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Or Kill Me / It's not Wrong when I do it
« on: January 16, 2014, 01:12:19 am »
It has been discussed at great length whether or not it is acceptable for members of oppressed or underprivileged groups to make statements about privileged groups that would normally be considered offensive or simply rude.

Typically, this takes the form of "fuck [straight/white/cisgendered/male] people" or some variety thereof, followed by a lengthy explanation about why such statements are dangerous from the privileged, but harmless from the oppressed. I fully accept and acknowledge that hate speech, or even merely callous speech, from the privileged creates a more toxic environment and leads to vastly greater harm in the grand scheme. Frankly, I don't gave a shit if a couple of pissants want to say shitty things about the various demographic categories I belong to. My skin is thicker than that.

However, there is a very sinister problem behind this kind of thinking. When you say "it doesn't matter if I say these things," what are you really saying?

You are claiming that your hurtful-sounding words are not actually hurtful. You are claiming that your words do not affect your environment in a meaningful way.

You are affirming, even celebrating, your own powerlessness.

This is a form of surrender.

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Grand-slammin'-ding-daddly-danglin'-rock-em-sock-em-fuck-yeah News: I have been bumped up to full-time hours with a 33% raise. This is apparently considered "temporary full-time" until such time as they decide that they want to keep me around and I get the full benefits.

Bummer-dummer-fing-fang-fumbler News: This upgrade came on the heels of the most boring, tedious, skullfuck asinine task I've had to do since I got hired. I'm basically acting as a data entry geek until we figure out what the fuck to actually do with the data.

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Literate Chaotic / Malazan: Book of the Fallen part one thread
« on: January 16, 2014, 12:33:29 am »
So, something like six goddamn MONTHS after I said I would finish Gardens of the Moon "by next week" I finally actually finished it. Because I am a huge dork with the attention span of the Internet.

Honestly, once I hit the last third of the book it was much easier to finish. As is typical of big fantasy stories like this, all of the 537 characters had to be introduced and developed, and then all of the really cool stuff starts happening. It manages to end in a way that feels like a proper ending while still getting me interested in the sequel.

Naturally, I want to draw parallels with Bakker's Prince of Nothing trilogy, but really there are not many to be drawn, other than a lot of the very basic tropes that make up most fantasy series. Erikson's writing style is very different from Bakker's; much more direct and focused on the events of the story than on the twisted meanderings of the character's inner thoughts. A hell of a lot less overwrought prose, which makes it either more readable or less interesting, depending on one's tastes and mood.

In any case, I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. Looking forward to crawling my way through the rest of the series, hopefully at a slightly faster pace.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Oh god damn it
« on: January 13, 2014, 06:01:31 pm »
I am but a humble Swamp Yankee, and I do not understand this. Has Portlandicity reached the point where real-life Pinealists just sort of appear out of thin air?

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I like this. I'd offer more substantive feedback but my phone is being a shit :argh!:

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: I love Miley Cyrus
« on: December 25, 2013, 11:49:06 pm »
I'm so happy this thread is still kicking.

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I guess I can be pleased with that sort of victory. My guts refused to participate in the contest and EVERYTHING came back up at 4 am the next morning. And that was the end of that.

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Oranges.  Lots and lots of oranges.  20 oranges a day, at least.

That is truly terrible.

It's ESPECIALLY terrible when some fucking spaglord from Buttown beats your record by ONE LOUSY ORANGE :crankey:

god i vomited so much

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I was wrong before I even formed any opinions! (But that's clearly Payne's fault.)

It's your fault that it's my fault, Schnozzgrobbler.  8)

I had no choice. After you excommunicated me for the seventh time, I had no other options.

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And part of that is biology again, ancient primitive territorial instinct kicks in if you think others are being selected for sex over you.

Yep.

For example, some people are horrified that I'm OK with my 17-year-old daughter having sex.

WTF am I supposed to do? Lock her up? Fuck no! She's 17, she's SUPPOSED TO BE HAVING SEX. It's what young sexually mature people are designed to do. Me on the other hand? Haven't gotten laid since August, and I'm pretty much OK with that. My mind is occupied with other things, which is one of the rare perks of getting older.

No no no, you're supposed to be all weird and uncomfortable about it. You need to arbitrarily implement bizarre and draconian rules about the who/what/where/when of her social existence that will be completely ineffective at doing anything, except straining your relationship.

 :dream:

 :horrormirth:

And then she can grow up with warped ideas about sex and relationships, and if she finally develops a comfortable mentality about her sexuality it won't be until she's in her 30s, if it happens at all. Then when she has kids of her own (especially daughters), she can reflexively impart all of that psychological malaise onto them once they're old enough to be having sex.

This is how we keep ourselves so well-adjusted as a nation.

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I was wrong before I even formed any opinions! (But that's clearly Payne's fault.)

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And part of that is biology again, ancient primitive territorial instinct kicks in if you think others are being selected for sex over you.

Yep.

For example, some people are horrified that I'm OK with my 17-year-old daughter having sex.

WTF am I supposed to do? Lock her up? Fuck no! She's 17, she's SUPPOSED TO BE HAVING SEX. It's what young sexually mature people are designed to do. Me on the other hand? Haven't gotten laid since August, and I'm pretty much OK with that. My mind is occupied with other things, which is one of the rare perks of getting older.

No no no, you're supposed to be all weird and uncomfortable about it. You need to arbitrarily implement bizarre and draconian rules about the who/what/where/when of her social existence that will be completely ineffective at doing anything, except straining your relationship.

 :dream:

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RPG Ghetto / Re: The Saga of Asobiden
« on: November 17, 2013, 11:59:59 pm »
I already forgot if I had a dwarf, and whether or not he died already.

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The university has a rhinoplasty nose job would be BUSINESS AS USUAL. ALSO, CAPS LOCK = bucket of my life in the same time it.

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So, I assume, we're getting a Dark Ages.

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At UCLA, they have to STITCH IT

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I can say that

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I can be criminally incompetent and unfixable. It's a picture with the trash can, so mnyeh!

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Financial woes from early days without trial, not committed to the full of relationships. We're doomed.

 :lulz: Last one's a little dark...

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Attn Cainad
« on: October 30, 2013, 11:44:12 pm »
You're back on LI?

Now you've got to deal with my father's ghost. And he's gonna want proof.


Sorry about that.


Not sorry



Dad?




Fuck.

 :lol: I cited a Wikipedia article, does that count?

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