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21st August 2014

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There are a lot of things that suck about losing your parents within a month of each other. That, I think, goes without saying.

Some of those problems are a bit unexpected and minor, but still bothersome. For example: I don’t feel comfortable asking the Girl I Like out for a while, because I worry that the timing unreasonably influences her to, I dunno, say ‘yes’ out of pity or a sense of obligation, not because she genuinely wants to. And that would be dickish. (At least one friend has told me to just go for it, and just not bring up the whole Batman thing. I feel like the Batman thing would just hover there like the cowled elephant in the room, though. …Please tell me there’s been a Batelephant somewhere in the past.)

Tagged: random life stuffDiffusing stress through humorBut no really this is kinda awkward

19th August 2014

Post reblogged from I Only Date Space Ships with 43,452 notes

witheringghost:

do you ever just kinda wonder what your selling point as a human being or friend is? like, what was the point at which people were like: hey, I’ll keep this human

Tagged: I continue to run on the assumption that my main selling point is that I'm not actively painful to keep aroundit's not a comfortable place to be

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18th August 2014

Photo reblogged from I Only Date Space Ships with 168,000 notes

hannahthecatlady:

slenbee:

katwaterflame:

josiephone:

Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.STOP. STOP NOW.DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.I swear people don’t even think this stuff out. Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive. Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?So now.Support beekeepers.Support bees.buzz.

I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!

Reblogging for my bee brethren!

Wasn’t that the whole problem of bee movie besides the weird beestiality?!?

There are definite arguments to be made that domesticated species do WAY better as humans’ food supply than they did/would as wild animals—perhaps not as individuals in cramped industrial meat-farms, but as an overall species (compare number of aurochs at their height to the number of cattle currently living on Earth, and remember that those cattle are well-fed and overzealously protected from threats for their entire life). That topic gets complex and nuanced when you factor in overcrowding, shitty food, crude manipulation of the animals’ bodies for our benefit, and so on, and isn’t meant to pardon industrial agriculture for creating fucking miserable conditions for their livestock. It’s mostly meant to argue for why the very concept of agriculturally-kept animals isn’t black-and-white evil.*
That nuance doesn’t apply to bees. Honeybees are 100% better off living under human auspices than not. They live their beeish lives, are protected from every threat that humans can protect them from, and lose some excess honey that they didn’t need anyway (why the fuck would a beekeeper knowingly take too much honey from their bees? Then they don’t have any fucking bees and they’re out an apiary!). Honey is the product of 100% pure symbiosis (except for threats of stuff like parasites and insecticides, but we’re working on fixing those too).
*What end-game do people who want an end to the keeping of livestock envision, anyway? If the entire world magically became sustainably vegan tomorrow, what would happen to the literally billions of cattle and pigs and sheep and chickens in captivity? If they’re set free, they will merrily destroy their local ecosystems before dying en-masse because they’re the result of thousands of years of natural selection creating animals that don’t live in the wild. The more practical solution is that as soon as they become economically unviable to maintain, the herds get reduced. With gunfire. SOMEHOW I DOUBT THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE FUCKING WANT.

hannahthecatlady:

slenbee:

katwaterflame:

josiephone:

Apparently some vegans are telling people not to eat honey to support bees.

STOP. STOP NOW.
DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?

Buy honey (local if possible) -> support beekeepers -> support bees.

I swear people don’t even think this stuff out. 
Beekeepers provide bees with an environment in which they can live, and are encouraged to thrive. Bees then have a big huge giant person who can deal with any threats to the hive. 
Yes, honey is a winter food supply for bees, but beekeepers (unless they’re dicks, in which case they’d be shooting themselves in the foot) will NEVER take too much honey from a hive, and will always ensure that bees have enough food. Think about it, you’re not going to starve a source of income/hobby, are you?

So now.
Support beekeepers.
Support bees.

buzz.

I had to reblog just for “DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW BEES WORK?" because it made me realize that some people really don’t!

Reblogging for my bee brethren!

Wasn’t that the whole problem of bee movie besides the weird beestiality?!?

