Now have an iPad I can carry in my little purse.

A camel colored small over the shoulder handbag decorated with pins.

Essays I’d like to write: how the American Cancer Society exploits respectabllity politics in Second Life to get millions in free labor for Relay for Life.

Ethical Web Principles

Header of the page for the W3C TAG Ethical Web Principles

The web should also support human rights, dignity and personal agency. We need to put internationally recognized human rights at the core of the web platform. And we need to promote ethical thinking across the web industry to reinforce this approach.

I think these principles are a great start, but they should also emphasize preventing harm to Black and other marginalized and colonized peoples for who this technology can be both liberating and weaponized against.

Read the rest: W3C TAG Ethical Web Principles.

Seen on a warning label:

This AI not to be used for fabricating paper clips.

Context is fighting a Von Neumann catastrophe.

Building on an idea proposed by Mike Hoye, I think making Tom Waits the default voice for “AI” assistants would improve things immensely.

Tom Waits judging your request to play REO Speedwagon Photo by Jesse Dylan


At the outset, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that whether or not Planned Parenthood had its roots in anti-Blackness is irrelevant in a discussion of the services that Planned Parenthood provides in 2015, ranging from abortion care to prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, to Pap smears and other forms of cancer screening. The United States is rooted in anti-Blackness. Anti-Blackness was built into the U.S. Constitution by this country’s Founding Fathers. Nearly every major corporation that exists today was either founded by racists, employed racists, built their business on anti-Blackness and slavery, or all of the above. Any argument that Black women in America should disavow Planned Parenthood because of some history of anti-Blackness would necessarily require that Black women disavow the very country in which we live.… (emphasis added)

Hopepunk at WisCon 43


Discussed at the Hopepunk panel at WisCon 43, Madison, WI, US May 25th 2019

If you collected this, LMK so I can properly credit you.

Novellas and Novels

  • Witchmark - C. L. Polk
  • And the Lamb Shall Devour the Lion - Margaret Killjoy
  • Bannerless and The Wild Dead - Carrie Vaughn
  • Finders - Melissa Scott
  • Ancestral Night - Elizabeth Bear
  • The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells
  • Uprooted - Namoi Novik
  • The City in the Middle of the Night - Charlie Jane Anders
  • Trail of Lightning - Rebecca Roanhorse

Short Fiction

  • “This Wine-Dark Feeling That Isn’t the Blues” - Jose Iraiarte (LIghtspeed)
  • “Anabasis” - Ama el-Mohtar (
  • “Sun, Moon, Dust” - Ursua Vernon (Uncanny)
  • “These Constellations Will Be Your” - Elaine Cuyegkeng (Strange Horizons)
  • “Krace is Not a Highway” - Scott Vanyur (Strange Horizons)
  • “Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics” - Jess Barber and Sara Saab (Clarksworld)
  • “A Series of Steaks” - Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld)
  • “The Influence of the Iron Range” - Marissa Lingen (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  • “Four-Point Affective Calibration” - Bogi Takacs (Lightspeed)
  • “Light, Like a Candle Flame” - Iona Sharma (Strange Horizons)
  • “The Message” - Vanessa Fogg (The Future Fire)
  • “Ghost of Bari” - Wren Wallis (Shimmer)
  • “The Dead in their Uncontrollable Power” - Karen Osborne (Uncanny)
  • “When Leopard’s Bane Came to the Door of Third Heaven” - Varja Chandrasekera (Liminal)
  • “When We Were Starless” - Simone Heller (Clarkesworld)
  • They Will Dream in the Garden” - Gabriela Damián Miravete, translated by Adrian Demopulos (Latin American Literature Today)


  • “17776: What football will look like in the future” - Jon Bois (SB Nation)