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A serious update
Admin CavemanJoe2014-08-12 04:30:49
A brief diversion from our usual silliness - sad news, this time, and a reminder for you all.

Robin Williams, the comedian, is gonna be all over the news for a while, starting now. He's dead, aged 63, looks like suicide. He'd been depressed for a while.

It's a tragedy when a comedian breaks down to the point where his own life or death becomes a matter of decision. It happens to people who aren't famous, all the time, every hour of the day - thirty-nine and a half thousand suicides in the USA in 2012. A hundred and eight people a day. Every quarter of an hour, in just one country, someone reaches the very end of what they can cope with, and becomes convinced that life is never going to get better. The suicide rate reached its lowest point in the last thirty years around the turn of the millennium, and has been slowly rising.

In a world in which our reach extends every year, our mastery of our environment improving every day, technological wizardry and abundance increasing constantly, an increase in suicide rate should be big news - should be treated as an international emergency, as a sign that something is desperately wrong, that we should drop everything and just look at what we're doing wrong. Of course, it isn't.

You won't hear about non-famous suicides on your Facebook feed, unless you're someone close to the person in question, or within some degrees of closeness to them. You won't hear it in the news. If you do hear about it, chances are it'll affect you much more deeply than the death of a comedian.

I'd say "I hope Robin Williams' death at least sparks some discussion about how to shape things so that we're less fucked up than we are," but that's me trying to fit a narrative onto real life in which everything happens for a reason - and things very clearly do not happen for reasons. Stories are a human invention, and the universe we live in is much, much older than humans, and doesn't care about our stories. Life isn't a narrative with a clearly-defined sequence of events that lead to some sort of revelation. Life is a chaotic arrangement in which fucked-up things happen completely at random, to people who don't deserve them, and the only thing we can do is hang onto each other, help each other, and try to patch things up as best we can as we go along.

Maybe you know someone who you can patch up. Maybe you need some patching up yourself.

If you're having thoughts that take you to somewhere where you're considering whether it's all worth it - for God's sake, talk to someone about it. You can't diagnose yourself. That's like measuring the accuracy of a voltmeter using the probes on that self-same voltmeter.

Fucking talk to someone.

This game has, right now, over eight thousand players. That's not that many, for a game - but it still blows my mind when I think things like "Twenty of my players are having their birthdays today." It also means that hundreds of you are depressed right now, and of those, maybe a score will be actively seeking treatment.

Depression is a serious bug in the human mind - no-one knows precisely what causes it. Suicide is an even more dangerous error condition, one which is unique to humans - in no other known species will an otherwise healthy and reproductively-capable individual take conscious steps to end its own life. Humans are utterly weird creatures. Our brains are ridiculously complex bioelectrochemical machines - a man-made machine of a thousandth the complexity would have a team of quiet, serious men with beards monitoring its inputs and outputs around the clock, fixing it when it trips over its own ridiculous fanciness.

We have no such bearded men, only each other, and there is no shame in saying "Hey - my brain's gone on the blink again. Help me."

Here is a list of suicide prevention helplines, sorted by country. I encourage you to keep in mind that they exist, should you ever need them. Should you not ever need them, I will remind you that many of them are registered charities that accept donations, and probably don't get enough government funds.

And, because depression affects so many, and it's so frighteningly easy to simply forget to do, occasionally, the things that make you happy, when I say "Have fun" at the end of my MotDs, I really, really do mean it. This time especially.

