Links for October 15, 2015

#FFFFFF Diversity — This is Hard.

Corporations that practice Colorless Diversity do not see lack of racial diversity and representation as an important problem to be solved.... How frequently we hear the refrain “well I had a daughter/wife/sister and suddenly I realized that I didn’t want them to have to experience the problems in the tech industry, so I want to fix the problems.”… Practitioners of Colorless Diversity follow suit, focusing attention on fixing the problems for women. Rarely, though, will you ever hear a white person lamenting about working conditions that their black/brown child/spouse/sibling might have to endure, because they rarely have those relationships, so aren’t forced to develop empathy for brown/black people.


The Passion of Nicki Minaj

She pointed my way, her extended arm all I could see other than the diamonds glinting in her ears. This wasn’t over yet.... “To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.” She called me “rude” and “a troublemaker,” said “Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way” and, at last, declared, “I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”


Living In Laramie: After Matthew Shepard

I believe that Laramie wanted to respond to that tragedy as a community with an identity of its own, to come to terms with the historical moment of Matthew Shepard’s death, to create change in the aftermath of this tragedy. But I believe that this has shifted, in a very human and well-intentioned way, into meditating on the historical and social significance of Laramie, and the tragedy of living in this aftermath. Because now I’m here, an actual lesbian living in Laramie, and well-intentioned straight people keep asking me what it’s like to be here in this place that became infamous through no real fault or virtue of its own. As though I become a more tragic form of lesbian just by walking down Grand Street. As though I relate to Matthew better here, in Laramie.


Calculator Music: HoustonTracker 2 for the TI-82/83/83+/84+

HoustonTracker 2 is a music editor/sequencer for Texas Instruments graphing calculators. It outputs 1-bit sound through the calculator link port. HT2 features 4 voice polyphony, tons of effects, and a simple, tracker-style interface.