Raccoon caught breaking into Tennessee cell phone store http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/01/18/raccoon-caught-brea...
"The raccoon eventually escaped through the store's front door. "The on-scene Sgt could not confirm or deny the suspect successfully escaped with an iPhone X," police said on Twitter." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
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Dang. Local pentesting firm oughta hire that critter. ‎· LibSkrat
Here's What It Takes To Be A Full-Time Disney Princess https://www.buzzfeed.com/vchamlee/heres-what-it-takes-to-be-a...
"Because all characters at Disney wear some sort of costume — fur characters wear large, fuzzy costumes complete with a removable head, while face characters wear an outfit and a full face of makeup — height is a determining factor in who can play which role. Unlike a role in a play or a film — where costumes are made for the actors who can best play the role — the actors at Disney have to be able to fit into costumes that already exist. Tinker Bell, for instance, is played by a petite woman, as are Chip and Dale. That being said, someone’s “look” doesn’t always determine which character they might get. It really boils down to what Disney needs. On Reddit, a former Disney worker said he first auditioned for a role after several people told him he looked like Prince Phillip [from Sleeping Beauty]. Ultimately, he wasn’t selected — he said he found out after the audition that “they were really only looking for Kim possible and Ron stoppable. And since you can only attend one face audition a year I never tried again.”" ‎· JustDuckie
"Each character (even those wearing enormous masks and gloves) has to learn their autograph — and practice it over and over again. In fact, one woman who played Mulan admitted on Reddit that she had accidentally signed the name to restaurant and retail receipts, simply out of habit: “I signed ‘Mulan’ about 1000 times a day at work, you eventually get handed paper and do it without thinking.” “Each character has a very distinct signature, to keep consistency,” McBroom said, “in case someone sees a princess at breakfast and sees her again at dinner they want to make sure the autograph stays the same.”" ‎· JustDuckie
"Banks, who currently works at Disney, admits that many of her colleagues have been “disapproved” from working as face characters because they’ve either aged or gained weight. “They bring you in once a month, put you in the costume, and reevaluate you,” she said. Those who are disapproved due to weight gain wouldn’t be fired, she said, but would instead be reassigned to a character who wears more clothing (Ariel, for instance, might become Mary Poppins)." ‎· JustDuckie
List: More Op-Ed Spreads the New York Times Will Be Publishing After “Letters From Trump Supporters” https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/more-op-ed-spreads-the-ne...
"Letters From Bus Drivers Who Make Eye Contact In Their Rearview As They Pull Away While You Chase the Bus" ‎· JustDuckie
"Letters From People Who Take Up Two Parking Spaces at Trader Joes" ‎· JustDuckie
"Letters From UPS Guys Who Leave Your Packages In the Bushes" ‎· JustDuckie
"Letters From People Who Rush Into the Elevator Before Anyone Has Gotten Off" ‎· JustDuckie
The End of the Awl and the Vanishing of Freedom and Fun from the Internet https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-end-of...
"Blogging, that much-maligned pastime, is gradually but surely disappearing from the Internet, and so, consequently, is a lot of online freedom and fun. Before I came to The New Yorker, my only professional writing experience was at blogs, places where a piece like this one, about disappearing blogs, would’ve been either eighty-five words or three thousand, and the lede would have been abrupt and vividly unprofessional, like a friend grabbing you by the collar at a bar. The image above the text would be some low-cost visual joke—a screenshot, or a cheesy stock photo—and the editing would’ve been as intimate and odd as a tarot-card reading, or nearly nonexistent, or maybe both. Blogs were a one-man-band situation: if you were a blog editor, as I was, you were also a blogger, and many other things besides, so you would spend your days not just writing and editing pieces but formatting and tagging them, finding art, scheduling and publishing, posting everything on social media yourself." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
