Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names

kalzumeus.com

It is wild that this piece is 12 years old and constantly gets more relevant with age. I do not get why everyone wants to constantly gate keep names, like you would know better than the one telling you their name.

Virtual Reality Is Sexist: But It Does Not Have to Be

frontiersin.org

Previously I have posted about danah boyd’s research on how hormones impact how your brain processes depth, but here is another study about how interpupillary distance, IPD, settings on VR headsets make it hard for people other than, for example, cisgender men to find a distance that works for them, leading to motion sickness. A while ago I tried to adjust my IPD but never found a setting that worked for me. It was either too close or too far, and the motion sickness remained.

look what you made me do: a lot of people have asked me to make NFT games and I won’t

medium.com

The amount of talk about the environmentally harmful and the further harming of people who struggle financially is mind blowing but Doc put it in words the crypto-bros will understand. If they ever take their fingers out of their ears and stop shouting “na na na na i cant hear you.”

Is the Oculus Rift sexist?

qz.com

danah boyd’s piece from 2014 has always been facinating to me, but relating it to my own experiences around transitioning and the ways that I have percevied depth just feels like a lot of gender validation for me :)

A Hacker Got All My Texts for $16

vice.com

This has long been true, but for some reason it still needs to be said: two-factor authentication over text message makes you less secure than not having it.

An overview of Polish nonbinary pronouns

zaimki.pl

I don’t know Polish but this is pretty fascinating about how the language handles pronouns.

The Business of Selling White Women the Righteousness of Their Own Anger

jezebel.com

This article is a beautiful takedown of the fake feminism people sell. Though, this article fails to mention anything at all about trans issues, who are also deeply effected by mobilized angry white women trying to destroy feminism.

Is Madeline Canonically Trans?

medium.com

Watching Maddy find themself has been a joy, and reading about how Celeste developed with them is great.

A Spooky Adventure at Next.js Conf

netlify.com

Cassidy had an excellent talk today about building an adventure game with NextJS, which is definitely in my interests because I’ve been building my own visual novel in NextJS over the last few months.

Fall Guys Secrets - A Super Serious Lore Interview

thegamer.com

The lore behind Fall Guys is as adorable as the little beans. That said, I can’t wait for those eggs to hatch 👀

Why I Actively Discourage Online Tooling like `jwt.io` and Online JSON Validators

jvt.me

I’ve seen people at every place I’ve worked just… share things like this with any webpage with a text input box and it’s never set right with me. It’s such an easy way to social engineer your way in to free personal identifiable information.

Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Software Skills

ncsu.edu

I can’t believe it took a study for this to be apparent. I can’t control much of the flow of how job interviews work as an engineer, but I can try my best to make the other person comfortable and relaxed. That is always my goal during interviews. Anything that might make them nervous or anxious I specifically avoid.

Video Games Have To Reckon With How They Depict The Police

kotaku.com

Don’t trust anyone who wants to depict pigs as anything other than violent and bigoted. Not Spider-man. Not Andy Griffith. No one gets to ignore this.

‘Neopets’: Inside Look at Early 2000s Internet Girl Culture

variety.com

As a girl who learned web development on Neopets, this is very much true and close to my heart.

Disability is not good for Facebook says: ‘Facebook’.

abilityaccess.blog

The audio clip on the article is HORRIFYING. Seems TikTok is not alone in their actions.

TikTok Admits It Suppressed Videos by Disabled, Queer, and Fat Creators

slate.com

While we’re criticizing TikTok for hiding “ugly” and “poor” people from their platform, they have also admitted to discrimination of other protected groups.

TikTok Told Moderators: Suppress Posts by the “Ugly” and Poor

theintercept.com

Earlier today it was falsely going around that TikTok was banning Black Lives Matter from their platform. Let’s take a look at which groups they are actually preventing from using their platform.

LumaFusion

luma-touch.com

I’ve been looking at this app for a while, but it really feels like the closest thing to Final Cut Pro on the iPad (or iPhone?) I was able to take a hour long video and chop it up almost instantly.

My name is only real enough to work at Facebook, not to use on the site

medium.com

This post is nearly five years old and yet still as relevant as ever, as Facebook still does not like that queer people use their website. This doesn’t stop fake accounts or harassment, obviously. The alt-right trolls still attack people daily and use the site to plan attacks on innocent people.

~80% of Steam games earn under $5K in first two weeks

arstechnica.com

It also appears no one makes a living on Steam, a platform built upon a race to the bottom of sales.

No one makes a living on Patreon

theoutline.com

Every once and a while Patreon doesn something bad and then I can’t help but remember this article from before The Outline laid everyone off recently.

No girls allowed

polygon.com

Tracey Lien’s 2013 piece for Polygon reminds us that Nintendo invented the myth that games are for boys.

App Developers at Glitch Vote To Form Union

cwa-union.org

Congratulations to the employees at Glitch! I hope to see this come to a company near me!

The Curious Worldview of Michael Schur's Television

substack.com

Grace Robertson digs in to why the politics and self-congratulatory nature of Michael Shur’s television shows trip him up and make for awkward television.

Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

pbs.org

A two hour documentary about the horrifying truth that is Amazon.

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