It’s so easy for me to find material with Trump and Co. moving from crisis to crisis. Whether it’s his supporters, his lawyer or Trump himself being neck deep in shit, he’s the gift that keeps on giving. And he topped off the week beautifully with a call in interview to Fox and Friends that got so bad, the hosts themselves ended up cutting him off mid sentence.
It’s somewhere between fun and bizarre to watch the conservative LNP government act like they wanted a Royal Commission into the finance sector now that the scale of malfeasance in that industry is becoming apparent.
Also, with ANZAC Day approaching that means it’s time to get ready for the relatively recent national sport of people who call anyone who disagrees with them a snowflake losing their tiny little minds if anyone’s response to ANZAC Day deviates one iota from their declared orthodoxy.
Malcolm Turnbull and his supporters are trying to argue (with some merit) that him losing 30 Newspolls in a row is meaningless in and of itself. But it was one of the key metrics he used to justify knifing then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott and so now Turnbull’s detractors will use it against him.
And the though of more infighting within the conservatives fills my dark heart with glee.
I celebrated St Patrick’s Day this year with some traditional Irish potato spirit – poitin/poteen. I even coloured it green with the help of some limes.
For most of the last year, I’ve been working with the organisers of Game ON, a great event that will be held on May 22-24 in Sydney as part of the Vivid Festival. Game ON brings together interactive gaming and online video into one amazing weekend showcase. It’s a great weekend for both creators and fans to get together with some of the stars of YouTube and the gaming world and I have some great bonuses to get you extra excited.
Buy your tickets here: http://gameoninteractive.com.au/buy-tickets/
Just because like you, if you enter the code ANDY when buying your ticket, you’ll get the discounted early bird rate! If I just liked you I’d leave it there. But because I really like you (let’s not let it get weird), here’s how to get win some awesome prizes:
After buying your ticket, post a picture to social media of you showing off your ticket (do yourself a favour and cover up the barcode). On Twitter, use the hashtag #GameON
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The more shares/likes/retweets your posts get, the more chance you have of winning one of the following:
General Admission: show us your general admission ticket and you could win Game ON gear including t-shirts and caps
Community: show your Community ticket and you could win an upgrade to a VIP ticket
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To win the Community or VIP prizes you MUST buy your tickets by Monday May 4th. The earlier you buy your tickets the better your chance of winning because each share/retweet of your post is another entry in the draw. There will also regular bonus draws for people who share their Community and VIP tickets with prizes including:
- Game ON gear
- Computer games
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So get your tickets, share your excitement and be in the running for great prizes!
My video camera has a “smile sensor” that results it taking photos while you shoot a video if it senses a nice smile which might therefore make a nice picture. It’s an interesting feature that is more than a bit hit and miss in practice. It almost never takes photos when I make videos alone (I guess I don’t smile much) or when I do rant videos with AIDzee but if the video involves sitting and talking with someone for an extended period it often takes a lot of photos like this example from a recent shoot with Jez:
I’ve also occasionally used this to make lo-fi animations like this example with AIDzee:
For this week’s TFU Friday video my camera took just two photos along with the video (which is in itself unusual) and one of them in particular stood out to me:
The combination of the fact I seem to be staring at something I’m holding and the blue background made me think this was ripe for photo manipulation. A big problem is that I suck at this sort of thing. The obvious solution was asking people who are actually good with photoshop to do something. So I put out the call and hooo boy did people respond.
First up Mel did this demonic number on me:
She also did this tasteful monochrome version:
Mel also does great “artistic reconstructions” using Photoshop on her YouTube channel.
Then David did a nice Warhol-style interpretation:
Then Daria put me with a particularly large burger that is making the zombie horde jealous:
Then we get to the Tony Abbott inspired ones. I swear I didn’t ask anyone to do this. Sam had me in front of Parliament House (love the blood stains!)
William had a similar vibe but it appears the Liberal Party are cheering me on.
Richard incorporated AIDzee and I into a two-headed beast (which I’m sure he’ll love). I’m not sure whose brain we have or what we’re doing with it in a lab.
Lizzie decided I was the Destroyer of Worlds!
And Shaun seems to have taken the beheading theme to the logical conclusion.
Thank you, internet.
There are many reasons I prefer to block/delete moron commenters rather than “engage” with them. I put engage in quotation marks because although it’s what these trolls often say they want, what they actually want is to bludgeon anyone with an opposing point of view into silence. And before any low-rent moron jumps in thinking they’re being clever by saying that’s what I’m doing – no it isn’t. I’m perfectly happy with these losers having free speech. Somewhere else. Where they aren’t wasting my time.
Also, if that’s what you leapt to, go fuck yourself. You think saying things like that is clever or insightful? I’ve seen your shtick before and you’re boring. And a waste of time.
And that’s the key point about these vermin. It isn’t so much that they’re trolls or bullies, they’re boring and an utter waste of time. Worse still, I’ve learned that the ones with the least to offer make the most noise and demand more of the time and attention of people who are actually doing something. If we lived in a world where even the bitterest hater would simply spit out their insulting comment then go away, I’d probably let them do it. But unfortunately, we live in a world where Bertrand Russell famously observed that idiots are full of certainty and wiser people are full of doubt.
I’ve decided the simplest way to show how worthless these losers are is with a mathematical equation, namely:
v = 1/n
Where v is the value these losers offer to a given conversation and n is the amount of useless noise they make demanding you pay attention to them. For the slow learners (i.e. the people I’m talking about) this means the volume of your incessant blathering is inversely proportional to the amount of attention you’re actually worth. The more you bleat, the less I give a shit about you.
And a final note to the trolls stupid enough to say “if you don’t care, why are you going on about it?” This isn’t for you. You’re not worth addressing. This is for people who genuinely want an understanding of my motivations. By the way, do you trolls see how I know what you’re going to say before you say it? That’s because you’re boring and predictable. And I’m better than you. You notice how you’re reading my blog but I’m not reading yours? That’s because you have nothing to offer.
Brief “your mileage may vary” disclaimer: I’m not dictating how anyone else should react to comments from haters and trolls. This is what works for me. If a different approach works for you, then you go with that.