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Away for a week

by on Jul.04, 2010, under Uncategorized

So, midomi and I are going down to Oklahoma to visit her family. We’ll be coming back late Thursday/early Friday. This should probably be fun. Well, we’ll see. đŸ˜‰ Take care, all!

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If your feelings get hurt, it doesn’t mean you’re weak

by on Apr.24, 2010, under Uncategorized

So there was this Japanese guy…I must admit I don’t really know who he is, but someone retweeted something he said on Twitter, and it all got me thinking.  Here’s what he said:

Remember that no one can hurt your feelings without your cooperation and willingness.

Of course, this is completely false.

The truth is that humans are social animals.  A significant portion of the human brain is dedicated to decoding and reacting to social signals.  If someone deliberately tries to hurt your feelings, you can’t help but react to it.  It’s how you’re designed.

"Tetsuya K" seems to be advocating an "independent superman" state.  A person in this state would disregard all aspersions cast upon them.  It’s a seductive idea, because we know that any time we espouse a view or take a stand on something, there are always people willing to argue with us and denigrate us.  We all would like the ability to ignore insults.  But this goes against our basic nature.  Some people might even take Tetsuya’s view farther and say that people who allow their feelings to hurt are weak.  This is just not true.

Now, I’m not saying we should allow anyone and everyone to influence our actions.  I’m saying we should accept hurt feelings as a part of our human existence.  We’re all created as social beings, and it’s pointless to deny that.  By accepting that we can feel hurt feelings, that will let us work through them.  Having hurt feelings doesn’t mean you’re weak.  Once you accept that, then you can work on moving past those feelings and making sure they don’t prevent you from doing what you really need.

Of course, there are people who are able to withstand any sort of guilt or hurt feelings; the common term for such a state is psychopathy.

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A year

by on Mar.29, 2010, under Uncategorized

Yesterday marked one year of midomi living with me. We’ve gone through good times and bad times, and we haven’t driven each other crazy yet! Seems like we may be together for a while.

I love you, Mids. <3

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Right-wing conspiracies—Or not

by on Mar.04, 2010, under Uncategorized

Anti-Gay Lawmaker At Gay Club Before DUI Arrest

One might look at the parade of conservatives involved in sex scandals and see a pattern. One might speculate that homosexual activists have been infiltrating conservative politics and then getting caught in the most hypocritical of situations, in order to discredit the oppression of gays. It would be a subtle erosion of the public trust in conservative politicians.

However, there’s an adage often known as Hanlon’s razor, which reads “Never attribute to malice that which may be adequately explained by stupidity”. In other words, mistakes are more common than conspiracies.

The most rational conclusion is that there’s no connection between, say, Ed Schrock and Roy Ashburn. Or perhaps the only connection is that of similar circumstances; Perhaps it’s all a question of trying to suppress guilt about sexual desires. So no connection, no a priori plan…but very similar outcomes.

At some point, however, credulity starts to stretch. Do these people not learn from each other’s mistakes? Did they really think they could all get away with it?

Are they all that stupid?

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Fragment of a horrible dream

by on Jan.31, 2010, under Uncategorized

Recently I’ve been playing Echo Bazaar. It’s a neat web-based game with a very evocative setting; in summary, Victorian London is dragged to Hell. (It also uses Twitter OAuth authentication, so you need a Twitter account to play…I think.)

Anyway, last night I had a dream where I was reading this text (as well as exploring the area mentioned). It was surprising how complete the text was in my dream (not FULLY complete, but the important parts were there). I feel like I was reading this from some alternate version of Echo Bazaar…some version featuring, not London, but a certain city with an island nearby.

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One might wonder how several thousand people on an island with so few routes on or off. Food is provided by Hunger’s blessing, in a swarm of black bees that bring forth an endless supply of honey. Chefs of the island, such as they are, most famously use black pepper to break up the monotony. There are rumors that the honey has subtle side effects on the mind and soul; the terms “sweet tooth” and “heavy eater” have a particular meaning on the Island.

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Life Updates

by on Jan.09, 2010, under Uncategorized

So, my girlfriend midomi had her gallbladder removed recently. For the past week or so I’ve been hanging out at the hospital with her. But Thursday she came back home to recover! Everything’s going exactly how the doctors expected, so that’s good. Also, we suspect that the pains she was having every now and then before were due to her gallbladder, so she probably won’t be having any of those again!

I’ve been too freaked out to work on any projects or anything, but I should probably get myself to start up with those again…

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Happy New Year!

by on Dec.31, 2009, under Uncategorized

Like many people, I’ve recently been reflecting on the end of the year. So, what did 2009 mean to me?

Most importantly, my girlfriend Mids (midomi) moved in with me, back in March. It turns out we get along quite well…I’m more happy than I believed I could be. I love you, Mids. <3 But there were some other things that I did in 2009, some more significant than others... Twitter and Facebook.

Learning to program Facebook games.

Starting a business.

Designing online game experiences.

Playing Dwarf Fortress.

Some of these things worked out better than others. And some still have possibilities…Well, we’ll see what 2010 holds!

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I’m a published game writer!…sort of

by on Dec.18, 2009, under Uncategorized

So, there’s this game called Legends of Zork. Produced by Jolt Online, it’s a web-based game situated in the Zork world, with locations and artwork that evoke the Zork universe.

Recently Jolt had something called The Best Quest Contest. In summary, they solicited “quest” writeups from the playerbase and judged to see which were worthy of inclusion in the game. (In LoZ, a “quest” is a series of text scenes which include a few little puzzles.)

Long story short, I won! That is, my quest, “The DEAD Walk!” tied for second place. Today it was implemented in the game, so you can go forth and solve it! (If you’re at least level 25, of course…)

So, now my writing is part of an officially published game! Not only that, it’s part of the grand Zork legacy. đŸ˜€

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Secrets of the Dieting Sages

by on Dec.18, 2009, under Uncategorized

Well, earlier this week I think I ate something bad.

I don’t want to get too gross, here, but…

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