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Meet Matt Farley
11/03/14, 13:46

Yeah, I know, he was very helpful on 54evil! But again, I'm too broke / busy / lazy to buy new gear, so if anyone knows of a way to do it with "household parts", so to speak, I would appreciate suggestions. The only thing I can come up with is recording it on my cellphone, which is a terrible idea.
Meet Matt Farley
11/03/14, 13:17

Related issue: I'm still thinking of putting some rocking tunes up on Soundcloud/ Spotify/ whatever, but have not yet gotten off my ass long enough to follow through with any of the advice given to me on 54evil (mostly on account of it all requiring me to buy new gear).

So, any tips on recording crappy music __with nothing more than__ a keyboard, a laptop, and a USB cable?
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 12:41

Mr Hippo: Possibly. I think with Bill it's a combination of racism, his massive ego, decades spent hanging out with neo-liberal state-murder apologists, senility, career opportunism, genuine conviction, and maybe even a little boredom.

But still, one must be willing to set all that aside when it comes time to analyze his arguments.
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 11:36

John, if anyone could finish the discussion, I'd love to have it, but you know as well as I do - or at least, I *hope* you know as well as I do - that this discussion will lead us nowhere. Everything has been said already. The fagdance is scripted and stale. I also don't fucking care.

Anyway, since I know YOU like thinking about Anita, check Adham Nu'man above, specifically:

>> Comments and opinions are not emitted in a vacuum, and Bill Maher, as someone who has a show whose only job is to spout opinions, should be very aware of that. Once you have identified these problems within the Muslim world, you need to figure out what to do with them. Do you wipe out the whole muslim world? Do you ban every muslim from entering the U.S.? Do you ban the religion of Islam? These would be very racist, drastic, draconian measures with huge implications. Simply spouting out stupid shit like "Islam is the worst religion in the world" and then sitting back with a shit-eating grin on your face is the kind of thing you'd expect from a youtube commenter.

and my reply:

>> Here we're diving headfirst into the Sarkeesian effect; a difficult issue which, as I've stated previously, I really don't want to get in the middle of. However, I think Bill's defense would be the standard one used by public intellectuals who wish to absolve themselves of broader commitments: "I'm just generating discussion! I'm not saying ban Muslims. *I'm* simply pointing out that they're all evil and sexist and dangerously violent. Do with that knowledge what you will." There's really nothing you can say to a person who is using this sort of reasoning without making the discussion worse.

So yes John, as I said, we've noticed it, it's been discussed. It also may explain why you seem so willing to side with Bill Maher on this. Who cares?

(including this repost, I suspect)



NOW WHAT DOES BOXXY THINK ABOUT BILL MAHER?! Seriously, I like Boxxy. I would love to hear her opinions on Bill Maher, and on Muslims for that matter. Does she think they're WEIRD, GROSS, or BEAUTIFUL?
Meet Matt Farley
11/03/14, 11:23

So he's the business-hipster version of Wesley Willis?

I wonder if we could get him to do some songs about poeTV?
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 10:43

PLO killing 800 Israeli civilians; freedom fighters.

IDF killing PLO freedom fighters; Nazi thugs.

You're quite right, it's all jingoistic bullshit.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Funeral Scene
11/03/14, 10:19

See also: GTAV vs Saints Row. GTA was a really good game, but they took out a lot of cool features because the writers had a stick up their asses, and they fucked up a ton of missions by railroading you into tightly scripted sequencesthat looked marginally cool until you realized you had no control over what was happening (basically, EVERY chase mission in the game - usually one of the best features in GTA, reduced to tedious horseshit with no replay value, thanks to forced player cars, target vehicles that magically sped up and slowed down beyond any legal value, and every enemy being inexplicably immortal, ALL SO THE DEV COULD SHOW YOU THE COOL LITTLE SIX CAR PILE-UP HE CODED a minute into the fucking chase.)

By contrast, Saints Row had a really dumb plot, but it was twenty times more satisfying, both as a story and as a game, because it a) wasn't pretentious and b) didn't intrude on your actually playing the game.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Funeral Scene
11/03/14, 10:09

Speaking of which, I think Battlefield Bad Company did plot right. The plot is fun, it's irreverent, and it never gets in the way of you driving a tank through a cottage wall in order to run over your friend.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Funeral Scene
11/03/14, 10:06

I didn't say the problem is the mere addition of exposition and plot. On the contrary, I agree with you fully: the problem is this idea of *linear* exposition and plot; of taking away player choice and interactivity in favor of big dumb sequences where you sit and watch really cool looking things happen, things that you have zero control over and thus, no stake in. (more on that later perhaps)

Another issue to keep in mind is that saying a game "has plot" is really no more meaningful than saying a game "comes in color". Plot can be good, mediocre, or terrible - and let's face it, games pretty much always fall somewhere in between mediocre and terrible. Even the best plotted games are no more earth-shattering than your average Robert Rodriguez film (not knocking RR here; he is very enjoyable), and it is a scientific law that the more a game tries to focus it's energies on making some amazingly artsy PLOT, the more likely it is that the plot will wind up sucking regardless. (the Inverse Hype Law)

I haven't played this CoD, but I played all of them up until whichever one came out in 2010 or 2011. They were all still dumb linear shooters, but they got dumber, shorter, and more linear in each iteration. The only real standout part in any of them was that one mission where you got to gun down all the innocent civilians at the airport, but even that got fucked up by the fact that they took as much control away from you as possible (they locked your run button for some stupid reason, I think the devs said it was for "emotional impact", and the actual rampage was done in about twenty seconds; everything after that was your standard shooting gallery level, only with The Terrorists reskinned to look like Russian cops.)

