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Linkspam #67

Feb. 19th, 2011 | 03:45 am
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  • This quote from @snarkadelia's Tumblr:

    "But here’s the most notable thing about this whole debate: The people trying to put Planned Parenthood out of business do not seem concerned about what would happen to the 1.85 million low-income women who get family-planning help and medical care at the clinics each year. It just doesn’t come up. There’s not even a vague contingency plan."
    --The Siege of Planned Parenthood - NYTimes.com

  • From warenellis.com, GUEST INFORMANT: Carolyn Turgeon. Mermaids. "Fishtits." GO read it. XD

  • From lovefromgirl, Ugandan Who Spoke Up for Gays Is Beaten to Death (nytimes.com) and Bigotry haunts David Kato's funeral (maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com). Such an awful tragedy. Why must people be so awful?

  • Also from lovefromgirl, The Al Jazeera English Live Stream! And it's by Al Jazeera so it's totally legal!

  • Also from lovefromgirl, Why is it wrong to protect gay children? by Johann Hari at independent.co.uk. Especially notable:

    Is it “political correctness” and “McCarthyism” to try to ensure these kids can feel safe in their own schools – or is it basic decency? A few very mild proposals were made this week for how to change the attitudes behind this. They came from an excellent organization called Schools Out, which is run with a small grant from the tax-payer. They gave out a voluntary information pack in which they suggested that, to mark LGBT History Month, teachers acknowledge the existence of gay people in their lessons. They could teach in history about how Alan Turing played a vital role in saving the world from the Nazis and paved the way for the invention of the computer, only to be hounded to death for being gay. They could learn in science that homosexuality occurs in hundreds of species of animals. They could – yes! – maybe even look in maths lessons at the census data, figuring out how prevalent gay people are.

    We know that these lessons work in making gay kids much safer. The Schools Health Education Unit found that homophobic violence was dramatically lower in schools that taught about homosexuality. Good schools like Stoke Newington Secondary that followed this program were assessed to have “virtually eliminated homophobic bullying.” That has a very powerful educational purpose: when gay kids feel safe, they can learn.

    Yet these pragmatic policies to make kids safe were presented as a wicked plot to endanger children. We can’t stop the endemic intimidation and violence if every time there is a policy to do it, it is grossly distorted and demonized in this way. The critics even whispered that gays want to “impose” sexuality on kids – with hints of the ugliest and oldest lie about gay men, that they are paedophiles.

    and

    Don’t demand the right to spit in the face of gay people, and claim you’re being picked on when you’re asked to stop.

    Yes, I know your religious texts mandate bigotry against gay people. They also mandate slavery and stoning adulterers, and they laud a God who feeds small children to bears (see II Kings ii, 23-24). As secular morality has evolved, you have managed to overcome those beliefs. Here’s another that has to catch up. If you are really going to defend Biblical or Koranic literalism, you’ll end up as Stephen Green, head of the tiny Christian Voice sect, who argues that there is biblical authority for the legalisation of rape by husbands.

  • From antitheism, Sunday Sermonette: Mounting a Sermon.

    Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
    Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

    These are platitudes, such as have been taught by parents since the dawn of civilization. Don’t get me wrong: Mercy, peace, and purity are excellent things. I commend them to you. But are you the sort of person who would practice these virtues because they’re good, or because you hope to get rewarded for it later? Do you have any moral character of your own, or are you just sucking up to an authority figure? I read these lines as, “If you play nicely with your sister and share your toys, there’ll be ice-cream tonight.”

  • Via teleens_journal, mystickeeper's 101 Primer regarding privilege. Excellent links!

  • I love this! From exceptindreams, the poem pick-up lines for feminists by Lesley Kartali. My favorite part:

    if the personal is political
    then our getting together
    has the potential
    to subvert the patriarchy.

  • From the Huffington Post, Baghdad: U.S. Apology, $1 Billion Owed For Blast Walls. They do have a point, yanno.

  • Also from HuffPo, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Faces Backlash For Threatening Public Workers With National Guard. Good on the WI workers for demonstrating! And good on at least some of the media for drawing attention to this.


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Linkspam #66

Feb. 17th, 2011 | 03:09 pm
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Linkspam #65

Feb. 15th, 2011 | 05:05 pm
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Linkspam #64

Jan. 26th, 2011 | 12:22 am
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Linkspam #63

Jan. 7th, 2011 | 12:49 am
posted by: simonejester in verticalfile

  • I like this line from sarken:

    I feel invigorated! Invigorated and unstoppable! I should be brought the finest muffins and bagels in all the land...

  • From ontd_political, Senate Obstruction Trading Cards by Wonkette. XD

  • From someone on Tumblr, Snopes debunks the "Hand of Hope" story. Picture: real; story: bullshit. Real story within.

  • After listening to Ze's TED Talk, I found the chill-out song. Maybe I'm just a crybaby, but it's beautiful and quite the tearjerker.

  • Oh. My. Flying Spaghetti Monster. All those cute things that are usually made in teeny Juniors sizes? The sort of clothing you see on Weheartit and Tumblr? Well, there's some of it in plus sizes now, and nearly all of it is beautiful and awesome, and it's here at ShopRuche.com.

  • From dorkly.com, 7 Nerdy Snow Sculptures. AWESOME :D

  • I wish I could have a place like this for my husband! From thecoverproject.net via dorkly.com.

  • And this awesomeness from Dorkly that I just linked Fizzy to:

    While playing a game of Halo 2 a while back my friends and I were playing a marathon of team slayer with our Aussie friend Static. After about an hour or so, one of our friends left and was promptly replaced with my friend’s little brother. After a particularly exciting game where Static went 18-0 my friend’s little brother stated the following:

    Brother: Static I’ve been wondering something.
    Static: Yes?
    Brother: How the hell do you get electricity to your hut?
    There was a long silence followed by a burst of laughter when we realized he was serious.
    Static: I have a kangaroo on a treadmill in my backyard.
    -Joe

  • From @ninjagoalie from months ago:

    and I'm back on Twitter. What a despairing vortex black hole of self-absorption. I almost feel like I'm in Amy Winehouse's hair.

  • From ReliefWeb, Baby born amid Pakistan floods is named [Raha] after UNDP supported programme. Awwwww!


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Linkspam #62

Jan. 2nd, 2011 | 11:09 pm
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Linkspam #61

Dec. 30th, 2010 | 06:01 am
posted by: simonejester in verticalfile

  • From poor_skills, The Twenty Healthiest Foods For Under $1. From divinecaroline.com.

  • WikiRebels: The Documentary. From svtplay.se.

  • From the Huffington Post, Artist Breaks World Record with 12,090-Rubik's-Cube Mosaic. I'd have gone for something more original than recreating a painting, but still--very cool!

