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TW: Cissexism, being a young trans girl, body dysphoria


[accessibility: it is dark, probably in a cave. there are two girls, one much younger than other, sitting side by side. the older one, in a green dress, is hiding in fear. weak and hurt…

Finally, on a personal note, I will, at long last, out myself here: I am one of those long-term unemployed you keep hearing about, and Sharone’s research rings painfully true to my own experience. I’ve attended sessions at one of those self-help centers for unemployed workers of the type Sharone refers to. Those sessions helped me in important ways — the videotaped mock interview, with feedback, was especially useful. But the philosophy there was that finding a job is largely under your control, and that did tend to exacerbate my already robust penchant for self-blame. It also left me with a gnawing sense of perpetual guilt that I’m never doing enough in my job search.

"I’m not spending enough time on my job search" is one category of unemployment self-blame. The other kind comes when you land an interview, but not the job. There have been times I’ve raked myself over the coals: Why did I never think to learn skill X that they are looking for? Or, God, I really blew that question! Why oh why didn’t I do more practice interviews?

I’ve interviewed for some great jobs, and I’ve made it to the final stage several times. A few weeks ago, for my dream job, I was one of the final two people considered — but then of course, they decided to go with the other person. I always hear “We really liked you!” “We were so impressed!” But someone else always turns out to be a “better fit”. Always! It’s beyond frustrating. That’s why Sharone’s findings about the emphasis on “the chemistry game” in the U.S. job market hit home for me. “Someone else was a better fit” — story of my life.

"New reseach reveals that unemployment is especially hellish in the U.S. — because unemployed Americans blame themselves for their plight," Kathleen Geier, writing for The Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog

The research she’s referring to is in the book Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences, by sociologist and MIT professor Ofer Sharone.

Here is MIT’s press release about the book.

(Via Mike the Mad Biologist)


That’s one way to put it, Here’s some more of what FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez had to say a few months ago (Nov 2013) about the “internet of things”.

Connected cars may direct emergency responders to an accident, but will the data transmitted be shared with your insurer who may raise your…

Maybe transparency doesn’t cut it, but transparency combined with countermeasures against information asymmetry would go a long way. Another thing that would help significantly would be, instead of “privacy by design,” “archival storage by design.” By this I mean whatever data points are gathered by the device are available to the end user, whether or not they’re also made available to other parties. One way this might be implemented in a car might be a USB jack on the dashboard. Connect this to a laptop or other PC and the car is a virtual USB disk, much as a camera or MP3 player behaves. On this volume will be a database file, say ‘car.sqlite’. Open this file with sqlite ( ) and, as with any database file, there will be database tables inside. One might be a table of timestamped GPS readings and another a table of accelerometer readings. The possibilities are as enless as the range of sensors and event loggers with which a car could be equipped. The point is that the RAW data are available to the END USER, IN BULK (as an SQL query, as opposed to one or two data points at a time, as most commercial websites dispense data). The same idea applies to TV’s (database tables of remote control keylogs), phones (telephony events, voicemail events, plus all the GPS, accelerometer, camera etc. events associated with smart phones), utility “smart meters,” etc. The technology to implement event logs as user-accessible databases would be simpler and easier than the technology behind the spyware already included in consumer products to provide data for proprietary use. The latter (IMHO “black hat”) technology, while more complicated, is a monetization opportunity, so there’s a built-in incentive to fund its development. Possible antidotes may include product hacking, this time with naked log file (or stream) creation in mind, and expansion of open source development from software to hardware (combined with P2P approaches to its manufacture). I’m not above trying to influence the legislative process concerning these things, although that deck is so thoroughly stacked (and is such a sausage factory) that I have more confidence in the punk/diy approach.


Try as I might, I can’t shake the feeling that 2014 is the year we lose the Web. The W3C push for DRM in all browsers is going to ensure that all interfaces built in HTML5 (which will be pretty much everything) will be opaque to users, and it will be illegal to report on security flaws in them…

In a purely libertarian society, the young child is not as bereft as might at first appear. For in such a society, every parent would have the right to sell their guardianship rights to others. In short, there would be a free market in babies and other children.

Murray Rothbard (via sinidentidades)

In short, “anarcho” capitalists and right wing libertarians are fucking sociopaths.

(via wobblydash)

People get equality not because of airy-fairy ideals of fairness, but because they organize and fight for it. And these fights cause public attitudes to inequalities to change - eventually.
MOOCs aren’t digital keys to great classrooms’ doors. At best, they are infomercials for those classrooms. At worst, they are digital postcards from gated communities.
Let Them Eat MOOCs (via azspot)
I have noticed that whenever you have soldiers in the story it is called history. Before their arrival it is called myth, folktale, legend, fairy tale, oral poetry, ethnography. After the soldiers arrive, it is called history.

Paula Gunn Allen  (via tzunuun)

That’s why the military history channel has the name “history channel”

When I observe Silicon Valley by its cultural and technical output, what I see is a tweaked-up greedy optimization algorithm converging hard and fast on a local maximum that involves using web sites and mobile devices to sell ads. I see a place where $3000/month will get you a “crack den” apartment and where people who want to start families leave. I see a disproportionate number of mobile startups and webby things, but not a lot of work tackling the brutal soul-crushingly hard problems that stand between us and any kind of post-human anything.


It was the late ’90s and I was at an interesting phase of my career. For the first time in my life I possessed relevant qualifications, experience and could also show a successful track record in my chosen career path. I had the job seeker’s trifecta. It was also summer and my current employer…