Swearing on XBox One while gaming or Skype can lead to 24 hour ban

There’s some evidence to suggest that if you use foul language during Xbox Live or during a Skype call or if you upload a video containing it as well, you may be lose some privileges including a possible ban for 24 hours.

Oh, good. So we can return to the days of…

“Good sirs, I invite you all to perform buggery with your own controllers on this fine day. While we engage in this fair play, I also invite your mothers to join you, being the vile harlots they are.

Does your skin reflect as a coal or the bright side of pitch? For only the only explanation I could find for your lack of competence. I’m forced to consider when a poor soul suffered a bout of incontinence upon your head.”

I’ve heard some (modern)variation of that exact conversation multiple times on chat. Now I understand the frustration of many players when it comes to online gaming and the vitriolic, juvenile, homophobic, racist, sexist language can wear heavily on you at times. In fact, a few years back, Adam Sessler made an empathic plea to drop the nonsense altogether, but surely, there are better ways of addressing this than surreptitiously filtering by robot.

I was only going to make comment on a HN thread, but it got shut down fairly quickly. Hence this post.


MSNBC Censors “Tibetan Spring”?

What are these “usage restrictions” they’re talking about? I’ve never seen this before on any video on MSNBC.com

What are 'usage restrictions'?

Is this going to be a new thing now? Whenever there’s any news of China and Tibet, China squeezes the U.S. media’s cojones to not spill the beans?

This isn’t Photoshop. As of this morning (6:17AM), this video link from the Google search for “Are we seeing a Tibetan Spring” is showing this screen (after the ad).

Funny thing is that the link to the page is also on the MSNBC.com website when you search for “Tibet” (Posted March 23, 2012).

Tibetan Spring


Forgot to post the bottom part of that video page. I guess this is why the’re really worried.

I guess Lindsey Hilsum did too well a job.

Update 9:18PM

OK, the video now loads up. Don’t know what that was all about at first. In case you want to download the video yourself, and you’re using Firefox, follow these instructions. Or if it has already disappeared, email me and I’ll send you the video.

Movie of the Week: The Color of Pomegranates

Few other works in the artistic world exemplifies the statement that “art flourishes under censorship”. Sergei Parajanov’s work created behind the Iron Curtain is no less than an audio-visual onslaught of poetic metaphor and vision.

The Color of Pomegranates - Sayat Nova

The Color of Pomegranates - Sayat Nova

Created in 1968, the film is an exploration of Parajanov’s life without the use of dialogue. The entire story is narrated in imagery and symbolism alone. It would probably take a decade or more to unravel all of the meaning. The film was suppressed in the former Soviet Union and was not widely available outside film festivals in the West.

It stars Sofiko Chiaureli in no less than six roles including that of the male poet and main character Sayat Nova, the King of Song.

Sadly, Parajanov didn’t live long enough to see his work flourish. He passed away in 1990 after a battle with lung cancer. Arguably caused by his years of incarceration in a labor camp as punishment for expressing his views.

The film had such a strong impact on the musical group Juno Ractor (known for their contributions to the Matrix trilogy soundtrack), that they fashioned a music video composed entirely of imagery from the movie.

Not quite the original film, but you get the idea of what you would be missing if you don’t watch it.

R.I.P Buddhism

Now it’s nothing but a fashion statement. It was good for the last 2500 or so years, but like all things adopted that early, it has become corrupted and mutilated into perverted rhetoric, mindless repetition, and blind faith. Not to mention a damn-good way to prove you’re “cultured”, since all true “cultured” individuals need to show everyone else their acquired culture (because they have none of their own) or it doesn’t count.

At least it isn’t alone in the commercialized knick-knack and other hippie stores. I’m sure the Buddha would be pleased, if he were here, that his image is being adorned at the end of the dining tables as glorified furniture. The man did nothing but preach the futility of adornments while he was alive.  I’m against the notion of image worship entirely, but I don’t mind a Buddha statue being where it belongs. In a bloody temple!

I can understand someone wanting to show their respects for giving them a new outlook and purpose in life, after all, Buddhist principles gave me a new outlook in life and I am grateful. But I don’t mean the worship Nazis who insist on prayer as a daily ritual (who, have no idea what they’re talking about, but do it anyway because that’s how it’s always been), I mean the people who live their lives putting up the extra effort of not being an ass.  Next time you feel like bowing for prayer, please take it outside.

And then, of course, are the Richard Gere types who, bless their hearts (har har), have decided to embrace it and managed to completely miss the point. 

Man, I hate hippies!

Buddhism has been turned into a bona-fide religion. And like all religions, it has a nasty tendency to creep into the very core of established civilization. Like, oh I don’t know… politics? What do monks and priests have to do with politics? What do they have to do with commerce? I find the whole notion that monks can advance through political connections to be disgusting and quite insidious. And it proves my point that Buddhism has become corrupted and turned into blind rhetoric.

Governing with Buddhist principles is one thing, but to be called a “Buddhist nation” is very dangerous. And in many aspects, no different than being labeled a “Christian nation” or “Muslim nation”. The whole concept of a religious nation, whatever religion that may be, is both terrifying and futile in the end. It stifles new ideas and prevents self-correction and thought evolution.

Last I checked adaptation, keeping what is useful and rejecting what isn’t, was a Buddhist principle. It’s wonderful principle to be used in Government and “culture”. But it should never become law or fashion. It should be accepted because it makes sense. Not because I, your parents, your teachers or anyone else, said so. And especially not for “culture”: That concept in itself is subjective.

Accept it, if it makes sense (think hard). Reject it, if it doesn’t (again, think hard).  Act when necessary, think practically, be aware and in control of your thought process, and do no harm. That’s all it takes to become a Buddhist. No extraneous nonsense required.

Update : 3:08 pm

This post has mysteriously disappeared off of the Buddhism tag index. Well, at least the hippies don’t seem to mind.

I didn’t realize the censorship sword was so sharp, here on WordPress.