A great article using World of Warcraft/role playing games as an analogy for privilege.<br>
"Dudes. Imagine life here in the US — or indeed, pretty much anywhere in the Western world — is a massive role playing game, like World of Warcraft except appallingly mundane, where most quests involve the acquisition of money, cell phones and donuts, although not always at the same time. Let’s call it The Real World. You have installed The Real World on your computer and are about to start playing, but first you go to the settings tab to bind your keys, fiddle with your defaults, and choose the difficulty setting for the game. Got it? <br>
Okay: In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is."
I co-sign this, and heartily.
Much more interesting than it sounds, I swear. He talks about how all the fights against copyright are leading to more and more locked down computers - trying to turn them from a fully functional computer to an appliance. (Think DRM on, say, a Nintendo 3DS).
This all just makes me want to root my phone, but YMMV.
I think these are great tips for men and women personally, and a lot of them are just good tips for interpersonal interactions in general.
I mean ...
These are great tips for men and women, and are just good tips for interpersonal interactions :P
Finally, someone is saying SOMETHING.
News Corp, parent company to Fox News (Fox "News?"), recently launched a magazine for gay and lesbian couples marrying in New York. Trouble is, they can't quite keep themselves from spewing out the same ugly language and ideas that Fox News regularly uses to attack the same community they hope this magazine will reach.
Anne McCaffrey, beloved science fiction and fantasy author, has passed away at the age of 85. I read her Pern series over and over and over again as a kid.
Holy Idiocracy. Dog help us all.
Scientists have been investigating the potential of vaccines to prevent various types of cancer for several years. In 2010, one study found that a single vaccination prevented breast cancer tumors from forming in mice.
A team of researchers at the National Cancer Institute's Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology now is reporting in the journal Clinical Cancer Research that a vaccine might show promise in treating (as opposed to preventing) both metastatic breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Barnes and Noble acknowledges amazon as its main competitor, and is ready to compete for your money. With a $100 E-ink reader with no ads, and a $250 tablet with better specs than the fire.