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the thing that bugs me the most about the censoring of the internet to please advertisers is like… tv shows aren’t having less sex and violence in them. movies aren’t having less sex and violence in them. HBO can do eight seasons of graphic murder and nudity and it’s the cultural phenomenon of the decade, but I can’t show a nipple on tumblr or talk about death on tiktok. it’s not that the internet is becoming “safer,” it’s just making these topics a privilege only for very rich people, and putting it behind a paywall for everyone else.
i think the worst part of the internet now and its foreseeable future is the idea that you don’t even have to put in the work and have the curiosity to search for content- that it will simply come to you based on your ‘preferences’. except the end goal is to manufacture your preferences and make sure you have as few unmarketable ones as possible.
this doesn’t just block nonbinary people it blocks anyone who doesn’t provide that personal information to google. it’s a direct punishment for trying to remain at all anonymous or private. one might ask why companies are so desperate to seek out and FILTER based on gender in the first place.
ok he HAS to be goetia right. I’ve only seen this one scene with Musashi so i cant be certain and obviously i don’t want spoilers but the way he talks about us with hatred and intimacy at the same time is sooo reminiscent of
god i love how nasu just does such weird stories. like with FGO’s cosmos in the lostbelt over the course of 4 chapters we’ve had brief updates on the story of David, a random man who happened to survive the apocalypse and decided to use what little supplies and time he has left to travel to what he thinks might be the source of the catastrophe. Over 2 years we slowly check in on this guy, learning more about him, the current state of the world, and the whole alien thing he’s investigating. Now, finally he reaches his destination and we learn that maybe this whole alien apocalypse was triggered when humans discovered a crash landed alien and experimented on it and tortured it, until it’s cries for help caused the alien god to descend and wipe out our species. But David’s not entirely convinced by this story, he feels theres still something missing, so, starving to death and exhausted, he slowly drags himself to the deepest part of the base, to the room where the alien was kept, and he opens the door and the alien is there and it says hey dude i was waiting for you and it pulls out a gun and shoots him.
and like. is that it? is there going to be more? who knows!? is David dead? what WAS the deal with the first alien anyway and why was it waiting for him? Im sure the narrative will explain it eventually but its such a cool and creepy little side story that i’d almost be fine with it just ending like this.
wtf is this lostbelt 5 stuff, i dont care about plot, where is my SABER ASTOLFO
Hm, I was pondering about the recent-ish trope of Adventuring Guilds (effectively trade unions for protagonists in fantasy rpg-inspired settings, which I’m sure I’ve seen in a bunch of things but the main example that springs to mind is Goblin Slayer to my annoyance but the Hero Association in One Punch Man has a similar albeit superhero-slanted deal), and how mechanically in the setting they exist to ensure x reward is provided for x amount of work/danger involved but in a meta sense are there so the characters don’t have to go looking for heroing gigs on ye olde Craigs Lyst or something.
It’s an interesting idea, similar in a manner to the many fantasy trope-tinged guilds in the Discworld novels of the late great Terry Pratchett, although an amusing idea occurred to me with the idea of trade unions for fantasy heroes.
Like, if there are unions to ensure employment and fair pay for folks clearing out dungeons, getting gnolls out the cabbage patch, stopping gnomes from going through your bins, and so on, then, logically, there much exist fantasy hero scab workers as well.
Folks that the local king or something brings in for lower pay on more dangerous jobs. Folks who are, say, completely new to the setting, out of their depth, and are thrust into a dangerous situation by a seemingly benevolent authority figure because said authority figure is too cheap to hire someone who understands the risks involved and asks more suitable wages for the role…
Oh my god… the entire isekai genre is a way for Big Adventure to avoid negotiating with Adventurer Unions!
I mean, even as the person who suggested it I’d admit it’s really silly, but at the same time even modern capitalism sucks when dealing with organised labour, I’d imagine that in a pseudo-feudal setting they’d be even more awkward about it.
Kid from earth: What? Where am I? Who are you?
Wizard: Do not be afraid young one, I have summoned thee from across time and space to our world, we are in desperate need of a hero to save our world from the forces of darkness. It is your destiny to save our world from utter ruination. Will you take on this epic quest.
*Bunch of adventurers kick open the door*
Wizard: Oh shit oh shit no no no no.
Head adventurer: AINT NOBODY GOING ON ANY EPIC QUEST.
Kid: Um, who are these guys?
Wizard: Um, they are agents of the dark lord sent to stop you, quickly run past them and go do that quest.
Head adventurer: Yeah you can shut up now. PAULIE. SILENCE SPELL.
Paulie: You got it boss. *Silences the wizard*
Head adventurer: Look kid, we’re representatives of the local 102.
Paulie: The adventurer’s union.
Kid: Ah. Okay I know what Unions are. They have those here?
Head Adventurer: Sure do kid, and we got word that this douchebag was using magic to pull in unqualified under aged non union adventurers from another dimension so that he could avoid having to pay us our proper due. How old are you kid?
Head adventurer: Come on.
Kid: Okay twelve
Head adventurer: *Turns to wizard* You kidnapped a twelve year old kid to go fight the dark lord? Were you even gonna give them any equipment? Any magical training? Any supervision?
Head adventurer: *Hands kid a scroll* Here is a portal scroll back here, you want to still do this in like six years, give us a holler and we’ll set you up with some basic training and an apprenticeship, Until then, go back to your world and do whatever kids there do.
Head adventurer: As for you ya douchebag, Go tell that fat gasbag of a king he wants the dark lord defeated he better pony up the cash to hire a real, union certified adventuring party. And you try this crap again then the next kid you summon is gonna have an epic quest of dislodging my boot from your ass.
I love this…
“The Pevensie kids are unwitting scab workers for Big Jesus” was not the take I expected to see today, but I think it’s the take I deserve.
i do really hate how much the discussion has shifted from like. changing anything about society that would lead to a virus spreading easier to like this sort of vax/antivax situation because like. it just tacitly accepts and reinforces that every time there is a new disease the solution is to wait and hope that someone whips up a pharmacological solution to it - a sort of whack a mole of large scale death
My favorite part of Metal Gear is how like half the bosses have insane powers like they can levitate and control fire and read minds and control people and shit and then Snake, just some old dude with a gun, is just like,
op this post made me lose my damn mind. hope you don’t mind my humble addition
WAIT THE CONTEMPLATING THE ORB MEME IS SARUMAN
literally–it’s an illustration by Angus McBride of Saruman using the Palantir
Saruman! now that was a guy who knew how to contemplate an orb
“I mean, in that case, the only safe orb contemplation would have been orb abstinence. Orbstinence, if you will”
Orbs: Not Even Once
Batman: Fine. Did you get all that, Commissioner?
Commissioner: Indeed I did, Batman. We’ll set up the tape telecast and have the dummy package of money waiting. See you at eleven tonight.
Commissioner: Two fine men. So dissimilar in many respects and yet… yet so similar in others.
This should be how they pick an actor to play him. Have them perform this scene.
Agreed. If you cannot capture this, you are not Batman and Bruce Wayne, but merely trying to be one or the other.