The new Facebook wall is a bookshelf

A House to Look Smart In
The most interesting part of this article is the lack of an ironic and mocking tone. If I wrote that article it would read “look at these status-obsessed weirdos who buy books by the foot that they’ll never read.” And most other articles about the books-by-the-foot industry do exactly that.
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Is Merida gay?


The Atlantic discusses:

[Merida]  goes to extreme lengths to avoid having to marry one of the three noblemen that her parents have chosen for her… watching Brave’s tomboyish heroine shoot arrows, fight like one of the boys, and squirm when her mother puts her in girly clothes, a thought might pop into the head

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Brave– the feminist Hunger Games?


Plot: little princess Merida doesn’t want to marry any of the suitors, she wants to ride horses, shoot arrows, be free.  Mom sternly disapproves.  “Sit up straight.”  An evil bear tries to kill everyone.
Brave appeared to be the feminist Hunger Games– this would be a movie about a girl with a bow that was&#133 Read the rest

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Sex, Fries, and Status Posts

Google “Food Sex Facebook“, and it starts getting scientific around hit #5. Everybody’s hot and bothered by a study that tried to check how much undergraduates like to talk about themselves. Result? “…humans so willingly self-disclose because doing so represents an event with intrinsic value, in the same way as with primary rewards such as food&#133 Read the rest

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Morality, or when to do absolutely nothing

Morality, or when to do absolutely nothing

People like to point out that bullying is not about the victim, it’s about the bully. That’s mostly true. The bullying was about Karen Klein to the extent she was picked as the target (for a reason). The rest of it, though, was on the kids.
Likewise, our response to the kids is not about the kids, it’s about&#133 Read the rest

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We Choose to Be Lonely

We Choose to Be Lonely

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=58VUhZh_4Hw#!
Jeff is lonely. He “did the only logical thing” and posts a flyer about it. And that’s news.
One narrative of technology is that it bridges gaps. It connects us via skype, facebook, dating services, and message boards. By calling Jeff we can express ourselves in ways we believe we can’t in person. However, this narrative is&#133 Read the rest

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We Will Find You

We Will Find You

Greece, New York
It’s obvious what’s going on in the video. Some of you may have already seen it on Reddit, the news, etc. It has already gone viral, very unexpectedly. And of course, people want revenge, rightfully so. And in 2012, if you want revenge, all you have to do is look in the right places.
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Taliban to ban polio vaccines for their own kids unless US stops drone attacks

 
Taliban commander:

“Almost every resident of North Waziristan has become a mental patient because of the drone strikes, which are worse than polio. On one hand, the U.S. spends millions of dollars to eliminate polio, while on the other hand it kills hundreds…”

Three ways to play:
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Disney Likes Satan

Disney Likes Satan

If you get to Prometheus early, say, 40 minutes early, you get to see commercials for upcomng TV shows.
Synopsis: sexy New Yorkers argue and fornicate in a demonic apartment building run by a demonic couple.  666.  Get it?  Cue religious protesting groups.
In the trailer I saw, there was an interview with Vanessa Williams:

It’s one part Rosemary’s

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Champagne Facials Are More Erotic Than Real Facials


Nightclub photographer Kirill posts pics of women… see above.
Obviously, if it’s your daughter in a champagne vs. real facial,  you’re going to hope it’s 11% ABV not .5 BAL.  The point here isn’t which is “worse” but their erotic significance.
“They aren’t explicit.  It leaves something to the imagination.”  But what, exactly?  Her. &#133 Read the rest

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You Are Not A Beautiful Or Unique Snowflake

You Are Not A Beautiful Or Unique Snowflake

 
So a high school teacher tells the graduating class

Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and

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If you got swag in the Matrix, you’re broke here.

“Totalitarianism is not only hell, but all the dream of paradise– the age-old dream of a world where everybody would live in harmony, united by a single common will and faith, without secrets from one another. … Once the dream of paradise starts to turn into reality, however, here and there people begin to crop up who stand in&#133 Read the rest

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Don’t be a hater.

Don’t be a hater.

Seen this trailer? I can almost guarantee that anyone who likes this film has a Tolstoy novel on their shelf that they either haven’t read, or after the first 50 pages gave up when they couldn’t remember whether Karpovoloskaya was the doctor, the maid, or the corporal.
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China Tries The Baudrillard Experiment

China spends $1B to build a clone of Hallstatt, Germany, as a kind of theme park.
Which means China just got to 1990, welcome to post modernism.   The construction of a fake world orients the people to “this is fake,” which solicits its own cognitive response: therefore everything else is real.  The problem is “everything else” is&#133 Read the rest

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Memes


It’s everywhere. 4chan. Reddit. Facebook. Tumblr. You name it.
What is it that makes it so easy and fast to do? It’s such an expedient thing. You get a funny picture of a squirrel or some white-washed black guy and put some funny observation that everyone can relate with. That’s what makes memes so spreadable.&#133 Read the rest

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Why Athens Burns: Waiting For The Germans To Put It Out


I found a story in The Economist about how experiments in psychology may be flawed because of their overreliance on white college students, usually Americans; and it described an experiment repeated in different cultures, finding very different results.
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CODEBREAKING: Gay Dads in JCPenney, Just In Time For Father’s Day

This is the new Father’s Day ad for JCPenney, tag line “First Pals” and the captions read, “What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer, hug giver— all rolled up into one. Or two.”
I’ll point out that all of those except bike fixer are euphemistically homosexual/pedophilic, but I will refrain from&#133 Read the rest

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You must escape your context

It’s easy to criticize the theories and interpretations of a society long gone– not because we know more, but because our context is radically different.  Regardless of what you think you know, the “language” of our culture makes previous cultures’ understandings just sound… stupid.
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How have prescription opioids increased?

NYC hydrocodone

“America uses 99% of the Vicodin in the world.”  Yes, but the question is how.
Vicodin= hydrocodone
From 2000 to 2010:

number of prescriptions increased from 88M to 139M: 60% increase
aggregate production by weight (kg) increased from 21k to 50k: 140% increase
survey of lifetime use: 6M users to 24M

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Time’s Breastfeeding Mom Has Interesting Ideas


A reader sent me this (in reference to the post on Time’s breast feeding issue).
She’s pro-gay marriage, so I was wrong about that, but:

Okay, here is where I may lose everyone:
I think polygamy and polyandry should be legal. I have thought this for years, and people mistakenly assumed I was referring

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