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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    it always amazes me how much people do what they are told..... Both things were counterintuitive, but they obeyed orders, amazing how often people do.
    Social dymanics. If humans didn't have that ability to be unquestioningly led, we'd have likely died out aeons ago. People think it's a weakness but it's actually our greatest strength. We can't really run, we're a bit shit in the water, and we can't fly, but put a bunch of us together and we'll go to the moon (supposedly).


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    I would say cooperation is our greatest strength, not being led around like sheeple. The line between the two can be very thin. Those that follow blindly are the reason shitty leaders can come into power.

    People today are lemmings, I think in no small part to the entertainment explosion that started in the 80s and then the internet a couple decades later. The phone-in-their-face minions ever in the thrall of the like button dopamine hit have lost most of their ability for critical thought. Added to critical thought no longer being taught in schools people have no idea how to function autonomously or even vet information in any useful way.
    "When a child is abused, he or she will often internalise that abuse as deserved. It is a cruel reality that a child needs the parent so much, is evolutionarily programmed to trust them so implicitly, that when a parent is abusive the child will take the blame rather than completely upend their world and blame the person they depend on for survival." -velo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trollheart View Post
    Have you tried pop-up blockers? I think they're often built-in to the browser, if not they can be added. Works for me. Ads too. Sites are constantly "noting you have an ad blocker installed. Would you consider unblocking it so we can show you our crap?" Yeah, that's exactly what I got it for guy: so that the first idiot who wants to bombard me with ads can just do so. Suck my.....
    Yeah, I use AdBlock. A lot of the ads, though, play in the same video player as the news outlet's videos, so they're not blocked. And a lot of other crap that's just part of the website's design that are overlaid over content using Javascript that are just plain annoying when all you want to do is read the article.

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    I use every adblocker known to modern science, including a vpn service that automatically blocks ad domains. When I look at sites on other people's systems I barely recognise them.

    I'm also that guy that is less likely to buy something the more you sell/advertise to me.
    "When a child is abused, he or she will often internalise that abuse as deserved. It is a cruel reality that a child needs the parent so much, is evolutionarily programmed to trust them so implicitly, that when a parent is abusive the child will take the blame rather than completely upend their world and blame the person they depend on for survival." -velo

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    Quote Originally Posted by velo View Post
    I'm also that guy that is less likely to buy something the more you sell/advertise to me.
    Ditto. The more pressured I feel, the more I resist. My thought is, "If your product isn't a piece of crap, why are you trying to shove it down my throat?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amnesiac View Post
    Ditto. The more pressured I feel, the more I resist. My thought is, "If your product isn't a piece of crap, why are you trying to shove it down my throat?"
    Because most people swallow. That grinds my gears.
    Not even a gag reflex from most anymore.
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    What's grinding my gears lately are these high rollers who play hundreds or thousands of dollars on the casino floor, and yet steal the toilet paper and facial tissue from their hotel room. Yes, I'm a housekeeper in a casino hotel.
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    Writer Rant Ahoy:

    You know what sucks about historical fiction? How sometimes there's not a whole lot of information to go on with a historical figure.

    Like take this standalone story I'm writing set in 1821 Paris, France. Amos Garnier (my fictional character) meets Louis Braille (an actual historical figure) and while Louis doesn't play a huge part in the plot (besides showing off his invention to Amos) researching him led me to think back on biographies I've read about Louis in the past.

    For starters, some biographies had his mom dying of cancer, others had his dad being the one that died. Then there are figures whom I'm not entirely sure even existed (like the presence of a 'Dr. DeFou' dude in one of the biographies, and a love interest named Denise in another. Look, I don't doubt he had a girlfriend, just..I don't think making up your own characters in a biography is a thing to do. It's like me having Abraham Lincoln meeting Issac Foller, a random name I just came up with.)

    So awesome, two biographies who can't decide which of the parents died (if they even did die) and we've got people running around who may not have even existed.


    But the worse offender is how they depict Louis. One had him being a kind, compassionate man always striving for curiosity and discovering ways to solve problems. The other painted him as a sort of self-absorbed martyr. The latter even goes as far as to say Louis dies alone in a hotel room when the former had him dying in his home surrounded by family and friends (of which Pierre Foucault was one of them, but he certainly didn't appear in the biographies. Insert 'Am I A Joke To You' Meme Here.)

    You'd think for a guy who basically gave the blind and visually impaired the keys to success, his biographers would actually try to keep in sequence rather than going, "lol nope" and seemingly making up things as they went along.

    *sighs*

    Point is, when biographies can't even agree on certain things, it makes trying to write a historical fiction in which your legit fictional character(s) meet said historical figure rather difficult.

    Sorry for the rant. It's early in the morning and this has been churning in my head for years.


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    Wow, even I got it all wrong. I am ashamed to be a history major now.


    -> Louis' father did, in fact, die in 1831.


    -> There actually was someone named Pierre DUFAU (not DeFou, wtf) who took over as director in 1842 after basically fabricating lies to get his predecessor (Pignier) removed. He was the dickwaffle who tried to suppress Louis' invention.


    -> In 1821, Guillie was the director of the Royal Institute of Blind Youth who was...basically a dickwaffle who abused the students and had an affair with a woman (like you do) so he was fired and replaced by Pignier who was the exact opposite.
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    I got that, too. When I was researching Billy the Kid, virtually every source I checked had him born as Henry McCarthy, and later took the name (for no good reason) William H Bonney. But one book supposedly written by a guy who rode with him started off by saying he was born to Martha* Bonney, therefore his real name would have been Bonney, not McCarthy. Kind of makes sense, cos if your name is William you're more likely to go by Billy than if your name is Henry. Then again, he seemed anxious to erase his father's memory, so maybe. But apart from this one, seemingly authoritative account, EVERY OTHER source (including his official history website and museum or something) says no, Henry McCarthy. So I don't know what to believe. You're right though (not withstanding your own discoveries that the facts were correct) - biographies should not have incorrect or conflicting information in them. If you don't know, say so, or don't write the damn thing.

    * May not have been Martha, not sure, but definitely Bonney.
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