Can we all just agree that the greatest tech advancement in Star Trek is a universal video format? Klingon ships, Romulan ships, Vulcan ships, Human ships … not once does a captain say “On screen,” followed by a plugin error message.
- (some guy on Facebook, anonymously quoted on reddit)
"Stand by, Captain — it says we need to update the Java plugin so we can run GoToMeeting."
"Why didn’t they just use WebEx?"
"The Romulans must not have a license for it."
"But it’s free. Isn’t it?"
"If they’d Skyped in, we could’ve just used the ship’s webcam."
"Captain, the warbird doesn’t show up on my list of Facetime contacts."
"I think we need to sync our address book."
"We should’ve just used Tinychat."
"Why don’t we start a Google Hangout?"
"Shut up, Wesley."
This post of mine is now at 4900 notes, which I find noteworthy (heh) because
- The animated gif version has only 10% as many
- Most of the recent ones have come from a wave of what seem to be mostly women in their 20s
Let’s be honest here: the Google image search for “Trekkies" is still mostly unkind. Star Trek’s been a weird, maligned fandom for a long time, for the same mix of good and bad reasons most nerd fandoms have been (comics, I’m lookin’ at you). If you’d told me ten years ago there’d be a shitload of rad new lady Star Trek fans, I’m not sure I’d’ve believed you. For this alone, the JJ reboot deserves some consideration — not that I want to johnny-come-lately any of these people, as if I had gatekeeper rights or somethin’! This is Star Trek, everybody’s welcome. I just find this super interesting.(via flavorcountry)
Echoes from Storyland. New York: McLoughlin Brothers (1880s)
So she was burnt with all her clothes
And arms, and hands, and eyes, and nose;
Till she had nothing more to lose.
Except her little scarlet shoes :
And nothing else but these were found,
Among her ashes on the ground.
Why won’t children’s lit veer back into the morbid? That’s what was so wonderful about Dahl. The macabre.
the Bechdel test, the Ellen Willis test, ALL THE TESTS: or, a handy guide to feminist critiques of narrative
(reference for when i am trying to explain these to people and they are looking at me like “huh”):
- the Bechdel test: does the story have a) more than one women, b) who talk to each other, c) about something other than a man.
- the Ellen Willis test: if you…
I was asked in an interview once: You’re writing another book with a female lead? Aren’t you afraid you’re going to be pigeonholed? And I thought, I write a team superhero book, an uplifting solo hero book, I write a horror-western, and I write a ghost story. What am I gonna be pigeonholed as?
Has a man in the history of men ever been asked if he was going to be pigeonholed because he wrote two consecutive books with male leads? Half of the population is women. I lose my temper here. And it’s certainly not at you. It’s just this pervasive notion that “white male” is the default. And you have to justify any variation from it.
Tell me again, what did you say about representation not being important?
This is one of my favorite TED talks of all time.
As a joke, Arthur Conan Doyle once sent five letters to five friends that read, “We are discovered, flee immediately”, to see what they would do. One of them disappeared and Conan Doyle never saw him again.
QI (E Series - Espionage)
it’s worth mentioning that those friends were people in high places in the government. (via hicockalorum)
Clara’s sun salutations.
Clara is OFFICIALLY derpy now!
She woke up like she did every day: slowly pulling her motorcycle helmet off, then shaking her head slowly back and forth to reveal a long, blonde ponytail. Everyone gasped. “That’s right,” she said, kicking the winning football goal before sliding into a sheer, sexy camisole under a blazer and playing as hard as she worked, “I’ve been a girl this whole time.” One of the guys, the real sexy one, shook his head in slow motion, as if to say “wh-wh-wh-whaaat?” You know the kind. His mouth was kind of open while he did it. He was totally blown away.
She walked off the field, and she knew everyone was looking at her butt, and she totally loved it. “Sorry, boys,” she called out over her super-sexy shoulder. She always called men boys, because she knew what gender was. Now she was carrying a briefcase and wearing a pencil skirt and sex glasses. She was at law.
“Your Honor,” she said, and the Honor paid attention, “I’d like to win this case,” and she totally did, she totally beat that busted-looking male lawyer who had the mushy face and wore suits that didn’t fit. She gave a little fist-pump, because even though she’s tough, she’s still relatable. “Girl power,” she said, high-fiving her curly-haired friend, who had just appeared behind her.
“Girl, you need a drink,” her curly-haired friend said, “and I need a man.” She laughed because her curly-haired friend didn’t really get it yet, but she was getting there…
A Day in the Life of an Empowered Female Character by Mallory Ortberg
Via Monterey Bay Aquarium, photo © Margaret Cheng
Clara stands up for treats. Clara is an otter!
…a person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40% more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office. On the other hand, for a single person, exchanging a long commute for a short walk to work has the same effect on happiness as finding a new love.
And a person who bikes to work has it best of all (according to me, at least)!
"Researchers for Hewlett-Packard convinced volunteers in England to wear electrode caps during their commutes and found that whether they were driving or taking the train, peak-hour travellers suffered worse stress than fighter pilots or riot police facing mobs of angry protesters."
live in BK/work in BK dream