And queer, furry socialists? Even more betterer.
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I’m doing a 366 Day Challenge, and am 191 days in! You can follow along on my PixelFed account.
I want to share links to the Electronic Literature Organization’s 20th annual conference that was supposed to take place at my alma mater next week. Not getting to see the presentations in person is a bummer, but it does open up the attendance to anyone who wants to join in online.
I’m hoping to make it into some of the workshops, like “Sexting through the Apocalypse” and “Twitchy Twine Tales: Building a Text Game Live in Online Teaching“. I have a fascination with Interactive Fiction that I hope turns into an actual game or two at some point.
As usual, a list of some of the things that I’ve read, watched, and listened to this week that I think are worth sharing.
Last month Vice did a series of articles under the banner, “Queers Built This“. There’s a lot of queer history, including how the Civil Rights movement helped lead to Gay Liberation, the evolution of pride from anti-police action to brand sponsorship, and trans collectives and safe-houses filling glaring holes in legal protections.
I got a few new comics this week, including these two from The Nib: ‘A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities’ and ‘A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns’. These are great resources that IMO make it easy to share some basic ideas if you want to quickly level someone up on unfamiliar identities. These and a bunch of other great books are available in The Nib store.
As usual, Jay comes in with a good overview of a web topic. This time it’s the ascension of the WebKit browser engine, and what it means that we have a lack of diversity of ways to render the web. I still have to deal with plenty of sites that cannot perform core functions in Firefox, my browser of choice.
I admit, I didn’t give this genre of musical reinvention much thought before listening to this week’s Commune College podcast, Episode 31: Slowed & Reverb w/ Hyperlink. Now I’ve gone through all of their recommendations and am looking for the most inventive and entertaining songs that I can find. Send your favorites to me!
I am here, queer, and baring my fangs for these Socialist Teeth. This is semi-related to the newly organized Harvest Moon Furfest, a BIPOC-led Furry Convention that is organizing for fall of 2022. I am very here for this, and smh at the inevitable racist comments around it.
If you try to denigrate a group of people — many of who self identify as Socialist — while giving them reason to show off artwork that they paid money for or spent time on, it’ll probably backfire on you. Either way, more maws!
We finished watching Community recently, and overall I enjoyed the show. Prior I had only seen the final season, so it was nice seeing more of the prior jokes and stories leading up. I’m disappointed that it ended where it did though, since Paget Brewster and Keith david were such great additions to the final season.
We’ve since started watching Atlanta, created by Community alum Donald Glover. We’re most of the way through season one and I’m loving it, but already sad knowing that it ends after two short seasons.
I’m kinda bummed that I’m already familiar with most of the key players of the so-called “Intellectual Dark Web”. This is a long video, but a good tear-down of a lot of the ideas that they espouse. For an even longer look at just one of the subjects, their dissection of the thinking and presentation style of Ben Shapiro is a better video, IMO.
I love watching Game Grumps. This ridiculous game is some salve for everything else going on with me this week.
I mentioned this last week, and I finally got to watch the full documentary. I was surprised with how little animation there was and how much of it was archival footage. Overall though, it was a great look at the history of the furry fandom, and I learned a fair amount. It doesn’t try to fully ignore the problems in the fandom, but focuses more on the community aspect. This could easily turn into a many hours long series.
Another week ends. Find your solace in the weekend. 💝