Summary of “Why Are Spaces in Science Fiction Not Wheelchair-Accessible?”

Although the U.S. passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, legislation intended to offer accessibility to disabled people in public places, many of its protections are ignored by business owners who see accessibility as not a boon but a burden.
Less than 20 percent of polling places were fully accessible to disabled people during the 2016 election.
Inaccessibility surely must be a contributing factor to the fact that disabled people are unemployed at double the rate of nondisabled people.
“The offices of casting directors need to be uniformly accessible in order to make sure that we’re seeing a variety of actors for different roles… It’s rare where we would see someone like [us] in the background [scene] of a party or applying for a job or going to the beach or whatever.” If disabled actors can’t even physically show up to casting calls to audition, is it any wonder that spaceships end up inaccessible as well?
Radcliff is quick to note that the exclusion of disabled people is a systemic issue, and not simply a problem that can be blamed on writers or casting offices or even directors.
“There are a lot of wonderful organizations specifically attuned to increasing opportunities for people who are, say, Asian-American but I don’t know of any organizations that exist for creative folks who are identified as having a disability.” Including disabled people at all levels of creating the stories we love is the way we end up with a fully accessible TARDIS. “A family of diverse storytellers trying to tell great stories is ultimately the end goal,” Radcliff concluded before applauding the greater degree of freedom disabled artists have to create their own content, thanks in part to the evolution of the internet and streaming platforms.
After chatting with Radcliff about the physical inaccessibility of so much of Hollywood and the exclusion of disabled people as a result, I reached out to Cat Rambo, President of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, an organization founded in 1965 to promote, advance, and support science fiction and fantasy writing in the US and beyond.
While the SFWA doesn’t yet have tracking on how many of their members identify as disabled, the board is talking about adding questions related to disability on their membership questionnaire to help disabled writers identify themselves as such, should they so choose.

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Summary of “Brock Pierce: The Hippie King of Cryptocurrency – Rolling Stone”

Specifically, they are here to help Brock Pierce – a child actor turned video-game entrepreneur turned crypto titan – give away a billion dollars to charity.
Bruce Fenton, a crypto economic adviser and leading figure on the scene, describes Pierce as one of the community’s most unsung connectors: “In one way, Brock is this larger-than-life and extremely colorful character. In another way, he’s extremely quiet behind the scenes and doesn’t take a lot of credit for what he’s done. There’s hundreds of millions of revenue out there because Brock was the seed that brought people together. We’re talking about stacks and stacks of people.”
So here’s another way of thinking about what Pierce is doing: Since its inception, in 2009, when a person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto created and mined the first Bitcoin, cryptocurrency has spawned a $350 billion market that’s attracted millions of investors, entrepreneurs, gamblers, hackers, activists and institutions.
Anything’s possible – and that’s why Brock Pierce matters.
Pierce claims, DEN’s executive team told him to persuade Collins-Rector to settle the suit and “Make it go away.” “I convinced Marc to do that,” Pierce says.
When asked how it was possible to spend so much time around Collins-Rector and not be aware of what so many others have alleged, Pierce responds, “No one saw anything or knew anything. It was not something out in the open. I also didn’t know he was doing this to other people. I only heard Turcotte’s version of events four years ago.” Asked why he remained with Collins-Rector despite the lawsuit, Pierce says, “I’m a pariah at this point – no one else would work with me. Of course I’m going to stay with my friend and partner.”
Will O’Brien, an adviser in Blockchain Capital, who has hired Pierce as a consultant, says, “I’ve seen many interactions when Brock makes a promise to an entrepreneur, and he’s followed through every time. That’s integrity.”
The plan is to create a charity cryptocurrency token, tentatively called One, of which Pierce will buy $1 billion worth and then inspire other individuals to do something similar.

