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posted by [personal profile] br3nda at 01:29pm on 12/05/2010

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How Cul-de-Sacs Are Killing Your Community
http://www.infrastructurist.com/2010/05/07/how-cul-de-sacs-are-killing-y...

The theory behind cul-de-sacs was that they lessened traffic, since they change the primary function of local streets — rather than offering a way to get anywhere, now they simply provide access to private residences. The problem is that this design inherently encourages car use, even for the shortest trips. It also limits the growth of communities and transportation options...... The argument that cul-de-sacs increase safety because they limit traffic is also misguided — the more empty and desolate a suburban (and often affluent) street is, the more likely crime is to occur. Also, it’s much harder for emergency vehicles to reach these homes if they’re sequestered in the belly of a web of disconnected dead-ends.

How CNN turned me into a sex scold
http://www.salon.com/life/broadsheet/2010/05/06/jaclyn_friedman_cnn_rape

And then, there it was. I was on-screen for the span of exactly one sentence -- a sentence used so entirely out of context it sounded like I had done the exact thing I had spent 20 minutes refusing to do:

Facebook's Gone Rogue; It's Time for an Open Alternative
http://www.techmeme.com/100508/p5#a100508p5

Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg's dreams of world domination. It's time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed.

Body scan got a little too personal
http://rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~3/0pnO2Q-vnhQ/index.html

A TSA worker at Miami International Airport in Florida was arrested for allegedly assaulting a co-worker who had repeatedly teased him about the size of his genitals.

The insults stemmed from an X-ray of the accused captured during a training exercise with the airport's full-body scanning machines, the report said.

Canada to get a USA style DMCA yucky copyright act.
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/05/canadian-prime-minis-2.html

Color Survey Results from XKCD
http://blog.xkcd.com/2010/05/03/color-survey-results/

So I was feeling pretty good about equality. Then I decided to calculate the ‘most masculine’ and ‘most feminine’ colors. I was looking for the color names most disproportionately popular among each group; that is, the names that the most women came up with compared to the fewest men (or vice versa).

Here are the color names most disproportionately popular among women:
Dusty Teal
Blush Pink
Dusty Lavender
Butter Yellow
Dusky Rose

Okay, pretty flowery, certainly. Kind of an incense-bomb-set-off-in-a-Bed-Bath-&-Beyond vibe. Well, let’s take a look at the other list.

Here are the color names most disproportionately popular among men:
Penis
Gay
WTF
Dunno
Baige

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posted by [personal profile] br3nda at 01:52pm on 12/05/2010

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Danah Boyd says "just because we can, doesn’t mean we should" http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2008/02/04/just_because_we.html

"Being socially exposed is AOK when you hold a lot of privilege, when people cannot hold meaningful power over you, or when you can route around such efforts. Such is the life of most of the tech geeks living in Silicon Valley. But I spend all of my time with teenagers, one of the most vulnerable populations because of their lack of agency (let alone rights).

Of course, teens are only one of the populations that such exposure will effect. Think about whistle blowers, women or queer folk in repressive societies, journalists, etc. The privileged often argue that society will be changed if all of those oppressed are suddenly visible. Personally, I don’t think that risking people’s lives is a good way to test this philosophy. There’s a lot to be said for being “below the radar” when you’re a marginalized person wanting to make change.

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