Yes, please boycott Oreo for their support of Gay Rights. We’ll all appreciate you going on a diet. While you’re at it, please also throw away your iPod, iPhone, and iPad since Apple supports as well. Hopefully you have lots of clothes, because you’ll need to ditch your Levi’s and Nike’s too. Perhaps you bought them at ... JC Penney’s or Sears? Sucks you’ll have to take them back … or actually, anything you wear from anywhere probably had a gay involved. Flying somewhere soon? Better not be on American, Delta, Southwest, or United…you’ll need a new ticket. Airline wasn’t mentioned? Just be sure your jet isn’t Boeing made. Don’t sleep at Marriott or Hilton (or any of their family brands) because you might catch the gay they support. That morning coffee from Starbucks will have to go as well, go ahead it replace it with a McCafe…oh wait, McDonald’s supports gay rights too. Hmm, do you clean with Tide, Gain, or Bounty? Use Duracell batteries, shave with Gillette, or use Fixodent? Brush with Crest, use Pantene, Scope, Tampax, Venus, or Old Spice products? Those are all gone too, stupid Proctor & Gamble supporting the gays. Damn, you’re using Internet Explorer or Crome to see Facebook and read this status? Download something else, Microsoft and Google show their Pride as well. Ah, but your drinks are safe. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Budweiser are on your side … if your side is on the right side of history since all three also support Gay Rights. Hopefully, you or your lawyer will never need in-depth research. Both LexisNexis and Westlaw, who together control the market, support Gay Rights. Drive that big, manly, Ford F350? It’s a "Friend of Dorothy" too, as it’s company Ford and General Motors also support the rights of all. So, do us all a favor, don’t take it all out on a festive cookie … just stay home and boycott everything.
“There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain.”—G’Quan, quoted by G’Kar - Z’ha’dum (via xaos)
“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so.”—Tea Bagger Senator Rand Paul, who apparently failed every Civics and American History class he ever took. (via wilwheaton)
The process for getting these plane tickets has made me want to drink and smoke. A Lot. But they’re bought, and woohoo.
I applied for Guest Status at Dragon*Con, again, this year. Maybe this’ll be the year they actually give it to me. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that there are limited numbers of spaces, but I have to say, when I’m a working professional, on TWO fronts, within the convention, AND I’m bringing in attendees and presenters? It’s kind of a slap in the face.
the pAper chAse - [the laying of hands the speaking in tongues (the mass hysteria)]—- I need to change a brake light in the car I’m borrowing, and, at first glance, it is much more difficult that on the Honda. The Honda has a panel in the trunk and latch you turn. this car has… bolts… which are hidden behind the upholstery…
the pAper chAse - [your money or your life (the comet)]—- Need to put in the application for the new place to live, tomorrow.
Need to send a written request for a transcript to GSU, because I apparently can no longer just go to the fucking website like a 21st century human worm baby, oh no. (the pAper chAse - [what should we do with your body (the lightning)]). It has to bear my signature, and blah blah blah. That’s written and about to be sent.
I just finished writing my class’ first test for tomorrow. It includes the following: ‘BONUS 2: How would Bar On respond to the idea that “Magneto Was Right?” How would Nietzsche?’
Because, as you should well know, by now, that is how i fucking roll.
So I’m here and I’m listening to Wolven on the phone with his dad, and they’re going over our flights (not at bad times, at all, for my half-nocturnal ass) and all I can hear, really, is that we’re going to be on a plane for Twelve. Motherfucking. HOURS, not counting a layover in Amsterdam. What…
Books. Music. DVDs. Dear god the DVDs… I don’t know…
So. I now have enough time to do what needs to be done.
Thanks to all the generous donations and some help from my father, I now have the means to get us to England, and the money to stay and eat while there. All further donations aid in paying off my debt.
Through a combination of her own efforts, and those of Barton Lowery at the office of Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), UnknownBinaries' passport is handled, and should be here tomorrow. Still no answer to the fundamental question of “No Non-Drivers ID's, WTF?”
I’m in the process of getting everything handled for Dragon*Con Academics.
Due to Google’s ad-server policies, TVTropes.org has removed their rape tropes pages.
As the article details, this is absurd, and is in fact, harmful to serious discussion about rape in narrative. What it also does is sends a message: talking about rape is offensive. Talking about something that happens to real people, every day, is offensive; if we’re talking about the ways in which fictional mediums use rape in ways that erase, trivialize, and excuse rape. Fictional mediums are a lens through which a wide audience understands something that may not be part of their experience. When narratives tell them victim-blaming is normal, that survivors often fall in love with their rapists, or that it’s not so hard to overcome, real survivors are affected. How we perceive our rape as a crime, as something we are at fault for, as something that’s not serious enough to report to police, affects everyone.
It also short-circuits our ability to point to specific instances in narrative, when discussing these things. It silences us.
As though we aren’t silenced enough.
TVTropes may present its content in a lighter tone than other sites, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t content that has meaning. Particularly on issues of gender,lgbtqia, sexual violence and bigotry. Many of the tropes are offensive, not because they’re catalogued at TVT, but because they are used so often in narrative, with impunity. Talking about these things may help us to keep moving forward, but not talking about them won’t make their real-life existence go away.
Google needs to refine their policy, and we all need to think about what, “Offensive,” really means.
(Seriously, people, how is this hard? Imagine some mad scientist moves your brain into a different kind of body. Do you seriously think you’d suddenly change who you thought you were? The thing that has the sense of identity is the only one with a vote in the matter.)
“We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills, critical thinking skills and similar programs … which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”—
HBO has posted the first episode of Sorkin’s divisive new show online in full. It’s not embeddable though, so you’ll have to click through to watch.
I’m not posting this because it’s The Newsroom on YouTube. I didn’t watch The Newsroom and I’m not particularly interested in what Warren Ellis called Studio 60: Part 2.
I’m posting this because HBO put the first episode of a new series on YouTube in its entirety, and that is a very big deal. I’m sure it’s region-locked, which is stupid (and easily circumvented) but it’s such a great step in the right direction for the network, we should give HBO a pizza trophy.