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August 19th, 2007
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The confessional is open
Got something you really need to shout into the aether? All answers are strictly confidential.

Poll #1041884 Confide in the dragon

Tell me something that you wish you could say to another (specific) person. (Don't tell me who you would want to say it to!)



(Also accepting anonymous comments, if you want to be more vocal about it. However: Comments that contain information identifying their target will be screened or deleted.)

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Edited to add: Yes, I do realize none of these apply to me. :) I'm just the man in the booth today. (But if you do have something you really wish you could say to me, those lines are open too.)

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From:krinndnz
Date:August 20th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)

at least two people, actually

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What the fuck are you doing with your life? You're too smart to be wasting this much of your time with nothing to show for it. If you're going to reject the system, reject it, if you're going to live with it, live with it - right now you are indulging in lukewarm bullshit that serves no-one well, especially not you. I have heard your plans. They do not involve watching five hours of anime daily and being able to recite the plot of Disgaea games verbatim. Get off your god-damn duff and Make It Big. You got it in you.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 20th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
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You are intense and dark and strangely beautiful for being corrupt, and I am afraid to love you because I worry you will destroy the fragile, precious balance I have created in my life. I need to stop loving the bastards, because they've messed me up enough, and what I have here is perfection, but you tempt me to let you free of your cage, to dye my hair and buy a trenchcoat and spend lonely twilit nights loving the moon and staking out impossible places for the glimpse of a fiction neither of us will ever find. I wish I could tell the people who ought to understand, but they'd laugh and say I never knew you really. I wish I could tell you, but you wouldn't care if I felt it or not.

I'm thankful at least that you're the worst thing I have on my mind. I could be feeling a lot worse.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 20th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
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(Thanks for this, by the way. It's a really good idea, and you're a generous dragon for opening your ears.)
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From:baxil
Date:August 20th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
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I'm glad it's helping. Some inner voice insisted it was important, so perhaps it will end up being the crack in the dam (or the prod) that someone needed.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 20th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
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If I can't love as others do, I can love in ways they can't. In my own way, I love you. If I spoke the truth, you would be uncomfortable, or bored... but if it came down to that, I would die to save your life.
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From:jolantru
Date:August 20th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
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I want to say 'I am sorry' to a particular person. I think the friendship broke apart because of my pride and hirs. I am sad that it cannot be salvaged.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 20th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)

not very anonymous, is it?

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Sure, why not.

First of all; stop fucking pushing your deity all over the place. GOD DOES NOT RUN A DIVINE PROTECTION RACKET.

Second of all; I wish you assholes would quit fucking breeding. Children are precious, sure. They deserve better than the festering hole left by you guys insisting you need to pop more and more kids out and screw up the future for everyone. They deserve more attention than being lost in a sea of little lovely faces. Fuck you shitwads. You don't sincerely give a crap about kids and we all know it.

Third of all; yeah, I think otakukin are weird and probably deluded. I think Otherkin are weird and probably deluded and I AM one for fuck's sake. But I don't see why those beliefs are any less valid than some invisible set of Vikings in the sky, thank you very bloody much.

Fourth of all; okay, so talking about those eeeeevil fundies. Fundamentalist Jews are distasteful but they're a tiny minority of a teeny tiny minority. But yet when it comes time to bash Abrahamic fundamentalists, guess who gets a special mention? I call anti-Semitism, you fuckers.
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From:baxil
Date:August 20th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)

Re: not very anonymous, is it?

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> not very anonymous, is it?

If someone answers the poll, I get their username; if they leave a comment, I get their IP address. So no, it's not totally anonymous; at least one person out on The Internets can (probably) identify you.

But
A) I would hope that everyone posting here is doing so because they trust me to keep that secret (I fully intend to honor that trust); and
B) even assuming a lie and/or security breach, without a named target there's much less potential for harm.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 20th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and also? You (not you, Baxil. This other person) are what the feminists used to call a weak sister.
From:premchai21
Date:August 21st, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Those who are worried about their IP addresses identifying them may be able to use Tor or similar to conceal themselves further, if LiveJournal hasn't blocked such things. Just as a secondary public notice.

By the way, your poll input field is constrained to 255 characters (at least on the client side; I'm not inclined to test it server-side), which may force some responses into comments. Is there a reason the poll mechanism was chosen over defaulting to screened comments? I can imagine one good reason being that comments are too easy to accidentally unscreen, but I don't know whether that's the rationale or not.

I'm also curious of the purpose of the specific original destination constraint.

(I also hope these don't sound like quibbles, because they're not intended to be. (Unless they're subconsciously intended to be, which is also possible, since most of my sensors seem to be turning into amorphous glop at the moment.))

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From:baxil
Date:August 22nd, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
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"Don't tell me who you would want to say it to" was added to: A) reduce any possible consequences of an information leak; B) let people feel more at ease that their shout would be anonymous and thus free them up to say what they really needed to say.

The 255-character poll limit was set by Livejournal; my preferred limit would have been much larger. I didn't think of screened comments, honestly; it might have been subconsciously that people are much more willing to answer a poll than write a comment if they're browsing their friends list quickly.
From:premchai21
Date:September 19th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)
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(Whee-hee-heeeee, sloooow to respond! Sorry. x.x)

To clarify the latter question: is there a reason this targets specifically things to be said to a particular other person, as opposed to also including things not originally to be said (even hypothetically) to any particular person, but which one would have liked to say to someone else? The latter is how I usually think of the word "confessional" being used, which made for an odd juxtaposition.

And I figured the poll limit was probably set by LJ, yes.

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From:baxil
Date:September 21st, 2007 08:48 am (UTC)
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No particular reason that that was the case, no (other than that's the idea that came into my head). If I run the booth again, it does make sense to open it up to what you describe.

Thanks for clarifying.
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From:ruth_lawrence
Date:August 26th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
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erm, and I'm me!

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From:joysweeper
Date:September 19th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
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...

For some reason I'm loath to send an email. So...

Ahh, why not. Baxil, I've been lurking around your site since T-Lands went down; at least five times I've wanted to leave you a comment but have decided against doing so.

So... hi! I've been stalking your journal because it's often both thought-provoking and funny, and I intend to do so on a sporadic timetable for the forseeable future. I'm better at lurking than commenting, but I might say something a time or two... I hope you don't mind.
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From:baxil
Date:September 21st, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
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Hi there! Thanks for speaking up - it's always great to hear that the things I write are making someone think and/or smile.

One of these weeks I'll pull myself away from the video games again (currently sucked into Shadow Hearts: From The New World - though I agree with your comment in your own journal about Beyond Good And Evil, which was avery well-constructed game) and get back to a more regular posting schedule. Until then, at least I can take some comfort in the slow progress I'm making on the latest TTU stories.

I'm friendly -- if notoriously flaky on replies -- so I hope you feel free to comment again should the mood hit. :) My mailbox is always open if there's something it would feel awkward to say in public.

And thanks again for saying hi! Good to meet you!
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