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David Carlton's link blog; my main blog is at Malvasia Bianca.

Jul 28
“Many movies don’t even bother with the mother; her death is simply assumed from the outset. In Despicable Me (Universal/Illumination, 2010), three orphaned girls, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, are adopted from an orphanage by Gru, a supervillain. Gru adopts them not because he wants children but because he plans to use them in his evil plot. He wants to shrink the moon and steal it. (Hey, wait, isn’t the moon a symbol of female fertility?) But by the end of the movie, Gru discovers that his girls are more dear to him than the moon itself. And, as if this delicious father-cake needed some sticky icing, Gru gets to hear his own hypercritical mother—remember, it was her negativity that turned him evil in the first place!—admit that Gru’s a better parent than she ever was. The supervillain becomes a superfather, redeemer of all bad mothers.” Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead? - Sarah Boxer - The Atlantic

Jul 27

“The big “What if…” in Hild is: What if women had always been real human beings, human in, of, and by themselves rather than in relation to men? What if, despite the stories we’ve been told—and ask yourself who told those stories—women have always found a way around their constraints, just as we do today? What would history have really looked like? I wrote this book to find out.”

Who Owns SF? - Charlie’s Diary

(That’s Nicola Griffith guest blogging)


Jul 26

Jul 24

“This Friday’s episode of Nickelodeon’s The Legend Of Korra will be the last to air on television, at least for the foreseeable future. The network has pulled the final five episodes from its lineup and will instead release them digitally. According to the show’s official Tumblr, “The remaining episodes will roll out weekly on Nick.com and the Nick app beginning August 1, as well as on platforms like Amazon, Google Play, Xbox and Hulu.””

Nickelodeon pulls the final five episodes of The Legend Of Korra · Newswire · The A.V. Club

I’ve been frustrated for a while that Korra is no longer available on iTunes, and now it’s not available on TV, either? I’m really glad that I didn’t start watching book 3 yet; at this rate, who knows if I ever will.


Jul 21

Summing up their position, Level 3 said:

"To be lasting, business relationships should be mutually beneficial. In cases where the benefit we receive is in line with the benefit we deliver, we will exchange traffic on a settlement-free basis. Contrary to Cogent’s public statements, reasonable, balanced, and mutually beneficial agreements for the exchange of traffic do not represent a threat to the Internet. They don’t represent a threat to anyone other than those trying to get a free ride on someone else’s network."

So what has changed for Level 3? Unfortunately, they are now the one “trying to get a free ride on someone else’s network” and failing to “keep the interest of their customers paramount.”

Level 3’s Selective Amnesia on Peering | Verizon Public Policy

Heh.


“Such beliefs ignore the fact that the presence of a particular quality or skillset, or the appearance of natural aptitude, can have much more to do with subtle social signals and access to the resources and opportunities necessary to prove their capability. Often, “smartness” is used as a proxy for the ability to signal prestige and social status, and when used as a criterion for hiring, will effectively filter out individuals without access to such prestige, or who do not value such performances of status. Many who have had to make do with fewer resources have learned their skills in a context of greater constraint, though such resourcefulness may fail to stand out in an environment which offers little room for filling gaps in experience. In reality, people who arrive at mastery will do so by incredibly diverse means, with very different starting points, leveraging different strengths, and overcoming different weaknesses.” Manufacturing the Talent Shortage, by Dimas Guardado | Model View Culture

The email began by telling me I was being “too emotional”.

It proceeded to question my skills as a project lead and attempt to undermine a firm decision I had made by appealing to more senior developers.

It ended with a smiley face.

Leaving Toxic Open Source Communities, by Anonymous Author | Model View Culture

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