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09 Dec 14:00

Women in Apocalyptic Fiction Shaving Their Armpits.

by Lisa Wade, PhD

via ThePrettiestOne
bonus is if the socimages without lisa text feed is still going, this post is probably _hilarious_

This is what gender ideology looks like:


That’s The Walking Dead’s Rosita Espinosa with newly shaven armpits.

This is also gender ideology at work: the privileging of an idea of gender over real life or, in this case, realism.

The Walking Dead’s producers go to great lengths to portray what a zombie apocalypse might be like. They are especially keen to show us the nasty bits: what it really looks like when dead people don’t die, what it looks like to kill the undead, and the evil it spawns in those left alive. It’s gruesome. The show is a gore orgy. But armpit hair on women? Apparently that’s just gross.

If gender ideology had lost this battle with realism, we’d see armpit hair on the women in Gilligan’s Island, Planet of the ApesThe Blue Lagoon, Beauty and the BeastWaterworld, Lost, and The Hunger Games – but we don’t. (Thanks to Ariane Lange at Buzzfeed for the whole collection and to @uheartdanny for the link.)

At least Rosita could conceivably have a razor. How do women supposedly shave their armpits on deserted islands? Did the Beast slip Belle a razor, you know, just as part of his controlling personality? And maybe some persnickety women would continue to shave even if they were lost in purgatory, but Riley in Alien? Come on.


Our interest in realism only goes so far. Armpit hair on women is apparently one of its limits.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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29 Nov 00:51

Iceland, just the hint of the aurora looking out to the...



Iceland, just the hint of the aurora looking out to the mountains beyond Thingvellir. A perfect night.

03 Dec 17:54

atane: midnighthatters: fullofstarlight: WHAT THE FUCK EVEN...





I showed this to my flatmate and she laughed about how Americans think that Hong Kong is in South Africa.

Your flatmate should apply for a job at CNN if she sees South Africa in the image. She’ll get the job.

04 Dec 13:07

Google Confirms That It's Designing Kid-Friendly Versions of Its Services

by samzenpus

'The big motivator inside the company is everyone is having kids'

wow, all at once, ok

An anonymous reader writes USA Today reports that rumors about Google working on specific services catering to young kids are true. From the article: "With Google processing 40,000 search queries a second — or 1.2 trillion a year — it's a safe bet that many of those doing the Googling are kids. Little surprise then that beginning next year the tech giant plans to create specific versions of its most popular products for those 12 and younger. The most likely candidates are those that are already popular with a broad age group, such as search, YouTube and Chrome. 'The big motivator inside the company is everyone is having kids, so there's a push to change our products to be fun and safe for children,' Pavni Diwanji, the vice president of engineering charged with leading the new initiative, told USA TODAY. 'We expect this to be controversial, but the simple truth is kids already have the technology in schools and at home,' says the mother of two daughters, ages 8 and 13. 'So the better approach is to simply see to it that the tech is used in a better way.'"

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29 Nov 01:07

foreveralone-lyguy: I found a real angry bird today


I found a real angry bird today


03 Dec 07:00

Video: Birds with Arms (ASUS Commercial)


via Tadeu

03 Dec 14:32

Top 10 Names Of Worst Behaved Boys

by Joe Jervis

via Ibstopher

Today's silliness via Buzzfeed:
An annual survey from the company School Stickers has collected data on which children’s names are the most common for kids who are well-behaved, and ones who could use a time-out. School Stickers, which tracks children’s behavior and digitally rewards ones for behaving well, collected and analyzed data based on one million entries and released a “naughty list” of names.
In elementary school I pretty much earned straight A's, but I always did get poor grades in what was then called "citizenship." Best behaved boys: Jacob, Daniel, Thomas, Adam, James, Harry, Sam, Oliver, Ryan. Hit the link for the girl results. By the way, my mother sent us this story.
05 Dec 02:29

TV Club: Adventure Time: “The Cooler”

by Oliver Sava

wherein Princess Bubblegum is a metaphor for US mass surveillance

Your scheduled Adventure Time review will begin right after I listen to the “Food Chain” song 100 times.

Finn and Jake have a brief cameo in “The Cooler” reprising this hummable little ditty on one of Princess Bubblegum’s many video screens, and it just reminds me of how great Masaaki Yuasa’s episode was earlier this season. But it doesn’t play any part in this episode beyond that short callback. “The Cooler” is a story about the relationship of Flame Princess and Princess Bubblegum, two women who are responsible for the wellbeing of entire kingdoms, and are forced to make decisions based on that responsibility. When the magma at the core of the Fire Kingdom begins to cool, Flame Princess needs to find a solution in order to save her quickly weakening citizens, and she turns to Princess Bubblegum for help during this crisis.

But Princess Bubblegum has ...

