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Reblogged from innuendostudios

innuendostudios:

I made a 19-minute video essay about Phil Fish, which is really about internet fame and what expectations we have of the people we make famous.

I’m not entirely sure what to expect from having this online. I suspect it’s either going to be really contentious, or go largely unnoticed. Unnoticed, because, hey, it’s YouTube. Contentious because I don’t come down on the side of “Phil is an asshole,” largely because whether or not Phil is an asshole is irrelevant to the point I’m making (and similarly irrelevant to my life), but talking about Phil and saying anything other than “Phil is an asshole” tends to make you a lot of enemies. Sorta like how not blowing smoke up the PS4’s ass proves that you’re a Microsoft stooge.

Whatever. Enjoy!

I’m interested to know the effect of this video on someone who does not know of Phil Fish. Regardless, it’s a great crash course in the problems with Internet celebrity.

Catbug has the right attitude.
Last month, after ArenaNet let me go, I examined my priorities and found “get back to work” at the top. Accordingly, I put out the call, and the response from friends and peers was overwhelming. The messages of commiseration, support, and assistance were heartening, and replying to them was an emotional task. Again, I thank everyone for their part in helping me through a time of change.
Additionally, I want to show appreciation for the various references, recruiters, and interviewers who opened up a pocket of possibilities in a slim and overcrowded local market for game designers. Getting a real chance at some of those positions was encouraging. Every time an application would warrant even a call back, I was appreciative. As these things sometimes go, one of the applications warrants more highlighting than the others.
On Monday, I started my new job as a game designer at Disney Interactive (formerly Playdom). They won me over during the interview process, and I’m excited about working with an experienced, dedicated crew who will no doubt have hundreds of new tricks to teach me. I look forward to telling you what we’re working on.
Ironmaus joins the House of Mouse. Perhaps it was inevitable, but it’s also a relief. I’m happy to get back to the business of making games (in part to support my off-hours habit of making games). Once again, everything is okay.

Catbug has the right attitude.

Last month, after ArenaNet let me go, I examined my priorities and found “get back to work” at the top. Accordingly, I put out the call, and the response from friends and peers was overwhelming. The messages of commiseration, support, and assistance were heartening, and replying to them was an emotional task. Again, I thank everyone for their part in helping me through a time of change.

Additionally, I want to show appreciation for the various references, recruiters, and interviewers who opened up a pocket of possibilities in a slim and overcrowded local market for game designers. Getting a real chance at some of those positions was encouraging. Every time an application would warrant even a call back, I was appreciative. As these things sometimes go, one of the applications warrants more highlighting than the others.

On Monday, I started my new job as a game designer at Disney Interactive (formerly Playdom). They won me over during the interview process, and I’m excited about working with an experienced, dedicated crew who will no doubt have hundreds of new tricks to teach me. I look forward to telling you what we’re working on.

Ironmaus joins the House of Mouse. Perhaps it was inevitable, but it’s also a relief. I’m happy to get back to the business of making games (in part to support my off-hours habit of making games). Once again, everything is okay.

Reblogged from appleseeddrama
ingthing:

beamkatanachronicles:

thepurpleeyedone:

beamkatanachronicles:

thepurpleeyedone:

beamkatanachronicles:

appleseeddrama:

THEY HAVE THE ACE ATTORNEY OFFICIAL MANGA IN MY LAW LIBRARY I AM CRYING.



Your honor, something is amiss here!
As you are probably aware, library materials are labeled with barcodes as well as a number to determine their location on the shelf, as per the Dewey Decimal System. The books just to the left of the manga are labeled, as are the DVDs just in view on the lower shelf. Look even further behind these shelves and you’ll see that even those books are labeled! 
Ladies and gentlemen of the courtroom, I invite you to take a closer look at the volumes that are, allegedly, part of this law library! Something is missing from the spines, isn’t there?

Where are the bar codes?!
This is a blatant contradiction! The OP is lying— these volumes cannot, therefore, be a part of this library at all! I propose that they simply brought these materials in for the sake of the joke!! 


Only focusing on one aspect and not the whole of the issue, are we, Mr. Wright? Typical.

Your honor, if you bring your attention to the books just left of the manga, you’ll notice there’s a book (the second to the left) that also does not have a bar code.

If you examine the picture even closer—particularly the DVDs below—you’ll see that they bear bar codes, but not on the spines. No, they have them on the back and/or front of the DVDs. Of course, this method of labeling and organizing isn’t limited to products of the film industry alone.

