Links for October 28th through October 30th

  • On Polanski and Other Gods and Monsters
    "But whatever comes next, I’m going to remember this Polanski episode as a crucible for my feeble romanticism about what artists do. I think I’ve forgotten that my love of a work involves leaps of faith for me, but not necessarily for its creator. Because you know what bothered me most about The Petition? It was the incredible lack of imagination on the part of its signatories. It was the fact that they wanted to vote on a situation they didn’t fully understand, and even worse, that they wanted to pretend that said commitment was just a function of their Love Of The Arts. I’ve never understood the high-mindedness of this sort of thing, as though art had some purpose above and beyond its creator and audience – as if it were, in a sense, above humanity. As though it were something separate and apart from our responsibility to each other."
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  • Why Do People Hate Betty?
    "Now that we’ve decided to Talk About Mad Men here on Harpyness, I want to discuss Betty Draper a bit. Namely, how so many people seem to hate Betty more than any other character on the show. Most everyone will admit that all the characters have flaws: Don’s a cheater; Roger likes blackface; Greg’s a freakin’ rapist. But I have read a lot of reviews of a lot of Mad Men episodes, and people reserve a special kind of hostility for January Jones’ character, Betty. Her flaws invoke ire that seems to come from a deep, subconscious place."
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  • Quote of the Day
    "It is obviously beyond Mr. Robertson's ability to understand that the expansion of rights and protections under the law is not a zero sum proposition."
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  • While the faithful blush…
    And damn it all to hell if New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan didn’t write the article in Catholic New York Online citing the Constitution’s prior acceptance of slavery as one reason to dismiss the constitutionality of abortion rights.[...] my mind kept circling back to the premise of Dolan’s argument that the Catholic church fucked up it’s response to slavery but will redeem itself through it’s work against reproductive freedom…and my Afro began to throb and pulse in pain…not just because I’ve HAD IT with antis making slavery and Holocaust analogies, but because…well, the truth is…SLAVERY STILL EXISTS, DAMNIT!
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  • Friday Blogaround
    Resistance: Sleeping While Brown; Angry Asian Man: "Asian Boobs" iPhone App; Renee: Disability and Loss; Sean: Has Fermi Seen New Evidence for Dark Matter?; Lauredhel: A Toddler Treadmill to Keep in Shape for Toddler Tassles
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  • This is a real thing in the world.
    AUGH. THERE. ARE. NO. WORDS. "It's a t-shirt with nipple tassles on it. For toddlers."
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  • What a weird way to be smug
    "I’ve often joked that it seems that the anti-choice mentality is such that you get the impression that they think that people should only have sex until they’re done having children, and then consider themselves dried up and quit. Now I’m not so sure I was missing the mark."
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  • Two more women-learning-python things
    Elsewhere, on Dreamwidth, Elz, one of the lead programmers on the OTW’s Archive Of Our Own2, decided that there were some gaps in her education that she wanted to fill, and is drawing together a group who will study MIT’s Open Courseware Introduction to Computer Science over the next few months.The course teaches basic CS concepts using the Python programming language, and doesn’t require any previous programming experience.The community’s at intro-to-cs.dreamwidth.org. You’ll need a Dreamwidth account to join and post, but anyone’s welcome to follow along without signing up.
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  • xtricks: Violence – another version
    "I never told anyone because it didn't seem out of the norm. Men shoot, stab, beat and kill each other all the time. Heroes do it, villains do it, male friends fight over women. They fight when they get drunk, they blow up Nazi's to win the war. Bad men rape women, good men kill rapists (and pedophiles who are, strangely enough, often 'homosexual'). I, and everyone I know, have grown up in a culture that normalizes violence between men – it's more acceptable, in fact, than friendships between men."
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