Playpen

Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 05:13 on 07-02-2012, Frank
That RSB calls you, vdll, 'Dude' when he knows you are a woman I find to be spiteful. I want to say 'misogynistic', or would that be slanderous?
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at 03:03 on 07-02-2012, Arthur B
Good god, he's positively obsessed with you isn't he?

His yelling about the Criteria Question is getting downright goofy. It's like the first half of this scene before Bakker (played by John Goodman) flips out and totals someone's car.
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at 00:12 on 07-02-2012, Arthur B
I like how he's all "that's what happens when you take risks", as though writing grimdark rapey fantasy wasn't the most fashionable and profitable thing to do in the fantasy brick scene at the time.

I also like that he calls you The Dude because it makes me think of psychotic R. Scott Bakker fans busting into Jeff Bridges' home to beat him up and piss on his rug, believing he's you.
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at 21:40 on 06-02-2012, valse de la lune
Did you know that R. Scott Bakker's sales have dropped... and he attributes that to what he thinks are spurious charges of misogyny (which he says he's "targeted" with regularly--gee, I wonder why)? I think we're supposed to feel bad that ~his family~ is suffering economically or something, I don't know.
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at 16:18 on 06-02-2012, Arthur B
I want a time machine so I can go back and see the look on the Colonel's face when he read that.
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at 15:46 on 06-02-2012, Andy G
Talking of amazing letters ...
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at 15:10 on 06-02-2012, Guy
Ha, awesome. I imagine at that point he was so accustomed to regarding his penis as an "object of study" that he had simply forgot that for others it might have other connotations...
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at 09:48 on 06-02-2012, Arthur B
This is the most amazing waste of space I have ever seen on the BBC News website. The argument in question seems to be:
- E-mails aren't like the good old days when people communicated via handwritten letters.
- Here is an example of a handwritten flame war in which one person stepped down and acted conciliatory.
- Here are a number of examples of email flame wars in which one person stepped down and acted conciliatory.
- Here is another example of handwritten letters causing precisely the sort of kerfuffle that ill-judged e-mails can cause.
- So considering that e-mails are probably OK but people should think a little before hitting "send".

I mean, what?
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at 04:33 on 05-02-2012, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Ah yes, and sometimes the game gets very confused.
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at 03:42 on 05-02-2012, Alasdair Czyrnyj
From looking at a side-discussion of healing mechanics in video games, I was led to a montage of field-surgery-style healing animations from Far Cry 2 that play whenever the player is near death.

I don't know anything about this game, but I assume that the protagonist eats codine tablets like Halloween candy.
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at 09:57 on 04-02-2012, Guy
Some people on a forum I frequent are currently creating a kind of experimental choose-your-own-adventure "forum thread" collaborative book-esque-thingy. Since I know some people here like gamebooks I thought I'd promote having a look (and joining in and having a go!) here, if that's OK.

Take a look.

Contributions needed! :)
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at 04:31 on 04-02-2012, Sister Magpie
If somebody tried to search for books in the "white history" category, they'd be lost in less than ten seconds because there are so many of them. It's not exactly rocket science.


Or they'd get a lot of white supremist sites since usually white history's just referred to as history.
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at 21:23 on 03-02-2012, Kellicat
White history doesn't need an official category because it's so predominant it doesn't need a special category. If somebody tried to search for books in the "white history" category, they'd be lost in less than ten seconds because there are so many of them. It's not exactly rocket science.
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at 19:04 on 03-02-2012, Dan H
Quite a lot of the entries on that tumblr quite specifically say they don't accept that, because it isn't "officially recognised" the way Black History Month is.
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at 12:42 on 03-02-2012, Axiomatic
Given that a quality of an argument is primarily based on how good a pithy quote it is, the best counterargument to any White History Month is this:

"There are eleven White History Months."
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at 20:04 on 02-02-2012, Arthur B
This one is particularly special.
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at 19:54 on 02-02-2012, Dan H
Looking back at that tumblr, the ones that make me most depressed are the ones that say things like "Why don't we have a White History Month, after all, white people have done *way more stuff*."
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at 15:57 on 02-02-2012, Arthur B
Nah, they moved the march so as not to clash with important Men's Rights protests. The fight to allow fathers a say in abortion is clearly the most important one, after all.
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at 15:41 on 02-02-2012, Dan H

I dunno, is it OK to do racial profiling of people who
spout white supremacist talking points?


Now Arthur that's not fair. All those people make it very, very clear that they are not being racist. And only somebody who wasn't a racist would say they didn't want to sound racist.

I'm a bit confused though, because I was pretty sure that White History Month started like a week and a half after the Straight Pride March.
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at 14:49 on 02-02-2012, valse de la lune
Non-UK Ferretbrainers may not have heard about the recent kerfuffle when Britain's first black woman MP was forced to apologise for racism against white people for tweeting "White people love playing divide and rule".


I am making an angry, angry face.
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at 14:42 on 02-02-2012, Arthur B
To be fair, I think a lot of UK Ferretbrainers might have let that one slip them by - the fact that the two men had finally been convicted got far, far more coverage than the fuss about Diane Abbott. But that's more a factor of the Stephen Lawrence train being too big to derail, and people did try their hardest to derail it.
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at 14:33 on 02-02-2012, Andy G
Non-UK Ferretbrainers may not have heard about the recent kerfuffle when Britain's first black woman MP was forced to apologise for racism against white people for tweeting "White people love playing divide and rule". Rather neatly derailing the discussion sparked by the fact that two men had finally been convicted days before for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, 18 years after the initial investigation was fucked-up by insitutionally racist police. But hey, obviously that tweet was kind of equivalent, right?
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at 14:03 on 02-02-2012, Arthur B
Oh, OK, then I guess you can say anything you like about us. :D
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