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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 
16 days ago
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 
28 days ago
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 
4 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
On ‘canon’ in fandom
“Do you know when ‘canon,’ like as a concept, became like a standard nerd thing?”
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
PureText
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
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
seriously, the guy has a point
A global investment firm has used a global advertising firm to create a faux work of guerrilla art to subvert and change the meaning of his actual work of guerrilla art. That would piss off any artist.
advertising  fearlessgirl  culture  chargingbull  art  newyork  wallstreet  sexism 
april 2017
Westboro Wannabes Picket Norwescon
Thank you for proving, by your actions, the value that Norwescon (and all such fan-run conventions) have in this world. Thank you for proving that we can’t be bullied. You gave us all a teachable moment, and we learned something about ourselves.
westboro  sciencefiction  nwc40  convention  norwescon  culture  con  fantasy  scifi  religion 
april 2017
Weeping Angels and everything that sucks about Steven Moffat
Spoiler warning for…all of Doctor Who basically. At least the new stuff. And some of Sherlock.
source:tumbr  sf  doctorwho  stevenmoffat  weepingangels  sherlock 
april 2017
Stylistic Differences in Traditional [Vulcan] Calligraphy
Kol-ut-shan (IDIC) in Vulcan calligraphy. This may well end up inked on me at some point in the future.
tattoo  source:tumblr  startrek  vulcan  sciencefiction  wishlist  sf  calligraphy 
april 2017
Hubble Contacts
Low-cost subscription model service for daily wear contacts. I usually wear monthly, but it may be worth comparing prices.
health  contacts  wishlist  eyesight 
april 2017
IPA Phonetic Transcription of English Text
This online converter of English text to IPA phonetic transcription will translate your English text into its phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet.
linguistics  phonetics  translator  ipa  language  english 
april 2017
Y’all, You’uns, Yinz, Youse: How Regional Dialects Are Fixing Standard English
So what’s the history of y’all? How did such an amateur linguistic fix become a pillar of everyday speech?
culture  english  yall  linguistics  language 
april 2017
Custom Men's High Tops
Custom printed pseudo-Chucks for $89 CAD (roughly $66 USD). Out of my budget now, but in the future….
wishlist  shoes  converse  chucks 
april 2017
Joss Whedon's Greatest…hits?
My new album, Joss Whedon Kind Of Really Sucks and Even Though I Have and May Continue to Enjoy Some of His Shows or Aspects of His Shows That Doesn’t Mean That I Don’t Need To Recognize How They Have A Lot of Problematic Elements, is coming out next week!
source:tumblr  media  josswhedon  whedonverse  buffy  btvs  angel  dollhouse  firefly 
april 2017
How to Make the Electoral College Work for Everyone
The Constitution asks us to elect a president of the United States, but what we get is a president of Ohio and Florida. There’s an easy way to fix that.
politics  popularvote  electoralvote  source:washingtonmonthly 
april 2017
UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it
The information networks we’ve built are almost perfectly designed to exploit psychological vulnerabilities to rumor. “Your brain tells you ‘Hey, I got this from three different sources,’ ” she says. “But you don’t realize it all traces back to the same place, and might have even reached you via bots posing as real people. If we think of this as a virus, I wouldn’t know how to vaccinate for it.”
source:seattletimes  news  media  psychology  politics 
april 2017
Rosie’s Phenomenal Precision Insult Machine!
Don't reach for those old, tired gendered, ableist, or otherwise lazy and harmful insults. Trust the machine to help you find the perfect, targeted insult for your specific needs! (Does not contain gendered- genital-based insults, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, dis-ableism, body-shaming, slut-shaming. May contain peanuts.)
humor  language  insult  sjw 
april 2017
Joss Whedon's obsession is not feminism
The problem is that at some point in his career, Joss became so intent on the masochistic fantasy of being hated by strong women for being a nerd that he spent a decade writing stories about violating those women to ensure they would hate him.
josswhedon  dollhouse  avengers  sexism  buffy  buffythevampireslayer  btvs  feminism  media  fantasy  source:tumblr 
april 2017
Of dwarves and gender
So one day a dwarf is talking to a human and finally realizes that when humans say woman, they generally mean “person who is theoretically capable of childbirth” because for whatever reason, humans assign social expectations based genital differences.
headcanon  fantasy  dwarf  dwarves  gender  tolkien  source:tumblr 
march 2017
On Wm. Golding's Lord of the Flies
Basically all the good Golding scholars agree that Lord of the Flies is intended as a condemnation specifically of western positivism and superiority, not a condemnation of human nature.  Golding believed that good societies were possible, but that he was not living in one.
history  culture  britain  england  literature  lordoftheflies  williamgolding  source:tumblr 
march 2017
What's Wrong With Using The Word "Gypsy?"
