Dark days for women

Women working in Trump’s orbit have been in a supremely hostile work environment. That’s a given. No news. But that only applied on the set of a reality show, or a troubled real estate business.

This will now apply at the White House. And women who work in politics or who simply want a voice in how their country is governed will have to choose to enter his orbit.

Since every voter knows about his history, he will almost have a mandate for sexual assault. Trump will not be chastened by the campaign. The opposite. As POTUS his ego will be even worse. A President Trump will be grabbing more pussy than ever.

Add the influence of Roger Ailes, whose behavior at Fox News was comparable if not worse.

The White House will be a place of crude, relentless sexual harassment.

It’s not like women in Washington will have a choice. The White House is a baseline part of their work. When they get invited to a dinner, they’ll have to go. And they’ll be full of dread on the way to work.

Daughters will steer away from internships in Washington, leaving those opportunities to sons. Grown women will lean back. Those who don’t lean back will find themselves diminished. Careers will stall and salaries will drop.

Then consider what might have been. A woman whose career was unfairly embattled, who symbolized grit and resilience. A woman with great intelligence and competence. Who won in the end.

Vs what was: that qualified woman lost to that unqualified man.

Dark days in Washington. Maybe so dark that it will create a surge for women. Trump could be a force so malignant for women that their political footprint is ultimately magnified. I guess that’s a good thing.

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.

We had the wrong president

The 9/11 attacks were clearly meant to sucker-punch the U.S., but also to lure the country into war. A wiser president would have had a thoughtful, sophisticated and less costly response than going into what has turned out to be an enduring state of war in Afghanistan (and bordering parts of Pakistan) and Iraq (and now Syria and bordering parts of Turkey).

Source: We had the wrong president

#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