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It's amazing how much I've come to love these characters - but they're easy to love. :)
I know there are a lot of people that don't 'get' anime, or somehow are under the assumption that it's a child's story because it's animated. (I know a lot of you will say "that's not true anymore" but while the Internet has allowed you to more easily find people with your own interests, I'm sorry to say that the wide world still looks a bit askance at anime.) I would argue that this story, with is broad and wonderful appeal, is a good way to introduce someone to anime.
If you're curious and have been wondering what it's all about - Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a great place to start. Season 1-4 are on Netflix :)
I wish, with all my heart, that the aggressive and careful moderators of the Blizzard Forums would be so proactive within their own games.
I login this morning to do my regular checking of the forums to find I've had a 72 hour ban for profanity. Ok, I think, what did I let slip? I click the link to see that I typed the letters "BS" in a post.
I about stopped dead in my tracks. While I do realize that technically this is a breach of their Terms of Service - I'm rather amused by how ridiculous this forum mod Dankorii (that's his handle) is. I wish they would go in their own games and moderate the trade channels. Racist hate speech, misogynist threats are the order of the day, every day, every hour, everywhere in their games. I'm inured.
But Lo. Do not type the hint of a swear word on the forums. Oh. No. Lest you find yourself at the mercy of people with a little power and a lot of ego. It's fine - I've had bans before for worse language. I find it a trifle sad and embarrassing for this guy. There is probably some butthurt guy I made feel like an assclown that reported my post anyway. I do enjoy my internet antics and I'm very good at it - particularly some gamers are easy to bait. I'll eat my ban as lunch and savor it. I don't mind.
But really can you possibly get some of this gestapo crap into your game and stop some of the real profane behavior? That'd actually do some good.
I really put this at John Lasseter's feet - he's doing wonders! But the story here and the subtexts are very good. Plus, the songs are incredible and the humor, adorable. (Olaf, oh my god, what a cutiepie).
For what it's worth, if we could get a Companion Pet that looked like this guy down here in the picture, man - I'd just about spend $50 for that - as long as he was viable in battling :P
(I cannot seem to + disney's page - I follow them, but they don't show up in the results when you begin typing. It's extremely annoying. Perhaps they turned off people mentioning them?)
I want to bring your attention to the ~4:50 mark - he starts talking about how the fake likes actually reduce engagement because Facebook shows your posts to only a percentage of your followers, and if they are fake accounts, that actually means less engagement.
Seeing a pattern here with Google+? Yep. My 1.8 million followers are mostly fake/dead accounts in India. I was put on the SUL the entire first year. Before June 2012, I was tracking at #10 in the US for "most followed" (just in the US). It was crazy, I thought at the time. I was right behind in follower count actually (I was ahead of which was hilarious) . But in June, I was removed (as were several others) and he was not.
But that isn't the interesting thing. The interesting thing is that having that many followers doesn't really mean much. Because a very large percentage of those numbers are fake/dead accounts in other countries. And Google+ does the very same thing to gauge "interest" in your post. It shows your post to only a tiny percentage of your followers - usually about 1%. Have a bunch of dead accounts following you? Little to no engagement.
At least Google hasn't stooped to selling +1s like Facebook has.
(and by the way, Trey, not really picking you out - just showing your profile because that is where I was :) )
Directly pasted from: http://makemeasammich.org/tag/gaslighting/
(I pasted the text because most people won't click link and read and honestly, most people won't even read. /shrug. Also, turning off comments because, lol, obvious reasons. But I want to keep this and you never know, maybe someone, somewhere will read and learn something today. That is always my hope.)
New and Improved! (11/4/2013): This list has been updated since its original publication in 2012 to a) include words suggested by readers and continued experience doing this thing I do and b) expand on some of the definitions.
It happens all the time, every day, in ways we don’t even notice until someone points it out to us. And then they’re everywhere and we’re asking ourselves, “Why oh why didn’t I take the blue pill?” But you already took the red one*, or you wouldn’t be here, so have a look at some of the words the people around us use to silence women (and men!) when we talk about feminism, along with my definitions/interpretations of their meanings.
(Thanks to friends and readers on Facebook and Twitter for participating in my little poll.)
See also “Emotional.” This word is most often used in an effort to make women feel as though we are scaring people away with our terrifying emotions. We’re told that if we were only less angry, we’d reach more people. “You’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” That may be true to a point, and yet anger is not only a natural reaction to the injustices we see and experience, it’s often a catalyst in our becoming activists. But people who use this word rarely allow that our anger might be justified and rational. Instead, this word (as Sid points out in the comments section below), “is meant to imply ‘flying off the handle and completely unreasonable, and by the way I can’t talk to you when you’re like this–all not agreeing with me and shit.’”
Though it’s really in a class by itself, this is one of those catch-all terms (stay tuned for more of those) that is refreshing in that it doesn’t hide behind semantics. It says what it means! You are a woman and therefore, the speaker dismisses you. You have thoughts and opinions that they don’t like, and you are not afraid to tell them when they’re wrong, and when all else fails, this word sums up all their disdain for your gender and your unladylike behavior.
This word (along with its synonyms) is used in a sociopathic attempt to invalidate your perceptions. Also known as gaslighting. Plus, it’s a slur.
Like “bitch,” the word “cunt” is gender-specific. It seems most often to be employed by people who want not only to dismiss a woman but to utterly degrade her at the same time. “Cunt” means “vulva” or “vagina” but let’s face it, those words don’t carry the same weight. This word makes clear that your being a woman is the real problem here, and by the way, the worst thing I can call you is a word for that body part that defines your sex–a word that doesn’t just identify that body part but tells us (by the context in which it is invariably used) that there’s something inherently wrong with it.
