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21 Sep 21:20

Passive aggressive Witch


I don’t curse people, I bless everyone around them.

26 Sep 08:15

bebinn: youngmarxist: So if we have to show women what the baby looks like in their womb and tell...



So if we have to show women what the baby looks like in their womb and tell them how the process works before allowing them to get an abortion, does that mean we should teach our soldiers about the culture of the lands we’re invading, and explain to them that the people we want them to kill have families and feel pain, just like Americans?


01 Oct 15:00

How to play Quidditch Beer Pong

by Rachel

Over on Offbeat Bride, we featured a Harry Potter bridal shower where they played Quidditch Beer Pong. I asked Rachel how to play, and she gave me all the magical details…

Quidditch Beer pong.

Quidditch Beer pong.

We based the Quidditch version of beer pong rules on this, with some slight modifications. Then I printed out the rules for our guests. Of course, I used the Harry Potter font (it's called Able, and it was a font BEFORE Harry Potter, but now it is a famous font associated with the franchise, so it costs $40).

Anyway, here's how to play…

Rules of Quidditch, plus valid spells!

Rules of Quidditch, plus valid spells!

Rules Of Quidditch

The first side to reach 100 total points wins the game.

Point Allocation:

  • 10 POINTS: for using your bludgers to swat a ball illegally, or if you knock your own cup over
  • 10 POINTS: for a regular make
  • 10 POINTS: Once per game per team a player can, instead of shooting, call for a shot of Felix Felicis (liquor) and automatically receive 10 points instead of shooting their shot
  • 20 POINTS: for making a shot through any of the three goals, which can be legally swatted by the other team's bludgers (hands)
  • 20 POINTS: for bounce shots that go in, which can also be defended by the other team's
  • 20 POINTS: if you score 3 shots in a row you drink a Gurding Potion. You now have extra endurance and shoot until you miss, each shot counting as 20 points.

Aside from using your bludgers defensively (to block 20 point shots), you can also cast Wingardium Leviosa and blow out a shot out that is spinning (before it stops in the water).

Each team is allowed four spells per game, two per teammate. Spells must be called before shooting, and the spell being cast depends on whether or not the shot is made. If the shot misses, the spell cast still counts against the team's total spells.

Spell Casting

Accio: You may move a single cup to any spot on the table. (Excluding the Snitch)

Badazzling Hex: You next turn your balls become invisible. You can bounce/shoot through the goal, and your victims can't see (can't block).

Confundo: Opponents become confused. Their next shots must be trick shots.

Conjunctivitis Curse: Victims become blind on their next turn, and shoot with closed eyes.

Deprimo: You can blow away the opponents shots from mid-air on their next turn.

Episkey: Add a cup back to the rack you are shooting at, opponents choice of where to place it.

Evanesco: Remove one cup on your side (only usable once per game). Can be used to remove ANY cup including Snitch.

Expelliarmus: One opponent loses one spell.

FiendFyre Curse: Causes victims cups to catch fire. Every four shots the victims miss they lose another cup. For every three shots your team misses you lose one cup.

Finite Incantatem: Removes any spell/curse in play or protects you from one spell of your choosing through the end of the game.

Flame-Freezing Charm: Causes fire to become harmless (fire from a successful FiendFyre Curse).

Imperio: You control your opponents next shot, deciding how they shoot it on their following turn.

Jelly Legs Jinx: Victims can't use legs, and must shoot their next shot while sitting on the ground.

Reducio: Make any cup smaller on your side (be reasonable). (Excludes snitch)

Refilling Charm: The cup made never goes away, and must be refilled each time it's made. (can be removed by opposing team's Evanesco spell)

Reparo: Re-rack your cups into a formation of your choosing.

Tarantallegra: Victims can't stop dancing until after their next shot is taken (entire team).

So who's played, and who's gonna play Quidditch Beer Pong? Any more rules or spells that you'd add?

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27 Sep 20:53

Me after every time I get paid.

Me after every time I get paid.

30 Sep 16:01

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30 Sep 20:00

Two Image-Generating Twitter Bots Walk Into A Bar

by Marina Galperina
Two Image-Generating Twitter Bots Walk Into A Bar

Here are two twitter bots talking to each other. When an image is tweeted at @pixelsorter, the bot account sorts the pixels of the images using a few varying parameters. When an image is tweeted at @a_quilt_bot, the bot tries to “reproduce them using quilt fabric.” This is what happens when they get stuck in a loop. Wow. (Images:

The post Two Image-Generating Twitter Bots Walk Into A Bar appeared first on ANIMAL.

