A letter from the Cuprohastes-in-Chief

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And now… Ze Vorld.

I upgraded to a Mac keyboard because it’s less wide than pretty much every other keyboard I could fine.

There’s a few problems with using it on windows… Namely, Apple expects you to buy OSX to get the Windows keyboard driver, and doesn’t offer it for Windows users in any stand alone form – Also they don’t support the full use of the enhanced function keys n windows – like the Eject button, volume controls, etc.

Oh and they don’t offer a layout for it so the key caps don’t match what you type unless you set it to US layout, and lose the ability to type £.

But then that’s apple – they’re not exactly good at this ‘computer’ thing.

Luckily Microsoft has an app for creating keyboard layouts, which makes it easy to create a layout that matches your keyboard… But then I thought – “Actually, there’s a lot of characters I’d quite like to be able to type that I usually can’t because they’re not included!” – Being a bit of a typography nerd, I’d like to be able to type things like 10°c or use an ellipsis … or an em-dash – instead of an en-dash, throw in the odd © or ® or ™, even the very seldom used ℗, which isn’t № 1 on anyone’s character list – mostly it makes people say “What was that‽”.

Of course, not all the characters are supported. Some of them are basic, a few of the weirder ones are Unicode, but even so, I’m quite pleased with my new, custom¹ keyboard layout!

¹ Even if I do keep having to refer to a keyboard map becasue I can’t recall where I hid everything…


The Internet Debacle

Years ago I signed up with an ISP. Let’s call them GoodNet.

GoodNet was good. A good package, very few hidden ‘gotchas’, an OK price. The downside was that they split into Home and Business and the Home section had a habit of appropriating Business accounts if they thought that they should, and then you’d have to call up and shout at people with the aptitude of a banana for this Interwide Netweb thing.

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How to anger feminists by being thoughtful.

I don’t hate women. I’m not misogynistic, I don’t think they should ’know their place’ or slip in little patronising modifiers like ‘Beating the overall world record for the London Marathon is an impressive feat… for a woman.”

But I do think that a certain proportion of feminists have an overly narrow world view.

This is not rare. A lot of (but not all) Christians do it – they’re the dominant religion in America but they still complain about being oppressed and treated like a minority. It gives them structure, a ‘They’ for an As vs. Them world view.

There is a saying – “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” – For some people, if you are a Feminist, everything is a Feminist issue.

Take this comic strip: Penny Arcade’s ‘The Sixth Slave’

For those who aren’t familiar with MMOs, many quests feature going and saving N number of X from whatever gang your character level is high enough to get experience and loot from.

You often find slaves, victims etc. of some evil gang, and discover that you can’t help them escape, or shut down the slavery ring etc. because it’s built into the world and is there purely to allow for missions where you need to rescue a certain number of slaves, beat up a certain number of bad guys and go get your reward – which often feels like you’re being trained to ignore all this horrific abuse unless you’re being paid to go pay attention. And you can free 5 slaves to meet your quote and the sixth is just out of luck.

In other words it’s all about lampooning the structure of eternally level grinding MMOs where nothing you can do will have any effect that lasts more than a few minutes. What it is not, is condoning rape or suggesting that it’s not in any way serious.

Dickwolves notwithstanding. There are certainly stranger creatures used in MMOs.

So then why are the feminists having a group strop over the strip?

Simple. It mentioned rape and anything that mentions rape and is not very clearly harrowing and serious must QED condone it.

Because when you’re a feminist, everything is a feminist issue and anything that a man does is automatically bad and wrong right?

No – Like most groups, there’s shades of grey. Only a few people are protesting, because protesting raises their esteem in the eyes of their compatriots. The rest might consider it in poor taste, not have an opinion or even find it funny.

But if a man suggests to an irate feminist that maybe their viewpoint is too narrow, and that the strip is in fact not about rape, he runs an almost certain risk of being denounced as misogynistic and being a ‘mansplainer’ – Which is the cutesy term invented so that it can be whipped out and used as a verbal slap when one has no actual argument beyond ‘I‘m offended because I’m pretty sure I should be.'

Or in other words, when a Feminist is Femsplaining how she and only she can hold a valid opinion and you might consider otherwise, you are clearly in the wrong because… because… you’re Mansplaining.

This small group of easily offended feminists is why the feminist culture as a whole isn’t taken seriously.



I got my fez finally. Was it worth it?


Do I look suave and ravishingly dandy?


Is it bigger on the inside than on the outside?

Only slightly.


Ayn Rand, Medicare claimant

I was reading my twitter stream today, and @triggur linked to an interesting article - Ayn Rand Received Social Security, Medicare. I thought I might make a few comments on it.

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