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  • Emma Hart,

    Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. There's a list of people killed since the last one (ie since this time last year) here.

    I'd recommend some Healz after reading that.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Holy crap, South America looks like a shitty place to be transgender. Or is it just a murderous kind of place, generally?

    Sounds like they were mostly ganked, too. World PvP is the nastiest kind. Some people really get off on ganking, and griefing generally. The Corrupted Blood Incident gave an interesting look at this, considering that the victims were generally not from the other faction.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance.

    This list makes me think that humanity is incurably horrible and we are all doomed to endless evil and entropy. Jesus fuck.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    This list makes me think that humanity is incurably horrible and we are all doomed to endless evil and entropy

    Nope. Most folks are just fine and a lot of folks are considerably better than that. The people at the Kings Arms tonight are good examples of how good people can be and are - mostly.

    But there are some folks who aren't fine and the things they do shock and horrify, as they should. Sadly those people and the things they do make the news, as they should. And we live in hope that eventually there will be no more of that kind of people left.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    Danielle, have hope that things can change for the better. Georgina Beyer always seems pretty positive about that.

    And children are safer today.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10610483

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    I don't understand most of the gaming stuff you guys are all talking about but would like to reiterate:

    And I should note that PAS is about the least aggravating and damaging environment for these conversations that I've ever run across.

    I described the "Does my Mortgage look like a Slag in This" thread as "the most fun I've had on the internet". I mean, it was aggravating as all hell, but there were also all these lovely people there, and even if I disagreed with them, I knew they weren't attacking me personally.

    Unlike that list which makes me indescribably sad.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    This list makes me think that humanity is incurably horrible and we are all doomed to endless evil and entropy. Jesus fuck.

    Nah... to paraphrase Chris Rock, we don't give medals to people who don't act like malevolent shit heads, because that's how you're supposed to behave.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    makes me think that humanity is incurably horrible and we are all doomed to endless evil and entropy. Jesus fuck.

    I know what you mean and I sometimes feel like that too--most recently, when I read a series The Guardian published about the events leading up to WWII. It was a sickening tale of cruelty, death and deceit and little to be proud of. Nevertheless, a greater danger is complete despair about humanity and the yearning for it all to end, as in the nihilistic world view of fundamentalists of all varieties. So, even though I sometimes agree with Sartre's dictum "Hell is other people" , the reality is that some people are hell but even more are heavenly.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2539 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Sadly those people and the things they do make the news, as they should

    One of the reasons Transsexual Remembrance Day started is that those deaths weren't being reported, or when they were it was in the most dehumanising and sensationalist way possible.

    And sometimes when you went where you felt you might legitimately find support, you found this instead.

    The idea of people assembling at the Riff Raff statue in Hamilton to commemorate the deaths of people in Brazil so unimportant they don't even have names is pretty heavenly.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Nah... to paraphrase Chris Rock, we don't give medals to people who don't act like malevolent shit heads, because that's how you're supposed to behave.

    I forgot to add that we probably should more often -- because there are times and places where just being common human decency in the face of terror and hatred requires supernatural levels of courage and persistence.

    The idea of people assembling at the Riff Raff statue in Hamilton to commemorate the deaths of people in Brazil so unimportant they don't even have names is pretty heavenly.

    QFT -- because what isn't "our struggle" should still inspire our sorrow and pity and anger. Just because. I can't imagine what it's like to be a transperson, especially in a place where you're treated as less than shit, but we're all just human. And, from my theist perspective, we're all children of a Creator who glories in multiplicity and difference (just look around); for whom nothing is forgotten or without its full measure of divinity and beauty.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Kinda OTT, but just have to share this one, if only because it's exactly the way it happened to me, and it was found by a friend I recently managed to convert to the idea of at least trying PvP.

    It seems highly analogous to our ways (as writers) of conducting battle. Tanks will probably get it.

    I don't think it's the whole story, by a long shot. But uncanny nonetheless.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5420 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    grats. Now you just have to do it all over for every class, , for each talent tree, and every combination thereof, for each faction. Don't forget to have at least one toon with who has maxed out each profession. Or you can play the 'end game', one of Blizzard's biggest misappropriations of a word ever.

    Personally, I started playing the end game too early to every be able to get that final magic ding. I could see that it was only the beginning, and that frightened me off. In my particular end-game, I was usually up against twinks. The reality of that was rather scary.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Heather W.,

    Apparently it's possible to "finish" World of Warcraft rather than just be finished with it. What does such a person do next?

    North Shore • Since Nov 2008 • 189 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Apparently it's possible to "finish" World of Warcraft rather than just be finished with it. What does such a person do next?

    Go clock the Internet as well, I suppose? Or maybe he'll try a speedrun or two.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    What does such a person do next?

    He raises the famous question: How do you kill someone with no life?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    For the record, here's the guy's profile:

    WoW Armory - "Little Grey"

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5420 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I know a lot of people like that - who have ten times as much stamina as intellect.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    That's kind of unfair Gio.

    He may well be obsessed and he certainly has stamina but it's unlikely that you can achieve that without being at least reasonably smart.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    What does such a person do next?

    Starts working on completing 'second life', of course.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    That's kind of unfair Gio.

    He may well be obsessed and he certainly has stamina but it's unlikely that you can achieve that without being at least reasonably smart.

    He has a stamina of 2517 and an intellect of 204. That's all I meant!

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    BoingBoing commenters assert that, since the things that guy has completed were not part of the initial game, they're presumably not the be all and end all of it.

    And that the next update will just add a few more anyway.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Interested that he was the same class/talent tree as my favourite toon - Feral Druid. It may be the only class that could get a bunch of the flag running achievements, Feral Druids basically are the natural choice for that. Not too many people are impressed when a rogue tries to run in all 3 flags. They would probably be mighty impressed if the rogue succeeded at it. One of the downsides of achievements is that it encourages people to focus on them selfishly at times. Having a rogue constantly picking up the flag and trying to run it would shit everyone in the team off, because the rogue has weak armor, fairly weak speed enhancements, and most of their ways of getting out of sticky situations involve going into stealth, which you can't do holding a flag.

    But having said that, the rogue was the bane of a feral druid's life on every battleground. The number of times I got killed by them whilst trying to run a flag in... They were the natural choice when it was time to break up 'scenario 3', where both flags have been taken.

    So achievements in an absolute sense are actually pretty personal, and if you get fully hooked into WoW there's no way at all you could 'finish the game'.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    After I read that bit Emma linky to, I now feel sorry for the guy.

    It's okay, Sofie, turns out apology #2 was no more meaningful than apology #1

    The guy is now in Uganda, and right back on form.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

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