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Kill all institutions.

— redlibrarian (@redlibrarian) April 23, 2015

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4 weeks ago
Open Access Mash-Up: Protecting Your Rights As an Author + Putting th…

Open Access Mash-Up: Protecting Your Rights As an Author + Putting the Public... #openaccess http://t.co/qsmLQrJncG by @jillasella #oa

— Jacob Berg (@jacobsberg) April 14, 2015

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5 weeks ago
Fail better
It is an aesthetic and an ethical failure: to put it very simply, you have not told the truth. When writers admit to failures they like to admit to the smallest ones - for example, in each of my novels somebody "rummages in their purse" for something because I was too lazy and thoughtless and unawake to separate "purse" from its old, persistent friend "rummage". To rummage through a purse is to sleepwalk through a sentence - a small enough betrayal of self, but a betrayal all the same. To speak personally, the very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.
zadiesmith  writing  literature  writers  essay  failure  2007 
6 weeks ago
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When asked for career advice, responding with some form of "give up all hope" is generally considered unhelpful. Honest, yes. But unhelpful.

— LibrarianShipwreck (@libshipwreck) March 12, 2015

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10 weeks ago
Salon’s Patton Oswalt peace summit - Salon.com

After years of sniping, Salon and @pattonoswalt have agreed to disagree about p.c. culture http://t.co/9LX61AJLqH pic.twitter.com/jsb14YSRp4

— Salon.com (@Salon) March 11, 2015

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10 weeks ago
The Best Free Tools for Making Your Own Video Games

The Best Free Tools for Making Your Own Video Games (I SMELL A LIBRARY PROGRAM) http://t.co/bdYEgEfX46 #gaming

— Justin Hoenke (@JustinLibrarian) March 9, 2015

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10 weeks ago
The Cool Gamer Girlfriend, a.k.a. UNICORNS AREN'T REAL — Maddy Myers
I wasn't allowed to be mediocre; I was supposed to be the Unicorn Gamer Girl who appeared out of nowhere to blow everybody away (and then blow everybody).

There is no narrative about a girl who shows up to play games and turns out to be kind of okay at them, and then she makes platonic friends who see her as a person, and then she goes home alone. My mediocrity became a huge disappointment for men that I didn't know in gaming spaces. It was a disappointment for me, too, and it still makes me extra-nervous. Every time I show up and play games in public somewhere, in some male-dominated space, there is some stupid part of me that wants to win beyond all my wildest dreams ... even though it's impossible, especially when people are staring at you. I do okay, sometimes. That's the most I've ever been able to hope to achieve: being okay at games, sometimes.
videogames  sexism  games  2015  patriarchy  narrative 
11 weeks ago
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Doug freaking Stamper.

— Catelynne (@MetaCatie) February 28, 2015

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11 weeks ago
How Liberalism and Racism Are Wed - NYTimes.com
The political framework of liberalism, which promises equality and universal protection for “all,” depends on people to believe those promises, so that racial discrimination, brutality, violence, dehumanization, can be written off as accidental, incidental, a problem with the application of liberal theory rather than part of the deep structure of liberalism.
racism  culture  politics  usa  2015 
12 weeks ago
Halifax murder plot shows absurdity of anti-terror laws: Walkom | Toronto Star
The thwarting of an alleged Valentine’s Day massacre in Halifax underlines the fundamental absurdity of Canada’s anti-terror laws.

According to police, three alleged plotters planned to shoot and kill dozens Saturday at a Halifax shopping mall.

Had such a plan succeeded, the effect would have almost certainly been mass terror in the Nova Scotia capital.

Yet Justice Minister Peter MacKay says this was not a terrorist crime. “The attack does not appear to have been culturally motivated, therefore not linked to terrorism,” he told reporters Saturday.

MacKay’s comments caused some puzzlement. Why would the government deem the murder of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa last fall an act of terror, but not this?

In fact, except for his inexplicable use of the word “culturally,” MacKay was technically correct. Canada’s anti-terror laws don’t criminalize actions that might cause terror. Well before the current law was enacted in 2002, it was illegal in Canada to murder people or blow up trains.

Rather, they criminalize intent. It may be illegal to kill people in Canada. But it is even more illegal to kill people for a religious, ideological or political purpose.

More important, it is left to the state to decide — in the first instance at least — which murderous conspiracies have a political motive and which do not.

Thus Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Muslim gunman who killed Cirillo, is deemed a terrorist for the simple reason that the RCMP and government say he was.

Conversely, alleged Halifax plotters Lindsay Souvannarath and Randall Shepherd (the third suspect, James Gamble, died before he could be arrested) are not terrorists because the federal justice minister says they are not.

Had police found Islamic State propaganda on their computers, Souvannarath and Shepherd almost certainly would have been charged with terrorism. But social media sites said to belong to the suspects show an interest only in Nazis and violence.

That, it seems, is insufficiently ideological to merit a terror charge.

So that’s the first point about the terror laws: They are unusually arbitrary.

