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Au pays de l’Afro futurisme

"Quand j’étais enfant, la musique d’inspiration afrofuturiste m’a aidé à comprendre mon intrication, m’a laissé entrevoir la richesse qu’implique mon identité hybride de femme noire africaine et caribéenne née en banlieue parisienne. Maintenant que je suis adulte, les contributions des artistes afrofuturistes ont défié l’épreuve du temps et m’aident à envisager le futur de façon optimiste en ces temps difficiles. Comme l’a très justement dit Jasmine Nelson, « Black Futures Matter »."
z0mbie_pr0cess: (Zombie Protocol)
Hello, people. Hopefully you're all fine and well (or at least not too stressed out by the holidays: it sure can be annoying). I'm quite busy these days. By totally unproductive things, such as watching movies, listening to new music and reading blogs on the Internet. Also family stuff. Also the girlfriend (lovely but a tad overwhelming for the nerdy person that I am).

But yeah for cream filled chocolate, mulled wine, salmon on buttered blini, no snow in sight and new video games!

z0mbie_pr0cess: (Companion Cube)
If you're looking for new geeky ways to procrastinate (and who doesn't), I recommend Choice of the Dragon, a great little browser game. It's got a "choose your own adventure" gameplay and even lets you pick (or not) your dragon's gender and sexual orientation. On the plus side, you don't have to go through the hassle of registering and it doesn't take too much of your time as it is quite short. And did I mention that you'd be roleplaying a dragon? With all the cool stuff such as wings, firebreathing and eating tasty humans.

z0mbie_pr0cess: (dinosaur)
I think I may have a girlfriend? Not sure how it happened (besides the whole me flirting with her and taking a train to meet her). She's pretty, funny and kind. And she's saying a lot of romantic things to me, in which I don't believe at all, but still they're always nice to hear. The only problem is that she's living about 300 km from here. Ah yes, also my trust issues are making me a bit cynical about the situation. It's fun, though. Will it last more than a few weeks? All bets are on.

Tomorrow will be la Journée de la Jupe (skirt day) in France in order to fight for women's right to wear anything they want. And by anything they want, they really mean SKIRTS, or anything else approved by our perfect and oh so civilized western society. Because there's nothing wrong with imposing a dress code that could make a lot of women unconfortable. Because no women's ever felt any pressure to wear skirts in the first place. Never. And because it's not ironic at all that the very same country that banned Burka not so long ago wants to fight for that specific right. Fuck you, France.

European Parliament wants EU countries to recognise existing same-sex unions
On Tuesday the European Parliament reaffirmed that the effects of civil documents (birth and death certificates, marriage certificates, etc.) must remain the same throughout the European Union.

This implies that all couples, including same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships, must retain their rights in all EU countries. Currently, same-sex couples often lose the rights given by their existing marriage or civil partnership when travelling in the European Union.


KICK THEIR SORRY ASSES, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT!

A Very Special Episode of Grey Areas: Privilege Denying Dude Edition

This week, on a very special episode of Grey Areas, we’ll be talking about Privilege Denying Dude! Again! Because if there is anything we at Tiger Beatdown like to do, it is run things right into the ground!

I spent quite a great deal of time writing about PDD last week. Initially, I had concerns. Those were sandblasted out of me once I read the deluge of commentary from real life Privilege Denying Dudes who wanted this meme scrubbed completely from the Internet. Not the avalanche of racist, sexist, ableist memes that metastasize through the Internet at large: no, no, no, those are obviously free speech. But the concept that marginalized people might be using their jokes against them, OH FUCK CALL THE PRESIDENT SOMEONE NEEDS TO SHUT THE INTERNET DOWN.


I can't recommend you enough to read the whole article. It's spot on and very well written.
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VALVe made a webcomic for promoting 'The Sacrifice', a Left 4 Dead DLC. I must confess that I may have cried just a little bit.

