Meh...

Feb. 8th, 2017 01:11 pm
kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
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So yeah, I'm going to try to cut back on the anti-Trump rants. Not because I don't care, but because I just no longer have the energy for it.

Like I said up there, there are plenty of other venues for you to get that sort of thing. In addition to the above, I'll also suggest George Takei, Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi, and, of course, Keith Olbermann (and I'll still continue to post each episode of "The Resistance" here as they get uploaded to Youtube).

Not saying I'll never rant about this horseshit ever again, because of course I will, but I'm going to try to take it easy for a while, all the same.
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I'm going to stop making the "Trump Tweets" LiveJournal posts (though I'm almost assuredly not going to stop tweeting about Trump). It just takes too much time and effort to copy/paste the embed codes for all of that shit over here, for little to no gain aside from catharsis on my part, and even that dubious benefit is draining away to nothing, now that the asinine asshat has somehow actually fucking won the presidency. If you still want to see my tweets or whatever (and I [occasionally] do [re]tweet about things other than Trump and politics, believe it or not), and aren't already on my Twitter follower/followee lists, there's an easy enough way to do that. Or not. *shrug*

(EDIT) I've since switched over to Dreamwidth (obviously, since you're reading this on Dreamwidth), so all of the below is pretty much irrelevant now. (/EDIT)

I know I've said this at other times in the past, but I pretty much think I'm just about done with LiveJournal, anyway. I'm still not definitely committing to giving up on it altogether yet, and I doubt I ever fully will (i.e. I currently have no plans to straight up delete my LJ, even if I were to ever stop actively posting to it), but my apathy to continue posting here is gradually strengthening with every passing day.

As such, I'm still half-assedly looking for better alternatives to doing more-than-just-140-characters-repeatedly blogging on the Internet. While I am admittedly more active on Twitter than I used to be, I still don't really care to make that my "main" online "presence" (such as it is), though I suppose that Twitter has sort of de facto become that lately. I'm still not too awfully interested in Tumblr, though I'm willing to have my mind changed on that score, if compelling enough reasons present themselves. As for Facebook, I'm more and more coming to the conclusion that Facebook can simply go fuck itself. Lately, I've been disallowing the members of my direct family who also happen to be on my FB "friends" lists from seeing my posts, thanks to political bullshit (on the ever increasingly rare occasions that I bother to make posts to Facebook at all). And I'm not really interested in posting general blogs on the more "specialist" sites like Steam or Goodreads or whatever else, either.

I guess my main (only?) criteria for switching to a new actual blog service is probably "how easy is it to backport LiveJournal posts into the new shit, and does the new shit have comparative (or better) functionality/features to (than) LJ" at this point, because if I don't find a service that allows easy importing of old LiveJournal posts and which maybe lets me preserve the tagging and such, I doubt I'll ever bother to make the switch at all, even if LiveJournal (and my usage of such) is more or less dead otherwise.
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Pick threefour characters to describe you.

My choices, in tweet form, behind cut. )


In non-tweet form:


Reginald Barclay



Sheldon Cooper



The Trio
(Or, at least, Jonathan and Andrew anyway. Not so much Warren.)
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"According to Trump's Razor: 'ascertain the stupidest possible scenario that can be reconciled with the available facts' and that answer is likely correct."

It does make a scary amount of sense, given the excess of astonishingly asinine things to come out of the mouth of Trump and his staff and his supporters over the past year or two.

(Via [livejournal.com profile] tokoz via FB.)
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Embedded tweets behind cut )


So yeah, I made the rare mistake of seeing someone saying asinine shit on Facebook and then responding to it. Or, perhaps more accurately, the mistake was bothering to look at Facebook at all in the first place, I dunno. *shrug + eye roll*
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Tweets behind cut )


Full text of her Facebook post, in case it gets deleted later (the Internet never forgets):

Wall of stupid behind cut )

Right because every single mass shooting in America has been caused by radical Islam. There's no reason to even attempt to do anything at all ever about the gun problem in America given that some deviants will manage to get their hands on guns regardless. Can't save everyone, so why bother trying to save anyone, amirite? The Second Amendment is sacrosanct, and not something written by guys over 200 years ago who couldn't even imagine something like an assault rifle, and isn't something that could ever be amended (again, since the Second Amendment is itself, you know, a fucking amendment in the first place) or even repealed (as I believe it probably should be, at this point).

