DILDOS FOR ALGERNON


I remember (in the late mid-’90s, when I was in my early late 30s) dropping by the Woody’s for some reason. As it was early evening on a weekday, one could hear oneself think. One could also overhear.

I overheard someone make a request of the DJ. I would dare to do the same. But all the while I had been watching, from mezzanine level, four or five of what I would later know as eldergays standing around, as one did in that century at what Rick Bébout called the Bar. I didn’t have words for it, but I remember not understanding and being vaguely repelled by their general mien, since they all seemed to be in good shape and well dressed (in Viyella shirts or equivalent – high quality even then) and were just basically having a great time.

My request came up. “Now: Iggy Pop!” the handsomest eldergay laughed loudly, and they all joined in. Yes, I had asked for “Homeboy” – a comeback novelty number, but nothing like the later music video for “Wild America.”

— America, I’m putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.

— Not so easy to do.

Indeed not.

Who’s the eldergay now? (But not a rock snob.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2019.01.19 14:13. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2019/01/19/homeboy/

User-interface conventions, invented by individuals from scratch, that went on to become actual norms.

hashtags
Invented by Chris Messina (q.v.)
Name coined by Stowe Boyd (American Dialect Society Word of the Year [q.v] for 2012)
microformats
Arguably the O.G. folk UI, and almost certainly invented by Tantek, inserting values into rel and rev attributes according to loosely-agreed-upon rules is still being done (e.g. rel="payment" in Overcast)
pull-to-refresh
Invented by Loren Brichter for Tweetie; it is now easier to list where it isn’t used on iOS
machine tags
Used almost exclusively on Flickr and now almost exclusively by me. Didn’t take off as microformats did
house icon to mean homepage
As distinct from skeumorphic floppy disc to mean Save. No officially encoded emoji is a clear candidate here (perhaps 🏠); people tended to use images

Next likely candidate

Procreate’s two-finger single-tap for undo (three-finger single-tap for redo). (As distinct from two-finger double-tap in VoiceOver [“Magic Tap”], which does the most obvious thing – if the phone’s ringing, it answers the phone, &c.)

Not really falling into the category of folk UI

  • hamburger menus

  • Alt‑Tab (so useful that Macs borrowed it as Command‑Tab)

  • right-clicking

(Hat tip: Gruber.)

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2019.01.13 13:21. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2019/01/13/folkui/

Public intellectuals have to be able to speak English. But the more they’re revered, the worse their accents, diction, and prosody are.

  1. ŽIŽEK!: Truly Nº 1 with a bullet is Slavoj Žižek, a madman with a speech impediment and hačeks by the barrel. Even more baffling is his ability to understand German questions and answer them in English (once in a blue moon, he can utter a German sentence).

  2. Jean-François Gariépy: Hands down the worst pea-soup accent I’ve ever heard, and I grew up around subliterate Acadians. Of course he can’t pronounce “development” (none of them can, not even sitting prime ministers), but worse is his inability to pronounce even simple, essential words like “idea” (“aiii·dee”). His writing is also chock full of French interference, and he turned down my paid help to unfuck such writing.

    Americans add insult to injury by acting, first, as though they cannot even read the name Gariépy (former typesetter Jim Goad couldn’t reproduce it correctly, even working from real rendered text and after two tries [“GARLEPY”; “GARIEPY”]), then further acting as though “Gariépy” is hard to pronounce. You just say every letter.

  3. Yuval Harari: Also mispronounces seriously important words. (From a single appearance on Sam Harris: apex; cause; chasm; coöperation; thought.)

    Nobody wants to tell a bestselling gay Israeli that his accent is an abomination, but that just means he hasn’t met me yet. (I asked his agency why he hasn’t made any efforts to improve. [They later responded with the expected fluency: “Thanks for your E‑mail – we took it to our attention.”])

  4. Evgeny Morozov: Afflicted with the Slavic inability to distinguish [i]/[ɪ] and other tense/lax vowel minimal pairs. (His response years ago: “Do you think I’m really that stupid to get rid of my accent? That’s the only thing that got me where I am!”)

  5. Alexander Bard, a Swedish former dance musician who does not per se want to be understood; what he wants is to steamroll(er) you with brute speed. That’s among the more deplorable intellectual habits, joining forces with failing to define terms of art as one goes (cf. Layne Norton on Joe Rogan).

