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This is one of many reasons I left college: I didn’t feel like I was actually learning anything that I couldn’t better and more efficiently teach myself.

The modern college system has become little more than an extortion racket. a college degree is an expectation. Adults are made to feel like they have in some way failed if they don’t have one and employers practically require a degree for someone to do as little as flip a burger. Young adults, barely allowed to make their own decisions in life yet expected to know what they want to do with the rest of their lives, are expected to pay exorbitant prices to attend a school for 4 years in order to get a piece of paper that may someday help them get a decent job. Most of them can’t pay out of pocket, so they take out loans (many from government funded loan providers) that they will be paying off for what could be a quarter of their lives.

Both the school and the government rake in huge profits while young adults are saddled with debt that will follow (and likely financially cripple) them for decades. The graduate might have learned something useful and possibly could get a job that pays more than $10/hr, but repaying the loan might mean they have little more disposable income than a minimum wage worker who never went to college.

Richard’s theory of game design 1

Every challenge should be only lightly challenging for a prepared player. This mostly applies to RPGs and other games with player guided character growth.

When setting the difficulty for your game, test it out taking advantage of your complete awareness of the challenges the player will face. The difficulty is right when you can play through your game without “grinding” for exp/gold/abilities.

Since the average player likely won’t have the same complete understanding of your game, they will find much of it challenging and feel a sense of accomplishment when they figure out the easiest way to deal with challenges. At the same time, let your players find their own solutions.

Example: you have an ice dungeon. Ahead of time, the player can find a fire sword that is hidden somewhere in the world. They can also choose a character who can use fire magic. With both the sword and magic, the level will present very little challenge. However, if the player has only one or neither of these benefits, a bit of grinding and the use of other skills will allow them to complete the dungeon.





This is my son, Chester, who is nearly 4. He was invited to his friend Chloe’s birthday party today, the theme was prince and princesses. He asked if he could go as Sleeping Beauty, so I bought him a dress and put a cute little clip in his hair.

We arrived at the party to the following comments from the adults present:
“Oh that is just cruel.”

"Why did you make him wear a dress?"

"Poor little man, what’s your mummy playing at?"

"He’s going to hate you when he grows up."

"No way I’d let my son dress like a girl."

The fact is, Chester is almost completely gender neutral. I let him wear what he wants, be it boys or girls clothes, and he plays with whatever toys he likes. This usually involves him holding tea parties while wearing his pink Minnie Mouse top, jeans and a tiara. The guests are more often than not a mixture of Winnie The Pooh characters, dinosaurs, Barbie, Dora and solders, and they’re usually transported in his favorite fire engine.

When my husband arrived at the party later on, he was subjected to endless ridicule from the other dad’s present about how I must keep his balls in my back pocket because otherwise he would have put his foot down and not allowed Chester out like that. Oh, and by the way, our other son dressed as Ariel. When my husband pointed out that the boys were happy, and the mother of the birthday child made a point of saying how wonderful she thought it was that we allowed them freedom of choice and expression, they then stopped talking about it to our faces and started muttering about us behind our backs.

Interestingly enough, not a single child said a word about their choice of costumes, other than to compliment Chester on his new dress.

not a single child made a negative comment

not a single child made a negative comment

not a single child made a negative comment


I love this story

Proof that intolerance is learned, not something we’re born with.

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