I have never, and will never post photos of any children on any form of social media, with one obvious exception!
See my avatar? That's me when I was much younger, and had slightly more hair.
That image, of _me_, is the only exception to my rules!
So when I talk about my grandchildren and great-nieces you're just going to have to use your imagination since no pictures, of them, will be forthcoming!:*
This week I:
🛰️ spent ages talking to journalists about the DART Mission, only for them to either not credit me or call my boss and quote him instead.
🏆 won a competition round and placed in another to now become an Australian representative at a large International competition, but got no press about it.
📡 was scrubbed from or not mentioned in all media releases about a huge grant project I spearheaded at work that is based almost entirely on my labour.
Most weeks it doesn’t get to me, but sometimes it is pretty depressingly thankless to be a young woman in academia.
October is Blindness Awareness Month, AMA! Fun facts to start:
93% of people with sight loss have some level of sight, even if it's just telling the difference between light and dark.
Braille users are pretty rare (I've heard different percentages but all in single digits) so don't think slapping Braille on everything means you're done with accessibility.
We tend to be very poor. 75% of working-age blind people in the UK don't have jobs. People think being blind means we can't do most things.
(please boost) asking for money help
hello! i need $80 to order groceries and $60 for medical weed ($140 total)
i have to work from home because i have asthma and catching covid is a major health risk for me. i'm job searching, feel free to hit me up with info
thank you for everything 🖤
the Chip'n Dale reboot is a new low in evil for Disney
Someone wrote a criticism of this movie, but they wrote in a spoken language register that people had trouble following. I won't link to it because I'm against shaming people for their use of language, but I've summarised it below because it's kind of fascinating how terrible and low this thing gets:
* The premise of the movie is to treat cartoon characters as if they existed in our world alongside human beings. Moreover, cartoon shows are film-like productions, in which the cartoon entities work as paid actors.
* This is a fun premise and kind of underexplored since its exemplar *Who Framed Roger Rabbit*, something acknowledge with a Roger cameo.
* Sadly, the new Chip'n Dale turns out to be a pro-copyright propaganda piece.
* The villain is Disney's Peter Pan cartoon character from 1953. Cartoons in this world age, and this Peter Pan grew embittered for not being offered jobs at Disney after his child star period. He's not a figure meant to draw empathy; he looks like a creepy old dude, unshaven and unfit, moved by petty revenge. And his revenge is a sex-traffick-coded profiteering operation, complete with mafia henchmen, where he kidnaps helpless Disney cartoons, alters their bodies with horrific cartoon surgeries, and ships their deformed bodies overseas to work for life as bootlegs. Somehow Sweet Pete is greedy and cruel, and he's using this ring to rake in huge profits; i.e. his motivation is not just getting back at Disney, but also the profit motive.
* In other words, the villain is a pirate, and piracy is defined as forcing a character out of their proper home where they are happy and free (=Disney ownership) and abusing them horrifically (=making independent stuff with Disney propriety). Pirates do that for profit, so they're no different than corporations; the only difference is that Disney does it legitimately, and pirates abusively. Plus people somehow have this seeping hatred of Disney and even if there was bad stuff in the past, this anticorporate grudge makes them become villains.
* This would already be bad enough, but it gets worse. In real life, the actor for Peter Pan, Bobby Driscoll, died at 31 after a meteoric career as a child actor followed by the typical Disney worker exploitation. Walt Disney prized the young boy, calling him "a living embodiment of his own youth"; after *Peter Pan*, though, he started saying that the boy actor, at that age, was now more fit to perform young bullies, rather than likeable protagonists. Two weeks after the highly successful theatrical release, the company cancelled his two-years contract; soon after he's fired over… having acne. This starts a spiral of unemployment and drug abuse that ends with his early death.
* To use this real-world story of Disney child actor abuse as the poster villain for why piracy is bad is particularly abhorrent.
I haven't watched the movie (and won't), but judging from online plot summaries, it seems that the movie also features extreme levels of copaganda, even for Disney standards. There are two main cops; the corrupt police chief who is into the scheme, and the young idealist good cop, who is human, and a Black woman no less. Good progressive cop is a Chip'n Dale fan who helps the heroes nab the bad guys, uncovers the rotten apple cop, and personally defeats and arrests the isolated case, thus making police good again. After the final battle the day is saved by Sonic bringing in… the FBI. And in one plot point, Chip and Dale are able to discover the horrible cartoon trafficking ring by tracing evil Peter Pan's movements via… *his fitness tracker*. Once again the day is saved by the government and paramilitary repression apparatuses covertly accessing private data but like, in a good way, it's ok because it's to catch an evil criminal, i.e. someone trying to damage Disney, Inc.
Honestly the level of propaganda in this thing puts it right up there with Los 3 Caballeros and early Scrooge comics as being so blatant and evil as to be…
cartoonish. (curtsey to the audience self-satisfiedly)
Well, that's odd, I thought the #GoogleBackup thing insisted on being on-charge for two hours and idle before it would start on a device. Yet both my tablet and phone, neither of which are charging, have decided now is the time to run backups.
Mutual aid request
I think my car is fucked. It was on its last legs and I was just trying to coax it along til I could get some money from the new job to replace it. Now it's decided that shifting into reverse isn't necessary. I need some breathing room to figure out the logistics of making it through to the point where I can start earning. I'm hoping for $500. Anything helps, especially boosts.
"Dymo’s latest generation of desktop label printers use #RFID chips to authenticate the labels that Dymo’s customers put in their printers."
Please don't preorder/buy a digital edition of the live coding book coming out at the end of Nov on MIT press. It's open access and will be freely available as mobi, epub and pdf. They're also selling digital editions separately (despite us paying an open access subvention with public funds).
The ebooks will be free to download, edit and share under a CC-BY-SA license on their website, but hidden under the 'resources' tab. We're discussing how to make this clearer..
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