Half-Assed Laziness

I’ve seen many examples of half-assed laziness during my now-ended search for worthwhile blogs to read and follow. I found a better platform for my more serious concerns and discussions, so this blog of mine is now my party place solely dedicated to music, gaming, and other forms of entertainment.

The blogs I’ve found, unfortunately, have simply been clones of the same blog but given a different name and a slightly different theme and layout. The obvious clue is the followers, who always seem to be the same people, saying the exact same thing in the comment sections on the cloned blogs.

The so-called authors of same are so lazy that they only see fit to re-blog their own content on their other blogs, whilst claiming to be “hubs” for the blogging masses to find each other in.

Talk about half-assed laziness. If you’re going to be that lazy, then at least try to use your whole ass.

I’m sure that it’s big enough, due to sitting online 24 / 7 desperately seeking any sort of attention from anyone and doing anything and everything to get said attention.


Scams & Bots

Scams: those have been around for as long as humans became “civilized.” Various Saturday-morning cartoons have spoofed them from time to time and entire television shows are dedicated to them – Catfish: The TV Show being one.

When the Internet was nothing more than a conglomeration of online forums and message-boards, with only a select few knowing about it or even interacting on it regularly, online scams seemed to be few and far between. After everybody and their mother, grandmother, and great-grandfather’s dog suddenly had access to the World Wide Web, the scammers followed and online scams became the new threat.

As scams became as obvious as Doctor Stanley’s Snake-Oil Cure-All and his wife’s genuine imitation pearls, they ‘evolved’ to circumvent security programs and firewalls. One must always be aware of the means others use to scam people online, and there are many. In this post I speak specifically about ‘bots’ and the ways that they are able to mimic a real person.

For lay-people, a ‘bot’ may or may not be a hijacked computer: one that has been programmed and coded to do specific things without the knowledge of the user. Bots are quite common in MMOs, and my online game is no different.

In the halcyon days of The Elder Scrolls Online, bots were everywhere and incredibly obvious! The in-game bots were of three different types: spam-bots, ‘train’ bots, and ‘collector’ bots. The spam-bots are almost always seen at dolmens or in delves, right on the spot that the boss will spawn at, and they are always using the same ‘ultimate’ move over, and over, and over again.

Spam-bots may or may not be accompanied by the ‘train’ bots. The name is self-explanatory; you might see a ‘train’ of four or five characters running in a circle. The train runs…well, like a train! You have the ‘engine’ doing the main action, then the bots in the train do the exact same motion / action as the ‘engine’ does, only a nanosecond or three later. These types of bots farm bosses for loot, and / or nodes for materials.

The ‘collector’ bots are the most difficult to see, as they have been programmed to do one thing: collect a certain material from a certain node. In-game, there are materials which are valuable to the crafters who make armour, weapons, and other things for their friends and / or guild-mates. The collectors basically ‘farm’ these nodes unfairly, flying through the air at hyperspeed, or sliding underground out of sight, taking the nodes and everything on them and making it impossible for the regular player to harvest these materials fairly.

During the evolution of TESO, the programmers / code-writers behind the bots have evolved as well. The bots are currently as big an issue as they were when the game was first launched, but a bit more difficult to spot. It isn’t impossible, but it takes a bit of observation on the part of any player who spies them. The sad thing is that they can’t be reported on anymore, and even if you do report them the likelihood of them being removed from the game is slim to nil. Customer service is no longer of importance to Zenimax or Bethesda, which seems to happen when a game has become overrun with bored time-wasters who are less interested in playing said game and more invested in trying to spoil it for others.

Thankfully, those types are easily duped and distracted. They will move on to their next target sooner or later, leaving the adults to have our fun.

Patience is a good thing.


Last Week Tonight: Rehab

In today’s edition of “Last Week Tonight,” John puts the spotlight on the rehab industry and how it is a revolving-door of scams operated by bullshit artists out to con the last dime from any sloppy addict. They guy who looked like Matt Lauer fucked a pair of sunglasses was certainly not hurting for money, evidenced by his cocaine-fueled attitude and steroid-enhanced biceps! ROFL

I’ve seen the commercial for that Passages place. Pax Prentiss stating that “Passages works. I should know. I was an addict for 10 years. Now, I’m not.” Nothing said about the treatment they offer. Just scenes of people working out, doing yoga, and getting acupuncture. That should be a red flag for anyone looking for real treatment, yes?

Then again, there are plenty of scammers out there who offer help and claim to have the answer to anything. The only answer they don’t have is how much money they expect you to cough up before they deign to offer said help. Even then, it is only pretense.


Random Monday Musings: 2 January 2017

I just wanted to share a few random thoughts that have been bouncing around in my noggin since the weekend, and the New Year, began. They’re not directed at anyone in particular, nor are they about any specific person or persons – especially since these are things that I’ve noticed and observed for many years. I’ve seen these occurrences over and over again, since I was eight years of age! Always the observer…always watching and listening.

I love “The Twilight Zone” marathon that happens every year around this time, and watch it fairly religiously. I’ve had that little personal ritual for a little over a decade, now, and every single time, I see some episodes that I’ve never seen before. Sure, the show has been around since before I or my husband was born, and has been in reruns since it ended in 1964, but there are many episodes that we fans could probably recite word-for-word – or, at the very least, recognize simply from the opening scene.

I’m also a fan of “Doctor Who,” and very much enjoy the marathons that run during the xmas season – even though I can safely say that I think I’ve seen every single episode that the BBC chooses to air! I haven’t seen the entire series, of course; that show began well before I was born, and few of the original episodes from the first few seasons exist anymore, for whatever reason.

I bring those two series up because, although many people WATCH them, few actually think about and absorb the messages and meanings in them. When I attempt to talk with others about a specific episode, and try to discuss what the message of said episode was, I’m always met with exasperation and derision. I’ve come to the conclusion that, especially recently, most people simply aren’t equipped with the ability to understand or discuss serious matters in depth – or don’t want to be bothered with doing so, for reasons known only to them. Those shows, for all of their entertainment value, had some very deep concepts worthy of contemplation, IMHO.

This brings me around to why I find most other people untrustworthy. In short, they are incapable of keeping their word. They say, “Oh, sure – I’ll do this, that, or the other thing with / for you!” But those are meaningless words – they only say them to placate another, or to get another person out of their presence. Instead of being straightforward and honest, they blow smoke up the arseholes of others. They piss on someone’s leg and say, “Oh, look – it’s raining!” I’ve never been able to fathom why a lie is more comforting for people to tell. I’ve had people say, “I want to ask a question…and be honest!” So, they ask their question, and I give them my honest answer. That pisses them off to no end! I tell them, “Hey, you asked me for my opinion, so I gave it to you! You wanted me to be honest, so I was! If you want someone to lie to you, go talk to someone who will – I’m not the one!”

Then again, there are plenty of people who are content to live a lie, just as there are those who think nothing of lying to others. I can’t say that it’s more prevalent now than it was in the years or decades before my existence, especially when I see those old “Doctor Who” or “Twilight Zone” episodes. The things that are shown there are just as pertinent in this day and age as they were back then, before the daily electronic intrusions of the Twitterpated, Instagramming Facebookers. Those of us who could care less about the vain and self-absorbed are still subjected to their narcissism by way of others who are easily distracted by the shiny, flashy shallowness. It boggles the mind…but, I suppose that I shouldn’t be surprised.

It is what it is – the more things change, the more they stay the same. Same thing with people: there will always be those who cannot be trusted or relied upon for anything. I’m just glad that they’re far easier to spot…and I adjust accordingly, and keep on keeping on. C’est la vie!

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