The tagline on Cards Against Humanity’s box is a lie. The game isn’t for horrible people. It’s designed to reassure you that you aren’t a horrible person.I was all set to come back from my summer break today. I started putting together ideas for new cards and searching to see if those cards had already been made in the original game itself. Then I stumbled upon this article.
I had always been bothered by several of the cards in the original game, but figured it was just the sort of humor that is pervasive in our culture. This is, after all, the culture that loved the song “Blurred Lines” and in general didn’t have much of a problem with what lines that guy was singing about blurring.
The Daily Beast isn’t a site I have in my rotation of links I check daily, and I have spent a lot less time online this summer than I usually do. This article came out a month ago and I missed it entirely. Perhaps my friends, although they know that I write Nerds Against Humanity, also know my history enough to know that this article would have been a trigger for me.
Multiple people have thanked me for the fact that Nerds Against Humanity is, for the most part, a family-friendly game. It’s not just relatively free of curse words. It also doesn’t have the sort of raunchy humor one finds in the game on which it was based. That is mostly because I have personal experience with date rape. I’m not going to go into the whole story. Let’s just say it’s not something I want to relive in flashbacks when I’m playing a card game.
So now I am left with a dilemma. I have greatly enjoyed writing this expansion. I have, in the past, enjoyed playing Cards Against Humanity. I just don’t know if I can continue with this new knowledge. If I don’t write another card, this is why. If I do continue, it will be because my game isn’t for terrible people; it’s for nerds.
When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.
—Neil Gaiman (via maxkirin)
We’re always being told ‘find your voice.’ When I was younger, I never really knew what this meant. I used to worry a lot about voice, wondering if I had my own. But now I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.
—Austin Kleon (via writingquotes)
There are a few different issues that a criminal act like this brings up, but before I get into them it’s necessary to make one thing clear: If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies. These images - which I have not seen and which I will not look for - are intimate, private moments belonging only to the people who appear in them and who they have invited to see them. To have those moments stolen and broadcast to the world is an egregious act of psychic violence which constitutes a form of assault.
The people sharing these images are perpetuating an ongoing assault. The people gleefully looking at them are witnessing and enjoying an ongoing assault. When you have been asked by victims of a crime like this not to exacerbate the pain of that crime and you continue to do so anyway, you are consciously deciding that your enjoyment, your rights and perhaps even just your curiosity are more important than the safety and dignity of the people you’re exploiting. That out of the way, let’s get a few other things straight.
pi day fun facts: i memorized 434 digits of pi in the sixth grade to beat a kid who claimed he knew 500 just bc he was an asshole
he knew six
I memorized the periodic table just to make chemistry class less annoying and ended up having to recite as proof more times than you’d think.
Eating food could be replaced by nanorobot nutrient delivery system.
By early 2030s, experts predict nanorobots will be developed to improve the human digestive system, and by 2040, as radical as this sounds, we could eliminate our need for food and eating.
This is the vision of futurist Ray Kurzweil and nutritionist Terry Grossman, M.D., in their popular book, Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. In the coming decades, the authors claim, “We will be able to reengineer the way we provide nutrients to our trillions of cells.”
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