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[Chuckle] With any luck, that'll be one less idiot who hates video games in public office.
State Senator Leland Yee championed law restricting minors' game access.
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+Matthew Graybosch that almost counts.  My theory is that if one thinks that violent video games create violent kids then the violent behavior is really only inherent in the one doing the complaining. So it would have been far more gratifying if he had performed some hands on badness rather than paying other people to do his misdeeds.
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This is one of the reasons I like the multiplayer in Dark Souls and Dark Souls II. Player communication is limited to messages pieced together from pre-defined words and phrases, and pre-defined gestures. Unless I turn on voice chat in the second game, I can play without having to deal with a sore loser of a player calling me a "faggot" if he invades my game and dies on my sword.
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Interesting. Thanks for sharing the link.
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Reading incessantly isolated me as a kid back in the 80s, when only stockbrokers had mobile phones. As the article points out, boys who read were always considered less-than-manly in America. However, I'm not impressed by arguments against reading that suggest reading is bad because it isolates readers from the wider culture.

What's so good about the wider culture, anyway?
Clinging to print can isolate kids and alienate them from the digital world of multitasking
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I would argue that "wider culture" they're referring to isn't actually "wider".  Reading books allowed me to experience cultures that I never would have encountered in person.  Reading books allowed me to gain knowledge I never would have encountered if I'd been restricted to my own searches on the internet, because I never would have thought of it.  Reading books broadened my horizons in ways that trawling facebook (or even G+) could never do.  Reading took me on trips around the globe, through time, across the universe and back.  

I think that training our replacement generations to be unable to read whole books because their attention span is so short term, and their focus is near to nonexistent, is a problem.  A big problem.  A massively colossal problem.  Because knowledge, complex concepts and ideas, cannot be adequately communicated in 140 character Twitter snippets.  You need something book length to fully explore them.  So we're going to end up with an entire generation that not only can't read books, but is also unable to absorb complex concepts and ideas.  

That's a pretty dreary future, in my opinion.
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Time to find a flash drive, or a blank DVD.
 
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All System76 products are ready for the new Ubuntu release. Visit the following link for a step by step guide to upgrade your System76 computer.

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Time to upgrade my side computer
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I'm sharing this because it's not in my best interest to tolerate sexism in fandom. Many of my biggest fan are women. I want fandom to be as safe a place for them as it has been for the male nerds who banded together when nobody else wanted them.
 
Finally, a man writes about the problem with misogyny in comics.  Andy Khouri's post is spot on, y'all. Read it. It's long but worth it.

This isn’t their problem, guys. It’s ours. We have to solve it.

Sexual harassment isn’t an occupational hazard. It’s not a glitch in the complex matrix of modern life. It’s not something that just “happens.” It’s something men do. It’s a choice men make. It’s a problem men enable. It’s sometimes a crime men commit. And it is not in the power nor the responsibility of women to wage war on this crime.

It’s on us.

(h/t +Uhura Jones)

http://comicsalliance.com/sexual-harassment-online-rape-threats-comics-superheroes-lessons-men-geek-culture/
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As far as I am aware the Y chromosome has no impact on the ability to make moral choices, so biological sex is irrelevant for the purposes of moral responsibility.

LGBT rights have been advanced by decent people (some of whom identified as straight) opposing a perceived inequality. Their sexuality is irrelevant to any moral burden to act.

The responsibility to act ethically attaches to the ability to act. For example, a convention organiser has a responsibility to enforce the convention's anti-harassment policy. That responsibility is the same whether or not they are an Inuit, because it is a product of their ability to act not their genetics.

That the person in power is more likely to be male in no way changes the fact that it is the power to act and not biological sex that determines whether they act ethically.
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+Catherine Graybosch shared this with me on Pinterest, and said it reminded her of Thagirion's tower on Fifth Avenue in NYC, Hanging Gardens. I agree with her.

#starbreaker   #urban   #garden  
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Not at all, +Steven Hystad.
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I have the power to make a great many people happy, but it would require that I commit suicide, so fuck 'em. :)
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Sometimes you make me chuckle.
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I've only read One Hundred Years of Solitude, and I might have been too young to get it at the time.
 
My favorite writer has died. I remember reading One Hundred Years of Solitude in a state of wonderment. It was pure joy to read one of his sentences, some of which marched on defiantly for pages. Marquez's exuberance of expression, his refusal to bow to any of the many rules so many would impose on writers - be brief, pare down, trim, don't decorate or embellish, be clear, make it easy, keep your characters to a minimum - felt like being let out of prison. Like flying. I could taste his words. Smell them. Feel them. Hear them. See the pictures they painted, the characters he described.

I thought, 'This is writing. It is cooking, painting, composing, gardening, architecting, weaving and sculpting all at once. It is the Big Bang. Except that you don't have to wait millions of years for the light to reach you. It is immediate. Visceral. Delicious. Unforgettable.

But it was Marquez's books about love that had the biggest impact on me. Love in the Time of Cholera, a story about an aging man's lifelong love for a woman who had rejected him when he was young, told of a kind of love rarely read (or written) about anymore. Romantic. Sentimental, oozing with joy, sorrow, pain...with, well, love!

And Memories of My Melancholy Whores, about another old man's late life yearnings, peeled away the sorrows, joys, pleasures and sadnesses of aging - the skin and body crumbling, but desire and imagination living until one's last breadth.

Marquez was called a Magic Realist. Yes. Like life. Real. And magical. It is not possible to write like he did without having had the capacity of live it fully.

How cruel that he had developed dementia. My mother had Alzheimer's and there were many times when I thought that she was simply living in her own world, one that I had been excluded from entirely.

Not so dissimilar from what it feels like to me to read Marquez. Lost within my own little world, a whirlwind of expression, free-flowing, emotional, imaginative, free-spirited and free-associative.

Hard to believe there won't be another gem of a book from this brilliant man. I can only hope that wherever his soul has been spirited off to, that world is as magical as the one he has given us.

RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 

#GabrielGarciaMarquez   #LoveIntheTimeofCholera   #OneHundredYearsofSolitude   #MemoriesofMyMelancholyWhores  
Mr. García Márquez, a Colombian who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation.
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Try his short story Old man with enormous wings , we did that in college. Loved it.
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+Jane deBond  will love this.
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I love rabbit! Not wild rabbit, domestic rabbit! So tender and delicious!
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Jessa Russo asked me to help her promote her new novel Divide, which comes out tomorrow, and I suggested dragging my review for her debut Ever out of the archives. It’s something of an anomaly among her reviews, since I decided to wax pretentious and treat its protagonist as an unreliable narrator.

#ya   #paranormal   #romance  
essa Russo asked me to help her promote her new novel Divide, which comes out tomorrow, so I dragged my review for her debut Ever out of the archives.
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I'm a Romantic science fantasy novelist from New York who codes for a living. I'm also a gamer, a long-haired metalhead, and a geek who passes for normal by not talking about the nerdy stuff that excites him. I live in central Pennsylvania with my wife, two cats, and a bicycle that nags me whenever I don't meet my daily word count. I'm hard at work on the next Starbreaker novel.

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