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  • belovedmuerto:

    tomato-greens:

    enigmaticrose:

    We’re funny, okay?

    THIS IS EXCELLENT except I have to disagree with one point: Jane Austen wouldn’t be hella annoying on social media - she’d just be trolling all the time.

    I agree about Austen. Troll 4LYF.

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  • Name: anth
    Nickname: …anth
    Location: “the last Eastern city”
    Age: closer to 30 than 20
    Height: 5’8.5”
    Any pets: tiny ridiculous cat. Also five office plants.
    Favorite thing about yourself: I like a lot of things about myself! but lately it’s that I can make people laugh.
    Worst habit: avoiding everything
    Fun fact: my grandfather was a cowboy nicknamed Wild Horse Harry

    Identity, Sexuality & Personality

    Gender identity: lady
    Sexual preference:  fuck if I know.
    Romantic preference: too few data points for any analysis to reach statistical significance
    Relationship status: anth/anth’s bike/anth’s guitar
    Myers/Briggs type: ISFJ I think?
    Astrological Sign: Capricorn, the best sign
    Hogwarts house: Ravenclaw, heavily tinted with Hufflepuff

    Routine

    "Early Bird" or "Night Owl": oh god, such an early bird. I am incapable of functioning after dark.
    Morning routine: wake up, shower, allergy meds, face lotion, clothes, brush teeth, breakfast, assemble lunch, pack backpack, exit apartment, onto bus!
    Bath or shower: the plug on my bathtub doesn’t even work.
    First thought in a morning: oh my god cat GET OFF
    Last thought at night: When I’m falling asleep, my brain generates a sort of white noise that usually sounds like people talking quietly in another room, or overhearing a conversation in a language I don’t speak, or an intercom announcement in a train station with lots of echoes. I listen to that until I fall asleep.

    School/Work

    Do you work or are you a student: ahahaha implying that academia is not a full-time job that sometimes requires you to take class.
    Where do you work/study: a school
    What do you do: I film your eyes with a tiny camera and use your patterns of fixations and saccades to read your mind.
    Where do you see yourself in 5 years:
    EMPLOYED

    Habits (Do you … )

    Drink: rarely
    Smoke: nope
    Do Drugs: no
    Exercise: not nearly as much as I should
    Have a go-to comfort food: not especially.
    Have a nervous habit: clearing my throat, getting really aggressively gregarious

    What is your favorite … ?

    Physical quality (in yourself): I have great hair. My arms and neck are pretty.
    In Others: It depends on the person, which is a cop-out answer, but true
    Mental/emotional quality (in yourself): bloody-minded stubbornness

    Food: raspberries, dark chocolate, plantains, pb&j

    Animal: GOAT.
    Artist/Band/Group: David Bowie, Richard Thompson, Girlyman, Talking Heads, Bastille
    Author/Poet: Tolkien
    TV Show: That one season of Doctor Who with Christopher Eccleston
    Actor/Actress: I’m not really the kind of person to watch something just because a particular actor is in it.

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  • archiemcphee:

    These beautiful moths and butterflies look like they’re ready to flutter up and away, but they won’t be doing so because they’re wonderful textile sculptures painstakingly created by North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita. She sews, embroiders and stitches all sorts of multi-colored fabrics to create these oversized insects, which measure nearly a foot wide. She also adds painted details along with feathers and artificial fur. With great care Okita has achieved an awesome balance between astonishing realism and fanciful invention.

    Click here to view more of Yumi Okita’s gorgeous textile insect sculptures.

    [via Colossal and Demilked]

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  • kayveedee:

notyourexrotic:


This week, India became the first Asian nation to reach Mars when its orbiter entered the planet’s orbit on Wednesday — and this is the picture that was seen around the world to mark this historic event. It shows a group of female scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) congratulating one another on the mission’s success. The picture was widely shared on Twitter where Egyptian journalist and women’s rights activist Mona El-Tahawy tweeted: “Love this pic so much. When was the last time u saw women scientists celebrate space mission?” In most mission room photos of historic space events or in films about space, women are rarely seen, making this photo both compelling and unique. Of course, ISRO, like many technical agencies, has far to go in terms of achieving gender balance in their workforce. As Rhitu Chatterjee of PRI’s The World observed in an op-ed, only 10 percent of ISRO’s engineers are female.This fact, however, Chatterjee writes, is “why this new photograph of ISRO’s women scientists is invaluable. It shatters stereotypes about space research and Indian women. It forces society to acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments of female scientists. And for little girls and young women seeing the picture, I hope it will broaden their horizons, giving them more options for what they can pursue and achieve.” To read Chatterjee’s op-ed on The World, visit http://bit.ly/1u3fvGZPhoto credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

- A Mighty Girl

Guys this is the coolest thing ever and this makes me proud to be an Indian lady and everyone needs to know about this RIGHT NOW

    kayveedee:

    notyourexrotic:

    This week, India became the first Asian nation to reach Mars when its orbiter entered the planet’s orbit on Wednesday — and this is the picture that was seen around the world to mark this historic event. It shows a group of female scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) congratulating one another on the mission’s success. 

