We have created the Mexico from which we now distance ourselves
I thought the clip show was obsolete, but Korra just inflicted one on us. Budget cuts are the only explanation I can imagine, given how few episodes there are per season to begin with. Maybe not surprising given that they made the show web-only. Still, disappointing.
Entrepreneur: “It’s not cold because it’s 37 degrees Celsius inside my body!”
that’s extremely nice of you to say, denimtrousers, thanks! it’s a true story about real people, you can look them up and learn about them and all the skin will crawl off your body because it’s too scary.
my original concept was to really focus on how this story invites misogynistic fantasies. i actually went to all sorts of shitty web forums and gathered all the comments i could find, which i knew would be there, where people said all kinds of shitty gross things about fucking swedish women, about fucking twins, about twins fucking each other, about women who are big and strong are hermaphrodites, about how women who are violent must be on their periods or in menopause, etc. when it came time for me to put them in the book, i actually found the gestalt way too sad and disturbing, and it’s a short book anyway, so the use of text wound up being comparatively limited.
making that book (my first and only) took a lot out of me and i’m not sure what direction to head in next, so it’s nice to get some encouragement from veritable strangers.
I had a guest post on Friendship is Magic. No plans on Adventure Time. My only experience with it is a short they were running prior to Day of the Doctor in my movie theater. I was unimpressed, although I gather that was probably either my fault or the selection of shorts.
Pretty much sums it up:
DC/Warner’s problem is that they are trying to take idealized, idealistic Golden/Silver age characters and “update” them for modern audiences and it’s just shit. They’ve proven over and over that they simply don’t get the characters, or worse, that they only see them as a means to an end, that end being money. Thus we have the characters being bashed and battered into shapes they should never take in the name of “grim and mature storytelling” aimed at “modern sensibilities.”
I am fanTAStic.
It’s a #comiXween celebration here at comiXology HQ!
Hitler reacts to GamerGate…
How to end poverty forever
Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole.
Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.
The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.
But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.
"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"
"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”
"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”
I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!
The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)
And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!
Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.
And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.
Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.
And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.
The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?
TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.
reblogging for more top commentary
They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours.
But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.
Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.
A comic about Seagulls.
If you feel like this comic doesn’t accurately represent you, and that you personally don’t act like this, good. That means this comic isn’t about you.
If you DO act like this, and are working on a counter argument about how not all _____ are ______ , well that’s just disappointing.
(And about the worst effort to people who will find this funny ratio I’ve ever done on Tumblr.)
All you really need to know about GamerGate
Yep, that’s the one I knew she meant.
It works a bit like that. What does? The TARDIS.
This is a much better explanation than that shit with the boxes in Robots of Death.
If you didn’t think “Shia LaBeouf” could get better, you were wrong.
I literally can’t believe this exists there are tears in my eyes that I don’t remember crying
I laughed so hard that my mum came in and I had to show her and then she laughed A LOT
This really is as amazing as people say.
Excuse the crappy graphic if you will.
But the Doctor Puppet and his crew need your help! They very much need donations to help make their christmas special happen. Not only that, the money raised will also go towards the hiring of live musicians, their time and cover the cost of supplies.
Here’s a little information about doctorpuppet:
Doctor Puppet is a stop motion animated fan series that celebrates Doctor Who and its rich history through hand-crafted puppets and original stories. The series has been praised on countless websites and podcasts (see a list here,) and even seen on TV and in magazines… but it’s never had proper funding.
We are a small group of professional artists and musicians who have largely spent our free time making Doctor Puppet. Stop motion is a meticulous technique that requires nearly every aspect to be made from scratch. A huge amount of time and care goes into everything you see and hear.
If we unfortunately fall short of our goal, we’ll scale back production and use what we have to make something shorter or simpler. (their goal is 15,000)
If we surpass our goal and reach $17,500, we’ll use the extra money to upgrade some well-used equipment. Any money after this will be saved for future episodes.
Also there’s this:“Earth Conquest” will be on the Series 8 DVD! It features an interview with Alisa, clips from Doctor Puppet with animation by Rachel and music by Scott, and an exclusive Doctor Puppet animation by Erin with the real voices of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman!So if that’s not enough reason to support these guys then idk what is. Seriously, you won’t regret watching it or helping them.Thank-you!
Hey! If all of our fans just gave us ONE dollar we’d be able to fund this campaign 10 times over! Every tiny little bit helps I promise! <3 <3
Next Saturday, I’ll be introducing Philip Sandifer at the launch party for his new book, TARDIS Eruditorum Vol 5: Tom Baker and the Williams Years:
Philip Sandifer will perform a Kabbalistic Choose Your Own Adventure essay around the Doctor Who serial “Logopolis” followed by a Q&A in this launch party for his new collection.
When: Saturday, October 25th, 3:30pm
Where: The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/485245331615878/
In this fifth volume of essays adapted from the acclaimed blog TARDIS Eruditorum you’ll find a critical history of Tom Baker’s final four seasons of Doctor Who. TARDIS Eruditorum tells the ongoing story of Doctor Who from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present day, pushing beyond received wisdom and fan dogma to understand the story not just as the story of a geeky sci-fi show but as the story of an entire tradition of mystical, avant-garde, and politically radical British culture. It treats Doctor Who as a show that really is about everything that ever happened, and everything that ever will.
This volume focuses on the madcap final years of Tom Baker, looking at its connections with punk, British comic books, the Kabbalah, and more. Every blog post from Tom Baker’s final four seasons has been revised and updated from its original form, along with eight brand new essays exclusive to this collected edition, including a look at how the Guardians can be reconciled with the rest of Doctor Who, an analysis of the many different versions of Shada, and an exclusive interview with Gareth Roberts about his many stories set during the Graham Williams era of Doctor Who. Plus, you’ll learn:
- How Robert Holmes deconstructed the Key to Time arc in its first story.
- Whatever happened to Philip Hinchcliffe.
- What Alan Moore and 2000 AD have to do with the history of Doctor Who.
Book Launch Blog Post:
About TARDIS Eruditorum: http://www.philipsandifer.com/p/tardis-eruditorum.html
Buy the book:
Okay reblog if you actually like Steven Moffat because I’m beginning to think all of tumblr supports Moffat Hate and it’s bumming me out
Hello Fellow Moffat Haters! I thought I’d write a quick post about the terrible things he does and why they’re problematic!
- He writes a variety of different female characters. This bothers me because as we all know there is only one way to be feminist!
- He includes stories…
- "The Spine of Worlds" (Forthcoming - Kaleidotrope)
- "Judges' Cave" (Lakeside Circus)
- "Trials of the Dead King" (LORE)
- "Logos Ex Machina" (365 Tomorrows)
- Loghorrhea Edited by John Klima (New Haven Review)
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Literary Kicks)
- Why Robin Sloan is the Future of Publishing (and Science Fiction) (io9)
- Weird Comics (comiXology Blog)