Jessie

Jessie

Bon mots and random thoughts. Geek magnifique.
Coyote spotted roaming around bar rooftop | New York Post - http://nypost.com/2015...
Coyote spotted roaming around bar rooftop | New York Post
"Maybe he was trying to catch a roadrunner. A wild coyote was spotted Monday roaming around the roof of a bar in Queens. The animal wandered out a broken window in an abandoned warehouse and strolled on top of the LIC Bar in Hunters Point, according to the blog LIC Post. Brian Porter, the owner of the bar, said that tenants who live above the establishment witnessed the canine outside their windows. “It looked well-fed,” Porter told the site. “It wasn’t a scrawny thing.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Someone told him drinks were on the house. - Anika
Well fed eh? Maybe it ate the owners - Mo Kargas
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Linguistic Notice for Homo Sapiens Heretofore Known as “Pussies” and “Little Bitches.” - http://www.mcsweeneys.net/article...
"To be sure, woman humans could be quite swift; have impressive aim with a dart; spend entire days on their feet processing carcasses into hides, meals and tools; and survive newborn Homo sapien craniums tearing through their bleeding perinea. Heck, over in the Neanderthal camp, boss cave-femmes went hunting and cave-gents made clothes. But, smaller than their male counterparts as a rule, woman humans couldn’t shoulder as many supplies into hunt or drag as much bleeding meat back to camp. While powerful with finesse, endurance and childbearing, they generally weren’t to be called upon for tasks of brutish violence. So, while packing for one fateful, perilous journey into the blowing snow, man humans looked over at you, clutching your upset tummy like the Italian soccer players who would be your descendants. One of them nodded your way and whispered, “Oog isn’t going, is he? He’s a fucking pussy.” Another agreed, “That little bitch is staying here.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Such gendered pejoratives would suffice with little challenge until well into the next epoch. Now, however, like wisdom teeth and chest hair, they no longer benefit a species whose Holocene survival has less to do with mastodon-slaying, meat-gnashing and blizzard-hiking than with mental acumen. It turns out woman humans have that in spades—at least as much as do man humans—and they’re... more... - Jessie
"We need a new word for you, a pejorative that denotes weaknesses detrimental to important 21st-Century tasks such as shaking hands after a loss or finding milk in its natural habitat, the refrigerator, without asking, “Honey, where is the milk?” “Pussy,” “little bitch,” “sissy,” “pantywaist,” “little girl,” “like a girl” and all other vulva correlatives will no longer stand, even among... more... - Jessie
توی فرفر بهتره فید فارسی ارسال کنی، اگه فارسی نمیتونی تایپ کنی، بیا برو توی بهنویس http://www.behnevis.com فینگلیس بنویس فارسی رو کپی پیست کن :دی - ووووزلا
این شوخی ها کهنه شد اقا - alireza6211
The Labels on These Clothes Tell the Tragic Stories of the Workers Who Made Them | Adweek - http://www.adweek.com/adfreak...
The Labels on These Clothes Tell the Tragic Stories of the Workers Who Made Them | Adweek
"The label on a piece of clothing might reveal something about its provenance, but it hardly tells the whole story. The Canadian Fair Trade Network wanted to change that. To draw attention to people around the world who are working in unsafe conditions, these remarkable ads tell their stories on the labels of clothes they make. Powerful work by from agency Rethink. The label above reads: 100% cotton. Made in Sierra Leone by Tejan. The first few times he coughed up blood he hid it from his family. They couldn't afford medical treatment and he couldn't risk losing his long-time job at the cotton plantation. When he fell into a seizure one day it could no longer be ignored. The diagnosis was pesticide poisoning. The lack of proper protective clothing has left him with leukemia at the age of 34. He has two daughters. One of them starts work at the factory next year. The label doesn't tell the whole story." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
توی فرفر بهتره فید فارسی ارسال کنی، اگه فارسی نمیتونی تایپ کنی، بیا برو توی بهنویس http://www.behnevis.com فینگلیس بنویس فارسی رو کپی پیست کن :دی - ووووزلا
Woman accused of stabbing Akron boyfriend because he ate all their salsa | cleveland.com - http://www.cleveland.com/akron...
