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America’s wholesome square dancing tradition is a tool of white supremacy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:17:52 -0800

America’s wholesome square dancing tradition is a tool of white supremacy:

wilwheaton:

This is really interesting.

I read this earlier and it freaked me out a little to learn this thing was actually a tool for conservative values–something I’d always figured to be the case, but with no evidence. 

I grew up square dancing with my family in Massachusetts–embraced by my mother, a Scots-Irish, Mayflower descendant, but led by my father, a black man from Harlem, who went on to teach square dance workshops at MIT. In this case we all started in the New England tradition (if there was such a thing–was that also a construct?) and he alone “advanced” to the western tradition. It was not this choice alone that ended his marriage to my mother, but the more time he spent pursuing this interest, the less he had for his family, so.

Only in retrospect did it strike me as odd that we’d listen to as much country as jazz in my home, and that those two traditions were so fully embraced there. It feels less odd now, knowing the influence black culture may have had on square dancing.




Urban Philanthropy in the Age of the Mega-Donation

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:48:01 -0800

Urban Philanthropy in the Age of the Mega-Donation:

A common critique of million-dollar philanthropy: It gives too much power to rich people to fashion public goods to their liking.

This is a thing that has bothered many of us (both inside and outside philanthropy) for a long time. It’s a quandary that’s not easily resolved–which is no reason not to try. This includes some examples of what solutions could look like.




isay: texnessa: eternal-nova: dadgician: 612l: 612l: one of my obscure interests is horrifying...

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:28:55 -0800

isay: texnessa: eternal-nova: dadgician: 612l: 612l: one of my obscure interests is horrifying american cuisine from like the 60s. im speaking desserts in all their mayonnaise, jello and molded glory merry christmas everyone i sent some of these to my brother and this post killed me the second it reached my eyes. I LIVE FOR THIS SHIT. BRING ME MORE. I have been wondering what to cook for Christmas… Check out the full effect of meat in aspic over at The Gallery of Regrettable Food. James Lileks has created a monster of a site going back over two decades.[...]



bricksandmortarandchewinggum:yep

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:23:08 -0800

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bricksandmortarandchewinggum:

yep




suitep:Mwahahaha! AHHHHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:42:33 -0800

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suitep:

Mwahahaha!

AHHHHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA




Headed out to Big Bear in January with my newly-adopted family....

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:27:06 -0800

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Headed out to Big Bear in January with my newly-adopted family. So I took a quick inventory of snowboard gear and discovered that most of my stuff from >15 years ago is intact, with the exception of my beloved boots (Airwalk) and my trusted helmet (Boeri). Both were unsalvageable. Crumbling rubber, disintegrating foam, and cracked plastic is no way to ride. The boots I had preëmptively replaced on a trip to Boston in August–with some sick new Burton things; this helmet is a Christmas gift from wifey, due to arrive in a week.

I may only end up using it 1-2 times a year, but I’m stoked. It’s as close as I think I’ll get to having an adult Boba Fett helmet. And as expected, things have come quite a ways since the early aughts in terms of tech, material, and fit. This whole MIPS thing alone is a breakthrough.




Atul’s Baraat. December 9, 2017.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:27:08 -0800



Atul’s Baraat. December 9, 2017.




Atul & Robyn’s wedding in Indian Wells, CA. He is a dear...

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:43:52 -0800

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Atul & Robyn’s wedding in Indian Wells, CA. He is a dear friend from way back, my first years in New York; we’re now both in LA. He stood up for me at my legal wedding to Cathy last year.

He and Robyn met doing sketch comedy.



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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:54:03 -0800

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pleasedontsqueezetheshhh:I’m proud to have graduated Magma Come...

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:31:08 -0800

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pleasedontsqueezetheshhh:

I’m proud to have graduated Magma Come Loudly from ACLU.

Umm, one fewer college. It’s math. Look into it.




This is my D&D guy. I painted the figures–we all did...

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:03:16 -0800

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This is my D&D guy. I painted the figures–we all did it! It was a group activity! That makes it better! We did a trial run of a compressed campaign on Thanksgiving. Basically, I’m all in.

Jack
Lightfoot Halfling | Rogue | Thief
parrot familiar | hidden past

His earliest clear memory is awakening on a rocky beach, wearing a shiphand’s clothing, soaked to the bone, delirious, emaciated, and horribly scarred. A satchel tied to his waist revealed only a strange assortment of tools; when he stirred, he noticed a green parrot observing him closely from a plank upturned in the sand. When he rose and stumbled inland toward some hills to find fresh water, the parrot followed. 

Later he would come across an abandoned shed and garden; the shed door was locked but not bolted, and to his surprise he was able to pick the lock using the tools he carried. Here he would rest, tend his wounds, and eat. The bird seemed a familiar companion if not in memory, at least in practice. When he was active, the bird was curious and verbose; when he was quiet and pensive, the bird followed suit. Try as he might he could not remember his name nor what brought him to the shores of this place, which itself offered no familiar sight, smell, or sound. But when he made a sound, the bird repeated it, which made him laugh. 

One night, the bird spoke to him in his own voice, but in a language not his own. And as suddenly as this gibberish started it ended, only to be heard again every several days, always late at night. 

One day after several, the owner of the shed appeared–a kindly human cleric–and was surprised but not at all frightened, having apparently come across smallfolk before. He introduced himself as “Jack” to the monk, and quickly offered to fix up the shed and its surroundings–which were in a sorry state–as thanks for his use of them. The cleric reluctantly accepted. Jack sealed the walls and roof which had leaked; he hung the door and shutters properly; he cleaned and reset the stone chimney with fresh mortar; he weeded and ploughed the garden; and he repaired the windmill and well pump. 

The next day, Jack gathered up some food, his tools, and his bird, and he bade thanks and goodbye to the cleric. To his surprise, the cleric pulled up a floorboard to reveal a dark cloak, folded and bound with silken rope. Inside were a suit and boots of studded leather, a dagger, and a shortsword. “For years I’ve hidden these things… for reasons I can’t even remember.” They fit the halfling perfectly.







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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:30:31 -0800

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:26:44 -0800

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I am 584 months old.

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 19:07:52 -0800

Ditto.




stumpypositivity: Help save Net Neutrality. If the FCC wins this battle, the internet as we know it...

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:00:13 -0800

stumpypositivity:

Help save Net Neutrality.

If the FCC wins this battle, the internet as we know it will be royally fucked over.

If you don’t like sending calls (trust me, I know where you’re coming from) text RESIST to 50409. Resistbot will help you set up a letter to your congressmen, senators, and even your state governor.

Please. Save the internet.




“The Tragedy of the Commons” explained.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:14:58 -0800

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“The Tragedy of the Commons” explained.




Seamless transition from feast to Dungeons & Dragons.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:10:18 -0800

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Seamless transition from feast to Dungeons & Dragons.




“Usually, one’s cooking is better than one thinks it is.” -Julia...

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:42:58 -0800

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“Usually, one’s cooking is better than one thinks it is.” -Julia Child

One hopes.