30 Sep 18:00

The Kitchen Ecosystem: Eugenia Bone's Manifesto for Your Kitchen

by Marian Bull

You know how some people are obsessed with stamp collections or fantasy football teams? Well, we're obsessed with cookbooks. Here, in Books We Love, we'll talk about our favorites.

Today: Eugenia Bone's new -- and realistic -- take on DIY everything.

Kitchen Ecosystem  Eugenia Bone

Books that focus on canning and preserving are useful: They teach us how to avoid giving our loved ones botulism, how to make our own pickles instead of shelling out $11 for a jar at the farmers market. 

Books that teach us how to incorporate canning and preserving into our existing cooking lives, however, have more potential to stick. They are less likely to be forgotten after the thrill of a new hobby passes, set aside with decoupage books and neglected watercolor sets. The Kitchen Ecosystem, Eugenia Bone’s fourth cookbook, is a strong example of the latter: less a compendium of jam recipes and more a fresh look at how to smartly use your kitchen. 

Bone is a tireless, resourceful, and intuitive home cook; I am sure that part of her brain is reserved for a whirring rotation of questions and ideas and recipes and crafty uses for the last bit of stock in her fridge. This book aims to teach us all to think in much the same way, with preserving tips, recipes for DIY condiments and entrées alike, and smart uses for many of the jars that often languish in our pantries.

More: Read our primer on boiling water canning.

Canning on Food52

Each chapter focuses on a different ingredient with “edible waste streams.” (A less giggle-inducing term for this might be “useful scraps.”) For each ingredient -- from ginger to lobster to currants to duck -- there are a few recipes that use it fresh, at least one way to preserve it, a recipe to put those preserves to use, and an idea or two for how to use any of those scraps you might otherwise toss. 

An example: Bone bakes oranges into cake; preserves them in sorbet and tapenade form; serves that tapenade with roast chicken; turns orange scraps into bitters and shortbread; makes an Old Fashioned with those bitters. Anyways, after all that resourcefulness, one needs a drink. 

But what is a kitchen ecosystem, you might be asking? As Bone recently told me, “The kitchen ecosystem is like an investment fund of component recipes that exist in your pantry, fridge, and freezer on a regular basis from which you can make a wide variety of meals.”

To translate: DIY a whole bunch of ingredients that you’d normally buy from the store. Keep only as much as you need. Use them to make your cooking easier and more flavorful. Fin.

More: Start by making your own tomato sauce.

Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce

Flavor was one of the first things to seed this idea in Bone’s mind: At a potluck event for her book Well-Preserved, she couldn’t figure out why some of the attendees’ dishes -- made by following her recipes exactly -- weren’t as good as the versions she made at home. And then she realized that they were using commercial mayonnaise, or canned tomatoes, or out-of-season ingredients. She began to understand that a kitchen stocked with fresh, homemade ingredients is often more important than the perfect recipe. All she had to do was to teach us how to get there.

In this way, The Kitchen Ecosystem is less a traditional cookbook and more a direct expression of Bone’s cooking style. You get to sort of Malkovich yourself inside her brain as she cooks, and then use that intel to create an ecosystem of your own, rather than just try to live in hers.

More: Eugenia Bone also wrote a book about the wild world of mushrooms. More on that here!

The other great thing about this book: It will not tell you to spend an entire afternoon “putting things up,” a huge relief for the laziest of us. It talks of “nanobatches,” of simmering just a quart of stock made from vegetable or chicken scraps while the rest of your dinner cooks. These are baby steps toward a pantry full of things you’ve made, rather than a daunting overhaul.

More: Put up one little batch of applesauce this week -- you don't even need a recipe.


When Bone first started preserving, small batch recipes didn’t exist: “Fannie Farmer recipes are like, putting up strawberry jam for 500 people. I’d end up with 12 half pints of strawberry jam, after a big sweaty horrible day, and if they didn’t work I’d be homicidal. After a while I started to figure out, hey, what do I really eat? I eat two half pints of strawberry jam a year.” So she scaled things back.

That self-examination is an important step in defining and creating your own ecosystem: What do you like to eat? What do you buy that you could be making at home? What is fresh where you live? Haven’t you always wanted to make your own raisins? Take your answers and make something from them, and your food will taste better.

