Those interested in Mr. Lagerfeld might enjoy The Beautiful Fall, a book focused on the late sixties through early eighties but also containing material about Lagerfeld's childhood and his various renarrations of it.
He actually does seem to have had a rather sad life - at least as sad as a life can be when cushioned with so much money and fame. posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 3:38 PM on March 25, 2012
Also, move your feet! If you're of average height, you should be able to wriggle your ankles and flex your calves without moving too much otherwise. When I fly, I try to do this every 20 minutes or so when I'm awake, and I get up in the middle of the flight regardless of my seat mates. Not to put too fine a point on it, but their absolute freedom from standing up is not more important than my freedom from DVT. Also, it really isn't that awful to have to stand up a couple of times during a... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 9:04 AM on March 25, 2012
Another important quote that gives some policy details:
Success for Kony 2012 would mean increased militarization of the anti-democratic Yoweri Museveni government, which has been in power in Uganda since 1986 and has played a major role in the world's deadliest ongoing conflict, the war in the Congo. But those whom privilege allows to deny constellational thinking would enjoy ignoring this fact. There are other troubling connections, not least of them being... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 8:43 AM on March 21, 2012
I was reading the Racialicious round-up of coverage on this case and they posted a tweet that said basically "When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut, white women invoked the language of 'family' and 'daughter' in coming to her defense; if she can be figured as your daughter, shouldn't Trayvon Martin be your son?"
I just can't get over how these kids - Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant - were... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 6:30 AM on March 20, 2012
I know that, hippybear, but le morte de bea arthur upthread asserted that it wasn't necessarily a racist impulse that prompted the murder, it could have been a classist one.
Racism is so tied up with classism that they're really hard to separate - one of the things that racism does is provide a class advantage to white people. If you're a white boss, you know there's a reserve labor army of poor folks of color who will work for low... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 6:57 AM on March 20, 2012
I believe Zimmerman viewed Trayvon as a "threat" most likely because of the color of his skin and the way he was dressed, but I also believe if he saw a too skinny white guy with a shaved head and punk piercings, he probably would have reacted much the same, and the situation would have ended the same.
You know what? I was once a white punk (not the skinny kind, though) and I certainly knew many, many skinny white guys who were all punked... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 7:32 AM on March 20, 2012
A neighbor of George Zimmerman and fellow neighborhood watch captain in their Florida gated community came to his defense Tuesday, saying Zimmerman shot Miami teenager Trayvon Martin after numerous burglaries at The Retreat at Twin Lakes.
Frank Taaffe pointed out the circumstances that he believes led his 28-year-old neighbor to react the way he did on the night of Feb. 26: Eight burglaries within 15 months, most done by young black males, he said.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 7:47 AM on March 21, 2012
It's astonishing how slavery persists and reestablishes itself in new forms.
There is a very interesting book, The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, which is once again available after being out of print forever, which talks about how long slavery persisted in Western Europe - pretty much up through the French Revolution (which is sort of what you'd expect).
I think it's important not to say that Mauritania is the... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 6:33 AM on March 19, 2012
One thing I noticed with interest - the article quoted three people saying, essentially , "we Americans have a right not to live like [Nigerians or indigenous people who get so badly exploited]." Of course no one means "it's completely okay for Nigerians to be at the mercy of Shell because they are from Africa", but it's a weird little rhetorical device.
I guess it's smart to remember that what a corporation will do to a Nigerian is what they'll do... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 4:18 AM on March 15, 2012
I would expect that if you could steal any kind of soap you could sell it or trade it - lots of folks are on foodstamps and you can't buy soap and stuff with those. posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 7:03 PM on March 13, 2012
Also, I know from friends (some who made bad choices out of need, one who I dissuaded) that it's easy for young women (and young queer folks) to get into situations that they don't know how to handle. If you're young and too good-hearted, it's easy to believe a dude when he says that it will just be sex, or you can leave any time, or you don't have to do [sex act or unsafe thing]. Or you can lack the social skills and self confidence to negotiate good terms and/or leave, plus if you're in that... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 6:31 PM on March 13, 2012
Pushing the moral burden of action upon those who would likely suffer the most and are already among the most marginalized and victimized among us isn't a solution.
I think y'all are missing a point about organizing. One of the best ways to achieve powerful, effective social change is by organizing the people affected by the problem. The rest of us - the best we can do is...almost like charity work. We don't live the problem. We don't... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 4:45 PM on March 11, 2012
why do I have strains of Pulp going through my head? "you could call your dad and he'd stop it all"
I don't know, since this dude doesn't seem to have contact with his family.
Admittedly, a young, handsome white guy without mental health problems gets a lot of slack cut for him.
Here's a thing: I've been reading a lot of radical stuff lately that goes something like this:... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 7:38 AM on March 9, 2012
I don't think it's really appropriate to trash on this kid, for pete's sake. He's doing what he needs to do to achieve his ends, hurting no one, making no larger program.
If anything, to me he's a symbol of how much more students ought to get - there's no reason there couldn't be enough assistance to provide an SRO-level single room for a kid for a few years.
I'm far more worried about the ways homelessness or precariousness can get... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 7:56 AM on March 9, 2012
Also, it's very easy to turn this into 'divide and be ruled'. There's no reason we can't demand a society in which everyone has housing, regardless of whether they are students, mentally ill, a little bit lazy, chronically ill, etc. Everyone should be housed. It doesn't make sense to spend a lot of time as a society breaking people down into "the deserving poor" and the lazy wastrels, or whatever. The only people benefited by that strategy are the elites who are... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 8:00 AM on March 9, 2012
What if this same kid spent ten hours a week volunteering to help families get fresh produce and meats and cook good food? Is he more ethical because he is contributing, or still unethical because he is not EARNING?
Indeed. Folks definitely collapse "getting paid" with "being moral". Which is radically individualistic (in, like, a bad way) because it's basically rooted in 'you need to be totally self-sufficient in order to be a... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 8:37 AM on March 9, 2012
As far as I can tell, it shouldn't generally be possible for adults to live anywhere without a job. Housing ain't free.
I'm looking forward to the house-to-house paper checks, the rousting of homeless folks, the expulsions of squatters and all the various mechanisms of state repression that will come into being to make this work. I'm also looking forward to the forced labor part, because if we can't let people break the law by being homeless,... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 11:57 AM on March 9, 2012
It's called the workhouse, and to be honest it's better to have them working and contributing to society than sitting on welfare/charity doing nothing.
LOL! Have you actually read the history of workhouses? Or any statistics about how a semi-slave army of labor actually depresses wages for everyone else? Or any reporting on how people actually are able to transition off welfare, when they are?... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 8:31 AM on March 10, 2012
I loved Olive Garden as a child. I had my first-ever slice of cheesecake there, for one thing. Plus there were various pasta dishes that my parents never served - manicotti, that sort of thing. And if you're under the illusion that back in my family's days of working class poverty in a remote suburb my parents could conceivably have found the time to prepare authentic Italian after miraculously buying the authentic ingredients at Aldi's....well, you have another think coming. Olive Garden... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 11:42 AM on March 8, 2012
Now, it has been a long time since I went to an Olive Garden, and I've certainly eaten quite a lot of fancier food since then. However, I was recently at Lou Malnati's, considered by many amongst my Chicago acquaintance to be a local institution which provides a high-quality tasty kind of Chicago-ish pizza/pasta/calamari food, and it reminded me a lot of Olive Garden. Perhaps Olive Garden used to be better than it now is, of course. But I do know people who eat fancy... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 4:57 PM on March 8, 2012
And when I lived in China I ate at either McDonald's or KFC about once a week. posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 4:59 PM on March 8, 2012
Now, if you want horrible foreign cuisine in a state where there's probably few to no natives of that cuisine around to cook it, try eating Chinese food in Montana. No, seriously, try it. That will make your Olive Garden whining look like nothing.
Oh my god, the worst Chinese food I've ever had in my entire life was in Butte back in the nineties, in what must be one of the country's oldest continuously-run Chinese restaurants. It appeared to be... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 6:02 AM on March 9, 2012
[An unemployed computer programmer, welfare recipient and legal guardian of two young children, Monsegur did not go to college and is a self-taught hacker. Although his skills and intellect could command a lucrative salary in the private sector, those who know him say he is lazy, an underachiever complacent with his lifestyle.
It was his anti-government, anti-capitalist ideologies that caused Monsegur to gravitate toward hacking, according to those who... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 9:17 AM on March 6, 2012
Weird how much hostility this list seems to be generating - I feel like there's a lot of "I didn't have nice things, so kids today who want them must be spoiled and lazy". Well, I had a kind of lousy, miserable school experience, and a a nominally "good" school too, and I wish I'd had these things.
What Spicynuts said. I applaud these guys for trying, but if most students took ownership of their education in the first place, then most of... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 12:45 PM on March 5, 2012
To go further: having a reasonable population of teachers of color, working class teachers and immigrant teachers would have helped in these situations:
1. Dealing with immigrant kids who were refugees - family needs, cultural issues, potential trauma, kids who were refugees from opposite sides in a civil war. I saw two classrooms where this was of concern, and the immigrant teacher had far more tools to reach kids, even though they were from different countries.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 12:58 PM on March 5, 2012
"Facilitation" I think can be a lot less labor-intensive than the traditional model where the teacher is on stage singing and dancing for 50 minutes out of every hour.
