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I’m reblogging and tagging #SpiritDay because sometimes the worst bullying an LGBT youth experiences is at home.

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Cirque du Soleil’s First Magical Experiment With Drones

drones

When household objects come to life onscreen (think candlesticks and teacups in Beauty and the Beast, books and brooms in Harry Potter, the cast of practically every Pixar film), it’s the result of careful animation or painstaking CGI. Done well, it’s magic.

But computer-generated imagery doesn’t translate well into live theater, so researchers in Zurich have concocted an enchanting alternative: dancing drones.

For the past five years, a team with ETH Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) has studied the possibilities of “athletic quadcopters,” algorithmically-powered drones that can solve problems like a human might. Their work caught the attention of Cirque du Soleil, which you could say also is in the business of solving physical problems. The unlikely collaborators created Sparked, a special-effects-free video starring a repairman and a troupe of dancing lampshades.

The lampshades are, of course…

read more at wired.com

Today is #NationalComingOutDay
But remember, coming out is a personal choice, Everyone has different circumstances and comfort levels.
Just know that, for those who do, coming out can be very liberating. I can tell you that my life was 100% better after I did. I took my parents a little while to accept it but eventually, after they had time to think it through, everything was fine.
Remember, it took you time to get used to the idea so you may need to give your parents some time.
If you are threatened with violence from your family here are some resources that can help you.
The Trevor Project
The GLBT National Help Center —Toll-free 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743) - Email: help@GLBThotline.org
Lamda Youth Outreach
Safe Place: for teens who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or who are questioning their sexuality
Just remember, you are a valued member of society.

Today is #NationalComingOutDay

But remember, coming out is a personal choice, Everyone has different circumstances and comfort levels.

Just know that, for those who do, coming out can be very liberating. I can tell you that my life was 100% better after I did. I took my parents a little while to accept it but eventually, after they had time to think it through, everything was fine.

  • Remember, it took you time to get used to the idea so you may need to give your parents some time.

If you are threatened with violence from your family here are some resources that can help you.

  1. The Trevor Project
  2. The GLBT National Help Center —Toll-free 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743) - Email: help@GLBThotline.org
  3. Lamda Youth Outreach
  4. Safe Place: for teens who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or who are questioning their sexuality

Just remember, you are a valued member of society.

(Source: dont-deconstruct)

It Came From The Freezer! …a #FoodPorn Mystery

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“What are we having for dinner?”

It was a simple question, really. But I honestly had no idea. It was a busy day in the middle of a busy week. Neither of us had put much thought into food.

“Isn’t there some chili left in the freezer?”

Well, yes. It is quite possible that one of the unmarked containers in the freezer is the last of the chili. So I took what I thought was a quart of chili from the freezer and set it in the sink to start defrosting while I went about the rest of my afternoon.

We spent much of our free time last week taking stock of what needs to be done around the house before winter settles in. Beyond the usual furnace check-up and window insulation, our kitchen needs painting and the bathtub faucet needs adjusting. So we’ve set aside a few days next week for the anticipated multiple trips to the home improvement store. As usual, I spent the day playing “catch-up”.

When Love got home, he inspected the container that was defrosting in the sink.

“Honey. Are you sure this is chili?

Well, no. I wasn’t entirely sure what was in the container. There are six other quart containers just like it in the freezer. Three of them are chicken stock, two are chicken noodle soup, and one is potato leek soup. All of them are a pale yellow. The one defrosting in the sink was a beef stock brown. So it was either chili or stew. — I told you guys I like to cook.

As I entered the kitchen, Love was holding the container an inch from his nose. His eyes squinted as he turned the mysterious concoction in his hand, trying to identify it’s contents. He pointed at some small shapes visible through the plastic.

“I think these are mushrooms.”

There’s only one way to find out. Let’s heat it up and give it a taste. So I emptied the slushy mixture into a sauce pan and set the heat to low while I finished up the project I was working on. Ten minutes later, Love called from the kitchen.

“I don’t think this is stew, either.”

Now I was really confused! I got to the kitchen and took a look. In the pot was a brown stock with mushrooms floating around and very little else. I could identify some chopped onions. Maybe. But nothing else. We stared at each other for a…

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dragvaeb:

missinglinc:

nikkisshadetree:

salemgirl0625:

nikkisshadetree:

cultureisnotacostume:

dynastylnoire:

trebled-negrita-princess:

piccolowasablackman:

isitscary:

zealkin:

ethiopienne:

wait why do they look like twins tho

white peopleeeeee

Kind of on the fence with this one. I read the article and it appears that they actually do care about the child, but are scared for her because their families and the town they live in are racist as fuck. They also both acknowledged that they may not really have the cultural competency needed to raise the baby, as they really didn’t have much contact with Black people until much later on in their lives.
So, it’s not so much that they are like EW MY BABY IS BLACK AND I WANT TO SUE THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SPERM BANK, it’s more so I SPECIFICALLY ASKED FOR A WHITE DONOR, AND WHILE I DO LOVE MY CHILD AND BONDED WITH HER IMMEDIATELY, THE SPERM BANK STILL WAS NEGLIGENT, AND NOW I AM SCARED BECAUSE I CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL MEANS TO PROPERLY CARE FOR MY CHILD
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-sperm-donor-lawsuit-met-20140930-story.html

i read the article and i understand like idki feel bad for the child that don’t deserve any of that going on.

