Musings and rumblings from a Science teacher Down Unda.

18th August 2014

Quote reblogged from The Glue of the World with 31 notes

Although I mentioned it earlier, I feel that these four sentences need to be recognized for their value in bringing gaming out of the dark ages that we fantasize in the game.

You don’t need to be confined to binary notions of sex and gender. The elf god Corellon Larethian is often seen as androgynous or hermaphroditic, for example, and some elves in the multiverse are made in Corellon’s image. You could also play a female character who presents herself as a man, a man who feels trapped in a female body, or a bearded female dwarf who hates being mistaken for a male. Likewise, your character’s sexual orientation is for you to decide.

There have been hundreds of Facebook posts and Tweets about this paragraph expressing gratitude and relief at its inclusion. Stories of people who wanted to play homosexual or transgendered characters only to be told “Those don’t exist in Forgotten Realms/Greyhawk/etc.”

I recognize that there has been a huge issue in gaming culture involving gender issues and gaming. As a non-heteronormative individual I applaud the sensitivity and acknowledgement of the writers and publishers of this game in recognizing that while there has never been (I own ever edition of D&D printed) a specific discussion of sexuality, non-binary gender (except for a bit in the AD&D 1st Printing of Deities and Demigods) or rules that barred them, this statement makes it clear that in the future if someone says “Those don’t exist!” the issue is their issue - not the games. It is a RULE in D&D that heteronormativity is NOT the rule and that everyone is welcome. This is an amazing thing and I agree with many others that Wizards of the Coast has earned praised for taking up valuable print real estate making it clear.

Review of D&D (5th Edition) Player’s Handbook, (via Phoenix Comics & Games Blog)

Seeing this portion of a review of the new edition of D&D on the blog of my FLGS (Phoenix Comics & Games in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district) frustrates me. I think it’s great that WotC is being inclusive with their game, but at the same time, I feel like that single, quoted paragraph is getting so much attention, while the years of inclusiveness in Pathfinder—not in an overt statement but in actual characters who aren’t tokenized, but just are—is getting totally overlooked. 

I mean, all credit to WotC for bringing inclusiveness to the D&D brand, but I wish the general public, and especially those in the media and writing reviews lauding the move would give credit to the existing game(s) that have been doing it for years.

See 50 LGBTQ Characters in the Pathfinder RPG on wesschneider's tumblr or the recent debut of transgendered iconic shaman Shardra (see her Meet the Iconics introduction here) for more on the inclusiveness that has been part of an existing game for over 7 years. 

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28th July 2014

Link reblogged from WeAreTeachers with 3,201 notes

12 Things You Should Never, Ever Say to Teachers →

weareteachers:

We asked 170,000 educators on our WeAreTeachers Facebook page, ”What do people say or ask you about teaching that drives you crazy?” They had a few lessons to share. So get out your pencil and your notebook, and listen up. Here are 12 things you should never say to teachers. Not to your neighbor…

Ah yes, I’ve heard many of these in the past.

26th April 2014

Photoset reblogged from WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR with 11,713 notes

sci-universe:

Estonian astrophotographer Raivo Hein captured Moon with Jupiter and its moons!

Very cool pic of the Moon, Jupiter and it’s moons.

Source: sci-universe

25th April 2014

Photo reblogged from mysterysquid with 6 notes

mysterysquid:

girlghost:

I need help! What kind of plant is this??? I rescued it from lowes (it was in the clearance section with no information card!)

Any ideas?

Some kind of cactus? Does it have any spines.  Pretty weird looking…maybe not of this earth….hmmmmm.

mysterysquid:

girlghost:

I need help! What kind of plant is this??? I rescued it from lowes (it was in the clearance section with no information card!)

Any ideas?

Some kind of cactus? Does it have any spines. Pretty weird looking…maybe not of this earth….hmmmmm.

Source: girlghost

14th December 2013

Photoset reblogged from mysterysquid with 115,184 notes

nortonism:

Here are 10 photos (out of 22) from my series Racial Microaggressions. I have asked my friends on the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus to write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced on a poster for me to take a picture of them. 

Source: nortonism

3rd December 2013

Link reblogged from tumblr turned me into a misandrist with 28,561 notes

21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You're Depressed. →

oftfrustrated:

rosalindrobertson:

A while ago, I penned a fairly angry response to something circulating on the internet – the 21 Habits of Happy People. It pissed me off beyond belief, that there was an inference that if you weren’t Happy, you simply weren’t doing the right things.

Worth a read…

Source: rosalindrobertson

2nd December 2013

Photo reblogged from WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR with 2,223 notes

Adorable! Poor Pluto. wilwheaton:

(via Octopuns: #86 - Forgiveness)

Adorable! Poor Pluto. wilwheaton:

(via Octopuns: #86 - Forgiveness)

7th September 2013

Photoset reblogged from WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR with 278,325 notes

"If you think homosexuality is an unnatural condition, I cannot agree with you."
Kevin Rudd smashes a pastor’s views on marriage equality on Q&A [x]

Source: raphmike

7th September 2013

Photoset reblogged from WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR with 365 notes

joebagofdoughnuts:

"Hokey dice rolling  and boardgames are no substitute for a good blaster at your side"

Source: joebagofdoughnuts.com

15th November 2012

Photo reblogged from Nerdist Industries with 131 notes

nerdist:

I totally boned this chick named Roxie at @SW_Celebration #seewhatididthere (Taken with Instagram)

nerdist:

I totally boned this chick named Roxie at @SW_Celebration #seewhatididthere (Taken with Instagram)