so this is actually pretty hilarious. i got this like and then totally expected it to be a bot. it is, but it’s interesting. clicking the user takes you to their tumblr, which is a rip of the tumblr homepage with a big sketchy CLICK HERE in the middle. that redirects to Amazon.com.
seems this person set up an affiliate account with Amazon and the “Click Here” refers to their affiliate account. So if you are fool enough to go to amazon through that link, sign in and buy something, they get kickbacks from your purchase through Amazon.
This is probably one of the least intrusive, least scammy and most delightfully effort-filled tumblr spams i’ve ever gotten. thank you, lornasbarbara1994 with your weird haircut and your tiny userpic and your sketchy ass tumblr blog.
Just as science provides evidence supporting climate change is a real and scary thing, Fox News regularly provides evidence that there are producers behind the cameras actively and purposefully undermining Fox News’ credibility. Thank you, renegade producers, for your thankless service to education.
in case anyone missed it, it turns out Bruce Wagner, the bitcoin show guy and face of the bitcoin community, is not only a pedophile who wanted to host a bitcoin conference in thailand for sex tourism purposes, but also ran a real estate company that promised poor people that they would fix their underwater mortgages for $1,200, then proceeded to not do anything. they got sued in civil court and were found liable for $250,000 in damages and bruce wagner was forbidden from ever operating a business in the state of illinois again.
also there’s speculation that Tom Williams, the anonymous creator and maintainer of mybitcoin.com (which Bruce heavily promoted in his show), is actually Bruce himself
sweet potato fries are quite common in california :>
They’ve caught on in chain restaurants over here but I imagine the time it takes things like sweet tato fries to culturally disseminate from california over to the east coast means that when something’s still exciting to me in Bumblefuck Nowhere Tennessee it’s old hat on the west coast. That said, I’ve got a secret recipe for grilled sweet potato fries and lemon curry aioli that I picked up about eight months ago that floors people even after they’ve gotten used to their local O’Charley’s/Chili’s/Applebees cinnamon spiced sweet tato fries. I spoiled myself on real sweet tato fries with attitude to the point that sweet cinnamon on shoestring sweet tato fries is almost gross.
So I guess, you know, I like to think I’m on top of things and still hip on the west coast even if I’m surrounded by people that fresh prepare their own deer and raccoon* meat on the regular. It’s cool, I’m cool, I got this B)
What works for me is Privacy Settings > Relationship Status > Hide Relationship Status From Absolutely Everyone. Online and real life. Just don’t mention it in public unless you’re asked and be brief. Works great for my sister.
But I don’t want to hide my relationship status. I want a simple way to express to people that while I’m single, I’m not looking for someone. I don’t feel nervous about people knowing my relationship status, nor do I even dislike the idea. What I dislike is the idea that when you’re single, then you must be looking for someone. It’s like we single people must be interested in becoming a part of relationship and/or that being single is an unhappy situation, when, well, for many it’s not - it’s what we prefer. Aromantic might cover it, but I’m not aromantic. I am just not right now looking for/interested in a relationship. Maybe I will in the future - I thought about it for some months ago -, but right now? No. And it’s an important part of my identification. And I’m not ashamed or shy or nervous about this.
And this is not in connection to how to present myself on Facebook (everything except the basic is hidden for the public there), it’s about how I can choose to present myself in RL and online in for example my description about myself at Tumblr. As said, it’s an important part of my identification, how I view myself, and how I relate to the world - and I want a way to express it easily to people.
I know, being facetious, sorry. Seriously, I sympathize even though I probably can’t fully grasp the necessity of such a distinction. (Sadly this is yet another problem cismen don’t have to deal with enough to ever be bothered by it.) “Single and not looking/seeking/other synonyms etc.” seems like it would suffice despite being a mouthful. If you’re looking for something that implies ownership of your personal choice I’d say “voluntarily single” works instead of just “single.” Concise and it leaves no ambiguity unless people are stupid and choose to ignore what you’ve made very clear to them.
If I had to think something up I’d say “voluntarily single” actually has a nice ring to it. This got me thinking about all sorts of things like who this is an issue for and the status quo for relationship centric interaction and I started to go off on multiple tangents about social norms and implications and interaction across sexes and then Tumblr decided to get rid of it all a;lskdfjas;fkj so this is hopefully a little more concise!:>
— In response to seeing my family’s (large) house. Both my parents are lawyers, but my mom is responsible for most of my family’s accumulated wealth. Makes me feel defensive on my mom’s behalf. (via microaggressions)
People don’t know which of my wealthy parents earns the most money and it pisses me right the fuck off!
