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Leveling Up in Life: The Gamer’s Guide to Success

Success is elusive when video games are so much more tempting, but it’s important to achieve success in order to acquire more time for video games. This troubling duality is the essence of life confronted in the Tao.

I’m a successful, brick-jawed, adventurous blogger who loves to game and I’m here to help you become a success too. What follows are the critical skills, achievements worth earning, and talents to strive for to help you succeed just enough so you can feed your digital addiction and get your mom off your fucking back, mom.

Excellence in any of these skills will lead to success, while improving them all, particularly in order, will certainly make you a better, cooler, potentially less odorous individual.

None of this, however, can make up for a goatee.

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Jerry Seinfeld Wonks on Political Correctness

Jerry Seinfeld lamented the state of political correctness on college campuses today during an ESPN interview with Colin Cowherd. When asked if college students are too sensitive in light of recent claims made by Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy, Seinfeld responded:

“I hear that all the time. I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me ‘Don’t play colleges, they’re too PC.”

“I’ll give you an example: my daughter’s 14. My wife says to her, ‘Well, you know in the next couple years I think maybe you’ll want to hang around the city on the weekends so you can see boys. My daughter says, ‘That’s sexist.”

“They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist. That’s sexist. That’s prejudice.’ They don’t even know what they’re talking about.”

When asked, “Does it hurt comedy?” Seinfeld’s quick to answer, “Yes it does. Yes it does.”

However…

Seinfeld isn’t engraving his thesis on the state of politics with “kids these days”, but there are already a handful of problems in this admittedly short excerpt of opinion.

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The Real Problem with Guns

The problem isn’t that guns are in and of themselves a problem, a thorough misconception. When something should be killed, a well-placed shot is absolutely more humane than, say, lethal injection or hanging, and guns are perfect for hunting in cultures that can still argue they need to hunt.

The problem with guns is that they become an extraordinary tool for people to resolve ordinary issues. And the thing about tools is that once you have one in your hand, you are substantially more likely to use it.

Almost every single time, using a gun as a tool leads to someone being maimed or killed where they could’ve been talked down or subdued. The result guns bring is almost never justified no matter how you argue it, because you always have to presume things would’ve gone terribly had a gun not been used.

A great anecdote that came about recently is that video of the white nut job running at a cop with a weapon and the cop doesn’t shoot him. The assailant literally yells, “Shoot me!” and acts accordingly. He even rushes the officer to the ground and into a very dangerous position. You can see the video yourself here.

This has been frequently highlighted in the context of race relations (rightfully so), but there’s an important lesson here about guns:

If ever there was a justifiable circumstance to shoot a man, it was that one. No reasonable person could’ve faulted that cop for gunning that man down., but he didn’t. Regardless of why that is (race, cowardice, etc), that was the better outcome. Now the psycho is in jail instead of dead, he may rehabilitate, and the cop miraculously went uninjured.

The gun served zero purpose in this situation. It did not intimidate the assailant, nor did anything change on the scene until another person arrived. Had the gun been used properly and justifiably, the outcome would have been inarguably worse than it was.

I support the right for well-armed militias to bear arms and for individuals to own them too, because the reason that right exists is still dramatically relevant today. But I don’t kid myself that the true and honest reality about guns is that with almost perfect consistency they result in worse outcomes than would have likely resulted had guns not been involved.

Guns may not kill people (in a ridiculous sense), but they certainly instigate people to kill other people.

Let’s Name Our Lab Rats

This is a thought experiment and little more.

cute rat


Let us require that every lab rat or test animal we ever use for any reason whatsoever be named, and then catalog those names in a public database for anyone who might want to see.

No other change to be made; just name every animal used for scientific experimentation and write that name in the database. No naming conventions either. You can give them human names, adorable house pet names like “Mitten Tickles” or even bar codes if that’s what’s in your heart.

No other information would be retained about these animals. No description of their use, their fate or even their species. Just one big database of just… names.


 Who would have any interest in looking at this database?

How many names would it hold in a year? A decade? A century?

Would there be any trends in the way the animals were named?

How big would the database get before we finally stopped expanding it?

How long until the weight of this record became too great to bear?

My Apologies, Morsel

by derpwolf234Dear Morsel,

First, I must apologize for eating you. You did not deserve that, but please understand that it had to happen eventually.

You see, I am a predator, and you are prey. It is not that you’re less important than me, or that your way isn’t worthy. It’s just that I’m better.

Don’t worry: you still serve a purpose. I need to be nourished so you are good for that. I am working very hard every day to stay fit, running and stalking, lunging and gnawing on you and your kind. Dominance requires constant practice and fuel.

The pack and I, we look for you because you’re perfect to try our skill at. You are slower and weaker. You stand out in the brush, you stink, and you’re noisy; really, you call to us in every way possible so that we find you. It’s like you’re asking for it, and we’re certainly willing to oblige. There are so many of you and a fiery hunger consumes us.

When we pounce, forgive the initial aggression. We always go for the throat because we like to be quick about it. It’s not so much a courtesy for you, although we like to think that’s part of it. However, it’s actually so no one else is unsettled by your death throes. No need to have you make more of a scene than we like to. You’re just supporting actors in our show.

And don’t fool yourself that escape means victory, either. We are ever-hunters. What we don’t have today, we will have tomorrow. And if I don’t get you, my brethren or my lineage will.

So again, my apologies, Morsel, that you are just prey.

Sincerely,

the Wolves

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