well well well, it it isn’t the consequences of my own actions
(also wtf, that was a whole 20 years ago and I'm 38???? when did this happen. was i asleep. i bet i slept through it.)
Looking back, it's hard to believe that 20 years ago, parents really believed that you could endanger yourself by letting anyone on the internet (even someone you'd been emailing every day for years) know that your first name was Amy or something.
But they did.
And that's why handles ... meant something important then, the meaning of which is lost now that Google tried to get people to use their real names and politicians have their identity verified on Twitter. The trans read is great *too*, but the literal read was actually powerful at the time when it came out.
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*screams* I wrote a like 5000 word thing about internet culture back then, and masto ate it, and I was doofy enough to not have it copy/pasted.
Speedrun version: I was 18 and a freshman at uni, only geeks socialized on the internet, and everyone used handles. Non-internet-users all over the world were like, terrified that predators could stalk you and find you if they knew your first name. At that time.. handles were very personal and very emblematic of you, because if your friends were online, that was the name they knew you by, and no other.
So, for Neo to say he was [the person he is online] rather than [respectable normal adult], that was like saying "this online world is more important to me than my offline identity", and this was a shocking statement. Most people would send you to a shrink if you said that. For these grown-ass adult men who obviously had other options of what to do with their life to be so serious they were killing each other, and yet still to declare that their real selves were who they were online, was just mind-blowing to mainstream folks. Many of whom didn't own a computer and had never used the internet at all.
On the other hand, us geeky teens... online was our world, the world many of our parents were trying to stop us from being absorbed in. So for us to have it acknowledged that the stuff we did online was meaningful was a huge enormous big deal. It did probably help in terms of normalizing the idea of socializing online (which tbh the majority of people believed was literally impossible. "How can you be friends with someone you've never met" and so on.)
Come see music for cats, by cats, of cats
The singular 'they' in English first appears in a.. (checks notes) a 1375 sexy romance about furries and a werewolf
everything here appears to be in order, carry on
on rpg clerics and armageddon healing spells Show more
A few different things on my feed are reminding me of the horrorfest that is the Lost City of Amdapor, in FFXIV.
Amdapor was the city of white mages during the historical War of the Magi which nearly wiped out civilization.
Now, by way of comparison is Bel'ahdia, the city of black mages, which was destroyed, and modern-day Ul'dah is what was built from those ruins. One of the most prosperous cities in the realm, with a thriving population.
Amdapor? It's fucking quarantined. It's a biohazard. Today's white mages have it under guard because it is such a public health risk. What's in there, besides so much mold the air is thick with clusters of spores, mostly has eyes and mouths in places that eyes and mouths should not be. I sincerely hope the Warrior of Light doesn't get cancer just from being in there for an hour.
Maybe the best measure of a civilization is "how many clerical errors stand between us and Armageddon?"
An all-cleric adventuring party, featuring:
-A youth pastor for a demon cult
-A priest of the Sun God, who can only heal by cauterizing and causing really high fevers
-A hardass inquisitor of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
-A Deist golem who doesn't get that "God is a watchmaker" is a metaphor
websites as archives hot take Show more
keeping an archive /as/ an archive costs money
hard drives cost money
recordable optical media costs money
offsite storage with an agreement that ensures your content will be preserved costs money
if you have money, using any or all of these things to create archives for your creations is a good idea
but I think we ought to fight for the people who don't have money, too
*is my take on Myspace deleting years of data*
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Someone told me that Captain Marvel was worth watching "for the cat". They said, "I can't tell you why because it's a spoiler, but it's worth watching for the cat alone."
I watch about one movie per year but i REALLY want to know if the key cat twist is the same one as in Mana Khemia.
If it does I will *scream internally* because I bet it isn't done a fraction as well. There will never be a better setup. Almost no one knows it exists, but it's so good and every cat person needs it.
I am BIG and TOUGH, now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to hide under my duvet for a while because somebody said something nice to me
No one needs to starve. No one needs to freeze. No one needs to die. There is enough for everyone. More empty homes than all the people without them, more food than grocers can even sell. The labor and the materials to end scarcity exist now. It is not a far-off dream. We can end scarcity in this life.