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5 Objective Discussions of the Penny Arcade Affair To catch up anybody not in the know last August, Web comic Penny Arcade posted a strip commenting on the absurdity and moral ambiguity of MMORPGs. Basically, in most MMORPGs, a lot of quests are numbers based. You have nike run free 5.0 to collect a number of items, dispatch a number of bad guys or save a number of victims. When it comes to saving people, things get weird. Once you save your five or 10 or however many people, you leave and collect your reward, even though there are more victims still left behind. Often, the game mechanics actually prevent you from interacting with those victims once you hit your target. This is why, in my days of playing of Warcraft, whenever I was in Feralas, I see if anyone was doing the quest chain to save the sprite darters and help them out. I loved the sprite darters, and it always made me sad that once you finished your quest with them, there they be again, caged up and dying. A group of readers found nike air max 1 black the strip use of rape as part of the scenario offensive, and that kicked off an escalating online battle that has become increasingly hostile on both sides, to the point of being hateful, unproductive and sometimes threatening. In a lot of cases, the most fiery rants contain some really good points but those points are being overlooked in the wake of all the vitriol. At the same time, it an important conversation, both because of Penny Arcade influence in the gaming community and because it centers around rape awareness. It touches on how gamers treat one another, how men and women treat one another, and, as Chanel pointed out to me, the intersection between feminism and gaming. And it brings up ongoing conversations in the gaming world about everything from sexism to gay jokes nike free 6.0 to how women are portrayed in games. So, I read through all the coverage (and have been reading it since the strip and the response appeared last year), and I rounded up the most objective, neutrally toned posts I could find discussing the issue, because I rather contribute to a productive discourse than fan the flames. An important note: Since this is Penny Arcade we talking about, and since this is such an emotionally charged conversation, and because of the subject matter of the original strip and the merchandise that followed it, please expect some NSFW language in the links below: From Dennis Scimeca, BitMob, a run down of the events and an appeal for sensitivity From Amanda Marcotte, an exploration of the comic and commentary on Penny Arcade handling of the fallout From Denis Farr, perspectives as a rape survivor From InfoWire, a discussion of art and censorship in the context of the comic, the response and the merchandise Debacle Timeline, a nuts and bolts play by play of all the relevant events and coverage My point of view is this: I absolutely not saying that survivors should be calm or that fans of the strip don have a right to be angry. But if you act like a jerk while trying to make a point, nobody is going to remember the point that you made. They just remember that you were a jerk. I don remember who told me that, but it become one of my rules for life. Edit to add: Jerry/Tycho of Penny Arcade today made a statement in the Penny Arcade air max kids blog that is reasoned and articulate, which followed a call from Mike/Gabe for the threats and harassment on both sides to end. This I glad of. BrainStuff Thank You and Best Wishes to Marshall Brain Contest Design a $300 house and win $25,000 How the Philtrum works the place under your nose where your face comes together The Coolest Stuff on the Planet A Musician nike free run 4.0 s Guide to Nashville Robben Island RevisitedKeep Asking Why can a 5 foot 8 inch man dunk a basketball on a 10 foot rim while some people of taller stature can t?