Have fun,

-CMJ


News since the last new Game Day (Items 1 - 50 of 130)
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rainmaker has been defeated in the jungle by Pebble.
Two KittyMorphs stand over rainmaker's bloody, recently nibbled body. "Good thing we're vegetarians," one remarks. The other nods fervently. "Mmhm," he says, drawing his frying pan from his backpack.
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Toxen has been defeated in the Proving Grounds by Uranium Man.
"Stupid, stupid, stupid!" Toxen chants, clonking his head against the deck of the FailBoat.
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Toxen has been defeated in the jungle by Observatory.
"In my esteemed OPINION, certain SHRINKING DAISIES should return to NEWHOME for a REFRESHER COURSE if they find their good self UNDULY TAXED by a MERE Observatory," Corporal Punishment roars, spittle flying.
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Medically Inclined Nightfly has been defeated in the jungle by Whining Old-School Gamer.
"The thing about failure" says The Watcher thoughtfully, "is that it happens to you when you least expect it. Or all the time, whatever."
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Frost Maiden Yukiko encountered strange powers in the jungle, and was not seen again.
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Sheepishly Xan has challenged their master, Felicia and lost!
Sheepishly Xan claws desperately toward her Sketchpad and Pencil. "S- so much death," she breathes, bleeding marmalade.
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Toxen has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Gryndel has defeated his master, Emma Blackman to advance to level 9 after 33 days!!
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Sheepishly Xan was hunted down by their master, Felicia, for being truant.
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Medically Inclined Nightfly has been defeated in the jungle by Orc.
"I paid how much for my SLCPD Tactical Vest?" Medically Inclined Nightfly groans as a squadron of hand vacuums pass by overhead, flying in fight formation.
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Toxen has been defeated in the jungle by Araneafelis Gigantea.
Toxen lands on his arse on the FailBoat. Picking hisself up, he proceeds deliberately and calmly to the railing, where he takes a deep breath. "GODDAMNED BONCE-LICKING NANNY CUDDLER!" he screams before turning away. Nearby contestants shrink back.
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Molly Redskirt has been defeated in the Proving Grounds by Bear Strapped to the Back of Another Bear.
"Pfft," says The Watcher. "Is nobody equipped to take out that damned Improbability Drive?"
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Toxen has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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The semiconscious body of Toxen was found naked, drooling and gibbering in an empty clearing.
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Medically Inclined Nightfly has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Second Lieutenant Draeyoc has been defeated in the Proving Grounds by The Tooth Fairy.
A Mutant hurries after Second Lieutenant Draeyoc on the FailBoat, reading fast from a tatty journal. "Honeyed Second Lieutenant Draeyoc, ten thousand maggots I would but pluck from thine festering wounds, each a wormy fragment of my timeless ardor for thee, my putrefied love, my mouldering failure --"
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Second Lieutenant Draeyoc has been defeated in the jungle by Insurance Salesman.
Two Retraining Officers unceremoniously heft Second Lieutenant Draeyoc into the FailBoat, then chuck his Devastator 11500 after him. It thops off of his head and slides to the deck. "Man, that's the third time today!" "I know, right? It's like She wants 'em to drop out there. More work for us..."
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Oddly Numbered Audax has defeated her master, ADDIE to advance to level 7 after 5 days!!
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Second Lieutenant Draeyoc has defeated his master, Clairvius to advance to level 10 after 21 days!!
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Medically Inclined Nightfly has been defeated in the jungle by Malfunctioning Cigarette Lighter.
Dan turns away from a manky salvaged radio in the Prancing SpiderKitty. He nods authoritatively. "Right, you lot, whoever had a tenner on Medically Inclined Nightfly, pay up."
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Edicius Redrum has defeated his master, Emma Blackman to advance to level 9 after 22 days!!
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Captain Jesse has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Contestant Cookie has defeated her master, Effie to advance to level 13 after 12 days!!
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Medically Inclined Nightfly has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Contestant Cookie has defeated her master, Devvo to advance to level 12 after 12 days!!
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Contestant Cookie was hunted down by their master, Devvo, for being truant.
