Eeeeee!

Mar. 6th, 2016 05:32 pm
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I just called up Betsy Leondar-Wright (per the contact info on the Class Matters site) and told her I am gonna give a talk at LibrePlanet inspired by her piece on inessential weirdnesses and she was so jazzed! She probably won't be at my talk but she is so happy for the idea of inessential weirdnesses to be getting out! She might even have some time to look at my draft this week! She is so interested in spreading the word about Friends of Dennis and hearing more about the Birds of a Feather session I held at OSBridge that one time and OMG I feel like bouncing up and down. Eeeeee! Cross-generational and interdisciplinary activist conversation makes me super happy.
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I do not have depression and I'm asking a question about how to be a better friend to friends of mine who have depression and who joke (or similar) about hurting themselves. It's under the cut.

question )

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My friend Allison Parrish has just released @CheapSpaceNine, a Twitter bot* that produces randomly generated plot summaries for nonexistent episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Sample summaries:


Jadzia is forced to play the bodies—and O'Brien, who is selected to become the end, announces the station.


The funeral arrangements mastermind Brunt. Worf talks with Breen ships. Beverage profits, however, react strongly to Q.


A war questions their quarters. An engineering team reveals humanoid farmers.



Friends who love DS9: enjoy!

* A Twitter bot is an Twitter account that posts automatically generated tweets. The programmer who writes the program that automatically generates the tweets is often remixing some pre-existing text, images, data, et cetera. Here's the text of "Writing Aliens", or, "Duchamp, Markov, Queneau: A Mostly Delightful Quilt", a talk about the art of Twitter bots that my spouse Leonard Richardson gave as his Guest of Honor speech at Foolscap 2014.
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This tweet mentions that FogCon is coming up in Walnut Creek. As my eyes moved past it I briefly misread it and imagined a world in which there is a fan convention celebrating my old employer, Fog Creek Software. That was a strange half-second.
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"Comparing codes of conduct to copyleft licenses": written notes for a talk by Sumana Harihareswara, delivered in the Legal and Policy Issues DevRoom at FOSDEM, 31 January 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Slightly better notes, including a photo, are now on my main blog. Video recording arriving around March 2016. Condensed notes available at Anjana Sofia Vakil's blog.


Good afternoon. I'm Sumana Harihareswara, and I represent myself, and my firm Changeset Consulting http://changeset.nyc/ . I'm here to discuss some things we can learn from comparing antiharassment policies, or community codes of conduct, to copyleft software licenses such as the GPL. I'll be laying out some major similarities and differences, especially delving into how these different approaches give us insight about common community attitudes and assumptions. And I'll lay out some lessons we can apply as we consider and advocate various sides of these issues, and potentially to apply to some other topics within free and open source software as well.

My notes will all be available online after this, so you don't have to scramble to write down my brilliant insights, or, more likely, links. And I don't have any slides. If you really need slides, I'm sorry, and if you're like, YES! then just bask in the next twenty-five minutes.

Text of my notes )
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A mobile developer I know is working on an Android client for Dreamwidth; if you're an Android user and you're reading this, check out [community profile] dwim so you can provide input to their open questions!
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I received a sweet Babysitters' Club fic, "(Not) Like Uber but for Babysitting", by cbomb, which took my prompt and ran with it. It made me cheer (as in, cheer out loud) when I found out that BSC is deliberately setting itself against the "sharing economy" trends of Uber, Airbnb, et alia by making its babysitters' treatment a first-class priority. Awesome, and in keeping with the values we've always seen in BSC!

Thanks to cbomb, and thank you to everyone who makes Yuletide happen.

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I wrote fic about two songs by the Mountain Goats!

Pops Real Nice (2194 words) by brainwane
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton - The Mountain Goats (song), Beat the Champ - The Mountain Goats (Album)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Animal Mask, Original Male Character(s), Original Female Character(s), Cyrus (The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton), Jeff (The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton)
Additional Tags: Wrestling, Zines, Psychologists & Psychiatrists, Divorce, Texas, Utah - Freeform, Transcribed, Inspired by Music, Friendship, The Mountain Goats, John Darnielle - Freeform, All Hail West Texas
Summary:

After the events of "Animal Mask." Before, during, and after the events of "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton".



Enjoy "Pops Real Nice" and the making-of endnotes (including thank-yous to my beta readers) at Archive Of Our Own, brought to you by the Organization for Transformative Works.
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My friend asks:

Anyone here who has left tech or similar profession & gone into ministry / pastoral care? Or know someone who has?
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MidAmericon II, the WorldCon for 2016, will be in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, August 17-21, 2016. Right now, you can suggest ideas for sessions, and suggest people (including yourself) whom the programming committee ought to consider. This includes ideas and people for special interest groups, panel discussions, talks and lectures, and whatnot (I proposed a vidding workshop, for instance). And you don't have to be registered for the convention to suggest people or ideas.

