Beyond the Polygons

My look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and why one of the best parts of the film might end up kneecapping the MCU down the line.

That said, Episode 2 has gotten some much better marks from the press, and I definitely see why… but in a sense, it left me with the opposite feeling as I had with Episode 1: The bulk of the game was gloriously fun, but the ending… left a lot to be desired.
It all merges together into what can only be described as Homeopathic Storytelling: A small amount of good story and plot in there, but so heavily diluted by the action and refusal to force the players into the story at all. The story so often gets shoved aside for the sake of gameplay that it gets ridiculous after a while, thin excuses for plot cul de sacs popping up here and there that never get brought up again.
From my look at the storytelling of Blizzard’s latest release: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Same Shitty Storytelling, Different Year

theraginghottruth:

millere2773:

secotm:

i-got-a-hobby:

secotm:

i-got-a-hobby:

secotm:

(I’ve talked about Christianity and gay rights before, also.)

So Fred Phelps is dead. I know just talking about him can be considered giving him undeserved attention and helping to spread his lifelong message of hatred and intolerance, but as the world (or the nation, at least) considers his…

I agree with the majority of this. But then we are assuming that the entirety of God is within 66 (depending on what your sect is) books. My God is bigger than that. Yes, the people that wrote it were led by the Holy Spirit, but don’t most preachers claim that they are too? In that instance, it should be no different than T.D. Jakes or Joel Osteen writing a chapter.

"Bigger than that"? There is nothing in the Bible to indicate God has any sense of justice or wisdom or morality greater than what humans can come up with, and many instances where God comes across as pettier and more base than most humans.

If God did have something to say that would show humans he is so wise and benevolent and merciful, it should have been included in the Bible. Their silence speaks volumes.

You seem to have a fairly pessimistic view of God. According to you, Christians would have to be pretty legalistic in order to truly practice our faith. Yes the Bible said to judge the sinner, but it says to do it with compassion. Did Fred do that? No. So while God, according to you, may not send Fred to Hell, my guess is that he would certainly talk to Fred about the hatred in his heart.

You seem to have a fairly pessimistic view of God.” I’ve read the Bible. God doesn’t come away looking kind and decent. You can check my previous posts today to get an understanding of why I say that.

According to you, Christians would have to be pretty legalistic in order to truly practice our faith.” 613 laws of Judaism. Jesus said “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." So, yes. I do think Christians should be more ‘legalistic,’ starting with understanding what the law is, what the Bible actually says.

I don’t want to rehash my rants, but the Bible does not support gay rights and the changing shift in society does not mean God retroactively supports gay rights nor has he started supporting them. And that’s just one example of many modern Christians trying to say something that is explicitly un-Biblical, supporting my skepticism of most people who call themselves Christian having actually read the Bible and knowing what’s in it.

I could go off on how many progressive Christians want to act as if their entire religion is based on nothing but positive aphorisms and vague good will towards humanity, ignoring how there is an established holy text for their faith and it very much is not the love-in they want to pretend it is. But it’s too late for another rant.

So, your argument towards a Christian showing a path that they and others of the faith use to both believe in God and the Bible and also treat their fellow man in a responsible, enlightened way… is to spit in their face and tell them that their interpretation is wrong?

Look, I’m an agnostic here, and that sort of condescending bullcrap is offensive as hell to read. You’re acting no better than the most bible-thumping asshat preacher out there, and maybe you should step back and be happy when a Christian professes that anti-gay Christians are in the wrong, and that hatred of homosexuality is not a requirement of Christianity…

Are they, though? I expected that there would be instances of no-true-scotsman fallacy in reply to the op, and it has happened. The basic truth is that if you read the bible carefully enough, and interpret it selectively enough, you can use it to justify just about anything. The only real difference between the more liberal christians and the westboro baptist church people is which parts of the bible they’re willing to ignore, but they’re still working from the same set of books, and the interpretation of one is just as much a valid form of christianity as the other. The whole thing really is more trouble than it’s worth.

I stopped caring what the bible when…

…okay, I don’t think I ever truly cared, but it took a giant nosedive when I found out about the editors.

