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Tuesday
Sep042012

With Hands Outstretched

Incredible piece by Patricia Hernandez. It's ostensibly about gaming, but it's really about much more. Well worth a read.

Tuesday
Sep042012

Why We Love Holmes and Love to Hate House

I've always thought it interesting that such an unlikeable character managed to stay popular as long as he did.

Tuesday
Sep042012

Elementary Schools, Transgender Kids, and Educator Freak-outs

I look forward to the day when transgender people, of any age, are no longer so misunderstood.

Saturday
Sep012012

Would You Like To Wash Your Hands?

“Doctor, before you remove that cyst from my husband’s stomach, would you mind washing your hands?”

“My dear lady, I assure you, I am clean.”

“But they say that there are small creatures that cannot be seen with the naked eye – ones that we all carry with us…”

“Are you saying that I’m filthy? Disease-ridden? I’m a skilled physician, with many talents! You seem to think I’m some common leper, ferrying virulence from place to place! How dare you insult me by calling into account my cleanliness? I am a gentleman!”

“I’m – I’m not insulting you, I’m just saying that everyone has these bugs…”

“Oh, so now I’m bug-ridden?” …and so forth.

End result: dead patient. But a doctor who felt good about himself.

See if you can guess what this piece is about from the quote above before reading it. Hint: it's not hygiene.

Saturday
Sep012012

How To Listen Better

The longer you’re a bad listener, the smaller your world gets and the narrower your mind becomes, because you’re not exposing yourself to different ideas and perspective. The better you become at listening, the more of the world you’ll see, and the world knows a lot more than you.

Saturday
Sep012012

App.net and the Problem of Intent

I wanted to write something like this piece myself in response to John Siracusa's misunderstanding of the "white flight" argument. Thankfully, Jamelle Bouie saved me the trouble and did a much better job.

Thursday
Aug232012

It's time game journalism grew up

Leigh Alexander:

The problems with the commercial industry are bigger than incidents of harassment online, or discomfort at an event such as E3. These things are symptoms of a cultural sickness at the heart of the commercial game industry, tied to how releases are marketed and covered, and we are all complicit in perpetuating it.

Thursday
Aug232012

You are What You’re Worth

A sobering, important piece by Mattie Brice about class, economics, and priorities.

Tuesday
Aug212012

Fixies and Growthers

Dweck, like many adults, had learned to hide her frustration and anger, to politely say “I’m not sure I want to play this anymore” instead of knocking over the board. She figured the successful kids would be the same — they’d have tactics for coping with failure instead of getting beaten down by it.

But what she found was radically different. The successful kids didn’t just live with failure, they loved it! When the going got tough, they didn’t start blaming themselves; they licked their lips and said “I love a challenge.” They’d say stuff like “The harder it gets the harder I need to try.”

Instead of complaining it wasn’t fun when the puzzles got harder, they’d psych themselves up, saying “I’ve almost got it now” or “I did it before, I can do it again.” One kid, upon being a given a really hard puzzle, one that was supposed to be obviously impossible to solve, just looked up at the experimenter with a smile and said, “You know, I was hoping this would be informative.”

It's all in how you look at things.

(via Kontra)

Tuesday
Aug212012

On Writing In The Internet Economy

Alan Williamson:

The model of not paying for things is a fundamentally broken one. It should have died when the dotcom bubble burst, but it has resurged with the proliferation of ad-supported apps (mainly on Android phones) and free information via Facebook and Twitter. […] As journalism has shifted from tangible products like newspapers and magazines to blogs and websites, it’s harder to justify charging users- which is why paywalls don’t work, either, because they run counter to our expectations of how a site should operate. Writing for free is not the cause of this, but it’s certainly a catalyst.