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January 26th, 2012

sydneyreising: LANA DEL REY~ KINDA OUTTA LUCK (by…



sydneyreising:

LANA DEL REY~ KINDA OUTTA LUCK (by LanaDelRey)

Even more so.

January 26th, 2012

sydneyreising: SO AMAZING So yes.



sydneyreising:

SO AMAZING

So yes.

January 26th, 2012

coolchicksfromhistory: Rosalynn Carter chairs mental health…



coolchicksfromhistory:

Rosalynn Carter chairs mental health hearings, 01/17/1978

January 26th, 2012

"Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in…"

“Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

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Gustave Flaubert (via michelledean)

Someone said to me yesterday, “You lead a double life.” I’ve been told this before and consider it a huge compliment, if I don’t think about it too much.

January 26th, 2012

"we do not have to put up with the behavior of people who are fake socially proficient or proficient…"

“we do not have to put up with the behavior of people who are fake socially proficient or proficient only at the parts that benefit them, you know?”

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me to a friend  (via karaj)

Message was received.

January 26th, 2012

"Even in much of today’s progressive politics, the danger is not passivity, but pseudo-activity, the…"

“Even in much of today’s progressive politics, the danger is not passivity, but pseudo-activity, the urge to be active and to participate. People intervene all the time, attempting to “do something,” academics participate in meaningless debates; the truly difficult thing is to step back and to withdraw from it. Those in power often prefer even a critical participation to silence - just to engage us in a dialogue, to make it sure that our ominous passivity is broken. Against such an interpassive mode in which we are active all the time to make sure that nothing will really change, the first truly critical step is to withdraw into passivity and to refuse to participate. This first step clears the ground for a true activity, for an act that will effectively change the coordinates of the constellation.”

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Slavoj Žižek - How to Read Lacan

not entirely on board (see: the problems of supposing “true action” is ever coming, the ability to be a dick about ppl doing nice things that aren’t really important) but i do adore some critical silence

(via negationparty)

Stepping aside is a real skill.

January 26th, 2012

madonnaciccone: Madonna on Nightline in 1990 interviewed about…





madonnaciccone:

Madonna on Nightline in 1990 interviewed about MTV’s decision to ban the Justify My Love video.

Watch the interview. Probably my favorite Madonna interview ever.

OMG I have this interview memorized. “Lucky me.” GOLDEN.

January 26th, 2012

"Make good stuff, then make it easy for people to buy it. There’s your anti-piracy plan."

“Make good stuff, then make it easy for people to buy it. There’s your anti-piracy plan.”

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Jonathan Coulton is wise.

http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2012/01/21/megaupload/

(via neil-gaiman)

You know, I know Mr. Coulton slightly, and he is a nice guy, but come on. Really? It’s that simple? And yet how odd that those who have been most successful with this, folks like him and Neil Gaiman are… what’s the phrase? Oh yeah, straight white guys tapping into an already-networked affluent following of tech-savvy other straight white guys, namely geeks. Yes they also have female fans. Women can be geeks! I KNOW. But as someone who has benefited from this very same phenomenon to a much lesser degree, I really have to call out this faux-wisdom for the meritocracy myth that it is.

It is not an automagical process on a level playing field, Mr. Coulton, Mr. Gaiman. You know this. It doesn’t take away from your art or your success to acknowledge that you are embedded in a system ginned up to send people just like you straight to the top. “Make good stuff and make it easy for people to buy it” is so simplistic as to be grossly insulting. People have been making good art and trying to make it easy for people to buy it since the dawn of time, and it’s no accident that somehow, weirdly, it’s straight white folks, mostly men, who still keep ending up succeeding at it! Every single movement of independent music, art, and literature has foundered on the level of distribution ( remember when Caroline went under? and every other zine distributor or independent record distribution company?). The internet is not going to magically solve this any more than desktop publishing or the postal service did, because it is embedded in the very same system.

I HAVE ABOUT 290,000 MORE WORDS ON THIS BUT NO. I like Mr. Coulton. I like Wil Wheaton! and Paul and Storm and all the gang. But it’s not a fluke that the gang is who it is.

January 26th, 2012

"Make good stuff, then make it easy for people to buy it. There’s your anti-piracy plan."

“Make good stuff, then make it easy for people to buy it. There’s your anti-piracy plan.”

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Jonathan Coulton is wise.

http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2012/01/21/megaupload/

(via neil-gaiman)

You know, I know Mr. Coulton slightly, and he is a nice guy, but come on. Really? It’s that simple? And yet how odd that those who have been most successful with this, folks like him and Neil Gaiman are… what’s the phrase? Oh yeah, straight white guys tapping into an already-networked affluent following of tech-savvy other straight white guys, namely geeks. Yes they also have female fans. Women can be geeks! I KNOW. But as someone who has benefited from this very same phenomenon to a much lesser degree, I really have to call out this faux-wisdom for the meritocracy myth that it is.

It is not an automagical process on a level playing field, Mr. Coulton, Mr. Gaiman. You know this. It doesn’t take away from your art or your success to acknowledge that you are embedded in a system ginned up to send people just like you straight to the top. “Make good stuff and make it easy for people to buy it” is so simplistic as to be grossly insulting. People have been making good art and trying to make it easy for people to buy it since the dawn of time, and it’s no accident that somehow, weirdly, it’s straight white folks, mostly men, who still keep ending up succeeding at it! Every single movement of independent music, art, and literature has foundered on the level of distribution ( remember when Caroline went under? and every other zine distributor or independent record distribution company?). The internet is not going to solve this any more than desktop publishing or the postal service did, because it is embedded in the very same system.

I HAVE ABOUT 290,000 MORE WORDS ON THIS BUT NO. I like Mr. Coulton. I like Wil Wheaton! and Paul and Storm and all the gang. But it’s not a fluke that the gang is who it is.

January 26th, 2012

Transsexual Ferox: My Scars

Transsexual Ferox: My Scars:

transexualferox

I always feel like I’m inflicting my body on others.

Yes. I want to apologize to everyone constantly for being ugly. Which is probably another reason why getting fat has done such a number on my head.

I talk a good game (or actually I totally don’t) but every scrap of defiance is plastered on a psyche that yearns for desire and scrabble and arguments about art and politics and in-jokes and all of that. If I was Zoe Graystone I’d have fixed this by now, maybe.

That said, as a young punker I developed the technique of whispering “Don’t you know it’s rude to stare?” to those who gawked. It may or may not work for you.

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