Eudaimonia

Eudaimonia Hi, my name is Eric. Eudaimonia has it's roots in Greek philosophy and pertains to the value in living an objectively good life. It doesn't necessarily prescribe happiness at all points (and in fact necessitates that we do not always experience it) in life, but describes 'good' living as that which is consistent with your self-tested and derived values based on your experiences. There is a lot of room to discuss what we might call 'good' and by whom we measure such things. I generally see humanizing behavior as being of higher value, and being more reflective of a 'good' and 'virtuous' persona. Many of the things I write and say are based in these thoughts, both about myself and others. I'm not afraid to criticize intent because intent itself requires belief to function. Those beliefs will guide the people I interact with when I'm not present in front of them, and therefore to maximize the extent of my own influence I must be open to receiving criticism, dishing it out fairly, and be critical of myself. What's good, seeks to get better. If you hold the belief that humanity has inherent value and is worth fighting for, come share knowledge with me.

Reblogged from val1antpungentreindeerking

marsmar-lord-of-mars:

Men: Donate to a charity looking to promote women in gaming and give women a chance to pitch their own game ideas
Women: Complain that men are keeping women out of gaming
This shit keeps getting better and better. 

Think about it this way, do you think (female gamers I’m addressing you) your mom is going to want to be involved with video gaming and the pursuant activism?  It might be a generational thing.  I doubt previous waves of feminists give a flying fuck about the video game industry, as we’ve really only seen third wavers talk about it.  Unless of course we’re trying to paint video games as violence porn, which thankfully was not a battle won by feminists.  Jack Johnson is a pretty colorful figure in that whole debacle.  Last I remember, he was suspended from the BAR over it and eventually had his license revoked entirely.

Who would be more likely to donate?  The wealthy women of feminism’s past (namely white women who made up large swaths of the rank and file) who don’t care about video games and don’t want much to do with them?  Or the young to middle age men who grew up on video games after arcades were the hit thing and because of positive exposure are actually interested in donating?  I’m not saying donation itself is a gendered phenomena in all arenas, I just mean that in the scope of video game activism it kind of makes sense if a large number of donors are male here.  It’s not likely they got any real social support from feminists, not insofar that it counted as anything more than a pat on the ass for the sisterhood.  Whereas 4chan got the donation page huge traffic and for the right reasons (people want to see more female developers.  They want to put to rest the notion that games are just for boys, or that only men make good games, or that start-up indie projects never work, etc.).

It is so insanely selfish to hold up voluntary donations as something negative.  Lets just forget for a moment that men are not spending these dollars (they go right to female developers), and consider that the alternative here is less support for people who rightfully deserve more recognition, doing a job where the playing field isn’t really even in the first place.  I don’t think video game developers are generally speaking, sexist.  I believe that opportunities are frequently defaulted to men and as female developers they have to prove themselves in unusual and pedantic ways before people will take them seriously.

I hope that this project is a means to taking female indie developers seriously.  By reaching target funds and actually putting games out there, hopefully we can put to rest the old stereotypes.  And to be honest with you?  Nothing excites me more than seeing someone flip stereotypes upside down.  Or when they wreck me in Smash.  Not gonna lie, prospective single ladies out there, that will probably make me swoon.

In case you were looking for inconsistencies, I don’t believe that women are less capable or willing to donate by virtue of being female.  I believe that there is a big difference between dollar allocation and audience.  Tons of boys and girls do not buy their video games.  Generationally speaking though, young male adults buy more of them, hence where I’m drawing assumptions from about the donations.  I don’t want to erase the women who did donate, because they count the same in my book.

Reblogged from womenagainstwomyn

marsmar-lord-of-mars:

Men: Donate to a charity looking to promote women in gaming and give women a chance to pitch their own game ideas

Women: Complain that men are keeping women out of gaming

This shit keeps getting better and better. 

Think about it this way, do you think (female gamers I’m addressing you) your mom is going to want to be involved with video gaming and the pursuant activism?  It might be a generational thing.  I doubt previous waves of feminists give a flying fuck about the video game industry, as we’ve really only seen third wavers talk about it.  Unless of course we’re trying to paint video games as violence porn, which thankfully was not a battle won by feminists.  Jack Johnson is a pretty colorful figure in that whole debacle.  Last I remember, he was suspended from the BAR over it and eventually had his license revoked entirely.

Who would be more likely to donate?  The wealthy women of feminism’s past (namely white women who made up large swaths of the rank and file) who don’t care about video games and don’t want much to do with them?  Or the young to middle age men who grew up on video games after arcades were the hit thing and because of positive exposure are actually interested in donating?  I’m not saying donation itself is a gendered phenomena in all arenas, I just mean that in the scope of video game activism it kind of makes sense if a large number of donors are male here.  It’s not likely they got any real social support from feminists, not insofar that it counted as anything more than a pat on the ass for the sisterhood.  Whereas 4chan got the donation page huge traffic and for the right reasons (people want to see more female developers.  They want to put to rest the notion that games are just for boys, or that only men make good games, or that start-up indie projects never work, etc.).

