Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I need somebody to write a BEST BROS story about Neil deGrasse Tyson and Valerie Frizzle.  Clearly they hooked up in college and stayed besties.  I bet they meet up for coffee regularly and rave/complain.  I want Valerie guest starring on Cosmos and Neil showing up as a substitute teacher when she’s unavoidably detained in another galaxy.  Every year she knits him another astronomy sweatervest and he loves it.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Turns out, I am absolutely the kind of crazy cat lady that puts this fine gentleman in a bowtie.

Friday, April 18, 2014

theparanoiidandroid:

thegollux:

theparanoiidandroid:

thegollux:

theparanoiidandroid:

So I might have made an intersectional feminism version of that 2048 game everyone is playing, which you can go play here.

at first i was like, “why are we ‘moving up’ the intersectional ladder by creating strait cis white ladies out of trans women of color?” but then I was like “or, my game board is FILLED WITH MAKO MORI AND MELINDA MAY like 80% of the time” and then I was completely ok with it.

Hmm I didn’t think about it in terms of leveling up tiles equating to ‘moving up’ the intersectional ladder… should have taken that into consideration.

That might just be me, honestly. Because the other celebrity 2048 I played entirely too much of - *ahem* CHRIS EVANS *ahem* was explicitly designed to be “increasing levels of hotness.”  So I was probably bringing my own singular “increasing levels of intersectionality” to this new, totally awesome version.

Ahh okay. Yeah, one of the reasons I decided to make this version was because I saw a list that was 80% white dudes (3 devoted to Benedict Cumberbatch) and 18% animals, inanimate objects and memes. Not one of the versions listed had even one poc. Two of them had women, and one of those was Lisa Simpson (who although great is an animated character).
(I might have to go look up that Chris Evans version though… increasing levels of hotness… this I can get on board with…)

Increasingly Hot Chris Evans

…it’s extremely worth it.

theparanoiidandroid:

thegollux:

theparanoiidandroid:

So I might have made an intersectional feminism version of that 2048 game everyone is playing, which you can go play here.

at first i was like, “why are we ‘moving up’ the intersectional ladder by creating strait cis white ladies out of trans women of color?” but then I was like “or, my game board is FILLED WITH MAKO MORI AND MELINDA MAY like 80% of the time” and then I was completely ok with it.

Hmm I didn’t think about it in terms of leveling up tiles equating to ‘moving up’ the intersectional ladder… should have taken that into consideration.

That might just be me, honestly. Because the other celebrity 2048 I played entirely too much of - *ahem* CHRIS EVANS *ahem* was explicitly designed to be “increasing levels of hotness.”  So I was probably bringing my own singular “increasing levels of intersectionality” to this new, totally awesome version.

theparanoiidandroid:

So I might have made an intersectional feminism version of that 2048 game everyone is playing, which you can go play here.

at first i was like, “why are we ‘moving up’ the intersectional ladder by creating strait cis white ladies out of trans women of color?” but then I was like “or, my game board is FILLED WITH MAKO MORI AND MELINDA MAY like 80% of the time” and then I was completely ok with it.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I got the IUD that I’ve been wanting today, and honestly? I’m so happy about it.  I’m basically never going to have to worry about birth control again, unless some shit goes wrong.  Paragard is good for 10 years, and frankly when this one expires I’ll be 39, and probably not really up for making a baby.

And that’s exactly the way I want it. So sure, the insertion wasn’t exactly fun.  The cramps I’ve been having tonight and that I expect to have for the next few days are also not fun.  But my gyno was great - SHOUT OUT TO DR. FOOTER IN BETHESDA, THANKS FOR USING THE LITTLE SPECULUM - the insertion took like 10 minutes and the pain I’m in now is different from regular cramps but I wouldn’t actually say substantially worse.  (I know this isn’t the case for a lot of people - my current roommate for one has had a hard time with hers.  I seem to be lucky in this matter.) It’s a load off my mind, the whole thing was covered by my insurance except for the specialist copay, and unless the thing gets dislodged or embedded in my uterine walls, I’m set for life.  

camptikihama:

people in their teens on my dash talking about their ages and i’m just sitting here like

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(Source: ofgeckos)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: grimdark is lazy, good is hard work and Jewish American superheroes

pluckyyoungdonna:

orangepenguino:

kerrypolka:

First I know nothing about Marvel comics: all my context I got from the films Thor (delightful) and Avengers Assemble (remember very little except it had good jokes and the final action scene was too long), and reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night because of this which I saw a few people reblog:

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(okay and also all the gifsets of Sebastian Stan crying. I WAS MIS-SOLD ON THIS FOR THE RECORD, THERE IS LITTLE TO NO CRYING AND ALSO HIS HAIR IS AWFUL.)