"In 2012, I was a year out of the Peace Corps, in an M.F.A. program in Ann Arbor, and I read the Hairpin and the Awl every day. With essentially no experience writing anything for public consumption, I pitched the Hairpin a series of interviews with adult virgins. When Jane Marie, Zimmerman’s co-editor, wrote back, I was over the moon. For a year, I wrote for free. (The size of the Awl network’s budget had obvious downsides. One enormous upside is that the editors had little excuse or inclination to refuse a random beginner his or her shot.) In 2013, Emma Carmichael took over from Zimmerman and, without ever having met me, offered me an editing position out of the blue. It was my first job in media, and it felt like an obsessive, ad-hoc hobby: one of us would post every forty-five minutes, and each day we’d run two or three short features. The site looked terrible, but it was sort of nice, like being in a friend’s unchanged high-school bedroom. Sometimes I’d be scrolling through the back end of the site, trying to register a new writer, and newly famous names—Amy Schumer!—would jump out at me." ‎· JustDuckie
"Many, many others were able to write something they had always wanted to write and wouldn’t have been able to publish anywhere else. Balk and Sicha often advised people to take their best pitches to real magazines first, to see if they could get paid better; they would also, unlike most editors on the Internet, caution writers against selling themselves out." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
"And now, in 2018, the economics of online publishing are running everyone off the map. I sometimes think, with some regretful wonder and gratitude, about an Awl chat-room conversation that took place in 2013. Some annoying mini-scandal had transpired on the Internet, and everyone else who worked for the little network—they all had years of experience on me—was typing out lively scenarios of what they would do if our online infrastructure magically burned down. Sitting in my little blue house in Ann Arbor, I kept quiet for a while, and then typed something like, “Aww guys, no, the Internet is great.” I meant it, though the sentiment now feels as distant as preschool. Reading the Awl and the Hairpin, and then working with the people that ran them, had actually convinced me that the Internet was silly, fun, generative, and honest. They all knew otherwise, but they staved off the inevitable for a good long while." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 2
The sad part is, it's not just writers. It's *all* small content creators. This parallels what Patreon tried to do last month and what Youtube just started doing -- killing off everyone who isn't already a big fish. At some point there won't be many places left where people with fewer than 1,000 subscribers can make an income off their work, and then where will new content come from? ‎· JustDuckie
‘I, Figure Skating Reporter’: Full Circle With Tonya Harding https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/insider/i-figure-skating-r...
"In 1993, I came to The Times myself from The Philadelphia Inquirer and have now covered figure skating, off and on, for a quarter century. There is no sport more fun to write about in an Olympic year. Skating is full of creative people, individuals who are not muzzled by the team ethos. At the same time, their careers are held in constant judgment by others. Somehow this eternal tension between the objective and the subjective is liberating instead of stifling." ‎· JustDuckie
I will conjecture that Tonya Harding went to two Olympics *despite* being disliked by the officials. She qualified in 92 by winning 91 nationals and 2nd at worlds and then again in 94 by winning nationals. Say what you will about her, but she was always getting deductions for presentation. No lie. ‎· kaijsa ‎· 2
Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea https://qz.com/1176962/map-how-the-word-tea-spread-over-land-...
"Both versions come from China. How they spread around the world offers a clear picture of how globalization worked before “globalization” was a term anybody used. The words that sound like “cha” spread across land, along the Silk Road. The “tea”-like phrasings spread over water, by Dutch traders bringing the novel leaves back to Europe." ‎· JustDuckie
"The term cha (茶) is “Sinitic,” meaning it is common to many varieties of Chinese. It began in China and made its way through central Asia, eventually becoming “chay” (چای) in Persian. That is no doubt due to the trade routes of the Silk Road, along which, according to a recent discovery, tea was traded over 2,000 years ago. This form spread beyond Persia, becoming chay in Urdu, shay in Arabic, and chay in Russian, among others." ‎· JustDuckie
"In today’s Mandarin, it is chá. But in the Min Nan variety of Chinese, spoken in the coastal province of Fujian, the character is pronounced te. The key word here is “coastal.” The te form used in coastal-Chinese languages spread to Europe via the Dutch, who became the primary traders of tea between Europe and Asia in the 17th century, as explained in the World Atlas of Language Structures. The main Dutch ports in east Asia were in Fujian and Taiwan, both places where people used the te pronunciation. The Dutch East India Company’s expansive tea importation into Europe gave us the French thé, the German Tee, and the English tea." ‎· JustDuckie
Yevgenia Medvedeva trails at European Championships http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2018/01/18/yevgenia-medvedeva-a...
