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Swearing is SPAM

Posted by LewaLew , in Work/School, BZPower Sep 21 2012 · 295 views

Continuing my rant about the issues with video games, I came upon a few secular reasons why no one should swear. Like, ever. Even around adults and teens.

Firstly, swearing is SPAM. SPAM, as we all know, are Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages. Many curse words have had perfectly decent meanings at some point, but no longer do since they've been transformed into swears. Others have meanings, but they also have 'clean' synonyms that work just as well. As Tillius described, they have no meaning. They are only meant to be offensive, and habitual or not, they are stupid, because they have no meaning. They are pointless because of the fact that they are stupid. A word without a meaning adds nothing to a sentence, unless you are trying to purposefully insult another person. (And there's no way that is ever right to do. I don't care how bad the service was, I'm just a grunt at a fast food restaurant, I don't need to have you spit swears in my face because you didn't get everything you wanted because you were talking on your phone instead of taking three seconds to check your screen. Sorry. Wanted to blow steam there a second. :P )

Anyhow, back to the subject. Because they have no meaning, swear words are stupid. Because they add nothing to the sentence, they are pointless, and thirdly, they are annoying because they are unnecessary.

Really, there are some movies that the only reason they get PG ratings is because of swear words. Now, granted, this is totally relative. What's annoying to me would not be annoying to someone who grew up around swearing. Nonetheless, these would be entertaining films that I could watch with my little sisters, and though they may get bored of it because they don't understand, the older of my younger sisters and brother would still enjoy it.

Another example is the one I used before. Arkham City is an amazing game in almost every way. (My personal favorite part was fighting Mr. Freeze in Story Plus, harder, yet less stressful since I didn't need to wait for the Batcomputer info to show up the second time around.) However, the swearing is the main part of the game that makes it annoying for me to go through. The thugs, in particular, can be funny without swearing ("It's not like he has a reputation for breaking out of traps and smashing people's faces. Oh, yeah, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE DOES!") but so often they do not. Look at this (probably not exact) quote:

What's next. Arkham County? Arkham Country? Big-%*&# Arkham World?


Granted, he's a thug. A goon, bad guy, punk, hood, crook, thief, murderer, etc. But somehow the DCAU managed to get away from swear words and still make a compelling story with thugs who were still goons, bad guys, punks, hoods, crooks, thieves, murderers, etc. Curse words are totally unnecessary, and therefore, to me and others of like mind, annoying.

I don't think I need to go into the last letter to finish my point. Curse words are SPAM.

But I have another reason besides SPAM that swearing ought to just be gotten rid of. It's juvenile. "Juvenile?" you might say, "But swearing is offensive to people because it's something only mature people ought to know anything about." But you heard right the first time.

'Mature' does not refer to the stuff you see in M-rated games. 'Mature' refers to a style of behavior. A mature person does not behave like a child. When in a disagreement over, say, the last slice of birthday cake, a juvenile will fight, shout, argue, push, and shove to get what he wants. In the same situation, a mature person would realize the unimportance of what's at stake, and offer it to the other person, or simply let them choose whether to take it or not.

Now, to explain why swearing is juvenile. BZPower's Comedies forum rules/guidelines (though I do not advise going to the comedies forum to find maturity. :P ) has a rule against the following

"Potty humor." Scatological stuff, like jokes about flatulence or defecation, are on the other end of the spectrum, namely that they're way too immature for BZPower. There are kids here, but let's not treat each other like fools. Respect!


"Yeah. So?" you say. Well, consider it. Why do mischievous kindergarteners think potty humor is funny. *crickets* Anyone?

It's because they know it's taboo, and disgusting. Toilet humor, and words involving what people do in the bathroom is a kindergartener's version of a swear word. And just because they're not "official" swears does not make them 'clean'. When one of your coworkers tells a dirty joke, sure, it may be something only adults would know about, but it's just as immature and tasteless as a little kid on the playground making some foul joke about what happened at potty time. And potty humor is also stupid, pointless, and annoying, even in its mildest form. (See the grand epic "Toilet Tahu" for what I mean)

My point is that under any situation, cursing is aggravating to others, and a sign of immaturity to those that use them.

EDIT: I would also describe it as disrespectful to whoever you are talking to. Going back to the Comedies Forum Standards:

There are kids here, but let's not treat each other like fools. Respect!


Because we are (mostly) all mature, we should be able to treat each other as adults who have a vocabulary that expands beyond four letters per word.

Especially when you go through the drive-through at Mickey D's.


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Video Games

Posted by LewaLew , in Work/School Sep 20 2012 · 184 views

I'm not a big videogame person. Part of the reason is because my family owns an XBOX 360, and the only games we ever buy are sports and LEGO. Outside of that, the only games we see in the store are either garbage or are inappropriate. A few months ago, I got Arkham Asylum, and outside of the swearing (which I could mute anyway), I could still have fun while keeping the swearing out (which was no worse than watching any kind of prime-time TV).

Then I decided to go ahead and get Arkham City. It's not that the vocabulary of the game grew worse, but rather the sheer number of times they appeared. I couldn't beat up any random thug without one of his gang swearing. (It got worse any time they discussed a woman in the game, since they couldn't seem to ever use a polite term for them) Not that the game wasn't fun, but it's both aggravating and disappointing that I can't even play a Batman game without having my Mom and Dad glare at me any time a curse is thrown out. And I spent $80 between the two games, so I'm not getting rid of them, but I don't want to spend that much on a swear machine again.

