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June 15 2015

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Jurassic World is close to us, so I wanted to take a moment to remember someone that won’t be here to see it happens.

Meet Stan Winston.


If the name doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the guy that worked on every non-CGI dinosaur from Jurassic Park/The Lost World/Jurassic Park III. And many don’t even realize how many there were!


Oh, but that is not all.

He is also the guy that created and gave ”life” to some other movie stars…


The characters of The Wiz? Stan Winston.


The Dog-Thing from The Thing? Stan Winston.


The Terminators of the original Terminator trilogy? PLUS Terminator Salvation? Stan Winston.


The Alien-Queen of Aliens? Stan Winston.


All the monsters of The Monster Squad? Stan Winston.


The Predator from Predator I and II? Stan Winston.


Pumpkinhead? Stan Winston.


The iconic hands of Edward Scissorhands? Stan Winston.


The Penguin looks form Batman Returns? Stan Winston.










“I don’t do special effects. I do characters. I do creatures.”


Happy birthday, Stan Winston (April 7, 1946 – June 15, 2008)

You didn’t make special effects, you sir made the World special.

Thanks for the magic, Stan.

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The Earth is lumpy.

I was not aware of this. thank you

this makes so much sense but it makes me so uncomfortable 

i wish i hadn’t seen this

One time my bf was telling me about people who argue about intelligent creation by saying “the earth is perfectly round!” And I said “but it isn’t!” And he was so proud of me

This isn’t the shape of the earth! The earth isn’t perfectly spherical, but it’s an oblate spheroid, which basically means it’s slightly egg-shaped, but not enough that you’d notice it.

This is an actual photograph of the earth, taken by Apollo 17, nicknamed the Blue Marble photo:

So, what is that thing in OP’s gif? It’s actually a geoid, known as the Potsdam Gravity Potato, which is incidentally the best name for a science thing ever. It shows the strength of the earth’s gravitational field! The red areas are high-gravity ares, and the blue areas are low-gravity areas.


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Susanna and the Elders, Restored (Left)

Susanna and the Elders, Restored with X-ray (Right)

Kathleen Gilje, 1998


Oooh my gosh this is rad. This is so rad.

For those who don’t know about this painting, the artist was the Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi.

Gentileschi was a female painter in a time when it was very largely unheard of for a woman to be an artist. She managed to get the opportunity for training and eventual employment because her father, Orazio, was already a well established master painter who was very adamant that she get artistic training. He apparently saw a high degree of skill in some artwork she did as a hobby in childhood. He was very supportive of her and encouraged her to resist the “traditional attitude and psychological submission to brainwashing and the jealousy of her obvious talents.”  

Gentileschi became extremely well known in her time for painting female figures from the Bible and their suffering. For example, the one seen above depicts the story from the Book of Daniel. Susanna is bathing in her garden when two elders began to spy on her in the nude. As she finishes they stop her and tell her that they will tell everyone that they saw her have an affair with a young man (she’s married so this is an offense punishable by death) unless she has sex with them. She refuses, they tell their tale, and she is going to be put to death when the protagonist of the book (Daniel) stops them.

So that painting above? That was her first major painting. She was SEVENTEEN-YEARS-OLD. For context, here is a painting of the same story by Alessandro Allori made just four years earlier in 1606: 


Wowwwww. That does not look like a woman being threatened with a choice between death or rape. So imagine 17 year old Artemisia trying to approach painting the scene of a woman being assaulted. And she paints what is seen in the x-ray above. A woman in horrifying, grotesque anguish with what appears to be a knife poised in her clenched hand. Damn that shit is real. Who wants to guess that she was advised by, perhaps her father or others, to tone it down. Women can’t look that grotesque. Sexual assault can’t be depicted as that horrifying. And women definitely can’t be seen as having the potential to fight back. Certainly not in artwork. Women need to be soft. They need to wilt from their captors but still look pretty and be a damsel in distress. So she changed it. 

What’s interesting to note is that she eventually painted and stuck with some of her own, less traditional depictions of women. However, that is more interesting with some context.  

(Warning for reference to rape, torture, and images of paintings which show violence and blood.)

