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@UnidentifiedBlog commented: I think it would help if the ask-staff blog was up and active tbh. I've sent a few questions that never get answered and it seems like a pick and choose kind of thing. But it would be great if that was actually up and running

Yeah, I sent one ask to that blog one time asking about the search system. I think people got confused about who to send asks to, since you would see asks sent to the staff blog as well, and since blogs automatically follow the staff blog, you saw those asks, but not ask-staff's.

I think you could either delete ask-staff and have the staff blog take on the questions, or have it to where the ask-staff blog is both for questions and getting suggestions while the staff blog is for announcing updates and potentially announcing when suggestions are wanted over on ask-staff.


supermario(he/him)
avarice(it/its • he/him)
Time ago
supermario

Schrödinger's mustache: Luigi's 'stache is both real and fake.

supermario

An explanation:

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Bros.), there's apparently an off-screen instance where Luigi's mustache falls off. We know this because a character comments on the fact and says to slap it back on (or something like that––paraphrasing, y'know). This implies the mustache is fake.

However, in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Bros.), which was the previous entry in the Mario & Luigi series, there's a mechanic that involves pulling Luigi's 'stache. Therefore the mustache is fixed to his face, which implies that it's real. And yet in another instance it is fake and can fall off. It is both real and fake.


supermario

@miles-edgeworth tagged: #or maybe he got so scared of it falling off again #that he glued it to his face

A good take. This would mean that Paper Jam happens before Dream Team, which would contradict the order in which the games were released, but I can't think of anything between those two games that implies that one came first. So it could very well be the case that Paper Jam did happen first in the canon.



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

Apparently in the newest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, there is a limited character creation mechanic where you are able to choose your gender as male, female, "classified" or nonbinary. As far as I'm aware, if you're "classified" or nonbinary, characters in the game will use they/them pronouns to refer to you. Otherwise, I believe gameplay is unaffected.

It comes across at first as an unexpected but pleasant surprise, but given that the game has you taking orders from Ronald Reagan as far as I know...? I don't know how to feel.

supermario

@thedarklordgivenofucks, I really have no clue. Apparently the CoD team tried some new things for this newest game, like player choices/actions which affect the ending you get? (Yes, there are multiple endings.) And I believe player creation, as limited as it is in the game, is also new for the franchise.

The player creation itself makes sense in the context that they wanted the player to have choices which affected the course of the story––it's all rooted in the idea of making the player feel more immersed in the story. As to the exact reasoning that they included the "classified"/nonbinary options instead of leaving it as male/female as would be the dissapointing but expected decision from the franchise? I dunno. Maybe they're trying to expand their playerbase by appealing to those outside of their stereotypical fanbase.



supermario(he/him)
awakeingdreamer
Time ago
supermario

Just remembered how in elementary (and maybe junior high?), they had it to where you had to have a certain amount of "reading points" by the end of the month by checking out a book from the library and reading it. The amount of points was based off of how long/difficult someone felt the book was.

I loved reading (and still do), but I absolutely hated this. I want to read by my own pace, thank you very much.

(In retrospect, I could've just cheesed the system by just checking out a book, waiting a few days and then returning it to cash in on points––little me was not mischievous enough to think of that, I guess.)

naiad

My school had this but you had to take a test at the end of every book you read to confirm how much you had actually read and understood it. And then your grade on the test affected how many points you got. Then the high score readers got special bonuses like a separate line to lunch that went before everyone else and at the end of the year they had this big carnival and you bought stuff with tickets and the more points you got through the year, the more tickets you got. I was always super into books so me and a handfull of kids would have SO many tickets and I'd end up just buying a bunch of stuff for my friends who didn't read much. But looking back it was seriously fucked up because so many kids don't like to read or have trouble with the comprehension parts. And it's like they could take the time to read a huge book but if they fail the test about it then they don't get anything for their effort. I think it turned more people away from reading than anything.


awakeingdreamer

My school didn't have this, but we did have books we were required to read during school and summer reading lists. I've been a bookworm since before I could even talk, but while I was in school I lost my love for reading completely and actually didn't pick up a book for years, even after I was out of school. Thankfully I'm past that now, but that amount of pressure on me for reading, of all things, especially while I was already struggling so much in school for other reasons, definitely destroyed my love for books for a while.