I'm not sure what the deadline is, but I figure getting your suggestions in by the end of 2015 would be a good idea, since the "volunteering" form says "We will contact all volunteers by early 2016".

Wolf 359

Nov. 11th, 2015 11:13 pm
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Who do I know who's listening to Wolf 359? I could swear someone I read on DW mentioned it several weeks ago, and now I'm trying to remember... I just listened to Mini Episode 3: "Variations on a Theme" and I would love to get to talk about it with folks, especially folks who watched Battlestar Galactica.
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Dear Yuletide author: thank you for offering to write a story for me! I hope you enjoy writing it, and I hope these facts and ideas help you do so. (This is my first year as a Yuletide signer-upper so forgive inadvertent omissions or high-handedness in this letter.)

About me )

General likes and dislikes )


Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) )

Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho )

Baby-Sitters Club - Ann M. Martin )

Thanks and best wishes.
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Swine's Arrow (591 words) by circumvention
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Political RPF - UK 20th-21st c.
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Geordi La Forge, Data (Star Trek), David Cameron (Politician)
Additional Tags: hameron - Freeform, Pigs, baeofpigs, piggate, snoutrage, pigsociety, aporkalypsenow, Time Travel
Summary:

"Ideally, we would cause a minuscule perturbation in the space-time continuum: create a change historically significant enough that it would rapidly propagate into our records, but which would not materially affect the underlying foundation of our current timeline."



With apologies to the dead pig, to the writers of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Time's Arrow", and to everyone who actually lives in the United Kingdom.
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I was clicking around on the Amtrak website and was reminded that the Pope is visiting Philadelphia next month. So I clicked through to the dedicated site for the visit and associated conference. So interesting! This list of patron saints for the conference (and this list of patron saints of the family in general) reminds me of other conferences' lists of keynote speakers.

I could (and will not) sign up to spend 30 or 60 minutes in adoration (silent prayer). The volunteering FAQ says you don't have to be a Catholic to volunteer (also, the Church will pay for your background check). They have training via online webinar, smartphone app, and a YouTube guide video.

I spent several minutes clicking around and reading their official prayer, their (sparse) info on accessibility, the suggestion that Philadelphians think of the Papal visit as like a snow weekend in terms of limitations on mobility.

Oh now I am reading the lesson plans for kids. Includes the note to the teacher: "Students may or may not be able to answer with depth. Try to lead them." I feel you.
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From one Indian-American woman to another.

I saw your statement. I know it takes the South Carolina legislature to take that Confederate flag down and you can't legally just do it yourself, and I'm glad you've now stated that the government ought to take it down. I know you cried after the murders; I did too.

We Indian-Americans get a bit of crap here in the US, but if you and I have a sense of proportion and perspective, we look at other people of color and we see how very much better off we are than Native Americans, Latin@s, African-Americans, and the descendants of most other nonwhite immigrants. Middle-class professional Indian-Americans get exoticized in ways that often help us. As long as they don't think we're Muslims, white people here basically trust us and think we're hardworking and smart. You and I benefit from that whole model minority stereotype. Hell, I think one reason the white and Asian guys in the computer science major at UC Berkeley didn't scorn my technical competence and interests was because I'm Indian. Maybe one stereotype partially offset another.

You and I have integrated really thoroughly into white society. And basically we benefit from the fact that a lot of white people's racism doesn't focus on us. So we should use that privilege to stand in solidarity with the victims of racism.

You and I are in community together. We have some shared experiences, and some shared privileges. How do we use them to protect those who are hurting? I make my own personal efforts in my spheres -- my neighborhood, my workplaces, my volunteer communities -- to mentor and protect people with less privilege than me. Not just in the wake of this murder of your constituents, but for months and years afterward, how will you use your privilege to fight racism?

I don't know enough about your state and your black constituents to speak with authority about how you could best stand in solidarity with them and against racism. (The flag's an open wound, of course; you knew that already, and if I had to bet, I'd bet you started trying, last week, to get that thing taken down, holding private meetings about it so everyone can save face. As I was writing this, you spoke out against the flag, finally; I'm glad you did that.) Yes, there's a political price you would have to pay with the white establishment if they started perceiving you as pro-black. You may have started paying that price, now, coming out against the flag. I hope that, nonetheless, you will use your power as governor and your privilege in the racial hierarchy to advance the work of black activists in your state. The flag fight is a start, not an end. This work will take courage and stamina. I offer you my best wishes.
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Title: Pipeline
Vidder: Sumana Harihareswara ("brainwane")
Fandom: Multi (documentaries, movies, TV, comics, coding bootcamp ads, and more)
Music: "Blank Space", Taylor Swift
Length: 3 minutes, 11 seconds
Summary: The tech industry has a blank space, and is quite eager to write your name.
Content notes: Implied verbal/emotional abuse, a few seconds of very fast cutting around 1:50
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike (CC BY-SA)
Download: on Google Drive (165 MB high-res MP4, 23 MB low-res MP4, 98 MB AVI), or at Critical Commons with login (high- and low-res MP4 and WebM files)
Stream: at Critical Commons (choose View High Quality for best experience)
Subtitles file: http://www.harihareswara.net/vids/pipeline.srt

Premiered just now at WisCon 2015 (the vid party).

