This article suggests an interesting brain hack for managers, especially when they have to have difficult conversations or otherwise engage with the people they manage in ways that require empathy. theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…
So, before I get into that: the title of this article is actually pretty deeply misleading. The studies it talks about don't show that power causes brain damage--they show that power causes people to lose some cognitive capacity AS IF they'd suffered brain damage.
But there's nothing in the article that suggests the effects of it are permanent. In fact, quite the opposite. The powerful people in the main study were college students who'd been "primed" to FEEL powerful by talking about an experience of being in charge.
why is my pets' health insurance so much better and easier to deal with than people health insurance
(this question is rhetorical; I don't need an explanation of the insurance system, thank you)
For real, though, getting health insurance for my pets when they were young was an incredibly good investment. I have no idea how anyone who isn't rich can afford any significant vet bills without it.
(Also, side note from when I did a LOT of research on who to go with: beware of pet health "insurance" companies that are essentially just a glorified savings account--where they won't pay out more than you've paid in.)
In today's depressing news from the Harvard Business Review, if there's only one woman or racial minority candidate in your hiring pool, statistically, you will never hire her. hbr.org/2016/04/if-the…
A bunch of this research was done, incidentally, on finalist pools, not just hiring pools. So the hypothetical female candidate here isn't a random candidate. She's one who's made it into the final short list.
Combine that with this equally depressing article, also from the Harvard Business Review, about how women must outperform men in order to be evaluated as equal to male peers. hbr.org/2017/10/resear…
I am going to make the most excellent cream of pheasant soup with brandy/chestnuts/tarragon and pheasant bacon bits and pheasant skin cracklings on top for garnish. I just thought everyone should know that this is what @Archaeotagh and @littlediegitoV and I do on Sun nights.
While watching Deep Space Nine.
Last night was prepping the cured pheasant, quail, duck, and beef.
Side note: juniper berries have a higher than expected moisture content that makes them difficult to smash, and smashing the spices is half the fun here so I was a bit disappointed in that part.
So I'm at a bookstore browsing the horror section and I see a book that deals with a Catholic boarding school and maybe there's demonic possession and it's by a Seattle area author so I'm like cool and buy it.
And last night I'm having a nice bubble bath and reading my spooky book and 9 chapters in I'm like, ok, this is boring and most of these scenes are filler, so I'm not finishing this. So I skip ahead to see whether there was an actual supernatural explanation or just human evil.
So I'm fanning through the back 6th of the book, and all of a sudden the priest who was clearly set up as being suspicious is saying "Praise Allah."
This is even MORE horrific. "It's a privilege to work here, so you should be willing to work 100-hour weeks with a smile on your face." No. It's not a "privilege" to work ANYWHERE. It's a trade. They need workers with skills, workers need income.
Been watching a couple friends play Shadow of the Tomb Raider and this game was made by cats.
Like WHY ON EARTH is the looting animation for pots Lara slap-knocking them over like a cat knocking something off a table?
There are a ton of things dangling from string and rope and chain to bat around. Lara sometimes just randomly destroys things. The entire game is climbing and jumping on things. This game was made by cats. Thank you for attending my TED talk.
Laurie Penny's too eager to cozy up to neo-Nazis to be trusted, but this essay (from Feb, but feels super timely now) might be the perfect, gently-phrased 101 reading for men on a bunch of the nuances of not being part of the problem in the age of #MeToo. longreads.com/2018/02/14/the…
This is a pretty good explanation of the problem every time men start talking about their reactions to MeToo. "Women know how to suffer, apparently, and men do not, so we should carry on being punished."
And this is a good explanation of the main problem with restorative justice, the theory versus how it seems, too often, to turn out.
Actually, you know what? I'm not done. This is a pretty clear sign: stop expecting any major entertainment company, even if they're drawing from progressive material, to resist becoming a propaganda machine for our increasingly fascist government if there's any pressure to.
Movie studios and game companies have both been signaling very clearly where they stand: on the side of fascists who shriek that they're being harmed by the very presence of women, minorities, LGBT people, etc. in their entertainment.
If they're this willing to cave to pressure from a few dozen internet neo-Nazis and an army of bots, what do you think they'll do when there's government pressure to produce entertainment that toes the ideological line--and spreads/justifies it?
I've been reading about the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews) and it's fascinating because assuming that the oral history is true and they moved to Ethiopia before the destruction of the Second Temple, there's some fascinating parallel religious evolution with Christianity.
So, their texts (especially "Commandments of the Sabbath") personify the Sabbath as a female divine figure (so far, this is in keeping with where mainline Judaism went). But then she goes off to have all these adventures and battles and divine intercessions.
But then the text goes into "The souls of the sinners will love her in order that she may bring them out of Sheol [hell]." And then she stands at the entrance of hell, between the Lord and the sinners, and insists that they be forgiven.
Oh boy, I had a Christian ex-friend get very upset with me for saying Jesus isn't coming back to save the planet, who was of the opinion that my saying everyone needs to get their ass in gear about stopping climate change is disrespecting her beliefs. Ahem. (Thread.)
You know the saying "your freedom to swing your fist ends at my nose"? Yeah, well, if you believe Jesus is coming back soon so climate change doesn't matter and therefore we don't need to do anything to halt/mitigate it, that's fine. You can believe we don't NEED to. But.
There's a difference between "I personally don't believe it's necessary to do this" and "I'm going to try to prevent anyone from doing this." The first is you swinging your fist. When you get to the second, your fist has connected with my nose.
I'm getting sick of seeing all that "Dr. Ford rescued her child self today" memery. Look, if you're a survivor & you absolutely need to be told that it's going to be OK or you will break, please do what you need to. Also skip the rest of this thread. Everyone else? Let's go.