05 Dec 02:26


04 Dec 21:34

Bee and Puppycat Episode 3 is Here and Full of Cleavage - It's not what you think it is. We promise.

by Victoria McNally

Aww, Puppycat, that’s just cruel. How come you get to have fun at the beach while wishing you were watching television inside, while us here on the wintry east coast are sitting inside wishing we could be at the beach? And… what’s up with your crab friend, bro?

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03 Dec 21:04

Barry! [1]

by Brandon Bird

Brandon Bird beat

This is a very belated wedding gift for Jeffrey and Holly, who run Topatoco. Way back at Calgary Expo Holly mentioned, “I kind of want to get Jeffrey a velvet painting of Barry from Storage Wars,” and I was like, “Dude, I’ll do it, that’s totally something I should have already made.” I even had my sometimes-assistant Lacy build and stretch a black velvet surface, but as it turns out, working on velvet is incredibly hard. So I made this delicate oil painting instead. Prints here.

03 Dec 22:42

virtual-artifacts: A simurgh - a monstrous mythical bird with...


birb godddd


A simurgh - a monstrous mythical bird with the power of reasoning and speech. From ‘Ajā’ib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharā’ib al-mawjūdāt (Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing) by al-Qazwīnī (d. 1283/682).

03 Dec 21:38


11 Dec 17:20

Microsoft Now Accepts Bitcoin for Xbox Games and More Whether You Know What That Means or Not - It's OK. You're not alone.

by Dan Van Winkle


That Bitcoin thing you keep hearing about but still don’t exactly understand (just a guess) keeps expanding, and now Microsoft will let you use it to buy video games if you live in the US.

They’re not the first game seller to add the payment option, but they’ve beaten Apple, Google, Sony, and Nintendo to the punch. So, expect the first three to follow soon and Nintendo to get on board approximately a million years later.

But don’t worry; you’re not going to have to switch over to a weird Internet payment system just to buy Xbox games. They likely added the option because it’s free and relatively easy to do so, which makes it an easy way to attract people who are into spending digital money. As digital video game distribution grows, it only makes sense.

It’s also great for Bitcoin’s future that a major company is getting comfortable with the currency. It can be used not only on video games but also across all of Microsoft’s digital offerings to buy apps, music, and video. If, like many people, this still all sounds like nonsense to you, you can head over to the Bitcoin site to get some for yourself and figure out how it works.

Or you can watch a quick video on it and probably still only sort of understand it:

(via Eurogamer and The Verge)

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04 Dec 22:41

grrrlplz: Some of the saddest things on the internet are the comments that women on food blogs...



Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.


Some of the saddest things on the internet are the comments that women on food blogs leave with their tips and tricks for getting their adult husbands to eat vegetables. 

God help us.

06 Dec 15:22

This is my kind of Christmas tree 😍 #9gag


via Albener Pessoa
fuck your books

This is my kind of Christmas tree 😍 #9gag

06 Dec 15:06

therumpus: Here’s today’s Daily GIF!


via Matthew Connor


Here’s today’s Daily GIF!

07 Dec 21:47

Lions DT celebrates sack with Hadouken

by Seth Rosenthal

"You could argue this is a Street Fighter Hadouken or a Dragonball Z Kamehameha (I'm told the build-up is the important determining factor here)."

You could argue this is a Street Fighter Hadouken or a Dragonball Z Kamehameha (I'm told the build-up is the important determining factor here). Either way, it is awesome. Well done, Andre Fluellen.

(h/t Deadspin)

08 Dec 21:53

How Broke Are Millennials?

The millennials landed on the job market at a miserable moment in economic history. On the upside, that should give us something to lord over our children when we’re middle-aged and cranky. On the downside, our poor timing will probably depress our incomes for some time to come, since graduating into a recession can drag down your earnings for years.
08 Dec 21:40

The Pope Says Nuclear Deterrence Is No Longer A Justifiable Doctrine

by Mark Strauss

cool pope

The Pope Says Nuclear Deterrence Is No Longer A Justifiable Doctrine

Although the Catholic Church has always opposed nuclear weapons, the Vatican reluctantly acknowledged during the Cold War that mutual assured destruction was the best-worst option for averting catastrophe. Today, a dramatic declaration from Pope Francis reversed that position.


08 Dec 16:47

i wasn't born to be a skeleton

by djempirical

men are honestly so dumb it’s enchanting

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09 Dec 00:00

Steven Moffat Finally Confirms The Doctor Can And Should Be A Woman 

by Rob Bricken

does this mean he's quitting? or is he dying or something

Steven Moffat Finally Confirms The Doctor Can And Should Be A Woman 

Yes, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has finally, finally announced out loud that the Doctor not only can be a woman, but that the character's next reincarnation may finally see this monumental (and long overdue) change.


