Linkspam for mid-October 2017

Oct. 16th, 2017 02:53 pm
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I'm not doing regular linkspam posts anymore, but I had a pile of links to file and I thought I'd put them in one place.

Some advice for survivors and those writing about them, Leigh Honeywell (2017-10-12). Some great advice on talking to journalists that applies to situations where you're exposing any kind of wrong-doing.

Donald Trump to become first president to speak at anti-LGBT hate group gathering, Benjamin Butterworth for PinkNews (2017-10-11). Remember when people were saying "at least Tr*mp is pro-LGBT"?

[CW: rape] On predators who won't accept that they are predators, E Price (2017-10-12). "It’s important for men to question whether there are rapists in their midsts. But good men, really feminist men, need to go even further: they need to question whether they have ever been rapists themselves."

Sister Outsider Headbanger: On Being a Black Feminist Metalhead, Keidra Chaney for Bitch (2000-11-30). Good stuff about being in intersecting outsider identities.

We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made, Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton (2017-10-12). "Rick was a very talented developer. Rick could solve complex business logic problems and create sophisticated architectures to support his lofty designs. Rick could not solve the problem of how to work effectively on a team." (Other people have rightly pointed out that the author doesn't place enough responsibility on the environment "Rick" was in for allowing him to escalate his toxic behaviors, but the fact remains that some people deal with pressure by seeking help and support from others, while others deal with it by harming others in an attempt to preserve themselves.)

We Warned You About Milo And You’re Still Not Listening, Katherine Cross for The Establishment (2017-10-09). 'The hypersensitivity that reels from “trigger warnings” but thrills to Yiannopoulos’ joyful transphobia, that likens workplace diversity trainings to “gulags,” is what fuels the outrage culture about “outrage culture,” an insatiable rage that can never be sated by giving it what it says it wants. It will merely demand we make ourselves smaller and smaller until nothing of us remains. Reactionary outrage about “PC” is not a philosophy as much as it is a burning sun that demands our compliance as its nuclear fuel, consuming it endlessly until it can feed no more and goes nova.'

America Loves Plausible Deniability, Lindy West for the New York Times (2017-10-14). "When faced with a choice between an incriminating truth or a flattering lie, America’s ruling class has been choosing the lie for 400 years."

A guide to modern Nazi dogwhistles from [twitter.com profile] secretgamergrrl:
"Modern nazi dog whistles- Accusing people of "calling everyone a nazi." Specifically, doing this in contexts where it makes no sense. i.e. shouting "you call everyone a nazi!" when someone is talking about nazi book burnings in the 40s, or "everyone you don't like is a nazi!" in response to a statement like "this is a profoundly homophobic statement from this organization." The hope is that someone listening who has, in a more appropriate context, been at some point likened to a nazi will give some subtle gesture of approval, outing themselves as someone ripe for recruitment. A common variation is shouting "why do you hate Trump!?" when people discuss bigotry in contexts with no tie to Trump."

Cyrus Vance and the Myth of the Progressive Prosecutor, Josie Duffy Rice for the New York Times: "The progressive bombast is meaningless if prosecutors continue to promote the same harsh practices behind the scenes. Instead, voters must look closely at their policies and hold them to high and specific standards. We should ask: Are prosecutors opposing new mandatory minimum sentences during legislative debates? Have they declined to request cash bail in a vast majority of cases? Are they keeping children out of adult court and refusing to seek life-without-parole sentences for them?"

"Fun sexual assault fact: you only hear the stories we can bear to tell." -- [twitter.com profile] sarahhartshorne

on card and board games

Oct. 12th, 2017 11:33 am
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Variations on a theme (the Great Board Games Desensitisation Process post), by [personal profile] kaberett. If you love card/board game socials, or if you are reluctant to play card/board games with others, this is worth reading.

Coming Out Day

Oct. 11th, 2017 02:41 pm
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I'm hella lesbian.

Happy National Coming Out Day!

Oct. 11th, 2017 11:40 am
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  • I'm not transgender as in "we need cis allies", I'm transsexual as in "fuck you".
  • I'm not bisexual as in "here's my 5000-word thinkpiece on why that doesn't mean I'm not attracted to non-binary people", I'm pansexual as in "I don't eliminate potential partners based on their gender".
  • I'm not "gay" as in happy, I'm queer as in "fuck you".
  • I'm not liberal as in "universal acceptance and inclusion is possible while including fascists and white supremacists", but rather, anarcho-communist as in understanding what the Paradox of Tolerance means.
  • I'm not poly and kinky as in "understand my bizarre tendencies", I'm poly and kinky as in "almost everyone's conceptions of family and sexuality would benefit from radical change."
  • I'm not mentally ill as in "I need to be changed into a different person from who I am", I'm neuroatypical as in "other people need to accept the person who I am."


Go forward, do no harm, and take no shit.
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There are spoilers below.

Read more... )

This is a stunning movie.

But the experience of the women in the movie, including the ones who live, disappoints me.

House Rules

Oct. 10th, 2017 11:49 pm
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This is my living room, so moderation is at my will.

Bugzilla, Triage, and Mozilla-related posts are under the planetmozilla tag.

  • no personal attacks
  • no nazis, no apologizing for nazis
  • no misogynistic, femme-phobic, homophobic, transphobic, bi-phobic, pan-phobic, non-binary-phobic, fat-phobic, or racist comments
  • no feigned surprise
  • if you don't know pronouns, ask
  • The singular ‘they’ is always correct
  • use content warnings
  • stay in your lane
  • content in violation of California and/or US Law will get you banned

If you see violations, report so I can remove, block, and respond as necessary.


Confirmed Survey 1. Upon arrival you will report for debriefing. And just one more thing, on your trip back I want you to take the time to learn the Babylon 5 mantra. 'Ivanova is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore Ivanova's recommendations. Ivanova is God.' And if this ever happens again
[shouts]
Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out! Babylon control out.
[to herself]
Civilians.
[looks up]
Just kidding about that God part. No offense.– Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova, Babylon 5, S1E18





emceeaich: A woman in glasses with grey hair, from the eyes up, wearing a hairband with 'insect antenna' deelie-boppers (bugmaster)
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I'm not finding them useful. They were reporting back to June of last year but not capturing release cycles.

I have a spreadsheet for watching bugs which need a decision for the Firefox Quantum (57) release.

I'm defining decision differently than triage. Triage is an engineering decision on priority; decision means if the bug would affect 57. And there are plenty of bugs to review. It's a large haystack and we're trying ways to find the bugs that could affect our release.

If you want to see all un-triaged bugs, you can still view the snapshot report.

(no subject)

Oct. 8th, 2017 01:41 pm
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So you know that thing where your friend posts a hilarious review of a Frobbles Bar Deluxe on Amazon, you click on it to look, and for the next week, all across the web, you're getting ads for Frobble Pro, Frobbles Foo Bazzes, and Frobbles Unlimited everywhere on the web?

I always assumed this was because I'd tripped some Mysterious Neural Network thing somewhere Deep In The Algorithm, but it's actually a lot simpler: "remarketing" is an option that a lot of web-advertising companies support, and it basically just means that rather than targeting by location or demographic, you say you want to try to show your ads to people who have been to your website or viewed your product lately.

That's both creepier AND less creepy than I assumed. Creepier because of the tracking it implies, but less creepy because - an advertiser wanting to remind me of a thing I did actually did before makes a lot of sense and is kind of something I almost want, being-advertised-to-person-wise.

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