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A stolen thread title, to bitch and moan about problems encountered in the first world.

I've lost my headphones, once again. I'm loosing them at the rate of two pairs a month. Now I have a longish journey across the city without any acoustical accompany. Fml.

I have weed stuck underneath my keyboard keys and it's making it rather difficult to type. The 'I' is especially difficult to get first time around. I'll try and clean later. Fml.

I hate having to charge things, why aren't we using miniature Tesla dynamos by now?! Fml.
 

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Pfft, what I would give to have some weed under my keyboard right now!

You think YOU have it bad!!!
 

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I went on vacation across the country. Life's tough.
 

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I've just been handed a glass of straight vodka.

Word has it, there's no mixer.
 

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My car broke down and I had to walk to my neighbors house.
 

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I lost more money than I earned today because I own too much gold. :mad:
 

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Are cell phone signals killing the bees
 

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I'm not fond of the 1st world problem meme, or it's brother 'old white man/angry white man'. As Gapminder shows us my first world problems will become your third world problems in the not too distant future. For example, which cell phone to buy. Now kids in Africa have to ask that question.

Everybody is always looking to improve their lives and solve problems, I don't like the implication that mine aren't important.
 

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I left my bank card on the other side of the city like a fucking twat.
 

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Everybody is always looking to improve their lives and solve problems, I don't like the implication that mine aren't important.
They probably aren't that important, though, are they? I know my problems aren't.

I think the meme is funny because it points out that problems are relative. I find most peoples' ideas of "problems" to be inconsequential.

And at the end of the day... who cares?

I'm feeling wonderfully apathetic today... please forgive any offenses.
 

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My teeth didn't hurt prior to my dental appointment..

Now one hurts like a bitch :confused:
 

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My car takes 5.8 seconds to hit 62mph.

I'd much prefer that it got there in 3.2, and also returned 50mpg.

fml.

[EDIT] I just got a marketing email from Match.com

I'm married. Fuck sake, internet. Piss off.
 

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My car takes 5.8 seconds to hit 62mph.

I'd much prefer that it got there in 3.2, and also returned 50mpg.

fml.

[EDIT] I just got a marketing email from Match.com

I'm married. Fuck sake, internet. Piss off.
It's only judging based on your Meta data.

Lay off the porn.
 

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NO halibut steak?!!!
Glad you brought this up. When I went on vacation, I ate a lot of seafood. I had clam chowder with sand in it! Is that not the most terrible thing you could think of or what?!? I mean, It was the most delicious and fresh clam chowder I've ever eaten, but there was sand in it. I should have demanded a refund.
 

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Glad you brought this up. When I went on vacation, I ate a lot of seafood. I had clam chowder with sand in it! Is that not the most terrible thing you could think of or what?!? I mean, It was the most delicious and fresh clam chowder I've ever eaten, but there was sand in it. I should have demanded a refund.
If nothing else it means your clams were real? ;)

I concur though, sandy clam in any context is terrible.

(Ever chew on a mussel with pearls in it?!)
 
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Fucking Personality Type hipsters with weed under the keys just cause me too much 1st world grief to bear. :)
 

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Are cell phone signals killing the bees
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/19/cell-phones-kill-bees-study_n_863019.html

No they don't. Bees are highly reactive to vibrations/sounds and depending on the sensitivity of the hives the vibrations can trigger a defense mechanism.

As an example of this behavior; Africanized bees are a lot more sensitive to vibrations then the European and Russian bee family's because resources are scarce and they need to be protected aggressively from animals that want to eat the brood. European/Russian bees are a lot more docile because of the abundance of resources and they aren't as willing to sacrifice their lives to protect the hive.

Basically the vibrations from the phones disrupted the flight patterns because it triggered a defense mechanism, the study was done pretty poorly.

I am a beekeeper by the way so if you have any more questions I am willing to answer them :D:D
 

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Fucking Personality Type hipsters with weed under the keys just cause me too much 1st world grief to bear. :)
Need that sweet leaf. :smoker:

Good to see you again Solitaire.
 

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They probably aren't that important, though, are they? I know my problems aren't.
They are to me, that's the point of my post isn't it? And your problems are important to you. What's wrong with that? And who knows what follow on benefits will come from you or I solving our problems? Societal progress was never made from people doing things altruistically, it was always somebody just solving a problem for themselves. Heinlein called it "enlightened self interest".

I'd say the opposite, that 1st world people deprecatingly making fun of their problems is pathetic and authoritarian, it's a way to highlight that they are so well off that there problems aren't really problems, see? Because they don't have to worry about fundamentals. Basically a way to rub people's noses in the fact that they're so well off in the Western world, and assuage their guilty conscience.

Pathetic in my book.
 

