Some srs bsns for your Saturday night. May 28, 2011Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: DID, dissociation, gender, Internets, LOLcats, manga, race, trauma
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The Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism: a Web 2.0 tool is only useful if it works for activists and cat macros.
How to find out the gender (or at least, the sex) of your computer. Cute. (It’s just leaning on Microsoft SAPI; according to the comments, XP comes with a male voice, Vista and 7 with female, and Macs can be easily switched in the system preferences.)
Parents decide to raise a child without telling people its sex. More here, with extra details. (Both the articles and the comments conflate “gender” and “sex” all over the place; the second one has extra tales of people being icky to young boys who wear pink.) The story they’re referring to as inspiration is X: A Fabulous Child’s Story.
How Tokyopop sank wages in the manga translation industry, with hopes that they can still recover. (Translators, not Tokyopop’s manga.)
Who else is excited for post-Valentine’s Day chocolate sales? February 13, 2010Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: GivesMeHope, hope & change, omg sex, race, trauma, Twilight
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…and on that note, have a mostly-serious linkspam.
This is why we don’t allow international adoptions out of disaster areas.
Twilight tempts tourists to trample tribal territory. How the actual Quileute should be getting a cut.
The early stages of the next revision of the DSM. Shiny.
Technology is a word that describes something that doesn’t work yet. November 9, 2009Posted by Erin Ptah in Comedy, News Roundup.
Tags: Barack Obama, Douglas Adams, Mickey Mouse, race, racism, the gays, The Onion
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Using the Netflix model to rent designer dresses. Did not see that one coming.
New Disney video game is attempting to rebrand Mickey. My reaction so far is something between “this actually sounds pretty cool” and “…but not as canon!“
Next time you hear a conservative saying “We’re only treating Obama the same way liberals treated Bush for eight years!”, point them in the direction of this story: Obama is getting four times as many threats, to the point where the Secret Service is struggling to keep up.
…but on the plus side, it’s been a year since Obama ended racism in America! A clever article of the pros and cons since.
Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion September 23, 2009Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: astronomy, cancer, coming out, last words, mythology, New Zealand, race, racism, soap operas, the gays, the moon
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Reflections on trying to write a novel that uses Māori mythology without screwing it up.
Collected last words from prisoners on death row in Texas.
Reflections on the history of soap operas, after the final episode of “Guiding Light”, which has been on the air (on television, and before that, on radio) since 1936.
Reflections on how chemo affects the body and brain – both the mundane and the profound.
Reflections on how kids process race, in ways that would probably horrify the parents who refuse to talk about it (which is usually the white ones).
Plimoth Plantation, a Massachusetts historical site staffed by actors, is doing an annual exhibit on how people with same-sex attraction coped back in the day. (Hint: not well.) The information is depressing, but at least it’s being reconstructed and remembered.
Plus, if you need a pick-me-up afterwards, check out this thoroughly uplifting story about the brightening experiences of gay/lesbian/bi middle schoolers.
And finally: There might be water on the moon. Awesome.
And beyond the beyond, go August 28, 2009Posted by Erin Ptah in Doctor Who, Miscellaneous, News Roundup.
Tags: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, John Hodgman, pneumatic tubes, race, TARDIS, That's Gay, the gays, The Guild, YouTube
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Marvelous, marvelous song. Have I recommended The Guild to y’all yet? It’s a webseries about a group of MMOers, and it’s hysterical (and so very, very true).
Another fun video: That’s Gay – Commercials, tracking the undercover queer-friendly messages in some commercials. Subtle HRC logo on a guy’s shirt FTW.
Newport wants to save one of the UK’s last remaining police boxes. (Love the Fourth Doctor-style scarf painted on it.)
Political satire went more mainstream than ever during the Bush years, but comedians are still having a hard time with Obama.
Sustainable city in Sweden disposes of its garbage via pneumatic tube. I can feel John Hodgman’s approval from here.
A website for Third Culture Kids – people who grew up between worlds. Full of interesting, if often heartbreaking, stories. (Thanks to Xuanwu for sending me the link.)
A Jon by any other name would pwn as hard July 31, 2009Posted by Erin Ptah in Fake News, Personal.
Tags: Barack Obama, Jon Stewart, Judaism, Judd Apatow, race
My dad just learned today that Obama is black.
Okay, yesterday, since it’s past midnight, but the point still stands: a few hours ago, when we were having dinner and Obama’s Kenyan father came up, and my (lifelong Democrat) dad goes, “Really! I thought he was Arab!”
…He’s not usually an idiot. I swear.
(Under the fold: a bit on ethnicity and naming, with mild spoilers for tonight’s TDS.)
Has Otakon panic started yet? July 13, 2009Posted by Erin Ptah in Doctor Who, Hellsing, Miscellaneous, News Roundup.
Tags: Crispin Freeman, Fox News, Hellsingpuffs, Iran, omg sex, race, Rachel Maddow, Read or Die, rec, The Lord of the Rings, Thursday Next
The news out of Iran has slowed, but the chanting on the rooftops goes on, as strong as ever.
Also, some of these women are freakin’ amazing. (Read the whole story. It’s worth it.)
The brown-haired guy who’s not Steve Doocey thinks Americans should stop marrying other species. I’m so glad TCR is back on-air tonight.
Simple fifteen-minute writing exercise does wonders for black students’ achievement. With effects that last years. This sounds way too good to be true, but there’s the study…
Double standards in sexy photography – a pose that we find hot when it’s a woman is considered silly when a man tries it. Which sucks, because I would love to see more scantily clad men in feminine poses.
Thursday Next/Lord of the Rings crossover. This fic contains everything that is wonderful about the Thursday Next books. READ IT.
Google Earth has street-level visuals of the buildings used as models for Yomiko’s home. The R.O.D animators are seriously dedicated.
Rachel Maddow is the Doctor. This makes a surprising amount of sense.