What Does Invoking The 25th Amendment Actually Look Like?
"Let’s take a deeper look at the 25th Amendment and think about what each section of it has meant in the past — and what it might mean for Trump-era politics." I'm rather fascinated (and disappointed) that we're in a situation where this is even being seriously discussed. But it is, admittedly, and interesting discussion.
politics  trump  25thamendment  constitution 
4 days ago
Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift
“There is no other way to put this: essentially everything about Popular Consciousness Kirk is bullshit. Kirk, as received through mass culture memory and reflected in its productive imaginary (and subsequent franchise output, including the reboot movies), has little or no basis in Shatner’s performance and the television show as aired. Macho, brash Kirk is a mass hallucination.”
st:tos  kirk  sciencefiction  sexism  sf  culture  jamestkirk  tos  scifi  startrek 
4 days ago
Discovery Needs to Put Section 31 Down and Back Away Slowly
"Section 31 literally destroys the the idea of a better tomorrow, which is the very backbone of Star Trek. Because, if Section 31 is real then tomorrow is way worse than today. I refuse to believe that."
startrek  discovery  disco  dsc  dis  st:dis  section31 
5 days ago
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ USS Enterprise Design Change Clarified As Creative Decision, Not A Legal One
Correction regarding a link I posted earlier in the week that said there were legal reasons for the Enterprise design changes: "CBS TV Studios does, in fact, have the right to use the U.S.S. Enterprise ship design from the past TV series, and are not legally required to make changes. The changes in the ship design were creative ones, made to utilize 2018’s VFX technology."
enterprise  tv  sciencefiction  dis  sf  disco  st:dis  startrek  scifi 
6 days ago
Woman Who Shared Philadelphia Starbucks Arrest Video Tells Her Story
“People ignore this kind of stuff. They don’t believe that it happens. People are saying that there must be more to this story. There is not. This would never happen to someone who looks like me. People don’t believe black people when they say this stuff happens. It does. They want to know the extenuating circumstances. There are none.”
racism  starbucks  culture 
7 days ago
Star Trek: Discovery's Version of the Enterprise Had to Be Modified for Legal Reasons
(EDIT: This link has been disputed and is likely inaccurate.) Interesting tidbit of information. While Discovery’s been a bit hit-and-miss for me, I’ll admit that in the moment, the end-of-season reveal did just what it was intended to do. I’m not too put off by the design changes to the Enterprise, either; it was a given that it wouldn’t be identical, and I thought they did a reasonably good job of staying true to the classic form while updating it for modern needs (and a much better job than the oddly lumpy NuTrek version).
enterprise  tv  sciencefiction  dis  sf  disco  st:dis  startrek  scifi 
8 days ago
GrayKey iPhone unlocker poses serious security concerns - Malwarebytes Labs | Malwarebytes Labs
“The existence of the GrayKey isn’t hugely surprising, nor is it a sign that the sky is falling. However, it does mean that an iPhone’s security cannot be ensured if it falls into a third party’s hands.”
iphone  technology  greykey  apple  security  ios 
8 days ago
While TOS is my home fandom, I'm of the belief that as a whole, DS9 is the best of the various Star Trek series.
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was not a perfect show but its treatment of imperialism, war crimes, and genocide was light-years ahead of some of the stuff coming out today (looking at you, Star Wars)."
startrek  deepspacenine  ds9 
10 days ago
A short history ~700 years of "they" as an English gender-neutral singular pronoun:
“Bath ware made sun and mon, / Aiþer wit þer ouen light [Both were made sun and moon / Either with their own light]” —Cursor Mundi (~1325)
english  language  they  pronoun 
10 days ago
poor people deserve things they want, too.
