Or rather, I put it off like I procrastinated on blogging for the past year and writing in general for the past two years (excluding IT), distracting myself with other things. Most notably a five-part documentary and another academic panel which features most of the same panelists. Both of which, I'll link to later.
I also juggle two jobs. Friday and Saturday, I only had to work one of them so I really have no excuse for not blogging something then. I'll admit that ever since I gained more days at my other job, as in more programs, I haven't had ample time to either write or blog. My time on Twitter's also to blame here, pretty much going against what I said on Ello among other things.
I'm working on all this slowly but surely.
One more thing: I decided to switch the name of the Weekend Checkup to "Freehand Ink" so that I don't restrict myself to having these brief catch-ups, reading list, and video queue by a specific deadline. Also, because I thought that titled sounded catchier.
I wanted to start this out with an addendum to my previous post in which I explained the whole concept of a "Outrage Warrior". I'll admit, this was video in which I first heard the term (jump to around 5:40) and extended, or rather twisted that definition in the post to include the Alt-Right. I'm hesitant to use the term "social justice warrior" on its own because of how charged the term is and thought that "Outrage Warrior" worked as a term which encompasses both extremes. I was afraid of any backlash if I did so, and was also nervous of the same thing when posting it. I do like the term and I apologize to Liana for misusing it.
(As an aside: Liana herself does excellent vlogs and currently does a show called Lady Bits which offers a more in-depth look at women who work on video games along with women in them-both as playable and non-playable characters. I definitely recommend checking it out and if you like it, consider supporting her on Patreon.)
This whole fear of being shamed for having a different opinion is something I'm putting on my to-blog list in part because of this tweet I found while skimming through Peter Boghossian's timeline...
Dear Academics and Teachers: When it comes to political correctness, have you ever self-censored/self-edited yourself because you feared being ostracized/punished by your peers/colleagues? I'm also collecting stories, 100% confidentially: email@example.com— Irene Ogrizek (@ireneogrizek) March 4, 2018
...to which I retweeted...
Can't vote on this, but I do self-censor to the point of absurdity. Trying to work on that this year.— Bryan (B.M.) Mitchell (@PromptedInk) March 6, 2018
If you can vote and have a story, I'd take advantage of this. https://t.co/uhcG4pnBbH
It goes without saying that I'm trying to self-censor and internalize less while expressing myself and asking more. Writing that blog post will probably be a doozy, but it needs to be done.
Videos from the Queue
This was the panel I mentioned earlier as one of the main reasons I put off writing this. Another interesting discussion with Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying, and Peter Boghossian along with Christina Hoff Sommers about the notion of victimhood, intersectionality, and the state of free speech in academia. Ever since that other panel, and their interview on Joe Rogan that I listened to twice, I've felt much better about things in general. Which sounds weird, but I've actually been able to focus on my writing without worrying about whether a detail's going to "offend" some person or another or just some grammatical bump I can smooth out in post.
They talk nuance. They're not dogmatic in any part of the political spectrum or dabble in ideological purism. Dave Rubin and Liana are also like this, or at least that's how I see it. So's Jordan Peterson and I had no idea who he was until I listened to Russell Brand's interview with him just yesterday along with Peterson's interview with Quillette founder and editor Claire Lehmann.
Again, I'll expand on all this in that self-censorship post, but for now I'll say that they're a motivational force behind my writing now. As sappy as it sounds.
I also feel that way about most, if not all, of the people I support on Patreon. Some of which I'm tabling for a post on playing video games which leads me to the next two videos...
DJ Slope is one of the Game Lords, and his attitude towards his work is contagious. My first exposure to his work was through his Kickscammers series where he takes a look at Kickstarter projects that do what it says on the tin, that don't make their funding goal, are just plain odd, or a combination of the three. It wasn't until the Metroid video here that I decided to subscribe to him, partly because I loved the series as much as he does, but also because of his enthusiasm throughout the whole thing. Even with Other M which I confess that I never played because of what I heard about the story, DJ Slope gave it a fair shot in his review.
