In the Brainholes: Elections and Assassins

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I keep half-writing blogs and then losing track of them, opting out of them, or forgetting about them. So it’s been a slow week here, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. And now, here’s what went on this week.

Some quick thoughts on being an independent

So the 2012 election didn’t go well for Republicans. I certainly don’t support the party. although I consider myself an independent rather than a Democrat. I wrote a lengthy post for here about why I don’t support the Republican Party in its current incarnation, but at Caitlin’s advice, opted out of posting it. She said that we’re all tired of politics. This is extremely true.

However, I thought maybe I’d distill a few of those thoughts into one or two paragraphs real quick, because I think the points are still important. First, I don’t really jive with some of the policies of Barack Obama. The guy’s administration is notoriously secretive and he’s not very open to journalists, which immediately puts me on edge. He’s failed to live up to some of the hope/change rhetoric that got him elected in the first place (although some of that is the result of the obstinance of the totally-refusing-to-cooperate Republican chunk of the legislature). And there’s the whole “illegal drone strikes that may or may not occasionally kill American citizens” thing.

So a viable alternative to Obama might catch support from me and members of the electorate like me, but the Republicans got clobbered on Tuesday, and that’s because I would vote every single day for Obama before I’d vote for a Republican in the party as it currently stands. I mean, holy crap, some of them don’t understand how rape works. They’re waging a full-on war of denial on science. It seems like the whole party is filled with crazy people. Don’t get me wrong, most conservatives I know don’t subscribe to the more horrible views of the party, but there are plenty who in the party who do. In fact, it’s the only party that includes a bunch of racist, gay-hating bigots who want to turn the U.S. into Jesusland. Yikes, man.

I’d be very interested in returning to a conservative movement that’s a little less 1500s, a touch less batshit insane, and a great deal less willing to institutionalize second-class treatment of more than half the country’s population. I hope the lesson conservatives and Republicans take away from Tuesday is that if they want to get anywhere in this country, and if they want to get anything done, they need to jettison the crazies and the bigots, post-haste.

Meeting douchey Founding Fathers

Last week, I played through Assassin’s Creed 3, which takes place during the American Revolution and makes some interesting political statements about America and about the mythology we attach to the people who founded it. The game portrays many of the heroes of the founding of the U.S. as flawed, sometimes awful people. It’s definitely an interesting portrayal.

I wrote an article for Game Front about the politics of the game, the developer of which is located in Montreal. That Assassin’s Creed 3 toes the line between patriotic fervor and a viewpoint that maybe not all these things that came out of the Revolution were good, and it would be nice of more games took the chance of creating art to actually convey a message about what their developers think and feel about the subject matter — instead of just providing players a bunch of digital Russians/Arabs/Brits/terrorists/Nazis to kill.


It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I’m not participating in this go-round. I’ve been too busy to dedicate a month to attempting to write 50,000 words, as it ends up being something like 1,666 words a day. And while I write considerably more than that on any given day, it’s hard to do it without getting paid just at this moment.

On the other hand, I am starting to engage in something bookish. Nick and I have been working on a follow-up proposal to So You Created a Wormhole, so I’m hoping to start work on sample chapters for that idea pretty soon — as soon as this weekend, with any luck. We’ll see how things shake out in terms of work schedule.

Meantime, my fresh distractions are Natural Selection 2, a PC multiplayer game, and the beginnings of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, a prequel to the 2003 version of the show set 40 years previous, during the First Cylon War.

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