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5 Random Things I Wish Were True TV s Tastiest TreatsThe vast wasteland of television occasionally hits its mark and leaves us with some terrific characters. Sometimes it isn only the character that is memorable; some parts played by any other actor or actress just wouldn be the same or carry the same gravitas. Women in television have many times left the world with iconic characters, largely in part due to the actress behind the on screen personage. A prime example of great casting concerned the 1990 UPN program Star Trek: Voyager. The role of Voyager Captain Kathryn Janeway was originally meant for film actress Genevieve Bujold. Bujold couldn hack the show shooting schedule, so she was replaced before it aired with Kate Mulgrew. Another legendary starship captain was born. This role was and forever will be Kate there can never be another Captain Janeway other than her. Bujold would not have brought the strength of character, dynamism, and the attitude to the part that Kate Mulgrew did. Kate owned it. And just as in the world of cartoon women, we cavemen have our favorites in the world of fictional TV babes. We may like the actresses who play these memorable parts, but we truly love the characters they play week after week. Any guy will tell you Diana Rigg in the late 1960 series The Avengers as Emma Peel rocked. Nobody knew a thing about Diana Rigg nor did they care it was Emma that stole our zippers. Some guys point up to Marcia Brady (The Brady Bunch, 1969 1974) as their first boyhood crush. Not me I couldn stand her thin, little cruel lips. And for those shows featuring more than one babe, men argued over who was hotter bleach blond Chrissy Snow or brunette Janet Wood from Three Company? [Answer: Janet Wood. She cute and she has a brain smart is wayyyy sexier than stupid any day of the week]. And, of course, there was the great Gilligan Island babe debate (1964 1967, 98 episodes). Who hotter, Ginger or Mary Ann? The answer for me is neither. Ginger Grant is a one dimensional gold digger, although she had a rockin bod. Mary Ann Summers uni dimensional, saccharin sweet, fresh from the farm, wholesome goodness does nothing for me. I like my women a little more on the side of the spectrum. However, in the contest between the actresses (not what this is about, but let explore, shall we?) playing those parts, that a no brainer. The hotter babe is most definitely Dawn Wells. She was a swarthy, sexy little package. Plus, I saw her on the tube a few years ago and although she gotta be a couple of years older than God parents by now, she was still a smokin little hottie. Also, Dawn Wells, the flesh and blood woman, had a bad girl streak in her. In contrast, Tina Louise, unfortunately, looks like The Crypt Keeper these days. Sometimes these characters can ruin a career. The actress is so heavily identified with the icon she can get other decent acting jobs. It sad, but true: ask Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady) about that transcendence. Thus, we are left with a hybrid part fiction, part reality, all classic, 100% pure ( not a speck of cereal TV babes. You know the rules for these little excursions by now: stop poking that, don lean over the velvet rope, and take that out of your mouth. Let go visit some of television most bounteous, beautiful, bangin babes: a hausfrau, a sleazy teen queen, a lady of the law, a sexy scientist, and a wanton warrior princess. The Beave MomLeave it to June Cleaver to be the hottest TV mom of the 1950s and early 1960s. Just admit it you think there something about June, too. Not too many TV moms ever fired me up. They just so not particularly known for stirring of loins. June sure does, though. She like some bizarre sum of Betty Crocker and Grace Kelly. The irony is Leave It to Beaver (1957 1963) was a dopey little sitcom that no one thought much of in its beginning; over half a century later, though, June Cleaver along with the entire cast of Leave It to Beaver will probably live in the public consciousness for eternity. June had style. She had panache, and she was smart, sometimes sarcastic. The 1950 dad, Ward Cleaver, just thought he was the boss the reality is Barbara Billingsley June Cleaver really ran the show. Say what you will about her domesticity, she was in charge. In almost every episode involving any kind of conflict in which she had to get involved, in the end everyone deferred to June, not because she was the mom but because she really was quietly dynamic. June went to college. Most people would think she wasted her education by being air max sale a home body, and I tend to agree. However, college is good for the brain, and June uses her book learnin effectively, most particularly in the realm of subtle psychological manipulations against Ward, Wally, and the Beaver. And when we were introduced to the beautiful June Cleaver, Barbara Billingsley was 42 years old!! Amazing not a line on her face. I seen women half her age that looked like yesterday news papers. But other than June physical beauty, the other thing for which she is best known is her sense of style. Whatta clothes