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A poet, author, and creative writing enthusiast.
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Rob currently attends UVU. He plans to complete an MFA and proceed to teach university-level creative writing.
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I actually came here because I wanted to see if others had the same feeling I did on a couple of the comments. Specifically, simple comments like "good evening" and "hello" didn't strike me as outside of normal bounds. The conversation on how to define harassment is a complicated one, because we simultaneously have to mediate social standards while giving each person's experience weight and voice. That said, it seems to me that acknowledging another person and saying hello or wishing them a good morning / day / evening is a positive social behavior, especially in a world where we all too often fail to acknowledge that we walk alongside other living people with their own pains, dreams, and stories.

But WOW. I got here to the comment section, and I swear, every one of these top comments is just batshit. Saying harassment only counts if you intend to harass? So, what, as long as I'm not trying to threaten someone I can say whatever I want to them? By this logic, almost no cases of workplace harassment would be harassment because of course no one is intending to make the other person feel harassed. The male favoritism here is awful.

Saying that it only counts if it's persistent? Clearly, it is persistent if there are so many instances in a single day. Again, the perspective of the man is being prioritized. If it's the first time for the man to make "an approach" but the 100th for the woman, the need for "persistence" is a way to give each man one-time immunity no matter how unsafe of an environment it creates for the woman.

Saying there is no negative consequence for the woman saying no? There are negative consequences. Unknown, unpredictable consequences of standing up to someone, especially when the harassment has become seen as normal or acceptable---as your comments so thoroughly demonstrate they have.

Saying that the priority here is to continue to allow men to approach attractive women in public? The sexual objectification inherent in this is just painful. It's ridiculous to say that harassment is somehow distinct from approaches to women made for the sake of pursuing romantic/sexual connection, especially when it's so obviously being based purely on the person's appearance.

And all the demonizing of feminism? Saying we've already achieved equality? Saying that it's "pro special treatment"? I mean, fuck, have you been paying any attention at all? Women are still being harassed, still get 23% less pay for the same work, still face discrimination and rigid social roles, and are---clearly---still being put into the role of sex object.

There was room here, in response to this video, to intelligently discuss the issue. It's a complicated one, and well worth time, attention, and seeking out a variety of viewpoints. But instead, you turned it into this. This is how you're representing what it is to be a man. It's sickening, and on behalf of my gender, I'm ashamed.
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My grandfather teaches you how to quickly learn foreign phrases.
This article will teach you about a language-learning tool that helps you rapidly learn (and remember!) foreign phrases.
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In celebration of National Grammar Day, here are some of the funniest grammar-related videos and comics in existence:

http://robbieblair.com/8-funny-videos-national-grammar-day/
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My favorite moment, by far, was Gohan's SSJ2 transformation and the ensuing fight.

I honestly wish the series had ended there. Cell was the last villain that felt worth a dime, Gohan had his personality and spine ripped out before the Buu saga, the fusion dance felt even more gimmicky than the rest of the show, and the already painfully formulaic nature of the series became painfully bad until GT.
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Studies have found that organic foods contain far more phytonutrients and antioxidants than non-organic foods. Some studies have also found statistically significant differences in vitamin levels, which leads me to wonder how you went about gathering your data. (The possibility for anchoring and confirmation bias seems high in this case.)

And while statistical significance is crucial for making any broad claims, most people here won't understand what it means. Statistically significant differences require an alpha of 5%, typically—meaning that a difference that's substantial but could have occurred by chance 5% of the time will not be supported. So making a claim that organic and non-organize are identical isn't accurate, either. Saying "We haven't found any statistically significant difference" is something different and subtle. The distinction is important.

Beyond that, the nutritional benefits of organic food are just one of the conversations worth having. The environmental, economic, and broader ecological implications should be weighed as well.

(And this may be important to note: I don't tend to buy organic foods. When I had a higher income I opted for organic, but my current budget doesn't allow it. And I don't feel like I'm putting myself at risk by going the non-organic route, even if I lose out on some benefits and fail to support the sort of farming that I feel better about.)
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+Rob Blair Here's the problem: All results to this are either a press release, reposting of the press release, or citations of the press release by organic proponent websites. As far as any actual papers, proper scientific quotations or even a mention of where it was actually published goes: zip. That is not to say I doubt the fact that the vitamin content of organic produce is higher... per volume, of course
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Really good to hear your response to Anita's videos. There's such a strong thread in these gaming channels to either bash Anita's work or just try to dodge the controversy. It's good to hear you stand against the (ludicrous, sickening, immature, idiotic) bullying that's happened as a response to FemFreq. Seriously.
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+Rob Blair No, I'm using the exact same argument as people who say that what a woman wears effects her chances of being raped. You don't leave your car unlocked in a bad neighborhood, because it might get stolen. You don't go out wearing clothes that draw attention to yourself, because you will draw the attention of rapists too.

And you keep acting like I'm using Euphoric wrong while you display your state of utter euphoria. But then I guess you're just more enlightened than all the other human cattle. tips fedora
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Has Google seriously added a G+ "share" button to every Google property? They're still so desperate to populate their Facebook clone that they're damaging all their other properties. First YouTube. Now ... every freakin' thing else.

Please, Google ... just stop.
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So, I entered a vacation story in the "Vaca Gone Cray Cray" contest; the winners get up to $10k for a "vacation do-over."

Check out my story and submit your own: https://vacaygonecraycray.com/single/3670

My entry is about a memorable experience in Scotland that nearly blinded me.
Check out this story from the Vacay gone Cray Cray contest by Rhett & Link and Choice Hotels.
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I don't think I could disagree more.

The idea that there are just two camps, both of which say that video games fail at storytelling, is ... terrible. It's like saying, "Are fantasy books awful because they try too hard or because they haven't found their ground?" It's a question wrongly phrased, with all kinds of embedded prejudice.

Video games do have opportunities to tell stories that don't borrow from the techniques of film, comics, television, and novels—but why shouldn't they borrow those techniques when they work? Storytelling borrows from storytelling in other mediums, and the question should be whether or not it works. Saying that any borrowing is inherently bad is just ... unfounded.

Yes, there are lots of rubbish video game stories. There are also lots of brilliant video game stories. You mentioned the Final Fantasy series, but then we have the Baldur's Gate series, the Half-Life series, Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Origins, Chrono Trigger, The Curse of Monkey Island, To the Moon, The Witcher, Planescape: Torment, Knights of the Old Republic, etc., etc.. If you think that video games aren't telling stories well ... you're just not playing the right video games. And most of these games would have suffered if they tried to use the storytelling techniques you described en lieu of the more traditional narrative devices.

The narrative techniques you describe are opportunities unique to the video game environment, but the assumption that this opportunity means that video games shouldn't use any other narrative technique is like saying that comic books should stop using dialogue because it's borrowed from novels while the visuals are unique to comics.
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I couldn't agree more.  I was trying to say something similar, but I believe you have put it into better words than I could.  Especially with the false statement of there being only two camps.  It's phrases like that which lead me to question if this guy is only reading off of cliffs notes.
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My latest: A look at why you should consider both the indie and traditional publishing routes.
Indie publishing has changed over the years, and is now a viable path to success. That said, it requires far more work (and especially non-writing work) than you may realize.
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How can you write love stories---or any stories, for that matter---without relegating women to the role of objective, objective, or incentive?

The question may be more complicated than you think. And also a hell of a lot simpler.
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Big fan of Season 1 and Season 2. (Go check it out on Netflix if you don't already know the show.) A worthy project.
RocketJump is an digital movie studio that specializes in original web video content, TV shows, movies, and games.
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