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Buried inside the obvious entertainment of this story, Blaustein (the game’s translator and this piece’s author) explores some essential questions around what’s lost and what’s gained when a work is translated from language to language. I’d like to think this was written because of some serious drama in fan sub circles...
"She wonders whether a program like Asana might help even out the imbalances in household duties that often arise between partners—especially men and women—by making them more visible. “It tends to be that couples divide this work up in ways that aren’t exactly equitable, and that one person takes on ...Read More
UK politicians are among the signatories of a message of solidarity with Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley after President Donald Trump suggested they should "go back" where they came from. Where did he come from? A science fiction novel.
By 2030, Earth's climate is expected to resemble that of the mid-Pliocene, going back more than 3 million years in geologic time. Without reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions, our climates by 2150 could compare to the warm and mostly ice-free Eocene, an epoch that characterized the globe 50 million ...Read More
On 'platform' parties (Farage, etc.): "Like tech startups, they're aimed at rapid growth, w/ email sign-ups and PayPal donations replacing formal membership. And, in accordance w/ the creed of Silicon Valley, their purpose is to disrupt."
"Right now we have an overabundance of populist metrics online and not enough hierarchical structures that can help us navigate the online world. That’s the void that Relevant is trying to fill." - @slava 👏👏
Update: https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2019/07/18/detroit-police-commissioner-who-was-arrested-at-meeting-wont-be-charged Still, Craig defended the arrest during a raucous meeting. “The arrest was legal, and I’m not criticizing my officers,” Craig told The Detroit News. “But after weighing the totality of the circumstances, I thought it best to drop the charges in order to maintain a harmonious relationship with the board ...Read More
With all the current concerns about Faceapp this article suggests its not the scandal everyone thinks. It's good to see a wider discussion on privacy though.
Meanwhile, in Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree allowing all previous and current residents of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, not just their breakaway areas, to apply for Russian citizenship. ...Read More
What could possibly go wrong? Unless it doesn’t work. Scientists propose dumping 7,400 gigatons of 'artificial snow' on Antarctica ...Read More
Phalanges and metacarpals: These are bones of the fingers and hands that Trump has used to tweet tirades against black and brown people and to retweet Nazi sympathizers, including, twice, an account called @WhiteGenocideTM with a photo of the founder of the American Nazi Party. Mandible and maxilla: These are the jawbones that Trump has used to denounce Mexican immigrants as “criminals, drug dealers, rapists,” not to mention to refuse to criticize the Ku Klux Klan. ...Read More
“We might now be able to imagine the death of capitalism, yet one problem of capitalist realism remains: our inability to imagine what comes next.” Great piece by @sarahljaffe on Mark Fisher! ...Read More
Rob Horning on authenticity. What came to my mind is all the authentic things that are not desirable and commodifiable, like poverty, grief etc.
Four of the seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company, including two women who claimed Google retaliated against them for their internal activism. Whittaker claimed Google had retaliated against her for her role in the walkout and her advocacy work on AI ethics through AI Now, a research institute she co-founded that has received funding from Google. She had already been told her AI ethics work was no longer a fit for Google’s ...Read More
Systems engineer, Helen Harris's account of discrimination at Dell and the brutal tech atmosphere that lead her to lose her position and more on prejudice in the workplace for trans folks. #activsim