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this is a long story but its fucking great

okay so back in 2002 a man named tim buckley decided to start up a webcomic about videogames called ctrl+alt+del. this was its first strip

fucking stunning writing, i know. now it was early days, so you could argue that tim was just getting started, but the level of humor rarely went higher than this. despite proclaiming to be about videogames, the strip tended to focus more upon the idiotic antics of ethan (guy on the right), lucas (guy on the left), lilah, a female character introduced later on and zeke, a xbox robot ethan makes later on in order to be Wacky

the “comedy” usually came from ethan pretty much being so constantly a problem that it’s a wonder any of the characters hung around him at all, let alone extended periods of time. jokes were largely a set up followed by violence as the punchline, which might not be so bad if it wasn’t tim buckley’s go to punchilne when he couldn’t think of anything actually funny (which was a lot of the time). and it continually got worse as ethan continued to constantly be a burden to all his friends, yet they inexplicably couldn’t stop liking him and bowing to his every whim, even lucas, the alleged straight man to ethan’s manchild, and lilah, introduced as a No Nonsense Girl Gamer somehow becoming his boyfriend

in case you haven’t gotten it yet, ethan is very clearly tim buckley’s self insert fantasy.

the thing is, despite the comic being very obviously bad, it was REALLY popular. like it was an absolutely huge thing. teen boys absolutely lapped up the tired jokes and sitcom cliches and thats not even getting into the absolutely DIRE chef brian comics. actually no you know what i will go into them. here

this was about 2 years after the first strip, and you can start to see the art and comedy style that would come to define ctrl+alt+del as tim buckley pretty much officially gave up on putting effort into his comic

this was literally how he put together his comics: drawing hundreds of predrawn graphics and then sticking them into 4 panels

and since ctrl+alt+del was so popular, it REALLY went to tim buckley’s head. he refused (and really still refuses) to take any kind of criticism. he became very egotistical (he sued a fan for making a flash featuring the CAD characters) and there are some reports of him doing pretty shady things over the internet

and then he hit on his greatest idea

instead of sticking with comedy in a 4 panel strip format, he decided to introduce drama. characters growing up, getting married, learning responsibility…while STILL sticking rigidly to the comics newspaper esque 4 panel format.

everyone who knew CAD was awful was already making fun of tim desperately trying to introduce pathos into his verse of xbox robots and manchild antics, but his ego was bigger than it had ever been and he couldn’t be dissuaded, and in 2008 he had the storyline in which ethan and lilah get married, and lilah becomes pregnant

and then, just to ratchet up the drama, tim buckley decided lilah would miscarry.

the internet fucking lost it. a moment intended to carry great drama and meaning instead became the funniest unintentional comedy ever written. thousands upon thousands of edits and parodies were made (a sampling can be found here. some of them are pretty gross tho, being ripped from 4chan, so be careful) and its a moment thats become heavily engrained in internet/videogame culture. its gotten to the point where the most simplistic form of representing this comic (a series of straight lines) can be immediately recognisable as making fun of this strip

i didnt explain this in the greatest way and im sure someone can do it more elegantly since i skipped a few things but really the entire history of ctrl+alt+del is an amazing chronicle of one man’s ego

i looked up who this guy is and it seems like he hasn’t done almost anything of professional substance other than AMERICAN ULTRA, which seems sort of unwatchable. do people have thoughts about him? all i got right now is i hate every single picture of him on his IMDB page.



Classic Who // New Who Parallels

The Daleks // The Witch’s Familiar

Conservatives: Let's go back to the good old times of the 1950s.
1950s: Had 92% income tax for the mega wealthy which allowed for households with a single breadwinner. Had minimum wage high enough to get somebody through college.
Conservatives: No... not that part. The sexism and racism part is the one I like...






Melissa Harris-Perry: Nothing is riskier than being poor in America [full video]

Have I put this up on my blog before?

Fuck it, here it is again.

I love her.

