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How often do you get to see Jeremy Irons shuffle?

-The Gneech
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Basic Instructions: How to Stay Young
On a related note, I think that seeing something really cool exists, and knowing that you could buy it, but choosing not to because the item serves no useful purpose in your life is one of the hallmarks of adulthood, and also is one of the reasons kids find adults insufferably boring.

-The Gneech
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There's a story floating around the zeitgeist, commonly attributed to a Cherokee storyteller (but I don't know the actual source), generally referred to as "two wolves," which goes something like:

A Cherokee elder was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me… it is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, hatefulness, and lies. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, humbleness, kindness, friendship, generosity, faith, and truth. This same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too."

The children thought about it for a minute. Then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The Cherokee elder replied, "The one you feed."

Thing of it is, this is applicable to so much more than a simplistic "good vs. evil" parable. It can apply to anything! Like, say, social media. "Don't feed the trolls" is a mantra that's been around since the '80s at least. In more recent times, I've seen a pattern where some prominent person on Twitter (for example) gets pinged by an asshole and, instead of muting the asshole and moving on with their life, the person either retweets with what they feel is a smackdown, or otherwise engages.

Result? All the assholes start coming out of the woodwork, and suddenly prominent person is flooded with obnoxious messages, all of them looking for attention. The prominent person may feel like they were "shining a light in dark corners" or turning up a log to reveal all the bugs crawling around in the muck or whatever, but all they really did? Was feed the bad wolf. They now get to spend hours/days/the rest of their life wrestling in the digital mud with these idiots. It sucks, yes, but the prominent person invited them in.

This doesn't apply to people who are harassed by assholes merely for being themselves– "Internetting While Female" does not count as feeding the bad wolf, for instance. That's another discussion all together. But people like Wil Wheaton engaging in snark fights, and then having to spend the rest of the day far away from the internet because they effectively cast Summon Asshole? That counts.

This topic is fresh in my mind currently because this year is going to be about broadening my reach and impact in the world artistically and (for lack of a better term) commercially, and I'm already having to be very careful about what (and who) I respond to and where I engage, because I can clearly see the ripples of different types of energy trying to get in. Some are positive, and many are amazing... but more than a few are not.

One of the problems with the bad wolf is that, being bad, it often tries to disguise its true nature because it knows anyone with a modicum of awareness and self-esteem will reject it. What starts off as a seemingly fun and innocent or even benevolent interaction can sour quickly, and it's important to pay attention when that happens. What you thought was a pleasant chat with the good wolf can turn out to have been the bad wolf trying to finagle an invitation the whole time.

If you get fooled by this, it's not a failure on your part– it's the bad wolf being bad. The old saw should go: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on you again and stop it, you jerk." But when you realize that it's the bad wolf at work, you need to shut it down quickly and decisively. In my own case, that means even calling out or disengaging with people who are my own fans, if they try to turn my work into something dark or mean. You can be funny without being mean, and you can be smart without being snide or toxic.

What you invite into your life, you will get more of. That's just how the universe works. So make sure you're inviting the good stuff in. :)

-The Gneech
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Attempting to create an applet on that will crosspost my Dreamwidth postings to Twitter. This post is a test. Thanks for your patience. :)

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A handy guide from [personal profile] rebelsheart...

So You've Decided to Leave LiveJournal...


PS: Dreamwidth could use an easier "post reshare" button. This is one thing more modern platforms do much better.
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I actually set up my Dreamwidth account a couple of years ago in response to LJ getting wonkier and wonkier under their Russian masters, but then things stabled out and I fell back into my habitual behavior and forgot about it.

But at this point, it's time to go ahead and get real about it. It'll probably take me a few days to get all the bugs out, but I'm going to be using DW as my personal journal space now. I'll keep cross-posting to LJ for a while, as the LJ is a lifetime account anyway and not going anywhere, but eventually I expect to shut it down.

It's sad, considering how awesome LJ once was, but sic gloria transit mundi, and all that jazz.

Here's my Dreamwidth page:

See you there, I hope!

-The Gneech
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And he's rockin' a sweet beard, which is an impressive feat for a clockwork.

They give details about the lineup change on Facebook. Farewell, Hatchworth. You were awesome! And hello, Zero. You are awesome, too!

-The Gneech
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You're welcome.

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I found these very interesting and think they nail the issue right on the head, and I'm leaving them here for others who might be interested as well. I'm also disabling comments because beyond spreading the word of their existence, I don't particularly want to talk about them.

Hypocricy [sic] and "SJW." - Elf M. Sternberg "SJW" isn't sarcastic; it's merely mocking. It doesn't matter whether the target is engaged in mere performative allyship or has actually gotten the beat-down for asserting the human worth of others; the speaker means to use it as an epithet. People who use "SJW" won't allow themselves to be questioned.

What ‘SJW’ really means If it were sarcasm, the scorn would be directed at the “SJWs” for being only so-called “SJWs” — for posing as SJWs while actually failing to be the true, genuine article, the steadfast advocates for social justice that we all agree we all ought to strive to be. But there is no such shared framework. And that is not the target toward which the scorn here is directed. What is being scorned, rather, is the very idea and standards of that framework — the idea that “social justice” is, in fact, a Good Thing. Their attempted mockery of “SJWs” is an attempt to mock the very idea of social justice itself.