Dr. Ford certainly did everything she could to rescue her younger self. And we as a society failed her. Because she DIDN'T get believed by the people in charge. She had to relive all of that and it was for nothing.
The only way she succeeded there, the only way we didn't FORCE her to fail, is if it ends up being the straw that breaks the camel's back. If it gets people to do direct action, to vote in DROVES, to demand a constitutional amendment to allow senators to be recalled, etc.
Hey, ladies: stop listening to men telling you how and how not to protest. Joe Scarborough says don't yell at senators? FUCK HIM. Why, exactly, does a man get a say in how women react to not being listened to?
Yell at senators. Vote, certainly. Vote every last one who voted to confirm out. But yell, too. Make them afraid that every time they go out in public, there's going to be an angry crowd screaming at them for failing in their duty.
Because here's the thing: rape apologists, white nationalists, anti-trans hatemongers? All the trash that's come out of the woodwork in droves in the past several years? They're relying on the idea of politeness to keep doing their deadly work.
Worth noting that for a lot of video game industry people, whether they're indie and need to do it for the exposure, or work for a large company and are overtly or tacitly required, working these conventions is not optional.
Some companies give you comp days if you're salaried and have to work the weekend at a convention, but not all. And salaried employees don't get overtime for hours outside the workday.
It's often even worse if the company runs its own conventions or its own parties/workshops/etc. at larger conventions. Or if you're indie. Because either way, you're expected to stay out socializing with fans, representing the company, even after the convention hall has closed.
What a beautiful piece on the Bund, "a sometimes-clandestine political party whose tenets were humane, socialist, secular, and defiantly Jewish." nybooks.com/daily/2018/10/…
"The diaspora was home, the Bund argued. Jews could never escape their problems by the dispossession of others. Instead, Bundists adhered to the doctrine of do’ikayt or “Hereness.” Jews had the right to live in freedom and dignity wherever it was they stood."
Bundist refugees came to New York and influenced New York's Jewish counterculture. They set up socialist housing cooperatives like Amalgamated Housing in the Bronx. occasionalplanet.org/2011/05/31/the…
Wavedash lays off ~30 people with less than 2 weeks notice, no severance. Example number, what, 6? in this past month? of game companies treating workers as disposable. Management knew this was a possibility and didn't prep for severance.
It's hard to imagine circumstances other than massive fraud or the total collapse of civilization so you can't get your money out of the bank in which management isn't aware that the company is on the financial brink--and aware for some time.
Like, if your being able to pay your employees next month is dependent on funding coming through, you're well aware of that. This stuff might be the possibility management dreaded, but it's hardly ever an out-of-nowhere, no one could have imagined surprise.
Oh man there's a series on Hulu called "Damien" that's about the kid from the Omen. This looks terrible and I'm gonna watch it with my tea and chocolate because this week has been political hell just like last week and I need some joy and terrible TV.
Oooh, crows on the roof of a cathedral, being ominous. This is a good, strong Halloween camp start.
Our hero just started, like, spasming in front of a giant Jesus statue. Good, good. This is excellent Halloween High Camp.
Just finished up a convo with a beginning freelance writer and, look, freelance writers, we gotta talk about what you're doing to yourself charging a per-hour rate. My sweets, no no no.
Okay, so I've been paid for freelance writing since I was in middle school, and maybe it's BECAUSE I started in middle school when this obviously couldn't be A Job--articles were a thing I sold, a product.
I see a lot of writers treat freelance writing as if they were contractors--as in, non-employees who still show up at an office and do a job for a particular number of hours per day. If that's what you're actually doing, sure.
The portrayal of religion in most games drive me nuts. Either I can't understand why anyone would be a member of a particular religion, or I can't understand why anyone WOULDN'T. Because either it's this awful oppressive force with no obvious benefits, or it's Free Magic.
Like, in a typical TTRPG world with a bunch of different deities, some of whom are super vanilla nice, why on earth WOULDN'T you be a cleric? You can meditate once a day and in return you get MAGIC? Sign me the fuck up.
The Opportunity Atlas, which provides a map of how people are doing economically compared to their parents, is pretty depressing. Not surprising, but living in Seattle makes you poorer. (Or, rather, is correlated with you being poorer.)
In a society that wasn't a vicious capitalist corporate dystopia, in which America was actually a land of opportunity, the map for people from low-income families would be predominantly green: poor children able to move into the middle class.
And the reverse would be true for the high-income map: making a *ton* of money would be an outlier, and kids from high-income families WOULDN'T necessarily make more than their parents did.
I was sexually assaulted. More than once. And the first time? I didn't feel any of the stuff society tells you you're supposed to feel. I didn't feel ashamed, or sullied, or humiliated. I was just pissed.
It didn't ruin my life. Honestly, the trauma I have comes from how people *reacted* to me talking about it. Refusing to believe, suggesting it was my fault, all that shit. The actual assault? I don't have trauma around that. Subsequent ones, yes.
Ah yes, moderate Repubs: "well, we're not going speak out against the white nationalists/Nazis/rapists leading our party, but if you all get mad enough that there might be consequences for them, we'd like to, at that point, be welcomed into the ranks of decent people." Fuck no.
If someone is still calling themselves a Republican right now, they have demonstrated that they don't think these things are wrong enough to protest:
--putting children in cages
--etc., etc., etc.
How dare anyone advocate for anyone too malicious or too cowardly to condemn these things to hold public office? You want to not be held accountable for what Republicans are supporting? RUN AS SOMETHING ELSE.