So, Gentileschi’s story continues in the very next year, 1611, when her father hires Agostino Tassi, an artist, to privately tutor her. It was in this time when Tassi raped her. He then proceeded to promise that he would marry her. He pointed out that if it got out that she had lost her virginity to a man she wasn’t going to marry then it would ruin her. Using this, he emotionally manipulated her into continuing a sexual relationship with him. However, he then proceeded to marry someone else. Horrified at this turn of events she went to her father. Orazio was having none of this shit and took Tassi to court. At that time, rape wasn’t technically an offense to warrant a trial, but the fact that he had taken her virginity (and therefore technically “damaged Orazio’s property”. ugh.) meant that the trial went along. It lasted for 7 months. During this time, to prove the truth of her words, Artemisia was given invasive gynecological examinations and was even questioned while being subjected to torture via thumb screws. It was also discovered during the trial that Tassi was planning to kill his current wife, have an affair with her sister, and steal a number of Orazio’s paintings. Tassi was found guilty and was given a prison sentence of…. ONE. YEAR……. Which he never even served because the verdict was annulled.

During this time and a bit after (1611-1612), Artemisia painted her most famous work of Judith Slaying Holofernes. This bible story involved Holofernes, an Assyrian general, leading troops to invade and destroy Bethulia, the home of Judith. Judith decides to deal with this issue by coming to him, flirting with him to get his guard down, and then plying him with food and lots of wine. When he passed out, Judith and her handmaiden took his sword and cut his head off. Issue averted. The subject was a very popular one for art at the time. Here is a version of the scene painted in 1598-99 by Carivaggio, whom was a great stylistic influence on Artemisia:


This depiction is a pretty good example of how this scene was typically depicted. Artists usually went out of their way to show Judith committing the act (or having committed it) while trying to detach her from the actual violence of it. In this way, they could avoid her losing the morality of her character and also avoid showing a woman committing such aggression. So here we see a young, rather delicate looking Judith in a pure white dress. She is daintily holding down this massive man and looks rather disgusted and upset at having to do this. Now, here is Artemisia’s:


Damn. Thats a whole different scene. Here Holofernes looks less like he’s simply surprised by the goings ons and more like a man choking on his own blood and struggling fruitlessly against his captors. The blood here is less of a bright red than in Carrivaggio’s but is somehow more sickening. It feels more real, and gushes in a much less stylized way than Carrivaggio’s. Not to mention, Judith here is far from removed from the violence. She is putting her physical weight into this act. Her hands (much stronger looking than most depictions of women’s hands in early artwork) are working hard. Her face, as well, is completely different. She doesn’t look upset, necessarily, but more determined. 

It’s also worth note that the handmaiden is now involved in the action. It’s worth note because, during her rape trial, Artemisia stated that she had cried for help during the initial rape. Specifically she had called for Tassi’s female tenant in the building, Tuzia. Tuzia not only ignored her cries for help, but she also denied the whole happening. Tuzia had been a friend of Artemisia’s and in fact was one of her only female friends. Artemisia felt extremely betrayed, but rather than turning her against her own gender, this event instilled in her the deep importance of female relationships and solidarity among women. This can be seen in some of her artwork, and I believe in the one above, as well, with the inclusion of the handmaiden in the act.

So, I just added a million words worth of information dump on a post when no one asked me, but there we go. I could talk for ages about Artemisia as a person and her depictions of women (even beyond what I wrote above. Don’t get me started on her depictions of female nudes in comparison to how male artists painted nude women at the time.) 

To sum up: Artemisia Gentileschi is rad as hell. This x-ray is also rad as hell and makes her even radder.

I love art history.

I’m reblogging this again to add something that I also think is important to know about Artemisia Gentileschi.
Back in her time and through even to TODAY, there are people who argue that her artworks were greatly aided by her father…. As in he either helped her paint them or just straight up painted them himself. Hell, there are a number of works only recently (past several years or so) that have been officially attributed to Artemisia because people originally saw the signature with “Gentileschi” in it and automatically attributed it to Orazio.
So, not only was Artemisia Gentileschi an amazing artist and amazing historical figure, but I don’t want it to be ignored that there are people over 400 years later who still won’t give her the credit she deserves, just because she’s a woman and obviously women can’t paint like she did.

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November 09 2014

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STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters… S.T..R …
My friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

During a party, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (they offered to call ambulance)

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm , Ingrid passed away.)
She had suffered a stroke at the party . Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this…


A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Remember the ‘3’ steps, STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.
The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions :

S * Ask the individual to SMILE ..
T * = TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg ‘It is sunny out today’).
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS .

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE : Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is
1. Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue.
2. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A prominent cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

And it could be your own.

