1. 3liza:


    A few months ago I was playing World of Warcraft — as is my wont — and was mindlessly listing gemstones in the auction house. Though I usually try to ignore the in-game chat channels, I couldn’t help but notice one shaman asking for help with his gear. Now, if you’ve ever been on the internet before, you may know that asking even reasonable questions to a group of anonymous people will likely result in some or all of the following: insults, incorrect answers, deliberately false answers, and more insults. The shaman was asking what sort of gear he needed to play his character with a particular specialization (shaman can be either healers or they can deal damage via melee attacks or spellcasting). His questions weren’t being answered and people were mocking his spelling. The shaman apologized, saying he was a 79 year old man and didn’t type very well. The people in the chat channel then mocked him for this.

    I looked up the shaman’s gear and found he was wearing a hodgepodge of items that weren’t itemized very well for his intended role (a melee damage-dealer). I bought him several pieces of gear off the auction house and mailed it to his character along with a note with a few tips. I also told him if he ever had any questions, he could ask me at any time.

    I got an in-game mail back from him later that day. He said that it’s hard for him to play this game since the younger players don’t have patience for him. He never learned to type in school and his reflexes were slower. “I went through Korea and Vietnam and they were good enough then to keep me alive,” he wrote. He thanked me for helping him and for changing his mind about his fellow players.

    Now, whenever I get frustrated with a player who isn’t playing well, I just imagine that the character is being played by my own Korean war veteran grandfather, who will be 83 this summer. I keep checking back on my little shaman friend. He only has two more levels before he hits the level-cap. I think I’ll buy him a present for when he does.

    My father is a 70 year old Vietnam War veteran and he has played World of Warcraft with his slightly younger wife for much longer than I ever did.  Growing up with a war vet as a parent makes you acutely attuned to their PTSD symptoms, stress levels, and ability to handle their surroundings and daily life, as well as their ability to cope with the demands of their children.  I can tell you with no hyperbole that playing video games—first person shooters, MMOs and everything else—has given my father, by his own admission, an astonishing tool for self-therapy, stress management, and the easing of painful memories in the context of “play”.  He is likewise slower at typing, and more easily distracted by the eerie beauty of the environmental art (which the rest of us are already spoiled to!), and in general approaches video games slightly differently than people in their 20s.  

    Laying aside the other thousand good arguments for accessibility in games wrt all people with disabilities (I can’t speak for them because I am average-bodied), consider the medicinal benefits of video games to people with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and to the elderly, who have a far far better chance fighting off Alzheimer’s and dementia with the proper brain stimulus.  Video games can provide that, and do.


  2. wondygirl:

    I don’t have this issue (I am missing a lot of the early Marvel GI Joe stuff) but I remember being really young and reading this already more than a decade old comic and fully understanding what was happening here.

    Marvel’s GI Joe isn’t perfect (it has some awful and cringe worthy racial stereotypes, it’s really dated and at some points it suffered from bad art) but for a comic who started off as a Nick Fury Jr. vs Hydra knockoff and whose sole purpose was to market soldier toys for boys it was surprisingly well written, it had interesting female leads, and it dealt with some pretty dark stuff.

    From GI Joe #1 (1982)

    The only reprint of Hot Potato in thirty years was in the ‘12 Complete Collection Hardcover, which covers #1-12, so it finishes before the first mission in Sierra Gordo goes down.

    I recall Hama saying he based Scarlett’s portrayal on his wife, so I think this story is a little wilder in that light.

  3. g.i. joe scarlett snake eyes

  4. And so the will to fight begins, or dies, very young. It dies when you tell your little girl to be quiet and well-behaved. It dies when pretty and sweet are how we praise and opinionated is how we chastise. It dies when a girl is called bratty and argumentative where a boy is brave and strong-willed. It dies when you compliment nice and condemn difficult.

    Dear my young friends: get ready to fight

    Our girls need to be difficult because the world is going to be difficult for them.

    (via paperbits)

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  5. While I was helping grandad with his garage door, the Sonic the Hedgehog theme started running through my mind, but the lyrics were changed to Werner the Herzog.

    This is literally the best explanation I can make of my thought process.

  6. sonic the hedgehog werner herzog I'm responsible this

  7. hipdomestic:

    Kitestring Notifies Your Emergency Contacts If You Go Dark
    Melanie Pinola

    If you’re going on a solo trip or even for a walk alone at night, it’s a good idea to let a loved one know you’re safe (or possibly not). Kitestring is a simple webapp that checks up on you and sends a text message to your emergency contacts if you don’t respond by a designated time.

    Enter your ETA and Kitestring will send you a text message to reply to. You can extend your check in time via SMS or check in early. If you don’t respond to Kitestring’s text message, your emergency contact(s) will get your customizable alert message.

    The free and open source site offers peace of mind, especially for those adventurous types and their families and friends. Instead of having to check up on each other just to say “I made it safe,” Kitestring does the checking up for you.

