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10 September 2009 @ 06:20 pm
Things I like  
In decreasing order of seriousness

1) UK Govt's clear and non-dithery apology for persecuting Alan Turing.

2) elsmi's post about women in free software.

3) Revathy Sankaran's all-over-India twinkle, twinkle, little star -- it's parody, but loving parody, and she gets so many musical styles spot-on.
 
 
Current Mood: exhaustedwiped
 
 
 
Annetxanne on September 11th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
3) HEE. And wow, what a voice she has!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
OMG yes!

The second-last version, right before the chant, is the musical style I learned. And that's where her skill stands out to me most.
(no subject) - txanne on September 11th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
Also! - shweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Also! - txanne on September 11th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Also! - shweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Also! - txanne on September 11th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Also! - shweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Also! - txanne on September 11th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Also! - shweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
Alan Yeealan_yee on September 11th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
I didn't realize who Alan Turing was until you posted this link. What happened to him was simply horrible.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, learning what happened to Turing was part of what made me realize WWII did not have a "good guys" side, despite the propaganda, and that even the Allies were far too philosophically close to the Nazis for my peace of mind.

I suspect I have peaces [sic] of mind strewn all over the place at this point.
Dichroicdichroic on September 11th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
There is something about "I'm proud to say we're sorry" that just rubs me the wrong way - makes it sound too much like they're doing it just for the political gain. But I guess that's a minor nit, and I have no real problems with people doing the right thing for the wrong reasons!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, wtf.

I think it's supposed to mean, "We are not doing this because you pressured us into it, we're doing it because we agree! And you gave us an opportunity!" ie he's proud of the changes that allow an apology to be made.

But the phrasing raises my hackles there, and elsewhere. But to me, the fact that they didn't varnish the truth of what happened to Turing (I expected polite euphemisms) makes it a net win to me.
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
Alex Haisthowl_at_the_sun on September 11th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
I like that stuff, too. I spent the last half hour reading about women in free software (and following links...).

It is slow work, for me, to figure out how to discuss privilege and sexism and racism. I often run into bemusement from my friends or family when I try to discuss it. Example: My dad calls my mom baby, playfully. He doesn't call her that to minimize her point in a conversation ("Aw, come on, baby, it's not a big deal..."), but I still connect the word to infantalization. And humor can be really insidious with regard to -isms.

So I don't know. Good links, though.
shweta_narayan: igglesshweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness, this sort of conversation is so culturally alien to most of my family that I'm not even trying. I'm still working on "You know, X people are people and their being X does not hurt you at all" for many different values of X.
(no subject) - howl_at_the_sun on September 11th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Agreed on all of this.

...Though, huh, I signed the petition too but didn't get the email.
sizztheseed on September 11th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that Revathy link. It's HILARIOUS. She's got the punjabi down PAT.
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
My sense is that she has all of it down pat :)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on September 11th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Every once in a while my prime minister does something quite cool: this was one of those moments, and I am particularly glad that he remembered all the other men who also suffered as well as Alan Turing.
Thank you so much for the the link to Revathy Sankaram's piece. Wonderful, and her voice is beautiful. Though I'm a white girl, I grew up in Leicester, England, which has quite a large Punjabi population, and that section really made me smile. (Also, her impression of the little girl singing to her dadi-ma is adorable.)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, too often they apologize just to the one famous person, don't they? I'm very glad he remembered that Turing was one of thousands to suffer.

"That uncle is looking at me!" :)
(no subject) - la_marquise_de_ on September 11th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Aparna: Musical Notesinspirethoughts on September 11th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Yep...she had done a great job. I mentioned about her in my blog too here some time last year.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on September 11th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Oh! Did I totally miss that or did I not know you then?
*has a very bad sense of time*
(no subject) - inspirethoughts on September 14th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)