Virtual Racism? Or something else?

Lets start off with a screenshot today:

To see it full size so you can read it easier, just right click on it and open in new tab. For obvious reasons I have covered names and profile pics.

The above incident happened to me yesterday.

It didn’t take long to get a reply, just a matter of minutes, which was a pleasant surprise. The unpleasant surprise of course was the reply itself. Not only the first one but a few more that followed. At least there was one person to speak nice to me.

My question now is : “Why do they treat newcomers that way?”

Is this some form of virtual racism where new members are considered scumbags and the oldies are high class citizens?

Or is it something else : Are they afraid of new members?  Perhaps in the real world these people are just one more in the crowd, so for them internet hangouts are the only places where they can feel somewhat important and respected. Maybe they fear that some random newbie might take that away from them.

The distinction between new and old was mentioned quite a few times, so obviously they do have issues with new members.

Maybe they are just under the impression that everybody has a limitless amount of spare time and patience to search for the answer to their question on websites and “sticky” posts in forums. I’m sure that if that was the case, most forums would lose their importance. Maybe someone needs to explain to them that “just because they have enough time to be online all day, that doesn’t mean that other people can do the same”.

Maybe they just don’t have any manners and consider attacking people “just how it should be done”.

Maybe I am just stupid and I deserved that kind of response.

Whatever the issue is, I am certain that if I had asked my question to one of those people in real life, face to face, I would have definitely received a kinder and more civilised answer. Internet anomymity  sure does change people. Or does it show us who they really are?

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Punctuation marks

While I was browsing through the latest posts in one of my favourite forums, I stumbled upon a very interesting post written by a member who I have decided to call “J”.

He wrote (and I quote) : “MW says
I never said that. Only T$ resellers will be forbidden.
This is one of those times when punctuation becomes of the utmost importance.
Take away that little dot that so few think is important online nowadays
(I never said that Only T$ resellers will be forbidden) and the meaning becomes completely reversed.
Gratefully, MW uses periods, but I imagine those who don’t do not comprehend this statement.”

Just to give you a small idea about what is going on, “J” made a comment on something that “MW” wrote in his wordpress blog.

The whole post “J” wrote reminded me of how things were done back in ancient Greece. You see, the ancient greeks were very superstitious and had strong beliefs in the Gods and fate.

Before a war for example, many Greeks would visit an Oracle in order to find out if they will make it back alive or not.

Pythia, who was the high priestess at the Temple of Apollo at Delfi – commonly known as the Oracle of Delfi, would give a very very smart prediction.

She would say “Iksis afiksis ou en polemo thniksis” – in ancient greek it looked like “ηξεις αφήξεις ου εν πολέμω θνήξεις”. Notice that I haven’t added any punctuation marks.

If you add some commas you will get something like : “Iksis, afiksis, ou en polemo thniksis” which means “you will depart, you will return, you won’t die at war”.

On the other hand, if you write it a little differently by moving the second comma after the word “ou” and not before it, it will look like “Iksis, afikseis ou, en polemo thniksis” and the whole meaning changes completely to “You will depart, you won’t return, you will die at war”

Of course each person understood it in his own way but in the end the oracle was never wrong!

Its amazing sometimes how one comma or full stop can make such a difference.

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The island decided to give us a shake today.

6.5 on the Richter scale 58Km to the west around 10Km deep.

It was a good one, the strongest I’ve ever felt.  Even had some minor damage. Two vases fell and broke!

Nothing scary of course since we have a lot of earthquakes here, most of them are under 3R which is a good thing. We don’t even notice them.

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Today I decided to do some gardening. It’s been a while since I last had the opportunity to enjoy some free time do some house maintenance – why it’s been a while is another story.

Unfortunately my garden is in a terrible mess. Winter is over, the grass is long, the trees need triming ect ect.

So, after a nice morning coffee and some breakfast, I grabbed my shovel, my pick, my rake, wore my gloves and got to work!!!!!

First thing I decided to do was to start clearing up the long grass and weeds. Trust me, there were are A LOT of them. I piled them up and after a few of hours of hard work I decided to take a look at what I had done for the day. The garden looked much nicer already but the 3 piles were huge.

I wonder what i’ll do with them. I’ll probably burn everything when I finish digging out all the grass and weeds.

I’ll continue my hard work tomorrow. I have to admit though that it was nice to see my garden looking better already and all the work I did was nothing compared to the satisfaction that followed.

