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International Women’s Day 2017

We’ve had some of our most success, interaction, and made the most friends through being feminists. Which is interesting, I suppose, since many people have an opposite experience on the Internet.

Regardless, happy International Women’s Day!

In case you weren’t aware, the old Feminist Friday posts that we were a part of aren’t dead yet, and you can find them going on on Part-Time Monster:

In the past, I’ve talked a bit more about that project and the original e-book that came out of it:

The e-book is no longer on Amazon, I don’t think, but is still up on Smashwords. I don’t think any later ones were ever pulled together, which is too bad, but perhaps we’ll all get together and do more with it. I know I have other plans for projects like this, expect more on that soon!

For now, what would you like to see coming out of Feminist Fridays? Let me know in the comments below!

Weekend Coffee Share – Presidential Edition

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we’ve spent most of the week sick. This has made everything take longer, like blog posts, or ya know, life. #SickGate

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But that means, not your standard sort of coffee post this week. Instead of talking about us, let’s talk the world a bit more.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I saw something ridiculous this week in the news. John McAfee is running for president.

This told me a lot of things. First, it told me there’s a person with the name McAfee responsible for the antivirus software. Second, it explains a lot about the antivirus that acts like a virus to me: it’s about building up name recognition, so he could run for president one day. The antivirus that tries to sneak onto your computer along with other software downloads, and that is almost impossible to remove? Yeah, we know which one that is.

Third, it tells me that people with no chance of actually winning are running for president. Because of the reasons given above about his software…

And fourth, it tells me that it’s just a year for running if you have issues to talk about.

If we were having coffee, I would mention that I was a political science minor in college. Well, more political theory. Which has made this a fascinating year so far for me to watch.

I would mention that we don’t talk politics much on Comparative Geeks (or our Facebooks, for that matter). We like to approach these issues from non-standard angles, instead. Like our Science Fiction Today posts – today’s issues through the lens of tomorrow. Indeed, Science Fiction Today was my original idea for a blog.

But next year’s presidential election is just too soon for a science fiction sort of approach. Um… Woman President? Laura Roslin and Battlestar Galactica? Yeah, that’s what I’ve got.

I’m sure we’ll hear lines about how we’re at “the point in history” when a woman president is inevitable. Well, maybe. When as many men as have come out to oppose her, well… what it means for one thing that the opposition is going to splinter, making her win almost inevitable. Especially if one runs outside of a party – someone like Trump? He does seem to almost be actively working towards something like a Hillary presidency…

Given enough cofee, I could rule the world!

If we were having coffee, I would say that all of the stuff about an election 14 months out is pure speculation. There are other things to talk about at this point.

Because if it’s a year for issues, for running to talk about things (if the results really seem so inevitable?), then I have a couple of questions for you, my coffee friend.

First, what if a blogger ran for president? Someone who was all over social media, and had multiple ways you could contact them. Ways you could talk to and debate them. Engage with them. Ways that you could get to know a presidential candidate.

Second, would you write-in vote for a blogger candidate? Or would they need to legitimately be on the ticket?

Third, what would you want to see in a blogger candidate? I’ll leave that open-ended for your input.

And fourth, would you contribute at all to a blogger’s campaign?

I am really interested in everyone’s thoughts, so let me know in the comments below! I leave this open as a discussion to our overseas friends as well – I’d be interested in your input, either on the US side or in your own country! And don’t forget the linkup over on Part-Time Monster!

A to Z Challenge Reflection 2015


This was our second year doing the A to Z Challenge. Last year, it easily worked within our existing posting schedule, as we were posting like that already – a post a day, 6 days a week. Since then, we decreased our schedule – we post now Monday-Thursday, with a shorter “fun” post on Friday. We’re back to that schedule now – but it meant more writing for us in April!

We also successfully wrote all of the posts in advance (of their posting date at least), and that was really nice. We might just try to keep that up… we’ll see how that goes.

Last year we went with one of our existing themes – Character Studies. That was a lot of fun, and got people talking. This year was also an existing theme, Science Fiction Today – and it got people talking in a whole different way. There were some really great examples people gave, and some really great, heavy-duty discussions. If you are interested in science fiction, politics, or the idea of the world as a better place… check out the posts you haven’t read from our challenge this year! Oh, and definitely also the comments.

One thing I learned this year is that the first few days are the biggest. I wrote the first post for Sourcerer, and it was huge – as was the “B” post the next day. I recently got more likes for that one, it just keeps going! The “A” post here was an intimidating topic, so hopefully we didn’t scare too many people away. However, it also showed that we weren’t shying away from topics… and hopefully it was well done. People seemed to react positively to it, and had some good ideas in the comments.

Speaking of us doing guest posts, though, we did! Holly and I did guest A to Z posts on Sourcerer and Part-Time Monster, so we did more than the 13 apiece here! Here’s links to all our guest posts from the challenge:

Met some great bloggers along the way, I’m thinking we may need to share them sometime in the coming months through some awards that we have pending to receive! However, I would say that more than meeting new people, we’ve deepened the bond with a number of closer blogging friends, nearly all of whom did A to Z this year – and we were running into each other all over the Internet for a month! Hi, all! *waves*

Oh, and one last thing… if you’re looking for more A to Z fun, check out the party over on Victim to Charm… the idea is, people shared their favorite posts from the challenge – lots of posts to check out in the comments there!

Why I Loved Listen (Doctor Who Series 8)

While we don’t necessarily review every episode of Doctor Who, we definitely write about it a lot. There’s lots of reviews going on out there right now – say, on Sourcerer and Part Time Monster, to name a couple in our local blogosphere!

So while I loved the most recent episode, Listen, I don’t want to just do an episode review. I want to look at a few of the specific reasons why I personally liked this episode. Then it’s just opinions! And you can agree or disagree as you like.

I think this is easily the best episode of this season, and last. The best of Capaldi. Some of the best from Moffat. And most importantly, it’s the best of Clara, something that in particular has been lacking. It also had some aesthetic ties to one of my favorite things, which gave me chills… but we’ll get there! SPOILERS!

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Not Everyone’s a Dick All the Time

And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, one girl sitting on her own in a small cafe in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.

-Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy

A couple weeks ago I read an article from The Mary Sue discussing the fact that cultures of harassment can be changed. The article was a quick reflection on a larger article from Wired magazine about Curbing Online Abuse, and discussing how some of the same ideas can apply to harassment at San Diego Comic Con. I have been wanting to write an article about the findings from the Wired article for a while, but just had not gotten around to it. With the occurrences of Saturday and the #yesallwomen movement, it seemed like a great time to discuss my reactions to this article and what it means for online harassment.

The study mentioned in the Wired article displayed some interesting statistics. Now they did not mention any specifics about the behavior that they considered negative, so it is not necessarily just abuse targeted at women. In some ways this makes sense because we should not just focus on ending abusive behavior towards women, but all abusive behavior. The most important take away is the fact that abusive behavior is not just isolated to a small number of players who are always abusive. The truth is that a large portion of abusive behavior is done by players who normally do not act that way, but something sets them off, which sets someone else off, and so on and so forth. This means it is not just about taking care of those people that are always abusive, but changing the culture of the community as a whole.  Continue reading