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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

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  1. AoE is my FAVORITE! I never win, but I don’t even care. I’m not sure my games would even work on my computer systems now, but you definitely put the yearing in my heart for them ❀

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    1. Awe, AoE rocks πŸ˜€ I always win because I always choose the easiest difficulty level. I love the building more than the fight… Shockingly, these games do work on my Win 10.

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      1. Really… I am going to have to see about this! πŸ˜€

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  2. I have never tried any of these types of games … dunno why, it just hasn’t happened. Now, when you describe it a little, it sounds like fun πŸ™‚ I only play some stupid ball game in FB, have done it for years.

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    1. It is fun, but it’s better not to try gaming if you can avoid it, it gets addictive easily… I never tried FB games, though I’m receiving a lot of Candy Crush invitations…

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  3. I’ve only played Grand Theft Auto (I used to, but not anymore). It’s a fun way to relax.

    Apropos male-female ration in a society, here’s from a research report about predominantly male societies:

    “A number of commentators predict that this situation will lead to increased levels of antisocial behavior and violence and will ultimately present a threat to the stability and security of society (31, 45–49).

    There is some empirical evidence to fear such a scenario. Gender is a well-established individual-level correlate of crime, and especially violent crime (50). It is a consistent finding across cultures that an overwhelming percentage of violent crime is perpetrated by young, unmarried, low-status males (50–52).”

    http://www.pnas.org/content/103/36/13271.full

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    1. I’m intrigued by your reading material! The article does make sense. On the other hand, I think most violence comes out of frustration, and when I’m frustrated myself, which is all the time, basically, I feel like committing some violent crimes too. Except I lack the physical strength. And now my blog will be monitored for threat of violence…

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      1. It’s very interesting research. What makes it even more interesting is that thousands of frustrated young, unmarried, low-status males, is coming into Europe/Scandinavia every week…

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        1. I see. That’s one of the moments when I congratulate myself on not expecting to live very long and having to children to live to see the not very bright future.

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  4. Mara; I’ve moved my daily post-thing, as it seemed to be so annoying to people. I’ll post here [http://tassitus.me] instead …

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    1. Annoying to people?! What the heck? I don’t quite get why. Also, if a reader is annoyed by a blog, it’s his fault for not moving to a blog which pleases him better.

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      1. Yes! Anyway, I moved it so it’s all good πŸ™‚

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    2. You should keep on posting as you wish. It’s your blog Rebekah. personally I just turn off the email notifications if it gets too much (just like you suggested).

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      1. It wasn’t just you, CG …

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        1. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s your blog and your rules. πŸ™‚
          (I still get email notiifications from your blog though, but in the clean-up that I mentioned, I no longer get them from a long list of other blogs).

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          1. It’s all in the notification settings, I guess — I don’t have any one them set to email, since I use the Reader.

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          2. I do the same, Rebekah. I use the Reader, no email notifications, and I don’t care if there are three or thirty new posts in the Reader per day.

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          3. I’m very … ‘particular’ about my email Inbox, so that, if anything, would drive me nuts. It’s just another one of all my hang-ups. So, the Reader is perfect for me … I scroll, and when I see something that catches my eye, I stop.

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          4. I’ve set up a filter on my mail, so that all the blogs that I get an email notification from (because there are some blogs that I really don’t want to miss out on) end up in a specific folder. The rest of them are in my reader.

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          5. Yes, I was going to do that too, but now I’ve become so accustomed to the Reader so I’ve just let it be. Filters are good!

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          6. Filters are awesome. I have another filter set up so that whenever I email myself – it’s usually some interesting link, a list of things to remember/to do, quotes, recipes, etc, etc – they end up in a specific folder too. (a folder which is continuing to grow out of proportions)

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          7. Yes! I do that too … I find it convenient, I’m used to it, and won’t have to mess with a lot of different apps that I forget what they really were supposed to do πŸ™‚

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          8. It’s very convenient and sometimes you rediscover things that interested you at some point. “Oooh, yes, I remember that I was thinking about trying this recipe, but I never got around to it. Perhaps I’ll do it this weekend…?” (and then you re-rediscover it again several months later)

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          9. Yeah! Links to websites ‘n all kinds of stuff! When I was new to the iPhone I wanted to try all kinds of apps, but they just made me nervous because I felt I didn’t have control …

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          10. I’m new to the iphone, but I don’t have a lot of apps. About 15 apps (I’m actually not sure if it’s a lot or not…)

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          11. I used to work with filters a lot – and ended up having a dozen folders and no email in my main inbox… Clearly, when it comes to organising, I don’t know when to stop.

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          12. I’m so particular about my email inbox that I expressedly forbade everyone to send me chain messages, funny videos and such nonsense. I prefer to choose when and how I entertain myself myself.

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          13. Yes, that silliness started early … with people sending out all that stuff. I didn’t forbid them, but they never got anything back from me, so it petered out. Also, I think Facebook took over for that — they post it there instead.
            Only messages I haven’t replied to, or otherwise done something to, sit in my Inbox … two, three at the most, and that’s not often.

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          14. Internet, Facebook and chain letters came later here, so users like my mother still find it exciting to spam other people with forwarded messages… Incidentally, my email provider often classifies mails from my mother as spam and puts them in the spam folder…

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          15. I found it the worst, when they sent them out on the cellphone, but I’m free of that now. My email provider even puts messages from itself in the spam folder LOL

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          16. A smart email provider πŸ™‚ Your email may know more than you do – mine definitely guessed my feelings when it spammed spammy messages from my mother, however well-meaning she was.

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