Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington.
To ask any of these questions is to answer them. Protest is only seen as fundamentally American when those who have long had the luxury of seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn’t viewed as normal or natural, let alone patriotic. Which is why Rush Limbaugh could say, this past week, that the Tea Parties are the first time since the Civil War that ordinary, common Americans stood up for their rights: a statement that erases the normalcy and “American-ness” of blacks in the civil rights struggle, not to mention women in the fight for suffrage and equality, working people in the fight for better working conditions, and LGBT folks as they struggle to be treated as full and equal human beings.
“Call me naive, but until that moment, I hadn’t understood fully the extent to which others were silently judging and even mocking those around them. I hadn’t understood just how aware other people were of the shape of my body, of my private imperfections. ”— by @effingboring.
“Finally, after an evolutionary plateau that would raise the metaphorical eyebrow of an amphibious reptile, the future of underwear is here.”—"Researchers in the US and Taiwan have been hard at work developing wearable amperometric biosensors that can be printed onto clothing and could one day find their way into your underpants." From Futuristic Undies Monitor Your Secretions on Medgadget.
“Maybe the single best barometer of just how crazy the markets were this past decade is to simply look at the Dow’s decade low and decade high. The decade low was 6,547 (March 9, 2009), and the decade high was the above-mentioned 14,164 (October 9, 2007). That’s an almost 8,000 point swing occurring in the same decade. Think of it this way: It took the Dow 101 years to move the first 8,000 points.”—Market Commentary with Dr. Bob
“Nearly twenty-three weeks into the gestational cycle, Larsen representative Christine is in great shape and optimistic about the post-launch reception. “The Larsen parental company, deftly chaired by Roberta and David Larsen, has yet to see a tertiary-level — or ‘grandchild level’, if you will — output. As corporate overseers, they couldn’t be more thrilled.” On the McClellan side, the corporation has seen more growth in the past sixteen years, but chair Marilyn McClellan regards the launch date with the same excitement seen in her four extremely successful previous tertiary-level corporate expansions.”—Larsen-McClellan Announcement My coworker @hellbox is a huge, raving geek. Thankfully his family, friends and colleagues find it charming.
AMANDA: So on the one hand, you’d think the [rock fan/musician] subculture would be totally interested in accepting women – how rejecting of mainstream values is that! – but on the other hand, the subculture is also about building a culture around the primacy of the sensitive rocking Kurt Cobain haircut boy’s particular flavor of marginalization, and when women come in with some other shit to talk about it tends to threaten that dynamic.
SADY: Right. I mean, not to re-iterate an old cliche, but: The guitar is a tried-and-true way, not only for Wussy Guy to become Charismatically Sensitive Guy, but for men to sort of build hierarchies outside of the gym class where they are all getting wedgies. And I think women are drawn to rock or indie rock or whatever the kids with the cool haircuts are doing these days – … – because, they think, “a-ha! Outsiders! As a lady, I am kind of BY DEFAULT an outsider, in that I am not a dude!” But the dudes are like, “you don’t get it. We WERE outsiders. But we built a WHOLE NEW INSIDE, for us specifically, so that we wouldn’t have to be outsiders any more. And now you are not invited.”
Excerpted from Tiger Beatdown. Tiger Beatdown has been on a roll lately.
A Mary Sue (sometimes just Sue), in literary criticism and particularly in fanfiction, is a fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for the author or reader. Perhaps the single underlying feature of all characters described as “Mary Sues” is that they are too ostentatious for the audience’s taste, or that the author seems to favor the character too highly.
One example of this criticism is Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Oh wow, what a term. I’d love to hijack this for both social and workplace anecdotes.
There are no ugly girls, no old hags in popular culture. Every week we are supposed to pretend like Tina Fey is ugly on 30 Rock, that America Ferrera was hideous even beneath the glasses and the braces on Ugly Betty, that every homely girl is a pair of contact lenses, short dress, and good haircut away from being prom queen.
