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Oct 7, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
If you follow me you should be aware that I ran out of mercy for Nazis and their obedient servants ~2 years ago. Just completely ran out. If that's the mast you pin your colors to in 2018, I genuinely think the world is a better place without you & don't care how you leave it. In your sleep? Fine. Violently? Also fine. In excruciating agony? Don't care, you did this to you. Which is to say, if Mitch McConnell were to be kidnapped and burned to death on a live internet broadcast I would shed only tears of joy and relief. Don't be surprised.
Sep 29, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
(1/2) I want to say this as clearly as I can: Public confidence in at least the IDEA that the law has impartiality and integrity, or at least STRIVES for it, undergirds our entire society. It's what makes legal remedies seem POSSIBLE, even if long brutal slogs to obtain. (2/2) Remove that confidence and you also remove any reason not to solve, say, the problem of a rapist with a lifetime Supreme Court position by the simple expedience of ending his life. Americans are a get-it-done sort of people at heart. The GOP is playing with fire.
Sep 18, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
It's fucking appalling how many fantasy worlds seem to be occupied entirely by white people (with perhaps a few POC crammed in a distant jungle across the sea-- Christ!). Fantasy has possibly the lowest bar to clear for diversity of ANY genre, and yet fails to do so CONSTANTLY. As diversity becomes a more mainstream subject it also becomes a more nuanced one, with people taking up discussions around #ownvoices and wanting to see their lives and experiences portrayed by people who have... lived them, rather than as imagined by some white guy. Wild.
Aug 4, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Hey, since a number of you are new here following me on this dystopic hell site, you may eventually share something about shitty media that I post and have someone slide up into your mentions like "oh yeah let me tell you about that guy." That person is a cop, but I figure I'll save them the trouble of stalking me and save you the trouble of wondering if they're full of shit: they're not, at least not completely. Like James Gunn, I've said some magnificently stupid and shitty things on the internet years ago.
Jul 31, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Our adult cat who came down with pancreatitis has had basically no appetite for three days now and is going back to see the vet in the morning. I am currently at the absolute limit of what I can spend on vet bills. I am terrified. He's my best friend.

gofundme.com/wn4bb-help-me-… Please God don't let him die. Please God don't make me stand there and let him die.
Jul 31, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
Revisions to the core days before it actually hits shelves, that has to be a record.

polygon.com/2018/7/30/1763… This is a wild ride.

"In light of several public controversies surrounding the game’s development, publisher White Wolf has elected to create a revised version of the core rulebook."
Jul 29, 2018 24 tweets 4 min read
It seems dumb but one of the most common Rubicons people who think of themselves as good, egalitarian, progressive, etc don't want to cross is language clean-up: "It's a joke, lighten up." I think the usual response, "That's not funny," is ineffective and misdirected. Here's why: People won't generally be moved from an established position by an argument or criticism that doesn't make sense to them, and "that's not funny" doesn't make sense because, bluntly, exploitative humor often IS funny. The human laugh reflex doesn't have strong ethics.
Jul 27, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
really amazed that with the original EIC taking over and 'saving' the Escapist from being a gator shithole, their very first announcement is... almost perfectly calculated to appeal to gators and put everyone else's back way up. Film Robert now saying "look at the history & credentials of everyone involved," and okay, sure, but a first impression of incompetence and media illiteracy a ton better than open malice?
Jul 26, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Hospitalized feral kitten update: The kitten has hookworms. This is treatable and he should be able to pull through if there's nothing else wrong with the little guy. We'll be picking him up in ~2 hours. Final bill is gonna be $567. Any help is divine.

gofundme.com/wn4bb-help-me-… Update: kitten took a bad turn this afternoon, is running a high fever. Antibiotics have been administered and they want further IV treatment and monitoring tomorrow. Bill is now close to $800. I am reaching out to people but, yeah, this is scary.
Jul 26, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
It makes me sick to do this right after people have just been so generous but I got a deathly ill feral kitten I am trying to save today. It's at the vet's right now being given fluids while they run tests. Bill estimated somewhere between $480-700.

gofundme.com/wn4bb-help-me-… Its three siblings have died over the last few days of I don't know what. Buried one of them yesterday morning. Saw the last of the litter staggering around the driveway last night, with his mother refusing to feed him.
Jul 17, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
Ideally you want to do this for your community-driven IP -before- a giant PR meltdown and having your brand infested by the alt-right but better late than never I guess. Not holding my breath but it would be nice if they engage this seriously.

