today i heard 2 kids talking about buying fake IDs after school and so i started eavesdropping cuz u know thats big kid stuff and then one was like “yeah but is all this really worth it like im pretty sure the fake IDs cost more than the fish we r gonna buy”
to buy fish at petco u have to be 18 or older
they were going to get fakes to buy fish
This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree
It’s still in the “so crazy it just might work” stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees. [x]
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. This is ingenious.
The design is a light bulb surrounded by a glass casing. The glass is filled with (water based) media and microalgae. The top is permeable to gasses so that gas exchange can occur. All of the wiring is linked to the grid underground.
Since the light source is inside, it gets scattered and “dimmed” by the water and algae. This makes it less glaringly bright and scatters the light wider, which is good for a street light. It is not longer white light as well, which helps make it easier on the eyes while still providing light.
At the same time, it provides the light for photosynthesis in the algae, so they are continuously exchanging CO2 for O2, not just in the day. It also provides a source of heat, which helps keep the algae from going dormant during cold weather (as in the snowy picture above).
And notice how I did not specify permeability - that’s because NOx’s (NO and NO2) are also permeable and can be used as nitrogen sources to microalgae. In fact, algae are relatively low maintenance. As autotrophs, they don’t require super complex media, not does it really need to be changed/added to. (I’m actually fairly certain that there would still be algae in these tanks a year later; it may need to be cleaned or something, but there would be some living algae.)
and they’re so pretty too
we need to make this a thing
how to give a good handjob
- bop it
- pull it
- twist it
You pull your left hand in
You pull your left hand out
You pull your left hand in
And you shake it all about!
Cha cha real smooth
none of you ever touch a penis
I received this the other day as a multi-part anonymous ask, and, with the asker’s permission, I’m consolidating it here so that I can give it a public response.
Here’s the way I see it. Political correctness has gone absolutely bug-nuts on the internet, and more and more creators are finding their hands tied by an arbitrary set of rules about what they can and cannot write. A white author writes a book with a bunch of white characters, and gets criticised for not including any people of colour. The same author introduces a Filipino character, and is accused of not knowing what they’re writing about. If the Filipino character acts just like the white characters, the author isn’t respecting the Filipino culture; if the same character is part of a Filipino dance group, the author is appropriating. There’s no way to win, and it’s no wonder creators are starting to get really, really frustrated.
I’m working on a graphic novel with a friend where just this sort of situation has come up. It’s an erotic sci-fi book, about a group of prostitutes who use the information they gain from high-profile clients to orchestrate a revolution. This is a group of really fantastic characters: inventive, intelligent, creative, loyal, and sexy in a hundred different ways. I - as you all know - am a woman. The artist is a man.
The thing about this artist is that he’s one of the most self-critical guys I know when it comes to writing or drawing women. He’d been wanting to do an erotic graphic novel for a long time before he and I teamed up, but he specifically wanted to work with a female writer to make sure that he didn’t put something in the story just for the sake of its erotic appeal. We’ve had long, involved discussions about these characters and some of the situations we’re going to put them in, and a lot of the best ideas have actually come from him. He has a really fine sense of how the sex intertwines with and mirrors the women’s personal stories, and it doesn’t just make it more interesting: it makes it more erotic.
The sad thing is that when it comes time to promote the book, that won’t matter. I’ll have to take credit for all of the writing decisions, whether or not they were mine, because a woman writing about women using their bodies for power is subversive and commentative, whereas a man writing about the same thing is exploitative and probably a creep. It doesn’t matter that he’s constantly questioning every sex scene to make sure that it has a place in the story and makes sense for the characters. It doesn’t matter that he and I have discussed his personal fetishes and none of them actually appear in the book. It’s an externally-imposed judgement, and it’s really, really unfair on a talented artist who has more respect for his female characters than a lot of women writers I could name.
The internet, particularly tumblr (sorry tumblr), loves to tell people what they can and can’t do. And I recognise that it comes from good intentions. The way tumblr has rallied for LGBTQ causes, people with disabilities, intersectionality and so on is pretty incredible, and the internet has over and over again demonstrated its amazing power to actually hold people accountable for their words and actions. People with real influence are finally being called for their bullshit when they say something stupid or damaging, and it can be really gratifying watching that social justice in action.
But there’s a difference between social justice and a sense of entitlement, and what I see daily online tilts pretty heavily towards the latter. There’s a lot of talk thrown around about creators’ “rights” and “obligations”, when the fact is that no one has any right to dictate those to an author or artist.
