Patrick has seen some Movies

So, Patrick Popehat – the Federalist pseudonym of Popehat’s pseudonymous Patrick Non-White – is a shockingly bad movie critic. Either that or he’s having us on. Looking for something else I wanted to blog about on The Federalist, I stumbled across his pretty inexcusably terrible The Eight Most Conservative Horror Films Of All Time. On…

Ken White on GamerGate: a graze, maybe

Ken White has posted a pretty cogent series of ten rants about GamerGate over at Popehat, partly in response to excesses in the comments section of Clark’s epic GamerGate post a few days earlier. On the whole, it’s all right on point. Unfortunately, as per usual with Ken, it’s marred by a bit of underhandedness…

The Toxic Tweet

So, thanks to #GamerGate (thanks, #GamerGate!), everyone on the internet has heard of Anita Sarkeesian by now. Yesterday, in response to the latest high school shooting, she tweeted this: We need to seriously address connections between violence, sexism and toxic ideas of manhood before boys and men commit more mass shootings. Naturally, a lot of…

Good Naked and Bad Naked BRAINS

Are we allowed to talk about innate cognitive gender differences yet? The reason I ask is that Lisa Kudrow thinks gay men have biologically superior brains to everyone else. She thinks this becuse her extensive experience as a neuroscientist showed her convincing proof that they have denser corpus callosums(eses) than straight men, and also, to…

Tempest in a Mole’s Teapot on a Mountain

The political smoking gun of the week is the revelation that The Hitching Post edited its website and reincorporated as a religious entity in order to bolster its attempt to circumvent a local anti-discrimination ordinance. In case you’ve missed it, The Hitching Post is a for-profit wedding chapel somewhere in Idaho that doesn’t want to…

Conservative is a bool, Liberal is a Scalar

Perhaps you have heard of the Pew Reserch Center’s recently-released study on political polarization and media habits. It’s been making the rounds. There’s a lot in there that’s interesting, but here’s the part that caught my eye: Liberals are simultaneously (a) more likely to unfriend people on Facebook for disagreeing with them and (b) more…

Driving over the Point with a Tank and then Beating it to Death with a Shovel doesn’t actually Change the Point

One of the most breathtakingly disingenous readings of someone’s (legitimate) analogy I have ever seen is here – in an article called Libertarian Group’s Advice on how to Avoid Rape: not Dressing Slutty is ‘Risk Mitigation’. Actually, the whole article is a drive-by. The Facebook post it’s responding to‘s actual point is that most people…

Clever Grouping in Python

Sometimes when you run across clever code, you just wanna tell someone about it. I spent about 5min. today trying to figure out the grouper function from the Python itertools recipes – because I needed to do something where I split a string, group the resulting list into pairs, and then build a dict from…

When Slut-Shaming Isn’t (Slut-Shaming)

I only recently found out about #GamerGate. Apparently, it’s a controversy in the online gaming world stemming from a series-long blogpost by Erin Gjoni alleging (complete with a creepy evidence in the form of screencapped chat logs and even videos of chat logs) that his girlfriend game designer Zoe Quinn had cheated on him with…

Atheism is not a Faith, Even if you Quote William James

The Atlantic has an article called Irrational Atheism by a Good Atheist arguing that atheist "belief" can be irrational, and that that’s OK. Technically, I suppose that’s right. "Atheism" just means that you lack any theistic beliefs, and you could do that for any reason, including that you just don’t want to believe in the…