Firebee Dispatch #2: Electric Boogaloo

date2014-08-22
7 min read

Hello, again! I managed to get dispatches out two weeks in a row. Aren’t you so proud of me? This dispatch is mostly links collected during the week because I am currently on vacation. I am publishing a little early since I will be busy at the conference on Friday.

What I’m Up To

  • I am in Madison for Madison Ruby. This is my third year in a row.
  • There has been much bubble tea. SO MUCH BUBBLE TEA!
  • Check out this adorable bag I found at one of the local shops. It is the new home for my firebee swag. I think I am going to sew a little strap on it when I get home.
square bag that looks like a bee

Whatever you love should love you back. And if it’s not working out, it’s ok to find something else to love.

Telling people to take their bullshit to Reddit is not a harbinger of Orwellian dystopia.

In the News

Ferguson

I am not a good source on this topic. Please, please, please go follow and listen to people who have better insight into what is going on. Below is some information that I found helpful if you aren’t sure where to start.

This Week in Sexism

Mass Media Musings

This sections contains musings (mostly in bullet point format) on media I am watching, listening to, or consuming in some other format. Discussion is not necessarily a recommendation or endorsement. I almost named this “Mass Media Morass” instead because nearly all media is problematic and complicated.

Anime

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

  • Sailor Moon Crystal is a brand new anime adaptation of the Sailor Moon manga.
  • LET THE NOSTALGIA WASH OVER YOU!
  • I watch it on Crunchyroll, but it may also be available elsewhere.
  • The opening song has lyrics like “We are not helpless girls who need the protection of men. SO SHINY MAKEUP!”
  • Tuxedo Mask is a creeper. A creepy creeper who tries to kiss sleeping women who are much younger than him. I SEE YOU TUXEDO MASK, AND I JUDGE YOU!
  • Related: check out these amazing Sailor Moon tshirts. There’s a ton of feminist crossover ones, and they are AMAAAAZING.
tshirt that says 'rebel girls will save the world' with a picture of sailor mars

Film

Nymphomaniac

  • I watched Antichrist a few months back and didn’t hate it as much as I was told I would, so clearly I needed to investigate more films by Lars von Trier.
  • So far, I have a weird relationship with Von Trier’s films. It feels almost masochistic.
  • Hello, Rammstein!
  • I continue to be somewhat annoyed by the director’s filming style.
  • Selected quote: “I’ve always demanded more from the sunset…That is perhaps my only sin.”
  • Christian Slater has a distractingly bad quasi-british accent in this film.
  • As one might expect, there is A LOT of problematic content.
  • I should probably watch Melancholia, so that I can finish off his “depression trilogy.” Then I can find someone to talk through how I feel about it. Possibly a therapist.
  • Should you want to watch the film, it is currently available on Netflix. Disclaimer: it’s a fucked up film with a lot of triggering and problematic content. Proceed at your own peril.

Games

Crypt of the Necrodancer

crypt of the necrodancer logo

  • Roguelike rhythm game currently available in alpha on Steam.
  • I am busy, so a game I can play for just a few minutes at a time is perfect for me.
  • I am terrible at this game, but it is so fun that I do not care. I CANNOT STOP PLAYING.
  • I have not tried it with a dance pad yet, but I hope to in the future.

Firebees

Two updates from the firebees this week.

Fuck a culture that sacrifices women on the altar of men's hurt feelings. VanillaTech Conf 2014: a cautionary tale about homogeneous speaker lineups. The is a dramatization. Any resemblance to real events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. VanillaTechConf is excited to announce the speaker lineup for 2014. Next panel shows a speaker lineup entirely comprised of young white men. The internet says, 'We are disappointed in the homogeneous speaker lineup.' The conference says, 'We tried, but we couldn't find any other speakers.' The internet shouts, 'NOT GOOD ENOUGH!' This doesn't end well for anyone. It doesn't have to be this way. Do outreach early. Do outreach right. Support new speakers. Encourage a diverse speaker lineup.

There is a rough cross stitch pattern available for that last one. I am also considering putting it on tshirts.

Miscellany