I am Tyler, a Mathematics PhD student. This blog will have a little to do with that subject, something to do with my acquaintances, and everything to do with my opinions. I harbor no delusions of great social insight; I just want to share what goes on in my mind from time to time. Enjoy.

21st March 2014

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Charts Only People Who Live In Westeros Will Understand.

This is the best post in the whole world.

i agree with everything

this post is perfect

Source: buzzfeed

3rd January 2014

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Can’t say she’s my favorite orator, but I sure am glad somebody’s bringing these topics up about interactive media. I love the industry, but I’ve often been frustrated by a lot of the things she brings up (especially “put a bow on it” and other lazy gender identifiers).

The rest of her series is pretty spot on as well and it’s not all games. Her site did a good one on Legos.

So glad this exists.

3rd January 2014

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The basic plot, which cannot be ignored even in the films, is that Harry, Hermione and Ron give up everything for their political struggle. They drop out of high school, they go illegal, defy the government, belong to an underground organization [The Order of the Phoenix], operate out of safe houses and forests and even raid offices of the government and banking offices. This is all done in principled opposition to the Dark Wizard Voldemort and a corrupt bureaucratized government that has been heavily infiltrated with his evil minions. This is revolutionary activity. But the movie version does not present it as such or emphasize these radical aspects of the plot, thereby entirely missing the dramatic sweep and action present in the first half of the last novel.

The novels recognize the importance of alternative media for political struggle. The mainstream press [The Daily Prophet] is shown as unreliable and unprincipled, eventually deteriorating into a fear-mongering propaganda machine for the Voldemort-controlled bureaucracy. For a while the alternative but above ground media [The Quibbler] publishes the real news, but it ceases to print after the daughter of the publisher is kidnapped. In the book, friends of Harry [Lee Jordan, with Fred and George Weasley as frequent guests] start broadcasting the real news from an underground radio station, encrypted with a password. This radio station becomes a critical link for the resistance, which is scattered and weak. Although we are treated to some radio broadcast updates in the movie, they are delivered by a disembodied and professional sounding voice, not our friends the Weasleys. This undermines the important message - a guiding principle behind the media coop - that in a serious situation it becomes necessary to produce your own media and not to rely on ‘professionals’.

The novel makes it clear that in this phase of the struggle the characters romantic lives take a backseat to their political activity, as Harry breaks up with the love of his life [Ginny Weasley] so as to avoid making her a target for Voldemort’s forces, who are known to use torture and kidnapping as tactics. The ‘love triangle’ that becomes the focus of the movie isn’t even really present in the books. In the books, the relationship between Harry and Hermione is totally platonic - Ron is shown as jealous, but the feeling is entirely without foundation. In the book Harry says to Ron: “I love her like a sister and I reckon she feels the same way about me. It’s always been like that. I thought you knew” (pg 378, DH US Hardback). This conveys that men and women can be close comrades and friends without being involved romantically. But in the film, Harry and Hermione are shown dancing romantically, and Harry’s line to Ron about his brotherly feeling towards Hermione does not even make it into the film. This completely undermines the important message that jealousy is counter-productive and has toxic effects, which is an important feminist message for young people.

How Hollywood Defanged Potter’s Radical Politics  (via girl-germs)

I think this may be the year I finally read the Harry Potter series, and I think that this post is the reason why.

(via wilwheaton)

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2nd January 2014

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What I should be doing over break:


What I’m actually doing:


6th December 2013

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Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show. 

Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…

We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed. 

Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.

These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.

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30th November 2013

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i am cry this is beauty

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25th August 2013

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26th July 2013

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The 40s and 50s were so cute :(

not for black people

You must be fun at parties.

You must be white.

I’m dying.

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6th July 2013

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"I do not hate men, Sub-mariner. I merely know I’m as good as they are.”

FEMINISM: a definition

Ooo, yes!




"I do not hate men, Sub-mariner. I merely know I’m as good as they are.”

FEMINISM: a definition

Ooo, yes!

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2nd July 2013

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