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I think Calvin and Hobbes gets better when you’re older


I think Calvin and Hobbes gets better when you’re older



stop taking bucky’s metal arm away

stop taking charles’ wheelchair away

stop taking clint’s hearing aids away

disabled superheroes are important stop sucking please

I read this wrong and I was just picturing them all confused as to who keeps taking their stuff.

"Steve have you seen my arm anywhere?"

"Nope, sorry Bucky.  By the way, have you seen Clint’s hearing aids?  He hasn’t been able to hear a damn thing all day"



Ohmygosh, but what if (Pyrope of choice)’s waiting eagerly for her lusus to hatch and she’s watching this giant egg start to shake and crack and she’s so excited and then it cracks open and she’s like >:? Where’s the dragon? And then this tiny head pops up and askdlfjdklsf



Ohmygosh, but what if (Pyrope of choice)’s waiting eagerly for her lusus to hatch and she’s watching this giant egg start to shake and crack and she’s so excited and then it cracks open and she’s like >:? Where’s the dragon? And then this tiny head pops up and askdlfjdklsf

On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.



I’m not sure this is *truly* quadrant gen, but “w/e” is my current feelings there.


"You have reached the voicemail of Kanaya Maryam. Please—"

"Shit!" says Sollux. "She’s not answering. Now what are we supposed to do?!"

"Sollux, stop being so dramatic," says Aradia. "We don’t need Kanaya to figure this out. It’s just the opposite of a corpse party, right?

"I guess so, maybe. Humans pick weird things to have parties about."

"I know!" says Aradia. "It is the best thing about them. Look, just search ‘baby party’ on their worldnet and see what comes up."

Sollux does that:


"Uh…" he says.

Aradia pulls the phone from his hand. “Jegus.”

"If a wiggler was about to crawl teeth first out of my nook, this is the last thing I’d want to be reminded of," Sollux says.

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… They are indeed not kidding. On the one hand, depressing. On the other hand, major games media covering this stuff and acknowledging that, no, this isn’t “normal”, this is very one-sided.

They closed comments because, guess what, the comments were horrible.

Some friends of mine curated a blog containing the unsolicited messages female gamers would receive just for being female. They regularly got comments from men who had no idea the kind of savagery that’s out there. To be a woman in video games is to be perceived as a threat to be put down and an object to be acquired or destroyed.

Your friends are awesome people, and you can tell ‘em I said so. Not that they have any particular reason to care what I think.

But yeah, I have pointed people to that on a number of occasions.

it’s not enough for me to refrain from harrassing women; all that’s needed for evil to triumph is for good to do nothing. i have to do more than be respectful myself. i won’t team with anyone who talks shit to/about women in a game. i won’t stay in a guild with them. i won’t help them find things, trade with them, or basically give them any positive interaction at all.

i don’t expect that any individual adolescent fucktruck will figure out he’s getting stonewalled for being a sexist little shit and change his ways, but if enough gamers get in the habit of cutting those jerks off, the culture will begin to change.

You guys know what you should do aside from just avoiding those people who do shit like that if you aren’t comfortable with it?

Call them out on it, to their face.

Block them.

Report them.

It’s 2014 - why are we still dealing with this shit?

Those might work if people who aren’t doing it are in the majority, and/or there were any way to respond to the people doing it. Mostly, they do it through one-way channels, or where there’s enough of them to make it “safe”.

Go look at the comments on this article on Slashdot, and notice how they’re completely overwhelmed by people complaining about “feminazis”. No amount of calling-out will do any good there, really, because the audience thinks the behavior is preferable.

Reporting requires an authority that cares.

i do tell people why i’m refusing to deal with them in-game. i probably should’ve mentioned that.

i don’t necessarily advocate for every single person to do that, because a lot of folks are allergic to confrontation. also because some of those little shits can really ruin your game experience if they get mad at you. and… well, it actually does trigger my ptsd, but i am an obstinate dick and will seek out triggers so i can confront it, so i’m willing to deal with some incoherently furious child following me around spamming public channels with insults about me, trying to grief my play, trying to rally others against me, etcetera, because every time it happens those old triggers get worn a little smoother.

but i don’t blame anybody one bit for not wanting to deal with that. and i think it’s totally ok for those people to just put the asshole on ignore. or approach their guild leader privately to point out why they won’t be on the same guild with that jerk, so either gkick him or i quit. what i’m saying is, these bullies WILL turn on anyone who calls them out, and calling out takes extra courage when you know the person you’re calling out will respond that way; i admire anyone who does speak up loudly, but won’t condemn anyone who can’t.

it’s not fair that women absorb the vast majority of these assholes’ formless rage. but it’s also not fair for me to expect everyone who objects to that situation to volunteer as a meat shield.

those of us who have the intestinal fortitude to do it — yes, we should definitely call them out, and when they turn on us, we should let them do it as publically as possible, so everyone can see just how goddamn embarrassing that kind of malice really is when it’s off the leash.


