When I left work yesterday, the Internet seemed rather calm. I was away for a few hours because ojouchan
and I went to hear Mozart at the Hollywood Bowl
using my firm's box seats. And when I came back, there was crazy.
A whole bunch of racefail from various SF fandom cons popped up, as linkishly summarized
. I haven't even had a chance to look at the WriterCon issues, because I've been reconstruct my blown mind after the mindblowingly idiotic
statements made by arhyalon
. I expect that linkspam
will be kicking into gear over it too.Penny Arcade
also took a dive into the "seduction community
." Tycho offers some choice quotes like:
I'm fairly certain the purpose of this course is to make you a better predator of women. Check out their offers of "in-field training," as though you were going to hunt antelopes from a jeep in the Goddamned Savannah.
Gabe, on the other hand, apparently "decided to play devil's advocate" without doing a whole lot of research intot he topic, which was a bad idea. He finishes up saying
I'm a little worried that guys reading the site might take our discussion here as some sort of endorsement and I want to make sure that isn't the case. While some of their advice is probably fine I think the majority of it is really sleazy. Again, I can't blame guys for seeking out help. All joking aside though, I just want to make it clear that I don't think the seduction community is the place to go.
Emphasis mine, because although Tycho doesn't mention what started him down the rabbit hole, it may have been the recent massacre by George Sodini
a deeply misogynistic man who regularly participated in "pick-up artist" seminars before taking two guns to a gym and then opening fire, killing three women and injuring nine before using the last bullet for himself.
Alas, a Blog has a collection of responses from "men's-rights activists, anti-feminists and other misogynists."
(The original post includes a trigger warning for the quotes
, and they are not for the faint of heart.) And these apologies for Soldini represent an extreme of Gabe's empathy. It's part of the reason, I try to divorce considering "intent" when it comes to things like this, because a person can ascribe a good intention or a seemingly
reasonable justification to even the most heinous acts.
It's got me thinking about the nature of what "intention" is at all. Last year, adamcadre
wrote about a psychological study investigating how we determine waht is intentional.
I wrote a comment thinking about how intention intersects interactive fiction
. In response, Adam wrote The Nemean Lion
(Z-machine file, requires an IF interpreter to play), and I've been thinking about the last scene in this respect.
Meanwhile, there's also conflict in the world of logic-puzzles, where puzzle plagiarism has reared its ugly head, with Conceptis Puzzles, purveyor of soulless, computer-generated, mass-produced logic puzzles, appropriated the concept and presentation of Strimko
for their "new" feature Chain Sudoku
(constructors of the eagerly anticipated and soon-to-be-released Mutant Sudoku
, a book of hand-crafted, soulful logic puzzles) have weighed in
Yes, even Sudokuland is full of the fail. I'm going to bed.