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the work starts now.|
I wrote this over on Facebook:
I deliberately went to sleep last night with no knowledge of who was winning
or losing, but that didn't make it any easier when I woke up this morning to
a heartbreaking text from my mom: "Words can't express how sad I am at the
possible impact the next four years could have on the next 25 years of your
I am lucky that the impact, in the short term, will be but an inconvenience
for me. But I fear for the impact of the rise of the alt-right on some of
my closest friends. My trans friends, who I fear for the safety of. My
friends of color, who I fear the increase in the day to day abuse of. The women in my
life, who stand to face the consequences as our country travels back in
I don't know what happens next. But today isn't the last day that we'll
have to face together, and January 20th won't be, either. It's time to
redouble our commitments to each other, and to our communities. If you can,
give money and resources to organizations that matter. Get to know the
stories of the service workers around you whose lives are on the line.
Volunteer your time to work in the places and with the people that will be
hit the hardest.
The work starts now.
Here's a handful of resources and thoughts that I've collected
over the past 14 hours since I woke up. Some of these are a place of hope,
some a place of caution, and many are disturbing. Take care of yourself. I've continued to update this in the days after the election. I've also added * to the best things.
- the effects begin to appear
- * this
thread, by @absurdistwords: finally, empathy starts many tweets up, ends many tweets down. you'll have to
click 'show more' a few times. keep scrolling up past the top until
twitter's useless interface stops loading more tweets.
- * this
thread, by @LibyaLiberty: a connection to the middle east
church protects an undocumented immigrant for 9 months (caution:
- * this
thread, by @polotek: white people are divided. you'll have to click
'show more' a few more times.
- Zeynep Tufekci: this, among
others (this, this, and tangentially but importantly this) about social
media, and its impact on how information spreads. I cannot in stronger
terms state: if you are involved in an algorithm that controls how people
communicate, the responsibility for what happened last night was in part
- Maciej Ceglowski: this, among
others on the industry of selling your data to advertisers, and the data
collected; this, and
- relatedly, me,
on apps that sold you out.
- the ACLU is ready to fight.
"If you do not reverse course and instead endeavor to make these
campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full
firepower of the ACLU at every step."
- this is
how the future voted.
- Lambda Legal.
- Southern Poverty Law Center.
- * National Domestic Workers
- "Seattle will remain a sanctuary city."
- US sanctuary cities.
- "All the research that we have suggests that this isn't really a problem." -- Zuck on filter bubbles
- No, I Will Not Give Trump A Chance
- * Autocracy: Rules for Survival
- Let's talk secure communications
- * "You belong here. This is a country of immigrants and common people. No vote will ever changed that."
- I worked for Congress for 6 years, and here's what I learned about how they listen to constituents.
- * 6 Reasons for Trump's Rise that No-One Talks About (or: "How Half Of America Lost Its Fucking Mind"). Really good post on what I like to call "closing the empathy gap".
- * The 2016 Election Isn't Over Yet (opportunity to act: there is a senate candidate remaining in Louisiana)
- * Forget "Why?", it's time to get to work. How to do the work.
- Holy Fuck. Now What? Opportunities to volunteer and get involved.
- Risk of Democratic Erosion -- Reading List
Take care of yourselves, your friends, your families. Be there for each
other. And then once you have some time to spare, be there for your
The work starts now, but it doesn't end tomorrow, or next week, or next
year, or even in four years.
"God gave Adam a secret — and that secret was not how to
begin, but how to begin again."
That's Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man: the Joshua Wise Voter's Guide 2016|
(in the vein of slothman's "hold your nose and vote"; he has also recently published elected offices November 2016, ballot measures November 2016)
I just spent about two hours doing research on candidates and politics in
this year's election. So, without further ado, my notes, and my proposed
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a surreality in photos
More, recently. A trip into the Eastern Sierras -- a place I had been, but didn't remember. A trip back home -- a place I had been, and remembered full well. A trip to Shanghai, for work -- a place I hadn't before been at all. Still hard to write about, because for some of it, I don't even understand myself what enough of what it all meant to write about. So, another photoblog it is. Last time was snapshots of a reality; this time, perhaps, snapshots of a surreality. I hope you again enjoy.
On making homemade yogurt|
I accidentally uploaded your personal information, and I'm sorry|
Here's something that's been kicking about in the back of my mind for the past few days, ever since I saw it happen to me. Every time I think about it, I get really angry, and I feel like I should write about it; and then I get too angry to figure out how to structure a post. The gist of what follows is that an internet service stole your personal information from me. There are lots of people I could blame, but at the end of the day, the data was on my phone, and then it was in the cloud somewhere that I don't control. It came from me, and I apologize. This won't affect most people, but as you'll read, there are some that it could -- and the practice by which it took place, on a wider scale, is extremely dangerous for a handful of groups of people that we already systematically oppress.
This post has been updated since it was originally written to include another example.
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2015 in music|
This year, there was quite a lot of good music released. Here's my shortlist of things that I bought, and a few words about each. Most of these were released this year, but some were just things that I discovered this year. In chronological purchase order:( --- More (2145 words) ---Collapse )
So there's, in a bunch of words, last year in music. What have you got? What did I miss?
it's a new year, in an old house|
Change in the past 365 days -- people. places. practices. presence. Old habits give way to new habits. Old patterns of thought subside for new, and maybe then come back again. Storms surge, and pass, and surge again. The light starts to become visible, if only for fleeting moments.
So many teachers in this past year, to whom I owe my immense gratitude. People who are not my Teachers, but even still my teachers. It is a privilege to be a student. The work is never easy, but I couldn't have it any other way.
Two weeks with a Pebble Time|
It's been over a year since I started wearing my first-generation Pebble
Steel. I expected that I was going to find it an annoying gadget that
didn't really do anything positive for me, but I was pleasantly surprised,
and somewhat taken by it, really; I wrote a few programs for it, and up
until a week ago, I wore it around with me pretty much everywhere. Last
Friday, however, my Kickstarter reward arrived: a shiny new Pebble Time
Steel in gunmetal black! The Pebble Time is Pebble's second-generation
smartwatch, with a host of changes: color, a microphone, a new industrial
design, and a new user interface layer. I've been wearing it for just over
a week, then, and so it seems apropos to write another review, in the same
vein of that which
I wrote in March of 2014, of the first-generation device.
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Little Italy at night|
Trip report: !!Con|
Okay! So a few weeks or so ago, I spoke at !!Con
, and before I forget (even more), I wanted to write down a few of the things that were particularly notable to me about it. In general, I liked the !!Con experience, and the biggest negative (that I arrived on a redeye at 7am, but that my AirBnB didn't exist until 3pm...) was mostly the fault of my own incompetency; but I wanted to take a moment to write down in a little more detail what some of the things that !!Con did really
right were. This is all somewhat train-of-thought, so you'll have to forgive me if there are incoherencies... But without further ado:( --- More (1,628 words) ---Collapse )
Anyway. That was quite a lot longer than I had planned on. But, hopefully, that gives you a flavor of things that made !!Con special. If you're planning a conference of your own, you should absolutely
look to !!Con as a role model in a lot
of ways.(and, of course, photos)
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