Monday, June 25, 2012

Rumors, Politics, and Communal Garbage

Entry: nine hundred one.
It's been quite some time since I released a public log. In all fairness, I've done little of note, simply whiling away the days in station. That said, I've become tired of the current reading material, and have in fact simply not even skimmed over ninety-five percent of the posts. They've honestly been garbage according to my taste.
I hold no illusions about my own product. I'm nowhere near as popular as them. I'm most likely held in contempt to what I'm calling garbage.
With that out of the way, I can move on to some more matters of note.
First off, Red Overlord and Against All Authorities have been spreading this rather nasty and outright false rumor that Cascade Imminent is failscading. This is apparently due to neither group knowing what we as an alliance are doing or planning to do, and in Red Overlord's case, some amount of animosity as well. Having access as I do to some of the internal goings-on within our alliance, I can safely say that as of right now, no, we are not failscading. We are simply waiting for other players to make their moves before we make ours. As an example, we were set to deploy to Delve, right up until some of the CFC alliances and corporations staged nearby for the rumored assault on the South.
Item number two is about the health of our alliance. We've lost some corporations, most notably and recently Chaotic Tranquility [CTQ] because they attempted to overthrow the holding corporation for the alliance after being in the alliance for all of fifteen days. From the grunt point of view, I hardly ever saw them, and what little interaction I did have was generally unpleasant.
We've also gained corporations, however. The newest additions that I'm aware of since MODRO and V3R are New European Regiment and Zebra Corp. Zebra Corp has gained some recent notoriety from an excellent podcast they put out at Since they moved in a week to two weeks ago, I've had the chance to fly and interact with some of their members, and overall have had a positive experience with them. I've not had much interaction with NER, and I'm not sure why, but the little I have had has been positive as well.
Item three is combat activity. We haven't been deployed since Curse, which I believe was three to four months ago at this point. We've had quite a few roaming gangs and some backstabs from the neighbors, but overall it's provided some much needed combat activity aside from the roams. It's my opinion that this amount of combat activity has severely slowed the atrophy that has been occurring where action is concerned, but it isn't halting or reverting it. We need a deployment, and soon, before we become fat and lazy in our space. This ties in with the first item, however, so there's not much to be done about it.
Number four is a more of a recognition shoutout than anything else. Of all the alliance level FCs aside from Archie and their own, MODRO has said that Jason Erquilenne, a member of my own corporation, is the only FC that is good. That news was fantastic in my mind, and just makes me happier about the fact that I snagged him while he was still new to the capsuleer life.
I don't care that they didn't say anything about me. I'm not an alliance level FC. If I weren't a recruiter, I would probably have gone for it, but I can't manage both tasks. Jason tends to ask me to be second in command when he FCs roams, though he can't for alliance level fleets because of the command structure, and that's good enough for me. Just be aware that you shouldn't always primary him since he isn't always leading fleets.
Finally, I've been rather busy when not active as a capsuleer. Everyone knows how those responsibilities go, and it's just the way things work. I will say that I've been putting my time to good use however, trying to find ways to better myself and my situation in ways that exclude spaceships. I haven't yet sorted it out, but I'm hoping to rather soon with two fantastic opportunities on the line.
With all of that laid out, I hope to resume some semblance of normalcy soon. Let me be frank about the public logs I follow though: it needs to get better. It needs to focus more on spaceships, on politics, on strategy, all of the things that make this life worth living. It needs to deviate from its current crash course of rage, phallic waving, retorts, tinfoil hattery, and blatant misinformation via terribad journalism. There has been too much focus on tweetfleets, podbanters, blog banters, podsides, etcetera, and it is at a point where it not only ceases to be interesting, but drains the life from everything important.
I'm not going to say community isn't important. I am going to say that the community sometimes gets out of hand and has to come back to its senses. This is one of those times.
Computer: terminate recording.

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