Dimitris John Raptis

A Greek and Swedish geek, developer and avid reader of political, philosophical and literary texts.

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Dimitris John Raptis

84 days ago

Greece’s Macedonian Slavic heritage was wiped out by linguistic oppression – here’s how

theconversation.com

Dimitris John Raptis

144 days ago

“Black Panther” and the Invention of “Africa”

newyorker.com

Dimitris John Raptis

163 days ago

Αυτά είναι λόγια που θέλω να ακούω από τους πολιτικούς μου.

Η ιστορική ομιλία Μπουτάρη για το Ολοκαύτωμα των Εβραίων της Θεσσαλονίκης

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Dimitris John Raptis

169 days ago

"Grandma was clear that Nazis did not appear out of nowhere as interiorless, historyless avatars of violence. They were neighbors, uncles, the waiter, the mayor, [...]

It’s not enough to remember Nazis as symbols of evil. What happened to six million people was not done by metaphors for wickedness, it was done by other people with hands and brains like ours."

Some memories of my grandmother

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Dimitris John Raptis

175 days ago

At its birth, it seemed like radio would only be a force for good. How could something that connects people together be anything but beneficial?

Radio brought music into hospitals and nursing homes, it eased the profound isolation of rural life, it let people hear directly from their elected representatives. It brought laugher and entertainment into every parlor, saved lives at sea, gave people weather forecasts for the first time.

But radio waves are just oscillating electromagnetic fields. They really don't care how we use them. All they want is to go places at the speed of light.

It is hard to accept that good people, working on technology that benefits so many, with nothing but good intentions, could end up building a powerful tool for the wicked.

But we can't afford to re-learn this lesson every time.

Legends of the Ancient Web

idlewords.com

Dimitris John Raptis

187 days ago

Eloquent essay systematically debunking the arguments against trigger warnings, safe spaces and other feminist rallying cries in academia. Long read, but very intellectually stimulating.

Against Students

feministkilljoys.com

Dimitris John Raptis

247 days ago

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (A Straight, Rich, White Man)

theestablishment.co

Dimitris John Raptis

263 days ago

8 things remote CEOs do differently

m.signalvnoise.com

Dimitris John Raptis

380 days ago

THIS. IS. BEAUTIFUL.

A Jordan Bookseller’s 24-Hour ‘Emergency Room for the Mind’

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Dimitris John Raptis

410 days ago

Do you want to win that tennis match? It is outside of your control. But to play the best game you can is under your control. Do you want your partner to love you? It is outside of your control. But there are plenty of ways you can choose to show your love to your partner – and that is under your control.

To be happier, focus on what’s within your control – Massimo Pigliucci

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Dimitris John Raptis

429 days ago

Important read on what sex worker's problems really are (hint: usually it's not the sex work they're doing).

Once You Have Made Pornography

theestablishment.co

Dimitris John Raptis

435 days ago

Beautiful overview of the stories mankind has told of the Arctic; and comes to the heartbreaking conclusion that, soon, these stories may be all we have to remember the North Pole from.

Literature’s Arctic Obsession

newyorker.com

Dimitris John Raptis

441 days ago

A Lot of What You Know About North Korea Is Racist Nonsense

medium.com

Dimitris John Raptis

447 days ago

The commonsensical conclusion is that rape, like other crimes, can most effectively be prevented by deterrence. This seems obvious; which makes it only more surprising that so much energy has been devoted to avoiding preventative thinking.

Why men rape

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Dimitris John Raptis

502 days ago

This made me both teary-eyed and wanting to play Stardew Valley.

A year in Stardew Valley: life, labour and love

rockpapershotgun.com

Dimitris John Raptis

528 days ago

The follow up to the previous share for prospective allies is *even more* enlightening.

So you think you know a thing: Feministing 201

crossknit.wordpress.com

Dimitris John Raptis

528 days ago

This was extremely useful and enlightening for me as a prospective ally. Excellent read, and do check out the follow up too.

How to survive in intersectional feminist spaces 101

crossknit.wordpress.com

Dimitris John Raptis

533 days ago

A bit of laugh-crying: "Perhaps the American people are not ready for democracy after all."

America, You Look Like an Arab Country Right Now

politico.com

Dimitris John Raptis

546 days ago

Excellent, inspiring, valuable longread on Progress, and whether it actually exists.