"These tiny luxuries you give yourself are not sins as dictated from on high by some divine economist who decided you must earn your freedom through oppressive sorrow. These luxuries are the handholds you need to climb out of that pit, to have stamina, to keep focus, to remember that there is another type of life. It can be had, and by you too."
poverty  saving  money  classism 
11 days ago
Charities/organisations to avoid (with links to reasons):
PETA, FCKH8, Autism Speaks, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Salvation Army, Wounded Warrior (I knew all of these already, but it's good to have a handy reference)
charity  peta  fckh8  autismspeaks  susangkomen  salvationarmy  woundedwarrior  source:tumblr 
11 days ago
'The Simpsons' To 'The Problem With Apu': Drop Dead
"In other words: We have heard how we have hurt people, and we honestly don't care."
media  race  culture  simpsons  apu  racism 
14 days ago
Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo
“Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art—change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.”
racism  metoo  thebreakfastclub  nostalgia  film  johnhughes  sexism  mollyringwald  culture 
16 days ago
Gun injuries go down by 20% during NRA conventions
“When the NRA holds its annual convention, the national rate of gun injuries goes down temporarily by 20%."
guns  nra  secondamendment  2ndamendment 
7 weeks ago
If You Want To Be An Effective Ally, Be Quiet And Know Your Place
"The lesson of 'Black Panther' for white allies is this: They must learn to be the sidekick, to be at the fringe, to give up power, to have people of color in their ears directing them on how to be useful in fighting for the cause of justice." [SPOILERS]
blackpanther  marvel  film  allyship  culture  spoilers 
7 weeks ago
The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery
"The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says 'State' instead of 'Country' (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote.  Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too."
guns  guncontrol  politics  history  slavery  civilwar  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
8 weeks ago
Gun Rights, ‘Positive Good’ and the Evolution of Mutually Assured Massacre
"In the abstract, where no humans actually exist, there’s actually a compelling logic to this. If I know you’re armed, I’ll be on my best behavior. You will too because you know I’m armed. Of course, in practice, almost everything is wrong with this logic."
guns  guncontrol  history  politics  2ndamendment  secondamendment  johnlott 
8 weeks ago
The AR-15 Is Different: What I Learned Treating Parkland Victims
"With an AR-15, the shooter does not have to be particularly accurate. The victim does not have to be unlucky. If a victim takes a direct hit to the liver from an AR-15, the damage is far graver than that of a simple handgun-shot injury. Handgun injuries to the liver are generally survivable unless the bullet hits the main blood supply to the liver. An AR-15 bullet wound to the middle of the liver would cause so much bleeding that the patient would likely never make it to the trauma center to receive our care."
guns  politics  guncontrol  ar15  assaultrifle  assaultweapons 
8 weeks ago
Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns
"There's no telling how many guns we have in America—and when one gets used in a crime, no way for the cops to connect it to its owner. The only place the police can turn for help is a Kafkaesque agency in West Virginia, where, thanks to the gun lobby, computers are illegal and detective work is absurdly antiquated. On purpose."
guns  politics  guncontrol  policing  law 
8 weeks ago
Why the Second Amendment does not stymie gun control
"Nearly every gun regulation under discussion today—from expanded background checks to bans on military-style weapons—would seem to pass constitutional muster."
guns  guncontrol  law  constitution  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
8 weeks ago
Slavery, the Second Amendment, and the Origins of Public-Carry Jurisprudence
"The idea that citizens have an unfettered constitutional right to carry weapons in public originates in the antebellum South, and its culture of violence and honor."
history  culture  guns  guncontrol  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
8 weeks ago
4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings
"Pro-gun advocates claim new laws will not make us safer. But here is evidence the right laws will do exactly that."
guncontrol  guns  politics  law  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
8 weeks ago
How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment
"The Founders never intended to create an unregulated individual right to a gun. Today, millions believe they did. Here’s how it happened."
guns  guncontrol  politics  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
8 weeks ago
A Gun Ban Is Inevitable. Not just high-capacity assault rifles. ALL the guns.
"If gun owners can’t come up with something, and they continue to legitimize the NRA, then don’t be surprised when the right to bear arms is lost all together. Stranger things have happened in my lifetime, and yours."
culture  guncontrol  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
8 weeks ago
One Teacher’s Brilliant Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings
As Chase’s teacher explained 
this simple, ingenious idea, I stared at her with my mouth hanging open. “How long have you been using this system?” I said.