Either way, that’s your fucking child, you asked for her, there you have it, if you LOVE the child like you claim you do… What’s the point in suing…

exactly

They’re only suing because they want money for what happened, which is whatever, but the women said that their community and families are racist, and sort of admitted that they were a little bit racist too. I feel sorry for this baby who has to grow up around all that ignorance.
-Allyssa

This kid is screwed. She has admittedly racist parents and will grow up in a racist town — all because of a sperm bank screw up.

They are right to sue the sperm bank but their lack of awareness is shocking.

I think they are aware enough to state that they are not culturally aware or sensitive, which is better than a bunch of white people who PURPOSELY create or adopt POC. I give them props for this. Meh, I can’t feel the ire against them that many seem to. I’m moreso worried about this child who is being raised by admittedly culturally insensitive parents.

What bothers me is that they admit that even their family doesn’t reslly accept the child. So their families and communities accept 2 lesbians but not a biracial baby who didn’t ask to be born? Then the lawyer says that one of them “Didn’t encounter an African American until entering college”. Like admitting that having a kid with black genes makes them personally uncomfortable. The subtle racism in this entire story is disgusting. That poor child has to grow constantly being reminded that she isn’t what her parents wanted and they only kept her because they had to. That’s shitty.

^^ especially now that it’s become a major news story.

"That poor child has to grow constantly being reminded that she isn’t what her parents wanted and they only kept her because they had to…"
Kinda like a gay child growing up constantly being reminded that s/he isn’t what his/her parents wanted and they only kept him/her because they had to. 
I have mixed feelings about this.. The sperm back indeed screwed up and needs to be held accountable. Period. — That being said, I think it’s time these women take their therapist’s advice and move or expand their friendship base for the benefit of their child. That little girl is going to need positive role models she’s obviously not going to get with the families of either these women.

dragvaeb:

missinglinc:

nikkisshadetree:

salemgirl0625:

nikkisshadetree:

cultureisnotacostume:

dynastylnoire:

trebled-negrita-princess:

piccolowasablackman:

isitscary:

zealkin:

ethiopienne:

wait why do they look like twins tho

white peopleeeeee

Kind of on the fence with this one. I read the article and it appears that they actually do care about the child, but are scared for her because their families and the town they live in are racist as fuck. They also both acknowledged that they may not really have the cultural competency needed to raise the baby, as they really didn’t have much contact with Black people until much later on in their lives.

So, it’s not so much that they are like EW MY BABY IS BLACK AND I WANT TO SUE THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SPERM BANK, it’s more so I SPECIFICALLY ASKED FOR A WHITE DONOR, AND WHILE I DO LOVE MY CHILD AND BONDED WITH HER IMMEDIATELY, THE SPERM BANK STILL WAS NEGLIGENT, AND NOW I AM SCARED BECAUSE I CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL MEANS TO PROPERLY CARE FOR MY CHILD

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-sperm-donor-lawsuit-met-20140930-story.html

i read the article and i understand like idk

i feel bad for the child that don’t deserve any of that going on.

Either way, that’s your fucking child, you asked for her, there you have it, if you LOVE the child like you claim you do… What’s the point in suing…

exactly

They’re only suing because they want money for what happened, which is whatever, but the women said that their community and families are racist, and sort of admitted that they were a little bit racist too. I feel sorry for this baby who has to grow up around all that ignorance.

-Allyssa

This kid is screwed. She has admittedly racist parents and will grow up in a racist town — all because of a sperm bank screw up.

They are right to sue the sperm bank but their lack of awareness is shocking.

I think they are aware enough to state that they are not culturally aware or sensitive, which is better than a bunch of white people who PURPOSELY create or adopt POC. I give them props for this. Meh, I can’t feel the ire against them that many seem to. I’m moreso worried about this child who is being raised by admittedly culturally insensitive parents.

What bothers me is that they admit that even their family doesn’t reslly accept the child. So their families and communities accept 2 lesbians but not a biracial baby who didn’t ask to be born? Then the lawyer says that one of them “Didn’t encounter an African American until entering college”. Like admitting that having a kid with black genes makes them personally uncomfortable. The subtle racism in this entire story is disgusting. That poor child has to grow constantly being reminded that she isn’t what her parents wanted and they only kept her because they had to. That’s shitty.

