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Trans kids massively benefit from being allowed to socially transition – ThinkProgress
Every fucking study shows the same thing: transition is good for trans children. This is evidence-based
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Instagram lets me see through the eyes of a Greenland shrimp fisherman and a teacher sharing sunrises & sled dog pu…
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Philosopher Kate Manne argues in Down Girl that thinking of rapists as monsters “exonerates by caricature”. Instead…
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This is a Trump staffer describing the mood in the White House after the massacre of school children in Florida.…
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This would have been the best possible outcome, sparing more than a million deaths, the destruction of multiple nat…
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And let me tell you: bragging about your friendship with Henry Kissinger during a debate is not the way to grab old…
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"Alienated HRC voters" is not a thing. The DNC needs to stop assuming that everyone to the left of the GOP candidat…
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absolutely mind boggling to me that there are people who think swiftly executing a disturbed teen with a gun should…
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Me watching any movie about teenagers
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NANETTE - SoHo Playhouse
Hannah Gadsby's swan song tour, in NYC.
*****  comedy  travel  tosee  nyc  tobuy 
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This is good news: it means all those kids are actually still alive
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I asked Google to show me the most expensive watch in the world. Behold! It's the 55 million dollar Hallucination.
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17 people were murdered and Trump’s reaction is: How can I spin this to benefit me?
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I don't think I would have been so selfless as a teenager. The 90's were all about angst and navel-gazing. These ki…
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People say that teenagers are selfish, spoiled and lacking in empathy but I'm seeing these traumatized Parkland tee…
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Who Works for the Workers? | Issue 26 | n+1
Union opponents think this quiescence means workers don’t want to fight. Romantic union supporters, perhaps including the people at the conference, tend to think that workers are ready for a struggle but held back by conservative middle-class leadership. Neither account fully contemplates the idea that the struggle between labor and capital might more simply reflect the balance of power. The union movement’s problem, in other words, isn’t that workers don’t want to fight; it’s that they don’t want to lose.
economics  **  labor  politics 
3 days ago
Tiny Content Framework · GitHub
This is a tiny content strategy framework focused on goals, messages, and branding. This is not a checklist. Use what you need and scrap the rest. Rewrite it or add to it. These topics should help you get to the bottom of things with clients and other people you work with.
tools  strategy  ****  list  marketing  content  branding  git  writing  resources  mytools 
3 days ago
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At the Stoneman Douglas shooting rally now: "You are responsible! You are responsible!"
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"the ongoing performance of memory by an orchid for its extinct bee"

The shape of the flower is “an idea of what…
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Of course it’s the NRA. But it’s deeper than that. It’s about the power to own & command the means of violence. Sla…
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We blame victims and the communities themselves, for failing to adequately prevent their own murder by not working…
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Popular Science - Google Books
Has pic of a Ljungström sailboat.
boat  design  ***  luberg  craft  wood  tomake 
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As Florida insists there's nothing it can do to stop a 19-year-old from buying an AR-15 and shooting up a school, p…
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What's your favorite thing online right now? Anything that keeps making you happy, excites you, fills you with wond…
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Hi David! You seem to be struggling to make your fictional European friend sound authentic. Try something a *real*…
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My daughter was brutally murdered in a mass school shooting. What makes you think your child won't be next. I don…
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I once heard a comedian say that keeping an arsenal of guns in case you have to fight the government is like having…
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Hi. Hebrew Bible scholar here.
Most of Amos is an indictment of the rich trampling the poor. In fact, those who hop…
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Republicans aren't willing to regulate guns to prevent mass violence -- but are happy to ban refugees and launch wa…
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I find middle class baby boomer memory fascinating. They don't remember they went to university on grants or that y…
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That’s Just Capitalism
An economy that distributes the national income based solely on the marginal productivity of each unit of capital and labor is an economy that will still feature massive levels of inequality and poverty. This is so for three reasons:

