I’ve been trying to be on the computer even less than normal, funny enough
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I don’t have any new blog posts this week. I admit, for someone who loves being at home, physical distancing has been kinda hard. Not that I want to be going everywhere (though I am missing a few WordCamps that had been pre-planned), but it still hurts. Us internet kids are used to long distance friendships. But we usually have at least some real world events to keep us tethered, and that isn’t the case right now.
Phew, that was a whole thing! Here’s a selection of the things that I read and watched this week. Stay safe out there everyone!
Protecting Lives & Liberty: How Contact Tracing Can Foil COVID-19 & Big Brother – Nicky Case – A wonderful comic about privacy protecting contact tracing. I don’t agree with the whole concept since we’re regularly being proven wrong about the ability to obscure metadata.
The Coronavirus Is Forcing Techies To Work From Home. Some May Never Go Back To The Office. – Alex Kantrowitz, Buzzfeed – I don’t think that everyone should work from home. I do think that more people could do their jobs from home now than most companies think. I also think that they should be given the opportunity to do so, as well as stipends for home office needs. It’ll still save money overall, let alone the mental, physical, and environmental benefits.
Is marriage over? – Manvir Singh, Aeon – I don’t think that marriage is over, but I don’t at all mind that the stranglehold of marriage on culture is dying a bit. From legal and financial rights and responsibilities being spread to other types of partnerships, to traditions like expensive weddings and rings on the decline, there is a lot of good happening outside of the world of marriage to form unions.
Our Fascination With Canon Is Killing the Way We Value Stories – James Whitbrook, Gizmodo – Similar to the idea of debating over whether spoilers negatively affect the enjoyment of a work of popular culture (not for me), or whether things are being inserted just to appease some straw SJW (probably not), canon is either the most important thing or a blocker for creativity. Popular culture is now sprawling works that span media and decades of work, and having a bible for each franchise can be stifling.
Policing and the English Language – Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic – Here’s my political opinion for the day: there’s no such thing as an “officer involved shooting”. There’s a cop shooting someone. Language matters.
African Painted Dog Pups Behind the Scenes – Awwwwww!!!!!
I Don’t Know What We’re Talking About – NSP – I’ll watch anything from Ninja Sex Party or the associated acts. What’s that, Dan Avidan is putting out an acoustic cover album and put out two new videos this week, including Kiss From a Rose and Scarborough Fair just a few hours ago? Guess you should watch them too then.
Coronavirus and the American death cult – Here’s my second political opinion for the day: I am not a fan of neoliberalism.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Poker Night – Not a new video, but one that keeps popping into my head. Specifically when Yugi says, “Excellent!”
Megalovania But It’s In Swing Tempo On Drums! – The drummer playing this song as part of a livestream is clearly enjoying it as much if not more than the people watching and commenting.
That’s it for this week. Everyone stay safe and healthy out there 💝