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“I’m increasingly attracted by the idea that there can be at least small pockets where life and…”

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

“I’m increasingly attracted by the idea that there can be at least small pockets where life and character and beauty and meaning continue. If I could help protect one of those from destruction, maybe that would be enough. Maybe it would be more than most people do.”

paulkingsnorth from “It’s the End of the World As We Know It… And He Feels Fine.”

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jtotheizzoe: Coming to YouTube on August 19th!  Frankenstein…

Sunday, July 27th, 2014



jtotheizzoe:

Coming to YouTube on August 19th! 

Frankenstein M.D. is a modern re-telling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (did you know it was the first sci-fi book?), from Pemberley Digital, the same people who brought you The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and Emma Approved, and PBS Digital Studios. The story centers around Victoria Frankenstein (rather than “Victor” from the book), an eccentric and driven MD/PhD student who wants to prove herself in the traditionally male-dominated field of medical research. Basically, this is what we would get if Mary Shelley created a YouTube science show :)

I’m also happy to announce that I’m lending my PhD chops and serving as science consultant for the series, which is SO FUN!!! I’m working hard to make sure the science you’ll see in the series is the real thing. At least in theory. I mean, we can’t really bring frightening creatures back from the dead. Yet.

Check out the full details on the series, the cast, and the premiere here. And, just like the worlds of Lizzie Bennet and Emma Woodhouse, the Frankenstein universe will be bigger than just the videos. Here’s a few links so you can start following the characters:

Well okay then.

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jtotheizzoe: Coming to YouTube on August 19th!  Frankenstein…

Sunday, July 27th, 2014



jtotheizzoe:

Coming to YouTube on August 19th! 

Frankenstein M.D. is a modern re-telling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (did you know it was the first sci-fi book?), from Pemberley Digital, the same people who brought you The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and Emma Approved, and PBS Digital Studios. The story centers around Victoria Frankenstein (rather than “Victor” from the book), an eccentric and driven MD/PhD student who wants to prove herself in the traditionally male-dominated field of medical research. Basically, this is what we would get if Mary Shelley created a YouTube science show :)

I’m also happy to announce that I’m lending my PhD chops and serving as science consultant for the series, which is SO FUN!!! I’m working hard to make sure the science you’ll see in the series is the real thing. At least in theory. I mean, we can’t really bring frightening creatures back from the dead. Yet.

Check out the full details on the series, the cast, and the premiere here. And, just like the worlds of Lizzie Bennet and Emma Woodhouse, the Frankenstein universe will be bigger than just the videos. Here’s a few links so you can start following the characters:

Well okay then.

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belgianpaintings: Alfred STEVENS (1823-1906) – Marine,1895

Sunday, July 27th, 2014



belgianpaintings:

Alfred STEVENS (1823-1906) – Marine,1895

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likeafieldmouse: Ambera Wellmann - Cloud #66 (2014)

Sunday, July 27th, 2014



likeafieldmouse:

Ambera Wellmann - Cloud #66 (2014)

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Note to self

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

When agonizing over a small piece of a larger work, when one choice seems wrong in one way, and another choice seems wrong in another, and there’s something there that I don’t want to lose but I just can’t seem to get it right..

Take it out. Just delete it. The echo will remain, like lucky special magical homeopathic truth. The audience will fill it in on their end, and when they do it will be perfect.

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Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness Every year we…

Sunday, July 27th, 2014



Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness

Every year we have been

witness to it: how the

world descends

into a rich mash, in order that

it may resume.

And therefore

who would cry out

to the petals on the ground

to stay,

knowing, as we must,

how the vivacity of what was is married

to the vitality of what will be?

I don’t say

it’s easy, but

what else will do

if the love one claims to have for the world

be true?

So let us go on

though the sun be swinging east,

and the ponds be cold and black,

and the sweets of the year be doomed.

— Mary Oliver, from A Thousand Mornings

Photo by Kelly Gardner, Mississippi valley mayfly emergence, July 20, 2014.

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“The mistake people make when they talk about not being able to trust Wikipedia is in the implicit…”

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

The mistake people make when they talk about not being able to trust Wikipedia is in the implicit assumption that we could trust encyclopedias as infallible sources before Wikipedia.

I like Wikipedia because I know it could be wrong. Regular encyclopedias can be wrong, too, but my guard was never up in the same way with them as it is with Wikipedia. I like Internet media specifically for the reason that Aaron Sorkin doesn’t like it: because it makes it that much more difficult for me to have any illusions about the fact that the burden of critical thought is on me.

