World of Warcraft News: Three things you absolutely have to do before patch 8.0

I’ve written a new article for New Age Gaming! An excerpt: Blizzard has announced that patch 8.0, the Battle for Azeroth pre-expansion patch, is indeed coming next week Wednesday, 18 July (or 17, if you play on US servers), and with it, a whole lot of glorious content such as the Burning of Teldrassil (and … Read moreWorld of Warcraft News: Three things you absolutely have to do before patch 8.0

Life and Work Update

A few years ago, I was working at W24, I had a column with W24, News24, New Age Gaming, and I had this blog, and I was writing and publishing articles pretty much every single day. What happened? Honestly, nothing particularly dramatic. Writing was once a hobby, and, once it became a job, it turned … Read moreLife and Work Update

“Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now” – Amanda Palmer and Jasmine Power’s new song that honours the #MeToo movement

There are three things I always love about Amanda Palmer’s music. The first is that killer combination of piano and vocals. The second is the lyrics. Amanda, who’s brought us songs about female pubic hair, female masturbation, and being slut shamed by the Daily Mail, never shies away from a topic that might be considered “too … Read more“Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now” – Amanda Palmer and Jasmine Power’s new song that honours the #MeToo movement

The Revolutionary Realness of Amanda Palmer

The first Amanda Palmer song I ever heard was at Cat’s house. We were watching music videos on Youtube, and she turned to me and said, “Have you ever heard of Amanda Palmer? Oh you’ll love her.” And she played me this song. The lights go on, spelling out one word: “Amanda”. This woman swaggers … Read moreThe Revolutionary Realness of Amanda Palmer

How meeting the Goddess made me an atheist

People often ask me to talk about my history, and my journey to atheism. As many know, I grew up religious. Not just religious. I grew up fundamentalist Christian. I also used to be extremely conservative and right-wing. Now I’m a bleeding heart liberal secular humanist and feminist. It’s quite a transition, and, honestly, there’s … Read moreHow meeting the Goddess made me an atheist

I may not own Harley, but I believe I understand her better than someone who thinks she’s just another Poison Ivy

Harley Quinn is one of my all-time favourite characters. Ever since I was a little girl, she’s had a special place in my heart. So I’m sure you’d imagine I’m excited about her part in the upcoming “Suicide Squad” movie. I’m not. I really don’t want to be “that guy” who hated Heath Ledger’s Joker … Read moreI may not own Harley, but I believe I understand her better than someone who thinks she’s just another Poison Ivy

RIP Discordkitty, or how I very nearly completed the #WoWIronman challenge and what eventually killed me

I first heard about the World of Warcraft Ironman challenge back in Cataclysm, and have always kinda wanted to try it ever since. The challenge is to basically: Reach max level without dying. No spec. No talents. No glyphs. No gear better than junk or common quality. No dungeons. No grouping up. No XP buffs. No … Read moreRIP Discordkitty, or how I very nearly completed the #WoWIronman challenge and what eventually killed me

W24 – Racism and abuse: how Milo Yiannopoulos finally got banned for attacking Leslie Jones

Professional harasser Milo Yiannopoulos has finally been made to face some consequences for his actions.   At long last, Breitbart writer and professional harasser Milo Yiannopoulos has been permanently banned from Twitter, following yet another one of his organised hate campaigns, this time against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones. Read my article about this over at … Read moreW24 – Racism and abuse: how Milo Yiannopoulos finally got banned for attacking Leslie Jones

RooshV, feminism, and the new rules of romance

This is a post about how feminism changed romance, and one man confused and embittered by the new rules. RooshV. It’s a name you might have heard. RooshV (real name: Daryush Valizadeh) is an infamous anti-feminist, “Pick-Up Artist”(PUA), and self-admitted rapist who’s known mostly for his extremist misogynistic views, views he expresses loudly and often both on … Read moreRooshV, feminism, and the new rules of romance

#GamerGate: It’s about using harassment to push a political agenda

Note: This post is focused on the origins of #GamerGate. It’s part 1, because if I manage to find the emotional energy, I may write more. Lately, I’ve noticed a trend towards saying #GamerGate started out with basically good intentions but it somehow lost its way. No. From its origins in the infamous August that … Read more#GamerGate: It’s about using harassment to push a political agenda