- 4 days ago
While we’re on the subject of SDCC… I just need a moment to add my voice to the legion of other women who have been harassed at a con.
This past weekend, I was standing in front of the Marvel booth, wearing my comfy sneakers, Captain Marvel running tank, a bomber jacket,…
Welp, there it is.
We need to stop hanging our hats on geek exceptionalism. We go into cons and other geek spaces with exactly the same bias and entitlement and privilege we carry in our regular lives.
Not to mention, look at abuse of women in online gaming, on twitter, etc., coupled with the fact that street harassment happens every day.
We don’t leave who we are at the convention doors, and predators will always behave in whatever way they think they can get away with.
We need to own it and deal with it.
^^^ This. “We go into cons and other geek spaces with exactly the same bias and entitlement and privilege we carry in our regular lives.”
(Also, for anyone who goes to cons in the UK, Nine Worlds at Heathrow this August was pretty brilliant at safe spaces, anti-harassment policies, accessibility etc. And very open to feedback on making more improvements.)Source: justbetsycostumes
- 5 days ago
London is a complicated place. It is a melting pot of cultures and races, a nexus for trade and travel, which archaeologists believe to have been occupied for more than 6,000 years. With every passing age, with each new society that has laid a claim to this settlement on the Thames Estuary, London’s roots have grown deeper and deeper into the soil of England.The result today is a multifaceted and wholly organic entity, one in which Roman ruins rub shoulders with Victorian ice wells, between historic catacombs and contemporary rail tracks. London’s layers spread out deep, far, and wide beneath the limited surface space.
(via nine-worlds-geekfest)Source: atlasobscura
- 6 days ago
…Today the Daily Mirror features the harrowing case of former soldier David Clapson on their front page. This man, a 59 year old diabetic, was left penniless and without even electricity to keep his insulin chilled in the fridge. A coroner found he had no food in his stomach….
This is the second named person I have seen in the news who starved to death following benefit sanctions.
(via poniatowskaja)Source: uristmcdorf
Applied Mathematics by Dan Simpson
I have so much love for this poem. His performance at Nine Worlds was fantastic- if you’re in Edinburgh this August you should definitely go and see him.
If you enjoy meta-poetry, games, and really clever word play then take a look at his book. (Only 30p a poem- it’s a bargain!)Source:
Catherine Sangster is head of pronunciation for Oxford Dictionaries. This week she went to Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014 to talk about conlangs, host a diction
- 2 weeks ago
Hi everyone. By now you might’ve heard about Ferguson, MO and the death of Mike Brown, but let’s review:
Mike Brown was an 18 year old walking home from his grandma’s around 2PM when he was stopped by police. To be clear, there isn’t a consensus on what happened afterwards. Police allege that he attempted to wrest an officer’s gun and was killed as he fled. A witness recounts that he fled, but never attempted to take an officer’s gun. What is clear, is that he was unarmed and shot ten times in the back.
As the community gathered to hold a vigil, the Ferguson Police stopped by with a S.W.A.T team and dogs. As the days pass, their armament has escalated. Each night, the community is expected to follow a curfew and disperse under pressure from a large, militarized police force that spans Ferguson and St. Louis County departments.
Journalists have been arrested.
Here are some media reports:
- NY Times (includes timeline)
- Newsweek/Huffington Post
- Washington Post (arrest of reporters)
- Boston Globe (arrest of reporters)
- Fox News
- Al Jazeera
- NPR (arrest of reporters)
- The Guardian US
If you notice a common thread between all the reports, the criticism is starting to move away from Mike Brown’s death and into the looming gravity of militarized police. Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, Liberals, and even Libertarians seem to unanimously agree that militarized police is an excessive response. Partisan differences seem to be whether or not the response escalated the violence or overreach of government is the greater sin, but the agreement that it’s excessive.
Even Ted Cruz, notorious member of the Tea Party, thinks the arrest of reporters was wrong.
Here are some criticisms that focus on militarized police:
The other unified point of criticism is the lack of leadership, transparency, and disregard for the first amendment right to press as police attempt to silence journalists. In fact, the links above are accounting for the arrest of two WaPo reporters. In contrast, WaPo reporters have only been arrested twice in 2014: in Tehran and Ferguson.
Some important things to note:
Al Jazeera Reporters being tear-gassed only to have their equipment confiscated. Here’s the video.
