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So everyone is talking about Mad Max: Fury Road and I am starting to contemplate actually watching this movie. I'm not as much a fan of postapocalyptic stuff as I used to be, but daaaamn the buzz is strong with this one.  Thanks to [personal profile] technoshaman for the link.

“Patriarchy, it turns out, is prettiest when it’s on fire.”
-- Laurie Penny, Buzzfeed


What she said.  :D
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Shed antlers provide nutrients to other forest animals.  Squirrels, raccoons, and mice are the most prone to gnaw on them for the mineral value. 
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Famous author Tanith Lee has passed away.  Among my favorites of her books: The Silver Metal Lover is one of the few positive portrayals of artificial intelligence.  Drinking Sapphire Wine is about escape from a stultifying society.
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Mammoth Cave in Indiana has cave fish with an anus in their forehead.  I don't think it matters what name anyone tries to hang on these things.  They are going to be called buttheads. 

Now a cave scientist really needs to write a children's book about them.  That would sell like hotcakes in the gift shop.  A lot of kids love gross or weird things.
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This case is of interest to writers everywhere, because writers often need to research the nefarious things that their characters do.  Or even things that are appalling but actually have a good reason behind them.
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... staffed entirely by transfolk, so callers don't have to explain why being trans in this culture makes them want to die. They can just start working the problem.

Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. For LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) contemplating suicide, the Trevor Project Lifeline can be reached at 1-866-7386. The U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 can also be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities.
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Widely known as the model for Rosie the Riveter, Mary Doyle Keefe has passed away.  Well, I guess the Pearly Gates will be kept in good repair.  This cultural icon helped women break into the working world.
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... prevents people from becoming parents.  

Something else that caught my eye, however, is that almost 75% of women seeking abortion cite financial hardship as the primary reason.  Thus, if someone wished to reduce the number of abortions that happened, many avenues are open to reach that 75%.  Increase employment opportunities.  Raise wages.  Make health care more affordable, or better yet free at point of delivery; same for child care.  Provide paid leave for parents.  Those would be actions a caring society could take.  A caring individual could simply offer to pay expenses one-on-one, as some adoptive parents offer.  But these are all very rare tactics for organizations which purport to want a decrease in abortions.
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So Obama went to Jamaica, and being a civilized person, opened a speaking event with, "Greetings massive.  Wah gwan, Jamaica?"  (I believe that says roughly, "Hello, everyone.  What's going on, Jamaica?")  Now look at all those grinning faces.  That is the "Oh hey WOW this foreigner is a PERSON!" face.  That's the face I got whenever I said so much as "Hello" in the local language.  (Well, except in Tblisi, where the Georgians were completely flabbergasted first.)  It's a way of being a polite guest, and showing respect for the local hosts.  And then they see you as a person, not just a tourist they have to put up with.

Here we have a fundamental disagreement about what it means to be Presidential.  For me, it's about leading by example, getting the job done, and part of that job is diplomacy.  You can't get other countries to go along with your ideas, or get them to pony up their good ideas for you to share, if they think you're a dick because you're acting like a dick.  Leadership requires mutual respect and cooperation.  Conversely, some people view being President as all about force.  Never giving an inch, making people do what you want whether it is good for them or not.  That way causes more problems than it solves.

*wist*  Imagine how much progress in world diplomacy could have been made if President Obama had been free to do things like this all along.
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It's just that in this world, we don't usually think of them as superpowers, and don't usually use them for crimefighting. But here they are.
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So I just found out that my favorite little mossbears are vacuum-proof.  Since we also have algae in space, that's looking real good for the panspermia theory, or even just polyspermia that travels from a handful of sources to nearby locations.
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So GamerGate just shot videogames in the crotch

The academics are being stupid.  You do not ignore a part of history because you think it's pointless and some of the people involved are assholes.  You do not ignore it because it is "too new," it is easier to preserve then and your descendants will curse you for being so fucking slow and stupid as to let it fade away.  Ephemera are valuable precisely because  they usually get lost.  You would think more people would have learned this after thousands of years of history.  Apparently not.

But hey, this is what sexism gets: academic careers blocked, research and preservation not done, games therefore probably lost when they degrade because nobody knew how to save them.  Thanks, assholes, you just turned over the thirteenth card and blew up the universe, now everyone loses.

***FUME***

I am sulking at having to share a planet with these two groups of idiots.  The stupid, it burns like hydrogen.
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Sweden has officially added the gender-neutral pronoun "hen" alongside the masculine "han" and feminine "hon" in dictionaries.  That is just so awesome.
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 My partner Doug tipped me to a link about the backlash to the anti-gay backlash to marriage equality.  I am pleased to see some resistance kicking up before we wind up with a resegregated and completely dysfunctional economy.
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 ... are making business and sport reports. Given the evolution of entertainment models, they might pick up formulaic genres such as romance or mystery.  But remember: computers are great at copying, not producing new ideas.

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