Though on the short timescale, stars appear to mantain nearly fixed positions in relation to each other, long-term observations show that all stars indeed move and all constellations gradually change over time.
This chart shows how the various constellations and asterisms on the night sky(namely the Big Dipper, Orion, Crux, Leo, Cassiopea and Lyra) changed throughout the human history and how will they look to an earth-based observer in the distant future, due to the proper motion of stars in our galaxy.
It’s called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for a reason. So no – she won’t be broken, there’s something uplifting about her and it’s nice to see how she grows. It’s definitely nice for a young lady who just faced adversity and stares it down and refuses to let outward circumstances control her own success. That’s very important because the point is that Kimmy Schmidt is a survivor. - Ellie Kemper (x)
This Buzzfeed article does a great job of gathering some of the most potent social media postings about Zayn Malik’s separation from One Direction. Some are funny, some are sad, some are really super dramatic.
But what aren’t funny are the comments on this article. In the comment section, older people and people who feel they’re “above” the boy band, bash on the young girls’ reactions to Zayn’s departing.
This is gross.
Okay, so yes. The world is not over. The apocalypse has not arrived. Death is not knocking on my door. But a very important figure in pop culture has just rocked the current face of entertainment.
Zayn Malik is one of the only Pakistani celebrities in all of Western pop culture. His presence in a popular boy band has been crucial and uplifting for many Muslims and people of color. The kid has an amazing voice and he’s put up with a ridiculous amount of shit over the course of the last 5 years. The fact that he has left One Direction is not a throw-away, frivolous event, but something that has connotations and deeper meaning across our popular culture.
That is what’s happening today. And I don’t care if you feel sad about it. It’s very possible that you do not and will not feel the repercussions of this event. This, however, does not mean you should disrespect those who do.
Here is something for your consideration:
When a sports team loses or an athlete is traded, people cry. They cry, they get angry, they scream at their TVs. Sound familiar? The only difference between this picture:
And this one:
Or this picture:
Is the gender and age of the crying parties.
The reaction to Zayn’s leaving One Direction is being laughed at, brushed off, and mocked because it is young girls who are presenting it. To dismiss the emotions of teenage girls is dangerous, antifeminist, and ignorant.
As for comments like this:
Sure, you’re right, Sara. They aren’t The Beatles. But they are The Beatles of our generation. They have roused the same enthusiasm, garnered the same fan base, and appealed to the same audience demographic as The Beatles did in their day.
To make the easy comparison, here’s a picture of The Beatles’ fans:
And here’s one of One Direction’s fans:
One Direction is a band that has had a positive and lasting effect on many people, has brought together friendships, and has helped many young girls to feel beautiful and part of something important. Do not dismiss the emotions and reactions to this event just because of who they’re coming from. No one is asking you to like or care about One Direction. Just don’t be a dick.
Science and art share a common mandate—to find surprise in the ordinary by seeing it from an unexpected point of view.
Since Alan Cumming himself is bi and not gay, I feel obligated to point out that the FDA’s ban applies not just to gay men, but any man who’s had sex with another man in the past year.
ACTUALLY, it also applies to women who have had sex with bisexual/poly men who have had sex with a man/men in the past year, too! I learned that the last time I went to donate blood (years and years ago) and was turned away. It pissed me off so much that I haven’t been back since.
Me: god that sounds so refreshing i could totally go for a light coma right now
Historically, the line between employee and independent contractor has been easier to draw. In California, independent contractors are generally treated as workers who serve multiple clients, have a high level of control over their work, and complete specific jobs over a limited period of time that fall outside the usual scope of their current employer’s business. Employees, by contrast, tend to be employed, supervised, and paid for a long period of time by the same one or two employers; their hours are more regular, and the way they do their work is more regimented. The legal problem for Uber and Lyft is that, by these standards, their drivers seem to fall squarely in the middle. Their hours are flexible—but only to a point. Uber, for example, has threatened to suspend the accounts of drivers who accept less than 90 percent of rides. The same is true of drivers’ control over their work. Uber and Lyft might not make drivers wear uniforms, but the companies do instruct them on other points—how to interact with passengers, what kind of music to play during rides—and threaten to deactivate drivers who don’t meet standards.
So it looks like there’s going to be a jury case over whether apps that connect service providers to customers count as employers (who would have to pay for supplies, guarantee minimum wage, and offer benefits in some jurisdictions) or contractors (who don’t have to do any of those things, but can’t necessarily set such tight rules).
To date, companies like Uber (and various other services that provide you with cleaning or personal-assistant or related services) have existed in this magical grey area where they get all the tight-control benefits of employees but all the low-cost benefits of contractors. This has been incredibly profitable for the companies and great news for their investors. Providing any kind of clarity is probably going to be bad news for the capital and good news for the labour, so I guess your reaction depends on what matters more for the kind of society you’d like to live in.
"[Sleater-Kinney] seem to communicate by telekinesis. After each question, their eyes flicker between each other, before one comes forward to answer. That’s not to say they are difficult, or standoffish even.