Let me tell you, this woman is PERFECT. She speaks THE WHOLE ENTIRE TRUTH at all times. Every moment. Of every day.

i’ll reblog this forever


oh great, i finally cleared enough shit off this ipad my work gave me to do all the software updates! let’s look at itunes. usually i just shuffle through this one long playlist for a while…ok, now i feel like listening to some actual albums, like these three EPs from a sick new band! hm, itunes won’t just show all the songs like it used to, just album thumbnails for each artist, that’s suspicious. also it won’t tell me how long an album is anymore, which sucks because i don’t know if this stuff will fill up my commute without manually adding every song length. oh well, let’s just press play on the first record in the set. wait, i seriously have to Add to Up Next? can’t i just play a fucking…ok whatever, not a big deal. wait a minute…it’s ONLY PLAYING the FOUR SONGS on this particular record over and over – and it’s ONLY shuffling. there’s the shuffle button, but every time i press it it just goes to a different random song, it doesn’t turn shuffle on or off – or if it does, it’s not visible. fuck. fuck. ok, there has to be a way around this – apple stakes their name on making easy to understand products for a lowest common denominator like me, right? let’s look around…ah, here’s the Up Next controls, under this tiny menu icon in the far corner next to a totally different tiny menu icon that has to do with something else. that’s not very intuitively obvious, but maybe i’m just a dumbass. ok, now i can Clear Up Next, cool. now i’ll just use the Add to Up Next button to add everything from this artist, that should do it. wait what the fuck – ok it added all the songs, but in a COMPLETELY RANDOM ORDER. is this happening because i still can’t figure out this baffling shuffle bullshit?? whatever, fine. i’ll just drag the songs into the right order, it’s only 12 of them…oh weird, you can only drag up and not down. why the fuck would they do that? anyway, almost done–oh fuck, i accidentally touched one song, and itunes just pulled it out of up next and stuck it in now playing. ugh. it’s ok, i’ll just go back to the album listing, add the song to up next, and put it in the right order.

oh my god, it cleared my ENTIRE Up Next and just added a seemingly infinite number of the one song.

oh my god.

do any of you freaks know of some kind of music library alternative so i don’t have to go through this shit with itunes anymore? i mean i guess i could just try to roll back to the last version that i could stand but…why do i have to do this?

I use Amazon Music, which gives you 250 songs of cloud storage free (though music purchased through the Amazon MP3 store does not count towards storage limit). I then pay about $25 a year to upgrade that to 250,000 songs so I can keep my whole library, which is downloadable or streamable from the cloud onto my computers and my phone. It also has Prime Music built in, which is Amazon’s answer to Spotify with an admittedly much smaller library of music.

Full disclosure: I work for Amazon, but I had this service before I started working for them and I don’t work in the music group.



One of the largest improbabilities in the Doctor Who finale was that the Master had The Doctor’s telephone number, because if The Master did have it, wouldn’t they have been using it for years to prank call the Doctor?

I can only imagine how much fun The Master would have, calling up The Doctor to ask if his refrigerator was running.

i know i’ve reblogged this already but i can’t stop thinking about that prank call

the master calls up the doctor, asks, “Is your refrigerator running?” confused, the doctor goes into the kitchen and checks. the master has caused the refrigerator to gain sentience. it is, in fact, running towards the doctor. it’s also made the milk go bad


It really stuck with me how many names Alexander Hamilton gets called in his show. So this happened.

I’ve not. Io9?

I’ve not. Io9?


cooler than you’ll ever be




This is at least the 5th time around. Forever reblog.

Sociologist: So in your opinion, what differentiates Millennials from the previous generations?
Millennials: Well, probably growing up in a post-9/11 and post-Bush Wars world, plus the Great Recession and the instability of our financial futures and the exposure of widespread police brutality and the corporate stranglehold on governments -
Baby boomers: Social media social media social media social media social media social media social media social media SOCIAL MEDIA

I could totally see Patrick Troughton relishing these lines.


