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Remember When?: The 1990's "Science Wars"

Jan. 2nd, 2019 | 11:00 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: blahblah
Dancing to: She Blinded Me with Science, by Thomas Dolby


In the 1990's, the FCC began a serious crackdown on Saturday morning TV with the Children's Television Act of 1990, which mandated that all TV networks had to broadcast a specific amount of material that would be considered educational to children 16 and under. This act wound up all but killing Saturday morning TV through the 2000's, but for a time in the 1990's, it looked like the concept of entertaining TV could still be had even with the new restrictions, and Bill Nye the Science Guy and Beakman's World were cases in point!

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Cheerleading Practice now dances SOLELY on Linux!

Jan. 1st, 2019 | 02:20 pm
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: bouncybouncy
Dancing to: Pay the Rent's intro theme, followed by the Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour main theme

I yanked Windows off my lappy.

Because I got a smartphone for Christmas, my last need for Windows (the Fitbit app) is gone, so Windows is now gone with it.

Bye, Feliciasoft! 🖕😂🖕


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Remember When?: Chris Benoit

Dec. 26th, 2018 | 11:00 am
Dancing at: a Starbucks
Dancing mood: sadsad
Dancing to: Hello, by Adele


The pro wrestler who killed wrestling. And his wife and kid. And himself.

More savage than Macho Man Randy!Collapse )

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Yet another reason why you should hate CBS News.

Dec. 19th, 2018 | 06:15 pm
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: blahblah
Dancing to: Thank You, Next!, by Ariana Grande


Yes, this is an actual real news article made by them. Or one REALLY fucked-up trolling attempt! Either way...

And Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow flip in their graves even more! As does Dan Rather. Even though he's still alive! D:

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Remember When?: The Troubles

Dec. 19th, 2018 | 11:00 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: boredbored
Dancing to: Thunder, by Imagine Dragons


To a lot of people (at least where I live), Northern Ireland either doesn't exist, or is lumped in with the rest of Ireland. They don't get anywhere near the love that their friends in Great Britain or their neighbors to the south do. And, IMHO, for reasons you're about to see below, that's a good thing, because they don't DESERVE any love!

A rare example of terrorism that doesn't involve Muslims, the Troubles were a conflict between so-called "Unionists", who wanted Northern Ireland to stay in the U.K., and "Nationalists", who wanted to merge with the rest of Ireland. Because the Unionists were mostly Protestant while the Nationalists were mostly Catholics, this "war" was also often framed as a religious conflict.

This whole war started because Catholics in Northern Ireland felt that the mostly-Protestant Brits were discriminating against them. However, the Catholics wound up becoming the Black Lives Matter of their time, thus killing whatever purpose their campaign had and attracting spite. For 30 long years, Northern Ireland was a whiter, red-haired Middle East. Sometimes, the conflict spilled over into Ireland, the rest of the U.K., or even the rest of Europe! Over 3,500 people died in the Troubles, while 47,500 were injured!

Ironically, at the same time the Troubles began, Quebec was undergoing its "Quiet Revolution". And of course, the Civil Rights Movement was going on here in the good ol' U.S. of A., both FAR better ways to bring about reform!

A fun fact about the Troubles is that they may have led to the DeLorean DMC-12 not being as good of a car as it should've been. The car was produced in Northern Ireland, and the factory was placed right on a religious fault line, to the point where there was one entry for Catholics and one for Protestants, and great care was taken to make sure the two never met!

The impacts of the Troubles can still be felt even to this day: If ever there's a religious terrorist in a movie or TV show who isn't Muslim, they're often some "IRA" leftover. Northern Ireland pretty much EARNED its spot on the list of "acceptable ethnic targets"!

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Dear Super Smash Bros. FanDUMB, Part 5

Dec. 17th, 2018 | 09:11 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: pissed offpissed off
Dancing to: Bad at Love, by Halsey

At the time I joined this website, there was a law in place in the U.S. called COPPA that prohibits websites from knowingly taking personal, private information from people under 13. Most websites, LiveJournal included, interpreted that as "you must be 13 years of age or older to register an account with us and participate in our forums". That's still a law, right?

Well, I wouldn't know from YOU motherfuckers, because so many of you act like petulant, spoiled children that it legitimately startles me to see that a lot of you are actually north of 30 years old and pushing 40!!!

