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14 May 15:31

Clever Dog Skillfully Whispers at Different Levels Upon Request

by Lori Dorn
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smallest woof

An Australian Shepherd mix named Brody has learned, through the patience of his human, how to whisper at different levels upon request. Now this clever dog will know how to use his “inside voice” whenever necessary.

via reddit

13 May 20:38

America Is Running Out Of Soil

Like the Greeks and other powers before them, the Roman empire collapsed for a host of reasons, but underlying much of their troubles was overworked, exhausted, and eroded farmland which strained their ability to feed their citizens. So could America go the way of Rome, with its farmland degraded, eroded, and washed away?
18 May 16:03

Vanitas, 16th century 



Vanitas, 16th century 

18 May 16:01

Boetius Adamsz Bolswert, A Child Dreams of the Passing of Time,...



Boetius Adamsz Bolswert, A Child Dreams of the Passing of Time, 17th century

17 May 12:01

"Star Wars is better when you realize everything Chewbacca says translates to ‘this is why I..."

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via Rosalind

“Star Wars is better when you realize everything Chewbacca says translates to ‘this is why I drink.’”

- R. Stevens
21 May 19:56

The Foundry Has a New Owner: London-Based Equity Firm HgCapital

by Bryant Frazer

The Foundry has changed hands, with London private equity firm HgCapital acquiring a majority stake in the company from Washington, D.C.'s Carlyle Group for $312 million. The move puts an end to speculation that the London-based VFX and design software vendor … more »

The post The Foundry Has a New Owner: London-Based Equity Firm HgCapital appeared first on Studio Daily.

21 May 19:27

Blue Parakeet Takes a Joyride Around the Room in a Remote-Controlled Dump Truck

by Lori Dorn

In 2012, an adorable blue-breasted budgie (parakeet) named Franky took a joyride around the room in a remote-controlled yellow dump truck. According to Jack’s human Gordon, “Franky riding in Jacks RC truck. He has been on many adventures and loves cruzing in style.”

via Tastefully Offensive

21 May 15:08

casting silence on a wizard

by thewoozle
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nothing important here, just wanted a "go away firehose" post as firehose will be going away until Tuesday

so, playing 5th ed D&D, my NPC necromancer was all ready to cast everything he had at the PCs, but went second. the PC 'caster went first and immediately cast Silence on my necromancer.. almost totally shutting him down. Im wondering of anybody has come up with a defensive strategy against being silenced? The one spell he could cast is minor illusion, which doesn't have a verbal component.. could minor illusion be used to make the verbal componant? Is the only answer to have a counterspell?
21 May 20:13

A California winery claims HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is infringing on its rights

by Deena Shanker
More questions about the three-eyed raven.

This post has been updated.

As any fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones knows, the three-eyed raven is a mysterious and powerful creature, appearing in dreams and real life alike, guiding the young, crippled Bran Stark into the crypts of Winterfell, and even into the haunted forests beyond The Wall.

The three-eyed raven is now also the subject of a trademark dispute. Last June, HBO filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on “THREE-EYED RAVEN,” stating its intention to use it with alcoholic beverages, energy drinks, carbonated beverages, mixers and fruit drinks.

Last month, just in time for the cable show’s new season, Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, New York, began selling its limited edition HBO-endorsed Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale, which it describes as having a “light, malty body with a hint of sweetness, and roast accentuated by herbal and spicy hops.” It marked the brewery’s fifth Game of Thrones-inspired beer offering. Reviewers responded positively, with Paste Magazine calling it an “intriguing, unique effort,” and BeerAdvocate.com giving it a score of 87 out of 100.

But not everyone is a fan: Franciscan Vineyards of Napa Valley, California, which owns the trademarks used by Ravenswood Winery, filed an opposition to HBO’s trademark earlier this month, claiming it would confuse consumers, and that HBO’s application was fraudulent because it “had no good faith bona fide intent to use” the three-eyed raven trademark. Franciscan Vineyards owns trademarks for Ravenswood, Ravens, and a drawing of three ravens, often found on the Ravenswood wine bottles.

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Franciscan Vineyards told Quartz it is its policy not to comment on any litigation. Ommegang Brewery told Quartz it had no comment. HBO did not respond to request for comment. This post will be updated with any response.

The winery is arguing that HBO’s trademark “would effectively infringe” upon its own, says Lindsey A. Zahn, an alcohol beverage and food attorney in New York, and the author of On Reserve: A Wine Law Blog. But she called the suit “kind of a stretch,” adding that the winery filed a “very skeletal opposition,” without much supporting detail. The fraud and “no bona fide intent to use” arguments are “not grounded,” she says. After all, the Three-Eyed Raven beer is already being sold. 

HBO hasn’t responded to the suit yet—it has 40 days from the filing to do so—but if you’re looking to try out this controversial brew, act fast: it’s a limited edition.

