May 20, 2014 TrickyC commented on The New York Times Weighs In on the Kudzu-Like Spread of Trigger Warnings.
@66 makes a good point I whole-heartedly agree with, as referenced in #64: When having frank discussions with a relatively "captive" audience, we have no right to use our authority or their necessity to force them to sit silently through triggering topics and discussions, particularly when their purpose is to *explore* trauma. We should not decide for others when they *must* confront and relive trauma without warning and consent.
However, online discussions, books, and movies are not an environment where our attendance counts towards our grade, or where our boss will fire us for leaving the meeting - they are elements of our personnal lives, over which we have every right and necessity to take personal mastery and control of.

I am aware that I am being somewhat intentionally obtuse - but I'm trying to break through to something a bit more on-the-nose about the topic.
May 20, 2014 TrickyC commented on The New York Times Weighs In on the Kudzu-Like Spread of Trigger Warnings.
@65, by way of another reply to #51, the letter from John Scalzi is an interesting case: it was pointed out as an example of a good and effective trigger warning, and yet, people who appreciated the warning still *read* the piece. The warning was a "heads-up", this part I fully comprehend. But the reader still doesn't know how, where, or to what degree that trigger appears in the work.
If within themselves is the strength to prepare themselves to interface with that imagery, I'm not convinced it should be the province of the author to provide it.
May 20, 2014 TrickyC commented on The New York Times Weighs In on the Kudzu-Like Spread of Trigger Warnings.
I'm not talking about *your* triggers. Triggers in and of themselves are not nebulous. But, many claim that triggers, and their necessity, extend far beyond things as simple as those you list. Frankly, you know those elements exist - anticipate them now, and understand why they might have appeared when encountered in the wild - after processing and coping with the incident of being reminded of your trauma.
What's more, *you* did not add a trigger warning to the post in which you specifically named your own triggers. That is a very good piece of evidence of the inorganic solution that warnings present - even you were fairly inconsiderate by the measure of the demand, and you know how damaging triggers can be.
May 20, 2014 TrickyC commented on The New York Times Weighs In on the Kudzu-Like Spread of Trigger Warnings.
I guess I just find all-encompassing warnings on content not centered around discussions of trauma events to be an undue burden. I'm all for the concept of people discussing trauma in terms of recovery or healing having trigger warnings, but works of reporting or fiction are just narratives.
Perhaps Shows dealing with triggering subjects should be preceded by a trigger warning like the TV rating system: Nudity, Adult Content, etc... but since triggers can be more nebulous than that, perhaps every show should be preceded with a general trigger warning, to prepare any given audience.
In that case though, maybe every station should just run a call sign every few hours of programming that covers the trigger warnings for all shows in that block.
In that case, maybe the trigger warning should just be *on* the TV itself, for example, on a sticker on the side.
And in THAT case, since all you need is to read the sticker once, and it never goes away, maybe you just need to be told about it.
And if the TV companies, book companies, radio companies, and theatre companies aren't going to step up to the plate, well then, I'll do it right now:

"During your life you may encounter themes that serve as triggers for pat trauma that range from the explicit to the mundane. Please prepare for these incidents and use best judgement in your continued level of engagement. Should this warning be insufficient preparation and protection, seek counsel for recovery from the incident."

Apr 21, 2014 TrickyC commented on Sunday Comic.
Too soon, too soon.
Apr 19, 2014 TrickyC commented on First They Made Razors with Three Blades....
Alright! Another question I am uniquely equipped to handle!

HERE'S THE SCOOP: The real difference between cartridge razors is the angle and the aperture - the Mach 3 was developed in order to "lock in" the appropriate blade angle for shaving, but they were sold to a generation whom NO ONE TAUGHT HOW TO SHAVE. As a result, many shavers just kind of hacked at their faces and pressed too hard, sending many users to electrics because the cartridges "cut them a lot".

As a result, the 5 blade razor was developed. By Increasing the angle of approach (lessening the potential closeness of the shave) and adding more blades to compensate with cleanup passes, customers who shaved without technique found that the blades would *flatten against* instead of digging into the face.

All was good with the world, until a rash (pun intended) of users began experiencing increased incidence of ingrown hairs and overexfoliation issues such as oily skin and acne, as a result of too much blade contact with the skin. It was from this that the Power Razor was born - like shocks on a car, the subtle vibration relieves pressure against the skin and prevents excessive damage to the skin's protective flora.

This ball is an evolution of the solution - knowing that it has proven IMPOSSIBLE to train men to use better products and techniques, they are engineering a backdoor fix - to get around the public's derisive suspicion of "that dumb vibrating handle gimmick" they are trying to find other ways to build proper technique into the device rather than the user.


TLDR Version: The science is sound - all of this is YOUR FAULT, people.
Apr 8, 2014 TrickyC commented on Much More Important Game of Thrones Poll.
Gotta say - I'm not into blondes, but Season 3 Daario seemed more exotic, deadly and mysterious. Replaying the scene from the Season 4 opener with Skrein in my mind, I think it would have added an edge of a mysterious "Is he on the up and up? What's his game..?" That Daario 2.0 is lacking.
Apr 8, 2014 TrickyC commented on Two-Year-Old Boy Second Amendments His Eleven-Year-Old Sister to Death.
@ #18, Yyyyeah, you kind of don't get the point... the reason *why* callous sarcasm is being used, and belongs here is because we, the NRA, our politicians, etc. have decided that, no, we *don't* care about dead kids. That's why over time, the Stranger's reporting of this issue has transitioned from sorrow, to anger, to disappointment, to "womp-womp" sarcasm: they are holding a mirror to the fact that, incident after incident, we change nothing, because our politics are bound up in gun company's financial interests and conservative paranoia.

TLDR; Dead kids, womp-womp. *BOIIINNNGGG!*
Mar 28, 2014 TrickyC commented on SL Letter of the Day: Psychobabble.
Oct 30, 2013 TrickyC commented on Press Release of the Day.
Wow, #16, constructive comment!
I am boycotting the film, no provisions, because I feel it's far more important to send the message that the politics of hate are something to be *considered* when our more deep-pocketed citizens make a gamble on a potential moneymaker like EG.

OSC has the money from *this* film in pocket, but as others have pointed out, not that from future options and properties. A box office ding based on his unpopular politics potentially prevents future multi-million dollar windfalls from falling into his and other bigot's hands. Even in the case of a massive Chick-fil-a style counterboycott ("I went to that nerd space movie and cheered so loud because they was shootin' a postscript allegory for QUEERS!") I'm hoping that the original boycott maintains enough steam to get the point across.

In my more doomsaying moments, I make the point that one of the only meaningful identities we maintain in the eyes of the powers-that-be is our consumer identity. More than a protest, more than a vote, it is what we buy or don't buy that shapes the politics and day-by-day conditions of our country. We could all stand to be a little less fearless in the application of that power.