"A Canton woman is accused of stabbing her boyfriend because he ate all of their salsa. Phyllis D. Jefferson, 50, is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and a misdemeanor count of criminal damaging. She is scheduled for an appearance Monday in Akron Municipal Court. Jefferson complained about 5:30 p.m. to her 61-year-old boyfriend that he was eating all of their salsa, police reports say. She yelled and jammed a pen into the left side of the man's pelvis." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Spicy. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
this is what happens when you mix folk from Akron and Canton together. ;) - ellbeecee
No Holograms, Please! Robin Williams Trust Limits Use of His Likeness for 25 Years | The Mary Sue - http://www.themarysue.com/no-holo...
No Holograms, Please! Robin Williams Trust Limits Use of His Likeness for 25 Years | The Mary Sue
"In the Robin Williams Trust, which was released last Wednesday, Williams not only bequeathed his name, image, signature, and likeness to the Windfall Foundation (a charitable organization set up by Williams’ legal team), but he specifically restricts his publicity rights for 25 years after his death, keeping in mind that advances in technology may create certain uses that we can’t even anticipate right now." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"This is as interesting as it is rare, as celebrities don’t generally do this. While they might restrict certain uses (like not allowing their likenesses to be used in conjunction with specific products), placing a time limit on usage is unheard of. However, it seems that for Williams, protecting his family and ensuring that his likeness would be used in support of causes he cared about came first. A class act until the very end." - Jessie
Taking a Selfie Can Now Protect the California Coast, Thanks to This Ad Campaign | Adweek - http://www.adweek.com/adfreak...
Taking a Selfie Can Now Protect the California Coast, Thanks to This Ad Campaign | Adweek
"Selfies, by definition, aren't selfless. But now, in California, you can do some good for the environment, not just for yourself, by snapping a pic along the coastline. Gyro San Francisco has created a campaign called "Check the Coast" that encourages people to make a checkmark sign while taking a selfie at the shore, and then include #CheckTheCoast and CheckTheCoast.org when posting it. This is intended to raise awareness of a special box on California tax forms that you can check to make a donation to the California Coastal Commission." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
City 543 - Life-Sized Totoro Turns Up at Bus Stop in Dali, Taichung (Taiwan) - http://city543.com/taipei...
City 543 - Life-Sized Totoro Turns Up at Bus Stop in Dali, Taichung (Taiwan)
"Good news for fans for My Neighbour Totoro, the Japanese Studio Ghibli’s cult-anime film: Totoro (with his umbrella, of course) has arrived at a bus stop in Dali, Taichung—rather than his signature Catbus station. Taken from one of the most memorable scenes in the history of Japanese anime, and arguably animation history, this instantly recognizable character was built by an amateur craftsman, Lin Hsiao-yin. Using waste metals and unused materials, Lin turned the unwanted into a most-wanted artwork in Taichung in just two months. The whole Totoro figure cost less than NT$6,000. What comes to this three-meter high Totoro is not its yellow Catbus but a huge crowd. Many visitors come for this life-size toy, dropping in on the Japanese cafés nearby that sell interesting light snacks and drinks, from cute latte art to teddy-bear toast." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
AWWWWW - Soup in a TARDIS
So good. - Stephen Mack
Lucky Dog Books in Oak Cliff desperately needs help packing books — and they’ll pay you in store credit! | Dallas Morning News - http://artsblog.dallasnews.com/2015...
