I'm Not Just...

I am more than I've ever been, and less than I will be. Ask me anything, and read with an open mind.

Anonymous asked: THEY DID IT! AHH I AM SOOO HAPPY FOR YOU I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE IT OH MY GOOODNESSS! i hope you're freaking out and so happy and you both deserve it!

rocksnob:

OMG IM SILENTLY FREAKING OUT OVER HERE!!

http://rocksnob.tumblr.com/post/95429905166

rocksnob:

Ok guys, an anon has messaged me and says that if we can raise $65 by tomorrow, the remaining $500 will be donated by them. I don’t wanna seem naive but at the same time, I’ve seen so much kindness and generosity from people because of this top surgery fund and I wanna believe this anon. I don’t…

http://commanderholly.tumblr.com/post/95352715557/i-dont-usually-let-things-get-to-me-but-im

commanderholly:

I don’t usually let things get to me, but I’m anxious tonight and not feeling positive. It bothers me so much when people say things like “Ross’s mom is hot” in the comments on my videos. I know because I’m not a part of game grumps I get these comments and questions. As far as that universe is…

Holly is so sweet. It burns me up to see people do this to her.

Holly, you are amazing at what you do and it makes my life a little brighter. I’ve always admired cosplayers, and I’m glad to see you be such a positive influence on that part of geek life. Keep doing what you do, and know that you are respected for being so fantastically you.

Middle Ground

transaffliction:

willouj:

I think I’ve finally found my stance on what’s happening in Ferguson, MO.

I know I’m not some exceptional mind, or aware of all of the facts, or on the “right” side of anything, but I still thought I’d make my statement.

And my statement is this: I’m firmly in the middle.

I think both sides of this argument are flawed. And it’s simply because we wish to settle in an extreme. We want right and wrong to clearly defined. We want to know that standing up for something means we’re right, and anyone against us is wrong.

But life doesn’t work that way. In the case of Ferguson, life happened. A young man was killed by a police officer. I say that because 1) a criminal wasn’t killed by a cop and 2) an innocent wasn’t murdered by an officer. It’s a hard thing to come to terms with. Something I’ve spent all this time thinking about and having some wrongheaded conversations about.

From what I gather, all the things I’ve read and watched, a young man robbed a store, impeded traffic, and was approached by a police officer who overreacted to a tense young man and killed him.

I absolutely think the death of this young man is uncalled for. A police officer is supposed to protect and serve. He should not be trained to kill and abuse. In this scenario the officer should have apprehended his suspect, not shot him. This officer should have put cuffs on the young man, not bullets. And I think the officer should be investigated and charged accordingly.

However, I do not think the young man is entirely innocent. I think he had just stolen something from a store, was jaywalking, and was afraid of the police officer approaching him. I think this young man reacted nervously, in an uncooperative manner, and possibly ran. Instead of backing down, letting the situation fizzle out, the young man reacted badly.

And truth is, it was an experienced cop against a scared teen. Albeit a teen known for inappropriate behavior.

Another truth: only two people really know what transpired on that street in Ferguson. One of them is dead and the other is the most unreliable eye witness there is.

I’m really on no one’s side here. The only thing I can say is that while protesters have been mainly peaceful, not a one of them tried the legal route first. And while the police have been ridiculously militarized to an exaggerated extent, they have been faced with looters and violence. Again, I’m on no one’s side. 

I have a great respect for people in uniform. They do a job less than two percent of the population wants to do. They risk their lives for low pay and little benefit. They are no more corrupt than any other organization.

I also have respect for the people. We have every right to question unjust and unnecessary punishment. Our constitution gives us every right to protest peacefully and hold our protectors responsible for their actions.

But I recognize both sides. I recognize that both parties are pushing their points and ignoring countering evidence. It’s easy to use statistics when they prove your point. But just because a statistic doesn’t fit your model doesn’t mean you ignore it. Men and women of all races, genders, ages, and orientation are killed every day. Some of them are innocent, some of them are not. We choose what articles we read, what cases we make public, and what injustices we want to talk about. We also make these choices emotionally.

It’s impossible to focus on every injustice. The key is to recognize that one injustice does not sum up all of them. In a global fashion, no one is a minority (except for Native Americans, but that’s another discussion for another day). No one is part of a smaller percentage. Culture is something we should use to define ourselves, race is not.

But, that’s all my opinion. I stand mostly by the people who were robbed of a person they loved and wanted the best for. I stand by a young man who was robbed of his life long before his time. I stand by the idea that America’s police force should be demilitarized and retrained to protect.

I just stand on a line. A line which I cannot cross for many reasons.

i think you have a well thought out response.. what is your opinion of exactly how the police are handeling the protests? many people are frustrated (as i am) that media was being told to not record, not being allowed to voice opinions or the right to assemble?

