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The new WoW update included lots of new options for transmogs for gear. After way too much time thinking and playing, I got my Level 100 Blood Elf Hunter some sexy new gear:


*is so absurdly pleased that I managed this unified look out of a variety of random things* *THIS IS NOT ALL TOP-LEVEL GEAR, THIS IS SOME RANDOM THINGS I HAD PLUS SOME NEW STUFF THAT I MADE INTO THE BEST I HAVE.* *I STILL LOOK SO BADASS THO!!!!*
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The routine, the arguments, have become far too familiar. A woman or a handful of women are selected for destruction; our ‘credibility’ and ‘professionalism’ are attacked in the same breath as we are called ugly, slut-shamed for dismissed either as stupid little girls or bitter old women or, in some cases, both. The medium is modern, but the logic is Victorian, and make no mistake, the problem is not what we do and say and build and create.

The problem is that women are doing it. That’s why the naked selfies, the slut-shaming, is not just incidental to the argument – it is the argument. Underneath it all, you’re just a woman, just a body. You can be reduced to flesh. You are less. You are an object. You are other. LOL, boobs.

The problem is that women are creating culture, changing culture, redefining culture, and those cunts, those poisonous cunts, those disgusting, uppity cunts must be stopped.


They can’t understand why their arguments aren’t working. They can’t understand why game designers, industry leaders, writers, public figures are lining up to disown their ideas and pledge to do better by women and girls in the future. They can’t understand why, just for example, when my friend, the games critic and consultant Leigh Alexander, was abused and ‘called out’ as an unprofessional slut, a lying cunt, morally and personally corrupt, just for speaking truthfully and beautifully about all of this, it was Alexander who was invited to write her first piece for Time magazine, Alexander who got to define the agenda for the mainstream, who received praise and recognition, whilst her abusers’ words will be lost in a howling vortex of comment threads and subreddits and, eventually, forgotten.


This is a culture war. The right side is winning, at great cost. At great personal costs to people like Anita Sarkeesian, Leigh Alexander, Zoe Quinn and even Jennifer Lawrence, and countless others who are on the frontlines of creating new worlds for women, for girls, for everyone who believes that stories matter and there are too many still untold. We are winning. We are winning because we are more resourceful, more compassionate, more culturally aware. We’re winning because we know what it’s like to fight through adversity, through shame and pain and constant reminders of our own worthlessness, and come up punching. We know we’re winning because the terrified rage of a million mouthbreathing manchild misogynists is thick as nerve gas in the air right now.


Dec. 29th, 2013 01:30 pm
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So yesterday I got a text from Todd who apologized for not having sent an xmas present because he hadn't finished it and because he actually wanted my help with it.... Which is, we're making a game. We're making an Early Modern Poets Battlecard game!!!!!

Lemme back up. Okay, so years ago, Todd made a game for his kids called Warriors Battlecards, based off the Warriors series which is his eldest's favorite books. He made expansion sets for the other kids, like Creature Battles; the general idea is you have cards with an image of a character/beast/what have you and then a list of their stats. We used to play at lunch or on breaks because a ten minute silly game could go quite a ways towards recovering from a ridiculous meeting and whatnot. So anyway, we're going to make an iteration of Early Modern Poets, because relevant to our interests.

I spent a while yesterday building lists of possible cards and stat categories and just mailed it off. Here's my notes, in case anyone cares.

Bwahahaha List )

Possibly my favorite part of this whole thing is how my response to this was "OMFG THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER AND I LOVE YOUR BRAIN" and Todd was like, "I'm glad you liked this idea, because everyone I mentioned it to looked at me like I was an absolute NUT." In short, my friends are the best friends. <3
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"Do You Want to Date My Avatar?" / The Guild

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So downloaded a huge new patch for WoW. I'm so prepped for Wrath of the Lich King, and only four bubbles left to go before I hit 70.

Cos, y'know, I have priorities.

Scott's gotten addicted to Warhammer. It's fun but I think WoW is prettier and just more fun. It may take longer and Warhammer may be more fun to RP in (not sure, we're not on an RP server in WoW anyhow), but it's so much easier on my eyes.


In other news, work is keeping me seriously busy these days. I come home every day all zonked out, and feel guilty I can't catch up on my writing (I've been working on a single article for weeks now) but I'm just so damn braindead. I know we're making good progress on major things, but still. Oh, and I have to work on impact proposals soon. Argh.


Read a very good book recently. It's called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and it's an epistolary novel about England, WW2, the Guernsey Occupation, books, and the things that help people survive when times are hard.

You know, like now...


Btw, I think I totally want to have Obama's babies after last night. I can't remember the last time I heard an honest-to-gods guy be pro-choice and clearly fucking sincere.


So that's how things are right now. I'm going to take a day off next week. I'm intending to get some research done when I do, but still. Knock on wood.