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November 04 2014

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Yes this could have to do with the fact that Freya the Norse Goddess of love, beauty and fertility drove a chariot pulled by cats.

So, if I ever get married, I fully expect a catmobile. 

One of the other reasons why they gave cats to each other was for their valuable skills as mousers. Cats were able to control rodent populations around their properties.

Also, Norse myths are thought to have the earliest literary descriptions of the Norwegian Forest Cat. They were described as large, strong cats that drew Freya’s chariot and were so heavy that not even Thor, God of Thunder, could lift them from the floor. (Source)

They kinda live up to the legend, too. Your average Norwegian Forest Cat is twenty pounds of solid muscle, with claws large and strong enough to climb solid rock. They’ve been known to attack bears when defending their territory. And yet they’re one of the cuddliest breeds out there, particularly noted for being patient with small children.

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November 03 2014

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We know why.

Don’t forget Charlie Sheen. He’s been arrested for domestic violence at least six times and shot a woman. With a gun. And he’s still got a career.

Sean Penn tied Madonna to a chair and beat her. Fuck him. Fuck all of them.

Michael Fassbender

Matthew Fox

John Lennon

Paul McCartney

Ringo too I’m pretty sure

Phil Spector, although he’s now in jail for killing a lady he beat on Ronnie Spector for years and still got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Axl Rose

Vince Neil

Sean Penn

Charlie Sheen

Jim Morrison tried to set fire to his girlfriend

Stephen Segal

Tommy Lee

Ozzy Osbourne

Mickey Rourke

Bill Murray

Gary Busey

Tom Sizemore

Christian Slater

James Caan

Josh Brolin

Edward Furlong

I could go on.

The point isn’t that the men on the left don’t deserve everything bad they have coming to them.  The point is where the fuck is all the outrage when the men on the right do it.  So many of our pop culture heroes are abusers and nobody seems to care.

Like, even if we’re gonna stick to the NFL, Ben Roethlisberger patiently sat out his six game suspension for rape and continued on with his career with little outrage. 

If we’re really going to care now about ostracizing perpetrators of domestic violence, we got a lotta slack to pick up.

Adding more to the list:

Gary Oldman - hit ex-wife Donya Fiorentino repeatedly about the face with a telephone receiver in front of their two children.

Sean Connery - thinks an openhanded slap is justified if a woman is a “bitch, or hysterical, or bloody-minded.”

Josh Brolin - was arrested for abusing Diane Lane in 2004.

Glen Campbell - beat Tanya Tucker and on one occasion knocked her teeth out. Glen actually received a tribute at the 2012 Grammy Awards—the same year that Chris Brown received so much vitriol for performing.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers - was arrested in 2005 after he was accused of beating up his teenage girlfriend and throwing a cellphone at her. The 27-year-old actor later made a counter allegation that the 18-year-old girlfriend had assaulted him. The warring couple were both questioned at a London police station before being released on bail. He was also verbally abusive and threatening to a woman who tried to help him up off the floor during one of his drunken airport episodes. “Don’t you know who I am?” Yes dear, you’re the King of fucking England.

Harry Morgan - best known for his role as Col. Sherman Potter in the television series “MASH,” was accused in July 1996 of beating his wife.

Sean Bean - has been arrested for harassing an ex girlfriend and has been reported for domestic assault.

Tommy Lee -pleaded no contest in April 1998 to a felony charge of spousal battery against his wife, former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson. Lee received a three-year suspended prison sentence, was required to spend 180 days in jail and ordered to pay a total of $6,200 to a shelter for battered women. Anderson, who filed for divorce shortly after the incident, reportedly had hoped her husband would be spared jail time.

Roman Polanski - raped of a 13-year-old girl before fleeing the country.

Eminem - Wrote the song “Kim” about abusing his wife.