Ever since Columbine, she said. Every single Friday afternoon since Columbine. Good Lord.
culture  education  bullying 
9 weeks ago
How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment
“The Founders never intended to create an unregulated individual right to a gun. Today, millions believe they did. Here’s how it happened.”
law  secondamendment  2ndamendment  nra  guns  constitution  guncontrol 
9 weeks ago
The Problem with Panic
"Sexual misconduct, affirmative consent, and the dangers of shame and moralism." A very interesting and thoughtful piece on the current cultural shift regarding sexuality, assault, and accountability.
sex  sexuality  sexual  assault  feminism 
january 2018
Why So Many Men Hate the Last Jedi But Can’t Agree on Why
SPOILERS: "I don’t think every human who disliked The Last Jedi is an evil, evil misogynist. I do think that we have so deeply internalized sexist narrative tropes that we see them as 'correct' and 'good filmmaking' while seeing their absence as 'flaws.'"
culture  feminism  starwars  sf  scifi  sciencefiction  film  thelastjedi  spoilers 
january 2018
My Hero, Luke Skywalker
SPOILERS: “It is a beautiful fantasy and, I thought, a particularly resonant message for the anxious and depressed about what you can be capable of, the kind of peace you may be able to find if you dig down deep enough and push yourself emotionally.”
sciencefiction  thelastjedi  film  spoilers  starwars  depression  scifi  sf  anxiety 
december 2017
Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read
"Literally, all you need to do: Type in web addresses. Use autofill! Or even: Google the website you want to go to, and go to it. Then bookmark it. Then go back every now and again."
news  socialmedia  facebook  twitter 
december 2017
List: Alternatives to Platonic Love
"Newtonian Love – There’s a strong attraction between your bodies."
humor  mcsweeneys  love 
december 2017
This is not going to go the way you think: The Last Jedi and the necessary disappointment of epilogues
SPOILERS: “Happy endings are always undone because ‘endings’ don’t really exist. Time doesn’t stop when you want it to. Your ‘destiny’ can and will be slowly eroded away by the many small, cumulative abrasions of life that inevitably follow after you achieve it. This is real, and it’s disillusioning, and it can fill you with righteous anger at the unjustness of it all.”
starwars  sf  spoilers  sciencefiction  thelastjedi  scifi  film 
december 2017
Star Wars’ Vice-Admiral Holdo and Our Expectations for Female Military Power
SPOILERS: “What The Last Jedi does—amongst many other things—is present its audience with more than one mode of female power.”
sf  spoilers  starwars  scifi  thelastjedi  film  sciencefiction 
december 2017
The Last Jedi Is Subversive AF, and I Am Here for It
SPOILERS: “Those who wanted a safe and comforting Star Wars movie are understandably upset. The Last Jedi is anything but safe. It’s as subversive as it gets, and I am here for it.”
sciencefiction  spoilers  thelastjedi  film  starwars  sf  scifi 
december 2017
From C-3PO’s perspective, ‘Star Wars’ is a prolonged nightmare - The Washington Post
"Your master goes into a bar, where they refuse to serve you. Instead of leaving the bar in solidarity, he makes you wait outside."
humor  sf  scifi  sciencefiction  starwars  c3p0 
december 2017
Star Wars "fans" should remember being a fan doesn't mean unequivocal love (or hate)
SPOILERS: “This is the problem with these loudest of ‘fans’: They’ve forgotten that a big part of fandom is the ability to hold multiple opinions on the same material all at once. That all-or-nothing mentality does a disservice to fans and films alike, by reductively lumping pluses and minuses into one indiscernible stew of love or loathing.”
fandom  sf  thelastjedi  spoilers  sciencefiction  starwars  scifi 
december 2017
Toxic Masculinity Is the True Villain of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
SPOILERS: “Poe's character, while not one of the main protagonists, has even more to do in The Last Jedi. However, while he may be filling the role of the dashing pilot that Han did in the Original Trilogy, director Rian Johnson is using the archetype to say something completely different about heroism, leadership, and—perhaps most importantly—masculinity.”
thelastjedi  spoilers  sf  sciencefiction  scifi  toxicmasculinity  starwars 
december 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Offers the Harsh Condemnation of Mansplaining We Need in 2017
SPOILERS: “Any female boss in 2017 or American still nursing the hangover of the 2016 presidential election can tell you that even nice guys often have trouble taking orders from women.”