Lucky Dog Books in Oak Cliff desperately needs help packing books — and they’ll pay you in store credit! | Dallas Morning News
"Lucky Dog desperately needs help packing the store’s books, music and movies. I went Sunday and spent a couple of hours helping out, and they are nowhere near close to being ready. THOUSANDS of books still need to be boxed and labeled. That’s where you come in: Today and tomorrow, for every half hour you spend boxing books, they’ll give you a $5 credit, to be used that day or at one of their other locations, Lucky Dog at 10801 Garland Road in Dallas, or Paperbacks Plus, 108 E. Davis in Mesquite. You can help pack books at the Oak Cliff store till 9 p.m. tonight, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
For those in the DFW area. - Jessie
Bill Heder Will Be a Big Bad Giant in The BFG - http://io9.com/bill-he...
Bill Heder Will Be a Big Bad Giant in The BFG
"Praise be to the casting gods, because Bill Heder in a Roald Dahl film is perfection. If this was going to be an animated film, we'd say to just have all the non-BFG giants voiced by him. Deadline reports that Heder is joining the Steven Spielberg-helmed film as one of the giants. Spoiler alert: All of them except the titular Big Friendly Giant are human-eating bad guys. Part of the plot revolves the BFG (Mark Rylance) and a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) convincing world leaders that something needs to be done about the danger they pose." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Looks like they meant Bill Hader. - Jessie
Report: Woman attempts to hit man with car over cinnamon bun argument - WBTV - http://www.wbtv.com/story...
Report: Woman attempts to hit man with car over cinnamon bun argument - WBTV
"A 34-year-old Myrtle Beach woman has been charged with attempted murder and unlawful neglect of a child after allegedly trying to hit a man with a car during an argument over a cinnamon bun, while a teenager was in the passenger seat, according to a police report." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Well at least it's not Florida... - MoTO Boychick Devil
Pastries are serious business, y'all. - Soup in a TARDIS
Well she looks like a blast in a glass. - Hookuh Tinypants
A cinnamon bun is below my car rampaging threshold. Perhaps a large piece of apple pie with an even larger scoop of vanilla ice cream would do it. - Todd Hoff
Stand Up for Your Cats - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
Stand Up for Your Cats - NYTimes.com
"TAYLOR SWIFT, I salute you. Not for your snappy songs and sartorial flair, although these are all fine things. I applaud you for the fact that you have almost single-handedly skewered the myth of the owner of the feline as a tragic, rejected “crazy cat lady.” Ms. Swift regularly poses with, and posts about, her two Scottish fold cats — Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson — with unabashed pride. She posts their pictures on Instagram and has been featured in commercials where she is swarmed by fluffy cats, all the while still managing to somehow remain desirable. “It is a daily struggle,” she tweeted, “to not buy more cats.” The longstanding, irrational bias against cats stems from archaic views about women. Their owners are more likely to be single women than single men — according to the American Pet Products Association, 11 percent of cats live with single women but only 2 percent live with single men — and so they have become addendums to the spinster stereotype." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"We seem unable to contemplate the thought of a woman enjoying the sweet company of a cat, without assuming it is a hallmark of a sad single existence. The words woman and cat don’t conjure up thoughts of a glamorous fast life, but pajamas, Chinese takeout, bowls of Ben & Jerry’s, couches and DVDs. The words associated with cat lady on Urban Dictionary, for example, include: “lame,”... more... - Jessie
"Cat men and women, we have the numbers. There are now roughly 95.6 million cats in America, compared to 83.3 million dogs. We also have science on our side. Studies have shown that cat owners are less likely than those who have never owned a cat to die of cardiovascular disease, and pet owners have a decreased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Researchers from Miami University and Saint... more... - Jessie
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL - Soup in a TARDIS
Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar - US News - http://www.usnews.com/news...
Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar - US News
"Administrator Teresa Morris told The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1x0K3x3) that the residents were clearly having fun the morning the photos were taken. "The residents were like 20-year-olds — giggling, and having the time of their lives," Morris said. "I do not believe the elderly should just sit around staring at each other. I want a fun environment where I challenge them and they challenge me." Money from the $12 calendars goes toward a fund providing shoes for children in the local schools in the city of Barberton." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Hello Kitty Cafe in California | POPSUGAR Tech - http://www.popsugar.com/tech...
