1. bikiniarmorbattledamage:






    "You’re 6’4", 240-pound Marine, and you’re injured, and you need a Marine next to you to carry you back to safety, and the Marine next to you is a 5’4" woman who weighs 115 pounds,"

    No problem.

    in before “well most women can’t do that” because NEWS FLASH most men can’t either, that’s why it’s a highly specialized career that requires a lot of devoted training

    One of my former coworkers was a very slim girl only a tad taller than me, and she was training to be a fireman, and she could lift the biggest dude on my crew like this who was around 6’5 and super bulky.One time she picked him up and ran around the crew room with him for about 5 minutes before letting him down.

    Even though I haven’t exercised in over a year—if you count DDR—and I’m incredibly petite (5’0”, 100 lbs), I can carry most guys. If they’re under 200 lbs, I can run with them on my back for 5 blocks, but I can walk for a mile. Once they’re about 250, I can only walk about a block or two before my spine feels like it’s about to break. If I were in a survival situation and their life depended on it, I could go on much further, until my legs gave out.

    It’s why I hate the bullshit that women are inherently weak. Nah, man. Nah.

    Tangentially related to the blog’s theme, but I see the “women are too weak to handle the normal armor” comment come up often enough that it made it into the Female Armor Rhetoric Bingo.

    So yeah, for the record: women are not significantly weaker than men. Especially if we talk about people with lots of training in terms of fighting and/or saving lives. Especially especially if we consider that there are techniques and moves, like this one, specifically designed for smaller people to handle some heavy weight.

    And that’s all said while we ignore that most armors are not as heavy as common myth lets us believe!


  3. micdotcom:

    A Black artist played dead by a Philly landmark — and the reaction is just what you’d expect

    Last Saturday, a group of artists decided to stage a silent protest in front of the LOVE statue, an iconic Philly landmark. The group seized on what was perhaps the most gruesome detail from Michael Brown’s shooting death in Missouri: the fact that his body was left uncovered on the street in broad daylight for hours.

    So Keith Wallace, an MFA acting student at the University of California and Philadelphia native, decided to pose as a dead body. Covered with blood, bullet holes and even police caution tape, Wallace lied down and stayed absolutely still for an hour — right in front of one of the busiest tourist attractions in the city. 

    Tourist: “Something about this doesn’t feel right, guys.”

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  4. notational:

    Sister Nancy aka Muma Nancy, bam bam 1982

    (Source: youtube.com)

  5. fastcompany:

    This Mexican Cemetery Becomes A Living Cartoon At Night

    Stretching over 590 acres, the Panteón de Dolores is Mexico’s largest cemetery, and contains over 700,000 tombs, gravestones, and sculptures. With all of those slabs of granite and marble around, the Mexico City animation collective Llama Rada got to thinking: “What if we use the tombstones of the cemetery as screens to project a vibrant, living cartoon?”

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  6. engineeringhistory:

    American Institute of Electrical Engineers membership for Nikola Tesla, documenting his elevation to the grade of Fellow, the organization’s highest membership grade.


  7. jkottke:

    In light of the ongoing policing situation in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer and how the response to the community protests is highlighting the militarization of US police departments since 9/11, it’s instructive to look at one of the first…

  8. donrickles:

    The Shining - Played backwards and forwards at the same time.

  10. normcore-dad:

    Shout out to Al Jazeera straight up showing a video of their reporters getting tear gassed during a live interview of the Ferguson police chief denying that they are tear gassing journalists.

    (via yayasmeen)

  11. dropboxofcuriosities:

    Mechanical partner for dancing pupil, 1921.

  13. archiemcphee:

    Japanese artist and student Takayuki Hori created this awesome (and award-winning) series of eight translucent origami skeletal animals entitled Oritsunagumono, which translates to mean ‘things folded and connected’.

    Printed on translucent paper, each piece represents an endangered species native to Japan’s coastal waterways and contains a foreign object inside their body - human-made detritus - representing the environmental threats faced by these animals. They are hauntingly beautiful memento mori for fragile wildlife struggling to cope in a hazardous ecosystem.

    [via Beautiful/Decay, designboom and Colossal (visit all three for additional images)]


  14. melodykramer:

    My speech on how to make membership more inclusive: i.e. what if you could become a member through coding, donating time / skill etc.?

    This is important.

    "What does it mean to be a member of something? To me, it means belonging to a community. How could one become an active member of that community? Through time and/or active support. Now what if you could become a member of your local public radio community through donating time or active support? For example, if you could:

    donate code or volunteer at a hackathon…and become a member of your local station

    volunteer at an event or donate your time or expertise…and become a member of your local station

    “pledge” to become more civically engaged with your local news
    make a poster for a member station…and become a member of your local station
    help digitize or transcribe an archive…and become a member of your local station

    help engage a part of the community that may not have smart phones…and become a member of your local station
    learn to code and the code you would work on would benefit the station”


  15. "

    [There is a] stubborn power of politeness over time. Over time. That’s the thing. Mostly we talk about politeness in the moment. Please, thank you, no go ahead, I like your hat, cool shoes, you look nice today, please take my seat, sir, ma’am, etc. All good, but fleeting.


    Here’s a polite person’s trick, one that has never failed me… When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.”


    I have my reservations about politeness as a kind of vacant template for communication that lacks human intimacy – a shabby substitute for authentic kindness – but Paul Ford’s essay on how to be polite is worth a read.

    In many ways, it all boils down to the basic do’s and don’ts laid out in this 1866 guide to the art of conversation – an art, it seems, that remains timeless.

    (via explore-blog)

    "People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. And then wait to see what happens. You don’t have to have an opinion. You don’t need to make a judgment. I know that doesn’t sound like liberation, because we live and work in an opinion-based economy. But it is. Not having an opinion means not having an obligation. And not being obligated is one of the sweetest of life’s riches."