starwars  thelastjedi  sf  spoilers  film  scifi  sciencefiction 
december 2017
Star Wars, the Generations
SPOILERS: “Great movies reflect an era through the eyes of artists who embody that era. George Lucas embodied the era of Baby Boom ‘destiny’ and self-conceit. Rian Johnson embodies our era of diminished heroism, cynicism and near despair– tempered by the hope, if we can but learn from our heroes’ mistakes, that somehow, some way, some day, we may yet restore balance to the Force.”
film  source:tumblr  starwars  spoilers  sciencefiction  thelastjedi  sf 
december 2017
Rian Johnson Confirms The Dorkiest Reference In ‘The Last Jedi’
SPOILERS: “There is a dorky reference in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that even director Rian Johnson admits that you may have to be of a certain age to get – thanks to a narrow window where you might have been watching premium cable in the very early ‘80s when this bizarre little short film would air in-between feature-length films.”
film  sf  thelastjedi  starwars  sciencefiction  spoilers 
december 2017
Rian Johnson Says There Are No Twists, Only Honest Choices
SPOILERS: “It seemed completely honest to me. It seems like the most dramatic version of that. And that’s what you’re supposed to do. Find what the honest moment would be, and then find the most dramatic version of it. So, in terms of the big ‘twists’ in the movie, they sprung from a process of trying to follow where these characters would go as honestly as possible.”
film  sf  starwars  spoilers  thelastjedi  scifi  sciencefiction 
december 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi humanizes the Force
SPOILERS: This was one of my favorite things about The Last Jedi. To my mind, a very smart direction to take things.
december 2017
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Redeems the Prequels
SPOILERS: “One of the many reasons I love Star Wars: The Last Jedi is that it redeems the prequels. … It recontextualizes the prequels and reinforces what I loved about them.”
sciencefiction  thelastjedi  film  sf  starwars  spoilers 
december 2017
Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II
Interesting argument that the likely change to ISP regulations — the 'net neutrality' debate — may not be quite the horrid thing it appears to be. Worth thinking over. "The question at hand, though, is what is the best way to achieve net neutrality? To believe that Chairman Pai is right is not to be against net neutrality; rather, it is to believe that the FCC’s 2015 approach was mistaken."
technology  internet  netneutrality  fcc 
november 2017
Keyboard Maestro 8.0.4: Work Faster with Macros for macOS
Saving for me to remember and look into when I have more time.
mac  software  macro  automation 
november 2017
The Amazons’ New Clothes
“The Wonder Woman designs received acclaim from fans and costume fanatics alike. They were clearly inspired by the Amazon’s origins in the Mediterranean and were feminine but very functional. Why mess with perfection? Oh, right. The all-male team of directors and executive directors wanted women to fight in bikinis.”
amazons  justiceleague  costuming  sexism  wonderwoman  film  dc 
november 2017
Show Off the Inside of Your iPhone X with These Wallpapers
With these sweet wallpapers, you can basically pretend you’re looking straight through the screen and into the heart of your phone—like you have X-ray vision.
wallpaper  iphonex  apple  iphone 
november 2017
Star Trek Starfleet Insignia Explained
"Nearly 50 years after Bob Justman wrote his memo, we now have the opportunity to clarify the use of each and every Starfleet uniform insignia used in TOS. With a wee bit of Scottish ingenuity, and a pinch of Vulcan logic, the complete picture of what Gene Roddenberry envisioned for the delta insignia should snap into focus."
startrek  tos 
october 2017
The World Will Split Open
I think it may have been Philippa Gregory who pointed out that they didn’t burn women at the stake to control the women they burned.  They did it to control the women they forced to watch the fires.
politics  sexism  clinton  hillaryclinton 
september 2017
The iPhone X’s notch is basically a Kinect - The Verge
“Apple's iPhone X provides a nice little illustration of how sensor and processing technology has evolved in the past decade.”
iphonex  apple  kinect  iphone  microsoft 
september 2017
you antifa guys are actually more hateful and violent than any neo nazi group in the 21st century…
(except, well, not at all). A list of counter-examples to combat this ridiculous line of attack.
source:tumblr  antifa  nazi  nazis  racism  violence 
august 2017
What is it like to be white?
