Me: She identifies as a girl. So she's a girl.
Friend: But she's really a
Me: No stop
George R.R. Martin on writing women
George Stroumboulopoulos: There's one thing that's interesting about your books. I noticed that you write women really well and really different. Where does that come from?
George R.R. Martin: You know, I've always considered women to be people.
aatombomb: We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him. The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are...
this shadow play of whiskey talk.: let's talk... →
emilyrosem: as i have previously stated on this blog, the tweets about people being angry that rue is black make me want to delete my blog because i feel like nothing i ever do will ever make a difference. but i can’t. and so we’re going to talk about it. rue, as many intelligent people…
Iranians shocked by 'Israel loves Iran' Facebook... →
An Iranian landscape architect named Majid began an equivalent Iranian initiative, opening a Facebook page called “Iran loves Israel.” He says he heard about the Israeli page on a free radio station broadcasting to Iran from Prague, and immediately joined in. My favorite bits: “They always thought we hated them. The power of this initiative is that it bypasses governments.” ...
So this morning on my way to work (on my bike), a white, older minivan tried to turn left in front of me where I had the right of way. They stopped short when they noticed me glaring at them, and the 20-something driver leaned out, flashed a gangsign-type hand contortion, and made an unintelligible noise that I took to be one of brohood. As I passed, his equally 20-something companion did the...
Tumblr, you are so annoying
When I’m typing an ask and it gets too long, turn your numbers or box red, don’t let me send it, but for the love of all things holy stop deleting the things I type. I will destroy you. It feels personally violating, it raises my ire an unreasonable amount. I literally have a physical reaction to it. It feels exactly like I’m trying to use a computer and someone is clamping...
Confidential to Max:
justaturnofthedial: I BROKE MY REDDIT BOYCOTT TO READ YOUR AMA ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT YOU REMOVED LADLES. MAX. REALLY MAX. p.s. I only put this on tumblr bc I am in Amsterdam and can’t text Max and know he doesn’t need more emails right now, so here, rest of people following me, have some nonsense on your dash THEY REMOVED LADLES?!?! I AM EQUALLY OUTRAGED! And very glad I own the first...
I’m yawning like a kid in a carpet store.– Harvey Danger, in You Miss the Point Completely I Get the Point Exactly
I am officially delaying pi day
Until next week. Because I can’t deal with it now, and it’s a day that should be celebrated, in a week that is not hell week. So, next Wednesday. Pi day. It’s gonna be a thing. But happy pi day, y’all! I forgot to wear my pi shirt today, even, because it’s that bad of a week. Hence, next week.
I think I’m equal parts impressed, dismayed, and terrified that this word actually exists. The propreantepenultimate is… the thing before the preantepenultimate thing, which is… the thing before the antepenultimate thing, which is… the thing before the penultimate thing, which is… the thing before the ultimate thing, which is… the last thing. So it’s the...
2012 Student Loan Forgiveness Act: FAQs
bitchesguidetoetiquette: stfuconservatives: joiesdevivre: I was reading the FAQs on the 2012 Student Loan Forgiveness Act on Hansen Clarke’s website, and these two points stuck out: Would I still be eligible to enroll if my loans are in default? Yes. Unlike the federal government’s program of Income Based Repayment (IBR), there is no requirement for the borrower to be current on his or...
Ah, hell! …double hell! …triple hell? …nope.– Me, on discovering that I was out of toilet paper, out of toiletside replacement toilet paper, and not out of toilet paper in the closet, respectively.
A shooting star is a little piece of cosmic debris desperately wanting to fall...– This is one of my favorite little piece of lyrics that I’ve ever come across. I can’t quite express how eminently perfect (if terribly depressing) a band I think Harvey Danger is, but I have tried. I just really like everything about them, okay?
I don't always link to enormous pictures of the... →
npr: jtotheizzoe: … but when I do I make sure they are 3890 x 4650 pixels. Holy cow. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Apollo landing sites to look for. (via Bad Astronomy) Amazing. -Savy
Obama and the Cult of College: Why Rick Santorum... →
Meanwhile, those find their way into technical and career training after high school have a nasty surprise in store: crippling debt. Student debt, which, as President Obama pointed out in proposing a relief program last fall, has now surpassed credit card debt for the first time ever, has become a major burden for all kinds of Americans, but an especially heavy one for those who sought...
A Dialogue With My 86-year-old Grandmother About...
I saw this article:
earlier this afternoon and I got suddenly curious how my 86yo grandmother felt about marriage equality and LGBT rights. Since she's often hilarious, I decided to interview her on the phone and post it here. I put it on speakerphone, recorded it, then transcribed it. She's in Miami, and Cuban-born, so this is translated from Spanish. She's a pretty feisty lady. I want to be her when I grow up. Here's what she said:
Me: Grandma, what do you think about this couple in their 90s supporting their gay grandkids in the fight for marriage equality?
