This Phone App Helps Transgender Users Change The Pitch And Tone Of Their Voices

This Phone App Helps Transgender Users Change The Pitch And Tone Of Their Voices:



buzzfeedlgbt reports on this amazing app:

The app’s website states it will take at least 6 to 12 months to effectively alter one’s voice. This video clip features an example “before and after” segment, having a user sample her “original” and “altered” voice:

As one user of the app put it: “Voice can be a real liability. There are definitely large parts of this country, even this state, where it’s dangerous to be trans. It can be a matter of life or death.”

At just $4.99, this app is a far more affordable option for users than visiting a vocal coach or speech pathologist. What a great resource!


Death threats drive Anita Sarkeesian from her home

Death threats drive Anita Sarkeesian from her home:

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Fuck no


And this is at George Mason U, crazy. They have such a good econ/law department.

Is this legal? What the hell? That is some 1984 BS…

Yeah. Mason makes the most logical sense for me to go to post-NOVA, but this kind of stuff happens a lot and it’s beyond infuriating.

For the record though, they did respond to the outrage and made it optional, not mandatory.

False. I go here.
There are certain dining halls that absolutely cannot be entered without the iris scanner.

Really!? I thought that’s what I read online but there isn’t much info out there on this policy. Can you provide a link to where in Mason’s policy it says this is mandatory?

I dunno links, I just know that I go to certain buildings and am told that I cannot eat because I didn’t scan my eyes.

The Mason dining halls are the ones that you have to scan for. But the other stuff, like Subway, Chic-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Auntie Annie’s don’t require that you scan your eyes. I am sure that it’ll change, eventually, to include all dining places.

Okay, I dug a bit deeper.

Here’s the official policy.  It states that they are mandatory for students using Anytime Dining (24 hour self service), but not for their other dining plans.  However, incoming Freshman 2014 are required to purchase Anytime Dining.  When you register and get your Mason ID, they scan your eye and generate a number for you that correlates to your iris pattern, which the scanners pick up once your eye is scanned for entry to the dining halls.

So, the tech is actually pretty cool, and Mason states that they do not actually store photos of your eyes, nor can the generated number be reverse engineered to find out if it is your eye.

My problem here though is that it is MANDATORY for Freshman, as if they are starting the foundations of a catalog.  Also, I don’t buy that “only for Mason” and “can’t be reverse engineered” bit.  Hackers or a corrupt employee could easily take advantage of this.  The covers the possibility of reverse engineering an iris and “stealing” someone’s identity here.  While the chances of someone doing that at a university seem slim, the article does point out that if the iris pattern is stolen to create a copy, it is not easy to get a new iris like it is a social security number.  If you’re into that sort of thing. Wikipedia also has a brief section on the shortcomings of iris based biometrics.

Thanks but no thanks, as long as I can opt out, I will opt out.  I didn’t plan on buying much of a meal plan if I go there anyway.

But thanks to OP for drawing attention to this!  I hope your prediction about it including all dining halls isn’t accurate though!

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the fact that you can’t highlight words that you accidentally caps locked and hit Caps Lock to get them lowercase is the reason i can’t sleep at night

except that you can do that


then press shift + F3




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Indigenous Language Digital Activism in Oaxaca, Mexico on October

Indigenous Language Digital Activism in Oaxaca, Mexico on October:


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This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more. 

But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.


I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for? 

It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.

Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.


Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson. 

The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.


And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!

Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.

Okay, what else?

Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.

Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.

You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.

And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE. 

If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!

Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.

amazon wishlist for Ferguson protestors

amazon wishlist for Ferguson protestors:


hey someone organized a wishlist of things for the protestors in ferguson (stuff like gas masks, food, drinks, umbrellas, earplugs, etc.) so help out if you can!!