Kyoshi Warriors @ SakuraCon
I'm gonna change you like a remix
then I'll raise you like a phoenix
"It’s not just kids that form surprising bonds with these bundles of wires and circuits. Some people give names to their Roomba vacuum cleaners, says Darling. And soldiers honour their robots with “medals” or hold funerals for them. She cites one particularly striking example of a military robot that was designed to defuse landmines by stepping on them. In a test, the explosions ripped off most of the robot’s legs, and yet the crippled machine continued to limp along. Watching the robot struggle, the colonel in charge called off the test because it was “inhumane”, according to the Washington Post."
okay reblogging this thing again because I’ve had a thought now that I’ve read the article: The writer says re: animal cruelty laws, “It’s less about the animal’s experience and more about our own emotional pain.”
While this may be true in some respects, there is also the noted connection between animal abuse and violent behavior towards other humans. Someone who does not have the empathy that prevents us from hurting animals will likely not stop there.
The bounds of this expected empathy are a socially defined concept, yes, but that does not make them any less strong. If there is a more fundamental basis for empathy, I would be interested to learn about it, but at the moment I’m quite tired and will hold off on personal research.
In any case, I’m in favor of robot rights on principle, but this adds another underlying layer of logic: robot rights can also protect humans in the process.
Sorry this is a little bit late! I was in the middle of taking a nap when I realized today is not Thursday, but in fact Friday. Whoopsy doops!
When honoring a classical divine force, be a goddess or god, people refer to the force as “sacred.” Sacred is also a way of saying certain things— certain crude things, can not be associated with the force or object. One of these crude things usually refers to sexual, or lustful, ideas and desires. It is not appropriate to call a sacred being “hot” or “sexy” in most culture. However, for many pop culture icons, sexual or lustful desires are commonplace. A lot of fan and geek culture revolves around the sexual nature of things, seen in forms of shipping or rule 34. So when a fan or geek icon becomes a divine force, becomes sacred, is it still okay to focus on these sexual sides of them? Is it appropriate to draw “Rule 34” of a character if you also see that character as a divine spirit? Is it disrespectful? Where do you stand on pop culture spiritual figures and their sacredness versus their sexuality?
Can we just pretend I have a whole bunch of images here of statues of Frey with his giant cock? Because I’m at work and I can’t really go googling for that right now.
Let’s also pretend I have the attention span to round up some topless Freya and some articles about her sexuality and how important it is, and then a bunch of pictures of classical art about Zeus in various animal forms getting it on with young morals.
So in conclusion, no, it’s not disrespectful and also wtf who is talking about sacredness vs sexuality like we’re all Catholic nuns and that’s a thing.
(PS Teresa of Avila was totally godspoused to Jesus.)
"This actually did happen to a real person, and the real person was me. I had gone to catch a train. This was April 1976, in Cambridge, U.K. I was a bit early for the train. I’d gotten the time of the train wrong.
I went to get myself a newspaper to do the crossword, and a cup of coffee and a packet of cookies. I went and sat at a table.
I want you to picture the scene. It’s very important that you get this very clear in your mind.
Here’s the table, newspaper, cup of coffee, packet of cookies. There’s a guy sitting opposite me, perfectly ordinary-looking guy wearing a business suit, carrying a briefcase.
It didn’t look like he was going to do anything weird. What he did was this: he suddenly leaned across, picked up the packet of cookies, tore it open, took one out, and ate it.
Now this, I have to say, is the sort of thing the British are very bad at dealing with. There’s nothing in our background, upbringing, or education that teaches you how to deal with someone who in broad daylight has just stolen your cookies.
You know what would happen if this had been South Central Los Angeles. There would have very quickly been gunfire, helicopters coming in, CNN, you know… But in the end, I did what any red-blooded Englishman would do: I ignored it. And I stared at the newspaper, took a sip of coffee, tried to do a clue in the newspaper, couldn’t do anything, and thought, what am I going to do?
In the end I thought, nothing for it, I’ll just have to go for it, and I tried very hard not to notice the fact that the packet was already mysteriously opened. I took out a cookie for myself. I thought, that settled him. But it hadn’t because a moment or two later he did it again. He took another cookie.
Having not mentioned it the first time, it was somehow even harder to raise the subject the second time around. “Excuse me, I couldn’t help but notice …” I mean, it doesn’t really work.
We went through the whole packet like this. When I say the whole packet, I mean there were only about eight cookies, but it felt like a lifetime. He took one, I took one, he took one, I took one. Finally, when we got to the end, he stood up and walked away.
Well, we exchanged meaningful looks, then he walked away, and I breathed a sigh of relief and sat back. A moment or two later the train was coming in, so I tossed back the rest of my coffee, stood up, picked up the newspaper, and underneath the newspaper were my cookies.
The thing I like particularly about this story is the sensation that somewhere in England there has been wandering around for the last quarter-century a perfectly ordinary guy who’s had the same exact story, only he doesn’t have the punch line."
Douglas Adams (via colourfulmotion)
BIG PHOTOSETS FOREVER FOR THEY ARE MUCH HARDER TO IGNORE / a lot of these don’t have hi-res versions available, but i still want to post them
This was not an exaggeration. The government ignored the issue of HIV/AIDS for years before anything was done. Gay and Queer communities had to form their own clinics because no government agencies cared for them. Back then, being diagnosed was equivalent to a death sentence or extreme debt and poor quality of life/a significantly shortened lifespan.
Things got so desperate that people literally had “Die-Ins”— in contemporary usage this refers to masses of people simulating death in order to protest something (like the War in Iraq). In this case, however, fatally sick people would literally lie down in public places and protest with what little energy they had left until they died. There is some footage of a church Die-In in the documentary Beyond Stonewall. The middle image here of that person’s jacket is not an extreme political statement; it’s what people had to do because they had no other options.
ACT-UP members also had their ashes thrown over the fences onto White House lawns by the friends and lovers they left behind, as their final protest beyond death.
This was what I came out during. In high school, the easiest way for me to meet queer adults was to volunteer at the AIDS organization in my town. I had sewing skills, so they’d ask me to help with quilt squares for people I’d never met. And then the people I actually knew were dying, too, and I worked on their panels. I had a van, so I helped transport them for display.
So much has been forgotten already. AIDS has become background noise. It’s survivable now, they’re maybe got a vaccine, maybe a cure. But it will never not be terrifying to me, and I will never not remember friends, wasted and dying, still sewing their lost lovers’ quilts.
The US Government were CRIMINALLY negligent in handling AIDS - which is what caused organisations like ACT-UP to be formed.
Ashley: San Francisco, California, USA
District 9: Food Security
"I Volunteer as Tribute" is a charity project I started in response to Lionsgate’s inappropriate Catching Fire CoverGirl and Subway marketing tie-ins. The call-to-action is simply to make a donation, ideally that matches your price of admission to Catching Fire, to a charity that fights hunger.
These movies make hundreds of millions of dollars, and all I could wonder is, “How much hunger could be solved with that money?”
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/THGvolunteerastribute