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  1. Is It Wrong To Eat Meat?

    The concept of privilege is a thing that is discussed a lot on these forums. Being in a position of privilege myself, I do my best to try to recognize how I am privileged and how it informs my perception of the world. As I've been thinking about this I realized that there is a privilege almost all humans share: the capability to assert ourselves over animals and consume them. People of all genders and ethnicities, the rich, the poor, the educated, and the uneducated almost all consume meat. Why is this? Why do we fight for gender equality and fight to end racism but we feel perfectly comfortable subjugating and consuming various species of animals? We certainly don't need to consume animals to survive and would in fact be healthier overall if we didn't (goodbye heart disease). We waste vast amounts of land and food raising animals and only get a fraction of food in return. Not to mention, the harm to the environment that is done by us continually trying to raise and harvest enough animals to keep up with the demand (pollution caused by cattle is an easy one to point to). Either there is a good, logical explanation that I am failing to see or we have just decided that that is a change that is too much effort to make. And to be clear, I am not trying to pass judgment here. While I did decide to go vegan a couple years ago (and then reverted back to just vegetarianism because too many people are fucking assholes towards people who choose to eat differently than them), my wife eats meat, we are raising our kids with meat in their diet, and almost every influential person in history has consumed meat. It is just a fact of life. I am just curious to see what people around these parts think about this. To me it is interesting to reflect on why we expect people in a position of privilege to recognize that privilege and stop "punching down" while we refuse to do the same when it comes to consuming meat. And sorry for another topic like this. I guess I'm just in the mood for uncomfortable debates lately.
  2. Life

    That is some particularly bad timing @SecretAsianMan, sorry to hear. As frustrating as those different childhood phases can be and as desperate as you end up feeling when you are sleep deprived and overworked and wondering when you'll ever get a break again, I always thought it was pretty damn cool to see just how much you are truly capable of when you are solely responsible for guiding a little life towards adulthood. That shit is terrifying when you actually stop to think about it! Hang in there man, and cherish every second. They really do grow up way too freaking fast!
  3. Life

    Man, I wish I had the solution too. But I know enough now to know that I don't know shit.
  4. Life

    Hey Erkki, thanks for sharing all that. Your feelings are eerily similar to where I'm at right now. It feels like so much has changed in just a couple short years and lately I find myself wondering what I'm ultimately trying to accomplish in life. I'm at a point where it's clear that despite reaching most of my life goals and making some important changes in my life, I haven't reached a greater plain of happiness and find myself looking back fondly on the good old days when I had less responsibility and less life clutter. It's funny to think of how much time I've spent looking back at the past fondly, looking towards the future eagerly, and not fully appreciating where I'm at in the moment. Working hard to fix that but Jesus Christ it's hard to stop myself from falling victim to my own internal narrative.
  5. Clickbait Games Journalism: Polygon vs Kotaku

    @Roderick, I just had to chime in to say that everything you said is 100% how I feel. I don't know why I've kept Polygon bookmarked, but I've found myself hate reading just about everything they've put out lately. I haven't seen the new Spiderman movie and when I saw that headline I let out an audible "what the fuck Polygon?". Between Ben's super bad takes and trashy articles defending EA's monetization practices in sports games and that "Why I Worship At The Altar Of Crunch" article, it's quite an overwhelming amount of shit. Kotaku's been pretty great though. I could do without the constant "internet reacts" articles but other than that I'm pleased with their output and the hard work they are clearly putting in to produce quality articles. Waypoint doesn't really do it for me with their high ratio of podcast articles and the fact that the slate of articles on their homepage seems to update like once per week.
  6. Idle Thumbs Hiatus

    Same here. Still have it bookmarked. Still browse the latest posts almost every day. It was nice to meet so many great people over the years and post so many dumb things. And getting to experience all those wonderful LucasArts games that the Thumbs introduced me to will always be a treasured memory. Not a big fan of Slack and the direction the forums went when that became the predominant format for this community but hey, things change and uh, life finds a way I guess. I'll see you all around.
  7. I Had A Random Thought...

