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by The Great Hippo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 6814

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Dr. Strange "learning" from Eastern Magicians is in fact a cultural note. Maybe, but that doesn't mean Strange can't be from the same culture he's learning from -- just someone who was removed from that culture during childhood. Strange himself never had a defined ethnicity; I suspect giv...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 6814

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

I'm pretty sure what Hippo talked about in this case is not just a blind "find-replace" process, but adapting the script accordingly. Not to fit stereotypes of your casting choices, but to fit the cultural circumstances influenced by the character's race and ethnicity. Right, what I'm tal...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding a Simple Data Entry App?
Replies: 16
Views: 3422

Coding a Simple Data Entry App?

I'm working on a hobby project, but I've recently thought about another side project designed to solve an actual problem I encounter at work: I have to record numerous variables (of different types) in a particular order every day, then review these variables as I enter them into a computer system. ...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

CorruptUser wrote:I'm now imagining Air Force One being a fighter jet. I'm also imagining what would happen when an arrogant blowhard with no piloting skills tries to fly one.
Re-imagine Independence Day, but with Trump playing the president.
by The Great Hippo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 6814

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Right, but there's no reason to keep true to the source material regarding matters of race, particularly in this case. I'm saying Doctor Strange could have benefited by deviating from that.
by The Great Hippo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 6814

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

There's an outsider pattern in real life - someone from a foreign culture (or sub-culture) comes along and studies the secrets of a stable/mature (sub-)culture and, because they don't carry the same unquestioned assumptions, they ask "obvious" questions that turn out to have deep and illu...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 7660

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

We can go over as many details as you like and it doesn't change the conclusion that this was a valid self-defense shooting. At the end of the day, it really isn't so complicated Maybe it was a valid self defense shooting. I'm not in a position to really say. However, the fact that you don't think ...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 7660

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

Gmal didn't provide factually incorrect details regarding the case. I also wouldn't take a lack of charges as evidence of a lack of malfeasance. It's complicated, but I agree that both the event and the coverage surrounding it was more likely than not an expression of racism -- in one form or anothe...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 6814

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

It is an old theme and there are plenty of examples where it is problematic and colonialist and so on but it isn't a theme unique to Western culture, we just know the most examples from there because that is the culture we are immersed in. This basically describes the fundamental idea of The Hero W...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 7660

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

Probably went a bit overboard, didn't I? Well, if I literally had that choice, I'd probably vote for homelessness and then kill myself anyway. But I'm depressed already, so ... not the best person to vote on that. Oh, I beg pardon; I agree with your sentiment, I just wanted to qualify it a little? ...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 7660

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

To be fair, if it's a literal choice between voting for a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic candidate -- or going bankrupt and having to live on the streets -- *I'm* not going to get pissy at the people who voted for bigotry.

But clearly, that was not the actual choice anyone was facing.
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 7660

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

I don't know if it's terribly important to label people who support racist campaigns racists themselves; I also don't think anyone here is rushing to do so? You can certainly just not care enough about racism to oppose racist policies (and in doing so, end up indirectly supporting those policies). I...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 7660

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And yes, Trump has said some actual racist things (Mexican judge, Mexicans are all rapists), but the pattern is not one of racism, it's one of belligerant bigotry. I agree with this statement; I don't think Trump is a literal racist (as in I don't think he has any particular beliefs regarding a hie...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 7660

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yes, for two reasons. First is that it's simply the wrong word, and that impedes communication and pollutes the dictionary. Second and most important is that the reason people (initially) use the word is to disingenuously scoop up its mojo. This is a deliberate attempt to substitute angry chest-bea...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 7540

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Just do what I do: PRESUME ALL CHARACTERS ARE GAY UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE.
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 6814

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Batman is a classic example of the white Westerner who travels to the East and masters Eastern disciplines better than actual Easterners who grew up amidst it. They are the chosen one; the eternal hero who masters the foreign world, then brings this power back to their home world. Batman goes to the...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 7660

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Culture can be a proxy for race. But it isn't always, and calling somebody racist (rather than the correct term) is like calling sparkling wine Champagne rather than Cava, Prosecco, or cheap fizzy white excuse-for-wine (depending on what you're drinking). So what *is* the correct term for someone w...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 6814

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

I think it is a pretty tired trope which is why I am happy they specifically avoided doing than by establishing sorcerers come from all over the world and from all walks of life. But they surrounded those sorcerers with the props, trappings, and settings of Eastern cultures -- without giving anyone...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 7660

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

ucim, if you understand how culture can be a proxy for race, then it sounds like you're not disagreeing with Zamfir or myself. That's the primary contention we're making, here: "Cultural" criticism can sometimes be an attack on a racial identity in a poorly fashioned disguise, and it's fai...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 6814

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Casting a Chinese actor to play a Tibetan character sounds, to me, more similar to casting a white actor to play Martin Luther King. ...the decision to cast a fictitious Asian sorcerer as white is comparable to a decision to cast a real, actual African American civil rights leader as white? o.O Dud...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 6814

