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30 Jun 14:19

Publication Day!!

Today is publication day for The Princess and the Pony!

(haha thank you to Pen Ward for the amazing gif)

You can find the book online or.. anywhere!  In a store in real life!

And remember we are having an official launch in Toronto on the 4th.

If you have the book and your little ones are into it, I have some printout drawing activities for them right here (link) in English and in French.  

Have fun!  

30 Jun 04:01


by Robot Hugs

New comic!

NOTE: I spelled the name of my degree wrong. This doesn’t inspire confidence, but in my defense, I’ve been drawing for about 7 hours by the time I scratched up this comic.

ANOTHER NOTE: I’m trying out hand lettering my comics, and I know readability is suffering right now, bear with me until I fiddle around enough to the right pens and guides to make it work.  If you’re having a lot of trouble, the transcript is always below :)

Trying something different this week. Let’s see hot it goes! First section goes up tomorrow, with an accompanying blog post talking about the concepts I was trying to capture.


30 Jun 04:01

Other One

by Robot Hugs

New comic!

Other: Part 1. This comic is a quick overview of what surveillance means and how we can’t avoid interacting with it.

The killer is, there’s no ‘off the grid’. That step where they compare you against norms and patterns? (4: analysis and response), well, that’s where when you’re something weird, or unexpected, you get flagged for further scrutiny. You can’t disengage from all our surveillance systems without it looking weird, and once it looks weird, you’re right back in the system, tagged as ‘weird’ somewhere for someone to look up one day.

Now, not all surveillance is bad. Public health does a lot of surveillance, and when it’s done ethically, they’re trying to track health issues and implement plans that make our communities safer. And some of it is a trade off: want to vote? there has to be some way of keeping track of registered voters, so that’s just part of a democratic process.

But it’s happening. every organized system you are part of is gathering and storing information on you. Heck, even your volunteer position has your name and number and emergency contact somewhere, doesn’t it?

And the bar for understanding and reacting to this is so fucking high, it’s essentially impossible for people who haven’t made a whole career out of understanding it. No one understand what Apple’s ToS means as a whole, and so when we click ‘ok’, what are we really consenting to? Is that even consent?

Tune in shortly for the next installment: Classification, You, and Everyone Else!

01 Jul 04:01

Other Two

by Robot Hugs

New comic!

This is Part 2 of the Other series.

So, we form groups. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a human thing. We want to be able to relate to people, we want to feel safe and known and loved and valued. A way of doing that is to gather with people who feel like ourselves. And by nature, that means we’re excluding people who don’t fit into that group. It’s not malicious, it’s necessary. Groups require emotional and psychological energy to maintain.

This does get malicious, however, when we start looking at power structures. That’s when a Group becomes a Norm. That’s when we start to internalize assumptions about who we should be, and start to act on other people as though they should be those things too.

Norms create the sense that a characteristic or set of characteristics is the basic, human condition. So when people fall out of those norms, it gives groups an excuse to treat them badly. Normal is good, and just, and expected. What’s up with ‘those people’ who aren’t normal? The stronger the norms are, the greater the consequences are for falling outside of them.

Next up: Actual ways that Other is used as a category. Dewey Decimal System, we’re coming for you!


30 Jun 21:10

Red White and Rainbow stripes

by Scandinavia and the World


Red White and Rainbow stripes

Red White and Rainbow stripes

View Comic!

02 Jul 23:26


attn firehose

27 Jun 19:00

Here’s What’s Okay (And Not Okay) to Say to a Trans Person – Once and For All

by Adrian Ballou

Anyone have any thoughts on "introduce yourself with your name and pronouns" if you're cis (under point #3)? I like it and want to do it, but I worry that I will be more of a target working in the tech industry if I do that. I realize that's a privilege and something that trans people have to deal with constantly... can someone help me parse this pls.

A person's head is drawn, full of questionsPeople have a lot of questions about what is and isn't appropriate to say to a trans person. But getting this down is the most basic form of allyship. What would you add?
07 Jun 00:12

lindsaylohansmugshot:This is possibly my favorite tweet


This is possibly my favorite tweet

29 Jun 12:38

ccosimaa:[blank space comes on in public] no. im not gonna sing along im not gonNICE TO MEET YOU...


