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I want to "dislike" this because I like your posts and don't like that you would be leaving, but that's also not what the button is for.
 
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i dont have anyone on ignore. my brain just filters out stuff on its own.

use to do that, apparently I can't anymore, like I said my tolerance for such things is not what it use to be.... I pretty much look at it this way these days

From the book - Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams

Chapter Title “Do Not Disturb”

This is from a conversation between Joe Hyams, Sterling Silliphant and Bruce Lee

On one such occasion we talked about the difference between wasting time and spending time. Bruce was the first to speak.

“To spend time is to pass it in a specific manner” he said. “We are spending it during lessons just as we are spending it now in conversation. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.

“It is the most precious commodity we have, “agreed Sterling. “I always view my time as divided into infinite moments or transactions or contacts. Anyone who steals my time is stealing my life because they are taking my existence from me. As I get older, I realize that time is the only thing I have left. So when someone comes to me with a project, I estimate the time it will take me to do it and then ask myself, ‘Do I want to spend weeks or months of what little time I have on this project? Is it worth it or is it wasting my time?’ If I consider the project time-worthy I do it.

“I apply this same yardstick to my social relations. I will not permit people to steal my time. I have limited my friends to those people with whom time passes happily. There are moments in my life - necessary moments - when I don’t do anything but what is my choice. The choice of how I spend my time is mine, and it is not dictated by social convention”

After Sterling finished talking, Bruce looked into space for a few moments. When he finally spoke, it was to ask if he could make a telephone call.

When he came back, Bruce was smiling. “I just cancelled an appointment.” he said. “It was with someone who wanted to waste my time and not help me spend it”

Why let them waste my time
 

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There's people I miss from here, some I still chat to outside MT as they no longer want to be here.
I have one person on my ignore list who is very firmly on ignore and always will be, I don't even peek though sometimes someone will let me know when something outrageous has been said about me to which my reply is usually a long laugh.
There's an ebb and flow with MT as with most organisations and the like, basically though while I enjoy chatting to people here it's not important enough for me to think or worry about, some posts I would miss so please don't go away XS, you may not feel the love but it's there mate!
 

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As one of the posters that I enjoy reading a lot I hope that you do not go. There will as Tez3 mentioined always be an ebb and flow here at MartialTalk. Some posters you absolutely love to connect with and some others that you will not like. Like you I have been here a long time and enjoy almost everyone's posts. The nature of forums is that some times we need a break. Both of us have taken breaks before but we come back because of the connections. My hope is that you stick around because MartialTalk would be a sadder place without you Xue!
 

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Don't go, Xue, just put everybody else on ignore except me. Then we can, you know, argue about things without getting interrupted.
 

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My thoughts after being on martial talk for about ten years is f uck martial talk.
Exactly why I never became a paid member,
I may pop in some times but I rather train and do other things then sit around debating which art is real or not or who's balls are made of steel and who's are not.
 

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I may pop in some times but I rather train and do other things then sit around debating
That would be ok, trouble is there is little debate. Certain people post with alarming frequency on any and all topics, even topics which they clearly do not understand and no nothing about, whilst refusing to accept any opinion, no matter how informed, that disagrees with their own.
 

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Yeah. When I started there was basically a team of mean girls who would patronize and demean anybody with any sort of contrary view.

As if there was some sort of pecking order of posters. And that even justifying their position was considered offensive.

That has pretty much stopped except for the occasional pile on the new guy.

But for the most part everyone gets a fair suck of the sauce bottle.

It definitely means there are more fools. But there is also more character.
 

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To me, MartialTalk is kinda' like chop socky porn. I read posts, not knowing anything about some of the subjects, some I know a little about, some a lot about, some I don't care about....yet - I really like reading everyone's thoughts, frustrations, opinions, loves, hates, and even some of the bullshik.

I go through my day, working, chilling, whatever, and so much of what is said here runs through my mind at some points throughout my day. There has not been one day that I haven't thought about something concerning Martial Arts since I was in my teens. I like thinking about Martial Arts, it's just something I do, it's part of how I've always approached training.

Martial Talk is a stimulus for me. And it's fun. But more important, at least for me, it's a conduit for knowledge. When you think about it, SO much is said here. If you can't find something that intrigues you, helps you, touches you, or makes you think, then I don't know what to tell you. We are all informed and influenced by those directly around us. And by those we interact with in other ways. To me, MT is one of those ways I interact. I'm glad it works for me.

So, when I come here, it's like home. Other fools, teachers, crazy people, wannabe Ninjas, fighters, students, fitness freaks, trolls, whatevers....all in one place. (I've always liked convenience.)

As for those not into the same things, or for A-holes who only like to argue - if it's coming from the right place, I'm okay with that, too.

Carry on. And, of course, F you all. ;)
 
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As for those not into the same things, or for A-holes who only like to argue - if it's coming from the right place, I'm okay with that, too.

Agreed....IMO those I am talking about are not coming from the right place.

oh and....May you walk a mile under a diseased camel
 
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To me, MartialTalk is kinda' like chop socky porn. I read posts, not knowing anything about some of the subjects, some I know a little about, some a lot about, some I don't care about....yet - I really like reading everyone's thoughts, frustrations, opinions, loves, hates, and even some of the bullshik.

I go through my day, working, chilling, whatever, and so much of what is said here runs through my mind at some points throughout my day. There has not been one day that I haven't thought about something concerning Martial Arts since I was in my teens. I like thinking about Martial Arts, it's just something I do, it's part of how I've always approached training.

Martial Talk is a stimulus for me. And it's fun. But more important, at least for me, it's a conduit for knowledge. When you think about it, SO much is said here. If you can't find something that intrigues you, helps you, touches you, or makes you think, then I don't know what to tell you. We are all informed and influenced by those directly around us. And by those we interact with in other ways. To me, MT is one of those ways I interact. I'm glad it works for me.

So, when I come here, it's like home. Other fools, teachers, crazy people, wannabe Ninjas, fighters, students, fitness freaks, trolls, whatevers....all in one place. (I've always liked convenience.)

As for those not into the same things, or for A-holes who only like to argue - if it's coming from the right place, I'm okay with that, too.

Carry on. And, of course, F you all. ;)
Well said, Buka.

Oh, and F you, too.
 

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That would be ok, trouble is there is little debate. Certain people post with alarming frequency on any and all topics, even topics which they clearly do not understand and no nothing about, whilst refusing to accept any opinion, no matter how informed, that disagrees with their own.
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