  • Heehee... From poor_skills, The Sneaky Chef: Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals. I may need to cook these for myself!

  • Also, VegWeb.com.

  • From exceptindreams, the poem Ludwig Van Beethoven's Return to Vienna by Rita Dove. I really loved this one because it flowed easily enough for even my poetry-stupid mind to follow easily, and the imagery was so clear! Especially the ribbon part at the beginning.

  • From @rudepundit via Twitter:

    I think it's possible to believe in what Wikileaks is doing and believe that Julian Assange is kind of a dick.

    I also think it's possible to believe that Julian Assange is kind of a dick and that he's innocent until proven guilty.

    And perhaps it's possible to believe that Assange is being persecuted by gov'ts and might be guilty of sex crimes.

    In other words, it's possible to hold two seemingly conflicting thoughts that don't actually conflict at all.

  • This is neato:

    "On Valentine's Day"
    Rafael Campo

    We're not a married couple, though today
    We let ourselves pretend we are. We walk
    Together holding hands outside, afraid
    Of nothing. Lost in recipes, I cook
    A dinner too outlandish, while you plot
    To buy me something I can't really use.
    You call me silly nicknames ("Tater Tot"
    Is one that makes me cringe); I look at you
    A little wistfully, believing love is real,
    And do things equally ridiculous,
    Like sit in places you've just left to feel
    Your warmth seep into me. The two of us,
    Together all these years, forget we are
    Two men who'll never marry, still just queers.

    Via exceptindreams.

  • The Folly of Romance, by diaryofadrongo. A good, logical, kind of depressing read.

  • From polymexina at mil_wives, Help At-risk Kids Find The Power In Their Voices, a Global Giving project.


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Linkspam #60

Dec. 29th, 2010 | 07:50 am
posted by: simonejester in verticalfile

  • From poor_skills, The Twenty Healthiest Foods For Under $1. From divinecaroline.com.

  • WikiRebels: The Documentary. From svtplay.se.

  • From the Huffington Post, Artist Breaks World Record with 12,090-Rubik's-Cube Mosaic. I'd have gone for something more original than recreating a painting, but still--very cool!

  • Heehee... From poor_skills, The Sneaky Chef: Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals. I may need to cook these for myself!

  • Also, VegWeb.com.

  • From exceptindreams, the poem Ludwig Van Beethoven's Return to Vienna by Rita Dove. I really loved this one because it flowed easily enough for even my poetry-stupid mind to follow easily, and the imagery was so clear! Especially the ribbon part at the beginning.

  • From @rudepundit via Twitter:

    I think it's possible to believe in what Wikileaks is doing and believe that Julian Assange is kind of a dick.

    I also think it's possible to believe that Julian Assange is kind of a dick and that he's innocent until proven guilty.

    And perhaps it's possible to believe that Assange is being persecuted by gov'ts and might be guilty of sex crimes.

    In other words, it's possible to hold two seemingly conflicting thoughts that don't actually conflict at all.

  • This is neato:

    "On Valentine's Day"
    Rafael Campo

    We're not a married couple, though today
    We let ourselves pretend we are. We walk
    Together holding hands outside, afraid
    Of nothing. Lost in recipes, I cook
    A dinner too outlandish, while you plot
    To buy me something I can't really use.
    You call me silly nicknames ("Tater Tot"
    Is one that makes me cringe); I look at you
    A little wistfully, believing love is real,
    And do things equally ridiculous,
    Like sit in places you've just left to feel
    Your warmth seep into me. The two of us,
    Together all these years, forget we are
    Two men who'll never marry, still just queers.

    Via exceptindreams.

  • The Folly of Romance, by diaryofadrongo. A good, logical, kind of depressing read.

  • From antitheism, Have a PC Holiday, Ancient Rome-Style, by NPR. Io, Saturnalia!


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Linkspam #59

Dec. 28th, 2010 | 05:18 am
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Linkspam #58

Dec. 26th, 2010 | 06:36 pm
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Linkspam #57

Dec. 20th, 2010 | 11:20 am
posted by: simonejester in verticalfile

  • NationStates: build a nation, run it however you damn well please!

  • From koken23, Troops back armoured underwear dubbed 'combat codpiece', from BBC News. Excerpt:

    The latest piece of high-tech kit due to be issued to all British forces deploying to Helmand already has a nickname. It is known by the troops who have tested it as the "combat codpiece".

    The name may be irreverent, but the intention behind the new piece of body armour is deadly serious: to protect soldiers' most important piece of personal kit from blast injuries to the pelvic area caused by the Taliban's roadside bombs.

    All those deploying to Helmand are already being issued with four pairs of special anti-blast underpants.

    They look like black cycling shorts, but are made from special ballistic material crafted from silk and synthetics, which is ultra-lightweight but can stop or mitigate the effects of most small pieces of shrapnel and dirt travelling at high velocity after a blast.

    soldiers' most important piece of personal kit

    Really! They said that! (And a bunch of female soldiers roll their eyes and say "speak for yourself!")

  • Even if DADT repeal is passed, the National Center for Transgender Equality warns transgender servicepeople that it's not safe to come out as trans even then.

  • From jamoche at metaquotes, a great comment on the so-called "war on Christmas." (by another person at Slacktivist) Excerpt:

    If, indeed, there IS a war on Christmas, it seems clear to me that Christmas is winning. It's annexed the month of November, and started to make in roads on October - I swear I heard Christmas carols in stores before Halloween this year. Of course, as a number of people have pointed out, this has nothing to do with Christmas at all, and rather a lot to do with Excessmas (brilliant!).

  • From the Huffington Post, GOP Lawmakers Calling For Federal Wage Cuts Boosting Payrolls In Own Offices. A more important part than mere GOP hypocrisy:

    While studies show that the federal work force overall earns a higher average salary, that's because the government has more professional employees than the private work force, which includes a heavy contingent of lower-paid service employees such as fast-food workers and hotel housekeepers.

    When similar high-skill jobs in the public and private sectors are compared – engineers, physicians or scientists, for example – the government workers generally make less than their private-sector counterparts. A 2002 study by the Congressional Budget office found that for 85 percent of federal professional and administrative personnel, their pay was more than 20 percent below private salaries.

    Then again,

    Meanwhile, congressional payroll costs have climbed at a far faster pace than either the federal government's or the private sector's.

    Between 2001 and 2009, Congress boosted its personnel costs by 51 percent, according to Legistorm, increasing it steadily under both Democratic and Republican leadership.

    A recent House survey found that lawmakers doled out merit raises averaging nearly 6 percent in 2008. Most of them also gave cost-of-living adjustments of 3 or 4 percent, and one-time bonuses averaging several thousand dollars, the survey found. Most federal workers get raises of 3 or 4 percent per year.