TL;DR: It's racist. Here is a list of myths and realities about the Romani/Roma people.
racism  culture  history  gypsy  roma  romani  sjw 
march 2017
The Male Power Fantasy (and why Mad Max and Captain Kirk don't fit)
This relates to a theory I have, which is that the archetypal Western Male Hero is James Bond, to the degree that people (Mainly straight white men) start to see every Western Male Hero as James Bond. Which is to say an aggressively masculine, quip-spitting, hyper violent womanizer. The ultimate Male Power Fantasy. A new supermodel love interest (or two) every film, a gun in his hand, and no consequences for his actions.
media  toxicmasculinity  sciencefiction  sf  madmax  madmaxfuryroad  mmfr  startrek  kirk  source:tumblr 
march 2017
So many biological genders
If anyone tells you that there are 2-3 sexes in the world I want you to just go ahead and slap them.
sexuality  gender  biology  science  source:tumblr 
march 2017
Fight Club and toxic masculinity (with a side of Mad Max: Fury Road)
Hold up - you mean there are people who watch Fight Club and don’t realise that Tyler Durden is meant to be full of shit?
media  toxicmasculinity  fightclub  tylerdurden  madmaxfuryroad  mmfr  source:tumblr 
march 2017
Geisha FAQ
Please do not spread misconceptions about these hard-working women artists. They deserve respect and have persevered for centuries with women at the forefront of these professions.
geisha  japan  history  culture  debunking  sexuality  source:tumblr 
march 2017
Earth is dangerous
I really want a science fiction story where aliens come to invade earth and effortlessly wipe out humanity, only to be fought off by the wildlife.
humor  humans  sciencefiction  sf  aliens  source:tumblr 
march 2017
Of privilege and nostalgia
The reality is, there was never a time when everyone could just enjoy things. To be able to say you had that time is to admit the privilege you had at not having to think about problematic behavior because it didn’t negatively affect your life.
privilege  socialjustice  sjw  empathy  compassion  source:tumblr 
march 2017
To everyone else in the galaxy, all humans are basically Doc Brown.
Random Headcanon: That Federation vessels in Star Trek seem to experience bizarre malfunctions with such overwhelming frequency isn’t just an artefact of the television serial format. Rather, it’s because the Federation as a culture are a bunch of deranged hyper-neophiles, tooling around in ships packed full of beyond-cutting-edge tech they don’t really understand.
humor  startrek  sciencefiction  sf  humans  headcanon  source:tumblr 
march 2017
Snarky but amusing and thorough Romeo and Juliet analysis
SUMMARY: Romeo and Juliet is a stunningly rich play that is mostly about how feuds fuck people over badly and how if you have to wait until YOUR KIDS OFF THEMSELVES to figure that out you deserve to lose your children. Romeo and Juliet are victims of the feud and its mindless death-lust, not perpetrators of death on others. They’re not supposed to be figures of ridicule OR representatives of True Love: they’re supposed to make the audience go “oh BABIES, no, you’re going to end so badly” and then be sad when they do.
shakespeare  romeoandjuliet  history  analysis  literature  source:tumblr 
march 2017
The singular "they"
Next time someone complains about singular “they” I’ll point them to this 17th century rant against singular “you”.
english  language  linguistics  they  gender  pronouns  source:tumblr 
march 2017
A Tasting Menu of Female Representation
Several simple guidelines for gauging how well women are presented in media. Bechdel, Mako Mori, Sexy Lamp, Anti-Freeze, Strength is Relative, and Furiosa, and Pizza Night tests.
sexism  media  film  representation  bechdel  bechdeltest  makomori  pacificrim  sexylamp  antifreeze  strengthisrelative  furiosa  madmaxfuryroad  mmfr  pizzanight 
march 2017
Everything is Chemicals
“If you can’t pronounce it, it’s bad for you” is literally the worst pseudo-scientific scaremongering bullshit tactic. I hate it so much.
health  science  food  chemicals  source:tumblr 
march 2017
Humans Are Weird
To paraphrase one of my favorite bits of a ‘humans are awesome’ fiction megapost: “you don’t know you’re from a Death World until you leave it.” For a ton of reasons, I really like the idea of Earth being Space Australia.
sciencefiction  sf  earth  aliens  australia  humor  source:tumblr 
march 2017
Old Fandom-New Fandom Dictionary
Definitions for several terms common to fandom; some old, some new. Not remotely comprehensive.
fandom  language  glossary  source:tumblr 
march 2017
Dear Fellow Guys....stop hitting on women at work....
If you’re interacting with a human it’s because you want to interact with a human and you want that human to be nice to you. You are paying for their kindness, for their smiles when their feet hurt and their questions about your day when they haven’t had lunch yet. Flirting with customer service workers at work, asking them out when they’re on the clock and paid to make you happy, telling them you think they’re attractive and expecting a gushing response - that’s breaking the rules. That’s a lose-lose situation that you’ve set them up for.
sexism  toxicmasculinity  behavior  flirting  safety  source:tumblr 
march 2017
Seattle City Clerk's Neighborhood Map Atlas
Easy click-through map to determine various neighborhoods within Seattle. Useful for geotagging.
seattle  map  neighborhoods  geotagging 
july 2009
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