Clarkson Potter
This article is brought to you by Clarkson Potter/Publishers. Head here to pick up a copy of The Kitchen Ecosystem.

Author photo by Huger Foote; cover photo by Ben Fink; all other photos by James Ransom

24 Sep 07:30

We road test the new Digital Image Stabilisation on the iPhone 6 – with a vibrator

by Oona McGee


Apple iPhone releases have been known to make people do crazy things. Whether it’s dressing as a blue slime and sleeping on the street for days or using your nipple to unlock your phone, there’s a sense of excitement and ceremony surrounding each new model that makes us want to push the boundaries and just have fun.

The latest release on the weekend was no different, and in our excitement to test out the much-anticipated ‘Digital Image Stabilisation’ (DIS) on the iPhone 6, it seemed entirely sensible to line up two different models side-by-side and give them both a good shake. And how better to do that than by strapping them onto a vibrator?

Looking at the photo below, you can see there’s quite a size difference between the two models we’re using – the dark one on the left is the iPhone 5, and the considerably larger one on the right is the new iPhone 6 Plus. Outdoing them all in the size department is the giant dome-topped vibrator with variable speed control.


 ▼ Moshi moshi! It’s your booty call.


What we’re keen to test out is the new ‘Digital Image Stabilisation’ (DIS) technology, which is said to halve autofocus and facial recognition times while also bringing continuous autofocus to the video. First we test it out under regular hand-holding conditions and the difference is remarkable.


▼ Impressed with the clearer image from the video on the iPhone 6, we decide to turn the vibrator on to the lowest level.


▼ A strange thing happens at the low speed of 5,500 RPM. The iPhone 5 image on the right begins to look clearer.


▼ Under “super-shake” conditions, at the top speed of 6,500 RPM, the iPhone 6 image is an absolute blur.


▼  High mode on! We know that’s excessive for shooting 1080p HD video at 60fps, but we like to push the limits.


To see all the steps of our experiment in detail, check out the video below. While we were surprised by the results, we were also relieved to have a Japanese vibrator on hand for the video. After all, Western vibrators look a little different to the domed ones in Japan. And nobody wants to see that strapped onto an iPhone. Or do they?

Photos: RocketNews24

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23 Sep 15:30

You Won’t Have To See State Farm’s Horrible Ad With Anti-Vaxxer Rob Schneider Again

by Josh Kurp


It’s about time vaccines did some good in the world. For the past couple of months, Rob Schneider’s State Farm commercial, the one where he plays the Makin’ Copies guy from SNL, a briefly popular character so bad that he never even got a movie, has been on TV every 20 seconds. Well, no longer, and it’s all thanks to Schneider pulling a Jenny McCarthy, which is worse than pulling your hamstring.

State Farm has pulled an ad featuring anti-vaccine activist Rob Schneider after a social media campaign urged the insurance company to end its affiliation with the actor.

Social media pages Food Hunk, Science Babe, and Chow Babe, all of which refute pseudoscience claims, started the anti-Schneider campaign last week, questioning how a company that sells insurance could hire a celebrity spokesman so openly against vaccinations. (Via)

I’m not usually one for fan campaigns, but if Food Stud and Bathroom Bae, or whatever, want to get the Discount Double Check commercial with Hans and Franz off the air, too, they have my support. Up with vaccines, down with ads featuring dated sketch characters.

Via PR Week

Filed under: TV, Upcoming Tagged: COMMERCIALS, rob schneider, SNL, STATE FARM, VACCINATIONS
23 Sep 13:56

Rugrat Rats

by Josh Mecouch

rugrat rats

The post Rugrat Rats appeared first on Formal Sweatpants.

23 Sep 16:11

Men in Dresses, ca. 1870s

by John VE
These Tekonsha, Michigan farm boys raided their mothers' wardrobes for this portrait, c. 1870s (via)
11 Sep 16:22

too much mustard — it’s good to be the king

by Rob Press
11 Sep 16:00

One Chance Might Be the Bleakest Game You Have (Never) Played

by RemyCarreiro

Image Via AwkwardSilenceGames

One Chance is a game quite unlike any you have ever played online. It is about a scientist who created a pathogen that is inadvertantly wiping out all mankind on Earth. You then have six in-game days to decided how you will spend the rest of your life. Will you stay at the office and do all you can to find a cure? Will you finally step away from the office and spend some time with the family you have been neglecting? Or will the madness and impending doom jusr cause you to lose your mind?

