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#6147 Name: Anonymous  2h
I feel a need for change. Not because of the pandemic, which is only now reaching my part of the globe, but because of the broader circumstances of my life. I am stuck in the wrong place, unhealthy and poor for far too long and drowning in anxiety about the future. I realize I really need to do something about it all, but do not feel up to it. I've though of taking LSD or another drug in hope of radical internal transformation. The R. Crumb picture reminds me of it. Maybe this is a false hope. The hippies were wrong about many things, after all.
#6148 Name: Anonymous  2h
Good thinking takes a lot of mental energy over a long period of time. To think real good you can't be weak and you can't sprint. It's a marathon.
#6149 Name: Anonymous  2h
I'm a grumpy scrooge, actually.

Some people advocate for drugs as a tool for interior change, but I've no experience with them. I think they can easily become a cheap escape.
I've been reading up some stoicism and Buddhism, I think there's a lot of truth there. Abandon every attachment, everything is transitory, seize the day. It's liberating to get rid of things you don't need, but when you get to the big, real "burdens"... it's not that easy.

In a sense, it's interesting that you have all the equipment you need to fix this thinking problem, all in your brain.
We live in more comfortable times than the past. So much pain can be treated now, although more pain is created as a result.

I have so much time left when I see things in this perspective. Isn't it strange that I'd rather think that I will never reach goals I don't believe in anymore, than that I have no goals to reach and I can do whatever, something else, or nothing just the same?
#6150 Name: Anonymous  4h

You can get a lot from psychedelics, but it's definitely possible to fall too far down the rabbit hole as >>6149 hints at. Relying on anything other than DMT or maybe ibogaine to change your life is probably an unhealthy outlook, though.

My recommendation, if you decide to take the plunge, is to prepare a reasonable dose and make a bit of a ritual out of it. Read up on set and setting, be safe. Try to learn something from the altered perspective the substance will give you.
#6151 Name: Anonymous  4h
Try to learn something from the altered perspective

You know what I'd love for an altered perspective? A vacation. None of that summer resort nonsense where you're packed like sardines, though... a deserted gulf, smooth sand, only me and the sound of the waves.
#6152 Name: Anonymous  5h
I've put an ad for selling my bicycle and it feels sad. I don't have anyone to ride together anymore and I don't really enjoy being outside by myself so it's left unused. Maybe it will help to create happy memories for some stranger like it was to me.
#6153 Name: Anonymous  5h
I hope I'll be able to ride mine again this spring. I haven touched it in months because of the weather, and then later this virus stuff.
It's a bit sad when you sell something like a bike or a guitar, but in the end they're just tools and if you don't use them anymore it makes no sense to let them rust in a garage.
#6154 Name: Anonymous  12h
If anyone would like to continue this conversation, visit https://doushio.com/moe/827097#q827097 .
#6155 Name: Anonymous  14h

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With luck you will soon have a variety of mostly unpopulated cruise ships to choose from. Pack your leisure suit and live out your dream!
#6156 Name: Daniel Woodsworth  14h
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Hello, everyone. I hope you are all doing splendidly.
#6157 Name: Anonymous  16h
Nah people will go on vacation no matter what and there'll be a second pandemic wave.

Anyway I salvaged an external hard drive. It was going in the trash because it didn't power on. I opened it up and got the HDD inside. It was so brand new it wasn't even allocated. Formatted it, yay 1 extra terabyte.
#6158 Name: Anonymous  17h
I once salvaged a 1TB WD Green hard drive that wouldn't read in its original machine. I plugged it into another PC, formatted it with the vendor utility, and it passed a full self-test and a surface test in HD Tune Pro. I put it away for a few years until I had use for it. Once I did, it worked long enough for me to move some media and backups there, then stopped for good.

The moral of the story for me is, I suppose, to keep redundant copies even of media and minor backups if you value them. And not to trust any disk at all. At least this one stopped working completely instead of silently corrupting the data. It was my wake-up call to use ZFS everywhere because it checksums data and detects corruption. That was one of my best computing decisions ever. I love ZFS. And also to understand why it didn't work before you a fixed (or "fixed") thing.
#6159 Name: Anonymous  17h
before you use a fixed (or "fixed") thing
#6160 Name: Anonymous  17h
yeah you're right, but in this case the HDD was really brand new. It was the power supply - probably - that was broken.

if anything I keep way too many backups, but thankfully I only care about a small amount of data
#6161 Name: Anonymous  20h
No such thing as too many backups! (Unless you sell drugs and want to be able to destroy your data expedienty, I guess.)

For some reason HDD enclosures seem really flaky. Even (especially) the fancy Zalman ones that can pretend to be a DVD drive. They would be a really cool tool for fixing computers if they didn't break so easily.
#6162 Name: Anonymous  23h
For some reason HDD enclosures seem really flaky.

Honestly I can't believe they're just regular hard drives except in a box. I wonder what the markup is.
#6163 Name: Anonymous  1d

I've already looked into this and cruise ships aren't that much cheaper :(

If I had Bezos money I would 100% buy a couple of those and just lash them together to make a seastead
#6164 Name: Anonymous  1d
You can do it, Patri. I believe in you.