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Fashion, Anti-Fashion and Halloween

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 31, 2014 by mlenos

Gawker rounded up this year’s most offensive Halloween costumes so that I don’t have to.

Another thing to keep in mind: we live in the 21st Century. Note that the tipsters sending in these pictures are identifying the people in the offensive costumes and, in some cases, where they work and go to school.

In past years, at least one asshole dressed as Trayvon ended up losing his job for wearing the costume – which can and should be interpreted as a racist act and would violate a lot companies’ policies regarding conduct and sensitivity. If you’re about to complain that what we do on our own time shouldn’t be grounds for getting fired, I partly agree with you, but also partly think that their organizations are now posted online as being associated with racist idiots. That’s a lot of bad press for the company or college in question.

A good rule of thumb: if you’re at all unsure about whether your costume is offensive, then it’s probably best to dress as something else.


Game Culture

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2013 by mlenos

Read the entire Wikipedia entry on Video Game Culture.  You can export/download the entry as a PDF if you prefer to read it on paper.

In the comments, let’s talk about games. What games do you play regularly, and on what platforms?  Do you see gaming as a social activity, something you do on your own, or a combination of the two?

On my super-ancient PS2, I like to play Medal of Honor and Katamari Damacy on my own.  When my friends come over, we usually play fighting games – either Soul Calibur II or Mortal Kombat. I also have Namco Museum, so we can play older games, too. If it’s a particularly rowdy night, we might play Karaoke Revolution.

I mostly only play at home with my friends; I see gaming on the PS2 as a social activity – something to do when friends come over, or if out-of-town guests are staying with me.  On the other hand, I might play Angry Birds on my phone when I’m waiting in line at the bank, or Muffin Knight on my iPad or Henry Hatsworth on my Nintendo DS while I’m on a plane.  Those are very non-social gaming activities to me – just things I do to waste time if I don’t feel like reading a book.