Stress fractures

Just trying to get by.

Don't expect anything here.

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skunkbear:

Math Is Pretty

Last week I met Tom Beddard, a physicist turned web developer turned artist (and friendly guy). He creates 3D fractals — those recursive shapes that infinitely repeat at every scale. They’re based on simple math, but they can create some amazing images.

Says Beddard: “I don’t seek any new mathematical insight into the resulting structures, it’s a purely aesthetic pursuit to scratch a creative itch. Part of the fascination with fractal exploration is when … amazing and completely unexpected structures can pop out and surprise you.”

Some of the fractals look like Gothic architecture. Some of them look like alien seed pods. All of them are mesmerizing. You can see lots more on Beddard’s flickr page. You can actually fly through the fractals and see them morphing in these videos. And now, thanks to a new app called Frax that Beddard helped develop, you can make fractals of your very own.

Fractals trigger beauty and grace receptors in my lizard brain

(via gruntledandhinged)

gairid:

theskaldspeaks:

sourcedumal:

christel-thoughts:

fyahblaze:

blackfeminism:

ourtimeorg:

If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon
I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.
In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.
I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.
Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.
And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.
Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.
Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.
Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.
Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.
Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.
The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.
That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.
The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.
Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.
As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

still relevant today

 source 

Black feminism fighting for justice!

Holy shit. 
If you scrolled past to here, scroll back up and read that. 

Not much has changed.

gairid:

theskaldspeaks:

sourcedumal:

christel-thoughts:

fyahblaze:

blackfeminism:

ourtimeorg:

If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon

I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.

In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.

I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.

Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.

And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.

Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.

Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.

Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.

Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.

Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.

The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.

That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.

The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.

Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.

As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

still relevant today

source

Black feminism fighting for justice!

Holy shit. 

If you scrolled past to here, scroll back up and read that. 

Not much has changed.

(via into-the-weeds)

Does anyone want to dress up in pioneer garb and be nerdy with me?

adulting:

Non-thematic annual post: this event I help run is coming up!

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Per usual, people will be carrying 200 pounds of meat, fording the river, and establishing tiny homesteads, among other silly, ostensibly educational challenges.

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We still need a few volunteers — if you’re interested and can be in Salem, Ore. on September, 20, email oregontrailgamelive@gmail.com. BECAUSE WE HAVE RAD PIONEER OUTFITS FOR EVERYONE. Oh, and if you want to form a four-person team, there are still a few tickets left!

Brilliant

When you’re at the pool lounging on a beach chair and some little kids are running and the lifeguard screams out “no running” do you respond “excuse, not all of us are running”? No, you don’t. The lifeguard didn’t have to specifically state who they were talking to because you’re intelligent enough to comprehend that the comment wasn’t being directed at you.

—Found a quote that shuts down that “not all men” argument pretty well. (via mykicks)

(via whiskeysnarker)

into-the-weeds:

Here are some things “administrative expenses” can mean for a nonprofit!

  1. Printer paper
  2. Liability insurance
  3. Electricity
  4. Paperclips, staplers, post its
  5. Rent
  6. Petty cash, or reimbursements for staff who front their own money for org purchases 
  7. Postage
  8. Travel-related expenses
  9. An accountant
  10. Filing expenses so that you are registered as a nonprofit in each state which requires registration, so people can give you donations

And much, much more!

There are, obviously, nonprofits who spend more or less on these things, and there are, obviously, large nonprofit-in-name-only organizations who use administrative expenses as padding*. But like. Administrative expenses are not a luxury. They are what allow you to work. And smaller nonprofits will likely spend more of their budget on these things, because they are smaller and can’t work effective economies of scale.

(*TBH, a certain amount of padding is a good thing. You want your nonprofits to have a certain month’s worth of operating expenses stored away, so that they can keep on functioning for a while if a grant runs out or a recession hits and donations dry up.) 

Running nonprofits is hard. It is work. People deserve to be paid for their work, and all too often, that’s not feasible. Stamps and a tiny office and a phone line are not luxuries, and doing all your filings requires a LOT of time and money and expertise. I promise you that even the most direct, on-the-ground, we-turn-your-donations-into-meals-and-beds-and-medicine nonprofits have operating and administrative expenses. And if they aren’t in the budget, it’s because the staffers themselves are paying for them, out of pocket. And that isn’t sustainable. 

You want your movements to be effective, right? You think this shit is important enough to do right, right?

TL; DR: know your shit before you start yelling, don’t waste my time with this 101 bullshit. 

I’m done running. Okay.
I didn’t know where else to go. Right here is just fine, Buck. 

Well, that’s wonderful.

(Source: ofquarterquells, via boopboopbi)

Anonymous asked: hi! where's a good place to start if you want to read marvel comics (relating to steve and/or bucky)? or do you just start anywhere and base the characters off of the ones in the MCU?

ink-phoenix:

I can tell you what NOT TO READ: do not read anything Remender writes. Remender is trash and must be stopped. 

HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY READ:

Captain America vol 5: Ed Brubaker’s Cap run is pretty fucking amazing. This will take you up up until the Death of Captain America arc, which YOU DO NOT WANT TO READ because it’s pain and suffering and it’s part of Civil War and you don’t want to taint yourself with that.

#1-6: Out of Time

#7-9: The Winter Soldier, Part 1 (MY BOYYYY)

#11-14: The Winter Soldier, Part 2 (INCLUDES BLACK WIDOW HUNT V. GOOD A+ 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND)

#15: Red Is The Darkest Color (introduces Crossbones which is HIGHLY RELEVANT to TWS and also how much I fucking hate the man).

