"People like to think that Hitler came straight into power with 'Kill the Jews y/n?' and all the Germans were like 'yeah totes' but it's just not how it goes."
"No, the defining moment of this timeline was that people didn't show up to vote the Nazi Party out in the one last chance they had. The one last chance they had before the power grab was up and the whole thing was too far off the rails."
politics  history  trump  nationalism  hitler  germany  nazis  usa 
6 days ago
TL;dr: there’s a really good chance that at least some portion of your family came to the U.S. without a visa, and the “right way” from 1790–1965 has nothing to do with how things are done now.
history  immigration  politics 
11 days ago
Civility. Some thoughts.
"It's hypocrisy to us because we believe that the behavior is the problem. It's not hypocritical to them because they believe the person is the problem."
politics  civility  history 
24 days ago
What To Do When ― Not If ― Roe Vanishes
"Now, it is almost certainly a matter of when, not if, we lose Roe. It’s time to prepare for life without nationwide legal abortion." That we have to be thinking seriously about this is incredibly sad.
politics  abortion  roevswade  supremecourt  scotus 
24 days ago
Really neat answer to this question about early Star Trek fandom:
“I would love to know more about when you first started thinking that there was more than friendship between Kirk and Spock and when fans first started talking about it. Was it Amok Time that first gave you the idea?”
source:tumblr  scifi  sciencefiction  fandom  sf  tos  st:tos  slash  startrek  history  culture  k/s 
5 weeks ago
Why ‘Solo’ Works
SPOILERS: “A constant supply of ‘Star Wars’ requires an occasional double between dingers. Here’s how the low-stakes origin story of Han Solo makes clean contact.”
solo  movies  film  starwars  scifi 
8 weeks ago
George Takei Accuser Scott Brunton Changed His Story of Drugs, Assault
“A fabricated coffee meeting. Key facts withheld or walked back. A ‘great party story’ about a sexual assault—which the accuser now says may not have actually happened. What happens when an activist’s legacy is tarnished by the story of an old friend who later says it could have all been a misunderstanding? And how do we process such an anomaly in an era of overdue social justice?l
st:tos  tos  georgetakei  sexualharassment  metoo  startrek 
8 weeks ago
when i say ‘don’t make jokes about rednecks and hillbillies’, that doesn’t mean i think you’re being racist against white people
“i say that because you are perpetuating extremely toxic rhetoric about our region, you are promoting stigma, you are encouraging blatant classism, and you are furthering the idea that we somehow ‘deserve’ it because our elected officials vote republican. it’s not cute. stop acting like none of us have the right to call you out on your classist bullshit.“
hillbilly  source:tumblr  culture  classism  redneck  racism 
8 weeks ago
Dear NRA, It's Time to Take Away Everyone's Gun
“I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives. I want Ted Nugent to roam the halls of his gunless house, sighing wearily until he dies. I want to end this thing once and for all, so that all of you who have prioritized the sale of guns over the lives of children have to sit quietly and think about what you’ve done. God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now.”
2ndamendment  guncontrol  guns  secondamendment  santafe 
9 weeks ago
The respect of personhood vs the respect of authority
"In April 2015, Autistic Abby wrote on their Tumblr about how people mistakenly conflate two distinct definitions of 'respect' when relating to and communicating with others. This is an amazing & astute observation and applies readily to many aspects of our current political moment."
culture  respect  language 
9 weeks ago
How the 50-mm Camera Lens Became ‘Normal’
“The idea that a 50-mm best approximates human sight has more to do with the early history of lens production than any essential optical correspondence between the lens and the eye.”
culture  lens  50mm  photography  history  science 
10 weeks ago
Connecticut OKs Bill Pledging Electoral Votes To National Popular-Vote Winner
“The bill adopts an interstate compact that's officially called ‘The Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.’ The agreement won't kick in unless it's backed by enough states and other voting areas to claim a majority of Electoral College votes. In addition to Connecticut, the other jurisdictions in the pact are California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state, along with Washington, D.C.”
electoralvote  politics  popularvote 
10 weeks ago
The original iMac: 20 years since Apple changed its fate
“Sitting in the Flint Center in 1998, it would have been impossible to imagine the Apple of 2018. But without that day, and the product that Steve Jobs unveiled on that stage, it’s hard to imagine that Apple would have ever had the chance to become what it is today.”
apple  culture  tech  history  computers  computing  technology  imac 
11 weeks ago
One space between each sentence, they said. Science just proved them wrong.