And it destroyed my faith in public schools forever. I'm home schooling my kids and if they want to meet new people, I'll sign them up for whatever they want and take them wherever they want, but I will never submit my kids to the brutality of public schools.



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

Just remembered how in elementary (and maybe junior high?), they had it to where you had to have a certain amount of "reading points" by the end of the month by checking out a book from the library and reading it. The amount of points was based off of how long/difficult someone felt the book was.

I loved reading (and still do), but I absolutely hated this. I want to read by my own pace, thank you very much.

(In retrospect, I could've just cheesed the system by just checking out a book, waiting a few days and then returning it to cash in on points––little me was not mischievous enough to think of that, I guess.)

supermario

@autiestella, good grief, that sounds terribly annoying. I definitely would've hated that (both as a young one and as my present adult self).
Like, yes, we should encourage reading––but there's a world-wide of a difference between encouraging an activity and forcing someone to do it.

Edit: Glad to hear of y'all's rebellion against that teacher, though, ha.


supermario

@UnidentifiedBlog, yeah, that does sound nice. We had something like that where it'd be a half-day dedicated to just reading––'course, this wasn't a weekly thing but rather an occasional thing. I think setting aside time for kids to just read what they want is tons better than saying, "You have to read at this grade level," "You have to read a certain amount," etc.



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

Just remembered how in elementary (and maybe junior high?), they had it to where you had to have a certain amount of "reading points" by the end of the month by checking out a book from the library and reading it. The amount of points was based off of how long/difficult someone felt the book was.

I loved reading (and still do), but I absolutely hated this. I want to read by my own pace, thank you very much.

(In retrospect, I could've just cheesed the system by just checking out a book, waiting a few days and then returning it to cash in on points––little me was not mischievous enough to think of that, I guess.)

supermario

@autiestella, good grief, that sounds terribly annoying. I definitely would've hated that (both as a young one and as my present adult self).
Like, yes, we should encourage reading––but there's a world-wide of a difference between encouraging an activity and forcing someone to do it.

Edit: Glad to hear of y'all's rebellion against that teacher, though, ha.



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

Maybe I'm biased, but I'm not a fan of streaming services or what-have-you dumping an entire season of a show at one time. I feel like I can't really pace myself so well, so I end up with an entire season's worth of information to soak in rather than just one episode, so I end up feeling like it was way more rushed or just not as enjoyable.

The obvious answer is to, you know, just pace myself better, but I also enjoy looking up fan content as well––it helps keep my interest up. But of course, when an entire season's uploaded, stumbling on spoilers would just be inevitable.

supermario

@UnidentifiedBlog, that's understandable. I also tend to forget stuff if it takes a while for a new episode to release... Really, the ideal scenario would be maybe an episode released weekly? Just enough to fully absorb one episode and talk about it/whatever and have that suspense of "what's gonna happen?" without too much wait.

Like, for instance, since Steven Universe was a TV program, it released episodes rather than full seasons. But the pacing for when episodes would release was just all over the place and would sometimes take forever, so I'd forget stuff and just lose interest even though I really liked the show.

It's just a really hard and subjective balance to maintain...



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

I'm looking up info on that GameCube controller for the Switch and all the descriptions I see talk about it being perfect for die-hard Smash fans and I'm like... no, I just prefer the GameCube controller over a lot of other controllers.

