Oh, well I was waiting on that, so I guess I'll get around to replying. IN DUE TIME. And you can't see visitors, but if you creep on someone else's profile, you can see what they were last doing and when, including whose profile they were looking at.
Nostalgia, I guess? Serebii was the first forum I joined, so I come back here every now and then Plus, I like Pokemon, although USUM felt lazy and uninteresting even for a third version. And I'm finally done with classes, so all I have is my thesis and then I'm outta school. I mostly just pop in now and then whenever I have a few minutes to kill.
That said, my treat to myself for finishing my core classes was getting a PS4, and oh boy has that been keeping me busy. And yet, I'm currently playing games that are usually available on PS2, PS3, or Vita ;_;
It's getting really quite grueling and I'm having a hard time supporting the Democratic Party in general lately, between **** like Nancy Pelosi saying that the party wasn't going to pursue single-payer, and the complete disdain shown for the Kansas special election (and the ensuing back-slapping "hey we did pretty good" thereafter) because they were too busy whacking it to Jon Ossoff -- whose victory would be good, yes, but they practically threw away the Kansas special election. Still pissed about how poorly handled that was.
Then again, political parties are basically corporate entities in some respects and their political leanings... don't really represent those of actual people. Honestly, the fact that anyone can just stick to that is really bizarre.
Facebook is for children. To that end, while I technically have one, its only use is for one of my friends to post Youtube videos to (I can't even remember the password). Is MSN still a thing? I used to have one to talk to people from here, but that was like 4 or 5 computers ago. I'm like that person who still only uses a landline for their phone.
I got my B.A. in philosophy back in May and am currently stuck in a place where I don't really know where to go from here -- finding a school for anything higher might be tough if I pursue those. However, my last year or so, I took a lot of classes dealing in philosophy of art, and I was specifically studying narrative for my degree. I got to write about video games as a narrative medium, which was pretty interesting, because it meant a lot of applying existing philosophy to something that hasn't gotten much academic interest.
But, I mean, probably not as interesting as it sounds, I guess.
It's not easy for me, either, it's just that I tend to not put in a lot of the "you dumb mother****er"s and the like from my thought processes in my posts when I argue with people, but rest assured that when I'm arguing with people on the internet at this point I am absolutely losing my **** in real life.
In short, I don't think majority rule has any intrinsic moral legitimacy. The merits of democracy are instrumental or tactical. Groups of people trying to keep each other in check and so on.
Voting is also about tactics, but the weight of a single vote is low, so there's the risk of free riding. Also, abstaining is a good tactic when all of the candidates are really bad and roughly equally so because it encourages better ones in future elections. Lobbying is usually more influential than voting in any case.