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Video Games - Random Topics
There's one double standard in Video games that I don't get is. It's considered sexist to have the protagonist rescue his girlfriend, the princess or another female character that is a damsel in distress. That's fine as, well, it is sexist and I can see how Girls and Women would find it annoying and it could seem as though they're often excluded from the adventure based on nothing more then gender. The double standard is how often the protagonists parents/guardians are killed off or imprisoned in one way or another. Now, I know this a common theme in story telling if not one of the most common. I understand that revenge/justice is an easy way to motivate the protagonist on his or her quest and/or a way to motivate them to become a hero in the first place. However, I find myself questioning if that theme is risking alienating gamers that are old enough to be parents in the same way the damsels in distress was alienating potential female players. With the average age of gamers being well into adulthood with plenty of families where the parents play games almost if not just as much as the kids do, I'm surprised that this hasn't become an issue. Then again, with the theme being old as story telling itself, perhaps people are simply used to it and thus, don't let it bother them too much. Am I the only one that has wondered about this? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on August 5, 2011, 11:42 am

Massively multiplayer online role-playing game - Random Topics
http://www.cracked.com/article_18461_5-creepy-ways-video-games-are-trying-to-get-you-addicted.html An interesting article about that sort of thing. I know cracked is a comedy website. However, they do have a lot of good article and this one is no exception. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on August 2, 2011, 1:21 am

Feminism - Random Topics
Definitely true about the draft. I think the biggest problem with Feminism is when things stopped being "You can't refuse her just because she's a woman" (I'm talking in terms of jobs, education etc.) and started getting into "You must say yes to her because she's a woman". That was when Feminism became a problem. That and double standards such as okay to have all sorts of scholarships for women only (and pretty much everyone else). Yet, the very second you have a white males only scholarship, even if it's just for a small amount of money, people freak out saying it's discrimination. Now, years (decades?) ago when it was much harder for Women to get into college, and even harder for them to get people to not treat them like shit, I accept there was a need for these sorts of things. It was trying to even the odds so to speak. Now however, I think it goes against the idea of equality. There are other examples of course. I feel however that the aforementioned example does a good job at summing it up. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on August 1, 2011, 7:55 pm

Justin Bieber - Celebrities
Please excuse my ignorance but seeing the news reports of him with Selena Gomez has me wondering something. That being, whatever became of the girl he wrote Baby for? He did write it for or about a girl right? Am I completely ignorant and/or stupid for asking this? I've never heard the song and don't know the lyrics beyond those that fit the title, so maybe I'm just ignorant, I dunno. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on July 20, 2011, 6:23 pm

Tiny Toon Adventures - TV Shows
Is it true that they cancelled this show because of a fan harassing and/or outright stalking the Woman that did the voice of Babs Bunny? (I know her name, but don't want to misspell it). I heard that one episode had a caricature of the fan talking to Babs and Buster and they were not impressed. I don't really remember the episode though. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on July 6, 2011, 3:17 pm

BeautifulPeople.com - Websites
Speaking of Godwin's law, would it be uncalled for to create a Hitler Reacts Downfall parody where Hitler gets bumped from the site? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on June 24, 2011, 10:31 pm

Beer - Random Topics
Kingbk, what about people that drink things like Rum, Jack Daniels, Vodka etc. ? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on June 12, 2011, 7:52 pm

