In Search of the Happiness Max

librarinerd:

moc-tod-ffuts-modnar:

faisdm:

taco-bell-rey:

People list what shocked them about coming to America. Just some of the most interesting one (source)

I don’t think Americans really understand how weird their country is.

I love when lists like these come out with honest opinions that state the good and the bad. It’s so much more believable and interesting to read when it’s not “Let’s find every reason to bash America ever to exist”. Trust me, most of us already know what’s wrong with America. But seriously, the thing about the strollers or the ice cold water? I never knew that and that’s pretty cool.

Our chocolate is terrible, tho.

The patriotism thing, though. As a British girl in the states I ALSO had to pledge allegiance to the flag. And flags were everywhere. I tried to explain to an American once just how creepy and politically worrisome this is from an outside perspective. She was shocked and offended. She couldn’t comprehend that instilling unquestioning loyalty to the state in children from a very early age (including any children from other nationalities) could stilt your ability to have genuine discussions about important things. Like the way that even mentioning that practices like this seem strange from the outside is taken as shocking and offensive.

Growing up in the UK, school assemblies started with a prayer. This was common, regardless of the faith (or lack thereof, in my case) of the children involved, in state run school. I can mention and have a discussion about how I think that’s wrong in a mixed group of people without it being taken as an offensively radical thing to say. Yes, it is (or at least was) the custom, but the culture allows for disagreement and change.

Of course, I view it all from inside a British perspective, but I did spend two years in the US growing up, too. And that did affect me, but I still find things like that… strange. Worrying.

I love the country, but I don’t think I could live there unless there was a massive political shift.

ami-angelwings:

medievalpoc:

randomredux:

"Has diversity in gaming gone too far?" Yes, clearly this drop to only 98% of games having straight white men as main characters is unacceptable.

Reblogging because this isn’t an exaggerated number. That is actually not too far from game characters overall, not just protagonists and main characters…this, despite the fact that Black and Latin@ gamers spend more time and money consuming video games.

As I said earlier, the problem is that game developers are overwhelmingly white, nondisabled, heterosexual men. I’m really not kidding:

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I think it’s kind of fitting that the privileged group that dominates the industry and sucks at representing other groups in games is illustrated by a giant Pac-Man eating everybody else up.

fuckyeahtatennant:

A member of the audience mentioned that David Tennant had been in a Big Finish audio drama before he became the Doctor and asked whether Tennant and Tate would consider doing a Big Finish story together. 

Catherine Tate had no idea what Big Finish was and joked that it sounded like it was to do with jazz hands; or perhaps even something that was advertised on cards in phone boxes that you have to pay extra for. 

It was explained to her that they were like radio plays and she asked, “Like a book?” and David Tennant replied, “No, like a radio play!” She said she would be up for it and David Tennant said “I will if she will”…!

Source: Paul Dykes, Flickr

I love them.

ilunaker:

trodtonevernever:

Iain Glen is one hot piece of ass

Yes, he is.

Mmmmmmmmmm.

ilunaker:

trodtonevernever:

Iain Glen is one hot piece of ass

Yes, he is.

Mmmmmmmmmm.

ami-angelwings:

puke-ahontas:

justanotherteenpretender:

Social anxiety put in pictures

sorry everyone who’s ever spoken to me.

This is me.  And it just snowballs, and the more I worry the more I find to worry, the more real it seems, until I’m absolutely convinced that it’s true.  It is like a conspiracy theory type of thing where it just makes SO MUCH SENSE to me that it feels like reality in my head. :\  In brief bursts I’m able to counter it and say “no, no, if you look at the facts actually they did enjoy your company” but then the counterpoint just takes over again because it’s just too scary if it’s true, and it’s like “but what if you look at the facts THIS way, this clearly shows they don’t like you, and here’s a very plausible scenario of how they are when your back is turned” and then my stomach explodes from anxiety.

YES. Me also.

Tumblr Code.

geekishchic:

If I ever see any of you in public, the code is “I like your shoelaces”

that way we know we’re from tumblr without revealing anything

I’m just going to say this to strangers until i find a tumblr person

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must keep reblogering!! Im going to be so suspicious if any one tells me this now!

Remember the answer is: I stole them from the president.

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always reblog tumblr identification

I will try and remember this.

Hugo awards

nickjbarlow:

First, congratulations to rhube who joins a very small group of people in the category of ‘people I follow on social media who’ve been nominated for a Hugo’. And Speculative Fiction 2012 is a good read, which I’m steadily working through at the moment.

But the main thing I wanted to comment on was the Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) nominations where people appear to expecting another battle between the various forms of Doctor Who that are nominated and Game Of Thrones, but have missed the other nominee in the list. If I have a vote in this - and I haven’t decided if I’m going to go to Loncon or not yet - it’ll go to Orphan Black's 'Variations Under Domestication'.