"Yevgenia Medvedeva came back from a broken foot to an unfamiliar place — trailing at a figure skating competition. The Russian, undefeated for more than two years, had a minor error — stumbling out of a double Axel landing — and is second to training partner Alina Zagitova by 1.7 points after the European Championships short program in Moscow. Medvedeva is competing for the first time since November. She withdrew from two December events — the Grand Prix Final and the Russian Championships — with the injury but is still expected to compete in the PyeongChang Olympics. She was beaten in a program Thursday for the first time since Gracie Gold topped the 2016 World Championships short program." ‎· JustDuckie
:O ‎· JustDuckie
Eh. The short program is unforgiving. I suspect she'll make it up and then some in the long. ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 1
Yeah I think she'll make it up, I'm mostly just :O :O :O that she's behind in anything, ever. ‎· JustDuckie
Why Aesha Ash is Wandering Around Inner City Rochester in a Tutu http://www.dancemagazine.com/aesha-ash-wandering-around-inner...
"After an inspiring career at NYCB, Béjart's Ballet Lausanne and LINES, the January 2006 Dance Magazine cover star—one of our 25 to Watch that year—is no longer performing. But she's determined to use her dance background to change the stereotypes and misconceptions that people—including black people—have about women of color. "I want to show it's okay to embrace our softer side, and let the world know we're multidimensional," says Ash." ‎· JustDuckie
"In 2011, she launched the Swan Dreams Project to inspire kids in the community she grew up in. The original idea was to post images of herself in a tutu all over Rochester. "I remember growing up and in the bodega you'd see images of girls in bikinis on motorbikes," says Ash. "I wanted to replace those with photos that show women of color in a different light." She knew the power imagery can have: She still remembers what it felt like as a student at the School of American Ballet to see a photo of black ballet dancer Andrea Long. "That image was everything on days when I was feeling disenchanted. I'd see that picture of her, and know that the struggles I was going through, she went through them, too."" ‎· JustDuckie
"When I did this ballet the first time my mom was dying,” said the @nycballet principal Maria Kowroski of #GeorgeBalanchine’s “Mozartiana,” set to music by #Tchaikovsky. Together, they watched a video of her dancing the ballet, which opens with a “Preghiera,” or prayer, in which the lead ballerina, surrounded by 4 young girls — missing in action here — travels across the stage in whispering, seamless steps. “During the prayer, she was just like, ‘Oh my God, it’s like heaven.’”" ‎· JustDuckie
"Hey there, it’s me, the dead girl from your favorite prestige television show. It’s probably a shock to hear from me, given that I am a mangled corpse riddled with my killer’s semen and DNA fibers, but don’t worry! I’m not here to haunt you or compel you to avenge my death-by-strangulation (I was, of course, erotically asphyxiated). I just want to share a little bit about myself—because despite the fact that my horrific death is the point of the show you’re enjoying, you’ve never actually heard my voice" ‎· JustDuckie
SNL: Law & Order Acting Class http://subtletyinexcess.tumblr.com/post/399630541/snl-law-and... ‎· bentley ‎· 1
Inside the Weird World of Historical Re-enactors https://thewalrus.ca/inside-the-weird-world-of-historical-re-...
"Cameron wears his hair in a short ponytail (long hair is conveniently adaptable for a number of historical periods), talks in complete paragraphs, and seems just as comfortable in a hip, downtown coffee shop as he does wielding a sword. He says he wonders sometimes if many re-enactors’ obsession with objects and outfits is just “crass, modern materialism” imposed on history. “There seems to be an awful lot of ‘I’ve got a nicer one than yours,’” he says—especially with elaborately wrought costumes. But discoveries have also been made precisely because re-enactors were living history as accurately as they could." ‎· JustDuckie
"Cameron recalls one night when he and his friends, including a professor who specialized in eighteenth-century American archaeology, were in the Adirondack Mountains, dressed as Loyalists and British Army troops. The clay pipes they’d been smoking were filthy with days’ worth of tobacco buildup, so they put the pipes in the fire to burn clean, as was done in the 1700s. One camper got up in the night and tossed a log on the fire, accidentally breaking all the pipes. The next morning, Cameron says, “Doug, our archaeologist, leaped with joy because all over North America he had found fire pits full of broken clay pipes.” Apparently, the going theory had been that as the soldiers packed up camp, they would put all the pieces of the pipes that had broken into the fire pit. “Doug, who had been a US soldier, said, ‘That made no sense to me. Soldiers are sloppy. They don’t pick up anything.’” Cameron continues: “It wasn’t an important question—it’s not going to change anyone’s view of early American archaeology or early American economy. But it was a question and it was absolutely answered, and the validity took about a million levels of authenticity.”" ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 2
"Kaeuper, the academic historian, has reservations about the broader accuracy and ethics of re-enactment and says he’s “worried about the dangers of powderpuffing the past and making it look less dangerous than it was,” especially because it often celebrates and encourages participation in battles. “It looks colourful and sort of harmless, and people may shout, ‘Ah!’ and fall down clutching their breast, but they’re not going to bleed,” Kaeuper says. “There’s always that danger of romanticizing the past that I am sensitive to.” He notes that “we don’t see re-enactors burning or raping—thank goodness they aren’t.” But, he continues, “there’s an essential falseness” to the idea that history was all fun and that war used to be romantic, cool, celebrated. “We can’t forget to shudder—battles are not play.”" ‎· JustDuckie
A Blot on Ireland’s Past, Facing Demolition https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/world/europe/magdalene-lau...
