(1) I hate talking on the phone and mainly communicate through text message, IM, Facebook, and Twitter.
(2) I was ecstatic when Netflix Party came out, because it meant I could watch movies with people without having to cram their bodies my tiny living room.
(3) Instead of talking to people when I'm upset, I post about them on my blog.
That last little point was addressed today by an email I got from Graham of LoadingReadyRun (LRR) in response to a post about an experience I had with him in their forums:
Me: "Very, very sad to see the girl geeks only play final fantasy/RPG stereotype pop in. Persona4 over Fallout3? Really? However, it was nice to see RE4 get burned."
Him: "We're not doing it as "a stereotype". Kathleen and Tally legitimately play those games, and legitimately dislike Fallout and Resident Evil. These are truths. Stereotypes exist for a reason."
The "stereotypes exist for a reason" part sent me into a blogging tirade and I never watched their show again.
Fast forward to today. I received an email from him this morning due to a conversation he had with my friend Tajah about my blog post:
@Graham_LRR @Kathleen_LRR This tweet exchange is why I [heart] all of you so much, save that whole "stereotypes are based in fact" thing. (twitter post)
@Tajah Thanks! I don't recall what thing you're talking about, but I think you're taking something we said in a different way than we meant. (twitter post)
From there she linked him to the post.
I had turned Tajah on to LRR after a fantastic episode of commodoreHUSTLE. At PAX she had the cast (or at least one of them) sign her boobs.
Yes, the air is now cleared because of boobs. At least, that's what I'll tell people.
Anyway, back to the email. I won't post the full text here to save on space, explanations, and details, but suffice to say he talked about his post in the forums and how I had misunderstood it. He had thought I was the one who was bringing in thoughts of female stereotypes and was in his way defending female gamers. He admitted the wording could have been better, but then, my perceptions could have been better.
Basically I was offended that he was offended but I didn't know he was offended which caused us both to be offended.
I state at the very beginning of that post how judgmental I am. It's as true today as when I wrote that. However, I can admit when my judgments are wrong. I thought it was really cool of him to write to me - a completely random blogger - to clear the air. It showed me that he both cares about his fans and cares about the issue at hand.
For the record, I am going to spend today catching up on LoadingReadyRun episodes.
I'll leave this post with two thoughts:
(Uno) I will kick the first person that points out to me that I'm blogging about how I spend too much time on the internet.
(Dos) Here is one excerpt from his email that I want to leave you with because it's awesome: "As an aside, I've always been a supporter of female gamers (even back when I was really young, when it really did feel like a male dominated pastime) because, in my personal experience only, they kick ass at games. But maybe that's another stereotype. Sociology is tough."