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27 Jun 14:20

timballisto: YOLO has been replaced by WITNESS ME effective immediately


YOLO has been replaced by WITNESS ME effective immediately

28 Jun 20:10

jaylenejoybeligan: herbalnomics:visardist:kate-wisehart:lady-chy...


Until they figured out that it was super dehumanizing to ask people to stick their face close to gross water, and redesigned to a household filtration system where you can also drink with your family...














LifeStraw purifies water instantly and inexpensively: it is a solution that can provide millions of under-privileged people with safe drinking water.

reblogging again because science

Seriously, Science. Do your thing.

IT’S ONLY 20$.


I’ll always signal boost this because not only does this work for people in under privilege areas it’s also proof of human ingenuity.

Really, we kids that grew up in the early 90s were all told about how we had to conserve water because drinkable water was such a rare resource and people in foreign lands were basically fucked up the ass because there was no way for them to get drinking water. 20 years and 20 bucks later one of the biggest problems humanity faced is a non issue. THAT’S FUCKING CRAZY!

Somebody should start one of those online donate things where people can donate money to buy these to send to areas with unsafe drinking water. But somebody other than me should do it because I don’t know how to do that kind of thing or get the word out.

this is amazing

FYI to everyone, if you purchase a LifeStraw through EarthEasy, they will send you a LifeStraw and also send one to the Philippines (through the Rotary Water Projects) so that the victims of Typhoon Haiyan can have safe drinking water. So if you were thinking of buying one, buy through them, not Amazon. It’s the same price.

Follow-up to above, you also can donate directly to the LifeStraw fundraiserhere without needing to buy one for yourself. You have drinking water right now. You can wait to get this. They cannot.


Help The Philippines. Do it for me.
28 Jun 22:30

obviousplant: New forms of payment!


New forms of payment!

24 Jun 14:20

fenharelenasalin: destitutedandy:Guys guys guys we really need...



Guys guys guys we really need to make this one thing clear


27 Jun 00:50

I always get asked this question and I never really have a...

I always get asked this question and I never really have a satisfactory answer. I don’t know what it feels like to be a sex symbol. And I woke up in the morning and saw the same face, you know what I mean? It doesn’t really.. um.. but I will say this and I’ve said this in the press before, man, you know…Black men, we’re never called sexy, you know what I mean? We’re not called sexy. We’re called athletic, and intense. We’re called-described as you know, being the strong type, the silent type, but you’re never really described as the sexy [type]. Well, I’m saying in general – there’s a real generalization to what I’m saying, but in general the word sexy doesn’t apply to black men in particular. Or in a script, they don’t say Sexy. They say a muscular black man, an intense black guy. Or good-looking, but they won’t say sexy.

Idris Elba on being labeled a sex symbol

22 Jun 05:21

Ex-Uber Driver Says Her Phone Sex Business Helped her Tackle Uber


via firehose

The former Uber driver who won a potentially landmark employment ruling against the ride-hailing company told Reuters on Wednesday she relied on her years of running a phone sex company to take on Uber, one of Silicon Valley’s biggest private companies.

Barbara Ann Berwick represented herself, without an attorney, before the California Labor Commission, which found earlier this month that she had been an Uber employee, not an independent contractor, and thus was entitled to be reimbursed for expenses.

The ruling made waves in the tech world on Wednesday as it could impact the way many sharing-economy companies operate. Uber said the decision did not apply to other workers and has appealed it to San Francisco Superior Court.

Now a financial consultant, Berwick said she learned the nuances of contractor law when she owned a phone sex business — “Linda’s Lip Service.” The company employed some workers but the “fantasy artists” who spoke to customers were all independent contractors.

“I had to make sure I did everything right,” she told Reuters in an interview shortly after the decision was published.

Under California law, workers are deemed employees if the company exerts a certain degree of control over how they do their jobs. The commission wrote in Berwick’s ruling that Uber is “involved in every aspect of the operation.”

Classifying Uber drivers as employees could open the company up to considerably higher costs, including Social Security, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.

Analysts say that such a change could affect Uber’s valuation, currently above $40 billion, and the valuation of other companies that rely on large networks of individuals to provide rides, clean houses and other services.

Uber had argued that its drivers are independent contractors, not employees, and that it is “nothing more than a neutral technology platform.”

At a March hearing on her claim, Berwick faced two company attorneys and cross-examined an Uber product manager. Although she took on Uber by herself, Berwick will likely have a friend who is an attorney represent her now that the case is in court.

