culture, competition (-)
One thing I really hate about my culture is its fetishization of competition. We create needless competition in business, sports, politics, etc. Why? It is destructive, it creates more losers than winners, and it wastes resources that could be better used to solve our collective problems. Proponents claim it spurs innovation and achievement. Bullshit: it spurs cheating and gaming the system. Competition of *ideas* is better served by *cooperation* to study them.
firearms, SRA, gofundme for community range
SRA Community Range and Defense Education Project
whinging about bureacracy
To get software I need to do my job running on my new work machine, I need to buy a license to the updated version. This takes 5 minutes and a credit card. Unless you're my employer, who hasn't been able to manage it in over a fortnight and claims it might not be able to for another several weeks.
s/outa/pita/ thanx crapple
I did a birdsite thread on Biden's executive order regarding LGBTQ+ folks: https://twitter.com/drifa_j/status/1352249857629712388?s=20
Good birdsite thread on the power waste of bitcoin: https://twitter.com/smdiehl/status/1350869944888664064?s=21
podcast plug, pol
Citations Needed has an excellent and quite timely episode up on on calls for healing and unity are often a con to perpetuate a status qui that can allow no true healing or unity: https://citationsneeded.libsyn.com/episode-128-the-healing-con-how-warm-and-fuzzy-appeals-for-unity-are-used-to-protect-power
Moar policital podcast plugs
JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo Komboa Ervin have started the Black Autonomy Podcast with Black Rose / Rosa Negra folks, and their first episode is on "Black Politics and Elections": https://blackautonomy.libsyn.com/vote-for-me-ill-set-you-free-black-politics-and-elections
Also, the Marxist-Leninist podcast Red Menace has a good analysis of the fascist riot in D.C. up: https://redmenace.libsyn.com/jan-6th
(My politics might lean more toward anarchism than M-L formations, but the hosts' take is worth listening to.)
It takes a solid minute of railed, laptop-fans-shrieking crunching on my current-generation MacBook Pro for Word to format a bibliography with about 100 entries. BibTeX and LaTeX will happily crunch ten times as many entries in less time. Why does anyone put up with Micorsuck's shitty software?
Yeah, I unboosted that. Reflecting, I think my laughter was the nervous laughter of someone watching something uncomfortable. And the thing that's making me uncomfortable is not just the afore-mentioned sex gag, but that the whole premise is making fun of someone for geeking out.
Be you, geek out about machine if you want. And get consent in advance for your lewd behavior.
If you really wanna see the thing I unboosted, searching on some combination of Eccleston and radiator should work.
how I feel about elections, meme
No matter which group of people control the government, they're gonna do *some* evil shit. While it's worth getting rid of the ones who deliberately hurt marginalized folk to secure consent, it's also worth remembering that the 'nice' ones who don't do that also fight the people who push back against the evil shit even they do. And that counterinsurgency is ignored or endorsed by centrist liberals who would demonize the same acts from a right-wing government.
pol, podcast plug
Robert Evans' latest arc of Behind the Bastards, 'Behind the Insurrections,' is essential listening for this time in USA history.
I don't like Biden, but picking Rachel Levine (a trans woman) as the nation's assistant health secretary sounds like a very good thing to me!
Gen-X, she/her, computer scientist. My 'sona's a snynx (snep/lynx) named Britt. Not from Iceland.
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