Neologismology

ghostface-sella:

Well, might as well put this out there sooner rather than later considering the fact that I’m not going to have proper internet for about 2 weeks when I move in: I’m moving into a new place soon and to those I know in real life, I extend an invitation to hang out there some time if possible. If you want. It’s perfectly OK if everyone’s too busy at that time too.

Huh. What’s the deal with the internet?

(For those who don’t know, I’m moving there too. I’ll second the invitation.)

nonsensicles:

philippesaner:

dailydot:

Congratulations, gamer girls—you’re officially at the top of the food chain when it comes to games. A new study released by the Entertainment Software Association has revealed that adult women now occupy the largest demographic in the gaming industry. Women over 18 made up a whopping 36 percent of the gaming population, followed by adult men at 35 percent. 

I really doubt that that 1% difference is statistically significant.

So to say that, based on this survey, adult women are the largest demographic in gaming seems dishonest to me.

Statistical significance isn’t really relevant though. This is about the emotional concept of gaming being a boy’s club. If women were 30% to the men’s 35%, it would still demonstrate the idea is garbage. This just makes it clear even to people who don’t understand statistics.

It matters. Saying things that aren’t true is bad.

Also, it’s unlikely to help.

Not happy to see someone feed/use the public’s statistical ignorance, either. This is what I do, and people are more than ignorant enough about it already.

nonsensicles:

philippesaner:

agentsokka:

Legit though. Everyone in ATLA/TLOK is Asian. There is no disputing this. They were not trying to be “racially ambiguous” with Aang or Asami. They were not incorporating only a ‘few’ Asian cultures. Everything everyone is wholly Asian based—and this is not just an outsider’s perspective. Bryan and Mike have reiterated time and time again that there are no white characters and that the world is Asian. Fans need to stop arguing petty semantics and realize that the Avatar universe has zippity do da to do with anything white European and accept the creators’ word. There is so much you can argue over this series, but for god’s sake, don’t choose what’s been factually confirmed so goddamn much to bicker over.

Frankly, the idea that Aang n Asami can be considered by some as ‘racially ambiguous’ disturbs me the most, particularly in the former’s case. Aang and the Air Nomads are very, very, very obviously based on Tibetan Buddhists. You can tell this from how closely they follow Buddhist monk practices, how the method of finding the real life Dalai Lama is copied over to finding the Avatar, how the current Dalai Lama’s name is Tenzin Gyatso. Hell, Aang’s clothes in season three are HIGHLY reminiscent of the Dalai Lama’s. Furthermore, Asami’s lineage is Fire Nation, which took heavy influence from Chinese and Japanese cultures—she’s not ‘racially ambiguous’ either.

Just because a character’s skin may be light does not mean they are white. Avatar has zero white characters. Honestly, trying to argue otherwise not only makes you seem foolish, but disrespects both the creators and actual Asian peoples. Think on that guys.

I thought the Water Tribe was meant to be Inuit. Or at least Inuit-esque. 

True. That deserves a mention, but it doesn’t affect the point of the post. In fact, calling it out could be considered obstructive and concern trolling, so I figured it was better to let it slide.

Eh. I don’t see the harm, personally. 

agentsokka:

Legit though. Everyone in ATLA/TLOK is Asian. There is no disputing this. They were not trying to be “racially ambiguous” with Aang or Asami. They were not incorporating only a ‘few’ Asian cultures. Everything everyone is wholly Asian based—and this is not just an outsider’s perspective. Bryan and Mike have reiterated time and time again that there are no white characters and that the world is Asian. Fans need to stop arguing petty semantics and realize that the Avatar universe has zippity do da to do with anything white European and accept the creators’ word. There is so much you can argue over this series, but for god’s sake, don’t choose what’s been factually confirmed so goddamn much to bicker over.

