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Meg VMeg
Today I got to show how bad an expensive thing's search algorithm/logic was, to the person who made the thing, in front of people much more important than I am.
I felt bad, but what could I do? Socialization is a bitch. - Meg VMeg
Usually I only get to demonstrate how bad things are to vendor reps at conferences. They're always terribly distraught but so far it's never really helped anything. - Deborah Fitchett
Awesome. - laura x from iPhone
You're a good egg, Meg. - Stephen Francoeur
it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. - RepoRat
Meg VMeg
I finally did it: I forgot to bring work shoes.
Remind me to tell the story about how I tried to buy work shoes later that day. - Meg VMeg
Remember to tell that story. - laura x from iPhone
You are great. - Meg VMeg
"Forgot." - Stephen Francoeur
lris
apathy
ennui - Steele Lawman
tl;dr. - Joe
Weltschmerz. - Stephen Francoeur
meh - Marie from iPhone
*shrugs* - Katy S
indolence - Kirsten
Schadenfreude. - Uli
How to pronounce schadenfreude: http://youtu.be/d3_DjiLLDfo - Marie
Danke. - Uli
JffKrlsn
Is anyone holding off on migrating to the LibGuides v2 because it's "too beta"? (Rather than because e.g. it's a big job that requires extra care.) I was planning on just doing it, and now getting a little worried that so much is not quite there yet...
We're migrating tomorrow. I guess we'll see how that goes. - kaijsa
How about both reasons you mention? - aaron
Our content was migrated at the end of June. We're scheduled (by us) to go live August 1. I haven't heard that it's too beta from my coworkers, but I might when we meet about it next week. - ~Courtney F
it's definitely too beta (I'd say still a wee bit alpha). We migrated in June, not sure when we're going live - because some essential components aren't built or ready yet. My Springshare love is pretty tainted by the way this rolled. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'm holding off until the end of the year, partly because I'd like the dust to settle on the new platform first and partly because I want to use these intervening months as a time for us to clean up the guides on the current platform in advance of the migration. The longer we can spend on the latter, the better off we'll be. In other words, the migration is giving us a convenient excuse to do the kind of clean up work we should have been doing all along. - Stephen Francoeur
Our guides are still fairly small in number and only a few librarians are even creating them right now--I like the idea of switching over asap so as not to have to train folks twice... just now getting cold feet from the stuff I'm seeing (and in some cases, reporting) in their Ning (!) community. - JffKrlsn
Springshare's has a Ning community? - aaron from YouFeed
Springsharelounge.com is Ning, isn't it? - JffKrlsn from Android
Oh.. Right. - aaron
I finally decided that it wasn't a great idea to wait for everything to be great, since there will always be problems... went live today. Will be cleaning up CSS for several weeks. - JffKrlsn
we migrating in oct. live dec. - aaron from BuddyFeed
We've gone live. There are definitely "too beta" aspects that are annoying, but there are also new features that we really wanted, so...6 of one, half a dozen of the other. - Rebecca Hedreen
we're live. where are we talking about LG 2.0?? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
As I mentioned before, we migrated in July. We're going live next week. It's proven too hard to really know what needs to be fixed until we pull the trigger, so we're doing it before school starts. I'm just going to unpublish any of my stuff that needs help until I can get to it. - kaijsa
~Courtney F
added to today's to do list: find replacement for Google Calendar Sync. Need to sync Outlook (Exchange) + Gcal.
If you find something good I'd love to hear about it. I gave up. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
let us know what you find? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan from YouFeed
Someone recommended this to me. Haven't set it up yet. http://www.fieldstonsoftware.com/softwar... - Stephen Francoeur
i found this: http://www.pppindia.com/calenda... i can't get it to work quite yet, but i'm going to try again tomorrow, since GCal seems to have issues of some kind - ~Courtney F
wound up going with the free gSyncIt. we'll see how that goes. - ~Courtney F
Stephen Francoeur
I finally tried balut today at @JeepneyNYC. It wasn't at all like I imagined. The smoked bangus (milkfish) was yummy! Can't wait to go back.
