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Glasslands is closing. I kinda hated that place, but this show there was pretty incredible (or what I remember of it).

tomewing:

tomewing:

We are not the brightest of nations.

Some lovely person reblogged this (thankyou!) and blamed the Daily Mail, which got me thinking. Now while I too like to blame the Daily Mail for things, this one really goes waaay back. It’s British Exceptionalism (really English Exceptionalism) - the legacy of an imperial nation: the rest of the world exists for our benefit. You would also see it if you asked people “Foreign visitors to England should speak English” and “English people abroad should speak the local language”, except you wouldn’t need to ask that because you can just see it in our behaviour. No doubt the Mail and its ilk thrive on English Exceptionalism, but they didn’t create it. We are such entitled children, and this idiocy will be the tone of UK politics for the next several years, too.

tomewing:

tomewing:

We are not the brightest of nations.

Some lovely person reblogged this (thankyou!) and blamed the Daily Mail, which got me thinking. Now while I too like to blame the Daily Mail for things, this one really goes waaay back. It’s British Exceptionalism (really English Exceptionalism) - the legacy of an imperial nation: the rest of the world exists for our benefit. You would also see it if you asked people “Foreign visitors to England should speak English” and “English people abroad should speak the local language”, except you wouldn’t need to ask that because you can just see it in our behaviour. No doubt the Mail and its ilk thrive on English Exceptionalism, but they didn’t create it. We are such entitled children, and this idiocy will be the tone of UK politics for the next several years, too.

graemem:

twiststreet:

I don’t want to be running a video game blog or anything, but like, holy shit, video game bros are all nuts.  I just enjoy nuts.  Gabe Newell is the owner of Steam, which is pretty much the most important way to sell PC games in that industry as I understand it.  A guy trying to sell his game on Steam wasn’t happy how they were handling the sale of his game, on the very first day of sales, apparently, and tweeted “I am going to kill gabe newell [sic]. He is going to die" and now his game isn’t for sale on Steam anymore(!!).   
Also: “CEO responds to accusations of neo-Nazi affiliations”-!  Not okay, video games.  (That article includes the sentence “Zielinski has liked the group on Facebook, but says that is in no way an endorsement of their activities”… He claims he liked a Neo-Nazi group because they’re a reliable source for information whether “some evil shit is going on in Europe or Middle East”).  
The trailer for his game Hatred is the second most “humanity is probably not going okay” video game trailer I’ve seen this year (though the worst one was for a game that was supposedly okay, so who knows— it was like a beautiful simulation of a calming meadow and then in the last thirty seconds, pulled back to show an elderly man beating a person’s skull out with a pipe, next to the meadow… but supposedly that game’s not all gross, so…)  
The news is apeshit and sad, but like, movies, TV, music, maybe comics even— I don’t know anyone else who’s on month 3 or 4 of uninterrupted “we’re exactly your worst stereotype of us”.  It’s videogame people and cops.  Like they’re in some kind of “we’re exactly your worst stereotype of us" competition, and they’re neck and neck— I think cops are going to win, but maybe the holiday season is where true champions shine. The 2014 Typeys— I’ve got Typey fever.  The Typeys statue is just a Mel Gibson action figure, from Bird on a Wire.

“I don’t know anyone else who’s on month 3 or 4 of uninterrupted ‘we’re exactly your worst stereotype of us’.  It’s videogame people and cops.  Like they’re in some kind of ‘we’re exactly your worst stereotype of us’ competition, and they’re neck and neck.”
Retumbl’d and then quoted for truth.

graemem:

twiststreet:

I don’t want to be running a video game blog or anything, but like, holy shit, video game bros are all nuts.  I just enjoy nuts.  Gabe Newell is the owner of Steam, which is pretty much the most important way to sell PC games in that industry as I understand it.  A guy trying to sell his game on Steam wasn’t happy how they were handling the sale of his game, on the very first day of sales, apparently, and tweeted “I am going to kill gabe newell [sic]. He is going to die" and now his game isn’t for sale on Steam anymore(!!).   

Also: “CEO responds to accusations of neo-Nazi affiliations”-!  Not okay, video games.  (That article includes the sentence “Zielinski has liked the group on Facebook, but says that is in no way an endorsement of their activities”… He claims he liked a Neo-Nazi group because they’re a reliable source for information whether “some evil shit is going on in Europe or Middle East”).  

The trailer for his game Hatred is the second most “humanity is probably not going okay” video game trailer I’ve seen this year (though the worst one was for a game that was supposedly okay, so who knows— it was like a beautiful simulation of a calming meadow and then in the last thirty seconds, pulled back to show an elderly man beating a person’s skull out with a pipe, next to the meadow… but supposedly that game’s not all gross, so…)  

The news is apeshit and sad, but like, movies, TV, music, maybe comics even— I don’t know anyone else who’s on month 3 or 4 of uninterrupted “we’re exactly your worst stereotype of us”.  It’s videogame people and cops.  Like they’re in some kind of “we’re exactly your worst stereotype of us" competition, and they’re neck and neck— I think cops are going to win, but maybe the holiday season is where true champions shine. The 2014 Typeys— I’ve got Typey fever.  The Typeys statue is just a Mel Gibson action figure, from Bird on a Wire.

I don’t know anyone else who’s on month 3 or 4 of uninterrupted ‘we’re exactly your worst stereotype of us’.  It’s videogame people and cops.  Like they’re in some kind of ‘we’re exactly your worst stereotype of us’ competition, and they’re neck and neck.”

Retumbl’d and then quoted for truth.

“If we think of the douchebag as a social identity as much as an accusation, as a subject with a distinctive persona locatable within the categories of race, class, gender and sexuality, then we find that the term carries a remarkably precise definition.
 
The douchebag is someone — overwhelmingly white, rich, heterosexual males — who insist upon, nay, demand their white male privilege in every possible set and setting.
 
The douchebag is always a white guy. But he is more than that. The douchebag is the demanding 1%, and the far more numerically significant class of white, heterosexist men who ape and aspire to be them. Wall Street guys are douchebags to be sure, but so is anyone looking to cash in on his white male privilege.
 
This narrowness of categorization — perhaps unique in the history of America’s rich history of racial and sexual slurs — is what makes the word douchebag such a potentially useful political tool.”

Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For — Medium

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I’ve finally had to succumb to embedding a Paypal Donate button

prostheticknowledge:

I have been blogging here for nearly 5 years and has always been a worthwhile investment of my personal time, but due to some outside pressures to do so I wonder if anyone would like to help keep my efforts going with a small donation. My expectations are really low about this and I am really uncomfortable doing so but if anyone can help out that would be fantastic (and I promise never to bring this up again …)

yo this is one of the best blogs throw him some money