Oops my hand slipped.
Seriously one of the most beautiful and meaningful endings ever for a lesbian couple.
Please watch it.
If scenes in the beginning of the show make you uncomfortable, don’t ditch it. You’re supposed to feel uncomfortable. The show is very symbolic social commentary on toxic social expectations for conformity and sexuality.
Here’s some cultural context:
In a majority of Japanese media featuring girlxgirl relationships, the relationships are seen as either temporary non-sexual romantic friendships for young teens, or individuals are depicted as threatening and predatory lesbians. Their lesbianism is either meant to emphasize villain status or serve as a recurring gag. This show amps both of these tropes up to 11, and is turning them on their head so we can see their flaws.
Sadly, the media reflects cultural misconceptions and stereotypes placed on lesbians in real life.
Women who love women beyond childhood are seen as immature and/or willfully nonconformist/disturbed and must be secretive to prevent social exclusion. Many date or even get married to men to conform, and conduct a lesbian relationship in private.
With that cultural context, please, watch Yurikuma!
P.S. And follow me for more art of ladies who like ladies.
Bring in the outdoors with nature-inspired wallpaper. Here are 13 standout examples: whole rooms and single walls alive with leafy branches, birds, and butterflies.
Above: Lou Archell's dining area is covered in Willow Boughs, a William Morris pattern available at Wallpaper Direct. Photograph via Design Sponge. LA stylist/designer Estee Stanley used the same paper in her Hancock Park Home.
Above: A guest bedroom in Tiina Laakonen and Jon Rosen's Hamptons house is clad in Apollo, a midcentury butterfly print by Finnish artist Rut Bryk. Contact Tiina the Store for details about the wallpaper and other Finnish patterns. Photograph by François Halard for T Magazine.
Above: In another bedroom Tiina Laakonen paired a black version of Rut Bryk's butterfly design with Night of the Skylarks by Birger Kaipiainen. Contact Tiina the Store for purchase information. Tour the whole compound in the Remodelista book. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
Above: For a master bedroom in a Brooklyn loft, husband-and-wife team Marco Pasanella and Rebecca Robertson covered a master bedroom wall in Cole & Son Woods wallpaper. See more in A Whimsical Family Loft in Brooklyn, Whale Wallpaper Included. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
Above: Catarina Skoglund's home is papered in classic Josef Frank patterns. See more of her home in our post Steal This Look: An Anglo-inspired Kitchen in Gothenburg. Photograph via Skoglund's Swedish blog Lovely Life.
Above: London designer Michelle McKenna's sons' room is papered in Paradiset, a fanciful Josef Frank pattern from Svenst Tenn in Stockholm. Tour the whole townhouse in the Remodelista book and our post The Power of Pastels. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
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The last three years have left California facing a historic drought. This month, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an unprecedented mandate: Californians must reduce water use by 25%—or the state may face dire consequences. What factors are contributing to this drought?
While drought is no foreign concept to California, this stretch has been particularly brutal. California gets its water from 3 main sources—snowpack, water stored in reservoirs, and water pumped from underground aquifers—but each have been uniquely affected. For snowpack, 2015 has been a record-low year.
Reservoirs have also remained below average, with some at as low as 9% capacity.
Over the last 5 years, these factors have contributed to the most severe drought California has experienced.
How can you help? Follow these tips to conserve.
No that’s perfect
RU 800 S is a truly massive piece of machinery that renews railroad tracks by replacing rails, railway ties, and gravel track beds simultaneously. The machine accomplishes each task on-site in what is essentially a mobile automated assembly line the length of many train cars. Its various functions are depicted in this curiously enthralling video. The RU 800 S is built by Austrian manufacturer Plasser & Theurer. It is not the largest machine of its kind–that distinction belongs to the Plasser & Theurer SVM1000.
photos via Plasser & Theurer
should've put this up in dorm bathrooms
hipster filipino food is finally (inevitably) a thing
Vampire Penguin, the soon-to-open “shaved ice” restaurant in Berkeley, will serve treats like the Halo-Halo, with flan, jackfruit, coconut, ube paste, mung beans and condensed milk over taro shaved snow. Photo: Vampire Penguin
VAMPIRE PENGUIN HAS THE GREEN LIGHT Berkeley will soon have its own shaved ice restaurant. We brought you news about Vampire Penguin, the popular Sacramento-based Taiwanese dessert restaurant, last fall. The restaurant now has its hands on a building permit, and manager Anthony Bai hopes to be open by mid-May. Vampire Penguin specializes in gourmet shaved ice — made primarily of fruit concentrate, sugar and non-dairy cream — with a variety of flavors and toppings like fruit, oats, taro, condensed milk, candies and other treats. It’s a potent combination; one Sacramento news outlet named the product, also known as “shaved snow,” the “best mouthgasam” in the city. Vampire Penguin will be at 2575 Telegraph Ave. (at Parker Street), Berkeley. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook.(...)
