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via The Guardian
in my on-going series of self-explanatory graphs. This time, here’s a nice illustration of the ridiculous objectification of women from a job-search site.

via The Guardian

in my on-going series of self-explanatory graphs. This time, here’s a nice illustration of the ridiculous objectification of women from a job-search site.

■ Walrus mass in vast numbers on Alaska beach as sea ice retreats

wow that is so many fuckin’ walruses. like are you goddamn serious right now holy shit.

■ The Philosopher's Stone: THREE CHEERS FOR JEREMY BENTHAM

I feel like so many posts from this man should be mandatory reading, but then I realise that I am a deep weirdo.

Which brings me back to Bentham and the reason why I started this extended rant.  For all its manifest flaws, utilitarianism is the only ethical theory that actually tells me how to think about one of the hardest questions in political theory and public life:  How can I judge which of the innumerable outrages that assault me deserve my closest attention?  How can I tell whether a complex policy pursued in a complex world is making things better or worse?  Was a homophobic America that treated African-Americans and women as second-class citizens a worse or a better place than an America in which the condition of African-Americans, women, and the LGBT community has dramatically improved, but in which income inequality has soared, the state routinely tortures its political prisoners, and labor unions are dying?  Save by means of some sort of “felicific calculus” [to use the old-fashioned term], I do not know how to begin thinking about this question.

So let’s hear it for old Jeremy Bentham.  A wax replica of his head may sit atop his skeleton stuffed with hay and clad in his own clothes, but his heart was in the right place.

■ You Call This Thai Food? The Robotic Taster Will Be the Judge

This article is blowing my whole goddamn mind. Highlights:

The government-financed Thai Delicious Committee, which oversaw the development of the machine, describes it as “an intelligent robot that measures smell and taste in food ingredients through sensor technology in order to measure taste like a food critic.”

Add to that a soupçon of culinary chauvinism, which holds that authentic Thai food can be prepared only by Thais, usually, Thai cooks say, those who absorbed their cooking acumen tugging on the apron strings of their grandmothers.

“There are many Thai restaurants all around the world that are not owned by Thai people,” said Supachai Lorlowhakarn, an adviser to the National Innovation Agency, which is in charge of the Thai Delicious program. He added, almost apologetically, “They are owned by Vietnam or Myanmar, or maybe even Italian or French.”

The machine evaluates food by measuring its conductivity at different voltages. Readings from 10 sensors are combined to produce the chemical signature.

At a tiny food stall along one of Bangkok’s traffic-clogged boulevards, the owner, Thaweekiat Nimmalairatana, 35, questioned the very notion of standard recipes.

He has been cooking since he was 10 years old and said the slightest variation during the preparation of his dishes — changing the order that ingredients are mixed or the brand of fish sauce — affects the taste.

“I use my tongue to test if it’s delicious or not,” he said. “I think the government should consider using a human to gauge authenticity.”

The incomparable Don Hertzfeld, doing a couch-gag for the Simpsons. wonderful.

I would watch these two talk about nothing forever, but unfortunately this video only goes for 25 minutes. Both John Mulaney and Paul F Tompkins are beautiful people.

nedhepburn:

Hard knock life. 

nedhepburn:

Hard knock life. 

johndarnielle:

this generation asks for a gif, but the only gif it will receive is the gif of the swiped face

johndarnielle:

this generation asks for a gif, but the only gif it will receive is the gif of the swiped face

via here

via here

surprisingly into this song. reminds me a bit of walkmen, a band i never liked that much except for that one song.

oscarandendear:

Being in the world is hard. Navigating systems that have institutionalised a norm you are excluded from is hard. Working in those systems in an attempt to bring about change is hard. 

I’m tired. 

This is why I feel like we’ve got to try to build alternatives to existing spaces; reform work is harder than starting again. 

In a perfect world, we would all be this baby.

iraffiruse:

Frozach Submitted

literally every time I go to the hairdresser.

■ "As A Father of Daughters"

The Toast is hilarious. Thanks to tarts for pointing out that I was an idiot for not reading it.

jewess-ex-machina:

Get another eyeful of my fifth-grade cursive!
http://www.smallpeculiar.com/?p=1772

I resent my life being reduced to three panels.

jewess-ex-machina:

Get another eyeful of my fifth-grade cursive!

http://www.smallpeculiar.com/?p=1772

I resent my life being reduced to three panels.