Hello Kitty Cafe in California | POPSUGAR Tech
"Hello Kitty fans, are you sitting down? Because this news is major. There's already a Hello Kitty-themed coffee shop in Seoul, South Korea, and the US will finally get its own this Summer. The lucky location: Orange County, CA, according to LAist, which got the scoop while touring the new Hello Kitty Cafe mobile truck at the first ever Hello Kitty Con. There, Hello Kitty Cafe's managing partner Allan Tea said that everything from the food to the decor will star the famous Sanrio character." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
NOPE. - Jessie
YES! - Anika
Every time I see Hello Kitty, I hear Margaret Cho say (over and over) 'Hello Kitty is just a pussy without a mouth'. And I renew my intense dislike for the girl-toy :( - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
smh - Anne Bouey
The ballerina Jeanette Kakareka shares her Instagram gallery - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture...
The ballerina Jeanette Kakareka shares her Instagram gallery - Telegraph
"'Stretching, reaching for coffee.’ November 17" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Jury Convicts Michigan Woman For "Bacon Rage" Shooting At McDonald's Drive-Thru Window | The Smoking Gun - http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster...
"A jury today found a Michigan woman guilty of firing a shot into a McDonald’s drive-thru window after employees failed to put bacon on a cheeseburger she ordered." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
BACON KILLS - Stephen Mack
Denton County and Video Chat Company Face Lawsuits for Ending In-Person Visits at Jail | Dallas Observer - http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairp...
Denton County and Video Chat Company Face Lawsuits for Ending In-Person Visits at Jail | Dallas Observer
"People locked up in the Denton County Jail used to be allowed to see visitors two days per week. But when a company called Securus Technologies began offering a service for expensive virtual "visits" with jail inmates, things went down the way they usually do when Securus takes over. On January 31, the Denton County Sheriff's Office quietly eliminated all in-person visits at its jails, replacing them with Securus' video chats. On Wednesday, attorneys from a Denton law firm announced they were filing a class action lawsuit against Securus. The video company, which is based in Dallas, is targeted in the suit because of the way it writes its contracts with counties signing up for video visitation. Securus' contracts typically have a clause saying that the county must get rid of in-person visits. The lawsuit argues that this stipulation gives Securus a monopoly on jail visitation, in violation of federal law. "The use of anti-competitive contractual tactics by Securus, in an attempt to... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Securus is also launching video visitation in Dallas County. Before county commissioners could approve a contract last year that would have mandated Dallas also get rid of in-person visits, County Judge Clay Jenkins and prisoner rights' advocates pushed hard to preserve in-person visitation. In response, the Dallas County approved a revised contract with Securus and promised verbally,... more... - Jessie
That's reprehensible. - Stephen Mack
David Attenborough backs calls for the reintroduction of wolves to Scottish highlands - People - News - The Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
David Attenborough backs calls for the reintroduction of wolves to Scottish highlands - People - News - The Independent
"David Attenborough has backed calls for the reintroduction of wolves to the Scottish highlands. The respected naturalist and broadcaster said that allowing wolves back into the wild would not harm anyone and that the animals had been unfairly demonised over the years. “I think getting wolves back into the wild cannot harm anyone,” he told Scots Magazine’s latest April edition. Wolves disappeared from the Scottish highlands towards the end of the 18th century when they were hunted to extinction and can now only be seen in Scotland in captivity. Mr Attenborough continued: “They have been demonised over the years, but really they’re gentle and very loyal creatures, whose sole purpose is to survive and look after each other. “There’s no ecological reason not to welcome wolves back - they shouldn’t be in captivity when there’s so much space for them to flourish in the environment.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I agree with Attenborough on the merits, but I'm not optimistic about a reintroduction given the routine slaughter of birds of prey at the hands of rich landowners. - John (bird whisperer)
Which "Great" Historical Figure Are You? - http://www.buzzfeed.com/claired...