Oh, and also, just to point out, the Second Amendment says, exactly: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." (Emphasis mine.) So... if the Second Amendment says that the right to keep and bear arms should be "well regulated," why are the loudest, stupidest of the gun nuts and Second Amendment shills (such as Sarah Palin here) so absolutely dead set bullheaded against there being any sort of regulations concerning guns at all? Yes, Ms. Palin, I, like President Obama and millions of other Americans, do indeed demand an explanation for your idiotic beliefs (though I seriously doubt that you can coherently provide a valid one, given how fucking stupid you are). More than that, we demand that your idiotic beliefs stop influencing government so much and that something positive actually, finally, be done to address the gun problem in America.

(EDIT)



(/EDIT)
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Hate and violence do not arise in a vacuum. Whether it's foreign-inspired religious extremism or bigotry right here at home, we must call it out when we see it.

Posted by George Takei on Sunday, June 12, 2016



Humanity, or at least a large portion of it, is extremely, disgustingly terrible.

(In case that attempt at an embed of a Facebook post comes out wonky somehow, here is the original post from George Takei and here is the article to which he was linking.)

(EDIT)

So why am I focusing on the stupid dipshits on Twitter and the like, such as Donald Trump, at this point in time? Well... it's because trying to fully parse the concept that pretty much anyone in modern USA can just buy a fucking assault rifle and walk into a crowded public area and open fire at their whim is simply mind-numbing. The fact that roughly half the country doesn't want to deal with or even properly acknowledge this obvious, blatant flaw in our society is equally mind-numbing. I don't even really want to think about that right now, let alone write about it at length. And so... I merely settle for focusing my rage onto the asinine shitbags on Twitter, like Donald Trump.

(/EDIT)
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...about how disingenuous the Republicans are with respect to Donald Trump and all the terrible bullshit he says. Taken partially from a NYT article. First seen (by me) via Facebook.

Pretty much, yeah. Politics as usual, fucking bull/horse/dog/whatever-shit that it is. This shit has been going on for years now, decades now. And now that the whole thing is reaching its logical extreme via the histrionics of Donald Trump, some of the (ever so slightly) less crazy elements of the GOP don't seem to like the smell of it too awfully much. Well, this is the bed they made, so...

Anyway, in response, I'll simply quote George Washington again:

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

-- George Washington - excerpted from his Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

(This, of course, applies to all political parties, mind you, not just the Republicans. It's just that the Republicans are by far the most egregious of the lot, these days.)
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An article posted by George Takei via Facebook.

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, I just have to repeat the fact that this fucking idiot is the Republican frontrunner and almost assuredly the man who will win the nomination as the Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States. May whatever benevolent entities who may or may not actually exist somewhere out there in this omniverse and who have the ability and willingness to answer wishes/prayers do something, anything, to prevent this man from actually winning the Presidency itself. At this point, I almost wouldn't even mind an end of the world scenario if that's what it takes. ¬_¬
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The following is the full text of a post on Facebook by Wil Wheaton, just in case it gets lost later for whatever reason:

Wall of text behind cut )

I agree with everything he said here.

I also scrolled down through the comments, just to see if anyone had posted this xkcd comic, and if they hadn't, I was going to do so myself. Someone had already beaten me to it, so I didn't need to do so.

Hell, I'll actually embed that xkcd comic here, in addition to the link I gave above:

Image behind cut )

In the United States of America, your speech is (supposed to be) protected by the government. That is to say, the government, through law enforcement or whatever, cannot (or isn't supposed to be able to) silence the voice of any citizens or groups of citizens, as long as they are not actively causing real, actual harm to other people, such as in the age-old example of falsely shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater. This is what is meant by the term "freedom of speech," as defined by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. That's all it means. What it does not mean is "freedom from any and all consequences," which is what far, far too many people seem to mistakenly believe it means. Everyone in the USA who starts bawwing "Free speech! Free speech!" every time someone rightly protests the asinine horseshit that comes out of their mouths (or, say, shows up in their posts on any given forums, right before they get banned) is merely showing their asininity in yet another way.
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Ha ha, that's pretty good. It fits.

kane_magus: (kanethumb1)
...and Roland is going to be played by a black actor. And boy, are some people super-buttangry about this.


