Perhaps Shamus read a different explanation of Blizzard's RealID system than I did but as far as I can tell, you can choose not to opt into it: if you want to play WoW and you want people to know you as Thag the Patient, orc warrior--and don't want them to know your real name is Philip Wanker--you don't have to tell them. If you post on the WoW forums, your RealID kicks in.
Being the kind of guy who uses the nick "edhering" for most of the forums he participates in (which, right now, is an occasional post on the Fiero forum) and has used that as his e-mail address, I just don't freakin' care. I don't need to hide behind anonymity because I don't treat the anonymity of the Internet as an excuse to act like a fucking stupid, belligerent twelve-year-old.
But there are some people who treasure being able to act like they're still in junior high.
People are objecting to this system because it will expose guys pretending to be females. It will put your name out there so that your employer can see just how many characters you've leveled to 80. Your abusive ex-boyfriend will be able to find you and invent new ways to harass you without violating the restraining order. Your Alliance-playing pastor will threaten you with damnation when he discovers you only roll Horde. Your daughter could be scarred for life when she sees that you actually missed her piano recital because you were raiding instead of because her playing is horrendous.So in other words, RealID is bad because it forces people to be honest? The horror!
In order: 1) I play a bunch of female characters. I never pretend to be an actual woman in real life; if it comes up, I say, "I'm a dude IRL". (The damn game is a ROLE-PLAYING game, which means you don't have to be what you are in real life. You know?)
2) Any employer who cares about me having more than one 80 in WoW (I don't, yet) should mind his own goddamned business. As long as I'm not playing the game when I should be working, he's got no right to evaluate me based on that. (Besides, all he has to do is ask me. I like WoW; why hide it?)
3) This doesn't apply to me, but the game does have an "ignore" function, you know.
4) If my pastor thinks my choice of faction is a sin, I need a new pastor.
5) Even if your daughter's piano is horrendous, as a father, you have a duty to attend the recital. Gut it up and deal with it, asshole.
Blizzard has changed its mind about how it will implement RealID, though, so I guess it's all moot.
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Alan Caruba starts off with a discussion of how racist America is--and I disagree with that premise. His first two paragraphs:
I was frankly surprised when Barack Obama was elected President in 2008. I thought his self-identification as a black American would tip the scales to John McCain in a nation that has had a long history of racial enmity towards blacks.I knew from the get-go that Obama's race was not going to keep him from being elected. In fact, I was certain that if it had any effect at all on his election results it would help him.
None of this is new. Race was a factor in American life in pre-Revolutionary days and slavery had to be papered over even in the writing of the Constitution. It took a Civil War to get amendments to end slavery and ensure the rights of citizenship were extended to blacks. It took another hundred years to make it real.
I also disagree that the US has racial enmity for blacks. Certainly it used to; some sectors of the population of the post-Civil War country did; plenty of those sectors had enough clout to ensure that blacks were treated as second-class citizens. (Southern Democrats before 1964, just to name one demographic.) But even though there were racist laws and rules everywhere, those have been dispensed with: there are no longer "whites only" signs except in museums, because the culture of the United States is no longer racist, and it has not been racist for some time.
The only people who claim it still is are the race pimps, the Democrats, and their fellow travelers.
The bit about the Constitution is especially incorrect: the notion of a slave being counted as 3/5 of a person was to prevent a disproportionate representation of slave states in the House of Representatives. Otherwise, the South would have dominated the politics of the US.
Get past that, though, to Caruba's third paragraph, and it's all dead-on from there.
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Doug Powers guest-blogs at Michelle Malkin's place. This time, it's about oil jobs going away thanks to Obama's anti-drilling efforts.
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Steven Den Beste knocks one out of the park on turning NASA into a muslim outreach program.
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Chili dogs for dinner tonight--O Lord did that hit the spot.
Mom thought of it yesterday, but I had slept so much and we had BBQ pork chops instead. But it sounded good the moment she mentioned it; this afternoon I got up, went to the store, and bought the components for chili dogs.
Mom ate as much as I did, which is really unusual--but we were both hungry and it was something we hadn't had for a long time.
The nearby grocery store on Main Street used to be called "Seehausen's" after the owners of the place. It was successful enough that--in the late 1970s--one of the owner's sons had a powder blue Porsche 911 turbo, and even led the Crete police on a merry chase one fine night. The elder Seehausen retired and his other son took over.
He sold the place and it's now "Crete Country Market", and it doesn't seem to be doing all that well. You walk through the place and you can see empty shelves, and places where the product faced to the front of the shelf is all that's there; there's none behind it. Common and popular products are out of stock (I couldn't find Oscar Meyer hot dogs).
Prices are on the high side of typical, though not egregious--they're lower than Jewel's prices for most things--there are a couple of signs on the doors advertising job openings, and the store is clean and well-lit. Everything says "We're doing our best!" but it worries me that it's not fully stocked: a store which is not fully stocked is a store which can't afford to buy stock, and that way lies ruin.
It'd be a shame if the place went out of business. I go there as much as is reasonable but you just can't do a proper grocery shop there, because of the stocking problem, so generally I go to buy sundries and for quick stops ("I just need bread and Pepsi, so...") and we do our main shopping at the town's other grocery store, which is a Walt's branch. (Walt's is a local chain of grocery stores. I don't think it extends much beyond the south suburbs of Chicago. They typically charge less than Crete Country Market and much less than Jewel, but more than the "discount" grocery stores, all of which are much farther away from us.)
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Look at that: I start talking about tonight's dinner and it turns into a discussion of local economics. That is the magic of blogging at work!