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

The "damned if you do, damned if you don't" argument is nonsense here; they included Wong -- who, in the comics, is a martial artist and Strange's Asian servant. What did they do here? Cast an Asian person for the role and made him his own character (who doesn't take orders from Strange, a...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Racism is a bad form of prejudice. But it is not a word that means "bad form of prejudice". It is specifically related to bloodlines. But that specificity is the problem, I think? I picked the Einstein example because it highlights how muddled things get if you stick with an extremely nar...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't think criticizing a culture is inherently racist, but I think there are times where we're criticizing a culture for racist reasons -- and I think in those circumstances, it's fair to call that criticism racist.
by The Great Hippo
Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Racism itself is the kind that depends on bloodline. It is reasonably extended to traits for which the offending bloodline is reasonably inferred. But it is stretched beyond recognition in the service of emotional impact when it is applied to other groupings. When you call prosecco "Champagne&...
by The Great Hippo
Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9708
Views: 1454272

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I've got a data-driven entity-component system, now; you define components you want entities to have in a file that describes their default values (or the values from which they're defined): strength = 10 str_bonus = {(entity.strength - 10) / 2} And now you can define/add those values for certain en...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And that's all I am saying. I'm not saying "stop calling Trump Racist". I'm saying "we need to come up with a better argument than 'RACIST' "... especially if you hope to get anything done in 2018 or 2020. Right, but I think the problem is that it sounds like you're also saying:...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

So I answered your question, can you answer mine? Have you ever been able to hold a conversation with a Trump supporter and successfully convince them of anything while holding the racism thing over them? As I stated earlier: the really racist Trump supporters don't give a fuck, and the non-racist ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Moana
Replies: 34
Views: 4792

Re: Moana

but then we return to the issue of diversity and wanting to see more than two Polynesian princess (with Lilo also not having a romantic counterpart). I realize this isn't a Lilo & Stitch thread, but -- that side-comment in the article threw me off. Because Lilo's sister definitely has a romanti...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Well, it did win him the election. I really hope he's not so clueless with int'l politics as to try this way, but...it's not looking good. Of course he's this clueless with international politics. How could anyone in their right mind listen to Donald Trump for more than five minutes and not realize...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It's not that this won't be a problem. It will still definitely be a problem. But it will be a problem that we as citizens have control over. City and county governments have a harder time ignoring protests than national governments. It's easier to engage with local policy makers than with national...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't think she's a maniacal hothead bent on starting WW3. I think she's more along the lines of a follower of Henry Kissinger, with a vision in her mind of how the modern balance of power can and should be maintained. But she gave the impression that she was aiming to maintain a 21st century bal...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

That's not exactly right, though. We know from Clinton's promises that she intended to escalate tensions with Russia over what was happening in Ukraine and Syria, which was starting to look like the Spanish Civil War 2017 Edition. We know from Trump's promises that he intends to cooperate with Russ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You are missing my point, which is that we know these things are going to happen and still vote into office the people who do them. If we reduced the election to a trolley problem, it seems plainly clear that while the Clinton rail may run over twenty people, the Trump rail will run over those same...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 99964

Re: Gamergate

Re: Gamergate, here's the eternal fascism breakdown that I think that article was citing.
by The Great Hippo
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

GMal, do you have any experience successfully holding a conversation with real life to turn them away from Trump while lecturing them that they are a racist? Honest question. Because if you have had success with this strategy, I'd definitely like to hear how it happened. Because I've "been tha...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 583454

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

KnightExemplar, LaserGuy was just pointing out that you used ad hominem incorrectly (which is correct, you applied it incorrectly). "Donald Trump is a racist, therefore we should not elect him" is not ad hominem. It might be an ineffective argument, but it's not a fallacious one. EDIT: I a...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 99964

Re: Gamergate

As gross as it feels to even semi-agree with Lucrece... I'm suggesting to you that she is anti-feminist. Because when trying to rebut the notion that Gamergate had a strong current of anti-feminism, you pointed to their support for a woman who is described as a strident anti-feminist in nearly all c...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 7540

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Arise showed a major who was still getting a handle on her body and I think handled it well and used it to show aspects of the character that we didn't see in other adaptations. Though I agree that the more interesting and narratively 'stronger' version of the character is the one who is comfortabl...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9708
Views: 1454272

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

...oh. Huh. Wow. Yeah, that's actually way easier than what I was trying to do with strings and parsing. Is it weird that I still kind of want to do string-expressions instead? If only because they're nicer/easier to read? But your solution is way more straight to the point. I will mention that thes...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 7540

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

The whole whitewashing thing is enough to discourage me from bothering, but I have a strong suspicion they'll go with the Major expressing deep-seated insecurities about the fact that she's a full-body cyborg with a head full of hardware. This is why the original movie and Stand Alone Complex were r...

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