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High-Context Discourse / Re: DIRTY SANTA '12: PARTYING ON
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:36:01 PM »
Package deployed. Merry Christmas.

High-Context Discourse / Re: Links
« on: December 10, 2012, 06:16:22 AM »

I don't know what's going on in this twitter tag, but it's kawaii as fuck.

High-Context Discourse / Re: Imagery Unload
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:07:58 AM »
I mean pictures on the walls. There's a big portrait, yeah, but all the other stuff is random nazi paraphernalia too.

EDIT: whoops misunderstood your post for second. Reply corrected.

Anyway, the crap on the walls is not the weirdest part. It just adds to the cockamamie whole. I mean, really, what the fuck is going on there.

The most interesting thing to me in the entire image is the tiny vials of milk on the desk by all the hitler photos. That, and the two kitten statues.

Gaming Discussion / Re: A Next Metal Gear Is...
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:06:15 AM »
Goddamnit, Kojima. Why are you so fucking crazy?

Real Life / Re: Shit Days
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:04:44 AM »
What's wrong with it? Unless you messed something up by ignoring oil or coolant issues, most anything on a car can be fixed for a 'still worth it' price.

Yeah, if you can fix a car for 200 or 300 bucks (most repairs are in this range) it is almost always worth fixing it over replacing it, esp. if you aren't paying payments on the car. If you want a new car, rather than get stuck buying one when you're in the midst of an emergency, save money and keep driving the new one until you have catastrophic failure of some kind, e.g. transmission or engine failure.

The last time I got doom and gloomy about my car, I managed to get it fixed for eighty dollars.

High-Context Discourse / Re: DIRTY SANTA '12: PARTYING ON
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:02:58 AM »
I should be sending out my package tomorrow or weds.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: What the fuck?
« on: December 09, 2012, 10:40:38 AM »
- The double standard: You can make fun of Christians, but God forbid Muslims. It's okay to call a woman any name imaginable, as long as she's a Republican. And no problem if you're a bigot, as long as you're politically correct about it.

The irony is so thick you can cut it with a knife.

High-Context Discourse / Re: Talkin' About Sharkey
« on: December 09, 2012, 05:00:15 AM »
all "it's a wonderful life" jokes aside, that is literally sharkey's twitter feed right now.

I am in for what I can spare. I think we all owe the Shark-Man for this community, which is ostensibly not about Sharkey anymore, but certainly was at one time. Thanks, boss.

LP Hell / Tales of Maj'Eyal LP
« on: December 08, 2012, 04:42:15 PM »
Hey guys, I've been doing a let's play series for a roguelike I play, Tales of Maj'Eyal. I just did the last video (and am currently uploading it) and it's kind of a beginner's guide to the game. I don't know if anyone is going to be interested given the subject matter but I thought I would share it here since I already have with the Tome community and SA. is the playlist for the video series.

If anyone is unfamiliar with the game, it's a free roguelike with pretty high production values considering it's a garage project mostly put together by one guy. It is entirely graphical, with tiles by Shockbolt.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: GOP Will Eat Itself
« on: December 08, 2012, 05:29:26 AM »

High-Context Discourse / Re: Quotes
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:49:49 AM »
He turned his attention to the larger mirror in the wall, and ejaculated in amazement.
Peering over his shoulder, Conan grunted.

Language was different in the 1930s.  :nyoro~n:

« on: December 06, 2012, 06:58:46 AM »
My shoe size is 10.5 wide, but I'm wide across the entire length of the foot when most people aren't, and as a result I can either have comfortable shoes or cheap shoes or nice shoes, but only one of the above at any given point in time.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: What the fuck?
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:39:35 AM »
Asperger's is already commonly considered to be a high-functioning form of autism; not sure if that's been reflected in the DSM before or not.  If it has, then they're eliminating a redundancy; if it hasn't, then they're updating the manual to reflect something that most psychologists already agree on.

Is this something that happens regularly to terms that get adopted as common insults? Because I don't think "dumb", "lame", "idiot" or "retard" are in any modern medical manuals either.

I don't think that's what happened here but you're right; "dumb" has become "mute", "lame" has been replaced with a litany of different terms of varying specificity, "idiot", "imbecile", and "moron" have been replaced with profound, severe, and mild mental retardation, respectively.  And while "retardation" does appear in the literature, my experience is that psychologists and special educators use the word professionally among one another but, as you might expect, don't like using it in conversation with parents or students.

