World/Inferno Friendshop society seem like a super rad band.
But where the hell do you even start with a band that’s got like 40 members and varies itself between albums.
I like The Expatriate Act
So; I was watching Dalek and I couldn’t get this image out of my head.
Me at age 18.
No, I won’t get bored and I won’t get tiredThe Long Blondes - Only Lovers Left Alive
I’ve already spent years at the back of the line
So another six months won’t make a difference to me now
We were the kids from the cul-de-sacsAmerican Idle - Less Than Jake
That got out somehow without looking back
So I drew this as a bit of a doodle/anatomy and scale practice, as well as wanting to try out wings on a person. I’m actually super happy how it came out.
I’m nineteen years old and my boyfriend has just left
I never kiss him goodbye
I never hold his hand
We never admit it
I sit with my father
He turns to me, uninvited.
Are you gay?
I manage; No
Before he cuts me off. Good.
I’ll guess I’ll never finish that sentence
I’ll just go on having all the fun, undecided, denying, closeted, attention seeking, desperate, whore, fad, slut, cheat, lying, greedy, fake, phase, not you, not us, not them, nobody, all this shit. In silence.
Don’t you love it when you wake up really early, because a dream about your ex was so intense you thought you were in bed with them? Because you thought you could actually feel their pulse in your arms? Then you just lay there, afraid you won’t ever forget them.
How often do you enthuse about games to people who don’t know anything beyond casual gaming? When you see someone playing Candy Crush and you ask them what other games they are into and they reply ‘Words with Friends’ and your heart sinks. Not because you don’t like that game, but because you know what that means: they are solely a casual gamer and they cannot share in your delights of interactive narrative genius and orgasmic mechanical perfection. But then one evening you’re at a party at someone’s house, awkwardly sitting in silence next to someone you’ve never met before and you spot The Orange Box next to the TV and muse out loud about it, and the stranger reciprocates. You’ve just made a new friend, perhaps even an online friend (which, in Facebook terms, are worth their weight in gold). Keep hold of them, find out what they like to play, and for God’s sake, add them!
How often do you enthuse about games to people who don’t know anything beyond tired, hackneyed memes and prejudices? When you see someone has the orange box and you ask them what other games they like and they reply “The cake is a lie” and your heart sinks. Not because you don’t like that game, but because you do like that game, and the same old boring jokes and other peoples ideas are killing that love for you. But then one evening you’re at a party at someone’s house, chatting with a relative stranger, they get their phone out, you spot Candy Crush on their homepage and muse out loud about casual games, the stranger reciprocates, they don’t have time for triple A console titles, but something that makes them think on their daily commute is refreshing. You talk about monetisation and how casual games have changed the terrain. You’ve just made a new friend, in the flesh (which means, you can hang out; worth their weight in gold). Keep hold of them, find out why they like to play and for goodness sake, don’t hate the player - hate the game.
Went to an NFL game today. Had a genuinely amazing time, even though the Steelers are 0-4 now. Was a bloody good game, we are improving and certain holes are becoming clearer; Todd Haley and the the o-line to name a couple. So glad I got to experience it.
As everyone on earth knows, I am the funniest person alive, as a result of this, I am pretty much contractually obliged to share this with you.
A good friend of mine raised a very valid point the other day, whilst we were discussing the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman. As most people know, the term fake nerd is most often thrown at women when they show an interest in any form of male-dominated pop culture, especially if they are just starting out or if they dare to try out cosplay.
But realistically, who genuinely believes that attractive women are trying to get in on the lucrative obsessed-with-manga-to-the-point -I-often-forget-to-bathe-or-wear-deodorant market? That spending hundreds of hours and a huge amount of money is a ploy to land a boyfriend who cares more about building the perfect magic deck than he does about maybe finding his own place to live? Seven times in ten the women who are accused of being “fake nerds” are more passionate and knowledgeable on their hobbies than their male counterparts. The other three times are split between those just discovering the medium and those who only care <I>as much</I> as their male counterparts. Outcasts come in a whole variety of genders, just like any other social group.
No no, the real face of the fake nerd has a sleeve of Mario tattoos, is angry about the casting of a film without any room for discussion and wouldn’t go in a LCS or open a copy of 2000AD if their lives were hanging in the balance. The men (and they are invariably male) who “game”, who need to be seen to care about comics, and make statements to make sure that they are.
The guy who makes jokes about Green Lantern being stopped by wood, but has no idea why asking Kyle to check the fridge is darkly funny. The guy who is furious that anyone could slate the Nolan Batman trilogy; despite the fact that the director set out to avoid making a comic book movie. A “retro gamer” who only owns a 360. The person who tells you how great Man of Steel is, and can’t understand why you were bored by it, when it “stopped Superman being boring”. By ignoring what made Superman. Angry that JJ Abrams is making Star Wars and not George Lucas, when Lucas is the single worst thing to happen to Star Wars. People who didn’t get why “Spiderman” wasn’t in The Avengers. People who miss the hyphen from Spider-Man. Doctor Who fans who think Moffat is the best thing that has happened to the franchise. People who won’t hear explanations and counterarguments but would rather revel in that ignorance. Knowing enough to be “such a nerd” but without the passion to learn more.
I was there at one point, but because I had a passion about it, I carried on digging, listening, learning and developing. Simon Pegg said ““Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something” and to me, that “oh I’m such a nerd lol” attitude that some people exhibit is far more infuriating than simply dismissing it as kids stuff. Yes this is exclusionary, but that’s because when “geeky stuff” actively stops outside the cinema and The Big Bang Theory, you have already excluded yourself.
It is kids stuff, but I’m having fun so fuck you. Anyway I have a Warhammer Army to plan.