Navigation

A letter from the Cuprohastes-in-Chief

Welcome to the site - I'll post tutorials and other comments here intermittently - Subscribe via RSS to get notifications!

6:31AM

The Internet Debacle

Years ago I signed up with an ISP. Let’s call them GoodNet.

GoodNet was good. A good package, very few hidden ‘gotchas’, an OK price. The downside was that they split into Home and Business and the Home section had a habit of appropriating Business accounts if they thought that they should, and then you’d have to call up and shout at people with the aptitude of a banana for this Interwide Netweb thing.

Click to read more ...

4:37PM

How to anger feminists by being thoughtful.

I don’t hate women. I’m not misogynistic, I don’t think they should ’know their place’ or slip in little patronising modifiers like ‘Beating the overall world record for the London Marathon is an impressive feat… for a woman.”

But I do think that a certain proportion of feminists have an overly narrow world view.

This is not rare. A lot of (but not all) Christians do it – they’re the dominant religion in America but they still complain about being oppressed and treated like a minority. It gives them structure, a ‘They’ for an As vs. Them world view.

There is a saying – “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” – For some people, if you are a Feminist, everything is a Feminist issue.

Take this comic strip: Penny Arcade’s ‘The Sixth Slave’

For those who aren’t familiar with MMOs, many quests feature going and saving N number of X from whatever gang your character level is high enough to get experience and loot from.

You often find slaves, victims etc. of some evil gang, and discover that you can’t help them escape, or shut down the slavery ring etc. because it’s built into the world and is there purely to allow for missions where you need to rescue a certain number of slaves, beat up a certain number of bad guys and go get your reward – which often feels like you’re being trained to ignore all this horrific abuse unless you’re being paid to go pay attention. And you can free 5 slaves to meet your quote and the sixth is just out of luck.

In other words it’s all about lampooning the structure of eternally level grinding MMOs where nothing you can do will have any effect that lasts more than a few minutes. What it is not, is condoning rape or suggesting that it’s not in any way serious.

Dickwolves notwithstanding. There are certainly stranger creatures used in MMOs.

So then why are the feminists having a group strop over the strip?

Simple. It mentioned rape and anything that mentions rape and is not very clearly harrowing and serious must QED condone it.

Because when you’re a feminist, everything is a feminist issue and anything that a man does is automatically bad and wrong right?

No – Like most groups, there’s shades of grey. Only a few people are protesting, because protesting raises their esteem in the eyes of their compatriots. The rest might consider it in poor taste, not have an opinion or even find it funny.

But if a man suggests to an irate feminist that maybe their viewpoint is too narrow, and that the strip is in fact not about rape, he runs an almost certain risk of being denounced as misogynistic and being a ‘mansplainer’ – Which is the cutesy term invented so that it can be whipped out and used as a verbal slap when one has no actual argument beyond ‘I‘m offended because I’m pretty sure I should be.'

Or in other words, when a Feminist is Femsplaining how she and only she can hold a valid opinion and you might consider otherwise, you are clearly in the wrong because… because… you’re Mansplaining.

This small group of easily offended feminists is why the feminist culture as a whole isn’t taken seriously.

1:06PM

Fez

I got my fez finally. Was it worth it?

Yes.

Do I look suave and ravishingly dandy?

Yes.

Is it bigger on the inside than on the outside?

Only slightly.

10:05AM

Ayn Rand, Medicare claimant

I was reading my twitter stream today, and @triggur linked to an interesting article - Ayn Rand Received Social Security, Medicare. I thought I might make a few comments on it.

Click to read more ...

8:35AM

World of Monopolycraft

  • Instead of a boot, iron, dog etc. you get a miniature of a Hoard or Alliance character.
  • Dice are d20
  • If you land on an occupied square, you get to roll to see who manages to PK who.
    • … and the loser has to roll to reach the square again to get their stuff back.
  • When you pass Go you have to pay $15 to the bank.