in the fade


  1. ‘Looking for Astronauts’ by The National is my new jam.
I’ve been afraid to post music ever since I got that threatening email from tumblr. I’m hoping that going through this is my jam circumvents whatever guidelines they are using to determine that I am a music thief. 

    ‘Looking for Astronauts’ by The National is my new jam.

    I’ve been afraid to post music ever since I got that threatening email from tumblr. I’m hoping that going through this is my jam circumvents whatever guidelines they are using to determine that I am a music thief. 

  2. ☛ The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is just the beginning

    I’ll let Roxane Gay have my last word on this issue.

  3. just gonna leave this here.

    just gonna leave this here.

  4. A woman who takes nude photos of herself and keeps them on her phone and does not willingly share them with anyone else has a right to expect that those photos will remain private, whether she is a celebrity or not. She did not choose to put the photos out there. She had no reason to expect they would be seen by others without her consent. Having your phone hacked and photos stolen is not part of celebrity. It’s a violation of her personal space, of her right to privacy.

    Let’s not victim blame. Let’s not say things like “Well, if she wasn’t a celebrity they wouldn’t get spread around” or “if she didn’t take nude photos of herself this would not have happened.” She is a victim. It doesn’t matter if she is a star. She is a victim. And this all has very little to do with making money off the photos and everything to do with exerting power over a woman and making her feel helpless and weak and exploited. 

    This sucks for her and no one, but no one, should be taking an “oh well, you asked for it” stance with this. Her phone is her private property. Everything in that phone is private unless it’s given out willingly. She did not share these willingly. Do we get that? Do we get that her celebrity status has no bearing on whether or not these very personal, private photos should have been shared by some cretin on a power trip? Ok, good. Glad we cleared that up.

  5. paulliveshere:

    Brand New - Flying At Tree Level (from Beer: The Movie Soundtrack)

    Bonus track because this song is dope as fuck.

    Waking up to a Brand New song you never heard before makes it less horrible to be up at 4am.

  6. Class act, that Governor Perry.

    Class act, that Governor Perry.

  7. Mornings, ranked

    1. Saturday
    2. Sunday
    3. Friday
    4. Thursday
    5. Wednesday
    6. Tuesday
    7. Alonzo
    8. Monday
  8. ‘Salute Your Solution’ by The Raconteurs is my new jam.
  9. Amazon sells these two apps - Beat the Celebrity and Whack Your Friends - in its Android apps department.
From the description: If you’ve got sick and tired of your workplace and all of these show business stars who earn a plenty of money while doing almost nothing, then don’t be afraid to show the stars who do you think they are! Beat The Celebrity is a perfect way to relax without actual beating and violence. Do it virtually and be happy! Beat The Celebrity punching simulation game contains a great variety of photo effects which imitates different kinds of trauma, blood and cuts. Want to break somebody’s nose? No problem..
The Whack Your Friends app describes it as being fun for kids and adults alike. 
I know it’s just a game but this bothers me on a couple of levels. Promoting violence against women (men, too, as they give Justin Beiber as an example) seems like, I don’t know, a bad idea. Punching, whacking, whatever you want to call it, a person because you don’t like them sends a pretty bad message. What kind of “game” is it to leave bruises and cuts on someone’s face? Violence against women is a very real thing, there’s no need to gamify it and turn it into something that’s supposed to be “fun.” And to promote it to kids? That’s all kinds of wrong.
I’m really disappointed in Amazon for letting this one get through and to Android for passing the app. Do either companies have guidelines for this sort of thing or does any old trash get approved as long as its going to make money?
Maybe I’m getting too sensitive in my old age, but I’m just a little bit outraged that such games exist. As if this society isn’t misogynistic enough, now there’s a way to teach kids that violence is a fun way to express yourself. I’m not one of those people who thinks video games cause kids to act out violently. But this kind of hit me on a different level. This isn’t some fictional character you’re killing in a battlefield. These are real people and kids (and adults) are being encouraged to display a violent attitude toward them just because of who they are. 
"You can see celebrities faces battered and bruised! So check it out and have so much fun! Don’t waste your time! Kick someone and enjoy it!"
Kick someone and enjoy it.
Nice.
 

    Amazon sells these two apps - Beat the Celebrity and Whack Your Friends - in its Android apps department.

    From the description: If you’ve got sick and tired of your workplace and all of these show business stars who earn a plenty of money while doing almost nothing, then don’t be afraid to show the stars who do you think they are! Beat The Celebrity is a perfect way to relax without actual beating and violence. Do it virtually and be happy! Beat The Celebrity punching simulation game contains a great variety of photo effects which imitates different kinds of trauma, blood and cuts. Want to break somebody’s nose? No problem..

    The Whack Your Friends app describes it as being fun for kids and adults alike. 

    I know it’s just a game but this bothers me on a couple of levels. Promoting violence against women (men, too, as they give Justin Beiber as an example) seems like, I don’t know, a bad idea. Punching, whacking, whatever you want to call it, a person because you don’t like them sends a pretty bad message. What kind of “game” is it to leave bruises and cuts on someone’s face? Violence against women is a very real thing, there’s no need to gamify it and turn it into something that’s supposed to be “fun.” And to promote it to kids? That’s all kinds of wrong.

    I’m really disappointed in Amazon for letting this one get through and to Android for passing the app. Do either companies have guidelines for this sort of thing or does any old trash get approved as long as its going to make money?

    Maybe I’m getting too sensitive in my old age, but I’m just a little bit outraged that such games exist. As if this society isn’t misogynistic enough, now there’s a way to teach kids that violence is a fun way to express yourself. I’m not one of those people who thinks video games cause kids to act out violently. But this kind of hit me on a different level. This isn’t some fictional character you’re killing in a battlefield. These are real people and kids (and adults) are being encouraged to display a violent attitude toward them just because of who they are. 

    "You can see celebrities faces battered and bruised! So check it out and have so much fun! Don’t waste your time! Kick someone and enjoy it!"

    Kick someone and enjoy it.

    Nice.

     

  10. I love everything about this.

    I love everything about this.