“The way to approach it, I think, is not to ask, ‘What would it be like to be black?’ but to seriously consider what it is like to be white. That’s something white people almost never think about. And what it is like to be white is not to say, ‘We have to level the playing field,’ but to acknowledge that not only do white people own the playing field but they have so designated this plot of land as a playing field to begin with.”
culture  racism  race 
july 2017
Do you know when "canon," like as a concept, became like a standard nerd thing?
"The amazing thing about the term 'canon' is that it didn’t bubble up from the undifferentiated mass of fandom (who actually knows who came up with memes?). We know exactly and specifically where the word comes from when used in this context: an essay written by a Sherlock Holmes fan in 1911, who compared the wild and crazy veneration that fanatical Holmes fans have for the original stories, to holy writ."
lensmen  sf  marvel  sherlockholmes  fandom  startrek  culture  sciencefiction  history  starwars 
july 2017
Call “revenge porn” what it is: sexual abuse
“This new term — image-based sexual abuse — better describes the nature and harms of the deeply injurious actions of men (and it is mostly men) who perpetrate it.”
sexism  revengeporn  sexualabuse  culture  imagebasedsexualabuse  ibsa 
july 2017
As Chinese, Iranian and Indonesian As Apple Pie : The Salt : NPR
“So where do apple pies come from? Let's deconstruct the stories of the ingredients that make up the sweet treat — and the winding paths they took to our plates.”
food  history  culture  applepie  america 
july 2017
Now Everyone Really Can Code Thanks to Apple’s New College Course - TrendinTech
"Apple is launching a new program intended for college-level learners, extending Apple’s learning courses from kindergarten age and adulthood. This new course, called Apple App Development Curriculum, is available for free through iBooks."
free  ios  apple  coding  technology  mobile  development  education 
july 2017
How Does X-Men's Charles Xavier Leave His Own House?
"Based on various depictions of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, Professor X—a paraplegic mutant telepath with a supposedly genius-level intellect—somehow forgot to add wheelchair ramps to his own home."
comics  xmen  humor  ableism 
june 2017
Why is English so weirdly different from other languages?
No, English isn’t uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language.
english  history  language  linguistics 
june 2017
Have you ever copied some text from a web page, a word document, help, etc., and wanted to paste it as simple text into another application without getting all the formatting from the original source? PureText makes this simple.
windows  utility  text 
june 2017
Let’s Be Real: Americans Are Walking Around With Dirty Anuses
"I find it rather baffling that millions of people are walking around with dirty anuses while thinking they are clean. Toilet paper moves shit, but it doesn't remove it. You wouldn't shower with a dry towel; why do you think that dry toilet paper cleans you?"
toilet  health  home  bidet  culture 
may 2017
The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America
All in all, historians and residents say, Oregon has never been particularly welcoming to minorities. Perhaps that’s why there have never been very many. Portland is the whitest big city in America, with a population that is 72.2 percent white and only 6.3 percent African American.
portland  history  source:atlantic  oregon  racism  gentrification 
may 2017
No more ‘product of its time,’ please
I don’t think that we should hide texts with troubling elements. They are part of the literary canon and they have influenced us, for both good and ill. We should definitely be reading them, and we should also be talking about them. A lot.
literature  history  racism  sexism  sjw 
may 2017
The Case of the Stolen Source Code
Last week, for about three days, the macOS video transcoding app HandBrake was compromised. One of the two download servers for HandBrake was serving up a special malware-infested version of the app, that, when launched, would essentially give hackers remote control of your computer. // In a case of extraordinarily bad luck, even for a guy that has a lot of bad computer luck, I happened to download HandBrake in that three day window, and my work Mac got pwned. // Long story short, somebody, somewhere, now has quite a bit of source code to several of our apps.
mac  macos  macosx  software  panic  handbrake  ransomware  hack 
may 2017
JSON Feed: Announcing JSON Feed
We — Manton Reece and Brent Simmons — have noticed that JSON has become the developers’ choice for APIs, and that developers will often go out of their way to avoid XML. JSON is simpler to read and write, and it’s less prone to bugs. So we developed JSON Feed, a format similar to RSS and Atom but in JSON. It reflects the lessons learned from our years of work reading and publishing feeds.
