My flight landed an hour early. The gorgeous, wonderful man picking me up was running on time, which meant that I had a good 45 minutes to kill at the airport. When this happens I sometimes tweet that it’s q&a time. Some of the questions are really just compliments, some are queries as to…
Stoya in not only one of the most beautiful women I can think of, but she also has a mind-blowing intelligence which is what really grabs me.
Possessed Sam was the creepiest, scariest thing that happened so far. Maybe because he’s usually so innocent and vulnerable, but I was tense for the whole episode, feeling sorry for Dean, Jo and especially for Sam.
Jared Padalecki sure did a great job in this episode, because he was unbelievably creepy even without the black-eyes effect.
I am happy they didn’t kill Bobby in this episode.
this is an interesting blog post worth reading for anyone who works in the commercial art industry (read it here). i do not work in the comics industry necessarily, so fortunately i haven’t ever received critiques of this kind (and hope to never receive them, because i would F R E A K O U T). but i think it’s some pretty good food for thought about female representation in commercial art, also for me personally, since i have the tendency to draw a lot of the same types of people and am aspiring to draw more varied and diverse characters in the future. Not only to improve my skills, but to resist the mindset that there is only one way for an attractive/strong/interesting woman to look!
“Not being assaulted is not a privilege to be earned through the judicious application of personal safety strategies. A woman should be able to walk down the street at 4 in the morning in nothing but her socks, blind drunk, without being assaulted, and I, for one, am not going to do anything to imply that she is in any way responsible for her own assault if she fails to Adequately Protect Herself. Men aren’t helpless dick-driven maniacs who can’t help raping a vulnerable woman. It disrespects EVERYONE.”—Emily Nagoski. (via rapeisnotajoke)
The first great Western RPG has been lovingly restored in Ultima Forever - return to the Ultima series in BioWare’s new cross-platform action RPG. Accept the challenge from Lady British and save the land of Britannia. Play as the Fighter or the Mage and travel alone or with friends, restore virtue and become the Avatar!
Farewell, social life!
I am so happy about this, because it’s Bioware and they have a great history with RPGs.
I am also a bit concerned that they’ll ruin it (not sure I like the restyle), but I can’t wait to find out and play.
You can register for the beta at the website, just need an Origin account.
Episcopal Church Approves Same-Sex Union Rites; Transgender Inclusion Policy
Episcopal Church Approves Same-Sex Union Rites; Transgender Inclusion Policy
This guest post comes from Rev. Dr. Caroline J. A. Hall, President of IntegrityUSA:
It’s been an exciting two days here at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church – on Monday transgender inclusion, and on Tuesday, provisional blessings for same-sex couples. And it all seemed so easy.
But like many things that look easy, these advances were the result of years of hard work. At Integrity’s Eucharist on Monday evening, we recognized the pioneering work of Dr. Louie Crew who founded Integrity in 1975 and who continued to faithfully call the Episcopal Church to live up to its values of inclusion until he retired last year. It has taken thirty-seven years to reach this point.
As early as the 1960s, individual clergy and parishes were blessing the relationships of gay or lesbian couples; sometimes quietly, sometimes less so, but always unofficially. In 2003, a diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada decided to allow blessings using a public liturgy. Combined with the Episcopal Church’s ordination of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, this led to outrage from conservative Anglican churches in other parts of the world. The backlash made it more difficult for the Episcopal Church to move ahead. It’s amazing that just 9 years later, when we are still dealing with the conservative reaction, the Church has decided to go ahead and make blessings official.
The 2009 Convention directed the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) to prepare resources for same-sex blessings. They took this very seriously and undertook a huge project of reading liturgies that had been written and used in the past forty years, and in an unprecedented church-wide consultation developed theological and educational resources as well as the blessing itself. Their careful work contributed enormously to the Blessing being authorized. But just as important was the slow careful work of culture change that Integrity and its allies have undertaken year after year, weathering setbacks and celebrating successes.
This work continues. In the next three years the conversation about same-sex blessings and specifically this liturgy will continue. A study of the theology of marriage, agreed on Monday, will challenge the Church to reconsider its theology of marriage as it applies to the twenty-first century. The work of the SCLM has led us to refocus our thoughts and deepen our reflection on the meaning of covenant, especially as it applies to two people in a committed relationship. This study of the theology of marriage will continue to challenge the Church to think and rethink its ideas of different-gender marriage as well as inform the ongoing conversation about changing the church canons to define marriage as between two persons.
Gradually LGBT people have come out in their parishes and choirs, in their dioceses and to their bishops. They have undertaken hard faithful work on behalf of their church, all the while witnessing to the unconditional and inclusive love of God. Today there are LGBT people in every area of church life. In the last ten years, transgender Episcopalians have been coming out of their own closets and taking leadership positions in the Church. To know us is, for many, to love us. As LGBT people have become visible and have been respected for their work and witness, so the church has had to change. The Episcopal Church today is proud to be inclusive.
We are proud of our Church. Much remains to be done. We do not yet have agreement about same-sex marriage. There are many LGBT people who don’t know that there is any church that welcomes them. The quality of Episcopal welcome varies from place to place. Our work in the next three years is to help local churches become truly welcoming and reach out to those who are looking for God and a safe church home. Integrity is committed to continuing to work for a truly inclusive church where all people truly are welcome.
