Send me a message, anonymous or not, and I’ll publish it and dedicate a weird file from my computer to you. Example above.
If you don’t care at all, you can blacklist “funny files” so you won’t see the hilarity.
Time for a few files that I find while scrapping around on my computer. Be prepared for weird.
Pick-up artists aren’t just skeevy anymore, they’re actively dangerous.
Article about it! Good!
I love Kickstarter. I think that’s clear to people who know me by now? I love it. There’s a dude named Brad Muir and he works at Double Fine and I love the games they make, so much. But before Kickstarter, every time a Double Fine game came out I was a little worried it would be their last, and I’d have to worry that if people didn’t buy it, who knows what would happen to that studio. Then they found KIckstarter and now they make games and people like me can front load the development cost for them and it is the absolute best arrangement for creative people who want a tool in the exhausting struggle of art + commerce. A friend of mine is taking a month off her job to write a children’s book because of this platform. It’s GREAT. I love it.
The outcome of this is that I spend a lot of time just browsing Kickstarter looking for something cool to either back or crow about online. I don’t really back much - I don’t have a ton of capitol to toss around, and I’m sure the fact that I have a lot of ideas and no money factors into my love of a platform that gives money to people with ideas - but I like to check it out. So tonight, I found THIS fucking thing.
This is a nightmare.
Watching the video, reading the description, it sounds fairly innocent but a little eye-roll inducing. It’s another book where some nerd, desperate to be liked by women (this is not an insult, we are ALL desperate to be liked by someone we want to have sex with) thinks he’s figured out some cheat code or check-list like routine they can run in a bar to make women sleep with them, as if women aren’t people but a series of subroutines or an obstacle course that they can optimize to get their dick wet as fast as possible. And he’s written that advice down! And he’s selling it! To you! You could learn his cheat codes. This is nothing new for the internet. In fact, a large swath of this book was published already on Reddit. What’s new is that he’s crowdfunding it.
And sure, you might think this is sad or dumb or that this guy is just another lonely dude talking to other lonely dudes who’ll head out into the night with their fedoras to failure, right? Not a big deal? Oops, turns out we’re wrong, because here are some excerpts from what he’s already put on Reddit -
”5) Get CLOSE to her, damn it!
To quote Rob Judge, “Personal space is for pussies.” I already told you that the most successful seducers are those who can’t keep their hands off of women. Well you’re not gonna be able to do that if you aren’t in close! ”
“All the greatest seducers in history could not keep their hands off of women. They aggressively escalated physically with every woman they were flirting with. They began touching them immediately, kept great body language and eye contact, and were shameless in their physicality. Even when a girl rejects your advances, she KNOWS that you desire her. That’s hot. It arouses her physically and psychologically.”
“Decide that you’re going to sit in a position where you can rub her leg and back. Physically pick her up and sit her on your lap. Don’t ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances.”
Pull out your cock and put her hand on it. Remember, she is letting you do this because you have established yourself as a LEADER. Don’t ask for permission, GRAB HER HAND, and put it right on your dick.”
SO. Now I am no longer rolling my eyes.
This guy is no longer just being weird and creepy on the internet. Now he’s writing a book about how to sexually assault women, and he is using something I believe in (Kickstarter) to ask YOU for money to do it. I am offended as someone who believes in the platform, and more importantly I am offended as someone who believes women shouldn’t be treated this way, and that people who say otherwise CERTAINLY should not profit off saying they should.
This isn’t harmless. People come to these boards because they are scared of being humiliated, and they are saying to the world, “Tell me what to do, because I don’t know what to do.” And this guy has chosen to tell them, “You should be a rapist.”
There’s largely nothing we can do about people saying this shit on a place like Reddit - Reddit’s a mess for another time - but let’s get it off of Kickstarter. The project is funded in 10 hours - and unfortunately a lot of those are sleeping hours - but PLEASE report it to Kickstarter, please tweet @Kickstarter asking them to take it down, and PLEASE do not let something cool be used for the UGLIEST thing imaginable.
The Kickstarter - Report Button is on the bottom of the page
Please Tweet at @Kickstarter
I’ve reported this and tweeted at KS. I just hope someone on that end will be around to deal with the flood of complaints before the project is funded. Shit like this flies under the radar far too often.
I’ll put this here too, for good measure.
from part 7: “If at any point a girl wants you to stop, she will let you know. If she says “STOP,” or “GET AWAY FROM ME,” or shoves you away, you know she is not interested. It happens. Stop escalating immediately […] If a woman isn’t comfortable, take a break and try again later.”
read: consent is the absence of a screaming, physical protest. you can’t possibly strong-arm a girl into something she doesn’t want; despite having spent 7 chapters telling you to be Dominant and Forceful and An Leader, all girls you meet will be completely comfortable telling you to stop. if you do get a screaming, physical protest, just try again later! consent under duress is still consent, right???
This thing is funded 7 times over in TWO HOURS. PLEASE report the project and tweet at kickstarter so that there is enough public disapproval that it would be a bad pr move to let this go by unnoticed. This guy’s reddit post on step 7 (the physical domination part) is taken down, but he can’t change the things he said. PLUS if you do a little searching through his reddit stuff you’ll find more examples of sexual abuse. Like here (http://www.reddit.com/r/seduction/comments/1di9xu/above_the_game_part_5_flirting_touch_conversation/) where he has a link to an example of physical push/pull (that stupid technique where you compliment/insult someone in the same breath) - he grabs women, pushes them up against the wall and kisses them, and then tosses them inside… to pique their interest? THIS IS NOT OKAY. Find as many not-okay quotes as you can in this guy’s chapters (follow the source above) and tweet them at kickstarter until they take this project down!
My dad is suggesting a list of cons near me and I’m dying.
http://www.grandgallopingbronygalacon.com/ - not sure of the theme on this one - make sure it’s not something “kinky.”
A few months ago I went into my usual recording studio to listen to the early demos of Forever Yours and Good Morning Sunshine, deconstructing the songs layer-by-layer for a video called Production Values (see here). While I was there, I ended up listening to the first-take tracks of every song I’ve ever recorded, right back to my first album four years ago.
The result is that I took home a five-track EP of some of the more interesting raw files with the intent of releasing them under the name Raw Materials. I’ve since decided that, since this is just me playing the song as a guide before any of the real work starts, it’s not really something I’d feel comfortable profiting from as it’s nothing more than a curiosity for those of you interested in hearing it. As such, I’ve decided to upload the tracks here on Tumblr for you hopefully to enjoy for free. Each track will go up once an evening, every day this week :)
This second track was eventually released as ‘The Time Of Your Life’, the first single from my second album (available on iTunes or Spotify). It’s here with its original title (Together Tonight) and its original singalong-shanty feel, along with a new verse and different (worse) lyrics. This is the version I recorded in the studio in the morning; at lunchtime I didn’t eat, I just re-wrote the whole thing with Tom’s new structural ideas; and by the end of the day the song was finished as you now know it.
The finished version is good but there is something I really really like about this raw version. It feels a lot more personal and relatable, to the point where I would love to see an acoustic version of Time of Your Life with a similar cadence to this but including those improved lyrics.
I’m in a really tough spot in my life right now, Alex. Thanks for this song.Played 2964 times.
I texted my favorite manager this morning to tell him I was still up for more play dates for our dogs and to thank him for being awesome, and he just texted back that he was sorry and had no heads up that this was coming at all.
I’ll be okay, I just have something in my eye…