Harnessing Depression, by Dave Girard

I debated talking about my father’s suicide; I debated “outing” myself as a depression sufferer; I debated not talking about it and what that meant. I decided in the end that I would be the worst kind of hypocrite if I believed that dialog about depression was essential but was unwilling to start that dialog myself. I hope that my story can help others understand why the traits that cause depression have been both a plague and a gift to so many.

My friend Dave Girard follows up a frank, devastating, beautiful eulogy for his father with a contemplation of his own depression. I loved the original article, and I love this look at how not just to manage or battle depression, but respect the places it can lead and the people it can make us.

Read in full on Ars Technica: Harnessing depression

The Always-On Stalker

The Coast: The Always-On Stalker

An extensive account of the sexual cyber-harrassment of two women, allegedly by one woman’s ex, and the mishandling by a Nova Scotia justice system that vowed to make forceful changes after Rehtaeh Parsons’ suicide.

From TheCoast.ca, by Hilary Beaumont: The Always-On Stalker

I’m not sure where to start outlining the things in this article that make my spine crawl, so you get point-form, incomplete:

  • “Turn off social media” is the equivalent of telling an assault victim not to leave her house ever again.
  • Celebrity or not, the Fappening has made it clear that a significant portion of the internet believes that if photos exist, it’s not their responsibility to verify consent before distributing.
  • We need to see online criminal harrassment approached with a focus that at least equals its percentage role in our lives. Treating these like perplexing, unsolvable edge cases is ludicrous, especially given it’s a format where so much is documented.
  • It needs to be everyone’s responsibility to call this stuff out wherever we see it, because law enforcement is going to take a long time to catch up, and we need to underscore online ethics as a community.

Mom: Where do they get the bone matter?

Me: They said it was… donated.

Mom: (excited) Cadavers!

Lisa on the Levee

Lisa on the Levee

Reposting on the occasion of #WPHome.

“I understand the title suggests a cold environment but there are any number of alternatives to Antarctica such as skiing or being in space.”

I enjoy trademark disputes. Email chain with Penguin trademark legal team: worth all the reading.

David Thorne Penguin trademark dispute

(Thanks to Mark for the link.)


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