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Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Recently there has been some confusion regarding the terms “blog”, “blogging” and “blogger”. This article is here to define the terms as clearly as possible.
Definition of terms
Let us start with the verb form, “to blog” or more commonly “blogging”. In earlier work on the subject, a common assumption was that in order to blog (verb) one had to have a blog (noun), and that the blog had to be a web page of some kind. This is incorrect; it is possible to blog in any medium, textual as well as spoken and offline as well as online. Briefly, blogging is defined as speaking or otherwise expressing oneself at length on a topic that is either only relevant to oneself or only interesting to oneself and perhaps one or two others, particularly in a context that makes it impolite or hard for others to ignore the blogging. There are, however, a few caveats that make the definition more complex. Most importantly, if the text (or speech) can be considered funny and/or engaging regardless of the reader’s (or listener’s) general disinterest in the topic, then the activity cannot be considered blogging. Also, speaking or writing to just one or a few people generally cannot be considered blogging.
The definitions of “blog” and “blogger” follow quite naturally from the above; a blog is any textual or vocal context in which blogging takes place (such as a webpage, an IRC channel, a Skype conversation or just a circle of friends at a party) and a blogger is, of course, a person who is wont to blog with some regularity.
Clearly, being a blogger is highly undesirable. Nobody likes a blogger, and people on the internet are regularly mean to them. Here are some helpful tips to avoid being considered a blogger:
- If you have one or a few special interests or hobbies that interest you greatly but few, if any, of the people you are speaking with share, you should be very careful when discussing them. Unless you are very, very good at making them seem funny or interesting to someone with no knowledge or interest in the subject, discussing them will easily let you slide into blogging territory. This goes for technical stuff in particular.
- Discussing events that happened to you in your own daily life is generally considered blogging unless you are either a) very good at making the mundane seem hilarious, or b) the event is interesting or funny in and of itself.
- Venting your opinions may be a danger zone. Some people will always consider this blogging, while others will happily engage in long arguments regarding Wittgenstein’s views on ordinary language philosophy or what Ron Paul really wants. You will have to be very careful in order to avoid being considered a blogger, here. A good rule of thumb is that if people are arguing back, you’re not considered a blogger, at least not by those arguing people (be careful with bystanders, though).
Moral of this story
With the internet giving us access to more information than ever before, the bandwidth of the human perception is more limited than ever. It’s human nature to talk about things that interest you, but please have some empathy: if you don’t have anything funny (to other people) or interesting (to other people) to say, don’t say anything.
Saturday, January 21st, 2012
let’s start a vote, should I rename the blog “TheFluff’s list of things you shouldn’t be doing”? yes/no/maybe
- Since the entire point of Avisynth is to load Avisynth plugins, and most Avisynth plugins sure as heck aren’t threadsafe, the efforts to try to make Avisynth-MT itself threadsafe are sort of meaningless. Not to mention they’ve failed spectacularly so far.
- Nobody wants to have anything to do with the 64-bit version (or even make a trivial 64-bit wrapper) despite lots of threads requiring hilarious amounts of RAM.
- Avisynth-MT uses Avisynth 2.5.6’s infamously memory leaking frame cache. Running out of memory is a Bad Thing, mmkay?
- Avisynth-MT doesn’t handle system exceptions because someone commented out the original Avisynth code that did that forever ago and never replaced it.
- In short, Avisynth-MT developers have no clue about what they’re doing.
Stop getting fooled by the ~blazing~ FPS numbers. An encode that crashes halfway through is effectively encoding at a negative FPS.
TL;DR: Pain is nature’s way of telling us “hey, stop fucking doing that, retard”. When nature does this, it usually has a good reason for doing so, and if you don’t listen, Bad Things will happen to you. Similarly, random crashes in a computer program are sorta your computer’s way of telling you “hey, stop fucking using that broken program, retard”.
Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Saturday, November 5th, 2011
THE YEAR IS 2011; ALMOST 2012, IN FACT
Yet some of you fucking retards keep tagging channels as “D-CHANNELNAME”. That little D (stands for “digital”) makes me SO GODDAMNED ANGRY because it shows you idiots have no idea what the hell you’re dealing with, you’re just copying whatever shit People On The Internet are doing because it seems sorta cool. Japan finally turned off basically all analog television in July this year, and raws created with analog capping equipment haven’t been common even on Japanese P2P networks for several fucking years. There is no fucking need to distinguish that your precious raw is digital in origin, because it literally cannot be anything else.
tl;dr: GET WITH THE TIMES YOU GODDAMNED MONGOLOIDS. ANALOG RAWS BELONG IN 2005. MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO BACK THERE, SINCE YOU APPARENTLY LIKE THEM SO MUCH THAT YOU CANNOT STOP TRYING TO PRETEND THEY STILL EXIST.