Who plays Diablo III?
Which of you lovely followers plays Diablo III or Starcraft II? Add me on battlenet, just make sure you let me know who you are, probably best via blog name.
More flat viewings today.
Yesterday was a massive house in carrington with 5 other twenty-somethings living in it, all with jobs, not students. It did however remind me of uni again, and the prospect of living there is quite exciting.
Tonight it was a room in a smaller 3 bed house, one guy (the landlord) and one girl. Again twenty-somethings that work. It was a much better standard of house, but also quite a bit more intimate. If we don’t get along it could be uncomfortable, but he’s already acknowledged that risk by setting out a short term let with the option to extend.
I still need to sort out my pension, and the now that HR at my work isn’t so tied up in other stuff I can chase down what happened to my application. Diablo III Reaper of Souls is nuts, I finally have enough money to go out drinking and I’m typing this while glancing guiltily at the mound of laundry I need to do.
Oh, and my mum was talking about baby names, I suggested “Amelia” and she spent the next few minutes walking around the house saying it to herself.
So yeah, that’s my last few days in a nutshell, I’m pretty shattered. Probably going to play some games and put off laundry even more. Chat shit on facebook to people, get some food, and most likely porn.
Speaking of which, stoya has a twitter, y’all should search for her.
So this month is nuts right now.
Waiting to hear back on an internal job that could set me up perfectly for the future,
Moving out of my family home to my own place,
Sorting out my savings, and sorting out my pension.
It’s like my thirties stomped up, kicked down my door, fucked up my room and said “Right. Deal with this, I’ll see you in another 6 years.”
Still got my OKCupid profile up online, but haven’t really used it for months.
That said, it says something of our nation when 90% of the messages I get through from people are about the way I make my tea.
This “breast cancer awareness” thing that’s been going on on my facebook, women have been posting selfies of themselves without makeup, then tagging and nominating several other people to do it as well in its name. Even the guys are doing it. But my feed is annoying me so much I refuse to go on it tonight.
Regarding those selfies? Fine, go nuts. It’s good to periodically remind yourself "When was the last time I got a check-up?" or "Maybe I really should go see a doctor about that mole." because you never know. It’s a little naive to think that it’s a world-changing thing, but I’m sure most people who did this know that already.
But then the reactions have come flooding in. "I’m not doing this thing. I’m not an idiot.”
I am sick and oh-so-tired of self-proclaimed “intellectual superiors” shitting all over other people. These statuses aren’t actually railing at this particular trend, or even “slacktivism” in general. These are about proclaiming loudly to a room "Look at me. Look at how smart I am because I’ve not been suckered in by this. Laugh at the sheeple.”
What the fuck does that achieve? Not a thing, let’s break it down here:
Firstly, you fuckers, everyone who goes “I’m already aware of cancer.”
Yes, you are. Most people are. Trouble is, people aren’t good at contemplating their own mortality. “Cancer” is a word that makes people do exactly that. We need constant reminders to consider our own health, to look for signs, then take those signs seriously. It takes a lot of courage to tell a doctor that you’re worried you might have cancer, because once you’ve acknowledged the possibility, you also acknowledge the possibility that your prognosis may not be too good, that you may not be around in five years’ time. Even then, I used a euphemism for dying and I’m the one making this damn point. Constant pressure is one way for people to actually face those fears.
Second. The idea that by following a trend, you are a sheep. You cannot think for yourself. The idea of “Thinking for yourself” is laughable. You, oh mighty omniscient one, do not exist in a vacuum. The idea that people are sheep, and will follow a herd is one you exalt yourself for. Yet is plagiarised from every philosopher, psychologist, sociologist and misanthropist that has ever turned an eye to people. Every comment thread about atheism, every film about a brainwashed mass, every time someone else posted about how “profile pic changes don’t stop children being molested” or any of the other numerous fads. All you do by saying that is make those people who did participate feel very, very stupid. You reduce the chances of people getting involved in things like this again. All because you’re too fucking arrogant not to scorn someone who has the audacity to be impassioned about something.
Third. “Donate to a charity instead of doing this shit.”. *Ahem* maybe they can’t? Facebook is a funny thing, it’ll reduce your newsfeed to a stream from a couple of hundred people at most, and they will all be paired to you based on demographic. In my case most are either relatives, close friends I often interact with or left-leaning twenty-somethings. I don’t know about you tumblr, but most twenty-somethings I know aren’t really in a position to give money away. Not an uncommon story at all, what with hefty bank overdrafts, limited employment options, cuts in benefits, low pay for the age range anyway and sky-high property prices. Instead some of them decide to go along with things like this. Have their voice heard in a medium that costs them nothing. Those same left-leaning twenty-somethings then turn around and snark, all the while not considering other people’s financial situations. Funny, I thought that was reserved for the Tories.
Some have started posting faces of themselves next to screens where they are donating on the internet. One guy even had his wallet in his mouth, an extremely witty take on “putting money where your mouth is.”. Nice one douchebag. I hope you all get thrown barefoot into a lego factory. It isn’t enough to accuse people of being ignorant and stupid, rubbing money in the faces of those who may not have it is a much better option.
Only a few people have actually responded to this trend with any degree of empathy. The first is an old classmate of mine from university, she recently entered remission after a period of intense treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she blogged about the experience here to raise awareness. She talked about ridding yourself of the “It happens to other people, not me” mentality that is so common with people our age. Something I agree with since cancer is relatively rare at this stage in life, but still happens.
The second was a round of people sharing the story of Sophie Jones, who recently died of cervical cancer at age 20. Her condition was caught too late since she was turned down for screening, being under 25. I’m not going to weigh in on that since it’s an entirely different debate, but several people did share links to the online petition her mother made to reduce the age threshold for screening (link goes to that.) and I honestly couldn’t agree more. I had my own cancer scare a couple of years ago, and the mental and emotional stress of being refused and kept in the dark took an even greater toll on me than my original ailment.
My point is, that is how you do something, that is how you raise awareness. By relating to people your own experiences, sharing others’. By calling for more care to be made in policies surrounding the topic. By posting silly little selfies that sparks the next wave of discussion.
Not by taking a big squat on other people for daring to care. Not by using it as a fucking staging platform to proclaim how enlightened and intelligent you are. Not by making disparaging comments at people who can’t do it in exactly the same way you can. If making sure you’re not the one that looks stupid is more important than the actual issue at hand, then you aren’t worth listening to, and you can kindly go fuck yourself.
Whoever thought it was a good idea to pack Titanfall’s preload with ~20GB of uncompressed audio files (in all languages) needs to sit in a corner and think about what they’ve done.
They say it’s to benefit lower-spec machines. I’d like to see origin automatically rolling out tailored builds to machines that fit high mid and low spec bands, and only include loca for the origin account’s region, with install options to put on more, or customise.
In a single generation bandwidth caps and traffic management has become a major concern for a fair amount of gamers. Iirc australia will be hit pretty bad.
Okay, application sent.
I’m not going to go back and re-read what I sent, because I’ve spent the last two days carefully reading, re-reading, re-wording and tweaking the flow of the text.
So naturally if I open up the pdfs the first thing I’ll see will be a typo.
Jiggled the format, re-organised stuffs, put more stuffs in, lie down, try to sleep, cry.