In fact, they’re sharp, smart and funny – steering conversation from Janet’s black nail varnish and Corin’s neon pink jeans to the successes and failures of the Obama administration. It’s more that they are just a bit shy.”
Mindfulness is so often misconceived and misconstrued in books and movies and the popular imagination. It is mythologized as a place where noisome thoughts have ceased and we glide into what [Elizabeth] Gilbert [in Eat, Pray, Love] calls a “never-shifting, nameless and changeless perfection of my own happiness.” Good luck with that. Mind is wild. And meditation is about journeying into that wilderness, feeling unprepared and inadequate, but gradually discovering—like getting slowly wet walking through a mist—that there is a simple joy in putting one foot in front of the other, carrying our responsibilities and cares on our back, and feeling our way uncertainly through each unavoidable moment.
When the climbers in 1953 planted their flags on the highest mountain, they set them in snow over the skeletons of creatures that had lived in the warm clear ocean … . This one fact is a treatise in itself on the movements of the surface of the earth. If by some fiat I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence, this is the one I would choose: The summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone.
Assuming autonomous vehicles hit the roads in the coming years, the auto industry as a whole could be in store for some massive changes. The ramifications could even trickle down to often ignored parts of the car economy like insurance companies and part suppliers. The Wall Street Journal recently reported this week that analysts expect self-driving cars could cut down on 90% of all accidents and prevent $190 billion in damages and health-related costs.
A new report by McKinsey & Co. said mass adoption of self-driving cars will begin in about 15 years, and will have massive ripple effects on the industry, the Journal said. That’s similar to findings reported last year by the RAND Corporation predicted autonomous vehicles could cause an increase in liability to automakers and a decrease from drivers, and the WSJ came to a similar conclusion. Driverless cars are also promised to have fewer accidents, which could mean fewer payouts for insurance companies. Although safer cars might not help repair shops and parts suppliers, because the change could mean less demand for repairs.
On this day in 1965, a civil rights march took place from Selma to Birmingham, Alabama; it became known as ‘Bloody Sunday’. At this stage, the Civil Rights Movement had been in motion for over a decade and already achieved legislative success with the Civil Rights Act. However the focus of the movement now became making the promise of equal franchise guaranteed in the Fifteenth Amendment a reality. While African-Americans exercised the right to vote in the years after the amendment’s passage in 1870, discriminatory measures like literacy tests, poll taxes, and grandfather clauses were soon implemented across the country to deprive them of the vote. Thus in 1965 civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. made voter registration the core of their efforts, centering the campaign on the particularly discriminatory Selma, AL. On March 7th - ‘Bloody Sunday’ - as the six hundred unarmed marchers were crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were descended upon by state troopers who viciously beat the protestors. The violence encountered by these peaceful marchers, which was captured on television and broadcast around the world, led to national outcry and caused President Johnson to publicly call for the passage of his administration’s proposed voting rights bill. After securing the support of federal troops, another march was held on March 21st, and with the protection of soldiers the marchers managed to arrive in Montgomery after three days. The marchers were met in Montgomery - the epicentre of the movement and the site of the 1954 bus boycott - by 50,000 supporters, who were addressed by King. Their efforts were rewarded when, in August of that year, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act that ensured all Americans could vote. This was one of the crowning achievements of the Civil Rights Movement, and the Selma to Montgomery march is commemorated as one of the most important moments of the struggle.
"We are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. The burning of our churches will not deter us. The bombing of our homes will not dissuade us. We are on the move now…not even the marching of mighty armies can halt us. We are moving to the land of freedom” - King’s ‘Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March’ - 25th March, 1965
It was pleasant to learn that you expected our correspondence to be read in the international salons and boudoirs of the future. Do you think they will be able to distinguish between the obfuscations, mystifications, efforts at humor, and plain statements of fact? Will they recognize my prime feelings as a correspondent - the catacomb from which I write to you, seeking to secure some word from the real world, or at least news of the Far West - and sigh with compassion? Or will they just think that I am nasty, an over-eager clown, gauche, awkward, and bookish? Will they understand that I am always direct, open, friendly, simple and candid to the point of naiveté until the ways of the fiendish world infuriate me and I am forced to be devious, suspicious, calculating, not that it does me any good anyway?
when your parents tell you to come down and greet the company and you high as hell
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Online friendships make it clear—and forgive the debt to Facebook—that the way we friend now has changed. Intimacy now develops in both digital and physical realms, often crossing freely between the two. If we accept the equal value of virtual friendships to their IRL analogues (perhaps even doing away with the pejorative acronym), we open ourselves up to a range of new possibilities for connection.
On 23 February 2015 many Shakespeare enthusiasts gathered at the French Institute, to celebrate the finding of the Saint Omer First Folio, and the confirmation that it will be on public display at the Globe in 2016.
We persuaded the delightful Jamie Parker to give us an off the cuff recital of the famous St Crispin’s Day from Henry V. This man proves his mettle, no rehearsals, no script and yet you would fight in his army wouldn’t you?
That little giggle at the end though.
This is a horribly formatted post but I love it anyway. My precious.