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First Sergeant bizhz has been defeated in the wild by Santa.
"Now," First Sergeant bizhz seethes, "when I bought my Rusty Chainsaw, I could've sworn that Sheila said it was going to help in the Jungle..."
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Anthro Feraligatr Leviathan has defeated his master, Tiffny Figg to advance to level 5 after 3 days!!
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Captain Jesse has been defeated in the jungle by Religious Zombie.
Later, leaning in the parlour doorway, Julia will make come-hither eyes at Captain Jesse in Squat Hole. Captain Jesse will perk up and her step will bounce a little higher, flattered, as she hurries over. Then Julia will pause, expression changing. "Oh," she'll say. "Y're th'one tha' got trounced by a Religious Zombie, innitchee. No, no. Y'll be bad for business, mate. Gerroff wi' yin."
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Pythias has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Cannoneer Kew has challenged their master, Tom Carney and lost!
"You're doo-ing it wro-ong," sings The Watcher.
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Cannoneer Kew was hunted down by their master, Tom Carney, for being truant.
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Returning Contestant Carp has defeated his master, Emma Blackman to advance to level 9 after 11 days!!
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Captain Jesse has defeated her master, Tom Carney to advance to level 2 after 1 day!!
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Oddly Numbered Audax has defeated her master, Amir to advance to level 6 after 5 days!!
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Oddly Numbered Audax has defeated her master, Tiffny Figg to advance to level 5 after 5 days!!
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Enigmatic Epiales has defeated his master, Tiffny Figg to advance to level 5 after 3 days!!
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Oddly Numbered Audax was hunted down by their master, Tiffny Figg, for being truant.
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Contestant Juunansei has been defeated in the jungle by Orc.
A Orc merrily skips rope on Contestant Juunansei's bloodied chest before fleeing as another contestant approaches.
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Enigmatic Epiales has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Contestant Juunansei has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Contestant Juunansei has been defeated in the jungle by Midget Plumber.
A Midget Plumber holds up a carved piece of wood by Contestant Juunansei's head. "Would it look better on oak, do you think? Or cherry?"
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Pythias has been defeated in the wild by Evolution's Greatest Failure.
A Network intern carefully splices footage of Pythias together for a Greatest Clips special -- Pythias trapped in the stocks and being lashed with a Budget Horse Tail, Pythias thrashing hip-deep in the Skronky Pot, Pythias weeping helplessly before a Evolution's Greatest Failure...
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Pythias has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Return of the Fist Denealus has defeated his master, Effie to advance to level 13 after 47 days!!
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Return of the Fist Denealus has defeated his master, Devvo to advance to level 12 after 47 days!!
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Return of the Fist Denealus was hunted down by their master, Devvo, for being truant.
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Edicius Redrum has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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Frostbite Fingers Dragon and Emily were seen heading up the stairs in the inn together.
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Cannoneer Kew has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
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mrhonist
Return of the Fist Denealus
Ruby Alstana Flarehawk
Contestant Tallii
Eiran
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Toxen
Gonna Tan Your Hyde
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Do A Dollop of Daisy
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Mrs. Sapphire Gem
Happy Hippy Raimar
Creyton
T. Rasa, Kage C
Guns 'n Roses V
Contender Trinket
Marvelous Captain Shayde
Waiting Kaylie
Kaiaku
Oddly Numbered Audax
Heart of Gold, Quinn
Bedazzle Luna
Divided One dark knight
Remembered Micha
Dirk Vanderhuge
Lock Barlow
Roy
Enigmatic Epiales
Destroyer of Moons Eggbert
Medically Inclined Nightfly
Tabitha Corrnell and Stephanie Calle
Lemur Adelaide Enole
Random Cowboy Jack Ranch
Claude
Hider
Sorun
Solis
Not So Itsy Somati
Epos Solebarr
Kuro Shiroyami
Sheepishly Xan
Short and green Duk
Cannoneer Kew
Tabula Rasa Tamar
Lieutenant Badass meareaperson
Isle child Praco
Sleeping Ugly Fish
Atlas
Absolutely Fowl Ian Grimsallow
Linky
Trimmed Todd
Obscene Pygmy Rayna
9mm & Three Piece Suit Rykar
Lucidly Errant Flaxin
Contestant Toquer
Full of Blubber Meenos
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Just Mal Malverius
Radiant Seraph Viralis
Artifact-Hunter Will




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