Stef (firecat) wrote,

linkspam got rather long this week, so have a cut-tag

I like this post about self-care, ableism, and activism for two reasons. One, this person has the same experience with anger that I do.
Some people can sustain rage. I'm not one of them. Anger lights me up like a burning oil slick, and the smoke fills my lungs and clouds my eyes. Anger consumes me from within, and unfortunately comes with pronounced physical deterioration as well as emotional. It could, with some stringent control, be channeled into some sort of constructive output, but most of the time I do not have that control, and it's probable that I never will. It simply isn't the relationship that anger and I have.
Ironically and disappointingly, this means drastically turning down the volume on what news of bigotry or theories on social justice to which I am exposed....I need to be able to function as a person before wading in to battle. We all do.
Two, this:
the industry (for lack of better word) of activism is based upon the principles of labour laid out by a patriarchal and imperial system, the same system we are trying to dismantle. The value and worth of the work you do is measured against external criteria determined by what is best for the economy; not the individual.

Thanks to people knowing I am obsessed with Hello Kitty, I heard about this about two nanoseconds after it was originally published. I told the folks who rushed to inform me "Is it sick that I already know all this?" (A year or so ago I read a library book about the history of Sanrio.)

Later on there were some clarifications:
After contacting Sanrio's Tokyo headquarters, Kotaku was told that saying Hello Kitty is not cat would be 'going too far' but that claiming she is human would be just plain wrong.

"Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat. It's going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat."
Thus, even though Hello Kitty has a pet cat and walks like a two-legged creature, she is a cat in the same way Disney's Goofy is a dog, yet not a pet dog like Pluto."

If I hated travel less I would go to the Hello Kitty Con at the end of October in L.A., which is a tie-in with a Hello Kitty exhibit at an L.A. museum that was the cause of all this fuss:

I haven't quit FB because it's my primary way of interacting with several of my best friends, but I do follow the advice in this article about limiting it. I use a separate browser to access it, I don't have that browser in my sidebar, I quit that browser after checking FB, and I usually check it only 2-3 times a day. I don't try to keep up with everybody. I don't read FB from the main news feed. I open a set of links directly into the walls of people and other entities I care about. I also read from notifications.

I think it's funny how this person is like "I HAVEN'T READ FACEBOOK FOR 24 HOURS".

Good customer service on one of the Internet's black markets.
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The real secret is good customer service.
Are you getting this, Comcast?

This post blames some of the bigotry problems in fandom on a generation gap. I suppose there's some truth to that, but it seems simplistic to me. I kept wanting to comment #NotAllBoomers. And when I posted it elsenet, many folks pointed out that this has been going on for a long time.

It makes me sad that Tom Hanks or anyone else thinks an iThing app can "recreate the experience of a manual typewriter." What about the frustration of not being able to get the paper aligned correctly? What about the satisfaction of whacking the return lever? What about typing too fast and getting all the keys tangled together?

When I posted this elsenet, Peter Neal commented:
This app gives the benefit of two layers of uselessness: I don't need a manual typewriter. I don't need an app to pretend to be a manual typewriter.

No, make that three: I also don't need the aura of Tom Hanks to waft about a pretend typewriter app.

But other than that, I am sure it's great as says it is.

I don't think I currently know any young het men who are having trouble figuring out the dating thing, but I really like the advice of Captain Awkward and her army about this sort of thing. I especially like that in the article and the comments I've seen so far, not one thing has been said about how changing your body shape or upgrading your wardrobe is essential.

Worldcon on wheels

"One sentence that explains why local police don’t need military weapons."
police have all this military equipment [from the Pentagon], very little training on how to use it, and a requirement that they deploy it within a year. But the problems they were supposed to use the equipment against [terrorism and powerful drug cartels] have either eased or vanished.

How the US news media would cover the recent events in Ferguson, MO, if they happened in another country
Analysts warn the violence could spread toward oil-producing regions such as Oklahoma or even disrupt the flow of American beer supplies, some of the largest in the world, and could provide a fertile breeding ground for extremists.

I don't mind participating consciously in crowd-sourced research. I tweeted after I felt the recent earthquake in Napa, CA (about 100 miles away from me) and filled out the "Did you feel it?" form. But the fact that fitness tracker data was used in this manner gives me one more reason not to use them.

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