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Not Breaking, but Interesting News

30 April 2015

 
 
A small sliver of hope shone through the ever-watchful cloud that is the NSA today, for those of us who still value privacy.

 
I sincerely hope the nation is ready to listen to one another, to both sides and to reason. What’s more, we have to be ready to understand, accept and act—all of us. It’s a tall order, but this is well overdue, America. We got the memo in September of ’68 when Martin Luther King, Jr. said:

“I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the economic plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years.”

…And you can’t beat that with a bat.

BONUS LINKS

 
I get that drugs are a problem, but treating mental illness like it has no impact on our shared reality is equally, if not more concerning.

Image Source: Simone Massoni via The New Yorker

Image Source: Simone Massoni via The New Yorker

 
It seems my lack of sanity and penchant for uproarious laughter are both revealed when I text-laugh because I’m all caps all the way. Hell, I’ll string together as many “HAs” as my fingers can manage before instinctually clicking send. Sometimes, I devolve into such madness that I simply slam my hands down on the keyboard after a “ha” or two and then send whatever comes up. I could definitely use a little decorum, but I’ll revel in my loud vulgarity instead—life’s more fun that way.

 
My heart remains broken from the news that the Kojima / Del Toro vision of Silent Hills will never fully materialize. Silent Hills was the last great hope for the survival horror genre and I’m sad to see it extinguished. I can accept that the gaming industry has become a brand new world and I understand why Kojima had to go, but I don’t have to like it. Chris Kohler’s not wrong, there will never be another Kojima and that’s both good and bad. Change is hard, guys.

 
And since the weekend’s pretty much here, how about a cautionary tale? Watch your back and your stuff. Know when you’re rolllin’ the dice and be prepared for anything.

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