tech  rss  atom  json  feed  website 
may 2017
Let's discuss the Linguistic & Pragmatic use of the ["N-word"]
No matter what your intentions, the word WILL mean something different depending on your relative status. Language is circumstancial.
source:twitter  language  privilege  racism  nword 
may 2017
The neural network writes the episode list for next season’s Dr. Who
I’ve trained this open-source neural network framework on a variety of datasets, including recipes, Pokemon, knock-knock jokes, pick up lines, and D&D spells. Now I give you: training a neural network on the complete list of Dr. Who episodes.
sciencefiction  scifi  sf  drwho  source:tumblr  neuralnetwork 
may 2017
What we really need is an adaptation of the original 1740 The Beauty and the Beast
So were you aware that the The Beauty and the Beast story we all know is a heavily abridged and rewritten version of a much longer novella by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve?  And that a lot of the plot holes existing in the current versions exist because the 1756 rewrite cut out the second half of the novella, which consisted entirely of the elaborate backstory that explains all the weird shit that happened before?  And that the elaborate backstory is presented in a way that’s kind of boring because the novel had only just been invented in 1740 and no one knew how they worked yet, but contains a bazillion awesome ideas that beg for a modern retelling?  And that you are probably not aware that the modern world needs this story like air but the modern world absolutely needs this story like air?
fantasy  beautyandthebeast  fairytales  source:tumblr 
april 2017
I had a dream about a Star Trek series with a ferengi captain…
…and he was super endearing but it was like…the worst ship in the fleet and it was full of the misfits of starfleet But I loved this captain I loved him who is he // It’s Nog.
startrek  ds9  nog  headcanon  source:tumblr 
april 2017
What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech
'Free speech' as the ability to say anything you want vs. 'free speech' as the ability for all to participate equally in public discourse. (Summary via @leftoblique on Twitter)
rights  freespeech  firstamendment  source:nyt  debate  freedomofexpression 
april 2017
Norwescon's page on Fancyclopedia 3. We are the third entry (without camel case).
con  conventions  norwescon 
april 2017
Fancyclopedia 3
Fancyclopedia 3 is a collective enterprise of all of fandom. Based on the previous works by Jack Speer (Fancyclopedia 1), Dick Eney (Fancyclopedia 2), and Rich Brown, it is written by fans who want to contribute.
fandom  sf  sciencefiction  cons  conventions  history  lore  jargon  fanspeak  glossary 
april 2017
5 Things That Don't Seem Like Mansplaining But Are, Because Playing Devil's Advocate Doesn't Enlighten Anyone
By now, you may have heard the term mansplaining — explaining things as a man to a woman with the incorrect assumption that she doesn't understand — and heard of it in its most common forms. But some things that don't seem like mansplaining, but are, may have escaped your attention. Mansplaining, after all, is part of a set of cultural assumptions that place men's opinions above women's, and these assumptions are everywhere.
mansplaining  sexism  socialjustice  devilsadvocate  advice  debate 
april 2017
The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black
Dolezal is simply a white woman who cannot help but center herself in all that she does—including her fight for racial justice. And if racial justice doesn't center her, she will redefine race itself in order to make that happen.
source:thestranger  ijeomaoluo  racheldolezal  race  privilege  whitesupremacy 
april 2017
Volunteers, Professionals, and Who Gets to Have Fun at Cons
If your fun is dependent using your status as a volunteer as an excuse to not act responsibly, if it requires victims to stay quiet about mistreatment: then it’s not really a fun time for “everyone” is it? It’s not the expectation of professionalism that’s killing the fun at cons, it’s the lack of it.
cons  conventions  conrunning  harassment  socialjustice 
april 2017
Time to Fix the Missing Stair
It’s time to stop pretending the missing stair doesn’t need to be fixed. Relying on word-of-mouth means that the people who are new, who are just entering, are the ones most at risk of trying to step on it.
cons  conventions  socialjustice  missingstair  abuse  harassment  norwescon  nwc40  conrunning 
april 2017
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