Monday, October 3, 2011


I've been doing a lot of reading lately looking for inspiration. Man there's a lot of interesting stuff out there to read. There's no end in sight and here's a small sample.


1. Johann Hari: A personal apology
In my work, I’ve spent a lot of time dragging other people’s flaws into the light. I did it because I believe that every time you point out that somebody is going wrong, you give them a chance to get it right next time and so reduce the amount of wrongdoing in the world. That’s why, although it has been a really painful process and will surely continue to be for some time, I think in the end I’ll be grateful my flaws have also been dragged into the light in this way. I would like to apologise again to my readers, my colleagues and the people hurt by my actions. I know that some of you have lost faith in my work. I will do everything I can now to regain it. I hope, after a period of retraining, you will give me the chance.
2. 32 Pictures Of Police Brutality From Occupy Wall Street Protests

Not all of these pictures actually depict police brutality, but I think it's a good collection none the less. You can also find a good roundup of articles about the protest here.

3. The Top 11 Hot Poser Nerds of All Time
That’s right, through some bizarre twist of fate, it’s now become cool for fashionable, good-looking, popular – in other words totally un-nerdy – people to boast that they are and always have been, underneath it all, really just big stinking nerds. Geeks, spazzes, dorks, whatever. It’s now hip for winners to call themselves losers.
4. Atheism has a sexism problem

5. Jon Hamm Talks About Rape And The Lack Of Positive Male Role Models
Hamm made the point to emphasize the importance of the Rape Treatment Center's educational outreach, especially for boys and young men. "It is an important thing to instill in a younger generation about the impact of rape, the lasting impact of rape," he said, adding, "Children from grade school to high school to college are incredibly susceptible and incredibly malleable, as we all know. To get them early, to teach them about the facts and figures and other realities of rape is key. It is an important issue to me as not only a man, but as an educator, as a human being and as a person on this planet."

6. How David Bradley and Justin Smith made The Atlantic relevant, webby and profitable:
Pivotal to the turnaround was Smith’s decision to lure Jay Lauf from a plum job as publisher of Condé Nast’s Wired. Lauf told salespeople it didn’t matter how much they sold in print or online dollars, as long as they met an overall revenue target. Digital advertising went from contributing 9 percent of ad revenue to a projected 45 percent this year. Print ad revenue, meanwhile, grew 24 percent in 2010 and is projected to be up 7 to 10 percent this year. Lauf said while his salespeople lured digital-focused advertisers by emphasizing digital properties, clients still wanted print. “A lot of the conventional wisdom was, you’re going to take your eye off print and you’re going to trade dollars for dimes,” he said. “It hasn’t cannibalized the print; it’s actually bolstered the print.”
7. Professor Feminism and the Deleted Comments of Doom:
That’s the real problem behind Mansplaining, and all the rest of it: We live in a culture where men are taught that, if they want women’s time and attention, they are entitled to it. They simply cannot grasp that a woman has the right to say “no.” You bitch, I have a Rolls Royce or you coward, I have more blog traffic than you: Whatever it is, it’s a guy insisting that he’s entitled to a form of attention a woman doesn’t want to give him, and lashing out at the woman for not giving it. From hence springs Mansplaining, sexual harassment, rape culture, and everything else we don’t like about how men treat women, from the tiniest violation to the most violent. All of it, ALL of it, springs from the idea that women should be ignored or punished when we say “no.” Which is the idea Professor Feminism is reinforcing with his actions, as we speak.
I actually don't agree with Doyle's original assessment of George RR Martin (it was actually kind of dismissive and lazy), but I do like this post about those annoying commenters who can never let things go.


The Ideal Candidate:

Snooki Takes Anderson Cooper Spray Tanning:

Can we just bask in the awesomeness that is the silver fox for a moment?

Harry Potter cast sing"Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus:

An Open Letter to Larry the Cable Guy:

Part two is here.

Random Quotes:

“Republicans claim to be deeply worried by budget deficits. Indeed, Mr. Ryan has called the deficit an ‘existential threat’ to America. Yet they are insisting that the wealthy — who presumably have as much of a stake as everyone else in the nation’s future — should not be called upon to play any role in warding off that existential threat. Well, that amounts to a demand that a small number of very lucky people be exempted from the social contract that applies to everyone else. And that, in case you’re wondering, is what real class warfare looks like.”
                                                     —Paul Krugman
“American culture offers young Americans the “choices” of fundamentalist religion and fundamentalist consumerism. All varieties of fundamentalism narrow one’s focus and inhibit critical thinking. While some progressives are fond of calling fundamentalist religion the “opiate of the masses,” they too often neglect the pacifying nature of America’s other major fundamentalism. Fundamentalist consumerism pacifies young Americans in a variety of ways. Fundamentalist consumerism destroys self-reliance, creating people who feel completely dependent on others and who are thus more likely to turn over decision-making power to authorities, the precise mind-set that the ruling elite loves to see. A fundamentalist consumer culture legitimizes advertising, propaganda, and all kinds of manipulations, including lies; and when a society gives legitimacy to lies and manipulativeness, it destroys the capacity of people to trust one another and form democratic movements. Fundamentalist consumerism also promotes self-absorption, which makes it difficult for the solidarity necessary for democratic movements.”
                                                       —Bruce Levine

ETA: Just wanted to add that I got the Sady Doyle link from Britni. Totally forgot to mention it!

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