Sep. 21st, 2008 10:39 am
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Another full house this weekend, though under better circumstances mostly. Scott's Aunt Dorothy and cousin Ethan came to visit as Ethan had a scholarship tour of A&M through the weekend. We also have our friend Melanie staying with us for the moment due to unpleasant sewage issues at her home. It's fun though--kind of like having a small party all the time.

I was looking at my calendar for work this weekend and it is going to be pretty crazy. I *really* need to find some time to sit down and work on some research papers and proposals. There's also been a call for chapters for a book on Teaching Buffy that I want to write a chapter for.

Sigh. So much to do, so little time to do it in. And, I still want to level up in WoW for the new expansion release (I have one level to go) and I also got Warhammer if I can find time for that too.

Oh, and lastly, the New Lapham's Quarterly is out and I highly recommend it to anyone here in education. Its theme is "Ways of Learning" and it has some really great essays.

More later.
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Quite cute actually. Too bad he doesn't realize people still play it these days. (Scott found the link while searching for online tabletop gaming links.)
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Da-yamn it is WoW-like.
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Today we finished binding all our printings. We each got about four copies of "An Account of the Death of Thomas Hitchens," two of John Smith's "On Composing," and two on "A Sermon on the Death of George the II." Then we took a quiz, cleaned a lot, played Quadrats, and had pizza.

Quadrats, incidentally, is a betting game that printers used to play using quads. Quads are little rectangles which form the spaces between words. Bigger quads are used to fill out the lines when sentences end. You roll and toss five of them like dice, then you count which ones end notch side up. Everyone tosses three times and the highest roller wins.

It is actually ridiculously entertaining.
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Memorial to Gary Gygax here.


Research going well. I'm finishing up a short article about the school's SF collection for submission to JFL, and my next project is a history article "50 Years of Texas Cons." Y'know, the fun ones with the geekery, not the, er, scary ones.

Looking forward also to Spring Break next week so I can rewrite the prologue for Kingsbane. I very much want to get that puppy in the mail.


Funny moment: Was reading a Star Trek novel on my Kindle where Jim Kirk is reading a "real" book and savoring the experience. I found this deeply entertaining.


Short review: Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

I was actually quite disappointed by this book, primarily because it's just not as funny as Kinsella's other books. In brief, the plot hinges on a twenty-four year old with a crap job and crap boyfriend who falls down, then wakes up in the hospital at twenty-eight with a great job and a hot husband. Turns out she had a car accident a few days before and has lost her memory of the past three years. Hijinks ensue. Honestly the one funny bit is at the beginning where a nurse explains how she's eagerly looking forward to the release of Harry Potter 7. The heroine is confuzzled as there are only five books...

Yeah. Skip it or get it from the library.
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For those who haven't seen it, the Discovery Channel has an excellent series on the history and evolution of video games. Episodes I've seen have involved inserting emotional engagement into plots and the evolution of simulation games. Highly recommended for gamers.
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The NYT has an interesting article on the new conundrum, are video games art?


In other gaming news, the gaming group just finished a module of Shadowrun. We were pretty much in agreement that the world is cool, but the combat system blows as it takes. friggin'. forever. It also doesn't help that depending on initiative rolls, some players have more than one turn and it is quite possible for an unlucky player to have an hour go by with their character doing nothing. So it looks like we're going to shelve that game for the moment and try Ptolus, which is a city adventure in the d20 system. I'm excited cos I get to play a paladin who may be the "face of the group" since I rolled highest for charisma and diplomacy. Tee hee!
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Thank you, Yahoo, for your Life After Warcraft trailer snorefest. Sorry, these games are the cheese. Look, the trailer is where you put the extra shiny graphics and these are largely unshiny. (SUN looks pretty, but the LOTRingsey knock-off soundtrack distracts.) I'd like to be excited about Gods&Heroes, but somehow I'm unmoved.

Still waiting for that Firefly MMORPG that's in process. Where's a trailer for THAT??
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Because I can go to Brewfest in October and get Mudder's Milk.
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Finally got to watch Dr. Who last night, and ended up watching the second half of a bad two parter. It was Mr. Chips vs. Tom Riddle and Vernon Dursley. Very confusing.

Netflixed the "Make Love, Not Warcraft" episode of South Park. The company that does WoW did the animations, which was extra extra hilarious. Like the Scientology episode, it's funny because it's all correct.
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From Slate.

In my opinion, doesn't cover Gen Con's nerdy glory near as much as it could've been. There was no waxing on the beauty of the d20 system, or mention of the upcoming expansion to WoW (The Wrath of the Lych King....already?? Sheesh, I just got Burning Crusade a couple months ago...) or the update to D&D in which they will allegedly do away with a race, and bets are on as to whether it will be halflings, gnomes, or half-orcs...

Le sigh.


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