Angry Robot

A Letter of Thanks to My Supporters - Andray Domise

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From Andray Domise, who ran against Rob Ford and lost. I hope he runs again.

Lessons from Rob Ford’s City Hall

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Great piece.

Direct from video: The rise of the VHS collector

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CBC fires Jian Ghomeshi over sex allegations

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Also see this take from “an unashamed, publicly out pervert”.

This is the trailer for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron

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Nice spot.

Attack on Ottawa: Police confirm 'several' shootings

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Olivia Chow’s progressive vision can still triumph

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Hey Toronto, vote for the person you actually want to be mayor. (via) And let’s hope we have ranked ballots by the next election so this sort of thing doesn’t happen again. “Strategic voting” is, more often than not, voting out of fear.

Detroit State of Mind

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“What I end up saying when I try to explain to people, and myself, why I bought a vacation house in Detroit.”

WoodGreen workers walk off the job

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The workers at our daycare are on strike, along with many other WoodGreen workers. They are fighting for a 2% annual wage increase (cost of living in TO is going up by 2.5% a year. Meanwhile:

WoodGreen management’s total salaries and benefits have increased 177 per cent between 2010 and 2013. Between 2010 and 2013, WoodGreen’s total salaries and benefits for executive management has ballooned from $394,000 to nearly $1.1 million.

Keepin' the Blog Hot

Here are two posts from old-school bloggers declaring their intent to resume old-school blogging operations: Andy Baio and Gina Trapani.

“Sorry for the lack of updates” blog posts are a classic of the genre, and these are exemplary examples – I’m not being sarcastic. I particularly like Trapani’s list of personal rules, which made me think what mine would be. Sometimes I wonder why I do this! It doesn’t really make much sense. But essentially this is how I roll:

Some of these rules are harder to follow than others – it’s especially hard to value something posted publicly without thinking about its reception, audience, etc. And sometimes you have to. Here are my problem areas, things I want to get better at, or find better solutions for:

Bikergate?

Here’s Leigh Alexander’s vitriolic, already-seminal piece on Gamergate. She argues that Gamergate is the death spasm of “gamer”, the identity based around games, which is becoming obsolete in an era when everybody plays games.

“Gamer” isn’t just a dated demographic label that most people increasingly prefer not to use. Gamers are over. That’s why they’re so mad.

And here is an interview with Mikael Colville-Andersen, head of Copenhagenize, a bike-related urban design company and associated weblog. This passage is interesting:

The cycling sub-cultures are a hurdle to mainstreaming bicycle culture, even though that may sound counter-intuitive. The nature of sub-cultures is insular. They are not often keen to see their beloved hobby/activity become mainstream. Much bicycle advocacy in North America is done by the “avid” cyclists. They have a sense of ownership over all things bicycle. They don’t, however, realize that the 99% doesn’t want what they want. They don’t want over-complication with gear and fancy bicycles. People – Citizen Cyclists I call them – just want to be able to ride a bicycle safely and conveniently.

Having avid cyclists doing the talking about bicycles is like having race walkers doing the talking about pedestrian-friendly cities. It doesn’t work. It’s two different things.

The parallel is striking, and weird.

Ultimately, if you think about telling hobbyist cyclists that they “drank the kool aid” and are “angry young men” who should “grow up” because “traditional [biking] is sloughing off, culturally and economically, like the carapace of a bug,” it seems waaaay over-the-top. These are just a bunch of dudes who enjoy riding around with their friends, really fast! You would want to say something much less threatening, like “you guys are right, biking is awesome! While we value your advocacy, we also need to hear from other bikers, people who may not share your point of view exactly, and in fact those people already outnumber you. But this doesn’t mean you have to have to change anything – keep doing what you’re doing!”

It’s a shame that the Gamergate thing has already gotten so out of hand that such dialogue seems impossible. I guess that’s what happens when the death treats start.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review

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Siracusa seems happy with this one.

The War Nerd: Nobody could have predicted Islamic State’s retreat from Kobane (except me)

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Good read on the latest happenings in Kobane: the US did some real air strikes and the Kurds are a lot better at fighting than IS. So now IS is retreating. Also see this on how Turkey fits in.

Let Me Tell You About Homestuck

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Giant MetaFilter post

What If Black America Were a Country?

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“The statistics reveal a fragile state within a superpower.”

New TPP Leak: Canada Emerges as Leading Opponent of U.S. Intellectual Property Demands

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Tycho of Penny Arcade on Gamergate

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Mixed in with his news update:

You can’t threaten people with death, and I resent very strongly being made to type that out.  Not only can you not do that because you can’t fucking do it, it has the power to obliterate everything else you say.  In fact, it obliterates everything the people around you are trying to say.  That’s what has happened now.  I know that this situation is more complex than anyone is willing to enunciate.  I know that “Gaming Journalism” is a contradiction in terms.  But they’ve broken your banner, now, and you helped them do it.  I grieve for the ones who tried to do it right.  When your media doesn’t represent you, or actively attacks you as it has here, it’s not your media.  You’ll have to make your own, and it’s not impossible.  It’s more possible now than it has ever been in human history, and you’re reading an example of it at this moment.  Go your own way.

HBO to offer stand-alone online service next year

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That’s big. Still not a lot of detail: what will it cost? Will it carry new episodes?

Christian Bale is Steve Jobs: Actor in Talks to Play the Apple Co-Founder

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Perfect.