She was prepared: So now what?

As about .05% of the spam bots who read my blog know, yesterday’s season 3 finale saw the fulfillment of what a lot of people have been expecting and/or dreading for quite a while; the egghead became a princess, complete with wings and a coronation ceremony.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re not that in that .05%. Go home. Nothing to see here.

If you do know what the hell I’m talking about, or you are simply curious, stay awhile, and listen. I’m going to do something I’ve never done before; analyze an episode of a kid’s show.

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Filly, you’ll be a princess, soon

For 99% of the few people who actually read Bullp*ss; you can go about your business. As indicated by the title, this probably doesn’t concern you. Everybody else, come in a bit closer. It is time for rumors to be dispelled. I have something to tell you.

I’m actually listening to Urge Overdrive Neil Diamond right now.

Yeah. There has always been something cool about that song. I think it is the toy piano.

Also, Twilight Sparkle is becoming an Alicorn princess.

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Here’s your problem.

The other day I received something in my work e-mail from the Vice President’s office about Biden’s meeting with representatives from the video game industry. I read more about it today. I don’t know what they’re hoping to find by going over this again. For that matter, I don’t know what anybody is hoping to do by re-visiting the gun control issue. We’ve been over this a million times. We come to the same conclusion each time. They are a factor, but not necessarily the factor, for why bad things keep happening.

I’m not necessarily against a little more regulation involving guns, or video games. If it is done right (that’s the hard part), I think it could help. However, there are other things out there that need a bit more attention; things that have probably come about because we’ve changed as a society. Things that don’t have such an easy fix. We’ve come a long way from the nuclear family of the 50′s, and we all know that was bunk, but I think maybe we’ve gone a little too far the other way.

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No consequences

Just when I thought whatever is going on with whatever happened down there in Steubenville, Ohio, couldn’t get any more outrageous, I read a statement in the paper made by one of the boy’s attorneys. It was almost funny.

“They are reluctant to sacrifice their college career, their reputation, or their otherwise good standing in whatever community they may be found for fear of being vilified, and certain personal information finding its way on the Internet,”

“They are reluctant to sacrifice their college career, their reputation, or their otherwise good standing in whatever community they may be found for fear of being vilified, and certain personal information finding its way on the Internet,”

“They are reluctant to sacrifice their college career, their reputation, or their otherwise good standing in whatever community they may be found for fear of being vilified, and certain personal information finding its way on the Internet,”

Well, that’s too damn bad. There are consequences to what you do, and when what you do is probably criminal, those things are some of them. What they’re accused of is serious stuff. Do they not understand? College should not be an issue. Not going straight to prison should be. These kids should be scared sh*tless. Even if they never actually raped the girl and faked the whole, horrible thing in order to make the worst Internet video in history.  Either way, they’re rapists or assholes, and they need to be taught a lesson.

New Year’s resolution: sweat the small stuff.

This goes against traditional advice, but I don’t mean it in the traditional way. What I mean to say is; screw the big picture. The big picture, the worldwide stage, the national stage, is always a downer. It doesn’t change. Corporate and government greed. Lousy economies and violence. General bullp*ss.When was the last time you  turned on the news and saw something that you smile? How about the last time you opened the newspaper? How about the radio?

I originally wanted to do a story on what I wanted to see more of in 2013 in government. In worldwide affairs. In national affairs. I couldn’t think of anything. I couldn’t think of anything unless I thought of it in the context of what I wanted to see less of. There’s not a whole lot of good going on out there on a grand scale. There are, however, lots of little things going on out there. Little things were all I could think of.  I’d love to see more of these little things. Little things like volunteers helping hurricane victims. Little things like Internet charities that raise money in the name of small, colorful horses.   I’d love to see more people saving puppies.

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They came in the night

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Lawmakers worked well into Friday morning passing a ton of bills. Normally, I would find this unprecedented legislative productivity refreshing. A lot of stuff got done. Much of it was pretty standard; the kind of things no one really pays attention to. However, there were some very interesting bills no one got the chance to pay attention to before they were enrolled.

