im watching pitch perfect for the first time rn & holy shit the shower scene where they sing titanium is SO GAY
im watching pitch perfect for the first time rn & holy shit the shower scene where they sing titanium is SO GAY
The Runaways (2010)
My ten personal favorite artworks by JC Leyendecker. It is interesting that many of them happen to be Easter illustrations!
The Gay Metropolis, page 47, Charles Kaiser (via bibliothekara)
Phelps tells this story herself in the excellent 1984 documentary Before Stonewall, which you can watch in its entirety on YouTube (she’s at 19:30, but really, watch the whole thing): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX7AxQd82H8
Last winter, we launched a rather risky promotion we called The 12 Days of Holiday Bullshit, where Cards Against Humanity fans paid $12 to receive 12 mystery gifts over the course of December.
We’ve written pretty extensively about all the crazy stunts we pulled off, but it’s past due to talk about the last one. Included in the first day’s envelope was a note that there was a very hard puzzle spread across the 12 days’ mailings and a message, in Caesar Cipher, not to throw anything away. That’s because the envelopes were a key part of the puzzle. Now that the puzzle has been solved for a few months, it’s time to reveal and explain the solution. Each envelope had a lovely and punny illustration by our friend Maré Odomo of the each of The Twelve Days of Christmas in order (we especially love the Two Turtle Doves).
The first step to the puzzle was to notice that each envelope had a funny time, date, and location stamp on the back. It’s not a real time stamp; we made it up. And everyone’s was the same, even the times, another clue that something was fishy about it. The first thing to notice was that the seconds timestamp were the first 12 prime number, giving a unique and clearly non-random order to the envelopes other than the order in which they arrived.
The hours and minute hands on the timestamps were also not random, but rather spelled out the first secret message in flag semaphore when placed on analog clocks. The twelve envelopes in order of the prime numbers spelled out FEEL FOR GREEN.
Every envelope was bordered by a different strand of colored lights. That was a clue to use the green lights on the envelope as braille dots. However, it was not possible to read braille directly from the envelopes—braille requires a grid of dots and empty spaces. However, solvers eventually noticed that the colored lights had very regular spacings and so envelopes (in prime order) could be lined up to create braille characters when the envelopes touched. Each pair of envelopes had exactly three 2x2 regions where any green lights appeared, cluing that the next step wasn’t braille letters (which require a 2x3 grid) but braille numbers. Each pair of envelopes decoded to a three digit number.
All of those three digit numbers were between 1 and 550, the number of cards in Cards Against Humanity. That was a clue to use Cards Against Humanity (and, more specifically, the free PDF version of the game) as a book cipher. Each three digit number uniquely mapped to a single card in the game.
Looking at all 11 cards clued by all 12 envelope pairs, solvers noticed next that the first letter of each card spelled out B AND W DOT COM. This was a clue that the final answer was a website with a URL of a black card and white card combination. Unfortunately, there are tens of thousands of such combinations.
The next step was to see that each Cards Against Humanity card came from decoding a pair of envelopes. Each envelope was associated with a specific day of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Adding those two days together gives another way to index into each card to pull out another letter. For example, “Not reciprocating oral sex” came out of Day 12 (Twelve Lords-a-Leaping) and Day 3 (Three French Hens), so we also pulled out the 12+3=15th letter, N. This spelled out BOND MEANING.
(As an aside, it turns out it was really rather difficult to find cards that would satisfy this double encoding. We had to work backward from the final answer and use a computer program we wrote to find cards that would work this way.)
The words “BOND” and “MEANING” appear only once in Cards Against Humanity - “Bond” in a black card and “meaning” in a white card. So the final answer is:
Almost 1,000 Redditors solved the puzzle by working together over a period of months on the subreddit they created, /r/HolidayBullshit. We gave the main solvers prizes, including cash, fancy booze, a bunch of books and board games we like, and every product we make. Everyone else who helped out got a free Reject Pack of cards we liked individually but were too weird for the game.
It was a lot of fun for us to watch this community come together (and struggle together) to solve this very hard puzzle. The puzzle was designed to have some pretty big logical leaps in it so that it would take a large group a long time to solve, though we did need to give out a few small hints—most about what wasn’t a part of the puzzle. We’re really happy with how it turned out.
Unfortunately, some solvers managed to back-door the puzzle by looking up domain registrations (which we thought we’d hidden), but we made them forward-solve the puzzle to win the prize by requiring them to get the final two 11-character clue phrases. We’ll just let that be a lesson for next time.
Oh yes, there will be a next time…
RFID Tags Show Elite Bees Are Made, Not Born
by Michael Keller
Some bees in a hive have a right to complain. Researchers studying individual foraging behavior found that a minority group of elite colony members work much harder than others.
By attaching tiny radio frequency identification tags to the backs of bees, University of Illinois scientists realized that 20 percent of bees that leave the nest to forage account for 50 percent of the total food brought back.