Sniper aiming to kill unarmed protestor before riots
Wood bullets used. Wood bullets have been discontinued by many municipalities for lethality. They splinter and cause serious injury. They also require long distance use or can be lethal.
I’m not an expert, but trying my best to understand what’s going on and to spread news so we can all react. While many of us can’t do much more than type, there is still ways we can pressure for intervention or stand visibly against what’s happening. Tweeting may feel “useless” or small compared to being on the ground, but sharing our horror at the depravity of the militarized response can help pressure intervention.
Last night, I tried calling the Missouri governor to express concern, but all I got was a voicemail at his office and no answer at the governor’s mansion. After tweeting out the numbers I used, people were saying that somebody was picking up — at midnight! The governor has since cancelled his trip to the county fair. The fact that it took public pressure to change his plans says a lot about the state of leadership in Missouri. If they need help with perspective, let’s do it.
Here’s how Missouri politicians can be reached:
Governor Jay Nixon
Office: (573) 751-3222
Mansion: (573) 751-4141
Fax: (573)-526-3291 / faxzero.com
Senator Claire Mccaskill
Office: (202) 224-6154
Fax: (573) 334-4278 / faxzero.com
Senator Roy Blunt
Office: (202) 224-5721
Fax: (202) 224-8149 / faxzero.com
Lastly, people are organizing vigils and rallies around the country in response. If you’d like to attend, you can follow #NMOS14 on Twitter. If you’re in Chicago, it’s happening Thursday 8/14 at 6pm in Daley Plaza.
If you want to follow some people on Twitter who are on the ground:
Just adding to this list: Journolist’s roundup of relevant articles; they seem to be posting new roundups daily.
(via grammarmancer)Source: typodactyl
By all accounts, Brown was One Of The Good Ones. But laying all this out, explaining all the ways in which he didn’t deserve to die like a dog in the street, is in itself disgraceful. Arguing whether Brown was a good kid or not is functionally arguing over whether he specifically deserved to die, a way of acknowledging that some black men ought to be executed.
To even acknowledge this line of debate is to start a larger argument about the worth, the very personhood, of a black man in America. It’s to engage in a cost-benefit analysis, weigh probabilities, and gauge the precise odds that Brown’s life was worth nothing against the threat he posed to the life of the man who killed him. It’s to deny that there are structural reasons why Brown was shot dead while James Eagan Holmes—who on July 20, 2012, walked into a movie theater and fired rounds into an audience, killing 12 and wounding 70 more—was taken alive.
To ascribe this entirely to contempt for black men is to miss an essential variable, though—a very real, American fear of them. They—we—are inexplicably seen as a millions-strong army of potential killers, capable and cold enough that any single one could be a threat to a trained police officer in a bulletproof vest. There are reasons why white gun’s rights activists can walk into a Chipotle restaurant with assault rifles and be seen as gauche nuisances while unarmed black men are killed for reaching for their wallets or cell phones, or carrying children’s toys. Guns aren’t for black people, either."
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2014)
The year is 1925. Fresh out of Hogwarts, Newt Scamander finds himself struggling with the banality of working for the Ministry of Magic. When the United Wizarding Republic invites him to investigate a rogue dragon living in the sewer systems of New York City, however, Newt’s boring life is plunged into chaos. New York City is dark, dirty, and dazzling, but with a little help from Nella Larson and Duke Ellington - the brightest witch and wizard of their age - Newt finally starts to feel that New York is home. Together, the Nella and Duke teach Newt how to do the Charleston, how to buy Butterbeer off the blackmarket, and, of course, how to save New York City from a hoard of angry dragons.
Newt Scamander - Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Nella Larson - Angel Coulby
Duke Ellington - Gary Carr
(via nine-worlds-geekfest)Source: shakesqueers
- 1 month ago
There is so much here it can be a bit overwhelming, but this is where my NHS psychologist prints the sheets we use from.
Personally I’m finding the 7 column thought record sheet and the 5 aspects approach really useful for managing my chronic pain, POTS, anxiety etc.
There are also whole self help workbooks for CBT, substance abuse etc., and plenty of specific diaries for record keeping (e.g. to check for yourself how your sleeping/eating is going, or to give to doctors to help them understand.)
I have no training or expertise in mental health, and I don’t know the pros & cons of using these models and methods, I just hope some other people might find the resource useful.
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