Just finished all of Legend of Galactic heroes.
So Shermer has resorted to a very subtle disinformation campaign with a new article in the online version of his rag, by sticking up for his bro Woody Allen. (Of course, the article was written by a woman, so that makes it immune to accusations of it being pro-rape propaganda!)
Choice quotes (emphasis mine):
Likewise, perpetrators are not necessarily lying when they claim innocence: many are self-justifying, unable and unwilling to accept evidence of the harm or cruelty they caused another. Doesn’t every couple—or family, or politician—understand this? “You betrayed me,” she says. “You started it,” he replies. He isn’t lying; he really believes his actions were not as devastating as she does. Woody Allen could be self-justifying rather than lying. So could Mia Farrow.
That is the reason for the vehemence with which many of Farrow’s supporters are shouting down the opposition. (The title of a research paper captured this phenomenon perfectly: “When in Doubt, Shout.”) Given a choice of whom to believe, they say, we must always side with the accuser in a rape or molestation case; otherwise we are supporting the patriarchal “rape culture.” As Bady writes, “if you are presuming his innocence by presuming her mendacity, you are rape cultured.”  Anyone who asks skeptical questions of Dylan Farrow’s story is a pedophile or a sexist who is abetting the abuse of children and women. That kind of self-righteous certainty shuts down thoughtful inquiry. It does not help the cause of feminism or justice.
How, then, should we think about Dylan Farrow’s allegations? It’s relevant that they occurred during a bitter custody dispute, when Mia Farrow’s understandable rage at Allen over his affair with Soon Yi was going at full blast. We might ask why Dylan is making her story public now. We might wonder whether she has been influenced by recovered-memory therapists or, as her brother Moses writes, by an angry and vengeful mother. We would want to take into account that this family remains bitterly divided. Most of all, we have to accept the most difficult lesson of critical thinking: tolerating uncertainty.
The prior probability of multiple, unrelated accusers conspiring to specifically ruin very specific members of a group’s reputation, is, of course, unmentioned.
This was my very first comics store. I was on vacation down in Sarasota with my parents and with all the hype from the new Iron Man trailer I really wanted to check out some of the source material. I walk in dressed in the most ridiculously girly outfit (mostly by accident; it was a spur of the moment visit facilitated by the internet) and I suppose I clearly looked out of place and a little lost. The guy working the counter asked if there was anything he could help me find. When I answered Marvel and ‘no, I have no idea where to start’ he told me to wait a sec while he went and got Brian, their resident Marvel Expert. He was super nice; asking me who my favorite characters were and what I liked about the movies. I walked out of there with Iron Man World’s Most Wanted, Captain America Winter Soldier, Infinity Gauntlet and Widowmaker. He also told me that Marvel was starting a whole new set of stories and that I could sign up for individual comics if I didn’t want to wait for the trades (a word which he then explained ^ - ^). All in all, I was totally thrilled with how kind everyone in the store (and Brian in particular) was. My dad was even wandering around during all this and the guys in the back with their tabletop game started explaining it and making him feel welcome enough to ask questions. This is a great store and I hope to return sometime soon!
We must be the Gwernosphere we wish to see in this world. Come with me, and become as a Gwern.
Gwern is a known transphobe, and should not be trusted with being anywhere near the creation of artificial intelligence.
So, we as fandom love to say that the author is dead. The show/book/movie doesn’t belong to the creator anymore. They don’t count. It’s just as much ours as theirs. In fact, a lot of people don’t have much good to say about creators at all. Which considering that fandom is pretty much a big hive for creation (writing/vidding/fanart) is a really weird thing to take into account.
I’ve been hearing this a lot lately too: “Oh the cannon is just there so I can make fannon. Creators need to not be so sensitive or just keep out of this! Fannon is better than cannon.”
…my inclination is pretty much just to bite all the bullets this essay has to offer
This is what happens when entitled brats don’t apply their principles consistently.
I thus have a radical proposition:
The statist notion of intellectual ‘property’, imposing artificial scarcity for the purposes of subsidization, should be abolished.
as an autistic person
having autoplay on your blog is disruptive and startling. it bombards me with something that’s 90% of the time completely unfamiliar and often overlaps with what i’m listening to in the first place, without any warning whatsoever. it catches me offguard and often overloads me and makes me need to stop ALL sounds, in worse cases forcing me to pull off my headset and curl up covering my ears until i feel better if your music is especially loud and sudden.
for the love of god. stop making your music players automatically start playing when people open the page. i shouldn’t have to be scared of opening a blog. this is something extremely basic that you could do to make your blog safer for everyone who struggles with similar issues.
"but i can’t/don’t know how to make it stop autoplaying" remove it and find another one or delete it because your music is not worth triggering people your music is never worth triggering people