Here’s the thing: If you’re using the holiday season to go out of your way to be...– John Scalzi on The War on Christmas(tm)
jephjacques: UN Hearing On AI Rights →
jephjacques: The subject of this debate is whether AIs are “people-” whether they possess the same degree of personhood as humans, and whether that entitles them to the same rights. You have heard all the arguments for and against the consciousness, intelligence, free will, and cognition of artificial… I have always found Jeph’s take on AI to be interesting. It’s not a...
One teachers approach to preventing gender...
togetherforjacksoncountykids: “It’s Okay to be Neither,” By Melissa Bollow Tempel Alie arrived at our 1st-grade classroom wearing a sweatshirt with a hood. I asked her to take off her hood, and she refused. I thought she was just being difficult and ignored it. After breakfast we got in line for art, and I noticed that she still had not removed her hood. When we arrived at the art room, I said:...
Politics Over Principle - "evidence of a... →
wilwheaton: The Editors at the NYT on Obama and NDAA: President George W. Bush claimed that his office had the inherent power to detain anyone he chose, for as long as he chose, without a trial; to authorize the torture of prisoners; and to spy on Americans without a warrant. President Obama came into office pledging his dedication to the rule of law and to reversing the Bush-era policies. He...
An armorer's take on boobplate →
womenfighters: This is pretty awesome, definitely worth a look if you’re interested in this particular issue of women’s armor. I especially appreciate the consideration that values context and internal consistency.
This is the thing: When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can...– Relevant magazine (via Diana : megburns : haygirlhay : luciwithani)
PHENOMENAUT AEROSPACE: Could Netflix Bring Firefly... →
bernardin: Ever since Joss Whedon’s space western was canceled back in 2003, its fans — at first, a relatively small contingent, but as time and DVD sales grew, so did the ranks swell — have wondered what could possibly rescue it from the tightly clenched jaws of death. And until now, nothing could….
Adventures of Comic Book Girl: Mary Sue, what are... →
I think what really got me on this one was her initial description, and pointing out who it was. adventuresofcomicbookgirl: Looks like this essay was needed, so I went ahead and did it. Not sure I said everything I wanted to say, but I tried. So, there’s this girl. She’s tragically orphaned and richer than anyone on the planet. Every guy she meets falls in love with her, but in between torrid...
This is so babies: [tw rape, abortion] Siri... →
sickdays: amaditalks: The recent illustrations of Siri, the iPhone 4S voice-recognition based assistant, failing to provide information to users about abortion, birth control, help after rape and help with domestic violence has gotten a lot of notice. Yesterday’s post with screenshots…