Whoa, what? - Meg VMeg
Jeepney is a great Filipino gastropub on First and 13th. Went with Edith and ate all the things. http://www.jeepneynyc.com/ - Stephen Francoeur
That sounds amazing. - Meg VMeg
Um, wait, I just clicked the first link. - Meg VMeg
Yeah, its something I've always taken a pass on but Edith was game for it, so I had a bite. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen, what was it like? - Meg VMeg
Tasted like chicken, not egg. - Stephen Francoeur
Next Filipino food hurdle: dinuguan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Stephen Francoeur
i've had civet de lievre - it's delicious. don't be scared of the blood. - jambina
I think I'd be more down with the blood than with the duck fetus. Just saying. - laura x
Meg VMeg
Maybe this weekend, I'll try some nance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... It's in a bunch of markets near my house. Has anyone eaten it before?
Nope, but I'd try it. - Stephen Francoeur
what Stephen said - jambina
Stephen Francoeur
Kevin Smith, "Taming a Wild Country," Peer to Peer Review - http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014...
Pull quote: “As librarians, the best use of our energy and our resources is to support the development of open educational resources of all kinds in order to make the digital environment a richer, more robust place for students and scholars. We should be what most traditional publishers are not in a position to be—guides through the digital wilderness, of course, but also the homesteaders who will build new structures for digital learning and publishing that simultaneously tame part of that wilderness and use its possibilities and potential to the fullest.” - Stephen Francoeur
Love this. love love love. - Joe
Meg VMeg
Wah. No toy libraries in Manhattan. - Stephen Francoeur
Weirdly, the one I know about here isn't listed. - laura x
Meg VMeg
We take Christmas in July very seriously up here.
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Movie set? - Stephen Francoeur
It's for "Flesh and Bone" which is apparently "an upcoming American drama television series created by Moira Walley-Beckett. Its first season will premiere in 2015 on the American cable television network Starz." Ballet-oriented. - Meg VMeg
Stephen Francoeur
The Dispute Between Radical Feminism and Transgenderism http://j.mp/1rXLiqE via @instapaper
The Dispute Between Radical Feminism and Transgenderism http://j.mp/1rXLiqE via @instapaper
It's worth noting that the author made some unfortunate decisions with some of the quotes and the way she framed some of the controversies. http://juliaserano.blogspot.com/2014... - Stephen Francoeur
Such a fascinating mess. - Meg VMeg
Meg VMeg
I'm sure your baby will look cute eventually.
But for now...nope. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
dang. that's rough. but sometimes, true. Once when Waif's namesake was presented with a new baby at her church she was stuck in the unenviable position of telling the truth, and hurt the parents feelings, or lying in the sanctuary (which she, unlike a lot of preachers, takes very seriously). Her quick and glorious mind came up with "Now that's a boy! That's a real boy!" - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
My great grandfather, I am told, used to say, "My, that IS a baby!" - laura x
Sometimes they need a few months on them to fill out and get chubby. - Stephen Francoeur
^^this. - Corinne L
Steele Lawman
I don't think I know of a movie more wonderful than "A Room With a View"
Not even "The Room"? http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Marie
That’s a view to a kill. - Akiva
Me either. I love it as much as I love the book, even. Maybe more. - laura x from iPhone
My college roommate contended that it was one of the rare films that was better than the book. (I haven't read the book, so I have no opinion.) - Steele Lawman
Is this the film with Helena Bonham-Carter? - Laura
Thinking I should rewatch it. Haven't seen it since it was in the theaters. Wonder what other films people might consider 'wonderful?" I'd put Dazed & Confused on the list for the ending that has the kids who've shucked responsibilities, embraced freedom, and are heading out on the Texas highway to get tickets for a concert in another town. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Annoying spam email from documentary film maker/producer of the day: http://www.silkroadmusicandart.com/ Who's behind this stream of spam for doc films?
Annoying spam email from documentary film maker/producer of the day: http://www.silkroadmusicandart.com/ Who's behind this stream of spam for doc films?