One thing I will say is that CoD is a helluva lot of fun in 2-player co-op missions, assuming they still have those. The singleplayer sucks, the online is boring, but if you have a friend to co-op with and you've already played every Battlefield title to death, it's worth a rental.
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 09:35

Please don't go dragging that GamerGate monstrosity in here, Mr Holmes. Yes, I mentioned above how Bill's rhetorical tactics mirror those of Ms Sarkeesian, but they are two separate issues and also shut up.

Anyway, more to the point, Mr Maher is NOT saying that *all* Muslims are evil. I don't think anyone of Mr Maher's level of education and position within the popular discourse would make the mistake of relying on an absolute statement regarding social groups. NOBODY does that (cough cough), except for schoolchildren and Youtube commenters.

No, what Mr Maher has been saying is that *most* Muslims are evil, and that their evilness is causally related to their Muslimness. Your anecdotal "good Muslim" tells us nothing, except that you anecdotally know a good Muslim. Furthermore, your third paragraph suggests that you actually AGREE with Mr Maher ("there seem to be real problems with Islam itself"), so why argue against him?
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 06:52

I don't know, Bill said it; I'm just giving him the benefit of the doubt, for sake of argument.
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 05:50

^ there's really nothing you can say to a person who is using this sort of reasoning without making the discussion worse.
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 05:47

Some good points, Mr Nu'man! One thing...

"Comments and opinions are not emitted in a vacuum, and Bill Maher, as someone who has a show whose only job is to spout opinions, should be very aware of that ... Simply spouting out stupid shit and then sitting back with a shit-eating grin on your face is the kind of thing you'd expect from a youtube commenter."

Here we're diving headfirst into the Sarkeesian effect; a difficult issue which, as I've stated previously, I really don't want to get in the middle of. However, I think Bill's defense would be the standard one used by public intellectuals who wish to absolve themselves of broader commitments: "I'm just generating discussion! I'm not saying ban Muslims. *I'm* simply pointing out that they're all evil and sexist and dangerously violent. Do with that knowledge what you will."
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 05:27

In fact, I'll go one step further and point out that, if Mr Maher were truly committed to the sort of high-minded liberal ideals he professes to champion in that UC Berkeley video below (http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=139647), dismissing Mr Affleck with a casual "so what?" is PRECISELY the sort of thing he'd do!

He wouldn't flop around, nattering on with all this "I'm not a racist/ Some of my best friends are Muslims!" stuff. He'd say, look, Ben Affleck. Look, American people watching this broadcast. The content of my character is not the issue here. Play the argument, not the man. Critical thinking: "that's how it's done, kids". etc etc etc

But no, of course he doesn't do this, of course he stoops down to playing in the mud with all the other ad hominem-ers, Why? Because Bill Maher is NOT a "liberal in the truest sense of the word", interested only in reason and free speech! No. He's just a big fat smelly jerk who STILL beats his wife!!!
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 04:42

He probably is a racist, but we must remember that being racist doesn't necessarily make him wrong. It's the classic ad hominem problem; a racist may still be correct, in spite of the fact that he is (to many eyes) "evil" and abhorrent.

Of course, Bill Maher is an entertainer, not an intellectual; the finer points of critical thinking are of little concern to him, and may actually work *against* him, owing to the fact that his audience (by nature or design) tends to be more receptive to sophistry than they are to reason. Bill flounders about spluttering "I'm not a racist!" because he feels he has to, when intellectually speaking, he'd probably be better off facing Ben Affleck's accusations with a simple "So what?"
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 03:45

Dr West nails Bill at 6:00; it's a pity he didn't press the attack.

Also, wouldn't Mr Maher's statements in regards to Tunisia *undermine* his own position? If Tunisia really is the region's most "cosmopolitan" society (read: worldly, pro-Western, "liberal"), then wouldn't the fact that Tunisia is all-in with ISIS seem to suggest that the driving factor behind the Islamic State is NOT Islam, so much as regional power politics?
Bill Maher Responds to Criticism Regarding Islam Comments
11/03/14, 03:29

"Bill Maher owns Cornel West".

Heh. Slavery.
Bill Maher Responds to UC Berkeley Petition
11/03/14, 03:24

I'm serious about the question to Maher listeners, BTW. If anyone can provide some prior statements by Mr Maher in regards to similar issues, I'd appreciate it.
Bill Maher Responds to UC Berkeley Petition
11/03/14, 03:20

"In regards to the Berkeley petition, Bill Maher is correct."

The section you quoted was specifically addressed by: "But character issues and cynicism aside, he's spot-on." I am simply being cynical. More specifically, I am calling into question the sincerity of Mr Maher's attempts to ingratiate his audience with the old "you kids are freedom-loving free-thinkers, give yourselves a hand!" routine. BUT! I am not saying he is wrong. On the contrary, I agree with him, at least as far as the Berkeley issue goes.
Bill Maher Responds to UC Berkeley Petition
11/03/14, 02:43

"In general I wouldn't want Bill Maher to speak at my commencement; I'm not sure he has anything to say."

LOL, that's a good point.

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