Lisa Simpson - Random Topics
I haven't watched the Simpsons in some time to be honest. As for Bart being a jerk, remember the vacation episode where Bart embarrassed Lisa in front of the new friends she made. He did it because he was jealous of her, he felt she was a nerd and was faking being cool or, I dunno, some other reason that seemed logical at the time but was in reality stupid. Granted, he felt genuinely bad when he realized he'd hurt her. Yes, he took action to fix things but it still, his initial actions were wrong. Or, in the Thanksgiving episode where Bart ruined Lisa's centrepiece, didn't care and got all upset when the adults yelled at time. He eventually ran away, still not seeing the error of his ways. It wasn't until Lisa finally sat him down and talked him that he saw it from her point of view, realized what a jerk he'd been and apologized. Granted, teaching someone to not do bad things out of 'how would you feel if someone did that to you?' is worlds better then making them not do it out of fear of someone retaliating. And yes, Lisa also felt terrible when Bart ran away. IIRC, feeling that it wasn't worth losing her brother over a centrepiece, even when he was in the wrong. In the Science Fair episode, remember that Lisa did make her experiment "Is my brother dumber then a Hamster?". Although Bart did ruin her previous experiment, so, he kinda deserved it. Also remember in the episode where Bart lost out on the trip the chocolate factory, Lisa was smug about Bart missing out on the bus and even felt he deserved to miss out on the trip. Her attitude was it was the only way he'll learn. I don't recall him doing anything to her in that episode. One thing I've noticed about Lisa vs Bart. When Bart is the villain, it's usually more sibling rivalry stuff. The kinda stuff one looks back at as an adult and wants to smack themselves for doing. I think part of the issue with Lisa is that we're supposed to sympathize with Bart, even when he's a jerk. So, when he's a jerk, we cringe at how he can be such a jerk. However, they don't glorify it. They take the attitude that he's being a jerk and it's wrong. With Lisa, they've turned her into the annoying teenager (even though she's a kid) that's learned a bit about environmental stuff etc. that demands we do things the way she think is right. She doesn't take into consideration that if changing things for the better were so easy and worked just as well as the bad for the environment ways that we'd have all done it by now. However, as I've said before and want to elaborate, Lisa is also the victim here. They're using her as a puppet for those views. Btw, is there any way to get paragraphs working? Posts would look much better if they weren't all one big block of text. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 30, 2011, 3:54 pm

Lisa Simpson - Random Topics
Remember though with the wacking day episode, Bart helped as well. Remember that it was Bart that pointed out the inconsistencies in the history books that proved that wacking day was a sham. And yes, Bart was acting like a jerk (beyond jerk) in the babysitting episode. While I can understand why he was so upset, it doesn't make his actions right or acceptable. He was justified in his indignation. However, acting as he acted only served to show that he *really* needed a babysitter. Notice however that when Bart goes with Lisa as an equal that his behaviour and intellect are often considerably better. Also don't forget what Bart did in the episode where Lisa was rebelling and took the teachers copies of the text books. I've also noticed that there is one word that can often sum up why Bart misbehaves when he misbehaves: Homer. Notice that when Lisa uses her indignation and morals for good and Bart is on her side and they work together that they make a pretty kick-ass team? Then again, Homer is the same guy that said "Bart can kiss my hairy yellow butt" when Marge expressed worry that Bart would be jealous of Lisa (i.e., when Lisa was born. Homer also declared Lisa to be wave of the future when her intelligence was blooming. When Bart was at the same time starting to have issues, Homer took an attitude of writing Bart off as a failure. Bart Simpson strikes me as the kind of person that could be a good kid. Heck, he could be a damn good and smart kid (let's just forget that Simpson gene garbage they came up with in that one episode) if it wasn't for bad influences like Homer and the bullies. Lisa in encouraged to be the best she can be while Bart is encouraged to be an ass. Notice that in early episodes, they had Bart and Lisa being successful as an adult? Later ones have Bart being more of a failure and Lisa more successful. Perhaps the problem with Lisa isn't Lisa per say. It's that they're making Bart and Homer look increasingly worse to make Lisa look better. Everyone has become caricatures of themselves. Lisa is a victim of the same issue Homer is once you get down to it. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 27, 2011, 12:56 pm

Lisa Simpson - Random Topics
Let's face it, it is indeed true that Lisa Simpson is a fictitious character. She's a figment of the writer's imaginations. The only difference between her and any other imagined person is that they've animated and publicly displayed her. It is indeed silly to be jealous of or to dislike Lisa when everything about her is imagined. She's as smart as the writers decide she'll be for that episode. Everything she says and does is all part of a script. Perhaps we should also take another thing into consideration. If Lisa is indeed a parody of intelligent/prodigy type kids then remember that her behaviour and/or making Bart/Homer look bad in order to make Lisa look good makes Lisa look bad too. The sad fact is, Lisa is as much of a victim of being an annoying character as the other characters (and viewers) that need to put up with her crap are. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 25, 2011, 4:37 pm

