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Kickstarter is the Anti-Napster

Kickstarter is the Anti-Napster

Dec 10 , 2014 | Posted by: Fighter #1 | My Alienating Opinions | 0 Comments

A game I very much enjoy playing is browsing Kickstarter (or IndieGoGo or whatever) and making fun of the unreasonably-optimistic or badly-priced projects in the music category.

For every musician who needs $5k to record a full-length album, ...

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Your Costume is Bad, and You Should Feel Bad

Your Costume is Bad, and You Should Feel Bad

Halloween is this coming weekend, and you know what that means! Next monday, there will be a news report about a white celebrity who wore a costume featuring blackface. This happens every year, somebody (a bunch of people) wears a racially-insensitive ...

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You say "statist" like it's a bad thing

You say "statist" like it's a bad thing

Oct 20 , 2014 | Posted by: Fighter #1 | My Alienating Opinions | 0 Comments

So here's the deal with statism:

Power accumulates. If nothing is done to prevent it, some entity is going to accumulate power. Historically, the primary power centers have been religions, governments, paramilitary groups, and wealthy ...

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#gamergate: not my circus; not my monkeys

Yesterday, the guitarist from one of my other bands started talking to me about the gamergate shenanigans, and I found myself generally opposed to his opinions. I began prepping my thoughts for "debate mode" where I would ask him poignant questions ...

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Define "sports"

Define "sports"

Jul 10 , 2014 | Posted by: Fighter #1 | My Alienating Opinions | 0 Comments

I’ve seen a lot of arguments about what makes something a “sport”. It seems that everyone agrees that football (either version) is a sport, but crocheting isn’t. But how do ...

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“And when those wheels do fall off, they’ll be pretty gross”

“And when those wheels do fall off, they’ll be pretty gross”

You know who’s overrated? Firefighters. Them and the police. Oh, and teachers. Teachers are overrated. Sure they’re all crucial parts of keeping society functional, and many of ...

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Stop Saying That!

Stop Saying That!

May 15 , 2014 | Posted by: Fighter #1 | My Alienating Opinions | 0 Comments

So I meant to write this blog post back during the Wendy Davis filibuster, but I got lazy, so I’m doing it now instead. (As a reminder, Wendy Davis spent something like 11 hours filibustering a bill in Texas that would have closed most of ...

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Ethics and Ad-blocking

Say you go into your favorite restaurant one day for a sandwich. As they hand it to you, they tell you that it’s free, but could you please pass it to their “partner” at the door on your way out. You see that someone from an entirely ...

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