I met Olga in 2010 at VidCon. She was a very smart, very clever, very cool young woman. I thought it was weird (but kinda cool) that Tom Milsom had found a cool fan who could hold her own with a bunch of the top-tier VidCon folks and let her behind the curtain a little bit.
I met Olga in 2010 at VidCon. She was a very smart, very clever, very cool young woman. I thought it was weird (but kinda cool) that Tom had found a cool fan who could hold her own with a bunch of the top-tier VidCon folks and let her behind the curtain a little bit.
What Milsom did is disgusting and awful. His talent, charisma, intelligence, and certainly not his large online following excuses what he did. So far I’ve been friendly acquaintances with a total of 5 sexual abusers when that number should be 0. 4 of which were my peers in the YouTube community…
Imagine if one of the cogs eventually develops emotions and falls in love with another cog, but they dont know how to love it back.
Cogs do have some emotions, for one they have a very strong sense of community. If you recall waaaaaaay back in Four Against the Void, Arquebus tries to convince the rulership that getting involved is important because he is empathetic to meat beings.
Mr. Rodrigo, Sir, I have a quick question. My roommate is trying to set up a 'Monster of the Week' game and one of the classes in that game is Luchador. He told me that you used to be a world champion Luchador way back when, and I was curious if you could give me some tips for playing a Luchador?
Yeah, let’s talk about luchadores.
First off, I’m guessing by “luchador” you mean “masked wrestler” there are plenty of mexican wrestlers who don’t wear masks and they are also referred to as “luchadores” since “luchador” literally means “wrestler”.
American media is very superficial when it comes to masked wrestlers, often focusing on the goofyness of it. All you have to do is watch movies like Nacho Libre or Despicable Me 2 to see that American media makers find masked wrestlers comical.
Although there are plenty of Mexicans that find masked wrestlers comical the masked wrestler occupies a different place in Mexican culture. Part superhero, part actor, part pro athlete, part rock star, the masked wrestler is culturally significant.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when playing a masked wrestler:
Rudo or Tecnico
Although similar to the Heel/Face division in American wrestling, the rudo/tecnico division is its own thing. Usually, within the context of the ring, a tecnico will never cheat or use underhanded tactics and instead will try to win legally and cleanly. By contrast rudos cheat and generally use rougher techniques like eye gouges and uglier submission holds. Outside of the ring rudos aren’t necessarily bad or mean (although plenty are) they just do what it takes to win, even if it involves illegal activities.
Masked wrestlers never take off their mask in public. Nobody knows what their face looks like, not even those closest to them. This is why you often see masked wrestlers in suits. If they go to a formal event they will still wear their masks. Once a wrestler puts on the mask he or she wears it until they lose it in a bout. Masked wrestlers who do not lose their masks are often buried wearing them.
Losing The Mask
Sometimes a wrestler will wager their mask against an opponent’s. Whoever loses the fight must unmask and can never wear their mask again. Maskless opponents can still challenge a masked wrestler to a battle like this, if they lose they must shave their heads.
Outside The Ring
As I stated before, masked wrestlers fulfill a lot of roles. Pillar of the community, mysterious vigilante, arcane protector, womanizing jerk. Masked wrestlers carry their kayfabe off the ring and into their movies, tv shows, and public appearances. If you create a masked wrestler character make sure you have this persona in mind, there have been masked wrestler scientists, magicians, martial artists and even zombies.
Most importantly, masked wrestlers are an important part of Mexican pop culture going back more than half a century. Thousands of Mexicans have grown up idolizing El Santo and his cool friends. It’s important to consider this when making a character, especially if the idea is to make the character for laughs. Mexicans already get relegated to secondary and comedy roles in media as it is, the goofy, posturing, heavily accented, masked wrestler is (often literally) adding insult to injury.
hi kiki i'm really sad and heartbroken and you always seem so happy. how will i be happy again? i have so much love to give but no one to love anymore and it hurts
i’m definitely not happy even 20% of the time. there’s a huge difference between being happy and positive. i suffer and struggle with mental illness daily and i have months where i feel like i’ll never be happy again. i don’t remember the last time i went a day without crying about SOMETHING, ya know? i’m definitely not a “happy” person. i’m pretty notoriously melancholic.
but i slowly learned that a lot of my misery came from the idea that love was a certain thing. love was validation, kisses, adoration, gifts, intense exchanges, and that people could fall out of it at any time. and it took a while and i’m still learning so much but i’ve found, personally, that love isn’t this tangible exclusive funnel that you pour feelings into>get feelings back. you can’t just find a person and say, “yes, this is where i’ll put all my love.” they get all your baggage, and your anger, and your sadness, too. they benefit from your love in a unique way because the both of you challenge the other. that’s still love, and it’s real, but in a very one-dimensional way. my love for dan is different that the feelings and actions that play out within our relationship
true love— the love you have boundless amounts of— can manifest and be tangible, certainly. it is the days you pay for the coffee of the person behind you, hold open doors, worry that someone on the street isn’t warm enough. it’s when you paint your toes not because you think they’re ugly but because you love the colour; it’s when you smile back at someone and when someone lends you their jacket. it’s when you let the car in in front of you instead of speeding up in traffic. it’s when you say “that person had a hard day,” and forgive them for being short with you. it’s when you, yourself, are forgiven
it’s the ultimate understanding that all beings are capable of compassion and “love”. people might not be able to handle relationships; people might break up, be bad friends, be selfish. but when they do little actions— mindful kindnesses— they’re expressing love for another individual, not for any other reason, than acknowledging that that person needs and is capable of love, as well
funnel your hurt into creativity and movie binges, be ok with the changes taking place. reach out, when you feel capable, and be kind to yourself and others. hurt doesn’t go away; hurt is a constant. most religions have an understanding that hurt never leaves. the buddhist understanding is that suffering (aka hurt/discomfort/boredom/etc) is the forefront of all existence, but many interpret it to mean that the stars shine so much brighter when they’re put up against a background of limitless blackness.
i’m sorry you’re sad. i’m sorry anyone is sad. i wish i could take it all away and make it better for you, i really do. but it’s a process. i love you. :)
“The truth is you organically have your own style that’s going to come out—even when you copy other people, especially in the beginning. And the end result is that you get this amazing amalgam of all the people that you respect, and it comes out in amazing ways. To think otherwise—to think that you’re somehow pure and your voice is independent of all the others is probably a little grandiose.”—zefrank (via goatblr)
Note: Itunes rounding involved. May not be entirely accurate.
Current total time of all story podcasts: 12 days
Season 1: 7 hours Season 2: 2.3 days Game Master Workshop: 6 h 45 min Season 3: 3.7 days Paladins and Dinosaurs: 8 h 37 min Season 4 total currently: 5 days Season 4 up until infamous #188; over: 2.3 days Season 4 from #188 to currently: 2.6 days
Analysis and discussion: Perhaps this explains why we started feeling that season 4 was dragging on for too long. I personally find that if I stop at ep 188, then treat everything on as a new season, any conflicts or stalling that we all had a hubbub over at the time of release becomes more bearable.