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So, here’s a thought: how about we make an effort to call out our own more often?

Today I saw a comment in a thread on an Android site about a known troll asshole. He’s someone who’s really, really obsessed with one specific brand of Android devices, and just trashes EVERYONE else there. None of us likes him.

But one person, someone on my “side” of the issue (the issue being that we find this guy to be a large bag of diseased genitals), joked that hopefully we hadn’t seen a comment from him recently because he’d committed suicide, because we don’t need him in this world.

Now it’s easy to look at a comment like that and go, “yeah, sure, I hate that guy, screw him!” But I stopped, and realized that no, that’s not okay. That’s the same crap we’re seeing from GamerGaters against women who they disagree with who’ve done nothing that awful. And it’s easy to end up in a position where you feed off of one another in order to see someone as much worse than they actually are. Really, this jerk in these forums is nothing but a disillusioned fanboy. He’s noxious and rude and annoying, but he’s not deserving of DEATH.

So I said something. I kept it polite, but I said something. Because it meant just slightly more coming from the inside. Because it was a touch less threatening. And because I needed to never end up in a situation where, perhaps, I believe there’s corruption in video game journalism and so I turn my head and ignore that half the people around me are calling for the rape and murder of a woman who may or may not have been involved in trumping up a review score.

Can more of us do that, please? Can more of us look at the people and groups and communities we’re involved with and call out the extremists instead of of starting #NotAllWhatevers hashtags? Maybe then some things might change.

Google Shopping Express Returns

So I hit a snag in what is the brilliance of Google Shopping Express.

I bought a pack of white T-Shirts from Target through them for my play. Actually, I bought two packs for safety. I didn’t need the second pack, and wished to return it.

I had been given the impression that returns were really easy, and they would just pick them up. Turns out, instead, I have to package them up, print out a UPS label they provide me (for free) and either drop it at a UPS place or have UPS come pick it up (also free).

But the act of finding, possibly going to purchase, a box, and take it to UPS or arrange a pickup seems silly to me when I have two Target stores less than a mile from me. I could WALK to either faster than I could deal with this UPS return process, especially with the need for a box.

There’s good news, though. I emailed them to ask about this silliness. Initially they focused on the basic element, assuring me they could send UPS to my home so I wouldn’t need to go anywhere. I pointed out that I’d still need to go BUY a box just to return it, which seemed excessive. They replied that I was right, that did seem silly, and as an apology just plain refunded me the cost of the shirts and told me to keep, dispose of, or donate them as I saw fit.

So yes, a snag, but one resolved quite wonderfully by their support team. I must say that, without fail, every time I’ve had to communicate with their support, even on a SUNDAY, it’s been prompt, personable, friendly, and exceedingly helpful. Many of Google’s other support departments are notoriously impossible to reach, but this isn’t one of them. Great service.




Cyber harassment study reveals the unsurprising!

It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…

That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.

"The data’s in! Women were lying about online harassment!”

"Aha! We knew it!

Yeah, they’ve been severely underreporting how bad things are for them, turns out.”

"Wait, what?"

"But men get harassed online, too!"

Yes, CLEARLY they’re treated EXACTLY the same as women…

Somewhere along the line, for reasons that are utterly beyond me, TV’s Adam Baldwin got involved. Do you know how weird it is to see an actor from a show you love repost conspiracy videos about how your sex life is somehow ruining video games? Pretty goddamned weird, it turns out. A friend suggested that ever since his stint as Jayne on Firefly, Baldwin is afraid of women named Zoe. That at least took the sting out of no longer being able to watch one of my favorite shows without scowling so hard I sprain my face.
5 Things I Learned as the Internet’s Most Hated Person | (via wilwheaton)

Look, I know you’re self-confident and have a body you and others consider attractive, and that you like the fun and intimacy that taking and sharing photographs of it with your consenting partner provides, but is that really NECESSARY? Do you really feel like that’s something you NEED to do? Is it worth the risk when you know there are people out there who might try to hack into your private accounts and steal them?

I mean, I like to not be incredibly bored while driving an hour to and from work each day by listening to music on the stereo, but is it NECESSARY? Do I really feel like it’s something I NEED to do? Is it worth the risk when I know there are people out there who might try to break into my car and steal it?

“White knighting” is a pejorative term bigots use to undermine such actions from men who are using their voices for support, not for condemnation and misogyny. Bigots use it to claim men are supporting women in the hopes of sleeping with women. Because, apparently, that’s the only reason you would ever want to treat someone as a person.
Fanboys, White Knights, and the Hairball of Online Misogyny - The Daily Beast (via wilwheaton)



All twelve Emmys nominations for Sherlock: His Last Vow:

Outstanding Television Movie - (tba)

Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - Fargo

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - WON!

Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie - WON!

Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - American Horror Story: Coven

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Fargo

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - WON!

Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) - WON!

Outstanding Singe-Camera Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie - WON!

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - WON!

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie - Treme

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - WON!


Fantastic. And well-deserved.

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