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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Spagbook
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:02:33 am »
Holy cow that outfit is great!

spent 100 years sewing on some new buttons


I'm also considering a possible Dishonoured playthrough.  Tests seem promising, though I have yet to test high impact combat on recording quality.  I mean, I could do the "moral" option of a stealth playthrough for Youtube, but that's a bit, well, boring.  And the subtitle is "Revenge Solves Everything".

Oooh yes plz. I thoroughly enjoyed that game, but I only completed one playthrough (high on the stealth, low on the murder). The biggest complaint people seemed to have was the blatantly obvious "twist" in the last part, but it didn't bother me at all. I think it must have been so obvious, my brain subconsciously accepted it as part of the natural progress of the story and I didn't think twice about it.

I don't know much about recording gameplay for YouTube, but I would agree that going for a more aggressive playstyle would help. I found myself constantly reloading when I screwed up the stealth too badly, whouch would probably make for a lot of editing.

Or Kill Me / Re: It's not Wrong when I do it
« on: January 21, 2014, 10:18:37 pm »
I think my most basic objection to this type of thinking - aside from the charge of hypocrisy, of course - is that it speaks to an understanding of society which I simply don't share, and in fact that I find somewhat dangerous.

My basic approach to society could be summed up as Machiavelli meets Marx - power and class are the two determining factors.  Of course there are other factors, but IMO those are the overriding ones.  By contrast, the POV that seems to be put forward by these people is one of racial identity primacy. 

To use the language of tumblr, I find that extremely, uh, problematic.  I'll try and write up some objections tonight - the problem is, when I tried drafting it in my head earlier I was dividing it into chaptersI think it's a cultural antipathy thing as much as political/philosophical disagreement, which makes it really hard to tell the more valid complaints from, say, bitching at people who think Doctor Who and Sherlock are the best things since sliced bread (as you know, the fandom overlap with these kind of views is pretty large).

Picking these apart in my own head gets pretty messy. :lulz: The overlap of obnoxious fandoms with social justice, combined with the echo chamber effect and the generally "faceless" nature of the medium make it all seem like one big blur of misguided tween stupidity.

RPG Ghetto / Re: The Saga of Asobiden
« on: January 18, 2014, 09:28:49 pm »
My version of Ass-In-A-Bowl translated to in-A-Boeing {La Coat A
I already forgot if I had a dwarf, and whether or not he died already.

 :eek: I initially read this without first seeing the context of what thread it's in.


HIMEOBS provides.

Or Kill Me / Re: It's not Wrong when I do it
« on: January 17, 2014, 01:38:49 am »
Isn't it great? She's great.

I just read both articles. She's really great. This is stuff that is 100% out of my realm of experience.

Or Kill Me / Re: It's not Wrong when I do it
« on: January 17, 2014, 01:20:18 am »

Also her picture on the right there is wonderful.

Or Kill Me / Re: It's not Wrong when I do it
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:27:14 am »
Murder doesn't happen to white people.

Sure, some white people are killed by other races, which is unfortunate, but it's important to remember that murder is institutionalized power, plus killing.  Since only white people hold this coveted position of institutionalized power, ergo murder doesn't happen to white people.  White people just get killed sometimes.  Check your privilege.

Forgot to give :mittens:

Or Kill Me / Re: It's not Wrong when I do it
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:22:34 am »
Have you been reading TumblrInaction* again Cainad?

I like what you have to say.  There is something very pernicious about such a worldview, as you point out.  It's not just the affirmation of powerlessness, though that's certainly an aspect.  I sometimes think such people are hooked on the catharsis of posing themselves as underdogs, freed of all responsibility and normal limits on behaviour.  "I'm oppressed by such vast and all encompassing powers, I have to use every method to struggle for freedom/equality/buzzword".