What really sets One Chance apart is that you really only have One Chance to play it. The game picks up on your I.P and unless you have multiple computers with multiple I.P's, you really only do get one chance in One Chance, which is part of what makes it so spectacular.

Quick warning, though. It is also quite bleak, so make those choices carefully. Games like this prove why you don't need sixty dollar video games and next-gen machines to be blown away by the medium.


10 Sep 19:30

Let’s Replace Roger Goodell With A Pineapple In A Top Hat

by Danger Guerrero



The NFL’s bungling of the Ray Rice situation has been spectacular. From the original, insufficient two-game suspension, to the “Oh, wow, you guys were pretty mad, I guess I have to take this seriously now” introduction of the new domestic abuse policy, to this week’s “Who saw what when and who’s lying about it?” security footage farce. It couldn’t have been handled much worse if someone actually tried. And the man at the center of it all, Roger Goodell, hasn’t exactly instilled confidence in anyone that he knows how to correct it. The disciplinary policy has been his baby all along, and it gave him total control, and now it’s become his undoing.

I think we should replace him with a pineapple in a top hat.

Now, I hear you. You’re saying “Roger Goodell’s job is to make the owners money, and as long as he continues to do so, his job will be safe.” But I think you’re overlooking two things: First of all, the public relations hit of this actually runs the risk of costing the league money and/or continuing to tarnish its image after the mishandling of labor issues (referees) and player safety (concussions), and the owners might be happy to wipe their hands of as much of it as possible to get a fresh(ish) start. Second, and more importantly, I don’t think you’re factoring in how easy it is for the NFL to make money in 2014. Just because Goodell is turning a profit doesn’t mean some other candidate — say, a well-dressed, spiky tropical fruit — couldn’t earn at least as much, if not more. Just think of its negotiating power:

NETWORK EXEC: Dang it, look. You got us in the last deal, but we’re not doing $8 billion per year. Just can’t happen. Highest I’ll go is five.

PINEAPPLE COMMISSIONER: [says nothing, is a pineapple in a top hat]

NETWORK EXEC: Oh, you wanna play hardball, you fancy son of a bitch? I see how it is. $6 billion a year, final offer.

PINEAPPLE COMMISSIONER: [continues saying nothing, is still a pineapple in a top hat]

NETWORK EXEC: God dammit, fine. $8 billion it is. You shrewd bastard. You got me again. We’ll see how high and mighty you are next time around.

PINEAPPLE COMMISSIONER: [tips over, rolls off conference table]

As far as discipline and player safety issues go, I mean, could a pineapple in a top hat really do much worse? Even if we started determining player suspensions by dropping him down a soft, padded Plinko board — into slots labeled 1, 2, 4, 8, ENTIRE SEASON, 8, 4, 2, 1 — at least then there would be an actual justification based in reason for some of the punishments. If nothing else, it would be fair. We could let the players facing punishment drop him themselves to provide complete transparency. And we could show it live on NFL Network every Tuesday morning after that week’s round of games. Boom, another revenue stream.

And I’ve got to believe a pineapple commissioner — one who has a hard exterior people are always trying to crack to get to its sweet innards — would be sensitive to issues of head trauma. It would understand the importance of protecting your skull, that’s for sure. So that’s already three points so far in favor of a pineapple commissioner: money, new punishment system, empathy for concussed players. It could work. It could really work.

The only downside here, I suppose, is that a pineapple in a top hat probably won’t do a great job of relating to fans. You know, because pineapples can’t talk. Press conferences would be a disaster. “Mr. Commissioner, are you concerned Ndamukong Suh has gotten too good at Punishment Plinko and is gaming the system? WHY WON’T YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION?” So that could be an issue. Maybe we could just stick a little iPod mini inside him and have the lawyers record dodgy answers that can be cued up via wireless remote from across the room. That’s basically what Goodell’s doing now anyway. We’d just be removing the element of human error. And the top hat would give it more authority. I don’t know. I’m just spitballing here, but it’s a start.

The point is this: I’m not saying a pineapple in a top hat WILL be a better commissioner than Roger Goodell. I’m just saying we won’t know for sure until we let one try.