In those early hours, Lansing was like an electronics store during the L.A. riots. Taking full advantage of the “lame duck” session, republicans approved all kinds of legislation; much of which nobody but them had ever seen, or heard about. There were more last second substitutions then an episode of Naruto. When the doors finally closed on the capital building, Christmas had come early for the GOP, and a fat stack of party legislation sent the the governor’s desk.

For a list of all the recent bills,  see here.

Guns. Check. Abortion restrictions. Check. New Emergency Manager Law. Check. “Right to Work”. Check.

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Simply Awful

It might be a good news day, but it isn’t a good news day, if you know what I mean. I haven’t heard so much bad news in a single day for quite a while, and I can only imagine how the people personally affected by it feel.

I’m mostly talking about the school shooting in Connecticut. If you live under a rock, or just haven’t paying attention, look it up (I made that easy for you). How things in a person’s life gets to a point where killing your mother,  19 kindergartners, and 6 adults seems like the way to go, I’ll never understand. Nobody will understand, no matter what we find out. I’m not a religious person, but I believe I heard it best when the leader of a congregation told people something to the effect of “some things are only for God to know” . That’s a pretty eloquent way of saying sometimes, there are no answers.

All I can do is feel bad for the parents who found out they will never see their child alive again. I cannot fathom what it must have been like driving to the school in order to find out whether or not you still had a son or a daughter.

In advance, I’d like to admonish all the people who will undoubtedly use this story for political gain or to advance an agenda. You know who you are. You know what you are doing. Does it ever occur to you to maybe wait a day or two before giving a soapbox sermon? No. Probably not.  You’re probably not even right. The only reason for this terrible incident is some design flaw in the human brain.

 

 

Thanks Gamefly; thanks alot.

Maybe Gamefly hasn’t noticed, but adults who play video games already have to deal with enough crap without their incredibly stupid commercials. Grown men screaming, throwing tantrums and sobbing into the lap of their girlfriend because a game is bad does not help our image, thanks.

Alright. I’m sure nobody has changed their opinions over these commercials, but I find them to be in pretty bad taste. I mean, really, what kind of jerk wrecks a store because he’s only getting $9 for an old game. Dude, have you been to a pawn shop? Have you ever watched Pawn Stars? That’s how it works, especially with transient things like most games. Sure, there are a few classics people will pay top dollar for (Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VII), but even then, you’re probably not going to get a whole lot.

Just take the store credit. Don’t fool yourself. You’re not going to pay the rent with a stack of old PS3 games.

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Do You Want to See Twisted?

This weekend, I learned Twisted Treeline is nothing like The Fields of Justice.

You would think it would be. There doesn’t seem to be much of a difference. Instead of three lanes for five players, you’ve got two lanes for three players. There are a couple of little altar things. No big deal. Except that it is a huge deal when you find out these things change the rules of engagement entirely.

There is no “lane phase”. There is no time to “farm.” Half of the time, several members of at least one, if not both, teams are dead before the minions even spawn. It is just one big-ass team fight; a constant gank-fest, with people running from lane to lane constantly.

And there are no wards.

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Pretty much how I felt playing Twisted Treeline for the first time. Dem Shadow Ilse be a nightmare if you’re unprepared.

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What is a “leash?”

The folks over at Riot have unleashed the new pre-season changes (don’t forget general patch stuff) for League of Legends. There are lots of new items. There are lots of new masteries. There will be lots of impatience and tooth gnashing about over powered champions and items until it all gets worked out.

Get a grip. Bite a stick if you have to. It is always the end of the world until it isn’t.

So, if you need me, I’ll be out on the Field of Justice, dressed as Morgana and wearing  Liandry’s Torment. I hear it really makes Teemo’s mushrooms sting.

Oh, and if I hear one more person bitch about leashes…..

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This fantastic piece of .gif is courtesy of the fine  Disorderly Conduct Tmblr; probably one of the coolest ones out there.