"The old Gloucester Street laundry, the last of Ireland’s infamous Magdalene Laundries to shut its doors, will soon be demolished and replaced by a budget hotel and a student residence — if the City Council has its way. Founded in the 19th century, the Gloucester Street laundry was one of around a dozen such businesses run by Roman Catholic nuns and staffed by unpaid inmates — mostly orphan girls or young women who had become pregnant outside marriage or whose families could not or would not support them — who were given to the nuns to hide them away." ‎· JustDuckie
"The Magdalene women endured many of the same hardships as the inmates of the brutal church-run “industrial schools” for delinquent or unwanted children, and the “mother and baby homes,” where unmarried pregnant women were warehoused until their children were born (and then often taken for adoption). Poor nutrition and hygiene, cold and damp lodgings and little or no medical supervision were the norm. The work in those walled-off institutions was backbreaking and often required handling dangerous chemicals. Mortality rates were high. Of those who died, many were buried in communal graves, sometimes unmarked and unrecorded." ‎· JustDuckie
"Mary Merritt, 86, is one of the last surviving inmates of the Gloucester Street laundry, albeit having only spent a week there, on a temporary transfer from the High Park laundry. Taken at birth from a mother she could never trace, Ms. Merritt, too, was raped while an inmate. She had run away from High Park and sought help at the nearby palace of the Archbishop of Dublin. There, in a side room, she was raped by a priest. Forcibly returned by the police to the laundry, she later gave birth to a daughter, herself then placed in an orphanage. Ms. Merritt’s voice breaks at the memory. “The nuns used to have a little garden for themselves there, to the side of Sean McDermott Street,” said Ms. Merritt, who now lives in England. “They should have a little garden of remembrance there. They should knock the old laundry and convent to the ground and have some little flats for the women who are left, or their children if they had them. But not a hotel. Definitely not a hotel.”" ‎· JustDuckie
I agree that there ought to be a memorial at the site. ‎· John B. ‎· 3
Everyone’s a copywriter. Right? – Clare Barry – Medium https://medium.com/@ClareBarry/everyones-a-copywriter-right-4...
"It’s a huge and common problem, caused by a “client is always right” attitude — something we’ve all experienced, and all must endure. There is a point where you can actually see the lights go off in a designer’s eyes as their soul tries to escape their body — and that point is usually the 10th round of amends. Anyhoo. Less talked about is the “everyone is a copywriter” problem. Today, we’re going to address that and dissect some of the things your copywriter is thinking when you decide that you’re also a midweight copywriter… but probably won’t say. To your face. Let’s not hesitate." ‎· JustDuckie
"Creatives tend to be descriptivists by nature. Have you ever noticed that the world’s favourite authors had different bad habits? Virginia Woolf had a beautiful habit of swapping the narrative perspective mid paragraph. Jane Austen used double negatives. Charles Dickens was the king of run-on sentences — and E.E. Cummings didn’t give a flying cockatoo what you thought about capitalisation. That man capitalised whatever word he damned-well pleased. Or didn’t. Don’t get me started on Hemingway, whose grammar was a mix of playful creativity and 46% malt whisky. Like authors, creative copywriters have a license to do whatever the hell they want with grammar. They’re well within their rights to spell things wrong if it makes a point, abandon grammar altogether when necessary, and even make the grammar worse for the sake of a catchy line." ‎· JustDuckie
"Deep down in the pit of your stomach, when you’re looking at copy that isn’t ‘quite right’, you know. It’ll niggle at you. It should niggle at you. The use of punctuation changes the entire message you’re sending out — and copy is sales. You’re the salesman. It’s the difference between: The best washing machine you’ve ever had… The best washing machine you’ve ever had. The best washing machine ever. The best washing machine. Ever. The best washing machine you’ve EVER had! BEST. WASHING. MACHINE. EVER. BEST washing machine you’ve EVER had!! buy now at a limited one-time-only price!! WASHING MACHINES FOR SALE. CONTACT GARY 07384 77 77 77. (Kidding.)" ‎· JustDuckie
Posted because this is good advice for creative writing in general. ‎· JustDuckie
White House struggles with muting function for 22 minutes on Iran conference call with reporters - CBS News https://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-struggles-with-mutin...
