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You can't stop Nazis using your software.
But you CAN do a lot to discourage them.
You can make sure your brand reflects diversity (and not that bullshit "we tolerate everyone, even the intolerant!" or "but diversity of thought!" bullshit).
You can specifically seek out contributors of diverse backgrounds.
You can work to make your community reflect inclusivity that has no room for Nazis.
Part of why I like police procedurals is that I like to be able to enter a fantasy world where /not/ all cops are bastards.
if you're in NYC, please consider attending the final performance event for my NYU class on making computer-generated poetry. friday may 4th, 7:30pm-9pm at 721 Broadway in Manhattan https://gist.github.com/aparrish/292279e3d2d141b141fd3e9e9bd1b20f (also here's a fb event link if that's easier for you https://www.facebook.com/events/324251648103831/)
I'm really overwhelmed with the quality of the student work this year—if you're into poetry and/or computation you should definitely be there.
I've noticed a really toxic trend recently: if you're not drawing everyday, you're not being 'lazy'. The laundry still needs doing, you need to cook your dinner and wash the dishes. And of course, sleep. Don't sacrifice your wellbeing for the sake of being more productive.
"Picard's production of MacBeth becomes far too real. Having torn apart the warp core, Geordi now thinks the weird noise is coming from Data."
"Troi guides a dying ensign through his final, emotional journey. Data & Geordi are trapped on a conference room table by a scary dog."
"Beverly clashes with aliens who own the copyright to their slaves' DNA. Worf is starting to actually believe he has a girlfriend in Canada."
HEY Y'ALL, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
I'm heading to #BLFC2018 this year, but for the first time in ten years of attending fur cons, I WON'T be tabling! I'm excited for sun and fun, but also I want to make sure I can recoup my travel costs and offer one last chance for y'all to grab some con-style art & badge commissions from me before I take off from conventions for the rest of the year! SO: COMMISSION DRIVE.
Four art slots and ten badge slots are open! Email irisjaycomics@gmail to claim one!
reminder that locking GitHub issues where people keep going in circles about decisions that have already been made is not "censorship"
open-source maintainers have limited time and energy and we are not obligated to spend it reading the eightieth identical poorly-thought-out argument in favor of your pet feature
with any modern controversy you get loads of contrarian people going “well if it’s so bad why did nobody complain until now?” and the answer is… people *always did,* but few people ever heard
I think about this kind of a lot and I think it’s probably neither entirely a good or bad thing, but something we need to understand about how we’re consuming news and content in 2018, but we seem unprepared
and while the internet has turned some former background whisper networks into broadcasts, the conversations you hadn’t heard before were probably always there
we’re overwhelmingly unprepared for the idea that the top result on Google might be a paid ad which is actually a scam, unprepared for the idea that that 13k retweet screenshot showing something might actually be (poorly) edited
I think we need to be teaching some scepticism, and that everyone should verify before they willingly trust random posts on the internet, as basic technological survival skills
and a lot of internet infrastructure conflates trustworthiness and security of communication, despite them being two different concepts
a scam website *can* have a green-company-name type SSL certificate; that and the lock in your browser don’t mean “you should trust this website,” it really *only* means your communications with it are private
and this feels like a microcosm of the broader issues
We are in the last days of end stage capitalism. The system is not sustainable.