Trigger Warnings, Big Data, and Building a Better Search Engine

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There’s a lot of discussion these days about trigger warnings and how they should be handled. I don’t have any triggers, but I know some wonderful people who do. (Just like racism and homophobia, being a jerk can be cured by getting to know people.) I have a thought. A theory. A proposal, if you will. It’s about using technology to …

Princess Time 

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The above screenshot is from the January 2017 issue of National Geographic, which focused on gender. The page pictured asks, Is dressing up as princesses ‘a normal girlie-girl phase’ or does it encourage girls to define themselves based on appearance and passivity? I don’t know about other little girls, but the appeal of ‘Princess’, for me, included power. How quickly …

Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 13-15

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Gundam Wing Rewatch

Episode 13: Catherine’s Tears Zechs is conducting a test run of Tallgeese by having his men fire anti-aircraft missiles at him. He shoots them right out of the air. Tallgeese is fast and deadly. Elsewhere, possibly Somalia, a battle is taking place, led by two OZ officers known as Alex and Meuller. The former Alliance base they’re attacking surrenders, but they …

Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 10-12

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  Episode 10: Heero, Distracted by Defeat Recap With a title like that, you’d think the episode would be more… explodey. Treize and his people gather to debrief. Une does not like Zechs or Noin. She doesn’t like sharing Treize’s good opinion. She sees no reason for Treize to have to thank his own soldiers and that they are shameless in …

Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 7-9

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And now time for another gundam story hour (and a half)! Episode 7: Scenario for Bloodshed Recap I told you this was getting darker. This episode can be summed up as, “Heero screws up MAJORLY.” Treize has managed to spread a rumor all across the Earth Sphere that there’s going to be a big meeting of OZ officials. All those …

Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 4-6

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Still in fun intro times here. Let’s jump right in. Episode 4: The Victoria Nightmare Recap Lake Victoria is an Alliance training academy, as well as a mobile suit manufacturing base. Two hot targets in one. Wufei (05) heads straight for it. Zechs is tracking him, and makes plans to be there as well, though his new suit won’t be …

Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 1-3

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Let us commence with the rewatch! Episode 1: The Shooting Star She Saw Recap Five gundams descend to Earth. All land safely except for 01 (Heero) which is intercepted by OZ’s Lieutenant Zechs. The suit falls into the ocean and the pilot is presumed dead. Elsewhere, Relena and her father are returning from a trip to space, during which they …

Gundam Wing Rewatch: Prelude

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I’ve been wanting to rewatch all of Gundam Wing, an anime first released in 1995, for quite a while now. This show had a big impact on me when it aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. In fact, I wrote copious amounts of fanfiction about it. Almost two decades have passed since I first saw it and my friends and …

Rewatching the Wizard of Oz

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It seems like almost every book on writing craft makes at least one reference to The Wizard of Oz (the film, not the books), and it’s often a prominent example. I finally picked up Debra Dixon’s GOAL, MOTIVATION, CONFLICT, and she suggested a rewatch. This GMC is a concept I struggle with, I decided to take her up on it. [amazon …

Bridget Jones and Chick Lit

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Or rather, an ode to Bridget. BRIDGET JONES helped keep my sanity intact on a very long flight. (Johannesburg to JFK is about 17+ hours.) I had bought it and THE EDGE OF REASON at the airport and I’m so glad I did. Every minute accounting of fat cells lost and gained reflected the tedious hours in the air. I fell in …

Representation

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When I was a little girl, I looked for echoes of myself on television. I didn’t do this consciously, but looking back I can clearly identify what I was doing. Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers? I liked Gadget. Tail Spin? Rebecca. Rugrats? Lil. Batman? Harley Quinn. Pick a show with a mixed-sex cast and I went straight for the girl character. …

#PitchWars 2015 Mentee Bio

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(Is my hair straight? Have I got anything in my teeth? Is this thing on? It’s on. Crap.) Hello, Pitch Wars crew! All you amazing, lovely people making this contest possible. I’m a little terrified to be here but also ecstatic to try for a slot. A Little About Me… I am an introvert who forces herself to do extroverted …

On Jon Stewart’s Leaving

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Last night, on my way to watch the GOP debate (I’m a political junkie), I caught a snippet of Rachel Maddow. She was doing a segment on Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, talking about how culturally significant they’ve been. She said she believes they made the country better, and the news media better. http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_bstewart_150806 I don’t think it’s possible …