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Blayne Bradley
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from 1 to 10.

1 being barely able to turn the computer on much less reading your email to 10 where your capable of doing godlike linux scripting to automate your daily routine and can diagnose any problem whilst being halfway across the room and intimately familiar with software and hardware related stuff.

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It's hard to say any more. Back when I was doing it professionally, probably about 8 or 9 (I don't program much), now maybe 6-8, since I don't stay as current any more.
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Well, if you use that scale, I'm a 10. Though I'm far from perfect, a more demanding scale would certainly lower my rating.
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Primal Curve
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My rating is such an irregular number, it has it's own symbol: ☼

This is probably hard for you to grasp, so it would be best for me to explain using the underlying theorem.

All else being equal, ☼ always equals infinitely more than Blayne.

There, that makes it better.

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ClaudiaTherese
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Hmm. 3 overall. [edited to add: when the stars are aligned, and I'm particularly unaware of the peculiarities of my vast knowledge gaps, and if my digestive tract is humming along properly. Otherwise, 1.5-2.]
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11 [Smile]
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Just tore you a new orifice on Sakeriver bud, out of respect for the Card's I didnt do it here.
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Oooh, indirect pointer burn! [Evil Laugh]
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...and out of disrespect for Sake's owners/admins, you did it there?
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Exactly.
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Blayne Bradley
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I need to do it somewhere, you people know him longer maybe you can tell him to leave me alone, I am sick and tired of the constant attacks on my personal self.
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quote:
Originally posted by Blayne Bradley:
I need to do it somewhere

Why?
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bottling up my frustration is hardly healthy I might hurt someone.
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That's hardly the only alternative.

My favorite outlet is writing nasty, venomous posts to vent . . . and then NOT POSTING THEM.

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Blayne, I read PC's comments as an attempt to be humorous, not as a personal attack on you. Yes, it had elements of being mean-spirited, but I'm pretty sure your reaction was a bit too much. You should always watch what you say on public forums (something I figured your last few years on Hatrack should have taught you.) Rudeness is never acceptable, no matter whose forum.

As for the need to vent, especially against someone who certainly has been pretty rude to you in the past, I agree with rivka--find a more healthy way to do it that polluting someone's forum. There's plenty of healthy ways to blow off steam; forum posting is a really bad choice. I am glad you recognize the need in yourself to find a healthy outlet for pent-up frustrations, but you should find another solution. I hear Yoga can do wonders...

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Deep breathing works for me.

...or a round of absolutely dominating Supreme Commander. [Smile]

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I am an IT professional.

I know nothing about kompootars, but you'd have to pay $$$$s to find that out... [Wink]

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Anti-it's a unix governmental puter secret. I'd tell ya but then we'd have to kill ya. I'm sorry but that information isn't given to IT. ( The college educated are prohibited from real informations!)
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Ignorance is a business model...


(who am I kidding, I have teh 1337 5k1ll5 [Cool] )

[Wink]

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TomDavidson
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If "10" is shell scripting and being able to diagnose computer problems at a distance, and "1" is being barely able to check your email, I'm about a 16.
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I'm a 1010
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On that scale, I'm about a 6, I don't know Linux.
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quote:
Originally posted by Blayne Bradley:
Just tore you a new orifice on Sakeriver bud, out of respect for the Card's I didnt do it here.

Fer serious? Darn, I can't get on SR at work. I'd love to print it out on good cardstock, frame it and hang it on my desk at home so that I can always have something to look at whenever I'm feeling low and need a reminder about how lame one can truely be.
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
That's hardly the only alternative.

My favorite outlet is writing nasty, venomous posts to vent . . . and then NOT POSTING THEM.

See, the danger is that you might ACCIDENTALLY hit the post button. Then you land in a heap o' trouble.

.....

That's why I write my nasty, venomous posts in Word, and then, if I feel like it, copy & paste to the forums.

The nice thing is, I rarely feel like doing that.

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rivka
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Eh. I'm much more likely to accidentally NOT post an intended post than to post one I didn't intend. Worst case, thank goodness for the delete option!
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I am a GOD among computers! It says it right here in my resume!

Wait... where is that thing... Aw, crap, I think I deleted it... where's it go when it gets deleted again?

Never mind.

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I'd give myself an 8. But not on your scale. I don't know Unix/Linux, but I do know 3D CAD and data management. In the overall scheme of things, I give myself a 5 but in my area of expertise it's higher.
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
That's hardly the only alternative.

My favorite outlet is writing nasty, venomous posts to vent . . . and then NOT POSTING THEM.

Do you actually do this? I've never thought to and I wonder how effective it would be.
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I'll give myself a 10. But then, I always do spectacularly on self reviews.
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It seems like a waste to write a venomous post and then delete it. I'd rather email it to a total stranger whose address I've obtained by Googling something like "paraplegic pacifist."
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Back in the day, I would just create Quake bots with the names of my enemies (whether abstract or persona;) and then start matches. This may or may not get you arrested now, but it was a good way to vent.

It gets weird though, "Biology midterm tripped on his own grenade. CVS ate Organic Chemistry's boomstick..."