But: that doesn’t mean that a lot of people don’t put a lot of stock in it. Religious beliefs are kinda important to a lot of people. Its part of what defines them, part of what drives them. Yes, the motives of religion have been used to spark war and violence, but it’s also been used to spur people towards charity, benevolence and kindness.

I care a hell of a lot more what people DO with their religion. The person SECOTM is going after seems like a good person who’s using their faith in a positive manner. That’s what’s important, not what the definition of what a “True Christian” is.

The problem is that SECOTM is basically saying “If you believe in the bible, then you’re actually a homophobic bigot, because the bible is so you’re bad”, which is at least as wince-inducing a trope as “No True Scottsman”.

Short version: Who the hell really cares what you believe, as long as you’re not hurting anyone with it.

secotm:

i-got-a-hobby:

secotm:

i-got-a-hobby:

secotm:

(I’ve talked about Christianity and gay rights before, also.)

So Fred Phelps is dead. I know just talking about him can be considered giving him undeserved attention and helping to spread his lifelong message of hatred and intolerance, but as the world (or the nation, at least) considers his…

I agree with the majority of this. But then we are assuming that the entirety of God is within 66 (depending on what your sect is) books. My God is bigger than that. Yes, the people that wrote it were led by the Holy Spirit, but don’t most preachers claim that they are too? In that instance, it should be no different than T.D. Jakes or Joel Osteen writing a chapter.

"Bigger than that"? There is nothing in the Bible to indicate God has any sense of justice or wisdom or morality greater than what humans can come up with, and many instances where God comes across as pettier and more base than most humans.

If God did have something to say that would show humans he is so wise and benevolent and merciful, it should have been included in the Bible. Their silence speaks volumes.

You seem to have a fairly pessimistic view of God. According to you, Christians would have to be pretty legalistic in order to truly practice our faith. Yes the Bible said to judge the sinner, but it says to do it with compassion. Did Fred do that? No. So while God, according to you, may not send Fred to Hell, my guess is that he would certainly talk to Fred about the hatred in his heart.

You seem to have a fairly pessimistic view of God.” I’ve read the Bible. God doesn’t come away looking kind and decent. You can check my previous posts today to get an understanding of why I say that.

According to you, Christians would have to be pretty legalistic in order to truly practice our faith.” 613 laws of Judaism. Jesus said “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." So, yes. I do think Christians should be more ‘legalistic,’ starting with understanding what the law is, what the Bible actually says.

I don’t want to rehash my rants, but the Bible does not support gay rights and the changing shift in society does not mean God retroactively supports gay rights nor has he started supporting them. And that’s just one example of many modern Christians trying to say something that is explicitly un-Biblical, supporting my skepticism of most people who call themselves Christian having actually read the Bible and knowing what’s in it.

I could go off on how many progressive Christians want to act as if their entire religion is based on nothing but positive aphorisms and vague good will towards humanity, ignoring how there is an established holy text for their faith and it very much is not the love-in they want to pretend it is. But it’s too late for another rant.

So, your argument towards a Christian showing a path that they and others of the faith use to both believe in God and the Bible and also treat their fellow man in a responsible, enlightened way… is to spit in their face and tell them that their interpretation is wrong?

Look, I’m an agnostic here, and that sort of condescending bullcrap is offensive as hell to read. You’re acting no better than the most bible-thumping asshat preacher out there, and maybe you should step back and be happy when a Christian professes that anti-gay Christians are in the wrong, and that hatred of homosexuality is not a requirement of Christianity…

And, sorry I-got-a-hobby. Judgmental asshats come in all stripes…

How dare a reviewer review a currently released game by the same metrics they would any other game of that genre, and not give it special privileges because it’s a reboot!

How dare he have an OPINION! He’s a reviewer! His opinions should match what everyone else thinks about the game!

A show on Michael Bay? I'm intrigued. What would it entail?

lindsayetumbls:

Our elevator pitch is “exploring film theory, academia, sociology and the art of screenwriting using ONLY Michael Bay’s Transformers films.” It’ll be a limited mini-series of between 10-15 episodes.