    The idea behind this thread is to post whatever random, silly thoughts you have had lately. I apoligize if this thread already exists but I wasn't able to find one so I assume it doesn't. Here is mine for today: I went to the bathroom and as I looked down at my dong waiting for the stream to flow, I noticed that I tend to press down on my weiner with my thumb like one would do with a bottle of cheese whiz. That spawned 2 thoughts. First, I think the creators of cheese whiz made this comparison long ago and it might be one of the biggest inside jokes in the food industry. Second, I will never be able to look at my junk without thinking of cheese whiz ever again.
  8. Seriously Twig, fuck right off. This place has gotten so goddamn hostile to any point of view that isn't shared by the Idle Thumbs hive mind. It's fucking sad. I agree with you guys on so goddamn much but as soon as I show any disagreement with anything, it's a fucking dogpile. So many decent people have been chased off of these forums because of pathetic shit like this. And since me putting any perspective out there that isn't shared by the hive mind seems to bother people so much, I'll just stop posting. What else can I do really? At least it will make things more pleasant for the rest of you.
  9. To be fair, you didn't just offer up a criticism of Dan, you continuously beat me over the head with it by responding to every post I made with increasing aggression. If we're giving advice to each other now, maybe you could work on sometimes just accepting that people have a different opinion than you and not trying to tirelessly educate them on why they are wrong. I don't appreciate being talked down to like I am some naive idiot who doesn't seeing the whole picture like you do.
  10. I really don't think so. You could even potentially say that his backwards views and willingness to say dumb things has the opposite effect since he has a room full of people telling him how stupid he is and why he is so stupid whenever he brings those things up. Especially considering how willing he is to admit he is wrong. A lot of people share a lot of the same backwards views he does and you could see it as a good thing that there is a platform out there where those things are brought up and dissected by a group of less backwards people. And I agree @miffy495! Dan has shown a propensity for change that you don't often see in people like him. Having grown up isolated in small religious towns, I can sympathize with how he came to see things the way he does and it's great to see how far he has come on so many things.
  11. Seriously dude? That is clearly the undercurrent of all of the angry comments on here. That Dan is selling this worldview for profit. You can argue semantics if you want but the point I was trying to make still stands.
  12. I just want to quote this because I keep seeing these claims that Dan is advocating against people seeking professional help. I haven't seen a single piece of actual evidence to back up the claim that this is the case. I've watched and listened to a lot of Giant Bomb content and as stupid as Dan is, he constantly acknowledges how naive he is and rarely advocates that others adopt his point of view. And to provide another perspective, it's not always as simple as "seek a professional's help and get prescribed the right medication". For one, that shit is extremely expensive and after years of my wife seeking therapy and going through every different medication imaginable, we are still barely hanging on by a thread. Some of the medications had horrific side effects, others made her depression much worse, and those that did work tended to lose their efficacy over time. She's on Latuda now and finally doing a bit better but we are thousands of dollars in debt and she still regularly has days where she can barely get out of bed. Also worth mentioning that the very things some of you guys are lambasting are exactly the types of things every medical professional has recommended to us. Yoga, meditation, and self help books have literally been recommended by every single professional we have seen because those things actually do work for a lot of people and you need every bit of help possible when dealing with something so crippling. Not to mention, those are sometimes the only options for people who can't actually afford to seek medical help. Even with good health insurance, we can barely afford it because it is so incredibly expensive. I think there's some confirmation bias going on here and people are taking their hatred of Dan to an unhealthy level. I thought this was a lighthearted thread where people just mused about how much they can't stand Dan. Instead, it sounds like people are just grabbing sound bytes from each other and making assumptions about his intentions with his stupid book to build a case for why their hatred of Dan is justified and why any of us who don't hate him are bad people that should feel bad. Because he's objectively a bad person right? He found a way to cope with his issues and managed to write a book about it and get it published. You may disagree with his perspective or think he was incredibly naive in refusing professional help but he's not this sinister person that's going around telling people that doctors are bad and that only he can cure their depression. And from the reviews of his book it seems like people generally like it and find it pretty entertaining. Funny to think that merely stating that I like Dan Ryckert was going to initiate such a vitriolic backlash from so many people.
  13. Can't we just agree to disagree here? Is it really necessary for you guys to bombard me for not submitting to your point of view? Jesus it gets tiring. I'm not stupid and I don't need people constantly trying to "educate" me on why I'm wrong and why they're right. Grow up.
  14. I'm not judging him based on his qualities as a potential role model, I'm speaking strictly about how he comes across to me on the podcast. And I haven't read his book but from what I've heard, I don't think it is as nefarious as you're making it sound. I thought he just decided to write a book about his experience navigating through his issues which I don't really see a problem with. If he handled shit a certain way and managed to write a book about it and get it published then that's fine. I don't see the need to judge someone based on their potential as a role model and from all the podcasts I've listened to, he has made it pretty clear that he acknowledges he is weird and never really spends any time advocating that everyone else should see the world the way he does. Considering all of the other shitty humans out there he's pretty damn harmless.
  15. Eh, I don't know, as a personality on the podcast, I find him entertaining and am not bothered by the things other people are bothered by.
  16. I'm fine with Dan. It's nice to see someone who has almost no filter and is comfortable saying incredibly stupid and naive things on a regular basis while still somehow not being a miserable piece of shit. I can totally understand why so many people are put off by him but I feel like there are plenty of podcasters out there who are super careful with every word that comes out of their mouth, sometimes to a fault. Dan is like the polar opposite of that and it's kind of refreshing sometimes.
  17. I Had A Random Thought...

