Things that are weird


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Smurfs. Cool, but weird. Why pants but no shirts for the guys? And speaking of male smurfs, they lack realism—leading to my next point.

Why do male animals need nipples from a biological point of view? Some guys might enjoy having them, sure, but why do they exist?

I play games and pretend to be a wizard or a dragon. To me, I’m being social, hanging with friends, and telling stories--a long human tradition and a tradition I greatly value. To some others, some whose opinions I actually value, my hobby makes me creepy and they say I need to grow up and stop playing pretend and wasting money and time. Which leads to my next point.

I work in a cube. I don’t have a door or a ceiling or a fourth wall. I stare at a rectangle that throws out light and radiation and work with pressed plant life imprinted with chemicals arranged into symbols our little-understood and not completely utilized sentient minds can interpret and use to force change on the world (not necessarily valuable change). Who came up with this idea as a way of life? How did I end up buying into the idea as well?

I breathe in invisible microscopic molecules to stay alive. Organs I cannot see and blood I don’t want to see perform millions of functions I don’t consciously control to keep me alive.

I spend a third of my life (okay in my case maybe only a fourth) completely disconnected from conscious physical existence, many times experiencing vivid hallucinations that seem real at the time but fade away to nothing soon enough (except for the vampire dream and that zombie dream, I remember those).

I walk on a roundish ball that spins at tremendous speed through a choking, airless void.

An invisible powerful force keeps me from being flung out into the void. An invisible powerful force (mostly) shields me from the harmful effects of that same void and the star that also hangs in the void.

A big sphere of flaming gas millions of miles away keeps me warm and makes my food grow. It is exactly the right distance away to allow for sentient life, atmosphere and those molecules I need, and for plant life to grow. Without it being perfectly positioned either the lights and heat go out or this orb becomes a blazing furnace.

I am sentient (well semi-sentient in my case perhaps). Same say it was a freak accident, others say it was design, and some say who knows why?

And yet, we have found zero evidence of other sentient life in what we assume is an infinite universe despite there being many more planets in this solar system alone. A whole infinite universe of dead planets, airless void, radiation, fire, and dust. And us on this one planet that can keep us alive through a complex chain of events whose probability of all happening just right is almost impossible to calculate with mathematics. Some people think other life exists but the majority of people dismiss these believers as kooks, freaks, or charlatans. And yet our fiction is filled with other forms of life, other worlds, and other realities. We talk about alien life but only safely in our fiction.

Evidence says big reptiles used to run around eating each other but no one was around to actually see it (and who would want to be?). Why? What was the point?

We live for only a handful of decades. Billions of people have died and thousands more die every day. We don’t know where the sentient parts of all those people went.

In fact, many people believe that no one has personally experienced what happens when you die (‘cause then you’d be dead and can’t tell us) or if someone has told us not everyone (the majority) believes them. People who think they know what happens after you die tend to get marginalized by the majority of people as kooks, freaks, intolerants, or charlatans. And talking about what happens after you die is considered impolite at best, maybe taboo, and perhaps even rude.

Are we biological randomness programmed by hidden genes and environment? Something more? Something less? Or does every single human have value because he or she is created in the image of God? And if so, how do we know as we’ve never seen God?

Some people whose opinions I value think that my hobby of gaming is weird. But look at some of my points above. At times, I think stark raving reality is even more weird.

Perhaps I need more sleep. Or more randomness. Or more God. Or maybe all three.

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Charles Dunwoody wrote:

Smurfs. Cool, but weird. Why pants but no shirts for the guys? And speaking of male smurfs, they lack realism—leading to my next point.

Why do male animals need nipples from a biological point of view? Some guys might enjoy having them, sure, but why do they exist?

I play games and pretend to be a wizard or a dragon. To me, I’m being social, hanging with friends, and telling stories--a long human tradition and a tradition I greatly value. To some others, some whose opinions I actually value, my hobby makes me creepy and they say I need to grow up and stop playing pretend and wasting money and time. Which leads to my next point.

I work in a cube. I don’t have a door or a ceiling or a fourth wall. I stare at a rectangle that throws out light and radiation and work with pressed plant life imprinted with chemicals arranged into symbols our little-understood and not completely utilized sentient minds can interpret and use to force change on the world (not necessarily valuable change). Who came up with this idea as a way of life? How did I end up buying into the idea as well?

I breathe in invisible microscopic molecules to stay alive. Organs I cannot see and blood I don’t want to see perform millions of functions I don’t consciously control to keep me alive.

