Monday, 22 May 2017

Signs You're Too Old for Conventions

You're probably reading this article because, like me, you used to enjoy conventions back in the day but nowadays don't think I can justify the sore feet, the crowds or the ever-increasing entrance fees! Below we've compiled a handy guide to let you know if you're getting too old for anime and comic book conventions.
Source: Drawception

Everything Hurts!
So you used to be able to walk around all day without a problem but now a day out at a convention makes you sore the next day? Find you're having to rely on gel inserts just to get through the day? Can't line up for an autograph without your feet hurting? It's probably the first warning sign that maybe..just maybe... conventions are no longer your thing.

Pop Culture Is Becoming Unfamiliar
At one stage you kept up with all the latest games, anime and comic-books but nowadays whenever you go all you can think is "who's that character?" and look around completely lost. You've probably been busy with real life things so haven't kept up with the newest anime season or are still trying to catch up from games from yester-year and all conventions do is make you feel bad for not keeping up with the time.

You Can't Stand All the Kids
Everyone is much younger and much more annoying. Let's face it, besides the people helping out at the convention it seems largely geared towards 16-24 year olds. There are some older attendees but, let's face it, they are usually tied down with work and family commitments and thus in the minority.

It's the Same Thing Every Year!
You used to get excited about going to conventions but now all you think is that they're an overpriced marketplace with overpriced crap you can probably find for half the price on eBay. Cosplays no longer excite you because, let's face it, you've already seen people dressed up as Harley Quin only like 1000000x. Sure, there might be a change in panel guests but as you're prone to getting sore feet waiting in line and haven't kept up with pop culture for ages they would be of little to no interest to you anyway at this point.

...so it's about time to retire that Harley Quinn or Batman cosplay and spend the night in watching Star Trek re-runs instead.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Dear Bill Nye, We're Not Fucking Stupid.

written by S.D
For a start let me open this up by saying that I am NOT anti-science. I have post-graduate qualifications and hold a degree in science from a well-regarded university. I was even briefly a science teacher who taught science to high school students so science is something I am passionate about but the new Netflix show "Bill Nye Saves the World" made me cringe so bloody hard that I honestly don't know how any adult with any sense of pride and intelligence can honestly enjoy watching this. I am not from America and my interest in science derived from reading my mother's university and high school science and mathematics books in primary school as well as self-teaching myself other topics such as computer programming and astronomy using the internet as a resource so I did NOT go into this show with any nostalgia factor. I am also not a climate denier BUT considering publication bias exists in the scientific community (something anyone with any knowledge of academia and science should be aware about) - if anyone has convincing evidence to the contra - I am willing to keep an open mind.
& If you REALLY want to watch something about climate change I would say stick with the classics such as Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, Chasing Ice, the 11th Hour, etc. Even Captain Planet, whilst aimed at kids, is more informative and nowhere near as patronising as Bill Nye.


Bill, I know you made this show to try and get a bunch of people such as climate change deniers to side with you and change their mind but, if anything, you've just made them even more set in their views. For a start, the use of simplistic (and wholly cherry-picked) scientific principles to explain climate change and adopting a patronising and condescending tone of voice is NOT the way to go if you want to get a bunch of adults to agree with you. Studies even in young children found that they they are LESS likely to agree with or respect you if you adopt a hostile and/or condescending tone. Considering most climate change deniers and people who would consider themselves anti-vaxxers and to be homophobic ARE IN THE ELDERLY demographic all one has to do is consider the numerous studies which has found that elderly people who are being talked down upon are viewed with LESS RESPECT than the ones who are being talked to as being on the same cognitive level as caregivers and others around them (Ryan et al., 1994). It's science so I'm sure you know this, Bill! (& yes, I am deliberately condescending you in this context to give you a taste of your own medicine).

So in addition totreating people who disagree with him on climate change as petulant schoolchildren, Bill Nye goes on further to patronise people who don't share his views as 'suffering from psychological delusions' and even calls to jail climate deniers. Ummmm... I'm not even a climate change denier but if anything this sounds like Nye is having a major histrionic episode and throwing a temper tantrum which further hurts the cause he is supposedly fronting (Pro-Science, Pro-Earth) by treating the general public as if they are all fucking stupid, mentally unstable and deviant.

To top it all off this song called "Sex Junk" (or something along those lines) was included as part of the episode and what the actual fuck does it have to do with pure science?? If anything this is obvious pseudo-science-laced left wing political indoctrination and panders more to sociological gender THEORY than hard science and FACT.
So Bill, I am sure you are an intelligent man but let me remind you of the difference between a theory and fact just in case you've forgotten (which it seems to be the case):

FACT:
fakt
noun
noun: fact; plural noun: facts
a thing that is known or proved to be true.