It is so insanely selfish to hold up voluntary donations as something negative.  Lets just forget for a moment that men are not spending these dollars (they go right to female developers), and consider that the alternative here is less support for people who rightfully deserve more recognition, doing a job where the playing field isn’t really even in the first place.  I don’t think video game developers are generally speaking, sexist.  I believe that opportunities are frequently defaulted to men and as female developers they have to prove themselves in unusual and pedantic ways before people will take them seriously.

I hope that this project is a means to taking female indie developers seriously.  By reaching target funds and actually putting games out there, hopefully we can put to rest the old stereotypes.  And to be honest with you?  Nothing excites me more than seeing someone flip stereotypes upside down.  Or when they wreck me in Smash.  Not gonna lie, prospective single ladies out there, that will probably make me swoon.

In case you were looking for inconsistencies, I don’t believe that women are less capable or willing to donate by virtue of being female.  I believe that there is a big difference between dollar allocation and audience.  Tons of boys and girls do not buy their video games.  Generationally speaking though, young male adults buy more of them, hence where I’m drawing assumptions from about the donations.  I don’t want to erase the women who did donate, because they count the same in my book.

When you see a fine ass woman..

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dippednv8splash:

dippednv8splash:

yoshibruh:

When she says she loves video games..

When you find a girl like that, you never LEGO of her.

"If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d say they were a "fighter" or an "inspiration". But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone "don’t be like him, please seek help". That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them."

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The Dish

Today, on Super Important Things I’d Never be Brave Enough to Say Myself.

(via hancesolo)

Reblogged from paulwalkersdogwalker

(Source: cameos)

Some really catchy stuff I heard in a YouTube video.

1080 HD Riposte

Holy fuck. You might not see it easily, but the first weapon swap is to a Bone Scythe+5 (also a very intimidating weapon), and then switches to Drakekeeper’s Ultra Greatsword +10 to finish the riposte animation. Then he does some CoD shit and triple spins after the second perfect parry and cleanly finishes the duel.

Background voice audio is from another fantastic YouTube gaming classic, WOMBO COMBO, by lumpycpu at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD_imYhNoQ4

(edit: Actually I think I was wrong about that, but it definitely reminded me of that video, which you should also watch it’s hysterical)

Don’t know the song, but it’s also sick.

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poppypicklesticks:

misogyny-mermaid:

machina-rex:

atlasflames:

jillyfishfillet:

it’s 2014 why do boys still think girls like the smell of axe

idk bout u but i love the smell of an axe in my hands. smells like wood polish and cold iron. smells like power and fear. 

image

Or maybe boys wear axe for themselves and don’t need to do things for women’s approval.

 Ooooooooooooooh

Reblogged from anti-feminism-pro-equality

anti-feminism-pro-equality:

colorsofsocialjustice:

I highly disapprove of leaking personal photos. But I can’t take Tumblr seriously about the Jennifer Lawrence incident because of a few things: 

  1. You guys made memes out of Dylan Sprouse’s nudes and you praised his ex-girlfriend for leaking them. 
  2. You’re still spreading Calum Hood’s nudes 
  3. Some of you leak people’s address and threaten their lives because they have an opinion that counters yours. 

-Indigo 

Good point.

Reblogged from pelicancity

(Source: best-of-memes)

League of Legends Match History

So I had a really good match as Ryze in an ARAM.  One thing I see a lot of Ryze players do (which is very wrong!) is they leave base without a Tear of the Goddess.  It’s one of the slowest stacking items you can buy, and with Ryze’s mana scaling (which gives him more damage on all his abilities as his mana pool increases) it is a must buy item as soon as you can.  In normal mode you don’t start with enough gold for that, but you get plenty for boots, tear, and potions to keep you in the fight for several fights hopefully.

Your goal as a Ryze player is to stack that tear as fast as humanly possible.  You generally get a lot of minion kills (aka gold) by using your abilities frequently, and the increasing mana pool and solid regen will allow you to continue to spam your abilities.  As a squishy, and later tanky mage, your role is to lock down the biggest threat and nuke them off the face of Valoran.  In order to do this, your survivability is of immediate concern once you have the opportunity to buy again (aka once you die).  You should buy the Catalyst which will then build into the Rod of Ages.  RoA is a scaling item that gives you increasing health, mana, and HP every minute for twenty minutes.  You’re already building an item that increases your damage through mana, so increasing that rate helps you consistently over time.  RoA is really good with Tear of the Goddess on Ryze.  You also get a bit tankier with the HP, and all of Ryze’s abilities also scale with Ability Power so nothing is wasted on this purchase.  People underestimate it, but you’ll last through fights with one.  You also regain health and mana upon leveling up which is good sustain to make more money between deaths.