I spend a third of my life (okay in my case maybe only a fourth) completely disconnected from conscious physical existence, many times experiencing vivid hallucinations that seem real at the time but fade away to nothing soon enough (except for the vampire dream and that zombie dream, I remember those).

I walk on a roundish ball that spins at tremendous speed through a choking, airless void.

An invisible powerful force keeps me from being flung out into the void. An invisible powerful force (mostly) shields me from the harmful effects of that same void and the star that also hangs in the void.

A big sphere of flaming gas millions of miles away keeps me warm and makes my food grow. It is exactly the right distance away to allow for sentient...

umm wow....

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Crimson Jester wrote:
umm wow....

That's what I thought. Some things are too big to hold inside one's head. Sincerely, thanks for reading.

SISO (smurf it smurf on) I suppose.


Girls are weird.

Also, this is my new favorite thread of all time.

: suddenly wishes his profile pic were of a blue shorty :

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Eben TheQuiet wrote:

Girls are weird.

Also, this is my new favorite thread of all time.

: suddenly wishes his profile pic were of a blue shorty :

Go back and edit blue shorty out and put smurf in. See if wishes really do come true like Mickey says.:)

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Charles Dunwoody wrote:
crazy but true stuff

Apparently smurfs reproduce asexually. And the first female smurf was created by an evil wizard in order to capture the smurfs to melt into gold. But then he later changed his mind to just wanting to eat them. Now I hear they're making a live action movie.

The world is strange.

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Madclaw wrote:
Charles Dunwoody wrote:
crazy but true stuff

Apparently smurfs reproduce asexually. And the first female smurf was created by an evil wizard in order to capture the smurfs to melt into gold. But then he later changed his mind to just wanting to eat them. Now I hear they're making a live action movie.

The world is strange.

If reality is crazy but true what does that say about reality?

And good evidence you present about world strangeness: a smurf movie. I bet it will be smurfy. Smurfs are strange. And smurfy.

Again I say, SISO.


BRING OUT YOUR DEAD! HE'S COMING! BRING OUT YOUR DEAD! HE'S COMING! BRING OUT YOUR DEAD, HE'S COMING...


And you forgot to add that we cannot see most of the matter in the universe. And that it was expanding. Also math cannot integrate every equation. I also belive combinatorics require unwritten rules as doing combinations of things would cause the number of rules required to go to infinity.

Paizo Employee Senior Software Developer

I am often seriously weirded out by the atmosphere, and food.

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Gary Teter wrote:
I am often seriously weirded out by the atmosphere, and food.

I so wish for just one day I have your powers oh PMG. While some would fear censorship, and with good reason. Others would hail me as a fighter of smurfy freedom. Deleting with glee insanity where ever it should be found. Yes it would be a fine line I would choose to tread upon, but damnit some things needs must be. And it would be but for the day.

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Charles Dunwoody wrote:
Crimson Jester wrote:
umm wow....

That's what I thought. Some things are too big to hold inside one's head. Sincerely, thanks for reading.

SISO (smurf it smurf on) I suppose.

I could at some point I guess address each thought, if you feel it would help.


At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.

Mark 13:26-28

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point made.


Leafar the Lost wrote:

[i]At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds...

Mark 13:26-28

"Crom laughs at your Four Winds!"

- Conan, barbarian

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Leafar the Lost wrote:

At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.

Mark 13:26-28

And hopefully soon!

He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon."

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Revelation 22:20

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Crimson Jester wrote:
Charles Dunwoody wrote:
Crimson Jester wrote:
umm wow....

That's what I thought. Some things are too big to hold inside one's head. Sincerely, thanks for reading.

SISO (smurf it smurf on) I suppose.

I could at some point I guess address each thought, if you feel it would help.

Thanks, but I just needed to blow off steam. I was in an existential mood. I'm all better now.

The Exchange

Charles Dunwoody wrote:
Crimson Jester wrote:
Charles Dunwoody wrote:
Crimson Jester wrote:
umm wow....

That's what I thought. Some things are too big to hold inside one's head. Sincerely, thanks for reading.

SISO (smurf it smurf on) I suppose.

I could at some point I guess address each thought, if you feel it would help.
Thanks, but I just needed to blow off steam. I was in an existential mood. I'm all better now.

Don't we all.

OTD used to be the perfect place for it.

Now not so sure. But we still give ti the old smurfy try.

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