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As one who was bullied as a kid and only won out over the bullies by ringing their bells a couple of times, I know from experience. You can report all day but unless it is seen happening the administration doesn't want to get involved. And bullies are pretty good about bullying away from prying eyes. Luckily I'm just old enough that I didn't even get a phone call back to my parents after I knocked a bully out (so to speak); the principal gave him a very stern lecture and gave me a much less stern lecture. And that was it.
I am firmly convinced that changing the balance of power in a dramatic and public fashion is the most effective way to get a bully off your back. It may not be the most humane way, but it works, and I am disappointed that schools nationwide are both ignoring obvious bullying issues and then punishing the victim when the issues reach their often inevitable conclusion. Not sure what I'm gonna do about this issue when I have kids.
In other words, wish me luck. I'm in the running for a job that would allow me to scuba dive in the Gulf almost year round.
Also I recommend Shadows of the Damned. I have it for the 360 and it's essentially an action horror game that is one long dick joke. It's amazing.
This. For me it's no longer a new and exciting thing, it's just my general everyday way of sifting bullshit from non-bullshit. It's a part of me and, like so many other parts of me, I just don't feel the need to crow about it.
I am playing a shitload of Skyrim. I don't have a PS3, just a 360, and that isn't even connected to Live. I just downloaded and installed Svencoop for the original Half Life at my cousin's insistence and it looks like I'll be doing some MP gaming on there, but I generally stick to single player stuff. I still play a lot of PS2 games and I'm currently working through Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4.
Unfortunately, money is tight enough right now that I won't be buying any new games for the foreseeable future. That's fine, though. I have too damn many to play as it is.
Anyway, thanks, man. I wish you'd been around more regularly these last couple of years but I know how life gets in the way. I mean, that's a major reason why I'm closing up shop. Gen Con definitely maybe depending on how things work out with my job situation.
I don't know if you've noticed the trend, but it stood out to me even at the time that there was an era when Doggerel was a well respected, oft-linked and cited addition to online skeptical literature and then a bunch of holier-than-thou online noobs showed up with delusions of professionalism and suddenly nobody remembered that Doggerel even existed even though just about everything you ever said in that series was 100% spot on and incredibly useful.
Shit, some of the noobs spouted (and continue to spout) doggerel fairly regularly.
Sigh. For auld lang syne.
If I ever do come up with something I think is worth the time, I'll definitely send it your way. Keep on keepin' on over there. And come to fucking Gen Con! I mean, if we all go to fucking Gen Con this year. I know I keep beating this dead horse but man is it a good time. And that's coming from the dude who is closing his skeptical blog partially out of a complete dissatisfaction with organized skepticism.