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They are to me, that's the point of my post isn't it? And your problems are important to you. What's wrong with that? And who knows what follow on benefits will come from you or I solving our problems? Societal progress was never made from people doing things altruistically, it was always somebody just solving a problem for themselves. Heinlein called it "enlightened self interest".

I'd say the opposite, that 1st world people deprecatingly making fun of their problems is pathetic and authoritarian, it's a way to highlight that they are so well off that there problems aren't really problems, see? Because they don't have to worry about fundamentals. Basically a way to rub people's noses in the fact that they're so well off in the Western world, and assuage their guilty conscience.

Pathetic in my book.
That makes sense to me, it does. But I think there is an important piece that you may be missing. The reason I make fun of my problems is not to say, "I have it so good, you have no idea" but because when someone authentically is complaining about their problems someone alway has it worse and then, naturally, feels the need to oneup that person by saying they have it harder than that person. Making fun of your problems is a way to kind of break the ice a laugh at the absurdity of life by saying "It doesn't matter who you are, everyone has problems, lets laugh about it".
 

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They are to me, that's the point of my post isn't it? And your problems are important to you. What's wrong with that? And who knows what follow on benefits will come from you or I solving our problems? Societal progress was never made from people doing things altruistically, it was always somebody just solving a problem for themselves. Heinlein called it "enlightened self interest".

I'd say the opposite, that 1st world people deprecatingly making fun of their problems is pathetic and authoritarian, it's a way to highlight that they are so well off that there problems aren't really problems, see? Because they don't have to worry about fundamentals. Basically a way to rub people's noses in the fact that they're so well off in the Western world, and assuage their guilty conscience.

Pathetic in my book.
So, because I don't think my problems really matter I'm being authoritarian and pathetic? I think people that consider their lightweight problems to be crises are self-centered, egotistic losers that have no concept of reality.

No matter how bad things get, they can always get worse and vice versa.

I'm not saying we DON'T have problems... just that they really don't matter. Let's solve every problem that comes up, but be careful in placing importance. What cell phone to pick is NOT an important problem... EVER. If you truly think it is, I feel sorry for you.
 

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That makes sense to me, it does. But I think there is an important piece that you may be missing. The reason I make fun of my problems is not to say, "I have it so good, you have no idea" but because when someone authentically is complaining about their problems someone alway has it worse and then, naturally, feels the need to oneup that person by saying they have it harder than that person. Making fun of your problems is a way to kind of break the ice a laugh at the absurdity of life by saying "It doesn't matter who you are, everyone has problems, lets laugh about it".
Fair point, of course I'm not saying you should take your problems seriously all the time.

So, because I don't think my problems really matter I'm being authoritarian and pathetic?
No don't take it to a logical extreme. Obviously I'm just talking about the people who think their problems don't matter because somebody else has it worse. Or whatever, I'm not proscribing how people should behave, but I'm saying I get tired of hearing that my problems are 1st world and therefore presumably less important.
 

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I dont understand the joke about 1st world problems either. People commit suicides over 1st world problems, they are no less real than any others.
 

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Isnt that what The Stranger told himself before being executed, but as a happy insight?
No he told himself he should have eaten more green beans then he could be a better mathematician and count to 4 with a triangle. This is a big regret for many people in today's society.
 

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-The store was out of the G2 Pilots in 0.7mm blue ink, so I had to get the 0.5mm instead.
-I don't own a dishwasher, so I have to use boiling water to sanitize knives and cutting boards that I use for raw meat.
-My car's muffler is loose, but I live on a very bumpy road, so if I pay to have it tightened, it'll just loosen again.
-The smartphone that I bought for $50 two years ago is still going strong, so I have no excuse to replace it, despite the fact that it doesn't display gifs sometimes.
-My refrigerator is slightly too cold, so I can't put eggs in the back or they start to freeze.
-I have one of the only top-floor window offices at work, and sometimes the sun is a little too bright.


Oh! this brings up like my favorite Dr. Seuss quote..

"It's a troublesome world, all the people who're in it are troubled by troubles almost every minute. We ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people we're lucky we're not."
 

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Fair point, of course I'm not saying you should take your problems seriously all the time.



No don't take it to a logical extreme. Obviously I'm just talking about the people who think their problems don't matter because somebody else has it worse. Or whatever, I'm not proscribing how people should behave, but I'm saying I get tired of hearing that my problems are 1st world and therefore presumably less important.
Well, I tend to be grateful that loosing my head phones, occasionally being broke or not being able to acquire any weed are about the worst things that ever happen to me.

Rather than say, having bombs dropped on my head, or agent orange in my blood stream.
 

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Your first world problem is that no one cares about your problems? LOL you win.
I see how you can interpret what I said that way but it's not how I meant it, obviously I'd hope.