“We found that some bees are working very, very hard – as we would have expected,” said lead researcher Gene Robinson, who heads the university’s Institute for Genomic Biology. “But then we found some other bees that were not working as hard as the others.”
Read more and check out the video below.
|Do you follow any sociocultural, linguistic, or medical anthropology blogs by other PoC? I know tumblr can be an awesome place to build a thought dump/resource landfill for things you're passionate about. I'm an anthro student and I'd really like to find more budding Black/PoC anthropologists to bond with.|
also there’s medievalpoc which is about people of color in old paintings (so it focuses on history), & which is run by a person of color!!
You know, I don’t actually know. I follow a lot of academia blogs, but there’s only like, afro-dominicano and scienceyoucanlove that I know for sure and love their blogs dearly. SO, let’s get this post around and try to create a list. I’ll put more fields in it, but if we can get at least the anthro community, that’d be great. I know there’s more fields than listed below, so if you want to be a part of it and your field isn’t listed (ex; film), you can go ahead and comment anyways!
IF YOU ARE A POC WHO RUNS OR BLOGS A LOT OF THESE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS, YOU SHOULD CONTACT ME AND/OR WRITE YOUR NAME BELOW WITH YOUR URL AND ACADEMIC INTERESTS. ALSO IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE A POC IN THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY YOU SHOULD ALSO MENTION THAT (IF YOU WANT TO).
Linguistics and/or Sociolinguistics
Hi! queer/poc sociocultural anthro blogger here. Focus is in science & technology studies (sts). I don’t get much into my own research on here, but it falls in line with digital/material culture. This blog consists of tech, art, writing/lit, and humor.
Also worth noting: I hail from the american anthropological school of thought which holistically draws from the four fields of linguistics, archaeology, physical (bio) anthropology, and cultural anthropology. There’s still some debate and criticism for this multi-varied approach to the study of humans/culture, just saying. Thank Franz Boas (considered the father of american anthropology) for this four-field approach.
This is Boas, btw:
|Hey hey, got a question for you if you don't mind. On one of your recent BB responses you mentioned really enjoying psych memoirs. I've read a few fictional ones and loved them, and as the owner of brain with some major attitude problems I'd be really interested in picking up a few more. What are some of your favorites?|
[Here comes the book tsunami! OH NOOOO!
Madness (Severe Bipolar) and Wasted (Eating disorder) by Marya Hornbacher are the absolute best two works on this list. The way she describes her psychiatric issues and how it affects her life is just poetic and intense and she is just… such a great, vibrant and completely engaging storyteller. I’ve even met her once! When she reads her manic rants aloud, it’s actually alarming! Nails the wild abandon and self-loathing but she’s never maudlin or self-pitying about it.
The Last Time I Wore a Dress by Daphne Scholinski is a pretty intense read. This one is more about when the therapeutic process goes horribly horribly wrong, though. As it still tends to do for genderfucked individuals :(
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. Another memoir of addiction and Bipolar illness. She’s fucking hilarious and snarky and if you can get the audiobook version she reads it herself in that amazing growly voice of hers. This one’s interesting also because Carrie eventually had ECT (“shock therapy”) which sounds horrible because of quackery but is sometimes used to treat severe depression.
The Magic Daughter by Jane Phillips. Mainly dissociative identity disorder from a multiple’s point of view. The thing I remember best about this one is the way she describes the fragmented perception of reality shared between her cranial household members. Also a great read in general.
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. Alchoholism, child abuse, sexual abuse, fucked up families, bipolar and one completely DEMENTED psychiatrist who joined the dark side and ruined people’s lives. Actually, anything Burroughs writes resonates hard with me because I LIVED that life, with different details. The free-fall glee of nothing making sense as a default state. Oh my god.
Look Me in the Eye by John Robison. This is the story of Augusten Burroughs’ much older brother, who has autism. Funny, amazing, insightful.
I also read and enjoyed Girl, Interrupted by whatsername but I’m not sure how I feel about it after like ten years. I remember it could be harsh and brutal and fascinating, but it’s been so long I can’t remember if it was the book or the movie that pissed me off with its “snap out of it” undertones. At any rate, a good read.
Just Checking by Emily Colas. This one’s great. A memoir about a woman with OCD. Helped me a whole fuck of a lot.
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silverman. Oh god. I love you so much Sarah Silverman. A lot of it is about having depression and a happy homelife at the same time. The rest is about growing up as a bedwetter with a sense of humor as her only proection against the humiliation. She’s usually a foul-mouthed Satan child in her comedy career, but I found this book sort of… heartwarming. Touching even. And goddamn hilarious.
I have read and discarded a number of other memoirs that I felt were written by dickheads pushing an agenda.
Oh god I could do this all night. But just… go to the library and suck on the 921s for a few weeks. Delicious dusty miracles.
The thing I like most about all of these books is that they were written by the people who survived the stories they contain. I have such a boner for people who will stand up and say “i’m a freak, and here’s why that’s okay.” Gets me through the hard times to know I’m sharing a diagnosis with freakin’ Princess Leia.]