Obesity - Random Topics
Robert, you make a damn good point about the stigma of being fat vs say, being alcoholic. As an example, if someone is fat, society tends to make fun of them and seems to consider it acceptable. It's as though with obesity or simply being a little overweight, people seem to attack the person rather then the issue. If they drink too much, society often seems to treat them like a hero or at least laughs at them but in a way that seems to consider the habit funny rather then dangerous/foolish. Society indeed seems to view drinking as 'it's a very bad habit to get into and/or you need to cut down before you end up killing yourself.'. That or 'you have a problem. This is why AA exists. Please, get help.' It's not the person they're saying is bad, it's the drinking they're saying is bad and is the issue. While with being overweight, it sometimes feels more like 'you're fat because you're a bad person and/or being fat makes you a bad person." Instead of (if indeed, over eating is to blame) 'You're overweight because you eat too much and/or are too inactive. If you want to lose weight you need to make some lifestyle changes. Help is available but you need to admit and accept that you have a problem.' What makes it worse is that we all need to eat while we don't need alcohol. It's easy to over indulge when it comes to something we do every day out of a biological need. As for the medical system stuff. I was speaking from the point of view of someone that lives in a country with socialized health care. Although even with an insurance system, wouldn't it be like car insurance where everyone ends up paying more if some people cost the company more money for whatever reason? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 24, 2011, 4:15 pm

Obesity - Random Topics
I can't make them and I know I don't have the right to. In the end, it's their life and their body. And yes, it's also a case of don't judge others unless you prepared for others to judge you. The problem is that, a lot of people sometimes fall into the trap of seeing others not as separate people with their own lives, motivations, feelings, thoughts, influences etc. It's easy to see someone else behave in a way we consider less then acceptable and to imagine ourselves in their position and wonder how 'we' could do such a thing. Sort of how someone that is obese might not understand why someone else has an issue with it while the other person might not understand how the obese person can live like that. I think it's also the issue where it can be very hard to change one's lifestyle. I'm sure there are a lot of obese people that want to (perhaps badly) lose the weight and life a healthy lifestyle. Actually doing it however is a whole different thing. And like with so many other things, it's often not a matter of only eating less bad for you type food, not eating bad for you food anymore or walking to the store/work/school a bit more often. Losing weight and keeping it off can be one of the hardest things to do. Although, as others have said, I think that the so called obesity epidemic is way overblown. People talk as though half of the kids out there are obese when I doubt it's any worse then it was 20-30 years ago. Everyone seems to say how when they were kids that they were more active, ate less candy and less fast food and all this that and the other and how they lived so much better then the kids of today. If parents think there is an issue then I think they need to use their position as parents to do something about it. Only complaining about it isn't going to change anything. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 23, 2011, 3:03 pm

Obesity - Random Topics
Normally, I'd agree about the idea that it's their body and if they choose a lifestyle that leads to them being overweight or worse that it's their right. However, being overweight can lead to any number of health issues, which puts a drain on the medical system. It's also the issue of overweight parents tending to raise overweight kids. When one's bad habits start effecting the health of others, then I think it's no longer a private matter. The ultimate problem is that people want to blame everyone else but themselves for their problems. It's that and everyone wants a quick fix. Staying healthy can sometimes be a full time job that requires a lot of effort and honestly will not always be all that fun. It's often so much easier to just go to McDonalds or another fast food place to get a meal. Likewise, it's often so much easier to watch TV or play a video game then it is to exercise and/or take a walk. I think the bottom line problem is that it's become so much easier and perhaps even far more tempting to live a lifestyle that leads to being obese that it's of little wonder its become an issue. I'm not sure what the solution is because it seems that human nature could perhaps be the root of the issue. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 22, 2011, 1:02 pm

2012 doomsday prediction - Random Topics
The way I see it, if something happens that's as serious as some are worrying about, most or all of us are going to be dead. If nothing happens, life will go on and anyone that worried about it will be probably be embarrassed. Either way, we're not going to have to worry about it anymore once that day come and goes. In my opinion, if you want to have at least a small stockpile of non perishable food and water just in case something happens then that's fine. Heck, it's a good idea to always have one on hand just in case. However, I think making bomb shelters and such is going way too far. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 15, 2011, 11:49 am