11 Dec 12:40

US tried to undermine Cuba by infiltrating its underground hip-hop scene

by Amar Toor

A US government agency spent more than two years trying to fuel political change in Cuba by covertly manipulating the country's underground hip-hop scene, according to an investigative report from the Associated Press. Documents obtained by the AP show that contractors hired by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) tried to promote certain Cuban hip-hop artists within the country in the hopes of bolstering a youth movement against the communist government of Raúl Castro. But the program backfired, putting targets at greater risk, forcing some musicians to flee the country, and threatening Cuba's thriving underground rap community.

At the center of the program is a Washington, DC-based company called Creative Associates International, which was paid millions to help subvert the Cuban government. Part of the contract work involved creating a fake Twitter-like social network in Cuba, which the AP reported on earlier this year. USAID later refuted the AP's report on the service, saying it contained "significant inaccuracies and false conclusions." On Wednesday, the agency repeated its claims that it does not engage in covert operations.

US sought to turn hip-hop groups into "agents of social mobilization."

"Any assertions that our work is secret or covert are simply false," USAID said in a statement to the AP yesterday, adding that its mandate is to strengthen society "often in places where civic engagement is suppressed and where people are harassed, arrested, subjected to physical harm or worse."

The program was initially helmed by a Serbian contractor named Rajko Bozic, who, beginning in 2009, focused on a widely respected hip-hop group called Los Aldeanos. Creative spent thousands of dollars to promote the group with its own TV program and distributed it on DVD to avoid government censorship, funneling its funds through a company in Panama and a bank in Lichtenstein. Contractors also urged other artists to perform alongside Los Aldeanos, and later put the group through covert training "to focus them a little more on their role as agents of social mobilization," documents show.

Contractors apparently sought to infiltrate pro-government organizations as well. At one point, they approached a sex education organization run by the daughter of President Raúl Castro and urged them to participate in a festival Bozic organized in Serbia. In another instance, USAID contractors funded an arts and music festival organized by a singer with close ties to the government, with the aim of influencing "the minds of festival organizers with new ideas" and urging them to send "high-impact messages" to their audience. But by this point, Cuban authorities were on to the operation, and it soon fell apart.

Officials detained Bozic and seized his equipment, and later interrogated Adrian Monzon — the only Cuban who knowingly worked for Creative — over Bozic's links to the CIA. In 2010, Los Aldeanos performed at Rotilla, a major independent music festival in Cuba, and lashed out onstage against government officials and police. Cuban authorities then took over the festival, and Los Aldeanos soon relocated for Florida, saying they could no longer work in Cuba because of government pressure.

11 Dec 15:53

A Map of San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit System Designed in the Style of the Video Game ‘Super Mario World’

by Justin Page

Super Mario World BART Map

Chicago-based comedian and artist Robert Bacon, whose design work we’ve written about in the past, has designed a map of San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) in the style of the classic SNES video game Super Mario World. Posters of Bacon’s BART map are available to purchase online at RIPT Apparel, along with many others from his Video Game City Maps Collection.

Super Mario World BART Map

Super Mario World BART Map

images via RIPT Apparel and Some Chicago Improvisor

via Boing Boing

11 Dec 19:38



sharebattical as I clear out a work queue

10 Dec 05:03

Congressional Deal Would Allow Wealthy Donors To Give More Money — A Lot More Money


never stop crying

The end-of-year spending bill deal crafted by congressional leaders Tuesday would dramatically expand the amount of money that wealthy political donors could inject into the national parties, drastically undercutting the 2002 landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance overhaul.
11 Dec 10:30

3D Design Inspiration – Print Now, Admire Forever. 50 Digital Joints. #3DxDesign #3DThursday

by Matt

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Print Now, Admire Forever. 50 Digital Joints. Via Solidsmack:

Meredith Scheff-King has created a handy little layout of 50 Digital Joints. …Gazing upon the individual pages of Jochen Gross’ 50 Digital Wood Joints just wasn’t enough. Desiring to view, in a single glance, as many wood joints as humanly possible, she composed a layout organizing the joints by Dovetail, Jigsaw, Tenon and Miter. It’s quite the example of wood joinery and a perfect size to fill that empty spot to the left of your drill press….

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

10 Dec 22:11

Lumbersexuality And Its Discontents

One hundred years ago, a crisis in urban masculinity created the lumberjack aesthetic. Now it's making a comeback.
10 Dec 00:46

Why Does Running Hurt Every Part Of Your Body?


tl;dr: everything horrible about running is normal, and it happens to everybody

still don't know why anyone does it, tho

I’m already dreading my New Years resolution, and it’s still weeks away. Like millions of other Americans, I’m going to start working out — specifically, running. I love the way running makes me feel, but only when I’m not running. This is because even when I’m racking up modest mileage, my legs burn, my chest itches, and my lungs feel like they’re filled with a thousand burning matches. What's up with that?
10 Dec 14:40

Baby names of 2014: Winners and losers | BabyCenter

by OnlyMrGodKnowsWhy


Brayden dives 19 spots, splashing down at number 45

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