Aug. 24th, 2016

solarbird: (molly-braceforimpact)

I haven’t written much about the alt-right/”Rabid Puppy” Hugo Award slate gaming lately; as last year, their slate utterly collapsed, with the core of it finishing behind “No Award,” again, just like last year. Theodore (“Vox Day”) Beale did of course claim TOTAL VICTORY, as he will always do regardless, and I got a small bit of banhammered hate on Twitter (aw, they remembered me! I’m flattered) and blah de blah de blah. To be honest, Dave Truesdale’s expulsion from the con was far more interesting.

Really, I’m kind of surprised they still care, what with actual fascists being actual contenders in elections in the west this year. It makes their chosen pond look even smaller. Scalzi wrote a column calling them gum on the shoes of history, which is about right.

I imagine they might give it another run next year even with the new rules in place, mostly ’cause Dunning-Kruger is gonna Dunning-Kruger, and if you want poster children for that effect, I have some suggestions.


Why do white supremacists always look like counterexamples?

Jim Hines has a nice post up about the actual award winners, and it’s a good read.

Meanwhile, the Sad Puppies – as opposed to the Rabids – are concentrating their efforts on a new set of awards, the Dragon Awards, to be given at Dragoncon. Those are over here, and it’s an internet vote so have fun managing that because wow I can’t think of anything easier to hijack, but y’know what? Great. Go have fun, I hope it works out (no, really, I genuinely do) and good luck.

Meanwhile, I’m going to post this and hope the construction next door takes a break today. My studio is sound-conditioned, not sound-proofed, and I have to ask, WHO NEEDS FIVE KINDS OF POWER SAW FOR A CARPORT? I mean, I’m guessing at five, given the number of different sounds I was hearing, and unless they’re starting some sort of electric saw noisemusic band, I’m assuming this is all for the carport and not either music nor lulz.

Then again, the griefer count has been pretty fuckin’ high lately. Maybe it is lulz. These chorus vocals I was mixing are sounding pretty damn sweet despite the saw effects, I got to say, so you’re gonna have to do better than that to stop me.
 
 


This is part of a series of posts on the Hugo awards nominations capture by rightist political slates.

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solarbird: (assassin)
Popping in for a quick game as Pharah, getting a team which had not managed to attain the point at all competitive in round one, winning around two, but not able to take round three because half the team wouldn't get on the fucking point even in overtime. As time is ticking down:

Solarbirdy: "Guys, if nobody gets on the point, we cannot take the point."

Some Guy Who Wouldn't Get On The Point: [blows and makes gross noises into microphone]

Game: DEFEAT

Some Guy: "Taste DEFEAT!"

Some Guy: "Who was that on the microphone? Whoooooo were youuuuuuu?"

Overwatch: PLAY OF THE GAME: SOLARBIRDY <[THOOM]>

Solarbirdy: "That would be me. Right there."

Replay: [Solarbirdy kills five players and one turret, and takes point solo]

Some Guy: "Oh. ... uh... good play."

Solarbirdy: [disconnects]

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