Around half of the population neither works nor owns a considerable amount of capital. Their true factor income is around $0.
There are considerable productivity differences between different kinds of jobs, and so wage differences would also remain very high even in the absence of rent.
Capital is distributed extremely unevenly and so capital payments would remain very unequal even without rents.
No amount of increasing competition, trimming intellectual property rights, or lowering barriers to entry would solve these problems. More specifically, eradicating rent-seeking would not solve these problems because these problems are not caused by rents. Instead, we need a big welfare state to fix problem one, strong (“rent-seeking”) labor organizations to fix problem two, and the redistribution and socialization of capital to fix problem three
labor  socialism  inequality  ***  state  economics  mattbruenig 
5 days ago
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"No matter how far...money or access or how you become in life as an African-American man...they will always try to…
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Forrest Gump is so unrealistic. There's no way anyone would take chocolate from a man who's been talking to himself…
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I’ll try again. The primary function of a car is to transport a passenger from one location to another. The prima…
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How does the socialist left build a mass plan to take back the country? Flu shots and brake lights.
This style of activism, where locals share resources and skills, is traditionally called “mutual aid.” One of the most famous examples in recent American history is Black Panther’s Free Breakfast for Children program of the late 1960s, where black liberationists organized hot meals to be served to underfed children. Mutual aid steps in where government has purportedly failed — provocations that show the failures in a system that needs, in the eyes of democratic socialists, to be radically revised.

For leftists in America, this means mending the holes that, if left unattended, lead to sickness, poverty and, especially, incarceration. In NYC, Black Lives Matter activists have stood at subway entrances to hand out free rides on the s
leftist  protest  critique  democratic  **  capitalism  leftism  socialism  mutual.aid  dsa  democracy 
5 days ago
Two Cheers for Polarization | Boston Review
In my new book, The Polarizers (2018), I highlight the specific actors who helped bring this change about. In the early postwar years, for example, a group of political scientists led by Wesleyan University’s E.E. Schattschneider provided intellectual ballast for the project by reviving a Progressive-era doctrine called “responsible party government.” Proponents of responsible party government sought to nationalize the party structures that had long been patchworks of state and local organizations. They promoted programmatic parties, organized around substantive issues rather than ties of tradition, patronage, or personality. And to secure democratic accountability, they sought to ensure that the two parties’ respective programs were at once coherent and mutually distinct. The goal, as a famous Schattschneider-led committee of the American Political Science Association (APSA) wrote in 1950, was a system in which the parties “bring forth programs to which they commit themselves and . . . possess sufficient internal cohesion to carry out these programs.”

Most of these scholars were themselves frustrated liberal Democrats, just as Roosevelt had been, and they found an eager audience in the ranks of organized postwar liberalism. Officeholders like Hubert Humphrey engaged with responsible-party scholars and championed party discipline in speeches. Ideological advocacy groups like Americans for Democratic Action featured discussions of the doctrine in their literature while the progressive wing of organized labor took up the cause of cohesive party discipline. Meanwhile, an ascendant generation of issue-driven “amateur” activists—thrilling to Adlai Stevenson’s presidential campaigns in the 1950s—battled to wrest control of Democratic organizations from traditional machines in the north while attacking the outsized national power of the conservative leaders in the south. They valorized party discipline in Congress and majority rule within national party affairs, hoping that many disempowered southerners would leave the party.
2017  democrat  ****  postwar  democracy  republican  party  boston.globe  history  politics  inequality  polarization 
5 days ago
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"Good guys with guns" haven't stopped gun violence. Gun control has, everywhere that it's pursued consistently at a…
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weird how this keeps happening. now back to my point about how the real problem is college kids who don’t want to h…
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A black woman in Philly managing a million-dollar grant at Penn was shot down for a mortgage.

The bank approved i…
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If mental illness was the cause of school shootings, then why aren’t 50 % of the killings done by girls? The cultur…
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Mixing Metaphors: Design Observer
The process of design with the fused metaphor approach relies on our knowledge of symbols, and understanding of the intended audience. The more particular the symbol is to that audience, the more resonant it will be. Determining the appropriate symbol taps into a part of our brain not related to visual form.