Which "Great" Historical Figure Are You?
"You got: Genghis Khan (The Great Khan). You are loyal, strong, and wise, just like the ultimate Mongolian ruler, Genghis Khan. You are practical, emphasizing utility over frivolousness. Pride is a matter of great importance to you and you won’t suffer any disrespect." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I got: Ashoka The Great "You are peaceful, wise, regal, and have just the right amount of sass, just like Ashoka the Great! Ashoka conquered almost the entire Indian subcontinent through brutal warfare but eventually became a Buddhist and reigned peacefully from then on. Your family is a source of strength and pride and you place great trust in your family members. You are open to new ideas and opportunities because you know it’ll make you a stronger person." - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I'm the Great Wall of China. :-P - John (bird whisperer)
I got Ashoka the Great as well - Soup in a TARDIS
I got Joe-the-not-really-so-great. :( - Stephen Mack
Er, I'm a wall, apparently. It feels strange that was in the running at all, really. - Jennifer Dittrich
Stephen, what?? And, also, how does someone get being a wall??? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
"You got: Alexander The Great. Practical, strategic, and competitive, you are just like Alexander The Great! You have a strong will and don’t buckle under stress. You approach new situations with a careful eye because when you commit to something, you give it your all!" - Steven Perez
"Ashoka The Great" - imabonehead
I'm freakin' arcitecture. Got the sphinx of Giza. - Eivind
You're in good company, love. I'm also a Sphinx. ;) - Jenny H. from Android
All the word's a stage, and we're not even players :) #teamscenery - Eivind
'Minesweeping' pig banned from drinking in a pub for headbutting customers - ITV News - http://www.itv.com/news...
'Minesweeping' pig banned from drinking in a pub for headbutting customers - ITV News
"A 'minesweeping' pig has been barred from a pub bar and slapped with a booze ban - after it started robbing pints and headbutting punters. The micro-pig called Frances Bacon eats, sleeps and drinks at her owner's inn but started 'minesweeping' - drinking from discarded ale glasses. Customers had also started letting her sup beer or cider from their drinks at the Conquering Hero pub." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Frances Bacon. - team everyone
Norway man glued own beard to victim's scalp - The Local - http://www.thelocal.no/2015032...
Norway man glued own beard to victim's scalp - The Local
"A man in Norway faces jail after cutting off his own hair and beard and then gluing it to another man’s head in an apparent attempt to create a toupée. According to prosecutor Harald Bilberg, the man, who is in his 40s, is claiming that the recipient of the home-made hairpiece had consented to the treatment. “He was bald, so the accused claims that they had agreed to create a toupée for the aggrieved party,” Bilberg told the Bergens Tidende newspaper. “I must admit that I have never encountered such a case in my career.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"He was arrested once again on Friday after breaking the restraining order imposed to protect the recipient of the home-made toupée." - rønin
LOL - Jenny H. from Android
Someone need to get to the root of the problem here. - Micah from FFHound!
They'll have to comb through all of the evidence. - Jennifer Dittrich
Or they might sweep it under the rug. - LB needs a hero! from Android
Donations to Dementia Research Surge in Wake of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Death | The Mary Sue - http://www.themarysue.com/terry-p...
