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Mar. 27th, 2013

10:11 am - Cock

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Oh wow, SO ripped off! Tali takes her mask off and I don't get to see it because I'm not shagging her? And then I google because I have to know what she looks like, and the YoT informs me that that stock photo is her? Furrealz? I AM DISAPPOINT.

Anyway, last night's homework: pulling apart that bit of code and running separate chunks of it to see if I could isolate the various parts that made the separate test patterns run. I didn't get any of them to work. Believe it or not, this is progress, because the Arduino IDE is very helpful in saying things like "what.Thefuck is not defined in line X" and that helps me find the bit where what.Thefuck is defined, and also what the bits around what.Thefuck are supposed to do.

But it might be a while before I actually get anything to happen. My mission for Easter weekend is to get the single pixel-chase thing running on the strip, but have it behaving as if my single strip of 64 is actually 5 strips of 12 (with some blank ones on the end cos I don't need them). I expect there will be picking of the Wheel brain for this. Wish me luck.


Cockblocking. Apparently it's a thing. And according to Wikipedia, it's been around for quite a while. Naturally, I'm about 30 years behind the 8 ball on this one, and thus it's only come into my awareness in the last 5-6 years or so.

You'll note that the Wiki definition - "an intentional, or sometimes unintentional action that serves to prevent someone from having sexual intercourse with a partner", is very carefully gender-neutral. Urban Dictionary is slightly less careful, and this dude makes no bones about it - it's when someone stops a bloke from getting his end away by coming between him and a woman. The cock has been blocked.

There is a reference in the comments to that last one that there should be terminology for when a woman is prevented from scoring by another person, and apparently there is - but it's not as well known. What a shame. *cough* But the fact is, most people see cockblocking as preventing a man from getting laid by coming between him and his intended.

I mean, the very fact that we're talking about cocks here says a lot about the assumed blockee, right? Because nobody's ever blocked my cock, just saying.

Mind you, I don't walk around assuming that every flirty interaction I have is going to end in sex, either. And if someone did come between me and my intended, I would tend to view this as an act of agency by the intended, them having made the choice not to shag me (for whatever reason) rather than assume that if it hadn't been for the interfering person, I'd be getting laid right now.

No I don't mean right now, get your mind out of the gutter.

And that's what bothers me about cockblocking as a term - it assumes that if the cock were not blocked by the Blocker, there would be no barriers to Teh Sexing of Teh Laydee. Which kind of assumes that the lady isn't able to decide for herself that she'd rather talk to this other person that sex Teh Cock, or perhaps that it's an automatic yes until Teh Blocker comes along. Both of these assumptions make me uncomfortable.

It's not a huge deal, but the way we use language reflects the attitudes of our culture, and the term 'cockblocking', IMO, reflects a culture that assumes sex as a goal and devalues female agency, turning them into the objects of male pursuit. So, um, if you find yourself using this term, please have a think about the context you're using it in, and whether your cock was actually being blocked from that sex object, or if perhaps that object turned out to be a person and chose for themself. Just a thought.

I acknowledge that this is a heteronormative view, and that the term doesn't just apply to heterosexual interactions, but it does seem the vast majority of these interactions assume the object is female and the blockee is male. And in reality, the removal of agency from a male 'object' is just as problematic.


Also last night, I went on Moo and made myself some cards. I feel like a bit of a wanker, because they have no title, just my name, email and phone number - I mean, what title do I give myself really, given that the purpose of these cards is to give to people I meet at drug policy conferences, burn events, geek/maker dos, hippie festivals, and academic networking thingies, so that they remember we had that conversation about that thing and can get in touch? My work ones have my job title and I've handed out a total of about three in my entire career. But this is sort of different, and I might just end up giving out at least 10. Still feel like a wanker.

But now I'm a wanker with cards.

Disclaimer: Not a wanker with cards like Creepy Magician Guy, I hope. Plz kick me in the shins if I get like that.

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From:tatjna
Date:March 26th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
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This is the problem. Not you blocking my cock, I'd pay to see that.

*ahem*

The problem is the things I want to be remembered for vary according to the situation. Yes, Drug Policy Researcher. But also, Sheep Shearer, Maker Of Shiny Stuff, Occasional Engager In Risk Management For Events, and Tactical Ninja Of Some Repute.

