Author Archives: Simon Penner

About Simon Penner

Injecting compassion and humanity into political discussion. Disagreements welcome, but you must be kind and charitable.

Exclusive Inclusivity

Today a friend of mine brought this article to my attention. It was also shared on Twitter, and you know how those things go. The article is pretty standard stuff; I swear they could generate these things with Markov chains. A … Continue reading

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Sever Yourself From The Khala

There are demons in the Khala. Some demons are ones you might recognize. The biggest one acts with curious coordination, as a hundred million unrelated voices cry in unison “I’m With Her“. Some demons are smaller. Weaker. Minor demons. And yet, their status … Continue reading

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[NT-3311] RCE in Christianity v1.0

You would have hated me as a child. I was raised in a very religious household. But I was also born with The Knack. Religion, and Christianity in particular, doesn’t much care for sperglords. They tend to ask all sorts … Continue reading

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Social Gentrification

Earlier this week a friend of mine was talking about nerd culture, and was surprised when I mentioned that I don’t like it. I avoid nerd culture and, despite being the exact target demographic, find it uncomfortable and unwelcoming. My … Continue reading

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Defcon Is Problematic

Defcon is hosted in a desert. This is exclusionary to people from cold regions, who cannot handle the heat. Defcon is in Las Vegas. This is exclusionary to people who have gambling problems. Defcon provides attendees with open bars. This … Continue reading

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You Come At The King, You’d Best Not Miss

Lambdaconf‘s got me thinking a lot about what the purpose of a conference is. I think people have a variety of reasons for attending. Some go to network, find jobs or employees. Some go to socialize; conferences are good Schelling … Continue reading

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Ghosts in Every Machine

There was a time when I was lucky enough to take a ride in a hot air balloon. Standing above the world, you see things in a different light. Things that seemed random, chaotic, and mysterious display an ordering not obvious … Continue reading

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