    I came to bed and my wife still had the TV on and had dozed off with our son in the bed. I guess she had lowered the volume and put subtitles on to not wake him up and then fell asleep.
  18. Baby Driver (Boss Baby Successor)

    I saw this last weekend with my wife and this pretty much sums up how we both felt about it. I had a big dumb grin on my face the entire time and it just felt good to watch. I could maybe nitpick at a few things but it was just too enjoyable for me to bother.
  19. I Had A Random Thought...

    Somehow I found myself watching Grease last night with the volume muted and subtitles on. I learned two things: 1. It's not "Grease Lightning", it's "Greased Lightning". 2. I always hated Grease and thought it was an unbearable movie but when you can't hear anything it's actually not bad and kind of hilarious.
  20. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

    Great posts synth. I remember feeling overall positive about MGS 5 when I played it in large part because of how fun and engaging most of the gameplay was. But hearing your perspective, it's hard to deny how shitty and inconsistent large parts of that game were. What a weird game. Now that some time has passed since I've played it, I don't feel nearly as positive about my experience as I did initially. I think the gameplay was just so captivating that it kind of pushed the negative stuff to the background. But now that I'm 1.5 years removed from the experience of playing the game, that good gameplay feel has faded quite a bit and most of the memories I am left with are those of a weird and gross story constructed by a total pervert.
  21. The Official Video Game Music Corner

    I've been going through a bunch of Kyle Landry videos and that dude has put together some really fantastic arrangements. I especially like this one:
  22. Idle Streaming Community: Twitchy, Tasty

    So I found out last night that someone who had followed me on Twitch a while back and watches my streams is not only from my same hometown of Tucson Arizona, but even went to the exact same tiny Seventh Day Adventist grade school as me at the exact same time and was in my class of <15 people (3rd through 6th grade all in one class with one teacher). She had already shared her name with me previously so as soon as she name dropped the school I realized I knew exactly who she was because there was only one person in our class with that name. What's even stranger is that we had spent a fair amount of time reminiscing about Tucson previously and joked that we had probably run into each other at one point when we lived there. Turns out that we actually knew each other for years up through the beginning of high school. My mind is still reeling from that revelation and just figured I'd share. The odds of her randomly running into my dumb Minecraft streams and actually following me and sticking around have to be so astronomically low, especially considering our Seventh Day Adventist school literally had like 35-40 people from kindergarten through 8th grade. Edit: Oh, and having that revelation while streaming and playing with my other long time friend from Tucson was especially weird. It was very hard to keep my composure.
  23. Meow.

    Managed to get yet another video of Winter's vicious purring.
  24. The Big VR Thread

    My friend came into town a couple weeks ago and we were able to get a couple nights of good VR fun in. And we even managed to successfully stream a good portion of it! Here's a couple highlights from our experience with The Lab (The Lab is a load of fun with multiple people) and with Minecraft in VR via Vivecraft:
  25. A steaming relationship: where you work for free

    They provide a platform and ecosystem for these artists to sell their work and make money off of intellectual properties that they do not own, something that I'm pretty sure no other similar service out there provides. And the costs for Valve to run the servers and manage that ecosystem are certainly not zero. I can agree with the argument that 75% is a pretty steep cut, but it is their storefront, their intellectual properties, and I don't think they are "evil" for setting the terms the way they have and for curating that market as they see fit. They could certainly do a bit better, but I don't think it is as evil and exploitative as that article makes it out to be.