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Bodykit

Web tech designed to handle data related to the human body for websites and apps. Theoretically has implications related to online identity, from the personal to the commercial:

BodyKit is a collection of APIs and embeddable components that allows you to virtualize, analyze, and simulate any human body. With BodyKit, you can tap into years of R&D on human shape and pose from within your own website or application. This versatile toolset can power anything from early-stage prototypes or lightweight applications to large-scale platforms.

At the Bodykit website there is an online demo to play around with a human scan and edit their physical attributes. You can try it out and find out more here

Pulled from a longer discussion on Jeremy Lin wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt, in response to all of the ignorant, self-righteous, dismissive comments made by API towards Black voices in that thread.

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Can someone explain to me how non-black POC can support this movement? As an Asian-American, I don’t really know what to say about this as this whole thread is extremely hateful towards Asian-American support in this cause. It makes me feel guilty as if my speaking out about the injustice is wrong. We all have been trying our best to support fellow group of POC in their battles. As allies, we all make mistakes. We cannot fully understand what the black community is going through, but we are trying to help get your message out.

1.) STEP BACK. LISTEN.

Practice accountability. Be responsible for what it is that you were checked on. Apologize, learn humility, drop the defensiveness.

Engage in some critical self-reflection - which means not expecting Black people to constantly educate you - and keep trying.

2.) Unlearn Anti-Blackness. Confront it in the spaces around you.

Take some time to think on the myriad ways that anti-blackness manifests in the API community through all manner of discrimination and active prejudice - in yourself and other API.

Do family members make a derogatory comments about how you’re “too dark”? That’s colorism, which is an element of white supremacy, the perpetuation of which relies on anti-blackness.

Do your friends consume Black art or music without learning about Black history or investing in Black struggle - and then talk about how Black people are “thugs”, “gangster”, “ghetto”, or “ratchet”? That’s appropriation, and anti-blackness.

Do your parents regularly talk about Black people in disparaging ways, and make comparisons to the hardworking API who have “made it” in this country? That’s buying into the model minority myth, which is a tool of white supremacy - and reinforces anti-blackness.

3.) “But Asians face racism, too!”

Yes. But in only five words you have effectively managed to derail and decenter from the issue at hand: that Black communities and Black lives are disproportionately and routinely targeted by the prison industrial complex and police terror.

Think about API representation and how it has shifted in many ways to fit more neatly into whiteness. Think about the double-edged sword that is the model minority stereotype - which in some ways shields Asians from certain types of violence that are more often enacted on darker bodies and communities that are coded as “threatening” or “dangerous”.

4.) Remember that allyship is an active, ongoing process. You cannot just call yourself an “ally” and leave things at that.

I gravitate towards the phrase “in struggle”, because it acknowledges the need for consistent sacrifice and shared hardship.

Click here for links to Asian American Solidarity Statements and Articles in Support of #BlackLivesMatter, and ideas for next steps that you can take.

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I just… I just had to. March 8, 2015

Five of the great architects of #WeOwnThe8th photographed by the great Joe Gunawan.

“…the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Okay I’m kind of really annoyed at white women going to Asian countries to “make it big” and I know they figured out that it’s easier to get hired as a model/actress/host/whatever because they are white, and it’s extra bonus points if you can speak the language 

Like great you know that white standards of beauty is imposed in Asian countries and racism and white supremacy is a problem cause ya know colonization 

So whenever white women go and get celeb status and there’s this whole hype I’m just ugh they’re basic as hell and I’m just really annoyed. Did anyone else notice this or…

anonymous asked:

It annoys me when people pin the existence of colorism on Europeans. Of course colorism is rampant in Europe, of course, but it's something that has been perpetuated by light skinned people across all cultures for centuries. Light skinned PoC have privilege, and we're all complicit in colorism. It's a prevalent issue in Europe, but it's of equal severity in Asia and to say "it's bc of whites" is to ignore the complexity of the history behind colorism and to free us of responsibility.

You do know Europeans invaded the shit out of PoC countries and a lot of colorism stemmed from colonization right?

Colorism didn’t just magically pop up everywhere and equally. 

Like an example is the Philippines. 

Spain fucking invaded the Philippines and colorism didn’t exist till the Spaniards imposed it on us. Yeah. Race mixing happened and those who were mixed were seen as more beautiful and in a higher social status than those who weren’t mixed. 

Indigenous people didn’t have this problem before colonizers came and fucked shit up. 

So yeah white people have a shit ton to do with colorism and to ignore the histories of colonized countries and how they developed this mindset favoring light-skinned people, is really ignorant. 

It is because of the whites. Funny how you talk about ignoring the complexity of history when you fail to see how European colonizers fucked shit up and then try to revert back to “well PoC have a problem perpetuating colorism too, stop just blaming the whites” 

Uh. Why do you think we had this problem in the first place?

Cause white people are greedy shits who fuck up and exploit entire cultures and countries. 

