Thursday Link Dump

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Sixteen-year-old high school quarterback Holly Neher throws a 42-yard touchdown pass in her first game. Beware auto-loading video at source.

Personalized shopping for women size 14 and up from Dia & Co.

An enormous resource of online language classes from ASL to Welsh.

A local friend of the Burgomaster recently started a blog. From her post this week on memorials:

What do memorials do? Who are they for? Outwardly they are supposed to be a tool for collective mourning and remembrance, a guidepost to nudge society in a direction that avoids making the same mistakes again. While the memorials that do this well portray the victims of violence, the confederate memorials serve more as foreign objects driven into the collective body of our country, reminders that keep sores open and resentments alive.

Resources for a solarpunk future (I’m socking this away in my home inspiration file).

Thoughts on liking oneself that focus more on an internal journey and less on external/body positivity.

I was 30 years old before I first liked myself. Man. What a thing to realize. For 11,075 days, I have been driven to achieve great things because deep down I hoped that meant I’d feel worthy of other people’s praise and affection — that I’d eventually become the kind of person who deserved six job talks and was loved by puppies and action heroes alike. Today I realized that if there’s something in me that’s worth the love of puppies and action heroes, it’s because it was there all along. I can see it in 7 year-old me. I wish she had known it then.

I feel like a lot of us are feeling a need to re-connect with the anger we saw a lot of ladies singing about in the 90s.

For those of us who already have difficulties sleeping, here’s some extra pressure about how lack of sleep will kill us, hooray, and to add insult to injury, even brainless jellyfish can sleep so what’s wrong up with us?

Rihanna’s Fenty cosmetics line is finally available and Buzzfeed has a glorious collection of people wearing it.

This essay on aging doesn’t quite tip over into “think yourself happier” but if you’re feeling sensitive to that sort of thing, skip it. I do like the basic concept of thinking of oneself as an art project.

Psychological research has proven that autobiographical planning is something that begins with mind-wandering processes. In Wired to Create, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman describes the process of identity formation as one intrinsically linked to our capacity for creative thinking. In addition, Dr. Kaufman cites a seminal study by E. Paul Torrence illustrating the benefits of not only envisioning but, “falling in love” with one’s future self…

We need not only fall in love with our future self, we must also fall in love with the process of becoming our future self. We must be in love with the process of becoming in an ongoing way. After all, good works of art are never finished.

The te reo version of Moana premiered earlier this month. An earlier story (from June) about the casting is here.

Why is eighteen considered an adult in the U.S.?

We are all very anxious. There is…a lot here, and I’m not engaged enough with this type of writing/language to absorb everything that’s being said here, but if you’re looking for an anti-capitalist screed on how society is making us all unhappy, here you go. Helpfully, the article also provide strategies for dealing with and resisting the anxiety.

We need to think about how people’s deliberate and ostensibly voluntary self-exposure, through social media, visible consumption and choice of positions within the field of opinions, also assumes a performance in the field of the perpetual gaze of virtual others. We need to think about the ways in which this gaze inflects how we find, measure and know one another, as co-actors in an infinitely watched perpetual performance. Our success in this performance in turn affects everything from our ability to access human warmth to our ability to access means of subsistence, not just in the form of the wage but also in the form of credit. Outsides to the field of mediatised surveillance are increasingly closed off, as public space is bureaucratised and privatised, and a widening range of human activity is criminalised on the grounds of risk, security, nuisance, quality of life, or anti-social behaviour.

The entire Adult Wednesday series is available on YouTube (at least until they take it down again so enjoy it while you can).

 

 

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22 Responses to “Thursday Link Dump”

  1. CleverManka says:

    Bonus link: If you're not already following our Lee Thomson on Twitter, you might consider it. She's posting pics of her tarot-inspired fiber art pieces and they're fuckin' gorgeous. I mean:
    <img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKheQ3yWsAEyC6v.jpg"&gt;

  2. Räven says:

    Adult Wednesday Addams, thank you so much.
    I have literally LOLed twice in five minutes which is not something I can usually say about video series.