Bah! Science did no such thing! It’s one study with a small sample size, screwball parameters (Courier? Seriously?), and a barely measurable result that only really affected those participants already predisposed to two-spacing. Sentences get one space, and one space only. (My favorite part: “Note: An earlier version of this story published incorrectly because, seriously, putting two spaces in the headline broke the web code.”)
typography  english  language  writing 
11 weeks ago
‘Who Gets to Be Sexy?’
Interesting look at how the porn industry is changing. “Amateurs are flooding the internet; piracy has addled the once-dominant studios; production has atomized and scattered. But along the way, something interesting has started to happen: Women are rising up.”
pornography  sex  sexwork  culture  sexuality  porn  feminism 
11 weeks ago
Swedish Meatballs Are Turkish? ‘My Whole Life Has Been a Lie’
“The country’s national Twitter account made the announcement in a tweet this week. ‘Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century,’ the tweet said. ‘Let’s stick to the facts!’”
sweden  food  turkey  culture 
11 weeks ago
John Scalzi: Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War (and Yes, There are Spoilers)
"As impressively well put together as it is, and as enjoyable and exciting as the film is in the moment, the film suffers and for me is ultimately unsatisfying. Not for anything the film itself does or doesn’t do; it suffers not because of what it does, but because of what I know."
marvel  mcu  avengers  infinitywar  avengersinfinitywar  film  movies  spoilers 
11 weeks ago
Avengers: Infinity War ending: Incredibly bold — and a little cheap
SPOILERS: “…as I talked over the ending with friends, the less it sat well with me. I certainly admired the gutsiness of it, the big swing it took, but I also struggled to feel as emotionally invested in it as I was supposed to. For lack of a better word, none of it felt real.” I might not go quite so far as this analysis does, but I don’t argue with its core idea, and was having similar thoughts.
spoilers  film  marvel  infinitywar  avengers 
12 weeks ago
“When people say ‘spinster’, they are trying to conjure up an image of a little old lady who is lonely and bitter.”
"What I HEAR are the smiles and laughter of a million women as they earned their own money in their own homes and controlled their own fortunes and lived life on their own terms, and damn what society expected of them."
english  etymology  language  history 
12 weeks ago
When Toronto Suspect Said ‘Kill Me,’ an Officer Put Away His Gun
Look, I know that there are going to be situations where the use of deadly force is a necessary step. But it should be a _last_ step, not a first step — something that seems all too mysterious to far too many people, not least many police here in the United States. De-escalation should be the default approach, rather than the "shoot first, ask questions later" approach seemingly favored by far too many people (both law enforcement officers and armchair analysts).
crime  policing  violence  deescalation  toronto  canada 
12 weeks ago
What Does Invoking The 25th Amendment Actually Look Like?
"Let’s take a deeper look at the 25th Amendment and think about what each section of it has meant in the past — and what it might mean for Trump-era politics." I'm rather fascinated (and disappointed) that we're in a situation where this is even being seriously discussed. But it is, admittedly, and interesting discussion.
politics  trump  25thamendment  constitution 
april 2018
Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift
“There is no other way to put this: essentially everything about Popular Consciousness Kirk is bullshit. Kirk, as received through mass culture memory and reflected in its productive imaginary (and subsequent franchise output, including the reboot movies), has little or no basis in Shatner’s performance and the television show as aired. Macho, brash Kirk is a mass hallucination.”
st:tos  kirk  sciencefiction  sexism  sf  culture  jamestkirk  tos  scifi  startrek 
april 2018
Discovery Needs to Put Section 31 Down and Back Away Slowly
"Section 31 literally destroys the the idea of a better tomorrow, which is the very backbone of Star Trek. Because, if Section 31 is real then tomorrow is way worse than today. I refuse to believe that."
