anonymous said:

Another good way to get into D&D is to see if you have any local gaming stores that take part in D&D Encounters or have tabletop nights. D&D encounters is designed to get new players up to speed, and then you won't have to buy the books or have a newbie DM for your first introduction. It's supposed to be theoretically possible to do a continuous campaign at different places or miss nights without falling behind, but that hasn't quite gotten fully calibrated :p

not a Strawman, actually happening

"I am against infant circumcision because I am against all circumcision without consent."

"Omg why do you want to hurt baby boys???? Omg stop why are you pro-infant circumcision????"

"… I am against DMAB infant circumcision because I am against all circumcision without consent."

"Omg don’t you know you lose erogenous tissue??? That’s horrible!!!!! Why would you do that to your son???"

"…. I am against circumcision without consent. I would never circumcise an infant."

"Okay fine but you’re not anti-circumcision ENOUGH because you don’t use my exact words. You need to be anti-infant circumcision because you lose erogenous tissue."

"… I am anti-circumcision of any kind without consent."

"What about this hypothetical situation in which a person can theoretically have their foreskin restored??? Isn’t that wonderful??? How are you against that????"

"… I am against any and all circumcision without consent."

"I never harass people who are anti-circumcision for baby boys I love and appreciate you all ^^~!!"

"…"

"Omg why do you think it’s okay to circumcise boys is it because you hate men?????????"

Data Rains: Holly Herndon and the Defiant Power of Pop

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Working intensively these past months with composer and musician Holly Herndon and her partner Mat Dryhurst has strengthened our belief in Pop as a carrier signal, as a force that can change the critical mass of a politically stagnant cultural field. Pop wants to be out there, heard, seen, shared, liked, and loved—and however superficial and corrupted this tendency may be sometimes, it is at least a basic human impulse that is universally understood. By contrast, within the (especially visual) arts, many seem happy with a position that no longer confronts any outside, but rehearses theoretical concepts inside a (global) inner circle.

Home, Holly’s new single on RVNG Intl., engages the omnipresence of NSA surveillance. As Holly has stated, the Snowden revelations have altered her relationship to her musical instrument, the laptop. The laptop is an object in which much of its owner’s online and offline life gets collected. Since what goes in and out of that laptop is recorded and looked at by agencies like the NSA, using programs such as X-Keyscore, Boundless Informant, and PRISM, the intimacy of a person’s relationship with their laptop can no longer be presupposed. Home suggests what Pitchfork aptly named “a Frankensteinian gadget whose parts have fallen out of sync.”

In Call, a collaborative series of sound-and-motion gifs that were released just before Home, we wanted to allude to a sense of latent (or nascent) collectivism, a call-to-action. We were fascinated by the “whistle” in the forest in the Hunger Games as a wordless sign of solidarity. The Call gifs contain motifs such as hair, moon, trees, Holly’s face, smoke, keyboards, and camouflage. Visual expression in our chaotic times should, we feel, be charged with collective promise, passion, and emotion, rather than the empty rationality of techno-political solutionism.

For the music video for Home we generated a “data rain”—veil-like patterns made out of the logos and icons of the NSA’s surveillance programs. Holly goes obscured behind different versions and iterations of the data rain, each appropriate to the particular phase and mood of the track. The two angles on the artist—one frontal and honest, the other, through the perspective of a second camera, more ambivalent and self-aware—also reflect on knowingly being surveilled. The data rains are a recycling mechanism for these awkward insignia of the surveillance state. Ultimately we believe in Pop’s capacity to devour even the most grandiose forms of totalitarianism.

In his brilliant essay, Post-capitalist desire, the essayist Mark Fisher searches for a Leftism that embraces “quasi-psychedelic crypto-Pop.” We fully agree with him. There are many important precedents, and some inspiring contemporaries. More importantly, there is a future for us all to win.

also i was thinking about the fourth city and what their writing would look like; classic mongolian script remained pretty constant through to modern times so someone would eventually recognize it, so i’m thinking that it might be the phags-pa script? it was used for a couple centuries and was started under kublai khan, which i think is roughly the right time for karakorum’s fall? somewhere in the 1200s or 1300s which is when this was in use

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Tonight i told my mom that theoretically i could go into the bathroom and shave half my head and there was nothing she could do about it and then

zombiegraycat said:

do you see any significant differences between marxist feminism and proletarian feminism?

