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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:36:42 +0200

Congress just introduced legislation to “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. It’s a secretive deal, negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and corporate lobbyists, containing dangerous provisions (like SOPA) that threaten Internet freedom everywhere. Internet users deserve a say in decisions that affect us.

#politics #tpp #savetheinternet  

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:36:15 +0200

"The top 12 NY publishers put out about 5100 fiction titles a year.

"So, if you're the 1 in 13,000 that gets published, you still have to face odds of 1 in 26 to make the NYT Top 15 List.

"Altogether, the odds are 338,000 to 1 that you'll write a bestseller."

Ouch. Still, I guess it's better than winning the lottery...

#writing

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2005/06/im-certain-that-im-uncertain.html

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:27:51 +0200

Original Post from Dyson Logos:

If being non-sexist is "too political for gaming" then you should uncircle me now. Because I've been getting several emails and comments to the effect that even mentioning sexism in a negative light makes me any number of horrible things that ruin gaming. I won't got into details but this is fucking ridiculous.

I am not sexist. Surprise!

If you think that sexism is something that shouldn't be discouraged, then maybe it's time you stopped reading what I have to say. Those of you who are among my patrons, not only can you take your money with you, I have made it really easy - I've removed you myself from my patrons list. I don't need you trying to threaten me with your money for daring to mention sexism.

I've removed three patrons from my list. I'll drop my spending to match - your money is not welcome here.

Let me repeat that: Your money? I don't want it. It disgusts me that you would try to silence me with it.

(Edited: dropped three patrons, not four)

(Second Edit: This blew up overnight. I have been threatened with violence, told to commit suicide, called a hundred different names and have evidently been fed to the sealions as I went from three emails in my inbox when I went to bed last night to several hundred this morning, the vast majority of which are either disgusting or classically Sealiony "this doesn't look sexist to me... it only applies to NPC women, not PC women, thus it can't be sexist to treat NPC women as inferior! Please, tell me how this is sexist? If you can't tell me how this is sexist with references, then obviously you did this purely for your own gain by smearing the author, you should be ashamed of yourself." )

Let me also make this clear: I stated that I felt a rule was sexist. I never said the author of the rule is sexist. I feel that the author of the rule is NOT sexist in fact. This is just like saying that I feel a rule is stupid. At no point does that mean that I feel the author of the rule is stupid.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:40:31 +0100

This is a serious issue, and it currently seems to rest heavily on Sen. Ron Wyden. See also https://cms.fightforthefuture.org/ronwyden/ for more info about contacting him to register your opposition to the TPP. #tpp #politics #internetinjeopardy #copyright  

Original Post from Kevin C. (KevinC):

Getting all the private negotiators of trade agreements like TPP agree to ISDS rules that undermine the sovereignty of the countries they work for is actually some pretty impressive political maneuvering. Too bad those doing it can't use their powers for good instead.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:11:21 +0100

Online harassment has gotten so bad it's even starting to affect middle-class heterosexual white dudes...

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:46:18 +0100

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:54:37 +0100

Interesting article, with several links to truly fascinating articles on the psychology of creativity. For example, apparently schizophrenia is extremely rare among writers, but they all suffer from depression or related mood disorders. #writing #creativity #psychology  

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:28:00 +0100

So... Honesty... is the best policy? That's crazy talk!

#businessethics  

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:51:22 +0100

Because TV writers are ignorant, lazy and under tight time/budget constraints that limit their ability to do research; and because the vast majority of their audience is not specialized in the field either, so they won't even notice. The question's not difficult to answer; it's just annoying as fuck.

#tv #writing #tech

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 06:13:54 +0100

Only The Flash Could Make So Many Missteps So Quickly -- The Flash 1x15

All the plot happened on this week's The Flash! Except...

(I don't really consider this first point a spoiler since it comes in the first 5 minutes of the episode, but apparently most of the Internet missed it, so I'm putting it after the spoiler space anyway. Full-blown spoilers follow thereafter.)

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...except, they establish in the first 5 minutes that they're doing a Groundhog's Day episode when Barry briefly sees another Barry running beside him, immediately followed by a series of commonplace everyday occurrences of the sort that they never show on TV unless the day's going to repeat.

After that, we get about half an episode of freak-of-the-week plot with the slightly-less-lame brother of the lame Weather Wizard character from the series premier, while Cisco continues to be conflicted about suspecting Wells is up to something -- basically, run-of-the-mill Flash. I'd like to think their goal here was to make the episode feel just mediocre enough for just long enough to get the audience to forget the time travel reveal from the beginning, so that when all the plot hammers started falling they'd still achieve some impact. If that's what they were going for, I have to admit it largely worked.

Watching all the overarching plot lines that have been plodding along since the premier finally come to fruition made for some of the best scenes this series has ever had. Even though the "big reveal" of Wells's true identity was only confirming what pretty much the entire fan-base has suspected since the beginning (despite the show's creators outright lying about it), the dawning realization as he came clean that we were watching Cisco's final moments gave it a certain poignancy. And no matter how much I'd rather they drop the forced and vaguely incestuous romantic subplot between Barry and Iris entirely, seeing that relationship actually move forward was still better than more treading water. And, the most forgodssakesfinally of them all, Barry's forced to give up on the pointless and counterproductive charade of hiding his powers from Iris to "protect her". Let me say it one more time: For gods sakes finally!

Except... A second after all those long overdue plot advancements, I remembered: They already showed us a big ol' reset button. And then I felt doubly cheated: once because the writers were playing dirty pool, and again because they almost managed to get away with it even after starting the game by telling us they were cheating.

If the changes to the status quo had been legit, this episode would have earned the show a whole new level of respect from me for having the cojones to finally go somewhere. But even if these changes had stuck, I'd still be disappointed that they went to the wrong places.

Yes, the Barry/Iris relationship going anywhere is better than
continuing to go nowhere, but it really just needs to go away. That's been messed up since the beginning, though, so at least the writers didn't lose ground there. Unfortunately, they also screwed up the one really good thing the show had going for it: The mystery of Harrison Wells. His true identity has been obvious for some time, but they've deftly managed to keep his true intentions a little more hazy. We knew his moral compass was several shades darker than the rest of the team's, and that this would inevitably bring him into conflict with them. But up until now, even with all his lies, the connections between the characters seemed genuine enough that it was easy to imagine that conflict causing real pathos.

Instead, we watched Wells coldly murder Cisco with no real regret. And in that moment, the most interesting, complex character on the show became just another two-dimensional comic book villain.

#tv #review #theflash