I don’t automatically trust bloggers because a group of people I’ve never met decided to give them a badge that says “reporter” on it. I don’t turn off my critical thinking because they’ve gotten to be some sort of “professional”. I have to judge them on the merits of their writing and history of thoughtfulness or thoughtlessness alone. That is a feature, not a bug, because we should never trust any news media outlet implicitly.



On the Internet Everyone Knows You Could Be a Dog, or Why I Think Aaron Sorkin Is Wrong About the Value of Established Media Outlets (via researchtobedone)

repeating: I like Internet media specifically for the reason that Aaron Sorkin doesn’t like it: because it makes it that much more difficult for me to have any illusions about the fact that the burden of critical thought is on me.

(via meganwest)

Wikipedia is the truth in motion, in flux. But then again, so is everything.

(via jaybushman)

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My name is Lizzie Bennet, and this is the final page in my…

Sunday, July 27th, 2014






















My name is Lizzie Bennet, and this is the final page in my diary.

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A Way Back From That Hurt

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

roxanegay:

It has rained all day. It is dark outside. I don’t mind. It seems appropriate. 

I wrote an essay for The New York Times about the beach. It’s humor. I mention this because I have already received an e-mail, from a stranger, explaining to me why I am wrong about the beach. Thank you. 

Here is the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. It makes the movie look like it is going to be awesome and ridiculous, in the way of the books. I wrote an essay about Fifty Shades of Grey. You can read it in this book I wrote called Bad Feminist that comes out on August 5. 

I was at the grocery store and there were new corrections. Of course. Le plus ca change. 

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Last night, I baked a brownie pie because earlier in the week, Ina baked a brownie pie along with some other man foods because she was having construction workers over for a manly lunch—tiny, individual meatloaves, buttermilk mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts with pancetta, and this brownie pie.

This was a particularly amazing episode because Ina made a centerpiece for her guests out of “construction materials.” If you are not picking up what Ina Garten is serving, I do not know what to tell you. 

I don’t really love chocolate so it was safe to bake a brownie pie. First, I buttered and floured my pan. I was in a bad mood so I was extra meticulous about preparing this recipe. There is a certain submission I enjoy in following recipes. You are given exact quantities and exact instructions and your only task is to follow those instructions. Your only task is to do as your told. There are times when I want my only task to be doing as I am told. A pan was never so well-floured in my kitchen as this pan. 

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Next I added 3/4 a stick of butter to a bowl over simmering water. I’ve often seen real cooks do this sort of thing and I have found it intimidating so in general, I have avoided working with chocolate. Last night, I was not deterred. How hard could it be?

Yesterday, sports personality Stephen A. Smith ran his mouth about the women in his family and how he has always cautioned them to not provoke their men into violence. Smith was running his mouth because he is paid to run his mouth and also because he is a misogynist with no imagination and even less heart. He was referring, of course, to the “punishment” handed down to Ray Rice by the NFL, a two-game suspension for an incident where he knocked his wife unconscious and dragged her limp body out of an elevator. 

Le plus ca change. 

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When the butter melted, I added two cups of chocolate chips and combined them until I had a creamy chocolate situation.

Smith’s bullshit was galling on so many levels but for women, this is not a new message. Our job, throughout our lives is to not provoke men into beating us, raping us, cat calling us, whatever. Men, so many people would have us believe, simply cannot control themselves so it is our job, as women, to not only live our own lives but make sure men don’t hurt us. 

What I know about relationships is that they are hard. I know that when we are arguing with our significant others, we can do terrible things. We can say terrible things. We hurt each other and hope that there’s a way back from that hurt. 

When physical violence enters a disagreement, though, something changes. I don’t think it’s ever right for one person of any gender to nonconsensually strike another person of any gender. Violence is not a reasonable option.

Some pundits have said that Rice’s wife, then fiancée, struck him and he was simply defending himself. He has the right to defend himself but I am unclear as to when self-defense becomes knocking a woman unconscious. I am particularly unclear about how a professionally trained NFL football player who outsizes his partner significantly, cannot make a different choice. 

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Over at the mixer, I added three eggs, a tablespoon of instant coffee, a cup of sugar and a lot of vanilla. I do not pay attention to instruction when it comes to vanilla or basil. My submission is, in all circumstances, complicated. I will submit, but I also love to push. I love to see how far I can push before there is push back. Push me back. I dare you. I want you too. 

