• people: oh i heard you're a vegetarian, is that true?
  • me: yep, sure is!
  • people: wow! how long have you been a vegetarian? have you ever wanted to try meat?
  • me: well, i--
  • people: what if you were starving and the only option was meat? what if someone tried to make you eat it, would you do it? will you always be a vegetarian? i could never do it. i love bacon too much.
  • me: i can--
  • people: BACON IS SO GOOD
  • me: i've never--
  • people: i feel bad for you, you're missing out on so much
  • me: it doesn't seem like--
  • people: plus all vegetarians make people feel like shit for eating what they want
  • me: i don't--
  • people: BACON

thursdayplaid:

clumsyoctopus:

flower language has always been an intense source of disappointment for me

like, they all mean really generic things like “love” or “forever” or “i’m sorry” 

i thought you could combine flowers

like you could just send someone a bouquet and from the combination of hibiscus and posies and tulips they’d understand “the rebel leader is dead, rendezvous at the docks at 8, bring the dog, you will need lighter fluid and  a large tomato”

I really hope no one’s answered this for you yet, I saw this and got so excited that my obscure knowledge base might come into use.  I had to stretch a few flowers so to speak but Victorian flower language allows for alteration in meaning depending on colour, fruit, flower, bud, steam, leaves and thorns, so I didn’t feel I was too far out of line.  This message would work best as two bouquets bound together.  First red Nasturtium with no leaves (red denotes a leader, the nasturtium a patriot) mixed with white or red Mask Flowers (rebellion, red if you want to emphasize fighting, white martyrdom) around Cypress (death).  Then Chick weed (rendezvous) and Blue Convolvulus (night) surrounded by eight White Popular Leaves (symbolises the time: eight), Yellow Iris (flame, and a flower that grows by rivers) and Yellow Prarie Dock Flowers (this was closest I could find to docks)and one large Tomato Leaf, all bound in Dogwood Bark.  Dogwood represents deceit, but as far as I could find the bark wasn’t used symbolically, and as you referred to the dog instead of a dog, I thought it was likely the pun should be a dead giveaway.  

So there’s your rebel message!

(Source: cephalodogs, via sonata-green)

Tags: Flowers

raginrayguns:

drethelin:

yxoque:

eccentric-opinion:

yxoque:

I find it very hard to understand people who don’t think pulling the lever in the Trolley Problem is the right choice.

If everyone involved is a stranger, pulling the lever is clearly the right choice. But what if the the person on the…

No the point of utilitarianism is that you have a SYSTEM. The system can allow for you to care more about someone than someone else. It is completely consistent with utilitarianism to have a person YOU value more than five strangers. But it’s not consistent to value 1 random person over 5 random people. A “perfect utilitarian” is not the same as a “perfectly self-abnegating altruist.

no… I don’t think that’s correct?

I think that “utilitarianism” is a consequentialist moral philosophy that defines good as maximizing utility, which is defined differently between different variants of the philosophy. That’s according to Scott’s consequentialism faq

what you’re talking about sounds more like the use of “utility” in economics and game theory, to describe a tool for modeling choices, not a moral ideal

I think drethelin is mixing up consequentialism (possibly a variation on egoism, maybe) and utilitarianism.

What they describe is consequentialist, but not utilitarian, since it doesn’t increase overall utility.

Anonymous said: I hear some biofuel researchers came up with a way to make the trains run on thyme

Aaaaaah!

You don’t need to be on Anon to feed me stupid puns :D

Tags: trains

Can’t the fucking trains run on time just once?

Tags: trains NMBS

bishiesparkleflash:

How do I ask someone out?
(yes this is a serious question)

I don’t have much experience with this, but I believe the general script is something along the lines of: “Hey, would you like to go X with me one time,” where X can be a movie, dinner, swimming, theater, opera, watching a DVD…

I guess you could put: “Hey, I think you’re really nice,” in front of it.

eccentric-opinion:

yxoque:

I find it very hard to understand people who don’t think pulling the lever in the Trolley Problem is the right choice.

If everyone involved is a stranger, pulling the lever is clearly the right choice. But what if the the person on the one-person track is someone you care about, such as a friend or family member?

I actually chose my wording carefully here. I originally had written something like “I don’t understand people who wouldn’t pull the lever…” but that’s not quite right. I can understand not wanting to make that choice. Doing the right thing isn’t supposed to be easy and I don’t fault people for not doing the right thing when it’s really, really hard.

If the person on the one-person track is a loved one, doing the right thing becomes a lot harder. Way, way harder. But it doesn’t change what the right thing is. Sacrificing one to save five is the right choice.

One criticism of utilitarianism I’ve seen is that if you follow it through completely, you shouldn’t buy nice things. Just provide yourself with the bare minimum for survival and give all your money to an effective charity. And yes, this is pretty much true. But people aren’t perfect utilitarians and we can’t expect them to be.

icryyoumercy:

mapsontheweb:

European States that Require Sterilization of Transgender People
Amendment: Denmark no longer requires sterilization

Nor does Switzerland, thankyouverymuch.


Fucking Belgium…

icryyoumercy:

mapsontheweb:

European States that Require Sterilization of Transgender People

Amendment: Denmark no longer requires sterilization

Nor does Switzerland, thankyouverymuch.

Fucking Belgium…

(via bishiesparkleflash)

For fuck’s sake. My internet has slowed to a crawl because I both want to download something and watch a video on youtube. It’s 2014, not fucking 2005.

And the only reason I need to download shit is because (a) cheap on-demand isn’t available in this fucking country and (b) because long-distance trains don’t think it’s necessary to provide a hotspot for some fucking reason.

thesummerofmark:

when i first heard about transhumanism (i must have been about 15) i was surprised that anyone had bothered coming up with a word for it

My first time was around 16 or 18 and by then I realized that people needed help coming up with obvious ideas.

"Perfectly respectable Victorian women wrote to each other in terms such as these: ‘I hope for you so much, and feel so eager for you…that the expectation once more to see your face again, makes me feel hot and feverish.’ They recorded the ‘furnace blast’ of their ‘passionate attachments’ to each other… They carved their initials into trees, set flowers in front of one another’s portraits, danced together, kissed, held hands, and endured intense jealousies over rivals or small slights… Today if a woman died and her son or husband found such diaries or letters in her effects, he would probably destroy them in rage or humiliation. In the nineteenth century, these sentiments were so respectable that surviving relatives often published them in elegies…. [In the 1920s] people’s interpretation of physical contact became extraordinarily ‘privatized and sexualized,’ so that all types of touching, kissing, and holding were seen as sexual foreplay rather than accepted as ordinary means of communication that carried different meanings in different contexts… It is not that homosexuality was acceptable before; but now a wider range of behavior opened a person up to being branded as a homosexual… The romantic friendships that had existed among many unmarried men in the nineteenth century were no longer compatible with heterosexual identity."

Stephanie Coontz (via crookedceremonies)

Hugging seems to be having a revival in my social circles. It’s a slow process, since my social circles consist mostly of socially awkward, introvert nerds, but I definitely see a trend.

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only-transhuman:

That moment when you realize that you’re the only person who didn’t shrug and say “Eh, I’m sure somebody else will take care of it.”

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halloween-town31:

halloweenmagic:

mother—mortis:

Can we just.

One of the BEST movies EVER! 

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I find it very hard to understand people who don’t think pulling the lever in the Trolley Problem is the right choice.