Frankly, the idea that Aang n Asami can be considered by some as ‘racially ambiguous’ disturbs me the most, particularly in the former’s case. Aang and the Air Nomads are very, very, very obviously based on Tibetan Buddhists. You can tell this from how closely they follow Buddhist monk practices, how the method of finding the real life Dalai Lama is copied over to finding the Avatar, how the current Dalai Lama’s name is Tenzin Gyatso. Hell, Aang’s clothes in season three are HIGHLY reminiscent of the Dalai Lama’s. Furthermore, Asami’s lineage is Fire Nation, which took heavy influence from Chinese and Japanese cultures—she’s not ‘racially ambiguous’ either.

Just because a character’s skin may be light does not mean they are white. Avatar has zero white characters. Honestly, trying to argue otherwise not only makes you seem foolish, but disrespects both the creators and actual Asian peoples. Think on that guys.

I thought the Water Tribe was meant to be Inuit. Or at least Inuit-esque. 

Interesting tidbit of history here. Really puts the role of the CIA and the nature of worldwide anti-Americanism into perspective.

dailydot:

Congratulations, gamer girls—you’re officially at the top of the food chain when it comes to games. A new study released by the Entertainment Software Association has revealed that adult women now occupy the largest demographic in the gaming industry. Women over 18 made up a whopping 36 percent of the gaming population, followed by adult men at 35 percent. 

I really doubt that that 1% difference is statistically significant.

So to say that, based on this survey, adult women are the largest demographic in gaming seems dishonest to me.

…the scariest is Dan Page of the St. Louis force. He’s been relieved of duty after St. Louis Post-Dispatch released a video of an hour-long talk he gave to a meeting of the local Oath Keepers chapter in April. The articles about him pick out the easy sound bites: his hostility to gays, women, the Supreme Court, and President Obama, as well as several statements expressing pride in being “a killer”. But if you watch the whole talk, what’s really frightening is Page’s paranoid thought process, and the fact that the gym-full of people he appears to be talking to seem to approve.

I have listened to certifiably paranoid people before, and this talk is exactly what they sound like. They present “evidence” for their dark fantasies that you look at and think “Huh?” Page wanders through the Constitution, the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and various other apparently authoritative sources, referencing bits that (if you look them up) have little to do with what he’s saying. (At the 25 minute mark: “In Psalms 83, Russia invades Israel. They are beat back, eight-fifths of their army are killed.”)

At around the 17-minute mark he presents a slide he says came from a talk by the Secretary of the Army. The untitled, unannotated slide is simply a list of ten regions. (“1. America, Canada, Mexico … 10. Remainder of Africa”.) Page finds this slide deeply threatening: “World government, folks. Anybody who resists it is dead.”

The idea that Dan Page is on the street with a gun is scary enough, much less that he has wielded the authority of a police officer for 35 years.

I don’t doubt that a lot of people in ISIS are bad guys. But it gets old watching the pro-war spin machine work. Once again, we face a group of insane, unstoppable monsters far worse than the last group of insane, unstoppable monsters we were warned about. 

The pressure to change the name of the Washington NFL team continues its slow, inexorable build. The editorial board of The Washington Post announced Friday that it will no longer refer to the team as “Redskins” in its editorials.

Lot of interesting stuff in the Sift this week.

If you’re wondering how a non-terrible person can side with the police in Ferguson, you should read this. It shows just how subtle and pernicious media control can be.

catfrend:

journolist:

When #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Happens in Print: 

Section from the Rolling Stone profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers who committed the Boston Marathon bombings vs section from the New York Times profile of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. 

H/T to @daviddtss 

Oh my god

I like the way smoking “a copious amount of weed” is a charming character detail for the murderer and having “dabbled in drugs and alcohol” is a sin for the murder victim.

It’s very telling.

I really hope this poll was badly done. Or that it’s mostly just an American thing. Because the alternative is depressing.

I recommend reading the comments. There’s an interesting mixture of intelligent commentary and deranged screeds.