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10 Sep 17:55

tracer bullet marries stupendous man

by kris


(between sobs) miss wormwood bequeaths the school to hobbes, who (sputtering, crying) turns it into a foster home for orphaned f-4 phantoms

i don’t have enough flying tear symbols in the world to show how beautiful this is and what a fitting real ending to calvin and hobbes this is

10 Sep 09:00

Star Trek in Cinerama Widescreen

by Miss Cellania

Nick Acosta of Cargo Collective converted scenes from Star Trek: The Original Series into cinematic widescreen images, as if it were shown in Cinerama. How’d he do that?

I was able to create these shots by waiting for the camera to pan and then I stitched the separate shots together. The result is pretty epic. It reminds me of the classic science fiction movies of the 50’s and 60’s. Suddenly the show has a “Forbidden Planet” vibe. Other shots remind me of how director Robert Wise would use a camera technique to keep the foreground and background elements in focus.

He stitched them together very well! See 34 of the enlargeable images in glorious color at Acosta’s website. -via Metafilter

08 Sep 12:20

Is English a "writer-responsible language" and Chinese, Korean, and Japanese "reader-responsible languages"?

by Victor Mair

These are totally new concepts for me.  Until David Cragin told me about them, I had never heard of reader-responsible language and writer-responsible language.

Dave works for Merck in the Safety & Environment group, knows Mandarin, has been to China 12 times since 2005, and teaches a short course on risk assessment and critical thinking at Peking University every year.  He was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the US-based Sino-American Pharmaceuticals Professional Association (SAPA), so he has a professional and personal interest in cross-cultural communication.

In an earlier post, we discussed another, related issue that interests Dave:  "Critical thinking".

Let us begin our inquiry by considering this post from the CAL Learning (Culture and Language Training for a Multicultural Workplace) Blog by Lauren Supraner:  "Who Is Responsible for the Message?"

Here are a couple of key excerpts:

English is a writer-responsible language.  That means it is the responsibility of the writer to make sure the message is understood. Writing is clear, direct and unambiguous. Schools teach from early on the importance of  structure, thesis statement and topic sentences when writing in English.  A good writer assumes no or little background knowledge on the part of the reader.

Korean, Chinese, and Japanese are reader-responsible languages. That means the reader is responsible for deciphering the message, which is often not stated explicitly. For an American who is expecting direct and explicit information, this style can be very confusing.

Dave says that he agrees with the description of English writing.  However, he acknowledges that he lacks sufficient basis to make a judgment on the writing of Asian languages.

The post cited above also pertains to speaking because it can fit a similar model.  Good speakers in the West see it as their responsibility for the audience to understand them.  In contrast, Dave says that when he has heard a regulatory official in China give a less-than-captivating talk (i.e., reading from a script), Chinese colleagues have explained, “he’s important, we need to listen and understand what he says.”  Naturally, there are exceptions to these patterns in both the US and China.

Dave thinks that a good example of the English model is the Wall Street Journal, because they always assume the reader has no knowledge and, as a result, almost anyone can read the paper and understand it.

For example, when the WSJ talks about a company, it always explains the company’s business.  This headline gives a simple example:

McDonald's Expects Further Challenges

Fast-Food Company Takes Steps to Repair Its Business Fundamentals

While everyone in the US should know McDonald’s is a fast-food company, the WSJ still states it (and will restate it almost any time they mention McDonald’s in an article).

Or Walmart:

Wal-Mart Looks to Grow by Embracing Smaller Stores

Retailer Tries New Business Models as Its Superstores Fall Out of Favor

Everyone knows Walmart is a retailer, but the WSJ still makes this point.  If they didn’t do this, they’d have to decide which companies are known and which aren’t known.  By assuming no reader knowledge, they are always consistent.  If they don’t do it in the headline, they do it in the text.

Another look at the concept under discussion may be found in this article, "Reader-Writer Responsible", from the "Valuing Written Accents:  International Voices in the U.S. Academy" program of the Writing Center at George Mason University, from which I take this excerpt:

Many of our informants were confused about why their teachers in the U.S. placed so much emphasis on structuring a paper, including having an explicit thesis and topic sentences. For many, this confusion stems from their experiences writing within “reader-responsible” cultures. In “reader-responsible” languages, according to John Hinds’ influential “typology” across languages, the burden is on readers for extracting the meaning from the text. In Asian cultures in particular (e.g. Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai), readers expect ambiguity and imprecise writing as they work their way inductively through the text. In contrast, in our writer-responsible culture, English-speaking readers expect writers to be explicit and direct. Because of these differing expectations, Hinds says, English-speaking writers typically compose across multiple drafts whereas Japanese writers, for example, may compose only one draft, which is the final product. Even in highly structured genres like the scientific research report, according to many scholars of contrastive rhetoric, reader-responsible conventions are still apparent1.

