What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Weekend Linkee-poo, there's no use trying to save them, there's nothing left to save

LeVar Burton watching the Reading Rainbow kickstarter reach its goal in one day. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Why is that kickstarter important? Because this story isn't isolated. Hell, it's more common than many people want to think. Yes, there are people who are ostracized because they 1) read books and 2) actually read Harry Potter. (Grokked from Steven Gould)

Some perspective and thoughts on the Amazaon vs Hachette imbroglio. (Grokked from Elizabeth Bear)

"I hope you’re not going to make a big deal out of this." Warning, tigers. Lots of them. And what she says at the end is so incredibly right, when things like this happen, it's easy for everyone to lock down (we are, after all, a dysfunctional family society). So, besides understanding and grokking this story in the context of our larger discussion about #yesALLwomen, I am imploring you all to think about this, be prepared for it, so if (gods forbid) you ever experience this either as the victim or as the audience, you can be that person who stops it.

Someone logs into the discussion board the UCSB shooter frequented. You know, just in case you thought he was an outlier. And, yes, I knew people like this growing up. They're still as abusive and insane. This isn't a new phenomena, it's something pervasive in our culture. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Captain America's best friend from childhood, who also was gay at a time you couldn't say "gay" in comics. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)

The House Science Committee declares the IPCC report isn't science. Well, Im glad that's settled then. Pass the water wings sun block. (Grokked from Sarah Goslee)

Lost futures. Many people think that our technology today is wonderful and exciting. Most of those people didn't live through the 80s when things in prototypes were so hyper-cool is was hard to contain excitement. In this case, several Apple prototypes. Note, these were before cell phones and miniaturization (the thing that made laptops possible). And these weren't even the coolest thing out there (looking at you Atari!). (Grokked from Dan)

I'm not sure this study is showing exactly what the headline suggests, that it's "better to be bullied than ignored in the workplace." But the study shows people who are ignored in the workplace are more likely to quit than those who are bullied. What they're not considering is 1) the dysfunctional nature of most people's relationships, 2) ostracization is a form of bullying and aggression and 3) bullying and ostracization are not polar opposites and neither are good for mental health and moral. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

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