Hence why such behaviour seems to mirror that of online trolls so much.  Freedom to treat certain people in whatever manner you want, because they are worth less/the oppressor/public enemy plus internet anonymity invariably goes to strange extremes.  That's why I've always insisted on certain ethnical standards when I go trolling - it's far too easy to fall into the trap of assumed superiority, and end up becoming not only a bigot or jerk, but stupid as well.  Because extreme measures require stronger and stronger rationalizations, and eventually those rationalizations become an excuse to say anything you please.

I mean, to use an extreme and rare example, I've seen male rape victims being mocked by so-called feminist activists, because men can't be raped, all men are oppressors and the men in question probably did something to deserve it anyway.  You can't reach that level of severe cognitive dissonance without some kind of extreme licence to justify yourself.

I have some more thoughts on this, but I have a paper to write, so it may take a few days to collect my thoughts.

*I'm starting to find TiA almost as unbearable and ridiculous as the people they criticize.  It seems like certain rightwingers are latching onto the stupidity of the far left to discredit equality as a whole.  Something the idiots they criticize seem more than happy to help out with.

Actually a fair amount of crap crosses my Tumblr dashboard on a regular basis. And I follow other Tumblrs almost exclusively for LARP, Dark Souls, or similarly nerdy content. It's so pervasive that I see it pretty much daily, although usually not the extremes that get picked for TumblrInAction.

While it's perfectly clear to ME, and no doubt to most of PeeDee, why the raving Social Justice Asshat attitude and mentality is asinine at best and toxic at worst, it can be a very tough thing to express to people mired in Cartesian Dualism the echo chamber. It certainly doesn't help that a lot of people who most actively speak against them are, in fact, racist/sexist/basically everything that MRAs are routinely guilty of. Extremists bouncing off extremists.

What my friend is writing about is her experience of being a not-angry, nerdy black woman who has more in common with nerds (of any color) than with the Angry Black Women she is expected to be one of. Refusing to "other" white people has gotten her called an Uncle Tom, a house nigger, and a white man's whore, in those words. However, how the fuck are black women supposed to gain entry to society if we insist on standing apart from it? Do we want to be seen as multifaceted interesting people who have a depth of skills and interests, or do we want to perpetuate stereotypes that leave us with a two-dimensional image?

America is still a frontier country for black women. We have yet to make significant forays into science, medicine, media, and art. We say that we're excluded, but I think that it's quite possible that the exclusion is, to some degree, mutual.

That's pretty interesting. Being a black woman in America is about as far from my own life experience as you can get (other than the 'American' part), so it's a perspective I'm interested in hearing from.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Malazan: Book of the Fallen part one thread
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:04:49 am »
Yeah, luckily I've started reading the introductions to books and went in with fair warning that it was going to be a fairly dense experience.

Shadowthrone and Cotillion... no, I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention :lol: Unless it's Kruppe. Kruppe is pretty obviously everyone, and is just trolling himself for amusement.

Or Kill Me / Re: It's not Wrong when I do it
« on: January 16, 2014, 08:05:39 pm »
Cainad, may I have permission to repost this? I think it will add to the conversation I'm having with a black mama friend of mine who is in the process of writing about some of the bullshit expectations placed on black women, not just by the dominant white male society but by other black women.

Yes, and feel free to make edits as you see fit to get the message across.

I'll comment further when I'm not on my phone. This is like typing through molasses.

Something is amiss when processed dinosaur carcasses are cheaper than sheep fur...

Right? Sounds like we need to start killing some sheep.

What's that?




Or Kill Me / Re: It's not Wrong when I do it
« on: January 16, 2014, 04:16:42 am »
Either that, or it's just exceptionalism on the march.

The short & skinny is, the moment someone spouts off like that, I immediately stop taking them seriously.

Unless they're talking about the Irish or the Welsh, of course.  That's just good sense.

Sure. Exceptionalism definitely plays a big part in a lot of that kind of thinking. I guess I'm just experimenting with trying to tinker with that mindset from the inside.

If I was a spag, I'd probably call it counter-memetics or something.

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