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The Moonspeaker https://www.moonspeaker.ca/ What's New and Points of Interest at the Moonspeaker. en https://www.moonspeaker.ca/rss.xml BBEdit 11 https://www.moonspeaker.ca/favicon.ico https://www.moonspeaker.ca/ Plain icon of the Moonspeaker. 32 32 New Thoughtpiece: You Will Be Assimilated https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces14.html#assimilate <img src="https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Categories-of-Social-Integration.jpg" /><br /> "You Will Be Assimilated": this is the great dream statement of the people who think of themselves as elites, the ones who think that there are no other ways to live for people outside of their narrow group but what benefits their own clique. At this point it is quite obvious that the way of life demanded by these supposed "elites" is so pathological and destructive that they must hold at least four core beliefs that allow them to justify what they are doing. I'm sure there are many ancillary beliefs, but the point is that they have to start with some quite basic points after which any other selections are as taste and convenience dictate.... Sun, 22 Nov 2020 00:33:36 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces14.html#assimilate Four Directions Teachings http://www.fourdirectionsteachings.com/ Looking for a solid, respectful, properly researched and laid out study of Indigenous teachings shared in an appropriate way, designed with the full participation of Elders from representatives of five Indigenous nations spanning northern Turtle Island? Well, this is just the site you're looking for. Alas the videos are only available in flash format, but the html, pdfs, and mp3s are all there. Sun, 22 Nov 2020 00:32:36 PST http://www.fourdirectionsteachings.com/ New Poem "December, Like it's 1989" http://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Poetry/decemberlikeits1989.html A new poem over in Allocentric Perceptions -- watch out, on average poetry on the Moonspeaker is not lighthearted. Fri, 20 Nov 2020 22:32:35 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Poetry/decemberlikeits1989.html New Addition to Living Memory http://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/thatinfinitysign.html Living Memory will probably pick up steam over the next few months due to quite a bit of new material needing to be written up and posted. As a start, here is a new short piece on the Métis flag, "That Infinity Sign." Tue, 17 Nov 2020 21:01:35 PST TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/thatinfinitysign.html New Thoughtpiece: They Obviously Don't Mean It https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#obviously <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/crocodiletears.jpg” /><br /> The title of this thoughtpiece is indelibly associated in my mind with a funny story recounted by a late friend who was illustrating the particular clear-eyedness of children before they learn that adults often want them to close their eyes instead. We drive that clear-eyedness out at our desperate peril, because recognizing when another person's speech and/or actions are sincere is not an option. There is no hyperbole in acknowledging that this ability is literally a matter of life and death. I appreciate that as in all things, we must apply our critical faculties in moderation. It will do us no good to reduce ourselves to paranoid balls of mush, although that would certainly be helpful to anyone who is up to no good and not a paranoid ball of mush in their own right. This... Tue, 17 Nov 2020 19:47:36 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#obviously Melissa Derby https://melissaderby.wordpress.com/ An impressive scholar already making important contributions on the question of free speech, and notions that have become common sense but lack an actual basis in research like inherited Indigenous trauma. She publishes primarily in open access journals and engages in rigorous debate on and off social media. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 19:46:36 PST https://melissaderby.wordpress.com/ Allocentric Perceptions: Updates to "North American Elections: The Art of Scapegoating in Ten Easy Steps" http://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/northamericanelections.html Updates and some edits to <i>North American Elections: The Art of Scapegoating in Ten Easy Steps</i>... they are not really relevant to what reminded me to check this essay, the recent united states election. Sun, 8 Nov 2020 21:01:26 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/northamericanelections.html New Thoughtpiece: Footnotes and Endnotes https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#notes <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/footnotes.jpg” /><br /> On average, not too many people delve into the footnotes and endnotes they may encounter on a day to day basis. The number of potentially excellent reasons for this is high, from not having much time to doubting their real relevance in light of what the maintext is like. Yet it seems to me that we are also encouraged to look down on this type of textual assistance and annotation because the information is not central and therefore not part of the maintext. This lends them to hilarious geeky in jokes like a text totally overwhelmed by its footnotes or a scattering of footnotes full of puns and wisecracks. Endnotes are not quite as useful for playfulness of this type because they are too far from the ideas they are burlesquing. And we have to watch out lest we be fooled into thinking there is a joke where there isn't one in such things as translations, where the footnotes can outweigh the maintext with no hijinks intended at all. Of course, both types of note are the steady workers who take special care that citations... Sat, 06 Nov 2020 01:14:36 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#notes bibliomania.com http://bibliomania.com It is only fair to give a shout out for this site, which the former employees of the currently dormant company are keeping alive in hopes of renewing their funding. Their whole collection is still available, and it appears that their bulletin boards and related apparatus are still working as well, which is remarkable. The only trick is to delete "frameset.html" from the web address of any page you visit, which will drop you onto the actual page listing the links to the books. Sat, 07 Nov 2020 01:12:36 PST http://bibliomania.com New Thoughtpiece: On Handwriting https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#listening <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Girl_listening_to_radio.gif” /><br /> It appears that books focussed on the origins and history of oral storytelling are back in style, if Meghan Cox Gurdon's <a href=”https://lithub.com/rediscovering-the-lost-power-of-reading-aloud/”>recent publication</a> with harpercollins is anything to judge by, though like any trend it is a bit puzzling. A significant number of podcasts and the booming market in audiobooks leaves me baffled by any claim that the "power of reading aloud" has ever been lost. Then again, maybe I am just being too literal. Maybe I am just picking unfairly on Cox Gurdon's greater point that reading aloud to one another is a power that is not being used as steadily and widely in "western" cultures as it could be in these days of "social media" and loads of cheap off the shelf entertainment. I don't think that is a point I could fairly contest by any means. Parents struggle to find time to read to their children, and reading aloud in the classroom is almost unheard of except in the very earliest grades. The issues are time and perceptions of value rather than whether children and adults can cope with reading aloud or being read to. After all... Sun, 01 Nov 2020 20:12:36 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#listening Oxford Text Archive https://ota.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/repository/xmlui/ Further to the previous entry, this archive is indeed excellent, with excellent formatting, unambiguous marking of whether a file is available for public or scholarly use, and no demands to create a profile and submit personal information just to download publicly accessible files. Some of their starting texts are from <a href=”http://bibliomania.com”>bibliomania.com</a>, which still includes its own selection of unique items. Sun, 01 Nov 2020 20:12:36 PST https://ota.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/repository/xmlui/ Newly Independent Section: Allocentric Perceptions http://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/allocentricperceptions.html The essay and poetry part of the Amazons section has grown up into independence, spawning Allocentric Perceptions. There are twenty-six essays already, but admittedly, the poetry needs to catch up. Mon, 26 Oct 2020 21:43:29 PDT AllocentricPerceptions/allocentricperceptions.html New Essay: "On What’s Wrong With the Web" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/onwhatswrongwiththeweb.html A long planned essay rewriting a series of thoughpieces on what's wrong with the web. Besides a range of updates and clarifications, I have added footnotes and additional links for reference. Sun, 25 Oct 2020 18:27:09 PDT AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/onwhatswrongwiththeweb.html New Thoughtpiece: On Handwriting https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#handwriting <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/marie-curie-writing.jpg” /><br /> Handwriting is another of those at once banal and controversial topics about which almost all of us have some sort of opinion, even if that simply comes down to "what a dull topic, let's move on." Many of us, though far from all learn handwriting to some degree, especially printing in small and block letters in the case of those whose languages are transcribed in some version of the greek alphabet or its grandparent the phoenician script. The number of people whose writing system is part of the family of scripts spanning most of asia from china right through to japan and melanesia, let alone the scripts characteristic of the indian subcontinent are probably even greater in number proportionately. So there are many ways for people to make their abstracted mark, and that mark becomes ever more personalized if a person continues to write over their lifetime. It so happens that printing is less amenable to this on average because the letters are not intended to be joined... Fri, 23 Oct 2020 23:39:36 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#handwriting Eighteenth Century Collections Online https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/ecco/ For anyone hunting for public domain texts to load up their e-readers or accessible copies of eighteenth century texts, this project of the Text Creation Partnership is a major resource. The works available in html right on this site, with reasonable formatting. For ebook versions, this site recommends the <a href=”https://ota.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/repository/xmlui/”>oxford text archive</a>. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 23:36:36 PDT https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/ecco/ New Contested Document: Sacred Places http://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/sacredplaces.html Respect for sacred places is important, but often not taken seriously in settler states. According to colonial authorities, Indigenous sacred places aren't really sacred, so it is okay to destroy or violate those places for the sake of such rationalizations as "science" and "tourism" or "the economy." Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:55:08 PDT TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/sacredplaces.html New Contested Document: Indigenizing the Academy http://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenizingtheacademy.html Some time ago now, the question came up in one of the seminar classes I attended in grad school about how to "Indigenize the academy." There seemed to be broad agreement that this was a good idea, that it had to do with making universities and post-secondary education apart from trade school more welcoming to Indigenous people in general. I agree, that does sound like a good idea. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 13:11:08 PDT TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenizingtheacademy.html New Thoughtpiece: "In the Penal Colony" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#penalcolony <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/mapexcerpt.jpg” /><br /> Australia has not been having a very nice winter, to put it mildly. Too mildly, I know, but there are truly no words that properly express what is happening there. It makes it all the worse that extreme wildfires, grave problems with maintaining services and fresh water, plus soaring temperatures were all predicted. Indeed, these were already part of the mix for the english and dutch when they first began pestering Indigenous peoples there who knew how to live with their lands and waters and found themselves stuck dealing with outsiders who seemed determined to kill themselves and any Indigenous people they met besides. The english in particular looked at australia, and apparently deemed the combination of heat, lack of water, exploitable coal, and what they deluded themselves into thinking was infinitely exploitable farmland easily kept isolated, and concluded they... Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:39:36 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#penalcolony (Canadian) Oral History Forum http://www.oralhistoryforum.ca/index.php/ohf Unfortunately this journal is no longer accepting new articles, but its archives remain available for reading and citation, all under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. As an exemplar article to start with, try out <a href=”http://www.oralhistoryforum.ca/index.php/ohf/article/view/633”>Oral History Research across Cultures and Languages: Reflections from the Study of 'Japanese Orphans' in China and Japan</a>. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:36:36 PDT http://www.oralhistoryforum.ca/index.php/ohf New Thoughtpiece: Brilliant Notes on Oppression https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#oppression <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/ClayborneCarson.jpg” /><br /> I have been dipping periodically into the <a href=”https://www.wsws.org/en/”>world socialist website</a>, which is both wonderful and infuriating at the same time. Wonderful, in that the contributors are providing some of the best and at times only serious coverage of such key events as the onrushing effects of catastrophic global warming, the resurgence of never rooted out by design nazism in germany, and the strange ongoing saga of the new york times' 1619 project. There are many interviews with intriguing participants with little evidence of the pruning that so frequently and dangerously simplifies or even falsifies their equivalents in mainstream and less mainstream outlets alike. I don't agree with the editors refusing to let go of the nonsense belief that merely.... Sun, 11 Oct 2020 00:39:36 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#oppression Virginia Woolf Blog http://virginiawoolfblog.com/ Founded sometime in 2016 by its primary contributor, Rebecca Beatrice Brooks, writing periodic posts on Woolf's life, books, and sometimes political views. The result is an anodyne introduction that avoids most controversial topics, except those that are arguably titillating to a heterosexual audience, and therefore sharable without necessarily causing unplanned political rows. Sun, 11 Oct 2020 00:36:36 PDT http://virginiawoolfblog.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Something Is Not Right Here https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#something <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/vrsampleimage.jpg” /><br /> Just about two years ago, I had the dubious task of reading one of Kevin Kelly's technology proselytization texts, the arrogantly and unwisely titled <i>The Inevitable.</i> Kevin Kelly is undeniably a non-trivially brilliant man with many non-trivially brilliant friends, and I enjoy much of his writing and review work. Due to my own background I find proselytization to be an evil, and unfortunately like many futurists Kelly's vision of the future comes down to an authoritarian surveillance dystopia in which supposedly computers will know what we want before we do and insist on preventing us from doing ourselves harm. More than twenty years ago one of Faith Popcorn's books struck me in much the same way. The genuine coolness of the gadgets foreseen and suggested by current gadgets winds up rather spoiled by the bits where they surveil us incessantly and constantly mine our lives for data.... Sat, 03 Oct 2020 15:30:36 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#something Caitlin Johnstone https://caitlinjohnstone.com/ It took me awhile to find this journalist online, in part because I needed to look at her work, observe where she was coming from and the way she supports her arguments, a practice we all need to apply, though yes, I agree, it is work and it is too bad we need to do it. Johnstone is an excellent reporter who shows her sources and doesn't let herself off the hook. Start with her <a href=”https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/11/28/attacking-the-source-the-establishment-loyalists-favorite-online-tactic/”>excellent post</a> explaining <i>ad hominem</i> attacks in respectful plain language. Sat, 03 Oct 2020 15:28:36 PDT https://caitlinjohnstone.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Talking About Higher Education https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#lecturenotes <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/papyruscodex.jpg” /><br /> Pick a classroom, any classroom you like, elementary, secondary, post-secondary, any general space where people get together to learn from an instructor and take notes to support that learning. In its basics, this is one of the most powerful learning tools there is, though it certainly can't be expected to stand alone. There are many ways to learn, and we need them all. The potential of notetaking has popped up in other thoughtpieces, so I won't revisit too much of that here, except to say that an astonishing variety of projects began as somebody's lecture or reading notes. When it comes to the latter, I think especially of Maria Popova's <a href=”http://www.brainpickings.org/”>BrainPickings</a> website. Or the better examples of book reviews in... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:37:36 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#lecturenotes Hilary McCollum, Writer, Activist, Playwright http://archivescanada.ca/home This portal website, established by the canadian council of archives, the provincial and territorial archival networks, and library and archives canada is intended to support primarily amateur researchers engaged in archival research. Apart from its bombastic claims that anyone engaged in such research is looking for "evidence on what it means to be a canadian," it is well worth a look in order to learn more about archiving as a process. Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:35:36 PDT http://archivescanada.ca/home New Thoughtpiece: Talking About Higher Education https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#education <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/BaltimoreWomensCollege.jpg” /><br /> It can be quite instructive to take a look at what is finding its way to the new book shelves over time, and this needn't be done via an online bookseller or even a new or used bookstore in firmspace. In fact, one of the best places to track new books by is the public library in your town or city, especially its largest branch if there is more than one. The idiosyncratic blend of books generated via the reading populations' requests and recommendations can be eclectic and thought provoking. The shelves I have been reading titles and blurbs from over the past several years is one in a university town and near to a university, so it is perhaps overdetermined that the new book shelf will regularly feature new books on post-secondary education, especially its state and development.... Sat, 19 Sep 2020 15:44:36 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#education Hilary McCollum, Writer, Activist, Playwright http://www.hilarymccollum.com/ McCollum is building a unique body of work exploring lesbian history and experience, including a memoir, two novels, and several plays. She is currently pursuing graduate research work on the recreation and documentation of lesbian history by means of novel writing. Sat, 19 Sep 2020 16:42:36 PDT http://www.hilarymccollum.com/ Essay Update to "Age of Mimesis" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/ageofmimesis.html A major update and practical completion at long last of an essay reflecting on Seo-Young Chu's 2010 book, <i>Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep? A Science Fictional Theory of Representation</i>. In effect, the essay was missing a third of its content until I finally had time to look up a formative critical essay on science fiction by Darko Suvin. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 22:29:09 PDT AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/ageofmimesis.html#final New Thoughtpiece: Against Utopia https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#antiutopia <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/15MilesIntoTheEarth.jpg” /><br /> The situation in the world right now is non-trivially difficult and scary. I think that is a fair assessment. And in such times, people reasonably start thinking and talking about how it is necessary to live differently, because the usual operating procedures are not working. Alas this doesn't usually get to the nub of things, more often than not such core assumptions as "european-style agriculture is a self-sufficient and long term way of making a living" are left untouched in the face of literally thousands of years and square kilometres of evidence to the contrary. Rather than spend time doing admittedly deeply uncomfortable work on those nubs, people get distracted by the appeal of utopias, whether they consider the term utopia to be from greek roots meaning... Sat, 12 Sep 2020 17:29:36 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#antiutopia New Zealand Texts Collection https://stormforcefeminist.wordpress.com/ An irish Radical Feminist site with a growing number of articles, including wonderful historical pieces and trenchant political critique. For the moment they are hosted on wordpress.com, so it is likely that they will switch to new hosting soon in light of the growing censorship of Feminists generally online. Sat, 12 Sep 2020 17:21:36 PDT https://stormforcefeminist.wordpress.com/ New Contested Document: Yes Indigenous People Today are Real http://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/yesindigenouspeoplearereal.html A brief exploration of problematic deployments of ideas about "authenticity" used against Indigenous people to curb their ability to speak politically and question widely accepted narratives about their histories and experiences. The people deploying these ideas are not always who you might think. Sun, 06 Sep 2020 23:11:08 PDT TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/yesindigenouspeoplearereal.html New Contested Document: Original Instructions http://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/originalinstructions.html Some thoughts on and calls for us to remember and carry out our Original Instructions, not just Indigenous people, but non-Indigenous people too -- non-Indigenous folks, you can start by looking up what your actual Original Instructions were in the homeland of your roots, not some imported document. Sun, 06 Sep 2020 20:28:08 PDT TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/originalinstructions.html New Thoughtpiece: What Is It About Us You Don't Like? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#what <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/TruthAboutStoriesSmaller.jpg” /><br /> Over coffees one day a friend of mine burst out in frustration, "But look, what is with antisemitism anyway? How can people accept such nonsense?" In other words, she was struggling to understand what the appeal is to those who accept and propagate it. We can easily add any type of oppression rationalized by an aspect of a person that they are born with and can't change and wouldn't be accepted as having truly changed even if they made every effort to do so. It isn't hard to find terrible and terrifying examples of the dangers of passing as non-Jewish or as white under conditions of rampant antisemitism or anti-Black racism. Those tend to be easiest to find. I have puzzled over this, because people only rationalize behaviour that they find embarrassing or unpleasant, especially... Fri, 04 Sep 2020 23:23:36 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#what New Zealand Texts Collection http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-corpus-misc.html The texts are all associated with new zealand in some way, and include works by Maori-Pakeha anthropologist Te Rangi Hiroa. It's a remarkable collection, well formatted for online reading, creative commons licensed, with additional formats available for download, including epub and TEI standard mark up files. Fri, 04 Sep 2020 23:21:36 PDT http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-corpus-misc.html New Thoughtpiece: Asking the Wrong Question https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#wrongquestion <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/CopyrightDebate.jpg” /><br /> If the effort to render everything in life into something from which greedy thieves could steal from everyone else and call it "surplus value," or rather such bullshit labels as "data exhaust" (a term properly eviscerated by Shoshana Zuboff in <i>The Age of Surveillance Capitalism</i>), it is no surprise that their efforts to destroy universities and remake them into corporations is ongoing. They thoroughly encourage all of us to see students as consumers who therefore should expect a pleasing product in the form of a stable job with hopes of keeping financially above water, while being denied any right or role in how the corporatized university should work, how it should treat those who work and learn in it, or anything else. This is supposed to somehow solve the problem of what universities should actually do... Mon, 31 Aug 2020 17:02:08 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#wrongquestion Métis Nation Constitutional Reform Portal http://www.metisportals.ca/cons/ One of the subportals of the previously featured <a href=”http://metisportals.ca/wp/”>Métis Nation Gateway</a>, given a specific bump here because it is something quite unique in this day and age. Métis scholars and political thinkers are explicitly documenting the development of a constitution in real time. Mon, 31 Aug 2020 16:58:36 PDT http://www.metisportals.ca/cons/ New Thoughtpiece: Yes, the World is Burning https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#worldburning <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Maria_da_Fonte.jpg” /><br /> And its not just the climate. Over much of the world, a nasty intersection of factors has come together to drive an increasing number of not mere protests but outright revolts. In october 2019, there were revolts and protests in <a href=”https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/10/global-protests-round-up-authoritarian-adaptation-data-gathering-role-class.html”>twenty-two countries</a>, most completely ignored in the media, including major protests in <i>russia</i>, which in conditions of the revised "red scare" could be expected to be splashed across the news everywhere as proof of how bad the russian government is. But I guess that what coverage of those protests would show instead is that russians are no more monolithic sheep following around the officially ensconced leader of their government than people are anywhere else... Sat, 22 Aug 2020 15:37:08 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#worldburning Urbane Adventurer - Amiskwacî https://zoestodd.com/ One of the best blendings of Indigenous knowledge, art, and truth to power in one place you will ever read, listen to, and look at on the web. This site is the indomitable Zoe Todd's ongoing creation, urban Métis scholar who has survived graduate school in anthropology in england itself and is kicking butt as we read. Sat, 22 Aug 2020 15:11:36 PDT https://zoestodd.com/ New Contested Document: Spirit Beads http://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/spiritbeads.html Another brand new Contested Document, this time on beads in Indigenous art and culture. Beadwork is part of many Indigenous peoples’ regalia in northern north america. Wed, 19 Aug 2020 19:32:08 PDT TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/spiritbeads.html New Contested Document: Among the Stars http://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/amongthestars.html A brand new Contested Document after a long hiatus from this series, this one about Indigenous astronomy, including signal boosting the amazing work of Cree science educator Wilfred Buck. Mon, 17 Aug 2020 18:47:08 PDT TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/amongthestars.html New Thoughtpiece: Fading Newspapers https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#fadingnewspapers <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/lecanadien1806.jpg” /><br /> By now I doubt anyone subscribes to any claim that newspapers are healthy, thriving publications in north america. There is a broad consensus, <i>at least in the remaining newspapers and other news outlets</i>, that the primary cause of the troubled fortunes of newspapers is "the internet." Nothing at all to do with the phenomenon of asset-stripping that is currently destroying older department store companies and has been working its way through formerly successful newspapers for years, as summarized by naked capitalism"s repost of Andrea Germanos" article... Sun, 16 Aug 2020 21:37:08 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#fadingnewspapers Erica Michelle Lagalisse https://lagalisse.net/ If you would like to read Lagalisse's research on "anarchoindigenism" then this is your place to start. More importantly, Lagalisse is now working on a respectful consideration and reconstruction of the history and present use of what are called "conspiracy theories." See both her PhD dissertation and her recently published essay, "Occult Features of Anarchism." Sun, 16 Aug 2020 21:36:36 PDT https://lagalisse.net/ New Thoughtpiece: The Colonization of Imagination https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#imagination <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/WhyBooksAreAlwaysBetterThanMovies.jpg” /><br /> A discussion of science fiction writing online led me to revisit a seven-page essay by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of her most famous, "Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons?" Originally presented as a Clarion Workshop address in 1974, it is one of many of Le Guin's sharp and funny examinations of the peculiar "american," by which she apparently means people in the united states, mainly those who are self-racialized and therefore think they are white, way of treating fiction. I have described it as sharp and funny, and it is. Yet, reading it in its 1979 version in the collection... Sun, 09 Aug 2020 15:16:08 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#imagination Richard Stallman's Personal Site https://stallman.org/ Felled from leading the Free Software Foundation by his own tactless comments on details of a growing sex scandal implicating mit funders and faculty, Stallman has long been a controversial figure for founding the Free Software movement and his penchant for highly inappropriate jokes. I include his site here because again, it is important to read the original when we are being told we should banish someone from speaking in public or expressing a divergent opinion. Sun, 09 Aug 2020 15:02:36 PDT https://stallman.org/ Historical Thinking https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/perspectivesonfossilcapital.html Version one of a brand new essay on the troubled position of the humanities in these times, focussing in on history and considering aspects of how to think with and about history. Sun, 09 Aug 2020 02:16:36 PDT AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/perspectivesonfossilcapital.html New Thoughtpiece: Atomization and Its Discontents https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#atomization <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/WoodyPointLightHouse.jpg” /><br /> The ultimate state of a person, according to the latest and most extreme version of liberalism, is one of complete self-sufficiency. This state is characterized by the individual in question being totally responsible for their own food, clothing, shelter, health, entertainment, and anything else we might think of that doesn't fall into one of those categories. Based on my observations of the latest advertisements for cell phones and the internet of surveillance in the form of things, such a person achieves these things via very specific ways of interacting with the world. They interact with the world via a very narrow type of technology, cell phones and in more affluent places, computers and various "internet of things" devices. Via these computers, the ultimate liberal individual interacts... Mon, 03 Aug 2020 23:33:42 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#atomization Cygnus-x1.net https://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/lcars/blueprints-main2.php An impressive <i>Star Trek</i> tribute site full of blueprints, screen grabs, and references and such. A great complement to memory alpha and memory beta for anyone looking to spend some time happily geeking out on the various television series, movies, and a range of tie-ins. Mon, 03 Aug 2020 23:32:42 PDT https://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/lcars/blueprints-main2.php New Item Under Found Subjects: "Homophile, Gay Lib, Women's Lib, and Les/Fem Publications List" http://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/lesbiangaypubs.html This item has been passed around for awhile, forced to repeatedly dodge censors. It is reproduced here with a couple of corrections and added annotations. Many thanks to the original poster who rescued it from the goons at reddit. Sat, 01 Aug 2020 15:25:39 PDT FoundSubjects/lesbiangaypubs.html Moonspeaker Site Status Update http://www.moonspeaker.ca/about.html#20200724 Having switched to the https protocol, here is a formal and explicit reiteration of the site policy and behaviour with respect to visitor information and tracking. The short version is that this site does not track visitors or collect their information during a visit or from visit to visit, period. Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:10:24 PDT about.html#20200724 New Thoughtpiece: Versioning and Document Encoding https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#docencoding <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/filecabinet.jpg” /><br /> Besides the quest for the perfect notebook, which is probably endemic to writers the world over, as both a writer and a historian I have an abiding interest in document encoding. This is first simply about not losing data, a need shared with anyone alive, practically speaking. In the computer-specific case, this can still be a hair-raising issue to cope with, though far less so than even ten years ago. Today we have far better automatic back up software, autosave in programs that doesn't slow everything to a halt even with large files, and far better file recovery in the event of a program and even system crash. At the moment things seem to have gone a bit backwards in the macos corner of software, where apple has apparently... Sun, 26 Jul 2020 17:12:42 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#docencoding Ladyslipper Music https://www.ladyslipper.org/ The premiere catalogue of women's music, crossing genres and including some international material, plus an online music store with both physical media and downloadable tracks. The organization is a non-profit intended to raise the profile of women's music via promotion and contributions to archiving at various libraries in part by means of their remarkable and growing annotated catalogue. Sun, 26 Jul 2020 17:10:42 PDT https://www.ladyslipper.org/ Moonspeaker Site Status Update http://www.moonspeaker.ca/about.html#20200724 Having switched to the https protocol, here is a formal and explicit reiteration of the site policy and behaviour with respect to visitor information and tracking. The short version is that this site does not track visitors or collect their information during a visit or from visit to visit, period. Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:10:24 PDT about.html#20200724 New Chapter of "Alphabet Soup" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alphabetsoup8.html The return of a prodigal relative and some more practical developments in dowries and politics. Sun, 19 Jul 2020 17:07:42 PDT Fiction/Original/alphabetsoup8.html New Thoughtpiece: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting is an Important Goal https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#fairness <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/balance.jpg” /><br /> The challenges of providing fair and accurate coverage of newsworthy events have never been simple, and since they arise from human relationships over time, they never stay the same shape. The goal of providing such reporting, including making a reasonable decisions about how to answer the question of what is newsworthy, how to cover it, and for how long, is an absolute gold standard. Nobody is going to manage to perfectly achieve it, and there are times that it will be further away than others. Not all technically unreachable goals are positive when we take them on board to guide our behaviour and ambitions, but this is certainly one of them. The technical unreachability is no excuse for cynicism, and I understand that journalism majors manage to resist the temptations of cynicism more often than not in their field. Ah, and I should not miss this key detail... Sun, 19 Jul 2020 15:37:42 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#fairness Alix Dobkin https://alixdobkin.com/index.htm If you haven't had an opportunity to hear Dobkin's music and you enjoy folk music, then you are in for a treat. Her recording career began in 1973, and she has continued recording and touring ever since, alongside a rigorous schedule of activist and music business development work. She also has a new memoir coming out soon. Sun, 19 Jul 2020 15:37:42 PDT https://alixdobkin.com/index.htm New Chapter of "Alphabet Soup" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alphabetsoup7.html Things get either more absurd or more interesting, depending on your point of view on finding books in the freezer and mobius strip typewriter ribbons. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:59:33 PDT Fiction/Original/alphabetsoup7.html New Thoughtpiece: An Interesting Coincidence https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#interesting <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/oldtheatre.jpg” /><br /> Sometimes real life presents remarkable coincidences, the sort of thing that I suppose statistically is bound to happen eventually, especially for parallels and repetitions that are fairly superficial. Still, the coincidences around theatres are so intriguing that I think they are worth drawing out to provoke thought about them, and how they have changed over time. The concept of a theatre, a place where people literally go to look at something, is ancient. The ancient greek theatres built around natural stone formations and later built in purposeful imitation of them are justly famous, although it is unlikely they are the very first examples of theatres in general. The many predecessors composed primarily of people setting a blanket on the ground and sitting on the side of a hill are unlikely to leave any sign behind them. There is a strong argument that ancient greek theatre was a form of religious ritual... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:09:40 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#interesting LilyMaynard.com http://lilymaynard.com/ Undaunted by the ongoing campaign of censorship of Feminists and gender critical women on wordpress.com that led to the deletion of her website without warning, Maynard has moved to her own domain name and besides setting up her site again continues to write excellent long form posts. If you are looking for respectful, compassionate, non-technical, no bullshit discussions of "gender identity" and its ancillaries, her site is a wonderful place to start. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:08:33 PDT http://lilymaynard.com/ New Thoughtpiece: In That Case, You’d Be Seriously Lost https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#seriouslylost <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/EllipseCompass.jpg” /><br /> A recent orienteering event, in which people compete to see who can navigate to various checkpoints in the least time using a map and compass, reminded me again of <a href=”https://aeon.co/essays/post-empirical-science-is-an-oxymoron-and-it-is-dangerous”>an essay</a> by Jim Baggott, published last year on aeon. In itself, Baggot's essay is not about orienteering at all. In fact, as its title tells us, "Post-Empirical Science Is An Oxymoron, And It Is Dangerous," Baggot is defending real science, knowledge developed via systematically collected, repeatable observations. Empirical science is not the only way to learn, but so far it has proved to be the best system of learning that permits self-correction and retention of what is true to the best of the human ability to understand. Please note that "empirical science" as defined here is anything but limited to whatever people who think they are white call science. The basis is systematically collected, repeatable observations. That can be achieved with or without... Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:02:31 PDT FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces13.html#seriouslylost BC Open Education https://open.bccampus.ca/what-is-open-education/ A broad consensus is growing among instructors that “open textbooks” and ancillary materials are key to post-secondary education. First and second year university texts are expensive and change quickly, making them a barrier to both instructors and students with tight budgets. These Creative Commons licensed materials are meant to provide a reasonable work around for both issues. Sun, 05 Jul 2020 16:58:44 PDT https://open.bccampus.ca/what-is-open-education/ General Revisions to "Omega's Folly" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/omegasfolly0.html A long planned and scheduled revision run through "Omega's Folly" is now complete, including a few new episodes and addition of a page of chapter summaries for fun. Considerably more frequent updates to its effective sequel "Alphabet Soup" coming soon. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:42:48 PST Fiction/Original/omegasfolly0.html Perspectives on Fossil Capital https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/perspectivesonfossilcapital.html Andreas Malm's book <i>Fossil Capital</i> has been available from Verso since 2016. Regardless of a person’s specific positions on capitalism, fossil fuels, and the future, it is a book well worth spending some time with. Yet it was also weakened by the rush to publish brought on by the currency of its topic. Sun, 28 Jun 2020 15:00:48 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/perspectivesonfossilcapital.html New Thoughtpiece: Scifi Cryptoracism https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#cryptoracism I admit to being sorely tempted to use images of Klingons to illustrate this thoughtpiece, but because not a few Klingons have been played by racialized actors, it seemed to me that this aspect might mislead readers to think that the issue here is based in casting, not make up. If casting was the main evidence at hand, then for one thing that require a good deal more research than is typical of a thoughtpiece, and a great deal of argument about what can be inferred about the beliefs and intentions of the people working on <i>Star Trek</i>. Obviously the cast of the original show tells us that while not immune to systemic racism in the industry, the casting work on the show pushed remarkably far for its time. I'm not interested here in the overt sorts of racism that can be reflected in casting decisions anyway, but in cryptoracism in science fiction as exemplified in one example franchise.... Sat, 27 Jun 2020 14:11:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#cryptoracism Legit Indigenous Lit https://legitindigenouslit.com/ Founded by two instructors at the university of saskatchewan, the site identifies works by actual Indigenous authors that may be taught and referenced in english and history classes. This means that most of the books were published post 1990 or reprinted post 1990, so many older gems are not featured yet. Sat, 27 Jun 2020 14:09:48 PST https://legitindigenouslit.com/ New Thoughtpiece: The Good, the Bad, and the Not Sure https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#goodbook <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/VarneyCover.jpg” /><br /> A friend directed me to an excellent study, <i>The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes</i> by Jonathan Rose. Rose is engaged in a whole range of tasks in the book, from writing a history of education by and for the british working classes to demonstrating that they did not just settle for or accept without criticism the books they had access to. Using autobiographies written by working class people themselves, Rose draws together an intriguing discussion of how they actually viewed such cheap books as "penny dreadfuls" and chapbooks that are perhaps closest to modern comic books. Indirectly, Rose is trouncing the stereotype of working class people as uninterested in reading and education, especially those in the most physically labour-intensive jobs. He gives examples of subscription libraries and informal book exchange systems among miners, shepherds, and factory operators who pooled funds to buy books and could literally read their copies to pieces. A great deal... Mon, 23 Jun 2020 01:21:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#goodbook N.K. Jemisin http://nkjemisin.com/ I am ever so slowly catching up with SF/F writing and writers again, and so am of course hilariously late to the ranks of fans and followers of N.K. Jemisin. Not for lack of effort by the wonderful editors of <i>Octavia's Brood</i> to be sure. If you want to see cutting edge SF/F, Jemisin is emphatically one of the first authors to check. Mon, 23 Jun 2020 01:20:48 PST http://nkjemisin.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Writing and Editing https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#editing <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/writing.jpg” /><br /> Today many of us get at least basic training in how to read and write, the components of basic literacy. The two things may seem to go inexorably together to us now, but this is a very recent impression, historically speaking. Originally people in europe were taught reading and writing completely separately, and if they were in the wrong social class, might be taught only how to write their names. This persisted deep into the nineteenth century in much of europe and the various european colonies. On top of that, Indigenous persons might well know how to read and write <i>in their own languages,</i> or have a clan sign that they customarily used as a signature, only to be prevented from using either if they participated in a treaty signing or... Sat, 13 Jun 2020 22:24:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#editing Women’s International News Gathering Service http://www.wings.org/ A remarkable project that has been going for twenty five years strong, put together by women building a regular news program made available online and broadcast on a range of radio stations throughout the world. Led by Frieda Werden, the collective produces six newscasts a year and maintains important physical and online archives. It can seem a bit of a puzzle to listen to the programs online, but luckily WINGS is also a member of archive.org, where so far <a href=”https://archive.org/details/@wings_women_s_international_news_gathering_service”>the completed programs back to 2008</a> are posted. Sat, 13 Jun 2020 22:22:48 PST http://www.wings.org/ Updates to Ubuntu Adventures in Reverse Documentation https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/ubuntuadventures.html#update20200608 Some updates and revisions to add information about file systems and some links to wonderful resources about some of the details of how linux systems are organized. The latter are more about providing convenient access to references when all you need is a quick explanation of something like what the hell that directory named bin is for and therefore why it has the particular permissions it does in order to make sense of an error message. Tue, 09 Jun 2020 14:30:48 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/ubuntuadventures.html#update20200608 New Thoughtpiece: Intemperate Views on Temperance https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#temperance <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/circulation.jpg” /><br /> Reading general depictions of the temperance movement in north america, I've always found how intemperate most of these depictions are. The pop culture image of temperance campaigners is that of a bunch of raving people who couldn't stand to mind their own business but had to get into the private business of others. Contemptible people who demanded liquor bans that encouraged dramatic raids and the smashing and dumping of barrels of cheap whiskey and gin while the working people who just wanted to let their hair down were criminalized. Meanwhile organized crime including the infamous Al Capone and his friends moved in to found or take over speakeasies and fill the streets with gang violence. Those awful temperance activists, opening the way for gangsters and shootings in our streets.... Sat, 06 Jun 2020 01:24:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#temperance Gift Economy http://gift-economy.com/ The current capitalist economy is dying one way or the other, and if we want something different and better, preferably before industrialization destroys the conditions the majority of beings on Earth need to live, people need to have new practical ideas in progress yesterday. Many contributors to Genevieve Vaughan's site are busy with just that, building on a whole range of earlier material from numerous "non-western" sources. Sat, 06 Jun 2020 01:22:48 PST http://gift-economy.com/ New Living Memory Entry: No Colonizer's Historian https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/nocolonizershistorian.html A reflective piece on the life and work of Howard Adams, a brilliant and controversial Métis historian who passed away after a long career in activism and education in 2001. Sat, 06 Jun 2020 00:49:48 PST TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/nocolonizershistorian.html New Thoughtpiece: Troubles With "Cis" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#troubles <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/gaul.jpg” /><br /> I suspect many, many people are quite baffled by some of the events they may have heard about, in which women meet to discuss laws proposed and passed that enshrine the notion of "gender identity" as a protected characteristic alongside of and sometimes even instead of biological sex, and said event is promptly mobbed by protesters insisting that all such discussions are "literal" violence and therefore fascist. "Literal" is a word that is going through a surreal transformation in meaning at the moment, in which it no longer means the blunt facts in front of us, for example, a literal chair is the thing you sit on behind your desk, but something like... Fri, 30 May 2020 00:26:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#troubles Sekhmet Temple https://sekhmettemple.com/ It can be tricky to find serious work on developing alternate approaches to spirituality rather than the unending pile of new age nonsense and theft that is so rampant in much of the world, especially the united states. Nevertheless, there are people hard at work out there, including the priestesses of the Sekhmet temple in nevada, who continue the work in a foundation made by Feminist economist Genevieve Vaughan. Fri, 30 May 2020 00:24:48 PST https://sekhmettemple.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Sloppy Origins https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#sloppy <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/sailorslops.jpg” /><br /> Quite some time ago, despite being a grown adult, an older adult saw fit to give me a long lecture about my "sloppy" clothing. The focus was particularly on some military surplus fatigues I had been wearing while out on a long and vigorous walk -- that is, exercising. It was quite surreal to be told off for this, especially because at the time I was in a town hosting a military base, so military fatigues were quite a common sight all told, though of course mine were anything but current. The lecture wasn't particularly helpful, but it did end up leaving me pondering that odd word "sloppy." It may even be related to... Sat, 23 May 2020 23:26:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#sjoppy Emily Dickinson Archive https://www.edickinson.org/ One among a whole range of websites designed to provide access to high quality scans of original manuscripts by authors considered more or less enigmatic. The stories swirling around Dickinson, portrayed by turns as a recluse unable to cope with the world and as a poet incapable of coping with publication have pretty much nothing to do with her or her poetry. This site is an intriguing companion to Cristanne Miller's <i>Emily Dickinso'’s Poems: As She Preserved Them</i>. Sat, 23 May 2020 23:24:48 PST https://www.edickinson.org/ Ubuntu Adventures in Reverse Documentation https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/ubuntuadventures.html After a great many adventures and testing with my ubuntu box, I found myself wanting to briefly document the things I found out that would have made setting things up much faster and less frustrating. This essay brings together the very basics on what to know after you have run the ubuntu installer. Pending revisions include updates on linux software options and perhaps some Terminal commands for tweaking specific items that can be maddening if not solved early on. Fri, 22 May 2020 22:53:48 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/ubuntuadventures.html New Thoughtpiece: Markdown Reflections https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#markdown <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/fireball.jpg” /><br /> Over the years that I have spent building websites and seeking to create the perfect notebook layout as briefly discussed in <a href=”FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#columns”>Quixotic Columns</a>, I have learned several different mark up languages. The heavy hitters include HTML, the useful but intensely frustrating xml (because for best results you need to learn xslt), and my honest favourite for typesetting, LaTeX. Much more recently I have finally properly made the acquaintance of <a href=”https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/”>markdown</a>, in part because it is embedded in many text editing applications though not always transparently. As John Gruber has explained with admirable conciseness, markdown is a way of marking up text plus a perl-based tool to convert it into HTML. Gruber emphasizes the readability of the associated mark up, especially the principle that a markdown document should be legible even if it has not been processed into HTML or some other format. This is... Fri, 15 May 2020 21:38:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#markdown Jake Thomas Learning Centre https://jakethomaslearningcentre.ca/ Jake Thomas was a major Haudenosaunee historian, whose document and book collection is still undergoing digitization. Before his passing he oversaw the creation and printing of an ongoing series of books, pamphlets, and videos. Yvonne Thomas, his partner, continues to run the centre including overseeing its offerings of workshops on beading and weaving. Fri, 15 May 2020 21:37:48 PST https://jakethomaslearningcentre.ca/ New Thoughtpiece: A Very Small Slice https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#verysmall <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/anorthosite.jpg” /><br /> Ruha Benjamin, author of <i>Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code</i>, commented in an interview that "There's a very small slice of humanity whose imagination about the good life and a good world are being materialized." This is I think, an incredibly powerful reflection on the current state of the world. Time and again we read about and directly experience day to day structures that certainly reflect particular ideas about how people should live in the world. They are presented to us as authoritative, as notions we should accept as the best thing for us, or else as our grim fate since we are too flawed to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. The sticking point of course is that these ways of living, of seeing and remaking the world, are being imposed by small groups of people with very specific ideas. They... Mon, 11 May 2020 22:09:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#verysmall Sister Outrider https://sisteroutrider.wordpress.com/ Claire Heuchan's blog, currently precariously hosted by wordpress.com. As her site's subtitle notes, it is all about "A Black Radical Feminism." Heuchan has bounced back after a writing hiatus enforced by depression and a need for a digital detox, which she discusses frankly in one of her most searing posts. She also contributes to <a href=”https://www.AfterEllen.com/”>AfterEllen</a>, and is not to be missed. Mon, 11 May 2020 22:07:48 PST https://sisteroutrider.wordpress.com/ Essay Update to Present Reflections on "Power and Helplessness in the Women's Movement" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/powerandhelplessness.html#update20200503 In light of some current developments in the different currents of the Feminist movement related to trashing and call out culture, this essay sadly needed an update. Sun, 03 May 2020 21:50:48 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/powerandhelplessness.html#update20200503 New Thoughtpiece: Touchscreen Troubles https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#touchscreen <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Shots.png” /><br /> And by touchscreen troubles, I don't mean the grotty way they look because our fingers leave smudges, smears, and prints all over them. Touch screens have been very much presented as our future by the various cellular phone makers and vendors, and indeed the notion is embedded in the <i>Star Trek</i> franchise. The original series was full of recognizable switches, bulky keyboards, miniscreens, and retouched tape recorders. Of course the people making the scenery and props had to use what they had, and special effects could only go so far on their budget. No one is too worried about how the prequel series are out of synch with the implication that touch screens are the future, in that more and more screens and fewer and fewer switches the click and dials that turn are noticeable... Sat, 02 May 2020 23:38:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#touchscreen Random Site of the Week: Colossus, The Secrets of Bletchley Park's Codebreaking Computers http://www.colossus-computer.com/index.htm This site has been around for awhile, and is an excellent introduction to the book. It provides a range of additional resources, including audio and an extended description of the original <a href=”http://www.colossus-computer.com/colossus1.html”>Colossus</a> with welcome signal boosting of its primary engineer Thomas Flowers, who all too often gets left out and never did get adequate recognition for his role in the creation of Colossus in his lifetime. Sat, 02 May 2020 23:36:48 PST http://www.colossus-computer.com/index.htm Overall Site Update: A Métis Palimpsest https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/MetisProject/index.html The last of the javascript on the Moonspeaker is now gone, thanks to CSS3, which makes it possible to have useful things like visitor-triggered pop up windows without it. Sat, 02 May 2020 23:33:48 PST TurtleIsland/MetisProject/index.html New Contested Document: Troubling Treaties https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/troublingtreaties.html Some wrestling with the difficulties of treaty relationships between Indigenous Nations and settler communities on Turtle Island, in which the point that settlers on a community and often an individual basis insist on behaving as an abusive partner. Sat, 02 May 2020 23:30:48 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/troublingtreaties.html New Thoughtpiece: Deskilling is Relative https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#deskilling <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/braverman.jpg” /><br /> Harry Braverman's book is still well worth reading and thinking about to this day. He carried out an examination of the motivations of employers seeking to automate aspects of jobs and their beliefs about employees, especially their beliefs about the intelligence and value of employees as active as opposed to passive participants in the employers' "business." I suspect that many critical scholars of Frederick Taylor and his ideas, bolstered by fudged numbers and ferocious self-marketing have a copy of Braverman's book on their shelves. Today if ever we were labouring under the impression that employers focussed on extracting maximum profit have somehow made this into a virtuous and socially constructive pursuit, we have been firmly disabused of the notion. If the 2008 economic meltdown... Mon, 27 Apr 2020 22:35:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#deskilling Random Site of the Week: MeetingGround Online http://meetinggroundonline.org/ A remarkable and gently growing site working through the interconnections between capitalism, identity, politics, labour, racism, theory, Feminism, women's liberation, and work, to quote their own byline. Writers have been contributing excellent posts since early 2014, with a strong tie to practical organizing via its origin as a paper magazine in 1977. So far it looks like they are independently hosted, so don't let the references to wordpress.org alarm you. Mon, 27 Apr 2020 22:34:25 PST http://meetinggroundonline.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Background Graphics https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#backgroundgraphics <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/beachmod.jpg” /><br /> One of the big changes that came in with cascading stylesheets, besides the loose attempt to force a complete separation between content and formatting on web pages, was the ability to use background graphics and do all sorts of fancy things with them via stylesheets. Separation of formatting and content is a good idea generally speaking, but it is not so easy to achieve in practice because the boundary between them is not as perfect and absolute as those who get particularly angry about page layout using tables insist. (I share their frustration about this, especially as it impacts website accessibility.) Often this whole question is quite arcane nowadays, with so many people using blogging software that presents them with templates and autogenerates code. Every now and again, even... Sat, 18 Apr 2020 16:31:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#backgroundgraphics Random Site of the Week: TimMurphy.org http://timmurphy.org/category/latex/ An excellent place to look for LaTeX tips with alternative and sometimes much clearer explanations than standard package documentation. Murphy also writes extensively on a range of computer languages, several different flavours of gnu/linux, and a few other topics. Based on the "most popular" posts list though, it is his LaTeX documentation and examples that are most used. Sat, 18 Apr 2020 16:29:25 PST http://timmurphy.org/category/latex/ New Thoughtpiece: Asocial Amplifiers https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#asocial <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/bullhorn.jpg” /><br /> My skepticism of "social media" is far from a new thing, no doubt rooted in my experience of the earliest "free services" that soon proved not so free. Back in the day terms of service were not nearly so long and full of legalese, and so it turned out to be easy and shocking to learn that "free" web hosting companies demanded to own whatever you posted on them in case it got popular and they could make money from it, by representing it and later especially from advertising placements. At one point, before google had become the pre-eminent search engine, it was a general thing for search engine companies to provide facilities to create a user account through which you could set up personalized filters and often use a free email account. I experimented with one of these on a long dead search engine site, and was struck by the steadily increasing demands for personal information and claims that... Sat, 11 Apr 2020 16:31:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#asocial Random Site of the Week: Frode Weierud’s CryptoCellar - Cryptology and Its History http://cryptocellar.org/ A solid website established approximately twenty years ago. It is full of useful links and copies of declassified documents, as well as reports of new projects to rebuild older versions of coding machines. Quick eyed readers will recognize the basic principles at issue today, including concerns about privacy, adequacy of random number generators, and the application of prime and relatively prime numbers. Sat, 11 Apr 2020 16:29:25 PST http://cryptocellar.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Funny, That https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#funnythat <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/RelativityEscher.jpg” /><br /> Few phenomena are as strange to witness as that of reversal, especially patriarchal reversal, which was so carefully and revealingly unpacked and explained by Mary Daly in her breakthrough book <i>Gyn/Ecology.