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Linkspam #56

Dec. 16th, 2010 | 06:26 pm
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  • This lovely and heartwarming poem posted by exceptindreams:

    6:12
    Patrick Phillips

    My heart swelled inexplicably
    when I turned the key

    and caught the scent
    of something lovely, coming from the kitchen.

    I dropped my loaded bag
    and clowned a heart-attack

    when my son came running from his room
    and gripped my thumbs, and balanced on my shoes.

    And as I broke into our nightly dance—
    his graceless, middle-aged old man,

    I knew: that I will be content
    if this is all the heaven that we're granted.

  • An Atheist's Grace, quoted by bill_sheehan at antitheism:

    An Atheist’s Grace

    For the good food now laid before us, delighting our senses, and the wine that gladdens our hearts;

    For the hard work and loving hands of those who helped prepare this feast;

    For all those whose labor made it possible, the farmers, pickers, truckers, merchants;

    For the service of all who toil on this day so that we may rest, our soldiers, sailors, police, firefighters, engineers, doctors, caregivers;

    For the love of all our family and friends, those here gathered and those we hold in our hearts;

    For all these things we are grateful. For all these things we give thanks.

  • From the Huffington Post, Making Government Work Can Transform Africa, by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

  • CauseCast! Gifts that do a lot of genuine good. :D

  • From slave2tehtink, Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry.


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Linkspam #55

Dec. 12th, 2010 | 07:37 am
posted by: simonejester in verticalfile

  • From antitheism, Stop Defending the Catholic Church: Day 5, by virginia_fell:

    Day Five: Apologism Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

    I know there are still people reading this--if they haven't defriended me over it--who insist that the real intolerance here is mine, that the real bigotry, hatred, and harm comes from compiling these links and not from the organization whose actions have been reported on. These people are apologists, who will say and do anything to defend their church because that is what they have been taught they must do. Is it loyalty? Is it fear of being cut off from salvation without the church? I don't know, you tell me.

    But here's my problem with this sort of apologism. When someone says, "A priest molested me as a child and shamed me into silence," apologists are the ones who say, "Yeah, but not all priests are like that, so try to express your pain in a way that doesn't make Catholics uncomfortable." When someone says, "I was locked in a workhouse and assaulted physically and sexually when I wasn't actively engaged in forced labor," apologists are the ones who say, "That's really sad honey and Imma let you finish, but the church does a lot of charity work and I'd like to derail this conversation to talk about this other thing for a while." When someone says, "Scientific journals have criticized the RCC for their habit of lying to at-risk populations about AIDS," apologists are the ones who say, "Yes, but a condom is just like a cigarette filter! What do doctors know about epidemiology that the College of Cardinals doesn't?"

    In short, apologists are the ones who take a conversation that makes them uncomfortable and put their own feelings at the center of it so that rather than talking about the victims of the RCC's wanton callousness, racism, and unvarnished cruelty... we're talking about how sad it is that victims' advocates hurt Catholic people's feelings by pointing these things out. The real problem with apologism is that when you come into this discussion defending the Catholic church, what you are really saying is that you don't like us talking about harsh realities and would rather we discuss a comforting fantasy. Well, you can save that horseshit for church where it belongs. This is the real world.

    In the real world, the Catholic Church probably hates you. Stop defending it like a battered wife who's sure her husband really really does love her, he's just got a funny way of showing it and you're sure that if you stay and show the church love and don't make trouble and be everything it asks you to be, it'll understand what it's been doing to you and everything will turn out like the RCC promised you it would be.

    It's pathetic. Stop it.

    I highly recommend the whole series.

  • From the Huffington Post, William K. Black:What Aspect of Dealing with Bullies Did Obama Fail to Learn as a Child? Excerpt:

    Note to President Obama: you misunderstand your position description. An adult who repeatedly gives in to a bully is a coward, not "reasonable." Do you realize that the Republicans have been calling you a coward with regard to your foreign policies for two years and that they hold you in utter contempt? That is why they believed they could get away with bullying you in Congress despite your large majorities in both Houses. I guarantee that they have view your falling for their Blazing Saddles threat to commit suicide as the ultimate demonstration of that your administration has descended into farce.

    Your job is not to get reelected. Your job is not to work on your "portrayal." Your job is to prevent bad tax policies you (correctly) said threatened our democracy, economy, and society. You are failing at your job.

  • From an article by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm at the Huffington Post, America Needs a Jobs Race to the Top. It's a great idea. Excerpt:

    It's doable with an aggressive strategy. Here's how it could work:

    • Take funds the U.S. now spends on economic development programs (about $170 billion) and redirect a portion to a Jobs Race to the Top competition among the country's regions, states and communities. For it to have an effect, it needs to have the size and scope of the education Race to the Top.

    • Focus the competition on clean energy job creation. There is a critical national need for this and it can create all kinds of jobs for all kinds of people in all kinds of regions across the country.

    • Devote the competition to rewarding the most effective public-private partnerships. These must be developed at the local level. Define "effective" in terms of the numbers of lasting jobs created quickly.

    • Reward regions that build on their strengths, partner with the private sector and change public policy to drive jobs results. Take the Sunbelt states. In exchange for federal dollars to offset a company's upfront capital costs or new technology installation, these states might create a dramatically streamlined permitting process for solar farms. Or they could offer a partnership with specific private-sector solar energy producers to build out the energy generation, and ensure strong demand for renewable energy inside the region through a robust Renewable Energy Standard.

  • A very good article on Evangelistic Ethics. Excerpt:

    This is typical evangelical methodology. I’ve been in musical groups that functioned much as this duo did: put on a good show and hook the audience, then hit ‘em between the eyes with the gospel. It’s also a methodology that is used by some Christian charities. One blogger, speaking of one of the world’s largest Christian charitable organizations, wrote,


    God did not send his Son that people might have clothes on their backs, or food in their bellies, or a roof over their head.

    Addressing such social and emotional needs only earns us the right to share with them the prime reason God sent his Son…that they might have eternal life.

    Did you catch that phrase, “earns us the right?” Compare that with the illusionist’s “earned your respect.” In both cases, someone is providing a service that he or she is using as a stepping stone toward accomplishing another agenda.

  • Jay Pinkerton on using the n-word almost as if it were "Smurf":

    If we were walking down the street and I turned to you and said “Motherfucker was going to the motherfucker, motherfucker,” I’d like to think you’d have the decency to pull me aside and tell me how ridiculous I sounded. “Your heart’s in the right place, motherfucker, but you really need to learn to swear properly before you try and do it in public, bitch.”