As a writer? Exceptionally frustrated. Especially since it is making the police look even more guilty. Freedom of the press (as long as it’s not libel) is another right we have. Again, it requires training the police to be less violent and more protective. If you’re doing your job right, you don’t need to hide.

However, as a sudden side thought, I recognize that sensationalism can affect a situation. The idea behind restricting the press is that you limit how badly people can react. If no information gets out, less people get involved. The less people involved, the less hassle you face in finding the truth. And restricting the press means less misinformation, as our modern world is prone to.

Still, they should definitely rethink their approach. Especially towards the press.

Middle Ground

I think I’ve finally found my stance on what’s happening in Ferguson, MO.

I know I’m not some exceptional mind, or aware of all of the facts, or on the “right” side of anything, but I still thought I’d make my statement.

And my statement is this: I’m firmly in the middle.

I think both sides of this argument are flawed. And it’s simply because we wish to settle in an extreme. We want right and wrong to clearly defined. We want to know that standing up for something means we’re right, and anyone against us is wrong.

But life doesn’t work that way. In the case of Ferguson, life happened. A young man was killed by a police officer. I say that because 1) a criminal wasn’t killed by a cop and 2) an innocent wasn’t murdered by an officer. It’s a hard thing to come to terms with. Something I’ve spent all this time thinking about and having some wrongheaded conversations about.

From what I gather, all the things I’ve read and watched, a young man robbed a store, impeded traffic, and was approached by a police officer who overreacted to a tense young man and killed him.

I absolutely think the death of this young man is uncalled for. A police officer is supposed to protect and serve. He should not be trained to kill and abuse. In this scenario the officer should have apprehended his suspect, not shot him. This officer should have put cuffs on the young man, not bullets. And I think the officer should be investigated and charged accordingly.

However, I do not think the young man is entirely innocent. I think he had just stolen something from a store, was jaywalking, and was afraid of the police officer approaching him. I think this young man reacted nervously, in an uncooperative manner, and possibly ran. Instead of backing down, letting the situation fizzle out, the young man reacted badly.

And truth is, it was an experienced cop against a scared teen. Albeit a teen known for inappropriate behavior.

Another truth: only two people really know what transpired on that street in Ferguson. One of them is dead and the other is the most unreliable eye witness there is.

I’m really on no one’s side here. The only thing I can say is that while protesters have been mainly peaceful, not a one of them tried the legal route first. And while the police have been ridiculously militarized to an exaggerated extent, they have been faced with looters and violence. Again, I’m on no one’s side. 

I have a great respect for people in uniform. They do a job less than two percent of the population wants to do. They risk their lives for low pay and little benefit. They are no more corrupt than any other organization.

I also have respect for the people. We have every right to question unjust and unnecessary punishment. Our constitution gives us every right to protest peacefully and hold our protectors responsible for their actions.

But I recognize both sides. I recognize that both parties are pushing their points and ignoring countering evidence. It’s easy to use statistics when they prove your point. But just because a statistic doesn’t fit your model doesn’t mean you ignore it. Men and women of all races, genders, ages, and orientation are killed every day. Some of them are innocent, some of them are not. We choose what articles we read, what cases we make public, and what injustices we want to talk about. We also make these choices emotionally.

It’s impossible to focus on every injustice. The key is to recognize that one injustice does not sum up all of them. In a global fashion, no one is a minority (except for Native Americans, but that’s another discussion for another day). No one is part of a smaller percentage. Culture is something we should use to define ourselves, race is not.

But, that’s all my opinion. I stand mostly by the people who were robbed of a person they loved and wanted the best for. I stand by a young man who was robbed of his life long before his time. I stand by the idea that America’s police force should be demilitarized and retrained to protect.

I just stand on a line. A line which I cannot cross for many reasons.

Online Video is Nothing Like TV (But it Will Be if We Can't Think Differently)

edwardspoonhands:

WALL OF TEXT ABOUT ONLINE VIDEO!

Everything about online video is different from television (aside from the fact that lots of images are displayed in sequence in order to create the illusion of movement.)

The way the content is made is different, the mindset of the audience is different, the way…

Well, hey Hank. I’m a writer, musician, YouTube lover, A+ certified, and looking to do something amazing. You can hire me any day.

anathematique:

alexistotallyaguy:

cognitivedissonance:

natalie-ann:

asmilinggoddess:

thefuuuucomics:

cognitivedissonance:

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.
that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.
I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!
Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.



#gonna need obamacare to afford treatment for that burn jackass

anathematique:

alexistotallyaguy:

cognitivedissonance:

natalie-ann:

asmilinggoddess:

thefuuuucomics:

cognitivedissonance:

darthmobius:

cognitivedissonance:

I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama

LIES.

that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.

I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!

Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

(via theladyspanishes)