A scholarly paper focusing on Chinese may be had in Xiukun Qi and Lida Liu (Harbin Institute of Technology, China), "Differences between Reader/Writer Responsible Languages Reflected in EFL Learners’ Writing", Intercultural Communication Studies, 16.3 (2007), 148-159.

(pdf from this link)

This paper reveals the common occurrence in many Chinese EFL student learners’ English writings of a large number of sayings and parallel structures, and of diffusely organized rhetorical structures. Following the theory that the reader-responsible language differs in some way from the writer-responsible language, this study finds that the above mentioned phenomena in students’ writing do reflect some differences between the two languages, in that Chinese written discourse is likely to require readers’ background knowledge for understanding, while English written discourse tends to elaborate major propositions; Chinese rhetorical structures are often intuitively organized, while English structures are logically organized; and Chinese discourse appears to be expressive while English tends to informative. From the view of cognitive linguistics, these differences are attributed to the choice of different cognitive patterns such as imagery, metaphor, perspective, salience, selection, and encyclopedic knowledge. It is the choice of cognitive patterns that opens up a new way for Chinese EFL learners to gain clarity about the pattern of the written discourse of the target language.

Dave asked a Japanese friend who is a professor at the University of Tokyo about the article by Supraner cited near the beginning of this post and whether she agreed that Japanese is a reader-responsible language.  She said “yes", and elaborated (forgive her English):

It's very interesting and I agree with the statement though not sure about Chinese or Korean but as far as Japanese is considered, I think it is true.  In the lecture of Japanese language since elementary school to high school, we learn how to read between lines and actually, even government administrative documents or even constitution, ambiguous expression is used.

Therefore, for example article 9 of Japanese constitution, which is about pacifism, war renunciation and abandon war potential, we discuss about the possibility and to what extent our self defense force can act in the world crisis.

In his daily work, Dave says that he often gets involved in discussions with colleagues from Europe and elsewhere about how to interpret Chinese regulations and how to deal with confusion about the law’s requirements.  There is an issue with ambiguity in how Chinese regulations are written and this can make compliance difficult.  The China Daily recently discussed this as regards employment law.  In particular, see the last panel on "Ambiguities in Chinese laws that may lead to discrimination disputes", which contrasts Chinese laws with US laws.

While this pertains to employment law, it’s true in other legal arenas as well.

Recently, I received this message from a Chinese colleague who was planning to come to Penn for a visit (I had told him that I had a conflict and wouldn't be able to see him, but that my colleagues were eager to meet with him):

It is a pity but it is fine if I do not meet you this time. I would like to see the Asian Week too at the NY but I am not sure if I would have chance this time.

The quality of the English is by no means poor, but when I showed these sentences to the three of my colleagues who were planning to meet with this visiting Chinese scholar when he came to Penn, none of them was able to say with assurance whether he was still intending to come or not.  Consequently, since he was writing in English, I am tempted to say that, rather than there being reader-responsible languages and writer-responsible languages, there are reader-responsible cultures and writer-responsible cultures.  Of course, one of the chief manifestations of culture is language, so a reader-responsible culture would be prone to manifest itself in reader-responsible language and writer-responsible culture would be prone to manifest itself in writer-responsible language.  Naturally, however, if someone with a background in reader-responsible language / culture is determined to write in a clear and unambiguous manner, that is possible, and if a person with a background in writer-responsible language / culture wishes to be vague and ambiguous, that too is possible.


08 Sep 11:40

livelymorgue: Jan. 23, 1975: A program to calm tensions in the...


‘You find out these people are the same as other people,’ said Detective Joseph Cunningham.


