaiidaigakusei wrote:
Bravo Gentlemen, I usually check the forums first thing when I wake up to jump start my day. Only today, the first thing my bleary eyes could comprehend was on the subject of wankers taken to the literal nth degree. 
And would you have preferred we discuss the word “c**t” in American English and British/Commonwealth English?

And the next Quackcast: Profanity in comics or “The seven words you must use in a comic (but no bare nipples)”

Note the new avatar:  this was going to be my entry to the Drunk Duck Award design contest but I forgot to submit it.  The Dethh-picable Duck Award.  It's also a reference the chance of winning anything this year.  The same as Daffy ever winning the “shoot me now!” contest with Bugs. :p
Ironscarf at 5:44PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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ozoneocean wrote:
We have a saying:
“In Australia you call your friends ‘cunt’ and your enemies ‘mate’.”
This is fact.
Apparently I have more Australian friends than I thought.
 

 
Strange day of museum visits. Hate queueing for the Natural History Museum but at least they have a place to eat your lunch in a thunderstorm: entire building evacuated just as we were ready to eat.
Took shelter in the Victoria & Albert Museum - my idea of heaven, but no place to eat your sandwiches.
Finally found a bench in a dark corner of the Science Museum to eat our picnic. Even dark corners are full of screaming kids in the Science Museum.
 
Ended up getting locked in the nightmarish Pollock's Toy Museum with all the scary dollies. Thankfully the woman in charge had to come back for something - her shoes. In a thunderstorm?
 
Skullbie at 6:58PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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Ended up getting locked in the nightmarish Pollock's Toy Museum with all the scary dollies. Thankfully the woman in charge had to come back for something - her shoes. In a thunderstorm?
That image was hysterical. Dolls are creepy, even the modern anime ones fill me with unease. Also I couldn't imagine the embarrasment of having this package seen by someo
 
ozoneocean at 9:37PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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Did you by a Real Doll Skull? o_O
That's taking the toy thing a little far… :)
 
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@Lonne, “wanker” originall means “mastubator” true, but you don't usually use it to mean that in an insult or decription since calling someone a mastubator is pretty pointless.
It used to be used for “idiot”, but these days it means someone who's full of themselves.
 
kawaiidaigakusei at 10:00PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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That looks too small to be a Real Doll if the stocking to the left of the box is any measure of scale. It reminds me of one of those Super Dollfie by Volks. I had a male aquaintance who really got into the subculture for those things. Pumping in thousands of dollars into a collection of these uber realistic dolls. I even went to their distribution center in South Bay to see what the ordering process was like and they had certain policies that prevented people from purchasing dolls for anyone but themselves. They liked to work directly with the client because it created some sort of attachment between the human and the figure.
To make it even more macabre, there have been instances of individuals who purchase a dollfie to replace a deceased relative, maybe a parent or a child. So these dolls are used in a similar fashion to the Ibeji figurines in African culture.

I think an even more shocking English slang word is “bugger” I used to see Hugh Grant say it a hundred times in his RomComs when I was growing up and I had no idea it was such a crude word. I just looked up the definition on urbandictionary and it turned out to be pretty inappropriate. I do not think there is even an equivalent word in American English.

Alright here is my rant:
I had to move the car from the street to the drive way because tomorrow is street cleaning. The key would not budge when I tried to turn the key. This was a problem because my other alternatives were to call a locksmith and pay $150 or be SOL tomorrow morning when I would get a ticket for having my car parked in the street. After looking up a few blogs online, I learned the technique is to use some strength to turn the steering wheel while while jiggling the key at the same time.
The car started and I am no longer stressed out.
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Lonnehart at 2:19AM, Aug. 15, 2014
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Steering wheel locks have been around for as long as I can remember.  They lock the steering wheel to keep it from turning.  It's either a security feature to keep your car from being stolen, or it keeps the steering wheel in place if you somehow forget to pull up your handbrake and/or put your car in gear.

