June 4th, 2013
Okay. I’ve gotten in heated arguments with friends about this, but I firmly believe that we should not blame actors of color for taking on demeaning roles. Acting is a tough enough line of work. You do not always have the luxury of turning down roles.
There’s some value in this critique of Star Trek: Into Darkness, but I definitely take serious issue with this section:
In the end, this really comes down to whether or not people of colour desire inclusion at all costs, or are happy to settle for a negative portrayal, just to see ourselves on the big screen.
Yeah, I think I’d rather see some non-White actors actually getting some work, since they’re usually severely underrepresented in popular media than have them institute some kind of boycott, especially since the boycott would be pointless (Google Hollywood whitewashing for more details). You can’t prevent Hollywood from being racist by refusing to portray racist stereotypes or enact negative portrayals (ever see Breakfast at Tiffany’s?).
If you really want to do something positive for people of color in the media, support them financially. Vote with your wallet. If you know a movie directed by or starring a person of color is coming out and may be worthwhile, be sure to watch it opening weekend, so the numbers look up for it.
For Hollywood at this point, a predominantly or totally White feature film that fails at the box office won’t doom prospects for other White filmmakers and actors, but a similar box office disaster could be a major setback for future endeavors from people of color. Don’t blame people of color for taking negative roles. Blame the people who put them in those roles, and support the kinds of films you want to see with your actual spending money.
Further reading: Kristen Schaal animated gif
April 28th, 2013
By default, when you do searches in Ubuntu, you'll see online results (from Amazon, as of Ubuntu 13.04—in future versions they may include other online results), too. Some people don't like this. Fortunately, you can turn this behavior off.
April 28th, 2013
The best way for new users to install software in Ubuntu is using the Ubuntu Software Center. This is a similar process to using Apple's App Store or Google's Play Store to install applications—one central location to manager your applications.
Once you've found what you want, click Install.
April 27th, 2013
Okay, I'm silly and didn't even remember my old tutorial. The additional drivers is part of Software Sources. More details in the old tutorial for Ubuntu 12.10.
For a lot of hardware drivers, Ubuntu will just automatically recognize what you have and have it all set up for you. Some proprietary drivers you may have to get working post-install.
There's a tool for this that in Ubuntu 13.04, unfortunately, through the graphical user interface (GUI) is a bit clunky to get up and running.
It also requires an active internet connection, so if the proprietary driver you need is for a Broadcom wireless card, you will need a wired connection in order for this to work.
Once the Ubuntu Software Center launches, search for additional driver in the search box at the top-right corner.
Click on More Info.
Find the driver you want to install, and then click Activate.
When it's finished installing, you may get a message saying the driver won't be useful until you reboot. You may not find this to be the case (e.g., your wireless connection may work without reboot), but you may actually have to reboot, depending on your situation.
April 27th, 2013
Note:If you are planning to install Ubuntu on a Windows-preinstalled computer built after 2010, please read this first.
If you're installing Ubuntu on a Mac, read this
If you are using a standard Windows or build-your-own PC, there should be a special key you press to boot via USB or CD/DVD. If you don't know what that is, search for your model computer.
If it's booted up correctly, you should see this mostly dark screen appear. You can just wait or, if you want special boot options, you can press any key during this screen to get those special boot options to appear.
This will allow you to try out Ubuntu without affecting your current Windows installation (assuming you're coming from Windows, as most new Ubuntu uses are).
If Ubuntu recognizes your internet connection (should definitely for a wired connection, might for your wireless), you can choose to Download updates while installing and Install this third-party software.
If you don't know who Richard Stallman is or what the difference is between open source and proprietary software is, you most likely want to select that second option. It will require a working internet connection, though.
- Install Ubuntu next to Windows
- Replace Windows with Ubuntu
- Do something else
Before you do this, make sure your Windows installation is fully backed up. In the eight years I've been using and installing Ubuntu, I've never had a dual-boot corrupt or destroy the Windows partition, but this highly unlikely event still could occur. So back up! You should be backing up any way.
Once you've chosen to install Ubuntu alongside Windows as a dual-boot, you'll have the option to drag the division to the left or the right to allocate more space to Windows, more to Ubuntu, or about an even split for both.
After you decide on your changes, this is the real turning point. Once you click Continue here, the Ubuntu installer will begin resizing your existing Windows partition, make space for Ubuntu, and start installing Ubuntu.
If you set up Ubuntu alongside Windows, when you reboot, you'll have the option to pick Windows or Ubuntu. The first time you boot into Windows, Windows may do a disk check. Let the disk check complete—don't skip it.