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Linkspam #54

Dec. 8th, 2010 | 12:18 am
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  • a_tergo_lupi being funny. Or maybe I'm just indulging my inner ten-year-old:

    Paper. I turned it in on Sunday (well, I thought I did and actually just emailed it in). He just graded it and sent it back to me. I got an A-. I swear. I could turn in a piece of paper that says PENIS! and get an A-.

  • LAWL. From anastasis, her "police report" tag. :P

  • From the Discovery blog Not Rocket Science, 15-minute writing exercise closes the gender gap in university level physics. COOOL. :D

  • From the Huffington Post, What Now for the Democrats? Excerpt:

    Let's stop pretending. Barack Obama is a disaster as a crisis president. He has taken an economic collapse that was the result of Republican ideology and Republican policies, and made it the Democrats' fault. And the more that he is pummeled, the more he bends over.

    ...

    So the choices boil down to these:

    *Let Obama continue to undermine the economy, the real Democratic Party, and the New Deal-Great Society legacy.

    *Do a ton of grass roots organizing to put pressure on the administration to change course and in the meantime to back real progressive leaders. The one time in recent memory that something like this worked was in the successful campaign to have Elizabeth Warren appointed interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The trouble is that the Warren appointment was something of a one-off. Though progressive pressure can produce an occasional decent appointment, it is not capable of compelling Obama to grow a spine.

    *Run a progressive candidate against Obama in the 2012 primary. At a recent meeting of the Democracy Alliance, most of whose private donors and trade union backers were big Obama supporters, the two White House emissaries were ripped apart. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka was severe in his criticism of the White House failure to promote a real jobs and recovery program. Co-panelist Austan Goolsbee appeared weak and ineffectual, like his President.

  • The Film School Thesis Statement Generator. Fucking awesome. XD


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Linkspam #53

Dec. 5th, 2010 | 07:44 pm
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  • This interesting quote from night_owl_9:

    I know I may not discuss it As Much as I talk about my fandoms, acting, theatre, anime, psychology, and so on, but I love photos, pictures, art, and photography TO DEATH. I love looking at a picture, be it of a landscape, a skyline of a city, a group of people, a flower after a terrible storm - whatever the subject is, I just love that a moment in time can be captured, be it through the strokes of a brush, the movements of the painter solely creating the art that is within their own hearts and minds, or it be with a single click, the flash of a camera bursting into the air, capturing whatever moment in time may never be captured again.

  • Some cool Twitter art from #twitterart:

    ( - @dikyjojo #TwitterArt #140art #Typography - )

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    ( - @relaxedly @FrauStuffy #TWITTERART - )

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    ( - @TakashiFujita #TWITTERART - )

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  • SING IT, skywaterblue!

    1. Fandom Fist Smash over this female character chart.

    Because: 1a. All characters in media inherently meet some sort of 'trope' because there are only SO many ways to tell a story and make it satisfying to an audience. I mean, don't take Joseph Campbell that seriously or anything, but ... yeah, you know what, fucking read some Campbell and then get back to me on this?

    1b. Yoko Ono is not a trope. She's also ten times more awesome than you, which is unfortunate for everyone reading this but inherently true. Get back to me after you survive Japanese firebombing, tell your parents to fuck themselves to move to the West and go to Sarah Lawrence eschewing your inheritance and discuss music theory with John Cage and perform with him at Carnegie Hall.

    Then, IF you meet someone as equally talented as John Lennon and decide to say 'fuck everyone' and fall in love, YOU MIGHT be AS awesome as Yoko Ono. Like I said, get back to me on that.

    1c. Tearing apart the women who do appear on TV because they're not YOU is an inherently stupid way to discuss their potentials as feminist/not-feminist. Let's start over, and you can read up on agency and the cliff notes of 'The Second Sex'. Then we can come back and talk about which characters pass and which fail.

  • From slave2tehtink, How TV Superchef Jamie Oliver's 'Food Revolution' Flunked Out. Excerpt:

    To source, cook and get children to eat fresh, healthy local food we would need to double school food funding, get schoolchildren involved in growing and cooking their own food, ban junk-food advertising, slap a health tax on fast food, shift agribusiness subsidies to small, community-controlled farms, provide proper health care and nutrition education, and promote social and cultural changes in how American families exercise and approach, prepare and eat food. Then most children (and adults) would probably make healthy choices. But this would require a real revolution, not one manufactured for television.

  • simply_fly_away has learned an important lesson:

    If you're going to send a text that says "nah, he needs some bigger balls, they'll fit in his mouth better" you should probably be more specific and say you're talking about Lego's plastic balls for playing fetch. And you should also probably check you're sending the said text to your husband, not anyone else. Because that person will reply with a "WTF?!" and you'll have to die of shame right there and then. Just so you know.


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Nov. 22nd, 2010 | 03:25 am
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  • From angeling, Jack-O-Lanterns by joh-wee on deviantART:


    The New Ghostly Trio by *joh-wee on deviantART


    Link: The Hero of Pumpkins by *joh-wee on deviantART

  • From exceptindreams, the poem your airplanes by Rachel McKibbens:

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  • An interesting answer to an interesting question:

    Anonymous asked: No question. I read this today and thought of you because of some of the things you have said:

    "It’s a lie. It’s a bunch of sad strangers photographed beautifully, and all the glittering assholes who appreciate art say it’s beautiful 'cause that’s what they wanna see. But the people in the photos are sad, and alone…but the pictures make the world seem beautiful, so…the exhibition is reassuring which makes it a lie, and everyone loves a big fat lie." (Alice, "Closer")

    I also want to share that you have a talent. I have known many people who photograph other people. Often the right model can make you seem like a genius. To get the results you get out of so many models is a rare talent. Yes, the girls have something to share- but you need to be there to draw it out of them.


    Unfortunately your quote was pretty accurate, most of the people in this business are sad. The Models are usually painfully insecure. The photos never tell the whole story, young girls under so much unnecessary pressure. Ironically the more success they have, the lonelier, more isolated they become. It’s unforgiving, relentless, ultimately futile but it’s the dream of so many young Women and of course it has plucked many girls from abject poverty in to another world. Super Model Natalia Vodianova came from a very poor family, she sold fruit at the side of the Road on the outskirts of Moscow and now she is wealthy and married to a Lord.

    We see only what we are capable of seeing.

  • Greta Christina's Atheist Meme Of The Day for Oct. 27:

    Today's Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don't; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

    Religion is an idea about how the world works -- and it's just as valid to criticize it in public forums as it is to criticize any other idea. If you think it's okay to criticize ideas about politics, science, medicine, art, philosophy, food, and so on... why should religion be treated any differently? Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

  • Condometric Condom Measures Your Woody. No, really. BRB, LOLing forever.