startrek  discovery  disco  dsc  dis  st:dis  section31 
april 2018
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ USS Enterprise Design Change Clarified As Creative Decision, Not A Legal One
Correction regarding a link I posted earlier in the week that said there were legal reasons for the Enterprise design changes: "CBS TV Studios does, in fact, have the right to use the U.S.S. Enterprise ship design from the past TV series, and are not legally required to make changes. The changes in the ship design were creative ones, made to utilize 2018’s VFX technology."
enterprise  tv  sciencefiction  dis  sf  disco  st:dis  startrek  scifi 
april 2018
Woman Who Shared Philadelphia Starbucks Arrest Video Tells Her Story
“People ignore this kind of stuff. They don’t believe that it happens. People are saying that there must be more to this story. There is not. This would never happen to someone who looks like me. People don’t believe black people when they say this stuff happens. It does. They want to know the extenuating circumstances. There are none.”
racism  starbucks  culture 
april 2018
Star Trek: Discovery's Version of the Enterprise Had to Be Modified for Legal Reasons
(EDIT: This link has been disputed and is likely inaccurate.) Interesting tidbit of information. While Discovery’s been a bit hit-and-miss for me, I’ll admit that in the moment, the end-of-season reveal did just what it was intended to do. I’m not too put off by the design changes to the Enterprise, either; it was a given that it wouldn’t be identical, and I thought they did a reasonably good job of staying true to the classic form while updating it for modern needs (and a much better job than the oddly lumpy NuTrek version).
enterprise  tv  sciencefiction  dis  sf  disco  st:dis  startrek  scifi 
april 2018
GrayKey iPhone unlocker poses serious security concerns - Malwarebytes Labs | Malwarebytes Labs
“The existence of the GrayKey isn’t hugely surprising, nor is it a sign that the sky is falling. However, it does mean that an iPhone’s security cannot be ensured if it falls into a third party’s hands.”
iphone  technology  greykey  apple  security  ios 
april 2018
While TOS is my home fandom, I'm of the belief that as a whole, DS9 is the best of the various Star Trek series.
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was not a perfect show but its treatment of imperialism, war crimes, and genocide was light-years ahead of some of the stuff coming out today (looking at you, Star Wars)."
startrek  deepspacenine  ds9 
april 2018
A short history ~700 years of "they" as an English gender-neutral singular pronoun:
“Bath ware made sun and mon, / Aiþer wit þer ouen light [Both were made sun and moon / Either with their own light]” —Cursor Mundi (~1325)
english  language  they  pronoun 
april 2018
poor people deserve things they want, too.
"These tiny luxuries you give yourself are not sins as dictated from on high by some divine economist who decided you must earn your freedom through oppressive sorrow. These luxuries are the handholds you need to climb out of that pit, to have stamina, to keep focus, to remember that there is another type of life. It can be had, and by you too."
poverty  saving  money  classism 
april 2018
Charities/organisations to avoid (with links to reasons):
PETA, FCKH8, Autism Speaks, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Salvation Army, Wounded Warrior (I knew all of these already, but it's good to have a handy reference)
charity  peta  fckh8  autismspeaks  susangkomen  salvationarmy  woundedwarrior  source:tumblr 
april 2018
'The Simpsons' To 'The Problem With Apu': Drop Dead
"In other words: We have heard how we have hurt people, and we honestly don't care."
media  race  culture  simpsons  apu  racism 
april 2018
Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo
“Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art—change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.”
racism  metoo  thebreakfastclub  nostalgia  film  johnhughes  sexism  mollyringwald  culture 
april 2018
Gun injuries go down by 20% during NRA conventions
“When the NRA holds its annual convention, the national rate of gun injuries goes down temporarily by 20%."
guns  nra  secondamendment  2ndamendment 
march 2018
If You Want To Be An Effective Ally, Be Quiet And Know Your Place
"The lesson of 'Black Panther' for white allies is this: They must learn to be the sidekick, to be at the fringe, to give up power, to have people of color in their ears directing them on how to be useful in fighting for the cause of justice." [SPOILERS]
blackpanther  marvel  film  allyship  culture  spoilers 
february 2018
The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery
"The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says 'State' instead of 'Country' (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote.  Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too."
