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But the reality is I have only been reading Dreamwidth for a while; at this point, it probably makes sense to just stick to Dreamwidth for future updates. So, if you want to keep up with whatever I happen to post (honest most of my activity is on tumblr/twitter right now but I still post as well), best to follow the Dreamwidth.

Happy New Year!
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Several episodes. Never saw it before. I am so conflicted.

I love the crafts aspect. I know nothing about fashion, but it's still fun to see what people come up with, and to have my own opinions on the aesthetics even if they differ from the judges' opinions. The episodes I saw also were relatively inclusive, in that they featured designers and judges of a mix of genders, orientations, races, and nationalities. I like that a lot.

But it really bothers me that there's an unstated presumption that fashion is for women - because women are decorative. (Have there been challenges involving male designs? It wouldn't surprise me, but the default, to the point where it's entirely unstated, is women). And that leads to this unfortunate dynamic where women models - called "girls" by everyone involved - are treated as furniture. It's the same models throughout the competition, and they never speak, I don't even know if we learn their names. They may as well be mannequins, and it's hard to watch the models sitting silently while everyone else around them comments on their hair, their makeup, and basically treats them as semi-sentient hangers.
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Who looks to my Amazon order history whenever I have to figure out my prior addresses for some kind of application?
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I feel a teeny bit bad for Ryan Lochte. Not for the thing with the gas station - that was pure bro arrogance and he deserves what he gets.

But the false robbery report - he never intended that, he never sought attention, he never went to the cops. He just lied to his mom - which, to be fair, is something most people do at one time or another. And then suddenly it's an international incident. After that, I can't say I'd have behaved any better, under the circumstances. I mean yes, he should have come clean; but I imagine myself in that position, and I'm not sure I'd have had that strength.
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That the women seem to run in bathing suits and the men ... don't?
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Was disappointing. I think we just need to ban men from writing and directing movies.

A bit spoilery, probably not much if you know the premise )
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So, for example, when cab drivers, or hairdressers, try to strike up a conversation with me, I pretty much give one-word answers until they give up. But I understand what they're doing. If we're just sitting together for a while, it makes sense to talk. They want higher tips, and if you see a steady stream of new people every day, you probably enjoy learning a little about them.

But I do not, will never, understand the dental hygienists who keep trying to talk to me. My mouth is busy. This is not a good time
And tipping the hygienist is not, as far as I'm aware, standard. Why are you talking to me? Why are you asking me questions??? You yourself are fully aware that I cannot talk right now. Just finish the tooth polishing and let me leave.

On the bright side, I am so enchanted with the varied flavors of tooth polish available these days. Vanilla, strawberry, orange? When I was a kid, you got mint-vomit and liked it.

I volunteer

Aug. 8th, 2016 06:02 am
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U.S. Male Gymnasts Want to Be Objectified
Even when they medal, they stand in the shadow of female gymnasts. Might the answer be disrobing?

When the United States men’s gymnastics team came to the site of the Olympics earlier this year for a reconnaissance training camp, the American athletes did what anyone in Brazil with a carefully sculpted body would do. They went to the beach, stripped to their Speedos and whipped out a selfie stick. The soaring peaks of Sugarloaf Mountain in the background have never looked so meek.

What happened next was exactly the reaction the U.S. team imagined. The Internet went gaga for the ensuing Instagrams. That wasn’t an accident. It’s one of the ways they think they can get attention in a country that showers glory upon gold-medal-winning women gymnasts while ignoring America’s less-successful men’s team. So the men’s team has been brainstorming ways to market their sport better. They would like to be objectified.

“Maybe compete with our shirts off,” said U.S. star Sam Mikulak, the four-time, reigning all-around national champion. “People make fun of us for wearing tights. But if they saw how yoked we are maybe that would make a difference.”
Frankly, whenever I watch the Olympics, I am reminded that aesthetically, I find the male gymnast's bodies to match my personal ideal of the male form - more than any of the other athletes (swimmers, runners, etc).

Okay, slice of peanut butter cake for breakfast - check.
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When all the servants become human again, does that mean that the house is left without any clocks or candelabras or crockery or coat racks? Or are we supposed to believe that during the enchantment, they just have a fuckton of dishes?
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I'm just waiting for the reveal when we learn that Pokemon Go has been secretly brainwashing everyone, and Phase 2 of the plan is about to begin...
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I think I need to go hide under my bed until 2016 is over.
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There is ... no commentary I can add to this.
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I remember that when I was growing up, My Two Dads was an actual television show, and it was not about gay parents.
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Major warning for child harm. But basically, when the problem was neglect in a case like this, I never know whether my instincts are "throw them in jail for fucking ever" or "they've been punished enough, and it's not like jailtime is actually going to deter people in the future - this is self-deterring for anyone who can be deterred."
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Amazon.com Inc.'s updated terms of service for use of its game-development software:
57.10 Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. Your use of the Lumberyard Materials must comply with the AWS Acceptable Use Policy. The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat. However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.

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