September 3rd, 2011

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)


No.

I'd have to give up eBay, Etsy and amazon. I couldn't read Yahoo or Huffington post.

I'd miss YouTube and Epicurious.

I maintain the family website and maintain our family recipes online.

Mostly I couldn't do any research. I do a lot of searching on the internet.

It's how I keep in contact with my friends who I have never met.

If I miss a show, I can watch the episode on the internet.

Besides that's where I keep my blog. I've tried writing in a journal longhand. I can't keep it up. But I have been doing really well blogging.
  • yuko01

Вопрос дня: Школьная жизнь

What is one way to stop or prevent bullying?


Могу отвечать долго, красиво и со всеми подробностями, но увы, некогда. Поэтому, если коротко:

Более креативно подходить к процессу обучения, воспитания и социализации детей. Если сделать эти процессы интересными и правильно все делать, в том числе общаться с учениками - проблем не будет.
Увы, у нас практически всегда детей делят на "плохой \ хороший" и отсюда возникает множество проблем.
Виноваты не дети. Дело зачастую в подходе взрослых.

Writer's Block: It’s just a game…

Do you pick truth or dare? Tell us why?
My friends are the worst truth or dare players. I always pick truth with them because I know how lame their dares are. I can dish out some pretty awesome dares but nobody is ever brave enough to do them, which is another reason why I don't like playing with my friends.
free

Writer's Block: Can't we all just get along?

What is one way to stop or prevent bullying?


This is a question I have spent a lot of time pondering, for reasons obvious to anybody familiar with my history. I'm not sure I know what the answer is, because I've never seen anything really work. I do know a lot of things that are commonly thought of as solutions that are really terrible ideas that will only make everything worse.

Like the advice to "just ignore it" because apparently what bullies want is attention, and if you don't give it to them they'll just give up. No, they don't. They don't want attention, and they don't just give up. Well... some of them might want attention, but that's not all they want. It's not attention in and of itself that drove any of the bullies I've encountered. What bullies want is power. That might be the power of making other people notice them (ie attention), or it might be the power of manipulating the way other people react to them (narcissism), or the power to make others suffer because they believe that a relationship where one person suffers while the other doles it out is the only possible kind of relationship, or just because they're evil fuckers who enjoy making other people hurt. Or some other kind of power entirely. But every single bully wants power, and if everybody's busily ignoring the fact that that person is taking power over others with their bullying behaviours, why then, that person can go on being a bully with impunity. Furthermore, their bullying is succesful in getting them the power they want, and in order to keep it they keep on bullying. Ignoring the bullies is giving the bullies positive reinforcement. It is irresponsible, terrible, damaging advice to any victim of bullying to "just ignore it."

Other really shitty advice I've heard on bullying is to take it to an authority figure, ie a parent or teacher if the victim is a kid. Granted, this is not always shitty advice and somewhere out there I'm sure there's some good teachers and parents who are capable of not being arseholes to victims. Probably. I'd love to meet them. Anyway, the reason this is usually shitty advice is that most parents and teachers will tell the victim to just ignore it, or perhaps spout some nonsense about how being the better person is supposed to fill you with a rosy glow that will somehow counteract the crushing loneliness of having no friends because the cool kids have ridiculed you and nobody else will go near you now, and/or the immediate physical pain of being frequently beaten up, along with the constant dread of what's coming next. And sometimes the parents or the teachers are themselves the bullies. And then what can you do? Besides, most teachers don't give a crap and most parents can't do squat to control somebody else's kid.

Which brings us to the real sticking point of preventing bullying: there is literally nothing you can do to prevent a bully from being a bully, because you cannot control another person's actions. Sure, you could work out until you're strong and then try beating them up right back so that they'll know they can't physically torture you without risking their own health, but they'll just go pick on somebody else then. The bully will still be a bully, and you will be too. And if you don't keep on beating them until they are physically incapable of hurting you back, then they will just beat you up worse the second you turn your back to walk away. And sure, you could try to have a rational conversation with them, and "work out your differences", like some teachers/parents/employers/other authority figures are bound to suggest, but most of the time this will just get you mocked and/or kicked somewhere painful depending on the bully's style.

So I am Little Ms Doom and Gloom here. There is no way you can stop somebody else from being a bully.

Bullies are arseholes who have little to no empathy. People become this way because nobody taught them empathy as a child, or they were taught as children not to value it. People become hungry for power over others for a whole lot of reasons, but the very vast majority of those reasons start with that person feeling they do not have enough control in their own life. Most of the adult bullies I've met have been deeply, deeply messed up, although they've all perfected masterful acts of surface health and wellbeing. Some of them have been narcissists and sociopaths. Life has not been kind to these people. You can't undo that, you can't make it go away, you can't take that out of a person's character. All you can do is pray that person realises one day that they have a problem relating to others and then they go get some really bloody good therapy and learn to act in more appropriate ways, and maybe one day also to have healthy fulfilling relationships with other people that aren't based on domination and suffering.