(Side-Note: He also talked not playing the game for the story elements, which led me to re-download Shin Megami Tensei IV for the 3DS and spend most of late December playing that. Actually got more out of that a second time around. Might review it later...)
In one of his earliest Complete History videos, DJ Slope starts it out by saying that no matter what console you have that there will always be good games for it. Again, I just love his approach to games and if you agree after watching these videos, you can also support him on Patreon.
On the topic of Game Lords...
I remember this coming up in my YouTube recommendations a couple times and on when I got off work on Thursday I decided to start watching this. The entire series is really worth your time. Kim does an excellent job following Peter Molyneux's career along with the companies he founded then decimated years later.
I've spotlighted her work in an earlier post so there really isn't anything new to add. Between the four of them, they produce videos that are well-researched and highly entertaining.
- Copyright lawyer Leonard French bears bad news from the ZombieGoBoom v. YouTube case and gives a rundown of a defense attorney's findings in a file sharing case in which the experts...might not be experts after all.
- Rebecca Watson argues how Jonathan Hari's book on mental illness and treatment thereof is mostly bunk.
- Ariel Waldman shares her experiences in the Galapagos.
- Stuart Ashens takes a look at even more Gashapons. Here's the first one if you're interested.
- Big Clive tears apart a yogurt maker and also gives a rundown about how to make it.
I also wanted to put this Kickstarter out there from Paul Rose (aka Mr. Biffo) of Digitiser fame. Goes without saying that I'm not as familiar with shows such as Bad Influence and Gamesmaster aside from Nostalgia Nerd's commentaries of the former and a recent stream from Kim. Thing is, I like Mr. Biffo's writing style, and tech, and crowdfunding campaigns like this. Check it out if you can!
- Documentally (Christian Payne) takes a trip into Chernobyl's exclusion zone.
- Tim Berners-Lee calls for increased regulation to tech companies to curb the weaponization of the web itself.
- Fellow Game Lord, Nostalgia Nerd, has a Twitter thread on women who made an impact on computers for International Women's Day.
- At time of writing BBC Radio 4 has an hour-long program in which John Lloyd examines private papers of his longtime friend and author, Douglas Adams. These papers document scenes not included in the original Hitchhikers books along with notes-to-self regarding his struggle to write the thing.
- McSweeny's, has some tips about how to write a literary novel.
- Canadian veteran, Aaron Pope, writes for Quillette about how he defines freedom in response to the protests surrounding Jordan Peterson's talk at Queen's University.
- National Geographic takes a look its own coverage of minorities in their archives.
- There's also this piece by Heather Heying titled "The Twin Virtues of Trust and Uncertainty" about her experience as a professor and her concerns for future students.
On my Shelf
I just finished Robert Webb's How Not to Be a Boy and Russell Brand's Recovery this week. Both of which I enjoyed in part because I liked them already for their past work.
Russell Brand in Recovery has this way of waxing spiritually while simultaneously staying grounded in his writing. I see that book being a huge help to those suffering from addictions or anyone who messed up down the line and needs guidance in moving on from that experience.
Robert Webb is very down-to-earth in How Not to Be a Boy and is an all-around good read.
I've started reading Christine Sneed's The Virginity of Famous Men and am slowly making it through the first volume of Toby Hadoke and Rob Sherman's Running Through Corridors. I also have Fire and Fury on the nightstand, but put off that one. Well, I tried reading it at the first job before my shift began then thought better of it. I'll get to that one in due time along with Offworld.
Volume seven of the Adventures with the Wife in Space takes priority over all of them though. Just got my book yesterday with some nice Kickstarter bonuses and I'm looking forward to reading it. This is also Neil & Sue Perryman we're talking about here so I know it will be a good read.
More or less just jotting down notes for particular scenes that I'll write later. Nothing particular special.
...and that's pretty much it for now. I'll blog again sometime next week depending on how my work schedule turns out.