horse!! This woman looked as if she were put together in a Chanel factory, I know it. Her coif, her smartly starched and pressed dresses (which she wore like Athena herself, I have you know) became iconic. But the thing that most people pick on about June couture is the thing I love most her pearl necklace. June wore a pearl necklace, I think, in almost every episode [including the pilot, there are 235 canned shows. I seen them all multiple times and I don recall ever seeing her without it]. Even when she was doing yard work or scrubbing the toilets, she had that necklace on along with her beautifully tailored and pressed dresses. I always have visions of her wearing nothing else but that pearl necklace that hot! And so was June Cleaver. Kelly, Kelly, KellyThis tarty teen trumps all others of her ilk. Although the blond sitcom character had been done to death, Kelly Bundy was so over the top as the young bimbo air max 2009 she actually managed to give that stereotype depth just by virtue of its complete vacuousness. Kelly Bundy featured as one of the two spawns of Satan er the Bundys in the epic Fox classic sitcom Married Children (1987 1997, a really down n dirty and funny hit sitcom for Fox TV). She was in her early teens when the show started. Over many seasons we watched Kelly grow into a glowing young woman of still trashy virtue. Kelly Bundy as realized by the equally intriguing (though not as nasty) Christina Applegate is the last word in TV trollops. Kelly was sort of like a baby Lita Ford minus the guitar she was a bad girl all right, but she was bad, not evil. Despite her snotty sarcasm aimed at her brother and her rampant catting around, Kelly Bundy had a heart of gold. She did have attachments and tender feelings. The dynamic between Kelly and Al, her father (portrayed brilliantly by Ed O seemed typical of father daughter relationships in many ways Al only wanted to see her as his darling little (his pet name); he really knew she was anything but. And Kelly played on daddy heart strings to great effect from time to time. Kelly Bundy physicality cannot be denied. Her merely walking on set in one of her tight red mini dresses, all sensual oozing, made her the equivalent of a legal aged Lolita. Men couldn help but take notice. As she matured during the 1990s, she lost the platinum bleach blond look and went with a more natural honey blond, which was very sexy. Christina Applegate Kelly Bundy was informed by Christina herself. She actually modeled the character on a particular girl she seen in a documentary about metal music, and on some Hollywood types she knew (she first worked in show biz while still in diapers. She appeared on the soap Days of Our Lives when she was three months old). By the time she came to mold Kelly Bundy, Christina Applegate was a wizened veteran. Despite her tough girl street smarts Kelly Bundy was hopelessly na in many ways, and it was an endearing little quality. She was much smarter than she pretended to be (occasionally we got glimpses of her real potential), but her sexual charisma is what she thought would get her by. It might. It made me stand by her as one of TV all time greatest sex kittens after all these years. Yes, it was even better than the holiest of holies, The Twilight Zone. It was also the best show of the 1990s. Again, for the fetus y, The X Files followed the exploits of two FBI agents assigned to work on cases that generally fell outside the scope of police work, cases involving the unexplained or paranormal phenomena. The main character, portrayed by David Duchovny, is Special Agent Fox Mulder. He was the resident in all things odd UFOs, Bigfoot, and sinister government conspiracies. Set on his tail in the pilot episode as a mole (to discredit Fox Mulder and his work on the X Files) was a glorious auburn haired, hazel eyed porcelain doll, Special Agent Dana Scully. This was my queen of Fox television Sunday nights for years. Dr. Dana Scully (yes, she was a medical doctor in addition to being a first rate forensic examiner) was every woman I could ever possibly have wanted rolled into one subtly seductive package. I say because there was nike free run 7.0 nothing overt about Dana Scully she was emotionally reserved to the point of perhaps bordering on being an ice queen; although not humorless, she was slow to laugh, and she was fiercely dedicated to her reality (which was not Mulder reality). I loved her right from the start. She was highly intelligent, motivated, had a killer job, plus she packed heat (women with guns, right after women wearing tool belts, are the sexiest things This alabaster beauty (and the actress, Gillian Anderson, is almost as pale as paper) was riveting. What made me love Dana Scully even more was once I started learning about Gillian Anderson, the woman behind Scully. Gillian, it turns out, is nothing like the cold fish Dana Scully at all, except for her hair and eye color. Gillian was a wild child! She got into stuff as a teen and young adult. It was refreshing to hear. I love Dana Scully so much I named my daughter after Gillian Anderson. And, yeah, it tough for a girl named [I really named her I not a complete idiot! My