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About Troj

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  2. Star Wars the Last Jedi (Spoilers maybe)

    The movie was not without its flaws, but I thoroughly enjoyed it overall, and appreciated its fresh take on an old franchise. I'm also savoring all of the pissy nerd tears that are flowing over it.
  3. I yearn for the day when we collectively draw the line at people using their religious beliefs to justify hurting others or disrupting the Commons. Your right to swing your fist ends at another person's face, period, and to hell with your "personal relationship" with Barney the Magical Skynosaur.
  4. I realize that the legal and ethical issues here are complicated and genuinely problematic and fraught with peril, but at the end of the day, I'm at least perfectly fine with socially shaming fundies and bigots who would deny service to members of a protected class for "sincere" (gag me) moral or religious reasons.
  5. Net Neutrality Getting Repealed Owns

    "Whataboutism" is a common tactic designed to distract people from an issue or problem. Warning to the wise: "What about (other issue)" is often (but not always) employed by people who don't actually give a shit about that other issue, and who mostly want to kill the discussion about the issue that's currently on the table, but know that they can't quite get away with just telling people they just shouldn't care at all. Don't fall for it, guys. Nine times out of ten, it's a ruse.
  6. Net Neutrality Getting Repealed Owns

    Enjoy: Debate Against and For Net Neutrality Why the arguments against Net Neutrality are wrong Tech Founders Talk Net Neutrality Net Neutrality Repeal Will Be a Boon to Large Tech Companies Net Neutrality Myths and Facts 5 Arguments Against Net Neutrality
  7. Something I've noticed in our community

    ^^^There could be lots of explanations for that phenomenon, and may not be due to any one thing. People may feel they no longer connect well with the youngsters, may get tired of the kiddie drama, may just get bored with the same-old same-old, and/or may just not have time to participate in the fandom because they're focused on their family and/or career. Echoing Red Lion and some other folks, I absolutely appreciate being able to talk about or allude to sex without people assuming that I'm automatically hot to trot.
  8. Toxic Victim Mentalities

    This is all crazy, unhealthy stuff in my book. People should be able to fantasize, dream about, or check out other people without coming under fire from their significant other. You can have fleeting attractions or superficial crushes on people without betraying your mate or loving them any less. And if you're wrestling with serious, persistent self-hatred or body dysphoria issues, you should get a therapist, because it's uncool to consistently corner your mate and manipulate or guilt them into assuring you that all is well when you fundamentally don't believe it.
  9. Well, of the other ideas that have been thrown around, it's safe to say that an "autistic" react on a furry forum would be the very definition of redundant.
  10. I might appreciate some more "react" options, but already, I've started to see people use "reacts" on FB to be passive-aggressive, and it's just childish, cowardly, and annoying, and leads to the same or even, worse fights as when people just disagree openly.
  11. Creating a ballanced character

    Here's some food for thought: People often hate most in others what they hate or fear most in themselves. So, if you have a character who hates little creatures, it may because he is insecure about the ways in which he currently feels small and vulnerable, or is trying to overcompensate for a time when he was small and vulnerable. If you have a character who hates fat creatures, maybe it's because he realizes how easy it would be for him to let himself go, and is terrified by that thought, and horrified that anyone might find that out about him. A character's hatred for someone or something can also be fueled by envy or jealousy, as well. Perhaps your character hates fat creatures because they're contented and well-off, and he resents always having to restrain himself and be responsible. In any case, your characters will be more interesting if their flaws have some kind of underlying reason behind them that actually shapes and informs who your character is, to the point of actively shaping their choices throughout the story. At the same time, your characters must always act at the top of their intelligence, or your audience will get bored and frustrated. Your characters can make bad choices or flawed choices based on their established shortcomings, but be careful about going so far overboard that it strains credulity, violates what we know about the character, or makes your character less likable and interesting. What you really need to concern yourself with is what your character wants. You can create the most fascinating and multi-faceted character in the world, but if they don't want something, audiences won't be engaged enough to stick around. Your character needs to have a goal that they're trying to meet that readers will be interested in and will feel they relate to.
  12. Creating a ballanced character

    I believe it was Un Lun Dun by China Mielville that dealt with the idea of a prophecy pointing to the wrong Chosen One.
  13. Some people can't afford to be assholes.

    People on the spectrum can be incredibly empathetic, to the point where they can empathize readily with inanimate objects, animals, and weird or random fringe groups on Tumblr. ("That word is hurtful and triggering to toaster-kin!") The trick is that you may have to actively connect the dots for an autistic person in the event they can't intuitively relate to someone or something, or aren't seeing the consequences of their actions. But, once you connect those dots, an autistic person will often be quite willing--sometimes overly so--to be accommodating. So, your guy sounds like he's autistic AND an arrogant Sheldon Cooperesque asshole who's possibly been flattered, enabled, and humored too much.
  14. Some people can't afford to be assholes.

    I wonder how many times reality will slam him before he either snaps or learns.
  15. Some people can't afford to be assholes.

    Dunning-Krugerites annoy me. Ergo, autistic people who've forgotten that they're autistic annoy me. There are few things more cringeworthy than hearing an autistic person propose some grand theory of human nature, or speculate on another person's motivations. It's probably not that different from hearing me talk about math or try to give directions, or hearing Kellyanne Conway say anything, period.