Links For December 11, 2013

Exporting the N-Word – Peripatetic basketball player Coleman Collins finds culture shock in the ways that American and African-American culture are recycled and reflected abroad.

The first time that a person who wasn’t black used the word “nigga” to address me face-to-face came when I was out of the country. I was playing basketball for a team in a small, largely Croatian village in Bosnia-Herzegovina. I was walking down the street when I passed three adolescent boys going in the other direction on the opposite side. They were visibly excited to come across a black person in the flesh and called out to me: “Hey man, what’s up? Hey, my nigga, how you do?” I didn’t respond. I didn’t know how to respond. I kept walking, feeling my ears burn and my jaw tighten. In my mind I saw images of barking dogs. The rest of the walk home was a blur. When I had cooled down, I wondered: Were they really trying to insult me? Or had their exposure to black culture led them to believe that this was how I’d like to be greeted?


Terry Crews Talks “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and the Problems of the NFL

“I have four daughters. A lot of the time, I don’t allow myself to be in projects that objectify women. People call that comedy. It’s the same thing that happened with [NFL hazer Richie] Incognito. Saying it’s a joke becomes an excuse to do anything you want.


explainshell.com – “write down a command-line to see the help text that matches each argument”


Yule Log 2.0 – “Yule Log 2.0 re-imagines the traditional Yule Log through a collection of short films by illustrators, animators, directors, and creative coders.”