“I’m making this slightly theoretical point because it helps to explain why I don’t agree with Sherryl Kleinman’s suggestion that women who use terms like ‘guys’ and ‘dude’ are trying to claim ‘honorary man’ status. Rather I agree with Scott Kiesling, who argues that women use ‘dude’ for the same reason men do: because they want to express cool solidarity—especially, the evidence suggests, with other women. Rather than displaying internalized sexism, they’re like the little girl who sometimes wants to play with toy cars rather than dolls. It’s not that she wants to be a boy, she just doesn’t see why girls shouldn’t play with cars.”
I just finished playing Firewatch. The story is good, well voice acted, and beautiful. It only takes about 3 or 4 hours to play it through.
There’s an extra money spinner that’s a bit silly that goes with the game – at a point early on you pick up a disposable camera with only a few of the snaps used up. You can take shots as you hike around the country side, and later have them printed for real. I really like the real world/game world bleed through.
They’re like some weird alternative life holiday snaps from when I was a park ranger for a summer.
Here’s mine. As with real life, I wish I’d taken more.
The mantises were then shuffled into a “3D insect cinema” and shown computer-generated images of different targets moving toward them. The results will help scientists get a better understanding in how 3D vision evolved!
I finished working for Code for America back in October, so I’m available for freelance work again. Drop me an email if you would like to chat!
“Dyed snail excremental that have been altered by a diet of colored paper. The snails are fed a strict regime of colored cellulose paper and because they cannot assimilate the paper’s pigments, their bodies reject the color of the ingested paper creating colored excitements. Applications include floor tiles and can be used for packaging.” (at Material ConneXion)
The story is told of a focus group for a new $100 electronic gadget. The response in the focus group was fabulous, people all talked about the features of the new device with excitement.
At the end of the session, the moderator said, “thanks for coming. As our gift to you, you can have your choice of the device or $25.”
Everyone took the cash.
I’ve been blogging over on my IoT site for the last couple of months. Reviews and tinkering with smart home stuff, just for fun.
Anyway, go read that to see what I’ve been up to lately: Sensors and Sensibility
If you track this process over a long enough time-period, you’ll find plenty of cases where a word’s meaning has shifted from negative to positive, or vice-versa. For instance, sophisticated was once an insult (meaning ‘dishonest, deceitful’), and complacent was once a compliment (meaning ‘pleasant, obliging’).
Could –ette be making the same kind of journey? It’s not inconceivable, but on balance I don’t think so. Present-day English speakers may not make the old connection with cheap imitation materials, because most of those words have fallen out of use. But –ette remains common in its diminutive sense, so there’s still a basis for younger speakers to deduce that female-referring terms of the form X + ette imply ‘little X’ as well as ‘female X’—and potentially to find that insulting, just as feminists of my generation did.