Somebody sold a bunch of librarian email addresses to some marketing creeps. I wouldn't mind the emails so much if they were at least aligned with my subject areas I acquire in, but they have no connection. And it's only documentary films that I get spam for. Not random books, not random journals, not other kinds of films. Just documentaries. I have a soft spot in my heart for documentary films, but this stream of spam over the past few years has pissed me the hell off. - Stephen Francoeur
yeah I've getting a lot of those as well. I've been declaring them all spam and trying to unsub from the lists, but to no effect. Most of them are just such complete and utter crap and not even remotely aligned with what I do - Sir Shuping is just sir
I get those too. - RepoRat
Stephen Francoeur
Music in the plaza and fountain at Lincoln Center http://t.co/9n5HhYvLOY
Music in the plaza and fountain at Lincoln Center http://t.co/9n5HhYvLOY
Finally figured out that this free performance is part of the Mostly Mozart festival and is a new piece.http://mostlymozart.org/on-sila... - Stephen Francoeur from Android
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And a Senator snagged for some severe plagiarism: http://retractionwatch.com/2014... - his conclusions are taken nearly word for word with no attribution, but he doesn't believe he plagiarized because he "didn't do anything intentional." Oh, my.
Also, what's the deal with a 14-page masters thesis? - Stephen Francoeur
We have a new plagiarism tutorial coming out this fall, and I got a little giddy reading about this - will provide a great way to capture student interest. - Jen
my question, how did it take them this long to figure it out? - Sir Shuping is just sir
why would anybody notice? - RepoRat
Yikes. "Intent isn't magic", dude. - YvonneM
How do you unintentionally copy someone else's work and claim it as your own? - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
He was unintentionally intentional. - Joe
Stephen Francoeur
Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League http://j.mp/1A2B7Wg via @instapaper
Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League http://j.mp/1A2B7Wg via @instapaper
What did you think of this article, Stephen? I was sympathetic to some of his points, but I thought he didn't really marshall much convincing evidence. - Steele Lawman
I agree about the lack of evidence and the over-reliance on anecdotes and impressions. But I do agree that there seems to be a ridiculous ratcheting up of efforts by parents and kids to get their kids into these schools by any means necessary. Worse, those means are increasingly complex, time-consuming, and expensive, further widening the gulf between the haves and have-nots in this country. - Stephen Francoeur
"So extreme are the admission standards now that kids who manage to get into elite colleges have, by definition, never experienced anything but success. The prospect of not being successful terrifies them, disorients them" sounds very much like my experience of the people at Vassar. (I'm only partway through reading--I really like William Deresiewicz generally). - laura x
I was unclear by the end if he was advocating state universities or small liberal arts colleges, so yes, I agree about the wandering nature of the piece, but I still found myself nodding along. But then I'm one of those people who will ever be swayed by a Platonic idea of college. - laura x
I guess I'm most sympathetic to the points that Stephen brings out. Some of the stuff about the environment leading to students who aren't passionate about ideas or who have little interest in the broader goals of education leaves me more skeptical. - Steele Lawman
Well, I'm always skeptical about 18-22 year old having a great deal of interest in the broader goals of education--some are, of course, and some (like me) are intermittently, between friendships and crushes and learning to drink beer--but a lot of people are simply interested in getting through and getting on. I think he's talking about a very specific set of students, who strike me as... more... - laura x
maʀtha
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CATHERINE!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM ME TOO!!!!!!!! - Uli
Happy birthday! - Pete
happy happy birthday catherine! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Many happy returns! - Megan loves summer
happy birthday! - RepoRat
Sorry you already found my early birthday present (that surprise extra room in your house). Hope you're having a great day. - Stephen Francoeur
Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!! - lris
Happiest of Birthdays!!!! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy Birthday, Catherine! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte from Android
Happiest of birthdays, Catherine! - laura x
Happy birthday to you! - Meg VMeg
Happy birthday! - Joe
YAY! Happy birthday! - Marianne
Happy birthday! - LB's 10:19pm Name Change
Happy, happy birthday! - Galadriel C.
