Ramblings about having a mixed-race kid, part 4
Don't get me wrong. I think multiracial people probably do lubricate a bit of friction here and there. Here in Korea, there is a very clear and black-and-white meaning behind the word "foreigner" (외국인) and my kid and others like her will probably help to make that word a little more grey in people's minds. It's a positive thing, if very small.
I don't believe mixed-race people will put an end to racism in the world, though.
If there's one thing in this world that will put an end to racism (and I am an optimistic person by nature), it's education. Teaching people about the world and about humanity and about logic and fairness will do a lot more than hordes of beige people ever will, I surmise.
Hope she has a good life, anyway.
Ramblings about having a mixed-race kid, part 3
But I'm really not convinced having everyone mixed together will accomplish that. Imagine a new race of multiracial beige people comes to fruition: won't beige people just become the new privileged race? And everyone who's not beige ends up marginalized much like people of colour today?
Even if we somehow got to point where everyone is somehow exactly the same shade, surely we'd still have people looking eyes or different looking mouths or different looking whatevers, or originating from one part of the world or another, and ancestry-based and appearance-based discrimination continue on exactly as they have.
Ramblings about having a mixed-race kid, part 2
I never really understood the dream of having everyone look the same. Personally I think it's kind of fun that everybody looks different. Some people are dark, some people are light, some people are tall, some people are short, etc. It adds a bit of variety to your day seeing a variety of people I guess, haha.
I understand that historically this has caused a lot of problems, though. People have excluded and discriminated and done all sorts of terrible things to people who look different, so I can understand that if we could end racism by making everyone look the same, it would be worthy tradeoff.
Ramblings about having a mixed-race kid, part 1
My daughter is mixed. I'm white (Northern European ancestry) and my wife is Korean. One thing that's surprised me is a few friends/family have told us how "great" it is to have a mixed baby. They go on about how they hope that the human race all gets mixed together and how it will end racism and that. There are a couple things that bother me about this.
First I find it kind of funny because neither my wife nor I put that much thought into it. In spite of my profile picture and my wife, I'm not really "into" Asian women. Not that there's anything wrong with Asian women, but they're not particularly my type and I'd never dated any before. Similarly, my wife has never really been into white guys. She'd only ever dated Korean guys before and generally finds them more attractive.
But, you know, life happens, love happens. We're happy together, so went with it and got married and had a kid. Continued....
You know that saying that the definition of "insanity" is doing the same thing and expecting a different result? Isn't that also the definition of "practice"?
I had this thought watching my 3 month-old. Every day she tries to crawl, roll over, sit up, etc. Every day she fails miserably, gets frustrated and starts crying. We (adults) all know that one day she'll stumble upon success, but she doesn't know that. She just really wants to crawl, and the only thing she can do is try the same thing over and over again and hope for a better result miraculously. Is she insane? (Maybe)
Obviously sometimes the best response to failure is trying a different tack, which is what the original quotation is getting at. Sometimes, though, the best thing is to just do the same thing again, fail again, and become more practised.
Does anyone know the status of federation on #Plume?
The official account used to be federated, but now it isn't? (Or at least, I can't seem to follow it any more from Mastodon?)
Also, is there an official account to follow for Plume any more?
Researchers: Anonymized data does little to protect user privacy - https://thenextweb.com/insider/2019/07/30/anonymized-data-does-little-to-protect-privacy/
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♲ @email@example.com: I received a "thanks for your open source projects" email this week! 😀
I receive these once every year or two, and they're lovely. If you have really benefited from an open source library or tool, telling them can brighten up the author's day!
Had to unsubscribe from /r/linuxquestions. I feel bad because there are some legitimately decent people with real questions on there. The "Tell me what X to use. And don't suggest Y or Z! Everyone's been telling me to use Y or Z but I don't like them. I will NOT tell you why I don't like them, what I'm actually trying to accomplish, or what I'm actually looking for" questions were dragging on me for too long.
In most contexts, I like to fancy myself a pretty competent coder.
When I'm working in Haskell, though, all I can imagine is the Haskell community laughing at me. "Oh my god, can you believe he's using monads and explicit recursion in his functions? He hasn't even abstracted it to G-gormands with the hyper-star biffle exclusion operator." Sometimes I feel like the average Haskell programmer has like 2 PhDs in category theory.
Still a very nice language for a lot of things, though.
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