Look Good, Do Nothing

npr:

"When Snails Lose Their Way" via Robert Krulwich

"When a snail loses purpose, the universe reels."

nprbooks:

Our always-eloquent reviewer Amal El-Mohtar has some serious issues with Jess Row’s provocative new Your Face in Mine.

Trans men and women face many problems — not least among them is the small but pernicious group of people,usually found on Tumblr, who use the rhetoric of trans experience to claim that they too are trapped in the wrong body: an able body (I have the soul of a person in a wheelchair!) or a white body (I’m black inside!). Treating gender, race, and ability as identical and equivalent categories, they blithely declare that they are “trans-abled” or “trans-ethnic,” so they too understand oppression. The appropriate response is usually an eye-roll.
To see Jess Row raise the subject of “Race Reassignment Surgery” with seriousness, and to see him use it as a fulcrum from which to examine, at exhaustive length, white liberal guilt, demands rather a different response. Never before have I read a book that marshalled such a wealth of research and intellectual inquiry to so grating a purpose: portraying the white need to appropriate black culture as an equivalent to the danger and difficulty of living with gender dysphoria.

Read the full review here.

nprbooks:

Our always-eloquent reviewer Amal El-Mohtar has some serious issues with Jess Row’s provocative new Your Face in Mine.

Trans men and women face many problems — not least among them is the small but pernicious group of people,usually found on Tumblr, who use the rhetoric of trans experience to claim that they too are trapped in the wrong body: an able body (I have the soul of a person in a wheelchair!) or a white body (I’m black inside!). Treating gender, race, and ability as identical and equivalent categories, they blithely declare that they are “trans-abled” or “trans-ethnic,” so they too understand oppression. The appropriate response is usually an eye-roll.

To see Jess Row raise the subject of “Race Reassignment Surgery” with seriousness, and to see him use it as a fulcrum from which to examine, at exhaustive length, white liberal guilt, demands rather a different response. Never before have I read a book that marshalled such a wealth of research and intellectual inquiry to so grating a purpose: portraying the white need to appropriate black culture as an equivalent to the danger and difficulty of living with gender dysphoria.

Read the full review here.

nhkholic:

Shuna no Tabi (1983) by Hayao Miyazaki.

When police say they “can’t guarantee your safety” if you don’t “move along” are they acknowledging they are the ones who will hurt you?
Joyce Carol Oates (via criminalwisdom)

willlaren:

its been a busy couple of months so I haven’t had a chance to do a comic for vice but now I’m back! check the comic out HERE!

art-of-swords:

German Rapier

  • Dated: 16th century
  • Measurements: overall length 110 cm
  • Inscriptions: on the blade + JOHANNES +

Source: Copyright © 2014 Bolk Antiques

aidosaur:

left-handed: wolf in the woods. ballpoint pen, photoshop.
My right wrist has been in bad bad shape lately, so I’m back to working with my non-dominant hand until I finish a couple rounds with doctors.  Yesterday my personal challenge was fine detail x Ivan Bilibin.

aidosaur:

left-handed: wolf in the woods. ballpoint pen, photoshop.

My right wrist has been in bad bad shape lately, so I’m back to working with my non-dominant hand until I finish a couple rounds with doctors.  Yesterday my personal challenge was fine detail x Ivan Bilibin.

beatonna:

medievalpoc:

Math and Science Week!

aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:

Bhāskarāchārya

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Bhāskarāchārya / Bhāskara II (1114–1185) was an Indian mathematician and astronomer.

Among his many achievements are the following:

1. He was the first person to explain that when you divide by zero, the result is infinity.

2. He was also the first person to note that a positive number has two square roots - a positive and a negative one.

3. He described the principles of differential calculus 500 years before Leibniz and Newton. (He definitively came up with Rolle’s theorem half a millennium before Rolle himself.)

4. He calculated the length of the rotation of the earth around the sun to 365.2588 days - he was just off by 3 minutes.

Intriguingly, his treatise on arithmetic and geometry, Līlāvatī, is named after his daughter. He addresses her as an eager student:

Oh Līlāvatī, intelligent girl, if you understand addition and subtraction, tell me the sum of the amounts 2, 5, 32, 193, 18, 10, and 100, as well as [the remainder of] those when subtracted from 10000.” and “Fawn-eyed child Līlāvatī, tell me, how much is the number [resulting from] 135 multiplied by 12, if you understand multiplication by separate parts and by separate digits. And tell [me], beautiful one, how much is that product divided by the same multiplier?

These invocations have led some to surmise that Līlāvatī, too, was a mathematician.

Image from here: http://mathdept.ucr.edu/pdf/iwm1.pdf

Story of her introduction to math here: http://4go10tales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/lilavati.html

Wikipedia on Bhaskaracharya

well my math teacher never talked to me that way

art-of-swords:

Arming Sword

  • Dated: circa 1610-20
  • Culture: German and English
  • Medium: iron, steel, gold and silver

The sword has an English hilt, made circa 1610-20 overlaid with gold and silver. The blade was made in Solingen, Germany (dated 1617), gilded, blued and etched with animals, mottoes and sayings stamped with the mark of Clemens Horn. By tradition the sword belonged to Charles I.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

girlmountain:

this week’s MMO is up at VICE

usagov:

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From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:



A hermit crab emerges from its shell at Howland Island National Wildlife Refuge, in the Pacific Ocean 1,600 miles southwest of Honolulu. (USFWS)

usagov:

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From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

A hermit crab emerges from its shell at Howland Island National Wildlife Refuge, in the Pacific Ocean 1,600 miles southwest of Honolulu. (USFWS)

npr:

skunkbear:

Another example of applied origami: these self-assembling robots created by Samuel Felton and his colleagues at the Harvard Microrobotics Lab. The robots are built with a special shape-memory polymer, with hinges that fold when heated by a circuit.

Look out Optimus Prime!

Image: Seth Kroll, Wyss Institute / Video: Samuel Felton

Should I be scared?

– Alexander


Laputa: Castle in the Sky1986 Japanese theatrical poster

Laputa: Castle in the Sky
1986 Japanese theatrical poster