Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago our message board and general inbox were bombarded with demands we address something called the “GamerGate Scandal”, posts written with the urgency and rage one would associate with, say, discovering that Chipotle burritos are made entirely from the meat of human babies. It’s apparently a big deal in some circles, so we followed the links and read the piles of data presented, and had to stop and take a deep breath just to grasp it all. “Gentlemen,” we said amid the stunned silence, “do you realize that if what they’re saying is true, then this is still the most pointless fucking bullshit anyone has ever forced us to read?”
The “scandal” turned out to be an excuse for an Internet harassment campaign against a random indie game developer who, like many such targets, was a female and a feminist.
It was all sparked by a single forum post from a jilted ex-boyfriend, but the ensuing outrage was so fierce and relentless that the story made it all the way to The New Yorker. This kind of spontaneous shitstorm is depressingly common these days, so we reached out to Zoe Quinn to see what it’s like to be the Internet’s Most Hated Person (well, for a couple of weeks, anyway). Here’s what she told us.
Wow. Just wow.
“What is it about modern conservatism that demands there always be not just a threat, but an existential threat? It’s not enough that Saddam Hussein was a vicious dictator, he also had to be just years away from unleashing a “mushroom cloud” upon us all. It’s not just that there was a temporary rise in the number of undocumented minors crossing our borders, we had to have people like Rep. Louie Gohmert explain to us why this was going to somehow result in the end of American civilization. And those kids probably had Ebola. And they were probably Muslims. Reforming health care was going to lead to a dystopian future in which you would appear before a government panel that decided whether you lived or died. Putin is an evil mastermind who has his eyes not just on Crimea or even Ukraine, but on most of Europe if we do not send in our own tanks, or talk much more angrily, or do some other unspecified something. Everything is the immediate precursor to Armageddon, every day, all the time.”— The Great Orange Satan on Sen. Lindsey Graham, who says: ‘They will open the gates of hell’, ‘This is ISIL versus mankind’. (via wilwheaton)
Literally having someone tell me “BUT YOU’RE A WHITE STRAIGHT MALE. WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN THE SJWS COME AFTER YOU?!”
I dunno, apologize? Probably did something wrong?
Oh, didn’t do anything wrong, just a bunch of SJWs at my door? Cool come in lets have a pizza party I guess hey what does everyone want to drink
Image description: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut.
Photo from the U.S. Navy
the person doing the christening is dr. tam o’shaughnessy, ride’s partner of 27 yrs. sally ride was not just the first woman and youngest person in space: she was also the first lesbian in space - likely, the first lgbtq person in space.
I know we shared this before but finding out that this ship was christened by Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy was something that required re-sharing.
Just a minor note that Sally Ride was not the first woman in space or the youngest person in space- Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman and first civilian to fly in space when she went up in 1963 for the Soviet space program. Tereshkova was also younger than Ride when she went up, though cosmonaut Gherman Titov, who was only the fourth person to reach space, still holds the record for youngest person in space. Sally Ride holds the claim for the first American woman and youngest American to enter space.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup: The warm flavors of fall bottled into a sweet syrup.
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This is a nice recipe, but after making it, it needs work! I’ve been tweaking it all day, and I think I have it figured out. Here are my proposed modifications:
1 cup water
1 ½ cups brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp vanilla extract
This version will yield I think about 1 ½ cups of syrup, but it will taste more like Pumpkin Spice. To explain my changes…
The original recipe has WAAY too much water and too little simmering time, and your “syrup” ends up really thin. All you have to do is supersaturate the solution, which you can do with less water and some heat (as the recipe already requires). I ended up having to reduce the stuff for HOURS to even resemble something thicker than water, so if the recipe is to retain its short prep time, you need less water.
I vie for just brown sugar over white sugar to really push that caramel syrup flavor. Putting regular sugar in was a rather mundane flavor.
I adjusted the spice ratio. It’s really easy to overdo cloves, so I dulled them down a bit to resemble my pumpkin pie recipe.
With the proposed amount of pumpkin, this syrup BARELY tasted like pumpkin! I had to double the amount of puree before it tasted like more than cinnamon sugar. With a full half cup, you can actually taste the PUMPKIN in pumpkin spice.
I also reduced the vanilla extract. My current batch has 1 tsp + a gratuitous and unmeasured dash, but I think it amounts to about a tablespoon.
Otherwise, follow the same directions. If you don’t feel like clicking the link:
1. Put the water in a medium saucepan. Add heat. Stir in sugar and supersaturate that sunuvagun.
2. Turn the heat down. Add spices and pumpkin. Whisk so everything dissolves nicely. Don’t let it bubble.
3. Turn off heat. Once it’s room temperature/cooler, stir in vanilla.
4. If you want you can strain it, but I didn’t find a lot of residue myself.
THAT’S IT YOU’RE DONE YAAAY. Keep it in the fridge.
WHAT IS ON HIS NECK THIS IS ILLEGAL
Dude is not an alpha. He is so beta that he is denial about it. Lets see, If I were trying to get a lady’s attention… I would say this: ”Hello. My name is Melody. Would you like to hang out sometime? I can make some killer pizza and we can watch any movie you like.” I would lose the hat and dear God, if I were in this guy’s shoes I’d shave that crap off my face and weave it into a rug. Say I shot it while hunting or something. Heck say it was Donald Trump’s old Toupee.
Being an “Alpha” is not about you it’s about the people around you and those you are wanting to date. An alpha looks after the well-being of others. It doesn’t mean ya don’t give a crap about what other people think. *rolls her eyes and burns the mic*
Protip: If you go on about whether you’re an alpha or beta or whatever, you are neither. You are a child. I don’t care how old you are.