I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m an idiot smiling at a machine, I’m actually smiling at my girlfriend who is 10000 miles away and whom I would have never met if not for these newfangled electronics. As they say: when the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now; much credit to this excellent post for bringing it to the front of my brain.
Fucking thank you.
INTERNET FRIENDS ARE REAL FRIENDS.
I can’t even number how many people I’ve met in real life who started out as internet acquaintances. Or how many of my old friends from pre-internet days I keep in touch with thanks to technology.
not to mention, this was how time was spent back in “the good ol’ days”
people who want to communicate will, and that doesn’t have to be just in-person talking. those who want to avoid society will always have their distractions. can’t blame phones for that.
This fuckin’ guy! Right?!
Extra Credits on Simulation Sickness
- Rule one: Always post the rules
- Rule two: You don’t tell me what to do.
1) What song would you consider to be your theme song? And why?
I am hustlin’, you know? Makin shit happen. It’s time. But it’s important to not take yourself too seriously
2) What is one of your all-time favorite films? One you can keep watching and never get tired of? Why?
Watch this extended trailer. ‘Nuff said.
3) What is one of your favorite books? Why?
4) What are your current top five favorite albums?
5) What’s the most beautiful place you’ve traveled to?
the Faroe Islands - my homeland.
6) What is your favorite scent?
Rain, creme brulee, cigarette, and satisfied woman lingering on my lips. Tied for first.
7) Do you believe in ghosts?
I believe in the Ghost who Walks. The Phantom. Seriously inconclusive, I once saw a seven foot tall man in a duster walk through my home.
8) What is a song you associate with a pleasant memory? And, if you feel comfortable sharing it, what is the memory and why do you link the song with it?
My mum in the Old Ranch at Silver Creek Falls state park, lit by firelight, with my aunt, drunk, belting this. I love my mum. Here’s me and my homie covering it. We only mess up a couple times.
9) Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?
Yes. It took a while to recover.
10) If you had one day where you were literally free to do anything you wanted without any kind of backlash, judgment, punishment or long-lasting/permanent negative consequences, what would you do?
I would take the floor of the Senate, and beat anyone who wants to keep throwing huge amounts of money at the military over solving solving all the worlds problems. Then I would rob some banks, and start a research facility/think-tank/rockband and call it the Banzai Institute. The band would be called the Hong-Kong Cavaliers.
11) Have you ever had a moment where you felt you came really close to dying?
There was that time I got hit by a Volvo, now my eye has a little less wiggle room and my brain has a little more. Fair trade? I was knocked unconscious though, so didn’t really feel it. At the age of eleven I had an existential crisis wherein I realized I was going to die. So there’s that.
1) What is your favorite thing about yourself? Physical or mental or emotional or all of the above. Be gracious!
Favorite thing. That so much masculine power, creativity and sexual prowess can reside in one flesh without searing it from the inside out.
2) Whats the best way to cheer yourself up when you’re down?
Sleep, eat, drink water, change socks.
3) If you could master something—anything—a language, a game, a skill, a song on guitar hero, what would it be?
Spaceship maintenance. Someone has to keep this old bucket of bolts pressurized.
4) What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to say to someone, but never had the chance or guts? (No context necessary, though feel free to include as much as you want)
A.) All the times I said sorry before a year ago were shit cause I didn’t know what I was apologizing for. I treated you like a thing to be fucked, not a human. You were right to hate me, and I have learned a lot since.
B.) Fuck you. You play nice like you want to be friends, but you have never stopped taking from me ever. If you can’t give me back what you took I have no reason to have you in my life, you vile villianous succubus. Never have I felt more used than when I realized what you had done to me. I came to you with the purest love, and you snared me, cooed a cacoon of anesthetic and fed me only enough to feast on me. You say you are based in your heart. Let me know if you find it. Did you drop it? I am sure it blends in with the asphalt. Look harder.
5) What question do you hope for in these kinds of things? What do you want to be asked?