But again, I don't think Asperger's has been reclassified because people are worried about its increasingly common use as an insult, I think it's because doctors and educators have agreed that it belongs in the autism spectrum and shouldn't be classified as a separate and unrelated condition.  Their belief is that Asperger's sufferers will be better served, in terms of diagnosis and treatment, by being considered alongside other autists.  (Cuts both ways, of course: there are presumably people who have been diagnosed with autism but not Asperger's who do in fact have Asperger's.)

That's the theory, anyway, and I think it's sound -- but we'll see how it works out in the coming years.  My fiancee's going into special ed with autism as a specialty; she was a little surprised by the change but acknowledges it makes sense.  We'll see what happens.

My understanding with the DSM is that the last iteration had a lot of problems with misdiagnosis and too many individual disorders. The new version consolidates. The Asperger's classification had the dual issues of misdiagnosis (by professionals and self-diagnosis) and not being taken seriously enough because it wasn't just called 'autism'. With Asperger's going out the window, we'll have a whole lot less of angsty tumblr users claiming to have it and a whole lot more of parents and teachers understanding that they're not just dealing with someone who thinks a little differently - that it's a serious disorder that has some serious issues. The ties to autism were always there, but I think it put people too much in the comfort zone when they didn't have to say it.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: GOP Will Eat Itself
« on: December 05, 2012, 12:49:20 PM »
It starts out as just "Sign a treaty saying you'll take care of the disabled", but that's only the first toe into the giving-up-your-sovereignty pool. Next thing you know, they'll let their inspectors get rid of our nuclear weapons. Then it's just a hop, jump and a skip to one of their Sustainability Enforcers politely making you get back on your Chinese-built touring bike and return back to your Accommodating Living Unit and be quiet. And once that happens, you can kiss most of the human race goodbye as the half-reptile men will finally being their interbreeding plans.

And that's why we can't agree to start treating the disabled well. We're doing it for your freedom. Remember to kick a guy out of his wheelchair today to let him know how much you love being free.

Look you gal-dang idjert, you think yer so smart with yer ivory league edu-tower and your big fancy book-learnin, but I know when they put that nigger back in the white house and slapped a fresh coat a' black on it he was gonna sign one a them treaty-mc-jiggers, that way he could skip the true patriots in our house of representatives and hand the power straight over to the monkey-boon or whatever his name is in that there Unutted Not-Nations. Did you know them idjerts signed a treaty to take away EVERYBODY'S guns and the NIGGER supports it?

^^ this is every conversation I've had with conservatives about the UN in the last six months. Seriously, this is what we've come to. We are not part of the international community anymore because half of our two-party system consists of flailing infants.

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Humble Indie Bundle
« on: November 29, 2012, 04:05:48 PM »
OTOH if we see a huge trend of major publishers moving this way we might end up with them realizing they're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect penny merchandise, and it'll die off by itself.

Far-fetched, sure, but common sense says the DRM bubble has to burst SOMEhow, and actual common sense has not proven to be a reliable mechanism for it.

it would be amazing if THQ made as much off these sales as they do a normal game release and publicized it. "Hey, guys, it turns out when you give people the chance to pay whatever they want you can still make money and hedge pirates out completely by making it less convenient than just buying the product!"

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Don't you know there's a war on?
« on: November 29, 2012, 02:53:58 PM »
Holy shit, I don't know if this is the right thread for this but I think the UN just recognized Palestine as a state?

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Humble Indie Bundle
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:04:11 PM »
I guess I can see the argument about DRM, but they're still donating proceeds to charity and you can still buy as many copies as you want for as cheap as you want. If anything this would just grow the existing base of people aware of the humble bundle, wouldn't it? Won't that mean even bigger gains for indie developers who distribute through the humble bundle?

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Humble Indie Bundle
« on: November 29, 2012, 12:59:32 PM »
Why condemn the humble bundle guys? I don't get it. They never had an obligation to only couple with indie game developers, and if you want to stick it to the man just donate the whole amount to Charity.

It's not the first game with a major publisher released, anyway. Bastion masqueraded as an indie title, but it was published by a major studio. So was Psychonauts.

Gaming Discussion / Re: The Humble Indie Bundle
« on: November 29, 2012, 12:40:17 PM »
if anyone is as confused as i was, THQ is doing a humble bundle with saints row the third, darksiders, the company of heroes games and red faction armageddon for 6 bucks.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: What the fuck?
« on: November 29, 2012, 10:45:36 AM »




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