About Alis

Alis Franklin is a thirtysomething Australian author of queer urban fantasy. She likes cooking, video games, Norse mythology, and feathered dinosaurs. She’s never seen a live drop bear, but stays away from tall trees, just in case.

ME @ 26: Entirely black wardrobe, lots of D-rings, Hot Topic, knockoff EGL jackets, straps, spikes.

ME @ 30: “Shit I’m middle management now… where do actual adults shop? I better get into some of that…”

ME @ 36: “Fuckit whatever.” Buys out entirety of Killstar to restock her (still entirely black) wardrobe.

2019-12-03T10:23:46+11:003rd December, 2019|Tags: fashion|

Any North American peeps who’re interested in some assistance getting to the New Zealand 2020 Worldcon may be interested to note the 2020 DUFF nominations are now open.

Honestly, it’d be really good to get some “new blood”, as it were, into this so… y’know. Check it out?

2019-12-03T10:21:00+11:003rd December, 2019|Tags: fandom, sff, worldcon|


… holy crap apparently is one year old today?

Massive, massive love to everyone who’s made this wildly more successful than I’d imagined it would ever be!1

I feel like I should do some kind of… I dunno. Year-in-review? But in lieu of that I will simply say:


  1. As well as a teeny tiny reminder of the Patreon, if you’d like to help out with some server costs. []
2019-12-04T08:03:09+11:003rd December, 2019|Tags:|

The New Hacker Ethic (and the Spirit of the Centralization Age).

Instead of saying access to computers should be unlimited and total, we should ask Who gets to use what I make? Who am I leaving out? How does what I make facilitate or hinder access?”

Instead of saying all information should be free, we could ask What data am I using? Whose labor produced it and what biases and assumptions are built into it? Why choose this particular phenomenon for digitization or transcription? And what do the data leave out?”

Instead of saying mistrust authority, promote decentralization, we should ask What systems of authority am I enacting through what I make? What systems of support do I rely on? How does what I make support other people?”

And instead of saying hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, or position, we should ask What kind of community am I assuming? What community do I invite through what I make? How are my own personal values reflected in what I make?”

Allison Parrish on the hacker ethic.

This is kind of cheating and taking the conclusion of a much longer and extremely worthwhile talk/essay on programming and, in particular, the hacker ethic. Also, the kind of boom-bust/accepting-questioning cycle she describes is pretty much bang-on my own experiences with things like the Jargon File and hacker/programmer culture in general, so… yeah. Highly recommended.

2019-07-29T14:53:37+10:003rd December, 2019|Tags: culture, tech|


So on one hand, I agree that it’s exhausting for creators to constantly have to make pronouncements about What They Meant, and at some point we should be death-of-the-author about it and get on with our own interpretations. On the other hand, it’s much more exhausting to witness creators perpetually burying queerness in subtext and then acting surprised when people inquire what, exactly, the subtext was meant to convey.

Jenny on queerbaiting.

This is about Good Omens, which is topical at the time of posting but will have hopefully died down enough by the time that this de-queues that I can finally let out a huge, relieved (and not too squee-harshing) uuuuurrrrggggghhhh because uuuuurrrrggggghhhh yes, this. All of this.

Gaiman has been doing this faux-woke1 thing with regards to queer rep for decades and it’s just tiring. It’s like Joss Whedon v2.0, in that you’ve got this animate slice of white bread who did a kind-of-maybe woke-ish thing once like in the 90s—Gaiman did include marginally more queer characters in his comics than was standard at the time, which is to say a non-zero amount—and has been riding that wave ever since. But then the world moved on and The Wheman did not.

But, y’know. Please. Give us yet another retread of, say, the whole gender-ambiguousness-as-shorthand-for-moral-corruption trope to try and pass off as “rep”. Because people—I assume so starved for decent representation in mainstream media they’ll clutch at anything—keep falling for it! Ugh.

Thirty years of this shit.

(Also, completely petty complaint about the TV adaptation, but… why oh why would you hire, like, such Extreme Power DILF actors and then make them look like that? Sheen especially. Yikes no.)

  1. … fauke? []
2019-07-23T14:27:11+10:0029th November, 2019|Tags: culture, pop culture, quiltbag|

Beige bland meat stocks.

So one of my favorite fireworks-brain-meme pieces of trivia is that chili was introduced into Asian cooking by Europeans. It had to’ve been, right? It’s native to central America, so the only way it got out of central America—and into cuisines like those of India and Thailand—was via the colonial empires of Europe.

And since this is the case, it poses one big huge honking question. Specifically, why then is so much European food so freakin’ bland—or at least so freakin’ one-note—compared to the other Old World cuisines its traders influenced?

2019-07-23T13:58:07+10:0028th November, 2019|Tags: culture, food|

Private humans.

If we accept as normal and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated, sold, or even leaked in the event of a hack, then we lose so much more than data.

We lose the freedom to be human.

Tim Cook on digital privacy.

2019-07-31T09:40:07+10:0027th November, 2019|Tags: privacy, tech|