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  • Birthday 06/30/1982

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    Animals, writing, reading, video games, music, cinema. coffee. The X-Files. Poker. Chess.

    Pigeons, being woken up, the government, bad parents, foster parents, advertising, Michael Bay, Family Guy, interviews, cold callers, people who interrupt. Hipsters. Bankers. Capitalism. Christmas celebrations in November. Losing one sock. Cold hands.

    If you made it this far, thanks for reading. Anything missing from my lists?

    Twitter account: @Mark_H__

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  1. Don't get me wrong, though. More time and effort should be invested into this area. But the thing with the media is that, at its highest levels, it's predominatly run by psychopaths and narcissists. The kinds of people least qualified to tackle many of the conditions suffered here on DF.
  2. I think the reason why we don't get very authentic portrayals of mental illness in the media is that it's something that doesn't lend itself very well to the format. Too many compatibility issues. TV and films are predominately about entertainment and there's nothing entertaining about depression. There's also the escapism aspect to these things. People mostly go to the cinema to escape the drudgery and banality of their lives, not to be reminded of them. The more frail aspects of the human condition are much better portrayed and explored in literature.
  3. First visit to a cinema (Addams Family, but wish it had been Batman) Having a completely clean bill of health.
  4. I think Ridley Scott was aware of the historical truth of those Germanic battles, but opted to go with the full battle array because it was more cinematic. From what I've heard Gladiator took a lot of liberties in its portrayal of ancient Rome. Apparently, Gladiators were not the rock stars and Olympic athletes of their day, but in reality were no more than glorified slaves. The lions and tigers in the colosseum more often than not didn't attack anyone as they became too freaked out by the roar of the crowds. Same here. Friends was so relentlessly bright, garish and sickly sweet that I always thought it was aimed more at children than adults.
  5. "Brexit means breakfast" -- various politicians "Garbage in, garbage out" -- George Carlin
  6. The Dumb-phone. No calls, no texts, no internet. You simply throw it at the person you want to speak to.
  7. I looked up my sign with a quick Google search and was actually surprised how accurate it was. Apparently white is 'my colour', which is odd, since I've always favoured darker colours, and I noticed some of my strengths and weaknesses were present in other signs, but I suppose it's not an exact science.
  8. Seems like I'm the only Cancer here...? Maybe my starsign is the reason why my life is so crap.
  9. Same here, I think. Tried actively looking for love. Tried passively looking for love. Just can't seem to figure out what the rules are. I've heard so many people say "I had completely given up the search for love, then one day, when I was least expecting it, pow! There he/she was!"...How many times have we heard this anecdote? Suffice it to say the 'least expecting it lover' has yet to make an appearance. Actually, I wonder, has anybody on here been graced with a 'least expecting it lover'?
  10. Trump is quite a funny name.
  11. Ned never negotiated near navel-gazing neighbours.
  12. I don't hate any TV show or film, but to answer your post some shameless offenders include: The Big Bang Theory -- Sickly sweet, cloying, unrealistic. Due to the show's huge popularity, maybe I'm wrong, but I'm sure I remember a time when social outcasts were a force to be reckoned with -- bold, rebellious trailblazers that would push things forward. All the Big Bang Theory does is make a mockery of geeks. The Inbetweeners -- I can't stand the way this show patronizingly tries to say 'these characters are just like you.' They're not. Eastenders -- No idea why this grotty, scum-fest endures. Coronation Street -- Unashamedly seizes upon and even seems to celebrate the aching blandness of northern England. All films by Michael Bay.
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