Happy birthday! :-) - YvonneM
Happy birthday - hope you are off having fun! - Jen
Happy birthday! - Steele Lawman
Happy birthday!! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Thank you, everyone! We're at our annual week at the lake with family, and it's glorious. Yesterday I got my first sunburn in twenty-odd years, and today we picked 12.6 pounds of blueberries. - Catherine Pellegrino
Happy birthday! (Also my son Daniel's 19th!) - John Dupuis
Hippo birdy, two ewes! - Deborah Fitchett
Many happy returns of the day!! - Lily
bonne fête, ma belle! - jambina
Happy Birthday Catherine! - Hedgehog
Stephen Francoeur
A good read: "How to Invent a Person Online" Curtis Wallen - The Atlantic http://theatln.tc/1nopUcX
A good read: "How to Invent a Person Online" Curtis Wallen - The Atlantic http://theatln.tc/1nopUcX
The author refers to this article, which is now on the "to read" pile. "Government Surveillance and Internet Search Behavior" http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3... - Stephen Francoeur
aaron
So was watching a interesting video on Openrefine. How do you guys use it in library work? hmm can't even get it to run on my work pc.
I used it to clean up student entered backlogs of reference desk data. I have taught a couple workshops on it, would you like the handouts? - Hedgehog
We use it to find the searches in our discovery layer of databases, websites, etc and add them to best bets. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Hedgehog definitely would be interested. Jaclyn, that a great idea, since I have access to Summon's logs and various Google analytics accounts etc - aaron
I've used it to clean up a list of journal names - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Our GIS librarian just published this article in Code4Lib about using it to clean up ZipCode data. http://journal.code4lib.org/article... - Stephen Francoeur
The handouts would be loverly... - Aaron the Librarian
Meg VMeg
OH GOOD, KIDS OUTSIDE PLAYING WITH AN AIRHORN. AGAIN.
Maybe there's a kaiju approaching from the Atlantic. #toomanymonstermovies - Stephen Francoeur
two minds, Stephen...with one thought. - Big Joe Silence
i sort of want an airhorn now. - kendrak
I instantly thought of you. - Meg VMeg
you know what i like. being loud and obnoxious for the world to love. - kendrak
I would have paid good money if it were a minimalist Scandinavian performer/composer and not kids. - Meg VMeg
OMG Stephen, have you ever heard this: https://soundcloud.com/d-j-det... (have to listen through 0:40) - Meg VMeg
Kendra, you'll like too, if you haven't heard, though the airhorn isn't until 2:43 - Meg VMeg
why haven't we started the librarian nowave band to make all the $$$$$$$$? - kendrak
because we're the only ones who would buy the records? - Meg VMeg
I mean, I'm open to a SWOT analysis. - Meg VMeg
Obviously. - Meg VMeg
We could be called OMGCLC. But it's not offensively grammatically/technically incorrect enough. - Meg VMeg
there would be other librarians who buy the records. they are the ones who slouch and look annoyed at the librarians who karaoke to taylor swift. - kendrak
HEY, I KARAOKE TO TAYLOR SWIFT - Meg VMeg
I love you all. - laura x from iPhone
OMGCLC 4EVA - Meg VMeg
that's too many letters for my knuckles :( - kendrak
have to include thumbs :( - Meg VMeg
OMGCLC ... that's so underground :p https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Hedgehog
Meg, the DJ Detweiler song is awesome. The recorders reminds me of when Mr. 11yo was in 4th grade and they learned a number of songs on recorder that year, although nothing as much fun as this. - Stephen Francoeur
I found the DJ for our band: https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Can you click this link for what I hope is a stable URL for my search in our not-yet-launched instance of Primo and let me know if you are seeing the results for a search for "turtles?" Thanks....
