Bigotry isn't ok just because it's directed at a horrible person. Be careful about who you're hurting in the process
There's shitty takes galore all across social media and no--one really needs one more, but I needed to vent on why the ALP should go away and never come back
Every time I see the Hacker Ethic praised without critically challenging its shortcomings, I have to think of "Programming is Forgetting: Toward a New Hacker Ethic" by Allison Parrish and wish it was more popular. You can read the transcript here http://opentranscripts.org/transcript/programming-forgetting-new-hacker-ethic/
@sexybenfranklin I get that it's all fantasy, but there's an ethical dimension in storytelling that I think gets dismissed in these big slugfests. My preference is for the more personal stories where the focus is on what drives a character to overcome and grow as a person/hero.
Has your partner moved onto a new relationship or suicided in what was a blink of an eye for you? Has your home been destroyed in some catastrophe caused by the vanishment, and you come back to nothing?
Superhero stories are always so problematic in their use and abuse of power and this is especially egregious in my opinion. Who has the right to royally fuck up a universe of people a second time because they want their friends back?
Even more problematic is the psychic effect. There's 5 years worth of grief on the part of survivors and there's big monuments naming the lost. How do you deal with trying to cope with loss only to have people return? How do returnees copy with massive changes in the environment and people they thought they knew who are now 5 years different. If you were a pilot and the plane crashed killing everyone when you disappeared, what will finding out do to you?
I woke several hours before I was supposed to with stuff about Endgame running through my head. I know it's all fantasy but bringing everyone back from Thanos' cull is severely problematic on several levels.
People vanished from cars and planes etc. in motion. You can't just bring them back in the same spot, so where to they arrive? Even more picky, how do you (can you?) compensate for galactic motion? Where anything was in the universe 5 years ago is not where it is now.
"Free world building idea: Wizards have the same trust in magic that software designers have in software, which is to say, almost none at all."
this company claims this smart clothespin will "revolutionize" how you do laundry and I say we pass a binding resolution at the UN that no companies anywhere are allowed to use "revolution" or any version of that word ever again.
Thanks to Stil pointing me at a cheap copy of Dark Emu, I managed a couple of hours uninterrupted reading in the sun yesterday. It was very nice.
I have no words for how fucked up this is. Do the things you need to to get through it and know that we care
This is a poignant story of a potent mix of issues, hinging on how women in sport have been underpaid and undervalued, and how sporting bodies prefer medals to successful athletes who might have an off season. Rebecca was effectively dumped back on the streets with no resources to cope with transitioning out of the sport
'Rebecca Twigg was a famous Olympian cyclist. Today, she's homeless in Seattle.'
Guys: “Well you know, there were many people working on those algorithms, it’s not only Katie Bouman work but rather a team effort.”
Also guys: “Elon Musk is sending rockets on Mars, he makes electric cars, he invented tunnels, he’s such a genius, I love him.”
Katie Bouman deserves the respect & attention she's getting, so already the trolls are working to tear her down.
This is a good interview with the owner of the British UCI-level women's cycling team, Drops. I've been a big fan of the team in its various incarnations, as it worked to grow the sport without taking advantage of the athletes, and as it strove to show that women's racing was as good as the men's. I hope they overcome their current financial hurdles and have many succesful years #womenscycling
Two great #WomenInSTEM: Computer scientist Katie Bouman and Margaret Hamilton.
Katie with her awesome stack of hard drives for #EHTBlackhole image data 😍.
Margaret and her Apollo Guidance Computer source code 📚.
"Lyft cannot afford to pay its drivers a living wage, or it would “absorb enormous losses.”
This is a remarkable argument for a company to make about its own business model in a court filing. Essentially, it is describing the exact logic people have been using to warn that the other shoe will eventually drop on ride-hailing apps: it’s not a good business."
At least the encounter reminded me that I hadn't bought "Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain". I remedied that situation yesterday and now have to find time to actually read it
Voting in the state election on Saturday was fairly chill apart from the guy handing out Flux HTV cards (no-one else was hassling voters). I told him I wasn't interested and he had to know why. When I told him I didn't owe him an explanation, he got quite huffy.
Having read the Wikipedia page on Flux today, I wish I'd know that on Saturday so I could tell him I wasn't interested in a party that attempted electoral fraud in the last Federal election.
I was speaking to my mum this morning about how the kids should be running everything, and remembered Logan's Run, which I hadn't watched in years, so I popped in in the DVD player.... it's so much fun and so, so 70's.
From the wardrobe choices, the music, the choreographed fight scenes, the dome... the robot! It's all so styled and identifiably of a specific period. Maybe I should go watch Blakes 7 next while I'm in the mood :)