[blank space comes on in public] no. im not gonna sing along im not gonNICE TO MEET YOU WHERE YOU BEEN I COULD SHOW YOU INCREDIBLE THINGS

29 Jun 08:07

lightskinlivinglavish: anthonycassetta: (via If Disney...

28 Jun 03:08

The GIF That Encapsulates This Wonderful Week

by Maddie Stone

via osiasjota

On Friday, Mother Jones shared a cartoon by the Southern Poverty Law Center that pretty much sums up this incredible week (below). Could it get any better? Yes. Some genius knew exactly what that comic strip looked like and created the GIF shown above.


26 Jun 19:45

Amazing Grace

by Melissa McEwan

If you didn't watch this, holy shit watch it. This is the Obama we wanted.

President Obama just delivered the eulogy at Rev. Pinckney's funeral in Charleston. I will post video and a transcript below when they become available.

He ended the service by singing "Amazing Grace," and the entire room joined him.

As @brownandbella pointed out on Twitter: "The first black president singing Amazing Grace at the podium of a black church founded by a man who planned a slave revolt."

This is a day in the United States of America, y'all.

UPDATE: Here is video of the President singing "Amazing Grace."

Video Description: President Obama, standing at a podium at the front of a large audience, and in front of black church members and Rev. Pinckney's family, begins to sing "Amazing Grace" a capella, and the people in the room join him, then musicians begin to accompany him. After one verse, the President shouts the names of the victims, saying each of them "found that grace!" He then says: "Through the example of their lives, they've now passed it on to us. May we find ourselves worthy of that precious and extraordinary gift as long as our lives endure. May grace now lead them home. May god continue to shed his grace on the United States of America."

UPDATE 2: A full 40-minute video of the President's eulogy is now available on YouTube care of PBS. Please note that the video autoplays at the link.
29 Jun 20:00

Car Chase in Detroit Ends with Two Dead Children

by Melissa McEwan




[Content Note: Death; injury; police misconduct; racism.]

In an absolutely terrible story out of Detroit, police officers did not cease pursuing during a car chase once it entered a populous residential neighborhood, and two black children are now dead and several others injured:
Brother and sister Michaelangelo and Makiah Jackson, ages 6 and 3 respectively, were playing in front of their home when a police car appeared, chasing what appeared to be a red Challenger. According to eyewitnesses, the police car bumped the Challenger, and the car "flew up in the air." Witnesses heard tire squeals, as if the car was attempting to stop, but by then it was going too fast and had lost control and hit the two small children, killing them instantly.

...Even after the car had dragged the children a distance down the street, the police did not stop their pursuit. They continued to chase the car across one front lawn after another, finally crashing, critically injuring three more children including three-year-old Darius Andrews, Jr., Isaiah Williams, 5, and Zyaire Gardner, 7. Twenty-two-year-old LaKendra Hill sustained injuries. The father of the youngest called seven-year-old Zyaire "the real hero," adding, "He saved my son's life. He grabbed him and tried to hold him."
My condolences to the families, friends, and neighbors of the children who were killed, and I hope the families of the injured children, as well as LaKendra Hill, have the resources they need to heal their physical wounds.

As with many other deadly interactions with police, the original police account was contradicted by witnesses: "On the night of the incident, police Chief James Craig said that the police car had already stopped the chase after they 'lost sight of the car.' After many eyewitnesses had refuted that claim, Craig said that a supervisor had ordered a stop to the pursuit."

Further, the police tried to justify the pursuit by claiming that the driver (or passenger) of the car was seen with a gun, but again had to backpedal: "The next day the chief said there was no gun, and that the case started when the police 'made eye contact' with the occupants of the car."

If that sounds familiar, it's possibly because police in Baltimore "made eye contact" with Freddie Gray before pursuing him on foot and then arresting him and putting him in the back of a police van where he later sustained fatal injuries.

The driver of the car, according to police is 29-year old-Lorenzo Harris, "who was on parole but had not been reporting in to his parole officer." Okay. Well, unless there was evidence he was imminently planning a violent crime, a high-speed chase was hardly necessary for a parole violation.