""This White House can't even run a f*cking conference call," a reporter on an unmuted phone line angrily exclaimed to the entire call. "They don't know how to mute their line." "It's the illegitimate media that doesn't know how to conduct themselves. They can't mute their f*cking phones," an unidentified official said. "Mute your phones." Another White House official repeatedly attempted to quiet the noisy line "so the people in charge" could talk. "I think if everyone had half a brain and common sense and muted their phones, this wouldn't be a problem," she yelled in an apparent fit of frustration. " ‎· JustDuckie
Why're they having a conference call w/the "illegitimate media." ‎· ronin ‎· 1
Medieval Times' 1st queen breaks royal glass ceiling in N.J. | NJ.com http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/01/medieval_ti...
"At the dinner theater's castles, wenches -- despite the negative connotation of the word, the term is still used internally by staff -- have long doled out roasted chicken to children on school field trips and poured ale to customers merry-making in the stands. Female falconers have presented majestic birds that soar over the audience. Women, too, have numbered among the horse trainers in the royal stables. But no woman had ever occupied the throne until October, when a new queen-centered storyline debuted at the company's Dallas castle." ‎· JustDuckie
"Even though Medieval Times started plotting the change in leadership well before the #MeToo era and Weinstein allegations took hold -- work began on the script 18 months ago -- Zapcic, who joined the show six months after first starting work in Lyndhurst, appreciates the chance to step out as a powerful female character. Being a queen, she says, makes her feel like more of a role model than being a princess. She thinks of all of the girls she greets before each show. "They just kind of stop and stare and run over and throw their arms around you," she says. " ‎· JustDuckie
Middle-class Chinese men head to Russia and other Eastern European countries to find Westernized wives with local appeal - Global Times http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1013098.shtml
"Yuan and his friends are an example of the current trend in China in which a growing number of Chinese men are marrying women from Eastern European countries. Earlier this year, a group of eight wealthy Chinese bachelors aged from 25 to 46 went to Khabarovsk in Russia for a group blind date with Russian girls. The date was organized by a local dating agency, and five of them found a match, according to a Daily Mail October 11 report. The founder of the dating agency Elena said in the article that there are more males than females in China, while in Russia, it's the contrary." ‎· JustDuckie
@arkenoi: People in that movement are not really strong on logic. ‎· Spidra Webster ‎· 3
The Standouts of 2017: Charlotte Ballet's Chelsea Dumas http://www.pointemagazine.com/standouts-2017-chelsea-dumas-25...
"Charlotte Ballet's Chelsea Dumas demanded attention from the moment she bounded onto the stage as Catherine Earnshaw in Sasha Janes' Wuthering Heights. Premiered last April at the Levine Center for the Arts' Knight Theater in Charlotte, Janes' epic ballet spanned the first half of Emily Brontë's classic novel and was a theatrical tour-de-force. Playfully wrestling about with her Heathcliff, Josh Hall, Dumas' youthful joie de vivre immediately stole hearts. Her portrayal of Brontë's emotionally complex ingénue torn between two men exuded a formidable blend of spit and vinegar, selfish desire, grace, beauty, and, at ballet's end, madness. "This was the role of a lifetime," says Dumas. "To embody Catherine at each stage of her life, I felt I truly became her. It was emotionally draining yet completely rewarding." " ‎· JustDuckie
...I assume that photo is supposed to be ghost-Catherine and not, like, nudely-romping-across-the-moors Catherine. ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 3
Although you never know. Those Bronte girls were a saucy bunch. ‎· JustDuckie
Ooooo there's a rehearsal video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_roAuclSRxI ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
China’s Designated Drinkers Now Out of Work http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001534/chinas-designated-drink...