Not really usefull since a pro thief could disable the lock, and a not so pro thief would just use brute force to break it…

Wow… some local cheesy internet commercial is on now.  It implies that if you have high speed internet from a local company that offers it, women will flock to your house.  I find this annoying…
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kawaiidaigakusei at 2:36AM, Aug. 15, 2014
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My key is programmed so that the car will not start without the magnet inside. It was a real scare at the time. I thought someone had attempted to break in the car and fiddled around with the key ignition. The main problem was that I had locked the steering wheel by facing the wheels at the curb before turning off the engine.

Umm, Lonne, that commercial is not too unrealistic. I always had this saying, "I would rather live in a cardboard box with a high speed Internet connection than in a mansion without Internet. I do not know how much that saying holds up in a real world sense, but when I do not have Internet for extended periods of time, I start getting anxious before having to find the nearest coffee shop or bookstore that has a wi-fi connection. My dependency on the Internet has settled down in recent years, but when I have a problem connecting, all my electronics no longer perform to their full potential.
ozoneocean at 7:09AM, Aug. 15, 2014
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Yeah, internet is life man. :)
-Not joking around though, the ability to communicate fast and efficiently has been one of the most important things to humans since we first developed langauge- which was WHY it was developed.
It makes me laugh when som grumpy wanker blathers on about the kids and their Facebook and all these people looking at their phones when in public instead of talking to each other… Well they wouldn't have been talking to each other ANYWAY! Instead what they're doing is participating in communication with hundreds of other people around the globe who they SHARE something more with than simple geographic proximity. People now are MORE connected, share more and communicate far more than in any time in the past.
 
Just because you can't hear then flapping their mouths and waving their hands it doesn't mean they're not communicating.
 
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“Bugger” is a pretty common word here in Australia, used to express frustration, it's considered fine for litle kids to say. Also “buggary” and “Buggarize”.
In Britain they say “Sod” more than “Bugger” I think. And not “Sod” as in a lump of earth, no, “Sod” as in “bugger”.
I don''t think the terms “silly-sod” or “Bugga-lugs” are ralated to the aformentioned words though… could be.
 
bravo1102 at 8:56AM, Aug. 15, 2014
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Sod sounds cleaner than bugger.  People think sod as in turf not sod as in sodomize.  Latin terms are always more educated sounding than their vulgar tongue equivilents.  Remember vulgar used to mean the common language as opposed to educated language.  Latin Vulgate versus the educated Greek.

Clean up your profanity there and say “sod” rather than “bugger” wihich is cleaner than “fuck”.  A sort of heirarchy of profanity.  Kind of like darn versus damn.

Super Dollfies!  You do know they have their 23cm and 27cm equivelents?  They are the original Volks dollfie which was a poseable outgrowth of Barbie-size fashion figures for more mature collectors.  Then they went to 1/3 scale for the Super-dollfie.  I do my figures in 1/6, super Dollfies are 1/3 and dollhouse is 1/12.  See the progression?

Obitsu figures are just so much better than Volks though. Now the rage is Phicen.  Yeah pay as much for a 1/6th figure as a Super Dollfie but it has no visible joints.  And Phicen are merely reductions of already available 1/1 size dolls… Now that's when it gets super creepy.   Like all those manniquins moving around in that Twilight Zone episode.
ozoneocean at 9:41AM, Aug. 15, 2014
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“Sodomy” isn't really Latin though, is it? We all know it comes from Hebrew… but it dats from the same time as bugger. Sodomy is the French term and Bugery is the Anglo Saxon term, so they're equal. Buggery was used more officially since it was in the law books for a few hundred years, whereas “sodomy” was considered more vulgar ;)
 
I know this because I am a massive wanker. - i.e. a huge know it all hahahaha!
 
