Food for Thought: 2017-01-23

Posted on January 23rd, 2018

This essay from LeGuin helps explain why her writing is so great: The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction Update: She has passedWaging Nonviolence interviews the executive director of Life After Hate and and they discuss how we help people leave violent organizations."I'm simply tired and bored by a progressive Christianity that doesn't believe in anything, at least anything beyond Jesus being a model exemplar of liberal humanism." From Experimental TheologyA good breakdown of USA immigration i...

Food for Thought: 2018-01-08

Posted on January 8th, 2018

Here are some things I’ve found thought provoking, recently. Recommend your own in the comments."The search for a more human understanding of power and consent is not simply stage-dressing for a bigger fight. It is the big fight." Consent of the Ungoverned is a great read about sex and politics. Immensely quotable.Security Planner is an excellent resource from Citizen Lab. Answer a handful of super-simple questions and they will make quality, achievable recommendations on how to digitally pro...

2017 Book Recommendations

Posted on December 21st, 2017

Goodreads made this list from my reading, but here are my direct recommendations: Non-fiction: Changing Lenses: a life-altering introduction to Restorative Justice.Weapons of Math Destruction: this book about big data misuse was a great resource for my talk on big data security (indybigdatasecurity.com).Conflict is not Abuse: A nuanced, challenging, imperfect, and incredibly important book about how we respond to conflict, and how trauma- and supremacy-based anxieties affect those responses.H...

Top 5 Albums

Posted on December 5th, 2017

We’ve got a new entry in the list, so here’s my current list, in no particular order: Igorrr - Savage Sinusoid [France] (baroque, electronic, breakcore, metal, black metal, experimental) Katatonia - Dethroned & Uncrowned [Sweden] (progressive metal, acoustic, depressive rock, doom metal) Living Sacrifice - The Hammering Process [USA] (metal, metalcore, groove metal) Shpongle - Museum of Consciousness [England] (psychedelic, electronic, psytrance, downtempo, electro, psybient) Black Sun Empir...

Food for Thought: 2017-12-04

Posted on December 4th, 2017

Here are some things I’ve found thought provoking, recently:When it comes to abuse of power, media still focuses on feelings of the abuser, instead of the abused. It’s still all about the person with power. “I feel so bad and lost that I hurt my fans." “I’m really struggling with my direction." “I’m doing a lot of soul-searching." You know the drill. It’s fauxpology and “look at me" brand maintenance. We’ve seen this repeatedly in the recent slew of outings of serial sexual abusers. Here, we ...

Food for Thought: 2017-11-27

Posted on November 27th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently: "The game of Caesar is a game of power."Universal Basic Income is a bad idea. It would have same nasty unintended consequences, assuredly get entrenched in a unfixable way, and most importantly, doesn’t address the underlying problems. This comment from “Universal Basic Bullshit" points out another one of the problems: "The aim is pacification, not liberation. A universal basic income is, in the most cynical sense, a subtle ...

Passive-Aggressive Unsubscribe Messages: eGain

Posted on November 20th, 2017

I’ve mentioned before that companies may engage in manipulative passive-aggressive messages when you unsubscribe. Today, I received one from eGain. Here’s the commentary for unsubscribe (honestly, not as bad as many others): But it gets worse. When you actually go to unsubscribe, it doesn’t automatically use the email address that they are spamming. Further, they attempt to gather another email address from you in the process. Finally, they add a “verification" step to further slow down and ...

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Posted on November 14th, 2017

Eluvium - Shuffle Drones

5 Dimensional Political Compass

Posted on November 14th, 2017

I tried this quiz. Like others, it has some coherency problems. If you take it, post your results! Items in italics are my own notes.You are a: Socialist Anarchist Isolationist Bleeding-Heart Progressive Collectivism score: 50% Authoritarianism score: -83% Internationalism score: -67% Tribalism score: -100% Liberalism score: 50% Explanation key: Collectivism refers economic intervention, whether the society or state should intervene in the economy to redistribute wealth from the more to the ...

Food for Thought: 2017-11-07

Posted on November 7th, 2017

Here are some of the things I’ve found thought-provoking, recently:In the latest strange development in the realm of intellectual “property", a pharmaceutical company is holding a patent with a Mohawk Tribe, in order limit litigation accessibility.Ad-driven media and algorithm-based sites are creating some really nasty incentives. This article describes adversarial attacks against machine learning."Part of the horrors emanating from Trump involves style, and some involve substance. President ...

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist