Anonymous asked: How did steven get those scars?
That’s a secret :’U stick around, find out!
found an old thing I still really like
Here’s the mini I made for Genghis Con! It came from a joke I made on twitter a while back about dogs and wi-fi.
I still have some physical copies of the book left so if you’re interested in buying one, send me a message or email or something. There are a lot of ways to contact me.
Governments have transformed the internet into a surveillance platform, but they are not omnipotent. They’re limited by material resources as much as the rest of us. We might not all be able to prevent the NSA and GCHQ from spying on us, but we can at least create more obstacles and make surveilling us more expensive. The more infrastructure you run, the safer the communication will be. Download installation software for these programs. You can read detailed installation and setup instructions here.
Includes all you’ll need to access the Tor Network.
Makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity: Web browsing, online posts, instant messages and other communication forms. Cannot prevent monitoring of traffic entering/exiting the network. While Tor protects against traffic analysis, it cannot prevent traffic confirmation (also called end-to-end correlation).
2. BLEACH BIT
Many features to help you easily clean your computer, free-up space and maintain privacy.
A live operating system. Start on almost any computer from DVD/USB stick. Preserves your privacy and anonymity.
Comes with several built-in applications pre-configured with security in mind: web browser, instant messaging client, email client, office suite and more.
Create virtual hard drives which encrypt any files you save onto them. Many types of encryption.
Chat software that allows use of existing instant messaging accounts. Supports Facebook, Google Chat, AIM, MSN + more.
A simple plugin for Pidgin. It encrypts all conversations held using the software.
Free email software. Add your existing mail account to it.
A security extension to Thunderbird. Write/receive emails signed and/or encrypted with the OpenPGP standard.
Free implementation of the OpenPGP standard. Encrypt and sign your emails.
Relevant to our recent episode “Collect It All: America’s Surveillance State.”
Compositions for an upcoming AU piece. Let me know your favorites. Thanks!
pencilandahacksaw asked: Hey I was wondering if you had any tips for always sketching or drawing? I've tried carrying a sketchbook but it feels weird and bulky walking around with a notebook so I got a small one but that one felt too small to actually sketch anything. I also have trouble actually deciding what to practice since everything could use practice.
Man, I had a surprising amount of trouble trying to answer this question. This question isn’t really about drawing, you know? It’s about comfort, and habits. Get a sketchbook that fits in a backpack or messenger bag. Carry said bag. Draw everything. Don’t worry so much about where to start; just do.
As for that little sketchbook? Learn to scale. Drawings don’t have to be big. I find that little sketchbooks are especially good for environment thumbnails, because the size obligates me to work at a scale conducive to “seeing the big picture” composition without having to step away from the page.
You can draw butts. Shit, it doesn’t matter. Just do the thing.
spiral-shark asked: A few days ago you defended Kris Anka's defense of a female character's death in a recent comic issue. Do you have any particular take on the issue of "fridging" versus respectful female character death and the line inbetween?
Ah. Interesting question.
My take is that of a creator. As a creator, I do not want any tools that I may want, even need, to use to be limited by the changing winds of politics.
If I’m writing a story, there are scads of reasons a female character may die, scads of ways she may die, and ideally the only dictate that guides my decisions, is the needs of the narrative. What is “respectful death”? Do I owe this incredibly contrived conceit to anybody? If the audience truly had control over this conceit in fiction, would it not lose its value? Would people not lament seeing narrative, rendered something sterile? What is respectful death?
I could leave it at that, but I don’t think that response really gets at the heart of the issue - which is, for me, ultimately philosophical.
1. Should fiction speak to what should be, or to what is?
2. Should narrative elements be framed in narrow political terms? IE, is it wise for us to take something as broad as “female character dies, male character is motivated in some way by it” and describe most or all instances of this as “women in refrigerators”? Is this useful, or does it limit or prevent one from seeing other trends at work?
3. Can the audience be depended on to apply prohibitive labels like “women in refrigerators” with precision?
I think fiction loses much of its appeal and utility when reduced to prescriptive moralizing. I did not come to paint pictures of what identity politics say that the world should be, and I certainly did not come to write what one writes in a world where only speaking to the ideal is socially acceptable, socially responsible. I didn’t come to tell everybody what they already knew. Yes, female characters do die as a result of lazy writing, when those creators fall back on long-lived sexist narrative tropes. Yes, I think that people should be critical of this. I think people should be critical of most things, really.
As a creator, I depend on my own judgment to dictate whether I am putting a woman in a refrigerator, and if I am, whether the reasons for doing so outweigh the sexism thereof. Yes, I’m saying there are potentially greater priorities than an instance of sexism. Sexism is important. I want to talk about it through my work, but there are more conclusions, more truths than simply, “sexism is bad, and I will not depict sexism through my work unless someone is punished for it, because it’s bad, and bad people should be punished.” I need every potential avenue of creative freedom open to me, so that I can shape discourse on sexism in the way that speaks to me. I do not trust others to be able to read my thoughts or see the future and dictate the right or wrong of what my narrative results in, and frankly do not trust people to apply prohibitive labels well enough to pay any predictions they make more mind than I would pay any other critique. So, just as I hope people are critical of most things - myself and my work included - I am critical of others when they fall back on pedestrian ideas of self-censorship.
People use women in refrigerators as a crutch to explain away unpleasant feelings about the death of a character, much like people use Mary Sues to explain away overall poor writing ability, or manic pixie dream girl to crap on any quirky “twee” girls they come across. All of these tropes have very solid roots in real narrative patterns that deserve analysis, but analysis is a lot like a fire hose. I mean, a real fire hose. It’s heavy, it’s hard to aim, and if you’re small, you’ll fall down and end up spraying some poor kid your buddy just rescued from the house that’s burning down. Analysis is a necessity, but becomes a necessary evil in the hands of the unskilled.
In short? I think the concept of women in refrigerators is valid, and I am glad that Gail Simone and crew brought it to light. I stood up for Kris Anka, because I think he’s right. One of the people in the comment thread says -
Good, proper, well-written fiction does not have gratuitous deaths nor exploitative plots.
and my first thought was, you don’t know that. Because, honestly, you don’t. That person doesn’t know to what ends a skilled enough writer can wrap a concept, any concept, around its metaphorical axle, or turn it on its head.
The whole fucking point of writing is that you can do anything. I can’t be on the side of telling someone what narrative devices they can and can’t use, because a whole bunch of people out there happen to think they can’t, or would declare it a failure no matter how successful the creator actually was. I’m on the side of magic, because that’s what writing is.
Writing is fucking magical.
Single diurnal reblog.