I'm definitely biased since I grew up with the GameCube, but I do think it's a good controller––it's interesting compared to the pretty bland controllers you see nowadays.

supermario

Aaaand I remembered some glaring issues: the lack of bumpers (yeah, there's the Z button, but it's not really a bumper), no minus button, and you can't press down on the sticks.

Sure, that doesn't matter when playing on the actual GameCube, but when you have the intention to play Switch games that have these functionalities in mind? Yeah, no luck. Apparently there's a Power A controller that adds these extra functionalities, but I've read some iffy things on it, so I don't even know.



supermario(he/him)
star-rice(he/him)
Time ago

Oh my god.

For context, YouTube is changing parts of its Terms of Service, and this is, as of today when I received this email, now in effect for those in the U.S.

Edit: Also, if you aren't part of the YouTube Partner Program, you won't get a cut of the revenue generated from the ads (source).


[Pic ID: Text that reads, "YouTube's right to monetize: YouTube has the right to monetize all content on the platform and ads may appear on videos from channels not in the YouTube Partner Program." End ID.]

babushka

That means ads on first aid videos!! 2 minute long unskiplable ads!!!


star-rice

So this is a good time to shout out Newpipe. Its a very good alternative to the youtube app on your phone. It uses their APIs and stuff to pull videos and display them without ads. Ive been using it for a few days and Im absolutely smitten. It lacks a few functionalities as compared to the official app, but you can still recreate your subscription feed and play videos in the background (unlike the app). So theres a lot to enjoy, esp when Youtube has been pulling increasing amounts of bullshit. Unfortunately, its for android only bc Apple sucks big time, but if you have an android, its incredibly easy to install (obviously its not on any app store).

This page links to the APK files: https://newpipe.schabi.org/

If you're on desktop and still get ads, idk why you dont have origin blocker or any of the other big adblocking plugins/ad-ons, but please, do yourself a favor and get one.


princeofdoom

There's also uBlockOrigin for desktop, I have never had issues with ads while using it.


star-rice

Wow my brain blanked hard when I type "Origin Blocker" didn't it. But yeah, that one. Thats what I use. Idk if the landscape has changed since a while back when (the royal) we decided uBlockOrigin was better than ADB.



supermario(he/him)
idioticsilverware(they/them)
Time ago
supermario

Actually, some questions because I'm curious now.

So, in primary school (not college),

  • Were y'all taught how to write cursive?
  • Were y'all taught how to write a letter, or instead did y'all learn how to write an email?
  • Did your computer class include more than just learning how to type?
flowerfemme

Keep in mind I'm approaching my late 20's as I answer these

-Yes

-They're teaching kids to write emails now tf??? I learned to write a letter lol and even then I hardly remember that

-No lol from what I remember we just learned to type. We also played some online math games or something but that was the extent of it when I went to primary school


ghostmoor

Cursive: Yes, expected to use it until high school when they let us write however we liked

Letter/email: Letters in primary school, emails maybe in high school but high school IT classes bored the shit out of me and I barely paid attention

Computer class: We did learn more than how to type in primary school but i could barely tell you WHAT. opened up a lot more in high school but, again, boring, could not tell you what i learnt in IT classes specifically that i didn't learn through other classes


idioticsilverware

im still IN primary school but heres my answer


- yeah, but the only thing i remember how to write is my name and its not well

- both! but more emails than letters. i still dont know how to mail a letter, i forgot

- yeah, we learned how to not get a virus and how to set home pages, change our primary browser and stuff like that in 3rd grade. taught us different files and their meanings. im the only one that remembers that in depth tho


supermario

You learned that stuff in the 3rd grade??? Interesting!

I also forget how to send a letter... Like, are you supposed to write your information in the corner of the envelope or the info of the person you're sending it to? Who knows!



supermario(he/him)
awakeingdreamer
Time ago
supermario

I guess I should clarify:

While I can only remember typing in computer class, we did have assignments in other classes where we were expected to create a presentation or document or what-have-you. We mostly used Google Drive rather than any of the Office stuff, however.