The assignment is a poster for The New York School of Painting. The designer writes a list of symbols for New York: an apple, skyline, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, etc.. Then lists symbols for painting: paintbrush, paint tubes, canvas, a wood palette. One symbol combines with another: a roughly painted apple, the skyline made of paint tubes, the Statue of Liberty cut from painted canvas, and so on.
design  saul.bass  symbols  ***  fun  graphic.art  typography  paul.rand 
6 days ago
Finding Radical Kindness in the Face of Chaos and Danger - Mindful
How has working with your heart and mind affected your writing?

With writing, I don’t talk about inspiration much. I talk about showing up and just doing it. I never feel like writing. Ever. So I have a lot of tricks. I give myself very short assignments and write godawful first drafts. And I use bribes. Once my butt is in the chair, if I write for 45 minutes, I get to take the dogs to the park or watch the news at the top of the hour. One thing I’ve learned about writing is that you have to stay with it. If you do that, it will let you know what it needs to be. The most important thing is to keep your butt in the chair. Then something will shift. Something will get back to you. That’s the secret of life: Be where your butt is.
quotation  howto  compassion  work  writing  ****  mercy 
6 days ago
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The moral perversity that allows one to think that universal healthcare is tyranny but dead school children are the…
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F37 Foundry: Bergman
F37 Bergman is a revival of Hans Möhring’s Florida typeface. The Swedish director Ingmar Bergman consistently used Florida in his films — always presented in stark black and white. This inspired us to digitalise the font whilst creating a matching lower-case with 4 new weights.
We loved Möhring’s juxtaposition of the tapered stems and the geometric thick and thin lines, making it perfect for luxurious branding and editorial work. We’ve also injected a bit of modernity into the design by creating numerous ‘Herb Lubalin’ style ligatures, as well as stylistic diacritics.
font  typography  *****  tobuy  sans  fun  film 
7 days ago
What the Grayscale Challenge Taught Us About Phone Addiction - Internet Citizen
There’s a lot of talk these days about how addicted we are to our screens. At Mozilla, a few of us tried our own experiment to see if turning our phones to grayscale would change how we interact with our tech. What follows is a conversation among two Mozillians after going gray for a week — Tim, a design practitioner, and Daniel, a brand strategist.
blackandwhite  iphone  cell.phone  habits  attention  experiment  mozilla  firefox  mobile  phone  ** 
7 days ago
So You Want to Publish a Magazine
So you want to publish a magazine? Start here! 

