Every 30 Rock Ship Ever: Jenna/Mirror
"But… my mirror! Oh my god… It’s all over.
Am I crying? I have no way to see if I’m crying!”
I CAN’T BELIEVE SOMEBODY BEAT ME TO THIS.
The cover is Dionysus wearing nipple clamps.
The book is Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology by Cory O’Brien (link to amazon) and it’s written by the dude who does better myths if you want to read some of his stuff
Today Google celebrates Shakuntala Devi’s 84th birthday. She was popularly known as the “Human Computer”, was a child prodigy, and mental calculator. She passed away on April 21 2013, she was 83 years old. Her achievements include:
- In 1977 in the USA she competed with a computer to see who could calculate the cube root of 188,132,517 faster (she won). That same year, at the Southern Methodist University she was asked to give the 23rd root of a 201-digit number; she answered in 50 seconds. Her answer—546,372,891—was confirmed by calculations done at the U.S. Bureau of Standards by the Univac 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.
- On June 18, 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds. This event is mentioned in the 1982 Guinness Book of Records.
Happy birthday Shakuntala!
As if that wasn’t awesome enough, she also (in 1977) wrote The World of Homosexuals, the first study of homosexuality in India. The book, considered “pioneering”, features interviews with two young Indian homosexual men, a male couple in Canada seeking legal marriage, a temple priest who explains his views on homosexuality, and a review of the existing literature on homosexuality. It ends with a call for decriminalising homosexuality, and “full and complete acceptance — not tolerance and not sympathy.”
The book was largely ignored because she was famous for her mathematical wizardry, so nothing of substantial import in the field of homosexuality was expected from her. Also the cultural situation in India was inhospitable for an open and elaborate discussion on this issue.
"We feel you near,
stirring like molten lava
under the ravaged earth,
flowing from the wounds of your trees
in tears of sap,
screaming with the rage
of your hunted beasts.”
~ The Bacchae by Euripides.
Face: Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Intrigue, Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Ore, Illamasqua Loose Powder in Erzulie, MAC Lustre Drops in Sun Rush and Pink Rebel, MAC Pigment in Pink Opal, Copper Sparkle and Chocolate Brown, Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Resolute.
Eyes: Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Conquer, Illamasqua Precision Ink in Alchemy, MAC Mineralise Eyeshadow in Smoked Ruby, MAC Eye Kohl in Tarnish, Lancome Hypnose Mascara, Illamasqua False Eye Lashes in Number 20 (above eyebrows) and 23 (lower lashes).
Lips: Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Hermetic.
I hated 2013. I’d like 2013 to end. Worst luck I’ve had in a while.
Then again, let’s be grateful for things.
Sure, I’ve lost a few people, but I’ve met dozens of wonderful people this year (people I actually like!) who I’m so happy to have in my life. My PhD had some terrible luck in the summer, but I’m doing it now with a great supervisor in a wonderful new department. Hell, I even had my first Pride where I felt comfortable in the group I was in. My visit to Dubai was far less traumatic and I’ve started to understand my family if not relate to them for the first time in my life. And psychically, I feel so much better - therapy fucking helped. Not to mention that time I hallucinated God - which was so many kinds of awesome.
So to thieves that impede my life (and ruin my travel plans to Scandinavia) I say, I understand that there are reasons we steal, and I forgive you for it, I cannot envy a man who feels the need to do so, when I have lived a life so blessed to never feel the urge to do so myself.
Maybe I’ve learnt something from all this.
I have been hijacked for reddit nonsense! And the comments are pretty tame, but a warning for the sensitive, lots of fat jokes and sarcasm.
I, if you didn’t know by now, am the guy on the left! I very much beleive in body positivity and sex positivity! Beauty and sexuality are personal opinion, and so is your own feelings about your own body! I don’t personally endorse the “Real X have Y” in any way unless we are taking about degrees and professions. Real men are people who self define as a man, real women are people who self define as a woman, non gender conformists don’t need reality validation, real doctors have PHDs, and real cheese has milk and bacteria. You are allowed to like the body you have, and be proud of it, and consider yourself sexy, and you are allowed to have different opinions on the bodies and attractiveness and sexyness of others. You don’t have to make these sort of blanket statements, they only further to put someone else down.
There’s plenty of talk, should you click the link, that is perfectly reasonable, plenty of mean spirited or sarcastic jokes, and some stuff that probably wasn’t worth typing to begin with, really. There were plenty of comments on health, the double standards of fat women vs. fat men, and their portrayal in the media. There’s a lot I could say about it, but I’d really rather not, I’m still getting a chuckle out of it all.
TL,DR: I am the fat guy on the left. I think all bodies are awesome and do not endorse the message that some stranger on the internet used my picture for— also, here’s the reddit discussion. No further comment.