Sunday Spam: toast and vegemite

This week, I feel the need to emphasise that linking does not imply uncritical endorsement! Philip Roth and Wikipedia There’s only one problem with this: Roth’s open letter is at best the (justifiably) aggrieved and confused ramblings of a man ignorantly discussing what he does not understand or remember, and at worst a deliberately malicious act inspired by nothing more than a misguided desire to flip us the Vs and maybe get paid by the New Yorker on the way. In Response to Amanda Palmer Is it noble to volunteer for a cash-rich for-profit enterprise? And what about when taking … Continue reading Sunday Spam: toast and vegemite

Sunday Spam: bagels, lox and smoked salmon

In belated honour of my breakfast in New York, Sunday July 8. Baby Loss and the Pain Olympics Warning for baby loss discussion. I really have to question why seeing someone else processing their emotions is her pet peeve. Do I believe a miscarriage and neonatal death is the same thing — of course not. If they were the same thing, they would share the same term. But just because I see them as apples and oranges doesn’t mean that I don’t also see them as fruit. They are both loss. The deadly scandal in the building trade Readers would … Continue reading Sunday Spam: bagels, lox and smoked salmon

Sunday Spam: crepes and maple syrup

As just fed to my son, in fact. The execution of Troy Davis and the death penalty Death Sentences Linked To History Of Lynching In States A Grievous Wrong on Georgia’s Death Row I donated to the Innocence Project and the (US) National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, for what it’s worth. Fukushima Disaster: It’s Not Over Yet The impact of both radiation and fear of radiation on Japanese society, although it feels a little shallow. I’d love to read this argument from the perspective of a Japanese person. Debunking the Cul-de-Sac Struggles to come up with anything nice … Continue reading Sunday Spam: crepes and maple syrup

Sunday Spam: hot banana bread

These are, largely, in reverse order of reading, that is, most recent first. Interesting that that tends to be a thematic ordering too. Right-wing memes ahoy – “pregnancy is not a disease” Right wing argument: pregnancy isn’t a disease. Therefore contraception shouldn’t be among funded medical services. Response: pregnancy is [affiliated with/causes] illness for some women. Therefore contraception should be among funded medical services! Uh, don’t buy the framing, responders! Says Tiger Beatdown. The end. 7-Year Old Transgender Child Refused Proper Bathroom Visits in School Child identifies as boy. Parents, doctors and peers recognising child’s gender identity. School superintendent knows … Continue reading Sunday Spam: hot banana bread

Ethics of Free Software community research

Most of this entry is exactly a year old today and it’s just sat around in draft form all that time. Since I posted something similar on Geek Feminism about research into women in tech and similar topics, I thought I’d get it out there. In January 2009 a researcher named Anne Chin of Monash University Law emailed the chat list for the linux.conf.au 2009 conference asking for research subjects to be interviewed about licencing and Open Source software. There were several responses criticising her use of HTML email and Microsoft Word attachments. I’ll leave the specifics of this alone … Continue reading Ethics of Free Software community research