sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.
Okay, so the post is gaining notes and…
ok this draws the line, stop it now
So, slightly off topic from the post, but notice how it says “non-GMO varified.” That’s a lovely marketing tactic by this fun little organic food trend to essentially rack up prices for the lulz. In the united states, the only GMO (or, more accurately, transgenic, which is generally what we are talking about when we say GMO, because transgenic is much more specific and the thing that’s actually being debated, because *newsflash* cross breeding seeds is also genetic modifcation and we’ve been doing that since we started to figure agriculture out). If your product doesn’t have corn, papaya *from Hawaii*, squash, cotton, canola, or soybeans in it, it isn’t a transgenic food if you bought it from a store in the US. There’s no such thing as a transgenic strawberry or tomato at the store. Nor is there a transgenic chic pea. Companies are taking full advantage of our complete ignorance as to how and where our food was produced and the scare that GMO’s are bad news bears for the sake of *you guessed it* profit. Definitely side-eye items that are expensive and have labels like “GMO free” and “certified organic.” It’ll take a tiny bit of research, but you can save yourself a lotta bit of money by keeping an eye on these sorts of things.
i feel like once you were emo in middle school youre low key emo for the rest of your life, like you could be 20 in the middle of college wearing uggs or whatever but once you hear the first key to the black parade/i write sins/sugar we’re going down you sprout an imaginary fringe and start yelling your lungs out like its 2007 all over again
Here’s a picture of cops watching the Mike Brown memorial burn.
Put this everywhere. Show everyone. The protest pictures capture the determination and strength of the people they abuse.
Even if they’re not literally punching a protestor here… THIS picture captures them.
As it’s been harder to spend time with the birds since we got him, I let Bertie follow me out into the sunroom today, where we keep the birds. I’ve seen parrot owners with dogs have great luck with co-existence (as long as the birds stay caged of course!) and while dog saliva isn’t -great- for birds it isn’t killer-toxicity levels like cat saliva is (we do not allow the cat into the sunroom. period). Plus, greyhounds generally do not have a strong prey drive re:birds.
My goal — eventually — is to be able to go out into the sunroom and work on the computer or read while the birds are caged with the dog just hanging out.
At first it went over as expected. ‘Tiels were spooked slightly. Dog walked over the cage to smell them, not with any predatory body language, just mild curiosity about the smell. When he got close one of the birds gave a tiny frightened flutter and Bertie jumped about 3 feet and then went and hid behind the dining table we have in there.
The ‘tiels calmed down so fast. Like. Measured in seconds fast. They watched the dog, and pressed their feathers down, but they did not do skinny necks, had their crests lowered, and didn’t hunker on the far side of the cage. The dog sniffed around behind the table but refused to come out even as we kept coaxing him.
Then Ozzy started to whistle - I’m p. sure it was a territorial thing because I’ve seen ‘tiels do this before when something makes them feel threatened BUT they’re also pretty sure it’s not going to try and eat them (eg. the vacuum cleaner). Bertie started to whine and pace nervously in reaction to the whistling but he wouldn’t come out from behind the table. Like. He’d stop whining when the whistling paused. We got worried that Bertie was gonna fear pee so we took him out of the room at that point.
So now we have a dog who is scared of 6 inch tall birds, 6 inch tall birds that know this and from my experience with them I can conjecture that the ‘tiels will 100% press that to their advantage. I’m not entirely sure what to do about this other than gradual exposure with treats for everyone involved.
(For the record, our sunroom has a door that’s kept closed, or cracked-but-held-in-place-by-heavy-objects depending on air circulation needs. It’s not as well insulated as the rest of the house so when the temp starts going down we have to crack it to ensure it stays warm for birdie (it does have air vents and stuff so hot air will get piped in). But, the cat and dog cannot go out there without a human intervening so any bird-mammal introductions will be done 100% supervised and with the birds caged and the cat is NOT GOING OUT THERE.)
So I’m bakin’ myself a cake and I ate some of the batter that got on my hand. Had an ALLERGIC REACTION!!! Wow!! My throat swelled up, it hurts to swallow and the whole tract itches like mad. It’s just generic white cake mix w/veggie oil and raw egg (ps don’t give me that salmonella talk I’m an adult I can do whatever the fuck I want) and I have never had an allergic reaction to food before. My brother developed an egg allergy as a pre-teen and it’s been awhile since I had anything with straight eggyness….