So rather than having a dedicated computer class to teach us this, I suppose there was the expectation we would already know or would quickly learn anyhow.

supermario

Also, it's quite shocking to learn that there used to actually be the expectation to write in cursive. I thought that was a myth created by teachers/my parents.

Did y'all also have to eventually switch to exclusively pen rather than pencil in your assignments, or is that one legitimately a myth??


supermario

@UnidentifiedBlog commented: We did have to switch to black pen for everything but math class!

Oh my god??? At least they allowed you math class, but good grief... I can hardly imagine how I'd fare with that considering I run down the erasers of my pencils.


naiad

I also had a few teachers that would make us use only blue/black pen for all assignments but a lot of them never cared.


awakeingdreamer

I've always moved around a lot, so I learned cursive as the last class to learn it, and only because I was on the right coast for it. The next move, I crossed the country and lived on the opposite coast, and no one my age knew what cursive was or how to write it. I remember at lunch one day the kid sitting next to me asked if I was writing in another language because they couldn't read the words.

I also experienced the switch from pencil to black or blue pen, but I honestly never even actually noticed the transition until just now lol


supermario

That is wild to consider kids nowadays just. Aren't taught cursive and therefore probably don't know it. (Not that it's a bad thing not to know cursive, of course.)

It is nice to have as another way to write the language, though.



supermario(he/him)
flowerfemme(they/them)
Time ago
supermario

Actually, some questions because I'm curious now.

So, in primary school (not college),

  • Were y'all taught how to write cursive?
  • Were y'all taught how to write a letter, or instead did y'all learn how to write an email?
  • Did your computer class include more than just learning how to type?
flowerfemme

Keep in mind I'm approaching my late 20's as I answer these

-Yes

-They're teaching kids to write emails now tf??? I learned to write a letter lol and even then I hardly remember that

-No lol from what I remember we just learned to type. We also played some online math games or something but that was the extent of it when I went to primary school


supermario

I don't know if kids nowadays are being taught how to write emails. I only learned letters and letters alone, but once I was suddenly expected to know how to compose an email in high school, I really wished I had been taught how to write emails.

I just assumed maybe kids were being taught how to write emails rather than letters now, since it'd make sense.



supermario(he/him)
naiad(she/her or they/them)
Time ago
supermario

Actually, some questions because I'm curious now.

So, in primary school (not college),

  • Were y'all taught how to write cursive?
  • Were y'all taught how to write a letter, or instead did y'all learn how to write an email?
  • Did your computer class include more than just learning how to type?
supermario

@UnidentifiedBlog, good grief, I can't imagine being forced to turn in handwritten stuff in cursive alone. Sorry you had to go through that.

Oh, yeah, it'd make sense if I answered my own questions, huh?

  • I think we were briefly taught, like, some cursive letters. I remember tracing lowercase cursive Fs. Otherwise, it got dropped fast and we never picked it up again. The only reason I know a form of cursive is because I taught myself based off a poster an English teacher of mine had.
  • Only letters, and again, it was brief. I guess technically later on I was sorta taught how to write a professional letter (for like work or what-have-you) but that was the extent. Come high school when I had the need to send emails, I had no idea how to format or write emails, so I just wrote it like a letter. I feel like I even used Sincerely for my first few emails.
  • The only thing I can remember about computer class is typing. And typing. And typing and typing and typing... Maybe we were kinda told "Hey, this is a diagram with the parts of a computer labeled," but heck if I remember.

naiad

See I didn't have a "computer class" until high school. In elementary we had 1 teacher for the whole day (aside for things like gym, music, art) and for like a month or something we went into the computer lab to learn basic computer skills like how to use Word and open internet explorer but it was just the teacher incorporating it into lessons?

