[insert literary reference]: Why Do Men Keep Putting Me in the Girlfriend-Zone? -
You know how it is, right, ladies? You know a guy for a while. You hang out with him. You do fun things with him—play video games, watch movies, go hiking, go to concerts. You invite him to your parties. You listen to his problems. You do all this because you think he wants to be your friend.
the comments are awful, please avoid them and just read the wonderful post
snakes and reptiles are great
Sorry ffarqhuar, but I must reblog for cute snake
One of my dad’s paintings. He painted it on a commission recently. He did not paint for a while but it’s nice to see him back doing it. He really loves to paint, and I think he’s pretty good at it.
Well, why not? The old sciences of human nature didn’t have such a fabulous track record. They gave us segregated drinking fountains, “invented spelling,” and the glass ceiling—all consequences of scientific theories about the way human beings really are. Possibly, there is a lesson there, which is that the sciences of human nature tend to validate the practices and preferences of whatever regime happens to be sponsoring them. In totalitarian regimes, dissidence is treated as a mental illness. In apartheid regimes, interracial contact is treated as unnatural. In free-market regimes, self-interest is treated as hardwired. Maybe this is unfair to the new sciences of human nature, though. It could be that the problem with the old sciences was simply that they weren’t scientific enough—that they were mostly wishful thinking projected onto dubious data about skull size and the effects of estrogen on the ability to balance a checkbook. Today’s scientists might have the capacity to get right down there among the chromosomes and the neurotransmitters, and to send back reports, undistorted by fear, favor, or the prospect of funding, about what’s going on. Maybe the new sciences of human nature are really scientific. — Louis Menand - What Comes Naturally (via basedsushigoat)
look at those skills
After a crisis reaches a certain point, it becomes time to reach for quotations from that venerable classic, George Orwell’s 1984. First you ask if the crisis you are witnessing is really happening; then you start bombarding the timeline with all caps posts about murder; then you quote 1984; then you go “first they came for…” I don’t know, “whovians;” and then you live forever in regret. I’m going to help you skip right to step 3 so we can begin the healing process.
•Doublethink is the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them: for example, that Yahoo will ban gifspam and memery from tumblr, and that this is somehow not a desirable outcome.
•”Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. Yahoo seeks developing internet properties entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of Tumblr; we are interested solely in brand expansion, pure brand expansion. What pure brand expansion means you will understand presently. This is different from the buyouts of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. Google and Facebook came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized prime web real estate unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be able to post gifs of Benedict Cumberbatch and Doctor Who in peace. We are not like that. We know what no one ever acquires web sites with the intention of bettering them. Brand Expansion is not a means; it is an end. One does not exploit web properties in order to expand their brands; one expands their brands in order to exploit web properties. The object of monetization is monetization. The object of advertising is advertising. The object of brand expansion is brand expansion. Now you begin to understand me.”
•”It is not enough to fear Yahoo, Tumblr. You must love him.”
Man it sure is pretty fucked up how Yahoo! bought tumblr in order to integrate it with yahoo messenger and slowly turn it into a Google Plus clone monetized through interest collection on user-to-user bitcoin tips and frivolous account upgrades. They are also banning gifs of Benedict Cumberbatch and that twiggy looking guy from that british scifi show. Wicked.
Harvest Moon DS Cute.
Parts of the feature remain in the game, but anything post-proposal is blocked, meaning no ‘best friends’ or marriage.
…GOD FUCKING DAMNIT
You don’t get into knife fights, because nobody wins those. Sword fights? Maybe. Fist fights? I suppose. Knife fights? Just no.
They’re nasty and brutal and even if the other party is repelled you won’t like how that was carried out. UNLESS you cheat.
Basically every knife fight carries the assumption that nobody is going to stay in the ridiculous sideshow-esque confines of a “knife fight” for very long before pulling fire. Because you WILL cheat a Knife Fight and because you WILL cheat by bringing a gun, here’s a bunch of guns you should consider bringing for when the inevitable occurs.
•Plank w/Nails In It: Okay so you don’t own guns or maybe you just don’t like them, for inexplicable reasons. I’ve got a solution you can put together in your backyard in a few minutes. Cons: it’s hard to conceal it without poking yourself. Pros: It feels like WWE wrestling. We can declare a plank w/nails in it an honorary gun for knife fight cheating purposes.
•12 ga Shotgun w/TASER slug: Everyone will at this point be expecting you to bring a gun to the knife fight, but if you bring a less-than-lethal gun you’ll be able to retain your chivalrous appearance and still win the knife fight. As I’ve established before a shotgun is basically a sword.
•Bofors 40mm Gun: If you’ve got a knife fight scheduled and you’ve picked out the location and everything, arrive early and set up a Bofors for perimeter defense to prevent friends and loved ones from interrupting the knife fight. You can also use it to win the knife fight if you’re some kind of jerk, but I don’t recommend you do.
•Flammenwerfer 35: While the gas backpack IS a weakness, you just have to cheat first, and then you’ll win by the technicality due to the hidden BBQ clause in every Knife Fight contract and/or blood oath pact.
I feel like shit today and want to crawl into a hole and disappear. I’ve already subjected twitter to this for a while now so I’m just gonna post it on tumblr now instead.
“Gays against fascism”.
The first official gay pride parade held in London.
I’m sure everyone has heard about the great Lake Baikal, and if you haven’t,boy, are you missing out.
This ancient lake, which is about 25 million years old, and thought to be the oldest in the world, contains 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water. That’s right, it contains just 1% less fresh water than all the Great Lakes combined,while it’s surface area is over 7 times smaller.
Why is that, you ask? It’s because Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world: It’s maximum depth is 1642 meters, which is deep enough for the Eiffel Tower to stand on itself 5 times and not reach the surface.
But it gets better: the Lake Baikal is among the clearest lakes of the world, so you can see the bottom to a depth of nearly 40 meters, and you can drink right from it, no purifying needed. Furthermore, Lake Baikal sustains 2630 different species of animals and plants, 80% of which are unique to it, and can’t be found anywhere else.
Oh, and by the way? Under both the lake and it’s underwater sediment some of Earth’s tallest mountains(plural!) are submerged, their height over 7000 meters.
Lake Baikal is perhaps one of the world’s most amazing, awe-inspiring, and unique locations, and I would seriously recommend everybody who has some free time on their hands to discover more on their own.
P.S. Have I mentioned that when it freezes (fully, whoa!) it’s ice looks like this? And you can listen to some beautiful sounds you can make with it here!
Lake Baikal has seals, even though it’s more than a thousand miles from any ocean. No one’s really sure how they got there.
have we fucked this up yet? we’re going to fuck this up
It’s an amazing place, I want to go check out some docs on it now