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Netflix transphobia 

Being trans. Being queer. None of that erases being white, and those of us that are white are racist.

We all perpetuate and benefit from the racism against Black and Brown bodies. Even in this mess, we're benefiting from the fact that society praises our whiteness and listens to our tears.

I think Dave Chappelle felt that at the same time as his transphobia, and confuses the two. He justifies his unjustifiable transphobia with his justified rage against racism.

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Netflix transphobia 

In his special, Dave Chappelle setup a tension between queer people and Black people as though Black queer people don't exist and queerness is inherently white.

By hosting it on their site and paying Dave millions of dollars for it, Netflix is perpetuating that false tension.

Buried in the transphobia from DC are really good points about the racism that white queer people, especially white trans people have.

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Netflix transphobia 

In the meantime, I feel like white voices are once more taking center stage, both inside the company and outside. It's always easier for white people to center white queer voices over those of Black queer folks and queer people of color.

To that end. Go listen to my wife's points about this, as she is a trans woman of color:

Or to this Black trans woman that Laverne Cox mentioned on her piece about this:

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Netflix transphobia 

We were genuinely making a difference out there. I'm so sad that that difference is over.

I'm doing my best as I leave to make sure that this moment gets noticed. It won't change what content is on the service, but it will get everyone to sit up and realize what has transpired and that this isn't the company it used to be.

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Netflix transphobia 

I loved working there. Working with @coda to cofound the first trans employee resource group there. I felt like we were making a difference. Getting inroads to content teams. Talking to them about transphobia in their content. Trying to get them to understand the impact that this has.

But Ted has to let his good friend Dave go around spouting off transphobia for 45 fucking minutes because to do otherwise would be "censorship."

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Netflix transphobia 

It's not even just the fact that they're propping up this absolutely disgusting transphobia. It's the fact that so much of the openness and respect between all levels of the company is also vanishing through everything going on with this.

Even if you don't give a shit about trans people, this whole debacle shows that the company just isn't what it used to be.

And if you do give a shit?

Well, it shows Netflix only cares about money and will hurt anyone to get it.

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Netflix transphobia 

Well. I'm leaving Netflix. I've been there for over 10 years, and I've greatly enjoyed so much of it. but it's changed. Reed Hastings always seemed to be a bit of a tech hippie and idealist. He had lofty ideas of how to run a company and it showed. As Ted "Hollywood" Sarandos has taken more control, it's become less and less of that kind of culture.

The internal response to the Dave Chappelle thing has been an absolute disaster.

work, transphobia 

I am trying to instigate collective action inside my employer in response to some egregious transphobia I’ve seen there today. Anyone got any tips? I may also have messages my management chain kinda sorta quitting. Well, indicating I’m taking some time to reconsider working there.

Facebook and twitter 

Wow. Some people are so desperate for facebook that an account with 180+K followers has QTed my post criticizing it and is saying I don't have empathy for folks who rely on FB.

My whole point is that they're exploiting people by making them rely on FB. That's... not good.

Cold-starting a Facebook cluster is somewhat challenging due to Facebook's heavy reliance on caching. When I worked there, we'd configure a "fallback cluster" for cache lookups during cold start. Before hitting the database after a cache miss, everything would first check the fallback cluster and populate the cache from there.

As far as I know, there was never a complete cold start test during the entire 4 years I was there.

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Facebook down and disability 

If Facebook died. Like really died. It would hurt a LOT of people. In many countries, WhatsApp is basically an unregulated utility, for example, for phone communication.

But people collectively would rebuild. Hopefully something better and less exploitative and abusive.

While Facebook offers us the devil's deal of having connections if and only if we support their destruction of the fabric of society... We're in a horrible bind.

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Facebook down and disability 

I saw a post from someone about Facebook being down being bad for folks trying to socialize with other disabled/marginalized people.

And here's the thing.

That can be true, but it's because Facebook is essentially being an abusive bully about it.

It essentially drags you in and then threatens you with losing all your social connections if you choose to leave.

That's... evil and abusive.

Yeah, they've made it easy to connect. But they do so abusively.

Outer Wilds DLC spoiler 

Still playing through it, but one of my favorite bits of the new DLC is the way the "Matrix" area works.

Specifically, it makes you hold this lantern to get in there and dumps you into this massively dark area that your lantern just dimly lights up.

But set the lantern and walk away, and the world erupts into light.

Why? Because the lantern is rendering both the light and the dark.

The thing you clutch against the dark literally is what creates the dark.


I feel bad about all the people being drawn into the grift on NFTs.

I sometimes imagine having a conversation with someone involved with it, them trying to convince me to buy one and saying just... "Why do I want this thing?" over and over again.

"Buy it so you can sell it!"
But why?

"So you can own it?"
Why do I want to own it?



Is there anything more capitalism than NFTs?

Hi all: this account is in hybernation after #Gab functionally left the #fediverse, but wanted to wake it from slumber to note that all your work got noticed in a new ISD Report.

"There is precedent for open source communities to push back against those who seek to use their tools to promote hate speech. One such case is Mastodon, an open source social media community which has waged a long-running war of attrition against an influx of far-right users from Gab – a war which, as of December 2020, they appear to have won."

gender bigotry mentioned 

Bigots: "Gender is a clear binary. You're either male or female."


Why EMTs might ask your name or "what happened?" over and over 

It's not because they're bad at taking notes or doubt your story or whatever, it's because they're assessing your neurological function.

People are generally aware of their context. When brain function degrades or is disrupted, people lose that awareness in a way that's extremely consistent depending on severity. The first thing to go is immediate history, then rough time of day, then where you are, and finally who you are.

This is measured and recorded as whether a patient is alert and oriented to their person, place, time, and events -- A+O x0 to A+O x4.

So a provider will ask:
"Can you tell me your name?"
"Where are we right now?"
"About what time of day is it?", and
"Can you tell me what happened?"

possibly many different times.

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