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May 20th, 2018

State of the Meg Update

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Well, this is going to be this week's post, because I'm up to my ears in assignments for uni (two 1500 word essays due in about two weeks, and while one of them I've pretty much finished the research and reading for, the other I've not even started) as well as all the standard stuff like turning up for classes and so on.

So, nothing essay-ish from me this week, and probably nothing next week either. Depends on whether I have the spare brain to write with. I did have a plotbunny bite on Friday, but I had to put it to one side, so we'll see whether it turns out to have more than a vague idea for something later.

At present my plans mainly consist of "get through this semester; spend time over the break reading up on cultural studies theories and theorists; catch up on the housework at some stage; pray for rain".

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May 13th, 2018

On Mass Shootings

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Australia recently had its worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. Seven people (all the one family) were killed in a murder-suicide.

There's a chart in this article on the ABC (scroll down, it's about halfway down the page) which details "Australia's Worst Mass Shootings". It's an interesting piece of reading, in amongst the tragic details of the implosion of a family.

For one thing, with the very obvious exception of the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996, most of them have a death count in the single digits. A "mass shooting" is a shooting event where there are five or more victims. Most of the events recorded in the chart have a death count of six people. There's a couple of fives, a couple of sevens, one nine, but most of them are around six people. Also, since the Port Arthur Massacre, there have been two mass shootings in Australia. Two in twenty-two years. Given in some countries, you'd see more than two mass shootings in twenty-two days, I figure that's a pretty good record. Also, of the two mass shooting events since Port Arthur, one had five victims, the other had seven. Both were family tragedies - murder-suicides in which the murdered were members of the same family as the shooter; both occurred in rural areas rather than urban (it's easier to get a license for a gun here in Australia if you're living on a rural property).

I'm not going to go into what this all means. I'm just going to leave it there. If you want to figure out potential meanings in the comments, feel free.

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May 10th, 2018

Salem City Game - Adults Only - 20+

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SALEM CITY
no secret remains silenced forever...
WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER...
  • We give all characters FREE WILL!
    No micro-managing: all actions have consequences and characters will have to face those they have created.

  • We try to imitate RL in game, meaning that some characters DO have more power than others.

  • We AIM TO WRITE!
    Emphasis put on threads and logs over 'text' and 'e-mail'

  • We offer Bi-Monthly Challenges!

  • We offer both "Classic" characters and "Original" characters!
    Ever wanted to play Crowley, Frankenstien, or Hellboy in a realistic, non-panfandom setting? Here you can!

  • We have a LOT of playable species for you to choose from.
    Humans - Hunters - Vampires - Werewolves - Lycans - Pixies & Fairies - Merfolk - Demons - Angels - Foreign Gods - and much more!

  • We are: Het - Slash - Femme FRIENDLY!
  • PREMISE
    When God created humanity, men and women both began to destroy the resources Nature had to offer to them. In order to balance the scale, Mother Nature created Supernatural Creatures to predate on those humans. For all that they ruined, her creatures created their own fair share of havoc.

    But now the world is at risk.

    Almost all of the Supernatural community are trapped in Salem by the same bubble that protected them from the nuclear attack humanity sent to destroy them. The balance has been disrupted and now it is up to those stuck in Salem -- humans, hunters, and creatures alike -- must work together to break free and return the world to its natural order.

    HOW DID WE GET HERE...
    NAVIGATION

    May 8th, 2018

    White Trash

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    I finally learned what white trash means. If you're white, and American, there's a possibility that you could be white trash too. It's basically all of the unwanted races in America who had light skin. My great-grandfather was considered a Negro, and my great grandmother was Irish. My great-great grandmother was Cherokee, and my great-great grandfather was Jewish. They were all considered to be non-white people, and were all really poor. The true white people looked at us, and they called us "white trash" because the trash was from the races that nobody wanted. Even my mom's side of the family were Polish immigrants...
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