Embedded video below:

Sources:
50 sources (28 video, 22 still) )


Thank you to my betas:


  • Skud
  • seekingferret
  • were_duck
  • Leonard Richardson
  • Teresa Nielsen Hayden
  • and others.

Feelings and interpretation:
You don't need to read this )
Making-of:
About 75 hours over 2 months )

This vid is under CC BY-SA and I hope people feel free to remix it, redistribute it, and otherwise enjoy it, as long as they attribute me as the vidder.

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I started watching fanvids at WisCon 2009, thanks to Skud, and particularly loved a few, such as "What About", "Starships!" and its monochromatic remix, "Grapevine Fires", "Hey Ho", and "Us". Once I decided to make "Pipeline", I started rewatching and seeking out vids with a political message, multifandom/multisource vids, ambitious vids, and vids that used still photos, screencasts, comics, and similar material well. I took notes, sometimes brief and sometimes detailed, of lessons I took from those vids (especially particularly fine-grained "how do you do that" bits of technique). This feels like something to share.

With some arbitrary categorization for ease of skimming, here are some vids I learned from:

Using stills well
three vids )


Ambition
four and a half vids )


Multisource/multifandom
six vids )


Message
two vids )


Other

And of course I learned from a ton of other sources, like a ton of meta about vidding, and Tony Zhou's "Every Frame a Painting" video series, and the scores of vids I've watched over the years. Anyway, hope someone finds this of interest.

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I'll be at WisCon starting tomorrow and leaving on Tuesday. I am scheduled to participate in these sessions:

  1. Imaginary Book Club, Fri, 4:00-5:15 pm in Conference 2. Five panelists discuss books that don't exist, improvising critiques and responses. I proposed this panel a few years ago (you can see video of its debut) and it has continued, which is cool!
  2. Lighthearted Shorthand Sans Fail, Sat, 8:30-9:45 am in Capitol A. What are your go-to phrasings to avoid sexism, ableism, etc. while getting your point across in casual conversation? I hope to walk out of this with some new vocabulary to replace bad habits.
  3. Vid Party, Saturday night 9:00 pm-Sun, 3:00 am in room 629. I am premiering a fanvid. Once it's premiered, I'll hit Post on blog posts to announce it publicly as well.
  4. Call Out Culture II: Follow-up to the Discussion Held at WisCon 38, Sun, 10:00-11:15 am in Senate A. Meta-discussion around discourse in social justice movements. I predict this session will be pretty intense.
  5. Vid Party Discussion, Sun, 1:00-2:15 pm in Assembly. We will discuss some of the vids shown at the vid party, and fan vids in general. This will be the first time I've engaged in public realtime conversation about fanvids. Before this panel I hope to publish some notes about what I learned from watching several vids that drew from multiple sources (including stills), made a political point, or were otherwise particularly ambitious. I'll probably reference those lessons during the panel.

I also proposed "What Does Feminist Tech Education Look Like?", "Impostor Syndrome Training Exercise", and "Entry Level Discussion Group", but am not a panelist or presenter for those sessions; I bet they'll be interesting, though, and you could do worse than to check them out. You can read Entry Level ahead of time for free online.

I look like the photo to the left. I am often bad with names, and will remember 5 minutes into our conversation that we had an awesome deep conversation three years prior. I apologize in advance.

If you are good at clothes, consider joining me at the Clothing Swap portion of the Gathering on Friday afternoon to help me find pieces that suit me. I'm introducing two old pals to WisCon and spending a lot of time with them (we live in different cities), and they're both white, so I might not be able to come to the People of Color dinner on Friday night. And sadly, The Floomp dance party on Saturday happens during the Vid Party so I probably can't attend that. I did buy a ticket for the Dessert Salon and will attend the Guest of Honor and Tiptree Award speeches on Sunday, and maybe you will be at my table!

One of my pals who's coming to WisCon is Beth Lerman, an artist who will be displaying and selling her work in the art show. Check it out!

Also I am open to doing a small room performance of my half-hour geeky stand-up comedy routine if several people ask for it. I don't know when or where it would be; Monday night would be easiest. Speak up in comments or some other medium if you'd be interested.


[Cross-posted from Cogito, Ergo Sumana]

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