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Likely the last Linkspam under the old style. :)

Nov. 18th, 2010 | 12:23 pm
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Not dead.

Nov. 11th, 2010 | 10:00 am
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I just don't have the file that I keep my verticalfile notes on. But soon I'll be trying new formatting styles anyway so that could be interesting. I think I'll do posts of fewer links but more quotes so you can see more of what you'd be clicking on, and I'll be doing collections of tweets that I found amusing or insightful. It'll be only public tweets and I'll be using more or less the same if-it's-public-it's-fair-game rules as metaquotes that I've been using both here and back at the old sidetrackedery.

And with that, a happy Veterans' Day / Armistice Day / Remembrance Day to all.

*dons Canadian poppy pin*
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Linkspam #50

Oct. 19th, 2010 | 06:48 pm
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Icons #19

Oct. 17th, 2010 | 08:11 am
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01.02.03.

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Linkspam #49

Oct. 16th, 2010 | 10:43 pm
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  • From metaquotes, marnanel muses on languages today.

    Ah, would I were a German!
    I'd trouble my translator
    With nouns the size of Hamburg
    And leave the verb till later.

    And if I were a Welshman
    My work would thwart translation
    With ninety novel plurals
    In strict alliteration.

    And would I were Chinese!
    I'd throw them off their course
    With twelve unusual symbols
    All homophones of "horse".

    But as it is, I'm English:
    And I'm the one in hell
    By writing in a language
    Impossible to spell.

  • From (DW)falcongrrl, Gay Sex vs. Straight Sex, from blog.okcupid.com. Bustin' stereotypes left and right. XD

  • There's truth in snark and then there's just plain rude. FroM The Oatmeal, who seems to have peaked a few posters back.

  • From @milblogging, Navy turns 2235; Birthplace in Dispute. After 235 years? Daaaamn.

  • This great inspireplease post and especially the poem towards the end. :)

  • The discussion that ensued here is more interesting than anything related to the original askthekinksters question.

  • Wooooow... From @txvoodoo, The True Size of Africa. They throw in the US...but it seems to only be the lower 48. Hmf. *has been in Alaska too long*

  • I think this Cioran has got something here:

    "A book is a suicide postponed."

  • Make It Better Project for GLBTQ youth. Right. The fuck. ON.

  • ceilidh_ann at the end of the Sparkle Project:

    I’ve learned that the bitchier and more selfish your heroine is, the better. You’re also free to take the incredibly dull route, as long as there’s a good looking guy and some element of forbidden love in there, you’re set. The forbidden love story featured a little too often too. It’s amazing how often one can use the words forbidden and dangerous in this genre.

    I’ve learned that parents and guardian figures only exist to harsh the squee and should be either disposed of (if done in a shocking or depressing manner then this passes as character development for the grief stricken heroine) badly thought out or just ignored. This trope bugged me more than most well worn plot devices in the genre, bar a couple other infuriating ones. It reeks of lazy writing and sometimes these characters need someone to ground them or tell them how stupid they’re being.

    I’ve learned that developing your romantic element, giving it depth and showing your pair grow together and turn from friends or acquaintances to a real, strong and loving pair is also too much hard work. Try out things like instant love, past life loves or eye sex. If your eye sex instant love connection is with an animal then that’s even better. Don’t worry about your story actually needing a romantic element, it sells!

    I’ve learned that one badly thought out, lazy and dull love story isn’t exciting enough and it’s often necessary to shoe-horn in another doting, gorgeous and dull figure to pad out the series a little bit. Because every girl wants that sort of pressure.

    I’ve learned that this genre is very very white and very very straight. Token gays should be referred to as gay at every opportune moment as well as their flailing and giggling. Your heroine should be white, pretty but possibly not consider herself as such, skinny (having a chubbier friend helps as well) and looking for a man with similar qualities.

    I’ve learned that all of the following things count as acts of love or endearment: sexual harassment in front of a laughing crowd, stalking, making a girl feel uncomfortable in public, scaring her, asking her inappropriate questions, holding her down on a bed and threatening to kill her, ignoring her, mocking her and ejaculating over her and possibly trying to impregnate her without her permission (it totally counts as love if it’s pollen jizz, honestly!) I knew that Twilight was about as feminist friendly as an evening with Rush Limbaugh but my god, these books left me slack jawed with shock and anger because I couldn’t believe that they were marketed as teen romances without any fuss. I genuinely want to know what goes through the head of a woman who is married and has children when she sits down to write a teen romance and puts in one or more of these elements and says it’s acceptable. Then I want to know what the hell the editor, agent and publishers were thinking when they agreed, not to mention the writers who jump to the defence of stuff like this. Consequences exist whether these writers like it or not as when they write for a young adult audience they have something of a responsibility to look at what they’re writing and decide if it’s suitable or not. There’s a difference between a forbidden love story and domestic abusive dressed up as romance. Abuse is real, certainly more real than vampires and angels, and people like Becca Fitzpatrick, Stephenie Meyer and the like should understand that what they’re writing is not romance.

  • From exceptindreams, the striking poem Litany by Carolyn Creedon.

  • From apocalinks, 100 Tiny Things I Hate by Jon Brown.

  • And Relentlessly Cheerful Art by James Hance, via apocalinks.

  • Awwwww! From BBC News - In Pictures, Musical rats! SO FUKKEN CUTE.

  • Because hypocrisy and double-thought are no stretch for Christianity: From antitheism, Jehovah's Witnesses Mad That Atheist Won't Keep Their Views To Themselves.

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Linkspam #48

Oct. 13th, 2010 | 11:49 pm
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Linkspam #47

Oct. 12th, 2010 | 03:27 am
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Linkspam #46

Oct. 11th, 2010 | 01:31 am
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Linkspam #45

Oct. 9th, 2010 | 12:54 am
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Linkspam #44

Oct. 8th, 2010 | 02:48 pm
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Book Notes #11

Oct. 7th, 2010 | 10:20 am
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Where is Joe Merchant?
by Jimmy Buffett


"When I'm standing on the earth, I realize how fast things are really moving. All of a sudden another summer is over and they're playing Christmas music. All of a sudden you get a card in the mail announcing your twenty-fifth high school reunion. All of a sudden Vietnam is another old war fought by the parents of the kids who watch M TV and won't know who Walter Cronkite is. Children you remember as little babies are getting married. Life is like that. Years pile up like shipwreck debris strewn out across a jagged reef, offering memories of something or someone who came before."


p.16 "a diving watch that looked as if it could tell time in every world time zone, do his banking, and split the atom."

p.158 "In deez parts, when da good times come, dey gallop in like wild horses. You try and ride 'em for as long as you can, and when dey trow you off, you just wait in the shade till dey come again."

p.180 "To him, life was just a magazine."

p.193 "He was what the locals called a 'smoke-stack captain,' which meant that if he lost sight of the smokestacks of the city electrical plant, he couldn't find his way back."

p.159 "I always had a feeling that the Nazi SS were reincarnated as mosquitoes and houseflies."

p.302 "One: Honor intelligence. Two: I cannot interfere with the evolutionary destiny of others; everyone has natural wisdom. Three: I am another myself."
--cosmic laws

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Icons #18

Oct. 5th, 2010 | 08:26 am
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0102.03.