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there's a batman edition of love letter?????
50 Shades of Bundesmutti
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I love when games make you balance two sides of your brain at once. It's not because I'm good at it -- actually, some kind of schismatic asymmetry opens up and I very quickly lose my sense of myself. But I think that space feels interesting, and Apocalypse Gardening shoots right into it. Read the rest
Back in February, horror and science fiction film master John Carpenter released Lost Themes, a collection of scores that mirrored his soundtrack work since his career began back in the mid-'70s. But it seems that…
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Today is Vox's first anniversary, but it is also the 12th anniversary of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sending what was perhaps the greatest memo ever written. Titled "issues with various countries," it noted in passing that basically none of the Bush administration's foreign policy initiatives were working well, and asked Undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith to solve all the problems:
Needless to say, none of this got solved.
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still don't know if I like this show
I am holding off on the last episode because of the inevitable crying
Yuri Kuma Arashi | ep6 | the artwork from “The Moon Girl and the Forest Girl” [album on imgur]
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bae: come over
me: i can’t, i’m in 16th century japan
bae: i’m home alone
"My intention wasn't to get rid of canned tuna and fish sticks"
In 2013, Fox News proudly broadcast an interview with a young food stamp recipient who claimed to be using the government benefit to purchase lobster and sushi.
"This is the way I want to live and I don’t really see anything changing," Jason Greenslate explained to Fox. “It’s free food; it’s awesome."
That story fit a longtime conservative suspicion that poor people use food stamps to purchase luxury items. Now, a Republican state lawmaker in Missouri is pushing for legislation that would stop people like Greenslate and severely limit what food stamp recipients can buy. The bill being proposed would ban the purchase with food stamps of "cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak."
"The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to its original intent, which is nutrition assistance," said Rick Brattin, the representative who is sponsoring the proposed legislation.
Curbing food stamp purchases of cookies, chips, energy drinks, and soft drinks at least falls in line with the food stamp program's mission to provide nutrition. Nutrition experts are already discussing whether to remove unhealthy items from the list of foods participants can buy.
But seafood and steak? Seafood has been shown, time and again, to be a healthy part of any diet. And steak is such a broad category that it's essentially banning people from buying any flat cuts of beef, from porterhouse to flank.
"It just seems really repressive," said Mark Rank, a professor at Washington University and author of the book Living on the Edge: The Realities of Welfare in America. "I don't see how it makes any sense to ban some of these foods. Fish is something that should really be in your diet. And steak, what does that mean in this context?"
Brattin admits that the language might need some tweaking. "My intention wasn't to get rid of canned tuna and fish sticks," he said. But he also insists that people are abusing the system by purchasing luxury foods, and believes that that must be stopped, even if it ends up requiring the inclusion of other less luxurious items.
"I have seen people purchasing filet mignons and crab legs with their EBT cards," he said. "When I can't afford it on my pay, I don't want people on the taxpayer's dime to afford those kinds of foods either."
Currently, a household of one can qualify for up to $194 dollars a month, or fewer than $7 dollars day, as part of SNAP, according to the Department of Agriculture. For a household of two, it's roughly twice that. For a household of three, it's about three times the amount.
It doesn't take too much math to figure out that foods like lobster aren't exactly within a recipient's budget. And it's also hard to draw conclusions based on a single purchase. What if that family that was purchasing a more expensive cut of meat had subsisted on cheaper canned goods for the past month in order to afford it?
Brattin's proposal is part of what Rank laments is a long history of stigmatizing food stamps and welfare programs in America. Ronald Reagan famously told the story of one "welfare queen" as though she were representative of the system at large. Rank says that today, the myth is perpetuated using similar anecdotes, like the Fox example, which he argued should be viewed as distortions of reality.
"There are some isolated cases of abuse, sure," said Rank. "But they are hardly representative of what the people struggling to get by on SNAP are actually buying... These people are spending their money extremely frugally."
Brattin says his bill is about making the food stamp program revolve around nutrition, but it also touches on more than that: whether poor people should be allowed to purchase foods that are deemed fancy. And Rank argues that this crosses a line.
"More than anything else, I think this is about controlling people," said Rank. "We should be treating people who are in poverty the same way we treat everyone else."
this is from the conference I am involved in on friday
important news: there will again be "netsl pretzels"
there's one of these in the office and it is in no way my fault