Iris Vander Pluym is the online ‘nym of an artist, activist and writer living in New York City. She has a B.A. in Communications, having graduated cum laude from an East Coast state university of no particular note. Iris has written professionally on the subjects of music technology and production techniques, and has interviewed various recording artists for publications such as Keyboard and Electronic Musician. Raised to respect the adage that one should never opine on the topics of politics, religion or sex in polite company, it turns out that those are pretty much the only subjects she has any interest in discussing. A self-described unapologetic, godless liberal, Ms. Vander Pluym blogs regularly at Perry Street Palace. Follow her on Twitter @irisvanderpluym.
Recent Essays by Iris Vander Pluym
By Iris Vander Pluym - 03.09.14
I recently returned from a Top Secret Mission.
Mission: Vacation in Costa Rica.
Mission status: Best. Vacation. EVAR.
New mission: Move to Costa Rica.
I confess I had been rather skeptical (I know—moi?) about the gushing reports from people who had visited the country. It also occurred to me that of the many people of Central American ancestry I’ve met, not a single one was Costa Rican.
Now it all makes perfect sense. Because why would anyone ever want to leave Costa Rica?
By Iris Vander Pluym - 02.09.14
This is your body on conservatives.
On November 26, Marlise Munoz’s husband Erick found her unconscious on the floor. She had suffered a pulmonary embolism, her brain received no oxygen for some time, and she was pronounced dead at the hospital. As paramedics, Erick and Marlise understood well what “life support” meant, and Marlise had made clear that in such tragic circumstances she would not want such interventions.
But Marlise was 14 weeks pregnant, and Texas has a “pregnancy exclusion” law: unlike other adults, a pregnant person may not have life support withdrawn even...
By Iris Vander Pluym – 01.12.14
Based on documents leaked by my 2016 write-in candidate for president Edward J. Snowden, Spiegel reports on an elite NSA unit called TAO (for "Tailored Access Operations"). Some of TAO's exploits take advantage of the notoriously crash-prone Microsoft Windows operating system. Not for useful intelligence gathering, silly. Just for giggles!
Anyone unfortunate enough to run a Windows OS has seen their share of automated crash notices like this: