Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Challenge to the Men's Rights Movement

Alright, listen up, men’s rights people. You say you want to improve the lives of all men, to protect their rights. Well, I have a challenge for you: Can you stand up for the male individuals who act feminine?

It’s no secret that men who show signs of anything associated with femininity are looked down upon. Effeminate men are made the butt of jokes all the time in the media and in real life. Just tonight I watched Date Night, where the male lead is described as androgynous and hilarity ensues as he is forced to agree with that. More than jokes, such men and boys are frequently the victims of violence because their femininity is seen as such a horrible offense to manhood. This is misogyny manifesting itself in violence against men. Can you denounce this misogyny as wrong?

Friday, October 15, 2010

An Open Letter to Game Show Ad Writers

Dear game show ad writers,

Please stop making ads for individual episodes that contain clips from beyond the contestants’ first round. It totally ruins the suspense because anyone watching it knows that the contestant must go on to a later round until they encounter the problem featured in the ad. This is especially problematic for karaoke shows with memorable music being played. If I’ve heard Elvis in the ad, I know she isn’t going to be stumped by CCR. Maybe the first two rounds are acceptable, but in no way should the last round be featured in the ad for the above reason.

This issue is making me skip commercials, and I know that's not intended. Please amend the template for making these ads accordingly. I suggest playing old footage or footage specifically of the host welcoming the contestant.

That is all.

Dragonclaws

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Halopedia: Anti-Vandal Coalition


(Okay, this was made for Halopedia on February 21, 2010. It’s a humorous comic created to explain an important lesson for how the wiki shouldn’t be run, in a way engaging enough for people to actually get the messge. Normally, I don’t crosspost items that are just about the wiki, but as Wikia is overhauling the site, I want to have this on my blogspot where I can trust it won’t vanish into the abyss or just look really hard to read.)

A few years ago, we had a Halopedian group called the Anti-Vandal Coalition, which was supposed to fight vandals. Vandals were reported on a page, and those who actively opposed vandals got ranked in a hierarchal system. It was a mess because vandals were only encouraged by the AVC. They saw it as a chance to play the villain in an epic game or something. Jack Phoenix put a stop to this with a forum post explaining how we were feeding the trolls.

This was back in 2007. Because it was a while ago, a lot of our current users don’t remember the events surrounding the AVC. Occasionally there will be an enthusiastic push for a neo-AVC from users who don’t get the reasons why the admins ardently oppose such vandal-fighting groups. In order to help people understand this important part of Halopedian culture, I’m posting the (hopefully) humorous comic below: 

Halopedia: Please, Stop Being Human

(Okay, this was written for Halopedia on November 6, 2009. It deals with issues pertinent to the wiki at the time, which may not be relevant at this time. Normally, I don’t crosspost articles that are just about the wiki, but as Wikia is overhauling the site, I want to have this article on my blogspot where I can trust it won’t vanish into the abyss or just look really hard to read.)

Over a year ago, I wrote the blog YOU ARE NOT WORTHY. NOT YET., in which I ranted about various problems throughout Halopedia and suggested ways it could improve. Halopedia has improved, but it hasn’t succeeded in all the ways I described. In some cases this is a good thing, as I now realize I was wrong to make such proposals, but in others Halopedia just needs more improvement. As we move into Halopedia’s sixth year of existence, now is the time to seriously focus on fixing our problems and become a more respected fansite. Why now? So we can be the definitive source for Halo information in time for year seven, of course.

Halopedia: There Is No Cabal


(Okay, this was written for Halopedia on June 14, 2008. It describes a meme going around the site in order to catch up the newbies. Normally, I don’t crosspost articles that are just about the wiki, but as Wikia is overhauling the site, I want to have this article on my blogspot where I can trust it won’t vanish into the abyss or just look really hard to read.)

Halopedia is in general a pretty open and trustworthy community. However, a few users may notice a certain unsavory topic that may come up every now and again, only to be quickly hushed by the veteran users. Halopedia:Administrators outlines the nature of Halopedia’s governing forces as far as they would have the online population believe; however, there are some who would claim that this is not quite the whole story. These people who would dare to speak out will whisper quietly of a secretive and nefarious group composed of several users who lead Halopedia from the shadows, operating (CENSORED) in attempts to suppress and eventually enslave every Halopedian, a group known only as… the Cabal.

*thunder booms* *lightning flashes* (Yes, in that order!)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halopedia: YOU ARE NOT WORTHY. NOT YET.

(Okay, this was written for Halopedia on August 25, 2008. It deals with issues pertinent to the wiki at the time, which may not be relevant at this time. Normally, I don’t crosspost articles that are just about the wiki, but as Wikia is overhauling the site, I want to have this article on my blogspot where I can trust it won’t vanish into the abyss or just look really hard to read.)

Halopedia hails itself as being the definitive source for Halo information; however, despite having the massive article count of 5,000 some, I don’t believe the wiki to be of high quality. Good quality, sure, but not enough to be the definitive source. As I’ve used the wiki for research (for my fanfiction), I often find myself bewildered by the state of an article and declare at my screen, “Oh, good God!” as was done by William Daniels as John Adams in 1776 when his colleagues failed his expectations. Halopedia needs a lot of work; it needs better references, better definition of terms like “Easter egg”, more uniform standards, stricter control over what stays in the articles, and better policy pages so what we decide can be preserved for the new users, among other things.

Dr. Horrible is a Creepy Stalker


I’m a fan of Dr. Horrible and have attempted to make conversation analyzing the story, during which I’ve casually referenced the doctor as a creepy stalker and then been forced to argue my position. I think it’s obvious that Billy is intended to come off as a creepy stalker, which is done humorously at times but still is a personality flaw. I suspect the opposition to this idea to be based in the idea of feminists constantly misunderstanding innocent men to be wicked misogynists, at least in the case of the person to whom I was speaking, so let me make it clear that I’m saying Joss Whedon intentionally wrote this guy as a creepy stalker. Below, I’ve collected evidence of this portrayal:

Everyone is the Same (Stargate)

So, I’ve been watching a lot of Stargate. I’ve seen most of SG-1 and a little of Atlantis, and you know what I’ve noticed about the characters? “Every damn one of them is the same!” That’s a line from the SG-1 episode “The Other Side” in reference to racial characteristics of a genocidal faction of white supremacist alien humans. While not quite that bad, the show Stargate SG-1 has displayed a consistent lack of racial diversity in its characters, often showing preference for white characters unrealistically given the fictional context.

Friday, October 1, 2010

I Kissed a Vampire - Review

I downloaded the iTunes-only vampire rock musical I Kissed a Vampire… and I liked it. Yeah, I had to make that joke. Seriously, though, I found it mildly entertaining and worth a watch every now and then. It’s basically like a cross between High School Musical, which it pays tribute to, and just a generic corny vampire film. One thing I like is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s more humorous because of it. It’s not that good, but it’s cute enough for what it is. My full review follows: