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Stop calling it "ethnic food"
I definitely agree with the premise of the article.

I also wish I had some injera right now.

A little thing, though: the rise of restaurants in the US wasn't because people just somehow wanted to start eating tastier foreign food. Some of the causes that spring to mind: working class people moving off the farms and into the cities, and then living in housing that wasn't congenial to cooking; working class people laboring on the railroads or in… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:08 AM on July 21, 2015
This all reminds me that one of my worthless housemates half-inched my special fancy imported paprika in the pretty tin and I need to buy more at the special fancy imports shop.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:12 AM on July 21, 2015

It's a matter of palate, not xenophobia.

Not sure why these would be mutually exclusive.


But "adventureousness" is extremely class- and generation-bound*. My parents are pretty sophisticated and adventurous eaters for their backgrounds and generation - lots of French, Italian and Greek cooking in our house when I was little, back when that wasn't common for midwesterners of German and Scandinavian… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:17 AM on July 21, 2015

It is then that I know I have lost. Had lost long ago.
Is there a trick to the scrolling? I scroll down to the end of the visible posts, and when more load the page jumps me way, way forward from where I left off. Admittedly I often have this problem with the whole infinite scroll thing, but an extended storify is the least desirable place to have it. Is there a settings fix?
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:51 AM on July 21, 2015

Draw up 40% cuts plans, George Osborne tells Whitehall departments
about neoliberal boom-bust ratcheting wealth out of the lower layers of society while preventing the sort of cyclical redistribution of power that new technology normally engenders.

Yes, precisely. Capitalism is not based on extracting surplus value - it's based on enclosure and frontiers, basically on stealing people's stuff. "Surplus value" is a subcategory of enclosure.

As long as you can go to a new frontier… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:02 AM on July 21, 2015

"Vengeance if necessary"
I'm not saying that this person deserved to get shot

Well, that's good, since the cops shot a random protester in mistake for another protester who was yelling and flipping tables. I've been to many a protest and back in the day, we used to think it was, like, police brutality when we just got beaten for being stroppy....I guess things have escalated to the point where it's okay if "nervous" cops shoot… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 3:30 PM on July 20, 2015
Maybe you have more information than I do, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of information about what happened here in BC. The protester was apparently holding a knife?


Very fair - I posted without thinking about the source. Reading about it really pushed some buttons for me due to past experience and I jumped to conclusions.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:36 PM on July 20, 2015

a facsimile of intimacy, a love-shaped house for isolation to live in
I am glad that the author acknowledges her insane privilege to have a "midlife crisis" because this essay came off as really whiny to me. Lots of people aren't done making mistakes when they are in their mid-20s, but there are people who can grow and mature in the relationships they have committed to. If the problem was with her husband, fine, but it doesn't seem like that's the case here.

I have grown and matured in a situation not of my… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:45 PM on July 20, 2015

The Man Who Was The Day Before Friday
Holy shit, no, he should not be a saint. In addition to the critiques leveled above, he was also a homophobe and stupid about women. (He actually had some sympathy for socialists, though.) And an anti-Semite, don't forget - an anti-Semite during the twenties and thirties.

And he wasn't just "typical of his time" - he was born in 1874 and lived until 1936, so he was a contemporary or near-contemporary of Proust, Joyce, Henry James, Woolf, WEB Dubois, Ida… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:52 PM on July 17, 2015
I also often think of "A Ballade of Suicide" when I'm feeling bad:



The gallows in my garden, people say,
Is new and neat and adequately tall;
I tie the noose on in a knowing way
As one that knots his necktie for a ball;
But just as all the neighbours–on the wall–
Are drawing a long breath to shout “Hurray!”
The strangest whim has seized me. . . . After
… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:55 PM on July 17, 2015
Citing luminaries of literature to prove that he didn't have typical attitudes is a bizarre approach.

But we can't have it both ways - we can't say "well, he was a genius, but don't compare him to other literary geniuses except when it's flattering to him". The guy was smart, he read books, he lived in London, he went to plays, he wasn't some ignoramus from Outer East Grinstead who could be excused for having stupid ideas because he'd… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:20 PM on July 17, 2015
Also, Chesterton was still writing virtually on his deathbed - you can't convince me that his ideas were all totally normal in 1936 - there was lots and lots of popular literature by that point contesting racism and misogyny and anti-Semitism, plenty of it by white people and by men and non-Jews. (Not all of it that great, but still.)
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:29 PM on July 17, 2015
Chesterton was seven years older than PG Wodehouse, for instance, and while Wodehouse sure had his racist and fucked up moments, he's nothing like Chesterton. And he was pretty popular!
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:31 PM on July 17, 2015

“It has begun.”
Oh my god, I remember reading these when I was 9ish. My father hated them and made fun of them constantly as inferior Tolkien. (He didn't have any real problem with most of the other schlock fantasy I was reading around then, but the Shannara books are so blatant about it.) I loved them, though, especially the third one.

I too missed the technology/de-evolution piece. I do remember that when I read Anne McCaffrey around the same time and realized… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:10 AM on July 16, 2015
From the NK Jemisin:

And that is precisely what we end up with, when this kind of fantastical exclusion gets layered onto the site of real historical exclusion: racist wish fulfillment fantasy. (Way to go, MTV.) Narratively, the exclusion suggests some Shit Went Down after the collapse or the plague or whatever it was that created this future world. What kind of shit? Genocide, apparently, on an epic scale. Eugenics, maybe, since apparently the orcish folks are… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:17 AM on July 16, 2015
I remember that the last book I read was the Wishsong one, which I read when I was ten. I thought the cover was so beautiful at the time. (Although my personal prize for Most Beautiful Early Eighties Cover would have gone, at the time, to the paperback of The Kestrel, which is a pretty good book and was politically formative for me.)

I also remember reading the Elfstones one and being SO UPSET by the ending.

My favorite… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:45 AM on July 17, 2015
You know, honestly it doesn't matter if the Pacific Northwest is white or not, because no one is aiming to produce a racially realistic documentary. And:

1. Even within-world, we don't know how or when the apocalypse happened. Nothing says that it happened in 2015 - what if it happens in 200 years in a POC-dominated West Coast? There's not even any in-world "accuracy" involved in this. It has to happen while the Space Needle is still standing, I guess, but… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:14 PM on July 17, 2015

An Open Letter of Resignation from Pride Toronto
Yeah, I hadn't really been to Pride in years - I'd marched through it with the Trans/Dyke march and then gone home because basically it's crowded, loud, slow and about buying things. This year I ended up hanging out at Pride with some friends and had a pretty messed up and shaming encounter with some queer teens and their friends who were, basically, jerks about me being gender non-conforming. It was weird and also upsetting and humiliating.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:36 PM on July 17, 2015

Utah, get me two!
I would like an amusing custom swimming face thing - jingju would be nice if I could wear it in China, perhaps, where people would just think I was a ridiculous foreigner instead of a cultural appropriator (at least that has been my experience when I have been pressed to wear traditional Chinese items in China - people think it's hiLARious). But think about if you could get one painted like an adorable kitten with little ear flaps? Who wouldn't want to go swimming disguised as a kitten? Or a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:33 AM on July 16, 2015
I would also like one of those No Face masks to wear at work. If I could make the little "eh eh" noises that No Face makes when it responds to questions, that would be especially great. Not to mention devouring the greedy and immoral - I could have a field day with that.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:19 PM on July 16, 2015

The Tories want to switch to a for pay NHS
What is so terrible to me about this is that it's clear that democracy has ceased to work even a bit. Most people in the UK don't want to dismantle the NHS, but it's probably going to be dismantled, precisely in order to hand a lot of money to the very richest people, who are all friends of the government anyway. As I understand it, in fact, the existing privatization/internal markets part of the NHS (which was put in during the 90s?) actually raised costs, right? So we have proof that it… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:56 AM on July 16, 2015
But Churchill asked Claude Guillebaud, a Cambridge economist, to head a committee to study the performance and efficiency of the NHS. The Gillebaud committee found that the NHS was highly effective – and needed additional funding to insure that effectiveness would continue. There was no more talk of dismantling the very popular service, and instead the Tories under Churchill and his immediate successors allocated more money to build additional clinics and hospitals.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:02 AM on July 16, 2015

a new way to prepare eggs
You know, if you could get this to extrude a tube of that Soylent stuff on a stick, I bet you'd have a substantial market for the thing, since both products seem to be for people for whom the aesthetic/non-horror aspect of food isn't that important compared to ease of consumption. And probably Soylent-on-a-stick would make a nice change from Soylent-in-a-jar.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:22 AM on July 15, 2015

white privilege, white audacity, white priorities: Strange Fruit #1
See, this is why I worry about white writers* writing work that has characters of color as the primary viewpoint characters and that is set in a POC-majority milieu. I think it's just so, so easy to do something really dumb - like this comic, which sounds bizarre, why would you even?

It isn't that I think that priviledged people can't write well about marginalized people, but that so often they/we… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 3:17 PM on July 14, 2015
Also: I think people often mishear this type of criticism, hearing it as "white people [privileged people] should never write about people of color [marginalized people], ever", when what is usually being said is more like "it is really difficult for white people to write realistically about people of color due to privilege/marginalization issues, and that therefore the more heavily something leans on being a literally or emotionally realistic depiction of the lifeworld of a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 3:31 PM on July 14, 2015
I accept that a white person's take on stories involving racial issues is going to have blind spots, and that some of those blind spots hurt. But is the alternative discouraging white people from exploring POC issues?

Speaking as a white person, I think that one thing white people can do is examine specific instances of white writers writing protagonists of color, look at reviews or scholarly material by critics of color, develop our… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 5:12 PM on July 14, 2015

My Month of Hell
At a stoplight, watching the late-night shoppers on Broadway, I’m overcome with shame. I’ve always had a secret desire to be one of these high-functioning, Manhattan office worker types, the sort who flourish in CrossFit. It’s the life I assumed I would have, but it doesn’t seem to be turning out that way for me. I find those CrossFit gays to be generally warm and uncomplicated. They’re nice people. And I want to be like that.

This really,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:34 AM on July 13, 2015
Actually, I bet you could have some kind of "like Crossfit but for the weak" deal where you had the same kind of emphasis on daily intense fitness but had a different selection of classes and a different approach to range of motion.

Almost everyone in my general age/social cohort would probably really benefit from a frequent, intense bodyweight exercise class, for instance - squats, push-ups, those reverse tricep thingies, planks, etc. Maybe mix that up with… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:43 AM on July 13, 2015
As far as this article goes, I wish the guy had talked more about how his experience was modulated by sexuality - I kept expecting him to expand more on that "desire to fit in" thing, or to talk about beauty expectations (especially after that quote from Mr. Inadequacy about his Pines share) or to talk about how his cohort at the gym was different from a straight cohort (some of which was obvious, but still).

It didn't sound very culty, actually, or even all… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:56 AM on July 13, 2015
Dude, though, I am glad no one fucking bleeds on the weights at the YWCA.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:59 AM on July 13, 2015
I've got to say, it depresses the hell out of me to see how one of my good friends seems to get treated as not good enough. It kills me, because to me he seems like he should be a catch - smart, funny, cleans up well, good job, tall, average build - but he's not thin-thin and he's not muscular, and that means he's second class. And yet it's not like everyone else is just super happy in their perfect gym rat relationships either, so there isn't even any… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:04 AM on July 14, 2015

"The entire town is a brothel, and its support system"
When I was in the Air Force guys who had been stationed at or gone TDY to Clark would talk with wonder about Angel City and what kind of evening $20 could get you. It was considered a single man's paradise.

This is just so nauseating. "Gee, it's paradise because I can pay poor women - who are much younger and more attractive than me and with whom it is unlikely that I could sleep if they had free choice - to do whatever I want and it will cost… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:16 AM on July 13, 2015

No one wants a nutty hypothalamus
My life entirely changed when I got a window unit for my room - I no longer dread summer and I no longer dread that time in August when I'll be going crazy from lack of sleep! I no longer have to sleep downstairs on the sofa on the hottest nights of the year, angering the cat and giving myself an awful night!

Jeez, the year before I got air conditioning, we had three nights in a row where it was humid and the overnight low was eighty. I would chill… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:54 AM on July 10, 2015
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest your thermostat/thermometer needs to be re calibrated.

Really? Why? I assure you that I'm the person who feels too warm, and I can distinguish my cat's normal behavior from flopping sadly on the bed in the "summer and I am way too hot" position, as when she is ennervated, or weakened, deprived of force or strength.

Unless you're thinking of innervated?
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:54 AM on July 10, 2015
You're the second person to say something to this effect in this discussion. You know there are an awful lot of densely populated dessert, tropical and subtropical places outside of this country where civilizations have flourished for thousands of years, right?

I think the issue is that you can't sustain society based on contemporary consumer/work culture in these places without A/C - which puts us all in a double bind, since most of us are dependent… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:59 PM on July 10, 2015
So basically, again, we're saying "here is a structural problem that could perhaps be solved by social reform combined with better cooling science, but the most important thing is to hector! individual! people!, no matter what those people say about where they live and the state of their health, because that's satisfying and simple".
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:01 PM on July 10, 2015
Colie, according to your profile, you live in a place where the average July temperature is under 20C/70F and the highs run 23C/74F-ish. When we have weather like that here in Minnesota, I don't use the air conditioner either - in fact, I dance with glee.

In the middle of the summer, our highs here are in the 30 - 32C range and our overnight lows are what you have as highs, and it's generally humid.

