@bestthingsbot going for a bike ride with my brother
So I went tor a decent ride with my brother for the first time in ages. I fell off after about 3km and rode for another 25km to Parramatta. We had lunch and then I cleaned the area and coated it in antiseptic cream before riding home
Australia Needs A Green New Deal, Not More Centrism
People are taking the wrong lessons from Labor's shock defeat.
This is a very good retrospective on the life and work on Anita Sarkeesian
I don’t know who needs to see this but please boost anyway to support those around you ♥️
Enslaved, and then learning English, Greek, and Latin by the time she was 12? A force of nature.
Istanbul on King has closed after maybe 20 years IIRC. That's another icon of Newtown gone ☹
There's a tree down at the bottom of the street and it's brought down the power lines. Luckily our power is on at the moment, but the repairman will have to cut the lines and rebuild - whenever they arrive.
There's a nice inspirational quote for Lin Manuel-Miranda in this blog post that starts with "You’re someone’s wildest dream". It's amazing to look at how far women's cycling has progressed in just one generation, and it's wonderful to see riders pause from the daily grind to celebrate being where they are
I realised this morning that I hadn't had porridge this winter yet, so that's what I made for breakfast. It's such a great cold-weather comfort food.
A great little essay from the author of Dark Emu
"We need our children to rebel. We need our children to doubt"
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.