Hahaha last night cattylala and I were talking about how we both mutually agree that microaggressions has completely lost focus and is now just a public complaint box.
We actually discussed how it would be cool if there were a similar site that posted the opposite of what Microaggressions does and asks people to submit small instances of people being progressive/kind/nice/equality friendly/considerate/etc., so if anybody wants to hop on that ball with us and ride it all the way to the bank lemme know.
listening to On Point’s 2008 interview with The RZA and the show ended with the revelation of the wu-tang secret: RZA mumbled something about how in a kung fu movie a shaolin master said “do not touch the mud, mud is dirty” and a wu-tang master said “the lotus springs forth even from mud” and The RZA took this to mean that there is some kind of good in everything, even when animals poop all over the earth.
Every time you go to Google.com, there’s a chance (albeit a small one) that you aren’t going to the Google.com that everyone else is visiting, but a slightly tweaked version that offers an experimental feature.
Google calls this the “sandbox,” and it sent small, unwitting groups of users there about 20,000 times last year. The company monitors the search behavior of sandboxed users and weighs whether or not the tweaks should be approved for everyone.
Approval is rare: Google made just 500 tweaks to its search engine in 2010. That means just 2.5% of the tweaks sent to the sandbox made it onto the big stage.
Below is a Google video with more about the process, including a popular feature that recently made it through. -David
I participate in larger Google experiments as they’re made available to the public (plus, gmail features, labs features etc.) and they’re generally very fun and useful and I enjoy them. just putting that out there. the sandbox isn’t a big deal as far as privacy or consent or whatever. it does, however, matter to me as an advertising professional, since these changes affect how my SEO may fare in searches.
not only did i not realize this twitter was a joke account when i first heard of it i forgot and got twisted all the fuck up over it again a second time just now. WOW it must be really late for me to fall for the same trick twice. whoops lol. clearly i’m still too gullible for ever potentially manning a joke account of my own. goodbye dream job!
Above is a screen shot from Pokemon Pearl. As you can see, Empoleon is paralyzed and apparently this is a feature in at least five different games. My children love Pokemon and play the games quite a bit. It was not until they started pretending to be paralyzed, that I realised what they are being exposed to. Disability is not a game and it effects real peoples lives.
i don’t want to live anymore
Can this person shut the fuck up please. Seriously.
holy shit it’s like they don’t know what TEMPORARY MUSCLE PARALYSIS is
like are you fucking kididing me
are you kidding
it’s not like it says “(POKEMON) IS PARAPLEGIC” jesus christ how can you be this stupid
God forbid she sees her kids pretending to be Poisoned.
This game owned bones. I guess if anyone wants a full review I will write one. But yeah, short and sweet, rent it unless you want to support the devs, great trip from start to finish but expect it to stay on the shelf for a long time afterwards. Maybe. Unless you really like it. It’s no Bayonetta but it’s close.
really appreciated that not only were Trava and Shinkai in it, they were kind of IMPORTANT. How awesome. Great movie. Buy it ASAP in uhh November? attn hankpeters, queenston et. al.: watch this movie if only for the insane not moeshit art style because it’s very thick eurocomic lines and bizarre over the top animation.
“Big ideas start as weird ideas.” That’s Patri Friedman, a former Google engineer, the grandson of the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, and, as of 2008, the world’s most prominent ‘micro-nation entrepreneur’. Four years ago, a Clarium Capital employee came across a piece Friedman had written about an idea he called “seasteading.” Friedman was soon pitching to [Peter] Thiel, a staunch libertarian himself, the big, weird idea.
It goes like this: Friedman wants to establish new sovereign nations built on oil-rig-type platforms anchored in international waters—free from the regulation, laws, and moral suasion of any landlocked country. They’d be small city-states at first, although the aim is to have tens of millions of seasteading residents by 2050. Architectural plans for a prototype involve a movable, diesel-powered, 12,000-ton structure with room for 270 residents, with the idea that dozens—perhaps even hundreds—of these could be linked together. Friedman hopes to launch a flotilla of offices off the San Francisco coast next year; full-time settlement, he predicts, will follow in about seven years; and full diplomatic recognition by the United Nations, well, that’ll take some lawyers and time.
“The ultimate goal,” Friedman says, “is to open a frontier for experimenting with new ideas for government.” This translates into the founding of ideologically oriented micro-states on the high seas, a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons.