-Leah

Mencintaimu, aku serupa bermain api di bawah deras hujan. Yakin bahwa selama tanganku melindungi apinya dari deras air, ia tak akan padam. Tapi kemudian lupa, tanganku jelas bisa terluka oleh panasnya.
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Words API

A useful tool for those of you making bots and automatons with natural language capabilities, the Words API has a thesaurus, dictionary, word type detection  and word association/ categorisation tools. Its quite easy to call the API. An alternative to the Wordnik API

Update of Holding Live

Today sees a huge amount of new code go live on Roll20, encompassing a great many improvements to our web application. We’ll go through them below, but first we want to point out that the “Holding” element of our update has yet to go live— Roll20 for iPad was submitted last week for approval with Apple and we’re eagerly awaiting that. We’ll be holding onto the Android version until the iPad element is live, and we’re hopeful to see both up and running soon.

Enough about waiting… let’s talk about what’s ready RIGHT NOW:

Folders— after a great many requests, we’ve now made content in Roll20 organizable by folders in addition to tags.

Popout Characters and Handouts— Looking to make better use of your screen space? You’re now able to popout dialog boxes for Characters (including Character Sheets) and Handouts.

Improved 3D Dice— We have completely reworked the rendering for 3D dice, making them take less resources to use, tying them into our QuantumRoll system, and removing several bugs.

Roll Templates— Alongside community-contributed Character Sheets, we now have “Roll Templates”; and improved visual result for rolls. Character sheet authors have already begun creating Roll Templates for some of the most popular games in Roll20, and Mentors will be able to create their own customized result appearances.

Text Chat Changes— Now you can “/talktomyself” to test out commands, add basic formatting to text chat, and more.

API Improvements— There’s been quite a few improvements to the Application Program Interface… enough that this seems like a great time to link to the entire rundown of what’s been updated (API and everything listed above) here.

BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL.

Roll20’s new Compendium is launching today, in what we’re referring to as a “Technical Preview.” For an idea of our plans for it, read the related forum announcement.

Serial Podcast... #WeOwnThe8th

In the new year I’ve decided to be more proactive in something I helped to create called #WeOwnThe8th, a movement that celebrates Asian American media in America. Now beyond producing and acting in videos, as well as helping to organize our monthly meeting of the minds in Downtown Los Angeles, I’ve decided to start dropping monthly essays on this subject matter. Now, like most things I do, I’m…

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Asian Women Get Short Shrift in The Interview

"If you haven’t had a chance to see The Interview in select screenings yet, don’t fret—you’re not missing much. Especially if you’re an Asian American or Asian Pacific Islander (API) woman like myself.

Imagine a film that features a mostly white male speaking cast, add in some racist depictions of minorities and a gaggle of hypersexualized women, then throw in a few punchlines about the phonetics of Asian languages, a tiger, some gratuitous explosions that embody American superiority and congratulations, you’ve seen The Interview.”

Read the full piece here

SO there’s going to be a big protest in Long Beach on Black Friday. my viet progressive organization (tentaively) called Socal Viet Gathering is organizing an API contingent for this event. here is the FB page. anyone can and should come out and support, but API peeps, hmu if you want to link up w/ the Asian/Pacific Islander contingent!

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API Contingent at Black Friday Action in Long Beach
Friday, Nov 28 // 11:30 AM // Rendezvous time TBA (10-10:30)
Location: the downtown Walmart : 151 E 5th St, 90802
Parking: structure adjacent to Walmart building (2 hrs free parking, no validation needed)
Contacts: David Dang (Viet Gathering, directfuldang@gmail.com)
Carpool arrangements: Natalie Newton (Viet Gathering, nguyhiemster@gmail.com)
More info: blackfridayprotests.org/actions

The Viet Gathering would like to invite API organizations and community members to this API Contingent at this Black Friday Protest. We have especially invited CCED, South Asians for Justice LA, Anakbayan, and Soobak to join us, and welcome everyone for API justice in this demonstration.

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IN LIGHT OF FERGUSON PROTESTS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED SO WE CAN REDIRECT OUR ENERGIES. WE HOPE TO SEE ANY OF YOU WHO PLANNED ON COMING OUT TO THIS EVENT IN LA, IN SOLIDARITY WITH FERGUSON

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Headhunterz feat. Krewella - United Kids of the World

So I just found out about these two girls in a electronica music group called Krewella and THEYRE BOTH PAKISTANI SISTERS WHICH IS SO FUCKING RAD AND COOL. They have this song and it’s really cute because it talks about the youth rising up and uniting together across differences to target social injustice. It’s cool because it showcases the sexism/racialized criticisms and comments they get, and then also dramatizations of sizeism/internalized misogyny, racism, and homophobia and it’s so cool y’all should watch it ok

Some love for your beautiful selfies!

I am a 23 year old Filipina-Italian-American.

I love who I am, but as I learn more about the Philippines, there’s something that holds me back, makes me worried that I’m not actually part of that history and culture. My brothers and I begged our mother to teach us Tagalog throughout our lives, but she always reverted back to English. When she was growing up in the Philippines she took great pride in her command of English. So at family parties my brothers and I are a little clueless as to what everyone is saying. Needless to say we feel a little left out.

But I love coming from two cultures of family loyalty and good food. I love hours of laughter and eating and being together. I love family history and how that ties in with national and cultural histories.