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For the love of everything any of you find holy,

Stop making personal attacks on people you don't know!

Seriously, people. It's not that hard.

I'm trying really hard not to teal-deer all over about civility and how hard it is to convey tone in type, but is it really that hard to remember that, no matter what, you're engaging with other human beings who have feelings and make mistakes, just like the rest of us? Even if they do happen to be terrible people, all you're doing when you go all ad hominem on them is descending to their level. I understand being angry and frustrated, but do you really have to tell the entire internet all about it by calling them a sheepfucker? REALLY? C'mon, people, you're better than that. I hope. 

Also, on a very specific note to many, many people, THIS INCLUDES GAME DESIGNERS. They're not robots or soulless jerks who are out to make their customers miserable (with notable exceptions), they're gamers who happen to make games. STFU and get off the forums until you learn not to take it all so damn personally.
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 So. The Colorado Rockies failed to make the playoffs this year. There are a number of reasons for this, some of them pretty legitimate (injuries, more injuries, overworked pitchers), some of them not so much (hello, I'd like to report the Rockies offense missing in action... and what kind of defense was that at the end of the season?). The main problems were the abysmal home-road splits and the yo-yoing offense, both of which led to the abovementioned pitcher problem. Now, I'm not trying to make excuses for guys who were just bad, but if a pitcher pitches fairly effectively for most of the season, and then just suddenly falls off a cliff, I'd say fatigue could be the issue, especially when the relievers were seeing much more time than they probably should have, due to injuries and such, and Ubaldo was seen as the only person keeping us afloat in the first half of the season.

But. I could go on in this vein all day (no, really, I have no one to talk baseball with here, especially Rockies baseball), but that isn't what has me so pissed off this year. No, this year, the "fans" are getting my ire. Well, and the Giants with their stupid refusal to understand how a humidor works, but that reduces me to instant whargarbling, so we probably don't want that. I find it distinctly ironic that the Mythbusters tested the effects of said humidor IN San Francisco, on an affiliate field of the Giants', and they still don't get it. To summarize: The difference between a MLB baseball at 10% humidity, which, as all you Wyoming people know, is not only possible, but highly likely, and one at the standard 50% is fairly noticeable. To the point where you would definitely notice the difference. The remaining problem with how the ball moves is not with the humidity, douches, it's with the altitude. High altitude=thinner air. Thinner air=less break to the ball, and less resistance for the ball to travel through when it comes back off the bat. I should totes write in to the Mythbusters and have 'em test that one. It'd be cool TV if nothing else. Yay fluid dynamics! /:€

And yes. That is as brief as I am capable of getting about that particular problem. The nerdiness and the ranting get noticeably worse as I go on. On a non-ranty note, I could go on about fluid dynamics for hours by themselves, because it's so cool! Anyway.

To the "fans," which, as I should point out, are different from actual fans. It's okay to be angry with the team for not performing to their potential; I get angry, too. It's also completely all right to be seriously torqued off that they seemed to fall off a cliff in the last two weeks, especially since we all thought their offense had finally figured out how to do what they're supposed to. No, I'm talking about the people who said, in August, "I'm a fan, but this team has hit the crapper and the only way to go is down. Carlos Gonzalez is overrated, so is Ubaldo, and Tulo is never going to get it back." In AUGUST. The season ended Sunday, October 3. That's two months of people going, "SEE SEE? THEY SUCK" and then loudly proclaiming that they're never coming back. This goes deeper than baseball, I know. Most fandoms have this, especially sports fandoms which have had a recent influx of fans (2007 for the Rox) due to people realizing that they actually don't suck. It goes without saying that the fans that just needed to be introduced to the team and now love them on their own merit are perfectly fine by me. As I know at this moment all too well, it's kind of hard to hear about the western part of the country that isn't California the further you get from it. No, the people who keep jumping on and off the bandwagon (They jumped off again in 2008, back on in 2009) and declaring that they're much smarter than the rest of us and they are bigger fans, and what the fuck ever, those ones should all be beaten to death with purple foam fingers.

For the record, the Rockies did play beneath pre-season expectations. Pre-season expectations, however, don't factor in future injuries, or the Beast that was the Padres (they fell off a cliff, too) in the first five months of the season. The Giants as a team, much as it pains me to say this, deserved to take the NL West, because they played the best at the end of the season. Sometimes that's what it comes down to. It's how the Rockies got into the postseason in 2007 and 2009. But, for the first time in ten years, the Rockies had two seasons in a row with a winning record. We'll see what happens in 2011. If you're superstitious, and following the trend of the last four seasons, they should get to the postseason since it's an odd year, but superstitions don't actually win baseball games. They just give the fans something we feel like we can control. All we can really do is watch and cheer our team through thick and thin.