After RoA, I immediately buy cooldown reduction, usually through the Glacial Shroud item.  Ryze doesn’t necessarily always need armor in all situations, but you get mana and cooldown reduction which both increases the rate you cast spells and increases the damage you do.  It later builds into the Frozen Heart, which gives you an aura that reduces nearby enemy attack speed by 15%.  Against a Yi like in my match linked, it can be the difference between an enemy penta kill and a friendly ace.  I don’t recommend finishing the Frozen Heart until later, as the Warden’s Mail that you also need to finish it only gives you armor and the attack speed debuff aura isn’t super important earlier on.

After that, it depends entirely on your match.  Have less than a thousand gold on death?  You could either start a Void Staff with the Blasting Wand, you could finish your Tear into the Archangel’s Staff (the stacks will continue to accrue until it’s maxed and transforms the staff into Seraph’s Embrace, granting a 20% current mana shield against damage, very good) which will also grant you a mana into AP scaling passive.  I believe you get 3% bonus AP for your total mana pool, which ranges in the thousands late game.  By now you should be seeing that these items work with each other to overcharge Ryze’s spells to the point that entire teams have to work around you in their strategy.  If you’re allowed to spam your abilities (I recommend using Q between every attack so that your skills come back up sooner, and always max Q first, unless you can put your point into R for your ultimate ability) you’ll basically melt the whole team.  If you’re really snowballing, buy a Rabadon’s Deathcap for 30% more AP.

Last tip?  If you manage to get your Tear stacked all the way to 750 bonus mana, buy another one as soon as possible.  You can continue to gain more damage from mana, and theoretically Ryze doesn’t have to stop scaling.  Ryze has hidden endgame potential that allows him to drop any item he wants for whatever the team needs.  So even if you end up in a forever-game, a smart Ryze can always win.  You just have to survive long enough to make the gold you need for your items.

And that’s a simple version of a Ryze ARAM guide!

Reblogged from hyliansword

Reblogged from elevatedencouragement

(Source: blueeyedmenace)

lacigreen:

nickjetset:

xenopheles:

dandyads:

Trojan Condoms, 1993

BRING THIS BACK, TROJAN.

Good advertising is good. Promotes safe sex and their own product!

sassy trojan, damn.  i like

Reblogged from anti-feminism-pro-equality

lacigreen:

nickjetset:

xenopheles:

dandyads:

Trojan Condoms, 1993

BRING THIS BACK, TROJAN.

Good advertising is good. Promotes safe sex and their own product!

sassy trojan, damn.  i like

Reblogged from ellieintheskywithroxy

judal-is-my-spirit-animal:

schrodingersbrain:

judal-is-my-spirit-animal:

myrdas:

colinfrth:

Behind the Scenes of “All About That Bass” +

How are skinny girls supposed to feel love when your song is about loving only fat bodies?

oh snap. 

Better question.

Why don’t we have songs teaching girls to love their brains?

Because that might actually teach girls that they have more value aside from what they look like, and apparently, no one has really realized that yet. 

But you can bet all of these artists are going to continue to play off of insecurity to make millions.  I like this song on a couple levels.  It’s very catchy (broad appeal), she sounds and looks beautiful, and the message is supposed to be positive.  I just take issue with the idea that one is preferable to the other.  There are no virtues to having a body.  You just have one.  Nothing is better or worse objectively unless you’re talking about health and even then it’s different for everyone.  Universal statements about bodies in this context aren’t meaningful, unless we’re talking about extremes in either direction which are not representative of most women out there.

The song is a sales gimmick, catchy or not.  She’s playing off of recent social movements to accept different body types carte blanche.  That’s how you get your career going, you pick an issue people care about.  She inadvertently isolates skinny women (who have little to no control over how they are by virtue of birth) as some kind of unreasonable expectation.

All I’m saying, is if we stop acting like skinny is the ideal (and stop framing our songs as if that’s how the entire world sees it), we might just break the whole fat shaming trend.  You really don’t need to shit all over skinny women to do that.  Doing so is hateful and unproductive.  You can’t help your body type much, and if you can, you’re an outlier.  We sure don’t have to be “all about the bass” to say we like the way you groove, feel me?  It really doesn’t need to be that limited.  Something can be said that she’s trying to own the image for herself, but I don’t really even see her as that large in the first place (and my opinion is irrelevant anyway).  I can’t help but consider Trainor to be of average size in the first place, but that is not really important at all she can sing about whatever she likes to.  I just hope artists take the hint and stop making about one instead of the other.  They can all be good.

(Source: hurleysxvx)