GDPR Compliance

To comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which applies on May 25, 2018, I am no longer using any tracking script on all my websites, which include this blog, my portfolio, Vietnamese Typography, Professional Web Typography, and Simplexpression.

On April 14, 2018, I gutted Google Analytics on all of my websites. On May 16, 2018, I deleted all data and properties in my Google Analytics account. I do not collect, use, or share any personal data. I have no idea who reads my blog or visit my websites. I do not know your internet activity. I respect your privacy.

The Rage of the Incels

Jia Tolentino:

In the past few years, a subset of straight men calling themselves “incels” have constructed a violent political ideology around the injustice of young, beautiful women refusing to have sex with them. These men often subscribe to notions of white supremacy. They are, by their own judgment, mostly unattractive and socially inept. (They frequently call themselves “subhuman.”) They’re also diabolically misogynistic. “Society has become a place for worship of females and it’s so fucking wrong, they’re not Gods they are just a fucking cum-dumpster,” a typical rant on an incel message board reads. The idea that this misogyny is the real root of their failures with women does not appear to have occurred to them.

What do they want? Tolentino writes:

What incels want is extremely limited and specific: they want unattractive, uncouth, and unpleasant misogynists to be able to have sex on demand with young, beautiful women. They believe that this is a natural right.

Read the entire essay at The New Yorker.

What Can’t Jeremy Keith Live Without?

In an interview with A Book Apart, Jeremy Keith responds:

I find it hard to imagine life without my website. Even though it’s a not tangible, physical thing, I think it might be my most prized possession (well, either my website or my bouzouki). I use it every day. Sometimes I just post little notes, sometimes I link to something interesting, sometimes I write something a bit longer. But every little piece I put on my site feels like another little pebble added to an ever-growing structure.

I share this sentiment with Jeremy. I have poured my heart and soul into this intangible place of mine. It has become part of my life. I can’t imagine not having it.

The Trend of Juuling

Jia Tolentino:

Cigarette smoking is still the No. 1 cause of preventable death in this country, killing nearly five hundred thousand people each year. (According to some studies, more than half of longtime smokers will die from smoking-related complications.) It’s incredibly hard to stop smoking; people spend lifetimes trying. Around seventy per cent of American smokers say that they want to quit, and for many of them e-cigarettes have been a godsend. But, according to a 2017 study by the C.D.C., about fifty per cent more high schoolers and middle schoolers vape than smoke. Young people have taken a technology that was supposed to help grownups stop smoking and invented a new kind of bad habit, one that they have molded in their own image. The potential public-health benefit of the e-cigarette is being eclipsed by the unsettling prospect of a generation of children who may really love to vape.

Read the entire informative article at The New Yorker.

Jeremy Keith on Taking Back the Web

In his recent talk for Webstock ’18, Jeremy Keith demonstrates his approach of POSSE, which means Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere. The technologies behind his method are simple yet impressive. They allow him to put his content on his own website as well as Medium and social media networks.

For me, I simply post on my website and that’s it. I am not syndicating my content to other platforms. I don’t have much to give away anyway.

Mason Ranked One of America’s Best Employers

George Mason University is ranked 54th among 500 top midsize companies with between 1,000 and 5,000 employees, according to Forbes. The law school has been one of the best places I have worked so far. Despite its conservative leaning, I find myself thriving and fitting in. I just do my job and leave my politics on this blog. I hope to continue to work here many more years to come.

Just a Dress

Asian folks, just lightened the fuck up. A high school girl was just wearing a traditional Chinese dress to make her stood out from the rest. She looked stunning. She did not slant her eyes. She did not make any racist comment. We dyed our hair and wore hip-hop clothes all the time and nobody accused us of cultural appropriation.

Mosquito is Deadliest Animal in the World

Nicholas Kristof and Jessica Ma:

That’s mostly because of malaria. Mosquitoes spread the blood-borne disease, killing about 445,000 people per year. That figure doesn’t even include deaths from dengue fever, yellow fever, Zika or West Nile viruses.

Check out the well-executed interactive piece on The New York Times.

Nobody Tells You How Long a Marriage Is

Lauren Doyle Owens:

It’s been 10 years since the cancer. And those sad years that followed feel almost like another sickness I went through, a fever or drug interaction. I still have no idea why you stayed. Why you tolerated me. But I’m glad you did.

Nobody tells you how long marriage is. When you fall in love, when you have fun with somebody, when you enjoy the way they see the world, nobody ever says, “this person will change. And so you will be married to two, three, four, five or 10 people throughout the course of your life, as you live out your vows.” Nobody warns you. But you, my dear. There is something deep and hard and lasting inside of you. And I wish I had known, when I was searching again for my bedrock, that all I had to do was reach out my hand.

Beautifully written. Read the article at The New York Times.

Asian Blond

Andrea Cheng writes “Why So Many Asian-American Women Are Bleaching Their Hair Blond” in The New York Times:

While it’s easy to write this off as a beauty trend, this growing community points to stirrings of change on a much larger scale, like the shaping of a new Asian-American identity.

I still prefer black natural hair.