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Linkspam #43

Oct. 3rd, 2010 | 09:44 am
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Linkspam #42

Oct. 2nd, 2010 | 05:46 am
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Book Notes #10

Oct. 1st, 2010 | 07:55 am
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Japanese Inn
by Oliver Statler

p.36 The news was received in the village streets with general indifference. The people's concern was how to meet their taxes, not who pocketed them at the top.

p.37 Despite Hideyoshi's promise to return seikenji's bell, the priests themselves had to go and fetch it back. Again they organized a work party, and again Mochizuki released his useful gardener to help. The bell was floated back across Suruga Bay, hurled up the face of the hill, and raised into its tower. Its only scar from wartime service is that from being dragged overland on the other end of its journey, part of its inscription is worn away, but the year of its casting, 1314, by the Western calendar, is legible. Today it is still struck eighteen times at dawn and dusk, and at midnight on New Year's Eve one hundred and eight times, for that is the number of the sins of man.

p.52 Ieyasu disliked intensely to have other people go after game in the grounds where he hawked, and he was inclined to be huffy when they encountered anyone there without good reason. Once they came across an oil-seller who compounded his crime by being insolent, so Ieyasu handed his sword to a retainer and told him to cut the fellow down. It was done, but the man went on walking a few paces before falling divided in two. This, of course, was a great testimonial to the sword, which they promptly christened "Oil-seller."

p.105 In the inn's entry, Ito and his companion each thrust his sword into his stash. They were commoners, but even a commoner was permitted to wear a sword when on a journey. A traveler had no choice but to carry all the money required for his trip: this made him a tempting target, and no one denied him the right to be armed against the perils of the road.

p.148 Basho was a wanderer. he was one of those poet-priests whose urge to see the full moon here, the sea and pines there, or the mountain crags at another celebrated place, kept them moving all over the face of their land, leaving poems and prose sketches which would in tern impel later generations to the same restless search for beauty in nature.
     One of these men set down the rules by which he traveled, and lived:

     Be prepared to die at any time. Don't think of tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Life is vanity.

     Observe the five commandments of Buddhism, which forbid killing, stealing, fornication, drinking, and idle talk. (However, there can be exceptions for drink and a little idle talk.)

     Give everything down to the skin if you meet with highway-men. Be ready to give up your life if they want to kill you, and never fight back.

     Don't haggle over ferry and inn charges, and tip as one should.

     Give alms to beggars and medicine to the sick when you meet them on your way.

     Never refuse a request for calligraphy, except in places where it is very difficult to go by foot.

     And when you feel inclined to break these rules, stop your journey and go home.


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Linkspam #41

Sep. 30th, 2010 | 05:06 am
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Icons #17

Sep. 28th, 2010 | 02:44 am
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01.02.03.

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Linkspam #40

Sep. 27th, 2010 | 04:20 am
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  • From Eat Drink Chic, The Cupcake Wrapper Co. Well there's a niche market. :)

  • Also, Daily Drop Cap (adventures in typography) and lox+savvy (paper goods).

  • Aaaand Where The Wild Things Are-type font! :D

  • And some really pretty curtains from Anthropologie.com.

  • From 1000awesomethings.com, $414: Driving home from a long trip and getting all your radio stations back. :)

  • From atheistmedia.com, Ted Haggard Defends Bishop Eddie Long. "You can't use your religion to tyrannize others." You SAY, Ted, but you're a fucking hypocrite.

  • From @nytimes, As L.S.S.I. Takes Over Libraries, Patrons Can't Keep Quiet.

  • From MSNBC's Photo Blog, The most dangerous city in the world (even for sharks).

  • Also, Remembering Eddie Fisher.

  • From designismine.blogspot.com, Thought of the day: Good.

  • From the Atheist Media Blog, Christopher Hitchens Skipping Prayer Day in His Honor. Who sets one up in the first damn place? This is Christopher Hitchens we're talking about.

  • Haha! From boingboing.net, Female Nina Attacks Foe with Weaponized Vajayjay Bubbles. By Xeni Jardin. What a variety of topics she covers. XD

  • From NPR via Skepchick, 5 Worries Parents Should Drop, And 5 They Shouldn't.

  • From Disorderly Beautiful Chaos, the Ursula K. LeGuin poem Please Bring Strange Things:

    Please bring strange things.
    Please come bringing new things.
    Let very old things come into your hands.
    Let what you do not know come into your eyes.
    Let desert sand harden your feet.
    Let the arch of your feet be the mountains.
    Let the paths of your fingertips be your maps
    And the ways you go be the lines of your palms.
    Let there be deep snow in your inbreathing
    And your outbreath be the shining of ice.
    May your mouth contain the shapes of strange words.
    May you smell food cooking you have not eaten.
    May the spring of a foreign river be your navel.
    May your soul be at home where there are no houses.
    Walk carefully, well-loved one,
    Walk mindfully, well-loved one,
    Walk fearlessly, well-loved one.
    Return with us, return to us,
    Be always coming home.

    And below that, an NSFW pictures. :)

  • So Tonight, by Disorderly Beautiful Chaos.

    “So tonight I reach for my journal again. This is the first time I’ve done this since I came to Italy. What I write in my journal is that I am weak and full of fear. I explain that Depression and Loneliness have shown up, and I’m scared they will never leave. I say that I don’t want to take the drugs anymore, but I’m frightened I will have to. I am terrified that I will never really pull my life together.

    In response, somewhere from within me, rises a now-familiar presence, offering me all the certainties I have always wished another person would say to me when I was troubled. This is what I find myself writing on the page:

    I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long. I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and Braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.

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Icons #16

Sep. 26th, 2010 | 03:59 pm
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Linkspam #39

Sep. 25th, 2010 | 05:48 am
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Linkspam #38

Sep. 23rd, 2010 | 04:27 am
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  • From Web Urbanist, Star Wars Invades Dubai in Digital Art Series. Coooooool. XD

  • POPECORN. (from 9gag.com)

  • "Is America Islamophobic?" Not all of us, I promise! (from 9gag.com)

  • True that, editorial cartoon artist. (from 9gag.com)

  • From slate.com, Palinisms: Did Sarah Palin really say that?

