November182012
inothernews:


OUT TO THUD   On the same day the space shuttle Enterprise was making its much-heralded landing in New York City last week, the Soyuz TMA-22 capsule, carrying crewmembers from the International Space Station, landed outside a town in Kazakhstan.  U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin had spent more than five months in space.  (Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP - Getty Images via MSNBC)

inothernews:

OUT TO THUD   On the same day the space shuttle Enterprise was making its much-heralded landing in New York City last week, the Soyuz TMA-22 capsule, carrying crewmembers from the International Space Station, landed outside a town in Kazakhstan.  U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin had spent more than five months in space.  (Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP - Getty Images via MSNBC)

November32012
September102012

thedailywhat:

Another Marketing Campaign of the Day: You either had a mom like these, or you wish you did. Either way, puddle of tears — the good kind.

[vvv]

May112012
damekatharsis:

kelsium:

inothernews:

Joe Biden’s good for at least one of these “Can you believe this fuckin’ guy?” gestures during each State of the Union.

Joe Biden is so I’M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE guy. I fucking love that man.

I’m convinced Joe was telling Boehner dirty jokes whenever the camera panned away.

damekatharsis:

kelsium:

inothernews:

Joe Biden’s good for at least one of these “Can you believe this fuckin’ guy?” gestures during each State of the Union.

Joe Biden is so I’M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE guy. I fucking love that man.

I’m convinced Joe was telling Boehner dirty jokes whenever the camera panned away.

(via stfuconservatives)

May52012
stfuconservatives:

Jon Stewart responding to Newt Gingrich’s ham-fisted attempt at connecting with the young people by announcing his candidacy on Twitter and Facebook.

stfuconservatives:

Jon Stewart responding to Newt Gingrich’s ham-fisted attempt at connecting with the young people by announcing his candidacy on Twitter and Facebook.

(Source: bettyfrancis, via stfuconservatives)

April72012

I listened to a recent “Fresh Air” podcast wherein Terry Gross interviews two Hollywood dudes who had something to do with making “Toy Story 3.” The Hollywood dudes start talking about “getting to the emotional truth of the characters.” I have, with my usual painstaking attention to detail, transcribed the portion of the interview in which they reveal how they went about getting to the “emotional truth” of a Ken doll character.

Hollywood Dude #1: I don’t know if you had any Ken dolls when you were growing up; I certainly didn’t. But my friends’ little sisters did and we made endless fun of Ken. Ken’s just a-a-a whipping boy […] We thought, well what does it feel like to be a guy who’s a girl’s toy? You’re a guy, but you’re only played with by little girls. And then further, he’s just an accessory to Barbie. You know he doesn’t carry equal weight to, with Barbie, he’s really no more important than a pair of shoes or a belt or a purse to her, and we knew that he would have to have a complex.

Hollywood Dude #2: Yeah, no, I mean, that’s one of the things that’s such a pleasure working on a film like this is that you go, OK, what, you know, what are gonna be the issues of a character like Ken, like what’s gonna be the thing that like keeps him awake at night, you know, and, so, you know, immediately you come into the fact that maybe he’s a little bit insecure about the fact that-that-that he’s-he’s, you know, a girl’s toy and maybe he’s in denial of that.”

Immediately one is struck by the empathy shown poor Ken by the Hollywood dudes. Through his degraded status as a “whipping boy” toy whose lot in life is to be “only” played with by little girls, Ken accrues pathos. The subtext — that little girls are low prestige toy owners and confer shame upon any “male” toy forced to associate with them — reveals that the Hollywood dudes have thoroughly assimilated the message that female children are of lower status than male children, and actually do have cooties.

Another hilarious facet of Hollywood dudes’ remarks is their cogent assessment of the condition of existing solely as an accessory. It is obvious to them that relegating a sentient being to the role of one-dimensional second banana degrades that sentient being, which sentient being would then logically suffer psychological damage as a result (Ken’s “complex”). Yet it eludes them that this is precisely the condition they have imposed on the female characters in their own film, much less that it’s the condition overwhelmingly imposed on female characters in most other films, as well as the condition imposed on all actual live women. Does Mrs Potato Head lie awake at night pondering the horror of existing only as an afterthought to, and entirely in terms of, Mr Potato Head? Not in “Toy Story 3!”

In other words, the Hollywood dudes have perfectly illustrated the point of view of the entitled default human: men are men, and women are toys.

Boy Story, bolding mine

I haven’t seen Toy Story 3, so I can’t comment on it.  However I was struck by the Hollywood Guys seeing Ken as pitiable because he has to undergo the humiliation of being played with by icky girls.

(via sunisup)

The thing that really bothers me about how Pixar approached Ken—aside from, you know, the GIRLS ARE GROSS and LOLOLOL FEMININE GUYS AMIRITE? things—is that if all that were stripped away, you’d have a story about an emotional, fashion-conscious dude who falls desperately in love with an intelligent, aggressive woman; his character arc is ultimately about their relationship, but her arc is about fighting injustice. That isn’t something you see often in fiction, and I hate that they marred it with all this disgusting sexist crap. Pixar, you guys.