Which one goes on a card, without making me completely irrelevant to every other situation I might hand it out in? And if I put all of them, I'll need bigger cards.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 26th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I am now very confused about whose cock is getting blocked. But I do know that when I did damage to ferrouswheel's ribs during that unfortunate naked jelly wrestling incident, it didn't create any blockages, just saying.

*cough*

I am mostly all awesome and shit when I've been dagging. Maybe I should put a picture of a dag on the back, and that would cover that.

What I've actually done is make two, one for SRS BSNS which has my SRS BSNS email on it, and another for FUN BSNS and SHEARING which has a wool theme and my personal email on it. Neither have a title because really, I don't think I need one at this point.

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From:t_c_da
Date:March 26th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
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an "Expert in Criminal Drug Analysis", to see who gets it.

I'm figuring the quote marks go around 'Drug Analysis'....
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From:kehleyr
Date:March 26th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Ok who is cock blocking you? Talia??
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From:tatjna
Date:March 26th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Happy, apparently.. *snerk*

Nobody's cockblocking me in ME3, my interspecies relationship continues apace despite the distraction of calibration, and it seems that my cock has turned into a vacuum cleaner which encourages everyone to hit on my Shepard.

(that was a bad metaphor)

Anyway, I didn't shag Tali because I spent all of the last game nibbling Teh Mandibles as well, and Tali's only interested in you if you focus on her for two games. But I did want to see what she looks like, damnit.
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From:vernacularity
Date:March 26th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
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without reading the urban dictionary at work, i am pretty familiar with the concept and the term, and i think it contains a substantial element of removing the possibility of getting ones end away, ie not that it is a guaranteed event but that it is rendered a guaranteeed non-event, as in when two people are in the position of kinda chatting each other up and a random person known to either attaches themselves to the table and won't fuck off thus making it difficult or embarassing for the persons to engage in the flirting chat. for example.

or as in when you have someone over for dinner and your flatmate won't go to their room for the evening. ever. any time you have someone over. particularly if they otherwise would normally have been hanging out in their room. and thus gets the title "my cock blocking flatmate". gender-wise, the flatmate is blocking either your own cock or the cock of your intended.

and/or you might have a metaphorical cock.

cos cunt blocking has a different connotation. ugh.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 27th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
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According to the third link up there, it's pussy plugging. Which is kind of crass, also - but this realm is not exactly a classy one to start with.

And yes, that interpretation seems about right, but it still makes the man the subject and the woman the object.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:March 27th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
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I agree with this explanation of cockblocking, it is shutting down the whole game, something the lady could also do.

I have heard the term pussyblocking, clitblocking and cuntblocking used to apply to a third party shutting down the lady's game.
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From:bekitty
Date:March 26th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
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I'll bet that Creepy Magician Guy constantly complains about being cock-blocked. By pigeons.

Also, given that Friday's a holiday, I assume that the Fidel's thing will be happening on Thursday this week?

Edited at 2013-03-26 11:29 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 27th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
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I will be heading there after work tomorrow. Not sure what everyone else is up to.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:March 27th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
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I can see both sides. If I want some cock, and say, a child walks into the room, I am blocked from getting some cock. Ahem. I do not talk like this, but yeah, I see that. But I also see how it reinforces the whole "men pursue the sex, women just sort of are sex distributors who don't really count".
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From:Will Marshall
Date:March 28th, 2013 04:10 am (UTC)
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Mon petit distributeur sexe!
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From:downwardlashes
Date:March 28th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Haha, I love when I don't immediately remember why someone has commented something to me and it's something like this!
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From:goffburd
Date:March 28th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
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I tend to get a lot of players hitting on my WoW character and asking her to dance (night elves' female dance = pole dancer!), so I always turn into a boomkin before doing so. Boomkin = mega cock blocker!!
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:March 28th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Re: Tali's face

Yeah, it was done sorta poorly all 'round. Even if you romance her that scene with her taking her mask off on Rannoch is the same. You don't really get to see her live face, you get to see a picture of her in your quarters later, and then, yep, 'shopped stock photo of a Miss England.

As much as I, too, wanted to see Tali's face, I think leaving it unseen by the player (though assume that your character sees it) would have been the classier route than what was given.

Rannoch is otherwise a pretty fantastic mission.

I love the Garrus too! I had to split my main Shep in two in ME2, one for Kaidan, one for Garrus (and the Garrus-mancer ended up being my more Renegade Shep, so she gets to have more fun too!)
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