In Search of the Happiness Max

thetallblacknerd:

I loved this speech so fucking much, just agree with all of it

Yup.

Gender-neutral pronouns

ryannorth:

Gender neutral ‘hen’ enters dictionary

It’s Swedish, so it’s probably not what you may be thinking about hen’s gender, but still: awesome!  

I am a big proponent of gender-neutral pronouns in language, mainly because baking gender into the language that way is wasteful and pointless and stupid (TELL ME WHAT YOU REALLY THINK, RYAN?) (TOO LATE I JUST DID) (IF YOU WANT TO HEAR WHAT I REALLY THINK IN MORE DETAIL, CHECK OUT MY TEDX TALK ABOUT TIME TRAVEL WHICH ACTUALLY TALKS ABOUT THIS, EVEN THOUGH YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT IT TO, OR REALLY, EXPECT TO SEE A TEDX TALK ABOUT TIME TRAVEL IN THE FIRST PLACE)

For English gender-neutral pronouns, I am a big fan of “thon” (in comic form, no less) but if it doesn’t catch on, in my heart of hearts I know why.  It’s too awesome for this world.

Yessssssssss.

I really wish I liked any of the English options: zie/hir, them/their*. I actually like ‘hen’, but I don’t see it catching on because it originates somewhere else. I have an unpublished story in which a main character switches (physically) easily between sexes and doesn’t really think about gender at all. The other characters really struggle with this, because English doesn’t accomodate ungendered, agender, non-binary, or genderfluid characters, let alone a sex-fluid agender character like the Qynne. In the Qynne’s own language it simply isn’t an issue, and the Qynne has enough arrogance to simply ignore any petty struggles human English-speakers have talking to or about them.

One of the reasons I did it was to make cis/binary readers uncomfortable and to highlight the limits of the language. Within the story, the characters settle on saying ‘she’ when the Qynne appears as female, and ‘he’ when they are male. One of the first things a cis-het white man said to me one critiquing the story was ‘You can’t keep switching gender pronouns like that - it’s confusing for the reader. You should just pick one and stick to it’.

And this is the thing. In a language where there are no options, those who identify in a binary way, and who have privilege, perceive the most reasonable and sensible option to be forcing others to conform to making them comfortable. They don’t even consider that the discomfort arises from the inadequacy of the system, not the people who do not fit it. Of course I, as a writer, should start referring to the Qynne as either male or female, even though she/he actually is not female ate certain times, and actually is not male at certain times, and ignoring the fact that if I start using ‘she/her’ exclusively the reader will automatically assume that the Qynne is really female, and this is the precise point I am trying to avoid.
There really should be pronouns that can be used for just anyone, that don’t give any information as to gender or sex. Any situation in which you actually need to know my sex (and lack of gender) should be a situation where you are no longer relying on pronouns for this information, OK?

*Although I will totally say whatever pronouns you prefer once I know!

im-not-a-climbing-frame:

kristyjacobo:

Forever reblogging this.

And the fact that there’s more than one company means several people called makes it even better.

Best.

gwendabond:

questionabletastetheatre:

mainly-cirque:

mynameismakinen:

Tightwire over the water. Performance “InSitu” at the Parc Camifolia (Chemillé, FR) Cie Mesdemoiselle. 

This is awesommmmeeee

stunning

Okay, how could I resist? GORGEOUS.

If you like this, you might like Essence, by Lisa Ann O’Kane, wot that I copy-edited. LOT of tightwire walking*.

Seriously, I assumed this was the coolest fan post ever until I saw there was no mention of Essence in the comments.

*Actually slacklining, but still.

sophiamcdougall:

mzulft:

me before game of thrones:

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me after game of thrones:

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I have Daenerys hair right now and I don’t even watch the show. (I wish I’d known how to do all this crap when my hair was down to my hips…)

Game of Thrones is the primary reason I decided not to cut all my hair off after all. I FINALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY MEAN WHEN THEY SAY YOU CAN DO SUFF WITH LONG HAIR. PLAITS ARE JUST THE BEGINNING.

abandonedography:

Dead End, Keith Alexander

No, that is Patricia the Mono.

abandonedography:

Dead End, Keith Alexander

No, that is Patricia the Mono.

blorgblorgblorg:

heyhocloudy:

smashalash:


JESUS FUCKING CHRIST WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS CAT BEFORE
HER NAME IS TAMAAND SHE’S THE STATIONMASTER AT A TRAIN STATION IN JAPANSHE GREETS ALL THE PASSENGERSAND SHE HAS HER OWN OFFICEAND SHE’S PAID IN CAT FOODAND SHE IS A FUCKING EXECUTIVE OF A FUCKING RAILROAD STATION 
AND LOOK AT HER

the trains are decorated with cartoon versions of her since she’s their mascot as well


MAN YOU GOTTA TALK ABOUT THE TRAIN MORE TOO THOUGH!!
FOR ONE THERES A LITTLE LIBRARY INSIDE WITH CHILDREN’S BOOKS!!

AND TAMA THEMED COUCHES AND BACKBOARDS!!!



AND THE FRONT HAS WHISKERS!!!
TAMA IS SO POPULAR THAT TOURISM FROM TAMA BASICALLY BROUGHT THE ENTIRE TOWN BACK FROM THE BRINK AND SAVED THE RAIL LINE!!!
I MEAN CHECK THIS OUT!!

