PLEASE HELP

portmanteaurian:

Hi friends, I find myself in a bit of a financial bind. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Dorian. I’m 24ish, live in Ontario, and am currently on disability support. It does not give me a lot of money! And this month I have had to take a couple of unanticipated trips to visit family members, trips for which I’ve had to borrow money. 

Today I got my monthly deposit for the month of september. After paying my rent and bills, repaying loans, and buying a bus ticket home from Toronto (where I am currently staying with a friend), I will have about a hundred dollars in the bank. I need that to last until September 30th, which is basically impossible.

I know I’m not the only poor/broke queer on this site. I know there are other people who need money more than me. But if you can spare anything I’d appreciate it. My paypal is dorianisms at gmail dot com. I can’t give anything material to people who donate, but I appreciate each and every one of you (including people who’ve helped me out in the past but can’t now, or people who reblog these posts) more than I can possibly say

So thanks to aeide-thea for posting ‘Habits (stay high)’ by Tove Lo, which I hadn’t heard before and is great.

And also thanks to me for doing a Spotify ‘radio’ thing based on that song because so far it’s pretty much solid gold.

anddeliquesce replied to your post “Does anyone know a way of changing the volume that Tumblr audio posts…”

hold earphones away from ears? sorry, nope

anddeliquesce replied to your post “Does anyone know a way of changing the volume that Tumblr audio posts…”

… short of downloading the source files and opening them up in something with finer controls, that is.

I think that’s beyond my expertise / energy!  Thanks though.

Does anyone else have this problem of Tumblr playing audio too loud?

I saw this article today on Twitter (via @madomasi) and found it really puzzling and disheartening.

The short version: a study compared debates about immigration in Arizona and California in the 1990s and also the subsequent debates in each state about welfare benefits.  In Arizona the anti-immigration lobby used racialized language to characterize the issue as Latin@s taking resources from white people, whereas in California the anti-immigration rhetoric was mainly about people without legal status creating disadvantages for legal migrants.  Later, those different rhetorical approaches carried over into debates about welfare, which had an effect on the outcome:

Afraid of alienating voters who viewed legal immigrants positively, virtually all California lawmakers voted to extend welfare benefits to legal immigrants, even many who were ineligible for federal benefits, Brown said. In Arizona, by contrast, where legislators saw welfare as a “Hispanic” issue, a bipartisan majority enacted restrictive policies for all Arizonans, limiting welfare access for legal immigrants and even for citizens.

What’s weird is the spin that the article (and the author of the study) puts on this:

"… so we need to pay careful attention to how political leaders and activists are characterizing immigrants,” Brown said. “Using harsh anti-Hispanic rhetoric is divisive and can translate into restrictive social policies later on. But, alternative framings of immigration can create openings for powerful coalitions in other policy debates.”

In other words, the way to promote liberal policies is to actively disguise the fact that your conservative opponents are racists.

I mean, I guess on one level that’s a sensible and pragmatic lesson for political tacticians to draw from the research.  Just like you could read that recent study showing that white USians are more likely to support harsh penal reforms if they know that those reforms will disproportionately affect black people and sensibly conclude that the most effective way to oppose harsh penal reforms is to obscure the fact that they disproportionately affect black people.  Like, yes, those conclusions are not technically illogical.

But how can anyone feel good and optimistic about that?  Like, ‘Yay, we’ve discovered a clever way to collude with and reinforce a fundamentally racist public discourse in order to achieve short-term political goals!’  How can that be satisfactory?  How can you draw any sort of moral from this kind of evidence except that there’s something very profoundly wrong with everything?

Ugh, I don’t know.  I’m tired and probably not making sense, it’s just… ugh.

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NB: I’ve been careful to specify that the two bits of research mentioned above are about the US but that’s absolutely not to suggest that the racial politics of the US are uniquely messed up or that similar research in (for example) the UK wouldn’t show similar results.  It’s just that generalizing and universalizing western, and particularly US, experiences is not helpful for a whole heap of reasons.

Does anyone know a way of changing the volume that Tumblr audio posts play at?

A lot of the time when I’m wearing earphones the playback is a touch too loud even if I have the volume on the computer itself turned down as low as it will go.

shupface:


Intersections - Anila Quayyum Agha


[Photograph of a large black cube suspended in the middle of a white room.  Each side of the cube is pierced in elaborate concentric patterns (based on designs in the Alhambra [source]).  A light-source in the middle of the cube projects the patterns in shadow on the walls of the room.]

shupface:

Intersections - Anila Quayyum Agha

[Photograph of a large black cube suspended in the middle of a white room.  Each side of the cube is pierced in elaborate concentric patterns (based on designs in the Alhambra [source]).  A light-source in the middle of the cube projects the patterns in shadow on the walls of the room.]

(Source: tom-isaacs, via iced-chai)

sententiola:

[Screen-shot of a Facebook thingy saying ‘Doctor Who: Thom [blank] and 47 other friends like this.’]
nuditea:

wow my friends are all gross nerds

My method of knowing when there’s a new episode coming up is that I basically rely on you and / or Eileen to tumbl or tweet about the fact that there’s a new episode coming up, but nowadays I always have this nagging worry like ‘what if they’ve finally stopped caring because it’s been so blah / grr recently?’
The solution, of course, would be to check for myself, but I can’t quite bring myself to make that effort because, you know, it’s been so blah / grr recently…

It happened at last.  Not a single person I follow on any social networking platform was enthusiastic enough about the show to mention that a new series was starting soon.
Literally the first inkling I had was from the one person on my Twitter timeline who cared just enough to make a few unimpressed livetweets of the first episode of the new series as it was airing this evening.
Remember how excited we used to get about this stuff?  Moffat, what meh hast thou wrought.

sententiola:

[Screen-shot of a Facebook thingy saying ‘Doctor Who: Thom [blank] and 47 other friends like this.’]

nuditea:

wow my friends are all gross nerds

My method of knowing when there’s a new episode coming up is that I basically rely on you and / or Eileen to tumbl or tweet about the fact that there’s a new episode coming up, but nowadays I always have this nagging worry like ‘what if they’ve finally stopped caring because it’s been so blah / grr recently?’

