Imagine Garrosh Hellscream showing off his new tattoos of meaningful, spiritual Pandaren words. “This one means ‘Anger’, and this one means ‘Pride’.” It turns out they mean “Steamed Crab Surprise” and “Black Pepper Ribs and Shrimp”, respectively.
I found out through trial and error that you have to be cautious searching the WRA tag because the world at large maybe doesn’t realize it can be Wyrmrest Accord instead of Women’s Rights Activists and MAN
THE VITRIOL IN THAT TAG TOWARD FEMINISTS LEMMIE TELLS YOU A THING
I learned this the hard way. ಠ_ಠ I was so friggen confused the first time I searched that tag.
It isn’t that I didn’t know. From the beginning I knew much would be risked, my life and quite possibly my very soul. I knew upon the first taste of that strange liquid power that I had sealed my fate. That the addiction would be potent and that he…
…is that you get to lead the creation of a body of work as lengthy - and express an individual vision in as much detail - as the filmographies of most feature film directors. the trade off? you only have a mere fraction of the time, and money to do it.
“On the morning of October 3, 1991, I woke to the sound of people shouting, “Susan kills babies!” outside our bedroom window. “Susan kills babies!” I heard again. Must be a nightmare, I thought. I’m home. I am not at work. I am in my bed, right next to Randy. But I was awake. I was in my own bed. This was real.”—
This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund
I remember seeing a video OneThirdGone posted about her group protesting outside a doctor’s home. I rolled my eyes at it and thought of how irritating they were. But after reading about the struggles of Dr. Wicklund and all the harassment she’s endured (and I’m not even halfway through the book yet), anti-choice protestors now make me physically sick.
They barricaded Dr. Wicklund’s home - they brought a mobile home and parked it in front of her driveway, and giant cement-filled barrels blocked the entrance. They stalked her daughter at her school, they posted “Wanted” signs all over their town. They made it nearly impossible for her family to leave their home.
If you think clinic protestors are okay, then I’m going to need you to do some rethinking.
A few months ago I was playing World of Warcraft — as is my wont — and was mindlessly listing gemstones in the auction house. Though I usually try to ignore the in-game chat channels, I couldn’t help but notice one shaman asking for help with his gear. Now, if you’ve ever been on the internet before, you may know that asking even reasonable questions to a group of anonymous people will likely result in some or all of the following: insults, incorrect answers, deliberately false answers, and more insults. The shaman was asking what sort of gear he needed to play his character with a particular specialization (shaman can be either healers or they can deal damage via melee attacks or spellcasting). His questions weren’t being answered and people were mocking his spelling. The shaman apologized, saying he was a 79 year old man and didn’t type very well. The people in the chat channel then mocked him for this.
I looked up the shaman’s gear and found he was wearing a hodgepodge of items that weren’t itemized very well for his intended role (a melee damage-dealer). I bought him several pieces of gear off the auction house and mailed it to his character along with a note with a few tips. I also told him if he ever had any questions, he could ask me at any time.
I got an in-game mail back from him later that day. He said that it’s hard for him to play this game since the younger players don’t have patience for him. He never learned to type in school and his reflexes were slower. “I went through Korea and Vietnam and they were good enough then to keep me alive,” he wrote. He thanked me for helping him and for changing his mind about his fellow players.
Now, whenever I get frustrated with a player who isn’t playing well, I just imagine that the character is being played by my own Korean war veteran grandfather, who will be 83 this summer. I keep checking back on my little shaman friend. He only has two more levels before he hits the level-cap. I think I’ll buy him a present for when he does.
Thanks for making me cry, BETH.
This is lovely! I’ve met so many amazing people in online games - never who you expect them to be.
*sniffles* Why is everyone posting stuff to make me cry my eyes out today!? OP, plz send him a /hug next time you see him from me.