|Monday, December 14th, 2015|
|Sunday, December 13th, 2015|
|A thought on DC properties.
So I 've been watching Supergirl with torrain and it's pretty darn good. It's nowhere close to as good as Jessica Jones or Daredevil (about as good as Agents Of Shield, I'd say), but it's better than Arrow. DC's TV properties have consistently been so much better than their movies that it's hard to believe they're from the same company.
But there's a thing that really bothers me: Consistently, over and over, the characters on Supergirl reference the events of the movie Man Of Steel and *they all seem to think Superman was a hero*. No: Superman was a murderous psychopath, an amoral and vindictive thief, a menace to everyone around him, the cause of almost all the problems in the movie, and only *slightly* better than Zod because Zod actively wanted all humans dead and Superman just didn't give a shit about 6.99999999 out of every 7 billion humans. And it drags me out of the narrative every single time Supergirl-verse pretends that didn't happen.
And then I realised. The characters on Supergirl are talking about Superman as a hero because he *was* a hero. They're saying he saved the world because he *did* save the world. They aren't talking about his massive uncaring collateral damage because *that didn't happen*.
In Supergirl, the events referred to from Man Of Steel happened, mostly, but not the way the movie said they did. Pa Kent didn't tell Clark to let children die (an outright lie), Clark didn't stand idly by and watch Pa Kent commit suicide (he tried to save him and failed), Superman wasn't vindictive and thieving and didn't cause millions in property damage out of pique, and he certainly didn't kill at least as many innocent people from Metropolis as Zod did. The movie Man Of Steel is not an accurate recounting of events, it's the Fox News version.
Man Of Steel is an in-universe film, full of lies, produced and paid for by Lex Luthor.
Now everything makes so much more sense.
: The trick: It's not the same company. It's just that DC has given permission for The CW to make perfectly acceptable The CW shows that tie in with and reference their movies, while reserving the full force of terribleness that WB and DC are notorious for for their feature films.
: This also explains, by the way, why in Dawn Of Justice the role of Lex Luthor (billionaire with an irrational hatred of Superman) is being played by Bruce Wayne.
|Friday, December 11th, 2015|
|Wednesday, December 9th, 2015|
|A developer with principles.
“Uninstall Notepad++ if you voted for the Front National.
I don’t care about losing users and I want you to know:
Notepad++ is written by an immigrant, and I shit all over you.”
(The Front National is the French extreme-right openly-white-supremacist-party. They’re the French equivalent of the UK British National Party , the Canadian Christian Heritage Party, or the US Republican Party.)
: A less literal translation would be "go fuck yourselves"
|Monday, December 7th, 2015|
| .....aaaaaaargh livejournal has "helpfully" swapped me to "the new version of the friends page" and it's COMPLETE GARBAGE. Bad colours, low contrast, one skinny little column in the middle instead of using the width of the window it's in, post details like accounts, date, time, permalink, etc *above* the post content instead of *beside* the post content As Is Right And Proper (and also As I Have Set It To Do Dammit).
And there's a notice at the top "you're viewing the new version of the Friends page. If you want to use it by default, click here" but there's NO WAY TO STOP USING IT. I can set this as my permanent (garbage, hard to read, poorly laid out) page, but I *can't swap back to the layout I set*.
I hate computers.
|Sunday, December 6th, 2015|
"je me considère comme un érudit rationnel que seul la venu de la Faucheuse on amméné à posé des gestes extrèmistes."
|Saturday, December 5th, 2015|
“Islamic Terrorism” is not a distinct real thing and adults in contact with reality do not consider it worth thinking about. A good cartoon.
(Joke format stolen from A Good Cartoon who is just brilliant.)
|Thursday, December 3rd, 2015|
|Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015|
|Tuesday, December 1st, 2015|
|A brief update to the Taxonomy Of Twitter profiles.
I've got a new one, and it's shockingly effective: "ن”
That little symbol, in a name, an icon, a banner? Means “terrible person who is aggressively cruel, deeply stupid, and trying to ruin as many people’s days as possible” in a way that no other marker I’ve ever seen does. It’s reliably worse than a swastika or “pro-gamergate” - even neo-nazis sometimes tweet about their day, or to each other without tagging in a victim.
|Monday, November 30th, 2015|
|Thursday, November 19th, 2015|
|Wednesday, November 18th, 2015|
| Why you should say "Daesh", not "ISIS". And no, it's not because it means "to trample" or that it's an Arabic pun that means "bigot".
And so if the word is basically 'ISIS', but in Arabic, why are the people it describes in such a fury about it? Because they hear it, quite rightly, as a challenge to their legitimacy: a dismissal of their aspirations to define Islamic practice, to be 'a state for all Muslims’ and – crucially – as a refusal to acknowledge and address them as such. They want to be addressed as exactly what they claim to be, by people so in awe of them that they use the pompous, long and delusional name created by the group, not some funny-sounding made-up word. And here is the very simple key point that has been overlooked in all the anglophone press coverage I’ve seen: in Arabic, acronyms are not anything like as widely used as they are in English, and so arabophones are not as used to hearing them as anglophones are. Thus, the creation and use of a title that stands out as a nonsense neologism for an organisation like this one is inherently funny, disrespectful, and ultimately threatening of the organisation’s status.
It's just an accurate acronym that is, in context, dismissive, and mocking, and sounds a little ridiculous. Sort of like calling "friends of liberty" "the flibberty", or a group referring to themselves as "teabaggers" or "Canadian Reform Alliance Party".
The pronunciation is, apparently, a shortened one-syllable version of "da-esh" - or "daje" where the A is like in "awe". NB: The youtube video repeats the same claims that the above article debunks - but you can hear the pronunciation at least?
|Friday, November 13th, 2015|
|Thursday, November 12th, 2015|
|Wednesday, November 11th, 2015|
|Tuesday, November 10th, 2015|
|Monday, November 9th, 2015|
|Saturday, November 7th, 2015|
|Friday, November 6th, 2015|
|Thursday, November 5th, 2015|
|Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015|
|Thursday, October 29th, 2015|
| Google drops an anvil on Symantec.
Symantec employees have been playing stupid games with their CA, without proper logging or auditing, and Google is fed the fuck up with it.
|Wednesday, October 28th, 2015|
|Tuesday, October 27th, 2015|
|Monday, October 26th, 2015|