A Texas native and over 6 feet tall, Berwick moved to San Francisco in the 1960s and in many ways exemplifies the city’s colorful political fabric. She now works out of her home in the Anza Vista neighborhood with sparkling views of San Francisco’s iconic Sutro tower.

She is transsexual, polyamorous but in a longtime domestic partnership with a woman, and unsuccessfully ran for local office in 2010. One of her campaign planks was to offer a reward for information leading to the prosecution of anyone dealing in date rape drugs.

Berwick was a driver for Uber for nearly two months last year before she quit, saying the money was not what she expected and management was uncommunicative.

23 Jun 16:00

Question: Mum of transgender child needs advise

by Freiya

Slinky asks…

Hi – I’m the mother of a 15 year old daughter. My daughter only 8 weeks ago was in bikini’s on the beach wearing make up and hanging with her boyfriend – all fitting the gender stereotype.
My daughter now has discussed that she may be transgender, quickly followed by a very dramatic hair cut and the borrowing of her brothers clothes and refusal to shave leg or armpit hair.

My response was that we love her no matter what gender she is now or in the future, but that she should take a bit more time before she makes any more sudden changes to her look as she needs to process the feelings she is having. ( I also need some processing time but I didn’t say that to her ) She has linked with school counsellor and met once.

I would be really interested from anyone on this site who can inform and educate me so that I can be supportive to my daughter but also reassured that she isn’t jumping forward to quickly.

Please post your response in the comments below.

» Ask Genderfork «

22 Jun 17:10

The Charleston newspaper put the 9 victims — not the alleged killer — on the front page

by Libby Nelson

via firehose

Newspapers around the world gave front-page space on Sunday to the racist manifesto believed to be from Dylann Roof, who police say killed nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

But not the front page of the Post and Courier, Charleston's newspaper, which made a powerful statement by focusing on the nine victims who lost their lives:

(Post and Courier)

It's a stark and lovely memorial to nine people whose deaths have often been overshadowed by the focus on the man accused of their murder.

(h/t Front Page of the Day)

WATCH: Seven mass shootings, seven distraught Obama speeches
25 Jun 17:21

Fucking hell. I’m only 1 for 5 here (maybe 2 if I’ve just taken...

Fucking hell. I’m only 1 for 5 here (maybe 2 if I’ve just taken a shit?)


24 Jun 15:46



life rules

21 Jun 22:00

twinkletwinkleyoulittlefuck: thepreciousthing: adire-adire: victorysunshine: goldfish-kisses: ge...












theme parks. just. theme parks.

but u have to pay for theme parks

that’s the adult part

son of a bitch

ladies and gentlemen, behold

the St. Louis City Museum:


Playground for adults and children.

They even serve alcohol.

I know where we’re going guys

24 Jun 19:00

Incredible Octopus Behavior Nearly Caused Scientist To Drown From Laughing

Incredible Octopus Behavior Nearly Caused Scientist To Drown From Laughing:





It doesn’t take a backbone to be a genius — or a master of the comedic arts, apparently.

An octopus has been captured on film exhibiting one of the most remarkable (and amusing) examples of tool usage in the animal kingdom. Footage shows the eight-limbed animal literally walking along the ocean floor carrying two halves of a broken coconut shell beneath his arms, seemingly without rhyme or reason.

But this tentacled one knows exactly what he’s doing.


As it turns out, some octopuses, like this, one possess the foresight to actually pack along coconut shells to use as protective shelters when exploring areas without adequate places to hide.

Scientists say this behavior is the first evidence of tool use by an octopus, putting the aquatic animals in a league with a small number of other animals known to do the same.


More at the link.

thegreenwolf lookie!


me when I need to carry two baskets of laundry

24 Jun 22:30



This is a guide to bird classification:

  • Barb: a mean bird

  • Berb: a fast, thin bird
  • Birb: applies to any bird
  • Borb: a fat and/or adorable bird
  • Burb: a bird that is diminutive in size
  • Byrb: a mysterious bird

Thank you for reading! Now you will be able to properly classify any birds you find in the wild!

22 Jun 23:36

"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones..."

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.””

- Charles Bukowski
(via your-last-cigarettee)
24 Jun 03:52

micdotcom: Watch: Still unsure if white privilege exists? This...

22 Jun 16:40

mllescarlet: but

23 Jun 15:30

breaktotheotherside: just-shower-thoughts: If I wear a shirt inside out, the entire universe would...



If I wear a shirt inside out, the entire universe would be wearing it except me.

Congratulations, you just explained Gödel’s theorem in a single sentence.

19 Jun 14:20

hydrogeneportfolio: Women Of Color Who Changed Science. And The...