On Progress and Historical Change – Ex Urbe

exurbe.com

Dimitris John Raptis

564 days ago

Highly recommended. Reading the writings of Seneca and Marcus Aurelius in the past 2 years, and recently also Epictetus, has helped me get through both 2015 and 2016.

How to Be a Stoic

newyorker.com

Dimitris John Raptis

578 days ago

Some backstory on the Syrian tragedy.
(Trigger warning for torture descriptions and war)

The graffiti kids who sparked the Syrian war

theglobeandmail.com

Dimitris John Raptis

580 days ago

Τεράστιο άρθρο, το διαβάζω σε δόσεις, αλλά πέτυχα αυτό το κομμάτι και μου άρεσε -κι είναι κάτι που νομίζω ότι κάνουμε σωστά :)

"People who had been through divorces and/or had only been with their partners for 10-15 years almost always talked about communication being the most important part of making things work. Talk frequently. Talk openly. Talk about everything, even if it hurts.

But we noticed that the thing people with marriages going on 20, 30, or even 40 years talked about most was respect.

My sense is that these people, through sheer quantity of experience, have learned that communication, no matter how open, transparent and disciplined, will always break down at some point. Conflicts are ultimately unavoidable, and feelings will always be hurt.

And the only thing that can save you and your partner, that can cushion you both to the hard landing of human fallibility, is an unerring respect for one another, the fact that you hold each other in high esteem, believe in one another — often more than you each believe in yourselves — and trust that your partner is doing his/her best with what they’ve got.

Without that bedrock of respect underneath you, you will doubt each other’s intentions. You will judge their choices and encroach on their independence. You will feel the need to hide things from one another for fear of criticism. And this is when the cracks in the edifice begin to appear."

Every Successful Relationship Is Successful for the Same Exact Reasons

markmanson.net

Dimitris John Raptis

582 days ago

You Are Not Paid to Write Code

bravenewgeek.com

Dimitris John Raptis

591 days ago

And THIS is terrifying, but also important.

How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’

nytimes.com

Dimitris John Raptis

591 days ago

THIS. This is important.

No, identity politics is not to blame for the failures of the left

newstatesman.com

Dimitris John Raptis

601 days ago

As developers, we are often one of the last lines of defense against potentially dangerous and unethical practices.

The code I’m still ashamed of

medium.freecodecamp.org

Dimitris John Raptis

603 days ago

Preach.

Against Bargaining

thebaffler.com

Dimitris John Raptis

607 days ago

What the Aztecs can teach us about happiness and the good life – Sebastian Purcell

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Dimitris John Raptis

612 days ago

Actions Speak Louder Than Votes

birdsbeforethestorm.net

Dimitris John Raptis

612 days ago

"So, no more of this nonsense. I’m done. I am done pretending that the good intentions of white patriarchy are more important than the consequences enacted on the bodies of others. "

On the election of Donald J Trump

newstatesman.com

Dimitris John Raptis

634 days ago

From Sarajevo to Aleppo: Lessons on Surviving a Siege

theatlantic.com

Dimitris John Raptis

638 days ago

It’s common to hear how the 19th-century telegraph was the equivalent of today’s internet. In fact, there’s a bestseller about it, The Victorian Internet (1998) by Tom Standage. Except this isn’t true. Sending telegrams 100 years ago was too expensive for most people. For decades, the telegraph was a pricey, elite technology. However, what was innovative for the majority of people c1900 was cheap postage. So, during the heyday of the so-called Victorian internet, transoceanic postal systems made communication cheap, reliable and fast. The flow of information grew significantly more accessible and democratic. Although hard to imagine today, bureaucrats and business leaders alike spoke about cheap postage in laudatory terms that resemble what we hear for many emerging technologies today.

It’s not all lightbulbs

aeon.co

Dimitris John Raptis

659 days ago

Complexity leads to slower development, which leads to tech debt, which leads to the dark side.

The One Cost Engineers and Product Managers Don't Consider

firstround.com

Dimitris John Raptis

664 days ago

Occupy Wall Street, five years on: fire in the dustbin of history

newstatesman.com

Dimitris John Raptis

668 days ago

Typecast as a terrorist

theguardian.com

Dimitris John Raptis

670 days ago

"It's difficult," say Facebook […] "to create a distinction between allowing a photograph of a nude child in one instance and not others."
To which I say: NO SHIT, SHERLOCK.

