Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 30 2011

The Toronto SlutWalk

I want to go to Toronto this weekend. SlutWalk, a beautifully conceived and organized protest against this kind of women-hating, starts at central Queen’s Park at 1:30 this Sunday and winds up at Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College St. Wear anything you like, the organizers told me when I emailed them. Because it isn’t …

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Mar 29 2011

Circumvention Tactics for Information Guerillas in the Culture War

maymay delivered a talk last weekend on best practices for getting around the censorship that sex-positive sites face, whether their mission is entertainment or education. I wasn’t at the talk, but he’s helpfully posted the video and text (potential for NSFW material in the sidebar). As he notes, this information is useful for anyone facing …

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Mar 27 2011

Duck and Cover

The older I get, the more diverse are the ages of my friends. It provides interesting insight on how rapidly bits of the world are changing. I was talking to a friend who’s about a decade older than I am. I don’t remember exactly what prompted the subject, but I think the context was a …

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Mar 26 2011

Saturday Storytime: Rising Lion—The Lion Bows

Zen Cho is a relatively new published writer. You’d never know it from this story. An excerpt: Mr. Yu told them about the ghost on the way upstairs, speaking low-voiced in Cantonese. “Nick bought it with the business’s money. Without our knowledge,” he said. “We hired him because we thought he would understand the British …

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Mar 25 2011

Reason 41,000,006 We Need Higher Taxes

On the rich at least. Why? Because they don’t have any idea how to put that money to use productively. Despite the rhetoric, the vast majority of them don’t actually know how to create jobs or even create businesses. What they do know how to do is put that money “to work.” Well, they know …

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Mar 24 2011

Taking Our Fear Seriously

In today’s reading, we have Rebecca Watson ready to give up on the internet. I actually got one point wrong in that video and have wanted to do an update for some time, but every time I try I get another round of comments like the above and I decide it’s not worth my emotional …

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Mar 23 2011

At the Nevada Test Site

Prelude and Postscript: Creech AFB If you watch as we pass, you should get to see them to touch-and-go landings. No disrespect to everyone involved, but those kids who spent all that time with joysticks in their hands…. I. Our Host “They said Kennedy really wanted to step up testing, and I said, ‘You can’t …

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Mar 21 2011

At the Atomic Testing Museum

I. A Is for Atom II. F.D. Roosevelt, President of the United States Sir: Some recent work by E. Fermi and L. Szilard, which has been communicated to me in manuscript…new phenomenon would also lead to lead to the construction of bombs…might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory…the …

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Mar 20 2011

Risk, Trust, and the Arrogance of Numbers

In the next couple of days, I will be getting on a plane to go to Las Vegas. I’ll be visiting the Atomic Testing Museum and touring the Nevada Test Site, and I’ll be flying home. None of that worries me particularly. I’m well aware that I’m much more likely to get hit by a …

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Mar 19 2011

Saturday Storytime: Mimsy Were the Borogoves

This is one of the classics of science fiction, and rightfully so, written by C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner. An excerpt: Somewhat unwillingly Scott brought the gadget across to his father’s chair. Paradine blinked. The “abacus,” unfolded, was more than a foot square, composed of thing, rigid wires that interlocked here and there. On …

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