“…for one half of the world to use the other.. like brutes”

“I had been writing a tender tale of the sorrows of a friendless poor negro-girl, and my eyes had scarce done smarting with it, when your letter of recommendation in behalf of so many of her brethren and sisters, came to me — but why her brethren? — or yours, Sancho! any more than mine? It is by the finest tints, and most insensible gradations, that nature descends from the fairest face about St James’s, to the sootiest complexion in Africa: at which tint of these, is it, that the ties of blood are to cease? and how many shades must we descend lower still in the scale, ere mercy is to vanish with them? — but ’tis no uncommon thing, my good Sancho, for one half of the world to use the other half of it like brutes, & then endeavor to make ’em so.”

Laurence Sterne, writing in response to a letter from former slave Ignatius Sancho

This was written in 1766, yet is still relevant nearly 250 years later.

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A Normal Lost Phone: 3.5/5 STARS

ANormalLostPhone

What do you know about Sam?  Are they a boy, a girl?  Are they cheating on their girlfriend?  Where did they go on the 18th of January? Where are they now?

One user on Game Jolt commented:

“really hits me like a rock, cried like a baby”

Contrary to my introduction, A Normal Lost Phone is not a murder-mystery.  It’s not terribly suspenseful, but it’s ending is very, very real.  Even though I am not in Sam’s exact situation, their struggle reminded me of myself.  The game is written very well.  The end text, supposedly written by the main character, is minimal, to the point, and believable.  The only real complaint I have is that, in the cellphone’s contacts, there are so many names that are absolutely pointless.  It clutters up a screen that shouldn’t be.

Play A Normal Lost Phone by Accidental Queens here (available in English, French, and Spanish!)

 


SPOILERS

I referred to Samantha during my description as “they” as I wanted her gender to remain ambiguous, as to not spoil the story.  I am aware that she is a woman.

Innes Road Injustice

Mutiur Rehman believes he’s Jesus, and that he is Tupac‘s prodigy.  Yes, that Tupac, the deceased rapper we’re all familiar with.  Before you laugh, consider this: how long can you be alone, before you start to hallucinate?

According to accounts from Rehman’s family members, it took him about a year to start hearing things.  In total, he spent 18 months in solitude against his will.

This all happened at the infamous Innes Road jail in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  This jail has been under scrutiny for its inhumane treatment of inmates; including locking them in shower rooms, overcrowding, and its use of solitary confinement.

Now, Mutiur Rehman has received a diagnosis of schizophrenia, an illness that can be exacerbated by stress.  His mother and father believe the stress and loneliness of being in prison for two years caused him to hear voices.

It’s irrelevant why Rehman was in the Innes Road jail, and what he did or didn’t do.  Inmates aren’t monsters or demons deserving of punishment: they are human beings.  Fundamentally,  people do not deserve abuse.

 

To help you understand Schizophrenia a bit better, I have added some videos to this post:

Acting Batty!

I love the internet because you never know what you’re going to find.  Theanimalinyou.com has a short test that will, apparently, tell you what animal you are most like. It claims it’s short quiz is “The Original and Most Accurate Personality Test on the Web.” Well, I’m sure Miss Briggs-Myers posthumously disagrees with that…

I’m really a bat inside, by-the-way–how creepy! The description at the end of the test says I’m “a decidedly nonconformist creature.”

 

 

Ludum Dare 34: Growing Ties 2/5 STARS

It’s a simple task: give the men some ties.  Playing Growing Ties for a few seconds will show you it’s not as easy as you once thought.  Press the left arrow key to finish making a tie and press and hold the right arrow key to make the tie longer.  There are people of all sizes waiting for your custom-length, lime-green ties, so get going!

While Growing Ties sounds like a simple web toy, it actually took me some time to get the hang of it.  I realized after some experimenting that, contrary to the upbeat background music, you can take as long as you want to make ties. There is no time limit and the men will not leave if you take “too long.”  Knowing this immediately makes the game less enjoyable, because now you don’t have the mad dash of dropping ties to please customers.  Growing Ties was made in a 72 hours for Ludum Dare 34, and so; the game only has one “level.”  After satisfying twenty customers’ tie needs the game ends, shows you how well you performed, and then are prompted to play again.  I’d say Growing Ties is fun, and good if you want to just chill, but there isn’t much other substance or meaning.

Growing Ties: 2/5 STARS

Growing Ties was created by DR.LUDOS (who brought us the similarly simple but difficult The One Fork Restaurant), with music by Newgrounds user F4llout. The Jam theme was Two Button Controls and/or Growing. Participants were allowed to use one or both of the themes. You can get Growing Ties on your Android phone via Google Play.

Grouse Encounter

I saw a Ruffed Grouse in my backyard today! It’s crest was standing up, which at first confused me. From far away, the head did not look small like a bird’s, but instead like a second, smaller, fan of tail-feathers at the end of it’s neck. It waddled about in between some trees and slowly blended back into the forest. How cool is that?!

I encourage you all to keep your eyes peeled for wild animals where you live and do some research on and record what you saw. You’ll enjoy your surroundings so much more, trust me!