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"Computer expertise" is like "good at sports." Each phrase attempts to represent a multi-dimensional attribute with a scalar value.
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I have been insulted and rude to during my entire life ever since elementary school I have been insulted and beaten up, I know when I see it, I have no self esteem any more and even my parents and family insults me, I am sick and tired of it, I have rights and I know when I am not wanted either the personal attacks on my self stop or Hatrack loses another member simple as that.
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Blayne, I agree that PC shouldn't poke you. And I agree furthermore that you're well within your rights to express irritation with being poked. But you need to find more effective ways to resolve that situation.
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Especially since removing yourself from Hatrack hurts you and probably not Primal.

Seriously, it's just like parents used to say about people who aggravated me, "Just don't give them the pleasure of a response and they'll learn there's no entertainment to be had from picking on you."

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Trust me ignoring people doesnt work, Ive tried it eventually they just start gathering friends and say "hey look at him thinking hes better then us" and then proceed to grab some sticks and stones and then THEY DO HURT ME.
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Blayne: You bring an unique interesting and IMO good dynamic to the forum, ignore PC.

Just pretend you are getting one of those Microsoft wants to download an automatic update messages, you click ignore and think no more on it because the alternative can only end in tears.

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Blayne,
I agree that PC is rude, mean, and often out of line with his dealings with you. PC can definitely act like a jerk.

On the other hand, you need to realize that your often immature, self-centered, and rude behavior both contributes to you getting picked on* and is something you'd be much better off growing out of.

There was an adult way of handling this. There's an adult way of handling a lot of the problems you are having. These ways not only will generally raise the opinions people observing the situation have of you, but they also work.

You can't control the bullies of the world, not even with the whiniest whining or most blistering usage of juvenile profanity. However, you can, to a large extent, control your reaction to them. It is hard work to leave adolescent behavior behind, but I think you'll find that it will net you many rewards.

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* Seriously, it's like you walk around with a big bully-target painted right on you.

[ May 15, 2007, 02:36 PM: Message edited by: MrSquicky ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Blayne Bradley:
Trust me ignoring people doesnt work, Ive tried it eventually they just start gathering friends and say "hey look at him thinking hes better then us" and then proceed to grab some sticks and stones and then THEY DO HURT ME.

Since Primal lives far away, I think you'll discover you don't have to worry about him hitting you with sticks if you ignore him.

In other words, your objection doesn't apply here.

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quote:
Originally posted by Blayne Bradley:
Trust me ignoring people doesnt work, Ive tried it eventually they just start gathering friends and say "hey look at him thinking hes better then us" and then proceed to grab some sticks and stones and then THEY DO HURT ME.

I know this can be true as I have personally experienced it. But I can one up you, the "friends" they gather in my case were my former group of friends including my best friend.

But Blayne adults interact in many significant ways differently then children or teenagers. If you feel somebody is singling you out for cruely treatment, say so politely, I will at least listen. I know adults are not immune from the bully syndrome but keep the moral high ground, when somebody sticks his foot out to trip you you gain nothing by gnashing your teeth and growling. Just get up and keep walking, I promise they can't follow you here.

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1D10T [Smile]

Seriously, I'd probably rate myself around a 7. Hard to tell when you don't have a guideline for the interim ratings, but whatever.

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quote:
Originally posted by Blayne Bradley:
I have been insulted and rude to during my entire life ever since elementary school I have been insulted and beaten up, I know when I see it, I have no self esteem any more and even my parents and family insults me, I am sick and tired of it, I have rights and I know when I am not wanted either the personal attacks on my self stop or Hatrack loses another member simple as that.

Life is like that, sorry.

You're not alone if that helps.

I think you're getting some great feedback here from Et...Spang, and BlackBlade.

(goes to look up Et Spang's middle name)

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I'm probably a 7 with macs and a 4 with pc's, but again, it's kind of hard to put a single integer value on my proficiency with something as complex as 'computers'. My proficiency isn't a dump truck, it's more like.. a series of tubes.
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quote:
Originally posted by TomDavidson:
Blayne, I agree that PC shouldn't poke you. And I agree furthermore that you're well within your rights to express irritation with being poked. But you need to find more effective ways to resolve that situation.

I have no interest in poking Blayne. He's not my type.
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I am a 10, in hex.
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I'm guessing there's a history between PC and Blayne, because I thought PC's first post in this thread was funny and it didn't sound mean-spirited or rude. It sounded like friendly joking.

quote:
bottling up my frustration is hardly healthy
What's the worst that could happen?
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if i can find the "on" button without it exploding then i am happy.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
That's hardly the only alternative.

My favorite outlet is writing nasty, venomous posts to vent . . . and then NOT POSTING THEM.

Do you actually do this?
>_>
<_<

Maybe.
quote:
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Blayne, I agree that PC shouldn't poke you. And I agree furthermore that you're well within your rights to express irritation with being poked. But you need to find more effective ways to resolve that situation.

*nods vigorously*
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I read the thread, Blayne, and I'm honestly surprised. I thought you'd unload some seriously nasty stuff on me, but the post was just sort of meh. You can do better.
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