    The picture was widely shared on Twitter where Egyptian journalist and women’s rights activist Mona El-Tahawy tweeted: “Love this pic so much. When was the last time u saw women scientists celebrate space mission?” 

    In most mission room photos of historic space events or in films about space, women are rarely seen, making this photo both compelling and unique. Of course, ISRO, like many technical agencies, has far to go in terms of achieving gender balance in their workforce. As Rhitu Chatterjee of PRI’s The World observed in an op-ed, only 10 percent of ISRO’s engineers are female.

    This fact, however, Chatterjee writes, is “why this new photograph of ISRO’s women scientists is invaluable. It shatters stereotypes about space research and Indian women. It forces society to acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments of female scientists. And for little girls and young women seeing the picture, I hope it will broaden their horizons, giving them more options for what they can pursue and achieve.” 

    To read Chatterjee’s op-ed on The World, visit http://bit.ly/1u3fvGZ

    Photo credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

    - A Mighty Girl

    Guys this is the coolest thing ever and this makes me proud to be an Indian lady and everyone needs to know about this RIGHT NOW

    14 hours ago   •   327,500 notes   •   VIA: 148km   •   SOURCE: wasthatnotsideblog
  • janegoodall:

    lady-redrum:

    wasthatnotsideblog:

    just gonna say this: if someone has social anxiety and they ask you something akin to ‘are you mad at me’ or ‘do you hate me’, it isn’t because they don’t trust you, it’s because their brain literally tells them that all the time

    it’s not a personal slight, it’s insecurity caused by mental illness

    thanks

    TAKE NOTE.

    okay but like…this has to be something that you’re willing to be upfront about negotiating? like if you have some social relationship where one person is in a constant role of needing validation and another is in the constant role of having to provide validation…that is not a very balance or, imo, healthy kind of relationship to be having.

    i mean i’ve been on both sides of this and when it’s part of an ongoing relationship it’s very emotionally taxing for everyone involved, so it’s important for the person who isn’t feeling that kind of social anxiety to not invalidate anxious feelings around being liked, but it’s also important that if you are having a lot of feelings about wondering if someone is mad at or hates you to be honest about it and to ask what kind of effect it’s having on the relationship. 

    other people who don’t have the same or similar experiences  as you also have a right to claim terms on a relationship they have with you. it’s really easy to say that because someone has anxiety or whatever else, never do this never say that never blah de blah, but it sets a really toxic environment for a relationship and one that is really stagnant, and doesn’t give people the chance to grow and learn together and doesn’t really allow the relationship to grow either (i don’t mean like grow from friendship to romance. but more along the lines of growing in terms of connecting to each other on a deeper and more mutual level). 

    anyone who is in any kind of social relationship has a responsibility to contribute as well as to receive, and i certainly take the struggles that people face in doing this very seriously. but having a dynamic where one person is always or almost always in one role or another in a relationship is not really a healthy way of depicting relationships, even if navigating the terms of relationship can be difficult. and it assumes that the relationship and the people in it have nowhere else to go and / or are not capable of moving toward anything other than their current understand of themselves and their relationship(s).

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  • sunworldstories:

    by Chiara Bautista

    We are absolutely in love!

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  • julianaegley:

    desidere:

    cbrachyrhynchos:

    nineprotons:

    notapaladin:

    prettylittlerobbers:

    missolivialouise:

    Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

    Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

    A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

    With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

    Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

    So here are some buzz words~

    Natural colors!
    Art Nouveau!
    Handcrafted wares!
    Tailors and dressmakers!
    Streetcars!
    Airships!
    Stained glass window solar panels!!!
    Education in tech and food growing!
    Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
    Solar rooftops and roadways!
    Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
    Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
    No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
    Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

    Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

    (((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

    i am so into this wow

    sign me the fuck up

    I want a solarpunk future. *_*

    Wow.

