Love, Isaac
The strange truth is that Isaac’s death hasn’t changed my friendship with him.
reading  death  poetry  letters 
3 days ago
Live Your Nightmare
Six minutes. At an Ottawa comedy club called Yuk Yuk's, I'd be given six minutes to stand up in front of strangers and make them laugh.
comedy  standup  fear  self-improvement 
11 days ago
Kevin Feige, Marvel's Superhero at Running Movie Franchises
It’s been four years since Disney purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. At the time, it wasn’t hailed as a brilliant move.
disney  marvel  movies 
14 days ago
How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago
If you wanted to pick a single date to mark the beginning of the modern era of the web, you could do a lot worse than choosing Thursday, April 1, 2004, the day Gmail launched.
google  gmail  history 
16 days ago
Why Affirming Bisexuality Is A Public Health Concern
To truly eliminate the physical and mental health disparities bi people experience, the solution is simple: take them at their word.
bisexuality  bisexualerasure 
18 days ago
Understanding the #CancelColbert Campaign
#CancelColbert may have been silly and dumb and wrong in spirit, but it’s worth asking if those of us who find it distasteful know as much about the intentions of the hashtag activists as we think we do
twitter  activism  stephencolbert 
18 days ago
Against Tolerance
If you are saying that a person who doesn't believe that queer people are fully human can be a trustworthy leader for an organization you value, you are really saying that it's okay to dehumanize me.
mozilla  marriageequality 
22 days ago
Bet You Don't Know Harvey Danger
I know how intimidating it can be to delve into a new band not knowing where to start. Here is a chronological history of the brief—but powerful—career of Harvey Danger.
music  harveydanger  seannelson 
4 weeks ago
The New RoboCop Is What RoboCop Meant to Kill
We're not looking ahead to our idiot dystopia. We're living in it.
robocop  idiocracy  thedeclineandfalloftheamericanempire 
7 weeks ago
10 Ways to Show Love to Someone With Depression
If you have a partner or are close to someone who struggles with depression, you may not always know how to show them you love them.
depression  relationships 
7 weeks ago
Andrew O’Hagan · Ghosting
He thought I was his creature and he forgot what a writer is, someone with a tendency to write things down and perhaps seek the truth and aim for transparency.
wikileaks  julianassange  reading 
7 weeks ago
Soon | James Harms
He had always supposed he would die first, / before her, though he didn't think about it much.
8 weeks ago
Midwest Eclogue | Stacie Cassarino
The first day it feels like fall / I want to tell my secrets / recklessly until there is nothing / you don't know that would make / your heart change years from now.
poetry  autumn 
8 weeks ago
Apple's iPhone, the New International Currency
I’ve been paying my bills with iPhones. Not with apps or on bank sites—I’ve been using the Apple hardware as currency.
apple  iphone  economics  livinginthefuture 
8 weeks ago
10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation
As the author of two lengthy, heavily researched and thoroughly fact-checked articles that deal with that allegation, I feel obliged to set the record straight. As such, I have compiled the following list of undeniable facts.
woodyallen  crime  rape 
8 weeks ago
Woody Allen’s Good Name
This is a basic principle: until it is proven otherwise, beyond a reasonable doubt, it’s important to extend the presumption of innocence to Dylan Farrow, and presume that she is not guilty of the crime of lying about what Woody Allen did to her.
woodyallen  crime  rape  rapeculture 
8 weeks ago
Roger Angell: Life in the Nineties
I'm ninety-three, and I'm feeling great.
aging  death  reading 
8 weeks ago
True Love Can Exist in the Twitter Age
Annabelle and Emily fell head over heels in front of the whole internet.
twitter  relationships  peopleisortofknow 
8 weeks ago
Erick Erickson says that the Apostle Peter is an idiot who doesn’t understand the vision God gave to the Apostle Peter
*God has shown us that we should not call anyone profane or unclean.* If you miss that, you've missed the entire book of Acts. If you miss that, you miss the entire gospel.
slacktivist  lgbt  bible  theology  shellfish  christianists 
8 weeks ago
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Enlightenment
Unfortunately, the Ineffable tends to be pretty tight-lipped when it comes to feedback.