guns  guncontrol  politics  history  slavery  civilwar  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
february 2018
Gun Rights, ‘Positive Good’ and the Evolution of Mutually Assured Massacre
"In the abstract, where no humans actually exist, there’s actually a compelling logic to this. If I know you’re armed, I’ll be on my best behavior. You will too because you know I’m armed. Of course, in practice, almost everything is wrong with this logic."
guns  guncontrol  history  politics  2ndamendment  secondamendment  johnlott 
february 2018
The AR-15 Is Different: What I Learned Treating Parkland Victims
"With an AR-15, the shooter does not have to be particularly accurate. The victim does not have to be unlucky. If a victim takes a direct hit to the liver from an AR-15, the damage is far graver than that of a simple handgun-shot injury. Handgun injuries to the liver are generally survivable unless the bullet hits the main blood supply to the liver. An AR-15 bullet wound to the middle of the liver would cause so much bleeding that the patient would likely never make it to the trauma center to receive our care."
guns  politics  guncontrol  ar15  assaultrifle  assaultweapons 
february 2018
Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns
"There's no telling how many guns we have in America—and when one gets used in a crime, no way for the cops to connect it to its owner. The only place the police can turn for help is a Kafkaesque agency in West Virginia, where, thanks to the gun lobby, computers are illegal and detective work is absurdly antiquated. On purpose."
guns  politics  guncontrol  policing  law 
february 2018
Why the Second Amendment does not stymie gun control
"Nearly every gun regulation under discussion today—from expanded background checks to bans on military-style weapons—would seem to pass constitutional muster."
guns  guncontrol  law  constitution  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
february 2018
Slavery, the Second Amendment, and the Origins of Public-Carry Jurisprudence
"The idea that citizens have an unfettered constitutional right to carry weapons in public originates in the antebellum South, and its culture of violence and honor."
history  culture  guns  guncontrol  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
february 2018
4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings
"Pro-gun advocates claim new laws will not make us safer. But here is evidence the right laws will do exactly that."
guncontrol  guns  politics  law  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
february 2018
How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment
"The Founders never intended to create an unregulated individual right to a gun. Today, millions believe they did. Here’s how it happened."
guns  guncontrol  politics  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
february 2018
A Gun Ban Is Inevitable. Not just high-capacity assault rifles. ALL the guns.
"If gun owners can’t come up with something, and they continue to legitimize the NRA, then don’t be surprised when the right to bear arms is lost all together. Stranger things have happened in my lifetime, and yours."
culture  guncontrol  2ndamendment  secondamendment 
february 2018
One Teacher’s Brilliant Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings
As Chase’s teacher explained 
this simple, ingenious idea, I stared at her with my mouth hanging open. “How long have you been using this system?” I said.

Ever since Columbine, she said. Every single Friday afternoon since Columbine. Good Lord.
culture  education  bullying 
february 2018
How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment
“The Founders never intended to create an unregulated individual right to a gun. Today, millions believe they did. Here’s how it happened.”
law  secondamendment  2ndamendment  nra  guns  constitution  guncontrol 
february 2018
The Problem with Panic
"Sexual misconduct, affirmative consent, and the dangers of shame and moralism." A very interesting and thoughtful piece on the current cultural shift regarding sexuality, assault, and accountability.
sex  sexuality  sexual  assault  feminism 
january 2018
Why So Many Men Hate the Last Jedi But Can’t Agree on Why
SPOILERS: "I don’t think every human who disliked The Last Jedi is an evil, evil misogynist. I do think that we have so deeply internalized sexist narrative tropes that we see them as 'correct' and 'good filmmaking' while seeing their absence as 'flaws.'"
culture  feminism  starwars  sf  scifi  sciencefiction  film  thelastjedi  spoilers 
january 2018
My Hero, Luke Skywalker
SPOILERS: “It is a beautiful fantasy and, I thought, a particularly resonant message for the anxious and depressed about what you can be capable of, the kind of peace you may be able to find if you dig down deep enough and push yourself emotionally.”
sciencefiction  thelastjedi  film  spoilers  starwars  depression  scifi  sf  anxiety 
december 2017
Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read
"Literally, all you need to do: Type in web addresses. Use autofill! Or even: Google the website you want to go to, and go to it. Then bookmark it. Then go back every now and again."