I should be editing another Quackcast… One more to do after this before I fly off to Turkey!
 
bravo1102 at 11:04AM, Aug. 15, 2014
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Buggery was used more officially since it was in the law books for a few hundred years, whereas “sodomy” was considered more vulgar ;)
Not to be pedantic but the law books were written in Latin so “sodomy” would have been the term used.  The term sodomy is derived from eccesleatical Latin derived from Greek. Not spoken or venacular Latin.  Languages of education and not the vulgar tongue.  Buggery is derived from bougre in Anglo-Saxon and French vernacular not the educated non-vulgar languages of Greek and Latin.   As slander it is relatively late being 13th Century AD wheras Buggery was from a Law act of 1533?.  Sodomy goes back to Roman law and the Greek editions of the Bible.

Now hows that for the “can you top this” wanker bit of bullshit?  Sheesh.  I'm sure on some dusty shelf there are piles of papers and theses written on all of this by tongue-in-cheek students.  I'll get that prudish old professor, I'll write a paper on buggery versus sodomy! 
ozoneocean at 11:40AM, Aug. 15, 2014
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Sorry Bravo, my research showed Buggery from 1350. :)
Sodomy is from latin as far as French is a latin derived language… And of cource the derivation from the bible and all the culture in between, but that doesn't give the word a better pedigree, only a different one. Buggery has its own pedigree, it didn't just spring into being from nowhere in the 1300's either.
And as far as official laws against sexual practice go in Britian, Buggery was the offence there, not sodomy. All the way up until modern times. And not just Britian but all British Commenwealth countries.
 
Maybe there's prejudice here because a LOT of the word origins in US English went back to French (biscuit, faucet the prnouciations for things like Herb, honour etc), whereas British English just stayed with Anglo-Saxon versions and the pronunciations that had evolved over time: “huh-erb” isntead of “erb”, “tap” instead of “faucet” and so on.
So in the US there's a preference for French derived terms.
 
It comes down to a kind of nationalisim and affection for words and sounds you're used to.
-Besides, “buggery” is one of the most ridiculous sounding official offences that someone could commit. Imagine a bewigged, stockinged and robbed judge decrying “Buggery!” from the bench.
 
ozoneocean at 11:56AM, Aug. 15, 2014
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I dived into my reference books… no, NOT porn, anal sex has never apealed to me…
 
ANYWAY, I looked in all my old differet types of dictionaries:
Bugger comes originally from a description of the members of the Greek Othrodox church as heritics, or “Bulgarians” (in much the same way “Sodomite” was originally used).
The early version was from Old French (then on to Middle English).
And the earliest date was 1000AD. This is when the trouble with the “Bulgarian” heritics was a thing. The use evolved from there.
 
So all words have interesting histories! :)
 
Ironscarf at 2:32PM, Aug. 15, 2014
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Buggered if I know what this discussion is all about. I will say that sods are not as prevalent  here in Britland as they once were. It was common to hear “sod off” or “silly sod” when I were a lad, but now sods and buggers have been all but replaced by the ubiquitous fuck, for better or worse.
 
The last time I personally used sod was 30 years ago, when I co-published a sixth form pamphlet accusing our headmaster of telling the secretary of state for education to sod off on his recent visit. The school was closed down not long after that, bringing 800 years of proud history to a close.
 
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HippieVan at 5:01PM, Aug. 15, 2014
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I can't understand people who stay in jobs that they clearly can't stand for years on end.
 
The woman who works at the front desk/mailroom at my office is just ridiculously miserable, despite having been nothing but pleasant to her for the past two summers. There's also a guy who works the same job whose eye I always try to catch first, but he doesn't work full time so I have to deal with her occasionally.
 
Yesterday I brought her the mail and she looked at one of the envelopes and said "You do realize this is a completely different address than we send things to in (city), right?“ At first I thought she was telling me that I got the address wrong so I took the envelope and looked at it, but then I remembered that I had sent something to the same person about a week prior so I was positive it was right. So I told her ”I sent something there before,“ and she said ”Yeah, but it had to be sent separately." Then she just looked at me for a minute as it slowly dawned on me that what she was trying to say was that I was making more work for her. So I just said “That's fine,” gave her back the envelope and walked away.
 
