October 29, 2014

What’s that? They “edited out” the white guys from the catcalling video because somehow mysteriously every example of a white guy had bad audio or some other technical flaw? Yeah right.

Which doesn’t diminish the fact that it’s a real problem, but does diminish the effectiveness & trustworthiness of that video. Sigh.

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s update that I voted yesterday. Apparently every judge in the state of North Carolina was up for reelection at the same time. I know a lot of lawyers (there was a period in the 90s when law school was what library school was a little later on) but beyond that circle, I can’t imagine many other people being able to successfully navigate that list of 25-30 different names.

I took a list supplied by a friend of mine, compiled via input from a couple of her trustworthy friends who work in & around the judicial system. Even so, I don’t know that our signal is going to be distinguishable from the noise.

In other news, fuckin Wayne Coyne is going to come to the Carolina Theatre in December to personally introduce a screening of The Night Porter.

Which has been on my list of things to get around to watching one day, although now that that jackass is coming to introduce it, I don’t know that I’m even mildly interested anymore.

October 29, 2014

October 28, 2014

Spent an hour or so this morning writing a short essay about why I believe cumulative GPA matters to companies who hire students & recent graduates. It’s here on tumblr, a couple of notes up in my timeline, if you haven’t already read it & wish to.

After lunch we got this video:

I haven’t even looked at the YouTube comments, because the peripheral junk from dudes on Facebook & etc was more than enough for me. Dear dudes who are all innocent-feigning, like “why can’t a guy say hello to a woman on the street?”: DIE IN A FUCKING FIRE.

I say this as someone who is himself on a personal mission to say hi to, or otherwise acknowledge the presence of, more strangers whom I see on the street. I’ll usually say “hey, how ya doing?” to men, but with women I typically just smile, without even really going out of my way to make eye contact. Sometimes they smile & nod back, sometimes they don’t. Either way I can’t imagine acting like some of the egregious assholes in that video.

But as bad as those jerks in the video are, I think the asshole on Facebook who managed to be racist, classist *and* sexist in one obnoxious mansplainy comment is probably worse. I’d link or excerpt his comment, except I was so aggravated by it that I blocked him.

I have friends who like to engage with ass-backward assholes on the regular, but I’m sorry, life is hard enough as it is.

October 28, 2014