Sometimes, when my youngest niece is acting up, her mom very calmly says, “Is there a better choice you can be making here?” It’s adorable and so loving. It is hilarious to witness because a two-year old, melting down, is not going to make a rational choice. And yet. For whatever reason, this approach works in its own way. My niece will quiet and look at her mother and consider her options. She finds a way to make a better choice. 

Perhaps, we should pay more attention to the ways of two-year-olds. 

In the throes of an argument, it’s hard to make the right choices. It’s hard to do the right thing when you’re all hurt and anger and instinct. But. We are humans. We are not animals. 

As women, we should not have to live our lives with this Sword of Damocles hanging over our heads as to whether or not our partner is going to be human or an animal. We shouldn’t have to try to not provoke. In some relationships, anything becomes a provocation—saying something, saying nothing, how you dress, how you act, how quickly you do or don’t answer the phone, your tone of voice, how you clean the house, how you drive the car, how you look someone in the eyes, how you avoid looking someone in the eyes. There’s always a finger on the trigger. 

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The chocolate was set aside to cool because if I added it to the egg mixture while it was hot, it would have cooked the eggs. This is another little thing I picked up from Ina. She teaches me things.

I’m not trying to make any grand pronouncements about domestic violence. This is not an issue we can neatly intellectualize. Relationships are complicated. Shit happens. People fuck up. People endure. People hurt people. But, don’t think violence is acceptable. Don’t think there is any circumstance that justifies what Ray Rice did. Don’t think that if we’re all good girls, if we’re properly meek, if we don’t provoke our men, we’ll be safe. Good girls get hurt all the time.

We are not the problem. 

I refuse to quietly accept that there is one set of rules for how men live and another set of rules for how women live. And still, at night in a dark parking lot, I will walk to my car with my keys splayed between my fingers like blades. Ain’t that some shit?

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Once the chocolate cooled, I added it to the egg mixture and let the mixer do its work. 

In tomorrow’s New York Times Magazine, there is an interview with me by Jessica Gross for this week’s talk column. It feels like a big deal in the way of such vanities. A recent interviewee was Chrissie Hynde. Another was Laverne Cox. I have no idea why I’m in the mix but I am going along for the ride.

It is a lovely interview, I think. I am proud of it. And also, there is a full-sized picture of me. This is my body. This is what I look like. I am changing my body but this is my body. 

There are all kinds of pictures of me out and about and it has been harder than I can explain, to feel so exposed. It’s one thing to write as if you have no skin. It’s another thing when photography is involved.

As I’ve said before, I don’t think I am ugly. I don’t hate myself in the way society would have me hate myself way but I do live in the world. I live in this body in this world and I hate how the world all too often responds to this body. I hear the rude comments whispered. I see the stares and laughs and snickering. I tolerate relationships where I am dating someone too ashamed of me to acknowledge our relationship. The list of bullshit is long and boring and I am, frankly, bored with it. Whatever. It is what it is. This is the world we live in. Looks matter and we can say but but but. But no. Looks matter. Bodies matter. 

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In a separate bowl I combined a cup of walnuts, a cup of chocolate chips (but I again, bad at submission, freestyled and used half a cup of white chocolate chops), and a cup of flour, some baking powder, and salt. I mixed it all together. Do you want to know why? Ina says that the flour will keep the walnuts and chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom of the brownie pie. I am guessing Ina knows everything. Then I added these dry goods to the chocolate batter and folded them together. The idea of folding, in baking, seems kind of sexy. 

With pictures of myself out and about there, are inevitably, all manner of cruelties directed at me. Mostly, I don’t talk about it. What the fuck is there to say? Wah, a bunch of assholes were mean to me on the Internet? I mean, honestly. That’s every day. And yesterday was just another day. One troll took the care to include me in his thoughts about my appearance, saying something like, “She’s fat and gay, is anyone surprised?” I don’t remember the exact wording and clearly, this is someone who is not terribly bright. We all see that. 

Ignore the trolls, we say, and mostly this is true. Trolls need to be ignored. They are there to poke at your tender places because they have nothing better to do. 

But this is more than trolling. I don’t care about that guy, but when I hear things like that, all my worst fears about myself are confirmed. When I hear such things, I am reminded that no matter how hard I work, no matter what I achieve, in most ways, these accomplishments mean nothing. I can be cut down. I can be put in my place. I was, I guess, put in my place. 