The computer class I took in high school was kind of something you took under the assumption you already had all the basic skills and they just taught stuff like excel, making calendars, doing powerpoint, setting up a blog and a google website. I also took a multi-media class that had us do a weekly "school news" where we had to learn to edit videos that we took around the school and we had to make a music video once. I never learned the proper way to type but there was a time in 5th grade when we went to the library to test our typing speeds and I kept getting scolded for doing it wrong because I used to pick at the keys. Now I can type fast but I couldn't teach anyone else how I do it. I've just kinda memorized the key locations? :/


supermario

Interesting. The one teacher for a whole day except for some subjects was how our elementary rolled, too. I don't remember doing anything computer related until junior high, though (I do remember playing games on the computers earlier than junior high, however).

I only learned how to do Excel/Powerpoint in a business elective in high school, so not a mandatory class. Never learned how to make a blog or website. I believe there was a class/club/something for the creation of the yearbook that would've been multi-media-esque, but I didn't do any of that.



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

Actually, some questions because I'm curious now.

So, in primary school (not college),

  • Were y'all taught how to write cursive?
  • Were y'all taught how to write a letter, or instead did y'all learn how to write an email?
  • Did your computer class include more than just learning how to type?
supermario

@UnidentifiedBlog, good grief, I can't imagine being forced to turn in handwritten stuff in cursive alone. Sorry you had to go through that.

Oh, yeah, it'd make sense if I answered my own questions, huh?

  • I think we were briefly taught, like, some cursive letters. I remember tracing lowercase cursive Fs. Otherwise, it got dropped fast and we never picked it up again. The only reason I know a form of cursive is because I taught myself based off a poster an English teacher of mine had.
  • Only letters, and again, it was brief. I guess technically later on I was sorta taught how to write a professional letter (for like work or what-have-you) but that was the extent. Come high school when I had the need to send emails, I had no idea how to format or write emails, so I just wrote it like a letter. I feel like I even used Sincerely for my first few emails.
  • The only thing I can remember about computer class is typing. And typing. And typing and typing and typing... Maybe we were kinda told "Hey, this is a diagram with the parts of a computer labeled," but heck if I remember.


supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

I think it'd be cool to make a resource pack for Minecraft... I wouldn't really do anything "drastic" if I were to make a pack I'd use a lot––it'd be more vanilla tweaks (so a revamped rainbow experience bar, making the on-fire texture lower because good grief does it take up a lot of screen, etc.).

I'm just pretty iffy when it comes to anything involving files and downloads and such on computers... like, the resource pack tutorial on the Minecraft Wiki talks about needing a file archiver and I'm just *confusion + slight fear*.

supermario

@UnidentifiedBlog, that is reassuring... I'm just afraid of somehow breaking stuff when I still need this laptop for college.


supermario

@UnidentifiedBlog, I think? Because I probably don't need everything in the .zip file, I first uncompress the file and then extract what I do need copied? That would make sense...



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

I think it'd be cool to make a resource pack for Minecraft... I wouldn't really do anything "drastic" if I were to make a pack I'd use a lot––it'd be more vanilla tweaks (so a revamped rainbow experience bar, making the on-fire texture lower because good grief does it take up a lot of screen, etc.).

I'm just pretty iffy when it comes to anything involving files and downloads and such on computers... like, the resource pack tutorial on the Minecraft Wiki talks about needing a file archiver and I'm just *confusion + slight fear*.

supermario

@UnidentifiedBlog, that is reassuring... I'm just afraid of somehow breaking stuff when I still need this laptop for college.



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

Why must Game Theory follow me wherever I go...

First Mario, then some Kirby and now Minecraft...

supermario

@autiestella, yeah, I totally understand what you mean. He's made a few theory vids about the Mario series, and while I admit it's been a while since I've watched them, I feel they go really out there for the sake of going out there.
Like, the one about Mario actually being a bad guy just picks out the evidence that supports the theory and ignores the obvious and numerous counterexamples. But, hey, it makes for shocking and therefore click-worthy content.