</i> It is a rampant rhetorical technique in societies characterized by persistent oppressive structures maintained by many people refusing to oppose the oppression so long as it doesn't trouble them and theirs. It also a rampant practical technique, most often in the form of blaming, trying, and punishing victims of oppression rather than the people who actually harmed them. Patriarchal reversal in particular can be blunt and frankly stupid in implementation, usually following a longer term more cleverly set up sequence of reversals.... Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:55:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#funnythat Random Site of the Week: Sally Roesch Wagner https://sallyroeschwagner.com/ A key builder and restorer of women's history, from challenging attempts to erase the brilliant Radical Feminist activist and scholar Matilda Joslyn Gage to honouring the Haudenosaunee women's influence on the early Feminist movement in the united states. Arguably Roesch Wagner has taken Gage as a role model, considering she is an activist, historian, and leading scholar herself. Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:54:48 PST https://sallyroeschwagner.com/ http://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alphabetsoup6.html Alphabet Soup has gotten moving again, now with a bit more information about the infamous house, Omega's Folly, and an unfortunate diplomatic faux pas on Benny’s part. Sat, 28 Mar 2020 21:31:31 PDT Fiction/Original/alphabetsoup6.html New Thoughtpiece: An Unseasonable Piece https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces14.html#unseasonable <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/februarysnowsmall.jpg” /><br /> Regular readers will have noticed already that thoughtpieces have their own publishing schedule, which has only just managed to reach the current year. Nevertheless, considering how things are going in the world at the moment, it is time to break in on the usual scheduled programming for something else. No one expects to see extreme events in their lifetime, and surprisingly few of us do, despite the world being a large place with plenty of complex interactions within the envelope of earth, air, and water we spend our lives inside, sometimes taking part in those interactions, sometimes dodging as best we can. Here we are just over a hundred years after the deadliest influenza epidemic in history recorded by europeans... Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:59:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#illustrations Random Site of the Week: The Institute of Feminist Thought https://feminist-institute.org/ A new project from Jane Clare Jones, in which she is providing online courses, including readings and discussions. The first offering is scheduled for april, and it sounds like interested women are already asking for additional courses such as one on the vexed subject of "french feminism" -- a label which does not necessarily correspond to people from france engaged in Feminism, astonishingly enough. Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:56:48 PST https://feminist-institute.org/ New Thoughtpiece: The Illustrations We Don't See https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#illustrations <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/inconstantfortune.jpg” /><br /> I have had a small book repair and binding practice for the better part of ten years, at first simply to repair rather tattered, already second hand books that see regular use in my day job. Then I went on to doing small jobs for others and binding up books made up of calligraphy work and some small forays into illumination. With plenty of other things to keep me busy when it comes to illumination I am no more than a dabbler, but it is a wonderful rabbit hole to cheerfully jump down, especially with the resurgence of illustrations in fiction directed at adults. In any case, adding embellishments including small pictures and larger scenes to blocks of text was no mere rote exercise... Sun, 22 Mar 2020 19:11:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#illustrations Random Site of the Week: Rise Up! A Digital Archive of Feminist Activism https://riseupfeministarchive.ca/ An ongoing project focussing on canadian Feminist activist materials dating from the 1970s to the 1990s. It is another key part of the effort to document the range of documents and items produced and used during these critical decades, from newsletters and buttons to t-shirts and flyers, and includes an option to contribute by scanning and uploading documents. Sun, 22 Mar 2020 19:10:48 PST https://riseupfeministarchive.ca/ New Thoughtpiece: The Curious Cloud https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#cloud <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/cloud.jpg” /><br /> Not too long ago, instead of referring to "the cloud" we just called it off-site, remote accessible servers. The renaming is a transparent marketing ploy of course, and joins the ranks of such travesties as "nuclear power plants" and "the lifecycle of a pipeline." The key difference between what used to just be off-site, remote accessible servers then and now is that various companies own servers that they offer to rent out to others to host data and run software from. This is supposed to be a service so that those purchasing space "in the cloud" don't have to invest in servers of their own, or at least not as many. On-demand access, no dealing with the hassle of security and computer repairs. I suspect the more common use of "the cloud" is not so much for storage as it is to access massive computing arrays... Sun, 08 Mar 2020 11:38:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#cloud Random Site of the Week: south africa truth and reconciliation website http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/ For awhile this site was in frames, so older links to transcripts, the overall report, articles and so on generated and put online by the south african truth and reconciliation commission are now broken. This link looks to be stable and all resources remain available. Sun, 15 Mar 2020 11:28:48 PST http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/ New Thoughtpiece: Reflections on Historical Materialism https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#historicalmaterialism <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/KarlMarx.jpg” /><br /> Having mentioned Karl Marx in the previous thoughtpiece, it is worth taking a little time to consider him and his ideas on his own. Not many people do this, understandably when there are all sorts of things to do and cope with. Yet it seems to me that it wouldn't hurt for more of us to check out what he actually said, did, and what his methodology was, so that we don't get fooled into believing nonsense. Marx was actually a prolific writer, and the document he is best known for... Sun, 08 Mar 2020 20:52:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#historicalmaterialism Random Site of the Week: South African History Online https://www.sahistory.org.za/ One of the premiere sources for researchers brand new to learning about south africa in general, as well as about apartheid specifically. Besides excellent general articles suitable for older highschool and undergraduate students, it links to numerous primary documents and the major cousin project <a href=”http://www.disa.ukzn.ac.za/”>Digital Innovation South Africa</a>. This specific link is to a page with the search box for the overall archive, which can sometimes be tricky to find. Sun, 08 Mar 2020 20:42:48 PST https://www.sahistory.org.za/ New Contested Document: Spiritual Puzzles https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/spiritualpuzzles.html Reflections on Indigenous spirituality and breaking down colonial mindsets inspired by a perhaps unexpected source. Sat, 29 Feb 2020 22:44:48 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/spiritualpuzzles.html New Contested Document: Humane Treatment https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/humanetreatment.html Today human zoos in their original and more obviously dehumanizing forms are all but gone. They remain complex constructions with all the embedded contradictions of constrained agency in evidence that make them so difficult to simply dismiss. Sat, 29 Feb 2020 22:40:48 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/humanetreatment.html New Thoughtpiece: Class is a Social Relationship https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#class <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/ferry.jpg” /><br /> The title to this thoughtpiece paraphrases historian E.P. Thompson, who is of course particularly famous for his book <i>The Making of the English Working Class</i> and his part in the debates that followed the revelation of how Stalin had co-opted socialism within russia and by influence on a range of international communist parties. Thompson was certainly not in favour of authoritarianism or totalitarianism in any form, regardless of the whatever popular movement the oligarchs in waiting were trying to co-opt and use to boost themselves into power. In the case of “class” specifically, Thompson was making a key point, because even into the early 1960s, many people in england still accepted without question the false claim... Sat, 29 Feb 2020 20:52:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#class Random Site of the Week: South African Democracy Education Trust http://www.sadet.co.za/ This trust works on writing and making available historical materials describing the process of change from apartheid south africa to the increasingly democratic and multi-racial country today. Besides sample chapters of the 7 volume and still growing history, the site indexes interviews, letters, and links. Sat, 29 Feb 2020 20:42:48 PST http://www.sadet.co.za/ New Thoughtpiece: "Surplus" People https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#surplus <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/armysurplus.jpg” /><br /> Picture the scenario. The climate is changing, and the number and magnitude of severe storms and shifts in habitat for plants, animals, and far smaller more dangerous insects and microbes are affecting people all over the planet, but especially people who have the least access to the necessities of life. A great many people who live in "western" or "industrialized" countries have learned that their access to the necessities of life plus luxuries they understood they deserved, is being cut off. The luxuries part stings and is none too impressive, but these are tough folks on average. They can handle going without luxuries for awhile. Except, they have learned that the deal they understood they had made for their guaranteed necessities, involving working hard, not causing trouble, and toeing the line, that deal is dead as far as the best off dealers are concerned. The "elites" are doing just fine, and are sure that between their money, mercenaries, and gated communities they’ll be fine. Understandably, the people who were on the other end of this deal, often called the middle and better off working classes, are asking some very hard questions. They are getting angry.... Sun, 23 Feb 2020 11:52:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#surplus Random Site of the Week: "I Saw a Nightmare..." Doing Violence to Memory http://www.gutenberg-e.org/pohlandt-mccormick/index.html The online version of Helena Pohlandt-McCormick's book on the 1976 Soweto Uprising in south africa. It is a gripping work including multiple lines of narrative in an effort to give the reader a chance to think through the varying stories of the uprising, and which accounts they find plausible. It is part of columbia university press' gutenberg-e site, which is now open-access. If you are experiencing difficulties with the home page, the best place to start reading from instead is the <a href=”http://www.gutenberg-e.org/pohlandt-mccormick/sitemap.html”>site map</a>. Sun, 23 Feb 2020 11:47:48 PST http://www.gutenberg-e.org/pohlandt-mccormick/index.html New Thoughtpiece: Supposed Civilization https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#civilization <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/forumrome.jpg” /><br /> I think it is fair to say that the question of what civilization is, who has it, who doesn't, and whether that matters has troubled people ever since the unpleasant notion that there must be only one answer to those questions that then could be imposed on everyone else by any means necessary took serious hold. This notion of "right makes might," that is, having the presumed correct answer licenses all manner of terrible stuff so long as the goal is "right," described by philosophers Minnie Bruce Pratt and Marilyn Frye, has a consistent tie to imperialism and colonialism. If for the moment we take "imperialism" as making sure the right stuff is always available to make the right way of living happen, and "colonialism" is how people are made to live right, and the ones who make them live right, it all hangs sadly together. At the moment, everyone on Earth is facing dangerous climate change, the collapse of the american empire, and the weird spectacle of the not so united kingdom springing apart and england collapsing in on itself. So the question of "civilization" has been creeping ever so steadily... Tue, 18 Feb 2020 11:48:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#civilization Random Site of the Week: medievalbooks https://medievalbooks.nl/ With regular posts on medieval books, their construction, how they were written, and cutting edge research, Erik Kwakkel's lavishly illustrated blog is well worth a visit. Note especially his articles on page structure, bookmarks, and how people added notes to their books, all relevant today and a welcome perspective on how people use the affordances of physical books. Tue, 18 Feb 2020 11:47:48 PST https://medievalbooks.nl/ New Thoughtpiece: Separatism, Segregation, and Exclusion https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#nice <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/ModelTractor.jpg” /><br /> Long ago in a place very far away, I was in elementary school, just starting grade five. That year I was in a class co-taught by two teachers, which may or may not have been a common thing at the time, although it sounds like it would be a great way to approach a whole range of teaching challenges. Anyway, they were a real dynamic duo these two teachers, one fabulously flamboyant, the other very much a science jock: Mrs. Pelletier and Mrs. Wallace. "Mrs" in the original sense by the way, in which the term simply indicates that the woman in question is a grown adult. Which for a grade five aged girl student was pretty mindblowing. On the second or third day of class, Mrs. Pelletier, who taught mostly the humanities subjects, calmed us all down and began getting our language arts assignments set up for the year. Then she paused and declared... Sat, 08 Feb 2020 06:29:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces12.html#nice Random Site of the Week: Reading Marx's Capital With David Harvey http://davidharvey.org/ So, you've decided that you're going to read Marx's <i>Capital</i> for yourself and make up your own mind about what he sets out and argues. There's no need to do this alone, because you can take advantage of David Harvey's lectures that move along with you all the way into volume 3, without any need to go through itunes or google unless you really want to. Harvey is of course a well-known expert on the text, which he has been teaching for over forty years. Sat, 08 Feb 2020 04:29:48 PST http://davidharvey.org/ Thoughtpiece Updates to "Moreau's Island" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#20200202 An update to add a reference to an article unpacking the problematic politics of "uplift" specifically in the case of black people in the united states by Adolph Reid. Sun, 02 Feb 2020 16:20:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#20200202 New Thoughtpiece: Separatism, Segregation, and Exclusion https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#separatism <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/oldcrowd.jpg” /><br /> Eons ago in internet time, I took what was already labelled a "gender anthropology" class, and actually it did mostly live up to its billing. It genuinely looked at the many ways gender is socially constructed cross-culturally, fraught as that process is because of what a terrible, colonialist and imperialist mess anthropology still is. We humans love to learn about one another even as sometimes we get totally freaked out by how we are different from one another, so it is not necessary for anthropology to be a negative force and it has had its positive effects in spite of its usual applications. So there is all that baggage, and large class sizes for even second year anthropology courses for instructors to handle. No easy remit, to be sure, especially when it comes to complex topics like the meaning and uses of temporary or long term social divisions. Alas, the instructor for this class got lost in the pseudo-argument drawn from post-modernism that any form of separatism is wrong, because exclusion is wrong. This is an extreme oversimplification, and can be avoided even in big classes by helping students to think critically about when people are separated. There are two powerful starting questions that will help us think through what’s going on and whether it is wrong or right. Please note, <i>starting</i> questions, not the only questions.... Sun, 02 Feb 2020 04:32:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#separatism Random Site of the Week: jofreeman.com https://www.jofreeman.com/index.htm Radical Feminist political scientist Jo Freeman is the author of many germinal works, including the BITCH manifesto and the still standard starter textbook in many women's studies departments that have survived, <i>Women: A Feminist Perspective.</i> She is also well worth reading on the realities of "meritocracy" and academic precarity. Sun, 02 Feb 2020 04:29:48 PST https://www.jofreeman.com/index.htm New Thoughtpiece: Not So Ineffective Words, Again https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#wordsagain <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/olivierhamlet.jpg” /><br /> In the course of reading P. Tittle's older blogposts on hellyeahimafeminist.com, I happened on one discussing <a href=”http://www.hellyeahimafeminist.com/men-words/”>Men and Words</a>, in which she noted what she had been told by a male commenter about men’s view of words and her reflections on that. It's quite interesting that this male commenter stated that in the context of comment threads and the like, words aren't taken seriously, they are part of a competitive game. Tittle considered the implications of this, especially in light of her own experience, which suggests that this way of viewing words among men is not restricted to the internet in north america. The implications are indeed disturbing, since it is not helpful and downright dangerous if men are taught more widely in mainstream cultures that words are not to be taken seriously, that conversation is in effect a competitive sport. For my part, it seems to me that the competition aspect is the key thing to hone in on in terms of where this is coming from. In "western" mainstream culture, incredible pressure is put on male humans to be competitive from the moment somebody notices they have a penis and testicles. They don't all succumb to the pressure all the time... Tue, 28 Jan 2020 01:30:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#wordsagain Random Site of the Week: Convict Voyages http://convictvoyages.org/ Drawing together numerous essays, maps, blog posts, and analyses of the use of "transportation" of convicts as a means of at minimum "removing excess population" and at maximum exploiting convicts for their labour overseas. In other words, a growing study of the results on one hand of criminalizing poverty, and on the other treating other peoples' homes and lands as dumps for people deemed "surplus." Tue, 28 Jan 2020 01:29:48 PST http://convictvoyages.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Androgyny https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#androgyny <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/elizamin1.jpg” /><br /> "Among my research readings of late has been a small selection dealing with women as participants in learning, teaching, and performing rhetoric. As usual, women have done all of these things and managed to do them in even the most hostile environments. Quite apart from whether they were doing so in order to challenge oppression they were experiencing because of their sex, this participation is intriguing in its suggestion that it is some way fundamental. We humans need to speak effectively to one another, which need not mean persuasively, it can simply mean to speak in a way that your audience is able to hear and understand what you are actually saying. This can be trickier to do than it might seem at a brief glance. One book in particular dealt with this issue as part of what author Cheryl Glenn characterizes as a "regendering" of the history and historiography of rhetoric... Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:49:48 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#androgyny Random Site of the Week: Dibaajimowin https://www.dibaajimowin.com/ An amazing storytelling project involving mainly Métis and Anishinaabeg participants at the moment. Their purpose is to provide yet another means to record and share the stories that have and will continue to help Indigenous nations and communities survive into the future. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:48:48 PST https://www.dibaajimowin.com/ Contested Document Update "Errors of Commission" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/errorsofcommission.html#20200119 Addition of a link to the key blog post series <a href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20140823093612/http://nationsrising.org/itendshere-the-full-series/”>#itendshere</a> at the now defunct nationsrising.org site. The site is unfortunately in some difficulties, forcing me to link to an archived version to ensure all articles are present and linked. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:44:48 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/errorsofcommission.html#20200119 New Thoughtpiece: The New Landed Property https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#stormglass <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/stormglass.jpg” /><br /> "Clever but useless" alas is the best description I can think of for what is popularly known as admiral Fitzroy's stormglass. Fitzroy, better known now for being captain of the Beagle the ship Charles Darwin spent some formative time on, popularized the stormglass in hope of helping people prepare for incoming bad weather. This is of course, a laudable hope. Alas, the stormglass doesn't work particularly well, even if you should undertake to <a href=”http://owlcircuits.com/weather/how-to-reset-admiral-fitzroy-storm-glass/”>reset</a> it by applying gentle heat to dissolve any crystals back into solution and set it back in its holder. Frankly, it is too bad the device doesn't seem to work consistently for predicting the weather and nowadays barometers are just as affordable unlike in Fitzroy's day. I say "too bad" not only with a view to what the stormglass is supposed to be able to do, but also with a view to how neat the crystals can look. There's something to be said for practical tools that are also aesthetically pleasing in other ways.... Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:22:43 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#stormglass Random Site of the Week: Standing For Women https://www.standingforwomen.com/ Pushback is growing against the latest misogynistic backlash technique, which involves pretending that forcing people to embody sex-based stereotypes is somehow liberatory. This site and organization was founded by Posie Parker, famed and brilliant "accidental activist" to contribute to that important pushback and generally stand up for women's rights. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:20:06 PST https://www.standingforwomen.com/ New Thoughtpiece: The New Landed Property https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#property <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/hungarians.jpg” /><br /> The debacle of the disney corporations's efforts to extend american copyright terms to infinity for anything disney corp has managed to appropriate has been going on for some time now. The representatives of the corporation aren't even embarrassed about it, and they are apparently unaware of the negative connotations whenever some action or idea is labelled "mickey mouse." Or maybe that's just a canadian thing, admittedly I don't know if this a widely shared way of using the character name in american dialects of english. I have read many articles, most written by americans, though there have been others by people mostly from other countries with predominantly english-speaking populations, talking about the ostensible purpose of copyright law, and how it is being abused. They are appalled... Sat, 04 Jan 2020 17:46:06 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#property Random Site of the Week: Websters' First New INTERGALACTIC Wickedary of the English Language, Conjured by Mary Daly in Cahoots with Jane Caputi, hacked by Madrid Tenant https://web.archive.org/web/20070613023912/http://www.cat.nyu.edu/wickedary/index.html An intriguing early hypertext project now held in the internet archive, produced as a chapter in a master's thesis project by Madrid Tenant. Besides the intriguing radical lesbian Feminist aspects, the way this site applies a database and script access approach to the manipulation of hypertext data is prescient. It is in fact early enough in time that in order to create the bread crumbs for each exploration of the Wickedary scripting is required because cookies were not implemented. Sat, 04 Jan 2020 17:44:06 PST https://web.archive.org/web/20070613023912/http://www.cat.nyu.edu/wickedary/index.html New Thoughtpiece: Respecting "Tradition," Eh? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#notrespecting <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/jeancaddy.jpg” /><br /> I had an interesting experience trying to find a quirky but sensible picture to invoke ideas and things handed down for this thoughtpiece, that is, tradition. This seems a pretty innocuous thing to look up. Apparently nothing is innocuous to look up, especially on the images front, so I am deeply appreciative of the safe filtering options on search engines. A few of the things that were indeed innocuous yet indicative of far less innocuous stuff on the edge of getting swept up were quite startling. Still, in the end this charming excerpt from OCDMaker's instructions for making a step ladder caddy from a repurposed pair of old jeans works quite well. The old pair of jeans repurposed because they are no longer useful as pants while keeping the still applicable parts and retrofitting them for a new use is usually what "tradition" actually amounts to. This not so true... Mon, 28 Dec 2019 23:40:06 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#notrespecting Random Site of the Week: thecorporation.com http://thecorporation.com/ This site is still going strong, and the relevance of the award-winning documentary and Joel Bakan's original book is greater than ever. It is possible to view and/or download both parts of the documentary from the <a href=”https://archive.org/details/The_Corporation_/TheCorporation-Supplement-JoelBakanInterview.avi”>internet archive</a>, and most public libraries hold copies as well. Apparently a sequel is in the works that will look at the changes since 2003. Sat, 28 Dec 2019 23:35:06 PST http://thecorporation.com/ New Thoughtpiece: No, <i>Not</i> All "White Middle Class" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#notmiddle <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Sojourner-Truth.jpg” /><br /> I do realize that the misrepresentation of political movements that challenge the status quo by the mainstream media is to be expected. Many of them are so egregious as to be irresponsible, and the persistent attempts to derogate any "wave" of Feminism as mainly middle class and white is among the worst examples. All too often, even Feminists accept and repeat this nonsense, even though it is bluntly ahistorical and vastly overextended. Part of what makes it so infuriating is how it denies and erases the lifework of working class and/or racialized women who have played major roles in Feminism throughout its histories and places. They were involved, and they did and to this day do extraordinary work... Mon, 23 Dec 2019 22:18:06 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#notmiddle Random Site of the Week: Phyllis Chesler https://phyllis-chesler.com/ Home on the web of brilliant, fierce, and still working everyday Feminist activist and theorist Phyllis Chesler. She has been hard at work since the 1970s, including controversial examinations of the part of the Feminist movement she is part of. Her writing and speeches include a deeply encouraging and helpful exploration of how unreasonable it is to expect to agree with one another about everything and the absolute necessity to be brave and refuse to engage in trashing. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 22:17:06 PST https://phyllis-chesler.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Traditional Hand Me Downs https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#traditional <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/medievalslinger.jpg” /><br /> At least a decade ago now, I found myself in what canada has labelled the northwest territories, just a couple of hours from the official border with alberta, which at least then was primarily marked by a single highway sign. It was high summer, and I was expecting to participate in an outdoors event for a few days, camping. My colleague who had argued for and managed to get permission for three of us to attend on office time had assured us that it was a sort of cultural camp run annually by the surrounding First Nations, and a great time all around. A great opportunity to see some traditional culture and network a bit on behalf of our employer. Not my sort of event, although I appreciated the chance to improve my understanding of cultural protocols in those First Nations. Learning how not to accidentally be a horrible guest is always a worthwhile thing, and if nothing else always reminds you how creative people really are. For instance, the ways... Mon, 16 Dec 2019 01:25:06 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#traditional Random Site of the Week: Chicago Women's Liberation Union Herstory Project https://www.cwluherstory.org/ Women documenting their own movement and curating it online for themselves, now from their own domain name. Alas they are using square space and so have a temperamental menu system, but it can generally be worked around with little trouble via a search engine or simply viewing page source to pick out the links. Mon, 16 Dec 2019 01:19:06 PST https://www.cwluherstory.org/ Contested Document Update "The Tragedy of Duncan Campbell Scott" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/tragedyofduncancampbellscott.html#update20191215 A quick update to add some information on an article that takes up some of the same themes by David T. McNab, also from around the same time as the original version of the article. The timing makes sense, due to new publications out that year documenting the bluntly and intentionally genocidal effects of the residential schools and other federally supported policies and programs. Sun, 15 Dec 2019 22:36:48 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/tragedyofduncancampbellscott.html#update20191215 New Thoughtpiece: Thoughts on "Liberation Theology" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#theology <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/princesscarryingprince.jpg” /><br /> Truth be told, I have always been uneasy about "liberation theology," and for a long time had considered whether it might not be mostly due to the fact that it is so associated with aggressive missionaries and churches whose dogmas I am highly skeptical of. (As I understand it, "liberatory theology" is something else.) After all, on the surface it seems like there really should be lots to <i>like</i> about liberation theology. "Liberation," right? That's good, being all about freeing people from oppression. But then again, the "theology" part is painfully contradictory to the "liberation" part, with rationalizations under the rubric of theology making up critical pillars supporting almost any oppression we can name. Okay then, so maybe the point is... Sun, 08 Dec 2019 01:25:06 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#theology Random Site of the Week: Feminist Theory Reading Group https://feminsttheoryreadinggroup.wordpress.com/ I will be pleasantly surprised if this site continues to survive automattic's ongoing attempts to censor Feminist and gender critical discussion wholly from its platform, which is now too big to be treated as an ordinary private business like a bookstore. Contributors read excerpts of classic Feminist works and other relevant works for themselves and comment on and discuss them. Of course this means that they don’t necessarily agree with the arguments made in the excerpts or even completely among themselves, in an excellent example of civil discussion and making an effort to read the original fairly and critically. Sun, 08 Dec 2019 01:19:06 PST https://feminsttheoryreadinggroup.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Walk This Way https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#walk <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/kc0007_1sSmall.jpg” /><br /> Back in may, Maria Popova published her annotated reading of Lauren Elkin's book <a href=”https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/05/21/flaneuse-lauren-elkin/”>Flaneuse</a>, and among the striking reflections she quoted from the text, one stood out especially for me in this day and age of pressure to live inside steel and plastic bubbles labelled cars, not least because I still don't have one of those bubbles. Elkin expressed her suspicion of vehicle-based culture with its authoritarian turn, adding that such a culture is bad for women. This should be a deeply thought-provoking and indeed troubling point for all of us to wrestle with as we reach for our walking shoes and sandals. Perhaps it would have struck me less, if... Sat, 30 Nov 2019 21:51:06 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#walk Random Site of the Week: Jane Clare Jones https://janeclarejones.com/ Blog of Feminist philosopher, teacher and activist Jane Clare Jones. Brilliantly funny and constructively thought-provoking, including wonderful footnotes and clear references. She has also done some intriguing work on Prince and how he was represented by the mainstream media versus how he represented himself. The posts categorized under <a href=”https://janeclarejones.com/category/feminism/”>Feminism</a> are of course a great starting point. Sat, 30 Nov 2019 21:48:06 PST https://janeclarejones.com/ New Thoughtpiece: General Purposeness https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#multitool <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/victorinoxmultitool.jpg” /><br /> Quite some time ago I made my way to the nearest purveyor of small appliances in order to replace my tea kettle. This is a wonderfully mundane task, and simple besides. My main criteria were it had to be electric, some colour other than white, have an auto-off switch for when the water boiled, and that wonderful innovation, a carafe that could be lifted away from the plugged in base for pouring. In other words, I was seeking an ISO-standard tea kettle, if you like, barring the separate base part. I expected it to take a bit longer to find, but still not too much trouble. After all, when push came to shove, a tea kettle really only needs to do two things: boil water, and shut itself off after it has been boiling for more than ten to fifteen seconds. If any of us insists, we can use tea kettles in additional ways, especially if they have wide lids. I have known hard up students who have managed to use their tea kettles as de facto hot plates... Sat, 23 Nov 2019 21:29:06 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#multitool Random Site of the Week: Framasoft https://framaspft.org/en/ A nonprofit french organization working to implement non-corporate controlled web-based tools. Their projects include mirroring repositories of free software, music, and books, as well as providing alternate privacy respecting alternatives to many online collaboration and development tools. Also check out their tiny but promising publishing wing. Sat, 23 Nov 2019 21:27:06 PST https://framaspft.org/en/ New Thoughtpiece: Perceived Lawlessness https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#lawless <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/attractor.png” /><br /> As so many governments try to force into existence a present that never existed in the past that they claim makes it not just better but authorized by already having happened, they extend their efforts to trying to at least end usage of newer textbooks and block renaming of streets and buildings and removal of problematic monuments. I actually might even agree that some of those problematic monuments could stay, if a counter-monument could be placed beside them of equivalent size and prominence which tells the wider story that makes the originals problematic. Sometimes that could be a really productive step, even if only as a temporary arrangement before both monuments were removed. Just like americans need to be reminded that most of their civil war monuments are actually recent structures... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 02:47:01 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#lawless Random Site of the Week: Harriet Taylor Mill https://harriettaylormill.com/ A focussed resource bringing together a brief biography of Taylor Mill, contextualizing her philosophical brilliance and activism. Other materials include a bibliography, chronology, a separate bibliography of her writings, and related links. Unusually, but telltale because Taylor Mill was of course, a woman, there is a page of photographs as well. Tue, 19 Nov 2019 02:45:06 PST https://harriettaylormill.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Whose Convenience? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#convenience <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/EuropeanCommode.jpg” /><br /> A growing trickle of articles suggests that more and more people are questioning the ostensible rationalization for increased surveillance and insertion of computers even where it makes no sense in our lives: convenience. For example, quite apart from the growing corpus of articles (and books) questioning the actual utility and value of "artificial intelligence," economics blog <i>naked capitalism's</i> posts include the especially pointed <a href=”https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/05/technology-convenience-and-death.html”>Technology, Convenience... and Death</a> from 20 may 2019. The piece traced the "convenience" mantra versus the actual results and the messages about life, the body, and plain humanity these various technological pseudo-fixes entail.... Sun, 10 Nov 2019 20:24:01 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#convenience Random Site of the Week: Musica Femina http://www.alternativesoundpdx.com/musica_femina.html Not the austrian museum exhibit, but the duo of Janna MacAuslan and Kristen Aspen who write classical music and recover and reperform classical music by women. They began working together in 1981 and have released at least three albums as well as pursuing an ongoing extensive tour schedule. The bibliography on their site is an important resource. Sun, 10 Nov 2019 20:22:06 PST http://www.alternativesoundpdx.com/musica_femina.html New Thoughtpiece: The Pleasure Machine https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#pleasuremachine <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/LibertyBell.jpg” /><br /> I read Yanis Varoufakis' curiously uneven book <i>Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism</i> recently, struck by the mix of wonderful on point definitions and analogies and unfortunate periodic clangers. Nobody can write or say something that nobody else will find something to argue with of course, but the contrast was so startling that it really stood out. One of the best sections is when Varoufakis unpacks the difference between commodities, things produced explicitly for sale, and goods, which are not produced for sale as such at all, and may have important experiential value that putting a price on them would eviscerate. He does a marvellous job... Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:35:01 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#pleasuremachine Random Site of the Week: Lesbian History Group https://lesbianhistorygroup.wordpress.com/ Online home of the resurgent group of organizers and researchers who helped prevent the erasure of lesbian history and lesbians from history. Today their efforts are desperately needed, especially in light of recent attempts to claim lesbians and any other women who did not perform according to sex role stereotypes were in fact men. Check out the resources page for access to pdfs of classic and controversial articles. It has also managed to survive the censorship regime at automattic to date, but don’t be surprised if they end up finding a new online home soon. Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:30:06 PST https://lesbianhistorygroup.wordpress.com/ New Contested Document "Indigenous Democracy" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenousdemocracy.html A second starter piece, this one a start on learning and thinking about principles of Indigenous governance and challenging the usual mainstream constructions of democracy and such as assumptions as consensus takes too long. Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:36:48 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenousdemocracy.html New Contested Document "Keeping Memory" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/keepingmemory.html This is a first run at providing an overview of Indigenous methods of recording and transmitting history. It may surprise some readers just how many diverse and intersecting ways there are to carry out this work without depending upon writing as it is usually understood in mainstream contexts. Sun, 27 Oct 2019 23:42:48 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/keepingmemory.html New Thoughtpiece: Strategic Emissions Cuts https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#emissions <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/PlanMedievalManor.jpg” /><br /> Now that the usual suspects think they can make money from the fast-moving climate changes induced by human-driven global warming, suddenly news stories and advertising are proliferating with new messages all about the individual virtues we should all be pursuing. If only we would be adequately virtuous towards the environment on an individual basis, there indeed would be salvation. So it is that we are being encouraged to eat insects, or eschew meat, or cut our electricity usage and reduce our carbon footprint. Now, leaving aside the question of what protein we eat, which is... Sat, 25 Oct 2019 14:15:01 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#emissions Random Site of the Week: Women's Liberation Music Archive https://womensliberationmusicarchive.co.uk/ An unpleasant but also unsurprising phenomenon is the widespread attempt to delete the Women's Liberation Movement right out of the history of the 1970s and 1980s, complemented by mockery of the creativity that accompanied and accompanies Feminist activism. This website counters such nonsense and provides biographies, descriptions, and access to a vast catalogue of samples. Sat, 25 Oct 2019 14:13:06 PST https://womensliberationmusicarchive.co.uk/ New Thoughtpiece: Closed Workspaces https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#closedwork <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/OpenPlanSmaller.jpg” /><br /> There have been cracks in the reputation of the supposed "bullet-proof" solution to getting more work out of office workers in less time, the "open plan office" from nearly the beginning. This may be surprising to read, but it does make sense. To my knowledge the deliberate construction of workspaces without offices is an approach more typical of architect's businesses and similar types of work where a team of collaborators work together with a principal to write project proposals and ultimately design and carry them out. In some types of work a continuous "open plan office" environment may indeed make sense, being a good fit both culturally and practically. I can certainly agree with anyone's argument that the inclusion of team working spaces that can be used over extended periods rather than attempting to ad hoc them using short term meeting room bookings could add significantly to... Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:20:01 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#closedwork Random Site of the Week: Métis Nation Gateway http://metisportals.ca/wp/ A portal site designed to bring together links to historical and cultural resources and websites. Material generally dates post 2005, and so generally this a solid research starting point, and includes forms and information for visitors to contribute relevant information thet may have found in the course of their own research. Sun, 20 Oct 2019 23:18:06 PST http://metisportals.ca/wp/ New Thoughtpiece: No Recruiting https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#recruiting <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/recruitmentposter.jpg” /><br /> Honestly, I don't know what to make of it. Way back in the bad old days, when people my age walked uphill both ways to school and had to listen to cassette tapes through mini-muff style headphones, there were a few topics considered absolutely verboten in schools, right up to senior high. Even more verboten if you had the dubious fortune to attend a parochial school. Sex period, let alone sex outside of marriage of course -- even in the 1990s. Any sexually transmitted disease or infection, communism and socialism, and any suggestion that people below the age of majority could ever be activists or politically curious in their own right. I got roundly scolded in junior high for asking concerned questions about nuclear weapons, because... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:20:01 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#recruiting Random Site of the Week: Big M Musings https://bigmmusings.wordpress.com/ Momentarily quiet blog of Métis sociologist Chris Andersen due to his extensive leadership responsibilities, well worth reading older posts on matters related to his research on the settler efforts to control and manipulate the term "Métis" and the consequences of those attempts and Métis resistance to it. If the few blogposts here are not enough, your next port of call is his excellent book, titled simply <i>Métis</i>. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:18:06 PST https://bigmmusings.wordpress.com/ Thoughtpiece Updates to "Garbage In, Garbage Out" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#20191011 Updates to apply corrections that sorted out the software "perspective" from its apparent corporate home, and adding a reference to a formal paper that found exactly what African Americans have already found, that African American English is automatically flagged for blocking. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:15:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#20191011 New Thoughtpiece: You Can’t Have It Both Ways, Redux https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#bothways2 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/janus.jpg” /><br /> I have received some fascinating responses to the first You Can't Have It Both Ways thoughtpiece, but had not expected to add anything to this particular theme. Yet the issue of the relationship between firmspace and cyberspace, "real life" and what we plan to do or think we do online remains as contested as ever. And yet another example of where we can't have it both ways, like it or not. Complex relationships like that between the different "spaces" tend to draw sharp outlines around responses... Sun, 06 Oct 2019 21:30:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#bothways2 Random Site of the Week: json.org https://json.org/ There is almost an embarrassment of mark up languages for the purpose of easing data exchange where that makes sense. JSON is another one, with an acronym expanded as "javascript object notation" which apparently refers to it using an object-oriented representation style from that scripting language. This is the site to see the grammar and download the specification document for it, if desired. Sun, 06 Oct 2019 21:20:31 PST https://json.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Search Engine Repair https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#enginerepair <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/engine.jpg” /><br /> I've written several thoughtpieces on what is wrong about the web, and several on what is right about the web. Considering the thoughtpiece just before this one, I think it is fair to conclude that what is working in favour of pseudo-platforms like facebook, google, or twitter is sheer peer pressure within the social groups that predominate in using them. Google is a bit unusual in that it began on the back of a real need online, a need for a way to find stuff in all the websites out there after they became too numerous to curate via your own and a few friends' bookmark collections.... Mon, 30 Sep 2019 01:27:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#enginerepair Random Site of the Week: Joy Harjo http://joyharjo.com/ Poet, musician, and scholar only begin to touch on the wide range of work and practice of this Mvskoke powerhouse. Her books include the edited anthology <i>Reinventing the Enemy's Language</i> featuring a wide range of Indigenous women writers. Her blog is far more than a shingle to hang upcoming tour dates on. Mon, 30 Sep 2019 01:24:31 PST http://joyharjo.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Cyberethics https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#cyberethics <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/cyberethics.jpg” /><br /> Late twentieth century english pop culture may be no more profound than its predecessors, but it is at least as redolent of intriguing one liners bundled into unexpected places. Take for instance the original <i>Doctor Who,</i> which had its share of "multi-Doctor" episodes, with the "Five Doctors" demonstrating that having that many leads can be forced to work, but it works badly. I won't wander off into how paradoxically bad the story is for how clever the gimmick is to somehow shove all the bits together. Instead, I'll wander off on a one liner that was more in character for the alien delivering it than the rest, and also rather thought provoking in spite of its surroundings.... Sun, 22 Sep 2019 18:42:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces11.html#cyberethics Random Site of the Week: The Phrasefinder https://www.phrases.org.uk/index.html A long-time resource on the web, founded in 1998, this is a site full of brief articles describing the meaning and origins of idioms, expressions, and sayings in english. A go to source when an american friend stops you short with the startled question, "what does that expression you just used mean anyway?" Sun, 22 Sep 2019 18:39:31 PST https://www.phrases.org.uk/index.html New Thoughtpiece: Garbage In Means Garbage Out https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#gigo <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/russiangarbagecan.jpg” /><br /> At one time I found the insistent envisioning of the future as chockablock with automation quite strange. It was one thing to automate necessary but tedious or dangerous tasks, that did make sense to me before I began studying economics, history, colonialism or any of the other myriad topics that can lead a person to reconsider automation’s potential. Today we are seeing the ongoing endgame of capitalism, which Karl Marx thoroughly pissed off the capitalists over by revealing it. Not merely maximum profit and continuous expansion, but also maximum automation in order to drive cost of labour to the minimum, while forcing people to do the labour involuntarily, even in spite of themselves. I haven't yet read Shoshanna Zuboff's new book... Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:35:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#gigo Random Site of the Week: GNU Grep 3.0 https://www.gnu.org/software/grep/manual/grep.html If you use grep at all, and have made it through the first few weeks of teeth-gnashing frustration that getting used to its syntax invokes, then you have had the happy experience of discovering how much work it saves you and how many other programs you use include pattern matching facilities. It is available in many *office forks, and even micro$oft has added them to word. This manual is a short introduction and memory refresher. Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:33:31 PST https://www.gnu.org/software/grep/manual/grep.html Round Up of Thoughtpiece Updates https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20190915 With one thing and another, several thoughtpieces have been updated over the past two months or so, including The Abused Verb "Identify," Some Clarity About "Political Correctness," The AI Conundrum, and Censorship Is A Lot of Things, But Not This. All can be accessed with relative ease via the <a href=”FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpiecesindex.html”>ThoughtPieces Index page</a>, but the <a href=”FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20190915”>Censorship Is A Lot of Things, But Not This</a> update is quite substantial and timely, as it deals with recent twitter censorship, and so it has the main post link. Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:31:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20190915 New Thoughtpiece: Bad Conscience https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#badconscience <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/FaroeStamp131AmnestyInternational.jpg” /><br /> I doubt it is news to anyone that "the west" is busy generating an efflorescence of "anti-immigrant" rhetoric and violence right now. Matters have already long passed the point that violence against immigrants who have arrived or are trying to get to "the west" is basically freely licensed. Freely licensed to the point that men have begun talking quietly about how they are now at regular risk of rape if they are refugees fleeing via ports in northern africa. I suspect that this is neither new nor restricted to those particular ports. It is telltale that it is this that has led to actual consideration in some mainstream media of how they may be sexually abused and heaven forfend trafficked when apparently this is considered just "the way it is" and evidence of women and children "freely choosing sex work" when it happens to them. So far... Mon, 10 Sep 2019 11:51:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#badconscience Random Site of the Week: Grote's Notes to Wheelock's Latin http://drshirley.org/latin/grote/index.html If you are preparing to take latin and have not studied ancient greek or plan to study it concurrently, and your first language is english, you may find these notes of considerable help. Dale Grote wrote these notes to fill in the overt grammar knowledge that many english-speaking students no longer bring to latin or ancient greek classes, and which therefore slows them down and makes the learning experience quite frustrating. All made available for free. Mon, 10 Sep 2019 11:44:31 PST http://drshirley.org/latin/grote/index.html New Thoughtpiece: Moreau’s Island https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#moreau <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/IslandOfDrMoreau.jpg” /><br /> Not too long ago I finished reading a pair of Jules Verne novels in the original french, which brought home to me again the coincidence of the advent of writing we now firmly consider science fiction in france and england during the late nineteenth century. It is probably not coincidental that this type of fiction began to seriously take off in those countries when the Earth ceased to have any major unknown regions or continents. "Known" in the broad sense of course, antarctica remaining thoroughly inhospitable to humans and there being various pockets still little or unnuisanced by european invaders. With nowhere else left on Earth to set the gimlet eye of colonialism and exploitation on, writers turned to more fantastic unknowns.... Tue, 03 Sep 2019 10:37:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#moreau Random Site of the Week: Cree Literacy Network http://creeliteracy.org/ Founded in 2010, this is the website of a determined group of Cree speakers and scholars who are bringing together a detailed index of Cree language resources and complementary blog posts. If you aren't subscribed to the most popular social media outlets, you can still see republished posts from them by network members, including Neal McLeod's <i>100 Days of Cree</i> in the original. Tue, 03 Sep 2019 10:36:31 PST http://creeliteracy.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Puzzling Over Authenticity https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#authentic <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/authentic.jpg” /><br /> "Authentic" and its derivatives in english makes up yet another family of words that has become nearly meaningless from the sad combination of misuse and deliberate abuse. It is all too easy to find advertisements for particular events or products claiming to provide an "authentic experience" or to allow you to be "your authentic self." It has always astonished me that so many of us have apparently been convinced that we must have permission to be ourselves, when ourselves is who we can't help being, no matter whether somebody else or we ourselves think we need permission. We may do considerable violence to ourselves to fit a preconceived model, whether it be a farrago of sex-based stereotypes and psychobabble or the latest propaganda definition of what a "traditional" whatever or whoever is supposed to be, but even that doesn't hide that actually we are resisting it. The violence gives the game away. So while the "authentic" family of words has gotten driven into near meaninglessness, that doesn't mean people aren't trying to respond to real needs and challenges in their lives when they seek experiences or things that can be called "authentic." Which begs the question of what is going on with these words.... Sun, 25 Aug 2019 09:32:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#authentic Random Site of the Week: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.html Founded and still mainatained by John O'Connor and Edmund Robertson of the school of mathematics and statistics at the university of saint andrews in scotland. "History" is in the broad sense here, including not just the development of mathematics over time and capsule biographies of thousands of mathematicians, but also curve data and cross-references into astronomy. Sun, 25 Aug 2019 09:29:31 PST http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.html New Thoughtpiece: There are No Oppression Olympics https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#olympics <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/nogames.jpg” /><br /> Some time ago I wrote down a brief summary of one of the things the ongoing "gender identity" debacle has demonstrated. Particular people are not oppressed due to their identity. The oppression they suffer is <i>rationalized</i> by <i>claims</i> about their identity. This can't be emphasized enough, especially the "claims" part because claims are used and abused in very specific ways in a society lousy with sexism and racism, among other axes of oppression that many of us are pinned between. Now, it would be wonderful if I could identify myself right out of those axes, but that is not possible, because "identity" is not a creation any of us makes alone. In any case, the verb "identify" has been abused by men who have found themselves a way to assert male privilege while pretending that in fact they are the most oppressed people in all the world because they do not conform to the sex-based stereotypes they are expected to. I have no doubt that they are not getting the full enjoyment of sexist male entitlements, and that... Sun, 11 Aug 2019 20:23:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#olympics Random Site of the Week: literarydevices.net https://literarydevices.net/ Reasonably solid glossary of terms and techniques used in lyric poetry and rhetoric. A considerable amount of work has gone into it, including examples and related blog posts, yet it is difficult to find any sign of the people who run it even in the <a href=”http://numericana.com/fame/bourbaki.htm”>Nicolas Bourbaki</a> sense. The blog posts are not overtly dated, so it is hard to say how often the site changes, but at minimum it is consistently available and can be cited. Sun, 18 Aug 2019 20:22:31 PST https://literarydevices.net/ New Thoughtpiece: Consider the Source https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#source <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/ConciseOxfordEnglishDictionary.jpg” /><br /> At one point in my life, I lived for several years in a small town with one public library branch. This was before the internet was ordinarily accessible -- and let's not forget that this state of things existed as little as fifteen or so years ago in many such towns -- and while catalogue ordering was certainly a thing, and there was a local bookstore, it was no easy thing to access much by way of reading material. The main reading matter around outside of the library was the few newspapers, meaning typically one local and two from the closest city, plus the by turns annoying and execrable reader's digest, and a scattering of persistent tabloids. Inside the library, there were certainly books, and already a tiny selection of cassettes and movies. The library was very small, and no doubt still is unless it has moved by now, roughly the size of a typical two bedroom apartment built before 1970 in north america. So at least 100 metres square. With only so much funding to work with... Sun, 11 Aug 2019 15:21:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#source Random Site of the Week: Citations féministes https://femcitations.wordpress.com/ A growing archive of citations of radical Feminist thinkers in both french and english, including a range of translations and excellent scanned texts and photographs. It is a project of the blog <a href=”https://antisexisme.net/”>Sexisme et Sciences humaines -- Féminisme</a>, which works to reveal sexist mechanisms that maintain women's oppression so that they can be destroyed. I suspect that it will move off of wordpress.com soon, if it hasn't already. Sun, 11 Aug 2019 15:19:31 PST https://femcitations.wordpress.com/ Revisions and Updates to "What is Lesbian Fiction" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/lesbianfiction.html Having added several layers of additional references and information, and realizing that the introduction had gotten quite dated, it was time to revise and polish this essay. There is certainly more to be written on the subject of lesbian fiction, including Claire Heuchan’s wonderful reflections on her own blog and at <a href=”http://www.afterellen.com/”>afterellen</a>. Sun, 11 Aug 2019 14:47:48 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/lesbianfiction.html New Contested Document "Boundary Crossing Medicine" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/spirits.html Indigenous sexualities today and prior to the european invasion are controversial topics, not helped at all by the mainstream assumption that sexuality is indelibly tied to sex-role and gender stereotypes. Yet the sheer diversity of open Indigenous perspectives and practices, and the evidence of diversity on this point in european cultures has made it quite clear that those supposedly "indelible" ties are thoroughly social creations. Sun, 11 Aug 2019 14:42:48 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/spirits.html New Thoughtpiece: More Reasons to Reject the Modern https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#modern2 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/greatwavekanagawa.jpg” /><br /> Not too long ago I wrote about why we should refuse the notions of "modern" and "modernity," focussing primarily on Indigenous reasons for that. As that previous piece should have made evident, refusing these terms and the complexes of ideas attached to them has nothing to do with absurd attempts to return to some idealized past era, especially considering I have been writing about this alongside criticism of the new medievalism. Rejecting "modernity" has nothing to do with refusing to challenge and end oppression, quite the opposite, because as developed and applied, "modernity" and its accompanying ideas and rationalizations are tools of oppression. It is certainly true that this is too bad. It is always a shame when some idea, person, or practice can't live up to its hype.... Tue, 06 Aug 2019 01:05:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#modern2 Random Site of the Week: Language Creation Society https://conlang.org/ A serious ongoing non-profit society intended to promote and support the construction of languages. It is evident that it has expanded into a somewhat wider remit than this, with strong ties to linguistic research and study of language change. There is an excellent resource listing including links to some useful books and materials, and best of all link to the adjunct blog <a href=”http://fiatlingua.org/”>fiat lingua</a>, an archive of longform conlang articles. Tue, 06 Aug 2019 01:03:31 PST https://conlang.