wife of that week didn like it, but I finally had to tell her the truth: I cheated on her, so it really wasn her baby, so she didn have any say in the matter, so there!] Diggin Up BonesThis is a new found love of a few years ago, and she offers up more questions than answers for me. Dr. Temperance Brennan, as portrayed in the Fox TV forensic science crime show Bones (debuted 2005), is a forensic anthropologist who gets involved in murder mysteries. The cases are usually solved by her meticulous and insightful forensic lab work on the bones of corpses. Emily Deschanel (big sister of singer/actress Zooey Deschanel) plays the title role. However, the character as Emily plays her is considerably different from the one in the book series written by real life forensic anthropologist/criminologist Kathy Reichs. Here where it gets fun. Kathy Reichs did all this kind of murder investigation work for real on the East Coast and in Canada for several years. I have no idea what she is like as a person, but when she started writing her Bones series of crime novels, the character in the book also worked a lot in the southeast US and had business ties to Canada. Temperance Brennan in the books is a middle aged divorced woman with a daughter in her late teens. She is a recovering alcoholic. She is not an emotional closed door. The Temperance Brennan on TV is a whole different ball of wax from the Bones of the books, though. I also presuming she is considerably far removed from Kathy Reichs herself (Reichs is one of the executive producers of the show). Emily Dr. Brennan is a strange combination of super intelligence (she is a certified genius with multiple college degrees), an overachiever of extraordinary accomplishments, she is not an alcoholic, and she is as coldly logical as Star Trek Mr. Spock. This is where I always interested in how these characters are developed. This Bones is not the one of air max ltd the books. Is this how Emily sees the real woman, Kathy Reichs? I know nothing of Reichs as a person (though I have read many of her books). Or is this portrayal based on Emily herself? I have no idea if Emily is emotionally distant or she just made the choice to make the TV version that frigid. Bones fatal flaw is the simplest thing she is completely and utterly socially retarded. She has no tact or sense of diplomacy. She says exactly what is on her mind and she does not respond to normal small talk as most people do. References to pop culture or current slang are beyond her grasp. Greet her with up? and she raise an eyebrow and through barely moving lips (another fun character trait) she reply in all sincerity, you asking me if something is elevated? Having known a couple of very intelligent people who have Asperger syndrome (a very mild form of autism that manifests itself almost exactly as Emily plays Temperance Brennan) it makes me wonder is Dr. Brennan mildly autistic? Reichs never says anything about it in her books, and the book Bones displays none of the social faux pas TV Bones does. The show never mentions Asperger either. It is a mystery. Bones is frank to the point of brutal honesty, and it is something her coworkers try to coach her on from time to time. I know this is done mostly for comedic effect, and it is pretty funny when she speaks of New Jersey Guidos as if they are some anthropological discovery akin to a primitive Amazonian tribe ( is the part where the Guido male approaches the female with flexed muscles She says this with the objective eye of the scientist and with the uninflected tone of the impassive observer. It one of the best characters ever developed for television. But nike air max 1 womens you didn think I was just gonna talk about Bones brains only did you? She fluffy, and lumpy, and curvy, and pretty, and yeah that stuff. And from personal experience I can say with a great degree of satisfaction such brainy/sexy women are wildcats where it counts (ask Dr. Frasier Crane about his ex wife, Dr. Lilith Sternan Crane). My favorite episode is when Bones and her FBI buddy go undercover as circus performers. They pretend to be a Russian knife throwing act. In the script Bones gets a minor eye injury and has to wear an eyepatch. Not just any eyepatch, either it made of red sateen. And, I kid you not, when it came time for Emily to do their circus act the show wardrobe department went nuts on her tight fitting deep burgundy one piece with black and gold trim and a strapless bustier (accentuating extra fluffy goodness), that sexy eyepatch, gold lam opera gloves, sheer black hose, heels, and a gold cape! It was one of the craziest sexy things I ever seen. Emily Deschanel can so do this; she built for it. Just to prove Emily is also a good sport and that the fictional Bones (Asperger or not) has no qualms about showing off, the series did a Halloween show a few years ago, and the characters all dressed in costume. Emily did her Bones portrayal for most of that episode in a Wonder Woman outfit (Emily even did "The Spin"), and I tellin ya she did some serious Justice League justice to that get up. Don believe me? See for yourself:

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