 This guide shows you how to take your concept from idea to proper publication, step by step. It covers all the nuts and bolts of indie magazine publishing, from budgeting and distribution to design and print. Inspirational and informative, this book gives you the behind-the-scenes information you need to take your idea all the way to print, and beyond. It’s a must-have for anyone who loves magazines or dreams of starting their own.
publishing  magazines  books  ***  tobuy  howto  magazine 
7 days ago
Workshops - Urlaub
An Utrecht-based craft classroom space.
craft  education  crafts  school  creativity  netherlands  **** 
8 days ago
Log off, mute all, carry on
In the 60s, Timothy Leary told everybody to “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” I tried to think of an update for today: Log off (get out now), mute all (turn off notifications), and carry on (without hope and without despair).
**  austinkleon  technology  habits 
8 days ago
Get out now
Outside lies utterly ordinary space open to any casual explorer willing to find the extraordinary. Outside lies unprogrammed awareness that at times becomes directed serendipity. Outside lies magic.”
—John Stilgoe, Outside Lies Magic
derive  ***  quotation  austinkleon  walking  landscape 
8 days ago
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How the Web Became Unreadable | WIRED
My plea to designers and software engineers: Ignore the fads and go back to the typographic principles of print — keep your type black, and vary weight and font instead of grayness. You’ll be making things better for people who read on smaller, dimmer screens, even if their eyes aren’t aging like mine. It may not be trendy, but it’s time to consider who is being left out by the web’s aesthetic.
wired  typography  **  webdesign  color 
9 days ago
How Kickstarter Is Changing Publishing – Electric Literature
In the end, Fruhlinger was very happy with The Enthusiast. The book contains art from three different artists, and was printed in paperback and hardcover. He’s sold 1,500 copies of the book so far, selling from both online and brick-and-mortar stores, and his profit rose to a more comfortable $4,369.14. But having Kickstarted once is enough for him.
“If I were going to do another novel, I would try to go through an agent,” he said.
Olin says she’d definitely Kickstart again. In fact, she’s more likely to Kickstart again than to traditionally publish. She thinks other authors should crowdfund their books as well.
“It’s a really clarifying and focusing thing to think about an idea, and how to sell its value to other people, for the length of time it takes to put a Kickstarter campaign together,” she said. “It could lead to better books for all of us.”
Asked what he’d say to an author torn between getting an agent for a manuscript and Kickstarting a book, Fishman responded that it really depends on an author’s goal for a project. He feels that it’s at least worth trying to get an agent, but if that road doesn’t work?
“If you can’t find an agent and you believe in the book, go ahead and self-publish,” said Fishman. “Prove us wrong. Because we’re wrong all the time.”
tips  ***  heraclitus  books  publishing  writing  kickstarter  howto 
9 days ago
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...I think about how good this poem is at least twice a day.
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How to read more
Here’s a short list of tips that have helped me form good reading habits over the years. Share it as much as you like. You can also download a printer-friendly version and hang it in your workspace or classroom.

1. Throw your phone in the ocean. (Or, keep it in airplane mode.)
2. Carry a book with you at all times.
3. Have another book ready before you finish the one you’re reading. (Make a stack of books to-read or load up your eReader.)
4. If you aren’t enjoying a book or learning from it, stop reading it immediately. (Flinging it across the room helps give closure.)
5. Schedule 1 hour a day of reading on your calendar like you would an important meeting. (Try commutes, lunch breaks, or getting in bed an hour early.)
6. Keep a reading log and share your favorite books with others. (They will send you even more books to read.)
list  habits  austinkleon  reading  howto  *** 
11 days ago
Visible Storage
A community is created as much through its shared past as its shared present. We had gone to particular parties and sat on particular couches in the particular quality of the sinking light until it was time to go reluctantly home. We had loved unsustainable versions of one another and envisioned futures with those versions that did not come to fruition. We had lost one another; we had learned to be better. A collective verb for love, a collective noun for what is missing. Family is always a disingenuous word for friendship, gesturing at how we want the other person to feel; friendship is a meek and impoverished noun. None of the words are right. You are the material, you are who I became, you are the means by which I created myself, you are the feeling the afternoon before a big holiday party. We were a party and I carry the party in my heart, all the way home, all down the grey afternoon in the long cab ride, over the bridges, back to the city, back to my own home.
***  nyc  friends  writing  community  past  friendship 
11 days ago
Writing for an academic journal: 10 tips | Higher Education Network | The Guardian
1) Have a strategy, make a plan
2) Analyse writing in journals in your field
3) Do an outline and just write
4) Get feedback from start to finish
5) Set specific writing goals and sub-goals
6) Write with others
7) Do a warm up before you write
8) Analyse reviewers' feedback on your submission
9) Be persistent, thick-skinned and resilient
10) Take care of yourself
academic  howto  writing  journal  list  *****  mytools  resources  guardian 
11 days ago
Hashtag for Jekyll - An Elegant Blog Theme Preview - ThemeForest
The concept of working with a static site generator using the terminal or console might be new to you, but I'll do my very best to guide you through the process.
jekyll  git  howto  webdesign  ***  fixagraph 
11 days ago
Make the current Git branch a master branch - Stack Overflow
I have a repository in Git. I made a branch, then did some changes both to the master and to the branch.

Then, tens of commits later, I realized the branch is in much better state than the master, so I want the branch to "become" the master and disregard the changes on master.

I cannot merge it, because I don't want to keep the changes on master. What should I do?

