A little advice

If we’re in a discussion about the event of Trumpty Numpty’s election…

…and your argument includes the “white working class” as a group in which the left needs to invest more understanding and sympathy…

…I simply cannot take you seriously when you complain about “identity politics” as a syndrome on the left.

 

 

Shall we give this one 4-to-1 odds?

Had this interaction on Twitter today:

Nah, I disagree. I think they’ll both be fine, and I can support that position, though not in a few words.

Seriously, though, I don’t buy this assumption that GRRM is determined to make sure everyone is either dead or lonely at the end. Insisting Jaime and/or Brienne MUST die is assuming facts not in evidence.

I could absolutely bet on them both surviving the series, but for the sake of argument I’m content to bet on just the events of TWoW. I’m not sure I can trust anyone to keep in touch with me from now to the publication of ADoS, much less to remember our bet and keep to its terms for that long. Just waiting for TWoW is risky enough.

Of course we could also just bet on the events of Game of Thrones. No matter what happens with GRRM’s writing, the show will give us a new season this year and next. Would anyone care to run a bet with me until the finale of Season 8?

In terms of numbers, I’m at a disadvantage. This is not just a 1-on-1 bet, this is 3-to-1. If Brienne dies, you win. If Jaime dies, you win. If they both die, you win. If they both live, I win. Most of the fandom seems pretty well convinced one or both MUST die before the end. Surely I should have some takers? The default betting terms are mainly just bragging rights and digital shit like Twitter handles and profile pics, but would anyone be more open to this bet if we put actual real-space assets on the line? How about a framed print from my Society 6 store? I expect to upload a lot more images between now and the Season 8 finale, so you’ll have plenty of prizes to choose from.

 

Why not hang some pretty fractals on your walls?

You know those fancy fractal flames I sometimes share as wallpapers?

I’m still making the fractal flames.

Only now, they’re at Society 6 as physical items you can carry around or mount on the walls!

This is my first item:

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You can download this and use it as a wallpaper. You can also visit my Society 6 store and get it as a poster or framed print. 

Go see more of my pretty things! Tell your friends.

I blame Trump’s America for making me so mean.

It seems Assad is talking trash about Trumpty Numpty’s governing abilities.

This is worse than watching the Battle of the Blackwater. Rather than just “one pack of assholes attacking another pack of assholes, but with nice people stuck on both sides,” it’s one walking toxic gas cloud taunting another walking toxic gas cloud.

There are limits to using “asshole” as an insult. An asshole is necessary for the survival and good health of a body.

The criticisms would be apt coming from someone who isn’t already massacring his own people.

So now I feel like the solution to this feud is to put both Trump and Assad alone together in a room with a day’s worth of food and water, and then lock the door. At the end of a week, we open the door and see who’s still alive. The survivor gets a cabin in the mountains with full utilities and regular food deliveries, but only the most rudimentary communication devices. Like, he can call 911, he can call the power company, but he can’t get in touch with his goon squad. And he can’t have a pet. He can have houseplants. He can’t be trusted not to abuse a pet.

She’ll be fine. I’ll put a wager on it.

I’m confident Brienne of Tarth will make it through The Winds of Winter alive and healthy. Who wants to take me on?

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This is a gentle reminder that Brienne HAS established a protector relationship with Sansa on the show, whereas she hasn’t even met Sansa in the books. This suggests there’s more left for Brienne to do before her story is finished.

BFish’s list of POV characters to die in TWOW:

Theory for Brienne’s death:

I’m not posting this to pick on BFish; there are lots of fans who think Brienne will be among the body count in Book 6, and they lean towards her dying in the Lady Stoneheart encounter via deliberately losing a fight to save Jaime. I’m here to challenge that theory.
So I’m all like, “COME AT ME, FISH!”:

(I’m also fairly sure Theon will be okay, but I’m more invested in Brienne, so it’s more fun to be right about her.)

But he wasn’t having that:

Context: I’ve taken one bet against BFish. We bet on whether Lady Stoneheart would show up in Season 6. I won. I’m confident enough to bet in favor of Brienne’s survival.

So now we know, BFish is confident enough about Brienne dying to put it on Twitter, but not quite confident enough to bet against your blogger. Honestly, that’s a legit position to take.

I still want to bet against someone, though.

The terms are:
1. If Brienne survives TWOW, I win.
2. If Brienne dies in TWOW, you win.
3. If Brienne and Jaime are kept out of TWOW altogether, it’s a draw. This is unlikely, but I’m willing to hold space for the possibility. If Brienne’s status is ambiguous at the end of TWOW, it’s a draw.
4. If I win, I choose your Twitter profile pic and you have to use it for 3 months. If you win, you choose my Twitter profile pic and I have to use it for 3 months.
5. Also, the loser has to write an explanation (250 words minimum) on how they got this matter wrong, and it must be posted online.
6. If you’d like to take this bet and you don’t have a blog, I recommend using IO.
7. I will allow ONE chance to call off the bet. If more evidence appears before we get TWOW (like, say, Season 7), and you decide Brienne is more likely to survive, it is okay to back out. I will make sure there is a public record of your surrender, but surrender will be accepted. However? There’s no going back and forth on this. I will not agree to revive the wager after you’ve backed out.

So…who’s up for a friendly wager between fans?

Time to step up my game.

If my ISP is to be allowed to sell my browsing history to advertisers, I want that browsing history to make someone shit their pants. If someone looked at it now, they’d find mostly gardening advice and writing gadgets. Of course there’s a bit of weird shit, because that’s what happens when novelists have Internet access, but even the weird shit is expressed in its most bland, innocuous form. If browsing history is going to be a corporate commodity, then I aim to make corporate bigwigs have nightmares from looking through my “story research.” They should be too afraid to contact the sorts of businesses that might cater to my tastes.