If my chicken raising ass is allergic to straight up eggs I’m gonna feel like such a jackass
Oh geeeze. As someone who developed adult onset food allergies to common foods* I am so sorry you are undergoing that suck and I wish you much benadryl and zyrtec generic brands.
*Celery and black pepper. I am basically on zyrtec for life because of the black pepper which gets snuck into food on the regular. I just get hives from the black pepper if I don’t take allergy meds. Celery is way more dangerous for me and people in the us -do not label adequately for it-. :|
I admit, for many years I was one of those fans who didn’t watch Enterprise and dismissed it as being bad and ridiculous. Now that I’m watching it though, I have to say — I kind of love it. Like really massively love it. So why did I never watch it before? Here is a list of reasons most people haven’t watched it.
1) Other people said it was bad. This is probably the main reason why most people don’t watch it. If everyone says it’s bad they must be right so why bother watching it? The problem with this is that the first several episodes of Enterprise are bad, but after that it gets better. It grows on you. After a while you roll your eyes and laugh at the bad episodes but you still enjoy them. So yeah, all those people who watched the first couple episodes and said it was bad? They’re right, the part they watched was bad. That doesn’t mean the whole series is. It’s better than the last few seasons of Voyager were.
2) I can’t watch Scott Bakula as Captain because of Quantum Leap. This was a really tough one for me and I still struggle with it. Quantum Leap was one of those shows where I was so invested in the character that I can’t comprehend the actor being anyone else. And he does have some of the same mannerisms, because the actor is the same guy. I find it helps to pretend Enterprise is really just one looooong episode of Quantum Leap.
3) That decon scene in the pilot — that’s not what Star Trek is about! You’re right. And yeah, Enterprise has a lot of fan service. It has a lot of objectification in the name of fan service. But let me be clear about this because I think it’s important: Enterprise objectifies the men too. All of them are in their underwear pretty regularly. Yeah, T’Pol is more objectified than most, but TNG and Voyager also each had a lady on the senior staff who wore a ridiculous catsuit for no apparent reason so it’s not like this is something new. What IS new is having the men strip down all the time too.
4) The Vulcans aren’t right. There’s a reason I joke that the alternate title of Enterprise is “Star Trek: Asshole Vulcans.” But the thing to note is that in the first few episodes, T’Pol is also an asshole Vulcan, but over the course of the show she becomes a lot more like the Vulcans we know and love (Spock, Tuvok). The other Vulcans don’t seem to be improving, which is a general valid criticism of the show. Perhaps they’re going for “Vulcans were assholes until they met Humans, then they mellowed out.” I hear that something in season 4 explains all this but I haven’t gotten there yet.
5) Archer is the worst captain. Okay, I’m not going to argue with that, I agree. Somebody has to be the worst, right? There are a lot of other characters besides the Captain though. Also, it’s important to remember that Archer is the FIRST Captain to be going into deep space. The Prime Directive, all the Starfleet guidelines, established interspecies relationships, the Federation itself — this stuff doesn’t exist. Clearly they implemented the Prime Directive BECAUSE of his experiences. Kirk has the added help of a century of Captains before him to learn from. Archer just has some asshole Vulcans.
6) They screwed up the canon timeline by setting it before TOS. I haven’t seen the whole series yet so I can’t comment on whether or not it’s screwed up, but from what I’ve seen so far they’ve been pretty careful to stay within the canon boundaries laid out earlier. The episode with the Borg was really very well-done in terms of keeping it within the timeline set up in TNG and First Contact. Yeah, there is a hole in that apparently nobody made a report of the incident that people knew about 200 years later, but I’m willing to excuse that because first off how often do you look that many years in the past to find relevant information to what you’re facing today, and second off Starfleet was in its infancy and clearly wasn’t very good about being structured and having good guidelines and processes and documentation.
I have two main problems with it.
I’m not overly fussed about canon and I’m not overly fussed by the Vulcans being assholes, because if Spock is anything to judge by, they ARE still assholes by the time of Kirk.
It’s not that they were assholes. It’s that they were the wrong kind of assholes.
And this isn’t so much about how they acted, but about how other people perceive them.
From the 23rd century onward, EVERYBODY KNOWS that Vulcans can’t lie. Now, before any nerds load their cannon canons, I’m not saying they can’t lie because of course they can and they do, taking full advantage of the fact that EVERYONE KNOWS that they “can’t”.
