18 4 / 2014

smashsurvey:

Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularlyhow do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 

(via wilwheaton)

11 4 / 2014

wilwheaton:

sassingintothevoid:

Coffee porn.     (Cinemagraphs and gifs from this cool article.)

AKA Sean Bonner porn.

I could stare at these all day. 

10 4 / 2014

comedycentral:

All of these #GeekyPorn tweets are super sexy, but only one can be the best. Find out which on a new @midnight, tonight after Colbert.

(via atmidnightcc)

09 4 / 2014

On fandom, looking back, moving forward, and the special place music has in our hearts and minds along the way.  

A fantastic and personal piece from one of my favourite people in this wild world of interwebs. 

Yeah, I championed a different band from that space and time. For me, IME, always, always, IME.  Though admittedly, one of my top 3 I Mother Earth memories does include seeing them and Moist together at the old Sudbury Arena once upon a time, so there is that.  Such an amazing show.  And for fun, the other two?  Hanging with the band at a release party, having a few beers chatting in equal parts about the new record and the Leafs (making them feel at home in a room of Sens fans), and then more recently trading emails with Jag after buying the most recent post-hiatus single, where I was mistaken for my hockey-playing namesake who happens to be friends of the band (the “hey it was great seeing you last week” note forced a jaw to hit floor at the time).    

But that approachability.  That realness.  And it could be said for just about all of those headliners from that heyday.  

Oh So Canada.    

It was a uniquely Canadian music scene, and no denying the sense of connection and pride that came from it.  That connection to the music and the people who made it, and who shaped us whether they intended to or not.  

Go check out the post on AUX.  

07 4 / 2014

"Outside calls or cold calls will come with a “conversation request,” where the caller pitches the receiver on why he or she should answer and invest their time."

Why Voice is the Next Big Wave" via GigaOM 

Great article that talks about how and why voice is here to stay - and will become a primary way of interacting with technology in the next phase of wearable computing.

(via micflash)\

For those of us in sales, voice never went away and will continue to be the predominant vehicle for connecting to customers and getting work done.

(via marksbirch)

No doubt, I love twitter and online communities for connecting, but from a sales perspective can’t argue the value of engaging human-to-human by putting a voice to a name, or face-to-face.

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03 4 / 2014

(Source: nevver, via wilwheaton)

31 3 / 2014

Looking through Evernote, it’s bursting at the seams with thoughts, rants, introspective dissections, mid-breakdown voice notes.

Everything in my gut tells me I shouldn’t dump this here in what has been both a professional and personal space. But, it needs to happen.

As a recently-separated 30-something, I’ve had a lot on my mind.

While some of that introspection has leaked out in other posts of late through this journey, I need to get more of it out there, for me.

It’s too easy for me to cling onto these personal missives and hide them away as thoughts and feelings from moments in time where I was more hurt, more broken, more angry than I am in this present tense. But I can’t unthink them. - nor do I want to.

There’s so much value to me in this painful process of forced self-evaluation, walking the hallways of my mind peering into rooms filled with memories, regrets, and visions of what could have been and what could be.

Locking those doors, purging thoughts and avoiding the painful raw emotion of it all would be so much simpler, and so dangerously aligned with my nature of feigned stoicism.

I need to let these thoughts go. I need to set them free. To set me free. To be free to feel, and to hurt, and to be vulnerable. To let it out, and let in, to make it better.

And we will. The dust settling, finally now feeling more like a conscious uncoupling than separation or divorce, trying to approach things with a truly open mind and an open heart.

It’s not going to be easy, but it doesn’t have to be hard.

31 3 / 2014

karenhealey:

INTERNETS OMG

"FEELS" HAS BEEN A LEGIT TERM SINCE AT LEAST 1782:

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The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman.

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, really wrote a real letter to her mother complaining about the feels in 1782.

I love everything.

Hmm… Does this encourage or discourage use of “feels”?

So history. Much interests.

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30 3 / 2014

brandynlafon:

“Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind. Withering my intuition leaving all these opportunities behind.
Feed my will to feel this moment urging me to cross the line. Reaching out to embrace the random. Reaching out to embrace whatever may come.
I embrace my desire to feel the rhythm, to feel connected enough to step aside and weep like a widow to feel inspired, to fathom the power, to witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain, to swing on the spiral of our divinity and still be a human.
With my feet upon the ground I lose myself between the sounds and open wide to suck it in. I feel it move across my skin. I’m reaching up and reaching out. I’m reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me. And following our will and wind we may just go where no one’s been. We’ll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one’s been.
Spiral out. Keep going…”

Can’t share this enough. One of my all-time favourite tracks. In so many ways, on so many levels feels like it was written just for me.  

brandynlafon:

“Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition leaving all these opportunities behind.

Feed my will to feel this moment urging me to cross the line.
Reaching out to embrace the random.
Reaching out to embrace whatever may come.

I embrace my desire to
feel the rhythm, to feel connected
enough to step aside and weep like a widow
to feel inspired, to fathom the power,
to witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain,
to swing on the spiral
of our divinity and still be a human.

With my feet upon the ground I lose myself
between the sounds and open wide to suck it in.
I feel it move across my skin.
I’m reaching up and reaching out.
I’m reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one’s been.
We’ll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one’s been.

Spiral out. Keep going…”

Can’t share this enough. One of my all-time favourite tracks. In so many ways, on so many levels feels like it was written just for me.  

30 3 / 2014

some-awesome-society:

Emoji-nation. part 2.

by Nastya Ptichek.

Dedicated to Edward Hopper.

Check out part 1 here