Tweets behind cut )
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For the one or two of you still here on LiveJournal (and the two or three who might possibly see [and care about] this when I post a link to it on Twitter), reading the shit I post, I have a couple of questions (which I've asked before, sort of, but am now asking again, in a different way and a bit more in depth):

First question: why are you still here? By that, I don't mean why are you here specifically at my particular LiveJournal (though that's probably a valid question, too). I mean, why are you still here on LiveJournal itself, generally speaking? I'm not even really asking are you still here, this time, I'm asking why are you still here, if you are still here? I don't mean that in a sarcastic, bad way, either. I'm asking out of simple curiosity. Mainly, it just seems like LiveJournal has been dying a long, slow death for at least the past half a decade or more.

Second question: are you planning to ever move on to a more lively venue other than LiveJournal? Or rather, as the case may well be, have you already moved on to a more lively venue other than LiveJournal? If so, what venue would that be? Is it any good or, at least, better than LiveJournal? Is it something I might be interested in giving a try?

For me, the answer to the first question is, "I honestly don't fucking know, really. Just too lazy to overcome inertia and start looking for somewhere less dead to blog at, I guess."

My answer to the second question is, "Yes, probably, maybe, I dunno, as soon as I bother to make the effort to try to possibly consider starting to look for something to take the place of LiveJournal that is better than just Facebook or Twitter. I have little interest in doing much more than just lurking on Facebook anymore, and Twitter is too hectic to try to keep up with on anything even remotely resembling a regular basis (at least not unless I severely curtail my current "Following" list, which I may well do at some point relatively soon), so I usually bother only slightly more than not at all, outside of tweeting links back to this here LJ. And, no, I absolutely don't have any interest at all in trying to make another Tumblr account again. And I'm far too chickenshit to even think about doing something like vlogging on Youtube or some shit, even if I had the proper equipment to do so, which I don't. So, like I said, what are some decent, modern alternatives to LiveJournal besides those I already mentioned? Yeah, sure, I could just ask Google or whatever, I guess, but I'm also looking for more personal recommendations."

This was, at least in part, inspired by a post over on Facebook that was asking the same sort of question, so I guess Facebook isn't completely useless to me. But, seriously, I mostly just lurk on FB these days. I mostly quit posting there entirely, after I got one too many "Why are you posting stuff like this?" replies from members of my family who are also on FB. They don't post that sort of shit on my LJ, though, because they apparently don't read my LJ, or else aren't even aware of the existence of my LJ, despite the lack of any effort on my part to hide it. But anyway, yeah, that's why I don't post much at all to Facebook anymore, and is why I have no interest in making Facebook into my "main" presence on the Internet.

That said, though, aside from the very few of you who still comment on my pointless babbling here[1], LJ is pretty much deadsville these days, and has been for a while now, so I am indeed, maybe, kind of, sort of interested in looking to move on to greener pastures, finally, after all this time. Not sure if I'd actually abandon LJ entirely, or if I'll even actually indeed start blogging elsewhere at all... just that I'm considering it, in a vague, half-assed manner. I already have a Blogger site, for what that's worth, though I've hardly ever even glanced at it after I created it, until now. The ability to import in all my old shit from LiveJournal would be a plus, but wouldn't be a dealbreaker if it isn't there, either.

[1] - Though there are admittedly more of you here, on LiveJournal, doing that than there are on Twitter doing that, which is another reason, besides the "too hectic" reason mentioned above, that I also have no interest in making Twitter into my "main" presence on the Internet, either.
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Perhaps against my better judgment, I supplied a few sites with my cellphone number, for security purposes. These sites were Steam, Facebook, LiveJournal, Twitter, and Google. I did this because I didn't want the same thing to happen with these sites that happened to my old Yahoo account, to which I have completely lost access, because Yahoo, for absolutely no good reason whatsoever, simply would not let me log in one day without first "verifying" my account, even though I had supplied the correct username and password, with the problem being that my Yahoo account was still tied to my old Comcast email address, which has been defunct for almost two years now, and as such, there was no way for me to actually "verify" the Yahoo account.

However, since doing the above, I have recently been getting more and more frequent phone spam/scam calls/texts/voicemails on my cellphone. Prior to this, such calls to my cellphone were extremely few and far between. As such, I can only come to the conclusion that at least one of those sites are using cellphone numbers provided to them for nefarious purposes. I have my suspicions as to which one it most likely is, but since I have zero actual proof, I will not be making any accusations.