buddhism  meditation 
8 weeks ago
Steve Gaynor: Copyright, trademark & money in a creative industry
There is some argument going on about for how long a copyright holder should be able to charge exclusively for their own work, before it enters the public domain. As someone who recently paid a record label money to license music that was recorded more than 20 years ago, and someone who last year released a video game I'm charging money for, I have opinions on that.
copyright  trademark  gonehome  stevegaynor 
10 weeks ago
Interviews: Jack Terricloth (World/Inferno Friendship Society)
"Are you angry?" I ask. "No, not angry," he replies. Then a few moments later, he sighs, "Sad, sure. I miss most of those kids."
interview  worldinferno  jackterricloth 
10 weeks ago
Interview: Steve Gaynor
"I think one of the most valuable things a piece of entertainment can do is make you feel empathetic towards people."
stevegaynor  interview  bioshock  gonehome 
11 weeks ago
How To Fall In Love Too Late: "Cooperative Polygraphy" for "Community"-Haters
This is something non-fans rarely hear or understand, about the “heart” of Community: It’s not a warm, saccharine, hugs-and-smiles kind of “heart.” There are deep emotional truths on this show, but they are usually truths about failure, cruelty, and pain.
community  tv  sadydoyle 
12 weeks ago
One diabetic’s take on Google’s Smart Contact Lenses
I cannot get over what seems to me a tone-deaf approach by Google’s scientists. It also highlights Google’s fundamental challenge: it fails to think about people as people, instead it treats them as an academic or an engineering problem.
google  diabetes 
12 weeks ago
Remote Control: Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and the Spectacles of Female Power and Pain
You don’t have to listen very closely to realize we’ve been wrong for all these years.
olympics  figureskating  tonyaharding  reading 
12 weeks ago
How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood
Netflix may have solved the mystery of what to watch next, but that generated its own smaller mysteries.
january 2014
What Do Y’All, Yinz, and Yix Call Stretchy Office Supplies?
How do you address two or more people? a. You b. Youse c. Y’all d. Yinz e. Yiff f. Yix g. Motherfuckers
language  dialect  humour 
january 2014
On Anger
This new year, I made a resolution to be critical without the negativity. I brought a lot of my negative feelings to social media, completely valid negative feelings, that set a tone for people to interact with me.
mattiebrice  polygon  activism  gamercultureistoxic 
january 2014
Steve Gaynor on life after 'Gone Home'
I do think that a lot of good entertainment gains power from being surprising and doing the unexpected, and if that comes in the form of upsetting your expectations about genre or content, I think that can be really effective.
gonehome  interview 
january 2014
Virginity Is A Social Construct
Virginity is not a thing. Not really. It is a social construct meant to make people, especially women, feel badly about their sexuality and sexual experience. It is a way of policing other people’s bodies and passing judgment on how they use them. It is, at its very core, a way of controlling and subjugating women.
virginity  sexuality  feminism  jezebelisterrible 
january 2014
The Last of Us is the least we should ask of games
This is probably the last story of the strong man at the end of the world that I need to play.
leighalexander  thelastofus  videogames 
december 2013
Why I like something as dumb and meaningless as professional sports
I'm not concerned by the ultimate meaninglessness of ball-throwings and trophy-hoistings any more than I am with the ultimate meaninglessness of the tides and star-circlings that constitute the natural world. If there's some kind of beauty in their unfolding then that's enough for me.
sports  raptitude 
december 2013
Why I Am Not Coming In To Work Today
☐ For the first time I genuinely comprehend that there is not enough time to have all the lives I wanted
december 2013
FasterLouder Headliners | Lorde
Despite all the formidable noise she’s already made, a tantalising question hangs over this gathering storm: What if she’s just getting started?
music  lorde  interview 
december 2013
Captain Rainbow: Birdo’s Gender Crisis
Either Nintendo retconned Birdo’s gender crisis out of existence by turning him into a her, or, if you’re following Reitz’s interpretation, Birdo had a sex change operation. Either way, Birdo’s referred to as a "her" in modern games like Mario Tennis.

