MAN I WANT THE 50th ANNIVERSARY RIGHT NOW.
WAIT. WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
Hacking Politics is a new book recounting the history of the fight against SOPA, when geeks, hackers and activists turned Washington politics upside-down and changed how Congress thinks about the Internet. It collects essays by many people (including me): Aaron Swartz, Larry Lessig, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Masnick, Kim Dotcom, Nicole Powers, Tiffiny Cheng, Alexis Ohanian, and many others. It’s a name-your-price ebook download.
Hacking Politics is a firsthand account of how a ragtag band of activists and technologists overcame a $90 million lobbying machine to defeat the most serious threat to Internet freedom in memory. The book is a revealing look at how Washington works today – and how citizens successfully fought back.
Written by the core Internet figures – video gamers, Tea Partiers, tech titans, lefty activists and ordinary Americans among them – who defeated a pair of special interest bills called SOPA (“Stop Online Piracy Act”) and PIPA (“Protect IP Act”), Hacking Politics provides the first detailed account of the glorious, grand chaos that led to the demise of that legislation and helped foster an Internet-based network of amateur activists.
seriously though, people need to get over this whole ‘hufflepuff = goody two-shoes’ thing
can you imagine, for a moment, hufflepuffs fighting in a war, whether for light or dark
those fuckers are loyal unto the end, aren’t afraid of hard or messy work, have the patience to play the long game, would work tirelessly for the cause they believed in, and aren’t swayed by personal ambitions, pride or emotions.
a dark hufflepuff would be the most terrifying, effective soldier ever.
Shonda Rhimes is important. She is critical. That it has taken the mainstream media this many years to discover and talk about this speaks to the ways in which we discuss the creation of entertainment and the systems within the entertainment industry itself. The entertainment industry is male-dominanted, exclusive, and isolationary.
Shonda Rhimes – a writer, producer, and showrunner who at one time maintained three successful television shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal) at the same time on one network – bucks this industry standard, instead creating work that is inclusive, unique, feminine and fun. These traits are not typically used to describe Important Television, but Rhimes’ rate of success over failure, fandom over derision, deserves further examination and praise.
After reading her major NYT feature and watching last night’s brilliant episode of Scandal, I couldn’t help but write an ode to Shonda Rhimes, a feminist and creative hero. Read it here.
I had a doctor’s appt on my lunch break today, and I figured while I was there I would renew my prescription for birth control. My doctor happened to have a whole bunch of samples of my brand so he just gave me twelve boxes for free, which is awesome (I mean, I don’t pay anyway but now I don’t have to go get the prescription filled and stuff) except now I have TWELVE BOXES of birth control in my purse that I have to carry around for the rest of the work day, and every time I need to get something out of my purse it’s like BIRTH CONTROL AVALANCHE.
TIME’s new cover makes me so mad I could write essays about it, but instead I’m going to keep job hunting since in today’s world a university degree means nothing and therefore like much of my generation, I’m stuck choosing between minimum wage jobs and internships that I can’t afford to accept in an attempt to pay off my tens of thousands of dollars worth of student debt.
I’d be interested in reading this article to see exactly what makes us entitled and lazy. Are we lazy because more of us are completing high school and going to college than ever before? Are we entitled because our standard of living is declining? Do we live with our parents because we’re too slothful to leave or is because our education costs are getting steeper and steeper while we’re getting less and less aid?
Tell us, Time Magazine, about how we’re narcissistic little slugs when we’re faced with an economic crisis that resulted in a lowering of our standard of living, an increase in tuition costs and how when we get out of our very expensive schools, more and more of us are going to end up working minimum wage jobs.
I LIVE. I know I’ve been radio silent the past few days but I’m alive and well, I promise! Things have suddenly become VERY BUSY. I’ve been volunteering with a local political candidate in the run up to the BC elections and it’s more or less been a full time job. I’m crazy busy and tired, but loving it. I also secured myself a paying job, which I start next week, THANK GOODNESS.
So things are good in the land of Jess, and after the election on Tuesday I should be around more frequently. I have a few messages I’ve been neglecting because I want to sit down and answer them properly and I just haven’t had the time. I’m sorry about that and I promise I am not ignoring you lovely people!
THE CANUCKS LITERALLY ARRIVED 3 AND A HALF GAMES LATE WITH A COLD DOUBLE DOUBLE AND A HALF EATEN TIMBIT
Carey Price gets hit by a skate to the face, loses a tooth and brings the tooth to the bench during the game against the Ottawa Senators on May 3, 2013.
Created/Developed by Bryan Fuller
Are YOU ready for the playoffs, Canucks nation?
Ok, so I did a quick transcript of Dan Savage quotes from his interview in asexual. They’re scattered throughout the movie and interspersed with comments from asexuals and asexuality researchers so there’s a chance I may have missed some as I basically fast-forwarded until I saw his face. I think I got most of them though.
Also, trigger warnings for Dan Savage, minor crude language, and general offensiveness to asexuals.