Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thoughts - Statistical Death

Thoughts - Statistical Death

I'm deeply uncomfortable with comparison discussions about tragedy and death. I'm uncomfortable because a person compares a tragedy in Kenya of 142 dead and implies that it is more tragic than a death of 129 in Paris. I'm uncomfortable because the discussion becomes a statistic then. Lives become numbers, names are no longer victims, but the tallies of bodies on a sheet. I'm uncomfortable because I don't want to have a discussion on the state of the world with people whom I have either no respect for, or have no interest in impressing.

The debate is cyclical in nature, and no one is listening. But those people are dead, and all anyone seems to care about are the numbers.

Not the names.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dreams - Nihilism

Dreams - Nihilism

Just woke from one of the most Nihilistic dreams I've ever had. Lay in bed for an hour, sightlessly staring at the ceiling wondering what it all means.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Politics - Voting Day, Follow up

Politics - Voting Day, Follow Up

I received this email today in response, a few weeks after the discrepancy I had in voting during the election. I wish it were more conclusive, or even more investigative instead of just a citation of a clause in the Act.

Nevertheless, well there it is.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Game Design - Waiting

Game Design - Waiting

Things they don't tell you in game design school. That some days, you might lose 4 hours just to updating your toolsets and equipment. That your life might become watching the progression of a progress bar in its slow march towards completion, just so that your ideas might be better optimized and realized.

Our world is strange and weird.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Drabbles - Lives

Drabbles - Lives

Sometimes people ask me how many lives I've lived.

I just smirk and ask them how many they have.

But on the inside, I fall to my knees.

And cry.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Politics - Voting Day

Politics - Voting Day

I have returned from voting. I have no selfie picture to show you, instead: I received my ballot and went behind the screen, then took a moment to observe it, and realized that it had been marked already. Concerned I took the ballot back to my polling volunteer and showed him. He immediately agreed and provided me a new ballot, destroying the old one. I took that one behind the screen and again observed the same markings. Both ballots had been marked under the Conservative candidate's name, Alice Wong.

I was suspicious and returned, a number of us checked through the unmarked ballots and discovered that every ballot in their small book (Perhaps a dozen ballots) had been similarly marked. His partner noted that the markings were not exactly in the bubble, and thusly should not count.

I said to him then: "Let us not be lazy in the defence of democracy. The books cost nothing. Get another one, and there will be no confusion."

They produced a new book of ballots, I received an unmarked one, and exercised my civic duty.

It's raining in Richmond right now, but I feel good.

Get out there and vote friends. And be vigilant. Don't let your voice be taken from you.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Politics - Budget

Politics - Budget

Let's talk about the budget. So there's been a lot of people, myself included talking at length about how the Conservative government is running deficits and running up public debt. In the face of that, the common rebuttal is "But he's running a balanced budget projection for 2015!"

So let's look closely at that, because it deserves attention.