That is all I am going to say about that, here and now, except that I am not too terribly pleased with this turn of events. I'm just glad that my cellphone has an auto-reject list on it.
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This is something I only learned about today, via this comment under this Facebook thread of a retweet by Wil Wheaton of another guy's tweet.

So, the gist is that, last year, some self-described "patriot" in Georgia planted some pipe bombs in a park along with a Qur'an and a list of "soft targets," with the explicit intention of trying to stir up sentiment against Muslims.

For some reason, it kind of surprises me... even though it really, really shouldn't... that someone would be this vile.

Oh, by the way... the thing about the dumbass Texas GOP state rep saying the stupid shit about Syrian refugees and guns seems to be legit as well, but I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to look up more info on that. (EDIT) And then it turns out that none of the Paris attackers were even Syrian refugees to begin with, so yeah. (/EDIT)

Also, both in the wake of the recent Paris attacks and just in general, I feel it prudent to point out that not all (or even most) terrorists are Muslims. This is something to keep in mind, despite what most mass market media might otherwise try to have you believe (particularly the likes of Faux Noise and its ilk). This isn't so much me saying #NotAllMuslims, even though I guess I am. Rather, this is me trying (probably futilely) to correct the misconception apparently held by so many other people that #AllMuslimsAreTerrorists or that #MostTerroristsAreMuslims, which actually seems to be a thing, even though it is blatantly, objectively, provably not true.

(That said, however, in most cases, I do still feel pretty much the same about the "#NotAllMuslims" argument/excuse as I do about "#NotAllChristians" and "#NotAllMen" [EDIT] and "#NotAllGunOwners." [/EDIT] No, not all Muslims are terrorists. No, not all Christians are asinine, buttraging shitbags. No, not all men are misogynistic asshats and/or rapists or whatever. [EDIT] No, not all gun owners are psycho/sociopathic mass murderers. [/EDIT] But some are, and those are the ones who are the problem to be dealt with. Just sticking your head in the sand and crying "well, not all <insert maligned group here> are like that" is not helping to solve the problem. It's almost like you're saying "well, I'm a Muslim and I'm not an evil, murdering terrorist" or "I'm a Christian and I'm not a bigoted fuckwit" or "I'm a man and I'm not a scuzzbucket shit-for-brains who irrationally reviles women for no valid reason" [EDIT] or "I'm a gun owner and I'm not an insane killer" [/EDIT] as though saying this means you deserve a medal or a cookie or something, just because you're demonstrating that you are acting within the bounds of what most people consider to be basic, unremarkable human decency. That's why, I think, people have issues with and rightfully belittle most of the "#NotAll<Whatever>" kneejerk reactions. That's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it.

But then, with that said, it does seem to be the case that a lot of people actually do seem to mistakenly believe that all Muslims are terrorists, or even just that most terrorists are Muslims, more so than anyone believes that all Christians are racist, bigoted, douchenozzles or that all men are women-hating shitstains on the underwear of humanity [EDIT] or that all gun owners are insane, evil anus-crust failing to properly rein in their raging murder boners. [/EDIT] So... I don't know. Make of all of this what you will.)
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I don't know that Twitter is dying, really. Why? Well, it's because I personally don't even actually use Twitter all that much myself, and rarely ever have to begin with (aside from posting fire-and-forget links back to my LJ posts here), so I honestly wouldn't know if it was or wasn't dying in the first place.

That said, from what little I do pay attention to it, I can definitely see where the author of this article is coming from, generally speaking. Of course, everything the author says all applies not just to Twitter, but to Facebook and all the other flavor of the month social networking sites out there as well. About the only reason it doesn't also apply to LiveJournal is because almost everyone (except, perhaps, for the Russians who now primarily run and operate it and make use of it and occasionally perform DDoS attacks on it) has already left for greener pastures (mainly because the very same once did apply to LJ as well, and still does, in the tiny pockets, or hardened bunkers if you will, of "communities" that still use it).

In any case, all I really have to say is good luck with making a social media site like Facebook or Twitter or whatever that somehow won't become infested with trolls and/or raging shitbags almost immediately. Unless you adopt draconian modding policies (which will of course also drive people away), then you're not going to have much success with that. And hell, even if you do implement some sort of draconian moderation, people will find ways around that anyway or, worse, will find ways to actively abuse it.

