Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth. You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them. — Bill Watterson (via mikekarnell)
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As many of you know, our friend Rosa Sparks is having a real shit time of it lately. The most recent in a long string of personal upheavals is that the house where she and her daughter live was just robbed, and many of their personal belongings were taken. Rosa is about to start her dream job,…
LOL @ MRA: Why Do Men Keep Putting Me in the Girlfriend-Zone? -
You know how it is, right, ladies? You know a guy for a while. You hang out with him. You do fun things with him—play video games, watch movies, go hiking, go to concerts. You invite him to your parties. You listen to his problems. You do all this because you think he…
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Wait, so the character that Benedict Cumbersnatch plays in Star Trek is supposed to be of North Indian ancestry and was originally played by a Mexican actor? Just when I think I could not hate J.J. Abrams anymore than I already do.
Is this true Star Trek fans? Because if so, what the fuck, Abrams? I was willing to forgive the last movie being composed of 92% lens flare because it was otherwise a well put together action flick, but come on, man.
Yeah, Ricardo Montalban is the original actor and John Cho (New Sulu) mentions it in an interview.
11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox -
Most people take it for granted that we have yet to make contact with an extraterrestrial civilization. Trouble is, the numbers donât add up. Our Galaxy is so old that every corner of it should have been visited many, many times over by now. No theory to date has satisfactorily explained away this Great Silence, so itâs time to think outside the box. Here are eleven of the weirdest solutions to the Fermi Paradox.
Robert Reich: Global Capital and the Nation State -
As global capital becomes ever more powerful, giant corporations are holding governments and citizens up for ransom — eliciting subsidies and tax breaks from countries concerned about their nation’s “competitiveness” — while sheltering their profits in the lowest-tax jurisdictions they can find….
A gorgeous view down river from above the Grotto in Zion National Park.
Photo: Tom Morris
Jen, Lets go to there.
Previously on Arrested Development | NPR’s guide to the running gags from the show
This is dedication.
Star Trek Into Darkness: Too many dicks on the Enterprise. -
Into Darkness shows more racial diversity among cameos from alien species than it does among human characters in main speaking roles. Worse still, iconic Star Trekvillain Khan Noonien Singh was recast as Benedict Cumberbatch, possibly the whitest man on the planet.
In Khan’s original role, he was super-intelligent, super-strong, the head of a genetically engineered master race—and brown. In other words, the opposite of the usual racial stereotypes one saw in mid-20th century “foreign” or “exotic” villains. Whitewashing Khan into being an posh-sounding Englishman reinforces the message sent out by Kirk, Spock, and the morally ambiguous Admiral Marcus: Good or evil, everyone in power is a white male. Suddenly, the awkwardness surrounding one of John Cho’s publicity interviews makes sense. “Who is your favourite villain?” he is asked. “Ricardo Montalban,” he answers. “He was badass. And a man of color, I might add.” Nervous laughter. Next question, please.
Representation matters. Star Trek is proof of that. Kirk and Uhura famously shared US TV’s first interracial kiss, and Uhura went on to inspire the first black female astronaut to go into space. When Nichelle Nichols was thinking of quitting the show, Martin Luther King, Jr. felt that her position as a role model was so important that he personally asked her to reconsider staying on. [READ MORE]
When Abrams said he didn’t like the philosophy of Star Trek, this is basically the end result and what he meant: he was only ever comfortable with making things nice for straight white males, nobody else.
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