Extra: In this case, the 'old' master has already been push-ed to another repository such as GitHub. How does this change things?
git  howto  ** 
11 days ago
Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents. - The Washington Post
Children are gender detectives, distinguishing between the sexes from as early as 18 months and using that information to guide their behavior, for example by choosing strongly stereotyped toys. And family research shows that men’s attitudes about marital roles, not women’s, are ultimately internalized by both their daughters and their sons. This finding is a testament to kids’ ability to identify implicit power, to parse whose beliefs are more important and therefore worth adopting as their own.

But therein, too, lies an opportunity, an answer for the men who are asking with great sincerity, “What can we do?” First, accept at least half the responsibility for this pervasive marital dynamic. Power issues are not often raised between couples, but when they are, studies show that they’re most often framed not in terms of how husbands need to change but rather how wives do — you know, she needs to be more assertive. When juxtaposed against a discussion about rampant sexual harassment, it sounds like another tired version of “She should’ve worn a longer skirt.”

Second, commit — wholeheartedly and without being asked — to examining male privilege. Our culture’s devaluation of “women’s work” has left men with little incentive to shift into less-traditional roles at home, even as women have become ever more successful breadwinners. Women are much more likely than men to report that the division of child care with their spouses is imbalanced, perhaps because, as one study found, men perceive that they are doing their fair share when they contribute just 36 percent of the work at home.
career  parenting  feminism  gender  family  ****  children  behavior  psychology  learning  education 
11 days ago
A More Modern Scale for Web Typography - Typecast
Responsive Web Design is a big deal, and your typography is one of the most noticeable elements in your design. You’ve got the tools — don’t let a single-scale approach across devices result in gangly, oversized headers; unreadably undersized body text; and odd looking spacing between the two. Sure, every typeface is different, as is every design — so my scale won’t work exactly the same for every project. But it gives you a good starting point to help maintain the intent and hierarchy of your design as it travels from one screen to the next. So have at it, and get responsive with your type. And please feel free to post or email your thoughts and experiences. We’re all learning together, after all.
typography  ***  howto  tutorial  webdesign 
11 days ago
Novo Typo - Fonts
Bixa and some other great faces.
typography  fun  *****  tobuy  color 
11 days ago
Without hope and without despair
EVERY DAY, WITHOUT HOPE AND WITHOUT DESPAIR.

His widow, the poet Tess Gallagher, said these words were a “quiet banner of determination” that flew over the last decade of his life.

They are now my banner, and they can also be yours, if you like.

Carver, when asked about the impact he thought his work would have on people, was extremely skeptical about the possibility that his stories and poems would profoundly change the world or save anything in it. Of his art, he said:

It doesn’t have to do anything. It just has to be there for the fierce pleasure we take in doing it, and the different kind of pleasure that’s taken in reading something that’s durable and made to last, as well as beautiful in and of itself. Something that throws off these sparks—a persistent and steady glow, however dim.
austinkleon  ***  writing  creativity  inspiration  quotation 
12 days ago
Control-Alt-Fail | Chris Lehmann
FOR SOMEONE WHO’S BUILT MOST OF HIS POLITICAL CAREER on the rote demonization of the media, Donald Trump has mastered the studiously inane reflexes of noncommittal corporate reporting. Our forty-fifth president was awkwardly forced by the ugly events in Charlottesville to face the consequences of a penchant for racist hate-mongering that has marked his entire adult life. (To quickly review: Trump’s race hatred stretches back to the segregationist opening chapter of his real-estate career, while featuring a call to execute the innocent black and Latino defendants in the Central Park five case, the notorious truth-mangling Obama-birther crusade, and ugly campaign displays of white-supremacist rancor too numerous to recount here.)

