laura c. 20-something. new nyc resident transplanted from california. theater & english nerd. feminist. television enthusiast. fat activist. queer. a loving cynic.
July 24th
12:19 PM
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buzzfeed:


A surprising number of people still get one of these when they buy a computer, even though there’s no reason to do any of these three things, and if you ever run out of ink or toner you will suffer the tortures of the damned. The sooner we stop expecting paper copies of things, the better.

Agreed.




Yes, we probably still rely too heavily on physical copies of documents which existed first in a computer.

BUT. In no way should we do away with paper copies entirely. There are many reasons to still have things on paper. For example,

My editing is infinitely better when done on a hard copy.

Paper handouts in a class mean not assuming/requiring everyone have expensive electronics.

Running auditions requires hard copies of audition sheets.

I could go on.

Over-reliance on tech has just as many problems as over-reliance on paper.

buzzfeed:

A surprising number of people still get one of these when they buy a computer, even though there’s no reason to do any of these three things, and if you ever run out of ink or toner you will suffer the tortures of the damned. The sooner we stop expecting paper copies of things, the better.

Agreed.

Yes, we probably still rely too heavily on physical copies of documents which existed first in a computer.

BUT. In no way should we do away with paper copies entirely. There are many reasons to still have things on paper. For example,

My editing is infinitely better when done on a hard copy.

Paper handouts in a class mean not assuming/requiring everyone have expensive electronics.

Running auditions requires hard copies of audition sheets.

I could go on.

Over-reliance on tech has just as many problems as over-reliance on paper.

June 13th
1:07 PM
Via
"I’m not saying that we are all criminals for participating in file sharing. It is my hope that content distributors will start to realize why people pirate. That it isn’t just because it is free. It’s also goddamned convenient. They need to accept that times have changed. We don’t want to buy their DVDs. We don’t want overpriced cable bundles with 40 channels we will never watch. Photoshop should not cost 700 goddamn dollars. We want safe, reliable content available for download instantly and priced within reason. By not providing this, distributors are almost begging people to steal their shit."
—  

As so eloquently put by Frogman.

Steam is a fantastic example of this. Big media really need to start thinking outside of the box, get with the times, and comprehend fully the changing landscape.

Creative media developers also need to realise that increasingly large numbers of what would once have been considered ‘lay people’ are now very much competent in the use of complex creative software, only they don’t have the budgets of professional studios to be able to afford the absurd price tags attached to products such as Photoshop and Macromedia software.

(via shadowy-antiquarian)

June 12th
1:04 PM
Via
theatlantic:

Good News: Using a Computer Does Not Rot Your Brain

It turns out that both exercise and computer use each have protective effects - but the two together are even better.
In addition to exercise and good nutrition for the aging brain, using the computer to keep your mind active could prevent mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This form of cognitive decline falls in between normal age-related memory problems and the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease.
Read more. [Image: Dmitriy Shironosov/Shutterstock]

theatlantic:

Good News: Using a Computer Does Not Rot Your Brain

It turns out that both exercise and computer use each have protective effects - but the two together are even better.

In addition to exercise and good nutrition for the aging brain, using the computer to keep your mind active could prevent mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This form of cognitive decline falls in between normal age-related memory problems and the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more. [Image: Dmitriy Shironosov/Shutterstock]

June 8th
9:45 PM
Via

Techdirt: MPAA: Censorship is Good For Consumers

sharkyteeth:

“So why does the MPAA lie? 

As always, it’s about control. They don’t like being pressured by such innovation. They don’t like having to adapt and to change. So they attack any new form of innovation and brand it as piracy — just as they did with the VCR. Of course, amusingly, it’s now that same home movie revenue which they fear losing. Yet if the MPAA had had its way 30 years ago, there would be no home movie market from which to lose revenue. Because, just a few short decades ago, the MPAA insisted that such a market would kill Hollywood. ”

January 25th
4:26 PM
Via
theatlantic:

Use Google? Time to Get Real About Protecting Your Digital Self

Google’s decided to integrate the data it has about you, which means you better think about the digital tracks you’re leaving. Read more.
[Image: Alexis Madrigal]

theatlantic:

Use Google? Time to Get Real About Protecting Your Digital Self

Google’s decided to integrate the data it has about you, which means you better think about the digital tracks you’re leaving. Read more.

