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“If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.”


anonymous reader on The Dish

One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.

(via mysweetetc)

Haven’t read it yet. Strong candidate for the McGann/Eccleston book, with the caveat that both that and the McCoy book are going to run up against the physical limitations of the print on demand service, and I’m going to need to be very, very careful about what I do and don’t add, to the point where I may end up cutting essays that appeared on the blog to make room for things. At the moment my biggest priories with that book are Night of the Doctor and Engines of War. After that, I’ll start to consider McGann novels, with Taking of Planet 5, Seeing I, and City of the Dead being the three frontrunners. But any of those would come at the expense of Book of the War or some Faction Paradox audios, so yes, it’s all a complete and utter mess and I’m glad I have one more easy book before I hit those two nightmares.

(McCoy is somewhat easier - there’s much less that I’m adamant about adding, and definitely some NAs I think I wrote crap essays on that are best cut. I think my decision to be much more selective with McGann novels was ultimately sound.)





note to self





To me, what happened to Donna is simply the end of any RTD-vs-Moffat debate. Moffat didn’t write that. Therefore he is better. End of.

To me, what happened to Amy is simply the end of any RTD-vs-Moffat debate. RTD didn’t have any of his companions…


Here are eight of the posts that Randy Queen has filed DMCA notices to take down from the fantastic eschergirls blog. These posts were blatantly legal under fair use principles, and I consider this reasoning to apply to my reposting them, although I am of course happy to remove them if Escher Girls objects to my use of their intellectual property. (To be clear, Escher Girls was wholly uninvolved with this post - I used the DMCA complaint to find caches of the posts from before the images were taken down by Tumblr, and am reposting them on my own initiative.)

To make this terribly pedantic, my reasoning in asserting fair use.

Purpose and character: These are clearly transformative, adding commentary that highlights important social issues of sexism and misogyny in the American comics industry.

Nature of the copied work: The work is fictional, which is generally considered a point in favor of fair use.

Amount and substantiality: Darkchylde, the comic from which these images come, is a many-issue comic series of which these are only a handful of images that are largely insubstantial.

Effect upon work’s value: It seems unlikely that anybody is going to use this collection of images as a substitute for purchasing the work, although I will admit that I think anyone with good taste will largely be persuaded not to buy the work on the merits of these images.

The ninth, and one more I found by happenstance, will follow in a moment. 

reddit | posted by moshita.org

reddit | posted by moshita.org

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reddit | posted by moshita.org

reddit | posted by moshita.org







Anecdotes by medical practitioners 

"A woman came in for a baby check with her 6-month-old and she had what looked like chocolate milk in the baby’s bottle. So he started explaining to her as kindly as he could that she shouldn’t be giving her baby chocolate milk. At which point she interrupts him and says, ‘Oh that isn’t chocolate milk. It’s coffee! He just loves it!”

"I had a patient come in for an STD check. She was very upset and continued to tell me that she only had one partner. Progressing through my assessment, she further divulged that even if he was sleeping with other people it shouldn’t matter ‘because he uses a condom every time and he makes sure to wash it thoroughly after every use’.”

"Had a lady who measured her baby’s temperature by pre-heating the oven and putting one hand in front of it while the other hand was on the baby’s forehead. She told the nurse her baby’s fever was about 250 degrees.”

"Lady has to have foot amputated and is given waiver forms to sign pre-op. Buddy asks if she needs time to think about it. She’s very nonchalant and doesn’t seem to care much what they do. He gets suspicious and probes a bit as to why she’s not more concerned. She says she gets that they have to operate and it’s OK because the foot will grow back.”

"I had a couple who had been trying to conceive for over two years. I asked all the usual questions, how often do you have sex, any previous pregnancy, etc etc. Something seemed off to me during the consult, so I continued to ask questions. Finally I asked if he ejaculated while inserted into the vagina. Both parties looked confused.Turns out the couple was not having insertional sex at all. I had to awkwardly explain to them how insertional sex works. Diagrams were required.”