Donations to Dementia Research Surge in Wake of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Death | The Mary Sue
"After being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2007, Terry Pratchett made considerable donations to Alzheimer research funding, lobbied the British government for increased dementia research, and participated in a documentary on the condition (Living With Alzheimer’s), before passing away earlier this month at 66. Since then, Pratchett’s friends and family have encouraged well-wishers to support dementia research in his honor to incredible results, with BBC News reporting that the Research Institute For the Care of Older People (RICE) has received a “huge pledge” of donations since the author’s death (£50,515 and counting)." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Science Museums Urged to Cut Ties With Kochs - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
"Dozens of climate scientists and environmental groups are calling for museums of science and natural history to “cut all ties” with fossil fuel companies and philanthropists like the Koch brothers. A letter released on Tuesday asserts that such money is tainted by these donors’ efforts to deny the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. “When some of the biggest contributors to climate change and funders of misinformation on climate science sponsor exhibitions in museums of science and natural history, they undermine public confidence in the validity of the institutions responsible for transmitting scientific knowledge,” the letter states. “This corporate philanthropy comes at too high a cost.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The letter does not mention specific companies, but it does name David H. Koch, who sits on the boards of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and has given tens of millions of dollars to those institutions. Koch Industries is a privately held corporation with subsidiaries in energy and other industries. Mr. Koch and... more... - Jessie
"Allegations that contributions from donors like Mr. Koch influence institutions exhibits are not new. A 2010 investigation in The New Yorker noted that an underlying message of exhibits in the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is that humans “evolved in response to a changing world.” The article said that such language suggests... more... - Jessie
Woman Admits She Set Yoga Studio On Fire, Says She Was Also Involved With Shooting | Dallas Observer - http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairp...
Woman Admits She Set Yoga Studio On Fire, Says She Was Also Involved With Shooting | Dallas Observer
"Over the weekend, officials put out a news release saying that Duarte, 41, broke into the American Power Yoga studio on Mockingbird Lane late Saturday and set it on fire. Minimal damage was done, and about 100 people in businesses nearby were evacuated. The case made national news, probably in part because of the big, cute smile Duarte has for her mugshot. "In a way, it was kind of a celebration," Duarte says of setting the yoga studio on fire. She chose Saturday night because she knew the building would be empty. "I waited until late at night because I did not want to hurt anyone, that was not my intention."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"By the time she gets to me, she says the story of why she set the yoga studio on fire has become more compact, but it's still odd, unlikely and sad. When she was 15, she was raped by an 18-year-old. The attacker was a teenager whom her mother had picked out of a school phone book to drive her to school, she claims. Duarte says she told her mother afterward, and her mother didn't say... more... - Jessie
"Duarte says that pursuing yoga has helped her get some relief, and says she was part of a yoga certification program at The Mat in Richardson. She targeted American Power Yoga because she believes an acupuncturist who works at the studio is connected to her rapist. As evidence, she cites her belief that the acupuncturist's daughter went to same school where she says her attacker... more... - Jessie
o.O - Jessie
In tragic twist, fire extinguisher factory burns down | www.wpxi.com - http://www.wpxi.com/news...
In tragic twist, fire extinguisher factory burns down | www.wpxi.com
"A Chicago fire extinguisher manufacturing building collapsed after burning Thursday. We're told more than 150 firefighters were called to the scene that went to 3 alarms. First Deputy Fire Commissioner Charles Stewart III said the nature of the blaze made it difficult to reach the flames with water. "We had one engine feed another engine to another engine until we got water on the fire," he told WMAQ-TV. (UPI) Firefighters said no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remained under investigation Friday." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The HazMat response that had been called because of the materials used to make fire extinguishers was canceled shortly before 4 a.m., but crews still had water pouring on the building in an attempt to tamp down hotspots underneath the rubble. A fire official said getting enough water to the structure proved difficult." - Jessie
Communist party clamps down on China's gyrating grannies - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news...
