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March 12 2010

This was a good idea.

Youtube search: Rube Goldberg Machine

One of the better ideas I've ever had. Note especially the Honda ad and the OK Go videos.
Reposted fromwiederkunft wiederkunft

March 04 2010

I love how there just happens to be a strategically-placed pommel horse. It's like when you play a skateboarding video game and you think to yourself, "wow, I had no idea there were so many naturally-occurring ramps and half-pipes in the world."

March 03 2010

That actually makes me feel better.

March 02 2010

Rape is cool, you guys

“I’ve never understood why so many men have allowed themselves to be brainwashed by the feminazi myth machine into believing that rape is such a serious crime … Rape is simply sex. Women enjoy sex, so rape cannot be such a terrible physical ordeal. 

To suggest that rape, when conducted without violence, is a serious crime is like suggesting that forcefeeding a woman chocolate cake is a heinous offence. A woman would be more inconvenienced by having her handbag snatched. 

The demonisation of rape is all part of the feminazi desire to obtain power and mastery over men. Men who go along with the rape myth are either morons or traitors."

 - Nick Eriksen, senior BNP leader (via Women more troubled by bag theft than rape, BNP candidate claims)

Yeah! And if some guy were to shove his dick up your ass without you asking him to, that would be cool, right? Because it's just sex and guys like sex!

P.S. Women aren't the only ones with penetrable orifices. And men aren't the only ones with appendages capable of penetration. Just something to think about.

P.P.S. If anyone tried to force-feed me anything (especially chocolate cake), I would not hesitate to fuck their world up. In a bad way, I mean.

Manhood 101

Normally this sort of thing would upset me but it just seems so sad and impotent. And that irony amuses me.

Poor Kira

Chris: We are definitely Kira's coolest friends.

Me: I think my underwear is on inside-out.

Though the relative obscurity of Soup is charming

Might be falling for Tumblr.

Essay: How Not to Depict a War Movie

This is what I was trying to say. It wasn't a war movie. It was character exploration.

"Just saw the film. Enjoyed it. I didn’t think it was a war film at all, but a character piece set in a ‘dangerous’ place. The movie is about one person’s need for the clarifying effects of extreme danger to make them steady, to make them sane. This personality is contrasted with three others- one who approaches fear with structure, one who approaches fear with – well, fear- and a poor psychologist who is unaware of danger, and therefore has no appropriate response.

This film could have been done about mountain climbing, free diving, parachuting, swimming with great white sharks, etc. It is about personality in the face of danger, the assessment of risk, the execution of tasks, the relationship to fear. If you think it is a war movie, you missed the movie."

— Shoshon

War movies

I hate when movie reviewers assume that if a movie's setting is a war, then it is necessarily a "war movie". Sometimes it is just a setting, and it's okay if there are inaccuracies because it's not a fucking documentary. The Hurt Locker, to me, wasn't trying to be anti-war or pro-war. I don't think it was trying to portray war in any particular way, or even at all, except as simply a backdrop or a symbol - something within which the characters could be encased. Yes, perfect adherence to the realities would be nice, but how often does that ever happen in a movie? And why does that have to happen in order for the movie to be enjoyed or taken seriously? What happened to suspending your disbelief? I'm sure it becomes increasingly difficult to do that as the subject matter becomes more familiar to you. But it is almost always necessary, to some degree, in order to enjoy a story. Fiction deserves some leeway. Non-fiction? Not so much.

But never mind. I am only defending this movie because it was directed by a woman.

March 01 2010

Oscar Predictions v. Hopes


Best Picture: Avatar

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Best Actor:Jeremy Renner

Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe

Best Writing (adapted): Precious

Best Writing (original):Inglorious Basterds


Best Picture: The Hurt Locker or Precious (or really anything besides Avatar)

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Best Actor: Jeremy Renner

Best Art Direction: Avatar

Best Visual Effects: Avatar

I liked Avatar, but if Avatar wins anything besides best art direction or best visual effects I will lose what little faith in humanity I have left. At least it wasn’t nominated for best writing.

And yes, men are also sometimes victims of assault and it's a good idea for everyone be aware of one's surroundings. But that argument ignores the fact that the experiences of men and women are different in Rape Culture. A good flip-flop comparison would be to imagine a world in which women routinely kicked men in the balls really hard for no reason at all, so much so that men wore protective cups on their genitals at all times and, if they didn't, they knew full well what they were asking for. One wonders, how would men react if the ball-kicking led to the formation of Ball-Kicking Prevention Tips that advised men to never walk alone at night, to avoid dangerous neighborhoods (especially where groups of women congregated), and blamed men for Getting Their Balls Kicked if they chose to move in the world like how people got to move?

Oh God, Fuck Me by Ruth L. Schwartz

Fuck me, oh God, with ordinary things
the things you love best in the world -

like trees in spring, exposing themselves,
flashing leaf buds so firm and swollen

I want to take them in my mouth.
Speaking of trees, fuck me with birds

say, an enormous raucous crow,
proud as a man with his hands down his pants,

and then a sparrow, intimately brown,
discreet and cautious as a concubine.

Fuck me with my kitchen faucet, dripping
like a nymphomaniac,

all night slowly filling and filling,
then overflowing the bowls in the sink-

and with the downstairs neighbour’s vacuum,
that great sucking noisy dragon

making the dirty come clean.
Fuck me with breakfast, with English muffins

the spirit of the dough aroused
by browning, thrilled by buttering.

Fuck me with orange juice,
its concentrated sweetness,

which makes the mouth as happy as summer,
leaves sweet flecks of foam like spit

along the inside of the glass.
Fuck me with coffee, strong and hot,

and then with cream poured into coffee,
blossoming like mushroom clouds,

opening like parachutes.
Fuck me with the ticking

clock, which is the ticking
bomb, which is the ticking heart -

the heart we heard in the first months,
in the original nakedness,

before we were squalling and born.
Fuck me with the unwashed spoon

proud with its coffee stain -
the faint swirl of a useful life

pooled into its center, round as a world.


sometimes poetry is good

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Thinking about doing this because I am just a role model waiting to happen.

February 28 2010

Ten-word Definitions

vegetable: It's like a fruit but less tasty. Sometimes brain-dead people.

pencil: writing implement if you can't get it right the first time

sport:The art of caring far too much about a game.

human: Ladies, gentlemen and all shades of gender between. Pink. Squishy.

pie: A savoury or sweet gloop, usually lumpy, encased in pastry.

(Interesting how the definition of "human" manages to include all shades of gender but not all shades of color. Not every human is pink. Though we are all squishy.)

The Trouble with Women

The Times of London features a series called "The Trouble with Women"

Some of the troubles they've featured?

"Women only want money", "they always want to talk", "they're never content", "they need to tend the bush" etc.

Maybe their next column should be called "The Trouble with Black People" or "The Trouble with Jews".

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