Art and Thoughts

RSS

To-day

I’m now the treasurer of that comedy club, which I guess I can call my comedy club now. I also have 2 weeks to write a sketch for said club.

I found out one of my history professors went to Reed College, so that’s fun.

I learned that in 1970, 80% of Boston University students went on strike, and the semester ended abruptly early (following Nixon’s announcement that the Vietnam War would be expanded into Cambodia, and then the ensuing Kent State Massacre). That class didn’t have a commencement ceremony until 2010, which is kind of neat.

I saw a nice red sunset.

This is my textbook for my current favorite class, ‘Origins of Writing’ and it is also my favorite textbook. Each time we have had to read a chapter for class I have read an extra chapter for fun.

Also definitely gonna get back into that conlang business.

animalssittingoncapybaras:

Puppy tries to sit on a capybara
http://animalssittingoncapybaras.tumblr.com/

I love this blog.

animalssittingoncapybaras:

Puppy tries to sit on a capybara

http://animalssittingoncapybaras.tumblr.com/

I love this blog.

I haven’t been posting much because we still don’t have internet in our apartment, for over a week. I just haven’t been using it except while at school. It’s been interesting.

In a study of children aged 2-5, parents interrupted their daughters more than their sons, and fathers were more likely to talk simultaneously with their children than mothers were. Jennifer Coates says: “It seems that fathers try to control conversation more than mothers… and both parents try to control conversation more with daughters than with sons. The implicit message to girls is that they are more interruptible and that their right to speak is less than that of boys.”

Girls and boys’ differing understanding of when to talk, when to be quiet, what is polite and so on, has a visible impact on the dynamics of the classroom. Just as men dominate the floor in business meetings, academic conferences and so on, so little boys dominate in the classroom - and little girls let them.

-

X  (via albinwonderland)

Working with children for over a decade, this is something I’ve noticed, actually. And for the majority, the little girls in my class and my co-worker’s classes all sit quietly and listen MUCH better than the boys do. Most boys don’t care to be quiet and sit still. And I don’t think this is an attribute of boys being “rowdier” or more “hyper” - believe me, the girls are JUST as off the wall as the boys if you aren’t telling them not to. It must be a learned behavior, and it must be enforced more with the girls so they know they can’t get away with it. You have no idea how many times in my career I’ve heard “boys will be boys,” and smiling parents as they tell me with a laugh, sorry, their son is “wild” and a “handful” as they introduce him to the class.

(via voicelikehelvetica)

And that’s how you do sexism.  That’s how it’s so effectively trained into every single citizen and indoctrinated as normal and right.

(via waltzy)

this is EXACTLY what irritated me so much when i was working with the 5 year olds at the beginning of summer camp. the little girls were so much better behaved while the boys would run around punching each other and when a little girl spoke out of turn everyone thought she was the problem child rather than the boys who were running around refusing to do what they were told. there was a much higher standard of behavior for the girls and it just really pissed me off. they are socialized differently even at summer camp—some of these kids had not even started kindergarten and they already understood that if you’re a little boy it’s ok to run into the corner and refuse to sit down with everyone else, but if you’re a little girl you must do what you’re told. it was awful.

(via watermellens)

(Source: geviladaheel)

Sep 8
anodetoquality:

Why don’t we talk about Monkey Island more

anodetoquality:

Why don’t we talk about Monkey Island more

Sep 4

sizvideos:

Video

Sep 3

Casual yet all-pervasive white supremacy / white-as-default sucks. It makes me angry and sad.

On a different note, one of my friends used the word ‘gypped’ today, and I was like, ‘don’t say that,’ and he didn’t get why, and I was like ‘at my high school people said jewed to mean the same thing,’ and he was like, ‘if anyone said that to me I would punch them in the face,’ and I was like ‘so stop using slurs about other people that are exactly the same?’ but I bet he isn’t going to stop.

On a different note, I’m in a new course this semester that’s a joint Classics and Linguistics course where we learn about various scripts and writing systems and their origins and where 60% of your grade is transliteration/translation, and I like the people in the class and the professor is supposedly the ‘best professor and he knows like 8000 languages’ and some of the people in the class make conlangs. So hopefully that could turn out to be one of the best classes I ever have.

Run on sentences.

The cable company tried for 3 days to install internet in our apartment before finally giving up and telling us we wouldn’t get any, and that we need to return their modem now. Who knows what will happen next?

Sep 3

Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female | Tor.com

bisexualpiratequeen:

"Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.”

Women have always fought. We have always been there, ‘contributing to history’. Our own, modern sexism contributes to the erasure of it.

(Bolding mine)

Sep 3
bennycreampuff:

They wouldn’t say “Father of two meets world leaders today”
They’d say “President Obama meets world leaders today”.
They wouldn’t say “Father of three founds one of the most successful modern computer businesses.”
They’d say “Bill Gates founds one of the most successful modern computer businesses.”
Get your shit right and use women’s names, not the number of kids they have.

bennycreampuff:

They wouldn’t say “Father of two meets world leaders today”

They’d say “President Obama meets world leaders today”.

They wouldn’t say “Father of three founds one of the most successful modern computer businesses.”

They’d say “Bill Gates founds one of the most successful modern computer businesses.”

Get your shit right and use women’s names, not the number of kids they have.

(Source: brooklynmutt)