Neologismology

affinityforanime:

allthewayhomee pointed out that today’s card is broken because of the existence of Tarmogoyf, but I’d argue that Tarmogoyf is the broken card. I mean seriously? $150+ for a single card? You might as well let people show up to a tournament and bid for their wins instead of even playing. The existence of a single that expensive is a red flag to me that modern is a warped format and one of the primary reasons I make my own Magic cards and feel absolutely no shame playing with proxies. Why hasn’t Tarmogoyf been banned yet?

Eh. Expensive cards don’t create bidding wars, they just create barriers to entry. A one million dollar deck is no stronger than a two thousand dollar deck.

And while requiring a thousand-dollar investment for competing in a tournament is far from ideal, it’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of incredibly expensive sports out there and many of them do fine.

howtobebettermagicplayer:

more preview cards

Is that a better Gaia’s Skyfolk?

Looks like I’ll be wanting a playset of those…

party-wok:

atane:

wristxrocket:

dear-drifter:

lilightfoot:

Remember.

his life was totally in danger.

^^^^

True story; this officer (John Pike) got a settlement of $38,000 because he said he got depressed after pepper spraying these kids. Oh, the depression wasn’t for feeling remorseful for pepper spraying a bunch of college kids peacefully protesting. He got depressed because he said since the media kept playing the video of him pepper spraying peaceful kids without cause, he got threats and didn’t feel safe. He didn’t feel safe. I’m not making that up. This motherfucker collected nearly 40 grand on worker’s comp after assaulting a bunch of college kids.

I’ve been staring at this for a long time and I keep getting angrier and just think about how great it would be if someone would have run up and smashed him in the face with a bat.




That wouldn’t be great at all.

As is, this story shows the evil of the establishment quite nicely. And the way the protestors don’t react shows their moral superiority. If they fought, the effectiveness of this scene would be lost.

Provoking your oppressors into unjustified violence and taking it stoically is one of the cornerstones of nonviolent resistance. And it works.

party-wok:

atane:

wristxrocket:

dear-drifter:

lilightfoot:

Remember.

his life was totally in danger.

^^^^

True story; this officer (John Pike) got a settlement of $38,000 because he said he got depressed after pepper spraying these kids. Oh, the depression wasn’t for feeling remorseful for pepper spraying a bunch of college kids peacefully protesting. He got depressed because he said since the media kept playing the video of him pepper spraying peaceful kids without cause, he got threats and didn’t feel safe. He didn’t feel safe. I’m not making that up. This motherfucker collected nearly 40 grand on worker’s comp after assaulting a bunch of college kids.

I’ve been staring at this for a long time and I keep getting angrier and just think about how great it would be if someone would have run up and smashed him in the face with a bat.

That wouldn’t be great at all. As is, this story shows the evil of the establishment quite nicely. And the way the protestors don’t react shows their moral superiority. If they fought, the effectiveness of this scene would be lost. Provoking your oppressors into unjustified violence and taking it stoically is one of the cornerstones of nonviolent resistance. And it works.

I still think it’s weird that Mr. Fantastic has a bunch of PhDs and Dr. Doom is apparently a university dropout.

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.