I’ve been looking for an outlet that would allow me to talk about Transformers for hours on end. 

So, it’d be 15 episodes of Transformer clips followed by Lindsay going “You see that? Don’t do that, that was stupid, do this instead”?

inquisitivefeminist:

lindsayetumbls:

r3zuri:

dantesinfernape:

keylimekitty:

Seriously nothing pisses me off more than seeing this shit all over tumblr. Get over it and let people support whatever they want, regardless of who they are.

(I really hate drawing comics)

I was talking to the director of my college’s LGBTQ Center today and asked her if she was on tumblr. “There’s so much bullshit policing going on on there.”

*headache*

Let me explain you all a thing:

For every 1 well-meaning, genuine ally, there are dozens of people who think they know about oppression better than the people who are being oppressed and who tone police the way oppressed people are supposed to talk about their oppression.

For every 1 well-meaning, genuine ally, there are hundreds of people willing to step forward and say that oppressed people aren’t really oppressed at all, or that they’re overreacting or seeing problems where there are none.

And sometimes, after dealing with those kinds of people day in and day out, it’s really really hard to know an ally when you see one.

Reblogging for commentary.  Good allies exist.  We all know that, and we love you guys.  But shitty allies also exist, and we can’t always tell which one you are right away.  

Plus (as the comic added by the last commenter illustrates) it’s really easy to make anyone who opposes you look bad if you draw them as strawmen with bad grammar and obnoxious facial expressions.   Comics like these are super manipulative and often gross oversimplifications of real issues, which is why I will never reblog another one, even to rebut it.  Keep them away from me.

Speaking as a Straight-White-Cis-Male?

Well, for one… yeah, it feels like I shouldn’t get involved in these sorts of discussions, especially on Tumblr. The word “Cis”, for example? I’ve almost never see off of Tumblr, and most of the time when I do see it? It’s basically used as a slur, and I can’t exactly respond someone saying that “All CIS Men are bastards” with… well, anything, can I? Yelling at them just ‘proves them right’, and I really can’t think of a more diplomatic path besides the oft-mocked “Not all of us are bad” stance.

But on a more general level? Unless you count the comparatively tiny amount of anti-athiest/agnostic attitude there is out there, I really don’t know what it’s like to be oppressed, prejudiced against and the like. Without question, that kind of crap is wrong and should be thrown against a wall… but, yes, there are times when I see complaints against how things are handled in media and find the complaints wanting.

So, short version: Is there a good way to push back against those criticisms in a reasoned manner that goes into a genuine discussion and examination of the subject? Or should I just not bother trying?

wilwheaton:

ericsandt:

comic-khan:

thebicker:

drwhom:

spookychan:

russellmiller:

John Oliver from The Daily Show Presents Gun Control to America - Imgur

Whoop dee fucking doo indeed.

Ever feel like the Daily Show does better reporting and REAL questioning than most news shows?

It’s satire only reveals more truth than not.

Yep.

Fuck the NRA.

I like the Daily Show… but lets not confuse them for actual Journalists. They hide behind their comedy and, if the choice is between an accurate depiction of events and being funny? They’ll go with being funny.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t watch the Daily Show. But Do a bit of research before taking anything they say as fact, because they have willfully and intentionally misled the audience and never once made anything resembling a retraction for it.

EDIT: As an example, take a look at a response by the developers of Tapfish, who basically got reamed by deception, misinformation and lies of omission: http://zenentrepreneur.blogspot.com/2011/12/top-10-things-daily-show-with-jon.html

If a real news program did this crap, they’d get hit hard for abhorrent journalistic integrity and be forced to make a retraction. I don’t think I’ve heard a peep from the Daily Show on this subject yet.

tits-mcgeek:

ladylestat88:

OMG!

Cosplay: you’re doing it right.

Now just imagine anyone decrying “Fake geek girls” being on stage too…

tits-mcgeek:

ladylestat88:

OMG!

Cosplay: you’re doing it right.

Now just imagine anyone decrying “Fake geek girls” being on stage too…