Hello,

We would recommend examining Anuradha Ghandy’s critique of what is often considered Marxist or socialist feminism. She writes that:

"The theoretical writings have been predominantly in Europe and the US and they are focused on the situation in advanced capitalist society. All their analysis is related to capitalism in their countries. Even their understanding of Marxism is limited to the study of dialectics of a capitalist economy.

There is a tendency to universalize the experience and structure of advanced capitalist countries to the whole world. For example in South Asia and China which have had a long feudal period we see that women’s oppression in that period was much more severe. The Maoist perspective on the women’s question in India also identifies patriarchy as an institution that has been the cause of women’s oppression throughout class society. But it does not identify it as a separate system with its own laws of motion. The understanding is that patriarchy takes different content and forms in different societies depending on their level of development and the specific history and condition of that particular society; that it has been and is being used by the ruling classes to serve their interests. Hence there is no separate enemy for patriarchy.

The same ruling classes, whether imperialists, capitalists, feudals and the State they control, are the enemies of women because they uphold and perpetuate the patriarchal family, gender discrimination and the patriarchal ideology within that society. They get the support of ordinary men undoubtedly who imbibe the patriarchal ideas, which are the ideas of the ruling classes and oppress women. But the position of ordinary men and those of the ruling classes cannot be compared. Socialist feminists by emphasizing reproduction are underplaying the importance of the role of women in social production. The crucial question is that without women having control over the means of production and over the means of producing necessities and wealth how can the subordination of women ever be ended? This is not only an economic question, but also a question of power, a political question.

Though this can be considered in the context of the gender based division of labour in practice their emphasis is on relations within the heterosexual family and on ideology of patriarchy. On the other hand the Marxist perspective stresses women’s role in social production and her withdrawal from playing a significant role in social production has been the basis for her subordination in class society. So we are concerned with how the division of labour, relations to the means of production and labour itself in a particular society is organized to understand how the ruling classes exploited women and forced their subordination. Patriarchal norms and rules helped to intensify the exploitation of women and reduce the value of their labour.”

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Proletarian feminism focuses our theory and practice on the women who “have nothing to lose but their chains”, which are for the most part Third World women and women of oppressed nations. We do not seek to dismiss or ignore the theoretical work offered by Euro-American Marxist feminists, but (as with all Euro-American Marxists) their work often fall shorts of developing a serious revolutionary, anti-imperialist politics.

Sincerely,

Proletarian Feminism

  • Me:dad where do noses go
  • Dad:usually in the middle of your face
  • Me:no like. the holes.
  • Dad:down to your lungs
  • Me:don't they also go to your ears?
  • Dad:well yes
  • Me:so theoretically
  • Me:could you breathe through your ears
  • Dad:
  • Me:
  • Dad:
  • Me:
  • Dad:no
The kiss scene? or I love you airplane scene

If u could only watch 1 of the above scenes for the rest of all time from TM s6 finale what 1 would choose???? (My other half asks me…)

Oh god its sophies choice! Ahhh

The whole tsa kiss scene I luvvvv for obvious reasons but then the whole declaring his true feelings on the plane & hearing him tell her his true feelings & ive been waiting 6 yrs for that… but then the way he kisses her & the look he gives her just before…

ahhhhhhh I need to have a serious think before making this very important theoretical decision… lol.

ballisticducks said:

You've seen Pontypool?!

SO MANY TIMES. Tony Burgess is an amazing writer. I honestly wish it had been adapted into a series, just so I could experience Pontypool for days on end.