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Some Meanings of Invisible Economics https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#invisible <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/invisible.jpg” /><br /> Even as the efforts to impose mass censorship online continue, there are still opportunities to read great material out there, including P. Tittle's brilliant essay <a href=”http://www.hellyeahimafeminist.com/solo-womens-invisible-economic-expenses/”>Solo Women's Invisible Economic Expenses</a>. Being one among the many single women handling their own economic expenses, Tittle's essay was notably on point. Her descriptions of the apparent doublethink of relatives who can look around your home, the evidence of your job and ongoing adult-level activities and responsibilities while behaving as if you were a thirteen year old living at home were all too familiar. Not too long ago... Fri, 26 Jul 2019 17:58:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#invisible Random Site of the Week: Through the Flower https://www.throughtheflower.org/ The Feminist organization founded by Judy Chicago "to educate a broad public about the importance of art and its power in countering the erasure of women's achievements." It started as a way to fundraise for the monumental <i>Dinner Party</i> project, which to this day is lauded and pilloried by turns, yet is one of the greatest works of Feminist multi and interdisciplinary history ever realized. Fri, 26 Jul 2019 17:51:31 PST https://www.throughtheflower.org/ New Thoughtpiece: More Mystifications of Capitalism https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#technology2 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/saltshaker.jpg” /><br /> I can't leave Joanna Russ' work without zooming in on another node to consider what she had to say in more detail, especially because of two earlier thoughtpieces, <a href=”FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#technology”>Sprinkle a Little Technology On It</a> and <a href=”FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#ai”>The AI Conundrum</a>. This node is included in Russ' collection <i>To Write Like a Woman,</i> in her essay "SF and Technology as Mystification." Having begun her published writing career in science fiction with the story "Nor Custom Stale" which gives an early sense of the uncanny nature of her writing in the genre, Russ gave considerable thought to the social and technical areas tied to it. This specific essay includes a brilliant few sentences that set out the not so subtle pressure on academics in the humanities to uphold the illusion that they work in what is unnecessary and somehow have such great independent wealth they don't actually need to be paid for it. All part of the pressure to act as if education that depends on literacy is an unearned luxury for the poor and a birthright of the rich. That's not the node I am going to zoom in here though. Instead, consider this quote... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:55:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#technology2 Random Site of the Week: Rogue Classicism https://rogueclassicism.com/ Another great and idiosyncratic resource online, this one written and curated by David Meadows. The site is full of good links, posts about greek and roman literature turning up in surprising places and adapted by people who might not be who you would expect. He updates fairly regularly, and has been building up listings of useful podcasts as well. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:51:31 PST https://rogueclassicism.com/ Round Up of Thoughtpiece Updates https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpiecesindex.html With one thing and another, several thoughtpieces have been updated over the past two months or so, including Quixotic Columns, Identity Politics Are Bullshit, Increasing Job Precarity and Hiding the Bots, and Irreconcilable. All can be accessed with relative ease via the ThoughtPieces Index page. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 23:28:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpiecesindex.html New Thoughtpiece: More on the New Medievalism https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#medieval2 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/not-happened.jpg” /><br /> I have been on a Joanna Russ extended read-a-thon of late, enjoying her non-fiction and fiction writing roughly in turns. Even her shortest stories and essays repay rereading, so it is no surprise to me when the library copies I can find turn out to be well-worn, the larger volumes with broken spines. As is all too typical for women authors, much of her work is out of print at the moment, barely seven years since her death. Her work is politically and philosophically challenging, and in her non-fiction carefully worked into the clearest prose she could manage on a wild range of topics. Over a fifty year writing career she resisted massive rewrites of her older essays, instead providing thoughtful introductions to her collections... Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:28:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#medieval2 Random Site of the Week: Get the L Out https://getthelout.wordpress.com/blog/ It is a sad fact that the only people looking out for lesbians is lesbians, and this is a key source for information on new developments as lesbians leave the so-called "LGBTQT+ good for anyone but women" movement. Great links and important information on recent protests that doesn't repeat misogynist talking points provided by people claiming to that stating the facts about being a lesbian is "transphobic." Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:20:31 PST https://getthelout.wordpress.com/blog/ New Thoughtpiece: Presentism Ad Absurdum https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#presentism <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/presentisms.jpg” /><br /> The issue of social and political polarization has been getting a lot play over the past several years, as authoritarian political and social movements resurge. A whole bunch of precariously "on top" people can feel the rumblings of change, and their best hope is to somehow stop it by fooling the rest of us to run in the same old circle of an authoritarian screw down followed by something branded usually as a "sexual" revolution. Polarization is a problem. Yet it seems to me may of those decrying it don't have a clear sense of what they are decrying. One minute they are protesting the role of identity politics, then trying to conflate any effort to destroy structural oppression as identity politics no matter how violently absurd the attempts get. Then there are the people who have decided that they are going to try to undermine the ongoing Feminist and antiracist organizing by reframing that work as actually about punishing mean people.... Mon, 01 Jul 2019 23:28:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#presentism Random Site of the Week: Memory Alpha http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Portal:Main The prime fan-built and fan-maintained site for <i>star trek</i> fans. They are entirely ecumenical, covering the latest movies as well as the short-lived cartoons and various comic book and tie-in novel series. To date it shows no sign of the unfortunate editing wars and problems that <a href=”https://www.wikipedia.org/”>wikipedia</a> has to deal with, and I find it generally more navigable than <a href=”http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page”>memory beta</a> which positions itself as focussed on non-canon works. Mon, 01 Jul 2019 23:20:31 PST http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Portal:Main New Thoughtpiece: Refusing "Modern" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#modern <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/greatwavekanagawa.jpg” /><br /> As I get ready for a milestone in my current main academic project, I find myself dealing again with the vexed notion of the "modern" and "modernity." If you turn to any dictionary in english, most will duly and flatly inform you, as my <i>OED</i> does, that "modern" merely means whatever is happening now, the present as opposed to the "remote past." Quick thinking latin students will be able to pull out a stock phrase illustrating the indirect origins of the word in english, "modo" meaning "now." I think it is fair to say that at least in the "west" "we" are all expected to firmly label anything deemed modern as good and to be taken up in place of anything else that might be there instead. That this has some uncomfortable connotations due to its association with... Mon, 24 Jun 2019 00:28:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#modern Random Site of the Week: Warrior Publications https://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/ A site serving many purposes, to "promote warrior culture, fighting spirit, and resistance movements" in Indigenous Nations, to provide analysis and news coverage of anti-colonial struggles, and a historical archive of relevant articles and documents. Well worth reading for an Indigenous perspective on current important anti-colonial developments. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 00:20:31 PST https://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Corporate Censorship https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#corporate <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/ducttape.jpg” /><br /> I have written at least two thoughtpieces already dealing with questions of censorship and free speech. In part this was so that I could sort out what the american invocations of "free speech" and inveighing against "censorship" meant in their context. Canadians make sloppy conflations between arguments set out by americans based on the american constitution and body of laws and the canadian constitution and body of laws, so this is an important step to take. There is a lot of overlap between the two in terms of principle and even in law. For better or worse, the differences do matter. Setting that aside, for my part, I agree with many people in the world generally that government suppression of speech, especially speech critical of the government or other powerful political and social players is not ethical or justifiable. Today we face the additional problem of private entities so powerful that they too can suppress speech... Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:28:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#corporate Random Site of the Week: Derrick Jensen http://www.derrickjensen.org/ Prolific author and environmental activist. He is among the very few non-Indigenous people who looks directly at mainstream culture and states bluntly that "civilization" not only has to end, it is ending, and the question now is how humans are going to cope with that. I have encountered strange claims that he is misanthropic, but this term can only be applied to him if the only way we can imagine humans being is as valuing money above all other things and ways of being right down to the basics of life itself. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:20:31 PST http://www.derrickjensen.org/ New Contested Document "Errors of Commission" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/errorsofcommission.html The final report of the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was released on 3 june 2019. The report refers to genocide without mincing words, to the outrage of the usual racist media suspects. This is a first response to canada’s trio of inquiries into Indigenous matters and its ongoing avoidance of the elephant in the room, the Settler Problem. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:16:31 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/errorsofcommission.html New Thoughtpiece: Rhetoric Versus Writing https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#rhetoric <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/narmerpalette.jpg” /><br /> Depending on your view of my writing style, you may or may not believe that I hated the class labelled "english" with a great hate. A tragic hate. Because evidently, writing and reading are two of my favoured activities in the world. "English" class was not a thing until senior high school, when "language arts" and its faintly fussy label vanished away. And with it all sorts of intriguing projects that encouraged what would today be called "multimedia projects" although not too much by way of video or audio yet, as they were still too expensive. Lots of posters and illustrations, experiments with calligraphy though, at least in my experience. The official art class was basically defunct, but we got to do a lot in language arts. However, once english came along, we were relegated to the useful and deadly boring five paragraph essay, reading novels and poetry that were supposed to be the best for the "correct interpretation" and being marked zero on short answers for such accidental foibles as writing "it's" (it is) when you meant "its" (possessive). I kid you not. To make it all the worse... Mon, 10 Jun 2019 23:42:34 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#rhetoric Random Site of the Week: Julie Bindel https://www.thejuliebindel.com/ A major Feminist activist who works to end violence against women and children, co-founder of <a href=”http://www.justiceforwomen.org.uk/”>Justice for Women</a>, and prolific author of books, articles, and papers. Her work is well worth reading and thinking through, regardless of whether or not you agree with her because she is an excellent writer who sets out her arguments in a clear fashion, which is all too rare in this strange age of "queer theory." Mon, 10 Jun 2019 23:08:34 PST https://www.thejuliebindel.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Who Speaks in Public? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#speaks <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/orator.jpg” /><br /> I have a stubborn memory of a what was probably an ancient, now firmly fossilized form of early clickbait, which claimed that according to an opinion survey, americans feared public speaking more than death. Now, it is all too easy to pick on opinion surveys because they are so notoriously bad so often. They can be designed to provide real information, but that tends to be time consuming and expensive, and entirely too annoying when what the purchaser of the survey wants is something clickbaity, or at least predictable. Sometimes the clickbaity nature is all in the spin, such as the infamous survey that showed declining newspaper subscriptions, not declining literacy in the 65 and older age bracket. Of course, newspaper company owners were terribly alarmed at these early signs that something was amiss with their business model and what they stuck on their news pages, before the web became a major factor. But the survey didn't really say anything about our grandparents' literacy at the time. So I suspect that... Sun, 02 Jun 2019 02:37:34 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#speaks Random Site of the Week: Prickly Paradigm Press http://prickly-paradigm.com/ One of several attempts to reestablish critical pamphlet literature in the relatively mainstream press, this one a reincarnation of a small press founded by anthropologists Keith Hart and Anna Grimshaw in 1993 in england. This version is based in chicago and run by a small team of scholars supported by university of chicago press. The range of topics is wide, and more of the pamphlets are being made available as free pdfs over time. See David Graeber's on <i>Anarchist Anthropology.</i> Sun, 02 Jun 2019 02:36:34 PST http://prickly-paradigm.com/ New Thoughtpiece: On Genre Fiction https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#genre <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/JanVermeer.jpg” /><br /> "Genre" is a firmly neutral term, according to my <i>OED</i>, just a category of artistic composition. So the illustration for this thoughtpiece is a genre painting by Jan Vermeer, in which a sort of idealized representation of home interiors and application of perspective and oil brush techniques to produce what we can now call photograph-like representations is the goal. The paintings were part of the hippest decorating schemes in their time in some parts of europe, especially the netherlands where many artists working in the genre were based. A good example of the neutral application of "genre." However, somehow as soon as we turn to writing and books instead of other arts, the term "genre" isn't so neutral anymore, perhaps because it is so often conflated with "formula fiction" and similar labels that may cross-cut the more usual genre labels used for marketing. Once the marketing genres come into play, unless fiction especially can be labelled... Fri, 24 May 2019 21:48:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#genre Thoughtpiece Update to "Quixotic Columns" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#update20190524 I have just changed out the original style and template files originally attached to this thoughtpiece. The main differences are that I figured out how to get right and left page printing to work properly, and switched to the book environment from the memoir environment. In other words, I sorted out an annoying printing problem and simplified things a bit. Fri, 24 May 2019 21:35:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#update20190524 Random Site of the Week: Spinifex Press http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/ A Feminist press founded in 1991 by Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein with over 200 books in print in multiple formats. Among the first presses to have a website and online ordering, Spinifex takes a firm Feminist position and has taken a leading role in organizing in Feminist publishing, helping bring it through the 1990s backlash. They have recently established a pamphlet series, "Spinifex shorts" to provide solid introductions with references to a range of topics from publishing to surrogacy. Fri, 24 May 2019 21:34:34 PST http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/ New Thoughtpiece: Voice Control Absurdities https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#voice <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/xkcdvoice_commands.png” /><br /> The idea of controlling any device by talking to it has never impressed me much, it sounds like gilding the lily at best, a disaster waiting to happen at worst. Which is not to say I couldn't see any possible uses for sound controlled devices, it's just that often the uses turned out to be better served by other techniques. Automatic lighting being managed by a sensible combination of timers and/or light sensors for instance, or using motion sensors, all depending on the specifics of the lights and where they are, of course. On the other hand, there is a tremendous area where voice controls makes incredible sense and should be worked on with all due speed and carefully managed to hedge against disaster, and that is in helping people whose ability to use their hands is critically impaired. That doesn't seem to be anywhere near the centre of the heat and light of the current corporate obsession with selling devices that can "listen" for a person’s commands. The corporate obsession... Sun, 12 May 2019 19:18:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#voice Random Site of the Week: Exploring European Folkdance History http://elizabethwaylandbarber.com/ Elizabeth Wayland Barber is an archaeologist, philologist, choreographer, and dancer whose remarkable corpus of work includes books exploring the deep history and development of textiles, how knowledge is encoded and handed down in oral tradition, and the ways we can cautiously reconstruct aspects of the most ancient cultures via careful linguistic analysis. She has a dry sense of humour and no mercy for nonsense, which makes all of her books, including the formidable <i>Prehistoric Textiles</i> wonderful and absorbing reads. Her website is an excellent introduction to her work. Sun, 12 May 2019 19:14:34 PST http://elizabethwaylandbarber.com/ Update to Contested Document "Take One Cup of History, Add a Pinch of Aliens..." https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/onecup.html Added a reference and link to the early march 2019 edition of Rosanna Deerchild’s cbc podcast Unreserved, "Looking towards the future: Indigenous futurism in literature, music, film and fashion," which gets into the subject of Indigenous futurisms and includes a wonderful interview with Grace Dillon. Tue, 07 May 2019 14:35:31 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/onecup.html New Thoughtpiece: The Tiniest Violin is Playing... https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#whiners <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/violinmeme.jpg” /><br /> So apparently all these media executives and such are upset, upset beyond belief. #metoo has been so unfair, they can't run around sexually abusing women and children in the industry anymore, and younger members of the industry busy writing scripts, casting, and so forth, are demanding that casts and stories reflect something more like the real world population. And the old guard is stressed, stressed, why they need tranquilizers it's so bad, and whenever they think they can get away with it they are apparently indulging in sexist and racist rants of the worst sort. Now they are angry that one of their award academies is using non-white-maleness as a tie breaker to help break the stranglehold of white males on seats, and they are even more furious because that is supposed to be unfair to them. Never mind that before now the rule was that nobody but white males could get in except as an extraordinary exception, if ever (I don't think there has been an ever if at all until now), which means nobody who was qualified but not a white male ever had a chance. It doesn't matter, they are angry, how dare anyone challenge the oppressive structures that work in their favour. How dare anyone make it impossible for them to maintain the illusion that they did this all based on their own personal skill, merit, and grit.... Sun, 05 May 2019 19:28:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#whiners Random Site of the Week: Shekon Neechie https://shekonneechie.ca/ An absolutely brilliant Indigenous history website built and contributed to by Indigenous historians using multiple media, Indigenous scholarship, and where constructive, mainstream sources and approaches. It debuted in june of this year, and contributors needn't be academically affiliated, quality of work is what counts, and that includes work that may use non-mainstream presentation approaches. Sun, 05 May 2019 19:14:34 PST https://shekonneechie.ca/ New Thoughtpiece: When the Old Outcompetes the New https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#rottenapple2 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/AppleComputerLogoRainbow.png” /><br /> Among the articles I ran my eye over towards the end of last year was one featured on motherboard, which I rarely read to be honest due to not being much of a fan of vice.com. But, as it is important to acknowledge, even broken clocks can be right twice a day, and it doesn't hurt to check them out once in awhile. This particular article dealt with the fact that amazon.com has begun the very process serious business and tech commentators have been worrying about for not nearly as long as the people who realized their figurative heads had bullseyes painted on them. In collusion with apple, amazon.com has booted anybody who repairs apple hardware but isn't specifically licensed by apple itself off of amazon.com's marketplace. Licensing is not a solution, because apple actively does everything it can now to end access to means to keep its hardware running or to run alternate software besides microsoft crud on it. I actually think that the affected businesses and people are going to make it through this... Wed, 01 May 2019 21:28:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#rottenapple2 Random Site of the Week: Sheila Jeffreys http://www.sheilajeffreys.com/ As you would expect, Jeffreys' official homepage, featuring her books and a range of articles. It includes video and audio recordings well worth the time spent with them. She has been an active lesbian Feminist for many years, and continues to serve as a key gender critical speaker and writer since her retirement from academia. The current most recent update is from 2014, but there should be new postings soon because Jeffreys has a new book coming out in august 2018. Wed, 01 May 2019 21:27:34 PST http://www.sheilajeffreys.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Resistance to Oppression is Perennial https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#perennial <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/perennial.jpg” /><br /> I have already stated quite bluntly my views on so-called "identity politics," the latest co-optation and backlash against effective resistance to oppression by the oppressed by those doing the oppressing. As usual, the co-opting involves specious claims by oppressors that they are the ones who are really being oppressed by the awful oppressive structures they couldn't be bothered to change. They have leaned extremely heavily on the younger folks out there being too ignorant or at least too naïve to be able to spot the misdirections and lies. They definitely dislike any attempt to learn about the issues at hand independently. Co-opters and backlashers hate it with a passion when anyone, and especially those they consider easy marks like the young or the otherwise apparently uneducated or unsophisticated, insist on finding information for themselves and making up their own minds. I say "apparently" here in absolute seriousness. I disagree absolutely with any claim that people can be denied their own good sense and knowledge merely on the basis that they are young, old, or haven't got education from one or another sorts of institution. That is a backlash, anti-democratic tactic, just as anti-intellectualism is. Unfortunately... Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:51:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces10.html#perennial Random Site of the Week: Lesbian Herstory Archive http://lesbianherstoryarchives.org/ An american, grassroots lesbian archive founded in the 1970s by a feminist collective and supported to this day primarily by thousands of hours of volunteer work and dollars of donations. This amazing work of lesbian herstory recording and archiving is more important everyday, and especially now in a time of resurgent attempts to delete any acknowledgement whatsoever of lesbian existence. Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:47:34 PST http://lesbianherstoryarchives.org/ Update to Alexiares' Annotated Alice's Adventures Through the Looking-Glass https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg9.html Remarkably, bits of information to add to the annotations for <i>Through the Looking-Glass</i> do still turn up. A great secondary source on the weirdities of victorian-era banquets is Judith Flanders' <i>The Victorian House</i>. Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:43:31 PST FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg9.html New Contested Document: Take One Cup of History, Add a Pinch of Aliens... https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/onecup.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/PathWithoutEndGrabSmall.jpg” /><br /> In may 2018, while perusing the latest edition of the Canadian History Round Up on Unwritten Histories, I read the entry for Douglas Hunter's twitter thread on how to make canadian history interesting by adding aliens. Being an Indigenous history PhD student who has just finished comprehensive exams including one in canadian history, I appreciated the wry humour and wonderful art in the thread. It also made me realize that actually, aliens have already been added to history, especially the canadian and american branches, but they may not be obvious to history buffs who aren’t also regular readers of science fiction. Other ways of writing, interpreting, and performing history are centrepieces of Afrofuturism and its younger cousins, Indigenous Futurisms, where there are indeed aliens, zombies, space ships (or rather, space canoes), and perspectives at once enlightening and hair-raising.... Fri, 12 Apr 2019 22:20:31 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/onecup.html New Thoughtpiece: Author, Author https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#author <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/author.jpg” /><br /> The latest article in my bag of procrastination tricks is the topic of "scribal publication" which so far I have read about only in the context of fifteenth to seventeenth century england. This sounds like it should be obscure, yet the models developed from various preconceptions about hand-written manuscript reproduction versus machine printing and what it means to be an author in the usual depictions of scribal publication are reproduced in almost all writing in english about writing and publishing I know of. Exceptions exist and are growing in number, in part because of the effect of the web and the ways in which it has been developed as a new means for what could be labelled "social publication." "Social" not in the lying marketing sense as in the term "social media," but actually social in that the writing is done and published as part of social relationships. And not just in the form of fanfic either. I think that comment sections at their best are part of the same phenomenon. Social publications troubles the waters of definition whenever we approach the water body labelled "author." Authorship, by which most pundits seem to really mean ownership... Thu, 11 Apr 2019 18:07:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#author Random Site of the Week: First Nations Periodical Index http://www.lights.ca/sifc/INTRO.HTM An index of journals dealing mainly with Indigenous scholarship by people working in Turtle Island between 1999 and 2006. In effect, it was updated as part of a <a href=”http://www.sicc.sk.ca/archive/saskindian/a89sep07.htm”>Saskatchewan Indian Federated College</a> project as the college transition into the <a href=”http://fnuniv.ca/”>First Nations University of Canada</a>. It does not appear to be updated, although it remains freely available for use. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 18:06:34 PST http://www.lights.ca/sifc/INTRO.HTM New Thoughtpiece: Interface Hell https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#interface <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/uidisaster.jpg” /><br /> If I needed to be convinced of my loss of "Apple-hipness," then the recent efflorescence of articles critiquing the corporation's decision to piss all over its own original user interface guidelines is excellent proof. Not that these critiques are new of course, my research for this thoughtpiece suggests that these have been something of a minor staple for online magazines like <a href=”https://www.fastcompany.com/3053406/how-apple-is-giving-design-a-bad-name”>fast company</a> for at least four years. Apple's determination to dump colour, destroy font legibility, and crapify the operating system interface is rather new. Long time mac enthusiast and author Fletcher Delancey has recently blogged about it, dealing especially with... Sun, 31 Mar 2019 03:16:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#interface Random Site of the Week: ProjectEuclid https://projecteuclid.org/ Founded as an affordable platform for small scholarly publishers to make work electronically available in mathematics and statistics by cornell university library in the early 2000s. Since then, it has developed a significant open-access component, according to its documentation more than 70% of the journal articles are available for any interested person to read online. Sun, 31 Mar 2019 03:10:34 PST https://projecteuclid.org/ New Thoughtpiece: This is Not About Banks https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#notbanks <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/angryflower857bankjob2010.jpg” /><br /> Even though it is so tempting to rant about the banks, because generally that is something everyone is allowed to do because it is basically ineffectual, even as a means of catharsis. Banks are a mighty symptom of the ills and evils of fundamentalist capitalism, which is the pursuit of money as the only valuable thing that in fact has no value but what we agree to give it in a sort of consensus illusion to its ultimate conclusion. Since they're a symptom, it makes more sense to try to wrestle with identifying and challenging the cause. But I am not going to spend much time as such on fundamentalist capitalism either, because it too, wildly enough, is a symptom. Both are symptoms of something so pernicious and dangerously persuasive in colonizing cultures that it manifests in multiple frightening branches from a snarl of interwoven trunks and unpleasantly widespread, though not deep, roots. It is tempting to label this... Sun, 24 Mar 2019 21:06:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#notbanks Random Site of the Week: South African History Online http://www.sahistory.org.za/ An amazing site combining crowd sourced and academic materials, founded by Omar Badsha. It is part of a non-partisan and non-profit effort to document and share south african history via open source and democratic means. Not quite twenty years old, it is an award-winning, hard hitting site that doesn't flinch from difficult questions. Sun, 24 Mar 2019 21:04:34 PST http://www.sahistory.org.za/ New Thoughtpiece: The Dishonest Passive Voice https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#dishonestpassive <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/crowd.jpg” /><br /> Almost anyone who has suffered through instruction in writing english has been ritually told never to use the passive voice. Until quite recently it was rare indeed for teachers to give clear and actionable reasons why. I can certainly point to moments when teachers inveighed against how they made sentences flabby and generally slowed down the text. Yet I managed to get to a second university degree before finally learning that I actually had little idea what an english passive voice construction was. As in, before taking classes in ancient greek, I was confused enough to mix up a past construction like I just used in the previous sentence, with an actual passive construction. Passive constructions depend on uses of the verb "to be" and are often singular and in the past tense, so the confusion is understandable.... Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:48:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#dishonestpassive Random Site of the Week: jasonhickel.org https://www.jasonhickel.org/ Blog of london-based anthropologist and author Jason Hickel, who may now be most famous for working hard against the manic insistence that the only way to stave off the collapse of the environment we humans find easiest to live in is to double down on extractive economics, especially late stage capitalism. He is well worth reading because he provides citations and actual arguments rather than hand waving and faith statements. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 22:34:34 PST https://www.jasonhickel.org/ New Thoughtpiece: The Problematic Pie https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#pie <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/piechart.jpg” /><br /> In the title of this thoughtpiece I am of course referring to the metaphorical pie used to describe pretty much anything that different people may be encouraged to compete for. It is called on repeatedly in reference to political and economic power, access to the necessities of life, and so on. It is also a cruelly destructive metaphor used in many dishonest ways, because of its presuppositions. The metaphorical pie presumes the pie already exists, nothing can be changed about it, it is limited in terms of its size and contents, and everyone is expected to fight tooth and nail for a piece of it. One of my favourite Feminist quotes points out that Feminists don't want a piece of this poisoned pie. At the minimum, they want a new pie. Based on the outcomes of trying to reframe the pie metaphor, I think more and more Feminists and other people working against forms of structural oppression are at the point of saying, "Fuck the pie, it's a distraction that is meant to get us to accept the very oppressions we want to end as somehow necessary for life." Yet the rhetorical problems with metaphorical pies go beyond this.... Sun, 10 Mar 2019 22:48:34 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#pie Random Site of the Week: LowImpact.org https://www.lowimpact.org/ A more regularly updated complement if not alternative to lowtech and notech magazines, both of which are not as critical of the absurd perpetual motion machine model of economics so rampant currently. Includes extensive useful blogposts and links to free, used, and new books that help share information. The blog is the online face of an ongoing on-profit organization and cooperative community in england. Sun, 10 Mar 2019 22:47:34 PST https://www.lowimpact.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Perverse Incentives https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#perverse <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/treadmill.jpg” /><br /> There are a few different definitions of "perverse incentive" at large right now, many of them encrusted with the desperate verbiage of economists who have eschewed testing their ideas against reality. For the purposes of this thoughtpiece, a perverse incentive is simply any reward, be it social or material, that encourages a person to choose actions that are destructive to themselves or others. This can and often does entail an ethical judgement, but with the caveats that we should start from the position that we should respect others and assume that they are making rational decisions based on the information and circumstances facing them. We may completely disagree or be completely appalled by what they decide, and they may be criticized for making ethically unacceptable decisions, but we can't take the dishonest or childish shortcut of calling them too stupid to know what is good for them. Paternalism is neither attractive nor effective... Sun, 03 Mar 2019 15:26:34 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#perverse Random Site of the Week: Database of canada’s[sic] Early Women Writers https://dhil.lib.sfu.ca/doceww/ An excellent project, slightly problematic title aside, that will take the curious browser well past the usual tiny number of women writers held up as examples in english classes, in many cases including women who were certainly writers but would contest any attempt to characterize them as "canadian." Carole Gerson of SFU <a href=”https://theconversation.com/playing-detective-with-canadas-female-literary-past-97228”>recently wrote</a> an excellent brief introduction to this database and its origins. I can't believe there isn't a parallel project for women writers in french within canada at least in the developmental stages. Sun, 03 Mar 2019 15:16:34 PST https://dhil.lib.sfu.ca/doceww/ New Thoughtpiece: Counterculture and Its Discontents https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#counterculture <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/geigercounter.jpg” /><br /> I think it is fair to say that right now many "western" nations are undergoing a difficult phase of culture change. Culture change happens all the time of course, mostly in ways that people hardly notice, but since the development of capitalism in which rentseekers and other profiteers have struggled mightily to find a way to monetize that very change as a source of permaprofit, many of us have been made hyperaware of it. The american marketing consensus insists that anything handed on from the past is awful and irrelevant and confining, unless of course they have found a way to sell it to us first. They have cottoned onto the challenge of letting go of what no longer works because circumstances and what we know have changed, but pushed beyond good sense to deny any role for hanging onto older ways and knowledge all together. This is unfortunate. Yet there is an interesting contradictory move against thinking through and actually adapting new ways of doing and being that will change the cultures we live in, since after all that threatens anyone who is on the beneficiary end of oppressive practices and social structures. As a general rule oppression has a great deal of short term profit in it, so the marketers and rentseekers are not so enamoured of substantive cultural change. And of course, anybody can be nervous and uncomfortable with deeper culture change even if it would serve their interests and they are in agreement that that is the case. Change is stressful, even when it is change that we wholeheartedly want.... Wed, 27 Feb 2019 22:31:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#counterculture Random Site of the Week: Provisional Government of Assiniboia https://hallnjean2.wordpress.com/ Another website by Norma Jean Hall, though I am not quite sure why it is a whole separate site. Regardless, her purpose, which is "Acknowledging the Contribution of Original North American Peoples to the Creation of Manitoba" is a striking one. Besides articles and analyses that the reader may of course have many questions about, she has scanned and uploaded primary sources plus transcriptions. At the moment this is one of the best places to find additional parish and area maps from the period of the northwest resistance. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 22:03:34 PST https://hallnjean2.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Updated Thoughts on Advertising https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#advertising <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/UBlockOrigin.png” /><br /> Rather belatedly I stumbled on Ramsi A. Woodcock's paper, <i>The Obsolescence of Advertising in the Information Age</i>, originally published in the Yale Law Journal 1 june 2018 via the <a href=”https://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+Obsolescence+of+Advertising+in+the+Information+Age.-a0547694414”>the free library</a>. Part of what signal boosted this article and Woodcock's argument more generally is an efflorescence of snap shot posts at various outlets during august 2018, which were spurred on themselves by growing worries about the role of facebook, google, twitter, and their potential influence on politics in the united states. It seems that the fact that if anybody can buy ads, and a capitalist company will sell ad space to anybody who can pay in an ostensibly free market, and advertising is propaganda, has all suddenly crashed into general american consciousness. I think this is actually a good thing, even if some of what is driving the alarm is actually scaremongering nonsense rather than realistic claims about different foreign influences. I'm not going to get into that aspect of things, but rather some clarifications and updates to my thinking... Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:13:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#advertising Random Site of the Week: doing canadian history n.0 https://hallnjean.wordpress.com/ The web archive of documents, papers, and various related materials developed by scholar and visual artist Norma Jean Hall. Her area has a typical focus on the hudson's bay company, specifically its shipping. The few articles are long and fully referenced, and Hall has included several extensive bibliographies. She does not appear to update regularly, although she does keep an eye on the comments. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:03:34 PST https://hallnjean.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Hard to Soft Scifi https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#scifi <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/lifeonmars.jpg” /><br /> Science fiction is a curious genre, intended to imagine possible futures while really talking about the past and sometimes by luck, the present. The features that usually separate science fiction from other types of fiction is the role of science and machine technology in the plot. They provide the macguffin or object of what is typically a modified quest narrative. This leaves a great deal of leeway, and there is even more now that writers have insisted on bringing in other sciences than physics and chemistry, the great foundations of weaponry. This has of course led to the importation of the same pointless and nonsensical contrast between "hard" and "soft" sciences to create pseudo-categories of "hard" and "soft" scifi. I will resist indulging in the obvious and awful puns implied by this terminology in view of the persistent assumption that scifi, especially in its movie and comic book form, has a teenage male exclusive market. And of course, some fiction does cause all manner of challenges to categories... Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:13:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#scifi Random Site of the Week: Hypotaxis https://patheticfallacies.wordpress.com/ A much quieter corner of the blogosphere these days since Hypotaxis has already completed an important series of posts about the new misogyny and the ongoing and increasing violence it is licensing against lesbians, especially young lesbians struggling to deal with puberty and coming out. It is well worth reading somebody who points out that puberty is difficult and even more so in a misogynistic, capitalist society. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:11:34 PST https://patheticfallacies.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Increasing Job Precarity and Hiding the Bots https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#bots <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/nyplvisiblewritingmachine.jpg” /><br /> A few months ago, the new york times newspaper made some changes to the layout of its online edition. Most infamously, it removed reporter bylines while leaving opinion and photographer bylines in place. The official reason for this was that the editors believe that this will break the "filter bubble" of readers' decisions on what to read based on who wrote it. So, somehow the use of who wrote an article as one of the factors in gauging its credibility and therefore whether it is worth reading is equivalent to an advertising company manipulating search or news feed results. At least, that is the equivalence claimed by the new york times. The dishonest paternalism of this pseudo-explanation is obvious. Not being a reader of that newspaper, or at this point any mainstream newspaper myself, I usually wouldn't have much to say on the issue. It seems obvious that the whole point is to hide when the feature articles on the new york times home page were generated by bots... Mon, 04 Feb 2019 16:38:12 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#bots Random Site of the Week: Fair Play For Women https://fairplayforwomen.com/ A group of volunteer women in britain who are deeply concerned about the proposed changes to the "gender recognition act" that would effectively redefine women and femaleness out of existence for the purposes of the law, eviscerating sex-based protections that are helping end patriarchy. Their research projects alone are remarkable, achieved when even their government claims the information involved is "too expensive" to collate from their own records. Mon, 04 Feb 2019 16:28:34 PST https://fairplayforwomen.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Paper Ballots https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#ballots <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/canadianballot.gif” /><br /> Convenience, according to my <i>OED,</i> is "the state of being able to proceed with something with little effort or difficulty; the quality of being useful, easy, or suitable for someone; a thing that contributes to an easy and effortless way of life." This sounds like a generally good sort of quality, convenience, especially all abstracted like this. In real life, we gladly live with many inconveniences, and of course, we also live unhappily with many unwanted inconveniences. Still, there are a surprising number of inconveniences that are helpful. For instance, it is inconvenient to have to wear a seatbelt in a car. Unless and until we have the bad luck to be involved in an accident, in which case the seatbelt is anything but an inconvenience. Many safety features are like this, imposing a small trade off in extra effort or annoyance for a larger return. Sometimes the inconvenience is one we suffer because of the broader negative impacts for society at large if we don't, rather than a personal affect. Vaccinations are a good example... Mon, 25 Jan 2019 19:29:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#ballots Random Site of the Week: Daniel Heath Justice https://danielheathjusice.com/ Cherokee literary theorist, author, and historian, Justice is a key player in Indigenous speculative fiction, also known as Indigenous futurism. One of this major focii is how to revision the well-worn Tolkienesque fantasy novel with characters present and active who are ordinarily relegated the background or simply absent. Like Indigenous people and women, for starters. Mon, 25 Jan 2019 19:28:31 PST https://danielheathjusice.com/ Thoughtpiece Update: Search Patterns https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#update20190121 Just a quick anecdote addition regarding a search engine mishap courtesy of an over-helpful application of synonyms. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 23:33:56 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#update20190121a Thoughtpiece Update: Queer Intimations https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#update20190121 Courtesy of Jocelyn Macdonald at AfterEllen, I was able to add some additional relevant etymological information, including some more material from the deeper files of the <i>OED</i>. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 20:51:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#update20190121 New Thoughtpiece: Division of Labour in Extensio https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#division <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/riehlemachine.jpg” /><br /> It is difficult for a person growing up in much of north america, and probably anywhere that the british or british-derived states are active, not to learn something about the "division of labour." Presentations of the division of labour generally declare it an ultimate good, that it hardly matters that it reduces the production of whatever item to a set of small tasks that could be performed with no training and preferably no mind. The great good that is supposed to make this way of managing production good is that it can result in large stocks of whatever is being made in a short period of time, or else the completion of a large task in a short time. The division of labour is often equated with a very specific form of labour division too, that of interest to capitalists who want to maximize profit and minimize costs, of which the cost of labour is most intractable and therefore annoys the capitalists most. They hate profit-sharing beyond themselves. The truth is though, that division of labour is no more than the allocation of tasks... Sun, 13 Jan 2019 18:51:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#division Random Site of the Week: Kim Tallbear https://www.kimtallbear.com/ Tallbear is as associate professor at the university of alberta who specializes in Indigenous peoples, their science, societies, and technologies. She has a certain advantage in this area, being Indigenous herself, and is already well known for her brilliant criticism of the uses and abuses of DNA testing in settler moves to innocence by attempting to claim indigeneity without being claimed by any Indigenous community. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 21:58:31 PST https://www.kimtallbear.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Not Children, Even Metaphorically https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#notchildren <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/tom-thumb.jpg” /><br /> Ah the wonders of web search rabbit holes led me to Walter D. Mignolo's <a href=”http://waltermignolo.com/”>website</a> a few days ago, leading to wonderful procrastination fodder which throws up just enough relevant material for my own work to leave me denial room if pressed. Mignolo is an important theorist and scholar of decolonialism and important critic of so-called "globalization" the latest word used to put a pretty bow on colonialism and exploitation. Two of his most famous books because they gore some important oxen via their titles just to start with are <i>The Darker Side of the Renaissance</i>, <i>The Darker Side of Western Modernity</i>, and of course, <i>The Darker Side of </i>. I am looking forward to reading them as well as more of his lengthy posts which include many relevant links and online references. Here though, I want to take up a striking reference he made, which led him to make use of a specific, and highly problematic metaphor.... Sun, 13 Jan 2019 18:51:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#notchildren Random Site of the Week: native-land.ca https://native-land.ca/ A new project founded by Victor G. Temprano to help settlers learn about whose traditional lands they are uninvited guests on. It is based on a GIS approach, which means representation of traditional lands is a bit problematic at the moment due to inappropriately solid looking boundary lines, an issue he is working on now. Current coverage includes Turtle Island, Aotorea, Nunanagat, and "australia." Sun, 13 Jan 2019 18:23:31 PST https://native-land.ca/ Update to "Is It Fasism Yet?" Essay https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/isitfascismyet.html#update20190104 An update to add a reference to the 2003 documentary <i>The Corporation</i>, the original origins of the house unamerican activities committee and the somehow forgotten corporate plot to overthrow the FDR administration. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 22:21:31 PST https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/isitgascismyet.html#update20190104 New Thoughtpiece: Greedy Savers? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#savers <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/scroogesim.jpg” /><br /> At the moment there is considerable angst abroad both in firmspace and cyberspace for a whole range of good reasons, so it is not surprising to see even more examples of unfortunate comments on the sites where people can leave them. It happens, and no doubt the moderators are doing all they can. A lengthy comment on a news site I have been reading recently caught my eye because it actually struck me funny, in the sense of odd, rather than amusing. The person stated several times that if the real estate bubbles in various large canadian cities pop unpleasantly, all should be well because the "greedy savers" will lose their shirts, and the people underwater with untenable mortgages will be bailed out. Now, obviously there are several layers of odd, or at least wishful thinking here. For instance, regular homeowners don't get a nice pat on the head and forgiveness of their mortgages in the event of largescale crises in capitalism, especially... Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:51:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#savers Random Site of the Week: Canadian Studies http://cana7blog.blogspot.com/ Canadian historian Andrew Nurse's blog, which focusses mainly on politics, canadian history, and questions of education and the role of politics and facing challenging ideas in the classroom. His ongoing series of posts on "political correctness" is well worth the read as a starting point, drawing together issues of education, free speech, and the meaning of freedom among others. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:48:31 PST http://cana7blog.blogspot.com/ New Essay in Allocentric Perceptions: Present Reflections on "Power and Helplessness in the Women's Movement" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/powerandhelplessness.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/zombie.jpg” /><br /> Among her many reflections on Feminism through her writing career, one of Joanna Russ' most striking essays is "Power and Helplessness in the Women’s Movement," dating to no later than the early 1980s, and collected in <i>Magic Mommas, Trembling Sisters, Puritans and Perverts.</i> As the title says, Russ takes a critical look at power relationships within the women's movement, and how they have gone awry in many cases due to the persistence of what she refers to as the "Feminine Imperative," the intensive training women receive to ignore their own needs while fulfilling those of others. To my knowledge, this is one of the bluntest examinations of the meaning and problematics of this imperative when it is left unexamined and allowed to define how women work together on the task of winning their liberation. I suspect she got a lot of flack for it... Mon, 31 Dec 2018 18:16:31 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/powerandhelplessness.html New Contested Document: Codetalking https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/codetalking.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/comanchecodetalkers.jpg” /><br /> Today all of us have an interest in communications security whether we want to or not, due to the fact that at the moment there are both governments and corporations striving to reduce the internet and anything else to do with networked computers into a morass of constant surveillance and propaganda. Civilian need for and use of codes is not new, in fact evidence for it can be found almost as far back as we care to look where many humans lived together for extended periods in one place. Still, it remains more commonly understood that codes and cyphers are a part of military operations, from long term spying to the short term actions involved in ambushes and battles. For the long term sort of work, the earliest approaches to hiding messages from prying eyes was codes applied by hand, then by machine like the infamous and overrated german enigma machines, and eventually by the computers many of us have on our desks or in our pockets. It is easy to forget, but the key question about codes is not whether they can broken, because the best default answer is always yes, but how long it may take to break it given particular resources. The code really only needs to be strong enough to keep its secret until the message is no longer useful. In world war ii... Sun, 31 Dec 2018 01:16:31 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/codetalking.html New Contested Document: Wampum Is Not Money https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/wampumnotmoney.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Guswenta.jpg” /><br /> This was one of the first lessons I got taught about wampum on getting involved with other Indigenous people on projects and reading better sources than the absurdities that are still all too common. The myth that wampum is money derives from at least two sources. One is that wampum beads were and are hard work to make even with metal tools, and they are made from quahog and whelk shells. Even if those shellfish are common, the purple coloured shell is not, as usually only a small part of the animal’s shell is that colour, usually a stripe. So rare, hard to make, and therefore widely traded. These are attributes that europeans interpret solely through notions of expense in terms of labour, and therefore how much money they would have to pay someone to make these beads for them. On top of that, because in their early days in the americas the europeans wanted very badly into not just local trade systems but the entire network of intersecting Indigenous economies, and they gradually realized that wampum beads could provide them just that sort of access... Sun, 30 Dec 2018 22:23:31 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/wampumnotmoney.html New Thoughtpiece: Persistent Neoteny https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#masters <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/egyptiancarpenters.jpg” /><br /> In 1979 Audre Lorde gave one of her most brilliant and misunderstood speeches. She had been invited to give this speech, with notes to reflect on the role of difference within the lives of american women. As it turned out, Lorde probably made the conference organizers and many attendees far more uncomfortable than they expected to be, because she sharply criticized the mainstream Feminists of the time. I don't agree that she criticized "second wave Feminism" as a whole, as many people have claimed since. That is one part of the misunderstanding, a key element of her point was that second wave Feminism was already full of diverse women whose differences were powerful tools in helping them recognize and coordinate against oppression. She was particularly critical of the mainstream face of Feminism at the time, which was being reshaped with very little resistance from the women being co-opted... Sun, 30 Dec 2018 01:08:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#masters Random Site of the Week: Michael Geist http://www.michaelgeist.ca/ Law professor and specialist in copyright law especially as it pertains to digital media, Geist also writes prolifically on "intellectual property" law and related matters. His blog is a treasure trove of quality pieces exploring canadian examples, coverage which is all too rare at present, alongside important critical examinations of the latest copyright and surveillance extension proposals. Sun, 30 Dec 2018 01:03:31 PST http://www.michaelgeist.ca/ Thoughtpiece Update: Lack of Knowledge Is Not Objectivity https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#update20181230 Added some more thoughts and especially a reference to Safiya Umoja Nobl'’s book <i>Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism</i>. Sun, 30 Dec 2018 01:01:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#update20181230 New Thoughtpiece: Persistent Neoteny https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#neoteny <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Neoteny_in_humans.jpg” /><br /> A few days ago I reread Aliette de Bodard’s wonderful rant, <a href=”https://aliettedebodard.com/2011/08/31/on-the-prevalence-of-us-tropes-in-storytelling/”>On the Prevalence of U.S. Tropes in Storytelling</a>, which is just about seven years old but still all too germane. Part of what led me to read it again was reading something rather more esoteric, a translation of Mikhail Bakhtin's essays on speech genres. Based on a selection of russian and western european novels, he argues that heroes don't change in these books, the world changes around them but they remain the same. Deborah Knight and George McKnight have written about genre characters like Neo in the... Fri, 21 Dec 2018 23:47:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#neoteny Random Site of the Week: Purism Security Focussed Laptops https://puri.sm/ An intriguing and encouraging project to make something more like a secure laptop available to everyone, including eschewing tracking software for free and open software, careful hardware sourcing, and use of hardware switches to manage the microphone, camera, wireless signal, and bluetooth. Their hardware prices are improving all the time, but these are certainly not your bog standard $200 netbook, and they are explicitly designed to last. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 23:43:31 PST https://puri.sm/ New Thoughtpiece: An Important Rhetorical Summary https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#rhetoric <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/cicero.jpg” /><br /> Possibly we have all heard someone declare in an unimpressed tone that some statement is "just rhetoric" or "only rhetoric." Perhaps more of us have heard its synonym, "it's only words" or "they're just saying that." Or the ever obnoxious and unhelpful, "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." The neutral definition fo rhetoric is simply "the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing" although "persuasive" and "effective" are both weasel words that beg questions. Effective for who or what? Persuasive to who, about what? Is a persuasive element always... Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:47:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#rhetoric Random Site of the Week: Elizabeth LaPensée http://www.elizabethlapensee.com/ Site of brilliant Anishinabe multimedia developer and artist whose work is part of the growing explosion of works in Indigenous futurism, also known as Indigenous science fiction. LaPensée challenges preconceptions and makes settlers who don't want to have their racist ideas challenged deeply uncomfortable, and pushes videogames into doing deeper work than reskinning space invaders or doom. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 21:43:31 PST http://www.elizabethlapensee.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Language Prescription Foibles https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#language <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/blurrychart.png” /><br /> There is nothing new about attempts to control what people say and how they say it. We can find implied instances in the context of the earliest deciphered writing, where a script designed for one language is being used to write another. The direct examples I know of all come from the romans, whose prescriptive grammarians fought a futile rearguard action against the romance languages with of course no idea that was what they were ultimately doing. It would not surprise me to learn that some of the early sanskrit grammarians were engaged in similar work. I appreciate the temptation to inveigh against change in pronunciation and grammar changes in light of the strange career of the word "concerning."