Sunday, March 15, 2015

Women and Gaming (or Online Gaming II)

Some not-so-depressing and even inspiring articles after my last post:
Most influential Gamers in the UK

The #1 Trait of Successful Women

After reading on the attacks on certain women online, I started to feel a little depressed. Granted, I was never on the receiving end of these attacks but by all that reading last night, I'm beginning to think that the Minecraft community is just that awesome.

Fortunately, logically, I know better.

Violent crime has gone down tremendously since the 70s. Granted, we are in the middle of a small spike (like that of the 90s), but overall, it's going down. You wouldn't know it if you read the news, but there's the caveat. The news makes violent crimes seem a lot more than it is. The news also makes gaming misogyny seem a lot worse than it is. The reality is that there may be only hundreds of gamer guys intent on doing some harm to woman.

These guys are so bad that they are the ones who dominate the news. You know I looked at hundreds of articles on Gamergate before I came across those two articles above. You would think that we would see something of the 22% of the female game developers.

I've refrained from posting anything on "Gamergate" because I thought it would be akin to saying, "Whatever you do, don't look at the zit on my nose." Now that you let everyone know that there's a zit, no one can stop looking at it.

I'm not saying not to acknowledge that there's a problem. After all, you can't fix the problem without acknowledging that there is one.

The question is, how do we solve this one without giving the attention these trolls so desperately crave?

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Online Gaming

Gamer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The most I've done in online gaming is Minecraft. To be quite honest with you, I'm really not much of a gamer. What little I have done online, I haven't really seen too much  misogyny. Sure, there was the occasional moron, but they were usually banned from most servers. Typically, these people were all around trolls and misogynist behavior was just another attempt to get someone all riled up. They usually were banned from most servers as it wasn't just women they were harassing.

So either the problem isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be or the Minecraft community just happens to be that awesome.

Why am I talking about all of this?

Don't Forget!

English: an animated clock
English: an animated clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you own a clock that needs to be manually set, tonight is the night to set your clock AHEAD.

We lose an hour of sleep tonight - not that we need more sleep. I mean, four hours is enough, right?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tech then and now

Logo for The Walt Disney Company
Logo for The Walt Disney Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was browsing MOTHERBOARD and I came across this gem.

The article is on how Disney made this (typical) what-LSD-might-be-like 80's video on computers to promote "Tron" - also a what-LSD-might-be-like 80's video.

The article itself is quite interesting, but if you are short on time, here's the video:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Amazon Associates Account Closed?!

Amazon hef
Amazon hef (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Imagine my surprise, when I logged in to my Amazon Associates account today to find that it had been closed.

Turns out that I'm still pretty insecure. I automatically assumed that it was some unintentional TOS violation on my part. I immediately emailed them and asked them to resend the closure notice and that I'm sorry for any inconvenience, that I might have caused.
Fortunately, it wasn't. As it turned out, it was the State of Vermont's fault.

Okay, it's a little more complicated than that. When I changed my address to Texas on my Amazon account, I had assumed that my address had also changed on my Associate's account. So it was partly my fault.

However, Social programs costs the state more than what it would cost charitable organization and that money has to come from somewhere.

VT had made a new complicated tax law to make sure that only the hardworking, industrious, middle class are taxed. You don't want to tax the poor, obviously, and of course if you tax the rich, they won't stay and pay the extensive property tax or pay the high "luxury" tax (restaurants and hotels).

Unfortunately, eventually, the only people left to tax will be the rich.

In the meantime, I live in Texas, which has NO income tax. I got a new Amazon Associates ID. Unfortunately, this means that all of the items I had promoted have the wrong ID on it so unless I go change that ID, it's likely I will only be making money on future referrals.

For those of you who have their account closed, don't assume the worse. Email them. The support team had been very helpful to me and even though I can't get those old IDs back, at least I was able to get something back.

Oh, and... Thanks a lot, Vermont.