Therefore, I’d like to propose that it is entirely possible that the manga books do, in fact, belong to the library!


Wh-WHAAAAT?! You’re kidding!! 
(Shoot, he’s got me there… Better think of something fast! Something about the books that sets them apart from—
…! I’ve got it!)
While that may be true, you’ve also overlooked one critical error: the titles of the books! Whether or not your hypothesis regarding the labeling system is correct, these titles aren’t alphabetized correctly! What kind of self-respecting librarian would misplace such vital books? 
Well, Edgeworth?



While it pains me to have to point out something so obvious, I suppose I’ll make an exception for you, Wright.
Clearly, one look at the titles of the books next to the manga is a tell-all of this certain library’s less-than-stellar organization skills. None of the books are in alphabetical order, I’m afraid.

They could very well be alphabetized by author and not title, but it’s a little difficult to be able to decipher that from this single picture, wouldn’t you say?
Furthermore, the manga books themselves are in numerical order, suggesting some kind of system is in place, albeit not a very good one, if the alphabetizing is off.

At the end of the day, it seems like neither of us can draw a clear conclusion from this evidence alone. Your honor, I strongly suggest a recess in which we could investigate the library itself further.

I see the issue here very clearly.
Due to the uncertain nature of this case, we’ll have to postpone this decision until more decisive evidence can be obtained. The court will now take a 15-minute recess.

(W-wait, but I’m not—)


WAIT!!!

I’ve got some decisive evidence for you, pal!

We investigated further into the photo. Zooming in, you can see a label on the DVD case to the bottom left.

Photo Close-up added to the court record!


As you can see, pal, you can vaguely see the words “Of Toledo Law Library” on the label!

And, considering possibilities of the rest of that label, “University of Toledo" was the first to come to my mind!
A quick search on the University of Toledo’s Online Law Library Database revealed that there ARE the comics pictured in it!
Miles Edgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations volumes 1-4 and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney volumes 1-5!

And there’s more! 
The section these comics are filed under is the “Law in Popular Culture" Section, which matches up with the titles on the rest of the books on that shelf: "Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes & Legal Culture”, “Prime Time Law”, “Lawyers in Your Living Room!" and "Lex Populi”!
Not only is it in the right section, it’s also a documented part of the Law Library’s database!
How’s that for decisive evidence?

ingthing:

beamkatanachronicles:

thepurpleeyedone:

beamkatanachronicles:

thepurpleeyedone:

beamkatanachronicles:

appleseeddrama:

THEY HAVE THE ACE ATTORNEY OFFICIAL MANGA IN MY LAW LIBRARY I AM CRYING.

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Your honor, something is amiss here!

As you are probably aware, library materials are labeled with barcodes as well as a number to determine their location on the shelf, as per the Dewey Decimal System. The books just to the left of the manga are labeled, as are the DVDs just in view on the lower shelf. Look even further behind these shelves and you’ll see that even those books are labeled! 

Ladies and gentlemen of the courtroom, I invite you to take a closer look at the volumes that are, allegedly, part of this law library! Something is missing from the spines, isn’t there?

image

Where are the bar codes?!

This is a blatant contradiction! The OP is lying— these volumes cannot, therefore, be a part of this library at all! I propose that they simply brought these materials in for the sake of the joke!! 

Only focusing on one aspect and not the whole of the issue, are we, Mr. Wright? Typical.

Your honor, if you bring your attention to the books just left of the manga, you’ll notice there’s a book (the second to the left) that also does not have a bar code.

If you examine the picture even closer—particularly the DVDs below—you’ll see that they bear bar codes, but not on the spines. No, they have them on the back and/or front of the DVDs. Of course, this method of labeling and organizing isn’t limited to products of the film industry alone.

Therefore, I’d like to propose that it is entirely possible that the manga books do, in fact, belong to the library!

image

Wh-WHAAAAT?! You’re kidding!! 

image
(Shoot, he’s got me there… Better think of something fast! Something about the books that sets them apart from—

image
…! I’ve got it!)

While that may be true, you’ve also overlooked one critical error: the titles of the books! Whether or not your hypothesis regarding the labeling system is correct, these titles aren’t alphabetized correctly! What kind of self-respecting librarian would misplace such vital books? 

Well, Edgeworth?

While it pains me to have to point out something so obvious, I suppose I’ll make an exception for you, Wright.

