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The Bar & Grill: It's vaccination time
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Random question, but has anyone traveled to Iceland recently?

I would like to go again soon, and being vaccinated, I am exempt from testing and quarantine on arrival, however, I would need to find somewhere in Iceland to get tested before returning to the US and am wondering if it's a hassle to find a testing site and get tested.

If not Iceland, has anyone traveled abroad recently in general and has had to find testing in another country? Has the process been fairly easy?
I know it's late anyways but I would be the last person to ask about traveling :P I've only ever traveled out of my state twice, and certainly not during the pandemic. I'm completely unaware of how easy or hard it's been to travel to other countries from here right now, but probably nearly not as bad as when it started which I'm not sure is a great thing considering less than half of our population has the first dose so far.
The second dose numbers kind of... concern me, they're so much lower (less than 20%) but the government says vaccines for the second dose never lacked so I guess people are just neglecting it for some reason. Or it's just the 3 months wait that's required for AstraZeneca and Pfizer that's delaying the numbers... I hope that's it.

They started to vaccinate age 32 in my city today. The age is nearly going down and I'm overly excited for my turn.
i have been listening to a conspiracy theory podcast with my girlfriend and i finished listening to episodes about bigfoot and the bermuda triangle. let me tell you those things are fucked up. the end.

do any of you follow any fun conspiracies. not like weird fucked up right wing ones, but like funny little men in forests and places in the earth that will kill you

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I don't follow anything in particular, but the "local legends" types capture my attention more than anything else; I actually have a book filled with numerous attractions and accounts of strange locations and odd occurrences all throughout my home region, New England. Reading about some of this stuff is quite intriguing, regardless if it is real or not. Not only is it entertainment, but some of these things feel as if they are part of a select community's culture.

All in all, I find fun conspiracies and weird stuff to be great to learn about.
I've always been really fascinated by the Flat Earth community, which also doubles as an anti-gravity community. There's a fairly big couple of podcasters in the community who host a Discord server with a very large community of flat-earthers. There are .. a lot more of these people than you might suspect.

The community's voice channels are pretty active, and I pop in a lot to debate with them. As someone with a fair bit of knowledge when it comes to physics, I'm pretty well-equipped to immediately debunk their arguments, so it's fun to join in when I'm bored to basically play wack-a-mole against their myriad of arguments. It's actually pretty interesting, since debating with people who are scientifically illiterate always gets the gears turning in my mind and gets me to come up with science demonstrations to prove certain points, which I'll then record and upload to YouTube for use as ammunition in such conversations. That makes it somewhat fun in a way, since I get le sweet views as a result.

Those guys are pretty open to debate, and while I obviously don't agree with a single word they've said in regards to science, listening to their perspectives on *why* exactly they believe the things they believe has opened up my eyes a lot in regards to how poorly science and nature is taught nowadays, and I can almost kind of get why some people may fall down misinformed rabbit holes like this. It's actually a big part of why I've been super into teaching lately; I'd like to one day make science and physics appear simpler, to the point where anyone with a keyboard can learn, and prevent people from obtaining anti-science, conspiratorial mindsets like this.

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I like the one that says that house cats everywhere are plotting world domination.

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Not really conspiracy theories, but I like the idea that since we're not sure about any post-death thing in life, a lot of out there things could be possible. I personally like topics of each life being a temporary thing, and then you move on to something else, which is also temporary. Eternal life, eternal afterlife or whatever just seems weird to me when I think about it deeply. Forever is too long, a kind of concept of hell or heaven seems kinda flawed to me because too much of a bad thing is excessive, regardless of how bad someone might have been, it kinda becomes numb after some point and starts to lose sense, too much of a good thing also stops being special if it's literally forever. Because of that, I find interesting to read or learn about different beliefs of afterlife than the stock ones. To me, the end of consciousness might be more comforting than a potential eternal afterline, even if it can be sad and maybe a little scary. But the idea of cycles feels more balanced I guess, which I really think is cool to think about.

I know this is not specific at all, it's more about a vague umbrella of topics, but you know what I mean. Otherwise, I like anything to do with folklore, fantasy, myths, etc. Particularly stuff that are specific to cultures, and also how things can be similar to other cultures, while having their own spin, stuff like this can make me kinda wonder about the possibility of people from different regions all seeing some of these things at some point, but due to different perspectives, eras and whatnot, they all recorded what they saw in their own ways, and naturally, from word of mouth, it morphed into many tales with lots of variations.

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I'm going to be honest, I believe that we just don't exist after death.

However I don't see a way that any after-death stuff will get proven. The only way to experience is, well, to be dead. But then you can't share the experience with anyone. It all just makes no sense to me.

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I'm in a weirdly unique position here, in that I don't care so much about death or an afterlive, but I do care immensely about human knowledge and art. The thought that the universe is eventually going to end and wipe out all of it legitimately saddens me. Like, I can't fathom the thought that at some point in the very distant future One Piece is no longer going to exist. It's such an important part of my life and it feels like something that is going to remain unmatched for centuries to come, so it's just such a weird feeling to know that only us humans on this planet in this universe in this timeline in this reality are ever even going to experience it. If that makes any sense to you.

And like, One Piece is a really big franchise, one that is likely to be remembered by at least human generations to come. Now consider that there's billions of things that are much, much smaller and less significant than that that are way too easily forgotten. Things that might have been incredibly important to some person at some point in time, but just no longer exist. I'm already really bad at dealing with that. For example, this could be a weird an experimental SMW hack, a fun website on the early internet, a very nostalgic YouTube video, or even some show you watched as a kid that noone seems to remember. Obscure pieces of art are forgotten all the time, and somehow this saddens me a lot more than thinking about death itself.