21 May 00:00

Marketing Coordinator - Full Time

by rachel@riptidepublishing.com
ABOUT THE POSITION

Riptide Publishing, an industry leading digital press releasing approximately 80 new LGBTQ fiction titles each year, is seeking a full-time Marketing Coordinator. Duties will include the coordinating of day-to-day marketing and public...
Employer: Riptide Publishing
Location: Work from home
Posted: 05/21/2015

21 May 20:42

Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

by timothy
sandbagger writes: Anthony Mazur is a senior at Flower Mound High School in Texas who photographed school sports games and other events. Naturally he posted them on line. A few days ago he was summoned to the principal's office and threatened with a suspension and 'reporting to the IRS' if he didn't take those 4000 photos down. Reportedly, the principal's rationale was that the school has copyright on the images and not him.

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21 May 16:21

7 times Siri understood gender identity better than most humans

by Eliel Cruz
Humans, you've been bested by a voice assistant.

A large portion of Americans don’t understand gender identity. Sex and gender are two separate things; sex is biological and gender is societal. For many, the gender spectrum is a foreign concept. Luckily, Siri explained sex and gender in eight brilliant responses.

1. Siri doesn’t have a gender

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2. Because Siri wasn’t assigned a gender

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3. In fact, Siri’s beyond our comprehension of gender

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4. No matter how many times you ask, Siri’s answer is solid

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5. Does gender even matter?

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6. Siri defines Siri the way Siri sees Siri

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7. And what about Siri’s sexuality?

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 An unedited version of this piece was originally published on Pride. Follow Eliel on Twitter at @elielcruz. We welcome your comments at ideas@qz.com.

21 May 15:35

Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

by timothy
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"The high-end model can be had for only $299, unlocked"

MojoKid writes: Asus just finally made their ZenFone 2 available for sale in the US. It's an Intel-powered smartphone running Android Lollipop that's compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, and other cellular networks that utilize GSM technology, like Straight Talk, MetroPCS, and Cricket Wireless among others.The device is packing a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 (2.3GHz) with PowerVR G6430 graphics and 4GB of RAM, along with Intel 7262 and Intel 2230 modem tech, a 5.5" Full HD screen, a 13MP rear camera, dual-SIM support and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The high-end model can be had for only $299, unlocked. A $199 version with 2GB of RAM and a slightly slower Intel Atom Z3560 is also available. In the benchmarks, the Zenfone 2 offers competent though middling performance but considering Asus has priced the ZenFone 2 so aggressively, it's sure to grab some attention at retail with consumers looking for a contract-free commitment.

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21 May 16:14

Transgender Girls Officially Welcomed Into Girl Scouts, People Get Angry - Because of course they do.

by Jessica Lachenal
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In response to the petition Archibald told CNN, “Luckily, we don’t serve our critics. We are proud to serve all girls.”

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The Girl Scouts of America have welcomed transgender girls into their ranks for quite some time now. However, this inclusiveness seems to only now be attracting some heat from conservative religious organizations in this past week.

“Our position is not new,” Andrea Bastiani Archibald, the Girl Scouts USA’s chief girl expert told CNN. “It conforms with our continuous commitment to inclusivity.”

However, there’s currently a petition up on the American Family Association (ugh) website warning people that “boys in skirts” (ughh), “boys in make-up” (ughhh), and “boys in tents” (ughhhh) will put “young innocent girls at risk.” Then, they bring up the good old “boy in a dress in the bathroom” argument to top things off. The petition currently stands at about 38,500 signatures.

While the Girls Scouts of America really only looks at allowing in trans children on a case-by-case basis, according to their FAQ it’s generally accepted that if a scout is “recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe.”

In response to the petition Archibald told CNN, “Luckily, we don’t serve our critics. We are proud to serve all girls.”

Listen. We live in a world where trans children are finding it easier to give up on life rather than deal with the craziness of a world which seems out to get them at every turn. We need to open up more inclusive spaces for them, not shut them out. If the Girl Scouts of America are trying to be inclusive of more girls, then so be it.

Protect trans children. Please.

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21 May 23:11

Josh Duggar Responds to Child Molestation Allegations | Yahoo Celebrity - Yahoo Celebrity

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TW, especially on the clickthrough

this fucking guy

Josh, 27, issued a statement to People in response to the allegations: "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."

He continued, "I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy and redemption."

Josh has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council.
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21 May 21:04

Cornelis Anthonisz, The Fall of the Tower of Babel, 1547



Cornelis Anthonisz, The Fall of the Tower of Babel, 1547

20 May 05:23

http://man-stuff.tumblr.com/post/119422439081

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via Christopher Lantz



22 May 00:46

New Jersey judge dismisses Ray Rice's domestic violence charges

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this fucking guy
this fucking league

Rice called the situation a “nightmare” and told the Sun that he is trying to move forward.

“It’s an unfortunate situation for me and my wife. It’s unfortunate. There’s people that go through domestic violence on all different levels. We truly know we had one bad night, but I always preach that one bad decision and your dream can turn into a nightmare,” Rice said. “We truly lived it, but now the way to come clean with it is to own it and try to help now. There’s no reason that no one should have to go through what me and my wife been through, no one. I take full responsibility for my actions.”