Here’s the lyrics: 

  • Kim: “Baby you’re so precious/Daddy’s so proud of you/Sit down bitch/If you move again I’ll beat the shit out of you”
  • Kim: “There’s a four year old boy lyin’ dead with a slit throat/In your living room, ha-ha/What you think I’m kiddin’ you?/You loved him didn’t you?”
  • Kim: “[sound of his wife choking] NOW BLEED! BITCH BLEED!/BLEED! BITCH BLEED! BLEED!”
  • Wrote a song, “‘97 Bonnie and Clyde,” about murdering his wife and disposing of his body in the presence of his child
  • '97 Bonnie and Clyde: “Oh where’s mama? She’s takin a little nap in the trunk/Oh that smell (whew!) da-da musta runned over a skunk”
  • '97 Bonnie and Clyde: “And mama said she wants to show how far she can float/And don’t worry about that little boo-boo on her throat/It’s just a little scratch - it don’t hurt, her was eatin/dinner while you were sweepin and spilled ketchup on her shirt”
  • '97 Bonnie and Clyde: “Here, you wanna help da-da tie a rope around this rock? (yeah!)/We’ll tie it to her footsie then we’ll roll her off the dock”

Made fun of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s domestic abuse case in “The Real Slim Shady”

Elvis Presley - According to "Elvis Presley. The Man. The Life. The Legend." written by Pamela Keogh. Elvis was immensely abusive towards Priscilla. He was stationed overseas during WWII where they met. He often lied to her parents to get her to spend the night. He would have sex with her, and would give her amphetamines. (The amphetamines were distributed by the Army to help him sleep, and he gave them to everybody.) When the war ended and he went home, he forced her to come with him. She was expected to sit at home while he had affairs. He didn’t even want to marry her, it was simply a publicity stunt. Elvis was immensely controlling. He made Priscilla dress the way he wanted (and would yell at and insult her when she wore something that he didn’t approve of), do her hair the way he wanted, and wear as much make up as he wanted her to. 

Mel Gibson - assaulted, struck with his fist and choked, his ex girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva while she was still holding her baby. He then went on towards the pool, screaming and yelling and then told Oksana to get the ‘fuck’ out, and went to get his gun. 

Signal boosting this shit, because all of these women beating pieces of shit should be put on full blast! No mercy for this kind of behavior!

I can’t believe I didn’t know any this! All this shit swept under, signal boosting so we can air out the damn rug!

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October 15 2014

Die Wirtschaftsforschungsinstitute verbreiten unwissenschaftliche Arbeitgeberpropaganda

Es ist schlimm genug, aber unter Ökonomen leider normal, dass die „führenden“ Wirtschaftsforschungsinstitute in ihrer Gemeinschaftsdiagnose Löhne und Renten ausschließlich unter dem Kostenaspekt sehen und verunglimpfen, als sei der Zweck des Wirtschaftens nicht, den Menschen Konsummöglichkeiten zu eröffnen - und zwar nicht nur dem oberen Prozent. Der Postillion hat das wunderbar persifliert („Studie: Lohnzahlungen verursachen Milliardenschäden“) Richtig schlimm ist aber, dass die angeblich führenden Ökonomen des Landes in ihren wirtschaftspolitischen Empfehlungen (S. 58 ff)  derart schamlos alle intellektuelle Redlichkeit über Bord werfen und Dinge feststellen und fordern, die beim besten Willen nicht zusammenpassen.

So führen sie die Investitionsschwäche der Unternehmen ausschließlich auf zu niedrige Renditen zurück und fordern Steuererleichterungen. Kein Wort davon, dass es vielleicht an Nachfrage fehlen könnte, und natürlich auch nicht davon, dass höhere (Mindest-) Löhne und Renten zumindest auch einen Nachfrageeffekt haben. Nein, Renten und Löhne werden ausschließlich als Kosten betrachtet. Erst später, in anderem Zusammenhang und völlig unverbunden kommt dann die Einräumung, dass die Kapazitäten unterausgelastet sind, dass also ein NACHFRAGEPROBLEM tatsächlich besteht. Der nicht ganz von der Hand zu weisende Gedanke, dass Unternehmen eher investieren, wenn sie die Produkte, die sie dann mehr produzieren, auch absetzen können, wird nicht einmal thematisiert.

Wohlgemerkt stellen die „Forscher“ in ihrem Prognoseteil fest, dass bei den Exporten nicht viel zu holen sein wird und hoffen auf die Binnennachfrage.

