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I've been meaning to post this for a while in honor of Black History month, but the various controversies on fedi over the past few weeks have forced me to delay so that I didn't do the whole "white person chimes in by stepping on the person of color talking."

So here's the deal. We've got to do better about being self-starters when it comes to decolonizing our minds, and not always asking the nearest POC. Tori Williams Douglas created White Homework just for that.

toriglass.com/white-homework

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Just wanted to throw it out there for reference: I don't approve all follower requests. 90% of the time this is not personal, and really revolves around the fact that I don't know the people trying to follow me.

Sometimes I decline because I use the "follower's-only" mode to keep private things private, and I can't envision how the new follower would respond to some of the things I say.

I also prune my follower list from time to time as I get to know certain accounts. Again, not personal.

I'm trying to think of the last AAA game I played that I actually would be sad if it didn't exist, and the only games I can think of are Nintendo titles.

Does that even count?

Personal predictions, mention of current events 

We're definitely heading towards another video game industry crash ala the 80s. I don't know whose idea it was to announce an increase to $70 per game at the beginning of a global economic depression, but if you want to keep people from buying next gen consoles this is how you do it.

There is literally no game I would pay $70 for. It's a bridge too far. And I honestly don't think I'm in the minority on that.

If AAA game devs want to keep their jobs they need to unionize and oust their c-suite immediately. They're perfectly content to run the company into the ground because they can get a golden parachute anytime they want. It's a win-win for them.

The fact that we're only getting a handful of unions in the game industry does not fill me with confidence though. I think people just aren't willing to fight, tbh.

Earth History 

Earth has, at one point in its history or another, been almost every biome you can think of, including:

  • A molten world (i.e. Mustafar)
  • An ice world (i.e. Hoth)
  • A water world (i.e. Kamino)
  • A desert world (i.e. Tatooine)

The molten world phase occurred during Earth's formation, and was categorized by toxic gases, blasts of space radiation, and huge blows by meteors and asteroids. It's called the "Hadean Era," named so after "Hades.". If life existed during this Era, it likely would not have lived long.

Eventually the planet cooled enough that the water vapor could condense, and over millions of years the planet changed into a water world, which is when life was finally able to take root in Earth's vast oceans.

"Snowball Earth" heralded the second mass extinction event, particularly of coastal life, and preceded the Cambrian Explosion, during which massive varieties of life took hold on the planet.

Much much later, when the Pangean supercontinent had formed, the geography created harsh conditions wherein most of the continent was a sprawling desert. This is the period of time that Dinosaurs ruled the earth.

Linux talk 

I really like Manjaro, but the amount of times I've had to do command-line-surgery on the package manager because its PGB keys became corrupted (whatever that means) after an update is frankly unacceptable.

Your update process shouldn't break the updater multiple times in a year. This is basic, core OS functionality here. I'm not even on an experimental branch or anything.

My Linux laptop is mostly for experimenting and being able to practice with the Linux command line, I'm not even using this for anything mission critical, but I'm already getting sick of having to deal with this.

Probably gonna move on to something else soon. Maybe give PopOS a try.

Is this a long walk to the joke? Yes.

Have I been thinking about this for a week? Yes.

Am I the only person that will find this joke funny?

Also yes.

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It's 2016. Hidemaro Fujibayashi walks up a flight of stairs to his office, where he has been hard at work on a new game.

As he turns the corner into his office, he jumps.

"Son of a- How did you get in here @dankwraith ?"

Dankwraith sits behind Fujibayashi's desk, looking relaxed. "I walked in."

"What about security?"

"I let the Temtem team into Pokemon R&D and tipped off the guards. It's kind of an all-hands-on-deck situation, you'll probably get an email about it in an hour or two. Anyway, I was wondering if you had gone over my proposal yet."

"The 15 word letter you wrote in a torn-off piece of paper from a spiral notebook? No, I pretty much forgot about it after I threw it away."

"Ok, but listen, I think in this case you should make an exception. Maybe if I explain the joke again-"

Fujibayashi raises his hand, "I'd very much rather you not. Just... if I give you what you want, do you promise to never bother me again?"

Dankwraith perks up. "Absolutely. I'll even move back to the states if it makes you feel better."

"Ok... ok, fine. What was it you wanted me to name the character again?"

Kingdom Hearts Characters As Emoji.

Sora: :annoyingdog:​

Riku: :bmo_unamused:​

Kairi: :loading:​

Roxas: :grrcry:​

Xion:

Axel: :lancer:​

Saix: :susie:​

Young Xehanort: :pushglasses:​

Heartless Xehanort: :grrsnuggle:​

Xemnas: :grrnoble:​

As always, very proud of everyone that contributes to the FAH project. Y'all are making the world a better place.

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If you rush to the middle of the map without inking your base in turf war, I judge you.

This is clearly a situation where Microsoft thought they could make a quick buck with a "me too" platform and that very much is not the case.

Video streaming is very resource intensive, and if you're not willing to invest in a platform for the long haul (5+ years) then don't even bother.

I feel bad for everyone that burned bridges with Twitch to move over, but this was always going to be how this ended. Microsoft just doesn't have the stomach for risk or long term investments outside of Windows and Xbox.

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I just read the headline "Microsoft is Shutting Down Mixer, Moving Streaming to Facebook" and had a fit of hysterical laughter at work. Really glad nobody was around at the time.

I love the stuffing out of this series but 3 did not deliver like 1 or 2 did. I don't hate it but I also don't see myself replaying it like I have for 1 and 2. They left too much on the table.

But for $8? If you haven't played it yet? Go off.

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Kingdom Hearts III is $8 at Best Buy right now and honestly? I can't say I disagree with that price point.

Democratic Socialist Simulator was pretty funny and a really nice hourish long game.

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