The reply to the interrogatories in my custody case glowed on my screen. The
specifics caused nausea.
My brother's name stood there in her list of witnesses.
J[Redatcted] C[Redatcted] [Address redatcted]
I texted him.
"Did you know that [Redacted] is planning on calling you as
a witness against me in court?"
Sent. . . Read.
"No, no I did not. That is upsetting."
My paranoia flares down. I don't talk about it any more with him,
because he's free to say what he wants.
A week later he texted me: "Call me when you are able." I did.
I hadn't heard from my father post-surgery. It was a routine procedure. He had called everyone before the operation. Can you know? We went to see him, before he was "disconnected". From trapped, to half-life after he died, to a funeral home, keeping us distanced from the reality of death.
I don't like the internet much because it's full of lies from everyone.
Every lie just betrays more ignorance about real issues moving forward. This is full-stop nothing to do with left or right politics. It
has to do with ignorance, lies, and systems of control. All of these political social media posts are lies. All of them. Especially yours*. They are
ignorant, because not one focuses on meaningful or important issues.
I've been avoiding the internet because of it.
The crux of the issue is that the management of humanity is a
complicated endeavor fraught with danger. An article is just a way to scrape money from advertisers. It's shared by people who have beliefs unrelated to facts (or reality), who only have a vested interest in avoiding cognitive dissonance.
That certainly isn't what I want to fill my time with. What I'm bothered by the most is that there is no discussion of issues critical to our future.
How many times have you seen social media posts on the use of CRISPA to eliminate malaria forever? Or, what happens after that? Once we open the door to genetic control of
our children and planet? Would you use it to edit your unborn child to avoid getting fat? Because you can, you know, today; Since they've had the option to use CRISPA for at
least a year, I think maybe we should be talking about it.
Oh, hey, how about this. Do you know many employed horses?
Really? If there weren't any new jobs for horses, why do you think there are
going to be new jobs for you? Cars are self driving with safer records than humans
today. Seen the self-checkout lane at the supermarket? Some machine diagnostician artificial intelligences (not symptom checkers) have
significantly better outcomes than human doctorstoday. The realemploymentrate is dropping (and a complicated sticky wicket). Programmers are teaching computers to compose and write
music, create art- they already write the majority of books for sale on amazon.** Jobs are rapidly being eliminated. Maybe, if someone is forced out of the job market by a labor
saving device, like most of humanity will be in the next few decades, we shouldn't
treat them as a burden to society.
The sonuvabitch of it is, that by all available metrics, the
world is getting better. Less war. Less death. More wealth. More equality. We are eliminating diseases, traveling in space, curing cancer,
extending life. I mentioned this to a lady I worked with and she literally left the room due to how
much this conflicted with her conception of reality. It was too important to
her world-view that things be getting worse.
Oh, and we won the role-playing fight too. People can make and play whatever they want. Kingdom Death is getting millions. No one is saying
people can't play that! It's out! It's getting made! The new D&D is still
crunchy and mainstream, but our voice was heard. The Dungeon Master can run the
game. New levels in production and usefulness are still being reached. Gaming
is good. Gaming is healthy. No one I know lacks for games to play.
Looking back over the last 8 years of this blog, I find that I
live (mostly) in the world I had hoped to in regards to gaming. I've been
dealing with separation and fighting for some legal affirmation that I am in
fact, my daughters father. Every time I read the internet I'm assaulted with
ignorance and hate and cruelty and stupidity from the luckiest people to ever
I've changed, you've changed, the world has changed.
Personally, in spite of the endless personal setbacks I've had this last year, I'm happier than I've ever been. The best use of my blog going forward is to expand beyond just talking about role-playing.
Common wisdom says, you know, not to do that. You want to brand. You want people to come to you for one thing. Fuck that I guess. I still love gaming and am still working on gaming (and gaming adjacent products). I've learned a lot about myself and who I am and the ways in which I'd like to share. In the year going forward we're going to see a bunch of new things. You've already seen some of the type of things I'm talking about; the in-depth look at the Catalyst fiasco.
I'm interested in feedback about this and about the new things I'll be trying. Take the opportunity to let me know if you like or hate a new thing. It'll be a week or two before I'm fully back up to speed, but I'm looking forward to 2017.
I hope you are too.
* I'm not calling them out, because I don't want to get engaged in pointless debate. But literally every political post is made by person ignorant of facts; almost universally unconcerned about that ignorance. Conservative and Liberal.
** As always, these facts are subject to spin, but that's not the point. The point is that today there are very few things humans do that machines or computers cannot either do better or have a path to be superior than humans at. Nobody is breaking apart automated assembly lines to reinstall human laborers. Once replaced by automation, new jobs are not created and the jobs do not return. This point is philosophically neutral. The end of needing humans to labor is not.