The kicker is that if the vid hadn't gotten so popular, I wouldn't really care about it––he's just a YouTuber trying to make money through content that draws viewers, yada, yada... but the vid did get popular and people took the theory as is without question, and also took as truth his other Mario theories. Thankfully, that buzz has died down since then.



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

Here's a debate: Oxford comma or no?

The Oxford/serial comma is the comma used after the second-to-last item before "and" when listing 3 or more things out. For example, with the comma in bold:

"I need books, paper, pens, and pencils."

I personally don't, but this is because when I was younger, I noticed I used commas too much... so I just got rid of the "unnecessary" comma, and it's stuck with me since, ha.

supermario

Actually, some other debated writing conventions:

When you use ellipses, do you write them like,

  1. and, like...yeah.
  2. and, like ... yeah.
  3. and, like... yeah.
  4. and, like ...yeah.

Also, do you spell the word as internet or Internet?

I think it's obvious how I write ellipses... possibly.

I write it as Internet because it's the Internet! It's big! And important!



supermario(he/him)
babushka(he/she, он/она/)
Time ago

Here's for my most controversial post yet

babushka

I really don't get why people are getting mad at other people for voting in elections.

"Voting does nothing since two parties are equally bad and the elections are going to be rigged so the bad guys will win anyway no matter what" - well, duh. But what does boycotting vote do? Unless there is a massive nationwide boycott and the number of voters isn't enough to pronounce the election results legitimate, I really don't see what boycotting does.

"Just do mutual aid or go to protests instead, it will do more than a vote ever did anyway" - how is voting contradictory with any of that? You can go vote and then go to a protest, right? I really don't see the problem...

"Change isn't won by voting" Change can be achieved by a collective of people making an effort to bring the change, to demand the change. It takes a colossal amount of work and sacrifice which is sadly historically proven. Of course, the government won't magically become just as soon as you tick that box in the ballot, and there is no "kind tsar" who will come to the "throne" and magically fix everything singlehandedly as you vote for him. But the effort put in voting is an effort too, it's the first step of recognizing that "politics" isn't something that's happening far away, affecting virtually no one and being none of your business. There are still people who haven't moved past that attitude.

"If voting changed anything it would be illegal" It will be! It will be! Vote while you can/if you can! Because there are people out there who wish to have this "useless" right to vote but don't have it!

emlynlua

While I do agree with the arguments you're making, I think this sort of misses the point of a lot of those posts.

Disclaimer: I am not discouraging people from voting. I am honestly neutral on this issue. I don't believe people are malicious for not voting, but I do believe that if you are able then it is a good thing to do. There are times when I have voted, and times when I haven't.

I follow many people on tumblr who make those posts and they're not making them to discourage people from voting, they're making them in response to a very real online culture of 'vote or you're evil'. There are many people in leftist circles who will berate/harass people who say they aren't voting or haven't voted. I have seen so many posts where people are portrayed as being evil or just as bad as bigots for not voting, and I've also seen people randomly get anon asks about who they're voting for and then why they're not voting, having to explain myself again and again. The posts that you're referring to come from a place of (understandable) frustration at all of this.

I have Never seen a post that is actually encouraging a boycott, more just explaining why it isn't some kind of all important moral imperative to vote. I can understand how someone could misunderstand these posts when they don't see the context of the person behind them, but a lot of the ones that have many notes with rebuttals etc are very short and don't fully explain their points. Partially because these people get so frustrated at having to explain themselves over and over and leave stuff out, and partially because the shorter posts are the ones more people will read and respond to. With these popular posts you're getting an incomplete picture of what are really very complex issues.

I also wanna address your points individually.

