I’m sorry for coining the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” - Nathan Rabin

But in the narrative about hackers and privacy yesterday, I think we lost sight of the fact that far more women are likely to be violated in the way that I was than by an adolescent hacker on 4chan.

Japanese earthquake could wipe out nation's toilet paper supply | World | The Guardian

Japan’s government has urged people to stock up on toilet paper because more than 40% of the nation’s supply comes from a high-risk earthquake zone.

Oddly, when someone raises these issues, the people who have been stridently defending their games as “just games” switch to explaining why having women in other roles is unrealistic. A gritty, stylized world built on the corpses of women is defended as a way for gamers to escape from reality, but if someone points out that it makes them uncomfortable, they’re told that they’re supposed to be uncomfortable — after all, it’s just showing how the world really is.

What I uncovered was striking. My survey revealed that there are very strong divides in what people funny, and that these taste differences are strongly associated with socio-demographics. What was most noticeable in shaping these differences is what sociologist Pierre Bourdieu called “cultural capital”.

This refers to highly prized dispositions and cultural knowledge that upper-middle class parents tend to pass on to their children.

“I was out with friends at a lounge, and I heard some women talking about being firefighters. And I approached them: I said, ‘Is there such a thing? A female firefighter?’ And they were like, ‘In fact, we are.’ ”

(via Meet the 4 Women Joining the FDNY This Year — NYMag)
“I was out with friends at a lounge, and I heard some women talking about being firefighters. And I approached them: I said, ‘Is there such a thing? A female firefighter?’ And they were like, ‘In fact, we are.’ ”

(via Meet the 4 Women Joining the FDNY This Year — NYMag)

AM - Muslim community questions utility of Brandis community meeting 30/08/2014

This smart thermostat wants to turn up the heat on slumlords | The Verge

As great as First Light is, though, it’s somewhat disappointing that Fetch is relegated to a downloadable spin-off as opposed to a full-fledged game. First Light is a game aimed at existing Infamous fans who want to delve further into the universe. It’s not really an experience that will bring in new people excited about an awesome new female superhero. (That said, First Light is a standalone title, so you don’t need to own Second Son to play it. The story also works fairly well on its own.) Five hours with Fetch was fun, but I definitely want more.

Sanrio has issued a statement to Kotaku in an attempt to clarify what Hello Kitty actually is — and it turns out that things only get even more confusing from here. “It’s going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat,” a spokesperson says. “Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat.” Basically, Hello Kitty is not not a cat, but Hello Kitty still isn’t a cat either.

This is an unusual low in the Anita Sarkeesian saga, but death threats in general are more or less par for the course for many women (and men) online. They can easily cross the line from bluster to menace — UK journalist Laurie Penny, for instance, contacted police in 2013 after being sent a very specific bomb threat. In this case, the vitriol might have been compounded by the support her latest video received from popular developers and media figures. Joss Whedon and William Gibson, among others, mentioned it, and Tim Schafer of Double Fine — known for Psychonauts and the Kickstarter-funded Broken Age — spent several hours fielding responses after urging everyone in game development to watch it “from start to finish.”

The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism - NYTimes.com

This new system of offender-funded law enforcement creates a vicious circle: The poorer the defendants are, the longer it will take them to pay off the fines, fees and charges; the more debt they accumulate, the longer they will remain on probation or in jail; and the more likely they are to be unemployable and to become recidivists.

Figures for top people who went to Oxford and Cambridge paint a similar picture.

Some 75% of senior judges, 59% of the Cabinet, 57% of permanent secretaries, 50% of diplomats, 47% of newspaper columnists, 38% of the House of Lords, 33% of the shadow cabinet and 24% of MPs hold Oxbridge degrees.

In contrast, less than 1% of the whole population are Oxbridge graduates while 62% did not attend university, says the study.

Google Glass tech can see how you feel - CNET

Enough outlets have, by now, highlighted the profound irony that one woman who dared point out some of the misogyny in video games was so deluged by misogynistic threats over how there is no misogyny in video games that she was driven into hiding. Quinn’s story lacked entirely in irony; instead it was just a good old-fashioned example of a woman’s personal life used to inflict professional damage, despite that those two things are not related at all.