Some stuff about this place, should you need to know where I stand.
About Cubik’s Rube
This is a personal blog, written and edited by me, with content entirely subject to my whim and fancy. Except where it’s clear that I’m quoting someone else, all the wordses are mine, so get your grubby mitts off. Feel free to quote me so long as you’re not just plagiarising, and link-backs are always appreciated. To get in touch with me directly, point your email-cannon toward the address which can be constructed as follows: ‘cubiksrube’, then that little curly ‘at’ sign, then ‘hotmail’, then a dot, then ‘co’, then another dot, then ‘uk’. That should do it. At the moment this place isn’t that busy, so I’m likely to read and reply to most stuff, unless you’re incredibly dull.
When compelled to summarise my political views in as brief a bundle of phonemes as possible, I tend to say I’m a libertarian, but I don’t really mean it. Not really really. The more I see of liberals, the more I want to identify as libertarian, but then a nut like Penn Jillette comes along and bitchslaps my cynical socialist ass. The word “liberal”, as a lower-case adjective, probably describes me well, but there’s a lot of bullshit associated with what I’ve come to understand as the politics of liberalism. That said, don’t get me fucking started on Republicans.
I think Fox News is ridiculous, and I worship Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert with distant awe. I seem to know more about US politics than my own (I’m from the UK), but our lot are way crappier at sex scandals anyway.
I think people should be nice to each other, but they shouldn’t have to be, so long as they don’t go around being total assholes on my government dime. (I have no government dimes. And none of your crazy Euros, neither. We here in Great Britain are proud to call the Great British Pound Sterling our national currency, with our glorious monarch emblazoned on the face.)
I think there is no god, and if you disagree, you can fuck off. Okay, not really. I have no problem with a lot of religious people, and hope that some of them will hang around here for a chat and engage in what’s going on, but needlessly vulgar sarcasm and hyperbole is a central part of my repertoire. If you can take an occasional coarse and unnecessary joke like that, and in return tell me to go die in a ditch with similar jocundity, and agree to laugh it off, so long as I’m not continually aggressive or abusive or act as if said needless sarcasm is a valid substitute for reasoned debate, then I think we’ll get on just fine. If you were deeply offended that I could say such a thing at all, and aren’t mollified by my apology and the fact that it was a light-hearted gag intended to make a point about my casually abrasive style of conversation, then I fear I may be likely to frustrate you before very long. Feel free to stick around anyway, but don’t say I didn’t warn you if I turn out to be an annoying prick.
Please do comment on things.
Please don’t be a dick.
That’s pretty much it. I reserve the right to be tyrannical and dictatorial in my decisions as to what constitutes dickishness, but I will try to be fair and not needlessly quash discussion. Disagreement is fine. Argument is A-OK. Carefully rationed and tactical use of profanity and obscenity is groovy, baby. Being needlessly aggressive or hostile to someone else is not alright.
Also, it’s just bad debating style; it’s not going to get anyone else to engage, and it’s sure as hell not going to convince them that you’re right. How often have you said to yourself, “You know, now that I’ve read his point, I realise he’s completely right, I am a fucking retard who doesn’t know what I’m talking about and couldn’t reason my way out of a paper bag. I shall reply at once, capitulating entirely and praising my opponent’s superior debating skills.” It doesn’t happen that way. Be civil, and relevant (either to the original post or to where the discussion’s gone, just don’t spam the place).
Just one more thing