I’m sure a lot of you know how hard it is to keep a garden in shape, especially if you haven’t already given it the attention it needs. If you don’t take care of it well enough you will have to do double the work next time to get it back in shape.

The grass will grow too long, the trees would need more triming and you will have a lot more to dispose of when you are done.

Just a thought now…

Let’s say that in a few days I have my garden looking great. Everything that was needed to be done has been done and there is no more work to do. No weeds, no untrimmed trees, the flowers look beautiful ect ect. I would be very proud of it. Correct?


BUT… Is there really nothing else to be done?

The answer is NO. Why? Simply because if I stop taking care of it, if I stop spending time looking after it, if I don’t give it any attention for a long time, what will happen? It will end up being in terrible condition again just like it was before I started working on it and I’ll have to start all over again, just like I did today.

All I would need to do from now on is to spend a little time on it every few weeks and it will always look great. Right?


The big question now is : “Why am I saying all this? Why did I just use 465 (with this sentence included) words to talk about my garden?”

Well, while I was eating lunch, I was thinking about what I did today and what I should work on tomorrow.

Then I had a thought : “Isn’t life just like a garden?”

The answer I gave to myself was : “Life is like gardening. If you don’t constantly work on it, it will get out of hand.”

What happens if we don’t give ourself the attention we need? What happens if we don’t work on solving our problems when they show up and instead we keep “leaving them for tomorrow”.

All those problems will just build up on us and soon enough there will be too many to deal with and it will be harder and harder to solve them.

Just like in our garden. If we take care of all the weeds when they are few and small, our garden will always look great. If not, they will keep growing and growing till they start suffocating our garden and we will need to work much harder to dispose of them.

Thats exactly how life is. Problems will just keep coming and coming and it is best to try solve them nice and early before they grow and grow and start to take control over us.

Then our life will always be better just like our garden would always look nicer.

Of course there is the “luck” factor. Some problems are impossible to deal with because of bad luck, just like a garden that gets ruined by terrible weather conditions for example, but we control 95% of our lives and luck can’t always be an excuse for everything that goes wrong.

In order to conclude this “philosophical” blog post i’ll just say that we should always be alert and prepared to deal with all the weeds problems that try to take over our garden life and never lose faith in ourselves because we are much stronger and more capable of acomplishing things than we often think we are.

If you ever questions yourself about what you are capable of doing, perhaps this inspirational quote from “Rocky Balboa” could help raise your confidence :

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place… and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you worth, go out and get what you worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying: You ain’t what you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”

See it on youtube here:

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Topic of the day

It wouldn’t take much thought to realise what the whole world is probably talking about today. The massive earthquake in Japan of course.

Can you picture it? A nice sunny spring day. Everyone is following their daily routine having no idea about what awaits them. Then all of a sudden the ground starts to tremble. What a tremble it is!!!! Very unexpected if you consider the fact that last nights 7.4R (just another) earthquake was thought to be the ‘main event’.

It turns out they were wrong. This earthquake was much much stronger. 8.9 Richter!!!! Earthquakes are unpredictable anyway. But the question is : “Was the 8.9er the main event though?”. Oh no. Just a warm-up for chapter two. You see people, although the second earthquake was 8.9R, the damages were minor. A few buildings down here and there, some sunken roads. Not much compared to what would have happened somewhere else in the world. In August 1999 for example, the result of the 7.4R earthquake when half of Izmit, Turkey turned into rubble.

So what was todays “main event” in Japan. Definetaly not the earthquake. It was the tsunami that followed!

Take a look and see for yourself. As they say, a picture video is worth 1000 words.

Why am I saying all this? Well, as you all know, Japan is one of the most organised and earthquake prepared countries in the world. Unfortunately though, not even they could avoid such a destruction, even though they did very well and thousands of lives were saved because they just knew what to do. Just for the record, a tsunami warning was out in less than 10min after the earthquake was over.

My question now is “What if that earthquake happened in my neighborhood?”.

“What if it happened in yours?”

Are we prepared to face such a disaster?

Is there something we can do to prepare ourselves for it or even to avoid it, or should we just pray to God to be there when disaster strikes?

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Hello world!

Well, hello hello everybody and welcome to my blog.

After a proposal from a “special one” I decided to give it a try and see if I am a good blogger or not.

I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I hope to enjoy writing them!

Have fun and be good!!!!!!!!!

PS. Feel free to make any comments you wish.

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