A psychiatrist specialized in gamers

This is supposed to be humorous, but if it works to keep him alive, then it works. 

Sometimes preventing suicide simply means reminding people that there are things worth living for and that is anything that makes you happy. 

Halo 3 was really important for me in this way. I had to finish the fight.

Half-Life 3?

grants you immortality

Having shit to look forward to is absolutely the way people stay alive.

All people.

Like, it’s scientifically proven.

Having concrete anticipations also gives you a solid reference point against which you can check your mental health status.

The way I knew I had slipped from morbid ideation to suicide risk was when I realized that the release date of kingdom hearts 3 wasn’t enough to make me leave a bottle of hydrocodone alone. The moment of recognition that something I had been dreaming of for 14 years wasn’t enough motivation to make it through the night was how I knew I needed an intervention.

Video games just happen to have concerts dates and strong reactions from people. They’re an excellent and accessible tool.

This is… not wrong.

I think independent contractors also aren’t covered by minimum wage laws in the US.


What bugs me about “disruptive” “tech” companies is that their strength isn’t the tech, the tech is basic shit, the disruption comes from throwing a staggering amount of capital at the problem and pushing the costs onto other people and society generally.

Uber and Deliveroo are just the next McDonalds, but with even less of a social conscience.




“Most labour-saving infomercial products are intended for physically disabled users” and “most labour-saving infomercial products are impractical gimmicks that cannot possibly work as advertised” aren’t mutually exclusive propositions. Just, you know, recognise who’s actually being targeted by the scam here.

@chimaeraundying replied:

People without whatever disability the gadget is being marketed to
ameliorate (or “ameliorate”) wouldn’t really have the experiential
qualification to discern the above difference, though, right?

Oh, absolutely. I’m referring to the oft-repeated conversation that goes:

  • “Informercial devices are scams, but they’re targeted at stupid lazy people who deserve to get ripped off, so that makes it funny.”
  • “Actually, most such devices are intended for physically disabled users, so any criticism of them is presumptively ableist.”

The third leg of the triangle is that consumer fraud in assistive devices and services for physically disabled users is actually a massive ongoing problem, since fraudsters have identified physically disabled folks as a vulnerable population who have very limited ability to seek redress when they get ripped off. The upshot is that a great many of those infomercial widgets really are predatory scams – but not for the reason the chuckleheads in the first bullet point thought they were.

And also financial scams in the tv order business. Someone who can go to the store easily when the gadget hits physical shelves will not be slammed by shipping and handling shenanigans. Someone who needs the convenience of mail-order can be hit by those (‘free’ second item for additional s&h more than both items are worth, unstated s&h more than item is worth, etc). The item can be perfectly fine and useful for the intended purpose but come with charges no one ought to have rightly expected.

Even with reputable avenues, you can end up with things like name brand listings on Amazon being for mislabeled non-brand products. Sometimes even when Amazon’s the seller. Good luck proving it if someone denies it.

And for that matter, someone who can go to a physical store also has a place to return a defective item in person and may be able to physically inspect a sample beforehand. Someone ordering direct from a television ad or the internet doesn’t have that.





hot take: moms need to learn how to listen to and comfort their daughters without making everything about their own traumas

a classic example

daughter: hey this thing you do bothers me very much and i wish you wouldn’t do it

mom: well my parents abused me and im not even as bad as they were and i had to sit through it so you gotta sit through whatever i do to you too

a common variant

mom: well i’m having a really hard time right now and you know that i’m doing my best and that i didn’t mean to hurt you ergo you are in fact the asshole for asking me to consider your feelings and change my behavior during this hard hard time i’m having

See also: i know i made you upset but you need to appologise for makeing me feel guilty for makeing you upset. What me? I should appologize??? Oh my god stop being upset and appologize to me!!



By all means talk about the sexism involved in responses to female victims of rape and abuse coming forward, but please don’t pretend like male victims are always treated with respect and taken seriously. That’s really, really not true.

Our society has a deep instinct to victim blame, no matter who the victim is