If Kavalier and Clay taught me anything it’s threesomes are the best solutions to love triangles Jewish-American cartoonists in the 1930s and early ’40s were all over inventing subversively American heroes to fight Hitler, and I was very unsurprised when I got home and looked it up to learn that Captain America was created by two Jewish guys too. (I know this is really basic comics history stuff and I’m sure fifty people have written dissertations on “He’s A Mensch: The Jewish Identities of Captain America and Superman” or whatever.) What really slotted everything into place was realising that Captain America was created and entered on a cover punching Hitler in the face before America had entered the war.

Basically (right?) Captain America was created by two Jewish-Americans to shame the US into properly fighting Hitler.

Like, I am Captain America, the America you say you want to be, and I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is and actually do something about it. And yes he’s over-the-top and tacky but that’s where the challenge is, right? The chest-thumping American patriotism says “We are good and spread liberty! And also freedom!” and Captain America is like “great! I am that, and I have to point out you are not actually doing that”.

AND I think this is Jewishly on purpose, and here’s why:

Judaism has this important phrase/concept/slogan/life motto from the third-century-ish text Pirkei Avot, which goes: Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor (it’s not to you to complete the work of repairing the world) v’lo atah ben chorin l’hivatel mimena (but neither may you desist from it). You won’t be able to fix the world by yourself, or in your lifetime, but that doesn’t absolve you of responsibility to work towards it.

I feel like grimdark/anti-heroes are a response to the fact that the world is neither good nor moral, like “well if the world isn’t like that, I won’t be either”. But they’re also excuses for not working towards fixing the world: I won’t bother because it’s all fucked anyway. Lo alecha and Captain America say, yes, it is fucked, but you still have to work towards fixing it. And yes, it’s hard, that’s why it’s called work.

Which is why I think saying “Oh, if Captain America represents the US he should be a dick, because the US is a dick” or “Captain America is an imperialist symbol of US superiority and is therefore bad” are both off base and a dodge of having to do that hard work.  

"If Cap = America then Cap = dick because America = dick" is basically just throwing hands up and going "right but guys have you noticed that actually America is imperialist and horrible? DO YOU SEE?!” and implying “so what can you do about that, right?”. Captain America says, “Try to make it better! is what you can do!”

And about saying he’s a symbol of US imperial superiority, I mean, he is a symbol of America but aimed as a criticism at real America.  He’s the American ideal cranked up to five million - for the purpose of shaming America for not living up to what it says it wants to be. And he is aimed at Americans, so I can see a criticism for him being US-centric in that metanarrative sense, but he’s yelling at America to sort their shit out and I think him yelling at non-USAmericans to sort their shit out would be much worse? But I definitely don’t think Cap is supposed to be about how great America is, he’s about pointing out exactly in what ways and how much America is failing to be great. And then saying “but, that doesn’t mean you get out of trying harder!”

Also, how great is it that his ‘weapon’ is a shield.

so um that’s what I thought about when I saw The Winter Solder last night. that and biceps.

This is amazing on so many levels and also makes me want to have a special fandom-centric Shvi’i shel Pesach/seventh night of Passover virtual seder table on Tumblr to talk about the intersections of Judaism and popular culture with food and media crit and discussions of the diaspora.  ALSO everyone should read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 Thursday, April 10, 2014
dirtymackem:

canmakedothink:

hobbitkaiju:

emiii-chan:

psfashion:

Say Good-bye to Chub Rub!
When I find a product this great, this “revolutionary,” I just can’t keep it to myself! Ladies, say good-bye to chub rub and hello to Bandelettes!
Bandelettes are ingenious little bands of lace that you slip over your thighs, and are a perfect substitute for shapewear or creams/gels. Let’s not kid ourselves; shapewear is ugly and can be unbearably hot in the summer, and who wants to re-apply cream on their thighs all day long? Bandelettes solve those problems for good, and look sexy at the same time! (And for only $14.99, they’re completely affordable!)
I’ve been wearing a pair all day and I’ve not had to readjust them even once! They have thin silicone bands inside that run along the top and bottom of the band, which helps secure them in place. Normally I’m stuck in shapewear all spring/summer if I want to wear a dress, but with Bandelettes I think I might be able to have a Spanx-free summer!
(I was provided a pair of Bandelettes free of charge but was not asked to do a review.)

Saw this post and immediately went to check out the website and ordered a pair!

I NEED A PAIR OF THESE YESTERDAY

Reblogging because I LOATHE chub rub and also kind of hate wearing spandies under my dresses in the summer.

I can confirm that these are amazing and work spectacularly, well worth the low low price! :) AND they’re pretty damn sexy!