Orphan Black was one of the best TV series of 2013 and for me it’s impact was all the bigger because it came out of nowhere. From the outside, it looks like a lot of other similar SF-esque shows. It’s filmed in Canada (though for once, actually set there too) on a relatively small budget and has plucked ‘cloning’ from the Big Tub Of SF Issues To Base A Series On. What it has, though, is a couple of things that many other series don’t have: writers who’ve created some fascinating characters to tell their story, and Tatiana Maslany to play those characters.

'Variations Under Domestication' is a great example of this, and while it's not necessarily the 'best' episode of the series, it shows what Orphan Black as a series and Tatiana Maslany as an actress can do very well and unlike any other series currently on the air. It takes a pretty dark central story - a woman determined to find the truth when she thinks the person she trusts most of all is betraying her - and then puts that plot into the middle of a farce as a number of plots all find themselves crashing through a suburban gathering. And at the heart of it, Maslany’s delivering three different performances - Sarah, Alison and Sarah-pretending-to-be-Alison - that are distinctive, believable and tie the whole episode together. It’s all unlike anything else on TV, and fantastically entertaining.

At the beginning of the series you’re aware that it’s one actress playing multiple roles, but by the end of it, it’s easy to forget that, so distinctive are they and so well directed and produced in the series that they appear to be interacting without any apparent special effects. There’s one episode where a character’s missing for an episode, and the excuse given made it feel a bit like ‘the actor wasn’t available, quickly rewrite it’ which I was thinking for a moment, until I realised that excuse was being given to a character played by the same actor. All of the clones have been created as distinct characters, not cyphers, and Maslany plays each one differently. It’s a remarkable acting performance, and deserves a much wider audience.

And finally, it’s an important series because it’s centred around giving agency and power in the story to the female characters. I’m wondering, actually, if it fails a reverse-Bechdel test. Sure, it’s got male characters, and they do sometimes talk to each other, but are there any conversations between them that aren’t about a woman? I’m not sure there are that many, if any, in the series and it’s a very interesting change from the usual pattern for TV.

So go watch Orphan Black before everyone else gets there first.

I haven’t seen Orphan Black yet - I saw things about it for ages, and everyone agreed it was very good LONG before anyone mentioned it was about cloning, which I find interesting. ‘Ophan Black’ sounds like a dramedy about people trying to raise an orphan that lands in their laps for some hilarious or serious reason. So I hadn’t bothered with it.

But just recently a few in the feed have started raving about it and actually saying what it’s about. And I’m definitely going to check it out.

I would say that the very idea of a reverse-Bechdel test is missing the whole point of the Bechdel test - one show where one gender is under-represented isn’t a problem unless there is a *systematic* problem with many shows doing this. The fact that Waiting for Godot doesn’t pass the Bechdel test only matters because it could just as easily have been about two women representing the tedium and existential uncertainty of life (but, as it happens, it was never going to be, because we talk about the ‘everyman’ and not about the ‘everywoman’). We need some shows that show that do the reverse to balance that out. I don’t think that Nick was meaning to protest the lack of male inclusion, I’m just highlighting that it’s important not to allow phrases like ‘reverse-Bechdel’ into our casual vocabulary.

Anyway, that’s an aside. I will be trying Orphan black.

And thanks for the congrats! I’m only a small part of the work nominated, but it has pleased me :D

nbchannibal:

A starling? Quiet sheep?

*skeptically glares at Bryan Fuller*

maybeiwantthetrouble:

requested by clumsycapitolunicorn [x]

Perfection.

(via Hugo nomination baby!)

You know that article about Margaret Cavendish I mentioned earlier? The one I wrote about her writing the first science fiction novel? And that it got published in Speculative Fiction 2012?

Well, SpecFic 2012 has been nominated for the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Related Work.

:D :D :D

I AM SO EXCITE.

Thanks to anyone who was lovely enough to nominate us. I can’t really say it’s my nomination, but I am super stoked to have my writing published in a book that has been nominated. Like, there is a lonely little geek girl inside me who is FLIPPING OUT.

It doesn’t even have to win, I’m stoked enough that it got nominated.

(via Hugo nomination baby!)

You know that article about Margaret Cavendish I mentioned earlier? The one I wrote about her writing the first science fiction novel? And that it got published in Speculative Fiction 2012?

Well, SpecFic 2012 has been nominated for the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Related Work.

:D :D :D

I AM SO EXCITE.

Thanks to anyone who was lovely enough to nominate us. I can’t really say it’s my nomination, but I am super stoked to have my writing published in a book that has been nominated. Like, there is a lonely little geek girl inside me who is FLIPPING OUT.

It doesn’t even have to win, I’m stoked enough that it got nominated.