If that is the epitome of public ugliness, well, then the actual hags are way below the line of visibility. Women are allowed to have some power, but only if they’re hot. So we have 12-year-old girls in thongs and an emphasis on perfect femininity that we haven’t seen in decades. Despentes[—author of “King Kong Theory” from Feminist Press at CUNY—] writes, “The overbranding of femininity is an apology for the loss of masculine prerogative, a way of reassuring ourselves by reassuring them… ‘Don’t be afraid of us.’” Of course no matter how hot you are now, no matter how many times you go under the knife to restore tautness and smoothness, if you live long enough, you’ll find yourself slowly disappearing.
Authorities searched his farm Wednesday after prosecutors received a tip from a public defender’s office in Tennessee. The office reported that Spink had been calling them incessantly about a jailed defendant in a bestiality case in Tennessee.
That man, James Michael Tait, had previously admitted filming a man having sex with a horse in Enumclaw, Wash., in 2005. The man Tait filmed died of internal injuries suffered during the incident. He received a minor sentence in the case because Washington had relatively weak bestiality laws at the time.
It’s not immediately clear why Spink was calling Tennessee about the Tait case.
“I would suspect that the reason that the Obama’s effective tax rate is 33% instead of the 16% that is more typical for a very wealthy American is that as President his tax return will be made public and inspected closely. Thus Obama does not use all the questionable loopholes that the very wealthy pay their accountants to find.”—
I was going to call an accountant and ask if she saw any interesting details in the returns. Then I decided it would be ridiculous to try to get an accountant on the phone at 4:45 p.m. on April 15th. So I’ll put the question to the tax mavens among our readers.
“To be a great villain requires more than merely being rotten to the core. The best bad guys are multi-dimensional and unpredictable. With each patronizing grin, disdainful remark and narcissistic fit, Alan Rickman elevates the role of a villain from the plain ol’ bastard to a bastard coated bastard with bastard filling.”—
“When I first became a reader of your site and when a lot of my friends did, we came to it because these topics have a very broad appeal. Who doesn’t want to be more productive? But I found myself virtually among your fans, and what I saw around me was a lot of guys with chunky glasses. They love Apple products and they like to write in their Italian notebooks and they care a lot about the kerning of the font Helvetica.”—3quarksdaily I’ve witnessed the solar system of geek that forms around Merlin Mann at events. And, as always, he is memorably, effortlessly eloquent.
“There’s a wonderful immediacy to air guitar; it’s pretty much a direct translation of your enthusiasm for the music you’re hearing,” [Rob Weychert] says. “To be able to do something similar with a real guitar requires discipline that takes years to develop.”—Metro - Full of hot air
I heart my friends so much. Crossing my fingers that the finals are within travel distance and not when I’m out of town.
(Love the description of Kevin Cornell as “youthful, geeky, confused”.)
Question #1: When forced to change a password I… 42.98% – Just increment a number. Password1, Password2, Password3, etc 8.77% – Change a topic. Ford1, Chevy1, BMW1, etc 23.68% – Some other pattern (explain in comments below) 21.05% – Come up with a completely unique password 3.51% – Other
Freedom means different things to different people. Hence Richard Stallman’s quip, “Think free as in free speech, not free beer.” While there’s no question the code is much more free on Android, I think Steven Levy’s point in his piece on the iPad is worth repeating:
While Apple wants to move computing to a curated environment where everything adheres to a carefully honed interface, Google believes that the operating system should be nearly invisible. Good-bye to files, client apps, and onboard storage — Chrome OS channels users directly into the cloud …
Funneling users to the cloud means storing their data for them, on Google-owned and controlled servers. And Google is at least as restrictive about the data on its servers as Apple is about the apps in its App Store — maybe, I think almost certainly, a lot more restrictive.
New research about interfering with the tempero-parietal junction (TPJ for you kids) with magnets, from MIT press release accompanying the (paywalled) study results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Via Medgadget.