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By tigtog on July 27, 2012
Game design consultant Ernest W. Adams at Butterflies and Wheels:
It’s time for us to force the permanent nine-year-olds to grow up or get out of our games and forums.
By tigtog on July 26, 2012
A page on this blog is now titled “Critical Thinking” instead of its previous title “Skepticism”, because that name has become tarnished by the long-lasting and widespread ‘Skepchicks should STFU’ campaign being waged by so-called “skeptics” and “rationalists” who reject the utility of applying critical thinking to social structures, at least if that critical thinking is being done by feminists.
By tigtog on July 24, 2012
The shows we love, the shows we love to hate, the shows we want to love but just don’t do it for us, guilty pleasures and comfort viewing: what floats your televisual boat and why?
By tigtog on July 23, 2012
Mr Denmore gives examples of how the writers who are supposedly paid for their knowledgeable insight are shown over and over again to have feet of clay and invisible robes whenever someone cares to look at their published works with a mildly jaundiced eye:
By Orlando on July 23, 2012
With my child reaching the advanced age of four and a half I am having a harder time keeping him on the television designed for very little people, and he is starting to ask for the stuff with superheroes in it. I haven’t shown him any of the live-action Marvelverse movies, and probably won’t for [...]
By tigtog on July 23, 2012
How the cost of effective comments moderation led a mainstream publisher to hamstring one of their most effective click-generators: without the usual hundreds of comments piling up at a rate of knots, how many people will keep on clicking through repeatedly to Bolt’s posts?
By tigtog on July 21, 2012
Those who fight for the right of [anyone] to have as many people-killing weapons as they want share moral responsibility for what happened last night—as they will when it happens again. And it will happen again.
By Orlando on July 20, 2012
Zoe, Kaylee, River and Inara. The four graces. Different talents, different struggles, different features, different life experiences. Same life-affirming energy. I wish we could have heard more of their stories, and maybe one day I will get around to reading all the slash fiction. I don’t have time today to write as I should in [...]
By tigtog on July 18, 2012
Forgive me readers, it has been a while since my last media spin tactics thread. As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue.
By tigtog on July 17, 2012
This accusation of suppressing speech online keeps on coming up (it’s a fundamental plank in the ongoing FTBullies smear campaign): the allegedly terrible awful no-good horrible “crime” of deleting comments on a blog. To which I say bah humbug pish tosh harrumph and quote a 2010 comment here:
you have a right to access the Internet, not to access my audience via my resources.
By tigtog on July 16, 2012
Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch doing the duet/duel number I Can Do Anything Better Than You
By Orlando on July 13, 2012
If I write about a present-day hoyden she is most likely to be a raving lefty like Camila Vallejo. To balance the scales somewhat, I thought it would be novel to feature a capitalist hoyden this week. Digging around in my makeup bag the other day I found a ‘Poppy’ lipstick. I only ever owned [...]
By tigtog on July 11, 2012
Here’s an example of the word salad involved:
By blue milk on July 7, 2012
This is a fabulous response from Brenda Chapman, (@brenda_chapman) one of the main writers behind Brave, whom I discovered when she started following me on Twitter (small world), where she answers the question of whether princesses are bad for girls: In the past couple of decades, in an obvious effort to toughen up those princesses [...]