Friday, May 10, 2013

Jumping on the crowd-funding bandwagon--again

Recently I've become interested in "men's issues" because I believe that modern feminism has gone too far.  This is particularly true in academia where intellectual freedom (assuming it ever existed at all) has practically disappeared.  A Harvard president is asked to resign after he merely suggests that men and women may have different abilities, meanwhile, academic feminists can write the most blatant hate-speech against men and other, so-called, "privileged" groups without fear of repercussion.

One of the characters I've encountered through men's rights activists is Anita Sarkeesian.  She is a feminist "vlogger" who submitted a project to for the purpose of examining female stereotypes in video games.  She collected over $158 000.

That's a lot of money for something so trivial.  Women are stereotyped in videogames?  Get over yourself.  As if men aren't stereotyped as well.  It seems inevitable in a medium where the characters are composed of pixels that a certain amount of cartoonishness is going to creep in.  Yes, your female avatar may have an unnaturally large chest and be rather scantily dressed, but so too, in all probability, will your male avatar.  Big deal.

Anyway, this has inspired me to try my hand once again at collecting donations using crowdfunding.  This time, however, I'm going to use generic sites, rather than science specific ones.  I'm also going to focus on those that use a "keep-it-all" funding model.

In the past year-and-a-half alone, I have made over 250 code commits to free software projects, have submitted a total of five articles to the database, as well as dozens of contributions to Wikipedia.  These activities represent advances in diverse fields including statistics, machine-learning, numerical computation, atmospheric physics, remote sensing and environmental science.  Little of which has yet been paid for.  If something as frivolous as tropes in video games can raise over six figures, surely real science deserves at least a small nugget.

So give me money.  You owe it to me.  Or at least somebody does...

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