A TAMA CAFE!! AN ENTIRE TAMA GIFTSHOP!! TAMA NOTEBOOKS TAMA BAGS TAMA EARRINGS MORE TAMA STUFF I NEVER GOT PICTURES OF!! THERE IS SO MUCH TAMA !! THIS GODDAMN CAT!!

im sure ive reblogged this before but this cat makes me so happy

always reblorg traincat

This is rather lovely.I hate my brain for thinking ‘what happens when Tama dies?’

blorgblorgblorg:

heyhocloudy:

smashalash:

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS CAT BEFORE

HER NAME IS TAMA
AND SHE’S THE STATIONMASTER AT A TRAIN STATION IN JAPAN
SHE GREETS ALL THE PASSENGERS
AND SHE HAS HER OWN OFFICE
AND SHE’S PAID IN CAT FOOD
AND SHE IS A FUCKING EXECUTIVE OF A FUCKING RAILROAD STATION 

AND LOOK AT HER

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the trains are decorated with cartoon versions of her since she’s their mascot as well

image

MAN YOU GOTTA TALK ABOUT THE TRAIN MORE TOO THOUGH!!

FOR ONE THERES A LITTLE LIBRARY INSIDE WITH CHILDREN’S BOOKS!!

AND TAMA THEMED COUCHES AND BACKBOARDS!!!

AND THE FRONT HAS WHISKERS!!!

TAMA IS SO POPULAR THAT TOURISM FROM TAMA BASICALLY BROUGHT THE ENTIRE TOWN BACK FROM THE BRINK AND SAVED THE RAIL LINE!!!

I MEAN CHECK THIS OUT!!

A TAMA CAFE!! AN ENTIRE TAMA GIFTSHOP!! TAMA NOTEBOOKS TAMA BAGS TAMA EARRINGS MORE TAMA STUFF I NEVER GOT PICTURES OF!! THERE IS SO MUCH TAMA !! THIS GODDAMN CAT!!

im sure ive reblogged this before but this cat makes me so happy

always reblorg traincat

This is rather lovely.

I hate my brain for thinking ‘what happens when Tama dies?’

edwardspoonhands:

downto142:

frettedtoflame:

renrevenge:



I’M FUCKING SCREAMING OMGGGGGG THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE 90S TO ROMANTICIZED BY NON-90S KIDS FUCK

I feel like a legend.

Check out the list of the year-end Top 10 of 1994. ACE OF BASE IS ON IT THREE TIMES!
1”The Sign" Ace of Base
2”I Swear" All-4-One
3”I’ll Make Love to You" Boyz II Men
4”The Power of Love" Céline Dion
5”Hero" Mariah Carey
6”Stay (I Missed You)" Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
7”Breathe Again" Toni Braxton
8”All for Love" Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
9”All That She Wants" Ace of Base
10”Don’t Turn Around" Ace of Base
This was the year, btw, that Dookie came out, the biggest punk album of the 90s. Longview, the first single of Dookie, peaked at #36 on the Hot 100. THIRTY SIX! 
Oh god there was so much bad music in the 90s. So much…at least the bad music these days is fun to dance to. Look at this list…it was like the highest form of popular entertainment was closing your eyes and FEELING THE FEELS.

Screw you - I have the Ace of Base album those are on and I STILL LISTEN TO IT.
Also, your point is self-defeating. I LIKE feeling the feels to music, thank you very much, but Ace of Base? That is not. Ace of Base IS for dancing to - have you ever even listened to that music? Strong beats, up beat lyrics - it’s exactly the kind of thing you say you like about current bad music. Oh yeah, and it’s not BAD.

edwardspoonhands:

downto142:

frettedtoflame:

renrevenge:

I’M FUCKING SCREAMING OMGGGGGG THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE 90S TO ROMANTICIZED BY NON-90S KIDS FUCK

I feel like a legend.

Check out the list of the year-end Top 10 of 1994. ACE OF BASE IS ON IT THREE TIMES!

1”The SignAce of Base

2”I SwearAll-4-One

3”I’ll Make Love to YouBoyz II Men

4”The Power of LoveCéline Dion

5”HeroMariah Carey

6”Stay (I Missed You)Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories

7”Breathe AgainToni Braxton

8”All for LoveBryan AdamsRod Stewart and Sting

9”All That She WantsAce of Base

10”Don’t Turn AroundAce of Base

This was the year, btw, that Dookie came out, the biggest punk album of the 90s. Longview, the first single of Dookie, peaked at #36 on the Hot 100. THIRTY SIX! 

Oh god there was so much bad music in the 90s. So much…at least the bad music these days is fun to dance to. Look at this list…it was like the highest form of popular entertainment was closing your eyes and FEELING THE FEELS.

Screw you - I have the Ace of Base album those are on and I STILL LISTEN TO IT.

Also, your point is self-defeating. I LIKE feeling the feels to music, thank you very much, but Ace of Base? That is not. Ace of Base IS for dancing to - have you ever even listened to that music? Strong beats, up beat lyrics - it’s exactly the kind of thing you say you like about current bad music. Oh yeah, and it’s not BAD.

[x] Gates McFadden on the role of women in Star Trek (1993)

Love you, Gates McFadden.

awwww-cute:

My mom’s cat only had one kitten. They pretty much chill like this all day

Awwww - mummy cat must love their precious single kitty so much!

awwww-cute:

My mom’s cat only had one kitten. They pretty much chill like this all day

Awwww - mummy cat must love their precious single kitty so much!