Clearly, one look at the titles of the books next to the manga is a tell-all of this certain library’s less-than-stellar organization skills. None of the books are in alphabetical order, I’m afraid.

They could very well be alphabetized by author and not title, but it’s a little difficult to be able to decipher that from this single picture, wouldn’t you say?

Furthermore, the manga books themselves are in numerical order, suggesting some kind of system is in place, albeit not a very good one, if the alphabetizing is off.

At the end of the day, it seems like neither of us can draw a clear conclusion from this evidence alone. Your honor, I strongly suggest a recess in which we could investigate the library itself further.

I see the issue here very clearly.

image
Due to the uncertain nature of this case, we’ll have to postpone this decision until more decisive evidence can be obtained. The court will now take a 15-minute recess.

image

(W-wait, but I’m not—)

image

WAIT!!!

I’ve got some decisive evidence for you, pal!

We investigated further into the photo. Zooming in, you can see a label on the DVD case to the bottom left.

Photo Close-up added to the court record!

As you can see, pal, you can vaguely see the words “Of Toledo Law Library” on the label!

And, considering possibilities of the rest of that label, “University of Toledo" was the first to come to my mind!

A quick search on the University of Toledo’s Online Law Library Database revealed that there ARE the comics pictured in it!

Miles Edgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations volumes 1-4 and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney volumes 1-5!

And there’s more! 

The section these comics are filed under is the “Law in Popular Culture" Section, which matches up with the titles on the rest of the books on that shelf: "Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes & Legal Culture”, “Prime Time Law”, “Lawyers in Your Living Room!" and "Lex Populi”!

Not only is it in the right section, it’s also a documented part of the Law Library’s database!

How’s that for decisive evidence?

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Reblogged from cynixy
cynixy:

Design by Alana Marie. More of her work here—> X
There have been many articles recently about what men can do to stop harassment in tech. What should men do when they see rape threats online? What should they do when their buddies harass people who join their game? How should they respond when women—and people of color, and gay people, and anybody who is different from what society tells us is normal—gets shouted down? How should men handle it? What should men do? For too long, the answer has been “nothing.” Men would uncomfortably say, “I don’t want to get involved.” Or “It’s not worth fighting over.” Or, sadly, “It’s none of my business.” And so the harassers keep yelling at people they don’t respect and won’t listen to. But, really, what can men do about that?The answer is “speak up.” When men speak, other men listen. Men have to make sure that there is no safe space for harassers to hide in. Men’s silence shelters them. When someone makes a rape joke or an inappropriate comment about a coworker, they need to know that their behavior won’t be tolerated. As Zoe Quinn suggested in her PAX East presentation, it’s as simple as saying “Not cool, dude” to let someone know that you don’t agree with them and don’t want to hear it. Cancel out their abuse with your voice. That’s it. It’s that simple. That’s what men can do. Speak up.NOTE: The collage in this poster is made of real comments received by women I know in the games industry. The women received this harassment because they spoke at conferences, played video games, tweeted selfies, and performed their jobs. The oldest comment on there is from three years ago. Most are from the past few weeks.

cynixy:

Design by Alana Marie. More of her work here—> X

There have been many articles recently about what men can do to stop harassment in tech. What should men do when they see rape threats online? What should they do when their buddies harass people who join their game? How should they respond when women—and people of color, and gay people, and anybody who is different from what society tells us is normal—gets shouted down? How should men handle it? What should men do? 

For too long, the answer has been “nothing.” Men would uncomfortably say, “I don’t want to get involved.” Or “It’s not worth fighting over.” Or, sadly, “It’s none of my business.” And so the harassers keep yelling at people they don’t respect and won’t listen to. But, really, what can men do about that?

The answer is “speak up.” When men speak, other men listen. Men have to make sure that there is no safe space for harassers to hide in. Men’s silence shelters them. When someone makes a rape joke or an inappropriate comment about a coworker, they need to know that their behavior won’t be tolerated. As Zoe Quinn suggested in her PAX East presentation, it’s as simple as saying “Not cool, dude” to let someone know that you don’t agree with them and don’t want to hear it. Cancel out their abuse with your voice. That’s it. It’s that simple. That’s what men can do.

Speak up.


NOTE: The collage in this poster is made of real comments received by women I know in the games industry. The women received this harassment because they spoke at conferences, played video games, tweeted selfies, and performed their jobs. The oldest comment on there is from three years ago. Most are from the past few weeks.

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 said: 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!