Ashe Vernon | Words Dance Publishing
So when you go looking to make a plaything
of a sunburst,
you better look for someone with less fire
than me.
Because softness or no,
I will eat you alive
before I let you make a meal of me.
23 hours ago
tim | Holding our heroes accountable
Our analyses need to be complex enough for us to condemn the misogynist terror campaign that targets every woman who dares to speak in public, without making the victims of these campaigns into unimpeachable heroes, beyond criticism.

Because when you hold somebody up as a person who can do no wrong, you're dehumanizing them, just as much as those who cast feminist women as evil misandrist sluts do. Part of being human is the capacity to do wrong; to hurt other people; to hurt other people a lot. The part we get a choice about is how we deal with it when it happens.
6 days ago
Blumenkranz - Kill la Kill Wiki
Ich möchte stärker werden
weil unsere Welt sehr grausam ist
Es ist ratsam, welke blumen zu entfernen
lyrics  klk 
6 days ago
What it was like to co-found Model View Culture with Shanley Kane
I felt abused to the point where I left a company that I loved and had been my dream. Then she erased me from Model View Culture’s history, another classic abuser tactic. These were things that I experienced.
6 days ago
Internet freedom and the EFF’s anti-harassment statement | Geek Feminism Blog
The internet is designed by and for straight, white, cis dudes. If you look at any of the startups currently vying for your valuable time and attention, you will see numbers of far, far more men than women and almost every single one of them will be white. The higher up you go, the whiter and more male it gets. If you follow the money that’s funding these ventures, you’ll notice a lot of them bear a striking resemblance to each other and also to a tall glass of milk.
eff  harassment 
7 days ago
Actress Caitlin Stasey outs Herself
“I know it troubles people for me to refer to myself as a lesbian considering I have a male partner,” she accepts.

“I think they gather that it trivialises the plight of the LGBTQIA community, and although that couldn’t be further from the truth at this point in my life I’m trying to steer as far from labelling as possible.

“Compartmentalising myself only leads to condemnation and contradiction. I’m happier being fluid and I’m happier being honest.”
lesbianism  queer 
11 days ago
On Nerd Entitlement
till punished every day by men who believe that I do not deserve my work as a writer and scholar. Some escape it's turned out to be.
culture  feminism  toread 
28 days ago
Overgrowth | George Monbiot
If we cannot bear to see what we eat, it’s not the seeing that’s wrong, it’s the eating.
via:Ibutsu  vegetarian 
4 weeks ago
Christmas. — Brocklesnitch
And that’s what all of this is about. I want us to be able to talk about this, without shame or fear. I want to be able to share stories of the lives of people who brought so much to our lives, without how they died somehow making us hesitant to do that. I don’t want the memory of them to be hidden away because of how they died. I don’t want the stigma of suicide to stop those who are still here, and despairing, asking for or receiving support. I don’t want us to hide from mental illness anymore; I want us to treat it like any other. I want us to look out for the symptoms, I want those suffering the symptoms to be able to tell us. I want people to be able to express that they are desperate, that they are thinking about the most extreme of options, to people who can help them.
suicide  remembrance 
4 weeks ago
Stanford’s Women Won Just a Sliver of Silicon Valley - NYTimes.com
PayPal had a hard time hiring women, Max Levchin, another co-founder, later told a class at Stanford, “because PayPal was just a bunch of nerds! They never talked to women. So how were they supposed to interact with and hire them?”

“The notion that diversity in an early team is important or good is completely wrong,” he added. “The more diverse the early group, the harder it is for people to find common ground.”
5 weeks ago
An anarchist guide to Christmas | openDemocracy
It was important, nonetheless, to detach the ethic that Christmas supported from the singularity of its celebration. Having a party was just that: extending the principle of mutual aid and compassion into everyday life was something else. In capitalist society, Christmas provided a space for special good behaviours. While it might be possible to be a Christian once a year, anarchism was for life.
anarchism  christmas  via:Ibutsu 
5 weeks ago
The Left Can Win | Jacobin
And when he said “bread and peace,” which is what everyone wanted — for the war to be over and to have enough to eat — many Russians who had no idea whether they were “left” or “right,” but did know that they were hungry, they said: “The bald guy is right.” And the bald guy did very well. He didn’t talk to the Russians about “dialectical materialism,” he talked to them about “bread and peace.” And that is one of the main lessons of the twentieth century.
leftism  activism 
5 weeks ago
Security pros savage Tsunami hacker verdict • The Register
A witness for BT confirmed that the attack would have had no effect on its server, running Unix Solaris, even if it had not been detected by the IDS. The Crown also accepted that there was no malicious motive in Cuthbert's actions.