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Summary of “How to introduce yourself so you’ll be unforgettable |”

If you can move beyond the boring basics when you’re asked “What do you do?”, you’ll set yourself up for new relationships, opportunities and revelations, says introduction expert Joanna Bloor.
As Bloor puts it, “When you get your introduction right, the opportunity is not only to genuinely connect with people, but you’ll also be allowed to do the work you really want to do.”
Bloor asks her clients, “What is it you would like to be known for?” It’s an uncomfortable question, but she finds it jolts people out of their comfort zones.
My typical response to “What do you do?” is “I’m a journalist and playwright.” But after she asked me what I loved about these professions and what I hoped to accomplish through them, she helped me craft a much deeper and more compelling response: “The world can be an overwhelming place, so I help people connect to each other by telling stories as a journalist as a playwright.”
If you’re having a difficult time identifying your talents, she suggests you turn to the people who know you well and ask them “What is it you see that I do well and that I’m unaware is really special?” You’ll generally find common themes or language in their responses, says Bloor, even if they’re people from different parts of your life.
What were you great at during that age? According to Bloor, that special skill can often apply to your present and future selves and help you see how you’re different from everyone else.
“After you’ve crafted your opener, practice it on five people you know well. Then, a few days later, ask them ‘What do you remember most about my intro?” Their few-days-later response will tell you what is most memorable about your opener, what you could alter, and what you might try to lean into when meeting new people.
Bloor suggests prefacing it with, “I’ve just learned a new way of introducing myself and I’m experimenting with it. Can I try it out on you?” People love to be asked for their advice or input.

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Summary of “Gaming’s toxic men, explained”

How did we get here? Gaming has attracted many angry young men who are comfortable with harassing and abusing women.
There’s an often promoted belief amongst certain people within the worlds of gaming and tech that technology is naturally, even biologically, the domain of men.
Why are objectionable opinions so common in gaming spaces? Gaming’s toxic men are often keen to display offensive opinions about women and people of color.
Why is online gaming chat rife with overt and casual racism? People of color who venture into gaming spaces are often assaulted with vile insults or tired cliches.
If you look at gaming circles and the gaming industry, it is a fairly white industry – both in development and publishing, and press.
Why are gaming’s toxic men so enraged? Women and people of color are beginning to appear in games as powerful characters with their own agency.
“For these people, white male is the default mode for humanity” Why do so many men in gaming exhibit a persecution complex? White male gamers often defend their own toxic behavior by claiming to be marginalized.
How can real change be effected? Gaming’s toxic men are often hostile to progressive change and inclusion.

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Summary of “Productivity tips from successful people”

We can’t all be morning people, but according to a recent study , you might extend your time on Earth if you could just wake up a few hours earlier each day.
Researchers studied over 430,000 people, aged 38 to 73, for six and a half years to see how their “Early bird” or “Night owl” lifestyles affected their health and wellbeing.
The results proved that health-wise, night owls may be at a disadvantage.
They have an increased risk of developing a psychological disorder, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and gastrointestinal diseases.
Getting an early start offers more than just health benefits – being a morning person may increase daily productivity and career growth.
According to biologist Christoph Randler, individuals who perform best in the early hours may be more likely to achieve their career goals than those who don’t.
His research, published in the Harvard Business Review, surveyed about 400 university students and found that morning people tend to be more proactive than those who are at their best in the evening.
Here’s what nine super-productive people do before noon to keep their momentum going all day.

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Summary of “Refinery29, Kylie Jenner, and the Denial Underlying Millennial Financial Resentment”

Tweets and articles about money-about, say, how Kylie Jenner is a self-made billionaire, or how two rich college graduates chose their expensive apartment in Kips Bay, or how one young woman lives in New York on an intern’s salary and a generous parental allowance-have extended themselves, like steel rods, into our atmosphere of extreme inequality.
Forbes had published its Kylie Jenner cover, which featured a photo of the twenty-year-old in a suit jacket next to a tagline that announced her net worth-nine hundred million dollars-and proclaimed that she was on her way to becoming the youngest-ever self-made billionaire.
The column aims, very transparently, to turn financial voyeurism into ad revenue-it’s not a column about interesting people or about how to live on a tight budget-and the work-your-way-through-school plan went extinct in the nineties.
The problem is that these financial privileges are shrouded in such heavy dissembling, in an instinctive denial of what American wealth really is and what it really means.
According to new research, summed up in a recent Atlantic piece, by Adam Harris, forty-one per cent of white, college-educated families receive a significant inheritance; in contrast, just thirteen per cent of black, college-educated families do.
White families with an inheritance receive an average of more than a hundred and fifty thousand dollars, where for black families with an inheritance the average is less than forty thousand.
Underlying these outrage-bait money articles is another dismal generational reality that fuels our culture’s delusions about work and wealth.
These are young people who have grown up under such intense capitalist acceleration, such a swift erosion of the public safety net, that even those who have inherited wealth or remain on an I.V. drip of it will be able to genuinely feel that they are “Hustling.” People my age-even if they are lucky enough to receive chunks of family money that allow them to build up investments, or to put a down payment on an apartment in a major city-are still tied to a world in which work is increasingly unstable and incredibly demanding, a world in which basic expenses like health care grow more expensive every year.

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Summary of “New Study: The Genetics of Staying in School”

“The disturbing scenario of people screening babies in the hope of selecting the brightest does not seem supported by this study.”
Even if they study millions more people, he believes they won’t be able to predict the educational fate of a single person with much more reliability than now.
“If you did a study like ours 100 years ago, the strongest genetic predictor of education would be how many X chromosomes you had, because society was set up in a way that it was much harder for women to get educated than men,” says Benjamin.
Many of the genes that are associated with education today are likely important “Because of how today’s educational system is set up. It requires people to sit at desks for hours, and listen to instructions from a teacher. People who get restless, or are less obedient to authority, will fare less well in that environment.”
“Most social scientists wouldn’t do a study without accounting for socioeconomic status, even if that’s not what they’re interested in,” says Harden.
In doing so, researchers could more precisely work out if a policy change has any benefits-and they can do it through smaller, cheaper studies.
This, he argues, is the most powerful reason to study the genetics of education or cognitive ability-and ironically, it has very little to do with genes.
The team is essentially studying genes so they can more thoroughly ignore them.

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Summary of “Departing Facebook Security Officer’s Memo: “We Need To Be Willing To Pick Sides””

“With Facebook’s complexity, you need people who can stand up and advocate. Alex has a tremendous depth of expertise and reputation – he’s the person you’d want in your corner to help get the company on track. If you didn’t want him, who else would you want? It’s a big loss.”
We need to change the metrics we measure and the goals we shoot for.
We need to think adversarially in every process, product and engineering decision we make.
We need to build a user experience that conveys honesty and respect, not one optimized to get people to click yes to giving us more access.
We need to intentionally not collect data where possible, and to keep it only as long as we are using it to serve people.
We need to listen to people when they tell us a feature is creepy or point out a negative impact we are having in the world.
We need to be willing to pick sides when there are clear moral or humanitarian issues.
We need to be open, honest and transparent about challenges and what we are doing to fix them.

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Summary of “Library Rules: How to make an open office plan work”

Ok, so given all that, if you do go open, how do you make open work?
One, they’re generally open spaces with a number of desks and surfaces scattered throughout - similar to an open floor plan office.
They’re called libraries! And the more you treat your office as a library of work - rather than a chaotic kitchen of work - the better an open floor plan is going to work.
Making an open floor plan work is a cultural decision.
So even if you’re fortunate enough to work remotely, or in an office with private rooms for everyone, if you’re forced to follow multiple real-time conversations all day long, you’re effectively working in open plan office too.
AcousticsWhat’s worse than an open floor plan? An open floor plan loaded with hard surfaces! And given that many open plans are housed in old warehouse/loft-like spaces, you’re materially at a disadvantage.
Open’s a choiceYes, an open floor plan is a choice, but it requires a cultural commitment to respect and quiet.
It’s all optional!We did the best job we could designing an open office that allows everyone to work in focused peace and quiet every day.

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Summary of “Repair Cafes Aim to Fix Our Throwaway Culture”

Around the room, 10 others were helping residents repair everything from tables and lamps to jewelry and clothing.
It’s that throwaway culture that former sustainability journalist Martine Postma-now the founder of the Repair Cafe Foundation-aimed to tackle in October 2009 when she created the first of such cafes in Amsterdam.
That’s why the cafes teach people how to repair their belongings, rather than doing it for them.
He had never heard of repair cafes until the day before, and generally wasn’t the kind of person to fix things himself.
Goedeke himself grew up with woodwork classes, and learned to fix things by taking objects apart and tinkering with what’s inside.
For the time being, communities are doing what they can to encourage people to fix things.
Libraries like the one in Howard County, for example, have started renting out tools and creating “Makerspaces” where members learn to both repair and create.
Similar to the Repair Cafe Foundation, a London startup called The Restart Project are encouraging communities to host “Restart parties” with the goal of “Fixing our relationship with electronics.”

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