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Aug 28 ’14

So I have joined the ranks of the ice watered…

However, while it is always great to see a worthy cause getting attention, as ALS is a terrible disease, like my mother I’m going to be donating both to ALS, through the ALS Society of Canada, at als.ca, and also to One Drop, at onedrop.org, which is a charity that “strives to ensure that water is accessible to all, today and forever”.

I encourage all of you to go out and find a charity that works for you, and to do a bit of research on how they spend there money. For example, if you take a look at the ALS society of Canada’s charity details page on charityintelligence.ca, you can see that about two thirds of their money is spent on grants and programs, that most of the rest is spent on fund raising, and that none of the staff are paid more then 200k a year, so that seems pretty legitimate.

I would also like to recommend The Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross as they are very highly rated as I understand it, if you need suggestions.

You can also always go to the Canada Revenue Agency to check a charities status, and see a breakdown of their finances in cute little pie graphs. It is quick, and as easy as typing in a search box at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/lstngs/menu-eng.html.

Also, I’d like to remind everyone that if you have some spare time then it is always good to get directly involved, and that there are always charities out there looking for people, even if it is only the one time for a couple of hours. Every little bit helps.

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Aug 28 ’14

slayde:

wildchildkcw:

this-book-has-been-loved:

kissmymahogany:

koopat911:

Notice only 20 shades of gray

It’s been proven that women actually have an acute ability to pick up subtle differences in colors

In response to that last comment^^

Yes. It comes from the Hunter-Gatherer days.

Women were the gatherers. They had to be able to discern between the different shades of colors to know which plants were poisonous and which were not.

Men were out hunting, so they didn’t have to worry about that.

Which is why women see “Blood orange” and “crimson” and “scarlet” etc while guys just see “red”.

I’M A COLORBLIND WOMAN HALF OF THESE LOOK THE SAME AS THE ONE NEXT TO THEM THIS IS INFURIATING 

The hunter-gatherer explanation is total bullshit FYI. You think gatherers (women or not) relied on close color differentiation over the shape of the leaves/flowers/etc.? You think hunters (men or not) didn’t rely on close color differentiation to spot camouflaged prey?

It’s not even that men aren’t always able to tell that two similar colors are different in shade or hue. It’s just that men, unlike women, generally aren’t exposed to thousands of beauty products every year/month/week, each with a UNIQUE color name.

How many times have you seen a man ridiculed for wearing colors or shades that don’t match well enough? How many men have had to stand in an aisle at Walmart and make a conscious choice between orchid and amethyst? 

If you think for a second that women being able to differentiate and assign names to varying hues is due to some pseudoscientific ancient human adaptation bullshit and not due to the fact that women have to survive being bogged down daily and from childhood by ridiculous beauty standards and expectations and products, then I will personally papercut your shins until you can tell me whether your sexist blood is crimson, scarlet, or ruby. 

Not to disagree with the last post completely, as I believe that the biggest reason for the difference is exposure, as they said, and not to reinforce the stereotype of hunter man and gatherer woman, which was not likely always so distinct but I feel it should be pointed out that colour blindness might not actually be such a bad thing for a hunter. There are reasons why it might actually help to see through camouflage, since camouflage is fundamentally a colour based disguise. I mean, if colour vision were important for hunters, canines and felines would probably not be colour blind by human standards. Further, primates probably did evolve 3 colour vision (‘normal’ colour vision) for foraging fruit. To quote:

Human dichromats have especial difficulty in detecting coloured fruit against dappled foliage that varies randomly in luminosity; it is suggested that yellow and orange tropical fruits have co-evolved with the trichromatic colour vision of Old World monkeys.

Thus, if it were true that men did all the hunting, and women did all the gathering, then the evolutionary pressure probably would be towards men being colour blind, and women having normal colour vision.

That said, most men and most women have ‘normal’ colour vision, with little if any proven difference between the two, so yes, the reason men tend to lump colours together, and women tend to know more names for different shades is probably social.

But let’s not forget that men are also 16 times more likely to be colour blind in some way than women. And that tetrachromacy (super colour vision) may exist, and may even be not exceptionally rare. If it does exist, this super colour vision would present either mostly or exclusively in women. This could perhaps explain some of the myth, or at least some of the social forces at play.

PS Also I found this one study that suggested female peripheral colour vision is slightly superior to men’s, and though not particularly relevant, I thought it was interesting and thought I’d share.

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Aug 28 ’14

wrapyourselfaroundmyfinger:

jonny-poopoo-pants:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

For The First Time Ever, All Four Eyewitness Accounts of The Murder of Michael Brown Put In Chronological OrderThe most detailed side-by-side telling of each eyewitness account of the Mike Brown murder in chronological order #JusticeForMichaelBrown [@ShaunKing]

Reblog the fuck out of this

BOOST^^^^^^^

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Aug 19 ’14

There are some crazies talking about a world conspiracy against Russia and China at the Skytrain station. Mostly they are just angrily stringing together buzz words like neo-nazi and alqaeda. I pointed out a bunch of holes in their arguments and now they won’t talk to me. :(

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Aug 19 ’14

outofthecavern:

scarecrowinc93:

garymanderrr:

chapmen:

literally wtf the fuck

i love how the balloon one is just like ????

what kind of black magic is this family

ACTUAL WIZARDS AND WITCHES

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Aug 19 ’14

vacilandoelmundo:

Time Slice by Richard Silver

The idea behind the “Time Sliced” Project was to photograph iconic world buildings at sunset and capture the changing light from day to night in a single image. Experimenting with a few different kinds of processes I came up with the “Sliced” idea. I decided to Slice time and light showing the progression of the day from left to right.

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Aug 17 ’14

blaineswolf:

raggedysherloki:

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Can we talk about Barrowman’s husband and his swimsuit 

That’s not a swimsuit, that’s a Jockstrap and it’s awesome lol!

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Aug 17 ’14

chriskaevil:

DC is being all gritty and “realistic” and Marvel just had a movie where the galaxy is saved by a dance-off and the power of friendship

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Aug 17 ’14

ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

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Aug 17 ’14

atopfourthwall:

uvsiren:

Discworld

I really need to read/watch the Discworld stuff.

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