Things I said just now to my cat as I mopped up water she spilled all over my pencils. Which happened this afternoon at work with kool aid and a completely unapologetic high schooler. (via shapefutures)
It’s not enough anymore for people of color and members of the LGBT community to be presented as the Special Guests, or the (x) Friends of the Host, or the Supporting Players. There’s more than enough proof online that our experiences as fans are not automatically divorced from our experiences as members of minority groups, and that there’s many of us looking for more safe spaces in which to discuss them. If some geeks of color don’t want to discuss sensitive topics, that’s fine; that doesn’t mean none of us ever should.
Because while it’s all too easy for people to distance themselves from those racist Hunger Games fans, those viewpoints don’t appear out of thin air, either.
When woman-oriented sites like The Mary Sue don’t report on Issa Rae getting assailed by racist tweeters after winning an industry award, that contributes to the problem. When a sci-fi heavy site like IO9 is content to let Jezebel report on the Games controversy, that contributes to the problem. When Marvel Comics would rather publish stories about the umpteenth version of Dark Avengers than about a group of black Avengers, that contributes to the problem. And when only 11 percent of someone’s YouTube channel talent is made up of people who are not white, that contributes to the problem. Unintentional marginalization is still marginalization.
We are way past the time when Day or Hardwick–or any party wanting to bill itself as a representative of geekdom–can hide behind the explanation that “we couldn’t find anyone” or couldn’t spot content online that might deliver a more inclusive version of geekdom to viewers. Does Hannibal Tabu need to wear Sith t-shirts? What does it say about gaming and that fandom when gamers who aren’t hetero white cis males are made to feel like they should hide their identities? Should the folks at The Border House start podcasting in Klingon to get consideration for a shot in one of these channels?
The near-dogmatic focus on “staying positive”–code for avoiding the topic entirely–does no one any good when it’s just Cheryl Lynn Eaton pointing out that Marvel Comics currently has no black writers while sites like Newsarama and Comic Book Resources keep quiet. That silence, intentional or not, sends the same kind of message to our subcultures as it does to the world at large…
Arturo García may have lost a few friends over this, but he went hard on geekdom’s almost self-perpetuating whiteness on the R today.
I can’t pretend that most of this is why I stopped buying from Marvel and DC, although their absurd designs of female superheroes was a contributing factor, especially how their “fix” made some things so much worse. I praise Marvel’s choice of replacement when they killed Peter Parker, but all I can really say is “nice start.” The lack of suitable representation in the stories of course makes sense given the lack of representation in the writers, but is no less inexcusable.
That Robert walked in on me changing while I was still completely naked.
Realized that was the case.
Then ran faster than I have ever seen Robert run.
Robert is afraid of my tits gais, wat do? ;_;
Robert almost gained a concussion after a friend of mine, who realized he was terrified of tits threatened to flash him.
Her: Robert! Look at my tits! (He’s in the OTHER room, and she didn’t even flash him, just said it)
Him: *cough cough* *slam* … I’m okay…
Me: Robert! What the hell happened?
Him: I fell… I’m feeling a bit dizzy…
Yes. He lost the ability to stand. COMPLETELY.
I’ve seen videos of people being scared during pranks that involved less looks of horror and running.
This…is apparently a widespread thing. I knew a guy in the Stony Brook LGBTA who seemed to be absolutely terrified of boobs. He’d completely freak out whenever a girl ‘threatened’ to flash him. It was kind of hilarious.
I’m fascinated by this, although the part where it’s not past clinical trials yet gives me pause. When it is though, I think I’ll be getting it (when, y’know, it’s relevant for me to do so, no point in getting it done right now anyway).
Welcome to the first ever guest post on Polycule! In case you’re confused, I am D (the owner of this blog), and this was written by S, a lovely gentleman I date who has wonderful opinions made into sweet sweet words. Here are the words (they are about bromances and life partners):
“I’m gonna move to anywhere but Florida ‘cause a black kid got shot ‘cause he was wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles.”—One of my grade schoolers, who is also one of only a few students of color in the area. The only other student who knew what she was talking about is the speaker’s sister, also a student of color. The other students, mostly middle schoolers, were in varying states of incredulity, and an elaboration on the situation sparked varying levels of frustration, disgust, and fueled interest. (via shapefutures)
Next time I play a board game at my friends’ apartment, I have to remember to accept an offered chair or spot on the couch. I keep sitting on the floor, and oh am I regretting having done so tonight. Aaaaaaaaaaaaache!
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Legend of Korra, Hunger Games
well that was almost nice
homestuck, world of warcraft, and legend of korra
mmmm yes perfect
Legend of Korra, Homestuck, Dragon Age.
homestuck, the matrix, how i met your mother
uhhhh…neo and barney stinson play sburb???
Mass Effect, Silent Hill, and World of Warcraft
Mass Effect, Resident Evil, and Legend of Korra
Element Bending Space Zombies of Mass Destruction?
Final Fantasy, Homestuck and Unlucky :3
league of legends, World of Warcraft, and Silent Hill! …..uhh, not sure if do want.
A Song of Ice and Fire, The Walking Dead, and Percy Jackson. I…don’t like this. About the only way this can possibly end any kind of decently is if I end up in the lucky minority of all three, and I’m (respectively) A) A lord or knight or somebody with decent combat training, B) Still alive, AND C) a demigod. Otherwise I think I end up quite dead, even just between the Others and the walkers, never mind rival houses, other demigods, or rivals for the power of the Gods.
The people who I (sadly have to) commute with, at least on the bus, always have something to complain about, and I swear, two of them must be friend-soul-mates, because they always agree, no matter how unreasonable or obnoxious their complaints are.
The most recent complaint is sirens that go off in the middle of the night. Specifically ambulance sirens. They’re sick of them.
Now, I’m not deaf to the idea of siren abuse. The police are notorious for giving a quick siren blast just to go through an inconvenient light or some such thing. But FDNY ambulances are much much better about it (as, I might add, are the fire engines).
In this case, the siren was only briefly used, and only so they could make the u-turn to be in front of the building for their call without, y’know, getting T-boned by oncoming traffic. Such frivolous use. I would also like to add that this building they pulled in front of was the very building these two people lived in. So it was one of their neighbors who needed an ambulance. Nice.
Might I humbly recommend that they go back to wherever it was they lived before? Because if you have a problem with ambulance sirens and can’t temper that with the knowledge they’re looking to give medical aid to someone in need, then NYC is not for you.
YES PLEASE. I want all of these, although I have to say, the last one is my favorite, followed closely by the set in the third photo. Not sure how I’d get up on the last one though…does a ladder maybe attach to the bar? Either way, having any of these would mean a life of abstinence from alcohol. Can you imagine trying to climb up to bed drunk?
Privacy advocates say that, for now, it is legal for a prospective employer, during a job interview, to insist that you log into your Facebook page and then click through your “friends only” posts, photos and messages.
I imagine it’s also legal for you to say “fuck right off”?
It absolutely is, and you’re welcome to, if you don’t really want the job. Because that’s not protected information, it’s completely legal for that to be a deal breaker and just pass you over on the spot.