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Things I want to tell people that I wish people had told me:

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Things I want to tell people, that I wish people had told me::
  • You don’t have to achieve great things by the time you’re 25
  • You have intrinsic value above and beyond your perceived utility to other people and society at large. 
  • You don’t have to have sex, or have sex in any way that you find uncomfortable or unpleasant, to keep anyone’s love or good opinion of you. They didn’t love you or think very well of you to start with if they demand it. 
  • You don’t have to stay with someone who isn’t meeting your emotional or sexual needs because they need you, or you’ve been with them for awhile, or you need to be in a relationship. You need you. Your time is your own and it is finite. 
  • It’s ok to work at a job you enjoy that doesn’t make you miserable even if it’s not a career and it won’t “lead to anything.” 
  • Your life is not a narrative. It is not leading to anything, there is no overarching thesis, it does not have themes beyond the usual shared cultural experiences of your time and place. This is ok. It does not mean that your life is without purpose or meaning. 
  • It’s ok not to like or get along with the vast majority of people you encounter, so long as you afford them the same respect, courtesy and dignity that they afford you. 
  • Expensive is not always better. 
  • Failure is temporary if you’re still alive. 
  • People are both much better and much worse than you’d suspect, but usually not all at once. 
  • Stop thinking of your future self as a different person and it will be easier to prevent money and health problems. 
  • Let people help you, lean on them when you need to, and be available to help, but don’t swing too far in either direction. Try to carry your half of the life basket as evenly as you can. 
  • Set boundaries, and do not be afraid to kick people out of your life who disregard them. You will not end up alone and unloved. People who love you will be ok with your boundaries. 
  • Your power does not come from money or beauty, but from seeing life steadily and wholly, from a curious and thoughtful mind, and from your ability to say no when you want to, and yes when you want to, and I don’t know when you don’t know. 
  • There will be bad times, maybe lots of bad times, but not only bad times. 
  • Love will not heal the wounds in your soul, but love can give you the impetus to begin the work of healing yourself. 
  • Life might be a long series of starting over, and that’s alright. 
  • You’re really cool, you’re really beautiful, you’re really special. Really. Not to everyone, but to a lot of someones sometimes.
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int(pi)

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If replacing all the '3's doesn't fix your code, remove the 4s, too, with 'ceiling(pi) / floor(pi) * pi * r^floor(pi)'. Mmm, floor pie.
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Crowbeak
3929 days ago
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Programming tip: The number 3 is cursed. Avoid it.
Nakagawa, Hokkaido, Japan
the7roy
3930 days ago
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ceiling(π) or floor(π), it’s always M_PI in cocoa
Mountain View
marcrichter
3931 days ago
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I like pi.
tbd
thraco
3931 days ago
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Another awesome comic from Mr. Munroe
Raleigh, NC
satadru
3932 days ago
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int(pi)'s my lucky number
And fortune comes in int(pi)s
But I wish I knew that number
That even little children seem to see...
New York, NY
rjstegbauer
3932 days ago
And int(pi) wishes from a genie.
ddmf
3932 days ago
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bankers rounding instead of truncating...
Dundee
rraszews
3932 days ago
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I kinda wonder if this is a reference to the old tale of the overly-eager optimizing Fortran compiler which, the story goes, would sometimes "optimize" your code by changing the value of 3 to 2
Columbia, MD
silberbaer
3932 days ago
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What is Randall Munroe doing?!? He *knows* that when he makes a comic, people go out and make it reality! Ugh. He hates people who have to read other people's code...
New Baltimore, MI
shrodes
3932 days ago
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Title text:

"If replacing all the '3's doesn't fix your code, remove the 4s, too, with 'ceiling(pi) / floor(pi) * pi * r^floor(pi)'. Mmm, floor pie."
Melbourne, Australia

We, The Terrified, Average Souls of Los Santos

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Grand Theft Auto 5 makes one of the most surprising self-commentaries I’ve encountered in a long time: the average person likes the violence in Grand Theft Auto because they’re average.

For a long time, we – the ones who toil away spewing our best attempts at piercing commentary about interactive media on (relatively) narrowly read corners of the internet – have said, dismissively, that, “average people like the violence in the GTA series,” but I don’t think anyone has made the connection that the masses are drawn to GTA specifically because they feel faceless as part of the masses.

Yet that’s exactly what the game itself postulates. Early on in the game, Grand Theft Auto 5 gives players an opportunity to visit a therapist as Michael, one of the protagonists in the game. The visit serves as a stage set up so Rockstar can give their best case for why they do what they do, or at least so they can take their best guess at why people seem to like it so much.

As Michael starts to go into why his life is going so bad, and some of the recent troubles he’s had, his therapist rightly observes that Michael feels the ... Read More »

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It’s alive! And participating less than fully!

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pudelhund
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sshreeves
4120 days ago
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so true.

Honk

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pudelhund
4119 days ago
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i laughed
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jbasirico
4120 days ago
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honk
waxis
4121 days ago
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This took me a moment.
Arizona
xorgnz
4121 days ago
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For some reason, this one took me a second..
Christchurch, New Zealand or S
waxis
4121 days ago
Me too!
torrentprime
4076 days ago
Yup - I kept waiting for something to hit me.
dreadhead
4121 days ago
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Pretty good
Vancouver Island, Canada

Tipping and Tooting - A comic about people who wait tables

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Tipping and Tooting - A comic about people who wait tables

A comic about people who wait tables

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pudelhund
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ktgeek
4128 days ago
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I'm more laid back than most people with servers, I can't imagine getting that angry unless they obviously willfully did something to you, such as screw your wife on the table before serving the entrée, unless you're into that.

Also, I will always excuse someone for farting. Those who have glass anuses should not cast the first stone.
Bartlett, IL
huckncatch
4128 days ago
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Amen
drengy
4129 days ago
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Great, as always. Bad tippers are a scourge.
Cambridge, MA
pberry
4129 days ago
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Queue a bunch of jerks quoting Mr Pink in Reservoir Dogs...
Chico, CA
nicatronTg
4129 days ago
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I witnessed someone complaining about tipping anything at a place where they waited 30 minutes to get in. Granted, the wait was bad, but the server *did nothing* to deserve a low tip just for that.
Aurora, Colorado
kazriko
4128 days ago
I don't use low tips to display disappointment in service anymore... Good or great service, I'll give 20% and round up to the nearest dollar. Terrible service? I'll break out the calculator and tip EXACTLY 18% on the dot.
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