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"Women enjoy a good power fantasy now and again, just like men do. They want to cast spells, slay dragons, and kick ass. Generally speaking, most of them don't dream of doing this while wearing metal underpants. At that point, it's no longer her fantasy, but his - the guy standing behind her in the raid party."
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After reading this, I recommend listening to the actual recordings as part of this episode of This American Life: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/414/right-to-remain-silent
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Ugh, that's horrible. I can only irrationally hope that things change for the better sooner than later.
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Reminded today that if you have no problem with LBGTQ people, it's important to make that clear. You never know who might need to hear it.
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Didn't know you lectured on sexuality, Mark. Pretty neat. And yeah, that's what I was trying to get at here. I think a lot of people tend to assume everyone they meet is straight until corrected (I know I do; it's a bad habit) and that can lead to us acting in ways that, to put it mildly, can lead LGBTQ people to feel unwelcome and unaccepted. That's why I don't think it's enough to merely not have a problem with them; you have to be very clear about showing it.
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First post on +MacStories: my thoughts on the ethics of Apple working with abusive Chinese suppliers.
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The challenges of outsourcing and building a brand known for customer service like Apple. http://helpdeskguides.com/outsource-help-desk/
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Reading articles like this latest New York Times piece I have to wonder: is there any reason why Apple can't use its cash to improve things? Their cash hoard is so big ($100B) and their margins so high that it seems they could easily afford to pay workers more, ensure safe working conditions, and still make plenty of money to fuel future innovation without changing their prices. Is there anything stopping them? And don't say greed. Apple would not have changed the world the way they have (and they have) if their first and foremost goal was to make money.

So I'm asking seriously. Is it just impossible with China abusing their population like this? Would making things so much better in their contractors' factories make things worse for those who aren't lucky enough to work there? Destabilize the region somehow? Is there anything at all holding them back from doing all they can to make things better as quickly as possible?
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Right on, James. Some would complain if Apple raised their prices, but some of us would be glad to pay more if we knew they were going towards more ethically-produced produced products.
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Interesting if true. (Via +Brandon Kurohara)
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Why was MegaUpload really shut down?

In December of 2011, just weeks before the takedown, Digital Music News reported on something new that the creators of #Megaupload were about to unroll. Something that would rock the music industry to its core. (http://goo.gl/A7wUZ)

I present to you... MegaBox. MegaBox was going to be an alternative music store that was entirely cloud-based and offered artists a better money-making opportunity than they would get with any record label.

"UMG knows that we are going to compete with them via our own music venture called Megabox.com, a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings," MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz told Torrentfreak

Not only did they plan on allowing artists to keep 90% of their earnings on songs that they sold, they wanted to pay them for songs they let users download for free.

"We have a solution called the Megakey that will allow artists to earn income from users who download music for free," Dotcom outlined. "Yes that's right, we will pay artists even for free downloads. The Megakey business model has been tested with over a million users and it works."
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Great post from +Skepchick - a must-read for any mansplainers out there...
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A long, painful, but important read.
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tl;dr: Webcomics as iBooks files look very promising. Readers are excited about the idea, I want to produce more work this way if I can afford it.

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It's been a few days since I put my iBooks comic experiment up and it's been a lot more popular than expected. I'm honestly not sure how many times it's been downloaded. My own server is reporting almost 8,000 downloads but that doesn't take into account the first burst which I had hosted on my Dropbox. (It was enough to get the public folder shut off... not sure I was supposed to use it that way. Sorry, Dropbox!)

I think it would be safe to say at least 10,000 people grabbed the file. Not bad for a file created by software which has only been out for a week on a single platform!

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The responses so far have been overwhelmingly positive. Since getting covered by a lot of Apple news sites, I've gotten a lot of email and comments from people who'd either never heard of me or had forgotten I existed. That's awesome. What's also great is the general sentiment of regular readers towards this format: My theory that there is a class of webcomics reader who would prefer to read in large chunks and, even better, would be willing to spend a little money on it seems to be true.

The negatives are mostly logistical. Time and money.

One downside has been bandwidth. I am really spoiled when it comes to bandwidth. My comics are generally 8-10k each. That's easily about 10% the size of a normal webcomic. (Geek fact: It's all about how PNG compresses straight horizontal bands of color.) This first monthly collection experiment wound up being about 2.7 megs. Once you factor in the HTML and other graphics that come with each page view on my site, it probably winds up being about the same bandwidth- except I haven't served any ads or showed a reader any of my merchandise.