  3. Xolandra says:

    Dang, that essay on anxiety tho. I wish it had been written in a way to make it more accessible to a lay person, but wow. I yell about this exact stuff a LOT.

    Communication is more pervasive than ever, but increasingly, communication happens only through paths mediated by the system. Hence, in many ways, people are prevented from actually communicating, even while the system demands that everyone be connected and communicable. People both conform to the demand to communicate rather than expressing themselves, and self-censor within mediated spaces.

    I love you all, and this space, so much.

    • jenavira says:

      we are commanded to communicate. The incommunicable is excluded

      Oh dang, this is…basically my whole experience of Internet life condensed into nine words.

      I think it's time to resurrect mystery religions. Who wants to become a Maenad with me?

    • Onymous says:

      I appreciate it a lot but I think the conflation of precarity and anxiety isn't quite right.

      >>The great, overwhelming fact of a capitalist economy is risk. Everyone is at constant risk of the loss of his job, or of the destruction of his business by a competitor, or of the crash of his investment portfolio. Risk makes people circumspect. It disciplines them and teaches them self-control. Without a safety net, people won’t try to vault across the big top. Social security, student loans, and other government programs make it far less catastrophic than it used to be for middle-class people to dissolve their families. Without welfare and food stamps, poor people would cling harder to working-class respectability than they do not.”

      >>The thing that makes capitalism good, apparently, is not that it generates wealth more efficiently than other known economic engines. No, the thing that makes capitalism good is that, by forcing people to live precarious lives, it causes them to live in fear of losing everything and therefore to adopt – as fearful people will – a cowed and subservient posture: in a word, they behave ‘conservatively’. Of course, crouching to protect themselves and their loved ones from the eternal lash of risk precisely won’t preserve these workers from risk. But the point isn’t to induce a society-wide conformist crouch by way of making the workers safe and happy. The point is to induce a society-wide conformist crouch. Period. A solid foundaton is hereby laid for a desirable social order.- <a href="http://-http://examinedlife.typepad.com/johnbelle/2003/11/dead_right.html” target=”_blank”>-http://examinedlife.typepad.com/johnbelle/2003/11/dead_right.html

      Is just a thing that some one once posted over on Slacktivist that ties in directly with the article's description of precarity, which I agree with, but I think goes well past 'anxiety'.

      Don't take this as a thesis statement but I think anxiety is internal, it's a thing that is not *necessarily* reflected by reality, while precarity is a much more external, it's a thing that captalism controls/creates not just instills.

      • CleverManka says:

        The anxiety as internal, precarity as external is a great observation/thesis! Thanks for that and the link. I don't have the energy to read that right now but I'm bookmarking it for later. And since IntenseDebate did something weird with the HTML, I'm relinking it here.

  4. Xolandra says:

    Also, this came across my desk today, and it is where I will spend my next spare 17 Euros.
    https://nogaerez.bandcamp.com/album/off-the-radar

  5. Flitworth says:

    Anybody have questions for Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA)? She's gonna be a place I'm gonna be tomorrow. I don't know what I'm going to ask. Maybe I'll just suggest she pants McConnell or dickpunch Paul Ryan.

    • RoseCamelia says:

      "pants McConnell or dickpunch Paul Ryan"

      She won't do either of those things, of course. But I'd bet she'll get a kick out of hearing those requests. Do it!

      • Flitworth says:

        Makes you want to have a go fund me that will send $$$ to the first person to pants McConnell and provide proof doesn't it?

  6. jenavira says:

    I had no idea Jagged Little Pill was released on my birthday! I was eleven. I didn't have the friend yet who would introduce me to Alanis Morrisette on the middle-school playground. I always loved that album, even when Alanis became uncool to love.

    • Onymous says:

      I was just talking with my brother about it and Mallory back on The Toast mentioned it in passing once or twice that the recession (well the two, 2000 and 2008) [also just age and a fear that it's just depression] really burnt-by fear-a lot of the ability to just be aimlessly angry right out of me.

      Which is why I listen to You Oughta Know on repeat so much and why i drop back to 80's-90s punk and hip hop. I can no longer support anger healthily so I need some one do it for me. And I love Alanis for that.

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