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Workin’ hard and hardly workin’. (at Nextspace Coworking Potrero Hill)

Finally solved my “every damn device needs USB to charge” problem.

Finally solved my “every damn device needs USB to charge” problem.

It does not, however, manage to pass the Bechdel test, the laughably low bar that asks these questions: (1) Does a film have two women in it? (2) Do they talk to each other? (3) About something other than a man?

Yyyyyyyup. That’s right. The Other Woman is 109 minutes long, and at no time do any of these women – including Carly and her secretary, who only know each other from work – pause for a discussion, even for a moment, of anything other than a series of dudes: Mark, Kate’s brother, Carly’s father, the secretary’s husband, Carly’s other boyfriends … it is truly, no fooling, all they talk about for 109 minutes.

As has often been observed, there is nothing about the Bechdel test that is magical: plenty of good movies don’t pass it, and heaven knows plenty of terrible movies do. But the fact that a large studio like Twentieth Century Fox – not to mention an actual non-joke director like Nick Cassavetes – can make an ode to female empowerment that at no time involves any women relating to each other about anything other than men?

'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses : Monkey See : NPR

But… how did… didn’t they… why would… what??!?!

People think we were upset about his past vote. Instead we were more upset with his current and continued unwillingness to discuss the issue with empathy. Seriously, we assumed that he would reconsider his thoughts on the impact of the law (not his personal beliefs), issue an apology, and then he’d go on to be a great CEO.

The fact it ever went this far is really disturbing to us.

we were so hopeful that when he was asked the question about if he’d vote for Prop 8 again that he’d say, “You know, my personal beliefs are very strongly held, so those haven’t changed. But I have realized after talking to so many people affected by the law in ways I didn’t intend, that the law itself should treat us all equally.”

That would have been victory. And that’s why we are so sad.

A Sad ‘Victory’ - rarebit

I seriously don’t get why he didn’t just say “I’m sorry”. That at least would’ve been a move in the right direction. Instead he hid, showing cowardice: not exactly a trait I’d like to see in a CEO.

I hope Mozilla can move on from this, they do good work, and they need to get back to it.

Nelson's Weblog: politics / mozilla-crisis »

Yup, this:

I don’t think there should be a political litmus test for CEOs, even CEOs of mission-driven non-profits. It’d be fine with me if Eich were an NRA supporter or a no-tax Tea Partier or some other debatable position. But this isn’t politics. Gay marriage is a civil right and Eich unapologetically contributed to deny me and my friends equal citizenship in the United States. It’s unacceptable and makes him unfit to be the CEO of Mozilla.