news  socialmedia  facebook  twitter 
december 2017
List: Alternatives to Platonic Love
"Newtonian Love – There’s a strong attraction between your bodies."
humor  mcsweeneys  love 
december 2017
This is not going to go the way you think: The Last Jedi and the necessary disappointment of epilogues
SPOILERS: “Happy endings are always undone because ‘endings’ don’t really exist. Time doesn’t stop when you want it to. Your ‘destiny’ can and will be slowly eroded away by the many small, cumulative abrasions of life that inevitably follow after you achieve it. This is real, and it’s disillusioning, and it can fill you with righteous anger at the unjustness of it all.”
starwars  sf  spoilers  sciencefiction  thelastjedi  scifi  film 
december 2017
Star Wars’ Vice-Admiral Holdo and Our Expectations for Female Military Power
SPOILERS: “What The Last Jedi does—amongst many other things—is present its audience with more than one mode of female power.”
sf  spoilers  starwars  scifi  thelastjedi  film  sciencefiction 
december 2017
The Last Jedi Is Subversive AF, and I Am Here for It
SPOILERS: “Those who wanted a safe and comforting Star Wars movie are understandably upset. The Last Jedi is anything but safe. It’s as subversive as it gets, and I am here for it.”
sciencefiction  spoilers  thelastjedi  film  starwars  sf  scifi 
december 2017
From C-3PO’s perspective, ‘Star Wars’ is a prolonged nightmare - The Washington Post
"Your master goes into a bar, where they refuse to serve you. Instead of leaving the bar in solidarity, he makes you wait outside."
humor  sf  scifi  sciencefiction  starwars  c3p0 
december 2017
Star Wars "fans" should remember being a fan doesn't mean unequivocal love (or hate)
SPOILERS: “This is the problem with these loudest of ‘fans’: They’ve forgotten that a big part of fandom is the ability to hold multiple opinions on the same material all at once. That all-or-nothing mentality does a disservice to fans and films alike, by reductively lumping pluses and minuses into one indiscernible stew of love or loathing.”
fandom  sf  thelastjedi  spoilers  sciencefiction  starwars  scifi 
december 2017
Toxic Masculinity Is the True Villain of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
SPOILERS: “Poe's character, while not one of the main protagonists, has even more to do in The Last Jedi. However, while he may be filling the role of the dashing pilot that Han did in the Original Trilogy, director Rian Johnson is using the archetype to say something completely different about heroism, leadership, and—perhaps most importantly—masculinity.”
thelastjedi  spoilers  sf  sciencefiction  scifi  toxicmasculinity  starwars 
december 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Offers the Harsh Condemnation of Mansplaining We Need in 2017
SPOILERS: “Any female boss in 2017 or American still nursing the hangover of the 2016 presidential election can tell you that even nice guys often have trouble taking orders from women.”
starwars  thelastjedi  sf  spoilers  film  scifi  sciencefiction 
december 2017
Star Wars, the Generations
SPOILERS: “Great movies reflect an era through the eyes of artists who embody that era. George Lucas embodied the era of Baby Boom ‘destiny’ and self-conceit. Rian Johnson embodies our era of diminished heroism, cynicism and near despair– tempered by the hope, if we can but learn from our heroes’ mistakes, that somehow, some way, some day, we may yet restore balance to the Force.”
film  source:tumblr  starwars  spoilers  sciencefiction  thelastjedi  sf 
december 2017
Rian Johnson Confirms The Dorkiest Reference In ‘The Last Jedi’
SPOILERS: “There is a dorky reference in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that even director Rian Johnson admits that you may have to be of a certain age to get – thanks to a narrow window where you might have been watching premium cable in the very early ‘80s when this bizarre little short film would air in-between feature-length films.”
film  sf  thelastjedi  starwars  sciencefiction  spoilers 
december 2017
Rian Johnson Says There Are No Twists, Only Honest Choices
SPOILERS: “It seemed completely honest to me. It seems like the most dramatic version of that. And that’s what you’re supposed to do. Find what the honest moment would be, and then find the most dramatic version of it. So, in terms of the big ‘twists’ in the movie, they sprung from a process of trying to follow where these characters would go as honestly as possible.”