    SOLARPUNK OH MY GODDDDDD i love it

    CURVY ORGANIC LINES, REFLECT NATURE, FLORALS VEGETATION, UGHHHH I WANT IT 

    So pretty. Want. Now.

    1 day ago   •   103 notes   •   VIA: shakesankle   •   SOURCE: cantankerousquince
  • shakesankle:

    cantankerousquince:

    I bet Marc Antony could make fetch happen. 

    Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
    The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones;
    So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
    Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
    Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest—
    For Brutus is sooo fetch;
    So are they all, all fetch—
    Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is sooo fetch.
    He hath brought many captives home to Rome
    Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
    Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
    When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is sooo fetch.
    You all did see that on the Lupercal
    I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
    Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And, sure, he is so very fetch.
    I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love him once, not without cause:
    What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
    O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.

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  • brylow:

how the bi-bros get fit quick

    brylow:

    how the bi-bros get fit quick

    #gif  

    also, the theater/symphony/dance season is starting, so I went through all my brochures and wrote down all the shows I want to see this season, and there are 15 shows. Conservatively.

    I might be able to snag free tickets for some of them through the university, if I’m fast, but I definitely do not have money to see everything. D:

    1 day ago   •   2 notes
  • found a sick leather jacket at a thrift store today.

    found a sick leather jacket at a thrift store today.

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  • fuckyeahbiguys:

    "I’m sick of how bisexuality is erased in LGBT spaces. I get really nervous before any LGBT event, especially Pride. I feel incredibly sad and hopeless when gay and lesbian people call me insulting names. If gay and lesbian people don’t understand me – Continue reading Prejudice at Pride at Empathize This

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  • platoapproved:

    isabelthespy:

    spitefulbitch:

    the stupidest thing in the entire harry potter series was when they go down to the slytherin dormitory and it’s all dark and slimy and freezing and shit. as if lucius malfoy would let his son live in squalor like that. the house with the highest concentration of spoiled purebloods are happy to live under the goddamn lake? no.

    wow this is the #1 best harry potter criticism i have ever read

    the essential dichotomy of the two very different things jkr seemed to be trying to embody in slytherin which are just not compatible if you ask me.

    you’ve got the malfoy side of slytherin.  blood purity, deliberate class metaphors, deliberate race metaphors.  this kind of slytherin is all about old wealth, british identity, and privilege-based violence.  the malfoys are SUPER WHITE they are the WHITEST WHITE, and with that goes this image they project as benevolent philanthropists, while they privately (and then not so privately) degrade and exploit and abuse those they consider categorically lesser (muggle borns, house elves, people poorer than them, etc).  this is the slytherins-are-privileged-racists side of the house traits.

    the other side has always kind of struck me as jkr’s-privilege-seems-to-have-led-her-to-use-racist-tropes-to-make-slytherins-more-loathesome side of things.  it’s the snape side of slytherin.  the side embodied by snakes (and all that weight of judeo-christian inflected nastiness they are supposed to carry).  why is the house of POWERFUL pureblood families not represented by some animal associated with institutional power in britain (like I DON’T KNOW A FUCKING LION).  this version of slytherin is the kind of evil that is “obvious” because everyone knows snakes are bad (just like rats are bad!!! :|).  everyone knows the guy with the black eyes, the greasy hair,  the “”“”“sallow”“”“” complexion, and the hooked nose (always comes back to the Ambiguously Ethnic thing doesn’t it) is evil.  you know it even before he says a fucking thing.  you can tell he’s evil by his body, by his phenotype.  because this shit doesn’t exist in a vacuum and like it or not, certain traits have a history of being coded in certain ways, racially/ethnically speaking.  the idea of sneakiness, of cleverness, of ruthlessness and questionably moral doing-what-it-takes-to-get-ahead, none of that is coded ROBUST HETEROSEXUAL WHITE CHRISTIAN let me tell you that.  slytherins are bad at sports (not like the VIGOROUS HEALTHY GRYFFINDORS) and when they do get close to winning it’s by cheating.

    but the thing is if you are running the system, you don’t need to cheat the system.  the two sides of slytherin just don’t mesh together.

    THIS IS SUPER INCOHERENT I need to structure this into something formal with capitalization when I’m not quite so beset with insomnia and inarticulate rage.  I’M NOT EVEN A SLYTHERIN.  I just care because if JKR had been really serious about the radical and anti-authoritarian message she seemed to WANT for harry potter, it would have been gyffindor that was the dangerous, privileged, racist house.  that’s the house with the traits associated with POWER, and so much of that second slytherin has been associated with groups that are ruthlessly marginalized.

    this old post explains it pretty well actually, the antisemitism / anti-foreigner sentiment seething just beneath the surface.

    i love harry potter but sometimes i fucking hate harry potter you know?

    my cat has discovered that hiding under my chair and nibbling my ankles is guaranteed to get my attention. fuck.