How the Logic of "Friendzoning" Would Work If Applied in Other Instances:
Guys, this is definitely a complete and comprehensive representation of the "friendzone" situation. Everyone reblog this. And by comprehensive, I mean, it's really not. And by reblog this, I mean don't.
*Man walks into a store and finds employee*
Man:Alright, I've had enough. Why haven't you guys hired me?!
Employee:Uh...well sir, when did you put in your application?
Man:I never filled out an application.
Employee:Well sir, we can't consider you for employment if you've never filled out an application.
Man:No, that's bullshit, because I've been coming here for years now, and every single time I tell you all how much I love this store and how much I appreciate your customer service, unlike some of your other customers might I add!
Employee:Well, but that doesn't-
Man:AND I even told you that I didn't have a job!
Employee:But sir, that doesn't indicate to us that you would like a job at our store. And again, if you've never filled out an application, we can't consider you. Besides, we're not hiring.
Man:OH! Not hiring, HA! What a laugh. I see your store go through seasonal workers all the time. They come and go like nothing, but you won't consider me as a part-time employee even though I KNOW you've been looking for workers to fill positions? That's insane!
Employee:Sir, we've been looking to hire a few people for management positions. Do you have any management experience?
Man:Well no, but what does that matter?
Employee:...Well sir, that's what we're looking for. You won't be suitable for the position without management experience.
Man:Oh that's such a load of crap. You know, you'll be waiting around a long time for a manager if you don't lower your standards a little. Who cares if someone knows how to manage a store? I LOVE this store and I'm willing to work here, that's all that should matter to you.
Employee:That...doesn't make any sense.
Man:NO! I'm done. This is over. From now on, no more Mr. Nice Guy.
At a promotional junket for Dredd, Karl Urban looks to have let slip to SFX who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in the forthcoming Star Trek sequel. When asked what it was like having the Sherlock actor on set, Urban said…
I am commuting and the guy sitting near me is reading a book that, from its title, seems like the most interesting book ever.
It’s taking all my willpower to mind my own business and not read the inviting page that lays open so close to my eyes. Ugh.
Is the social web divided by race? A bbc article I don't get
The BBC website published the following article and I don’t really get it (here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18680485)
3 July 2012 Last updated at 02:05 GMT
The internet was once considered a great equaliser, a platform that could bring strangers together, even across racial boundaries. But internet users of the same race have recently begun clustering on certain social media websites.
Micro-blogging website Twitter has seen an upsurge in traffic from Hispanic and African-American audiences. These groups now claim about 30% of the site’s user base, according to third-party statistics website Quantcast.com.
Meanwhile, white users claim 90% of US traffic on Pinterest.com, while Tumblr.com has seen an over-representation of Asian Americans as of late.
Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd says though experts once thought the internet would help destroy racial barriers, “all of the divisions that exist in every day life, including those by race and class, actually re-emerge online”.
Produced by the BBC’s Matt Danzico
So, the journalist is saying that there are racial barriers because 30% of Twitter users are Hispanic and African-American, 90% of Pinterest users are white, and Asian Americans represent a high percentage of the Tumblr user base.
What I don’t get is how these statistics represent a racial barrier. I would get it if the article said, for example, that white people are preventing or disallowing POC users from using Pinterest, but the article doesn’t mention anything like that.
So, is the article trying to say that white users are preventing other users from accessing Pinterest, but failing because he totally missed to mention that?
Or is the article just showing statistics of access to social media based on users race?
In both cases, I think it’s doing a very poor job.
How is the fact that 30% of Twitter users are Hispanic and African American a racial barrier? Is there something preventing me, a non Hispanic, non African American from using Twitter and from interacting with any other Twitter user regardless of their colour, race, nation, religion, whatever? How are members of each race “clustering” exactly?
And I am not saying that racism never happens on social media. I am just saying that the article is about barriers, but fails to mention what are the barriers and only presents some incomplete statistics.
boyfriend and I are close to the end of season 1 of Supernatural - just watched the “Something Wicked” episode, the one withe Shtriga, the cool kid in the motel, and some nice flashbacks.
My first impression has changed a little bit: a while ago, I had said it’s a nice show, but complained that girls only die, scream, or stand there and look pretty; well, we are starting to see some women that do something else now, though they don’t kick as much ass as I’d like to. Anyway, I’ve been promised that it gets better, and I trust the anon who told me.
It’s funny how my boyfriend identifies / sympathises with Dean, while I think more like Sam. Most past episodes, he’s been saying: “They should just shoot” and I kept saying: “What? They can’t shoot persons, they only hit monsters…”.
Tonight has been especially funny:
Boyfriend: “They should use the kid as bait…”
Myself: “No! You can’t use the kid as bait!”
And five seconds later, in the show:
Dean: “We should use the kid as bait.”
Sam: “We can’t use the kid as bait!”
Anyway, the show is brilliant, but I would probably watch it even if it weren’t at this point, just to see Sam’s smile: it’s sweet and warm and kind of sad…
The most difficult thing now is maintaning a life on the internet and avoiding spoilers. I already think of Supernatural when I hear “Crowley”, while a good, spoiler-free fan would just think of Aleister, Ozzy or Neil Gaiman… I guess I’ll have to avoid the SPN tag for a while now!