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The American Astronomical Society is hosting its first virtual conference this week, thanks to the coronavirus. I’m not attending, but I understand that it includes a virtual experience, with a lobby and so on. I came across this screenshot of the virtual lobby. You will note that it includes a prominently-labeled “gender-neutral restroom.”

This just makes me laugh and shake my head. They felt the need to include that for an event that has nobody physically present.

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  1. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… Coolidge

    Madness. I mean, you know what would happen if they didn’t include that.

    These things are now like some kind of magic words that people deploy so the rampaging gangs of the Wokerati don’t string them up.

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    • May 27, 2020, at 11:59 AM PDT
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  2. Tim H. Member
    Tim H.

    DrewInWisconsin, Ham-Fisted Bu… (View Comment):

    These things are now like some kind of magic words that people deploy so the rampaging gangs of the Wokerati don’t string them up.

    Good point. And now that I think about it, the computer programming and graphics design for this conference are probably a pre-made virtual lobby somebody else made that lots of conferences have bought for their virtual meetings. Still, somebody thought they needed to put that in there. ;)

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    • May 27, 2020, at 12:07 PM PDT
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  3. PHenry Member

    What good is having superior virtues if you can’t signal it?

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    • May 27, 2020, at 12:57 PM PDT
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  4. Columbo Member

    An ultimate example of ‘virtue signaling’.

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    • May 27, 2020, at 12:59 PM PDT
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  5. repmodad Coolidge

    The fact that none of these virtual attendees is wearing a mask is quite surprising to me. 

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    • May 27, 2020, at 1:01 PM PDT
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  6. PHenry Member

    repmodad (View Comment):

    The fact that none of these virtual attendees is wearing a mask is quite surprising to me.

    Karen! ;) 

     

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    • May 27, 2020, at 1:03 PM PDT
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  7. Vance Richards Inactive
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    So, if you need to take a virtual leak and are unsure if you should virtually sit or stand, they got you covered? And this is what people in the so-called “hard sciences” are concerned about?

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    • May 27, 2020, at 1:14 PM PDT
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  8. Randy Webster Member

    @timh, did you ever know a guy named Sheldon Cohen?

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    • May 27, 2020, at 4:21 PM PDT
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  9. Bob Armstrong Thatcher

    The lack of virtual masks shows a callous disregard for fellow digital humans of whatever gender. Deniers!

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    • May 27, 2020, at 4:27 PM PDT
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  10. She Reagan
    She Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    When there are no people anywhere present, and when it exists solely in a fake, CGI world and on the Internet, I think it’s known as virtual signaling.

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    • May 28, 2020, at 2:56 AM PDT
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  11. Tim H. Member
    Tim H.

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    @timh, did you ever know a guy named Sheldon Cohen?

    No, I’m afraid not. I Googled the name just now and came up with a Carnegie Mellon psychologist who was innovative in measuring stress. Is he the one you mean?

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    • May 28, 2020, at 11:38 AM PDT
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  12. Tim H. Member
    Tim H.

    She (View Comment):

    When there are no people anywhere present, and when it exists solely in a fake, CGI world and on the Internet, I think it’s known as virtual signaling.

    This is the best reply.

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    • May 28, 2020, at 11:38 AM PDT
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  13. Randy Webster Member

    Tim H. (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    @timh, did you ever know a guy named Sheldon Cohen?

    No, I’m afraid not. I Googled the name just now and came up with a Carnegie Mellon psychologist who was innovative in measuring stress. Is he the one you mean?

    No. He taught philosophy at UT and was heavily into astronomy. He was pretty widely known.

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    • May 28, 2020, at 2:51 PM PDT
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  14. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    The coffee is free too.

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    • May 29, 2020, at 11:07 AM PDT
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  15. Henry Racette Contributor

    I don’t think it entirely unreasonable that people of a virtual sex should have their own virtual bathrooms.


    One of the many anachronisms in the science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey occurs in a scene on the space station where you can clearly see signs for a men’s room and a ladies’ room — and no other choices.

    Of course, come to think of it, back in 2001 there really weren’t any other choices. Things didn’t get squirrelly until a few years later. So I guess the movie got that part right, at least.

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    • May 29, 2020, at 12:24 PM PDT
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  16. Stad Thatcher

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    @timh, did you ever know a guy named Sheldon Cohen?

    I’ve heard of Sheldon Cooper . . .

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    • May 29, 2020, at 1:15 PM PDT
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  17. cirby Member

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Tim H. (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    @timh, did you ever know a guy named Sheldon Cohen?

    No, I’m afraid not. I Googled the name just now and came up with a Carnegie Mellon psychologist who was innovative in measuring stress. Is he the one you mean?

    No. He taught philosophy at UT and was heavily into astronomy. He was pretty widely known.

    Oddly enough, I’ve met him. He was at a convention I worked – he gave a presentation while I was a graphics operator.

     

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    • May 29, 2020, at 1:30 PM PDT
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  18. Randy Webster Member

    cirby (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Tim H. (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    @timh, did you ever know a guy named Sheldon Cohen?

    No, I’m afraid not. I Googled the name just now and came up with a Carnegie Mellon psychologist who was innovative in measuring stress. Is he the one you mean?

    No. He taught philosophy at UT and was heavily into astronomy. He was pretty widely known.

    Oddly enough, I’ve met him. He was at a convention I worked – he gave a presentation while I was a graphics operator.

     

    He was my best friend for 30 years. One of the funniest people I ever met.

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    • May 29, 2020, at 1:53 PM PDT
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  19. Mister Dog Coolidge

    A virtual conference is the perfect place for a gender-neutral bathroom. No one wants to use one in real life.

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    • May 30, 2020, at 9:04 AM PDT
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