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Needing a day off.

I might have written something good. We’ll never know, now. 

Something really just awful and sad happened in our community Monday night, no one hurt but still just… it’s hit kind of hard and I’m distracted and a post is not happening. 

I won’t share the actual story because it’s just sad, don’t worry about it. But remember when you go places, you might never get to go back. Remember to pay attention and be ready to act if something happens. And seriously, don’t mess with kids. What the hell.

Presented without context.

Updates Coming to Comparative Geeks

Merlin on Batman Comic

David and I have been going strong with Comparative Geeks for over a year and a half now. We have continually done 6 posts a week for that time. Some circumstances for us have recently changed, which makes it difficult for us to keep up with the pace we are currently going at. So instead we will be doing 4 days a week of longer written posts and then 1 day a week we will do a video, poll, meme, quote, or something else just for fun. We have really appreciated everyone who has commented and is following our blog and we just wanted to make everyone aware of the change that is happening. We will be starting it this week, so expect a post, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and then something fun on Friday. We will no longer be posting on Saturday or Sunday unless something keeps us from posting one of the other days. Thanks to everyone who has been reading and will hopefully continue reading.

Not Everyone’s a Dick All the Time

And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, one girl sitting on her own in a small cafe in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.

-Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy

A couple weeks ago I read an article from The Mary Sue discussing the fact that cultures of harassment can be changed. The article was a quick reflection on a larger article from Wired magazine about Curbing Online Abuse, and discussing how some of the same ideas can apply to harassment at San Diego Comic Con. I have been wanting to write an article about the findings from the Wired article for a while, but just had not gotten around to it. With the occurrences of Saturday and the #yesallwomen movement, it seemed like a great time to discuss my reactions to this article and what it means for online harassment.

The study mentioned in the Wired article displayed some interesting statistics. Now they did not mention any specifics about the behavior that they considered negative, so it is not necessarily just abuse targeted at women. In some ways this makes sense because we should not just focus on ending abusive behavior towards women, but all abusive behavior. The most important take away is the fact that abusive behavior is not just isolated to a small number of players who are always abusive. The truth is that a large portion of abusive behavior is done by players who normally do not act that way, but something sets them off, which sets someone else off, and so on and so forth. This means it is not just about taking care of those people that are always abusive, but changing the culture of the community as a whole.  Continue reading

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is the issue that will never die. Lately we have been hearing a lot about what has been going on with Net Neutrality with the recent decisions to allow ISPs to charge companies that deliver online services extra money to be able to deliver those services to customers who are paying the ISPs to provide Internet services that they can choose how to use. Today I saw a video posted by Felicia Day created by YouTuber ViHart explaining the history of Net Neutrality and what they see as the problem with what is being presented.

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