I keep seeing posts about Pacific Rim: the Musical and I’m getting really emotional about it because that movie just conceptually matches up so well to being a musical

  • like, you can have different people with their own musical motifs BUT you show Drift-compatibility with…







…wait, really? I love it when people make this comment on my writing; it means I’ve succeeded in making something that has some appeal outside of my core audience of shippers and that’s awesome! Is it totally different with art? Should I stop saying this? Oh dear ;_;

I know! I don’t get the backlash either!

I can kinda see it?

Like, if you’re emotionally invested in the fandom/character/pairing/whatever that you made fanstuff for, then you might not like hearing about how all these strangers don’t like that thing you like.

But my own perspective is the opposite; that it’s more of a compliment. People often like things simply because of the subject matter. If that bonus enjoyment is removed, even reversed, then it takes a higher quality of work to overcome that handicap.

My brain wants to put an equation here, but let’s skip that and just say that if someone says they love your fanwork and hate the fandom, that means that their feelings for your work is as strong as their love + !hate combined.

Which is pretty awesome.

On the tumblr use hostility thing: I actually switched from facebook to tumblr as my main social medium because facebook kept changing things and was also becoming entirely counter intuitive. Compared to my memory of that, tumblr is paradise, even if formatting is slightly tricky and the flashing gif thing has got to go.






My problem is with things like a post having a little “ALLOW PEOPLE TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!” that JUMPS IN WITH AN ANIMATION every time the last punctuation mark is a question mark and there’s no words after it, and then JUMPS OUT AGAIN WITH ANOTHER ANIMATION if that changes.

Seriously, tumblr people:



There is no excuse to constantly make parts of the user interface flash, animate, and move in response to things that aren’t directed at them. Animating a button on mouseover can be useful feedback. Reshaping windows in a way that moves the whole screen in response to typing, especially animating it back and forth, is horrible. Adding the little optional checkbox in response to a question mark, and then leaving it there forever no matter what, might be okay. Having it flash in and out is fucking horrible.

I get that, since the entire tumblr staff consists of people whose idea of an afternoon recreation is tying up a bunch of epileptics and hitting them with strobe lights, they obviously think the gigantic animated flashing gif thing is probably fun for all their users, or at least the people who are watching their users.

But it’s really weird to everyone else, since no one I’ve ever known actually likes the thing where the login and not-found pages have massive flashing movement all over them.

And weirdest of all, all the really annoying things they do are more work than not doing them. The post editor used to be its own page. That worked. And it worked really well. Then they made it so that the only way to write a new post or reblog something is to be on a special page which is your dashboard greyed out behind a thing, so if someone happens to have posted an animated thing, you are totally fucked.

But that took significant work to implement. They actively put time into creating a user experience which could never be better for anyone, would take longer to load, and which would frequently be worse.

I stand by my claim: You cannot explain tumblr’s UI without believing that they are actively and consciously malicious.

And if anyone can offer a credible explanation for these choices that justifies them as an expenditure of significant effort without appealing to malice, I will totally retract that claim.

Can I add, though these aren’t epilepsy-related:

  • The HTML box has been pretty badly broken for a while.
  • When you’re typing in tags in the main post editor, any errant mouse movement will interrupt the tag you’re currently typing and prevent you from continuing to type, requiring you to click one of the tags on the drop-down menu or else re-type your tag all over again. The only way to remedy this is XKit’s One-Click Postage, which allows you to type comma-separated tags.
  • The entirety of the ask and fanmail features.
  • Basically anything XKit patches, actually. The XKit Guy does a 10x better job at UI design than the Tumblr staff themselves.

A little add - I’m not even epileptic or close to it, but sometimes the not found pages bother the living crap out of me. Come on, why not like. Put a picture of a puppy or a kitten there. “Sorry, we couldn’t find your page, but here’s a cute picture of something that won’t make your eyes bleed!”

I’d be okay even with a stupid or ugly picture which was not a huge full-screen animation.

Note: I’m not epileptic, just autistic. I just go into blind furies when confronted with large uncontrollable stimulus. It’s hardly dangerous at all.

i, too, am autistic. my whole brain freezes up, and sometimes crashes, when there’s a strong unexpected stimulus. like a truck’s airhorn on my usually quiet street, or a flashlight getting shined directly in my eyes, or a weird frenetic flashing gif on the login screen oh my god tumblr what is wrong with you?

i predict, given their history, that tumblr’s next move will be to install randomized background music on your dash. there will be no off-switch or volume control. there will be no explanation for this beyond a slightly petulant “but we worked hard on this, lots of people like it!”



Hehe, excited?