I have personally used these, and yes they are amazing and yes they are super cheap!
FYI they only last about a season, but shapewear only lasts about two, and costs far more than twice as much while being significantly hotter in the summer months!  Swampass in DC is a problem.
I would not recommend trying to walk more than a mile or two consecutively in these, as I have found that they do need occasional adjustment.  However, if you’re going to be in an area (and with the free time) to duck into a ladies room or behind a bush to shove your hands up your skirt, you should be fine.

dirtymackem:

canmakedothink:

hobbitkaiju:

emiii-chan:

psfashion:

Say Good-bye to Chub Rub!

When I find a product this great, this “revolutionary,” I just can’t keep it to myself! Ladies, say good-bye to chub rub and hello to Bandelettes!

Bandelettes are ingenious little bands of lace that you slip over your thighs, and are a perfect substitute for shapewear or creams/gels. Let’s not kid ourselves; shapewear is ugly and can be unbearably hot in the summer, and who wants to re-apply cream on their thighs all day long? Bandelettes solve those problems for good, and look sexy at the same time! (And for only $14.99, they’re completely affordable!)

I’ve been wearing a pair all day and I’ve not had to readjust them even once! They have thin silicone bands inside that run along the top and bottom of the band, which helps secure them in place. Normally I’m stuck in shapewear all spring/summer if I want to wear a dress, but with Bandelettes I think I might be able to have a Spanx-free summer!

(I was provided a pair of Bandelettes free of charge but was not asked to do a review.)

Saw this post and immediately went to check out the website and ordered a pair!

I NEED A PAIR OF THESE YESTERDAY

Reblogging because I LOATHE chub rub and also kind of hate wearing spandies under my dresses in the summer.

I can confirm that these are amazing and work spectacularly, well worth the low low price! :) AND they’re pretty damn sexy!

I have personally used these, and yes they are amazing and yes they are super cheap!

FYI they only last about a season, but shapewear only lasts about two, and costs far more than twice as much while being significantly hotter in the summer months!  Swampass in DC is a problem.

I would not recommend trying to walk more than a mile or two consecutively in these, as I have found that they do need occasional adjustment.  However, if you’re going to be in an area (and with the free time) to duck into a ladies room or behind a bush to shove your hands up your skirt, you should be fine.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ceeturnalia:

lcn71 answered your post: so, I want to pull out a part of @star…

You lost me with the last two, cee. As in, I don’t understand what—if anything—YOU are concluding. Can you elaborate?

okay, let’s take the movie that spurred @stardust-rain’s original post, Lucy. I’m a white cisfemale viewer and I want to support Lucy because it’s about a woman kicking ass! but, among other things, the Taiwanese villains in the film are caricatures and stereotypes of “scary Asians” and the violence against the Taiwanese people in the trailer mirrors real-life violence that has been meted out against East Asian people by white people. can I still support this film? 

  • I acknowledge that the film is problematic. it’s racist as fuck.
  • I acknowledge that the problematic nature of the film (the racist premise and action) has context outside my interest (the woman kicking ass) which is the Western media tradition of the glorification of violence against East Asian people. 

so far so good. I’m owning that the thing I like has problems and I’m thinking critically.

  • will my support of the film have consequences outside the forum of fandom? yes. my ticket purchase is a vote in favor of these kinds of films—and I want more films with strong women leads. but there’s no guarantee that Hollywood will do that, as they’ve ignored consumer trends before. on the other hand, my ticket purchase is a vote in favor of films pitting white heroes against East Asian villains, and showing women “empowered” by their abuse of another marginalized group.
  • might my support of the film cause direct or indirect harm to people who don’t have the privilege of avoiding that harm? yes. the dehumanization and villainization of East Asian people in white-produced media has wide-reaching negative effects for that group of people including direct violence. 

much less good. here I’ve found that there are real life consequences, some I want, others I don’t want. 

  • concludes that the risk or cost of support is outweighed by the benefit and;
  • concludes that the benefit of support is greater than solely personal satisfaction

the risk/cost of my buying a ticket to this movie is all those negative consequences: more movies with violence against East Asian people, more real life violence against East Asian people, the perpetuation of stereotypes &c. the benefit of my buying a ticket is maybe more white female-lead action movies and a feeling of empowerment for some white women.  so the risk here definitely outweighs the benefit. the benefit is dubious at best. 

the final point: do I want to see this because I like Scarlett Johansson shooting bad guys? yes, I do. my personal satisfaction is a benefit. but do the aggregate benefits amount to more than just “I like this”? no, they don’t. the other benefits are just maybes. my support would, in the end, only benefit me. (while bolstering all the negative effects, which are certainties.)

so if I am a white woman who cares about oppression and I’ve done this analysis, I should not dismiss the concerns of others who say this film is problematic, because that’s flexing my privilege, and I should not support this film even though I acknowledge its problematic nature because that is also flexing my privilege. 

my conclusion is: saying it’s okay to support a problematic thing as long I acknowledge that it’s problematic is in many cases just not enough as a white consumer of media. leaving it there gives us a pass to support all kinds of shit that does harm that we can avoid because of our state of privilege. refusing to use that privilege impacts your personal satisfaction sometimes, but doing so has far greater benefits. 

