My rules for watching horror movies are very simple. If I can check around a corner for it, I’ll watch a movie with it.

whitepajamas:

Werewolves? Not even an issue most of the month, and unlikely to be in dark corners of my bedroom. Fine. Vampires? I can literally see that there are none in here. I’ll watch a movie with vampires. Creepy clowns? I’ll just check ‘round corners. If I can see a creepy clown, I won’t go where that creepy clown is. Giant aquatic monsters? My favourite. Just literally stop going in the water. 

But I will not watch movies with ghosts. That flickering static thing they do? NO. EITHER BE HERE OR DON’T BE HERE. BEING HERE AND NOT HERE IS FREAKING ME THE FUCK OUT. I DON’T LIKE IT. Same goes for, like, malicious houses and family curses. How am I meant to check around corners for a family curse? And if I check around corners for malicious house stuff, THE CORNER ITSELF COULD BE THE DANGER. 

The only exception to the “if I can see it then it’s fine” rule is spooky children. No. No spooky children. If I want to look at pale creepy children I’ll just pull down my own photo album. Get out of my house. 


The problem with escapism is that when you read or write a book society is in the chair with you. You can’t escape your history or your culture. So the idea that because fantasy books aren’t about the real world they therefore ‘escape’ is ridiculous. Fantasy is still written and read through the filters of social reality. That’s why some fantasies (like Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels) are so directly allegorical—but even the most surreal and bizarre fantasy can’t help but reverberate around the reader’s awareness of their own reality, even if in a confusing and unclear way.
China Miéville, interviewed about how his fantasy writing interacts with his politics in Issue 88 of International Socialism Journal (2000). (via kwerey)

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Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing? …

After waging a brutal war on poor communities of color, a drug war that has decimated families, spread despair and hopelessness through entire communities, and a war that has fanned the flames of the very violence it was supposedly intended to address and control; after pouring billions of dollars into prisons and allowing schools to fail; we’re gonna simply say, we’re done now? I think we have to be willing, as we’re talking about legalization, to also start talking about reparations for the war on drugs, how to repair the harm caused. …

At the end of apartheid in South Africa there was an understanding that there could be no healing, no progress, no reconciliation without truth. You can’t just destroy a people and then say ‘It’s over, we’re stopping now.’ You have to be willing to deal with the truth, deal with the history openly and honestly.

Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness quoted from White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison. Alexander’s thesis is that the USA is addicted to caste systems, regardless of what is deemed legal or illegal. (via nezua)

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milkteasympathy:

CLOTHING LIFE HACKS

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hahamagartconnect:

ERIN RILEY’S TABOO TAPESTRY

Philadelphia based fiber artist Erin M. Riley is tackling taboo issues with her loom. She’s capturing the issues of today’s generation with very old school traditional form of storytelling. Her threads weave together depictions of female sexuality, drug use, birth control, car crashes, selfies, among others. The results of which are breathtaking in a very perverse way - most of the images will make you feel as if you’re sneaking a peek at private photos on someones phone, the element of being privy to what’s going on behind the scene but not being talked about - and at second glance you can’t help but stare in awe at the painstaking efforts that go into her work. 

Erin’s work will be showing at Philadelphia based Paradigm Gallery + Studio from August 30th - October 12th, 2013. Hope you can make it out, these tapestries are sure to stir up a dialogue.

 

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prehistoric-birds:

Pelagornis chilensis (by danielmartinezpina)
Those aren’t teeth, they’re sharp beak projections, hence the colloquial name “pseudotooth bird”. Not that you’d want to mess with one of these twenty-foot-wingspan prehistoric murdergulls either way. 

prehistoric-birds:

Pelagornis chilensis (by danielmartinezpina)

Those aren’t teeth, they’re sharp beak projections, hence the colloquial name “pseudotooth bird”. Not that you’d want to mess with one of these twenty-foot-wingspan prehistoric murdergulls either way. 

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vintagegal:

Affectionate Ladies c. 1900s-1980s

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CHILI: THE MASTER RECIPE

andythanfiction:

Chili.  The quintessential ‘Murcan Manly Meal, complete with romanticized and problematic stereotypes, heavy commercialization, cultural appropriation, violence, confusion, grandiose claims, and revisionist history…but also strong, remarkably nutritious, deeply individual, flexible enough to be as accessible or as complex as a cook feels comfortable with, and purdy darned tasty.  

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It’d be just damned WRONG of me to say there’s one way to do chili, so what you’re getting here is a basic rundown of How Do You Chili, then two of my favorites.  

START WITH THE BASE: ABOUT 4 QUARTS
Stock.  Chicken, beef, or vegetable.  Totally best if homemade, but if you’re going for canned or from boullion, for the love of Chuck(roast) get low-sodium, or you’ll wind up with a tribute to Lot’s wife instead of John Wayne.  Fill your slow-cooker or big pot halfway with this stuff - about 4 quarts.  If you want to add beans from dried, fill it 2/3 of the way and put the rinsed beans in to soak overnight the night before without turning it on.  

NOW ADD PROTEIN: ABOUT 3-5 LBS TOTAL

  • Beans, canned or dried, as you prefer (see above about soaking them): 2 cans if canned, 1lb if dried.  Kidney, navy, great white northern, red, pink, pinto, or black.  (Most agree that Texan style chili is categorized by the use of chopped beef and no beans, but most of the rest of America uses kidney beans, while black beans are particularly Tex-Mex)
  • Sauteed saiten, soy crumbles, vegan chorizo, textured vegetable protein, or pressed, crumbled, and fried tofu.  
  • Ground and browned or roasted and shredded chicken, duck, or turkey
  • Ground and browned or smoked and pulled pork
  • Ground and browned or finely chopped beef (best if approx. 10% fat if ground, good cuts for chopping are chuck roast, london broil, short ribs, blade steak, trimmed brisket, or eye round roast).  You can chop it up by hand, but unless you’re insane, use a motherfucking food processor.
  • Bison, Venison, Elk, Moose, or Boar, treated like beef.