Jan. 23, 1975: A program to calm tensions in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn involved block-by-block visits to residents’ homes by police officers for “a few minutes of friendly talk.” The project seemed to bode well for the neighborhood, which roiled with racial tension: “Most of the policemen are white,” The Times reported, “and most of the residents black and they say the visits have brought some startling revelations. ‘You find out these people are the same as other people,’ said Detective Joseph Cunningham.” Photo: Barton Silverman/The New York Times

03 Sep 07:56

Women’s Trousers Dress, ca. 1910s

by John VE
04 Sep 17:10

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds release feel-good song of the summer, ‘Give Us A Kiss’

by Alex Moore

anyone who dislikes Morrissey for the same reason they dislike themselves is basically the gothest ever

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds release feel-good song of the summer, ‘Give Us A Kiss’

As summer officially ends and we begin yet another inexorable slide into the black, frozen heart of winter, it’s as good a time as any for a new song from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Called “Give Us A Kiss,” the new tune is a previously unreleased song from the new documentary on the band, “20,000 Days On Earth.” While Cave does sound enthusiastic about the new film he sounds somewhat less effusive when it comes to its subject matter. Bashing Morrissey to Shortlist, he also managed to bash himself:

“He’s a great lyricist, but there’s a tone in his voice I find unlistenable. That kind of lugubrious tone. There’s the same tone in my voice actually and I find it equally unlistenable.”

If you’re a fan take a listen to “Give Us A Kiss” and see if you find it any more listenable than Cave. It’s actually quite beautiful and cinematic, if on the noirish side.

h/t: NME

03 Sep 18:00


by Freiya

“Lady Loki.”

“Reposted from Just Here.”

04 Sep 04:42

Bedtime Story

by jon


UPDATE: My Cintiq montior has died in the night. Comics are on hold until I can replace it. If you’d like to help contribute to the purchase of a new one, click here Thanks guys! You did it! A new Cintiq is on its way (I was even able to get the 4 year warranty). Thank you so much for your help! 

You thought the birds and the bees was a difficult subject? Try explaining anything from the news cycle of the last two weeks to a child. They’ll call social services on you.

Don’t forget to check out my comic at The Nib! Tell your friends about it. Set you mother’s homepage to it.

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03 Sep 19:00

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, An Iranian Vampire Western Noir

by Marina Galperina


A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, An Iranian Vampire Western Noir

Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is gearing up for a European film festivals. The latest Farsi-language French-subtitled trailer is above. In case you too are beautifully lost, here’s its campy description from Sundance:

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red. 

An imaginary Iranian underworld in crisp noir seems like a great setting for a vampire genre update. The film opens on September 6th at the Deauville Film Festival in France, then heads to L’Etrange Film Festival and the Strasbourg Fantastic Festival.

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03 Sep 20:00

If You Go Back In Time And Kill Your Grandfather, You’ll Be Fine

by Rhett Jones
If You Go Back In Time And Kill Your Grandfather, You'll Be Fine

You’ve had this late night conversation with a friend. At least, you’ve seen Back To The Future. And you’ve wondered, “What would happen if I went back in time and killed my grandfather?” Scientific American reports that according to recent studies, you would probably be ok.

Basically, scientists figure that you could theoretically travel to the future, because you’re always moving forward in time, and if you had somehow accelerated and traveled fast enough, you would blow past all those people experiencing boring regular time and end up in the future. Scientists also figure that it’s theoretically possible to bend time back in on itself through a powerful gravitational field like that of a black hole.

Then, there are the paradoxes of time travel. Paradoxes like that whole if-you-killed-your-grandfather-you-would-have-never-existed thing. And when scientists crunch the numbers for theoretical models of these paradoxes, the numbers come out like 1+1=refrigerator. Shit doesn’t compute.

For a long time, some scientists have believed that if time travel was possible, you simply wouldn’t be able to kill your grandfather. Some Final Destination stuff would happen and you’d get hit by a truck, or you’d have a heart attack before you did it. But a new study theoretically deduces that you actually could kill your grandfather. New mathematical models (that actually compute) suggest that if you entered a wormhole to go “back in time,” you would, more or less, come out in an alternate past universe on the other side.

“That is, a time traveler who emerges from a Deutschian CTC enters a universe that has nothing to do with the one she exited in the future.”

So you could go kill your grandfather. But it wouldn’t be your grandfather. It would be an alternate universe grandfather, in what amounts to a clone of the past. So you would never be born in that universe, but you would still continue existing.