Grandma: I think it's very nice. You have to support your family, no matter who they are. You can't reject people for things like that.
Me: If you had gay or lesbian family, would you do the same?
Grandma: I don't know if I could make a video like those people. They speak English.
Me: What about in Spanish? Would you make videos supporting marriage equality in Spanish.
Grandma: Ay... don't get any ideas. I don't want to make a video.
Me: But is it okay if I post this on the Internet? On one of my websites
Grandma: Ignorant people might yell at you.
Me: Oh, that's okay, I don't mind.
Grandma: Yes, you can put what I said on the Internet.
Me: Okay. So do you support gay and lesbian people getting married?
Grandma: I think gay people should be able to get married. Times have changed. Even my ideas have changed. There used to be a lot of ignorance and rumors about gay people, mostly because they had to live in hiding, you know, you couldn't be yourself out in public like they can be sometimes now. So I think people just made things up. But think gay people should be allowed to live their lives like everyone else.
Me: Would you go to a gay wedding?
Grandma: Yes, I would. It would probably be more lively than a regular one. I hate weddings. They're so boring.
Me: They really are. What do you think about people who protest gay marriage?
Grandma: Oh. Idiots.
Me: They're wrong?
Grandma: Idiots. Dumb people with nothing better to do. Out of all the things to protest. They should be out trying to do some good in the world instead.
Me: Do you think you would have felt the same way when you were my age?
Grandma: (Pauses) I don't think I gave it any thought. People didn't talk about these things back then. There was a lot of ignorance. Everybody knew gay people, of course, but people didn't talk about it in normal conversation, much less in public like on the news now. I think that's good. Talking is always good. When people know things, they can make up their own minds.I would like to think that maybe with a little information and thinking about it, I would feel the same way.
Me: Do you think gay people should be able to adopt kids?
Grandma: Of course.
Me: As a Christian, what do you think the Bible says about gay people?
Grandma: The Bible is very clear that Jesus doesn't care about race or gender or where you came from or anything. He loves everyone.
Me: What about the parts of the Bible that says gay people should be stoned to death?
Grandma: We don't stone people to death anymore...
Me: So you don't think that applies?
Grandma: I think God gave us some common sense to be able to figure out what parts were meant for forever, like "don't kill" and "don't steal" and "be good to people," and what parts were just a record of the society people lived in back then. We don't hide women in the dark during their periods anymore, either. Things like that.
Me: What about gays in the military? Do you think that should be allowed?
Grandma: You know, when I heard President Obama had helped made that legal, I was surprised it already wasn't. If you're willing to pick up a gun and go fight in some war somewhere for my freedom, I'm not willing to do that, so if you are, I don't care if you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend or fifteen cats.
Me: Yeah, I think most people supported that one.
Grandma: It's like I told you. God gave us common sense for a reason.
Me: I know you've had a few close gay male friends. Have you ever had a lesbian friend?
Grandma: I did in Cuba. She was my neighbor and she did everyone's hair on the block. You couldn't really tell she was a lesbian, but she told me, after many years of knowing her.
Me: What do you mean by "you couldn't tell she was a lesbian?"
Grandma: Well, she was very glamorous. She looked like a movie star all the time - that's why she did everyone's hair. Some lesbians, you can tell.
Me: In English, they call the ability to tell if someone's gay "gaydar." Like "radar" but for "gay."
Grandma: Oh! I think I have that.
Me: You think you have good gaydar?
Grandma: Well, I was an artist, so I was around a lot of gay men. And I can usually tell, but Paula fooled me.
Me: The slang term for lesbians who are very conventionally feminine in English is "lipstick lesbian."
Grandma: She did wear lipstick!
Me: Do you think a lot of older people think like you do?
Grandma: I think so. A lot of older people keep up with the news better than you think. And you get to be my age and you realize a lot of past mistakes in your thinking. You realize that a lot of things you think mattered, really don't. And the people who don't think like that, it's mostly because they don't know any better. But even at my age, people can be taught.
Me: Thank you, Pupa.
Grandma: You should show me your website when you put this up. I hope a lot of people read it.
Birth Control 101 For Idiots
bitchesguidetoetiquette: bemusedlybespectacled: This is hormonal birth control. As you can see on the box, you take exactly one pill per day. To make sure it works, you need to take one pill every day at the same time, or it stops working. You take only one pill, and you keep taking them regardless of what you are doing that day. Hormonal birth control can be used to treat a lot of...