How do you stop bullying? You build a world where children are always safe and loved and explicitly taught through words and actions and examples that other people are all just as important as they are. You'll forgive me if I don't hold my breath.

Вопрос дня: Школьная жизнь

What is one way to stop or prevent bullying?


Меня в начальной школе за драки с продлёнки насовсем выгнали.
За воровство позже всех приняли в пионеры.
...катался по школе на скейте (трезвый и напившись портвейна - тоже)
...в девятом довёл мужика - классного руководителя до сердечного приступа, больницы и ухода из школы (не один, конечно, старался)
...а с классным мы до сих пор дружим и с однокласниками друг друга поддерживаем, ежели что.

...надо было расстрелять меня сразу?

Writer's Block: Can't we all just get along?

What is one way to stop or prevent bullying?


This is a never ending question on my mind? Why does there have to be hate in the world? Why do other people have to make others miserable for their own self-gain. I sware if I didn't have a such a full life and so many wonderful things happening for me right now, I don't know where I would be. Perhaps, people need to go through a major trauma in their life in order to really see life for what it is or perhaps its a question of maturity. Who knows. All I know is that I love my life for what it is and no one can take that away from me. Sure words hurt, ALOT sometimes, but in the end, you always pick yourself back up and persevere.


As is the never ending question of "Why can't we all get along".
Днепр, Лето
  • miv_05

Вопрос дня: Школьная жизнь

Придумывать и давать разные интересные задания небольшим группам детей. Оформлять выполнение этих заданий в форме соревнования между группами. Задания должны быть реальными, с конкретными сроками выполнения и обязательно в форме задач-квестов.

Invent and produce various interesting tasks to small groups of children. Draw up the implementation of these tasks in the form of competition between groups. Assignments must be real, time-bound performance and necessarily in the form of task-quests.
barcode, fovika
  • fovika

Writer's Block: It’s just a game…

Do I pick truth or dare?

Well.. it depends on my mood and who I'm with, but normally I pick dare. One it's funner, two it's enteraining to those around you and three truth isn't all that appealing. If you pick truth you could end up revielling something you didn't want to reveal. So I tend to pick dare. The only time I pick truth is when I with these 2 friends I have, because their dares tend to be out of my confort zone. E.g they dared me once to go out in the yard with no clothes on or they dared me to show them how I'd give a lapdance... things like that.
Do you pick truth or dare? Tell us why?

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)

I doubt i'd be on the internet if I had $10 million. I'd have a home and land to take care of, music equipment to experiment with, awesome pets to spend time with. The only thing about the internet that I'd miss is talking to the two people who I've developed real friendships with over the past dozen or so years. But with that kind of money I could just go and visit them, which would potentially be much more fulfilling anyways.
фна

Вопрос дня: Школьная жизнь

Украсть дедушкино ружьё и перехерачить их всех на хер,главное,в голову стрелять,чтобы наверняка...
А если серъёзно,ничего не делать,ведь школа это социум в миниатюре,где встречаются разные типажи,и нигативные также,школа даёт нам не только знания,но и навыки общения и поведения в "стае" которые в будущем вам пригодятся...Я ТАК думаю.
  • jane063

Вопрос дня: Школьная жизнь

в основном,дети-задиры либо дети с высоким потенциалом и энергией,либо дети с каким-либо комплексом, заработанным в домашней среде...либо загнать их в спортивные залы и пускать энергию в нужное русло,либо подключать психологов...брррр...
  • zelamkh

Вопрос дня: Школьная жизнь

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Просто не надо их бояться, и они вымрут как класс.
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Writer's Block: Play it again, e-reader

Which book do you find yourself regularly rereading, and why?
Well this is pretty late... But since I'm up anyways, I would have to go with Kindred, by Octavia Butler. The book was so wonderful. I guess the main reason I liked, no loved the book so much would be the mixture of a twisted lovestory along with the scientific or mystical plot of the entire book. The added reference to historical themes was so wonderfully calculated and the book fails to bore me every time I read it. It's funny when I first took the book out for a class I was not enthusiast at all but now I'm so glad I read that book.
Kizuna

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)


I would totally give up the internet for that kind of money.  It would actually be a double blessing.  I spend way too much time looking at weird things and watching stuff I shouldn't be watching and playing online games.  It would be like Jesse getting paid $10 million to quit smoking.  I really need to pay off my student loans.