There are definite arguments to be made that domesticated species do WAY better as humans’ food supply than they did/would as wild animals—perhaps not as individuals in cramped industrial meat-farms, but as an overall species (compare number of aurochs at their height to the number of cattle currently living on Earth, and remember that those cattle are well-fed and overzealously protected from threats for their entire life). That topic gets complex and nuanced when you factor in overcrowding, shitty food, crude manipulation of the animals’ bodies for our benefit, and so on, and isn’t meant to pardon industrial agriculture for creating fucking miserable conditions for their livestock. It’s mostly meant to argue for why the very concept of agriculturally-kept animals isn’t black-and-white evil.*

That nuance doesn’t apply to bees. Honeybees are 100% better off living under human auspices than not. They live their beeish lives, are protected from every threat that humans can protect them from, and lose some excess honey that they didn’t need anyway (why the fuck would a beekeeper knowingly take too much honey from their bees? Then they don’t have any fucking bees and they’re out an apiary!). Honey is the product of 100% pure symbiosis (except for threats of stuff like parasites and insecticides, but we’re working on fixing those too).

*What end-game do people who want an end to the keeping of livestock envision, anyway? If the entire world magically became sustainably vegan tomorrow, what would happen to the literally billions of cattle and pigs and sheep and chickens in captivity? If they’re set free, they will merrily destroy their local ecosystems before dying en-masse because they’re the result of thousands of years of natural selection creating animals that don’t live in the wild. The more practical solution is that as soon as they become economically unviable to maintain, the herds get reduced. With gunfire. SOMEHOW I DOUBT THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE FUCKING WANT.

Tagged: agriculturebeekeepingI don't have a problem with people choosing to be veganand I know most vegans aren't this dumb about stuffIt's the rare few that make my head hurtTHEIR POLICIES WOULD RESULT IN THE MASS DIEOFF OF SEVERAL SPECIESTHAT IS LITERALLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY WANT

Source: josiephone

18th August 2014

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My mother just passed away, just after my father’s death certificates arrived. So if I seem irritable or busy or whatever in the next while, that’s why. …Screw this month.

(I’ve been looking into therapists lately for treatment for depression, and this may actually make it harder. “I’ve been feeling depressed for years now. Also, both of my parents were infirm for years and just died.” “No wonder you feel depressed; that’s normal.” “No, see the depression was there beforehand, so it’s not just normal grief…”)

Tagged: deflare's personal stuff

18th August 2014

Post reblogged from I Only Date Space Ships with 15 notes

teal-deer:

I had a dream that Ubisoft released a beautiful trailer about a female Japanese assassin in Tokyo during the Meiji period, but then the release date was April Fools and they were like lol jk here another white male protag in Western Europe / the Americas also even if we were releasing it it would be on the Vita again

For the best tbh I can’t imagine how racist an American/French game made about a Japanese woman would be

Now I’m thinking of a bunch of times and places where the Assassin/Templar dynamic would actually be very dramatically appropriate, and where we’ll never ever get games (or if we got a game, it’d be painful with the stereotypes). The Haitian Revolution, bringing down the slave-owning elite. The Cuban War of Independence, fighting against Spanish overlords only to have everything go pear-shaped when the Americans come barrelling in. Colonial Africa, fighting against Templars that have infiltrated the European colonial system. The Boxer Rebellion, where an Assassin from the Chinese people deals with the chaos of European Templars fighting Chinese Templars. The Vietnam War, where the PC has to negotiate the sticky moral ground involved in that conflict (including the ethics of possibly murdering American soldiers who frankly never wanted to be there, but are now there and doing really horrific shit).

Oh, what could be.

Tagged: historyassassin's creedThe first game actually fits well into what I'd want to seeI don't recall many terrible stereotypes of the Arabic main charactersAside from the assassins in the first place but the Hashashin were definitely a thingAs with so many AAA franchises though they wandered away into genericness

17th August 2014

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acyanrust:

vvhatserface:

You know I always laughed when people called Greenille G-Vegas cause it’s absolutely nothing like Vegas

then I realized

Greenville is one of the bigger cities in South Carolina. The rest of the state is filled with pretty much nothing but tiny towns.

To these people, Greenville is a big city. 