It’s a vivid, wild-eyed dream—think Burning Man as reimagined by Ayn Rand’s John Galt and steered out to sea by Captain Nemo—but Friedman and Thiel, aware of the long and tragicomic history of failed libertarian utopias, believe that entrepreneurial zeal sets this scheme apart. One potential model is something Friedman calls Appletopia: A corporation, such as Apple, “starts a country as a business. The more desirable the country, the more valuable the real estate,” Friedman says.
When I ask if this wouldn’t amount to a shareholder dictatorship, he doesn’t flinch. “The way most dictatorships work now, they’re enforced on people who aren’t allowed to leave.” Appletopia, or any seasteading colony, would entail a more benevolent variety of dictatorship, similar to your cell-phone contract: You don’t like it, you leave. Citizenship as free agency, you might say. Or as Ken Howery, one of Thiel’s partners at the Founders Fund, puts it, “It’s almost like there’s a cartel of governments, and this is a way to force governments to compete in a free-market way.”
Hahaha this is the premise of sad failure of a video game Brink, except the game takes place after the “floating nation states” have been linked and the rich people discover they can’t do menial labor and import a bunch of poor people that suddenly to no one’s suprise begin taking the place over.
Full disclosure: Shawn is a buddy of mine that moved his family of four from near where I live to the Netherlands. He currently resides in Utrecht and is pursuing full citizenship. He’s very insightful and offers a very honest and intriguing look into how the other side of the world operates, a perspective painfully absent from American mainstream media.
I mentioned him in RE: Life After Capitalism (passed by my desk via gowns) and he was kind enough to write up a response. Go follow him(!!!) and read the text, in full below; though you ought to read it directly from the source instead of reading the copied version off my page. :>
At least amongst Americans the concept of Socialism represents sloth, inefficiency, and corruption. It is understandable given the climate of blatant and pointless materialism, financial despair, and the complete inability of the American government to implement pragmatic solutions to the problems of basic human rights in an age of wealth and production.
Naturally, the frustration is purely of a political nature. Americans are taught that they need to get up and take what is theirs, or else they will not get it. This is not only very true, it is also extremely condescending. There is a built in assumption amongst Americans that those without simply have not attempted to stand up and take what’s theirs. There is the assumption that anyone who wishes to stand up and grab at something can do so. An important distinction is that most any ONE can rise to a certain level of success assuming that they understand how to begin (knowledge that many of us take for granted). The problem with this assumption is that while anyONE can rise, EVERYone cannot. There are only so many doors. There are only so many jobs for the well-educated out there. Everyone has heard horror stories of those with grad degrees working as a server at the local restaurant. These things happen and they are an expression of the fundamental fact that not everyone can rise to the same heights in our society. We rely on agricultural work, we rely on basic services that require no education, and we rely on basic services that require the most basic levels of education. These things are not going away.
The US government is not without some level of success. There are state and federal programs to help those in need. However, there is a virtually unanimous amount of ignorance about their existence. The poorest grow and navigate the treacherous expense of poverty. The expense paid is that of material wealth and that of physical health. Despite collecting far less income, their expenses are inflated. Despite having cheap access to food, the food is lacking in nutritional value as the United States has largely and primarily subsidized corn production (which has little nutritional value, yet makes many wealthy people more so). In a recent development the United States government has made birth control free for those in need. While there is some controversy to the humanitarianism of an act (reducing reproduction of the poorest versus making it available for ALL citizens as a right) this is an obvious step forward. Contrast this with what are known as best-practices for handling these issues. We have templates set before us. We have the experiences of many first-world countries from which we can draw. Why does the United States not look abroad for solutions to its problems of inequality?
The United States is a special country that is absolutely unlike any the world has ever seen. Or so, opponents of social systems for equality would have you believe. Because a system works for another country doesn’t mean it will work for the USA. This is absolutely true. But, where can we find a template for social reform that is based on a society as focus on commerce as the United States? I propose that the answer to this question is the Netherlands. The Dutch are among the largest investors in the United States in the world. The great city of New York was founded by the Dutch (originally called New Amsterdam). A cursory look into Dutch history shows an extreme focus on commerce. The Dutch were at one time the most successful international traders in the world. I think that it would surprise any American to learn how much influence Holland has had over their way of life. Don’t even get me started on ‘As American as Apple Pie’. Here is a country that is very focused on commerce. The unemployment rate is very low and most mothers CHOOSE to work (assisted by a wealth of solid child-care options). Holland is simultaneously battling many of the same challenges that the United States is. This includes but is not limited to an influx of uneducated immigrants.
