coelasquid:

If you think you have a juicy bit of gossip about an internet creator and/or their legal dealings and/or their business please

PLEASE

Stop

do your research, put things in context, and find actual proof of your accusations before you inflate rumours and shit talk fellow creators. I have seen far too much of this happening recently, and quite a lot of it has been from other creators who want to be involved in these communities. Please remember that webcomics and small press are a very small every-one-knows-everyone kind of industry and if you make your grand debut slamming creators to other creators who know these people better and have been doing this sort of thing longer than you, it’s very easy to develop a bad reputation and end up on the outs.

I feel like I end up making some version of this kind of psa once a month, and I know it’s very difficult not to give into idle gossip and I have absolutely found out information I was convinced was fact and was sharing with other people was only one side of a complicated story, just, you know, be aware that if you plan on being successful in this arena you are going to meet these people in real life and if you’ve made a reputation out of trash talking them, there’s a good chance they and their social circles have already made up their minds about you.

garfieldminusgarfield:

G-G the book - G-G on Facebook - G-G on Twitter

GPOY
magnoliapearl:

i’m gonna have to stop going through the louie tag because i’m gonna have to laugh rule so many things >:[

magnoliapearl:

i’m gonna have to stop going through the louie tag because i’m gonna have to laugh rule so many things >:[

phiasmir:

rebeccacohenart:

So sick of people who pretend their problem is with the word “feminism” rather than the concept of gender equality.

FUKIN REKT

phiasmir:

rebeccacohenart:

So sick of people who pretend their problem is with the word “feminism” rather than the concept of gender equality.

FUKIN REKT

benpaddon:

abstractcontraption:

onlyfoolsandvikings:

onlyfoolsandvikings:

this happens to me every single time i am sick to death of seeing the same thing

why are you reblogging this oh god please don’t

Because you’re right

This is one of the reasons I feel that Martha Jones never really reached her full potential. In “Smith and Jones” she’s fantastic - she’s smart, capable, on top of everything… but she spends the rest of the third season pining for the Doctor and it diminishes her so much.

Even when she’s saving the earth in the finale, she’s still fawning over a man who keeps leading her on and shutting her down. I love the third season of the show, but Martha was very poorly handled.

Here’s an example of lock-in: imagine if vanilla ice cream were sold in 90% of restaurants, but chocolate ice cream was only available at 30% of restaurants. Vanilla would become the most eaten ice cream choice because of a supply-side decision. Eventually, supplying chocolate ice cream would become so expensive due to a perceived lack of demand that less and less restaurants would offer it until no restaurants offered it. News discovery is like adding more and more supply-side vanilla ice cream to restaurant menus until we no longer hear about any other kind of ice cream.

In academic circles, lock-in has well-known negative affects. As you read these, consider if they sound familiar to any news organizations you read:

* It creates a perception of popularity, which many people incorrectly equate to value.

* It creates barriers for suppliers to offer other options, because (over time) other options become more expensive to offer.

* It can eventually create monopolies, which have a host of additional negative effects on competitive, free-market economies

As long as media organizations act in ways that limit the spread of information, they are undercutting their own market value.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the WindIllustration by Hayao Miyazaki
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Illustration by Hayao Miyazaki

itswalky:

underscorex:

christiannightmares:

Christian quiz: How many occultic practices or sins of the flesh have you committed? (For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/27498130308/christian-pamphlet-lists-lsd-cyperpunk-culture)

oh sweet, a checklist of shit to try

Magic and sorcery and curses and telepathy are all awful, but turning water into wine and conjuring extra fish and resurrecting the dead and casting demons into pigs to make them run off a cliff and talking to the spirits of dead people on top of mountains is super okay, for reasons.

totally different

Those Poor Wives

historical-nonfiction:

According to Polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski, the natives of the South Pacific coined the phrase “missionary position,” because the newly arrived Christian missionaries were shocked that people in the South Pacific had sex in several positions, not just one.

Q: Girls are discouraged? That sounds so 1970s.

A: There was a 2001 study that showed in fourth grade, 68% of boys and 66% of girls like science. Starting in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, we lose girls and boys, but we lose more girls and for different reasons: lingering stereotypes, societal pressures. It’s well known that many girls have a tendency to dumb down when they’re in middle school. Just last week, I was talking to senior executives, and a woman told me that she was the best biology student in high school and had the highest exam scores. At the end of the semester, a teacher told her: “I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to give the award in biology to a boy, because it’s more important to him.” Almost every time that I give a speech or meet with a group of women, I’ll hear such stories.

Q: Boys earn 70% of the D’s and F’s in school and account for 80% of dropouts. Shouldn’t we fear more for their future?

A: It’s a big problem. Women earn the majority of undergraduate degrees in the U.S. and last year earned more Ph.D.s than men. But keeping girls in the science and math pipeline is a separate problem with different causes. It’s important we address both. You don’t stop research on breast cancer just because heart disease is also deadly. You work on both.

Q: Suppose you were an executive of a corporation that needs engineers. You meet a girl in high school. She scored in the 99th percentile in math on her SATs, yet says she wants to major in psychology or go to law school, because those careers sound more interesting. What do you tell her?

A: I’d introduce her to the coolest female engineer in the company. Girls tend to have a stereotype of engineers being 65-year-old guys who wear lab coats and pocket protectors and look like Einstein. Try to make it personal to them and show them some of the cool things that they can do in engineering.

Q: Let’s talk Lawrence Summers. The Harvard president recently resigned after giving a controversial speech a year ago suggesting that men might simply be predisposed to be better at math and science. Is there at least a grain of truth in what he said?

A: (Laughs). Suppose you came across a woman lying on the street with an elephant sitting on her chest. You notice she is short of breath. Shortness of breath can be a symptom of heart problems. In her case, the much more likely cause is the elephant on her chest.

For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of women who wanted to enter the sciences. That is the elephant. Until the playing field has been leveled and lingering stereotypes are gone, you can’t even ask the question.

Q: I will anyway. There are many obvious biological differences between men and women. This can’t be one?

A: There are obvious differences, but until you eliminate the more obvious cause, it’s difficult to get at the question scientifically. Look at law, medicine and business. In 1970 — that’s not ancient history — law school was 5% female, med school was 8% and business school was 4%. You could have taken a look at those numbers and concluded that women don’t make good lawyers or doctors. The statistics might have supported you. But today, all of those fields are about 50-50.

Sally Ride (the first American woman in space) giving awesome answers to insipid questions in this interview.  (via itsawomansworld2)