Neurotic Visionary with Delusional Aspirations. 08/20/1995. Male. Canada. Or am I?



July 25th 2014 3:39 PM  |  2 notes
"Without multilingual sites, the name ‘World Wide Web’ will never be accurate. A Web that is dominated linguistically by English and technologically and culturally by the United States will never reflect the point of view of people in low-income countries."


Sociology in Our Times

The Web is still only a forum for those with access to the Internet. So as evangelical as the Web is for liberal and diverse speech, the Web is still bound by certain stratifications. 

July 17th 2014 11:38 PM  |  2 notes
"War had been literally continuous, though strictly speaking it had not always been the same war."

—  George Orwell, 1984
July 10th 2014 11:11 PM  |  1 note
"'It's just so fucked up. I feel totally alone.'
Sun suddenly shone through the window, oblivious to our mood."

—  Matt Haig, The Humans
July 6th 2014 12:32 AM  |  1 note  |  Source
"The really big ones are generational. People are strange. On a micro level, everybody likes a new product, a new TV show, new software, a new smartphone. At that micro level, people love change. At the macro level, we hate change. Big, new ideas that challenge preconceptions make people really angry. So it’s young people growing up in the developing world who are going to be the vanguard of something like bitcoin. A young person who’s 16 in a country like Argentina or Mexico, with a shambles of a government and a shambles of a financial system and a terrible currency, who finds out on their smartphone that they can have a currency like bitcoin that lets them transfer money freely and not have it be stolen or inflated away? They’re going to love it, adopt it, and use it. There’s an inevitability to these changes, a generational shift."

—  How long do you think it takes for a truly significant technology to take hold? / Marc Andreessen, co-founder of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz
June 29th 2014 3:41 AM  |  25,810 notes  |  Source  |  Via
"You keep these kids ignorant and then suddenly they’re in a situation that they don’t even have the words for and they have no idea what to do,” she says. “They’re not taught how to ask for consent, how to give consent, how to revoke consent and stop mid-way through. They don’t know to use protection or to demand it if it’s absent, they don’t know this will spread STIs and pregnancy. They don’t know it’s not supposed to hurt. Can you believe that? So, so, so many people think that sex is supposed to hurt the partner with a vagina when they have sex for the first time. They think that’s just the way it is, that’s just how it goes. *That* is obscene to me. Enforced ignorance that inevitably results in physical and emotional damage, *that’s* obscenity."


Rich Goldstein asked me what I consider to be obscene in his article on my work, ‘Oh Joy Sex Toy’: The Internet’s Most Radical Sex-Fueled Comic Strip (via erikamoen)

I genuinely believe in sexual monogamy and one partner for life generally in marriage (as an ideal, life is not ideal). But growing up around fundamentalist Christian purity culture I was consistently shocked by people’s sexual ignorance. I was a virgin when I got married, but I had read Master’s and Johnson’s studies before college because they were in my parents library, along with other helpful books. My parents made sure I was sexually educated. I wasn’t afraid of sex and I wasn’t worried about it hurting. I wasn’t worried about my body “belonging” to my husband because I already knew it belonged to me. I knew consent is still important in marriage. I also knew more about STD’s than a lot of the kids i knew in my early 20’s who were sexually active which confused me (“yes I know what pulling out means, seriously you can still catch stuff that way. Look it up.”) I’m going to raise my kids with the same awareness. The thing I find shocking is that that’s abnormal. I really am pretty innocent to a lot of stuff, but understanding anatomical functions and biology seems like it’s also innocent. #perplexedforlife

(via photolodico)

People regard taboo topics with ignorance, as if to maintain some deluded concept of innocence, when in fact taboos are merely a dangerous social construct that prevent discourse and will hinder you when you’re confronted by what you’ve made unspeakable before. My rule of thumb is to learn about everything—read about everything. 

June 24th 2014 11:31 PM  |  2 notes
"We all owe everyone for everything that happens in our lives. But it’s not owing like a debt to one person—it’s really that we owe everyone for everything. Our whole lives can change in an instant—so each person who keeps that from happening, no matter how small a role they play, is also responsible for all of it. Just by giving friendship and love, you keep the people around you from giving up—and each expression of friendship or love may be the one that makes all the difference."

—  Mary Ann Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club
May 11th 2014 12:51 PM  |  2 notes
"You should tell your family every day that you love them. And make sure they know that you’re proud of them too."


Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club

Happy Mother’s Day, to my mom and every mom

May 11th 2014 12:50 PM  |  6 notes
"Naikan reminds people to be grateful for everything. If you are sitting in a chair, you need to realize that someone made that chair, and someone sold it, and someone delivered it—and you are the beneficiary of all that. Just because they didn’t do it especially for you doesn’t you aren’t blessed to be using it and enjoying it. The idea is that if you practice the Naikan part of Constructive Living, life becomes a series of small miracles, and you may start to notice everything that goes right in a typical life and not the few things that go wrong."

—  Naikan Philosophy, developed by Ishin Yoshimoto
May 5th 2014 9:11 PM  |  0 notes
"Sitting deep in the heart of Organ Cave, I let this sink in: new life starts in the dark. Whether it is a seed in the ground, a baby in the womb or Jesus in the tomb, it starts in the dark."

—  Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark
April 29th 2014 12:04 AM  |  4 notes  |  Source
"In its own way, the rise of publicness has allowed for privateness to become its own trend. In the film era, to photograph something conferred an importance on it. But today the ease and ubiquity of photography means documentation is far more the rule than the exception. It’s gotten to the point where choosing not to photograph something conveys respect for a moment, imbues it with significance. Pretty soon we might realize that one of the Internet’s favorite slogans can now be reversed: No pics or it didn’t happen."

—  Nathan Jurgenson, Why Privacy Is Actually Thriving Online / Wired Magazine, April 2014