Look, here's the problem […]:

Facebook - and, more or less, Silicon Valley, […]- is built on and prides itself in solving Difficult Problems. At least, they are now. Facebook is a multi-billion dollar public company where *some* things are difficult and worth doing (e.g. Internet access to 1bn people using custom-built drones[5], but other things are, by implication, *TOO HARD* and don't warrant the effort.

s3e27: It's Difficult

tinyletter.com

Dimitris John Raptis

670 days ago

Adorno (and Popova) on how leisure is co-opted for productivity in modern culture, and specifically in tech & startup culture.

Work and Pleasure: Theodor Adorno on the Psychology of “Gadgeteering” and How the Cult of Efficiency Limits Our Happiness

brainpickings.org

Dimitris John Raptis

676 days ago

Interesting (though *very* simplified) read on the capitalist construction of working class masculinity, and its disruption in the new economy.

Technology is taking jobs away from men—and reviving a pre-industrial version of masculinity

qz.com

Dimitris John Raptis

679 days ago

Spoiler warning για το Cursed Child, αλλά μου άρεσε πολύ αυτό της Laurie Penny, για το Harry Potter και τις πολιτικές αναγνώσεις που του κάνει ο κόσμος.

Harry Potter and the Conscience of a Liberal

thebaffler.com

Dimitris John Raptis

684 days ago

2016 Hugo award novelette. Like all good sci-fi, it tells us of today by describing our tomorrow.

Folding Beijing

uncannymagazine.com

Dimitris John Raptis

721 days ago

"Trump’s success has raised among liberals a fear that the far right has made itself respectable. [...T]he bigger fear should be that the far right might make itself cool."

Milo Yiannopoulos and the Gay Fascist Sophisticate

nymag.com

Dimitris John Raptis

733 days ago

How Google is Remaking Itself as a “Machine Learning First” Company

wired.com

Dimitris John Raptis

738 days ago

End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries?

newscientist.com

Dimitris John Raptis

747 days ago

The radical magazine Salvage on the Brexit referendum, calls it what it is several months before it happened: the Right taking over the discussion.

"The problem with the left-Brexit position is that, however pertinent its critique of the EU and radical its aspirations, it has no prospect of relevance at this stage, in this referendum. [...] The campaigns and their platforms have already been developed in the Left’s overwhelming absence. On neither side is the Left making any significant impression [...] The debate already exists, and in Britain it is firmly structured by a fight between two wings of the Right, in which the Left has proved and is proving utterly unable to impart any radical or progressive content."

This as an answer to all saying this was a vote against austerity and human rights abuse. For many it likely was, but with the way it played out the only winners are the immigrant-bashing nationalist right.

Neither Westminster Nor Brussels

salvage.zone

Dimitris John Raptis

753 days ago

"So what caused Muslim societies to go from coolly reading homoerotic poetry to outlawing and stigmatising same-sex love? It’s tough to nail down an exact reason but here’s an interesting coincidence: there are five Muslims countries where being gay isn’t a crime. All that the five – Mali, Jordan, Indonesia, Turkey and Albania – share in common is that they were never colonised by the British."

Orlando shooting: It’s different now, but Muslims have a long history of accepting homosexuality

scroll.in

Dimitris John Raptis

758 days ago

On Zaha Hadid, starchitects, and designing for the 1% vs the 99%.

"A few years ago, Frank Gehry blew off a Spanish journalist who questioned the utility of his buildings by telling him, “In the world we live in, 98 percent of what gets built and designed today is pure shit.”

That pure shit is where roughly 98 percent of us are fated to live our lives. Gehry and Hadid and other starchitects create architecture for the other two percent.

That’s who gets to live in the multi-million dollar apartments; that’s who gets to see the inside of the opera house; that’s who gets to experience the office suites of elite institutions, or jet set to the next global cultural hot-spot in search of architectural thrills."

Design for the One Percent

jacobinmag.com

Dimitris John Raptis

768 days ago

This was a blessing to read, and makes clear that it's perfectly normal if you have no idea what you're doing in your life.

I am not a story

aeon.co

Dimitris John Raptis

784 days ago

Insightful (and long) treatise on what makes San Fransisco and its startups different, and lessons learnt.

Three Years in San Francisco

mikeindustries.com

Dimitris John Raptis

795 days ago

Incredibly important. On fear and how it turns people into jerks on the internet (and elsewhere), and empathy. Powerful.

They Have To Be Monsters

blog.codinghorror.com

Dimitris John Raptis

807 days ago

Being A Developer After 40

medium.freecodecamp.org

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