No matter how dark it is
I know I’m not alone
Moonlight shines upon us
(edit) - Missing Credits: Chloe Buse, Diana D’Arcee
Food birds by Anna Keville Joyce
There was an article posted in the Toronto Star during the Pride weekend which rubbed me the wrong way - mostly because it was written so short-sighted it seemed unable to identify how judgmental its tone was.
After the horrid puns about what asexuals would hold and wear to a parade; the quote that seemingly pushed me over the edge was about three quarters of the way through:
Asexuals have easier lives than we do, or at least more agency and expansion, because sex never corralled them. Their world is open.
Imagine never having endured sexual/romantic loss. It must be nice.
I try not to swear but - what the fuck?
After paragraphs of literally questioning why a type of sexuality was even at a parade, they go on to generalize about a lifestyle they know nothing about. It would be as if someone starting exclaiming how bisexuals/pansexuals have it easier because they have a bigger pool of people to pick sexual partners from.
No, that’s not how it works.
Considering the article referenced an article which summed up the issues the asexual community faces - you can’t seemingly ignore it then go on to generalize about the whole premise.
A response the article did receive summarized this:
Heather Mallick proclaims that the lives of asexuals are “easier than most” while ignoring the unique challenges we face.
We are perpetually fighting to have our existence acknowledged against people trying to “cure” us, and for our families and communities to recognize our significant relationships. Then there’s homophobic bullying and harassment many (if not most) of us face because we are and/or are perceived to be LGB (and T).
We march in Pride parades so that others will start treating us a fully human, and there isn’t anywhere else for us to go. We had our historic International Asexuality Conference to share our experiences with other aces.
I hope in the future people will be more respectful of (asexual) people and experiences they know little about.
C.J. Chasin, on behalf of Ace Toronto
I’m not going to argue that asexuals face more challenges then others, but at the same time - its a sexual orientation outside of the societal and cultural norm and therefore will face challenges regardless.
Clay miniature food sculptures by Kim Burke
Time-lapse of flowers opening
The appropriate response for your friend blowing on a CD is apparently nodding after he gives you a "duh man, everyone knows you have to blow on them to make them work" face.
Source: N*Sync - Bye Bye Bye
GoT girls, based on the show :)
Music teasing Guild Wars 2 ‘s current Living Story. They recorded a series of new music with an orchestra and the quality shows.
The Johto Map with the middle earth map style.
Get ready for a unexpected journey!
You have seen the shirt but you can now get the print for the real map!
Maddie’s Hat-tastic Party - It makes me feel like dancin’
Following on from yesterday’s post on gunpowder, here’s an updated version of one of the earliest posts on the site, looking at the cause of the colours in fireworks: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-1t
Reader unquietcode asks:
I saw this post recently and it made me wonder what’s going on. If you look in the upper right of the frame as the camera submerges, you can see a little vortex of water whirring about. Even with the awesome power of the wave rolling forward a little tornado of water seems able to stably form. Any idea what causes this phenomenon?
This awesome clip was taken from John John Florence’s "& Again" surf video. What you’re seeing is the vortex motion of a plunging breaking wave. As ocean waves approach the shore, the water depth decreases, which amplifies the wave’s height. When the wave reaches a critical height, it breaks and begins to lose its energy to turbulence. There are multiple kinds of breaking waves, but plungers are the classic surfer’s wave. These waves become steep enough that the top of the wave overturns and plunges into the water ahead of the wave. This generates the vortex-like tube you see in the animation. Such waves can produce complicated three-dimensional vortex structures like those seen in this video by Clark Little. Any initial variation in the main vortex gets stretched as the wave rolls on, and this spins up and strengthens the rib vortices seen wrapped around the primary vortex. (Source video: B. Kueny and J. Florence)
HAPPY CANADA DAY! For Canada Day, read this short Superhero Girl comic I made last year for the True Patriot anthology! It was based on a true experience I had when someone asked me “what makes Superhero Girl a Canadian superhero?” and I was like uhhhhh?
The League of Villainous Canadian Stereotypes was my boyfriend Tim’s idea. He is a great idea man!
Enjoy my Canadian comic and have a great Canada Day! I am celebrating by working a lot. ;)