It's not very popular.

Jan 9 Ruke commented on Looking for the "Sense to Be Made" in the Charlie Hebdo Massacre.
Hebdo's speech should be protected and criticized. My dislike of their speech should not make it illegal; however, the fact that it's legal, and even the fact that someone was killed over it, does not make it good speech worthy of repeating.
Dec 23, 2014 Ruke commented on Movie Theaters Announce They Will Screen The Interview on Christmas Day.
Wow! It's almost as if Sony had planned this the whole time! Luckily, they *bravely* set up their distribution chain days ago, to guarantee that theaters could have it for their newly revealed opening day, the opening day that they've always had.
Dec 18, 2014 Ruke commented on Ayn Rand Reviews Children's Movies.
Ortberg does a lot of other good stuff over at
Aug 28, 2014 Ruke commented on Anita Sarkeesian Threatened with Rape and Murder for Daring to Keep Critiquing Video Games.
1) We agree on that at least.

2) The quantity and degree of threats made against women in the video game industry is on a whole different order of magnitude than those received by their male counterparts. We're seeing the backlash of a small minority who are losing their "safe space" in which they could be openly misogynistic, homophobic, and racist. The fact that these children are typically not particularly popular in school allows them to see themselves as a persecuted minority, fighting back against an invading oppressor. (Women are half the population after all! Why'd they have to come and take Video Games, my thing, away from me?)

3) It's not so much "cherry picking" as "cranberry bogging" when you can just skim the surface of the medium and come up with a heaping handful of examples. Regardless of the academic rigor displayed in these YouTube videos, I think we can be pretty confident that this man was not a kickstarter backer who is upset at the misuse of his money.
Aug 5, 2014 Ruke commented on Why Do You Listen to Music?.
... and by "the world's manifold horrors," I mean "Your conversation, on the bus."
Jul 30, 2014 Ruke commented on Swill Recalled.
I've got a couple of bottles of Swill at home right now - it comes in 10 Barrels sampler pack. It's pretty dang tasty - I hope that they didn't have to destroy the entire production run.
Jul 28, 2014 Ruke commented on Now That Nerds Run Everything, San Diego Comic-Con Has Become Irrelevant.
@7 Ding.

SDCC isn't a press event. It's an opportunity to hustle your webcomic. It's an opportunity to sit on the floor and play Magic: The Gathering. It's an opportunity to dress up as a supporting character from a Manga that's only been fansubbed into english, and still have people recognize you. It is an opportunity to build a culture around the consumption of your franchise.

The only people who go to ComicCon just for the big releases are the people who were getting paid to go.
Jul 15, 2014 Ruke commented on Who Should Win: Democratic House Speaker Frank Chopp or Socialist Challenger Jess Spear?.
Rent control is a terrible idea, right? Like, that's not a controversial opinion? It didn't work in New York, and out didn't work in the Bay - you just end up with Amazon employees buying out the rent-controlled leases. Zoning laws have to change if you want affordable rent in the city that doesn't leave the richest citizens chomping at the bit to dump their money into some sort of loophole.
Jul 2, 2014 Ruke commented on Is Washington Ready For A Second Socialist? Jess Spear Launches Campaign Against House Speaker Frank Chopp.
I know the delicate balance of power is interesting and important and not at all played to death, but frankly, I'm worried about rent control. How does Spear envision this working? It's not like it worked in SF or NYC; you just get the incredibly-wealthy people who want to live in those cities buying the rent-controlled units from the people who they were designed for.
Jun 23, 2014 Ruke commented on Creepy Religious Text Messages Urge Me to "Reep" What I Sow.
On the plus side, whoever is threatening you with God's Wrath™ probably drives a pickup truck. You don't see too many pickup trucks in Seattle, so you'll know it's coming!

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