TL;DR The universe is more Sliders than Back To The Future. Scientific American has the story, and the paper is here

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04 Sep 05:00

Gender Nonconforming Teen Sues SC DMV

by Monica Roberts
You may have heard about the incident back in March in which Chase Culpepper was forced to take off the makeup he was wearing and 'look more like a boy' before officials at a South Carolina DMV office would take a driver's license photo.

16 year old Chase identifies as male and answers to male pronouns, but wears feminine or androgynous attire and makeup in his everyday life.

Chase was informed by DMV officials at the Anderson, SC office near where he lives that wearing the makeup constituted a 'prohibited disguise' and refused to take his picture for his drivers license despite his mother pointing out this is how Chase appears in his everyday life.

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday that alleges the DMV violated Chase's free speech rights in violation of state and federal constitutions.

“My clothing and makeup reflect who I am,” Chase said.  “The Department of Motor Vehicles should not have forced me to remove my makeup simply because my appearance does not match what they think a boy should look like. I just want the freedom to be who I am without the DMV telling me that I’m somehow not good enough.”

The suit was brought by Chase’s mother Teresa Culpepper on his behalf as a minor.  It asks the court to rule that denying Chase the freedom to wear his everyday makeup in his license photo constitutes sex discrimination and violates his right to free speech and expression under the United States Constitution. It also seeks a ruling under the U.S. and South Carolina Constitutions that the DMV’s photo policy is unconstitutionally vague, too broad, and lets DMV employees arbitrarily decide how a driver's license applicant should look, without regard for the rights of the people they are supposed to serve.

For you legal junkies, the suit is Teresa Culpepper v. Kevin A. Shwedo, et al, and is pending in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Columbia Division

Let's hope that the TLDEF lawsuit is successful
04 Sep 03:51

Police: Fayetteville woman arrested after stealing eyeshadow


is that a trans pride flag?

Brandy Allen: shoplifting and disorderly conduct

Brandy Allen: shoplifting and disorderly conduct

Fayetteville police said they have arrested a woman after she allegedly stole $144 worth of eye shadow from Ulta.

Police said they received a shoplifting call Monday afternoon at Ulta Beauty Store. 

The caller told 911 dispatchers 31-year-old Brandy Allen was grabbing handfuls of make-up and shoving it in her purse.

The manager told police she approached Allen about stealing makeup from the display. When confronted by the store manager, Allen started cursing and yelling inside the store, police said. 

The store manager said Allen then took out each eyeshadow and rubbed her fingers over the surface to make them looked used. 

Police booked Allen into the Washington County Detention Center on shoplifting and disorderly conduct charges. 

03 Sep 10:29

Surprise party

by Scandinavia and the World
Surprise party

Surprise party

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03 Sep 15:15

Michael Sam added to Dallas Cowboys' practice squad

by Hanzus, Dan

something something gay cowboys

It's official. Michael Sam is now a member of the Dallas Cowboys. What kind of impact can we expect Sam to make this season?
03 Sep 06:59

Playboy Bunnies – À quoi ressemblent ces pin-ups iconiques aujourd’hui…

by ufunk

Playboy Bunnies“, une série du photographe freelance américain Robyn Twomey, basé à New York, qui a cherché à savoir ce que sont devenues les célèbres Bunnies de Playboy, ces pin-ups iconiques, serveuses dans les bars “Club Playboy” entre 1960 et 1988 (wikipedia). Des portraits simples et sans artifice, comme une réflexion sur les notions d’âge et de beauté…

A voir aussi : “Le manuel des Bunny Girls en 1968“.













Images © Robyn Twomey / via

03 Sep 14:07

NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Is Gay

by Marina Galperina
NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Is Gay

A time-honored tradition of excluding gay groups from the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade crumbles this week. The New York Times reminds that for decades, “gays could march but were not allowed to carry anything identifying them as a group.” As first reported by the Irish VoiceOUT@NBCUniversal will be the first LGBT group to participate in the parade on March 17th, 2015 and will be “accompanied by other participants who would also like to identify as gay.” Other groups may apply in the future.

Mayor Bill de Blasio became the first mayor in twenty years not to march in the parade last year, unlike Giuliani and Bloomberg who participated annually. The landmark decision was announced today, following de Blasio’s threat to boycott the parade once more, and due to various pressures and pull-outs from sponsors and public disapproval of ye olde discriminatory policies. The other time-honored decision of getting shitfaced will continue as scheduled. (Photo: @hansziel)


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