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    • Self-Promotion

    • Posted by RenThing on 17 Jan 11
    • I have to wonder about people who come to places like Whitechapel merely to pimp themselves and their work without contributing to any threads or topics that aren't related directly to them.

      On one hand, it could be said that doing so does add to the discourse of the board by providing things to discuss, new art to peruse, etc.

      On the other hand, I find the inherent selfishness kind of boring and annoying.

      I think when self-promotion crosses the line is whether or not people are adding to the general discourse in other ways that have nothing to do with themselves or their work. For instance there are a lot of great artists, musicians and authors doing a lot of wonderful projects who frequent WC but many of them post other stuff that has nothing to do with their work and thus contribute to the general success (if you want to consider it that way) of the community. By posting other things, they aren't simply wandering onto the forum and essentially shouting "HEY, LOOK AT ME!" and treating the community like we're here just for them to advertise to.

      Meh, sorry about the brain dump, I've just seen a lot of this on other forums and a few threads that were nothing but one person essentially spamming their work without contributing much else.
    • Work Related, Need to Vent

    • Posted by government spy on 30 Dec 10
    • Alright, a few hours ago, when I got to work, I was told an inmate on my housing unit had a seizure earlier in the shift, but because nobody saw it actually happen, that he had faked it. The inmate had a cut on his forehead, and it was decided that he must have been in a fight, and the "seizure story" was an attempt to cover it up.

      Ignoring the fact that this white supremacist inmate had a serious history of violence, that there would be no way for this inmate to be hit in the face that hard without causing a serious violent incident on the unit that no one could have missed.

      I was told not "to bother medical unless the inmate was having a seizure."

      When I got to work, I was informed that medical had already seen the inmate and refused him any treatment. Since the inmate was on a psychology watch list, I was told to notify the chief psychologist of the situation. I spent the next hour attempting to contact the Dr., and finally he interviewed the inmate.

      The psych discovered that the inmate had been taken off of his medication last month, and that he should be placed back on the medication ASAP. The inmate stated that he was afraid of having another grand mal seizure, that he was afraid of the injuries he could sustain during the seizure.

      The inmate later approached me, saying he felt a seizure was imminent. I called medical on the radio, several times with no response. The inmate collapsed in my office in front of me and began to hit his head on the floor. His cellmate who was nearby, grabbed him and held him as he continued to have a seizure.

      I had to activate an alarm on my radio to obtain any response from the medical staff. When staff arrived, there was no attempt to examine the inmate during his seizure. He stopped moving, and was unconscious. At no time did the medical staff member enter the office or examine the inmate. When my LT. asked her how she wanted us to transport the inmate to medical, she responded that he was faking and that he didn't need to go to medical, as the inmate lay bleeding on my office floor.

      After all the inmates had been secured, I kind of exploded at the nurse. Really? He faked it. I must have imagined the whole thing. I'm glad her medical expertise is so proficient that while I was there, the whole time, her viewpoint outside my office, after the fact, was able to verify that there is nothing wrong with the inmate.

      The explanation I was given, was because the inmate had a seizure in my office in front of me, with his cell-mate nearby, that of course he was faking. He had planned it all day.

      That's right, how obvious. He was told that because he had a seizure that no one witnessed, then he was faking it. And when he stayed near an officer so that when he had another seizure, someone would witness it, that also meant he was faking it. I can see it so clearly now. And his cellmate couldn't possibly have been nearby because he cared about the inmate, no that's completely unreasonable.

      Look, I get the guy is a Nazi. I hate Nazis. I have an anti-swastika tattoo on my arm from my old punk rock days where we used to get in street fights with hammerskins and some people got hurt pretty bad. I still harbor some resentment for the Nazis there. I don't know the reasons this specific guy became a Nazi in prison, and I really don't care. Unless it's a security issue, it ain't my job. My job is to keep the peace, keep the unit safe and secure, and provide for the care of my inmates. Whether I hate a Muslim, Jew, Nazi, Black, White, Hispanic, Russian, French or Middle-Eastern inmate has absolutely nothing to do with my job. For the most part, my personal politics get left at the door. Except, you know, for that part where I consider human rights to be non-negotiable.