The second is that the government’s interpretation of these laws is infinitely flexible. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, with the backing of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, proposes a new anti-terror law that would give the security services even more power and citizens even fewer rights.

Critics point out that the government has made no case as to why this Bill C-51 might be necessary. As evidence, they point to the Halifax arrests.

The alleged plot was discovered not by a newly empowered Canadian Security and Intelligence Service bugging email traffic, but by an ordinary citizen who then made an anonymous call to police.

The hapless MacKay was asked about that, too, this weekend. He produced an even more baffling answer.

No, the masterminds of the alleged plot were not terrorists whose capture was hindered by limited CSIS powers. Rather, they were “murderous misfits” apprehended through normal police methods.

Still, he went on, this apparent contradiction proves why stronger anti-terror laws are needed: Run-of-the-mill murderous misfits might, at some unknown point in the future, be attracted to the Islamic State.

Or, to put it another way, the fact that extraordinary security powers were not needed here proves that they are needed.

It is a complicated logic.

A final point on flexibility. Critics of the new anti-terror bill, including Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, argue that the proposed law is so broad that it would sweep up not just Islamic terrorists but anti-pipeline protestors who use civil disobedience to take on the Conservative government’s economic agenda.

A 2014 RCMP memo obtained by La Presse last week suggests that May is not being paranoid here.

“There is a growing, highly organized and well-financed anti-Canada petroleum movement that consists of peaceful activists, militants and violent extremists who are opposed to society’s reliance on fossil fuels,” the document, which echoes a similar RCMP assessment dated two years earlier, reads.

Radical environmentalists, it seems, are among the real enemies the government plans to crush. Alleged neo-Nazi mass murderers? Fie on them. They’re just random misfits.
c51  terrorism  ftrw  crime  canada  law  2015 
february 2015
The Tyranny of the Forced Smile - NYTimes.com
The Tyranny of the Forced Smile

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I am a Libra of Libras, an inveterate balancer of opinions. My scales rarely tip to one side; my cons stack up against my pros. Count on me to discern the downside to upside, and the upside to down. If you want an unequivocal statement, I’m not your fellow — at least not usually.

At work, an ambivalent disposition can be an obstacle. Employers want to see passion. If you don’t love your job, you’re expected to act as if you do, and every so often, in performance reviews and presentations, you are called upon to articulate unalloyed enthusiasm.

A decade ago I was interviewed by three academics for a teaching job at a university. The final question went something like this: Would you describe yourself as a passionate teacher? A silence fell over the room; it lasted much too long. I’d surely lost the job by the time I cleared my throat and began to qualify an answer I’d yet to give. The truth was I didn’t consider myself a teacher at all — I hadn’t been in a classroom in years. I stumbled my way through a circuitous reply and concluded by saying that, yes, actually, I suppose I could describe myself as passionate, in a sense.

In a sense. I couldn’t resist the qualification. It was like a nervous tic. Moments later, the interview was over and I was leaving the room. As I shut the door behind me, the committee erupted into laughter.

Thankfully, I did manage to land a job, one I greatly enjoy, and now find myself on the other side of the hiring process. This winter I am serving on a committee charged with interviewing applicants for a new professorship here at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Wary of lawsuits, the school has seen fit to train me and my colleagues on what the law permits us to ask applicants. All questions, H.R. has advised, should relate to three core concerns: Can the applicant do the work? Will the applicant fit in? Will the applicant love the job?

I was surprised to learn that love is now considered essential to the employment relationship. Some of us are lucky enough to have lovable jobs, but this strikes me as an extreme standard to apply with respect to most positions.

Consider customer service, in which high enthusiasm is often a requisite. Disney sets the standard in this realm, and anyone who’s been to Disney World knows why. All employees who interact with the public are considered members of the “cast.” Custodians, concessionaires, crowd control staff — in the Magic Kingdom, they are all expected to perform as if they love their work.

I was there with my family a few days before New Year’s, and the crowds were bone-crushing. At times you could not take a step without clipping a child’s heels. No matter: The staff was unflappable, their smiles relentless. I recall one employee standing outside a restaurant, charged with telling people that the restroom was to the left. She did this time after time, grinning all the while, as the crowd bore down on her.

If Disney is fanatical about customer service it’s because Americans are, too. Who are the lunatics who rage online about faulty restaurant service? When I waited tables at Pizza Hut, there was no Yelp. The most customers could do was gripe to the peevish manager, who would duly scold me. I had no spunk for serving pizza, and I don’t see why I or anyone ought to have had it.

Tips mattered, but not so much as that. I feel for the waiters of the world who can’t afford to frown or complain of sore feet.

Most of us don’t have the freedom to complain much at work. There’s something a touch tyrannical about this condition. Our Protestant work ethic has blended with contemporary notions of self-actualization to create a situation in which we are all expected to whistle like Disney dwarfs.

