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Reblogged from vasundharaa
vasundharaa:

This is a resource post for all the Good White Person™s out there. You know, the ones who say things like “It’s not my fault I’m white! Don’t generalize white people!”, or “I’m appreciating your culture! You should be proud!”, or “Why do you hate all white people, look I’m a special snowflake who’s not racist give me an award for meeting the minimum requirements for being a decent human being”.Well, if you are actually interested in understanding racism and how it ties into cultural appropriation, please read instead of endlessly badgering PoCs on tumblr with your cliched, unoriginal arguments and repeating the same questions over and over.
On White Privilegeaka don’t blame me just because I’m white:
It’s Not My Fault I Was Born White: Basics of White Privilege x
Racial Divide x
Endless Examples of White Privilege x
You Cannot Know What It’s Like To Be A Racial Minority x
Intersectional Feminism x
White Privilege Does Not Mean White People Have Perfect Lives x
White Privilege and White Supremacy: A Presentation x
You Will Never Experience Racism x
Understanding White Privilege x
White Privilege and Double Standards x
Systematic White Ignorance x
The Invisibility of White Privilege x
The Luxury of White Privilege x 
White Privilege: The Harry Potter Analogy x
Privilege Denial Bingo x
Privilege and Cost x
Check Your Privilege 101 x
Whiteness x
Whiteness is Not A Culture x
White Privilege and Racism x
Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk About Race x
When White Anti Racists Talk About ~Their Struggle~ x
White Privilege As A System x
On Reverse Racism aka you are being racist against white people:
Are White People Racially Oppressed x
White People, the new Racial Minority x
People Don’t Value Pale Skin!! x
There Is No Such Thing As Reverse Racism x
Racism vs. Not Racism x
But White People Are Discriminated Against In Foreign Countries x
The Myth of Reverse Racism: Why Cracker is Not N**** x
Satire: A Step Wise Guide on Being Reverse Racist x
Racism Against White People vs. Racism Against POCs x
On Cultural Appropriationaka I’m just appreciating your culture:
The Basics x
Identifying Appropriation x
But When We Wear It … x
Why Can’t I Wear It (Hipster Headdresses) x
Not Yours x
If You Take The Bindi x
White People Do It Better x
Multiculturalism and Appropriation x
Cultural Appropriation and Portrayals In Print Media x
Diminishing the Cultural Significance of the Bindi x
The Cultural Appropriation Bingo x
Why We’re Fed Up of Your Responses x
Identities Are Not Costumes x
Hinduism And Appropriation x
Religion and Privilege x
Bindis Are Cool x
Exotic India x
What’s Wrong With Cultural Appropriation x
Racism, Bindis and Ganesh Tattoos x
BUT YOU’RE SPEAKING ENGLISH! x
Cultural Appropriation Trolls x
Guide to Being An Appropriating Douchefuck x
New Age ~Culture Mixing~ x
In case you’re tired of the prose, here’s poetry x
Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Bindi x
Appropriating and Sharing x
Our Culture is A Punchline Until It’s a Trend x
Homage Or Insult x
Tattoos and Appropriation x
Bollywood is Not Synonymous With Indian x
College Party Costumes and Stereotypes x
Dotheads x
Bindis and Racist Humour x
Hindu Iconography x 
Misuse of Hindu Iconography x
Your Appreciation Doesn’t Help Us x
Assorted Vials of White Tears and Miscellaneous Antidotesaka I can’t change that I’m white/not all whites are racist/we are all humans:
Unoriginal Arguments Refuted x
Quick Checklist: You Might Be Racist If x
Your Opinion Isn’t Necessary x
I’m Not Responsible For My Ancestors x
The Kumbayah Myth x
Proud to Be White x
Good White Person x
We Don’t Hate White People x
Brutality of Colonialism And Why You Can’t Tell Us To Forget the Past x
People Who Claim Not To See Race Are More Likely to Be Racist x
All Races are Beautiful Said the White Girl x 
Race Blindness Is A Luxury x
Well, You’re Racist For Calling Me Racist x
I’ve Read About Its Significance, I Know What It Means 
Angry Because Someone Called You Racist x
We’re Not All Like That x
People Only Care About This Trivial Shit On The Internet x
I Can’t Apologize for Being Born White, It’s Not My Fault x
Why Can’t You Tell Me What I’m Doing Wrong x
It’s Easy to Be Color Blind When You’re White x
A Diagrammatic Guide To White Tears x
Conversations I’m Sick Of Having With White People x
Why Do You Hate White People x
I’m Trying To Be Cultured x
Sisyphean Conundrum x
What is Your Problem x
We Are All Human, We All Bleed Red x
It’s Just A Bindi x
How Not To Respond To Accusations of Racism x
I’m Italian And 0.009% Native American x
What White People Think Racism Means: A Venn Diagram x
White Guilt x
White Pride!!!111!!! x
I Like *Insert Foreign Country* I Want To Live There x
You Have So Much Hate, Fighting Fire With Fire Won’t Help x
BooHoo, Don’t Call Me Racist x
Not Everything Ended With Your Ancestors x
The Racist Reaction x
I Don’t See Why That Is Racist x
Crummy Apologies x
Okay. I agree. I’ve been socially conditioned not to notice racism and recognize my privilege. What can I do?
Listen x
A Step Wise Guide x
I don’t care about this bullshit; you’re making a big deal out of nothing, go home and delete your blog:
The Clueless White Person Bus x