The solution, of course, would be to check for myself, but I can’t quite bring myself to make that effort because, you know, it’s been so blah / grr recently…

It happened at last.  Not a single person I follow on any social networking platform was enthusiastic enough about the show to mention that a new series was starting soon.

Literally the first inkling I had was from the one person on my Twitter timeline who cared just enough to make a few unimpressed livetweets of the first episode of the new series as it was airing this evening.

Remember how excited we used to get about this stuff?  Moffat, what meh hast thou wrought.

peripatetia replied to your post: Got an e-mail headed ‘PEOPLE SURVEY PR…

So there’s a people survey currently in progress, and said progress has been reviewed, and now there’s a summary of the review? Or there’s a summary of a review of some progress, and people are now surveying the summary? o_O

Or I’m being instructed to populate a survey and ensure that progress is made in relation to a summary of a review…

Having read the e-mail I think it was your first suggestion: a summary of a review of the progress of a survey of / about people.  Except that it wasn’t really a review of the progress of the survey because they survey finished ages ago; it was a review of the progress of various courses of action that had been started as a result of the survey.

Basically it was a string of nouns that could only be understood if you already knew what was being described, which means it failed the primary task of a title.

Sigh.

alittleheadache replied to your post “tchy replied to your post: That comic with Newt and Hermann getti… …”

Deuterocanonical material from the Extended Universe[tm] has Newt born in Berlin but living in the US from, at the latest, his early teens (when he starts college). This is one of the few things in said Extended Universe[tm] that make a lick of sense

Ah, that does make sense, thanks!

tchy replied to your post “tchy replied to your post: That comic with Newt and Hermann getti… …”

I’ve known a fair few non-English Europeans who sound more or less English when they speak it because that’s the accent they were taught with. if Newt spent some time in America it would be reasonable for him to have picked up the accent.

I think ‘lived abroad from an early age’ is probably the only plausible background for either of them.  I don’t think Hermann can be explained just on the basis that he learned English from an English person.  Sure, that can result in someone speaking English in a ‘more or less English’ way but, as far as I remember, Hermann’s speech has no detectable non-English features at all.

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portmanteaurian:

oneweekoneband:

Ke$ha - Disgusting

Kesha wrote this and eventually ended up giving it to Miranda Cosgrove, but, no offense to Miranda’s lovely version, I like this better. People have given Kesha a lot of shit for her liberal use of autotune, seeing it as a marker of inauthenticity, of lack of talent. That’s always bothered me, not just because I think people like that are looking for something in their music that I don’t care about; but also because like, are you even listening? Autotune’s not just a thing that turns off-key human voices into on-key robot voices—it brings specific sound with it and Kesha’s using that. If a Kesha song sounds like it was sung by a sad hungover robot, that’s because she wanted it to sound like it was sung by a sad hungover robot.

And I don’t think this song is the same without the beautiful electronic way that the chorus shatters straight through the middle. Something that I g-g-o-otta sa-ay, like someone taking a hammer to porcelain, something beautiful that trips over itself, something glittering with sharp broken edges. And isn’t that, like, the whole point?

I hadn’t actually heard this song before (kesha has SO much music that hasn’t made it onto one of her albums), but wow she gets how I feel about having crushes

Lyrics here.

[A slightly worn book-cover sporting a black-and-white photograph of a cowboy-looking person on a horse in a field of tall grass, knitting.  The text on the cover is: ‘The Manly Art of Knitting by Dave Fougner’.  The cowboy is intent on the knitting but the horse is looking at the camera.]
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Cowboy: *knits*
Horse: I’m not sure why it was necessary for me to be involved in this.

[A slightly worn book-cover sporting a black-and-white photograph of a cowboy-looking person on a horse in a field of tall grass, knitting.  The text on the cover is: ‘The Manly Art of Knitting by Dave Fougner’.  The cowboy is intent on the knitting but the horse is looking at the camera.]

Cowboy: *knits*

Horse: I’m not sure why it was necessary for me to be involved in this.

(Source: hailtoleviathan, via thegist)

Whoever is in charge of the tags on that blog is really not trying.
[A screen-shot of a ‘here’s a blog’ promoted post on my dashboard from the tumblr the-west-wing-year.  It shows a picture of Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet and Stockard Channing as Dr Abigail Bartlet in ‘The west wing’.  The post is tagged: #the west wing series #tww s4 #tww #c.j. cregg #john spencer.]

Whoever is in charge of the tags on that blog is really not trying.

[A screen-shot of a ‘here’s a blog’ promoted post on my dashboard from the tumblr the-west-wing-year.  It shows a picture of Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet and Stockard Channing as Dr Abigail Bartlet in ‘The west wing’.  The post is tagged: #the west wing series #tww s4 #tww #c.j. cregg #john spencer.]

Got an e-mail headed ‘PEOPLE SURVEY PROGRESS REVIEW SUMMARY’.

It’s too late in the week to expect me to parse that. I can’t even tell which of those words are nouns and which are verbs / adjectives. Are there any verbs there at all? Is this just a randomly generated sequence of unrelated words? Help me out, e-mail-sending-person!