Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Blog And Life Admin

Now that both my sons have left on two year missions for our church (to Romania and Northern Chile), and my wife and daughter have full time jobs, I should have more time to catch up on some long overdue blog admin tickler items. One of the tasks I have to catch up on is removing old comments that people complain about because they contain their names and reflect them in an unfavorable light. I'll generally remove the comments when I can (it helps if the complaining party lets me know which post they are under) unless the person has been the main subject of worldwide news items, such that entire posts would have to be deleted.

Commenters can help me out by refraining from giving the full name of the person they're talking about if it isn't mentioned in the original story. Most of us Submariners will probably know who you're talking about, or if we don't the name won't really add anything to the story. In my case I use "He Who Must Not Be Named" to talk about one of my old COs (although I do note that I did match his name with the moniker in one post a couple of years ago); just using a first name and last initial should be fine.

For those of you who are worried that you are were too much of a dick and are afraid that your name might show up here, please know that this isn't the only submarine site on the web, and if I delete all the comments here, there's nothing I can do about people posting somewhere else. Also, when I do delete them, it will probably take a while for them to get purged from the Google cache; they'll have to re-image the page, which might take months if the post is really old. If you're a Submariner who is now -- or is thinking about becoming -- a dick, remember that those to whom you exhibit your dickishness are free to mention it almost anywhere on the Internet they want, on sites where the administrator might not honor your request to remove comments. One possible solution is just not to be a dick to your fellow Submariners.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel - please remove any comment containing the name Mike Mulligan (including in the posting name).

Thanks, your entire readership (minus 1)

1/13/2011 6:27 PM

Blogger SJV said...

Is it okay if I'm a dick to non-submariners?

1/13/2011 6:52 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Being a dick is always a choice, just don't expect us to feel bad for you if you regret it later when people write about what a dick you were on the 'net.

1/13/2011 6:57 PM

Anonymous 3383 said...

The last two sentences of this post contain more wisdom than I have yet found online.

And it can be applied to non-submariners, too!

1/13/2011 7:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree slightly on removing anything with the name Mike Mulligan. Keep the name, just remove the comments!

1/13/2011 8:18 PM

Anonymous News Reader said...

The awesomeness of this blog is without peer.

1/13/2011 9:20 PM

Anonymous News Reader said...

I like the part about Mary Anne the steam shovel though.

1/13/2011 9:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Want me to be a dick.

You Need for me to be a dick.

That's a concept you talk about about at parties.

But either way, I don't give a damn if you think I'm a good dick or a bad dick.

1/13/2011 11:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that being a dick was the XO's job. That way, the CO doesn't have to be except in extremis.

Seriously, it seems like this is how it is supposed to work.

I actually have some appreciation for leaders who know when to be a dick and use their dickishness appropriately.


1/14/2011 6:00 AM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

My theory is that dickishness with a purpose is OK, and sometimes necessary. Being a dick just to be a dick is another story.

1/14/2011 6:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure that I've ever seen dickishness in print.

1/14/2011 9:01 AM

Anonymous ret.cob said...

What I miss most being a retired submariner is the comaraderie and shit. Dickishness was acceptable behavior because there was precious little unacceptable behavior. And that's the way we liked it.

1/14/2011 9:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I don't believe in many Mormon beliefs I do admire your sons' noble missions. I wish them good luck. They are in contrast to our age's crassness.

1/14/2011 10:02 AM

Anonymous mike mulligun said...

All this talk of dicks gets me way too excited.

1/14/2011 12:22 PM

Anonymous OldCOB said...

I'm adding "dickishness" to my buzz word bingo cards for our production meetings.

1/14/2011 2:29 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with 3383.

And much to my surprise, "dickishness" IS a word, found on the Urban Dictionary and lots of other Google references.

1/14/2011 2:43 PM

Anonymous Veemann said...

Joel I agree with you that being an official dick (i.e. the XO) is not the same thing as simply being a dick or dickhead for that matter.

Unfortunate that I have to put these together with the above comment but I want to wish both of your boys all the best and safe travels during their respective missions. I do not fully understand your faith nor have I picked up The Book of Mormon during any of my Marriott stays but I respect what you all do on your missions.

As a convert did you have to do a mission or something similar?

1/14/2011 3:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

During my college, navy and civilian career we never heard the term "dickishness".

Matter of fact, I can not recall hearing it used in any other work environment, and there were scores of defense contractors, etc. where I would spend weeks or months at a time over 3 decades.

Another derogatory term was heard, however, in all of those places: "dickless".

Since every female academy grad seems to have learned to tell men to "grow a pair" (implying she already has), is "dickless" even used any longer now, or has it become another forbidden sexist term?

Good luck with that.


1/14/2011 3:19 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

@veemann - There's no "requirement" to do a mission. About half of the active 19 yo young men, and about 10-15% of the unmarried 21 yo women, so a mission, but those that don't aren't punished or anything. They probably have a lower chance of getting called as a Bishop in their early 30s, though.
I didn't go on a mission, but military service is considered a "mission equivalent" by the Church. My wife and I are thinking about doing an adult couple mission when I finally retire in 20 years or so.

1/14/2011 4:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a Dick.


1/14/2011 9:47 PM

Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Just why am I so popular?

Beginning in in Vallejo Calf and through Idaho prototype my closest friend was a strict Mormon...well his parents were and he was kind of loose. His family actually lived in Idaho or Salt Lake City? He came right out of the Mormon life. He couldn't drink beer worth shit...but he tried as hard as he could. We drank too much beer and played way too much cards and poker in prototype, and he was a really, really, really good friend...and he was humorous beyond belief. He shattered my belief system of Mormonism.

Thinking back, his poor mother and father, it must have been hard watching their son in their child's test of the real world.

That what the Navy does to exposes you to so many different people...

1/15/2011 7:26 AM

Anonymous ret.cob said...

You are a Dick, Ed, you're just in denial.

1/15/2011 7:26 AM

Anonymous Yo momma said...

Mulligan, You are poplar because of the tree. "That's what the Navy does to exposes you..." Right!

1/15/2011 7:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys do realize, don't you, that the word "dick" has already appeared 31 times in this post (32 now). After Google maps this page, we're going pop up on some very bizarre internet searches! Gay erotica, anyone?

1/15/2011 10:05 AM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

1--We admitted we were powerless over our dickness - that our lives had become unmanageable without being a dick.

2--Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to dickness.

3--Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of dickness as we understood dickness.

And you get the point.

1/15/2011 12:27 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

I already get enough Google hits from various disgusting "punished" searches that I'm sure a few "dick" hits won't really affect the total.

1/15/2011 12:34 PM

Anonymous wedding gift suggestions said...

Submarine stories excites me. Even watching in a video cam about submarines really excites me. Do you have movies all about submarines? How they are being build?

1/17/2011 12:23 AM

Blogger Vigilis said...

Thoughtful males interested in becoming perpetual 'dicks' will want to consider the rather insightful gimmick conveyed here.

1/18/2011 6:45 PM


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