We’re kind of like a married couple in that way, I suppose. And that happened very quickly: I think it’s because we’re quite likeminded, me and David.
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Billie Piper; DWM 364

"It’s funny…you meet these people—we call them ‘fresh blood’— and they come in, and they’re lively, and they’ve all got stories, and they’re always a joy and really funny…and then they leave, which is sad. But then David and me kind of go ‘Hey, it’s okay, cos we’ve still got each other.’ I mean, I really love it when it’s just me and David—it’s nice and contained and easy. If we want to be silent in between takes, we can be, and we don’t worry about the other person thinking we’re a bit boring. We’re kind of like a married couple in that way, I suppose. And that happened very quickly: I think it’s because we’re quite likeminded, me and David.”

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ARMAGAYDDON 

ARMAGAYDDON - Written By Tara Flynn & Kevin McGahern

In Association With LGBT Noise

A LIKE:MINDED PRODUCTION - www.likeminded.ie

Director - Martin Gaughan
Producer - Lisa Gallagher
Director of Photography - Andrew Cummins
Sound - Stephen McDowell
Assistant Director - Diarmuid O’Brien
Assistant Camera - Anna O’Carroll
Make Up Artist - Olivia Fitzsimons
Sound Mixer - Bounce Sound
Graphics - Richard Merrigan & Eric Dolan
Post Production Producer - Carly Butler
Online Editor - Robbie O’Farrel
Editor - Tom O’Neill & Ultan Murphy

Cast
Adam - Shane O’Reilly
John - Kevin McGahern
Mary - Tara Flynn

With Special Thanks To
Windmill Lane Pictures
Teach Solaís
Barry Mullarkey
James & Juliette Cassidy

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Wembley 08/06/14

LikeMinders...

It will be a bit of time before you get your packages. The delay might be because I haven’t sent anything out yet. I just want everything together perfectly, so if you have a very late Valentine’s Day, apologies, but at least it will look nice. Right? Okay. 

Sorry again. 

Sidenote, Rachel: The draft is being edited. And it’s been hard to go through and perfect my old writing, so if you only receive four or five chapters, just know you’ll get more eventually. 

Okay, end post.

Jens the Storyteller Part 1: The Short Of It (“A Postcard to Nina”)

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So far we’ve discussed Jens’ prevailing themes (love and feeling out of place). But let’s face it—those aren’t wholly unique topics. (True story: I started a list of bands you could call “likeminded” and scrapped it. So just open up your iTunes and put it on shuffle.)

The real power of Jens’ music comes from his acute power of storytelling. Not only is he guiding us through a series of emotions—he’s placed himself at the heart of both the good and bad, crafting narratives that usually have a beginning, middle, and end. This is a big topic, so I’m splitting it into two parts across two days.

Let’s look at Night Falls Over Kortedala track, “A Postcard to Nina.” It’s the kind of narrative that any Creative Writing 101 teacher would love—guy goes to Berlin to meet his pen pal, guy gets roped in to pretending to be her boyfriend she doesn’t have to come out to her father, guy makes a royal ass of himself.

But Jens doesn’t just settle with a simple rehashing, he makes us feel the action on three different several levels. There’s the narrative, where his role in her family dinner is sprung on him (“First time I see you in Berlin/You don’t tell me anything/until outside your dad’s apartment.”), and then gets very complicated (“I get a little nervous and change the subject/And put my hand on some metal object/He jokes and tells me it’s a lie detector.”) The internal comes next  (“Oh God, what have I done?/I came to Berlin to have some fun!”).

But perhaps the strongest of all is the subtext-heavy post-script to his trip to Germany. In short: he loves Nina in a way that that blurs traditional relationship lines. A good friend is complicit in a lie. A great friend holds his ground even after screwing up basic information and getting kicked under the table. But it takes someone special to keep up the pretense even after the fact. That would be Jens—stumbling on his own words and sending her father “out of office replies” rather than just ‘fessing up that their relationship is purely platonic. Nina’s moved to New York, and he’s still thinking about her, sending letters to remind her, “Don’t let anyone stand in your way.” He knows that, once again, he’s fallen in love with the wrong woman. But that’s not going to stop him from expressing his admiration for her in the only way he knows how. Once and a while, it even feels like enough.

Stay tuned for “The Long of It” where we’ll take on I Know What Love Isn’t track, “The World Moves On.” In the meanwhile, here’s a cute “A Postcard to Nina” video from animator Nathan Heigert. 

"A Postcard to Nina" by Jens Lekman Animation from Nathan Heigert on Vimeo.

Fox & Friends: Why are atheists' rights more important than everyone else's?