Communist party clamps down on China's gyrating grannies - Telegraph
"China's Communist party has announced plans to clamp down on the "reckless" hordes of elderly dancers that have transformed the country's once orderly parks and squares into a disco inferno. Millions of amateur dancers take to the streets of China's cities each evening to engage in wildly popular sessions of "square dancing". However, following a growing number of complaints about noise pollution and congested pavements, Beijing has decided to act. News rules are being drawn up to regulate where square dancing can take place, at what time and – crucially – at what volume. Meanwhile an "expert panel" has been created to devise a menu of 12 state-sanctioned dance routines that China's grandma groovers will be allowed to perform. "Square dancing represents the collective aspect of Chinese culture, but now it seems that the overenthusiasm of participants has dealt it a harmful blow with disputes over noise and venues. So we have to guide it with national standards and regulations," Liu Guoyong, the sports official who leads China's "mass fitness department" told state media." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" Wang Guangcheng, a fitness expert who is leading the regulatory panel, said the rules were essential. "All the negative comments on square-dancing are about reckless practicing without caring about the public benefits. The unified drills will help keep the dancing on the right track where they can be performed in a socially responsible way." Attempts to regulate the spontaneous square... more... - Jessie
" Yang Liping, a 35-year-old famed for her choreography for a viral track celebrating president Xi Jinping, said she would stick to her own moves. "I will still dance with the moves I have designed." Internet users attacked the move as an attempt to draw yet another aspect of Chinese life under Communist Party control. "Is this more suppression of cultural innovation?" asked one user of... more... - Jessie
British police hunt thieves who stole 38 pythons - http://mobile.reuters.com/article...
"British police said on Monday they were hunting for thieves who broke into an apartment in northwest England and stole 38 Royal Python snakes. The non-venomous snakes, which included eight pregnant females, were taken from a house in St Helens last week, police added. Two men were spotted leaving the scene carrying two sacks. "This is a large collection of snakes that the victim had been gathering for a while," said Det. Con. Neil Henry of Merseyside Police. According to a website for Royal Python keepers, www.theroyalpython.co.uk, the snakes grow to an average length of 4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters) and make great pets, as they have good temperaments and are easy to tame. Police said the snakes were "extremely unlikely to pose any threat to the public"." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I have a few concerns. - Jennifer Dittrich
Truly, a Monty Python Haul. - bentley
"We're going to learn Python one way or another," the first man was heard to say... - walt crawford
World Figure Skating Championships schedule | OlympicTalk - http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2015...
World Figure Skating Championships schedule | OlympicTalk
"U.S. Figure Skating has lofty goals across all four disciplines at this week’s World Championships in Shanghai, China, including winning its first women’s medal in nine years. Olympians Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds are all medal threats, the U.S. champion Wagner in particular. Their biggest competition will be three Russians, including Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Yelena Radionova, the two women who beat Wagner at the Grand Prix Final in December. Wagner, Gold and Edmunds are all trying to become the first U.S. women’s Olympic or Worlds individual medalist since Kimmie Meissner and Sasha Cohen in 2006, the longest drought since World War I." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"NBC will air coverage Saturday from 8-10 p.m. ET." - Jessie
World's First Commercially Available Flamethrower is Here | ShortList Magazine - http://www.shortlist.com/tech...
World's First Commercially Available Flamethrower is Here | ShortList Magazine
"The world's first commercially available handheld flamethrower has been created, and it looks terrifying. The XM42, made by Ion Productions, can launch flame to a distance of up to eight metres and is readily transportable, with no need for a backpack of fuel. Simply load up the refillable tank with regular, car-ready petrol and away you go. Chris Bryars of Ion said, "We wanted to bring a device to the market that represents what a real flamethrower should be", while the blurb on the website says that it is a "fun device to enjoy with friends" and ideal for "clearing snow and ice, eliminating weeds, insect control, pyrotechnic event displays and bonfire starting". Yes, yes that's exactly what people will be using it for." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
is that wise? - Halil
Probably not. - Jessie
They should be sued for advertising that as a weedkiller. Anyone using it that would be sure to start a fire. There are flame weedkillers but it's a very small flame and even that's a danger to use if you're not careful. - Spidra Webster
Serbia Asks People To Please Stop Throwing Their Grenades In The Garbage - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015...