-The Gneech
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In my various geeky wanderings I happened upon YouTuber "Digibro," whose channel is all about in-depth studies of anime, both of specific series, and of the relationship between anime and western animation, the cultural divide, and so forth. There's a lot of interesting stuff there! But he also posted "Speed Racer (2008)– My Favorite Superhero Cartoon," for which I just want to give him a giant hug. Please watch.

He also pointed out, which I didn't know, that Film Crit Hulk included Speed Racer as one of his favorite movies. This made my little fandom heart go squee.

So yeah. Speed Racer really WAS that good. Suck it, all you critics who pronounced it DOA.

-The Gneech
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(Faux titles for Overwatch: The Anime are a thing. There are tons of them! And most are quite good.)

Last night, for the first time, I managed to get into a game with a full 6-person group in Overwatch, and we hopped into "vs. AI" on difficult mode.[1] Even this is not as challenging and varied as matches against real people, but it is still pretty tough because the bots do All Headshots All the Time, and when the headshotting is done by Zenyatta after a discord orb? You go down, fast. Playing solo against AI in difficult mode doesn't feel that different from playing solo in PVP games: "Boom. Headshot."

Playing as a coordinated team? HUGE difference. Yes, we had to work to win (the bots got nearly as far as the last checkpoint on King's Row, for instance, instead of being stomped before they ever got to the payload), but even with the bots doing All Headshots we could set up intelligent defense plans and coordinated pushes, combined ultimates for whombo combos, and figure out where there were holes that needed plugging and compensate accordingly. Honestly, with that group I would have felt quite confident to take on PVP games, despite my general n00bness and tendency to feel intimidated by them solo. (Tilt is a problem. I will overcome it with practice.)

We also did an All D.Va attack on Gibraltar, which was a ton of fun. We could melt anything– as long as it was within five feet of us. XD That only worked because we were up against bots, tho– human players would probably have torn us apart with Mei, S76, and Zarya combos.

The net result of this is that I'm getting quite eager to try my hand at ranked play– when the venn diagram of "ranked season opens" and "I have stable computer" overlap. The general consensus among the various players/commentators that I've been following is that people in ranked games (regardless of their skill level) value team play, focus on the objectives, and generally do their best to do well– which is the kind of environment I want to play in.

At least most of the time. Occasionally I just want to go Team D.Va and pfutz around. ;)

-The Gneech

[1] Until my PC is reliably able to finish even a single match without crashing, I've been avoiding live games. Fortunately I've only got a little more than two weeks to wait, I hope!
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I love these guys.

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Yeah, turns out it was. Specifically, fractured toe. There's not a lot that can be done but to tape it to the other toe, wear a stiff sandal-thingie for six weeks, and do as little walking as possible. Bleah! But at least it should be healed by AnthroCon.

Let's temper this unhappy news with a pony vid, shall we? Apologies for the DailyMotion link, but YouTube had embedding disabled. :P

beat it pony edition pmv by f100001857973948

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You're welcome.

-The Gneech
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Courtesy of [ profile] softpaw...

I've only ever heard the album version of this. The live performance is awesome! :D

-The Gneech
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So a phenomenon has emerged recently, of the Pop Up Whining About Your Ad-Blocker. Sites such as, TheMarySue, and probably dozens of others I just don't go to, if they can't serve ads at you, shove a giant "PLEASE SUBSCRIBE OR TURN OFF YOUR BLOCKER!" message in your face.

They're perfectly within their rights to do so. And I can't speak for anyone else, but my choice will almost always be, "I don't want to look at your site that badly."

"But! Moneys!" scream the website owners. "Hosting is expensive!" etc. Well, yes. I understand that. But you know what? I don't care.

Sometime during (or leading up to) the dot-com boom I remember seeing an ad for some corporation trying to market to middle managers, which had graphic design like a merchant bank and the header, "Finally, the web is good for more than UFO theories and pictures of cats."

My reaction then is the same as my reaction now: FUCK. YOU.

UFO theories and pictures of cats is what I want from the internet. Personal blogs, dorky little vines, silly memes? That's what the web is good for. The world needs another stream of commerce like I need another hole in my head. People making connections? That's what the world needs.

So people not being able to make money on the internet? That's all to the good. I want money out of the internet as much as possible, the same way I want it out of roleplaying games and conventions and universities and libraries and public TV and almost every other thing really worth doing. The relentless drive to prioritize short-term profit over doing the core thing that you're about has destroyed everything it ever touched.

The current crop of websites flailing around trying to block the ad-blockers may be a harbinger of the collapse of "Big Website," which would mean a lot of potentially-good content might be lost. On the other hand, it also means that a lot of clickbait garbage will also be lost, and I can live with that. I was perfectly content with grunky mostly-text webpages and very, very personal blogs. I have absolutely no problem with the internet being the realm of the hobbyist, now and forever.

-The Gneech

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