THEORY:
ˈθɪəri/
noun
noun: theory; plural noun: theories
a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained.




The Bill Nye "Sex Junk" song (which was a major cringefest by the way so please click at your own discretion) seems to draw a lot on the current gender schema cognitive THEORY which draws a lot on the idea of gender being a spectrum and was originally proposed in 1981 by Sandra Bem. By claiming it as pertaining to actual scientific FACT, Bill, you are either intentionally (or out of your own ignorance) misleading the public. Gender theory is simply a THEORY meant to try and explain things but is NOT a proven FACT.
Psychology and sociology (including theories of gender) are seen belong in domain of pseudo-science as many of the theories do not have tangible proof and until they do, pushing them upon your audience as FACT is  just as DANGEROUS (not to mention as hypocritical) in some ways as blasting people who think vaccines cause autism! As both are theories and have yet to have SOLID PROOF, neither of them are at the stage where they can be considered cold hard facts. End of story!

In conclusion, this show is a major cringefest and if you really want to learn about climate science (or any science for that matter) I would suggest checking out any of the documentaries on this list, reading widely on the topic from a number of different sources and not listening to a condescending children's show host try telling you how and what to think.


References:


Bem, S. L. (1981). Gender schema theory: A cognitive account of sex typing. Psychological Review, 88, 354–364

Ryan, E. B., Hamilton, J. M., & See, S. K. (1994). Patronizing the old: How do younger and older adults respond to baby talk in the nursing home?. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 39(1), 21-32.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Why Long Distance Relationships Are Completely Stupid

Before I even begin this post please note that I am not someone who has never experienced a long distance relationship. I had a LDR many years ago and learned pretty quickly what a dumb idea it is. Let me also stress that I am aware this is not the case for ALL long distance relationships. For example, if you meet someone on holiday or you knew each other for a while beforehand and then one of you had to leave for a reason like work, military or education there is a reasonable chance things could still work out but if it's someone you've never met who lives in, say, the Arctic or Venezuela or China and you're halfway across the world... you're better off finding ways to invest your time more wisely.


It's NOT a REAL RELATIONSHIP. 
I've heard nearly every excuse like "but love is love despite the distance" etc. and whatnot. I don't believe it. I've heard this so many times by so many different people who have been in a similar circumstance. I know from experience that people who tend to be drawn to the idea of a long distance relationship are people who are in some ways needing a placeholder for a girlfriend or boyfriend as they are currently in a situation which does not make it possible for them to meet anybody. It's basically a dating sim for people who for whatever reason can't get a date IRL. Generally this changes as people go through life and I can guarantee that after said people graduate or move town or go off to college or whatnot that they will meet someone in real life.

It prolongs / delays the inevitable breakup through feelings of anticipation. 
A lot of people fall into the trap of trying stretch relationships well past their use by date but this is more so the case with long distance relationships. Face it, unless you are rich as fuck and have 0 obligations you're unlikely to ever meet that man all the way in Bulgaria you've been staying up to chat to - sacrificing precious sleep on a time-zoned ticking time-bomb of a "relationship".  Snap out of the overly romanticized delusions and think of things from a practical sense and you'll see how both parties are just wasting each other's time. And if you've been talking for a year or more and NEVER met... maybe just accept the fact that it's NEVER going to happen. On top of that it tends to delay the inevitable breakup because, as will be discussed more in the next point, people tend to only show their "good side" and hide anything bad. This can make the person on the other end seem more "perfect" than they really are whereas in a face-to-face relationship these deal breakers would be caught much earlier on.

Nothing is what it seems...
When you're regularly seeing someone you get to easily learn things about them through body language and how they respond in different situations. With a long distance relationship this is just not possible. On top of that it's very easy for people to deliberately only show their "good side" via and tell the person on the other end everything they want to hear. For seasoned cheaters, it becomes very easy to cheat and go behind the other's back. People do this all the time on social media where they put on a persona make themselves out to be much better than they actually are and in the situation of long distance relationships where the aim is to impress and keep the other person's attention this is bound to happen in far greater doses. Not to mention it's open to abuse by people with serious personality disorders who most people should steer clear of in the dating game.

Lastly: intimacy is nonexistent 
If you laugh at how "pathetic" the guys who have an anime body pillow "waifu" yet you are in a long distance relationship with someone you've never met how is it any different? Science has proven physical intimacy is an important aspect in any relationship and face it, it's impossible to engage in cuddle sessions or more R rated things with someone you a) haven't met and b) is 90000000000 miles away.

TL;DR Long distance relationships are dumb. As someone who has previously tried one, I do NOT recommend.