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Liverpool FC v. AS Roma, Fenway Park, 23 July 2014.
women who succeed in male-dominated fields are always labeled Female Athletes or Female Rappers or Female Presidents but when landon donovan scores 57 international goals (which is 110 less than abby wambach’s record), nobody feels it necessary to label him the Leading Male Goal Scorer. no, he just gets to be the best goal scorer. even though there are a dozen women who have outclassed him. funny how that works.
— Kevin Klinkenberg on the journey we’ve taken to create unwalkable cities. (via thisbigcity)
Debra Harrell is out of jail and reunited with her daughter but out of a job.
Just to point out, we live in a world where this happens, but where not vaccinating your children is treated as a “lifestyle choice” because white people do it.
Bernie Sanders re-envisioning the social security cap for today’s capitalism. The markets must adjust.
In 1977, the Voyager probes were launched into space, carrying with them The Golden Record, an ambitious effort to capture the ultimate Song of the Earth. The project was overseen by the American astronomer Carl Sagan, and sought through sounds and images to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. It was a heady ambition – that the spacecraft might one day come into contact with extra-terrestrial life or future human civilizations, and the record might communicate our story.
“Hello from the children of Planet Earth,” a young boy says. His is one of the spoken greetings in a total of 55 languages, both modern and ancient, beginning with Akkadian, spoken in Sumer about 6,000 years ago, and ending with Wu, a modern Chinese dialect. Taken as a whole, they have a musicality to them. You can hear all the greetings, in alphabetical order by language, above.
There are musical selections ranging from Beethoven to Blind Willie Johnson to a 2,500-year-old Chinese folk song, “Flowing Streams.” The collection above features, in order: the Navajo “Night Chant”; “Dark was the Night,” by Blind Willie Johnson; Senegalese percussion; the Japanese “Crane’s Nest”; a pygmy girls’ initiation song from Zaire; Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13, performed by the Budapest String Quartet; and a Peruvian wedding song.
The record also includes the songs of whales and birds; the sounds of wind, rain, and surf; volcanoes and earthquakes; laughter, a mother’s first words to her child; a beating heart.
That beating heart brings deep and personal intimacy to a story intended to be about us all. Sagan and another scientist in the group, Ann Druyan, fell madly in love over the course of working together on the Golden Record project. They would remain together until Sagan’s death in 1996. But just two days after declaring their love for one another and deciding to marry, Druyan went to Bellevue Hospital in New York to have her brainwaves and heartbeat recorded for the project.
Druyan recounts that story in a beautiful interview with Radiolab. “Part of what I was thinking in this meditation was about the wonder of love and of being in love,” she says. “And to know it’s on those two spacecraft, even now, whenever I’m down, I’m thinking, ‘and still they move, 35,000 miles an hour, leaving our solar system for the great wide open sea of interstellar space.’”
Audio from the Golden Record courtesy of NASA. Produced by Lisa Tobin.
I’ve just started a new blog called Cow Trod, Ho! where I will trying to watch and review every Doctor Who story, but in a completely random order.
Check it out, and share your own Whovian thoughts as well
Go Forth and Educate Yourselves!
I’d also highly recommend watching the Jane Elliot Brown-eye/Blue-eye experiments, which can be found here:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pv8mCHbOrs (Part 1)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neEVoFODQOE (Part 2 - Has very important points on Reverse Racism and how it doesn’t exist, and it also dismantles the “We All Bleed Red” mentality.)
Not only should you educate yourself but use this for good. Look around you and help others who don’t have this privilege. Hiring, donating, community service, etc.
After this post went viral, the original artist had to delete their tumblr because they were inundated with death threats.
There were people more offended by this comic than offended by the existence of racial disparities—to the point where they threatened this artist’s life.
This is beautiful. I wonder where it is. I’d combine this with Dutch canals in my dream city.
Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.
And that is just one reason why I love Weird Al.
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