    (via Kitestring Notifies Your Emergency Contacts If You Go Dark)

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  10. popfop:

    Wild Palms, original comic strip.  Details magazine, 1990.

    Wild Palms is a national treasure

    (In High school, I printed an Everything Must Go banner to hang in the senior hallway, and thankfully, no one got the reference)

    (via megatrip)

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  12. fursasaida:

    L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department

    I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.

    “Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”

    “What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”

    “Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.”

    The heroin needle practically fell out of my arm. “What kind of monster would do something like that? Bitcoins are the ultimate currency: virtual, anonymous, stateless. They represent true economic freedom, not subject to arbitrary manipulation by any government. Do we have any leads?”

    “Not yet. But mark my words: we’re going to figure out who did this and we’re going to take them down … provided someone pays us a fair market rate to do so.”

    “Easy, chief,” I said. “Any rate the market offers is, by definition, fair.”

    He laughed. “That’s why you’re the best I got, Lisowski. Now you get out there and find those bitcoins.”

    “Don’t worry,” I said. “I’m on it.”

    I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

    “Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

    “Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.

    “Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”

    It didn’t seem like they did.

    “Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”

    Nothing. These people were stonewalling me. It almost seemed like they didn’t care that a fortune in computer money invented to buy drugs was missing.

    I figured I could wait them out. I lit several cigarettes indoors. A pregnant lady coughed, and I told her that secondhand smoke is a myth. Just then, a man in glasses made a break for it.

    “Subway™ Eat Fresh and Freeze, Scumbag!®” I yelled.

    Too late. He was already out the front door. I went after him.

    “Stop right there!” I yelled as I ran. He was faster than me because I always try to avoid stepping on public sidewalks. Our country needs a private-sidewalk voucher system, but, thanks to the incestuous interplay between our corrupt federal government and the public-sidewalk lobby, it will never happen.

    I was losing him. “Listen, I’ll pay you to stop!” I yelled. “What would you consider an appropriate price point for stopping? I’ll offer you a thirteenth of an ounce of gold and a gently worn ‘Bob Barr ‘08’ extra-large long-sleeved men’s T-shirt!”

    He turned. In his hand was a revolver that the Constitution said he had every right to own. He fired at me and missed. I pulled my own gun, put a quarter in it, and fired back. The bullet lodged in a U.S.P.S. mailbox less than a foot from his head. I shot the mailbox again, on purpose.

    “All right, all right!” the man yelled, throwing down his weapon. “I give up, cop! I confess: I took the bitcoins.”

    “Why’d you do it?” I asked, as I slapped a pair of Oikos™ Greek Yogurt Presents Handcuffs® on the guy.

    “Because I was afraid.”


    “Afraid of an economic future free from the pernicious meddling of central bankers,” he said. “I’m a central banker.”

    I wanted to coldcock the guy. Years ago, a central banker killed my partner. Instead, I shook my head.

    “Let this be a message to all your central-banker friends out on the street,” I said. “No matter how many bitcoins you steal, you’ll never take away the dream of an open society based on the principles of personal and economic freedom.”

    He nodded, because he knew I was right. Then he swiped his credit card to pay me for arresting him.

    (via theheadlesshashasheen)


  13. upnorthtrips:

    Happy 57th, Bambaataa

    (via megatrip)

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  15. elfgrove:



    For those that miss Green Lantern TAS there’s a special surprise in today’s issue of Smallville Lantern.
    Go pick it up http://www.readdcentertainment.com/Smallville-Lantern-6/digital-comic/90190

    Are you kidding me? What? WHAT?!

    We knew Bryan Q. Miller liked the show [link], but I had no idea he’d pull this! Bless you, Mr. Miller. I’m buying the issue as soon as I get home.

    Smallville Season 11 is a digital first series (print issues are released significantly later) written by Bryan Q. Miller. This digital issue is available now via these retailers: direct from DC | Comixology | Amazon & Kindle | Barnes & Noble & Nook

    Fanterns, show your support, the issue is just $0.99!

    It’s a small thing but it makes me so happy I cannot express guys.


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  18. nextyearsgirl:

    The absence of women in history is man made.

    (via monobey)


  19. theheadlesshashasheen:

    The terminology reversal is fascinating…


  20. atmidnightcc:

    We had so much fun with our Figure Hating game, we thought we should make them more real. Got your own idea for a bad action figure? Send us your drawings and altered images through the “play this game” button on our Tumblr page!

    If we like what you make, it might get featured on the show!

    G.I.Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat courtesy of Kevin Shinick, Clarence Thomas the Tank Engine courtesy of Seth Green! Watch the game here for more ideas.

    (via dystopiancircus)


  21. I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

    When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

    Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

    Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

    …My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

    So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.


    Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

    "What’s up with chicks and science?"

    Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

    (via magnius159)

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