Lots to read this week. I was digging back through my email inbox—I email myself as a reminder when I’m surfing on the iPad, because that’s not where I write blog posts—and found a few old links, so some of these go back a ways. But there are new ones too, of course.
Natalie Luhrs at Radish Reviews has posted her weekly collection of links under the headline “On Anger and Community.” It looks at the intersections between passivity and rage, silence and speaking out, the justifications for each, and how they relate to activism and community building. The content is thoughtful and challenging and relates to things that have been happening for a while as well as some that are new this week. You should read the post and all the links.
#Gamergate continues, with Newsweek sending a shot across the bows of the assertion that it’s all about ethics in journalism. (There’s lots of other stuff on this in the news this week, including Anita Sarkeesian’s appearance on the Colbert Report, you’ll find them easily if you dig.)
K. Tempest Bradford: Calling Out, Collecting Receipts, And The Line Between Creepy and Conscientious. Keeping records so that information can be used to protect people or keeping them in order to attack people: “Figuring out where to draw the line between creepy and conscientious is not easy.”
Sara Wanenchak: The Poorer Silence Now. “For the first time I can remember, I’ve had to consider what I say and how I say it, not out of fear of being disliked or rejected but out of fear for my safety and the safety of my family. And the decision I’ve come to is to be silent.”
The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed. What you don’t see—and others have to. “’I don’t know if I can forget it,’ she says. ‘I watched that a long time ago, but it’s like I just watched it yesterday.’”
Daniel Dennett: How to compose a successful critical commentary (i.e. how to criticize with kindness).
Let’s talk about category structure and oppression! “We tend to have this idea that categories, like ‘bird’ or ‘food’ (or like ‘human’ or ‘white’, which is what this is all really about) are like solid boxes. Entities are either in them or out of them, with a clear and unchanging boundary, and everything inside is an unsorted & equal jumble, and everything outside ditto. This notion gets strongly underscored by our cultures, so it can be hard to … er… unpack. But the fact is, cognitive categories aren’t actually like boxes. They have internal structure, and fuzzy boundaries (which people can draw in different places, and move depending on context), and these things matter hugely in how we think about and deal with oppression.”
A busy week online: two new sites arguing against a bridge to Gabriola.
In the news
I have rarely seen such a moving editorial cartoon.
We borrowed a shelter dog to go hiking. You can—and totally should—too. I wonder if there are programs like this in Canada? I know there are dogwalking volunteers in some places, but this seems a bit different.
Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required. My partner keeps telling me there’s good reason to be afraid of the IRS if you live in the US.
The Traffic Signal Knows You’re There: there is more behind those lights than you think.
Living Breakwaters: “The Living Breakwaters project combines coastal resiliency infrastructure with habitat enhancement techniques and community engagement, deploying a layered strategy that links in-water protective forms to on-shore interventions.”
Box “explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping onto moving surfaces.”
You would think this would be an obvious design solution.
I want to see this film. Sign Painters trailer
And I wish I could have seen this in performance: The Paper Architect (despite the—sigh—stereotypical naked woman bathing)
If it means playing with this kind of stuff, I want to be a kid again.
Just cool /just for fun
Impromptu Interactive Fiction, Twitter-style. This may not be as funny to you if you haven’t played this kind of game, but I think you’ll get the idea.
littleBits Space Kit, with lessons from NASA