Enterprise — probably for no other reason than to shake up the status quo “we thought we knew — establishes that in the 22nd century, EVERYONE KNOWS that Vulcans lie all the time.
And I can’t reconcile that. I know that stereotypes change. I know they can change in a human’s lifetime. But a lot of species live longer than humans do, and we’re talking about a shift in perceptions not across one culture but every culture. Everybody who knows the Vulcans in Enterprise thinks of them as duplicitous liars. Everybody who knows them a century later thinks the exact opposite. Everybody.
My other problem is the weird way they zig-zagged between THIS ISN’T THE TREK YOU THINK YOU NOW (leaving “Star Trek” off the title, not having a symphonic theme, Vulcans are lying liars who tell lies) and trying to pander to fans and failing (LOOK! BORG! LOOK! HOLODECKS! YOU WATCH THE STAR TREK FOR BORGS AND HOLODECKS, RIGHT? Also, all of Archer’s speeches that took the form of bizarrely specific foreshadowing like his “Maybe if we had some sort of… directive… that was primary… to tell us if we should interfere with other cultures or not, I’d know what to do now!” spiel in the episode about the planet where evolution was causing a sapient species to go extinct as another achieved prominence fall into this category). It was just really bizarre and whiplashy.
Actually, I take that back. There are three problems I have, and the third problem was also about pandering. Naming the original Big Bad Alien Race after the “exotic and mysterious sounding” Taliban was a terrible decision on every conceivable level.
My husband, who has seen all of Enterprise, comments that the last season or so wasn’t that bad. However you to get to that you have to get through what he calls “Space 9/11” with an agonized look in his eyes. The impression that I’ve gotten is that Enterprise did a lot of Space-Version-Of-A-Modern-Issue and they did it painfully blatantly and painfully clumsily. Like, with previous series modern issues had been approached in terms of broad themes, but Enterprise sounds like it wanted to do the Call-A-Rabbit-A-Smeerp trick with specific events and specific timely problems (Eg. AIDS).
I have 0 wishes to sit through eye-rollingly ham-fisted Space-AIDS and Space 9/11 analogies drawn out in an unintentional parody of intelligent drama. That’s why I’ve been avoiding the series. It seems like for a while it was trying to out-Star Trek previous series by going to weird extremes. thus creating a show that is totally off course from the thoughtful humanist elements and bright vision for the future that the previous series (particularly, TOS, TNG, and to an extent DS9) had portrayed.
Adventures in eating around Ziggy, my cat:
I am making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a croissant. The cat paws at the counter desperately wanting PEOPLE FOOD.
I tell him “Cat, you don’t want any of this. You are an obligate carnivore.”
More pawing. I sigh and put a glob of peanut butter on my finger and offer it to him. He sniffs it and paws at my hand, but ultimately rejects the peanut butter. Because. Duh. He doesn’t want PB&J.
I sit down on the couch to eat my food. Ziggy climbs on top of me and keeps trying to touch my sandwich with his paws. I hunker over my food defensively while he stares at it intently. As soon as I can I set my plate to the side to focus on sandwich protection. He dives for the plate and licks up the two tiny fragments of croissant bread.
He first tries to eat it and the spits it out… then decides to eat it. It was two tiny, tiny pieces. What does he want with bread? Why did my husband teach him to eat people food? When will I be able to eat where I want in my own home without having to hunker over my food to keep cat paws off of it? IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.
(For the record, the dog, Bertie, approached to sniff my food, I told him ‘no’ gently and then pointed at his bed and he sighed and went and laid down and just watched me eat with great big doggie eyes.)
Some people take taxidermy to an entirely new level of creepy…
WHAT THE HELL ARE THOSE
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCKKKK
Oh god, it’s Assquatch.
Um. That’s the technical name. That’s a taxidermied white-tailed deer butt, flipped over so the tail makes the beard. There are people who work very hard to shave and shape the hair to make a nose.
The mouth is…well, it’s exactly what you think it probably is. Putting teeth in them and making it look like lips is the true test of the assquatch artist.
I wish like hell I was making this up, but I’m not.
There is one in Return of the Jedi. I was watching it with my husband a while back and there’s a trap bated with one that I think Chewie gets into. But I saw it and I was like WAS THAT AN ASSQUATCH? And then it totally was.
me 11:59 September 30th
me 12:00 October 1st
it’s not even october and 90% of tumblr is like the second gif
I’ve never seen tumblr on Halloween or Christmas… Is it bad?