Whatever you use, if it makes juices, put the juices in the pot.  They have flavor, and flavor is a thing that is yes. 

OPTIONAL VEGGIES: UP TO THREE CUPS 

These things will start fights in places that serve large quantities of Budweiser and have a house whiskey.  Use them or don’t at your own risk and discretion, but be aware, people have VERY strong opinions about whether they belong in a Real Chili.  However, if you start adding peas and carrots and potatoes and cabbage and turnips and shit like that, you’re making a chili-inspired stew, not a fucking chili.  

  • Tomatoes; fresh, stewed, roasted, grilled, sun-dried, or canned
  • Corn; fresh, canned, grilled, or roasted
  • Celery
  • Bell peppers

NOW SHIT GETS REAL

Because we’re going to make the chili seasoning blend.  This is where you get to be a serious cook, roll up your sleeves, and fucking shine on you crazy diamond.  This is also the part that takes your pot full of STUFF and makes it CHILI.  You can definitely go with Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations here, but you’re mixing from categories, not just as you motherfucking like it.  

  • Chili Paste - About a half cup, added at the same time as ¼ cup cider or balsamic vinegar.  To get this fine-ass velvety awesome shit, take dried chilis you reconstituted in hot water for 10 minutes or fresh chilis or some mix of the two and puree them.  To vary the flavor, toast, smoke, grill, or roast the chilis, or use hot coffee, hot tea, or hot stock instead of water.  Different chilis have RADICALLY different flavors, not to mention heat levels, so get to know them before you assume that you’ll be on the same planet with a handful of smoked poblanos vs grilled habeneros.  
  • Fruitiness - Between two tablespoons and a cup of tomato paste if you’re going traditional.  Advanced Placement can come in here all sneaky with peaches, cherries, raisins, blackberries, nectarines, apricots, apples, and cranberries, and once again you can always shake it up by using fresh vs reconstituted dried vs grilled, smoked or roasted.
  • Booze - About two shots (3-4oz) of whiskey, bourbon, vodka, or tequila, or about a cup of hard cider or beer.  This is actually boozeforscience! and is about the way that the alcohols help release oils from the chilis and spices to make them soluble in the stock so you can taste them more.  
  • Sweetener – Between a small and a really big handful (2tbs-1/3 cup if you want me to get precise) of brown sugar, dark honey (mmm buckwheat honey…), sorghum, molasses, jiggery, turbanado sugar, pioncillo, coconut sugar, or date puree.
  • Umami Boosters – A secret weapon! About 2 teaspoons of Marmite, Vegemite, anchovy paste, dried ground baby anchovies, or red miso, 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, tamari, or soy sauce, or ½ cup roasted or grilled mushroom puree. PICK ONE, NOT SEVERAL.
     
  • Onions and Garlic – No real negotiating here.  Chop up a big-ass yellow onion and half a head of garlic and sautee them in some form of butter or oil, preferably the fat from browning your meat or bacon grease, then toss them in.
  • Spices – Use fresh ground if at all possible.  If you are feeling super badass, toast those fuckers in a frying pan before you grind them.  Use about ¼ cup total. The ones in bold are not optional. The rest are.  Cumin, coriander, black pepper, bay leaf, oregano (Mexican oregano better than Italian), cloves, cinnamon, long pepper, star anise, black cardamom, nutmeg, thyme, coffee powder, unsweetened cocoa, onion powder, dried orange peel, paprika, celery seed, safflower, annatto. 
  • Salt – To taste; kosher, black, red, or smoked

All this shit in the pot?  Good.  Let it simmer for about 6 hours or slow-cooker on high for 8.  Acceptable toppings include sour cream, scallions, green onions, bacon, cheese (especially cheddar), Fritos, and fresh chopped chilis or tomatoes. Makes MUCH for MANY.

TWO OF MY FAVORITES:

Tomato-Peach Chili
Beef stock, venison, great northern beans, roasted corn, dried arbol, dried pasilla, ONE red habanero, bourbon, buckwheat honey.  2 grilled pureed peaches, 1 small can tomato paste, red miso, mandatory spices plus cloves, star anise, coffee, safflower, paprika, and cardamom. 

Cherry-Chocolate Chili

Beef stock, beef short ribs, kidney beans, chipotle, poblano, ancho, guajillo chilis, whiskey, sorghum, eliminate the cider vinegar, 2/3 cup pureed fresh black or bing cherries, 1/3 cup roasted tomato paste, mandatory spices plus cloves, star anise, coffee, cocoa, celery seed, and paprika. 


emergeartfair:

Orly Cogan - Saturday, exhibited by Ethan Cohen Fine Art, (e)merge 2012
Image courtesy of the artist and Ethan Cohen Fine Art

emergeartfair:

Orly Cogan - Saturday, exhibited by Ethan Cohen Fine Art, (e)merge 2012

Image courtesy of the artist and Ethan Cohen Fine Art


whitepajamas:

I love that I can google “panda ant” and google is like, “Man, you know what else you want to look at?” 

whitepajamas:

I love that I can google “panda ant” and google is like, “Man, you know what else you want to look at?” 


Lindsey Windland 2013

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whitepajamas:

IMPORTANT: I may sometimes announce my arrival at your house by texting you pictures of myself already relaxing inside of your house. 

whitepajamas:

IMPORTANT: I may sometimes announce my arrival at your house by texting you pictures of myself already relaxing inside of your house.