    Bard is a special case, in that he insisted, on the Aron Flam secondary podcast and in messages, that a “Scandinavian accent” exists. Well, it does, but it’s still deficient, notably in the habit, familiar from Abba, of devoicing [z]/[ʒ] to [s]/[ʃ] in nearly all cases. (“Walking through an empty house, tearss in my eyess: Here iss where the story endss. This iss goodbyyye.”) Bard isn’t just a poor communicator but an arrogant bastard, so I kept notes of his mispronunciations:

    • Abrahamic

    • alienated

    • atheist

    • banal

    • chieftain

    • circuit

    • colours

    • contribute

    • distributed

    • hierarchical

    • hypotheses

    • Job

    • Jung

    • libido

    • matriarch, patriarch (Bard argued vociferously about these two, and remained in the wrong)

    • Portugal

    • totalitarian

    • Yiannopoulos

Honourable mention: Glenn Greenwald speaking Brazilian Portuguese (YouTubé).

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2019.01.07 14:12. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2019/01/07/worstaccents/

The best identifiable gay comment(at)or on identifiable gay Web sites, Sydney Rugby Jock (on RealJock [q.v.]), provides reliably trenchant observations. (Edited. Links elided. Emphasis added.)

  1. Gay culture has greatest influence on the most vulnerable, which is primarily gay men who have little to no supportive family or lack a strong platonic gay friends circle….

    [I]t is a symptom of a malaise which is caused by a culture which, broadly speaking, strongly reinforces being promiscuous (to be a “real gay man”), which results in only those who have supportive friends and family, are financially secure, and are strong-minded enough to resist the pressure that many gay men are exposed to when coming out, which often sticks with them into later life.

  2. On the topic of an intentional HIV infection, or at least a passively permitted such infection:

    [It] makes me wonder why we now have developed a mental immunity to issues around sexual health…. [T]he major consideration should be about the willingness of gay men to not pay the level of attention to sexual health that used to be commonplace when I was of the same age. Scotland has a well funded sexual-health-information program for GBLT [sic] persons, so these young people theoretically should have been knowledgeable about what to do when a condom is damaged, namely get on PEP. The fact that these victims were diagnosed means they do know about testing. So what is going on with AIDS councils and their unwillingness to engage in education about stealthing and their advocacy of blind trust?

    [The Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) campaign] has increased suspicion of those who are undetectable[. N]o health agency, nor media coverage of the issue, mentions that the science is clear but that trusting someone based on their word that they are of any status, including claims of undetectable, is dangerous – just because they perceive it will cause stigma. […]

    I am talking about gay communities’ continuing culture of peer pressure for young people to be highly sexually engaged in as many sexual encounters as they can get. Yes, some want that, but many feel pressured and empty while doing that and [they] only do so because they are wanting to belong…. [G]ay men [need to] receive positive messages for choosing not to do random hookups[;] those who choose to define their own sexual morality [must not] get shouted down as self-hating and [be] given the same support for their choices as the messages [promoting] more promiscuity.

  3. We must accept that there are limits on what can be done to counter homophobic rumour-mongering, but of what we can do calling out homophobia isn’t the most effective one…. [W]hy don’t we look at our attitudes, which, in the spirit of mocking old negative stereotypes, can actually reinforce them? Daddy/son relationships is a prime example.

    I am not judging people who are adults having sexual relationships with an age gap, but why do we feel the need to have so much historical amnesia as to not recognize that the label could be anything else – perhaps even being bold enough to be something unambigiously clear that it is about relations between an older and young adult.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2019.01.06 14:11. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2019/01/06/rjgreatesthits2/

Steven Page:

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
“Popcorn” by Hot Butter, hands down. I’ve already decided that and it’s in my will. I think that if someone’s coming to my funeral, I want to make them feel the way “Popcorn” makes them feel. Remember the good times.

For John Peel, it was “Teenage Kicks.”

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2019.01.05 18:27. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2019/01/05/popcornkicks/

Buddies is the rereleased AIDS drama from circa 1985. It’s quite terrible, except inasmuch as, like Parting Glances, it offers a view of pretty nice Manhattan apartments in the 1980s.

Rather oddly, the main nebbish is a typesetter. (ParaGraphics, a type house, is credited.)

Man shaving at mirror with typeface posters on wall

Of course the “subtitles” are complete shite, and banged out in Arial, equally obviously.

The foregoing posting appeared on Joe Clark’s personal Weblog on 2019.01.02 14:33. This presentation was designed for printing and omits components that make sense only onscreen. (If you are seeing this on a screen, then the page stylesheet was not loaded or not loaded properly.) The permanent link is:
https://blog.fawny.org/2019/01/02/buddiestypesetting/


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