Awful Gays vs. Awful Nerds

Isaac and I were chatting about our respective subcultures, geeks and gays*, and we noted that both groups have a bad reputation in certain quarters. In both cases, the bad reputation stems from a tiny minority who take some parts of the lifestyle** to unnecessary and irritating extremes, while neglecting some of the better parts. I call the homosexual variant of this breed "awful gays" (a term borrowed from Matt Lock), so we decided to call the other side awful nerds. Twenty minutes in a Google spreadsheet later, we had hammered out a pretty good list of direct and indirect parallels between these two aggravating groups. If a couple of these sound like you, don't worry: we all have a little awful inside of us. But if all of these sound like you, you should probably take action, preferably something that involves me never meeting you. .awful td { padding: 0.2em 0.5em; background-color: #fefefe; } .awful thead td { font-weight: bold; border-bottom: 1px solid black; } .awful tbody td { border-bottom: 1px...
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On Network Neutrality

The Wall Street Journal sparked new interest in the issue of network neutrality when it published an article claiming Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and others have quietly removed their support for net neutrality. They also claimed that famed techno-political activist Lawrence Lessig had changed his stance; he, however, says his position has always been as they described, and it's not changed recently. So I feel I should lay out my position. The basic question in network neutrality is: should content providers be able to pay more to guarantee faster delivery of their content? For instance, Google's plan is to pay AT&T, Comcast and others to put servers actually inside their networks, thus delivering content faster. This sounds pretty innocuous, right? The market will solve, and better content providers will have the money to pay for better service. Everybody wins! Pay for play Except that the flip side of the question is: should Internet access providers be able to charge content providers for delivery of...
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Lily Allen - Womanizer

Yes, this is Lily Allen covering Britney spears. Genius.
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My favourite tweets of 2008

It's the end of the year, so it's time for some zero-effort, phone-it-in "best of 2008" posts. This is the first. I'm not a heavy user of the "favourites" (or, for Americans who can't spell, "favorites") feature of Twitter, but occasionally my followees make me laugh out loud. Given the total irony failure that is The Shorty Awards, I feel it's well within the bounds of good taste to publish my own personal list of best tweets for 2008, so here they are, in no particular order: #twtFavs { font-size: 110%; } #twtFavs .twticon { width: 30px; position: absolute; left: 0px; } #twtFavs li { position: relative; padding-left: 35px; margin-bottom: 0.7em; list-style-type: none; min-height: 1.5em; } #twtFavs .twtpermalink { font-size: 85%; } @chromatic: Heated leather seats rule. It's like sitting on someone's face in a crisp alpine meadow. # @highindustrial: Don't judge Madonna's lifestyle choices until you've walked a mile in her vagina. No, seriously: four laps around that thing equals...
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This blog in review, 2008

In 2007's review I decided to do more in-depth, thinking pieces, and I largely succeeded. My year was dominated by the election of our new messiah and your personal flying unicorn, saint Barack of Obama, but I got a bunch of tech stuff in there as well. I also quietly relaunched the Gay Geeks site, which is beginning to pick up steam. January I resolved to never go out in the Castro again (I broke this several times) I explained why Obama is the technology candidate, and went into more detail later in the year. And attempted to persuade former supporters of John Edwards to support Obama when Edwards dropped out. (Edwards would later implode spectacularly in a sex scandal) February The first genuine news broke of a Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo, and I was less than pleased. The acquisition talks went on for ever and ever and it still seems like some sort of deal is inevitable. Meanwhile, Yahoo! floundered around shedding billions in market capitalization and our CEO, the all-around nice guy Jerry...
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