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Apr. 16th, 2013

09:25 am - Huh

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So today is probably a good day to avoid Twitter then.

I got up this morning, started checking my usual channels, and the first thing I found was that Bioware is having Dragon Age week, and asking folks to tweet what they are doing for it. In the spirit of participation, I tweeted my thing, then started to read my feed - and of course it's all about the Boston explosions.

And at least half of the tweets are sanctimonious prats sitting safe in their offices in New Zealand, retweeting stuff from other safe people about how tweeting about frivolous stuff when OMG TRAGEDY makes you a bad person.

I mean, I'm all for whatever makes you feel better, but tearing other people down to make yourself feel big is uncool even when everyone isn't being slammed in the face with graphic pictures and descriptions of death and destruction, you know? So yeah, switching Twitter off. It's great for breaking news and network support during world events, but I get the feeling that since it became self-aware, it's getting harder and harder to get the signal through all the noise of people self-promoting on the back of bad news. I can live without that.

Yes, I am aware of the irony of what I just said. Bite me.

Meanwhile, I've not really got a lot to say except *squee* I am getting on a plane, and also, in my casual rogue playthrough of DA2, last night all the possible sexings came to visit me one after the other. Except Merrill. I have yet to sex Merrill. I am trying, really I am - but her and I seem to have a personality thing that means no matter how hard I try to be consistent, I alternately please her and piss her off, and so her approval bar stays bang in the middle and no sexing for me. I don't think we'd make a good couple, tbh.

And the Anders rivalmance is deliciously fucked up. Yep.

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From:vernacularity
Date:April 15th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
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so are people telling everyone else that this one tragedy in the states is OMG SO BIG that everyone else in the world should just stop using twitter for anything else for a while?

yes it is bad, but I don't see the Twitterverse coming to a halt when 5 times as many people are killed by a bomb in oh let's say Yemen.

US Centric? Fucking A.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 15th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
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Apparently comparing tragedies also make you a bad person. Seen tweeted after someone else said more or less exactly what you just said.

I think we can conclude from this that people online can be awful. ;-/
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From:anna_en_route
Date:April 15th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
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Or just really really narrowly focused, I guess.

Christchurch felt like the biggest thing in the world for those first few days even though intellectually I knew that far worse tradgedies were occuring in the world at the same time.

I know speculation helps no-one but this attack is similar enough to an attempted racist bombing in Spokane and the Olympic bombings to make me hope that this is home-grown terrorism and won't trigger an unfortunate international response.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 15th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
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It's also unfortunately similar to the plot of Four Lions. ;-/
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From:anna_en_route
Date:April 16th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
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you're kidding...

I haven't watched it but I do not believe that film was designed to be used as a best-practice model for terrorism...
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From:tatjna
Date:April 16th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't think so, no.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:April 16th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
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I almost tweeted something like that, but instead I retweeted someone who mentioned a US drone strike that recently killed 30 innocents. Seemed a little more poignant. I won't begrudge people coping with tragedy, but those people who were all "stop tweeting about other things!" are self-centred idiots that need to learn how to use the unfollow button.
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From:bekitty
Date:April 16th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
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Hmm.

"Don't post stuff that I think is trivial on Twitter! There's something I think is important going on! Post about that and ONLY that instead!"

is very similar to:

"Your blog is stupid, because you don't post about the stuff that I want to hear about! Why don't you care about MY needs? You're so selfish!"

Don't you think?
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From:tatjna
Date:April 16th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
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With a twist of holier than thou, yes.
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From:dreadbeard
Date:April 16th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
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We follow different people on Twitter. I just had a look at my mutants list. The only mention was a guy noting: "In other 4/15 bombing news, a US bomb killed 30 people at an Afghan wedding today: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-125820/US-bomb-kills-30-Afghan-wedding.html"...
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:April 16th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
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That's the one.
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From:meathiel
Date:April 16th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
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I just checked a German news website after I heard about the bombings on the radio news ... nope thanks, I don't have to see these graphic photos ... eeeeek.
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From:bewarethefish
Date:April 16th, 2013 08:37 am (UTC)
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My twitter feed was full of people pointing out how many non-Americans got killed today. Which is a valid point, but is also a valid point on days when nothing is happening to Americans yet never seems to get tweeted about then. I fail to see how using the death of a few dozen Iraqis to score points against hyperbolic Americans is a good thing.

TLDR, twitter makes sanctimonious twatcocks of us all.
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:April 16th, 2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
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I have a disproportionate number of close geeky friends on the internet that are actually from the US Eastern seaboard and run long-distance.

Also: none of them play DA... so, I am going to take this opportunity to be DA geeky here in your comments, if that is okay :-)

I've been steadily working on my masterpiece DA playthrough so it's ready to import to DA3. "Masterpiece" for me means mainly with the most people still alive and feeling kindly towards me/Ferelden/mages/elves, and my Rogue Warden is Queen of Ferelden with a Gentle Alistair (sappy Alistair-romancer here).

I just started my DA2 playthrough (also a Rogue! I used to like playing Mages best but I hate not being able to open chests on the rare solo mission... ) I've only played it through once before, right after it was released.

I've forgotten how beautiful DA2 is. Like you, I'm one of the apparently rare people who enjoyed DA2. But it's just gorgeous - I love the artwork and the style and the music (with touches of harmonica?).

My previous Hawke was a Diplomatic mage-friendly Fenris-rivalmancer who flirted with Anders but called it off when I recognized he wanted the ingredients for gunpowder... (gah, Anders. It was a hard pill for me to swallow as a player, actually, since I wasn't spoiled but figured out on my own what he was up to because I recognized the ingredients, and then couldn't change the outcome).

So this new playthrough, my girl Hawke is a Sarcastic Rogue and she's turning out deliciously old-timey witty gangster. When we ran into Coterie combatants at night, I was like, "Wait! I want to be *in* the Coterie! I don't want to kill you guys."

Aveline is not amused. I'm anxious that Aveline is going to end up a rival, something I hadn't pictured for what is supposed to be my masterpiece playthrough.

I'm still pre-Deep Roads, and my recollections of the upcoming decisions I'm going to have to make are hazy, I have no real plan for what I want this DA2 playthrough to look like, but already this Hawke is taking things into her own hands and thwarting the few plans I had :-)







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From:tatjna
Date:April 16th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Bahahaha!

I did my Import Game late last year. My actual Hawke is a flag-waving mage supporter who ran off with Anders because of shared beliefs (and the electricity thing), and apart from Isabela (who Sparrow is too damn good to keep in her party) and Merrill because of the blood magic, everyone thinks the sun shines out of her arse.

Don't ask me how I managed to get both Anders and Fenris to love her, it was fricking hard and involved a lot of weirdly-put-together parties.

This time, I'm only doing it for the sexing. I had to backtrack and rivalmance Merrill to get her into bed - I just can't seem to please her no matter how much bullshit I spout - and then she was so disappointing I kicked her out in the morning! So now this Hawke is hoping that Fenris will overlook her little indiscretions with Anders, Isabela and Merrill, and come back in Act 3. We shall see.

Pissing Anders off is kind of fun though..

I think maybe DA2 works best as a vehicle for projecting your Machiavellian nature onto - the game itself is a bit meh, but you can change so much about your experience by the way you interact with your companions, it's like pick-a-path but with people instead of plot. I love it, and have played it through multiple times now, and each time is different.
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