Don’t think I’m going to stay there. You have no idea what I can take.

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I put the finished batter in my perfectly floured pan and then put that in the lie oven for 37 minutes at 350 degrees.

It’s always going to be something, right? Fine. I don’t have to smile my way through it.

Or, maybe this tears at a raw and open wound. There is someone in my life who reminds me that everything I’m doing is well and good but won’t matter as much until I lose “the weight.” This person means well which is why I am referring to them as this person. I don’t want you to think less of them. But for nearly twenty years, I’ve been told this with every new job and every new accomplishment. It’s draining to the point where I mostly don’t talk about anything I accomplish with anyone. What’s the point, until I lose “the weight.” Nothing I do matters until I discipline my body, until I submit to society’s will.

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The brownie pie came out of the oven and it smelled delicious. It looked good. This was probably the best thing I’ve ever baked. I took a picture. I inhaled deeply. I threw my beautiful creation away. I know how to submit. I will submit. You have no idea what I can take. 

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“Today’s generation are demonstrably less content, and consequently less optimistic, than those that…”

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

“Today’s generation are demonstrably less content, and consequently less optimistic, than those that went before. They work longer hours, with less security, and less chance of leaving behind the social background into which they were born. They fear crime, social breakdown, overdevelopment, environmental collapse. They do not believe that the future will be better than the past. Individually, they are less constrained by class and convention than their parents or grandparents, but more constrained by law, surveillance, state proscription and personal debt. Their physical health is better, their mental health more fragile. Nobody knows what is coming. Nobody wants to look.”

Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto

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urbpan: stuckinabucket: Enough weasel Okay, so fisher cats…

Saturday, July 26th, 2014





















urbpan:

stuckinabucket:

Enough weasel

Okay, so fisher cats (Martes pennanti).  Not cats.  Don’t make a habit of fishing.  Do make a habit of fucking with porcupines.  This happens:

Can pull the spines out with their cute little human-type paws.  Not fun, but probably less awful than it could be given the porcupines’ antibiotic-coated quills.

What they do to hunt porcupines is actually, uh, bite their faces until they stop being alive.  Porcupines will try to get around the face-biting by climbing trees and using their tails on anything that tries to come up after them, so fisher cats will find a nearby tree, climb it, get above the porcupine, and then climb down the porcupine’s tree.  Because weasels, guys.  If they kill a porcupine in the winter, they will partially bury it in snow, quills out, to keep scavengers off, and then flip it back over to eat more once they’re hungry again.  This is probably the behavior that’s led to urban?  rural? legends of this being how they kill porcupines in the first place.

Because porcupines are still not by any means fun to hunt, they prefer rabbits, which have 100% fewer death-spines and don’t require climbing trees to murder them.  They have stupidly big, broad, fuzzy feet compared to the rest of them, and even at four feet tip to tip, they only weigh about fifteen pounds, so they can actually book it over snow, scree, and marshy ground without getting bogged down. 

Above: Thoughts of dignified murder.

Fisher cats are difficult to keep in captivity, which has prevented those of us with bad judgment from trying to make pets of them.  It also prevented them from being farmed for fur a la the mink, to the detriment of wild populations.  Their populations have rebounded after a beaver-esque plunge due to overhunting, and now that nobody cares, we actually do understand their bonkers breeding cycles. 

Aside from being prone to diseases in captivity that they don’t seem too susceptible to in the wild, they mate in the spring, and then implantation is delayed until winter, so that birth and nursing occurs at an optimal time of the year.  Kits actually need a lot of family-time, so this is pretty necessary and perfectly sensical.  But what breeders were seeing was a bunch of animals that fucked like rabbits and then like never got actually pregnant, and it drove them up a wall, and then they quit trying.

Fisher are surprisingly adaptable as well. There is a thriving population of these predators in Boston, and they don’t get nearly as much attention as the coyotes.

Reblogging because I dig mustelids, and used to look for, but sadly never found, fisher tracks when I lived in the eastern Sierra. (I found plenty of pine marten tracks, though.)

Also reblogging for the OP’s droll commentary.