Despite numerous challenges and significant social investment The Netherlands has handled the world-wide recession as well or better than the most financially responsible countries in the world. This is in large part due to the responsibility of the Dutch. Not only are Netherlanders considered to be frugal with their coin. They also feel a responsibility towards maintaining their way of life in a country that does much for them.
As you’re already well aware, Dutch taxes are considered to be quite high with the wealthiest in the country paying a 52% tax rate. You may also know that taxes in the United States are considered to be the lowest in the first-world. In the United States the wealthiest end up paying something closer to 18-20% (at most) and often pay less than the middle-class due to tax-structure being balanced in favor of the wealthiest. That being said it’s important to note that Americans pay many kinds of taxes. There is federal income tax, state income tax, sales tax, property taxes, and many more. The Dutch pay property tax as well, but it is very minor in comparison to the rates paid in the United States. On top of that Americans pay health-care costs and exorbitant fees for education from institutions that are simply not comparable to the basic offerings of other first-world nations. Combine the differences in cost and you’ll find that the citizens of each of these countries pay a similar amount of their income for benefits that cannot be considered equal by anyone.
I view this recession with optimism and hope. I hope that the United States will no longer be considered the ‘last great superpower’. I hope that the wealth of the United States diminishes and that Americans decide to step up to the plate and take responsibility for themselves and their country by managing spending on infrastructure and luxury. By reducing governmental subsidization of luxury the United States can afford to reduce military action on foreign soil. I hope that Americans learn that they will no longer be able to have a nice country if they don’t invest in it. The famous quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” has been lost. Maybe America can rediscover its meaning. Without a doubt corporations are an important component for meeting the wants and needs of a civilization. There is no defense for the protection of corporation interests above and beyond that which the citizenship receives.
I believe that should the United States identify that financial investment in its own infrastructure is valuable and that foreign military operations designed solely to improve its or anyone else’s financial situation carry unacceptable risks then I think it will have a long and prosperous future. I shudder at the thought of its destination should it continue down its current path.
“I went to work in that system because the first rule of war is ‘know your enemy.’”—
Michele Bachmann, on her time working for the IRS, August 14, 2011.
The oath of office of the President of the United States, from Article II, Section One, of the Constitution of the United States:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
I simply cannot fathom how anyone whose core political beliefs constitute a violation of the presidential oath of office can be considered a serious candidate for President of the United States.
just drunkvideo'd myself but its 11 minutes long!!!
tumblr won’t play my games and they wont allow that. well i guess you can just use your imaginations and dream up how that would sound and look and feel in your heart. here’s a lil tip: it should feel good and nice and funny. go nuts. pretend that youre watching a video of a weird dude sitting in a dark room imparting hecka wisdom and knowledge on you in a strange semilucid state of being that is neither dead nor alive, just is. like a tree. im a tree.
i get the feeling that 99% of the fandom doesn’t realize it’s a huge joke, that all of the parodies meant to make fun of everything wrong about the anime industry is all intentional, all-new creative material.
i think this is applicable to a lot of things
new old spice man
hell i get people writing in depth essays about that pony show
when i see ~moe moe kyun~ fanart or see people talking about how cute stocking is it’s like A Very Big Point Has Been Missed.
here’s a thought: imo its because thanks to the internet are many many more people that watch and consume media in an insulated environment without exposing themselves to broader histories and catalogs of work, maybe. because we have the capabilities to pick and choose our media hyper-selectively the resulting cultural ignorance via inexperience creates this nasty anti-postmodern effect where everything is serious because everything you consume is first pursued actively with some sort of passion or motivation rather than passively delivered whether you like it or not
case in point panty and stocking: when people take it seriously it usually belies their inexperience with other shows/series and don’t appreciate or understand the parody humor because they don’t even know what’s being parodied. it’s kind of like comically making a reference to Home Improvement with a Tim Allen grunt (or Insert Old Show Thing Here) at a present-day junior high school, most of the kids you’re dealing with would probably look at you like you were crazy
that’s a long and confusing way to say that these durn kids don’t appreciate parody because the references completely fly over their heads. which sounds stupid but it’s serious and a thing worth thinking about. its a pretty common effect that is definitely older than anyone you or I know but it’s more immediately visible now because media moves much faster and can be selectively tuned out more efficiently than ever now. and that is infinitely interesting to me and anyone else that has studied media before, or it should be