I actually had a 'facilitated' class like this in junior high. It was awesome for me because I was motivated but it didn't work too well for the other students, substantially because one teacher could not realistically do active check-ins on anywhere from... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 1:34 PM on March 5, 2012
But weren't the charity benefits provided prior to the 19th century extremely uneven and ideologically contingent? In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, IIRC, many were administered through guilds, which meant that the "masterless men", displaced peasants, etc, were left out. And what about all the elderly farm workers and laborers in the countryside that you read about dying in truly abject and shocking poverty? Then there's the ideological dimension - you only need a cursory reading... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 4:26 AM on March 5, 2012
It's really scary watching the UK sink into actual fascism. Normally I'd bracket that with some big disclaimer about how the US is always worse, except I don't think the US is worse any more. In fact, whenever I see news about the UK, I find myself hoping we can stave off what's happening to you - the constant surveillance, the crazy use of ASBOs, the insane brutality during protests (Alfie Meadows, that girl in the hijab, etc - and I know people who were seriously... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 4:24 AM on March 3, 2012
That particular comic makes me so angry, because it's really, really clear that Gaiman thinks he's being super progressive in his treatment of the trans and lesbian characters. But really the trans character is just there as a prop for the straight woman to show how caring and accepting she is, with a little bit of "lol she doesn't pass" thrown in. The whole... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 6:44 AM on March 2, 2012
The problem is that a good recipe just isn't good enough for CI. It has to be the absolute BEST recipe in the entire WORLD, even if, for most people, the cost, time, and effort required for such a recipe makes them just not want to cook. As far as I'm concerned, it's part of a trend whereas cooking just becomes a specialist hobby and not something everyone does. I do love reading CI and I love fancy food, but I'm very glad to have learned basic everyday cooking.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 9:06 AM on March 1, 2012
“Ah, deep fried lamb testicles with noodles. Who doesn’t remember the silky sauce, the firm noodles, the savory lamb testicles with their savory batter coating. But the reality today is that even if you can find deep fried lamb testicles with noodles at your local Lamb Testicle Hut, the noodles are limp, the sauce is curdled, and the deep fried lamb testicles are small, tough, and the batter is bland and insipid. WE SET OUT TO IMPROVE YOUR DEEP FRIED LAMB TESTICLES WITH NOODLES... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 9:34 AM on March 1, 2012
"See, what we need is a couple of really big, scary, near-invincible flying narcotic cyborg wildebeest. Then the whole city will come together - black, white, man, woman, sentient orchids, severed demon ninja feet, badger paralegals - against this terrible threat. Unity! Social cohesion!"
This actually isn't at all the premise of any of his novels. Consider The Scar (which actually has quite a good plot).... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 7:21 AM on March 1, 2012
Yes, and it's also about the way in which the idea of a fixed, unitary, easily-comprehensible identity is used as a weapon. We are all a lot of things, have a lot of identities, are always more than what can be seen at one time by one person. But politically, there is this attempt to name and define one identity for certain people as a way to act against them.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 8:01 AM on February 27, 2012
Okay, there is something I don't understand here: why does living with people (other than children for whom you are responsible) mean that you can't eat what you like? Surely you aren't living with housemates who get really judgey about what you eat? And these would be grown-ups? Plus, I have three housemates and I barely even see them because we all have slightly different schedules.
Seriously, I've found that establishing firm boundaries with... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 7:33 AM on February 26, 2012
I wonder what will happen with those of us who wear glasses just as a regular thing. I mean, I don't even do facebook, so I can't imagine that I'll be buying these, but will it just increase the pressure to get lasik? Probably.
In Samuel Delany's Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, which was published in the eighties, everyone had access to a sort of internet as a neural interface. But because he's Samuel Delany and it was the eighties, this was... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 8:33 AM on February 24, 2012
Having Internet and notes and data all present all the time
Also, it's going to be pretty sweet when your boss expects you to be on call every waking moment...just "for emergencies", of course, but it will be like checking your email when you're out sick - you'd better treat everything as an emergency or you're not a team player. posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 9:07 AM on February 24, 2012
Okay, I am assuming that there are lots of restaurants that serve perfectly good food and don't require reservations, even in London, right? I mean, the Shanghainese Bao Shop and the Orwell Memorial Canteen or whatever you have over there? Surely not everything takes reservations or has big lines, even though that's the language of the article? At least in Large Midwestern City most of the places with good food are pretty small and average and mid-range; I've found only a... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 5:15 AM on February 24, 2012
Definitely very utopian about how science fiction works...I mean, there have been positive "messages" in science fiction since there has been science fiction, and with the possible exception of Red Star (an early novel about a socialist colonization of Mars that was immensely, crazy popular in pre-revolutionary Russia and is in fact the source of the "red star") I am not so sure that the 'messages' get through absent real-world anchors.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 11:26 AM on February 21, 2012
Surely everyone has seen loltheorists, which is funnier. Although not as funny as lolthulhu of course (I discovered both of these - and this type of thing generally - at the same time, so they are irretrievably linked in my mind.)
