Umm....

The world is pretty cool, most of the time...

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experimentsinmotion:

Tele-Present Water Simulates a Spot in the Pacific from Halfway Around the World

Artist David Bowen is known for his kinetic sculptures that are driven by real-world data from natural phenomenon. For his work “Tele-Present Water,” first exhibited at the National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland, Bowen pulled real-time wave intensity and frequency data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) buoy station 46246 (49°59’7″ N 145°5’20″ W) located in the remote Shumagin Islands of Alaska. This information was scaled and transferred to a mechanical grid structure, resulting in an uncanny live simulation of the movement of water from halfway around the world. The piece, along with Bowen’s other works, speaks to the way technology and telecommunications can both alienate us from and unite us with the natural world. While technology has enabled us to control and model phenomena with unprecedented precision, it may also provide a means to understand the world in a more intimate, visceral way. 

(Source: designboom.com, via 99percentinvisible)

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Suddenly her mom’s silence matched Jackie’s own. “Oh, my God,” she murmured in disbelief. “Are you gay?”

"Yeah," Jackie forced herself to say.

After what felt like an eternity, her mom finally responded. “I don’t know what we could have done for God to have given us a fag as a child,” she said before hanging up.

[…]

She got a call from her older brother. “He said, ‘Mom and Dad don’t want to talk to you, but I’m supposed to tell you what’s going to happen,’” Jackie recalls. “And he’s like, ‘All your cards are going to be shut off, and Mom and Dad want you to take the car and drop it off at this specific location. Your phone’s going to last for this much longer. They don’t want you coming to the house, and you’re not to contact them. You’re not going to get any money from them. Nothing. And if you don’t return the car, they’re going to report it stolen.’ And I’m just bawling. I hung up on him because I couldn’t handle it.” Her brother was so firm, so matter-of-fact, it was as if they already weren’t family.

You should read this Rolling Stones piece on Queer kids getting kicked out by their religious parents. And remember it.  (via fandomsandfeminism)

(Source: feministbatwoman, via bitterandcurt)

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White privilege is being able to get a cop FIRED for shooting your DOG.

rafi-dangelo:

Remember when that IL cop got fired for shooting a dog who posed a deadly threat?

I forgot all about this, which is why I love the Internet.  Thank you for reminding me that Black lives are worth less than those of  white families’ pets.

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Neighbors called the police about a pit bull / shepherd mix in a yard not on a leash and upon arrival, he bared his teeth at one of the officers.  So, the officer — a 15-year veteran of the force — shot him, and the community was so outraged, the officer lost his job.

It took Ferguson police a week to even release the name of Michael Brown’s shooter.

I want you to lay these stories out side by side for your Racist White Apologist Friends.

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This is so important

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thefluffingtonpost:

Cat Spends Hours Stalking Toy Mouse
Damocles the cat was concerned when he came downstairs to his favorite chair in the living room (he likes to sit under it, not on it) and noticed an intruder in his kingdom. There, in the middle of the room, was a small, grey mouse. That infraction would not stand.
According to eye witnesses, Damocles spent the next three days strategizing and laying the foundation for an attack. The mouse stood its ground. 
And 0700 local time, the cat launched his offensive. The battle lasted just four seconds and it was only then that Damocles realized the truth about his foe: the mouse was made of crocheted yarn.
"I’m not going to lie: he was a little bummed at first," said spokesperson Trey Winterstone. "But the important thing is that the living room is safe again. We can’t lose sight of that."
Via kait_katbar. 

thefluffingtonpost:

Cat Spends Hours Stalking Toy Mouse

Damocles the cat was concerned when he came downstairs to his favorite chair in the living room (he likes to sit under it, not on it) and noticed an intruder in his kingdom. There, in the middle of the room, was a small, grey mouse. That infraction would not stand.

According to eye witnesses, Damocles spent the next three days strategizing and laying the foundation for an attack. The mouse stood its ground. 

And 0700 local time, the cat launched his offensive. The battle lasted just four seconds and it was only then that Damocles realized the truth about his foe: the mouse was made of crocheted yarn.

"I’m not going to lie: he was a little bummed at first," said spokesperson Trey Winterstone. "But the important thing is that the living room is safe again. We can’t lose sight of that."

Via kait_katbar

Filed under omg cute

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newyorker:

David Denby on Stanley Kubrick’s satirical masterpiece “Dr. Strangelove,” which is now a half century old: http://nyr.kr/T3aLTw

“Why should a popular artist have any obligation to propose ‘sane’ solutions to an intolerable situation? Surely it’s enough to expose with overwhelming comic energy the contradictions and paradoxes of ‘mutual assured destruction.’ Sane actions are the business of scientists, the military, and Presidents, a few of whom may have been roused to act by this movie.”


Replace the word “artist” with the word “activist”

newyorker:

David Denby on Stanley Kubrick’s satirical masterpiece “Dr. Strangelove,” which is now a half century old: http://nyr.kr/T3aLTw

“Why should a popular artist have any obligation to propose ‘sane’ solutions to an intolerable situation? Surely it’s enough to expose with overwhelming comic energy the contradictions and paradoxes of ‘mutual assured destruction.’ Sane actions are the business of scientists, the military, and Presidents, a few of whom may have been roused to act by this movie.”

Replace the word “artist” with the word “activist”

(Source: newyorker.com)

Filed under you don't need a solution to criticize the status quo not that I'm really an activist but that argument is annoying as fuck