Serbia Asks People To Please Stop Throwing Their Grenades In The Garbage
"The Serbian government asked people on Tuesday not to dispose of hand grenades and other munitions in the garbage, hoping to minimize accidents as it imposes tighter controls over privately held weapons. Hundreds of thousands of unregistered arms, many stashed away after the wars in the former-Yugoslavia in the 1990s, are estimated to be at large in the country with a population of 7.3 million. That is in addition to over 1 million registered weapons. Parliament passed a law last month setting strict conditions for owning firearms, including medical and psychiatric checks, following a surge in gun-related crime." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"People can hand weapons into the police under an amnesty that runs until June 4, or face up to five years in jail for illegal possession. But, fearing people will just dump their weapons, the Interior Ministry issued a plea on Tuesday: "The ministry ... appeals on citizens not to dispose of hand grenades and explosive ordnance in garbage containers and such places ... they should instead call the nearest police station and officers will arrive as soon as possible to take the ordnance away," it said. " - Jessie
Even Serbia has better gun control than the US. - Big Joe Silenced from Android
The No-Stilettos Rule: My Approach As A Woman Creating Scifi Book Covers - http://io9.com/no-stil...
The No-Stilettos Rule: My Approach As A Woman Creating Scifi Book Covers
"Although target audience affects all books, I'm going to dive deeper into one genre where it is absolutely critical—Urban Fantasy . This is the genre where we most frequently show characters on the covers, and the target audience is overwhelmingly women. It's also the genre where the covers get the most abuse for stereotypically having a hot woman on the cover with a gun, a bared midriff, and a bad tramp stamp tribal tattoo. The fans roll their eyes. the authors complain. People even make fun of the covers for charity . So what's going on here? If women are the target audience, how are these books ending up with objectified covers? I think there's a lot of overlap with similar issues in how women are portrayed in comics and gaming. However, as I said, the target audience is primarily women. So it sets aside the whole aspect of comics and gaming historically being a male-dominated media for now." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"First, Urban Fantasy is primarily a genre of wish fulfillment. There's a clearly defined hero, and you are following them through an adventure where you insert yourself into their eyes and experience their story, their feelings, their romance...and of course their run-ins with the supernatural. (Hey this is SFF, after all.) The hero should be sexy. But they should be sexual, not... more... - Jessie
"It was while working on these covers specifically (and yes, watching Supernatural doing research) when it all clicked for me. A hero character on the cover needs to be both "sexy I want to be" for the fans of that gender and also "sexy I want to $%^!#" for the fans of that sexual orientation. And the key, again, is agency. I kid about being a big Supernatural fan but that show hits... more... - Jessie
....I deeply and aggressively question the notion that the figure on the cover art needs to be "sexual" at all. - Soup in a TARDIS
I can see it being relevant if a big part of urban fantasy is the relationship between the main character and the sexy bf/gf (I don't read much urban fantasy so this is just based on the little bit I've seen). But outside of that, yeah, not really important. - Jessie
I don't read a ton of urban fantasy either, but what I have read has not led me to believe it is, as a genre, basically romance with magic or scifi thrown in. I know I am more easily annoyed by this whole everything-but-be-about-pairing-up issue than most people (this is literature people, not a fucking ark) but, ugh, it genuinely drives me batty. - Soup in a TARDIS
As a mainly e-book reader, I rarely get to see covers. But I really like the Seanan McGuire series of October Daye books. http://seananmcguire.com/toby... The covers there are nice and not overly sexualized from my POV. Buts the covers are not the reason why I read these books, its the content and story. Suggestions and referals from others gets me to read books more then anything else. - Me
The funny part to me is that there's urban fantasy and sexxxay urban fantasy, but both often end up getting lumped in together. You explore a lot of the same themes in the Dresden Files and Hollows books, but Rachel Morgan is more sexualized than Harry Dresden and there's more romance and sex as a central plot point in the Hollows books themselves. Both have them, but in one they're emphasized a lot more than the other. - Jennifer Dittrich
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