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Natalie Reed Divorces The Atheist Movement

Long but truly amazing piece about the ways the Atheist Movement (caps intentional) has failed to live up to ideals it should aspire to.

(via Alex Raymond and Kedase Derragar)


The Legacy Of Harry Potter

I think Harry Potter will be around for a while. But I also think there’s a good chance that we literally got the magic of an age, and in a hundred years Harry will be one of those beloved classics that adults will read for pleasure, but the kids will have moved on to something else.

As someone who, while not the biggest Harry Potter fan, discovered the books in my mid teens and enjoyed them greatly right through the end, I don't know if I fully agree with The Ferrett's post here, but he does make some good points.


Three Things at E3 That Need to Stop, Part 3: Quit Perpetuating a Legitimately Evil Empire

Nothing intrinsic to gaming is lost by making it more inclusive or by decoupling it from the apparati of oppression it currently resides within. War and a boy's club mentality might be in gaming's genes, but it doesn't have to stop there. In this respect, E3 is only a small part of the overall situation, but if we can change that, it means we'll have changed much more besides.

Impressive piece by Kris Ligman on some important ways the gaming industry and media need to grow up.


The Question

Perhaps the most important thing I've linked to in this blog's short life, and it's a comment on another (excellent) blog post. I strongly encourage you to read both the post and the comment, but if you can only read one, make it the comment.

(via this RT from Scott Madin)


Questions Anti-Apple Tech People Should Be Asking Themselves

Instead of asking why Apple attracts those crazy fanboys, ask why HP and Dell and Samsung don’t attract crazy fanboys. Don’t ask what’s wrong with Apple fans because they get excited about their Macs and iPhones. Ask why everybody else isn’t just as excited about what they use.


Lamenting The Friend Zone, Or: The “Nice Guy” Approach To Perpetrating Sexist Bullshit

Here’s the thing, Hypothetical Interlocutor: if you truly are a self-professed Nice Guy (and I strongly suspect that you are), then you probably espouse the belief that women and men are equal. More than espouse – you believe! You know! Except that, somewhere along the line, you’ve got it into your head that if you’re romantically interested in a girl who sees you only as a friend, her failure to reciprocate your feelings is just that: a failing. That because you’re nice and treat her well, she therefore owes you at least one opportunity to present yourself as a viable sexual candidate, even if she’s already made it clear that this isn’t what she wants. That because she legitimately enjoys a friendship that you find painful (and which you’re under no obligation to continue), she is using you. That if a man wants more than friendship with a woman, then the friendship itself doesn’t even attain the status of a consolation prize, but is instead viewed as hell: a punishment to be endured because, so long as he thinks she owes him that golden opportunity, he is bound to persist in an association that hurts him – not because he cares about the friendship, but because he feels he’s invested too much kindness not to stick around for the (surely inevitable, albeit delayed) payoff.

And if she never sleeps with him? Then she’s a bitch.

I see a number of guys continuing to fall for the myth of the friend zone. It can't die off soon enough.

(via Elizabeth DeLoria)


Boycott the Boy Scouts

So this explains why the Boy Scouts are so against gay people: they're sponsored by three huge conservative religions. Sad, but there's a lot of truth behind this:

This rare example of interfaith unity shows that when religions that are so dissimilar can agree on anything, it's virtually guaranteed to be something that's intended to hurt gays, women, or nonbelievers.

On the positive side, this too was new (and welcome) to me:

The Girl Scouts, which are an entirely separate organization, deserve commendation for their long-standing policy of accepting all girls without regard to religious belief or sexual orientation.


On Wade Michael Page and “Lone Gunmanship”

Wade Michael Page, who on Sunday walked into a Sikh temple and started shooting, killing six people and wounding others before he was killed by a police officer, is described, like others before him who committed similar crimes, as a lone gunman.

Which is true. And not true.

Page killed alone, and he is accountable for every pull of the trigger. But his crime doesn't exist in a void. It exists in a culture that fetishes violence; in a culture that prioritizes gun ownership over gun safety; in a culture that privileges whiteness; in a culture that privileges Christianity; in a culture which Others the community that he targeted for mass murder.

He was a lone gunman with plenty of accomplices.

(via Courtney Stanton)


For Women Like You

Brave, amazing piece by Patricia Hernandez on body image, eating disorders, and Juliet from Lollipop Chainsaw.


The New Day One

In twenty years, I’m not sure I’ll be able to remember the songs I like today, or the faces of people that I care about now. I don’t even know if I’ll be around in twenty years. But I do know that I want to do everything I can to make sure I can get there with my own memories. We are what we know. And I want to remember.

Where the human mind can’t get, I think software can help. In the connected and post-PC era we’re living in, I believe the devices and apps we use play an important role in enabling us to create memories. But just as relevant as “content creation” has become to this discussion, we have to ensure the memories we create today will be preserved digitally for the future.

Is it self-serving to link to an article on a site I'm professionally affiliated with? I don't know, and in this case I don't care. The intro and conclusion in this review of Day One by my friend Federico Viticci are some of the most poignant things I've read in any piece about software, and that's all that matters.