It’s been a loooong time since I posted some good reading.
- 5 Things I Learned as the Internet’s Most Hated Person | Cracked.com
- "I watched every avenue of social media suddenly blow up with messages of abject hatred from thousands of strangers. For the first five days, I couldn't sleep. Every time I would start to doze off, I'd be shocked awake from half-asleep nightmares about everyone I love buying into the mob's bullshit and abandoning me. The ceaseless barrage of random people sending you disgusting shit is initially impossible to drown out — it was constant, loud, and it became my life."
- They Are Not Trolls. They Are Men. | Make Me a Sammich
- "By calling these people “trolls,” we are basically letting them off the hook. It’s a lot like the “boys will be boys” mentality that helps to keep rape culture thriving, but it’s also different, because boys are expected to be human. By calling these people “trolls,” we relegate them to non-human status, and we make it clear that we don’t expect them to live up to the same behavioral standards as human beings." Continue reading Good reads
I’ve been (relatively) all over the twitter space lately on the social justice tip. I’ve started following some new and amazing folks in the last couple months, including Ashe Dryden, Julie Pagano, and Justine Arreche, who are probably the first folks I’ve followed who are specifically interested in social justice within the tech community/industry.
Mutual following of these folks led to some fun discussions with a former colleague on considerations like, “How often can I call my colleagues out on *ist behavior and still get invites out to lunch? Once in three occurrences?”
After all, no one likes a feminazi.
The first two links come from Pagano’s “101 off limits” piece, and all are great reference articles to pass around.
- Don’t mistake expressing contempt for taking offense
- "I’m not offended by those words. I’m contemptuous of those words, and I’m letting you know that using them just made me think less of you – less admiration, less trust, less enjoyment in your company. I don’t hold you personally in the same contempt as I do the words that you just used, at least not yet. Whether I end up doing that depends on how you react to having your word choices challenged."
- Shakesville: Rape Culture 101
- "It is not a definition for which they're looking; not really. It's a description. It's something substantive enough to reach out and touch, in all its ugly, heaving, menacing grotesquery."
- The Male Privilege Checklist
- A very… gently-written article on example of male privilege in our culture.
People, Systems, and the Game of Monopoly
A very accessible description and discussion of the system of white privilege. Love it.
From that speaker’s blog:
- Women Are Not Guys | UNRAVELING THE KNOT
- "But then there are things that are stranger still because we know they aren’t true even as we act as though they are. I am referring, of course, to the practice of calling women ‘guys’."
Love it, especially Thought Experiment #2.
Last but not least, how I feel after a trying day of biting my tongue:
That’s, um, fon.
I’m currently taking an evening off from former-house cleaning to sit and chill with my busted shoulder. An old, old injury reared its head when we moved, and my left arm can’t raise more than about 20 degrees from straight down without quite a bit of pain. Lifting is a no-go. I’m very lucky that my right shoulder (also generally wonky) didn’t give way, too.
This week’s been chock full of coding, moving, fun food, and a bit of escapism, and my reading probably reflects that:
Continue reading Weekly Linkage: Friday Fon
This week’s internet cruising:
- louisgray.com: Why I Turned In My iPhone and Went Android – I love this article. I've written before that I'm considering switching, and at this point, it's only the cost of breaking contract that's holding me back.
- YouTube – heavymedic dance work in progress – unfinished – Y'all know I'm a doc/heavy shipper.
- Penny Arcade – The Sound Of A Klaxon – Regarding the iPhone 4: "She sees that phone the same way she would see a hat, or a ladle. If you had a ladle and you tried to get soup with the ladle but the soup came out, or fell out, or whatever the culinary equivalent of a lost call is, she would try to break it over her knee before throwing it in the garbage."
- Prince Declares Internet Over – Yes, that Prince. The Artist Formerly Known As might actually become "formerly known" among the next generation with his mysterious disappearance from the Internet. Strangely, I hear his music on Pandora. Maybe that won't be for much longer. "Unlike most other rock stars, he has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website."
- Narrower Towers: 20 Of Japan’s Thinnest Buildings | Design + Ideas on WU – From Greg, this is a really cool look at very slender architecture — 7-story buildings with 1,200 sq. ft footprints (feetprint?), a building that looks less than 10-feet wide, but supposedly has a Chinese restaurant on the ground floor, etc.
- The Lazy Way to Investment Success – I'm not sure I like the term "lazy" for this style — you still need to do your due diligence on picking the index funds or ETFs, but I like the simplicity of the style.
- Buttersafe – Updated Tuesdays and Thursdays » Archive » 11 Bad Comics – Clowns and frowns.
- 2 officers out of jobs in wake of repeated Tasering of woman | ajc.com – Um. Read this.