The bandwidth downside could be mitigated by selling the monthly books and/or accepting donations for free downloads, but selling via the iBookstore would require me to purchase ISBNs for every issue and submitting the books for review. I don't like the idea of readers being geographically or economically restricted from downloading my comics, so

The other issue I have is with how iBooks Author formats PDF files. They seem perfectly readable and complete, but are muddled by branding that is not present in the iBooks file. I completely understand why Apple would do this with a free tool, but it's not acceptable to me as publisher. (What's funny is you COULD argue that this branding layer is present in the iBooks version... it's just physical in nature and called an iPad.) I'd most likely wind up laying out my books a second time in Indesign to generate PDFs in order to get the degree of control I require. That's not a complaint, says the guy who hand-kerns pixel text.

However I progress with this, please know that there will always be DRM-free, easily swappable versions of all Diesel Sweeties electronic books as long as I can do so. While I can understand being a bit more draconian with work meant to be sold as a graphic novel, I feel that to lock down a free-to-air webcomic would go against all the good vibes we try to generate in our field.

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It's safe to say that this experiment is going to continue, somehow. I'd like the next monthly book to be a little more technically sophisticated and will probably try a combination free/paid model to help pay for it. Is this something a small company would sponsor?

I'd also like to seriously investigate using a combination iBooks/PDF strategy to put out a comprehensive, edited, story-sorted, premium version of all my work to date once I hit comic #3,000 next month. I just need to figure out a way to finance a couple hundred hours of work to produce the big book. Three thousand comics is not only a three thousand page book- it's potentially four to five times that much once you factor in commentary, collected storylines, character arcs and other features. That would freak me out, but I guess I have been doing this almost every day for more than ten years.
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Why beans made me cry in my car today

I understand the definition of a recession and all that. I get the macro economics, but for most people, the economy can be measured by what food they can buy. I just got back from the grocery store and let me tell you, the State of the Union sucks ass.

I've been reducing meat and dairy in our household for my husband's health concerns. We've switched to using beans and lentils and rice as a base for out diet. When I first started doing this, about a year ago, the canned and dried bean part of the aisles were deserted. The shelves were always full, but not many were buying. It's been slowly changing, but what I saw today left me deeply worried. The canned beans were almost gone from the shelves. The aisle was crowded with people eying over the beans, hesitating, and then grabbing cans to put into their nearly empty cart. Same thing with the dried beans.

One younger lady looked so lost, staring and staring at the cans and bags, that I asked her if she was a fan of beans (ice breaker). She wasn't. Had not much idea what to do with them. But money was so tight and the costs of all staples and gas and utilities had left them with $20 to spend for food for the week.

I told her, "We can do this. I can show you what to buy and give you some ideas on how to make it. Very simple and you'll enjoy your meals." And that's what I did. Dried beans, split peas, lentils went into her bag. Bullion cubes. (Don't judge) Garlic bulbs. Rice. A few cans of vegetables. Potatoes and that was it. She had some staples like salt and oil at home so that was good. While I was talking to her, showing her what to buy and writing down a few recipes on the back of a scrap of paper I had in my pocket, I noticed others listening in. As soon as she was on her way, they were asking me if I could help them, too.

I looked at 3 ladies and 1 guy, standing there, looking ashamed. Fucking ashamed. And I was very, very angry. Yeah, this is how it is, now. A very old lady that was looking at the dried peas turned around and said she'd help the guy if I would help the women. So that's what we did.

You know, I'm freaking sick of 'finding' $20 bills that fell out of people's pockets in the grocery line because I know they need a few bucks and probably wouldn't accept it any other way. I'm tired of dropping off food at the food shelf and seeing almost bare shelves and desperate volunteers.

It's a campaign season so I understand that candidates and Parties need to position themselves, but damn it, the economy freaking sucks for huge numbers of us. Those running for office should all be forced to hang out at a grocery store for a few days and then they can talk about the state of the economy and what they propose to do. They should be forced to feed their family on $20 bucks and ask a stranger how to cook some freaking beans because that's how your personal economy is doing.

So yeah. I sat in my car and cried. And if you were there, and you had any kind of humanity left in you, you'd have cried with me.
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