Women Of Color Who Changed Science. And The World. 

Part 1 • Part 2 • Purchase

19 Jun 16:40

bloglikeanegyptian: a jurassic park game where you “build your own park” and you think the game is...


a jurassic park game where you “build your own park” and you think the game is about building the best park with the most amount of dinosaurs and everything is running well and it goes from cloning the dinosaur all the way to putting them in the right paddock

then when you’ve finished and the credits roll the screen goes black and it starts blaring an alarm and all the dinosaurs escape and now you’re playing a first person POV-game escaping from all the dinosaurs you helped create which means the better you were at the first half the more trouble you’re in for the second 

19 Jun 19:00

negrareina: stardusting: princessalbita: ghoststoreez: cherry...







I love that Annie Golden used to front a punk band!

the shirts are amazing and one of my favorites. this is my favorite shirts song:

The more you know

Oh rad

This is incredible.


18 Jun 23:00


I know I’ve written about this before, but it’s often the process and not the content of someone’s response to a request that indicates how they really feel about the request and the person who made it.

For instance:

“Can you please put trigger warnings for _____ into your syllabus? I’ve had…

15 Jun 01:00

Hoverboard Creators Patent Hovering Homes for Disaster Zones

by Urbanist

Huh. Add in the ability to harvest that energy in some way, and I will be happily intrigued...

Not that I have any ability to do these things myself, mind you. So I feel like kind of a jerk for being like .. hm.. close, but..

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

patent image

The creators of the world’s first working hoverboard have turned their sights toward larger-scale projects, patenting a three-part hovering foundation system to defend houses in earthquake- and flood-prone areas facing threats from natural disasters. The basic idea: decouple buildings from the ground temporarily, isolating them from unwanted movement happening below and around them.

floating box

arxpax hoverboard technology

Arx Pax, based in Silicon Valley and the creators of the Hendo Hoverboard using Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA), designed this new approach to floating homes during emergencies, using a buffer medium over a construction platform. Their physical technologies will be connected to ShakeAlert, an automatic warning software developed in part by the University of California, Berkeley and the U.S. Geological Survey.

patented natural disaster home

“The ShakeAlert program aligns well with our long-term vision,” said Greg Henderson, co-founder and CEO at Arx Pax. “Weaving ShakeAlert into our MFA seismic isolation solution provides a valuable new tool to architects, engineers, and developers who are looking for a better way to build in areas affected by earthquakes. Our goal is to eliminate structural movement by pinpointing the exact time an object or building’s ‘landing gear’ should retract and activate the hover engines.”


patented earthquake proof architecture

Currently, many large buildings already have countermeasures to protect them from strong winds or earthquake forces, but few small structures can afford similar protections. Arx Pax hopes to make similar approaches cost-effective for individual houses and lower buildings in general, raising them up in the face of floodwaters or shaking ground.

sensitive equipment

earthquake floating building system

In addition to helping homeowners, Arx Pax sees applications for this technology for places including surgical operating rooms where stability is essential or laboratories, server farms and other spaces with sensitively calibrated equipment.

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18 Jun 17:57


17 Jun 23:26

Can u hack governmente websites?

Yus i hax 400 governmente websitez and Mars with 1137 perl2 and Angular.js. I also hack ur mom. Can not talk here. No safe. Look 4 sekret encodings w/ futur instruztions.. i find u.

18 Jun 17:50

bluehairbelle: gifsboom: Video:  Cute Baby Bat asm0o

18 Jun 15:30

alltangledupinblue: For studiosaraeileen

16 Jun 15:32

sodomymcscurvylegs: sizvideos: Your life as a dogVideo


I don't get it, but I appreciate that some of you will.



Your life as a dog


18 Jun 07:33

thespoonmissioner: You know, when you fuse, you don’t feel like...


You know, when you fuse, you don’t feel like two people. You feel like one being, and your old names might as well be names for your left arm and your right.

18 Jun 07:31

rainnecassidy: scottlynch78: matociquala: A Maryland woman, a...




A Maryland woman, a widowed mother of four, received the note above concerning her display of rainbow solar jars in her own yard. (Story at the Portland Edge, here.)

That’s the relentless gayness that might harm the children. Rainbow solar jars.

The woman in question is apparently awesomesocks, however, and has started a GoFundMe campaign in response, in order to gay up her yard enough to be worth complaining about. You can find it here


I’ll take “Shit You Just Can’t Make Up for $500,” Alex!

relentlessly gay

16 Jun 19:00

holywatered:speed-dealer-sheogorath:unreal#gillian drag him