Periodically at The Barbarian Group, a team of new employees is brought together with veterans to work on ‘Project Popcorn’, a side project that embodies the inventiveness, playfulness, technical skills, and values of the agency.
Within my first week as a developer for the agency, I was assigned…
“There seems to be a great deal of hand wringing, debating, and arguing about NTE. The chatter about our extinction is just that: chatter. All this dissection and debate about collapse and NTE is curiously dominated by white males. The rest of our species (and other species) have been in collapse and pushed towards extinction ever since Europeans set foot upon their homelands. Some (like women) may argue earlier. Now that we “white guys” are suddenly realizing our existence is in question, we want to spread the word. We clamor, “This is different, NTE includes all species!” To which the rest reply, “It’s only different for you.”
Give it a rest, boys. Maybe try listening to those who have had our boots upon their throats for centuries. Rather than not fearing the reaper maybe we should consider not being the reaper? Talk is cheap.”—http://guymcpherson.com/2013/07/the-doomer-of-all-doomers/
“We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him. The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the physical ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly.“But,” I continued. “As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.” The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked. “So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to.””—