seems to have worked for me - lris
Great! Thnx. - Stephen Francoeur
Yep, looks good. - Steele Lawman
turtles all the way down! - RepoRat
^ - Marie
all turtles. - Lnorigb
Awww, no pics. Just turtles. - Alix May
...Okay, so how did you do that? - Deborah Fitchett
Do what? Get a stable URL for the search? I just copied the one in the address bar. If I'm not mistaken, in most discovery services this works. - Stephen Francoeur
Ours is defigured by a session id. (Bloody session ids.) Seems to work in the short term, will see if the session timeout breaks it. Extracting the session id from it works fine too of course, just harder to explain to lecturers. - Deborah Fitchett
Deborah, are you talking about Summon at your library? http://lincolnnz.summon.serial... - Stephen Francoeur
No, about our own not-yet-launched Primo: http://primo-direct-apac.hoste... ...Which now does a search for me without session id. What? I swear it was there before. - Deborah Fitchett
Are you guys switching from Summon? I think one of the discovery services that don't have stable URL is EDS. very annoying. - aaron
EDS is same as all other EBSCOhost: permalinks are available but copying url from address bar doesn't work - JffKrlsn from Android
Yes really annoying, I always forget. - aaron
Yeah we're migrating from Voyager/Summon to Alma/Primo. - Deborah Fitchett
We're sticking with our ILS, Ex Libris Aleph, but are dropping Summon locally (later on) and picking up Primo consortially. While other schools in our consortium (the City University of New York) may provide Primo fairly quickly, we're going to keep going with Summon for a while until the Primo instance is as good (in terns of UX) as our Summon v1 instance is. - Stephen Francoeur
Turtles on Arrested Development! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
One of the reasons why I use turtles as my default search term is my sister, who helps keep the little fellers out of harm's way at JFK. http://www.nytimes.com/2014... - Stephen Francoeur
kaijsa
Those of you who do library instruction: who is on your wishlist of speakers at an instruction-related conference? I'm hoping to bring more than the usual names to a brainstorming meeting, and you're our target audience.
Maria Accardi, Anne-Marie Dietering, Randy Hensley, Carrie Donovan - Catherine Pellegrino
Char Booth, Iris Jastram, Kristin Partlo, Catherine Pellegrino - RepoRat
Lauren Pressley, Repo Rat. and a metric ton of Public Library Trainer Folks. Julie Strange, but she is mostly baking these days. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
Oh! Also Andromeda Yelton. And Char Booth is on my list, but I think she's headed into "usual names" territory at this point. - Catherine Pellegrino
Are you talking instructing Staff? Public? Students? Academia? Special Libraries? - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
I'm talking mostly instructing students in higher ed. - kaijsa
I'll add Randy Hensley to the list. (seconding Catherine) - lris
Emily Drabinski - Stephen Francoeur from Android
Thanks, all. I'm familiar with many of those names :) and will look up more info on the others. If you've been mentioned in this thread and are interested in speaking, I would love to be able to link to relevant speaker info you have online. Feel free to DM me! - kaijsa
well, okay, I'm pretty sure I'm not anywhere near the top of your list, but http://dsalo.info/present... and the nearest one to on-point is probably http://www.slideshare.net/cavlec... - RepoRat
All of the above + Meredith Farkas - YvonneM
Jay Turner Georgia State Library Commission. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫ from FFHound!
Meg VMeg
Just registered for the lap swim program at the nearby park. 25 miles and I get a free t-shirt!
Trying to figure out where I can buy a lock and a swim cap on short notice... - Meg VMeg
Gotta go to Mo's! - Stephen Francoeur
Dammit, and I have no idea where my swimsuit is packed. I am totally going to Mo's. - Meg VMeg
Today I swam 0.3 miles. I think. - Meg VMeg
Do you ever use the pool at NYU? - Stephen Francoeur
I haven't! I'll definitely consider it, if I can keep this up for the summer. - Meg VMeg
Oh, wait, I swam 0.6 miles. Thank goodness I did that math wrong! - Meg VMeg
I've been thinking about swimming in the mornings here at Baruch. A number of my colleagues in the library do the same. Maybe we'd have impromptu discussions about linked data, etc. as we pass in lanes - Stephen Francoeur
Do it! We can race to 25 miles! - Meg VMeg
Or, you know, have discussions about our separate impromptu discussions about linked data, etc. - Meg VMeg
Stephen Francoeur
Story on Bucknell U's controversial web redesign, http://www.nngroup.com/article.... Interested in how this shaped its lib site, too. #libux
the little clock thing is creepy-treehouse liek whoa. lemme use my dang back button; don't track me. - RepoRat
