- Ever, Jane: The Virtual World of Jane Austen – It’s a Kickstarter for an Austen regency MMO. It looks really neat, you guys.
Ever, Jane is a virtual world that allows people to role-play in Regency Period England. Similar to traditional role playing games, we advance our character through experience, but that is where the similarities end. Ever, Jane is about playing the actual character in the game, building stories. Our quests are derived from player’s actions and stories. And we gossip rather than swords and magic to demolish our enemies and aid our friends.
Try to win the sympathy of Lizzie Bennet by telling lies about your rival, as Mr. Wickham does, but be careful. The system will notify someone if they are being talked about too often and a good sleuth may find the player who is spreading such rumors. If you are caught in your lies, the consequences you intended for your target will hit you two-fold.
- The Uses of Negativity: Survival and Coping Strategies for Those of Us Who Are Exasperated by the Empty Promise of “It” Getting “Better” – Natalie Luhrs linked me to this, and I found it super relevant to our discussions of ableism and “bad” attitudes.
Today I want to talk about negativity and its uses in our survival, which may seem like an odd topic for a presentation on the National Coming Out Day: most people perhaps associate National Coming Out Day with celebration, pride, hopefulness, and other positive emotions and activities, and not with negativity. I want to be clear that I am not here to promote negativity: if positivity works for you, that’s wonderful! What I really want to talk about is how positivity and hopefulness do not work for all of us, in fact it can exacerbate difficulties we are experiencing, and how we can cope with them and support each other better if we could build a greater tolerance and appreciation for negativity.
But before getting into my discussion, I want to give a heads up about the content of my talk. As you might imagine, I will be talking about many things that the audience might find triggering. I will not give graphic details of any violence, abuse, or self-harming behaviors in my own life as well as in many others’, but I will talk about them, in hope that some of what I say resonates with you.
- Coming Out as Biracial – I enjoyed this personal account of being biracial in America.
I don’t know the black experience, and I don’t know the white one either. All I know is my own biracial experience, which looks like this: it’s strangers addressing you in Greek instead of English because your name is Greek and what else would you be? (I know two words of Greek.) It’s telling a new acquaintance you’re biracial, then furnishing a photo of your family when she insists that you’re lying. You have to do this, though, show her a picture — because you might be the one person who can change her mind about what blackness looks like. It’s census reports that won’t acknowledge you, and a white friend screaming the n-word through his open window because someone cut him off in traffic. It’s that same friend turning around to say, “Oh. Sorry,” as though the problem is that you’re in the car, not his own racist inclination toward someone he’s never met.
- For ‘SNL’ Cast, Being Diverse May Be Better Than Being ‘Ready’ – You can’t convince me that there are no black women who are funny enough improv comedians to be on SNL. That show’s homogeneity is due to laziness or choice.
It’s one example of how black and white comics bring very different things (including expectations) to the table, which is also why a heterogenous cast is an asset. This is not a new argument when it comes to network television, but it’s more critical for a show with the broad ambitions of “Saturday Night Live.”
When Kerry Washington hosts this week, the show will have someone who can credibly play Beyoncé for the first time this season. There hasn’t been a cast member to portray Michelle Obama for her husband’s entire presidency. That matters. The show, which, to be fair, has a range of talents, including a blossoming star in Kate McKinnon, benefits from diversity that tries to match the breadth of the mainstream popular culture it covers.
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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.