Good bye.

I hope he watches the sunset every night.  Those few minutes as the sun went down were the highlight of the day for him.  He would watch mesmerized, and then be ready to go.  He loved the coastal highway, and we were always planning another road trip.  We didn't get to go.  He did not choose to leave.  I hear him tell me when I am between sleep and awake.  Sweetie, you know I did not choose to leave.  Your unconditional love was a gift no one can take away.
power cosmic, wtf?, kirby, galactina

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

I normally don't answer these, in part because I almost never hit LJ's front page. But this one...

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)


Holy shit no. At this point it'd be like giving up breathing. Also for the rest of my life? Honey, I am hoping to live for MILLENNIA if I turn out to have been lucky enough to have been born late enough to get my consciousness the fuck off of this single piece of meat with a seventy-year MTBF*. I'm not planning on it but a girl can dream.

* mean time before failure.

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)
Would i give up the internet for ten million dollars?

I have mixed feelings about that. At times I'm tempted to give it up even without the money, but then I remember all the people I help on a daily basis, even if it is only online. Its that helping of others that keeps me online now.
If I quit going online, i know more than a mere handful of people who may very well have died because of depression and bullying related suicide.

So no, you couldnt pay me any amount of money to stop helping people. I would rather remain dirt poor, and help people, than be a rich, biggoted, and greedy asshole.

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)
this question should be asked to some poor starving ethiopian, then maybe you'd see how incredibly dumb and offensive it is. I would give it up for a bet, for a thousand dollars, for a hundred, or on a whim just because I'm sick of corporations trying to manhandle me into the human slaughter pen
cathouse

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)
Hell. No.

The internet has helped me out of a bad and dangerous relationship, gottem me through some fucking horrible mental issues, helped me research anf finally figure out my autoimmune disorder, find homes for a block of thirty hoarded cats, send money yo people who neeed it, and ten million other things.

The internet is my lifeline to sanity.

Вопрос дня: Школьная жизнь

многие пишут, что нужно вернуть школьную форму. Я с эти не полностью согласна, так как считаю, что лучше просто деловой вид в одежде. Хотя начальная школа должна иметь форму. Но если мы рассматриваем старшую школу, то конечно преимущество у просто делового вида. Это намного удобней при таком образе жизни (различные полготовки).
но тема не о форме, а о хулиганах!

What is one way to stop or prevent bullying?

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Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)

I actually gotta go with no on this one. I mean there's really no way in modern society to get along without the interwebs, so even if I had $10,000,000 (I just had to write that out.) I wouldn't be able to enjoy it, because I would immediately loose touch with... just about everyone.

I mean, the U.N. has declared it a human right to have internet access now, so technically, no matter how well paid I was, it'd be torture.

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)



Oh, goodness no! I can barely even remember a world Before the Internet.

I can't imagine no having nearly ANY information I need or want, right at my fingertips! I think I've gotten so used to it that I even take it for granted. How did people (even me!) even do job searches Before?

No YouTube, no TV shows and info, no food ordering, no general shopping, no concert ticket ordering, no email, no LJ, no searching for directions or instructions about something -


HOW DID WE ALL FUNCTION?!
v/w ♡

Writer's Block: Can't we all just get along?

What is one way to stop or prevent bullying?


bullying is the direct result of bad parenting. bullies do not come from homes with happy and healthy environments. if all parents taught their children to value human life and to find meaning in it, bullying wouldn't happen. but some parents don't even understand this themselves. so effectively, there is no way to end bullying. especially when we live in a society that teaches you that the strong basically prosper by preying on the weak. bullying is unfortunate because it involves innocent children, but it's not really the main problem.
меблева панорама

Вопрос дня: Школьная жизнь

What is one way to stop or prevent bullying?


1. Взвалить на себя общественную работу, то есть стать помощником классного руководителя, завуча школы или учителя физкультуры по продвижению их интересов в школе. При такой поддержке никакие хулиганы не страшны.

2. Записаться в секцию по какому-нибудь спорту, подружиться с ребятами из секции и хулиганы уже не полезут.

3. Самому стать хулиганом, но тогда придется избавляться от первых двоих из этого списка.

А вообще ситуацию спасает дружба с другими ребятами. Чем больше друзей и чем крепче дружба, тем меньше проблем с задирами. Однако нужно помнить - настоящая дружба требует некоторых уступок и терпения по отношению к друзьям.
Domestic? Never!

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)
No, the internet is too valuable a resourcee to give up. Plus, then I would have to resort to letting friends read my fanfic, and that would be a bit akward considering only one of them is a fello Whovian *waves to friend whose name start with a P and really needs to start an LJ account, see you on Monday* *grins*.