The police were able to track Cuthbert down because of the donation he made just before running the tests. He was arrested, brought in for questioning and subsequently charged with breaking the Computer Misuse Act.
5 weeks ago
Art is a business – and, yes, artists have to make difficult, honest business decisions | Amanda Palmer | Comment is free | The Guardian
If there was any naiveté in Jack’s post, it wasn’t in how the band spent their money but rather in his assumption that a compassionate universe was ready to accept his transparency as an important contribution to the music information economy instead of a mercenary gimmick promoting his own cause.
art  artists  money  via:Ibutsu 
5 weeks ago
A N G L A N D I C U S: Massive Scribal Hangovers: One Ninth Century Confession
The task of copying out a Latin grammar by hand was difficult enough for a monk without the added misery of a hangover. This was not our scribe's finest hour.
irish  ogham 
6 weeks ago
The Real Problem with Magic Online | MTGGoldfish
Why did we take the worst of paper Magic and bring it online?

Magic Online is built on the premise of "game lobbies," a concept that died in the 90s. We now have ELO-like ratings and match-making systems in every major video game — except Magic Online.
mtg  mtgo  hearthstone 
6 weeks ago
3. Poison the ARP cache
Make the router think that you're the target:
Make the target think that you're the router:
https  trafficanalysis  wifi  hacking  ios  android 
7 weeks ago
Why women are leaving the tech industry in droves - LA Times
The women who quit tech aren't fragile. I think they're fed up. Why would a woman want to work for Uber, whose chief executive told GQ he calls his company “Boob-er” because his wealth makes him attractive to women?

Who would want to work for Snapchat, whose CEO, five years ago in college, sent emails to his fraternity brothers characterizing female students as “bitches” and “frigid” and “sororisluts”? Why would a woman want to attend industry conferences that feature presenters miming masturbation from the stage, or presenting apps that help users “stare at tits”?
7 weeks ago
Male lawn bowls players quit in outrage over move from men-only to mixed-gender competition - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
"We don't have a choice of playing men's bowls, which really sticks in my craw," he said.

"I think it's unfair and it's sexist.

"You've got to watch your Ps and Qs. You can't act and do the same things as you did with your men's compatriots."
7 weeks ago
Descriptor HowTo Guide — Python 2.7.9rc1 documentation
Data and non-data descriptors differ in how overrides are calculated with respect to entries in an instance’s dictionary. If an instance’s dictionary has an entry with the same name as a data descriptor, the data descriptor takes precedence. If an instance’s dictionary has an entry with the same name as a non-data descriptor, the dictionary entry takes precedence.

To make a read-only data descriptor, define both __get__() and __set__() with the __set__() raising an AttributeError when called. Defining the __set__() method with an exception raising placeholder is enough to make it a data descriptor.
8 weeks ago
Ukip mistakes Westminster Cathedral for mosque | Politics | The Guardian
Nigel Farage’s local Ukip branch has rebuked the BBC for its ingrained liberal bias in holding a straw poll on the party leader in front of a London mosque. The mosque in question was Westminster Cathedral.
8 weeks ago
Why women leave tech: what the research says - Google Docs
Some feel lonely and isolated because there aren't a lot of women around them, and they may feel like they don't fit into the engineering/hacker stereotype of being scruffy, eccentric, antisocial and arrogant.
If women find themselves in workplaces where colleagues or bosses assume they're less competent than men, due to stereotype threat their performance may suffer.
Women are likelier than men to suffer from imposter syndrome. The research shows that typically men are over-confident and women under-confident.
Because women have been socialized to be more harmony-centric than men, they may find tech culture unenjoyably hostile.
Women may find themselves working in an inappropriately sexualized environment, being sexually harassed or witnessing the sexual harassment of others, and they may avoid opportunities to promote themselves such as networking events or speaking at conferences, because they don't want to face gender-related hassles.
It may be harder for women to attend industry events than it is for men, because of personal/family obligations. This may also make it harder for women to spend time on voluntary projects outside work, such as open source projects.
There aren't very many female mentors, sponsors or role models. Older women in the industry may feel overwhelmed by the number of younger women who want their help.
Women are impeded from forming strong professional networks to the extent those networks ordinarily form around gendered pursuits such as sports, or activities that may be risky for a lone woman among men such as getting drunk. It may be harder for women to form warm buddy relationships with male colleagues, and if they do people may gossip about them.
Older men may be reluctant to mentor young women because they worry about seeming predatory.
Competent women in disproportionately-male industries are considered by their coworkers to be less likable than both men and less-competent women, and the research shows that being disliked can mean a person is less likely to be given opportunities for advancement.
When women advance, they are likelier than men to be offered risky "glass cliff" type positions.
When women fail, they are less likely to be given a second chance than men are.
9 weeks ago
Philip Guo - Programmers: Please don't ever say this to beginners ...
Just let them first learn something (anything!!!) to get hooked onto the potential of programming, and then you can offer to show them the true light later. If what they're learning is truly so terrible, then they will keep getting stuck and ask you whether there's an easier way. Then, and only then, you can unleash your treatise on pure functional programming or hygenic macros or whatever.
9 weeks ago
Gamasutra: David Mullich's Blog - Wanted: More Female Game Developers
David, look no further than the comments on this page to find out why women don't want to join. Even I don't feel welcome. Two people asserted that I'm "risk adverse" and one said go be a nurse or a teacher. "Security for themselves and their offspring are paramount." At 18 I didn't want kids - ever. And safety? I'm a thrill seeker. How do you know what I am like? That is the very definition of gender stereotyping and is designed to send a not-so-subtle message that women just don't belong. Of course both you politely cower behind 'it's societies' or biology's fault' for this. Well guess what? You are part of society and contributing to the problem. And your biology obviously makes you an insensitive jerk incapable of commitment. Right?
womenintech  sexism 
9 weeks ago
What is a major failure?
A major failure with goods is when:
> a reasonable consumer would not have bought the goods if they had known about the problem. For example, no reasonable consumer would buy a washing machine if
they knew the motor was going to burn out after three months.
9 weeks ago
Repair, replace, refund | ACCC
A product or good has a major problem when:

