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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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Technically, weren't the "Americans during medieval times" the indigenous tribes already living there?

Yes.

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I really like this piece. I like how Sal is described as Ordinary. That actually gives me a little hope, if the average middle age insurance salesman out there really is dreaming of utopia. Like there's this benevolent potential in people, but it's being held back. Is it withheld by the grim realism of human nature? or is it merely something internal in Sal that makes him stay in the confines of everyday life?

What keeps Sal in stasis? Is it a feeling of helplessness? ie That Sal would be benevolent but he doesn't have the resources. That Sal would be benevolent but it wouldn't change anything.

If there is a message of hope in here somewhere it would be that the power to make a difference is within your grasp at just about any moment. It's just that it's so much easier not to, and easier by at least a little bit to make the wrong kind of difference. With the sheer immensity of problems on the scale of civilizations that we are confronted with thanks to the miracles of modern communication technology, good but small deeds seem impotent. There's really no excuse for it, but it seems like it's harder to give a shit about helping one person when there are seven billion in line.

Sort of the principle that it's easier to dream big and do nothing, than to take a small action that will mean something to a few people.

I guess maybe it's the "easier" part that's the problem. I keep telling my students, volunteer, volunteer, volunteer... but they say they don't have time, and they say "What's in it for me?", and they say maybe later.

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Question for all you spags:

If you have an online friend and you are concerned that they might be bipolar, do you risk offending them and say something? Or let it be?

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Nigel gets it. Sal is dismayed by the world being a news but feels overwhelmed and powerless. He has bought into the myth that small deeds can't add up in the face of such globalisery, and doesn't think he'll ever have the resources to really make a difference. In his mind the best use of his time is to dream up ways he could make a difference, if he had the money or the time or the skill. Which isn't inherently "bad", but it isn't very useful, either.

I really like it. I think it's an important message because most people are now so convinced that they can't do anything that they don't even begin to try.

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I liked it, but now with Nigel's postscript I love it. May I use both?

Feel free to use mine in whole or part!

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Aneristic Illusions / Pretty good article on identity politics
« on: March 21, 2017, 07:36:03 pm »
Seems like a lot of people are hard at work lately, bandying around phrases like "identity politics" and "virtue signaling" as if these are bad things that should be done away with. Every wondered what these phrases mean?

I'll tell you what they mean. They mean "I'm a straight white male and your minority complaining makes me uncomfortable, SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP".

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/12/08/504575810/dont-stop-arguing-complaining-and-fighting-for-identity-politics

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I think that one thing that holds Sal back is that his dream is so big partly as an excuse not to take any action at all. After all, if we're waiting on that one big dream, that big windfall, the key to fixing everything, it's almost as good as  taking an ordinary action that incrementally improves the world, right?

So instead of working for an NGO that makes people's lives better, volunteering with disadvantaged youth, or donating his time to help nonprofits start up, Sal dreams.

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And sadly someone fixed the email  :sad:

Just when wrong was oh so right. :(

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Well you'll be happy to hear I'm considering a solo playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition (once I decide whether I prefer to go with an assassin Archer or a Knight-Enchanter), and will probably start making Skyrim Requiem videos again once I finish rebuilding and testing my mod list.

Oh, yes!

It's probably kind of weird, but sometimes I just put them on and let them play in lieu of music while I grade or work on stuff.

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Work email has been "down for an hour or so" for 7 hours now  :lulz:

At least its an excuse not to have to communicate with your idiot boss?

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:53:00 am »
In which we both look inexplicably young.


I see you two have been stealing souls for eternal youth, again.

Can you blame us? Souls are delicious.

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:52:13 am »
It must be the blood of all those Christian virgins... who knew?

The christian virgins are well aware of it. That's why they always look so paranoid

Ohhhhhh

That must be why they're so hard to catch, too.

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Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:51:49 am »
:nope:
This is why HIMEOBS is a thing!

Mr. Sneddon needs to join HIMEOBS.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: March 20, 2017, 08:12:44 pm »
You should see the videos of the matches I never posted.  Like the guy who had his mic next to a fan and his speakers, ensuring all I could hear was the constant sound of the game coming back at me from 2 seconds ago, and a lot of static.

This is why player mute is such a godsend.

And that's without going into the ME3MP matches I've had.  I've been in games where I have scored 90K by round 6, with everyone else not even scoring 10K.  90K can easily be an end of game score, and none of that was because I was great - they were just that bad.  I've revived people 15 times before round 3 is over.  I've soloed half the entire match because people died that fast and didn't bring medigel to revive.

There's a reason I said pugland was the truest test of your mettle.

 :lulz: I am loving that mental image because it's so terrible.

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