Posts tagged ‘techie’

October 12, 2012

Friday Funny: IE9 Commercial (Honest Version)

This is hilarious. And soooo true! Sorry Microsoft, but Internet Explorer is wack. Which is why I stopped using it years ago!




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October 1, 2012

Monday Inspiration

One of the rare stories that I find on my Facebook newsfeed that I feel compelled to share. What an inspirational story about an amazing woman and some of the amazing (and surprising) responses the story has generated. While the story made me feel somewhat ashamed of my vanity, more importantly it was a reminder that true beauty comes from within and through your actions.

I’ll re-post the story here, but you can also read it at Jezebel.





Reddit Users Attempt to Shame Sikh Woman, Get Righteously Schooled

 Lindy West

A Reddit user going by the handle “european_douchebag” posted a surreptitious photo of a Sikh woman with the caption “i’m not sure what to conclude from this.” The user’s apparent confusion stems from the fact that the woman—bound by her religion not to cut her hair or alter her body—has an abundance of dark, untrimmed facial hair. The mind of european_douchebag was SO INCREDIBLY BLOWN by the fact that women have hair on their bodies—and, yes, faces—and that some women are bold, self-assured, and pious enough not to cave to western beauty standards (and gender expectations), there was nothing for him to do but post her photo online and wait for the abuse to flood in.

But then something totally lovely and unexpected happened. The woman in the photo responded:

Hey, guys. This is Balpreet Kaur, the girl from the picture. I actually didn’t know about this until one of my friends told on facebook. If the OP wanted a picture, they could have just asked and I could have smiled 🙂 However, I’m not embarrased or even humiliated by the attention [negative and positve] that this picture is getting because, it’s who I am. Yes, I’m a baptized Sikh woman with facial hair. Yes, I realize that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women. However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being [which is genderless, actually] and, must keep it intact as a submission to the divine will. Just as a child doesn’t reject the gift of his/her parents, Sikhs do not reject the body that has been given to us. By crying ‘mine, mine’ and changing this body-tool, we are essentially living in ego and creating a seperateness between ourselves and the divinity within us. By transcending societal views of beauty, I believe that I can focus more on my actions. My attitude and thoughts and actions have more value in them than my body because I recognize that this body is just going to become ash in the end, so why fuss about it? When I die, no one is going to remember what I looked like, heck, my kids will forget my voice, and slowly, all physical memory will fade away. However, my impact and legacy will remain: and, by not focusing on the physical beauty, I have time to cultivate those inner virtues and hopefully, focus my life on creating change and progress for this world in any way I can. So, to me, my face isn’t important but the smile and the happiness that lie behind the face are. 🙂 So, if anyone sees me at OSU, please come up and say hello. I appreciate all of the comments here, both positive and less positive because I’ve gotten a better understanding of myself and others from this. Also, the yoga pants are quite comfortable and the Better Together tshirt is actually from Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that focuses on storytelling and engagement between different faiths. 🙂 I hope this explains everything a bit more, and I apologize for causing such confusion and uttering anything that hurt anyone.

And then, THEN, something even more miraculous happened—the original poster apologized:

I know that this post ISN’T a funny post but I felt the need to apologize to the Sikhs, Balpreet, and anyone else I offended when I posted that picture. Put simply it was stupid. Making fun of people is funny to some but incredibly degrading to the people you’re making fun of. It was an incredibly rude, judgmental, and ignorant thing to post.

/r/Funny wasn’t the proper place to post this. Maybe /r/racism or /r/douchebagsofreddit or /r/intolerance would have been more appropriate. Reddit shouldn’t be about putting people down, but a group of people sending cool, interesting, or funny things. Reddit’s been in the news alot lately about a lot of cool things we’ve done, like a freaking AMA by the president. I’m sorry for being the part of reddit that is intolerant and douchebaggy. This isn’t 4chan, or 9gag, or some other stupid website where people post things like I did. It’s fucking reddit. Where some pretty amazing stuff has happened.

I’ve read more about the Sikh faith and it was actually really interesting. It makes a whole lot of sense to work on having a legacy and not worrying about what you look like. I made that post for stupid internet points and I was ignorant.

So reddit I’m sorry for being an asshole and for giving you negative publicity.
Balpreet, I’m sorry for being a closed minded individual. You are a much better person than I am
Sikhs, I’m sorry for insulting your culture and way of life.
Balpreet’s faith in what she believes is astounding.