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eskalations: Avatar: The Last Airbender Documentary (Full) -…

Saturday, July 26th, 2014



eskalations:

Avatar: The Last Airbender Documentary (Full) – Avatar Spirits 

For those who have never taken the time to watch this documentary, I STRONGLY urge you to do so now. It’s near ridiculous how much effort these men have put into their work, along with both the crews of atla and lok. After watching this, you will see why being pulled from the air is such a big deal. 

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-teesa-: 7.23.14 George Takei describes the moment when he and…

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

















-teesa-:

7.23.14

George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.

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My online friends are important to me. People who are less…

Saturday, July 26th, 2014



My online friends are important to me.

People who are less familiar with online friendship might view our relationship as not quite real, or at least as less significant than a face-to-face one. Some might even look on it as being more like the relationship one has with a fictional character, or that a child has with an imaginary friend. Maybe that’s true in a limited sense; no one who isn’t snooping over my shoulder ever even sees you. But that’s just a detail; a tiny thing.

I think about that when I listen to this song, one of my favorites by I Am Jen.

I don’t have to see you to believe
You know everything I think and what it means
I can feel your changing shape and energy
If I listen I think I can hear you breathe

There is just one thing that I don’t see
It’s a detail such a tiny thing
I’m forever left wondering
Tell me

Why do you have to be invisible

Told a desperate man that things would change
The worry in his eyes and all the pain
I promised you would come and rearrange
He laughed and said you were the one to blame

There is just one thing that I don’t see
It’s a detail such a tiny thing
I’m left forever wondering
Tell me

Why do you have to be invisible

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dendroica: Get Ready to Learn a Bunch of Awesome New Science…

Saturday, July 26th, 2014



dendroica:

Get Ready to Learn a Bunch of Awesome New Science About Pluto

One year from today, everybody’s favorite dwarf planet will receive its first man-made visitor. The New Horizons mission, which launched in 2006, will make its closest flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015.

Right now, Pluto is mainly known as that object in the solar system that used to be a planet (some would argue it was never a planet, simply misclassified as one for a long time). Scientists have been studying the small body since its discovery in 1930 and know a fair amount about its basic properties. But once New Horizons sweeps past and observes Pluto with its collection of high-tech instruments, there will be an explosion of new knowledge about the tiny world.

“Everything we know about Pluto comes from studying it from billions of miles away,” said planetary scientist Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute, the mission’s principal investigator. “But the lesson of planetary science is that when we see things up close, our ideas from afar are often overturned.”

(Read more via WIRED)

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quickthreebeers: Lemme impart some local biology knowledge to…

Saturday, July 26th, 2014



quickthreebeers:

Lemme impart some local biology knowledge to you

The western snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus)  is small shorebird in the plover family Charadriidae. The Pacific Coast population of the snowy plover is a distinct sub-population that is Federally listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Locally, snowy plovers can be seen nesting and rearing their young along the sandy shores and the lower stretches of the Eel River. Nests are formed via scraping, where the male makes an shallow indent in the sand with his body and the female lays a clutch of about two to three eggs.

Recovery Unit 2 (Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino Counties) is considered to be a population ‘sink,’ meaning that the RU2 fragment cannot produce enough individuals to sustain itself without immigrants from other populations. New recruits are banded yearly in order to study population dynamics. (If you’re nerdy like me and get all riled up about PVAs and metapopulations, here’s a study done by my old orni TA.) 

While habitat degradation and human activities are some of the largest threats to the snowy plover, nest predation by corvids (jays, ravens and crows) is extremely high in RU2. Biologists believe the removal (the more euphemistic term) of corvids is essential while the public disagrees, making the protection of the western snowy plover a controversial topic in Humboldt county. 

Attention jamberlies:

  • Tumblr user @quickthreebeers is a Western snowy plover fan
  • Tumblr user @quickthreebeers has the Tumblr URL @quickthreebeers

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rocketumbl: Curiosity rover

Saturday, July 26th, 2014











rocketumbl:

Curiosity rover

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analyticritic: yulinkuang: Poor Edgar. Naw it’s all good, he…

Saturday, July 26th, 2014



analyticritic:

yulinkuang:

Poor Edgar.

Naw it’s all good, he has girl scout cookies.

This post makes me miss:

Mary Kate’s face
Sean’s voice
Zack’s eye
Yulin’s brain

Looking forward to new creations featuring these (and other) parts of these people soon.

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lesbianmovie: its like the entire beach was glowing 

Saturday, July 26th, 2014







lesbianmovie:

its like the entire beach was glowing 

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