unofficial Attack on Titan poster from Kouji Tajima (via LABYRINTH BOOKS Toronto Comics MANGA and GRAPHIC NOVELS - TORONTO: Cool unofficial ‘Attack on Titan’ live-action poster)
So much of the debate seems to boil down to an argument over one question: Is it possible to respect someone yet still want them? I would think that it’s full-on desired. Certainly if you compare it to, say, the goals and techniques of pick-up artists, who reduce women to notches on bedposts, “Blurred Lines” seems at the very least friendly—in one verse Thicke notes how he won’t try to “domesticate” his desired woman like another man, which seems to mean that he won’t try to put her into a box defined by her gender. (I had someone quote the “try to domesticate you” line to me as its own tautological proof of why the song was horrible and sexist, and had to point that Thicke was saying he wouldn’t engage in that sort of behavior.) And further viewing it through the lens of the pick-up artist, “Blurred Lines” is sensual in a way that isn’t wholly reliant on any sort of consummating act—it fades out before its plot comes to any sort of endpoint, yet the pleasure provided by its music (and, let’s face it, Thicke’s sorta-endearing dorkiness on the “shake your body” bridge) is barely diminished.
—So the whole “Blurred Lines” debate is driving me crazy, being as it is based on half-listens and no-context parachuting into the work of an artist who I have enjoyed for quite some time now. I wrote an essay on my frustrations at Maura Magazine, which includes me asking Ke$ha to save us all from more inanity as the summer drags on. (via maura)
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A brazen attack on a Swiss prison has broken out another member of the “Pink Panthers” ring of jewel thieves and a fellow inmate, spurring a massive manhunt in western Switzerland and across the border with France, Swiss authorities said Friday.
Two vans approached the prison in Orbe, in the Jura Mountain foothills, shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, when the inmates were in the exercise yard, the Tribune de Geneve reported (link in French). Under a hail of AK-47 fire, the accomplices rammed the prison gate and threw two ladders across barbed-wire fencing to spring the imprisoned men.
Asked whether he suspected the breakout was staged by other members of the criminal gang that Interpol calls the Pink Panthers, Anthony Brovarone, spokesman for the Swiss prison network known by its French acronym SPEN, replied: “Yes, definitely.”
The international police organization estimates the criminal operation has netted at least $400 million in precious metals and stones in about 15 years of robberies of high-end jewelry stores across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States.
I was looking for those old toothpick “stress tests” I used to do in elementary school and found this. Scott Weaver spent over 30 years making this toothpick model of San Francisco. In this video, he sends ping-pong balls through eight separate tour paths.
The Great Wave of Kanagawa: Your mother, who is not old–who is not that old–if you heard her age spoken aloud, without context, you might think of it as old, but in the context of your mother is not that old, because she is very active and looks ten years younger than she is and sometimes doesn’t return your calls for a few days because she doesn’t want to be one of those overbearing mothers–your mother who is not that old dies in her own house during a heat wave the summer you turn 45, which is truly ridiculous. You have air conditioning in your house. She could have come over to your house, if you had known, if you had driven over to get her. You didn’t even know how hot it was that week, not even when you read about the record-setting temperatures, not even when you heard about the fifteen elderly people who died from the heat in Chicago because your mother was not an elderly person and she would have called you, she absolutely would have called you, if she needed you, if she had been in trouble.
Mallory Ortberg, The Toast
I am in love with this stock photo.