Things have been going well for me lately in World of Warcraft. My normal raiding team is about to take on Blackhand, my Heroic team is progressing well, and I’ve been getting more and more loot and raising my ilvl. As my ilvl has increased, as the bosses have gone down, my confidence in my skills has gone up. I’ve gone from being a relatively clueless “newb” to being a competent Normal/Heroic raider. As anything in my life goes, I go full bore at any passion or hobby. I knew that I had my eyes on Mythic content, and I began to think that I may be ready. As Heroic bosses went down, and Normal farm became easier, it would be logical to simply progress to the next level right? Wrong. Read more
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If you follow my blog at all you’ll know that I’m often critical of how some behave when online. As a staunch believer and practitioner of Wheaton’s Law myself, I’m surprised when others can’t follow this simple adage. Young Mr. Crusher entreats us all to follow the simple mantra of “Don’t be a dick” in all of our online interactions. While this seems as though it would not be hard to follow, we all know that something happens to people when they get behind a keyboard. They seem to grow 6 inches while simultaneously losing an equal sized chip off of their shoulder. People lash out at others whether out of frustration with their lives, anger at society or sometime just to be mean. Without the accountability of having to face someone, modern civility, which is already suffering, seems to be put entirely to the side. Today I’m not here to lament the evils of modern internet acceptability however. Today I’m here to tell a story that should make you smile, that should bolster your hope about humanity. Read more
So I decided to embark on a little bit of a social experiment today. I posted a picture on my Facebook account of my current post-surgery working from home neck beard. Now to fully understand this, know that I thanks to the wonders of genetics, am totally incapable of growing a full beard. The picture (posted below) is my “Duck Dynasty” beard, it is the best I can do. I will admit to having full on beard envy for those men that do get mistaken for lumberjacks. While my beard will not inspire men the world over to throw away their razors, I personally don’t think it’s horrible and was confident that my facebook friends would say something positive. I expected the odd “shave it off comment”, or even a few “you look like a bum”, but was hopeful for some positivity.
My mistake seemed to lay there, in assuming that on the internet people could be positive or pleasant. What I failed to remember is that is the exception on the internet. The fact that people cannot seem to contain their negativity and seem to derive pleasure from unleashing it on others. Just take a moment and scroll through your social media feed and take a note of how much interaction there is with positive posts vs. negative ones. The ability for people, even without the promise of anonymity, to lash out without considering another’s feelings is staggering. Read more
With shows like The Big Bang Theory, Chuck and characters like Malcolm (Malcolm in the Middle), Seth (The OC), and many others that showcase Geeks, many like to think that it is the “Age of the Geek”. With the advancement of the information age it’s true that the position of the geek within modern society has definitely changed, we have gone from being the subject of ridicule to becoming the Gates, Jobs, Ballmers, and Zuckerbergs. Pillars of the business, financial and technology communities. We have gained respect, status, and wild success in a environment where the whole world is clambering for our skills, products and knowledge. Our likes and pastimes have become not only just socially acceptable but popular. It’s now “cool” to be retro, to be into video games, or to have a “nerdy” style. While we have made leaps and bounds towards social acceptance however it’s clear that there is still a ways to go. During last weekends Heroes of the Dorm event, televised live on ESPN2, this was made evident.