Holy shit, internet, I don’t even know you anymore! I never thought something would come out of the seeping necrotic abscess that is Reddit that would actually make my day better, but wow. MY HEART GREW THREE SIZES THIS DAY.


So did mine.


September 27, 2012

Moby Dick Big Read

Have you heard about the Moby Dick Big Read? I heard an interview last week on NPR that talked about this incredible project and knew I had to share. Essentially, they have created a free online version where a chapter a day is released for free download or listening. Each chapter is read by both celebrities and non-celebrities (including Tilda Swinton, John Waters, sea captains, etc.) and is accompanied by a visual art piece by various artists. Super cool.


From Chapter 1: Loomings
Albus, 2009 by Marcus Harvey


According to the site:

Moby-Dick is the great American novel. But it is also the great unread American novel. Sprawling, magnificent, deliriously digressive, it stands over and above all other works of fiction, since it is barely a work of fiction itself. Rather, it is an explosive exposition of one man’s investigation into the world of the whale, and the way humans have related to it. Yet it is so much more than that. It is a representation of evil incarnate in an animal – and the utter perfidy of that notion. Of a nature transgressed and transgressive – and of one man’s demonic pursuit, a metaphorical crusade that even now is a shorthand for overweening ambition and delusion.

Out of all this, Herman Melville created a unique work of art – as unique as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, as mythic as Coleridge’s Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner – a true force of nature, set in a century that challenged every tenet of faith that had been held until then. Melville’s book – is it barely a novel – exceeds every expectation of a literary work. It bursts out of its covers with the enormity of its subject – as if the great White Whale itself were contained within.

Now, in the 21st Century, a century and a half since it was first conceived and launched onto a misbelieving world, Moby-Dick retains its power – precisely because we are still coming to terms with it, and what it said. Incredibly prophetic, it foresaw so many of the aspects of the modern world with which we deal with. The abuse of power and belief; of nature and the environment; of the human spirit. It deals with art and artifice and stark reality – in an almost existential manner. It is truly a book before its time – almost ancient myth, as much as futuristic prophesy.

In the spring of 2011, artist Angela Cockayne and writer Philip Hoare convened and curated a unique whale symposium and exhibition at Peninsula Arts, the dedicated contemporary art space at Plymouth University, under the title, Dominion. Inspired by their mutual obsession with Moby-Dick and with the overarching subject of the whale, they invited artists, writers, musicians, scientists and academics to respond to the theme. The result was an enthusiastic response which evidently could not be contained within the physical restrictions of a gallery space and a three-day symposium.

‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media. Out of Dominion was born its bastard child – or perhaps its immaculate conception – the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.


Moby Dick is one of those classics that I still haven’t gotten to, but this would be a fantastic way to go. I’ve already started downloading chapters to my iTunes and plan on burning them to create my very own book on CD to listen to on my commute and share with friends. This is an amazing project and I hope they plan similar collections for other great literary classics.

You can learn more about the Moby Dick Big Read and download chapters here.




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August 14, 2012

Google Doodles: London Olympics 2012

In case you missed any of them, here are the Google Doodles for the 2012 London Olympics! Be sure to check out the fun interactive ones.

Congratulations to all the Olympians and a special shout out to Team USA for all their achievements!!



July 27, 2012: Opening Ceremony



July 28, 2012: Archery



July 29, 2012: Diving



July 30, 2012: Fencing



July 31, 2012: Rings



August 1, 2012: Field Hockey



August 2, 2012: Table Tennis



August 3, 2012: Shot Put



August 4, 2012: Pole Vault



August 5, 2012: Synchronized Swimming



August 6, 2012: Javelin



August 7, 2012: Hurdles.
This one is cool. Click for an interactive Doodle!



August 8, 2012: Basketball



August 9, 2012: Slalom Canoe
Another interactive Doodle. Cool!



August 10, 2012: Soccer
Interactive Doodle!



August 11, 2012: Rhythmic Gymnastics



August 12, 2012: Closing Ceremony


{via Google}


May 29, 2012

Osaka Station City Water Display

Check out this really cool water display at the Osaka Station City in Japan. It uses the water to show time, location and other artful images. I wish I could see it up close!



{Found via epundit}