October 9, 2014

Woke up this morning to coverage of the Male Allies panel from this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. GHC had gotten flak from the get-go for 

  1. Having a “Male Allies” panel at all
  2. Having the new(ish) CEO of GoDaddy on the panel

So I was already expecting some negative reactions. What I hadn’t realized, though, was that the [white] dudes on the panel were going to talk at the audience for an hour, and not take any questions from the audience.

Protip: Until you’re ready to listen to women talk about the problems they face, and tell you what they want you to do to fix them, you’re not a “Male Ally.”

I had hoped to spend some time in this entry talking about Sean Haugh, and his first/only appearance in a senatorial candidate forum. He’s running for one of NC’s two Senate seats, as a Libertarian, and he was actually invited to participate in the 3rd and final debate, alongside current senator Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger Thom Tillis.

Major problem, though: I couldn’t bear to watch more than about 5 minutes of the thing. Hagan & Tillis spent literally 97% of their allotted time repeating the same pot-shots about each other. Sean actually answered the questions based on his principles & his platform, but it was just too unpleasant to watch the other two go at it.

It’s available to stream from the WRAL website, so go ahead & see if you can last any longer than I did.

Just so we’re clear: I have known Sean for years – he used to be a WXDU DJ, and was married to a friend of mine – and he’s one of the most principled people I know. We disagree on a lot of issues, inasmuch as he’s a Libertarian and I’m a Scandinavian-style Socialist Utopian, or something like that.

So I don’t know that I’ll be voting for him next month, but I’m thrilled to death to see a different viewpoint represented in a televised debate. Or, rather, given how the whole thing unfolded, I’m thrilled to see even one single coherent viewpoint represented in a televised debate.

Side note: I finally bought a Chromecast to stream the debate to my TV, a task that it had some difficulty achieving successfully. But for straight-up YouTube videos which are available for native Chromecasting: The damn thing is amazing. Multi-person collaborative YouTube playlist building, from multiple devices to yr TV, for $35? Bizarre & Jetsonsy. The future. 

October 9, 2014

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