film  sf  starwars  spoilers  thelastjedi  scifi  sciencefiction 
december 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi humanizes the Force
SPOILERS: This was one of my favorite things about The Last Jedi. To my mind, a very smart direction to take things.
december 2017
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Redeems the Prequels
SPOILERS: “One of the many reasons I love Star Wars: The Last Jedi is that it redeems the prequels. … It recontextualizes the prequels and reinforces what I loved about them.”
sciencefiction  thelastjedi  film  sf  starwars  spoilers 
december 2017
Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II
Interesting argument that the likely change to ISP regulations — the 'net neutrality' debate — may not be quite the horrid thing it appears to be. Worth thinking over. "The question at hand, though, is what is the best way to achieve net neutrality? To believe that Chairman Pai is right is not to be against net neutrality; rather, it is to believe that the FCC’s 2015 approach was mistaken."
technology  internet  netneutrality  fcc 
november 2017
Keyboard Maestro 8.0.4: Work Faster with Macros for macOS
Saving for me to remember and look into when I have more time.
mac  software  macro  automation 
november 2017
The Amazons’ New Clothes
“The Wonder Woman designs received acclaim from fans and costume fanatics alike. They were clearly inspired by the Amazon’s origins in the Mediterranean and were feminine but very functional. Why mess with perfection? Oh, right. The all-male team of directors and executive directors wanted women to fight in bikinis.”
amazons  justiceleague  costuming  sexism  wonderwoman  film  dc 
november 2017
Show Off the Inside of Your iPhone X with These Wallpapers
With these sweet wallpapers, you can basically pretend you’re looking straight through the screen and into the heart of your phone—like you have X-ray vision.
wallpaper  iphonex  apple  iphone 
november 2017
Star Trek Starfleet Insignia Explained
"Nearly 50 years after Bob Justman wrote his memo, we now have the opportunity to clarify the use of each and every Starfleet uniform insignia used in TOS. With a wee bit of Scottish ingenuity, and a pinch of Vulcan logic, the complete picture of what Gene Roddenberry envisioned for the delta insignia should snap into focus."
startrek  tos 
october 2017
The World Will Split Open
I think it may have been Philippa Gregory who pointed out that they didn’t burn women at the stake to control the women they burned.  They did it to control the women they forced to watch the fires.
politics  sexism  clinton  hillaryclinton 
september 2017
The iPhone X’s notch is basically a Kinect - The Verge
“Apple's iPhone X provides a nice little illustration of how sensor and processing technology has evolved in the past decade.”
iphonex  apple  kinect  iphone  microsoft 
september 2017
you antifa guys are actually more hateful and violent than any neo nazi group in the 21st century…
(except, well, not at all). A list of counter-examples to combat this ridiculous line of attack.
source:tumblr  antifa  nazi  nazis  racism  violence 
august 2017
What is it like to be white?
“The way to approach it, I think, is not to ask, ‘What would it be like to be black?’ but to seriously consider what it is like to be white. That’s something white people almost never think about. And what it is like to be white is not to say, ‘We have to level the playing field,’ but to acknowledge that not only do white people own the playing field but they have so designated this plot of land as a playing field to begin with.”
culture  racism  race 
july 2017
Do you know when "canon," like as a concept, became like a standard nerd thing?
"The amazing thing about the term 'canon' is that it didn’t bubble up from the undifferentiated mass of fandom (who actually knows who came up with memes?). We know exactly and specifically where the word comes from when used in this context: an essay written by a Sherlock Holmes fan in 1911, who compared the wild and crazy veneration that fanatical Holmes fans have for the original stories, to holy writ."
lensmen  sf  marvel  sherlockholmes  fandom  startrek  culture  sciencefiction  history  starwars 
july 2017
Call “revenge porn” what it is: sexual abuse
“This new term — image-based sexual abuse — better describes the nature and harms of the deeply injurious actions of men (and it is mostly men) who perpetrate it.”
sexism  revengeporn  sexualabuse  culture  imagebasedsexualabuse  ibsa 
july 2017
As Chinese, Iranian and Indonesian As Apple Pie : The Salt : NPR
“So where do apple pies come from? Let's deconstruct the stories of the ingredients that make up the sweet treat — and the winding paths they took to our plates.”
food  history  culture  applepie  america 
july 2017
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