I will be cheering for the Reds this postseason, because it's more fun to watch if you have a team to cheer for, and I hate the Phillies. I'll also be cheering on the Braves, since it's Bobby Cox's last hurrah, and I still have some fondness for the Braves, and of course they're playing the Giants. But come March (who am I kidding; it'll be earlier than that), I will be back in this chair, looking for any scrap of Rockies news I can find.
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First off: If you don't care about baseball, leave now.

Okay. The Rockies are playing. We've had a dominant pitcher all year, goes by the name of Ubaldo Jimenez. Up to this point, he had fourteen starts, was 13-1, and had less than a run per nine innings. He has the flu, and he JUST got pulled from the game, but that's actually not what this rant is about, despite the poor guy looking like he should be tucked up in bed with TheraFlu. There are enough armchair managers without me being so here.

Nonono. MY problem is with how the mainstream baseball media STILL treats the Colorado Rockies. First thing I see on the Yahoo! page: "Rocky Mountain oy." Really? REALLY? HE. HAS. THE. EFFING. FLU. Sure, maybe he shouldn't have said he'd start tonight, but he has been the one rock this team could stand on all throughout the beginning of the season. ONE bad start does not suddenly mean he's done for the goddamn season. We finally have Huston Street back, which makes me happy, but I'm tired of this bullshit. I've been putting up with "LOLROCKIES" or "LOLCOORZ" for more than fifteen years. It's not even just the humidor: THIS IS A GOOD BASEBALL TEAM. They are insanely inconsistent offensively early in the year, yes. Their bullpen is streaky as hell, oh God, YES, but they are a good goddamn team with good goddamn players. I saw some of them start in Casper, and I'm glad to see they made it all the way up and are doing well. They have made themselves into contenders. Please TRY to treat them with at least as much respect as you're giving the Nationals, who SUCK. Even with Strasburg, they're still 33-40. The Rockies are (prior to tonight) 37-33, which isn't mind-blowing, unless you consider that they started the season with half a rotation and no closer. Ubaldo was good last year, but not this good. He stepped up and pretty much carried the team. Our offense is getting better by baby steps, and Francis and Hammel have both had fairly successful returns, so it shouldn't be up to Ubaldo to win all the time. But that gets back into armchair managing.

The irony about the armchair managing I said I wouldn't do (why the HELL do you leave someone with the flu in for +100 pitches)? The game I went to on Saturday was A: Awesome, as we won and I asked for home runs and received them (I imagine it only works live, or you can damn well bet I'd be praying for 'em now), and B: The exact opposite, as applies to pitching. We had THREE pitchers try to get the last out. THREE. Seriously.

Also? When I'm already annoyed, the actual fans blaming things on people who are actually doing okay at the moment? DOES NOT HELP.

Anyway, I'll talk more about my baseball enjoyment later, because I'm a bit peeved at the universe right now. I leave you with one final, heartfelt thought: FUCK HAIL.

Edited to add: And we won anyway, Red Sox fans, so THERE!


Jan. 5th, 2010 03:37 pm
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I'm not going to say that this is the nerdiest nerd post ever posted, because I'm pretty damn sure even I can top it. It's pretty nerdy, all the same. If you are not interested in video games (and related stuff), stop reading now, because that's what this entire post is about. 

Nerd event #1: I walked down to our mailbox, clad in my warm and stylish Master Shield hoodie, and, lo and behold, my package from Amazon had arrived: Three soundtracks: Ocarina of Time, Ocarina: Symphony, and Majora's Mask. I squeed. My dog gave me a confused look, but she was happy just to be out on a WALK. I also bought a couple of cool remixes from the iTunes last week (watch, now that I actually own it, iTunes will release Ocarina for like ten bucks). I don't have a tattoo of the Triforce (yet), though I do think my brother's is friggin awesome, but I am amassing quite a collection of stuff. My excuse is that it's good music, and I likes it, so there. Anyway, I'm noticing AS I TYPE THIS that some of the English names on the Majora ST are wrong, so I may have to find someone who can read Japanese and ask them to help me. Also, I was about to comment that I don't have the collectible statues, but the Fierce Deity statue of Link is pretty badass. xD