Tbh, this makes me nervous. First off, because I'm still not seeing active curation of spaces they already control (like their own Facebook comments). Second, because this message focuses on messaging-control, branding-control, and product promotion rather than actually managing communities.
Jul 13, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
Papa John's also said the same thing last year. Talk's cheap.

This is a terrible, hair-raisingly bad article, incidentally.

geeknative.com/61962/white-wo… This whitewashes Zak and paints a noncommittal "both sides are bad" weasel-answer as affirmative support for anti-fascism. It also contains several falsehoods (Ken Hite himself defended the "triggered" thing as non-problematic when it was first spotted). This is rank apologia.
Jul 11, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read

This makes some really serious accusations.

I'm going to say this and then bow out of this discussion because it has escalated way past my (nonexistent) pay grade:

DO NOT HASSLE ANYONE MENTIONED. DO NOT HASSLE ANYONE _PERIOD._ Dog claims to have received at least one email (a legal threat) that did not originate with its alleged sender. I would not take anything else sent to him at face value, either.

I don't have the resources to interrogate his allegations and neither does anyone reading this.
Jul 11, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
So. I try to be clear, honest, and specific when I talk about things, but sometimes I'm vague or circular about names when I discuss industry shit. It's not that I don't think people should know these things, but there are responsible and careless ways of releasing information. Once you hit a certain social media size the tragedy of the commons kicks in. If just 1 in 100 of your follows thinks "I'm gonna tell that guy the shit he said or did is no bueno," without ever considering that to be harassment?
Jul 9, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
so @root_of_all_eli noticed this in the V5 playtest and uhm. That's... "unfortunate" would be the charitable interpretation. So there are three possible interpretations. Worst: It's exactly what it looks like.
Jul 9, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
@TheSteelShep @grammatonninja @thedicedog They sure did. I wrote that chapter for Onyx Path. The stuff about werewolves using rituals, silver, and will to do body mods for religious or decorative purposes? I wrote all that. @TheSteelShep @grammatonninja @thedicedog The transphobic shit got added in development without my knowledge, after I turned my drafts in, by demand of White Wolf. They pre-emptively banned me from their forums so I couldn't denounce that shit as not my writing.
Jul 9, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
White Wolf's current line is "we are unflinchingly depicting the real darkness of the world, NOT trying to court the worst of humanity as our new customer base," but the worst of humanity is seething in the comments of everything they post. This was not unforeseeable. People with 10, 20, 30 years of experience in the RPG industry told them, from the day Martin Ericsson did his first magazine interview not long after Paradox purchased the White Wolf IP, that he was playing with fire and he was going to burn down Vampire if he kept on like that.
Jun 30, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
rip harlan ellison, he abused a bunch of women and also wrote some words. your feelings about his passing are valid. it's okay to be relieved when someone who made the world more dangerous for you or people like you leaves it. it's okay to be angry at seeing their crimes erased so their accomplishments-- the accomplishments those crimes denied to others-- can be celebrated
Jun 26, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
An idea that I first encountered in Frank Herbert's DUNE and have rarely seen repeated elsewhere is that the data you have can never be more useful to you than the screen you have to project it against. This is a wonderful way of understanding context. Think of your favorite movie, up there on the big screen: A crisp white sheet, clear, built for this purpose. Now imagine you don't have that, and instead you're trying to watch it outdoors, projected against a stand of pine trees. Nearly incomprehensible.
May 22, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
Someone should probably tell the rich that workers banding together to present formal address of grievances is the alternative we worked out a long time ago to breaking down the factory owner's front door and beating him to death in front of his family? I feel like they forgot. Alternately we could just go ahead and start killing them again, I'm also fine with that at this point. Running Elon Musk down his own assembly line with all the safety features turned off would probably do some good for the world.
Apr 1, 2018 48 tweets 8 min read
Video game culture is a toxic swamp that will apologize infinitely for racism and misogyny, full stop, and this will remain the case until its top influencers begin treating such behavior as unacceptable.

Let's talk about 2009 and the fighting game community for a minute! So the first thing to understand about the fighting game community (FGC) is that it significantly predates eSports as an organized competitive gaming community, and is still to this day a weird independent grassroots thing, and it is VERY good at being that.