The good thing is that probably no one will ever notice that clock icon or think that it represents a web history function (as opposed to a time/calendar function that the icon is more typically used for). - Stephen Francoeur
I would have assumed it was the schedule of campus events for the day - ellbeecee
Meg VMeg
Dear Taxi Driver: You can't tell me that driving me to my house is basically taking money from your pocket, then in the next breath, complain that Uber is destroying the entire business. Or, you can, but I'm not going to be very sympathetic. Love, Meg
He said that because it's a short trip? - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
They usually say that if you take them to a neighborhood where they can't pick up a customer going back the way the taxi is headed. - Spidra Webster
Yes, I know why he said it (it's a long trip, Starmama, but he can't get a $$$$ fare in Brooklyn, because of a variety of reasons). In fact, I have had taxis refuse to drive me to Brooklyn before, which is illegal. The thing is that this is why people like Uber. - Meg VMeg
So much for that guy's tip. - Stephen Francoeur
Sorry, Meg, I was responding to Starmama. I very much understand why you'd be upset by that and that's why Uber and others are able to eat so much of the taxi cos' lunch. - Spidra Webster
Ah, gotcha! I also just got off a red-eye, so everything makes me crabby :) :( - Meg VMeg
Hated that when I was living in queens....rude cab drivers who didn't want to take me home - Hedgehog from Android
Man, a lot of times they could easily pick up fares in Brooklyn when they have to go out there, but they purposely avoid the hotspots and drive straight back to Manhattan because they don't want to risk having to go even deeper into the outer boroughs. - Mark Trapp
Yeah, and they could easily pick up fares if anyone in the outer boroughs ever expected to see them or get picked up by them, which we don't, so they can't. It's a very interesting ecosystem of politics/economics/logistics (especially now that green taxis and Uber are here), and I would have been happy to discuss it with him, but I think he wanted to "have a debate" or something (or make me feel bad or tip more). Who has the energy? - Meg VMeg
Stephen Francoeur
Meredith Broussard, "Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing," The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/feature...
Pull quote: “In the meantime, there are a few things the district—and other flailing school districts in America—can do. Stop giving standardized tests that are inextricably tied to specific sets of books. At the very least, stop using test scores to evaluate teacher performance without providing the items each teacher needs to do his or her job. Most of all, avoid basing an entire education system on materials so costly that big, urban districts can’t afford to buy them.” - Stephen Francoeur
maʀtha
Happy Birthday to our Marie!
Happy birthday, Marie :) - Pete
Happy Birthday! - lris
yay :) - Julian
Happy Birthday! - Jennifer Dittrich
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARIE! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
happy birthday! - Marianne
Happy birthday! - Jen
Happiest of days! - laura x from iPhone
Happy birthday! - LB's 10:19pm Name Change from Android
aw, i luh y'all. thanks. - Marie
Happy Birthday!!!! - Katy S
Phew, still have a few more hours to get my birthday greetings in. Hope you're having a great day. - Stephen Francoeur
Happy birthday!!!! - Galadriel C. from Android
Stephen Francoeur
Listen To The Most Desperate Cable TV Rep In America http://gothamist.com/2014... via @
Listen To The Most Desperate Cable TV Rep In America  http://gothamist.com/2014/07/15/listen_to_the_most_desperate_cable.php via @
o_O that's the most f'ed up thing ever - Sir Shuping is just sir
The comments on the SoundCloud page where the audio recording was posted illuminate a bit about the world of "retention specialists" at cable companies. Bunch of rat bastards if you ask me. - Stephen Francoeur
"I'm moving out of your service area" seems to cut way down on the shenanigans. What with all the mergers and stuff, it's harder to use, though! - RepoRat
When I went to the TimeWarner customer service center a year ago to ask about a cheaper bundle of channels, they gave a me a 2-year deal to get the same package at nearly half as much money. When that deal ends, though, I'm cutting the cord. - Stephen Francoeur
I've never had a problem, but I've always left TWC/Comcast to go back to Canada and they usually accept that pretty quickly. - Andrew C (✔)
Steele Lawman
My 12-year-old son seems to be coming across YouTube videos filled with misinformation about feminism. I don't want to raise another aggrieved privileged white boy, so any recommendations for videos, channels, sites that are pro-feminist and boy-friendly?
