Status Updates posted by Ookla the Aleatory
My rank finally calls me Scadrian and a waffle cook. What more could a person want out of life?
Warning: I'm about to go deep, so only read the contents of the spoiler if you think you can handle it. I needed to let out some steam, and this was as good a way as I could find. (It relates to what happened in Germany yesterday, if that influences your decision one way or the other.)Spoiler
Every time there's a shooting we fill up with tragedy. Anger and fear--lots of different emotions. Everyone feels it, I think, to some extent. And I'm not here to talk about gun control, because there are too many aspects to that that I don't fully know and therefore can't give an opinion.
But when stuff like the shooting in Germany yesterday happens, I can't keep all the thoughts in my brain, you know? That's why I'm writing this. To let out a little emotion on it.
It's ridiculous. Yesterday, I was walking to synagogue and when I passed a police officer standing outside, it occured to me that when I was really little, one hadn't been needed. At least, I don't remember ever seeing one this often. For years, even after the Yom Kippur War, we hadn't been afraid that someone might have the nerve to enter a room on the holiest day of the year for Jews and attack.
Yesterday was an anti-semitic hate crime. Even that terminology sounds weak, though. The thought isn't anything new to me. Fine, there are people who have never met me who hate me because of my religion and culture. They hate Jews simply because they are Jews. That's how it's been for hundreds and hundreds of years. Thousands at this point. It's nothing new.
Just...you would think there would be even an ounce of respect for a religion's holiest day. Even from the far-right.
The world is in a strange place.
How do you balance freedom of speech with freedom of religion? I don't know. I really don't. But there has got to be some way that doesn't end in death time and time again. Humans aren't all bad. Good exists.
I've said this many times before, but that doesn't make it any less true: you all are wonderful.
Sorry for ranting. It really did help, though.
On a more positive note, cookies for all. Nothing makes things better than cookies. Except maybe plain chocolate. It's pretty close.
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You shouldn’t have to balance freedom of speech and religion. Nobody should ever do things like they did yesterday (though I don’t actually know what happened, as I do not keep up with the news or media).
I am very sorry it happened, and hope you’re doing okay. Talking almost always helps, and I’m glad it did here.
Is there a phrase along the lines of Happy Yom Kippur? If so, that. If that’s rude to say, my apologies.
*gives Silva chocolate*
@AonEne technically speaking it would be have an easy and meaningful fast.
(Though the fast has ended the thought is appreciated!)
Drawing with touchpads is starting to become less horrible.
Sylphrena here might not look great and could probably use some cleaning up around the edges, but she resembles something beyond blobs. That's successful art by my definition.
Hm..right. So, I leave Tuesday morning and tomorrow I need to stop procrastinating and be productive with my time, meaning there isn't any other for sure time I'll be on the Shard for a while.
Before that, though, I do need to get some things said for Alleyverse characters.
Eiran and Freedom are taken care of. Eiran's doing some unspecified stuff to help and Freedom we're just going to say is wherever the most living citizens of Alleycity are. After most things are cleared up, Eiran is going to Newcago for a bit and Freedom is going to vanish. I'll figure out more explanation for both afterwards.
Eve, however, is not at a vanishing point. Sorana, if you and Itiah could just treat her as an NPC, that would be great. Maybe she can even fall asleep. Whatever works best. I'm really sorry to leave her like this...there just wasn't any way that made sense with her character to have her leave.
That should be it. I'll probably appear sometime tomorrow, but it's not a guarantee.
If I don't, then, see you all in a month and I'll miss you!
Happy birthday, Rebecca! Have some birthday wafflles.
Twenty days from now, I Ieave to the realm of the middle of nowhere. I get back a month later, but then school starts up almost immediately. Meaning, a major drop in activity for a while.
Closer to I hope to create a plan for all my RP characters to account for that. I’d do it now if it weren’t for that a lot can change in three weeks.
This is just an advance warning. Twenty days is a while, but time does fly sometimes and it typically doesn't hurt to attempt to be responsible on rare occasion.
2,000 is only 27 posts away. I'm not a big round milestone number person, but 2,000 is 2,000 and, well, that's a large number.
Ideas of what to do for it, anyone?
(Most likely it'll end up like my 1,000th anyways - in someone's introduction thread )
Why, Chaos? Why?
Seriously, though, it would probably be a permanent change from Calibri to Arial (Arial letters are so sharp and blocky...Calibri is so much nicer and smaller and smoother...) that would get me to leave the Shard.
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Yep. It's about the change...again.
Shard's been on and off switching between the text of posts being in what looks like Calibri and what looks like Arial to me.
Look at the "o"s. The one in the text being written is longer and less circular, like Arial.
...and I'm honestly not even a typophile.
It’s been a year. An entire storming year. A year of wonderful people, too many puns, and laughter. A year of cookies, Voidapples, ellipsis, and Butt Venture. A year of writing, RPing, and MAYBE one too many Acutes. It’s been...a year of all that and more.
It's my Shardiversary and I officially feel old
Today is Kaf-Zayin Nissan. Yom Hashoah. יום השואה.
Or, the Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Normally I try to balance out negativity with positive, but to put a filter on the Holocaust is disrespectful.
So I won’t.
Someone once said that “one person’s death is a tragedy, six million is just a statistic.”
What happened was horrible. Words can’t even describe completely.
People try though, in their own ways. Because that’s what we do. We try to understand. Some attempts are more successful than others, but when all is said and done, that’s all they are, attempts.
But what’s hardest for me personally is accepting this: If it weren’t for the Holocaust I wouldn’t exist. I wouldn’t be typing this. I wouldn’t be here.
If it weren’t for the Holocaust, half my ancestors would never have left Europe. They wouldn’t have come to America. Wouldn’t have me.
How many others are like me in this?
Probably a lot.
It’s impossible to condone something that almost destroyed a people. It would be wrong to.
Because of that I take my existence as a sign of something else. Bad things will always happen. They’re inevitable. Some are worse than others even though all are horrible. Just know, at the end of the day, at the end of the era, good will return.
Even if it’s not obvious.
So, please, as the day comes to an end, take a minute. Really appreciate what you have.
In the memory of those who had even that taken away from them.
If you only think you're here, does that mean you only think that it's your birthday?
Present enclosed in spoiler tag:Spoiler
Rene Descartes came to the conclusion that by thinking, therefore you are. So you, Itiah, are. Whether you're here is another question, but at least you can now claim to be one step closer to solving your existential crisis. Unless, you already had taken this into consideration, in which case the real intention of this spoiler tag was to cause you to waste thirty seconds reading this extraordinarily run-on sentence that doesn't seem to want to end even though it has long since used up what little purpose it was intended to have.
It's back! It's back! It's so storming wonderful to see it back to normal!
Never before has anyone been so pleased by a font change.
No one say Arial was better. Please. We all know Calibri is the best.
I'm feeling profound. Here's something someone I know said today:
"My decisions are like onions, made of many different layers, and some people like them while others don't."
It's pretty true if you think about it...
This is about 21 days early, but otherwise I'm likely to forget to say anything. I'm going away for around a week and a half, not that long, though still an absence. I think I'll be back for Ookla season if nothing changes.
Since this is otherwise extremely dry and honestly downright informative, enjoy a poor attempt at a joke that has no connection to anything:
What's brown and sticky?Spoiler
And people? Try not to start another war this time ...