vasundharaa:

This is a resource post for all the Good White Persons out there. You know, the ones who say things like “It’s not my fault I’m white! Don’t generalize white people!”, or “I’m appreciating your culture! You should be proud!”, or “Why do you hate all white people, look I’m a special snowflake who’s not racist give me an award for meeting the minimum requirements for being a decent human being”.

Well, if you are actually interested in understanding racism and how it ties into cultural appropriation, please read instead of endlessly badgering PoCs on tumblr with your cliched, unoriginal arguments and repeating the same questions over and over.

On White Privilege
aka don’t blame me just because I’m white:

On Reverse Racism
aka you are being racist against white people:

On Cultural Appropriation
aka I’m just appreciating your culture:

Assorted Vials of White Tears and Miscellaneous Antidotes
aka I can’t change that I’m white/not all whites are racist/we are all humans:


Okay. I agree. I’ve been socially conditioned not to notice racism and recognize my privilege. What can I do?

I don’t care about this bullshit; you’re making a big deal out of nothing, go home and delete your blog:

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Reblogged from beatonna
beatonna:

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008.  It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there.  It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them.  A larger work gets talked about from time to time.  It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories.  Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.
-Kate

The most human comic I’ve read in months.

beatonna:

Here is a sketch comic I made called Ducks, in five parts.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Ducks is about part of my time working at a mining site in Fort McMurray, the events are from 2008.  It is a complicated place, it is not the same for all, and these are only my own experiences there.  It is a sketch because I want to test how I would tell these stories, and how I feel about sharing them.  A larger work gets talked about from time to time.  It is not a place I could describe in one or two stories.  Ducks is about a lot of things, and among these, it is about environmental destruction in an environment that includes humans.  Thank you for taking the time to read it.

-Kate

The most human comic I’ve read in months.

I took a few days to process, play games, and eat ice cream before posting this, but the time has come to announce a little change. On Tuesday, following the conclusion of my work on a prototype project (that I cannot discuss), I was laid off from ArenaNet. It came as a little shock, but my goal is to spend less time being sad and surprised, instead devoting myself to moving forward.
It’s difficult to put into words how much I will miss the coworkers I’ve had over the last four and a half years. Throughout every discipline and every team, ArenaNet is tightly packed with some of the most talented and friendly people I’ve met in this industry. Whether they patted me on my little rookie head before leaving for their own big dreams, fought side-by-side to release Guild Wars 2, helped set Guild Wars on an automated pedestal that can stand for years to come, or joined the juggernaut mere months before my exit, I count many of these people as my friends, peers, and inspirations.
But it’s apparently time to find another game studio that can make use of my many hats. There are other stories to tell, other systems to devise, and other songs to write. I don’t know where I’m headed yet, so I certainly welcome any hot tips, offers, and recommendations. While I wasn’t quite ready to leave, I am certainly ready to embrace what’s next.

I took a few days to process, play games, and eat ice cream before posting this, but the time has come to announce a little change. On Tuesday, following the conclusion of my work on a prototype project (that I cannot discuss), I was laid off from ArenaNet. It came as a little shock, but my goal is to spend less time being sad and surprised, instead devoting myself to moving forward.

It’s difficult to put into words how much I will miss the coworkers I’ve had over the last four and a half years. Throughout every discipline and every team, ArenaNet is tightly packed with some of the most talented and friendly people I’ve met in this industry. Whether they patted me on my little rookie head before leaving for their own big dreams, fought side-by-side to release Guild Wars 2, helped set Guild Wars on an automated pedestal that can stand for years to come, or joined the juggernaut mere months before my exit, I count many of these people as my friends, peers, and inspirations.

