Why all white people are racist, but can’t handle being called racist: the theory of white fragility

if you think of yourself as one of the “good” white people, you think you’ve got it down. You see the latest person caught on camera using the “n-word,” that’s what racism is to you. Whatever you’re doing isn’t racist.

And so you don’t think about the whiteness of your neighborhood, your school system or your office.

Understanding how racism plays a role in those daily situations takes thought and effort, DiAngelo says.

She’s been at it for two decades. And here’s what she can say today:

“I’m really confident that I do less damage to people of color than I used to do,” she says. “That is what I can say to you. I do less damage than I used to.”

This is the version of our story that aired on Michigan Radio. To hear an extended version of our interview with Robin DiAngelo on the theory of white

Source: Why all white people are racist, but can’t handle being called racist: the theory of white fragility

Alexaphone? Too big. Think AlexaPods instead.

Why would Amazon stop squeezing the Echo at the half-sized Dot? Why wouldn’t they keep going to reach phone size? And why not keep getting smaller than that, since Echo’s voice-first UX allows the phone to be screenless?

Amazon Nano Echo needs a radio for Internet connectivity. It needs low power bluetooth to connect to wireless earbuds. It needs wireless earbuds so the wearer can keep them on all the time. The earbuds need to be stereo, because music is one the of the main use cases. The earbuds need to be paired out of the box to eliminate pairing hassle. The charger for the device and earbuds need to be consolidated. The earbuds should be stored in the box.

Wearing earbuds all day isn’t ok because it interferes with conversation and reduces awareness? Ok, take one earbud out when you’re not listening to music, and the output switches to mono.

And that’s the product. A featureless box that never leaves your pocket or purse, paired with wireless earbuds which never leave your ears. The box charges from the wall. The earbuds charge from the box.

You can have voice conversations, listen to music, send and receive voice chats, do web searches, figure out tips, get the weather, check your calendar, get the time, take a voice note, look up a recipe, etc. It’s even a fitness tracker.

Like Google Glass the user doesn’t need to take it out of their pocket. Unlike Glass it can’t take video of every casual intimate interaction in your day. You look goofy with a single earbud – the bluetooth headset jerk – but it’s not nearly as bad as the glasshole look, and you can negate the fashion problem by putting the other earbud in. Or going subdermal.

OMFG, *subdermal alexapods.*

Sexist things list entry

Men talk over or interrupt women more often than other men.

This is sexist. Men should be aware of the pattern and take steps against it.

I’m exploring the idea that helping males scale the learning curve related to sexism is a male responsibility.

This is not to claim that I have personally scaled that learning curve. I am in the process of figuring things out and am sharing what I learn.

#MTFLabs Blockchain white paper

What can blockchains do for music? A conference working group wrote a whitepaper that maps out both the benefits and drawbacks of how an actual implementation might distribute among industry players and stakeholders – from artists to audiences and all of the many intermediaries.

We brought together a diverse group including some of the world’s leading experts in blockchain technology, cryptography, metadata, music business, songwriting rights and royalties

It soon became apparent that before improvements could be attempted, first there must be agreement what would constitute an improvement.

After many long discussions, ranging from the technical to the philosophical, the group arrived at a number of more specific questions that require serious analysis, leading to a fuller and clearer picture of blockchain technology and its limitations, particularly with respect to how it might apply within the ecosystem of music

Source: #MTFLabs Blockchain

For myself, I am cautious about taking a ride on a hype bubble, but also about glib rejection. Bitcoin took a long time to happen for good reason. I am reading and absorbing whatever I can.

Be patient. Be wary of euphoria without being closed to big ideas.

OP-ED: Why Ice Cube and N.W.A. Are AFROPUNKs – AFROPUNK

To understand what Ice Cube and N.W.A. may be doing at AFROPUNK, it is first important to recognize that there is more than one way to be both black and ‘other,’ and that black American counterculture has become a melting pot of ideas about what happens when a person’s racial identity is at odds with their individuality. Since its inception, AFROPUNK has thoughtfully considered black punk as a reappraisal of what it means to be black, not an alternate lifestyle that exists outside of “traditional blackness.” It is impossible to police both who is and isn’t black and who is and isn’t punk.

Source: OP-ED: Why Ice Cube and N.W.A. Are AFROPUNKs – AFROPUNK

One-line program to sort clipboard

I often need to sort lines of text in a text document or spreadsheet, so I’ll select and ^C, then go to the command line and do:

echo "...^V to paste..." | sort | pbcopy -

It’s silly to keep retyping that – it ought to be consolidated into something short and sweet. So I created this one-line shell script and linked it to /usr/local/bin/pbsort:

pbpaste | sort | pbcopy -

To use it, ^C text in a document, go to the command line, type “pbsort”, return to the document, ^V.

Drone home security camera

A blue sky product idea –

A home security camera mounted on one or more autonomous aerial vehicles (“drones”). The drones are activated by motion sensors. The drone returns to its base station to charge and wait after a sentry pass. It does not follow potential intruders indefinitely.


  1. Intimidation: It would be scary. And it would create the feeling that a home was actively occupied.
  2. Cost: A single dronecam can cover a whole home, though there might need to be more than one motion sensor to activate it. No need for more than one camera.
  3. Coverage: unlike a fixed camera, a drone can photograph the same person from multiple angles, making it harder for an intruder to conceal their face and features.

Drones can swarm. More than one drone could be used. This would allow them to photograph multiple angles at once, preventing an intruder from selectively concealing their face or body. It also increases intimidation.