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A serious update
Admin CavemanJoe 2014-08-12 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.
News since the last new Game Day
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-First Sergeant Dukilu has defeated his master, Tom Carney to advance to level 2 after 2 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Not-So-Scaredy Cat Laura Packard has defeated her master, ADDIE to advance to level 7 after 11 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Not-So-Scaredy Cat Laura Packard has defeated her master, Amir to advance to level 6 after 11 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Not-So-Scaredy Cat Laura Packard was hunted down by their master, Amir, for being truant.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- MrManiac has defeated his master, Tiffny Figg to advance to level 5 after 13 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- MrManiac was hunted down by their master, Tiffny Figg, for being truant.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- MrManiac has been defeated in the wild by Occam's Razorback.
"The FAIL is strong in this one," mutters The Watcher.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Enigmatic Epiales has defeated his master, Will Thompson to advance to level 8 after 6 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Ruin Selric has defeated his master, Tom Carney to advance to level 2 after 2 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Cute and Round Xan has been defeated in the Proving Grounds by Paper Tiger.
Corporal Punishment bellows, "And this is a SUPERLATIVE example of the ABSOLUTE WORST WAY to make the AC-QUAIN-TANCE of a Paper Tiger!" He gestures to a picture of Cute and Round Xan tumbled miserably on the ground. "Next SLIDE!"
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Contestant Ravo has been defeated in the jungle by Mouldywarp.
"Shoo! Hsst! Scat!" Contestant Ravo weakly urges the KittyMorph rolling on her sucking chest wound.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- mrhonist has been defeated in the jungle by Phony Psychic.
A Phony Psychic smugly cruises by, dragging with it mrhonist's battered and bloodied Invisisuit. mrhonist himself is nowhere to be seen.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Audax has earned the title Technical Sergeant for having destroyed the Improbability Drive 10 times!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Super Special Audax has destroyed the Improbability Drive. The shockwave was felt, and celebrated, all across the island!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-YEASTMASTER fred has been defeated in the wild by New Day.
"If I had a cigarette for every time a New Day knocked me out with its Inconvenient Timing," YEASTMASTER fred groans before he spits out a tooth.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Enigmatic Epiales has defeated his master, ADDIE to advance to level 7 after 6 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Heart of Gold, Quinn has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Heart of Gold, Quinn has been defeated in the jungle by Midget Plumber.
Heart of Gold, Quinn lands on her arse on the FailBoat. Picking herself up, she proceeds deliberately and calmly to the railing, where she takes a deep breath. "GODDAMNED BONCE-LICKING NANNY CUDDLER!" she screams before turning away. Nearby contestants shrink back.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Super Special Audax heroically decided to seek out the Improbability Drive with cheers of encouragement from her peers ringing in her ears.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Cute and Round Xan encountered strange powers in the jungle, and was not seen again.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Ready for Bed, Daz has been returned to the mainland by The Watcher.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Blinded Steampunk Jaxxy has defeated her master, Tiffny Figg to advance to level 5 after 10 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Blinded Steampunk Jaxxy was hunted down by their master, Tiffny Figg, for being truant.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Ready for Bed, Daz has been defeated in the wild by Feral Budget Horse.
A Human contestant throws a comradely arm around Ready for Bed, Daz's bruised shoulders. "Listen, sug," she says, "if you're havin' problems with Feral Budget Horses, of all things, you're in for a hell of a ride when you hunt down the Drive. Y'gotta practice with that Chainz & Chance of yours."
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Heart of Gold, Quinn has defeated her master, Felicia to advance to level 3 after 87 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Heart of Gold, Quinn has defeated her master, Tom Carney to advance to level 2 after 87 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Heart of Gold, Quinn was hunted down by their master, Tom Carney, for being truant.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Enigmatic Epiales has defeated his master, Amir to advance to level 6 after 6 days!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-Enigmatic Epiales was hunted down by their master, Amir, for being truant.
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- MrManiac has challenged their master, Tiffny Figg and lost!
"Cor, Trev, you think that's real?" A Tiffny Figg sends MrManiac's Fists flying. The camera zooms in on his well, shit expression. "It's effects. They all die, they all come back. Look. Bastard can't even act." The Tiffny Figg drags MrManiac out of the frame by his ankle as he screams. Trev takes a doubtful sip of lager. "Dunno, man. Dunno."
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- MrManiac was hunted down by their master, Tiffny Figg, for being truant.
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Online Characters (42 players):
Newly Risen Stephanie Calle
Master Sergeant Ail
Axe Grinder Dragon
Star Minx Nova
Wide Awake Jock
Cervidae Cherriki Ten
A Legitimate Strategy, Aer
The Researcher, Saiko
Hell, and Lena
Not-So-Scaredy Cat Laura Packard
Emotionally Compromised Kage C
Blinded Steampunk Jaxxy
Al B Traus
Ready for Bed, Daz
Dat Rear Admiral Lysanne
Cute and Round Xan
The Main Mal Malverius
Heart of Gold, Quinn
First Sergeant Dukilu
Super Special Audax
Radiant Seraph Viralis
Tabula Rasa Tamar
Full of Blubber Meenos
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