[Image: Alexis Madrigal]

thecsph:


An Exciting New iPhone App for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Folks!
Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes’ LGBT Health and Wellness Project, Out for Health, is pleased to present their Pee in Peace App!  This app is designed to help transgender, gender non-conforming,  and other individuals who do not readily fit into expected and  conventional norms of gender presentation, easily locate single stall or  gender neutral bathrooms in Ithaca, New York!
The idea for this app came about after a survey conducted by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission found that nearly 50% of respondents reported having been harassed or  assaulted in a public bathroom. Because of this, many transgender people  avoid public bathrooms altogether and can develop health problems as a  result. It has become Out for Health’s commitment to work toward removing the barriers to accessing safe bathrooms.
About the app:Pee in Peace is the premiere interactive map of MOST single stall and gender neutral  restrooms in Ithaca, New York.  Because public restrooms can pose some  risks (from cleanliness to safety), Out for Health has done the  work for you so you can pee in peace! For anyone who needs quick and  easy access to a private bathroom -  from caregivers for people of a  different sex, to anyone who just prefers a private place, and  especially for transgender and gender non-conforming people who may have  a specific need for safe and private restrooms.  Everyone deserves a  place to pee in peace, right here in Ithaca, New York.
Features:
Interactive map of nearby single stall and gender neutral restrooms.
GPS ‘near me’ search for the closest bathroom.
Quick access to walking or driving directions to get you there fast!
List includes when restrooms are open and key features, including if the restroom is accessible.
Notes section provides special directions for restrooms at local college campus locations.
Out for Health is also working toward adding more locations! If you know of a restroom that should be included please use the feedback button in the app to alert them!
Requirements:
Location data is used to provide walking and driving directions to restrooms and is not collected or stored by the app
Network connection is required to update locations and availability
Network connection is required to provide driving and walking directions
About Out for Health:Out for Health is Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes’ LGBT Health &  Wellness Project, providing outreach, education, and information to  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people, their health care  providers, and the community at-large about the importance of  inclusive, welcoming, and respectful care for LGBT people. Planned  Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes takes pride in assuring that  their diverse patients and communities have access to the sexual health,  wellness services, and information they need. They proudly stand  side-by-side with their LGBT communities as fellow activists, allies,  and people committed to health, wellness, and social change.

thecsph:

An Exciting New iPhone App for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Folks!

Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes’ LGBT Health and Wellness Project, Out for Health, is pleased to present their Pee in Peace App!  This app is designed to help transgender, gender non-conforming, and other individuals who do not readily fit into expected and conventional norms of gender presentation, easily locate single stall or gender neutral bathrooms in Ithaca, New York!

The idea for this app came about after a survey conducted by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission found that nearly 50% of respondents reported having been harassed or assaulted in a public bathroom. Because of this, many transgender people avoid public bathrooms altogether and can develop health problems as a result. It has become Out for Health’s commitment to work toward removing the barriers to accessing safe bathrooms.

About the app:
Pee in Peace is the premiere interactive map of MOST single stall and gender neutral restrooms in Ithaca, New York.  Because public restrooms can pose some risks (from cleanliness to safety), Out for Health has done the work for you so you can pee in peace! For anyone who needs quick and easy access to a private bathroom -  from caregivers for people of a different sex, to anyone who just prefers a private place, and especially for transgender and gender non-conforming people who may have a specific need for safe and private restrooms.  Everyone deserves a place to pee in peace, right here in Ithaca, New York.

Features:

  • Interactive map of nearby single stall and gender neutral restrooms.
  • GPS ‘near me’ search for the closest bathroom.
  • Quick access to walking or driving directions to get you there fast!
  • List includes when restrooms are open and key features, including if the restroom is accessible.
  • Notes section provides special directions for restrooms at local college campus locations.

Out for Health is also working toward adding more locations!
If you know of a restroom that should be included please use the feedback button in the app to alert them!

Requirements:

  • Location data is used to provide walking and driving directions to restrooms and is not collected or stored by the app
  • Network connection is required to update locations and availability
  • Network connection is required to provide driving and walking directions

About Out for Health:
Out for Health is Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes’ LGBT Health & Wellness Project, providing outreach, education, and information to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people, their health care providers, and the community at-large about the importance of inclusive, welcoming, and respectful care for LGBT people. Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes takes pride in assuring that their diverse patients and communities have access to the sexual health, wellness services, and information they need. They proudly stand side-by-side with their LGBT communities as fellow activists, allies, and people committed to health, wellness, and social change.

December 12th
9:23 PM
Via

theatlantic:

Obsolete Gadgets Play ‘House of the Rising Sun’

This virtuoso rendition of “The House of the Rising Sun” uses old machines as instruments, with “absolutely no sampling or audio effects.” Read more.

I’m such a sucker for this kind of thing, where old school technology plays music. IT JUST NEVER STOPS BEING AWESOME.

December 2nd
3:10 PM

Our Siri, Ourselves

"[T]he alarming notices turned a lot of Siri owners into a massive public beta-testing team—which is fantastic—and a lot of good data has emerged. It challenges the idea that Siri or Apple itself alone is "sexist," but reveals a lot about how these things are embedded in both computers and culture. Or more accurately, in computers by culture."

Exactly the response I was hoping for. I found Siri’s difficulties with abortion important and fascinating, but not because it revealed some secret anti-reproductive health agenda on the part of Apple. No, it’s important because it says a lot about accessibility of information, and how technology is changing that in some big ways.

Check out the link, there’s some great stuff there.