*father of 11yo boy tunes in* - Stephen Francoeur
Recommending this with some reservations because of a recent poorly-considered and poorly-handled site merger, but: http://www.themarysue.com/ - RepoRat
this post is probably too "on point" to be of interest, but it made me feel better than I had in ages about video game sites, and eurogamer, in particular: http://www.eurogamer.net/article... - Marianne
I wish it were A LOT EASIER to answer this question! - Marianne
I'm planning on having my 14 yo kid look at http://mic.com/article... when he gets back from his week away at camp. - Joe
Crap, all I can think of is Target Women: https://www.youtube.com/playlis... But I don't know if that's too adult or (even worse) too boring for 12 year-olds. - Meg VMeg
I wonder if John Scalzi's "lowest difficulty setting" post would be too preachy for a 12yo? http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012... - Catherine Pellegrino
Thanks, everyone! I have a lot of watching/reading to do. (And thanks, Catherine, because I knew that I'd read that analogy before but didn't know where. The analogy might resonate for him, even if Scalzi's delivery might not.) - Steele Lawman
Interesting article, Marianne! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Yes, the Brain Scoop! that's what I was trying to remember, e.g., http://youtu.be/QTP3wRzJXBM - maʀtha
(You're welcome, Steve! I thought the analogy might communicate well. And honestly, depending on how you feel about salty language, a LOT of what Scalzi writes might be good for him to hear.) - Catherine Pellegrino
this is just a list of facts, related to that post, but they are IMPORTANT facts: http://www.jimchines.com/2012... I found when people eyeroll at the analogy, some solid facts from solid sources are a good way to make them rethink. especially if they've been getting a lot of misinformation. - Marianne
on a related topic, when the time comes, you know about Scarleteen, right? http://www.scarleteen.com/about_s... - maʀtha
Feminist high school boys ask: Are you a feminist? http://youtu.be/9Vh60p4p2QM (perhaps a little dry, but, relevant) - maʀtha
and what about some anime? Spirited Away, perhaps? - maʀtha
Might be something useful toward the bottom of http://geekfeminism.org/2011... - RepoRat
What sort of misinformation is he encountering? I am just curious. - laura x
and are you able to discuss it with him? or is he too sulky teen for that? - maʀtha
He brings it up, so it's something he's interested in and apparently he wants to talk about it. By "misinformation," I mean the notion that feminists think that women are better than men, or that violence against men is funny. I think he's also encountering the "not all men" point of view that feels unfairly targeted. - Steele Lawman
It's going to be hard to find a lot of video channels, because YouTube is one of the most hostile places to women posting feminist content. Will think on it and recommend if something comes up. - Rachel Walden
The "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" series? https://www.youtube.com/playlis... (I haven't actually watched very much of it so no idea if it's suitable for him or not but came to mind when Rachel mentioned YouTube as a hostile place for women...) - Deborah Fitchett
Adventure Time - who's main character ages each season and is now 15 - deals with the emotional life of a teenage boy in a remarkable way (caveat: not having been a teenage boy, this opinion is just a hunch) and the Vlogbrothers channel is great too, although the advice is usually the same: "use your words": an example: Why I love makeup: https://www.youtube.com/watch... - copystar
Jim Hines's cover-pose series is a great way to talk about representation, while also getting across the idea that men can be feminists: http://www.jimchines.com/cover-p... - RepoRat
I definitely do not think of Adventure Time as explicitly feminist or educational about feminism. Vlogbrothers can occasionally get the point, but it would be nice if we could come up with some recommendations of actual women for him to listen to. Most of the feminism 101 materials I'm familiar with are going to be too advanced for him at this age, as are most of the books I would... more... - Rachel Walden
I didn't mean to suggest that Vlogbrothers or Adventure Time were explicitly feminist. But I think that they are "boy-friendly" media where relationship matters are addressed in a serious way that I think most feminists would respond positively to. - copystar
Read this before you recommend it to Mr. 12, because there's some pretty intense stuff in it, but maybe Strong Female Protagonist http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/ - RepoRat
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