Believe me, if I lived… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 4:33 PM on July 10, 2015
To continue - I worked in Shanghai, which is hot and damp, with a bunch of British people. I was able to cope with the summer because of living here. They all virtually liquified and had a terrible time.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 4:34 PM on July 10, 2015
I'm not entirely sure about this whole "fat people get too hot easily and we air condition things for them" thing - I mean, I'm not myself thin, but I have a number of fatter friends and acquaintances and one pretty big housemate, and they all like things much warmer than I do. I'm not saying that it's never true, but I have enough anecdata at this point to suspect that things are more complicated.

Winter indoor temp here is about 60 - we… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:46 AM on July 11, 2015
You know, I didn't see this the first time but "my partner and I theory high-fived" and "fat people, er, customers of size" are both really bigoted and gross things to say. You and your partner patting yourselves on the back for spotting how fat people really require deep immorality in terms of AC, etc....Do you have overweight friends, relatives or co-workers? Remember that when you're being [unflattering redacted term] about fat people, you're being [unflattering redacted… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:56 AM on July 11, 2015

“I should be a sleight of hand artist.”
Rosa Hires, the general manager of concessions for the Hilton Theater, owned by Live Nation, said most audience members seemed delighted by the new rules. “If anything, people want more food,” she said. “They’re asking for wraps and salads” to be available at the concession stands, she added. “Recently we’ve had people asking for hot dogs.”

Dude, what is it with people? Eat before you go to the theater. Go to… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:02 AM on July 10, 2015

Rihanna Unchained
What I always assume is that if you've been denied something that is culturally important, you're going to have to work through the issues about that thing before you can move on, even if that thing is kind of base and unworthy. So if you've always been broke, you probably need to work through a little bit about money before moving on to a zen-like indifference to wealth; you need to be secure in your ability to take care of yourself before you can let go of that stuff. If you're part of a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:26 PM on July 9, 2015
Look, the thing is that of course certain specific works by white dudes get called out as sexist or racist. But there's so much more work by white dudes that doesn't get called out, and it has to be so much more egregious to get called out - seriously, there are umpteen billion squillon movies and videos where women get treated violently for the pleasure of the viewer, many of them less "this is not actually that realistic" than the Rihanna video.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:36 PM on July 9, 2015
There's a strange selectivity when it comes to calls for more context, though. The racial context is important, but so is the context of the history of misogynistic screen violence; the context in which this is a corporate-backed multimillionaire marketing a product; the context of the cinematic tropes about using the punishment of women to hurt men discussed in Helen Lewis's piece; etcetera etcetera etcetera. I can't see any good reason to focus only on the context(s) in which this… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:23 PM on July 9, 2015
Another thing - we white viewers might start trusting that Black artists are complex and smart. Historically, there have been lots of black artists who either wished they could have said more direct and complicated things or were punished for speaking out (Eartha Kitt, Paul Robeson, lots of rappers in the 80s, etc). Instead of starting from "wow, Rihanna is sure failing to articulate a better critique, that must be because she is a bad feminist and greedy with it",… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:31 PM on July 9, 2015
Forgive me for thinking out loud here, but it strikes me that there's a sort of structural hostility to marginalized artists in the type of critique that is on display here - and I acknowledge that it's a kind of critique that I engage in a lot.

Basically, it assumes bad faith and naivete on the part of the artist, and totally ignores the artist as a person who has a real vision and is trying to navigate constraints.

Like, Beyonce basically had… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:42 PM on July 9, 2015
Actually, no, that's pretty distinguishable from Gamergate, because it didn't come along with death threats, a massive harassment campaign or getting someone fired and driven out of their industry. It's just bog standard Twitter discourse. Lord knows it's not elevated, but frankly I could go on tumblr and talk about how I felt that Captain America slash fiction was a terrible idea or make an assertion about the gender of the gems on Steven Universe and get a very similar though non-racially… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:13 PM on July 9, 2015

Maybe White People Really Don't See Race — Maybe That's The Problem
I would say that I became aware of my whiteness as a thing in itself only when I was about twenty, when I read bell hooks's book Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations. I would say that I had some awareness of my whiteness when I was eighteen or so and on my own in the city for the first time - I became aware that I was, for example, the only white person on the bus or in a store, and I was both uncomfortable and worried about making other people uncomfortable.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:24 PM on July 9, 2015

I Was An Invisible Girlfriend and Boyfriend
If I spent an hour answering texts, and took the full five minutes to write each one, I’d be making 60 cents an hour, far below the minimum wage.

Well. Who would have thunk?
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:05 AM on July 9, 2015

The Uncanny Wormhole
Not to be limbonormative or anything.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:54 AM on July 9, 2015

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