Elisabeth Hasselbeck has settled in just fine over at Faux News becoming the latest blonde bobblehead spitting out inflammatory soundbytes for their audience to get heart palpitations over.  This morning she wonders, with all of the Christian persecution going on in the Middle East, how far do we really want to go here in America to stamp out religion?

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By that she means, if Christian rights aren’t the MOST IMPORTANT rights, then that means someone else’s are MORE important.  In reality, atheists would just like a more even playing field, but she and her buddies and their likeminded Christian crybabies can’t see that.

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I’m honestly lost on all this Likeminder drama that’s been going on. I’ve read the posts people have made and it’s just making me upset. Sikander, I will definitely miss your videos with frozen fruit snacks and wizard hats. I don’t know the situation exactly, but I know you have your reasons for leaving. I’m still here to talk, Likeminder or not, even if we haven’t talked too much before. 

All right, that’s all from me. I really hope this is resolved, whatever it is.

I was upstairs and CBC news was on and they had some sort of university professor as a consultant talking about the Ferguson story in the US.

It was painful to watch. This guy was all in apologetics about the very idea that this case was even racist.

He basically said that the fact that 50 of the 53 officers was white had no effect on this case. I do agree that being white doesn’t necessarily make you racist, but racism fosters in groups of likeminded people. If these cops are racist and mostly white no one is going to step in and tell them to stop their behaviour. If there were more black officers you wouldn’t be able to be as racist and get away with it.

He went on to talk about how the police will investigate this and if any ‘wrongdoing’ (he seemed doubtful that the officer committed anything wrong at all) was performed than the officer will face justice. I’m a white guy and even I can see that these sort of cases rarely get justice even with absolute truth of wrong doing. Its likely this asshole cop will just get docked pay or get transferred for murder.

This guy just has this sort of attitude as the cops are behaving badly, its not racism and offers no solutions to correcting this behaviour. Just ugh.

This story is tragic enough as is without ignorant people going on tv trying to erase racism from the equation.

anonymous said:

Do you have any advice you could give to a high schooler with major anxiety? Started my junior year, never have had this problem before. I know the kids in my classes, they're just not people who I would talk to at all. I have lunch with nobody and I can't focus or eat. All I do is cry. I just don't know what to do.

Junior year was one of the hardest years of my 18 years of living. I wish i had someone to hold my hand and give me advice and just walk me through it.

Focus on yourself. Do what you need to do this school year to keep yourself sane and happy. Be yourself and likeminded people will flock to you. Please, try to eat and pick yourself up. Take a shower, wear something nice, listen to good music, watch a movie. You are a brave, kind, important human being and i believe in you. 

thedykezone said:

Why do you think tumblr/blogging is bad for feminist social justice communities?

OK SO tumblr / blogging is an amazing resource to be able to access information / blast links to important resources / connect likeminded people who otherwise would not be able to meet each other. i think that tumblr and blogging more generally has changed the scope of feminist and launched us into a “4th wave” of sort - a “wave” in which there is a lot more exposure to different ideas, it which “community” can be more easily  crafted. i <3 <3 <3 tumblr in this regard. i am a little bit older than the typical tumblr feminist (i’m twenty seven, became hyper invested in feminist diy-ish punk-ish culture in about 2001 upon discovering the remnants of riot grrrl) and can definitely see how tumblr has provided space to explore different types of identities. it is beautiful how young teenagers on tumblr are able to learn about trans and queer identities and choose those signifiers for themselves. when i was growing up, i didn’t know that queer or gender variance was an option - had i been exposed to these concepts, my life may have been a whole lot easier.

however, there are many flipsides to tumblr being a community base. for the purpose of brevity, i will talk about a small handful related to tumblr being a corporate medium. tumblr is a corporation, and this means 1) hyper surveillance —- organizing anything that is actually subversive or illegal on tumblr is literally impossible, or at least a major risk. also 2) your words are not your own / blogging platforms have legal ownership to whatever you say aka yr manifestas or whatever ( this is one of many reasons i choose to distribute my “real” essays and whatnot via zines). and of course 3) “tumblr feminists” are a literal demographic / market, tumblr actually profits off us of. 

we would like to believe in which tumblr is somewhat of a democratic space in which everybody and anybody can have a stake in whatever conversation is happening. however tumblr is designed to promote certain more “sellable” concepts. there are a reason why certain tagged posts up on “search tumblr” whereas others don’t.  with blogs being corporate mediums, only select blogs will be “suggested” to us. tumblr is a platform that is designed around aesthetics — images and gifs are highly popular and will get lots of notes. short one liners become really popular, long posts get cut off. long, important content is almost always lost on our dash. we read differently when we are on the internet - we have learned to process buzzfeed style, we skim over the meat of the material in the essays that are online. or else we summarize / water down content via tags, bolding etc. this means that tumblr and blogging in general will never be a place in which we can share substantive information. 

