Category Archives: 2011.11

Roundup of Unusual Size: Tonight, on ‘Reasons to Never Eat at McDonald’s Again…’

…So Friday I had a drag show. And today I caught up on all the sleep I apparently missed out on the last 25 years of my life. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

O Academia

The New York Times asks: why do students leave the sciences? Hell, I wish I could go back in time and get an astronomy degree instead of studying the liberal arts, but never mind me…



Wundergeek is in the process of building an awesome user’s guide for her Go Make Me a Sandwich blog.

Ryan Winslett asks if games are mainstream yet, and if so, would it matter?

And Rock, Paper, Shotgun provides a completely comprehensive flowchart for dealing with videogame review score controversies.


Article of the Day goes to Ian Bogost, who turns the lens of Lacanian psychoanalysis onto fast food culture, saying: “The purpose of the McRib is to make the McNugget seem normal.”

Proof once more that online petitions totally work.

This two part PRX series by Tina Fey takes a global perspective to “The Hidden World of Girls”.

And Jezebel is continuing their “girl’s guide to gay male sex” series, for all you slashers out there.

An update on the story of Judge Adams, the abusive subhuman creep who beat his daughter on camera because she liked things he didn’t like. He’s been suspended pending an investigation, by the way.


Taking note of Guy Fawkes Day, The Mary Sue pays tribute to the masks that have come to symbolize the Anonymous collective.

Still don’t know what “kettling” is? Here. Watch. On a related note, this is scary as hell.

Roundup of Unusual Size: BINGO!

(art credit: amrrr)

Is it me or is everything in tonight’s list about sexism? AND I got harassed on the way home from class. Bet it’s The Screwfly Solution taking effect.


If you read one article at Kotaku this week, read this one by Nicole Leffel, about sexism and a culture of dismissal in gaming. Also read the comments if you want laugh and boggle at some people’s staggering privilege.

On the other hand, you should feel at liberty to read Kotaku AU as much as you like, because that’s where Tracey Lien is. So here you go.

Sniff sniff. So proud of Fireholly. Look at this amazing sexism in games bingo card she made. It’s getting linked everywhere now! Be sure to check out Tami Baribeau’s twin discussions post on The Border House for more.

And as someone used to these kind of scams in publishing and other media, this really doesn’t surprise me, but it merits a signal boost: IF A CASH PRIZE PUBLISHING CONTRACT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT IS.


What is Heim Theory, and what does it mean for time travel?


Dictators and the things they hoard.

This is depressing. This is infinitely moreso.


This one got lost in my instapaper backlog somewhere: foreclosure firm employees dress up as the destitute evictees they’ve victimized for Halloween.

Roundup of Unusual Size: To the Moon with Ocelot’s Six-Shooters


A new study concludes that games aid in creativity rather than stunt it. Which would seem to follow.

Indie game du jour for you: To the Moon.


io9 documents Captain Kirk’s ten most ass-kicking moments.


Dude recreates the Ocelot gun twirling from Metal Gear Solid 3. Commentary on other sites seem to forget the scenes were done with motion capture to begin with (the mocap actor wore his skin off his fingers!) but I doubt it was all done in a single take. Nice.


That great sage and blogger (and hot air balloon enthusiast) Cory Doctorow says copyright is meaningless in the digital age:

…the thing that triggers copyright rules – copying – is an intrinsic part of the functioning of the Internet and computers. There’s really no such thing as “loading” a web-page – you make a copy of it. There’s really no such thing as “reading” a file off a hard-drive – you copy it into memory.

Forging 30+ social psychology studies? You need a Scumbag Steve for that.

Viewer be warned: abused daughter posts video of her father’s verbal and physical abuse. Reddit takes action.


How about we Occupy the Patriarchy next?

Occupy Oakland Strike Posters for your downloading and printing! I’m fond of the socialist motif one myself.

Don’t Scan Me Bro

How did we get here? The narrative of US airports’ cancer machines.

Roundup of Unusual Size: I rate your reading of this headline 7/10.

Sorry for the prolonged absence, all! I’m back or, erm, so goes the theory.


First up, my Sunday Papers and TWIVGB picks from over the weekend:

Level With Me, Dan Pinchbeck Part 1 of 7, a new interview series with the man behind the Dear Esther mod.
-Dan Cox examines the functions of asymmetrical knowledge in narrative–and how this might apply to games, particularly differences between player and PC knowledge.
-Patrick Klepek questions the “controversy” behind a review not being positive enough.
-Finally: I rate this review of a loofah 6/10 for creativity but lack of substance.

Moving forward, a few treasures from the rest of my RSS feeds–

We start with an opinion piece from Dan Cook, critiquing the emphasis placed on a vocal minority of players in an age of reliable metric data. I would just wonder where “squeaky wheels” demanding fairer, non-sexist, non-racist representation would factor in such a model (see: the under-advertising of FemShep and her resulting underperformance in metrics; CLEARLY THE DEVS SHOULD JUST FOLLOW THE DATA), but in fairness, he’s mostly talking about game mechanics and resistance to change.

And a compliment to that, more for fun than depth: Kotaku writer cites Cook’s article, basically calls out his “loud-mouthed assholes” readershi. Readers fail to catch on.

Also from Kotaku (I know! I’m surprised too!), Stephen Totilo covers a recent Q&A at the NYU Practice conference, addressing misogyny in the Street Fighter series as well as among its fans.

Playdead dev: “retail is broken.”

Tadhg Kelly discerns between participation and interactivity.

I love Gus Mastrapa and articles like this are why: a diary of food consumption in Skyrim.

Clint Hocking criticizes the oft-repeated prediction that games are “the dominant cultural form of the 21st century”.


NaNoWriMo is upon us once again, and regardless of how you may feel about it, it’s true that it does generate a greater than usual discourse on the writer craft. So, io9, what is a sincere first draft and how do we write it?

Halloween + Occupy Wall Street = protesters dressing up as Marie Antoinette.


As someone who works for a kids’ MMO, this concerns me personally and I can’t wait to dig deeper into it: why and how parents are undermining the Child Online Privacy Protection Act.


Before and after photos of the police raid on Frank Ogawa Park.

Apparently in addition to general police brutality and putting a guy in the coma, the Oakland PD’s anti-riot measures were flat-out illegal. I’m sure they’ll be thoroughly prosecuted, since the California justice system has been proven to work so well.

Nightmare Fuel

Seems like something Cronenberg would design: stiletto implants for your heels.

Moment of Pumpkin

The drawback for missing Halloween is that now all these links from last night seem a bit soggy and ready to be chucked… Ah well, have an exploding jack-o’-lantern anyway.