  1. "two parties are equally bad" - to reiterate, they're not saying everyone should boycott because of this. They're explaining that they're not evil for not voting for the milder flavour of bigot. This isn't coming from privileged people, as many of the rebuttals claim, but from minorites who are gonna get screwed over either way.
  2. "mutual aid or protests" - this is a really key point actually that I don't see discussed much but the idea that you can do both is not entirely true. Every election season most people who are in activist circles suddenly shift their focus to voting. This means that every election season anyone who is relying on mutual aid finds that it's suddenly gone. Nothing can be funded or organised because money and energy is going into campaigning for the election instead. This is frustrating for the people who, again, are gonna get screwed over no matter the result.
  3. "change isn't won by voting" - while I do agree with you that voting is at least participating in politics, the people who make these posts are more addressing people who think that voting is the be all end all of participation. The people who think politics doesn't affect them aren't gonna be making 3k essays online about why they don't vote, they don't care that much. The people making these posts recognise that change takes tremendous effort and sacrifice, and they're already doing that. They're making these posts not because they don't care about politics, but because they do care, and they want other people to care too, beyond voting.
  4. "if voting changed anything it would be illegal" - this is more of a cynical statement than a call for a boycott. But the people who are making these posts aren't the people for whom voting is easy. Even when it's legal to vote, voter suppression is very real. When I last voted it took me 20 minutes. The polling station was 5 minutes from the house, there was no queue since there are plenty of polling stations, and I wasn't in work so I didn't have to fit it around a schedule. That is a very privileged position to be in. The election before that I couldn't vote because I wasn't near a polling station and couldn't afford transport. Voting now, with my health the way it is, I would need a postal vote. I would have to remember to get it in time (which is not easy, with ADHD brain), fill it out, remember to send it off in time, have the strength to walk to the post box.... and so on. Still, I am in a privileged position compared to many of the people who make these posts. Having to wait in line for almost an entire day, having bosses who would rather break the law than let their employees miss a shift to vote, having to travel far to a polling station with no money, having to balance some of this and children, or university, or disability. The people who make these posts are not the privileged people for whom voting takes 20 minutes. They are the people for whom voting is actually very difficult, and they have learned through experience that it does little for their communities, and that their energy is better spent on mutual aid and other activism.

I do want to reiterate that your points aren't exactly wrong, but I do believe that they are a misrepresentation of what people actually mean when they say these things, and why they say it.


babushka

Excellent insight, thank you so much for providing context! I was kind of writing based on overall impression from both Russia and America, and i honestly wasn't aware that the pressure to vote can even exist. (I saw a meme of a dude with a "vote or die" T shirt but i kind of assumed he was the only one...) The attitude i saw was along the lines "voting doesn't get anyone anywhere anyway" which kind of weirded me out. And I forgot to post my answer to an anon which would have described the Russian side of this situation. Im gonna do this if i won't fall asleep.

There is something i've failed to add to my original post but failed to formulate and i think i got it now:

No one should go around and harass a person who hasn't (or has) voted and say that the current state of politics is somehow their individual fault.

What i mean is: saying stuff like "your kind voted for a big evil so in am gonna blame you personally" (even if you don't know who they voted for) or "you didn't vote and let the bad guy win" (even though the good guy won the popular vote, and it's the system's fault) doesn't get anyone anywhere and is just mean.


babushka

addition: i do actually see people writing essays about how they are specifically not going to vote because they are above everything and not once mentioning anything they wanna do/try to archieve instead of voting, but not in America though



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

Don't mind me, just reading way too deeply into Waluigi's character.

supermario

Apparently in one of the Mario & Sonic games if the player interacts with him, he'll tell them people won't cheer them on forever just because they win medals and...

Well, considering Waluigi is incredibly bent on always winning no matter what, especially with regards to sports, it paints this picture of Waluigi wanting people to cheer for him, but even winning just isn't enough for people, anymore.