First, there's your fetish for leaks. I kinda sorta hinted at this in Part 3, but the one thing I find even more astonishing than fan gullibility is the fact that there are so many leaks for these games at all.

Smash fans, it seems, are just so ridiculously fucking impatient and want things now now now now now now, so rather than wait for the fucking Nintendo Direct, or better yet, THE GAME (like I did), they let themselves get spoiled by information that might not be true and is probably more than likely false!

Then there's the attitude the fandom displays when they don't get their way. In just this year alone, I once saw a post on Twitter clearly say that "daddy Sakurai" committed "wah-11" by keeping Waluigi as an Assist Trophy, complete with a picture of one of the World Trade Center plane explosions with Waluigi's head on a tower! Then, in the summer, an earthquake rocked Japan. This delayed a Nintendo Direct that was supposed to be Smash-themed. Some fans shat on Nintendo for this, then thought the earthquake was a sign someone named Isaac would be in the game! Who the fuck is Isaac? -_-

And then there are the motherfucking DEATH THREATS! There are people out there who will honestly, legitimately send Masahiro Sakurai threats to kill him just because their overly specific request that he probably didn't know about about 90% of the other Smash fandom wouldn't care about wasn't fulfilled. They actually want to kill Sakurai because their very obscure character that wouldn't fit in the game was, quite predictably, not made playable.

Oh, but some Smash fans don't want to stop there! They will actually try to get their hands on the game and then spew their...uh, ENTHUSIASM (yeah, that's it)...all over the Internet BEFORE THE GAME IS OFFICIALLY RELEASED. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was one of the most spoiled Nintendo games I can think of in recent memory (the others being, you guessed it, other Smash games!), and Nintendo in turn issued more copyright claims on YouTube videos (and cease-and-desists elsewhere) than for any other game. There were ROM hacks out for the game practically the instant it hit the shelves!

The Smash fandom probably has the worst case of the "gimmies" I've ever seen in a video game franchise (although the Pokémon fanDUMB comes close...they've wanted an evolution for Farfetch'd for HOW long, now?). Even when Sakurai bends over backwards and gives them what he thought they wanted (Smash Wii-U's "For Glory" mode, the Geno Mii costume, Shovel Knight as an Assist Trophy in "SmUsh" to represent "indie" franchises), it's still not enough for them, now is it!?! Not a single word of thanks, not a single acknowledgement that making video games is actually much harder than it seems, and certainly not constructive criticism. Just a rallying cry of "I want MOAR!!!", every single time!

A social justice warrior might politely call this behavior "problematic", and I want it to stop now now now now now now!

Well, that's it for this series, at least until they make a Super Smash Bros. 6. My regular LiveJournaling will resume this Wednesday with yet another "Remember When?"! With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate being the first video game I've ever pre-ordered in my entire life and the game only a week in the past, I just felt that I had to get a bunch of shit off my chest. ^^;

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Dear Super Smash Bros. FanDUMB, Part 4

Dec. 16th, 2018 | 09:52 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: pissed offpissed off
Dancing to: Chop Suey!, by System of a Down

Part 1
And don't even get me started on the Shantae fans, who I strongly suspect only became fans because critics of Anita Sarkeesian were using Shantae to prove their points! $10 says a good lot of Shantae's "fandom" hasn't even played her games at all! ¬_¬



Of all the entries in this journal tagged "fandom myopia", this is pretty much the DEFINITION of it! Shantae is perhaps one of the most obscure video game franchises ever, yet certain Smash Bros. fans want her in Smash because...I dunno, reasons? D:

Her games are mediocre to shit, plus we already have a "fuck SJW's" character in Bayonetta. It's only through them that I have even HEARD of Shantae. Also, the owners of the Shantae copyright are pretty tight with their licensing, and clearly do not think that Smash is for them.

Even worse, a lot of cynics charge that the only reason people want her in Smash to begin with is to masturbate to her...even though she looks like a child! Makes you wonder the REAL reason why this fandom is so vocal, hmmmmmmmmmm? Ò_Ó

And then there's that elephant in the room of autism rearing its ugly head yet again: Shantae HAS appeared in a few fighting games that are similar to Smash Bros., such as one titled Indie Pogo. There's also MUGEN if you're REALLY desperate. But that tendency towards single-mindedness and a ridiculously narrow range of interests means that those who want Shantae in Smash probably will not play any of those other games, 'cuz autism won't let 'em! D:

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Dear Super Smash Bros. FanDUMB, Part 3

Dec. 15th, 2018 | 09:51 am
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: pissed offpissed off
Dancing to: Delicate, by Taylor Swift

Why are you such gullible fucking dumbasses? -_-

Seriously, just look at this motherfucking list...and then look at how much longer it gets with each new Smash game!

