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photo The 2014 FIAT 500L. More passenger room, more fun and more freedom. More of of what you want in a FIAT 500. 

And by that, we mean “looks more like a MINI with each passing incarnation.”

The 2014 FIAT 500L. More passenger room, more fun and more freedom. More of of what you want in a FIAT 500.

And by that, we mean “looks more like a MINI with each passing incarnation.”

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April 23, 2014
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photo If you haven’t seen any of the articles on Anna Gensler’s wonderful counter-battery fire at pervy, objectifying suitors, it’s a hilarious project and extremely worthwhile. You can see the results of “instagranniepants” either on Instagram or here on Tumblr.

instagranniepants exposes almost unbelievably coarse, boorish, self-serving attitudes. My cynical side wants to wallow in this is why I hate people! But while there’s no doubt that the putative anonymity of online exchanges enables and encourages trolls and bad behavior, my optimistic side delights that it can also be used to call out and bring to light what would otherwise be pernicious hidden comments. 

So I will focus not on the badness of people’s behavior, but on the humor potential. I love that the messages are not just aggressively pervy, completely obtuse, and excessively inappropriate, but also often incoherent, ungrammatical, and downright stupid. Some of the comments cannot even properly describe the sex act they suggest. “luck your clit”? LOLWUT?! My inner Samuel L. Jackson character leaps to “English, motherfucker! Do you speak it?!” 

The best of all has to be one above—the guy so insanely, impossibly self-centered that, even after he’s been publicly ridiculed and emasculatingly debunked, comes right back with “But for real though. You tryna get the pipe?” Sure! I’m sure that’s what’s going on. Asshole.

If you haven’t seen any of the articles on Anna Gensler’s wonderful counter-battery fire at pervy, objectifying suitors, it’s a hilarious project and extremely worthwhile. You can see the results of “instagranniepants” either on Instagram or here on Tumblr.

instagranniepants exposes almost unbelievably coarse, boorish, self-serving attitudes. My cynical side wants to wallow in this is why I hate people! But while there’s no doubt that the putative anonymity of online exchanges enables and encourages trolls and bad behavior, my optimistic side delights that it can also be used to call out and bring to light what would otherwise be pernicious hidden comments.

So I will focus not on the badness of people’s behavior, but on the humor potential. I love that the messages are not just aggressively pervy, completely obtuse, and excessively inappropriate, but also often incoherent, ungrammatical, and downright stupid. Some of the comments cannot even properly describe the sex act they suggest. “luck your clit”? LOLWUT?! My inner Samuel L. Jackson character leaps to “English, motherfucker! Do you speak it?!”

The best of all has to be one above—the guy so insanely, impossibly self-centered that, even after he’s been publicly ridiculed and emasculatingly debunked, comes right back with “But for real though. You tryna get the pipe?” Sure! I’m sure that’s what’s going on. Asshole.

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April 23, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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What if you did a poll to find the ideal bodies for men and women (as variously perceived by men and women)? Well, of course the results would be bullshit, focusing only on the thinnest supermodel types. To be sure, these are not unattractive people. But they hardly represent useful ideals for, you know, real people.

Time nails it:
Spoiler alert: They all look like supermodels. In case you needed more fodder for … “depressingly unrealistic body expectations”

But it’s more than just “they’re too model-y” or “unrealistically fit.” The most depressing thing is how narrowly constructed and cookie-cutter these ideals are. I find a much wider range of human forms attractive.

5 days ago

April 18, 2014
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photo The Ferris Wheel’s in town! Carnival rides for everyone!

The Ferris Wheel’s in town! Carnival rides for everyone!

6 days ago

April 17, 2014
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photo The 84-mpg Elio. The modern American answer to the Reliant Robin. For insight as to how the original performed, see this Top Gear segment.

The 84-mpg Elio. The modern American answer to the Reliant Robin. For insight as to how the original performed, see this Top Gear segment.

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April 15, 2014
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photo Yes. That is a pizza vending machine. We live in the future.

Yes. That is a pizza vending machine. We live in the future.

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April 12, 2014
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Mentally ill people aren’t killers. Angry people are.

Slate has a great article on violence, and who really commits it.

Some choice quotes:

  • Violence is not a product of mental illness; violence is a product of anger. When we cannot modulate anger, it will control our behavior.
  • Violent crimes are committed by people who lack the skills to modulate anger, express it constructively, and move beyond it.
  • Violence is a product of compromised anger management skills.
  • Violent crimes committed by people with severe mental illnesses get a lot of attention, but such attacks are relatively rare. … “Violence by those with mental illness is so small that even if you could somehow cure it all, 95 percent of violent crime would still exist.”
  • With no clear explanation of the causes of violent crime from the mental health field, and with significant encouragement from the gun lobby, the public has begun to seize on the wrong explanation for tragic, violent events. …ignoring the fact that what the perpetrators have in common in every single one of these cases is a loss of control of their anger.

"It’s all about anger" is a bit over-simplified, given there are many patterns of violence that aren’t primarily driven by the perpetrators’ anger. But the argument still rings largely true, especially in the domestic and social situations most of us are likely to encounter violence.

Anger, frustration, and the non-linear amplification of anger, anxiety, and other emotional responses that accompany acute stress events is often the fuel that escalates from harsh words to physical violence, assaults, fatal violence, and even multiple fatalities.

This understanding also leads to ways to reduce violence. Certainly not “lethal weapons for everyone!” But helping to reduce the anger, anxiety, and chaos in people’s lives. Diffusing and de-escalating anger, helping people to recognize it, channel it, reduce it, control it. Maybe “meditation for everyone” rather than 9mm pistols all around.

2 weeks ago

April 9, 2014
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photo Oh, Google Street View! Stay classy!

You know what? Belay that! Stay just as you are.

Source: 9eyes.com, via fastcodesign.com

Oh, Google Street View! Stay classy!

You know what? Belay that! Stay just as you are.

Source: 9eyes.com, via fastcodesign.com

(Source: 9eyes)

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April 3, 2014
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photo The InterTubes: a schematic map showing a simplification of the world’s network of submarine fibre-optic cables.

Ted Stevens would be so proud!

The InterTubes: a schematic map showing a simplification of the world’s network of submarine fibre-optic cables.

Ted Stevens would be so proud!

(Source: geography.oii.ox.ac.uk)

2 weeks ago

April 3, 2014
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photo Nothing much. Just hanging out with my new Dennis Rodman figurine. You? (at Thrifty’s Second Hand Stuff)

Nothing much. Just hanging out with my new Dennis Rodman figurine. You? (at Thrifty’s Second Hand Stuff)

3 weeks ago

March 29, 2014
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photo The amazing Johnny Blazes. Each and every performance worth seeing.

The amazing Johnny Blazes. Each and every performance worth seeing.

2 months ago

February 4, 2014
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photo BEST ADVERTISING TAGLINE EVER

BEST ADVERTISING TAGLINE EVER

3 months ago

January 17, 2014
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photo Today, I’m an onion. I have layers.

Today, I’m an onion. I have layers.

3 months ago

January 7, 2014
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Choose A Number?

So everyone’s apparently choosing quasi-random identifying numbers and other people are commenting on them pseudo-anonymously? This is yet another one of those “I’m bored” Tumblr games, isn’t it?

I don’t really know the rules, but if we have to choose a number, I pick sqrt(-2).

Yes, it’s a complex, irrational number. You expected something different?

3 months ago

January 2, 2014
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