We love Pontypool in this house, we even watched Torment earlier because it had a brief cameo by Stephen McHattie, who has the only voice I’d ever sell my theoretical or physical soul for. What a brilliant casting choice. Everyone should see Pontypool!

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supervermilion said:

tbh i love your house-blogging a lot. i like your reasons for everything and the fact you have reasons and it just makes me happy? idk.

thank you! it’s really nice to give my theoretical/research interests a place to literally bear on my everyday, and to integrate curiosity about my everyday into academic-esque work, and to use research to elevate my aesthetic. also sometimes it is stressful and scary. the book i am reading about postwar suburbanization, for example, deals really frankly with the mechanisms by which american political figures invented the home ownership ideology, which my feelings often perpetuate.

Why do bigots always use kids as the scapegoat/excuse... i'm sorry... "reason"... for their hatred?

"I don’t have a problem with gay people. I just think them being affectionate in public and being portrayed on tv hurts kids."

"I don’t have a problem with fat people. I just think them existing in public spaces without any shaming hurts kids."

"I don’t have a problem with transgender people. I just think them being outside or on screen hurts kids."

"I don’t have a problem with poor people. I just think them having things and still being poor hurts kids."

how the fuck does someone living their life and not even paying any mind to these theoretical kids you’re fake concerned about harm the imaginary children?

idk what we were learning about that brought it up but our history teacher asked “how many people here want to get married” and i was the only one who didn’t raise their hand lol. and i’m glad because then he started being heteronormative and annoying even if i theoretically did want to get married why would i sign my life away to a smelly man

Bookchinism, peculiar American variety of anarcho-bolshevism, is comprised of three main theoretical fetishes: ecology, technology and false historicism (as Bookchin’s Greek ecclesia of the future). Its effective practice is manipulative, in memory of Leninist humanism.

Having broken with Bookchin already in 1967 over his spirited defense of sacrificial militants and mystics, we will only add that our concern is with individuals consciously engaged in the qualitative negation of class society (which, for Bookchin, does not exist, or if it exists, does not matter). From this base, real dialogue only takes place in the active process of demystification. To step aside to banter with an ideologist who publicizes the fact (Anarchos, books, speeches, lectures, etc.) would be to give up all and re-enter the old world on its rules.

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Epitaph to Bookchinism, Situationist International #1

The Situationists hated Bookchin before it was cool.

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TG: hmmm

TG: lets c……..

TG: aradia, karakt, sollux

TG: *karkat

TG: umm

TG: damara, cronus

TG: annnnnnd terezi

TG: aradia bc even tho we met like onces shes supr fricking cute and sweet holy shit (shes in charge of snacks 4 this theoretical sleepovr)

TG: karkat bc hes so much fun 2 mess w/ but also hella hot and not an asshole when he tries (+ i could totes ambush him during obligatory pillow fights hell yeah)

TG: sollux bc hes a nerd and i could totally beat his scrawny ass at n e video games

TG: damara bc shes a babe + knows how 2 party

TG: cronus is same as damara even tho hes kind of a fuckboy

TG: and tz bc shes a fcking riot man omg

((OOC: omg thnk u so much ;w;))

thesolitaryfluffball said:

s o l l u x. aaannddd-- Tavros!

Sollux:

Why I like them: He’s snarky and hilarious as fuck, and he reminds me a lot of myself in so many aspects. Plus, he’s hella cute.
Why I don’t: I miss his snark pre-blindness; he’s still one of my absolute favorites, but I wish he was more like his former self.
Favorite episode (scene if movie): Every scene.
Favorite line: “LADIIE2.”
Favorite outfit: His (theoretical) god tier outfit, probably.
OTP: Solkat, Arasol, or Equisol
Brotp: Solkat
Head Canon: He likes playing MMOs and annoying the shit out of people on them.
Unpopular opinion: I… don’t think he actually likes bees?
An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen: I don’t want him to die aGAIN.
My nickname for them: Lispy garbage, nerdlord, etc. etc.

Tavros:

i legitimately do not care for tavros at all so i’m just. not gonna answer this. sorry friend.

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