Work has been an obligation since Adam and Eve found themselves east of Eden. We are still enchained by the dull necessity of earning our bread, yet we cheerfully insist, to ourselves and one another, that we labor freely.

When I lived in Eastern Europe more than a decade ago, I found that people had a more moderate approach. People did not seem to feel the need to love their job or even talk much about it. You could become well acquainted with someone without finding out what he did for a living. When the subject did come up, it seemed to be beside the point. The real action of life — the singular life of the mind, soul and body — was elsewhere, wrapped up in private pursuits, away from the workplace.

That may have had something to do with the size of the economy there. It’s not easy to be thrilled about work when opportunity is scarce. Admittedly, the dynamism of Western capitalism depends upon people who work with missionary zeal, who refuse to accept that a job is merely a job. It must be something more — a vocation, an adventure, a journey to higher heights.

I often do feel this way about my work, but I’d rather not feel obliged to profess my enthusiasm. I’ll keep my chin up; on a good day I might even whistle. But please don’t ask me to smile if I’m not in the mood.

Paul Jaskunas is a member of the humanistic studies faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the author of the novel “Hidden.”

A version of this article appears in print on February 15, 2015, on page BU14 of the New York edition with the headline: The Tyranny of the Forced Smile. Order Reprints
work  employment  enthusiasm  2015 
february 2015
rigorousintuition.ca • View topic - The Utopia of Rules (Graeber)
This plays out in field after field, from journalism to nursing, physical therapy to foreign policy consulting. Endeavors that used to be considered an art, best learned through doing, like writing or painting, now require formal professional training and certification. While these measures are touted— like all bureaucratic measures—as a way of creating fair, impersonal mechanisms in fields previously dominated by insider knowledge and social connections, they often have the opposite effect. As anyone who has been to graduate school knows, it’s precisely the children of the professional-managerial classes, those whose family resources make them the least in need of financial support, who best know how to navigate the paperwork required to get this support. For everyone else, the main result of years of professional training is an enormous burden of student debt, which requires its holders to bureaucratize ever-increasing dimensions of their own lives, and to manage themselves as if they were each a tiny corporation.

Sociologists since Weber have often noted that one of the defining features of a bureaucracy is that its employees are selected by formal criteria—most often some kind of written test—but everyone knows how compromised the idea of bureaucracy as a meritocratic system is. The first criterion of loyalty to any organization is therefore complicity. Career advancement is not based on merit but on a willingness to play along with the fiction that career advancement is based on merit, or with the fiction that rules and regulations apply to everyone equally, when in fact they are often deployed as an instrument of arbitrary personal power.
bureaucracy  davidgraeber  2015  newpro  professional 
february 2015
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@janeschmidt ... add half-can of tomato paste, season, let simmer until dal is desired consistency.

— redlibrarian (@redlibrarian) February 4, 2015

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february 2015
Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' - The Chronicle of Higher Education
For example, suppose government officials learn that a person has bought a number of books on how to manufacture methamphetamine. That information makes them suspect that he's building a meth lab. What is missing from the records is the full story: The person is writing a novel about a character who makes meth. When he bought the books, he didn't consider how suspicious the purchase might appear to government officials, and his records didn't reveal the reason for the purchases. Should he have to worry about government scrutiny of all his purchases and actions? Should he have to be concerned that he'll wind up on a suspicious-persons list? Even if he isn't doing anything wrong, he may want to keep his records away from government officials who might make faulty inferences from them. He might not want to have to worry about how everything he does will be perceived by officials nervously monitoring for criminal activity. He might not want to have a computer flag him as suspicious because he has an unusual pattern of behavior.
politics  privacy  surveillance  ftrw  2015 
february 2015
caparsons on Twitter: "Guess this is a time to think about how currently legal free speech might now be criminalized in Canada... http://t.co/wMiKUwqqfd"

Guess this is a time to think about how currently legal free speech might now be criminalized in Canada... pic.twitter.com/wMiKUwqqfd

— caparsons (@caparsons) January 31, 2015

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january 2015
asistubc/RAD-device · GitHub
Check out our Readers' Advisory Device on github!
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january 2015
Becky Jarvis on Twitter: "This pupil runs an illegal library for banned books at his school. What a cool kid #bannedbooks http://t.co/TNrSxG7QVL"

This pupil runs an illegal library for banned books at his school. What a cool kid #bannedbooks pic.twitter.com/TNrSxG7QVL

— Becky Jarvis (@beckylovesbooks) January 21, 2015

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january 2015
Pelgrane Press Ltd » Blog Archive » Resources for new Trail of Cthulhu players/GMs

For @cardandpixel and all newer #TrailofCthulhu GMs, I thought I'd collect all the good advice in one spot: http://t.co/ZnYOlql4PM

— Cat (@CatTHM) January 22, 2015

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january 2015
Missing link - IFTTT

It's kind of impressive how many years 'trustno1' has managed to stay on lists of most common passwords. The X-Files' true legacy!

— Joey Comeau (@joeycomeau) January 20, 2015

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january 2015
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