The admission in the final panel is about as close to what actually happened as I can explain. It doesn’t really make sense when I think about it. Other aspects of the story are changed for effect as well, so don’t worry. I’m fine. I’m back to fighting ninjas already.

Ryan is playing Mass Effect 3, and I heard he likes it. It’s not something for which I really have enough free time. Or I would, if true enjoyment of the title did not also involve marathon sessions to absorb the content of its two predecessors. If he has thoughts, and I’m confident that he often does, they will probably be in tweet form.

It’s amazing how things will come around on the Internet these days. Facebook is filled with people who don’t treat it like a full time job, so it usually lags behind. Someone shared a video that is almost a year old decrying the use of the word “retarded” as offensive to people with mental disabilities. They refer to it as the “R-word”. After a year on YouTube, it seems to have polarized the populace with 4508 likes and 3099 dislikes.

I don’t even know what I think of the matter. I haven’t used the word used genuinely to disparage mentally handicapped people in many years. I sat in a conversation among friends last night and counted it used in a self deprecating manner at least 3 times. Nobody picked up on it, but maybe it would be a problem if the wrong person overheard. We discussed it in an early comic, but even I am not sure what was going on there. I certainly would not take any of it at face value.

An article on Wikipedia claims that the term was created to replace words deemed too offensive, like imbecile, idiot, and moron. That’s either ironic, or the unstoppable power of human prejudice. From what I understand, perception of mental disability has changed a lot in the past 30 years, so it is probably just a matter of time.