Because we don’t speak about sex, there is no socially acceptable language surrounding it. So the language of porn has jumped in to fill that space, and that’s an issue, because in a male-dominated industry the language of porn is all too often male-generated. The person who coined the term “finger blasting” didn’t have a vagina. The person who coined the term, “getting your ass railed” never got their ass railed. Pounding, hammering, banging… And language matters, because when the only language you have available is abusive and one-directional, in terms of having things done to you, it creates a very weird view of how sex works.
I put a “Her name was Leelah” picture up as my cover photo on facebook when that first happened, and I just now switched it to a “His name was Zander” one. Just after I put it up, I get this message from my dad. THIS is how to be a parent.
i think this is the first tumblr post that legitimately made me bawl.
With the exception of Selma, these are movies about white men coming of age, coping with old age, coping with genius, coping with a strong mind but frail body, coping with the burdens of patriotism and duty, and on and on.
These stories deserve to be told but they are not the only stories that deserve to be told. This is what we continually lose sight of. And in Selma, which is an outstanding movie, we see, yet again, the kind of story Academy voters are comfortable with when it comes to people of color–always about the history, about the struggle. Where is the Birdman for an aging Asian actress? Where is Girlhood, ambitiously chronicled over a number of years?
Roxane Gay, Some Thoughts on the 2015 Oscar Nominees (The Toast)
Even if women did uptalk more than men, we’ve all heard enough uptalk to know that its rising intonation doesn’t indicate a question. No one’s actually confused. So why should anyone have a problem with it? The thing is, this pastime of critiquing women’s speech is not limited to American English speakers. It’s easy to find these attitudes in any culture that devalues femininity and women. In Belfast English, stereotypical women’s speech falls at the end of a sentence, while men’s speech rises before it plateaus—basically, the men are uptalking. And yet Belfast women’s speech is still perceived as more expressive or emotional, showing that it’s not about their actual intonation at all: It’s about whose mouth the speech is coming from. (In fact, vocal fry leads to a lower-pitched voice, essentially the opposite of uptalk, and yet somehow that’s bad when young women do it too.)
And that’s definitely not the only study, and it’s not just gender. It’s race, it’s class, it’s sexuality, it’s geographic location, it’s many other factors. But linguists have never been able to show anything intrinsically good or bad, authoritative or unconfident, desirable or grating about any kind of pitch, inflection, or vocal quality. Instead, we ascribe those qualities to speech based on who’s articulating it. Think Black English sounds uneducated? That’s probably because you have some racist notions about black people. Does a Southern accent sound unintelligent to you? Their vowels aren’t to blame—it’s our stereotypes about people from the South. Think that uptalk makes women sound less authoritative? Maybe that’s because women are constantly robbed of agency and authority, and we view anything they do or say as less powerful.
Thank you to everyone who helped spread our story via social media. We have been a bit overwhelmed by the attention. We never expected to
get any sort of positive outcome from this situation, but we’re happy to tell
you that on Friday we spoke with Michael Mueller, Senior VP of Super 8,
and a refund has been initiated. We plan to donate that money to Maryhaven, a
phenomenal organization in Columbus that pounds the pavement every day, helping
Super 8 has taken full responsibility for the actions of one
independent owner/operator, and promises to work on the company’s internal
training and policies so that this never happens again. Michael expressed
gratitude to us for bringing this to his attention, before apologizing on behalf
of the hotel in question.
In addition to the refund, and promise of internal efforts to
prevent this from happening again, Super 8 is working behind the scenes with
our friends at Homeless To Higher Ed,
as they attempt to identify Stephanie and Louis. Should we find them, Michael
has generously offered to provideair and ground transport as well
as hotel rooms for them as they get back on track.
We hope you’ll take a look at this description of them and contact us if you’ve seen or
know Stephanie and Louis. If you should encounter them, tell them that Mr.
George and Miz Joyce are looking for them. Let them know they’ve made the news
and we still want to help!
In the meantime, we are eagerly exploring ways we can help here in northeastern Ohio. If our story outraged you,
we can only hope that it didn’t discourage you from trying to make a
difference…in fact, we hope our experience inspires you to find a way to help the
homeless where you are.
Once again, we thank you for helping us bring this to Super 8’s
attention, but this was never about taking down a hotel chain, it was about
helping people. We look forward to helping the homeless in our own backyard and
encourage everyone to do the same.
George and Joyce Gruss
Please read and REBLOG!
A lot of the sharing economy is about rebranding precarity as entrepreneurship.
“Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it’s all a male fantasy: that you’re strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it. Even pretending you aren’t catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you’re unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you can wash your feet and comb your hair unconscious of the ever-present watcher peering through the keyhole, peering through the keyhole in your own head, if nowhere else. You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur.”
is this bxtch at five guys in a gown???? i swear i love her.
There’s no free food at the GRAMMYs until the after party, unless you’re working backstage or in the media center. If you’re there in time for red carpet arrivals that means you might go nearly 8 hours without food unless you eat bog standard Staples Center fare or have a power bar in your bag (or in your PA’s bag).
This leads to the amazing dichotomy of having thousands of distinguished guests in black tie getup rushing to the Staples concession stands whenever they can.