21 May 19:38

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21 May 19:38

Celebrities Read David Letterman’s Final Top Ten List, ‘Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave’

by Glen Tickle

Of all the talk shows, yours is the most geographically convenient to my home.

An incredible group of 10 celebrities and frequent guests on The Late Show including Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld read David Letterman‘s final Top Ten List titled “Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave” during Letterman’s final show before retiring.

21 May 21:47

100 Years of American Cocktails Shown Decade by Decade in a Two-Minute Time-Lapse

by Lori Dorn

In this two-minute time-lapse video by Mode Glam, expert bartender Adam Delany of Tradition in San Francisco prepares up a century’s worth of American cocktails, decade by decade while dressed in the attire of the times.

Our MODE bartender, Adam Delaney is journeying through time with a specialty cocktail to mark each decade. He covers everything, from a 1920s champagne cocktail, to a Sex and the City-worthy Cosmopolitan, to the ubiquitous Old Fashioned. We’ll drink to that!

via Broke Ass Stuart

21 May 22:50

Newswire: Flavor Flav arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana

by Sam Barsanti

As confirmed by Entertainment Weekly, former hype man/reality TV star and giant clock enthusiast Flavor Flav was arrested this morning in Nevada. Flav was pulled over by Highway Patrol officers who then arrested him for DUI, possession of marijuana, having an open container of alcohol in the car, having a suspended registration, having a suspended license, and speeding. Basically, he did almost every bad thing you can do in a car without hitting somebody or something. They probably don’t give out awards for that sort of thing, but if they do, he’s totally in the running.

Luckily for Flav, EW says all of these charges are misdemeanors—even though there’s a thousand of them—and it sounds like he’s already out on bail. That means he’s probably back on the streets, hyping things up for people and telling them what time it is. EW ...

21 May 19:57

Bill introduced to suspend kicker.

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'Rep. Tobias Read said Thursday that he's introduced legislation to suspend the projected $473 million kicker tax rebate and instead divert the money to schools and to the state's rainy-day fund.

"House Bill 3555 gives us an opportunity to invest in the things that reflect our values as Oregonians, and to turn around years of cuts to our K-12 schools, our colleges, and our universities," the Beaverton Democrat said in a press release.

The measure faces steep odds because a voter-approved provision of the Oregon Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of each legislative chamber to divert the kicker.'

21 May 21:12

#PitchPerfect2:

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Fat jokes.

Constant racist jokes about Latinos and immigration.

LGBT jokes.

‘Silent Asian’ jokes.

Worst of all, white girls with cornrows.

Basically everyone who is not a skinny white girl in this movie is the butt of a recurring punchline about their difference.  The Black girl is not only the butt of all these lame jokes about her sexuality, but is also conveniently available to cover all the rap verses in songs AND HAS TO BRAID THE WHITE GIRLS’ HAIR.  

I had to watch this with my 10-year -old niece and then tried (unsuccessfully) to deprogram her afterwards.

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don’t forget queerbaiting and antisemitic jokes and transmisogyny. it had literally everything lol.

good to know about this in advance!

The series is HORRIBLE

21 May 21:15

Grand Jury Indicts All Six Officers In Freddie Gray's Death

City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said a grand jury has indicted all six officers in the the Freddie Gray’s death.
21 May 21:40

Animals Are Now "Sentient Beings" According To New Zealand Law

by George Dvorsky

Earlier this month, a change was made to New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Amendment Bill stating that animals — like humans — are “sentient” beings.

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21 May 16:17

Mike Budenholzer's high school yearbook quote was a Dunkin Donuts ad

by Hayley Byrnes
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fuck the falcons

Who doesn't want to be remembered for doughnuts!

As @ATLHawks coach Mike Budenholzer said in his Holbrook High senior yearbook, "It's time to make the doughnuts." pic.twitter.com/cnxJQfkCoc

— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) May 21, 2015

Looks like Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has always been focused on the important things, even back in high school.

Also, did anyone notice he coached TIM DUNCAN DONUTS when he was an assistant in San Antonio?! Mind blown.

Well, we clearly now know Budenholzer's plan for Game 2.

21 May 19:48

What are you going to miss most about David Letterman? · AVQ&A · The A.V. Club

He somehow convinced the entertainment industry that they had to submit to him, instead of the other way around—something that almost never happens, as is readily demonstrable by any cursory inspection of the lip sync battles and cute puppies that pass for late-night wackiness. Craig Ferguson came close to finding the anarchic spirit, but no one will match the idiosyncratic hostility that only Letterman can pull off. He’s a bomb-thrower, and there aren’t enough of those.
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21 May 17:24

deathandmysticism: E.W. Kemble, Death’s Laboratory, 1906



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E.W. Kemble, Death’s Laboratory, 1906

21 May 18:21

coyotelips:I’d enjoy some four person “tennis” in “Antarctica”, if you’ll pardon the doubles on...

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I’d enjoy some four person “tennis” in “Antarctica”, if you’ll pardon the doubles on tundra