- Interviewer: Tell us about your relationship with Robert Downey Jr.
- Jude Law: Oh, I love him.
- Interviewer: You have a bit of a bromance going on there.
- Jude Law: What is this new term everybody's using? That's a horrible term. What about just a 'romance'?
- Interviewer: No, that's not the same, 'cos then you'd have to star in a romantic comedy together or something.
- Jude Law: We just have! Have you not seen it?
Private Manning has endured horrendous treatment in prison waiting for trial. But listen again to what she had to say, in chats whose validity would seem to have been proved over the weekend: ‘I wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn’t for the possibility of having pictures of me… plastered all over the world press… as boy.’
This kind of ‘ungendering,’ as trans theorist Julia Serano has argued in her landmark book Whipping Girl, is itself harmful, an act of violence by a world that has little inclination for respecting the self-identification of transgender people and exposes them to violence in every sphere of society.
Now that we have entered the trial stage and the facts are being confirmed, it is mindboggling that her supporters continue to engage in this, in the very act of ‘support’–and it says everything about how we on the Left see transgender women.” —
If you really want to show support for a trans woman, you can start by gendering her properly.
wow i didn’t know any of this. i haven’t been following this story, but still. :/
I had no idea either! Wow.
… why the “treatment” for knee pain brought on by cold weather involves ice packs? Can it really be true that after all that walking around in the cold, I am supposed to add MORE COLD?
Amsterdam is a lot of fun so far! Minor gripes aside XD. I will probably post a report to Dreamwidth later.
Put your address in the ask box if you want a postcard! Choice of Amsterdam, Seville, Lisbon or Glasgow.
From Observational Epidemiology. I’d feel bad about reblogging them all the time but the content is good so whatever. :p
The original L.A. Times article is also worth reading. Less than a third of the characters with speaking lines in blockbuster films are women! I wonder how this would change if you widened the scope from “blockbuster films” to “all films”.
During the expansion of the housing bubble, lenders felt protected because they could repackage risky loans as mortgage-backed securities, which sold briskly to a pious market that believed housing prices could only increase… the education sector has its equivalent: the Student Loan Asset-Backed Security (or, as they’re known in the industry, SLABS)…
But the rapid growth in tuition is mystifying in value terms; no one could argue convincingly the quality of instruction or the market value of a degree has increased ten-fold in the past four decades (though this hasn’t stopped some from trying). So why would universities raise tuition so high so quickly?” —
Or, the Higher Education bubble. Something from April I just discovered now. From N+1: Bad Education.
More on why tuition costs have risen.
Middle school is when people learn social skills: the neuroscientific explanation and its implications for education policy interventions.
In one heroic, probably not very advisable marathon session from Sunday to Monday. This comic has probably over 5,000 separate images, many of which are animated, and is 326,796 words long, only counting page titles and captions.
Anyway, I put my overall impressions on Dreamwidth because they’re a big wall of text and <span> tags (for hiding spoilers) don’t work properly on tumblr.
Thanks to fuckyeahfandomderp’s constant fanart bombing, and it’s amazing. Anything I say will only take away from the comic (which also includes music, flash animation, short flash games, and coding puzzles), so really, you should just check it out for yourself.
One thing I wonder, though - and I’m not in the fandom so I don’t know whether this has occurred to anyone else - is whether Dave Strider and his super amazing and cool, but actually kind of weird and dorky, older brother are based on Neil and Tim Finn. You know, from Split Enz/Crowded House? Because Neil admires Tim, for excellent reasons, but his big brother’s band was a bit strange (note that puppetry was also a theme for the band).
Anyway, this speculation is tangential to the main point, which is that Homestuck is very good.
…for the stuff I was sharing on Google Reader, or should I post it to G+ the way Google wants me to do?
It’s mostly economics, statistics, public policy stuff. In my mind, the “audience” for it is R’s college friends in NYC (this is just my mental image as I dunno who actually would be reading) and they’re all on G+, so I suppose I should go there.
But… my family is on G+! And it’s no fun to argue politics with your family (or in my case, to defend cryptic (lazy) notes on links to posts on Marginal Revolution, just in case they are interpreted as endorsements).
Plus, G+ is designed to be a timesuck like Facebook, and it doesn’t look nice when all your posts are lined up. What I liked about Reader, even if no one read it, was that it generated this nice clean blog-looking thing of all your notes.
It’s only fair to read other people’s items if you want them to read yours. But I kind of liked just putting stuff out there in public without expecting any kind of feedback, knowing other people would see it as a bold link until they marked it as read, and having other people’s stuff waiting for me to read until I marked it as read. Maybe I should just make another wordpress blog.
Halloween mix as promised to Kara and Sabina. I also have a longer (probably not better) version here: http://8tracks.com/subdee/happy-halloween.
When I took the train into York on Saturday, it was the hottest October 1 ever on record. I thought I’d get to wear my summer clothes and was excited.
Then the temperature returned to normal on Sunday. It’s supposed to snow by the end of the month.
Prices for processed items such as cereal are the same as in the US. Prices for fresh fruits and vegetables are higher, because - get this - everything is plastic-wrapped in individually sized portions. It’s like looking into the future.
Zumba is big in England and only just catching on in the US. (The future!)
Related to point three above, at least it’s easy to shop for just one person. There is no buying in bulk - at least not at the city supermarket - but this is fine because I don’t have anywhere to put bulk anyway. (I am sharing a minifridge with three other people.)
To buy a knife at the Sainsbury’s in York, I had to show ID proving I was over 25. Is this why no one cooks in England?? (Joke, it’s because England is an advanced postindustrial society.)
On the up side, my English ID doesn’t have my birthdate or anything else on it to indicate my actual age - it just says “over 25” (there is also an “over 18” version for people over 18 but younger than 25).
My Chinese suitemates shared their dinner with me. They know how to make the Chinese bachelor dishes: rice, fried egg, and egg-pork-tomato soup. I contributed by “cooking” sweet green peas, which are sweeter than Chinese peas, apparently.
Mushy peas aren’t just mashed green peas???
Met an Indian guy from Delhi named Kush, after the sacred plant.
Met a Peruvian girl from Lima who complained that salsa is much more casual in Peru and that she can’t keep up with European “salsa dancers”.
Met two actual English people!!!
My knowledge of (London) British accents acquired by listening to British indie music does not help me here.