The thing is, authors have the right to write about whatever the hell they want. That’s what being an author is: being a conduit between your readers and new experiences. But it is a two-way street: authors also have an obligation to respect whatever subject they’re writing about. Writing outside your sphere of experience is a good thing, but “because the plot demands it” is never a good reason to put something in the story, especially if that something has a basis in reality or fact. I don’t give a crap if a story about surviving Auschwitz is written by a Chinese-American Catholic. I do care if that story is flimsy, ill-researched and sentimental, because it doesn’t respect the subject.
In the case of the author who sent me the ask, there isn’t just a double but a triple standard going on. A reader thinks one thing when s/he thinks the author is a woman. When the author turns out to be male, the reader’s opinion is turned on its head, and when the author turns out not to be heterosexual, the opinion flips right around again. Why? The words haven’t changed. The work is exactly the same. And the information about the author’s gender and sexuality doesn’t actually give a reader any more information about the motivation behind the work. The author might get some sexual gratification out of writing his characters in a particular scenario, but the author might just as easily be someone who only really gets turned on by watching muscular German men wrestle in Speedos.
If a set of words or a piece of work is good the first time you read it, knowing nothing about who the author is or what they’re like, then that piece of work is still good when you find out who wrote it. Orson Scott Card might be a bigoted dick, but Ender’s Game is still a fantastic book. Stephenie Meyer might be a graceful, kind and considerate person, but Twilight is still a poorly-written piece of shit. Letting who an author is colour your opinion of their work is a great way to miss out on some really fantastic writing.
Authors today shouldn’t be worrying about what they have a “right” to write. Authors should be writing about anything and everything, because showing respect for your subject - reading, researching, and trying to get at the truth of it - is easier than it ever has been before. The same internet that makes writers feel like they’re walking on eggshells is a near-unlimited resource for research. I’ve never been a prostitute. Getting at the emotional truths there for my graphic novel is hard for someone like me. But with a quick Google I can find interviews with sex workers, histories of the industry, blogs by current and former prostitutes, documentaries about the sex industry, pictures of brothels, and on and on and on. I can send an e-mail to a prostitute in Nevada whose blog is particularly interesting, and ask her questions about what that work is like without ever meeting her in person. I can get at the truth of my subject without changing out of my pyjamas, and so can almost any other author.
My point, at the end of this very long, rambling reaction, is that an author has every reason not to want to “out” themselves as anything, because the work should stand alone. If you view a work differently after finding out who the author is, that has a very specific name: it’s called a genetic fallacy, and it’s just one of a laundry list of logical fallacies that riddle the internet like buckshot. It’s your fault, not the author’s - so, rather than calling out the author for an imagined insult, you’d be much better off spending your time examining why you have such a preexisting bias against whatever the author happens to be. The work stands alone.(via directordanic)
I saw your critique of Frozen’s “False Feminism” linked somewhere, and I ended up reading a bunch more of your writing. Eventually I ran across your piece on Sucker Punch where you asked the question “what if Zack Snyder were a woman”, and it inspired me to contact you.
I’m an author. My work has mostly-female casts, and has recieved praise for handling some kind of heavy sexual topics in a relatable way. It is pretty common for readers to mistake me as female from my writing. When people find out I’m male, though, I occasionally get some pretty harsh criticism that I’m overstepping boundaries or being downright callous in my portrayal of serious topics.
The thing that always affects me most, however, is when people accuse my work of being creepy, masturbatory fantasy that I’m only writing to see women in sexy situations. It hurts me because I know a lot of these accusations would go away if I openly admitted I was not attracted to women, but I’m not yet comfortable with the idea of publicly doing that.
I’ve always noticed that creators who were female or non-straight tended to make that information very, very obvious, but I originally didn’t understand why. After I became well known myself, though, I discovered that writers can receive a lot of criticism or outright bullying for writing about a oppressed group’s experiences without “showing they have the right” to do so. Imagine if you tried to write about feminsism without advertising yourself as female!
I can understand wanting to get more representation in the writeosphere, but I don’t think people realize that they are actually putting a lot of pressure on creators to come out of the closet - as well as reinforcing the idea that straight white male is the “norm” that can automatically be assumed true unless stated otherwise.
I just read yet another article about Cate Blanchett’s undermining her own message of feminism at the Oscars by myopically thanking Woody Allen and thereby somehow endorsing his questionable personal life and so on…and I’m really starting to see red.
Woody Allen wrote and directed the damn…