Philanthropy > Douchebaggery

I can always count on The Oatmeal to cheer me up. Well, lots of other sites too, but the saga over there made today's post just full of awesome.

For those that haven't been following, a year ago Matt Inman at the Oatmeal sent a request to FunnyJunk, a site that hosts funny pictures uploaded by users, to take down his comics that had been uploaded there. While they didn't get all of them, he felt it wasn't worth the effort to pursue further and let the matter drop. Cut back to a month or so ago, and he received a letter from FJ's attorney, threatening to sue him unless he took down his blog post talking about the issue. The Oatmeal's response was epic, to say the least. He ended his post vowing to raise the $20,000 they were asking as compensation and, after taking a picture of it to mail to FJ, split the money between two charities. It was a brilliant response to bullying, and would've been nothing more than an amusing post that I would've shared with friends and moved on. Espically since he raised over $200,000 to split between the two charities, proving that douchebaggery can be used for something good.

But FJ's attorney, Charles Carreon, apparently got his feelings hurt. In a rather bizarre move, Carreon decided to sue Matt Inman, then went on to sue IndieGoGo, the site where the fundraiser was being held, as well as The American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation, the two charities that the money was to be split between. Ken over at Popehat has much better explination, as well as bringing in his own viewpoint on the subject, so I'd suggest reading through there to get the full story. (start at the bottom and work your way up)

As for me, my main reaction to this entire thing has been "Really? No, seriously??" For a supposed Internet lawyer, Carreon shows a remarkable lack of knowledge about the Internet and how it works. He seems completely mystified how this went viral, and has since taken on the air of one greatly wounded, but carrying on with his head held high. Oh, sorry, I meant to say completely befuddled by this new-fangled Internets and nursing a butt-hurt grudge that anyone would dare besmirch his name, even if all they're doing is giving facts about his behavior.

Still, he has dropped the suits, and apparently considers the fact that Inman had to change how the charites were paid to be a victory, so hopefully this will be allowed to fall by the wayside. But given his new project, which seems to be an attempt to make any kind of speech that talks badly about someone illegal, I don't think he's learned his lesson.

But I did learn something from his wife's commentary. I'm determined to find a way to work the phrase "rhinos raping chinchillas dressed up in unicorns' undergarments" into something someday. A girl can dream, yeah?
07/10/12 16:49, by , Categories: dubird.net , Tags: , , ,

Mass Effect 3, take 2

So, finally got a chance to finish the extended release DLC last night. The tl;dr version for me is that, while bittersweet, it works much better within the game world. I'm honestly not sure how much if it is relief based on how badly I was disappointed with the shipped ending, though. I think, even with that, it works overall, but that's just me.

Again, a cut for OMGSPOILERS!!, just in case you want to play it yourself and see the differences. ^_^

Edit: After writing this, I went around and started looking at various other articles and discussions about the DLC ending, and a few more things occurred to me. I’ve gone through and added a bit more discussion on the endings based on what I’ve watched online, and I probably will go through and play them for completion’s sake. This is a much larger post that it was, and if something else occurs to me later, I may add to it.

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07/02/12 11:58, by , Categories: dubird.net, Gaming , Tags: ,

Site update

In case you didn't notice, new layout, yay! I'm happy enough with it to keep it for a while. XD I've also updated the Procrastiation page with the games that disappeared after the crash, and I've got some more odds and ends to take care of. Still, new clean look. Whee!

In other news, I'll be at AKon this weekend. More whee! ^_^
06/01/12 10:53, by , Categories: dubird.net , Tags: ,


I came by again today.

You weren't there. Oh sure, your family is there. But you, the one I want, were simply unavailable.

I just don't understand it. I've been there every day and you were waiting for me in our usual spot, all smooth and perfect. But the last few times, you've been missing. It's like there's gap in my life where you used to be.

Did I do something wrong? I know I only come by weekday mornings, but I live so far away that that's the only time I can be there! So why won't you wait for me?? Is it something I said? Did? After all, I spend most of the morning with you, so what could it be?

Dammit, Walgreens, why won't you stock my favorite tea??
05/15/12 12:06, by , Categories: dubird.net , Tags:

Drama Llama

I hate reality shows. Lothe them, even. The fact that we as a society spend so much time and money following the lives of shallow, stupid (possibly retarded) people who make a living having temper tantrums and being general douchebags just pisses me off. About the closest I get is roflrazzi, which has some hilarious pictures from time to time, and there's occasionally something about the reality 'stars' on there. But I pretty much skip over any 'news' article about them, as well as any kind of blog post or gossip or pretty much anything else. I don't want to spend my time feeding their attention-whoreness when there's so many other things I could be doing.

However, I'm not as immune to it as I thought.

When we started planning our wedding, I signed up on one of those wedding sites that has the free planning tools for you to use. After all, I've never been married and I'm one of the few women that never planned my ideal wedding when I was younger, so I had no frickin' clue what I was doing! Turns out I didn't need most of them because we are getting help planning, but I still use the guest list tool because it's easy, it's there, and I don't want to reenter everyone's name and address. They have a forum there where you can ask questions, which I have used for a few questions I had. There have been other questions that I could answer or try and help with, which is a good use of a message board.

Then, I made the mistake of looking through other posts.

There's a shit-ton of drama that people post about on those boards. Some of it is serious, but a lot of it is bridezilla territory, and I've discovered that I actually enjoy reading about the problems others are having. I've started cruising by their boards every day, seeing what's going and waiting for the train wrecks. I have managed to restrain myself from posting on most of them, but there's still the occasional one I have to put my two cents down on. I tell myself it's because it makes me appreciate my wedding party and our families that aren't trying to make us do crazy things or spend insane amounts of money so they'll look good. But the truth is, I feel a little sadistic glee in reading about other people's misery. I compare their problems to mine, and get some weird satisfaction in the situations people put themselves into through their own stupid actions. Granted, I've put myself into drama lots of times, so it's not that I'm 'better' than them or anything.

I guess maybe it's because seeing other people's problems and the drama it causes makes me appreciate my own life. It makes me focus less on the bad and more on what's good. Maybe that's why I don't like reality shows. They're so over the top retarded jackasses that it's just a pain to watch. Seeing posts from real people with actual problems in their lives is a lot more low-key. I can actually sympathize with them, even if I don't have any advice for their situation.

Well, unless they're attention-whore bridezillas. Then it's just so I can point and laugh, even if I don't post it.
03/16/12 15:14, by , Categories: dubird.net, blog , Tags: ,