Tyler Durden does not exist to embolden the men of his generation as much as to chastise them. These are a group of whiny, boring, nobodies, looking for someone to blame for the manner in which society has failed them, and Tyler’s prophecies become a way for them to blame society as a whole. Never do they truly look inward, and are instead content to rally against IKEA for feminizing their lifestyles, rather than doing any self-actualization. It’s violence over thought, as they embrace the “fascistic” new world order Tyler calls for, barely realizing that they are just becoming a part of another homogenized collective.
Megan Ganz on “spit drafts”
[Community] creator, Dan Harmon, had us write these things called ‘spit drafts,’ which is basically an outline for your script. It’s the shape of that script. You write out the script scene by scene with dummy dialogue that you’ll later replace with actual jokes. For instance, the character of Jeff walks into the room, and Jeff says, ‘Here’s the point where I say that we should all go get a sandwich.’ And then the character of Annie will say, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ And then another character will say, ‘I have a joke here.’ You can have them do whatever you want, but you just have to get through the scene and have all of what needs to happen in that scene baldly stated.
If you can’t get through a script that way, then chances are your story doesn’t work. If you’re stuck and you feel like you have writer’s block, this is a really helpful method because it distinguishes between, ‘Okay, do you have story problems or are you having a hard time writing the dialogue?’ Also, when you write really quickly, you end up writing really good jokes anyway; it’s almost as if you trick your brain into thinking that it doesn’t matter.”
— Community writer Megan Ganz in a footnote, a goddamn footnote, in Mike Sacks’s comedy writing book Poking a Dead Frog.
The point of publishing is to make something public. You publish a book because you want to connect with an audience. If all you wanted to do was write, you would write in a journal and keep it in your nightstand.
I’m totally going to miss these chaps… :(
If you want them to adorn your wall, you can! (prints here)
The frustratingly distant nickdouglas turned me on to this show and I’ve been stealing listens to bits of it from YouTube for two days now. Radio shows! In this millenium!
I highly recommend you all buy Cabin Pressure’s first season ($9 on iTunes) or the first three seasons ($25 on Amazon). It’s the Cheers of radio sitcoms. Or maybe the Fawlty Towers but I haven’t watched that yet.
You know how you sing yourself songs with new, personally tailored lyrics?
Like how Choire Sicha sings to his cats, "I’m looking at that cat in the mirror. I’m asking cats to change their ways." Or how my uncle used to sing “Everybody’s haaap-pyyy” over the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme song.
Well do any of you have one or two songs that usually serve as the melody for multiple lyrics? Any particularly flexible tunes you’d recommend?
Because for a few years now, I’ve been singing things to Rachel with the tune from “Springtime for Hitler” and it’s starting to feel creepy.
Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content
This article is heartbreaking. And true.
There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit.
There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.
NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.
Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article.
Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.
We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)
Reminder: Harassment is not something that “comes with the territory” in any field. Do your part to make anyone who harasses women feel unwelcome. As a user, downvote and report harassing/hateful comments, and leave positive ones.
If you run a blog, YouTube channel, etc, moderate the comments so assholes aren’t encouraged and no one feels unwelcome because of their race, gender, or orientation. Especially if you’re lucky enough to be a straight white male. Cracking down on shitty people is a pain in the ass, but it’s your job as a non-shitty member of a privileged group.
Among the packages that arrived while I was on my back. “They’ve Invaded Pleasantville,” TSR 1981.
Whoa. This game hung around my childhood home for years, and I don’t recall ever asking its origin. I remember that map, the booklet, the chits. It’s the first time I learned the fiction concept of “pod people.”
Apparently it’s a bit like Mafia/Werewolf as an RPG, only you’re influencing NPCs instead of other players. I don’t know if I even asked the family to play it. I was more game to do rote arithmetic back then, but now it looks ghastly. Just give me an Age of Empires scenario map full of monks. I’m a gamer, not an accountant.
Coinage request: A phrase for the discovery that some forgotten ephemeron exists, in the world, outside your memory.
Watch an episode of Siskel & Ebert, and pay attention to the hosts’ hands, how they grip their knees for emphasis and raise their arms to exaggerate shrugs. Occasionally, they will perform a cutting or sawing motion using a rigid open palm, which signals disagreement or an interjection. These are invented habits, which were honed over the course of the three shows—Opening Soon At A Theater Near You, Sneak Previews, and At The Movies—that preceded the duo’s most famous program.
Q:The thing about Thor is that his power is in Mjolnir and anyone deemed worthy can lift the hammer/possess the power of Thor. Wonder Woman and Superman have done that in crossovers and Captain America too. It's happened quite a lot actually. It's not clear how it's going to happen, though. How the current Thor will me deemed unworthy. We'll have to wait and see.
Wait so this is really a comic about Mjolnir the Hammer and whoever happens to wield it? Does Thor have any powers as a god that don’t stem from his hammer?
Can someone explain Marvel’s Thor to me?
I get that in the canon of the series, he’s not a superhero modeled after the Norse god Thor, he is the Norse god Thor. But Asgard is just a planet, not a spiritual plane? So he’s an alien?
And so if the new Thor is a woman, is the old Thor a mortal now? Is he not the first Thor? I’m, like, barely caught up with how there have been multiple Robins and once there was a different Batman I think.