data realizes that his gender has been arbitrarily assigned to him, and begins experimenting with other gender roles from other planets.
DATA DOES A MONTH-LONG INTENSIVE EXPERIMENT…
^^ Someone write this. Or draw in comic form, or something. I would if I could draw.Source: lost-plots-of-tng
Anne Lamott advocates “shitty first drafts,” Nike tells us to “Just Do It,” and I recommend McDonald’s just to get people so grossed out they come up with a better idea. It’s all the same thing. Lammott, Nike, and McDonald’s Theory are all saying that the first step isn’t as hard as we make it out to be. Once I got an email from Steve Jobs, and it was just one word: “Go!” Exactly. Dive in. Do. Stop over-thinking it.
The next time you have an idea rolling around in your head, find the courage to quiet your inner critic just long enough to get a piece of paper and a pen, then just start sketching it. “But I don’t have a long time for this!” you might think. Or, “The idea is probably stupid,” or, “Maybe I’ll go online and click around for—”
No. Shut up. Stop sabotaging yourself.
The same goes for groups of people at work. The next time a project is being discussed in its early stages, grab a marker, go to the board, and throw something up there. The idea will probably be stupid, but that’s good! McDonald’s Theory teaches us that it will trigger the group into action.
I dreamt that I met you on a stormy sea
and I had little to say
Past the lump in my throat
Past the ache in my heart
My cousin warned me that the game I was playing
was vulnerable to hackers
I said I knew
And I’ve taken all the precautions I can take
and they may have taken my phone
but they cannot take my heart
Only I can give it away
[Thanks, brain. /semiscarcastic]
Pink: “Try” at the 2012 AMA Awards. I love the choreography. This is emotional pain made physical. Someone linked the original video on facebook tonight, but I think this one is even more raw and evocative, and I like the set better.
Some days I find it inspiring that D & I have walked through this much fire and our relationship has come out the other side, but I have cried every time I’ve watched this because it makes the memory of mind-cracking pain visceral again.
Part of what it means to be human, to make art, I think, is to take the wordless anguish and give it form in a way that nothing else can.
In 2010, it appears that one of my varieties of heirloom, open-pollinating tomato plant pollinated another. This doesn’t happen often as tomatoes tend to self-pollinate, keeping their genetics stable. In Spring 2011, two random crosses of the 2010 plants sprouted in my garden bed with no help from me. These are the F1 hybrids. One of them didn’t survive transplant, but the other did, and gave amazing-tasting sweet-but-not-mushy fruit with great drought resistance and seeming blight resistance. I saved as many of its seeds as I could. These seeds will be the F2 generation, and I planted as many as possible in 2012 because each and every one would be a different combination of its parent’s traits. (That is the correct apostrophe, barring weirdness, each seed will be self-pollinated and thereby only have one parent.)
Since I’m a geneticist, I did want to go into this with some information (although there’s something to be said about the “what the hell, let’s see if it works, don’t stress” approach). Although I understand the theory of F2 crosses well, I had no knowledge of the phenotypic “tells” of tomato plants - in flies these would be things like white eyes instead of red, curly wings instead of straight, and so on. Never fear, the internet provides tomato genetics. This page looks a lot like a FlyBase record with the gene name and phenotype, and links to paper which presumably tell me something more about the inheritance mechanism of each gene.
Unfortunately, tomato genetics are not nearly as well defined as those of flies, and there’s no obvious way to manipulate them in the garden. For instance, ’Potato Leaves’ are dominant, and my tasty F1 had them! So I could easily pick out all the F2s with PL in 2012… but they don’t necessarily track with taste or hardiness or ripening to red. Oh well.
After growing about 12 plants to maturity, I ended up with 4 F2 hybrids I liked. Many of my F2s tasted watery, or weren’t heat- or drought-tolerant.
F3-1 Chameleon parent: 5” diameter, light pink tomatoes; looks store-bought but tastes good! Medium number of seeds, plant hardiness unknown.
F3-2 Small Tangy parent: small, round tomatoes. Good taste, but not the most hardy plant and may be determinate.
F3-3 Big Red parent: Brandywine-looking tomatoes but with less cracking; indeterminate, and plant is very very hardy. Too bad the taste is only meh.
F3-4 Conjoined parent: 3” diameter round, deep red tomatoes with a tendency to grow together. Low hardiness but great taste; not many seeds.
Maybe I’ll contact a couple of ag programs and see if they have a species with balancer chromosomes or linked genes or whatever they have for plants and see if I can cross the either another round of F2s or my chosen 4 F3s with them for better control.Source: http
Following that same argument, Hobby Lobby is arguing that I should be exempt from paying any federal taxes to be used by the Defense Department or CIA killing of the innocent in drone attacks, or by the Justice Department or my state to lock up brown people in disproportionate numbers to white people for the same crimes, right? I’d also like a refund of all the Federal tax money that was used to pay for the invasion, occupation, and destruction of Vietnam and Iraq, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, the entire Department of Homeland Security, all foreign military bases, and 40 years of party primary elections. Then we can work on ending all tax-financed subsidies of any kind to private enterprise, and start making broadcast media pay for their share of public bandwith.
I have serious moral objections to my money paying for all of the above, but I can’t seem to find anyone willing to take me seriously. I guess I’m just not Christian enough for them.
Probably not. Don’t you know that the validity of your religion is directly correlated with your net worth? Only billionaire CEOs can afford to have crises of conscience nowadays.
imagine being an old-timey gangster but instead of having people murdered you had them loved. that’s pretty much my dream job now that i think about it. all sittin in bars in a pinstriped suit, being all “hey tony. see that guy over there? go take care of him, if you know what i mean.” and then tony goes and gives him a hug
(via charmingpplincardigans)Source: orbsteeb
libertarians who say not voting is the same as casting a vote because “none of these options are good enough”
actually ANYONE who says that
are you so blinded by your own self-absorption that you don’t realize the rights of a LOT of people are genuinely at stake, here?
Did I CAUSE the slip in to controlling and abusive insane behavior? Is it MY FAULT? Did I make [my abuser] like this?
No. That wee voice is a lying shite bag. [The abuser] behaves this way because [the abuser] WANTS TO!
You are not responsible for [abuser’s] actions in ANY way. What you did does not give [them] permission to behave like this.
[Abuser’s] behaviour is [their] responsibility and no one else’s. The only thing you are responsible for is your reaction to [abuser’s] behaviour. Only [the abuser] has the power to decide how [they’re] going to act.
-From the beautiful knitting forum where a whole bunch of people are currently realizing they don’t have to put up with this shit.