8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day #MemorialDay #holiday #MythologyMonday

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It’s Mythology Monday, but it’s also Memorial Day. So, what do I post? Here’s an article from the History Channel that may satisfy both: 8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day. Well, not really. Articles with titles like this generally don’t reveal the great secrets implied by their clickbaity titles. At least it’s an attempt to dispel what’s commonly mislabeled “myths.” They’re usually misconceptions. Close enough, I guess.

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Let’s just not lose sight of what the holiday is really about.

All gave some. Some gave all.

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Happy BBQ Weekend #BBQ #MemorialDay #holiday

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Every Memorial Day, I see a lot of posts telling us that Memorial Day isn’t about BBQs, parades, and sports. Absolutely everyone knows that, so this is the typical “everyone wants to be a hero” mentality in play. Kind of ironic considering the day is supposed to be celebrating real heroes. In any event, despite positive trends, Americans still don’t take nearly as much of their vacation time as they should, and there are only eleven federal holidays, so not even one per month on average. On top of that, the private sector doesn’t recognize all of those holidays.

All of this is to say that the people who truly work for a living probably work a lot harder than we should. (I, for one, will be at work when this post goes live. EDIT: Confirmed. Three hours and counting.) If you have the opportunity to get a relaxing three-day weekend with friends or family, take advantage of it, and never apologize for it. After all, what have all those heroes fought and died for?

Just remember what I said yesterday . . . .

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Let’s just not lose sight of what the holiday is really about.

All gave some. Some gave all.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend #Caturday #MemorialDay

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Here are some Memorial Day memes appropriate for Caturday, and thus light-hearted ones.

I will, of course, be spending even more time at the gym.
And perhaps more time lounging around.
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This one’s just to annoy those purists who don’t like Memorial Day confused with Veterans’ Day. I suspect *any* “thank you” is appreciated.
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Well, I will be spending the weekend on the carnivore diet.

For me, the only ritual in which I reliably partake is the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship weekend. I’ll be rooting for Maryland until they lose or win it all.

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Let’s just not lose sight of what the holiday is really about.

All gave some. Some gave all.

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There’s a Hole at the Bottom of Math @veritasium #math #MTG

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This is an interesting video about how math with always have unanswered questions.

Just watching the first minute gives you something to think about. Gaming nerds will appreciate the mention around 3:28. Beyond that, you have to enjoy math to tolerate this, as it doesn’t make its point until 20:25 (fortunately, I do), but this may appeal to hardcore history nerds as well. Beyond the point of the video, this reminded me that many of the views we hold aren’t actually objective truths. We just really want to be right, so much so that we fracture into factions and hate on the others. Just an observation. Make of it what you will.

People are weird.

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My Brief Thoughts on the Satanic Panic @WeisMargaret #DnD #RPG #SatanicPanic

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Margaret Weis, as nerds tend to do from time to time, recently reraised the issue of the Satanic Panic, sharing one of her anecdotes and inspiring others to do the same.

I don’t want to share an anecdote, but rather make some general comments. I was a victim of this bullshit. Though my father was present until the day he died, my mother did all of the child rearing, and she’s an infallibility-of-the-Pope Catholic. (She may not be because Pope Francis isn’t conservative enough, but I wouldn’t know because I no longer speak with her.) As the primary authority figure, she wasn’t fond of me playing D&D. Note well that her favorite way of dealing with me when I was too young to resist was hitting me with a metal spoon with a sharp edge to it. This was no small matter.

I have an opinion as to why these dipshits were in such a panic. First, though, I want to assure you that I don’t want to insult the faithful generally. I’m an agnostic, but I see the value to religion, so if you’re religious, I’m cool with it. In fact, in my early days of congoing, I’ve helped make sure some of you found a church to attend in an unfamiliar city. You don’t have to be this way in order to be faithful, but some of you are.

I think D&D was seen as competition for my mother, et al. Even though I saw Zeus, Thor, Shango, and Raiden as the center of fun stories, they saw them as competitors to their religious thrones. I apologize for the offense this will cause, but I agree. They are competitors, because the philosophies, stories, and views of many of the religious even today aren’t much less ridiculous to me than those of the ancient people who would see a microwave oven as witchcraft. This is consistent with the fact that a lot of faith is placed in the writings of ancient people who, in fact, would also see a microwave oven as witchcraft. One who blindly accepts the words of people like that isn’t much better than those people.

Regardless of the psychological rationale, and regardless of your lack of experience with it, the Satanic Panic was real, as was the needless hurt it caused a lot of people. If anyone denies or understates the existence of the Satanic Panic, they’re either lying or ignorant as to its scope.

Perhaps both.

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The Best Lolth @TheRealLolth #DnD #RPG #Lolth

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Good gravy. Nerds have found yet another stupid thing to fight about. Well, I’m not one to say I’m better than anyone else, so I’m jumping into the fray.

This is the best Lolth (hyperlinked because I’m no copyright infringer!). Here’s another source in case that one disappears. That’s right. Just like the rest of the nerds, I think it’s not merely my opinion, but objective fact, and the world depends on everyone accepting that.

Don’t get me wrong. This sort of thing could be fun if you’d approach it that way. Unfortunately, the edition wars still rage on, so we’ve learned nothing.

Do you hear how ridiculous it sounds? Just because of this, I’m doing another mean post today.

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Nerds Are Just So … Nerdy #nerd #candy

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The latest nerd war inspired me to write another mean post. Actually, I wrote it some time ago but was unsure I wanted to post it. Now I’m sure. During my time in Facebook jail, or maybe shortly before that (I’m old; I don’t remember), a fellow nerd shared this meme.

Sad news: They weren’t thinking of you specifically when they named the candy.

Nothing says nerd like a meme that showcases your insecurity. C.f.,

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Having done both for decades, I can firmly say no, they aren’t the same. They just have superficial similarities that dumb and/or ignorant people confuse with identity.

These don’t come across as quite the burn you think they do. Instead, they make you look, well, nerdy and insecure. Moreover, the people you’re targeting aren’t paying attention because they don’t care what you think. That’s the nature of “not being a nerd.” More importantly, the meme falls short of its intended mark. Consider that following candy bar names:

The truth is that candy bar names run the gamut — everyone’s looking for a distinctive trademark — but because we picked the fight with this meme, it’s appropriate to point out that the ones I listed were named after a specific person worthy of recognition. Can you name a specific nerd who was worthy of a candy bar name? Einstein? Hawking? Me? The first two are famous, and they don’t get a candy name. And don’t try to pull cookies into this. It won’t work as well as many seem to think it will.

We remain individually obscure and just get picked on as a group, and obviously some of us aren’t self-aware enough to realize that yes, this candy name is probably just picking on us. Don’t pick battles you can’t win. If one of those “cool people” accidentally hears what you said, you’re gonna lose.

Even a freaking horse did better than we.

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CDC Announcement @GregoryStringer @CDCgov #MythologyMonday

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The CDC just updated its guidelines once again.

I don’t care what the CDC says. I’m keeping my earplugs.

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Here’s a Conspiracy Theory I Can Get Behind @weeklyworldnews #gaming #ttrpg #rpg

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Going forward, Sundays are lazy days for me. I either post something silly or other people’s work. Usually both. Today, I give you a conspiracy theory that’s right up my alley care of the most trusted name in news media.

You must admit that this would explain the coexistence of Ohio and the Appalachian Mountains in such close proximity.

I want it to be true, so it is.

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