Based on an idea I had last night.
Description: An animated gif (very slow animation, no flicker) shwowing a (mocked up) difficulty selection screen from a video game.
It cycles through "Medium", "Hard", "Impossible", "Skip combat" and "Easy", while the description box to the right says "Play the game as it was meant to be played.", no matter which difficulty is selected.
Original file (not ugly-compressed): https://f.d9.lv/difficulty.gif
Agitating against landlords, posters, large file warning!
It used to be an ad (second image), now it's propaganda!
Source of second image: https://twitter.com/1LuckyBlackCat/status/1116062097023164416
First image (the propaganda one) is by me, Kirby.
I release this work under a CC0 license and, to the extent possible under law, waive all copyright and related or neighboring rights to it.
D&D is a particular system (336 words)
Something that's shockingly easy to miss if you grew up in a context where the term for "tabletop roleplaying game" was "D&D":
Dungeons and Dragons is actually a fairly specific system aiming to create a particular kind of game.
Yes, DMs and players have a titanic amount of influence over what the game feels like - the campaigns I've been in have included "travel from adventure to adventure", "periodically get the team together to solve a problem through puzzle-solving and moxie", "fantasy XCOM in Greyhawk-esque colonialist Appalachians", "fantasy post-apoc Earth with pop culture jokes" (my character in that one is a sorcerer who channels her power through the ancient picture-characters known as Emoji)...
...but D&D assumes:
- Combat is a big part of the story and character builds.
- The capabilities of characters ramps up from "similarly competent to mundane humans" to, at /minimum/, "kick 80-foot-tall giants in the knee and trip them".
- Commoners are almost powerless against any adventurers above a very low level.
- The DM has full control over the diegetic universe and the limits of what players are allowed to attempt to do.
- Challenges should be frequently resolved by random chance.
- The pivotal events of the world happen at the scale of a dozen people or so at a time.
- The game follows the characters from past into future.
- The progression of the characters' arcs should definitely include gaining wealth, both in specie and in rare items.
- There are cosmic forces acting on ideological motives trying to change the world to conform specifically to their image of it.
And yes, there are ways to work around those things ... but the game assumes these things.
It's not a generic system. I haven't even touched on all the ways it's not a generic system. It's something specific with advantages and disadvantages.
And so it doesn't need to be anyone's default. It can just be an option. And people can prefer other options.
ICE, warfare, slight snark
Oh, look at that. ICE is preparing for war. I wonder why they would be doing that. It certainly wouldn't be necessary to declare war on your own citizens, would it?
Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"
Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".
bot, potentially bad
@dzuk At least I think we can agree that there will be no internet without the freedom to be Extremely Online.
We should probably rethink using hair colors to signal queerness.
- expensive if you don’t wanna ruin your hair
-difficult to achieve for many people of color
- impossible to achieve for many with hair loss, including trans people, chronically ill queers, queers with trich, etc
-inaccessible for many who do jobs in the service industry
- So: easiest for white cis abled queers with money
Which doesn’t mean you can’t have blue hair. But we need to rethink the social function it has in our spaces
if your phone is taken away at the border, consider it irretrievably lost and rootkitted
ICE Has a New $30M Contract With Israeli Phone Cracking Company Cellebrite
This is the 18th anniversary of the day that vast swaths of the United States and Europe turned against a religion with a billion+ members - and anyone who *looks* like they *might* be a member of that religion, creating more than a billion ADDITIONAL victims of bigotry - because of the actions of 19 men who were members of a fringe cult of that religion.
Support your Muslim, Middle-Eastern, and/or Indian and Pakistani friends today.
Yo timeline, please CW #Brexit stuff, okay? As most politics, it can be very stressing for some ppl. Please keep the spirit of Mastodon as a friendly and caring communtiy up and CW your toots. Thanks!
Creepy Google shit
Personally, my Google last straw was the day at work in Manhattan when I got a push notification just before lunch time letting me know I hadn’t been to one of my favorite taco spots in awhile.
For me, it seems obvious that there is a big fat line between using something to aid in navigating the world around me and having that same thing try and permeate and manipulate those interactions.
Obviously, in many respects, this is what Google’s internet is at its core; but, I was naive and thought different of my phone, at least until that point. I thought I had control over what I saw and from whom I heard on my phone because, well, it’s my goddamn phone lol.
ableism reminder (food mention), anti-capitalism (second-person, subtoot)
reminder that most labor-saving products (e.g. pre-peeled garlic) are for people who would (usually due to disability) otherwise have no access to the end result at all
they're only marketed to everyone else because widespread ableism (especially among the capitalist class) means companies don't want disabled bodies associated with their product
are some of them unethically made? yes, they are - capitalism is a hellscape, some of everything is unethically made
are some of them absolute ripoffs? yes, they are - many con artists are eager to defraud desperate people who really can't afford it because desperate people both have less ability to detect fraud and less ability to seek redress for being wronged
but if you ever look at something and think, "but all you have to do is--" then immediately stop and ask yourself what kinds of disabilities might make whatever remedy just came to mind impossible, because there's probably something
Curate your own Fediverse
* Use filters liberally to remove posts that annoys you
* Mute or block other people or bots who get boosted into your timeline if you don't want to see them again
* Try to remember to not click on CW's for stuff that will leave you feeling worse
And you never have to explain why
You can do so for reasons that are entirely "selfish" or "petty"
E.g. "Their jokes were crass so I muted them"
Make the Fediverse a place that's good for you
UK politics / Call to action
Remember to ask the young adults in your life if they've registered to vote and to sort it urgently if they're not.
Politely walk them through the process of registering and voting and why it's vitally important if needed and be helpful and empowering rather than preachy and attacking:
We've soon got the opportunity for an admittedly far from perfect socialist government. Much rather that than the fascist shitshow we've sleepwalked into though.
re: It's my birthday, and I made my favorite salad, so I will share the recipe with y'all!
If you have a whole head of cabbage and scale the other ingredients veeery roughly 1:1, this will be a huge amount of salad!
Probably feeds a dozen or more!
You'll need a very big container, or more than one.
I never tried freezing it, and because I love it so much I don't know how quickly it spoils, it just disappears in 2-3 days 😆
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