It’s easy, then, to see why Trump’s first reflex, when beholding the unvarnished consequences of his vile blood-and-soil rhetoric in real time, should reach for the most threadbare alibi of hate-enabling discourse in the American mediasphere: the insistence that, in any divisive controversy in public life, all sides, by definition, must be somehow equally culpable.
race  white  charlottesville  ****  trump  the.baffler  protest  2017 
12 days ago
Zines are the future of media
His actual prediction is that in 2018, digital media “will reflect more qualities that make print great.” Virdee distills a shortlist of qualities of zines and quarterly mags that he thinks are portable to digital:

Quarterlies are a pleasure to read with a variety in layout and pacing
They’re beautiful to hold.
They’re less frequent, and much better.
Even the ads are well-crafted, and trusted.
Zines have an enormous variety.
They’re experimental and diverse.
This gives them a freshness and surprise.
They’re anti-formalist; they’re relatable.
“Most sites look the same,” Virdee writes. “It can be weird and wonderful.”
magazines  aesthetics  webdesign  ***  design  myaesthetic  zines  inspiration  internet 
12 days ago
How Feminist Artists Reclaimed Futura from New York’s Mad Men
This oversaturation in the commercial sphere, says Thomas, made it a perfect tool for artists criticizing runaway capitalism. “Futura is the lingua franca of 20th-century advertising,” he explains. “So if you’re trying to critique commercialism, what better than to use the same visual language as the advertisers themselves?” Women artists were particularly adept at using the tools of advertising (including their typefaces) to critique its structures. “I think it’s a helpful corrective,” Thomas continues. “If you think of 1950s ‘Mad men’ using Futura to target women in a stereotypical housewife mold, I think it’s very significant that in the 1980s and ’90s, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, and the Guerrilla Girls were turning these typographic messages back on advertisers.”
The Guerrilla Girls did this explicitly by creating posters with headlines like “When Racism & Sexism Are No Longer Fashionable, What Will Your Art Collection Be Worth?” and “Do women have to be naked to get Into the Met Museum?” (both from 1989). Using a potent mix of humor, statistics, and Futura Bold Extra Condensed, the Guerrilla Girls aimed for a wide audience. Like advertising, their work was mass-market, provocative, and ultimately disposable.
futura  typography  capitalism  ***  feminism  20thcentury  art  history  advertising  20th.century  critique 
12 days ago
“You’ve got to walk yourself to the edge”: Patton Oswalt talks despair and defiance
Patton Oswalt: I actually did not have a plan. I had no idea how I was going to approach it, how I was going to do this, but it just came from going onstage a lot, starting in August of 2016. It’s weird, I flashed back to 1991 at Charlie Goodnight’s in North Carolina. I was opening for Bill Hicks, and I was trying very hard to impress him with how “edgy” and “dangerous” I was by going out with, I mean, the harshest shit I could right out the [gate], because fuck you all, you guys. He was backstage, and he’s like, “You got to walk them to the edge, Oswalt.”

Then I watched his set, and he would open with 15 to 20 minutes of just very accessible, fun [material]—airport travel and dating—and then boom. Then he would drop. Not that I was trying to shake the audience up.

It ended up being prophetic in terms of you, yourself, have got to walk yourself to the edge on this one. It isn’t even the audience. It’s the fact that you are about to go through something very, very harsh, and you’ve got to get yourself ready for that.
***  stand-up  death  howto  interview  advice  tips  comedy  pattonoswalt 
12 days ago
Better Motherfucking Website
You never knew it, but it's easy to improve readability on your site. Here's how.

Let it breathe

Look at lines 1 and 2 of some shitty website you're building. Assuming they're not married they probably shouldn't be humping. The defaults are trash -- pick a minimum line-height: 1.4 for body copy. Headings should be tighter. If you can't see that...piss off.

If your text hits the side of the browser, fuck off forever. You ever see a book like that? Yes? What a shitty book.

A little less contrast

Black on white? How often do you see that kind of contrast in real life? Tone it down a bit, asshole. I would've even made this site's background a nice #EEEEEE if I wasn't so focused on keeping declarations to a lean 7 fucking lines.

Size Matters

I know your partner says otherwise, but it's true. Bump that body copy to render close to 16px or more. Smaller type works well for print, not the screen.