... Tue, 04 Dec 2018 22:12:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#language Random Site of the Week: The Public Medievalist https://www.publicmedievalist.com/ Take the concept of public history, history when people learn about it outside of an academic context, and focus in on "the middle ages" and among other results you may encounter this site overseen by Paul B. Sturtevant at the smithsonian institution. It appears to be at least two to three years old, and already hosts a fine crop of articles combining research and critical political analysis. Well, mostly critical political analysis. There are a couple of interesting areas where things seem to have gotten a bit tangled, and therefore are even more reason to have a look to see how those tangled questions can be handled in a civil way. Tue, 04 Dec 2018 22:06:31 PST https://www.publicmedievalist.com/ New Thoughtpiece: BBEdit and Website Managing https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#bbedit <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/bbedit_25th_birthday_candle.png” /><br /> Several earlier thoughtpieces have dealt with web browsers, especially the ongoing trainwreck that is firefox -- currently following the neoliberal playbook to purge the built in rss-reading capabilities better known as live bookmarks -- and seamonkey, with a dash of waterfox thrown in. These are all built on the same codebase, and for better or worse constitute the least bad options for web browsing security and privacy in my considered and researched view. Not that writing and maintaining web browsing software is easy, to be sure, especially now that only the doughty crew working on seamonkey still sees a role for the browser in building the web in the first place. For all its faults, the late netscape browser's composer with its descendant still kicking within seamonkey's regular production code did serve as a non-trivial tool in learning how to write and design web pages... Mon, 26 Nov 2018 21:44:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces9.html#bbedit Random Site of the Week: Ellen Lupton - Thinking With Type http://thinkingwithtype.com/ Companion site to the book of the same name, with many useful hand outs, illustrations, and a curated collection of helpful extras. Unfortunately Lupton provides very little information about what the site is for so it can be a bit disconcerting at first glance. Nevertheless, spend some time enjoying the graphics and typographic information, then check your library for <i>Indie Publishing: How to Design and and Produce Your Own Book</i> which is a fun read in itself with many practical points, although no companion website. Mon, 26 Nov 2018 21:47:31 PST http://thinkingwithtype.com/ Random Site of the Week: Butterick's Practical Typography https://practicaltypography.com/ The online version of Matthew Butterick's opus on typography, which is as much an experiment in publishing without paywalls as in how to present a book legibly on the web. Personally I find the default font size ridiculously huge and the navigation design is a serious effort to drive a person through the text linearly, or else. Those quibbles aside, the content is top notch, gets updated with blog posts and responses to new research, and includes a tasteful and reasonable selection of suggested options for paying for the book and otherwise supporting Butterick's work. Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:13:31 PST https://practicaltypography.com/ New Thoughtpiece: The Map Is Not the Territory https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#map <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/mapsnippet.jpg” /><br /> If there is one thing that we can count on, it is finding more and more maps. Maps of all kinds, "just in time maps" via "you do the work, we'll take the money" crowdsourced apps used in web browsers all over the world, those amazing hangers' on, paper road maps available in myriad grocery stores and gas stations. The young and adventurous may even find their way to maps not just in their school textbooks, whether electronic or paper, but also in the fading genre of atlases, books of maps and/or charts named for the ancient greek mythical figure who once commonly featured on their covers. That is a lot of maps... Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:10:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#map Thoughtpiece Update: Pondering Identity and Identification https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#update20181113 Adding some new relevant links to an excellent philosophical and practical discussion of the concept of identity, its origins and uses by Jane Clare Jones. Part One came out in october, so hopefully part two is coming soon! Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:17:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#update20181113 New Contested Document: "Modern Treaties" in the Canadian Settler State https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/moderntreaties.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/LCACMapModernTreaties.jpg” /><br /> There is a lot of cultivated confusion about treaties in settler states, because current settler governments would like very much to pretend that somehow the term "treaty" meant something completely different when their predecessor representatives treated with Indigenous nations. Admittedly, it would be convenient for them if somehow "treating" and "treaty" didn't mean what they meant then or now, so that they could ignore Indigenous nations, their existence, and their rights. That would certainly make the world an ever easier place for fundamentalist capitalism. The trouble of course, is that settler colonial histories and languages refuse to oblige, and Indigenous histories certainly don't. References to... Mon, 12 Nov 2018 01:24:31 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/moderntreaties.html New Thoughtpiece: Agnotology https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#agnotology <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/threewisemonkeys.jpg” /><br /> When I started working on this particular thoughtpiece, it was with no expectation of stumbling on a fascinating wikipedia rabbit hole. Forgoing most of the interesting things that popped up, except for this, that the "three wise monkeys" are japanese in origin, designed as an illustration of a confucian maxim. So they are an interesting example of a visual proverb that is often presented with no sign of its actual provenance and appropriated for use to entertain children, among other tasks it may not have been related to to begin with. They are also a great example of an idea... Sun, 11 Nov 2018 23:33:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#agnotology Random Site of the Week: perl.org https://www.perl.org/ And of course here is the main site for perl, the language that some people love and others love to hate, though I'm not sure why, that sounds like so much work. Anyway, this is a central place to pick up perl distributions, which is not too necessary since it is preinstalled on most OSes, thousands of extensions, and perl's generally excellent documentation. Sun, 11 Nov 2018 23:30:31 PST https://www.perl.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Electric Scooters https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#scooters <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/ElectricBicycle.jpg” /><br /> Electric scooters and their relatives are proliferating ever faster these days. In principle they sound like they should be good things, needing less parking space, quieter, lower emissions, and there are types that charge the battery when coasting down hills and the like. There are retrofitting kits to add small electric motors to regular bicycles. In terms of making cities more livable for people rather than carefully modified paring environments for cars with internal combustion engines, this sounds pretty good. Collisions and similar between people and electric bike riders are likely to be less destructive to everyone concerned, since the vehicles in question don't consist of at least 500 kilograms of metal plus other stuff. So my sarcastic perspective on them aside, it must seem like a win-win all around... Mon, 05 Nov 2018 20:48:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#scooters Random Site of the Week: xiph.org https://www.xiph.org/ It is more important than ever to support initiatives that work to keep web and internet standards open and out of private control. xiph.org is a non-profit corporation that is most associated with work on visual and audio media standards, although they are also working hard on wider questions such as the right balance between copyright and private enclosure. A quirk of the site is that its "about" page has not been updated much over the past twenty years, which is surprisingly useful. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 20:47:31 PST https://www.python.org/ Slideshow Repair to the Chess Problem in Alexiares' Annotated "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlga.html Practically speaking I got very annoyed with trying to keep the javascript slideshow working, and have now re-implemented it by non-javascript means. Purists and efficiency mavens will be appalled, but the result is something that should remain stable and working through the ongoing changes in browser security and document hierarchy changes for the foreseeable future. Wed, 31 Oct 2018 17:27:31 PST https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlga.html New Thoughtpiece: Parades Versus Marches https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#parades <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/lesbiansmarch.jpg” /><br /> Today's foray into the <i>OED</i> is all about marches and parades. After all, there are plenty of parades to go around these days, although not near so many marches. Since armies do quite different things when they march than when they are on parade, the messages of these two ways of walking around in groups are far from the same. A quick perusal gives the following paraphrased definitions: "parade, a public walk by an ordered group of people, for display, inspection, and/or celebration" and "march, walk with a regular or measured tread, which may express determination; force someone to walk somewhere quickly." "March" includes the following definition which I am quoting directly, "walk along public roads in an organized procession to protest about something." This one draws out an important detail... Mon, 29 Oct 2018 13:39:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#parades Random Site of the Week: python.org https://www.python.org/ Home site for python language development, python shares with perl an idiosyncratic founding creator with a wry sense of humour and distinct programming philosophy. It's well worth experimenting with, especially since most computers come with a python distribution already installed. This website will complain if you have javascript turned off, but is quite accessible without it. Mon, 29 Oct 2018 13:35:31 PST https://www.python.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Misconceptions About Women's Suffrage https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#suffrage <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Suffrage-toronto-sunday-world4.jpg” /><br /> With voter suppression so rampant in much of the world, including canada and the united states where people are encouraged to believe that sort of thing can't happen, it is hard not to spend time thinking about suffrage and its meanings. When it comes to women's suffrage in particular, I have to admit to getting more and more fed up with the misconceptions about when women won suffrage and what that has meant for women more broadly. Let me repeat, wherever women have suffrage, they <i>won</i> it. They weren't given it as a grand, magnanimous gesture. The right to vote can no more be given than can the right to self-determination. Which means that what women have had to win in so many places, is the enforcement of respect for their rights, in many cases re-enforcement after a recent change that blocked them from voting. This is one of the most critical misconceptions about women’s suffrage. Here’s another one.... Sat, 20 Oct 2018 20:38:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#suffrage Random Site of the Week: A Socialist in Canada http://rogerannis.com/ Roger Annis' writing home on the web, where he blogs on political, social and environmental issues. He is a socialist, trade union activist, and retired aerospace worker whose commentaries on recent high profile news articles are well worth reading in their own right. So also are his curated links added to the commentaries, which include links to writers at their original publishing points who both agree and disagree with him. This is a far too uncommon practice on a current affairs oriented site or blog. Sat, 20 Oct 2018 20:12:31 PST http://rogerannis.com/ New Thoughtpiece: The Nineteenth Century Blahs https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#blahs <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/aack.jpg” /><br /> Practically speaking, the nineteenth century would have a lot to answer for if it was a person, based on the way it is usually constructed in terms of general impressions. Barring the steampunk writers, who bounce between depicting it as the best century every and imagining alternate paths out of it (to my mind by far the more interesting subcategory), there seems to be a general consensus in the mainstream at least that nineteenth century was awful, and anything that came out of it was terrible. Supposedly all the things identified as "sexual hang ups" are all due to people in the nineteenth century, especially those infamous victorians. Internal combustion engines... Sun, 14 Oct 2018 01:38:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#blahs Random Site of the Week: texample.net http://www.texample.net/ Admittedly not wholly for the fainthearted, this site is maintained and contributed to by the TeX and LaTeX communities. Even if you have no interest in using either typesetting language, do spend some time paging through the TikZ and PGF examples, of which there are thousands of gorgeous ones in which the authors have pressed beyond just working out how to generate complex graphics and illustrations to real works of art. Sun, 14 Oct 2018 01:36:31 PST http://www.texample.net/ New Thoughtpiece: Identity Politics Are Bullshit https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#bullshit <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/canteven.jpg” /><br /> Seriously, but not literally. If Identity politics were literally bullshit, then we could at least use them for something genuinely useful, like fertilizing the garden or other practical applications. I believe there is an ongoing project in small scale methane generation from cow dung more generally to fuel cooking fires in parts of africa where cows and people have been helping each other keep body and soul together for millennia. But here, let me clear to start with on what I mean by "identity politics." Clear and honest definitions are too rare right now (hence my perhaps quixotic fondness for the <i>OED</i>), but I see no reason not to set my cards clearly on the table.... Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:38:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#bullshit Random Site of the Week: Herbert Marcuse Official Homepage http://www.marcuse.org/herbert/index.html Marcuse is perhaps best known as a philosopher of the "new left" marxists of the 1960s and his sharp critique of consumer society and attendant new forms of social control. This site is wide ranging, including numerous transcriptions, pdfs, a selection of scanned photographs, and a series of indices of related multimedia, all maintained by his grandson. Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:36:31 PST http://www.marcuse.org/herbert/index.html New Thoughtpiece: The Victorians Were Not Prudes https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#victorians <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/victorian.jpg” /><br /> Just in case anyone is expecting this, I will not be discussing Foucault and his repression hypothesis about victorians and sexuality. I'm not wholly sympathetic to him, so it best to read his stuff for yourself. Instead, as usual I start from my ever useful <i>OED</i>, which reminds me of the similar etymological tracings undertaken by Feminists like Mary Daly, Jane Caputi, and Julia Penelope, who looked more deeply into the word "prude." It's an oddly shaped word, with spelling strongly indicative of a change in pronunciation that managed to get caught in english orthography. This is a vanishingly rare occurrence in the english language. Anyway, thus spake the <i>OED,</i> "prude, a person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity." It adds in the etymological section... Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:08:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#victorians Random Site of the Week: Wonders and Marvels http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/ One of many solidly established and quirky history blogs, this one sprouting from an undergraduate course that grew into a larger project with many contributors. The earliest articles are in medical history, but since then it has expanded wildly into areas from cryptography to phrenology. The staff of regular contributors includes Adrienne Mayor and Jack El Hai. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:07:31 PST http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/ Update to "North American Elections" Essay https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/northamericanelections.html#update20180921 An update to add a reference from one of Glenn Greenwald’s recent blogposts on the Intercept, along with some light revisions to correct formatting and rewrite some sections for clarity. Alas, this is another essay that has renewed relevance in the present conditions of "democracy" in much of what is usually labelled the "western" world. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:49:31 PST https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/northamericanelections.html#update20180921 New Thoughtpiece: The Question of Efficiency https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#efficiency <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/seriously.jpg” /><br /> Here is another word exploration thoughtpiece, which I thought would end up being quite short. Except as it turns out, the insistent visual association between interlocking gears and the terms "efficient" and "efficiency" surprised me. Perhaps it shouldn't have, because of the current fetishization of fuel efficiency in machinery. Gears commonly serve as metonyms for machines, especially ones now considered rather old-fashioned because they don't have a computer shoehorned into them somehow. On the other hand, I can say honestly that my surprise reflects the fact that in my more immediate experience, "efficiency" and "efficient" are invoked in relation to human behaviour and that other new age shibboleth, "productivity." Both terms are, alas, problematic, even more so than they might otherwise be because language never stops changing because they are encoded with such powerful and destructive presuppositions.... Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:07:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#efficiency Random Site of the Week: Steampunk Magazine http://www.steampunkmagazine.com/ A now defunct publication originally available both online and off, although how long its archives will remain available is unclear, Steampunk Magazine did not focus solely on fiction, since steampunk has also developed into an aesthetic and maker movement, among other things. Its run from 2007 to 2016 was based on the dual premises of steampunk's diversity and political significance. Argument continues as always, as to whether steampunk is/was merely a fad. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:07:31 PST http://www.steampunkmagazine.com/ Thoughtpiece Update https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#update20180917 This update is to Indigenous Futurism, which in retrospect I realize should have been titled Indigenous Futurisms! In any case, have a look online and in your local library for stories and art that has been booming since this thoughtpiece originally went up in 2015. Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:23:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#update20180917 New Thoughtpiece: Peace is Practical Work https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#peace <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/metisinspace.png” /><br /> I have mentioned the brilliant podcast Métis In Space, Otipêyimisiw-Iskwêwak Kihci-Kîsikohk in other thoughtpieces and a couple of random sites features. It comes in here as well for a more detailed reason, because Molly Swain and Chelsea Vowel have powerfully imagined an Indigenous future that is peaceful and enshrines healthy relationships between all peoples and the land, and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Part of their imagining reflects teachings they have received and cousins of those teachings I’ve received myself, about peace. Peace isn't easy. It doesn't conveniently fall out of everyone somehow becoming too dazed and silly to fight anymore. That it is difficult does not make it either impossible or unrealistic. I mistrust people who claim peace is hard and therefore impossible who then promptly turn around and insist that infinite energy, infinite cash, and continuous space travel for anyone who can pay for it are all possible... Sun, 09 Sep 2018 16:27:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#peace Random Site of the Week: Banned By Trans https://bannedbytrans.wordpress.com/ An important central summary of the ongoing efforts to silent gender critical or even just gender questioning people who are not active partisans of the current "transactivism" also known as "sexology 2.0" stream in what is still billed as progressive politics. What makes this site especially important regardless of whether you agree with it or not, is that it provides links to evidence and original sources so that you can read and make up your own mind. Sun, 09 Sep 2018 16:25:31 PST https://bannedbytrans.wordpress.com/ Thoughtpiece Update https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20180907 An update to <a href=”FoundSubjects/thoughtpieces7.html#update20180907”>Privilege Check</a> with links and references to an excellent series on "privilege" at <a href=”https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/”>Naked Capitalism</a>. Fri, 07 Sep 2018 20:49:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20180907 Updates to "The (Re)introduction of the Horse" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/reintroductionofthehorse.html#20180901 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/farside.jpg” /><br /> Some new information further to the question of the horse in the americas post ice age. It turns out that there is more than fossil evidence demonstrating that actually, horses didn't go extinct in the americas anymore than camels did, although camels changed far more, becoming the progenitors of llamas and alpacas. Sat, 01 Sep 2018 11:05:35 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/reintroductionofthehorse.html#20180901 New Thoughtpiece: Search Patterns https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#patterns <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/triangle.jpg” /><br /> Search engines are wonderful tools, for all their now more often frustrating than hilarious flaws. Those of us who have been surfing the net since the early 1990s probably all have stories about the startling and funny results search engines could produce in those days. There is a certain irony in how much more AI-like those absurd results seemed, because of course they reflected the mistakes and simplifications made by the human programmers. Not that anyone was talking much about AI then outside of some research laboratories, because this was when reporting problems by email could spawn an email back -- from a person. I know, sounds impossible, but that was a thing. And even then... Mon, 27 Aug 2018 22:45:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#patterns Random Site of the Week: Partisan Review Online http://hgar-srv3.bu.edu/web/guest/collections/partisan-review A free to use archive of all articles from a major american literary magazine for its time, provided by the Howard Gottlieb archival research centre in boston. Its contributors included Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Franz Kafka, Doris Lessing, and Marge Piercy, among other now quite famous writers. Some may find its earlier issues from its start in 1934 to 1950 most useful to start with. Mon, 27 Aug 2018 22:43:31 PST http://hgar-srv3.bu.edu/web/guest/collections/partisan-review New Contested Document: The Name Game https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/namegame.html A consideration of the changing names of the group of federal bureaucrats whose job has been to handle "Indian affairs," which ends up tracing not only the changing nature of that group and its organization, but the changing attitudes and interests reflected in the names. Includes a cameo from Thomas King's <i>Green Grass, Running Water.</i> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 02:38:31 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/namegame.html New Thoughtpiece: A Reconstructive Problem https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#problem <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/neanderthal.jpg” /><br /> Facial reconstruction is a remarkable development in hybrid art-science applications. It can help in the investigation of crimes and missing persons cases, and add impressive vividness to recreations of ancient peoples. Due to how oriented we humans are to watching and reading the eys of other people so long as we can see them, the visuals these reconstructions provide can make ancestors real in surprising ways. They are also often controversial. Try reading up on the presumed skull of Philip of Macedon, let alone the remains of the Ancient One found in the lands of his present-day relatives, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Nation. Or the so-called... Sun, 19 Aug 2018 03:45:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#problem Random Site of the Week: Cora Buhlert Writer, Teacher, Translator http://corabuhlert.com/ Another excellent blog by an active science fiction writer who also writes a remarkable number of lengthy posts on the state of science fiction, the world, and politics. A couple of great posts to start with include her most recent <a href=”http://corabuhlert.com/2018/03/01/the-other-star-trek-show-some-thoughts-on-the-orville/”>The Other Star Trek Show: Some Thoughts on The Orville</a>, and her reflections on conformity versus free-thinking, <a href=”http://corabuhlert.com/2017/12/31/michael-burnham-poe-dameron-and-the-decline-of-the-maverick-hero/”>Michael Burnham, Poe Dameron and the Decline of the Maverick Hero</a>. Sun, 19 Aug 2018 03:43:31 PST http://corabuhlert.com/ New Contested Document: Colonialism, Classics, and Cultural Compliments https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/colonialismclassics.html A new Contested Document which considers why Indigenous people might be interested in ancient greek and roman literature and what the alternative to cultural appropriation can be. Sun, 19 Aug 2018 03:38:31 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/colonialismclassics.html A Long Delayed Update to the Sappho Fragments Project https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments6.html After an extremely long hiatus, the Sappho fragments project is moving again. The first long poem to Aphrodite is now fully annotated, and the code to turn different levels of annotation and the translation on and off is working properly. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 02:49:31 PST FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments6.html New Thoughtpiece: Queer Intimations https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#queer <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/threedollars.jpg” /><br /> For anyone below the age of twenty who isn't sure what people did before the availability of the endless rabbit holes via search engines and the ever-uneven wikipedia, the answer is there were plenty of rabbit hole openings available via the household dictionary. Sometimes they didn't turn out well, because either the definition writers got lazy or the dictionary editors nodded, leaving frustrating loops similar to "sick - to be ill," and "ill - to be sick." Well, if a person ran around that loop enough times, they would certainly be sick <i>and</i> ill. Pleasantly often, especially in the case of dictionaries compiled on historical principles... Mon, 13 Aug 2018 02:36:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#queer Random Site of the Week: Forgotten Books https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en As the site description notes, this is an english publisher based in london that specializes in bringing older books back to life on a print on demand basis. This is an excellent place to check for unusual and obscure items that may not already be included in the repositories at the <a href=”http://www.archive.org/web/web.php”>internet archive</a>. Their approach bears some similarity to the <a href=”http://store.doverpublications.com/”>dover publications</a> reprints series, but unlike dover, forgotten books also provides free to download pdf versions. Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:54:31 PST https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en Found Subjects Page Refurbishing https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/foundsubjects.html#update Having belatedly realized that this page has been cruelly neglected, I set to work this evening cleaning it up and adding to the entries under the "Foreign" section especially. For the most part its original purpose has been taken over by the Random Sites page instead, so it will probably not receive too many more updates to that section, except to replace dead links. Thu, 02 Aug 2018 23:05:31 PST FoundSubjects/foundsubjects.html#update New Thoughtpiece: History and Fiction https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#history <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/GentileschiArtemisiaClio.jpg” /><br /> There are several "that question/idea/whatever is for another time" asides that I made over the past couple of years, and this thoughtpiece follows up on one of them. In this case, the idea that fictional and historical narratives could be constructed as extremes of a range or perhaps in some other way. Having considered this a bit more, I think "some other way" is by far the better option. Genres and modes of writing make up a complex three-dimensional matrix of interconnected works, which makes nonsense of two-dimensional ranges. Sometimes there can be astonishing levels of realism and truth in what is ostensibly a "fictional" narrative, so in the end I think that ranges and spectra and all such metaphors do more harm than good, guiding us into trying to force quite untidy stuff into artificially defined and sealed boxes. Rather than rattle on about fiction and truth, which has already been touched on anyway... Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:36:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#history Random Site of the Week: Writing by Renee https://reneejg.net/ Another excellent blogger who writes about women's rights, Feminism, education, militarism, and the literacy gap. Renee Gerlich is part of the growing numbers of women writing great long form pieces with excellent cross references and source links on controversial issues. In other words, contributing to the better and more useful parts of the internet. Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:34:31 PST https://reneejg.net/ New Thoughtpiece: Obfuscated Code https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#obfuscated <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/christiesrifle.png” /><br /> I have been thinking a lot lately about obfuscated code. Obfuscated code is simply code that is written to be difficult to read and understand. Not code that has gradually become a terrible confusing morass and therefore hard to understand and debug, but deliberately made that way. It is tempting to include compiled code under the obfuscated rubric, but compilation isn't for the purpose of making it difficult for humans, rather it is for making it easier for humans to tell computers what to do. Deliberate obfuscation was the original method meant to at least discourage reuse of one programmer or company's code by someone or company else. Not that this went far, as programmers are inveterate problem solvers and often have an interest in cryptography, so obfuscation was and is not so much a deterrent as a challenge. Hence obfuscated code contests, which for some reason I tend to associate with perl... Sun, 22 Jul 2018 21:26:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#obfuscated Random Site of the Week: University of Calgary (U of C) Press http://press.ucalgary.ca/ The U of C has also joined the open access party, with an increasing back catalogue newly available in pdf format and an impressive subject range in its own right. For the more history and environment study inclined, check out especially the publications associated with the Network in Canadian History and Environment, which include early collections of HGIS papers. Sun, 22 Jul 2018 21:21:31 PST http://press.ucalgary.ca/ Thoughtpiece Update https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#update20180722 A key reference from Deborah Root in <i>Cannibal Culture</i> is now part of <a href=”FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20180722”>Cultural Appropriation is <i>Theft,</i>Folks</a>. Sun, 22 Jul 2018 18:06:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#update20180722 Thoughtpiece Update https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20180719 A quick update this time, to the thoughtpiece "The Abused Verb 'Identify'." At this point, with the most recent exemplars of bullshit virtue signalling by people claiming to oppose oppression based on gender stereotypes by pandering to violent men, this piece is more relevant than ever. Which of course also means, even less likely to be read! Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:06:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20180719 New Thoughtpiece: Another Perspective on Gun Ownership https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#guns <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/christiesrifle.jpg” /><br /> Sometimes instructive comments turn up in surprising places as blow bys that usually get relegated to a footnote, but luckily this one did not, and it suggested some additional perspective on the mindset of americans who have become hyper-committed to gun ownership. The comment summarized part of Patrick Malone's arguments from <i>The Skulking Way of War: Technologies and Tactics Among the New England Indians</i>, specifically the bit where he suggests that europeans were poor shots because they were mostly agriculturalists and who could own and keep weapons was limited to "a privileged few." This is not wholly convincing in light of how many european colonists were not actually agriculturalists at all... Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:32:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#guns Random Site of the Week: Athabasca University (AU) Press http://aupress.ca/index.php/books/ Billed as canada's first open access scholarly press, AU press provides access to an impressive roster of monographs, collections, and pamphlets for free viewing and download under Creative Commons licensing. As we should expect, cover art is rarely part of the pdf version, and it is generally possible to order paperback copies if desired (hardcover availability may vary). Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:26:42 PST http://aupress.ca/index.php/books/ Thoughtpiece Updates https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20180711 Another thoughtpiece update, this one less quick. The article in question, "Mixed Bag" deals with what can be described as the engineering, but also cynical manager mindset that justifies ever increasing distrust and surveillance of humans by the pseudo-rationalization that humans are imperfect. I happened on an excellent Charles Babbage reference that encapsulates this negative view of humans very well. Babbage is often held up as a quixotic figure, but his story is much more complicated than that, which comes across even in the brilliantly researched and written graphic novel <i>The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage</span> by Sydney Padua. Read it for <a href=”http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/”>free online</a> or pick it up in paperback, it is well worth the time and money if you can manage it. The footnotes are as fun to read as the comic itself, and that is all but unheard of. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 22:36:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20180711 Thoughtpiece Updates https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#update20180711 A quick update to "The Whiteness of Real Being" to add an on point quote by Ingrid Monson in relation to the recent closure of an ill-conceived performance built around spirituals and sorrowing songs composed and sung by Black slaves. Here is the quote, "A kind of mistake that many white americans make... is that you identify so much with the cause that you think you can represent it." See the original thoughtpiece for its context and a link to the cbc.ca news article on the cancelled show. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 22:32:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#update20180711 New Thoughtpiece: Uncomfortable Neighbours https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#wasps <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/wasp1.jpg” /><br /> No, this is not a cryptic reference to "white anglo-saxon protestant" males. These pictures are from an actual wasp's nest under construction around the corner from my usual bus stop. On one hand it is kind of neat, in a scary way. I couldn't get the right camera settings to get an image of the eggs and larvae that are already hard at work growing in it. Alas, even the ordinary sort of wasp is pretty aggressive if subjected to any noise, so the folks who have this nest happening will have to clear this one out soon, since they do live on a street that experiences periods of heavy road traffic between the buses and everything else. It's not too often I manage to get a relatively close up photograph of this type, let alone at such a stage in an insect's life. According to the sources I have checked online they agree at least that there are twenty two species of paper wasps, that they are important pollinators... Fri, 06 Jul 2018 20:32:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#wasps Random Site of the Week: The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System http://adsabs.harvard.edu/ One of several projects providing bibliographic databases and access to abstracts and full texts of science papers and articles, in this case of course, specifically astrophysical ones. It also tracks citations and provides access to related external resources. Fri, 06 Jul 2018 20:26:42 PST http://adsabs.harvard.edu/ Essay Updates to "Thoughts on Passing" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/thoughtsonpassing.html#update20180628 This is primarily a footnote update to the essay, as I stumbled upon an intriguing read relevant at least to that footnote, a chapter from Martin Lewis and Karen E. Wigan's book <i>The Architecture of Continents: The Development of the Continental Scheme</i>. The question of continents and how they are or aren’t recognized may be a thread worth pulling for another essay! Thu, 28 Jun 2018 17:04:31 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/thoughtsonpassing.html#update20180628 New Thoughtpiece: Filling the Bit Bucket https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#bitbucket <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/bitbucket.png” /><br /> Bitcoin has been around for awhile now, and some people swear by it and find it quite valuable. Like any currency, it's imaginary, held up by the agreement to treat it as valuable. The sting in the tail is how bitcoin is made, which is apparently by wasting extraordinary amounts of electricity to run algorithms to generate its constituent numbers. The market in bitcoin is apparently as much of a gambler's dream as might be expected, and the bitcoin craze is a dream come true for computer processor makers. I have read more than one article bemoaning the poor availability of powerful graphics cards and related equipment because enthusiasts are buying them up to build so-called "bitcoin mining" rigs. I guess with marijuana being legalized in so many places, this will become the new grow-op that eats copious amounts of electricity and becomes a serious nuisance for people in doubtfully legal suites who are expected to pay a proportion of the utility bills and aren't part of the bitcoin craze. That the "miners" aren't breaking even easily... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:50:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#bitbucket Random Site of the Week: Orcinus - Spyhopping the Right https://dneiwert.blogspot.ca/ Longtime blog of David Neiwert, and investigative journalist based in seattle. He and contributing writers provide critical overviews and opinion pieces examining the rise of fascism, authoritarianism, and racism in america. Don't miss the historical articles that trace connections between business and extreme right wing organizations that may surprise you. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 15:12:42 PST https://dneiwert.blogspot.ca/ New Thoughtpiece: We Are Not Yours, Redux https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#notyours <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/badbook.jpg” /><br /> Several years ago I answered a call for volunteers to work on an intriguing project to develop a virtual online season for a popular television show. As is typical, volunteers were asked to pitch in where there expertise or talents fit best, and they had a special need for content area experts for different historical eras, different cultures, and so on. This struck me as a neat way to pitch in and see how the whole process would work, because they were following a process that imitated the firmspace one quite closely. Writers could pitch scripts, and then the scripts selected for the current season would go into development, with the various layers that implies. For example, basic story treatment, then filling that out a bit more, blocking scenes, and building up detail. If you want to learn about one of the other areas of work where writing is done by committee, then television and its virtual counterparts aren't a bad place to start if you can find such projects to participate in. Since I was considered a raw newbie, my initial slot was content area expert in Indigenous topics. This can mean lots of questions and discussion participation, with little direct writing because they want you to get more familiar with the whole shebang first. I was up with all that, it made sense.... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:50:31 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#terrorism Random Site of the Week: 4thWaveNow https://4thwavenow.com/ An excellent, sensitive site developed and contributed to by parents and friends who are "skeptical of the 'transgender child/teen' trend" and including more and more contributions by the young people impacted by this trend. Resources and relevant links are a key part of the articles, and the comments are well-moderated and constructive. These features are all too uncommon on sites discussing "transactivism" and the current "transtrend." Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:21:42 PST https://4thwavenow.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Problematic Food https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#terrorism <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/terrorism.jpg” /><br /> Many readers may recognize the source of the cropped image illustrating this thoughtpiece. I have cropped it for several specific reasons, including the fact that murderers, whether officially accused or finally convicted, should not be glorified by having their images reproduced as if they are some sort of celebrity. The attempt to frame the suspect in this case as a "nice guy" who was "socially awkward" and "nothing to do with terrorism" in literally the first twenty-four hours after his rampage has probably not turned out as originally intended. Usually this becomes part fo the process of normalizing and minimizing the behaviour of a "troubled young man" who will either be declared "mentally ill" and therefore not responsible for his actions, or else "truly sorry for what he has done" preparing the way for a minimal sentence should he be convicted. I spent some time trying to locate original photo credits for this picture rather than falling back on the secondary source, only to find that the way in which articles are relabelled on most websites seems calculated to make them difficult to find again once they are no longer on the front page, and that among the first ten search results are shrieking right wing extremist blogs. The attempted early framing has certainly not gone as planned. Instead, for a change even men are admitting that this event was a terrorist act, perpetrated against women.... Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:23:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#terrorism Random Site of the Week: Women’s Liberation Radio News https://wlrnmedia.wordpress.com/ Brilliant Radical Feminist news site founded in 2016, home of the WLRN podcast and music hours. The news, commentaries, and music hours are all volunteer-written, -created, and/or -curated by women. New volunteers are always welcome, and WLRN staff are open to women looking to build their skills in areas called for by WLRN's work. Among many great resources within the podcast notes and the overall WLRN site is the numerous references and titles of relevant books, articles, music, and films. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:21:42 PST https://wlrnmedia.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Problematic Food https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#food <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/FoodCards.jpg” /><br />"No doubt readers have noticed that I am a fan of <i>star trek</i> and a fair number of its spin offs, although the current movie "reboots" have left me completely uninterested. Not everyone appreciates it, especially in its more earnest moments when the writing effort to wrestle with more difficult social and ethical questions led to awful preachy bits. Gene Roddenberry and many succeeding producers and script writers have sought to handle things that in the context of an american television program simply can't get the treatment they deserve, try as they might. Yet I think it's the quixotic effort to somehow solve the problems of american television program format and... Sun, 03 Jun 2018 02:17:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces8.html#food Random Site of the Week: The FOSS Post https://fosspost.org/ It can be difficult to find solid sources of information on "free and open source software" that are updated and maintained over time, and are not embedded within increasingly dubious fora like stackoverflow, redit, and even the message boards maintained by software companies like canonical. FOSS Post is a promising initiative, and so far is managing to keep tutorials, reviews, and opinions mostly separated from the articles, a huge plus. Sun, 03 Jun 2018 02:15:42 PST https://fosspost.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Some Clarity About "Political Correctness" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#correctness <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/dictionary.jpg” /><br />"One day an acquaintance of mine who is an avowed leftist, began loudly beaking off about the horrors of "political correctness." I found this very interesting, because the term comes out of right wing politics, and, probably naively, I expected this to be a feature that would make a left wing person go, "Hmm, I think I need to learn more about the meaning of this term." It isn't impossible for left and right wing political positions to be similar based on entirely different criteria and chains of reasoning. It happens, and there is nothing wrong with that, and we can probably set it down to the perversity of the universe that spoils our hopes for sealed political boxes. In fact, I think it is a great prod to pause and go, "Hmm, I think I need to learn a bit more and check my reasoning." Notice that is not the same thing as "I had better change my mind, somebody right wing thinks that!" Life is not that simple.... Wed, 30 May 2018 11:16:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#correctness Random Site of the Week: Let's Encrypt https://letsencrypt.org/ A now firmly established effort to provide free TLS certificates to websites in order to help encrypt the entire web. This is an important effort to improve the security of the web at large, including not only encryption, but also breaking the exclusive control of private companies over certificate provision and verification. Wed, 30 May 2018 11:15:42 PST https://letsencrypt.org/ Thoughtpieces Clean Up https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpiecesindex.html Oh dear, there were definitely more than a few editing howlers scattered about the thoughtpieces. Practically speaking this is not a surprise, after all it’s just one person writing this site without a net, so to speak. With luck besides bad I will be able to get some help on the copyediting side of things since I have had considerably more to post over the past two to three years. In the mean time, the thoughtpieces have suffered a good scrubbing, and there are now enough of them that I have added an index page for them. If nothing else, this should help me avoid accidentally revisiting a topic that has already been written about enough. Sun, 27 Mar 2018 03:08:33 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpiecesindex.html New Thoughtpiece: Fourth Wallisms https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#fourthwall <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/mccoy.jpg” /><br />"The fourth wall" being the now familiar conceit that actors engaged in a drama do so within a more or less virtual box with one invisible or absent wall through which the audience watches them. This idea is quite a commonplace now, to the point that it is easy to find web pages full of examples in comic books, television shows, movies, and the usually understood original source, the theatre. No one seems inclined to acknowledge that ordinary novels and stories, let alone non-fiction of various types rampantly breaks the fourth wall. For some reason it is egregiously present in children's fiction, when an author is unable to respect their young audience enough not to slap them in the face with something to the effect of, "This isn’t real, you know." Children get that, they are some of the best and sharpest critics of fourth wall breakage you will ever meet. When done well of course... Thu, 24 May 2018 11:21:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#fourthwall Random Site of the Week: Digital Studies Journal https://www.digitalstudies.org/ A refereed, open access academic journal focussed on examining how digital methods have been and are being integrated within the "humanities," meaning areas of study that deal with human cultures. Not all of the papers are equally legible, but it is well worth having a look at the many ways computers can be used for highly creative and challenging purposes. Thu, 24 May 2018 11:15:42 PST https://www.digitalstudies.org/ New Contested Document: Elements of Indigenous Style https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/elementsofindigenousstyle.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/elements.jpg” /><br />I suspect there are not many people who would deliberately set out to read a writing style guide, let alone an editing style guide. However, <i>Elements of Indigenous Style</i> intrigued me on several levels when I spotted it on the shelf at the bookstore. The cover is striking in and of itself, as a well-designed professional cover is meant to be, yet it was the title and the fact that the book looked to be less than 150 pages that made it a must-have.... Sun, 20 May 2018 04:09:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/elementsofindigenousstyle.html Quick Update to "You Can't Have It Both Ways" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20180517 It is worth noting that I am not suggesting that advertisers or whoever else who wants to influence people is somehow able to program people in the manner of computers or the fictional manchurian candidate. In a 1970 paper, <i>"Consumerism" and Women,</i> Ellen Willis lays out an excellent analysis of advertising and "consumerism theory."... Thu, 17 Mar 2018 22:42:33 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#update20180517 Quick Note on "Declared Surplus" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/declaredsurplus.html Just in case anybody out there is wondering what has happened or will happen to the pending story "Declared Surplus," it is still pending and will happen. It just had to spend a bit more time in development after running into an unworkable story snarl. Stay tuned! Wed, 16 Mar 2018 23:38:33 PST Fiction/Original/declaredsurplus.html New Contested Document: Mapping Inuit Nunangat https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/nunangat.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/inuitnunangat.jpg” /><br />The Indigenous peoples of what in settler parlance is referred to as "the arctic" but is better referred to as Inuit Nunangat, Inuit land, water, and ice, have been trading and interacting with non-Indigenous foreigners for centuries. This is rarely doubted anymore, in part because they have had ongoing dealings with certain groups of europeans who are valourized in settler writing, especially the vikings, whose putative presence in various areas of northern Turtle Island is fervently sought for to the edge of mania. Still, this only meant so much in terms of extended interactions, because the majority of outsiders to Inuit Nunangat deemed it an empty waste, too cold to be seriously considered a place to live, an attitude that persists to this day. As is alas all too familiar, the complexity of Inuit social, political, and economic life was at best ignored, or caricatured. Some readers may be familiar with the early grade school spellers once so commonly used in canada, small books of around a hundred pages providing a series of short stories and word lists for hapless students to learn from. I still vividly remember the page and a half that informed me that "the arctic" was empty, and "eskimos" were so poor that they had to make all their worldly goods out of animal skins and ice. Furthermore, the women had to chew the skins until their teeth wore away, and the preferred "eskimo" way of keeping a baby busy who was old enough to crawl was to tie a piece of seal or whale blubber to their toe and set them to trying to chew on it.... Wed, 16 May 2018 23:30:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/nunangat.html New Thoughtpiece: Poetry Is Not a Luxury https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#poetry <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/kells.jpg” /><br />The title of this piece is an invocation of the luminous Audre Lorde, whose famous short essay of the same title debuted in a 1977 issue of the journal <i>Chrysalis: A Magazine of Female Culture.</i> In this time of neoliberal-neoconservative backlash in which students of all ages are relentlessly pressured to abandon the humanities because they are supposedly useless, I find myself pondering Lorde's words again. She was a Black, Feminist poet who fought for her avocation through poverty, racism, sexism, and homophobia. She had to deal with finding the necessities of life for herself and her children. She worked damn hard, and she had no illusions about the importance of food, clothing, and shelter. Yet there are many people out there who disagree with her statement in that essay. They insist that no, poetry <i>is</i> a luxury. That categorization is not debatable. To debate it, let alone oppose it according to those making this claim, is to be utterly unrealistic. And if those folks meant simply the poetry that is so often inflicted upon students in school, then I would have to concede a part of their point.... Wed, 16 May 2018 21:10:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#poetry Random Site of the Week: CitizenLab https://www.freedomboxfoundation.org/ This project is a central inspiration for the <a href=”http://librarybox.us/”>LibraryBox</a>, and like its offspring is based on free software. Its purpose is to make free, secure, and safe communication available to people on-line independent of corporations and smaller companies seeking to become corporations. "Communication" here includes publishing web sites as well as encrypted email and social networking. Wed, 16 May 2018 21:15:42 PST https://www.freedomboxfoundation.org/ Updates to "Tena Korua" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/tenakorua.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/KupeWheke.jpg” /><br />Over a thousand years ago, a group of Maori travelled across the pacific ocean in well-made canoes from their homeland Hawaiki to a place one of their number had discovered years before. The place was Aotearoa, "Land of the Long White Cloud." Eventually european newcomers would call it new zealand. This is european naming is one more in a long sequence of absurdities, because the original "zealand" was apparently a province in the netherlands, not the main island of denmark, which might have made slightly more sense. Then at least an island name would have been applied to an island. It seems quite possible that europeans would feel less lost in the world if their ancestors hadn't gone around trying to rename every other place after places at home instead of learning where they actually were. For their part, the Maori weren't lost when they made their way Aotorea, being among the greatest navigators of all time. Those ancestors knew where they were going.... Tue, 08 May 2018 15:47:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/sami.html Updates to "The Sámi" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/sami.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/samiflag.jpg” /><br />One of the more obscure exhibits at the glenbow museum in calgary, alberta tells the story of a frankly harebrained sounding federal program to establish reindeer herds in the canadian arctic. The plan was that then the various Dene and Inuit communities living there could build a new economy around reindeer herding. Many of the people who worked to bring the herds to canada were Sámi, members of another northern Indigenous nation... Tue, 08 May 2018 15:47:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/sami.html Updates to "Protecting Tsuu’xiit" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/protectingtsuuxiit.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/glowpeople.gif” /><br />For eight days in june 2004, determined members of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation in traditional canoes faced off against canadian department of fisheries and oceans (dfo) officials in high powered motorboats. The conflict was over a male orca that had left his pod and taken up residence in the waters of hannah channel, mooyah bay, and muchalaht inlet from july 2001, when dfo officials formally recorded his presence there. The dfo officials decided in 2004 that this orca, nicknamed "Luna" in a seattle-based contest (it's well worth reading the text of the winning entry, which is available on-line), should be captured, moved by truck, and released in the waters his pod was frequenting at the time.... Tue, 08 May 2018 15:47:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/protectingtsuuxiit.html Updates to "Indigenous Nations and Census Taking" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/yousaybison.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/bison.jpg” /><br />One of the most peculiar themes in the history of european involvement with the americas has been that of misnaming. The mistaken references to Indigenous peoples as "indians" is quite well-known nowadays -- in fact a widely told joke by Indigenous comedians points out it was a good thing he wasn’t looking for a shorter route to turkey -- he was far from the only culprit. Where there was any resemblance between an animal or plant in north america at all between something known in europe or the middle east, the european or middle eastern name was applied.... Tue, 08 May 2018 15:27:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/yousaybison.html Updates to "Indigenous Nations and Census Taking" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenousnationscensustaking.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/number.png” /><br />Somehow, you can always sort the enumerators from the people who valiantly sell chocolates and magazines to finance school trips or collect commitments to provide empties for bottle drives. Admittedly, it could be the gigantic clipboard and the slightly harried look: being a census enumerator isn't necessarily a pleasant job. Census-taking isn’t as humdrum and uncontroversial as you might expect, either. Well, maybe we all used to think it was humdrum and uncontroversial, and then an appalling prime minister came along and proceeded to attack every form of science-based knowledge generation in various government departments. Individual reasons to refuse to participate in a census range from religious, such as a belief in express prohibitions by a deity to political, such as a belief that census-taking is too easily twisted into a tool of oppression. Then there are those who don't get to make a decision to participate or not, because the census-takers never reach them due to difficulties reaching their communities or because they are homeless.... Tue, 08 May 2018 15:17:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenousnationscensustaking.html Updates to "The White Buffalo Calf" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/whitebuffalocalf.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/miracle.jpg” /><br />One day, two young men were out hunting. They had been friends since childhood, and worked well together, even though one was hotheaded and impulsive, while the other was more thoughtful and deliberate. Despite a long, hot day of careful tracking and effort, they had nothing to show for their efforts, and their spirits were low as they faced the prospect of returning home empty-handed.... Tue, 08 May 2018 14:57:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/whitebuffalocalf.html Updates to "Turtle Island Agriculture" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/turtleislandagriculture.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/milpa.jpg” /><br />There are few images that seem quite so emblematic of the albertan prairies as the fields that span many rural areas from the international border as far north as cold lake in a sort of variegated checkerboard. They are formidable creations, sown, sprayed, and harvested by large machines that can throw tall clouds of dust visible for miles around. They are absurd things, with their sides running straight through lakes and seasonal sloughs. The farms worked by euro-canadians, First Nations, and Métis before and after 1867 are usually depicted in a similar way, although smaller and being worked by people, perhaps with the assistance of a horse or an ox. Yet planting one crop in linear rows is a recent practice in the americas.... Tue, 08 May 2018 13:57:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/turtleislandagriculture.html Updates to "Tell Me a Story..." https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/tellmeastory.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/TruthAboutStories.jpg” /><br />Most public libraries have books of translated stories from various Indigenous peoples, collected by anthropologists over the last hundred years or so with varying levels of accuracy. The tales collected are mainly teaching stories, usually described as similar in purpose to european and euro-canadian "fairytales" (they aren't, we'll come back to that), and like fairytales, they often seem to fall flat today. More than a few commentators on "modern culture" have attributed this to the loss of a tradition of oral storytelling. While it's true that the tradition of older people telling teaching stories to the young has taken quite a beating over the last while... Tue, 08 May 2018 13:45:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/tellmeastory.html Updates to "Bannock, Anyone?" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/bannockanyone.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/bannocksimple.jpg” /><br />In the early days of the fur trade in Turtle Island, especially after the hudson's bay company (hbc) took to recruiting men from the orkney islands of scotland, one or more of those recruits taught members of the Cree communities around james bay how to make bannock. Or at least, that's the official explanation since officially european women weren't allowed anywhere near north america until the 1700s, and even then they certainly weren't heading to fur trade posts. Either way, the people who brought the scottish bannock recipe probably never dreamed that such a basic recipe would be so widely embraced by Indigenous people all over Turtle Island, or that one day a former chief of Mistissini visiting scotland would end up teaching his hosts how to make bannock.... Tue, 08 May 2018 13:37:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/bannockanyone.html Updates to "Those Were the Dog Days" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/dogdays.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/dogtravois.jpg” /><br />Most of us at one time or another have heard the expression *quot;the dog days of summer." If you try looking up the phrase on the internet, you'll be reminded that the dog days are particularly hot and muggy. You might even find a very common derivation of the term, from the rising and setting of the bright star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major (Big Dog) with the Sun during the summer. In ancient egypt, the first "dog day" coincided with the beginning of the nile inundation. At root the expression is firmly rooted in... Tue, 08 May 2018 12:57:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/dogdays.html Updates to "Dance With Power" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/dancewithpower.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/nad2018.jpg” /><br />There are few art forms as universal or as stubbornly persistent as that of dance, except possibly oral poetry and storytelling, which some scholars believe actually developed from dance chants. It seems that we humans are willing to put up with quite a lot, but dance is one of those things we won't give up. There have been various attempts to ban dancing or at least certain dances, but people have always managed to find ways to get around the rules, dancing in secret in bare feet if all else failed.... Tue, 08 May 2018 12:41:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/dancewithpower.html Updates to "A Gathering at the Drum" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/gatheringatthedrum.