I dunno, I thought that the tumblr was kind of funny - might take a while to hit stride, though. But mostly it's just interesting to see a bunch of photos of Foucault at different points in his career. The "if sexuality is so taboo why... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 4:34 AM on February 21, 2012
I don't know if anyone highlighted this but an issue here is the fact that the fucking regulation and inspection of the factory was outsourced to a private company which was seemingly pliant and easy to fool. So it's not just Mr. Genius Inventor Creeper who is the capitalist at fault, it's the lax and/or dishonest private contractor who was supposed to be doing the inspections.
It's funny how people motivated primarily by profit, keeping contracts... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 6:11 AM on February 19, 2012
“Story-truth,” Tim O’Brien wrote, “is truer sometimes than happening-truth.”
Eh. Let's look at some "story truths that are truer than happening truths". How about the stories about the plantation south with happy slaves? For some folks, those stories are far truer than 'factual truth'. Or stories about savage, crazy natives attacking pure white women? Just because truth and fact are contested doesn't mean that whatever... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 9:49 AM on February 16, 2012
I think the key word in O'Brien's quote is sometimes.
But the question is "who gets to decide?" I mean, if we're saying that sometimes made up shit is truer than research, why can't I just say "la la, I bet there were tons of happy child factory workers and it just never got recorded" or "everyone knows it's politically correct to deny that slavery was good for the slaves"? That's what feels true to me... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 12:42 PM on February 16, 2012
Janet Flanner was a really neat woman (although honestly her politics leave a bit to be desired, some irritatingly sniffy anti-radicalism in there). Paris Was Yesterday is a book of her short New Yorker pieces from the twenties through before the war; it's an amazing, sharp little set of snapshots of art, culture and daily life, with various interesting bits along the lines of "and there is this young playwright named Jean Paul Sartre who..." She could be... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 11:39 PM on February 15, 2012
And then the unthinkable happened, or rather, two things happened. I met someone, a woman, and while I in my recalcitrant fashion followed up on that meeting so that she might eventually save me (as she eventually did),
Yes, yes of course you did. Yes, yes of course she did. It's interesting to note that this man seems actually to have brought every cliche of the 'literary' white straight dude novelist alive in his own life. It... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 12:56 PM on February 15, 2012
"baring the scar" posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 12:57 PM on February 15, 2012
I was a big gross dork who was a jerk-target, not a crush-target.
Precisely! I remember being so angry that my parents refused to see the lived reality of my life, and also I remember feeling very ashamed because I knew that the boys found me unattractive (because I was a fat little butch nerd) and thus I wasn't living up to my parents' (admittedly screwed-up) view of me as someone who could attract abuse because she was attractive. posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 10:15 AM on February 15, 2012
The thing is, I feel like we ought to trust girls on this stuff. I was able at a young age to identify friendly-thought-aggressive teasing (which was not what was directed at me) when I saw it. In general, the girls I knew were not angry about friendly-but-aggressive teasing; they were angry about bullying. This idea that girls themselves need to have the sekrit motives of the boys revealed to them because their undeveloped female brains can't work it... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 10:22 AM on February 15, 2012
The reality is that even though I genuinely do like her as a person, I’ve always thought her opinions and her veganism were ridiculous. I never respected them (which really means I never fully respected her), secretly harboring an opinion of her cognitive abilities that is less than kind. I wasn’t teasing her because I liked her. I was teasing her because I thought it was funny, because I thought her opinions and beliefs had no value beyond a cheap laugh.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 11:15 AM on February 15, 2012
It's not the sizing, it's the cut. I'm a 2-4 and J Crew clothing makes me look like an infant orangutan. J Crew's clothing is cut for some strange species of human with no noticeable fleshy protuberances on any area of their bodies. Giant playmobil people, maybe.
Weirdly, J Crew's pants are among the only pants anywhere that actually fit me - although sadly they make very few styles in a size 16. They cut for people with very straight bodies, as you... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Frownerat 9:51 AM on February 15, 2012