Seriously, I don't even know what she wanted me to do. That's just where the mail needed to be sent.
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bravo1102 at 6:29PM, Aug. 15, 2014
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We've buggered ourselves enough with all this talk of wankers and sods.  

Just how much extra work is it to send a letter to a different address than other correspondance?  Get over it lady.  Like it'll keep you from your crossword puzzles or solitaire for thirty seconds?  I've learned it's better to do it and get it done than whine about doing it and letting it get to you.  Shut up, do it and get'er done and move the fuck out.  Fuck it, drive on.
ozoneocean at 11:56PM, Aug. 15, 2014
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bravo1102 wrote:
 
We've buggered ourselves enough with all this talk of wankers and sods.
 
Hahahahaha!
 
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When you're comfortable in routine, ANY form of work that's different is a massive hassle.
If someone asks me tp scan something and email it to them (which takes me about 25 seconds if I'm slow), I immediately hate them passionately and wish they were dead.
 
Lonnehart at 12:32AM, Aug. 16, 2014
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Okay… this is just wrong… and seemingly right at the same time.
http://www.severinbrowne.com/HealthTip.jpg

A few hours more and I'm back on the workweek grind.  Except this is one of those times I just don't wanna work.  In fact, I'd rather stay in bed and just sleep.  However, I have to.  Not that I don't enjoy my job, but it's just one of those days when I just don't want to do anything…
ozoneocean at 9:29PM, Aug. 16, 2014
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It's Sunday and I have no migraine. Not even a headache, not even a slight twinge of preasure that will develop into one later tonight…
I didn't have one yesterday either. Even though I didn't go to bed till 6am and I got up at 11am!
 
I went to the Doctor on Thursday to ask about migraine medication for my trip overseas because I didn't want to suffer like I did when I was in the US last time. I came back with may types of pills, but the ones that appear to be doing the work are the beta blockers. …which I now have to take every day forever. I have normal blood preasure, but apparently that prevent spikes which can trigger migraine. They appear to be working.
This is the first weekend I can recall for a loooooong time where it hasn't been fucked by headache. Which is amazing considering my shit weekend sleep habbits.
 
It's too early to say, but I hold out hope. No migraine weekends! Yayyy!!!! :D
 
Skullbie at 3:08PM, Aug. 18, 2014
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So update to the mysterious fire; my uncle has found weird stuff in the canyon around where the fire started. Our well is down there and someone has modded a faucet/hose into it to dispense water. There's also turned over rocks on the ground. :/ Dad and him looked around but found no one. My uncle is buying a motion sensor cam to mount in the trees right now.
 
kawaiidaigakusei at 4:19PM, Aug. 18, 2014
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Skullbie–
Sounds like you have a squatter. Just be careful in that area, especially at night. I once did a major service project while cleaning the LA river and some of my colleagues discovered an abandoned tent filled with large metal weapons. So who knows if this stranger is armed and dangerous!! Maybe the fire started because of a campfire that went out of control.
Banes at 9:21PM, Aug. 18, 2014
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Skullbie, your new avatar is freaking me out!

I woke up with a splitting headache this morning. I took Tylenol and laid in bed, massaging my skull, until noon.

Gosh, I don't know how people live with regularly occuring migraines. They're damn heroes in my book, those folks are. I get headaches maybe twice a year (though they seem to hit 3 or 4 in a row during their biannual appearance.

It did seem I was tensing my neck/shoulders a lot. Been forcing myself to relax them whenever it occurs to me.

I got a part time job! Really need this. Was very relieved to get it. I'm gonna have to work extra hard on the weekends to keep my comic schedule up. It's been slack lately WITHOUT the extra job hours. But lowered stress will equal more and better comicking. I hope.

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