"Patient comes in, she’s upset. She’s pregnant, and she doesn’t understand why. She’s on the pill. Upon talking to her at great length, I find out that she only takes the pills on the days that she is sexually active – no other time.”

"Patient comes in with her bf. They are indignant, as if somehow I could’ve prevented [the pregnancy]. The problem? Well, the pills were bothering the girl’s stomach, so, being a gallant bf, he decided to start taking them instead.”

I was explaining the treatment to the husband of a patient about to be discharged. He kept nodding and agreeing with me, but I knew it was flying over his head. Turned out a fundamental problem was that I was describing the drugs as ‘tablets’ and he had no clue what those were.

Reddit thread 


Oh my god… I can’t decide if I should laugh or cry…

I am stunned. Oh my god.

I am scared for humanity and I feel very fortunate to have had the majority of my relatives in the medical field.

Notice how 3/4 of these would be prevented by comprehensive sex ed? How many of these poor people do you think got taught abstinence-only?

In a capitalist system, a corporation’s primary purpose is to create value for shareholders.

On roller coaster streets that dive into mist shrouded hills crusted like barnacles with candy colored houses, a one armed guitarist distorts rivers of sound that paints the walls of the old poet’s shop, made weird and etherial it bleeds across the boundary between worlds and above helicopters watch drones play in the park. A wrong turn takes you to an arterial hub of vegetable delivery trucks in insectile ranks, dress white and at attention flanked by forgotten industrial machinery. In the valley the code of pimply faced boys mutates through the real estate like an entitled virus and climate-controlled garages keep self-driving cars waiting for their oncoming disruption. San Francisco is a science fantasy city.




Clearly this attempt at trying to understand the Moffat-hate crowd was a mistake. Of the responses I got, I got one person who started by making some comment about “the proper use of the tag” (seriously, who the fuck made you Queen…

Stephen Moffat is not sexist

dolly parton interviews with good morning america on her upcoming variety show, 1987 (x)

I confess I love Dolly Parton.

I was a teenager in the mid-to-late-90s, and I’m thinking now about how there were three pieces of culture that came out then that came to define my thinking about what culture should be like: Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (1996) and Radiohead’s OK Computer (1997).

I think all of these works were part of a similar cultural zeitgeist that looked backwards as well as forwards, high as well as low, and embraced cleverness as high value proposition.

It’s not a bad idea. Perhaps a release party for Eruditorum Volume 5. Anyone have suggestions where to hold such a shindig?

Sex and wheels: Zadie Smith on JG Ballard's Crash:

Sex and wheels: Zadie Smith on JG Ballard’s Crash (via instapaper)


Things we’re probably not supposed to notice: Martha Jones walks the earth for a year, and at the end of it she’s still wearing eyeliner.

Martha Jones is so badass she can save the world and do her eyeliner at the same time.



President Obama came down hard on gun-control laws during today’s Tumblr Q&A. 

I have experienced few senses of ambivalence higher than Obama’s late-Presidency decision to be ineffectual in many of the ways progressives always wished he would be ineffectual instead of being an ineffectual bipartisan.

As if this isn't hard enough:


On May 13 an MRI found 20 tumors in my husbands brain. On May 15 he could barely breathe and was in a lot of pain. A CT scan that day revealed he had a softball-sized tumor in his lung, tumors in his other lung, his liver and possibly his bones. On our way home from the imaging…

Because America has the best healthcare system in the world, obviously

Because I think the fair use grounds would be dubious.

Let's Dismantle the Patriarchy:


Here’s one thing that we should just square away in our heads, right now, and begin insisting on and making clear.

Your being rejected is not about you.

Seriously. The entire rhetoric of “but why do women date people like X instead of me” is absurdly terrifying in its implications, in that it…


Yes All Men.:



Because someone has to say it, and it has to be a man.

Yes. All men.

Just because you’ve never groped a woman, never hit a woman, would never force yourself on a woman, doesn’t absolve you of all blame and responsibility.

We have all at one time or another…

You shall get it, good sir. (Though darn, I was hoping you’d pick The Fountain, which I’ve never really written about at any length.)




Criticism, Etc.