And that's not just my opinion:
On paper, the official policy of the Detroit Police Department includes this:
Members involved in a pursuit must question whether the seriousness of the violation warrants continuation of the pursuit. A pursuit shall be discontinued when, in the judgment of the primary unit, there is a clear and present danger to the public which outweighs the need for immediate apprehension of the violator. Officers must keep in mind that a vehicle pursuit has the same potential for serious injury or death as the use of fatal force. … Officers must place the protection of human life above all other considerations.
Their true attitude, priorities, "policy" is written in the blood of small children on those front lawns.
Meanwhile, despite the Chief Craig's contention that "a supervisor had ordered a stop to the pursuit," the officers who continued the pursuit allegedly in contravention of a command have not been suspended nor fired, nor are they even being investigation, in any report I can find. Craig has said merely that "his department is reviewing its pursuit policy."

Harris, the driver being pursued for a parole violation, has been arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder, among other charges.

Naturally, we are meant to view Harris, a convicted drug user who was skipping parole meetings, as exclusively responsible for the deaths of Michaelangelo and Makiah Jackson.

But I wonder how it is that we are supposed to ignore the context in which any black man or woman, who is pursued after "making eye contact" with police, might find themselves dead if they land in police custody?

Who the fuck is being served or protected by any of this?
29 Jun 17:06

There are rainbows everywhere!

by Georgia Dunn



21 Jun 06:48




22 Jun 06:44

dingoinnuendo: antareklause: dingoinnuendo: i bought 46...




i bought 46 doughnuts at the store today

If each pack has 12 doughnuts, wouldn’t it be 48 doughnuts??

i have 3 packs of 12 and 1 pack of 10 because they were all out of 12’s i know how to count my doughnuts son

14 Jun 19:00

Skeleton Go Swimming


firehose do you go swimming

why didn’t the skeleton go swimming

because his eyeballs will be filled with water

21 Jun 07:14


29 Jun 19:00

Here Are 4 Ways to Navigate Whiteness and Feminism – Without Being a White Feminist (TM)

by Maddie McClouskey
Two people smiling over coffee“Some White Feminists™ treat race the way everyone at Hogwarts treated the name 'Voldemort.'” Here's how to avoid being part of the problem (and, hint: the problem isn't whiteness, it's white supremacy).
16 Jun 19:22


17 Jun 07:06

What Is It Bob


ok this one is funny

bob:doctor doctor i need a new but.
doctor:what is it bob.
bob:it has a crack in it
doctor:that is normal bob

29 Jun 18:52


by Reza


16 Jun 18:52


16 Jun 16:42

My favorite games to play while driving:


California drivers are assholes.


  • Why Do We Keep Breaking For No Reason On The Highway
  • I’m Going Above The Speed Limit Why Are You Riding My Ass 
  • Use Your Fucking Blinker
  • Pull Over And Get Your Shit Together If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going
  • Bitch Turn If You’re Going to Turn
  • I’m In The Far Right Lane Why Are You Still On My Ass Just Fucking Pass Me
  • Inching Closer Every Second Isn’t Gonna Make The Light Change Any Quicker
  • Wtf Was That
  • Really? You KNOW I’m The One With The Right Of Way
22 Jun 04:58

quantumspork:skunkbear: Here’s the orbital period of our solar...


haha neptune



Here’s the orbital period of our solar system’s 8 major planets (how long it takes each to travel around the sun). Their size is to scale and their speed is accurate relative to Earth’s. The repetition of each GIF is proportional to their orbital period. Mercury takes less than 3 months to zoom around Sol, Neptune takes nearly 165 years.  

fuck this gifset do you know how long i sat here waiting for fucking neptune to drag its lazy ass into the frame

27 Jun 02:32


29 Jun 08:16

yunglapras: i hate that “LOL SO IF WOMEN ARE EQUAL CAN I PUNCH YOU” shit bc 1 in 3 women are...


tw: abuse


i hate that “LOL SO IF WOMEN ARE EQUAL CAN I PUNCH YOU” shit bc 1 in 3 women are abused

y’all are already punching us

the issue is that we’d like you to stop

29 Jun 12:47

luvallstuff: officialwhitegirls: we live in a time where “you are shit” and “you ain’t shit” mean...


frabjous day



we live in a time where “you are shit” and “you ain’t shit” mean the exact same thing english is truly incredible

But saying “you are THE shit” is the exact opposite

28 Jun 02:00


29 Jun 01:00