it has a problem that would have stopped someone from buying it if they’d known about it
it is unsafe
it is significantly different from the sample or description
it doesn’t do what the business said it would, or what you asked for and can’t easily be fixed.
9 weeks ago
Clopen Relationships: Love Advice from a Polyamorous Monogamist
Because monogamy is “just the way things go,” we rarely think about it as a specific relationship style that we can choose (or not) with its own positives and negatives. When explored in terms of what a couple wants, instead of what a couple should do, a closed relationship or “chosen monogamy” can be just as intentionally constructed and progressive as an open relationship.
polyamory  via:Ibutsu 
9 weeks ago
Managers | Django documentation | Django
If you use custom Manager objects, take note that the first Manager Django encounters (in the order in which they’re defined in the model) has a special status. Django interprets the first Manager defined in a class as the “default” Manager, and several parts of Django (including dumpdata) will use that Manager exclusively for that model. As a result, it’s a good idea to be careful in your choice of default manager in order to avoid a situation where overriding get_queryset() results in an inability to retrieve objects you’d like to work with.
10 weeks ago
Slaving in the kitchens: hospitality in Australia | Anarchist Affinity
The bourgeois press often decries workers in hospitality struggling for better conditions and pay. Cries of ‘you it will bankrupt us’ abound. If a business cannot even afford to pay a living wage, it should not exist. It is not socially useful. It is not even worthwhile in the capitalist-liberal sense. But this is the logic of capitalism.
10 weeks ago
#643: The stinking pile of wordpoop that is "I'm not going to choose a side." | Captain Awkward
Public Service Announcement:

If your friend abuses someone, and you know it, proclaiming to the victim that you ‘don’t want to choose a side’ IS choosing sides. You are choosing the abuser’s side.
10 weeks ago
#GamerGate and Base Assumptions Transcript — Medium
This is the bedrock of the movement’s ideology. The core here is that from their point of view the criticisms directed at video games and the community are fundamentally unnecessary, that nothing is wrong with the way things are, and that any problems are the unavoidable result of natural processes. This is what drives the vitriol against Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn, Brianna Wu, and others: they are seen as pretenders, if not invaders, their criticisms as wholly out of place, unnecessary, and artificial.
11 weeks ago
National Novel Writing Month
Though it is important not to put too much pressure on yourself, it is also important to know that quality and speed have absolutely nothing to do with one another. You can write something heart-catchingly brilliant in 30 days. You can do it in 10. There is no reason on this green earth not to try for glory. You’re going to spend these 30 days at the computer anyway. You might as well be mindful while you’re there.

You can come out transformed.

Write something true. Write something frightening. Write something close to the bone. You are on this planet to tell the story of what you saw here. What you heard. What you felt. What you learned. Any effort spent in that pursuit cannot be wasted. Any way that you can tell that story more truly, more vividly, more you-ly, is the right way.
nanowrimo  writing 
11 weeks ago
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