SmithCommaJohn's forum posts

#1 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

To say that straight white males don't enjoy a privileged place in American society is simply delusional.

This DOES NOT mean that if you're a straight white male, you're a bad person, that you've never had to work for anything, or that you've never faced personal hardship. I get the impression that a lot of people here think that's what "privilege" means, which could not be farther from the truth.

Basically, "check your privilege" is a snarky way of saying that you're approaching an issue with a certain set of assumptions that are based on life experiences that not everybody shares, and asking you to try and see the issue from a different point of view.

I'm a straight white male, and I know it's hard not to take it personally when somebody talks about "white privilege", but it's not usually meant as a personal attack.

#2 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

Pay off my student loans and credit card. Buy a modest house debt free. Invest the rest.

Also, 2 chicks at the same time. I figure that could be arranged for way less than a million dollars.

#3 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

I haven't bought a CD in at least 5 years. for me it's digital or vinyl.

#4 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

Providing exposition in a natural and realistic way is really, really hard.

#5 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

By popular demand, I'm sure!

#6 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

I used to work for a company that relied heavily on shady SEO for its marketing. It's fucking soul-crushing.

Anyway, out of curiosity I've checked some of the links those spam bots post. They're always the exact same fake news article talking about how a single mom from [your town] discovering a crazy secret to making fat stacks with no effort whatsoever. I've never gone any deeper into those sites than the front page, but I suspect they're a typical work-from-home scam, where you pay a hefty fee for the "secret" to getting rich, and whatever they sell you (if they send you anything at all) is worthless. These scams pre-date the Internet.

#7 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

Half-Life Thr...sorry, I can't even say it with a straight face

#8 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

The one that I grew up with and therefore have the fondest memories of.

#9 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

This telescope: http://www.telescopes.com/telescopes/reflecting-telescopes/celestronastromaster114eqreflector.cfm

A $100 gift card to my local home brewing supply store (I've recently taken up brewing my own beer)

A bunch of clothes - not exciting, but I needed them.

#10 Posted by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

I really, really hope you're reading this thread. If you are, look at the response you're getting from people you've never even met. Now imagine how your close friends and family would feel if you went through with this.

You may well believe that nobody cares if you live or die. This thread should put that notion to bed immediately.

Just talk to someone.