Carved in stone - Fountains Abbey, 11 October 2014
The latest of The Oatmeal makes a pretty compelling case for hating Christopher Columbus, whose achievements (“discovering” America, sailing from Europe to America, proving the curvature of the Earth) are all BS. More importantly, though, is what Columbus did do: launched a campaign of genocide in order to terrorize indigenous people gold-mining slavery, a program buoyed up by mass slaughter, mutilations, and systematic sexual slavery of girls as young as nine or ten.
Whilst I have no axe to grind vis a vis Columbus as such, challenging the commonly held assumptions about history always speaks to my firmly held conviction that the world would be a better place if we accepted that almost everything we culturally create as human beings must be seen as socially mediated and agreed upon, rather than supposedly representing some kind of “truth”.
"Look, let me explain something to you. I’m not Mr. Lebowski. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. That, or His Dudeness … Duder … or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”
Attention all Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, if you’ve got $8500 burning a hole in your
ringerpocket, you’ll be able to purchase your own super awesome The Big Lebowski pinball machine in a few months’ time. This amazing machine was created by Dutch Pinball, who just unveiled and demoed to prototypes at the Grand Cafe Lebowski in Utrecht in the Netherlands.
The cabinet and backbox are beautifully decorated with Lebowski imagery set over a Persian rug background. There’s no doubt that it would really tie a room together.
The machine’s playfield is chock-full of elements from and references to The Big Lebowski such as the Dude’s white russian, the bowling alley, Maude Lebowski’s golden Valkyrie, erm, bowling balls, to name a few examples. But there’s so much more. Lotta strands for old Duder’s head.
Head over to Pinball News for many additional photos and a couple videos.
We recommend storing your gaming quarters in one of our modest coffee can urns. That is, assuming Donny isn’t still in there.
A thing of beauty
This party alone, this party forever
In Praise of the Humble Comma
The gods, they say, give breath, and they take it away. But the same could be said — could it not? — of the humble comma. Add it to the present clause, and, of a sudden, the mind is, quite literally, given pause to think; take it out if you wish or forget it and the mind is deprived of a resting place. Yet still the comma gets no respect. It seems just a slip of a thing, a pedant’s tick, a blip on the edge of our consciousness, a kind of printer’s smudge almost. Small, we claim, is beautiful (especially in the age of the microchip). Yet what is so often used, and so rarely recalled, as the comma — unless it be breath itself?
Punctuation, one is taught, has a point: to keep up law and order. Punctuation marks are the road signs placed along the highway of our communication — to control speeds, provide directions and prevent head-on collisions. A period has the unblinking finality of a red light; the comma is a flashing yellow light that asks us only to slow down; and the semicolon is a stop sign that tells us to ease gradually to a halt, before gradually starting up again. — Pico Iyer, 2001. Via Time.
Let us praise the humble comma!
Mesas in the Northern Amazonis Region
If this world is getting too much for you, just remember there are others not too far away…
Literally the best photoset I’ve ever seen on tumblr
What the hell happened to the second to last one
Dice of shame - if you’ve ever played an RPG, you’ve been there
I refuse to call it a failure
This is the best fanfiction I have ever seen.
Probably not the first to say this, but the dialogue on a Hodor/Groot fanfic would be awesome!
Posters of the International Federation of Anarchists.
Capitalism: We shoot at you, we rule you, we fool you, we eat for you. Workers: We feed you all.
The Great Are Only Great Because We Are On Our Knees - never a truer word said…
A film I must watch again soon…