I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t piss on Microsoft while they were down. And they are definitely looking down these days. I can’t say that I feel sorry for them because greed is what got us to this place. What they’re talking about for the X-Box One basically means an end to you owning your games. This is completely different than say a Kindle, which is doesn’t require you to use the internet except for getting the books.
The video game market seems to be the only media market where there’s this rally against used media. Yes digital readers create a problem for used book stores. But the old used books are always backwards compatible because they’re, well, books.
By making it so that any game only has one dedicated owner, you’re killing what made consoles so great. Who cares that you don’t get every scrap of profit that the game makes as it’s sold over the years. The same could be said about any other used thing. What makes video games so different? Especially considering that they cost more than movies or books.
When confronted with the idea that a lot of people don’t have high speed internet still, X-Box Executive Don Mattrick had this to say: “Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity,” Mattrick said. “It’s called Xbox 360.”
The interviewer then chimed in, saying “So stick with 360, that’s your message…?” To which Mattrick responded, “Well, if you have zero access to the Internet, that  is an offline device.” (source)
It really looks like they care.
What drove Microsoft to take all of these measures to ensure their profits wasn’t doing right by the fans and consumers. It was greed and companies who take these routes should be rewarded with this kind of scrutiny more often.
A few days ago I read something over on Hello Giggles about women trying to change how people viewed shiftlessness and gender by reading in the park topless. When I first posted the story on a forum I frequent I expected that more men would be excited for obvious reasons. Even men who aren’t particularly fond of women’s rights usually like breasts and if they were out all of the time, where’s the harm?
Well apparently these men are now worried that it will make them uncomfortable. Breasts are meant to be sexual and they shouldn’t be out for that reason. Here’s just a few of the things people responded with:
More idiots going topless.
The only people who support this are morons and perverts.
I like tits as much as the next guy, but this isn’t getting any point across other than how little self respect these feminist cunts have for themselves and others.
If guys don’t see you as equals with it on, they’re gonna see you as EVEN LESS with it off.
if you’re a fatass it’d harm my eyes
________ isn’t wrong, these women are idiots
Nobody wants to see your tits unless you’re part of the relatively small physically fit 18-30 female demographic, and suggesting that everyone should have to suffer the rolls and bags of outrageous fortune so that men can enjoy topless young women and young women can enjoy being topless
Intelligence, perspective, self-respect and respect for others all severely lacking here.
If a woman walked up to a man and touched his chest what would you think of it? If a man walked up to a woman and touched her chest what would you think of it? I don’t have a problem with walking around topless, or bottomless for that matter, but at the same time I believe some members in this thread are being hypocritical. If the situation was flipped I don’t think individuals would have a problem coming up with reasons why a man and woman’s chest should be treated/viewed differently.
Cause its sexualy related. The same reason I can’t walk around naked, the public does not want to see my black dick swinging everywhere, and the public does not want to see females tits while they play with there kids at the park. This is a society so what the people want does matter, and I can’t think of any reason why someone needs to expose there chest(male/female) under normal circumstances to begin with.
Men can walk around without a shirt as a mans chest is not associated to sex by the majority, although dont misunderstand a large number of people want men to cover up as well. Just not enough to make it a law.
The problem I’m having with all of this is that a lot of men seem to be uncomfortable with the idea of a woman shirtless around them, especially if they can’t touch her in the same way they might want to. There seems to be a sudden worry about the comfort level of men. The thing is that a lot of time when women are made uncomfortable they’re told that they’re being weak, they get ridiculed or told they’re being passive aggressive bitches.
We should tell these men the same thing. I think that over time, if this happened more often, it might start to change things a little bit and we might see some differences when it comes to how men view women overall. A lot of the reason we used to cover women up was because their body was seen as property and we still have this mindset that their bodies are meant to be enjoyed sexually for one person, but aren’t their own at the same time. Women are expected to act more out of sexuality and attractiveness than they are out of comfort.
And if you’re comfortable with your breasts out, who am I to say you can’t do that?
This past week has been a bit rough for me for reasons I really won’t go into. But some old friends came to town and I got the chance to go out with them on Friday and just shoot the shit a bit. Needless to say it was really good to see them and to be part of a warm welcome for someone who has been gone almost a year.
I feel bad for the people who move and come back only to find out that most of their friends ignore their requests to hang out. I’ve had that happen before and I don’t ever want to be part of that when it comes to someone else. I make an effort to at least get out and see people when they come back to town. It helped me a lot to be able to in this case because I missed them a lot. More than I was willing to admit.
I guess that there’s this thing that happens when someone opens up to you and lets you into their circle of friends. Especially when they’re one of the first people to do this for you. Even if you only know them a short time it kind of makes an impression on you and that’s kind of the case here.
They’re headed back to the East Coast, but I know now I need to keep in touch better. It’d be shitty of me not to.
It’s been a few weeks since the final episode of Season 7 Doctor Who. Really wanted to post something I came across when I reading an article about why this one person wanted to quit watching Doctor Who. This comment was made in response.
