"With the Mac, you have always had the power to move around and organize applications and documents in your own virtual space, maintaining a neat or cluttered workspace, as is your habit. Other desktop systems, from Windows to Unix, have depended more on abstraction, forcing users to remember the location of objects in complex hierarchies. In theory, all of this reduced clutter, but it really only moved the clutter from the visible desktop to the back of your mind. Since most of us work better with visible clutter than with rote memorization, our efficiency drops." -https://www.asktog.com/columns/038MacUITrends.html
"But luckily there's a fourth thesis as well, a final thesis that mollifies the admittedly very real dangers that surround any universal claim. Chu doesn't state the fourth thesis explicitly, but furnishes enough material for us to fill it in ourselves: (4) the universal female means we all inhabit an ethical community. If femaleness means a kind of mutual entanglement of desire, and if femaleness is universal, then everyone's desire is perpetually interwoven with other people. Your desire is not your own. Your desire always mirrors through another's. And while such a configuration might generate pathologized subject positions (female as negation), it also generates -- if you'll pardon the grandiosity -- a kind of universal ethical fabric. Negation here is a feature not a bug."
"The regression estimates for the partners’ ancestries are also interesting. The results show that if the white partner has a mixed ancestry, they are less likely to live in a white neighborhood. Conversely, if the nonwhite partner is mixed, the likelihood of residence in a white neighborhood increases. All this, of course, lends support for the proposition that white-nonwhite–headed households are more likely to be found in white neighborhoods if the male partner is white."
In choosing an Asian man, these white women also symbolically reject all the white men who have oppressed Asian men for centuries. And by earning white love, the Asian man gains acceptance in a society that has thwarted them from the very beginning. When an Asian is loved as a white man, he is taken on a road to realization (as Frantz Fanon puts it in Black Skin White Masks, one “marries white culture, white beauty, white whiteness”). It is at once an act of love, and of revenge. Fanon, specifically writing about black-white relations in the 1950s, offers an understanding of white love and its complex relationship to colonialism, something black women activists have been contending with for centuries.
The mating dance between Asian men and white women is rife with exotification and cringe-worthy othering. As bell hooks puts it, in “the commodification of Otherness,” ethnicity becomes spice to a dull, mainstream white dish. In The Big Sick, “Kumail” picks up “Emily” by writing her name out in Urdu in the beginning of the film. (Apparently Pete Holmes recommended Nanjiani use “Once you go Pakistan, you never go Backistan,” a line that would have made me vomit just from the pronunciation of “Pakistan.”) We later see “Kumail” pull the write-her-name-in-Urdu move on another white chick. (He sleeps only with white women throughout The Big Sick.)
Context: Often/ideally used as a way to start a meeting, in a group of < 30 people when there's limited time, and the intentions are cooperative/collaborative.
Intention: An exercise in listening to others, an exercise in speaking and feeling heard by the entire group, an exercise in waiting your turn, an exercise in expressing and listening personal emotions, an exercise in wordplay.
(It's a little cheesy, but incredibly nice/effective/helpful, especially in a cooperative or classroom setting, and has a marked effect on how people communicate/listen to each other).
1. Explanation: "Let's do a one-word check-in ritual to start the meeting. What's one single word that represents (a shape that represents about how your body is feeling / a flavor to represent your past week / an adjective that represents your day so far?). We'll then pass it on to another person."
Example: "I'll start: my word is 'octagon / salty-sweet / juicy'. (pause) I'll pass it onto Taylor."
(This example step is the most important; without an example, other social norms will prevail. E.g. "I'm working on a startup about flavor, actually...". But by starting and setting an example that feels especially like a playful non-sequitur, there's a chance to suspend existing social patterns and establish new ones. By explicitly passing it onto another person, a social tone is set for everyone to look and listen to Taylor to say their word, rather than jumping in and interrupting each other. Also, if this is a new group that doesn't know each other that well, go clockwise in a circle, or open a space to be apologetic by passing it onto someone you don't know: "I'll pass it to you.. in the red shirt. I'm sorry, what's your name? Okay, I'll pass it to Astra!"
Everyone participates. Occasionally, the ritual creator may have to step in to remind people that they should nominate the next person to say their word "(Who do you nominate to go next?)", or in some cases, to reduce their response to a single word. ("Can you try condensing it into a single word?")
End. ("Great! I'm glad to be here with you all. Let's start the meeting.") Depending on the group, you can all take a deep breath together, meditate, or just start.
- Chris Chavez of Prime Produce
From @agnescameron: there's a bunch of students at MIT a few years back who made a porn movie around campus and they used shamir's secret sharing to encrypt it on a bunch of different hard drives so it can only be watched if 4 or more of the original participants are in the room
1) For three minutes, everyone writes down, on two different stickies/pieces of paper,
What a project/direction/idea they think the group should work on, and
Why it's important to them personally.
2) Going around a circle, everyone shares one idea at a time.
3) For five minutes, everyone writes down some more ideas.
4) Going around a circle, everyone shares all the ideas.
Whys are clustered together and labeled/grouped.
The group now has a general sense of what kind of ideas/importance they have.
More often than not, in the 5+ times I've used this method, this has been incredibly helpful for gathering a group together towards a shared ideal. It feels very playful to shared 'what' ideas, but very focusing/collectivizing to synchronize on 'why' ideas.
Learning from/to others
Project crits for small groups (like 5~6):
Each person talks about their project and the project to the right. They say:
what they liked about their own project
how they would change the other project based on theirs
as well as
what they liked about the other project
how they would change their own project based on it.
So female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification”: When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.
“We just started doing it, and made a purpose of doing it. It was an everyday thing,” said one former Obama aide who requested anonymity to speak frankly. Obama noticed, she and others said, and began calling more often on women and junior aides.
Written feedback (from a co-teacher, Violet Whitney):
Projects are presented, with blank pieces of paper next to them. Everyone rotates around the room once, just looking at the work. Then everyone is asked to write plus-delta feedback on the blank pieces of paper (what’s good, what they would change).