First off, have some more Avatar stuff! sholio
recently watched Avatar for the first time and has a bunch of episode reactions in her Avatar tag
(there's fic and other stuff in there, too, but just scroll down a little bit and you'll come to the show talk). I also really liked this essay by a ten-year-old girl about whitewashing in the Avatar movie
.Creepy crawlies: Amazing Scanning Electron Microscope pictures of insects and spiders
Okay, this series of photos is just super, super awesome (unless you don't like bugs, natch). "Straddling" bus–a cheaper, greener and faster alternative to commute
This is also super cool. It's a bus that cars can pass through like a tunnel, so it doesn't get caught in traffic, but also doesn't take the expense and time of building trains.You're now tuned into the motherfucking greatest
See, here's the thing. If you can watch a show and not be bothered by the appalling lack of equal representation in the media today, kudos to you. I mean that sincerely. I used to be you. I remember that sense of not being bothered. I remember not noticing that there was no one like me on the shows I watched. I remember being more entertained by the adventures of white men, doing white men things. In many ways, it was a much happier time and I'd be lying if there weren't days that I wished I could go back to that sense of being happy with whatever the networks chose to give me.If you were hacking since age 8, it means you were privileged.
See, the problem is, I got bored with that. Angry too, don't get me wrong, but mostly bored. I want to like things, but I'm tired of white men stories about white men adventures. The media's been doing that for a long time now and...well, frankly, it's just not as interesting as it used to be. I'd like to see what else media is capable of. Because I know they're capable of it, if they'd just apply themselves. They're just not living up to their full potential, you know?
This was a really interesting essay and even the comments were interesting to read, despite the flood of "but I wasn't rich and I had a computer!" comments that miss the main point, which is that just because people didn't learn to program or hack when they were in elementary school doesn't automatically mean they're not as capable as people who did.ephemere
I don't want to erase this blood staining my legacy. I don't want to forget, as if it never happened. I don't want to keep coming across, "I didn't know the Philippines was a U.S. colony!" as if I do not bear the damage of American occupation written in my nerves and across my tongue. I don't want to see "deathmarching" used as a verb, the same way I deplore how "imeldific" is used as an adjective -- as if history were an erasable thing and words slipping into common parlance an apology or a healing of all these wounds. I don't want people to go on using this in a misguided attempt to remove the blood in it, because forgetting is what gives the evil behind this more power, by allowing the word to go unchallenged and slip under the veneer of acceptability, lightness, cheapening, banality. I don't want the atrocities of war to become equated with mundane things.For Your Entertainment, or Why I Hate Boys Don't Cry
Great analysis of the film Boys Don't Cry and the general portrayal of trans people (especially trans guys) in mainstream media. I haven't seen Boys Don't Cry myself (yet, I've had it on my hard drive to watch for ages), but it's worth reading even if you haven't seen the movie.Seth McFarlane and his transphobic episode of Family Guy
So a while back there was a really transphobic episode of Family Guy and McFarlane said something about how it was meant to be a sympathetic portrayal and he thought trans people would love it. Now he was interviewed about it again and said that people were stupid if they didn't understand that it was a sympathetic portrayal, and then went on to say that if he found out he had slept with a trans woman, he might throw up, too (as the character did on the show), because that's just how straight guys are wired.Useful questionnaire for room sharing at a con
Code for a poll you can use if you're going to a con and looking for a roommate! Old Spice meets ADHD
A guy with ADHD does a great parody of the Old Spice commercials.( Transcript! )