      I have been a firm believer in the idea that the government should provide health care for its citizens. But if the Public Health Service that is responsible for inmate medical treatment is indicative of how the "Public Option" would be like, then I am against it in any form. I would rather suffer a heart attack with no medical response at all, rather than have a response by that nurse. She would most likely think I'm faking it.
    • Travel buddy needed

    • Posted by looneynerd on 29 Dec 10
    • Hey guys, weird post here, but I'm getting desperate!
      I am planning a backpacking trip to Europe between March 15 and April 19, 2011. My travel partners have bowed out of the trip because of financial concerns. I am in need of a new companion(s) to travel with, to help share costs and reduce my anxiety about traveling alone. I realize this is short notice, but if anybody is already planning a similar trip, or would like to go, I’d be appreciative.
      About Me:
      -I plan on traveling by using a railpass, and staying primarily in Hostels and Pensions.
      -I am spending several days of the trip with a friend in England. I can meet back up with you after my return to the continent. You can come along to England, but he only has room for myself.
      -I plan on spending several days in Heidelberg, Germany. I lived here as a kid and I’d like to visit several places while I’m there. Apart from Heidelberg and my Trip to England, I am open to most other destinations in Europe accessible by rail. A trip to Bavaria is a must, but this still leaves at least two weeks of traveling around the rest of the continent. Again, I am open to most destinations.
      -I speak passable German and have traveled extensively (my most recent trip was to Turkey in 2008). This is, however, my first backpacking trip.
      -I am willing to meet people part of the way through the trip. As long as I’m with somebody for the majority of things, I’ll be happy. Multiple partners are welcome.
      -I’m an aspiring Historian, and would like to see sites of these interests. I sometimes drink in social situations, but am not much of a bar or club hopper. However, I am open to ideas on how to spend time on the continent.
      -My entire trip will cost approx. $3,500, including cost of my flight, railpass, lodging, etc. My plane ticket has been purchased, and I have the rest already saved. I plan of traveling cheaply but with some degree of comfort.
      About You:
      -Travelers 18 to 26 are preferable. I’m 23 but am comfortable with any traveler over the age of 18. Older travelers are of course welcome.
      -Both men and women are fine.
      -Non-whitechapelians who you know who might be interested are welcome too. As long as one of you lot vouches for them, I trust most of you :P
      -Any and all interests are fine, as are destination ideas.

      Please let me know if you’re interested. I really don’t want to have to cancel this trip! If you have any other questions, go ahead and ask, or hit me up at looneynerd at gmail dot com :D
    • Koreas

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 18 Dec 10
    • Just been reading the news about how the Koreas are getting tetchy with one another again,and things are tense over there. I'm wondering what would happen if they decided to nuke each other (does S. Korea have nukes?), and what would happen to the rest of the world if they did. Would we all die of nuclear radiation? Would we get cancer, superpowers and extra limbs? Or would it be like Haiti: watching another country implode, and not really giving a damn?
    • Crochet & Diaspora

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 4 Dec 10
    • Set up my Diaspora account (raven), and have been mildly annoyed that it apparently won't allow me to do line-breaks, and instead goes straight to "let us post this entry RIGHT NOW, Roo!" mode. I can get to the site on iOS pretty easily and make basic posts, but comments don't seem to work on iOS safari. I still have 2 invites left, anyhow.

      What have I been posting about? Mostly Crocheting. And Design Hell. And Crocheting. You see, I've been able to crochet a chain for a long while, but doing anything beyond that's been rather brain numbingly not-working. I tried the stitch & bitch crochet book, and found it's basic instructions to be made of gibberish, with diagrams equally gibberishable. Followed that up with the crochet answer book, and found out that lo and behold: I can make the world's smallest potholder. Better diagrams, and a lot of swearing seem to help in this!

      Now it's onto making a real sized potholder! But first a break, because I feel like my fingers are going to cramp up, and I need to stop swearing at the yarn.