Power Goes to Your Head

Remember when you were put “in charge” when you were a kid? Be it in charge of the classroom when the teacher had to step out, or being in charge of your younger siblings/cousins when mom and dad were away, we’ve all been in that position. We’ve all felt the rush of power that comes with having authority.

So why can’t we control it?

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As Time Goes By

It has been a long time since I’ve written here, hasn’t it? The last post was way back when the election ended. Since then, I’ve been in a whirlwind of busy. I had finals, Christmas, reunions, and snowstorms occupying my time, so it was hard to find time to sit down and write. Despite this, of course, I have had many ideas on what to write about.

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The Election Reflection

I will be honest, I would not have been happy regardless of who won this election. Both sides engaged in dirty tactics and spat on others in order to give themselves advantages. I found myself in the peculiar position of voting for a third party candidate instead of one of the two big-ticket candidates.

Call it throwing away my vote, but if someone asks why I didn’t vote for Trump or Hillary, my answer will be because I had to choose between one of them.

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Chasing Perfection: A Response to Johnathon Swift’s Bethesda Piece

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” -Bruce Lee

I was in the midst of writing a reflective piece on the routine of college vs. home life when Google Now alerted me to an article written by Johnathon Swift for Gamasutra. The piece consists of Swift bashing Bethesda for not changing their formula and how bad Fallout 4 was. A gamer myself, I sympathize entirely with how disappointing Fallout 4 might have been (I always preferred New Vegas), but Bethesda is in no way a bad developer.

So this post is more or less a direct response to his article, since Gamasutra wouldn’t allow me to comment. Opinions incoming.

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Celebrities and Sexual Assault: The Towering Implications of the Trump Tapes

It may be a surprise, but I really don’t like being political. The political game has done nothing other than divide a nation on silly issues. American politics is a land of media sensationalism and people attacking others based on who they choose to vote for and chastising those who vote third-party if they can’t vote for either of the two big party candidates with a good conscience. I don’t support either of the two big-ticket candidates, and as a result, I often find myself wondering how we got here; two celebrities are running for president.Read More »

YouTube Heroes: 820,585 Dislikes Can’t Be Wrong

There have been many attempts for Internet giants to pick up the slack when it comes to managing communities. AOL attempted it with their Community Leader program…which opened them up to lawsuits.

Ouch.

AOL was sued several times and was investigated by the Department of Labor due to claims that the volunteers, which were to moderate chat rooms and message boards, were doing the same amount of work as actual employees yet weren’t being paid. The result was a class action lawsuit against AOL that resulted in the company settling with all the former Community Leaders totaling 15 million dollars. The program as it was no longer exists.

Volunteer moderators, however, are nothing foreign in the modern internet. From forums to community game servers to subreddits, ordinary people still take the time out of their day to make their own corners of the internet more friendly and stable for the members they serve. However, these are always in small capacity, and volunteer moderators almost never do as much work as the actual maintainers of the websites they moderate. This is the critical difference between AOL and internet forums today: AOL ruled the internet, so their chat rooms and forums were ubiquitous. Moderators would often have to do a lot of work to keep up with the users. Internet forums today are nowhere near as popular as they were and are often not owned by companies. In the event of a forum owned by an established entity, such as the Ubuntu forums or Bethesda.net, the parent company can often hire their own moderators in addition to community moderators.

But it seems that another company isn’t heeding what happened to AOL back in the day; the video giant YouTube has announced its community moderator program: YouTube Heroes.Read More »

Day Zero

I will be honest, I intended to write this so much sooner than I did. Procrastination and laziness are cruel and unavoidable temptations. I had planned to write on the first day of living at college, then I had planned to write after one month of living. Both passed and I was terribly lazy on both days. No more, I said. After hearing my roommate talking about how he loved writing for the online publication Odyssey, I decided it was time to swoop into action.

I don’t intend for this to be a blog specifically pertaining to living with Asperger’s, it’s just a more whatever place for me to write. I find myself becoming increasingly opinionated as time goes on, and I’m going to try to categorize my posts accordingly. Posts pertaining to Asperger’s will be tagged as such, for example.

I want to start just by describing the college experience so far. It’s impossible to sugarcoat it: Going to college for the first time is scary. You’re on your own, you’re meeting new people, and you’re often in a place that you know nothing about. I lived in the same town since I was six, and there was one road out of that town that went to a neighboring town where I went to school until graduating high school. Going out of the state for college was, admittedly, something I didn’t want to do, and I am very glad I’m here. I’ve got roommates and friends that are good people, have common interests, and often understand if I say something I don’t mean. I’m more than thankful to have them.

But of course, there’s also the downsides. With college comes the palpable pressure to be social. There’s certainly a dogma against people who prefer the quiet of their rooms as opposed to spending all their time in someone else’s. I don’t consider myself to be asocial, although I am introverted, and simply prefer to play video games or watch movies. I enjoy spending time with people, but I can only do it for so long. People will come to understand with time, but it can be overwhelming at first. That isn’t to say I haven’t had fascinating conversations with some people into the wee hours of the morning.

It’s an adventure that I’m only just beginning. I’ll write about Asperger’s if something else comes to mind, but expect to see posts about technology, gaming, photography, movies, and any other news or something that I think is interesting.

See you next time.