How Removing the Chat Function Makes an Online Game Amazing
seasonal fashion according to me
god i hate summer
The other day, I was asked “Did you *seriously* just say ‘I miss winter’?”
"It’s very nice that many of these young idealistic aristocrats want to do good deeds. But this is really nothing more than good old fashioned noblesse oblige which basically leaves the betterment of man to the whims of rich people. One of the big improvements democracy was supposed to bring was that the people themselves decided how to organize society rather than depending on the kindness of aristocrats. Even great philanthropists of the gilded age like Andrew Carnegie believed in a huge confiscatory tax of great estates in order that the government of the people might make the decisions rather than the heirs of great fortunes."
The most important skill necessary for success in our “meritocracy”? Brown-nosing the new aristocrats. by digby
Behaviour hasn’t changed for over 100 years - and won’t be changing anytime soon. Here’s my baseline: We can’t very well expect bicycle users to adhere to a traffic culture and traffic rules engineered to serve the automobile, now can we? It is like expecting badminton players to use the rules of squash.
Every single moment of every single day, the citizens of our cities are communicating with us. They are sending messages about the urban space they inhabit and it is of utmost importance that we listen to every communication. Unfortunately, planning and engineering are often too self-absorbed and arrogant to answer the calls of the citizens.
Desire Lines are democracy in action and democracy in motion. They are, however, more than merely the mobility patterns of our citizens. They are the physical manifestation of much of the communication from our tireless army of urban cartographers. I find them to be quite beautiful. Not to mention incredibly useful, especially in bicycle planning and even in a city like Copenhagen.
Also, “desire paths” is one of my favorite phrases.
"But while we’re at it, here’s my own critique: It’s a little crass to push out book after book fawning over the success secrets of the world’s rich and powerful when so many Americans are living on the unfortunate end of extreme income inequality (and not because they don’t raise their hands enough in board meetings). Post-financial crisis, it’s not particularly progressive to write books idolizing America’s richest men, and encouraging the rest of us to tug on our bootstraps to be more like them. But just inject a bit of feminism into the discussion, and it’s suddenly socially acceptable to distract from our fundamentally unfair economic system by focusing on gender equality at the very, very top."
Best of #ReplaceBikeWithCar (with tweets) · zshahan3
More for my Completely Humorless Tumblr
A Social Media Story storified by Zachary Shahan
: Avid car rider was the one I liked, cause I hate it when I’m described that way. It’s my preferred mode of transportation for many situations which is a rather different statement.
Rape is traditionally considered a “women’s issue,” but really it’s more of a men’s issue. Men commit nearly all rapes, even rapes of other men and boys. The phrase “rape culture” that feminists kick around describes, above all else, the way that sexual predators move about freely because other men don’t stand up to them (or, in some cases, actively support them, as we see in the newest reports about the latest charges against Jameis Winston’s teammates). Women can oppose rape until we’re blue in the face, but as long as rapists can look at other men and see indifference or active support, they’re going to remain emboldened.
A Movie About Steubenville From a Male Perspective Is a Great Idea
By Amanda Marcotte
This rather articulately presents an argument I’ve had in draft form for about a year. Nice when someone else works out the argument for you!
"Looking at the above chart, it’s remarkable to see that films that had at least two women in them got higher budgets than films that didn’t, but only when those women never spoke to one another. Think about the kind of movie where there are multiple women but they don’t talk to each other. These women are often playing the wives of leading men, damsels in distress or side characters used to help explain the action."
"I wish biographers would begin placing as much emphasis on the morality of artists like Burroughs’ actions toward the people in their lives, and the place of those actions within our all too hidden culture of patriarchal violence, as they do extolling the aesthetics of their creations."