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Geoff in reply to Aura_: No. I wish that it had been done as a joke.
It tells you all you need to know about the intelligence of those staffing the party that is voting for the new prime minister here in the UK.
Frankly, most of them are racist, most of them are old (not in itself a bad thing, but in their case they've just got more experience of being stupid and mean), and they are almost exclusively arseholes.
Aura_: there's a article on Medium actually titled "Are games ready for sex"
Ready? Dafuq do you mean "ready"
There's been sex in games even before they had graphics.
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Aura_: Kyle has loved the Put Put games for years.
But he has really grown out of them. So I am downloading Curse of Monkey Island.
It's half done and I'm thinking about all the fun things he'll discover like El Pollo Diablo...and I just realized; OMG Murray!
-"Yes. I know a lot about lifting curses. That's why I'm a talking skull on a spike in the middle of a swamp!"
-"You sound bitter"
-"Sorry, it's been a long day."
Aura_: In a discussion, my kid and I agreed, by now cultural appropriation IS part of our (Dutch) culture.
Aura_: ....I need a Masterclass on using Masterclass....
Following the lessons is easy. Getting the workbook pdf is easy.
Interacting with anyone else on there is confusing as heck.
Aura_: Iris making a digital drawing. She's called the background "ready layer one"
It's my kid *proud mommy*
Aura_: Me: <coworker> left their phone on the desk.
Boss: I'll send her a whatsapp
Me: K.... Wait, no, that won't help?
Boss Oh, right.
Aura_: I was treated to a little body horror scene on my cigarette break.
A tiny lizard, probably killed by one of the cats, slowly being devoured by various insects. There's enough ants and larvae inside the body to make it move, even look like it's breathing.
And I felt compelled to observe as closely as I could for the whole 4 minutes, because this is the sort of thing I want to be able to recall down the line when I need to describe things in stories.
No wonder there's an idea floating around that writers are disturbed
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RochelleRochelle: I once saw a spider get taken down by a bunch of ants. I was standing there shocked and in awe. Like, there goes the circle of life right in front of my eyes! And for a brief moment, I had a daunting conundrum:
"Man, should I save it? He's fucking fighting hard for his life! Look at that fucker go! Trying to climb but nope! I should help it! I am standing right here after all..... But he did go into their space. And their ants. That's what ants do. Should I intervene in this circle? But man, look at that lil dude fighting and running."
In the end, I hated spiders so fuck that lil eight-legged freaky fuck. I also totally understood a documentary cameraman out in nature going, "Woah! I should save that gazelle, but fuck that. That's a lion," and not doing shit lol. The circle of life!
Anyway, this was just a long winded way of saying, yes, the footage may be worth it lol, because words can't describe how quick these ants were on this spider even though I could try and video always helps to go back to for description. Videos show so much. You can use that to say the flesh was rolling, or pulsing, things like that. I don't know Kinda wish I had footage of the spider. Lol
Aura_: "Travis Willingham's Yeehaw Game Ranch" Was supposed to be a show about 2 friends sitting on a couch playing co-op console games and talking shit.
And then everyone else started to say "You know what we could do?"
And then they took all those completely ridiculous, often conflicting ideas, and used all of them. Everything, even if it was just bullshitting....Which is then played by Travis with reluctance and as immersion breaking as possible (on purpose)
And the result...well....
Weirdly engaging...but mostly just weird...
Aura_: I called in mommy
although honestly I could just as well have called in sick, because my stomach is starting to feel upset.
Aura_: So the grandma of my kid got together with the grandma of my nephew, who happens to work for the department of education...The school is trying to hold Kyle back a grade at school because reading and spelling--me being dyslexic noticed some tell tale signs and told the teacher this twice. Which the school promptly ignored because it's slight, just like me.
I have an appointment with the inspector of grade schools TOMORROW (what even is a waiting list?) and one to arrange a proper test the 19th (which the school should have done but never bothered)
I am just here bemused because I went full mobilization for my eldest and nothing really came of that and decided all of that is not worth the stress on both me and the kid and it works out in the end anyway....but that was a decade ago...turns out the situation with my eldest was one of the reason for a complete overhaul of procedures and my name must have lingered in the systems or something because even nepotism can't explain this shit.
Unless you're familiar with the workings of a Caribbean island's red tape maze, I can't adequately explain how unlikely this turn of events is. I got the failing report card the 5th. Not even a full week has passed. This is turning water into wine levels of impossible.
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Aura_: A couple of years ago:
Kyle goes through kindergarten and first grade with flying colors. He loves school, he loves doing the work, he gets amazing grades.
Then second grade comes around and he tells me all year he doesn't like his teacher. She's mean. She screams.
His grades are still good. Except for spelling which is really bad, and reading which is just below average, 2nd report card his reading is a 6, which should have him passing, but for the 3rd he gets a 5 and with failing reading grades he can't pass.
His reading at home goes rather well. I have talked to his teacher about dyslexia but she ignores this.
But, having been here before, knowing that a different teacher can just solve the whole story I was very tempted to just let him be held back for a year, and he would get the other 2nd grade teacher. What's a year on a lifetime? I really am not hung up on that sort of thing.
That's when my mom got on her war horse and started making calls, and the first call was the mother of my sister-in-law. And the results are that I'm having all appointments made one week after getting the 3rd and failing report card.
RochelleRochelle: Huh... So Mom helped kick ass. Kudos. Lol
That would irk the hell out of me, though, to be ignored after telling the teacher about your own observations. I reemed a teacher during the meeting towards the end of school year when she finally let me know my son was forging my name on homework documents while allowing him to also fail a part in said subject. How some teachers can knowingly have information that hinders or grows a child's learning and education and does nothing about it really irks me. Glad your son is getting the tests.
Aura_: So I am watching the iilluminaughtii Youtube channel (very sassy lady doing reddit videos) and she's making a comment about how it's always the very religious people that turn into anti-vaxxers, flat-earthers and MLM boss-bots.
And immediately Terry Pratchett pops into my head
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.
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Geoff: Pratchett's point was actually the positive lies; justice, mercy, etc. But it is fair to say that those with an ingrained anti-intellectual attitude will buy into whatever panders to their feelings rather than their reasoning.