I wonder if D&D Online is any fun?
The Equality Illusion (via lesilencieux)
Horrified but not suprised. Not in the least.
Pixelart Art Raffle time!
Last two raffles went well, so why not do a third? This time in green~ Removed the “follow” rule because half the rebloggers didn’t do that, making picking winners a nightmare. That being said, I do appreciate every follower I get <3
Some additional rules:
1. no nudity/offensive stuff will get made, so don’t even try.
2. If you suggest something stupid like a giant t-rex, I’m gonna make it chibi and tiny. So don’t suggest intentionally awful things to draw.
3. Please don’t reblog more than once, thank you.
With that said, winners will be randomly selected. Hope you guys enjoy this
Not trying to offend anyone here, but fuck all of this. Fuck Cis, fuck Trans, fuck Queer. fuck straight, gay, boys, girls, and everything else. I’m sick of hearing about it. I’m sick of the fighting and arguing over gender, sexual orientation, all of that shit. Labels.
LABELS ARE FOR JARS.
Just do whatever you’re comfortable with. Fuck what everyone else thinks.
LABELS ARE FOR JARS screams the distressed white punk who never had to struggle with finding people whose experiences he shares, who never was in desperate need to have a word to describe his oppressors
"Hi, my name is Steven, unfortunately located straight out of the shit hole they call "Southern California". Street Punk born and raised. From Crust punk to Folk punk, Punk is Punk."
i thought labels were for jars dude?
"Just do whatever you’re comfortable with."
I’m comfortable with having labels for my identity rather than thinking I’m broken thanks.
I consider lingual denial one of the worst forms of censorship. It becomes extraordinarily hard to communicate ideas and concepts when you don’t have words for them. Without words for these things, it becomes difficult to even conceive of them, or to address them in any official capacity.
Labels are for everything. That is the entire purpose of language. Attempting to limit them is not only censorship of communication, but censorship of the mind.
But Mr Obama, a Democrat, said rising income inequality had been accompanied in recent decades by diminishing opportunities for social mobility. He faulted tax cuts for wealthy Americans, declining investment in schools and infrastructure, and laws that have weakened labour unions, compounded by broad structural changes in the global economy.
"The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American Dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe," he said.
'Threat'? The American Dream is quite, quite dead.
A proposal is currently being floated in the Senate to increase the national minimum wage to $10.10 in three steps and tie further increases to changes in the cost of living, but its path even through the Democratic-controlled Senate is unclear.
I’ll believe something will come of it when I see it. That said, tying the minimum wage to living expenses / inflation is such basic common sense that I’ve been wondering why it wasn’t already policy for a rather long time.
I suspect I already know the answer.
Of course, at least he’s trying to do something, even if I don’t expect him to succeed.
i can only handle so much socializing until i get tired and start getting irritated towards everyone and want to go home and sleep or lock myself in my room and go on the computer
Me right now and probably for the rest of the week.
Body piercings have been used to control wheelchairs and computers in a move scientists believe could transform the way people interact with the world after paralysis.
The movement of a tiny magnet in a tongue piercing is detected by sensors and converted into commands, which can control a range of devices.
The team at the Georgia Institute of Technology made the unlikely leap from body art to wheelchairs because the tongue is so spectacularly supple.
A lentil-sized piercing in the tongue produces a magnetic field, which changes as the tongue moves. Sensors on the cheeks can then detect the precise position of the piercing.
The researchers believe they will be able to have a command for every tooth in the mouth and that by using combinations of tongue positions would be able to develop an “unlimited” number of instructions.
These could dial a phone, change the channel on the television or even type.
Well, that’s cool!
So science, how long before a tongue stud and glasses give you an entire, fully interactive, hands-free PC?
The US government has agreed to pay $50m (£31m) after it was said to have pirated “thousands” of copies of military software.
According to court documents filed in 2012, the deal with the military meant up to 500 named users could access the software.
Apptricity later estimated that 9,000 users were accessing the program, in addition to the 500 that had been paid for.
In recent years, the US government has stepped up efforts to combat piracy, announcing a wide-ranging strategy for clamping down in 2010.
"Piracy is theft, clean and simple," remarked vice-president Joe Biden at the time.
The American government showing us how to provide a good example.
What You Don’t Know About Beauty and the Beast:
Some backstory: due to this little discussion, I was considering writing a continuation/expansion of Beauty and the Beast. I read up on it and found out everything I thought I knew about it was wrong.
-It was created by one, singular, female author in 1740: Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
-It is not a retelling of a pervasive folklore like Perrault’s Cinderella, for example. It was influenced by folklore but is an original story and is very “post” the fairy tales you might be familiar with. The story is also influenced by women who gathered together and told each other revisions of fairy tales in Parisian salons.
-It’s over 100 pages long
-Though written simply and in a straightforward manner, the characters have personalities and are much more complex in their emotions than a normal folkloric tale. They behave in a diverse and fairly realistic manner to their situations. The Beast’s mother in particular is a complex woman, protective of her son and a capable military leader but not progressive in her attitude towards marrying below your station.
-Women are overwhelmingly the masters of the plot and outnumber the men in number and priority.
Female players include:
A nice Fairy
A jerk Fairy (called Mother of the Seasons)
The Queen of the Fairies
A Fairy-who-is-a-Queen (these are different)
A Queen/the Beast’s mother
Belle’s shallow (though fairly realistically so) sisters who are treated as a collective
-It contains considerable world-building. Fairy language, Fairy law, Fairy influence over monarchies, Fairy hierarchy, Fairy magic are all things she depicts. (eat your heart out, Tolkien fans).
-The curse is broken halfway through the book. The rest is devoted to comments on class, monarchy, marrying for love vs. status, appropriate conditions for love, and marrying below your station among other things.
-The Beast is cursed to punish his mother.
-The book’s plot turns out to be entirely due to the machinations of The Mother of the Seasons and the long-game trap/revenge story orchestrated by the Nice Fairy to defeat The Mother of the Seasons Fairy.
-The book takes place in a specific time period rather than in a nebulous “before-time”, somewhere, as I figure, between 1669 to the early 1700s. It might even be contemporaneous to when it was published. It references the age piracy, revolutions, the merchant class, the presence of slavery, Belle watching comedies, operas, and plays the Fair of St. Germain, and a Janissary battle.
-The Beast’s Queen mother led troops into battle for several years, put down a revolt and defeated an encroaching enemy monarch.
And this is only a partial list.
If you’d like to read the original version by Madame de Villeneuve, it’s collected in a book by J. R. Blanche.
It’s available for free:
Archive.org (they don’t mention her name in the author list but it’s there)
The average square type chart seems overly complicated to me so I made this for myself. Small and 2x sizes for anyone who might find it useful.
This is useful!