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Thor's Day 
16th-Sep-2010 07:33 am
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Happy birthday to auryn29a!

State of the 'Song
Slept through the night! And so totally did not want to get up. Ah well. I get two days of comp time off next week to sleep in (if my daughter lets me) and write.

OMGWTFBBQ
As shweta_narayan says, "Anti-immigrant, assimilationist if-they-don't-pass-as-white-it's-their-fault rage-inducing xenophobic BULLSHIT warning."

Elizabeth Moon, what the fuck?

Just NO. And I have not come up with what to say directly to her, but just NO.

Y'know what the anti-Muslim hatred being stirred up in this country of reminds me of? Germany in the 1930s. I am not okay with this.

Clothing Swap
I'm not offering to run it because frankly, my living room is too small for it! It's big enough for people, but not for people + mountains of clothes.

Link Soup
* The first issue of Stone Telling is out! It features poems by samhenderson, tithenai, seajules, and more! Go read!
* David Bowie and some motherfucking wolves.

Daily Science
Researchers at MIT have developed software that can track a Lycra fabric glove with a special color pattern. Using only a cheap web camera equipped with a wide angle lens, the software can track hand gestures.

Plans
Work. If I don't need a nap, I'm going to start hauling clothes that don't fit out of the closet and bagging them for eventual clothing swap/donation.

Tonight's the Socializing for Justice event at Lir Pub! From 6-8, I'm running one of the Action Stations for BARCC; 8pm onward, dance party for social justice, y'all. Come on down. And bring some school supplies for the supply drive! Details at the link.
Comments 
16th-Sep-2010 11:37 am (UTC)
As james_nicoll put it, when Will Shetterly is a voice of reason, you know you're in a Bizzaro-World situation.
16th-Sep-2010 11:42 am (UTC)
DAVID BOWIE AND SOME MOTHERFUCKING WOLVES MAN WHAT THAT IS TOO COOL FOR A THURSDAY MORNING.

BRB, posting that everywhere I can right the hell now.
16th-Sep-2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
I have an evil urge to 'shop a three-wolf t-shirt on him in that fourth picture.
16th-Sep-2010 11:50 am (UTC)
You know, in retrospect, if anyone was going to show their ass, it would obviously have been someone named "Moon."
16th-Sep-2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Oh you. I'm only giggling because of the caffeine, really.
16th-Sep-2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
16th-Sep-2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth Moon, what the fuck?

Just NO. And I have not come up with what to say directly to her, but just NO.

Y'know what the anti-Muslim hatred being stirred up in this country of reminds me of? Germany in the 1930s. I am not okay with this.


I just put a link to my "if you are against Park51, you are a Bad Guy" post.

The downside of Godwin's Law is that we are now reluctant to compare people to Hitler when Hitler is the actual appropriate comparison.
16th-Sep-2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Why is it that people with NO EXPERIENCE living alongside a Muslim community feel the need to open their mouths?

The impression I'm getting is that she's saying that those who belong to a faith or culture that is different from the majority are less than full citizens. They have to deny their life experiences and pretend to be something they're not (a member of the majority) to be accepted and treated like human beings?

I have to be reading that wrong.
16th-Sep-2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Wait...if you read all of E.Moon's post carefully and the comments, she is *not* encouraging anti-Muslim hatred. She simply expressed her lack of surprise that shit has been stirred up by the building being planned for that site.
And I quote: "The furor over this building is unfortunate; my point is that it was predictable once the right people got hold of it, which it was inevitable that they would.

What's WTF about that?
16th-Sep-2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Here, I'll quote too: "I feel that I personally (and many others) lean over backwards to put up with these things, to let Muslims believe stuff that unfits them for citizenship"

That's a problem. Right there. The idea that Muslims believe things that make them unfit for US citizenship. There's a lot more in there, including the idea that there are no Feminist Muslim women, and so on.
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16th-Sep-2010 02:46 pm (UTC) - that Elizabeth Moon post
Wow. It started off really well, and then just devolved into a whole lot of WTFery. O_o

It's been pointed out in the NY Times that the WTC itself had a Muslim prayer room on the 17th floor of the south tower.
16th-Sep-2010 03:00 pm (UTC) - Re: that Elizabeth Moon post
Wow. It started off really well, and then just devolved into a whole lot of WTFery. O_o

Yah. ::sighs:: I mean sure, we shouldn't be surprised that some asshats are making a big deal out of this. That doesn't mean that the correct answer was to not do it at all.
16th-Sep-2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
"Y'know what the anti-Muslim hatred being stirred up in this country of reminds me of? Germany in the 1930s. I am not okay with this."

THIS! So many times THIS!


Never Again - it means something people...
17th-Sep-2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Wow. I haven't read any of her novels and now I'm reluctant to. But then, I used to read Orson Scott Card novels. Maybe I shouldn't be so hard on myself.

The highlighted points from the Sf_Drama entry sum up the WTFery quite succinctly.

Did anybody get a screen cap of the comment on her entry before she deleted them all?
17th-Sep-2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Er 'comments'.
18th-Sep-2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
re Elizabeth Moon: OMGWTF - more detailed comments to follow in my LJ once I get off work this afternoon.

re David Bowie and some motherfucking wolves: Too awesome!

re MIT hand gesture tracking: In the late 80s I read about an early version of this that used fairly large arm gestures in combination with voice commands. You'd point at images on a large screen and say "put that there" while pointing first at the thing you wanted to move and then at the place you wanted it moved to. This is lightyears beyond that - it think it's taking us some really exciting places.
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