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

20 days ago

Early Civilizations Had It All Figured Out

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Dimitris John Raptis

829 days ago

A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies

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907 days ago

How feminist philosophers reject the mind/body duality and what this means for our way of existing in our world.

Women’s minds matter

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914 days ago

The significance of plot without conflict

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1100 days ago

One Atom of Justice, One Molecule of Mercy, and the Empire of Unsheathed Knives – Alexandra Rowland

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1145 days ago

Fascinating essay, on how "show don't tell" can promote and normalize colonialist perspectives, and how SF/F can do better.

Let Me Tell You

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1194 days ago

How far will the EU go to seal its borders?

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Dimitris John Raptis

1318 days ago

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

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1378 days ago

“Black Panther” and the Invention of “Africa”

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1397 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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1403 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

1409 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1421 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

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1480 days ago

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1496 days ago

8 things remote CEOs do differently

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Dimitris John Raptis

1613 days ago

THIS. IS. BEAUTIFUL.

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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1644 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1663 days ago

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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1669 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1675 days ago

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

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1681 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.

Until we treat rapists as ordinary criminals we won’t stop them

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Dimitris John Raptis

1736 days ago

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

A year in Stardew Valley: life, labour and love

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Dimitris John Raptis

1762 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1762 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1767 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1780 days ago

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

On Progress and Historical Change – Ex Urbe

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1798 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

1812 days ago

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

The graffiti kids who sparked the Syrian war

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Dimitris John Raptis

1814 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1815 days ago

You Are Not Paid to Write Code

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Dimitris John Raptis

1825 days ago

And THIS is terrifying, but also important.

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Dimitris John Raptis

1825 days ago

THIS. This is important.

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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1835 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1837 days ago

Preach.

Against Bargaining

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Dimitris John Raptis

1841 days ago

What the Aztecs can teach us about happiness and the good life

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Dimitris John Raptis

1846 days ago

Actions Speak Louder Than Votes

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1846 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1868 days ago

From Sarajevo to Aleppo: Lessons on Surviving a Siege

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Dimitris John Raptis

1872 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1893 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1898 days ago

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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1902 days ago

Typecast as a terrorist

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Dimitris John Raptis

1904 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1904 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1910 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

1913 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

1918 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

1955 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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1967 days ago

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

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Dimitris John Raptis

1972 days ago

End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries?

newscientist.com

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