Yet at the same time in a Mario Golf game, he'll tell the player to be happy with their victory because they earned it. Perhaps this reflects Waluigi, in that maybe he is trying not to garner validation from other people acknowledging his victories, but from himself instead. Of course, he still has a ways to go.


supermario

@UnidentifiedBlog commented: Waluigi goes therapy and work on not trying be perfect but just be happy c:

I'm reminded of how Charles Martinent (Mario's voice actor, as well as Waluigi's) once said that Waluigi is living a very happy life.



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

There's a part of me that wants to get more into the Legend of Zelda because Link and Zelda cool but also because Super Mario enemies and characters have ended up in that universe and I want to be able to fully understand the implications of that.

I guess I'm mostly intimidated by the lore/canon since I've heard it's a lot and also convoluted... but like I put up with and try to make sense of Mario canon, and that's all over the place, so what do I know.

supermario

@synthesystem, thanks for the vid! Also, that feeling when you have BOTW but you just... haven't played it yet.

Edited because I forgot you changed your blog name, lol.


supermario

@UnidentifiedBlog, also thank you for the insight! It's nice to know that I don't have to start from the beginning and can go straight to the games that I'm the most curious about.



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

There's a part of me that wants to get more into the Legend of Zelda because Link and Zelda cool but also because Super Mario enemies and characters have ended up in that universe and I want to be able to fully understand the implications of that.

I guess I'm mostly intimidated by the lore/canon since I've heard it's a lot and also convoluted... but like I put up with and try to make sense of Mario canon, and that's all over the place, so what do I know.

supermario

@synthesystem, thanks for the vid! Also, that feeling when you have BOTW but you just... haven't played it yet.

Edited because I forgot you changed your blog name, lol.



supermario(he/him)
supermario(he/him)
Time ago
supermario

Among Us is very fun to watch but I know I'd be absolute trash at it because...

  1. It requires very fast thinking under a time limit and pressure. I like to have time to think fully on information, and I can't really do this while under pressure.
  2. I find it hard to retain info that's only just recently been spoken aloud. Maybe if I took notes, I'd be fine, but also...
  3. I can find it hard to parse info when multiple people are talking at the same time or are having different conversations at the same time, and this can happen fairly often when people get passionate/heated about defending themselves or accusing others.
  4. My memory sucks. Who was with me? What task did I just do? Where was I? I don't know, yo.
  5. I'm bad at improv, thinking on my feet and lying. Enough said.
  6. A lesser point, but my mental imaging is weak/vague? So trying to remember the layout of the map we're on would take way too much effort.
supermario

@beefox, that's nice to know. I dunno, maybe if the opportunity presents itself, I'll give it a shot and probably get imposter first go and get ejected.



supermario(he/him)
kitcatartist
Time ago

Vistal Villagers

Drew all my villagers currently living on my New Horizons island, Vistal, and also my avatar! A fun project that just took me a little over a week.


supermario(he/him)
posted this
Time ago

Analyzing Mario on the surface level: Hehe-hoo, happy jumpy wahoo man!

Analyzing Mario a little deeper, but without examining context, etc.: He's a sore loser, doesn't have a personality, and doesn't seem to care much about Luigi.

Analyzing Mario even deeper: He was just a carpenter who saw a person in need of help and was eventually called upon by a kingdom so desperate for help they turned to a plumber they heard saved a woman once. He went from being a standard John Doe to a hero everyone knows. People looked up to him and praised him, and asked for his help time and time again as their hero, and he felt compelled to answer their call, putting everyone else before him. Said praise understandably went to his head and made him feel bad whenever he lost a game because he was supposed to be the great Mario, hero of the Mushroom Kingdom, to the point he was even jealous that his brother won against him. But he does very much care for and love his brother, as Luigi does for him, as they have both had various opportunities to leave the other kidnapped or sealed in a painting. Perhaps Mario can be a bit blind at times to Luigi's feelings, but he has made a legitimate effort to include Luigi more in his adventures and rely on him more rather than taking on the onus solely by himself.

Analyzing Mario at the deepest possible level: Hehe-hoo, happy jumpy wahoo man!


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