around the traps

  • Your 2013 resolution: Come to terms with being "only" an engineer: I've met many engineers who think that a half-hour standing meeting that occurs weekly is "the biggest waste of time ever," when they have no idea what it's like to swim through the Olympic-sized pool of bullshit that their founder and CEO must endure. You don't have to get up to CEO level for that to be true.
  • Shouting Into The Void | The Problem With The Big Bang Theory...: Why do I feel uncomfortable watching it? Because whenever I laugh at a joke, and I do sometimes find it funny, I feel like I'm laughing at my friends, like I'm putting myself and the people I identify with down. And that's not a nice feeling, that's not how I want to feel when I watch a comedy. While the post makes a lot of good points I actually think it is an incomplete view of TBBT, as the non-geeks get laughed at as well. Stupidity is ridiculed; the bully role is often reversed (people aren't consistent); and essentially nobody in the show is truly comfortable with themselves (including Penny, supposedly the 'normal/cool' character). I don't think you're meant to empathise with just one character or 'side' all the time, it changes between episodes. TBBT really takes the piss out of everyone involved at some point; and a lot then rides on whether you find that form of humour acceptable. Perhaps what's missing, really, is a greater sense of empowerment: if more characters were saying "this is me, so get over it" it would build a more palatable picture.
  • Michael Moore: Those Who Say 'I Support the Troops' Really Don't: I don't "support the troops" or any of those other hollow and hypocritical platitudes uttered by Republicans and frightened Democrats. Here's what I do support: I support them coming home. I support them being treated well. I support peace, and I beg any young person reading this who's thinking of joining the armed forces to please reconsider. Our war department has done little to show you they won't recklessly put your young life in harm's way for a cause that has nothing to do with what you signed up for. They will not help you once they've used you and spit you back into society. If you're a woman, they will not protect you from rapists in their ranks. And because you have a conscience and you know right from wrong, you do not want yourself being used to kill civilians in other countries who never did anything to hurt us. We are currently involved in at least a half-dozen military actions around the world. Don't become the next statistic so that General Electric can post another record profit -- while paying no taxes -- taxes that otherwise would be paying for the artificial leg that they've kept you waiting for months to receive.
  • If Twitter was around 50 years ago and used by the design greats - Imgur
  • 'The Virgin Mary' Becomes Superman, Mario, And Other Pop Culture Icons -


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