I don't know, maybe I'm just being jaded and cynical. Maybe it is indeed possible to create a social media site that is actually impervious to trolls and assholes, but if there is a way to do that, I'm certainly not smart enough to figure it out. Meanwhile, I'll just continue to chill out here in the veritable ghost town that my little corner of LiveJournal has become.

And, as the article says towards the end, the shittiness of modern social media merely reflects the shittiness of society as a whole. Until someone finds a way to fix that, we're not going to somehow magically avoid the issue online either.
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This is a post on Facebook by Mick Foley (about whom I have posted before). It is about the pandemic of gun violence that continues to plague the United States of America. Mr. Foley is also active in the comments underneath his post, which is a rare thing compared to so many other celebrities, who tend to just use social media (and Facebook in particular) as a sort of fire-and-forget press release regurgitation machine. The comments actually seem to have a relatively low chaff-to-wheat ratio, which is somewhat surprising given the subject, but that is due to the fact that Mick himself is actively responding to people down there and trying to keep things civil. I mean, sure, you do have some of the typical asinine shitheads that you'd normally see under a post like that, posting their cutesy little pro-gun/anti-gun control image macros and whatnot, as if those stupid things actually constitute a cogent counterargument, but there are not as many of those braying jackasses down there as you might expect, which is a nice change of pace for once. (EDIT) That said, though, in addition to some gun nuts being present, there are a fair few "Feminism! *hiss* *makes sign of the cross* Not all men!" types down in the comments there, too. Sad, that. (/EDIT)

In his Facebook post, Mr. Foley links to this article on Huffington Post. I read that article, and when the second sentence mentioned 4chan, I just had to sigh wearily and nod my head, not surprised in the slightest. Essentially, the gist of the article is that gun violence in America, at least in part, is still a Thing™ for much the same reasons that GamerGate ended up being a Thing™ for more than just a couple of days after it spawned from the putrid bowels of the Internet that is 4chan. (Also, the comments under the article have a much higher chaff-to-wheat ratio, such as is typical.)

I think I'll just limit my comments beyond that to simply "^This" and be done with it. At the moment, I don't feel like ranting about this goddamn fucking ridiculous idiotic bullshit yet again.
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I was planning to make a ranty post about this, wondering if maybe this one would finally be the mass shooting that would be the final straw that gets America off of its collective ass to Do Something™ about the Gun Problem™, but I'll just let that tweet by Wil Wheaton of an Onion article there do my talking for me this time. (Even if the article is over a year old, it's still timely.) In any case, I'm not going to be holding my breath that anything will be done about the issue this time, anymore than it ever has in the past. Welp, so, I guess I'll see you all at my next rant about this asinine horseshit when the next inevitable big mass shooting occurs.

(EDIT) And, of course, the comments under Wil's Facebook repost of that tweet are just slap ass full of stupid. That is why nothing ever gets done about this issue. (/EDIT)
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George Takei made a Facebook post about this site. Rather interesting. Whether she started off actually seriously looking for dudes on Tinder (a site/app that I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, myself, but good enough for who wants to use it, I guess) and decided to keep it real in the process, with the results being so horrendous that she felt compelled to post them to Instagram, or whether this whole thing is just some sort of social experiment or whatever from the get go, it doesn't really matter. Either way, she's putting the spotlight on some really scuzzy dudes and showing why feminism is a thing that needs to exist. If you need still more examples of why that is the case, just take a peek in the comments under George's post, as there's quite a bit of scuzz down there as well.

So... you know that "not all men" bullshit that guys tend to pipe up with when confronted with feminist concepts? That phrase which has indeed become such a joke nowadays, precisely because so many guys say it when facing stuff like this? Fuck that. The fact that there are any men at all who act like the dudebros in the above link is the problem in the first place. If you happen to be a man who isn't like that, who finds those dudebros just as appalling and disgusting as I do, then fine, great, it's not really about you. No need to get all offended. Just don't act like you deserve a medal simply because you're displaying what should be (but apparently isn't) baseline human decency. But then, at the same time, the fact that you are getting perturbed enough to feel the need to actively point out that you're not a dudebro like that (as if that will make the mean scary feminists and their mean scary ideas go away) means that it actually is about you, at least a little bit. If you respond to the very concept of feminism the same way a stereotypical vampire responds to holy water, then yeah, even if you may not be actively misogynistic in your everyday life, you are still part of the problem.

nb4 white knight SJW whatever asinine fucking horseshit

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