Nerd event #2 (more of a rant, really): The expansion for Dragon Age: Origins is coming out the week after Final Fantasy XIII. I made rude noises at EA (who just announced this today), and, the more I think about it, the sillier this sounds. I mean, yeah, it's an expansion pack, and I don't think XIII is going to get on the PC anytime soon, which is where DA is thriving, but REALLY? Releasing any kind of RPG near the juggernaut that is Final Fantasy seems a bit arrogant, to say the least. It's like EA is expecting it to get steamrolled and wants a good excuse. I've got the expansions to Baldur's Gate 2 and Neverwinter Nights, and they're not so crappy that they couldn't hold their own against new releases, so clearly BioWare knows what the hell they're doing (never doubted THAT), but Final Fantasy is in a league of its own when it comes to sales. It's Square-Enix's money machine for a reason: It consistently sells. It's like putting a quirky new shooter up against Halo or Gears of War: it's just not good business sense. It's the same target audience.

Anyway, on a positive note, Awakening (the Dragon Age expansion) looks AMAZING, and we get to see more of our favorite characters, which would be full of win anyway (okay I'll admit it: I <3 Alistair), but it also throws a twist into the standard "Defeat all these bad monstery things and save the country" plot from the last one. So, looking forward to it, and probably going to get it, since silly marketing is no reason to not get a good game. If you have one of the systems it's on and you haven't played Dragon Age: Origins yet, by the way, GO GET IT.  I'd recommend it on PC first, but any Dragon Age is better than none. :)

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Look. I know it's crass and commercial, and it wasn't like that in our day, oh dear me no. Bugger that. IT'S CHRISTMAS.
It's time for family and presents, and, in our case, watching the Jeff Dunham Christmas Special and playing the games we just got.

Anyway. Rant done.

Happy F-ing Holidays! Stop complaining and enjoy your holiday!
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 Warning: Rant. May contain (okay, okay, DOES contain) mature language. A lot of it. Err...well... seriously, I can't help it. It just comes out.

Okay, first of all, I haven't had the chance to see "The Golden Compass" yet, so this can be considered a partially-informed rant. However, I am totally aware of the plot, as I own and have read "His Dark Materials" not once, but several times. Since half the complaints I've seen about it are by people who also haven't seen it, I'd say we're on even footing.

For those of you that are unaware (seeing where I'm at, I rather doubt there IS anyone), "The Golden Compass" is based off the first book in a trilogy by Philip Pullman (and no, I'm not making up what I'm reading now; I've been reading it for most of the evening), which is, shall we say, theologically radical? However, my argument with the people who keep complaining about the heresy of it all is that it's FICTION. Fiction means that it's ALL MADE UP. Seriously. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, to use a churchy metaphor, but what kind of person has enough spare time and energy to complain about a movie they haven't seen, are not going to see, and is based off a children's tale?

As has been pointed out by various fantasy writers (David Eddings, Piers Anthony, etc), most of them choose either blatant or subtle paganism as the spiritual basis for their realm. It's just easier, since Magic was declared heresy ever so long ago. Even J.R.R. Tolkien, a man of devout faith, went the general route of paganism, although, of course, there are overlaps, due to his faith being so much a part of him. Obvious and many though they are, they still don't change the fact that the basic faith is paganistic. (I hate that word, but I can't really think of a better one just at the moment) My point is, to have this magical thing writers call "Plot," you have to have conflict. Philip Pullman was not interested in wars between men, or wars between races; he went a theological route instead. And I give him credit for having the balls to do it, let me tell you. WAS there this much hullaballoo when the books came out? I didn't have constant Internet at the time, so I couldn't say, so someone, please, let me know.

It isn't just this movie that gets up my nose on this subject: It's anything like it. There was a fair amount about The Lord of the Rings, there still is about Harry Potter. WTF??? Didn't you people like hearing stories about magic when you were kids? I know I did. Movies are the storybook for so many kids now that I'm THRILLED that they're doing so many literary adaptations, because it introduces the stories, and makes some kids want to know more. I have had my quibbles with The Lord of the Rings (laugh, Holly; go for it), but I appreciate what Peter Jackson did for this generation, not all of whom had fathers like mine. Fantasy in general is getting a much better representation because of those movies. "The Golden Compass" and "Eragon" might not have even come out if Jackson's trilogy had bombed. If they had, they wouldn't have been so well-regarded by the "mainstream" (I'm a gamer; don't get me started)........

I had a point, but I think I may have lost it (and my audience *poke* you still there?). Kidding. My point is this: There is a fundamental reason for the classifications of "Fiction" and "Nonfiction" and I think some people need to remember why that is.

Hmm... well, that could have been worse, trust me. It may get worse, after I see the movie. Who knows? (Originally posted on DeviantArt, but I decided to share with everyone else, too :D)


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