I have led an awesome life so far, and I like to tell people about the more joyous parts. Some of which are hilarious. I should go get more stories. “When were you the highest you have ever been.”
6) What is the answer to the question you want to be asked?
I was highest, literally and metaphorically on top of a mountain.
7) What is a random pet peeve of yours?
Ignorance. People who don’t examine and analyze their own paradigms.
8) Which is your favorite emoticon?
9) What do you want out of life? And I don’t want generic answers like “happiness” or “financial security”. Do you want a house? A downton loft? A tiny house boat? Pets, kids, snakes, a turtle farm? What are the things that would bring you happiness in your life?
Face character here, took all Charisma on chargen. I want to use my talents to bring together the smartest and most talented of my peers to do great work. I can help people get along really well.
10) What’s the best dream you’ve ever had?
Just the other night I dreamt up a card game involving zombies. started keeping a journal, but yeah. whatever. That.
11) What are some of your favorite quotes (about/from anything)?
"They should have sent a poet." Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) Contact
Can we explore space yet? In my lifetime please?
Now we just need SCA dudes in full garb thrashing lines of police tower-shields with maces.
I can tell you that this is Maria Archipova/ “Masha Scream” promoting an album for her band Arkona. Can’t find the photographer’s name though, sorry about that.
Cool picture, but more importantly check out this tumblr. Women in reasonable armor. WOOOO!
Trolls. Trolls everywhere.
With the upcoming fourth season of A Game of Thrones about to hit TV screens, you will soon see ‘If you like reading GRR Martin, why not try these authors?’ displays going up in bookshops. I will give a book of mine, of their choice, to the first person who can send me a photo of such a display that isn’t entirely composed of male authors. Because I’ve yet to see one. I have challenged staff in bookshops about this, to be told ‘women don’t write epic fantasy’ Ahem, with 15 novels published, I beg to differ. And we read it too.
But that’s not what the onlooker sees in the media, in reviews, in the supposedly book-trade-professional articles in The Guardian which repeatedly discuss epic fantasy without ever once mentioning a female author. That onlooker who’s working in a bookshop and making key decisions about what’s for sale, sees a male readership for grimdark books about blokes in cloaks written by authors like Macho McHackenslay. So that’s what goes in display, often at discount, at the front of the store. So that’s what people see first and so that’s what sells most copies.” —
Juliet E. McKenna being brilliant (so what else is new) on the SFWA shoutback, public perceptions of the field, and equal access to offensiveness, sexism and idiocy. (via dduane)
In March 2012, while browsing in my then-local Waterstones in St Andrews, Scotland, I encountered a laminated booklet in the SFF section - produced entirely by Waterstones - that listed various recommended authors. I was so appalled by the almost total lack of women and POC that I photographed it as evidence. Behold:
So, to be clear: of the one hundred and thirteen authors listed in the genre-specific sections, there are a grand total of nine women and, as far as I can tell, zero POC. In the final two pages - the “If you like this, you’ll love-” section, things are little better: of the ten authors with suggestions after their names, two are women; but of the 101 authors recommended as comparisons, only twelve are women - and, tellingly, of those twelve, a whopping eight are listed as being similar to another female author. As far as this list is concerned, women have essentially become a speciality category, almost exclusively recommended because their work resembles that of another female author, and not because of their contributions to various other genres. As for POC authors, as far I can tell, there’s not a single one on any of the lists.
And, of course, as Juliet McKenna predicted, the authors recommended for fans of George R. R. Martin? All men.
When I saw the booklet, I suggested to a staff member that perhaps they might like to reconsider the contents, given how unrepresentative they were, and how many fabulous authors were missing from them. The sales person, a young man, looked vaguely sheepish, but said the matter was out of his hands. I don’t know if this same booklet is still in use by any other Waterstones stores, but if it is, it badly needs upgrading and replacing - because if I were a new genre reader looking for advice and guidance, literally the only conclusion I could draw from its contents is that SFF is a white man’s game.