"The service asked interested parties to specify their alcohol preference and drinking capacity: “Unlimited beer,” “three bottles of wine,” and over a liter of baijiu were among the examples given in the company’s advertisements. The latter, a potent spirit usually distilled from sorghum, is a fixture at social gatherings in China, especially at business dinners, where it is customary to show respect by throwing back repeated toasts. Refusing a drink in such a context is viewed as highly disrespectful — potentially even career-limiting. The eDaihe service appeared in the wake of a popular joke about how China’s drinking culture left some people in need of “designated drinkers.” Where most simply laughed, eDaijia saw opportunity, and turned designated drinkers into a reality." ‎· JustDuckie
"But China’s social drinking has a dark side, too, as highlighted by a number of deadly cases. Earlier this month, two young men in the eastern province of Zhejiang were sent to the hospital with alcohol poisoning after a night of heavy drinking at a karaoke bar; one didn’t survive. And in September 2016, a bridesmaid at a wedding choked to death on her own vomit after being pressured to overdrink. According to a Sunday report by Beijing Youth Daily, eDaihe maintains that the drinkers at an event — but not the company itself — must bear all responsibility in the event of an accident." ‎· JustDuckie
"Refusing a drink in such a context is viewed as highly disrespectful — potentially even career-limiting." ---> Yeah, this is going to be a critical issue for any attempt to curb social binge drinking. If someone toasts you, especially with baijiu, you can't refuse them. IIRC, if you are a ladyperson you may substitute beer or fruit juice for baijiu and that is acceptable, but not if you are a guy. Also if you drink baijiu once, you have to keep drinking it all night -- no "OK I've had enough hard liquor, I'm going back to beer now". ‎· JustDuckie
The Secret Paths That Led Ireland’s Catholics to Forbidden Mass - Atlas Obscura https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/secret-paths-ireland-ca...
"In 1709, another law was enacted that forced priests to take an oath of abjuration to Protestant Queen Anne. Only 33 priests are recorded to have taken this oath, and the rest had effectively been outlawed. The law also forced people to declare where and when they had attended mass during the prior month, and report any hidden clergy. These hidden priests held mass in secret, away from watchful eyes. It might be in a shed, or outdoors, with a rock as an altar. Priests sometimes obscured their faces, so if anyone in attendance was later questioned, they could honestly assert they did not know who had led the mass. Priest hunters, who received a bounty for any bishop, priest, or monk they captured, created further peril." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
"Dunnett’s project Mass Paths will be exhibited at the Custom House Studios and Gallery in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, from March 22 to April 15, 2018. She is also running a crowdfunding campaign. Atlas Obscura spoke to the photographer about memory and landscape, researching oral histories, and how she produced her evocative images." ‎· JustDuckie
Internet Can’t Stop Laughing At These Horses’ Reaction After Their Owner Let Them Out In The Snow | Bored Panda https://www.boredpanda.com/horses-hate-snow-jpcicisco/
"NOPE." In stereo where available. ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 9
hahahaha ‎· hedgielib ‎· 1
ahahahahaha ‎· Pea Bukowski ‎· 1
Where Did 'Doggo' Come From? Wouldn't You Like to Know, Fren | WIRED https://www.wired.com/story/rise-of-doggo/
"Actually, there’s a strong case to be made that the word originated in Australia. To start, doggo first gained traction on a Facebook group called Dogspotting, a 10-year-old community that became quite popular in Australia, says internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch. “Australian English has this tendency to make cute pet-names, what's known in the literature as hypocoristics,” McCulloch says. “Like ‘afternoon’ becomes ‘arvo,’ or ‘avocado’ becomes ‘avo,’ or John becomes ‘John-o’.”" ‎· JustDuckie
"The term's best chance of survival is its potential internet-to-IRL crossover appeal. “It definitely has all of the characteristics of a word that could very easily go from online to offline,” McCulloch says. “It started as an offline word; it's very pronounceable; it doesn't rely on punctuation or capitalization or any sort of typographical tricks to make it legible. And, anecdotally, people are less self-conscious about the kind of language they use to talk to their dogs, so they're probably more willing to use slang or cute terms or affectionate terms. That being said, the sharper something rises, the sharper it can fall.”" ‎· JustDuckie
Catapult | Point the Finger: Listening to Women and Seeking Justice in the Violent World of Fairy Tales | Cate Fricke https://catapult.co/stories/robber-bridegroom-listening-to-wo...
