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obligatory intro post 

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OC Ref: Rime 

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hey why not have a music thread here, since I had one on twitter? gonna open with a recent favorite; Keiki Kobayashi is one of my favorite composers working in the industry, and they really knocked it out of the park on this one. Check out "Daredevil" from Ace Combat 7, ideally on headphones: youtube.com/watch?v=-kVdCaczLE

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also since this is relevant to my account: unless otherwise tagged as someone else, assume all art I post is done by @Daikanu

desert busposting 

the fact that this is not the size of a building offends me

names, it turns out, are very important to people. they're how we identify ourselves as something unique in this world, part of how we communicate our personal experience. if someone says 'don't call me that, I don't like it,' then choosing to ignore that stated desire and persisting is ignoring and undermining their personhood. it's just about one of the rudest goddamn things I can imagine, and you can ask anyone who's ever had an authority figure call them 'boy' or 'woman' why.

just a thing I was thinking about since it came up while I was watching Desert Bus and I happen to agree with their position: if somebody tells you, flat-out, they don't want to be called something, particularly if they're already in a position where they're entertaining you, it is not a brilliant goof to double-down and keep on doing it. all it's going to do is piss them off and make them less likely to come back again.

in case you've ever wondered why the "techbro" stereotype is so widely despised, here is a handy set of four images demonstrating why

there's a bit in the latest Noah Gervais video about Red Dead Redemption and the character of colonialism where he quotes Cormac McCarthy with a line that's such a gutpunch it actually made me feel slightly ill: "...in their hearts there is a love for truth and honor in all its forms, but not its substance, and a deep conviction that nothing can be proven except that it can be made to bleed."

boosting that because I'm still broke as a joke!

so, a bunch of small, unexpected expenses have kept piling up for me over the last two months and bluntly I am way, way lower on money than I thought I was going to be coming into the holidays, which are always expensive for everybody. I hate having to do this but I'm strapped enough to be concerned about it, so if you have anything spare, I ain't gonna say no: cash.app/$bubbletrouble

today is real bad and I'm real frustrated and I don't have any outlets for any of it

Things I dislike: being emailed by my bank about a suspicious charge on my card that is apparently a 200+ dollar fee from a Wyoming gas station.

fuck's sakes

so, a bunch of small, unexpected expenses have kept piling up for me over the last two months and bluntly I am way, way lower on money than I thought I was going to be coming into the holidays, which are always expensive for everybody. I hate having to do this but I'm strapped enough to be concerned about it, so if you have anything spare, I ain't gonna say no: cash.app/$bubbletrouble

Battletech takes itself a fair bit more seriously, but it also treats itself as a good bit more human and as a result, it can occasionally step down and say 'hey, there's some things you don't fuckin' joke about' and it reads a lot more naturally when it actually takes a firm stance on issues like 'trans rights are human rights' and 'bigotry, regardless of source or motive, is inhumane'

at its best, Warhammer 40K understands its position as blackhearted satire of authoritarianism mingled with a heaping dose of lowbrow comedy, but the problem with satire is that satire is very, very susceptible to Poe's Law and you get the 'wow cool robot' problem except now it's 'wow cool god-emperor'

Battletech's setting has always been one that resonates with me not just because it has giant robot fights, but also because it has a lot of the texture and scale of Warhammer 40K but with far less of the aggravating griminess and indifference to human suffering; yes, in the grim darkness of the future there is war, but not ONLY war, and not only for stupid, self-justifying, mean-spirited reasons

Battletech is power fantasy in that it allows me to imagine owning my own vehicle and having enough liquid assets to maintain a long-term personal budget. also laser cannons

"No more hand-me-down Panther for YOU, kid! Have fun with this pre-owned Dragon, once we scrape the meat jelly you left in there out of the seat."

battletech moods: that feeling when your rookie pilot punches the head off a heavy mech and leaves the whole thing intact for salvage on his first mission :paw_fx90_ok_hand:

trust me, y'all. steam having a major competitor is good for you. competition is always good for the consumer-level spender. you do not want monopolies, particularly in distribution. if steam fails to respond to this competition, that is sort of their fault?

anyway as usual support indie devs, AAA dev-cycles are a nightmare, smother crunch ideology with a pillow, yadda yadda yadda

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