Smash fans will believe fucking ANYTHING, it seems. It's almost as if the "listen and believe" mantra of social justice warriors was crafted in the Smash fandom!

The most egregious: for a time, people actually, seriously fucking believed that the Grinch, from the 2018 movie of the same name, was seriously going to be a character in Ultimate! What the actual FUCK!?! 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

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Dear Super Smash Bros. FanDUMB, Part 2

Dec. 14th, 2018 | 11:17 pm
Dancing at: my house
Dancing mood: pissed offpissed off
Dancing to: Let's Hit the Climax!, from Bayonetta 1

Why the fuck is your competitive scene so goddamn motherfucking BORING? -_-



Oh, you thought the "Genotards" were the ONLY problem with the Smash Bros. fandom? Pal, you don't know pain like I know pain. They're just HALF of the problem I have with the Super Smash Bros. series lately! Today, we're looking at the OTHER half!

The competitive scene for the Super Smash Bros. series is more obsessed with perfection than I can ever possibly imagine. In their pursuit of trying to make the games as "fair and balanced" (LOL WHUT) as possible, they've pretty much yanked out 90% of what makes the game fun, and they're STILL never satisfied.

I'm sure you've heard the phrase "no items, Fox only, Final Destination" at some point... You may have also seen the "Tourneyfag" article on the original incarnation of Encyclopedia Dramatica (before Girlvinyl "shut it down" in April of 2011), which was OVERWHELMINGLY centered on Smash Bros. "fans", with only a SMATTERING of nods to other competitive scenes, including Smogon (although they got an article eventually...). I guess you could say Smash... (puts on sunglasses) ...overcentralized the metagame! (YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!)

No LJ Cuts. Pichu only. Port Town Aero Dive!Collapse )

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Yet another burning question...

Dec. 13th, 2018 | 02:17 pm
Dancing at: a Starbucks
Dancing mood: blahblah
Dancing to: One Kiss, by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa

Why the fuck do people want Geno in a Smash Bros. game so goddamn much!?!

If I had to guess, it has something to do with this video on Newgrounds uploaded in October of 2007, which shows a down-on-his-luck Koopa leaving a welfare place JUST as it gets blown to shreds; an after-credits gag then shows that it was Geno who blew the place up because, per Mallow in a fourth-wall break, "no one would get the Mario RPG references!" Geno seemed to have become a running gag on Newgrounds thereafter. I think famous cartoonist Chris "Kirbopher" Niosi even included him in a Smash-themed video!

But that was supposed to be a joke. As far as I know, there was no legitimate fan demand for Geno in Smash prior to any videos on NG. The video creators were taking the piss and shooting the shit knowing full well that Geno would never be in a Smash game, and with their audience also knowing that full well!

But if not that, THEN what!?! Well, if this is to be believed, apparently, Masahiro Sakurai HIMSELF wanted Geno in Brawl! The claimed reason why Geno ultimately wasn't included was because of rights issues with Square-Enix. But the fact that he STILL isn't in a Smash game despite the inclusion of Square-owned Cloud Strife with many other Final Fantasy references in others tells me that there's ANOTHER elephant in the room in play here!

The sad truth is that Geno is a rather obscure character in an equally-obscure game (although it WAS re-released on Virtual Console and that SNES Classic thingy) made with an extremely weird art style that wouldn't fit in a Smash Bros. game as-is, and he was the most OP character in there! It's unclear how he'd work in Smash (although some fans have given pretty good ideas!), or if he even could.

So, it doesn't look like Geno will be a playable character anytime soon, and the fanbrats who want him in so fucking vehemently should give it a rest. As should the fanbrats of Waluigi, Banjo/Kazooie, and especially Ashley (the WarioWare series character). And don't even get me started on the Shantae fans, who I strongly suspect only became fans because critics of Anita Sarkeesian were using Shantae to prove their points! $10 says a good lot of Shantae's "fandom" hasn't even played her games at all! ¬_¬

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