"The Brothers Grimm published the story of “The Robber Bridegroom” one hundred and sixty years ago. Imagine the unwilling bride, shivering with fear as she goes to her mysterious bridegroom. She follows a path of ashes through the dark woods to his house, which is strangely empty except for a caged bird and an old woman in the cellar. They inform the bride that she has stumbled into a den of murderers, and that her bridegroom plans to kill her that very night. The old woman hides the bride behind a barrel, where she witnesses her husband-to-be and his band of robbers assault and murder another young woman who they’ve captured on the road, forcing her to drink wine until her heart bursts in two. When one of the robbers notices a fancy ring on the dead girl’s finger, he cuts it off with a hatchet. The finger with the ring flies across the room and lands in the hidden bride’s lap before she escapes with the old woman. Later, at her wedding feast, she tells the story to the guests and pulls out the finger—the ring still on it—as proof of her groom’s misdeeds. He and his fellow murderers are seized, tried, and executed for their crimes." ‎· JustDuckie
"In the past few months, as the “Weinstein effect” has taken root, we’ve all had to reckon with the burden of untold stories. Every woman has one, and every woman carries around with her the stories of others. Maybe one reason fairy tales like “The Robber Bridegroom” exist is because men like Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore, Donald Trump, and the man in the corner office have always been among us, and if we cannot literally point the finger at every one of them and see justice done, then we can at least tell the story." ‎· JustDuckie ‎· 1
"I should say that there is no reason a relatively sane person subjects herself to this kind of physical and emotional pain, or the humiliation and instability of this life, other than for deep, and often unrequited love. In modern dance at least, as opposed to in ballet or on Broadway, there is very little resembling fame or money at the end of the rainbow. There is no pension and no bank that will offer you a mortgage on your dream house (or, in New York, a decidedly un-dream-like, barely affordable shoebox). There is hardly such a thing as a stable job. Most companies are small and function on a pick-up basis, offering dancers work for a few months at a time, if that. Almost all still have side jobs teaching yoga or pilates or preschool, frothing milk or mixing cocktails. Pain is so deeply woven into the culture that half of all dancers retire, whether at 25 or 40, with long-term injuries that plague them for the rest of their lives. I can assure you I never thought about any of this." ‎· JustDuckie
"Anyone who has lived with chronic pain, however, knows how impossible it is to ignore your body. To live in pain is to live with the terrorizing feeling that you cannot get out of your body. That no matter where you go, or what you do, you will never outrun the pain, it will follow you everywhere — to dinner, to the movies, to work, to bed, into all your relationships, into the next day and the next and the next. You can distract yourself with friends or booze or TV, but that only works for a short time, if at all. It is the sensation of not being able to escape that is so unbearable. To live with chronic pain is to know that every decision you make is not so much your choice, but your body’s. Can I carry these groceries home? Can I sit through dinner? Can I take on that job, go on that trip, have a baby? It is to live with the knowledge that you are inherently fragile. It is to lose control of so much." ‎· JustDuckie
Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/movies/tonya-harding-i-ton...
"O.K., I told her. Tonya Price it is. We were at a lounge called 38 Below, which is skating-themed. Hockey and figure skates, including a signed pair of hers, hang over the bar, which features a “frost rail” that makes its surface look and feel like an ice rink. “But you should use Tonya Harding in your story,” she said. I told her I probably can’t; if her name is Tonya Price I should call her Tonya Price — paper of record and all that. She objected. “But Tonya Harding is who people know.” Which is a good point. She is Tonya Price but you cannot deny that she is also Tonya Harding. This is basically how this entire story goes: There are facts, and then there is the truth, and you can’t let one get in the way of the other or you’ll never understand what she’s trying to tell you." ‎· JustDuckie
"When Ms. Harding got out there with her first jump, the girls who had been practicing all morning now looked like total amateurs by comparison. At 47, she still holds so much power in those thighs and so much grace in her hands and posture. People said that her sin — before her other sins — was not being the Disney princess Barbie doll that the Figure Skating Association demanded of its skaters. “I hated the word ‘feminine,’” she said. “It reminded me of a tampon or a panty liner.” Has anyone ever interrogated the notion of why the highest achievement in the female-centered sport of figure skating is exertion without expression of exertion? Has anyone ever said screw it all and flipped on the Tone Lōc and just gone for it like she did? Has anyone ever made skating look so fun?" ‎· JustDuckie