Oh, but not anymore. Not in Captain Rainbow.
videogames  queer  supermario  birdo  wtf 
december 2013
Ludonarrative Dissonance in Bioshock
Bioshock seems to suffer from a powerful dissonance between what it is about as a game, and what it is about as a story.
videogames  narrative  bioshock 
december 2013
Just making things and being alive about it: The queer games scene
How a growing group of independent developers is using video games to share the reality of their lives.
queer  videogames  qvg 
december 2013
Queerer than thou
Have I exceeded the limit for time passed since I last made out with someone of my gender? Have I been called a “dyke” on a public bus an unacceptably low number of times? Should the rainbow flag on my bag be 12″ wide instead of 4″? These are absurd and arbitrary criteria for denying someone subjecthood and the agency of self-definition.
queer  identity  bisexuality 
november 2013
There are days where you get very tired of the Internet.
It can be difficult to be alone with your thoughts when you’d prefer not to be aware of yourself.
internet  ennui  dukkha  reading 
november 2013
On Videogame Reviews
BioShock Infinite’s use of racism and oppression as window dressing, its indifference to the suffering and injustice it portrays, its dropping of it entirely once its sci-fi engines get going, none of it seems to trouble the average reviewer.
videogames  bioshock  gamercultureistoxic 
october 2013
Siegfried & Roy, 10 years later
How is the fable of Siegfried and Roy anything but a love story? "It is that, yes," Siegfried says. "I never realized I was good until I met Roy. I always just tried to be good, but I never really knew I was good until we became a team."
lasvegas  siegfriedandroy  interview 
october 2013
Swan Hill by Laura Michet
South of Swan Hill, the curve of the river is wide and placid as a lake.
if  hypertext  twine  game 
october 2013
Pack Up Your Bags, It's Never Too Late! [The Office, Jim/Pam]
Jim and Pam pretend to be married at a sales conference. Hilarity ensues.
theoffice  fanfic 
october 2013
Reclamation [Harry Potter]
In an alternate universe, one man still struggles with a moral decision made many years before.
harrypotter  voldemort  au  fanfic 
october 2013
Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose [Stargate: Atlantis]
Rodney McKay returns to academia and discovers he has more to teach than he thought.
stargate  sga  fanfic 
october 2013
Chris Brown and Male Victims of Sexual Violence
I have a great love of feminism, but so long as I am vocal as a survivor I exist as a troubling puzzle to traditional anti-violence activism.
rape  maleallies  malevictimsofrape  feminism  intersectionality  cognitivedissonance 
october 2013
Why Alice Munro Should Play 'Gone Home': The Video Game as Story and Experience
How much can you tell without telling it? How many seemingly insignificant details can add up to an understanding, a feeling, a mood—a story?
videogames  gonehome  narrative 
october 2013
Theories About Nuclear Winter [Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin/Susie]
Calvin is sixteen when he decides he's going to move to the Florida Keys and work on a shrimp farm.
calvinandhobbes  fanfic 
october 2013
Women gamers, queer gamers and the trolls who hate them
Women gamers and LGBT gamers are becoming more vocal as they become more numerous, but they are up against an army larger than Sauron’s orcs and about as bright.
videogames  feminism  misogyny  gamercultureistoxic 
october 2013
Robert Yang interviews Steve Gaynor
"You can run people over in Grand Theft Auto and not feel bad at all—and then we had Gone Home playtesters confess that they felt really bad about taking the bookmark out of the mom’s book."
videogames  leveldesign  gamedev  robertyang  stevegaynor  gonehome 
october 2013
Die Like a Man: The Toxic Masculinity of Breaking Bad
When the nerd who was bullied becomes the bully, should we really feel a sense of satisfaction? Or should we take a deep, soul-searching look at the sort of system that makes underdogs like Walt feel like the only way they can be men is by destroying and dominating everyone around them?
breakingbad  masculinity  tv 
october 2013
The Monster and the Closet: Welcome to Night Vale and Queer SpecFic
The point of Night Vale is that the monster doesn't stay in the closet. Or, if it does, we get in there with it, and what we do together is strange, and terrible, and full of joyous abandon.
welcometonightvale  queer  queertheory 
october 2013
Vague, Yet Menacing [Welcome to Night Vale/SCP Wiki]
SCP-XXXXA and SCP-XXXXB are a pair of towns in ██████ County, California.
welcometonightvale  scpfoundation  fanfic 
october 2013
My Late Adolescent Poetry, Translated Into Plain English
I don't even like you, for / you're something of a douche
college  poetry  lol 
october 2013
Aversion to Tragedy: How Gone Home Plies an Underused Genre
It’s one of the few games out there that might actually be a functioning tragedy — not a horror story, or a story in which the hero’s love interest is murdered along the way to drive him or her toward the epic final battle, but a true tragedy in which the characters in the story are worse off for the events that happen to them, and that they create through their actions.