So lately I've been looking more into what's worthwhile in the games that are for all ages. What I found was not much. Since Microsoft, like Sony are primarily focused on gaming fanatics who can afford to buy multiple $50 games all the time, they include things that place any of the good ones in something I can't let my brother/sisters play or watch me play. (And it would take something else as awesome as Batman to get me to play any.)

That's not to say there aren't plenty of good family games out there. They're just all made by Nintendo, for Nintendo. I would love it if we could play something like New Super Mario Bros. or something, but they're only for Wii. I've considered getting one, but that's another $160, plus the amount for games/controllers. Wii U is out of the question. I could just get the console/controllers, and use the games from the Public Library, but still, that's more than $200, and I've only got eleven months to save up as much as possible towards college, (though I don't count any possible scholarships or the money I'd earn working while at college). It's not absolutely necessary to save all I possibly can, but I would like to not have to face money troubles in college. (or any other time)

Christmas isn't much of an option. A family of six kids makes Christmas expensive right off the bat, and money's starting to be something of a problem. Granted, it would take me less than a week to get $200, but I need far more than that for just tuition, not to mention room/board, and maybe gas, unless I use a bike instead of a car. Plus, Wiis are going to become irrelevant so long as the Wii U is successful, and they'll stop making games for it altogether soon.

So, to all of you people who are video game people, considering all of this information, what would you suggest?


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Bad Day

Posted by LewaLew , in Work/School Sep 14 2012 · 81 views

You know that episode of the Andy Griffith Show when Barney Fife is doing his job, writing speeding tickets, and ends up giving the Governor of North Carolina a ticket?

That's sorta what happened to me today. I was just following the rules, doing my job, but I ended up inadvertently crossing my boss. (The one that owns all the stores in the area who I've never met) Unfortunately, he wasn't as happy about it as the Governor was.

Fortunately, he seemed not to mind as much when he was told that I didn't know who he was. but still, a bad day overall.


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Voting

Posted by LewaLew , in Work/School Aug 28 2012 · 153 views
2012, romney, president
One of the nice things about turning eighteen is that I'll finally get to vote. Unfortunately, since I live in what can be determined as a red county, the only thing I can really help determine is my representative and president. Since I was still seventeen during the Illinois primaries, my representative in Springfield has practically been determined already, and my state senator ran completely unopposed. All other offices lacked Democratic candidates, though there is a Green Party candidate for county auditor. Would I have voted for any? Unlikely, but it still would feel nice to do research and actually make a choice.

Besides those, my district's GOP candidate does have a Democrat opponent, and the new districts set by the General Assembly will make it more challenging for him, but he has been rather sucesful, and so far it doesn't seem like much of a race. Any reservations I had about the GOP candidate I took care of a while ago (I started researching around March), so I'm unlikely to change my mind.

As for president, Mitt Romney is who I'm voting for, but I didn't much care for him during the primaries. Most likely, all the help he'll get from me is a vote and a bumper sticker, since the sticker's free. I'm not going to mention my choice for representative, as it is a little more specific about where I live than I care to let people online know.


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Senior Staff

Posted by LewaLew , in BZPower, Work/School Aug 27 2012 · 188 views
staff, work, senior
The one problem with it, is that I no longer know what my real rank is.

I could go look thrugh the Premier Member list, but I'm not that interested.

Oh, and yeah, I'm back. Tightened up working hours, so I should have time to visit here again. Maybe. Time will tell.






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Here, the favorite teams of all the BZPower members I can find are listed. If you'd like me to add you, please comment in the Official Favorite MLB Teams Entry of the BaseBlog. I will try to add you as soon as possible.


National League

Central Division

Chicago Cubs: LewaLew, 55555, What?, Megan51, Makuta Jarvan

Cincinnati Reds: None

Pittsburgh Pirates: WERE DOING THIS

Milwaukee Brewers: Cherixon, Than the Moa

St. Louis Cardinals: Toa Onarax, Toaman25
 
 
West Division

San Francisco Giants: Nuju Metru, Iro, Great being Velika

Los Angeles Dodgers: None

Colorado Rockies: Shadix, Alpha123, xccj

Arizona Diamondbacks: Progenitus Worldsoul

San Diego Padres: thoron

 
East Division

Philadelphia Phillies: Akuna Toa of Sonics, Legolover-361, Sir Dr. Mr. Count Celu MD

New York Mets: Bambi

Atlanta Braves: None

Miami Marlins: None

Washington Nationals: None

 
 
 
American League

Central Division

Minnesota Twins: Zakitano, Takuma Nuva, Zerothemaster

Detroit Tigers: None

Cleveland Indians: Aho-Chan

Kansas City Royals: None

Chicago White Sox: terminallyCapricious

 
West Division

Texas Rangers: Rarity, tent163phantoka

Los Angeles Angels: thebeggarpie

Oakland Athletics: None

Seattle Mariners: Kakaru, Toa Kaithas, Swert
 
Houston Astros: Flaredrick: Forgotten One
 

East Division

New York Yankees: Captain Marvel, Kylus, Toa 11, Zarayna

Boston Red Sox: Chro, Iskandar

Toronto Blue Jays: Blade: Hero of Truth

Baltimore Orioles: Princess Grr (That's the Smeaginator, if he has another name change sometime again)

Tampa Bay Rays: Sumiki

 
 
2nd Favorites

Nuju Metru: New York Yankees

Iro: Oakland Athletics

WERE DOING THIS: New York Yankees

Zerothemaster: Colorado Rockies
 
Toa Onarax: Boston Red Sox
 
xccj: Seattle Mariners
 
Kakaru: Colorado Rockies
 
Flaredrick: Forgotten One: Texas Rangers
 
Great being Velika: Oakland Athletics
 

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