My Faults My Own

…willing to sacrifice something we don't have

for something we won't have, so somebody will someday.

IN WHICH Ross Rheingans-Yoo, a sometimes-poet and erstwhile student of Computer Science and Math, oc­cas­ion­al­ly writes on things of int­erest.

Reading Feed (last update: June 21)

A collection of things that I was happy I read. Views expressed by linked authors are chosen because I think they're interesting, not because I think they're correct, unless indicated otherwise.


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Which technological advances have improved the working of autocracy? — The big innovation in authoritarian governance has been this: subsequent autocratic leaders, most of all in China, have found ways of both liberalizing and staying in power.

Blog: Schneier on Security | Free Societies are at a Disadvantage in National Cybersecurity — "I do worry that these disadvantages will someday become intolerable. Dan Geer often said that "the price of freedom is the probability of crime." We are willing to pay this price because it isn't that high. As technology makes individual and small-group actors more powerful, this price will


Who's Swinging the Sword?

On the recommendation of a friend, I recently purchased the game Child of Light.

This is the sort of game that I like to point out when people say that video games aren't art. The visuals are beautiful, the soundtrack is gorgeous, the entire thing is told as a tongue-in-cheek nursery rhyme (that's not above poking fun at itself at times), and the story is as compelling as any good fairytale. If indie-style sword-and-sorcery turn-based combat is your thing, you definitely won't regret dropping $15 on this game.

But that's not what I really wanted to talk about today. There's something really great about this game that I didn't really notice until a few hours in: (okay, there's a lot of neat things that reveal themselves only later, but...) The sword-swinging, spell-slinging protagonist is a girl.

Okay, let's back up and talk about female heroes in the fantasy and sci-fi. I'm going to skip around a lot, but that's because I'm trying to make a point, and I'm writing a

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