Friday, September 8th, 2017 - 12:34 PM

An Idea to Increase Viewer Awareness of Gender Roles in Fiction

I recently enjoyed watching Marc Maron’s Netflix special, Too Real. As good entertainment should, it left me wanting more. I decided to watch Glow–another relatively new Netflix show with Marc Maron.

I haven’t finished watching the first episode yet, but in the first scene an actress is auditioning for a part. After she delivers a passionate speech, the casting person tells the actress that she has read the male part. The actress then then reads the female part which consists of “your wife is on line 2.” I found myself wondering what it would be like to apply that on a larger scale–select a script with traditional gender roles, cast women in the male roles, men in the female roles, and (with the exception of gender-specific pronouns/titles) leave the script unedited, and film it.

Maybe it’s been done, in which case I’d like to hear about it. I googled a little and the closest I found was a 70s soap opera spoof called All That Glitters where the premise was that females were the dominant gender in society. It was written with the gender reversal premise in mind, and (according to the Wikipedia article) it made heavy use of stereotypes and cliches. Not really the same thing.

My point is to call attention to gender role differences that we commonly overlook. It would be important that the script not be adjusted. It would also be interesting to film the whole thing twice–once with the characters cast as written, and once with genders reversed–then present the two versions back-to-back with the “normal” gender roles first. Ideally, viewers would view the first version without being aware that the gender-reversal was coming. I think that would give viewers an opportunity to experience a level of comfort with the story as written, then see how uncomfortable they were with the gender reversal.

It would be great if a popular series made an episode like that. It could catch regular viewers off guard.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 - 12:20 PM

Ubuntu 12.04 initramfs dependency nonsense

In managing Linux servers, and I’ve encountered the following situation many times:

$ sudo apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
initramfs-tools : Depends: initramfs-tools-bin (< 0.99ubuntu13.1~) but 0.99ubuntu13.5 is installed libc6-dev : Depends: libc6 (= 2.15-0ubuntu10.5) but 2.15-0ubuntu10.4 is installed plymouth : Depends: libplymouth2 (= 0.8.2-2ubuntu31) but 0.8.2-2ubuntu31.1 is installed E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f.

It’s usually caused by /boot filling up with old kernels, which will eventually happen if you used default partitioning and configured Ubuntu to automatically install security updates. As a result, updates stop getting applied, which could potentially leave the system vulnerable.

I keep thinking I’m finished fixing this problem, but then I end up using another server that has this issue. I always manage to fix it, but each time I find myself figuring out or tracking down a solution. (There are many ways to address it.)

The first step is to free up space. You can probably do that by removing the accumulated kernels you’re not using.
This command (borrowed from a post on askubuntu) should do it (by listing the installed kernels, stripping out the running kernel, then uninstalling the remaining set):

dpkg -l 'linux-*' | sed '/^ii/!d;/'"$(uname -r | sed "s/\(.*\)-\([^0-9]\+\)/\1/")"'/d;s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* \([^ ]*\).*/\1/;/[0-9]/!d' | xargs sudo apt-get -y purge

After that, the following commands (borrowed from a link on stackexchange) should get things back into a sane state:

sudo dpkg --configure -a --force-depends
sudo apt-get install -f
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Now I’ll remember where to find the solution next time I encounter this… and hopefully someone else will benefit.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 - 10:10 AM

Well this is an awkward silence.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 - 8:03 PM

Draw Something More

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My Vader skills improved.

Monday, May 13th, 2013 - 12:11 PM

Small town manners

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 - 11:28 AM

Draw Something

I’ve been playing Draw Something on my mobile devices lately. I’m gonna share some of my drawings. I’m posting from my phone, or I’d blur out the words.

I think I’ve improved over time, so I’m going to put them in chronological order.

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That’s all for now. I’ll post more later.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 - 11:52 PM

Fireworks

This year we sat behind our usual tree in a park in Provo, Utah and watched the higher altitude elements of Stadium of Fire. As usual (for me when taking pictures of fireworks), the focus isn’t quite right, but I think I managed the exposure better than I have in the past. Here are a few of the photos.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 - 1:03 PM

I’m a grandfather?

My 20-year-old daughter is a mother, which apparently makes me a grandfather. The cool part of becoming a grandfather is that it comes with a grandchild–a grandson in this case. Here is some photographic evidence.