Some more thoughts in the Bloomberg gift to Hopkins.
1. The NYT headline is misleading. This is a $1.8B investment in an extraordinarily gated and rich university. Not in college affordability.#RealCollege
2. Hopkins has an acceptance rate of 10-13%. That’s not because of its price. It’s because it enjoys being small and gated, and believes “merit” isn’t about family money - but it is about test scores, grades, and access to rigorous coursework. Too bad research shows the opposite.
Meeting internet friends from around the world is always a huge highlight of my life and fills me with a lot of gratitude. Despite the wanton amounts of rampant fuckery on here, there are good, fun, kind, interesting people worth hanging out with
Conversation with @KevinSimler yesterday: ethnic/national identity, internet culture, obscure YouTube, storytelling principles, taste, Michael Bay, political and cultural differences, startups, teenage weirdness, freedom via mini-deaths, writing buddies, lightbulb moments...
As I am working to help black folks find work in journalism (like, actually shoe leather reporting), I run into a common theme among a good number of them: they have little to no reporting experience. I have some thoughts on why that is.
Reporting, unlike column writing, requires a very different type of skill that you cannot really hone at a desk top. You really need to leave the desk and hit the pavement. Developing sources requires a lot of face to face.
Over the last few weeks, I've been at a few "Women in _____" events. A typical question at these events is, "What's the advantage of being a woman?" and I hear the same, short-sighted answer, "I stand out because I'm the only woman in the room." Here's what's wrong with that.
If women believe the major/only benefit of being a woman is that they're the only one - they are not motivated to let other women in. This is actually a pretty big issue. In the whisper network, we call women who perpetuate this notion "the old guard."
I completed this survey and it was *designed* to get the result of backing May’s deal.
It separated out the 2nd ref Q, so the first Q was a stark choice between May’s deal or no deal. So of course it’s going to get votes for May’s deal. Even I had to vote for that!... https://t.co/cJewJwDRxt
… and here is a screenshot of the survey the IoD did with members. You can see how the question is designed to lead to a result. No businessperson in their right mind is going to go for No Deal, but most don’t want Brexit at all, so it doesn’t give that option... pic.twitter.com/j3Y5xSn1ux
I already knew, in an abstract, intellectual way, that class and race can and will determine who really incurs the costs of climate change, but living through these fires for the past couple of years has really made it tangible
I live in an old and drafty house, but I also have enough money to afford to make an unplanned purchase of an expensive air purifier to mitigate the effects of the wildfire smoke on us -- especially on the baby.
I’m sure one of my followers knows this answer. I’m not gonna be surprised at this point if the answer is “cold war red scare paranoia” or “it was a method of enforcing zoning biases” or “it can be traced to a ginned-up racial panic”. https://t.co/jyyb22v1n8
John Scalzi @scalzi
The last of those.
In 2019, I’d really like to have a regular reporting gig. I’m based in Oakland, and would ideally like to write about the Bay, but I’m flexible.
With that in mind, editors, here are the stories that I’ve had published in 2018 that sum up what *I* can do for *you*!
OK... unfortunately someone set me off on crypto-based game objects. The idea that you can own a game object on block chain. Like your gun from Halo? Why not own it on the blockchain! Take it anywhere! Use it in other games! Power to the people!
Let's break down why that's silly
(caveats: I've discussed this with several folks who are running startups dedicated to the field, and have never gotten a good answer to any of these problems... I'm coming from a good faith position, so if you wanna correct me, go for it, I wanna hear you)
(be nice to people)
(And plenty who don’t overstructure their lives or work/study too much, yet are still successful.) https://t.co/e0zbgB5XYY
I’ve learned to avoid saying “You need to do X to be successful,” and even though failure’s pretty clear in this example (startup not making any money), I try to avoid talking about “success” in any objective way. We all have different paths and values.
In today's criminal justice news, you may remember the brother of Facebook's Ebele Okobi was summarily executed by police in October
You will be shocked (shocked!) to learn police lied to her and her mother about what happened, even though it was all on video https://t.co/LkgapPd8iz
And when they were done – *with the cameras still running* – they collaborated in real time on what lies they were going to tell to explain away what happened
A few choice quotes to recall from the Brexiteer leaders:
1) Coming to a free trade agreement with the EU should be "one of the easiest in human history.' Liam Fox, July 2017
2) 'In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way.' Nigel Farage, May 2016.
When ideology is your guide, you’re bound to get lost.
Ideology deludes, inspires dishonesty, and breeds fanaticism.
Facts, experience, and logic are much better at leading you to truth.
Truth, however, is not everyone’s intended destination.
It doesn’t matter how smart you are if you don’t use your mind.
Ideologues forgo independent judgment.
To succumb to ideology is to put your brain on autopilot.
Ideology provides stock answers, conditions responses, and delivers one-size-fits-all explanations.
“Wag po sir, maawa po kayo, apat po mga anak ko, maliliit pa,” Roger Herrero begged for his life as the police put a gun to his head.
“Magdasal ka na,” the policeman said, before pulling the trigger.
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The bullet pierced Roger’s head, shattering his jaw. He slumped to the ground.
According to Agdangan police, they said Roger had robbed someone. As police was investigating the robbery, Roger shot at the police, then fled onboard a motorbike.
Many readers have asked me "why do so many pulp covers feature women in ripped red blouses standing in swamps while a man fights off an unusual animal attack?"
The answer is artist Will Hulsey... pic.twitter.com/2xY60yqiDD
Will Hulsey was the undisputed king of the animal attack pulp cover. You name it, he'd paint it attacking you in a pool of stagnant water. pic.twitter.com/nJ30Jiu3hP
re: the fires/smoke. a lot of my friends have been reflecting on the deep denial lots of folks are in, just going around doing normal ass things like this is an acceptable way to live (eating outdoors, jogging, etc), and the level of alienation from one's body that requires
and it just strikes me that normatively "healthy" people are so fucking unprepared for shit like this, which will only become more common. we could easily squander a shitload of both quantity and quality of life by following their example.
It’s Trans Awareness Week. I’m largely uninterested as I’d like to be left alone but I am still regularly asked about why it seems to be trans women and not trans men who “dominate” the media and trans men are nowhere to be seen
It’s weird as this year the first project I worked on was Laith Ashley’s cover interview for Gay Times (a men’s magazine, broadly), Ash Palmisciano a trans male actor joined the cast of Emmerdale (following Riley Carter Millington on Eastenders)
Of 13 current members on anti-Pelosi list, 10 are to the right of the Democratic caucus median & 11 are to the right of Pelosi. Copying Freedom Caucus tactics, but not a revolt from the left. Capitulating to a centrist minority of caucus would have implications for the session. https://t.co/cHHbaHDlQe
Lol Linda Sanchez. Doesn’t she have lawyering up to do?
This photo explains everything about the age we are living in. GOP has become tribal movement of terrified white men clinging to their ever shrinking raft, while the tide rises around them. GOP is backward looking and fear based. Dems are hope based and focused on future. pic.twitter.com/SRk9afmm4Y
This is the future. It scares the shit out of some people. White men especially but also white women who believe they benefit from white patriarchy and so throw their lot in with the white guys. pic.twitter.com/PTV0rirLRU