  • From Huffington Post, American Crossroads, Rove Fundraising Group, Tapped Mostly Billionaires. Surprised? Anyone? ...Bueller?

  • From Huffington Post, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger: Winning the Class War. With quotes from Thomas Paine.

  • From Daily Kos, Dear Dem Consultants: Watch this great ad on Social Security Privatization.

  • From Huffington Post, I Can See Clearly Now... Not!? On the proven usefulness of "legislating technology."

  • From Huffington Post, The Media Industry's Greatest Failures of the Past Two Decades.

  • From Daily Kos, Steve King demands "Blood Oaths" and government shut-downs. Dear Republicans, could y'all at least *try* to *look* like you're trying to do something other than blocking good and doing harm? (No? Well fuck you then.)

  • From treehugger.com, Yahoo's New Efficient Data Center Modeled After Chicken Coops. Intawestink.

  • From Huffington Post, Don't Just Be Pretty: Have a Smart Beauty Routine. With some great links to make or buy your own non-toxic skin care/beauty products. :)

  • From @nytimes, Woodward Book Portrays Obama Aides' Battles.

    Until recently there were a lot of things I didn’t know about the role of the state Attorney General (AG). In particular I had no idea how much control that office has over my uterus.

    For example, the AG plays a key part in framing and enforcing laws concerning reproductive rights, including responsibility for enforcing the F.A.C.E (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) Act, for privacy protection and for bringing or not bringing lawsuits against those involved with reproductive rights.

  • From metafandom, On generous listening by kassrachel. Excerpts:

    I keep wanting to discern whether the hurt was inflicted through malicious intent, or through some combination of thoughtlessness and failure of empathy / imagination. I know that this isn't the issue for some of my friends. And for others, an inadvertant hurt smarts worse than the intentional one, because if someone can hurt them without meaning to, then nothing feels safe. For my part, I get hung up on intentionality because hurt inflicted accidentally leaves the door open for the possibility of repair.

    It does leave the door open for repair, but I think the initial hurt is worse with unintentional hurt because the person doesn't know *why* they've hurt you because they likely don't even realize *that* they've hurt you unless you choose to speak up.

    I wish things were different. I want us in fandom to relate to one another in good faith. I want us to assume that whatever our disagreements, however we may have misunderstood or hurt one another, we have something in common -- this enterprise of fandom which we all love. I'd like for us to cut each other some slack, to assume the best of one another instead of assuming the worst.

    I would totally sign a pledge written along those lines.

    Listening generously means not jumping to conclusions or responses, but trying to honestly hear what the other person is saying and where they're coming from. It means listening more often than we talk. It means listening to the other person in a way that presumes that the other person is a whole person with her own thoughts and needs and priorities. It's a stance which presumes that even if we differ we will continue to listen with a generous ear and heart.

    Generous listening isn't easy. It can be uncomfortable and frustrating. It requires us to be open to viewpoints we may find foreign or painful. It requires us to consciously suspend the impulse of rushing to judgement. But I don't think there's a good alternative if we want to be in fannish community.

    I know that a lot of people roll their eyes at the notion of fandom as a community. I wouldn't dare to claim that fandom is a single community -- which fandom? whose fandom? by whose definitions? oy! -- but my experience of fandom is very much a communal one. In our various corners of fandom we do the things that communities do: we celebrate romance and babies and new jobs together, and we mourn our deaths and losses together. We squee together and we vent to one another. We click on Paypal buttons to help other fans pay the rent or recover from illness; we write ficlets for each other and record podfics for each other.

    And, yes, we misunderstand each other and hurt each other. But my hope is that we can listen generously to each other, and maybe in time we can forgive each other too. (And even if forgiveness seems absurd or implausible, I think the listening can only help.)

    *wibble* THIS. SO MUCH THIS.

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Linkspam #37

Sep. 22nd, 2010 | 02:17 am
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Linkspam #36

Sep. 21st, 2010 | 06:47 am
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Linkspam #35

Sep. 20th, 2010 | 09:23 pm
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Icons #15

Sep. 19th, 2010 | 06:03 am
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Linkspam #34

Sep. 18th, 2010 | 12:40 am
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  • Hell yeah, Depictions of Disability That Make Us Happy. I love every word of this. (Well, except the whining about the lack of non-white characters. I think that the Viking village setting is a totally legit reason for all the characters to be white...though I don't get why they [and why just the adults?] had Scottish accents. WTF?) But the part about adapting to disability and have it be just a fact of life and not really a big deal? RIGHT ON. (from disabledfeminists.com)

  • Also from disabledfeminists.com, Assistive Tech & Pop Culture: "MIss Smith, without your glasses you're beautiful!" Because no matter how ubiquitous glasses get, they *are* assistive tech. And no matter how common the stereotypes surrounding one's style of glasses is, it's still fucking annoying.

  • From antitheism, If I Hadn't Found Jesus, I'd Feel Pretty Shitty About My Crimes. (from theonion.com)

  • This very important point quoted by ceilidh_ann:

    I am quoting from my friend and Made of Fail presenter Dayna/Queenanthai, “Wizards are fiction. Abusive relationships are terrifyingly real. Trying to attract a ‘dangerous’ BF is attainable; going to Hogwarts is not.” Preach it.

  • This rather harsh but IMO awesome poem posted by exceptindreams: My Husband Discovers Poetry by Diane Lockward.

  • From poor_skills, Tightwad Central, a stinginess site for penny pinchers. :)

  • From metafandom, The philosophy of squee by cherrybina, and this awesomeness:

    Fandom is my happy place. My escape. The little corner of my life where I come to have lots and lots of ridiculous fun and not deal with anything that makes me unhappy. And look, you guys. I get that life is not always sunshine and fuzzy bunnies all the time, but you know what? FANDOM CAN BE. It doesn't have to be, and what I want out of it is certainly not what everyone wants, but this isn't paying the IRS or waiting in line at the DMV - there is no reason why anyone should have to do the parts of fandom they dislike.

  • From poor_skills, TextBookly: "Your textbooks, just more cheaply"

  • From disorderlybeautifulchaos.wordpress.com, Top 10 Worst Dressed TV Characters of All Time. I dunno, Charo looked pretty hot. (from tomptenz.net)

  • Also from disorderlybeautifulchaos, these gems:

    Strange Creative New Words

    The Washington Post’s Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are some recent winners:

    Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

    Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

    Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of obtaining sex.

    Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

    Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

    Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn’t get it.

    Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

    Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

    Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

    Burglesque (n): A poorly planned break-in. (See: Watergate)

    Karmageddon (n): It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like a serious bummer.

    Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

    Glibido: All talk and no action.

    Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

    Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

    Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

    Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.

    Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

    Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid & an… (infelicitous: American slang for co-worker)

    Contratemps: the resentment permanent workers feel toward the fill-in workers.

    Vaseball: a game of catch played by children in the living room.

    Acme: a generic skin disease.

    Doltergeist: a spirit that decides to haunt someplace stupid, such as your septic tank.

  • Speaking Up about victim-blaming. Rock on, niofaps.wordpress.com.

  • *wibble* From inspireplease, Here's What You Are.

  • Lovely text with a lovely (though NSFW) picture: on living alone, from disorderlybeautifulchaos.wordpress.com.

  • HAHAAA: sex in the car, by Disorderly Beautiful Chaos.

  • Some good advice from DBC: never ask a woman and little ole me...aka...one guy's view

Also, clicky: the animal rescue site, the child health site, the literacy site, the rainforest site, the breast cancer site, and the hunger site. :)
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Icons #14

Sep. 17th, 2010 | 09:52 am
posted by: simonejester in verticalfile

01.02.03.

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And this is the last of the T-shirt icons, for anyone who was getting bored with 'em. :)

Sources: 80stees.comaliveshirts.com, bustedtees.com, noisebot, palmercash
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Linkspam #33

Sep. 15th, 2010 | 12:22 am
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Also, clicky: the animal rescue site, the child health site, the literacy site, the rainforest site, the breast cancer site, and the hunger site. :)
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Book Notes #9

Sep. 14th, 2010 | 06:24 am
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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ship of the Line
by Diane Carey

p.13 "Bright phantom of the night, mother of muse, diva of my heart's desire, dance exotic across my path!"
--Bateson, quoting... someone.

p.16 "All right, crew." Bateson glanced around. "Put on your happy faces. We want the new men to feel at home. If you have any questions for them, feel free to ask after Captain Spock leaves."
     "I got questions," Wizz Dayton piped. "Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons?"
     Instantly heads turned all over the bridge, and one came up from inside a lower trunk. Voices popped up from all around.
     "How do you know when to tune bagpipes?"
     "What's the French would for 'bouquet'?"
     "Was 'dead reckoning' ever alive?"
     "This ship is sick!" Bateson rolled his eyes and shoved to his feet. "And 'dead reckoning' was never alive. It comes from 'deduced reckoning.' The abbreviation was 'ded.' Now you know."

p.27 Bush got an involuntary flash of all the different humanoid beings in known space, and how many more there must be, and wondered which were made in the image of God. Wouldn't make the folks at home very secure to think Saint Peter had a skull ridge.

p.120 I tossed a mental coin, and the damned thing hit an antigravity pocket and it's still spinning about."

p.155 "'First-rate.' It's from the Royal Navy. They used to rate their ships, first, second, third... ironically, third-rate didn't refer to lesser quality. It referred to the construction, arming, and duty of the type of vessel."
     "I didn't know that, sir."
     "Oh, yes. Lots of our modern slang comes from the sea. 'Down the hatch,' 'lower the boom,' 'keel over,' 'devil to pay,' 'toe the line,' 'taken aback,' 'show your true colors,' ... what else? 'Son of a gun,' 'the con,' 'lay off,' 'cut and run,' 'above board,' 'sickbay'--"
     "The brig," Wizz Dayton confirmed. "It's from Trafalgar. A kind of ship Nelson used to stuff his prisoners to. I know that from when I was thrown into one after shore leave."

p.160 Damn, what a lousy liar I am. Even worse, to be watched by a whole pack of other lousy liars--Data's poker face looks more like a go-fish face.

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Linkspam #32

Sep. 13th, 2010 | 01:39 am
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Also, clicky: the animal rescue site, the child health site, the literacy site, the rainforest site, the breast cancer site, and the hunger site. :)
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Icons #13

Sep. 12th, 2010 | 09:11 am
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Special #2

Sep. 8th, 2010 | 07:10 pm
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Some real gems from antitheism...

vijeno with the OP:

I have often heard the stance that god is "greater than reason", so even if the claim of god's existence is unfalsifiable and therefore unscientific, everyone can happily believe whatever. After all, Ockam's razor only applies in science, so why bother...

Are there any refutations to this claim? Pointers, perhaps...?

Thanks.

Some of the *awesome* replies...

  • bill_sheehan: The person making that very silly statement doesn't really believe what he's saying, and you can prove it by saying, "God says to give me all your money."

    What do you mean, no he didn't? How do you know? Surely you're not relying on your fallible human reason...


  • rdmiller3: If God is greater than reason, then he could certainly manage to make sense if he wanted to.

    Apparently, God doesn't want reasonable people to believe in him.


  • westonlockley: You'll just have to believe because bible bible bile. Or get out of my country flag flag flag.


  • eonen: Refutations?

    How about, "Prove it"?

    Or possibly, "What's the difference between believing in god against reason and just making up a god with your imagination?"


And my personal favorite...

j_brisby: If God is greater than reason, then kumquats sing greener porn tractor James Dean.

and the reply from the OP...

vijeno: Your wrong. Kumquats definitely wear thongs as joyous as lighted blue mineral water, though.

(cross-posted to metaquotes and my LJ and DW)
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Book Notes #8

Sep. 7th, 2010 | 03:43 pm
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Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Nancy Milford


p.xiii My candle burns at both ends;
     It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends--
     It gives a lovely light!

p.38 Her diary was not only her duty, it was also her "confidante, (that e on the end makes it feminine. It would be out of my power to tell all these things to a mere confidant)."

p.41 Dearest, when you go away
     My heart will go, too,
Will be with you all the day,
     All the night with you.
Where you are through lonely years,
     There my heart will be.
I will guide you past all fears
And bring you back to me.

p.54 My life is but a seeking after life;
I live but in a great desire to live;
The undercurrent of my every thought:--
To seek you, find you, have you for my own
Who are my purpose and my destiny.
For me, the things that are do not exist;
The things that are for me are yet to be...

p.56 I want not to be comforted, but to comfort;--to hold your head on my lap, and love you, and fuss with your hair, and cry over you; not stormily, not hysterically, but tenderly; and quietly, lest you see and be grieved. I want to find things for you, to pick up things after you, to straighten your tie and brush your coat, to fill your pipe--all the little things so many women have done and that I long to do.

p.92 I hoped that he would love me,
     And he has kissed my moth,
But I am like a stricken bird
     That cannot reach the south.
For tho' I know he loves me,
     Tonight my heart is sad;
His kiss was not so wonderful
     As all the dreams I had.
[ by Sara Teasdale ]

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Linkspam #31

Sep. 6th, 2010 | 10:12 am
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Also, clicky: the animal rescue site, the child health site, the literacy site, the rainforest site, the breast cancer site, and the hunger site. :)
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