facebook does not appreciate me
it’s okay we appreciate you here
does nobody else see the ‘facebook’ pun here???
Charles Cooper, who argued in favor of Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court, now says he is “evolving” on marriage equality after learning his daughter is a lesbian.
I’m really tired of people only changing their minds about marriage equality and similar issues because someone they care about happens to be apart of that group. Apparently, they can’t care about others wanting the same rights he has unless it affects him in some way.
Why can’t that be enough, though? Yeah it would be really awesome if people could sympathize with a perspective without it directly affecting them, but the truth (not only for particular issues, but for just about everything in life) is that most people don’t understand another perspective to a truly meaningful degree until they can put themselves in that perspective. When something from a different perspective disagrees with someone’s values, of course they’ll side against it until they’re given a reason to change that’s meaningful to them.
Think of yourself, for instance. Is there something you believe in that others don’t? Are others adamant in their beliefs, even though they make absolutely no sense to you, and potentially even harm or hinder you? Do you think they look at logic and deliberately say “that’s a good point, but I dislike it for no reason so I’ll disagree”, or is it more likely that they disagree with valid logic because of their perspective, which is meaningful to them in some strong way, even though you don’t see from that perspective?
They way I see it, this is a win. Someone who was previously against us is now with us, having seen the matter from a perspective that is new to him. Also consider that, if he was against it for so long, then he probably still considers his original perspective meaningful. That should attest to the courage and support he’s lending to his family, putting them before himself, even though he probably still disagrees with gay marriage at heart. If we can’t find it within ourselves to accept those who deliberately decide to change in order to help others, who are we to say that we’re fighting intolerance?
Client: Take the prices off of each item.
Me: How will people know how much each item costs?
Client: I don’t want the prices to be the focus of the product.
Me: Isn’t this an online store where people can purchase your products?
Client: No, it’s a gallery where people can purchase my products.
Me: Without knowing the price?
Client: Yes. Also change the header from ‘gallery’ to ‘shop.’
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The Chance To Dance Again
by Michael Keller
We highlighted the TED talk of Hugh Herr a couple of weeks ago. But his work is too important and beautiful to leave to just one post.
The MIT associate professor of media arts and sciences is making prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons that restore function in those who have lost legs from injury or disease. This set of gifs focuses on his team’s BiOM powered ankle and foot prosthesis.
"Bionics is not only about making people stronger and faster," he said during the talk. "Our expression, our humanity can be embedded into electromechanics."
To prove his point, Herr and fellow researchers studied dance movement to replace the lower leg that professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost after last year’s Boston marathon bombing. He concluded his talk by bringing Haslet-Davis on the stage to perform a bionic rumba.