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Posting will be, at best, intermittent for the next week or so, for which I apologise in advance. I can imagine the terrible, crushing impact this will have on your lives. However, I do have a half-decent excuse, in that,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at davidthompson
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Not that spelling matters, apparently: American University trains faculty not to judge quality of writing when grading. It’s the world of the woke, where inversions abound. Earlier this year, American University invited an outside professor [Dr Asao Inoue] to teach... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at davidthompson
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AI systems to detect ‘hate speech’ could have ‘disproportionate negative impact’ on African Americans. If you’re laughing at the headline, you’re a terrible, terrible person. A new Cornell University study reveals that some artificial intelligence systems created by universities to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at davidthompson
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Lifted from the comments: It goes without saying chappie is an educator. Also needless to say, our educator chappie has form. Given the self-satisfied ignorance on display - or malign perversity - I’m guessing Dr Kotsko doesn’t live in a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at davidthompson
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The fantasy bathrooms you’ve always wanted. (h/t, Julia) || Tiny animals on fingers. || His apple cheesecake is fancier than yours. (h/t, Elephants Gerald) || Cat-fur custom hats for cats. || Uranium in a cloud chamber. || Eh, close enough.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at davidthompson
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I wasn’t previously familiar with Rosanna Arquette, an “actress, poet and activist,” but goodness, she puts on a show: But then, this isn’t her first rodeo: It’s an existential shame, apparently: So, are we witnessing a kind of neurotic contagion... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at davidthompson
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He was white, you see, and obviously that’s another incriminating feature: Update, via the comments: As so often, these little things are quite telling. I realise that gestures of politeness or chivalry aren’t always perfectly expressed, but it takes a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at davidthompson
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So, anyway, in the nightmare, I’m trapped at the Atlanta National Convention of the Democratic Socialists of America, which is currently underway, and where the gathered superior beings keep triggering each other. Most notably, bottom right: To recap: Mr Sensory... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at davidthompson
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There is, I suspect, a story here. || A partial success. || Life lessons. || At last, stabilised beer. || Because you’ve always wanted contact lenses with a blink-triggered zoom option. || Virtual body ownership. || Best not to. ||... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at davidthompson
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Climate change activists chained themselves to the wrong building in the City of London after failing to realise the fossil fuel company they wanted to disrupt had moved address last year. And yes, there is a punchline: The group of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at davidthompson
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Douglas Murray on broadcasters, Twitter and public trust: If broadcasters still cared about the editorial independence of their employees, then comments like this [aired on Twitter] would not be made by their journalists. For they further reveal what most of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at davidthompson
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At the Waltham Forest Pride March - “a celebration of diversity” in “one of London’s most diverse boroughs,” and where “London’s first rainbow bus shelter” is doubtless an object of pilgrimage - a multicultural dilemma is caught on camera. Via... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2019 at davidthompson
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They arrive flat-pack. (h/t, Julia) || In-flight escalation of note. || An unexpected noise. (h/t, Damian) || Welcome to the world of nappy status notifications. || Today’s word is inadvisable. || China’s vertical dramas. || A collection of tiny vases.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at davidthompson
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Yes, it’s time for an open thread. Feel free to share links and bicker. As an enriching cultural bonus, here are some Estonian art gallery scenes, in which a full-figured feminist protests against the “violence” of the art on offer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at davidthompson
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What is masculinity? How can we challenge it? So ask the great minds behind Earth First! UK, a “non-hierarchical organisation” that will soon be hosting a six-day series of eco-activist workshops at an undisclosed rural location in the North East... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at davidthompson
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Locker room scenes. (h/t, Julia) || Missile orientation. || Make your own sand kittens. || Salad jelly. || High-status leisure activity. || Pet repair. || Tiny frilled trumpets with mucous houses. || Dumpster fire toy, $50. || Differing approaches to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at davidthompson
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More feminist fun times in the pages of the Guardian, where Nicola Heath is bemoaning her womanly lot: It feels very personal, the fight you have with your partner about who does the laundry or cleans the bathroom. But the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at davidthompson
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You should chew your food until it is small enough to swallow easily, The Guardian, paper of the enlightened, tells its readers how to chew food. Also, open thread. Update: In the comments, via Darleen, behold the bedlamite dance. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2019 at davidthompson
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“Labour Party. Socialist. Teacher.” Put another way, “State education is generally sub-optimal and often shockingly bad. Let’s make sure that’s all there is available.” We’ve been here before, of course. As when we heard the claim, conveniently unchallenged, that doing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2019 at davidthompson
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Minor malfunction detected. || An appetising dessert. || Just the usual family drama. || An alarming example of upside-down peas. (h/t, Damian) || How to sound like Erik Satie, or alternatively, like Bach. || The sounds of American doomsday cults.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at davidthompson
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I think it may be time for an open thread, in which to share links and bicker. What? Oh, sorry. Forgot. Breasts. A discussion ensues. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at davidthompson
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You can tell from his outpourings: As someone who writes about Trump and his subordinates every day, I need every reprieve I can find from the ongoing toxic demise of our country, including in my personal social media. But my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at davidthompson
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In the comments, Mr Muldoon steers us to this item of possible interest: As the fat-positivity movement has gained momentum, so, too, have debates around how fat folks should lead healthy lives. [Sonalee] Rashatwar, though, considers how sizeism is affected... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at davidthompson
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Bad dog. (h/t, Holborn) || Inadvisable cat handling. || Scenes. || More scenes. (h/t, Damian) || Yet more scenes. (h/t, Holborn) || Restoration. (h/t, Elephants Gerald) || Style points. || Today’s word is gripping. || How to be glamorous. ||... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at davidthompson
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Again, via Darleen in the comments: It’s as if the movie Inherit the Wind had a different ending. She’s referring to this intriguing academic development: Instructors at a prominent university in Australia have been warned not to lecture on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at davidthompson
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