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One for our ongoing series on the progressive retail experience. I believe this is part 445: A young woman asks in a brazen voice as the destruction and theft rages behind her, “Are y’all gonna make the sandwiches or are... Continue reading
Posted 20 hours ago at davidthompson
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Both literal and ideological: I love to dance, but I’m a bit picky about music. If Motown is playing, I’m guaranteed to have a transcendent in-my-body experience, whereas electronic dance music is hit and miss. I was, however, determined to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at davidthompson
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Alarming crane-related mishap of note. (Happily, he survived.) || And some unexpected excitement in the bedroom. || His is bigger than yours. || The up-buggering of Bond continues, I see. || Two mighty combatants. || A question of mass. And... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at davidthompson
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Further to recent rumblings in the comments, the Globe and Mail’s Phoebe Maltz Bovy offers what I believe is called a hot take: Most will be familiar with the following scenario: a young girl, a teen or tween, gets in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at davidthompson
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Number four. The discovery of fire. Consider this an open thread. Share ye links and bicker. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2022 at davidthompson
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Nommy nommy nom. || New rap sensation. || The rest of the rainbow. || “White people are the reason I can’t lose weight.” || Instant woman. || Karate Girl, 1973. || A rethinking of priorities. || A detailed, two-part analysis... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2022 at davidthompson
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Some items from the archives: No Black Lights Were Available. New York Times contributor is oppressed by pedestrian-crossing traffic lights. Mr Kaufman - who can doubtless detect racism in the motions of subatomic particles - would have us believe that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2022 at davidthompson
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And in totally-radical-toilet news: Female students at one of Latin America’s top Universities say trans activists staged a coup of a single-sex washroom on their campus, It started, you see, with feminist students painting a lesbian pride symbol on a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2022 at davidthompson
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“Equitable Vaseline.” || Lost and found (or, Your Mother Must Never Hear Of This). || She’s explaining who she is, you see. || Nipping of note. || Oddly, it didn’t catch on. || And this beast from the 80s also... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2022 at davidthompson
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Canada’s interim Green Party leader, a dysmorphic woman who expects everyone else to refer to her as “he” and “they,” but also sometimes “she,” apparently at random, was recently rendered tearful and distraught by an electronic caption: On Saturday, September... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2022 at davidthompson
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Attention, lowly peasants. I bring you art: The vast creative talent behind the above, quite literally, is of course Ms Sandrine Schaefer, whose contributions to human flourishing have been noted here on occasion. Once I reveal that the performance is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2022 at davidthompson
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“It’s just nice we don’t have to hide our activism… We don’t have to hide who we are.” Noted, madam. Also, open thread. Share ye links and bicker. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2022 at davidthompson
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TIME spoke to Gender Queer author and illustrator Maia Kobabe about eir work, the efforts to restrict access to eir writing, and what ey make of the current cultural moment. Captain, your signal’s breaking up. I’m getting a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2022 at davidthompson
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As I expect to be busy over the next few days, some items from the archives. Something About The Tone. Urban Studies lecturer bemoans litter inequality, suggests bulldozing homes nicer than his own. Our postcode class warrior also thinks that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2022 at davidthompson
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The price of happiness. || Postmodern Pong. || Paragliding DJ. || The ideal male body. || Logo of note. || Have you licked your eyes today? || Clearly, his are way stretchier than yours. || The thrill of waxing (or,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2022 at davidthompson
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Maybe the racially neurotic should not be teaching children. Say, the kinds of people who insist that maintaining discipline in class and ejecting those who seriously misbehave - thereby enabling the rest of the class to have some chance of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2022 at davidthompson
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Or, Things That Will Not Be Tolerated On Twitter. The thing in question this time is a cartoon, an illustration of an idea. It was shared, briefly, yesterday by biologist and Quillette contributor Colin Wright, and was promptly censored by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2022 at davidthompson
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A good nose. || Dinner and a show. || The spread of dumplings. || He does this better than you do. || And she does this better than you do. || Meme density. || Discussing TV. || Temporal anomaly detected.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2022 at davidthompson
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“Decolonizing” the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI) could boost its chances of success, says science historian Rebecca Charbonneau. From Scientific American, obviously. You see, Increasingly, SETI scientists are grappling with the disquieting notion that, much like their intellectual forebears, their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2022 at davidthompson
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“It was, like, so awesome.” Or, “Woman with mental health problems craves validation from other people’s eight-year-olds, whom she manipulates, seemingly with impunity.” Readers may wish to devise captions of their own. Update: Via the comments, and somewhat related, this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2022 at davidthompson
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Bubbling detected. || An abundance of ladybirds. || Singled out. || Monkey see, monkey do. || Mahi-mahi. || “It’s mango, don’t you like it?” (h/t, Ben) || The shadow of the Moon. || Magic show of note. (h/t, Desert Rat)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2022 at davidthompson
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Time to revisit the world of “queer studies,” via the academic journal Qualitative Research: I wanted to understand how my research participants experience sexual pleasure when reading shota, a Japanese genre of self-published erotic comics that features young boy characters.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2022 at davidthompson
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Anna Slatz on when an 80-year-old lady encounters the pointy end of transgender ideology: When [Julie] Jaman asked… why no signs had been posted informing women that males could potentially be in the locker rooms, she says she was told:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2022 at davidthompson
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Guess he needed some attention around the back end. || He does this better than you do. || Not unstylish sea beastie. || Autonomous, unmanned beverage and snack car. || What do you keep in your drawers? || Delivery detected.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2022 at davidthompson
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Yes, a subtle layout overhaul. A light dusting. As is the way with such things, there may be one or two glitches to sort out, archived videos that need to be resized, etc. Do feel free to point them out.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at davidthompson
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