Greenville can fit into my city literally 20 times. I know because when I first visited
muffystopheles
and
highlyflammableman
, I checked.

At a population of about 61,000 people, Greenville, SC is about 13 times bigger than my hometown. It’s comparable to Davis, CA (where I attended university), which I thought of as a city but which most of the people I knew (who were by and large from either the Bay Area or the huge blob of city surrounding LA) thought of as a tiny podunk town.

Everything’s relative, I guess.

Tagged: populationdemographicsBut really Davis is kinda tinyJackson is barely a blip on the map

Source: vvhatserface

13th August 2014

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Clearly, Wednesday Addams has grown up and gone to college, and this couch is sitting in the living room she shares with her incredibly normal preppy roommate.

Clearly, Wednesday Addams has grown up and gone to college, and this couch is sitting in the living room she shares with her incredibly normal preppy roommate.

Tagged: the addams familyIs it weird to have Addams Family headcanon?'Cause I totally do

Source: halloweenmagic

13th August 2014

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teal-deer:

finalprocrastinator:

ferelden:

do you ever hear the intro theme to a video game and you get really emotional and your heart feels really weak like it’s coming back home and it’s basically like that whole world you love so much summed up into one epic song and you just want to fucking cry a lot because this is the video game for you and nothing else ever can even compare to the feeling you get when you hear that one fucking bit of music

i will still cry when dearly beloved comes up

"bah the sequels after chain of memories sucked there’s time travel now the canon is an incoherent mess it all s… …. BLARRRRG ;-; "

Morrowind is my kryptonite. Mother of God do I love that opening theme, and it evokes endless warm memories.

Tagged: video gamesthe elder scrollsmorrowindIt will always be my favorite Elder Scrolls game

Source: ferelden

11th August 2014

Post reblogged from Another Pretty Face with 782 notes

tell me a thing about your OC and I’ll tell you a related one about mine

Tagged: question meme'my OC' will likely mostly be random characters bubbling in my head for hypothetical stories

Source: arishokost

6th August 2014

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Positive Values Brought to Humanity by Religion

johnskylar:

A necessarily incomplete list that is meant to counteract the view that religion causes all evil in the world.

  • The weak should be protected from the strong in order to make a harmonious society (Sumerian Polytheism)
  • Hubris is bad.  It is better to be realistic about your limitations (Greco-Roman polytheism).
  • Outlandish expectations will make life more difficult for you (Buddhism).
  • All life has a sacred connection to humanity (Hinduism, also many Animist religions).
  • Human society is in constant battle between the greater good and selfish, personal desires that draw us to evil (Zoroastrianism).
  • Human sacrifice is wrong (Early Judaism).
  • It is better to spread ideas by charity and communication than by violence (Early Christianity).
  • Religious disagreement need not devolve into interpersonal hatred or violence (Early Islam)
  • Revenge is not justice, and should not be sought when someone is wronged (Medieval Catholicism)
  • Hospitals (Medieval Catholicism)
  • Mental discipline will allow you to overcome personal desires for the sake of the greater good (Islam, Buddhism, others).
  • Human life is to be valued beyond any religious principle (Modern Judaism).
  • Hard work is its own reward (19th Century-modern Christianity).
  • Morality is inherent to human nature (Atheism and/or Secular Humanism).

I’m hoping by this to illustrate that religion has served a positive purpose in shaping the morality of human societies throughout the ages and has resulted in the harmonious international society that today’s world is lurching toward.

It also illustrates that even when society or individuals cannot understand the complex epistemological arguments behind moral behavior, a religion can still manage to convey the basic concepts.

By no means does this justify any evils conducted in the name of religion, but I hope that it does provide people with a greater understanding and respect for differing religious ideologies and their adherents.

Tagged: The idea that religion is the source of all evil is something that I've heard multiple timesit's also one of the stupidest things I've ever heardSHIT LIKE THAT IS WHY I'M UNEASY ABOUT TELLING PEOPLE THAT I'M AN ATHEISTPEOPLE THINK WE'RE ALL SELF-RIGHTEOUS DOUCHEHATS BECAUSE OF PEOPLE WITH THEIR ANTI-RELIGIOUS IDIOCY

Source: johnskylar