(via roxanneritchi)

(via formerlyroxy)

June232011

When someone with the status of Kobe Bryant, arguably the best basketball player in a generation, hurls that antigay slur at a referee or anyone else — let’s call it the F-word — he is telling boys, men and anyone watching that when you are frustrated, when you are as angry as can be, the best way to demean and denigrate a person, even one in a position of power, is to make it clear that you think he is not a real man, but something less.

…Right now in America young people are being killed and killing themselves simply because of the words and behaviors they are subjected to for being perceived as lesbian or gay, or frankly just different. This is not an indictment of the individuals suffocated by their mistreatment, it is an indication of the power of that word, and others like it, to brutalize and dehumanize. This F-word, which so many people seem to think is no big deal, is the postscript to too many of those lives cut short.

As for the original apology, I am amazed that people still think apologizing in such a way as to make it clear that it was the victims who misunderstood is acceptable. I had hoped that the sorry-if-you-are-oversensitive school of apology would by now have been thoroughly discredited.

Many people balk when L.G.B.T. people, even black ones, suggest that the power and vitriol behind another awful slur — the N-word — is no different from the word used by Kobe. I make no attempt at an analogy between the historical civil rights struggle for blacks in the United States with the current human rights struggle for L.G.B.T. people, but I can say that I am frequently called both, and the indignation, anger and at times resignation that course through my body are no greater or less for either. I know with both words the intent is to let me know that no matter how big, how accomplished, philanthropic or wise I may become, to them I am not even human.

I am tired of people having this debate about the relative impact of pejorative words on their target minority group. If injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, then the relative power of an antigay gay slur is irrelevant, it is simply a threat to human dignity, and that should appall us all.

Former NBA player JOHN AMAECHI, who is gay, writing in today’s New York Times, taking L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant to task for his non-apology over using a gay slur; Amaechi is also urging Bryant to not appeal the $100,000 fine levied against him by the NBA.
(via inothernews)

(via inothernews)

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May132011
fuckyeahcostumedrama:

Can we just discuss for a moment how fantastic it is to see Ben Barnes back in his long hair glory? It makes me feel pretty fantastic atm.

fuckyeahcostumedrama:

Can we just discuss for a moment how fantastic it is to see Ben Barnes back in his long hair glory? It makes me feel pretty fantastic atm.

April242011
cleolinda:

Head Trip - Twilight Sucks by *shinga on deviantART
In honor of Sparklemas, a few of my favorite Twilight things. Keep an eye out here for the pink puppy.

cleolinda:

Head Trip - Twilight Sucks by *shinga on deviantART

In honor of Sparklemas, a few of my favorite Twilight things. Keep an eye out here for the pink puppy.

April132011
roxanneritchi:

ericaceae | tasteslikefail | ericaceae | waddlingcolors:




Your uniqueness and peculiarity still rocks my inner fangirl.

You know what You’re Beautiful needs?  Something along the lines of biases@LJ’s FULL HOUSE OF HORROR fashion picspam. 

OMG. Yes. Yes, it does. And done by someone NOT ME.

I wouldn’t know where to begin with such a monumental task.  His hair alone could be an entire essay. 

I LOVE EVERYTHING HE WEARS. BE GONE FROM MY TUMBLR! 

I love his cowls and clavical-exposing shirts and even his odd fur bandolier things, but the empty glasses frames and green skinny jeans will forever be a mystery.

roxanneritchi:

ericaceae | tasteslikefail | ericaceae | waddlingcolors:

Your uniqueness and peculiarity still rocks my inner fangirl.

You know what You’re Beautiful needs?  Something along the lines of biases@LJ’s FULL HOUSE OF HORROR fashion picspam. 

OMG. Yes. Yes, it does. And done by someone NOT ME.

I wouldn’t know where to begin with such a monumental task.  His hair alone could be an entire essay. 

I LOVE EVERYTHING HE WEARS. BE GONE FROM MY TUMBLR! 

I love his cowls and clavical-exposing shirts and even his odd fur bandolier things, but the empty glasses frames and green skinny jeans will forever be a mystery.

(Source: deadweatherandsunrise, via formerlyroxy)

January272011
inothernews:

MOONSTALKER    A statue of Ceres, Roman goddess of agriculture, is silhouetted against  the rising super harvest moon as it stands on top of the Missouri State  Capitol building in Jefferson City. The rare occurrence of the Super  Harvest Moon occurs when the autumnal equinox coincides with the full  moon and what NASA calls a ‘360-degree, summer-autumn twilight glow that  is only seen on rare occasions’ - the last one occurring in 1991.  (Photo: AP via the Telegraph)
So that’s what I saw last night.

inothernews:

MOONSTALKER    A statue of Ceres, Roman goddess of agriculture, is silhouetted against the rising super harvest moon as it stands on top of the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City. The rare occurrence of the Super Harvest Moon occurs when the autumnal equinox coincides with the full moon and what NASA calls a ‘360-degree, summer-autumn twilight glow that is only seen on rare occasions’ - the last one occurring in 1991.  (Photo: AP via the Telegraph)

So that’s what I saw last night.

January92011
cwtv:

Joyeux Noël from Tintin and Snowy ! [link to original blog post]

cwtv:

Joyeux Noël from Tintin and Snowy ! [link to original blog post]

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