Why the SJW Stuff Matters - An Intro, and ComicsGate

Why the SJW Stuff Matters - An Intro, and ComicsGate

A comment on my battletech review over at discord a while back asked why I made a fuss at all about the SJW stuff in it? If it made someone happier to see odd genders included, or a "diverse" command staff (that was hispanic, oriental, etc., no white men, or even whites), what does it hurt? Similarly, over the latest Comicsgate kerfluffle, a regular blogger over at Superversive wrote On Nike and Vox Day And Why You Shouldn’t Care About Either. To wit, why virtue signaling and staking territory in the culture war is a losing game…

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Chicken and Egg - Bad Support a Cause, or a Symptom of the Real Causes?

Chicken and Egg - Bad Support a Cause, or a Symptom of the Real Causes?

Bad Support. Due to the recent spate of people being cut loose by their employers to mollify crowds, Aydin Paladin has done a series of vids on customer satisfaction, and if ditching employees or founders actually helps the company, is the customer always right, etc. They are as usual, long, and insanely pedantically detailed with all of the relevant references. Interestingly, it appears that ditching an employee or employer for PR reasons has little or no effect, though there are some edge cases where the behavior in question is so reprehensible that punting the person is literally the minimum you…

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Management Fads

Over at Vox’s there was a post on whether or not “agile” development made it easier for SJW’s to infiltrate an organization. Now, I know a little programming, but will never claim to be great, and certainly don’t have project-management experience with the pro’s and cons of waterfall vs whatever. What caught my eye was this comment: “Anyway, I still like agile, but there’s a huge tendency for people to want to say they’re doing agile without understanding any of the points in the manifesto, because they heard that they should be doing agile.…

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For all the Gunn Cucks

For all the Gunn Cucks

First, Owen Benjamin giving an overview of what’s been going on with the #GunnBan, and others: At 1:35 – always leading to starvation and genocide? Socialism is a death cult. Of course it ends in starvation and genocide. Around 8:40 – he states that if you’re defending James Gunn don’t bother being a fan of his. I fully agree. I’m a fan of his. Owen also brings up that Oscar-nominated border-pedophile movie about the underage boy. At 16:20 he reminds us – “This is what they think is funny that they tweet about.” Oh, and an…

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Barnes & Noble Death Rattle?

Barnes & Noble Death Rattle?

I distinctly remember why I shifted to using B&N. The typical mall bookstore – I can no longer even remember the name now – was effectively dead, and B&N was huge. The SF&F section was reasonably well stocked with recent works and most of the “classics” and I had no issues finding Baen stuff. A full set of magazine shelves thoroughly up to date, and a lot of computer/programming books from when ever-evolving standards and documentation hadn’t made the concept of buying a book on, say, programming python, a laughing matter. Plus they had…

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No One Held a Gunn to His Head

No One Held a Gunn to His Head

For those of you who don’t follow Cernovich on twitter, something caught his attention about James Gunn enough to start reposting tweets. Tweets that Gunn later tried to palm off as, and the media is trying to pass off as well, as “jokes”. I’m not going to make you skip over the pictures to get to the rest of the commentary, so I’m leaving them at the end. OK, so “joking about raping kids is obviously exaggeration.” Uh, no. Look at the tweets below and tell me all of them are “exaggerated” beyond what we know damn…

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Marketplaces, Ideas, and Customer Bases

Marketplaces, Ideas, and Customer Bases

One of my favorite Kipling poems: AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race, I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place. Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all. We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn: But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind, So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed…

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The TORcott Just Became Less Painful - but losing Schlock will suck.

The TORcott Just Became Less Painful - but losing Schlock will suck.

Aside from the extra hoops I’ll have to jump through to get my hands on John C Wright’s earlier works, the biggest pain point for the TORcott originally, for me, was Brandon Sanderson. I had enjoyed the Mistborn series, and though the second Way of Kings had followed the first in a lot of unnecessary angst to drag the book out before finally coming to a decision, I was at least mostly looking forward to the third one. Mostly. There were a few hints from the “strong women characters” he kept writing that he was not as conservative…

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