Die Institute  finden auch nichts dabei, erst zu beklagen, dass nicht noch mehr Ältere durch Rentenkürzung zum länger Arbeiten gebracht werden, was zu Arbeitskräftemangel führen werde, und direkt danach apodiktisch zu behaupten, dass der Mindestlohn zu viel zusätzlicher Arbeitslosigkeit führen wird. Man kann natürlich zu dem Ergebnis kommen, dass die verhinderten Rentner Stellen besetzen würden, die Niedriglöhner mangels Qualifikation nicht ausfüllen können. Aber ein bisschen genauer sollte man schon hinschauen, anstatt so nonchalant gleichzeitig mehr Arbeitskräftemangel und mehr Arbeitslosigkeit vorherzusagen. Dann würde man feststellen, dass gerade in vielen der Niedriglohnsegmente schon heute Arbeitskräfte fehlen, weil die Arbeitgeber zu den Hungerlöhnen, die sie zu zahlen bereit sind, nicht genug Arbeitskräfte finden. Deshalb muss ja auch die Sozialhilfe unter das grundgesetzlich garantierte Minimum abgesenkt werden, damit auch Löhne, von denen man nicht anständig leben kann, wieder attraktiv erscheinen.

Richtig schlimm ist, dass die Institute sich auf den Stand einer korrumpierten Wissenschaft berufen können. In den heute vorherrschenden  makroökonomischen Modellen gibt es nur repräsentative Wirtschaftssubjekte, die per Definition nicht unfreiwillig arbeitslos sein können. Sie können nur ihr Arbeitsangebot reduzieren oder erhöhen. Zur Wachstumssteigerung kommt es also allein darauf an, die Menschen (pardon: das repräsentative Wirtschaftssubjekt) dazu zu bewegen, zum geltenden Lohn mehr Arbeit anzubieten. Nachfrageprobleme gibt es nur vorübergehend, weil sich die Preise manchmal nicht schnell genug an schockartige Veränderungen im Arbeitsangebot anpassen.  

Dass man mit solch unsinnigen Modellen nichts Sinnvolles zur realen Wirtschaft sagen kann, in der unfreiwillige Arbeitslosigkeit ebenso die Norm ist, wie industrielle Produktionskapazitäten, die nur zu rund 80 Prozent ausgelastet sind, leuchtet jedem Laien sofort ein. Nur unseren führenden Wirtschaftsforschern nicht. Dass sie für die Verbreitung ihrer unwissenschaftlichen Arbeitgeber-Propaganda auch noch das Geld der Steuerzahler, sprich der Arbeitnehmer, bekommen, ist ein Skandal.

- norberthaering.de

Es wäre vielleicht weniger problematisch, wenn andere Herangehensweisen an die festgestellten Probleme wenigstens bedacht würden. Aber an dieser krankhaften Alternativlosigkeit erkennt mensch die Unwissenschaftlichkeit der neoliberalen Denke.

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Der Mythos von der Wachstumslokomotive

Deutschland soll es für die Eurozone sein, China für die Welt. Das ist kompletter Unsinn und zeugt von einem fundamentalen Missverständnis.

China wächst noch immer um 7,5 Prozent, das ist zumindest das Ziel der dort führenden kommunistischen Partei. Damit wächst das Land deutlich stärker als der Durchschnitt der Weltwirtschaft. China drückt deshalb angesichts seiner relativ grossen Wirtschaftskraft den  Welt-Wachstumsdurchschnitt nach oben. Dasselbe gilt für Deutschland in Bezug auf Europa. Dessen Wachstum war zumindest in den letzten Jahren deutlich höher - aktuell stagniert es allerdings - und hat so das Durchschnittswachstum der Eurozone ebenfalls nach oben getrieben.

Doch sind die Länder deshalb Wachstumslokomotiven, wie sie oft und gern genannt werden: Eine Lokomotive ist nicht einfach ein besonders schwerer Wagen, der deshalb das Durchschnittsgewicht der Wagen eines Zuges nach oben treibt. Das höhere Gewicht der Lokomotive erhöht das tatsächliche Gewicht der Wagen hinter ihr genau so wenig wie das höhere Wachstum Chinas oder Deutschlands das Wachstum irgendeines Landes erhöht.

Eine Lokomotive ist der Grund, weshalb die Wagen hinter ihr vorwärtskommen. Sind China und Deutschland der Grund dafür, dass andere Länder wirtschaftlich stärker wachsen? Leider nein.


Kurz: China und Deutschland sind keine Wachstumslokomotiven. Ihre Nettoexportüberschüsse zeugen von einer zu geringen Nachfrage im eigenen Land und sie verdrängen Nachfrage in den Importländern. Statt das Wachstum der Weltwirtschaft zu befördern, bremsen sie es.

- blog.fuw.ch/nevermindthemarkets

Der Mittelteil ist lang und theoretisch, bringt aber dafür Details.

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