Line-width, motherfucker

Looking at an LCD screen is strainful enough. Don't make me read a line of text that's 200 fucking characters long. Keep it to a nice 60-80 and users might actually read more than one sentence of your worthless dribble.
****  mytools  funny  howto  resources  webdesign  satire  minimalism 
12 days ago
Letters: Letter from Marx to Arnold Ruge
Nothing prevents us, therefore, from lining our criticism with a criticism of politics, from taking sides in politics, i.e., from entering into real struggles and identifying ourselves with them. This does not mean that we shall confront the world with new doctrinaire principles and proclaim: Here is the truth, on your knees before it! It means that we shall develop for the world new principles from the existing principles of the world. We shall not say: Abandon your struggles, they are mere folly; let us provide you with true campaign-slogans. Instead, we shall simply show the world why it is struggling, and consciousness of this is a thing it must acquire whether it wishes or not.
communism  letter  ***  struggle  socialism  critique  politics  marxism 
12 days ago
ID Systems: A Reading List – How We Get To Next
To prepare for The ID Question, we’ve curated a reading list on what identity systems look like around the world. It will give you a good sense of the breadth and scope of the series. Feel free to let us know about other good reads on these topics in our Facebook group, or respond at the end of this Medium post, and we’ll update it with your recommendations when the series ends.
***  identity  list  reading  resources 
12 days ago
LITERARY ARTIFACTS: Merry Christmas, Charles Dickens
Without Charles Dickens, Christmas today might well be a relatively minor holiday with no gift-giving, no large family-gatherings for turkey dinners, no Bing Crosby songs on the radio…perhaps even no Macy’s Santa, Swarovski-Crystal-topped tree, or kick-lining Rockettes. All this and more we owe to a slim stack of messy manuscript pages that came to be known as A Christmas Carol, currently on display at the Morgan Library in midtown Manhattan.
In the early 19th century when Dickens was a boy, Christmas was barely celebrated at all. In his introduction to A Christmas Carol, Professor Richard Michael Kelly explains that farther back, in medieval times, peasants and lords alike celebrated Christmas with a twelve-day rager, glomming the Nativity onto the pagan feasts of Saturnalia and the Winter Solstice to create a super-holiday full of carol singing, gift-giving, raucous game-playing, the burning of Yule logs, and a whole hell of a lot of drinking. But by the 17th century, Puritans in England and America had all but outlawed these sinful celebrations and Christmas had dwindled into a relatively-minor holiday. It was the publication of A Christmas Carol that prompted the widespread public celebration of the holiday we know today.
***  microhistory  charlesdickens  christmas  history  literature 
12 days ago
I'm Fine How I Am | Boston Review
Kennedy affirms respectability as a strategy for blacks and black success, thus as a thing peculiar to blacks’ conditions. I, on the other hand, affirm this as a general human requirement of virtue—blacks should embrace friendship, courage, temperance, and justice as virtues, just as whites should.

In a truly liberal society, these virtues can take many forms as required by real conditions in neighborhoods, courthouses, employment offices, hospitals, and schools—all environments and institutions that put forth distinct challenges for blacks’ everyday lives. To say that blacks should act proper on account of respectability politics is to confuse the ethical question, “What ought I do?” with, “Why is it a good thing for me to do?” Blacks shouldn’t act well to put on a show for whites; rather, they should act well because doing so is a fine and respectable thing. I listen to my music loud not to disrupt others’ lives. Rather, I like to do so and doing so in a nice car was part of my inner-city socialization. If I should choose to act otherwise, it will be because I think my behavior is out of step with being a fine person—which is why I lower the music when I pass small children—and not because I perceive it as out of step with whites’ ideas of what it would mean for me to be a fine person. Once blacks—elites, non-elites, intellectuals, and lay persons— fully embrace this basic insight without tactical distractions, we can turn our gaze in the morally urgent direction and ask whites, rather, where is your “politics of respect” for our black lives? That is the only progressivism worth speaking of.
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