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Weekend Reading: Visiting Home Edition

Sandbridge PierThis week I am at my parents’ in Virginia, which means that I am typing this in a fog of maximum-dose Benadryl. Blame the Proustian allergies–which I don’t have in CT, and didn’t have in Chicago, or Atlanta, but which surge within a 2-hour driving radius of Portsmouth, VA–for any errors in the links below!

On to this week’s links!

  • Aaron Trammell finds in Portal 2‘s “GLaDOS the Voice of Postfeminist Control”: If GLaDOS is a feminist icon, it is because she is a voice that everyone carries with them at all times. The voice in our heads, that causes us to judge and shape ourselves, while simultaneously passing unkind judgment on to others. GLaDOS is iconic of the postfeminist condition – a condition where surveillance is assumed and internalized.
  • Dr. Crazy explains “Why It’s Worth It To Do Irritating Things”: Look: I fantasize about writing when the mood strikes, and about letting the scholarship flow out of me like breast milk or menstrual blood or some other awful l’ecriture feminine metaphor for the writing process. But that is decidedly not how I actually make progress on anything. In fact, it’s a really great way for me to procrastinate, buying into metaphors like that. So for me, the key to actually making writing progress is to set up irritating benchmarks for myself that force me to stop thinking and to start putting words on the page
  • At the University of Venus, Ernesto Priego interviews friend-of-ProfHacker Bethany Nowviskie about #Alt-Academy”: One of the most important contributions made so far by the “#alt-ac” label (problematic and complex as it may be!) has been to create a sense of interdisciplinary and energetic community among people in such positions. Hence the “homecoming.” This project also works to demonstrate to graduate students — and, indeed, to the increasing numbers of faculty members who are looking with interest at “alternative” academic careers — that there is deep commitment, vibrant intellectual life, and a great deal of satisfaction to be felt in careers that they may have been acculturated to see as consolation prizes for so-called “failed academics.”
  • Garrett Murray suggests that, every so often, “Getting Fresh” is a good idea: That OS X made it so simple and safe to upgrade to each major release, and that Macs made it so simple to clone the entire filesystem onto an entirely new machine was a godsend for computing. But it also made me 100% unwilling to start over. That is, until I started doing it this week and realized just how much bloat there was.
  • Eddie at Practically Efficient unpacks “The Pageantry of Tagging”, which is appealing so long as you remember: understand that tagging is an attempt to impose control by manually filing chaos under a seemingly more memorable layer of cognition. If your tag layers invariably fade to abstraction, then it’s probably worth resisting the urge to tag.

In this week’s video, Ryan Sims argues that practice really does make “pixel perfect”:

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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