Osama bin Laden - Celebrities
The thing is that, yes Bin Laden was a human being. Maybe it is wrong to celebrate the death of another human being regardless of who they are or what they've done in life. However (and I think this is the kicker), as others have said, Bin Laden was responsible for thousands of deaths world wide, not to mention the level of destruction. Think of all of the people that have lost family and/or friends because of this man. Take a look at the NY Skyline. It hasn't been the same since 9/11 and never will be the same. And that's just from his most infamous attack. This man hid protected while people loyal to him died for his cause. I don't recall OBL ever showing any regret or remorse for his actions. He destroyed lived all around the world and walked free to live his all while people suffered (and STILL suffer) because of his actions. From what I gather, the Soldiers that took OBL down in that Operation did so in a way that killed him quickly. They even treated his body with dignity and decency when they buried him at sea. The level of restraint it must have taken to do that is commendable to say the least. Despite all of this, people are objecting to others showing joy that OBL is dead? What do these people want? How do they expect people to react to news that a man that caused so much pain, destruction and loss of life, got away with it until now and to the best of my knowledge, showed no remorse? But when people have been waiting the better part of a decade (some even perhaps far longer) for the capture/death of a man celebrate when it finally happens? Perhaps people need to think about the wrongs that man is responsible for before thinking about whether or not it's wrong to celebrate his death. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 6, 2011, 11:57 am

High School - Random Topics
I think we all have regrets from those years. Whether it be things we said/did that we wished we hadn't, things we didn't do/say that we wished we had or any number or other regrets. I think it's also important to remember that some of the mistakes we made back then helped us to learn lessons that allowed us to grow and (hopefully) mature into the people we are today. So, if you see a High School aged 'kid' acting in a way we disapprove of, remember that we were that young at one point in our lives as well. I'm not saying it excuses it, but that we have to remember that at that age, we're all still learning and growing and we should cut 'them' a little slack. Not let them get away with it, but be understanding. As for going to a high school reunion, I don't think mine even had one to be honest. I'm not sure if I would have gone even if it did. Never having been to one, I can't say how they go or if it's worth it. However, if you've moved on and want to keep that past in the past then maybe not going is the best thing to do. Then again, maybe seeing everyone else as they are now might help things if you discover they too have matured and changed. It might help to reinforce that those years and the issues are the past and that they've moved on as well. Who knows, maybe you'll make some new friends or re-discover some old ones. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 1, 2011, 12:17 pm

Justin Bieber - Celebrities
Justin Bieber is pretty much a blank slate to me. I know little about him. I've only heard maybe one of his songs and that was in an Onion parody of him! I do however have a few questions. How is it that he "believes his own hype and believes he really is better than everyone else" ? And how do you know he's trying to be "famous just to be famous" and how is he "acting like a total jerkass" ? Like I said, he's more or less a blank slate to me. So, I'm unaware of a lot of his activities and attitudes. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on April 29, 2011, 11:59 am

Lisa Simpson - Random Topics
Let's not forget how the Halloween specials started favouring Lisa and so often made Bart look bad and Lisa look great with sickening displays of misandry. Degrading a character that people have known and loved for decades now to make a character that people don't like so much look good is one of the worst ways to go about supporting said character. I mean, would people prefer that Bart and Lisa's relationship resemble happier times in their own lives or would they prefer the show reminding them of times and incidents they want to forget? Although, yes, Lisa was a bad character almost from day one. I believe it was the episode where Krusty is framed for Robbing the Kwick-E-Mart that Bart admits Lisa is smarter then him, hence him needing her help to save Krusty. Lisa of course agrees with a very smug tone. Perhaps someone needs to tell Lisa that it's not what gifts and/or abilities we posses or do not posses that define us but what we do with those gifts and abilities. Although, some of the adults in her life certainly didn't help. Remember when Mr. Bergstrum (sp?) told Lisa (re: Bart) that she'll miss his antics when she's doing things most people can only dream of. Am I the only one that gets Wesley Crusher vibes when I think of that line? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on March 16, 2011, 7:41 pm

Youtube - Websites
I hate the ads that appear at the bottom of some videos. They're especially annoying when they appear in one of those Hitler Reacts videos. Kinda takes away the point when an ad covers the subtitles. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on February 28, 2011, 4:16 pm

Urban Dictionary - Websites
http://www.ruraldictonary.com exists but it simply re-directs to urbandictionary.com -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on February 28, 2011, 4:04 pm

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