Well, I tend to be grateful that loosing my head phones, occasionally being broke or not being able to acquire any weed are about the worst things that ever happen to me.

Rather than say, having bombs dropped on my head, or agent orange in my blood stream.
Completely agree - but this isn't what is implied by the 1st world problem meme. But I don't generally worry much about my problems, instead putting them in a historical context and in comparison to the problems that I could have. But, while that puts my mind at ease it doesn't make them less important to fix, to me.

I dont understand the joke about 1st world problems either. People commit suicides over 1st world problems, they are no less real than any others.
Yes, take Robin Williams. What problems could he have had? Obviously enough to commit suicide over.
 

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If you're on a battlefield, you don't have time to wallow. You only have time to react. Hope or determination gets them through the hard times.

When everything is calm and easy, you have no scapegoats for your feelings. There's no hope that if you can just get through X, things will get better.

That's when you can't escape the crippling depression.

It's literally a First World problem.

I'm not trying to dismiss it. Even I go through periods of suicidal ideation at times, but it is still a luxury to have things so good otherwise that you can so intently focus on your internal issues.
 

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If you're on a battlefield, you don't have time to wallow. You only have time to react. Hope or determination gets them through the hard times.

When everything is calm and easy, you have no scapegoats for your feelings. There's no hope that if you can just get through X, things will get better.

That's when you can't escape the crippling depression.

It's literally a First World problem.
dont worry when ARtsu is on the battlefield the war is over Artsu wins every time no fail

Artsu is the greatest samurai of the empire all others have no clue, this is not war this is insanity.

Artsu is the future fate of all history of manked, RIP those who stand against thy legion of fury for I shall STRIKE THEE DOWN.

:storks:
 

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If you're on a battlefield, you don't have time to wallow. You only have time to react. Hope or determination gets them through the hard times.

When everything is calm and easy, you have no scapegoats for your feelings. There's no hope that if you can just get through X, things will get better.

That's when you can't escape the crippling depression.

It's literally a First World problem.

I'm not trying to dismiss it. Even I go through periods of suicidal ideation at times, but it is still a luxury to have things so good otherwise that you can so intently focus on your internal issues.
Well said.

Artsu is the greatest samurai of the empire all others have no clue, this is not war this is insanity.
Which empire?
 

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Well said.



Which empire?
Fuck.

You got me.

I have no idea.

Fuck it, all of the empires.

All of them.

ALLLLLLLLLLL OFFFFF THEEEEMMMMMMMM

:cthulhu:
 

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If you're on a battlefield, you don't have time to wallow. You only have time to react. Hope or determination gets them through the hard times. ...
You're talking about the personal context or perspective for viewing problems, ultimately restating the idea that 'some problems are better than others'. What's new with that idea? It's a dead horse, nobody disagrees that 1st world problems are better than third world problems. My bone is the implied dismissive and implicit hegemonic arrogance of having the discussion at all.

Do 'second world' people make light of the fact that they have second world problems, and not third world problems? How would you view that? Isn't it really a way of the 2nd world people patting themselves on the back for "well, it could be worse?" Well obviously it could and that goes without saying.

Anyhow the horse is shot, quartered and already sold for dog food so make whatever points you have left and we'll drop it. I will say though I have no doubt that 100 years from now I'll look back on the life I had to live in the 21st century as brutish, barbaric and horrific, so yeah maybe 1st world problems kind of suck too.
 

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Whether your suffering is physical or psychological, it's still suffering. Some life situations are objectively more unpleasant than others: having AIDS, starvation, being abused, losing family members or friends.

Agree that "1st world problems" meme is stupid. People shouldn't try to minimize what they subjectively feel to be unpleasant. Human beings think in relativistic and not absolute terms. Even if you have more materially than some poor cotton farmer in India, if your neighbor has much more than you, either in terms of a better job, a happier marriage, more money, etc., most people will probably experience that inequality as being very unpleasant and unfair.
 

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The curtains in this house are all 'light' rather than black.

FML.
 

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Today, I found a single grey hair.

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But you're only young. You aren't allowed to have grey hairs.
 

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1st World Problem:

I was diagnosed with schizo something for 5 years because of existential despair. Now I have autism.

1st World Problem:

Computers are not smart yet, loneliness intensifies.

1st World Benefit:

My food stamps came in today.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs intensifies.
 

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1st World Problem:

I was diagnosed with schizo something for 5 years because of existential despair. Now I have autism.

1st World Problem:

Computers are not smart yet, loneliness intensifies.

1st World Benefit:

My food stamps came in today.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs intensifies.
Fuck! You must be the oldest person to ever develop autism.

Good job! Quite an achievement.
 

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Not going to lie, I did a chuckle.

I was wondering whether or not you were on the spectrum, AK. No offence intended, but the way you communicate is rather unique.
 
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