Epilogue 02 - The Decryption of Jack

Epilogue 02 - The Decryption of Jack

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Kreistor wrote:
Tonot wrote:
In any encounter with dice that someone else has been holding, the wise man does not assume they will be fair. People are not wise, generally, about things like dice, and a whole passel of fellas have made a good living out of that fact, come these many years. :D:P


The problem is that in this world, there are more than just dice: in this world, we may have no choice but to choose despite unpredictable or maliciously controlled options. A boss may demand a decision on something you cannot determine the probability of, and choosing not to solve the problem can lead to your dismissal for incompetence, where just being wrong but with a great explanation for why you chose the incorrect solution at least demonstrates your capacity to analyze the unknown. (There's a biblical parable in which three employees are given money to invest, and the one that takes no risk is dismissed.) Or you may be trapped in a burning building, where failure to choose means death. Just because the arsonist may have controlled where the fire is, that doesn't mean we will live by not leaving the building.



No, I think the problem is much simpler, and closer to home for you. It seems as if you can't read an obviously joking post, that has a laughing and a razzing smiley following it, and perceive it is a joke.
You take an obvious joke so very much to heart, that you quote the mustiest of all the musty old nonsensical store of stories in the bible, in an extremely earnest, if not to say pedantic, and certainly thoroughly sententious response.

I mean, go to, be at it, by all means, if it makes you happy. However, (and I say this in the perfect spirit of friendship, I truly do) I think you would be a happier person if you didn't take everything so seriously, that it means you miss when people are making a light hearted, comradely joke. And it really did make me see you just for a second, as less of a comrade, and more of, say, a ringpiece, as the locals in Sydney phrase it. I am sure you are no such thing, I am just telling you what you have, I hope, inadvertently portrayed yourself as.

Oh, and just for your information, I am 50 years old, have been twice around the world, fought, built, sowed, reaped, and milked a quarter of a million cows*. The point is I don't need another school-master. I do welcome your talking to me as an equal though, and hope you will welcome me doing you the same respect. Stop and sniff the Roses, some of them are jokes your friends are making to you.

*An Aussie would smile and add "I was in Baghdad when you were in your Dad's Bag" but they are crass, so I won't, however.
Tonot wrote:
No, I think the problem is much simpler, and closer to home for you. It seems as if you can't read an obviously joking post, that has a laughing and a razzing smiley following it, and perceive it is a joke.


What you wrote was 100% truthful. Italicizing the portion you did accentuates a section that has to do with the premise, which, if there's a punch line, diminishes it. In a joke, you italicize the punch line. And I don't see a punch line, anyway. Humour has its foundation in pain, but instead of going for the pain of gambling problems, you point at the success of Casinos, which isn't even indirectly painful. Casinos being profitable isn't funny, just a basic truth.

People put smilies into everything, and they have multiple meanings, not just "This was supposed to be funny, even if you don't get the joke." I ignore them as meaningless. If it's funny, I'll laugh without them.

"McDonalds made $5 Billion last year."
Everyone laughs?
"McDonalds made $5 Billion last year. :)"
Now is it funny?
*Throws hands up in the air*

Mate, if you were not trying for irony there, your mind has an obvious perception problem when it comes to human interaction.
I just assume most people I talk to are actually stray neural nets loose on the internet. Makes everything more sensible.
:D

That is actually very helpful. Instead of being depressed/angry, one can be encouraged at progress.

"Wow, that one almost passed the Turing Test that time!"
I imagine they're self aware neural nets, just not ones that function exactly like an "average" human brain. That optical cortex simulation they turned loose awhile ago that literally spent all its time looking at cute cat pictures on the internet is sort of what I'm talking about.
I chose a humourless existence over an insane asylum or suicide, and there will be no getting back what I excised. Everyone is the way they are because someone gave them no choice but to be that way.

Still funny?
Caaaaaaats.

I'm not making fun of you. I wanted to go into neuroscience before I switched careers. Neural networks are cool.

CATS EVERYWHERE! OH GOD WE ARE ALL CATS
Kreistor wrote:
I chose a humourless existence over an insane asylum or suicide, and there will be no getting back what I excised. Everyone is the way they are because someone gave them no choice but to be that way.

Still funny?

No, not very funny brother, but understandably humane at least, and that is a pass-mark on your test score. I didn't mean to chip away at you, you know, I was just perplexed at your responses. I think I will continue to include you in my friendly joking, and you continue to treat it as me making a serious point, and it is all good. We are all in this together, and none of us get out of it alive, eh?.
Tonot wrote:
none of us get out of it alive, eh?.
Speak for yourself. I plan to live forever or die trying!