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  • Love of Shopping is Not a Gene: exposing junk science and ideology in Darwinian Psychology

    mostlysignssomeportents:

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    Anne Innis Dagg’s "Love of Shopping" is Not a Gene is a scathing, entertaining and extremely accessible geneticist’s critique of “Darwinian Psychology” — that is, the “science” of ascribing human behavior to genetic inevitability. Dagg, a biologist/geneticist at the University of Waterloo, identifies Darwinian Psychology as a nexus of ideological pseudoscience cooked to justify political agendas about the inevitability of social inequality, especially racial and sexual inequality.

    One after another, Dagg examines the cherished shibboleths of Darwinian Psychology, examining the research offered in support of such statements as “Rape is genetic” or “Black people are genetically destined to have lower IQ scores than white people” and demolishes each statement by subjecting it to scientific rigor, including an examination of all the contradictory evidence ignored by proponents.

    Dagg opens the book with what seems to be an issue of personal affront: the story that “many” animals practice infanticide as a means of eliminating the genetic competition. This claim originates in part with Craig Packer, who seemingly lost his head when Dagg dared to point out that the overall data suggested that lionesses, not lions, were apt to kill cubs, and not cubs born to other lionesses, but their own progeny, to give the remaining offspring a better chance of survival. When Packer was sent a paper to review, he sent Dagg a threatening note promising to go public with a “harsh” characterization of her as a “fringe scientist” with a “bizarre obsession.” Meanwhile, Dagg’s investigation of the references cited in support of infanticide among other animals, especially primates, finds them to be just as specious as the claims of infanticide among lions.

    Dagg uses this incident as a springboard to consider the ideological baggage that accompanies claims from Darwinian Psychology: claims about the inevitability of war, the natural subservience of women, the ordained inferiority of visible minorities, and concludes that challenges to Darwinian Psychology are met with such virulence because DP’s claims offer comforting, ethical absolution for greed and violence. Undermining this comfort is a dangerous business.

    For example, take the claims about the “natural” emergence of male-dominated hierarchies in other primates: at first, baboons were held to be the poster primates for the inevitability of bosses (especially male bosses). Chimps — much closer to humans — were ignored, because the research at the time suggested that chimps didn’t organize in hierarchical structures. Then, as baboons were shown to have a largely matriarchal structure, they were abandoned in favor of chimps, just lately “discovered” to have a male-dominated hierarchical system. Likewise sheep — where the intimidating ram is ignored in favor of the oldest ewe, not to mention the matriarchal lions.

    Dagg moves through genetic pseudo-science for inherent “criminality” and the shameful history of this kind of “scientific policing” and then on to the claims for a “rape gene.” Here is where Dagg’s genetics background allows her to make mincemeat of the Darwinian Psych crowd (whose number includes few actual geneticists): in a discussion of how the mechanics of a “rape gene” would work — that is, the mechanism by which such a gene could be passed on to sons — Dagg shows the general nonsensical nature of this sort of claim.

    Dagg also does a good job with the IQ-and-race crowd, first by demolishing their research methodologies (using non-normed IQ tests against varying populations from varying backgrounds) and then by showing that their flawed hypotheses about cranial capacity’s relationship to intelligence is not borne out by evidence, as many “brilliant” men’s brains have been found to be of sub-normal weight after death, and showing that environmental factors produce much wider differences in IQ than does cranial capacity. (She also describes just how bad the cranial capacity data cited in support of this hypothesis is, dating back a century to phrenologists and racist doctors, ignoring modern, comprehensive studies that show no appreciable “racial” difference in cranial capacity).

    The book goes on in this vein for 200-some very entertaining pages. As a debunking of pseudo-science, this is very masterful; but it is even better as a piece of social criticism, a look at exactly why Darwinian Psychology has found such a receptive audience among ideologues, particularly from the right. Anne Dagg was my advisor during my brief tenure as a student in Waterloo’s Independent Studies program, and oversaw my work on genetic algorithms. She is now my colleague (I’m a “Scholar in Virtual Residence” at IS) and I was delighted to get a signed copy of Love of Shopping from her the last time I dropped in on the department.

    "Love of Shopping" is Not a Gene: Problems With Darwinian Psychology

    heck yeah gonna read this book.