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Here to confirm the Origin - they usually have a period of time where a game will be 'on the house'.  The game itself changes so it's well worth checking every so often.

Additionally: Steam has certain games that are free to play.  Many Youtubers etc are also sponsored by games and will give out codes to make 'free' games more accessible. 

Random Randomness / Re: first world problems
« on: April 05, 2018, 15:05 »
i'm so hungry but we're having our boiler replaced and the boiler lives in the kitchen

Random Randomness / Re: first world problems
« on: March 01, 2018, 09:35 »
just handed in my notice at work.  managed to stick it out for three weeks but the job itself made me cry three times in as many weeks including once by a manager.  feels weak to do it but i just don't think i can face working the hours i've had to (which weren't mentioned by the manager at induction, or in my contract, or on the job spec, or during interview and neither was the work you'd be doing in those extended hours) under the management i've had or with the lack of communication.

Random Randomness / Re: first world problems
« on: January 22, 2018, 17:39 »
i'm getting really anxious about basically everything and i've started thinking about the fact that i won't be around my cat or basically any cat when i start at uni which made me think abt the fact he'll be 12 when i finish and might not have long left and it's just making me feel really down because i really love him but like,, i'm starting at cambridge in october and that's an opportunity i can't give up just for the sake of my unhealthy attachment to my cat

Say Hello! / Re: Hi All, I am from Indonesia.
« on: January 13, 2018, 15:28 »
Hi there!  I'm from England.  It's lovely to meet you as well - feel free to stick around!

Random Randomness / Re: first world problems
« on: January 09, 2018, 00:19 »
i've got them sleepy wee eyes but i want to read

Say Hello! / Re: A facepalm for the ages (a re-intro thread)
« on: December 09, 2017, 16:23 »
oh, hey, it's nathan!  alice here, by a different username than whatever it was way back when (couldn't tell you what it was - don't remember it at all), and considerably older (never wiser).  hope things are all good over on your side!

Random Randomness / Re: first world problems
« on: November 23, 2017, 15:12 »
friendly reminder that when a receptionist tells you that you can't do something it's usually for a good reason and walking straight past them and doing it anyway is incredibly rude, especially when they're literally making a call to someone to fix your problem

Random Randomness / Re: first world problems
« on: November 20, 2017, 22:55 »
the concept of not being able to control everything is a point of convergence between myth and reality and i, a control freak

Random Randomness / Re: first world problems
« on: November 05, 2017, 19:24 »
Got meds for breakthrough anxiety attacks and i'm having one but i'm not sure if it's major enough for me to want to take one like??
this is late but it's better to take one than to make your anxiety attack worse by wondering if you should, if you aren't sure it's probably worth leaving them with your mum who'll be able to control your intake if you're worried about becoming dependent (i.e. if your doctor has put you on benzodiazepines)

Random Randomness / Re: first world problems
« on: October 27, 2017, 21:37 »
^but blaze, writing about himself, is not writing about a car.  he's writing about blaze.

my laptop started freaking out on me for a minute which made me really anxious and now i'm too anxious to carry on reading which is making me more anxious and i'm pretty much a mess who's trying not to succumb to Panic Hell.

This is a short response because it's very late, but I want to get this argument in.  Heads up I'm on mobile and not able to quote.

Blaze, you mention LGBT issues as having passed through the White House - which is true.  However, something else that's true is that the Mormon Church were some of the biggest fundraisers in the campaign against gay marriage.  It's been speculated that without the influence of the Mormon Church, Prop 8 would have had a vastly different outcome.  I also think you're being too quick to judge the government as secular.  As recently as 1987, George Bush is quoted as saying he did not believe Atheists could be American citizens or patriots.  Regardless of what's down officially, a separation between church and state has not been achieved.  For a bit more on how the church can impact politics, see section 28 and the UKIP claim that "gay marriage will lead to a lesbian queen"

I also feel that this is an appropriate time to make a distinction between marriage in different religions and marriage in a secular context.  Christian marriage will always have a religious element to it because in Christianity, marriage is a sacrament meant to strengthen the couple's relationship with God.  I don't know enough about other religions to comment on them.

More points to be put in a better order and explained more clearly when I have my notes in front of me tomorrow.  Might get more into unpicking the particulars rather than just presenting information.  Will also be able to edit in the proper Bush quote.

Debate / How Can Religion be Used Best to Incite Social Change?
« on: October 18, 2017, 17:02 »
I don't think it's in any way a secret that social change needs to happen.  The reason I've put a religious spin on this is because of a TED talk from Kwame Anthony Appiah called Is Religion Good or Bad? (This is a Trick Question).  Appiah claims that 'no important form of social change can be brought about except through organised religion'.  So, what do you think?  How would you use religion to incite social change?

Before I start, I am aware that this is a divisive topic.  I may insert my own opinions and research into the mix later on, but there are a few things I'd like to request first.  I don't care if your argument reads more like an assertion than an argument, but I'd appreciate it if it was something people could reasonably pick into.  If you think 'religion poisons everything' (Christopher Hitchens), you need to explain why.  Christopher Hitchens wrote a book on it - you can write a paragraph.  The same goes for religious people.

This could be a really, really interesting debate but only if we don't dismiss people's views right off the bat.  If someone seems to have a controversial view (that isn't obviously provocative), probe it!  Find out more!  Then argue it a bit more! 

Random Randomness / Re: first world problems
« on: October 15, 2017, 18:59 »
i went to my grandparents' yesterday and i get this really odd feeling when i'm there?  it sounds silly and it's not something i would usually believe in but i just get this really negative energy if i'm there without my mum being there as if something is going to go wrong.  we said goodbye to my parents as they were staying in a hotel and i felt like they were going to die to the point of having to text them both to tell them i loved them just in case that was the last time i saw them.

it's pseudopsychological crap but it felt awful.

Random Randomness / Re: Everyday Accomplishments
« on: October 13, 2017, 23:37 »
a family conflict resolved without someone walking out for the rest of the week??? acceptable

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