^^ especially now that it’s become a major news story.

"That poor child has to grow constantly being reminded that she isn’t what her parents wanted and they only kept her because they had to…"

Kinda like a gay child growing up constantly being reminded that s/he isn’t what his/her parents wanted and they only kept him/her because they had to.

I have mixed feelings about this.. The sperm back indeed screwed up and needs to be held accountable. Period. — That being said, I think it’s time these women take their therapist’s advice and move or expand their friendship base for the benefit of their child. That little girl is going to need positive role models she’s obviously not going to get with the families of either these women.

leader-of-standing-purgatorians:

princess-romanova:

So I hadn’t yet come out to my mum and today I got home to see that someone had changed the cover on my bed to this

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And then I saw that they left a note on the bed, so I went over to take a look at it and

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My mum is the best 

Whenever I see this I think well what if you weren’t gay and you came home one day to this

Good point. We like to encourage acceptance, but what if?

aint-back-yet:

liberalsarecool:

mediamattersforamerica:

Is this what you want your kids to see when they go to school? Fox News thinks so, calling it a “great warning … meant to protect the kids.”

Nothing says “protecting our students” like an infinite promise of deadly force for whatever they project as a threat.
Using this logic, the students will all have guns. More guns around children is not a good idea.

The possibility that any one of the students themselves may be considered a threat (let’s say the teacher’s 5 foot nothing, has joints that go snap crackle pop, and some 6’4” teenage boy is acting like a jackass)  doesn’t come up.  Nor does the idea that a stressed and underpaid teacher, who these same people want to deny union security and pensions, might snap. But it should. It really fucking should.

Indeed.

aint-back-yet:

liberalsarecool:

mediamattersforamerica:

Is this what you want your kids to see when they go to school? Fox News thinks so, calling it a “great warning … meant to protect the kids.”

Nothing says “protecting our students” like an infinite promise of deadly force for whatever they project as a threat.

Using this logic, the students will all have guns. More guns around children is not a good idea.

The possibility that any one of the students themselves may be considered a threat (let’s say the teacher’s 5 foot nothing, has joints that go snap crackle pop, and some 6’4” teenage boy is acting like a jackass)  doesn’t come up.  Nor does the idea that a stressed and underpaid teacher, who these same people want to deny union security and pensions, might snap. But it should. It really fucking should.

Indeed.

Bubbling Anger, a plea for sanity.

Everyone is angry.

I’m sure you’ve noticed.

Angrier than usual

these days.

We’re all talking.

Loudly.

No one

is listening.

Eyes

glaze over.

The volume increases.

The cacophony fades

like static

into the background

as we scream

and shout

desperately

seeking

to be heard.

But still

no one

is listening.

It’s almost like

we’re living

in some alternate

reality

created by Springer

and populated

almost…

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Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black” (NPS 2013)

"It’s not about whether or not the shooter is racist. It’s about how poor black boys are treated as problems well before we are treated as people."

I’ve seen the GIF set of this video floating around and thought maybe folks should see the entire video.

  • As a side note, white privilege allows me to turn off my TV or log off of social media whenever this stuff gets too real for me to handle, but the people of Ferguson can’t change the channel. The people in North Philly can’t just turn it off. These are real people’s lives, people that matter. Remember that the next time you get the urge to log off Tumblr because the “unpleasantness” of the world is getting a little “too real”. - Frank D (aka adignorantium)

Special thanks to talldarklefty for the link to this video.

Everyday, young people are doing positive things. We need to make sure that they’re getting the proper recognition, right here in this great city!

 Philadelphia mayor @Michael_Nutter at the rally for Taney Dragons (August 27, 2014)

Amen!

Today is Taney Dragons Day here in Philly!

socialjusticekoolaid:

Micheal Brown is being laid to rest today. The family has asked for a day of peace without protest during the funeral proceedings. #staywoke #insolidarity

Watch Live

omg. that first image. Parents are not supposed to bury their children. :|

Georgia sex offenders, murderers get gun rights back

(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) William Alvin Bishop paid for his crime – aggravated child molestation – with nine years in prison. But when he got out, he still wasn’t free.

Because he is on Georgia’s sex offender registry, Bishop must notify his local sheriff of any change of address, which then is posted online with his photograph. He cannot live or work within 1,000 feet of a school, a church, a day-care center – any place where, in the expansive language of the state’s sex offender law, “minors congregate.”

He may, however, own a gun.

He may, however, own a gun. 

"…despite the serious nature of his crime and his documented threat of additional violence. He is among a growing number of violent offenders who have received pardons that restore gun rights in recent years – and one of the seven from the sex offender registry.” (source)

(Source: quickhits)