Cee, your rundown here is tremendously helpful, because this can be such a difficult ratio to determine - and everybody’s personal lines are in different places!  

I remember when ST:ID came out, and the question for me sort of came down to “does the benefit of Zoe Saldana’s Uhura counterbalance the cost of BC’s Khan?” - and for a while I wasn’t totally sure myself!  Though I ended up deciding that for me, personally, it did.  Other people may have drawn their boundaries differently, which is fine.  (And wow, through no fault of Saldana’s and all the fault of Abrams, was I wrong on that one. UHURA U DESERVE BETTER BB)

I think a really important follow up point would be: don’t hijack the THIS THING IS PROBLEMATIC posts.  Tumblr etiquette on “when do I reblog” vs “when do I start a new discussion” can be complex, but sometimes I think we reblog too frequently. (…she types, in a reblog!) 

I mean to say: if somebody is angry about a movie’s problematic elements, and my own cost/benefit analysis has lead me to be less angry than they are, that doesn’t inherently make me wrong - but I should leave their post the hell alone when discussing my own decisions about that movie.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

there’s nothing quite so gross as realizing you forgot to hang out your sports bra yesterday, and now you have to run in a damp sweaty one.  hashtag GLAMOROUS?

FUCK YOU, SCOTUS. FUCK YOU STRAIGHT TO HELL.

So we lost McCutcheon* aaaaaand we’re all fucked.  

*link to the official SCOTUS decision.  SCOTUSBlog doesn’t have a plain language write up yet but I’ll add that when they do.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
ilvalentinos:


howling commandos.

#this iconic army imagery #and lo many a teenage girl viewed this image in her history book and whispered unto her peers #’yo i’m totally judging u if you wouldn’t bang captain rogers and bucky barnes’

but how many school books cropped this photo, to show only Bucky and Steve and Dum Dum and just a bit of Dernier; how easy was it for them to just slice off Jones and Morita on either side, trim the photo down because “it’s just cheaper this way! photos are expensive! we need more room for  text!” Because of course showing front and center that MOC were intimately involved in the war would have been TOO MUCH for the school books of 1950s, 60s, 70s, and then it’s just there already, I mean, why bother reformatting when it’s there already, and everybody important (everybody white) is still there so hey. fuck it. leave it like it is!  And you’ve got people in their 20s seeing that full photo for the first fucking time, seeing themselves in this photo for the first time, seeing somebody like them fighting alongside the Captain, and the bittersweet knowledge that yes, we were there, but nobody will admit it. 

ilvalentinos:

howling commandos.

#this iconic army imagery #and lo many a teenage girl viewed this image in her history book and whispered unto her peers #’yo i’m totally judging u if you wouldn’t bang captain rogers and bucky barnes’

but how many school books cropped this photo, to show only Bucky and Steve and Dum Dum and just a bit of Dernier; how easy was it for them to just slice off Jones and Morita on either side, trim the photo down because “it’s just cheaper this way! photos are expensive! we need more room for  text!” Because of course showing front and center that MOC were intimately involved in the war would have been TOO MUCH for the school books of 1950s, 60s, 70s, and then it’s just there already, I mean, why bother reformatting when it’s there already, and everybody important (everybody white) is still there so hey. fuck it. leave it like it is!  And you’ve got people in their 20s seeing that full photo for the first fucking time, seeing themselves in this photo for the first time, seeing somebody like them fighting alongside the Captain, and the bittersweet knowledge that yes, we were there, but nobody will admit it. 

(Source: buckywho)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mosey Across America Week 12 & 13

3/18:  3.17 miles running
3/19:  
2.04 miles running and 1.48 miles elliptical
3/20:  
2.35 miles running
3/22:  
7.30 miles walking
3/24: 
4.55 miles running
3/25: 
2.57 miles running
3/26: 
4.10 miles running

Distance Week 12 & 13:  27.56 miles

Goal Week 12 & 13:  16.12 miles

Total Miles Traveled: 172.53 miles

Total Miles Remaining: 302.87 miles

Current Status:  Turning off CT-17 S onto Quinnipiac Avenue.  Awww yeah, RITE AID.