What's my favourite thing today?
Reopening a 50 year old book. As far as I recall, LoTR is one if the first books I ever read. I'd reread it constantly as a child and my ritual each Christmas holiday when I was older was to set aside time to read it when I went home.
I have a newer copy, but my mother sent this down to me a while back and I've just started reading it again after a long break.
Australia Needs A Green New Deal, Not More Centrism
People are taking the wrong lessons from Labor's shock defeat.
This is a very good retrospective on the life and work on Anita Sarkeesian
A great little essay from the author of Dark Emu
"We need our children to rebel. We need our children to doubt"
homelessness, mental health
This is a poignant story of a potent mix of issues, hinging on how women in sport have been underpaid and undervalued, and how sporting bodies prefer medals to successful athletes who might have an off season. Rebecca was effectively dumped back on the streets with no resources to cope with transitioning out of the sport
'Rebecca Twigg was a famous Olympian cyclist. Today, she's homeless in Seattle.'
This is Ripley in happier times. Originally, she was skin and bones, dumped on the grounds of the Watson's Bay naval training base as a kitten. People would tell us we were lying when we said we had a cat, as she hid from anyone but us for years. It was a joy to see her grow into a member of the family that was confident to be around people.
Before I discovered womens cycling, I was an avid TdF watcher. Now I hardly watch it as there is much more exciting racing to follow. As various commentators like Kathryn Bertine have said, there *was* a women's TdF in both the 1950s and '80s. The only thing stopping that from happening now is lack of desire and laziness. If Christian wants to reinvigorate the event, he needs to get off his ass and take action.
facebook and myanmar rant
I guess what affects me the most about this is the casual rascist arrogance that Zuckerberg and the tech industry in general has. Foisting English-language tech on the world and not bothering to ensure that there's proper support for the actual languages spoken in other countries than the US 😠
The whole move fast and break things paradigm needs to DIAF and I especially like the slogan "Facebook is a toilet".
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