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/drumkitexample.jpg” /><br />This is another significantly rewritten piece, again because I have learnt more and would not take up the original topic, which was about a ceremony. I don't have enough experience or knowledge to talk sensibly about Indigenous ceremony except in the most general terms, and the majority of what mainstream people "know" about ceremonies they have the most access to, such as powwows and sweat lodges, is actually over-generalized misunderstandings. Each Indigenous nation has developed ceremonies of its own, and widely shared ceremonies like powwows and sweat lodges vary by location, history, and composition of the community. Some ways of practising ceremony are displaced significantly from their original homelands, such as the various Lakota ceremonies that have been appropriated by many non-Natives as they attempt to hawk expensive solutions to mainstream spiritual problems.... Tue, 08 May 2018 12:11:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/gatheringatthedrum.html New Thoughtpiece: Mixed Bag https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#mixedbag <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/nuts.jpg” /><br />One day in the course of a family gathering, one of my relatives discovered that someone had brought a box of "bridge mix." The term is actually a generic one, for finger food that is easy to eat and not too messy while handling a handful of cards while playing the titular game of bridge, for instance. The fancy stuff in the box is considered fancy because all of the items are chocolate covered. So raisins, peanuts, turkish delight, or the to me utterly disgusting malted milk balls. Different companies put wildly different things in their bridge mixes, and of course the quality is just as variable. Really, the label on the box should probably be, "you must trust us, you bought our product."... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:53:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#mixedbag Random Site of the Week: CitizenLab https://citizenlab.ca/ The respected multi-disciplinary research laboratory focussed on communication technologies, human rights, and global security. It is based in toronto at the munk school of global affairs, university of toronto. Their research articles and blog updates are a key information source for anyone concerned about their privacy and security. Mon, 07 May 2018 09:49:14 PST https://citizenlab.ca/ Updates to "The First Plant" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/firstplant.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/sweetgrass.jpg” /><br />Anishnaabeg Elders explain that there was a time long ago, when this world had no land. So I understand via wonderful writers like Basil Johnston. Some stories say that is simply the way this world began. Other stories say people became evil and there was a flood. Irregardless, to begin with, there was no land at all. Everywhere you looked, there was nothing but water. Of course, this world was far from lifeless. There were many... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 21:55:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/firstplant.html New Thoughtpiece: Geeksploitation https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#geeks <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/dice.jpg” /><br />I have found several reviews of the new movie, <i>ready player one</i>, in my rss feed, and so far the big message that comes across is disappointment. Not surprise or anything, and there are definitely plenty of people who like it. Yet I was particularly struck by the reviewer who commented that Steven Spielberg just doesn't get the culture he is trying to depict, or the gestalt of the original book. This person did acknowledge that Spielberg had to deal with licensing limitations and the like, but his greater concern was a failure to appreciate the "spirit" of things, if I understood him correctly. Not having seen the movie, and frankly not being a participant in a gaming community or similar pop culture oriented geek group, I have no position on this in itself. Instead, the reviewers' reflections got me thinking about the ever-expanding genre of geeksploitation flicks and tie-in products, the dark side of the relative mainstreaming of fandom... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:23:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#geeks Random Site of the Week: Kontinónhstats Mohawk Language Custodian Association Mohawk Langauge Lessons http://www.kanehsatakevoices.com/lessons/lesson-1/ A set of 37 web based lessons in the Mohawk language in parallel english and french segments. The learner will "after learning these lessons, have a good base vocabulary, should you decide to learn more you will know where the vocabulary is coming from, so when the grammar rules are applied you will be able to follow changes to the vocabulary." Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:18:14 PST http://www.kanehsatakevoices.com/lessons/lesson-1/ Updates to "Both Cowboys and Indians" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/bothcowboysandindians.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/threepersons.jpg” /><br />Apparently there is no end of surprises when it comes to Indigenous history and the curious blanks and misconceptions about it and Indigenous people generally. For instance, I have not yet met a group of non-Indigenous people who were not surprised to learn that the first cowboys were in fact "indians." Originally I hypothesized that this was an urban phenomenon, but this is far from the case, and is representative of an ongoing struggle by certain settler groups to redefine cowboys as explicitly not "indians" and never having been "indians" and it never having been possible for them to be "indians," or to be both at the same time.... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:11:03 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/bothcowboysandindians.html Updates to "The (Re)introduction of the Horse" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/reintroductionofthehorse.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/farside.jpg” /><br />There are many curious stories of the horse in the americas, not least because palaeontologists and zoologists have spent so much effort on tracing the evolution and development of the horse and all its cousins. Horses are remarkable beings, but the general scientific focus on them has less to do with their own merits than the particular ways they have been objectified in colonizing cultures, where they have and often still do represent conspicuous consumption and military power. The horse evolved initially in north america... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:05:35 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/reintroductionofthehorse.html Updates to "Home Sweet Home" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/homesweethome.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/LongHouseIroquoisAllen.jpg” /><br />For those of us fortunate enough -- or unfortunate enough -- to both have been taught the mainstream north american view of homes and to have always had a place to live, the actual buildings we live in are simply inanimate places. Until we move in and dress them up with our furniture and the decorations we like best, they are almost like shells. Our homes affect us in that they protect us from the weather, and can be too big or too small. Unless we have lived in a particular building for a significant part of our lives, or the building is an old and well-loved house maintained in the family for years... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:58:57 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/homesweethome.html Updates to "The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/aptn.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/aptnlogo.jpg” /><br />In this age of omnipresent television sets and proliferating minicomputers (coming to the seat of a pair of pants near you!), it can be hard to believe that in the late 1970s, if you lived south of 60 degrees latitude in canada there was no regular television or radio broadcasting. It's even harder to believe if you know that canada's federal government is still intermittently indulging an obsession with bringing high-speed internet to every isolated small community, even when the folks who live there would appreciate potable water and affordable housing more.... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:17:57 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/aptn.html New Thoughtpiece: The Abused Verb "Identify" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#identify <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/pickone.jpg” /><br />Among the unfortunate themes of this period of intensive backlash against women, Feminism, anyone who can't pass as white, and apparently the Earth itself, is the rampant abuse of language. I am no fan of George Orwell, in part because of his despicable propaganda piece <i>1984</i>, designed to encourage defeatism and conformity, and more recent revelations about his practice of spying and red-baiting, but I have to concede that when he created the category label "newspeak" and analysed it in his infamous novel, he was telling no more and no less than the absolute truth. He provides a chilling précis of such practices as insisting words mean the opposite of their common meaning, refusing to define terms or insisting on such nebulous meanings that they can be conveniently rejigged for political convenience. These practices are all too tempting because they can be powerful forces for gaslighting, silencing, and the destruction of open and honest conversation, let alone debate. There are many examples of this in the mainstream media right now... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:23:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#identify Random Site of the Week: Ada Lovelace Day https://findingada.com/ A website pulling together documentation and other resources pertaining to the funding of Ada Lovelace day and an ongoing effort to raise the profile of women science, engineering, technology and mathematics fields. Cleverly, the corporate supporters, who remain as hypocritical on the subject of women in these fields in terms of their cultures and hiring practices as ever, are placed in the footer of the site pages. Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:19:14 PST https://findingada.com/ New Thoughtpiece: You Can’t Have It Both Ways https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#bothways <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/janus.jpg” /><br />This particular thoughtpiece has been on my mind for awhile, because it took some time before I could sort out what the logical mess was. What happened was I bumped into yet another article insisting with absolute certainty about the importance and value of advertising. These are easy to find, just follow a brand name tech magazine for a few days. Advertising is how anybody who makes money makes money, as far as that person is concerned, and that's why corporations and companies of all sizes spend money like there's no tomorrow on it. Advertising works, it causes people to change their behaviour, or they wouldn't spend money on it. Then the very same media outlet or blogger will declaim how... Sun, 08 Apr 2018 20:23:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#bothways Random Site of the Week: The Decolonial Atlas https://decolonialatlas.wordpress.com/ A volunteer-run project engaged in producing maps and digitizing maps that work to counter the colonizing methodologies and motivations involved in the most current common types of mapping, which were all developed and applied within the context of european empire building. It's an intriguing site, with a somewhat troubling and internally contradictory <a href=”https://freeculture.org/About/license”>Decolonial Media License 0.1</a>. Love the concept, concerned about the current implementation. Sun, 08 Apr 2018 20:19:14 PST https://decolonialatlas.wordpress.com/ Another Update to "Is It Fascism Yet?" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/isitfascismyet.html#essayupdate20180408 For better or worse, I seem to be having difficulties letting this essay alone. In this case I have made a few additions to the conclusion inspired by my recent reading of Arendt’s essay <i>The Concentration Camps</i>. Sun, 08 Apr 2018 18:16:58 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/isitfascismyet.html#essayupdate20180408 New Thoughtpiece: Not An Explanation https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#not <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/notanexplanation.jpg” /><br />This is somewhat of a public service announcement, directed to all the people in jobs where they have to deal with potentially irascible or frustrated people, where the question may in someway entail computer use or be related to using a computer. That's quite a significant range of people, from IT help desks to the hard-working library staff in every sort of library you can imagine. It's a tough job. The person with the question or problem to solve may not share the same technical jargon, or may not be in a position to provide all the details of what they were doing that may help the help desk person/librarian help them most efficiently. Worse yet, as I noted, that person... Sun, 01 Apr 2018 23:23:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#privilige Random Site of the Week: QGIS http://qgis.org/en/site/ I originally stumbled on a reference to this free software based geographical information system while reading about something quite different, and of course had a look around the web for it. The software is mature and available for the usual suspects, MacOSX, Linux, and Windows, and the not so usual suspects such as BSD and Android. Sun, 01 Apr 2018 23:20:14 PST http://qgis.org/en/site/ Updates to "Indigenous Poets" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenouspoets.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/PaulineJohnson.jpg” /><br />Today it is almost a commonplace that there are Indigenous poets, or that Indigenous writers would devote a significant part of their work to poetry. This expectation does not seem to be for the same reasons as for the frequency of early autobiographical works by Indigenous writers. I have encountered a loosely based, common sense argument -- which means it needs to be thoroughly tested and is probably wrong -- that "autobiography" is easier to write, hence it is the most likely genre for the less educated to write in. Yet many of the earliest identifiable Indigenous writers were in fact writing poetry, from within their own traditions, or having learnt european approaches, using european modes. There were also... Sun, 01 Apr 2018 20:17:57 PST updatesnote20180401 Updates to "Yahgu dang ang: To Pay Respect" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/yahgudangang.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/butterflylogo.gif” /><br />In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Indigenous peoples all over the Americas were seen as races apart, dying breeds being inevitably overrun by superior races and cultures. Anyone who was deemed a "mixed-blood" by european "settlers" were held up as dangerous examples of "race mixing," especially the Red River Métis, who were conveniently interpreted by the settler state as disordered "breeds," not a new nation. North american anthropology was formulated specifically to collate information on these "dying races" so that all trace of them wouldn't be lost... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:38:27 PST updatesnote20180331 More Updates to "Indigenous Languages: Focus 'British Columbia'" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenouslanguagesbc.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/bcfnlanguagemapsmall.jpg” /><br />The First Nations whose territories are partly encompassed by the settler province of british columbia may be among the most well-known Indigenous Nations in canada after the Haudenosaunee and the Mik’maq, especially the west coast nations so well known for fine woodcarving and construction of elaborately painted and carved wooden houses. After a deluge of traders, missionaries, and people claiming... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 23:17:27 PST updatesnote20180330a More Updates to "Tagging the Inuit" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/taggingtheinuit.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/fibreTag.jpg” /><br />Mostly additions of further information sources, including a 1975-era government report summarizing the history of the “Eskimo Identification” effort to that time. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 22:43:31 PST updatesnote20180330 Updates to "Indigenous Military Service in canada" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenousmilitaryservicecanada.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/awvm.jpg” /><br />On 21 June 2001 the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument was unveiled in confederation park, ottawa after years of hard work and fundraising by the National Aboriginal Veterans Association. Designed by Lloyd Pinay, a Cree artist from La Ronge, Saskatchewan, the monument includes symbols and figures representing First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.... Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:19:07 PST updatesnote20180329 New Thoughtpiece: Privilege Check https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#privilege <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/southafricanchequesmall.jpg” /><br />Courtesy of a several intriguing and thought-provoking conversations over the past week or so, I wound up sitting down to think through the vexed term "privilege," and the practice of "privilege checking" as practiced in the current political climate of extreme anti-Feminist and resurgent racist policing. It took me awhile to sort out what was bothering me about the way "check your privilege" has been weaponized into a demand not to do any such constructive thing, but to shut the fuck up. The profanity is not there for emphasis, the profanity reflects exactly the tone, demeanour... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 01:07:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#privilige Random Site of the Week: privacytools.io https://www.privacytools.io/ Another addition to the set of sites that deal with how to improve the security of your computer and browser set up. It is technically a bit of a stretch to call this a site since it is basically one extremely long page at the moment, a set up that I am observing more and more often these days. This does make page navigation a bit fiddly, so be ready to use the spacebar and arrow buttons a bit. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 01:06:14 PST https://www.privacytools.io/ Revisions to "What Is Lesbian Fiction?" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/lesbianfiction.html So far this is the year of revisions, in this case to the essay "What is Lesbian Fiction?" reflecting new material from Bonnie Zimmerman's book <i>The Safe Sea of Women.</i> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:36:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/lesbianfiction.html An Update to "How to Build an RSS Feed" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/howtobuildanrssfeed.html#essayupdate20180318 A quick update to add information and links on how to apply styles to your rss feed so that if the browser doesn't do the right thing when you click on an rss feed link -- usually subscribe to the feed or trigger a subscription in your preferred feed reader -- it will at least appear in a legible form that the person clicking can do something with. I also repaired a stylesheet problem that affected the essay’s layout. Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:36:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/howtobuildanrssfeed.html#essayupdate20180318 New Thoughtpiece: Attention Debt https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#shortspan <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/snakedance.jpg” /><br />Based on what I have seen, read, and heard both online and off, there is a broad consensus in canada, if not north america, that everyone has shorter attention spans these days. It is a remarkable consensus that I find mystifying. The same people who tell me this in person, including people with a range of education levels and political interests, have typically done so in contexts where their own attention span has been anything but short. They were taking part in an extended conversation with me for example -- I highly doubt it was my own self that inspired their fixation... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:51:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#shortspan Random Site of the Week: ibiblio.org https://www.ibiblio.org/ Not quite "the public's library and digital archive" but a real contribution to that goal, among the more or less famous items on the site are the first two webpages from the advent of the world wide web, and a remarkable archive of linux kernel projects. In fact, this site is probably best known for its software repositories since they make up the bulk of its materials. Nevertheless, keep an eye out for the diverse and growing range of other projects, such as <a href=”http://www.ibiblio.org/mutopia/”>Mutopia</a>, "similar in spirit to Project Gutenberg -- but consists of a growing collection of free sheet music." Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:50:14 PST https://www.ibiblio.org/ New Thoughtpiece: The New Medievalism https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#medieval <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/medieval.jpg” /><br />The "middle ages" or "medieval period" is a loosely defined era of european history, with a consensus average dating of 500 - 1500. Its beginning for a given part of europe is defined by when the roman empire finally officially fell there, meaning that roman military and political control were both gone. Into the breach stepped primarily gangs of mercenaries and robber barons, who included a significant number of high officials in the catholic church. Depending where and when a person lived in this era, their sex, their class, and their access to learning, their experiences could be very different indeed. Unfortunately, as the prevalence of roving bands of armed men suggests, a lot of those experiences were far from pleasant. It is during the middle ages after all that... Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:51:42 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#medieval Random Site of the Week: Atlas of the Underworld http://www.atlas-of-the-underworld.org/ A remarkable ongoing project by three geophysicists, D.G. Van der Meer, D.J.J. van Hinsbergen, and W. Spakman which maps the positions inside the Earth of ancient continents that have been subducted in the course of plate tectonics. For those wondering how this is done, it is based on the data collected from earthquakes with deeper source points in the Earth. Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:50:14 PST http://www.atlas-of-the-underworld.org/ Housekeeping Note on The Moonspeaker and HTTPS https://www.moonspeaker.ca/about.html#20180303 Not too long ago my webspace provider sent me a rather funny "OMG" notice that google, *gasp*, google, is going to mark my site <i>insecure</i> if it is not secured with a certificate sometime this year. In truth I'm not too terribly worried about that, but this is as good a time as any to state what data, if any <i>The Moonspeaker</i> collects, and explain when or if it will be switching to secure http anytime soon. Sat, 03 Mar 2018 20:18:33 PST about.html#20180303 Another Update to "Is It Fascism Yet?" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/isitfascismyet.html#essayupdate20180301 This is a smaller update to add a bit of information about Clara Zetkin and a link to her analysis and warning about fascism from 1923. Readers may also be interested in an article in <a href=”https://canadiandimension.com/”>canadian dimension magazine</a>, <a href=”https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/how-we-fight-fascism”>How We Fight Fascism</a> by Chris Hedges. Thu, 01 Mar 2018 20:36:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/isitfascismyet.html#essayupdate20180301 New Thoughtpiece: Adults Can Do Better Than a 5 Year Old's Version of "Fair" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#fair <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/pie.jpg” /><br />In the course of listening to the latest interview at <a href=”https://wlrnmedia.wordpress.com/”>Women's Liberation Radio News</a> with educator Anya Robyale about whether to integrate Feminism into early child education and if so how, on the latter question Robyale commented on young children's sense of what is fair. She noted that the five year old's response of "it's not fair" is a response to a simplified version of fairness, which is of course to be expected. Five year olds have enough to deal with figuring out how to read, tie their shoes, and learn how to behave in public without tangling with the deeper questions about fairness that adults do. Yet it seems like right now... Tue, 28 Feb 2018 00:21:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#fair Random Site of the Week: Centre for Studies in Oral Tradition http://oraltradition.org/ An open access journal founded by John Miles Foley, with most papers including links to sound files and other auxiliary materials including recordings and videos. It is also an access point for digitized portions of a range of materials collected during ethnographic fieldwork intended to reveal more about oral tradition and its workings. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 23:25:00 PST http://oraltradition.org/ Updates to "Is It Regalia, or Is It a Costume?" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/regaliaorcostume.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Purpledoublet.jpg” /><br />The word 'costume' isn't generally used to refer to a wedding dress, or a graduation outfit, let alone 'sunday best' or a 'dress uniform.' I'm fairly sure I know what the response would be if you walked up to a general and told him what a nice costume he was wearing. What sets them apart is not merely how much money they may have cost, or how much care and attention they may need to maintain them. The example of the general is especially telling. However ludicrous all the ribbons, pins, and shoulder pieces on... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:32:00 PST updatesnote20180225 New Thoughtpiece: The Most Dangerous People https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#dangerous <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/biohazardSymbol.png” /><br />I knew what was coming. I edged around the various newspapers and news sites. Studiously averted my eyes when the headlines showed up and I couldn't avoid them. Took a deep breath. Tried to look at other things. Kept reminding myself of other stories, other happenings.... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:35:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#dangerous Random Site of the Week: The Orlando Project http://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/orlando/ An online history of women's writing in the british isles, initiated by Patricia Clements, Isobel Grundy, and Susan Brown in the early 1990s, and under development and continuous revision, as all good websites should be, ever since. It is far from just texts, including a variety of resources in other electronic media and is fully searchable. It is not a text archive, although it is possible to access many of the texts considered in it via subscription or of course the various online archives of now public domain materials. Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:25:00 PST http://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/orlando/ New Thoughtpiece: The Tribe Called Wannabe https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#wannabe <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/quebecflag.png” /><br />Credit for the title of this thoughtpiece goes to Rayna Green, a brilliant Indigenous scholar whose discussion and dissection of people who think they are white seeking, even demanding to define and "play Indian," "The Tribe Called Wannabe: Playing Indian in America and Europe" was published in 1988 in the journal <i>Folklore</i>. It's a brilliant and uncomfortable read in the best way, and one that is worth following up with Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang's analysis and challenge to the various "settler moves to innocence" including trying to treat decolonization as merely a metaphor. It took me a long time to finally test some of the more troubling... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 01:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#wannabe Random Site of the Week: The Digital Classicist http://www.digitalclassicist.org/ An independent website providing a venue for discussion and development of computerized approaches to working with data from the "ancient world." Despite the strong ancient greek and latin predominance, there does not appear to be anything denying a place for say, ancient hebrew or akkadian materials and discussions. A few parts of the site have been translated into multiple modern languages on a volunteer basis. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 01:52:00 PST http://www.digitalclassicist.org/ Updates to "Is It Fascism Yet?" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/isitfascismyet.html Major revisions to the essay "Is It Fascism Yet?" are finally complete. I have to admit the revision process took much longer than expected, in part because it turned out that rereading <i>The Origins of Totalitarianism</i> demanded additional reading of other works by Hannah Arendt to help me correct a number of misunderstandings of her arguments on my part. On top of that, the revisions made it clear that half of the essay still remained to be written. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 01:47:00 PST updatesnote20180212 New Thoughtpiece: Unsettled https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#unsettled <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/earthquakediagram.jpg” /><br />Towards the end of last year and as 2018 began, yet another outburst of pseudo-scientific attempts to prove once and for all that Indigenous people in the americas are not Indigenous made the rounds of news outlets and television stations. The usual old canards got trotted out, from the so called "Bering Strait theory," in fact a poorly supported hypothesis that can be traced at least as far back as writings by Thomas Jefferson... Sat, 03 Feb 2018 20:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#unsettled Random Site of the Week: Pleiades https://pleiades.stoa.org/ A scholarly crowd-sourced "gazetteer and graph of ancient places" using open source software and providing data freely in comma-separated and JSON formats. It is a relatively well established "digital humanities" project in the category of tools and resources that make information available and easy to search. Sat, 03 Feb 2018 20:36:00 PST https://pleiades.stoa.org/ Updates to "Wanted: Canadian Identity" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/wantedcanadianidentity.html Mostly light revisions to clear up trailing editing issues and correct the brief discussion of the terms "canadian" and "canadien" based on more recent research. I also had to revise the introductory paragraph since it has been a few years since the essay was originally written. The dangers of topical writing! Fri, 26 Jan 2018 01:00:00 PST updatesnote20180126 New Thoughtpiece: An Obligatory Net Neutrality Piece https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#obligatory <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/effneutralitysnip.jpg” /><br />Good obligatory though, not bad obligatory. Net neutrality is critically important. Not just in terms of not allowing "internet service providers" to throttle streaming services they don't make money from, but also in terms of getting back on track towards an internet where willing participants are able to do so fully, regardless of sex, race, or class. My purpose with this thoughtpiece is not to try to drag the conversation off onto that goal, because I don't think these two sets of goals are in competition. They are complementary, and right now the immediate emergency is about potential abuse of the ability to block access to services and sites on the internet by slowing them down. Rather, I would like to draw some attention to a strategic screw up that almost nobody... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:14:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#obligatory Random Site of the Week: The Euler Archive http://eulerarchive.maa.org/ For the happy math geeks out there, this is a treasure trove of digitized papers and other original documents, references, research, and transcripts. It went live in 2011, and is supported by the <a href=”http://www.eulersociety.org/”>Euler Society</a> (which oddly enough, is based in the u.s.) among other organizations that support ongoing digitization and translation work. Euler was extremely prolific, so there is plenty to see. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:52:00 PST http://eulerarchive.maa.org/ Updates to "A Strict Law Bids Us Dance" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/strictlawbidsusdance.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/umistalogo.png” /><br />In 1975, the <a href=”https://www.umista.ca/”>U'Mitsa Cultural Society</a> released the film 'Potlatch — A Strict Law Bids Us Dance.' It tells the story of the potlatch as it is held by the Kwakwaka'wakw, briefly explaining the purpose of the ceremony and the effects of the ban on potlatches initiated by the canadian federal government in 1884. Federal officials were bewildered when potlatching First Nations — including the Tlingit, Nuu Chah Nulth, Gitskan, and Cowichan as well as the Kwakwaka'wakw — persisted in potlatching. The ceremony went underground for many years... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:30:00 PST updatesnote20180123a Updates to "Aisinai'pi 'It Has Been Written'" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/aisinaipi.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/DrumhellerMiniHoodoos.jpg” /><br />Tourism is a funny thing. As generally presented, tourism is a great positive, the modernized economy for "backward places," the needed replacement for devastated local "modern" economies. The panacea for all our intercultural ills, including general linguistic barriers, racism, and the various sorts of confusion that come from being and being from someplace else. There is a lot of absurd stuff in these claims, not least the unspoken assumption that it shouldn't be uncomfortable or hard to make sense of other people in other places, and those other people and places are there to serve as entertainment and/or "learning experiences" for paying outsiders. Hence the intense pressure on suitably picturesque Indigenous peoples... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:30:00 PST updatesnote20180123 Updates to "Tagging the Inuit" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/taggingtheinuit.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/Images/fibreTag.jpg” /><br />If you take a look at a map of the northwest territories in canada circa 1982, then compare it to a current map of the northwest territories and Nunavut, chances are more will catch your eye than Nunavut itself. You will probably also be struck by the 'new' names, which are in fact original names being officially reapplied.... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:50:00 PST updatesnote20180117 New Thoughtpiece: So, You'd Like to Reinstall An Old iOS App https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#iosapp <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/iTunes_12.2_logo.png” /><br />Okay, fair enough, if you don't, in which case, feel free to skip this thoughtpiece completely. For the rest of you out there, I thought it was only decent and fair to write up how I managed to do this, because the application that went awry for me is one that I like very much, but it has become wildly buggy on the latest version of iOS on my incredibly old but still chugging second generation iPad. Originally I was completely stymied as to how to sort out the issue.... Wed, 16 Jan 2018 23:00:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces7.html#iosapp Random Site of the Week: Passion In Practice http://www.passioninpractice.com/ Ben Crystal, David Crystal's son's theatre company that works on a range of quirky projects, not the least being new performances of Shakespeare and other plays and poetry from the same period in the original pronunciation. There are numerous sound and video clips well worth listening to, as well as descriptions of the original performance conditions for many of the plays that are clear and succinct. Wed, 16 Jan 2018 20:52:00 PST http://www.passioninpractice.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Like A Lumber-Room https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#lumber <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/lumberroom.jpg” /><br />As I go through notes and some other items as the end of the year approaches, among my revisited blog posts are two by Bret Victor, <a href=”http://worrydream.com/TheWebOfAlexandria/”>The Web of Alexandria</a> and <a href=”http://worrydream.com/TheWebOfAlexandria/2.html”>The Web of Alexandria Revisited</a>. These are 2015 era posts, not too old but not too new, and it seemed to me that really I had already written seven idiosyncratic posts of my own about the web, so could there be much more for me to write? Except, as is the nature of rhetorical questions that beg the answer yes, the concerned thoughts of a friend who also writes extensively on-line kept bringing my mind back to the problem of the web and memory, which Victor draws out so well. Victor is focussing specifically on the web's current failure to remember what it should and forget what it should because the medium itself is malformed.... Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:00:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#lumber Random Site of the Week: Original Pronunciation http://originalpronunciation.com/ A central place founded and managed by David Crystal to find information on how to perform Shakespeare's plays and works from the same period in something far closer to its actual pronunciation. The english accent of "OP" has a distinct and surprisingly approachable tone to it that has already been a hit in several full performances of Shakespeare's plays in it. Even if your interest in the Shakespeare and related works aspect is low, the detective work used to recreate the accent is well worth reading. Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:52:00 PST http://originalpronunciation.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Disagreeing Agreeably https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#disagree <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/ohdear.jpg” /><br />I probably should have realized that this topic would be all over the various "business books" and associated websites. There are also of course many obnoxious and condescending memes available to the effect that you can disagree with the bully all you like, he is still going to beat you up, and the rest of it. However, these two main types of search engine results don't match the perspective I have on the matter very well. They remain wedded to the assumption that disagreeing is a sort of competition in which one party must win at all costs, and somebody will win eventually. It's just that there may be more or less pleasant stalemates in progress before one party finally breaks. This would all be perfectly fine I suppose, if every question of every kind at all times and places was... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:18:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#disagree Random Site of the Week: Internet Sacred Texts Archive http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm Another long-time archive of public domain texts, though it is not nearly as old as <a href=”https://www.gutenberg.org/”>project Gutenberg</a> which began in 1971, digitization and posting effort has been steady for nearly twenty years. The central focus is on non-mainstream materials, with a notable effort to include works of non-european origin, which makes it quite complementary to project Gutenberg. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:14:00 PST http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm 2014 Thoughtpiece Update: Alice’s Adventures Underground at the British Library Online https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#aliceupdate This original <i>Alice</i> is missing several of the most well-known scenes from the published versions, including such gems as the mad tea party and the encounter with the cheshire cat. The story expanded significantly between the original famous boat trip to include satires fuelled by changes affecting the professional life of Charles Dogdson, whose skepticism and frustration with the day's new math among other things, when passed through the prism between his day to day life to that of the raconteur Lewis Carroll became famously absurd and funny.... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 22:42:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#aliceupdate New Thoughtpiece: Lack of Knowledge Is Not Objectivity https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#lack <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/objectivelenses.jpg” /><br />The title of this piece may sound a bit odd. After all, it may seem obvious that lack of knowledge is obviously not objectivity, it is <i>ignorance</i>. On seeing what my trusty <i>OED</i> has to say about knowledge, it helpfully explains that it derives from the verb "to know" in the sense of "being aware through observation, inquiry, or information." Meanwhile, knowledge itself is defined as.... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:42:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#lack Random Site of the Week: Alpheios http://alpheios.net/ A set of firefox extensions intended to support reading of ancient greek and latin texts (among others) right in the web browser, with the ability to handle texts that you code up yourself, always a pleasing option to have available. An updated version of the suite of extensions is in development, but for the time being unfortunately, Alpheios does not work with current versions of firefox. Nevertheless, it is well worth keeping an eye on this site for the new tools when they're ready. Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:32:00 PST http://alpheios.net/ Updates to the "Electric Oil" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/electricoil.html During the mid 1980s, many Métis settlements published histories of their communities, each one written together by the community Elders and high school students. One of those histories talks extensively about what Métis did for medical care before western doctors and hospitals became more accessible. In the main, Métis stuck to traditional healing practices involving prayer and ceremony alongside teas and poultices. They also made great use of victorian patent medicines. It's tempting to interpret Métis use of patent medicines as... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:50:00 PST updatesnote20171218 Updates to the "Indian Blankets" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indianblankets.html For readers who may only have heard such awful racist tropes as, "the Indian, clothed only in his breechcloth and blanket" this title may bring little else to mind. Nowadays it is less common for readers to have only heard such things, and some may even have read the brilliant piece by Métis scholar extraordinaire Chelsea Vowel, <a href=”http://canadianart.ca/features/blanket-statement-chelsea-vowel/”>Blanket Statement</a> for the online magazine CanadianArt. She sets... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:50:00 PST updatesnote20171217 New Thoughtpiece: Yes, the Apocalypse is Now https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#garbage <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/steamdustcart.jpg” /><br />No, this is not an oblique reference to social media posts a person may or may not want to have tagging them for the rest of their foreseeable life online. Since <i>The Moonspeaker</i> is not a blog, there are a range of features and options that I don't need to manage one way or the other, ranging from comments to various sorts of pingbacks. On the comments side of things, there are specific reasons I have never enabled those which interested readers are welcome to have <a href=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/about.html#20140325”>a look at</a>. In summary, I simply don't have the time to give comments the type of care and feeding they need (and deserve) to add to the site experience and materials as a whole. That was the most I ever thought about it, and seemed to be about all that needed thinking about, for now. Much to my surprise, it turns out that for all those bloggers out there who have lost interest in their shingle on the web, it is quite possible that your blog may be the latest platform exploited by trolls online.... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:42:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#garbage Random Site of the Week: Diogenes Text Viewer http://community.dur.ac.uk/p.j.heslin/Software/Diogenes/index.php Ancient greek and latin language instructors are divided about how good or bad it is for students to use offline viewers like Diogenes or online projects like the Perseus Project to help them as they learn to read and compose in those languages. Personally, I have little sympathy for the naysayers, because it is not possible to read effectively just from a viewer that allows you to quickly and easily look up vocabulary, but the viewer won't hold you back either. In any case, Peter Heslin's free to download program is a great service to anyone reading those languages, even if they only use its dictionaries. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:32:00 PST http://community.dur.ac.uk/p.j.heslin/Software/Diogenes/index.php New Thoughtpiece: Yes, the Apocalypse is Now https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#apocalypse <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/emptywallet.jpg” /><br />It's just not what you think. Seriously, and the best way to get clear of the usual nonsense about "apocalypse" meaning "end of the world" is to try out an actual ancient greek dictionary to see what it actually meant to begin with. Admittedly, this may not be terribly reassuring, because as it happens means literally "an uncovering of what was hidden," paraphrasing most ancient greek students' go to dictionary, the Liddell-Scott-Jones... Sun, 02 Dec 2017 19:42:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#apocalypse Random Site of the Week: Hudson's Bay Company Archives http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/ Few countries are as overshadowed by a single company as canada is by the hudson's bay company, now owned by americans and undergoing an eery to watch downward spiral. Most of the materials currently available online are indices and guides to working for specific types of documents. A subset of documents is available electronically, and there is a microfiche (?!) service. It is hard to say when or if a greater digitizing effort is likely, and it would not be surprising if the city where the archives are located, winnipeg, had mixed feelings about the idea. Sun, 02 Dec 2017 19:32:00 PST http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/ New Thoughtpiece: The Reality of Fiction https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#fiction <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/metropolis.jpg” /><br />The other day I ran into a pair of statements about fiction that caught me by surprise because they seemed so obviously absurd. Evidently not to the people who said them and reproduced them in the book, which I find even more surprising. The first statement was to the effect that fiction has nothing to do with real life. The second that fiction is despised in "america" which in the context of that book meant specifically the united states. To be fair, sometimes people say and write such things for rhetorical purposes... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 19:42:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#fiction Random Site of the Week: Book and Sword https://bookandsword.com/ Sean Manning's corner of the web, where he writes posts dealing with ancient warfare and weapons, table top gaming, and speculative fiction. Like many excellent bloggers, his lengthy posts are well researched and often include many relevant photographs and full references. The commenters and discussions are generally constructive and well worth the time spent reading them. Sun, 26 Nov 2017 19:32:00 PST https://bookandsword.com/ Updates to the "Indigenous Scholars, Focus Olive P. Dickason" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenousscholarsdickason.html Some much needed revisions and updates to one of the series of articles in Contested Documents, "Indigenous Scholars, Focus Olive P. Dickason." It's hard to believe it has already been over five years since this brilliant and determined Métis scholar passed away. Sun, 26 Nov 2017 19:22:00 PST updatesnote20171126 New Thoughtpiece: Troubled Mixtures https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#mixture <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/splash.jpg” /><br />There are many topics that can be counted on to raise tempers and generate controversies in north america, and despite the many pious claims about slavery being long gone -- would that it was, but it isn't, it's just being called something else -- and how there are no laws against "miscegenation" anymore, the fact remains that so-called "race mixing" remains controversial. It is often referred to by other names that obfuscate the racist underpinnings of mainstream anxiety about it. How long this will continue to the case with the mainstreaming of white racism against anyone labelled "not white" in the united states remains to be seen, although racists are as happy to use euphemistic terminology as anyone with bad intentions towards those they deem "other." What we can all be certain of... Sat, 19 Nov 2017 23:42:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#mixture Random Site of the Week: Hummingbird Music Notation http://www.hummingbirdnotation.com/ An alternate take on music notation that attempts to render it more consistent and easier both to read and to write, even when not printed in the best conditions. The emphasis on how "soft and bubbly" it looks is a rather silly argument, but it is a genuinely interesting new system, with exemplar music provided for free download -- many of the pieces should be immediately familiar from music appreciation class selections. Sat, 19 Nov 2017 23:32:00 PST http://www.hummingbirdnotation.com/ Updates to the Annotated "Hunting of the Snark" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Amazons/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos1.html Recently I stumbled on more information about the word "fit" in the context of poetry. A now very much obsolete sense of the word is indeed "a section of a poem" according to my trusty <i>OED</i>. In the section on the word's etymology, my dictionary adds that it may be related to a term once used by weavers to designate the amount of work completed in a day, which is itself related to the word <i>skein</i>. That word is little used these days either, and it refers to a length of yarn. Sat, 19 Nov 2017 23:22:00 PST updatesnote20171119 More Essay Edits on the Moonspeaker https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/touchmenot.html The latest edits and additions are to the essay <a href=”AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/touchmenot.html”>Touch Me Not</a>. I had missed any consideration of the depictions of gestural computing (such as it is) in science fiction. For those who would like a bit more on the imagery and social assumptions embedded in movie depictions of gestural computing, it is well worth reading over Chapter 3 of Lisa Nakamura's 2008 book, <i>Digitizing Race</i>. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:22:00 PST updatesnote20171117 Busted Link Fix: Suzette Haden Elgin's Verbal Self Defense Home Page https://adrr.com/aa/ A rare fix to a Random Site entry (I've had reasonable luck against link rot), for <a href=”http://ozarque.com/index.html”>Suzette Haden Elgin's Verbal Self Defense Home Page</a>, which is now better accessed from <a href=”https://adrr.com/aa/”>adrr.com</a>. If you haven’t ever taken a look at Haden Elgin's work in this area, I cannot recommend highly enough doing so. It is absolutely brilliant, every day useful, and something that we can all use in these days of extensive gaslighting. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:12:00 PST https://adrr.com/aa/ New Thoughtpiece: A SeaMonkey Assessment https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#seamonkey <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/seamonkeylogo.jpg” /><br />An alarmingly long time ago, I wrote a frustrated thoughtpiece about the sad development trends affecting <a href=”FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#wtffirefox”>Firefox</a>, and noted towards the end that I had not had a chance to look at SeaMonkey. This has now changed, especially in light of the confirmation of Firefox's apparent determination to destroy its userbase and not deal with the ethics and problematics of forcing non-critical updates on users together with security updates. Maybe Mozilla will change course on at least the second issue, although it's bone-headed insistence on hijacking the creation of new tabs remains a separate, persistent irritant. I have a script work around for when I use Firefox, which is in fact faster and less intrusive than installing an extension to do the same thing. There are so many levels of absurd to that.... Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:22:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#seamonkey Random Site of the Week: Women Composers http://www.kapralova.org/DATABASE.htm One of the many projects of the <a href=”http://www.kapralova.org/”>Kapralova Society</a>, itself named for composer Vitezslava Kapralova. The project is an ongoing database of basic information about at least a portion of the 6 000 or so known women composers in predominantly europe and north america. Well worth perusing to find some other composers than the usual 20-30 that can be found most easily on CD and other lists of classical music. Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:12:00 PST http://www.kapralova.org/DATABASE.htm Updates to Essays on the Moonspeaker https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Amazons/amazons.html At this point several items have received substantial updates in the Essays section. Specifically the perennial <a href=”AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/howtobuildanrssfeed.html”>How to Build an RSS Feed</a>, <a href=”AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/poweroflesbiannaming.html”>The Power of Lesbian Naming</a>, and <a href=”AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/steampunkreflections.html”>Steampunk Reflections</a>. The RSS feed essay will probably keep suffering updates since feed readers are so diverse, especially in their handling of enclosures and links to sound and image files. Fri, 03 Nov 2017 17:00:00 PST updatesnote20171103 New Thoughtpiece: There is No Such Thing As a Benign Dictatorship https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#dictatorship <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/pressure.jpg” /><br /> No doubt the title of this thoughtpiece sounds obvious, like something we all agree on. However, I'm not so sure, because the agreement that even a bening dictatorship is bad seems to vanish as soon as a particular group of people is labelled "other" in some way. It is a curious fact that othering always seems to go together with treating whoever has been subjected to this process to also considering them incapable of making their own decisions, expressing their own thoughts, and generally acting as full human beings. The rationalizations of how othered people get treated always come down to the same claim, "But it's all for their own good!" It's funny how often their own good has less to do with what their ultimate experience, and more to do with the benefits accruing to the people who have othered them..... Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:22:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#dictatorship Random Site of the Week: Unwritten Histories http://www.unwrittenhistories.com/ Founded by Andrea Eideinger to share knowledge of the highways and biways of canadian history "as a field, discipline, and profession." She draws extensively on social media discussions by historians specializing in canadian history and the many related areas, as well as providing a range of major features, most regularly best new articles each month, upcoming books being released roughly monthly, and "history round ups" of a range of news articles and blog posts each week. Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:12:00 PST http://www.unwrittenhistories.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Ethnogenesis and Its Discontents https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#ethnogenesis <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/dormouse.jpg” /><br /> As is my habit when writing from a starting point on a more or less obscure word, I went straight to my <i>OED</i> to have a look at the meaning of "ethnogenesis" for this thoughtpiece. This led to a relatively shallow though still unexpected rabbit hole. It seems that as of 1971, not only was "ethnogenesis" not included in the <i>OED</i>, according to my compact edition that dates from that printing year, it wasn't a thing yet at all. The closest word to it then was "ethnogeny," referring to "that branch of ethnology which treats of the origin of races, nations, and peoples." Which of course forced me to look up ethnology, the "study of the characteristics of various peoples and the differences and relationships between them." This is something more commonly referred to as anthropology, and at least to my reading, it is not clear whether the differences and relationships are necessarily between the characteristics or the people. Both are well worth studying, after all..... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:22:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#ethnogenesis Random Site of the Week: Activehistory.ca http://activehistory.ca/ Part of the burgeoning "digital humanities" movement, in this case a website intended as a platform for historians to share their work beyond journals and conferences to a greater part of the general public via multiple formats. It is explicitly intended not only to insist that history is important and responsive, but that historians have a responsibility to act on what they know and contribute to current debates. ActiveHistory also has a french language counterpart (it is not a translation), <a href=”http://histoireengagee.ca/”>HistoireEngagé.ca</a>. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:12:00 PST http://activehistory.ca/ Updates to How to Build an RSS Feed https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/howtobuildanrssfeed.html Some revisions and the addition of a workaround for a display issue with image enclosures. I have not tested whether enclosures of sound or video files have the same problem yet, but expect the same solution will apply. Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:32:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/howtobuildanrssfeed.html Living Memory Update: The Métis Sash https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/metissash.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/etchiboysashpic.jpg” /><br />Cloth as such varied in its availability in the americas before europeans began to show up and eventually include it in their trade offerings. In much of central america and the southernmost parts of north america, cloth was relatively common and the foundation of the general population's clothing. In other areas, especially to the north, fur and leather predominated due to climate and the resulting animals and plants making their home in those regions. Contrary to later claims that Indigenous people wore their leather clothing until it was a greasy mess and fell apart, not only was it cleaned regularly, leather tanned and prepared to be sewn into clothing using Indigenous methods... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:32:00 PST TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/metissash.html New Thoughtpiece: Not So Ineffective Words https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#freespeech At the beginning of september, there the ongoing saga of "free speech" took another turn as an execrable publication found itself pummelled for <a href=”https://theintercept.com/2017/09/01/charlie-hebdo-may-now-be-criticized-because-they-mocked-white-texans-rather-than-muslims/”>mocking the wrong people</a>. Much as I sometimes disagree with Glenn Greenwald, his point that tolerating speech you don't like doesn't entail or mean that you "embrace and celebrate it" is an excellent one. Yet after reading his article, and various other lengthy discussions of "free speech," I found myself wondering what the hell it is supposed to be. Greenwald's point and Cory Doctorow's on <a href=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#attention”>compelled attention</a> at the least help delineate what it is not.... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:22:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#freespeech Random Site of the Week: The Métis Treaties Project http://www.metistreatiesproject.ca/ A legal-historical research project looking into the treaty relationships between canada and the Métis Nation. Some communities within the Métis Nation became signatories to specific treaties, including the famed Métis adhesion to treaty 3, but there are many questions to consider including whether other agreements were in fact treaties, and how treaty relations interact with Métis rights. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:12:00 PST http://www.metistreatiesproject.ca/ Living Memory Update: Getting Up To Michif https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/gettinguptomichif.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/gdidocumentary.jpg” /><br />"Ethnogenesis," the development of new ethnic groups, that is, people with a distinct culture that they recognize and pass down in their families, is far from a new phenomenon. It is something that happens all the time all over the world, much to the frustration of various groups who deem themselves to be "elite" and therefore allowed to impose what they consider a useful and appropriate uniformity. That this is an effort in the annals of futility in reasonable proximity to trying to control the weather doesn't seem to dissuade them. Acknowledging that ethnogenesis is not a bad thing... Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:32:00 PST TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/gettinguptomichif.html New Thoughtpiece: Quixotic Columns https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#columns Like many writers and scholars who work with translations and pursue the always difficult to catch "perfect notebook," I have had to deal with the problem of dual column layouts. Also like those many writers and scholars, I have dealt with the frustrations of standard word processing programs and hybridized page layout-word processing programs when trying to actually create such layouts successfully and usably. In particular, there is the problem of reasonable support for either newspaper columns, which are read from top to bottom and left to right in a language such as english, illustrated in the upper part of the diagram at right, and none for parallel columns... Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:22:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#columns Random Site of the Week: Peel’s Prairie Provinces http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/index.html A portal and index of documents and related materials on the history of western canada. It apparently began as a paper project collated and documented by Bruce Peel at the university of alberta, and reflects the excellent records available at that university and its counterpart in saskatchewan among others. Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:12:00 PST http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/index.html Living Memory Update: On The Importance of Tea https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/ontheimportanceoftea.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/teacupandsaucer.jpg” /><br />One day, in the process of excavating a Métis site in southern Saskatchewan, a team of archaeologists began turning up what they considered astonishing amounts of ceramic fragments. At the time of these excavations, the late 1980s to early 1990s, Métis, according to most non-Indigenous commentators, were first of all, basically extinct. Second of all, their culture consisted solely of bison hunting on the open prairies in the summer and from small winter cabins in the valleys and foothills during the bitter winters.... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:36:00 PST TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/ontheimportanceoftea.html New Thoughtpiece: Anonymity Redux https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#redux <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/TorLogo2011.svg” /><br />Earlier this year in <a href=”thoughtpieces4.html#anonymity”>Anonymity is <i>Not</i> The Problem</a>, I wrote up my reasons for considering claims that online anonymity somehow made it a wild west free for all were at best bogus, at worst not in good faith. The point here is not to reassess or express altered views on the point, since based on the ongoing campaigns of online harassment let alone drive by trolling that can easily be viewed since that piece have made and remade my argument for me. An extraordinary number of these attacks are being carried out openly by people with their faces attached, let alone an easy connection made to their real names if they haven't done it themselves already. Instead, I want to spend a few paragraphs on the ways anonymity can and does work differently offline.... