geekgirl (r)osiex aka the metal cupcake publishing about interesting things for a really long time!
  • “How to treat a lady right…” [#AnimalKindness] [#geekgirl]

  • “Seeking asylum is a human right…” [#geekgirl] [#MarchInMarch]

     

  • #MarchInMarch #OneTermTony [#geekgirl]

     

  • #Transfield Quits the @biennalesydney [#geekgirl]

    [As reported by The Guardian in this article] ‘The chairman of the Sydney Biennale and of its major sponsor Transfield Holdings, Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, has resigned his position with the festival.

    Organisers have announced that they will cut all ties with Transfield Holdings and with Transfield Services, a contractor for Australia’s network of immigration detention centres.

    “We have listened to the artists who are the heart of the Biennale and have decided to end our partnership with Transfield effective immediately,” organisers said in a statement.

    “With deep regret, the board reluctantly accepted the decision of the chair to resign. We gratefully acknowledge the personal contribution of Luca as chair over the past 14 years. We also acknowledge the enormous contribution of the Belgiorno-Nettis family over 41 years.”

    Belgiorno-Nettis said in the statement: “I wear two hats: one as chair of the Biennale of Sydney and the other as a director of Transfield Holdings; both organisations conceived by my father and nurtured by my family over many decades. I am deeply thankful to the many friends of the Biennale, and my personal friends who have supported me and the teams throughout my tenure, especially in recent weeks.”’

  • “The 1,000 Drones Project: an interview with Joseph DeLappe” [#geekgirl]

    [Via Joseph DeLappe and Furtherfield]

    [Via Joseph DeLappe and Furtherfield]

    [From the always-fantoobulous Furtherfield]:

    Marc Garrett: Could you tell us why you felt it was necessary to do this project even though there is already much media attention out there relating to the use of drones in domestic, military and commercial culture?

    Joseph DeLappe: There has indeed been much media attention surrounding the use of militarized drones as a part of US foreign policy. Our drone policies have received much attention yet, as with the coverage of civilian casualties from the Iraq war, the actual human costs of our drone strikes remains rather illusive. Through the work I am doing regarding drones that specifically focuses on memorializing civilian deaths I hope to actualize the estimates of civilian deaths and to call into question the moral issues surrounding such remote killings. You might say that drones have struck a nerve with me. There is something different about drones. They seem to perfectly combine aspects of our worst fantasies of digital technologies, interactivity, computer gaming and war. One might consider them a bit of a “gateway” weapon (the drug reference is of course intentional here). I suspect we have indeed opened a Pandora’s box leading to the further utilization of remote and robotized weaponry that will make our current drone usage seem quaint.”

  • “Face to Anti-Face” [#geekgirl]

    ["Face to Anti-Face" via the New York Times]

    [From The New York Times] ‘CV Dazzle uses avant-garde hairstyling and makeup designs to break apart the continuity of a face. Since facial-recognition algorithms rely on the identification and spatial relationship of key facial features, like symmetry and tonal contours, one can block detection by creating an “anti-face.”

  • Pro Infirmis «Because Who is Perfect?» [#geekgirl]

  • Join The Australian Arts Party [#geekgirl]

    The Arts Party believes in involving all members in the process of decisions making – all the way from the formation of the party, through to decisions about policy platform and development, communications of our activities and political activism. Party members will be asked to inform and direct the party through regular polls, held online and by other accessible and open means. We will make sensible use of technology, wherever possible, to enhance our member involvement and make being an active and involved member of the party easier and more enjoyable. We will encourage active involvement by our members as we formulate and evolve our policies for each future election and as we solidify our plans for future influence over parliamentary decisions on a Local, State and Federal level.”

    The Australian Arts Party from The Arts Party on Vimeo.

    Find out more at http://www.theartsparty.org

  • Don’t Let #Bayer Overturn the Ban on Bee-Killing #Pesticides [#geekgirl]

    Bayer has just sued the European Commission to overturn a ban on the pesticides that are killing millions of bees around the world. A huge public push won this landmark ban only months ago — and we can’t sit back and let Big Pesticide overturn it while the bees vanish.

    Bayer and Syngenta, two of the world’s largest chemical corporations, claim that the ban is “unjustified” and “disproportionate.” But clear scientific evidence shows their products are behind the massive bee die-off that puts our entire food chain in peril. 

    Just last month, 37 million bees were discovered dead on a single Canadian farm. And unless we act now, the bees will keep dying. We have to show Bayer now that we won’t tolerate it putting its profits ahead of our planet’s health. If this giant corporation manages to bully Europe into submission, it would spell disaster for the bees.

    Sign the petition to tell Bayer and Syngenta to drop their bee-killing lawsuits now.”

  • “”We are not post-racism any more than we are post-feminism…” [#geekgirl]

    “We are not post-racism any more than we are post-feminism. This is the context into which this video falls: a white middle-class woman playing ringleader to anonymous black women. Maybe there is a knowing wink here I missed. But I haven’t missed years of black women writing about how their bodies are used for white people to write their own scripts all over them.

    Whether the project is feminism or a way of selling a song. Our sketches matter. Who gets to be in charge of our bodies matters. So I am sorry but Allen cannot be the one to say this is nothing to do with race. Racism works precisely by denying the presence of race. The privilege is to not notice it.

    Does liberal feminism expect so little that we lap up the crumbs from the table? That we say to women of colour: I am afraid your concerns are a bit humourless, we will sort out the race stuff later, and by the way where did you get your nails done? Well, it’s just not good enough for this bitch.

    As hard as it might be here, I still know it’s a damn sight harder for some bitches than others.”