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user experience strategist ✦ hermeticist ✦ soixante-huitard ✦ nerdy & geeky ✦ against fascism ✦ flinty optimism ✦ he/they ✦
Jan 24 10 tweets 4 min read
It occurs to me belatedly that with so many folks visiting my feed because of Star Trek, I should surface this thread reflecting on the cultural politics and politics politics of Trek and other pop genre franchises Just saying
Jan 23 14 tweets 3 min read
I know a secret Star Trek story.

As an LA teenager in the 1980s I paid to attend a talk by Harve Bennett & Nicholas Meyer, as I was nerd enough to know that Bennett had produced ‘Wrath Of Khan’ & ‘Search For Spock’ and had written the latter, while Meyer had directed ‘WoK’.

They told great odd inside baseball stories.

How they had carpeted the bridge of the USS Excelsior and were astonished at how it solved sound recording problems they’d had with the Enterprise bridge.

The snafu which put spoilers in the TV ads for ‘ST3’.

Nerd stuff.

Jan 23 6 tweets 2 min read
I am confident that the sponsors of this bill will tell you that “conservatives” believe in “limited government”… It seems certain that Texas Governor Abbott will sign SB1646 if it reaches his desk ……
Jan 9 8 tweets 3 min read
Fergawdsake, one of the primary lessons of the history of computers, software, and networks is that decentralized technical architectures are NOT inherently democratizing, are NOT inherently liberating, are NOT inherently protective of individual rights If you want to understand the culture of “tech”, you MUST read this classic from 1995, which — among other important things — directly addresses the shallow thinking which presumes that decentralized technical architectures are socially & politically Good…
Jan 8 5 tweets 2 min read
This is brilliant because it has already been done, but it would be worth making it more explicit Seriously, when Dumbledore apologizes to Harry at the end of ‘Goblet Of Fire’ for “putting you in danger again” with poorly-secured dragons during a tournament that continues to be held despite a long history of being a deadly hazard, I was ANGRY
Nov 24, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Nov 24, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Arcubin The Mage was not interesting in any way. But the Implacable Staff remains the most badass epic #TTRPG magical item I have ever conceived.

1/ The Implacable Staff is five feet long, lightweight, perfectly rigid and unbreakable, and goes where human or humanoid hands move it, despite ANY resistance it encounters

Nov 23, 2021 13 tweets 2 min read
Tiny #TTRPG ruleset I just came up with because I was too lazy to brush up on Mothership for a one-shot …

Player characters have several Attributes & a few Stress tracks.

Tonight characters had Fear, Injury, and Insanity tracks of Stress, because horror.

Nov 22, 2021 22 tweets 8 min read
Okay, I cannot resist spending a minute addressing these shenanigans from what until an hour ago I described as the conservative publication I most respected…

The numerous quote-tweets on this tweet from the magazine are lively …

2/ Tweet from The American Con...
Nov 10, 2021 17 tweets 6 min read
Watching conservatives on my feed parsing how Kyle Rittenhouse was "obviously" acting in "self-defense" when he shot three people, killing two of them, I am thinking about similar rationalizations I saw of George Zimmerman… "it's easy to imagine that Zimmerman confronted Martin, attacked him, escalated the fight, then shot Martin when things didn't go the way he wanted — and thought that he was entirely justified in the eyes of the law"…
Oct 26, 2021 27 tweets 10 min read
I cannot resist addressing a different question — the distinctions between UI, IxD, IA, and UX, as revealed in this control panel

1/ This offers a bad design example with many KINDS of improvements possible, so we can talk about the different kinds of design involved and how they relate

2/ A complicated, confusing control panel for a washing machine
Oct 25, 2021 11 tweets 3 min read
It is frustrating that the TV adaptation of ‘Foundation’ is trying to do the right things and it just does not seem to be working Characters come and go too quickly in the ‘Foundation’ novels, so the show gives us a succession of clone Emperors, an immortal robot, and Hari Seldon on tape for continuity, and folds in character stories to hang off of the backbone story.

These are really good ideas.
Sep 8, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
As a longtime hater of Andrew Sullivan, this is a pleasure to see This thread is really all the takedown of Andrew Sullivan that you need

Sep 7, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
“Gender then becomes a negotiation, a struggle, a way of dealing with historical constraints and making new realities. […] We don’t just choose it. And it is not just imposed on us.” The deuce.

Shortly after I read it, the Guardian snipped out the bit of their interview in which Judith Butler was scathingly critical of TERFs. It is very appalling and so...
Sep 2, 2021 10 tweets 3 min read
OK, I want to spend a minute with this, because I expect to need it for future reference.

This story about a journalist attacked in Portland by black bloc antifascists is misreported.

1/… This thread has a bunch of relevant context omitted from the WWeek article.

It elides the attack by far right demonstrators. And journalist Staab went out of her way to antagonize the militant antifascists.


Jul 9, 2021 17 tweets 4 min read
All this thread. And … … if we rightly recognize the psychological trauma of the marginalized as consequences of systemic injustice, and we recognize that a lot of white guys badly need therapy, that should take us to a nuanced version of how Toxic Masculinity Hurts Us All …
Apr 3, 2021 14 tweets 3 min read
A plush toy I saw in a shop window back in the 20th century made me so angry that I became fully devoted to socialism.

To myself, I call this The Crocodile Epiphany.

The shop was a “gift shop”, and there in the window was an little plush crocodile, a few inches high, wearing a T-shirt with a pun on it.

It was ugly, and the joke was bad.

Croc ’N’ Roll.

Feb 14, 2021 13 tweets 5 min read
I have been tangled in a bushy set of threads in my mentions about Scott Alexander and Slate Star Codex.

I missed important good criticisms of Scott in a forest of bad criticisms. So I am going to try to collect the important stuff.


I would sure like a coherent, thorough, crisply presented version of this critique of Alexander & SSC on a webpage or site I could easily review and share.

If there is one I don't know about, I hope a follower will point me to it.

Jan 28, 2021 50 tweets 23 min read
The main thing I think reading this is despair that people have been beaten into inability to conceive of of employing or creating democratic institutions to solve collective action problems, inability to understand political movements as political A post from Reddit r/WallStreetBets entitled “Use Our Powe OK, I need to start threading these
Jan 27, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
This is the kind of thing I think tech zillionaires should be investing in … but only because the have not made the public investment we should have That smart cranks have had a hard time finding funding for their longshot approaches to fusion power is not prudence, it is a demonstration that we have not approached fusion with sufficient urgency
Jan 17, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
Talking about “Antifa” makes one Not Even Wrong.

Antifa-with-a-capital-A does not exist. Saying “member of Antifa” reads like “member of Conservatism”. Clueless.


Yes, a large, loose antifascist movement exists. As do many antifascist organizations. As do militant antifascists. As do everyday antifascists.

They may refer to themselves as “antifa”. I do.

But no “Antifa” organization exists.