I don't even know who Christine O'Donnell is (for some rasons, I try to maintain a better knowledge of French politicians than American ones), but I did laugh so hard. Jay Smooth, I love you.


Connecting with female characters in geek television

"[...] This is disturbing, and can be explained by the ways in which geeks feel more pressure to over-act hypermasculinity. Geek boys are often picked on or bullied in school for being beta males, and geek men usually continue to feel undervalued because of their perceived lack of “manliness.” Their reaction to this bullying is very often not to subvert the patriarchal masculinity standards that they fail to meet, but to overcompensate for this lack by participating more enthusiastically in misogynistic and homophobic behaviors and language. And women who exist in this culture, and want to be accepted by these geek men, will also often capitulate with misogyny as well, and show their credibility in part by refusing to connect with female characters in television."

So true. I'm glad I'm not into the Doctor Who fandom, I don't think I could take any River bashing without uselessly arguing for hours.

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Last monday, I went to a symposium titled "Bodies, identities... and after?". It took place in the framework of the UEEH (Universités d'Été Euroméditerranéennes des Homosexualités), an annual LGBTQI meeting which brings together people from mediterranean countries.

It was great. I laughed. I learnt a lot. Everyone was friendly. There was free coffee. And it was nice being surrounded by clever people knowing what the feminism movement stands for. Can't wait for next year.

And now for something completely different :

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I think I'm going to kill my clients. I know that not everyone fully understand how the web works, but I'm sure most people know that it's not magical either. Right? Or maybe not. Maybe they're all : FUCKIN' WEBSITES, HOW DO THEY WORK?

Meanwhile, Tim Wise is still as great as ever : Of Collateral Damage and Roosting Chickens: Reflections on Racism, the Economy and the High Cost of White Ambivalence

A must read.
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The Last Airbender

Ah! Ah! I'm not fond of M. Night Shyamalan since the whole Lady in the Water deal ('I'M A BRILLIANT CINEAST AND MY ART IS GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD, CRITICS ARE STUPID AND DON'T UNDERSTAND MY VISION ANYWAY'). The race fail surrounding the casting of The Last Airbender didn't do much to change my mind. That's why I'm not unhappy to read the pretty unanimous (so far) responses to the movie.

Skip Beat

I don't know how it happened. I had not watched an anime for about 10 years. But I think I like Skip Beat!. It's cute and funny, the episodes are short and available in streaming. At first, it was just a nice afternoon break to forget about the pain in the ass that my clients are. But now I'm eager for season 2. In addition, the main female character is wonderful.

A Glorious dawn

How come I become so emotional watching this video?



Feminist Geek


"Fan communities have the potential for an extraordinary amount of subversion.

[...]

Any act of participation in the creation and deconstruction of the show can be a radical act. By cosplaying, by writing or reading fan fic, by blogging about the (good and bad) choices made by the writers, a fan asserts her importance, her active consumption and interaction with the material. She is not a passive consumer, forced to accept the narratives and values given to her, but a creator and a critic.

All of which is not to say that it isn’t important for sci fi shows to get their collective acts together, and start portraying the experiences and narratives of people who aren’t white dudes. But a fan who loves these shows doesn’t necessarily need to feel guilty about loving them, because she can subvert their weaknesses and actively participate in them."

[Source : Courtney Stoker on Feminist Geek]

So much THIS.
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I love what Google did for PAC-MAN's 30th anniversary. How lovely of them to help people procrastinating.

Fail

May. 12th, 2010 08:47 pm
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I've just received an email from some website. I tried to unsubscribe from their newsletter a few weeks ago to no avail: their FAQ was empty and there was no unsubscribing link at
the end of the messages I kept receiving. And now they tell me they took so much time to answer because they had to contact their IT director to do the job.

I just can't believe there are still websites so badly designed. Is that so hard to imagine that people could want to unsubscribe from a newsletter instead of moving emails to a spam folder? Come on, people, it isn't even that hard to code for cthulhu sake.

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