12 things white people can do now because Ferguson

This is an excellent post. And I’ll be honest, the events of the past two weeks have broken my heart so many times that I am so, so close to giving up. But this changed my mind. Give it a read.

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Helping Ferguson

twitteractivistgood(And seriously, she is doing amazing work out there.)

Ok, so let’s get this out of the way quickly: I’m really beginning to hate the term “slacktivism”. There’s a good way to use social media for social causes, and there’s a bad way. Duh. Dismissively lumping all of it together under one label is… well, it’s the kind of thinking that helped let the events of the past week happen altogether.

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Ferguson: It’s Not Over

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Update: if this is “too long; didn’t read”, then just skip to the bottom and sign those two petitions. There is literally no good reason not to.

Oh boy. Settle in, ’cause this is gonna be a long one.

I’m assuming y’all know the background to this: after an unarmed black teenager was shot to death by a police officer in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, protestors took to the streets. The police force responded with riot gear, dogs, tanks, tear-gas, rubber-bullets and general belligerent jackassery (to put it politely). If you’d like to learn more, I would recommend checking out #Ferguson on twitter. There’s also a pretty thorough and up-to-date account here (though it may take a while to load. Like I said, thorough). I would avoid major news networks, for reasons you’ll soon understand if you don’t already. And, as always, it’s generally not a good idea to get all your news from any one source anyway.

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Robin Williams, Depression, and Suicide Stigma

It is REALLY important that people understand this.

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Last night was tough.

My phone alerted me a little after 6:00 that Robin Williams had died, and then the media released details indicating that he appeared to have committed suicide.  The loss of such a gifted and beloved man is already painful, but I’m devastated that he took his own life.  It makes the loss exponentially sadder and more tragic, at least for me.

I was already having a bit of a shaky day yesterday.  I’ve been feeling good lately, courtesy of my new antidepressant, but over the last week or so I’ve been reminded that I still have a long way to go and that taking an antidepressant doesn’t mean that I’ll never feel depressed again.  So yesterday wasn’t a great day to begin with, and then the Robin Williams news broke and I completely fell apart.  It scares me, all the way to my bones, to see someone…

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Creativity Costs Nothing

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Hello everyone.

From time to time, the internet gets a little overwhelming for me. Maybe it’s just bad timing, or confirmation bias, or my own mood, but lately, the internet feels about as productive and useful as an army of petulant children, screaming obscenities into the gaping maw of some abusive eldritch abomination. Too long; didn’t read: we spend a lot of time behaving negatively and destructively on here.

With that in mind, I asked around and did some research and compiled a list of software/resources that are free, and that make it hilariously easy to be creative. Continue reading

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A Terrible Week for Everyone

Well. What a fuck-awful week. Guy thinks women owe him something, so he goes on a killing spree.

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Why Die Hard is A Christmas Movie

Well well well. Merry Christmas, everybody!

Just a quick disclaimer before we get started. Personally, I feel that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. For me, the debate was always, Die Hard: great Christmas movie, or greatest Christmas movie? But in recent years, I’ve noticed a backlash. I’ve read quite a few articles this season, which make some very broad, very lazy arguments for Die Hard not being a Christmas movie. Or they make the claim that people like me hold this opinion for the sole purpose of being contrary, or ironic, or cynical. For me, that’s not even remotely close. I, being of sound mind and body, unironically and wholeheartedly consider Die Hard to be an exemplary Christmas movie, which can put me in the Christmas spirit like no other movie can.

And one last disclaimer: it probably didn’t intend to be a Christmas movie, but the final product certainly is. Did you know Let it Snow was actually written during one of the hottest days on record in July? Or that 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, didn’t intend to be a commentary about racial segregation, it was just that the black leading man “simply gave the best audition”? Something can transcend its origin. And Die Hard transcends the fuck out of it.

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