But it’s apparently time to find another game studio that can make use of my many hats. There are other stories to tell, other systems to devise, and other songs to write. I don’t know where I’m headed yet, so I certainly welcome any hot tips, offers, and recommendations. While I wasn’t quite ready to leave, I am certainly ready to embrace what’s next.

Reblogged from calamityjon

ironmaus asked: As humankind has nurtured tech—and found nothing we won't try yet—which (and why) should we fear more, MODOK's mind or Skynet?

calamityjon:

OH NO MATTHEW WHAT DID YOU DO?

I held a screening of the live-action Space Battleship Yamato remake at work tonight and it was much better than I expected. Melodramatic? Sure. Oddly paced? Yeah, but it’s condensing a 26-episode anime series into two hours. Steven Tyler love song at the end? Okay, I didn’t see that coming.
But the best part had to be the cat. Dr. Sado’s cat is just blithely unaware of all the heightened human emotions. During a sorrowful moment, when everyone is saluting, this cat is like, “I’m playing with your hand, human!” Forget sending a space battleship on a one year mission to give the people of a dying Earth hope, just give them all cats!

I held a screening of the live-action Space Battleship Yamato remake at work tonight and it was much better than I expected. Melodramatic? Sure. Oddly paced? Yeah, but it’s condensing a 26-episode anime series into two hours. Steven Tyler love song at the end? Okay, I didn’t see that coming.

But the best part had to be the cat. Dr. Sado’s cat is just blithely unaware of all the heightened human emotions. During a sorrowful moment, when everyone is saluting, this cat is like, “I’m playing with your hand, human!” Forget sending a space battleship on a one year mission to give the people of a dying Earth hope, just give them all cats!

Drive Prompt: The Invisible Man

On Friday, I tried writing an impromptu joke in the car. I gave myself a random topic: the Invisible Man. Maybe it was the distraction of driving or I’m way out of practice, but this is the best I came up with:

Q) Why did Santa put the Invisible Man on “The naughty list”?
A) He couldn’t see the good in him.

I can’t promise to do anything better than a pun on a Popsicle stick, but give me another prompt and I’ll try to do better next time I’m in the car.

Reblogged from cynixy

cynixy:

(art by Adobewan http://adobewan.deviantart.com/art/Wonder-Woman-158097591)

Gail Simone discusses Wonder Woman. https://twitter.com/GailSimone

This is why we need women writers and creators. This is why I’m so desperate to get more women into creative roles in the games industry. There are some experiences that women simply have greater insight into than men do. Of course men can write female characters—and some do it very well. And of course some women don’t understand characters like Wonder Woman at all. But women know the pressures unique to being female in our society, and they know authentic reactions to those pressures. They can look at a man-hating Wonder Woman and recognize that it feels contrived. They understand that feminism isn’t who you are, it’s a way of reacting to the unfairness of the world.

Playtesting is better when your team has a theme.

PAX Progression

Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking at PAX Dev. Two days later, I’ll be on a panel at PAX Prime.

In 2004, I attended the first PAX in Meydenbauer Center. I wasn’t in the games industry then; if I remember correctly, I was a banker in a call center. But I was a gamer who wanted to experience a gathering of the like. I waited my turn and played Halo 2. I got in a game of Guillotine with some strangers while we all waited in line for the concert. I saw the Minibosses. And I went home sure that this was my community.

The next year, I signed on as an Enforcer, a role I was proud to hold till 2011, when work demands at ArenaNet took me away. Manning a booth at PAX was different than volunteering, but it was still a connection. I don’t think I’d be happy if I wasn’t doing some small part to put on PAX. Last year, when ArenaNet didn’t have a booth and I was too late to sign up for Enforcer duty, I worked for a day in the Ska Studios booth, showing people the joys of Charlie Murder (now available on Xbox 360).

This year, I’m speaking, and it feels…awesome. I won’t deny the extrovert’s delight at being onstage, but there’s something else. When I was a kid playing Moon Patrol on my Apple IIC, making games meant copying Basic programs out of 3-2-1 Contact magazine. When Curtis and I came up with an idea for how to improve Final Fantasy by adding sports, it wasn’t more than a fun thought experiment (with rad doodles).Even that first year of PAX, I didn’t wander through the exhibition hall thinking, “One day, I’ll make these.” There’s a satisfaction that comes from fulfilling a dream, but there’s a different kind of excitement that comes with achieving something you never dared to dream.

I get to design games for a living and that’s obscenely lucky. That I can also enter into conversations about the industry’s direction and help put on a great show for the fans of those games, well, that’s a no-brainer. You don’t get lucky and keep it to yourself; this isn’t that kind of community.