It goes like this: Tumblr was conceived of as a “microblogging” site, a la Twitter. It’s less intended for creating content than sharing content, and they never really intended for people to write long pieces of text or have conversations back and forth on them. 

You can see this in how quick Tumblr has always been to truncate conversations and change them from “reblog as text” to “reblog as links”. What’s really telling is the fact that they didn’t include any such truncation feature for picture posts, only for text posts. Now, the site’s architecture doesn’t really accommodate truncating picture posts (since truncation changes the post type to link, which would hide the picture), but that’s not the reason picture posts don’t truncate. If they had thought it important to include truncation for picture posts, they would have created a post type that accommodated it.

No, they just didn’t plain didn’t count on the idea that people would be having conversations below picture posts. The space below pictures is for captions, not conversations.

They expect social interaction to happen. They count on it. But serious discourse? Long conversations? This is both counter to their expectations and their perceived interest. 

I mean, in the first place, the same three or four people talking back and forth on a post doesn’t produce the same value from their point of view as one person creating something that catches fire and circulates on its own, collecting a string of one-line notes or reblogs without comment. 

But more importantly, Tumblr doesn’t want to be responsible for keeping peace in an atmosphere where people are using Tumblr to discuss politics or vent about their personal struggles instead of posting song lyrics and pictures of cats and superheroes. The presence of what some call social justice discourse on Tumblr and the ad hoc communities that have sprung up around marginalized identies is something that the corporate masters can only see as a headache. To put it simply: the want product, not progress. 

So this is why we get update after update designed to make the site less useful to the serious user while appearing slicker to the more casual or newer user. This is why updates tend to make conversation harder. And most of all, this is why the staff doesn’t give a rodent’s hindquarters about protecting communities or policing hate… because the sooner people stop junking up their cat meme sharing service with serious discussion, the happier the suits will be.

Tumblr: support artists!!!! commission their work, don't discredit them, and support smaller artists who are just starting out! they need it uwu

Banksy: *commissions and hires lesser known artists*

Banksy: *charges three pounds for entry into an entire art exhibit so he can pay said artists*

Banksy: *brings biggest economic boost of tourism to Weston since the actual theme park closed down because tourists would sooner flock to Disneyland Europe locations*

Tumblr: *ignores other commissioned artists* pretentious white bullshit!!! I can't believe Banksy is making millions off of this pretentious work!!!!


It really does happen.


deathchrist2000 asked  Phil Sandifer or Delicious Pie.

“A guy named Adolf Hitler won an election in 1932.
He won an election, and 50 million people died as a result of that election in World War II, including 6 million Jews.
So what I learned as a little kid is that politics is, in fact, very important.”


Bernie Sanders
(via theliberaltony)

Bernie Sanders’ parents are Holocaust survivors by the way. 

(via theautisticagender)



There were two elections in that year.  The Nazis didn’t actually win either.

In July, they were the largest single party but didn’t get a majority (they were 75 seats short) and thus couldn’t form a government.  Von Papen’s government (national conservative) continued in power.  July turned out to be the Nazis electoral peak.  It’s worth pointing out that, even in July, the rest of the parliament was dominated by left-wing parties implacably opposed to the Nazis… though divided amongst themselves, largely because the KPD (the Communists) were following the Stalinist policy of refusing to make deals with reformists against fascists. 

By the election in November 1932 the Nazi vote had dropped dramatically.  It never recovered in free elections. 

The Nazis took power because Hitler was appointed Chancellor by Hindenburg as a result of the scheming of Von Papen to outmaneuvre the left.  It was deemed that a Nazi government would be preferable to a left-wing one, and that Hitler would repress the left.  The conservatives and reactionaries in power thought they could control Hitler, who was more their type than the communists anyway.

Sorry to be pedantic, but I get annoyed when people say the Nazis got voted in.  It’s a myth.

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Deconstructing Masculinity & Manhood with Michael Kimmel @ Dartmouth College




Criticism, Etc.