Here’s the story, according to Wilson: outside of regular Googlers and the occasional contractors, there are a number of workers, who are hired to digitze books for Google’s massive Books effort to scan and put online every book. These workers are identified by yellow badges, start at 4am, have their own building and have none of the privileges of regular Googlers (the awesome cafeteria, the shuttles, etc) or even contractors like Wilson. Apparently, these workers even have an instruction on the back of their badges to talk to a manager if anyone tries to talk to them.
Anyway Wilson, who is “interested in issues of class, race, and labor”, noticing these peculiar employees filing out of the building at the same time every day (and noticing that they’re apparently all of color…), asks (and gets) an ok from his manager to film them and go talk to them out of general curiosity.
Since these workers are not allowed to talk to other people, cue a general freakout by Google and by the company employing Wilson (who fear that Google will cut them off if their employees go around doing stuff like that). Long story short, despite apologizing profusely and promising not to do it again, Wilson gets fired.
the xkit guy reblogged pansage’s post about tumblr pro with those awful comments on it and agreed with it xkit guy we trusted you how could you do this to us
okay so this is the xkit guys blog and you can see pretty quickly that he is being pretty rude about the whole thing
Near as I can tell from a cursory look, xkit guy WAS fairly dismissive of the idea that the tumblr pro video was a particularly bad/triggering thing but apparently a number of mistakes of intent led to people interpreting xkit guy’s intentions and statements differently from intended - and they’ve since apologized, genuinely near as I can tell. Plus, like any time a high-profile user makes a mistake, innocuous or glaring, tumblr simultaneously expects them to apologize utterly in good cheer and deal with the torrential downpour of senseless hate that inevitably follows.
I would not expect anyone to receive hundreds of death threats and react with congeniality, no matter WHAT the subject was. I don’t necessarily think that xkit guy’s posts about pansage initially were wise or whatever, but this is one case where i can’t really abide by the witch-hunt.
And before life, there was death, though it did not know yet what death was.
It came from the waters, aware but featureless, nascent, unrealized, forming. The land was smooth then, flat, as yet untouched by the hands of yet-to-be-birthed Gods or the beings that would proceed from them. It dwelled upon the shores a time, at once certain of itself (“that all this is, i am not”), and uncertain (“i know every way but do not know my own”), and questioning (“i am inevitable, but what is my inevitability? i am the end but what is an end?”) and knowing (“things will come to be, and they will not know the way, and i will show them the way and wait for them at path’s end”). And for a time, before time - for there was none to mark the clock’s passage, nor being nor process, and this new God had no concept of time on a planet with no face - it sat, as much as an identity and an idea can sit, and watched the crystal-flat surface of the unperturbed seas.
And then, God rose from its rest, after perhaps a moment, perhaps a planck-second, perhaps a billion years, perhaps the age of ten billion universes, and it had a thought. God touched the surface of the water, and the ripples broke the endless mirror, and it Understood.
This was the First Change.
And God knew that it would not be alone for long, but this God nonetheless grew lonely waiting for those who it knew would join it, and so created another, and it said to this other (“that all this is, i am not, and you are not, and you are not me, but from me, and together we shall wait for the Others.”)
And this Other was the Broken Mirror, radiant in the reflected light, split like the cracked surface of the motionless sea, which had ceased its motion over the course of the act of creation. It was given form before form was understood and therefore looked like the culmination of all potential, and it was the First Being, death-giving-life, a revelation made corporeal. It was Avatar.
And the First Being, who would not take shape until shape had been thought of, sat with God by the water’s edge, and echoed the First Change. And the Broken Mirror reflected itself in concept.
And they sat and waited. For a moment, for a planck-second, for a billion years, for the lifetimes of ten billion universes, they waited.
And Others joined them.
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//No changes made to the map, so it remains as first posted.
North, across cold seas in a dead place, a breeze stirred.
Through twisted, ancient forests, gnarled trees - past the ghosts of foliage that swayed in an unreal wind, the breeze blew. Past open graves and forgotten cemeteries, through stone arch and cobbled road untouched by the hands of man and…
Yo, just casually promo-ing my new League of Legends RP blog. Follow it if that’s your thing or don’t, up to you.
…of course signatures are slowing down, it has double what it needs to be brought forth…now you just have to leave it to a room full of conservative white dudes to decide whether or not it’s a good idea to do something about it or not
The ‘signatures still needed’ field isn’t independent from the total number of signatures, just to correct you here. A petition needs 100,000 signatures to get an official response from the President (used to be 10k until some assholes flooded it with joke petitions that reached the signature total). The signatures still needed field is just 100k - signatures already acquired.
So the petition is still about 30k people short of par. And while I was dragging my heels on this one, it is worth reminding anyone interested that this website does NOT require you to be a US citizen to register, just fake a ZIP code and you’re golden.
the argument that “fake nerd girls” exist at all, and are “doing it for attention”, demonstrates perfectly that the people who say this shit have no actual experience with how fucking difficult it is to get men to leave you the fuck alone
i dont spend four weeks painstakingly assembling a screen-perfect replica of a beloved character in order to be chased around, groped and hit on by perverts at my local anime con—i make and wear the costume despitethem.
do you know how many times i’ve gone to a convention or driven my car to the grocery store or attended a class wearing something other than a Powergirl cosplay and been subject to uncomfortably high levels of male attention?
I think the bottom line as to why people don’t like 4e, or why people hate any edition other than there own is because they are different. It’s like trying to compare Monopoly to Risk. You might as well compare 3e to GURPS. Yet we never get into debates about why GURPS is for real nerds and why 3e is for true dorks. Don’t fret so much over the rules of a game you don’t even play.
The sentiment of this post is absolutely spot on, but I DO have to say that you’ve clearly never been to /tg/ if you think that GURPS and D&D players don’t get into slap fights.
Nerds will fight about ANYTHING.
EDIT: Then again, being angry is basically /tg/’s national pastime, so.
if you put trans women in danger because you can’t help running your fucking mouth, you are the ENEMY and will be ERADICATED
if you are a cis person who scrolled past this without reblogging because you don’t feel like it’s a necessary message for your other cis friends to see, i want you to know you’ve made it that much harder to trust you
DO NOT OUT TRANS PEOPLE
YOU DO NOT GET CREDIT FOR KNOWING TRANS PEOPLE. This does not make you an ally. If you tell someone that a friend of yrs is trans, you are putting that friend at risk. The only person who should be informing anyone of a trans person’s status is that person, unless they have explicitly asked you to do so.
If the multiverse theory is true, then there’s a universe where it isn’t.
NO PLEASE STOP OW MY HEAD
Multiverse theory doesn’t cover paradoxical situations
Except in the universe where it does
i’m having an aneurysm
OP and poster 4 are just obtuse and wrong, nothing confusing about it. It’s like saying ‘here’s a set of all possible numbers, which means one of those numbers is not in this set.” That’s a nonsensical sentence, because the minutiae of a single part of a greater set has no effect on the rules governing the set itself.
It’s like saying “If the theory of gravity is true, then there’s a planet out there where it isn’t.” A universe’s individual rules can’t effect an entity that exists another ‘step’ up on the scale ladder from it. It just doesn’t work that way.