Anyway, I use the internet for just about anything, research, fun, and I've coordinated with every Model United Nations partner over E-mail, to the poit that we almost never spoke until we practiced debate. Its just eaiser that way when you don't live in the same house (Although, I did get uite a few e-mails from DTH when he was my partner and in the same room as me...)


Apple A Day

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)


At first my reaction was "hell yes" but I think it'd be pretty hard to do. I mean, I can go without Internet for fun without too much trouble, but I also have most of my homework and assignments online, plus e-mail for classes and research for papers (such as journal articles I wouldn't have access to offline). So, yeah, I would give up the Internet for $10 million, because then I'd have a whole lot less stress about money and could actually focus on studying. But I'd have to figure out some way to get around all of that beforehand, or only be able to use the Internet for school or something. If I couldn't, I'm not sure what I would do, because I don't think the money is worth giving up school for.
scream, homer

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)

ok serious answer. i would, but i dont think i couould. i'd try to. but the internet is
EVERYWHERE where i live. it's on peoples phones, on their computers, on their watches.. their
game consoles. everywhere! so, i dont think it's possible. but if i could, i would. i really would.
i think it would be nice to be an individual again, and, well, i'd probably use the money
to buy a kick ass windows mobile phone with a lot of ram, and a lot off "space" and then make
my own network, but portable.. i'd make it ad-hoc.. so totally insecure, but people would know
that, so they wouldnt doing banking crap online or major pay their bills on my network. they'd
know in advance anything the put on the network, can easily be seen by ANYONE with a brain and
some technicals skills. the network would be based on trust. but to answer the qestion, yest!
in fact, i'd pay to someone else to get me off the internet. but i dont have a 10 million. :)

-Nick
Being Human Mitchell Annie laugh

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)



I honestly don't think I could. I know its a heck of a lot of money and I'd probably never have to worry about anything again, but without the internet I would never have met a lot of people who I now count as close friends. I also would never have known about Starkid, or met the Darren Criss Dapper UK Street Team or be able to stay in touch with them as much as I do now.

Maybe in a few years I'll feel differently, but for now, I could never see myself giving up the internet. It has given me too much and I love too many people that I can only communicate effectively with via the net.
Drawing

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)


Hell yes!

Do I still have texting?
Do I still have my phone?
Do I still have e-mail at work? No? Then they'll have to adjust my job.

The internet now only WASTES MY TIME 90% of the time, and 10% of the time offers me valuable information. For $10 million, I think I can work around it. I'll have a sweet investment account and not worry about finances for the rest of my life.

THAT is worth the price of internet.

  ; - Flash

Writer's Block: Can't we all just get along?

What is one way to stop or prevent bullying?


This might sound extreme but make an anti-bullying law that makes it a felony to harass people who are "different." Before doing that however, people should be taught that all people are the same from a very young age. Parents and teachers need to step up to the plate and do something about this

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Yes, because I'd just have my lackies look everything up for me and I'd hire people to write and read fanfic for me.   How's Anne Rice doing these days?  I bet I could get her to write me a Louis/Lestat piece for the right price.
Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)

Let&#39;s Roll

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)
It wouldn't be much of a bargain. So much of our lives are involved in interacting with others online, reading the news there, picking up necessary information via web browsing, entertaining ourselves, and all the rest of it that losing all that would be like becoming a quadruple amputee, or worse. Now, if you were talking a $1,000,000,000 ballpark or more, I'd be willing to discuss it. Maybe I could hire somebody to do the Internet thing for me. XD
Book Lover
  • aerden

Writer's Block: Paging Al Gore

Would you give up the Internet for $10 million? (this is for the rest of your life.)


Yes, I could--as long as I at least could still use a computer to write with, and as long as publishing companies would still allow hardcopy or disk submissions.

I love my friends, and I love the two RPG's I'm in, but I find the Internet to be mostly a time-sink. There are better, more productive things I could do with my time than spend it on role-playing games, writing clubs, Facebook, or whatever. I can write or call my friends.

And boy, could I use $10 million for investments. :)
Информированный оптимист

Вопрос дня: Школьная жизнь

Чтобы избавиться от школьных задир
What is one way to stop or prevent bullying?
нужно их пороть с утра и до вечера розгами, смоченными в солёной воде.
А вообще корень проблемы лежит в глубоком детстве: задирами (равно как бандитами и гениями) не рождаются, ими становятся. Причина - жестокое обращение в семье. С малолетства. Либо просто ребёнок с детства попадает в жестокую обстановку, возможно, при полном попустительстве родителей. Нянь и воспитательниц, бьющих детей, нужно сажать лет на 5 в колонию строгого режима.