Angsting about CMS and Robotics

It’s “ethics week” in Petey and Mehitabel’s “Networked Cultures class” and I accidentally wrote 2.5 benkrafts on this prompt. I guess if you haven’t talked to me in a while, it’s a pretty good summary of my screaming for the last two years.

inb4 Ava gives me yet more grief for not using my insane fellowship money for just fucking off and actually just doing CMS full time, aka. “When was the last time you touched a robot?”

DQ1: Read deTar. Share an occasion where you have felt the terms of your professional or educational success were in conflict with your ethics. Can you apply this advice practically?

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Link Anthology

  1. “Death and Taxes” – Urayoan Noel
  2. “The Truth” – Tim Dlugos
  3. “Improvisation on Them” – Linda Susan Jackson
  4. “The Tree of Knowledge” – Shane McCrae
  5. “Letter to My Father” – Martin Espada
  6. “In Perpetual Spring” – Amy Gerstler
  7. “Carpet Bomb” – Kenyatta Rogers
  8. “Money” – Philip Larkin
  9. “Redacted from a Know-Your-Rights Training Agenda” – Cynthia Dewi Oka
  10. “Shards” – Aline Murray Kilmer
  11. “The semantics of flowers on Memorial Day” – Bob Hicok
  12. “On Swearing” – Gary Dop
  13. “Poem in Which I Only Use Vowels” – Paola Capó-Garcia
  14. “Questions” – Rachel Richardson
  15. “The Mortician in San Francisco” – Randall Mann
  16. “The Lyric in a Time of War” – Eloise Klein Healy
  17. “San Benito” – Chip Livingston
  18. “A Display of Mackerel” – Mark Doty
  19. “Study Guide of the Naturalization of the Mouth”- Maryam Ivette Parhizkar
  20. “Kissing My Father” – Joseph O. Legaspi
  21. “Introduction to Mycology” – Chelsea Rathburn
  22. “Why Bother?” – Sean Thomas Doughtery
  23. “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” – Mohja Kahf
  24. “The S in ‘I Loves You, Porgy'” – Nabila Lovelace
  25. “The God Who Loves You” – Carl Dennis
  26. “José Dominguez, the First Latino in Outer Space” – Dan Vera
  27. “Lemon and Cedar” – Melissa Stein
  28. “Some Interpersonal Verbs, Conjugated by Gender” – Alexandra Petri
  29. “The Prophetess Sojourner Truth Discusses the Two Different Versions of Her Most Well-Known Speech, One Nearly Unknown and One Very Beloved Yet Mostly Untrue” – Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  30. “Field of Skulls” – Mary Karr
  31. “She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  32. “The Loneliness of the Military Historian” – Margaret Atwood
  33. “Losses” – Andrew Motion

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Necropost: Truly Marvelous Posts

I originally put the last post into a private category, which led me to look at the other private posts about gender and religion I had that were referred to in this post. As stated nearly 3 years ago,

Maybe someday, if I become more comfortable with these topics, they will become password protected posts, but that day is not today.

Well, surprisingly, that day is today. I’ve changed a lot in the last 3 years, and while these views aren’t really accurate to my current state of mind, the stories definitely are and I’d like them to be shared. As stated in my religion post:

Perhaps I send things to litchin@ in the vain hope that if more people know my stories, they won’t all die with me. Or at least Google will hold them in their musty-server-rack-in-the-cloud/butt

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Link Roundup

4/30
“Electric Feel (Justice Remix)” – MGMT – h/t sadun – what a jammin banger tbh (although it really sounds like “electric eel” now though

5/3
“Lovely Day” – Alt-J – I’m honestly just so happy that it’s summer

“Boots” – Kesha – h/t sadun from a Discord party.

5/9
“Evelyn” – Kim Tillman and Silent Films – h/t cesium. Song grew on me really quickly. Fan of the chugga chugga rhythm and the Prufrock

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Necropost: “Rape Fantasies” – Margaret Atwood

This post is mainly a response to the really oddly high amount of traffic that one of my early posts “‘Rape Fantasies’ — Margaret Atwood” gets. It’s been almost 4 years since I wrote the original post — it’s so rambly now and badly written that I feel a little embarrassed that it gets such high traffic. I figure now is a good time to write about it again with a newer perspective.

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CMS Snippets

“Do you just… apply theory to everything?” – Eurah Hashtags are really just human classification of metadata – information which is traditionally used by computers to classify data. Does this mean that there’s this strange human-computer collaboration / hybrid happening? Given the NSA disclosure that they were snooping on conversations but “it’s ok since it’s […]

Observe: Homecoming

In April 2017, I was invited to give a brief talk at the Georgia FIRST Robotics Super-Regional thanks to Jeopardy fame. Of course, I went, because free trip home and I was also very curious how my team was doing 4 years after I had left. The Super-Regional was at UGA, which I had been to before over the summer, but not during the school year, so that was an interesting experience as well.

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