gonehome  videogames  tragedy 
october 2013
Warren Ellis on Breaking Bad and the Horrible Glory of Heisenberg
Over the last five years, we have watched a small hero become a big villain.
warrenellis  breakingbad 
october 2013
11 Ways I'm Trying to Achieve a Sane Relationship With the Internet
Given my priorities and my circumstances, I’ve found it helpful to articulate and implement these disciplines in order to achieve what I would characterize as a healthy relationship to Internet culture.
internet  mentalhygiene  self-improvement 
october 2013
7 Classic Springsteen Stories That Are Well Worth Mass Retelling
More than anything else, I wanted to choose seven classic “stories” that might demonstrate who and what Springsteen is … what it is that drives him, why he continues to endure.
music  springsteen 
october 2013
Thug Kitchen: BEAN & BEER CHILI
Trying to feed a big ass crowd for the football game? DON’T FUCK AROUND WITH SOME CAMPBELL’S CHUNKY SODIUM SOUP. Serve your guests this gridiron grub and give those bastards protein, fiber, and a full stomach all on the cheap.
thugkitchen  recipe 
october 2013
Romantic Deceit via Telegraph: How 'Catfishing' Worked in the 1880s
Using technology to fabricate identities and then pursue relationships is nothing new, as the 134-year-old novel Wired Love—about a pair of telegraph operators—can attest.
relationships  technology  ldr 
october 2013
You Wouldn't Like Jonathan Franzen When He's Angry
Think of all the women who have never slept with Jonathan Franzen. His anger must grow by the day.
books  feminism  franzen 
september 2013
Lost to the Ages
Myst was supposed to change the face of gaming. What is its legacy 20 years later?
myst  videogames 
september 2013
I was a Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Averagely pretty white women in their late teens and twenties are not the biggest, most profoundly unsolvable mystery in the universe. Trust me. I should know.
feminism  doctorwho  manicpixiedreamgirls 
september 2013
Why Gone Home Is So Immersive
What’s amazing about Gone Home is that it is a textbook example of how to make a game immersive.
videogames  gonehome 
september 2013
Bill Watterson: Some Thoughts on the Real World by One Who Glimpsed It and Fled
The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive. At that time, we turn around and say, yes, this is obviously where I was going all along. It's a good idea to try to enjoy the scenery on the detours, because you'll probably take a few.
calvinandhobbes  billwatterson 
september 2013
My Son Wears Dresses; Get Over It
I may be a “guy’s guy,” but that doesn't mean that my son has to be.
gender  parenting  hero 
september 2013
Gone Home: Quiet Grrrl
There’s a ghost in Gone Home. There are a lot of them.
september 2013
Not Gonna Happen
Games are always resisting players’ impulses and desires in one way or another
gonehome  privacy 
september 2013
Here are some disorganized thoughts about the game Gone Home
More than anything, the end of the game left me wanting to have had an older sister.
gonehome  lgbt 
september 2013
23 Reasons Why Gone Home Is The Most Important Game You’ll Ever Play
The game’s so narratively rich, so wonderfully constructed, and it’s hard to get across just how well it succeeds in everything it does. I wanted to do it justice.
gonehome  christmasduck 
september 2013
Gone Home: Dramatic Irony and Other Stuff
Gone Home did something I have wanted a videogame to do for a long time: it made me feel like a goddamned human being.
september 2013
Gone Home review
Gone Home is a master class on how to tell a personal, affecting story in a video game.
gonehome  review 
september 2013
Reflections on Gone Home: a conversation with Steve Gaynor
If you think it’s not a game, then that’s fine. I think the biggest problem with it is that people use their perception of that as a way to basically just dismiss a game and to be like, “well, this has no value.” That’s really what they’re saying. “This isn’t worth anything” [...] all you’re really saying is “I don’t like this” [laughs]. “This doesn’t fit my standards of something that I approve of.” And like, great. But I don’t really give a shit whether you call it a word or not.
gonehome  stevegaynor  videogames 
september 2013
Quit Fucking Going To PAX Already, What Is Wrong With You
Penny Arcade, the owners of the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), have a problem. Or rather, they are a problem.
pennyarcade  pax  dickwolves 
september 2013
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