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What X-Men character would you rather be?
Cyclops 0%
Wolverine 14%
Archangel 14%
Magneto 0%
The Blob 0%
Storm 14%
The Beast 14%
Professor X 0%
Rogue 14%
Jean Grey 28%

Votes: 7


 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Dec 24, 2001
Seeing the Lord of the Rings movie got me thinking. I have been thinking back to around 7th and 8th grade. This time was the very end of my childhood imagination. I remember how my imagination had changed in these times.

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I remember my best Halloween ever. It was 8th grade, and a friend and I were old enough to cover the whole neighborhood, and hungry enough to eat all the candy (we were growing boys!). I dressed as Gandalf. I had a staff made of a real stick I found in the forest, and a tattered gray robe and beard. He was Legolas and had a bow, a green tunic, and some moccasins. We spent hours Trick-Or-Treating, and talking about LOTR.

My imagination was different then. A lot of my fantasies, other than felling orcs with arrows, or brandishing swords, centered around comicbooks. I would pretend I was Magneto, bending the fundamental powers of existence to my will. Or I would pretend I was Archangel, with the soft breeze pulling on my razor-sharp wings, allowing me to fly over the landscape.

I think this is the part where I get to the point. But I don't think I really have one.

I'll end with a question. Quite often, people will whine to the editors, asking for intervention from above. I admit I have done this myself. Will whining, pleading, or making simple suggestions in diarys ever accomplish anything? Or should we just not bother? (I have a suggestion for a small change in the "My Existing Diary" page. But it would probably require a code change. But since Adequacy uses secret closed-source software, I doubt it would happen anyway)


whining? (none / 0) (#1)
by error27 on Mon Dec 24th, 2001 at 11:47:39 AM PST
I was a simply suggesting that perhaps someone could change the nick to "Flower." I think that's reasonable. There's nothing wrong with flowers. They add a little happiness to peoples day and all that.

Concerning your question, I'm not an admin, but if I was I'd say you probably have the right idea.

Re: whining? (none / 0) (#2)
by First Incision on Mon Dec 24th, 2001 at 12:29:36 PM PST
I'm not really making a comment on the validity of your Flower suggestion. I was just using as a recent example of someone appealing to the editors in a post.
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

Of course there will be whining. (none / 0) (#3)
by RobotSlave on Mon Dec 24th, 2001 at 01:29:18 PM PST
And what's more, there should be whining.

There really isn't any other way to communicate with them. They are adequacy editors, and they are far superior to the rest of us in every way imaginable. What you might consider a wise and delicately crafted paragraph is naught but childish burbling to an editor. If you really feel the need to interrupt their thoughts with your inane prattle, then you ought to take the direct approach, rather than embarrass yourself in an attempt to communicate on their level. Get down on your knees and spit it out, if you must.

Let there be whining.

Also, let there be grovelling, begging, pleas for mercy, and sudden gasps of sharp, searing pain.

© 2002, RobotSlave. You may not reproduce this material, in whole or in part, without written permission of the owner.

mercy? (none / 0) (#6)
by nathan on Mon Dec 24th, 2001 at 08:42:54 PM PST
Not bloody likely.

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

Reality (none / 0) (#4)
by zikzak on Mon Dec 24th, 2001 at 01:31:49 PM PST
Your heartwarming nostalgia for your younger years brings to mind my own youthful experiences with the works of Mr. Tolkien. I distinctly remember those days when, at the tender age of 11, I myself was plodding through those same tomes.

There was one day a moment of wonderous discovery when I found not one but two fellow classmates who were also engaging in exploration of Middle Earth. The first of these two young gents was much like myself, and we excitedly discussed the various portions of the novels we were currently reading, inbetween other typical childish activities of the day such as skateboarding and building tree forts.

The other precocious lad was somewhat different, however. Not prone to having friends, engaging in physical activity, or even going outside much, he was the sort of kid we would usually shun. Yet, unlike everyone else we knew, he had actually finished Tolkien's trilogy. Not only that, but he had spent countless hours studying other arcane works with titles like The Silmarillion. He was a font of Middle Earthian wisdom.

During those periods betwixt classes when we could find no other acceptable distractions, we were regaled by the knowledge of Hobbits and Elves from this most unique individual. He enhanced and expanded our understanding of Tolkien's lore far beyond what we could have hoped to achieve on our own, and perhaps even beyond the point where we cared. And then one day he dropped a bomb shell.

Just before Social Studies was about to begin he leaned towards us and wispered, in the most hushed and conspiratorial of tones, that he had actually been to Middle Earth! And not on just one occassion, either! Nay, this chubby, unkempt, social misfit had made the journey countless times, and existed in a dual state between our world and that created by Tolkien!

Needless to say, we were astounded by this revelation. We reacted in the only manner befitting children of our age who had just been exposed to such a profound mystery: We concluded that the kid really was the hopeless dork we always believed him to be and never spoke to him again.

The point of all this is that Adequacy is a 3rd generation web discussion site. We have drawn on the experiences of our predecessors as a guide for how to best run things around here. As such, the editorial staff does not actually read anything posted by our readers, so any pleas for change will fall on deaf ears.

A whine is like a prayer. (none / 0) (#5)
by elenchos on Mon Dec 24th, 2001 at 02:47:44 PM PST
Godists pray to their "God" because of how it makes them feel (prayerful, which is like humble and subservient, I guess) and what it does for "God," which is to make him feel, you know, important and "God"-like. It is not because the prayer is supposed to cause "God" to dutifully rush out and fulfill the prayer. That would make "God" what they call call a "prayer-operated machine." The Templeton Foundation thinks that is exactly what "God" is, but then they give money to people who find secret codes hidden in the Bible, so what does that tell you?

Anyway, when you ask us for things, it is not because you might get what you are asking for. You won't. It is to remind you of your place, and to remind us of our power. It keeps Adequacy's carefully-designed heirarchal order in place by clearly delininating who does the asking and who does the ignoring.

So. The main difference between an Adequacy editor and "God" is that we exist. HTH.

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

agreed. (?) (none / 0) (#7)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Dec 25th, 2001 at 07:25:25 AM PST
... That's the way.


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