July 12, 2012
I love the original, sardonic idea of this graphic. I like dark wallpapers, so I found one that had decent size and quality.
Using GIMP (free open source software!), I
- expanded the size to 1280 x 800 pixels for my laptop
- straightened the main image (it was crooked!)
- corrected the text to read, “Somewhere, something went terribly wrong…” (it previously read “Something, somewhere went terribly wrong” which rubbed me the wrong way)
- I also added a little bit of a point to the spear and broom bristles (I think it used to be a rake)
Somewhere, something went terribly wrong
December 3, 2011
Ilya Zhitomirskiy was, publicly, a bright, energetic, idealistic star. He did not fail. Rather, the world he was working to change failed him:
In the wake of the passing this weekend of Ilya Zhitomirskiy, one of the four founders of much-hyped open-source social network Diaspora, an unsettling conversation has begun within the tech community. Zhitomirskiy‘s death, rumored to be a suicide (sources close to CNN Money have confirmed but officially the cause is unknown), has ignited what many see as a much-needed and long-awaited dialogue in the industry: the mental health repercussions of the immense pressure and scrutiny—both internal and external—that young tech founders weather in their quest for the new American Dream.
quote from http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2011/11/16/ilya-zhitomirskiy-diaspora-suicide-speculation-depression-stress-anxiety/, emphasis mine
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December 3, 2011
I’m sure some folks are following the debate prompted by Naomi Wolf’s provocative piece, which her editors entitled, “The shocking truth about…” bla bla. Here’s the latest irrelevant response I’m aware of, at the Crooks and Liars blog site:
“Wait, what do you mean when you say, ‘latest irrelevant response?’ Do you mean to say [most] of the response has been irrelevant? So what is relevant, then?” Why, thanks for asking! Here’s what I mean:
what Naomi is writing about — regardless of the extent to which it is true yet, and regardless of the semantic debates surrounding the questions of evidence — are things that have happened and are currently happening elsewhere (e.g., Arab Spring). American population control is much more entrenched and internalized, and i think nicely summarized in this comparison of Orwell v Huxley
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October 21, 2011
Urban Outfitters’ headaches increased today, with a change.org campaign demanding they remove their “Navajo” collection from stores in Europe and other international locations.
A lot of words and phrases come to mind (see this blog’s tags). Poooooor Urban Outfitters. Excuse me if I fail to shed a single tear for them.
My response to this framing: [Dear Christina Binkley of the Wall Street Journal] your lead sentence is backwards. it was the Navajo Nation — and other natives — whose headaches increased because of Urban Outfitter’s incredibly disrespectful, insulting and poor taste. Read the rest of this entry »
April 7, 2011
Background: Akira was/is a masterpiece. Hollywood is going to crap all over said masterpiece with a racist live-action redo of the movie.
Concerns: The redo will be both subpar AND racist, since the ONLY people considered for the lead roles are shiny light-bright star-white actors (WTF?) when there are PLENTY of (arguably more-)talented people to pick from who are, you know…not. white.
Game plan is simple: Boycott the new life-action movie. Haven’t seen it? Watch the original (for free, even! see below). Still really really want to see the movie? I absolutely would NOT recommend that you go to a website like http://www.bitsnoop.com, snag a torrent file, and download it for free via P2P networks shortly after (or even slightly before) it hits the theaters. That would be wrong. Because it wouldn’t be supporting Hollywood’s hackish racism.
March 31, 2011
This is a rambling response to a question someone I respect posed in her blog:
How can you advocate for a bill to “protect animals and their owners from harm” and eat another animal that night for dinner? How can you allow another animal to go through the terrifying, horrendous, oppressive, and murderous process that it takes to get its body or its products onto your plate? Because it’s not as cute as a dog?
domestication itself is oppressive. we shouldn’t “own” anything. we shouldn’t have “pets” — that’s just another euphemism for anthropocentric system of the enslavement and control of other species. and we shouldn’t be thinking in inherently abusive and exploitative terms such as “resources” (“sustainable resource management” is an oxymoron). [all that begs the question, what SHOULD we be doing?] Read the rest of this entry »
March 29, 2011
The two songs below are two small (and important) reasons why Bambu is one of my favorite artists/activists of any kind, anywhere
March, in case you were unaware, is Women’s History Month. Los Angeles’ own, Bambu, leaks a song that takes a look at domestic violence from a personal perspective. The song speaks on his family history with violence in the home, as well as his own struggles with it, even touching on the normalcy of such violence against women in our own Hip Hop culture. For this one, DJ Phatrick stepped out from behind the turntables to produce, sampling Adele’s “Someone Like You.” A video is set to drop at the end of the month and the song will also be included on Bambu’s …Exact Change… re-release bonus EP, Short Changed, dropping on April 29, 2011 through Beatrock Music Label.
2. The Queen Is Dead…. an older song calling out sexism in the “conscious” and “progressive” elements…
Bambu explains the track here (track #5)
If you haven’t yet, also check out his “Old Man Raps” (explanation is track #7) and “Crooks and Rooks” videos, as well.