You have brought up an emotionally charged subject the speaker doesn’t want to deal with. “You’re just creating drama.” “She’s such a Drama Queen.” Yes, some people thrive on drama, stirring it up wherever they go. But discussing a subject you’re passionate about is not the same thing. Calling people out on bad behavior is not “creating drama.”
This word gets whipped out when the speaker doesn’t want to engage with our actual argument, especially when we’ve attempted to clarify it for them because they didn’t get it the first time and misconstrued our meaning. Especially if we show any emotion in the process. “See, now you’re just getting defensive.” The speaker has obviously struck a nerve, so nyah-nyah, and this renders your argument invalid somehow.
You are a woman showing emotion and that is a Bad Thing so you should stop talking now because clearly you can’t have a rational discussion if you FEEL anything. (You will almost never hear this word used to describe male behavior unless actual tears are involved.)
You are placing emphasis on something that is obviously not a priority for anyone who is not some kind of radical feminazi and you should really lighten up. “You’re exaggerating the importance of the issue. It’s not that big a deal.” Also, shut up.
Feminists are all angry lesbians who hate men and want to rule the world. Don’t you dare admit to being a feminist and for rich, old, white Pete’s sake, do not talk about sexism, rape culture, the gender gap, equality, or any of that angry woman nonsense.
You didn’t like something the speaker said or did for reasons the speaker doesn’t like and is not willing to learn about, so obviously the problem is with you. Grow a thicker skin.
Humor is King! The speaker is hereby officially, divinely, and in all other ways absolved of all responsibility for and/or scrutiny of his/her words. “I was only joking!” “Can’t you take a joke?” “You have no sense of humor!”
Not only are you a woman, but you’re a feminist, so you must hate men, so you must be a lesbian, because everyone knows lesbians hate men. “Lesbian” is the best insult some folks can come up with. I don’t personally find it insulting, but I do recognize it as a desperate attempt to shut me up.
See also “Sexist.” Along with “White Knight,” this is a go-to for Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) who read or hear stuff they don’t like. Yes, there are women who hate men, but Google “misandry” and you’ll find hundreds of links and images whose message is “Feminism=Man Hate.” People using this word are (in my experience) mostly not interested in being a part of a conversation that includes women who identify as feminists, but rather want feminism to go away entirely.
As Sid astutely points out in her post on the subject, this word is often code for “shut up.” You have pointed out a problem, and the other person doesn’t want to hear about it. Facebook is filled with memes that tell us we have no right to be “offended” by anything, which is another way of saying we have no right to speak up when we see something that needs changing.
You are a woman with opinions you’re willing to discuss and defend. How dare you.
(See Exaggerating, Hypersensitive.)
“Calm down! You’re getting all worked up–you’re going to blow a gasket!” Shut up. No, seriously, just shut up now. The speaker is not even listening anymore, and the goal here is not to relax you but the exact opposite. Walk away and live to fight another day.
Yes, you heard right, someone just called you “sexist” for talking about women’s rights and issues and possibly implying that men enjoy privilege and power over women in our society. This accusation is most often leveled by men who are uncomfortable having their privilege pointed out to them and really wish you’d stop.
Also, “whore.” Mandaray put it best in the comments: “A lot of times, when men are frustrated with a woman, they will immediately use one of these terms to not only dismiss her, but to imply that she is sexually “overavailable,” thus making her have even less worth somehow. “
This one is for the guys. You’ll hear it when you speak out against sexist behavior on the part of male friends who have done their homework and know all about the feminist conspiracy to castrate all males. It means that you don’t really care about feminist issues, you just want to score points with the chicks. It means that you’re a big wussy who likes girls and girls have cooties. It means the speaker is very likely an anti-feminist MRA who believes in Straw Feminists.
Bonus Word: Butthurt
I saved this one for last because Wow! It combines many of the words on this list (Hypersensitive, Overreacting, Emotional, Offended, Relax, to name a few) into one neat little rape-culture-promoting package! It’s not just me, right? I really never thought about it, but when a friend wondered what it meant, I realized that this word had always bugged me due to the vaguely rapey implication. Anyway, as my friend pointed out, this word is used when the speaker wants to express utter dismissal and invalidation of your thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Neat!
Some readers also related phrases used to silence them (you’ll notice some familiar words):
“Oh, you are one of those.”
“Not THAT again!”
“We don’t want to hear from you.”
“Women like you…”
“Stop taking everything so personally!”
“Learn how to take a joke, not everything is about how hard it is to be a woman.”
“You’re too sensitive. Don’t take everything so seriously. Relax.”
“That’s just coming out of nowhere!”
“Is that what they’re telling you in those sociology classes?”
“Isn’t [feminism] when women try to be like men? Are you a lesbian?”
Bonus for the readers from me, Jen: My first marriage, hello. Also, my parents. Hello. My blood-kin family, hello. Any game I've ever played online, hello. I've been gaslighted my whole entire life. People really really don't like it when you speak up. This is what life has basically taught me. And yet, I still do it. I still did it. I just was born with a streak of strength I cannot really figure out. I can't fight every battle - so I choose mine - and fighting for women is something that is near and dear to my heart.
I'm just going to leave this up the rest of the week - everyone should watch this. *This should make "What's Hot" not that stupid silly GIF I shared yesterday.*
Oscar Nominee Lupita Nyong'o Speech on Black Beauty Essence Magazine Black Women In Hollywood Award
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These guys have perfect access to this beautiful site - what I wouldn't give to be a part of an archaeology team! This photo is gorgeous, but it could be so much better with a finer lens and camera (it's quite rough and grainy actually). Seriously, I'd work for free guys and I'm there several times a year. Let me come shoot for you!! :P
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