Captain America, Vol. 6:

#1-5: American Dreamers

#6-10: Powerless (SO GOOD. STEVE TURNS IN SKINNY!STEVE BECAUSE MAGIC! AND BATROC! SOOOO GOOD. Also, Hawkeye!)

#11-14: Shock To The System

#15-19: New World Orders

ABSOLUTELY MUST READ:

Captain America And Bucky, #620-223: this is about bb!Bucky and Steve in the war. MY HEART

Captain America: Man Out of Time: My absolute favorite cap thing. MY SECOND FAVORITE WRITER, MARK WAID. Just, the only thing you need to know about this is that Steve wakes up in the future screaming for Bucky. Like. That’s it. THAT’S THE COMIC.

If you only read ONE THING out of this, read Man Out of Time. It’s glorious.

Natasha and Bucky Comics Masterpost

xyriath:

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So with Winter Soldier out now, I know you’re all dying to read more about Bucky and Natasha, whether as a couple or individually!  So, since I haven’t seen one of these with download links yet, I’ve put together a reading order + downloads.

This is a combination of solo stories and team-ups with each other.  It isn’t every appearance of theirs together, but they’re the ones that I consider important.  (If you have any suggestions, however, I’m totally up for editing.)

I tried to break it up by ROUGH chronology, both by keeping important events together because I really don’t like hopping from series to series, but also breaking them up after significant chunks to avoid getting worn out on one arc (hence the Deadly Origin between Cap v4 and Reborn).

Here is the folder with everything

Here are the specific download links.  Message me if any of them are broken:

Black Widow V1

Black Widow V2

Black Widow V3

Captain America V5 (Bonus: Winter Soldier - Winter Kills.  Takes place between issues 24 and 25)

(Note: Bucky joins the New Avengers around Secret Invasion.  I wouldn’t consider it necessary reading, because it’s a team book and not individual, but I have his issues here.  Issue 47 of NA comes out concurrently with issue 44 of Cap v5 I believe)

Black Widow: Deadly Origin

Captain America: Reborn and Who Will Wield the Shield

Captain America: Renumbered (+ Captain America and Bucky)

Black Widow V4

Widowmaker (see note in folder; prequel is in the big folder)

Fear Itself 3-4, 7.1 (the rest of it isn’t worth it.  I promise. it just. isn’t.)

Winter Soldier

Bucky is currently in two ongoings (All-New Invaders and another run of Winter Soldier that I actually think might be a limited series) and Natasha is in one (Black Widow), which you should check out.  I don’t have downloads for those, but they’re not very far, so you can probably grab them at the comic shop or on comixology.

As always, if you like the comics, buy them!

(Source: omegabones, via actualmenacebuckybarnes)

thunderboltsortofapenny:

I mean here is the thing about Toby Zachery Ziegler

He knows how the game is played.  He understands how the Beltway works and beyond. He’s a professional political operative who got Jed freaking Bartlet elected, and then he beat the guy in a game of chess. He figured it out in under a day.

Toby is too damn smart.

Toby cares too damn much.

"Let the poets write that he had the tools of greatness, but the voices of his better angels was shouted down by his obsessive need to win."

"You’re my guys. And I’m yours. And there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you" {motherfricking hell}

"You are a good man. You don’t have to act like it."

"Government can be a place where no one gets left behind."

"I think ambition is good. I think overreaching is good. I think government should be optimistic."

"Bad people can’t be recognized on site. There’s no use trying."

"We can sit back and admit with great sensitivity that life isn’t fair… and the less-advantaged are destined to their lot in life… and the problems of those on the other side of the world should stay there… and our leaders are cynical and can never be an instrument of change… but that, my friends, is not worthy of you; it’s not worthy of a President; it’s not worthy of a great nation; it’s not worthy of America."

Toby cares more about the country, about the administration, than anyone else in the building, and I don’t say that lightly. Toby knows how the board is set, and the players in it, and constantly, constantly, constantly pushes for better. A better speech. A better policy. Be. Better.

Be the best possible version of yourself because you are worth it, but also because you are in a position to change everything.

Everything.

And Toby pays for it. People don’t rise to their potential. People turn away to play the game, instead of destroying it. How many times does Toby run headfirst into a wall fighting for the right thing to do, and get hell for it?

Toby’s a brilliant political operative, but there’s a reason he isn’t in DC in those flashbacks. He hates the system. This system that lowers the bar and treats citizens like children and doesn’t allow for public discourse or ideas or moving forward. He can’t stand working in that system.

That’s why he’s in New Hampshire. That’s why he tied his fortune to this liberal economics professor-governor with no funding and no numbers, because he believes in Jed Bartlet.  That’s why he pushes him to be better, always. He believes in him. He has faith in him.

And that’s why 17 People is so heartbreaking.

AND ALSO (spoilers for WW S7)

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CLINTASHA AU - The woes of a superspy couple.

"You’re mad at me for forgetting your fake birthday?! But that wasn’t even in the file! Nat!"

(Source: loveholic198, via im-the-asshole-that)

Once [gay] people began to say who they were, you found that it was your next-door neighbor or it could be your child, and we found people we admired,” she said. “That understanding still doesn’t exist with race; you still have separation of neighborhoods, where the races are not mixed. It’s the familiarity with people who are gay that still doesn’t exist for race and will remain that way for a long time as long as where we live remains divided.

—Julianne Hing, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Ferguson Highlights ‘Real Racial Problem’ in U.S., Colorlines (Aug. 22, 2014).

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ladies and gentlemen.

(Source: notoriousrbg)

What was a policeman, if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term [civilian] these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: once policemen stopped being civilians, the only other thing they could be was soldiers.

—"Snuff" by Terry Pratchett (via knerdy)

WWSVD

What would Sam Vimes do?

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