trends in debates / fashions / etc. have always cycled within feminist and queer circles. on tumblr, these trends cycle much much much more quickly. there is always something new to be called out. if you miss six months or something on the internet, you can easily be left in the dust & dismissed as problematic. as just one concrete example, i’m seeing this a lot right now with the trans asterisk —- six months or so, the asterisk was considered “the right” way to do trans / queer activism, then there were a number of critiques, now people who are still using the asterisk are getting questioned / sometimes dismissed as passé / not getting it. there is an assumption that everybody has seen or absorbed whatever critique you have made. the types of debates that happen on tumblr stand the risk of becoming really dangerous because there is no affect„ no body language etc. we are all so distant and disconnected when we communicate with our fingers rather than our mouths. education and group education in particular are so complicated, and you really cannot gauge where people are at and what they are processing via tumblr conversations / debates. i don’t believe it’s possible to learn about social justice on the internet because being a good person is really damn difficult and complicated by so many factors. life isn’t as simple as an internet privilege checklist makes it out to be.

tl;dr ultimately tumblr is good for certain specific things (promoting a flier for a community event / amazing resource! helping young isolated rural queers connect to other people in similar positions! fundraising to support a political prisoner!) there are certain rare moments in which tumblr has been able to proliferate some really important information, information which has changed or at least massively contributed to the conversation at hand. (just one example is of the amazing partybottom, who’s blog is about being a trans woman on welfare living with HIV, and who’s long information-jammed essays have gotten a ton of hits. partybottom is really fucking important, and if you aren’t following her you need to get off this blog and read through everything she has written ). however, for every partybottom there are so many other bloggers who’s material gets lost in the sea of gifs. feminist / queer / social justice community building will always be stunted if it is limited to the internet. i am extremely fortunate to live in a major metropolitan area (new york city) where i have access to explicitly feminist and queer community spaces. i think the goal should be to use tumblr as a way to connect individuals so that we can build more spaces offline. offline is where the transformation will occur. 

the line in the sand

i just booked tickets for a convention in September. it’s not for comics, but instead for personal self-development and healing. 

it was a pretty big step for me. i have been wanting to go down the mind/body/soul route—firstly, to help myself, and secondly to eventually help others—for a while, but was always too afraid of the unknown. i was in comics for such a long time that comics was largely all i knew. if i dabbled into a new field/interest, i could get eaten by monsters. i could get taken advantage of. i could fail. all things that were guaranteed not to happen to me in comics.

i still like comics, and have several creator-owned things i am doing & feel very positive about. i’m hoping to expand my publishing goals, in fact. but in general, outside of making my own stuff and collaborating with likeminded others…

i like seeing people create their own things & put out new ideas. i’m not crazy about seeing the same mega-brands be replicated 50 ways to sunday. i’m not thrilled with how relatively low the hiring rate is for female creators and creators of color. there are certainly now more female comic creators than there was before, but i feel they are still being largely pigeon-holed into books that are (somehow) “women-related” or for kids.  

in terms of hiring black comic writers, though, this industry is largely as backwards as hell; in an embarrassing, inexcusable way.

and i have known plenty of female and poc writers who were completely capable of writing these monthly books, who had the same qualifications, the same drive, the same passion, as the white males who dominate the industry rosters. i sometimes hear this excuse that “there just aren’t enough women who want to write action comic books”—which is a damn out-and-out lie. “we want to hire more black writers, but we don’t even know where to look for them” or “the ones we’ve seen samples of just aren’t qualified enough…for us to establish some sort of token system is just as racist/sexist, right?”

swear to god—have been called racist/sexist by white males in power when i’ve complained about not enough diversity, they bring up “token” card (implying that there are no qualified people from these specific groups to hire or feature, which, as i’ve said before, is bullshit)

i have dealt with this stuff for so many years. i have dealt with the self-imploding ugliness that ensues when a group who has been grossly oppressed in an industry—females in comics—turn on themselves. people in a healthy, supportive environment where they feel secure and empowered don’t do shit like that—at least, this is what my therapist has explained to me. 

as a woman in comics, i have always sought approval of one stripe or another. and i just don’t care to do that anymore.

as i started in this business, the looming monolithic shadow of the “gatekeepers” kept creators in line. without pleasing the gatekeepers, you were not going to make comics. gatekeepers kept the creative teams in comics fairly homogenous demographically. 

but there is no reason to rely on gatekeepers anymore. there is no reason to drink down the bullshit anymore. at least—there is not for me. 

so i guess my plan is to eventually synthesize ideas about healing, freedom, justice and self-awareness with interests i have in making—and helping other people make—comic books. and i would like to create and promote a network of independent comic creators who are empowered.

and i think that is it.

today i draw the line in the sand.

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