Posted 2 days ago

It’s been awhile since I shared my wall of motivation. It’s grown some more lol. Took a que from @dylanpierpont and started adding other people’s achievements as inspiration. And I’m now including motivational and supportive things people have said to me personally. I also laminated everything, so it will last longer! :D #letsdothis #motivationboard #inspiration

Posted 3 days ago

Hahaha I can’t believe I caught her actually looking at the camera. She’s always trying her hardest to wiggle out of frame #dogbuddy #cuddletime

Posted 5 days ago

Battle wound from the Leap of Faith on Friday (that 27 ft post I climbed bit me on the way back down). Apparently I hit it hard enough to get a bruise lol

Posted 1 week ago

On top of a 27 foot tall post, just before I stood up and leapt onto a trapeze. The post was really wobbly when you got to the top, it was pretty scary, but I’m really glad I did it. I had a lot of fun. #adventures

Posted 1 week ago

I’m so excited right now, I can’t even tell you! No really, I can’t tell you, except that I got some really really good news today. #YAY #happydance #everythingisawesome

Posted 1 week ago
I wanna be where the people are.I wanna see, wanna see them geeking. Walking around in those…what do you call them? Oh, cosplays. Scrolling through Facebook you don’t get too far,Without seeing someone’s post from the con floor,Taking a picture with…who is that again? WIL WHEATON.Up where they walk, up where they run,Out on their only four days in the sun!Wandering free, wish I could be…at SDCC!What would I give, if I could live in a hotel room.What would I pay, to spend four days, amongst all the fans.Betcha in there, they understand that they don’t judge you for being a nerd.Men and Women. Sick of missing. Ready to attend!And ready to know what the people know.Go to Hall H and watch some previews.Where’s Tom Hiddleston, oh there he is… SWOON.When’s it my turn?? Wouldn’t I love, love to explore this Con I’ve heard so much of!SDCC. Wish I could be. Part of that…world.—-It’s preview night tonight…and I’m thousands of miles away. Time for the annual most depressing weekend of the year.

I wanna be where the people are.
I wanna see, wanna see them geeking. 
Walking around in those…what do you call them? Oh, cosplays. 

Scrolling through Facebook you don’t get too far,
Without seeing someone’s post from the con floor,
Taking a picture with…who is that again? WIL WHEATON.

Up where they walk, up where they run,
Out on their only four days in the sun!
Wandering free, wish I could be…at SDCC!

What would I give, if I could live in a hotel room.
What would I pay, to spend four days, amongst all the fans.
Betcha in there, they understand that they don’t judge you for being a nerd.
Men and Women. Sick of missing. Ready to attend!

And ready to know what the people know.
Go to Hall H and watch some previews.
Where’s Tom Hiddleston, oh there he is… SWOON.
When’s it my turn?? Wouldn’t I love, love to explore this Con I’ve heard so much of!
SDCC. Wish I could be. Part of that…world.

—-

It’s preview night tonight…and I’m thousands of miles away. 

Time for the annual most depressing weekend of the year.

Posted 1 week ago

No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

thisfeliciaday:

This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

Posted 2 weeks ago

paulftompkins:

This was quite a journey! I spent the better part of a day going back and forth with a guy that I was not entirely sure was for real at first, then I absolutely got fooled, and then I realized I got fooled. It was fun. The guy said some LEGITIMATELY funny stuff when he was “in character.” And it all ended in a way that I felt good about.

It’s pretty much all laid out in the screencaps, But let me elaborate here:

HEY YOUNG MEN! I know it seems like women complain a lot about how they are represented in media, including fiction, and how it seems like they want entertainment tailored specifically to them, and how they seem to want ALL of pop culture to be politically correct or feminist-ized or whatever it is you think they want, but really, what’s happening is that women are tired of seeing garbage women characters in most of our entertainment. And they’re wondering, Would it really be so much trouble to make more realized female characters? You could still have all your CGI and action and science fiction and drama and swords and stuff, but the female characters could be a little more fleshed out and interesting. And the entertainment would still be good and would, in fact, be better.

Guys, instead of  thinking, “Hey, not everything has to be politicized,” try thinking, “I wonder what it would be like for me if the situation were reversed, and how I’d feel if in the vast majority of the entertainment I consumed, the male characters were few and far between and then mostly used as talking props & plot devices. I wonder if I’d get kinda tired of that and occasionally I’d say something, even a little joke, just to ease the annoyance a little.”

Fellows. Listen to the women in your lives. Ask them questions. It will change your perspective for the better. Years ago, I got into a brief argument with two female friends of mine about a movie— it does not even matter which movie— that they viewed as sexist and I did not. I couldn;t even fathom how they could see it that way. I tried to argue that it was not sexist. In recounting our discussion to another party, it was pointed out to me that they might have a different viewpoint based on their life experiences, and that it was not for me to tell them that their interpretation was incorrect. And that I was probably getting defensive about it because if the movie was sexist, it followed that my liking it would make me appear sexist. And that’s when I realized that none of this was about me, and maybe I should shut up and listen and try to understand. And also to be more aware of things like this and develop not just my sympathy, but my empathy.

I will only ever be able to empathize so much with women, because my experience as a white male in America is vastly different from that of anyone who is not that. But I can relate to:

  • not being taken seriously
  • not being listened to
  • being dismissed
  • being condescended to
  • having something explained to me that I already understand

And I having had those experiences, I am now more inclined to TRY to understand where someone is coming from if they are telling me they are having a similar experience with our culture.

So guys: just try. You don’t even really have to dig that deep. Think about your own experiences as a person, then apply that to someone else. It gets easier the more you do it, and it makes your life better.

Anyway, I hear Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is pretty good! 

Much respect

Posted 2 weeks ago

On Change

joethepeacock:

Change is tricky.

Everyone who goes through a catastrophic event thinks they’ve changed. But really it’s everything around them that changed, and they’re just reacting to new stimulus.

It feels different. It feels new. It feels like change. But it’s not. It’s just different. Put them back in a…

Posted 2 weeks ago

ryanlangdraws:

I’ve had people insist that I used 3d an photos, despite my assertion that I haven’t. You can see the thread here http://www.reddit.com/r/comicbooks/comments/2ag3ku/this_is_a_painting_iron_man_by_ryan_lang/ But this isn’t for them. This is for people that like to see the process of an illustration. I tried to break it down, but if there are any questions, please ask. I have no problem with artists using photos or 3d in their digital work, so when I say I didn’t use photos or 3d for this image, it was that I wanted to see what I could accomplish on my own (with a couple of filters at the end). And if after this process post people still refuse to believe that I didn’t use photos or 3d….. I will take that as a compliment.