Sunday, November 26, 2017

This Year's Black Friday Haul

I don't go to Black Friday sales, at least not when they start. Guess that is actually Thursday night now, but regardless I wait till Friday afternoon. The crowds are gone, but there a lot to find if you are willing to scavenge through the mess.

Most surprising was actually finding a game for the Original Wii still being sold in stores. Just Cause 3 and Mafia 3 were both 12$. Resident Evil 7 came in at 15$. Admittedly I would have preferred to have that Mega Man collection on PS4, but can't argue with that price.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A way to help teachers.

Before we get started on this subject I want to be clear on a few subjects. First, I was a good student school, and was near to the top of my class. Second, any academic success I ever had was in spite of the educators around me and never because of them in any measure. Thirdly, I realize their may infact exist educators that actually help students, never witnessed it myself, but I concede  the possibly. Forth, I am only speaking about K-12 education. Having said all of that...

Education in the USA has been poisoned. That poison is the teachers we hire to teach. They are not heroes. On average, they spend more time to spread the myth that they are heroes than actually teaching.  They have turned school days in to psychological endurance tests for children, where torture is sadly not too strong a word to describe the situation.

Teacher for the most part spend their time torturing children and lamenting the series of life choices that made them become teachers. The vast majority of them failed at whatever their ambition was, and our now stuck in a second choice they hate. They hate themselves for what they have become and take it out of the child, the poor children.

Now there is good news, most teachers spend a lot of time thinking about suicide. The problem is most of them are far too cowardly to go through with it. The answer is so simple, we just need to give them that extra push they need.

So to every teacher out there, do it, end it once and for all. There are many ways to do it, painless and painful, depending on your level of self hatred. The students will be better off, and so will virtually everyone that is in your life. As a bonus, you will never have to wake up earlier to see the children you so hate. Everybody wins.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Rant on the people of the internet.

There is a thing people on the internet do and it needs to stop. There is a male and a female version of this, but it is ultimately the same behavior just dressed up slightly differently.

The behavior in question is claiming to have a disorder of some kind without any kind of diagnosis for said disorder. They then try to justify whatever it is they are doing with the disorder. This is extremely disrespectful to anyone that actually has the problem they are faking.

This has gotten worse in resent years, as now these same people treat the phrase "I identify as..." as suit of armor whenever they are called on their bullshit.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Tales of the MFer Vol. 1

The following story is sadly true. This happened roughly 10 years ago. 

So we were at a local pizza place. There was myself, and two others, we were getting some dinner. One of them had invited the MFer to join us, he later admitted he didn't think he would actually come. We had been enjoying a conversation about movies, but once the MFer sat down the conversation shifted to something horrid.

It was a story about events in World of Warcraft, which we all played at the time. It seems there was a group of people that were streaming World of Warcraft for charity, they were starting new characters and playing 24/7 till reaching maximum level. He and people he knew on an internet forum had taken it upon themselves to troll the people doing this. They had done this to the point that Blizzard stepped in and stop them, threatening to ban accounts if this continued.

The three of us were stunned, why would someone actively try to harass and hinder a charity? He laughed at our horror, and add that the charity was a children's charity for children in hospitals. The MFer went on to tell us that he and guild felt they had to do this, as the people streaming had not expressly ask them if it was alright to do this event on "their server" (to be clear this was an offical World of Warcraft server and not any kind of private server). He seemed generally to not understand why we didn't find this hilarious and was somewhat angry that we didn't agree that he and his guild "owned" the server.

During his telling of this, we had all tried to change the subject, with him forcing his way ahead with his story. It is also worth noting that despite sharing in our pizza, he paid for none of it, nor for the drinks he ordered. Instead getting a "phone call" he had to take when the check came.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Abortion B-Bortion

It seems to me that antiabortion people shouldn't be trying to stop abortion. Rather these people should be trying to engineer and prefect "re-bortion" technology. This could solve the problem and make everyone happy.

What is "re-bortion"? It is the opposite of abortion. Once an abortion has been preformed, a second willing woman would then have the fetus "re-borted" into her, thus preventing any issue people might have with abortion.

Now of course the antiabortion people (or pro-life as the they like to be called), have not started work on this technology. This is because generally speaking antiabortion people don't have backgrounds in science or engineering fields. So leaders of the antiabortion movement will need to fund education for a few of their followers. Unfortunately education will undoubted make these antiabortion people into pro-abortion people... I think we have stumbled on to why this hasn't happened yet.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

"Tales of the MFer", coming soon.

So there was a guy a knew back in the day. He was a truly terrible person. I won't use his name here, instead he will only be refereed to as "The MFer". Sadly, there is a ton of material that can be used.

I am in no way in a position to diagnose psychological problems. I have no level of expertise in that field or any field related. However, I think "The MFer" might be a sociopath, not a violent one, as I never knew him to admit wrong, or have any understanding of why anyone was upset at him.

One might wonder why I have so many stories about him, why I stuck around him for any length of time. Well two things, one his mother was a very nice woman and was aware of what her son was, and two I kind of felt bad for him and hoped to help him. Sadly, there was no helping him, he was willfully a giant douche.

There will be many parts to this series, as there is a depressingly large amount of material to pull from.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

What do you call this?

Is there a term for a game that is very much like a "Legend of Zelda" game, without actually being part of that franchise? There are whole separate franchises that are like this, "Okami" springs to mind.  There however seems to be no single term that describes this.

I hear the term "action role-playing" thrown around, but it not nearly enough of the games in that category are in fact "Zelda-like". For example Square Enix's "Seiken Densetsu" (Secret of Mana) series is very much an "action role-playing" game, while being nothing like a "Zelda" game. Often these kind of games are much closer to true "role-playing" games, simply using a more action oriented style of combat.

Games which are "Zelda-like" are, but are not limited to, "Darksiders", "Recore", "Okami", "Beyond: Good & Evil". These games all feel so very much like "Zelda". They all involve progression based around exploration and the attainment of items of one sort or another. In these games every thing found allows greater access to the world in some way, might let you pass a barrier, might allow you to damage a formerly invincible foe. Often reward are there to be found if you backtrack with what you have newly acquired. 

The lack of a term for this phenomenon just struck me the other day, and it seems odd for the amount of time this has been happening. The first "Zelda" game came out in 1986, the first game to be "Zelda" without the name was also 1986.  It just seems we could use a simple term for this in gaming.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Got this in the mail.

So, why the hell are you sending me a nickel, rather than helping a child?

No just that, but this is more than a standard letter, the postage on this would have been expensive. Seems like the cost of this could have been broken down in to many 0.05$ sections to help many children.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ethical Comedy

There is an ethical way to do anything. Comedy is no exception. Sadly, comedy is a case of extremes, to do anything other than an extreme would be hypocritical.

It is simply this: either everything is sacred, or nothing is sacred. Those are the only ethical ways to do comedy. It simply that you must treat all subjects equally, be the person, place, idea, etc. Thus, either everything is open to being the subject of a joke, or nothing is. 

A great many people want to tell that there exist subjects that should never be joked about. What these subjects are vary from person to person. Usually the subject that want treated as sacred is based in some great personal pain, but why should anyone's pain be treated as special?

We all have pain, none of it special. So to me, nothing is sacred.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Just a thought.

I might sound like an asshole right now, but when a celebrity dies my level of sadness is directly connected to how talented that person was.