Editorial: Keeping Internet Perspective

I posted this here, but I'm copying it here since it's a pretty accurate reflection of the mood I'm in today.  I'm a bit bummed with the blogging experience for a variety of reasons, most of which probably has nothing to do with blogging.  Still, there you go.

Man, this is a bit like the internet West Side Story... 'cepting its the Dakka Street Tuffs vs Stelek's ZombYe Fun Bunch. 

I don't know - I'm feeling a bit let down with blogging today; not because its any different, but because of the mood I'm in.  Since finishing school I've not known what to do with myself.

Heh.  I ALWAYS know what to do with myself - that's not what I was talking about.

So let's recap.

Deadshane trolls here and posts there.  One dude (Bunker) pointed out he posts a similiar comment like clockwork everytime Stelek posts something he disagrees with.

But is that so different then what happens here?  Let's face it, Stelek is always saying he gets numerous emails whenever an article pops up on Bell.  He may or may not respond... but more often he does.

For better or worse, this site is my spot, the place I feel the most comfortable posting.  I don't like forums, plus I like the aggressive exchange of ideas.... that's probably how it happened.  Regardless, I tend to give more weight to the regulars here than others, because I know them.

Plus, Stelek's rants seem like editorializing to me, not angry hate-speech.  But doesn't that depend on the perspective?

I'm sure JWolf would say so.  That's a really decent dude who's been pilloried by our community.  I say 'our' because I'm a regular here - and that's probably how I'm known.  So how much does it matter that I've defended him, or didn't agree with the consensus?

Maybe not so much.  I don't know.

Look, I'm not trying to be negative or attack anyone; I like it here.  There's a sizable number of you who are my favorite bloggers.  I just think it's useful to play devil's advocate sometimes, just like it's equally useful to remember they are us

Perspective's a bitch.

I like Chumby's line: Dakka drama is so last year.  It's a clever turn on a phrase made on the Dakka thread: Stelek drama is so last year.

I'm ready for drama to be so last year.

I've said this before, but there's a reason I use my real name when I post online.  I never want anonymity to be an excuse for bad behavior.  That's not a slight on the overwhelming majority of you who like handles, but rather a tool I use for the governance of my own behavior.  It keeps me honest.


Thomas aka Goatboy said...


I just love the people throwing hate on anyone. I mean, if you don't like it, don't read. And everyone has their right to their opinion. Personally people could be more constructive on all sides, but that is just me. Heck I try to be as nice as I can be at all times, thus I show my face, people can find me easily enough in any big tournament, and I always take the time to answer any email that comes in.

My hope is, even through the price increase, the kinda meh main tournaments, and whatever you think about the game you can still have fun when I bring whatever nonsense I decide to play with. I had a blast playing Stelek as well as JWolf most of the time hah.

And to conclude. Eldar are weenies!!

Gauthic said...

My heart is starting to turn away from Games Workshop more and more every year.

Sure our local build up was fun, but it's just too much--not just the monetary cost-everything.

The last few weeks I've been pretty concentrated on working on my own wargaming rules that Brent's been helping me out with in between his many games with the other locals. It's not my place to pimp that system, but it's easily found if you casually look. (I feel that if Brent ever feel that they're worth a look to his readers he'll make a post on it.)

Right now the models at Mantic Games have caught my eye. They look like a very nice alternative for a new company.

(A new favorite!) Anon: I haven’t even bothered playing a game of 6th yet, cause I have read the rules, and actually understand how they interact with units. I know my armies no longer function how they should, and so I need to change them.

Strictly Average: 'cause 6-inches is all you get.

Stalking Jawaballs since 2009.

Jawaballs: "My butt just tightened up."

Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

Brent: emptied the Kool Aid and DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE with an extra-long straw.

Unicorns don't exist.

Home of the Stormbuster, the Dyson Pattern Storm Raven.

I'm a comment whore and this whore is getting no play.

Not Brent hurts Brent's feelings.

I think, therefore I blog.

"You should stop writing for everyone else and worry about your crappy blog." - Anon.

Not Brent has been spotted lurking around with a green marker.

He's not like a bad guy from a cartoon, all devious but never quite evil, Not Brent is bad beans, man, bad beans.

Dethtron: "Again I feel obliged to remind you that trying to sound smart only works if you are."

MVB: "I am not one to join the unwashed masses of self-titled 40k experts out there distributing advice from their blogs about exactly how your list should be built..."

Shiner Bock on tap: that's how I choose hotels.

Strictly Average: The Home of Hugs and Gropings.

Don't feed the trolls!

MoD: "Welcome to Brent's head."

Competitive is Consistent.

Dethtron: "...you could use that extra time to figure out a way to get your panties unbunched and perform a sandectomy on your vagina."

Dethtron: “When calling someone an idiot, it's generally best to avoid making grammatical mistakes.”

Warboss Stalin: "You know, if it actually WAS funny, maybe I wouldn't mind."

Mike Brandt: "It's not a successful bachelor party if you don't misplace someone".

"The Master Manipulator (every store needs one): "...now, enough stroking."

Kirby: "I don't know about gropings. Seriously, Brent, keep it in the pants, please."

Loquacious: "No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get Hugs & Gropings or Stalks Jawaballs into Brent's little tribute."

Captain Kellen: "I rate this article a Brent on the Faith Hill to Nancy Pelosi scale!"

Drathmere: "Come for the balls, stay for the Brent? Kind of disturbing, man."

Go no further, lest thee see something thine eyes would fain look past!

Isabelle: "So, thank you for supporting your local and not so local unicorns. A noble gesture like that can show some scared kids out there that they don't have to hide from everyone and it's ok to be who they really are."

There is nothing more interesting than We The People... in all our beautiful, ugly glory!

On Internet Advice: You see, I have an almost religious belief that's it's a huge, colossal waste of time.

...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

Lauby: "Is it left over from that time you thought that you could just complete step one 12 times to meet the mandates of that court order?"

Not Brent: "I guess we'll have to read on and find out. Signed, Not Brent. Especially today."

Cynthia Davis: "I think the scrolling text is from Glen Beck's new book."

Grimaldi: "Spamming certain units creates interesting possibilities but also fatal weaknesses."

Purgatus: "Math can inform decisions. It cannot make decisions."

Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

You'd be that much quicker to figure out what I mean when I refer to a Unicorn if I covered it in a rainbow flag.

SinSynn: (To Brent) "Curse you and your insidious influence on the internets..."

Dave G (N++): "You know you're an internet celebrity when your following is more akin to tabloids."

I prefer the term Internet Personality (or IP) myself, seeing as how I coined it.

Lauby: "Your attempt to humanize him as failed. I feel nothing but scorn for his beard - it's like a warcrime or something."

BBF: "I've always thought you are a good player but I finally figured out that you are a great player. It's hard to see sometimes because your personality is engaging, sincere and quite charming - to me that is kind of a rare combination."

'Clearly cheating?' I didn't misspeak: you jumped to conclusions. If you'd like to apologize I'll be happy to send you an autographed picture of my ass.


I thought I was doing alright before I realized I was losing.

Age and treachery beats youth and vigor every time.

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