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At some point in life I've dreaded death and the disappearance of things with time, but I've learned to see the beauty of it all. In short, the fact nothing lasts forever makes me very thankful to be experiencing the things I am experiencing, and makes me want to enjoy them the best I can. I guess I just view life as a self-contained thing we're supposed to make the best out of.

As for afterlife, I'm rather agnostic about it. It's easier for me to believe in ethereal and spiritual things, but I can't simply affirm things such as "I know I'll experience some sort of afterlife". Regardless, speaking more scientifically, I do believe the universe is in a sort of loop, and eventually after this plane of existence ends another one is bound to appear, and our consciousness will most likely find its way into another lifeform. Not like it matters though, as it's impossible to retain our memories, so it won't feel special or anything.
I’ve always had a personal suspicion that all of our consciences are “connected” in some way, and that dying causes you to just live the life of the next person/animal to be born immediately after you were born, and that the cycle continues until you’ve lived the life of every single living organism that’s ever existed.

…Obviously there’s zero evidence for such an idea, but it’s always just kind of made sense to me in some way. If nothing else, it would explain why my consciousness happened to exist in my body and in the environment in which I was born; I’m just taking turns seeing life through the eyes of everyone.

Again, there’s no way of knowing whether or not this is actually true, but thinking this way has helped me a lot with being empathetic towards others. I may be them one day, or may have been them in the past. Oh, there’s a person that I dislike for whatever reason? Well, maybe one day I’ll live to see their side of the story and understand exactly why that act/think a certain way. Maybe there’s a deeper, justifiable reason that isn’t immediately apparent on the surface. Oh, I’m really jealous of someone who has everything I want? Nothing to worry about, someday I’ll be in their exact position. Might as well just focus on myself for now. Oh, I’m unhappy with the position I’m in? Well, one day I may be living the life of someone who was tortured to death, or born into extreme poverty. Just be grateful for the time you have now, and savor it while you can.



I used to be really into solipsism (the idea that only “you” are real, and everything around you is a manifestation of your mind), and while I still sometimes entertain that idea, it’s a little harder to swallow for me.

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I've always wondered how afterlife was like years ago and where we'd go. Regardless, I was under the same belief as KTB in that we'll live the lives of the next living beings without carrying over the memories of your previous life, but we'll only know what He has in mind when we get there. I am ultimately grateful for the present, the "now", and everything I've lived thus far (which my older self did not think of until reflecting deeply as some sort of afterthought). We need to enjoy life as it is, with the pros and cons, and practice empathy with everyone out there.
Originally posted by RPG Hacker
Now consider that there's billions of things that are much, much smaller and less significant than that that are way too easily forgotten. Things that might have been incredibly important to some person at some point in time, but just no longer exist. I'm already really bad at dealing with that. For example, this could be a weird an experimental SMW hack, a fun website on the early internet, a very nostalgic YouTube video, or even some show you watched as a kid that noone seems to remember. Obscure pieces of art are forgotten all the time, and somehow this saddens me a lot more than thinking about death itself.

This is probably one of the saddest things honestly. The leseer known, the more easily forgotten. Some things, however, are better left forgotten and in the past.

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Yeah, sometimes forgetting something or being forgotten isn't a bad thing. For example, bad memories are something that ideally should remain in the past, and some things probably shouldn't be preserved.

On a more positive topic, finally got my first sting today. So far, not feeling anything, except my muscle was hurting a little for a short while (though it was already aching before, so that might have contributed). Can't wait to get my second only. Also need a vacation really badly, our current project is driving me nuts.

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Now that you've face revealed I see you're being really casual about it :P

I can so feel you about needing a vacation. I'll technically be in vacation two weeks from now (I mostly am, just need to finish this one class that's gonna last longer than usual), but I'm overwhelmed by side research projects anyway, so I'm not gonna be exactly chilling. Aiming for a higher level degree sure is costly :/
Originally posted by Koopster
Now that you've face revealed I see you're being really casual about it :P

I can so feel you about needing a vacation. I'll technically be in vacation two weeks from now (I mostly am, just need to finish this one class that's gonna last longer than usual), but I'm overwhelmed by side research projects anyway, so I'm not gonna be exactly chilling. Aiming for a higher level degree sure is costly :/

Side research projects?

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Originally posted by I don't know a good name.
Side research projects?

Yes, research to publish articles and have a better curriculum and stuff.
Originally posted by Koopster
Originally posted by I don't know a good name.
Side research projects?

Yes, research to publish articles and have a better curriculum and stuff.

Oh, that makes sense.

Good luck!

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Originally posted by I don't know a good name.
Good luck!

Ah, thank you!

I'm 2 days due to deliver an article I'm currently writing, then I get 20 more days to finish another work (which I'm fearing a bit) and write up a report. I hope it goes smoothly.
Originally posted by RPG Hacker
Yeah, sometimes forgetting something or being forgotten isn't a bad thing. For example, bad memories are something that ideally should remain in the past, and some things probably shouldn't be preserved.

On a more positive topic, finally got my first sting today. So far, not feeling anything, except my muscle was hurting a little for a short while (though it was already aching before, so that might have contributed). Can't wait to get my second only. Also need a vacation really badly, our current project is driving me nuts.


I'm assuming that you're talking about the COVID-19 vaccine. I got my second dose on the 23rd. Both shots gave me a case of Vaccine Arm that lasted for about 3 days. The second one was worse, and it made it hard to concentrate on building World 3-1 of Bowser's Kaizo Conspiracy.

BTW,  RPG Hacker, did anyone ever tell you that you sound like Animated Bulkhead?

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