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:15:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#redux Random Site of the Week: Akropolis World News http://akropolis-world-news.weebly.com/ In the ongoing search for interesting online sources of additional ancient greek texts to read, here is another that I have known about for some time but have not featured yet. Juan Coderch writes several articles in ancient greek each week, covering various events without a strong theme or viewpoint other than the desire to provide some additional reading material for the practice-hungry student. Unfortunately the site submenus seem to be broken, but the news articles remain accessible. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:12:00 PST http://akropolis-world-news.weebly.com/ New Essay In Living Memory: New Perspectives in Métis Hostory https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/metishistory.html In the course of his 2003 Massey Lectures, Thomas King commented on what a strange thing it is that there is a so-called "Indian Act" that defines who is and who isn't an "Indian" under canadian law. After all, he noted, it's not as if there's a "French Act" that determines who is french canadian, or a quebecker, I would add. The idea of a "French Act" is risible, so much so that even acts intended to help preserve the french language in canada aren't called anything like the "French Act.".... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:35:00 PST TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/metishistory.html New Thoughtpiece: Have Your Straw Feminist, and Burn Her Too! https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#straw <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/witchofthewest.png” /><br />I have been mulling over this particular thoughtpiece for quite some time, ever since I returned to the world of post-secondary education and discovered that a form of groupthink had basically eaten the campus that now serves as my academic home. Not very long afterwards, I learned that it certainly wasn't just that campus, and this particular form of groupthink had suddenly become the "social justice" flavour of the hour. Suddenly everyone has become a participant in the oppression olympics, any kind of "exclusion" for any purpose whatsoever is an evil, except for men, funny enough.... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:30:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#straw Random Site of the Week: Suppressed Histories Archives http://www.suppressedhistories.net/ For some reason I was sure I had already added Max Dashu's amazing site to the Random Sites list, but on checking to be sure I see that I have been remiss. Dashu is an incredible, dedicated historian who has written multiple books, made dvds, and curated a huge archive of potent imagery that she has fundraised to digitize and make more widely available. She teaches courses, gives talks, and is an all round historian powerhouse. Her site is not to be missed. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:54:00 PST http://www.suppressedhistories.net/ Contested Document Update: The Tragedy of Duncan Cambell Scott https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/tragedyofduncancampbellscott.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/duncanscott.gif” /><br />In 1862, Isabella Campbell MacCallum, often better known as the wife of Reverend William Campbell Scott, gave birth to a baby boy. Since she was an Onondaga woman from Kahnawake, she gave him an Onondaga name: Dehawennontye "Floating Voice" or "Words Flying in Both Directions." The new baby's father gave him a different name: Duncan Campbell Scott.... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 02:30:00 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/tragedyofduncancampbellscott.html New Thoughtpiece: An Empty Culture? An Identity Defined Only By What It Isn't? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#empty <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/emptyroom.jpg” /><br />My original writing prompt or jab, if you like, for this thoughtpiece, was the provocative claim that "white culture is empty." If you are a racialized person, this might sound not merely provocative but rather true. Thinking on it a little more, the statement then proceeds to spring problems and questions as quickly and variously as an air mattress does leaks. Who is white? What does being white mean? What's white culture? Is there anything like that? Does this statement actually make sense? With that in mind, I ran a quick image search online, just to see... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 02:14:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#empty Random Site of the Week: Donella Meadows Project http://donellameadows.org/ The online face of a major effort to preserve, make available and keep available Donella Meadows' visionary work on social systems that contribute to complex problems in human society and where to work to change those systems to achieve positive and persistent change. She passed away unexpectedly in 2001, just as she was finishing <i>Thinking in Systems: A Primer</i>, which was published in 2008 and appears to have just had a second printing. Sun, 10 Sep 2017 01:54:00 PST http://donellameadows.org/ New Thoughtpiece: <i>Star Wars</i> Redux? Er, Reflux? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#reflux <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/starwarssnip.jpg” /><br />Seriously, it's not what you think. I don't care enough about the formerly George Lucas now Disney franchise to indulge in rants on it, though I am well aware of the desperate gasps of relief in many quarters online and off when the new movie didn't turn out to be horrible or something akin to the strange version of "rebooting" being inflicted in the <i>Star Trek</i> franchise. (Or on <i>Spiderman</i> -- honestly, how many freaking times can they waste money remaking that thing?) Anyway, the purpose of this thoughtpiece is to spend a little more time... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 23:56:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#reflux Random Site of the Week: Feminist Current http://www.feministcurrent.com/ Founded and edited by the brilliant, brave, and unfailingly determined Meghan Murphy, Feminist Current provides a truly unique, Radical Feminist perspective on news affecting women that is hard to find anywhere else on the internet with as much profile. The site reader numbers have been leaping upwards over the past several months. Comments are moderated, so trolls are not permitted to overrun the boards, while diverse opinions remain firmly in evidence, based on longterm observation. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:54:00 PST http://www.feministcurrent.com/ Random Site of the Week: Listening2Lesbians https://listening2lesbians.com/ This site can be a difficult read, because it is a news service covering "women's experiences of being abused or silenced as lesbians and of being subjected to misogyny and lesbophobia within and outside the community." This is tough work that absolutely needs to be done, and includes important investigative work from stuff that might seem less important (frackbook and its latest misogynistic attacks on lesbian speech and participation) and the viscerally critical (recent murders of lesbians). Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:54:00 PST https://listening2lesbians.com/ A Small Milestone at the Moonspeaker https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html This week’s front page featured thoughtpiece marks the hundredth in the series, after a slow start back in february of 2014. It took some time to find an approach to them that worked, and there is certainly a subset of trivia that reflects a lack of sleep more than much by way of even whimsical thinking. I’m considering revisiting some of the more promising ones. Occasionally thoughtpieces do receive updates, the earliest example dating from november 2015. Rather than adding such updates in silence, they are generally set out in a red-outlined box. Now I think about it, perhaps it would be more helpful to readers if I made sure to note those updates in the What's New section of the main page sidebar! Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html New Thoughtpiece: <i>Sanctuary</i> or <i>Troy Cycle</i>? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#sanctuary <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/sanctuary.jpg” /><br />The question of cultural appropriation can be a difficult one to face up to, especially in the case of greek mythology, which, as Athena Andreadis has so aptly noted, tends to be treated in mainstream western culture as <a href=”http://www.starshipreckless.com/blog/?p=1811”>Being Part of Everyone's Furniture</a>. It seems like there should be a way around this, a way to interact with elements of other peoples' cultures, and preferably them as well, in a way that is respectful, that does not pretend to take over the story or regalia or be "more authentic" than the peoples who actually live the cultures. This can be a tough remit for people who think they are white, who have effectively been trained to treat whatever they see, let alone whatever they may find in any way pleasing, as something that they can do whatever they like with. An interesting question then, is whether the creators and writers for the television programme <i>Sanctuary</i> managed this... Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:56:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces6.html#rereading Random Site of the Week: I Blame the Patriarchy http://blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/ At turns hilarious, infuriating, and invigorating, Twisty Faster skewers more than a few nonsensical claims about Feminism and the supposed wide openness of everyone's choices in this day and age. Alas, Twisty has not been posting much for the past several years, probably because like so many women she is responsible not only for herself but other people and other than human animals in her life. Any post is a great place to start, though a non-traditional way to get introduced is via Twisty's <a href=”http://blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/about-the-blog/”>description</a> of her blog. Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:54:00 PST http://blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/ New Thoughtpiece: The Joys of Rereading https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#rereading <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/pileofbooks.jpg” /><br />There are many books out there in the world, some electronic, many not, some published by recognized publishers, an impressive number not. There are a quite a few good ones, many astonishingly good. There are plenty of forgettable ones unlikely to be read again, and not a few of those are formula fiction that actually isn't intended to be read again in the first place. I can't help but think that some of those formula fiction books must transcend their origins, though I also have to admit to being unable to rattle off good examples. A search engine rabbit hole for another day, my optimism on the subject being based on the law of averages. I suspect that for the loudest boosters of getting rid of the book as an object, and often not so subtly as a form of entertainment that we take active part in, many of them have little genuine experience with books in either form. Formula fiction for instance rests right on the line between active and passive reading, because once you know the formula... Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:56:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#rereading Random Site of the Week: Open Book Publishers https://www.openbookpublishers.com/ A scholar-run social enterprise that publishes a range of academic textbooks and monographs that are creative-common licensed, free to download, and available as print-on-demand items. It's an intriguing approach to "bespoke" publishing, with an impressive range of texts. Some authors are also adding more information about the different price ranges for photo licensing and calling out archives and universities with pricing so excessive their collections are effectively closed, a bit of transparency commercial publishers are not known for. Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:54:00 PST https://www.openbookpublishers.com/ New Thoughtpiece: No, <i>We’ll</i> Take Care of <i>Our</i> Culture, Thanks https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#culture <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/colonizationroad.jpg” /><br />Several months ago I was one among many people in a training session on "Indigenous issues" -- not my choice, but sometimes it is necessary to suffer through these things, and do your best to stay awake when things are okay, and stay calm when things are anything but okay. Sessions on "Indigenous issues" run by people who think they are white tend to run between these extremes, and in the worst ones I've been in, the bounce between the two states is so severe that a person can get seasick. This specific session was drifting uneasily between the two, which was awful but at least somewhat bearable... Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:56:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#culture Random Site of the Week: Beaker Browser https://beakerbrowser.com/ An intriguing addition to the ongoing project of reimagining the web as something other than a massive surveillance and advertising apparatus. Its approach is based on peer-to-peer sharing, which cuts out web hosting services, and includes its own apis to support applications. Sharing can be completely private, and it is possible to fork any given site, which has intriguing possibilities, especially since this approach is not indexed, making vandalism difficult to propagate. Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:54:00 PST https://beakerbrowser.com/ New Thoughtpiece: The Revelations of White Complaint https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#white <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/complaint.jpg” /><br />As Indigenous peoples worldwide insist on reclaiming their lands, respect for ancestors and sacred sites, and the <i>integration</i> of newer neighbours rather than the acceptance of domination by violent invaders, an unmistakable sound gets ever louder in response. I used to think it was tinnitus, because I have trouble with it in one ear, but over the past several weeks of repulsive behaviour in response to the most recent anniversary of the "founding of canada" (it was neither of those things) it has become clear that this is an external sound that is drowning out my personal tinnitus. It is the obnoxious sound of the colossal whine of people who think they are white, most of them affluent white men, who are beside themselves with outrage at the idea of renaming anything, unless said renaming is after one of themselves. The further manifestation of this in the form of a fascistic men's club in the canadian navy that has recently engaged in a series of coordinated disruptions of Indigenous ceremonies is... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:56:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#white Random Site of the Week: A DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity https://hackblossom.org/cybersecurity/ Unfortunately a much needed resource nowadays, this guide is thorough. It is well-written and provides information at both basic and intermediate levels alongside recommendations of mainly free tools to help Feminists keep safe on the internet via a judicious selection of web plug ins and other options. This isn't the only option for information on the topic either; alternatively you can check <a href=”https://chayn.gitbooks.io/basic-diy-online-privacy/content/en/”>DIY Online Security Guide For Every Woman</a>, though it is a bit more fiddly to page through. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:54:00 PST https://hackblossom.org/cybersecurity/ New Thoughtpiece: Censorship Is A Lot of Things, But Not This https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#censorship <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/redacted.jpg” /><br />I have written before about the grave misuse of the verb "to censor" and its derivatives. So often I have been told that this is all nothing to worry about, because it is "just words," but it seems to only be "just words" when I'm the one who has a concern. As soon as those interlocutors have a concern of their own, or wish to impart a whole range of information and/or opinions on me, all of a sudden it is by no means "just words." No indeed, if I object to and fend off their attempts to explain to me why I should convert to a particular religion yesterday, or refuse to allow them to pollute my airspace with the most recent lies being propagated by hyper-partisan media outlets, then it is "censorship" and I am oppressing them. Frankly, that is ridiculous. Oppression... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#censorship New Thoughtpiece: Maybe A Different Sort of Web https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#different <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/NetworkPicture.png” /><br />As massive corporations continue their ongoing efforts to end democratic oversight and decision-making one issue at a time, and daft australian prime ministers claim they can overrule mathematics, it is well worth thinking a bit more about what the web and the internet more widely should be and indeed could be, rather than the dangerously centralized system we have now. For those whose immediate response is that there are more serious issues to worry about, I agree. I also happen to think that sometimes the best way to approach more serious issues bravely is to work your way out of thought grooves on the ones that are not quite as serious. However, I am not certain that the ongoing effort to render the internet at large into little more than a massive surveillance system... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#different Random Site of the Week: Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles http://www.dchp.ca/dchp2/ As long as the reader bears in mind that many of the entries haven't had much added since the 1967 edition, this is a fun romp through the range of terms in multiple Indigenous languages as well as english, french, and probably a range of other european languages in current use at one time or another in one or more regions of "canada." Some of the most interesting entries are for what seem to be ordinary english terms that have mutated in interesting ways and probably cause a great deal of confusion when talking with americans. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:00:00 PST http://www.dchp.ca/dchp2/ New Thoughtpiece: The Strange Omnipresence of the Dark Haired, Green-Eyed Woman https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#omnipresence <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/BlueEyes.jpg” /><br />Having already indulged in one off-beat somewhat literary short thoughtpiece, since they seem to be falling out of my notebooks and various web searches lately, here is another one. It is tempting to simply put the thing down to procrastination, but I think that there is likely also an element of automatic pattern-seeking going on, since that is part of what the examinations I’m presently preparing to write demand. Or at least, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#omnpresence New Thoughtpiece: It's Too Bad There's No Connection https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#connection <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/kuper.jpg” /><br />There are times when it seems like certain works should be connected somehow, simply because they seem to provide an uncanny perspective on at least some of the same things, albeit from different directions. In this case, while reading my latest comprehensive exam list, I came on one book that included a lengthy discussion of Anton Chekhov's only non-fiction book, titled in the translation I can find by Luba and Michael Terpak <i>The Island: A Journey to Sakhalin</i>. The discussion turned out to be the most wonderful procrastination fodder, because I couldn't help but wonder if there could be any connection to Franz Kafka's short story "In The Penal Colony." I did appreciate that... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#connection New Thoughtpiece: What Is It About Authenticity Anyway? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#authenticity <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/100percentreal.jpg” /><br />Of all the things I have observed being stressed over in pop culture, "authenticity" strikes me as among the strangest. People in relatively affluent circumstances in particular seem to be especially worried about it. This is not a prelude to virtually beating up hipsters and the stereotype that they will pay a happy fortune for mass produced goods that have the features used as shorthand for "somebody made this by hand" even though that is exactly what they are not. Part of the strangeness of the anxiety about authenticity is that what it means to be authentic is not clearly defined, unless it is in the negative. For instance, live Indigenous people are never authentic according to the mainstream, because they are alive today and do not embody... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#authenticity New Thoughtpiece: Evidence of a Zombie Genre - Space Westerns https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#zombie <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/UniversalStudiosWesternSet.jpg” /><br />Of course, I should be more specific, because the zombie genre I have in mind is particularly characteristic of north american sci-fi television, movies, stories, and books. Quite different modes of sci-fi are in play in other parts of the world. For example, I am well aware of the strong argument for utopian and dystopian sci-fi alike being more characteristic of europe, and am inclined to accept it. My still far too small for such wonderful work experience of sci-fi by asian, south asian, and generally racialized authors to even pretend to characterize them or claim to have heard arguments about general trends, except for the clear expression in their works that... Sun, 02 Jul 2017 05:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#zombie Random Site of the Week: ifixit.com https://www.ifixit.com/ The premiere site on the web for helping you enact your right to understand and repair the many devices, and not just computers. The ifixit team provides over 26 000 free manuals covering the details of nearly 8 000 devices as well as selling a wide range of repair kits, tools, and parts. Even if you don't to try to repair your own cracked screen, it is well worth finding out just what the repair would consist of before paying somebody else to do it, as it will help you determine whether you're paying a reasonable price for the parts and labour. Sun, 02 Jul 2017 01:00:00 PST https://www.ifixit.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Are Musuems Amusing? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#museums <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/museumsnap.jpg” /><br />As always, readers are free to disagree vigorously with me on the point, but to me this photograph I took at the provincial museum in british columbia, canada serves as a true epitome of what museums are at root. This is not say what they must continue to be or what they should be, by any means. There are ongoing efforts at many older museums to change their roots and in newer museums to found them on completely different principles to start with. The origins of museum collections, their ostensible purpose may have more or less relationship to the root I'm thinking of, which is simply the desire to pull together a bunch of stuff that is meant to indicate how impressive the owner is, and put it all on display. That urge needn't be negative, and I can't find fault with it since even though my tolerance of knickknacks is low, my book collection... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#museums Random Site of the Week: Liberation Collective https://liberationcollective.wordpress.com/ Collective blog of six Radical Feminist thinkers who, "hope to provide an online space for radical feminist commentary around issues of interest to our community." Besides the six principle writers, who hold and express diverse views, they welcome guest writers. Posts are generally lengthy and carefully written with good footnotes, and the comment moderation is judicious. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:00:00 PST https://liberationcollective.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Visible Invisible? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#invisible <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Invisible3Cover.jpg” /><br />Jim C. Hines is a science fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction author, generally for younger readers who has a deserved reputation for challenging pretty much the gamut of "isms" we could all do without. I stumbled over his blog during one of his sci-fi cover pose challenges, where he attempted to mimic in real life without permanently injuring himself the bizarre poses given to female characters. He has a good sense of humour and no patience with crap, which is too rare on the internet these days. As part of his work each year for the past three... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#invisible Random Site of the Week: Judy Grahn http://judygrahn.org/ Judy Grahn is a well-known poet and activist, this site effectively serves as a lightly annotated catalogue of Grahn's books and recordings, and occasionally purchasing information. There are some curious omissions, such as <i>The Highest Apple</i>, a valuable though flawed study of lesbian poetry, so it is worth checking the online catalogues of second hand bookstores as well as your local library for more of her work. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:00:00 PST http://judygrahn.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Acclamation https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#acclamation <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/Images/2book31.jpg” /><br />I was browsing the <a href=”http://www.dchp.ca/dchp2/”>Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles</a> recently, an intriguing project that is struggling for lack of funding, as is true of so many. The assumption that canadians are equivalent to americans is amazingly widespread at least in northern north america, heedless of the fact that neither canadians nor americans are homogeneous groups of people. I live within the settler state of canada, and I have still managed to learn enough about the u.s. to understand that if I claimed a person from alabama was equivalent to someone from the state of new york, even if they were descended only from english invaders, they would rightfully laugh at me.... Wed, 07 Jun 2017 23:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#acclamation Random Site of the Week: Language - A Feminist Guide https://debuk.wordpress.com/ The personal blog of linguist Deborah Cameron, whose published books include <i>Feminism and Linguistic Theory</i>, which is not nearly so dry to read as its title may suggest. Her blog is accessible to general readers, and deals mostly with english from multiple angles, including movie reviews, deconstructions of various types of linguistic pedantry, and reflections on current events. Wed, 07 Jun 2017 23:00:00 PST https://debuk.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: White Lab Coats? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#labcoats <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/labcoatandscrubs.jpg” /><br />The other day a question came up about how to visually depict scientists, and then why particular images say "scientist" and not others. Practically speaking, we are all familiar with what can be called "vernacular images," a whole range of shorthand visual stereotypes that we see all the time and have often been instructed in via board and picture books from before we could talk. This is why most small children can draw a "chef" or "nurse" or any number of fairly common "occupational categories" as a particular person wearing specific clothes and holding specific things. Hence, a scientist is regularly depicted in a white lab coat, despite this being in total defiance of almost all evidence and even necessity.... Mon, 29 May 2017 01:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#labcoats Random Site of the Week: Women's Health in Women's Hands http://womenshealthinwomenshands.org/ Central website of the ongoing work of the women's health specialists led by Carol Downer. Currently the women taking part in the project are located in northern california. The site itself provides basic information on the female reproductive system, including clear diagrams and descriptions and a list of books visitors may purchase. There is a great deal more to women's health than taking care of their reproductive organs of course, but in this time of resurgent hostility to women managing their own fertility and reproductive health, its relevance is critical. Mon, 29 May 2017 01:00:00 PST http://womenshealthinwomenshands.org/ New Essay: A Moonspeaker Retrospective https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/moonspeakerretrospective.html One day way back on 30 April 2003, the Moonspeaker made its first appearance on line. It reflected its times in its initial incarnation, which was a frame-based layout with a left hand navigation menu after an initial selection from the initial splash page. The initial splash page is illustrated below, and if you really want to try having a look around on the old version, the <a href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20030608223232/https://www.moonspeaker.ca/”>Wayback Machine</a> will oblige via its archive of old alexa captures (or you can check out the Moonspeaker's <a href=”https://web.archive.org/details/https://www.moonspeaker.ca/”>website summary</a> there, it's interesting to look at though again the documentation is poor). That's what I had to do myself, because it turns out that I didn't even have a crufty back up of the Moonspeaker any older than 2009. Today the appeal of frames is difficult to understand... Mon, 23 May 2017 18:19:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/moonspeakerretrospective.html New Thoughtpiece: Cultural Appropriation is <i>Theft</i> Folks https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#theft <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/BillSikes.jpg” /><br />A recent social media storm has brought up once again the issue of "cultural appropriation." While the storm is unpleasantly interesting in its own right due to the strange invocations of stereotypes of Indigenous people by non-Natives hoping to push everyone else to move along, nothing to see here but over-sensitive "Indians," things have not faded away quite as planned. The Cultural appropriation problem has stuck around in a most uncomfortable manner, and it isn't even hallowe'en. But something should be made clear at the outset. <i>Cultural appropriation is theft.</i> It is not flattering, it is not an honour, nor is it in any way respectful.... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#theft Random Site of the Week: Tradfem, Collective de traduction de textes féministes radicaux https://tradfem.wordpress.com/ A collective of translators working to make Radical Feminist essays and books available in languages besides english. So far the majority of works have been translated into french and german, starting with a selection of articles by Andrea Dworkin. New translations are posted each week. Sun, 21 May 2017 15:00:00 PST https://tradfem.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Strange Motivations https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#strangemotivations <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/SadMac.jpg” /><br />With the latest malware created and curated by the insecurity state followed by its overt release and application by people not officially working for the insecurity state, on top of the ongoing slow motion train wreck of the intel extra cpu that can take over most newer computers running intel processors, nobody seems to be seriously pondering a key question in all of this. The fact that it is possible (try it, it works) to use your microphoneless headphones to record sound through the headphone jack or the microphone jack is an accident, just something that reflects the physics of how microphones and speakers work. Deliberately refusing to help clean up software flaws and deliberately introducing others has nothing to do with accidents of physics anymore than introducing more and more smaller processing chips that are difficult, if not impossible, to audit into computers. These all demand human decision making... Sun, 14 May 2017 18:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#strangemotivations New Thoughtpiece: What Is A Vacation Anyway? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#vacation <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/outofoffice.jpg” /><br />The usual answer is, a vacation is when you get away from it all and go off to have a good time at something you like. The canonical examples of course are the flights off to somewhere warm and third world if you're an affluent north american, or road trips and camping if you're rather less affluent and north american. I'm not quite sure what sort of cliché answers might be provided in the case of folks with enough time and money to take such a vacation in europe. Maybe it is still the same sort of thing, but with less travel to warmer places, since the mediterranean is relatively close. It has often seemed to me that I have never been on one of these mysterious "vacations," though I have been fortunate enough to have time off.... Sun, 14 May 2017 15:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#vacation New Thoughtpiece: The Whiteness of Real Being https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#whiteness <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/whitecrayons.jpg” /><br />There's this rather famous movie that came out in 2009, one written and directed by a person so profoundly bad at his craft I had already decided not to see the thing. This wasn't even a decision based on the politics the guy espoused or anything else. Due to a rather interesting period of my life when I was prey to terrible insomnia, I had actually seen several of this director's more famous movies not quite to the end, and in an odd coincidence the year before this big movie came out, I had sat down with the DVDs to finally finish the damn things. What I had seen and could remember seemed pretty good. They were generally sci-fi romps... Sat, 13 May 2017 15:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#whiteness Random Site of the Week: Open Access Directory http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Main_Page The site description declares that the OAD is "a compendium of simple factual lists about OA to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large." This is true, but it is also an excellent place to start if you are looking for a clear explanation of what "open access" means and some examples of different approaches to implementing it. Start here for some great mythbusting about how many approaches to OA there are for example. The <a href=”https://doaj.org/”>Directory of Open Access Journals</a> and the <a href=”http://doabooks.org/”>Directory of Open Access Books</a> are independent projects from this one. Sat, 13 May 2017 15:00:00 PST http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Main_Page New Thoughtpiece: Reflections on "Mary Sue" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#marysue <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/starthere.jpg” /><br />While engaging in a prolonged bout of procrastination which, to be honest, I have been enjoying enormously -- I spent some time catching up with some fan fiction authors I hadn't read in awhile, in one case reading one person's work that I had completely missed on its first posting. Some of this can be tucked under the heading "research" if I work at it hard enough, since this also led me to trying to sort out the wheres and why-fors of <a href=”https://archiveofourown.org/”>A03</a> in greater detail. One author got me thinking again about the strangely infamous phenomenon of contempt for "Mary Sue," the introductory writer's wunder-character that seems to be disliked primarily for being a regular product of beginning female writers and being female herself. There's a lot of misogyny tied into the bad attitude towards "Mary Sues" versus "Gary Stus"... Wed, 09 May 2017 16:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces5.html#marysue New Thoughtpiece: Analogue Mimesis https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#analoguemimesis <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/dyitimeturner.jpg” /><br />In a footnote-aside to the essay <a href=”../../AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/ageofmimesis.html”>The Age of Mimesis</a>, I suggested that maybe the current fad for handmade goods and relearning crafts is itself another expression of the attempt to make sense of the new and difficult to represent. (I should add that in the use of the term 'fad' here I am reflecting my original off-the-cuff description. On further thought, I don't agree with my original word choice.) In this I was exploring some of the implications of Seo-Young Chu's argument that "science fictional writing" is a form of knowledge making that works precisely by making what is difficult to represent understandable. I immediately leapt from there to consider other modes of representation. In light of my recent reading of David Sax's book on the "revenge" of analogue... Tue, 09 May 2017 16:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#analoguemimesis New Thoughtpiece: Private, Singular https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#private <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/veil.jpg” /><br />There is no shortage of argument about what counts as public versus what counts as private, and what these two words even really mean, especially when there is significant, if still numerically small group of people who want to persuade the rest of us that privacy is a right only of the rich and powerful, and no more than a luxury at best for the rest of us. It seems obvious to me that anything that a small cadre of capitalists with delusions of new businesses in privacy creation and paranoid insecurity specialists must be immediately labelled, "don't agree to anything these snake oil salesmen suggest." Nevertheless, that doesn't mean we shouldn't give some more careful thought to these terms.... Sun, 07 May 2017 13:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#private New Thoughtpiece: Is Analogue the New Luxury? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#analogue <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/craigdarrochroom.jpg” /><br />Now that I've finished David Sax’s book <i>The Revenge of Analog</i>, which is well worth the time for anyone curious about digital versus analogue formats and tools, I find myself left with plenty to think about from the final chapter, which deals with what what silicon valley types think of "analogue." Contrary to what the ever louder insistence in the mainstream media that analogue really is dead except for among a few people overrun by nostalgia and fear of the future, it seems that tech companies and venture capitalists could not agree less with this assessment. In fact, the latter see opportunities to make money, the former revere analogue tools where they function better than anything else.... Sun, 07 May 2017 01:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#analogue Essay Update: Books Are Sharks https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/booksaresharks.html This essay has suffered some more reediting for sense and to clear up several pesky sentence fragments. More important is the additional information pertaining to the pages of books as systems of loci and a means of pacing the flow of information as we read. Sun, 07 May 2017 01:00:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/booksaresharks.html#new New Thoughtpiece: We Are Not Yours https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#notyours <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/shittyheadline.jpg” /><br />I have been thinking about how to write this particular thoughtpiece for some time. I went back and forth, trying to find a good picture to illustrate it with, wishing I could find an online archive of the works of an amazing Indigenous political cartoonist whose work regularly made it into the <a href=”http://www.ammsa.com/publications/windspeaker”>AMMSA newspapers</a> for awhile. After wasting some time on that, I finally realized that this thoughtpiece is about something that needs to damned well be taken seriously.... Sat, 06 May 2017 00:19:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#notyours Moonspeaker Update Bumper Crop https://www.moonspeaker.ca/ For readers who have been visiting the Moonspeaker for awhile, especially those who like to peek "below the fold" on the main page, you've seen the brief about statement for the site noting its existence since 2003. Since the Moonspeaker recently celebrated its 14th birthday, it seems more than time for a retrospective. This will be coming soon, alongside a bumper crop of updates ranging from new Thoughtpieces to new and updated essays as well as hopefully a surprise or two, if Murphy's Law doesn't get me first. Fri, 05 May 2017 23:00:00 PST index.html#retrospectiveteaser New Thoughtpiece: There Is Such A Thing As Too Perfect https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#tooperfect <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/moviestarteeth.jpg” /><br />Having survived the most recent end of academic semester, I have been reading <i>The Revenge of the Analog</i> by David Sax. Sax is an investigative journalist, so although his premise is quite clear from the title, his argument for its validity is provided by a series of case studies examining the different ways various "doomed" analogue formats have not only survived digital but are unexpectedly thriving. Generally I only have so much interest in the loud technobooster arguments for the end of analogue, because I find their insistence on referring to the body in absolutely negative terms completely offputting and pointless. After all... Fri, 05 May 2017 22:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#tooperfect Random Site of the Week: Le Blog de Christine Delphy https://delphysyllepse.wordpress.com/ Distinguished Feminist theorist and scholar Christine Delphy posts articles in both french and english, taking a firmly intersectional perspective. She is often most cited for her work on the journal "Nouvelles Questions Féministes," and her 1982 book <i>Close to Home: A Materialist Analysis of Women's Oppression</i>, but she has many more recent works, from <i>Familiar Explotation: A New Analysis of Marriage in Contemporary Western Societies</i> to <i>Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism After the War On Terror</i>. Fri, 05 May 2017 22:00:00 PST https://delphysyllepse.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: No, Those Things Were Not "Natural and to be Expected" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#notnatural <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/duchatelet.jpg” /><br />Currently there is a non-trivial controversy boiling over in response to a peer-reviewed and duly published philosophy paper by scholar Rebecca Tuvel. It is not at all difficult to learn more about the paper, and even read it and make up your own mind about it. It's well worth the effort, actually. This thoughtpiece is not going to go into the topic of Tuvel’s paper or the details of the arguments she lays out. Instead... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#notnatural New Thoughtpiece: The Unnatural City https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#city <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/samplecity.jpg” /><br />Last year I wrote two interrelated essays, <a href=”../../AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/touchmenot.html”>Touch Me Not</a> and <a href=”../../AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/booksaresharks.html”>Books Are Sharks</a>. The former is more of a meditation than a classic essay, considering the perhaps unexpected relationships between current social attitudes towards the sense of touch and physicality in north american mainstream culture and imaginings of what technology will be like in the future. There I found, and perhaps this is no surprise when among the various tech moguls it is considered unproblematic to refer to the evolutionary marvels at the ends of our arms as "meat styluses," that minimizing touch, minimizing a sense of physicality in the world is central to most tech visions. This is not exclusive to people busy trying to persuade us that the internet of spying things... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 19:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#city Random Site of the Week: Middle English Dictionary http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/med/ A useful online source provided by the University of Michigan, comprising 15 000 pages of entries digitized into a database that can be searched by word or quotation. The site is not as visually busy as other electronic dictionaries, and it is impressively fast. A small drawback of using it is that it does not provide links to related resources at UMichigan or elsewhere. Sun, 02 Apr 2017 10:00:00 PST http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/med/ New Thoughtpiece: Qui Bono From the Robot Armies? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#robotarmies <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/usarmyrobot.jpg” /><br />Now that we are in the age of internet of shit devices being built into botnets for use in massive ddos attacks, I have observed more and more thoughtful technology commentators resisting the urge to refer to these as "robot armies." It's a strong urge, as reflected in talks like one in delivered in november last year by Maciej Ceglowski at the australian web directions conference, <a href=”http://webdirections.org/direction16/”>Who Will Command the Robot Armies</a>. In that talk, just as I did myself in this very paragraph... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#robotarmies Random Site of the Week: Working Class Movement Library http://www.wcml.org.uk/ A major archive of over 200 years of records of organizing and campaigning by working class women and men primarily in england. It started out, as many archives that don't follow a mainstream topic do, as a personal collection collected and maintained by Ruth and Edmond Frow. They have a range of ongoing projects, including oral histories, a lecture series, and linking together otherwise hard to access collections. It has few digitally available materials, but a helpful photocopying and scanning service. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:00:00 PST http://www.wcml.org.uk/ New Thoughtpiece: Anonymity is <i>Not</i> the Problem https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#anonymity Last year I wrote a series of three pieces all about the "Trouble with the Web", from my idiosyncratic spot in one of its quieter areas. A reader going through those pieces might be surprised more or less by things that not included in them, because there are several (mis)features of how people are able to access and participate on the web that I had nothing to say about. The term "(mis)features" is not intended to be arch... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#anonymity Random Site of the Week: Indian and Cowboy Podcast Network https://www.indianandcowboy.com/ A listener-supported Indigenous podcast network founded by Ryan McMahon in October 2014. All of the podcasts are excellent, and as unafraid of taking up difficult political and social questions as they are of making the listener laugh. Among them is the already featured here <a href=”https://www.indianandcowboy.com/metis-in-space/”>Métis in Space</a>, <a href=”https://www.indianandcowboy.com/red-man-laughing-podcast/”>Red Man Laughing</a>, and <a href=”https://www.indianandcowboy.com/the-henceforward/”>The Henceforward</a>. Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:00:00 PST https://www.indianandcowboy.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Visible Intersectionality? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#intersection <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/VennDiagramGrLaRu.jpg” /><br />Over the past several years, with a sharp booster last month, there has been considerable discussion of intersectionality. To the unguarded listener, the usual ways of talking about intersectionality seem uncomplicated and easy to make sense of. The term was coined by Kimberle Williams Crenshaw in 1989, and it is a handy, if polysyllabic term for how a person may be oppressed based on more than one aspect of their identity. I would actually reword this slightly and refer to oppression based on more than one identification, applying historian <a href=”http://history.columbia.edu/faculty/Fields.html”>Barbara Fields'</a> point that identification is something made by others. The identification is part of the oppression, because it is the first step. First identification as some type of person who can be oppressed is made, then unfortunately, further oppressive action follows. This is a small tweak, but it might help people out with what seems to me to be a real misunderstanding of what "intersectionality" and "being intersectional" means.... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#intersection Random Site of the Week: The Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/index.html A remarkable site that precedes the world wide web, organized with an emphasis on links rather than searching. So this means that the huge collection of images, papers, and books is extensively cross-referenced. Articles are not written from the faux neutral standpoint endemic to encyclopedias, so it is possible to find multiple viewpoints on the same item with full evidence and original research. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:00:00 PST http://www.victorianweb.org/index.html New Thoughtpiece: Sure RFID Tags Are Convenient https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#rfid <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/anti-theft-rfid-tag.jpg” /><br />Thinking back, it's hard to say when I first heard of RFID tags. I had actually bumped into them and even used them long before they were objects with a basic definition of what they were and how they were used all sorted out. The fad of having one embedded under the skin so as not to need to carry identification struck me as so profoundly foolish that I had to doublecheck the story with better documented sources. If the RFID tag can be scanned by an uninterested bouncer from a short distance away, well, so can anybody else with the right equipment. That RFID tags are not the panacaea for problems the general public actually has been shown by the sudden proliferation of wallets, cases, and bags that block RFID scanners.... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#rfid Random Site of the Week: TheOneRing.net http://www.theonering.net/ Still going after its original founding in 1999 not long after Peter Jackson revealed there would be movie versions of <i>Lord of the Rings</i> at long last, TheOneRing.net also remains a fairly busy place. There are many original essays and an astonishing archive of original art, and often the best place to start is not the main page due to the many (inevitable) product announcements, but the <a href=”http://www.theonering.net/torwp/library/”>Library</a>. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:00:00 PST http://www.theonering.net/ Update to "Reserved" in Contested Documents https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/contestedDocuments/reserved.html Hilariously enough, I promised to say more about Nunavut in this short piece, and then forgot completely to do it. This is hardly fair, as not only is Nunavut an amazing place by all accounts, it is important to point out that contrary to popular misconception, it is not a reserve nor is it like a reserve. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 21:26:00 PST TurtleIsland/contestedDocuments/reserved.html New Thoughtpiece: Pondering Identity and Identification https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#identity At the turn of the twenty-first century, a new-old idea began to take fierce hold of many people across a whole range of jobs, politics, and places. It has been taken up so widely that it is a bit dizzying, especially since this new-old idea is a sort of abstract noun that has an at best only loosely agreed on definition. The idea I mean is that of "identity." It is both new and old because of course, the word itself is far older than the twenty-first century.... Sat, 04 Feb 2017 23:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#identity Random Site of the Week: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy https://plato.stanford.edu/ Founded in 1995, this open access "dynamic reference work" is a distant cousin of Wikipedia in that it is continuously being added to and edited. Unlike Wikipedia, this work is carried out by recognized experts in the field under the guidance of an editorial team. The effort to expand beyond european and american male philosophers is ongoing. Sat, 04 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST https://plato.stanford.edu/ Not a ThoughtPiece: Is It Fascism Yet? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/isitfascismyet.html I am horrified but alas unsurprised that this essay deserves to go back into the recent and relevant articles stream on the Moonspeaker. "Is It Fascism Yet?" was written during the later period of George W. Bush's presidency in the united states, when some of the panic over the potential for fascism had died down a little. I had read Arendt's <i>On Totalitarianism</i>, and despite various reservations about her political views, I found her analysis important and relevant, not least because she reiterated again and again, the key question is about totalitarianism, which can have many different shapes. Fascism is one of them. Don't be fooled that everything is okay just because it doesn't seem much like the nazis in weimar germany. I will also be writing a follow up essay. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:45:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/isitfascismyet.html New Thoughtpiece: Writing and Plotting https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#writing <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/writingdesk.jpg” /><br />Like many writers, on occasion I find myself wrestling with plotting. There is a generally accepted three-act plot in "western culture" for which we may read "europe and anywhere it has colonized successfully." Most people whose first language is english of a certain age like myself will have gotten their first conscious introduction to this plot structure in middle school english class, where we learned this structure was used by Shakespeare and it was first described by Aristotle. Then we promptly went off and read a play that actually had five acts... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 23:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#writing Random Site of the Week: Marxist Internet Archive https://www.marxists.org/ A non-profit, volunteer-run website providing access to a major collection of marxist and marxist-relevant works. The materials are provided mainly in pdf format, although the number of doc, epub, and audio versions is growing all the time. The combination of primarily pdf versions and a clear citation policy makes this archive especially scholar friendly. Mon, 22 Jan 2017 11:00:00 PST https://www.marxists.org/ New Thoughtpiece: If a Non-White Person Experiences Something But No White Person Was There, Did It Happen? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#real <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/tree.jpg” /><br />Most readers will immediately recognize the question the title of this thoughtpiece riffs on, which the OUP Blog renders, "If a tree falls in the forest, and there's nobody around to hear, does it make a sound?" Almost as many people describe it as philosophical brainteaser as a rather insulting joke. Admittedly, the tree version is an easy starting point for younger students learning about philosophy for the first time in grade school, which adults can forget too easily. When it comes to the title of this thoughtpiece however, I am in deadly earnest. I mean that literally. For too many racialized people -- as opposed to self-racialized people who think they are white -- this is a real life and death question.... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#real Random Site of the Week: Fordham University Internet History Sourcebooks Project http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/Halsall/index.asp A well-organized and formatted archive of public domain and what the webmasters refer to as "copy permitted" historical texts. The team has been making a concerted effort to go beyond europe and the usual suspects, including themed sections for <a href=”http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/Halsall/women/womensbook.asp”>women's</a> and <a href=”http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/Halsall/science/sciencesbook.asp”>science</a> history, as well as a start on including materials from the rest of the world. Mon, 15 Jan 2017 11:00:00 PST http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/Halsall/index.asp Updates to Sappho Fragments FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments6.html After a much longer hiatus than planned, updates to Sappho's fragments on the Moonspeaker. The key to the translation and gloss has been lightly re-edited to include some abbreviations for forgotten categories of words, and the annotation of 'To Aphrodite' is finally properly on its way. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:08:00 PST FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments6.html Random Site of the Week: OpenCulture.com http://www.openculture.com/ Founded in 2006 to catalogue and describe the burgeoning range of free educational materials on-line, OpenCulture may have started by cataloguing massive on-line courses, but has gone on to index podcasts, free textbooks, and annotated links to numerous library and museum collections. Mon, 08 Jan 2017 11:00:00 PST http://www.openculture.com/ Updated Essay: Myth Not Allegory https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/mythnotallegory.html#epilogue I have added an epilogue to this essay to cover a few loose ends left over from my brief discussion of a few bits from the appendices to Lord of the Rings. Arguably this section is not a critique in quite the same way as the rest of the essay. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:08:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/mythnotallegory.html#epilogue Random Site of the Week: Jedisabre.com eBooks Tutorial http://www.jedisaber.com/eBooks/Introduction.shtml One thing that is coming soon to the Moonspeaker is ebooks, because I think they're cool and think this is a far more sensible way to make things available offline than a shitty app. They are actually quite simple to make, and this is the tutorial that tells you everything you need to know to make your own. Sun, 01 Jan 2017 11:00:00 PST http://www.jedisaber.com/eBooks/Introduction.shtml New Thoughtpiece: Irreconcilable https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#irreconcilable <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/SIS-Pic1.jpg” /><br />As we enter a new year, I find myself reflecting on the latest experiment in papering over past and present colonialism, a thing called "reconciliation" with Indigenous peoples here in the northern part of what is now labelled as canada on the maps. The <a href=”http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=905”>Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada</a> (TRC), which began in 2009 and released its report and "calls to action" in 2015, heralded an outpouring in mainstream canadian media. "Reconciliation," "improving the relationship,"... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 10:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#irreconcilable Random Site of the Week: RadFemArchive http://radfem.org/ One of the great frustrations for Radical Feminists and those who would like to learn more about their theory and politics whether or not they agree with them, is the difficulty of keeping Feminist works generally in print. The RadFemArchive makes electronic copies of out of print texts available for free and beyond the confines of university libraries, an important service. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:00:00 PST http://radfem.org/ New Thoughtpiece: There's Surrealism, and Then There's Grammar https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#grammar <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/frgrammar.jpg” /><br />One description of surrealism is that it is an attempt to capture the strange state we experience while dreaming, when all manner of random juxtapositions make sense, or some strange combination of objects is, within the dreamscape, gut-bustingly funny or viscerally disgusting. Then again, dreams can be startlingly coherent or even lucid, although they may still include features that are absurd on consideration after we wake up. The latest research connects dreaming with how we process the memory of our day to day experience and its associated emotions, and that in our dreams we may be sorting out and practicing how to react to situations in our waking lives. Consider all of that.... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#grammar Random Site of the Week: Roads Were Not Built For Cars http://www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/ Companion website of an early crowd-funded book by Carlton Reid, which goes through the actual history of the paved roads so many drivers treat as solely their own entitlement. An excellent companion paper to read with the site or book is <a href=”http://vtpi.org/whoserd.pdf”>Whose Roads?</a> by Todd Litman of the <a href=”http://vtpi.org/”>Victoria Transport Policy Institute</a>. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:00:00 PST http://www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/ Random Site of the Week: OpenMedia https://openmedia.org/en/int A respected Canadian non-profit organization founded in 2008 that works on preventing the internet from becoming a mass censorship and surveillance service controlled by corporate interests. It has an excellent blog and carries out important research as well. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:00:00 PST https://openmedia.org/en/int New Thoughtpiece: Existential Questions https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#existential <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/bussnap.jpg” /><br />As a general rule, riding the bus isn't too exciting, which I figure is a good thing, since most potential excitement affecting a bus and its passengers is liable to endanger life and limb. Over the course of my various travels I have gotten acquainted with a fair number of transit systems, from those including computer-driven trains to those creaking along as best they can with poor funding and cancerous urban sprawl to cope with. The state of the buses and train cars can provide an uncanny mirror of the city itself.... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 22:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#existential Random Site of the Week: idlewords.com http://www.idlewords.com/ Maciej Ceglowski, proprietor of Pinboard's writing home online. Its tagline is "brevity is for the weak" and he lives up to the letter by providing excellent long read pieces on topics ranging from travel to technology issues. He also maintains an archive of his <a href=”http://www.idlewords.com/talks/”>talks</a>, which for some reason is not linked to directly on the main page, possibly because his current tag cloud has lost track of it. Nevertheless, don't miss them, they are as erudite, accessible, and often hilarious as his long blog posts. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:00:00 PST http://www.idlewords.com/ Random Site of the Week: LibraryBox http://librarybox.us/ A low powered web server that can be used to provide remote access to files where access to the internet is for some reason difficult, as well as to set up a local mesh net of interconnected <span class=”ToolTip” title=”No this isn’t a typo. This is a plural built on the same pattern as that of ox, which is of course, oxen. Another member of the same family of plurals is osaxen.”>boxen</span> for a small area. This is a free software project, so you can buy one or build your own because the software and recommended hardware specs are provided right from the LibraryBox website. Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:00:00 PST http://librarybox.us/ New Thoughtpiece: What if There is Nowhere Else to Go? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#whatif <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/marsshot.jpg” /><br />At least in the north american tech media, the topic of potential "manned" missions to Mars have been a steady boil for the past several years, with not quite periodic sharp peaks. Sometimes the peaks are from the latest expensive sort of success or explosion for today's crop of private companies endeavouring to take over access to space from the military, which so far as I can tell is primarily an american phenomenon due to the cost. Or else they come from the latest project intended to mimic travelling to Mars, since this will take a non-trivial amount of time, although it seems that at least 1 out of 3 of these is usually a hoax. There are naysayers of course, who point out how the Moon... Sun, 02 Oct 2016 13:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#whatif Random Site of the Week: Quintillian’s Institutes of Oratory http://rhetoric.eserver.org/quintilian/ This is an excellent on-line edition of Quintillian's famous text for teachers of rich roman boys with political aspirations. It is in fact still relevant today, not least because the basic oration structure he describes is still how we are taught to write essays. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 01:00:00 PST http://rhetoric.eserver.org/quintilian/ New Thoughtpiece: But, Is it Tech? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#tech <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/adanomove.jpg” /><br />Here is a question not for the faint-hearted. What is a "tech company"? Seriously. For a question of this kind my usual dictionary is useless and quaint, which means a visit to Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, a <a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_company”>technology company</a> (absolutely no slang for Wikipedians): "A technology company (often tech company) is a type of business entity that focuses primarily on the development and manufacturing of technology. IBM, Lenovo, Huawei, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and others are considered prototypical technology companies..." Tue, 25 Sep 2016 21:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#tech Random Site of the Week: Schneier on Security https://www.schneier.com/ If you'd like to read a mainly level-headed, practical perspective on security for your computer, on-line, and more widely in life, Bruce Schneier's site is a great place to start. I highly recommend reading his post on <a href=”https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/03/choosing_secure_1.html”>Choosing Secure Passwords</a> to start. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 01:00:00 PST https://www.schneier.com/ Random Site of the Week: Moonhawk's Pages http://hilgart.org/enformy/alfordIndex.htm Linguist Dan Moonhawk Alford's website kept online after his passing by his good friend Don Watson. More than worth the to read his discussion of the Whorf hypothesis and the key twin papers God is Not a Noun in Native America and God is a Verb. The former was cited by John Mohawk, Seneca philosopher and late editor of Akwesasne Notes, which is no small endorsement. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 20:00:00 PST http://hilgart.org/enformy/alfordIndex.htm New Thoughtpiece: Freedom From Versus Freedom To https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#freedom <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/youshallnotpass.jpg” /><br />A number of writers, among whom the most famous is probably Riane Eisler of Chalice and the Blade, have explored the differences between "power over" versus "power to." The differences, as you can imagine, are not just semantic, but also ethical, and when or if "power over" should be valued more than "power to" is a critical question all of are daling with right now. For example, should we be seeking power to work with the environment and ease the difficulties the changing climate is bringing us, or should we bullheadedly try to take power over the climate... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#freedom Random Site of the Week: RAFT Alliance http://www.albc-usa.org/RAFT/index.html Prior to europeans arriving in the americas, the level of diversity in plant and animal species was far greater. A fundamental purpose behind all the effort Indigenous people put into developing so many varieties and diverse relationships with the land was to avoid starving, whatever happened with the weather. The RAFT Alliance is an organization endeavouring to restore those systems, with an ever greater urgency in this, so far one of the hottest years on record ever seen. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:00:00 PST http://www.albc-usa.org/RAFT/index.html New Thoughtpiece: "So They Stopped Just East of Something Awful..." https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#gorey <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/GildedBat.jpg” /><br />The backroads and byways of the universe are curious ones, and one of them included hearing a book by the late John Bellairs, a well-known american writer of numerous books for "young adults." This book, along with many others in Bellairs' oeuvre, included a number of wonderful, obsessively cross-hatched black and white illustrations. Despite my relative youth when I first saw them, they stuck in firmly in memory, their distinctive style so strong in my mind’s eye it was an astonishing surprise to see what could only be an animated example of the same artist's work in the opening and closing credits of the Mystery! series on my local public television station... Thu, 19 Aug 2016 02:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces4.html#gorey Random Site of the Week: Hyperbole User Manual https://www.fnal.gov/docs/products/xemacs/v19_14/hyperbole_1.html If you are not a fan of emacs you may not find yourself using this program, but it follows through on interesting premise by effectively allowing an emacs user to treat their computer as if it were a part of the internet, navigating it via links in the form of buttons and performing other tasks. If nothing else, it is a nice demonstration of another approach to creating an interface for a person to make use of their comupter. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:00:00 PST https://www.fnal.gov/docs/products/xemacs/v19_14/hyperbole_1.html New Thoughtpiece: Security Updates Required https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#security <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/decstove.jpg” /><br />Some time ago I said flatly that security updates should never be bundled with other code providing the equivalent of -- keeping to relatively polite terms -- completely unnecessary fiddling. There is no reason whatsoever to insist on bundling supposed "feature updates" and cosmetic debacles with security updates. These are two different classes of changes, and they are not intended for the same purpose at all. To my mind, the insistence on bundling security updates with other things is not only abusive and disrespectful, it is ultimately counterproductive. If the only way to push out a bunch of other changes people may be reluctant to accept is to attach a security update they feel must be applied, the other changes are crap. But, fun as ranting is, I realize this may not be making quite clear why you should seriously consider my claims here. So, let's try a little illustrative thought experiment.... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 02:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#security Random Site of the Week: Bev Jo - Radical Feminist Writing https://bevjoradicallesbian.wordpress.com/ This blog is just what it says, and includes the wonderful on-line, updated edition of "Dykes-Loving-Dykes: Separatist Politics" which she and her coauthors originally published in 1990. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:00:00 PST https://bevjoradicallesbian.wordpress.com/ New Thoughtpiece: What is “The West”, Anyway? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#west <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/westarrow.gif” /><br />Perhaps this question seems to have an obvious answer, although I'm not so sure. David Graeber, in his essay <a href=”http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/david-graeber-there-never-was-a-west”>There Never Was a West</a> seems to agree with my sense that when we hear of references to "the West" and being "western," the reference isn't actually to a place or a direction at all. After all, for those of us with more than the average number of physics classes under our belts, as a location or direction we know "west" can be entirely relative. In fact, maybe it simply is entirely relative, after all, it's not as if we can impose an "absolute west" on all of outer space. At best, maybe we can insist there is a Solar System-specific west, at least for the planets. But admittedly, this isn't actually what I was trying to get a better handle on... Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#west New Thoughtpiece: The Privacy Economy https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#privacy <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/IllinoisTelephoneAndTelegraphAd.jpg” /><br />Over the past couple of weeks, I have been struck by a small flurry of articles by technopundits related to devices like the Blackphone, advertised as devices intended to allow secure and private communications. Many of these devices aren't selling very well, and no doubt their high prices and low availability is not helping them, nor their basis on the android phone OS, a google project. No matter how free the various flavours of android may be, considering how implicated google has been and still is in vacuuming up personal data for itself let alone state actors, it is possible that potential buyers who are not deep into programming don't find the security claims quite believable. Yet this is not what technopundits give much consideration to... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 20:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#privacy Random Site of the Week: Redstockings http://www.redstockings.org/ A Volunteer-run and curated archive of documents, photos, and other historical materials from the Women’s Liberation Movement, especially in the 1960s and 1970s. This is another contribution to the critical necessity for women to create and maintain their own historical documents. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 20:00:00 PST http://www.redstockings.org/ New Thoughtpiece: On Experts https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#experts <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/expert.jpg” /><br />It is probably fair to say that nothing brings out controversy quite like elections and referenda, whatever purpose they may be intended to serve. They certainly bring into vivid belief the attitudes and beliefs current at the time among "the chattering classes" which today includes not only the grossly over-concentrated print and audio-visual media, but also a stratum of bloggers on-line, most of whom would probably insist there are at least two strata and they are part of the upper one. Yet all of these people, across an extraordinary spectrum of people claiming to be from an all manner of political positions, agree on one thing.... Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#experts Random Site of the Week: Guide to DRM-Free Living https://www.defectivebydesign.org/guide Whatever your position on DRM, if you are on a budget or looking for convenient links to free ebooks, music, video, and a range of tools to make your own, this guide is an excellent starting point. If you've never looked into these sources before, you're going to be pleasantly surprised. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:00:00 PST https://www.defectivebydesign.org/guide New Thoughtpiece: Refusing the Land https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#refusing <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Treaty8MapSnippet.jpg” /><br />Between all the bandying about of words like "healing" and "reconciliation" in the colonial state of canada for the past several months, I've been thinking a lot about treaties. Thinking a lot about the land too, and the strange ways of interacting with the land non-Indigenous people have invented. Or reinvented and reintroduced to the americas, as has certainly happened. No group of people is a uniform blob, and this is as true of non-Indigenous people as Indigenous people. We all have created and live within many nations.... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:57:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#refusing Random Site of the Week: Métis in Space http://www.metisinspace.com/ I briefly mentioned this podcast awhile back. It is the ever awesome place you can hear Molly and Chelsea "hilariously deconstruct the science fiction genre through a decolonial lens." They're not kidding, and they check out everything from the obscure and B-Movie to the familiar standards. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:00:00 PST http://www.metisinspace.com/ Updated Essay: Books Are Sharks https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/booksaresharks.html I did some surgery on the conclusion of this essay to close the argument more sensibly, and pulled some of the other material out for a separate piece. For those of you wondering about the "later discussion" on the encoding of sentimental and personal meaning in books, I am not sure how to approach that yet, since most of what I know about it is anecdotal, and it would be preferable to have a sample beyond myself and three friends, so to speak. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 03:08:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/booksaresharks.html New Thoughtpiece: Artificial Archaeological Artifacts https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#artificial <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/MycenaeanStirrupVase.jpg” /><br />Archaeology and anthropology strike me as an example of conjoined twin, humanity-science border blurring ways of creating knowledge. "Conjoined twin" because depending which textbooks you read, or if you have taken a formal degree in either one, which school you were trained in, they may be considered separate (european) or archaeology is subsumed under anthropology (Boasian). The second idea is actually quite strange, because archaeology is far older than anthropology. For example, in China their second period of archaeological activity began.... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 03:25:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#artificial New Random Site of the Week: Bret Victor, Beast of Burden http://worrydream.com/ Victor's sense of humour is quirky, and his area of expertise is interface design, that is how tools are made usable by humans and useful for their purpose. His ideas are challenging and reflect a fundamental and responsible belief in a better future, especially by "<a href=”http://worrydream.com/Bio/”>Reforming our infantilized society</a>." Thu, 16 Jun 2016 03:12:00 PST http://worrydream.com/ Updates to "How to Build an RSS Feed" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/howtobuildannrssfeed.html This essay is very much a response to my frustration with the usual "how to" manuals for writing rss feeds, which tend to either assume you are using software such as WordPress to generate the feed, or that you already know everything about it. Meanwhile, I happened to be a person who wanted to write my rss feed by hand, but certainly did not know everything about it -- and I still don't. What I do know though is summarized with code snippets in this essay, which I have now updated to include how to handle enclosures, accented and Greek characters, and corrections to how to apply formatting and insert links in feed entries. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:56:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/howtobuildannrssfeed.html New Thoughtpiece: Is Javascript the Problem? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#javascript <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/closedwebsmall.png” /><br />Yes, you're right. It is no less than bratty to title a post with a question, because the proper answer to such questions is practically always "no." There are exceptions, as there are to every rough hewn rule worth its measure in life, although this is not one of them. What led me to this rather facetious question was a bit of random internet wandering courtesy of my current preferred search engine that has not yet devolved into a pure advertising company. Having just completed a major clean up of a key set of research notes, I wasn't up for anything too serious, so I decided to try looking up what the blogosphere had to say about the way javascript is used on websites these days.... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#javascript New Random Site of the Week: The Anarchist Library http://theanarchistlibrary.org/special/index Recently I was tracking down a reference in <i>Fields, Factories, and Workshops</i> by Petr Kropotkin, which led me to this site. It includes a growing collection of works in a range of open formats, from XeLaTeX to ePub, and to my knowledge is the only place on-line so far outside of possibly the <a href=”http://www.archive.org/web/web.php”>Wayback Machine</a> that includes all of Kropotkin's works. Sun, 29 May 2016 11:35:00 PST http://theanarchistlibrary.org/special/index New Essay: Books Are Sharks https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/booksaresharks.html Here it is, the (hopefully) long awaited follow up to <a href=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/touchmenot.html”>Touch Me Not</a>. An essay that discusses books may seem like a strange way to consider the possible ways computer interfaces could be developed, but in fact, books are an excellent proxy for the issue. Books are widely known and available in a way computers still are not, and even in the home of the most diehard hipster parents you would be hard-pressed to find no paper books at all for their already mini-computer equipped offspring. Plus, books are operated -- wait for it -- with our fingers.... Fri, 27 May 2016 18:08:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/booksaresharks.html New Thoughtpiece: "I Know, Fridge the Planet!" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#planet <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/NeptuneFull.jpg” /><br />There is nothing wrong per se with remakes, which today are now referred to as "reboots" in an attempt to file off the serial numbers, nor with remakes that change the visual style from whatever the nearest "original" was. After all, no one would reasonably expect a 2000s era <i>Sherlock Holmes</i> to be made with the same types of cuts and transitions as one made in the 1950s. Something serious has gone wrong however, when it seems that most of the "new" programs, shows, and comic books getting the most attention are remakes, or not very alternate universe retakes.... Thu, 25 May 2016 11:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#planet New Essay: The Age of Mimesis https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/ageofmimesis.html It has been an alarmingly long time since I last posted a new essay (and since the Sappho project has been updated -- coming very soon!). This piece is one of two that I have been working on throughout the academic year between term papers and other program requirements. To my surprise, this one, a combination book review-thoughtpiece spurred by Seo-Young Chu's <i>Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep</i>, wound up coming together ahead of the follow up to <a href=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/touchmenot.html”>Touch Me Not</a>. Mon, 23 May 2016 01:08:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/ageofmimesis.html New Thoughtpiece: Five United Pacific Tribes Vindicated After 20 Years https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#vindicated <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/kennewick.jpg” /><br />Over twenty years ago, another in a long series of disrespectful actions towards the remains of a Native person was carried out in the united states. The original discovery of the remains of that person was not necessarily disrespectful, in fact, based on what I understand about the events all that time ago, from the account in my then modern archaeology textbook in a first year university class, the discovery was an accident. As is usual when human remains are found where at least white people did not expect them to be, an anthropologist was called... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#artistic New Random Site of the Week: âpihtawikosisân http://apihtawikosisan.com/ As she says herself, this is the blog of a Plains Cree speaking, Métis woman from alberta currently living in montreal, writing acutely on Indigenous history, the white problem, Indigenous legal developments, and potential futures. Chelsea is also one half of the awesome team behind the podcast <a href=”http://www.metisinspace.com/”>Métis in Space.</a> Fri, 20 May 2016 08:35:00 PST http://apihtawikosisan.com/ New Thoughtpiece: Art Trouble https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#artistic <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/squish.gif” /><br />There has been, alas, no shortage of examples of artists being treated poorly by a whole range of parties bent on suppressing or repressing their work. (By "artists" I mean writers and sculptors as much as those who create images or music.) The examples we hear the most about tend to be those artists affected by government action, especially when the government in question is on the "disliked by western governments" list. In occasionally close second place are the artists struggling against misguided accusations of copyright infringement. It seems rather distant as a phenomenon when set out that way... Mon, 08 May 2016 11:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#artistic Housekeeping Note https://www.moonspeaker.ca/ Well, that was a bit of a longer hiatus than planned, as the backlog of entries sprouting up here and updates to the Moonspeaker will show. Thankfully, I managed to finish up my various term papers and marking assignments on time and therefore survived April, the most alarming month of the year for many grad students and professors. Mon, 08 May 2016 10:00:00 PST housekeepingnote20160508 New Random Site of the Week: activehistory.ca http://activehistory.ca/ Another great blog for historians, both budding and established. It has some similarities in approach to <a href=”http://savageminds.org/”>Savage Minds</a>, covering interesting topics, research projects, and pedagogical questions, all while resisting jargon and mystification. Mon, 08 May 2016 08:35:00 PST http://activehistory.ca/ New Thoughtpiece: Don't be Such a Neanderthal? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#neanderthal <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/neanderthal.jpg” /><br />A startling number of years ago now, as part of my archaeology degree I had to complete two different courses that included components discussing the species now known as <i>Homo sapiens neaderthalensis</i>, among other hominins. This was long enough ago that "hominins" were still called "hominids", actually. Other creatures more or less like us are bound to be compulsively interesting, and one of my classmates wrote a huge paper about the "neanderthal question": whatever happened to them? It's not a bad question, and we had a lot of discussion over it then, and the discussion continues now. I have been fascinated by the uncanny (yet unsurprising) parallels between the changing neanderthal narrative, and another narrative I am personally familiar with... Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#neanderthal New Random Site of the Week: The Programming Historian http://programminghistorian.org/ Central repository of tutorials for humanities majors in how to perform automated document and database analysis, as well as mapping and digital presentation of research results. Everything is open source and peer reviewed, although the project team appears to be struggling to find a balance between a desire to review and edit to perfection and posting new materials. Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:35:00 PST http://programminghistorian.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Attending to Consent https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#consent "Consent" is an important concept, and has been a growing area of interest and reasoning over the past few years, not least because it turns out to not be so simple to sort out when consent is being given freely, pace the xkcd comic at left. There aren't many places it doesn't show up in north american liberal discourse, since liberalism begins with the premise that all people are separate individuals whose personal freedom should be as great as possible within the confines of society. A free person is someone who can give consent, that is, permission for something to happen. With this in mind, it is no surprise that "consent" has become a key area of contention ever since white males were forced to grudgingly admit that they were not the only "people" in existence... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:15:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#consent New Random Site of the Week: Starship Reckless http://starshipreckless.com/blog/ Molecular biologist and SF writer Athena Andreadis' blog. Compulsively readable, chockablock with science, literature, and a complete lack of genre snobbery that is all too rare. If you don't want to start at most recent, I recommend the <a href=”http://www.starshipnivan.com/blog/?p=2128”>Andreadis Unibrow Theory of Art</a>. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:25:00 PST http://starshipreckless.com/blog/ New Thoughtpiece: Science-type Thoughts https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#science <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/LyellPrinciplesFrontispiece.jpg” /><br />According to my electronic OED, the primary meaning of the word "science" is this: The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 07:35:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#science New Random Site of the Week: Public Library of Science https://www.plos.org/ One of several key projects to ensure publicly funded research is made freely available, PLOS includes a range of peer-reviewed journals with all papers released under a Creative Commons Attribution license. It happens to be mainly biologically oriented, but there are other important philosophically related projects including <a href=”http://arxiv.org/”>arXiv.org</a>. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 01:25:00 PST https://www.plos.org/ Update to <i>Alexiares' Annotated Hunting of the Snark</i> https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos9.html A quick addition to Fit the Ninth of the <i>Annotated Hunting of the Snark</i> on the Moonspeaker, mainly to add <i>The Mad Gardener's Song</i>, extracted from the terrible <i>Sylvia and Bruno</i> books. This poem is very much the last of Carroll's inspired nonsense verses, and they are certainly not his most exuberant work. Some of the imagery is more disturbing than might be expected. Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:00:00 PST FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos9.html New Thoughtpiece: Natural Semantic Metalanguage https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#nsm <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Gray186.png” /><br />Being social creatures and so impelled to find some way to communicate unless a grim combination of terrible mishap and no workarounds at all strikes us, language is something we care about a lot. It also happens to be a topic that we seem to find almost universally accessible. We all know our mother tongue and have some opinions about it and what constitutes a good accent, or a reasonable gesture style in the case of folks who sign, a reasonable vocabulary, and so on, even if we have never sat down and thought these things through. Admittedly, many of these are received opinions, ideas we imbibed in grade school and at home as we grew up. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:35:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#nsm New Random Site of the Week: 2D Goggles http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/ This subsite is updated intermittently because Syndey Padua is an extremely busy animator and now semi-globetrotting graphic novel author. Her work is well worth perusing, and if you can't wait for updates to this site, pop over to her main site to see some of her other projects. She is also an impressive amateur historian, have a look at her suggested readings. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 01:25:00 PST http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/ New Thoughtpiece: Sprinkle a Little Technology On It https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#technology <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/saltshaker.jpg” /><br />It isn't a new thing really for various pundits and hucksters to claim that every problem can be solved by more technology, including the problems caused by the earlier technology that may be causing the problem in the first place. What does seem to be a new thing is that people are beginning to pick up earlier on when an attempt is being made to sell them more of the same bad bill of goods. There are a lot of booster articles about "artificial intelligence," "self-driving cars," "disruptive technologies" et cetera, et cetera. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 01:35:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#technology New Random Site of the Week: Ancient Lives Project http://www.papyrology.ox.ac.uk/Ancient_Lives/ Where to go to contribute to the crowd sourced transcription of the Oxyrhynchus papyri. You can identify letters (no need to be able to read greek) or even just measure the scanned papyri fragments. So far at least 100 texts have been published from this project, including fragments of ancient plays, gospels, and philosophical texts. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 01:25:00 PST http://www.papyrology.ox.ac.uk/Ancient_Lives/ New Thoughtpiece: An Unsurprising Worm in the Apple https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#rottenapple <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/AppleComputerLogoRainbow.png” /><br />In fact, the real surprise would have been if this worm was genuinely brand new, as opposed to now suddenly too big to ignore. As the infamous "error 53" issue strikes more and more iPhone 6 owners -- who I guess are discovering they <i>don't</i> own their phones since there is no protocol for them to call apple, verify their identity, and get their phones working again once they get the error -- and more and more people find themselves revolted by the continued dumbing down of MacOSX, the worm has definitely gotten big. To be clear though, this is emphatically not an "I told you so" rant, and not just because that sort of thing is simply being an asshole. This is a fan of what is now clearly an "old Apple," who suspected that the grim logic and perverse incentives of the legal fiction called a "corporation"... Wed, 09 Feb 2016 19:35:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#rottenapple New Random Site of the Week: The Paypom Treaty https://gct3.net/grand-chiefs-office/gct3-info-and-history/paypom-treaty/ Admittedly a page rather than a site, but too good to miss. The Grand Council of Treaty 3 has posted a pdf of the notes made for Chief Powasson in 1873, when the Lake of the Woods Ojibway were signing a treaty with the crown in right of canada. There are notes of this type for many treaties in canada, all remarkable for the differences recorded between what was said and what was written. Wed, 09 Feb 2016 19:25:00 PST https://gct3.net/grand-chiefs-office/gct3-info-and-history/paypom-treaty/ Found Subjects: Update to Sappho's Fragments, With Translation https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments5.html Having sorted out the basics of Sappho's meters, this page documents how the glossing and translation are actually laid out on the page. This is a bit more involved than you might expect at first, because it is set up in emulation of <a href=”http://nodictionaries.com/latin”>nodictionaries.com</a>, which provides interlinear glosses for latin texts. On that site, you can adjust the level of gloss applied. Unlike nodictionaries, there is also a translation that you can toggle on and off. This page briefly explains how this is implemented, and provides a key to the abbreviations used. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:00:00 PST FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments5.html New Random Site of the Week: Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture http://www.metismuseum.ca/ A remarkable archive of publications, oral history transcripts, photographs, language resources, and much more. It is provided by the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research, which has been pursuing a long term digitization and cataloguing project that also notes other important Métis resources across the web. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:50:00 PST http://www.metismuseum.ca/ New Thoughtpiece: On What's <i>Right</i> With the Internet, Part Three https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#webright3 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/internetgraph.png” /><br />A major aspect of what's right with the web is something that many web surfers these days never look at, and might even be appalled if someone suggested they should. Yet it underlies every single web page, almost every formatted email, and a surprising amount of help documentation where it allows certain software companies to try to pretend that they make sure the help documentation on your machine is up to date. (It almost never is, which is why the help window takes so long to open almost no one bothers with them anymore.) That omnipresent thing is HTML, HyperText Markup Language. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:35:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#webright3 New Thoughtpiece: On What's <i>Right</i> With the Internet, Part Two https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#webright2 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/internetgraph.png” /><br />Okay, it's time for some more about what's <i>right</i> with the web. There is a lot, and much of it is inherent in the web from its beginnings, from when it first began to become available to more than a few tech nerds in various research and military installations. In fact, a great place to learn even more about what is right is to go to Maciej Cegłowski's <a href=”http://idlewords.com/”>website</a> and read (or watch, when a video version is available, or have your computer read to you) every one of his talks, at minimum. I'm telling you this at the risk that you might get distracted and run off to his site before reading this Thoughtpiece. I think the risk is worth it, that's how important what he has to say is, and I will reference him at least a time or two more. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:35:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#webright2 Housekeeping Note https://www.moonspeaker.ca/ For those of you stopping by who have tried to find newer material by using the site map or even the 404 page, I have fully updated both to reflect everything that is on the Moonspeaker again. As a general rule neither page is out by much, usually only by a sub page or two rather than a whole section. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:00:00 PST housekeepingnote20160131 Found Subjects: Update to Sappho's Fragments, With Translation https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments4.html At last matters have reached Sappho's own meters, at least to the extent that there is evidence available to understand or reconstruct them. Despite the survival of the names of the meters as labels for the nine books of her work (probably more accurately referred to as "scrolls" since that was what used to define a book), clear evidence is available only for books one to three and eight. The ninth book of Sappho's wedding songs, is not only fragmentary, it brings together material from a ritual context that may have peculiarities for that reason. Unfortunately, as matters stand there is no way to be sure. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:00:00 PST FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments4.html New Thoughtpiece: Who Thoughts https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#doctorwho <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/DoctorWhoDiamondLogo.jpn” /><br />The ongoing saga of <i>Doctor Who</i> in its new, hyper-marketed incarnation that is more directed at an american audience has been a curious one to watch. Consistent with the original inconsistency of the classic series, some episodes are very good indeed, others are excruciatingly bad. Unfortunately, the inconsistency comes from the same cause: nobody with the reins of the show in hand seems to be able to get clear on who the hell the audience for the program is. Worse, nobody seems able to accept the wisdom of the best writers whose works are adored by children and enjoyed by adults. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 02:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces3.html#doctorwho New Random Site of the Week: Project Vox http://projectvox.library.duke.edu/pg/ Home of a project working to bring the writings of early modern women philosophers back into print or even into print for the first time digitally and in hard copy. Some of these women have other works that have remained fairly available, usually because they were deemed "gender appropriate," but in the main these works have been ignored purely because of the sex of the writer. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:00:00 PST http://projectvox.library.duke.edu/pg/ New Random Site of the Week: Intersex Roadshow http://intersexroadshow.blogspot.ca/ Thanks to <a href=”http://www.bitchmedia.org”>Bitch Media</a>, I stumbled on this all too infrequently updated blog, in particular the <a href=”http://intersexroadshow.blogspot.ca/2011/04/intersex-genitalia-illustrated-and.html”>Intersex Genitalia Illustrated and Explained</a> post. Cary Costello's explanations and illustrations are excellent and respectful, a combination that can be all too hard to find as soon as the topic of genitalia and their not so binary-ness comes up. The comments are actually useful, simply skip over the inevitable pile of recent spam. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 08:00:00 PST http://intersexroadshow.blogspot.ca/ Found Subjects: Update to Sappho's Fragments, With Translation https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments3.html Contrary to what some textbooks imply, poetic meter is not so easy to explain or make sense of, especially if you are working from a language like english among ancient greek dialects. Hopefully all of the pitfalls and resources I have identified help out other people reading ancient greek poetry. Much of the information on meter out there is actually based on latin poetry, which is not directly applicable to ancient greek poetry, even though the meters the latin poets used are derived from the ancient greek poets (just as many of the english poetic meters are, of course). Sun, 27 Dec 2015 23:00:00 PST FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments3.html New Random Site of the Week: The Original Hacker's Dictionary http://www.dourish.com/goodies/jargon.html The Hacker's Dictionary, better known to some of us by its earlier name the Jargon File, is a subject of continuing low level religious wars, in the computer programmer sense. This page reproduces a 1988 era version, and it is well worth having a look, especially by comparison with the controversial branch still maintained by <a href=”http://www.catb.org/~esr/jargon/”>Eric Raymond</a>, but be ready for distracting html code errors when you consult the latter. Sun, 27 Dec 2015 01:00:00 PST http://www.dourish.com/goodies/jargon.html New Random Site of the Week: Christi Belcourt http://christibelcourt.com/ One of the Métis Nation's great artists, from Manitou Sakhigan, Alberta. Her works range from paintings to stained glass, prints, birch bark canoes, and her part in the amazing Onaman Collective. I can't possibly do justice to her art with words, the best thing is to see it for yourself. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:55:00 PST http://christibelcourt.com/ New Thoughtpiece: On What's <i>Right</i> With the Internet, Part One https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#webright <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/internetgraph.png” /><br />Having spent three Thoughtpieces detailing what is wrong with the web in broad strokes (<a href=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/thoughtpieces2.html#webtrouble”>1</a> | <a href=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/thoughtpieces2.html#webtrouble2”>2</a> | <a href=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/thoughtpieces2.html#returngif”>3</a>), it is just as important, if not more, to take on the tougher task of explaining what's right. The task isn't tougher because there isn't plenty right with the web, so much as that at least right now in north america, we are very much encouraged to articulate what we don't like within specific limits depending on our gender, race, class and so on. Yet there is nowhere near so much encouragement and even training to express the opposite, probably because the former is perceived as the discontent that is supposed to allow the ongoing survival of capitalism past the logical physical limits of the Earth itself, let alone human societies. This makes it all too easy for what we value most to be appropriated and remade into a profit centre for a rent seeker, because it is hard to defend what you don't consciously realize is precious and worth preserving. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#webright New Thoughtpiece: Compelling Attention https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#attention <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/lookatmenew.jpg” /><br />Way back in September, Cory Doctorow sent a tweet that he also featured on the blog he helps edit, <a href=”https://boingboing.net/2015/09/23/free-speech-versus-compelled.html”>Boing Boing</a>. Evidently he felt the comment had enough weight behind it to deserve being set out for the less- or un-twittered readers of the blog and whoever might reblog it from there. I often disagree with Doctorow, and have a real issue with his perpetual self-promotion, but when he settles down to impart real information, the combination of his undeniable writing skill and careful thinking leads to great things to read. This particular tweet, his response to the pseudo-hand wringing about whether making a twitter account private was contributing to a dangerous impingement on free speech, is indeed worth reading and thinking carefully about: "If you think 'free speech' is the right to force others to listen, you actually believe in 'compelled attention.'" Since September, the hand-wringers have turned additional attention to blocking people on other social media like facebook. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 20:30:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#attention New Random Site of the Week: The Missing CDs http://www.oreilly.com/missingmanuals/cds.html The "missing manual" series published by O'Reilley has become something of a juggernaut, successfully displacing practically every other series directed to the same audience with "idiot" or "dummies" in their titles. This companion site is where the various code snippets and sample files from the books can be downloaded from, as well as the occasional program. The site includes a significant amount of material from earlier editions, a great help to anyone who must use an older version of the given missing manual's subject. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 20:15:00 PST http://www.oreilly.com/missingmanuals/cds.html New Random Site of the Week: Indigenous Knowledge Commons http://indigenousknowledge.org/ An excellent source of on-line courses, bibliographical information, and digital publications of all kinds. There are tools and digital publication options for scholars and students, including readers in specific topics. It also has a clear and easily accessible protocols and permissions page. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 14:00:00 PST http://indigenousknowledge.org/ New Thoughtpiece: Indigenous Futurism https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#indigenous1 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/PathWithoutEndGrabSmall.jpg” /><br />A time ago that seems far longer than it is (roughly a year), I finally decided to try figuring out what the term "Afrocentrism" was supposed to mean. An ongoing racist effort to redefine it into something akin to the absurdities of Eric Van Daniken is still ongoing alongside white supremacist panics every time a black scholar or any other person of colour scholar insists on engaging their studies in a way that does not make everything about white people. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 19:50:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#indigenous1 New Thoughtpiece: On the Trouble With the Web, Part Three https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#returngif <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/MunchShriekSmall.jpg” /><br />Yes, I know, you're right. The animated gif has never been gone, some of them <i>are</i> excellent. However, like anything designed to move and distract attention for whatever reason, the key challenge is to use them with moderation -- which is hard, because they're cool. I have observed a terrible proliferation of them on blogs I visit that have any interest in pop culture, which reminded me of something not so cool about animated gifs: they never stop unless they are set up to loop only once or a few times on loading. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#returngif New Thoughtpiece: If You Try to Discuss OSes, Then You Will Be in a Flamewar https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#osflamewar <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/flamewarleigh.jpg” /><br />This seems to be some kind of cyberspace and firmspace pseudo-law, and it has always puzzled me. The recent Microsoft update foul up led to another round of snipes against Linux and Mac OS users who are "not special" for having left behind Windows. Well, lots of them were never on Windows to start with, but what's up with this "special" bullshit on either side anyway? Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#osflamewar New Random Site of the Week: Suzette Haden Elgin's Verbal Self Defense Home Page http://ozarque.com/index.html Unfortunately I have no idea how long this site will stay up, because Suzette Haden Elgin passed away after a long illness in January of this year. She was a true and wonderful Feminist pioneer, who believed firmly that we all have the capacity to manage the power of language to better our lives. To see her sci-fi works, have a look at her homepage on the <a href=”http://www.sfwa.org/members/elgin/”>Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America</a>. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:35:00 PST http://ozarque.com/index.html New Thoughtpiece: On the Trouble With the Web, Part Two https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#webtrouble2 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Biohazard.svg” /><br />Okay, so the current iteration of advertising is one big problem, and it says a great deal that this is widely agreed on today. However, that certainly can't explain the awfulness of much of the web right now, because so much of derives from places where advertising is besides the point or even non-existent. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:45:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#webtrouble2 New Random Site of the Week: Strange Horizons http://www.strangehorizons.com/ A decent on-line magazine of "speculative fiction" -- a term which I <i>think</i> has settled down into being an umbrella monicker for fantasy and sci-fi works, even though there is plenty of disagreement about that since there is less a boundary than a gradient between the two. The magazine includes a fine body of work including both original stories and non-fiction articles, and it is a volunteer-run effort well worth supporting. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 15:35:00 PST http://www.strangehorizons.com/ New Thoughtpiece: On the Trouble With the Web, Part One https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#webtrouble <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Biohazard.svg” /><br />The web used to be a very different place. It didn't used to be overflowing with ad pollution, privacy invasion by web tracker, and rampant abuse of social media and comment forums by gangs of males with the practical, if not literal mental state of spoiled three year olds. This didn't make it a sort of virtual heaven, though there were shades of that idea and hope in some quarters. (See <i>The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace</i> by Margaret Wertheim for the proof.) It wasn't very open... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:30:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#webtrouble New Random Site of the Week: The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/index If you have read Robert Bringhurst on typographic style or gotten entangled with LaTeX, it is likely you have encountered references to the excellent work of Edward Tufte. In a nutshell, his books and his website are all about how to present information visually in an honest, effective, and beautiful way. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:00:00 PST https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/index New Essay: Touch Me Not https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/touchmenot.html Recently I have been engaged in an <a href=”https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/”>Edward Tufte</a> read-a-thon, primarily in hard copy since his four excellent books on the visual representation of data are well worth it. In perusing his website, I stumbled over his post, <a href=”https://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0003qM”>Touchscreens Have No Hand</a>. The comments on the post were in several cases puzzling, but indicative of different preferred learning modes between the commenters and Tufte himself. Currently mainstream north american culture is hostile to touching and movement, and this was reflected in the nature of several of the comments. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 23:08:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/touchmenot.html New Thoughtpiece: A Cri de Coeur - WTF, Firefox? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#wtffirefox <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/Mozilla_Firefox_logo_2013.svg” /><br />I have been watching Mozilla with a jaundiced eye for some time now, admittedly. It wasn't always like that. No indeed. It used to be that release notes for new versions of Firefox went unread, and I happily allowed auto-updating and didn't mind the times Firefox went memory-daft or the period of releases when it crashed at random intervals. Not being tied into lots of web-based tools or on-line gaming, many of the issues Firefox could raise for others didn't bother me.... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:00:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#wtffirefox New Contested Document: Reserved https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/reserved.html As part of an entirely different project this year, I found myself saddled with the unenviable task of compiling a listing of reserves across canada, along with their hectarages. This was far from a trivial task. The data is not secret or restricted, you can head right on over to the federal department that officially oversees them and look at this information and far more for every First Nation currently registered under the <a href=”http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/I-5/”>indian act</a> in canada.... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:00:00 PST TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/reserved.html New Thought Piece: Programmers, Have You Considered What Your Error Messages Say About You? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#programmer <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/MacOsSysError.png” /><br />This is a serious question. Since I have some involvement in programming myself, I appreciate that writing error messages is a tough job. It's hard work to shift the ones you create for yourself as a programmer into something of any use to a non-programmer who will be operating the eventual program. This is not news at all, in fact, there have been excellent resources to help with creating better error messages for years, many of them in the guise of teaching how to create effective program interfaces.... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:00:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#programmer New Random Site of the Week: The Library of Babel https://libraryofbabel.info/ A fascinating realisation of Jorge Borges' famous story. It is accessible both with and without javascript, and if you wish you can even download the books. The ancillary essays are an excellent read in their own right, don't miss them! In a way, this may be the closest to an internet one-time pad cipher, though of course it really isn't anything of the sort. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:00:00 PST https://libraryofbabel.info/ New Random Site of the Week: The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web http://webtypography.net/ For all the folks out there who are interested in typography in general, Robert Bringhurst's book on the subject is an incredible read. He did not consider web typography though, and so Richard Rutter began the project of translating Bringhurst's principles to the on-line medium. The project isn't quite done, and is open to other contributors. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:00:00 PST http://webtypography.net/ New Thought Piece: The Millennial Blues? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#millennial <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/flannelshirt.jpg” /><br />Practically speaking, I realize that the "generation" labels that we have all heard about ad nauseum (i.e. baby boomers, generation x, the millennials of the title) are in fact stupid stereotypes developed for the sake of marketing. The money windfall of the Beatles generation... Sun, 18 May 2015 03:00:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#millennial New Random Site of the Week: The Turing Digital Archive http://www.turingarchive.org/ A partial collection of scanned documents from Alan Turing's papers including articles (both published and unpublished), letters, and photographs. Unfortunately the image viewer is flash-dependent, a peculiar decision likely related to the attempt to prevent the downloading and reuse of the materials. Sun, 18 May 2015 03:00:00 PST http://www.turingarchive.org/ Site Layout Update https://www.moonspeaker.ca/about.html Now that CSS is up to it, the Moonspeaker now has an alternate spreadsheet to make it easier to read on smartphones and similar devices below tablet size. Having observed too many so-called "responsive layouts" that basically prevent you from seeing any content, I've done my best to keep all major content available without forcing you to click extra links or try to get out of the smaller layout. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:10:00 PST about.html End of Hiatus For <i>Amazon Nation</i> https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Amazons/introduction.html <i>Amazon Nation</i> has been mostly dormant for quite some time, alas, although never completely. The process of revision has finally started, beginning with the introduction. Here I make quite clear just what I'm up to in the book, and also clarify that it is not a scholarly work in the non-fiction book sense, nor intended to be one. This point has occasionally caught people out, not least because originally part of it <i>was</i> an argument that Amazons were real. The argument was a small part of the whole though, since I was more interested in making new stories. Now however, the reality of Amazons is no longer in doubt, and so that argument has been deleted and the proper nature of the book more carefully set out. Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:10:00 PST Amazons/introduction.html New Random Site of the Week: The Big Bang Never Happened.org http://bigbangneverhappened.org/ Eric J. Lerner's site covering additional information related to his 1991 book of the same name. Well worth a read, as is the book itself, regardless of whether your position, if any on the question of whether the big bang theory is a valid description of the origins of the universe. Lerner's argument is not mainstream, nor is it on the extreme edges of physics, and he may simply have been <a href=”http://boingboing.net/2015/03/30/the-big-bang-9s-going-down.html”>ahead of the curve</a>. Sat, 04 Apr 2015 03:00:00 PST http://bigbangneverhappened.org/ New Thought Piece: We <i>Have</i> "Smart" and Even "Self-Driving" Vehicles Already https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#smartcars <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/SmartCar.jpg” /><br />No doubt there are many people who could read this title and say, "Er, no, that's not true. If it were, would google and various car companies be spending money on this? And we <i>need</i> self-driving vehicles, look at the horrible state of the traffic, the accidents. It's carnage out there." I always look twice at any abstract claim that "we need" something... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 21:10:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#smartcars New Random Site of the Week: The Long Way Home https://ardhra.wordpress.com/ An excellent blog providing thoughtful explorations of racism, sexism and homophobia in speculative fiction including many helpful links. Alas Ardhra has not been posting much lately, but she is keeping her blog up, which is a wonderful service. To start, have a read of <a href=”https://ardhra.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/what-is-cultural-appropriation/”>What is Cultural Appropriation?</a> which honestly I can't recommend highly enough for clarity and completeness. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 21:00:00 PST https://ardhra.wordpress.com/ New Thought Piece: The Bittersweet Joys of Fanfic https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#fanfic <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/smallhours.jpg” /><br />In a recent bout of procrastinating, I spent some time hunting up X:WP fan fiction -- which of course means not much time hunting, because there is still quite a lot out there. On the sites where people can post comments, it has been interesting to see people complaining that hardly anyone writes fan fiction anymore. On one hand, I share their sense of frustration... Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:10:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#fanfic New Random Site of the Week: Iain McGilchrist's Website http://www.iainmcgilchrist.com/ If you have not read McGilchrist's <i>The Master and his Emissary</i> or at least watched his <a href=”http://rsa.dl.groovygecko.com/IPOD/RSAAnimate-The_Divided_Brain.mp4”>animated RSA talk</a>, then do watch the latter right away, and then at least read the introduction to the book on his website. To my mind, his book is the true follow up to Hofstadter's <i>Godel, Escher, Bach</i> and even provides insight into why Hofstatder has never been able to follow up on it. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:30:00 PST http://www.iainmcgilchrist.com/ New Essay: Steampunk Reflections (Complete) https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/steampunkreflections.html#parttwo I am quite fond of steampunk, and thankfully it seems to be weathering the storm of being fashionable and attempts to appropriate it by the usual suspects. Love it or hate it, think it is claptrap or serious, one of the most interesting thing about it is its broad appeal. As a person of colour, I found myself wondering what it was about steampunk <i>I</i> found appealing, because if it was just about lunatic nostalgia for the victorian era, I should be part of the first rank of haters. This essay brings together my thoughts about what is appealing about steampunk to a person who is far outside the so-called mainstream. Mon, 03 Mar 2015 01:08:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/steampunkreflections.html#parttwo New Thought Piece: The Trouble With <i>The Hobbit</i> https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#hobbit <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/HobbitCover.jpg” /><br />It is distantly possible that those of you who read things here on occasion may have had a look at my essay drawing together my thoughts about J.R.R. Tolkien's <i>Lord of the Rings</i> (LOTR) and its ancillary works, "<a href=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/mythnotallegory.html”>Myth, Not Allegory</a>." If you have, you may have noticed that despite all the things that irritate and frustrate me terribly about Tolkien's secondary world, evidently I gobble up most of what I can get my hands on related to it nonetheless and enjoy much of it. In fact, that's a significant reason I find the frustrating bits so frustrating, precisely because I find Tolkien's imaginary so wonderful... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:10:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#hobbit Update to Translation of Sappho Fragments https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments2.html#dialect Okay, this time on to the aeolic dialect itself. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:50:00 PST FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments2.html#dialect New Random Site of the Week: Internet Archive http://archive.org/web/web.php Long overdue for a moment in the Random Sites spotlight, older denizens of the internet will know this site by its older name, the Wayback Machine. It has developed from a webpage archiving project into a non-profit organization archiving books, video games, sounds and much, much more, often under creative commons licenses or out of copyright. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:30:00 PST http://archive.org/web/web.php New Essay: Steampunk Reflections (Part One) https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/steampunkreflections.html I am quite fond of steampunk, and thankfully it seems to be weathering the storm of being fashionable and attempts to appropriate it by the usual suspects. Love it or hate it, think it is claptrap or serious, one of the most interesting things about it is its broad appeal. As a person of colour, I found myself wondering what it was about steampunk <i>I</i> found appealing, because if it was just about lunatic nostalgia for the victorian era, I should be part of the first rank of haters. This essay brings together my thoughts about what is appealing about steampunk to a person who is far outside the so-called mainstream. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 23:08:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/steampunkreflections.html Update to Translation of Sappho Fragments https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments2.html#one A bit more on dialects and some footnote musings on greek textbooks for beginners. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:50:00 PST FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments2.html#one New Random Site of the Week: Feminist Reprise Library http://www.feminist-reprise.org/ A site providing access to hard to get papers and excerpts from various feminist authors, especially lesbian feminists whose works are all too often out of print. The person who created and maintains the site provides very little information apart from the articles themselves, and it is mercifully devoid of the social media tags that proliferate like a bad rash on so many sites these days. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:30:00 PST http://www.feminist-reprise.org/ New Thought Piece: Greatly Exaggerated https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#privacy <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/InternetArchiveRembrandtPic.jpg” /><br />All cliches can be repurposed depending on context and time period, and so it is that today we can talk about how the internet giveth and the internet taketh away. But I must confess it took until a few days ago for me to realize just how hard specific governments and companies are trying to convince us of a particular piece of bullshit by repeating it <i>ad nauseum</i>... Fri, 06 Feb 2015 22:10:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#privacy New Story: Declared Surplus https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/declaredsurplus.html Among other things I also have a new story on the go, pursuing a disturbing yet interesting idea. It is fair to say that part of its inspiration is the current cycle of surplus equipment removal hitting so many large offices as the end of the current fiscal year approaches. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:50:00 PST Fiction/Original/declaredsurplus.html Update to Translation of Sappho Fragments https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments2.html Having introduced this project, it's time to get into some more technical points, including Sappho's dialect of greek and the various metres she wrote in. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:50:00 PST FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments2.html New Random Site of the Week: ΑΟΙΔΙΟ.org http://www.aoidoi.org/ This site may be officially on hiatus, but that doesn't change the value of the Annis' carefully curated series of ancient greek dialect descriptions and an excellent introduction to ancient greek metre. He also provides several annotated texts and a number of articles of his own on various greek poetry related topics. Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:30:00 PST http://www.aoidoi.org/ New Thought Piece: Poetic Musings https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#poetry <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/ChristinedePisan.jpg” /><br />In September of 2010, Kristen Hoggett wrote an intriguing essay on <i>The Smart Set</i>, called <a href=”http://thesmartset.com/article/article09031002.aspx”>"Music to a Poet's Ear"</a> in defence of the right of lyricists to call themselves poets. The essay is well written and definitely worth the time it takes to read it. Yet it is also a bit strange to read, especially if you're both a classicist and someone who has a musical way of thinking, which Hoggett herself acknowledges early on that she does not. Her conceptualization of what a poet's career consists of struck me as particularly surreal, but perhaps this is because my own vocation is not to be a poet specifically, although writing poetry is certainly something I work on. But let's leave those sorts of things aside, and consider the actual origins of poetry, because the truth is, poetry <i>is</i> music... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:08:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#poetry New Project: Translation of Sappho Fragments https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments1.html It perhaps shouldn't have surprised me that the Perseus Project doesn't have any of Sappho's works up in ancient greek or english since her work is not usually part of the undergraduate classics reading curriculum. So I have decided to take a run at filling the gap at least in terms of getting an electronic text out there, since being a classics major myself, I would like one! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:50:00 PST FoundSubjects/Sappho/sapphofragments1.html New Random Site of the Week: Comprehensive TeX Archive Network http://www.ctan.org/ There are many programs out there to carry out page layout and typesetting. For speed, ease of set up and quality of results though, one of the best free packages out there is TeX. It is cross-platform, based on a document mark up approach analogous to html, it's free, and so good more presses and journals are adopting it all the time. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:50:00 PST http://www.ctan.org/ New Thought Piece: A Euro Sign https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#eurosign <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/eurosign.jpg” /><br />I No doubt someone out there knows exactly what this little sign is about, although I am certainly not that someone. Part of what struck me about it, besides the strange but consistent font and the fact that 47 is a prime number, is how it was attached to the tree with no less than a round-topped Robertson screw. Somebody was seriously determined that this little sign wasn't going anywhere. This doesn't seem terribly interesting, until you try throwing the number 47 into your search engine of choice... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:08:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#eurosign New Random Site of the Week: A Celebration of Women Writers http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/ A wonderful site built and maintained by Mary Mark Ockerbloom that brings together at least hundreds of out of copyright or reproduced by permission books written by women. The range of authors and topics is spectacular, and the formatting minimal and careful. The result is highly readable texts on almost any screen. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:50:00 PST http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/ New Item in Found Subjects: Max Dashu's <i>Suppressed Histories</i> Project and Archive https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/foundsubjects.html#dashu Max Dashu's huge and ongoing research and archiving project bringing together extensive women's history materials, founded as a project in 1970. It has good coverage of cultures and places outside of "Europe" and "North America" that is improving all the time, and also incudes some of the best visual archives in the topic area I have seen.... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:08:00 PST FoundSubjects/foundsubjects.html#dashu New Item in Found Subjects: An Ancient Greek <i>Jabberwocky</i> https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/iambroxiambikos.html Having found a Latin translation of <i>Jabberwocky</i> quite some time ago, I simply couldn't believe no one had translated it into Ancient Greek among the various men who went up to Oxford or Cambridge after years of lessons in both languages from childhood. At last I was able to find one, reproduced in a 1987 <i>Rocky Mounatin Review of Language and Literature</i> paper by August A. Imholtz, Jr. (41(4): 211-228, if you'd like to see it). Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:08:00 PST FoundSubjects/iambroxiambikos New Thought Piece: Tea Is The Best Medicine https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#tea <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/KeepCalmDrinkTea.jpg” /><br />I know, I know, there is a whole, gigantic posse of you out there who will swear by coffee until there's no such substance left in the world. However, for those of us who find coffee smells far better than it tastes and have never been able to successfully retraining our palates to believe otherwise (even if we <i>have</i> successfully done this for beer), tea must stand for all... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:08:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#tea New Random Site of the Week: Perseus Project at UChicago http://perseus.uchicago.edu/#Morphology It has come to my attention that the main Perseus Project site at Tufts is having some difficulties with its parser at the moment. An excellent alternative until the folks at Tufts have that sorted out is Perseus at Chicago. The only tweak you may need is to tell your web browser to override the site's font choices if you are working with Greek for ease of reading. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:50:00 PST http://perseus.uchicago.edu/#Morphology New Thought Piece: On Obstreperous Signage https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#fuckstampede <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/sandwichboard.jpg” /><br />Current residents and former denizens of Calgary, Alberta are perhaps less inclined to have a good long chuckle at this sign, but it struck me as a breath of fresh air. Alas the restauranteurs ultimately decided to pack up and move to the British Columbia interior, which, contrary to what you might think, is not necessarily a way to get away from rodeos. (There is quite a ranching community out there, actually.)... Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:50:00 PST https://www.moonspeaker.ca/test New Random Site of the Week: Brain Pickings http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/03/12/the-green-beads-edward-gorey/ Maria Popova's wonderful site full of musings and annotated readings of books, mostly older texts that don't always get their due, and wondrous out-of-print gems that might never be seen but for her work, like the one linked here, <i>The Green Beads</i> by the incomparable Edward Gorey. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:50:00 PST http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/03/12/the-green-beads-edward-gorey/ New Thought Piece: Who Needs a Deck? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#deck <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/whoneedsadeck.jpg” /><br />Well, that was a longer hiatus than intended! Anyway, to return to other interesting and peculiar sites that I have picked up with my camera. This one here is a great favourite, because really, with a set up like this, who needs a deck? Now, admittedly there are some open questions... Sun, 04 Jan 2015 02:08:00 PST FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#deck New Essay: How to Build an RSS Feed https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/howtobuildanrssfeed.html There are few websites, no matter how irregularly updated, that lack an RSS feed, and the <i>Moonspeaker</i> is no exception. However, if you want to tweak an RSS feed that is auto-generated or simply code up your own, the available information is frustrating, scattered as it is in snippets across tens of websites, and much of it not terribly accurate. This article draws together everything I have learned, tested, and found to work consistently... Sat, 03 Jan 2015 02:08:00 PST AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/howtobuildanrssfeed.html New Thought Piece: Tearable Puns https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#tearable 2014-07-01: Having survived my thesis defence and the requisite revisions — anyone who tells you they didn't have to revise is either delusional or bending the truth just a little — and apparently I didn't learn anything because I'm off to PhD school next, it is past time to catch up on posts and the like. The photo.... Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces2.html#tearable New Random Site of the Week: Satimage - Smile http://www.satimage.fr/software/en/index.html If you are on MacOSX, despite Apple's recent development of an allergy to its own scripting language, Applescript is still a premiere tool for automating tasks. Satimage is a French company, and they have a nice collection of osaxen and the like for download which are quite useful. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:50:00 MDT http://www.satimage.fr/software/en/index.html New Thought Piece: Reflections on Writing and Reading https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#writing <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/WritingOnly.jpg” /><br />As happens to every writer from time to time, I have encountered another instance of significant discouragement from continuing to write, especially fiction. For now I am sticking with the idea that the person who purveyed the unpleasantness intended precisely the oposite effect. No doubt they sincerely believed themselves to be the most helpful of readers. Yet I came away from the encounter bewildered as to how they could possibly have read the story that I wrote, because what they described to me had nothing much to do with it.... Sun, 02 Feb 2014 23:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#writing New Random Site of the Week: Paper For Fountain Pens http://paperforfountainpens.com/ I have been on a quest for a notebook with paper reminiscent of a "blank bible" for some years, and while I have found something close but small at <i>Manufactum</i> (13cm x 10cm), these guys may actually have it. In addition, <a href=”http://inkophile.wordpress.com/”>Inkophile</a> confirms that the paper is fountain pen friendly. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:20:00 MDT http://paperforfountainpens.com/ New Random Site of the Week: CSS Tutorials at YourHTMLSource http://www.yourhtmlsource.com/stylesheets/ This has been one of my standard reference sites for up-to-date CSS basics for literally years. Ross Shannon's explanations are clear, concise, and full of code snippets for trying out. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:20:00 MDT http://www.yourhtmlsource.com/stylesheets/ New Thought Piece: <i>Alice's Adventures Underground</i> at the British Library Online https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#alice <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/AliceAdventuresCover.jpg” /><br />The British Library has been scanning and making available images of ancient and at least old books from its collection for some time, including well-known items like several of Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks.... The new text of the moment is Lewis Carroll's original handwritten edition of <a href=”http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/alice/accessible/introduction.html”><i>Alice's Adventures Underground</i></a>, written out and illustrated for the person who originally inspired it at her request, Alice Liddell. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#alice New Random Site of the Week: Ubuntu Manual Project http://ubuntu-manual.org/ My *NIX chops have gotten a bit rusty despite the fact MacOSX is part of that family now, so I set up a dual boot into Ubuntu to get back up to speed. Then I found myself needing a decent introduction to the Unity interface (let's just say my feelings about it are mixed) and the best one I've found is provided by this open source manual project. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:20:00 MDT http://ubuntu-manual.org/ New Random Site of the Week: Latinitas Viva http://www.alcuinus.net/ Following on the Graeco-Roman theme of the previous featured site, let's move on to a more multi-media oriented approach. On Latinitas Viva you can listen to newscasts and various samples of ancient Latin text, a huge help for picking up where the accents go without literally checking syllable lengths. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:20:00 MDT http://www.alcuinus.net/ New Thought Piece: Follow up to Venus <i>Not</i> on a Half Shell https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#saturn <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/SaturnCropped.jpg” /><br />It has been quite awhile since I posted any astronomical-object type photographs. Jupiter and Saturn are so bright and easy to see even close to downtown that I had to try photographing them and see what I would get (will be watching for opportunities to catch Mars again next). Once again I did not have my tripod out... Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#saturn New Thought Piece: Book Burning/Destruction is a Bad Sign https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#burning <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/DumpsteredBooks.jpg” /><br />In the course of surfing around, looking for pictures to use for this thoughtpiece, while I did find something helpful, most of what I found pissed me off, to be blunt. The repeated use of photographs of the nazis burning books to illustrate articles about the destruction of books for the purpose of state censorship is lazy, and so is the repetition of how nasty the nazis are in the discussion. The issue today is not the nazis... Sat, 04 Jan 2014 20:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#burning "All Offers Considered" is Complete! https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new6 First update of the year, and it's a big one: the completion of <i>All Offers Considered</i>. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new6 Alexiares' Annotated Hunting of the Snark https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos9.html The annotated Eighth Fit of the <i>Hunting of the Snark</i> is up -- which of course means, the annotation is complete! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:25:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos9.html Alexiares' Annotated Hunting of the Snark https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos8.html The annotated Seventh Fit of the <i>Hunting of the Snark</i> is up. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos8.html Alexiares' Annotated Hunting of the Snark https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos7.html The annotated Sixth Fit of the <i>Hunting of the Snark</i> is up. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos7.html New Random Site of the Week (After a Hiatus for the Holidays): The Perseus Project http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/ If you work with ancient languages, are learning ancient languages, or are just plain curious, Perseus is the site you want. Graeco-Roman texts are at its core, but there are also many searchable texts in english including translations and ancillary works. Sun, 29 Nov 2013 21:20:00 MDT http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/ Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new5 At long last, a proper introduction to the Dandelion. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new5 Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new4 More linguistic challenges, and the real beginning of the end of the tent city. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new4 Alexiares' Annotated Hunting of the Snark https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos6.html The annotated Fifth Fit of the <i>Hunting of the Snark</i> is up. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 23:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos6.html Alexiares' Annotated Hunting of the Snark https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos5.html/ The annotated Fourth Fit of the <i>Hunting of the Snark</i> is up. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 23:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos5.html Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new3 Now for the aftermath of the train, and a bit of linguistic challenge for our heroes. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new3 Alexiares' Annotated Hunting of the Snark https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos4.html The annotated Third Fit of the <i>Hunting of the Snark</i> is up. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 21:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos4.html Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new2 The train has left again, this time without being unloaded, a definite first. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 22:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new2 Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new1 A bit more -- Tig and Penelope have finally arrived at the train station, as has the train again, all unexpectedly. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html#new1 Part Three of "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html Part Three is off with a bit of a bang, with excitement for all of our heroes, from those in the shadow tent city to the city escapees. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered3.html Alexiares' Annotated Hunting of the Snark https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos3.html The annotated Second Fit of the <i>Hunting of the Snark</i> is up. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos3.html New Thought Piece: Getting Kids -- Or Anybody Really -- to Read https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#reading <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/tripitakakoreanalibraryhorizontal.jpg” /><br />One of my favourite ways to keep my mind busy while performing some tedious task is to queue up some TED Talks (originally I used to listen to the radio, but radio is so lousy with commercials now that's hopeless). In one of them there was a brief pseudo-discussion of the expected results of an experiment. Probably the experiment couldn't be carried out as no ethics committee would green light it, but for the purposes of the talk, it was of course, a thought experiment... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 23:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#reading Alexiares' Annotated Hunting of the Snark https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos2.html The annotated First Fit of the <i>Hunting of the Snark</i> is up. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos2.html Alexiares' Annotated Hunting of the Snark https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos1.html Well, here is the beginning of the annotated <i>Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits</i>. Here we begin with Lewis Carroll's preface. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/HuntingOfTheSnark/hos1.html New Random Site of the Week: Open Source Shakespeare http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/ One of the best websites for all your Shakespeare needs on the web. All the plays, all the sonnets, and looks like all the long form poems skinned with a thorough search engine and glossary of terms. The developer even has a concordance in there, which is pretty impressive. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:50:00 MDT http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/ A Substantial Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new6 Originally I thought this story would be a two parter, but it looks like it'll be three. Things are getting more exciting. Sun, 08 Dec 2013 23:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new6 A Substantial Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new5 Penelope and Tig are about to arrive at the tent city, if they can get through the tail end of the storm's aftermath. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new5 New Random Site of the Week: Aamer Rahman (Fear of a Brown Planet) On Reverse Racism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw_mRaIHb-M This isn't a true random site, but Aamer Rahman's thorough deconstruction of supposed "reverse racism" is too brilliant not to feature it here. It is hysterical, it is awesome. This video was brought to my attention by the friendly folks at <a href=”http://www.boingboing.net/”>Boing Boing</a>. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:50:00 MDT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw_mRaIHb-M Another Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new4 Another quick update for now -- alas I have to finish writing a paper by Thursday but will be able to write a much longer update then. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 23:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new4 An Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new3 Just a quick update for now. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 23:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new3 An Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new2 The end of the storm for everybody concerned, and some astronomical observations. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new2 New Random Site of the Week: International Standard Paper Sizes http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-paper.html Yes, this link is pure geek. However, it is becoming relevant to more than just grad students and academics in general. More and more north american businesses are running into issues because of the retrograde paper sizes here that make it sheer shrieking misery to enlarge or reduce drawings, among other things. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:20:00 MDT http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-paper.html Another Substantial Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new1 Now we find out some more about Penelope, who up to this point has been a bit of a cypher. As it happens, she has deeper story, one on the opposite pole from Tig's in many ways, and yet parallel in others. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 21:40:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html#new1 New Thought Piece: Ode to the Old Mac https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#ode <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/dogcow-draw.gif” /><br />I am an admitted Macintosh geek -- made deliriously happy nonetheless by the decision to take the MacOS into Unix-land when Steve Jobs came back to the company because I love *NIX systems best -- and one of my favourite denizens of the Mac classic universe was Clarus, the dogcow. Clarus' name is obviously related to that of the sadly departed word processing program <i>ClarisWorks</i>. I mention this because for Mac users, <i>ClarisWorks</i> was something very special, and by that I mean more than a genuine alternative to microsoft office... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 23:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#ode Touch up to Chapter 12 of <i>Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass</i> https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg12.html The touch ups mainly deal with plans for annotating and posting <i>The Hunting of the Snark</i>. Originally I was disinclined to work with it, but the idea of it is rattling around quite persistently, so it is firmly on the to-do list, likely for the spring. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg12.html Addition to Found Subjects http://www.latex-project.org/ I first encountered LaTeX back in 1999, and while it seemed an unwieldy sort of thing at first, it turned out to be a fabulous tool. LaTeX is very much like html mark up (in principle both LaTeX and html are spawn of sgml), and it has been expanding steadily out of the scientific and mathematical typesetting realms into the social sciences... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:20:00 MDT http://www.latex-project.org/ New Random Site of the Week: ViHart.com http://vihart.com/ Here is a snazzy site; Vi Hart makes fascinating videos, usually on mathematical topics. Her explanation of logarithms is brilliant, making a far better analogy than I have ever seen before to make them more transparent. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:20:00 MDT http://vihart.com/ Another Substantial Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html A bit of information on where the train goes and what is being loaded into it. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 23:05:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered2.html Possible Site Hiccups https://www.moonspeaker.ca/index.html#topdate The Moonspeaker may be a little glitchy for the next few days due to some technical clean up going on behind the scenes. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/index.html#topdate New Random Site of the Week: DoctorWhoScarf.com http://www.doctorwhoscarf.com/ There are few Doctor Who costume items quite as iconic as the various scarves worn by the 4th Doctor, played by Tom Baker. If you'd like to know more about them, right down to how to knit one or more of them, this site is just what the Doctor ordered. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:20:00 MDT http://www.doctorwhoscarf.com/ New Feature Essay: Myth, Not Allegory https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/mythnotallegory.html The first time I read <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, I was around twelve years old, just old enough for my mother to turn me loose in the public library on my own. I had already read <i>The Hobbit</i>, and wanted to see more like it. The next page after the flyleaf in the edition of <i>The Hobbit</i> I read listed the three volumes of <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> -- or at least, I think it did, because Gollum had not been rewritten into the ring-tormented creature he later became yet... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 01:40:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/mythnotallegory.html Another Substantial Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html#new4 Tig and Penelope's time in the pipes is about to end, though not before they encounter some other unpleasant obstacles. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:40:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html#new4 The Turtle Island Mapping Project https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/TurtleIslandMap/turtleislandmap.html The Turtle Island Map Project began unexpectedly about seven years ago, when I first began stumbling across information about the territories of Indigenous nations in the Americas. First just verbal descriptions, and then maps.... The inspiration for the project is my wish to know what the social landscape of Turtle Island looked like prior to the arrival of Europeans. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/TurtleIslandMap/turtleislandmap.html Clean Up of Found Subjects http://www.archive.org/ It dawned on me that it was past time to check for link rot on the Found Subjects page. Only one, which is pretty good statistically speaking. Which one it is makes me sad though: Mary Daly's site has vanished but for its archived version at the <a href=”http://www.archive.org/”>Wayback Machine</a>. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:20:00 MDT http://www.archive.org/ New Random Site of the Week: The Frankenstein Notebooks at the Shelley-Godwin Archive http://shelleygodwinarchive.org/contents/frankenstein Tell-tale as it is that this archive is named only for the men associated with Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, it remains well worth having a look at the earlier drafts of her famous novel. Her writing style is tighter and less florid than her husband's. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:20:00 MDT http://shelleygodwinarchive.org/contents/frankenstein A Substantial Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html#new3 Okay, it's not a dystopia exactly, though the city has turned out to be rather alarming. Especially the robot cops, though the pipes are welcoming in comparison. Sat, 02 Nov 2013 19:40:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html#new3 Some Housekeeping Updates and an Addition to Found Subjects https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/foundsubjects.html Today is mainly housekeeping updates, including some updates to <i>Alexiares' Annotated Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass</i> (it is amazing how many people misquote the bit about believing six impossible things before breakfast). Besides that, I have added a link to the Found Subjects page to the frankly very odd <i>Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health</i>. By rights it should be called an on-line museum, but leaving that aside, a major part of its oddness is who created it, a guy. He isn't disrespectful per se, it's also the webpage layout and choice of materials to curate creating the sense of weirdness. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/foundsubjects.html New Random Site of the Week: British Library Digitized Manuscripts http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/ In a decision that should warm any scholar's heart, the British Library has been digitising its manuscript collection, a collection including materials from the ninth century. One of the easiest starting points for non-scholars is Arundel MS 263, one of Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks. The scans are excellent, well-lit with high dpi, allowing lots of zoom to examine details. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:20:00 MDT http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/ Another Quick Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html#new2 The jury is still out on where the city is, but things are a bit clearer in terms of what society there is like. You may think it's a dystopia, but its best to withhold judgement. There's something funky going on, but somehow the feel is a bit too weird for it to be a dystopia... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html#new2 New Thought Piece: The Humane Interface https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#humane <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/humaneinterface.jpg” /><br />Based on the publishing history information on its catalogue page at <a href=”http://www.informit.com/store/humane-interface-new-directions-for-designing-interactive-9780201379372”>informit</a>, this book by Jef Raskin is now over thirteen years old. Nevertheless, if you are a computer programmer of any sort or interested in what makes one computer system or program easier to use than another, this book is all but timelessly relavant. I'm quite serious: this is a book I've read myself several times, and it is great news to find out it is back in print. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#humane New Random Site of the Week: Beyond Victoriana http://beyondvictoriana.com/ Continuing on the Steampunk theme, now let's consider a more literary and political side of the genre. I really can't describe the site better than Ay-Leen the Peacemaker herself, "[a] blog about multicultural steampunk and retro-futurism -- that is, steampunk outside of a Western-dominant, Eurocentric framework." Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:20:00 MDT http://beyondvictoriana.com/ Another Quick Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html#new1 The link will take you straight to the new text. Hopefully a longer update next time, enough to figure out whether the city of the story is actually London, England or someplace else... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html#new1 Quick Update to "All Offers Considered" https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html#new The link will take you straight to the new text. I have my fingers crossed that I'll be able to update again tonight as I have fallen among the current victims of flu season. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html#new New Story: All Offers Considered https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html Literally years ago, a X:WP fan fiction website posted a story challenge with an intriguing premise: each participant had to write a story based around the results of a personal ad. Several ads were provided for the participants to choose from. Real life being what it is, I lost track of the challenge, and finally wandered back to see the results the other day, only to discover the most interesting personal ad had no posted stories... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:50:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alloffersconsidered.html New Random Site of the Week: The Steampunk Workshop http://steampunkworkshop.com/ Suppose you have a love of the steampunk aesthetic and the maker philosophy that is tied to it, let alone the genre of stories subsumed under the label. And let's suppose that somehow you haven't yet found your way to Jake Von Slatt's website of awesome projects ranging from mods to complete builds -- well now you've got the link to rectify that situation! Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:50:00 MDT http://steampunkworkshop.com/ New Thought Piece: Yes, A Sports Logo <i>Can</i> Be Racist https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#sports <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/PolitialBlindspotScreenShot.png” /><br />Discussions about the racism of sports team names and logos tends to grind to a halt fairly quickly in canada, not because there aren't any, but because non-Natives seem to find the very idea absurd and easy to blow off. So it was awesome to bump into this screen shot from the <a href=”http://www.ncai.org/”>National Congress of American Indians</a> via <a href=”http://boingboing.net/2013/10/11/can-you-see-the-racism-now.html”>Boing Boing</a> and <a href=”http://politicalblindspot.com/american-indian-group-puts-the-racism-of-sports-logos/”>Political Blindspot</a>.... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 21:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#sports New Random Site of the Week: Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/ If you've seen one of the variants on the logo above, then chances are you've just encountered a CC-licensed work. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization working for better copyright law. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 23:50:00 MDT http://creativecommons.org/ New Poem: Wishes https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Poetry/wishes.html I don't write nearly as much poetry as I do prose, though there always seems to be one or two poems bumping around. This one came to mind the other day, after a rather interesting afternoon. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 23:25:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Poetry/wishes.html New Random Site of the Week: Low tech Magazine http://www.notechmagazine.com/ a site that covers the sorts of technology that really, we are encouraged to overlook. "No Tech" is a tongue-in-cheek sort of name too, because the articles posted to the blog are all about technology, the kind that begins from coming up with an efficient way to solve a problem as opposed to coming up with something clever and trying to find a problem for it to solve. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:10:00 MDT http://www.notechmagazine.com/ New Thought Piece: The Trials and Tribulations of -- Email? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#trials <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/emailedsortof.jpg” /><br />I must confess to feeling utterly baffled by the many articles I have seen on "taming your email" and <a href=”http://lifehacker.com/5850125/top-10-tricks-for-dealing-with-email-overload”>top ten tricks</a> for same. The issue of course is not that I don't get the point of these things: evidently there are many folks out there who get a lot of email and have difficulties managing it. Fair enough. It just puzzles me how this could be possible for someone who isn't in a high level position in their workplace, or internet famous in some way. Then again, it may be that I have been blessed with a certain level of dumb luck... Sat, 05 Oct 2013 21:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#trials New Random Site of the Week: WolframMathWorld http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ WolframMathWorld is an impressive on-line mathematical encyclopedia that is updated daily. It is an interesting example of an alterante model of internet encyclopedia creation from a wiki; this site has a primary curator with one assistant who vets and prepares the entries. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:14:00 MDT http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass: Complete https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg9.html The annotation of <i>Through the Looking Glass</i> is done. At this point I have no plans to try annotating <i>The Hunting of the Snark</i>, but the idea is rattling around in my mind nonetheless. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:20:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg9.html Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg7.html Two chapters and a lost episode are up today: Alice's encounter with the Lion and the Unicorn, and then the White Knight. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:05:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg7.html Alexiares' Annotated Alice's Adventures In Wonderland https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/aaw.html A quick update to the annotated <i>Alice's Adventures in Wonderland</i> to replace the pictures with better quality jpgs, with many thanks to <a href=”http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/”>Lenny's Alice in Wonderland Site</a>. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:25:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/aaw.html Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg6.html From the bad-tempered alter ego of the White Queen to the bad-tempered Humpty Dumpty, with an exegesis on <i>Jabberwocky</i>. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 23:59:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg6.html Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg5.html In chapter five Alice encounters the White Queen and her peculiar alter-ego, a bad-tempered, knitting sheep. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:30:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg5.html Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg4.html In chapter four Alice finds the brothers Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Remarkably, their names and the nursery rhyme attached to them may come from the 1700s, when two European composers who had relocated to London found themselves in competition for musical accolades. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:58:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg4.html Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg3.html In chapter three Alice sets off on her first move, including a train ride although she has no ticket. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 23:58:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg3.html Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg2.html In chapter two Alice finally begins to meet other denizens of Looking-glass land, and learns that she may serve as a pawn in a great chess game. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:45:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg2.html New Random Site of the Week: The Book Arts Web http://www.philobiblon.com/ A great site for anyone interested in bookbinding and book art, it may also be referred to as "Philobiblon" from their domain name. Among the great resources they provide is access to issues of <i>The Bonefolder</i> and a central place for book-binding and reuse projects. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:14:00 MDT http://www.philobiblon.com/ Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg1.html Now for Chapter One proper of <i>Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There</i>, in which Alice heads into the Looking-glass house and numerous linguistic reflections ensue. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:03:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlg1.html Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlga.html The first part of <i>Alexiares' Annotated Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There</i> is up, in which I end up experiencing a crash course in the basics of chess. This is a different sort of annotation in that it is set up so that you can step through the game itself as Lewis Carroll notated it. (I'm looking into making the snapshots into a movie or an animated gif.) Fri, 13 Sep 2013 23:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/tlga.html New Random Site of the Week: AlanTuring.net http://www.alanturing.net/index.htm The go to site for information on Alan Turing's contributions to modern computing, as well as introductions to the corrected history of computers, codebreaking, and artificial intelligence. It is maintained by Jack Copeland, who also contributed to the excellent anthology <i>Colossus: The Secrets Of Bletchley Park's Codebreaking Computers</i>. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:33:00 MDT http://www.alanturing.net/index.htm New Thought Piece: Funny Things That Remind You Of Eyes https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#eyes <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/EyeLike.jpg” /><br />Yesterday as dusk was falling, I walked back to where my tea was steeping, and found myself intrigued by the reflection of the screen in my kitchen window in the tea. The reason for this was not any mind-altering substances, but rather what you can see here. The way the reflection around the edges of the tea against the rim of the cup were distorted, reminding me very strongly of the little streaks we can see around the edge of our irises if we peer closely at our eyes in the mirror... Mon, 09 Sep 2013 23:22:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#eyes Updates to the Amazonian Bibliography https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/amazonianbibliography.html Since I originally posted this bibliography, I have been making additions to a list of related and interesting works in the right hand column of the page. The irony that so many brilliant Feminist works were written so long ago that they are out of copyright even in terms of the current absurdist copyright regimes of north america and that they are out of print despite their brilliance and interest is huge. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 22:40:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/amazonianbibliography.html New Random Site of the Week: Douglas R. Hofstadter http://prelectur.stanford.edu/lecturers/hofstadter/ If you've ever read <i>Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid</i>, this site is well worth a visit. It's oddly retro look opens into an interesting selection of material ranging from book excerpts to art to otherwise unpublished essays. Don't click on “Archives” though -- that actually takes you off of his page. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:50:00 MDT http://prelectur.stanford.edu/lecturers/hofstadter/ New Thought Piece: The Martians Have Come to the Prairies https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#martian <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/waroftheworldssmall.jpg” /><br />Today's photograph shows a segment of the sculpture <i>Ascension</i> by the art collective Incipio Modo. According to the SAIT Student Association news paper <a href=”http://www.theweal.com/2013/02/06/massive-insects-invade-the-downtown-core/”><i>The Weal</i></a>, the sculpture consists of two three-legged insects arranged so that they are part of the area they are set in. As you can see, the "insect" I photographed literally steps over a bench in the little park where the sculpture is sited... Tue, 03 Sep 2013 23:51:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#martian New Random Site of the Week: The Edward Gorey House >http://www.edwardgoreyhouse.org/ Edward Gorey is one of my favourite authors, whom I originally discovered because of his unforgettable illustrations in a book by John Bellairs, <a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_with_a_Clock_in_Its_Walls”>The House With A Clock In Its Walls</a>. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 21:23:00 MDT http://www.edwardgoreyhouse.org/ Thoughts on Passing https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/thoughtsonpassing.html The social phenomenon of "passing" has been popping up repeatedly in my personal experience this year, not least because the quote opening this essay corresponds all but word for word with my experience. The ability to pass and act in the world accordingly is a privilege. It is a privilege to have the ability to live as a member of a social group other than your own, to present yourself as being a different race, ethnicity, social class, or gender. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/thoughtsonpassing.html New Thought Piece: Of Bog People and Early Archaeologists https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#rawdon <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/CountessOfMoiraPageOneSmall.jpg” /><br />Interesting archaeological materials can turn up in the strangest places, especially if you are a graduate student busy hunting for other things entirely. Shown here is the first page of one of the earliest archaeological papers written by a woman and acknowledged to be such. The writer was Elizabeth Rawdon, often referred to merely as the "Countess of Moira," and the paper was published in 1785 in the journal <i>Archaeologia</i>. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#rawdon New to Turtle Island: Indian Blankets https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indianblankets.html From the northern edges of the boreal forest to northern Mexico, Indigenous nations make extensive use of a piece of equipment so commonplace and homely that it often goes completely unnoticed by other North Americans, unless it is part of the equipment for a public ritual. That piece of equipment is the blanket. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indianblankets.html New to Turtle Island: 'A Strict Law Bids Us Dance' https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/potlatch.html U'Mitsa Cultural Society released the film 'Potlatch – A Strict Law Bids Us Dance.' It tells the story of the potlatch as it is held by the Kwakwaka'wakw, briefly explaining the purpose of the ceremony and the effects of the ban on potlatches initiated by the federal government in 1884. Federal officials were bewildered when potlatching First Nations -- including the Tlingit, Nuu Chah Nulth, Gitskan, and Cowichan as well as the Kwakwaka'wakw -- persisted in potlatching. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/potlatch.html New to Turtle Island: The White Buffalo Calf https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/whitebuffalocalf.html One day, two young men were out hunting. They had been friends since childhood, and worked well together, even though one was hotheaded and impulsive, while the other was more thoughtful and deliberate. Despite a long, hot day of careful tracking and effort, they had nothing to show for their efforts, and their spirits were low as they faced the prospect of returning home empty-handed... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/whitebuffalocalf.html New to Turtle Island: You Say Bison, I Say Buffalo https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/yousaybison.html One of the most peculiar themes in the history of European involvement with North America has been that of misnaming. The mistaken references to Aboriginals as Indians is quite well-known nowadays -- in fact a widely told joke by Indigenous people points out it was a good thing he wasn't looking for a shorter route to Turkey -- he was far from the only culprit. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/yousaybison.html New to Turtle Island: Home Sweet Home https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/homesweethome.html For those of us fortunate enough -- or unfortunate enough -- to both have been taught the mainstream north american view of homes and to have always had a place to live, the actual buildings we live in are simply inanimate places. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/homesweethome.html New to Turtle Island: The (Re)Introduction of the Horse https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/reintroductionofthehorse.html The story of the horse in North America is a curious one, not least because palaeontologists and zoologists have spent so much effort on tracing the evolution and development of the horse and all its cousins. (Why the horse has been subject to such special effort is another question.) The horse evolved initially in North America, and palaeontologists believe that they migrated across the Bering Strait land bridge into Siberia over several million years. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/reintroductionofthehorse.html Additions To Found Subjects https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/iabrochii.html Mors Iabrochii / Jabberwocky: Hard as it may be to believe, Lewis Carroll's renowned nonsense poem <i>Jabberwocky</i> has been translated into various languages. <i>Mors Iabrochii</i> is a very early Latin rendition, from 1872. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/iabrochii.html New to Turtle Island: Both Cowboys and Indians https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/bothcowboysandindians.html Did you know that the first cowboys were Indians? This information can be a bit of a surprise for those of us have lived mostly in cities or towns, where our main source of information about 'cowboys and Indians' is probably the movies. The movies tend to be quite clear on at least one point: to be a cowboy is to be a white man. Many authors seem to agree with this assessment as well. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/bothcowboysandindians.html New Thought Piece: The Language of the Land https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#xkcd84 <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/national_language.jpg” /><br />I am a bit late to the party made up of <a href=”http://xkcd.com/”>xkcd</a> fans, but it is definitely one of the most thoughtful web comics out there, and I have been busy catching up. In fact, it is considerably more than just a comic, as some of the amazing summary graphics and charts Randall Munroe makes go to show. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#xkcd84 New to Turtle Island: Indigenous Poets https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenouspoets.html Long before Europeans first arrived in the Americas, First Nations and Inuit communities had developed various ways of recording information for long periods. These methods included a variety writing systems, the Incan quipus (intricately coloured and knotted lengths of string now thought to have actually been more akin to a script than a mnemonic), mnemonic devices (wampum belts), and pictographs. But most revered and beloved of all were and are the storyteller-poets, the stewards and creators of traditional stories and histories. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/ContestedDocuments/indigenouspoets.html New to Turtle Island: On The Importance of Tea https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/ontheimportanceoftea.html One day, in the process of excavating a Métis site in southern Saskatchewan, a team of archaeologists made a bewildering discovery. They had done their homework, learning all they could about how the Métis who used the site would have been living when it was still in use. The site had been home to Métis who had no convenient access from the site to a trading post, so any goods the land couldn't provide the Métis had to bring with them. So what were fragments of an elaborate tea china set doing there? Sat, 17 Aug 2013 22:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/LivingMemory/ontheimportanceoftea.html New Random Site Of The Week: Contemporary Home Computing http://contemporary-home-computing.org/ Don't let the "Better Homes and Gardens" style title fool you, Olia Lialina's site is considerably more than that. Among its high points are the extended essays on computing, web graphics, and neat conceptualizations like the Turing complete user. I can't quite decide if Lialina's penchant for animated gifs is charming or obnoxious, though. Depending on your view of web objects that won't quit moving and distracting you, whether you deem them a high or low point will of course vary. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 22:15:00 MDT http://contemporary-home-computing.org/ Revised Gendered Time in the Archaeoogical Record https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/genderedtimeinthearkyrecord.html One last quick revision to "Gendered Time in the Archaeological Record" to remove a section that needs to be in another paper all together and a couple of other tweaks. Its thesis is that the assumptions archaeologists in particular but really any of us in general make about gender and how that may be reflected in artifacts can significantly alter the way social change is understood in archaeological context. For instance, a pair of big assumptions that were more overt in the 1990s is that "masculine" artifacts change faster than "feminine" ones, and that "masculine" artifacts track time passing in a society better because "feminine" objects don't really change. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/genderedtimeinthearkyrecord.html Housecleaning and Font Fixes https://www.moonspeaker.ca/index.html I have carried out some general clean up and finally wrestled down some persistent font issues that were affecting the legibility of the site. It's a crying shame how awful web fonts can be, but at least now there are some helpful guidelines out there when it comes to web typography and recommended font sizes. As it happens, my go to sources in that area are <a href=”http://practicaltypography.com/”>Butterick's Practical Typography</a> and <a href=”http://www.typographyforlawyers.com/”>Typography for Lawyers</a>. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/index.html New Random Site Of The Week: Mark Rosenfelder's Metaverse https://www.moonspeaker.ca/http://zompist.com/default.html/ This is the home of the <a href=”http://zompist.com/kit.html”>Language Construction Kit</a> (LCK), an awesome resource for scifi/fantasy authors that is also available in an expanded paper or ebook edition. There is considerably more to Rosenfelder's site than this, including original fiction and essays. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/http://zompist.com/default.html/ Alphabet Soup Update https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alphabetsoup5.html Things are beginning to hum along again in the storyline that began with the misadventures of Benton Basilas in <a href=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/omegasfolly1.html”>Omega's Folly</a>. It still isn't the apocalypse, but things have definitely begun to be more of the less pleasant sort of interesting. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/alphabetsoup5.html New Thought Piece: I've Got A Bridge to Sell You... https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#riverfront <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/RiverfrontCondosSmall.jpg” /><br />Some of you may have heard about the recent flood in Calgary, Alberta, Canada which broke all previous flood records and wreaked considerable havoc in the city's downtown core. Alas, floods as a general rule wreak havoc, especially on places built at river confluences fed by river systems from the north and snow-melt from mountains to the west. Add a strange, three week long sequence of pouring rain on top of weeks of flooding further north, and the result is a significant flood indeed. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#riverfront (A)Musings On Time https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/amusingsontime.html Time has always struck me as one of the strangest things humans experience, despite being an ordinary and universal one (like puberty). I might never have given it any real thought, except for the original <i>Doctor Who</i> and its conceit of a time travelling alien who could run back and forth in time and space as if it were a city with an excellent transit system. I then spent some time trying to figure out from my physics classes whether there was a real possibility of making a time machine, and having been disappointed there one day it dawned on me to wonder about the nature of time, and how it could have properties for us so different from those of space. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/amusingsontime.html Additions to the "Living Memory" Section of Turtle Island at the Moonspeaker https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/turtleisland.html As those of you following the politics of fossil fuels as they drag on their dreary way while anthropogenic driven climate change continues apace, there's a big pipeline proposal being considered right now in Canada called the Northern Gateway project. It has drawn plenty of Indigenous and non-Indigenous interest and concern. When I heard about a brilliant video created by the <a href=”http://haidawood.blogspot.ca/”>Haidawood Media Project</a> (it's brilliant regardless of your views on the proposed pipeline), I realized "Living Memory" needed to reflect more than just works I was putting together. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/TurtleIsland/turtleisland.html New Addition To Found Subjects https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/foundsubjects.html <a href=”http://thisiscentralstation.com/featured/mysterious-paper-sculptures/”>Central Stn - Mysterious Paper Sculptures</a>: In March 2011, an anonymous woman began dropping off beautiful paper sculptures made from books and additional materials at literary and museum establishments in Edinburgh, Scotland. Each sculpture had a note explaining that each was a gift in support of "libraries, books, words, ideas..." These marvellous works have certainly served their purpose, and are now going on exhibition tour in Scotland, while their creator remains anonymous. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/foundsubjects.html New Thought Piece: Venus Not On A Half Shell https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#venus <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/VenusShot.jpg” /><br />As a general rule, despite my persistent gadgetitis, I am not one to buy the newest new thing as soon as it's available. Blunt edge is far better than bleeding edge for my pocket book, and that plus an effort to make sure any new gadget will be used keeps the gadgetitis down to a sensible level. So by a quirk of circumstances it was five years before I got a new point and shoot, since my photographic ambitions aren't strong enough to get me into cameras that have exchangeable lenses and the like. Thing is, now you can get some very impressive point and shoots for the price I paid for my earlier camera, and this new one is about as close as you can get to the big leagues without actually going. While in Vermont a couple of weeks ago, I unexpectedly wound up taking a pretty good stress shot, in the sense of pushing the camera as far as its optics would go to see what the result would be. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#venus New Thought Piece: L'etat, C'est Nous https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#letat <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/LetatCestNousScaled.jpg” /><br />Right now I'm in Montreal, Quebec on a short vacation. The student strike is ongoing, now the longest of its kind in Canadian history, and the major student organizations are prepping for the provincial election expected to be called in a few weeks. It's festival season and bad humidex season both, though the day I took this picture a sharp thunderstorm drove it down significantly and made for a pleasant evening. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#letat Updates to A Métis Palimpsest https://www.moonspeaker.ca/MetisProject/placelayer.html I have added some additional material to the <i>Métis Palimpsest</i>, specifically some additional material on the town today known as Ottawa but originally named for a nearby waterfall (no, not Niagara Falls). Some picture updates are also pending. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 19:25:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/MetisProject/placelayer.html New Thought Piece: Oddly Appropriate Signage https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#sign <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/ConstructionSignScaled.jpg” /><br />As is true of many places, where I live we are passing through a rather unseasonable spring, and have been since early February... On top of the street closure lottery which is human-generated, we have a wind storm lottery that leads to additional street closures as high speed winds tear fragments off of complete buildings and construction materials off of incomplete ones. (This is not as exciting as you might expect.) With all of this going on, it was probably only a matter of time before signage started showing up in strange places. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#sign Alexiares' Annotated Alice In Wonderland Update https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/aaw2.html A fun update to the annotations on Chapter Two of <i>Alexiares' Annotated Alice In Wonderland</i>, "The Pool Of Tears." The update is an excerpt from Agatha Christie's <i>Autobiography</i>, in which she describes what it was like to use bathing machines, including a hilarious description of what it was like to dragged in one out to the sea. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/aaw2.html New Random Site Of The Week: The Official M.C. Escher Website http://www.mcescher.com/Gallery/gallery.htm A fabulous place to have a good look at an incredible amount of Escher's ouvre, especially if you need to find the name of a familiar piece. The scans are typically of a sensible size both in terms of loading time and detail. His early work is eye opening, it hardly seems related to what he did later at first glance. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 19:15:00 MDT http://www.mcescher.com/Gallery/gallery.htm New Random Site Of The Week: Inquiries By Herodotus http://www.losttrails.com/pages/Tales/Inquiries/Herodotus.html A new on-line translation of Herodotus, including up to date photographs, photographic tours, and maps. The creating group is "Lost Trails", made up of photographers and several translators collaborating on archaeology-themed projects. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:15:00 MDT http://www.losttrails.com/pages/Tales/Inquiries/Herodotus.html New Thought Piece: An Excursion To Salted Beef https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#saltedbeef <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/saltedbeef.jpg” /><br />On a recent grocery shop, I stumbled on a product I had no idea was still made and consumed nowadays (which for those in the know tells you that this author is not from Newfoundland or anywhere else in the Canadian maritimes). As you can see in the photo, the product I mean is salted beef, also known as naval or navel beef. The buckets shown here are not much smaller than a four litre ice cream pail. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#saltedbeef New Thought Piece: Who Said Bookstores Were Boring? https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#bookstores <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/bookstorefun.jpg” /><br />Given the previous Thought Piece, and the fact that I'm a writer, it is probably overdetermined that I would have an irrational fondness for books and bookstores. I am certainly far from alone in this, but must confess that it has never occurred to me to do something remotely as cool as what Adam Adman and Sean Ohlenkamp did to make this movie that they posted to YouTube. It's a stop motion tour de force, with practically the entire contents of a Toronto bookstore having a grand party while the staff and owners are away for the night. Sun, 05 Feb 2012 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html#bookstores Laadan and the Question of Linguistic Determinism https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/laadanandlinguistic.html I have an abiding interest in languages of all sorts, including constructed languages (conlangs). The best known examples of conlangs are probably esperanto and the Elvish languages created by J.R.R. Tolkien. Laadan is a less well known conlang created by author and linguist Suzette Haden Elgin. Laadan deserves to be better known than it is, for its thought-provoking features if nothing else. Thu, 02 Feb 2012 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/AllocentricPerceptions/Essays/laadanandlinguistic.html Thought Pieces https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html <img src=”https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Images/BillboardWithTypos.jpg” /><br />Here is a new <i>Moonspeaker</i> feature, usually a 500 to 700 word mini-essay plus a photograph or perhaps two. Usually there will be a relationship between text and picture, but I refuse to guarantee that! Thu, 02 Feb 2012 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/ThoughtPieces/thoughtpieces.html A Métis Palimpsest https://www.moonspeaker.ca/MetisProject/index.html Today's major update is the posting of my multimedia essay, <i>a Métis Palimpsest</i>. "Métis" is the usual term nowadays for Indigenous Nations in canada that are of "mixed blood", Native and "white", according to a mainstream perspective. This essay is an exploration of both Métis history in a broader sense, and Métis identity in a personal sense. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/MetisProject/index.html Alexiares' Annotated Alice In Wonderland Update https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/aaw4.html I have recently acquired a Norton Critical Edition of the texts of <i>Alice In Wonderland</i>, <i>Alice's Adventures Through The Looking Glass</i>, and <i>The Hunting Of The Snark</i>. It has proved quite a gold mine and so I have updated my annotation on several points, including an acknowledgement that I have finally found an annotated edition that explains what cucumber frames are, an old bugbear. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/aaw4.html The Place Between https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/placebetween1.html For those of you who have been waiting for such things (hopefully you're still out there!) here is a story that is firmly and overtly set in what I would call the <i>Amazon Nation</i> universe. Much of this chapter was written several years ago and temporarily shoehorned where it didn't belong. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/Fiction/Original/placebetween1.html Alexiares' Annotated Alice In Wonderland Completed https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/aaw1.html <i>Alexiares' Annotated Alice In Wonderland</i>is finished for good and all. I have hauled out most of the typos and rewritten a few annotations that only made sense in my world. It was a lot of fun to do, although <i>Through The Looking Glass</i> will have to wait for awhile as I am now in graduate school and have my hands extra full. Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:15:00 MDT https://www.moonspeaker.ca/FoundSubjects/AliceBooks/aaw1.html