Such nonsense. Ever since David Tennant left (of his own choosing) people have dragged everything having to do with this show through the mud. As if there was some orchestrated plot to run the show into the ground. And every time I hear people trash Matt Smith and Steven Moffat then get all misty eyed over the Tennant era I want to vomit. Matt Smith was fighting a losing battle from the beginning with a lot of people. Facts are the ratings are fairly solid as they have been through the whole run of series 7. Matt Smith is a brilliant actor. Steven Moffat is a brilliant writer. He may leave something to desire as head producer but that’s how it’s always been.
Cinematically the show even looks better now. Plot holes and all I’d rather deal with non-linear universe rebooting than how the show went from A daft old man that stole a box and traveled the universe to “Oh look at Ten and Rose, they’re so cute together.” The whole show turned into some overly dramatic soap opera. And all of a sudden what started out as an aging Time Lord and his granddaughter seeing the universe turned into Edward Cullen and Bella Swan teenage puppy-dog nonsense.
Which is a large part of why David Tennant appealed to people. His looks. He’s attractive and cute so people loved him. To the point of overlooking that if you’re going to be honest he really had a habit of overacting. Either that or he was gloomy and sad and people just hated to see such an adorable man be so hurt. Ugh.
And Russell T. Davies isn’t immune to criticism either. My biggest complaints were the bad premises and plastic looking Alien of The Week.
The Slitheen, Really? Cactus creatures and Tree people and flesh on a stretch board, oh my. The effects weren’t great, but they never were. But in the 2000′s aliens could really be more believable because they were as tacky as they were in the 70′s under Davies.
And to this day, when you speak to a fan of NuWho quick recall brings up which episodes? Blink, Empty Child, The Doctor Dances, The Girl In The Fireplace etc. Moffat written shows are always quick recalled as classics.
Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant both are brilliant and portrayed their incarnations of The Doctor incredibly. I will never undermine any of them, but their greatness in some degree was in spite of some of that writing not so much because of it.
I have to be in defensive mode a bit because it seems like amongst Doctor Who “fans” are some of the most entitled and spoiled individuals around. It seems they hate everything about the show. And always whine and complain about everything.
I absolutely adore Matt Smith. And I adore the fact that the show, not perfect by any means is still wonderful. I love that it’s darker and more psychological. I think it has to be. The storyline has to be leading up to what I hope is that period where The Valeyard appears.
I have always taken up for the actors. I loved Tom Baker, loved Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy and Patrick Troughton is high on my list as well. I take the show as a whole. I grew up loving Tom Baker’s Doctor but Matt Smith is my favorite now. And I am proud to say that. His acting is incredible. And he has a larger range of acting and depth.
If you’re a fan of the show, then by no means should you be entitled to like everything about the show.
I just wish most of you would like SOMETHING about it.
I’ve been up about thirty hours. Couldn’t sleep last night and had to wait for the AT&T guy to hook up the internet. Of course their scheduling window is twelve hours. Eight AM to Eight PM. I’ve been up all of that and I’m just surviving till he gets here. Right now it’s about six sixteen PM and I guess I can say I’m making it. I hope this post isn’t too incoherent.
So I have been thinking that I need to branch out from the normal stuff I do. Even Keep Austin Safe is me playing it safe by staying in the same world that I’ve always written in. I want to break out of that. A friend I met over Okcupid offered to help me get some stuff right for a character that dances ballet, so I am going to try and work on that story thread for a little while. I want to stay away from things I typically write about and try to tread some new ground with this.
I also plan to start using what’s called the magic spreadsheet (I found out about it through Mur Lafferty). It helps track word count and this way I can write something every day and see my progress. If you’re writing too I hear it works. Give it a try!
A friend of mine pointed out the fact that I am not typing words in IMs I send. At times I will send an IM where there is a sentence and somehow I won’t type a word right in the middle of it all. Then I looked back and I have caught myself doing this with status updates on Facebook and once or twice in text messages.
The more I think back on it I can remember little incidents here and there where I was forced to go back and correct something. Even as I type this I’m taking my time and going at it very slowly.
Googling this problem shows that it can be caused by stress. It feels like that’s been the theme in my life these days. There are other instances where I have been under stress, but normally I buckle and just drop everything; this time I’ve been holding everything up right as best I can and trying to juggle different things all at one time.
I need to just take the time away from different things, maybe this week I can do that. I need to just stay here on my days off. Actually stay here and don’t leave; not do the thing where I talk about it and then I’m out and about by the second day. There’s no proof that going out is causing the problem, but I don’t think staying in could hurt matters anymore.
There is some good news to report: I’ve been making an effort to actually get some work done on crafting better characters. I used to be so keen on anything and everything I could read about character craft and working on the people that inhabit the stories I write. I’ve actually found someone who offered to help me with the writing of one of my main characters by giving me insight into her former profession. I’ve never interviewed for something like this before, so we’ll see how it goes.
As for the issue of stress I am going to take control back. That doesn’t mean tomorrow. That means right now.