“‘Coming out,’ the label, is what I have a problem with. I want to reverb and rewire it and remake it to be ‘inviting-in,’ so we invite people into our experience, and into my experience as a queer male. I have never hidden who I am. I hope we get to a time where we don’t have to hide for our own safety.
“But in ‘coming out of the closet,’ it’s like I have to reveal myself. No. I’ve always been here, now you’re invited into that experience. That’s more powerful, and it comes from a space of unifying different things.”
Harebrained Schemes (HBS) and Paradox finally released the linux version of Battletech last week, which gave me a chance to finally play it. Harebrained Schemes had me hooked with Shadowrun Returns, and apparently one of the designers of the original Battletech tabletop RPG/Boardgame was on board with this. I remember playing it once at a teen and loosing badly.
Last week Bogi Takács reviewed Delany’s Babel-17 for tor.com. I’ve long held the theory that Babel-17 involved something of a “fuck you” by Delany to a certain Science Fiction editor who argued that having a black captain of a starship that breaks multiple laws of physics wouldn’t be believable to a science fiction audience. So Babel-17 features a bisexual and polyamorous poet-codebreaker-captain-spy of Chinese ancestry. Rydra Wong is initially hired to break the wartime code “Babel-17.” She assembles a colorful crew of spacers including a polyamorous triple, a wrestling body-modded tiger-pilot, and three “ghosts,” and then Ryda Wong heads off in an attempt to understand what the code really means. Dinner is eaten, swashes are buckled, and space battles ensue.
Copious spoilers are discussed…
“[play] the voluntary attempt to overcome unnecessary obstacles“
— Bernard Suits
Lately some of my play has been trying out different window managers and desktop environments. My little laptop has a little screen and a trackpad that’s good for clicking but not dragging. So it’s a good case for tiling window managers.
The latest experiment was with xmonad which does its config in Haskell. I like having a task bar so I replaced the usual mode bar with tint2. Here’s my version of a config largely built off of John Goerzen’s tutorial
The Bisexual (On Hulu)
An easy way to describe “The Bisexual” is “What if ‘Chasing Amy’ was not directed by Kevin Smith, but a bisexual woman?” — and it’s a description that creator Desiree Akhavan appreciates. “I’ll take it,” she said to IndieWire in a recent interview. “I 100 percent agree with that synopsis.”
The thing that struck me most when reading the Wayfarers books is that you have an abundance of good people who find ways of de-escalating difficult situations. It’s rare to find space opera that doesn’t rely on blazing violence. Did you always intend for the characters to be largely nonviolent?
Yeah, that’s very much on purpose. I enjoy an exploding planet or a good ol’ zero-g dogfight as much as the next person, but I also think that if the only stories we tell about space are those of war or conquest, then that’s a pretty narrow view of the future. There’s more to humanity than that, and certainly more to the universe. The other side of it is this series is built to feature stories about ordinary, everyday people. There is war in the Wayfarers setting, but it happens in the far, far background. It’s the daily news, not something most of these folks deal with first-hand. When my characters do encounter acts of violence—and they do—those moments are rare, and they are shocking. That’s how it feels for most of us, right? The grand majority of people are not out here solving problems with fists and guns. We only have our words, and we’re largely decent, even if we don’t agree with each other. Real violence is traumatic for us. I want that to be true for my characters as well.
(Also, Chambers and Yoon Ha Lee collaborating for Serialbox! Take my Money!
One of the brighter parts of Ursula K. Le Guin is that she went back over old work as a form of self-critique, sometimes changing her opinions. In 1987 she revisited an essay, “Is Gender Necessary” originally published in 1976. While
It doesn’t seem right or wise to revise an old text severely, as if trying to obliterate it, hiding the evidence that one had to go there to get here. It is rather in the feminist mode to let one’s changes of mind, and the process of change, stand as evidence – and perhaps to remind people that minds that don’t change are like clams that don’t open. So I here reprint the original essay entire, with a running commentary in bracketed italics. I request and entreat anyone who wishes to quote from this piece henceforth to use or at least include these reconsiderations. And I do very much hope that I don’t have to print re-reconisderations in 1997, since I’m a bit tired of chastising myself. (source)
The latest thing on my TV rotation has been Unforgotten. Major spoilers for Unforgotten Series 2. Also warn for discussion of sexual abuse.
Kinda attracted to this project to build the ultimate digital typewriter. It’s a Raspberry Pi laptop in a hand-built cypress case with an e-ink screen. The author had some trouble developing display software for the e-ink.
A bit curious to build my own since I’m in a making mood and I find laptop keyboards annoying.