Jan 31, 2013
commented on Drones and the Logic of the Post-Neoliberal Moment
'What the drone reveals is that policing now connects domains that were established by and distinct in previous moments that, as a whole, form the 400-year development of a form of social reproduction that was initiated in Europe after the Islamic age of the Mediterranean and has since been urbanizing and globalizing the human condition.'
This is, quite literally, incomprehensible.
Dec 5, 2012
commented on AT&T + iTunes Match = Bummer
(And a Workaround)
To add to senor chris @2, if you've got media on your phone that you retrieved through its built in iTunes or 'app' stores, you can explicitly transfer those to your desktop machine by right-clicking the device's icon in iTunes (desktop) and selecting 'transfer purchases'.
I've got things working reasonably well on my pad and phone - and I even have two different desktop machines I'm syncing them out with, one at home and one at work. I got that to function by taking the HD containing my library from home, copying it onto my library at work, and proceeding as normal.
I don't think I've seen Match (or iTunes) delete music from my device in a very long time.
Also, senor chris - I believe if you turn off Match on your iPhone, you can then delete songs manually. (Might take a restart after you do.)
There are definitely some problems to shake out with iTunes, syncing, and Match, though. No argument there.
May 9, 2012
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Bi the Way
Bisexual male here, marrying a straight woman soon.
The only time I've ever been cheated on in any relationship was with a gay man. So does that mean I get to assume that all gay men are cheaters?
Does that mean I get to assume that *most* gay men are cheaters?
Then why the hell would anyone think it's reasonable to assume that bisexuals are gonna cheat?
Twice the availability of sex partners as whom, exactly? If you're a gay man and you go to a gay bar, and there are 50 men there, your field is 50. If you're a bi man and you go to a bi bar with 50 people there, your field is 50. Where's the doubling, again?
Oh, but a bi man can go to a straight bar with 50 women in it, and ... uh, wait, the field is still 50, isn't it?
If you're a gay man in a relationship with a bi man, and he dumps you, you've been dumped. It's not because he found a better vagina than your dick, or a better dick than your dick. It's because the relationship didn't work out. As has been pointed out here by several others, there's probably a dick in the mix, but only metaphorically.
You know, bisexuality is not a personal insult to gay men or lesbian women. It's not us trying to be chameleons. It's not us trying to fly beneath the radar of the oppressive heterosexual majority. And it's not us being fickle and unable to decide if we like penis or vagina more.
It might really be that we just don't give a flying damn about gender at all. It might simply be that we see the person, not the plumbing. It's entirely conceivable that we know what the fuck we're talking about when we say things like that. See if you can wrap your tiny little heads around that idea.
Apr 4, 2012
commented on Farewell, Sweet Razr
It'll help a lot to stop thinking about iPhone, or Android or Win-powered phones as 'phones'. They are not. They are not smartphones, they are not camera phones, they are not phones.
They are pocket computing devices capable of communication in a broad range of formats, one of which happens to be telephony.
The current series of these pocket computers is at least equal in power to the standard desktop PC of ten years ago.
So you didn't get a smartphone. You have a computer.
Mar 22, 2012
commented on SL Letters of the Day: Coming Out Kinky & BDSM as a Sexual Orientation
That second letter is very, very important and should be looked into by any sex researchers out there - as well as those interested in 'paraphilias' and 'pathological' sexuality. I am not in any way trying to suggest that BDSM is equivalent to rape - I don't see how it can be - but understanding this letter writer's story might help scholars begin to understand how pathologies in extreme cases can develop.